Archive for February, 2014

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Updated at 12:23 p.m.


• Deputies were called about 12:30 a.m. today to a report from a 40-year-old resident at the 800 block of Cline Road in Randle that he had been stabbed by two males that entered his home. Arriving deputies concluded the assailant was actually his 29-year-old live-in girlfriend, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim had lacerations to his hand but declined aid, Sgt. Rob Snaza said. Kelly A. Holen was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, as well as misdemeanor warrants, according to Snaza.


• A gray 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe was reported stolen yesterday from the 3000 block of South Gate Drive outside Centralia. The victim said it vanished sometime after 8 p.m. on  Wednesday and before 1 p.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It has a license plate reading AIT5247.

Police were called about 3 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Northeast Debra Lane in Chehalis where an individual said their 14-year-old grandson stole their 2007 GMC pickup. The teen was later taken into custody after a subsequent pursuit in Winlock, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Deputies responded about 6:30 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Riblin Road outside Chehalis where someone had broken into a shop overnight and made off with a significant amount of tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Locks were cut and surveillance images indicate it may have occurred about 2 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that a deputy took a report on Wednesday morning of a night time break-in to a truck business on the 100 block of Barnes Drive near Toledo. Someone used a pry bar at a back entry and made off with $300 cash, according to the sheriff’s office.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that a deputy took a report on Wednesday night of a burglary at the 100 block of Smokey Ridge Road in Onalaska in which numerous power tools, including a table saw, were stolen, totaling about $900.

• Chehalis police were called about 3 p.m. on Wednesday to a home on Southwest William Avenue where the back door was kicked in. Police suspect it may be a person know to the resident, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report about 5 p.m. yesterday from the 400 block of West Plum Street of someone breaking through a fence and stealing a set of wheels.


• Centralia police responded about 9:30 a.m. yesterday to the 800 block of Eshom Road where a 15-year-old girl was cited and then released for allegedly being in possession of alcohol at school.


• Responders had to go through a sun roof earlier this morning to extricate a motorist who rolled his Jeep several times near U.S. Highway 12 and Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound. It was about 12:30 a.m. and the vehicle came to rest about 50 yards behind the AM/PM store, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. The lone occupant, a man in his 20s or 30s, was transported to Providence St. peter Hospital in Olympia, Chief Robert Scott said.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, possible protection order violation, possible burglary that turned out to be unfounded, marijuana found in cell at Green Hill School, collisions on city streets, collision with a cow on a county road … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, February 27th, 2014


• Fire broke out inside a Vader home during the night, drawing members of Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20 to the 500 block of C Street. Crews called about 2:30 a.m. attacked the flames from both inside and outside the single-wide mobile home, according to Fire Chief Richard Underdahl. The resident said she was reading when she smelled something and checked her wood stove and even went outside to look at the chimney, Underdahl said. When she came back in, she saw flames around the ceiling tile, he said. “We were able to knock it down and keep the flames contained to to the living room, kitchen area,” he said. The woman was treated at the scene for chest pain and trouble breathing, perhaps mostly from the stress of getting her pets and some belongings out, he said. Underdahl said two small birds were evacuated. Firefighters were called back about 6 a.m. today, when someone observed some books on a shelf smoking, he said. One half of the mobile home was left untouched, but she is staying with friends or family, he said. The cause is under investigation.


• Police are investigating an incident in Mossyrock in which someone apparently broke into a home, stole a key and then made off with a vehicle while a family slept. An officer called about 6 o’clock on Tuesday morning to the 100 block of Hazel Street found there were pry marks on the back door, according to the Morton Police Department. The perpetrator was gone when the residents woke up, there was no contact, Police Chief Dan Mortensen said. “They kind of prowled around the bathroom, found a key and stole a (Dodge) Durango,” Mortensen said. “It was white.” Mortensen, who didn’t handle the call himself, said he is going to be looking into the incident further today. He said he understood there were cars prowled in two other locations in the area during the same time frame.


