Archive for September, 2017

News brief: Adna barn burns

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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Fire breaks out on Curtis Hill Road. / Courtesy photo by Jill Reese

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Firefighters called about 3:45 p.m. yesterday for a structure fire at the 100 block of Curtis Hill Road in Adna found an approximately 40-foot by 30-foot barn fully involved in flames and closed the road in both directions for about an hour.

DJ Hammer of Lewis County Fire District 6 says crews had the blaze under control within about seven minutes, but the building, its contents and a small chicken coop were destroyed. A tractor, farm tools and equipment had been stored in the barn, he said.

A nearby pump-house sustained heavy fire and smoke damage, according to Hammer.

District 6 was joined by the Chehalis Fire Department, District 5 and District 13.

One firefighter from District 6 was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital for an exposure to an unknown chemical during the mopping up phase, according to Hammer. The firefighter was treated and released back to duty, Hammer said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Crew puts out hot spots. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

News brief: Campfires still banned in Lewis County, for now

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – With rain and cooler temperatures easing fire danger across Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is lifting restrictions on recreational campfires.

Effective 12:01 a.m. today, campfires will be allowed in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds on Washington lands protected by DNR.

Because forests and rangelands remain dry from the summer’s low precipitation totals, other forms of outdoor burning, such as debris burning, remain prohibited under the burn ban ordered by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.

“We’re thankful to have rain help wet our landscapes, but as we saw with a quick-moving fire east of Ellensburg Sunday evening, we’re not out of fire season quite yet,” Franz stated in a press release. “I urge everyone to check with their local authorities before lighting campfires.”

Earlier this month, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest announced it was banning not only campfires, but also smoking throughout the forest until there is significant moisture to lower the fire danger.

Lewis County enacted a total outdoor burn ban at the beginning of August, which it plans to keep in place until further notice.

The prohibition on campfires is still in effect, and local fire departments are awaiting a decision from area fire chiefs as to when it might be lifted, Lewis County Fire District 5 Lt. Laura Hanson said today.

Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel said yesterday that even though we’ve gotten some rain, local officials won’t make a change until they determine it’s safe to do so.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
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Missing metal elk. / Courtesy photo

MISSING ELK LIKENESS

• Centralia police were called about 11 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of South Tower Avenue where sometime during the night, someone stole a large metal elk statue from the Elks Lodge.

PORCH PILFERING

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of the theft of two light bulbs from a porch at the 200 block of North Tower Avenue.

OTHER THEFT

• A license plate was stolen on Monday night from the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called about 7:50 a.m. yesterday by an individual who said she left her wallet in a cart at Safeway and when she went back, it was gone. The black clutch-type wallet had not been turned in, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from a person who said their credit card had been used fraudulently at the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard.

POSSIBLE BREAK-IN

• Police were called yesterday by a woman who reported that she woke up to the sounds of footsteps in her home on the 10 block of Southwest 17th Street on Friday. The case was filed for informational purposes only as there were no leads to follow up on, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called at 8:10 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Ham Hill Road where an unlocked vehicle had been rummaged through during the night. Nothing appeared to have been stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports today they arrested a 45-year-old man from Roy for driving under the influence after responding about 8:20 p.m. on Monday for a vehicle into a ditch at the 100 block of Salkum Road. William L. Hoyt was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

INDUSTRIAL EXPLOSION

• There was smoke, flames and an explosion at a plywood manufacturing plant on the 100 block of Maurin Road in Chehalis yesterday evening but nobody was injured, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. District spokesperson DJ Hammer said crews were called at 6:18 p.m. and then again at 7:24 p.m., the second time concluding the explosion was caused by a leak inside a boiler that caused heat and pressure to build up. They confirmed there was no active fire and Hammer said he didn’t know the dollar amount of the damage that occurred.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation, operating motor vehicle without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, disorderly person, 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.

Lewis County officials working to save Hank the dog, and modernize code

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Lewis County leaders have changed the rules once and now they are prepared to do it again to avoid euthanizing a dog that was condemned under a set of strict procedures regarding animals that kill a domestic animal or severely injure a human.

Hank the pit bull terrier who remains impounded at the Lewis County Animal Shelter is at the center of a controversy in which his supporters say he was wrongly designated a dangerous dog after he was implicated with his mother in killing two goats last year in Winlock. He was just a puppy and his mother was the actual attacker, they say.

