Archive for September, 2016

Facebook: Onalaska resident arrested after photo alleged to be with underage girlfriend surfaces

Friday, September 30th, 2016
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Cody M. Cothran faces a judge in Lewis County Superior Court during a bail hearing yesterday.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children forwarded to a local detective led to a 15-year-old Lewis County girl who had uploaded images of herself to her Facebook account, showing her unclothed private parts.

Of particular interest to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was a photo of the girl with a penis in her mouth, and Facebook text messages between her and a 21-year-old that suggested an intimate relationship.

Sheriff’s detective Jamey McGinty this week went to the girl’s address and spoke to a relative who said she hadn’t been home in two weeks, but had a boyfriend who lived in Onalaska.

McGinty found the girl there and interviewed her, learning she and Cody M. Cothran, 21, were boyfriend and girlfriend and that he allegedly took the picture in question, of the two of them, according to court documents.

She told McGinty that Cothran knew she was only 15, according to court documents.

“She said Cody told her to be careful who she told about their relationship and that he could get into trouble if their relationship was discovered,” court documents state.

McGinty placed Cothran under arrest and read him his Miranda warnings, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher wrote.

That was on Wednesday. Yesterday afternoon, Cothran was brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court.

He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, an offense with a maximum penalty of 10 year in prison. He is also charged with third-degree rape of a child. That crime can bring as much as five years behind bars.

Charging documents don’t indicate if Facebook had lifted the photos from the girl’s account. They don’t state if the text exchanges between the two were viewable by the public, or if they were private messages that the detective somehow accessed.

There is no indication the girl is in trouble.

Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge Cothran is unemployed and qualified for a court appointed lawyer.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio said Cothran has no prior criminal convictions of any sort.

Judge Nelson Hunt allowed Cothran to remain free pending his trial, based on a $25,000 unsecured bond co-signed by his grandfather.

Judge Hunt ordered Cothran to turn over any computer he has to his newly appointed lawyer, David Brown by his arraignment.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 30th, 2016
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Updated at 3:23 p.m.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• A 47-year-old man was arrested yesterday following an investigation after a resident on the 2500 block of Seminary Hill in Centralia discovered a pawn slip listing items belonging to him that he subsequently realized were missing. The slip had a relative’s name on it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding to the report on Tuesday learned the property included a chainsaw, a floor jack, jack stands and was pawned on Sept. 6. Patrick S. Dumar, of Centralia, was contacted and booked into the Lewis County Jail for residential burglary and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

• Chehalis police were called just after 1 p.m. yesterday to a a bank on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to take a report that they accepted two checks on a closed account. The account had been closed following a theft related to a vehicle prowl, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The loss is $4,240, according to police.

• Someone stole items from three separate lockers at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

• Police were called about a vehicle prowl about 7:15 a.m. yesterday at the 500 block of West First Street in Centralia. A large amount of tools were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 39-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with police just after 2 p.m. yesterday at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Justin L. Hyde was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police arrested a 40-year-old Mossyrock woman for unlawful inhalation when they were called the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 4:10 p.m. yesterday for a complaint a customer had purchased canned air and had sniffed it in the store. Jennifer L. Barber was issued a citation and then released, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone scratched graffiti into freshly poured concrete at the 700 block of K Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police at 4 p.m. yesterday.

POLICE PURSUITS

• A 45-year-old man was arrested last night for felony eluding after he failed to pull over when a deputy observed him traveling about 10 mph over the limit, left his vehicle in the middle of the road and headed on foot to his home. It occurred about 9:30 p.m. when the deputy was conducting speed enforcement in the area of Galvin and River Heights roads, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When contacted in the area of Joppish and Harriman roads, the deputy smelled the overwhelming odor of intoxicants, according to the sheriff’s office. A Taser was deployed and Brian K. Elliott was taken into custody, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Elliott was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail. The sheriff’s office is referring charges of obstructing and driving under the influence. Elliott is to be released without the felony charge filed today, pending further investigation.

