Archive for April, 2015

Second plea deal in the works in Vader toddler’s death

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  With less than three weeks to go before trial, a Vader mother of three has the weekend to contemplate a plea offer in last autumn’s death of a 3-year-old boy who was part of her household.

Brenda A. Wing and her husband, both now 27, were arrested after the child died, of what has been described vaguely as ongoing abuse.

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Brenda A. Wing

Danny A. Wing pleaded guilty in March to first-degree manslaughter and also to assault in a deal that is expected to send him to prison for just over 16 years, if a judge agrees.

Lawyers and Brenda Wing went before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court, for a scheduled omnibus hearing. That’s a standard proceeding between arraignment and trial in which both sides put down on paper the agreed particulars for trial.

Lewis County Prosecutor Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead and defense attorney John Crowley told the judge they’d like to postpone the omnibus until Monday afternoon.

Both attorneys said outside the courtroom that’s to give the defendant time to consider the state’s proposal for a “resolution” to the case.

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Jasper Henderling-Warner

Jasper Henderling-Warner was pronounced dead at Providence Centralia Hospital last Oct. 5 after medics were called to the home because he was unconscious.

The autopsy found abrasions, bruises and healing fractures and labeled the cause of death as chronic battered child syndrome. Jasper was suffering from skin infections that were found to be secondary to his cause of death. His 21-year-old mother had asked the couple that summer to take him for a year, while she was homeless and looking for work out of state, according to authorities.

The Wings were initially charged with homicide by abuse or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter, two crimes with widely different penalties. Each of the two were charged as either the principal or accomplice.

Their three children were taken into protective custody by the state.

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Danny A. Wing

While in talks this week about a possible plea deal, the attorneys today continued with steps as though the trial beginning May 18 will still take place.

Halstead told the judge he amended the information to change the date of the offense from Oct. 5, to the time period between July 31 and Oct. 5.

Crowley objected, saying the drastic alteration in the charges would prejudice his client so close to trial. Judge James Lawler allowed the substitute charges.

Brenda Wing pleaded not guilty to the amended information, in her only words spoken aloud on the record.

In March, after her husband pleaded guilty, prosecutors said they expected him to cooperate, leading to more information about what happened to Jasper.

The court hearing was less than 10 minutes long.

When it was over, Crowley left the courthouse to go visit with Brenda Wing in the jail.
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For background, read “Prosecutor expects plea deal will help reveal answers about Vader toddler’s demise” from Wednesday March 25, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

FROZEN GOODS PILFERED

• Centralia police were called about 8:15 p.m. yesterday to a burglary at the 700 block of G Street in which a jar of change, food from the freezer and four cell phones were taken from a residence.

ATTEMPTED MAIL THEFT

Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to the 1200 block of Lum Road where it appeared someone had tried to pry open a set of mailboxes.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

• A logging truck clipped overhead lines at the 3000 block of Galvin Road in Centralia just before noon yesterday, breaking a power pole. The roadway was closed for approximately an hour during the cleanup, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 60-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested yesterday morning for driving under the influence after an individual saw a vehicle strike another car in a parking lot at Safeway in Centralia and then drive away. The witness followed the vehicle up Harrison Avenue to the other side of the freeway, according to the Centralia Police Department. Denise J. Quinonez was then booked into the Lewis County Jail for DUI as well as hit and run, according to police.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Prosecutors added a second charge of second-degree theft and a charge of second-degree burglary to the case of the man who is accused of posing as a driver’s license examiner and taking an applicant for a ride last week to the Lucky Eagle Casino. Daniel L. Norby, 47, from Chehalis, was brought before a judge again this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm charged him Wednesday with first-degree criminal impersonation and also second-degree theft. Prosecutors say he climbed into the vehicle of a man preparing to take his driver’s test at the licensing office on Kresky Avenue, and said he was going to evaluate his driving. For unknown reasons, the two traded coats and when the victim got his coat back, it was missing as much as $1,200 from an inside pocket. Norby was arrested Tuesday at a Centralia motel. Bohm this afternoon told a judge police had booked Norby this morning or yesterday on the additional charges. She declined to say specifically what the new allegations were, saying only that new information was discovered. Norby is being held on $25,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty this afternoon to all four charges. He is represented by court appointed attorney David Arcuri.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, shoplifting, misdemeanor theft … and more.

