Archive for September, 2013

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 30th, 2013


• An 18-year-old inmate-student at Green Hill School for boys was arrested for custodial assault after allegedly kicking and punching workers who tried to remove him from his cell when he broke something with a toilet seat. It happened on Friday morning at the state-run juvenile detention facility on Southwest 11th Street in Chehalis, according to police.


• Police were called just after noon on Friday to the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia regarding the theft of gas and parts stolen from a vehicle. Police have identified a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A 33-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday for allegedly fighting in a park on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. James D. Sutherland was arrested for disorderly conduct and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Deputies called about 9 p.m. on Saturday to a physical dispute at the 1400 block of state Route 6 west of Chehalis ended up arresting Jamie L. Costalaz, 34, Chehalis, for possession of methamphetamine. One count of misdemeanor assault will be recommended in connection with the case as well, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.


• Police arrested a 37-year-old Centralia woman for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant about 11:15 p.m. on Friday after contacting her at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Kati J. Bocook was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 28-year-old man from Kent was arrested for possession of both methamphetamine and heroin after he was contracted by police at the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia on Friday night. Steven C.M. Elmendorf, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.  He is being released without charges pending further investigation.


• A 15-year-old boy was arrested about 10 p.m. on Saturday after he was caught allegedly painting graffiti on buildings in the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. The suspect was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two people fromTacoma were arrested for allegedly attempting to break onto a coin box of the tire air machine at the Shell station on Williams Street in Mossyrock on Thursday. An officer responding around 1 a.m. contacted Benton N. Gilleo, 46, and Kristine D. Riggs, 44, according to the Morton Police Department. Both were cited for numerous misdemeanors and then released pending their court dates, according to police.


• A 20-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence as well as reckless driving when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree on the 800 block of South Street in Centralia on Friday night. Officers responding about 10:40 p.m. found a passenger was injured, according to the Centralia Police Department. Enrique Z. Tennison, from Spanaway, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Centralia police responded to a school bus versus vehicle minor collision just before 1 p.m. on Friday at North Pearl Street and Fremont Avenue. There were no injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• The 21-year-old driver of the van that rolled several times before coming to rest on its side in a ditch along the 400 block of Coal Creek Road in Chehalis late Saturday afternoon is to be cited for speeds too fast for conditions, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Melissa R. Hall failed to negotiate a curve, according to the sheriff’s office. The Chehalis woman and her passenger from Castle Rock, also 21 years old, were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. The 2004 Nissan Quest was described by the sheriff’s office as totaled.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, violating protection order, driving with suspended license, shoplifting; responses for alarms, minor and non-injury collisions, stolen cell phones, bar dispute, family dispute, homeless cats, suspicious persons, possible burglary, suspected drunken driver, vehicle rolling into mailboxes, suspicious circumstances in that lug nuts on a vehicle may have been loosened by someone (or come loose on their own);  complaint of teenagers having sex inside a car … and more.

Breaking news: Strong-arm robbery suspect sought in Chehalis

Monday, September 30th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A worker at Jack-in-the-Box in Chehalis was robbed of a bank bag this morning and police have yet to find the thief.

Officers called about 9 a.m. to the 100 block of Interstate Avenue near the freeway learned the manager was out back when she was confronted by a man in his late 20s, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

“The dude stepped out from behind a bush, grabbed the bag and ran,” detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

The woman was unhurt, he said.

A track was conducted a with a police dog, but was unsuccessful, he said.

The man was wearing a dark hoodie and described only as a white male wearing a dark hoodie, according to Wilson. The bank deposit bag contained only about $300, according to police.

Police nearly open fire on Rochester man with cap gun

Monday, September 30th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Rochester resident is “extremely” fortunate he didn’t get shot when he allegedly pointed a very real looking toy gun at police on a busy Centralia street yesterday afternoon.

Officers were called about 1 p.m. to a report a man was walking up the 1200 block of North Pearl Street waving a pistol in the air and pointing it at people, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Sgt. Stacy Denham said the man aimed his gun at two officers, who had their weapons drawn but didn’t fire because innocent people in oncoming cars could have been hit.

The subject continued to walk closer to a residential area and ignore police commands, while the officers followed him until backup arrived, Denham said.

