Archive for October, 2012

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012


• A burglar alarm alerted Chehalis police to Dairy Dans on the 1500 block of South Market Boulevard about 2:15 a.m. today where an officer found the back door forced open. Police will be reviewing surveillance video from the business, but it didn’t appear anything was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• A 30-year-old Centralia man called the sheriff’s office yesterday about a burglary to his home in which $100 cash and two rings were stolen. The front door to the home on the 3700 block of Russell Road was damaged, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred between 7:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.


• Police were called abut 11 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of High Street in Centralia where a woman returned home to discover someone had entered her residence, written derogatory messages on the walls and then thrown some of her belongings outside. Centralia police note they have possible suspect information in the case.


• A storage shed on the 2200 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia was ransacked, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday morning. The victim was still sorting through to determine what was missing, according to police.


• A Chehalis police officer stopped a pickup truck loaded with pallets driving away from the Grocery Outlet on Louisiana Avenue about 4 o’clock this morning and arrested the driver – Ivan Garcia Corrales, 31, of Federal Way –  for third-degree theft, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Centralia police were called to the haunted house on the 2000 block of Borst Avenue yesterday evening after an unknown suspect stole an iPhone 5 from a volunteer there.


• Centralia police took a report from the 2400 block of Cooks Hill Road yesterday afternoon about unauthorized charges on a man’s credit card.


• Morton police took a complaint of an unlawful issuance of bank checks on the 200 block of Main Avenue last week. The writer of the check was contacted and encouraged to satisfy the check or potentially face criminal charges, according to the Morton Police Department.


• Morton police received a report of a dispute just before 1 a.m. on Saturday on the 100 block of Main Avenue. An officer determined the caller was an intoxicated citizen trying to find their way to their motel room, according to Morton Police Department.

Glenoma resident pleads guilty in California multi-million dollar mortgage fraud

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A former Southern California woman who now lives in Glenoma pleaded guilty today to charges in connection with orchestrating a mortgage fraud scheme convincing lenders to fund more than $20 million in loans on approximately three dozen properties in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Wanda Coleman, 59, admitted to one count of mail fraud pursuant to a plea agreement filed under seal in U.S. District Court in Portland, according to authorities.

Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Robbins said Coleman had a film company and some of the proceeds were used to finance films and some for personal use.

She is a former resident of Pauma Valley in San Diego County, he said. He said he couldn’t say exactly if she had family or other connections that prompted her to relocate to Lewis County.

Robbins said Coleman recruited straw buyers who offered to pay sellers substantially more than their asking price in return for the sellers’ agreement to refund the excess amount to her or companies she controlled.

She and co-conspirators submitted mortgage applications that contained false information regarding the buyers’ employment, income and assets as well as omitted material information, according to the U.S. Attorneys’ Office.

The buyers ultimately defaulted on the loans, resulting in foreclosures and losses of more than $11 million to the lenders, Robbins said.

The indictment was filed a year ago, but covered activities from as early as 2005 and into 2009, he said. It’s the kind of scheme which was easier to pull off before the housing market crashed and transactions tightened up, he said.

Three others have pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme, as well as two more individuals in related cases, according to Robbins. The so-called straw buyers were not charged, he said.

“The mortgage broker, the escrow agent, they were all in on it,” Robbins said.

Participants also forged bank statements and prepared other fraudulent documents to corroborate the false claims, according to the U.S. Attorneys’ Office.

Robbins said he only knew of the one film Coleman was involved in called “Samurai Woman”.

The case grew out of an investigation by the FBI and originated in the United States Attorneys Office in the Central District of California. It was transferred to the District of Oregon for entry of the plea and sentencing because of the proximity to Coleman’s new residence, Robbins said.

She will be sentenced on Jan. 25 in Portland. The maximum sentence is 30 years but the details in the plea agreement are under seal for now.

News brief: Soggy streets expected for trick-or-treating tonight

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Weather forecasters say there is 100 percent chance of rain tonight in Chehalis and expect small streams and urban areas to experience minor flooding.

An advisory which was extended this morning covers Lewis County and nearly all of Western Washington.

