Archive for the ‘News briefs’ Category

News brief: Speeding motorist flees following high-impact crash

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Four women were injured last night when their Cadillac was rear-ended by a speeding driver on Interstate 5 in Centralia; the impact so powerful it pushed the car’s trunk into its backseat.

“It got hit hard, really hard,” Chehalis Firefighter Derrick Paul said this morning.

Responders had to cut off two of the car’s doors to extricate the occupants, Paul said.

Aid and troopers called about 11 p.m. to the northbound lanes near the Mellen Street interchange. The 1994 Cadillac Seville was totaled and the driver of a Mitsubishi Montero had fled the scene, according to Washington State Patrol.

Carlos Pioquinto Flores, 30, of Tacoma, was found a short time later with the help of Centralia police dog Lobo and his partner Officer Ruben Ramirez, according to law enforcement officers. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, hit and run and other offenses including obstructing, according to the state patrol.

The investigating trooper reported Pioquinto Flores was not injured.

The women were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with back injuries, the patrol reported. Firefighter Paul said one of them declined to go to the hospital.

The injured are listed as Karen M. Rotter, 58, of Rochester; Shirley M. Brown, 71, Olympia; Faye L. Pelleriti, 67, Olympia; and Nancy Parker, 61, Olympia.

Read about arson near Littlerock leads to arrests …

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports three people were arrested for arson following a fire at a house near Littlerock.

Read it here

Read about small tornado touches down near Napavine …

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KOMOtv.com reports a small tornado touched down briefly east of Napavine on Friday.

Read it here

News brief: Judge Buzzard stepping down from the bench

Friday, May 27th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Judge Steven Buzzard is retiring from both municipal courts in Chehalis and Centralia.

His last day will be Tuesday.

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Steve Buzzard

In Chehalis, they have four applications for the position and will be conducting interviews for a new judge during the next two weeks, according to Chehalis Municipal Court Administrator Becky Fox.

Buzzard has been on the bench there since December 1997. He started in Centralia in January 2005.

Centralia has five candidates for their judge position and will be interviewing this afternoon, according to the city’s human resources director Candice Rydalch.

“Hopefully we’ll have a decision by next week,” Rydalch said this morning.

Read about boy, 4, killed in Rochester tractor accident …

Friday, May 27th, 2011

This was updated at 8:53 a.m. on Friday May 27, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KIROtv.com reports a 4-year-old boy was killed when he was run over by a tractor driven by his 7-year-old brother in Rochester yesterday evening.

Read about it here

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office this morning identified the child as Isaac Decker, of Rochester. He is 3 years old, not 4 years old as initially reported, according to Lt. Greg Elwin.

According to Elwin, Isaac was riding on the running board of a sod-cutting tractor being driven by his 7-year-old brother.

At some point, the boy jumped off and slipped and was run over, according to Elwin.

Deputies and aid were called about 8:15 p.m. last night to the farm on the 17600 block of McCormick Road Southwest.

The boy suffered what Elwin described as massive head trauma and was declared dead the scene, Elwin reported.

An adult male was riding on the back of the tractor.

The child’s 18-year-old cousin saw it happening, tried to help and was injured as well, according to Elwin.

Read about medical marijuana bill dead …

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Tacoma) News Tribune reports the scaled back bill to reform medical marijuana distribution is being shelved for lack of time left during the current legislative session.

News reporter Jordan Schrader writes about it, here

The Seattle Times writes in further detail about where the law currently stands. Read it here

News brief: Rear view mirror may lead detective to hit and run driver

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Pieces of a vehicle found at the scene of Saturday night’s hit and run accident that left a 77-year-old pedestrian dead on Interstate 5 are being analyzed in hopes of finding the driver.

Washington State Patrol detective Matt Hughes said they are still looking for witnesses to the incident that killed Lily M. Rowland of Chehalis.

Rowland was found deceased about 10 p.m. on northbound Interstate 5 near the Labree Road interchange south of Chehalis.

They had been getting 911 calls of a person walking in or near the lane of travel before she was hit, Hughes said.

Her family had been looking for her, he said.

“My understanding is she was experiencing dementia-like issues and had walked away from her residence,” Hughes said.

Her home is about a mile from where she was found, according to Hughes. They think she was walking south and he believed she had been missing less than an hour, he said.

Troopers retrieved a rear view mirror and front end parts at the scene.

Hughes said he is expecting later today to learn more about the type of vehicle that was involved.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call detective Hughes at 360-449-7944.

Read about Castle Rock marijuana clinic doctor previously reprimanded …

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News writes the doctor at a new medical marijuana clinic in Castle Rock – who is also an emergency room physician at Providence Centralia Hospital – was reprimanded in 2007 for prescription abuse.

