SENTENCING SET FOR TODAY IN DEATH OF 2-YEAR-OLD KORALYNN FISTER
• James Reeder, the 26-year-old Centralia resident who pleaded guilty to multiple offenses in connection with last year’s death of his girlfriend’s toddler, Koralynn Fister, is scheduled to go before a judge this morning to be sentenced to prison. Reeder was convicted in January of homicide by abuse, second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree rape of a child and possession of methamphetamine. He made a so-called Alford plea in which he acknowledged a jury hearing the evidence would likely find him guilty, but acknowledged no wrongdoing.
• A man called Centralia police yesterday morning to report someone used his credit card to purchase three laptop computers at the Best Buy store in Federal Way. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.
UNDER THE INFLUENCE
• Police arrested a 42-year-old Centralia woman for driving under the influence after she lost control of her car and struck the guide wire to a utility pole at Galvin and Eshom roads at about 8:20 p.m. yesterday. Laura K. Harrison was reportedly not injured and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• An 18-year-old Centralia driver was arrested after he “whipped to the side of the road” without signaling as a patrol car approached from behind and his passenger jumped out of the moving vehicle yesterday afternoon. The officer suspected the driver, Tyler D. Wright, was under the influence of drugs, during the approximately 4:20 p.m. traffic stop on the 600 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, and Wright admitted using marijuana and methamphetamine, Sgt. Stacy Denham said. Wright was subjected to a blood test and then booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Police were called just before 1 a.m. where unknown subject broke windshields of two vehicles at the 600 block of Alder Street in Centralia and then fled the area.
• Centralia police now say the teenagers detained for a graffiti spree aren’t gang members at all, just artists. Edgar Ramirez-Dado, 18, and his 15-year-old companion were caught Sunday night with paint on their hands after an officer found wet spray paint on a vacant building on South Tower Avenue. Police said they were suspected in at least 20 instances of tagging. Ramirez-Dado was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief but released the following day without charges, pending further investigation. Sgt. Stacy Denham said he, and two 15-year-olds, were believed to be leaving their monikers on buildings for “artistic purposes”. Their reason for the vandalism doesn’t prevent criminal charges, but police were still tallying up the damage to help prosecutors decide what degree of crime might be charged, according to Denham.