Archive for October, 2017

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
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Updated at 6:32 p.m.

MATTRESS CATCHES FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 12:30 a.m. today to a house on Northwest Quincy Place in Chehalis after a smoke alarm alerted an upstairs family to a fire on the ground level. The downstairs resident was at work and for an unknown reason, the mattress on her bed was burning, according to Firefighter Kevin Reynolds. When the crew arrived, the upstairs resident was pulling the smoldering mattress out the front door, Reynolds said. Reynolds credited the working smoke detector that caused the upstairs resident to go look around downstairs for saving the building. It could have been a very different story, he said. “Nobody would have noticed, because she was not home,” he said.

AUTO THEFT

• A white 2002 Ford van left unattended while it was warming up this morning was stolen from the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Police called at 6:39 a.m. say the vehicle was taken by an unknown suspect and has a license plate reading 693 ZAA.

OTHER THEFT

• A Chehalis resident contacted police about 10:10 a.m. yesterday to report fraudulent charges to his bank account. Police are waiting for further information, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Pear Street where someone had stolen a wallet and papers from a vehicle. They also attempted to start the vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

• Chehalis police were called about 6:05 p.m. yesterday by an individual reporting someone had been tampering with a lock on a storage shed at the 1500 block of North National Avenue.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 19-year-old Chehalis resident appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon, facing felony charges of four counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. Hayden VonBargen was summonsed to court following an investigation that began April 19, with the Pe Ell Marshal’s Office. He and the girl – who reportedly told VonBargen she is 13 but almost 14 when they communicated over the Internet – allegedly knew each other from a youth group and engaged in sexually explicit conversations, according to charging documents. He was allowed to remain out of custody with an unsecured bond. His arraignment is Thursday.

• An 18-year-old Winlock resident was charged today with second-degree burglary for an incident over the weekend in which he allegedly went onto the porch of home inside a fenced property with a claw hammer, waking up the residents who thought he was using it trying to break in. Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told the judge this afternoon that further information he learned suggested it maybe was not a random event by an intoxicated person. Meagher said Steven E. Dodds may have ties to a gang known for destruction of property, given a Juggalo tattoo on his arm. When police responded to the approximately 3:15 a.m. call on Sunday to the 1400 block of Northwest Kerron Avenue in Winlock, Dodds was reportedly still on the porch, soaking wet and shivering, according to charging documents. The resident told police later on Sunday the suspect also had poured starter fluid over the porch by the door and said he was going to set it afire, giving various reasons for that, including because he was cold, the court documents relate. Dodds was booked into the Lewis County Jail. However, on Monday afternoon when he was brought before a judge, prosecutors had not yet decided to file charges and he was allowed release on a $5,000 unsecured bond. He returned to Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon with his mother, after charges were filed and Judge Joely O’Rourke said his conditions of release would be modified with a 6 p.m. curfew. He has no criminal history. His arraignment is Thursday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, disorderly person, hit and run, vehicle collision, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 144 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

News brief: Mineral house fire under investigation

Monday, October 30th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The cause of a fire that destroyed a two-story home in Mineral last week remains under investigation.

Firefighters from Lewis County Fire District 9 were joined by four other neighboring departments after being dispatched to the 100 block of Mineral Hill Road about 11:24 a.m. on Wednesday.

Heavy smoke and fire on the upper level with backdraft conditions prevented crews from going inside and other hazards included a downed live electrical wire as well as a 1,000-gallon propane tank nearby, according to District 9’s Medical Service Officer Jeanine Armstrong.

The fire was threatening another structure but they were able to protect it with no damage to that property, according to Armstrong.

Fire Investigator Jay Birley said the resident said she’d been watching television and heard some beeping she thought at first was coming from the TV.

“After awhile, she went upstairs, opened a bedroom door and was met by a wall of smoke,” Birley said.

She was able to get out and call 911, he said. Three dogs got out as well, but one cat was still missing as of Sunday morning, he said.

Birley said he still has some interviews to conduct as he continues to try to find the cause of the fire.

