Archive for January, 2011

Rochester man testifies he didn’t kill Shaun Peterson

Monday, January 31st, 2011
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Robert J. Maddaus Jr. answers questions from his attorney in Judge Christine Pomeroy's courtroom.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

OLYMPIA – Robert J. Maddaus Jr. took the witness stand today and admitted he spent a weekend trying to find who had robbed his Rochester home of drugs and money but denied he suspected Shaun Peterson, denied having a gun and denied shooting Peterson.

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Shaun Allen Peterson

The now-41-year-old answered questions in Thurston County Superior Court about the weekend beginning Nov. 13, 2009 and the days after until he was picked up in Chehalis.

His defense attorney Richard Woodrow asked him why he didn’t call the police.

Maddaus suggested he was stalling until police figured out what really happened.

“I knew there was a warrant for my arrest, I was waiting for it to blow over,” Maddaus said. “I mean, come on, they were gonna find out who did it.”

The Rochester man spent about an hour and a half answering questions today. Woodrow asked him directly: “On Nov. 16, 2009, did you kill Shaun Peterson?

“No,” Maddaus said.

“Who did?” Woodrow asked.

“I think Matt Tremblay,” Maddaus said.

Maddaus is on trial for first-degree murder and other charges in the 40-year-old Tumwater man’s death. Peterson was found handcuffed and dying in Olympia on Capitol Boulevard outside a drug dealer’s apartment.

Twelve jurors plus three alternates – consisting of 12 women and three men – began hearing the case on Jan. 12 in Judge Christine Pomeroy’s courtroom.

Some 30 spectators crowded the Olympia courtroom today to hear what Maddaus had to say.

He began by saying he’d known Peterson about six months.

“It started out drugs. I sold him drugs, he got drugs from me,” Maddaus said. “We kind of became friends.”

He spoke of being out with other friends smoking methamphetamine when he got  a call from his mother letting him know his mobile home had been robbed.

While witnesses for the prosecution have described that Maddaus returned home and assaulted a 25-year-old woman staying with him he believed was involved, Maddaus agreed he was suspicious of her, but said he grabbed a can of bear mace she was holding and it accidentally sprayed them both.

The door to the bedroom was kicked in and then, “It clicks, my safe is open, it’s still there,” he said.

“Oh yeah, obviously somebody had the combination,” he said.

He explained he began making phone calls and then, with acquaintances, visiting people over the next three days.

“All kinds of people,” he said. “Everybody I knew in the drug world, or that knew somebody in the drug world, I was trying to contact.”

Maddaus said he went to a house in Tumwater to see a guy who had methamphetamine that looked like his. Jason Juneau said he’d gotten the dope from Robbie Russell so Juneau bought some more from Russell in Chehalis and the two men compared it, he said.

Maddaus said he got a call from someone who said there was a recording of some people talking about robbing somebody.

He, Tremblay and a couple other people listened to it in Lacey, he said.

“Did you recognize any voice?” Woodrow asked.

“No,” Maddaus said.

Maddaus said he wanted to talk with Peterson about it, since the other person sounded like “Fat Nate.” Peterson knew where “Fat Nate” lived, and Maddaus didn’t, he testified.

On the night of Nov. 15, he and Peterson met Tremblay at the Olympia apartment of Daniel Leville and Falyn Grimes to listen again. Tremblay had a better recording of it and they played it over Leville’s speakers, he said.

“When I got there, it was just Dan, Falyn and Jesse,” he said.

The couple wouldn’t let Peterson inside unless he was handcuffed, Maddaus said.

While Jesse Rivera has previously testified he sat in Maddaus’s car in the Lacey Fred Meyer parking lot and watched Maddaus hold a gun to Peterson’s head while telling him to put handcuffs on, Maddaus said today Peterson did not have the handcuffs until after the two arrived at the apartment.

“I’m sure he didn’t love it, but he wanted to clear his name,” Maddaus testified.

Maddaus said he did not have a gun, but he saw Rivera holding a gun inside the apartment.

They were preparing to leave to talk with another person whose voice seemed to be on the recording, he said.

“Shaun said, ‘are you gonna take these cuffs off?’ ” Maddaus said. “I said, as soon as we leave, I will take them off.”

Soon, Peterson went out the door, Maddaus said.

“I heard the commotion, I seen Matt go out,” he said. “I grabbed my cell, me and Dan started heading to the door … Right as I was going to the door, the shots were fired.”

Maddaus said he saw Tremblay running toward his car and saw Peterson stumbling up the street.

“I ran towards Shaun, he fell down before I got to him,” he said.

Tremblay, in Maddaus’s Jetta, drove past him a bit and stopped, Maddaus said. He got in.

Tremblay stalled the car repeatedly, and Maddaus told him to get out, which he did, but then he got in the passenger side, he said.

“I drove to Rochester,” he said.

“Why?” his attorney asked.

“Because I wanted to get out of there,” he said.

“Why didn’t you call the cops?” Woodrow asked.

“I don’t call cops,” he said. “When you’re in my world, it’s the worst thing you can do.”

