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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN THE FOREST

• A motorcyclist and his female passenger were transported to Morton General Hospital yesterday evening after they crashed on Forest Service Road 25 in East Lewis County. They were traveling northbound near milepost 10 when they came upon a sweeping left curve and the 68-year-old Olympia man applied the brake; the 2002 Yamaha XVS stopped suddenly to its left side and slid to a stop, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He thought the front brake may have seized, according to the deputy’s report. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the full extent of their injuries were unknown, but the passenger ended up with abrasions and the driver had a possible collarbone injury.

VEHICLE VERSUS BICYCLE IN CHEHALIS

• Police responded about 7:30 p.m. yesterday when a 33-year-old Chehalis man on a bicycle was struck by a van while crossing 13th Street at South Market Boulevard. The man had an injury to his foot or ankle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. No citation has been issued as of this morning, as there were conflicting stories about who had the right-of-way, according to police. The driver of the Ford Econline van is a 31-year-old Elma resident, Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said.

FIREARM MISSING

• A pistol was reported stolen yesterday afternoon from a travel trailer residence on the 3200 block of Galvin Road in Centralia.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about noon yesterday regarding a wallet stolen from the 100 block of South Silver Street and learned that someone had attempted to use the credit card.

• A wallet and an iPhone were among the property stolen from a vehicle on Southwest First Street near Market Boulevard in Chehalis yesterday.

DRUGS

• A 35-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday in connection with a traffic stop back on April 8 in which a search of the vehicle turned up a white crystalline substance. Jacob E. Waldrop was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said he didn’t know specifically the reason for the delay.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants,  misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, shoplifting, possibly suicidal person, possible theft of prescription meds, suspicious circumstances, dogs left alone in parked vehicles … and more.

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Brush fire in Winlock sweeps toward homes

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 11:10 am
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It took more than 50 firefighters to contain flames that spread through pastures into a tree farm. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 15

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources are back on the scene today of a fire that scorched some 15 acres of farmland in Winlock yesterday.

Firefighters called at 5 p.m. to the 700 block of Nevil Road found an area of approximately 200 feet by 200 feet burning in a field that had been hayed, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.

As many as 50 members of five fire departments plus DNR joined them as wind gusts from the west pushed the flames into a tree farm and adjacent fields, threatening homes and outbuildings, Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said.

He described the location as south of Nevil Road, roughly three-quarters of a mile west of North Military Road.

“With the wind conditions, it was an extended firefight,” Anderson said.

Heavy equipment was deployed by DNR to establish a line around the fire, Anderson said. It was stopped probably 20 feet from structures on its south side, he said.

Nobody was injured. District 15 resources were on the scene until 11:30 p.m. and DNR personnel monitored the area overnight and have returned today, according to Anderson.

DNR is looking into its cause, he said.

Anderson asks the public to take extra care to limit any sources of ignition.

The moisture content of vegetation remains very low and with the temperatures forecast over the next week and half, fire danger remains high, he said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Updated at 9:54 p.m.

THEFT IN GLENOMA

• A 22-year-old Napavine man told deputies that sometime during the week that ended on Saturday someone stole numerous valuables from a home and property he is looking after at the 200 block of Anderson Road in Glenoma. Among the missing items are a Honda generator, an industrial fan, a pop-up tent, a stereo component and two terra-cotta frog planting pots, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $1,300, according to the sheriff’s office.

STREET FIGHT

• Centralia police arrested two men for fighting in public about 9:30 p.m. yesterday at the 1300 block of Crescent Avenue, following a physical altercation in the roadway, according to the Centralia Police Department. Arrested were Jacob A. Pattison, 28, and Chad D. Howell, 27, both of Centralia, according to police.

DRUGS

• An officer on patrol about 2:15 a.m. on Saturday came across three people reportedly dumping trash into a dumpster behind the Twin City Town Center off Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis and found two of them were wanted on warrants, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Mandi J. Holper, 37, of Vancouver, had a felony warrant from Clark County and was subsequently arrested also for possession of methamphetamine. She and the other individual were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were contacted about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday about a car prowl at the 600 block of Northwest St. Helens Avenue in Chehalis. Several items including a GPS device were taken from the unlocked vehicle which had been parked in the driveway of a residence sometime between July 19 and 23, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called Friday about 12:40 p.m. about a window broken out of an employee’s vehicle at the 600 block of Southwest 13th Street.

