Archive for May, 2012

News brief: Flapjack fundraiser for law enforcement memorial

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
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A clay model of the what will become a bronze statue by sculptor Jim Stafford. / Courtesy photo Lewis County Sheriff's Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Off duty deputies and other employees of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office will be serving breakfast at Applebee’s on Saturday morning to raise money for the memorial to fallen local law enforcement officers to be placed in front of the Law and Justice Center in Chehalis.

So far, $28,000 has been raised out of an estimated $55,000 needed for the almost life-sized tribute of an officer, a police dog and a child, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the sheriff’s office front counter or at the door that morning.

The event runs from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, coffee, milk and juice.

Applebee’s is at 1670 NW Louisiana Ave. in Chehalis.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

STRANGER BARGES INTO APARTMENTS

• Centralia police were called to an apartment building about 10 p.m. yesterday after a stranger walked uninvited into two different units and said he was looking for someone. One of those inside thought they saw the outline of a gun in his waistband, according to police. The individual, described as a tall, skinny male, said if he didn’t find who was looking for, he would be back, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened on the 300 block of Centralia College Boulevard. Those inside said they did not know him, Sgt. Brian Warren said.

VACUUM CLEANERS, BIG BUSINESS

• Chehalis police yesterday arrested a 45-year-old woman for organized retail theft in connection with a vacuum cleaner she allegedly shoplifted from Wal-Mart on Saturday. Brigette Romero reportedly admitted she and others have been targeting various Wal-Mart stores over the previous three or so weeks and then returning the goods or selling them, according to Sgt. Gwen Carrell. Vacuum cleaners are becoming an especially hot item to shoplift from retail stores, Carrell said.

BURGLARY

• Centralia police are investigating a burglary at an apartment on the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road. It was reported about 4:40 p.m. yesterday.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says they are looking for information about a male and two females seen the past two weeks walking up and down Berry Road west of Napavine as they investigate a burglary in which a house was ransacked. A resident on the 400 block of Berry Road returned home on Monday evening after being gone less than two hours and found the back door wide open, according to the sheriff’s office. Missing was a shotgun, a jewelry box and prescription medications including Oxycontin, hydrocodone and blood pressure pills, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. One of the suspect women came to a neighbor’s door during the past two weeks and asked to use the bathroom, and then ran away, Brown said.

MORE THEFT

• A motor was stolen from a boat parked at West Reynolds Avenue near Interstate 5, according to a report made to Centralia police on Tuesday morning.

• A 10 horsepower outboard motor was removed from a boat parked inside a fenced area at a storage facility on the 300 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made on Sunday to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. on Monday, a red generator was stolen from behind a motor home on Riffe Road in Packwood and a blue generator was stolen from where it had been chained to a tree on U.S. Highway 12 at Huntington Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday to the parking lot at Valley View Medical Center on Northeast Kresky Avenue to a vehicle prowl in which patient information and other items were reported stolen. Among the missing items were a stethoscope, medical ID, a metal case and paperwork, according to the Chehalis Police Department. There was no forced entry into the vehicle, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called to Southwest Fourth Street where someone had taken a bicycle and broken into a motor home, according to a report made on Saturday evening.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for illegal possession of prescription medications and rendering criminal assistance yesterday afternoon following contact with an officer at the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to police. April L. Jones was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• Centralia police on Tuesday afternoon arrested a woman at the 1300 block of Lum Road for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant. Jessica E. Ackley, 30, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Mitchell Galster, 36, of Centralia, was arrested following a traffic stop early Tuesday morning when he was stopped for driving with a suspended license. He acknowledged there was marijuana in his vehicle when a drug sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs and allowed police inside the vehicle, according to Chehalis police. Suspected residue was found in a pipe and on a knife, Sgt. Gwen Carrell said. Galster was subsequently booked into the Lewis County jail for possession of methamphetamine and heroin, Carrell said.

TEENS IN TROUBLE FOR DRINKING PARTY

• A Chehalis mother called police when she arrived home to find at least a half dozen youngsters and a party going on. The 16-year-old who lives there is being referred to prosecutors for a possible charge of furnishing liquor, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers subsequently contacted three underage individuals who were cited for being a minor in possession of or under the influence of liquor, Sgt. Gwen Carrell said. It happened just before 11 p.m. at a home on the 100 block of Southwest William Avenue.

BOYS WITH PANTS DOWN

• Chehalis police were called just before 5 p.m. on Sunday when six teenage boys were seen walking on Southeast Adams Avenue with their pants around their ankles. It wasn’t clear if an officer was able to locate them, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Police were called to the 600 block of Field Avenue in Centralia about graffiti sprayed onto a building, according to a report made Tuesday afternoon.

Man gets four years for cooking up Ecstasy in Centralia house

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It turns out, 31-year-old Joshua Paul Green wasn’t manufacturing sea coral in his Oxford Avenue house.

It was Ecstasy, an illegal so-called club drug.

Green, who was arrested in late March following a search of his Centralia residence, was sentenced today to four years in prison.

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Oxford Avenue house

When he pleaded guilty this morning in Lewis County Superior Court, Green also admitted he wasn’t Jonah Andrew Farrer, a name he’d used with police here before and belonged to a dead man in Alabama.

The plea deal avoided a trial, with the possibility of a much longer prison stay if convicted, because prosecutors previously included a “firearms enhancement” with the other charges. Those can each carry an additional three year sentence.

The Centralia Police Department went to Green’s home on March 29, they said to serve a protection order regarding Green’s girlfriend.

Officers got information Green’s .45 caliber Colt pistol was a stolen gun and secured a search warrant.

Once inside the two-story house, officers found numerous guns and what they suspected was a methamphetamine lab, with amount of chemicals so large, a contractor for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration was called upon to deal with the cleanup.

It turns out none of the guns were stolen, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke said today.

Green’s lawyer told the judge his client owned up to the situation from the beginning. Attorney Michael Underwood wasn’t present at Green’s very first court appearance, when the court was told he was self-employed, growing coral, but hadn’t made any money from that yet.