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Bruneau spent about 40 minutes cross examining Maddaus.

He focused on conversations Maddaus had after that night with a tattoo artist and drug dealer Theodore Farmer, contemplating getting help with an alibi.

Maddaus agreed with Bruneau that he hid out at friend’s and motels, wore a long wig and arranged to have his Jetta painted. He admitted that he acquired the handcuffs and that he sold drugs.

Maddaus agreed with Bruneau who pointed out Maddaus was robbed and angry about it. Money and several pounds, Maddaus agreed.

“And you would have killed to get it back,” Bruneau said.

“No,” Maddaus said.

“You killed in retaliation,” Bruneau said.

“I didn’t kill anyone,” Maddaus said.

“Mr. Maddaus, since you cannot resort to the law, you have to resort to your own rules, you have to resort to force,” Bruneau said.

“You handcuffed Shaun Peterson,” Bruneau said.

“No,” Maddaus said.

Maddaus is charged with first-degree murder, four counts of witness tampering and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is also charged in the same case with attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault of 25-year-old Jessica Abear.
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Read about:

• Witnesses point to Maddaus’ friend as shooter, here

• Tremblay testifies Maddaus shot Peterson, here
• Inside the apartment that night, here
• The robbery at Maddaus’s Rochester mobile home, here
• Day one of Maddaus’s trial, here
• Why the first jury pool had to be dismissed, here
• Why Maddaus was convicted of just simple possession in Lewis County last month, here
• How Maddaus refused to testify against Robbie Russell in September, here
• How Russell and Maddaus tried to outrun sheriff’s deputies a week and a half after Peterson’s death, here

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Robert J. Maddaus Jr. and his attorney last week in Thurston County Superior Court when witnesses for the prosecution testified.

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Robert J. Maddaus Jr. during a break in trial proceedings last week.

Breaking news: Leader of Kelso meth trafficking ring gets long prison term

Friday, January 28th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

This news story was updated at 3:21 p.m.

The former Toledo man described as the leader of a meth distribution ring that flooded the streets of Southwest Washington with the drug was sentenced today to 13 years and four months in prison.

Anthony Wayne Reisbeck, 43, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The U.S. Attorneys Office describes him now as a Silver Lake resident.

The organization distributed pound quantities of methamphetamine per week in the Kelso-Longview area, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office.

Reisbeck was arrested in February of last year after selling methamphetamine several months earlier to a person working in law enforcement, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office. A search of his car turned up $6,100 in currency, marijuana and 338 grams of meth, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office.

Two of his so-called sub-dealers were each sentenced to 10 years in prison in recent weeks. They are Randy Scott Chalupa, 47, of Kelso and Michael J. Waddington, 24, of Silver Lake.

The last of the federally charged co-conspirators, Erica Deann Lewis, of Toledo, is set to be sentenced next month.

Following his arrest, Reisbeck continued to try to run the drug ring by making calls from jail, according to a news release this afternoon.

In his sentencing memo Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Backhus wrote: “Through reputation, intimidation and sheer force of will, Reisbeck was able to control his organization while in custody.”

Backhus noted Reisbeck controlled access to the source-supply, recruited and managed street level meth dealers, ordered others to collect drug debts for him and demanded dealers pay him a “tax” on the methamphetamine they sold.

His sentence includes five years of supervision after his release from prison.

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Read about:

“Man who took over after meth ring leader from Toledo was arrested gets 10 years, feds announce” from Friday Jan. 21, 2011 here

“Cowlitz County man gets 10 years for his role in meth ring with ties to Toledo” from Thursday Dec. 30, 2010 here

“To read the latest on Toledo meth trafficking suspects …” from Tuesday Aug. 10, 2010 here

“News Brief: Alleged meth ring defendants handed over to feds” from Wednesday June 9, 2010 here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 28th, 2011

KNIFE ASSAULT

• Centralia police reported yesterday an 18-year-old man stabbed himself with a knife after assaulting two family members at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road. Matthew W. Duncan, of Centralia, was hospitalized after the Wednesday evening incident and police arrested him for misdemeanor assault but left him in the care of the hospital, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ROCHESTER MAN FINDS HIS OWN STOLEN STUFF FOR SALE

• An off-road vehicle valued at $4,000 was recovered after a Rochester resident spotted his stolen ORV for sale on Craigs List, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The owner responded to a listing and went to the 1600 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia on Wednesday where he concluded the vehicle was his, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The seller claimed they had gotten in trade for a motorcycle from Yelm, Brown said.

THEFT AND BURGLARY

• Several guns and knives were reported stolen from a trailer on the 1200 block of West Main Street in Centralia early yesterday morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 22 gauge shotgun and a British rifle were among the items missing from an RV on vacation property east of Randle, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. A deputy called on Wednesday to the 100 block of Bevin Lake Road was told by the owner somebody stole the guns and other items sometime since November 1, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A bottle of cologne and $7 in quarters were stolen in a burglary to a residence on the 500 block of Brown Road East outside of Chehalis, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday. It happened sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, the sheriff’s office reported.

