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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

ASSAULTS

• Centralia police say a male suffered a possible broken jaw when he was assaulted by two males at a party. Yesterday morning’s case, associated with an area near the railroad tracks off East Maple Street, remains under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested for second-degree assault late yesterday afternoon in connection with an address on the 1900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Officers responding about 5:20 p.m. booked Jeffrey T. Gould in the  the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.  Further details were not readily available.

OVEREXPOSED

• A 44-year-old Centralia man was locked up last night after he alleged displayed his bare butt to an individual. Police responding about 8:40 p.m. to the 2900 block of Mount Vista Road arrested Jeffrey A. Pickett for indecent exposure and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone slashed the tires on a vehicle parked at the 300 block of Tilley Avenue in Centralia during the night, according to a report made to police yesterday.

WRECKS

• Police and aid were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday when a mini van collided with a Twin Transit bus at the intersection of West Main Street and Washington Avenue in Centralia. Police report the van’s driver sustained minor injuries; the fire department says two individuals were transported to the hospital. The bus was occupied by three or four individuals and the damage was such it was able to be driven from the scene, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Further details were not readily available.

• Firefighters and deputies responding shortly after 4:30 p.m. yesterday to a single-vehicle crash west of Centralia found a Subaru Legacy had left the roadway and collided with a tree. The fire department said the injuries were minor and the sheriff’s office said the driver declined to be treated. The 33-year-old Centralia man was on his way home from work and fell asleep along the 2200 block of Manners Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle sustained front end damage, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drug arrest for which information is not readily available; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, two bicycles stolen from a backyard, collisions on city streets  … and more.

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Tenino area barn fire under investigation

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 9:53 am
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A pair of 20 and 30 year old horses lost their home, hay in a fire yesterday afternoon near Tilley Road. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A barn fire north of Tenino yesterday resulted in the loss of a large amount of household property stored inside during a home renovation as well as a dozen baby chicks.

Crews called about 1:30 p.m. to the scene near Tilley Road and 140th Avenue Southwest found the building fully engulfed in flames and threatening a line of trees, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

The fire was reported by a neighbor who saw smoke, called 911 and alerted the homeowner, according to Lt. Lanette Dyer.

Dyer said the approximately 1600-square-foot barn normally housed two horses, the chicks and animal feed. The owners had only recently moved in and many of their belongings were still stored there following a remodel, she said in a news release.

“The neighbor and owner then began working to clear animals from the immediate area,” Dyer said. “Entry into the barn, to get the baby chickens were hindered by intense smoke and flames and the owner was unable to gain entry.”

The building and its contents were destroyed, she stated.

Approximately 25 firefighters from five departments battled the blaze; nobody was injured and its cause remains under investigation.

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Young mother who allowed abusive punishment of son pleads guilty to lesser charge

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Winlock mother of a 4-year-old boy who was abused by her live-in boyfriend will avoid jail time herself if she follows through with parenting classes and abides by other court ordered restrictions.

Ryon T. Connery, 31, was arrested at the end of November after the boy was found with numerous bruises and injuries and detectives learned of punishments inflicted such getting sprayed with a hose while forced to do pushups for various infractions such as wetting his pants and stealing food in the home.

Connery pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree child assault and was sentenced last month to 16 months in prison.

A soon as he was convicted, prosecutors charged the 23-year-old mother, Heather L. McNurlin, as an accomplice, contending she was present when the abuse was inflicted, and some of it was even her idea. The little boy was taken out of the home McNurlin and Connery shared and placed with his grandmother.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joely O’Rourke said she and defense attorney Don Blair reached an agreement with a lesser charge of attempted assault of a child in the third degree, or conspiracy to commit the offense.

“She pleaded guilty, she didn’t get any jail time, but she’s on very extensive probation for the next two years,” O’Rourke said this afternoon.

O’Rourke said she thinks it’s in the best interest for the boy that his mother continue with parenting classes. They were already ordered by a family court judge in a separate action, as part of McNurlin’s requirements to regain custody of the boy, she said.

“She was really not the principle concern in that case, it was Mr. Connery,” O’Rourke said.

When the child was brought to the hospital at the end of November, he had a broken finger he said occurred when he dropped a weight on it, a scraped nose he said was from falling on his face trying to get away from a spanking and he spoke of being dunked in a dirty outdoor pool, according to charging documents.

A doctor who reviewed the case opined the youngster was malnourished and was the victim of starvation as well as abuse, both mentally and physically, according to the documents.

