Archive for January, 2017

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
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Updated at 5:56 p.m.

MISSING ROBO-CLEANER

• A robotic vacuum was reported stolen in a burglary at the 300 block of Prairie Rose Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 5 p.m. yesterday.

PORCH PILFERING

• Centralia police were called about 3:20 p.m. yesterday after a package was stolen from the front porch of a home on the 300 block of Hemlock Street in Centralia. A neighbor observed a male suspect walking away from the residence,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

STEALING FUEL

• Centralia police were called just after 5 p.m. yesterday after a male was seen siphoning gas from a vehicle at the 500 block of West Fourth Street in Centralia. He was chased off by a neighbor, no arrest was made, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUSINESS BURGLARY

• Police were called to the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia at 8:15 a.m. yesterday following the discovery someone had broken in to a business and taken money from the cash register, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 300 block of East Pear Street just before 4 p.m. yesterday where someone had broken in to a coin-operated laundry and stolen money, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A business on the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia reported just after 3 p.m. yesterday that several propane tanks had been stolen from their locked storage container, according to the Centralia Police Department. As of this morning, police had no suspects, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called to the 100 block of Hazel Street in Mossyrock about a missing vehicle about 8:20 p.m. on Jan. 23. It is a silver Dodge Ram, according to the Morton Police Department. The case is still under investigation, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Someone cut though a chain link fence at the 1400 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia and broke into two vehicles there, according to a report made to police about 7:30 a.m. yesterday.

• Morton police were called about 6:40 p.m. on Saturday for a possible vehicle prowl at the 100 block of Third Street.

ID THEFT

• Officers responded to the 300 block of Seventh Street in Morton on Thursday regarding a possible identity theft. The case is pending the receipt of further information, according to the Morton Police Department.

ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called over to Green Hill School just before 1 p.m. yesterday after an inmate-student allegedly kicked a staff member. Police are awaiting reports on the case, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CHIMNEY FIRE SPREADS

•  Firefighters called about 7:30 a.m. yesterday when residents of a house on the 1800 block of Pe Ell-McDonald Road noticed smoke in a closet found a chimney fire which had extended into the house, according to Lewis County Fire District 13. The damage is repairable, with an estimate of around $30,000, Chief Gwen Turner said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft; responses for alarm, civil issue, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 132 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Trio suspected in jewelry heist found in Chehalis

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Three suspects were arrested last night at a Chehalis gas station just hours after a courier was assaulted and robbed of nearly a half million dollars worth of jewelry at a SeaTac hotel.

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Courtesy photo by Rachelle Godsey

The victim was walking to his room when he was confronted by three masked men who took his bag of valuables, slashed a tire on his vehicle and then fled, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. It was reported just after 6 p.m.

Just after 8 p.m., Washington State Patrol trooper spotted the suspect vehicle at the Arco station at the 13th Street and Interstate 5 interchange, according to authorities.

Chehalis resident Jennifer Moliga and her husband were on their way home from shopping and about to pull in to get fuel, but changed their minds.

“We get off the freeway and on the right side, at AM/PM, there were just cop cars everywhere,” she said. “We could see, we counted on one side six cop cars.”

Moliga said they seemed to be blockading the entrance and had two guys sitting in front of the store on the sidewalk.

King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said three suspects were arrested and transported back to King County to be booked for robbery.

The bag of jewelry is presumably inside the suspects’ vehicle, which was impounded and will be searched later today, West said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Updated at 5:26 p.m.

HIT AND RUN

• Centralia police were called just before 3:30 p.m. yesterday to a business on the 1200 block of Lum Road where an employee attempting to stop a theft suspect stood behind the suspect’s vehicle and was backed into, according to the Centralia Police Department. The employee was uninjured and the suspect fled, according to police. The investigation is ongoing.

HIT AND BREAK TOOTH

• Centralia police took a report of an assault at the 400 block of West Main Street at about 4:35 p.m. on Saturday in which the victim’s tooth was broken. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COUNTERFEIT CASE

• Two people were arrested just before 4 p.m. yesterday at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia after an off-duty officer recognized them from a counterfeiting case he’d been working on.  Amanda Lopez 35, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for forgery and also an outstanding warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department. John Lopez, 36, also of Centralia, was booked for forgery and for possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Winlock driver pulled over at Ninth Street and McFadden Avenue in Chehalis about 8:15 a.m. on Friday was found to have outstanding misdemeanor warrants and then once at the jail, allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Joseph M. Gomes was  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

GUNS STOLEN

• Police were called about 6:30 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of two firearms from a residence on the 1600 block of Sunset Way in Centralia.