• A deputy responded to a report of one tire slashed on a vehicle at the 100 block of Crescent Beach Drive in Packwood. It happened sometime between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday and there is a person of interest, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is listed at $250.

INFLATABLE TOY RAFTS NO MATCH FOR RIVER CURRENT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident on the the Cowlitz River near Toledo on Friday evening when two children got caught by trees happened when the current took their small blowup toy rafts around the wrong side of an island. A deputy who responded with firefighters noted the 11-year-old and 12-year-old were wearing life jackets and were rescued at the tree-line. The adult with them ended up on the island and was picked up by a boater, according to sheriff’s office. Nobody was injured, but they were wet and cold, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

SKYDIVERS INJURED

• Firefighters were called twice yesterday to the Toledo airport when parachuters missed the landing zone, but neither resulted in life-threatening injuries. Responders arriving after an approximately 5:10 p.m. incident learned a man in his mid-20s hit the side of an airplane hanger and was in and out of consciousness, according to Lewis County Fire District 2. Chief Grant Wiltbank said the patient declined to be taken to a hospital. Then just before 9 p.m., they were summoned again when an individual missed the airport entirely and landed near a residence on the 100 block of Buckley Road, according to Wiltbank. He dislocated his shoulder, Wiltbank said. It was just two weeks earlier when a woman who jumped from a plane collided with a tree as she landed about a half mile west of the airport. She was airlifted with serious injuries.

COLLISIONS

• A pair of individuals from Longview escaped serious injury when a 1999 Ford Mustang failed to negotiate a curve northbound along the 500 block of Jackson Highway South, struck a culvert and rolled several times on Saturday afternoon. Deputies and aid called about 5:40 p.m. found the car landed right side up but was basically destroyed, according to responders. Both suffered minor cuts and scratches, but the 23-year-old female passenger complained of back pain and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, a 23-year-old man said he was distracted during conversation, according to the sheriff’s office. He was cited for not having liability insurance and for wheels off the roadway, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A 56-year-old motorist was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday night after he left the Blueberry Festival in Mossyrock and took a corner too fast at the 100 block of Salkum Road, sideswiping a telephone pole, striking and destroying a telephone box, missing a parked vehicle and then impacting the east wall of the Brown Shack Tavern. A deputy called about 8:30 p.m. booked into the Lewis County Jail Edward D. Gones, of Carson City, Nevada, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. No mention was made if his intended destination was the tavern.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, aggressive cat, possibly suicidal person, dogs left alone in parked vehicles, collision on city street, girl transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure after a bicycle accident … and more.

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Sentencing hearing for Centralia arsonist provides bit of insight

Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 11:53 pm
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Jonathan Brown, right, listens to lawyers and the judge speak as he is sentenced in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Centralia arsonist evaluated by psychiatrists at Western State Hospital after his arrest this spring for setting fire to his own house while his mother and grandfather were sleeping was previously diagnosed with pyromania.

Jonathan P. Brown, 26, spent time in prison after a string of fires in 2009 and will be spending many more years locked up after the March fire at the 3400 block of Prill Road.

The doctors didn’t find a reason to commit him to the mental hospital, according to Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead. They found he was competent to stand trial, Halstead said.

“They look for mental defects, not your love for watching fires,” Halstead said.

It was about 5:40 a.m. on March 23 when Deborah Brown woke up to a fire alarm, went into her son’s room and found burning pillows atop a large chair, according to charging documents.

She yelled for her son, she yelled for her father to wake up and tried to get a bowl of water from the kitchen tap, but found there was no water pressure, according to charging documents. She ran back to the bedroom, grabbed the pillows and managed to smother the flames, charging documents state.

She then woke up her father John Germeau who is hard of hearing and called 911.

Jonathan Brown was charged with two counts of attempted murder and instead of going to trial, he pleaded guilty in June.

Last week, Halstead asked a judge to give him 32 years, the high end of the standard sentencing range.

Defense attorney Don Blair asked for the low end, 20 years.

“Jonathan is 26; I would echo the statements of his mother,” Blair told the judge. “Last time he was in prison he didn’t get any counseling. He tried to get counseling.”

Brown’s mother wrote a letter to the judge ahead of the court hearing last Tuesday. She was in court, but didn’t want to make an oral statement.

