Archive for June, 2016

News brief: Shared fire service in and around Chehalis on agenda

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Officials from the city of Chehalis are getting together with leaders of the neighboring fire district this evening to talk about shared fire services.

The joint meeting with members of the city council and the board of commissioners for Lewis County Fire District 6 begins at 6:30 p.m.

It will be held at District 6’s main station at 2123 Jackson Highway.

According to the agenda, they will talk about the future of fire service for the area and have an open discussion about annexation.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
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NOT A VICTIM

• A 34-year-old shopper who left her purse in a dressing room while she stepped out to get something else to try on, caught another woman who’d taken items from her purse last night at the Centralia Outlets. Centralia police called just after 7 p.m. to a store on Lum Road learned the 34-year-old Chehalis woman encountered the thief coming out of her dressing room and demanded her to give her back her belongings, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspect, who was described as having long brown hair and weighing about 175 pounds, with bad teeth, gave the items back and fled before officers arrived, police said. The victim sustained minor injuries in the struggle, according to police.

SAW STOLEN

• Centralia police were called at 12:51 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a garage at the 100 block of West Alaska Way in Centralia. A chop saw was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING HONDA FOUND

• Chehalis police called about 11:55 a.m. yesterday about a possible burglary occurring on the 100 block of Southwest 11th Street contacted four individuals, arresting one of them for allegedly being in possession of a Honda car stolen in Chehalis with plates on it that had been stolen in Centralia. Peter J. Herman Jr., 33, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The other people were released, according to police.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Chehalis police were summoned to a business on the 200 block of West Main Street yesterday following the discovery that a U-Haul trailer recently taken in turned out to be stolen in Oregon.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning they are investigating an incident of taking a motor vehicle without permission that occurred on Monday at the 100 block of Fineview Drive in Chehalis. The owner of a 2004 Ford Focus earlier wouldn’t give a person there a ride to Centralia and when he went to bed, put the car keys on his headboard, according to the sheriff’s office. When he awoke, the car was gone.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8:20 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Southwest 16th Street where someone removed items, including a wallet, from a vehicle while a man was sleeping inside of it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called late yesterday afternoon about a vehicle prowl at the 400 block of Southwest 18th Street. Stolen from the unlocked pickup truck was a trailer brake box, black in color, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The brand is Primus, police said.

• Police were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday by a woman who said her backpack had been taken from her vehicle while it parked at the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis and then found by an acquaintance, but her cell phone was missing.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Police responded just before 3 p.m. yesterday when a woman on a bicycle and a vehicle collided on the 100 block of West Maple Street just outside City Hall in Centralia.  The injuries were minor, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Firefighters called just before 10 a.m. today to a collision between a semi truck and a passenger truck on state Route 6 near Curtis Hill Road found none of the three occupants were injured but the big rig’s trailer was blocking both lanes. The roadway was closed for a time as approximately 45 gallons of diesel spilled onto the road, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, unlawful transit conduct; responses for alarm, dispute,  civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, graffiti on a sign, collision on city street    … and more, among 149 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Centralia man un-convicted of child sex crimes back in court

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Centralia man whose convictions for child sex abuse that put him in prison for 30 years were reversed, is back in the Lewis County Jail.

Lewis County prosecutors are preparing for a new trial for now 41-year-old Paulo Botello-Garcia.

Botello-Garcia was arrested early in 2012 after a 15-year-old girl’s mother found writings in the teen’s journal about incidents that had occurred in the past. He was convicted by a jury in Lewis County Superior Court of two counts of second-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree rape of a child in early 2014.

The Washington State Court of Appeals found the trial court erred in admitting certain evidence and earlier this year remanded the case for a new trial.

It was a lengthy trial, said Joely O’Rourke who prosecuted the case.

O’Rourke has since left the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office and now serves as temporary defense attorney for individuals at their first court appearance. On Monday afternoon when Botello-Garcia was brought back before a judge, O’Rourke excused herself from the courtroom.

Botello-Garcia, who told Judge Richard Brosey he only spoke a little English, was accompanied at the defense table by only an interpreter.

Judge Brosey noted Botello-Garcia’s trial lawyer has died and asked if he needed a court appointed attorney. Botello-Garcia said he did and Centralia lawyer David Arcuri was assigned to represent him.

Since the case was tried before Judge James Lawler, the case will go back to him, Brosey said.

Court documents show the 2014 trial lasted at least six days. The offenses for which he was convicted occurred when the girl was 12 and 13 years old. They were members of the same household.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh argued the appeal. Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm will be handling the case now, Beigh said today.

Botello-Garcia is scheduled for his next court hearing tomorrow.

Sheriff’s Office seeking info on Mossy woman’s disappearance

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a 56-year-old woman who was reported missing on Sunday, but last seen a month earlier near Mossyrock.

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Myrna R. LeBeau

Myrna R. LeBeau may suffer from mental health issues, according to the sheriff’s office.