TOOLS TAKEN

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday following the discovery of an overnight break-in to a shed at the 900 block of Woodland Avenue. Tools were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PROPANE PILFERING

• Centralia police were called just before 8 a.m. on Saturday to the 200 block of North Rock Street to take a report that two propane tanks and small propane heater has been stolen.

• An officer was called regarding the theft of a propane tank from the 100 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia about 5:15 p.m. on Friday.

TV THEFT

• A television was stolen from the 600 block of J Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:20 a.m. on Friday.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 11:10 a.m. on Friday about a burglary to a thrift store on the 1800 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue. An officer today was waiting to receive statements for the case, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer was called to the same business yesterday evening when “a couple” counterfeit $20 bills were found in the till, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday about a vehicle stolen from the 200 block of James Street. The maroon 2002 Dodge Caravan was warming up outside while the victim was inside, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A green 1998 Subaru Legacy was stolen from the 2400 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police at 6:40 p.m. on Friday. It has a license plate reading AOD 6308, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police recovered an abandoned stolen Honda accord from a parking lot at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia on Friday afternoon.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called for a vehicle prowl about 12:15 a.m. on Saturday at the 300 block of Yew Street in Centralia. Paperwork was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BAD IDEA NIPPED IN BUD

• An officer was called about 4:20 p.m. on Friday to take a report from the 100 block of West Chestnut Street in Centralia about threats made to an individual to publish their intimate photos by an acquaintance. No arrest was made, but the subject agreed to delete the pictures, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TARGET SHOOTING GOES AWRY

• The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office believes it was a long-distance shooting accident over Interstate 5 that sent two bullets onto the Great Wolf Lodge property in Grand Mound this weekend. One round hit a person’s arm and fell to the ground and another struck a wall, according to information passed along to Sgt. Carla Carter. They were 22 caliber bullets, according to Carter. It happened about 2:15 p.m. on Saturday and the male victim was not hurt, according to the sheriff’s office. The hotel complex is situated along Old Highway 99, with its backside facing the freeway. Given the scenario, they don’t think the shots were fired from the freeway and a deputy asked questions at a sparse housing development on the east side of Interstate 5 but didn’t find who was responsible, according to Carter’s information.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, minor in possession of alcohol, third-degree malicious mischief; responses for alarm, civil issue, hit and run, misdemeanor domestic assault, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 385 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Des Moines man missing from Cowlitz River fishing area

Monday, January 30th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Deputies, along with search and rescue personnel, are looking for a missing man whose vehicle and belongings were located without him when two friends came to the Blue Creek Boat Launch area to fish with him on Saturday morning.

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Prathana Nammavong

Prathana Nammavong, a 43 year old resident of Des Moines, commonly fishes the Cowlitz River in the same area, beginning on Friday and concluding on Sunday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The friends located a chair and fishing poles belonging to Nammavong approximately a quarter of a mile down the Cowlitz River, near its confluence with Blue Creek, according to the sheriff’s office. The items were on the bank above the river, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

The friends looked for about five hours before reporting him missing at 1:15 p.m., according to Breen.

Breen said responders are on the water this afternoon and a ground search along the banks of the river was conducted earlier today.

The boat launch is south of Ethel, off Spencer Road.

Nammavong was last in contact when he communicated to friends via cellphone on Friday morning, Breen said.

Breen said attempts to locate Nammavong were also made during the weekend using water craft and a K-9. He expects they will continue today until dark.

Anyone with information or who had contact with Nammavong this weekend is asked to please call the sheriff’s office at 360-748-9286 or Lewis County Communications at 360-740-1105.

News brief: Fire consumes Maytown house

Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The cause of a fire that broke out last night at a home in the Maytown area is under investigation, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

The 2,300-square-foot house, two cars and a motorcycle were destroyed in the blaze at the 12400 block of Tilley Road Southwest, Capt. Lanette Dyer said.

The structure was fully involved in flames when crews arrived following the approximately 6:30 p.m. call, Dyer said. Multiple agencies responded. The property is on Deep Lake near Deep Lake Resort and Millersylvania State Park.

Nobody was home at the time and both the renters and the owner have insurance, she said.

News brief: Sexual exploitation case dismissed

Friday, January 27th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Criminal charges have been dropped against a 21-year-old Onalaska man arrested in September in connection with images uploaded by a 15-year-old girl to her Facebook account showing her unclothed private parts.

