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News brief: Heat wave rolling in

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 12:19 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Potential record breaking temperatures along with dry and breezy conditions have prompted weather watchers to warn of a serious risk of fire danger.

Western Washington is ripe for wildfires into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

A fire weather watch was issued last night for the Southwest Interior lowlands along with much of the western side of the state.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the middle-90s in Chehalis over the next three days, reaching as high as reach 97 degrees on Friday.

The Department of Natural Resources today expanded its burn ban to prohibit campfires in state parks, state forests and all forestlands protected by DNR.

The weather service urges people to avoid outdoor burning of every kind, not to use fireworks and to use ashtrays in motor vehicles.

“After a relatively mild summer, we are entering a period of critical fire weather on both sides of the Cascades,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark stated in a news release. “The greatest fire danger right now comes from carelessness. It’s essential that people understand the risks involved and do not spark any fires.”

An excessive heat watch issued this morning by the weather service is in effect tomorrow through Saturday evening.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm
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SLASHED

• Chehalis police were called about 1:35 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Southwest Chehalis Avenue where someone had slashed all four tires on a female’s vehicle.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday about a female checking into a medical facility under someone else’s name at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in order to obtain prescription narcotic medication. No arrest was made, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report just after 10 a.m. yesterday from the 700 block of H Street in which a female said she was contacted by a lending institution which informed her someone in Oklahoma applied for a credit card in her name.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 5:35 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of West Cherry Street regarding three baseball-type caps stolen from a vehicle.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Witnesses said the driver of a Mitsubishi turned into a Cadillac damaging its front right fender at the 2100 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis and then drove away at about 8 p.m. yesterday, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nobody was injured but Centralia police located the suspect driver and he was arrested for hit and run, according to police. Jorge L. Manzo,22, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, violation of no contact order, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, suspicious circumstances, third-degree theft, collision on city street, someone throwing ice cream cones out window of moving vehicle, kids picking apples from someone else’s tree … and more among 161 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: First Responders Day at the fair

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:58 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Fans of Lewis County’s first responders can meet the people on the front lines and behind the scenes at their show-and-tell today.

Last year, the gathering dubbed First Responders Day was held in the parking lot at Bethel Church in Napavine. This year, the fun moves to the Southwest Washington Fair.

The event is designed to provide citizens the opportunity to interact with the many different first responders serving the citizens of Lewis County, all in one place. It will be held in the area of the north lawn by the Saloon Stage.

Demonstrations planned include: a firearms simulator, fire extinguisher simulator, CPR flash mob, Sparky the Fire Dog, water pump drill, Safety Pup, Hurst rescue equipment demonstration, less-lethal demonstration, Stop Stix deployment demonstration, search and rescue K-9 demonstration, and patrol K9 demonstration.  Visitors will also be able to meet the sheriff and local police chiefs.

Demonstrations run from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The following agencies have been asked to participate in the event: Centralia, Chehalis, Napavine, Toledo, Morton and Pe Ell Police Departments, Washington State Patrol, Lewis County Dispatch, Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Lewis County Juvenile, American Red Cross – Lewis County Chapter, Lewis County Crime Stoppers, Search and Rescue – Cascade Dogs, all Lewis County fire districts, Lewis County Chaplains and the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

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News brief: Olympia couple practically unscathed by encounter with falling tree on highway

Monday, August 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm
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Van is impounded after getting struck by tree. / Courtesy photo by Bill Serrahn

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The couple whose van roof was crushed by a cottonwood tree in Packwood escaped serious injury or worse by inches.

Lewis County Fire District 10 Chief Lonnie Goble said they were traveling along U.S. Highway 12, maybe 30 to 45 mph, when the tree came down yesterday afternoon, striking just behind the driver’s seat.

“That had to be a sudden stop,” Goble said. “It pushed the roof down to within an inch of where you put your feet on the floorboard.”

The woman passenger possibly had a broken arm and the driver had to wait to get out while a crew cut the vehicle, he said.

