Archive for November, 2015

Police: Handgun in Centralia teen’s pocket accidentally fired, wounding girlfriend

Monday, November 30th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police today said they concluded a 21-year-old gunshot victim was injured when a small caliber pistol in her boyfriend’s pocket accidentally discharged.

The woman was struck in the thigh and has been treated and released from the hospital, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Centralia officers were summoned to the emergency room at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia about 1 o’clock this morning after Olympia police determined an arriving patient was wounded in Centralia.

This morning, police said they didn’t know specifically where in Centralia the incident occurred, and this afternoon detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald didn’t offer further detail on a location, noting it is still an active investigation.

Police have said both individuals are Centralia residents.

The 18-year-old boyfriend was arrested this morning for unlawful possession of a firearm, because he is a convicted felon, according to Fitzgerald. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail also for outstanding warrants.

Fitzgerald declined to identify the boyfriend, because he has not yet been criminally charged.

Detectives are continuing to follow up on other information, according to Fitzgerald.
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For background, read “Detectives investigating Centralia shooting ” from Monday November 30, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 30th, 2015
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ASSAULT

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 8 p.m. report yesterday from the area near Mellen Street and Airport Road where a victim said he was beat up and his property stolen. He refused however to press charges, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Officers responded to an alleged assault at the 200 block of Fourth Street in Morton at about 10:50 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The case is still under investigation, Morton police reported this morning.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of West Pine Street in Centralia regarding an air compressor stolen sometime in the previous several days.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 2 p.m. yesterday after an individual ran two males out of his backyard on the 600 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue and discovered his truck had been broken into. Missing were a pair of black Oakley sunglasses and a case with several lenses, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A black digital Fuji camera and a handful of SD cards were stolen from a vehicle parked at the 400 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue, according to a report made to police about 7:30 p.m. last Wednesday. It is a FinePix SD2800 HD Series model, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 5:10 p.m. on Wednesday to Chase Bank on the 600 block of South Market Boulevard where someone had shot the ATM with either a BB gun or pellet gun and rendered it unusable, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to the 600 block of Northwest Pennsylvania Avenue where someone had egged a vehicle. Several other vehicles in the area were targeted as well, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND FROM MORTON

• Officers responded to a family dispute at the 100 block of Aberdeen Road about 7:30 a.m. yesterday.  The individuals were contacted and transported to a relative’s residence, according to the Morton Police Department.

UPDATE TO CHS THREAT

• Centralia High School’s principal informed parents yesterday that the Nov. 9 incident in which a threatening message was found written on a desk has been solved and “those” involved removed from school and are facing legal consequences for their actions. Unlike a somewhat similar find on Oct. 2 that prompted an hours-long search of students and the campus – and cancellation of a homecoming assembly – classes proceeded on Nov. 10, but all those entering the school were to be searched.

CHIMNEY FIRE

• Firefighters called about 2:15 p.m. yesterday to a fire at the 200 block of Devereese Road outside Chehalis found a chimney fire and extinguished it. The residents returned home to find smoke, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. District spokesperson DJ Hammer said there was no structural damage and it appeared buildup from the old chimney ignited, even though the fireplace and chimney had been re-done.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, no-contact order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, barking dogs, runaway juvenile, suspicious circumstances, collision on county road … and more.

Detectives investigating Centralia shooting

Monday, November 30th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

One person is hospitalized and another in custody after a shooting police believe occurred in Centralia.

Officers were notified about 12:50 a.m. of a gunshot victim seeking treatment at an Olympia hospital who told authorities they had been shot in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The exact location of where the incident happened is still unknown, police said this morning.

Detectives are in Olympia investigating, according to Officer Buddy Croy.

Croy said the female victim and the male suspect are both young adults and Centralia residents.

The victim’s injuries are described as non-life threatening.

The alleged shooter has been booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Croy.

Croy said further details should be available later as the detectives learn more about what happened.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, November 29th, 2015
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OFF THE ROAD

• A 21-year-old Mossyrock resident was injured in an overnight single-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 12 near Ethel. Troopers called at 1:07 a.m. to milepost 71 report Danielle A. Young was traveling eastbound when her car left the roadway to the right, struck a dirt embankment and then rolled, coming to rest among some trees. Young was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. She had been wearing a seat belt, according to the state patrol. She was to be cited for driving under the influence. Her 2007 Mazda 3 was described as totaled.