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Tank, now Hank

Under Lewis County code, there was no option other than death for the canine, once his original owner decided she couldn’t meet the county demands including an escape-proof enclosure and a $500,000 bond. However, unbeknownst to most county officials, the dog was spirited out of the shelter because “there was a feeling it wasn’t really dangerous.”

His name was changed from Tank to Hank and the 2-year-old was adopted to a Centralia family unaware of his background. Jann Propp-Estimo described the dog she met at the shelter in January as just wagging his tail with a stuffed toy in his mouth, the only dog there not barking. Shelter Manager Amy Hanson had written in a message trying to persuade a rescue group to take him, that he continued to be a polite sweet dog at all times.

Hank lived with Propp-Estimo and then her son and grandson until May, when the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office and the Board of (Lewis) County Commissioners learned what had occurred and he was impounded again.

Criminal charges were filed against Hanson and her boss, Danette York, but have been put on hold in a case that is being handled by the Pacific County Prosecutor’s Office.

Commissioners, working with Lewis County Civil Deputy Prosecutor David Fine, approved an amendment to the dangerous dog ordinance that allowed Propp-Estimo to ask a Lewis County District Court judge to erase the label of dangerous, through allowing consideration of new evidence including present behavior. That effort failed in June, was appealed and has been upheld.

Now, county commissioners and Fine are contemplating another amendment which basically says, even if a dog meets the definition of a dangerous animal, Lewis County District Court has other options besides ordering the dog to be put down.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said today the proposed change is not because of any predicament the county finds itself in, having adopted the pet out to a family and then taking it back. Propp-Estimo and Bellingham animal lawyer Adam Karp have a case seeking relief in federal court.

“I think everyone agrees, no one wants to kill the dog,” Meyer said.

The code amendment would allow District Court other avenues, he said.

Board of (Lewis) County Commissioners Chair Gary Stamper said the idea is a more flexible code going forward. Times and attitudes towards pets have changed, he said.

“People had the idea we wanted the dog euthanized,” Stamper said. “That’s not the case.”

In early August, a dozen individuals stood outside the Historic Lewis County Courthouse, holding up “Honk for Hank” signs and showing their support. They brought commissioners signatures they said were from more than 148,000 people who wanted to save the pit bull terrier. Meyer today spoke of getting a phone call from someone in another state about Hank.

A public hearing on the proposed code changes will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2 in the same building, where commissioners hold their meetings. People can share their opinions at that time, in person and also in writing.

Ordinance 1280 would amend Chapter 6.05, “Animals,” of the Lewis County code because, “the public interest is best served by permitting a District Court judge, in a limited circumstance, to permit a dangerous dog not to be euthanized.”

The greater discretion it would give a Lewis County District Court judge includes the judge may rule that an animal that harbors a potential to, or is even likely to harm people or domestic animals, can be released to a party to the action. The judge can order it to be housed and maintained under specified conditions subject to proof of compliance.

If adopted, it could be enacted immediately.

“We knew there were some errors, we tried to right the ship as quick as possible,” Stamper said.
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For background, read “Higher court agrees with Judge Buzzard’s order that dog should be euthanized” from Friday September 8, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
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Updated at 3:50 p.m.

RURAL CENTRALIA BURGLARY

• A deputy was called for a garage burglary at the 2900 block of Graf Road in Centralia about 7:45 p.m. yesterday where someone had got inside by removing a plexiglass window, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred sometime during the previous week and the victim is still compiling a list of stolen property, according to the sheriff’s office.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A deputy was called about 12:40 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Lincoln Creek Road west of Centralia where an individual reported the theft of a 1978 Yamaha XT500E from a shed. The victim said they had last seen it there the first week in August, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is approximately $1,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Police were called to the 600 block of Hamilton Avenue in Centralia about 8:10 a.m. yesterday following the discovery of an attempted vehicle theft, which left the ignition damaged. Sometime during the night, an unknown person tried to steal the 1988 Honda using a shaved key which was left in the car, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called about 12:10 p.m. yesterday to take a report from someone who said someone else had attempted to forward their mail without authorization, in a case associated with an address on Northwest Cascade Avenue.

CAR PROWL

• A Taurus .357 Magnum revolver vanished from it was in sometime between Sept. 13 and Saturday, according to a report made to the Chehalis police Department about 8:20 a.m. yesterday at the 100 block of Southwest Fourth Street.

