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News brief: Trailer homes hit by trees in Winlock

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Courtesy photo by Patrick Jacobson

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Winds in Winlock this morning blew multiple trees over in the Frost Road Trailer Park damaging two homes.

Only one injury was reported; a man struck by a small branch, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.

“His injuries were minor, he declined to be transported, so we’re grateful for that,” Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson said.

Anderson said gusts this morning of up to 43 mph were measured at the elementary school. The fire department has been hearing of lots of power lines and trees down, he said.

“It’s a mess,” Anderson said.

The park is on the east side of Interstate 5, on the 700 block of Frost Road.

Anderson said some of the trees down on Frost Road are quite large, and newly unprotected after property to the south was recently logged.


Courtesy photo by Patrick Jacobson

News brief: More precipitation coming to Lewis County

Monday, November 19th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Weather forecasters say a strong wet front will stall over Southwest Washington through this evening, likely driving rivers such as the Chehalis River at Doty and the Newaukum River near Chehalis above flood stage.

Accumulations of rain from the weekend already has increased the risk of landslides in Western Washington and expected additional snow in the Cascades will present hazards on higher mountain roads, according to the National Weather Service.

Lewis County Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency Management Sgt. Ross McDowell says local weather watchers in Pe Ell reported a weekend total of 5.5 inches. Chehalis is reporting 3 inches, McDowell noted.

Two to five inches of additional rain is expected, the weather service indicated this morning.

Official caution that excessive run off will cause ponding of water in urban areas, highways and in poor drainage areas.

The snow level will be around 4,000 feet today, rising to 5,000 feet tonight.

The weather service recommends folks be alert for rapid changes by listening to their weather radios or monitoring local news media.

Links to river levels and other weather warnings can always be found on the right hand sidebar of Lewis County

Chehalis man pleads not guilty in slaughterhouse stabbing

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 35-year-old man accused of stabbing a co-worker in the throat with a boning knife during a dispute last week at the Five Star Beef Company pleaded not guilty today.


Sabino Gomez-Barriga

Sabino Gomez-Barriga, a Chehalis resident, remains held in the Lewis County Jail on $250,000 bail.

He is charged with first-degree assault.

The victim, 21-year-old Jorge Juarez of Centralia, was still being cared for at Providence Centralia Hospital as of this morning, according to Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke.

Gomez-Barriga is represented by court-appointed attorney J.P. Enbody.

They went before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to enter a plea of not guilty.

According to prosecutors, after an argument broke out at the Centralia wholesale meat business, Juarez punched Gomez-Barriga in the face, and Gomez-Barriga responded by jabbing Juarez in the abdomen with a meat hook and and then sticking him in the neck with a knife.

A trial date was scheduled for the week of Jan. 7.

For background, read “Centralia slaughterhouse fight involved meathook and boning knife” from Friday November 9, 2012, here

Read about Lewis County won’t lighten up on lighting up pot …

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter reports that Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer says if anyone is arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana before Dec. 6 when the law changes, he will prosecute them.

When Initiative 502 takes effect, it will be legal under state law for individuals 21 or older to possess as much as one ounce of marijuana. However, there is nowhere to legally purchase it and it remains banned under federal law.

KIRO news reporter Richard Thompson writes when Meyer was asked about decisions by other prosecutors who say it’s a waste of resources, Meyer told him he “will never let a budget issue stand in the way of prosecuting a crime.”

Read more here

For background, read “Top cops: Recreational marijuana rules not yet in place” from Thursday November 8, 2012, here

Read about multiple bomb threats close courthouses, including Thurston County …

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Thurston County courthouse was among at least four courthouses evacuated because of bomb threats this afternoon, according to

The Olympian writes at 5 p.m. that explosive sniffing dogs were checking around the perimeter of the complex but nothing suspicious has turned up; employees were sent home early. reports that bomb threats were also received at courthouses in Chelan, Douglas and Benton counties.


CORRECTION:  This news item has been updated to a correct short-lived but very serious typo; the Chelan County courthouse was among those affected, not Chehalis. My sincere apologies to anyone who saw that during the few minutes that it read incorrectly.