Dr. Robert E. Billings was since cleared to treat patients again and the matter was closed, according to news reporter Barbara LaBoe.

Read LaBoe’s story here

News brief: Galvin man dies in motorcycle crash

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Galvin resident was killed when his motorcycle struck a tree yesterday west of Centralia.

Troopers were called about 12:19 p.m. to the 200 block of Joppish Road where Mycol E. Turner, 35, was dead at the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Turner was traveling northbound when he failed to negotiate a curve to the right, ran off the road and down the shoulder before impacting the tree, according to the state patrol.

His 1983 Harley Davidson was totaled. The investigating trooper blamed the collision on speeding.

News brief: Pedestrian struck and killed on Interstate 5 near Chehalis

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

This news item was updated at 12:30 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Troopers are looking for witnesses to a fatal hit and run on Interstate 5 south of Chehalis last night that left a 77-year-old pedestrian dead.

The Washington State Patrol was called about 10 p.m. to the northbound lanes near the Labree Road interchange where Lily M. Rowland of Chehalis was killed when she was struck by a vehicle, according to Trooper Steven Schatzel.

Rowland was walking southbound when she was struck, according to Schatzel.

“My understanding is she was walking in the lane of travel,” Schatzel said today.

Schatzel said troopers don’t know why she was walking on the freeway. He didn’t believe she had left a disabled vehicle nearby, he said.

Lewis County Fire District 5′s public information officer Lt. Laura Hanson said crews responded, found the victim and proceeded as they normally would in such a situation. Hanson had no further details.

Rowland was dead at the scene, according to the state patrol.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call detective Matt Hughes at 360-449-7944.

News brief: Buy a Big Mac, support fallen officer memorial

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Employees of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office working to erect a memorial to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty are aiming for a bronze statue which would sit outside the county courthouse in Chehalis.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Association in recent months has begun raising money for the project.

They are hoping to unveil the monument in August of 2012, according to sheriff’s Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

The idea is to honor the men and women of Lewis County who have died in the line of duty, Brown said.

The committee likes the idea of a bronze statue, something that would be long-lasting, according to Brown.

Most recently, sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Mike Gallagher Jr. lost his life after his patrol car struck an elk on his way to a call in East Lewis County. Gallagher, 34, of Adna, died in August 2009.

A fundraising event is set for next week at the McDonalds restaurant on Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis.

It’s called a “McTakeover” where sheriff’s office employees will work the counter, cook up burgers and fries and serve customers.

A portion of the profits will go toward the memorial.

The McTakeover is set for Thursday, May 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Officers to be memorialized are:

Deputy Mike Gallagher, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: Aug. 18, 2009

Deputy Richard Snider, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: Feb. 8, 1986

K-9 “Ward”, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: Oct. 15, 1985

Deputy Ernest Runke, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: Sept. 19, 1957

Deputy Seth “Riv” Jackson, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: April 7, 1937

Deputized Civilian John M. Haney, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: Nov. 15, 1919

Officer William H. Smith, Centralia Police Department, end of watch: Dec. 23, 1910

Marshal James C. A. Parsons, Centralia Police Department, end of watch: June 30, 1903

Registered sex offender notice: Man returns to Glenoma

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced a level three registered sex offender returned to live in Glenoma after leaving the state in 2002.

Bobby D. Perkins, 59, is registered as living on the 8000 block of U.S. Highway 12.

Perkins is not wanted by law enforcement, but notification to the community is meant to inform the public and enhance public safety, according to the sheriff’s office.

Perkins was released from prison nine years ago after serving time for his 1985 convictions in Grays Harbor County for second-degree kidnapping, first-degree statutory rape and indecent liberties, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

One of his crimes involved taking a 4-year-old girl from her mother’s bed and then dropping her off on a country road about five miles from the home, according to sheriff’s detective Jamey McGinty.

His other crimes involved three girls, ages 3 to 5 years old, according to McGinty.

The sheriff’s office designated him as a level three sex offender, meaning they believe he has a high risk to reoffend.

Perkins is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

To see more details from the bulletin and a photo of Perkins, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office web site level three sex offender page, here.

Questions? The sheriff’s office says call 360-748-9286 for detective McGinty or Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber.
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To search for registered sex offenders living within a specified radius from your home, work or school, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Offender Watch page, here.  There, you can also find safety tips and other information, as well as register to receive email alerts if a new offender registers with an address near you. The same link can always be found on the sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.

News brief: Kitchen fire damages Country Cousin restaurant

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A kitchen fire early this morning has Country Cousin restaurant in Centralia shut down.

Fire investigators are on the scene trying to determine the cause. Nobody was reported injured.

Firefighters were called about 4:45 a.m. to the eatery on the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue just west of Interstate 5.