Green pleaded guilty to manufacture of Ecstasy, and possession of methamphetamine – a personal use amount police found – as well as two counts of identity theft.

Both attorneys agreed upon the length of the sentence they recommended to the judge.

Judge Nelson Hunt went along with it.

He also agreed to waive extradition to Alabama, where he has a warrant because of a probation violation on a juvenile conviction.

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For background, read “Unusual drug lab, guns and a mystery man” from Friday March 30, 2012, here

Parents: DOC was warned about knife before Rochester mother stabbed in neck

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
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Ruth Daarud is out of the hospital and healing from a near fatal knife attack.

Updated at 5:46 p.m. on Wednesday May 30, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

ROCHESTER – Five days before Amanda Lee Bassell was arrested for allegedly plunging a kitchen knife into her sleeping mother’s throat, her mother asked the state Department of Corrections to get the 23-year-old out of their Rochester home, because she was afraid for her own life.

Bassell was released from prison in mid-May, after being locked up for almost three years for assaulting her uncle with a knife and for assaulting a guard shortly after being incarcerated.

She was under the supervision of a community corrections officer. The former Centralia resident was approved to live with her parents.

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Amanda Lee Bassell

Ruth Daarud, 42, said she told the community corrections office that she repeatedly had to take a knife away from her grown daughter and feared something would happen.

“She kept hiding a knife,” Dallas Daarud, Bassell’s father, said. “She sneaked it and would hide it in her purse or in her room, for protection she said.”

The Daaruds contend community corrections officers missed three home visits during the nine days their daughter was out, and failed to follow through after saying they would take her away and find alternative housing.

The near fatal attack could have been prevented, they say

“She was out of control, they neglected to make a home visit,”  Dallas Daarud said. “I hold them fully responsible for my wife almost dying.”

A spokesperson for DOC said their after-release monitoring of convicts can only minimize the risk they will reoffend.

“There’s nothing anybody can do to guarantee somebody’s not going to commit a new crime,” spokesperson Chad Lewis said. “Even incarceration doesn’t prevent it.”

Lewis said last Thursday he’d been promoted to director of communications for DOC, and couldn’t address if any field visits were missed, but he would have a spokesperson call the following day to respond to more detailed questions.

He noted that community corrections officers don’t find places for released inmates to reside; they only approve addresses.

The former Salzer Valley couple said they moved into a house in south Thurston County this spring, specifically so their daughter might have a chance for success when she got of prison. Bassell was prohibited from going to Lewis County. The Daaruds thought that would help keep her from her old friends and temptations.

DOC approved the plan, they said.

“A couple of days before, they came to visit to make sure the house was finished, go through and lay out the rules for us,” Dallas Daarud said. “To tell us she’s dangerous, and how closely they’re going to watch her.”

Then they never came back, he said.

Bassell, who also goes by her given name of Daarud, went from an honor roll student to outrageous and out of control almost overnight, according to her parents. She told a psychologist she began smoking methamphetamine in high school.

She was diagnosed as bipolar years ago, her father said.

By age 20, she’d tallied up six felony convictions.

The Daaruds said they thought their daughter would get her mental health problems treated while incarcerated, but instead, she spent most of her time in solitary confinement while at the Washington Corrections Center for Women near Purdy.

“Sometimes she’d be in there, just her,” Ruth Daarud said. “No books, no magazines. If she behaved, she could get a radio and TV.”

After awhile, she decided she didn’t want out of “the hole” anymore, her mother said.

Bassell was released on May 11, just before Mothers Day.

She was under the highest of four levels of supervision by the community corrections division of DOC, meaning they would make more home visits than usual, according to Lewis.

He said she was supervised out of the Olympia office.

“We thought that we would give her a chance because we’re her parents,” Ruth Daarud said. “But then we knew within a couple of days it wasn’t going to work.”

It was the Tuesday after her daughter came home that Ruth Daarud accompanied her to the community corrections satellite office in Rochester, she said.

While her daughter was out of the room, she told the community corrections officer about the knife, and told her her daughter had tried to hurt them before, she said.

“They said they would come by that evening when they were done with their visits,” she said. “But they never came.”

Ruth Daarud said she was told also the community corrections officer would come over the following day and remove her daughter. They waited, and nobody showed up, she said.

Early in the morning on May 20, Ruth Daarud awoke in her bed when she felt a hand over her mouth, was stabbed in the neck and fought her daughter to get the knife away, she and prosecutors say.

“That night, it was survival, I just did what I had to do to live,” she said.

Ruth Daarud said she made her way to the kitchen where she dialed 911. She thought her daughter had killed her husband because she didn’t know where he was, she said.

Dallas Daarud said he had fallen asleep downstairs, and didn’t know what woke him, but he found the back door open and his wife outside by their hot tub.

They began walking south on Elderberry Street Southwest toward his brother’s home, and that’s when deputies arrived, they said.

She was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia where she underwent surgery and stayed four days.

“All the surgeon could say is there’s no explanation for why it didn’t kill her,” her husband said.

The knife went nearly through, stopping short of her spinal cord, scraping her carotid artery and damaging her esophagus and trachea, her family said.

Ruth Daarud said she thinks her daughter tried to kill her because she blames her parents for everything that is wrong in her life.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said Bassell fled after the incident, and was found that night, barefoot and wet, hiding in an abandoned house a few blocks away.

The 23-year-old is being held on $500,000 bail in the Thurston County Jail. She was charged last week with attempted first-degree murder.

The state Department of Corrections is conducting what it calls a critical incident review.

Spokesperson Selena Davis said couldn’t answer many questions, as she didn’t know the details.

“We recommend anytime someone feels in imminent danger to call 911,” Davis said.

Davis said it’s important to remember the job of a community corrections officer is not to provide emergency response, but is a long term process to help transition offenders back into society.