• Centralia police were called to the Social Security office on the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road about 11:15 a.m. yesterday when an individual became uncooperative after being told by a security person he couldn’t bring a knife into a federal building. Anthony N. Parkins, 32, from Raymond, was arrested for obstruction of a federal law enforcement officer as well as outstanding King County warrants, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was taken to be booked in the federal detention center, Sgt. Carl Buster said.

Deputy Sgt. Snaza kicks off campaign for sheriff of Lewis County

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Rob Snaza addresses a large gathering this morning in Chehalis as fundraising begins in earnest for his campaign to be elected sheriff.

Updated at 9:24 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – While Deputy Sgt. Rob Snaza announced via Facebook nearly a year ago he was running for sheriff of Lewis County, his campaign kick off breakfast this morning attracted some 150 individuals.

Current Sheriff Steve Mansfield told the crowd he endorsed him; his twin brother Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza introduced him.

Snaza told those assembled at the Lewis County Veterans Museum in Chehalis one of his three focuses will be rooting out career criminals.

“I’m going to go after those individuals dealing drugs and committing burglaries,” he said.

Mansfield spoke of the sergeant’s passion for making felony arrests – having been involved in more of them than any other deputy during Mansfield’s time with the office, Snaza spoke of carrying out requests by the sheriff to track people down.

“I’ve had to tell these people, I do not want you in this community, if you don’t want to be a true comitter,” Snaza said.

Mansfield called Snaza a responsible, respectful, fair and caring person who has been preparing himself for the post. Mansfield said he’s already been sharing some of the ins and outs of the position with him. And he offered a thought about the role of the sheriff.

“People don’t really care how much you know in this job, they only want to know you care,” Mansfield said.

Snaza’s other areas of interest should he be elected will be continuing to provide a no-frills jail and community partnerships, wanting to be in the schools, in the neighborhoods and involved with business and community leaders, he said.

Snaza is the SWAT leader and also the supervisor of the  Lewis County Regional Crime Task Force. He’s also one of three elected persons on the board of commissioners for Lewis County Fire District 5 in Napavine, where he says he’s learned about budgeting.

Earlier this month, he was one of two deputies to be presented with Mansfield’s new Guardian Award.

“If you can find someone more passionate, I want to meet him,” Rob Snaza said.

Snaza is running as a Republican. His brother, who ran as an Independent in 2010 in Thurston County, is running now for a second term.

He asked for the support of those gathered. Mark Anders of the Lewis County Republicans asked for their contributions.

Records filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission indicate a little more than $6,000 cash raised on behalf of Sgt. Snaza’s candidacy since he registered last June.

Snaza is the chair of the Citizens to Elect Rob Snaza, his wife Jennie Snaza is the vice-chair and the treasurer is listed as Debbie Hamilton of Chehalis.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that someone tried to set fire to a Winlock man’s truck while it was parked in his driveway. The 57-year-old from Otter Fox Lane called 911 on Monday morning after finding the vehicle’s door ajar and a burned box of tissue on the seat, according to the sheriff’s office. He said he had parked it unlocked about 4:30 p.m. on Friday and made the discovery about 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. It left a large burn spot that will cost about $100 to repair, according to Brown.


• Someone stole a beehive from the Fort Borst Park garden sometime during the past two weeks. Police called yesterday to the 2000 block of Borst Avenue describe the hive as lavender and bright blue, a wooden box with a metal top.


• Someone cut a lock from a storage unit in Silver Creek and stole more than $1,000 worth of valuables including 32-inch television, an HP computer monitor, a stereo system, a Husky rolling tool chest and four wine goblets, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding yesterday to the 100 block of Chief Umptux Road learned the break-in occurred sometime since mid-January, according to the sheriff’s office.


• Police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to the 800 block of West First Street in Centralia when someone stole a Mongoose BMX bicycle while its owner was in a store. The suspect was described as a male walking with another male and a pit bull, according to the Centralia Police Department. The bike had red grips, police report.


• A 22-year-old Morton resident was arrested yesterday evening after he was observed prowling at least two vehicles in the Chehalis Jack-in-the-Box parking lot. An officer responding about 6:30 p.m. to Interstate Avenue was told he knew the vehicle’s owners, but at least one of them said that wasn’t so, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nothing was taken so Jence S. Sawyer was arrested for attempted vehicle prowl and then released, according to police.


