Archive for May, 2014

Centralia man pleads not guilty to dog breeding violation

Saturday, May 31st, 2014
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Jimmie R. Jemison, left, is represented temporarily on Friday by defense attorney Bob Schroeter in his dog breeding case.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A plea of not guilty was entered yesterday in the case of the Centralia man who was arrested when authorities came to his property and seized 17 puppies and 21 other dogs they found living in filthy conditions in a motorhome.

Jimmie R. Jemison, 49, was in court yesterday afternoon, charged not with animal cruelty as the sheriff’s office expected back on May 1, but with a violation of state law related to dog breeding. And also with obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Both are gross misdemeanors, with maximum penalties of up to a year in jail.

Jemison also asked the court in writing to make the county return his animals. They are being held at the Lewis County Animal Shelter.

Lewis County District Court Judge Michael Roewe denied the petition, based on numerous issued raised by prosecutors indicating the filing was flawed.

The Centralia man leaned on his walker and asked the judge: “What does that mean, do I lose my dogs?”

Judge Roewe told him he needed to ask his attorney that question.

“Can I ask a question? What happens to my dogs,” Jemison said.

“I don’t have the answer,” Roewe replied.

Jemsion told the judge he plans to hire a lawyer.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told the judge he’d instructed the shelter to hold onto the animals, because they are evidence.

Jemison clearly distressed, put his face in his hands as he sat on a bench outside the courtroom following the hearing.

“My dogs mean everything,” he said, stifling sobs. “I spent seven years coming up with those colors.”

“I’ve lost my family, all I have are my dogs.”

Jemison lives on a $700 a month disability check, he said, on rural property he shares with his brother on the 1600 block of Little Hanaford Road.

Photographs shared by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office after the May 1 visit by deputies, code enforcement and humane officers show a 30-foot motorhome and various outbuildings.

Inside the roughly 30-foot long recreational vehicle, the pictures showed numerous portable kennels, some stacked on top of each other; the sheriff’s office said the animals were were sleeping and eating in their own waste.

Thirty-eight dogs were removed from the motorhome. Jemison says he has a new motorhome, but hadn’t yet gotten it set up.

Other animals on the property – such as chickens, a goat and seven dogs – which were living in clean cages and spaces were left behind.

The allegation was he was breeding puppies in unsanitary conditions.

The animal offense he is charged with is not part of the state criminal code, but part of the state code related to dog breeding, and the requirements that if the animals are kept in an enclosure the majority of the day, certain minimum standards of cleanliness, care and protection must be provided. RCW 16.52.310(2)(c)

Jemison said he spends $170 each month for dog food and doesn’t smoke or drink and suffers from social phobia.

His days are spent, he said, sitting outside in his chair watching his dogs play with the goat.

Every six or seven months when he gets a new litter to sell, he can buy a used car, that will hopefully keep running until the next litter, he said.

“I take care of my dogs, and then they take care of me,” he said.

His friend Ken Smith who drove him to the courthouse in Chehalis agreed Jemison is devoted to his animals, and said he lives in a way that maybe not others would live.

“He takes care of his dogs before himself,” Smith said. “It just happens that four or five dogs all had puppies at the same time.”

Jemison said the reason the deputies found the motorhome’s interior in the condition it was in was because he spent nine days holed up inside, fearing they were coming to take his animals.

The sheriff’s office described Jemison as uncooperative on numerous occasions as attempts were made to investigate the situation, which led to the search warrant.

Jemison said when they arrived that afternoon, he opened his door and was zapped with a Taser and while he was laying on the ground in the mud, his boxer dog got wound up with all the commotion and bit him on the leg.

“They treated me like I killed somebody,” he said.

He wasn’t booked into jail, he was taken to the hospital, where he spent almost 25 days being treated for two wounds he fears may cause him to lose his leg.

Jemison said he was released from Harborview Medical Center on Sunday, and has to visit a wound care doctor daily. It’s painful, he said.

“Because I wouldn’t show them my dogs in the barn,” he said. “That’s why they did the search warrant.”

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Jemison’s property on Little Hanaford Road, on May 1, 2014 / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

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Inside Jemison’s motorhome on Little Hanaford Road, on May 1, 2014 / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

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For background, read “RV serving as home, doghouse for nearly 40 canines found near Centralia” from Friday May 2, 2014, here

News brief: Speeding truck crashes, seriously injuring two in Centralia

Saturday, May 31st, 2014
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Police and fire at the scene of accident on North Pearl Street in Centralia that knocked out electricity to the north. / Courtesy photo by Danielle Ziady

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A man and woman were critically injured in a single-vehicle wreck last night at the north end of Centralia that caused a large power outage and sent them by helicopters to regional trauma centers.

Police and aid called about 10:50 p.m. to the intersection of North Pearl Street and Sawall Avenue found a pickup truck against a tree, a male passenger trapped inside and the female driver had been ejected through a window, according to responders.

Riverside Fire Authority says they are both approximately 35 years old.

It appeared the Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling southbound and very fast when it missed a corner, went broadside and rolled multiple times, before striking a stop sign, a utility pole’s guideline and then the tree, according to police and firefighters.

Initial information indicated the driver was found laying in the roadway about 30 feet away, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert. Crews used the Jaws of Life to extricate the passenger.

Both were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, but helicopters from both Life Flight and Airlift Northwest were summoned to fly them to out-of-the-area hospitals, according to Weinert.

The truck was heavily damaged, according to the fire department.

Further information about the identities of the pair was not readily available. Centralia Police Department Sgt. Brian Warren said troopers from the Washington State Patrol took over the investigation. Excessive speed and alcohol are suspected, according to police.

Breaking news: Tacoma 5-year-old’s body recovered from Cispus River

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Updated at 11:18 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The body of the 5-year-old Tacoma boy was retrieved from the Cispus River tonight, four days after he went into the water on his motorcycle.

The child was camping with his family over the weekend about 10 and a half miles south of Randle, along Forest Service Road 120, off Forest Service Road 23.

The sheriff’s office said little Drake J. Ostenson was wearing full riding gear and a helmet, and it appeared he got too close to the river bank and went in while his parents backs were turned on Monday.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said his body was recovered about 8 p.m. by deputies with the swift water rescue team.

The water had dropped enough his body was visible, lodged in the same log jam in the middle of the river where they suspected he was, according to the sheriff’s office.

It was his parents that were out walking the banks of the river who spotted him, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

“They came back before dark to check once again, saw the red and called us,” she said.

The recovery effort took about two hours, according to Brown.

Search and rescue teams looked for Drake all day Tuesday and much of Wednesday before concluding his body may very well have been tangled in a log jam and they would need to wait until the river level dropped to make the recovery.

On Thursday, the sheriff’s office announced they’d formulated a plan to try to get a helicopter to help them take another look from above next week and until then, would check the area frequently and monitor the water gauges.

Today, Sheriff Steve Mansfield said he was concerned when he heard numerous people were planning to search on their own this weekend, and said he’d secured some assistance from outside the county to conduct another search tomorrow.

Members of Lewis County Fire District 14, Packwood Search and Rescue and the Department of Fish and Wildlife all assisted in the recovery, according to Brown.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Updated

ARSON IN ONALASKA

• A 14-year-old boy was arrested last night after a fire that burned down what was called by some the cashier’s shack at the former garbage transfer station in Onalaska. Firefighters were called just before 6 p.m. to the area near Alexander Road and Second streets. The small metal building had been stuffed with mattresses; it’s an area where the fire department trained, according to Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Mark Conner. A deputy called out about 6:30 p.m. noted the smoldering remains of a service building, which the sheriff’s office described as 10 feet by 10 feet in size. The sheriff’s office says through its investigation they learned the boy had left the Onalaska Community Youth Center with a friend to go look at the graffiti at the transfer station and while there, lit a cardboard box on fire and tossed it into the building. The boy was talked to and then booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Justice Center for second-degree arson, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Stacy Brown. Brown says the loss is $1,000.

DUI WRECK

• A 50-year-old Centralia man was arrested for driving under the influence after his mini van ran into a parked vehicle which took out a light pole on the 800 block of North Tower Avenue yesterday afternoon. Two children were traveling with Camilo A. Gomez, according to the police, leading to his arrest for two counts of reckless endangerment as well. Officers responding to the 5:30 p.m. collision discovered Gomez’s license was suspended and he had an outstanding warrant related to driving under the influence, according to the Centralia Police Department. No injuries were reported. Gomez was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to police.

SHERIFF: INMATE SPITS ON COUNSELOR’S FACE

• A Lewis County Jail inmate who reportedly punched a jail guard in the face on Sunday is in more trouble after he allegedly spit in the eye of a mental health worker at the Chehalis facility yesterday. The sheriff’s office said it was about 1 p.m. when the 31-year-old Olympia man who works for Cascade Mental Health attempted to talk with Drake A. Lorber . The 24-year-old Chehalis resident responded by spitting, which caught the man on his mouth as well, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Since he’s already incarcerated, the case will be referred to prosecutors for a possible charge of third-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• A 45-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when a meth pipe was found in his pocket during his arrest last night for allegedly stealing two beers from the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Officers called about 8 p.m. were told Scott D. Robertson was being a problem for security personnel, according to the Centralia Police Department. Robertson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

STOLEN MEDS

• Centralia police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of North Buckner Street about the theft of medication.

VANDALISM

• Someone threw two rocks through the windows of a car while it was parked in front of its owner’s house on the 600 block of M Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:15 a.m. today.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, obstruction; responses for alarms, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

News brief: Centralia firefighter staffing challenges hit Harrison station

Friday, May 30th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Riverside Fire Authority Chief Mike Kytta notified dispatchers and neighboring fire departments this morning he essentially closed the Harrison Avenue fire station for the day, because he’s short staffed.

One firefighter is on vacation and another called in sick, Kytta said.

Kytta said he doesn’t have money in his budget to pay overtime to bring in someone on their day off.

Three firefighters will be on duty at the Pearl Street station during the 24-hour period that ends tomorrow at 8 a.m., according to Kytta. They will respond to district calls, he said.

The Harrison Avenue station had its usual administrative personnel on duty, during regular business hours.

“It happened once earlier this year,” Kytta said. “Unfortunately we’re down enough staff right now, here it is. Here’s the reality of it.”

The chief expected to have volunteers at the station overnight.

Riverside Fire Authority, which protects a population of 28,000 spanning more than 180 square miles in and around Centralia, is working this year with a budget of $3.9 million, compared to last year’s of $4.6 million.

The primary reason for the reduction is related to the fairly sudden change in taxes contributed by TransAlta’s power plant, as it winds down coal burning operations.

If their predictions about next year’s budget are realized, they will lose another $600,000 in revenue, Kytta said this morning.

The department is scheduled to lay off two more firefighters in July, making a total of six positions lost since the beginning of the year. Today, they have 23 paid firefighters.

Centralia police uncover hash oil processing lab in residence near college

Friday, May 30th, 2014
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The Centralia Police Department’s special anti-crime team found four plastic bins plus some garbage bags filled with marijuana they say was to be made into hash oil. / Courtesy photo by Centralia Police Department

Updated at 11:03 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police dismantled a potentially explosive hash oil making operation in the basement of a rental home across the street from Centralia College.

The setup they found was using butane and situated next to a hot water heater, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Hash oil is a highly concentrated form of marijuana resin.

“During the production process, a highly flammable and explosive vapor is emitted which can explode on contact with an ignition source,” Sgt. Jim Shannon said in a news release.

A 52-year-old Centralia man was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with manufacturing marijuana. Dale R. Brotherton is being held in the Lewis County Jail on $10,000 bail.

The find came on Wednesday night at a home on the 800 block of West Pear Street.

Shannon said police had been investigating the situation for about a week.

Officers arrested Brotherton earlier in the day in the area, for a traffic violation. He was driving a pickup truck pulling a fifth-wheel trailer near the bus garage and police stopped him for driving without a required ignition interlock device, according to Shannon.

The sergeant said he believes Brotherton lives in the RV.

The resident of the home they searched that night is a friend of Brotherton’s who allowed him to use the space, Shannon said. She was cooperative, he said.

Shannon’s special anti-crime team confiscated more than 140 pounds of marijuana trimmings and various items used in the hash oil process, he said. They also found a jar of the substance in the kitchen freezer, he said.

He estimates the total street value in hash oil from the marijuana recovered by police would be about $156,000. Shannon used a street price of $40 per gram for the product referred to as Honey Oil, Shatter, BHO, Wax and Earwax.

The resulting product is something users would smoke with a vaporizer or e-cigarette or also could be used for so-called edibles, or marijuana-infused food products, according to Shannon.

Marijuana processing is something newly legalized under Initiative 502, with a state-issued license, but not presently allowed within Centralia city limits, Shannon said.

The sergeant said he didn’t know where Brotherton obtained the marijuana and he didn’t know if Brotherton is someone attempting to get involved in the legal market.

The police department seized the 2003 Ford F-350 pickup truck, the 35-foot RV and also a 1998 Toyota Camry belonging to Brotherton.

The investigation is ongoing, he said. Brotherton is scheduled to be back in court on June 5 for his arraignment, or to review if he’s been able to hire a lawyer, according to Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead.

Shannon said the house they searched is the same address where last Friday, a 17-year-old boy was injured when he was pinned briefly between a pickup and a fifth-wheel travel trailer during an attempt with someone else to hitch the two together. He  said he didn’t know if it was Brotherton or Brotherton’s vehicles involved.

He described the hash oil making process they found as several hanging glass tubes filled with compacted marijuana, through which butane would be passed via a small hole in the bottom – sort of like a drip coffee maker.

The resulting substance would lay on a glass surface, in this case a glass door and a very large glass window, he said. The remaining liquid solvent – sometimes paint thinner like Naptha or alcohol, is evaporated off, according to Shannon.

The end product is the remaining resin, a highly concentrated form of THC.

Shannon said some people use waxed paper to keep it in, and some keep it refrigerated to retain its solidity.

And it looks like ear wax, he said.

Sometimes further processing can turn it into even harder, which is then broken up which is why it sometimes is called Shatter.

He noted the final product retains a certain amount of residue from the solvent, and that indoor growers notoriously use fungicides because of humidity and some use pesticides since aphids are a problem.

Randle river search and recovery efforts for little boy stalled

Friday, May 30th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has decided to wait until the water level in the Cispus River drops in order to access an area beneath a log jam where a missing 5-year-old child may be.

The Tacoma boy was riding a motorcycle at a camp spot on Monday when he apparently accidentally went into the water. His motorcycle and a visor to his helmet have been recovered.

The child was camping with his family over the weekend about 10 and a half miles south of Randle, along Forest Service Road 120, off Forest Service Road 23.

Search and rescue personnel combed the area, on the ground and in the water each day through Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday, the sheriff’s office said a spotter from KIRO TV’s helicopter back on Tuesday observed something the same colors as the boy had been wearing beneath a particular log jam in the swift flowing river. Attempts were made on Wednesday by a water rescue team to probe the jam but they were unsuccessful because of the depth and current, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

The banks of the river have been searched and the child is presumed drowned.

“It is believed once the water level drops a few feet, searchers will be able to access the area under the logjam in hopes of finding the boy,” Brown said in a news release at mid-day on Thursday.

The plan is to secure a helicopter and crews for another search next week, if the conditions cooperate, according to Brown.

Meanwhile, they will be checking the area on foot frequently and keep monitoring water gauges in the area, Brown said.

“We don’t know that he’s in that log jam,” Brown said. “But we believe he is, given what the KIRO spotter saw and the way the currents run.”

Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield points out how swift and dangerous the search area is, even for rescuers with specialized training.

“Our searchers have worked relentlessly trying to recover this little boy’s body,” Mansfield stated in the news release. “Most of us have children and understand the extreme importance of recovering this little guy for his family. The river conditions have just made this search extremely difficult.”

According to the sheriff’s office, the river level has fluctuated only a few inches either way over the past few days. With the increased warmer weather, unfortunately, the water level will rise due to snowmelt, Brown says.

They also are considering the practicality of utilizing a search dog for future efforts, according to Brown.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

CLOSE CALL IN COW FIELD

• A 48-year-old Chehalis-area man used one of his cat lives last night when his ATV wrecked into a water-filled drainage ditch while he was riding alone after dark. “He’s very fortunate he didn’t die,” Lewis County Fire District 6 Firefighter-paramedic Matt McCoy said. “The quad was on top of him and it took him 10 to 15 seconds to get it off of himself.” The man was out in a cow pasture off Highway 603 near Tune Road and suffered fairly minor injuries, except he also apparently dislocated his hip, McCoy said. “It took him more than an hour to crawl back to the house,” McCoy said. “As he was getting closer, he was yelling for help.” The 911 call from a housemate came at about 11:30 p.m., McCoy said. The patient was put in an ambulance and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, he said.

UNDERAGE PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS

• A 15-year-old Centralia boy who boarded an out-of-town school bus yesterday evening near the Centralia Middle School was talked to by police and taken away in an aid car because he was so highly intoxicated. Officers responding about 6:35 p.m. to the 2500 block of Pioneer Way also found some suspected marijuana in his pocket,  according to the Centralia Police Department. Police were called about an hour and a half later to Rotary Riverside Park about a male urinating in public and then called an ambulance for the same reason for a 16-year-old there. Neither were passed out unconscious but police describe the reason for the trip to the hospital as possible alcohol poisoning. Both face potential court cases for minor in possession / consumption of alcohol, according to police. Seattlepi.com publishes a report today that initial findings from a study conducted by health officials shows people are making more alcohol related trips to emergency rooms, since broader hard liquor sales went into affect following the 2011 voter initiative closing state run stores. For example, the Associated Press writer notes, during the first 13 months of private-sector spirit sales, people younger than 21 on Medicaid made a third more visits to emergency rooms for alcohol-related reasons.

SPECIAL UN-DELIVERY

• Centralia police were called about 4:35 p.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Lewis Street regarding the theft of a package that was left on the door step.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An iPod was taken from a vehicle parked at the 1000 block of West Chestnut Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 5 p.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called just before 6 o’clock this morning about a car prowl on Southwest Olympic Drive.

VANDALISM

• A 32-year-old Centralia man was arrested late last night after he allegedly broke the windshield out of a vehicle at the 500 block of South Pearl Street. Juan E. Mejia was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, marijuana possession; responses for alarm, dispute, reckless driver, collision on city street, suspicious circumstances including female walking a small horse around a parking lot in the dark … and more.

Pair of Centralians awake to intruder leaving home

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police were called just before 4:30 a.m. today after someone burglarized an apartment while its occupants were sleeping.

Officers arriving to the 400 block of West Main Street called for a police dog to conduct a track, but no suspect was found, according to the Centralia Police Department.

A 19-year-old man who lives there told police he awoke from a recliner chair in the living room to see a person in a dark hooded garment walking out the front door, according to police.

“He yells at the person and last saw him running down the hallway,” Officer John Panco said.

Missing from the living room were a television and a guitar, Panco said. The 24-year-old roommate said he’d left the door unlocked, according to police.

The individual was described as more than 6 feet tall but less than 6-feet 4-inches tall, Panco said.

It was just three days ago when a resident at the north end of Centralia called for help as he hid in his bedroom while his home was burglarized in the night. Deputies responding to the 3000 block of Lowery Lane initially reported the victim did not see the person but there was a broken bedroom window.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

POLICE: BOY BULLIED OUT OF HIS CELL PHONE

• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested for robbery yesterday after he asked to see a 17-year-old boy’s cell phone in a homeless camp area in Centralia. Police called about 7:40 a.m. to the 2000 block of Borst Avenue found Richard A. Molina hiding in a brushy area, near the dog park where the Chehalis and Skookumchuck rivers meet,  according to the Centralia Police Department. A K-9 snuck up behind him, and he gave up, officer John Panco said. The teen told police Molina had got in his face as though he were going to assault him, and he feared if he didn’t hand the phone over, he would be hurt, according to Panco. As the two began walking, because Molina wanted the password, the boy told him he was calling for help with another cell phone he had, Panco said. Molina was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree robbery, according to police.

SWITCHED LICENSE PLATES

• Police were called about 3:45 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of North Pearl Street after a resident discovered her front license plate was missing. When the officer ran a background check on the rear plate, it turned out to belong to a vehicle from Portland,  according to the Centralia Police Department. It’s not clear when the switch could have occurred, police said.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to Greenwood Cemetery on the 1800 block of Van Wormer Street yesterday regarding several headstones tipped over and damaged, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Morton police responded to the 200 block of Hazel Street in Mossyrock at about 4 a.m. on Sunday where a resident said his vehicle alarm went off and he found the doors open, and the switch had been turned. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, possible sex crime, parking lot fender bender, protection order violation via pedaling bicycle past residence … and more.

News brief: Search for Tacoma 5-year-old at river done for the day

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Deputies called it a day late this afternoon and will be reevaluating how to go about finding the 5-year-old who disappeared into the Cispus River on Monday.

“They didn’t make any progress today, as far as finding him,” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Steve Aust said early this evening.

The Tacoma boy was riding his motorcycle at the family’s campsite when his parents realized they didn’t hear the motor any longer and then saw it in the water.

Search and rescue personnel have been combing the area south of Randle off Forest Service Road 23 since Monday evening, stopping at nightfall. Today, four deputies and a fish and wildlife officer – swift water rescue team members – conducted their work, putting the fire department and Packwood SAR on standby.

Aust said it would help if the water level would drop, something that has been happening over the past 24 hours.

Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber will be considering conditions and resources and what to do next, he said.

River recovery efforts continue for child lost near Randle

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Updated at 11:23 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Five swift water rescue team members continue to scour the Cispus River this morning in hopes of finding the 5-year-old Tacoma boy who vanished while camping with his parents on Monday.

“They’re going back over the river and looking at log jams,” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Steve Aust said. “The Randle Fire Department and Packwood SAR (Search and Rescue) are on standby, if we should find anything.”

The family was staying at an unimproved campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest several miles south of Randle. The child was riding his motorcycle and apparently got too close to the bank and fell in, while his parents had their back to him, according to the sheriff’s office.

Search and rescue efforts yesterday went until dark, with 18 personnel, including a dive team from Thurston County. A news helicopter assisted earlier in the day, the sheriff’s office said.

They focused on several log jams, Aust said. What was thought to be the child’s helmet about a mile downstream turned out to be only its visor hung up on a log jam, according to the sheriff’s office.

The motorcycle was pulled from the river yesterday, close to the camp spot, according to Fire Chief Jeff Jaques.

Responders called about 7 p.m. on Monday were looking for both the little boy and his 32-year-old father, who had jumped in the river. It was almost dark before the man was found, on the bank looking for his son about a half mile from the camp spot, according to Aust.

The terrain, steep embankments and heavy brush, is making the effort very challenging, the sheriff’s office said yesterday afternoon.

“The river continues to run very swift and cold making the search extremely dangerous,” the sheriff’s office said.

At the scene this morning are sheriff’s office Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber and the water rescue members consisting of four deputies and a officer with Fish and Wildlife, according to Aust.