• A 36-year-old Glenoma woman was also cited for driving under the influence after she wrecked her Ford Bronco this morning on U.S. Highway 12 about two miles west of Randle. Troopers called at 10:10 a.m. found Lashawna J. Wolf was westbound when she drifted toward the shoulder, overcorrected and rolled, landing in the ditch. Wolf was injured and taken to Morton General Hospital,  according to the Washington State Patrol. Her vehicle was totaled. She too had been wearing a seat belt, according to the state patrol. Wolf was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance, the investigating trooper reports.

DRUGS

• A 27-year-old Centralia resident was arrested overnight for trafficking stolen property and possession of methamphetamine. Police made contact with Stephanie Case at the 600 block of Harrison Avenue about 12:50 a.m. and then booked her into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 6:15 a.m. today about a power saw and flashlight stolen from a trailer at the 1700 block of West Reynolds Avenue. Someone cut the lock to get in, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

• Centralia police responded about 9:45 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of North Pearl Street where a male was seen trying to open the drive-up window at a bank. No arrest was made, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, protection order violation, driving under the influence; responses for domestic misdemeanor assault, collision on city street … and more.

News brief: First day trooper’s first stop nets suspected drunken driver

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Troopers are preparing for holiday emphasis patrols, targeting impaired drivers.

The Washington State Patrol wants to remind everyone to plan ahead and not drink, or use marijuana or other drugs and then drive.

Just last week, a brand new Chehalis-area trooper made his a DUI arrest on his very first traffic stop on his first day on the job.

Trooper Jeff Wallace was participating in orientation, to familiarize himself with his newly assigned beat in Chehalis on Tuesday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

While driving through  the city of Toledo, Trooper Wallace observed the vehicle in front him driving on the shoulder and repeatedly crossing the center line. He activated his emergency lights, stopped and contacted the driver. After conducting a field interview and field sobriety tests Wallace arrested the driver on suspicion of DUI.

Trooper Wallace is from Vancouver, Washington. He graduated from the 105th Trooper Basic Class on November 19, 2015.

The state patrol offers the following advice to the motoring public:

• Call 911 if you suspect a driver is DUI.
• Plan ahead and have a designated sober driver to get you around.
• Call a taxi or use some other public transportation resource.
• If you are hosting a party, plan ahead. Make sure your guests have a designated driver or allow them to stay with you.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, November 28th, 2015
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THANKSGIVING DISRUPTIONS

• Centralia police used a Taser to subdue a man who allegedly tried to reach for a knife he was carrying after attempting to eat a baggie of methamphetamine while he was being detained by police for an alleged assault of his girlfriend. Officers responding to the approximately 3 p.m. call on Thursday at the 700 block of H Street booked Russell E. Charnell III, 33, of Centralia, into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A garage was reported burglarized about 4 a.m. on Thursday at the 800 block of South Gold Street in Centralia.

THANKSGIVING EVE RACING

• Alexx J. Pouge, 18, of Rochester was arrested after he was contacted on Harrison Avenue for allegedly racing at about 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Pouge was issued a criminal traffic citation and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWLS

• Centralia police were called at 8:20 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Hunt Street where an individual reported the theft of their purse from their vehicle.

• A purse was reported stolen from a vehicle at the 1300 block of Logan Street yesterday, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department at 8 p.m.

• Police were called about 12:25 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of East Main Street in Centralia where they were told an individual jumped a fence and stole a stereo from a parked vehicle.

• An iPod was stolen from a parked vehicle at the 200 block of Downing Road, according to a report made to police at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

• Tools were stolen from a truck at the 1100 block of Creekside Court in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 11 a.m. on Thursday.

BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING WITH COUNTERFEIT MONEY

• A white male suspect described as having Justin Bieber-style hair, passed fake $100 bills at two different businesses at the Centralia Outlets yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CRIME STOPPERS OF LEWIS COUNTY

• Two early morning smash and grab burglaries within an hour of each other at businesses in Toledo and Centralia last Sunday are believed to have been committed by the same suspects, according to law enforcement. Crime Stoppers of Lewis County reports security videos from both locations show the pair were driving a small dark colored pickup truck. Deputies responding to a 3:30 a.m. alarm at the Shell station on the 100 block of Mulford Road arrived to find the front glass door broken and merchandise on the ground. At 4:30 a.m., Centralia police responded to an alarm at a convenience store on the 100 block of Harrison Avenue and also found the front door glass door broken. Crime Stoppers is looking for tips and notes anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422 or information may be shared online at www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org

ON THE ROAD

• Firefighters were called about 5:15 p.m. yesterday to the parking lot at Sunbird Shopping Center on North National Avenue in Chehalis where a car came to rest upside down. Chehalis Firefighter Jay Birley said he wasn’t certain how it happened, but said the driver was uninjured.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving without a license, driving with suspended license, operating a vehicle without a required interlock device; responses for shoplifting, hit and run, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street … and more.