Nearly 2 inches of rain has fallen across many lowland locations during the past 24 hours and moderate rainfall the rest of rest of today will produce ponding of water, according to the National Weather Service.

The problem will be seen especially on roads beneath overpasses and intersections where drainage is poor because of a buildup of leaves and such, according to the weather service.

Motorists should keep in mind just a few inches of water can cause them to lose control of their vehicles, the advisory cautions.

Eighty-year-old Morton man not seen since Monday

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An 80-year-old Morton man who lives alone was reported missing yesterday after his grown son arrived at the man’s residence for a planned hunting outing to find nobody home.


William H. Osborne

William H. Osborne was last seen on Monday purchasing a hunting license at Tri Mountain Sports & Radio Shack in town, according to the Morton Police Department.

“We’re putting all resources into locating him, obviously time is of the essence,” Chief Dan Mortensen said this morning.

Osborne’s family describes him as possibly having some short term memory loss and he’s not very mobile because of his age, Mortensen said. He’s 5-feet 8-inches tall and about 185 pounds.

One challenge is it’s virtually impossible to activate a search and rescue mission because they have no specific location to start looking, the chief said.

Osborne’s family is in the area looking and police have alerted local law enforcement and surrounding agencies, according to Mortensen.

Osborne drives a silver 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup with a white utility canopy. Its license plate is B67640P.

He and his son spoke around 11:30 a.m. on Monday and that’s the last time Osborne’s cell phone was used, the chief said. He purchased the hunting license between noon and 2 p.m.

The son, who lives in Orting, showed up yesterday to meet his father, and then checked a local restaurant before calling police, Mortensen said.

Police tried unsuccessfully to “ping” the cell phone to learn its location, he said.

His neighbors didn’t think he came home Monday night, the chief said.

“We don’t know where he is,” Mortensen said. “His son thought he could have gone up into the mountains to shoot his gun, possibly grouse hunting.”

News brief: Centralia auto business drug case will bring 10 years or more for Valle Vega

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Donato Valle Vega faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison following his conviction in connection with pounds of drugs seized from the attic of a Centralia car lot.

A jury found Valle Vega guilty on Friday of in U.S. District Court in Tacoma of one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and a second similar count related to methamphetamine, according to Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Thomas.

“The jury deliberated about four and half hours,” Thomas said.

Federal agents descended upon Emmanuel Auto Sales on Harrison Avenue in September 2010 after Valle Vega admitted hiding drugs at his business.

He was charged by indictment the same month.

Thomas said the offense brings a sentence of at least 10 years and as much as life in prison.

A forfeiture hearing is scheduled for Jan. 4 and sentencing is set for Jan. 25 in front of Judge Ronald B. Leighton, according to Thomas.

For background, read “Centralia auto business arrest followed discovery of almost 10 pounds of cocaine” from Wednesday September 29, 2010, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012


• Police are investigating money missing from the Centralia Eagles. An officer called just after noon time yesterday to the 2300 block of North Pearl Street learned there was cash missing, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Jim Shannon said it’s not clear if the theft occurred during business hours or not. The amount in question was not disclosed but Shannon said he believes it is less than $1,000.


• Chehalis police were called about 5:25 p.m. yesterday to a business on the 1000 block of South Market Boulevard after a 14-year-old girl walked in and said she was assaulted. The case is under investigation, according to Officer Linda Bailey.


• Police were called to the Northwest Park Street about 7:20 .m. today about an unknown substance in a small baggie found inside a vehicle at the Chehalis Fire Department. The material will be tested to determine what it is, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Someone prowled an unlocked vehicle on the 2000 block of Southwest Olympic Drive in Chehalis, according to a report made to police yesterday. Nothing was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Two people were hospitalized after a one-car rollover accident yesterday morning northwest of Centralia. Firefighters called about 10:30 a.m. to Galvin Road near River Heights Road said there were four occupants. Further details were not readily available.


• Centralia firefighters called to a report of smoke inside Burgerville early this morning found an overheated light fixture in a back room. Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy said crews called at 6:20 a.m. to the Harrison Avenue eatery shut off the power but didn’t need to use any water on the ballast.

