Archive for February, 2016

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, February 29th, 2016
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Updated at 5:14 p.m.

HAMMER THREAT

• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested after police were called about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue about a person trying to take apart a bench. He was confronted and allegedly swung a hammer at people, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault was Carey R. Cosgrove, according to police.

CHURCH RANSACKED

• Chehalis police were summoned on Saturday morning to a church on the 1800 block of Southwest Snively Avenue where several windows were broken and interior doors kicked in. There was lots of blood and lots of property damage, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “We’re looking for a suspect with probably cuts on the hand and/or forearm,” department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Things inside were rummaged through, but it’s not clear if anything was taken, Bailey said.

AUTO THEFT

• A blue 1992 Honda Accord was reported stolen from the 300 block of West Pear Street in Centralia just before 10 p.m. yesterday. It has a license plate of AJD 1851, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called at 11:30 a.m. yesterday to the 400 block of South Washington Street in Centralia following the discovery someone tried to steal a pickup truck. The rear window had been pried open and an attempt was made to “force” the ignition,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 35-year-old Portland woman was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a warrant after contact with an officer about 5:20 a.m. yesterday in a car on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis and then subsequently arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. An officer learned after the initial arrest that the BMW Shirene N. Singh had been driving was stolen from Vancouver, Wash., according to the Chehalis Police Department.

GUN GONE

• Chehalis police were called yesterday by an individual who said his firearm, holster and ammunition from his vehicle were missing after he got his vehicle serviced at the dealer on the 1900 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

THEFT OF MONEY

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about 6:50 p.m. yesterday regarding stolen cash in the amount of $600. The investigation continues,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday an individual who said a wallet was taken from a vehicle on the 100 block of Southwest 10th Street at about midnight and the suspect was chased but got away. Then, a missing bankcard belonging to the victim was denied when a group of five tried to use it at a local eating establishment, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called to the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis on Friday where the owner of a vehicle reported she discovered her tires were flat and the stereo missing.

• Chehalis police were called to the 100 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue on Friday morning where a bicycle was missing from the front yard and a vehicle had been rummaged through.

DRUGS

• A 64-year-old motorist was arrested for drug possession yesterday following a traffic stop in Winlock and the discovery his license was suspended. Robert L. Love said it wasn’t his shirt when an officer discovered a baggie containing a white substance and a glass pipe inside Love’s shirt pocket, according to charging documents. A field test indicated the material was cocaine but later, when a different officer said it looked more like methamphetamine, a second field test returned positive for meth, charging documents state. Love was booked overnight into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of meth.

CONCEALED WEAPON VIOLATION

• Chehalis police called about 10:25 p.m. on Saturday to a report of an individual with a handgun inside a bar on Northwest Chehalis Avenue subsequently arrested 41-year-old Alberto F. Rodriguez for weapon prohibited in certain places as well as unlawful carrying or handling of a dangerous weapon, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual,  other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, giving false information to police officer, minor in possession-consumption of alcohol; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, collision on city street, suspicious circumstances; complaint of threat via Facebook, neighbor dog barking all night long … and more, among than 129 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today.

News brief: Name released of pedestrian hit by Amtrak near Tenino

Monday, February 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man who died when he was struck by a train south of Tenino on Friday was 41-year-old Gary F. Mann, according to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office.

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Coroner Gary Warnock said Mann had no fixed address but was known to camp out in the Tenino area. He has family locally, according to Warnock.

Deputies were called at 3:52 p.m. on Friday to the area of the 17200 block off state Route 507, told by the Amtrak engineer that the train hit a person who stepped out from between two freight cars parked on a parallel track, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

The engineer didn’t have time to activate the horn or brakes, and he was killed instantly, sheriff’s Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said.

