Archive for the ‘News briefs’ Category

News brief: Onalaska man killed in morning crash

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 73-year-old motorist died this morning when he “rolled through” a stop sign in Onalaska and his car was struck in the driver’s side by a Sport Utility Vehicle, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A trooper called about 8:30 a.m. reported Buster Maggard, 73, of Onalaska, was dead at the scene of the two-vehicle crash.

Maggard was traveling west on Gore Road and was hit by a 2002 GMC Envoy headed north on Leonard Road, according to the state patrol.

The GMC’s driver, Annette Hamilton, 38, of Toledo, and a 6-year-old girl in her vehicle were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the state patrol. Hamilton suffered scrapes and bruising and the child was transported as a precaution, the state patrol reported.

Her vehicle and Maggard’s 1997 Chevrolet Lumina were both described as totaled. The collision is still under investigation.

News brief: Search at Centralia home turns up forged check operation, police say

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Police say personal information stolen from mailboxes, cars and other places ended up at a Centralia residence where it was used to write phony and forged checks, based on the items they found when they conducted a search today.

The Centralia Police Department SWAT team assisted detectives when they served a search warrant today on the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue, in space 30, according to a news release.

The action followed a lengthy investigation into forged and counterfeit checks passed in the greater Centralia area, according to police. The news release described the number of victims or potential victims only as as numerous.

Police said the checks were written against existing accounts without the knowledge of the account holders. Detectives traced the checks to individuals residing at the home, according to the news release.

Three people were arrested. They include Erica D. McCleary, 33, of Centralia, for forgery and identity theft and Ronald W. McNeal, 50, of Centralia, for possession of methamphetamine.

A third person was arrested for an unrelated outstanding bench warrant, according to police. She is April L. Busby, 34, of Rochester.

Among the items detectives discovered were computers, hard drives, so-called thumb drives, CDs and documentation consistent with the suspected operation, according to police.

Also found in the home was identification of victims and would-be victims such as credit cards, tax returns, social security numbers, the news release noted.

News brief: Grand champions and more on display at Outlet Mall

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
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Presley Town, a first-grader in Mrs. Cearns' class at Edison Elementary School in Centralia is this year's grand champion in the younger grades.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – It’s fire safety week and the grand champions in the Lewis County fire prevention poster contest have been chosen.

The winner in the younger age group is Presley Town, a first-grader in Mrs. Cearns’ class at Edison Elementary School in Centralia.

Presley’s art work features a family safely leaving a fire, carrying bags of pets out with them.

Among the older students, Rachel Germann, a fourth grader in Mrs. Ethell’s class at Onalaska Elementary School took the top prize.

Rachel’s winning entry portrays a burning house with one sleeping occupant presumably about ready to be woke up by a fire alarm.

“Smoke alarms: a sound you can live with” is their slogan.

Scores of childrens’ colorful fire prevention posters can be viewed all this week at the north end of the Outlet Mall outside the Eddie Bauer store, off Lum Road on the west side of Interstate 5.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding the public this week it advises smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a home, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom.

They offer the following tips to make sure smoke detectors can do their jobs:

• Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
• If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
• Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they’re 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.
• Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
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To find out more about fire prevention week, check the web site of the National Fire Protection Association here

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Rachel Germann, a fourth grader in Mrs. Ethell's class at Onalaska Elementary School is the grand champion among the older students.

The fire department wants to meet you

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Lewis County Fire District 5 which protects the greater Napavine area is holding a series of town meetings, beginning tonight, for the public to find out more about a ballot measure to increase the fire department’s budget.

District 5 asked for a fire levy lid increase in August which voters turned down.

Fire Lt. Laura Hanson notes the upcoming meetings are a great forum for asking questions, getting feedback from the public and hearing first-hand from the fire department.

• Tonight at Forest Grange, 7 p.m.
• Next Tuesday Oct. 12 at Marys Corner fire station, 7 p.m.
• Thursday Oct. 14 at the District 5 administrative office in Napavine, 7:30 p.m.

Read what Chehalis bail bondsman said about cop killer Maurice Clemmons …

Monday, October 4th, 2010

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle Times published a story over the weekend about a proposed amendment tightening the bail system, something they report a Chehalis bail bondsman supports.

John Wickert, owner of Jail Sucks Bail Bonds, told the Seattle Times he would not have written bail for Maurice Clemmons, who then gunned down four police officers in Lakewood last year, had he known more about Clemmons, the news paper reports.
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Read “Lakewood cop killings behind amendment to tighten bail system” here.

Read about new Thurston County jail facility to remain vacant …

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian published a story today about a brand new jail facility which will sit empty because Thurston County can’t afford to operate it.