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Friday evening at Sunbird Shopping Center in Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Juan Martinez

News brief: Icy stretch claims eight vehicles on U.S. Highway 12

Friday, November 27th, 2015
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Two of the four vehicles from the third crash of the morning. / Courtesy photo by Byron Peck

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A wreck that began with a 74-year-old driver of a pickup losing control on an icy U.S. Highway 12 near Mossyrock this morning led to a 21-year-old Toledo man’s Ford F350 hitting the pickup that came into his lane, and then a Camry in the opposite lane before he stopped in the center of the highway and was struck by a fourth vehicle.

Riley B. Overby, 21, of Toledo, was uninjured, but his 1996 Ford Ford F350 was totaled, as were the other three vehicles, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Hazel F. Waldo, 74, from Castle Rock, the driver of the first pickup truck was also unhurt, but cited for speed too fast for conditions.

The 83-year-old driver of the Toyota Camry, Phoebe Young, from Richland, was the only person injured in the approximately 10:40 a.m. multiple vehicle collision, according to the state patrol. She was transported to Morton General Hospital.

It happened just west of Mossyrock, near milepost 84.

It was the third wreck of the morning in between Beach Road and Wilson Road, a particularly icy stretch, according to Lewis County Fire District 3.

“We had just cleared the scene from a previous accident in the same area, 15 or 20 minutes earlier,” Chief Doug Fosburg said.

That accident involved an off-the-roadway crash and when a second car stopped to help, a pickup truck sideswiped that car, he said.

Even earlier was a non-injury rollover wreck, he said.

“The sun just doesn’t hit that corner at all,” Fosburg said.

Fosburg said he was surprised the highway wasn’t de-iced after the first wreck, but the roadway was finally shut down until that could be done, he said.

Recently released convicted child molester moves to Centralia, will be restricted to his property

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office wants residents to know a level three registered sex offender has moved to north Centralia.

Garth D. Snively, 66, now resides on the 1200 block of Logan Street.

Public notification of where registered sex offenders reside is intended to enhance public safety, according to the sheriff’s office. Level three is the designation for individuals deemed most likely to reoffend.

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Garth D. Snively

Snively is a clear risk to re-offend, according to the sheriff’s office.

Snively served a prison term after his 1994 convictions for two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of indecent liberties, according to the sheriff’s office. His victim was an 11-year-old boy he met while he was a Sunday school teacher at a church in Snohomish County, according to sheriff’s detective Jamey McGinty. He is not wanted.

He is among a small portion of offenders who, following his release in 2006, was civilly committed to the Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island where authorities retain offenders in custody for treatment until they are found to be no longer dangerous.

The process comes from the Community Protection Act of 1990,

According to information provided by McGinty, Snively admitted to molesting other boys beginning when he was 12 years old, and over the course of the investigation for his case, disclosed more than 30 victims, and once estimated over 100 victims. Some were related to him.

They were all boys between the ages of 5 and 12.

Snively gained access to many of the victims through social outings including through the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and his position as a Sunday School instructor, according to McGinty.

Snively is among a small number of individuals who have been granted release from McNeil Island.

McGinty said to his knowledge, it’s the first time the county has had someone move here after getting out from the Special Commitment Center.

There are currently more than 500 registered sex offenders living in Lewis County. Twenty-three of them are designated as level threes.

But unlike others, who only have to register their address, following their time with DOC, Snively has numerous strict conditions.

He was granted what’s called a less restricted alternative release, and is allowed to transition to the community, according to McGinty. He is still under the custody of the state Department of Corrections, according to McGinty.

Snively lives in a home he purchased, according to McGinty.

Among his conditions are, Snively is restricted to his property, except for appointments with DOC and his very intensive sex offender treatment.

“He must be escorted, if he gets permission to leave his house, by qualified chaperones,” McGinty stated in an email exchange today.

Further, McGinty said he has been told Snively will have GPS to monitor his his movement. And he will be closely monitored by DOC, visited frequently, according to McGinty.

Snively moved in yesterday, and registered with McGinty yesterday.

Personnel from the Special Commitment Center have been chaperoning him to his appointments, he said.

Snively is described as a white male, 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighing 290 pounds. He has gray hair but is balding and has hazel eyes.

The sheriff’s office flyer for Snively contains the same language as it does for other registered sex offenders:

The notifications are not intended to increase fear, but rather are made because of the belief an informed public is a safer public.

“Using this public information to threaten, intimidate or harass sex offenders will not be tolerated by the law enforcement agencies of Lewis County,” the flyer states. “This abuse could potentially terminate our ability to release this important information to the public.”