How often a person on monitoring should be seen is up to the individual community corrections officer, she said.

It can be as few as two in person contacts in a month to as much as a daily phone call, she said.

“Typically for the majority in a caseload, an offender would be seen once a week,” she said. “At their home or in the office.”

The review of how Bassell’s case was handled could be finished in as little as two months, according to Davis.

The Daaruds say their daughter needs help they can’t give her.

She is smart, manipulative and – her father thinks – suffering from mental problems from previous drug use, and exacerbated by spending almost three years alone in a 9-foot by 9-foot cell.

Ruth Daarud didn’t raise her voice or emphasize any particular word when she said what she hoped the outcome would be in court.

“I want her to pay for what she did and I don’t ever want to see her again,” she said.

Dallas Daarud is “through the roof” angry, he says.

Her mother was her last chance for support, he says about their daughter.

“And if they could have just done their job, and she’d still have that,” he said.

Ruth Daarud is healing. Her voice will improve, she said quietly.

“I really would like to see my daughter find some peace,” she said. “But I don’t think she ever will.”

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For background, read:

• “Rochester woman accused of stabbing mother, convicted previously of knife assault” from Tuesday May 22, 2012 at 10:48 p.m., here

• “Breaking news: Rochester stabbing suspect found hiding in abandoned house” from Sunday May 20, 2012 at 7:55 p.m., here

• “Breaking news: Woman sought after early morning stabbing in Rochester” from Sunday May 20, 2012 at 10:28 a.m., here

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Ruth Daarud is back at the Rochester home she shares with her husband following a knife attack nine days ago.

Mother’s boyfriend now faces drug, rape and homicide charges in death of toddler

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – When police searched the house off of West Oakview Avenue following the death of 2-year-old Koralynn Fister, they found methamphetamine in the suspect’s dresser drawer, according to authorities.

Prosecutors added a drug offense when they charged James M. Reeder today in Lewis County Superior Court.

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James M. Reeder

Reeder, 25, was arrested on Thursday evening after aid and police were called to the Centralia neighborhood. He told police he found the child face down in the bathtub when he stepped out to grab a towel. Authorities said they found numerous injuries, including signs of rape.

He was shackled at the waist and feet when he appeared before Judge Richard Brosey this afternoon.

Reeder was charged today not with murder, as the prosecutor had indicated they were pursuing, but homicide by abuse.

The crime is a class A felony, with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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Koralynn Fister

He was also charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree child rape and possession of methamphetamine.

Earlier today, Koralynn’s mother was in another courtroom, as Child Protective Services attempts to determine what to do with Koralynn’s  4-year-old half sister. Police asked them to take the child temporarily into protective custody the evening Koralynn died.

A CPS spokesperson said it’s too early to know the state’s intentions.

The mother, Becky Heupel, shared her home with Reeder and her two daughters for about 10 weeks.

Heupel and the 4-year-old’s natural father both suggested, through attorneys this morning, the child could live with relatives of theirs.

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For background, read “Breaking news: Mother’s boyfriend held for investigation of rape, murder of Centralia child” from Friday May 25, 2012 at 5 p.m., here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

• A 38-year-old man was arrested when deputies responded to screaming and cries for help coming from inside a motor home on Sunday night on the 1100 block of Koontz Road outside Chehalis. The deputy was told James G. McClure had thrown his girlfriend to the ground and put her in a choke hold, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault.

DRUGS AT SCHOOL

• Law was called to Toledo High School on Friday morning after a student allegedly handed out Vicodin to some classmates. The 15-year-old boy had a prescription for the medication, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. One student did come forward with the meds, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The case is being referred to prosecutors for a possible drug charge, Brown said.

CAMERA STOLEN, CAPTURES IMAGE OF SUSPECT

• A deputy was called last night to a church on the 100 block of Brockway Road outside Chehalis where three surveillance cameras had been stolen. The deputy recognized an individual depicted in images captured by the equipment and two boys, ages 17 and 16, were contacted, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The cameras were recovered, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The case will be referred for potential theft charges, according to Brown.

BURGLARY

• Centralia police took a report of a burglary at a residence on the 1100 block of Alder Street on Sunday. Jewelry was taken, according to police.

• Police were called just after 6 a.m. on Sunday to an attempted burglary on the 200 block of Downing Road in Centralia. Someone broke a window and cut  cable to a surveillance camera, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A pistol and an estimated $1,600 worth of tools were reported stolen from a garage area on the 1000 block of J Street in Centralia on Friday morning.

MISSING: RED CAR, PINK BUMPER

• A red 1998 Acura was reported stolen from the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia, according to police. An officer was called about the missing car about 7:40 p.m. yesterday. It has white rims and a faded front bumper that looks pink, according to the Centralia Police Department. it’s license plate reads 236 XYU.

FOUND TRUCK

• A truck stolen out of Pierce County was found yesterday abandoned three miles up a logging road off Anderson Road in Glenoma. The 2001 Chevrolet pickup was in decent condition except a winch and other items were missing,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT BOOKED

• A 23-year-old Centralia woman was arrested after she allegedly attempted to shoplift on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue and fought with security personnel, according to the Centralia Police Department. Destiny C. Lloyd was booked into the Lewis County jail for second-degree robbery after the evening incident, according to police.

THEFT

• A dog track turned up most of the items stolen from a concession stand at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia on Saturday. They were hidden a short distance away, according to police.

• Police were called about 9:30 p.m. last night about the theft of a wallet from a vehicle at the 1500 block of Jensen Avenue in Centralia.

LITTLE FIRE

• Riverside Fire Authority called about 5:25 p.m. yesterday to a fire at the 100 block of Aurora Street in Centralia found an occupant had extinguished the flames. They were limited to an oven, according to Capt. Scott Weinert.