Halstead recounted to Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt how the defendant soaked his bed and chair with lamp oil, opened the window so the smoke could escape and left, admitting he planned to start more fires that morning but didn’t because his lighter broke.

His grandfather never did wake up, until his mother woke him, Halstead said.

“Mr. Brown has demonstrated he’s not safe in the community,” Halstead said.

He was not charged with it, but Halstead told the judge he could also have proved Brown lit another fire the day before at an unoccupied house on Bengal Court, about a mile from his home. It burned the front door area and was investigated by Centralia police.

Before pronouncing the sentence, Judge Hunt wanted to know more about Brown’s mother trying to get water, but finding there was no water pressure.

“There was water,” Deborah Brown told the judge from her bench in the courtroom on Tuesday morning. “I was just hurrying and I couldn’t get it turned on.”

Jonathan Brown chose not make a statement on his own behalf.

His reason for starting the fire  was not addressed during the hearing, but prosecutors wrote in charging documents, that when he was asked why, his answer was vague, but did relay he was upset with his mother over some personal issues.

Judge Hunt imposed a 32 year sentence and agreed to rescind the no contact order regarding his mother.
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For background, read “Prosecutors: Arsonist planned to continue lighting fires after leaving his burning bedroom” from Monday March 24, 2014, here

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Physician says ‘shaken baby’ not to blame for Morton infant’s brain trauma

Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A second doctor who reviewed the case of the alleged shaken baby from Morton in which a Mineral man remains jailed has found something else caused the 4-month-old’s injuries.

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Kyle Davison

Kyle Davison, 22, was arrested in early October and charged with  first-degree assault of a child after a doctor at Marybridge Children’s Hospital concluded bleeding on the child’s brain was consistent with non-accidental shaken baby syndrome.

Davison and the baby’s mother told police he was watching her when she began choking and stopped breathing and he tried to revive the infant then carried her to a neighboring apartment to get help. The little one was airlifted to the children’s hospital and put on life support.

Defense attorney Sam Groberg had another physician examine the child’s medical records, 3,200 pages going all the way to its birth, and even before that. He recently got the report back.

He said the conclusions are helpful to his client’s case.

“Basically it’s the doctor’s opinion it’s not shaken baby, but the symptoms are indicative of previous problems, and what happened when the baby started choking,” Groberg said late last week.

Groberg said the child had a documented choking problem, from a birth defect in its throat area.

He indicated he’s somewhat optimistic, since his doctor is the only one who has looked at all the baby’s medical records.

Lawyers on the two sides have been waiting on the report so they can proceed. Davison remains held on $100,000 bail.

On Thursday, they went before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court to set a new trial date. They chose the week of Sept. 8.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead told the judge he now will have to send the second doctor’s findings to his experts to look them over before they can go to trial.
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For background, read “Lawyer seeks second opinion on brain trauma in Morton child assault case” from Monday April 14, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

WRECK LEAVES TRAVEL TRAILER LAYING IN MIDDLE OF I-5

• A trio of travelers from Puyallup escaped with little to no injury when their pickup truck rolled and the trailer they were pulling detached on northbound Interstate 5 north of Centralia yesterday evening. Firefighters called about 6:30 p.m. to the area near the county line found the truck wheels down but with a crushed cab roof, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The man and woman in their 50s and a teenage boy had been wearing seat belts and were able to get themselves out on their own, according to Capt. Scott Weinert. “The driver stated that the travel trailer began swerving back and forth and he was unable to get it under control,” Weinert stated in a report to the news media. “The momentum became worse and caused the truck to swerve violently and rollover.” Two leaking propane bottles were secured on-scene by closing valves, according to Weinert. The incident blocked all but the far left lane for about 30 minutes, the state Department of Transportation reported.

ROCK PAINTING DISAGREEMENT?

• A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested for disorderly conduct about 3:10 p.m. yesterday after he reportedly became combative with officers when contacted about painting and putting rocks in the road at the 1100 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details were not readily available.

THEFT

• Police were called about 2 p.m. yesterday regarding $100 being stolen from a residence on the 400 block of North Ash Street.

MARIJUANA PLANTS DISCOVERED

• Centralia police took a report about 1 p.m. yesterday of someone growing marijuana on someone else’s property on the 1400 block of West Main Street.

DISTRACTING DRIVERS

• Centralia police are investigating a report from about 9 a.m. yesterday of a male in his 40s exposing himself to oncoming traffic at Cherry Street and Tower Avenue in Centralia.

