Archive for September, 2012

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

RUN, RUN, RUN … RUN AWAY

• Centralia police were called about 2:35 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of South Gold Street and a report store employees were chasing a shoplifter who disappeared in the area of the bowling alley. A search by police and deputies turned up a suspect hiding in some bushes, according to the Centralia Police Department. Matthew D. Christensen, 20, of Centralia, was arrested for shoplifting and an outstanding warrant and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

SCHOOL BUS HIT IN CENTRALIA

• Police and aid were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday when a vehicle rear ended a school bus on the 3400 block of Galvin Road in Centralia. It happened at slow speed and no students were injured, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of heroin and an outstanding warrant about 9:30 a.m. yesterday in the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia, according to police. Zachary W. Gallagher was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

LEAKING LIQUID DRAWS LARGE RESPONSE TO STORAGE BUSINESS

• Firefighters, police and responders from the state Department of Ecology and the county health department converged on a storage unit business in Centralia yesterday where a suspicious red liquid was discovered leaking from one unit. Riverside Fire Authority personnel were on the scene at the 300 block of West Reynolds Avenue about four hours while the substance was evaluated and people kept away, according to Fire Chief Jim Walkowski. The chief said it was probably less than five gallons that spilled inside and outside the unit and smelled of petroleum. Exactly what it was isn’t known but police contacted the renter of the unit who said it was part of a tea making process, Walkowski said. There were chemicals being stored inside the unit that shouldn’t have been however, he said.

WRECK

• Two cars were totaled when a 16-year-old Winlock girl neglected to stop on Military Road before entering state Route 505 in Winlock yesterday evening. Troopers called to the scene about 5:35 p.m. said Kayleigh D. Anderson was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and a 71-year-old Olympia man in the second vehicle was unhurt. The teenager was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the Washington State Patrol

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Updated at 6:34 p.m.

LAUREL HEDGE GOES UP IN FLAMES

• Firefighters were called to Westside Drive on the hillside in Chehalis about 9 o’clock last night to reports of flames rising 20 to 25 feet high above a hedge. The property owner told firefighters there had been work trucks in the area and one had been idling nearby for quite awhile, leading them to speculate if a cigarette might have been to blame, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

BURGLARY

• Police responded to a burglary on the 500 block of South Silver Street in Centralia about 2:10 p.m. yesterday. Missing are some video games and computer-related items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 4:45 p.m. yesterday to a residence on 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in which it appeared someone had broken in and disturbed things inside but stole nothing.

• A deputy took a report yesterday from the 100 block of Leonard Road in Onalaska where a resident advised sometime between Sunday and Wednesday someone stole her Stihl MS250 chainsaw.

HIT AND RUN ARREST

• Centralia police arrested a 35-year-old Centralia driver after an approximately 11:15 p.m. incident yesterday in which he allegedly struck a vehicle in the area of the 600 block of South Pearl Street and then parked and walked away. Pedro Saucedo-Chavez was located several blocks away and booked into the Lewis County Jail for hit and run as well as a warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested a 22-year-old Chehalis resident about 4:45 a.m. today at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue. Shaina K. Campbell was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. William G. Fultz-Valenta, 24, of Grand Mound as arrested at the same time for an outstanding warrant, according to police.

WRECK

• Centralia police said a bicycle rider suffered a hand injury when they fell off their bicycle after its back tire was struck by a vehicle on the 900 block of Woodland Avenue about 8:50 a.m. yesterday.

• A motorist was uninjured after her car and a semi truck tangled on southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis this morning. Aid called about 11:10 a.m. to the scene just south of the Main Street interchange said it appeared her car was bounced back and forth between the truck and the guard rail several times and was totaled.

SWAT team encounters armed man in his bed during morning drug raid in Winlock

Friday, September 28th, 2012
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Law officers detain nine at the 1900 block of Ferrier Road in Winlock. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 48-year-old Winlock man is in custody after he was confronted in his bed by a SWAT team this morning and grabbed for a loaded pistol under his pillow, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

David W. Sohrakoff is among nine people detained when law enforcement officers from the sheriff’s office and the Chehalis Police Department accompanied by personnel from the state Department of Corrections raided his residence on the 1900 block of Ferrier Road in Winlock.

