Archive for the ‘News briefs’ Category

News brief: Rochester resident hospitalized after I-5 motorcycle wreck

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 26-year-old Rochester man was injured when his motorcycle collided with a semi truck on Interstate 5 just north of Maytown yesterday.

Troopers called about 12:10 p.m. to the scene found the 2008 Kawasaki ZR1000 was northbound near milepost 93 when it crossed all lanes of traffic and struck the northbound Volvo tractor and trailer, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Ricardo L. Santee, from Rochester, was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, according to the state patrol.

His bike was totaled, the investigating trooper reports.

The semi, driven by a resident of Surrey, British Columbia, was able to be driven from the scene.

Santee had been wearing a helmet and possessed a motorcycle endorsement on his license. The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

Detectives asking for help to identify body found near Littlerock

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Victim was wearing black and white sweatshirt and shirt with ‘We Shall Overcomb’ logo. / Courtesy images by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify the young adult male whose body was found in the brush near the entrance to Margaret McKenny Campground in Capitol Forest on Thursday.

He had multiple gunshot wounds and had been placed there by unknown subjects, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office this morning shared a sketch and described him as a mixed race black male between the ages of 17 and 25. He is 6-feet tall and weighs 170 pounds, according to Sgt. Carla Carter.

The sheriff’s office also shared photos of a black and white hooded sweatshirt he was wearing as well as a shirt with the logo “We shall Overcomb”. He was wearing brown pants, and a Captain America cap was found nearby.

Sgt. Carter initially thought a passenger in a passing vehicle spotted the body and tried to wake him up, but indicated this morning it was a female walking her dog who found the body at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The area is off Waddell Creek Road Southwest northwest of Littlerock, according to Carter.

It appeared to be a recent death and a homicide investigation is underway, according to Carter.

The victim had no identification on him, she said.

An autopsy revealed the male had a condition which likely places him from the Ohio Valley at some point in his life, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with any information that may help identify him to please contact detective Jamie Gallagher at (360) 480-1650 or detective Ben Elkins at (360) 701-0000.

News brief: Cargo container fire extinguished on Main Street

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Crew cuts holes in train’s burning containers. / Courtesy photo Chehalis Fire Department

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters spent hours overnight battling a fire on a freight train which stopped blocking West Main Street in Chehalis.

Trash being hauled in two cargo containers, one stacked on top of the other, was burning, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Both sets of BNSF tracks and Main Street near The Farm Store were shut down until about 4 o’clock this morning.

The crew was called about 1:15 a.m. and asked for assistance from Lewis County Fire District 6, Chehalis Fire Capt. Kevin Curfman said.

One department worked from the east side and the other from the west side, Curfman said. They had to cut holes through the sides of the metal containers to get water inside.

Curfman said once he was able to remove the tarp from the upper container, from the ladder truck, he could see it appeared to be construction debris.

The tracks and Main Street were opened back up shortly after 4 a.m., according to Chief Ken Cardinale.


Five hundred block of West Main Street. / Courtesy photo Chehalis Fire Department

News brief: Body discovered shot in woods near Littlerock

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A young adult male was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds, in the brush in Capitol Forest northwest of Littlerock today.

The area is off Waddell Creek Road Southwest, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Carla Carter said authorities were notified about 1:30 p.m. today. She said she understood a passenger in a passing vehicle saw the person and tried to wake him up.

“It appears it was a recent death,” she said.

Detectives and crime scene investigators are just about finished at the scene, Carter said just after 4:30 p.m.

The victim had no identification on him, she said.

The investigation is ongoing.

News brief: Onalaska man killed in auto accident identified

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office says Morris L. Johanson, 70, died from blunt trauma to the chest after he wrecked his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro off an Onalaska Road on Tuesday morning.

Johanson’s car was discovered by a passing county worker, over an embankment at the west end of Burchett Road just before 8 o’clock that morning. Its flashers were turned on.

The Onalaska man was conscious when responders arrived and indicated he thought it happened about 6:30 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Johanson passed away as firefighters and aid prepared for him to be airlifted, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

A deputy determined the car had been westbound on Burchett Road and crossed Leonard Road at the T-intersection without stopping at the stop sign, according to Breen.

