Archive for May, 2017

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
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AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police arrested a 40-year-old woman for possession of a stolen vehicle last night in a case associated with the 300 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. Jennifer L. Barber, of Centralia, was also wanted on outstanding warrants and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a deputy took a report on Monday of the theft of a red 2006 Ford F350 from its owner’s driveway at the 3500 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. The vehicle disappeared sometime between 8 a.m. on Saturday and 6 a.m. on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office. Missing with the truck are a Glock handgun and a laptop computer, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called 200 block of Northwest Pacific Avenue yesterday morning about potential cyber fraud, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• A victim of a vehicle prowl at the 1300 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis called police just before 2 p.m. yesterday. A cell phone was taken from the unlocked vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A tool box was stolen from the back of a vehicle at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2 p.m. yesterday.

BAD BILL

• An officer was called about 1 p.m. yesterday to a business at the 1200 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis where a customer attempted to spend a possibly counterfeit $50 bill, and then shortly after that to the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard where a business kept a possibly counterfeit bill received from a customer, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The officer took possession of the bad bill, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue where an individual reported receiving a fake $20 bill.

SMALL FIRE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a case for reckless burning is being referred to juvenile prosecutors in connection with a 10-year-old boy allegedly using a lighter, igniting and damaging siding to a garage, windows and a mattress at the 300 block of Central Avenue in Onalaska on Monday.

LITTERING

• Centralia police arrested a 30-year-old woman for littering for allegedly discarding a lit cigarette onto the ground at the 100 block of South Pearl Street about 9:30 a.m. yesterday. Candice R. Baughman was issued a citation and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department. The same officer attested a 29-year-old woman for the same offense about 4:40 p.m. at the 600 block of West Main Street, according to police. Brittney N. Burgard was similarly arrested and then released.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, contempt of court, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, disorderly person, suicidal person, third-degree theft, unfounded report, harassment, suspicious circumstances, vehicle accident … and more among 151 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
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Updated at 1:12 p.m.

FELONY ASSAULT

• A 53-year-old Mineral man was arrested last night for allegedly beating up his girlfriend at the 100 block of Washington Street in Mineral, leaving her with a possible broken nose and two black eyes, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy dispatched about 9:30 p.m. was told by the victim that Gerald L. Harris grabbed her by the throat restricting her breathing, shoved her against a wall and struck her, according to the sheriff’s office. When Harris was located, he allegedly was in possession of a white crystal substance that field tested positive for meth, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Harris was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine, Breen said.

ASHFORD BREAK-IN

• A deputy responded early yesterday morning to a residential burglary at the 300 block of Skate Creek Road North in Ashford in which approximately $1,500 worth of valuables were missing. The 27-year-old victim reported it occurred between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the items missing were a passport, a social security card, precious stones, a PlayStation 4 and various sporting goods, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said a deputy found a glass pane was missing from a back door where someone reached inside and unlocked the door.

OFF ROAD VEHICLES MISSING

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that three 2014 Polaris ATVs and a 20-foot tilt trailer are missing from where they had been stored in a parking lot of a business on the 1100 block of state Route 6 west of Chehalis. The loss is estimated at $47,000, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office was called about the theft on May 15 and after follow up on Friday, the items were confirmed stolen, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen.

OUTBUILDING BURGLARY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning someone broke into a pump house at the 200 block of Hawkins Road sometime between October of last year and May 20.

• Centralia police were called just after 9 a.m. yesterday for an overnight burglary to a shed at the 1300 block of Crescent Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 4:10 p.m. on Sunday to take a report of a car stolen from a parking lot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. The victim phoned back later in the evening to advise he found his vehicle in an opposite parking area and a backpack plus softball equipment were missing,  according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue on Sunday afternoon by an individual who said he found his door kicked in and cash missing. Police are awaiting a statement from the victim, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

POSSIBLE SCAM

• A 78-year-old Chehalis woman was advised to contact her bank and cancel her credit card after making a phone call and giving up account information following the directions from a message that showed up on her computer screen, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer called just before 1 p.m. on Sunday to the 1500 block of North National Avenue took down a report of the possible scam, according to police. Department spokesperson Linda Bailey took the opportunity to advise that people should avoid giving out information over the phone.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report of a vehicle prowl at the 100 block of High Street just before 11 a.m. yesterday in which a back pack with school supplies was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Tools, a coat, backpack and the vehicle battery were stolen in an overnight  car prowl at the 500 block of North Rock Street in Centralia reported just after 10 a.m. yesterday. A window was broken out, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to a parking lot at the 100 block of Northeast Hampe Way just after 10 p.m. on Friday following the discovery of a car prowl in which a window had been shattered. A gray Under Armour bag plus a blue wallet were stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