• Centralia police were called to a burglary at a business on the 2300 block of North Pearl Street on Wednesday afternoon.

• Centralia police took a report of a vehicle prowl on the 400 block of Oak Street in Centralia yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called to a vehicle prowl on Wednesday morning on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called yesterday about two tires being slashed at the 500 block of East Maple Street.

• An officer was called yesterday to the 400 block of Union Street in Centralia abut someone shooting BBs through windows.

JUDGE FINDS MARIJUANA PIPE IN COURTROOM

• A 24-year-old Centralia man who got in trouble for leaving a marijuana pipe in a courtroom subsequently helped detectives solve a burglary in which more than $6,000 in property, including a Ruger pistol, had been taken, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday. Albert D. Melton, 24, was in a Lewis County courtroom in Chehalis last week and told by a judge to wait in the jury box to be taken to jail, Chief Stacy Brown said. Later, the pipe was found where he had been sitting, she said. When asked later by a detective if he knew why he was talking to him, Melton reportedly spilled information about an October burglary on the 2800 block of state Route 508. The information led to two burglary arrests; one for Melton and another for Byron K. Sedrick, 31, of Centralia, according to Brown.

Witnesses point to Maddaus friend as shooter

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

OLYMPIA – Two individuals testified yesterday Matthew Tremblay told them he was the one who shot 40-year-old Shaun Peterson, after a Rochester man was jailed and charged with Peterson’s death  in Olympia.

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Shaun A. Peterson

Robert J. Maddaus Jr., 41, of Rochester, is on trial for first-degree murder in Thurston County Superior Court. Tremblay, 30, has testified he was with Maddaus the night Peterson died, but said Maddaus fired the shots.

Maddaus was a supplier to Tremblay and Peterson, who both were drug dealers, according to previous testimony.

Peterson was found handcuffed and fatally shot early the morning of Nov. 16, 2009 on Capitol Boulevard in Olympia. Maddaus had been trying to track down who’d robbed his Rochester mobile home of five pounds methamphetamine and $30,000, according to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Bruneau.

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Robert J. Maddaus Jr.

As the trial moves through its third week, Maddaus’s attorney Richard Woodrow has begun calling witnesses for the defense.

Kyle G. Collins, 27, took the stand yesterday and described running into Tremblay about two months after the homicide, and driving around smoking methamphetamine together.

They had a conversation about it, Collins testified.

“He started crying, said it was an accident and said he was the one that shot Shaun Peterson,” Collins said.

Another witness, 23-year-old Miguel Rodriguez yesterday described meeting with Tremblay in December 2009 at a Motel 6 to purchase methamphetamine.

They talked about what happened in Olympia the month before, Rodriguez said.

Tremblay kept saying he knew Maddaus didn’t shoot Peterson, Rodriguez testified.

He said, because he was the one that killed him, Rodriguez said.

Also in court yesterday, a man who described himself as Tremblay’s drug dealing partner told the jury he was asked to retrieve what he thought was the murder weapon from Tremblay’s motel room soon after the shooting.

David “Nate” Hoffman testified he had his girlfriend pick it up and he made plans with Tremblay to leave town.

Two other witnesses testified yesterday being told by people who were in the Capitol Boulevard apartment of Dan Leville and Falyn Grimes that Maddaus was inside when the shots were heard outside. Leville and Grimes have testified both Maddaus and Tremblay were outside with Peterson.

Maddaus is charged with first-degree murder, four counts of witness tampering and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is also charged in the same case with attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault of a 25-year-old woman he suspected of being involved in stealing his drugs and money.

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Read about:
• Tremblay testifies Maddaus shot Peterson, here
• Inside the apartment that night, here
• The robbery at Maddaus’s Rochester mobile home, here
• Day one of Maddaus’s trial, here
• Why the first jury pool had to be dismissed, here
• Why Maddaus was convicted of just simple possession in Lewis County last month, here
• How Maddaus refused to testify against Robbie Russell in September, here
• How Russell and Maddaus tried to outrun sheriff’s deputies a week and a half after Peterson’s death, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

CITY VOTES TO TURN OFF NAPAVINE FIRE DEPARTMENT’S ROOFTOP SIREN

• The siren that sounds when Napavine firefighters get a call may be silenced after city council members last night voted unanimously to amend the city’s noise ordinance. Mayor Nick Bozarth says the move was prompted by the fire department’s roof top “air raid” siren which broke it’s several-year silence the morning after the department’s November levy failure. The fire department has told the city they began using the siren to clear traffic for outgoing emergency vehicles, according to Bozarth. The restriction took the fire department by surprise, according to a news release this morning from Lewis County Fire District 5. Lt. Laura Hanson wrote the department was “not afforded the courtesy of notification of the drafting of the ordinance.” Hanson wrote the district remains committed an acceptable resolution to the issue. Bozarth notes the city thinks lights and sirens on the emergency vehicles are sufficient.

