Archive for the ‘News briefs’ Category

News brief: Criminal impersonation case against Chehalis man dismissed

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors dropped a felony case they had filed against a Chehalis business owner, alleging after they searched his warehouse and his residence he’d used an alias, illegally possessed a gun and falsely declared his qualifications as a voter.

Elvis A. Matias-Lopez, 34, of Chehalis, was charged at the end of April in Lewis County Superior Court.

According to court documents, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office found Matias-Lopez was illegally in the country and eligible for deportation.

A sheriff’s detective began looking into Champion Greens located on Northwest West Street in Chehalis based on information that arose pursuant to an investigation by multiple agencies into organized criminal activity in Washington state, according to court documents.

Law enforcement conducted surveillance on on Matias-Lopez for about a year, ending last October, court documents relate.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead wouldn’t say what kind of organized crime was being looked into, but yesterday said he asked a judge to dismiss the charges earlier this month because he anticipates the case will be transferred to a federal jurisdiction.

The local charges were first-degree criminal impersonation, false declaration as to qualifications as a voter and alien in possession of a firearm without an alien firearm license.

They were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can be re-filed at a later date, Halstead said.
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For background, read “Probe into unspecified “organized crime” nets local resident eligible for deportation” from Sunday May 1, 2016, here

News brief: Gun-pointing landowner gets booked

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A worker walked off the job at Cowlitz Timber Trails near Salkum yesterday after encountering an angry 69-year-old man who reportedly held him at gunpoint, telling him he could shoot him and anyone else who came onto his property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy called just before 12:20 p.m. about the incident at the 1800 block of Spencer Road was told it happened on the property line in the woods and the 42-year-old resident of Silver Creek had been using a chainsaw to clear brush.

The victim said the man was pointing the firearm at him from within five feet, ranting about a property dispute and the victim was very afraid he was going to die, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The gunman after about 30 seconds put his pistol away and the victim walked off the job, according to the sheriff’s office.

Cowlitz Timber Trails is a membership-based camping and recreation property along the Cowlitz River.

Roger K. Wilkinson, 69, Salkum, was contacted, arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail. He is scheduled to be brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to hear what, if any, charges will be filed against him.

News brief: Teen lost during hike spends night outdoors

Monday, July 25th, 2016
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A picture taken just before he went missing on Sunday was shared on social media.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A teenager who got separated from his father while hiking yesterday afternoon south of White Pass was located in good shape this morning.

The White Pass Ski Resort began tweeting just before 1 a .m. today they needed volunteers first thing this morning to help search for 15-year-old Robby Kershaw.

They tweeted he was found just before 10 a.m. and thanked the hundreds of volunteers who responded.

They had been hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail by Hogback Mountain near the Lewis-Yakima county border.

The boy was in good condition when he was found, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

News brief: Victim found injured, alone at scene of two-vehicle collision in Winlock

Monday, July 25th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Law enforcement is looking for the driver who walked away from a head-on collision in Winlock early yesterday morning after telling an injured woman in the other vehicle he would call for help.

A passing citizen who came upon the wreck on the 200 block of North Military Road called 911 about 5:30 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The 50-year-old Winlock woman at the scene sustained serious injuries including broken bones in her face and back, according to the sheriff’s office. She was airlifted to a hospital in Vancouver and then transferred to a Portland hospital for further treatment, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

Her pickup truck and the other car were both totaled, Brown said.

The victim said that before the man left, he tried once to open her door, asked her if she could move and said he would call police or an ambulance, according to Brown.

Deputies searched but could not locate him, Brown said.

His 2007 Acura four-door, with Utah license plates, was impounded to be checked for finger prints and DNA evidence, Brown said.

He is described as a white male with dark hair and around 5-feet 9-inches tall. Brown said he could have injuries to his face or arm.

Chehalis fight: Felony trial ends with misdemeanor convictions

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A trial for two men accused of second-degree assault for a fight between distant relatives in Chehalis ended with both found guilty of two counts of fourth-degree assault.

The offenses are gross misdemeanors instead of felonies.

Edu Adsilva Leal, 23, of Chehalis and Gustavo Casmiro-Gomez, 31, were charged in February for the incident that took place the previous September at the 1300 block of Southwest Mills Avenue in Chehalis.

