Archive for April, 2017

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 28th, 2017
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DOMESTIC INCIDENT

• A 41-year-old Onalaska man was arrested for fourth-degree assault and then possession of methamphetamine after deputies were called to the 1900 block of state Route 508 just before 10 p.m. yesterday because he allegedly struck his 68-year-old female relative, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The responding deputy observed marks on the victim’s forehead and slight bruising, according to the sheriff’s office. Jeffrey A. Church was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

AUTO THEFT

• A turquoise 1994 Honda Accord was reported was reported stolen from the 100 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia just before 7 o’clock yesterday morning. It has the word “Accord” across the top of the windshield, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• A deputy was called about 10:45 p.m. yesterday to the 2900 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis where someone attempted to steal a Seattle Times newspaper box outside a store. Two people in a suspect vehicle were contacted by Chehalis police and subsequently arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They are Kalie M. Hamilton, 22, of Centralia, for attempted third-degree theft and Kennard P. Supak, 25, for possession of heroin, according to the sheriff’s office.

FRAUD

• Police were called about 3:10 p.m. yesterday by an individual about the unauthorized use of her debit card in a case associated with the 1300 block of St. Helens Street in Centralia.

CAR PROWL

• A 41-year-old Vader resident was arrested for vehicle prowl and driving on a suspended license about 7:45 p.m. yesterday at the 900 block of Old Airport Way in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Joseph E. Loudin was allegedly caught breaking into a parked vehicle, according to police. He was arrested and then released pending a court hearing.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, trespassing, trespassing, trespassing, trespassing, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances… and more among 141 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Identity of Camas High School student confirmed

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office confirmed last night the body of a young man found inside a Honda Accord in the Twin City Town Center parking lot on Friday is the missing 16-year-old boy from Camas.

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Cole Burbank

Cole Burbank was reported missing by his parents on April 13; he was last seen at Camas High School about 7:45 am. that day.

While the coroner has not made a conclusion about how he died, it’s not being ruled a suspicious death, according to Camas Police Department Public Information Officer Debrah Riedl.

Riedl said the urgency to find him as quickly as possible that launched a search immediately was because he was considered an endangered youth, based on his state of mind.

It was a friend of the family that located his car on Friday afternoon in the Chehalis shopping center, because they were searching everywhere for the vehicle, Riedl said.

Police determined from store video and witnesses that the car had been there since the same day he went missing, she said today.

Lewis County Chief Deputy Coroner Dawn Harris has indicated the determination of the cause and manner of his death won’t be done until the receipt of the results of toxicology tests.

A Facebook page titled Remembering Cole Burbank states that a memorial service for the teen will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Camas High School.
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For background, read “Police awaiting autopsy for confirmation about body found inside parked Honda Accord” from Monday April 24, 2017, here

News brief: Cell phone charger ignites inside Ethel home

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
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The area in, around and above the electrical outlet burned. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 8.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters were called to a house on the 200 block of Classe Road south of Ethel early this morning where a living room wall had caught fire.

It was caused by an overheating cell phone charger, according to Lewis County Fire District 8.

Chief Duran McDaniel said it melted the plug, ignited the wallboard and had been “cooking” for awhile but burned itself out.

“It’s not the first charger I’ve heard of catching walls on fire,” McDaniel said. “It’s something the public needs to think about.”

A crew pulled the wall apart to make sure nothing more was burning, he said.

McDaniel suggested that folks need to be cautious with chargers, as all electronics have a chance of overheating.

“If your phone charger is really hot, it’s a potential problem,” he said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
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DOWNTOWN CENTRALIA BURGLARY

• Someone broke out a business’s window and stole thousands of dollars worth of high-end power tools, according to a report made just after 7 a.m. yesterday from the 300 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called yesterday evening by a person who lives out of town but discovered someone had used their bank card information at Wal-Mart.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl that took place during the night at the 200 block of Southeast Prospect Street. A wallet had been taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A deputy responded just after 7 p.m. yesterday to Mineral for a report of damage to a $65,000 assembly that powered a community gate belonging to a homeowner’s association. It happened at the 100 block of Rainier Vista Drive off North Mineral Hill Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Damaged was a gate, power box and motor sometime between 3:26 p.m. and 4 p.m., Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Deputies were provided information on a potential person of interest and are investigating the case as a hit and run and first-degree malicious mischief, Breen said.