WRECK

• The lone occupant of a Honda Accord serious escaped injury when his car crashed into an embankment on Seminary Hill Road outside Centralia last night, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Firefighters called about 8:50 p.m. found both airbags had deployed but the vehicle appeared to be totaled, according to Capt. Scott Weinert. The 25-year-old driver said he reached for something and when he looked up he was on the wrong side of the road with a vehicle coming at him, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Koralynn Marie Fister: 2010 – 2012

Monday, May 28th, 2012
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Well over 200 people raised their candles tonight for two-year-old Koralynn Fister at Washington Park in Centralia. The short vigil intended for healing of the community following last week's tragic death of the Centralia toddler was organized by the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital.

News brief: Motorcycle crash near Packwood sends one to Harborview

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A motorcycle rider was airlifted to a Seattle trauma hospital after a wreck in which he was tossed and flipped multiple times this afternoon on U.S. Highway 12 about eight miles east of Packwood, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Paul M. Kellar, 62, of Yakima, was eastbound when he drove off the road to the right and lost control, according to the state patrol.

A trooper called to the scene just before 4 p.m. noted Kellar suffered internal and head injuries as well as broken bones. He was flown to Harborview Medical Center.

Both Kellar and his bike landed in the dirt, according to the trooper.

His 2003 Honda 1800 sustained an estimated $3,000 damage, the state patrol reported. It was removed by family and friends.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

News brief: Pair mugged overnight in Centralia

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two 20-year-old men reported they were robbed by masked and gun-wielding subjects as they were walking in north Centralia overnight, according to police.

Officers called just before 2 a.m. to an area along the railroad tracks beneath the Sixth Street viaduct were told a pair of males in their late teens to early 20s approached them on foot from behind, police Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

Both subjects were wearing blue bandanas over their faces, covering everything but their eyes, police were told. One had a gun.

He fired it one to four times into the brush, Reichert said.

A wallet, money, a knife and other personal items were stolen, Reichert said.

The victims are from Chehalis and Toledo, according to Reichert. He didn’t know for sure why they walking near the train tracks.

A search with a police dog failed to locate any suspects, he said.

Breaking news: Mother’s boyfriend held for investigation of rape, murder of Centralia child

Friday, May 25th, 2012
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James M. Reeder is escorted out of court and back down to the jail.

Updated at 11:37 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors told a judge this afternoon they believe a Centralia toddler was raped and tortured before she died.

James M. Reeder, 25, appeared before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon. He is the mother’s live-in boyfriend.

Reeder was not charged, but was ordered held on probable cause for murder, child rape and assault.

Koralynn Fister, 2, was pronounced dead at Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday after Reeder carried her to a house across the street and said he found her face down in the bathtub after he stepped out to get a towel. He was arrested last night.

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Koralynn Fister

Defense attorney Bob Schroeter said his client absolutely and positively denies the allegations and has no history of any felony.

The judge ordered the Centralia resident held on $5 million bail.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer requested a 72-hour hold on Reeder to allow more time for investigation and a final charging decision.

The filed declaration of probable cause describes significant bruising, cuts, abrasions and other wounds found on the child’s body, some in more advanced stages of healing than others.

Among the injuries noted were palm-sized pieces of skin missing from her buttocks, caused according to forensic evaluation, by traumatic injuries inflicted upon the child.

The declaration also mentions missing skin on the top and bottom of a toe, but offers no specific explanation for how any wounds were inflicted.

The pathologist’s examination found four distinct areas of head trauma, according to the declaration. Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said earlier today Koralynn died from that and drowning.

Prosecutor Meyer indicated in his filing he believed probable cause existed for at least two counts of rape and assault.

Meyer’s declaration says none of the injuries were noted in a well-child exam conducted in early April and that Reeder has been living with the mother and her two daughters for about 10 weeks.

The prosecutor wrote that Reeder persuaded the mother about a month ago  to divide up parenting duties and would insist when the mother left, she take the oldest daughter with her, leaving him time alone with the toddler.

A passage in the declaration includes Reeder telling police the bath began shortly after the mother and older child left the residence at about 12:30 p.m., and neighbors reporting it was around 3:15 p.m. when Reeder was beating on their door, holding the girl and yelling for help.

The fire department was called at 3:09 p.m.

The neighbors said Reeder did CPR on their porch until aid arrived. A witness indicated the child was cold to the touch, according to the declaration.

Centralia Police Department Officer Gary Byrnes noticed the smell of burnt marijuana inside the house, the declaration states.

When Prosecutor Meyer asked for high bail, he said Reeder was a danger to others, even the mother.

“I won’t go into graphic detail, but suffice it to say, that in my career this is the worst case of child abuse and neglect that I have seen,” Meyer said.

Defense attorney Schroeter asked for reasonable bail, pointed out to the judge a row of Reeder’s family members sitting in the back of the courtroom.

“Nobody is more distraught about this situation than Mr. Reeder,” Schroeter said.

“All indications are one person took positive action on behalf of this child,” he said. “And that is Mr. Reeder.”

Judge Richard Brosey granted prosecutor’s request to return Reeder to the courtroom on Tuesday afternoon.

Police today continued searching the house off of West Oakview Avenue.

The 4-year-old half sister has been taken into temporary protective custody.

The state Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration issued a statement saying they have no record of history involving the child, nor any previous allegations of abuse or neglect against the mother, Becky Heupel or her boyfriend.

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Centralia toddler death: Sibling taken into protective custody

Friday, May 25th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 4-year-old half sister of the toddler who died yesterday in Centralia has been taken into protective custody, as police continue their investigation into the death.

Two-year-old Koralynn Fister was taken to the hospital yesterday afternoon after her mother’s boyfriend carried the naked and unbreathing child across the street, saying he found her under water in the bathtub.

He had been caring for her at her home, according to police.

The Centralia Police Department last night arrested the boyfriend, James M. Reeder, 25, for first-degree murder.

An autopsy this morning concluded the child died from drowning and blunt head trauma, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office. Coroner Warren McLeod has listed the manner death as homicide.

Centralia police detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said the sibling was taken from the hospital by Child Protective Services last night, when the mother went to the police department to be interviewed about Koralynn’s death.

