Archive for the ‘News briefs’ Category

News brief: Chehalis gunshot victim recovering

Friday, June 24th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 30-year-old man found with a gunshot wound behind a West Main Street business in Chehalis early Wednesday remains hospitalized, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Police and firefighters responding to the man’s 911 call about 3 o’clock that morning found he was injured in the stomach area. A shotgun was recovered. The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said he understood the victim was staying in a camper nearby and working security.

Kaut said this morning he was informed yesterday afternoon the patient remained in the intensive care unit but was listed as stable.

The investigation is wrapping up, according to Kaut.

“At this point, it looks like it was self-inflicted and not an accident,” Kaut said.
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For background, read “Breaking news: Gunshot victim airlifted from Chehalis” from Wednesday June 22, 2016, here

News brief: Centralia warehouse office hit by masked, armed bandit

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The sheriff’s office is investigating an armed robbery they learned about yesterday but occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday at a warehouse in Centralia.

The 37-year-old victim told a deputy a masked individual came into the office on the 2600 block of Commercial Boulevard wearing black leather gloves and carrying a black semi-automatic pistol, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The intruder took the cell phones of the victim and his friend and took $30 to $40 cash from the till, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim said he retrieved his own pistol from a shelf while the robber went into an adjoining room and tried to shoot the robber, but had forgotten to chamber a round, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The subject fled, Brown said.

The victim is from Ellsworth, Wisconsin, Brown said. The business is Victory Fireworks.

The suspect was described as about 5-feet 11-inches tall, thin and having dark brown skin, Brown said.

Both phones were found in the grass of a neighboring business that night, according to Brown.

Brown said the victim told the deputy he normally keeps his 45 caliber Highpoint loaded with a magazine, but with no round chambered. The victim said he and his friend both had to work the following morning, so waited to report what happened.

There are no suspects, she said.

News brief: Dog alerts two adults in burning home

Monday, June 20th, 2016
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Sunday morning fire off of Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The cause of a fire that tore through a Grand Mound home early yesterday morning remains under investigation, and a family pet is getting credit as the primary alert system that helped the residents escape unharmed.

Firefighters called at 6:10 a.m. yesterday to the 21700 block of Old Highway 99 found flames already rising through the roof, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

Children reside there but were away, Fire Chief Russ Kaliewahea said this morning. Two adults were awakened by their dog, he said.

“It started barking, bouncing off the furniture as it was described to me,” Kaliewahea said. “Going berserk, trying to alert them.”

Once the crew knew everyone was out, the fire was fought defensively, according to the fire department.

They were assisted by personnel from Thurston County Fire Districts 12, 6 and 9.

“The occupant said there were smoke detectors, but did not recall them going off or hearing them,” Kaliewahea said.

The chief said it appeared the fire began in an area that contained a furnace, a hot water heater and a clothes dryer, so it’s not yet clear what may have ignited it.

The single-story, double-wide home is a complete loss, he said. He estimated about $90,000 damage.

News brief: Pedestrian with stroller struck by car outside Chehalis

Monday, June 20th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A woman pushing a stroller along a county road south of Chehalis was hit from behind by a car traveling about 30 mph yesterday.

Deputies responding to the approximately 6 p.m. incident learned the stroller was overturned and damaged but the 8-month-old baby was unharmed. The 49-year-old grandmother sustained a broken leg, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened along Avery Road East near Coulson Road.

The grandmother said she was walking westbound, pushing the baby while talking on the cell phone and thought she was on the shoulder, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said. Evidence however showed impact occurred in the travel portion of the lane, Breen said.

The male half of a Chehalis couple in their early 70s said he did not see them until he hit them, Breen said. Their car is a 2012 Suzuki four-door, according to the sheriff’s office.

The grandmother also has a possible broken toe. She and the child reside in Chehalis.

Breen said the case remains under investigation and no citations or infractions have been issued.

News brief: Climbers rescued from 13,500 feet on Mount Rainer

Monday, June 20th, 2016
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View of the south face of Mount Rainier and the Disappointment Cleaver Route. / Courtesy photo by RMI Expeditions

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two climbers were rescued from near the top of Mount Rainer after spending two nights in single-digit temperatures.

The climbing team was overtaken by extreme weather while descending from a successful summit, according to Patti Wold of Mount Rainer National Park. They dug a snow cave and waited out the weather at 14,300 feet, just below the crater rim, Wold said.