Breen said Johanson had indicated that’s what occurred, and that he wasn’t paying attention. The car was described as totaled.

News brief: Join in earthquake drill this morning

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – County officials are encouraging all residents and employers to participate in today’s statewide earthquake drill.

It’s called “The Great Shakeout” and it happens at 10:20 a.m.

“People are more likely to react quickly when shaking begins if they have actually practiced how to protect themselves on a regular basis,” Steve Mansfield, of the Lewis County Department of Emergency Management stated in a news release.

The National Weather Service will activate the Emergency Alert System via the NOAA Weather Radio network which will also be announced on television and radio stations. The National Tsunami Warning Center will also send a test tsunami warning communications test targeted for the outer coastal regions.

Mansfield provides information for drill techniques:

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.
• If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter.
• If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
• Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.

HOLD ON until shaking stops
• Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
• No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

The Washington Emergency Management Division of the Washington Military Department says preparedness will be key in surviving the next big earthquake to hit the Pacific Northwest.

“That means being prepared for what you need and where you live –  with up to two week’s worth of supplies and an emergency ‘go’ kit ready and, for those living on the coast, have an understanding of evacuation routes and the warning signs behind tsunamis – including how NOAA Weather Radio works and the coastal sirens,” EMD stated.


Mansfield suggests it’s also a good time today for those who have not already done so, to go to the county website at and register to receive alert messages on your cell phone from Lewis County Alert.

News brief: Fatal Onalaska wreck under investigation

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 70-year-old Onalaska man died yesterday morning after his wrecked vehicle was discovered off the road and down an embankment.

The Chevrolet Camaro with its flashers on was spotted yesterday morning by a Lewis County Public Works employee driving by, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy dispatched at about 7:53 a.m. determined the car had been westbound on Burchett Road and crossed Leonard Road; there were no signs he attempted to stop at the T-intersection, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

The car was totaled.

Breen said the driver was conscious when responders arrived and plans were in the works to airlift him to a hospital, but he passed away before that could take place. His name was not released.

The victim thought it happened about 6:30 a.m., according to Breen.

The sheriff’s office is investigating.

News brief: Citizens chase prowler, catch murder suspect in Centralia

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two local men who thought they’d apprehended a common thief actually captured a murder suspect yesterday in downtown Centralia.

Police were called about 12:30 p.m. after the owner of a vehicle parked along the 400 block of North Tower Avenue saw a stranger inside his vehicle.

The owner confronted the man, who took off running, according to the Centralia Police Department.

“The owner and another citizen chased him down the street, found him about a block away,” Sgt. Dave Clary said. “They took him to the ground to detain him.”

When arriving officers checked the suspect’s name, they found he had an outstanding murder warrant from Alameda County in California, Clary said.

Lemario D. Thomas, 27, from Hayward, was booked into the Lewis County Jail on the warrant. He was also cited for vehicle prowl, the sergeant said.

Clary said the two men definitely did law enforcement a “good turn,” however, he doesn’t advocate people chasing down and confronting suspects.

“It was lawful, but the fact is, they were tangling with a murder suspect,” he said.

Fortunately, Thomas wasn’t found to have any weapons on him, Clary said.

Thomas told police he was just looking for some change, to get out of town, he said.

News brief: Olympia mushroom picker found after night in forest

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Packwood Search and Rescue along with Cascade Dogs set out yesterday morning to locate a 50-year-old man who got separated from his friends the night before, out in the woods about 10 miles south of Randle.

The Olympia man had been mushroom picking in the area of Strawberry Mountain, and was supposed to meet his ride at dark, but didn’t, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities got a 911 called about 1:45 a.m. yesterday after the man’s friends and family failed to locate him, according to the sheriff’s office.

Search and rescue teams shortly after 7 a.m. began checking Forest Service Road 26, near milepost 5.5, Chief Dusty Breen said. The mushroom picker was found shortly before 9:15 a.m., Breen said, in the area of milepost 7.

He was cold and wet but otherwise in good condition, Breen said.