• A 24-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for felony eluding and an outstanding warrant after he was contacted at the 1200 block of Long Road in Centralia, emitted the strong odor of intoxicants, put his car in reverse and took off at about 7:30 yesterday morning. Galen R. Whitmire headed north, but veered off the road into a garden and crashed into an apple tree, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Whitmire began to run east on Alder Street, but was caught and detained, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Cases for driving under the influence and third-degree driving with suspended license are being referred to prosecutors, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

VEGETATION FIRE

• While the outdoor burning prohibition has been lifted, there still hasn’t been as much rain as some would like to make the activity safe. Firefighters were called about 6 p.m. yesterday to a Christmas tree farm on the 700 block of Brockway Road where flames from burn piles got out of control and spread, Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale said this morning. They joined Lewis County Fire District 6 and personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources and were able to contain it to about 10 acres, the chief said. But it took took two to two and half hours or so, he said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, hit and run, civil issue, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, collision on city street, homeless male sleeping by a back door  … and more

JNET talks about seizure of guns, drugs in south Chehalis

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
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The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office shared this image on Twitter about JNET’s arrest.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County law enforcement’s drug fighting team released details yesterday about their Monday night arrest of an alleged drug dealer at his south Chehalis home, including how he’s spent some of the proceeds.

Drannon B. Smythe, 23, is accused of being a large-scale seller of controlled substances, and of trading firearms during his transactions.

He allegedly admitted to buying three sport-type cars with the proceeds.

Smythe was charged Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court with  possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. His arraignment was scheduled for today.

Lewis County prosecutors wrote in charging documents that on Monday after his arrest, Smythe said he came to the door with a loaded AK-47, but put it down when law enforcement outside verified who they were.

Prosecutors wrote of the search turning up about an ounce of heroin, some methamphetamine, about $3,000 cash and thirteen firearms, several of which were loaded.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team wrote in a news release that actually 18 guns were seized, several of which were determined to have been stolen in Lewis County.

During the search, they also reportedly found hundreds of prescription pills and made mention that one of the counts they arrested him for was possession of LSD. He was not charged with that.

The arrest highlights the partnership between agencies, according to JNET Sergeant Brian Warren

“Working together will help us be more effective and focus on drug issues in rural Lewis County,” Warren stated. “The Joint Narcotics Task Force will continue to aggressively go after people who choose to be involved in illegal drugs in our communities.”

Warren indicates the search warrant was served at Smythe’s home on the 200 block of Newaukum Golf Drive. Court documents state Smythe lived on the the 200 block of Newaukum Valley Golf Course Drive.

JNET spells his name as Smyth, while prosecutors charged him as Smythe. His street name is given as “Dragon.”

According to Warren, JNET was accompanied by the U.S. Marshals Service as well as members of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Enforcement Team. Smythe’s roommate Sean Anthony Penn, 30, was arrested for an unrelated warrant from Thurston County.

Court documents state that Smythe told them, if law enforcement had served the warrant the previous day, he’d have had pounds of methamphetamine, but he was robbed.

In response to an inquiry, Warren said Smythe claimed someone broke into his house the night before and stole the drugs, but police are not investigating that since it was illegal for him to have them anyhow.

JNET also is asking if anyone has information regarding Smythe’s activities, to please phone them at 360-330-7680 or 360-748-9286.
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For background, read “Drugs, guns and an arrest in Chehalis” from Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 8:31 p.m., here

News brief: Inappropriate touching case from Sunbird ends with plea deal

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 33-year-old man charged with indecent liberties for allegedly grabbing the hand of a 20-year-old special needs student and placing it in his crotch area while the two were working at Sun Bird Shopping Center in Chehalis was sentenced yesterday to 90 days in jail.

Rodney R. Cook, from Olympia, was arrested last month.

The young woman was participating in a  program in which students go to local businesses to learn job skills.

Cook entered into a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation and the indecent liberties charge was dropped, according to his lawyer Kevin Nelson.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt yesterday accepted the agreed recommendation in which Cook would be given 364 days in jail with all but 90 of them suspended for two years. He’s already served 43 days.
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For background, read “Sunbird employee accused of inappropriately touching  developmentally disabled worker” from Thursday August 18, 2016, here

Prosecutors: Winlock store clerk and suspect faked robbery

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
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Cheryl D. Oleachea waits to leave the courtroom after her bail hearing today in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The clerk from Winlock’s Handi store has been arrested in connection with the robbery there earlier this month.