“He was just fine, he just stepped out and had a little pain in his back,” Goble said.

John E. Lange, 45, and Stephanie C. Lee, 39, both from Olympia, were transported to Morton General Hospital. They were treated and then released, a hospital spokesperson said today.

Their 2007 Honda Odyssey minivan was destroyed. The fire chief estimated the diameter of the tree as 18 to 20 inches.

Goble said they had a dog laying in the back seat, which was shook up, but seemed to also be unhurt.

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Tree lays along U.S. Highway 12 after roadway is cleared. / Courtesy photo by Bill Serrahn

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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Updated at 7:13 p.m.

ARMED DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• A 62-year-old Mossyrock woman was booked into jail yesterday after allegedly picking up a pistol from a coffee table in her living room, loading it with a magazine and pointing it at her husband during an argument. Deputies arriving to the home on the 300 block of Jarvis Road about 4:40 p.m. arrested Sandra K. Merritt for second-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. No injury was reported.

FIREARMS STOLEN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports someone broke into a home on the 300 block of Harmon Road outside Chehalis and stole four rifles, two shotguns and a set of binoculars sometime in the two weeks that ended on Friday. The loss is estimated at $3,914, according to the sheriff’s office.

MOSSY BURGLARY

• Sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. yesterday, someone broke a window at a home on the 100 block of Valley View Drive in Mossyrock, went inside and stole a computer, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Missing is a silver 20-inch HP laptop, according to the sheriff’s office.

SAFE, JEWELRY MISSING

• A Chehalis woman returned home from vacation to find someone had burglarized her home on the 1900 block of Bishop Road, stealing a diamond ring, two diamond sapphire rings and a black safe containing cash and more jewelry, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened sometime between Aug. 4 and Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at $2,100.

GARAGE BURGLED

• Sometime between Friday and Sunday someone got into an unlocked garage on the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia and took a green and orange floating tube valued at $9.98, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AUTO THEFT

•  A black 1996 Honda Accord was reported stolen about 6:40 a.m. today from the 1200 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. It has a license plate reading 340 YTX, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PURSE STOLEN FROM SHOPPING CART

• Chehalis police were called to Wal-Mart on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 12:15 p.m. yesterday where a woman said someone took her purse out of her cart while she was shopping. A security person found it in a trash can in the ladies room, minus a credit card, her keys, some medication and $25 cash, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called to the 300 block of Southwest Third Street about 8 p.m. yesterday following the discovery of a vehicle prowl. Someone had rummaged around inside and took the registration, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• Police called by aid when a male was found slumped over inside a vehicle in a parking lot at the 500 block of South Market Boulevard about 2 p.m. on Friday ended up arresting him for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Jesse J. Hull, 36, from Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. A passerby who allegedly picked up Hull’s wallet off his car and began to walk away was detained, according to police. The woman said she got the wallet from the ground, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. A search of her turned up an item with a brown residue that is being sent to the lab for testing, Bailey said.

• A 27-year-old Onalaska resident was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act after police were called to the 700 block of South Market Boulevard about a suspicious vehicle just before 8 a.m. on Friday. Nicholas B. Decker had an outstanding municipal warrant as well and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Decker was charged today with possession with intent to deliver as the officer who arrested him allegedly found 3.1 grams of heroin plus two scales and bags for packaging inside the car. His bail was set with a $10,000 unsecured bond.

AND FROM MORTON

• The Morton Police Department reported today they assisted the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office with an incident at about 1:40 a.m. on Thursday of an individual with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg near the 100 block of Forest Road 74.

• An exotic bird was evicted from its home on the 300 block of First Street in Morton, because of continuous noise. An officer responded to a complaint about 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday and could clearly hear the bird for the 20 minutes he was parked outside the residence, according to the Morton Police Department. The owner was given a copy of the city ordinance and given one week to relocate the bird, according to police.