GUN, SAFE AMONG ITEMS TAKEN IN RANDLE BURGLARY

• Somebody broke into a Randle area home yesterday and made off with a safe, a revolver and other valuables totaling more than $1,200, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to the 300 block of Cline Road was told it happened sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. yesterday, the sheriff’s office reported. Among the missing items were a fireproof Sentry brand safe, a .357 Smith and Wesson, an HP laptop computer, a digital camera and several necklaces, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. A door was damaged as well, Brown said.

THEFTS

• Police were called about 1 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of South Gold Street in Centralia to a reported car theft. A red 1992 Geo Metro was taken sometime overnight, according to  the Centralia Police Department. Its license plate reads 144 ZMO.

• Centralia police took a report of a vehicle prowl about 3:30 p.m. yesterday from the 300 block of N Street. Missing were 10 CDs, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a theft report from an individual about 2 p.m. yesterday at the 600 block of South Tower Avenue. When the victim came out of the store, his bicycle and backpack were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police yesterday arrested arrested a Chehalis woman for allegedly dealing heroin. Stacy L. Cook was arrested at her home for two counts of delivery of heroin, in connection with a previously investigated case, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

DUI ARREST MADE FOLLOWING CENTRALIA COLLISION

• Centralia police called to a collision about 9 p.m. last night arrested a  Rochester man for driving under the influence. Nobody was injured in the wreck at Johnson Road and West Reynolds Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. Daniel P. Christiensen, 56, was arrested, according to police.

Read about attempt to stall closure of Maple Lane fails …

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KELA radio reports a bill to block the planned June 30 shut down of Maple Lane school in Grand Mound was voted down.

Read news item about legislation involving the state detention center for boys here

Read about bill proposes marijuana be sold at liquor stores …

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle Times writes about legislation proposed which would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in Washington state.

News reporter Joanna Nolasco reports the proposed bill would allow its sale to those 21 and older at state liquor stores.

Read about it in The Seattle Times here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
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A car and a school bus collided on Sargent Road in Rochester about 3 p.m. on Monday/ Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority

SCHOOL BUS AND CAR CRASH NEAR ROCHESTER INTERSECTION

• Nobody was seriously hurt but a passenger car was destroyed when it and a school bus collided yesterday afternoon in Rochester. It happened at 3 p.m. almost in front of the fire station, near the intersection of Sargent Road and 187 Avenue Southwest, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Four middle to high school-age students on the bus were uninjured, Fire Chief Robert Scott said. Both the driver of the car and the bus driver declined responder’s advice to be taken to the hospital, Scott said.

DOMESTIC INCIDENT SPARKS ARREST

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday that deputies arrested a 25-year-old Centralia man for unlawful imprisonment following a call on Sunday in the Winlock area about an incident in which he allegedly pushed his girlfriend around and refused to let her leave for about three hours. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail but has been released pending further investigation.

MAN FLEES DEPUTIES, POLICE DOG TRACKS HIM DOWN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday that after a deputy contacted a wanted man in Onalaska about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, he fled and was tracked down by a police dog from Centralia. Mickey W. Graham, 21, was booked into the Lewis County Jail after being found near an apartment complex on the 100 block of Third Street, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFTS

• A white 1993 Honda was reported missing about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday from the 400 block of Hart Road in Winlock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The car is valued at about $2,000.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday an estimated $1,780 of valuables were reported missing from the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia. A 360 X-box, eight games and a 22-inch gold necklace with an anchor and a Jesus figure were among the items stolen, according to the sheriff’s office. The burglary occurred sometime between 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 the following morning.

• Deputies responding to an alarm about 1:30 a.m. yesterday at the Chevron station on the 1100 block of state Route 6 outside Chehalis found a wet shoe print and pry marks on a back door, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A deputy took a report about 11:15 p.m. on Friday night of a vehicle prowl on the 100 block of Bay Road in Winlock. Somebody had rummaged through a purse and also taken a cell phone. The phone was later found in a puddle near the vehicle.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report just before 4 p.m. yesterday that somebody threw a rock at a vehicle which cracked a window and mirror on the 700 block of E Street.

CHIMNEY FIRE

• The Chehalis Fire Department was called to a chimney fire just before 4:30 p.m. yesterday on Southwest Salsbury Avenue. The flames were confined to the chimney pipe of the wood stove, according to Fire Capt. Ted McCarty. The captain said he didn’t think the chimney had been cleaned this year.

STOVE FIRE

• Firefighters called to the 1500 block of Southwest William Street yesterday found an older woman with a smoked up home who had turned on the wrong burner. While her eggs never boiled, her dry teapot ended up fused to a stove burner, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

CHILD MOLESTATION ARREST

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday a 40-year-old Toledo man was arrested for second-degree child molestation on Friday for an incident that allegedly occurred between Dec. 21 and 23 in the Toledo area involving a 13-year-old. Scott E. Palmer was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Tremblay testifies in Rochester man’s murder trial

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

OLYMPIA – A friend of Robert Maddaus’s who spent the weekend in November 2009 helping the Rochester man track down who’d robbed him of  five pounds methamphetamine and $30,000 testified yesterday in Maddaus’s murder trial.

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Robert J. Maddaus Jr.

Matthew Tremblay, 30, took the stand in Thurston County Superior Court and recounted visits the pair made to talk with various people including the night of Nov. 15, after which 40-year-old Shaun A. Peterson end up handcuffed and fatally shot on Capitol Boulevard in Olympia.

Tremblay said he met up with Maddaus at the Olympia apartment of Dan Leville and Falyn Grimes.

“He told me he was going to question Shaun, he was trying to get me to help him,” Tremblay said.

Peterson was already handcuffed, Tremblay testified.

Maddaus, 41, is on trial for first-degree murder and other charges in Peterson’ death. His attorney Richard Woodrow has said he plans to show it was Tremblay who shot Peterson.

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Shaun Allen Peterson

Tremblay testified, as have Leville and Grimes that they, Maddaus and Peterson were listening to a recording of voices talking about the robbery.

Maddaus believed it included Peterson’s voice, Tremblay didn’t agree, Tremblay said.

Tremblay said he suggested they leave, as he could tell Leville was uncomfortable and Maddaus yelled at him.

“I believe around that time, Shaun had enough of the situation and left out the front door,” Tremblay said.

Tremblay said Maddaus followed Peterson out while Tremblay gathered up some items in a plastic bag.

He testified he then put the bag in the trunk of Maddaus’s VW Jetta.

“While I was loading stuff in the car, I hear gunshots,” Tremblay said.

Tremblay said he looked, saw Maddaus with a gun, saw Peterson turn and run down the street.

“I got in the car and picked up Bobby,” he said.

Then, Tremblay testified to a series of events that was heard for the first time, according to both Woodrow and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Bruneau.

He spoke of stopping at one point and Maddaus taking over the driving. He said also, Maddaus ran back to where Peterson was, running by him crouched, as though he were going to shoot him in the head. But he didn’t hear any more gun shots, he said.

The two men drove to Rochester, to the home of a friend of Maddaus’s named “Josie”, Tremblay said.

There, Maddaus put gasoline on his arms to get rid of gunpowder and took a shower, Tremblay testified.
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Read about:
• Inside the apartment that night, here
• The robbery at Maddaus’s Rochester mobile home, here
• Day one of Maddaus’s trial, here
• Why the first jury pool had to be dismissed, here
• Why Maddaus was convicted of just simple possession in Lewis County last month, here
• How Maddaus refused to testify against Robbie Russell in September, here
• How Russell and Maddaus tried to outrun sheriff’s deputies a week and a half after Peterson’s death, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 24th, 2011

FIVE TREATED AT SCENE OF SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT IN ROCHESTER

• KIROTV.com reports a car and a school bus collided in Rochester this afternoon.

STRANGER ATTACKS TEEN ON WAY TO SCHOOL, TEEN REPORTS

• Chehalis police reported this morning they took a report on Friday from a 14-year-old boy who said a strange male with a knife ran up and knocked him down near South Market Boulevard and 20th Street as he was on his way to school. He said he didn’t know the individual who pushed him, pointed a knife at him and never said a word, police Sgt. Rick McNamara said today. “That’s what he’s telling us,” McNamara said. “And nothing was said, which is really strange.” The boy was left with what McNamara described as small scratch.

MEN AND THEIR TOOLS

• Three men were jailed after a fight with metal pipes broke out on the 1200 block of Elzina Street in Chehalis about noon on Saturday. It started with two brothers, a neighbor and a disagreement over a tool or tools, according to Chehalis police. The brothers were arrested for assaulting Paul E. Peterson, 43, of Chehalis, but as officer arrived, Peterson was returning with a pipe of his own,  police Sgt. Rick McNamara said. Nobody ended up with life-threatening injuries but Eric B.J. Maggard, 28, of Toledo, was arrested for first-degree assault; Steven A. Maggard, 39, of Chehalis, was arrested for second-degree assault and Peterson was arrested for second-degree assault, according to McNamara. However, potential charges against the trio were put on hold today pending further investigation.

DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested a 19-year-old for possession of methamphetamine  after contact with an officer about 5:15 a.m. today at the 1100 block of West Main Street. James V. Mitchell, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police arrested a man for possession of methamphetamine after he was contacted by an officer about 11:45 p.m. last night about sleeping in the post office on the 200 block of Centralia College Boulevard. Anthony E. Winge, 22, of Tacoma, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested very early Sunday morning for possession of methamphetamine and heroin after police contact just before 1 a.m. on the 800 block of North Tower Avenue. Michael R. Ward was  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFTS

• Centralia police took a report about 3 p.m. on Saturday of the theft of an ATV from  business on the 300 block of South Tower Avenue. It is a green Yamaha Kodiak, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 9:20 p.m. Friday to the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia where a car stereo and three baseball mitts were stolen from a vehicle. A side window was smashed out, according to police.

More later

Inside the apartment: How Maddaus and five others spent the hours before Peterson’s fatal shooting

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

OLYMPIA – Whose voices were those talking about robbing Robert Maddaus Jr. of cash and drugs; voices that sounded like an accidental recording made from a cell phone in somebody’s pocket?