Police arrested a 45-year-old Winlock man for the Sept. 6 incident and charged him with second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary. Tamrick A. Torres told them he and the clerk had conspired to rob the store because she was unhappy with her wages there, according to prosecutors.

And last week, when an officer ran into him, stopping him for speeding, Torres reportedly shared further details, according to court documents.

“Torres stated that his attorney would be mad at him for providing this  information, but that he didn’t care,” prosecutors wrote in court documents.

Torres allegedly said he had the mask he used that night and also a BB gun that looked like a pistol which the clerk provided him to make it look more realistic, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello wrote.

When police were called to the nighttime incident on Kerron Avenue, they were told a person wearing a skeleton-type mask, had a handgun, demanded money from the till and the clerk handed it over. She said the subject had reached toward his waistband where she saw what looked like the black handle of a firearm, but Torres subsequently told police he didn’t use the BB gun during the robbery because he thought it was a bad idea.

On Monday, the clerk, Cheryl D. Oleachea was contacted by law enforcement and continued to deny any involvement, according to Masiello. But she underwent a polygraph examination and the results show she was not truthful, according to Masiello.

Oleachea, 53, was arrested yesterday and booked into the Lewis County Jail. She was charged today with second-degree theft in Lewis County Superior Court. The owner reported $1,589 in cash was missing.

Judge Nelson Hunt allowed her release on a $10,000 unsecured bond. Her arraignment is next week.
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For background, read “Robber with black and white Scream-type mask hits Winlock store” from Wednesday September 7, 2016, here

Final suspect in drug-related robbery going to prison

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The final of four suspects in a Centralia heroin-related incident this summer that resulted in a fight inside a car with a box cutter and bear spray was sentenced yesterday to one year and a day in prison.

Kiana J. DeLaRosa, 18, of Chehalis, was convicted by plea of second-degree robbery, but didn’t show up earlier this month for her sentencing hearing.

She and prosecutors had a deal in place in which she would have gotten only six months in jail, given she had no criminal history.

Yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court, she pleaded guilty to bail jumping and the cases were combined for the longer sentence.

Prosecutors alleged a set up of a drug deal; the two victims told police of a request to get some heroin for DeLaRosa who claimed to be “drug sick.” It happened at the 1600 block of North Scheuber Road in Centralia at about 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 30.

A purse and a backpack were taken and two of the subjects admitted to finding a small amount of heroin and using it before they were contacted by officers.

DeLaRosa’s attorney Chris Baum told the judge his client made bad choices and compounded her issues by not coming back to court.

DeLaRosa told the judge she wants someone to help her with her drug addiction.

“I just regret my mistake that I made, and I take full responsibility for them,” she said.

Judge Nelson Hunt imposed the agreed upon recommendation of Baum and the prosecutor’s office.

Robert Plasencia, 29, of Napavine, got 22 months when he was sentenced last month for second-degree robbery.

Andrea Parker, 34, and Jon Parker, 32, of Chehalis, pleaded guilty soon after to conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. She was given 50 months as her conviction was combined with four other cases from this year.
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For background, read “Bear spray, box cutter and heroin” from Friday August 12, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
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SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

• Chehalis police were called about 3:45 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Southwest Sixth Street after a student reported seeing a shirtless male pushing an empty baby stroller holding a gun. A responding officer was unable to locate the subject but came up with an idea about who it might be and spoke to the person later on, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The male did not have a firearm but did have an old gas pump handle that may have looked like one, according to police. He denied taking it out or pointing it though, a department spokesperson said.