The mother said she and Connery had been in a dating relationship about four months. The abuse occurred between last July and into November, according to court documents.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt agreed with the lawyers’ recommendation and sentenced McNurlin on Thursday to 364 days in jail, suspended for 24 months as long as she complies with court ordered requirements such as the classes.

She was also ordered to pay various fines and fees and is prohibited from having any contact with Connery.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm

FRAUD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning taking a report from another vicim of the apparent breach of information from the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle affecting employees and volunteers at St. Joseph School in Chehalis. A 40-year-old man who resides at the 2200 block of Salzer Valley Road outside Centralia contacted the sheriff’s office on Thursday to report someone used his social security number to file a federal tax return, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Centralia police yesterday took yet another report of checks fraudulently used in connection with the January break-in to the outdoor mail collection box at the Centralia Post Office.

TOOLS MISSING

• A deputy took a report on Saturday about a burglary to an outbuilding on Kauer Road in Packwood that occurred sometime during the previous 12 months. Among the missing items were two Homelight chainsaws, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $205.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• A Chehalis-area man was arrested on Saturday morning after when his wife served him with divorce papers he flipped over a kitchen table and broke a chair, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responding about 8:30 a.m. to the 900 block of North Fork Road arrested Michael L. Spurgeon for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the sheriff’s office. Because Spurgeon is a convicted felon and was found to have access to firearms, he was also arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Brown.

AUTO THEFT

• A red 1993 Honda Prelude was stolen from its driveway on the 900 block of D Street in Vader overt the weekend. A deputy responding on Saturday learned that sometime after midnight and before 8 a.m., the locked vehicle had disappeared, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It has a license plate of AMA2844, according to the sheriff’s office.

OVEREXPOSED

• Police responding about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia arrested a 54-year-old homeless person for allegedly exposing himself in public. David L. Williams was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. He is to be released without felony charges filed.

DRUGS

• A 55-year-old Randle woman picked up on an outstanding warrant on Saturday morning was arrested for possession with intent to deliver when a search turned up more than 50 miscellaneous pills reportedly packaged for resale, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deborah L. West was found walking along the Cline Road and subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

WRECK

• A 21-year-old driver escaped injury but his Ford Ranger sustained major damage on Friday night when he lost control at a sharp corner on Lost Valley Road west of Chehalis, slid down an embankment and into a tree. A deputy responding about 9:15 p.m. issued the 21-year-old  citation for driving without liability insurance, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, protection order violations, suspicious circumstances, possible smuggling of marijuana into Green Hill School … and more.

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Breaking news: Young man hospitalized after stabbing in Chehalis

Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – For the second time in two days, a male was stabbed in the chest during a dispute in Chehalis.

The victim this afternoon is a 19-year-old who suffered apparently non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Firefighters were called just before 5 p.m. to 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court, but just as the ambulance was pulling out, a car pulled up to the fire station with the victim inside, Fire Capt. Kevin Curfman said.

“Friends, or family, had driven him here,” Curfman said.

Medics and the engine returned to the station, the patient was treated, bandaged and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Curfman.

The fire captain said he subsequently got word from medics after they returned from the hospital that the young man’s vitals were good and his wounds somewhat superficial.

Chehalis Police Department Officer Chris Taylor later said the victim was transported by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but did not know his condition.

Police arrested a resident of the apartment complex, Sheldon Hardy, 40 years old, for first-degree assault, according to Taylor.

Detectives are working on working out what the disagreement was about, Taylor said.

The 19-year-old is from Chehalis, although it wasn’t clear yet if he lived at the complex or was staying there with others, Taylor said.

Police and aid yesterday afternoon responded to a dispute in progress at a residence on Southeast 16th Street where a 25-year-old Chehalis man suffered a single stab wound to his chest.

Taylor said he believed that victim was airlifted to Harborview, and as of about 10 o’clock last night was stable, but in the intensive care unit.

A 24-year-old friend who lives at the same home, Kevin Dawkins, was taken into custody without incident at the scene and jailed for first-degree assault.

In both cases, the weapon used is described as a kitchen-like knife with a blade of approximately four inches, according to police.

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News brief: Avoid the $10,000 ride home

Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Troopers are trying out a new message hoping to curb celebrants from drinking and driving on St. Patricks Day, appealing to their pocketbooks instead of the risk of collision and injury.

A DUI conviction is expensive, according to the Washington State patrol.

They are calling it a $10,000 ride home.