Warnock indicated he is hoping to view footage from the train’s cameras, to help him determine if the death was an accident or suicide.
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For background, read “News brief: Man struck, killed by train near Tenino” from Friday February 26, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, February 28th, 2016
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RUCKUS AT RAILROAD STATION

• A Centralia man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly approached an acquaintance at the Centralia train depot, demanded money from him and then punched the 25-year-old in the face when he had no money to give him. Officers called about 11:50 a.m. to the 200 block of Railroad Avenue learned the victim ended up with a broken tooth, according to the Centralia Police Department. They contacted 44-year-old Brett A Morris at his residence and arrested him for attempted robbery. Morris was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

LICENSE PLATE RECOVERED

• A 27-year-old Bucoda resident was arrested for third-degree possession of stolen property yesterday after it was discovered the license plates on the vehicle he was driving were stolen. The plates were missing from Yakima, according to the Centralia Police Department. Joshua W Bonagofsky was booked into the Lewis County, also for first-degree driving with a suspended license, after contact with an officer about 4:50 p.m. at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

BYSTANDERS DETAIN MOTORIST AFTER WRECK

• A 34-year-old Centralia man who drove into a light pole and a parked vehicle at the 700 block of South Gold Street reportedly tried to leave but was held by bystanders until officers arrived about 1 p.m. yesterday. Joseph E. Leyva was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual,  other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more, among than 127 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, February 27th, 2016
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CENTRALIA POULTRY FIRE

• Nobody was injured and the damage was minimal but many chicks perished yesterday upstairs at a Centralia home when a heat lamp keeping them warm ignited nearby combustible material, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Firefighters called at 1:30 p.m. to the house on the 500 block of South Rock Street saw light smoke coming out of a second-story window, according to the fire department. The occupants had gotten themselves out, Assistant Chief Rick Mack stated. Firefighters quickly put out the fire with a fire extinguisher and exhausted the smoke with a power fan, according to Mack. The damage was limited to the small area on the floor and the chicks’ container.

MORE FIRE

• Firefighters called at 6:10 p.m. yesterday about smoke coming from a vacant residence on the 1000 block of Long Road in Centralia found a small stove inside causing the smoke. It was taken outside and fans were used to evacuate the smoke, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The area contained some sleeping bags and other belongings, according to Fire Capt. Erik Olson.

• Firefighters were called at 7:30 p.m. yesterday to a vehicle fire at the 2300 block of Sirrka Avenue in Centralia found a 1995 Ford Explorer parked in the driveway fully involved in flames. A resident there had been working on it earlier and it’s suspected a short in a shop vac sparked the fire, according to Riverside Fire Authority. A second vehicle parked nearby sustained minor radiant heat damage, according to Fire Capt. Erik Olson.

ASSAULT CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called at noon on Thursday to the Gospel Mission on Southwest Chehalis Avenue where a man showed up and said he’d been beat up and possibly had broken ribs. The 39-year-old victim didn’t want to press charges and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of North Washington Avenue where someone had broken in to a vehicle and stolen the stereo faceplate. A window was broken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ANOTHER LICENSE PLATE STOLEN

• Police were called just after 11 a.m. yesterday to the 500 block of East Pear Street to take a report that someone removed the rear license plate from a vehicle. The plate reads AWA 0628, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 32-year-old Chehalis woman, Rochelle M. McAllister, was arrested early yesterday morning at Wal-Mart for suspected shoplifting was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine when she was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police on Thursday arrested a 49-year-old Chehalis man for possession of a controlled substance for allegedly taking his recently deceased roommate’s prescription medication, Suboxone. Steven S. Knittle, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just after 10 p.m. on Thursday to the 1700 block of South Market Boulevard following the discovery that fuel lines on a vehicle had been cut.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 23-year-old Chehalis man who turned himself in was allowed release yesterday on a $10,000 unsecured bond on a charge of second-degree assault from an incident last fall. Warrants and charges were filed on Monday in Lewis County Superior Court in the case in which a 46-year-old Chehalis man was beaten in front of his home early on Sept. 20. Charging documents state that following an altercation at a birthday gathering elsewhere, Edu Adsilva Leal, 23, and Gustavo Casmiro-Gomez, 31, showed up at the 1300 block of Southwest Mills Avenue in Chehalis and jumped out of a car. Leal allegedly punched his cousin in the head and when his cousin’s father tried to intervene, Casmiro-Gomez knocked the older man to the ground, according to one witness. The victim was kicked in the face and head repeatedly and viciously and subsequently hospitalized, according to charging documents. Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge yesterday afternoon that when Leal learned he had a warrant, he called police and showed up of his own accord to court. Judge James Lawler said the fact that Leal was present in court showed him he could allow him to remain free on the unsecured bond. Casmiro-Gomez was arrested on Monday. Arraignments for both men are scheduled for Thursday.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, possession of liquor by minor; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among than 152 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today.

