Archive for August, 2012

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 31st, 2012

TAVERN DISPUTE ERUPTS WITH “BEAR SPRAY”

• A 23-year-old Chehalis man was arrested last night after he allegedly used bear spray inside a Chehalis drinking establishment. It’s like pepper spray, but for use on bears and several people were affected by it, Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut said. It happened at Garbe’s Tavern on the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue just before 11:20 p.m. An arriving officer saw a suspect running down the street with people chasing him and arrested him for disorderly conduct, according to police. Kaut said he didn’t know the details of whatever dispute led to the discharge of the chemical. The individuals affected by the spray declined aid, he said. Jeremy D. Barnes was released after getting his citation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MACHINERY STRIPPED OF WIRING

• A deputy was called about 7 a.m. yesterday to the 800 block of state Route 507 in Centralia where someone had done about $30,000 damage to heavy equipment by cutting wiring. The 70-year-old man who called 911 said he thought his Ford Ranger was stolen as well, but he found it elsewhere on the property with its steering column broken and a screwdriver jammed in the ignition, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR MISSING

• The owner of a white 1993 Mazda MX3 reported yesterday their car was stolen from the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis. It had been loaned to someone and was left in the parking lot at the Chehalis Eagles when that someone was arrested in a drug incident the other day, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PROWLING OUTSIDE WAL-MART

• Police called to the north end of the Wal-Mart parking lot about 11 p.m. yesterday found two vehicles had been prowled. Someone stole cologne, a GPS device and collectible sports cars from a car and took an electrical cord and the stereo faceplate from a Jeep, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SLASHING SPREE LEAVES NUMEROUS VICTIMS

• By the time the day ended yesterday, the number of victims of the tire slashing spree in the south end of Centralia grew to more than 30. Centralia officers got their first call about 5:15 a.m. to the 600 block of Hamilton Avenue and continued responding to similar complaints all day long, according to Officer John Panco. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, which patrols a portion of the area, were dispatched about 8:30 a.m. for a report of tire slashing and were greeted by eight victims on South Street. Panco said yesterday most likely a pocket knife was used to flatten the tires. Deputies will be reviewing surveillance video to look for clues, but are asking anyone with information to please call Lewis County Crime Stoppers, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

SUDDEN SWERVE, CULVERT, LEAD TO CRITICAL INJURIES

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports the Honda that wrecked yesterday morning on the 3000 block of Jackson Highway struck a culvert. The driver was northbound when the car suddenly swerved to the left for unknown reasons, according to the sheriff’s office. Firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to extricate the driver, who was severely injured, responders. said The 33-year-old Centralia woman was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, according to the sheriff’s office. Information about her current condition was unavailable. Her passenger, a 26-year-old Centralia man, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with a leg injury, and has been released, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

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Responders cut the roof from a 1997 Honda Accord to get the injured driver out on Jackson Highway.

Read about Grays Harbor courthouse attacker found competent, moving toward trial …

Friday, August 31st, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Aberdeen) Daily World reports that Lewis County Judge Richard Brosey decided yesterday accused courthouse attacker Steven Daniel Kravetz is competent to stand trial for the March incidents inside the  Grays Harbor County courthouse, after doctors at the state mental hospital disagreed with each other about the defendant’s mental fitness.

News reporter Brionna Friedrich writes defense attorney David Arcuri told the judge it’s impossible to represent Kravetz with his current mental state, because Kravetz is fixated on a prior incident in which he felt victimized by Grays Harbor County.

“It has been virtually impossible to discuss with him in any meaningful fashion the facts of this case,” she quotes Arcuri as saying. “All he wants to do is go back to the 2005 case.”

Brosey is hearing the case. because one of the two victims was a Grays Harbor County judge and judges there recused themselves. If it proceeds to trial, that would occur in Grays Harbor County with Brosey presiding, according to Lewis County Superior Court Administrator Susie Parker.

