Archive for July, 2017

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, July 31st, 2017
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Updated at 5:52 p.m.

ASSAULT, ASSAULT, ASSAULT

• A 24-year-old Centralia resident who allegedly punched a person in the face breaking his tooth was arrested for second-degree assault after a call about 12:25 a.m. today to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Brycen J. Morris was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy dispatched to the Lewis County Jail about 7:15 p.m. yesterday regarding an incident in which a 33-year-old woman allegedly choked a 30-year-old woman re-booked Melissa A. McAllistar of Centralia for second-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charges and moved it be evaluated for Lewis County District Court instead.

• A deputy advised about 4:30 p.m. yesterday of a physical altercation between relatives at the 100 block of Del Ray Road in Mossyrock arrested Damon J. Harding, 39, of Mossyrock for second-degree assault. The fight was related to a job offer being declined and both men were injured, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A 69-year-old Mossyrock man sustained broken ribs, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Harding was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 50-year-old Chehalis resident who allegedly spit in the eye of a health care provider at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia on Friday night was arrested for second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Ronald J. Gleaston Jr. was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called over to Green Hill School about 8:40 a.m. on Friday to take a report of an assault. Further confirmable details were not yet available, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FIREWORKS FRACAS

• A deputy saw fireworks discharged at the 600 block of U.S. Highway 12 about 10:35 p.m. on Saturday and approached a group of males who began to surround the deputy, an encounter that led one man to be arrested. They said there weren’t any fireworks lit off, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the deputy began to take James Q. Eberle, 36, of Chehalis, into custody for obstruction and Eberle resisted so Eberle was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for resisting arrest and obstructing. A second individual was issued an infraction for discharging fireworks, Breen said.

BREAK-IN

• A deputy was called about 2:15 p.m. yesterday to a break-in to a residence on the 700 block of Frost Road in Winlock. Among the items discovered missing were an air compressor and numerous tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of West Chestnut Street on Saturday afternoon to take a report that someone had entered a residence and stolen five gold rings sometime over the past couple of months.

• A deputy was called on Saturday to a burglary to a single-wide trailer at the 600 block of Meier Road in Winlock in which numerous items were stolen including a deep water well pump, a box of fittings, a regulator and a pressurized water tank.

AUTO THEFT

• A blue four-door 1991 Toyota Camry was reported stolen about 9:10 a.m. yesterday from the 700 block of South Ash Street in Centralia.

• An individual at the 1300 block of Southwest Johnson Avenue in Chehalis called 911 about 3:15 a.m. yesterday to report their 1990 Honda Accord had just been stolen and called back just before 4:30 a.m. to report it had been brought back, although parked in a neighbor’s driveway. Missing was a purse and a toolbox, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 1997 Honda Civic stolen from the 800 block of Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis was located on Friday out in the county by the sheriff’s office, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD

• Police were called to take a report of a scam at the 1300 block of South Gold Street in Centralia at about 12:20 p.m. on Friday. The Centralia Police Department described it this way: (T)he suspect pays off a credit card and then asks for a cash advance to be wired to them. The payments were then charged back as fraudulent.”

DRUGS

• A 59-year-old man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer about 1:15 p.m. yesterday in a park at the 100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia. Russell E. Charnell Jr. was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 3:40 a.m. today by an individual at Southwest Fifth Street and McFadden Avenue who said someone was breaking their house windows.

• A vehicle window was reported smashed at the 3000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia just before 8 p.m. on Friday.

MOOVE ALONG

• Police in Morton received a complaint about 5:45 p.m. yesterday of 15 cows running loose around 800 block of Main Avenue, according to the Morton Police Department.

• The police department in Morton was called again about 6:40 a.m. today regarding three black calves wandering around the 700 block of Division Avenue. While the officer was enroute, the officer was informed that the owner of the animals wear notified and they were returned, according to the Morton Police Department.