The 7 a.m. serving of a search warrant followed a three-month long investigation into methamphetamine dealing and trafficking of stolen property at the home, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Sohrakoff is the same man deputies were looking for after a Monday incident on the 700 block of Rhoades Road in which a Castle Rock resident was caught allegedly stealing timber.

Sheriff’s Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the stolen property involved at Sohrakoff’s home is not timber, but she didn’t have further details.

Two others who live at the home were arrested and six who were initially detained have been released, according to Brown.

No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

Sheriff Steve Mansfield applauded the law officers for quickly diffusing a dangerous situation without using lethal force or being harmed themselves.

“This incident is a sober reminder of the dangers that law enforcement faces on a day to day basis,” Mansfield stated in the news release.

Arrested along with Sohrakoff were Joy L. Music, 47, for possession of methamphetamine and Burliss Watson, 59, for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sohrakoff is arrested for two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and attempted first-degree assault, according to Brown.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

DISPLAY CASE AND CONTENTS BURGLED IN GALVIN

• Sometime between 3 p.m. on Tuesday and 7 a.m. yesterday, someone entered a shop-storage building on corner of Galvin Road and Union Avenue outside Centralia and made off with an antique display case that contained an Olympic Club coin, a brass carburetor and a Ford sign, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BAM

• An individual reported to police just before 1 o’clock this morning that a man in his early 20s walked up, asked “What’s up fool?” and then punched him the face. It happened in the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to police. Further details were not readily available.

ATTEMPTED CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 2:35 a.m. today to the 1300 block of Oxford Avenue after a car alarm woke up a resident and damage to the driver’s side door was subsequently found. Nothing was taken, and there are no suspects, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BAD BILLS

• Centralia police were summoned to a business on the 500 block of Harrison Avenue about 3:40 p.m. yesterday after two counterfeit $50 bills were spent there.

VANDALISM

• Gang-style graffiti was discovered on a building yesterday morning on the 700 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to police.

News brief: Details on death near Longmire still scarce

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office has made a tentative identification of the woman whose body was found  below a lookout in the southern part of Mount Rainier National Park and is in touch with that woman’s family.

Coroner Warren McLeod said he’s determined the cause and manner of death but won’t reveal it until he knows for sure who the woman is.

“The extensive injuries are making it difficult,” McLeod said today.

Park officials located the body on Monday at the base of a cliff below Ricksecker Point, a dramatic lookout between Longmire and Paradise. Rangers had been investigating a vehicle parked for several days at the lookout and found identification which they linked to a missing person report.

The injuries are consistent with a fall from a great height, according to park spokesperson Patti Wold.

McLeod said he is hoping to use dental records or finger prints to make a positive identification by the end of the week.

The death is being investigated by park service law enforcement.

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For background, read “News brief: Body found at base of cliff near Longmire” from Tuesday September 25, 2012 at 5:27 p.m., here

 

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to the 2000 block of Gallagher Road where someone someone broke into a shop around 2 a.m. and took two Stihl chainsaws.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is reporting this morning that a deputy answered a call last Friday to the 2100 block of Salzer Valley Road outside Centralia in which someone went beneath a house and cut out the copper pipes for the plumbing. Also missing from outbuildings were items such as a dirt bike, tools, beer signs and model cars, according to the sheriff’s office. A blue and white 1990s Ford pickup truck was seen in the area, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The sheriff’s office is hoping anyone who saw the truck will call 911 or Crime Stoppers.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that someone cut locks on two cargo trailers at the 300 block of Mineral Creek Road, a burglary that was reported on Sunday morning. Among the items stolen from Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad were tools and spools of wire, according to the sheriff’s office. Someone used an electric cart to carry the items away, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

THEFT

• A red Habro bike was reported stolen from a fenced yard on the 800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia yesterday. Also yesterday, a white, black and silver Air Max dirt bike-style bicycle was reported found stashed in some bushes on the 200 block of East Locust Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECKS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a deputy arrested a 26-year-old Winlock woman for a hit and run on Sunday in which she allegedly was speeding along the 500 block of Gish Road in Onalaska and struck several unspecified objects along the side the road including a small shop. Kelsey R. Grant receive minor cuts from the incident and was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. There was major damage to her 2007 Chevrolet pickup, Brown said.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a 24-year-old Centralia man was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday evening when he flipped his Nissan pickup onto its top in the area of Cooks Hill and Lincoln Creek roads. Samuel J. Billman was bruised and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a deputy arrested a man on Saturday afternoon for driving under the influence after his vehicle ran into a utility pole on the 1100 block of Winlock-Vader Road. William M. Bowers, 68, of Toledo,  sustained some minor cuts and was  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

STARING CLOWN KID

• Chehalis police were called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday to the 800 block of Southwest 21st Street where woman said her husband just had a conversation with an orange-haired teenager wearing clown makeup who had been staring into their house. The woman said she would call back if the clown returned, according to police.