For further details about Snively, check the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office website. Those with questions can contact McGinty or Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Bruce Kimsey at 360-748-9286.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
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WINDOW FIRED UPON IN CENTRALIA

• A resident at the 1000 block of South Gold Street reported just before 5 p.m. yesterday her window was damaged by a BB which may have been fired from a passing vehicle. Centralia police indicated this morning they have no suspect information.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were contacted about 7:21 a.m. today regarding a vehicle stolen from the 900 block of North Tower Avenue. No further information was immediately available.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning about a 1985 Toyota pickup truck which had been stolen from where it was parked on the 100 block of Northwest State Avenue. The vehicle is multi-colored and has a license plate reading B26104S, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called just before noon yesterday about a vehicle stolen from the parking lot at Wal-Mart in Chehalis, however, it wasn’t.

MASS TOOLS MISSING

• A 53-year-old man yesterday reported a burglary to his shop at the 100 block of Morris Road in Randle, in which numerous high end tools including commercial laser levels were stolen. A list is being compiled, but the victim said multiple complete tool boxes were taken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the missing items are automotive tools and millwright tools, according to the sheriff’s office. The break-in occurred sometime since Oct. 3, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia about 9:20 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle which had been broken into during the day there. A backpack containing school materials was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just after 1 p.m. yesterday following the discovery a car’s Les Schwab battery had been removed during the night at the 500 block of South Market Boulevard.

• A 52-year-old man who left his vehicle at work overnight because it wouldn’t start returned yesterday to discover someone got inside and destroyed its ignition, apparently trying to steal the vehicle. Two tires and 10 lug nuts were missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened at the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Packwood and the tires were subsequently located nearby, according to the sheriff’s office.

IDENTITY THEFT

• An individual called police yesterday morning from a motel on the 200 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue in Chehalis about stolen personal information. The case is being investigated, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 21-year-old Centralia resident arrested about 8:45 a.m. yesterday on an outstanding warrant was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Garrett A. Hylton was contacted by an officer at Tower Avenue and Jefferson Street and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of South Scheuber Avenue because a 26-year-old woman allegedly damaged breaking items in a hospital room valued at more than $1,000. The case involving the Centralia woman is being forwarded to prosecutors for a potential charge of second-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police responded to a morning report yesterday of tagging in numerous places of a building on the 500 block of North Iron Street. The investigation has been forwarded to detectives to see if it can be linked to a certain individual, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, complaint that a residence has garbage piling up outside  … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
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Updated at 2:22 p.m.

POLICE: TEEN POINTS GUN, FIRES IT INSIDE FRIEND’S HOME

• A 16-year-old boy was arrested yesterday after he allegedly pointed a gun at his friend’s father and another man inside a Chehalis home and fired at a refrigerator, knocking magnets off its door. Officers called about 2:45 p.m. about the incident at the 900 block of Southwest 21st Avenue were told the teen and the young adult son then left on foot, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said after the suspect was seen at the 1800 block of Snively Avenue near the high school fields, he ran off into some woods and the area was surrounded. A police dog was called but the 16-year-old Chehalis resident was taken into custody before the K-9 was deployed, Wilson said. Police did not find a gun, which the victims said was a 22 pistol, Wilson said. Because the one shot didn’t leave a hole in the refrigerator, it’s possible it was instead a type of air-propelled pellet gun, he said. The teen, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was arrested for two counts of second-degree assault and booked at the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Wilson. It wasn’t really clear what might have prompted the gun play, according to Wilson.

TRICKED OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

• An officer was called yesterday morning by a middle-aged woman at the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia who reported she was out several thousand dollars after agreeing over the Internet to receive money from them and send checks out to other people on their behalf. Officer Buddy Croy said he believed it was a typical scam in which the victim received a check or money order or something similar and deposited it, but the funds were not there. “All that money she sent out, she’s now responsible for, to the bank,” Croy said. “Money lures a lot of people.” He repeated the warning that so many have heard before: “If it sounds to good to be true, it is.”

TOOLS STOLEN

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 1000 block of H Street following the discovery a garage was burglarized. Missing from sometime during the previous two weeks were tools, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COMPUTERS STOLEN

• The Winlock School district reported a burglary yesterday at the Apollo School on the 400 block Arden Street. Somebody entered and removed laptops from the class rooms, according to the Toledo Police Department. They are investigating, according to the police chief.