“We’re not at the point where we know whether the other child is in danger,” Fitzgerald said today about why that was done.

They conducted an informational interview with the mother, and detectives are basically working on if she had any culpability, he said.

The state Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration issued a statement saying they have no record of of history with the mother, Becky Heupel or her boyfriend.

The mother is not a suspect, Fitzgerald said.

Detectives are back at the home off of West Oakview Avenue today, recovering evidence and searching the house, according to Fitzgerald.

Among the items they are looking for is an object that might have been used on the toddler’s head, he said.

This afternoon, they have no idea what that might have been, he said.

Police said Reeder told them he was bathing the child, left to get a towel and returned to find the toddler face down in the bath tub.

Across the street neighbors said they opened their door to loud knocking around 3 p.m. to find the boyfriend trying to conduct CPR on their porch.

The child exhibited some injuries, recent and otherwise, that caused officers some concern, according to police.

Fitzgerald said the arrest was made in part because of inconsistent statements from Reeder.

Reeder told them the girl hit her head on the tub, he said.

“We have a version she fell back into the tub and struck her head,” he said. “That’s one version.”

Reeder is scheduled to go before a judge at 4 p.m. today in Lewis County Superior Court.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Updated at 12:11 p.m.

WANTED MAN FOUND UP A TREE

• A police pursuit out of Centralia yesterday morning ended just north of the Scatter Creek Rest Area in south Thurston County and the driver subsequently tracked by a police dog was found hiding in a tree. It started with a call about car prowlers seen in the parking lot behind business on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue just after 8 a.m., according to police. A Centralia officer spotted the suspect vehicle northbound on Interstate 5 near the county line but the tan Chevrolet Blazer continued, until it left the freeway traveling through a grassy area, coming to a stop at a fence several hundred feet away, Officer Buddy Croy said.  Two occupants fled on foot on foot, but Officer Corey Butcher caught the woman right away, according to police. A Thurston County K9 found the driver within about about an hour up a tree in the area, Croy said. Cordis E. McBride, 27, was arrested for eluding a police vehicle. He was also booked for a  felony warrant for second-degree theft, out of Jefferson County. Tessie R. Taylor, 21, was arrested for a warrant for drug possession. Both are from Port Hadlock. Both were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

NEIGHBOR BLAMED FOR THEFT OF FIREARMS

• Detectives yesterday following up a previous burglary at Senn Road east of Chehalis arrested Jeff C. Plancich, 33, of Chehalis. Plancich said he was attempting to help his neighbor get back stolen property, but deputies concluded he was involved in the theft, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked for unlawful possession of firearms and burglary. Three stolen firearms were recovered, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

CAMERA CAPTURES CRIME AT SCHOOL

• Police took a report about 11 a.m. yesterday at Centralia High School on Eshom Road about an attempt to steal a school vehicle. Surveillance cameras captured an image of a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GARAGE BURGLED

• A golf bag and clubs were reported stolen from a garage on the 500 block of Hamilton Avenue in Centralia yesterday morning.

ONE WANTED, THREE ARRESTED

• Three people were arrested yesterday on Loop Road east of Centralia when several deputies and police officers met to pick up an individual wanted on a warrant just before 12:30 p.m. They were looking for a 37-year-old Centralia man, John T. Malantich Jr., wanted by Department of Corrections officers, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They arrested a woman in a single-wide trailer who yelled at them and suggested she hadn’t seen him since earlier that morning, according to Chief Civil Deputy Brown. Then, after a 64-year-old man came running at a deputy and shoved him in the shoulder, they arrested him, Brown said. Mark A. Griffith, 64, was arrested for third-degree assault and after he threatened to track down and kill the deputy when he got out of jail, he was also arrested for felony harassment, according to Brown. As a deputy was cuffing Griffith, the wanted man rushed up behind the deputy, refused orders to get on the ground, so a Taser was used on him, she said. The wanted man was booked for his warrant and resisting arrest. Virginia Nall, 47, was booked for third-degree rendering criminal assistance.

TALKING TO A LAMP POST

• Chehalis police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to Penny Playground by a grandmother who said there was a woman there throwing things around and seemed to be “whacked out on drugs.” The 37-year-old woman had been shadow boxing and talking to a lamp pole, believing the post was part of a car accident her mother had been in, Sgt. Gwen Carrell said. Carrell said. She was apparently suffering some type of psychosis, according to Carrell. An officer took the woman to Providence Centralia Hospital, so a mental health professional could evaluate her and try to get her some help, Carrell said. The sergeant said officers in Chehalis get called about once a week for individuals with mental health issues, sometimes even for the same person several times in a week. “It can be very scary to other people,” she said. It happens more in Chehalis than any other city she has worked in, Carrell said, perhaps because in the past here so very many people used to use methamphetamine.

News brief: Search on for home invasion suspect in Rochester

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Updated at 8:53 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Deputies this morning are looking for a man who barged into a Rochester home, bound two women and robbed them at gunpoint.

“When he went out the door, he stole the woman’s car and fled,” Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Greg Elwin said.

The 2006 black Toyota Scion was found within the past hour near Southwest 180th and Apricot Street, Elwin said.

The women were uninjured.

Elsin said deputies responded to a 911 call about 12:53 a.m. today at the 10,900 block of U.S. Highway 12.

“What we determined is sometime before that, a female resident and her guest were home and someone knocked on the door,” Elwin said.

The houseguest opened it and a man forced them back and bound them with zip ties, he said.

He was described as a “big guy” about 240 pounds and 6-feet 3-inches tall, he said. He was white, but had a mask disguising his face, he said.

He took a purse, a laptop computer and jewelry, and then the car, Elwin said.

A 3-year-old girl who was in the house slept through it, according to Elwin.

Elwin said they don’t have a suspect, but because of the rural nature of the area, they think there might be a connection between the victims and the robber.