RIVER RESCUE FOLLOW UP

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning nobody was injured in Sunday’s rafting accident on the Cowlitz River south of Salkum, and said it was a man and two 10-year-old boys they pulled out, who had become stuck in a pile of brush in the heavy current. Their boat had capsized in the area off the 1400 block of Spencer Road, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies had responded about 5:10 p.m. on information about someone screaming for help. Two women had fallen out further up the river and everyone was safely removed from the water, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. They were from the Tacoma area, according to Breen.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 26-year-old Toledo resident said he swerved to miss a deer that jumped out onto the 200 block of Spencer Road causing his Ford Mustang to strike several fence posts early yesterday morning. A deputy responding just after 5 a.m. reports that Michael R. White was uninjured but there was damage to the front end and side of his car. White was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail 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, obstructing, trespassing, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device, minor in possession and/or consumption of alcohol; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, disorderly person, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, vehicle accident … and more among 162 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, May 29th, 2017
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Rogers Road wreck. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 19-year-old Chehalis man was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with major trauma to his arm yesterday afternoon after his vehicle collided with a utility pole and knocked down power lines at the 200 block of Rogers Road south of Chehalis. Firefighters called about 3:45 p.m. indicate the driver got himself out of the vehicle and deputies took steps right away to control the bleeding. He was transported to the airport and then flown to Seattle in stable condition, according to DJ Hammer with Lewis County Fire District 6.

ON THE RIVER, IN THE LAKE

• A 13-year-old boy was transported to Morton General Hospital as a precaution yesterday after a near drowning at the Riffe Lake Campground off Osborne Road. Firefighters called about 5:25 p.m. found the teen on the shore, conscious and alert when they arrived. “Bystanders got him out before anything happened,” Lewis County Fire District 3 Chief Doug Fosburg said. “It was a juvenile who misjudged how cold the water was and how much energy it took to get across a channel,” he said.

• A group of people were rescued from the Cowlitz River yesterday south of Salkum. Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel said he personally was not on the call but EMTs joined members of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in a boat to answer the approximately 5:10 p.m. call. McDaniel said three adults and two children were traveling the river in an inflatable boat or boats and fell into the water. “The Cowlitz is not a place to go out in inflatable boats anytime,” McDaniel said.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called to the 600 block of South Pearl Street about 7:40 a.m. on Saturday where someone had broken into a closed business but nothing appeared to have been taken, according to the Centralia Police Department. The business no longer leaves valuables on site due to previous thefts, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• A vehicle prowl was reported about 10:20 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia in which pills and a bottle of nail polish was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An individual reported about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday that sometime overnight someone entered her vehicle at the 100 block of Lilac Lane in Centralia and stole her purse,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• An individual reported $200 missing from her wallet at the 1300 block of Alexander Avenue in Centralia at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An individual reported the theft of two large tool boxes that contained miscellaneous hand and power tools from the 600 block of M Street in Centralia at about 8:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GENERAL MAYHEM

• A 49-year-old Centralia resident was arrested after police were called about 7:40 p.m. on Saturday to the 2400 block of North Pearl Street after he was witnessed allegedly stopping traffic, yelling at passing cars, pulling signs out of yards and causing general mayhem for no apparent reason, according to the Centralia Police Department. Brian L. Schmidt was booked into the Lewis County Jail for disorderly conduct, according to police.

EARTH SHAKES

• A 2.3 magnitude earthquake struck at 1:16 p.m. yesterday roughly halfway between Morton and Cinebar, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. The quake was less than a mile deep, according to PNSN.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, probation violation, no contact order violation,  drinking in public, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, vehicle accident … and more among 526 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Missing Rochester woman found wrecked off U.S. Highway 12

Monday, May 29th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 70-year-old Rochester woman reported missing last week was located yesterday afternoon down a 30-foot embankment where her car had wrecked and hit two trees along U.S. Highway 12 about two miles north of Oakville.

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Sharon L. Leaming

Sharon L. Leaming was injured and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers called to the scene at 1:30 p.m. report Leaming’s Chevrolet Lumina was totaled.