• Officers responded to the 700 block of Main Avenue to several disorderly individuals playing loud music at about 10:35 p.m. on Saturday. One person stepped forward and said he would make sure the campers kept the noise down but later when they didn’t comply with that request, they were asked to leave, according to the Morton Police Department. About 70 individuals vacated the park.

• Police responded to the 700 block of Main Avenue at about 8:25 p.m. on Sunday where an individual had decided not to pay the $15 park stay fee. They were escorted to an ATM and ended up paying the fee, according to the Morton Police Department.

SMALL SUSPICIOUS FIRE

• Police were called by firefighters about 12:20 a.m. on Saturday when they responded to a small pile of smoldering apparent briquettes at the 1200 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis.

SLASH IGNITES ON TIMBERLAND

• Firefighters were called about 7:30 p.m. yesterday for a brush fire off King Road west of Winlock. They found slash piles burning on one to two acres of timber company-owned property, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. Personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources were summoned and expected to be out there again today, Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said.

WEDGED FOOT RESCUE

• Firefighters were called just before 6 p.m. yesterday to rescue a 4-year-old boy whose foot got stuck in a hole in the ground at the 300 block of Northwest Cherry Avenue in Winlock. It was the concrete footing to a former fence post, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. The child was given a blanket, a tablet loaded with movies and a set of ear plugs while an air chisel was used to remove the concrete during an approximately 35 minute operation, Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Two teenagers were hospitalized after a single-vehicle collision yesterday evening on U.S. Highway 12 about two miles east of Oakville. Troopers called at 7:37 p.m. indicate Violet K. Starr, 18, was traveling westbound when her car crossed over the center line, spun and came to rest in the eastbound ditch. The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer was described as totaled. Starr was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital and her passenger, Roberta R. Youckton, 17, was taken to Summit Pacific Medical Center, according to the Washington State Patrol. Both are from Oakville. The wreck is under investigation, according to the state patrol.

• A 47-year-old man from Lakewood was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after he lost control of his motorcycle as he neared the end of Limmer Road in Winlock, not realizing the pavement ended. It happened about 1:25 p.m. on Saturday. The damage to his motorcycle was minor, but he had cuts to his face and rib pain, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A wreck on U.S. Highway 12 at Park Street in Oakville about 1:40 a.m. on Thursday is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol. David A. Holbrook, 62, of Montesano, was traveling westbound and struck a Western Star tractor-trailer which turned eastbound onto the highway from Park Street, according to the state patrol. Holbrook’s 1996 Chevrolet Corvette was totaled and he was transported to a hospital, the state patrol. The truck driver, Jeremy D. Holbrook, 37, of Tenino, was reportedly uninjured. The roadway was blocked for two hours.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, probation violation, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, vandalism civil issue, 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. today.

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News brief: Centralia police Humvee stolen, recovered

Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 6:46 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 28-year-old man is sitting in jail after allegedly stealing the Centralia Police Department’s Humvee and then stalling it along Interstate 5 after traveling about four miles and being detained by passersby.

“These guys stopped to help him and learned he had stolen it, and called police,” Centralia Sgt. Dave Clary said.

It happened about 6 p.m. yesterday

Police say David L. Reser went into the city’s fenced compound on the 1400 block of Mellen Street and drove off with the vehicle, knocking down a light pole along the way.

He headed northbound on the freeway and came to stop just on the north side of the county line, according to police.

Clary said Reser was the one who told the men he’d stolen the Humvee.

The Washington State Patrol processed Reser for driving under the influence, according to Clary. The Centralia resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary and theft of motor vehicle.

It was just last week when the Chehalis police chief’s patrol car was stolen, allegedly by a 17-year-old who tried to outrun a trooper on the freeway and left his car at a Chehalis golf course, jumping into the unmarked Chevrolet Impala as law enforcement searched for him.

Clary said the gate was not fully closed to the city’s fenced compound yesterday evening.

“The compound is not quite as secure as we’d like,” he said.