• The Morton Police Department reported today a tourist from New Zealand was the subject of reports a male person was giving children candy and pushing them on swings at the park at the 100 block of West State Street in Mossyrock just after 9 p.m. on July 19. A responding officer learned the man was riding a bicycle from San Diego to Canada and informed him parents were becoming uncomfortable, according to police. The tourist agreed to leave the park for the night, according to the Morton Police Department.

WILD FIRE

• Firefighters called about 4 p.m. on Friday regarding a roughly 3-acre grass fire at the 400 block of Kirkland Road in Napavine were able to stop the flames before they advanced into buildings, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A police officer was called about 3:15 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of West State Street in Mossyrock where an individual giving his sister a ride on his newly purchased motorcycle wrecked. He sustained scrapes and road rash but she did not have any visible marks, according to the Morton Police Department.

• Centralia Police investigated a vehicle versus bicycle injury collision about 4:25 p.m. on Saturday at North Tower Avenue and Second Street. The unspecified at-fault driver was issued a notice of infraction, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 32-year-old motorist was booked into the Lewis County Jail following a collision just before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Harrison Avenue and Bridge Street in Centralia in which the occupants of two other vehicles were injured, according to the Centralia Police Department. Joshua C. Shorb was arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular assault, according to police.

• An Onalaska motorist turning left off state Route 508 onto Johnson Road was struck by an oncoming dump truck and somehow not injured, but his 1995 Ford Thunderbird was totaled last night, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called about 7:55 p.m. determined 54-year-old Gerald L. King had been traveling westbound, according to the state patrol. The driver of the 1971 American General dump truck lost control, left the road and traveled about 75 more yards through a ditch hitting a stump and a power pole, according to Lewis County Fire District 1. David D. Auman, 46, from Morton was hurt and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. The wreck occurred about seven miles east of Onalaska. “The force of striking the pole on the south side of 508, created enough tension to also shear the pole on the north side of the road in half,” District 1 Assistant Chief Rhonda Volk stated. “The resulting impact with the ditch sheared both front wheels from the truck.” King was arrested for driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, reckless endangerment, failure to yield and driving without insurance, and booked into the Lewis County Jail. He said the sun was in his eyes, according to Volk.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, third-degree malicious mischief, minor in possession and/or consumption of alcohol; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, vehicle collision, disorderly person, noisy neighbor music … and more among 468 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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Five-ton military truck knocked the rear tire of a car that turned in front of it and subsequently lost both its front wheels when it hit a ditch east of Onalaska. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, July 28th, 2017
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BARN BURGLED

• A deputy was called about 8:40 a.m. yesterday regarding a theft from a barn at the 2100 block of South Scheuber Road in which two inoperable motorcycles were taken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Missing since sometime after 4 p.m. on Wednesday are a 2004 Yamaha and a 2006 Honda valued about $3,300, according to the sheriff’s office.

POST OFFICE BOX PILFERING

• Post office box’s were discovered pried open and mail stolen from at least two of them at the Centralia Post Office on the 200 block of Centralia College Boulevard, according to  report made to police about 12:30 p.m. yesterday. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called about 1:25 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Market Boulevard for a report that a pair of individuals were trying to cash what appeared to be a counterfeit cashier’s check, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 6:10 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a theft from Northwest Maryland Avenue.

LIGHTS OUT

• Someone stole light bulbs out of fixtures on a front porch at the 500 block of South Gold Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

ASSAULT

• Centralia police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Summa Street where a boy allegedly assaulted a man by pushing him after the man swore at the boy’s mother, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police are investigating.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Longview man was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act following a traffic stop about 11 p.m. yesterday at the 200 block of Telegraph Road. Jonathon R. Brown was found to have an outstanding warrant and then a small smoking device with suspected meth was found during a search of his vehicle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

FAUX FIRE

• Firefighters called late yesterday evening to a report of a railroad box car on fire alongside state Route 6 between Spooner and Boistfort roads discovered a film crew was using a smoke-generating machine to simulate a fire, according to Lewis County Fire District 13 Battalion Chief Gregg Peterson.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• One patient was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital after a three-vehicle collision reported about 4 a.m. yesterday in the area of U.S. Highway 12 and Jackson Highway, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, vehicle collision, disorderly person, protection order violation … 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: Train collision victim dies at Harborview

Friday, July 28th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The motorist whose pickup truck was struck by the steam train has passed away, almost two weeks after the collision in Adna, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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Jerrry W. Mullins, 82, from Curtis, died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on today’s date, according to the state patrol.