News brief: South Point timber fire in Gifford Pinchot holding to 90 acres

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Favorable weather has helped slow the forest fire south of Packwood which has remained at about 90 acres since Saturday, officials reported this morning.

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Courtesy photo by Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Cowlitz Valley Ranger District fire personnel continue to monitor the situation, with reconnaissance flights as conditions allow, according to Gifford Pinchot National Forest spokesperson Ken Sandusky.

It’s been burning on a ridge called South Point about 10 miles south of U.S. Highway 12 for an unknown length of time, probably sparked by lightning earlier this month, officials have said.

Ranger and fire staff will be on hand tomorrow evening to answer questions from area residents about the fire. The public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Packwood Fire Hall at 12953 U.S. Highway 12.

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For For background, read “South Point timber fire in Gifford Pinchot growing” from Friday September 21, 2012 at 11:09 a.m., here

News brief: Single vehicle wreck on state Route 6 sends one to hospital

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 33-year-old driver from Raymond was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle today after his pickup truck ran into a stand of trees along state Route 6 east of Pe Ell.

Troopers called at 2:10 p.m. to the scene about eight miles east of Pe Ell reported Travis K. Settlemyre was westbound at a curve to the left when he drove off the right side of the road and collided with some trees.

The 1994 Ford F250 pickup came to rest on its passenger side, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Settlemyre was injured; his truck was totaled, according to the state patrol.

The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

Update Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.:  Settlemyre is listed in satisfactory condition this morning.

News brief: Body found at base of cliff near Longmire

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A body found below a lookout in the southern part of Mount Rainier National Park is as yet unidentified but authorities suspect it may be linked to a missing person report from an undisclosed area.

A search initiated yesterday morning with ground crews and a helicopter located the body at the base of a cliff below Ricksecker Point, a dramatic lookout between Longmire and Paradise, according to a park spokesperson.

Rangers had been investigating a vehicle parked for several days at the lookout and found identification inside it which they linked to a missing person report, spokesperson Patti Wold said today. Wold wouldn’t say where that person was missing from.

She said the incident is under investigation by park service law enforcement.

The body was removed by helicopter and delivered to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office who said today identification is still pending.

The injuries are consistent with a fall from a great height, according to Wold.

Ricksecker Point has no snow this time of year, according to Wold.

“You wouldn’t really start a hike there, it’s a place you’d stop to take in the view,” she said.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

DETAINEE CLIMBS OUT OF PATROL CAR WINDOW

• A 21-year-old arrested yesterday for a warrant after a foot pursuit in the area of Northwest Prindle Street reportedly kicked out a back window of a patrol vehicle, climbed out and ran away again. “He was again apprehended, put back in the patrol car and then booked into jail,” Chehalis Officer Linda Bailey said. It started about 11:40 a.m. when an officer spotted a pair of men walking whom he recognized were wanted, according to Bailey. They ran, she said. Ruben A. Inman, 21, was booked for escape, warrants and malicious mischief, according to Bailey. His brother, Marcus J. Inman, 22, of Centralia, was found and arrested for warrants, Bailey said.

INDUSTRIAL WIRE THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 8 a.m. yesterday to Lakeside Industries on the 2000 block of Johnson Road where someone had stolen copper wiring, damaging at least one piece of heavy equipment at the business, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called yesterday to Dulin Construction on the 3000 block of Foron Road in Centralia about another theft of wiring. One hundred-twenty-five feet of newly replaced cable was cut and then dragged off toward the railroad line and then to Foron Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Also taken was 200 feet of welding lead from a shed, the sheriff’ office reported. The $3,400 loss follows a burglary involving $4,000 worth of copper wire at the rock crushing company reported on Friday and a late August burglary in which as much as  200 feet of copper wiring was taken from the main unit at the business, according to the sheriff’s office.