Update: Centralia police investigating death of toddler, arrest one

Thursday, May 24th, 2012
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Police Chief Bob Berg and Cmdr. Dave Ross watch over the house as they wait for a search warrant.

Update at 9:53 p.m.: Police just announced they arrested James M. Reeder, 25, of Centralia, for first-degree murder.

Detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said the arrest was made in part because of inconsistent statements and information they got from other sources, he said.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Centralia police are investigating the death of two-and-a-half year old girl.

The mother’s boyfriend said he was bathing the child, left to get a towel and returned to find the toddler face down in the bath tub according to the Centralia Police Department.

The child exhibited some injuries, recent and otherwise, that caused officers some concern, according to police.

Aid and police called about 3 p.m. to a neighborhood called Hunter’s Walk off of West Oakview Avenue found the man performing CPR on the child. She was not breathing, police said.

She was taken by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Detectives responded as a matter of routine, in the death of a child, according to police. No arrests have been made as of early this evening.

Yellow police tape blocks off the modular home. The crime scene investigation van is parked in front, while officers wait for a search warrant to go inside and investigate further.

Police Chief Bob Berg said they weren’t prepared to say if it was an accident or intentional.

“It’s death investigation,” Berg said.

Across the street neighbors Ray and Mary Stiltner said they were startled by loud knocking and opened their front door to see the unclothed child laying on their porch with a man.

“He was trying to do CPR on her,” Ray Stiltner said. “His attempts on that continued until they came.”

“He wasn’t doing it very well, I don’t think he knew how,” Mary Stiltner said. “It was very traumatic.”

She called 911.

Mary Stiltner said the man told them the little girl had been in the tub, he was gone for a few seconds and when he returned, she was under water.

Next door neighbors Scott and Cindy North said the woman had moved in about six months earlier.

Cindy North said she wasn’t sure who the man was, as the woman had a different boyfriend until recently.

“I didn’t hear anything, but a lot of times we’d hear the baby crying over there, like it needed attention,” Scott North said.

While neighbors said they saw the man taken away in a patrol car, detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said he went voluntarily to be interviewed at the police department.

The mother of the child is being interviewed there as well tonight, Fitzgerald said.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

BLUE CHEVY FOUND IN CREEK

• Police were called about 12:45 p.m. yesterday to a wreck in which a pickup truck landed upside down in a creek in the north end of Centralia. It happened near North Gold Street and Roswell Road; it was a blue Chevrolet, according to the Centralia Police Department. A witness told an officer the driver fled the scene and appeared to be uninjured, according to police.

COMPUTER TAKEN

• Centralia police took a report of a laptop computer stolen from the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue. An officer was called about the theft about 4 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HEAVY FORKLIFT ATTACHMENTS VANISH FROM BUSINESS

• Somebody made off with a pair of 10-foot long, heavy duty metal attachments for a fork lift during the night from a business on Northwest State Avenue in Chehalis. Police were called to Arvids just before noon yesterday about the theft. Sgt. Gwen Carrell said they are called “rams” and used to pick up rolls of carpet. They could have been stolen for their scrap metal value, she said. From what she was told, it would take several people to lift on of them, Carrell said. They are valued at $900 each.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MEDS?

• A driver who lost control of his pickup and ran over a railroad crossing sign about 11 a.m. yesterday in Centralia was checked for driving under the influence of prescription drugs, according to police. It happened at Woodland Avenue and Alder Street. Nobody was injured and the driver was released, but the results of the tests are pending, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BROKEN GAS LINE PROMPTS SMALL EVACUATION IN CHEHALIS NEIGHBORHOOD

• About a dozen people were evacuated from a handful of homes in Chehalis yesterday when firefighters responded to a “significant” gas leak.  Police were also called to the area of Southwest Ninth Street and Pacific Avenue to the report a city worker hit  natural gas line. Fire Capt. Rob Gebhart said crews cordoned off the area and stood by to wait for the gas company to make repairs. The fire department got a bus to put the people in because it was raining, Gebhart said.

HAY BALES BLOCK INTERSTATE 5 NEAR MAYTOWN

• Nobody was injured but bales of hay were spilled on the freeway when a pickup truck hauling a trailer jack-knifed on northbound Interstate 5 near the Maytown interchange yesterday afternoon, according to the Washington State Patrol.  Aid was called about 5 p.m. but were cancelled because no one was hurt, Rochester area Fire Chief Robert Scott said. The roadway was cleared and all lanes were reopened by about 6:20 p.m., the state Department of Transportation reported.

Conviction vacated for trashing of Mossyrock house

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Updated 9:28 a.m. on Thursday May 24, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An appeals court has tossed out a felony conviction of a family practice doctor’s wife, saying the evidence was insufficient to prove Janna Wooten committed first-degree malicious mischief.

Wooten and her husband Dr. David Wooten were charged in 2008, after Dennis Kohl instigated a sheriff’s office investigation, saying the Wootens were his tenants and they trashed his house on Hadaller Road near Mossyrock before they moved out.

The decision filed yesterday by the state of Washington Court of Appeals Division II states that Lewis County prosecutors failed to show an unfinished remodeling project resulted in any damage to the property interest of another.

Kohl found the home with most of the sheetrock removed, only one functional bathroom and filled with garbage, according to three-judge panel.

Prosecutor’s arguments and theory were based on a misunderstanding of real property law, according to the decision.

The appeals court judges wrote that Kohl claimed the Wootens were  leasing with an option to buy and prosecutors agreed, despite evidence provided at trial that showed otherwise.

The Wootens were both put on trial but the decision only relates to the wife’s case, according to the three-judge panel.

The couple moved way from Lewis County after state health officials reinstated the doctor’s license with strict conditions that prevented him from prescribing narcotics and restricted his dealings with female patients. His practice was in Chehalis.

Centralia attorney Peter Tiller  filed the appeal for Janna Wooten. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh argued for the state.

The unpublished opinion states David Wooten’s medical practice purchased the home before Janna Wooten married him.