Prosecutors alleged one of them punched his cousin in the head and when the cousin’s father tried to intervene, the other knocked him to the ground, causing a head injury.

Casmiro-Gomez’s lawyer, Chris Baum, said there was yelling, an altercation and then testimony diverged as to what followed.

The jury deliberated in Lewis County Superior Court on Monday after the trial that began the week before.

The two defendants appeared in court this afternoon, out of custody, to set a date for their sentencing. The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. on August 3.
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – FROM THE COURTHOUSE” from Saturday February 27, 2016, here

News brief: Green Hill counselor-inmate sex case will end without a trial

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A counselor who pleaded not guilty to custodial sexual misconduct in connection with a student-inmate at Green Hill School has struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Erin Stiebritz, who also goes by the last name of Snodgrass, appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon to set a date to change her plea.

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Courtesy photo DSHS

The now-37-year-old  is expected back in court next Wednesday.

Stiebritz was arrested in January, following an investigation conducted by the Washington State Patrol during 2015.

Prosecutors alleged that the then resident-counselor had an intimate relationship with an incarcerated boy who turned 18 during that time, including engaging in sex in her office, during several months in 2014.

She has been free on an unsecured bond.

Green Hill is run by the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, a division of the Department of Social and Health Services. It’s a medium to maximum security fenced facility in Chehalis that provides older, male offenders education and vocational training.
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For background, read “Juvenile administrators speak out on arrest of Green Hill counselor” from Thursday January 14, 2016, here

News brief: Local Crime Stoppers program to be dissolved

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Board members of Crime Stoppers of Lewis County have voted unanimously to cease operations.

While the program has seen a lot of success during its 21 years of existence, the large downturn in the number of tips coming in and the few cases they now help law enforcement solve, shows times have changed, the board said in a news release this afternoon. Board insurance takes up more and more of the budget coming from fundraisers, they said.

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“The board would like to thank all those individuals, social organizations and businesses that supported Crime Stoppers through the years,” the news release stated. “Without this generous support, Crime Stoppers would not have been successful.”

Over time, tips have led to 440 cleared cases, 356 arrests and a total dollar recovery amounting to $3,296,653, according to the board.

It has paid out rewards totaling $45,975.

Many people who have reported tips have not claimed their rewards. Any outstanding rewards must be claimed by September 20, 2016.

To inquire about collecting a reward call 360- 740-2726.

Crime Stoppers is hoping to find a group to take over its child identification program, where they make a kit for parents consisting of fingerprint, photo and DNA. To inquire about that, call 360- 740-2726.

The student Crime Stoppers programs in Chehalis and Adna school districts will also end.

The board made note that social media allows for other avenues of reporting crime. They encourage schools to work with local law enforcement to adopt a new program to replace Student Crime Stoppers.

News brief: Glenoma home catches fire

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters were called to the 100 block of Kosmos Road in Glenoma yesterday when a fire broke out in a ceiling area.

Fire Investigator Jay Birley said one of the residents had just gotten home from town and was on the front porch when a smoke alarm alerted her.

“So she runs in there to see what’s going on and notices the fan, in the bathroom, had fallen out onto the floor and was on fire,” Birley said.

She woke up her boyfriend and got everyone out of the house, he said.

Lewis County Fire District 18, assisted by Fire Districts 3, 4 and 14, responded to the approximately 9:30 a.m. call.

Crews got there quickly, knocked it down and contained the damage to the attic, he said.

“They did an outstanding job,” he said.

The single-story older-style modular home is currently not habitable, but the family’s belongings can be saved, he said.

Birley is investigating and said this morning the fan is suspect.

It had been left on and running for a couple of hours, and they are not meant to be used for long durations, he said.

News brief: Onalaska man turns up safe in Oregon

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The missing Onalaska man was located safe at about 8 a.m. this morning, hitchhiking in Dalles, Oregon.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday asked for the public’s help in finding 72-year-old Sean McTimmons, who had walked away from home the morning before after an argument.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning McTimmons was contacted by an Oregon state trooper. He is safe and gone on his own volition, according to Brown.
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For background, read “News brief: Law looking for missing Ony resident” from Tuesday July 19, 2016, here

News brief: Two truck wreck in I-5 construction zone

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Updated at 8:35 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people were injured when a Freightliner van slowed for traffic on northbound Interstate 5 in Centralia last night and a semi truck unable to stop in time slammed into its back end.