The pair activated a locator beacon twice on Friday but adverse weather delayed search operations until early yesterday morning, according to Wold.

A search by the park contract helicopter was undertaken amid clear weather Wold stated.

The two were rescued from Disappointment Cleaver, at 13,500 feet.

“In spite of spending two nights in single digit temperatures the climbers were ambulatory and in stable condition,” Wold stated.

Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Olympic mountain rescues, and the U.S. Army Reserve B Company of the 1-214th Air Battalion supported incident operations.

News brief: Tractor accident victim is Chehalis chiropractor

Friday, June 17th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County coroner today confirmed the Onalaska man who was killed when his tractor landed on him is Harold T. Shelton.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported previously he was 63 years old. Coroner Warren McLeod indicates he was 62.

He is perhaps better known to many as Dr. Tim Shelton, owner of Chehalis Chiropractic Clinic on South Market Boulevard, according to an extended family member.

A sheriff’s deputy sent to check on him Tuesday when he hadn’t shown up to work on Friday or since then found him dead in a wooded area behind the residence at the 3500 block of state Route 508. His tractor had rolled over, according to the sheriff’s office.

Coroner McLeod confirmed the death was accidental and indicated Shelton died from blunt trauma to his head, neck and chest.

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For background, see “News brief: Tractor accident kills Onalaska resident” from Wednesday June 15, 2016, here

East End session: How to protect your house from brush, grass, forest fire

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The traveling roadshow on how residents can get prepared before a wildfire, lands in Salkum this weekend.

The Lewis County Fire Chiefs Association is conducting town hall style meetings to share information about strategies to defend property from the threat of wildfires.

An hour long session on Saturday begins at noon.

It will cover you and your home, defensible space and the Lewis County Alert System, according to Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel. The presentation will be followed by questions and answers with local fire chiefs.

The gathering is open to anyone in Lewis County.

Similar meetings have already been held in the Centralia area and the Boistfort Valley.

When: Saturday June 18, 2016, at noon
Where: Salkum Fire Station, at 2490 U.S. Highway 12 in Salkum

Pot talk: County officials to discuss marijuana biz

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The first of two public meetings on the county regulation of recreational marijuana is set for this evening in Morton.

The public is invited to attend and may offer written or oral comments on the issues.

Tonight’s session begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Morton Senior Center at 103 Westlake Avenue in Morton.

Holding the discussion are personnel from the offices of Lewis County Community Development, Environmental Health and the Prosecuting Attorney.

Proposed county code revisions are designed to license marijuana businesses in a manner consistent with the Washington Liquor Control Board regulations and all other applicable law including federal law, and to provide a mechanism whereby the numerous special concerns posed by marijuana businesses may be addressed conscientiously, according to county officials.

A second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 29 at the Lewis County Historical Courthouse at 351 NW North Ave., Chehalis.

Draft revisions to the various chapters of Lewis County code are available for public view online at: http://lewiscountywa.gov/communitydevelopment/plann
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Officer Silva gets local recognition as anniversary of death nears

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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Chehalis Police Officer Rick Silva

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Chehalis Police Department invites the public to join them this afternoon for the unveiling of Officer Rick Silva’s name on the Lewis County Law Enforcement Memorial.

Silva died last year on June 18 due to complications during surgery he was undergoing related to an on the job injury, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

His memory will be honored in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis, at 345 W. Main Street.

Silva’s name has been engraved at the state capitol in Olympia on the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial as well as  in Washington D.C. at the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

Coroner: Person discovered by kids hanging near tracks killed himself

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office today said the dead man found by children, hanged near the railroad tracks in north Centralia is 58-year-old Dale Glenn DeHaven.

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Dale Glenn DeHaven

DeHaven moved to the 1300 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia in December.

Coroner Warren McLeod said his death was determined to be a suicide.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was contacted late Sunday afternoon and directed to a trestle over the Skookumchuck River south of Reynolds Avenue and east of Interstate 5.

McLeod said DeHaven’s three siblings were notified last night.

DeHaven has lived in a variety of places around Lewis County since he was released from prison in 2005, including the areas of Mossyrock, Silver Creek and Onalaska.

He served more than 11 years for the sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl that was the daughter of a casual acquaintance, according to the sheriff’s office. He was a level three registered sex offender.