STOLEN VEHICLE

• Centralia police were called about 8:15 a.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Logan Street about a stolen vehicle that was later recovered locally, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy responded to an approximately 8:50 a.m. call yesterday about a stolen vehicle discovered at the end of Buckley Road northeast of Toledo. The 2007 Honda Pilot was in good shape and had been missing from Clark County, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called just before 3 p.m. yesterday about an overnight vehicle prowl at the 400 block of East Magnolia Street in Centralia. Taken were documents and unspecified miscellaneous items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Jacob W. Stute, 29 of Chehalis, was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief after he was seen breaking a window of a vehicle in the parking lot at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 11:40 p.m. yesterday. Stute was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT AT MEDICAL FACILITY

• A 63-year-old Centralia resident who allegedly struck a medical professional at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road yesterday evening was arrested for third-degree assault. Officers called about 5:25 p.m. booked Steven G. Thurman into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TRESPASSING

• Chehalis police were called to a vacant resident on Northeast Coal Creek Road near North National Avenue yesterday morning after its owner discovered pry marks on a door and muddy shoe prints inside. Northing appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ANIMAL GUTS

• An officer was called to the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis yesterday morning after a resident found next to their garbage a bag containing “cut up deer.” The officer checked it and it indeed was the leftovers from cleaning a deer, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, unfounded report … and more.

Elderly Mossyrock woman dies from hypothermia

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Sheriff’s detectives were asked to conduct a death investigation after a 92-year-old Mossyrock woman was found in her closet at her home and transported to Morton General Hospital where she passed away not long after.

Morton Police Chief Dan Mortensen, whose jurisdiction includes the town of Mossyrock, said this afternoon it turned out to be an unfortunate accidental death.

Beulah McMurry was found by a friend on Friday, he said.

“She used a walker, we think she got disoriented and got tangled up in her closet,” Mortensen said. “And was there for a day or more.”

The residence on the 200 block of Hope Street was cordoned off for the investigation.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Dusty Breen said it was very chilly inside. The heater and two wood stoves were not producing heat, as she apparently only used an electric blanket in the evenings, according to Breen.

An autopsy today confirmed McMurry died from hypothermia, according to Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod.

Mortensen said he believed she lived alone, but said she obviously had many friends and family.

Rumors that her home had been ransacked and all her medications stolen added to law enforcement’s concern, Mortensen said. But the investigation concluded that wasn’t the case, he said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
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Updated at 12:46 p.m.

SMASH AND GRAB

• An officer responding to an alarm at 4:30 a.m. yesterday at a convenience store on the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia found someone had smashed out the front door glass and stolen numerous items. The case was referred to detectives for follow up, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Deputies responding to an alarm just after 3:30 a.m. yesterday at a gas station on the 100 block of Mulford Road outside Toledo arrived to find the front glass door broken and merchandise on the ground. Surveillance video showed two males entering the business and then removing items, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $1,500 but a list is still being investigated, according to the sheriff’s office. The damage to the door is listed at $1,000, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said. The intruders were wearing dark jackets, blue jeans and gloves and their faves were covered, according to Breen.

RESIDENTIAL THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday a house on the 600 block of Lakeshore Drive to take a report of a burglary. The victims called police after noticing a container full of coins and a wallet was missing from their bedroom, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone stole a package from the front of a residence on the 700 block of G Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:20 p.m. on Friday.

RESIDENTIAL THEFT CHEHALIS

• Police were called about 6:15 p.m. on Saturday to a location on Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis about possible stolen checks. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FARM THEFT

• Sometime in the two weeks before Friday, someone stole a large spool of irrigation hose plus two large sprinkler heads from the 100 block of Donahoe Road outside Chehalis. The loss is listed at $4,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AUTO THEFT

• A 48-year-old Centralia man observed by an officer driving a stolen vehicle yesterday about 10:30 a.m. at the 1700 block of Hillview Road in Centralia was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle as well as possession of methamphetamine. Kelly O. Moran was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• An officer was called just after 5 o’clock yesterday morning to the 500 block of Northeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis following the discovery someone stole a tool box from the back of a parked truck.