• Centralia police responding about 10:20 p.m. yesterday to an underage drinking party at the 800 block of West Pear Street arrested two individuals for obstruction. Stephanie M. Morales-Felix, 20, and Angel R. Morales-Felix, 19 both of Centralia, were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Just before 11 p.m. in the same area, a third person – 21-year-old Centralian Adrian G. Torresdrahos– was arrested for interfering with a police investigation and booked for the same alleged offense.


• A 41-year-old Centralia woman was arrested last night for driving under the influence of alcohol after allegedly crashing her car into a light pole in Centralia and then running away. Officers responding about 5 p.m. to North Gold and East Main streets say Kimberly K. Torres fled to a friend’s house where she was subsequently located. Torres was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, rock-throwing girls, collisions on city streets, shoplifting and other misdemeanor thefts, a homeless person’s campfire built near train tracks … and more.

News brief: Crab feed Saturday in Tenino

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The fire department in Tenino is holding its annual fundraiser this coming Saturday, a crab feed.

Doors open at 3 p.m. at the station and they will stop serving at 7 p.m., according to Tina Vanderhoof, administrative chief for Thurston County Fire District 12.

The event, hosted by the Thurston County 12 Firefighters Association, is held to raise money for equipment that isn’t covered in their budget.

Last year with the money that came in, they purchased new bunk beds, extra long ones that made some of the taller volunteers very happy, Vanderhoof said. A portion of the proceeds was also shared with various youth groups, she said.

Tickets are $30. On the menu is crab, spaghetti and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014


• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 1500 block of South Gold Street regarding what they think is an overseas company that enticed the victim to order two cell phones for $200 and shipped her perfume instead. The female who contacted police yesterday said she sent a money order for her expected items after getting a phone solicitation from “T-max”, according to the Centralia Police Department. She called the business to complain about the mixup, and despite assurances they would send a refund, they haven’t, according to police.


• A deputy was called to a building belonging to the state Department of Natural Resources in Morton about noon yesterday regarding a break-in that occurred sometime since last Tuesday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Someone damaged the shop entry door at the 500 block of state Route 7, although it didn’t appear they took anything, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 17-year-old girl was arrested for trespassing overnight after an officer observed wet foot prints leading up to a vacant house and found her in its basement. It was about 1:20 a.m. at the 1100 block of Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis, according to police. Officers suspect people have been going inside the residence to use drugs, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The girl was turned over to a relative, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.


• A 1993 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck was discovered missing yesterday morning from a business on the 1600 block of Lum Road in Centralia. A deputy called to investigate learned it must have been taken between 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It has a license plate reading B61647W, according to the sheriff’s office.


• A 22-year-old Centralia resident was arrested last night for possession of methamphetamine when he was picked up on an outstanding warrant. Tanner Z.R. Russell, was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer about 11:45 p.m. at the 400 block of West Main Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.


U.S. Highway 12 near White Pass was closed for several hours after an eastbound semi truck driver lost control on a corner, struck the guard rail and jackknifed blocking all lanes. Troopers responding just before 3 a.m. to the scene 18 miles east of Packwood report the driver declined aid. The 2014 International hauling two trailers was towed and the road reopened just before 8:30 a.m., according to authorities. James L. Lavine, 31, from Eatonville, was to be cited for speed too fast for conditions, according to the Washington State Patrol.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, domestic misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for possible violation of no contact order, collisions on city streets … and more.

Read about deadly Toledo wreck results in two-decade sentence for driver …

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Vancouver) Columbian reports the fatal single-vehicle crash into a power pole in Toledo in November has led to a 20-year sentence for the driver, Jonathon K. Reno, 42, of Vancouver, Wash.

News reporter Paris Achen writes the lengthy term imposed yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court was the result of stiffer sentencing guidelines for vehicular homicide enacted in 2012 and Reno’s extensive history; which included three DUIs and convictions for reckless driving as well as attempted vehicular assault in 2006.