THREAT FROM CHILD DRAWS POLICE

• Police were called to the 1200 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue in Chehalis just before 5 p.m. yesterday and arrested a 13-year-old girl for felony harassment with threat to kill. A comment made was associated with a disagreement between the girl and a parent, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 3:10 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard where an individual reported their red 1997 Jeep Cherokee had been stolen sometime during the previous two hours. The license plate reads ADN 4768, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• An officer was called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 10 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis where someone had broke into a van which was behind two locked gates. They ransacked it and stole an iPad, a charger and a keyboard, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 11 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl on the 10 block of Northeast Division Street. Someone stole a battery from inside an unlocked van parked in the lot, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEGETATION CATCHES FIRE

• Firefighters called abut 2:45 p.m. yesterday to fire in a field behind an apartment building in an area near the 100 block of Southwest William and Chehalis avenues found grass, brush and cottonwoods burning over about a half acre. The extinguished it and discovered sleeping bags and trash at the origin of the fire, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, identity theft, third-degree theft, suspicious person, vandalism, 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.

News brief: Details on Glenoma crash, fatality still under investigation

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The identity of the victim of the early morning fiery crash near Glenoma may not be confirmed until the end of next week, the Lewis County Coroner’s Office indicated this morning.

Passersby came upon the burning wreckage of a pickup truck on the Champion 200 Line just before 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The occupant was trapped in the vehicle and died, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

At the time, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said they believed, based in part on who the truck was registered to, the driver was a 27-year-old Glenoma resident.

An autopsy was scheduled for today, but a final determination won’t be made until after they get the results of toxicology tests and further studies, according to Coroner Warren McLeod.
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For background, read “News brief: Lewis County sheriff’s office investigating logging road crash, death” from Tuesday September 27, 2016, here

News brief: Centralia teens hurt when truck leaves roadway

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
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Pickup truck rests on its top. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two young men were extricated from a small pickup truck that was nearly split in half from the force of its collision into a tree in Centralia last night.

Firefighters called about 9:20 p.m. to the area off North Gold Street at Ham Hill Road found the truck at the bottom of an embankment on its top. The occupants had been wearing seat belts, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Crews used hydraulic tools to remove the 18-year-old driver and his 16-year-old passenger, according to authorities.

Fire Capt. Scott Weinert said because of suspected internal injuries, the pair were airlifted to Harborview Medial Center in Seattle.

Centralia police report this morning it appears that speed and inexperience were factors in the collision. The police department describes their injuries as non-life threatening.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
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FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Bail was set at $15,000 this afternoon for a 19-year-old Rochester resident accused of showing up at the Centralia home of a female he was prohibited by court order from contacting and reaching into her sweatshirt pocket and taking her wallet before fleeing. The alleged incident occurred on Sept. 8, but charges were filed on Sept. 13 in Lewis County Superior Court. Jacob J. Killian was picked up on warrants last night and booked into the Lewis County Jail, facing charges of first-degree theft and violation of a court order. The wallet was said to contain identification, an EBT card and about $10 cash, according to court documents. His arraignment is tomorrow.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, disorderly person, trespassing, suspicious circumstances, homeless person sleeping on a covered porch, male living in a bus stop for over a week … and more among 178 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Former Mossyrock city official sorry for theft, gets prison time

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
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Doneia A. Santiago turns to hug family members goodbye following her sentencing hearing this morning in Lewis County Superior Court.

Updated at 6:25 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The now-former Mossyrock city clerk-treasurer is heading to prison with a five year sentence for embezzling what the mayor says comes to more than $67,000.

Doneia A. Santiago, 53, came to Lewis County Superior Court in Chehalis today, free on a signature bond since her June arrest, and was taken into custody at the end of the hearing.

Defense attorney Don Blair didn’t ask the judge for a particular amount of time for his client, but noted she was cooperative after the mayor approached her and left her job without taking her final paycheck. She even borrowed a large sum of money from a friend in an attempt to begin repaying the loss, but prosecutors wouldn’t accept it as part of a deal for less time, he said.

“She got into a situation where she was short on funds and started using the city’s bank account to pay her mortgage,” Blair told the judge. “Clearly she regrets that.”

The defendant told the court she was very sorry.

Santiago was charged initially with first-degree theft, for what at first looked like less than $8,000 taken over a less than three-year period. By mid-July, documents were filed indicating investigators found evidence more than $37,000 was taken. A deal was struck in which she pleaded guilty to nine counts of first-degree identity theft earlier this month.

