Archive for the ‘News briefs’ Category

Read about Tenino police chief quits amid plans of inquiry into his conduct …

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports Tenino Police Chief Sean Gallagher resigned today after the mayor said he planned to put the chief on leave pending an investigation into “conduct unbecoming of an officer” related to the inquiry into his wife’s 2010 suicide.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes Gallagher said he resigned because the mayor was trying to take over operational control of the police department.

Read about it here

Read authorities seeking family of man killed by train …

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News reports the man killed by a train last week north of Castle Rock is 56-year-old Juan Aurelio Garza, a resident who has lived off and on in Castle Rock and was on his way to the library when he was struck.

The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office has not been able to locate Garza’s family, although they learned he previously taught at various colleges and high schools and lived in several other states, according to the newspaper.

Read more here

Read about several seek the bench in Thurston County …

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports that four individuals plan to run for Thurston County Superior judicial seats this fall.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes that attorney Allen Miller, former state Rep. Brendan Williams and Thurston County Court Commissioner Indu Thomas announced their candidacy for the position held by the retiring Judge Thomas McPhee; and that Court Commissioner Christine Schaller seeks to fill the spot opening up when Judge Paula Casey retires.

Olympia attorney James Dixon has already been appointed to the vacancy created by Judge Christina Pomeroy’s retirement, according to Pawloski.

Read about it here

News brief: Prison for Olympia man follows gun show sales investigation

Monday, March 19th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 70-year-old Olympia man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today for unlawfully dealing in firearms in a case that began at a Centralia gun show.

David Devenny, who reportedly sold a gun that a week later was used to kill Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton in 2009, was also fined $12,850 and will get three years of supervision after his release, according to the U.S. Attorney’ Office.

“Defendant lined his pockets by funneling guns to criminals, and others paid the heavy price for his actions,” U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan stated in a news release. “Those who ignore laws that are meant to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and children take heed.”

Davenny was arrested in November 2010 after selling guns to a convicted felon and a person with a domestic violence conviction, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

He came to the attention of law enforcement who conducted undercover purchases at guns shows in Western Washington.

He pleaded guilty previously to unlawfully dealing in firearms and two counts of selling a firearm to a prohibited person, according to the news release.

Prosecutors in asking for a significant sentence noted that for eight years Davenny dealt countless guns illegally and “flooded the streets with untraceable firearms,” according to the news release.

He was sentenced in Tacoma today by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle, who called Davenny’s behavior “cavalier.”
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For background, read “Man’s arrest for illegal firearms sales follows undercover operation at Centralia gun show” from Saturday Nov 20 2010, here

And, “Undercover purchases at Centralia and other gun shows lead to four federal indictments” from Monday May 2, 2011, here

News brief: “This is a drill, only a drill”

Friday, March 16th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Attention scanner listeners: Dispatchers in Lewis County’s 911 center will be participating in a drill today, practicing how to deal with an undisclosed emergency situation.

The radio communications will be conducted on a secondary frequency, and will be preceded by an announcement it is an exercise, according to Laura Hanson at Lewis County Communications.

The drill is expected to begin about 1 p.m. and could continue until as late as 2:30 p.m., depending upon actual emergency communications needing attention at the same time, Hanson said.

The mock scenario will involve some type of incident taking place close enough to the Historic Courthouse on Main Street in Chehalis that dispatchers would have to “shelter in place”, Hanson said.

Also taking part in radio and phone communications simulating their response will be Chehalis police, fire, the sheriff’s office, the jail and other county departments, according to Hanson.

For the 911 center, it is an opportunity to check and refine their continuity of operations plan, according to Hanson.

News brief: Minor flooding in Grand Mound

Friday, March 16th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Chehalis River at Grand Mound reached flood stage at 6 o’clock this morning and is expected to crest around 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rains yesterday caused minor flooding on the Chehalis and Skokomish Rivers, the weather service reports. A flood warning continues on both rivers; the Chehalis in Thurston County until late tonight.

The Chehalis River is expected to continue to rise slowly today and crest just above its flood stage of 14 feet, according to the weather service.

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Check the National Weather Service, here

News brief: Montesano resident killed in freeway collision north of Rochester

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 40-year-old woman from Montesano is dead after her car was struck by a semi truck on Interstate 5 near Maytown just before 5 p.m. today.