Cody M. Cothran, 21, was charged in Lewis County Superior Court with sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree rape of a child.

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 allegedly between her and Cothran that suggested an intimate relationship. The information had been forwarded to the sheriff’s office from  the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm asked a judge last week to dismiss the charges against Cothran. They were dismissed without prejudice on Jan. 19, meaning the state could refile them at a later date, according to Bohm.

Bohm said she met with the girl a few times and just needed more time to investigate.

Cothran’s lawyer, defense attorney David Brown said the alleged victim recanted and said it didn’t happen.
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For background, read “Facebook: Onalaska resident arrested after photo alleged to be with underage girlfriend surfaces” from Friday September 30, 2016, here

News brief: Suspect in Chehalis shooting incident pleads guilty

Friday, January 27th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 36-year-old Chehalis man has pleaded guilty in a case in which a woman standing on a Chehalis home’s porch was shot at twice following an early morning argument.

Andrew C. Skyberg was arrested after the Oct. 7 incident and has been held since in the Lewis County Jail.

Yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court, Skyberg pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

It happened outside a home on the  600 block of Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis. Nobody was injured.

When Skyberg is sentenced next week, lawyers on the two sides have agreed to recommend he spend 12 years plus eight months in prison.
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For background, read “Bail set at half million dollars for suspected Chehalis shooter” from Monday October 17, 2016, here

News brief: Suspect in Centralia shooting incident pleads guilty

Friday, January 27th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 21-year-old Centralia man has been sentenced to a little more than 19 years in prison for an incident in which a 19-year-old was grazed in the leg by a bullet outside a Centralia apartment complex.

David Serrano Mosso was arrested after the Nov. 29 shooting and pleaded guilty this week to first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

A judge on Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court gave him 231 months in prison.

It happened at the at the 3100 block of Ives Road, off Harrison Avenue.

The victim opined to police that maybe Serrano Mosso was angry because he’d been trying to collect $300 for work he’d done on a vehicle for Serrano Mosso. The judge ordered Serrano Mosso to have no contact with the victim for the rest of his life.
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For background, read “Gunshot victim says Serrano Mosso owed him money” from Sunday December 4, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 27th, 2017
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ALCOHOL HEIST

• A deputy was called about 9 o’clock yesterday morning to a Randle tavern where someone had broken in and left with at least 20 bottles of liquor, two cases of beer, a safe and some cash. It appeared the burglar had pried open a window covering to get inside, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy spoke with the owner of the business at the 9700 block of U.S. Highway 12 and learned $263 cash was taken, according to the sheriff’s office. A list of missing property is still being compiled, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

CENTRALIA BREAK-IN

• Centralia police were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of North Tower Avenue for a burglary to a business. Someone tried to sell the stolen items to another business, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIREARM THEFT

• Police took a report from the 1800 block of Collision Street just before 6 p.m. yesterday of a handgun getting stolen.

POWER THEFT

• Centralia police cited a person for third-degree theft yesterday morning in connection with allegedly bypassing a power meter to provide electrical power to a house under renovation at the 1300 block of Rhobina Street. Melchor Bardinino, 49 of Vancouver, was arrested and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 800 block of Hamilton Avenue. A door handle to the vehicle was broken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 8:20 p.m. yesterday to Pear and King streets where someone had broken the driver’s side window to a vehicle there.

MAILBOX TAMPERING

• Police were called to the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia yesterday afternoon where someone had punched the lock out of a mailbox.

DRUGS

• A 20-year-old Centralia resident picked up on an outstanding warrant yesterday afternoon at the 3300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia was subsequently arrested also for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jesse M. McCracken was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, civil issue, misdemeanor theft, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 110 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

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
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THREAT WITH FIREARM

• Centralia police are investigating after a call for a dispute involving two males and a gun at the 2800 block of Russell Road last night. Officers responding about 10:25 p.m. were told threats were made with a gun, according to the Centralia Police Department.”All the parties involved have been located as well as the gun in question,” police stated in a brief summary of the incident.

MISSING MONEY

• Centralia police were called at 10:50 a.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Harrison Avenue about the theft of cash occurring sometime over the past several weeks, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BAD BILL

• Chehalis police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Southwest Market Boulevard where an individual reportedly attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a retail store, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 31-year-old Toledo resident was arrested for possession of heroin after contact with a deputy about 1:40 a.m. today at the 200 block of Drews Prairie Road outside Toledo, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement was in the area investigating a separate incident and made a traffic stop on a Honda Civic for a loud exhaust, and subsequently found Kaylon D. Trimmer was in possession of suspected drugs, according to the sheriff’s office.