Troopers said Reno was intoxicated and traveling at a high rate of speed when his Honda Accord struck a guard rail and utility pole at Jackson Highway near Ray Road the evening of Nov. 10. His passenger Adam W. Newstrom, 28, of Vancouver, Wash. was killed.

Read more here

News Brief: Bus, log truck collide on U.S. Highway 12

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Lewis Mountain Highway Transit bus is towed after wreck this morning in Glenoma with log truck. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol.

Updated at 1:27 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A collision between a loaded log truck and a bus on U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma this morning sent at least four people to the hospital.

Aid was called about 6 a.m. to the scene near Wills Road where the driver of the Lewis Mountain Highway Transit had made a U-turn to pick up a passenger, according to authorities.

Photographs shared by a spokesperson for the Washington State Patrol suggest damage to the vehicles was moderate. It’s not clear how many passengers the bus was carrying or how many were injured.

Four individuals were brought to Morton General Hospital and all are in stable condition, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The Morton-based bus service makes round trips each day between Packwood and the Twin Cities.

Trooper Will Finn indicated at about 7 o’clock this morning the incident was partially blocking the highway and had punctured the fuel tank of the log truck. Finn said at 8 a.m. to expect delays for another couple of hours.

The bus driver was at the hospital getting X-rayed for head and neck pain, according to Finn. A 16-year-old passenger, Jonathan Thompson of Randle, was taken to the hospital by a private party, according to the investigating trooper.

Both vehicles were westbound, and the bus attempted a U-turn in front of the log truck, according to the state patrol.

Finn indicates the bus services allows for flag down by riders, however the driver, Richard L. Hamstreet, 69, of Randle, can expect a citation for improper U-turn, according to the investigating trooper.

James P. Pence, 59, of Randle, the driver of the 2001 Kenworth reportedly is uninjured.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Updated at 5:40 p.m.


• Two boys are in trouble after shooting BBs at traffic striking at least 10 vehicles yesterday in Centralia, according to police. No injuries were reported but windows were broken in two cases, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police were called about 12:30 p.m. by one victim to the 900 block of Alder Street. Officers spoke to neighbors and were led to the suspects, according to Sgt. Stacy Denham. The youths, ages 12 and 14, said they were doing it to hear the BBs bounce off the metal, he said. The boys were not taken into custody, but the case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors for a charging decision, according to police. Denham said police suspect there are several victims with as yet undiscovered damage, and urges them to call the police department.

• A 44-year-old Toledo man is in trouble after he allegedly threw a beer can at an approaching vehicle on the 1600 block of Winlock-Vader Road breaking its windshield last night. A deputy contacted about 10:30 p.m. by the 48-year-old woman somehow tracked down the suspect, Brian K. Vanhoof and arrested him for second-degree malicious mischief, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rob Snaza said. The damage to the woman’s pickup truck is estimated at more than $1,000, Snaza said. Vanhoof was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Snaza said he didn’t know if the two were acquainted. He is to be released pending possible charging in Lewis County District Court.

• Centralia police took a report about 9:10 p.m. on Saturday from the 1200 block of Rhobina Street in which someone broke the side window out of a parked car.


• A residence on the 3600 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia was burglarized on Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with as much as $2,400 worth of valuables stolen. Someone pried open a back door to the mobile home and used something like a skill saw to cut through a wall of a detached shop stealing numerous items; among them a rifle, ammunition, a television, tools, check books, credit cards and prescription medication, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Someone burglarized a house on the 100 block of Union Avenue outside Centralia sometime between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Friday, stealing a muzzle loader, a box of ammunition, an Xbox, a camera and numerous other valuables totaling about $1,300. A responding deputy learned from the 52-year-old victim that she discovered her dogs were out and found she had been broken into, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There was no forced entry into the home, and deputies are working on leads regarding a number of suspects, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza.


• Chehalis police were called about 8:25 a.m. on Saturday about a red 1993 Nissan Sentra stolen from its garage on the 100 block of Northeast Coal Creek Road. The two-door car had last been seen about 4 p.m. the day before, Chehalis Police Department Officer Linda Bailey said. It has not yet been found and bears a license plate of 559 VRT, Bailey said this morning.