The Washington State Patrol reports she was southbound when she lost control, spun out and came to rest in lane one. A southbound Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig ran into her Hyundai Elantra and forced it into the concrete barrier, according to the state patrol.

Her name was not released.

The driver of the semi, Sarbjit Dhudwal, 33, of Chehalis, sustained a minor injury, according to the patrol.

The cause and any possible charges remain under investigation.

All lanes of traffic were reopened by just before 9:15 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

Update Wednesday March 14, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.: The victim has been identified by the state patrol as Cheryl A. Dimler, 40, of Montesano.

Read about train kills man near Castle Rock …

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News reports a man was killed by a train north of Castle Rock about 9 a.m. today.

Their news item notes it occurred while the as-yet-unidentified man was walking on the Toutle River railroad bridge.

Read more here

Police: Couple selling heroin from Chehalis home

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chehalis police found a “pretty good amount” of heroin when they raided a house on Southwest Fourth Street near McFadden yesterday and arrested two individuals for dealing.

Sgt. Gary Wilson said the visit by some 10 officers at 9 o’clock yesterday morning followed an approximately two-month investigation.

The couple were arrested and jailed and two small children there were turned over to Child Protective Services, Wilson said.

Zane Verley, 33, was booked for three counts of delivery, one count of possession and another count of possession of methamphetamine, according to police. Stephanie Fuller, 26, was booked for one count of delivery, police said.

Another individual in the house at the time was detained but released because he was not wanted for anything, Wilson said.

Officers spent a couple of hours searching the home, he said. The couple had just recently moved there, according to Wilson.

The serving of the search warrant followed undercover “buys” and assistance from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson said.

Read about outsiders including Lewis County judge dealing with Montesano courthouse attack suspect …

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle Times writes that Lewis County District Court Judge R.W. Buzzard oversaw the probable cause hearing on Monday for 34-year-old Steven Daniel Kravetz, accused of stabbing a judge and shooting a deputy in the Grays Harbor County courthouse.

News reporter Sara Jean Green reported that Kravetz was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and ordered held on $750,000 bail amid beefed up security.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation and keeping Kravetz in their jail, Green wrote.

Read more here

Read about search still on for suspect in Montesano courthouse attack …

Friday, March 9th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle Times reports authorities are still looking for the man who stabbed a judge and shot a sheriff’s deputy this afternoon at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano.

It is believed the man identified as Michael Thomas is armed with the deputy’s .45 caliber handgun, according to news reporters Jennifer Sullivan and Jonathan Martin.

Read more here

Update on Saturday March 10, 2012 at 3:45 p.m.: The Seattle Times reported the suspect – Steven Daniel Kravetz, 34  – was arrested in Olympia today. News reporter Emily Heftter noted he has a 2008 conviction Lewis County for an incident in Centralia.

News brief: Drug investigation comes to North Pearl Street

Friday, March 9th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

One person was detained following a two-month long narcotics investigation after the sheriff’s office served a search warrant this morning in Centralia.

Deputies with the Lewis County Regional Drug Task Force were joined by Centralia police about 8:45 a.m. at the 1000 block of North Pearl Street, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Also assisting were SWAT teams from both agencies, according to Centralia police; as well as personnel from the state Department of Corrections, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

Brown did not say who was detained but expected to release more details after the weekend. Further arrests are expected, she said.

News brief: Fire destroys Rochester home

Friday, March 9th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Six people are displaced by a fire that tore through their Rochester home last.

Nobody was injured but firefighters are still on the scene this morning putting out hot spots, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

Crews were called about 10:25 p.m. to the two-story home on the 11600 block of 183rd Avenue Southwest, according to Chief Robert Scott. Flames were already coming through the roof and the second story, Scott said.

The occupants are two adults and four children, he said.

“I think they were getting ready for bed when they were alerted by a working smoke detector at the top of the stairs,” Scott said. “If this had happened in the middle of the night, the outcome would have been much different.”

The family got them selves and their pets out, and called 911, according to Scott.

The house is still standing, but what wasn’t burned by fire is damaged by smoke and water, he said. He estimated the loss at $100,000.

Five area fire departments assisted, bringing water because its an area without fire hydrants, Scott said.

He said the wood home, built in 1901, was a challenge because of hidden spaces and multiple roofs.

The Red Cross was called in to help the family, he said.

The owner of the house has insurance, but the family living there did not have renters insurance, according to the fire department.

Investigators are there this morning trying to determine the cause, he said.