DRUGS

• When Centralia police arrested a 16-year-old boy for an outstanding warrant about 11:45 p.m. yesterday, they discovered he was in possession of heroin, according to the Centralia Police Department. The contact occurred at the 1200 block of Mellen Street, according to police. The teen was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, hit and run, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, dine and dash, disorderly person, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances… and more among 128 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Castle Rock resident charged with hit and run related to I-5 motorcycle death

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
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David L. Huisenga appears in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set at $100,000 today for the driver who allegedly admitted to being involved in yesterday morning’s fatal motorcycle collision in Chehalis, but left the scene and then torched his truck.

David L. Huisenga, 44, was charged today with hit and run involving death and second-degree arson in Lewis County Superior Court.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller argued for a lower amount, telling the judge her client has a stable lifestyle, working as a union laborer the past decade, residing in Castle Rock for the last 17 years and Longview before that.

Her client’s significant other was present in the courtroom, she said.

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Michael Fields

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said he was concerned about interference with the administration of justice, given the allegations.

Meagher said Huisenga’s history included two hit and run unattended accidents in 1998 as well as reckless driving from the same year.

Exactly what occurred on northbound Interstate 5 near Centralia around 5 o’clock yesterday morning remains unclear, except that the motorcycle went down and its rider was then run over by a semi truck, according to authorities.

Michael T. Fields, 57, of Chehalis, died at the scene.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer wrote in charging documents officers discovered a license plate at the scene belonging to Huisenga.

His pickup truck was found burning about 9:15 a.m., according to Meyer, east of Interstate 5 near exit 63, and although the vehicle was destroyed, a license plate matching the one left at the scene was located.

Tiller told Judge R.W. Buzzard this afternoon that Huisenga walked 20 plus miles to the Castle Rock Police Department to turn himself in. Meyer wrote in charging documents Huisenga reported to Castle Rock police his vehicle had been stolen, but then recanted during subsequent interviews.

He said he had been driving northbound in the right lane and saw a motorcycle approaching from the rear in the same lane, according to Meyer.

“According to the defendant, he attempted to go into the left lane to get out of the way of the approaching motorcycle, but collided with the motorcycle,” Meyer wrote. “The defendant was unclear as to how the collision occurred.”

Meyer wrote that Huisenga said he saw the motorcycle go down and as a rider himself, knew the rider did not survive, based on the speeds they had been traveling.

He allegedly admitted fleeing, then passing back by and seeing troopers at the scene, and then using matches to set the front seat of his truck on fire.

The state patrol has described Huisenga’s pickup as a red 2001 Chevrolet Silverado.

The offenses he is charged with are both class B felonies, with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and / or $20,000 fine.

Tiller said Huisenga qualified for a court appointed lawyer, and Don Blair was appointed.

Meager outside the courtroom said the charges filed today are based on the evidence prosecutors possessed today, but that the investigation being conducted by the state patrol is not yet finished.
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For background, read “Pickup that left scene of fatal motorcycle crash found burning near I-5” from Wednesday April 26, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
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Updated at 2:54 p.m.

CENTRALIA DAD STRUCK WITH BASEBALL BAT

• A 14-year-old boy who allegedly hit his father in the head and arm with a baseball bat during a dispute in Centralia yesterday evening was arrested for second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called just before 6 p.m. noted the injuries did not require medical attention and booked the teen into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center. His parents had confronted him about his marijuana use, according to police.