However, news reporter Nate Hulings writes, it will still cost about $430,000 next year to maintain the vacant building.
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Read “Satellite jail ready but still too costly” here.

Read about retirement of Thurston County judge …

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian published a story on Friday about Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks retiring.

Hicks, elected in 1992, has been presiding over the civil case of Thompson vs. Wilson, prompting Barb Thompson – who forced an unprecedented judicial review of a coroner’s decision on her daughter’s 1998 death in Toledo – to write, “No, no, no!”

The Lewis County case is still making its way through appeals.
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Read news reporter Jeremy Pawloski’s story “Superior Court judge Hicks retires” here.

Read about the five days in court last November after which “Jury finds coroner erred in ruling former troopers death a suicide” here

News brief: Candidate forum set for coming week in Adna

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Got a question for any of the men running for Lewis County sheriff, prosecutor or coroner?

A candidate forum for the public is set for this coming Wednesday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Adna High School.

The local Fraternal Order of Police group has organized the event, similar to a forum it held four years ago that drew more than 250 people to hear from then-Lewis County prosecutor candidates Michael Golden and Don Blair.

Wednesday’s gathering will include five-minute opening statements from each of the candidates and a lengthy period for questions and answers, according to Bradd Reynolds, event chair for F.O.P. Centerville Lodge No. 26.

The night  is expected to feature candidates for prosecutor, challenger Jonathan Meyer and incumbent Michael Golden; candidates for sheriff, challenger Ken Cheeseman and incumbent Steve Mansfield; and candidates for coroner, Warren McLeod and Micheal Hurley.

Moderating will be Adna Schools Superintendent James Forrest, according to a news release from Reynolds.

Adna High School is just north of Highway 6, six miles west of Interstate 5 from the exit 77 interchange.
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Below are the candidates’ web sites:

• Warren McLeod from Chehalis:

http://www.warrenmcleodforcoroner.com/

• Micheal Hurley from Mossyrock:

http://www.hurley4coroner.com/

• Ken Cheeseman from Randle:

on Facebook: “Ken Cheeseman for Lewis County Sheriff

• Steve Mansfield from Winlock:

on Facebook: “Re-elect Steve Mansfield for Lewis County Sheriff

• Jonathan Meyer from Centralia:

http://www.meyerforprosecutor.com/

• Michael Golden from Chehalis:

http://www.goldenforprosecutor.com/

News brief: Lost mushroom hunters turn up safe

Friday, October 1st, 2010

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Twice in two days mushroom pickers in Lewis County have gotten lost and spent the night in the woods.

A 44-year-old man who was reported missing outside of Packwood last night was found about noon today, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, who the sheriff’s office believed was from Olympia, got separated from his friends in the early evening off the 47 Road north of Packwood. He was located today by the individual who made the missing person report, according to sheriff’s Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

On Wednesday, a man hunting mushrooms south of Mossyrock off Salmon Creek Road was separated from his companions, according to Brown.

He  built a small fire and spent the night outside with his Pit Bull, Brown said. He turned up in the Cedar Creek area east of Toledo the next day, she said

News brief: Morning crash kills Rochester 20-year-old

Friday, October 1st, 2010
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The pickup truck driven by 20-year-old Evgeny P. Snyder this morning is brought back onto the road after it crashed into trees. / Courtesy photo by the Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A single-vehicle crash just north of Grand Mound left a 20-year-old Rochester dead this morning.

A trooper called at 7:10 a.m. to Case Road and 183rd Avenue Southwest reported that Evgeny P. Snyder died at the scene. A second trooper today described the location as the 17700 block of Case Road.

Snyder was traveling south on Case Road when his pickup truck left the roadway to the right and he overcorrected, veering into trees on the left shoulder, according to the Washington State Patrol. His 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck was described as totaled.

The trooper pointed to speeding as the cause. Preliminary estimates indicate Snyder was going at least 70 mph, the state patrol reported. The posted limit is 50 mph.

The investigation concluded he was not wearing a seatbelt, prompting Trooper Guy Gill to ask motorists to please remember to always wear a seatbelt.

“Even a very minor collision can result in serious injury or death if the driver and/or passengers are unrestrained,” Gill wrote in a news release.

It’s not known if drugs or alcohol were involved, according to the state patrol.
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This news item was updated at 3:55 p.m. on Friday Oct. 1, 2010

News brief: Maddaus pleads not guilty to intending to sell pounds of drugs

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man charged with having pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin when he was captured in Chehalis late last November pleaded not guilty today to the charges against him.