• Chehalis police were called about 7 p.m. on Saturday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 100 block of North Market Boulevard. Taken was a cell phone left on the front seat of the unlocked vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called to the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia on Saturday about an overnight vehicle prowl. A radio was taken from the pickup truck, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULTS

• A 20-year-old woman getting picked up for a warrant at about 8:40 p.m. on Saturday at the 700 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia allegedly kicked an officer as she was resisting arrest. Eternity R.E. Bock, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 22-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for fourth-degree assault after allegedly pepper spraying an individual during a fight at the 200 block of Railroad Avenue in Centralia on Saturday evening. Officers responding about 6:15 p.m. the altercation in front of the train station arrested Tyler A. Reeves, issued him his citation and then released him, according to the Centralia Police Department. A 17-year-old boy involved allegedly tried to physically block an officer from going into the public entrance of an apartment complex, according to police. A case for the teen will be referred to juvenile prosecutors for obstructing, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 19-year-old motorist contacted last night at 11 p.m. on North Gold Street in Centralia was cited for a “trip permit” violation as well as being in possession of marijuana. Police arrested, issued the citation and then released Quinn M. Rector of Chehalis, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 35-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested around 1:10 a.m.  yesterday following contact with an officer at the park and ride lot on the 800 block of West Main Avenue in Chehalis. Inside the vehicle in plain view were suspected drug-related items, including suspected heroin and methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Jennifer R. Brown was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, according to police.

• A 26-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant after contact with police just after 8 p.m. on Friday at the 700 block of M Street in Centralia. Alisha A Holmes was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS FIRE

• Detectives were asked to determine if a fire that damaged the exterior of a building in Centralia on Saturday evening was arson or just reckless burning. An officer called about 6:45 p.m. to the 400 block of Centralia College Boulevard reported a neighbor saw flames and smoke and extinguished them before anyone arrived, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 8:25 p.m. on Friday to the 1000 block of Southwest McFadden Avenue where someone had slashed tires on a parked vehicle.

ON THE ROAD

• The driver of a Ford Expedition was issued citations for failing to yield to pedestrian and not having insurance after she struck a shopping cart being pushed by an individual and also a child in the parking lot at Wal-Mart at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Aid and police responding to the scene at the entrance to the store on  Northwest Louisiana Avenue report the 4-year-old fell to the ground and sustained scrapes. The child was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. The driver said she didn’t see them because the sun was in her eyes, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 23-year-old Centralia man was arrested early yesterday morning after allegedly driving into a parked vehicle at the 700 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia and then leaving the scene. An officer responding about 2:15 a.m. booked Bret R. Baker into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence and third-degree driving with a suspended license as well as hit and run, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 34-year-old man from Camas is listed in fair condition this morning after an incident on Friday evening in which an allegedly intoxicated driver struck his car on Interstate 5 about three miles south of Tumwater. Troopers responding about 7:25 p.m. to the southbound lanes near milepost 93 report Michael J. Hartung’s disabled Honda Civic was parked on the shoulder when 26-year-old Tyler M. Pendleton’s southbound Subaru drifted to the right, according to the Washington State Patrol. The victim had been standing in front of his car with the hood up, West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott said. Hartung was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. The state patrol said his 27-year-old passenger was also injured, but Scott said she just rode along in the ambulance with her friend. The state patrol also reported Pendleton was injured, though Scott said that wasn’t his understanding. Pendleton, from Olympia, is facing a possible charge of driving under the influence, according to the state patrol. Both cars were totaled.

• One student on a school bus playing with a lighter and a leaking aerosol can of deodorant belonging to another student came together on Friday afternoon and ended with a flaming backpack being pushed out the window of the bus. It happened about 1:15 p.m. on Friday along the 100 block of Hewett Road outside Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy reports one student sustained a minor finger burn and the case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors for a possible charge of reckless burning. The kids initially tried to put out the fire but weren’t able to, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, malicious mischief, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, tagging, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

Vader toddler: Lawyers argue instead of proceeding with sentencing hearing

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
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Jasper’s family waits in the first row for Brenda Wing, far right, to be sentenced in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Though numerous individuals gathered yesterday for the sentencing of Brenda A. Wing regarding the death of the 3-year-old she and her husband were caring for in Vader, that’s not what took place.

Instead, lawyers on the two sides and the judge spoke for about 15 minutes about three issues: a written motion filed by the prosecutor, whether the defendant lived up to her end of the plea agreement and whether all the requirements of the agreement had yet been met.

Jasper Henderling-Warner died on Oct. 5 of last year from what the coroner called chronic battered child syndrome.

Among the many sitting in benches in Lewis County Superior Court were a handful of Jasper’s supporters who wore matching T-shirts, with an ominous statement across their backs:

“Rot in hell Danny & Brenda Wing; Evil has been seen.”

Danny Wing was sent to prison in September for 34 years and eight months.

Conflicting stories and an inability to figure out just what occurred led to deals with the Wings this past spring which required them to truthfully describe what happened, in exchange for guilty pleas on first-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault, and then recommendations they be locked up for about 16 years.

Danny Wing failed the lie detector test meant to evaluate his honesty, and prosecutors were free, under the terms of the agreement, to seek an exceptionally long sentence.