He and his business partner Robert Miller signed a real estate contract and a residential purchase and sales agreement but were never given a deed and the seller Kohl never recorded either document, according to the opinion.

The judges wrote that after Kohl sold the house to Wooten Primary Care, Kohl borrowed $325,000 against house from an unidentified lender without telling the Wootens, then stopped making payments on the loan he took out.

Kohl continued collecting payments from the Wootens until December 2007.

The Wooten’s were evicted by Kohl’s lender.

There was no evidence in the record the unfinished remodeling project resulted in a loss to anyone, other than the Wootens, according to the appeals court.

Beigh from the prosecutor’s office said David Wooten appealed his conviction as well, but an opinion has not yet been issued in his case.

“I would expect that decision anytime, but you never can tell,” she said.

Once she receives paperwork from the appeals court, Beigh expects to summon Janna Wooten into Lewis County Superior Court and dismiss the case.

If she doesn’t show up, Beigh said, she will probably just dismiss it anyhow and not pursue it further.

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See State of Washington, Respondent V Janna L. Wooten, here

News brief: Top cops for road safety named

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County DUI Enforcement Officer of the Year awards were announced this weekend, with Trooper Ray Sills and Deputy Kevin Anderson taking top honors.

Anderson made 21 arrests for driving under the influence last year, more than any sheriff’s deputy or city police officer in the county, according to organizer Melody Nelson.

Sills was the state trooper who took the most impaired drivers off the road, arresting 38 individuals, she said.

The awards were bestowed on Friday night, during an annual banquet coordinated by the DUI Traffic Safety Task Force. It was held at Bethel Church in Napavine.

The Traffic Safety Officer of the Year in the category of city police agencies and the sheriff’s office went to Centralia Police Department Officer Neil Hoium.

Trooper Doug Pardue won the award in the state patrol category.

The awards were presented by Sheriff Steve Mansfield.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

BITE FIGHT

• Centralia police say a 44-year-old woman tried to bite an officer who was attempting to arrest her yesterday afternoon outside an auto parts store on South Pearl Street. Police responded about 1:35 p.m. to a minor collision on the 400 block of West Main Street and when officers contacted the suspected causing driver shortly afterward a few blocks away, she fought, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers used a Taser on Evans and took her into custody, police reported. Evans was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to police.

JUVENILE INMATE BREAKS TEEN’S NOSE

• A 16-year-old boy is in trouble at Green Hill School in Chehalis after he allegedly beat up a fellow inmate. Chehalis police were told he hit the other teen in the face six to 10 times, breaking the boy’s nose. “It appears gang related,” Chehalis Officer Gwen Carrell said. Carrell interviewed the teens yesterday about the Monday incident. The suspect remained at the state detention center for juvenile boys, but police will be asking prosecutors to charge him with second-degree assault. The suspect is incarcerated for second-degree robbery, she said.

WINLOCK BURGLARY

• A guitar and a banjo are among the valuables taken during a burglary at a home on the 100 block of Anterim Road near Winlock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called just before 10 p.m. yesterday found someone had forced their way into the residence sometime since Sunday morning and made off with an estimated $1,000 of items, according to the sheriff’s office.

FOSTER SON JAILED FOR STEALING MONEY

• Police arrested a male, whose age as not readily available, yesterday evening for allegedly stealing $4,000 from his foster parent. He was booked, but the investigation is still underway, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GARAGE SALE THIEF SOUGHT

• Deputies yesterday were following up on leads looking for a woman suspected of walking off with the proceeds from a garage sale on Friday at the 400 block of Newaukum Valley Road south of Chehalis. A 44-year-old man told a deputy the missing money pouch contained $2,500, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A woman picked up a few clothing items and then moved away from from where the pouch was, according to the sheriff’s office. She walked back to her truck to let her dog out and after she was gone, the man realized what happened, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. She was described as about 5-feet 7-inches tall with shoulder length blond hair, and was accompanied by a boy about 11 or 12 years old, according to Brown. Her truck was a white late 70s or early 80s Ford crew cab pickup with a butterfly design on the driver’s side of the truck’s bed, and a “cabinet handle” on the rear passenger door, Brown said.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Somebody broke into a truck parked at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and stole pennies, paperwork and CDs, according to police. The theft was reported about 10 o’clock last night.

MARIJUANA SMUGGLED INTO GREEN HILL

• Police will be asking prosecutors to file a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance after a small amount of suspected marijuana was allegedly found on an inmate at Green Hill School in Chehalis. A baggie containing the material was found in a hole in his jacket during a search earlier this month, according to the Chehalis Police Department officer Gwen Carrell who took the report yesterday. How drugs get smuggled into the state juvenile institution she did not know, but it sometimes happens, Carrell said. The inmate was doing time for distribution of a controlled substance, she said.

FLAMING MILK TRUCK

• Chehalis firefighters contained a blaze to just one of three trucks parked at Darigold this morning. Crews were called just after 9 o’clock to the lot across the street from the jail on Chehalis Avenue, according to Firefighter Pat Gilligan. They kept it to the one milk-hauling truck, but its cab and engined compartment burned up, he said. The cause wasn’t immediately apparent, according to Gilligan.

Rochester woman accused of stabbing mother, convicted previously of knife assault

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Sunday morning wasn’t the first time 23-year-old Amanda Bassell was accused of taking a knife to a family member’s neck.

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Amanda Lee Bassell

While the sheriff’s office said she’d recently been released from prison for felony eluding and then assaulting a prison guard, a closer look at her criminal history shows it was a conviction for such an act that got the Centralia area resident put away less than three years ago.

Bassell is being held on $500,000 bail in the Thurston County Jail, following her arrest for allegedly stabbing her sleeping mother in the throat at their Rochester home.

A judge found probable cause to hold her for attempted second-degree murder. Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Craig Juris said he has until 5 p.m. tomorrow to file the charge.