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Robert John Maddaus Jr.

Robert John Maddaus Jr., 40, was in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon for his arraignment on charges of possession of each of the three drugs with intent to deliver, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm.

Maddaus, whose residence is listed in court papers as Rochester, won’t be going to trial anytime soon, according to his lawyer Ken Johnson.

His murder trial in Thurston County is now set for early next year, so attorneys today scheduled his Lewis County drug trial for after that, the Chehalis attorney said.

Maddaus is charged in Thurston County in the death of a man found handcuffed and shot to death on an Olympia street last November.

In Lewis County, his charges grew out of what police found inside a red Corvette when they stopped him and Centralia resident Robert S. Russell in the Chehalis Industrial Park after a police pursuit.

Last week, local prosecutors dropped one of four pending criminal cases against Russell saying the main witness, Maddaus, refused to cooperate. Russell, who is being held in Lewis County for alleged drug dealing, assault and other charges, is listed as a witness in Maddaus’s murder trial.
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Read the full story behind the police pursuit last November and why detectives say Robbie Russell was driving a red Corvette with a wanted murder suspect in the passenger seat, here.

Read about the recent resignation of a one-time Chehalis police chief candidate …

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Now-former Montesano Police Chief Ray Sowers was one of the four finalists for the chief position with the Chehalis Police Department in November of 2006.

The (Aberdeen) Daily World published a story today saying he has resigned following an investigation into his spending by the Washington State Patrol.

You may have to register with their web site to view the story, but I think it is still free. You can read the news story here.

Read about Tenino teen killed in two-vehicle wreck …

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports a 17-year-old Tenino girl was killed in a collision yesterday morning on her way to school.

Read about it here.

News brief: Schools take precautions during search for suspect

Monday, September 27th, 2010

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The doors at Rochester High School and the grade schools to the south of it were locked and students being escorted to lunch in what was described as a modified lockdown as sheriff’s deputies pursued a suspect in the area in connection with a stolen vehicle.

High School Principal Matt Ishler wrote in a prepared statement at 12:15 p.m. the actions were taken after they were contacted by the sheriff’s office.

The lockdown was lifted at 12:45 p.m., according to the school district.
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See the Rochester School District web site here for further information.

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This news item was updated at 1:10 p.m. on Monday Sept. 27, 2010

News brief updated: Seventeen-year-old Centralian killed in overnight wreck in Capitol Forest

Sunday, September 26th, 2010
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The 1989 Ford Bronco that hit a tree overnight has been impounded. / Courtesy photo from the Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia teenager is dead after after a Ford Bronco crashed into a tree in the Capitol Forest overnight.

Michael A. Conine, 17, died and three 17-year-old boys from Rochester were injured and treated at the scene two miles west of Bordeaux Road on a road known as the D-line, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers were called about 2:30 a.m. today to the single-vehicle collision north of Rochester and west of Littlerock. Devin J. Faulconer was driving west when his Bronco left the road striking several  trees, according to the state patrol.

The cause is under investigation but the state patrol alcohol reports was a factor.

The other passengers are listed as Richard Strauss and Blake A. Markva. One sustained minor injuries and the other serious injuries, according to Trooper Brandy Kessler. All four were reportedly wearing seatbelts.

The driver was arrested this morning for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault and booked into the juvenile detention center in Thurston County, according to Kessler.

The 1989 Ford Bronco was described as totaled. It was impounded by the Washington State Patrol.

Kessler called the accident a devastating reminder for teens not to drink and drive, especially with homecoming season coming up.

“Unfortunately this time the result will change many lives forever,” Kessler wrote in a news release.

The state patrol operates with zero tolerance on underage drinking and driving, according to Kessler.

If an individual under 21 is found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, no matter what level, they will be arrested for DUI and minor in possession of alcohol, she wrote.
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This news story was updated at 1:25 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 26, 2010

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A Centralia teenager died and three teenage boys were injured when a Ford Bronco crashed overnight. / Courtesy photo from the Washington State Patrol

News brief: Safety drills to be conducted at courthouse tomorrow

Friday, September 24th, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

If the public sees people with Airsoft guns in or around the courthouse in Chehalis tomorrow, they’re not playing and it’s not a real attack.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with region’s Homeland Security have put together a drill to test a response plan to an emergency at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center.

Some 40 volunteers are expected to participate into the early afternoon, engaging in role playing in such scenarios as confronting a shooter at the building on the south side of Main Street, according to a news release.

On the list to be evaluated are the the safety of the public and people who work inside the building, a webcam-based system, an all-page system and more.