VANDALISM

• Someone slashed two tires at the 200 block of South Silver Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 12:45 a.m. today.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for collision on city street … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:04 am

Updated at 11:48 a.m.

COLLISIONS

• Two women were injured when a 2014 Ford Escape crossed the centerline on state Route 508 about two miles west of Morton yesterday evening sending an oncoming Dodge Ram pickup sideways and rolling. The pickup carrying Heather D. Yost, 39, from Randle, came to rest blocking both lanes, according to the Washington State Patrol. Sara J. Webb, 33, of Morton, and her sport utility vehicle continued into a guardrail before landing in someone’s yard, the state patrol reports. Troopers called about 6:40 p.m. described both vehicle’s as totaled. The two drivers were transported to Morton General Hospital with unspecified injuries, according to the investigating trooper. The wreck is blamed on districted driving.

• A chain reaction rear end collision on state Route 6 yesterday about two miles west of Chehalis totaled three vehicles and sent three, including a 4-year-old girl, to Providence Centralia Hospital. Troopers responding about 6:25 p.m. report they concluded 21-year-old Kasey L. Strickland wasn’t paying attention when she hit a car ahead of her that was slowing for a car in front of it which was preparing to make a left turn. Strickland, a Chehalis resident, was reportedly uninjured. The middle car, a Toytota Prius driven by Kristin L. Strodemier, 30, from Centralia, was towed, according to the Washington State Patrol. She and her child were transported by aid to the hospital, the state patrol reports. Tiffany J. Toda, 18, from The Dalles, Ore., was taken by family members to the hospital, according to the investigating trooper. Her Honda Accord was also towed.

FIRE

• Lewis County Fire District 2 was called just after 6 p.m. yesterday to a structure fire on the 5000 block of Jackson Highway, about three miles north of Toledo. Fire Chief Grant Wiltbank said he understood there was minimal damage to the outside of a building. Further details were not readily available.

SELF-RESCUE ON RIVER

• Firefighters called just before 6:30 p.m. to a report of three people stuck in the Cowlitz River near the 100 block of Mulford Road southwest of Toledo yesterday evening were told a man was stuck on an island and two females on a tree. Fire Chief Grant Wiltbank said he understood they had self-extricated or self-rescued before crews arrived. “We just talked about this last week,” Wiltbank said, referring to people spilling out of a raft near the bridge in Toledo. “Again, the Cowlitz may look slow, but it’s a very curvy river; and at every curve, those downed trees will snag rafts.”

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrest for misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license … and more

See you at the fairgrounds

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Sheriff’s Office: Large scale gasoline stealing operation uncovered

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:18 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 47-year-old man was arrested yesterday after deputies investigating a nighttime theft of about 1,600 gallons of fuel from a Silver Creek gas station searched his vehicle in Doty and discovered the bed of the canopied pickup truck held two large fuel tanks, a portable pump and a nozzle.

Detectives served a search warrant at the 100 block of Elk Creek Road in Doty and also found plug-in access key pads used to override gasoline pumps, according to court documents.

Jason A. Lewis was charged in Lewis County Superior Court today with first-degree theft, first-degree trafficking in stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg told the judge there were lots of firearms found at the residence and he would be seeking an arrest warrant for the property owner, Harold Lusk. He didn’t say specifically what for.

Charging documents describe the owner of the Texaco on the 2900 block of  U.S. Highway 12 contacting law enforcement on Monday after surveillance video showed three vehicles arrive and somehow pump about $6,000 worth of fuel without paying. Taken was regular unleaded gasoline, highway diesel and off-road diesel, according to charging documents.

Sherry Lyons called deputies again on Wednesday to report that new video showed the same people returned in the early morning hours, but were unable to activate the pump. The code had been changed after the first theft.

Detectives recognized the face of a passenger of one of the vehicles who then tried to move Texaco’s security camera so it no longer faced toward the pumps, charging documents state.

Detectives – using previous information they’d been told about Lusk and possible fuel thefts – compared his driver’s license photo with the video images and concluded he was one of the three, charging documents state.

More than a month earlier, detectives had been told by an unnamed person that Lusk and his associates had been stealing large quantities of gas from local stations, according to the documents. The same person said they were cooking methamphetamine at the property, but no mention was made in Lewis’s charging documents of meth-making materials located during the search.