Denham said when he got on the scene, he positioned his patrol car to protect block vehicles which had pulled to the side of the road.

“I was able to see the gun in his right hand, finally he stopped, turned and faced me,” Denham said. “I drew my pistol. He dropped his.”

The all black cap gun from the front looked exactly like a snub nosed pistol, Denham said.

Roy A. Dever, 53, is from Rochester. Police don’t know exactly what he was up to, Denham said.

“The only thing he did say, along with a lot of other rantings, he wished he would have forced us to shoot him,” Denham said.

Denham said he did have a clear shot at the man in that final moment.

“He’s extremely lucky he didn’t get shot,” he said.

Dever was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for three counts of first-degree assault.

News brief: Four injured in Saturday crashes

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 19-year-old Silver Creek resident is listed in serious condition this afternoon following a wreck last night in which his Ford Bronco ran off state Route 508 and into a tree.

Troopers called about 8:30 p.m. to the scene approximately two miles west of Onalaska found the vehicle was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. Cody G. Birdwell was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with his injuries, according to the state patrol.

According to the investigating trooper, Birdwell was eastbound and traveling too fast when he lost control of his 1984 Bronco and served off the road. Defective tires contributed as well, according to the trooper.

Also yesterday, a 35-year-old Chehalis man was going too fast when he took the southbound Interstate 5 offramp at milepost 71 near Napavine, left the roadway to the right and came to rest in the ditch.

A trooper called about 10:50 p.m. reports Jared N. Collins was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and then on to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. His GMC pickup was damaged and towed; Collins faces a charge of driving under the influence, according to the trooper.

And two women were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital following an approximately 5:15 p.m. wreck on the 400 block of Coal Creek Road in Chehalis. Firefighters responding to the scene found a van on its side, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

One of the occupants was more seriously injured than the other, according to Firefighter Kyle Eiswald.

CORRECTION: This news item has been updated to reflect the correct title for Firefighter Kyle Eiswald.

News brief: Second weekend storm on its way

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A powerful and damaging windstorm forecast for tonight is expected to make landfall much farther north but could bring gusts of up to 55 mph to the areas around Centralia and Olympia.

Also, several inches of rain are expected to drive the Newaukum River in Lewis County and the Skokomish River in Mason County above flood stage tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

The wind advisory and flood warning were issued around noon today. This is round two of weekend bad weather.

Winds in the local area could blow 20 to 35 mph, with the strongest expected this evening, according to the weather service.

Minor flooding is predicted with many roads and areas around the Newaukum and its forks to become inundated with water. The Newaukum River should crest about 11 a.m. tomorrow, about one foot above flood stage, according to the forecasters.

A flood watch was put into place through tomorrow morning for the lower Chehalis River in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties.


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Also, watch for up-to-the-minute reports from your neighbors around greater Lewis County on Lewis County Siren’s Facebook page.

Prosecutor: Big Bottom bust informant not reliable

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The one remaining person from this summer’s so-called Big Bottom Bust in Randle is a free man after prosecutors dismissed his drug charges.

Marty Joe Mullins, 48, was among seven individuals charged in Lewis County Superior Court with delivery of methamphetamine after the June raids in which 10 people were jailed.


June 7, 2013, Randle

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said the only evidence he had Mullins sold meth came from the confidential informant whose credibility is tainted by mental health issues.

“Our informant committed a new offense himself, and quite frankly, he’s not reliable,” Meagher said yesterday.

Mullins had been charged with two counts of delivery, based on transactions that purportedly occurred last April and May at his home on Kiona Road.

Meagher went to a judge a week ago Friday and got the case dismissed. It’s dismissed without prejudice, meaning if someday the informant is reliable again, the charges can be refiled, Meagher said.

Meagher said the informant was arrested for harassment, but he likely won’t be filing a charge against him.

The operation that included some 25 law enforcement personnel and was coordinated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Regional Task Force included 14 undercover “buys” conducted by the same person, according to authorities.

The informant’s contact information in court documents is listed as sheriff’s detective Jeffrey Humphrey who remains on paid administrative leave after getting arrested earlier this month for driving under the influence in Chehalis. Two weeks ago, Meagher said only “maybe” as to whether Humphrey’s situation would affect Mullins’ case.