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News brief: Olympia motorists hurt by tree in Packwood

Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 5:51 pm
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Tree lays along U.S. Highway 12 after roadway is cleared. / Courtesy photo by Bill Serrahn

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people were injured when a large tree fell onto their van as they were headed through Packwood on U.S. Highway 12 today.

Troopers called to the scene about 1:45 p.m. report the 2007 Honda Odyssey minivan was totaled.

John E. Lange, 45, and his passenger Stephanie C. Lee, 39, both from Olympia, were transported to Morton General Hospital,  according to the Washington State Patrol.

It happened near near Skate Creek Road. The pair had been traveling westbound, according to the state patrol.

Photos shared by a Packwood area resident show what appears to be a cottonwood laying along the roadway and the van with a crushed roof.

The van was impounded to Beslow’s Towing, according to the patrol.

The state Department of Transportation noted the roadway was cleared shortly after 3 p.m.

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Van is impounded after getting struck by tree. / Courtesy photo by Bill Serrahn

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm
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VICTIM BEATEN WITH BATS

• Centralia police reported this morning they are investigating an incident in which multiple people assaulted a man with baseball bats. Officers were called about 10:20 p.m. yesterday to the 800 block of South Tower Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment, according to police. Sgt. Dave Clary said because there is more investigating to do and the suspects are not in custody, he could not divulge anything further. “It’s a serious felony,” he said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday about a burglary at the 400 block of North Ash Street. A PlayStation video game console was stolen from a residence, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday after three leaf blowers were stolen from a locked and gated compound at the 100 block of Harrison Avenue.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 2:50 p.m. on Friday following the discovery that a trailer and an off road vehicle were stolen from the 2700 block of Colonial Drive. The ORV is described as a new silver Kawasaki Mule, according to the Centralia Police Department. The trailer was later recovered abandoned in Tumwater by the state patrol, according to police.

• Centralia police took a report about 10 a.m. on Friday from the 500 block of East Summa Street about a rental car previously not returned that had been recovered.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just before 3 p.m. yesterday for a report of a vehicle prowl at the 400 block of East Magnolia Street. A checkbook was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police investigated a five vehicle, minor injury collision at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about 6 p.m. on Friday.  The causing driver was issued a notice of infraction for speed too fast for conditions, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, probation violation, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, vandalism, civil issue, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 354 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 10:49 am
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Honda Accord went airborne over the median into the oncoming lanes. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 5

POLICE PURSUITS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports yesterday morning’s accident on Interstate 5 that left a motorist with head and neck injuries occurred during a police pursuit that began just south of Chehalis. Just after 5:30 a.m., a deputy observed a 2004 Honda Accord cutting in and out of traffic and passing on the shoulder well over the speed limit, according to the sheriff’s office. As they approached the U.S. Highway 12 interchange, the Honda hit a log truck’s trailer and went airborne and landed on its side, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said. The driver, 34-year-old Vince R. Chargualas, of Vancouver, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to a Vancouver hospital, Breen said. The case is being referred to prosecutors for charges of attempting to elude and reckless driving, Breen said.

• A motorcyclist that took off following a traffic stop overnight at the 2300 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia wrecked at a corner, fled on foot into a wooded area and wasn’t found. It was just before 1 a.m. when a deputy stopped two motorcycles and then one of them hollered, “go, go, go,” according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was not located but investigation revealed he was 25-year-old Christopher B. Gill, whose license was suspended, according to the sheriff’s office. The case is being referred to prosecutors for charges, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said this morning.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 6:20 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Pioneer Way in Centralia following the discovery someone had forced their way into a storage shed. Items were moved, but it wasn’t immediately known if anything was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• A deputy was called yesterday for a break-in of a pole barn at the 100 block of Rogers Road in Chehalis, in which numerous valuables were stolen from a 91-year-old victim. Sometime between 3 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. on Monday, someone pried a lock and made off with an air compressor, a skill saw, 30 antique cow bells, 20 antique milk bottles and tools, some of which were antiques, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Also missing is a metal “Pet Milk” sign, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police came upon a suspicious vehicle just before 11 p.m. yesterday and after contacting its owner, learned it had just been stolen. The case is associated with an address on the 900 block of North Tower Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. The vehicle was returned to the owner, according to police.