However, found at the Elk Creek Road property were numerous containers of gasoline, including a 55-gallon drum of it stored in a barn where Lewis’s travel trailer was parked, according to the documents.

Two baggies of suspected methamphetamine were allegedly located in Lewis’s trailer.

Lewis reportedly admitted to detectives pumping gas at the Texaco, but said he used his credit card and said he’d purchased some fuel from the men in the video for $2 per gallon, according to the documents.

Eisenberg requested Lewis’s bail be set at $20,000, in part because it appears Lewis has an extensive criminal history in California, under a different name.

Defense attorney Bob Schroeter said Lewis denies being the person with the different name.

He noted Lewis has been in the area about two years, and he was confident he would be looking for a different place to move his travel trailer.

Charging documents state deputies found a lot of gasoline of at the Doty property, but not 1,600 gallons, suggesting some had been sold or otherwise distributed.

Law enforcement had not yet located Lusk or the third man as of this afternoon.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Updated at 9:23 p.m.

MOTHER AND BABY FLEE KNIFE-WIELDING HUSBAND AT STOPLIGHT

• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested for second-degree assault this morning after he allegedly pulled a knife on his wife while the couple was driving near Harrison Avenue and Interstate 5 in Centralia. He was accusing her of being unfaithful and when the weapon came out, the woman jumped from the slowly moving vehicle, then when he stopped, unbuckled the baby, grabbed the baby and took off running, according to the Centralia Police Department. Stephen Mitts was located in the area of Yew Street and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Sgt. Carl Buster.

POLICE: TEEN TAKEN FOR UNWANTED RIDE BY EX

• A 20-year-old Chehalis man is under investigation for kidnapping after he allegedly refused to let his ex-girlfriend out of his vehicle when they met at the skate park in Centralia to talk and then drove her on a short ride up Interstate 5 to Grand Mound and back to Centralia yesterday. It happened around noon and officers were called about 1:15 p.m. after the 17-year-old Chehalis girl had got out of the car near the 900 block of South Pearl Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Carl Buster said it was connected with jealousy over another male. The young man has been talked to by police and the investigation is ongoing, according to Buster.

POLICE: CONSTRUCTION LIFT DRIVEN THROUGH TOWN, ABANDONED

• Two intoxicated males were detained last night after someone went joyriding through Oakville with a $15,000 construction man-lift.  It was shortly after 10 p.m. when a 911 call came in about someone with flashlights seen inside a building being renovated at the 200 block of East Pine Street and then firefighters returning from a call spotted the piece of equipment which had been driven to Main Street and three men with it, according to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office. A taller thin built male had been operating it and a heavy set man was seen pushing the man-lift by witnesses, Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said. They fled, and it was abandoned in the middle of the street, with a dead battery, according to Shumate. A man-lift is a small scaffolding on wheels with an electric motor, and this one was worth enough, an individual identified as the thin man was arrested for first-degree theft. The 20-year-old Oakville resident was booked into the  Grays Harbor County Jail. The heavy set male – a 23-year-old Oakville resident – was interviewed and released pending further investigation. Investigators are also looking into the identity of the third suspect.

LOG TRUCK VERSUS CAR

• A log truck changing lanes on southbound Interstate 5 near Vader this morning collided with a 1993 Lexus carrying three individuals, sending two of them to the hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. A third occupant of the car from Mount Vernon, a male, fled the scene so it’s unknown if he was injured, according to the state patrol. The car was totaled. Troopers called about 8:40 a.m. to the area near milepost 60 found the Lexus had then run into the guardrail. The 1991 GMC log truck was not loaded, and was damaged, but able to be driven away, the investigating trooper reports. Donald Wiebold, 23, from Battle Ground, was unhurt and was to be cited for an unsafe lane change, according to the patrol. Veronica Maestas, 39, and Priscilla Maestas, 23, were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital.

CHIP TRUCK VERSUS DITCH

• A semi truck was totaled when it caught a guard rail on state Route 6 last night and then ran down a deep ditch on the roadside. Troopers called about 10:30 p.m. to the area near milepost 40, about 10 miles west of Chehalis, found the driver of the unloaded chip truck was not hurt, according to the Washington State Patrol. Clinton J. Franks, 27, from LaCenter, was to be cited for wheels of the roadway, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrest for disorderly conduct, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, parking lot hit and run, collision on city street,  dogs left alone inside vehicles; complaint of early morning jack hammer noise … and more.