The man said he spent too much time picking and got caught in the dark. He built a campfire and then was located after hearing law enforcement using their sirens trying to get his attention, according to the sheriff’s office.

News brief: Second Portland man gets prison for Centralia home invasion

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The second of three suspects in a Centralia home invasion in which a dog was fatally shot early last year was sentenced yesterday, and given a 10-year term.

Deandre J. Perry, of Portland, went before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday afternoon following a plea deal regarding his role in the incident at the 1200 block of Marion Street on Feb. 19, 2015.


Friends help repair front door. / File photo

He previously pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted robbery, first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault.

The victim had a small number of medical marijuana plants growing inside his house and was preparing to watch a movie  with his girlfriend when strangers barged through the door, demanding money and weed and fired numerous shots.

Perry’s companion from Portland, Hennessy R. Turner-White, admitted to shooting the pit bull and was sentenced on Monday for the same offenses plus first-degree animal cruelty and got 12 years.

Centralia resident Brian A. Carreon is scheduled to be in court on Oct. 19, expected to plead guilty to his role and be sentenced.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said he’s confident a plea deal is in place as well for Carreon’s sister, Taina Duncan, from Portland, who allegedly drove the three males to the house.

For background, read “Centralia home invasion case in which pit bull was shot coming to a close” from Monday October 10, 2016, here

News brief: Empty log trucks rolls at construction zone in Salkum

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Three people were hurt when an unloaded log truck struck the rear-end of a Toyota 4runner and then rolled striking another vehicle and nearly hitting a flagger on U.S. Highway 12 near Salkum today.

It happened in a construction zone where the westbound Toyota 4Runner and a Toyota RAV4 were stopped by a flagger for a lane closure, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The 2004 Kenworth truck and trailer was also westbound and was unable to stop in time, according to the state patrol. Troopers called just after noon today to milepost 79 report the log truck came to rest blocking the roadway in both directions.

Its driver, Kelly G. Moerke, 47, from Chehalis, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.

Also taken to the hospital were the other two drivers, Josee M. Naillon, 25, of Onalaska, and Cristen L. Boling, 37, of Silver Creek, according to the patrol. A 5-year-old girl riding in Boling’s RAV4 was reportedly uninjured.

The log truck and the Toyota RAV4 were both described as totaled.

The wreck is blamed on speeds too fast, following too closely and inattention, according to the investigating trooper.

The state patrol listed charges for Moerke of second-degree negligent driving and reckless endangerment of a highway worker.

News brief: Suspected thief summons law enforcement with pocket dial

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police say they arrested a burglar they found inside a Centralia home after she accidentally alerted authorities with a pocket dial.

The woman had placed the resident’s cordless phone into her pocket, and inadvertently dialed 911, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Officers responded to the 9:57 a.m. 911 hangup call from the 500 block of South King Street and found Ann M. Velazquez in the midst of committing a burglary, according to police.

The 36-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for second-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

She was also booked for possession of meth, according to police.


News brief: Chehalis high school on alert

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Updated at 1:37 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Officers are increasing their presence in the area of W.F. West High School in Chehalis this morning following the discovery of a troubling comment made on social media.

The App called “After School” is a W.F. West High School site only accessible to their own students, who may post anonymously, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

A screens shot shown to police reads ““You all will be sorry tomorrow, every single person.”

Police department spokesperson Linda Bailey said after police learned of the posting via a 911 call about 7:50 p.m. yesterday, they contacted the school’s principal, who was already aware of it.

Investigators weren’t able to locate any posting referencing a shooting, according to Bailey.

The school is attended by ninth through 12th graders and is located at 342 S.W. 16th Street.

Police early this afternoon said another posting was made indicating the person only meant they were contemplating harming themselves, but officers couldn’t confirm the two posts were made by the same individual, according to Deputy Chief Randy Kaut.

Argument leads to multiple gunshots in south Chehalis

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Officers collect evidence from outside a small house on Southwest William Avenue.

Updated at 8:30 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Several shots were fired following an argument outside a Chehalis residence overnight, drawing officers from multiple agencies to the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue.

Nobody was struck or injured, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Department spokesperson Linda Bailey reports the masked suspect fled the scene.