Before that, he spent time in prison for a 1980 conviction in connection with a sexual assault of his 76-year-old neighbor woman in Lewis County.

Last year in Lewis County, there were 11 deaths by suicide. The year before there were 21, according to the coroner’s annual report.

McLeod said hanging is the second most common method of suicide he sees. The most frequent way is by use of a firearm, he said.

News brief: Tractor accident kills Onalaska resident

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A sheriff’s deputy sent to check on a man who didn’t show up for work on Friday or since then, found him dead beneath his rolled over tractor east of Onalaska yesterday.

The 63-year-old was located on a trail in a wooded area behind the residence at the 3500 block of state Route 508, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

“From the investigation, it appears that he was driving the tractor down the hill and began to skid, and hit a small embankment which caused the tractor to roll over onto him,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The piece of equipment was an International Harvester with a brush hog attached, Brown said.

The sheriff’s office indicated the coroner would be releasing the victim’s identity.

News brief: Driver inattention blamed for I-5 wreck, mess

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
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Interstate 5 near Lewis-Thurston county line. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The fire department reported two victims with minor injuries in a freeway collision that left a semi on its side with its trailer stuck on the center barrier this morning.

It happened about 9 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Centralia.

Almost three hours later when the vehicles were cleared from the roadway, motorists were advised delays would continue because traffic was backed up for at least six miles.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the 55-year-old driver of a 2002 International box truck and trailer failed to slow for a Toyota RAV4 which had slowed for traffic.

They blamed driver inattention.

Craig M. Maxey, of Beaverton, Oregon, was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the state patrol. His truck was totaled.

The RAV4 which was struck in its rear, with Annette F. Rose, 55, of Stanwood, behind the wheel, was able to be driven away from the scene, the investigating trooper reports.

News brief: Children find dead man at Centralia trestle

Monday, June 13th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death after a woman called 911 yesterday to report her kids returned home from a walk and said they’d found a man hanging near the railroad tracks in north Centralia.

Law enforcement responded to the approximately 5:15 p.m. call and were directed to a trestle over the Skookumchuck River south of Reynolds Avenue and east of Interstate 5, according to the sheriff’s office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said there did not initially appear to be foul play involved. The deceased has been tentatively identified as a 58-year-old Centralia resident, Brown said.

He is not a person who had been listed as missing, she said.

News brief: Chehalis home invasion suspect found, booked

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – One of three suspects in a Chehalis home invasion robbery was arrested today, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Back on the night of March 26, a 40-year-old woman called police to report three armed, masked men came in and demanded her valuables. She was unhurt, but they left with a Playstation, a 20-inch television, a DVR, a computer, two hard drives and a flash drive, according to police.

It happened at on Southwest 10th Street just  just off Market Boulevard.

Through investigation, a suspect was identified and an ‘Attempt to Locate” was issued for other police agencies, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

Earlier today, Jesse L. Harkcom was located by the Lacey Police Department and has been booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to Bailey. Harkcom, 34, is a Tumwater resident.

Two suspects remain outstanding.

News brief: Grass, brush along I-5 ignites

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
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Members of two fire departments chased flames along the freeway yesterday. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Multiple fires broke out along a two to three mile stretch adjacent to southbound Interstate 5 south of Napavine yesterday.

Members of Lewis County Fire Districts 15 and 5 were called out about 1:45 p.m.

The fires were quickly knocked down by the first responding units as they advanced down the roadway and then extinguished by secondary responding units, according to Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson.

A single lane was blocked by the state Department of Transportation to allow a safe working area, Anderson said.

Washington State Patrol spokesperson Trooper Will Finn said the cause is unknown but one theory was a vehicle backfiring.

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Firefighter extinguishes freeway brush fire. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

News brief: Young teen hurt in fall from bed of pickup onto highway

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 13-year-old Centralia boy was seriously injured when he fell from the back of a pickup truck onto state Route 507 near Bucoda last night.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 8:06 p.m. at the 20100 block of the highway, just south of town, according to authorities.

“From my understanding, he was in the bed, and mom and grandma were hauling hay,” Trooper Shaneka Phillips said this morning. “He was very critical, at the time, he had life-threatening injuries.”

The boy, who is un-named, was transported to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Phillips said she didn’t know the child’s condition this morning.

