Updated at 10:07 p.m.
• A 38-year-old Onalaska man was arrested for unlawful imprisonment yesterday after he allegedly held his mother down on a bed for several hours and refused to let her leave. Deputies called about 4:10 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of state Route 508 found Jeffrey A. Church sleeping on a couch and booked him into the Lewis County Jail also for assault and violation of a protection order, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The mother sustained minor scrapes and bruises; deputies were told he had slapped her in the face, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said she didn’t have any details this morning about why. Church was charged today only with violation of a court order. Charging documents state his mother told a deputy he has been living at the home since he go out of jail in February and that around 11 a.m. yesterday, he jumped onto the bed, put a leg across her shoved her and began calling her names. The slapping went off and on until about 3 p.m. and the mother waited until he went to sleep to call 911, charging documents state.
MOTHER BOOKED FOR ALLEGED CHILD PORN
• The mother of the missing Kayla Croft-Payne has been arrested for alleged possession of child porn. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning Michelle A. Croft, 47, was picked up yesterday at the 500 block of Augustus Street in Toledo following an approximately two-month investigation into reports that she had shown at least two individuals a video she had of a naked 7-year-old girl touching herself. The Toledo resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday for possession of a depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the sheriff’s office. An initial report from the sheriff’s office indicated one person told a detective the video included an unknown male giving the child direction. Croft is to be released from jail instead of being charged, pending further investigation. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said they let Croft go because they don’t have enough evidence to convict her of a crime. Croft’s 18-year-old daughter was reported missing the spring of 2010, when she lived in rural Chehalis. Detectives have investigated numerous pieces of information over the years, that have sent them with a cadaver dog to Toutle area, to digging through wells at a Winlock property and elsewhere. A vigil is scheduled for the fourth anniversary of Kayla Croft-Payne’s disappearance, on April 26 at 1 p.m. at Penny Playground in Chehalis.
TEEN TAKES TRUCK, AGAIN
• Chehalis police responded about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Northeast Debra Lane after a 14-year-old boy allegedly stole his grandparent’s truck, for the third time in recent weeks. He faces a possible charge of taking a motor vehicle without permission, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• A Vader resident is pointing to an 8-year-old boy following the theft of his collection of Pokemon cards. A deputy contacted the 20-year-old victim yesterday and learned the value is more than $1,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The cards and their binders vanished from the 700 block of Main Street sometime since January, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said deputies would like to talk with the suspect whose parents are believed to reside in the Longview-Kelso area, but they’re not putting out a warrant. “He’s 8 years old,” she said.
• Chehalis police were called about noon yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue where a teenage student reported someone stole about $300 from her purse.
• Someone stole a customer’s bag while they were shopping at the 100 block of High Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:15 p.m. yesterday.
• The 48-year-old man arrested on Tuesday for being a felon in possession of a stolen gun as well as possession of heroin in Centralia has also been arrested now by the sheriff’s office for trafficking in stolen property. Fred H. Isaacson, of Centralia, allegedly sold items on Craigslist that were stolen earlier this month from the 500 block of West Reynolds Avenue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The items included eight tires “with nice rims,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. His second arrest, at the jail, came sometime between Tuesday and this morning, according to Brown. Prosecutors this afternoon said Isaacson has a long criminal history, his defense attorney told a judge it wasn’t that extensive. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey set bail at $25,000 in each of the two cases.
• Police were called to the parking lot at Wal-Mart in Chehalis about 1:30 a.m. yesterday when a employee discovered someone had broke into her vehicle and stolen a purse and it contents.
• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 1100 block of Roosevelt Avenue regarding and overnight attempt by someone to pry open the door to a vehicle.
AMMUNITION MAKING ACCIDENT INJURES WORKER
• Emergency responders were called to the bullet manufacturing business in Packwood last night where an employee was injured while loading shells. Firefighters called around 8 p.m. to the Silver State Armory off U.S. Highway 12 transported the worker to Morton General Hospital with minor burns to his head, arms and neck, Lewis County Fire District 10 Chief Lonnie Goble said. “Somehow the primer went off and set off a clip of about 40 primers,” Goble said. The chief said the injuries were minor, but the accident blew off the victim’s safety glasses and he got “stuff” in his eyes. He was released before the night was over, Goble said.
FROM THE COURTHOUSE
• Mark A. Johnson, 61, was charged yesterday not with attempted kidnapping but with attempted child molestation and unlawful imprisonment for incidents police learned about occurring at the Peppertree Motel and RV Park in Centralia involving a 12-year-old boy. Both reside at the Alder Street location and after being contacted by the boy’s father, a detective spoke with the child who said Johnson invited him into his room one day in the recent past where they talked about guitars and four-wheelers when the conversation turned sexual, with the older man asking about girls and the size of the boy’s privates, according to charging documents. The boy told the detective that when he went to leave, Johnson pushed him back down on the bed and then exposed his genitals, charging documents state. The boy pushed the man and was able to run out of the room, according to prosecutors. Johnson had complained to the 12-year-old’s father that the 12-year-old had been “coming on to him,” prosecutors wrote. Police arrested him on Tuesday for or attempted second-degree kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and a warrant, but prosecutors charged him with attempted child molestation and unlawful imprisonment. A judge yesterday ordered Johnson held on $100,000 bail.
• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning an 18-year-old Ethel resident was issued a citation for second-degree negligent driving after traveling through an intersection and missing the turn at the 100 block of Damron Road outside Mossyrock, striking a house. It happened about 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Neither he nor the 16-year-old girl traveling with him were injured, according to the sheriff’s office. Further details about damage to the structure was not readily available.
• A Centralia woman is listed in fair condition today after her northbound car crossed the median into the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Castle Rock yesterday afternoon. Troopers called about 3:25 p.m. found both cars destroyed. The investigating trooper reports Angelina Puris, 63, from Centralia, lost control of her Nissan Sentra, and then swerved to the left where it was struck by an oncoming Mazda MZ3. Robert F. Huling, 72, of Ridgefield, and Puris were both injured and transported to St. John Medical Center in Longview, according to the Washington State Patrol. Puris was then transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, according to the state patrol.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, protection order violation, misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor theft; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.
Car one from wreck on Interstate 5 near Castle Rock. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol
Car two from wreck on Interstate 5 near Castle Rock. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol