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News brief: Shop with a Cop applications available

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Association is looking for donations and for kids for its annual Shop with a Cop event.

The program is an opportunity for underprivileged children who would benefit from positive interaction with police officers to go Christmas shopping for gifts for themselves and their family.

It kicked off 10 years ago with a fundraiser in which some $7,800 of Krispy Kreme donuts were sold, something that has has helped sustain the program for many years, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

While other fundraisers have been held, and Wal-Mart provides some financial assistance, the majority of its funds have come from sheriff’s office employees and the public, according to Brown.

“We could sure use some donations this year,” Brown says.

The event is set for Dec. 15, when each child is partnered up with a deputy, gets to go shop for presents and then ride back to the courthouse in a patrol car where they take part in a gift wrapping party.

The deadline for applications / nominations of children who would benefit is Thursday. The program is open to youngsters ages 8 through 18 who reside in Lewis County.

The applications are available from United Way of Lewis County, at 450 NW Pacific Ave., Chehalis, by calling 748-8100 and on its web site.

Donations can be sent to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Association, attention Chief Deputy Brown / Shop with a Cop, 345 West Main St., Chehalis, 98532.

News brief: House catches fire in Doty

Friday, November 18th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Doty family was chased out of their home by a house fire last night.

Nobody was hurt and the cause is under investigation, according to Lewis County Fire District 16.

Firefighters called just before 10:30 p.m. to the one and a half story house on Front Street extinguished the blaze but it reignited about 5:30 this morning, Fire Chief Greg Feuchter said.

The fire damage was confined to the upstairs, he said.

The mother and two children are staying with relatives next door, according to Feuchter.

Read about stranded man rescued from wooded area near Tenino …

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter reports a man stranded for days in the woods outside Tenino was rescued late yesterday afternoon with ankle injury.

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Read about arrestees from Thurston County pot raids freed from jail …

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports the 17 people arrested at five medical marijuana dispensaries were all released from jail on their personal recognizance yesterday afternoon.

Three Rochester residents were among those arrested Tuesday when drug detectives served search warrants at various Thurston County locations, including “Triple D’s” on the 21500 block of Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound. They were Rochelle L. Deloe, 36, Roberta E. Johnson, 50, and Donald E. Smith, 31.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes police and prosecutors say their release does not mean charges might not be filed later.

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News brief: Burial fund established for family that lost three men

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Friends of the wife of one of the three men killed Saturday morning in the wreck on U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel have set up a memorial fund to help the families with the costs for funerals and burials.

Elvis Garcia-Ortiz, 44, of Centralia, died, along with two of his uncles when their small pickup slid on ice into a log truck just before 6:30 a.m. near Larmon Road.

Garcia-Lopez leaves behind a wife Victoria Garcia and five children, according to a friend, Jean Tennihill. His uncles, Javier Ortiz-Valdovinos, 49, and Rigoberto Ortiz, 46, both of Rochester, have children as well, she said.

Tennihill, who works with Victoria Garcia in Tumwater, said she doesn’t believe the mothers in the other two families work.

“The financial expense of it is just huge on them,” Tennihill said.

It’s a large family and her friend Victoria Garcia is overwhelmed, she said. She and her co-worker Desiree Rosenberg thought opening an account for possible donations made more sense than people sending flowers, given the needs right now.

Donations can be made at any branch of Washington State Employees Credit Union, by writing a check out to WSECU and noting “Elvis Garcia Memorial Fund” in the memo line, according to Tennihill.

Troopers were told the three men were headed out hunting before the wreck that totaled their truck and ended their lives. The log truck driver, James K. Chenoweth, 35, of Glenoma, was reportedly uninjured.

Tennihill can be reached at 360-259-4120.

News brief: Three men who died in Ethel wreck were all related

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The three men killed yesterday morning when their small pickup was broadsided by a log truck on U.S. Highway 12 were all part of the same family.

The driver Javier Ortiz-Valdovinos, 49, and Rigoberto Ortiz, 46, both of Rochester were brothers, according to the Lewis County coroner. Elvis Garcia-Ortiz, 44, of Centralia, was their nephew, Coroner Warren McLeod said today.

“The entire family has lost sons, fathers, brothers and husband, a week before Thanksgiving,” McLeod said. “It’s sad. It’s always sad, but …”

No charges are expected as the eastbound 1992 Toyota hit some ice, and crossed into the oncoming lane when it collided with the unloaded log truck, according to the Washington State Patrol.

It happened just before 6:30 a.m. in Ethel near Larmon Road.

The log truck driver, James K. Chenoweth, 35, of Glenoma, was reportedly uninjured.

Unexpected icy conditions contributed to numerous other minor collisions in that area around Highway 12 and Interstate 5, yesterday morning, according to responders.

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News brief: Two teens struck by truck near Centralia High School

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Updated at 5:01 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two teenage boys were hospitalized after responders were called about a vehicle versus pedestrian accident near Centralia High School this afternoon.

Riverside Fire Authority was called shortly after school got out to Mount Vista Road along the fence line for the pheasant farm, according to Firefighter-paramedic Mark Holmberg.

The pair of teenage males were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Holmberg said.

They were struck by a small pickup truck, occupied by two 17-year-old boys, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A half dozen students were already on hand comforting the young men when aid arrived, Holmberg said.

“Some kids from the school folded up their coats and put them under their heads,” he said.

According to the sheriff’s office, the 17-year-olds were traveling in a 1993 Ford Ranger and the 15- and 16-year-old boys were walking on the side of the road.