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Read “Courthouse attacker found competent” from The (Aberdeen) Daily World on Thursday August 30, 2012, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Updated

SERIOUS INJURY CRASH JACKSON HIGHWAY

• A 33-year-old Centralia woman was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a single vehicle collision this morning south of Chehalis. Aid was called about 7:45 a.m. to Jackson Highway at Panorama Drive for a vehicle accident with entrapment, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. The woman who was driving was taken to to Providence Centralia Hospital for transport to a trauma facility in Oregon, Fire Lt. Laura Hanson said in a news release. The male passenger, age unknown, was taken to Providence for with a possible broken leg, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Honda Accord was northbound when it drifted into the oncoming lane and ran into the ditch, according to the sheriff’s office. The car was totaled

TRAIN VERSUS CAMARO

• Centralia police were called about 6:45 a.m. today after an individual’s car left their driveway without them and shortly after was found struck by a train at North Washington Avenue. They turned on their car, went inside briefly and went back outside when they heard something, Officer John Panco said. Whoever stole the Camaro may have gotten stuck on the tracks and abandoned it there or fled the scene after it was hit, Panco said.

ROCK CRUSHER IDLED

• Someone stole as much as 200 feet of copper wiring from the main unit at a rock crushing business in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Employees arriving about 7:30 a.m. yesterday to Dulin Construction on the 3000 block of Foron Road told a deputy they found the door open on the control shack and the lock cut, the sheriff’ office reported. The loss is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. She is asking anyone with information on the theft to consider calling Lewis County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422.

SLASHING SPREE

• Centralia police responded to four incidents of slashed tires this morning before 7 a.m. and the calls just kept coming, according to Officer John Panco. Panco had lost track the number, but said they were predominantly in the south end of town and seemed random. “The size of the punctures indicates it was probably a pocket knife,” he said. Some of the victims also found rocks tossed through their vehicle windows, according to Panco.

CAR PROWL

• Someone stole the face plate from a stereo inside a vehicle parked on the 200 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:45 p.m. yesterday.

• Police were called about 2:15 p.m. yesterday to a car prowl on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. A cell phone was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone stole a woman’s sweatshirt and her WIC checks from her vehicle while it was at the Wal-Mart parking lot between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a report made to the Chehalis Police Department yesterday.

Sheriff: Buying alcohol for teens contributed to tragic death in Adna

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities may never know why 16-year-old Tyler S. Gonzalez was laying on a county road in the middle of the night before he was run over and killed by a full-sized SUV, but they know he was drunk and had wandered away from an underage party where liquor had been supplied by adults.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is asking prosecutors to charge a pair of 22-year-old Chehalis women with furnishing liquor to a minor, a gross misdemeanor. The crime has a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail.

Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield called it a sad, tragic and preventable accident. The sheriff fixes the blame on both the Chehalis teenager who drank and the two women who bought alcohol for kids that night.

“The initial actions of these two women ultimately set things in motion for the tragedy to occur,” Mansfield stated in a news release.

The suspects, Talia Date and Megan Day have not been arrested.

The W.F. West High School sophomore died from multiple internal injuries about 2:30 a.m. on May 12 on Brockway Road near Chilvers in Adna, about a mile west of Interstate 5 at Chehalis. The Washington State Patrol said a 50-year-old Onalaska woman rounded a slight right hand curve when she hit him. They noted there are no street lights in the area and they did not expect to file any charges against the driver.

The sheriff’s office has said about 10 young people were drinking beer and hard liquor in a shop building that sits back from a home on the 100 block of Brockway Road. The parents were asleep in the house and unaware a party was in progress, the sheriff’s office has said.

Tyler’s blood alcohol level was measured at .17, according to the sheriff’s office. That’s more than twice the legal limit for driving.

Mansfield said investigators don’t really know why he was laying on the roadway. They don’t know if he was sleeping, passed out or perhaps laid down to rest, the sheriff’s said.

Tyler and another boy, both of whom were extremely intoxicated, walked away from the party, the sheriff said.

“We know some friends were looking for him, there was a mix up about who was with who,” he said.

The sheriff said the young women didn’t attend the gathering; one of them was a relative of one of the young men at the party.

Mansfield called purchasing alcohol for kids and kids drinking totally irresponsible behavior that led to the loss of a life.

“This is a serious problem in our community,” he said.

“So the message is, wise up folks,” he said. “The consequences for this are huge.”

News brief: Motorcycle accident victim ID’d as Chehalis resident

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The man who died in a motorcycle wreck in Centralia on Tuesday night was Christopher Carper, a 45-year-old Chehalis resident, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Police say excessive speed seemed to be the cause of the collision on First Street near G Street at around 11:30 p.m.