Read about Rochester man arrested for allegedly passing quality phony $100 bills around Grays Harbor County …

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Aberdeen) Daily World reports a 54-year-old Rochester man suspected of passing fake $100 bills sophisticated enough to pass the “marker test” has turned himself in.

News reporter Will Morris writes the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office and Montesano police used video footage to develop suspects in the case and they are seeking a 41-year-old woman they believe was involved as well.

Read more here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Updated at 3:31 p.m.



April Sunshine Ringo

• A 35-year-old Centralia woman arriving at the Lewis County Jail found herself in more trouble when she ran her hands through her hair and a glass pipe fell out. When April S. Ringo was strip searched authorities found numerous items hidden in her underwear, including a pink straw with suspected drug residue on it and a pill believed to be Vicodin, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning. Ringo was in the Chehalis jail on remand from the court in connection with driving on a suspended license, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. A deputy called to the jail on Friday to investigate arrested Ringo for possession of controlled substance by an inmate, Brown said.


• A deputy took a report about 1:20 a.m. on Sunday at the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital from a 26-year-old Chehalis man who lost some teeth when he was punched in the face at a party on the 200 block of Haywire Road outside Chehalis. The sheriff’s office is asking prosecutors to charge a 29-year-old Winlock resident with second-degree assault, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. The victim reportedly had been disrespectful to his wife, Brown said.


• A deputy was called to the 100 block of Jordan Road in Salkum about 7:45 a.m. on Saturday after a 25-year-old Mossyrock man allegedly told his former girlfriend he was going to “kill her and the new guy she was dating,” according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 21-year-old woman had just broken up with Jose L. Ayala-Balderrama, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman said when Ayala-Balderrama was backing out of the driveway, he struck her with his vehicle’s door, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Ayala-Balderrama admitted getting into a fight with her but denied threatening to kill her, Brown said. was subsequently arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment.


• Officers called about suspicious activity at Les Schwab Tires on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia just before 1 a.m. today found a 48-year-old man with a wheel and when they searched him found suspected methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department. Robert S. Lopez, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for drug possession and police continue to try to verify where the wheel came from, according to Sgt. Jim Shannon.

• Chehalis police responding to a burglary alarm about 12:20 a.m. on Sunday at a business on the 1300 block of Northwest State Avenue found a door broken and numerous items including chainsaws missing. The loss is estimated around $4,000, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Someone broke a back bathroom window at a home on the 600 block of Gore Road in Onalaska and made off with two credit cards and almost $2,000 worth of valuables including a backpack with fly-tying equipment and reels, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 47-year-old victim said it occurred sometime between Thursday and Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy was called on Saturday to vacation property on the 100 block of Mountain View Drive North in Ashford where the owner said someone broke into his fifth-wheel trailer and stole a Husqvarna chainsaw, a Honda generator, power tools and other items totaling $1,680. The victim said it happened sometime during the previous week, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Chehalis police were called just before 9 a.m. on Friday about a burglary at a residence on the 600 block of Dobson Court in which a woman said she discovered her sliding door open and her purse missing. Someone later found some of the items – the driver’s license and a checkbook – on Market Boulevard and 17th Street and turned them into police, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 1:50 p.m. on Friday to a home on the 800 block of Northwest New York Avenue where a woman said she saw a stranger try to get in her sliding door. She stopped him and he said he was looking for a guy named John, according to police. A couple of blocks away, at a business on Northwest Middle Street around the same time, an individual was seen trying to get into two different vehicles, according to police. An officer contacted a suspect, who had trouble speaking, and denied going into the home or attempting to prowl vehicles but then admitted he was trying to get money and food for his kids, Sgt. Brian Hickey said. Luke Chancy, 33, of Chehalis, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for trespass and car prowl, Hickey said.