Police: Impostor arrested after driving test includes stop at Lucky Eagle

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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Daniel L. Norby waits at the defense table as court documents are signed setting his bail for criminal impersonation and theft charges.

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – What would you do if you’re taking the driver’s test to get your license and the examiner in the passenger seat directed you to a casino?

If he suggested you come inside to with him meet a girl that he knew? And then asked to borrow $20?

Like one recent applicant, you might start to get suspicious.

Centralia police say that’s exactly what happened to an individual who went to the Washington Department of Licensing on Kresky Avenue.

After checking in with a woman at the counter, and being told to wait outside where the examiner would be right out, a man who said his name was Dave got into the vehicle, and what followed weren’t the usual requests for showing one knows the rules of the road.

Authorities say “Dave” was really a 47-year-old Chehalis man posing as an employee from the state agency. He happened to be in line behind the applicant last Thursday.

Daniel L. Norby was arrested yesterday for first-degree criminal impersonation and charged with the same in Lewis County Superior Court.

Police and prosecutors offer no explanation for why he, allegedly, pretended he was giving a driving test.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke this afternoon told a judge her temporary client has been a law abiding citizen for the past five years, resides with his girlfriend on Brown Road outside Chehalis and also has three children, as she made her case for how low his bail should be.

Judge R.W. Buzzard wasn’t persuaded, noting that during two of those last five years Norby was incarcerated. Buzzard set bail at $25,000.

According to charging documents, the odd set of circumstances began when Edward Jerns went in to take his driving test.

Jerns described to a police officer what happened and how after a period of time at the Lucky Eagle Casino, he became skeptical and called the Department of Licensing to tell them, they were still at the casino.

He was told to notify security, and he did, the documents relate.

Jerns told Officer Doug Lowrey that also “Dave” had traded coats with him while at the Rochester establishment, and when he got his coat back, some $1,000 to $1,200 was missing from the inside pocket. He had just cashed his social security check, he said.

An employee at the Kresky Avenue licensing office told Lowrey she spoke to the man who walked in right behind Jerns, and that he was asking about how to get his license, according to court documents. She said she watched him walk out and get into Jerns’ vehicle.

Yesterday, the DOL employee and Jerns picked Norby out of a police photo montage, according to the court documents.

Lowrey said when Norby was contacted at a Centralia motel, he declined to be interviewed by arresting officers, but said the alleged deed last week that got him a lift to the casino seemed to be just an impromptu event.

Norby was also charged with second-degree theft.

He qualified for a court-appointed lawyer and is scheduled for arraignment a week from tomorrow.

Presumably the driver’s license applicant gets a do-over on the test.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Updated at 5:23 p.m.

TEEN BOOKED FOR KNIFE INCIDENT

• A 14-year-old girl was arrested yesterday after she allegedly grabbed  kitchen knife during an argument with her older sister and while they fought over it ended up stabbing her. Officers called about 4:10 p.m. to the 600 block of Northwest Quincy Avenue in Chehalis found the 17-year-old with a puncture wound on her upper leg, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was non-life threatening, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. The younger girl was subsequently located and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for second-degree assault, Wilson said. He said he didn’t know what the disagreement was about.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a white 1991 Honda Civic stolen from the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis. The car has a black hood and a license plate of ATL 3343,  according to the Chehalis Police Department.  It disappeared between midnight and 2 a.m., according to police.

• Centralia police reported this morning a vehicle was stolen yesterday from the 1500 block of Pike Street and was subsequently located by another law enforcement agency; its driver arrested for DUI, according to the Centralia Police Department. However, Amanda B. Smith, 22, of Centralia, was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court only with theft of a motor vehicle. Charging documents allege that while she waited in an acquaintance’s vehicle for a ride home, she found a spare key in the center console and drove away alone. She was stopped on Bunker Creek Road and taken into custody, the documents state. A judge allowed her to be released from jail on a $5,000 signature bond this afternoon.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Tools and a flare gun were taken from a boat while it was parked at a business on the 900 block of Northwest Maryland Avenue, according to a report made to police yesterday. It happened sometime between March 17 and April 6, according to police.