Mullins had been traveling on state Route 6 near Twin Oaks Road on the evening of July 15 when the collision occurred. The state patrol stated at the time he didn’t see warning lights that a train was approaching.

He was conscious and alert when he was freed from the wreckage, according to responders. Mullins was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to Harborview.

The Washington State Patrol initially incorrectly reported his first name to the news media.
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For background, read “Chehalis steam train strikes Curtis man’s pickup” from Sunday July 16, 2017, here

Centralia mom pleads guilty to exposing children to meth smoke

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 25-year-old Centralia mother who admitted exposing her two children to meth smoke is off to prison with a sentence of a year and a day.

Sabrina L. Sumter pleaded guilty in Lewis County Superior Court to two counts of endangerment with a controlled substance and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

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Sabrina L. Sumter / File photo

When she went before a judge on Friday, the judge agreed to the sentence that was within the standard range, according to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer.

Sumter had been arrested at the end of June, the same day Centralia police learned a test result had come back showing positive for the presence of the drug in Sumter’s 3-month-old baby girl.

The only reason the discovery was made, was the infant died unexpectedly in May and the coroner’s office conducted an autopsy and tests to figure out why.

It turned out to have been an accidental death, the baby suffocated while sharing a bed with her mother, according to authorities.

After she was arrested, Sumter admitted that she and others smoked meth in her home, exposing the children, according to prosecutors.

Meyer said two issues were unrelated, in his expert’s opinion.

“The meth in the child’s system was not the cause of death,” he said this week.

Had he been able to link them and show criminality, he would have pursued the case differently, he said.
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For background, read “Centralia infant exposed to meth smoke died of something different” from Friday July 7, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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Firefighters in Napavine put water on burning hay. / Courtesy photo by Rhianon Hull‎

Updated at 2:56 p.m.

HEY, HEY, HAY ON FIRE

• A neighbor’s large hedge and fence caught fire after the driver of a pickup truck pulling a trailer loaded with bales of hay looked in his mirror and saw the hay was burning in Napavine yesterday. Firefighters were called just before 6 p.m. to the scene at East Stella Street and Forest-Napavine Road, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. Lt. Laura Hanson said they were joined by members of District 15 and managed to stop the fire before the back of the pickup. The pickup sustained moderate damage but the trailer was destroyed, she said.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

• A 47-year-old Centralia man returned home to discover upwards of $50,000 worth of valuables missing contacted the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday. A deputy responding to the home on the 100 block of Northridge Drive learned the victim had been away for an extended period of time and nobody had permission to be there, according to the sheriff’s office. Among the missing property are paintings, a television and car tires, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The time frame of the break-in is as long as one year, but has not yet been narrowed down, according to Breen.

BAIT BIKE

• A fairly expensive bicycle parked in a public area was taken within less than an hour yesterday, leading to an arrest for second-degree theft. The “bait bike” at West Main Street and Washington Avenue belonged to the Centralia Police Department, according to police. David W. Normand, 24 of Centralia, was contacted just before 3 p.m. by police who had been watching and was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

GARDENING IMPLEMENT MISSING

• A a David-Bradley tiller was stolen from the 3100 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:25 a.m. yesterday.