Sheriff Steve Mansfield says, in a written statement:

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to evaluate our building security, emergency response plan, and law enforcement response to a threat in the Law and Justice building.

We have seen shootings and terrorist activity throughout the nation and we want to ensure our building is safe for employees to work and the public to visit and do business.”

News brief: Muffler Hut owner to plead guilty in drug case

Friday, September 24th, 2010
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Muffler shop owner Frank Eugene Willis consults with his attorney during his first appearance in court on Aug. 20 after being arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine to a police informant.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The owner of a Centralia muffler shop jailed for allegedly selling methamphetamine to a police informant is planning to plead guilty in a plea deal that’s not quite “hammered out yet.”

Frank Eugene Willis, 65, was arrested Aug. 19 at his business on the 1400 block of South Gold Street when police searched the property following an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine dealing.

He is being held on $500,000 bail and was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and possession of stolen property, including a firearm.

Willis appeared in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday as his attorney and a deputy prosecutor asked to set a date for him to plead guilty. He is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 6.

Olympia defense attorney James Dixon said they are close to an agreement, but haven’t finalized it yet.

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Read the news story from Thursday Aug. 19, 2010 when police served a search warrant at the Muffler Hut here

News brief: Victim refuses to testify against Robbie Russell

Friday, September 24th, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss one of the four cases against Centralia resident Robbie Russell yesterday saying the main witness won’t cooperate.

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Robert Shawn Russell

Russell, 46, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, a black Dodge Caliber found on his property late last year a few weeks after he assisted police in capturing a man wanted for an Olympia murder.

The vehicle belongs to Robert John Maddaus Jr., the 40-year-old being held on charges of witness tampering and first-degree murder in the Olympia case.

The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office wrote in its motion the victim in the stolen property case sent correspondence advising “he does not wish to testify in this matter, that he has nothing to say and that if called to testify he will ruin the state’s case.”

The motion for order of dismissal without prejudice – meaning it could be refiled at a later date – was granted.

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Robert John Maddaus Jr.

Deputy Prosecutor Steve Scott said outside the courtroom later in the day, “It means just what it says.”

Russell remains held in the Lewis County Jail pending three other cases: one from May of this year involving possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver; one from June of this year; and another from the summer of 2009 in which he allegedly took part in an ambush of a group of teenagers camping in Winlock.

In the Winlock case, his co-defendant was David West Sr., one of three people found shot to death last month in an Onalaska-area home.

Maddaus, the alleged victim of the stolen vehicle, is also facing charges in Lewis County related to possession of pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Russell, who was with Maddaus last November in the red Corvette where the drugs were found, presumably would be a witness in that case.
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Read more about Robert John Maddaus Jr. and Robert S. Russell here, here and here.

News brief: Mushroom picker found alive this morning

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The missing mushroom picker in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest has been found and he is ok, the  Skamania County Sheriff’s Office reported just moments ago.

Search and rescue crews have been looking for the 84-year-old Lakewood man south of Randle and northwest of Mount Adams. He was last seen about 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Read Richard Thompson’s story on KIRO 7 news’ web site and watch the video here.

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Read yesterday’s news item about the missing person report here.

News brief: Elderly Lakewood man missing south of Randle

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Searchers are looking for an 84-year-old mushroom picker in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest south of Randle who was reported missing about 6:15 p.m. yesterday.

The Lakewood man was last seen about 3:30 p.m. in the Adams Fork Campground area, about 15 miles northwest of Mount Adams in Skamania County, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.

Ground search teams and an aircraft with infrared radar have been requested though the Washington State Department of Emergency Management, according to a news release this morning.

Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said efforts are being concentrated in an area of about one-square mile. The terrain is fairly flat there, Cox said in the news release.

Cascade Dogs search and rescue unit out of Lewis County is assisting, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The man’s name was not released. Cox noted it is unknown if he has any medical conditions.

News brief: Former equestrian center developer convicted of illegally filling wetlands

Monday, September 20th, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A would-be developer of property near Toledo that many hoped would become home to a $70 million regional equestrian center pleaded guilty this morning to federal criminal charges in violation of the Clean Water Act.

Philip A. Smith, 53, of Chehalis, faces a maximum of three years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 per day of violation when he is sentenced in January in U.S. District Court, according to a news release.

Smith sought to strike a deal with promoters of what was dubbed the Southwest Regional Equestrian Center and conducted land clearing over a period of two years ending in late 2007 on property he owned off the southeast quadrant of Interstate 5 at the Toledo-Winlock interchange.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Seattle a year ago for allegedly dumping fill material onto wetlands without the required permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Smith had a permit to log part of the 190 acres he owed, but had no state or federal permit to disturb the wetlands, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Much of the property is covered in wetlands and small streams that drain into Lacamas Creek, which flows into the Cowlitz River and ultimately the Columbia  River. Neither Smith or anyone associated with the project ever applied for the required permit, according to the news release.