TIMBER TAKEN

• A 46-year-old Castle Rock resident was arrested for first-degree theft after a deputy responded to a report yesterday morning of someone running a chainsaw and dropping at least one cedar tree at the 700 block of Rhoades Road in Winlock. The timber is owned by Rhoades Vista LLC, a Kent company, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Gerald H. Andersen was booked into the Lewis County Jail and deputies are looking for a 48-year-old Winlock man who they believe was working with Andersen, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

ATV MISSING

• A 2004 Polaris ATP500 quad was reported stolen from property on the 2600 block of Foron Road in Centralia yesterday. It happened sometime since Friday evening, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $4,500.

DRUGS

• A 50-year-old Winlock man was arrested for a warrant then possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop just before 10 p.m. yesterday near a gas station on the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says Howard D. Eslick struggled with a deputy after refusing to step out of a vehicle and was taken into custody with help from Chehalis police. A plastic baggie of suspected methamphetamine was found during a search and field-tested positive, according to the sheriff’s office. Eslick was booked in to the Lewis County Jail.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 2:40 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl on Northwest Chehalis Avenue.

• Someone stole a gun from a window rack in a vehicle at the 100 block of Drews Prairie Road in Toledo sometime between 9 p.m. on Sunday and 6:30 a.m. yesterday, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police took a report about 11 a.m. yesterday from Northeast Washington Avenue about a bullet hole found in the living room window of a home. The victim had been away for a couple of weeks and did not know when it occurred, according to police. It appeared to have been from a BB gun, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a 53-year-old driver said he fell asleep before his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro left the roadway and struck a utility pole on the 2900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia yesterday. It happened about 3:20 a.m. and a deputy dispatched three hours later learned the car was totaled but the driver was uninjured, according to the sheriff’s office. A citation for second-degree negligent driving was issued, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

One dead after semi crash near Packwood

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Updated at 8:54 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A truck driver from Longview is dead after his big rig slid on its side through a guard rail off U.S. Highway 12 near Packwood, went over an embankment and landed on its top.

Troopers called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon reported it happened about eight miles east of Packwood near milepost 139, at the cut off to state Route 123.

The 1989 Peterbilt hauling a trailer of wood chips was traveling west bound and downhill when the driver lost control, failed to negotiate a left hand curve and wrecked, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The driver is identified as James V. Dorsett, 38, of Longview.

The cause is under investigation.

“The only thing we can assume is the brakes failing,” Trooper Jason Hicks said, speculating the driver “rode” the brakes coming off White Pass causing them to heat up and then weren’t there for him when he needed them.

The roadway was dry, he said.

The back half of the trailer broke off and shot all the way down the 200 foot hill almost to state Route 123, Hicks said. The cab got hung up in the trees, he said.

Dorsett was not wearing a seatbelt, but the truck sustained significant damage to its top, according to Hicks.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 24th, 2012

AUTO THEFT

• A 32-year-old Shelton woman who rented a vehicle on Friday from an auto rental business on the 500 block of East Summa Street in Centralia discovered that evening her car which she had left parked behind the building was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department. She got an SUV fro  Enterprise Rent-A-Car to go shopping in Seattle and later got a phone call asking if she had picked up her car, according to police. She hadn’t. Missing is a blue 1993 Honda Civic with a license plate of 812 UID, according to police.

COPPER WIRE THEFT

• An estimated $4,000 worth of copper wire was stolen in yet another theft from a rock crushing company on the 3000 block of Foron Road in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to Dulin Construction on Friday was told 40 feet of wire was missing, according to the sheriff office.

LOTS OF DIFFERENT STUFF STOLEN

• A pistol, two chainsaws, old fishing reels, a Yamaha snow sled and four studded tires with wheels for a Honda Accord were among the items stolen in a burglary on the 400 block of Schmit Road outside Toledo on Thursday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and the sheriff’s office was told an individual with a backpack on a bicycle was seen in the area around that time, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MOWERS MISSING

• Three Toro brand self-propelled lawnmowers were reported stolen from a home on the 300 block of Downing Road in Centralia yesterday. They were taken sometime during the previous two week, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GARAGE THEFT

• Centralia police took a report on Saturday evening from the 600 block of Jefferson Street in Centralia about a leaf blower and a standup freezer stolen from a garage sometime during the previous week.