At issue, in part, yesterday was a passage in the plea agreement between the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office and Brenda Wing’s lawyer John Crowley that required the use of Washington state licensed polygraphers.

Washington state doesn’t license that profession.

That came to light when Danny Wing was sentenced and yesterday the judge repeated his surprise about the wording.

“I find it astonishing that is in there,” Hunt said. “I’ve known we don’t license them since I began practicing.”

According to Crowley and Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead, the plea agreement provided for both the state and the defense to conduct polygraph examinations.

Prosectors had an unlicensed Washington State Patrol polygrapher do theirs. The results for Brenda Wing were inconclusive.

Last month, prosecutors went ahead and got an Oregon-licensed polygrapher to conduct another test with Brenda Wing.

Halstead says she was found to be being deceptive. Crowley said she “supposedly” failed that test.

They are scored on a spectrum, with a gray area in the middle, Crowley said outside the courtroom.

During yesterday’s hearing, Crowley seemed to insinuate to the judge, he hadn’t yet gotten a polygraph done for his client because the agreement calls for a Washington licensed polygrapher, and there is no such kind of person.

Judge Hunt gave him a choice.

They could proceed with sentencing if Crowley would “endorse” the state’s polygraph done by the Oregon polygrapher, or they could return on a later date after Crowley got a licensed polygrapher from any state he chose to do an examination.

Hunt seemed to suggest by his questions that he considered the state’s first and inconclusive polygraph as a non-polygraph.

Crowley consulted briefly with Brenda Wing and then informed the judge they’d like to exercise the second option.

Judge Hunt apologized to the audience for the postponement.

“I want to be clear, the only reason I’m doing this is the stakes are high,” Hunt said.

Unfinished discussions before the hearing ended made clear prosecutors believe Brenda Wing didn’t fulfill her obligations under the plea agreement, because she omitted some information during her interviews. They will be seeking an exceptionally long sentence for her, according to Halstead.

Crowley indicated to the judge he didn’t believe the information she didn’t disclose was material.

Judge Hunt stated Brenda Wing did breach the agreement.

The two sides agreed to return to the courtroom for her sentencing on Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m.
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For background, read, “Vader man gets 34 years for toddler death” from Friday September 25, 2015, here

Centralia: Driver escapes collision with train uninjured

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A man in his 70s was shook up but unhurt when his car was T-boned by a train yesterday morning in south Centralia.

It happened about 10:15 a.m. at the 700 block of South Street on the less-frequently used rail line that runs through the center of town, not the main BNSF rails that carry Amtrak and large freight trains.

He was headed eastbound and didn’t hear the train’s horn, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The engine and the handful of tanker cars it was pushing north were traveling only about 4 to 5 mph, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

“It was the train equivalent of a fender bender,” Reichert said.

Still, the mid-sized car was shoved 20 to 30 feet up the tracks, damaging the passenger side door, Reichert said.

There was no passenger in the car, Reichert said.

Reichert said the motorist didn’t have to go to the hospital, and his vehicle is likely repairable.

The area where the rail crosses South Street is somewhat overgrown and doesn’t utilize lights and crossing arms like the BNSF lines, according to Reichert.

Law enforcement reveals they think Kayla Croft-Payne died from overdose

Friday, November 20th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – As expected, authorities have gone public with further information about the missing Kayla Croft-Payne.

Earlier this week, law enforcement revealed they believed she died in northern Cowlitz County about the time she went missing. They said they had recently been looking for her body in Oregon.

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Kayla Croft-Payne

Yesterday, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office revealed they believe she died from an overdose and that it happened in an RV park in their county.

The then-18-year-old Lewis County resident was reported missing in early May of 2010.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has investigated the case over the course of the past five years and conducted numerous interviews of people that have knowledge of the case.

In a news release issued yesterday, Cowlitz County indicated the new information that got them to this point was obtained by Lewis County investigators. The suspected location of the death prompted the transfer of the case to Cowlitz detectives.

The new and credible information passed along to them included that Croft-Payne’s body was transported to a remote and heavily wooded area in Oregon and concealed, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

The (Longview) Daily News reports detectives believe she was buried in northwestern Oregon, and it was because people were scared of notifying authorities and didn’t know what to do.

In yesterday’s news release, Cowlitz authorities stated that detectives from the two counties have conducted multiple extensive searches over the past six weeks in Oregon.

No human remains were found.

“Out of respect to the current property owners, we are not describing the area where Kayla is believed to be located,” the sheriff’s office wrote in its news release.

Early in the investigation, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said the last place they could verify her spending time was a trailer park in the Toutle area. Among their theories early on, was that she died of a drug overdose.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for further information from anyone who knows something.