Officers responded to several 911 calls around 2:55 a.m. today, in which callers indicated hearing four or five shots, according to Bailey.

Chehalis police were joined by officers from the Centralia Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol. They set up containment in the area and brought in a police dog in an attempt to locate the suspect, according to Bailey.

The investigation is ongoing this morning and detectives are following up on several leads.

Bailey said this morning she has no information yet on where any bullets may have landed, but officers are at the scene now working on determining such information.

The police department believes it was not a random act, but that the residents of the home and the shooter are known to each other.

Initial information suggested the person with the gun as a male who left on foot, she said.

“They’re still interviewing to see if they can piece together a description,” she said.

News brief: Rural Chehalis kitchen fire displaces residents

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A two-story home south of Chehalis sustained substantial damage from a fire yesterday evening, but the occupants were unhurt, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

Crews were called about 7:30 p.m. to a report of a kitchen fire at the 300 block of North Prairie Road, about two miles east of Interstate 5 and just north of U.S. Highway 12.

They saw light smoke rising from the second story and immediately began extinguishing the fire, according to Firefighter Maria Kennedy.

They were assisted by members of Lewis County Fire Districts 6 and 15.

Kennedy said that because the family had kept the inside doors closed, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen and common area.

Arrangements were made for the residents to stay with nearby family, according to Kennedy.

News brief: Suspect in hospital parking lot beating takes deal from prosecutors

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 20-year-old Centralia resident implicated in a case in which a 37-year-old Centralia man was beaten inside his car in the parking lot at Providence Centralia Hospital entered into a plea deal and was sentenced to time served.

David Serrano Mosso was charged Aug. 3 for the July 28 incident and held on $500,000 bail.

Charging documents in the case describe the victim as meeting someone he’d sold some wheels to, in order to get paid, and two males getting into his car, one of them shoving a pistol into his ribs and them telling him to drive out to a wooded area. Police at the time said he got scared, and pulled into the hospital parking lot where he was pistol whipped.

He said he noticed a third male following them in a white Honda-style car.

Last Thursday afternoon, Serrano Mosso made an Alford plea to second-degree assault, stating he did not commit the crime but wanted to take advantage of a plea offer.

The charges of  first-degree assault and first-degree kidnapping were dropped.

The following day, he was sentenced to 64 days in jail, up to 12 months of community custody and ordered not to have contact with the victim for 10 years.

The standard range for second-degree assault, given he had no criminal history, was three to nine months, but both sides agreed justice would be best served with a lower than usual sentence, according to court documents.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said that was because of the “facts in the case.”

Police are still looking for the other person or persons involved, Halstead said today.

For background, read “Prosecutors: Centralia man’s refusal to drive to wooded area gets him pistol whipped” from Thursday August 4, 2016, here

News brief: Dogs found chained to trees in forest outside Morton

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Updated at 1:08 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Cinebar area man has been arrested after being identified as the person who allegedly left five dogs chained to trees out in the woods outside Morton without food or water.

Richard D. Carlile, 29, is tentatively scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday for first-degree animal cruelty.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning they began investigating a week ago, after getting a call from someone who discovered a dog chained to a tree in the forest. The pitbull was non-ambulatory, could not lift its head and could not eat, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

That was on Saturday evening, Sept. 24, according to Breen.

The caller said she thought she heard other dogs out there, but left, fearing for her safety, Breen said.

The following day, the woman led deputies to the area of Forest Service Road 73 – about six miles from state Route 508 –  where they located four other pitbulls tied up to to trees, with no food or water, Breen said. They appeared to be malnourished and dehydrated, Breen said.

They also found an abandoned campsite, which contained no personal belongings or any kind of food, according to Breen.

The deputy brought two of the dogs out, and upon return, the remaining two canines were nowhere to be found, Breen said.

On Friday, when Carlile contacted the Lewis County Animal Shelter to claim his two impounded dogs, he was arrested.

Breen said Carlile is transient and told deputies he’d only left his pets there for a short time on the day deputies went there.

Carlile’s hearing will be at 4 p.m. today.