UNRULY RESIDENT

• A 36-year-old Centralia man detained by police about 9:15 p.m. yesterday in the area of the 100 block of South Silver Street allegedly attempted to bite an officer. Glen T. Smith was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault and the case is being referred for possible charges also of felony harassment, resisting arrest and obstructing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Patrick E. B. Ashley, 39, of Chehalis, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and possession of methamphetamine after contact with police about 3:10 p.m. yesterday at the 100 block of South Silver Street in Centralia. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

Cooks Hill Road was closed and traffic re-routed after a passenger vehicle struck a utility pole sheering it off at the base and leaving the threat of power lines coming down yesterday in Centralia. Responders called to the 2600 block at 12:35 p.m. evaluated the driver who was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The sport utility vehicle was severely damaged, Fire Capt Erik Olson stated. The accident is under investigation by the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vandalism, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances; complaint a person on a sidewalk with children was asking for money … and more among 163 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Vacant house, shop burn separately overnight in rural Centralia

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two Centralia structure fires that were extinguished simultaneously during the night are under investigation, according to authorities.

The first was a shop building on the 3000 block of Graf Road which responders report was intentionally set afire and the other a vacant residence in Galvin.

No injuries have been reported.

Riverside Fire Authority reports it was 2:57 a.m. when they were dispatched to Graf Road where they found a shop building which had been burning for some time unnoticed.

The roof on the approximately 25-foot by 25-foot shop had already collapsed and flames had spread to light brush, according to Riverside Fire Authority. They were able to contain the fire from spreading further, according to Fire Capt. Erik Olson.

The specific cause is undetermined but it is suspicious, according to Olson.

While enroute, at 3:08 a.m., the fire department was called to the 100 block of Sheridan Street in Galvin where arriving units found a home fully involved in fire, Capt. Tim Adolphsen stated in a press release.

They were joined by three other fire departments, according to Adolphsen. It had been vacant for some time and was a complete loss, he stated.

County records show the one and a half story house built in 1920 has an assessed value of $87,000.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to both fires.

News brief: Centralia pedestrian injured in crosswalk

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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Airlift responds directly to the scene at West Main and Iron streets. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 77-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was walking in a cross walk and was struck by a passenger vehicle in Centralia last night.

Police and firefighters were called to the intersection of West Main Street at Iron Street just before 8:30 p.m.

Centralia Police Department Sgt. Kurt Reichert said the driver of the vehicle, a Centralia man in his late 60s, indicated the sun was in his eyes. He had been headed westbound, Reichert said.

A medical helicopter responded to the scene and flew the Centralia woman to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to authorities. Riverside Fire Authority described her condition as serious.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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ASSAULT ARRESTS

• A 67-year-old man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly grabbed and scratched two female staff members at a nursing home on the 1500 block of Harrison Avenue. Officers called just after 2 p.m. yesterday booked Robert S. Bold into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Prosecutors declined today to file the felony charge.

• A 27-year-old Chehalis resident detained for a warrant yesterday was arrested for third-degree assault after he allegedly kicked a sheriff’s detective in the leg. The detective responded to a call at the 600 block of Northwest Hawthorne Place in Chehalis after an approximately 10:45 a.m. call that Drake A. Lorber was trespassing at a relative’s house, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said Lorber screamed, pulled away, slammed his head against the patrol vehicle causing an abrasion across his forehead and was “escorted to the ground” until he agreed to calm down. Breen said the kick caused the detective brief pain. He said Lorber spit bloody saliva around the back of the patrol vehicle, causing it to taken out of service for cleaning, which led to an additional count of second-degree malicious mischief. Lorber was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BRANDISHING BB GUN

• Centralia police called just before 9 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of East Oakview Avenue in the area of the elementary school dealt with an incident involving a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old and a BB gun. Charges will be referred to prosecutors in the case of brandishing a weapon for one teen and making a false statement for the other teen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of cash from an office.

• Chehalis police were called about 1:35 p.m. yesterday by an individual who reported their bank statement showed they had purchased gas at the 1300 block of Northwest State Avenue a few days earlier and right after they left, someone else somehow used their debit card number to buy fuel there as well.

LOST AND FOUND

• A weed eater discovered in some bushes near a residence on the 800 block of E Street in Centralia was taken for safekeeping by the Centralia Police Department yesterday evening.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vandalism, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, dog alone in parked vehicle … and more among 164 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Mossyrock woman, son drowned after wreck

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office determined today the man and his mother whose car ended up submerged in Mayfield Lake died from drowning.