Mossyrock Mayor Tom Meade addressed the court, on behalf of the town’s 750 residents, he said, about how Santiago breached the public’s trust.

“She failed completely in her duties,” Meade said. “It’s an example of why people have lost faith in government.”

Meade spoke of stolen credit cards, late night transfers, false invoices submitted to the council and a scheme so complex even three audits by the state missed it.

“She was that clever, she was that good at it,” the mayor said.

Mayor Meade said some of her family members should be ashamed of themselves for what he claimed was participation in the wrongdoing.

More than a dozen apparent supporters sat in the benches behind Santiago, including family. Roughly the same number, including city council members, were on the other side of the courtroom with the mayor.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello recommended to the judge Santiago get five years, plus community custody following her release and pay various fines and fees. Restitution will be determined at a future date, he said. Masiello looked to the mayor for the preliminary number of $67,079.95.

“With the conduct in this case and the length of time it went on, we think 60 months is appropriate,” he said.

Judge Nelson Hunt agreed with the state, saying it’s his experience that almost everyone caught embezzling comes up with excuses and then apologizes.

“The jail time starts right now,” Hunt said.

Outside the courtroom, Masiello said the particular charges to which she was convicted helped the state get the amount of time it sought, and because of the sentencing guidelines, keeping the theft charges would not have resulted in a longer sentence.

Santiago started working for the central Lewis County city in August 2013 and was terminated in June.

The deputy clerk, Daydra Stewart, was confirmed by the council as acting city clerk-treasurer in July. Mayor Meade suggested they are in no hurry to make a final decision about a new clerk-treasurer.

“We’re going to let some time pass,” he said.

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For background, read “Former Mossy city clerk pleads guilty to putting city funds in  personal account” from Wednesday September 7, 2016, here

News brief: One seriously hurt in Adna wreck

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Updated at 6:35 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – One person in critical condition was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a collision between a dirt bike and another vehicle yesterday in Adna.

Firefighters and medics called about 3 p.m. to the 100 block of Spooner Road arrived to find bystanders performing CPR on a man on the roadway, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

Medics stopped CPR when the patient regained consciousness, according to fire department spokesperson DJ Hammer.

The man, in his early 70s, was transported to the Adna High School stadium where he was picked up by a helicopter, according to Hammer.

It appeared the 72-year-old Chehalis resident pulled out of his driveway on his motorcycle and failed to yield, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was hit by a GMC2500 pickup truck, which sustained major damage, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

The 40-year-old Chehalis man driving the pickup was reportedly unhurt.

Breen said the victim had been wearing a helmet, but it was ripped off from the wreck, leaving him with head trauma.

His 1986 Dual Sport Honda XL250 motorcycle was licensed for the road, but was a total loss, according to Breen.

Drugs, guns and an arrest in Chehalis

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
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Drannon B. Smythe sits with his temporary defense attorney this afternoon in from of judge in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – He said he came to the door with a loaded AK-47, but put it down when law enforcement outside verified who they were, court documents state.

Twenty-three-year-old Drannon B. Smythe was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The criminal charges follow his arrest at his Chehalis home yesterday on the 200 block of Newaukum Valley Golf Course Drive, according to the documents.

Drug detectives served a search warrant there, seizing thirteen firearms from around the apartment, several of which were loaded, including a TEC-9 that was on the wall, the documents relate.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello writes law enforcement collected approximately one ounce of heroin, roughly a quarter ounce of meth, digital scales and just over $3,000 cash as well as several prescription pills. They found thousands of clean, unused baggies, according to Masiello.

Smythe allegedly told detectives the guns belonged to him and he’d obtained them through drug transactions.

He reportedly said if law enforcement had served the warrant the previous day, he’d have had pounds of methamphetamine, but he was robbed.

The case was handled by the local Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team. Further details were not readily available this afternoon.

Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge this afternoon her client was currently unemployed and has only one previous conviction.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio requested bail be set at $25,000. Judge Nelson Hunt ordered Smythe held with $100,000 bail.