She was last seen leaving her home southeast of Mossyrock on May 26, walking on Green Mountain Road, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

LeBeau was then wearing a green windbreaker, sweatpants, white tennis shoes and carrying a blue purse. She is described as a white female, 5-feet 6-inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair, and green eyes.

Brown said LeBeau does not live alone and deputies are looking into why she wasn’t reported missing sooner. Detectives are interviewing an individual this afternoon, Brown said.

Anyone with information that can help locate LeBeau, is asked to please contact detective Jeff Humphrey at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
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KIDS INJURED IN SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING WRECK

• A 39-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for driving under the influence after he wrecked his car running into a tree along the 2100 block of Rice Road yesterday evening, with four child passengers. Deputies called just before 6 p.m. report only one of the kids, ages 7, 9, 10 and 13, was unhurt. The others sustained cuts, scrapes and bruises, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, Robert K. Hilkemeier, was treated at the hospital and then booked into the Lewis County Jail. He was also booked for four counts of reckless endangerment, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. The 2005 BMW was totaled, Brown said.

ASSAULT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called just after 7 p.m. yesterday to an incident at the 200 block of Downing Road where a 19-year-old man allegedly pulled a knife on a man in his 50s over some kind of family matter. Kanaan J. Reanier, of Burien, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS, CENTRALIA

• Chehalis police were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Southeast 11th Street where a bicycle, a lawn mower and a portable torch had been stolen from the yard, a shed and the garage.

• An officer was called to the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court in Chehalis about 9:15 a.m. yesterday where they were told someone entered an unlocked apartment and stole pill bottles containing hydrocodone the previous day.

• A leaf blower was reported missing yesterday from a garage on the 1200 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. It went disappeared sometime during the previous week, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 10 a.m. yesterday for the theft of a Toyota Camry from the 400 block of West Main Street. The car was recovered later in the morning about 10 blocks away, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 5 p.m. yesterday to a car prowl at the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia. Registration documents were stolen from the unlocked vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 11:25 a.m. yesterday to the 900 block of K Street where someone had broken a a window out of a parked vehicle during the night.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:15 a.m. yesterday regarding an overnight vehicle prowl at the 1500 block of Southwest Kelly Avenue.

• Centralia police were called to the 1800 block of Hillview Road at 7:30 a.m. yesterday to a vehicle prowl. Someone broke out a window and stole a backpack, a GPS device and money, according to the Centralia Police Department. The pack was found several blocks away, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Chehalis police responded to an approximately 9:20 p.m. call yesterday to assist the Washington State Patrol regarding a motorist who said another motorist pointed a gun at them while traveling southbound on Interstate 5. Further details were not readily available.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, parking lot fender bender, gang graffiti on garages   … and more, among 143 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
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Upside down excavator off Blanchard Road / Courtesy photo by David Whittington‎

NOW THAT’S MALICIOUS MISCHIEF

• Someone wired back the control levers to cause an excavator to roll down an embankment at a Centralia area logging site, where it came to rest upside down in a creek. The John Deere 135G track excavator with a 21-foot boom is worth several thousand dollars, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. An employee of Chehalis Rentals who went to retrieve the piece of equipment yesterday morning from off the 100 block of Blanchard Road said it occurred sometime since 10 a.m. the day before, according to the sheriff’s office. It will take a larger piece of equipment to recover the machine, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AUTO THEFT

• A 2002 Honda Civic was reported stolen from the 1100 block of H Street, according to a report made to police about 7:50 a.m. yesterday. It has a license plate reading 987 ZON, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 1100 block of J Street about an overnight theft of a craftsmen generator from a motor home.

• License plates were reported stolen from the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia yesterday morning.

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday about an early morning vehicle prowl on the 900 block of Northwest State Avenue. The registration was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Coins and fuses were among the items missing from a vehicle at the 500 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 2:40 p.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 100 block of Northeast Washington Avenue where sometime over the weekend someone had emptied out the glove box of a vehicle.

BUILDING PROWL

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Center Street following the discovery someone had gone into a crawl space and rummaged through stored items. Nothing was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAMPAIGN SIGNS SNAGGED

• Centralia police were called at noon yesterday again for because of the theft of political signs from a yard at the 1000 block of North Pearl Street.

DRUGS

• A deputy called about 5:15 a.m. yesterday about a person hiding in bushes near a bathroom at Thousand Trails Campground on the 2200 block of Centralia-Alpha Road contacted a 33-year-old Puyallup man who said he was camping with his family, and then found he had two outstanding warrants, and then found he had a crystal substance that field-tested positive for drugs. Brandon L. Peterson was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, a man who appeared to be drunk and kissing on a fire hydrant   … and more, among 156 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens Weekend Overflow: Police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Updated at 8:40 a.m.