ATTEMPTED SCAM

• Chehalis police were called about 12:45 p.m. yesterday by an individual seeking assistance for an elderly person who had gotten a phone call from someone pretending to be a grandson in jail who needed bail money, but wasn’t, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, driving under the influence, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, operating motor vehicle without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, misdemeanor theft, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … 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.

 

Truck stop heist: Microsoft cargo spirited away

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A semi truck and trailer loaded with Microsoft products was stolen from a Napavine truck stop along Interstate 5 last night.

The good news is it was found a few miles away about 20 minutes later. The bad news is, it was minus its load, according to authorities.

Napavine Police Department Chief Chris Salyers said he doesn’t yet have a dollar amount for the lost merchandise.

The driver called from Love’s Travel Stop on the 1200 block of Rush Road, where he had parked his big rig, according to authorities.

“He went inside to take a shower, came out and it was gone,” Salyers said.

It seemed as though the thief or thieves used a slim jim to get inside, he said.

While law enforcement was looking for the stolen truck, a citizen called 911 to report suspicious activity at Mary’s Corner, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

They observed two tractor trailers plus a gold or tan pickup truck arrive to a parking lot, saw several males in the back of a trailer and then watched one of the semis take off at a high rate of speed, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

The parking lot sits near the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Jackson Highway.

When officers arrived just after 10:15 p.m., they found the missing truck, but without its cargo, Breen said.

The truck is owned and operated by Ancor Transport Ltd out of British Columbia, according to Breen.

They said it was the second time an Ancor truck had been jacked with Microsoft products, Breen said.

The description of the second semi was a greenish Peterbilt with a sleeper and a refrigerated semi-trailer, according to the sheriff’s office.

Salyers said Microsoft wanted the found truck impounded, but no local tow company had enough space to keep it, so it was turned over to the driver.

Breen asks that anyone who has any information on the incident to please call the sheriff’s office.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
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Updated at 12:49 p.m.

HOME INVASION

• Police were called to the 1500 block of View Avenue in Centralia about 9:20 a.m. yesterday where a man said he heard someone knocking, didn’t answer because he thought it was a solicitor and soon afterwards, two men in their 20s barged in. The victim, a man in his 60s, yelled at them and they fled, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspects were possibly driving a white Toyota RAV4-type vehicle, according to police.

GAME CAMS SWIPED

• A deputy was called around noon yesterday to the 100 block of Boshart Lane near Mossyrock where a woman reported someone came onto her property and stole four digital game-type cameras and a driveway sensor. The loss is estimated at $975, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SECURITY IMAGES LEAD TO SUSPECT

• A 38-year-old man was arrested last night in connection with an early-morning burglary at the 100 block of Templeton Road outside of Toledo on Jan. 14. The victim reported a safe, three cell phones and two security cameras were stolen and a followup investigation with security footage led to a suspect, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When a deputy contacted Vince P. Perazzo, he returned the phones, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for residential burglary. The safe had turned up down the road the next day, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen.

AUTO THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office took a report last night that a silver 1997 Dodge 1500 extended-cab pickup was stolen from Hampton Mill in Randle. The victim said he parked it at 6 p.m. and then at 9 p.m. the truck was gone, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A green 1993 Honda Accord was reported stolen just before 3 p.m. yesterday from the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia. It has a  license plate reading  ANS 1983, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A car stolen from Portland was abandoned in the parking lot at the 2400 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia and recovered about 2:15 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BATHROOM THEFT

• Chehalis police were called at 11:30 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue where an individual said someone grabbed his bag from under the bathroom stall and he chased after the subject. Jordan N. White, 21, of Chehalis, was subsequently arrested for third-degree theft and obstructing (for allegedly giving a false name) and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FUEL THEFT

• An officer was called about 9:30 a.m. yesterday to take a report from the 1200 block of View Avenue in Centralia regarding the theft of gasoline from a pickup truck during the night.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report last night that someone broke into a vehicle at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia. The victim’s 28-year-old boyfriend is getting summonsed to appear in court for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called at 7:45 a.m. yesterday about the rear window of a vehicle getting broken by a rock during the night, when it was parked in a carport behind a residence along the 600 block Southwest Pacific Avenue.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Chehalis police were called at 11:43 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Northwest Shoreline Drive where a woman said a vehicle had just intentionally run over her cat on the road. It was described as a bluish-green single-cab pickup truck, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, third-degree theft, driving under the influence, domestic malicious mischief, minor in possession of alcohol; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … 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.