• A Centralia man in his 20s called police yesterday to report he was assaulted the night before when he confronted a person riding what he believed was his stolen bicycle. Sgt. Stacy Denham said it occurred in the area of the 400 block of West Magnolia Street and when the bike’s owner tried to get his bike back, he was hit and pushed, and the two suspects got away with the bike.


• A 41-year-old Randle man contacted for allegedly making unwarranted reports to 911 and then calling a deputy’s cell phone more than a dozen times was arrested about 11 p.m. on Friday at the 600 block of Silver Creek Road in Randle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Charles K. Arnold had been told to stop calling but didn’t and when he was contacted a scuffle ensued that led to him getting tased, according to the sheriff’s office. Arnold was booked into the Lewis County Jail for telephone harassment, resisting arrest and two counts of third-degree assault, Sgt. Rob Snaza said.


• A complaint of a male touching another individual inappropriately on a school bus on its way to W.F. West High School in Chehalis on Friday is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• A shoplifting suspect was booked into the Lewis County Jail last night after a hypodermic needle and white crystal substance was located with her. Judy L. Howell, 32, of Kelso was contacted at Wal-Mart and arrested for possession of drugs, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 20-year-old Centralia resident was arrested about 8 p.m. on Saturday for a warrant and being a minor in possession of marijuana. Brenna M. Layton was contacted by police at the 1200 block of Alder Street and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Numerous valuables left at the Midway Cinema in Chehalis over the past two months and held in their lost and found were turned over to the Chehalis Police Department this weekend, including cell phones, wallets, purses, a camera and IDs, according to police.

• A bag containing prescription medication discovered on a fence on the 500 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis was tuned over to the Chehalis Police Department last night, according to police.


• A deputy responding about 2 p.m. yesterday to a collision between a car and a utility pole on the 300 block of Cedar Creek Road outside Toledo found the vehicle unoccupied but subsequently located its driver who had suffered injuries to his face and head, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Kameron D. Williams, 22, of Toledo, was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and faces a possible charge of driving under the influence as he admitted he had been drinking, Sgt. Rob Snaza said. His 1999 Nissan 2SX was totaled, according to Snaza.


• The fire that burned a large equipment storage barn at the Shady Firs RV and Mobile Home Park in Randle last night was most likely accidental and appears the cause could have been electrical in nature, according to Lewis County Fire District 14. Firefighters called about 10:25 p.m. to the property at the 10,200 block of U.S. Highway 12 near Young Road found the building fully involved in flames and conducted a strictly defensive operation, Fire Chief Jeff Jeff Jaques said. “There was a lot of value in there, but it was so far along,” he said. As many as 16 personnel from Packwood, Randle and Glenoma battled the blaze for hours, according to the chief. Nobody was injured, but the pole-built structure held tools, a pickup truck, a couple of tractors and equipment used for taking care of the park, Jaques said. It was 80 feet by at least 100 feet in size, with metal siding, he said. The owner is still working on adding up the dollar value of the loss, he said. Jacques said he wasn’t sure if the fire investigator has fully finished his investigation.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, complaints of loud neighbor music … and more.


CORRECTION: The item regarding the stolen Nissan has been updated to reflect police were notified on Saturday morning it was missing, not on Friday morning.

Eighty-year-old twins succumb to exhaust fumes in garage

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Updated at 4:25 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two elderly twin brothers died last night of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from working on a vehicle inside a garage south of Chehalis.

The wife of one of them returned home from a neighbor’s, found the men lying unconscious on the floor inside the garage and called 911, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The men were twins, 80 years old. One was visiting from Rainier, Washington, according to the sheriff’s office.

Lewis County Fire District 5 responding about 6:15 p.m. to 100 block of Ironwood Court found one patient semi conscious and the other unconscious with two or three bystanders performing CPR on him, Chief Eric Linn said.