News brief: Lewis County sheriff’s office investigating logging road crash, death

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Deputies and firefighters were called out early this morning when passersby came across a truck that was wrecked and burning on a remote road south of Glenoma. The occupant was deceased.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the state patrol estimated the Ford F150 was traveling as much as 70 mph on a long straight stretch before striking a tree and catching fire.

The impact was so great it severed the tree, part of which fell back on to the vehicle, according to Breen.

It happened on the Champion 200 Line, a gravel road off of Champion Haul Road, he said.

The sheriff’s office was dispatched at 6:23 a.m. Members of Lewis County Fire District 18 were joined by personnel from Lewis County Fire DIstrict 14 and extinguished the fire.

Breen said they believe it occurred sometime around 5:30 a.m. or 6 o’clock.

The victim’s identity is being definitively established by the Lewis County Coroner’s Office, but the sheriff’s office suspects he is a 27-year-old Glenoma resident.

Chief Breen said as of this afternoon, they didn’t really know how or why it happened.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
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FIREARMS MISSING FROM RESIDENCE

• Someone broke into an Onalaska home yesterday, stealing a 25 caliber pistol, a 30-30 lever action rifle, two laptop computers and a tablet, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arriving just after 6 p.m. to the 3700 block of Centralia-Alpha Road canvassed the area and found some of the victim’s belongings down the road, as though discarded by an intruder, according to the sherif’s office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the break-in occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and they got in through the back door.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a maroon 1988 Toyota Camry stolen from the 300 block of Yew Street in Centralia. The four-door car went missing sometime during the previous two days, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called about 9:45 a.m. yesterday for a fraud case associated with the 900 block of South Scheuber Road. The victim’s credit card was used to make purchases over the Internet and have items shipped to an address where another suspect took possession of them, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BROKEN GLASS

• A 26-year-old Chehalis man allegedly running into stores, yelling and asking for money at the 500 block of North Market Boulevard ended up injuring himself and getting arrested for a felony yesterday afternoon in Chehalis. Officers caught up with Drake A. Lorber at the 400 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue and discovered he had an outstanding municipal warrant, according to the Chehalis Police Department. As Lorber was being placed into a patrol vehicle, he used his forehead to break out the window, according to police. While they waited for aid to arrive, Lorber allegedly spit blood onto an officer, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. He was  booked into the Lewis County Jail for the warrant, for malicious mischief and third-degree assault, Bailey said.

• Centralia police reported this morning a summons will be issued to a 43–year-old Chehalis man who allegedly punched an acquaintance’s windshield, shattering it. The incident at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue was reported just after 11 a.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BROKEN DOORS

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Eckerson Road where an individual was seen kicking in doors at a motel, causing extensive damage. The person fled, reportedly crossing a river and taking a seat in a gazebo at Riverside Rotary Park, according to the Centralia Police Department. Anthony E. Brennan, 34, of Tumwater, was located in the gazebo, arrested for second-degree malicious mischief and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, probation violation, possession of marijuana, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 146 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Senior citizen inadvertently discharges firearm inside Chehalis store

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A customer at the checkout counter of a Chehalis pet supply store accidentally fired his 38 revolver, injuring himself yesterday.

Police called at 12:42 p.m. yesterday to the Twin City Town Center found the victim and his wife had already headed to the hospital, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

The 79-year-old Onalaska resident shot himself in the foot, according to police.

He and his wife were at the counter at Petsense when he placed his hands in his pockets, and then witnesses heard a loud bang, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The man, who was not named, then stated he shot himself, Bailey said.

An officer made contact with him, and he confirmed what happened, according to Bailey.

The victim was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital for the non-life threatening injury and has been released, according to Bailey.

Bailey said nobody else was injured. She didn’t know how many people were inside the business at the time.

The strip mall is just west of Interstate 5 on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

The case will be forwarded to Chehalis Municipal Court prosecutors for a review of possible charges, according to police.

Three years ago, after a 40-year-old man holstering his firearm in the parking lot at Sunbird Shopping Center accidentally fired a round through his hand and into his wife’s thigh, he was charged with reckless endangerment.