WHISKEY SHOPLIFTED

• Police called about 6:45 p.m. on Saturday to the 500 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis were told a teenage boy had just run out of the store with a bottle of whiskey. He was not found but officers will review surveillance video to see if they recognize him, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ASSAULT RIFLE AND SKATEBOARD

• Chehalis police were called just before 3 p.m. on Saturday and told one of three three teenage boys might be carrying an AR-15-style rifle wrapped in a sweatshirt as well as a skateboard in the area of Southwest First Street and Phillips Court. The teens were not located, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 2:15 a.m. today to the 600 block of Jackson Street in Centralia where someone had gotten inside a pickup truck and stolen a stereo as well as part of the dashboard it was connected to. It happened sometime after 10 p.m.,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Rochester woman was arrested for possession of heroin about 3:25 a.m. on Saturday at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. An officer who contacted Kira M. Fry because of a suspend driver’s license booked her into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 19-year-old Chehalis resident who went to the Chehalis Police Department on Friday on an unrelated matter was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance in connection with an investigation which resulted in a search warrant for drugs earlier in the day at a home on Southwest First Street near Market Boulevard, according to police. When he was arrested, an unspecified prescription pill was found in Nicholas A. Huston’s pocket, detective Sgt. Brian Hickey said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VANDALISM

• Someone was seen leaving graffiti on a city-owned building on West Seventh and North Washington Avenue in Centralia just before 8 p.m. yesterday but fled before an officer arrived,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to the 1300 block of South Schueber Road in Centralia where someone spray painted orange paint in the neighborhood.

• Police were called about 9:45 a.m. on Friday to the 1500 block of Oxford Avenue in Centralia where someone left graffiti on a house for sale. Someone crossed out some old “Sur 13-type graffiti” with a message about “white power”, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday to the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia where an individual found chocolate syrup and eggs on their door.

WRECKS

• A 20-year-old man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital then to jail for DUI after a single-vehicle accident on the 800 block of Gish Road in Onalaska around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Charles E. Evans III was driving a 1983 Ford pickup which sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’ Office. The truck landed in a field behind a house and a 19-year-old Onalaska man  – Dylan Brossett –  who tried to block an arriving deputy from coming up the driveway was arrested also, for obstructing, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• An 18-year-old from Eatonville was uninjured and not ticketed after his 2001 Saturn left Skate Creek Road and landed about 100 feet down an embankment on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says it does not know why the driver lost control of his vehicle.

• A 34-year-old Chehalis woman escaped with scratches on her arm when she missed a turn in downtown Chehalis, ran into a tree and put her car upside down on Friday evening. It happened about 7:15 p.m. near Sterling Savings Bank on North Market Boulevard, according to police. The Buick Skylark suffered damage to its front, top and both sides, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Read about one-time car thief contributes to scientific research in Littlerock …

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle Times published a story about national attention coming to prisons here such as Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock where inmates are working as research assistants raising endangered frogs for scientists.

Associated Press reporter Phuong Le writes about the partnerships with workers who have unlimited time on their hands “making substantive contributions to science.”

Read more here

Tenino police: Driver stopped with more than five times the legal limit alcohol level

Friday, September 21st, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 54-year-old motorist was arrested by Tenino police yesterday when his blood alcohol content was measured at .415, a level the police chief says would be fatal to most people.

“The driver was not able to walk unassisted and when asked if he would complete any field sobriety tests he said he probably shouldn’t,” Tenino Police Department Chief John Hutchings said.

A Tenino police officer responded about 3:40 p.m. yesterday in Rainier to reports of a blue van swerving in and out of oncoming traffic, traveling 30 mph in a 50 mph zone and at one point coming to a complete stop in the middle of the road, according to police.

Officer Chris Davis found the van at state Route 507 and Manke Road and attempted a traffic stop with his lights and sirens but the driver continued at least a full minute before finally pulling over at the 13400 block of state Route 507, police reported.

The driver and his 57-year-old female passenger were both obviously intoxicated, Hutchings stated in a news release.

Gary D. Bielefeld, 54, of Lacey, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to the Tenino Police Department for processing, according to the chief.

Two breath samples were taken and each registered .415, the chief stated. That’s more than five times above the .08 legal limit to drive.

A subsequent check determined Bielefeld was wanted on a no-bail felony warrant out of Jefferson City, Missouri, for persistent DUI offender, according to Hutchings.

Bielefeld was booked into the Thurston County Jail.