BRASS KNUCKLES IN COURT

• A 22-year-old Centralia resident who allegedly tried to bring a pair of brass knuckles with her into Centralia Municipal Court yesterday morning was arrested, according to the Centralia Police Department. It was about 8 a.m. at the 100 block of West Maple Street and an officer cited Jody L. Forga for possession of a dangerous weapon and then released her, according to police.

SHED BREAK-IN

• Centralia police were called to a business on the 3000 block of Galvin Road just after 7 o’clock yesterday morning to take a report that tools were stolen from a shed over the weekend.

BAD BILL

• Chehalis police were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday by the recipient of a counterfeit $20 bill at the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue.

MOSSYROCK RESIDENT LOSES FIREARMS, TVS AND PET DOG IN BURGLARY

• It appears a burglar at a Mossyrock home left a door open, allowing the owner’s dog to get out and get into a neighbor’s chicken coop where it was shot and killed, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called about 4:40 p.m. on Monday to the 100 block of Swigert Road by a 74-year-old man who reported the situation regarding his poultry and his neighbor’s dog. The man said that recently nine of his chickens were killed when a neighbor dog got into the coop and when he was alerted by his wife of a dog in the chicken house, he and a buddy found the canine who seemed to be going after the chickens, according to the sheriff’s office. The 72-year-old friend shot the dog, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen. Meanwhile, the property owner’s wife had gone to the dog owner’s home and saw a door was open, but nobody was there, according to Breen. It turns out that sometime after 10 p.m. on Sunday, someone broke into the residence and stole five guns and two television sets, and let the dog out, according to Breen. The 20-year-old resident who owns the dog was out of town and had a friend stopping by to check on the house and take care of their dog, according to the sheriff’s office.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police issued a motorist an infraction for negligent driving after a vehicle slid off the road and into China Creek yesterday evening near North Gold Street and Ham Hill Road. The three occupants were assisted from the vehicle with the help of firefighters and only minor injuries were involved, according to authorities.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, providing false information; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, loose dog chasing cats … and more among 141 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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China Creek rescue. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

Pickup that left scene of fatal motorcycle crash found burning near I-5

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Updated at 10:01 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It was a Chehalis man who died in the motorcycle wreck yesterday morning on Interstate 5.

It’s unknown exactly what transpired between him and a pickup truck that caused the motorcycle to go down and slide to the shoulder ejecting the rider onto the roadway, but he was then run over by a semi truck, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Michael T. Fields, 57, of Chehalis, was dead at the scene when responders arrived, according to authorities.

The accident about 5 o’clock yesterday morning in the northbound lanes at milepost 80 just south of Centralia shut down the freeway for hours while detectives investigated.

A license plate found at the scene belonging to a pickup truck found burning not far from the freeway in south Lewis County led to the arrest of its owner for hit and run and arson, according to the Washington State Patrol.

It was a WSDOT worker who spotted heavy black smoke off Camus Road near the Gospodor monuments and firefighters dispatched at 8:50 a.m. found the truck fully engulfed in flames, according to authorities.

The owner of the red 2001 Chevrolet Silverado called to report it stolen yesterday afternoon, and after meeting with detectives was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Trooper Will Finn said this morning.

“It doesn’t sound like there was a reason he left the scene, he just panicked and didn’t know what to do,” Finn said. “If he’d have stuck around, it would have been just an unfortunate accident, but now he’s facing two felonies.”

“It’s just a sad story all the way around,” he said.

Field’s 2012 Harley Davidson FLTRU was impounded. The burned Chevrolet Silverado was impounded.

The driver of the 2018 Freightliner, a 64-year-old man from Phoenix, was uninjured, according to the state patrol.

Finn said detectives are still trying to figure out exactly the nature of the contact between the pickup and Field’s motorcycle.