The equestrian center deal fell through after he was fined by the state Department of Ecology.

Smith was ordered in early 2008 by the Environmental Protection Agency to restore the disturbed wetland, but has not done so, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A separate civil case has been filed requiring the restoration.

This morning’s plea in Tacoma prompted a prepared statement from U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkin.

“We will not allow developers to violate environmental laws to line their pockets,” Durkin said. “These vital wetlands were damaged in a failed bid to make a substantial profit. We will work with local, state and federal regulatory agencies to prosecute those who damage our treasured public resources for their personal gain.”

Smith, reached by telephone, said he had no comment this evening.

He pleaded guilty today to damaging approximately 98 acres, admitting in his plea agreement to excavating wetlands and stream channels and redepositing or discharging the materials into waters of the United States.

News brief: Olympia murder suspect will be back soon to plead to Lewis County drug charges

Sunday, September 19th, 2010
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Robert John Maddaus Jr. listens to proceedings in Lewis County Superior Court on Friday afternoon.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Robert John Maddaus Jr. appeared only briefly in court on Friday in Chehalis in connection with charges related to possession of pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, but will be back. He had to return to jail in Thurston County on his first-degree murder case.

The 40-year-old whose residence is listed in court papers as Rochester has no current address and no current income, defense attorney Bob Schroeter told a judge Friday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

Maddaus’s indigent status qualified him for a court-appointed attorney.

He is charged in Lewis County with possession of each of the three drugs with intent to deliver, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm.

Charging documents in his Lewis County case describe what detectives found in a red Corvette after Maddaus and the driver, Robert S. Russell of Centralia, were stopped last November in Chehalis.

Besides the drugs in a green backpack,  there was $35,092 cash, digital scales and packaging materials, court documents allege.

A nine millimeter handgun was found on the floorboard under some mats on the passenger side of the car, according to charging documents. It had nine rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, authorities allege.

Maddaus is scheduled to return to Lewis County on Sept. 30 to make his pleas.
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Read the full story behind the police pursuit last November and why detectives say Robbie Russell was driving a red Corvette with a wanted murder suspect in the passenger seat, here.

News brief: Few details about police activity at Harrison Avenue used car dealer

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Centralia police issued a news release this morning saying they assisted with a multi-jurisdictional task force narcotics-related arrest Thursday on Harrison Avenue.

Law enforcement officers were at Emmanuel Auto Sales in between Fords Prairie Avenue and Russell Road for a few hours the other day, according to a neighbor.

Centralia police indicated a federal law enforcement agency was the lead on the case. Further details weren’t released.

A woman at the business this afternoon declined to comment. County records show the property is owned by Donato and Irma Valle-Vega.

News brief: Hydroplaning car causes three-vehicle wreck on Interstate 5 at Chehalis

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Centralia driver was cited after skidding in the rain and causing a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 5 in Chehalis last night.

No serious injuries were reported but two people were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after the approximately 7:30 p.m. wreck.

A trooper called to the collision on Interstate 5 just north of the 13th Street interchange reported a 2003 Ford Focus was entering the freeway and hydroplaned crossing both lanes and striking the concrete barrier.

Twenty-four-year-old Daniel J. Bolin’s car was then hit by a Nissan Frontier which then ran into a Jeep Cherokee, according to the Washington State Patrol. Each vehicle sustained no more than an estimated $4,000 damage, the state patrol reported.

Bolin was cited for “speed too fast for conditions”.

News brief: Parents charged in assault of infant

Friday, September 17th, 2010

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was at $25,000 for two Centralia parents charged with second-degree assault of a child today in Lewis County Superior Court.

Deputy Prosecutor Cailen Cecil-Wevodau told Judge Nelson Hunt it was a very serious charge involving a very young infant and broken bones.

Raymon E. Bell, 30, and Brandi J. Larson, 28, were arrested yesterday in a case that dates back to last year, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Both qualified for a court-appointed attorney. Larson works part time at Jack-in-the-Box and Bell, a Centralia College student, has no current income but just got a new job at a foundry, according to defense attorney Bob Schroeter.

The child in question is in state custody, Schroeter said. Larson is actively participating in a dependency case with her child, he said.

Cecil-Wevodau told the judge she intends to file identical charges on Monday involving another child.

They will return to court on Thursday to make their pleas.