The incident in which the sport utility vehicle traveled off U.S. Highway 12 and sheered off several trees down an embankment before landing in the water on Sunday night was witnessed by boaters, according to authorities.

Life-saving efforts for Eric T. Sprague, 44, of Olympia and his mother Lorraine J. Sprague, 60, of Mossyrock, were unsuccessful.

It happened just before the west end of the bridge. They had been heading eastbound.

Their 2013 AUDI Q7 sport utility vehicle was recovered on Monday.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of the wreck. However, state patrol spokesperson Trooper Will Finn said initial observations suggest speed as a factor in the incident, given the length of the path the vehicle traveled.

It will likely be many weeks before the investigation is finished, according to Finn.
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CORRECTION: This news item has been updated to reflect the correct age of the passenger.

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For background, read “News brief: Two dead after SUV goes into Mayfield Lake” from Monday July 24, 2017, here

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The car is pulled from Mayfield Lake. / Courtesy photo

Wildfire ignites east of Randle

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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Looking north from the Cascade Peaks Campground. / Courtesy photo by Robin Hylton

Updated at 4:35 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Crews are on the scene this morning improving fire lines in the Carr Road area between Randle and Packwood.

No structures have been damaged, none are threatened and nobody has been injured, according to Lewis County Fire District 14.

Firefighters from Randle, Packwood and the state Department of Natural Resources were fighting what was described early yesterday evening as a five-plus-acre brush fire.

Photos and video shared by observers showed a helicopter making water drops yesterday.

Fire Chief Jeff Jaques said it was mostly brush and stumps in a clear cut area about one mile up from U.S. Highway 12. He believed it ended up covering about 10 acres.

“It got into the trees a little bit,” he said.

Crews are in the mop up stage now, Jaques said just before 1 p.m. today. The fire was reported just after 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

The Board of (Lewis) County Commissioners put outdoor burning restrictions in place nine days ago due to the current and extended weather forecast and substantial fire dangers.

Meanwhile, the cause of a fire that destroyed a Randle residence several miles to the west over the weekend remains under investigation.

Firefighters responding to approximately 3:10 a.m. call on Sunday on the 600 block of Silverbrook Road found a double-wide mobile home and adjacent shop building fully involved in flames, according to Jaques.

Nobody was home as it turns out but they couldn’t be sure, spending a lot of time checking, said Fire Investigator Derrick Paul.

Paul said he understood a family consisting of seven people, five of them children, lived there.

There were two cars inside the shop that were destroyed as well, he said.

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Bringing water to the Carr Road fire. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 14

Saying goodbye to Chehalis police dog

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
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Memorial folder cover for K-9 Reign

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – His life was short, but it was full.

Those were some of the sentiments shared today when a fair-sized gathering of people came together to pay their respects to Chehalis police dog Reign.

The memorial service for the five and half year old K-9 was held at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

The mayor spoke, the police chief spoke.

Reign’s strength and stubbornness were recalled as well as his achievements in apprehensions and the impressive amounts of narcotics he sniffed out.

Reign served four years with his partner Officer Warren Ayers at the Chehalis Police Department beginning in May 2013. He died suddenly and unexpectedly of unknown causes while training on duty the night of June 27.

The service included a procession to the school, an honor guard, the presentation of a badge and closed with a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace.

Numerous K-9 officers were among the many who came to pay their condolences to Ayers and his family.

“Reign went out and would take care of business, however, when that was done, he could be as gentle as any dog,” Chehalis Mayor Dennis Dawes said.

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For background, read “Animal experts: No clear explanation for why Chehalis K-9 died” from Tuesday July 18, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
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VEHICLE THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just after 1 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle stolen from in front of a residence at the 1500 block of Southwest Thomsen Avenue. The black 1989 Toyota extra cab pickup truck went missing sometime after 7 p.m. the night before, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FOOD THEFT

• Police were called yesterday to the 500 block of K Street to take a report that someone entered a detached garage during the night and stole food items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 10:10 a.m. yesterday regarding a fraudulent check being cashed at the 1300 block of South Gold Street.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called for a car prowl at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 9:45 p.m. yesterday.