• Someone got into a vehicle parked at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue and attempted to steal the stereo equipment but only got the subwoofer, according to a report made yesterday morning to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, urinating on a tree near a bus stop; responses for disputes, hit and run, misdemeanor assault involving multiple subjects … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police are investigating a burglary at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue reported to them yesterday. Further details were not readily available.

WALK-IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 2:30 a.m. today by someone on Southwest Second Street who said a male walked into his home and asked if he had a cigarette. He was told to get out, left and couldn’t be found by police, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police responded about 3:25 a.m. today to an attempted vehicle prowl on the 100 block of West Roanoke Street in which the subject was scared away by the alarm that sounded after the window was broken,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested overnight after allegedly punching and breaking the window of a tavern on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Brandon M. Webley was issued a citation for third-degree malicious mischief and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday just after 7 a.m. when the window of a moving vehicle was broken out by an unspecified object along the 2700 block of Borst Avenue.

• Someone threw eggs at a residence on the 600 block of E Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

POP, POP, POP

• Chehalis police were called about 12:25 a.m. today when someone heard what sounded like a half dozen gun shots in the area of Southeast Spring Street in Chehalis, but a few hours later when someone heard gunshots on Southwest 16th Street, police were told kids were seen throwing fire crackers, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK

• A Chehalis woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision yesterday morning in Grays Harbor County that sent her to Capital Medical Center. Danette N. Gardepeesnow, 37, was making a left turn in her Honda Accord from state Route 8 onto state Route 108 in McCleary when she struck a westbound pickup truck, according to the Washington State Patrol. Trooper responding about 9 a.m. report she was transported to the hospital and cited for failure to grant right of way. Her car was described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, disputes, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, possible identity theft … and more.

Pilot calls 911 for help after crash landing north of Centralia

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
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Cessna 170B rests in large field off Southwest 216th Lane.

Updated at 5:16 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

GRAND MOUND – Responders were called to the scene of a small plane crash south of Grand Mound late this morning.

The call came from the pilot himself about 11:48 a.m., according to Thurston County emergency dispatchers

The Cessna 170B came to rest in a field near the 6200 block of Southwest 216th Lane.

Bill Fortman said he was sitting down at his dining room table having a cup of coffee when he looked out his window and saw an airplane sitting in the neighbor’s field.

“I thought well, I’d better go out and see if there’s anyone in that thing,” Fortman said. “I did. There was.”

The pilot was alone, leaning against the side, and asked him to open the door, Fortman said. He couldn’t hardly talk, he said.

“He was bleeding a little bit on one hand, he was talking to 911 and didn’t know where he was,” he said.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Lt. Lanette Dyer said arriving firefighters extricated the pilot and he described generalized back, neck and body pain.

AirLift Northwest picked him up at Rochester High School to fly him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in case of internal injuries, according to Dyer.

“We sent him to Harborview where they could take a closer look at him and make sure everything was good,” Dyer said.

The 73-year-old man was enroute from Spanaway to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport, according to Dyer.

She said she was told he was traveling at about 2,500 feet when he lost power to his engine, attempted various emergency procedures and then looked for an area to put the plane down safely.

The light green Cessna was in one piece and sitting upright, but tilted with the tip of one wing down.

The tail number is registered to a James W. Johnson, of Spanaway, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The fixed wing single engine aircraft was manufactured in 1958.

A hospital spokesperson said late this afternoon Johnson is listed in serious condition.

Fortman said he didn’t hear anything and wasn’t sure how long the aircraft was sitting outside the back of his home. He said he understood it flew over an adjacent stand of trees next to the open field and, thankfully, managed to clear them.

“Fortunately the grass was tall, so I think that cushioned it a little,” Fortman said.