Leaming had been traveling eastbound and suffered a medical event causing her to drive off the shoulder, according to the state patrol.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office took a missing person report on Thursday and learned Leaming had left home Tuesday morning for North Cove and headed home later in the day but never arrived. Her cell phone was “pinged”  on Thursday to a location near Oakville but a search was unsuccessful, according to the sheriff’s office.

Driver with flashing grill lights, badge arrested after police chase

Friday, May 26th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 54-year-old man who had a silver badge pinned to his vest and a can of pepper spray in his pocket when he was arrested at the end of long police pursuit on U.S. Highway 12 yesterday is being investigated for possible criminal impersonation.

James P. Sauter, of rural Chehalis, was finally caught when he turned his truck into a field and got it stuck on a log about 21 miles east of White Pass, according to authorities.

It began just before 1:30 p.m. when troopers were notified of a possible hit and run involving a white Dodge pickup truck with emergency lights installed in its grill.

Callers reported the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and forcing other drivers to pull off the road and when law enforcement began to follow it near Morton, the truck continued east in excess of 100 mph, according to court documents.

Troopers report the truck passed other vehicles using the oncoming lane, on the right shoulder and on blind corners until they eventually lost sight of it, only to get reports later it had a vehicle pulled over on the shoulder east of Packwood.

The driver allegedly activated his grill lights during the pursuit.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead writes in charging documents the hit and run allegation and the possible impersonation continue to be investigated.

The badge turned out to be a Centralia Fire Department badge, according to Halstead.

Sauter was charged today with one count of felony eluding in Lewis County Superior Court. Bail was set at $10,000.

He was just brought before a judge on Monday for possession of a controlled substance after police located pills on Sauter for which he allegedly did not have a prescription, when he was arrested three days earlier after an incident in downtown Chehalis allegedly trying to get inside a woman’s vehicle. He had been arrested and then released by Centralia police earlier that morning for allegedly aiming a laser pointer at passing motorists.

On Monday, Sauter’s bail was set with a $10,000 signature bond and he conveyed to the judge he would be able to produce the prescription bottle for the pills. A judge today revoked his bail in that case.
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – UNRULY PERSON” from Monday May 22, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, May 26th, 2017
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Updated at 5 p.m.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• A deputy called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to take a report of damage to a recreational vehicle at the 3300 block of Harrison Avenue was called back after its owner discovered valuables missing, including a 22 caliber pistol, a gold watch and $3,700 cash, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

FRAUD CHEHALIS

• A business on the 1300 block of Northwest State Avenue in Chehalis called police just before 11 a.m. yesterday following the discovery someone had created checks using the business’s account, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The loss appears to be in the thousands of dollars, according to police.

DRUGS

• A deputy called about 10:50 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Katula Road west of Chehalis and told a 23-year-old woman had punched her roommate in the face subsequently located the suspect and found she had a meth pipe, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Cassandra L. McBride, 23, of Pe Ell, was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. A charge of fourth-degree assault will be recommended, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

• A 24-year-old man arrested for a warrant when contacted in a vehicle he was observed in was subsequently arrested for possession of heroin yesterday in Lewis County. Court documents allege Cornelio T. Delarosa, of Centralia, had a backpack with him which contained a scale, cotton balls, syringes, a cooker and baggies and that residue on the scale field tested positive as heroin. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail in the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team case and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of heroin. His bail was set at $10,000.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 7:30 a.m. yesterday regarding graffiti to an air conditioning unit at the 1200 block of West First Street.

MISSING PERSON FOUND IN HOSPITAL

• A Chehalis man reported missing yesterday morning was located at a hospital in Vancouver, where he was taken after a vehicle accident. His wife called police about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to say her husband had not returned home since going to Home Depot the night before, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police Sgt. Gwen Carrell said she didn’t know the details of where the wreck occurred, or if she could reveal his condition, only that it happened south of Lewis County.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, vehicle accident … and more among 170 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, May 25th, 2017
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Updated at 12:04 p.m.

CORRECTIONS OFFICER INJURED

• An inmate at the Lewis County Jail was arrested this morning after he allegedly tried to break a corrections deputy’s arm. Sheriff’s Capt. Curt Spahn said the inmate was occupying a mental health holding cell in the booking area when the deputy attempted to give him some water at about 5:15 a.m. The deputy was still standing close to the “trap door” opening when the 48-year-old Olympia resident grabbed her right arm, pulled it through the hole and wrenched down on it, according to Spahn. She was able to get her arm loose, was bruised and was taken to the hospital, Spahn said. James M. Johnson was arrested for third-degree assault.