The boys in the truck were arguing about “which CD to play, so there was some distracted driving going on,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

All the boys are students at the high school, Brown said.

News brief: This is a test, only a test

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The first-ever nationwide test of the emergency alert system will take place at 11 o’clock this morning, meaning a short message will be broadcast over every radio and television station.

Sgt. Ross McDowell, deputy director of Lewis County Emergency Management, asks the public to be aware it’s only a test, and not to be alarmed.

“They don’t need to call 911 or anyone else, it’s just a test,” McDowell said.

News brief: Gunshot victim dropped off at Yelm fire station

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 31-year-old man who showed up at a Yelm fire station last night with a gunshot wound in the abdomen refused to tell sheriff’s deputies how he was shot and gave conflicting information on where it happened, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called about 7:20 p.m. to the Mill Road station of the Southeast Thurston Fire Authority in Yelm, according to sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin.

Matthew Aho, 31, of Yelm, had been dropped off there and was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia where he was scheduled for surgery, Elwin said today.

Investigators today were trying to learn more about what occurred, according to Elwin.

Aho said he thought the shooting happened in front of Country Joe’s, a convenience store near Nisqually Pines, but his story also suggested another location, according to Elwin.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about this shooting incident is asked to call the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office at 360-786-5500 or 360-704.2740 or Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.

Salkum triple murder trial moved to December

Friday, November 4th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The triple-murder trial set to begin next week for John A. Booth Jr. has been postponed.

Booth, 32, is charged in the August 2010 Salkum area gunshot deaths of David West Sr. 52, David West Jr., 16, and a friend Tony E. Williams, 50, of Randle. He is also charged with the attempted murder of Denise Salts, then 51, survived a gunshot wound to her face.

The trial is now scheduled to begin December 5 in Lewis County Superior Court in Chehalis.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said the judge today allowed the postponement requested by defense attorney Roger Hunko.

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News brief: Winlock school kids kept inside during dog track for burglary suspects

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The grade school in Winlock was locked down briefly this morning while police and a K-9 attempted to track down whoever it was burglarizing a nearby shed .

Police were called about 10:40 a.m. by a female who spotted someone prowling around her father’s shed on Northwest Arden Avenue, according to Police Chief Terry Williams.

Vader Police Chief Sean Uhlich and his dog attempted to search the area, but had no success, Williams said.

It’s just short walk to Winlock Miller Elementary School, so Williams asked them keep the children inside for about 30 minutes, mostly as a precaution and to keep the K-9 from getting distracted, he said.

Police are looking for four people “of interest”. It’s not known yet what if anything was stolen, he said.

News brief: Suspicious fire breaks out at Boistfort home

Monday, October 31st, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The sheriff’s office is investigating an arson that destroyed a Boistfort-area home on Saturday night.

Firefighters from Lewis County Fire District 13 were called about 10 p.m. to a double-wide mobile home on the 500 block of Boistfort Road. The 46-year-old woman who lives there heard two loud bangs or booms and discovered flames on her front porch, according to authorities.

She woke up her companion and they tried using a garden hose on the flames which spread into the attic and collapsed about half the roof, fire investigator Jay Birley said.

A passerby called 911. Nobody was injured.

Birley said it’s possible what sounded like explosions were a light bulb and a plate glass window breaking.

There are no suspects at this time, but anyone with information is asked to call 911, Crime Stoppers or the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

News brief: Centralia driver dies after medical issue, wreck on I-5

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters and troopers called to a motor vehicle accident on northbound Interstate 5 in Centralia this afternoon found the driver had suffered an apparent cardiac event before his car slid along the inside concrete barrier and came to a stop.

The 79-year-old Centralia man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was declared dead, according to the Washington State Patrol.

His wife was with him and was not injured, responders said.

It happened just before 2:30 p.m. near milepost 81.

Richard A. Pliska, 79, had no apparent injury from the collision, according to the state patrol.

Their 1998 Mercury Marquise sustained an estimated $1,000 damage.

News brief: Attempted child luring in Mossyrock unfounded

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Mossyrock Police Department issued a news release this afternoon saying they investigated an alleged child luring case in town and determined no crime was committed.

“While parents and community members should always be observant of unusual behavior we are glad in the instance there was no criminal activity found,” Officer Rebecca Sutherland stated.

The Mossyrock Elementary School principal encouraged teachers to talk with students Tuesday about stranger danger after learning of an incident the evening before in which a fifth-grade girl  said she was approached by a male while she was at Smith and Son Grocery.

The report followed two incidents in Morton in which a children told police of a man driving a white pickup truck offering them money if they would get into his vehicle.

Sutherland thanked the public for its diligence and encourages folks to call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity.


Read “News brief: Attempted child lurings reported in Mossyrock, Morton” from Tuesday October 25, 2011 at 12:51 p.m., here

Littlerock man given three-plus years for injury hit and run at scouting event

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Twenty-four-year-old Kody Chipman was sentenced today to just under three and a half years in prison for a March hit and run in which two men were seriously injured.

The south Thurston county resident, who most recently lived in Littlerock, was found guilty last week by a jury of two counts of vehicular assault and also hit and run.

Dee L. Cooper, 70, of Olympia, and Daniel I. Kitchings, 37, of Rainier, were attending a scout meeting off of South Bay Road when Chipman put his car in reverse and drove off following a confrontation about Chipman speeding, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Chipman’s grandmother, Sharon Hallman, was at Thurston County Superior Court this morning when a judge gave her grandson a 40 month sentence.

“We think the sentence is fair,” Hallman stated.

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