Chehalis case from 2008 sandwich shop robbery, rape revived

Friday, February 26th, 2016
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Thomas L. Pleasant waits his turn to go in front of a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The suspect in a robbery and rape of a woman working alone at night at the Chehalis Subway shop from almost eight years ago appeared in Lewis County Superior Court today, to finally face the charges against him.

Thomas L. Pleasant, now 50, was transported from Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen where he is serving a sentence of life without parole.

In 2008, Pleasant was convicted of three first-degree robberies in Cowlitz County, as well as second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree burglary there, according to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer.

He also has a first-degree robbery conviction from 1989, according to Meyer.

While he was still in jail in Cowlitz County, he requested to talk with detectives and confessed to the July 16, 2008 hold up in Chehalis, saying he tied up the female worker with an electrical cord and put her in a walk-in cooler, according to charging documents.

He denied sexually assaulting her.

Lewis County prosecutors filed charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree rape on Sept. 9, 2008.

It’s not clear why he wasn’t brought to Lewis County sooner than now, Meyer said, other than the wait until after his Cowlitz cases wrapped up. Meyer didn’t become prosecutor until 2011.

“This is kind of an insurance policy,” Meyer said, suggesting the possibility of appeals in the other cases.

He said he has interviewed the victim and she indicated she was willing to go forward.

Pleasant, whose court documents from 2008 show a Centralia address for his residence, was brought before a judge this afternoon for a brief hearing.

Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said her client had no income and qualified for a court-appointed lawyer. His arraignment was scheduled for next Thursday.

Court documents describe the details Chehalis police learned from the victim.

She said she was preparing for closing about 10:44 p.m. and was alone as another employee had just left, when a male came in through the back door and told her to look down.

She dropped to her knees, saw a gun that looked like a long .22 with a silencer, she said. The male demanded money, smashed the wall phone, took her cell phone and $22, she said.

She said she crawled to the cash register and gave him about $320.

He then asked her if she wanted to live, and with a gun to her back, raped her, according to her statement.

The victim said she eventually was able to free her tied hands and trip the store’s alarm.

The Subway is at the Twin City Town Center on Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

Court documents go on to describe the investigation that followed.

Chehalis police reviewed video surveillance footage from Wal-Mart and saw a vehicle described as a light colored truck with a canopy or a long sport utility vehicle, in which a person got out and went into the Movie Gallery.

About two weeks later, Chehalis detective Rick McNamara saw a robbery bulletin from the Longview Police Department with a photo of a similar truck.

Another officer thought it resembled a truck he’d pulled over a few days earlier and a check of its registration showed it was owned by Pleasant.

Within a few days, Castle Rock police located the vehicle, and Pleasant was soon apprehended.

When Pleasant was interview by McNamara, he said the gun he used was the same one he used in the Longview robbery; he said it looked real, like a .357 and he threw it away because it got him in trouble.

News brief: Man struck, killed by train near Tenino

Friday, February 26th, 2016
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Trains are stopped in the area of the 17200 block of state Route 507. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

Updated at 7:30 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death on the train tracks south of Tenino this afternoon.

It happened in the area of the 17200 block off state Route 507, according to the sheriff’s office.

A southbound Amtrak reported at about 4 p.m. they struck an individual, sheriff’s Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said.

A freight train was stopped on the adjacent tracks and Amtrak said the person stepped out from in between two of its cars, he said.

The Amtrak was right there, traveling about 60 mph, Ziesemer said.