“It may have been a lane change, they’re still investigating,” he said.
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For background, read “News brief: I-5 freeway fatality under investigation” from Tuesday April 25, 2017, here

News brief: Rural Chehalis rollover crash claimed life of 64-year-old

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The driver who was killed when his pickup truck wrecked along the 1400 block of Centralia-Alpha Road on Monday afternoon is being identified as 64-year-old John Halvorsen of Chehalis.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said it appeared his truck had drifted off the road, struck a culvert and rolled multiple times.

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office says Halvorsen died from blunt force injuries to his head and neck.

Deputies and the Washington State Patrol investigated the accident that occurred between Logan Hill and North Fork roads east of Chehalis.
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For background, read “News brief: One person dead in rollover crash” from Tuesday April 25, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
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HEAVY SHOPLIFTING

• A 20-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for second-degree theft after she was caught allegedly shoplifting a felony level of merchandise from a retail store at the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia yesterday. Officers called about 12:45 p.m. booked Desiree M. Webley into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a Chehalis motorist was cited after she lost control of her vehicle and traveled about 200 feet off the road and struck a fence. The 37-year-old Chehalis woman had turned to check on her two children and when she turned back saw a vehicle in the middle of the road, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened along the 200 block of Romerman Road near Napavine on Saturday morning, Chief Deputy Duty Breen said. One of the children had small cuts on their face from glass and the 1999 Toyota 4Runner was totaled, Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, third-degree malicious mischief, displaying dangerous weapon; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, trespassing, suspicious circumstances … and more among 159 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: One person dead in rollover crash

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 64-year-old Centralia man was found deceased at the scene when his pickup truck wrecked yesterday afternoon along Centralia-Alpha Road east of Chehalis.

Deputies and firefighters were called at 3:24 p.m. and found the 2004 GMC Sierra was totaled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

It appeared the truck had drifted off the road, struck a culvert and rolled multiple times, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The vehicle came to rest wheels down, on the roadway, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

The driver was the sole occupant, according to Breen.

The Washington State Patrol is assisting with the investigation, he said.

News brief: I-5 freeway fatality under investigation

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
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Northbound Interstate 5 traffic in Chehalis is diverted off freeway at exit 79. / Courtesy image WSDOT

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A motorcyclist was killed this morning on northbound Interstate 5 in between Chehalis and Centralia.

Troopers and firefighters were called at 5:09 a.m. to milepost 80 for what was initially described as a multiple vehicle accident and they found semi trucks and cars pulled over with one motorcycle down, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Trooper Will Finn said about 9 a.m. detectives were still sorting out what occurred but he said the collision involved at least one semi truck.

“It’s a pretty dynamic situation,” Finn said.

All northbound traffic was being diverted off the freeway at the Chamber of Commerce Way exit, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The state patrol has a person of interest not at the scene they want to interview who may have been involved or may be just a witness, Finn said.

A tow truck had been called by about 9:10 a.m. but Finn had no estimate as to when the lanes would reopen.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 24th, 2017
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BURGLARY PACKWOOD

• A deputy responding about 4:45 p.m. yesterday for a burglary of a vacation cabin in Packwood learned that someone forced their way inside, ransacked the place and stole at least $10,000 worth of valuables. Among the missing items from the 100 block of Timberline Drive West were a generator, chainsaws and air compressors but a list is still being complied, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened sometime during approximately the previous two weeks, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

STORAGE UNITS POSSIBLY BURGLED

• Chehalis police were called just before 9 p.m. yesterday to the 1900 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue where locks from two storage units were missing. It’s not yet known if anything was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

TAILGATE TAKEN

• An individual reported the theft of a tailgate from a pickup at the 300 block of Latona Street in Centralia yesterday. It occurred during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POSSIBLE FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called at 3:07 p.m. on Friday about suspected possible fraud associated with a location on the 600 block of South Market Boulevard. The report is being investigated, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called just after 2 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Roosevelt Avenue where sometime during the night someone had slashed tires on someone else’s vehicle.

