Updated 12:34 p.m.
CAR VERSUS CHILD
• Police and aid were called to the 1100 block of South Gold Street in Centralia about 3:40 p.m. yesterday when an 8-year-old boy was hit by a car. The child was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with what police described as minor injuries. An officer concluded he ran out in front of the vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• A man called deputies to his home on the 3000 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis early this morning because he thought his vehicle was stolen. However, he remembered he had left it at the Star Tavern and taken a cab home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. But his girlfriend arrived before the deputy left and because she had an outstanding warrant, she was arrested, according to the sheriff’s office. Barbara A. Alefteras, 43, was booked into the Lewis County jail for failing to appear in court in connection with driving on a suspended license, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• Police were called about 7:30 p.m. yesterday about a car stolen from Southwest Pacific Avenue in Chehalis. An acquaintance of its owner was found about two hours later with the vehicle at a motel on Lakeshore Drive in Centralia, according to Chehalis police. Nicodya A. L. Maddux, 23, of Centralia was arrested for an outstanding warrant and the apparent car theft was referred to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office for a possible charge, Sgt. Gary Wilson said.
• A grayish black 1984 Mazda pickup was reported stolen from the 400 block of Centralia College Boulevard on Wednesday morning. It went missing overnight, according to the Centralia Police Department. Its license plate reads B48566C, according to police.
STATUE OF MARY MISSING FROM CHAPEL
• Somebody stole a ceramic statue from the prayer room at Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Centralia Police Department. The theft was reported Tuesday morning. Officer John Panco said it was Mary with Baby Jesus, and the culprit had also tried to tear a statue of Joseph from its pedestal.
ARREST FOR MAKING UP BURGLARY REPORT
• Two people who reported a burglary in which a variety of medications were supposedly stolen from a home on the 1500 block of Pike Street in Centralia ended up getting arrested themselves on Tuesday. They said someone entered through a window, but an officer concluded there was no way that could have happened, according to Officer John Panco. Terry L. Olson, 56, and Merika G. Olson, 40, were arrested for attempting to file a false report, Panco said.
• Somebody apparently used splitting maul to break a window at a home on the 600 block of Davis Lake Road in Morton just as a resident there was getting into the shower. A deputy called about 12:30 a.m. yesterday found the window broken and was told by the woman she thought her dog scared the world-be intruder away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
TP BURNED IN PARK RESTROOM
• Two girls, ages 12 and 14, were arrested after a discovery late yesterday afternoon someone had lit toilet paper on fire in the girls restroom at Penny Playground on Southwest 13th Street in Chehalis, according to police. The girls were arrested for reckless burning and then released, Sgt. Gary Wilson said. It’s a cinder block building and there was no significant damage, he said.
ARREST FOR NAUGHTY MESSAGES
• A 34-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday afternoon for allegedly sending sexually explicit text messages to a 16-year-old Centralia girl. Justin L. Hyde was booked into the Lewis County jail for communication with a minor for immoral purposes, according to the Centralia Police Department. Hyde was to be released without charges pending further investigation.
• An 18-year-old Rochester woman was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia after a two-vehicle collision early Tuesday morning near Rochester in which her Honda car was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. Tawnie E. Lasby was traveling north on James Road and attempting a left turn onto Independence Road, according to the state patrol. A Ford pickup traveling east on Independence ran into her driver’s side door, the state patrol reported. The driver of the pickup truck, Jacob A. Shore, 26, of Rochester, was reportedly uninjured.
• A 50-year-old driver told deputies he swerved to miss four deer that ran out in front of him when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday. It happened along the 400 block of Spencer Road between Toledo and Ethel, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Kelso resident, who was delivering newspapers, sustained possible fractures and was taken to St. John Medical Center in Longview, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• Firefighters were called just after 5 o’clock this morning to the 900 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia when a car served to miss a coyote and rolled over. The two occupants declined to go to the hospital, according to Riverside Fire Authority.
• A 27-year-old truck driver from Utah was ticketed after the cab of a bulldozer he was hauling struck the overpass on northbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis yesterday afternoon. It happened just after 2 p.m. at the 13th street interchange, according to Trooper Ryan Tanner. It didn’t apparently cause significant structural damage to the overpass but a bridge crew from the state Department of Transportation were going to examine it, Tanner said. The oversize load was supposed to have a pilot car traveling in front, but the pilot car was behind the truck, Tanner said.
• Some 50 feet of roadway was covered from a land slide yesterday morning along the Highland Valley Road southwest of Morton according to Lewis County Emergency Management. Sheriff’s Sgt. Ross McDowell described the mess as about 300 yards of debris.
• A detective with the Washington State Patrol is looking for the public’s help in identifying a man who may know something about a stolen car found abandoned near Oakville almost two years ago. The 1999 Saab went missing from Kent on March 23, 2010 and a month later, it turned up along U.S. Highway 12 near the Black River Bridge just west of the Thurston County line, according to detective Krista Hedstrom. The plates were switched, Hedstrom said, and the windows smashed out. Inside, troopers found receipts and bags from Wal-Mart in Chehalis, and a detective matched a purchase with images of a man from security cameras, according to Hedstrom. There’s nothing extraordinary about the incident, but Hedstrom transferred in the the department and wanted to follow up on what a previous detective began, she said. The man in the picture is not necessarily a suspect, she said. “They’re connected,” she said. “He might be guy hitchhiking, we don’t know. He could have been a passenger.”
Wal-Mart security video
Wal-Mart security video