An employee called for help and got himself out; the restaurant was not otherwise occupied, said Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy.

It originated in the cooking appliances.

“The sprinklers held the fire to under the hood system, and we were able to get in there and finish putting the fire out,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy described the damage as moderate and confined to the appliances.

Boistfort volunteer fire chief retires from his day job

Monday, May 16th, 2011
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Lewis County Fire District 13 Chief Gregg Peterson

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

BOISTFORT VALLEY – “He’s been teaching generations of firefighters how to do their jobs better,” he said. “He’s always been that anchor guy. I just want to say, we will miss you.”

- Dan Bosch, battalion chief with Valley Regional Fire Authority, speaking Sunday at the Baw Faw Grange where well over 100 individuals gathered to celebrate Lewis County Fire District 13 Chief Gregg Peterson’s retirement after 32 years as a professional firefighter in South King County.

News brief: Man missing from Centralia, possibly abducted

Monday, May 16th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that deputies were called three days ago to a Centralia area residence and believe a 22-year-old man was kidnapped.

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Max Cross

Max Cross, 22, a Lewis County resident with no permanent address, is described as 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes.

Deputies have not been able to confirm his welfare or his whereabouts and are concerned for his safety, the sheriff’s office stated in a news release this morning.

Deputies were called about 1:30 a.m. on Friday about a dispute at the 300 block of Big Hanaford Road, according to the news release. Information from witnesses led deputies to think Cross was taken against his will, the news release states.

Cross often frequents locations in Centralia, according to the sheriff’s office.

Further details were not readily available.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information on Cross or what occurred the night of the dispute to call 360-748-9286 or Lewis County crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422.

News brief: Pe Ell fire department’s stolen Jaws of Life returned

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Jaws of Life are back in the hands of the Pe Ell fire department.

The extrication equipment for automobile accidents – with an estimated replacement value of up to $10,000 – were among the tools and other items carried off during a burglary at the fire station last month.

Fire Chief Michael Krafczyk said sheriff’s deputies called him to identify it and other recovered property this morning.

“I’m not positive where they found it but we’ve got our Jaws of Life back, two SCBAs back – self-contained breathing apparatus – and a medical jump bag,” Krafczyk said today.

Sometime between April 23 and 27, someone broke into the station on state Route 6 and stole more than $18,000 worth of property belonging to the volunteer fire department.

The Jaws – consisting of a spreader, cutters and a power unit – are a necessity for responding to wrecks, according to Krafczyk.

“If somebody get trapped and we’re unable to use tools to get them out, it could be life or death,” he said.

An automatic mutual response was put into place with the Boistfort fire district in case they got any calls for vehicle collisions.

Then, the Rochester-area fire department loaned them a set of Jaws, Krafczyk said.

Last week, the sheriff’s office reported they found the fire department’s stolen tool box, axe and industrial light in the possession of a 24-year-old Centralia man.

News brief: Attorneys honored for service

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chehalis attorney Dale McBeth was given an award of appreciation yesterday for giving out the largest amount of free legal help.

The honor came at the Lewis County Bar Legal Aid annual fundraising luncheon held in Chehalis.

McBeth, who has practiced law for some 35 years, took on the most pro bono cases during 2010 locally, according to Legal Aid Executive Director Larry Cook.

Retired Centralia lawyer Ralph Olson was given a special service award; selected by Legal Aid staff for outstanding assistance and support to the agency.

Centralia attorney Brian Rossiter – of Don McConnell and Associates – was the recipient of a lifesaving award, for the help he gave Legal Aid during 2010.

Lewis County Bar Legal Aid is a non-profit organization which helps deliver civil legal services to low income residents of Lewis County.

News brief: Electrical business office manager arrested, accused of embezzling

Friday, May 13th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The bookkeeper at a Chehalis business was arrested yesterday for allegedly embezzling more than $200,000 from his employer.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports they found Stanley W. Sigler, the bookkeeper and office manager for the the past six years at Rakoz Electric, had been writing checks to himself and signing an owner’s name.

Sigler, 47, was arrested at the business on Bishop Road yesterday.

Sheriff’s Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said an investigation concluded Sigler wrote himself three to four checks each month for the past year, averaging each about $2,100.

Randy Rakoz, operations manager for the company, said it only came to light yesterday.

Rakoz Electric has eight employees. The Chehalis-based business has been doing commercial and residential wiring locally for some 30 years.

Sigler was booked into the Lewis County Jail for 10 counts of forgery, identity theft and second-degree theft, Brown said.

Read about skier dies on Mount Rainier

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Tacoma) News Tribune is reporting a man skiing on the Nisqually Glacier fell as much as 150 feet and died.

Read it here