News brief: Pedestrian injured by train in Centralia

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Responders bring patient to be airlifted near Delaware Avenue in Centralia / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police are working with BNSF to figure what sort of train struck a 21-year-old woman earlier today and how it happened.

The Centralia woman lived, but was in no shape to be interviewed before being whisked away by a helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to police.

Nearby citizens heard her calls for help and came out to investigate, Centralia Police Department Sgt. Dave Clary said. The train was already gone, and it’s likely the crew didn’t know what had occurred, he said.

Police and firefighters were called about 12:30 p.m. to the area about 300 yards north of the Sixth Street viaduct near Delaware Avenue, which runs adjacent to the tracks, according to authorities.

Clary said she was hit while crossing the tracks and her only injury was to her foot, although it was significant.

“How her foot was injured and not the rest of her seems to be like a Christmas miracle,” Clary said.

Medics with Riverside Fire Authority responded and summoned an Airlift Northwest helicopter to pick her up at the scene, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert.

The fire department described her injuries as traumatic, but she was conscious and alert when she departed, they said.

Clary said the public needs to heed their warnings, and sometimes tickets, about walking over railroad tracks in areas where there is no designated crossing.

“People need to take these trains extremely seriously, and know they will not win with a train,” he said. “This young woman’s foot, I can tell you, is never going to be the same.

“It was not worth not going up and around the Sixth Street viaduct.”

News brief: Monroe prison investigating death of inmate from Lewis County

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The state Department of Corrections is investigating the death of a former Morton man, an inmate found unresponsive yesterday morning at the Monroe Correctional Complex.

Thirty-year-old Michael D Bryant was discovered about 7 a.m. unconscious and not breathing, and prison staff began providing lifesaving measures, including a call to 911, according to authorities. Local paramedics pronounced him dead at 7:29 am., DOC spokesperson Jeremy Barclay stated.

Bryant was being held in Monroe’s Special Offender Unit, a part of the facility opened in 1981 to treat and house seriously mentally ill offenders.

He was convicted in Lewis County Superior Court in early 2008 after repeatedly stabbing a woman he’d met at Cascade Mental Health in Chehalis, for no apparent reason. Bryant was about halfway through his 18-year-sentence.

Monroe’s Special Offender Unit is the same place where last year, a Lewis County man at the beginning of a five-year sentence died after an assault for which a fellow inmate was investigated. Gordon C. Powell Jr., 45, passed away May 18, 2015.

DOC spokesperson Barclay wrote in a news release yesterday that initial response indicates Bryant’s death was a result of an apparent suicide and a full review will be completed of the circumstances/incident.

DOC officials contacted local law enforcement and the county coroner’s office. Monroe Correctional Complex’s Intelligence and Investigations unit, along with local law enforcement, are investigating the matter, according to Barclay.

The prison located in Monroe, in Snohomish County, houses approximately 2,400 male inmates.

News brief: Identity of fiery Glenoma crash victim confirmed

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the victim of Tuesday’s early morning wreck of a pickup truck in Glenoma.

He is 27-year-old Richard G. Green, a Glenoma resident, according to Coroner Warren McLeod.

Passersby came upon the burning wreckage on the Champion 200 Line. Investigators estimated the 1996 Ford F150 had been traveling as fast as 70 mph on a long straight stretch before striking a tree and catching fire.

The collision wasn’t witnessed, but the sheriff’s office believes it occurred  sometime around 5:30 a.m. or 6 o’clock.

McLeod won’t make a final determination on the cause and manner of death until after he gets the results of toxicology tests and further studies.

For background, read “News brief: Details on Glenoma crash, fatality still under investigation” from Thursday September 29, 2016, here

JNET talks about seizure of guns, drugs in south Chehalis

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office shared this image on Twitter about JNET’s arrest.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County law enforcement’s drug fighting team released details yesterday about their Monday night arrest of an alleged drug dealer at his south Chehalis home, including how he’s spent some of the proceeds.

Drannon B. Smythe, 23, is accused of being a large-scale seller of controlled substances, and of trading firearms during his transactions.

He allegedly admitted to buying three sport-type cars with the proceeds.

Smythe was charged Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court with  possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. His arraignment was scheduled for today.