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Oxycodone dealer takes a deal

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The accused prolific local trafficker of pain medications from both inside and outside prison pleaded guilty yesterday in a deal that could put him away for 12 years but avoid a third strike.

Forrest E. Amos, 31, was charged late last year in Lewis County Superior Court with leading organized crime and a multitude of other offenses following an ongoing investigation by the Centralia Police Department.

Law enforcement estimated that in 2011 when Amos was aggressively dealing Oxycodone, that he was the main supplier of the synthetic opiate within Lewis County, possessing and dealing thousands of pills a month.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said he dropped the charge of organized crime, something police said Amos did by orchestrating drug dealing even after he was incarcerated. Amos pleaded guilty yesterday to an assortment of other offenses, he said.

Halstead also dismissed four counts of intimidating a witness, in a case from this summer in which Amos was suspected of planning from inside the jail to have associates hurt or pressure witnesses against him.

Amos is formerly of Napavine and Chehalis.

Halstead and defense attorney Don Blair will recommend to a judge that Amos be sentenced to 12 years, he said. A date for that court hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Amos’s sister Sylvia Pittman was charged also in June with witness intimidation, for allegedly delivering a “hit list” to another so-called supporter-conspirator.

Pittman, 27, pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of attempted witness intimidation and was sentenced yesterday to intensive inpatient drug and alcohol treatment; though if she fails at anytime during the following two years while she is under supervision, she could be sent to prison for almost two years, according to Halstead.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 6:55 pm

CEMENT CAT GROWS LEGS

• Someone stole a concrete lion from a porch on the 100 block of North Washington Street in Centralia, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday.

MORE THEFT

• Police took a report yesterday of a bench stolen from the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia.

• Centralia police were called about 7:30 p.m. yesterday when a male walked out of a store on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue with a cart full of groceries.

CAR PROWL

• A 25-year-old road construction worker called 911 yesterday after discovering someone got into his vehicle he’d left parked on state Route 6 near Katula Road west of Chehalis while he worked and they stole a cell phone, a driver’s license and $15 cash. It happened between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He’d left the windows down because it was hot, the sheriff’s office reports.

GIRL FIGHT BROKEN UP

• A teenage girl and two women were arrested yesterday after an ongoing feud erupted into assaults at the 600 block of West Seventh Street in Centralia. Officers called about 2:45 p.m. to a physical dispute in progress arrested Apolinar Penaloza Ortiz, 37, for disorderly conduct and Jaqueline Dado-Ledezma, 35, for misdemeanor assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case of the 16-year-old girl was referred to prosecutors for a charge of misdemeanor assault, according to police. The Centralia residents were all then released, according to police. Further details were not readily available about the disagreement.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrest for warrants, shoplifting, driving with suspended license, responses for alarms, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, hit and run, car into ditch and mailbox, dogs left alone inside vehicles … and more.

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This just in: DB Cooper demands, just give me the music and no one gets hurt

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11:58 am
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Man says he’s dropping in to Chehalis on Saturday.

CHEHALIS – His 1971 hijacking of a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle remains the only unsolved aviation crime in the history of the United States.

The man popularly known as DB Cooper demanded and received $200,000 in a duffel bag, then parachuted from the Northwest Airlines plane somewhere over Southwest Washington and wasn’t heard from again.

But like many criminals, Cooper couldn’t resist returning to the scene of the crime, and on Saturday will present his Second Annual DB Cooper Music Festival at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis, the mid-point of his famed flight.

A special correspondent for Lewis County Sirens.com caught up with the notorious hijacker to talk about the upcoming festival.

“I feel kind of bad that the authorities have spent so much tax payer money trying to track me down over the years,” says Cooper (not his real name). “So bringing some smoking hot music to Southwest Washington is my way of giving back to the community.”

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DB Cooper

Topping the three-stage, all-day musical lineup are names like Curtis Salgado, 2013’s worldwide Blues Entertainer of the Year; six-time Grammy nominee Maria Muldaur; finalist on season one of “The Voice” Vicci Martinez; blues pioneer Alice Stuart, and Capitol Records’ rising star Ethan Tucker.

But that’s just a sampling of the 22 acts that will be landing at the fairgrounds on the day after tomorrow, with gates opening at 11 a.m.

