Archive for June, 2017

Burial service for homeless Centralian, others set for Saturday in Chehalis

Friday, June 30th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Fifty-seven-year-old Jerry Allen Grimm was found dead of exposure in a Centralia park after a night of freezing temperatures this past winter.

The homeless man had been residing in Lewis County’s largest city for about a year and half before his death.

Grimm, who had with him his backpack and all of his belongings at Rotary Riverside Park, was taken into the custody of the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Tomorrow, he will be laid to rest.

The coroner’s office will be holding an interment service for Grimm and five other who were unclaimed after their deaths in Lewis County. The urns containing their cremated remains are to be buried at Pioneer Cemetery in south Chehalis.

The public is welcome to attend. The ceremony is set for 11 a.m.

Pioneer Cemetery is located at 2000 Jackson Highway. Parking is available across the street.

The following are the individuals:

• William Reed, 80, Winlock, died Dec. 25, 2016
• Jerry Grimm, 57, Centralia, died Dec. 14, 2016
• Ernest Gilliam, 66, Centralia, died Nov. 6, 2016
• Richard Robinson, 75, Centralia, died Oct. 1, 2016
• Baby boy, seven months gestation, Centralia, died Oct. 30, 2015
• Judy Schmidt, 75, Morton, died May 16, 2015

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 30th, 2017
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K-9 CAPTURE IN CURTIS

• A 35-year-old wanted person received “contact” from a police dog and then was treated for that contact yesterday morning at the 100 block of Beaver Creek Road in Curtis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was about 8:30 a.m. when law enforcement in Pe Ell was advised Raymond D. Faure was looking into a relative’s house and was known to have an outstanding warrant, according to the sheriff’s office. He reportedly got into a vehicle headed east, and subsequently encountered an arriving Centralia Police Department K-9 officer, but Faure got out and fled on foot, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Fauer was then taken into custody for the felony warrant from the state Department of Corrections, Breen said. A charge of obstructing will be forwarded by the sheriff’s office to prosecutors for the case, according to Breen.

BURGLARY WINLOCK

• A deputy was called yesterday for a burglary in the 500 block of North Military Road in Winlock in which an unknown person entered a home and garage taking a fishing pole and reel and then removing two more poles from a boat. It happened sometime between 9 p.m. last Friday and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $1,600, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY AND THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of Virginia Drive about 12:35 p.m. yesterday where welding equipment, power tools and hand tools were stolen from a residence.

• Centralia police were called to South Pearl and Jefferson streets just before 4 p.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a phone and medication.

• Propane tanks were stolen from the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 7 p.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday to a residence at the 10 block of Southwest Second Avenue following the discovery of an attempted break-in. A screen on a window was damaged, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 7:30 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of King Street in Centralia. Missing were a subwoofer and a tool kit, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIRST-DEGREE MALICIOUS MISCHIEF

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to a business at the 1200 block of South Market Boulevard to take a report of vandalism to a heat pump in which the coolant fins had been smashed. The loss is $11,874, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, civil issue, vandalism, disorderly person, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 165 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Bank bags sneaked out of Onalaska general store

Friday, June 30th, 2017
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Courtesy image of suspects from Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities are looking for three females who reportedly coordinated to steal bank bags from behind the counter of an Onalaska store yesterday while it was open.

It happened at about 1 p.m. at the Justice General Store on the 100 block of Main Street, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said one of the suspects distracted the clerk by asking questions about merchandise, while another stood guard and a third crawled behind the counter.

The employee discovered the theft later, according to Breen. Taken was cash in the amount of $1,985 and checks totaling $167, according to the sheriff’s office.

Breen said the suspects left in a white sport utility vehicle, possibly a Suburban or Cadillac.

The sheriff’s office is looking for the public’s help. The only description offered was they were “possibly of Hispanic descent” and surveillance photos.

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the three suspects is asked to contact the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at 360-748-9286, or Lewis County Communications at 360-740-1105.

Charge: Centralia infant exposed to meth smoke, cause of death unknown

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
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Sabrina L. Sumter is brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court for a bail hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 25-year-old Centralia woman was arrested after police learned a test that came back from her 3-month-old baby who died last month showed positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

It’s not yet clear what caused the child’s death as prosecutors have not gotten the final autopsy report yet.

But Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer charged the mom today with endangerment with a controlled substance.

Sabrina L. Sumter was booked into the Lewis County Jail last night and brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court in Chehalis.

Meyer said there were no outward signs of trauma but the results of a blood test showed meth in the baby’s system. He said Sumter admitted to smoking meth in her home the day before her child’s death.

He said he learned today the test results on Sumter’s other child came back negative for drugs. That child was placed into the custody of Child Protective Services, he said.

Meyer asked the judge to hold the defendant on $50,000 bail, but temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller asked for the amount to be set at $5,000, noting Sumter has lived at the same address for almost a year, there are no children in the home and she has zero criminal history.

Judge Andrew Toybnee ordered her held on $25,000 bail.

The alleged offense holds a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. The allegation is the defendant knowingly allowed the infant to be exposed to, to inhale, to ingest or have contact with methamphetamine.

Meyer said he is not alleging the mother or any exposure caused the child’s death, at this time.

He has not gotten the final autopsy report yet from the pathologist, he said, since the test results just came back yesterday.

Sumter’s address in court documents is listed as an apartment on the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia.

According to charging documents, police were called on May 6 when Sumter awoke and found the child unresponsive. A roommate called 911.

Attempts to revive the baby were unsuccessful and the baby was pronounced dead a short time later at Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the documents.

As part of the normal autopsy procedure, a sample of the child’s blood was submitted for testing, Meyer wrote in the affidavit regarding probable cause.

Centralia police detective Patty Finch received a copy of the toxicology report yesterday and Sumter was interviewed, according to the documents.

Sumter “did admit to smoking methamphetamine regularly,” Meyer wrote.

She allegedly also admitted to having other people in the house smoking meth and not removing the children from the situation, according to Meyer. She also allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana in her home with her children present, Meyer stated in the documents.

Meyer said part of the reason he asked for high bail was Sumter had wanted to talk to police or CPS about her other child going to live with its father in Mexico. The father was in federal custody at the time of the death and has been deported, according to Meyer.

Toybnee appointed Chehalis attorney Chris Baum to represent the mother. Her arraignment is scheduled for next Thursday.

News brief: Laundry room focus of house fire investigation

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
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View through window into laundry room on Chilvers Road. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Nobody was hurt but an Adna home is uninhabitable after fire broke out there yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters called about 2:40 p.m. to the single-story house on the 500 block of Chilvers Road were joined by four other fire departments, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

One of the residents had come home and discovered it and called it in, Fire Chief Tim Kinder said.

It took about 25 minutes to bring the fire under control, he said.

“It appears it might have started in the laundry room,” Kinder said. “There was significant damage there and heavy smoke and heat damage in the rest of the residence.”

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale was the first chief on the scene and took over incident command, Kinder said.

Crews were on the scene about three and a half hours, he said.

Red Cross was contacted to assist the family, according to Kinder. The cause is under investigation.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
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Updated at 2:31 p.m.

DOMESTIC THREAT

• A 19-year-old Mossyrock resident who allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill three family members during an argument about a cell phone was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday. Deputies called just before 4 p.m. to the 800 block of Salmon Creek Road took Aaron Z. Workman into custody for three counts of felony harassment and planned to refer the case to prosecutors also for three counts of fourth-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 27-year-old Ethel resident was arrested for felony harassment after allegedly threatening to kill his mother during a dispute yesterday at the 100 block of Mountain View Lane in Ethel. Deputies called about 5:25 p.m. found Ryan A. Norton with several rifles laid out on a cot in a shop, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A Dodge Ram pickup stolen sometime after 4 p.m. yesterday from where it was parked at the 1500 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis was recovered this morning parked behind Safeway in Chehalis, locked with the keys inside, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Missing however were a Samsung Galaxy tablet, a Lorax 5 camera and a DVR security system, according to police.

MISSING MEDS

• Chehalis police were called about 4:50 p.m. yesterday to take a report from the 300 block of Southwest Third Street about the theft of 12 hydrocodine pills.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called to a business on the 900 block of Harrison Avenue about 1:50 p.m. yesterday where someone had passed a check written on a “frozen” account, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 38-year-old Centralia man detained for alleged shoplifting at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 8:40 a.m. yesterday was subsequently arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act when a baggie found on him tested positive for amphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Ryan D. Rayburn was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ALCOHOL OVERDOSE

• Centralia police called just before 2 o’clock this morning to the 1400 block of Belmont Avenue report that one juvenile was hospitalized for alcohol overdose and another was booked for minor in possession and/or consumption of alcohol.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A deputy responding to a possible motorcycle accident about 9:44 p.m. yesterday at the 100 block of Salkum Road learned that its operator had stopped at the intersection for a stop sign and fallen over, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Robert S. Miller, 73, of Salkum, was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• The Washington State Patrol reports one passenger was injured and a car totaled when its driver fell asleep at the wheel heading southbound on Interstate 5 yesterday afternoon about two miles north of Centralia. Troopers called to the scene just after 4 p.m. report the Honda CRV struck a sign. John A. Stimek, 64, of Bothell, was unhurt but was arrested for second-degree negligent driving, according to the state patrol. Barbara S. Stimek, also 64 and from Bothell, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the investigating trooper. The third occupant, a 65-year-old woman was reportedly uninjured.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, obstructing, trespassing, driving with suspended license, malicious mischief, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, vehicle collision, misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct, suspicious circumstances … and more among 168 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
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LEWIS COUNTY JOY RIDE

• A 20-year-old Toledo resident was arrested yesterday after allegedly engaging in a physical dispute with his father over a stolen ATV. Deputies were called about 1:20 p.m. to the altercation at the 400 block of state Route 506, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. While enroute, a call came in from the same area from a 60-year-old man whose ATV had been stolen the night before by two males, according to the sheriff’s office. Gregory S. D’Adda, 20, and a 17-year-old boy had allegedly been riding the vehicle during the night and into the morning, sheriff’s Capt. Curt Spahn said. The two were arrested for second-degree theft, Spahn said. D’Adda was booked into the Lewis County Jail and the teen taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Spahn. The case will be referred to prosecutors to consider an additional charge of fourth-degree assault for D’Adda.

STOLEN CAR RECOVERED IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday and advised a vehicle stolen in Sumner was parked in a parking lot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue, according to GPS information. The caller said they had remotely disabled the starter on the 2007 Dodge Charger, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer confirmed the car was there, police said.

CENTRALIA MOTEL FIGHT

• Centralia police were called about 1:05 a.m. today to a motel at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue to take a report of a possible misdemeanor assault occurring between a man and two of his employees. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC INCIDENT

• A 63-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for domestic residential burglary following an approximately 2 p.m. call related to the 900 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia. Steven G. Friese was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD INQUIRY

• Chehalis police were called about 1:45 p.m. yesterday regarding potential fraudulent charges on an account, in a case associated with the 1500 block of South Market Boulevard.

• Centralia police are investigating possible forgery and theft associated with the 2700 block of Colonial Drive which was reported at 9:40 a.m. yesterday.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 5:25 a.m. today about a vehicle prowl at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia. A a high-end spot light was taken off the front of a vehicle during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ICE CREAM TRUCK TROUBLES

• Someone called Chehalis police at 3:50 p.m. yesterday to report an ice cream truck was parked illegally by the spray fountain at the pool on Southwest Parkland Street. A warning was given, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 146 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Chehalis police dog passes away unexpectedly

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
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Portrait of Chehalis police dog Reign

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chehalis Police Department’s K-9 Reign died suddenly last night while on duty.

His partner Officer Warren Ayers was conducting routine training while on duty when his dog suffered an unexpected medical event, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Despite first aid attempts, Reign passed away almost immediately, according to police.

The Belgian Malinois came to the department when he was a year old and put into active duty in May 2013, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey.

“Reign and Officer Ayers were paired together and became a very effective canine team, working closely with the other teams in Lewis and surrounding counties,” Bailey stated in a press release this morning.

The K-9 is credited with multiple suspect apprehensions, successful article and evidence searches, and for alerting on and finding impressive quantities of narcotics during his tenure, according to Bailey.

“Reign was an important member of our law enforcement family and will be dearly missed,” Bailey wrote. ” Our hearts go out to Officer Ayers’ family today as well, for their loss.”

Reign will be taken to Washington State University today so an exam can be performed to determine exactly what caused his death.

News brief: Pe Ell house fire cause not yet known

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
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Fire started in the garage on South Third Street in Pe Ell / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The cause of the fire that erupted in a Pe Ell house early yesterday morning remains under investigation.

Crews from three fire departments responded to the approximately 1 a.m. call to the 500 block of South Third Street.

Fire Investigator Jay Birley said the owner said he had heard a small explosion that drew his attention to the attached garage, but when he opened the man door to the garage, he saw a lot of fire, so he shut the door.

He grabbed his cell phone and his dog, got out and called 911, Birley said. He was also able to move his travel trailer and vehicle away from the home so they didn’t catch fire, he said. He was uninjured.

“I think he’s in his 80s and his dog is like 18 years old,” Birley said.

Closing that door helped slow the fire from spreading somewhat, but what wasn’t damaged by fire was damaged by water, Birley said.

The resident will be able to stay temporarily in his trailer, according to Birley.
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For background, read “News brief: Pe Ell home burns” from Monday June 26, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
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Updated at 4:02 p.m.