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Shaun Allen Peterson

That was the question at the center of the Rochester drug dealer’s focus the weekend of Nov. 13, 2009, witnesses testified this week in Thurston County Superior Court.

Maddaus, 41, is on trial for first-degree murder and other charges in the case of 40-year-old Shaun A. Peterson, who was found handcuffed and fatally shot on an Olympia street, just blocks south of the state capitol. The Tumwater man died early the morning of Nov. 16 outside the nearby apartment of a drug dealer who said he got his supply of methamphetamine and heroin from “Bobby” Maddaus.

Defense attorney Richard Woodrow has said he plans to show it was another man who accompanied his client that night who shot Peterson, but witnesses for the prosecution have dominated the first two weeks of the trial in an Olympia courtroom.

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Robert J. Maddaus Jr.

Daniel Leville, 41, told the court on Wednesday that Maddaus told him he’d been robbed of “$30,000, a pound of weed and I think five pounds of meth.”

Leville said he, Maddaus and Matthew Tremblay were mulling the possibilities of who did it and Maddaus wanted to find out.

“Everybody was suspect,” Leville said.

Did the defendant ever say what would happen to that person, when he found out, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Bruneau asked.

“He had been saying from the beginning when he found the money, when he got to the bottom of it, when he found out who did it, figured it out, that they were going to die, and he was going to kill them,” Leville said.

Maddaus had told him on the phone he and Peterson were headed to confront someone, Leville said.

Leville said the three men later the night of Nov. 15 came to his apartment on South Capitol Way, but Peterson walked through the door handcuffed, with a coat draped over his wrists. Leville was in his bedroom at the time, looking at a video monitor hooked to cameras at the home.

Leville, and his girlfriend Falyn Grimes who lived there with him, described a night of  using drugs, drinking Tequila and listening repeatedly to a muffled tape recording.

All of them, except for “Jesse” ended up in the bedroom listening to it, Leville testified.

“I didn’t understand one single word, much less a voice of one particular person,” Leville said.

Leville explained the reason Peterson was handcuffed was “for his safety, our safety, everybody’ safety, so they could clear his name.”

Peterson said he was “okay” with the handcuffs on, while he was with friends, but “if they went anywhere else, he wanted them off so he could defend himself,” Grimes testified Thursday.

Maddaus believed it was Peterson’s voice on the tape, both Grimes and Leville testified. They were at the apartment for hours and both tried to convince Maddaus it wasn’t Peterson, the couple said.

“My girlfriend was pretty much pleading,” Leville said. “I had told him, killing somebody is final, it’s ‘game over’.”

Then, it was time for them to go confront somebody else, according to the couple’s testimony recalling how the visit ended.

“Nothing had been accomplished,” Leville testified.

Peterson went out the door, Tremblay went behind him and Maddaus left shortly after, they said.

Maddaus had come out of the bathroom, bumped the wall and his pistol fell to the kitchen floor. He asked Leville to give him the tape from the DVR, which he did.

Grimes said the couple stood at the porch briefly as the trio left.

“They were standing at the car, I never seen ‘em get in the car,” Grimes said.

Leville said Peterson walked the opposite direction from the vehicle.

“Bobby followed him,” he said. “They were kind of arguing; they weren’t running or anything.”

The couple both testified they were inside when they heard gunshots.

They had already started gathering up belongings, like a backpack with drugs, to leave their home, they said. The couple stayed at an upstairs apartment of a friend until about 3 p.m., Grimes said.

They didn’t call the police; and they didn’t return to their apartment; she had a warrant, and they were scared, the couple testified.

Leville testified Maddaus contacted him a few days later.

“He told me a little bit,” Leville said in response to questioning from Bruneau. “He said he had shot Shaun, the gun jammed.”

“Matt had pulled up, he got in the car, they took off, the car stalled, it was a stick … he told him to get out, Matt headed back to the scene, he told him to get back in … Matt gets in the car, Bobby gets in the car, they took off.”

Maddaus was arrested on a murder warrant Nov. 27, 2009 in Chehalis.

Grimes and Leville were picked up by police about a week later at a casino in Mason County.

Both have entered into a plea agreements in conjunction with testifying in the Maddaus case.

The couple are among almost a dozen individuals acquainted with Maddaus who have testified for the prosecution in its case against the Rochester man.

At least four warrants have been issued to detain material witnesses in the case. It’s not clear how many of those people remain in jail as their testimony is secured.

Maddaus was being held on $2 million bail, but is now being held on no bail.

He is charged with first-degree murder, four counts of witness tampering and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is also charged in the same case with attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault of 25-year-old Jessica Abear who testified last week she was assaulted by Maddaus inside his Rochester trailer home for her alleged part in the robbery.

The trial resumes on Monday.
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Read about

• The robbery at Maddaus’s Rochester mobile home, here
• Day one of Maddaus’s trial, here
• Why the first jury pool had to be dismissed, here
• Why Maddaus was convicted of just simple possession in Lewis County last month, here
• How Maddaus refused to testify against Robbie Russell in September, here
• How Russell and Maddaus tried to outrun sheriff’s deputies a week and a half after Peterson’s death, here

News brief: Missing Lacey man found wandering in Nisqually Valley area

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said the 45-year-old Lacey man who went missing on Wednesday has been found and is safe and back with his family.