They offered up numerous ways to contact them.

Detective Cory Robinson and Sgt. Brad Thurman can be reached at 360-577-3092.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers of Cowlitz County at 360-577-1206. People can also give tips by texting 847411 and downloading “CCSOTip”.
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For background, read “Law enforcement: ‘Credible report’ the missing Kayla Croft-Payne died in Cowlitz County” from Tuesday November 17, 2015, here

News brief: Wrecks shove I-5 center barrier into oncoming traffic

Friday, November 20th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Nobody was injured this morning when ice on the roadway started a multiple vehicle collision that wreaked havoc on both sides of Interstate 5 at Centralia.

A pickup truck entering northbound from Harrison Avenue hit a patch of ice, spun out and collided with the center barrier, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A northbound semi then hit the pickup and another car was struck by some of the displaced concrete barrier, Trooper Michael Johnson said.

The barrier was shoved into the oncoming lane, where a car-carrying truck hit it, he said.

Interstate 5 was blocked in both directions beginning at about 5:20 a.m.

Neither the pickup nor the car were drivable, and the semi was also towed because it had steering issue, Johnson said.

Still, nobody had to be transported to the hospital, according to Johnson.

The freeway wasn’t entirely opened up again until 8:15 a.m.

Prosecutors: Littlerock prison employee recommends early release for inmate, meets him at motel

Friday, November 20th, 2015
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Kristina M. Auckland sits at the defense table during her bail hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A counselor at Cedar Creek Corrections Center has been arrested for allegedly spending nights at a Centralia motel with a former inmate, including the day he was released from prison.

Kristina M. Auckland, 31, was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree custodial sexual misconduct. Centralia police arrested her yesterday.

Prosecutors say the inmate was supervised by Auckland during his stay at the Littlerock facility and that even after his release, she would have influence over his treatment during his period of community custody.

The 33-year-old man was released from confinement on Oct. 18, 10 days early upon her recommendation, prosecutors allege.

The case came under investigation after another employee of the state Department of Corrections saw the two together on Saturday at the Motel 6, according to charging documents.

The former inmate when interviewed yesterday told detectives the relationship was completely consensual, the documents state. He showed investigators text messages in which they both said loving things to each other.

It’s unlawful for an employee of a correctional agency to have sexual intercourse with someone who is an inmate or is under correctional supervision, if the defendant has or the victim believes they have, the ability to influence terms of their incarceration or supervision. First-degree custodial sexual misconduct has a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

A Centralia police detective confiscated both of their phones.

When Auckland was brought before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court, a defense attorney shared information for the purposes of influencing the amount of bail, and to show the defendant appeared to qualify for a court-appointed lawyer.

The Castle Rock woman brings home about $2,400 each month and her husband works at Home Depot, wages that support them and their three children, according to attorney Joely O’Rourke.

She has a letter indicating she has been put on paid leave from her job, O’Rourke said.

Prosecutors noted Auckland has no felony convictions in her past.

Judge Nelson Hunt allowed her to be released pending trial on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

He declined a request from the state for a sexual assault protection order, saying he would only order it if the victim wanted it. Auckland is prohibited from contacting witnesses through the standard conditions of release.

Attorney Shane O’Rourke was appointed to represent her. Her arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 20th, 2015
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VEHICLE STOLEN FROM CHURCH LOT

• A white 1995 Ford Ranger was reported stolen out of a church parking lot in Centralia at about 8:30 p.m. yesterday. The truck, missing from the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue, has a white canopy, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MISSING FROM SCHOOL

• Police were called to Chehalis Middle School yesterday to take a report that five flutes were stolen from its music room last week. The loss is listed at $250, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ARRAY OF APPAREL THEFTS

• Police took a report yesterday afternoon of clothing stolen from a laundry business at the 500 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia.

• Someone stole articles of Seahawks clothing from a vehicle at the 1100 block of West First Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 5 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were called about a vehicle prowl about 5:15 p.m. yesterday at the 1500 block of North Scheuber Road. Clothes bags were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT

• A 31-year-old Castle Rock woman was arrested in Centralia yesterday for first-degree custodial sexual misconduct. Police say the case involved Kristina A. Auckland, a state Department of Corrections employee, and a 33-year-old offender “having relations.” Auckland was interviewed at the police department and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 30-year-old Chehalis man who allegedly lunged at an emergency room nurse at Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday was arrested for third-degree assault. Jason R. Ferris was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called to the 500 block of West Cherry Street in Centralia about 4:35 p.m. yesterday regarding a window broken out of a vehicle.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for tagging, misdemeanor  theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.