Armstrong indicated the house was built in the 1940s.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 30th, 2017
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GUN SCARE

• Deputies called about a person threatening people with a firearm at a trailer park in the 100 block of Cowlitz Loop Road in Toledo about 8:40 p.m. on Friday arrested a 48-year-old man for felony harassment. Paul A. Komara, a tenant, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The case is also being referred for fourth-degree assault as Komara allegedly shoved one of the park managers, according to the sheriff’s office.

MOTEL ROOM SCARE

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of Centralia College Boulevard about 7:40 p.m. on Friday where a 36-year-old woman was found passed out in someone else’s hotel room and allegedly assaulted the occupants of the room when they told her to leave. Rachel J. Rider, a homeless person, allegedly gave a false name to officers, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree trespassing, obstructing a law enforcement officer and two counts of fourth-degree assault, according to police.

BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a break-in to an unlocked  garage on the 500 block of Northwest Quincy Place. Missing was a Stihl leaf blower, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• An estimated $1,200 worth of tools and other items were discovered missing yesterday afternoon from a detached garage on the 200 block of Woodard Road in Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A pressure washer and various tools were stolen in a burglary to a storage shed at the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:40 a.m. on Friday. The suspect or suspects also attempted to break into the coin reservoir of a coin-operated clothes dryer, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 35-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for second-degree burglary after Chehalis police were called about 8 a.m. on Friday to the 1100 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue about about an unauthorized person entering a laundry room and allegedly damaging a washing machine and a lock. Michael P. Doven was was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police assisted the Napavine Police Department by retrieving a jacket which had been stolen, with a significant amount of money in it, on Saturday, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to  the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 4:40 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of merchandise totaled approximately $3,596 two days earlier. Taken were two computer towers and a monitor, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called to the 1300 block of Alexander Street in Centralia about 3:15 p.m. on Friday to take a report that cash was stolen from a resident’s drawer.

• Chehalis police were called about 2:20 p.m. on Friday by an individual who said she believed someone took her wallet from her purse while she was shopping at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

• Centralia police were called to take a report of the theft of aluminum wheels from the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

CAR PROWL

• A 32-year-old Centralia woman was arrested after a call about 2:50 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 2500 block of Eureka Avenue in Centralia. Kendra J. Chancey was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A Stihl chainsaw was reported stolen out of the back of a pickup truck at the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 11:25 a.m. on Saturday.

• Tools and a tool box were reported stolen from a vehicle at the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2 p.m. on Friday.

• Sometime between 8 p.m. on Thursday and 1 p.m. on Friday, someone stole a bottle of Oxycodone from a vehicle at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police on Friday afternoon.

• Chehalis police were called to the 300 block of Northeast Washington Avenue about 1:45 p.m. on Friday for a vehicle prowl in which a wallet and cigarettes were stolen.

• Police were called to the 100 block of West Pine Street in Centralia about 10:40 a.m. on Friday where someone had stolen a doghouse from a vehicle.

DRUGS, WARRANT

• Two people were arrested after contact with an officer at the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia just after 1 p.m. on Saturday. Brandon L. Caley, 20, of Winlock was cited for minor in possession of marijuana and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department. Stormie M. McKenzie, 19, of Winlock, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on an outstanding warrant issued out of Lewis County Superior Court.

• A 37-year-old Winlock man wanted on an outstanding warrant was captured by a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office K-9 after he ran from a residence to a wooded area near the 100 block of Southeast First Street in Winlock on Friday evening. K-9 Axel was assisting the Toledo Police Department. Steven R. Luurs Jr. was was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A motorist was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure after her car left the roadway yesterday afternoon on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 79 and landed in a creek. Firefighters called about 2:20 p.m. report that witnesses helped the woman and her small dog out of the vehicle, with the passenger compartment about halfway filled with water.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, third-degree theft, resisting arrest, probation violation, driving with suspended license, fourth-degree domestic assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, disorderly person, hit and run, harassment, graffiti, trespassing, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation … and more among 399 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Gunshot punctuates angry voice message to attorneys, leads to arrest of Toledo resident

Friday, October 27th, 2017
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Ricky A. Satcher, right, is advised by temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 61-year-old Toledo area man who contends local lawyers stole his property is locked up in the Lewis County Jail after allegedly threatening their lives.

Ricky A. Satcher was detained on a $100,000 arrest warrant in a case investigated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

He was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court for a bail hearing, represented by temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller.

“Mr. Satcher has communicated, quite effectively I believe, he does believe he is the victim in this case,” Tiller told the judge.

Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain told Judge Joely O’Rourke he had significant concerns because authorities don’t know where all of Satcher’s firearms are.

When McClain noted he doesn’t know the defendant’s address, Satcher responded loudly, after having been asked already to direct his comments to his lawyer.

“I don’t have an address, Sir,” he said. “These people stole my land and stole my farm.”

He refused to sign the court documents put in front of him and the judge changed his bail from $100,000 to a no-bail hold.

Satcher is charged with felony telephone harassment related to alleged calls to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer.

He is also charged with two counts of felony harassment, threat to kill in connection with voice mail messages he allegedly left for Scott Blinks and Bill Hiller. Both are private practice lawyers with offices in Chehalis.

Charging documents in the case go back to February, when Satcher allegedly began leaving voice mail messages for the three attorneys, speaking of grievances he has with them, the current sheriff, the Lewis County Superior Court administrator, former Lewis County Superior Court  Judge H. John Hall and others, complaints he had made and suits he had filed.

Satcher subsequently left messages for the three in which he indicated he had verified with the Washington State Patrol he could make citizens arrest, would be doing that in the coming week, and advised they should not resist or he would use force to overcome such resistance, the charging documents relate.

In the profanity-laced voice mail, Satcher asserts he will be discrediting and exposing the criminal activity of Blinks, Hillier and Meyer, Prosecutor McClain wrote in the documents.

Blinks provided the detective with one voice message in which Satcher says he will get even with Blinks in the end. Hillier’s law firm reported Satcher left messages referring to Hillier’s daughter.

But at the beginning of this month, the detective listened to voice messages Satcher allegedly left for Blinks and Hillier, discussing the investigation and saying if certain things don’t work out, he has “other means” of taking care of things.

“After a pause, there is a clearly recognizable gun shot and Satcher says he is practicing to get justice …” McClain wrote.

Satcher allegedly made other comments, such as how his father was a military sniper and he was taught to always shoot in the head because you don’t want anything to move after you shoot it; and that as a farmer, he knows how to get justice.

At one point during the investigation, Satcher had brought a packet of documents to the sheriff’s office that appeared to relate to a 2012 investigation in which Satcher asserted certain property was his and charges were not filed. He was very angry and yelling and the detective could not readily follow him, McClain wrote.

Charging documents show Satcher with a home address on Layton Road in Toledo.

Judge O’Rourke yesterday appointed Chehalis attorney Chris Baum to represent Satcher. His arraignment is scheduled for next Thursday.

The charges were filed on Oct. 17 and Satcher was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Meyer said after the hearing, the Pacific County prosecutor is handling the case because Meyer is one of the victims, although Meyer’s name is not specifically noted in the information document filed.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 27th, 2017
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Updated at 1:58 p.m.

MORE THAN $2,500 CASH, GOLD COINS TAKEN IN PARKING LOT PROWL

• A 52-year-old man called Chehalis police about 3:50 p.m. yesterday to report someone had gotten inside his van while it was parked in a lot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue and stolen a black Wakefield computer bag containing a silver Apple MacBook and a black fanny pack which had inside of it $1,400 cash and approximately $1,300 worth of gold coins. He had left the van unlocked, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BIKE THEFT THWARTED

• A 24-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon after a resident from the 300 block of Ceres Hill Road called to report a red bicycle valued at $25 was stolen from his tool shop. The caller said he spotted a person walking east on state Route 6 and saw his family bike laying in a ditch, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies learned two children had seen a male riding the bike away from the residence, contacted the male and subsequently arrested him for second-degree burglary, according to the sheriff’s office. Michael S. Winegarden Jr., from Winlock, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

AUTO THEFT

• A deputy was called to the 1600 block of Bishop Road south of Chehalis yesterday morning where a silver 2012 Volkswagen Jetta had been stolen sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. While investigating, deputies learned of three vehicle prowls which had occurred in the same area between Wednesday and yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were contacted about 6:30 p.m. yesterday by an individual who said his vehicle was stolen during the night from the 200 block of East Chestnut Street. The vehicle was located, abandoned, in Mossyrock later in the day, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:50 a.m. yesterday to take a report that a locked 1993 Toyota pickup had been stolen during the night from the 1300 block of Northwest Maryland Avenue.

DISRUPTIVE PATIENT

• A 32-year-old Randle woman who allegedly caused a disruption inside the hospital was arrested yesterday evening, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 6:40 p.m. detained Kelly A. Holen and booked her into the Lewis County Jail for interfering with a health care facility and two outstanding warrants, according to police.

DISRUPTIVE PERSON

• Centralia police were called to the 1200 block of Lum Road about 8:45 a.m. yesterday where a 32-year-old Centralia man had allegedly thrown rocks at several vehicles and shoved one of the vehicle owners to the ground. Jason R. Ferris was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault and for malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 35-year-old Lynwood man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop about midnight on the 1600 block of Military Road in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said at first, Ryan M. Demaray gave a false name, but then it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant. A search incident to his arrest turned up two small baggies with residue and a white crystallized substance which field-tested positive for meth, according to Breen. Demaray was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Breen.

• Chehalis police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Northeast Adams Avenue when a search of a client’s items at admittance turned up paraphernalia or a controlled substance, which field-tested positive for heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Alex C. Edenstrom, 26, from Tumwater, was arrested for a drug violation and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 29-year-old Lacey resident detained for suspected shoplifting at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 9:45 a.m. yesterday was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act when a search incident to her arrest turned up a substance suspected to be heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Stephanie A. Bulldis was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Riverside Fire Authority responded to a three-vehicle collision on southbound Interstate 5 near Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 4:40 a.m. today. All occupants were out of the vehicles, but one driver was transported to Providence Centralia hospital with non life threatening injuries, according to Fire Capt. Erik Olson.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, driving with suspended license, fourth-degree assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, disorderly person, harassment, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation … and more among 169 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, October 26th, 2017
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Updated at 5:25 p.m.

ROBBERY

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to take a report from a 14-year-old boy who reported three older juveniles stole $3 from him and punched him in the face as he was walking to school along the 2900 block of block of Borst Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. He said he did not know them, did not see where they came from or see where they went afterward, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road at 10:20 a.m. yesterday where a red 1994 Honda Civic had been stolen. The two-door car with black racing stripes has a license plate reading BCH 6800, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIREARM STOLEN

• Chehalis police were called to the Lewis County senior center on the 2500 block of North National Avenue about 7:40 p.m. yesterday after a Glock 9 mm, two knives and a wallet belonging to someone teaching a class disappeared from a back room where they had been stored temporarily. Police are looking for a person suspected of taking the items when he was allowed to look through some spare clothing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD

• An officer was called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to take a report that several hundred dollars were stolen from an individual’s bank account in a case associated with the 200 block of Tilley Road in Centralia.

TOOL TAKEN

• Centralia police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday to take a report that an angle grinder was stolen from the 1100 block of North Pearl Street. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MAIL

• The theft of mail from the 3000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia was reported at 12:10 p.m. yesterday.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

• Chehalis police were called to W.F. West High School about 12:30 p.m. yesterday about a suspected marijuana violation. One person was arrested but not booked, but further details were not readily available, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to W.F. West High School about 2 p.m. yesterday for minor allegedly in possession of alcohol. One person was arrested and then released, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DISORDERLY PERSON

• Chehalis police were called about 2:40 p.m. yesterday about a disorderly person at the 1700 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue and ended up assisting Cascade Mental Health, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The 25-year-old man from Aberdeen allegedly kicked an officer in the leg, and a case is being referred to prosecutors for possible charges, according to police. The man was not booked.

DISRUPTIVE PATIENT

• A 55-year-old Centralia man who allegedly refused to leave after he was discharged from the hospital was arrested last night for interfering with a health care facility. Officers called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 7:30 p.m. were told Randy W. Hausinger was causing a disruption, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called to the 800 block of South Market Boulevard about 8:10 a.m. yesterday to take a report of graffiti left on a fire hydrant and also a back porch.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Chehalis police called just before 4 a.m. today for a vehicle accident at the 1500 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in which a van was hanging over the edge of a parking lot with nobody in it located a pair of 15-year-old boys nearby who disassociated themselves from the incident, according to the Chehalis Police Department. However, further investigation led an officer to arrest the teens for taking a motor vehicle without permission and book them in to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police. They are from Tumwater and Olympia, police said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, misdemeanor theft, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault, making false statement to police officer; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 154 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Prosecutor alleges: Chehalis teen posing as woman tricked another teen into sharing naked pictures

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A hearing to decide whether a Chehalis teenager’s felony case will be moved to adult court for alleged extortion in sexting activities has been postponed until next month.

The boy, now 16, was taken into custody last month after being summonsed to Lewis County Juvenile Court.

The investigation began a year ago, after a 16-year-old Chehalis boy revealed he had been communicating online with someone he thought was a 19-year-old woman, who shared images and a video of herself unclothed and in exchange, he shared similar-type images and a video of himself back, according to court documents.

The supposed 19-year-old woman then wanted more pornographic images of the 16-year-old and threatened to share what she already had with all his friends and family, the documents relate. When the victim refused, some of the pictures were sent to the 16-year-old’s younger brother and also a girl at W.F. West High School, according to the documents.

The investigation which began with the FBI and continued starting last November with a detective from the Chehalis Police Department led to a suspect, a 15-year-old Chehalis boy allegedly posing as the 19-year-old woman, according to court documents.

The teenagers had been using Instagram and Snapchat.

When the 15-year-old was interviewed, he allegedly admitted “extorting” sexually explicit photos from more than 30 people, according to the allegations.

Charges were filed against the suspect, now 16, on Sept. 25 of this year. He was charged in Lewis County Juvenile Court with one count each of second-degree extortion, first-degree possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and first-degree dealing in depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit.

When he went to court on Oct. 10, a judge ordered him into the custody of the  Lewis County Juvenile Justice Center. On the same day, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed a motion for a declination hearing, to determine whether the court should decline to exercise juvenile court jurisdiction and instead transfer the case to Lewis County Superior Court where he would be handled as an adult.

The suspect is represented by a retained attorney, Jonathan Feste with the Law Offices of Benjamin and Healy in Bellevue, according to a notice filed the following day.

The so-called decline hearing was scheduled for yesterday, but both parties requested it be moved to Nov. 29 at 1:15 p.m., according to court documents.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
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Updated at 11:44 a.m.

SUSPECTED FRAUD CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were contacted just before 11:30 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of funds from an organization in a case associated with the 2700 block of West Reynolds Avenue. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called to the 300 block of Southwest Fifth Street about 5:30 p.m. yesterday to take a report someone had stolen power tools from a garage.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called to the 1300 block of Southwest William Avenue about 4:50 p.m. yesterday where someone had prowled a vehicle, taking a wallet and prescription medication, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to a business at the 1500 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue yesterday where someone had siphoned fuel from a van.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue yesterday to take a report of malicious mischief that had occurred over the weekend. Someone had gone onto the roof of a building, removed a grate and used a plastic bottle to plug a drain, causing water damage inside, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND FROM MORTON

• Morton police were contacted on Friday night by an individual who said the windows of her car were all broken out while she was visiting at the 100 block of Second Street. Police are investigating.

• An employee at the 500 block of Adams Avenue in Morton reported to police last week that her car was vandalized on three separate occasions while she was working, with somebody leaving bloody mucous substance on the car window. Early this week the Morton Police Department indicated they had no suspects.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, misdemeanor  theft, suspicious circumstances … 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.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
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PE ELL FIRE INVESTIGATION

• A fire that damaged a house and a recreational vehicle in Pe Ell this weekend remains under investigation. Firefighters called just after 3 o’clock on Saturday morning to the Central Avenue blaze found the RV that caught fire was parked right next to the home and then flames spread into the eaves and attic, according to fire investigator Ted McCarty. Nobody was hurt, McCarty said.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called at 6:04 a.m. today for a burglary or theft at the 300 block of South Market Boulevard. Further details were unavailable.

• Centralia police were called at 1:05 p.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Lum Road where a male was reported to have stolen several coats. No arrest was made, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INJURY

• Medics and police were called to a report of a head injury at a drinking establishment at the 500 block of Northwest Pacific Avenue in Chehalis at 11:18 a.m. yesterday. Further details were unavailable.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, hit and run, suspicious circumstances … and more among 137 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, October 23rd, 2017
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Updated at 6:19 p.m.

TOLEDO PEDESTRIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED

• A 32-year-old Toledo man was airlifted from Providence Centralia Hospital to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma with a possible head injury after an encounter with a pickup truck early Sunday morning at the 100 block of Mulford Road near Vader. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the circumstances of what occurred. Deputies responding about 1:30 a.m. yesterday learned the victim had opened the passenger door of the Chevrolet S110 pickup in which his significant other was a passenger and the truck sped away, but when it stopped about 200 feet later, witnesses saw the victim was laying on his back unconscious, according to the sheriff’s office. Witnesses didn’t see how he ended up on the ground though, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen. Breen said the truck was being driven by a 50-year-old Vader man and deputies were told the victim and his significant other had been recently going through relationship “issues.”

BURGLARY

• Two boys questioned after a residence was ransacked on the 600 block of B Street in Vader yesterday reportedly said they thought the house was abandoned and it was okay to go inside, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Friends of the 27-year-old homeowner had arrived about 2 p.m. and found items damaged, including two televisions and a glass table top, and items missing, such as a paint sprayer, according to the sheriff’s office. A neighbor reported seeing two young people riding away on bicycles, pulling a wagon between about 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The total loss is more than $1,000, Breen said. The suspects are Vader residents, ages 10 and 14, according to Breen. The case will be forwarded to prosecutors for evaluation of charges of second-degree burglary.

• An apartment on the 700 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia was broken into overnight, according to a report made to police about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

YARD THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday following the discovery a a hot tub cover had been stolen during the night from a fenced yard on the 2200 block of North Tower Avenue.

BUSINESS BREAK-IN

• Chehalis police were called about 7:10 a.m. on Sunday by someone who found the front door to a business pried open at the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue. Nobody was inside and nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were contacted just after 1 p.m. yesterday regarding a green 1996 Honda Accord stolen from the 200 block of West Plum Street. It was recovered later in the day in Tumwater, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday after a white 2001 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Softail motorcycle was stolen from the 2400 block of Seward Avenue in Centralia.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 6:35 a.m. today to the 1000 block of H Street to take a report that sometime during the night someone stole vehicle batteries, damaging the cables.

• An air compressor and staple gun were stolen from a vehicle on the 1800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:25 a.m. today.

• Centralia police were called about a vehicle prowl at the 200 block of South Silver Street about 9:40 a.m. on Friday. A back pack and money were stolen during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FAKE MONEY

• Chehalis police were called to the 1600 Block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 12:30 p.m. yesterday following the discovery of three counterfeit $50 bills.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 a.m. on Friday by an individual who reported they were following a group of teens who smashed pumpkins at Eighth Street and Cascade Avenue in Chehalis.

OTHER INCIDENTS

• A 55-year-old homeless man was arrested for interfering with a healthcare facility after police were called just before 3 a.m. on Saturday to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road. Randy W. Hausinger was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School on the 300 block of Southwest 11th Street about 11:40 a.m. on Friday to take a report that an 18-year-old student-inmate had allegedly taken a swing at an employee after taking an item off a food cart when he was not supposed to, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for an outstanding warrant and then for possession of methamphetamine following contact with police about 5:30 a.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia. Briget J. Parker, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 22-year-old Yelm resident was arrested for theft and possession of methamphetamine after neighbors at the 1100 block of Highway 603 witnessed a Mongoose XR250 bike being stolen about 3:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies located a suspect, Michael D. Seidel, and booked him in to the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A traffic stop of an erratic vehicle at the northbound Interstate 5 exit 77 off ramp about 4:45 a.m. on Friday led to the arrest of two people for outstanding warrants and possession of heroin, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were  Brian L. West, 33, of Lacey and Jamie L. Chesterfield, 24, of Yelm, according to the sheriff’s office. A case for possession of a dangerous weapon is being referred to prosecutors in connection with West, because of a spring-blade knife that was found, Chief Deputy Breen said.

CAR CATCHES FIRE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious vehicle fire that occurred about 5:20 a.m. on Saturday at the 900 block of Muller Road near Pe Ell. Deputies arriving about 6:30 a.m. were told the property owner heard a loud bang, looked outside and saw the car burning, according to the sheriff’s office. The 2007 Dodge Caliber being stored there for a 70-year-old man who moved to Kansas, had not run in about two years and did not have a working battery, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• The driver was injured and a pickup truck sustained heavy damage when it traveled off the 200 block of Wigley Road in Centralia and into a power pole and then a small tree yesterday afternoon. Firefighters and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched about 4:35 p.m. Bystanders had helped the driver out and AMR transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The extent of injuries was unknown, Capt. Erik Olson stated.

• A 29-year-old driver was injured when her car crossed over the oncoming lane and into an earthen bank on state Route 7 about 10 miles north of Morton on Saturday afternoon, according to the Washington State Patrol. The 2015 Toyota Corolla was totaled and Sindy J. Avila Gutierrez was transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol. Troopers called about 4:35 p.m. to the scene indicate the Woodburn, Oregon woman was to be cited for speeding, dangerously distracted driving and driving with a suspended license.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, unlawful transit conduct, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, giving false statement to police; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, harassment, shoplifting, vandalism, civil issue, vehicle collision, hit and run, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation, male laying outside on the ground crying,  male sobbing and crying in the rain on a street corner, male outside screaming yelling and having a breakdown, male laying in a parking lot who jumped up and into a dumpster and started yelling for help … and more among 479 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Honoring Sheriff Wiester

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The Board of (Lewis) County Commissioners proclaimed today Sheriff William H. “Bill” Wiester Day throughout the county to recognize the former sheriff’s contributions to public service.

Wiester passed away Sept. 21, at age 91. A celebration of life was scheduled for today at Bethel Church of the Assemblies of God, south of Chehalis.

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William H. “Bill” Wiester
1926 – 2017

He was the longest serving sheriff in the county’s history, first elected in 1966 and continuing in the position for 20 years.

County commissioners in issuing their proclamation noted how Wiester started with the sheriff’s office as the resident deputy in Randle, was a long-time first aid instructor and was instrumental in initiating the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program.

He served as president of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

“He was proud of his time spent with his bloodhounds, Ole Blue and Maggie, and his reputation for search-and-rescue missions proceeded him, with state other and local agencies contacting him to spearhead searches for missing children,” the document stated.

In May of 1980, after the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens, U.S. Army leaders turned to the three county sheriffs with jurisdiction over the blast zone and the Toledo Airport where search and rescue operations were based, and suggested it would work best if the three chose a leader to represent their group. They chose Sheriff Wiester.

Wiester was born Jan. 9, 1926, living in Morton, according to his obituary, and after high school went into military service as a Merchant Marine. His work before law enforcement included a state fire warden, a cannery worker and logging. He married Jeanne Olson on March 1, 1945 and they raised three children.

“The sheriff’s reputation as a gifted storyteller and his steadfast dedication to public service has created a legacy that will be remembered by many for generations,” the Lewis County BOCC wrote.

Twenty-one picked up in Lewis County warrant sweep

Friday, October 20th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Washington State Patrol served 21 warrants yesterday as part of an annual event focused on outstanding domestic violence warrants.

Law enforcement officers yesterday made 111 service attempts, resulting in four felony warrant arrests and 17 misdemeanor arrests.

While the main focus of the sweep was domestic violence warrants, other non-domestic violence warrants were also attempted, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

“This event demonstrates the strong partnerships between Lewis County law enforcement, the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office and the courts,” Sheriff Robert Snaza stated in a press release. “Through this successful sweep we were able to increase public safety, while holding those accountable who break the law.”

The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office, Lewis County District Court and the court-contracted defense attorney were also involved, and were instrumental in the efficiency of the operation, according to the press release.

The collaborative sweep was part of the 15th Annual National Domestic Violence Warrant Sweep