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Marcos A. Sanchez

Marcos A. Sanchez was discovered walking along a road in the Nisqually Valley area about 10:30 last night, sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said.

“He was wandering around lost, he was under the influence of something, we don’t know what,” Elwin said.

The lieutenant called it very bizarre.

“He’s physically okay, but he was not real cognizant of where he was,” he said.

Sanchez, a construction contractor, left his home on Wednesday morning and had a job site that day on the Tacoma waterfront.

He was reported missing Thursday night and his truck was found abandoned in a shopping center parking lot in the Hawks Prairie area.

Elwin said he was transported home last night.

Man who took over after meth ring leader from Toledo was arrested gets 10 years, feds announce

Friday, January 21st, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A second member of a drug ring accused of distributing highly pure methamphetamine in Cowlitz and Lewis counties got a 10-year sentence today.

Randy Scott Chalupa, 47, of Kelso, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Michael J. Waddington, 24, of Silver Lake, received a similar sentence on a similar charge in late December.

Toledo resident Anthony Wayne Reisbeck, described by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as the leader of the trafficking organization, is set to be sentenced later this month.

In his request for a sentence of more than 12 years for Chalupa, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Backhus noted Chalupa took over the operation after Reisbeck’s arrest and played a significant role, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office for Western Washington.

Read about Chalupa in The (Longview) Daily News here

News brief: Thurston County Sheriff’s Office asks for help finding missing Lacey man

Friday, January 21st, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a 45-year-old Lacey area man who hasn’t been seen since Wednesday.

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Marcos A. Sanchez

Marcos A. Sanchez’s Chevrolet Silverado was found last night in a shopping center parking lot off Martin Road in the Hawks Prairie area, according to the sheriff’s office.

He left home about 7 a.m. Wednesday and was last seen about 11:30 a.m. that day in Lacey, according to Lt. Greg Elwin said. Sanchez was reported missing last night.

Sanchez is a construction contractor and his job site on Wednesday was on the Tacoma waterfront, Elwin said.

The truck offered no obvious indications of any foul play, but it has been impounded and detectives were to examine its interior this afternoon, according to Elwin.

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Sanchez's Chevrolet Silverado

“We haven’t found anything odd or peculiar about him or his background,” Elwin said. “He seems like a regular guy with a job and a family, and he just didn’t come home. That in itself makes it kind of concerning.”

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to call Lt. Elwin at the sheriff’s office at 360-786-5530.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 21st, 2011

“GRANDPARENT” SCAM

• Chehalis police were called after a Chehalis resident took a phone call from a female who said she was her granddaughter and needed money on Wednesday. Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said he didn’t have further details on this incident, but said officers have gotten a few similar reports. The state Attorney General’s Office just this week distributed a caution for what they call the “grandparent scam” and other similar ruses to convince someone they need money wired immediately. Kaut said usually the calls are from Canada and the caller is claiming to have been in an accident. The state Attorney General’s Office urges citizens to warn the seniors in their lives and offers a list of red flags to watch out for.

METH SALES ARRESTS AT CHEHALIS APARTMENTS

• A pair of Chehalis residents were arrested for delivery of methamphetamine and their apartment searched after a 6:30 a.m. visit by police yesterday. About a dozen officers converged on the Chehalis Avenue Apartments, at Third Street and Southwest Chehalis Avenue, to serve a search warrant, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The arrests are the result of an ongoing investigation into drug sales, according to police. Jeffrey W. Hixon, 39, was booked for three counts and Marjorie P. Turvey, 27, was booked for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, police stated in a news release. Hixon’s 15-year-old son was in the apartment at the time and police made a referral to Child Protective Services, police said. Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said he wasn’t sure yet if any drugs were discovered in the home, but said officers did find a set of scales.

THEFTS IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of the theft of expensive items from outside a business on the 1100 block of State Avenue. Among the items stolen were A steel cable choker, metal plates and something called a percolator valued at about $5,000, according to Deputy Chief Randy Kaut.

• Chehalis police were called to Southwest Ninth Street yesterday about the theft of video games and an iPod from a home.

• A 2003 Toyota MR2 reported stolen Wednesday morning from Northeast Coal Creek Road in Chehalis was found later the same day on the side of a road in Thurston County, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Another vehicle at the same Chehalis location had been prowled, police said.

OUTLET STORE WORKER ARRESTED FOR TAPING VIDEO IN DRESSING ROOM

• Centralia police say they plan to get a warrant to examine a cell phone after an Outlet store employee was allegedly caught taking a video of a woman trying on bras in a dressing room. Demetrius S. Alford, 20, was arrested at his Centralia home on Wednesday after the incident at the VF Outlet on West High Street, according to police. Police Sgt. Stacy Denham said officers were shown the video and are checking to see if it’s not the first time he’s done it. The Olympia woman, in her 40s, told police the employee showed her to a dressing room and then lingered. Then she spotted him pointing a camera in her direction through the louvered dressing room door and saw his head, according to Denham. The woman yelled for her daughter and subsequently the store manager and police were contacted, he said. Alford was booked into the Lewis County Jail for voyeurism, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFTS IN CENTRALIA

• A Centralia city parks department vehicle was stolen from the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia on Wednesday, according to police. The dark blue 1993 Buick Lasabre went missing sometime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. It has city emblems on the doors and a license plate that reads 19486D, according to police.