Centralia apartment arson suspect held on $10,000 bail

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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Kathrin L. Turner, seated, waits for a corrections officer to escort her to the Lewis County Jail this afternoon.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Centralia woman who authorities believe cut her own throat and wrists after setting small fires at an apartment complex last fall was taken into custody after responding to a summons to appear in Lewis County Superior Court today.

Kathrin L. Turner, 44, is charged with first-degree arson, for an incident in early November at the apartments where she lived and was manager.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told the judge he felt some bail was appropriate even though Turner showed up for court this afternoon.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller requested a $5,000 unsecured bond, noting her client did come to court as she was ordered, has no felonies in her past and has very close ties to the community.

“She’s resided here almost her entire life, has family here today and also has serious medical needs,” Tiller said.

Judge Joely O’Rourke said after reading the allegations, she believed Turner is a serious threat to community safety. She ordered Turner to be taken into custody and set her bail at $10,000.

Turner, with some kind of medical tubing visible outside her clothing, was asked to take a seat near the rear exit of the courtroom to wait for an escort down to the Lewis County Jail.

Centralia police investigated after two small fires were set on two consecutive mornings at the the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road. Turner was manager there and told responders she used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames that damaged an approximately 15 square foot area of exterior siding on Nov. 3.

Three days later, Turner was found in the bathroom of a common area of the complex with life-threatening lacerations and taken to Tacoma General Hospital where she spent 45 days, according to authorities.

According to charging papers and police reports, Turner at first said she was attacked by a stranger, but then confessed to setting the building on fire. The reason she gave a detective was she was trying to get a tenant to move out and thought she could scare her away.

Her husband Kenneth Turner was among a small group of supporters with Kathrin Turner in court this afternoon.

“I don’t get any of it,” he said as he left the courthouse without his wife.

Defense attorney David Arcuri was appointed to represent Turner. Her arraignment was scheduled for Thursday.
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For background, read “Perplexing Centralia apartment arson case stalled” from Wednesday December 21, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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Updated at 3:33 p.m.

BREAK-INS CENTRALIA

• Police were called to a residential burglary at the 100 block of Jalyn Street in Centralia about 12:45 p.m. yesterday. Jewelry and collectibles were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called about 7:30 a.m. yesterday to take a report that someone had broken a padlock on a storage shed at the 2500 block of Sandra Avenue in Centralia and stole a gravel compactor, a Honda 5.5 HP motor and four cables of varying thicknesses and lengths. The loss is estimated at $2,800, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred sometime since Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Centralia police were called about 6:10 a.m. today to the 1100 block of North Pearl Street following the discovery a padlock to a shed had been cut. Exactly what might be missing is not yet known, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after midnight to take a report that a white 1993 Honda Accord had been stolen from the 200 block of North Tower Avenue. It has a license plate reading AOJ 1873, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MAIL THEFT

• A deputy was called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday to take a report of mail stolen from a mailbox on the 3200 block of Jackson Highway in Chehalis. Taken sometime between 11 a.m. Jan. 14 and noon the following day was an $1,100 cashiers check and a trip reservation coupon, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BAD BILLS

• A counterfeit twenty dollar bill was recovered just after 8 p.m. yesterday a t the 1100 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called at 10 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of North Tower Avenue to take a report that counterfeit money had been received there.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 137 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

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
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Updated at 2:37 p.m.

STOLEN VEHICLE

• A deputy was called to the 2000 block of Taylor Street in Centralia about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday where a woman reported her blue 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck vanished shortly after she parked it in a friend’s driveway. It has a license plate reading B83249N, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

STOLEN BANK CARDS

• Police on Saturday detained two people in relation to a shoplifting investigation at the 1200 block of Lum Road in Centralia and allegedly discovered they had stolen credit cards. Tanya R. Griffith, 41 of Centralia, and Randy J. Fjeld, 44 of Renton, were arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree possession of stolen property, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police report Fjeld also had meth in his possession.

DRUGS

• A 53-year-old Centralia man contacted about 2:20 p.m. on Friday at the 100 block of Downie Road in Chehalis and taken in to custody for an outstanding warrant was arrested also for possession of methamphetamine. Randy J. Toups was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

REPORT OF CHILD ABUSE

• Centralia police were called on Friday afternoon to take a report about suspected molestation of two small children, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case was turned over to detectives, according to police.