• A 46-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief last night after allegedly breaking out a vehicle window during an argument at the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia. Officers called about 10:40 p.m. issued a citation to Michael J. Bock and then released him, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 26-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for possession of heroin after he was pulled over by a deputy about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday in the vicinity of the 500 block of Centralia-Alpha Road, and driving with a suspended license, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Michael A. Welsh was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 56-year-old Onalaska man pulled over for speeding just before midnight on Friday at the 400 block of Centralia-Alpha Road was subsequently found to be driving with a suspended license and then found in possession of suspected heroin and suspected meth residue on a glass pipe, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel G. Church was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 54-year-old man contacted for trespassing at a red tagged residence on the 200 block of Southwest 14th Street in Chehalis at about 3:25 p.m. on Friday was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to police. Loring G. Thomas was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND FROM MORTON

• Officers responded to a 7:48 p.m. call on Friday to the 100 block of Main Avenue to a possible assault that took place.  The case is pending further information, according to the Morton Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 33-year-old motorist who was reportedly seen “huffing” on an aerosol can and at one point passed out in the lane while cars went around him along Rush Road south of Chehalis was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Joseph M. King was contacted on Newaukum Valley Road shortly after 12:40 p.m. and then arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’ office.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that the driver who struck a large tree along the 1600 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday was arrested for driving under the influence. Christopher E. Moore had been wearing his seatbelt but he seemed confused, acknowledged he had consumed alcohol and believed he was still in the parking lot of a bar, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Moore was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to responders.

• The driver who collided with a fence along the 200 block of Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis at about 4:45 a.m. on Saturday was arrested for driving under the influence, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Katheryn L. Rider, 30, of Chehalis, was issued a citation and then released to her parents, according to police.

• A 22-year-old Centralia resident advised he was attempting to dodge a deer in the roadway causing his vehicle to roll over at the 1800 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia early Friday morning. A deputy responding to the approximately 2:30 a.m. call arrested Joshua D. Bales for driving under the influence, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, disorderly person, third-degree theft, unfounded report, suspicious circumstances … and more among 127 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Police awaiting autopsy for confirmation about body found inside parked Honda Accord

Monday, April 24th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Chehalis Police Department has an idea about how he died and feels “pretty positive” he is the missing 16-year-old Camas boy, but are awaiting word from the coroner in regards to the body discovered inside a car parked at the Twin City Town Center late Friday afternoon.

Department spokesperson Linda Bailey this morning called the death a tragedy.

Cole Burbank, 16, of Camas, was reported missing by his parents on April 13 and the Camas Police Department issued a missing person report to the public hoping to locate him and his black 2010 Honda Accord. An intense investigation to find him as quickly as possible began immediately, according to police.

Chehalis police responded about 5:30 p.m. on Friday to the shopping center on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis, following a phone call from someone Bailey said she believed was a friend of the family who had located the vehicle.

“I do understand Camas sent a team up to assist with … to process the scene,” Bailey said.

It doesn’t appear police are looking for any suspect. Bailey said if police thought there was a danger element to the public, she would have already made such an announcement.

Officers have an idea of how he died, “but we aren’t going to say that until we get an autopsy report,” Bailey said.

An autopsy is being conducted today, she said.

The car was found in the parking lot east of the auto parts store and closer to Security State Bank. Bailey said she had not yet heard if detectives have determined how long the car was there.

Further information is expected to be released by the Lewis County Coroner’s Office, which has the responsibility to positively identify him and find the cause and manner of his death.
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For background read “Male found dead inside missing teen’s car in Chehalis” from Saturday April 22, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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South Scheuber Road wreck / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A driver was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital early yesterday morning after their car left the roadway and struck a large tree along the 1600 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia. Firefighters responding to the approximately 1:30 a.m. call found the driver still inside the vehicle, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The car sustained significant damage, with debris scattered in all directions, Fire Capt. Erik Olson stated. The injuries appeared to be non-life threatening, according to Olson.