Her mother Ruth Daarud, 42, is said to be in stable condition, following surgery on Sunday at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.

Bassell had accumulated four felony convictions in less than two years – for theft, eluding and one drug charge – before the summer day in 2009 that landed her in prison.

Court documents give the following account of July 22, 2009:

Bassell was pulled over about 3:15 a.m. in Centralia because she was driving a car without its headlights turned on.

She smiled at the officer when he told her to quit trying to restart the car, then popped the clutch, hammered the gas pedal and blew through a stop sign, traveling an estimated 50 mph as she crossed Pear Street.

The car was found later abandoned at exit 88 off Interstate 5.

Her uncle later told police she showed up in Rochester and begged him to give her a ride to Centralia so she could cash a check. As they were driving on Harrison Avenue, she saw someone she knew and told him to stop.

When he didn’t, she became enraged and held what appeared to be a steak knife to his throat, saying “I’m gonna cut you mother f*****.”

He grabbed her arm, but then she climbed head first from the back seat out the passenger window of a two-door Chevrolet Blazer. It was moving.

Police at the time said he had a slight cut on his forearm that didn’t need medical attention.

That evening, Centralia police were called to a home on B Street where they were told Bassell had been hanging around and wouldn’t leave. Officers found her sleeping in a children’s wading pool in the backyard.

She struggled. By the time she arrived at the jail, in the back of a patrol car, she had freed herself from the handcuff and locked the door.

Lewis County prosecutors asked psychologists from Western State Hospital to evaluate to determine if she was mentally stable.

A psychologist noted Bassell’s risk to others was above average but her presentation of a psychiatric disorder was not credible.

Bassell pleaded guilty in September 2009 to eluding in Lewis County Superior Court. For that, she was sentenced to just over two months.

She was also convicted of third-degree assault, making a so-called Alford plea, stating she did not remember the facts surrounding the accusation, but agreed the state could provide sufficient evidence of her guilt.

She was sentenced to 17 months in prison.

The report from Western State Hospital also offers details of Bassell’s life, some of which were self-reported by the young woman, who was described as “not a reliable historian.”

Bassell said she got good grades until as a high school student she enrolled in Running Start and began smoking methamphetamine.

She got married in April 2007. Information from the jail given to the psychologists noted she was associated with the Surenos gang.

Among her “impairments” listed by mental health specialists were alcohol and drug dependence and personality disorder.

“The defendant failed to move forward to an adequate adjustment to adulthood,” one of the psychologists wrote.

While incarcerated, she assaulted a guard, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. Court records show she pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in the summer of 2010.

She was released from prison on May 11, and was staying at her parent’s Rochester home until Sunday morning.
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For background, read “Breaking news: Rochester stabbing suspect found hiding in abandoned house” from Sunday May 20, 2012 at 7:55 p.m., here

News brief: Cause of rural Chehalis house fire under investigation

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The cause of the Friday afternoon blaze that gutted a rural Chehalis house isn’t yet known.

Fire Investigator Adam Myer said he’s taken samples from the scene for analysis and the sheriff’s office is conducting interviews.

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Larkspur Road home

“It was a large fire, with complete destruction of the residence in the middle of the day,” Myer said. “And rapidly growing.”

Firefighters were called about 3:30 p.m. for a possible brush fire seen from the area of Pleasant Valley and Brown Road East, southwest of Chehalis. When they arrived, the roof had already collapsed and crews from Lewis County Fire Districts 6, 5 and 15 battled the blaze from the exterior only.

Nobody was home at the time, but the couple who lives there lost a cat, a dog, and everything inside, Myer said. Some items in the attached garage were spared.

The single-story house sat at the end of long, sparsely populated private drive, Larkspur Road.

Between the two of them, they have three school-age children who lived there as well, according to Myer.

He gathered samples of items such as wood and dirt to be examined more closely for possible accelerants, Myer said.

He said it could take as long as three weeks to get the results back from the Washington State Crime Lab.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

GUN STOLEN

• Centralia police were called just after 1:30 p.m. yesterday about the theft of a firearm from an apartment on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue. Officers are investigating. It is a .357 pistol, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SHOPLIFTER LEAVES STOLEN GOODS

• Police called to a grocery store on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia yesterday afternoon about a theft got the goods and surveillance video, but no shoplifter. A female had snuck some food items and CDs in a blue bag, but when security personnel contacted her, she dropped the bag and left in her car, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CHEHALIS CHURCH LOT PROWLED

• Chehalis police took reports yesterday of two car prowls that occurred the night before in the parking lot of a church on the 2100 block of Jackson Highway. It happened some time after 7 p.m. during a meeting there, according to the victims. Taken from one of the vehicles was an in-dash player, an electric shaver, tools, a first-aid kit and other items, according to police.

POLICE: TEEN BRINGS PIPE TO DETENTION

• Chehalis police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center when a smoking device was discovered on a 16-year-old boy brought in. An officer confiscated the pipe, according to Chehalis Police Department.

SHERIFF: WOMAN JAILED AFTER LYING TO HER MOM

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday they arrested a 22-year-old rural Chehalis woman for lying and saying her husband gave her a bloody nose. Deputies called about 9 p.m. on Sunday to the 400 block of Brown Road East were told the couple were arguing about their finances, according to the sheriff’s office. Ashleigh Reddick reportedly phoned her mother wanting her to come pick her up, and begged her to call the cops because her husband hit her, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. A deputy found no injury and Reddick allegedly confessed there was no assault; she just thought her mom would get their quicker if there was, according to Brown. Reddick was arrested for false reporting and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Brown said.

MAN IN TREE

• Chehalis police were called for the second time in three days to a home on Southeast 12th Street and Washington Avenue when a woman said her 93-year-old neighbor was up in a tree. On Friday when it happened, the woman said it was out of the ordinary, according to police. The man told an officer he was pruning and the neighbor should mind her own business, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A department spokesperson said there was no report from yesterday evening’s call, so it wasn’t clear what transpired.