Archive for the ‘News briefs’ Category

Read about Littlerock man gets prison for Capitol Forest murder …

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports a second man was sentenced to prison today for last year’s kidnapping and slaying of 25-year-old Randen S. Robinson of Rochester.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes Robinson was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in the Capitol Forest on March 20, 2010.

Read about it here

Read about Longview teen arrested after ransom demand for the missing Kayla Croft-Payne …

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News reports police arrested an 18-year-old after he allegedly claimed he “took” the long missing Kayla Croft-Payne and demanded $35,000 for her return.

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Kayla Croft-Payne on MySpace

News reporter Leslie Slape writes the Longview resident was arrested Sunday morning for first-degree extortion following a phone call to 911 saying he would kill Croft-Payne if the money wasn’t left in a certain place for him.

Croft-Payne was 18 years old and living outside Chehalis on April 28, 2010 when she last logged onto her MySpace internet account. She was reported missing on May 5 by a friend who hadn’t seen or heard from her for several days.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has followed tips up into Pierce County, and down into Cowlitz County, saying in March the  last place they could verify she was seen was a trailer park in the Toutle area.

Read Slape’s news story here

Registered sex offender notice: Man returns to Centralia

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced a level three registered sex offender recently moved from Thurston County to Centralia.

Seth R. Liebich, 24, is registered as living on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue.

He 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.

Liebich, who is developmentally delayed, was convicted as a 16-year-old of indecent liberties with forcible compulsion involving a 19-year-old developmentally delayed female in Lewis County, according to sheriff’s detective Jamey McGinty. He was arrested at age 13 for sexual contact with a 7-year-old relative, but found not competent to stand trial, according to McGinty.

He has served his time and completed a sex offender treatment program, according to McGinty.

The sheriff’s office designated him as a level three sex offender because a history of sexually inappropriate behavior and an inability to control his compulsion, according to McGinty.

Liebich is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

To see more details from the bulletin and a photo of Liebich, 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: Log truck rolls onto its side in Chehalis

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A log truck driver was uninjured when his truck tipped onto its side near Kit Carson restaurant in Chehalis this afternoon.

It happened about 3:15 p.m., according to the Chehalis Fire Department

The truck was on Parkland Drive turning north onto Southwest Interstate Avenue when it “flopped” over, pretty much blocking all the lanes, according to fire Capt. Rob Gebhart.

The adult male driver was unhurt and the load fell off but stayed bundled together, Gebhart said.

News brief: Law enforcement searching for Napavine shooting suspect

Monday, June 6th, 2011
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Javier Jimenez Villalavazo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Detectives are looking for a 22-year-old man known as “The Joker” in connection with the shooting of a woman in Napavine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Javier Jimenez Villalavazo is considered armed and dangerous; anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call 911, according to a news release.

The sheriff’s office is assisting the Napavine Police Department in an investigation that led them to the 100 block of Haywire Road this morning.

A 24-year-old woman was shot twice outside an apartment there, they believe about 10 p.m. last night, according to news releases from the sheriff’s office. She has already been released from the hospital.

The incident came to the attention of law enforcement this morning, from the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital.

She was shot twice, the sheriff’s office reports. Her name was not released.

Villalavazo is described as 6 feet tall and weighing about 220 pounds, with a shaved head and brown eyes.

The sheriff’s office says his last known address is in Chehalis, but witnesses report seeing him in Centralia this morning.

The sheriff’s office says probable cause exists for his arrest for first-degree assault.

Further details are not available.

News brief: Woman shot in Napavine

Monday, June 6th, 2011

This news item was updated at 8:57 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A woman was shot and wounded outside an apartment complex in Napavine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives believe it occurred about 10 p.m. last night; they believe it was not a random incident and have a person of interest, according to a news release this morning.

Detectives are on the scene at the 100 block of Haywire Road.

The victim, a 24-year-old Centralia woman, was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital and has already been released, according to the sheriff’s office.