• Centralia police were called just after 2 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Richmond Avenue where they took a report that sometime during the overnight hours, a 2005 Dodge Neon was broken into. Missing is a stereo faceplate, a knife, some CDs and miscellaneous papers, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called to the 2200 block of Earl Street in Centralia about 12:20 p.m. yesterday where they were told that during the night, two broken folding Seahawk’s chairs and a two-ton jack were stolen from the bed of a 2013 Dodge pickup.

• Two fishing rods along with tackle was stolen from a pickup truck at the 400 block of South Cedar Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:45 a.m. yesterday.

SPIT

• A 29-year-old Centralia area man being put into the back of a deputy’s patrol vehicle when he was detained for an outstanding warrant last night allegedly began to spit at the rear partition and was arrested for second-degree malicious mischief because the vehicle would have to be taken out of service, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Brian M. Williams was contacted as a passenger in a vehicle at the 200 block of Penning Road in Chehalis after the deputy responded to an approximately 7:55 p.m. report of a possible theft and DUI at the 100 block of Highway 603, according to the sheriff’s office. Williams was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Two people were injured yesterday in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma when a westbound pickup truck slowed for traffic and was struck by the car behind it. Troopers called to the scene near milepost 106 at about 3:50 p.m. found the 2017 Toyota Camry was totaled and its driver was cited for following too closely, according to the Washington State Patrol. James M. Wright, 58, of Onalaska, was transported to Morton General Hospital as was the 49-year-old passenger in the Toyota Tundra pickup, according to the state patrol. The driver of the pickup, Michael D. Buckner, 49, from Puyallup, was reportedly unhurt. His truck was able to be driven away from the scene, the investigating trooper reports.

AND MORE

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

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 18th, 2017
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VIOLENCE KNIFE

• Centralia police were called about 8:10 a.m. yesterday about a man threatening a 19-year-old Centralia resident with a knife at the 700 block of North Tower Avenue. The victim was not injured, but Anthony P. Johnson, 24, of Centralia was arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VIOLENCE HANDS

• A 14-year-old Randle girl was arrested on Sunday night after allegedly placing her mother in a choke hold until she began to lose consciousness. A deputy responding to the 100 block of Kehoe Road about 8 p.m. booked the teen for second-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

VIOLENCE FIREARM

• Centralia police were called about 2:53 a.m. yesterday to investigate gunshots that were heard after an argument between a male and a female at the 1100 block of Brotherson Road. No one was injured and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VIOLENCE FURNITURE

• Chehalis police were called on Friday morning to Green Hill School to investigate an incident from Sept. 1 in which a 16-year-old student-inmate allegedly threw a chair during a fight between two boys and it struck a staff member on the arm.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of North Gold Street where it appeared several storage units had been broken into. Officers are attempting to locate victims to identify what property is missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An individual at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia reported late Saturday afternoon that she was missing jewelry following a garage sale at her house.

• Cash and prescription pills were reported stolen in a burglary at the 3000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 12:40 p.m. on Friday.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 1:35 p.m. on Saturday regarding a car prowl at the 10 block of Southwest 17th Street in which a purse was stolen.

• Centralia police were called about 9:40 a.m. on Friday to a report that  car stereo was stolen in a vehicle prowl at the 2400 block of Borst Avenue.

BAD BILL

• Police were called to a store at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia just after 2 p.m. on Friday where a counterfeit $50 bill had been passed.

DRUGS

• A 43-year-old Toledo man contacted about 1:15 a.m. today at the 400 block of Oyler Road in Ethel – when a motion activated camera at a construction site alerted someone – was arrested for an outstanding warrant and also a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act when suspected meth was located in front pocket. Johnathon R. Hamilton, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND, FROM MORTON

• The Morton Police Department reported today that on the evening of Sept. 11, officers responded to the 300 block of Kosmos Lane to a report of a small dog going onto a neighboring property and defecating on the carpet in the house.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 47-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for driving under the influence after her car struck a semi truck at Airport Road and Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis just before 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Sheri A. Bobbitt was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 52-year-old Rochester man was arrested for  driving under the influence after his Volkswagen collided with a guard rail at the 200 block of Leonard Road in Onalaska at about 8:45 p.m. on Friday. Derik L. Sandoval was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, malicious mischief, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vandalism, hit and run, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 447 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

News brief: Firefighters Fill the Boot to fight muscular dystrophy

Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Firefighters from IAFF Locals 451 and 2510 will be collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign at two different locations in the Twin Cities this weekend.

They can be found today between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the intersection of Belmont Avenue and Haviland Street near the Centralia Outlet’s mall in Centralia.