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of Virginia Drive about 12:15 p.m. yesterday regarding a red 2006 Hyundai Elantra stolen sometime since Monday.

• Centralia police were called about 12:15 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle stolen from the 1300 block of Lum Road. The car had been loaned to an acquaintance and not returned, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Johnson Road where sometime within the previous half an hour, a white 1992 Honda Accord was stolen from in front of the owner’s home. It has a license plate reading AIT 5832, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WHAT NOT TO DO

• A 28-year-old woman who allegedly assaulted her boyfriend in front of a police officer just before 2 a.m. today at the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia was arrested. The victim’s injuries were minor, according to the Centralia Police Department. Winona F. Gladue, 28 of Chehalis, was booked in to the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault, according to police.

CUT AND RUN

• Centralia police were called to the 1600 block of South Gold Street at 2:30 p.m. yesterday on a report a female customer walked out of the business without paying for a haircut and coloring. The incident is being investigated as a third-degree theft, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 41-year-old man arrested about 3:40 p.m. yesterday for a warrant at the 1600 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Richard L. Coryell, of Chehalis, was booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, misdemeanor assault, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 163 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Bear spray, box cutter and heroin

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 10:45 am
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Trial is set for September for four individuals charged with second-degree robbery for a Centralia incident authorities alleged involved a ruse to obtain heroin that resulted in a struggle inside a car with bear spray and a box cutter.

The suspects are: Andrea Parker, 34, of Chehalis; Jon Parker, 32, transient; Robert Plasencia, 29, Napavine; and Kiana J. DeLaRosa, 18, of Chehalis.

“The allegation is the set up of a drug deal,” Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told the judge when their bail was addressed. “We’ve had people get really hurt in this county on drug deals.”

The bail hearing was held last week. Judge Richard Brosey set bail at $50,000 for three of the defendants. He made it $25,000 for DeLaRosa, who has no criminal history.

Police got involved when they were called to the 1600 block of North Scheuber Road in Centralia at about 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 30

Early information was a purse and backpack were stolen after a threat with a knife.

The two victims, a male and a female, told of a request to get some heroin for DeLaRosa who claimed to be “drug sick.”

Charging documents go on to describe when they arrived, DeLaRosa got into the backseat of the car, reached forward and took the keys from the ignition.

The three other suspects allegedly came out of the residence and DeLaRosa told them the victims had stolen $100 from her.

Another one got into the back seat and began fighting with the male victim who was sprayed, and the victim later admitted taking a box cutter to a suspect.

The two victims both called 911 and the Parkers allegedly admitted to finding a small amount of heroin in the bags and using it.

They all were given court appointed attorneys. Their arraignments were all scheduled for last week. The trial is set for the week of Sept. 19.
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For background, read “News brief: Centralia robbery suspects apprehended” from Monday August 1, 2016, here

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Using cell phone while driving suspected in Winlock wreck

Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm
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Robert Hicks is shown his seat in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man arrested yesterday for hit and run in connection with a head-on crash in Winlock that left another driver seriously injured allegedly showed up at a Winlock woman’s home that morning looking a little beat up with blood on him, asking for a ride to Kent.

The woman told detectives Robert A. Hicks told her not to tell anyone, and also left blood on her passenger seat, according to court documents.

The early morning wreck on July 24 left 50-year-old Mechelle Crosse with broken bones in her face and elsewhere. Her sister-in-law said she was just released from the hospital on Tuesday.

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“She’s still in a lot of pain,” Carla Ladino said. “She’s got no teeth, she just got off a feeding tube, she has a broken back and broken feet

“It’s going to take some time for her to heal, and I hate seeing her in so much pain.”

Hicks, 28, was arrested hours after the story and his photo gained region wide attention, through Washington’s Most Wanted.