• A motorist escaped serious injury when her car collided with a fence and came to rest in a yard along Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis at about 4:45 a.m. yesterday, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. It happened between Second and Third streets, according to Firefighter Braxton Traylor. While a two-by-four crashed through her windshield, it veered toward the passenger side, Traylor said. A second piece of lumber pierced the vehicle between the brake and gas pedal, he said. The driver was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital as a precaution, Traylor said.

• A 2011 Kia Soul was totaled when its 20-year-old driver ran into the back of a semi truck on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 60 late Friday night. Brenden K. Banta, 20, from Kalama, and his 17-year-old passenger from Woodland were both injured and taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called about 11:45 p.m. report the driver of the 2017 Peterbilt tractor was unhurt and the big rig was able to be driven from the scene. The collision is under investigation. Banta was to be arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular assault, according to the state patrol.

HEAVY SHOPLIFTING

• Centralia police arrested a pair of teenagers and a third person for organized retail theft in connection with an approximately 6 p.m. call yesterday associated with an address on the 1300 block of Lum Road. Elijah A Chambers, 18, of Renton and Brianna R Westwood of Kent as well as a 16 year old boy were booked, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• An abandoned Kia Optima was recovered at Hemlock and Pine streets in Centralia about 3:20 p.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department. It was stolen from California, according to police.

OTHER THEFT

• Speakers were stolen from a storage unit at the 1200 block of North Pearl Street, according to a report made to police on Friday morning.

• Police were called about the theft of power tools from a business at the 2000 block of Johnson Road in Centralia on Friday morning.

• Centralia police a report on Friday afternoon that $40 was stolen from a resident at the 1300 block of Alexander Street.

• Centralia police were called to a vehicle prowl at the 600 block of Warsaw Street at about 1:20 p.m. on Friday. Keys were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report just after noon on Friday from the 800 block of North Pearl Street of an unknown person using another individual’s social security number and birth  date to fraudulently file a tax return.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, anti-harassment order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 298 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Male found dead inside missing teen’s car in Chehalis

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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The missing person flyer showing Cole Burbank and associated Honda Accord.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities say a car associated with a 16-year-old Camas boy missing more than a week was found yesterday in a Chehalis shopping center parking lot, with a body inside.

Police responded about 5:30 p.m. yesterday to the Twin City Town Center on Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased young adult male inside the vehicle,” Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey wrote in a brief message to news media late last night.

Cole Burbank, 16, of Camas, was last seen at Camas High School at about 7:45 am. on April 13 and was reported missing by his parents the same day, according to the Camas Police Department.

He left driving a black 2010 Honda Accord and was likely in the vicinity of Clark College where he attended Running Start classes, but never showed up there, according to police. Camas police issued a missing person report to the public the following day, noting “this type of behavior is not common for Cole and his family is very concerned for his welfare.”

The Chehalis Fire Department and AMR medics were called to the shopping center early yesterday evening, basically to confirm the occupant was dead and helped secure the scene.

Firefighter Braxton Traylor said the black Honda was parked east of an auto parts store and closer to Security State Bank, with no other vehicles parked immediately adjacent to it, but a person was visible through its windows.

“He had a real low profile in the vehicle,” Traylor said. “If you were just driving by, you may not have seen him.”

Bailey’s message stated an investigation is ongoing and information will be released as it becomes available. Nobody was available this morning from the Chehalis Police Department to answer questions.

Camas police stated in a press release the body was released to to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office for positive identification.

Camas police thanked the public for tips and search efforts, as well as assisting agencies they said included the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Citizens keep rounding up small dogs dumped east of Onalaska, as shelter fills up

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Five of the rescued chihuahuas being held at the Lewis County Animal Shelter

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – They started getting brought in on Saturday, batches of chihuahuas found abandoned in East Lewis County.

The Lewis County Animal Shelter has been clipping, grooming and preparing for spaying and neutering of little dogs all week.

Yesterday afternoon the animals being temporarily housed at the facility on Centralia-Alpha Road huddled in small groups in five separate kennel areas.