The campaign is sponsored jointly by International Association of Fire Fighters Local 451, which represents firefighters from Riverside Fire Authority and Lewis County Fire District Six and IAFF 2510, which represents the city of Chehalis firefighters.

The MDA is a voluntary health agency founded in 1950 to fight 43 neuromuscular diseases, including ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which affect millions of Americans.

Tomorrow, also between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., the firefighters can be found  in the parking lot of the Chehalis Starbucks at 1531 Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 15th, 2017
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BB GUN SCARE

• Three women fitting a saddle on a horse in Vader reported a 65-year-old man approached a fence from adjoining property, shouted “come over here” and raised a handgun, and fired what sounded like three shots yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A witness heard the women screaming and what sounded like three firecrackers, according to the sheriff’s office. A deputy dispatched about 12:20 p.m. to the 100 block of Enchanted Lane recovered a CO2-powered BB gun and arrested Richard Bakke for three counts of first-degree assault, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Bakke was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charges but are evaluating the case for lesser charges in Lewis County District Court.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 6:10 a.m. today to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue where a silver Trek bicycle had been stolen from a vehicle. The value is about $2,500, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DOG TOYS TAKEN

• A large tote containing dog toys was reported stolen about 6:20 a.m. today from the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia.

YARD THEFT

• Police were called yesterday afternoon regarding yard decorations stolen from the 100 block of North Ash Street in Centralia.

MISSING MEDS

• Centralia police were called just after noon yesterday to the 1100 block of L Street to take a report about stolen medication.

FUEL THEFT

• Centralia police yesterday indicated they issued a summons for third-degree theft to a 26-year-old Chehalis man for theft of gas in a case associated with the 500 block of South Tower Avenue.

MISSING HONDA FOUND

• A deputy was called about 9:50 a.m. yesterday to take a report that a 34-year-old Chehalis woman had taken a 58-year-old woman’s 1999 Honda Accord the day before without permission from the 1700 block of Ferrier Road in Winlock. The car and the suspect were located in rural Chehalis and the suspect said she had been allowed to borrow it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Sophea M. Delavergne was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for  taking a motor vehicle without permission and a warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police responded just after 11:15 p.m. yesterday to a two-vehicle collision in front of the police department at West Maple and North Pearl streets in which both parties blamed the other, according to the Centralia Police Department. The drivers were both females and it was a dispute over relationship issues, according to police. Fault has not yet been determined, but damage was minimal and no injuries were reported, according to Sgt. Dave Clary.

• Chehalis police were called about 7:10 p.m. yesterday when a Ford Ranger drove through a patch of ivy and into a for sale sign in a yard near Southeast Prospect and 16th streets and was abandoned. The incident remains under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, barking neighbor dogs … and more among 133 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
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Updated at 2:58 p.m.

JACKPOT CAR PROWL

• A deputy was called for a car prowl about 8:50 a.m. yesterday just southeast of the city of Chehalis in which one of the items stolen was a backpack containing approximately $52,800 worth of bonds from a bail bond agency. The driver’s side window of the 40-year-old victim’s Toyota Corolla had been broken out, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened at the 100 block of Roberts Drive, according to the sheriff’s office. The case is being investigated as a first-degree theft. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen asks anyone with information to please contact the sheriff’s office or Crime Stoppers of South Sound.

BREAK-IN MINERAL

• A deputy responded to a residential burglary yesterday at the 3400 block of state Route 7 in Mineral and found someone had entered through the back door and made off with televisions, clothing and other personal items. It happened sometime since Sept 3, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at about $2,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just before noon yesterday to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to investigate the use of fraudulent checks. The case is ongoing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 7:25 a.m. yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue to take a report of the theft of a Penske tow dolly. The loss is $3,500, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to take a report of spray painted tagging of a building at the 400 block of Southwest 15th Street.

LIFE SAVED ON RAILROAD TRACKS

• Centralia police say a bystander pushed a man out of the path of an approaching train yesterday at the 200 block of East Main Street in Centralia. The potential victim, described by police as a male transient, had a cart of his belongings which got stuck on the railroad tracks and didn’t see the train coming just before 11:20 a.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. He was not injured, according to police. It was two summers ago when Victor J. Bonagofski, 72, lost his life when he fell off his bicycle on the tracks at the nearby Locust Street crossing and was hit by a freight train.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

• Lewis County Fire District 5’s Lt. Laura Hanson reminds the driving public that when the expected rains arrive on Sunday, people will need to be super careful about the oil on the surface of the roadways. “It will be super slick,” Hanson said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, hit and run, trespassing, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, to put a neighbor dog back in its yard so a woman could safely exit her car … and more among 176 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Wife of slain Centralia man admits she shot him, avoids trial

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
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Janet L. Anderson sits at defense table across from the deputy prosecutor while her attorney waits near Judge Toynbee.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The woman who fatally shot her husband in their north Centralia home late last year will be facing a recommended prison sentence of more than 18 years after pleading guilty today.