Troopers called just before midnight to the area near milepost 81 report the driver of the 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer combination, Satwinder Singh, 30, from Everett, was not injured.

It happened in an area where one lane was closed for construction.

But the occupants of the van, both from California, were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. They are the driver, Ruben Martinez-Puente, 31, from Hollister; and Kelly M. Reed, 46, from Sebastopol, according to the state patrol.

They were able to pull over and neither truck rolled or lost any of its load, fortunately, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Fire Capt. Kevin Curfman said the occupants of the California van said their cargo was “10,000 government rats and mice.”

Curfman didn’t see the rodents, but was told they’d be fine while the pair went to the hospital, as they had food and water.

“Beyond that, I have no idea,” Curfman said as to where the animals were headed or why. “I’m just glad it wasn’t wide open and rodents running everywhere.”

The damage to the vehicles was described by the state patrol only as “reportable.” Both were towed.

The investigating trooper blames the wreck on inattention and following too closely.

News brief: Law looking for missing Ony resident

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
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Anyone who has seen Sean McTimmons or has any information, is asked to call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating an Onalaska area man who hasn’t been seen since he walked away from home yesterday morning after an argument.

Sean McTimmons, 72, left his cell phone and house keys behind, but did have his wallet which held a debit card, according to the sheriff’s office.

He has not contacted friends or family in the area, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this afternoon in a news release.  He is known to frequent local truck stops in the area, especially Loves Travel Stop in Napavine, according to Brown.

He lives on the 100 block of McCann Road, west of Onalaska, with his wife and took off at 8:10 a.m. yesterday, according to Brown.

If anyone has seen McTimmons or has any information, they are asked to call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286.

He is described as a white male, 6-feet 3-inches tall, weighing 220 pounds with white hair, and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a trucker style baseball cap, a faded tan Carhart vest, a red-maroon plaid shirt, blue jeans, and dark brown boots.

News brief: Three injured in three-vehicle wreck on I-5

Sunday, July 17th, 2016
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Responders on the scene at southbound Interstate 5. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people in a Ford Focus were airlifted after their car was sandwiched in between a pair of vehicles in a rear-end collision Interstate 5 south of Chehalis yesterday.

Troopers called to the southbound lanes near milepost 70 just after 1 p.m. found all three vehicles were totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Ford Focus, occupied by a driver from Hillsboro, Oregon and a passenger from Seattle, was stopped behind a pickup truck for traffic when 21-year-old Ashley M. Smith from Centralia rear ended them, according to the state patrol.

Smith was driving a Honda Civic and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with unspecified injuries, the investigating trooper reports. Her passenger Jordan C. Smith, 24, was reportedly unhurt.

The driver of the pickup was reportedly also uninjured..

LifeFlight flew Jody M. Bagnariol, 63, and Elisabeth R. Rudolph, 50, to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, according to the state patrol.

The collision is under investigation.

Update: Both occupants of the Ford Focus subsequently died at the hospital, according to the state patrol.

Police: Playing with fireworks inside garage sparks blaze

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
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Smoke rises from detached garage in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Young people playing with fireworks is the cause of a fire that broke out overnight at the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia.

“There was a mortar tube lit inside the garage, for whatever reason,” Centralia Police Department Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

Firefighters called about 12:20 a.m. found the detached garage fully involved in flames and quickly extinguished it, Riverside Fire Authority reported this morning.

No other structures were involved and nobody was hurt, Fire Capt. Terry Ternan indicated.

Reichert said police talked with several juveniles there.

A case for reckless discharge of fireworks will be referred to prosecutors for the 16-year-old boy who lives there, he said.

News brief: Woman injured in state Route 6 crash

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
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Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

Updated at 12:05 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 41-year-old driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle last night after a single-vehicle wreck along state Route 6 about two miles west of Chehalis.

Troopers and aid called to the scene just before 11 p.m. found the sport utility vehicle was totaled.