Eighteen chihuahuas, all appearing to be pure bred, are or will be available for adoption.

“My gut feeling is they’re all from the same place,” Shelter Manager Amy Hanson said.

Three times so far, people have found some of the dogs and delivered them to the shelter, Hanson said yesterday afternoon.

Lindsey Dean lives in Cinebar but her daughter goes to school in Morton, so she drives that remote stretch along state Route 508 at least four times a day.

“It was Monday morning, I came around the corner and they were piled in the road,” Dean said. “They were hungry, I had a banana and they were eating dirt to get to the rest of the banana.”

They smelled terrible, their nails were long and they were afraid of people, she said.

On Tuesday after work, animal technician Robin Williams, drove out to the same area just over the Bear Canyon Bridge to see if she could locate any more. With help from Dean, Dean’s teenage son and her friend Missy Baier, they rounded up eight.

“If the first ones hadn’t gone out into the road, I don’t think anyone would have found them, cause they were back in the woods,” Williams said.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Dusty Breen says it’s a neglect issue that could be pursued criminally.

Lewis County Code Compliance Supervisor Bill Teitzel today said his office is seriously looking at the situation.

Teitzel said over the past six to eight months, the same type of dogs have been dumped in a similar fashion in similar locations, although never this many.

“They seem to coincide with things we’re doing at this office,” he said.

The county’s humane officer conducts inspections for people who want to apply for kennel permits, he said.

“My office doesn’t investigate crime, but if we find crime we will turn it over to the sheriff’s office,” Teitzel said.

Animals must be fixed before the shelter can release them to new homes. That requirement over the years has led to lower numbers of strays kept there.

At any given time, nowadays, they may have only two to three dogs available for adoption, according to Hanson.

This week almost 100 dogs are inhabiting the kennels and cages in the building.

On Monday, Lewis County seized dozens of dogs, mostly chihuahua-mix, from a man who lives on the 1600 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia.

They undertook a similar action three years ago at the same place and the owner, Jimmie R. Jemison, was charged with a violation of state law related to dog breeding and standards of cleanliness, care and protection.

The case however was dismissed in December the following year because Jemison was found not competent to stand trial due to mental illness, according to documents filed in Lewis County Superior Court.

Soon after, the county filed for a declaratory judgement to “abate” the situation, as it believed he continued to breed dogs in the same poor conditions. The court signed a warrant of abatement earlier this month.

Hanson said when they went to the property Monday to impound Jemison’s dogs, the conditions were maybe even worse than before.

Some were living in the motor home with him and others were kept in outbuildings, she said.

They collected five litters of puppies, about two weeks old, she said, plus 47 dogs at least four months old and older.

Those animals are being cared for at the shelter, and will become available for adoption later.

Hanson said she doesn’t have any reason to think Jemison’s operation was related to the animals found off state Route 508.

Dean said she learned today, a man with a tree farm off state Route 508 found more chihuahuas but could only catch one.

“He said there were three more, maybe five miles down by a small bridge,” she said.

As many as four other chihuahuas have been discovered in the area and not turned into the shelter, she said.

She’ll keep going back to look for others, she said.

“Me and my friend Missy, we’re just heartbroken,” she said. “Because it’s obvious, they’re scared.”
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For background, read “Centralia man pleads not guilty to dog breeding violation” from Saturday May 31, 2014, here

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Six chihuahuas were picked up Monday morning off of state Route 508 near milepost 22. / Courtesy photo by Lindsey Dean

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

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DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 20-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested yesterday for second-degree assault after his significant other reported that during an argument he struck her in the face and put his hands around her throat so tightly she could not breathe. She told a deputy that when she regained consciousness she gathered up her child and left, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Following an investigation, Tristan R. Durland was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 10:35 a.m. yesterday regarding a burglary to a shed on the 1100 block of E Street.

• Chehalis police are investigating after  business on the 800 block of Northwest State Avenue reported yesterday morning the discovery of unauthorized charges on one of their accounts.

• An officer was called just before 9 a.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Alexander Street in Centralia about the theft of a number of vehicle titles, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, third-degree theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, shoplifting, civil issue, misdemeanor assault, vehicle collision, suicidal person, 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

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
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Updated at 5:33 p.m.

THREAT WITH FIREARM LANDS MAN IN JAIL

• A 41-year-old rural Centralia man who allegedly confronted a neighbor during a parking dispute by pointing a pistol at the neighbor’s face was jailed yesterday. Deputies called about 12:45 p.m. to the 400 block of Reinke Road were told the issue was about a property line easement and the alleged victim had parked blocking the driveway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Corey L. Moran allegedly came out of his residence, pulled a 40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and aimed it at his 40-year-old neighbor, Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey said. Moran was arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Kimsey said.

KIRBY VACUUM REPO GOES VIOLENT

• A woman who attempted to retrieve a Kirby vacuum from a Chehalis resident who was behind on his payments called 911 yesterday evening to report the customer pushed her down, began to hit and kick her and then choked her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers responding just before 6 p.m. to the 600 block of Northeast Franklin Avenue arrested Jason R. Ferris, 32, for second-degree assault and booked him in to the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

MOTORIST PULLED FROM VEHICLE PARKED ON TRACKS

• Centralia police say a 32-year-old motorist from Rochester stopped his vehicle on a set of railroad tracks in Centralia and then refused to exit the vehicle when ordered to do so by officers last night. Officers responding about 12:20 a.m. to the area near Reynolds Avenue and Blair Road had to break the window and drag him out, according to the Centralia Police Department. They arrested Steven R. Stacy for obstructing and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

THEFT

• Police were called just before 7 o’clock this morning to the 1300 block of West Main Street in Centralia when a woman saw someone by her shed with her tool box. The individual fled towards the freeway and a search with a police dog did not turn up their suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of Shannon Lane west of Chehalis following the discovery of a break-in to a shop building next to a home in which a propane heater, a tool box, two machetes and other items were stolen. The victim said it occurred sometime during the previous two weeks, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 42-year-old man from Woodland was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday in connection with a Vader burglary early last month in which more than $40,000 worth of property was stolen. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning deputies began following up immediately on the incident at the 1000 block of state Route 506 which was reported on March 9. Among the valuables missing were two vehicles, 13 guns and more than 50 antique model cars, Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey said. Kimsey said deputies were assisted in locating a suspect on Saturday by the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, the Kelso Police Department and the Longview Street Crimes Unit. Dustin I. Wynn, one of the suspects, was arrested for multiple felonies including first-degree burglary and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• A case involving a 15-year-old boy from yesterday morning at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia was referred to the Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Juvenile Division for possession of marijuana, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 16-year-old Centralia boy was charged as an adult yesterday with second-degree rape in a case police began investigating at the end of February. Centralia police were told by a 16-year-old girl it happened while she was at a friend’s home in Centralia with six others. The girl said she had rebuffed his advances but he came into the guest room where she was sleeping and forced himself on her, according to charging documents. At the end of March, she picked the 16-year-old boy from a photo montage and he was initially charged in juvenile court, according to authorities. Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said a judge agreed the teen’s case could be moved to Lewis County Superior Court. His bail was set yesterday afternoon at $50,000.

CENTRALIA RESIDENTS AWAKEN TO FIRE

• Firefighters called about 6:10 a.m. today to the 2300 block of Rosewood Lane in Centralia found heavy smoke coming from the attic of a home but then located the fire in a storage room in the garage. It was quickly extinguished and there was no damage to the living portion of the residence, according to Riverside Fire Authority.  The occupants had woken up to smell of smoke, gone outside and called 911, according to Fire Capt. Terry Ternan. Nobody was inured, Ternan stated. The cause is under investigation.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, third-degree malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, civil issue, misdemeanor assault, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 155 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.