Lewis County prosecutors wrote in charging documents that on Monday after his arrest, Smythe said he came to the door with a loaded AK-47, but put it down when law enforcement outside verified who they were.

Prosecutors wrote of the search turning up about an ounce of heroin, some methamphetamine, about $3,000 cash and thirteen firearms, several of which were loaded.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team wrote in a news release that actually 18 guns were seized, several of which were determined to have been stolen in Lewis County.

During the search, they also reportedly found hundreds of prescription pills and made mention that one of the counts they arrested him for was possession of LSD. He was not charged with that.

The arrest highlights the partnership between agencies, according to JNET Sergeant Brian Warren

“Working together will help us be more effective and focus on drug issues in rural Lewis County,” Warren stated. “The Joint Narcotics Task Force will continue to aggressively go after people who choose to be involved in illegal drugs in our communities.”

Warren indicates the search warrant was served at Smythe’s home on the 200 block of Newaukum Golf Drive. Court documents state Smythe lived on the the 200 block of Newaukum Valley Golf Course Drive.

JNET spells his name as Smyth, while prosecutors charged him as Smythe. His street name is given as “Dragon.”

According to Warren, JNET was accompanied by the U.S. Marshals Service as well as members of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Enforcement Team. Smythe’s roommate Sean Anthony Penn, 30, was arrested for an unrelated warrant from Thurston County.

Court documents state that Smythe told them, if law enforcement had served the warrant the previous day, he’d have had pounds of methamphetamine, but he was robbed.

In response to an inquiry, Warren said Smythe claimed someone broke into his house the night before and stole the drugs, but police are not investigating that since it was illegal for him to have them anyhow.

JNET also is asking if anyone has information regarding Smythe’s activities, to please phone them at 360-330-7680 or 360-748-9286.

For background, read “Drugs, guns and an arrest in Chehalis” from Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 8:31 p.m., here

News brief: Inappropriate touching case from Sunbird ends with plea deal

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 33-year-old man charged with indecent liberties for allegedly grabbing the hand of a 20-year-old special needs student and placing it in his crotch area while the two were working at Sun Bird Shopping Center in Chehalis was sentenced yesterday to 90 days in jail.

Rodney R. Cook, from Olympia, was arrested last month.

The young woman was participating in a  program in which students go to local businesses to learn job skills.

Cook entered into a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation and the indecent liberties charge was dropped, according to his lawyer Kevin Nelson.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt yesterday accepted the agreed recommendation in which Cook would be given 364 days in jail with all but 90 of them suspended for two years. He’s already served 43 days.

For background, read “Sunbird employee accused of inappropriately touching  developmentally disabled worker” from Thursday August 18, 2016, here

News brief: Details on Glenoma crash, fatality still under investigation

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The identity of the victim of the early morning fiery crash near Glenoma may not be confirmed until the end of next week, the Lewis County Coroner’s Office indicated this morning.

Passersby came upon the burning wreckage of a pickup truck on the Champion 200 Line just before 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The occupant was trapped in the vehicle and died, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

At the time, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said they believed, based in part on who the truck was registered to, the driver was a 27-year-old Glenoma resident.

An autopsy was scheduled for today, but a final determination won’t be made until after they get the results of toxicology tests and further studies, according to Coroner Warren McLeod.

For background, read “News brief: Lewis County sheriff’s office investigating logging road crash, death” from Tuesday September 27, 2016, here

News brief: Centralia teens hurt when truck leaves roadway

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Pickup truck rests on its top. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two young men were extricated from a small pickup truck that was nearly split in half from the force of its collision into a tree in Centralia last night.

Firefighters called about 9:20 p.m. to the area off North Gold Street at Ham Hill Road found the truck at the bottom of an embankment on its top. The occupants had been wearing seat belts, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Crews used hydraulic tools to remove the 18-year-old driver and his 16-year-old passenger, according to authorities.

Fire Capt. Scott Weinert said because of suspected internal injuries, the pair were airlifted to Harborview Medial Center in Seattle.

Centralia police report this morning it appears that speed and inexperience were factors in the collision. The police department describes their injuries as non-life threatening.