The festival is an expansion of the single-stage event held for the first time last year in Nisqually.

Cooper says he hopes to find a permanent home here in Lewis County, and if the event is successful, to expand it further to a full weekend of music.

“I’d like to see this become a destination event in the future, something that people will make people come from outside the area and stay for a while,” Cooper asserts. “I mean, if anyone knows how to drop some cash into Southwest Washington, it should be me. But this time, I’d like it to be unmarked bills. And I’d like to spread it around a little.”

Cooper says he’ll be at the festival all day, enjoying the music and kicking up his heels, and that he isn’t worried about authorities placing him under arrest during the party.

“People have been turning themselves in to the FBI and claiming to be me for over forty years,” he explains. “At this point, I could walk into any police station in the country and say I’m DB Cooper, and no one will believe me. They will refer me to a local therapist and send me on my way.”

Cooper says his musical vision for the festival is two fold – to bring well known talent to Southwest Washington, but also to turn the spotlight on some great talent from the Pacific Northwest.

“One of the great things about doing this festival is that I get to scout performers in the area,” says Cooper, who himself is an accomplished harmonica and penny whistle player. “And I find that there are a lot of musical treasures that the average person doesn’t even know about.

“I mean SweetKiss Momma? Those guys are some badass Southern Rockers. Sour Owl will rock your socks off with a piano player that’s older than Moses. And I’d be putting a ring on Brittany Kingery’s finger myself if I were forty years younger.

“Seriously, this musical lineup is worth jumping out of a plane for,” says Cooper. “But there will be plenty of parking, so I think it’s easier to just drive.”

The complete festival lineup and advance tickets for the event are available at www.dbcoopermusicfestival.com. Tickets for the full day of music are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Festival goers must be 21 or older to attend, and proof of age is required for entry.
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DB Cooper Music Festival
When: Saturday, Aug 2, 2014
Where: Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 2555 North National Avenue, Chehalis, Wash.
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Tickets sales online, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Updated

RANDLE RESIDENT HURT IN WRECK

• A 65-year-old Randle man was hospitalized after his car was rear ended by a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 12 near Glenoma today. Troopers called about 11:20 a.m. to the scene found Freddie C. Rickets was stopped in his Ford Focus waiting for traffic at the intersection with Savio Road, according to the Washington State Patrol. A 2009 Kenworth tractor without any trailer stuck the rear of the car, according to the state patrol. Rickets was injured and transported by aid to Morton General Hospital, according to the investigating trooper. Bernard F. Horstman, 56, from Longview, wasn’t hurt but was cited for following too closely, the state patrol reports.

OFFICERS FLOCK TO REPORT OF GUN DRAWN AT ACCIDENT SCENE

• Nobody was injured after a two-vehicle collision yesterday on southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis but the green Ford Explorer that came to rest in a field next to the freeway drew numerous law enforcement officers when an individual told an arriving trooper there was a firearm being brandished. William H. Carroll, 68, of Onalaska, had moved into the left lane and struck a Dodge pickup truck, according to the Washington State Patrol. The pickup pulled to the shoulder but the Explorer continued off the road. Carroll was eventually cited for an unsafe lane change, according to the state patrol. “We believe the driver was unloading the weapon after the collision,” Trooper Torson Iverson said. “We got it all cleared up after the scene was under control.” Iverson said he believed the other driver, David E. Carroll, 65, from Forks, was a relative of Carroll’s. Both vehicles were damaged but were able to be driven away from the scene, the investigating trooper reports.

CHEHALIS MAN HURT IN THURSTON CRASH

• A 41-year-old Chehalis resident was injured last night when the vehicle in which he was a passenger struck a flatbed tow truck east of Lacey. Troopers responding about 9:45 p.m. to state Route 510 at Mullen Road found the tow truck was westbound, made a wrong turn and began to back out onto the road. It was struck by a Hyundai Tuscan driven by 49-year-old Grace M. DeBoard of Rochester, according to the Washington State Patrol. She was not hurt, but Douglas W. Lohman was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital, according to the state patrol. Neither the tow truck driver, from Terrebonne, Ore. nor his two teenage passengers were injured, the investigating trooper reports. But he was cited for negligent driving. The road was closed for approximately three hours.

