Updated at 5:24 p.m.
THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN WIRING MISSING
• A deputy was called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 200 block of Winston Creek Road where sometime over the weekend someone stole 400 feet of power cable valued at about $10,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Locks were found broken and the wire’s protective casing was left behind, according to the sheriff’s office. The theft occurred sometime after 5 p.m. on Friday and before 7 o’clock yesterday morning, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. A complete list of stolen items is being compiled, according to Breen.
• Centralia police were told someone cut a hole in the side of a detached garage at the 700 block of North Tower Avenue to get inside and steal items. Among the property reported missing are jewelry, documents and tools, according to a report made to police about 8:20 a.m. yesterday.
• Chehalis police were called about 10:40 a.m. yesterday to a restaurant on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to take a report that a customer threatened an employee. The incident is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Morton police said yesterday they are investigating an allegation a bank account was hacked and money stolen. The issue was reported last Wednesday, according to the Morton Police Department.
SEX CRIME ALLEGED
• A 23-year-old Morton man was arrested yesterday after a 15-year-old girl reportedly admitted to her mother she had consensual sex with a family friend in February. A deputy responded last night to talk with the mother and the girl in East Lewis County and got copies of Facebook messages between the two that talked about him coming over as soon as no one was at her home, according to court documents. Michael J. Barnett was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then charged today with third-degree rape of a child and also communication with a minor for immoral purposes in Lewis County Superior Court. Both are class C felonies with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. His bail was set at $10,000 and his arraignment scheduled for May 27.
CHICKEN HOUSE LOST, DOGS SAVED
• A woman sustained minor burns rescuing dogs from kennels inside her barn when an adjacent chicken coop caught fire in the Boistfort Valley yesterday evening. Firefighters called about 5:30 p.m. to the property on the 2300 block of Wildwood Road found the poultry house engulfed in flames and were able to get it put out before it burned down the barn, according to Lewis County Fire District 13. The barn ended up with a charred wall and some damage to its roof however, Fire Chief Gwen Turner said. No animals were lost, Turner said. The chicken coop had been vacant. The homeowner was taken to the hospital to be treated and has been released, according to Turner. The cause of the fire will be investigated, she said.
• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, providing false information to police officer, trip permit violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, 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. today.