“First time offenders can expect to pay an average cost of $10,000., Trooper Will Finn states. “By the time bail, fines, fees and insurance are paid; the costs could be more.”

And don’t forget about the time lost at work, along the toll your arrest could take on those important to you, Finn says.

It takes only minutes to make a responsible decision that could prevent a tragedy with life-lasting impacts, according to Finn.

He recommends:

• Plan ahead and designate a sober driver

• Call a taxi

• Call a sober friend to pick you up.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

CHEHALIS MAN STABBED

• Chehalis police and aid were called about 2:40 p.m. yesterday to Southeast 16th Street where a 25-year-old man suffered an apparent stab wound to his chest during a dispute. Police Sgt. Gwen Carrell said the victim, a Chehalis resident, was taken to the hospital. She said she didn’t have information on his current medical status. A 24-year-old Chehalis resident, Kevin Dawkins, was arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Carrell. Further details were not readily available.

ROBBERY IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 1 o’clock this morning to the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard where they were told by a victim that after a bar dispute with an individual, he was chased down by the subject and several other people, assaulted and robbed of his wallet. The incident is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 7 p.m. yesterday from the 2400 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia regarding stolen medications

• Someone entered a residence on the 300 block of West Pine Street in Centralia and stole a cable box, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department on Friday.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were contacted on Friday by a female at the 800 block of Landing Way regarding someone using her name and social security number to file a tax return.

PARACHUTE ACCIDENT

• Aid was called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the Toledo AIrport when a skydiver landed about a quarter mile off course and suffered a leg injury. The woman in her 20s was conscious and alert with non-life threatening injuries, according to Lewis County Fire District 2. Chief Grant Wiltbank said she said the wind sent her onto ground where she didn’t intend to land, adjacent to a housing development on Skyhawk Drive near the northeast corner of the airport property. She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, he said.

THREE AREA MEN AMONG NEWLY MINTED TROOPERS

• Three local individuals were sworn in as new troopers with the Washington State Patrol on Friday, and two of them will be assigned duties in Lewis County. Among the cadets presented their commission cards during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia were, Joseph DePalma, of Tenino who will work in Bellevue; Michael S. Farkas, of Chehalis, who will work in Morton; and Joel E. Reinier, of Rochester, who will work in Chehalis, according to the state patrol. Historically, only about four to six percent of applicants continue on the graduate after more than 1,000 hours of training to become state troopers, according to a news release from state patrol Sgt. Kent Hitchings. “The 35 cadets graduating today endured a rigorous application process, extensive background investigation, and received the best training, unmatched anywhere else in the nation,” Chief John Batiste said in a prepared statement on Friday afternoon. “Today, they will join the ranks of Washington’s finest, as troopers of the Washington State Patrol.”

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, trespass; responses for collisions on city streets … and more.

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Read about man wanted in Lewis County shot by police after standoff …

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 3:27 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KATU.com reports 36-year-old Derral Kenneth Mosby wanted on a Lewis County warrant was shot and killed after an hours long standoff at his parents home in Ridgefield on Friday.

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Derral Kenneth Mosby

U.S. Marshals went looking for him in Vancouver and then Ridgefield on Friday, calling in the the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and a SWAT team, according to KATU writer Hillary Lake.

Lake writes at one point police saw a bloody arm throw a paper airplane out a window and then later Mosby came out of the house with a gun, threatened police and was shot.

Mosby was known to frequent the Centralia area but had ties from Rochester to Ridgefield, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Friends say he was from Rochester.

Last week, a freeway rest area near Ridgefield was shut down while law enforcement searched the area, after getting information Mosby was there but they found only a car they believed he had been using.

On Tuesday, he was believed to be in the Albany area, and called relatives asking for help, according to The Oregonian.

Read about it here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Updated

MORE FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 1900 block of Salzer Valley Road outside Centralia to take a report from a 47-year-old woman who said someone had used her name and social security number the day before trying to file a federal income tax return. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the woman is working with the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and federal authorities to resolve the issue. Early this week the Archdiocese notified employees and volunteers of a possible data system breach in which they discovered other similar victims. A Chehalis area couple who volunteer at St. Joseph School reported on Tuesday they were victimized as well.

BURGLARY AND OTHER THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone burglarized a home and storage building at the 7100 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma sometime between March 5 and Saturday. Taken was about $1,700 of property including jewelry, candles, canned food and men’s, women’s and children’s’ clothing, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon from the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road of the theft of an empty oxygen bottle that had set out to be picked up and refilled.