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Deputies and firefighters arrive to scene. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

News brief: Election day for three local measures

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Ballots must be postmarked by today or hand-delivered before 8 o’clock tonight for the special election that includes measures for two fire departments and one for the Napavine School District.

The Mossyrock area’s Lewis County Fire District 3 is asking voter’s to approve up to $1.2 million in bonds maturing within 15 years to build a new station.

The main station downtown is too small and in a location without room to expand, according to Fire Chief Doug Fosburg. The district has five acres just outside of town where it would like to construct the new building, he said.

They need at least 60 percent yes votes, according to the  the Lewis County Auditor’s Office election department.

Riverside Fire Authority which protects Centralia and the surrounding area is asking voters to renew an Emergency Medical Services levy for the next six years, which imposes 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on property owners. Last year, voters passed a special maintenance and operation levy for the department which was put into place for just one year.

The top reason people call RFA for EMS help – according to numbers complied from 2010 to 2014 – are for fall victims and the age group with the largest number of calls are those 81 to 90 years old, according to Chief Mike Kytta.

A simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote will pass the levy.

The Napavine School District is asking for approval to issue $17,995,000 in bonds to expand and modernize school buildings.

Ballots were sent out earlier this month for the all vote-by-mail election.

Ballots can be dropped off at the Lewis County Auditor’s Office at 351 NW North St. in Chehalis or a drive-by ballot drop box at the Twin Cities Senior Center at 2545 N. National Ave. in Chehalis.

Watch for election results tonight at Lewis County Auditor’s Office: Election Department

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 27th, 2015

INTRUDER BREAKS WINDOW

• Someone broke into a home on the 100 block of Chapman Road outside Morton sometime between 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 6:45 p.m. yesterday, apparently taking nothing but breaking a downstairs window, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Police took a report of the theft of medication from the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia on Friday.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday to take a report someone stole money and medication from a vehicle while it was parked at the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that sometime between yesterday and today someone broke into a BNSF work vehicle parked at the 100 block of Divot Drive in Chehalis and stole a backpack containing various items including locomotive keys, switch keys, headlamps and a Motorola portable radio as well as a railroad rule book. Whoever it was also disconnected the battery to darken the dome light, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Money was stolen from an unlocked vehicle at the 400 block of North Ash Street during the night, according to a report made to Centralia police on Friday.

GAS MISSING

• Chehalis police were called to a vehicle dealership on the 100 block of Northwest State Avenue on Friday to take a report that someone had stolen fuel from five different vehicles during the previous few days. About a quarter tank was missing from each one, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant around 10 p.m. on Saturday in Centralia. Amber D. Selmer, of Tumwater, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was released from jail as prosecutors chose not to file a criminal charge.

VANDALISM

• An officer took a report from the 400 block of North Ash Street in Centralia on Friday morning regarding someone slashing the tires of a parked vehicle during the night.

• An officer was called about 10 a.m. on Saturday to a business on the 1500 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis after the discovery someone had shot through a window with a BB or pellet gun.

• Centralia police were called about someone “egging” a vehicle yesterday at the 900 block of L Street. An officer was contacted about 11 p.m. on Saturday about the occupants of an older model station wagon throwing eggs at cars parked on the 600 block of K Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ROLLOVER WRECK

• A pair of adults were reportedly unhurt but a 7-year-old child passenger was injured when their Geo Prism ran off U.S. Highway 12 and rolled one mile east of Oakville yesterday evening. Troopers called about 6:35 p.m. report 24-year-old Jessica M. Dawley was driving too fast. All three of the Roy residents were wearing seat belts, according to the Washington State Patrol. Seven-year-old Kaendance C. Griffin was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with unspecified injuries, according to the state patrol. Dawley was cited for having no valid operators license, according to the investigating trooper. The car was totaled and impounded.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, reckless driving, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, teenagers taking relatives’ vehicles without permission; responses for alarms, forged check, misdemeanor theft, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, pushy women with Christmas ribbon in their hair trying to sell vacuum cleaners door-to-door, apartments evacuated when food burned in microwave … and more.