They were joined by members of Lewis County Fire District 6 and Lewis County Medic One, he said. While some responders took over CPR on the one brother, others treated his sibling and put him on oxygen, Linn said.

Both were transported by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital.

William Schofield, of Chehalis, was pronounced dead at the hospital. His brother was transferred  to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle where he passed away about 3:15 a.m. today, according to authorities.

Linn said a woman suffering anxiety or heart problems believed due to secondary stress was transported to the hospital as well.

Carbon monoxide is created in combustion fumes from gas engines and from other sources such as gas appliances or burning charcoal or wood. People and animals can be poisoned by breathing it, with fatality highest among persons 65 years and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Linn said the ultimate treatment is a decompression chamber, something not found in Lewis County.

“We support the patient the best we can but the definitive treatment is what’s going to make a difference,” he said.

It happened in the Newaukum Village golf course community, Linn said.

The men had been working on the exhaust manifold of an antique car, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Responders said all the doors had been closed. Firefighters’ detectors indicated high levels of carbon monoxide inside.

Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield issued a statement saying how tragic and sad the incident was, urging the public to purchase and use inexpensive carbon monoxide alarms.

“These brothers were simply working on a car together and ended up dying from a silent killer,” Mansfield stated in a news release.

The CDC warns to never run a car or truck in a garage with the garage door closed, as carbon monoxide can build up quickly.

The name of the brother from Rainier isn’t expected to be released by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office before tomorrow.

The CDC offers information about carbon monoxide poisoning’s symptoms and ways to prevent it, here


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CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correctly reflect the hospital in Seattle to which one brother was taken. The sheriff’s office erroneously reported he died at another hospital.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Stolen car recovered and two arrested near Big Hanaford and Downing roads outside Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Aaron Towman



• Two were arrested after a police pursuit overnight that ended near Schaeffer Park outside Centralia when an officer used a patrol car to disable the fleeing vehicle. Both occupants ran but were apprehended nearby, with one of them first trying to get away via the Skookumchuck River, according to the Centralia Police Department. It began around 1 a.m. at the 2400 block of Borst Avenue when police tried to pull over an erratic vehicle which had been involved in two prior reckless driving hit and run incidents, according to police. The driver, Damen J. Kroll, 24 of Centralia, was arrested for eluding, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, police report. Passenger Matthew M. Morris, 21 of Chehalis, at first jumped into the water, but gave up quickly when he discovered how cold the river was, according to police. Morris was arrested for obstruction. The car turned out to be stolen; it’s owner called police after waking up and discovering it was gone, police said. Both men were booked into the Lewis County Jail.


• Members of three fire departments responded yesterday afternoon when a Rochester area resident who’d arrived home only about 15 minutes earlier spotted smoke inside her single-story house. West Thurston Regional Fire Authority called at 4 p.m. to the 10,800 block of Independence Road found fire burning in a wall next to the chimney, spreading up into the attic and down to below the floor, Chief Robert Scott said. Crews tore out some kitchen cabinetry, cut a hole in the roof and extinguished the blaze, he said.  Scott said she’d had fire in her wood stove earlier that morning. He said the brick chimney in the fairly older home was butted up against the tongue-and-groove wall boards, which ignited from the heat. The smoke damage was limited as many of her interior doors were left closed, he said. She is staying is staying with family in the area, according to the chief. It’s a road that just a few days ago that was covered by about 18 inches of flowing water, according to Scott. Had it not yet receded, responders would have had to take a longer route, he said. “Another five or six minutes burning unchecked, this would have been an entirely different story,” Scott said.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants … and more.

Breaking news: Read about Lewis County soldier dies after incident at Fort Bragg …

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina reports a 22-year-old Ethel resident was killed yesterday during a live-fire training exercise at Fort Bragg.


James Groth

James Groth, 22, died and seven other soldiers were hurt in the incident; the cause is under investigation, news reporter Gregory Phillips writes.

Fort Bragg officials report the soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division’s 18th Fires Brigade’s 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment were conducting artillery training with an M777, towed howitzer early yesterday morning.

Read about it here

WNCN in Raleigh, North Carolina has video from its newscast.