• Two 14-karat gold wedding bands engraved with Jesus and a fish were stolen from the 8100 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma sometime between Sept. 1 and Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A camcorder was taken as well, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Police were called about 6 a.m. on Sunday about a vehicle prowl on the the 900 block of Southwest 21st Street in Chehalis in which a wallet was taken. The vehicle had been left unlocked, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A purse was stolen overnight from a pickup truck parked on Southwest James Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The missing handbag with identification inside was found in a dumpster Sunday on the 200 block of West Main Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• A 49-year-old driver was hospitalized after a single-car wreck yesterday on state Route 6 just west of Pe Ell, according to the Washington  State Patrol. A trooper called about 6:35 p.m. reported Zoe A. Hull of Tokeland was westbound when she failed to negotiate a curve and hit the ditch, according to the state patrol. The 1989 Mazda 626 was towed, the investigation trooper noted. Hull was treated and has been released.

• A 20-year-old Mossyrock man escaped injury when he lost control of his Ford Focus and totaled it on Saturday morning on the 100 block of Salmon Creek Road near Mossyrock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy arriving about 8:20 a.m. was told the driver struck an embankment and then rolled the car onto its top, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver will be mailed an infraction for speeds too fast and expired license tabs, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.


• Chehalis police were called about 10:20 a.m. on Friday to Northwest Maryland Avenue where someone found a young deer crying in the berry bushes with a broken leg. An officer had to “dispatch” the injured animal, in other words shoot it, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It’s right rear leg was shattered, according to Sgt. Brian Hickey. It likely was hit by a vehicle, he said.

News brief: Rain could cause creeks to fill up this week

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Not a flood warning, or even a so-called flood watch, but a “hydrological outlook” for all of Western Washington that says rain, rain, rain which could lead to flooding on some rivers by mid-week.

Total rainfall amounts through Wednesday are predicted to be in the 2-inch to 4-inch range on the southwest facing slopes of the Central Cascade Mountain Range and the Olympic Mountain Range, according to the National Weather Service.

The bulletin issued just before 5 p.m. today says this amount of rain will likely cause the Skokomish River in Mason County to flood at some point about mid-week and possibly cause some smaller creeks to run near “bankfull”.

A flood watch however was put in place this afternoon in Pierce County for the Puyallup River near Orting.

The weather service recommends people stay tuned to the latest forecasts.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, October 28th, 2012


• Police were called about 1:25 a.m. today to a tavern on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia after a woman threw a beer glass at a bartender’s face. Further details were not readily available.


• Centralia police took a report just after midnight that an individual’s debit card was stolen while at a tavern on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue and was immediately used locally. The case remains under investigation,  according to the Centralia Police Department.


• An 18-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 10 p.m. yesterday at the 500 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia for possession of stolen property in connection with knives reported stolen on Friday from a shed on the 400 block of North Oak Street. Nathan A. Cheney was booked in to the Lewis County Jail  also for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A 24-year-old Portland man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana when contacted by an officer about 7:45 p.m. on Friday at the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Rico F. Mendez was booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Halloween lawn decorations were reported stolen from the 500 block of South Gold Street in Centralia yesterday.

• An iPad was was reported stolen on Friday afternoon from an office on the 1700 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. A possible suspect has been identified, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Centralia police broke up a Friday night party with as many as 100 individuals at a small residence on East Cherry and South Diamond streets. The visit from police stemmed from a complaint of noise and lots of juveniles drinking and being disorderly outside the home. Four officers, with help from sheriff’s deputies, spent about two hours “processing” dozens of party-goers to determine which were younger than 21 and drinking, according to the Centralia Police Department. Seventeen young people between the ages of 15 and 20 were cited for minor in possession of alcohol, according to police. Six of them who were under 18 were released to their parents, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

Synthetic marijuana found at Chehalis fire station building

Friday, October 26th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Chehalis firefighter has been charged with possession of synthetic marijuana after “Spice” wrappers were found in the trash in the fire station building.

Adam Myer, 42, resigned from the department last week.

The one count of possession of a controlled substance filed in Lewis County Superior Court is a class C felony.

Myer denied using the drug during work hours.

Spice is one of numerous products that were legal until about a year ago, according to Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher.

“You used to be able to buy them over the counter,” Meagher said.

According to charging documents and Chehalis police, a police detective this summer was interviewing fire department employees about suspected thefts of small amounts of cash around the department.

That investigation didn’t lead to anything, but Chief Kelvin Johnson told the detective about a garbage bag containing suspicious empty packaging which had been discovered in the bathroom of the old police department next door.