DEAD MAN’S HOME BURGLED

• A deputy was called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday for a residential burglary on the 2000 block of Rice Road south of Chehalis where numerous valuables were missing from the caller’s deceased father’s home. Among the stolen goods are a Fender guitar, golf clubs, an HP laptop, a bicycle and several pieces of identification, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The theft occurred sometime since December, according to the sheriff’s office.

ENGINE COMPONENTS LIFTED

• An estimated $10,000 worth of engine parts were removed from an older car sitting in a business parking lot at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:45 .m. yesterday.

THREAT INSIDE COURTHOUSE

• A 60-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon by sheriff’s detectives for allegedly looking right at another individual and saying he would kill him, in the hallway outside Lewis County Superior Court. An anti-harassment order had been served earlier in the day on the suspect, Delbert L. Nichols, regarding the victim, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Nichols was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment, Capt. Curt Spahn said.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police are investigating after getting a call yesterday from a woman who has been victimized in a case related to fraudulent checks or bank account information used at the 1700 block of North National Avenue and possibly other stores. The loss is just over $1,000, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A Chehalis resident on the 400 block of Southwest William Avenue called police about 3:25 p.m. yesterday to report that his wallet had been stolen and fraudulent charges had been made using his bank card in Thurston County. A knife was missing as well, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PORCH THEFT

• Chehalis police were called to the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue about 9:30 a.m. yesterday where a black car battery charger had been stolen from the front porch of a residence.

MISSING MAIL

• Mail was reported stolen late yesterday afternoon from the 200 block of North Oak Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A 27-year-old Centralia resident whop allegedly was caught tagging private property at Pear Street and Washington Avenue in Centralia at about 5:40 a.m. today was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief. Jesse R. Bartley was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 35-year-old Chehalis man pulled over just after 2 a.m. yesterday at the 2000 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia was found to be driving with a suspended license and then suspected methamphetamine was located in his wallet, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jesse F. Bowen was arrested for possession of meth and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND FROM MORTON

• The Morton Police Department reported yesterday they arrested 49-year-old Robert J. Johnson, of Morton, for burglary on Saturday in a case involving a weed eater missing from the 200 block of Adams Avenue.

HELPING WITH WILDFIRE

• Lewis County Fire District 5 sent a crew of three on a brush truck out last night to assist with the Spartan Fire in Chelan County.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 53-year-old motorcyclist heading east on U.S. Highway 12 was hit by a vehicle entering the roadway from a parking lot just east of Interstate 5 last night. Troopers and aid called to the scene just before 8:30 p.m. found David Pariso, 53, from Olympia, was injured, according to the Washington State Patrol. He suffered trauma and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital before being transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. The driver of the sport utility vehicle, Earl Miller, 41, of Toledo, was reportedly uninjured. Miller was cited for failing to yield, according to the state patrol. Fire Lt. Laura Hanson said it’s super important for motorists to keep an eye out for motorcycles on the road, especially during this nice weather.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, shoplifting, indecent exposure, driving with suspended license, domestic malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue,  vehicle collision, suicidal person, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances … and more among 148 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Lewis County man dead after wreck in Eastern Oregon

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
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Volkswagen Jetta at scene of deadly crash. / Courtesy photo by Oregon State Police

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Oregon State Police report they are continuing to investigate a single-vehicle collision in which a Centralia man died and his passenger was seriously injured.

It happened on Saturday afternoon in Baker County in Eastern Oregon.

Troopers and emergency personnel responded about 3:37 p.m. to the crash on Highway 245 near milepost 11 in Hereford, according to OSP.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling northbound when it drifted out of its lane, crossed the oncoming lane and continued off the roadway, where it struck a tree, according to a press release issued yesterday. The driver, Luis A. Barrera Mendez, age 29, of Centralia, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The passenger, Octavio Castro Valdez, 25, of Centralia was transported by Life Flight to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for treatment of his serious injuries, according to OSP.

Assisting were Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Baker City Fire Department, Blue Mountain Ambulance and Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP indicates further information will be released as it becomes available.

News brief: Golden anniversary for Civil Service civil servant

Monday, June 26th, 2017
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Gerald Grill, left, accepts the recognition from Lewis County Commissioners Edna Fund, Bobby Jackson and Gary Stamper

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Adna resident Jerry Grill was honored today for serving 50 years as the secretary-examiner for the Lewis County Civil Service Commission.

Grill, 77, was recognized with a certificate of appreciation at the start of the Lewis County Board of County Commissioners weekly business meeting held in the historic courthouse in Chehalis.

The three-member commission oversees the examination process for hiring and promotions of employees at the sheriff’s office – other than the sheriff and his appointees – and sometimes for appeals of personnel actions.