News brief: Sheriff’s Office: Centralia father gives baby boy cut lip, nose

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 28-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for allegedly giving his 6-month-old baby a cut lip and other facial injuries when he struck the child because it was crying.

Jon M. Parker was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday afternoon after he was located at a bus stop in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the baby boy was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital two weeks ago by its grandmother. Parker had brought the infant to her Centralia home to be babysat, according to Brown. The alleged assault occurred previous to that, on Ives Road where Parker was staying, Brown said.

Deputies called to the hospital on Nov. 1 because of suspected child abuse weren’t able to find Parker until yesterday, according to Brown.

According to the sheriff’s office, Parker was upset because the baby was crying and hit him three times in the head while holding him, leaving him with severe bruising to his face, a bump on his head, a cut lip and a cut on the bridge of his nose.

The baby has been released into the custody of its grandmother. Parker was booked for second-degree assault of a child.

“I think the baby’s doing fine, I don’t know that there are any permanent injuries,” Brown said this morning.

News brief: Centralia girl finds stranger in her bedroom, man arrested

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Updated at 6:32 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 22-year-old man is jailed after he allegedly snuck into a Centralia home and then into a 12-year-old girl’s bedroom and groped her before she got away from him.

It happened about 11:10 p.m. Sunday on the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the intruder put his hands down her shirt and pants, but she escaped into the living room to tell an adult.

The adult confronted the man who appeared intoxicated, and asked him what he was doing, Brown said. He answered: “Trying to get some,” according Brown.

The intruder left before deputies arrived. A suspect was subsequently located and arrested for attempted rape of a child and burglary.

Brown indicated the suspect, Eduardo E. Barro-Cellesino, was a stranger to the family and had entered through an unlocked back door.

Prosecutors this afternoon charged  Barro-Cellesino instead with attempted child molestation in the second degree and burglary.

He was ordered held on $75,000 bail and will be arraigned on Thursday.

Read about volunteer police officer Pennington patrols for free for a quarter century …

Monday, November 12th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News writes about volunteer Toledo police officer Randy Pennington who for 25 years has worked close to full-time hours, patrolling several evenings each week after a full shift as a trucker.

Toledo Police Department Chief John Brockmueller says the 61-year-old Pennington is “like a 21-year-old rookie with 30 years of experience,” news reporter Natalie St. John writes.

Read more here

Read about search underway for pair of snowboarders stuck on Mount Rainier …

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Updated at 12:25 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle TImes reports two snowboarders in their early 20s were stranded overnight on Mount Rainier in heavy snow.

More than two dozen searchers are trying to reach the men, who are equipped only with winter gear, smart phones and a compass, but no overnight gear, according to the Associated Press news item.

Kevin Bacher, spokesperson for Mount Rainier National Park reports Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale checked in by cell phone this morning and said they had made a snow cave for the night, were cold but otherwise in good condition.

The weather overnight was severe, with high winds and 20 inches of fresh snow at Paradise, according to Bacher.

Read more here

Update: The two were found alive about 11 a.m. Tuesday November 13, according to park officials.

News brief: One hurt in crash near Tenino

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Updated at 1:07 p.m. and 6:06 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 50-year-old Rochester woman was critically injured in a single-vehicle collision just west of Tenino last night in which her truck struck a fence.

Troopers called just before 7 p.m. to Old Highway 99 near Mima Acres Road found the 2002 Toyota pickup in a field, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Colleen L. Stuart was traveling westbound when her truck left the roadway to the right striking a fence, according to the state patrol. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to Trooper Guy Gill.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

There were no indications of alcohol or drug involvement, nor of excessive speed, Gill said. There were no witnesses, he said,

Stuart was struck in the head and neck by a fence board, he said.

“The chances of survival after that happens are very slim,” Gill said. “With these types of injuries, the chances are very slim.”

As of 12:26 p.m. today, she was still listed in critical condition by the hospital, according to Gill.

A Rochester woman with the same name, age 49, survived a collision that killed three others almost a year ago on Brooklyn Road in Grays Harbor County. It’s not clear if it’s the same woman.

Update: Gill reported at 5:48 p.m. today that Stuart passed away today.