SECURITY RV BROKEN INTO

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday a camper belonging to a person who provides security at logging sites was burglarized some time between 8 p.m. on Friday and about 12:50 p.m. on Saturday. A deputy called to the area at Centralia-Alpha and Coal Creek roads learned that among the missing valuables was a 45 caliber pistol, a passport, a small flat screen television and two generators, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• A deputy was called to the 100 block of Gleason Road outside Centralia about 3:30 p.m. on Friday when the owner of a 1990 Honda Accord discovered her car was missing from where it was parked at her residence. There is a person of interest, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone broke a window and stole a Ruger American 223 rifle from a vehicle parked near Galvin and River Heights roads on Sunday while its owner was floating the river, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• A 40-year-old Winlock man was arrested over the weekend after a pipe stem with residue was found when he emptied his pockets for police after being stopped for riding a bicycle with no headlight. Barry W. Worley came across two officers about 3:15 a.m. on Saturday near Northwest Kerron Avenue in Winlock and was later arrested for possession of meth after the substance field-tested positive for the drug, according to information provided to prosecutors by Toledo Police Officer Randy Pennington. Worley was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A 28-year-old man who reportedly was running in and out of traffic in Chehalis was arrested for disorderly conduct and then subsequently for possession of methamphetamine. A deputy responding about 5:40 a.m. on Friday to Market Boulevard at Fourth Street located a glass pipe with residue that field tested positive for amphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jason R. Chandler, from Raymond, was was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

SEX CRIME

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident was arrested on Friday after adults learned from a 13-year-old girl and texts on her cell phone the two had been dating almost a year and engaged in sex. Austin R. Nachatilo was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then charged on Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree rape of a child and communication with a minor for immoral purposes. His bail was set at $20,000.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Deputies responded about 7 p.m. on Sunday to a collision near milepost 3.5 of Skate Creek Road North in East Lewis County finding a 2004 WRX Subaru totaled. It appeared the car came around the corner too fast, skidded and possibly rolled over before running into the trees, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There was no driver to be found but a box of cold beer was located nearby, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A Salkum man was arrested for driving under the influence after his motorcycle skidded through the intersection at North Military and Nevil roads in Winlock and collided with concrete blocks and stumps. A deputy responding to the approximately 2:20 a.m. wreck on Sunday reported Roy L. Coleman was taken to the hospital to be checked out and needed to stay there so he was cited, given a court date and then released, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 27th, 2016
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MEDICATIONS STOLEN IN NIGHT FROM CARE FACILITY

• Centralia police were called at 5:30 a.m. today to a residential care facility following the discovery that someone moved a medication cart into a stairwell, pried it open and stole narcotics. It happened sometime between 11 p.m. yesterday and 4 o’clock this morning at the 2000 block of Cooks Hill Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just after 2 o’clock this morning about a black 1995 Honda Accord that vanished from the 600 block of Northwest Quincy Avenue. Last night, the owner had noticed its back license plate was missing which turned out to have turned up earlier in the evening on a vehicle stopped in Centralia, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The stolen plate was returned but the car is still gone, police said this morning.

• Centralia police were called about 10:50 a.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle stolen during the night from the 200 block of West Reynolds Avenue and then recovered out in the county. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 8:25 a.m. on Saturday to the 2100 block of Northwest National Avenue where an individual located a friend’s pickup truck stolen from Centralia. The owner came and got it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FAKE BILLS TRICK MACHINE

• Chehalis police are investigating after a shopper managed to spend five counterfeit $100 bills at the self service check out at Wal-Mart. An officer called on Friday morning to the retailer on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue was told it occurred the day before and it appeared to be a male customer, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 7:40 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of H Street in Centralia regarding an overnight vehicle prowl. The stereo was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An individual called Chehalis police about 9:30 p.m. on Friday after running into a store 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue for about 10 minutes and returning to find her truck was prowled. One door had been unlocked and someone stole a sweatshirt and house keys as well as removing the LED screens from an engine monitoring device on the dashboard, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

TEEN POKES OFFICER IN CHEST, GETS BOOKED

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident was arrested just before 2 o’clock this morning after allegedly poking a police officer in the chest at the 200 block of South Iron Street in Centralia. Jephthah D. Appiah Donkor was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• Chehalis police were called on Friday afternoon to Northwest State Avenue and North Street where a “huge” knife was discovered stuck in a fence. It looks like a large “Bowie-style” type blade, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DISSATISFIED DINER

• Chehalis police were called about 3:40 p.m. on Friday to a restaurant on the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue where a customer unhappy with poor service was demanding compensation. An officer took a report “for information only” and told the customer not to return to the business, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, harassment, suicide attempt, parenting plan issue, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, third-hand report of a sexual assault, apartment window broken during the night, female in a bus shelter yelling about nothing, a shoeless person wearing pajama pants laying on a sidewalk; complaint about barking neighbor dog, loud neighbor party, neighbor pounding on wall as though hanging pictures  … and more.