• The case of an 18-year-old Centralia man was referred for potential charges of first-degree burglary yesterday after he allegedly broke into an ex-girlfriend’s Centralia apartment and took several unspecified items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police arrested Noelle I. Straggi, a 43-year-old Chehalis woman, for identity theft after taking a report Wednesday she used another name and address to fraudulently order cellular phones.  She was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• Centralia police took a report on Wednesday at the 1100 block of Johnson Road that a male came into the store and signed a false name when purchasing items on a charge account.

DRUGS

• Centralia police during a traffic stop last night found and confiscated an item suspected to be illegal drugs but will have to have it lab tested to confirm that, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police Sgt. Stacy Denham said what the officer found was a liquid, but he didn’t have further details about its packaging or quantity. Other items at the scene such as marijuana led to the officer’s suspicions, he said. Nobody was arrested. The traffic stop came about 9 p.m. on M and West First streets, according to police.

• A 23-year-old Napavine man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant after contact with a Centralia police officer yesterday evening at the 1200 block of Alder Street. Edward E. Jerns was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TEENAGER THREATENED OTHER TEENS WITH RIFLE, SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning a 16-year-old Chehalis boy may be charged with second-degree assault after a report he pulled a rifle from the cab of his truck and pointed it at three high school students. The incident occurred on Jan. 8 at the Chevron station on the 1100 block of state Route 6 following an unspecified verbal exchange, according to the sheriff’s office. A deputy was called yesterday to take a report about it at W.F. West High School, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. All involved are from Chehalis, according to Brown.

Coroners inquest to be held in Ronda Reynolds’ death

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Warren McLeod is calling for a coroner’s inquest into the controversial 1998 death in Toledo of former state trooper Ronda Reynolds.

McLeod, the first new Lewis County coroner in almost three decades, said today it’s time.

“I believe after 12 years, this case needs a resolution,” McLeod said.

The purpose of a coroner’s inquest is to obtain an objective, non-partisan and independent opinion on the cause and manner of death in a public forum, according to McLeod.

McLeod has appointed Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel to facilitate the process.

Reynolds was found with a bullet in her head in a closet in her Toledo home in December 1998.

The case was closed by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office as suicide despite protests by the lead detective, within a week after the attorney for her husband Ron Reynolds threatened to file a lawsuit if they didn’t cease the investigation.

Coroner Terry Wilson changed his determination three times in the following years as the sheriff’s office case was reopened and then closed again.

The case was the subject of a civil trial in November 2009 after which a panel of citizens concluded Coroner Wilson’s determination that Reynolds’ died of suicide was arbitrary, capricious and incorrect. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks ordered Wilson to change the manner of death, but Wilson instead appealed the order.

McLeod, elected in November, changed the death certificate to undetermined in his first days in the office.

He said a coroner’s inquest can be heard by a jury of as many as six and as few as four individuals. As coroner, he will preside over the proceedings.

The Lewis County Prosecutors Office will present the facts and circumstances of the case. McLeod said the prosecutor has agreed to participate.

McLeod said he will abide by the finding of the inquest jury.

The community college forensics instructor said he had two choices; either conduct the review himself behind closed doors or have it done in a public way.

He chose the latter as part of his objective of bringing more transparency to the coroner’ office, he said.

Huge transformer catches fire at Chehalis Power Plant

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Four fire departments responding to a report of an explosion and fire at at the Chehalis Power Plant early this morning discovered one of three huge transformers burning.

The fire in the Chehalis Industrial Park at 1813 Bishop Road involved only the transformer at the gas-powered plant, Lewis County Fire District 6 Chief Bud Goodwill said this morning.

There were no injuries.

The 4:18 a.m. call drew assistance from the Chehalis Fire Department, Lewis County Fire District 5 and Riverside Fire Authority from Centralia.

Burning was one of three 20-foot tall transformers, Goodwillie said.

After they confirmed the high-voltage area was de-energized, they moved in and extinguished the blaze, Goodwillie said.

Read about police protest “sacking” of Thurston County deputy prosecutor …

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports police unions in Thurston County have sent a letter to the newly elected prosecutor protesting his decision to let go Deputy Prosecutor David Bruneau.

Bruneau is in the midst of prosecuting Robert Maddaus Jr. in the Nov. 2009 fatal shooting of Shaun Peterson, 40, of Olympia.

Read news reporter Jeremy Pawloski’s story here

Read about explosion and fire at Chehalis power plant …

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Associated Press is reporting firefighters responded this morning to an explosion at the power plant in the Chehalis Industrial Park.

Read it here