Sarah D. Wilson, of Chehalis, had been traveling westbound when her Mazda Tribute left the roadway to the right, hit a tree, then crossed a driveway and hit another tree and then two parked cars, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Lewis County Fire District 6 reports nearby residents at the 1400 block of state Route 6 near Stearns Road said they came out right away and found the woman on the ground, partially beneath the front bumper, suggesting she may have been ejected. The state patrol reports she had been wearing a seat belt.

Fire department spokesperson DJ Hammer stated the patient suffered possibly life threatening injuries to her head and chest.

Wilson is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit this morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The collision is blamed on inattention, according to the state patrol. Wilson faces a charge of second-degree negligent driving, the investigating trooper reports.

News brief: Centralia house catches fire

Monday, July 11th, 2016
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House fire this morning in Centralia. / Courtesy photo

Updated at 10:17 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Nobody was hurt but an early morning fire in Centralia did substantial damage to a house in the 100 block of Clearview Heights.

Firefighters called about 3:30 a.m. were assisted by crews from Rochester, Chehalis and Lewis County Fire District 6.

Fire investigator Derrick Paul was among them. Paul said it started in the garage area, got into the attic and “basically burned the roof off.”

The first arriving crew found one side of the single-story home well-involved with flames, including an adjacent shed, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

All of the occupants were able to get outside safely, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert.

The cause is being investigated.

Paul investigated a house fire yesterday right across the street.

He said in that case it appeared a wire shorted out in the garage, igniting paper from the insulation on the ceiling.

“The owner caught it early on but it burned all the insulation in the garage,” he said. The damage was minimal.

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Crew puts water on roof of home. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority.

News brief: Close call when arthritic woman preps for target practice

Friday, July 8th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 70-year-old woman preparing to practice shooting with her husband and a friend was injured yesterday when she accidentally fired a pistol she thought was unloaded inside her Toledo-area home.

She suffers from arthritis and was unsure if she could still shoot due to limited use of her fingers, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said while the woman was walking from her bedroom to the front door, she pulled the trigger and either a fragment of the hollow-point bullet or a sharp piece of the magazine she was holding in her other hand caused a laceration to her left palm.

The gunshot mangled the pistol magazine, Brown said.

It happened at the 100 block of Kinzie Lane northeast of Toledo around 2 p.m. and a deputy met up with the woman in the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office labeled the incident a negligent discharge of a weapon.

The woman was released from the hospital after her hand was cleaned and bandaged, Brown said. No stitches were required, Brown said.

News brief: Drugs, guns seized at south Centralia residence

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
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Law enforcement brings out their big rigs this morning in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Felicia Reyes

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people were arrested at a Centralia home this morning and a third taken into custody elsewhere in the culmination of a month-long drug investigation, according to authorities.

Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and several weapons were seized from the residence at the 1000 block of South Tower Avenue, according to a news release sent on behalf of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.

JNET is comprised of detectives with the Centralia and Chehalis police departments and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A search warrant was served at 7 a.m., with the assistance of the Lewis County Regional SWAT Team, the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team and personnel with the state Department of Corrections.

Jennifer N. Morillon, 31, of Centralia, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Patrick N. Martin, 50, also of Centralia, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and for two counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

Shortly after the warrant was served, a 33-year-old Centralia man was picked up at a home off Reeder Road in Maytown. Brandon M. Perrot was in possession of two handguns which were seized since he is a convicted felon, according to the news release.  He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for four counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance/methamphetamine.

The Tower Avenue house has been posted uninhabitable due to numerous code violations found inside and outside.

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Several law enforcement officers took part in arrests on South Tower Avenue. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

News brief: Coroner releases name of drowning victim

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office reports the name of the man pulled from Mayfield Lake is Russell R. Serventi Sr.

The 43-year-old Rochester man was swimming with his teenage son last Friday when he slipped beneath the water’s surface. His body was recovered yesterday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office has indicated Serventi tired out and although his wife attempted to help keep him afloat, she could not.