Thousands of dollars in unauthorized transactions attributed to Mossy city clerk

Monday, June 27th, 2016
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Doneia A. Santiago is represented by private defense attorney Don Blair in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Court documents in the case of the Mossyrock official arrested for theft from the city accounts indicate Clerk-Treasurer Doneia A. Santiago approached the mayor to tell him her husband inadvertently used the city credit card to make an approximately $3,600 payment to Central Mortgage.

Charging documents state Mayor Tom Meade questioned two ATM withdrawals during May for $100 and $200 by Santiago and then use of the city bank card to purchase fuel for her personal vehicle.

The total loss going back to January 2014 is $7,730.45, according to  prosecutors.

The mayor and the police chief met a week ago about the issue. Santiago has been placed on administrative leave.

She was arrested yesterday afternoon and booked into the Lewis County Jail. The 53-year-old Salkum woman was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree theft.

She was handcuffed and outfitted in green jail garb when she appeared before a judge. Santiago is represented by Centralia attorney Don Blair.

The afternoon hearing focused on how much bail she should be required to post to be released pending a trial.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm asked for $10,000, saying she was concerned Santiago and her husband might leave the country.

Blair told the judge his client is a lifelong Lewis County resident who’s lived at her current address at least nine years and had no intention of traveling anywhere. He indicated frustration with his attempts late last week to contact the police chief so she could turn herself in.

Judge Richard Brosey decided she could be released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

The community of some 750 people employs just a very small number of people at city hall. Santiago worked as the city clerk and city treasurer.

The most recent year for which documents were readily available shows the city took in revenues of approximately $762,000 in 2014. The mayor hasn’t yet responded to requests for comment.

The Morton Police Department, which handles law enforcement services for the small central Lewis County city, conducted the investigation.

First-degree theft involves amounts in excess of $5,000.

Charging documents include the following information and allegations:

Santiago told the mayor the accidental payment on May 19 to the mortgage company was done by her husband and she wanted to repay the city. Police Chief Roger Morningstar contacted Security State Bank and was told Santiago’s explanation was incorrect, as the transaction was of the type requiring account and routing numbers to be manually entered into a computer system.

Santiago later said she didn’t have the $3,657.24 to pay back.

She also said the ATM withdrawals were her way of reimbursing herself for purchases she had made for the city. The mayor said the transactions were not permitted.

Mayor Meade also had concerns about the city’s Shell credit card and Santiago told him there were only about $600 of charges over the previous three years.

The police chief requested a copy of a video from the Mossy Mini from June 15, showing Santiago using the city card to buy fuel for her own vehicle.

The police chief obtained statements from Shell and found $1,448.48 in unauthorized transactions between January 2014 and February 2015. They also showed $2,626.73 from June 2015 to June 2016.

Santiago’s arraignment is scheduled for the morning of July 7.
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For background, read “Mossyrock city official jailed for alleged theft” from Monday June 27, 2016, here

Centralia: Potential pilfering of outdoor utility payment box

Monday, June 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Police were called yesterday to the 500 block of North Pearl Street following the discovery of security video showing a male fishing into the after-hours utility payment box for the city.

It occurred between 1:20 a.m. and 2:20 a.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The city suggests that anyone who dropped off a payment into the red box in front of the customer service center since 4:30 p.m. on Friday should call them at 360-330-7657 to ensure it was received.

Also, any customers who notice anything unusual about the processing of their account should call, according to city officials.

Mossyrock city official jailed for alleged theft

Monday, June 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Mossyrock’s city clerk was arrested yesterday afternoon for first-degree theft and misappropriation by a public official.

Doneia A. Santiago was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

The Morton Police Department, which handles law enforcement services for the small central Lewis County city, is investigating.

Morton Police Chief Roger Morningstar said this morning he couldn’t yet discuss the case, because it is ongoing.

He said he began looking into it as soon he was informed of an issue by Mossyrock Mayor Thomas Meade.

“Mayor Meade was very quick to get on board as soon as he was notified by the bank,” Morningstar said.

The community of some 750 people employs just three individuals full time at city hall, according to the most recent report from the Washington State Auditor’s Office. It operated on revenues of approximately $762,000 in 2014.

Santiago was listed as the clerk-treasurer in the report issued on Nov. 16 of last year. The 53-year-old resides in Salkum.

The accountability audit report on the city’s compliance and safeguarding of public resources stated that in most areas audited for the 2014 calendar year, the city was in compliance.

“However, we noted certain matters that we communicated to city management in a letter dated November 10, 2015, related to cost allocation,” the audit’s authors wrote. “We appreciate the city’s commitment to resolving those matters.”