• An officer was called about 10:25 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to take a report of a vehicle prowl in a parking lot. A GPS device was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone threw eggs at a vehicle causing minor damage, according to  report made to police about 9:25 a.m. yesterday from the 1100 Creekside Court in Centralia.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, shoplifting, probation violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, misdemeanor domestic assault, no contact order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 161 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, July 24th, 2017
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SEX CRIMES

• Police arrested a 24-year-old Centralia resident at the 1100 block of North Pearl Street at 7:20 a.m. yesterday for an outstanding warrant out of Los Alamos County New Mexico for “child solicitation by electronic communication device/sexual exploitation of children/criminal sexual communication with a child.” Tyson M.R. Collins was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A woman reported to Centralia police yesterday that she had been raped. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A red 199 Acura Integra was reported stolen about 6:45 a.m. today from the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A silver 2002 Volvo S60 was reported stolen from the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia just before 10 a.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A purple 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser was stolen from the 400 block of state Route 505 in Winlock sometime on Friday between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. The victim told deputies he and the suspect – a 20-year-old from Kelso – were staying at a mutual friend’s, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Also missing is an Apple iPhone 7 and a wallet with money inside, according to the sheriff’s office. The car has a license plate reading BEJ 3031, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

• A deputy was called to the 2500 block of Jackson Highway yesterday morning where a gas-powered mini bike, a battery operated quad and a gas-powered Spiderman quad had been stolen. They had been in the front yard accompanied by a for sale sign, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 3:40 p.m. regarding the theft of a tire and rim from a vehicle at the 1800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia.

• Centralia police took a report of the theft of a bank card from the 1100 block of South Pearl Street about 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

• Police were called about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday to the 1200 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia where An outboard boat motor and down riggers were stolen from a garage. There are no identified suspects, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• An individual reported that the rear window of her vehicle was broken out at the 800 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:40 p.m. yesterday.

ON THE ROAD, ON THE RUNWAY

• A deputy was called to the Toledo airport on the 5200 block of Jackson Highway about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday for a complaint of an old law enforcement car full of people who were drinking and doing doughnuts on the runway. Kelly J. Hilliard, 44, of Chehalis, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for being in physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 24-year-old Centralia man seen running through a church parking lot adjacent to where a car crashed into a yard at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia about 10 p.m. on Friday was arrested for driving under the influence. Martin Olivares-Paulino was bruised and scraped but his 2008 Chevrolet Malibu sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, first-degree negligent driving, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run,  vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 468 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Two dead after SUV goes into Mayfield Lake

Monday, July 24th, 2017
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Audi SUV submerged west of bridge. / Image derived from Lewis County map library

Updated at 11:57 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Mossyrock woman and the driver of the car in which she was a passenger are dead after the vehicle drove into Mayfield Lake last night.

Troopers called to the scene at 8:25 p.m. report the sport utility vehicle had been traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 12 when it left the road to the right and ended up fully submerged in the water.

The cause of the wreck is under investigation, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has notified the next-of-kin for Lorraine J. Sprague, 60, and 44-year-old Eric T. Sprague of Olympia.

The 2013 AUDI Q7 sport utility vehicle was to be recovered during daylight hours today, according to the state patrol.

It happened near milepost 82, about four miles west of Mossyrock.

Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel said it appeared the car left the highway well west of the west end of the bridge, passing on the outside of the start of a guardrail and sheering off several alder trees before landing as far as 50 feet from the shoreline.

“This was witnessed by boaters,” McDaniel said.

More than a dozen personnel from his district and Lewis County Fire District 3 responded, he said.

Members of the sheriff’s office swift water rescue team commandeered some boats and retrieved the pair, with life-saving efforts continuing at Mayfield Lake Park, according to the chief.

McDaniel said the last similar incident he could recall on the bridge was at the east end, back in 1977 when a vehicle drove through the guard rail.

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CORRECTION: This news item has been updated to reflect the correct age of the passenger.