THREE INJURED IN CENTRALIA COLLISION

• Two women and one man suffered minor injuries when a vehicle ran a stop sign at Summa Street and Kresky Avenue in Centralia yesterday morning and hit a semi truck headed north on its passenger side, according to responders. Police and aid called about 10:15 a.m. found that a second car collided in a T-bone fashion with the first car, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Traffic was blocked and a detour was put in place, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert. The truck driver was unhurt but the three others involved were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Weinert.

THEFT OF POT

• Centralia police were called about 9 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of medical marijuana from a home on the 3100 block of Russell Road.

MUSIC MISSING

Centralia police took a report about stolen rental instruments yesterday from the 100 block of South Tower Avenue.

MAIL MISSING

• Chehalis police were called about 1 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of mail on Southwest 18th Street.

FRAUD

• An officer took a report yesterday from the 900 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia about fraudulent activity on a checking account.

STREET FIGHT

• Centralia police responded about 6:40 p.m. yesterday to a report of a misdemeanor assault following a traffic altercation at the 500 block of North Rock Street. Further details were not readily available.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 61-year-old Vietnam veteran living on social security disability and food stamps was arrested yesterday for allegedly touching a young relative in Centralia about six years ago when she was a third grader. Centralia police learned of the allegations two years ago, and this summer after further investigation was conducted, including interviews with the now teenage girl and Robert A. Kinney, Kinney was booked into the Lewis County Jail. He was charged in Lewis County Superior Court today with first-degree rape of a child, for allegedly touching the girl between her legs with his fingers and mouth while they were alone at his travel trailer home. Charging documents state the girl told an adult they were playing video games, he had been drinking and she felt scared and paralyzed and didn’t tell anyone right away what occurred. Kinney reportedly told a detective at first, he didn’t remember anything like that but if there was any touching, it was accidental as the trailer where he lived was small with not much room to move around in. He allegedly also spoke to the detective of “generations of kids” who have touched him and his efforts not to make them feel self conscious when they are exploring their sexuality. His bail was set at $500,000 and arraignment scheduled for Thursday.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrest for warrants, failing to transfer vehicle title, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assaults, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, hit and run, car into a ditch, dogs left alone inside vehicles … and more.

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Birds, burn barrels and continuing fire danger

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Just because it rained a little bit doesn’t mean the risk of brush fires has diminished.

Members of four fire departments responded yesterday afternoon to a fire behind a house on the 400 block of Toledo-Vader Road.

“Apparently rubbish in a burn barrel ended up blowing over into some grass and trees,” Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Grant Wiltbank said.

The wind was fairly strong and the vegetation is still quite dry, he said.

Crews managed to get it under control within about five minutes of their arrival and kept it to less than an eighth of an acre but spent the next 45 minutes extinguishing hot spots such as a smoldering old stumps, according to the chief.

“A couple more minutes and the fire would have been a really difficult fire to contain,” Wiltbank said.

At least a half dozen personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources joined Lewis County Fire Districts 2, 15 and 20, he said.

Burn barrels are not permitted for use in Washington.

Wiltbank said he didn’t know if DNR issued a citation but said another consideration is anyone who starts a fire illegally, even if it’s an accident, will find themselves responsible ultimately if it gets away and burns down someone else’s home or barn.

“Their insurance is not going to cover it,” he said.

Outdoor burning restrictions were put in place earlier this month by the Lewis County Board of Commissioners. Last week, fire chiefs in the county issued a joint request for people to use extra caution, in part because so many firefighters were out of town helping battle wildfires in Eastern Washington.

Wiltbank said whatever precipitation we’ve gotten isn’t going to be absorbed by grass that is dead out there.

“All it takes right now is a spark in tinder dry grass, and away it goes,” he said.

“The flaming bird fell to the ground and caught the grass on fire.”
- District 12 Battalion Chief Jim Fowler

Just two days ago, members of Thurston County Fire District 12 spent about two hours putting out a fire that threatened Beaver Stadium at Tenino High School.

Crews called about 11:40 a.m. to Hogdgen Street and West Garfield Avenue found tall grass burning, which spread into a stack of stored telephone poles.

District 12 Battalion Chief Jim Fowler said it was knocked down by roughly noon, but they then dug about a 200-foot fire line.

The incident was blamed on a bird, now deceased and now dubbed “Little Sparky,” according to Fowler.

It landed on a transmission line, and then ignited, he said.

“The flaming bird fell to the ground and caught the grass on fire,” Fowler said.