• Luwanda G. Schfield, a 56-year-old Centralia woman, was arrested overnight for third-degree theft after allegedly agreeing to pay for a taxi ride for a family member from Vancouver to Centralia but not actually having the money to pay the fare when they arrived, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DISORDERLINESS

• A 34-year-old Centralia man who allegedly grabbed the buttocks of a female passing by on a sidewalk on the 100 block of North Tower Avenue scuffled with officer who tried to arrest him yesterday evening, according to police. Samuel A. Costello was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FROM THE COURTS

• The Washington State Court of Appeals reversed a Centralia woman’s 2011 conviction for possession of methamphetamine stating her lawyer was ineffective for failing to assert a warrantless search by police of a purse meant the contents of a glass pipe they confiscated should not have been allowed to be admitted as evidence. Jessica Hamilton was charged in Lewis County Superior Court following an incident in which her husband took the purse from the house and handed it over to police, a purse which Hamilton said did not belong to her but that she found in the family car and thought she would keep because it was cute, according to the opinion issued on Tuesday. The three-member panel wrote that Hamilton’s appeal attorney argued that no exception to the warrant requirement existed.

MISS CONGENIALITY ARRESTED

• KING5.com reports that just days before she was named Miss Congeniality at the Lewis County Scholarship Pageant, 18-year-old Chloe Curry of Adna was arrested at Wal-Mart for attempting to steal make up and beauty products. The story indicates judges in the competition were unaware of the incident as Curry used a different last name. Curry tells KING5′s Drew Mikkelsen it was a stupid mistake and something she will learn from. Police were called about 5 p.m. a week ago Wednesday where store security said they had two 18-year-old girls from Chehalis detained who had allegedly concealed about $100 worth of the merchandise in a purse, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Chloe D. Reavis and Erin M. McCall were issued criminal citations for third-degree theft and released pending a mandatory appearance in Chehalis Municipal Court in March 19, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey.

VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIAN

• Police and aid were called just after 6 p.m. yesterday when a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle making a left turn onto Southeast Sixth Street from Washington Avenue in Chehalis. The woman declined to be transported to the hospital, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

LAWNMOWER VERSUS CHILD

• Aid was called about 6:20 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of River Heights Road in Centralia when a 7-year-old boy was backed over by a riding mower. “The dad felt a bump and shut the blades off right away,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Terry Ternan said. The child suffered an injury to his buttocks and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, Ternan said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, non-injury collisions, suspicious circumstances, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft, assaults and drug arrests for which no information is readily available … and more.

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Jury finds woman guilty in Centralia marijuana store case

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:57 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The woman who secured a business license for the short-lived Hub City Natural Medicine was convicted yesterday of maintaining a building for controlled substances purposes.

A jury in Lewis County Superior Court took only about a half hour to find Lauri Spangler guilty, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meager said.

Last spring, her trial on the same charge ended in a hung jury after about five hours of deliberations.

Spangler was charged in September 2012 in connection with what the city of Centralia said was an illegal marijuana dispensary, which was raided and shut down soon after it appeared on Tower Avenue the year before.

The storefront opened in early 2011 with a city-granted business license, one that slid past officials with a description of its nature as “education and sales of natural medicine.”

Police Chief Bob Berg’s initials were among those placed on the application as it went through the approval process, although jurors were told Berg authorized someone in his department to affix his initials to such paperwork.

Judge Nelson Hunt presided over the two-day trial.

Spangler was the only one of four individuals in the case to go to trial. The others’ cases have been settled with plea agreements.

Voters decriminalized recreational use of marijuana for those over 21 at the end of 2012, and the state is currently the midst of issuing business licenses to growers, processors and retailers.

Meagher said the standard sentencing range for Spangler’s offense is between one year and a day up to 20 months in prison.

Spangler appeared in court briefly this afternoon to set a date for sentencing, but her lawyer was unavailable, so she will return next Thursday to set a date.
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For background, read about the 2013 trial, “Centralia marijuana store case goes to trial” from Wednesday May 15, 2013, here

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News brief: Reason for Olympia man’s death near Adna undetermined

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office says the cause of death for a man found in his vehicle parked at a convenience store near Adna last Thursday can’t be determined until the results come back from toxicology tests.

Aid and deputies called about 1:45 p.m. that day to state Route 6 and Highway 603 learned the car had been parked there since as early as 9 a.m.

The man, Daniel Richart, 52, is from Olympia, according to Coroner Warren McLeod.

An autopsy showed no signs of foul play or injury, according to McLeod.