The other six individuals have all made plea deals, with three of them already sentenced for possession. Three of them have not yet been sentenced.

The June law enforcement action was named after the Big Bottom Valley some 50 miles east of Interstate 5 in which it took place.

For background, read “Seven charged for dealing meth in Randle” from Tuesday June 11, 2013, here

News brief: ‘Crazed’ assault victim tries to drive away in police car

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 35-year-old woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly attempting to steal a police car in the parking lot at the King Oscar Motel in Centralia.

Officers were called about 3:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of Eckerson Road when an individual reported witnessing a woman get assaulted. The suspect was gone and when police tried to talk with the apparent victim, she wouldn’t respond and kept walking away, but then suddenly ran and jumped into the front seat of one of the police cruisers, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The key was in the ignition and the car was running, according to police.

Sgt. Stacy Denham said an officer climbed in with her and when the woman put the car in reverse, he threw it into park. They struggled. She put it in drive and he shoved it back into park, Denham said.

The entire time, she was screaming, kicking, scratching and not responding to questions or commands, Denham said. It appeared she was high on some type of drugs, he said.

“She was almost crazed,” he said.

Officers dragged her out of the vehicle and arrested her for third-degree assault and attempted vehicle theft, according to Denham. One officer was reportedly left with several scratches on his hands and arms.

Malynda M. Murphy was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

Denham said this morning police are still trying to locate the assault suspect, but don’t have much information from Murphy about what may have occurred.

News brief: House of Rising Son owner in trouble with state agency

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Chehalis woman who operated halfway houses in Lewis County and was arrested earlier this year for alleged prescription drug dealing is now facing new criminal charges for allegedly receiving workers compensation benefits and working at the same time.

Judy Chafin-Williams, 61, collected more than $90,000 since the autumn of 2006 following an on-the-job injury while she was a caregiver at Tiffin House in Centralia, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

According to charging documents, she submitted dozens of claims stating she could not work because of the injury. However, Chafin-Williams was working when she operated the House of the Rising Son and other homes for released prisoners and homeless persons, according to L and I.

Chafin-Williams received notice of the new charges on Thursday when she appeared in Lewis County Superior Court in connection with her ongoing case. She was charged with 30 counts of forgery and one count of first-degree theft.

The charges result from an investigation conducted by Labor and Industries.

Last year, the city of Chehalis and Lewis County began filing zoning and health code complaints against her facilities and none are believed to be currently in operation.

She remains free while the new case is pending.

Dog dead after encounter with Chehalis police officer

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Bruce Beauregard reads the police report describing the officer’s version of what happened to his dog.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 68-year-old Chehalis man has contacted an attorney after retrieving his dog from the city animal shelter and finding it had a broken jaw.

Bruce Beauregard is both steaming mad and broken hearted about his 6-year-old Dachshund-mix he called Rowdy.

Beauregard was alarmed when the police officer sent to collect his pet said the dog was aggressive so he “offered him his boot” and then horrified when he saw his dog sitting in the kennel with his head hanging down and his face smashed up. He said he was afraid to look closely, but when he rushed to his veterinarian, his fears were confirmed.

“The poor little guy, he couldn’t even lick me or lick my face,” he said.

The 16-pound dog was euthanized the same day.


Rowdy with broken jaw

The city denies the animal was kicked, but it’s an injury the veterinarian said he hasn’t seen in 30 years of practice. The bone was fractured completely, not just cracked, on both sides, according to Dr. Mark Giffey.

“It’s a little unusual to see both the left and right side, because usually there is an impact site,” Giffey said.

Chehalis Police Department Officer Bruce Thompson stated in a written report the Dachshund lunged at him so he offered the left toe of his shoe as a barrier. Thompson wrote the animal bit the toe and as it shook its head from side to side he heard a snapping sound; the dog let go and backed away.

Police Chief Glenn Schaffer said he has absolutely no doubt it happened the way his officer described.

“What Officer Thompson did is what anybody would do if about to get bit,” Schaffer said. “Offering a dog a shoe to bite is better than offering an arm or a hand.”

For Beauregard, a bachelor, whose constant companion is now buried in his backyard, the explanation doesn’t pass the smell test. He’s hoping his lawyer can make things right.