Santiago is tentatively scheduled to appear this afternoon at 4 p.m. in Lewis County Superior Court.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, June 26th, 2016
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THREE INJURED IN MORTON WRECK

• A 6-year-old boy in one vehicle was injured and three little girls in another were reportedly unhurt in a collision yesterday afternoon on U.S. Highway 12 at Morton. Two adults were hurt as well, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called at 4:50 p.m. found the Honda Civic and Oldsmobile Silhouette van both totaled. Teshia M. Reed, 29, from Spanaway, was southbound on state Route 7 and turned left to head east on U.S. Highway 12, according to the state patrol. Her Civic struck the westbound van, the investigating trooper reported. The van’s driver, 55-year-old John Jakubowski, from Randle, was also reportedly unhurt. However, his passenger 38-year-old Dora M. Jakubowski, Reed and Reed’s 6-year-old passenger were all transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. The state patrol indicated Reed failed to yield the right of way and faces charges of reckless endangerment and vehicular assault as well as a ticket for driving without a valid license. Alcohol appeared to be involved, according to a preliminary summary of the incident.

VIOLENCE

• A 31-year-old woman was arrested for second-degree assault overnight after Centralia police were called to a fight in a parking lot at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road. Officers responding to the approximately 1:20 p.m. call booked Mandy L. Williams, of Centralia, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 26-year-old Centralia man was arrested after police responded about 5:30 p.m. yesterday to an altercation at a bar on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. Gregorio Cordero was booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 3:10 p.m. call yesterday at the 1600 block of Eshom Road where an individual allegedly violated a protection order and damaged the front door as he was leaving. The case is being investigated as a second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SHED BURGLED

• Police were called to the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia on Friday afternoon about a break-in to a shed. Taken were two hand drills, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CASH MISSING

• Centralia police were called to the 1400 block of Lois Lane just before 11 a.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of money from a residence.

THIS JUST IN: MOSSYROCK OFFICIAL ARRESTED

• The Lewis County Jail’s online roster shows Doneia A. Santiago was arrested this afternoon for first-degree theft and misappropriation by a public official. Santiago is listed as the city clerk for Mossyrock. Lewis County Sirens.com is reaching out to get more information. Check back for more.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, probation violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, third-degree theft, identity theft, misdemeanor domestic assault, graffiti to a fence, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street,  … and more, among 314 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 24th, 2016
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ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 19-year-old Centralia woman was injured this morning when she fell asleep at the wheel and wrecked her Jeep Grand Cherokee on a Grays Harbor County highway. Troopers called just after 8 a.m. to state Route 8 two miles east of McCleary report Alycia I. Gerou was transported to Capitol Medical Center. Gerou was eastbound when her vehicle began to swerve, left the roadway and spun into the cable barrier median, according to the Washington State Patrol. She was not wearing a seat belt and is expected to be cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the state patrol. The totaled Jeep was impounded.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 8:10 p.m. yesterday about the  theft of a gray 1989 Ford F350 pickup truck from the 600 block of North Tower Avenue. It has a license plate reading B13924P, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 2:20 p.m. yesterday regarding a purse stolen from a vehicle at the 1000 block of West Main Street in Centralia.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday morning by a business on Northwest Louisiana Avenue following a phone call in which someone tried to transfer money via phone to Western Union. It seemed suspicious and the caller was “smooth” but the transfer wasn’t made, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

HOUSEHOLD THEFT

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to Southwest 11th Street where some marijuana went missing and a family member was suspected.

MAYBE NOT A THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning an outdoor lantern believed stolen from the 100 block of Topaz Court outside Winlock turned out to be misplaced. The 76-year-old woman who reported on Wednesday she thought her home was burglarized on Monday thinks her missing Ellipsis 8 electronic tablet may also have been misplaced, according to the sheriff’s office.

STOLEN FIREARMS LOCATED

• Lewis County sheriff’s deputies have recovered several stolen guns and other items in connection with a burglary last week at the 400 block of Coal Creek Road outside Chehalis. Members of the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team served a search warrant on Wednesday off Steam Boat Island Road NW northwest of Olympia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called on the evening of June 15 when a 52-year-old man discovered his home had been broken into and ammunition as well as at least eight rifles and two handguns were missing. The loss was over $10,000. No arrests have yet been made in the case, Cmdr. Dusty Breen indicated this morning.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, shoplifting, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, graffiti to garage, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, parent picking up her son from juvenile detention who was then herself arrested for an outstanding warrant… and more, among 140 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched a building off Steam Boat Island Road NW on Wednesday. / Courtesy photo Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

News brief: Chehalis gunshot victim recovering

Friday, June 24th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 30-year-old man found with a gunshot wound behind a West Main Street business in Chehalis early Wednesday remains hospitalized, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Police and firefighters responding to the man’s 911 call about 3 o’clock that morning found he was injured in the stomach area. A shotgun was recovered. The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said he understood the victim was staying in a camper nearby and working security.

Kaut said this morning he was informed yesterday afternoon the patient remained in the intensive care unit but was listed as stable.

The investigation is wrapping up, according to Kaut.