UNWELCOME VISITORS

• A deputy was called about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 100 block of Wilcox Road in Salkum where a woman allegedly had let herself in to an acquaintance’s home, cooked and ate some of her food, went through her wallet and fell asleep on her couch, while the resident was not there. Georgia L. Miller, 56, from Salkum, was located, arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for residential burglary, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 1:10 a.m. call on Friday to the 1300 block of Lakeshore Drive where they arrested a 28-year-old homeless man after motel guests woke up to find him in their room. Michael J. Miller was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree trespassing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just after 9 p.m. on Saturday for a vehicle prowl at the 300 block of South Cedar Street. A wallet and cell phone were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called just after 7 p.m. on Saturday to the Twin City Town Center in Chehalis where a shopper returned to her vehicle after being parked for 10 minutes and discovered someone had taken a multi-colored, metallic looking wallet from the glove box area, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The brand is Hobo, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called at 12:45 p.m. on Friday to the 10 block of Northeast Division Street where someone had prowled a car and tried to remove its passenger seat, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FAKE BILLS

• Chehalis police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue regarding the receipt of four counterfeit $20 bills.

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about 11:50 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the receipt of a counterfeit bill the day before.

• Police were called just after noon on Saturday to a store on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia regarding the receipt of two counterfeit $20 bills.

• Centralia police were called to a retail store on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at 7:45 a.m. on Friday regarding two counterfeit bills being accepted there.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A deputy was called about 2:45 a.m. today to the 500 block of Park Road near Winlock where a Toyota 4Runner had left the roadway, broke a utility pole and left power lines down, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The truck had struck a mailbox and damaged two PUD boxes, according to the sheriff’s office. No driver was located, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, third-degree theft, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, shoplifting, hit and run, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 382 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Clothes dryer ignites house fire

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
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Firefighters from four departments extinguish house fire today on Avery Road West. / Courtesy photo by Derrick Paul

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people and a baby escaped injuries today when a small explosion caught their laundry room on fire in a house south of Napavine.

Firefighters were called just after 11 a.m. to the two-story home on the 400 block of Avery Road West and extinguished the fire, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

They were joined by personnel from Lewis County Fire Districts 15, 2 and 7, according to District 5’s Laura Hanson.

Fire Investigator Derrick Paul said the brother, sister and her infant were home at the time but got out. He found a faulty gas clothes dryer caused the blaze.

There was extensive damage throughout the residence, according to Paul. Hanson described it as a total loss and noted an adjacent structure was damaged as well.

Ex-government employee admits stealing thousands from account she managed

Friday, January 20th, 2017
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Centralia woman April Kelley is allowed to leave the courtroom free on her personal recognizance after pleading guilty to first-degree theft.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The now-former social services manager for Lewis County acknowledged today she stole more than $100,000 from a bank account she was responsible for as treasurer.

April K. Kelley, 35, was arrested and charged in September after an investigation conducted by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Centralia woman has remained out of jail on $20,000 bail.

She went before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court, with more than a dozen supporters seated in the benches behind her.

Kelley pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree theft, committed over a less than four-year period ending in the spring of 2014. Six counts of forgery were dropped in a plea agreement struck with the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

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. The money was discovered missing when a new treasurer took over.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Andrew Toybnee asked Kelley if she understood the elements of the crime, the maximum penalty, if she had any questions and pointed out a box of kleenex as she sniffled.

“Do you understand what the prosecutor will be recommending?” Toynbee asked. “Yes,” Kelley responded.

Each of the counts carries aggravating factors with Kelley admitting to committing a major economic offense and using her position of trust and fiduciary responsibility to carry out the crimes.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said he plans to ask for a 10 year sentence.

She was allowed to leave court today, on her personal recognizance and return on Feb. 8 for that hearing. Meyer said he will be asking that day she be taken directly into custody.

The prosecutor has tallied up a bit more than $196,000 in restitution that Kelley will be responsible for. About $28,000 of that is for an audit fee and $5,000 for expert accountant fees.

At one point the defendant realized the association didn’t have enough funds to cover amounts due and got money from a family member to prevent detection of the losses, according to Meyer. The approximately $49,000 she deposited will reduce the restitution amount, he said.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke said he wasn’t prepared to speak about how much time he will recommend for his client, as he wants the judge to hear it from him first.

However, the standard sentencing range for the offense is 22 to 29 months in prison, he said. And under the law, an option for a first time offender is zero to 90 days in jail, he said.
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For background, read “News brief: Former treasurer set to plead guilty in theft case” from Thursday January 12, 2017, here