Janet L. Anderson, 40, has been held in the Lewis County Jail since she drove to the Centralia Police Department the morning of Dec. 17, said she killed her husband and had left the weapon at the house.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke told the court his client has maintained she acted in self defense when her husband pointed a gun at her, but various aspects of the case lent themselves to her accepting a plea deal instead of going to trial.

Anderson pleaded guilty this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to second-degree murder and two counts of tampering with physical evidence – her husband’s gun and his body, according to her formal statement.

Prosecutors alleged in charging documents that she attempted to conceal evidence of the crime by washing clothing, bedding, herself and patching a bullet hole in a wall.

Ty W. Anderson’s body was located in the bedroom of the couple’s home off of West Oakview Avenue, wrapped inside of a tarp, with a bullet wound at the base of his skull and another in his lower back, according to authorities. She told police the two had fought for two hours before it happened. Police found two handguns in the room.

In the courtroom today were two rows of apparent family members seated behind Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead. Centralia police detectives observed from the back row.

The standard sentencing range for second-degree murder, in her case because she has no criminal history, is 123 months to 220 months. The other offenses are gross misdemeanors, with up to 364 days in custody.

Judge Andrew Toynbee read aloud her written statement, which included that she intended to cause Ty Anderson’s death by shooting him, and that it occurred on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17.

A next door neighbor said at the time he and his wife heard a noise around 9 or 10 o’clock the night of the 16th that she thought sounded like a gunshot.

O’Rourke said he and Halstead have agreed to recommend Anderson be sentenced to the high end of the standard sentencing range, which comes out to 18 years and four months.

The parties agreed to return to court in two weeks to hold the sentencing hearing.
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For background, read “Guilty plea expected in Centralia man’s homicide, from his widow” from Tuesday September 12, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
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ASSAULT

•  Jesse T. Anderson, 37 of Centralia, was arrested for second-degree assault after allegedly hitting and choking his girlfriend during a dispute at the 1000 block of Alder Street in Centralia yesterday. Centralia police, contacted about 11:30 a.m., booked Anderson into the Lewis County Jail. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge.

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School yesterday morning to take a report of an incident that occurred last month in which an 18-year-old student-inmate allegedly grabbed the arm of a staff member, while refusing to go into his room, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is being investigated as custodial assault, according to police.

BREAK-IN TOLEDO

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 5100 block of Jackson Highway to take a report that someone had broken into the Cowlitz Prairie Grange sometime during the previous two weeks. It appeared they had climbed in through a window and while inside, damaged a door frame and window. Nothing was taken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF

• A 23-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for allegedly tampering with railroad equipment at the 600 block of North Railroad Avenue in Centralia. Pablo Enriquez-Martinez was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 6 p.m. yesterday to take a report of of the theft of license plates from a vehicle at Harrison and Belmont avenues.

• Chehalis police were called to a parking lot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue where sometime between 6 a.m. and 3:56 p.m., yesterday someone removed a curved 50-inch LED light bar from a truck. It was described as a Cree 228W, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 600 block of F Street about 8:40 a.m. yesterday to take a report that jewelry had been stolen from a dresser after a guest stayed overnight in November.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor theft; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, trespassing, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 147 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Guilty plea expected in Centralia man’s homicide, from his widow

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lawyers have struck a plea deal in the case of a Centralia woman who allegedly shot her husband once in his back and once at the base of his skull and wrapped his body in a tarp before turning herself in to police.

Janet L. Anderson, now 40, initially told police the two had been arguing in their home and her husband had grabbed his gun and pointed it at her.

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Janet L. Anderson

She has been held at the Lewis County Jail since her mid-December arrest, held on $1 million bail.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said Anderson is expected to plead guilty tomorrow to second-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence.

He declined to say how much time he plans to recommend for her sentence or speak to any details of the plea agreement.

Anderson is represented by Centralia attorney Shane O’Rourke.