“I want to prosecute the guy that did this,” he said. “It’s awful, uncalled for and totally inhumane.

“If I did that to my neighbor dog, I know would happen to me. I’d be arrested, put in jail and fined for animal cruelty.”

Rowdy’s stay in the city’s temporary animal holding facility at the end of last month was unplanned. It began the evening of Aug. 23 when Beauregard was pulled over by a Chehalis police officer for weaving down South Market Boulevard and arrested for drunk driving.

According to the police report, the small dog in his truck was very aggressive when a second officer came to take the dog away.

Chief Schaffer points out the two officers got Beauregard out of the back of the patrol car and out of his handcuffs so he could assist in moving the dog. Beauregard said he helped them leash and muzzle Rowdy who was understandably upset.

“He was very protective of me, and didn’t like strangers handling me,” he said.

He said he warned them his pet wouldn’t like going to a kennel, wouldn’t be happy and wouldn’t eat.

Rowdy was taken to the city’s shelter off Kresky Avenue and after the officer finished getting breath samples and filling out paperwork, Beauregard was given his citation and then a ride to his home.

He tried to pick his dog up the following day, he said, but was told he had to wait until Monday morning.

Beauregard’s longtime buddy Scott Fanning who went with him described the same kind of puzzlement and apprehension when Officer Thompson addressed the men before opening the shelter door.

“He said, he was pretty aggressive when I was trying to get him. He was attacking me so I offered him my right boot,” Fanning said.

Once they got inside, they saw Rowdy with blood on his face, his jaw hanging and one tooth bent outward.

The officer was saying he thought the dog’s tooth was hurt and Beauregard was getting hot, asking who did it, who was taking care of his dog, Fanning said.  Thompson replied he didn’t know, he said.

Fanning hustled his friend and the dog out the door and to the veterinary office, he said.

Two weeks later, Fanning said he still gets sick thinking about what transpired between a “big cop and a little dog”.

“I’m still crying, I can’t take it,” Fanning said. “He was one of my dog’s best friends.”

At the Chehalis Centralia Veterinary Hospital, Rowdy was shaking like an outboard motor, Beauregard said.

“I think he said we could probably save him, or we could try to save him,” he said. “I don’t recall exactly. I was crying.”

Fanning said he was too upset to stay at the clinic in support of his friend. Both men knew it wasn’t realistic to to send Rowdy to an orthopedic veterinary specialist who would attach metal plates to the fractures.

“When you get a broken jaw, that’s like a death sentence, cause dogs aren’t gonna lay around and suck on a straw and watch TV while they heal,” Fanning said.

Dr. Giffey said he’s thought about it a lot, wondering if the force of a dog’s jaw closing on a boot is strong enough to break the bones. It’s something he’s never encountered in three decades of treating animals, he said.

Whether twisting or shaking could explain it, would be a question for an orthopedist, he said.

“The police officer was the only witness to the injury, so I guess that’s where it stands at,” Giffey said. “I haven’t seen that myself.”

Weeks later, Beauregard is spending more time fishing with his friends and less time at home, because his quiet house reminds him that Rowdy’s dead.

“For six years he slept with me, never left my side,” he said. “Day and night, 24 -seven. It’s pretty strange not having him.”

But hanging out on the Cowlitz River fishing with his buddies who always bring along their dogs isn’t entirely better.

“Out there, all these dogs out there running around, and mine’s not there,” he said.


Bruce Beauregard holds a rain jacket clad Rowdy at a family birthday party.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Multiple vehicles were damaged in a parking lot mishap at Wal-Mart. / Courtesy photo

Updated at 8:10 p.m.


• An 83-year-old motorist was unhurt when her foot apparently slipped as she was attempting to park at Wal-Mart yesterday morning and she crashed into several parked cars. Her vehicle sideswiped two of them, T-boned a third and shoved one into another, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. She also jumped a curb, Fire Capt. Ted McCarty said. Nobody else was injured. Her vehicle wasn’t so bad but there was quite a lot of damage to other cars, McCarty said. A police spokesperson didn’t have any information if the driver was issued a citation.


• Firefighters called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis found flames of 20 to 25 feet climbing up the side of a large fir tree. They were doused with a fire hose. A pair of 13-year-old boys apparently were playing with a lighter, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. “They were lighting the sap, that’s what they told us,” Fire Capt. Ted McCarty said. McCarty said the case will be referred to a fire department program for juvenile fire setters. A police spokesperson didn’t know if any other action would be taken.


• Police were called to Applebees restaurant on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis about 2:30 p.m. yesterday to a report a woman with children passed a possibly counterfeit $100 bill. Further details were not readily available.


• Police were called about 2:15 a.m. today to the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard when a man working inside Safeway heard noise on the roof as though a person was trying to get inside the pharmacy. An arriving officer was unable to locate anyone, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• A 40-year-old Winlock woman was arrested last night after she allegedly kicked and pounded on a neighbors door and windows shortly after “crashing through the door” of another neighbor’s home and “crashing” through their bathroom door. When police arrived to the 400 block of Byham Road they were told Heather Y.M. Caupain and friends had drank a half gallon of alcohol and one neighbor who held Caupain to the ground was left with scrapes, bruises and a scratch, according to charging documents. The neighbor said the woman was scaring his wife and small children, according to court documents. Caupain appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon where she was released on $10,000 unsecured bond and ordered not to drink. She is charged with residential burglary, misdemeanor assault and second-degree trespass.


The Olympian reports a 35-year-old man was arrested at his Tenino home on Wednesday night in connection with a large weekend fight outside the Eagles lodge in which a 27-year-old woman was found laying in the gravel with broken bones in her face. News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes the Lacey woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.


• Bail was set at $100,000 today for a 58-year-old Packwood man arrested for his sixth DUI. Curt R. Wegner was contacted on the side of U.S. Highway 12 in front of the Packwood Fire Station yesterday evening by a trooper looking for an erratically driven pickup truck which reportedly nearly collided with several vehicles. Charging documents allege Wegner was unsteady on his feet, swaying as much as eight inches in all directions and fell onto the side of the patrol car before falling to the ground. His blood alcohol level was above .25 and he did not have a required alcohol interlock device in his vehicle, according to charging documents. A fifth conviction for driving under the influence over a period of 10 years is a felony. Wegner was convicted of felony DUI in 2010, according to charging documents. The offense carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.


• A 16-year-old motorist escaped injury when he swerved to miss a deer crossing the road and slammed into a tree last night. A deputy called about 8:30 p.m. to the 900 block of Burnt Ridge Road in Onalaska found the Onalaska boy was unhurt but his car sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disorderly person, domestic misdemeanor assault, collisions, someone struck by a soda cup, a man walking down the street yelling at the air, squealing tires … and more.

Read about Tenino man mistaken for bank robber at Tumwater bank …

Friday, September 27th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports a Tenino man was treated like a bank robber during a recent visit to Timberland Bank in Tumwater, with employees tripping an alarm that resulted in police drawing their guns and putting him in handcuffs.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes workers thought 59-year-old Thomas Budsberg looked similar to a wanted person they saw on a flyer. Budsberg, a customer, normally uses the branch in Olympia, according to Pawloski.

Read about it here

News brief: Man found dazed amid trash at Centralia dump

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Updated at 5:50 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 56-year-old man is hospitalized with a broken neck after falling from next to his truck into the large container where he was unloading at the Lewis County garbage transfer station in Centralia yesterday.

The man was knocked unconscious and suffered a severe concussion and possibly other broken bones, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Nobody saw him fall in or knew he was down there until someone heard his calls for help, according to authorities.

Firefighters and medics called about noon to the 1400 block of South Tower Avenue helped him up the ladder after he regained consciousness and transported him to Providence Centralia Hospital, Firefighter-Paramedic Jennifer Ternan said. He was transferred to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, she said.

It appeared from reviewing security video there were three customers dropping off debris at the same time and it was less than three minutes before a man in the vehicle adjacent heard the injured man, according to Paulette Young, the county risk manager who was summoned to the scene.

The container, about the size of an open-topped semi truck trailer, was about half full of trash and debris, according to Ternan. The man fell 10 to 12 feet, Ternan said.

The situation could have been far worse given the various materials piled up inside.

“He lucked out,” she said. “It was (still) a long fall, and he fell right on his head.”

CORRECTION: This news item has been updated to correctly reflect the manner in which the discovery of the accident victim was made.