Former association treasurer charged with 10 felony counts for alleged dipping into account

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April K. Kelley prepares to leave the courtroom after being charged with theft and forgery today in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors asked for $100,000 bail today for the now-former Lewis County social services manager, suggesting the theft charges against her are so serious she might not return to court.

Thirty-five-year-old April K. Kelley posted $20,000 bail over the weekend, was released from jail and then came to Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon.

The Centralia woman is accused of spending money that belonged to an association where she served as treasurer, going all the way back to 2011. The alleged amounts are in the tens of thousands of dollars.

“The more we look, the more we find,” Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said.

Kelley worked at the Lewis County Department of Public Health & Social Services, and in that capacity, served as treasurer for the Association of County Human Services. ACHS is a non-profit group with members who provide or administer public programs related to chemical dependency, mental health and developmental disabilities.

Authorities allege Kelley admitted to withdrawing money from ACHS account in person at the bank for herself, writing checks to herself and transferring money into her account directly. At least one time, she made her mortgage payment directly from the association’s account, according to Meyer.

Kelley was charged today with four counts of first-degree theft, each with an additional factor of being major economic offense and six counts of forgery.

Meyer said each of the first four counts represent a 12-month period, and numerous transactions. The most recent forgery is listed as July 5 of this year, according to court documents.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office this morning said a new treasurer last year reviewed the books and found $60,000 to $70,000 missing.

The records are now being reviewed by a forensic accountant to determine the exact extent of illegal activity, according to Meyer.

When Kelley went before Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler, temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke argued for lower bail, indicating Kelley wouldn’t be a flight risk.

“She’s married to a probation officer, they have two children, she’s lived in Lewis County her entire life,” O’Rourke said.

Kelley plans to hire Centralia defense attorney Shane O’Rourke.

Judge Lawler left her bail at the $20,000 already posted, noting that was because in part she showed up for court on her own.

Her arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 6.

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For background, read “Thousands of dollars removed from governmental association account, Centralia woman arrested” from Monday September 26, 2016 at 8:51 a.m., here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

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WOMAN ATTACKED IN GARAGE

• Deputies were called about 4:40 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Gershick Road in Silver Creek where a woman said she walked into her shop building and was struck in the face by a white male with an unkempt beard. She fell to the ground, but said she saw the subject – about 5-feet 10-inches tall – and another male exit the building, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 45-year-old woman was dizzy and had a bruise and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said a police dog searched the area but nobody was located. They think she might have interrupted a burglary, according to Breen.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 6:50 a.m. today following the discovery of a burglary at a home being remodeled at the 1200 block of Bayne Street. Tools were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INTERRUPTED BURGLARY

• Deputies were called about 4 o’clock yesterday morning to the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia where a resident interrupted a prowler in his car port. The intruder fled and nothing was missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. A stereo was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just after 1 p.m. on Saturday to take a report that someone removed and stole a car’s battery, around the corner from a location on the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police called just after 1:20 a.m. on Saturday to the 500 block of Southwest Parkland Drive about a male looking in the windows of vehicles in the parking lot discovered Jesse J. Wheeler, 35, of Chehalis, had an outstanding warrant and subsequently located residue of suspected heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Wheeler was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a drug violation, according to police.

• An officer who made contact with a vehicle about a dispute at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis at about 3 a.m. on Saturday discovered one occupant had an outstanding warrant and subsequently located suspected heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Robert R. Green, 29, from Napavine, was booked into the Lewis County Jail  for a drug violation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BREAKING CARS

• A 27-year-old Centralia man detained for an assault investigation about 5:45 p.m. yesterday at the 500 block of North Tower Avenue was arrested after he allegedly kicked out the rear window of a Centralia patrol car. Wellington M. Waggener was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report about 11:30 a.m. yesterday from the 900 block of West First Street where someone vandalized a vehicle, causing severe damage to windows and a door, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police took a report just after 1 p.m. on Saturday of someone breaking out the driver’s side window of a Ford Explorer parked at the 100 block of Southeast Adams Avenue in Chehalis.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, a pair of individuals wearing clown masks and dark clothing walking between houses near Southwest 20th Street in Chehalis after dark … 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.

More to come