Archive for March, 2013

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

DRUG DEAL RIP OFF

• A 20-year-old man called Centralia police on Friday night to say he was robbed, that someone assaulted him and stole $140 from him. When it was all said and done, it turned out he wasn’t assaulted but apparently did lose $10 to a person he was trying to buy marijuana from according to police. Exactly what happened and where wasn’t clear since the victim wasn’t being truthful, according to Sgt. Stacy Denham. He couldn’t remember the name of the seller, so that person probably won’t be pursued, Denham said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 2 p.m. yesterday when the back door of a home on the 900 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia was found kicked in. Nothing appeared to have been taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday evening that someone entered a vacant residence on the 500 block of Hunt Street and stole two drills, sometime during the previous month.

MISSING TRAILER

• Someone stole a black utility trailer from the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9 a.m. yesterday.

MISSING ICE MACHINE

• Centralia police took a report about scrap ice machine stolen from behind a business on the 700 block of North Tower Avenue on Friday afternoon.

MISSING BACKPACK

• Someone stole a backpack containing a laptop computer and clothing from the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8 p.m. on Friday.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of West Pine Street where a vehicle had been tagged with spray paint. There is a suspect who lives out of town, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone painted a yellow swastika onto a vacant building on the 300 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

News brief: Mass cash and drugs seized in Centralia

Friday, March 1st, 2013
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Courtesy photo by Centralia Police Department

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police seized pounds of methamphetamine and bundles of cash yesterday morning when they made two traffic stops around 9:40 a.m., one in town and the other north of Centralia on Old Highway 99 in south Thurston County.

Two local men were arrested.

Members of the Centralia Police Department Anti Crime team were working with drug detectives from the Tacoma area, according to Officer John Panco.

Both vehicles were impounded.

In the door panels of a silver Toyota FJ Cruiser, police found more than $110,000 in currency, according to Panco. In the Ford Explorer, a plastic bag containing numerous pounds of meth was discovered, Panco said.

Arrested were Ascencion Ortega Garcia, 34 of Centralia, and Venacio Bastian Tolentino, 37 of Rochester, according to the Centralia Police Department. Both are citizens of Mexico, according to Panco.

The arrests grew out of an ongoing investigation, according to police.

Panco said he understood the men were booked into the Thurston County Jail.

Panco said police are not releasing any more details at this time.

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Courtesy photo by Centralia Police Department

Breaking news: Gunshot injury in south Lewis County

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Updated at 1:19 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 53-year-old man is being airlifted after a gunshot accident during target practice with his 12-year-old son near Vader.

Deputies were called shortly after 12:30 p.m. to the 200 block of Telegraph Road.

“They had some sort of problem with the gun and were trying to fix it when the man was shot in the hand,” Cmdr. Steve Aust said. “It was a ‘through and through’.”

The boy was standing nearby when it happened and got some scrapes, possibly from getting hit with bone fragments from his father, Aust said.

Aust said the hand injury itself is not life threatening, but there were concerns about the amount of blood loss.

Just two days ago, a 40-year-old man accidentally fired a 9 mm bullet through his hand and into his wife’s thigh outside a shopping center in Chehalis.

Police said the Rochester resident had just purchased a new holster and was putting his gun inside it in the parking lot at Sunbird Shopping Center.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Updated at 6:50 p.m.

WARRANT SEARCH TURNS UP MISSING COMPUTER

• A 34-year-old Centralia woman was jailed after police served a search warrant yesterday at her home on the 400 block of South Silver Street. According to Centralia police, they found a stolen laptop computer and methamphetamine. Maria E. Zuniga was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PROWLER JAILED

• Police arrested a 50-year-old Centralia man for vehicle prowl and a warrant following contact with him about 5:45 p.m. yesterday at the 100 block of West Street in Centralia. Alan R. Moody was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: REPEAT OFFENDER

• A 23-year-old man arrested overnight for stealing a car in Chehalis told police he’d just gotten out of prison for vehicle theft, according to police. Officers saw a car go into a parking lot at Ace Hardware on the 700 block of South Market Boulevard around 2:15 a.m., at about the same time they learned the 1991 Mazda 626 had been stolen from the 1500 block of National Avenue, according to the Chehalis Police Department. They contacted a man walking away and arrested him. Kevin C. Huey, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Officer Linda Bailey.

BURGLARY WINLOCK AREA

• A deputy took a report yesterday of a burglary at the 500 block of Winlock-Vader Road in which several pieces of antique jewelry were stolen as well as a Honda 2000-watt generator. The theft occurred during the daytime on Monday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $2,300, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS MISSING

• Pain medications were reported stolen yesterday from the 900 block of South Schueber Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday by an individual who said her pain meds were stolen, although she wasn’t certain where from. The case is being referred for further investigation.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called about 4:15 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Tilley Road where an individual said they learned from their bank that two other people are using their social security number. The matter is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PORCH THEFT

• Chehalis police were called late yesterday afternoon about a FedEx package believed to have been delivered that morning to Northeast Boistfort Street that was gone by the time the expected recipient got home.

MISSING MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

• A trombone accidentally left at the train station in Centralia was nowhere to be found when its owner returned yesterday afternoon to check, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AIRPORT PROWLER

• Morton police say they are investigating if any items are missing after a call last week about someone possibly rummaging through open hangers at the airport.

OVERTURNED BOAT ON MAYFIELD LAKE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a man in his 40s for boating under the influence after he and his passenger were retrieved from Mayfield Lake this afternoon. A deputy responding just after 3 p.m. to a call about an overturned boat learned that a passersby helped rescue the pair in the area of Ike Kinswa park, according to the sheriff’s office. Timothy L. Smith, the boat’s operator who is from Renton, said his 44-year-old passenger was on the bow of the boat urinating and when he moved, it shook the boat so much he tumbled into the water, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Then Smith tried to pull him out, flipping the craft, Brown said. Both were hospitalized for hypothermia or possible hypothermia, according to the sheriff’s office.

WOMAN SAYS SHE LOST TODDLER

• An employee at K-Mart in Chehalis contacted police about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to let them know they’d gotten a phone call from a woman who said she forgotten her 3-year-old child at the store earlier. A search of the premises didn’t turn up any unattended children, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Further details were not readily available.

DISORDERLY TRIO

• Chehalis police responded to a complaint about 12:20 a.m. today that three males were sitting at the bus stop on North Market Boulevard with drinks in their hands and were spitting and peeing everywhere. No arrests were made.

WRECK

• A Rochester man was one of two people injured when his car was rear ended by a motor home and shoved into a semi truck on southbound Interstate 5 yesterday near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Troopers called about 1:25 p.m. to the scene reported Jason L. Miller, 33, of Rochester, was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier that was impounded when he was transported to St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. He was treated and has been released, according to a hospital spokesperson. The cause of the collision remains under investigation, according to the Washington  State Patrol.