“At this point, it looks like it was self-inflicted and not an accident,” Kaut said.
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For background, read “Breaking news: Gunshot victim airlifted from Chehalis” from Wednesday June 22, 2016, here

Police: FBI case leads detectives to Toledo man who offered dog online for sex

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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A retired firefighter who’s never even had a speeding ticket found himself visited by members of three law enforcement agencies at his Toledo area home after his alleged instant messages showed up amid an FBI investigation into a couple arrested for child sex crimes.

The Seattle Police Department today said investigators with its Internet Crimes Against Children task force discovered he had offered his dog up online for sexual encounters and had exchanges with the couple in which he said he liked to watch adults sexually abusing children, offered to set up an encounter with a young child, and later asked for, and received, a picture of the husband’s genitals.

In the chat, he allegedly asked many questions about the man’s daughter, according to court documents.

ICAC detectives obtained a search warrant for his Yahoo account and traced the email and messages back to the 58-year-old Toledo man.

Investigators soon discovered he had also posted elsewhere online, allegedly offering to provide his German shepherd to another person for a sexual encounter.

“He included a detailed description of his dog’s genitals, and bragged about previously coordinating a sexual encounter between a neighbor and his dog, which he said was witnessed by another young child,” a Seattle Police Department writer stated in SPD’s Blotter today.

A detective who examined his emails supplied one of them to local prosecutors which is said to be his response to a Craigslist advertisement titled, “Phone sex about your family member-I call you- m4m.”

Part of his alleged response: “Hey there, love taboo talk and chat, I have a fantasy about my niece who is a little girl … ”

At about 5:45 a.m. on Monday, detectives with ICAC were assisted by members of the Toledo Police Department and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in “executing a search warrant” at the home on the 1800 block of state Route 505 in Toledo.

Wayde G. Rice was interviewed and his computer devices examined, according to court documents. An image of child pornography is described in the affidavit of probable cause filed in Lewis County Superior Court.

Rice was arrested, booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged with one count of first-degree possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The offense has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

When Rice was brought before a judge on Tuesday afternoon, handcuffed and dressed in green jail garb, lawyers discussed what his bail should be.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Intern Amber Caulfield noted the defendant has no criminal convictions in his past.

Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge her client is a longtime Lewis County resident, retired after some 30 years of fighting fires in California.

“He’s never even had a speeding ticket,” O’Rourke said.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey allowed Rice release on a $25,000 unsecured bond. The judge ordered him to stay off the Internet.

According to charging documents, Rice spoke to a detective after his Miranda warnings.

He said the conversation with the man the FBI was investigating was just fantasy, that he didn’t believe “Rick” was real.

“Wayde stated he only has fantasies and he would never act on them,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm wrote in charging documents.

He denied having any images of child sexual exploitation, but stated he had seen some when the Internet first came out, Bohm wrote.

The SPD Blotter author noted that detectives learned he had recently relinquished ownership of his dogs.

“They are now investigating whether any of the animals, including the German shepherd, were abused and are working to ensure they are well cared for,” the author wrote.

Rice, though O’Rourke, told the judge he plans to retain an attorney. His arraignment is scheduled for June 30.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• A deputy responded yesterday afternoon to a residential burglary at the 100 block of Topaz Court outside Winlock. It appeared someone manipulated the lock on a sliding door to get inside, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Stolen was an Ellipsis 8 electronic tablet and an outdoor lantern, according to the sheriff’s office. Cmdr. Dusty Breen said the incident occurred on Monday between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

• Centralia police were called about 6:15 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of L Street where a motorcycle had been stolen from a garage. It was subsequently found a couple of blocks away, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police are investigating.

• Centralia police were called to the 800 block of Ham Hill Road in Centralia about 12:15 p.m. yesterday where a bicycle had been stolen from a garage.

• A lawn mower was reported stolen yesterday from the 600 block of K Street in Centralia.

• A 38-year-old homeless person was arrested about 12:30 p.m. yesterday for second-degree theft in a case associated with the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Jason A. Landry was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An unspecified type of yard ornament was stolen from inside a fenced yard at the 700 block of Euclid Way in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday.