News brief: Packwood man fails to return from mushroom hunting outing

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Updated at 10:11 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Update: The missing man was found about 9:30 a.m. today, walking along a Forest Service Road about five miles from where he was last seen.

He told searchers he started a small fire to stay warm through the night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was cold and wet but needed no medical treatment, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Search and rescue volunteers were activated this morning to help find a Packwood man who hasn’t been seen since yesterday when he went out picking mushrooms in the forest south of Randle.

The 50-year-old man was not prepared to stay overnight; he was dressed in only jeans and a jean jacket, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

He did have a lighter with him, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

According to Brown, the man – whose identity is not being released – was with his friend about 12:30 p.m. yesterday on Lone Tree Mountain, off of Forest Service Road 55.

When the friend returned to his vehicle at 3:30 p.m., he began honking his horn to let his companion know he was ready to leave and also called out but received no response, according  to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies who were contacted about 7:45 p.m. drove the area but were unable to locate him, according to Brown.

News brief: Scorched region on Mount Adams won’t reopen until springtime

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The south side of Mount Adams will remain closed this winter, following the forest fire that burned more than 20,000 acres there late this summer.

The closure will remain in effect into next spring, according to the officials from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

A winter climbing route on the east side of the Aiken Lava Bed will remain open, the forest service notes.

For details and a map, go to the Gifford Pinchot website. Or phone the Mount Adams Ranger Station at 509-395-3400.

Read about recreational marijuana initiative passes …

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle Times writes that as of Dec. 6, it will no longer be illegal for adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, while a new “drugged driving” law for marijuana impairment kicks in.

Washington’s initiative 502 was winning 55 percent to 45 percent as election numbers were released Tuesday night, making it the first state along with Colorado to legalize recreational marijuana use, according to news reporter Jonathan Martin.

In Lewis County, only 44 percent of voters favored the measure, according to preliminary election results. A majority – 56 percent – of Thurston County voters said yes.

Seattle TImes reporter Craig Welch noted counties across the northern half of the state seemed to support the pot initiative while counties to the south voted it down.

Because cannabis remains illegal under federal law, federal authorities could sue to block I-502 from taking affect, but the Justice Department has given no hints about its plans, Associated Press writers say in a news story in The (Tacoma) News Tribune.

Read more here

Read about Tenino mayor’s son attacked at school …

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter reports the teenage son of Tenino mayor Eric Strawn lost two front teeth when he was beaten at school on Monday.

The mayor says his 15-year-old has been harassed and bullied at Tenino High School ever since news reports of Strawn sharing “what he called an intimate moment” with a female friend in a car parked in Lacey.

Read more here

It’s election day; have you voted?

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Will marijuana be legalized? Will rural Chehalis residents continue to pay a levy for emergency medical services? Who will be president?

Ballots for the general election must be postmarked by today or returned to the Lewis County Auditor’s Office before 8 p.m.

Locally, the names of all three Lewis County Superior Court judges are on the ballot, although each is running unopposed.

See election results here beginning shortly after 8 o’clock tonight.

News brief: Police: BMW-driving burglar gives self up to SWAT team

Monday, November 5th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A suspect in a Centralia-area burglary who barricaded himself inside a Tumwater residence saying he would not go back to prison is in the Lewis County Jail this morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason A. Goudy, 32, allegedly loaded various items into his silver BMW after being seen dropping them into a field near the 3800 block of Mayberry Road and Russell Road on Friday morning, according to the sheriff’s office. Investigating deputies found the front door open of a home for sale and discovered more than $1,000 worth of valuables missing, such as a vacuum, pool cues and a French press coffee maker Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

An attempt to locate was put out on the car and it was found later at a residence on the 6700 block of Kirsop Road in Tumwater, Brown said.

Thurston County’s SWAT team was called and when Lewis County’s SWAT team arrived around 5:15 p.m., they learned Goudy had walked out and given himself up, according to Brown.

Goudy, who lives in Tumwater, was arrested for residential burglary, Brown said.

The Olympian reports Goudy barricaded himself in the home about 1:45 p.m. and gave himself up about 5 p.m.