The engineer didn’t have time to activate the horn or brakes, and he was killed instantly, he said.

They found identification and the coroner’s office has taken custody of the body and will be notifying next-of-kin, according to Ziesemer. The deceased is 41 years old.

Investigators from BNSF and Amtrak also responded to assist with the investigation.

The rail line was shut down approximately two hours.

 

Salkum uncle charged for bow and arrow threat

Friday, February 26th, 2016
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Carl E. Griffith Jr. is brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court for a bail hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set at twice what prosecutors requested for the Salkum man who reportedly aimed a cross-bow at his 24-year-old niece and told her he would kill her if she returned to his mother’s residence.

Carl E. Griffith Jr. was arrested Wednesday and then charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree assault and harassment.

The incident came to the attention of law enforcement on Tuesday when a mental health provider at Valley View Health in Toledo reported Griffith had come in for a session, in an emotional and extremely agitated state.

According to court papers, Griffith, 45, told the provider about how much he hated his niece, Miranda Griffith, because of her lifestyle and described what he had done.

He said she was at his mom’s home doing laundry when he  began yelling at her, grabbed the bow, placed it in full draw and pointed it at her, according to the documents. He said he then pulled her out of the house by the hair and threw her into the front yard, the documents state.

Authorities said the incident occurred on Feb. 7 at the 2100 block of Spencer Road where he lives with his mother and his fiancé.

Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Blye told the judge yesterday afternoon that she thought bail should be set at $50,000, citing past convictions of second-degree assault and witness tampering as well as four convictions for fourth-degree assault.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said the allegations seemed out of character for her client and requested a $25,000 unsecured bond, co-signed by Griffith’s brother.

Judge James Lawler said the allegations were very serious.

“I can’t ignore that, these are just far too severe to have unsecured bail,” Lawler said. “I’m setting bail at $100,000, cash or surety.”

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said yesterday Griffith went into great detail about what he would do with his niece. He spoke of eviscerating her with knives and spoke graphically of what he would do with her corpse, charging documents allege.

Detectives interviewed the niece as well as an un-named individual who witnessed the assault, according to court documents.

When the residence was searched on Wednesday, deputies located a compound bow, a cross bow and numerous arrows.

His arraignment is scheduled for next Thursday.

O’Rourke also told the judge she believed Griffith would qualify for a court appointed lawyer, as his income comes from disability benefits.
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup –  PLAN TO KILL, THREAT TO SHOOT WITH BOW AND ARROW  INVESTIGATED” from Thursday February 25, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, February 26th, 2016
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MOTOR VEHICLE MISHAP

• A woman was pinned into some shopping carts when her car suddenly lurched forward while she was looking into its engine compartment yesterday evening at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Firefighters called about 6:20 p.m. report she had parked in front of Halls Drug Center and was trying to fix an engine problem. The woman was able to free herself prior to the arrival of emergency medical personnel, according to Capt. Scott Weinert. The victim, who was around 30 years old, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital in stable condition, according to Weinert. There was no damage to the building, he indicated.

STUFF STOLEN FROM RESIDENCE

• Centralia police were called just after 5 p.m. yesterday regarding a theft of multiple items from a home on the 1100 block of Long Road. Among the missing property are a tablet computer, speakers and an unspecified amount of money, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRIVEWAY PROWLED

• Police were called to the 1300 block of Rhobina Street in Centralia about 2:40 p.m. yesterday where they were told that someone had removed the back license plate from a vehicle sometime during the previous two days while it was parked in a driveway. The plate number is AXH 9071, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 7:40 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue where sometime during the night, someone stole a 2002 Yamaha YZ250 motorcycle from the bed of a pick-up truck.

DRUGS

• Police called just before 8 a.m. yesterday regarding possible squatters at the 500 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia found unspecified drugs in a backpack belonging to an individual with an outstanding warrant. Guy A. Johnson, 41, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Twenty-two-year-old Jared A Heminger was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and heroin when he was detained for an outstanding warrant at the 2000 block of Borst Park Avenue around 9:20 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Heminger was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.