• Police were called at 7:50 p.m. yesterday to a vehicle prowl at the 600 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. A window was smashed and someone rummaged through the vehicle but it’s unknown if anything is missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called about 9:25 a.m. yesterday to Bishop Road about a suspected altered prescription. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

UNDERAGE DRINKING

• Chehalis police were called about 7:40 p.m. yesterday and told a 15-year-old girl had been drinking beer taken from a relative’s home. The case is being referred to prosecutors for possible charges of third-degree theft as well as minor in possession/consumption of alcohol, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to the 2600 block of Eureka Avenue at 7:20 a.m. yesterday where someone had intentionally struck several garbage cans with their vehicle.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, obstructing public servant, failure to transfer title, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances… and more, among 145 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Updated at 7:19 p.m.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 9:50 p.m. yesterday for a burglary at a house on the 400 block of Southwest 14th Street. The case is still under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that an Arctic Cat ATV vanished from a barn on the 200 block of Carroll Road outside Chehalis sometime between June 15 and Monday. The owner said it was stored there for farm use and the tenants didn’t see or hear anything, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is $4,000.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a burglary to an unlocked garage at the 200 block of West Cherry Street. Missing is a Stratocaster guitar and some change, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called at 12:35 p.m. yesterday about property stolen from the rear yard at the 500 block of K Street in Centralia. Taken was a Yamaha TT600 cc motorcycle, a Honda lawnmower and a bicycle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A Centralia man who lives at a camp site just north of the 1600 block of Delaware Avenue reported yesterday that when he woke up his bicycle and visitor from the night before were both gone. Shannon K. Kilgore, 47, a homeless Centralia resident, was located with the bike near the 600 block of North Tower Avenue and arrested for third-degree theft and an outstanding warrant, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Kilgore was booked into the Lewis County Jail. The bike was returned to its owner, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

MISSING PLATE

• Chehalis police yesterday took a report of a license plate stolen from a car, although the victim didn’t know where it occurred.

DRUGS

• Police were called to Green Hill School yesterday afternoon regarding marijuana found in a cell. The case is still under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Three people were arrested yesterday after drug detectives conducting surveillance on a Chehalis motel watched a visit they suspected was to sell methamphetamine to a pair of guests. The surveillance by JNET began at an unspecified time on Monday, according to charging documents and all three were booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday. Kelly R. White, 22, and Deanangelo O. Dunn, 32, were charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of meth as well as endangerment with a controlled substance as they allegedly admitted smoking the drug in the presence of their 3-month-old baby. The visitor, Daniel J. Barton, 31, of Centralia, was charged with delivery of meth, possession of meth with intent to deliver (based on 6.7 grams of the drug police said they found in his pocket) and possession of (several pills) hydrocodone. Barton’s bail was set this afternoon in court at $10,000. The Chehalis couple was allowed release on $5,000 unsecured bonds.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 7:10 a.m. today regarding a window shot with a BB at the 400 block of Northwest Prindle Street.

THREAT: “GUT HER LIKE A FISH”

• A 59-year-old Winlock man was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with harassment for allegedly telling a woman passenger in his car if she ever tried to leave him again, he was going to gut her like a fish. The woman said the two were arguing and when he made the statement, he stuck his hand behind his back as though reaching for a knife, according to court documents. The woman told a deputy she allowed Robert W. Puckett drive her back to his home on Wilson Road in Winlock on Monday, although he has a history of stalking her and she cannot get away from him, court documents relate. Puckett reportedly told the deputy the disagreement was whether the two of them are in a relationship with him believing they are and her believing they are not. Puckett also told the deputy when his van stopped in front of his house, she jumped out and ran down the road. The crime has a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Puckett was booked into the Lewis County Jail but yesterday in court was allowed release on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving with no license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 130 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Centralia warehouse office hit by masked, armed bandit

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The sheriff’s office is investigating an armed robbery they learned about yesterday but occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday at a warehouse in Centralia.

The 37-year-old victim told a deputy a masked individual came into the office on the 2600 block of Commercial Boulevard wearing black leather gloves and carrying a black semi-automatic pistol, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The intruder took the cell phones of the victim and his friend and took $30 to $40 cash from the till, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim said he retrieved his own pistol from a shelf while the robber went into an adjoining room and tried to shoot the robber, but had forgotten to chamber a round, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The subject fled, Brown said.

The victim is from Ellsworth, Wisconsin, Brown said. The business is Victory Fireworks.

The suspect was described as about 5-feet 11-inches tall, thin and having dark brown skin, Brown said.

Both phones were found in the grass of a neighboring business that night, according to Brown.

Brown said the victim told the deputy he normally keeps his 45 caliber Highpoint loaded with a magazine, but with no round chambered. The victim said he and his friend both had to work the following morning, so waited to report what happened.

There are no suspects, she said.

Breaking news: Gunshot victim airlifted from Chehalis

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Updated at 8:57 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Responders were called overnight for a gunshot victim behind a business on the 600 block of West Main Street in Chehalis.

“Police were already on the scene, the male subject was with them behind the Dairy Bar,” Chehalis Firefighter Pennie McCarty said.

He was transported to the airport and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, McCarty said.

Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said he was briefed by an officer by phone about 3 o’clock this morning.

The man was conscious and talking and had a gunshot wound to his abdomen and stomach area, Kaut said. There was nobody else around and a shotgun was recovered, he said.

“It appears it was self inflicted by the person who called,” Kaut said. “At this point, I don’t know his condition.”

Kaut said he believed the 30-year-old Doty resident worked security for a fenced area nearby, and was staying in a camper there.