She was shot twice, the sheriff’s office reports. Her name was not released.

It happened inside the city limits of Napavine, but sheriff’s detectives are conducting the investigation due to the technical expertise needed for a complex investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

More to come.

Read about police officer shot, wounded near Olympia …

Monday, June 6th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KIROtv.com reports a police officer – possibly with the Thurston County SWAT team – was shot and wounded this morning near Olympia.

Read about here

KOMOnews.com offers a few more details, here

Registered sex offender notice: Centralia man now has no address

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced a level two registered sex offender who has been residing in Centralia is now registered as homeless.

Justin A. Oliver, 23, 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.

Oliver finished serving his time in 2003 for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old neighbor girl when he was 12 or 13 years old, according to sheriff’s detective Jamey McGinty. His 2000 conviction in Lewis County Juvenile Court was for first-degree rape of a child, according to McGinty.

He was released from prison last September in connection with non-sexual crimes, according to McGinty.

The sheriff’s office designated him as a level two sex offender, meaning they believe he presents a clear risk to the community.

Oliver is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

To see more details from the bulletin and a photo of Oliver, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Offender Watch page, here.

Questions? The sheriff’s office says call 360-748-9286 for detective McGinty or Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber.

News brief: One dead following Centralia-Alpha Road crash

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

This news item was updated at 3:25 p.m. on Friday June 3, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 32-year-old Chehalis man was killed when his car hit a power pole overnight east of Chehalis, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers were called about 2:30 a.m. to the 1500 block of Centralia-Alpha Road where a 1993 Subaru Legacy was wrecked, the state patrol reported.

Colter Dunivin died from his injuries, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

His car had been heading southbound and failed to negotiate a sweeping right hand curve, according to the patrol. It traveled over the centerline and off the road before colliding with the pole, according to the investigating trooper.

It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved, the state patrol reported.

News brief: Special Olympics Torch Run today

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics was set to depart From Winlock High School about 8:20 a.m. today and wind its way north ending in Fort Borst Park in Centralia this afternoon.

The event is a way law enforcement officers support the local athletes set to compete this weekend at Joint Base Lewis-McChord; money raised will help participants with travel and other expenses, according to Centralia police detective Doug Lee.

The route passes by Napavine High School, Bethel Church in Napavine, W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Centralia Christian School, Fuller’s grocery in Centralia, Destiny Christian Center in Centralia, Edison Elementary School in Centralia and Centralia High School.

News brief: Lewis County Sheriff’s Office gets accredited

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday it has become an accredited law enforcement agency.

The more than year-long process is one that takes considerable effort and determination to complete, and is something the community should be very proud of, according to the sheriff’s office.

The formal notice came last week from the Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

“The men and women employed by this office continually strive to make a positive difference in our community,” Sheriff Steve Mansfield wrote. “The accreditation is just another way to show members of this community how truly professional and progressive our office is.”

Among various objectives, accreditation is meant to demonstrate an agency meets commonly accepted standards for efficient and effective operation, according to WASPC.

Only about 50 agencies statewide are accredited, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Chehalis Police Department was the first agency in the county to receive accreditation in 1999 and the Centralia Police Department followed in late 2008.

News brief: Morton man seriously injured when bike hits car on state Route 7

Monday, May 30th, 2011

This news story was updated at 5 p.m. on Tuesday May 31, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 29-year-old bicyclist was airlifted after he collided with a car on state Route 7 just north of Morton this evening.

Brian D. Veach suffered massive head and internal injuries, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers called about 7:15 p.m. reported that Veach was riding his bicycle northbound on the centerline of the highway and a southbound Toyota Camry drove on the shoulder to avoid him; but Veach’s bike veered left into the car.

Veach, a Morton resident, was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the state patrol.

He is listed in satisfactory condition as of late Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of the Camry, 60-year-old Judy M. Gutierrez-Trevizo of Randle, was uninjured, according to the investigating trooper.

The bicycle and the car were both described as totaled.

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.