Grill said the civil service commission system was created in Washington state by initiative in the 1960s.

Grill retired as fire chief of Lewis County Fire District 12 in 1997 after 36 years of service there.

He was accompanied this morning by his wife Luanne Grill. The couple celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary yesterday.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 26th, 2017
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Updated at 2:57 p.m.

ARSON INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST

• A 39-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for second-degree arson and second-degree burglary following an early morning fire that affected two sheds at the 200 block of U.S. Highway 12. Firefighters were called to the fire about 4 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim reported some information on social media that led to contact with a suspect in Astoria, according to the sheriff’s office. When Joshua L. Nichols returned to the area, he was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Capt. Curt Spahn said. The damage is estimated at $5,000.

ASSAULT WITH CROCHET HOOK

• A 59-year-old Centralia woman was arrested on Saturday for allegedly stabbing her sister in the hand with a crotchet needle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called about 12:20 p.m. to the 100 block of Sawall Avenue West booked Kim R. Keevy into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office.

TARGET SHOOTER WOUNDED BY FIREARM

• Lewis County Sheriff’s deputies contacted about 1 p.m. on Sunday about a gunshot victim at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup learned that a 21-year-old man from Kent and his friend had been target shooting in the Mineral area, when he accidentally fired a round from a 22 caliber gun into his own right foot. The two drove to the hospital, according to the sherif’s office.

TWO BIT IN CANINE INCIDENT

• A Chehalis officer called just after 1 p.m. on Saturday to Southeast Fairview Avenue and Magnolia Drive for a male bit on the finger by a neighbor dog ended up getting bit on the arm by one of a pair of dogs. The officer used pepper spray and the dogs ran off, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The owner was asked to quarantine the animals until animal control could investigate, according to police. Both bites broke the skin, but only the officer went to the hospital to be checked out, according to police.

CIGARETTE ASSAULT

• Centralia police were called about 1:10 p.m. on Friday to a rehabilitation center on the 1300 block of Alexander Street where a 71-year-old Onalaska man allegedly tried to burn a health care worker with a cigarette. A case is being referred to prosecutors for a possible charge of second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BAT ATTACK IN TOLEDO

• A 54-year-old Toledo woman was arrested after allegedly taking a baseball bat to two cars belonging to her neighbors on Friday. Deputies called about 7:35 p.m. to the 400 block of state Route 506 contacted Christi C. Law who had the bat in hand but dropped it when asked to do so, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The damage to the neighbor women’s Ford Taurus and Honda Civic is estimated at $1,200, according to the sheriff’ office. Law was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief, Capt. Curt Spahn said.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 9:50 a.m. on Friday about a 1989 Toyota Corolla stolen from the 1800 block of North Pearl Street which was discovered later abandoned by Tacoma police.

• A deputy took a report of the theft of a 19-foot Prowler RV trailer from an area along state Route 131 in Randle on Friday. It happened sometime during the previous three weeks, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Medication and a journal were reported stolen from a vehicle at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 7 p.m. on Saturday.

• Centralia police were called about 8:50 a.m. on Saturday for an overnight vehicle prowl at the 200 block of North Tower Avenue. A wallet was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Medication was reported stolen from the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 11:40 p.m. on Saturday.

• Centralia police are investigating possible fraud on a credit card account associated with a location on the 2800 block of Russell Road which was reported on Friday afternoon.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 2:35 a.m. on Saturday of tires slashed on a vehicle at the 200 block of North Rock Street.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A woman was struck by a vehicle at low speed in the parking lot at Wal-Mart about 10:45 a.m. on Saturday and taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

• A 30-year-old Centralia man was arrested after reportedly crashing into three vehicles in Tenino following a pursuit that began about 3:40 a.m. today when a deputy attempted to pull over an erratically driven vehicle at the 1500 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports the vehicle headed north on Interstate 5 and exited at the milepost 88 interchange. Henry Herrera-Montealgre was taken into custody by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office for driving under the influence, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest, sheriff’s Capt. Curt Spahn said. Lewis County plans to refer the case to prosecutors for charges of eluding and reckless driving, Spahn said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, misdemeanor assault, probation violation, protection order violation, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, dogs alone inside an otherwise empty parked vehicle … and more among 527 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Police pursuit ends in Tenino. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

News brief: Pe Ell home burns

Monday, June 26th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A house in Pe Ell is a total loss after it caught fire during the night.

Personnel from three fire departments responded after the approximately 1 a.m. call to the blaze on Third Street, according to Lewis County Fire District 11.

Chief Michael Krafczyk said everyone got out okay.

The fire appeared to have started in the garage but is under investigation, according to the chief.