Police today will be trying to figure out what happened and why, Kaut said.

Lewis County Communications call log summary indicates police and fire were dispatched at 2:54 a.m.

This is a developing news story. Lewis County Sirens will follow up to try to learn the man’s condition. His name was not released.

Pe Ell mother faces charge of assault of her child

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – On the same day two weeks ago when Joseph W. Rogerson went before a judge charged with third-degree assault of a child, prosecutors sent off a summons for his wife and filed the same charge against her for an alleged incident from January.

Diana M. Rogerson, 38, appeared before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

The cases are unrelated but it’s the same alleged victim; her 7-year-old daughter.

Charging documents state Diana M. Rogerson’s ex-husband called law enforcement on Jan. 31 after his girlfriend discovered, while helping with a bath, a bruise on the child’s left buttock.

The girl’s older brother told the deputy his mom got angry with his sister because she refused to say prayers at dinnertime, took her in the bathroom and spanked her and then took her back in the bathroom and spanked her with a belt. Court documents indicate the incident occurred four to six days previous.

The bruise appeared to be darker on the ends and red in the center, the deputy noted.

The older brother said his mother commented she had broken a blood vessel in her hand from the spanking.

Charging documents go on to relate that Diana M. Rogerson told deputies she didn’t know how her daughter got the bruise, but said her hands hurt when she spanks her daughter.

She reportedly said her daughter had been disrespectful and fought to get away from being spanked, and that she retrieved a one-inch belt and folded it twice before spanking her.

The case has been assigned to Child Protective Services. The children are now living with their father in Toledo based on a temporary protection order secured on June 6.

The Rogersons live in Pe Ell.

Third-degree assault of a child is a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

The allegation is bodily harm accompanied by substantial pain that extended for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering to a child younger than 13 years old.

Her husband Joseph W. Rogerson, 37, was charged on June 6 with third-degree assault of a child for allegedly punching his 7-year-old step-daughter in the arm when she got in between a physical dispute involving him and her mother.

The felony charge put at risk his deferred prosecution on last summer’s DUI, related to a head-on crash in Onalaska that left three teenagers dead. Law enforcement’s investigation found he was not to blame, as he was traveling in his own lane.

Diana M. Rogerson reportedly also told deputies she and her husband have been under a lot of stress as a result of the car accident.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey set her bail with a $10,000 unsecured bond and told her to return on June 30 for her arraignment.

Judge Brosey commented in court about the difference between the two cases.

“This one has the potential defense of reasonable parental discipline,” he said. “Whereas the other one does not.”

Outside the courtroom today, Diana M. Rogerson said the assault allegations against both she and her husband are coming from her ex-husband.
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For background, read “Driver from last summer’s deadly Onalaska wreck back in court” from Tuesday June 7, 2016, here

Mossyrock knife into neck case brings 26 months of prison

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
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Grace E. Barker consults with her lawyer Shane O’Rourke in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The judge went along with the plea agreement that gave a Mossyrock woman just over two years in prison for stabbing the father of her baby, instead as much as 15 years behind bars had she gone to trial and been convicted.

Grace E. Barker, 26, was accompanied by her defense attorney Shane O’Rourke yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court.

O’Rourke and Lewis County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher spoke of some of the reasons behind the deal.

O’Rourke said he had been working toward an argument of self defense, but it was imperfect and incomplete given an allegation of substance abuse and his client’s inability to recall. At one point they seriously considered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecutors wrote in charging documents that Brian Slater was trying to get Barker to leave his Mossyrock home when she picked up what he has said was a 10-inch stiletto knife. He said he armed himself with a knife and when he threw his down thinking she had done the same, she stabbed him in the throat.

At the time of her arrest on April 6, Barker was homeless although Slater sometimes let her stay at his residence.

Meagher told the judge the victim has made a full recovery.

The original charge of first-degree assault was dropped to a charge of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

Judge James Lawler yesterday afternoon said he would follow the attorneys’ recommendations. Barker chose not to make a statement on her own behalf.

“You are very lucky that this is what’s happening today,” Lawler told her. “You’re lucky Mr. Slater didn’t die, you’re lucky Mr. O’Rourke was able to work out this deal for you.”

The judge sentenced her to 26 months in prison and 18 months of supervision after her release. He also made a finding that would require she be evaluated for substance abuse and follow up with treatment.

Meagher said outside the courtroom his reading of the defense’s therapists findings were that Barker’s situation was chemically induced.

“She has a terrible meth addiction,” Meagher said.

Part of the reason behind the deal was because prosecutors took the victim’s wishes into account, he said.

“There’s a lot going on when we do these plea bargains,” Meagher said. “There may have been a self defense claim; probably not enough to get over the hurdle, but we don’t want to take that chance.”
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For background, read “Mossyrock argument: Two knives, one airlifted, other arrested” from Thursday April 7, 2016, here