The investigating trooper reports the 2010 Ford F150 pickup truck was southbound at a slow rate of speed when it happened.

Brenda L. Cleveland, 36, was driving and her passengers also included Debbie Morsbach, 57, and a 10-year-old boy, all from Centralia, according to the state patrol.

The cause is under investigation. Trooper Phillips said as of this morning, there was no reason to suspect any criminal or malicious behavior.

News brief: How to protect your house from brush, grass, forest fire

Monday, June 6th, 2016
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Looking north towards Gore Road chicken farm fire from Toledo area on Aug. 19, 2015. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Each year, wildland fires consume homes built in or near lands prone to such fires.

But, there are actions residents can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

The Lewis County Fire Chiefs Association is conducting town hall style meetings to share information with area residents about strategies to defend their property from the threat of wildfires.

The public is invited this Wednesday evening to the Baw Faw Grange in the Boistfort Valley for such a gathering.

Lewis County Fire District 13 Chief Gwen Turner says everyone is encouraged to show up.

“First 100 in attendance will be served a dinner provided by the Baw Faw Grange, Boistfort Emergency Assistance Group and Boistfort Firefighters Association,” Turner states.

The fire chiefs note studies show that as many as 80 percent of homes lost to wildland fire may have been saved if brush around the homes were cleared and defensible space created around structures.

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale said last week’s meeting at the Lincoln Creek Grange went well. A similar presentation is scheduled for central Lewis County inhabitants in Salkum on June 18, according to Cardinale.

There is no better time than now to prepare and educate your family, friends and neighbors, according to Turner.

The Baw Faw Grange is located at 995 Boistfort Road. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

News brief: Packwood private hydro plant building destroyed by fire

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The cause of the fire that destroyed a commercial building in Packwood was electrical in nature, according to fire investigator Jay Birley.

“He plugged his forklift in, they had a pretty big cable, and it faulted out,” Birley said this morning.

The approximately 50-foot by 60-foot metal-sided structure at the 11,800 block of U.S. Highway 12 belonged to a privately owned hydroelectric company, Birley said. Lewis County 911 Communications described it as near milepost 125, west of Packwood.

The fire broke out about 11 p.m. on Wednesday and burned the building to the ground, according to Birley.

Nobody was hurt but the contents lost included metal fabrication equipment, one large diesel-operated forklift and electric forklifts, he said.

The small hydroelectric plant at Burton Creek was purchased by Colorado investor Sam Perry about three years ago, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.

News brief: Brush fires breaking out early

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The season for wildfire danger is arriving a bit early this year locally, causing concern for a south Thurston County fire chief.

Chief Robert Scott’s crews were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday when grass and brush along the south side of U.S. Highway 12 in Grand Mound ignited and spread about a quarter mile along a ditch.

The flames in the area of Pecan Street were headed toward thick brush and nearby homes, Scott said. West Thurston Regional Fire Authority was joined by multiple fire agencies who worked to put it out.

Extinguishing the fire was challenging, in part because of highway traffic and also because of the differing ground levels, he said.

“We were surprised,” Scott said. “We’re about three weeks ahead of the drying cycle.”

Later in the day, at about 3:30 p.m., members of Riverside Fire Authority responded to a brush fire at the 300 block of Nelson Road, southwest of Rochester.

Both scenes were subsequently turned over to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Scott said no homes were burned in the Grand Mound incident, but he’s worried.

“We’re really glad this happened now and not in August,” he said. “Some of the houses are protected, but some don’t have defensible space.”

For example, a greenbelt of watered lawn surrounding a building is helpful to slow or stop a wildfire, he said.

The Lewis County Fire Chief’s Association is helping area fire departments organize sessions to inform the public about the various measures that can be taken ahead of and during the summer dry season to reduce the likelihood of losing a home to wildfire.

News brief: I-5 wreck leaves driver dead

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

One person is dead after a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 5 near Grand Mound.

Troopers called to the scene about 2:45 p.m. yesterday report a silver 2001 Oldsmobile was southbound near milepost 87 and swerved to the right, hitting a guardrail and then striking a tree.

The southbound lanes were shut down for about a half an hour, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. A helicopter landed on the freeway to transport the patient to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver, whose name has not been released, is identified as a 35-year-old woman from Cottage Grove, Oregon, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The car was totaled, according to the state patrol. The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

News brief: Police pursuit of four-wheeler ends in Winlock woods

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An un-helmeted ATV rider took a trooper on a more than five mile chase along county roads, speeding and ignoring stop signs and finally cutting in front of the trooper’s vehicle to travel up an off-road trail northeast of Winlock.