Detective Rick Silva was told Myer spent a lot of his off-duty time at the station and at one point had spent several hours in that restroom, which his co-workers thought was odd.

The residue found with the wrappers was tested at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab in Vancouver and had a chemical known as Naphthoylindole, which is now classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, according to charging documents.

Spice refers to a mixture of herbs typically sprayed with a synthetic compound similar chemically to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana; it is usually smoked, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

It is known by various labels including or K-2, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Genie and Zohai, according to the DEA.

The documents allege Myer told the detective on July 20 the packaging was his, but he had not used the substance for some time and “straightened up” after a long talk with a fellow firefighter.

Chief Kelvin Johnson was unavailable to offer comment on Myer’s employment status, but co-workers yesterday said Myer last worked on July 20 and resigned last week.

Myer confirmed that yesterday, and said he didn’t want to discuss the case.

He said he has a medical condition that forced him to give up his job.

He disputed he admitted to the detective the Spice packaging was his.

“I never knowingly bought anything illegal,” Myer said. “It was a legal product bought from a store in Chehalis.”

He said it was perhaps unwise, but not against the law as far as he knew.

Myer said that after he spoke with detective Silva the first time, stores in Chehalis were still selling the product, saying he knew of three local businesses engaged in its sale for the better part of the summer.

“If they’re going to consider something illegal, they ought to prevent the sale of it, so people don’t unwittingly buy it,” Myer said.

Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said  he isn’t aware of any businesses still selling the banned products.

It’s not something officers saw a whole lot of, although it did start to increase a little bit not long before it was banned, according to Kaut.

The Washington State Board of Pharmacy last autumn permanently banned the sale, possession and use of chemicals contained in products such as Spice, K-2, Bath Salts and others, made with either synthetic marijuana or synthetic stimulants.

An increasing number of reports from poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement prompted the DEA to control the active ingredients in synthetic marijuana beginning in March of last year. A measure signed in to federal law this summer added 26 synthetic drugs to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

Deputy Prosecutor Meagher said no merchants have been charged in Lewis County under the new law. Less than five individuals locally have been charged with possession, Meagher said.

Myer has been summonsed to appear in court on Nov. 6.


In Cowlitz County, prosecutors recently dismissed similar charges against two individuals because at the time they possessed the substances, it was not illegal yet to possess them. Read about it here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 26th, 2012


• A deputy was summoned to Winlock Middle School yesterday afternoon about a 13-year-old student being found in possession of a small amount of marijuana. The boy said it was for his personal use but he had not used it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The student was turned over to his mother; the case will be referred to juvenile prosecutors for a charging decision, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.


• A 69-year-old resident on the 700 block of Curtis Hill Road called the sheriff’s office about 6:20 a.m. yesterday when he discovered a burglary to his cow barn. Missing sometime since the day before was a Honda pressure washer and two 25-foot sections of insulated copper wire, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.


• Police took a report about 6:50 a.m. today of a car prowl on the 1500 block of View Avenue in Centralia. Someone cut the cloth top on a Jeep and stole a purse and credit cards, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A window was broken out of a vehicle parked at the 200 block of Southeast Washington Avenue in  Chehalis and a CD player stolen, according to a report made to police just after 9 a.m. yesterday.

• A car stolen from Centralia turned up yesterday at Delano and Blair roads north of town, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The owner was contacted and retrieved the 2001 Honda Accord, according to the sheriff’s office.


• A 19-year-old Chehalis area resident received minor cuts when he rolled his car yesterday morning off Brockway Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The teenager said he was not paying attention and drove his Oldsmobile Cutlass off the road, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. There was major damage to the car, Brown said. The driver was issued a citation for wheels off the roadway.

• A 21-year-old driver from Centralia was cited for wheels off the roadway after she reached for her chap stick and ran into an embankment on the 600 block of Centralia-Alpha Road east of Chehalis yesterday evening. A deputy arriving about 5:45 p.m. reported she and her passengers were evaluated by medics and none were injured,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 2004 Ford Focus sustained major damage, according to the sheriff’s office.