Coroner Warren McLeod has planned an autopsy for tomorrow to confirm the cause and manner of death.
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For background, read “News brief: Drowning victim recovered in Mayfield Lake” from Wednesday July 6, 2016, here

News brief: Drowning victim recovered in Mayfield Lake

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
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The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office posted photos and updates on Facebook and Twitter of their activities at Mayfield Lake.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The search in Mayfield Lake that began late Friday afternoon for a Rochester man who slipped beneath the surface ended late this afternoon with the recovery of a body presumed to be his.

The body was found approximately 80 feet down and about 90 feet from where the 43-year-old husband and father was last seen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

His name has not been released.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters responding to the 5:15 p.m. call for help on Friday from Ike Kinswa State Park were told the man became too tired to stay afloat as he and his teenage son were swimming back from a buoy. His wife swam out and tried to help him, but was unable to, according to the sheriff’s office.

Members of the sheriff’s office were assisted by the he Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s dive team on Saturday, yesterday and today.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the search and recovery effort was dangerous and difficult, given the tangle of tree stumps, branches and other underwater debris. The county coroner is expected to release the man’s name at some point.

Mayfield is actually one of two reservoirs created by two dams on the Cowlitz River.
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For background, read “News brief: Mayfield Lake drowning victim not located today” from Saturday July 2, 2016 at 8:50 p.m., here

News brief: Train incident victim is Centralia woman

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An autopsy is scheduled for Friday for the 50-year-old woman who died Monday afternoon after getting hit by a freight train in Centralia.

Her name was released today, she is Sheri L. Dow, a resident of Centralia, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Dow was on foot and walked into the side of the train at the intersection of East Locust Street, near South Railroad Avenue in Centralia, according to authorities.

The Centralia Police Department is investigating.
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For background, read “News brief: Woman on foot fatally struck by train” from Tuesday July 5, 2016, here

News brief: Woman on foot fatally struck by train

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Updated at 8:06 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A woman was struck by a freight train yesterday in Centralia but pronounced dead at the hospital.

Firefighters and police called about 1:40 p.m. to the 100 block of South Railroad Avenue found the patient who was approximately 50 years old, according to authorities.

She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where she died, Riverside Fire Authority reports.

It wasn’t the train crew that reported it, because it didn’t happen at the front of the train, according to BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas. She walked into the side of the southbound train, Melonas said.

The crossing where she was walking when she was hit was at East Locust Street, the same intersection where last summer, Vic Bonagofski fell off his bicycle and was killed by a train.

The BNSF rail lines were closed for approximately 30 minutes yesterday afternoon.

The Centralia Police Department is investigating. The Lewis County Coroner’s Office today said they know who the woman is and are in the process of notifying her next-of-kin. Her name has not been released.

News brief: Police investigate stabbing in Centralia McDonald’s restaurant lobby

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Updated at 3:31 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Several customers as well as the victim of a stabbing inside a Centralia McDonald’s restaurant jumped the attacker, disarmed him and held him until police arrived today.

Police called at 12:10 p.m. to the 1200 block of Lum Road near the Centralia Outlets arrested the suspect.

Centralia police say the suspect walked into the lobby of the business after previously being told he should leave by a customer for being abusive to an employee at the counter.

At least two customers got involved in kicking him out and one of them, a man in his 50s, was the target of the ensuing knife incident.

“The victim was transported to Providence Hospital Centralia and at last report, is being treated for his injuries,” Centralia police stated just before 2:30 p.m.

The suspect was also transported to the hospital and was treated for the injuries he received when he crashed into a window during the fight, police said. Calvin Beck, 50, was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

Detective Sgt. Carl Buster indicates Beck is transient as far as he can tell.

No other participants were injured.

News brief: Mayfield Lake drowning victim not located today

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Today’s attempts to find and recover the body of a Rochester man who slipped beneath the surface of Mayfield Lake late yesterday afternoon ended without success, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s dive team assisted in the effort that began this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who responded yesterday to the call for help at Ike Kinswa State Park learned the man became tired swimming back from a buoy, and although his wife tried to save him, she couldn’t keep him afloat.

The sheriff’s office said he is a 43-year-old who was camping with his family. His name has not been released.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this afternoon the search will resume on Tuesday, with different equipment.
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For background, read “News brief: Rochester father, husband believed drowned in Mayfield Lake” from Saturday July 2, 2016 at 9:17 a.m., here