Two troopers and a deputy followed the trail a mile into the woods and found Kanan L. Andersen hiding under a log.

Andersen, 22, reportedly said he didn’t elude anyone, he didn’t understand or know what was going on, and finally said he didn’t stop because he was scared.

It happened shortly after 7:15 p.m. on Sunday and began northbound on Jackson Highway, according to court documents.

The trooper reported to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office that the four-wheeled vehicle reached speeds of 55 mph in a 35 mph zone, and when it took a left on Park Road, two of the wheels left the ground and the driver had to lean to keep it upright.

The pursuit continued across an Interstate 5 bridge to Fisher Road, with the two traveling side by side at times and the ATV driver ignoring the trooper’s demands to pull over from the loud speaker.

Andersen was booked into the Lewis County Jail, bailed out and today was charged in Lewis County Superior Court with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

The felony offense has a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The Winlock resident went before a judge this afternoon.

Judge Richard Brosey pointed out if Andersen is convicted, he also faces the possibility the state Department of Licensing revoking his driver’s license for a year.

News brief: Suspicious fire breaks out in Centralia home

Sunday, May 29th, 2016
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North Pearl Street fire / Courtesy photo by Lisa Burgess

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The cause of a fire that extensively damaged a vacant house last night in Centralia is under investigation and police are calling it suspicious.

A “boom” was heard and then flames seen inside the home at the 1800 block of North Pearl Street, just moments after a vehicle was seen, as well as people entering the building, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Firefighters called about 9:20 p.m. found an estimated 70 percent of the first floor already burning, according to Capt. Tim Adolphsen.

The fire was extinguished and nobody found inside, Adolphsen said in a brief summary via email.

The police and fire departments are investigating.

News brief: Hear from local expert on police misconduct

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
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Washington Hall, the building that also holds Corbet Theater, sits north of Pear Street and west of Washington Avenue.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A criminal justice program instructor will be giving a lecture today that’s free and open to the public at Centralia College on police misconduct and excessive force.

Professor Gregory Gilbertson is a licensed private investigator, international police trainer and nationally recognized expert witness in police practices and procedures, according to the college. He is currently consulting with criminal defense and civil rights attorneys as an expert witness on over 30 active cases in 14 states.

Gilbertson will share his experience and perspective on what he describes as the epidemic of police misconduct and police excessive force cases currently plaguing our nation. He will also share insights and strategies on how to effectively interact with law enforcement officers in adversarial situations by explaining our fundamental rights and responsibilities under the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

The lecture is part of the college’s Spring Lyceum series.

The event will be held in Washington Hall Room 103 and runs from 1 p.m. until 1:50 p.m.

Washington Hall, the building that also holds Corbet Theater, sits north of Pear Street and west of Washington Avenue.

News brief: 100,000 salmon escape pen at Mayfield Lake

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Someone vandalized a net pen setting free 100,000 fall Chinook salmon into Mayfield Lake over the weekend.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office this morning is asking for the public’s help to find information about the incident that occurred sometime between 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon yesterday.

Two net loops were cut at the water reservoir on the 100 block of Cove Lane near Mossyrock, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.

The reservoir belongs to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Brown said it’s going to cause problems as the fish are expected to overwhelm fish traps belonging to Tacoma City Light when the fish head out to sea.

Deputies are checking with the Mayfield Lake Dam to see if any clues may have been captured on security video, according to Brown.

News brief: Rochester teen airlifted following two-car crash

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Three young people were injured when a 16-year-old driver from Rochester crossed the centerline on state Route 507 just east of Tenino yesterday.

The 16-year-old was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and his 16-year-old male passenger, from Wyoming, was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, according to the Washington State Patrol

Troopers and aid called just after 10:30 a.m. to the scene near Old Military Road found both cars totaled, according to the state patrol.

The Honda Accord had been traveling westbound and struck an oncoming Honda Civic, according to the investigating trooper.

The driver of the Civic was also injured. Brandon C. Eygabroad, 24, from Rainer, was also taken to St. Peter Hospital, the trooper reports.

The collision is blamed on speed. The roadway was blocked for five hours.