Carper’s motorcycle slammed into a street sign, according to responders.

He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Centralia Police Department.
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For background, read “News brief: Motorcyclist killed in Centralia collision with pole” from Wednesday August 29, 2012, here

Breaking news: State pays $3 million to families of Booth murder victims

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The state has paid $3 million to the families of the murder victims of John Allen Booth, three individuals who were shot to death by an ex-convict who was supposed to be under supervision after his release from prison.

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John Allen Booth Jr.

The state Department of Corrections issued a statement today on the settlement reached after a claim  for damages was filed.

“The heinous murders that John Allen Booth Jr. committed caused unbearable heartache for multiple families,” the news release stated. “We hope these settlements help his victims’ families with their loss. We are also glad that we were able to reach an agreement with the victims’ families to avoid costly litigation.”

Booth, 32, was sent to prison for life last December after his convictions in the slayings of David West Sr., 52,  David “D.J.” West Jr., 16, and 50-year-old Tony Williams of Randle.

The three, along with Denise Salts who survived a gunshot to the face, were found in the home Salts and the Wests shared on Wings Way in the Onalaska-Salkum area on August 21, 2010.

Booth was released from prison in December 2009 and was supposed to be on supervision from DOC, but after he was arrested it appeared his community corrections officer hadn’t contacted him for several months.

The minimum number of contacts required for a high risk violent offender was four times each month.

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For background, read “John Booth Jr.: State prison doesn’t know if it was closely enough monitoring ex-convict charged in triple homicide” from Saturday August, 28, 2010, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Updated 4:40 p.m.

BUSTED

• A man who reportedly slapped his mother last night was arrested after he was found hiding under a comforter upstairs under some rafters. Deputies called about 12:30 a.m. today to the 600 block of Grove Street in Centralia reported the subject resisted attempts to arrest him all the way down the stairs and also spit in a deputy’s face. Emmanuel Martinez, 20, was arrested and booked for third-degree assault and his case will be referred for other potential charges such as fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BUSTED

• An officer responding to a complaint about a possible drug deal in the parking lot at the Eagles in Chehalis yesterday came upon a 20-year-old man who appeared to be shooting up heroin, according to police. He had a needle in his arm, Sgt. Gwen Carrell said. Jence S. Sawyer was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of heroin, Carrell said. A 19-year-old Chehalis man, Nicholas A. Huston, was also arrested in connection with possession of a medication, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Rochester woman was arrested  after a traffic stop about 12:15 this morning on North Street and Cascade Avenue in Chehalis. A police dog sniffed around and “hit on some things” in the vehicle, including suspected heroin, according to police. Kira M. Fry was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning someone carried off 50-pound aluminum blocks from a business on the 100 block of Sears Road over the weekend. They also cut wires from a portable cement mixer, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is about $167.

• Chehalis police were called about 9 p.m. yesterday after a truck towed away from an apartment complex parking lot on Southwest 20th Avenue was found to have been stolen out of Olympia.

• Police were called about 11:40 a.m. yesterday to a car prowl on the 1000 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia. Nothing was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Somebody smashed the windows and gauges of an excavator parked in a rock pit on state Route 508 near Morton, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday morning. Its hand controls were torn out as well, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

WRECK

• A passenger in a Ford Taurus was taken to the hospital after a two-car collision at North Fork and Lucas Creek roads outside Chehalis yesterday evening. Responders called shortly after 7 p.m. learned a 22-year-old Centralia man was at a stop sign and failed to see an approaching car because vegetation obscured his view, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Both vehicles sustained extensive front-end damage, but only the one female was hurt; she complained of soreness to her left side, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. No citations were issued, according to Brown.

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Correction: The news item about the arrest of Emmanuel Martinez has been updated to correctly reflect the events occurred at a home on Grove Street in Centralia, not Roe Road in Winlock.

News brief: Motorcyclist killed in Centralia collision with pole

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Chehalis man died after his motorcycle slammed into a metal sign pole in Centralia last night.

Police say the 45-year-old was traveling on First Street near G Street when he lost control and hit the no parking sign ripping it out of the ground. It happened near a curve in the road and appears to have been related to excessive speed, according to Sgt. Carl Buster.

The man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and firefighters ordered an airlift for him but he was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to responders.

His name has not been released pending notification of his next-of-kin.