Ty W. Anderson’s body was located in the bedroom of the couple’s home off of West Oakview Avenue in the Hunter’s Walk neighborhood after his wife called 911 from her vehicle outside the Centralia police station about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 17. Prosecutors have said as much as 12 hours passed between the alleged homicide and the reporting of it.

Janet Anderson has no criminal history.

The hearing in which she is expected to enter her pleas is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow before Lewis County Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee. Her sentencing hearing will take place at another time, according to Halstead.
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For background, read “Centralia murder case waiting for state crime lab results” from Friday March 31, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
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DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 28-year-old Centralia man was arrested after police were called at 1:15 a.m. today to a residence at the 100 block of Lilac Lane where he allegedly assaulted his fiancee and another woman. Alexander L. Pilon allegedly was very intoxicated when he started attacking his fiancee, according to the Centralia Police Department. “He got her in a chokehold, the friend shoved him off, he grabbed her by the neck and started choking her,” Centralia Officer William Phipps said summarizing the incident report. Officers arrived and then booked Pilon into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday to take a report of a stolen credit card that was used in the Centralia area.

• Police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday to the 1800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia regarding the theft of money orders.

• Centralia police took a report about 9:40 a.m. yesterday from the 1300 block of Alexander Street about the theft of a wallet containing identification and social security card sometime during the previous week.

CASE CLOSED

• The Morton Police Department reports this morning all leads have been exhausted in a Sept. 2 report of the theft of $1,000 from the 200 block of Cowlitz Drive in Mossyrock. The reporting party thought it could have been a visitor to the residence, but the visitor was contacted by police and denied taking any money, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, fourth-degree assault, suspicious circumstances … and more among 157 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Man who allegedly mugged Morton senior located at Silver Creek campground

Monday, September 11th, 2017
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Law enforcement secured a warrant to enter motor home where they found suspect on Friday. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An individual who recognized the suspect in the robbery of a Morton senior citizen spotted the suspect at a Mossyrock gas station, called 911 and followed him to the Harmony Lakeside RV Park where he was later arrested, according to authorities.

Jason A. Brown, 35, was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree robbery.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead asked that Brown be held on $75,000 bail. Judge James Lawler agreed.

Brown had outstanding warrants from Lewis, Kittitas and Spokane counties at the time of his arrest, according to Halstead.

Morton police have been looking for their suspect since the afternoon of Aug. 29 when they were called to the Morton Country Market on Second Street, where a customer in his early 80s was accosted in the parking lot by an individual who asked him if he had a few dollars, then reached into his pocket, forcefully took his wallet and ran, according to authorities.

Officers were able to view security images that showed the suspect walk out of the store, and look around as if he was looking for someone, before confronting the victim John Zapalac near his car, according to charging documents. The suspect could be seen “crowding” the victim, taking something from him and then getting into a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo and driving away.

Morton Police Department Chief Roger Morningstar posted pictures of the suspect and his car on social media and then reached out to David Rose, host of the television show Washington’s Most Wanted.

Someone who saw Rose’s piece on the robbery saw the suspect about 2 o’clock on Friday afternoon at the Mossy Mini Shell station, according to the chief.

The tipster followed the car to Silver Creek and saw the suspect enter a Bounder-style motorhome, according to charging documents.

Morningstar said the state patrol got to the RV park first, then Morton police arrived. He said they could hear someone inside the motorhome, but they would not answer the door.

The park manager said she’d seen the suspect coming and going from the RV for several days, charging documents relate.

Morningstar said police knocked on the door, banged on the door and eventually after getting a search warrant, forced the door open.

Brown was in the rear of the RV and was arrested. A second person was arrested for obstruction, according to Halstead.

One of Brown’s warrants was from an Aug. 21 arrest in Chehalis when a neighbor on the 100 block of Southeast First Street called police about a man with a backpack that walked to the back of a residence. An officer arrived to find a man walking out the front door with a purse and a jewelry box and found the back door had been kicked in, according to charging documents in that case.

Halstead said when Brown was arrested, he gave his brother’s name as his own, and after he was released from jail, failed to show up for his arraignment. Lawler set bail this afternoon for that case at an additional $75,000.

Brown’s warrant from  Kittitas  County is for first-degree theft and his warrant from Spokane County is for three counts of residential burglary, according to prosecutors. Police say he is from Spokane.

The victim in the Morton grocery store parking lot robbery told police his wallet contained $82 cash and other items such as discount cards.

Brown’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
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For background, read “Senior citizen mugged outside Morton grocery” from Wednesday August 30, 2017, here

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Jason A. Brown consults with defense attorney in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon.