Archive for December, 2017

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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HAMMER ASSAULT

• A 29-year-old woman was arrested for second-degree assault after allegedly swinging a hammer at her father, striking him in the hip last night. Deputies called about 7:45 p.m. to the 100 block of Larmon Road booked Hayley R. Smith into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

STAB THREAT

• Centralia police called just before 8:30 p.m. yesterday about a disorderly person at the 1500 block of View Avenue ended up arresting the person, who allegedly threatened to stab officers. Shane A. Mendoza, 28, of Centralia, reportedly resisted when he was arrested for obstructing a law enforcement officer. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

PORCH PILFERING

• A propane heater was stolen from a porch at the 700 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 6:40 a.m. today.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just after 5 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of South Market Boulevard to take a report of missing items from a residence, including coins, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 9:25 a.m. yesterday to take a report from an individual at the 1100 block of Crosby Avenue of an unauthorized charge to his debit card. The This case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A deputy was called about 11:35 p.m. yesterday to take a report that a 45-year-old Winlock woman had taken a vehicle without permission from the 2700 block of Highway 603 on Monday afternoon. The suspect and the missing silver 2003 BMW 530 are believed to be headed to southern California, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It has a license plate reading BHS 8168, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called yesterday about an overnight vehicle prowl at the 800 block of South Pearl Street in which sunglasses and $20 were taken.

FAKE BILL

• Centralia police were called about 8:30 p.m. yesterday to a business at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue where a man in his 40s had allegedly passed a fake $10 bill.

UNWELCOME SLEEPER

• Chehalis police were called about 12:50 a.m. today to the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue for a male sleeping in front of a store who would not wake up. The reporting party indicated the individual was intoxicated and wanted police to move him along.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, violation of no contact order, fourth-degree domestic assault, third-degree domestic malicious mischief, physical control of motor vehicle under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, harassment, suspicious circumstances … and more among 150 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Centralia teen held on $150,000 bail for motel robbery of ex-boyfriend

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
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Maria I. Sevilla-Martinez meets with temporary defense attorney Kevin Nelson prior to her bail hearing in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 17-year-old Centralia girl was arrested yesterday and charged in adult court today for her alleged involvement in an incident at a Centralia motel last week in which a man was robbed of his wallet, money and car after being struck over the head with a pistol.

The victim told police he had arranged via text messages to meet an ex-girlfriend at the motel on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue to have sex, but when he entered the room, he was immediately hit in the head by a male hiding behind the door, according to court documents.

In the room with his ex-girlfriend were two other females and a second male, according to the documents.

Maria I. Sevilla-Martinez, 17, was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court charged with first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello asked that she be held on $500,000 bail.

Temporary defense attorney Kevin Nelson asked for lesser bail, noting Sevilla-Martinez lives with her parents in Centralia, has a child and that the state had alleged no affirmative conduct on her part.

Judge Joely O’Rourke imposed $150,000 bail and determined Sevilla-Martinez would be housed at the Lewis County Jail, although separate from the adult population.

Masiello said after the hearing he was not aware of any of the other suspects yet being arrested.

Charging documents state that Centralia police were called on Wednesday to the motel, where they spoke with Jose Ramirez-Ruz, who was bleeding from his head.

Ramirez-Ruz told police he had been assaulted by the two males, both of whom were armed, according to charging documents. He said the males took his wallet and the keys to his vehicle and said if he left the room, people outside would shoot him, the documents relate.

All five of the individuals left, taking his Subaru, then he called police, Lewis County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher wrote in the affidavit regarding probable cause. Centralia police police last week described the stolen vehicle as a black 1995 Suburban.

Police described the suspects as in their late teens to early 20s and the victim as a man in his 30s.

A police detective viewed video surveillance footage and observed it showed Sevilla-Martinez as one of the females leaving the room and contacted her yesterday at her home in Centralia, placing her under arrest.

Given her age and the level of the charge, the state charged her in adult court, as it is an auto-decline circumstance, according to Meagher.
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For background, read “Vehicle, money stolen by armed suspects in Centralia” from Thursday December 7, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
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Updated at 1:03 p.m.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called just after 6 a.m. today regarding a burglary at the 3600 block of Galvin Road in which mechanic’s tools were stolen from a shop building.

AUTO THEFT

• A grey 1993 Honda Accord was reported stolen about 2:20 p.m. yesterday from the 1000 block of North Scheuber Road in Centralia. The four-door car has a license plate reading BHF 5870, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• The theft of jewelry was reported about 5:15 a.m. today at the 900 block of K Street in Centralia. A suspect was identified and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 800 block of North Tower Avenue in which multiple brass water meters were stolen. A suspect has been identified and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called to the 100 block of Compton Road in Morton yesterday following the discovery someone had prowled a vehicle parked inside a carport and stolen a package of cough drops and phone chargers. It happened between 12:45 a.m. and 3:15 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• Centralia police were called 11:30 a.m. yesterday to the 800 block of Eshom Road for a juvenile allegedly in possession of marijuana. The case is being referred to prosecutors for charging, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A window to house was discovered damaged after the tenants were evicted at the 400 block of South Buckner Street in Centralia. Police were called about 7:45 a.m. yesterday to investigate, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, third-degree domestic malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, suicidal person, 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.

Vader indoor marijuana nursery shut down

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man arrested in Vader smiled and thanked detectives when they complimented him on how nice his indoor marijuana growing operation was, according to court documents.

Heip D. Doan, 33, allegedly told Lewis County sheriff’s detectives he had multiple growing operations when he lived in California and had not yet started the paperwork to get permits for his ventures in Washington, the documents relate.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office had just finished seizing and loading up 674 mature plants from the property on the 700 block of B Street in Vader on Friday evening when Doan arrived to the home he said he rents from his sister-in-law. He looked at the back of the transport truck and said, “You’re taking my stuff,” court documents state.

Doan was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Initiative 502 , voted into law in November 2012, made it legal for for individuals 21 or older to possess as much as one ounce of marijuana and also set up rules under which licensees may cultivate and package the greens and related products in Washington state.

Lewis County leaders chose to require applicants to provide approval from the federal government, which still outlaws marijuana, so no such businesses can operate legally in unincorporated Lewis County.

Doan was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with manufacture of marijuana, a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller asked for the bail to be unsecured, and to take into consideration her client’s prior service in the U.S. Navy in Washington, and honorable discharge.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello noted the defendant had no prior convictions or warrants but said his driver’s license indicates he lives in San Jose, California.

Judge Joely O’Rourke imposed $25,000 bail.

His arraignment was initially scheduled for Thursday, but Tiller told the judge Doan has a court date in California on Wednesday and asked for his arraignment here to be set on Dec. 21.

Masiello said there was a December 2016 arrest in California for driving under the influence.

The judge agreed Doan could fly to California for his hearing, returning on Friday but required him to check in with the court on Monday.

While the outbuilding where Doan allegedly grew marijuana was across the street from Vader City Hall, local authorities only learned about it because Doan’s driver’s license was found at a home in Pacific County where Doan’s brother was arrested two weeks ago for unlawful marijuana growing.

Lewis County sheriff’s detectives began investigating and found the brother was a previous Lewis County PUD customer at the Vader property and Doan was the current customer, according to court documents. The electricity bill was unusually high, at $600 for a two-month period, according to court documents.

Deputies conducted surveillance at the Vader location twice, observing a residence, a garage and a large green outbuilding, which had all its windows “blacked out”, according to charging documents.

Some of the clues included a detectives detecting the odor of unburnt marijuana from 200 feet away, a humming noise consistent with the use of lights and fans, and a stack of potting soil packages and containers of liquid fertilizer they saw through a garage window, according to court documents.

When they executed the search warrant on Friday, they found the green outbuilding had been divided into three rooms, filled with growing marijuana plants.

“The rooms were all set up with ventilation into carbon filters and had lighting attached to programmable timers,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio wrote in the affidavit regarding probable cause.

Deputies confiscated the plants and the the growing equipment, as well as more than $2,500 cash and several pieces of indicia from inside the house.

This arrest was tied to a growing operation in Grayland in Pacific County, but Sheriff Rob Snaza said it’s all tied together to the huge investigation in that began in Grays Harbor County.

On Nov. 28, the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force oversaw a series of at least 50 search warrants getting served there, in Thurston County and in King County following an investigation into illegal marijuana growing operations by Chinese nationals. They had learned of numerous homes being purchased for that purpose, primarily for cash.
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For background, read “Illegal marijuana growing by Chinese nationals targeted in Grays Harbor County” from Tuesday November 28, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
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THEFT AND FRAUD

• A burglary to an unoccupied residence was reported just after 3 p.m. yesterday at the 400 block of South King Street in Centralia.

• A 39-year-old Olympia woman was arrested for forgery yesterday evening in a case associated with the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia. The case is also being referred to prosecutors for possible charge of fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Jessica M. Resto was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called about 1:40 p.m. yesterday to investigate a theft at the 300 block of Southwest 13th Street.

• Chehalis police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday for a case of suspected fraud associated with the 500 block of West Main Street.

• Police were called to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 2:40 p.m. yesterday following the discovery a person or persons had passed two counterfeit $100 bills.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 20-year-old Silver Creek resident was arrested for driving under the influence and minor in possession of alcohol after a single-vehicle wreck about 5 p.m. yesterday at the 500 block of Gish Road in Onalaska. The 2003 Acura RSX was totaled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. James C. Cheney was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 57-year-old Chehalis man looking at Christmas trees at the edge of a retail parking lot in Chehalis was struck by a van yesterday, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police and aid were called at 1:30 p.m. to the 1700 block of North National Avenue, but he declined medical treatment, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, third-degree theft, probation violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 134 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

News brief: Motorcyclist dies after crashing into truck

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Updated at 6:10 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 57-year-old man from Rochester is dead after his motorcycle hit a pickup truck head on yesterday evening on a county road east of Napavine.

Law enforcement and aid were called at 4:55 p.m. to the scene just east of Interstate 5 and north of state Route 508.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said the motorcyclist was westbound on Forest-Napavine Road East and swerved when an east bound truck pulling a flatbed trailer went to turn north onto Kirkland Road.

“He hit a Ford F150 pickup head on,” Chief Deputy Breen said.

Nobody else was injured and the Rochester man was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Breen. Kelvin Winterowd died at the hospital, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Personnel from the Washington State Patrol assisted with investigation. Breen said one of the items they will be trying to determine is if the motorcycle’s headlight was turned on.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 11th, 2017
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DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called when firefighters tending to a 31-year-old patient spotted a bag of white powder the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue just before 10 p.m. on Saturday. Christina R. Montgomery, of Olympia, was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police called to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue just after 1 p.m. on Saturday for a suspected shoplifter located two small  plastic bags containing a white crystal substance that field tested positive for meth and arrested the suspect for possession of methamphetamine and third-degree theft. Robert J. Simkins, 36, from Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 17-year-old Chehalis boy was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when a search incident to his arrest for suspected shoplifting at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 5:45 p.m. on Friday turned up a plastic bag with a white crystal substance that field tested positive for meth and a smoking device, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

BURGLARY

• Someone stole a small early 1900’s Sears wood stove from a shed at the 2900 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4 p.m. on Friday.

• Centralia police were called about 6:20 p.m. on Friday to take a report that a known person went into a residence in violation of a protection order at the 500 block of Yew Street and took items.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of South Tower Avenue just before 10 a.m. on Saturday where a 1948 Plymouth Deluxe Coupe was reported as stolen by a business that had closed its doors recently.

•  A copper 2008 Harley Davidson Ultra Glide motorcycle was stolen during the night from the 700 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:20 a.m. on Saturday. It has an Oregon license plate reading 9041712, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 6:20 p.m. yesterday to a report of the theft of an LED light bar from a vehicle at the 800 block of South Silver Street.

• Centralia police were called at 12:25 p.m. on Saturday regarding the theft of clothing, keys and paperwork from an unlocked vehicle at the 600 block of Jefferson Street.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to the 500 block of Southwest William Avenue to take a report that at about 10 p.m. on Friday someone threw a rock, damaging a home’s window.

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday to take  report that someone had vandalized a car while it was parked in a lot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

• Police were called to the 100 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia about 3:30 p.m. on Friday where an individual wearing all black was observed kicking, and causing damage to, a parked vehicle. The suspect has been identified and police are looking for him, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT BY CHILD

• Centralia police were called about 11:15 a.m. on Friday to the 800 block of Field Avenue where an 11-year-old allegedly punched another student and a faculty member. The case is being referred to prosecutors for possible charges of fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 43-year-old Oakville resident was arrested for driving under the influence after a two-vehicle collision at the 1100 block of Reynolds Avenue in Centralia at about 5:10 p.m. on Friday. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says Bernie J. Madison was behind the wheel of a Ford Ranger when he pulled out, failed to yield and collided with a Nissan Altima. The 19-year-old driver of the Nissan was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with minor injuries and Madison was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. There were two juvenile passengers in the Nissan, Chief Deputy Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, third-degree theft, fourth-degree assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, operating motor vehicle without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, shoplifting, vehicle collision, criminal impersonation, suspicious circumstances … and more among 416 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

News brief: Illegal marijuana cultivation discovered in Vader

Monday, December 11th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports they discovered an illegal marijuana growing operation at a Vader address which they learned of through their assistance to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office with three similar grows last month.

Chief Deputy Breen said they executed a search warrant the the 700 block of B Street in Friday where they located 674 mature plants and arrested a suspect.

It happened around 11 a.m. and while law enforcement was present, a 33-year-old man from San Jose, California arrived to the property. Heip D. Doan was arrested for manufacture and possession of marijuana and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Breen said.

Breen said deputies had helped Pacific County serve three warrants on Nov. 29 and learned of a possible nexus to an address in the Vader area. They began investigating and found it had been occurring since May of this year, Breen said.

Doan is tentatively scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

Wal-Mart stabbing case ends with plea deal on lesser charge

Friday, December 8th, 2017
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Jose F. Chagolla Flores and his lawyer face a judge in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Eighteen-year-old Jose F. Chagolla Flores of Onalaska is off to prison today, with an 18-month sentence for stabbing another teenager who punched him in the face in the Chehalis Wal-Mart’s parking lot.

Instead of going to trial, charged with first-degree assault, Chagolla Flores entered into a plea deal with prosecutors.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead told the judge the reason: It was a case of possible self defense.

“There is evidence the victim was the aggressor,” Halstead said.

Halstead’s comments came on Tuesday morning in Lewis County Superior Court in front of Judge Andrew Toynbee.

Exactly what a group of young people were doing there the night of Oct. 5 is uncertain. Chehalis police were called about two males fighting but when officers arrived they were gone.

Seventeen-year-old Bryce Friedley of Chehalis turned up at Providence Centralia Hospital and was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Chagolla Flores pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Nov. 30, a felony with a standard sentencing range of three to nine months. But he pleaded guilty to the committing the crime with a deadly weapon, which means 12 more months.

Defense attorney Chris Baum told the judge it was a tough case in many ways, one in which everyone could acknowledge there was “bad blood.”

The victim’s mother tearfully addressed the court, her voice breaking as she described the trip to the trauma center in Seattle and the hours-long wait before she finally saw her son, on life support.

She addressed the defendant, telling him choices have consequences.

“You chose to use that knife as self defense,” she said. “That choice could have cost you my son’s life. I pray you learn to do better.”

Judge Toynbee pointed out that if Chagolla Flores had gone to trial and been convicted as originally charged he would have been facing a possible sentence of nine years plus nine months.

“Now we’re looking at 15 to 20 months,” he said.

“The injury to Mr. Friedley was so significant,” Toynbee said. “But I can’t isolate that from the facts of this case.”

Judge Toynbee chose the middle of the standard sentencing range, six months, plus an additional 12 months for the weapon enhancement.

Chagolla Flores will be subject to 18 months of community custody after his release. And the judge ordered no contact with the victim for 10 years.

The Oct. 5 episode was followed a week later with several of the victim’s family and friends arrested for allegedly taking baseball bats to Chagolla Flores’s 19-year-old friend in Adna. Then in mid-November, Friedley and his brother were arrested for allegedly being two of four males who initiated an armed encounter with other teenagers near Penny Playground in Chehalis.

Prosecutors have suggested there are gang overtones to the cases.
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For background read, “Chehalis Wal-Mart stabbing suspect says teen hit him first” from Tuesday October 10, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 8th, 2017
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DATE LEADS TO LOSS OF WALLET

• Centralia police were called about 3:25 a.m. today when a woman reported her wallet and cell phone were stolen when she met up with a male at a motel on the 1000 block of Eckerson Road, who she had met the online dating service, Plenty of Fish. She only knew his first name, but at least one bank card and cash were taken as well, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT GREEN HILL SCHOOL

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School yesterday afternoon to take a report of an incident from two weeks earlier in which a student-inmate allegedly kicked a staff member. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for custodial assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 9:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a wallet stolen from an unlocked vehicle at the 400 block of South Rock Street.

DRUGS

• A 54-year-old Toledo man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when a “glass smoking device” was discovered after he was detained for third-degree driving with a suspended license at about 10:45 p.m. yesterday in the 200 block of St. Helens Way in Winlock. Shane S. Speers was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 35-year-old driver and his 28-year-old passenger were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday after he lost control of his pickup truck on an icy corner at the 1200 block of Pe Ell-McDonald Road west of Chehalis. Deputies called about 4 p.m. to the scene found the Chevrolet K20 had rolled and landed on its side in the eastbound lane, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The truck sustained major damage and the driver suffered possible broken bones, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

• A 66-year-old man was in serious condition yesterday after a vehicle collision at Yew and Main streets in Centralia involving a medical emergency in which a bystander performed CPR before the fire department arrived, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The Centralia Police Department reports an officer was dispatched to a two-vehicle collision with no injuries at that location at 2:47 p.m. The victim was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and later transferred to St Peters Hospital in Olympia, according to the fire department. RFA tweeted it was called at 2:45 p.m. to that location for a one-car collision.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, third-degree malicious mischief, fourth-degree domestic assault, driving with suspended license, operating motor vehicle without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances; complaint of individual playing guitar in front of a business while companion asked people for money … 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.

Centralia: Three dogs, four parrots without food, water while owner in jail

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 47-year-old Centralia man was summonsed to Lewis County Superior Court yesterday, charged with animal cruelty in a case that was discovered by a neighbor this summer.

A Centralia animal control officer was dispatched to a home on South Buckner Street, where a woman said her neighbor had not been around for days, his dogs had been barking for hours and when she checked, she found they were without food or water, according to court papers.

Four exotic birds in cages at the front window inside the home had only empty water dishes and empty shells in their food dishes. One, an African Gray parrot, was laying face down and deceased the documents relate.

The owner, Llewellyn A. Roy, was located at the Lewis County Jail, where he been booked after an arrest more than three days earlier.

Charging documents state a necropsy showed the parrot had died of dehydration and starvation.

The neighbor described a bull dog which seemed in better condition than two very thin Mastiff’s with eye infections, one of them in an kennel with a floor compacted with feces, and open sores on its legs, according to the allegations.

Animal Control Officer Jennifer Krueger reported the shape the animals were in would have taken weeks to develop.

Roy is charged with first-degree animal cruelty and second-degree animal cruelty.

When he arrived to the courtroom yesterday afternoon, he used a walker.

Temporary defense attorney Kevin Nelson told the judge Roy owns his home and makes about $2,000 a month, but medical and living expenses take up all of it. He was assigned a court-appointed lawyer.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher asked that  Roy be allowed release on a $5,000 unsecured bond. Judge Joely O’Rourke agreed.

After the brief court hearing, outside the courtroom, Roy said he didn’t want to comment on his case, but said there was “more” to it.

Charging documents indicate the call to animal control came on July 19, a Wednesday at mid-morning. Centralia police had arrested for Roy for driving under the influence on Plum Street just before midnight on Saturday, July 15, and booked him into jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Animal Control Officer Krueger reported that after she first spoke to the neighbor, and learned the dogs had been given water, she contacted Roy at the jail asking permission to go into his home to care for the animals, according to charging documents.

He told her he wanted his parents to take care of them, but when she contacted the parents, they wanted nothing to do with it, the documents relate.

Krueger stated in her report that when she and another officer entered the home, she was hit with the stench of dirty dog, cigarettes, urine and feces. She observed garbage all over the floor and a small table in front of a chair that was covered with prescription bottles and beer cans.

The bird cages had not been cleaned in a long time, which contributed to the smell in the house, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello wrote in the court documents.

The animals were taken so they could be cared for, according to Masiello.

Roy’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
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GUN CRIME

• A 19-year-old Toledo resident who allegedly was suffering from mental health conditions and pointed a gun at two family members last night was arrested for first-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called about 8 p.m. to the 500 block of Evans Road in Toledo were eventually able to contact Nicholas W. Nichols and book him into the Lewis County Jail, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

RANDLE BURGLARY SUSPECTS BOOKED

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports that yesterday they arrested two suspects in a Nov. 21 break-in to a home in the 100 block of Beryl Road in Randle in which numerous pieces of jewelry were stolen. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary was Jennifer A. Rasmussen, 18 and for second-degree burglary was Jason A. Rowland, 27, according to the sheriff’s office. Both are Randle residents.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to take a report from an individual who said he was being extorted for money by someone he met on Facebook.

DRUGS

• A 53-year-old homeless man taken into custody for outstanding warrants just after 2 p.m. yesterday at Buckner and Locust streets in Centralia was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Timothy L. Baxter was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called just after 3 p.m. yesterday to take a report of windows damaged with a BB gun at the 600 block of South Tower Avenue.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree domestic malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 143 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Vehicle, money stolen by armed suspects in Centralia

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An individual was robbed of his wallet, money and car after being struck over the head with a pistol yesterday in Centralia and five suspects are at large, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Centralia police called just after noon yesterday to a motel on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue were told a male fled in the victim’s black 1995 Suburban, while three females and another male left in separate vehicle, according to police.

The suspects are described as in their late teens to early 20s.

The missing Suburban has a Washington license plate reading BIA4104, according to police.

The victim, a man in his 30s, sustained a non-life threatening injury to his head and was treated at the scene, according to Sgt. Dave Clary.

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CORRECTION: This news item has been updated to correct the number of suspects police are looking for.

Mediation scheduled over Hank the dog

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
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Jason Estimo and his son Buddy play with Hank on the floor. / Courtesy photo by Jan Propp-Estimo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lawyers involved in the case of Hank the Centralia dog are meeting for mediation on the matter this week.

Lewis County Civil Deputy Prosecutor David Fine said yesterday that he, attorney John Justice and animal attorney Adam Karp will meet with a mediator on Friday afternoon in Olympia.

A preliminary injunction was issued on Oct. 18, allowing the pit bull terrier to be freed while the case continued in the courts.

Hank the dog went home to his Centralia family that day.

Jann Propp-Estimo adopted the animal from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in January, but the county impounded him in May, after discovering Hank was actually a dog named Tank which the county had previously designated a dangerous dog because he was implicated with his mother in the killing of two goats in Winlock last year, and was destined to be put down.

Propp-Estimo and her lawyer have been fighting in court since then to prevent the dog from being euthanized.

She says he is doing well.

“He’s very happy,” Propp-Estimo said today. “He came away a little bit needy from the shelter, but we just keep working on that.”

Fine declined to discuss further the planned mediation.

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Hank on his way home the day he was sprung from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in October. / Courtesy photo by Jan Propp-Estimo

Tinney wins Lewis County clerk race, barely

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Appointed Lewis County Clerk Scott Tinney won the tight race for election, according to a recount of votes conducted yesterday.

He will be sworn in at 3 p.m. today.

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Scott Tinney

Tinney and Deputy Clerk Carla Shannon, both Republicans, both ran for the office in the November election, to fill out the term of Lewis County Clerk Kathy Brack who vacated the position last year. Tinney has been in the role since then, appointed by the Board of (Lewis) County Commissioners.

The election was certified last week, with Tinney ahead by just 38 votes, prompting yesterday’s machine recount by the elections division in the Lewis County Auditors Office.

The process turned up one more vote for Tinney, Chief Deputy Auditor Tom Stanton said.

More than 14,000 votes were cast in the race, and Tinny secured 49.63 percent of them, while Shannon garnered 49.37 percent of them. One percent of the votes (148) were write-in candidates.

Tinney will be sworn in this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court by Judge James Lawler.

The position will again be on the ballot in November 2018 for a normal four-year term.
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For background, read “County clerk election: Too close to call without a recount” from Tuesday November 28, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
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DOMESTIC THREAT

• Police were called about 11:10 a.m. yesterday to take a report from a female that her ex-boyfriend had threatened to kill her, in a case associated with the 800 block of West Pine Street in Centralia. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUSINESS BREAK-IN

• Centralia police were called about 3 p.m. yesterday regarding a burglary to a business at the 200 block of East Third Street. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

RESIDENTIAL BREAK-IN

• A deputy responded yesterday afternoon to the 100 block of Enchanted Lane in Vader to take a report of the theft of a John Deere riding lawnmower and an amplifier sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 27.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called to the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue at noon yesterday to take a report about a possibly forged prescription.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 7 o’clock this morning by an individual who reported someone tried to steal his vehicle from the 1000 block of North Scheuber Road. The owner discovered the car was broken into an an attempt was made to punch the ignition, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A miter saw was reported stolen out of the back of a pickup truck parked at the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia just after 3 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were called at 12:30 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 1200 block of Johnson Road. Nothing was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AIR SCARE

• The Chehalis Fire Department headed for the airport yesterday after a 911 call from a pilot coming from the north, with an engine out, who said he did not think he could make it to the airport. Acting Capt. Kevin Reynolds said deputies from Lewis and Thurston counties as well as personnel from Riverside Fire Authority went out looking for the plane, but it was not found and never showed up. A firefighter went up in a private plane from the airport to act as a spotter, but nothing was located, he said.The last they knew, a phone call came in to the airport in Olympia, by a person who said he was the pilot, that he had landed in a field and he was fine, but would not identify himself, Reynolds said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, resisting arrest, protection order violation, fourth-degree domestic assault, third-degree domestic malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 136 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Poaching charges: Video of family outing shows dogs kill injured bob cat

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
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Aaron Hendricks and David McLeskey, seated, face a judge in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 35-year-old man, his father-in-law and a companion are charged with first-degree animal cruelty and other offenses for allegedly hunting bobcats with dogs in East Lewis County and allowing the canines at least once to maul their wounded target.

The evidence in the case comes from videos on a JVC camcorder seized from the Woodland home of Aaron B. Hendricks earlier this year and an interview with his now-11-year-old daughter who accompanied them on the outings, according to the allegations in court documents.

It was the huge poaching investigation that began in the Dalles, Oregon last year and resulted in numerous defendants charged in Skamania County that yielded evidence that led to the three men, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said today.

Hendricks and David R. McLeskey, 58, both of Woodland, went before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

They had been summonsed to appear.

Meagher told the judge both defendants have no criminal history and asked they be allowed release conditions with $5,000 unsecured bonds.

They are charged with first-degree animal cruelty – a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison – with unlawful hunting black bear, cougar, bobcat or lynx with dogs, and with second-degree unlawful hunting of wild animals.

None were properly licensed to hunt wildlife, specifically bobcats or bobcats using dogs, according to charging documents.

Hendricks and McLeskey pleaded not guilty.

Yakima lawyer Richard Smith, representing Hendricks, told the judge  that since the search warrant was served in March at his client’s home, he contacted every law enforcement officer in the other case to let them know they were available for questioning.

“Ultimately seven people were charged, we weren’t,” Smith said.

He said he reached out to Meagher to get his client’s case taken care of.

Judge Joely O’Rourke ordered the two men to get finger printed and photographed at the Lewis County Jail before Jan. 1.

She imposed no travel restrictions as they both work across state lines and granted Meagher’s request not to impose standard firearms prohibitions while their cases are pending.

The men waived their speedy trial rights to allow for the schedule of one of their lawyers. They were ordered to return to court on Feb. 8 to set their trial dates.

The two defense lawyers outside the courtroom didn’t want to answer reporters’ questions, but before the elevator doors finished closing, one of them stated: “We’re not connected to all that other stuff.”

McLeskey’s attorney is Stephen Hormel, out of Spokane.

Charging papers in the case describe how digital evidence in the original Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife case identified several additional suspects and co-conspirators in those unlawful hunts, including Hendricks and his father-in-law McLeskey.

The videos found at Hendricks residence in March were examined and showed the two men as well as Aaron C. Hanson, 38, of Kelso, participating in two bob cat hunts in Lewis County, according to the documents. Also present were Hendricks 9-year-old daughter and 10-year-old stepson, the documents relate.

The two unlawful hunts allegedly occurred on Nov. 27, 2015, near National Forest Service Roads 85 and 84, north of the Randle area.

“The video of the first hunt shows Hendricks walking on a snow covered logging road in snow early in the morning holding the camcorder,” Meagher wrote in the affidavit regarding probable cause.

Meagher writes that several dogs can be heard barking and the defendant pans the camcorder to a GPS device to record their location.

Subsequent video shows a bob cat up a tree with numerous barking dogs at the base, then Hanson posing with the dead wild cat, according to Meagher.

The second video is similar, showing a bob cat shot twice, pushed out the tree and immediately surrounded by dogs, Meagher states.

“(T)he video shows the bob cat attempting to defend itself, but the dogs begin to bite, pull, and crush the bobcat to death with undue suffering,” Meagher wrote.

In May, when Hendricks’ daughter was interviewed by law enforcement at her mother’s home in Longview, the videos were played for her and she was asked to identify those who were present.

She points out her dad, her grandfather and her dad’s friend, according to Meagher.

The friend, Hanson from Kelso, is expected to appear before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court tomorrow afternoon.