AUTO THEFT

• A 21-year-old Tacoma resident was arrested just before midnight at the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia for possession of a stolen vehicle in connection with a Toyota 4Runner reported missing from Portland. Danielle J. Westbrook was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 2:25 p.m. yesterday about the theft of a string trimmer from the 800 block of North Pearl Street.

DOG FIGHT

• Chehalis police were called just after 8 p.m. yesterday about a dog attacking another dog which was being walked along the 200 block of South Market Boulevard. The Labrador had a wound under its neck and the suspect is a Rottweiler, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The city’s community service officer is following up on the incident, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, witness tampering, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, vehicle accident, protection order violation … and more among 151 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
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THEFT BY FRAUD

• A 71-year-old Randle woman reported yesterday that she discovered her debit card and pin number had been stolen from the 600 block of Silverbrook Road and found that there were 22 transactions of $50 each conducted at various locations in Ohio earlier this month, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 34-year-old man was arrested by Centralia police yesterday afternoon on an outstanding warrant allegedly was in possession of a stolen cell phone and was trying to sell back to its owner. Joshua S. McCormick, described by police as transient, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 7:35 p.m. yesterday to a business at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue regarding a counterfeit $100 bill passed there.

DRUGS

• A 38-year-old man picked up on an outstanding warrant at the 700 block of Silverbrook Road in Randle yesterday afternoon was subsequently found to have a small plastic bindle containing a white crystalized substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Brian J. Dolan was arrested for possession of meth and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation … and more among 130 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
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Updated at 2:46 p.m.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 11:45 a.m. yesterday to take a report of a theft of a generator from the 700 block of Marsh Street.

• A barbecue was stolen during the night from the 1100 block of West Plum Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

INDECENCY

• Bail was set at $25,000 yesterday for a 52-year-old man arrested the afternoon before for allegedly sitting in a chair behind his house with his pants around his ankles and masturbating in view of residents across the creek in rural Winlock. The neighbor, the neighbor’s wife, her friend and the friend’s son all saw the incident, according to court documents. Troy S. McClure, who has resided there for three years, is a level two registered sex offender and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to authorities. Court documents indicate he lives on the 1500 block of Ferrier Road. McClure was charged with indecent exposure, a felony because he had been convicted of a sex offense previously, according to charging documents.

• Officers responded to the 100 block of Main Avenue in Morton about 9:45 p.m. on Friday to a report of a man exposing himself in public. The suspect was cited for indecent exposure and then released, according to the Morton Police Department.

• A 35-year-old Chehalis man was arrested on Saturday and brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday on allegations he had inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with a 14-year-old relative. Christopher M. Leece was ordered held without bail yesterday afternoon after prosecutors told a judge they had received further information that could lead to a charge more serious than third-degree child molestation. Leece is represented by attorney Jakob McGhie.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of graffiti on a power box at First and K streets.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to a report of a violation regarding marijuana at the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center on the 1200 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue.

WATER ACCIDENT

• Riverside Fire Authority reports a 19-year-old was rescued from the bank of the Chehalis River near Borst Park in Centralia about 4:30 p.m. yesterday with a lower leg injury he sustained while wading in knee deep water. He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• The Washington State Patrol blamed inattention for a wreck early this morning in Mason County in which the 73-year-old driver from Toledo drove his propane truck into a ditch. Troopers called about 4:10 a.m. to the scene on state Route 101 about 16 miles north of Hoodsport note that Ronald H. Holcomb was not injured. Holcomb had been traveling southbound when he over corrected on a turn and continued about 150 feet before coming to stop in the ditch, according to the Washington State Patrol. During the removal by the tow truck, a fuel tank ruptured and spilled as much as 100 gallons of diesel into a waterway, according to the state patrol. Personnel from the state Department of Ecology were summoned, according to the investigating trooper. Holcomb was to be cited for wheels off the roadway.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment,  trespassing, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, bleeding baby raccoon which had fallen from a top porch … and more among 191 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, May 22nd, 2017
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Updated at 6:18 p.m.

MEDIC, OFFICER ASSAULTED

• A 28-year-old intoxicated woman allegedly shoved a police officer in the parking lot at a motel on the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia and then allegedly grabbed and twisted a paramedic’s hand in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital early yesterday morning. Police had been called about 6:30 a.m. for a disturbance and after arresting her for third-degree assault, were sending her to the hospital because of her intoxication level, according to the Centralia Police Department. Julie C. Simmons, 28 of Chelan, was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of third-degree assault, according to police.

RAZOR THREAT

• A 30-year-old inmate at the Lewis County Jail was arrested for allegedly threatening to slit the throat of another inmate following an argument about lights on in their cell. A deputy responding about 1:15 a.m. on Saturday arrested Jeremy A. Goldner for felony harassment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Centralia man had allegedly previously attempted to remove the blade from his razor, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

UNRULY PERSON

• A 54-year-old Chehalis man got into trouble with police twice on Friday morning, the first time for allegedly aiming a laser pointer at passing motorists in Centralia and then less than an hour later after trying to get inside a woman’s vehicle parked in downtown Chehalis. Police were called at 9:15 a.m. to the 500 block of North Market Boulevard in Chehalis and arrested James P. Sauter for disorderly conduct, according to the Chehalis Police Department. In a search that followed, an officer reportedly located pills on Sauter for which he allegedly did not have a prescription, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Bailey said identifying the medication will have to wait for lab test results. It was about 8:40 a.m. when Centralia police learned about the laser incident at the 200 block of West Reynolds Avenue. A summons was issued to Sauter for second-degree unlawful discharge of a laser, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN

• A Portland resident who went to check on his cabin at the 100 block of Cascade Drive in Packwood on Sunday reported someone had tampered with and damaged the lock on his tool shed sometime since the previous Monday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A vacant house was discovered broken into and items missing at the 2100 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia on Saturday afternoon, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A resident on the 1400 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia discovered damage to his back door and its handle as though someone had tried to break-in at about 4 p.m. on Friday and neighbor found similar damage on her door, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It appeared someone had struck them with a blunt object, according to the sheriff’s office.

BAD BILLS SPENT THROUGH OFFERUP

• Centralia police were called about 5:35 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Harrison Avenue to take a report from an individual who sold a pool using the app OfferUp and was given two fake $100 bills by the buyer.

AUTO THEFT

• A 36-year-old driver was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday following a traffic stop by Toledo Police Department Sgt. Sam Patrick inside the city limits of Winlock. The 2016 Nissan Rogue with California plates is registered to Hertz Vehicles LLC in San Francisco, according to authorities. Two passengers were interviewed and released and James D. Maloney was  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to court documents. Maloney reportedly told police he had borrowed it from someone named Crystal in California and was to return it today, court documents relate. Maloney was not charged with a crime today but is being held with no bail on probable cause until a decision tomorrow by prosecutors.

• A Dodge Dakota stolen in Thurston County turned up abandoned on the 1400 block of Southwest Wilson Avenue in Chehalis just after 8 p.m. on Friday.

CAR PROWL

• A set of aftermarket LED lights were stolen off of a vehicle at the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 11 p.m. yesterday.

• Gasoline was reported stolen from a vehicle at the 800 block of West First Street in Centralia, just after 2 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to the 700 block of Southwest William Avenue just after 8 p.m. on Friday where an individual discovered a window broken out of their Ford Expedition. It didn’t appear anything was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• When a deputy tried to pull over a car recognized as driven by someone with outstanding warrant just after 4 o’clock yesterday morning in Winlock, the gold Honda Accord reportedly sped away and a chase ensued down Interstate  5 that reached speeds of 120 mph, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It began on state Route 505 near Knowles Road and didn’t end until after exiting the freeway at Castle Rock and stopping at the 1500 block of West Side Highway, according to the sheriff’s office. Bradley W. Hamrick, 31, from Packwood, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempting to elude, for an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections and for a warrant from a previous eluding case, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

• A 53-year-old Winlock woman was arrested for driving under the influence after a single motorcycle wreck in which she suffered minor scrapes last night at South Military and McGlaughlin roads in Winlock. A deputy responding about 8:30 p.m. noted the 2011 Harley Davidson 1200 loaded into the back of a flatbed truck had major damage and arrested the passenger, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Lisa A. Hope was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Two drivers were injured including a Centralia man in a head-on collision in Pierce County east of McKenna on Friday night. Both cars were totaled and 20-year-old Alex Flores Martinez was blamed for passing in a no passing zone, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called to state Route 702 near 58th Avenue about 11:20 p.m. cited Flores Martinez for reckless driving, according to the state patrol. The highway was blocked for 90 minutes, the investigating trooper reports. Flores Martinez was transported to Madigan Hospital and his 1996 Mercedes Benz was impounded. Dean A. Holmes, 55, from Yelm, was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, according to the state patrol. His Chrysler PT Cruiser was also impounded.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, protection order violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, shoplifting, third-degree theft, disorderly person, malicious mischief, suspicious circumstances… and more among 493 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Acreage scorched west of Chehalis

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Recent warm temperatures have got area fire departments thinking about the risks of dry grasses and other vegetation.

Firefighters were called at 3:10 p.m. yesterday to Adna, told a fast moving brush fire was heading up a hill and burning about three acres of a previously logged area.

Lewis County Fire District 6 Chief Tim Kinder said the fire near the 100 block of Carroll Way was under control about 30 minutes later.

No structures were threatened, Kinder said.

He said it appears the wind kicked up embers from an unattended stump and debris fire someone was burning and it ignited some grass.

A neighbor created a 200-foot fire break, he said. Members of the Chehalis Fire Department assisted.

Personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources took over the scene, according to Kinder.

News brief: Victim in car fire was a Kelso man

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office today revealed today the man found dead inside a burned car a little more than two weeks ago in Chehalis is a 48-year-old Kelso resident.

Robert A. Mansker was found deceased after the flames were extinguished on a 1992 Honda Accord parked off the 1900 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue early on the morning of May 6, according to authorities.

The cause and manner of Mansker’s death won’t be determined until the completion of further investigation and studies, according to Coroner Warren McLeod
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For background, read “News brief: Chehalis car fire death still unresolved” from Monday May 15, 2017, here

News brief: Pair hurt in Centralia house fire

Sunday, May 21st, 2017
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South Pearl Street on Saturday morning. / Courtesy photo by Cassie Shaughnessy

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people sustained minor injuries in a house fire yesterday morning in Centralia that heavily damaged the home.

Firefighters called about 9 a.m. to the 800 block of South Pearl Street arrived to see flames at the upstair windows, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

“After confirming that the three adult occupants had safely evacuated, crews worked to extinguish the fire,” Riverside Fire Capt. Casey McCarthy wrote in a brief summary.

The fire was contained to the house and did not extend to the attached garage or to the neighboring houses, according to McCarthy.

The fire captain noted no smoke detectors present.

The two people’s injuries did not require them to be taken to the hospital, according to the fire department.

Local Red Cross representatives were requested and have been working with the displaced occupants, McCarthy stated.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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INDIVIDUAL VICTIMIZED AFTER GIVING FEMALE A LIFT

• Centralia police report this morning that after a motorist gave an unknown female a ride to the area of South Tower Avenue in Centralia last night, he ended up getting his backpack and cell phone stolen. Officers called about 1:40 a.m. were told the female had walked away but returned a short time later with a male and the pair tried pulling the motorist from his car, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim fled his vehicle on foot and when he returned a short time later, the two were gone along with his belongings, according to police.

THEFT OF ELECTRICITY

• Two people who allegedly engaged in bypassing a power meter in order to restore electricity to their residence after the power had been shut off by the light department were cited for defrauding public utilities on Friday. Alexis S. Collins, 40 of Centralia, and Clim G. Grant, 38 of Centralia, were issued a citation in the case associated with an address on the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and then released with a court date, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• A youth’s electric motorcycle was found abandoned in the 600 block of F Street and yesterday was secured at the Centralia Police Department for safekeeping until the owner claims it.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police are looking for the driver of a white sport utility vehicle that left the scene after his vehicle hit a male standing near the open door of his own parked vehicle on the 400 block of South Pearl Street last night. Officers called just before 10 p.m. report the victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 6 p.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Johnson Road where a pair of 2-year-old girls were found alone and just about to cross the street. The woman who was supposed to be watching the children, Rebecca A. Hipps, 37 of Centralia, was cited or reckless endangerment and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.
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CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect that it was two  children not one child that wandered away from Johnson Road.

News brief: Fire knocked down inside plywood mill

Friday, May 19th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Four fire departments responded this afternoon when a fire broke out at Hardel Plywood on Maurin Road in the Chehalis Industrial Park.

Something, likely sawdust, ignited atop one of the large wood dryers inside a building and fire extended into the insulation above, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

The plant’s workers were already spraying it with water when the crew arrived, Firefighter-Paramedic Matt McCoy said.

District 6 was joined by Lewis County Fire District 5, the Chehalis Fire Department and Riverside Fire Authority, McCoy said.

Crews finished knocking down the flames and were on scene about two hours doing “over haul,” McCoy said. The damage was minimal, nobody was hurt, he said.