When he was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, his temporary defense attorney said it was his understanding all the media attention prompted Hicks to contact police.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher asked bail be kept at the $500,000 amount listed on the arrest warrant.

“We’re very concerned he’d be a flight risk and take off,” Meagher said.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke said it appeared Hicks’ income did not qualify him for a court appointed lawyer, as he earns about $4,000 a month as an electrician. But if he’s held  in jail and can’t work, he has no other source of income so he probably could not afford an attorney, O’Rourke indicated.

Judge Nelson Hunt set bail at $250,000.

Hicks, who recently moved to Winlock, was charged with vehicular assault plus hit and run.

Charging documents in the case state that detectives concluded the 2007 Acura four-door Hicks was driving was traveling south along the 200 block of North Military Road when it crossed the centerline and hit Crosse’s pickup truck.

Detectives suspect he was texting or talking on his phone.

Crosse told deputies that after the collision, a male asked her if she could move, tried once to open her door, and told her he was going to call for help.

He left walking south, and five to 10 minutes later, a motorist came across her and called 911.

The investigation led to his ex-girlfriend in Kent, the owner of the car, who Hicks reportedly told the car was stolen, but also told her he was texting, according to charging documents.

Lewis County sheriff’s detectives have obtained cell phone records for Hicks’ phone, which reportedly show texts and phone calls to two Winlock women between 5:11 a.m. and 5:52 a.m. that day.

Crosse, who resides in Winlock, was on her way to work at Safeway in Chehalis that morning, and the 911 call from the passerby came in at about 5:26 a.m.

Ladino attended the court hearing, and left feeling empathy for the man accused of leaving her injured sister-in-law alone on the road.

She said she suspects the reason he ran off is because he was scared.

“At first I was pissed, but today I’m feeling sorry for the guy, cause he’s so young,” she said.
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For background, read “Update: Wanted driver who allegedly fled Winlock accident scene arrested” from Wednesday August 10, 2016, here

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Theft of police chief’s car could mean adult court for teen

Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 17-year-old boy accused of stealing the Chehalis police chief’s patrol car, knocking down a trooper who tried to stop him and leaving two damaged vehicles in his wake as he fled onto Interstate 5 could be tried as an adult.

The un-named juvenile from Lacey was arrested yesterday afternoon, captured by a police dog after a nearly hour-long track in the tree line just north of Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

The chief’s unmarked Chevrolet Impala had been abandoned along the freeway near milepost 81, with a damaged front tire, according to a department spokesperson.

A detention hearing was scheduled this afternoon in Lewis County Juvenile Court and a “decline hearing” will be held in the next couple of weeks, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said if a person is 17, and commits this type of crime, the court has the discretion to move the case to adult court.

The suspect’s name was not released by police because he is a juvenile.

According to Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey, the string of events began with troopers attempting to make a traffic stop of a vehicle speeding on Interstate 5.

Law enforcement caught up with the car in the parking lot of Riverside Golf Course, on the 1000 block of Airport Road in Chehalis, but it’s driver fled, according to Bailey.

The passenger, a 15-year-old girl, was taken into custody and booked for a probation violation, according to Bailey.

As officers searched for the driver, the suspect driver got into the unmarked police car, Bailey said.

As officers approached the car, the suspect put it in reverse, striking a trooper with the open door, Bailey said.

“From what I understand, the trooper was knocked down, knocked down to the ground,” Baileys said.

The trooper was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Then the suspect sped away, headed over the Chamber Way overpass to enter northbound I-5,  and struck two civilian vehicles along the way.

Bailey said an occupant of one of those vehicles complained of back pain and went to the hospital as well.

Chehalis Officer Warren Ayers and his partner Reign were summoned shortly before 1 p.m. and eventually found the suspect, according to police. The suspect was taken to the hospital for a dog bite, before booking at the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center.

Bailey said Chehalis police were looking at charges of first-degree assault and eluding as well as hit and run, but other agencies could have other offenses to add.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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CAR THEFT

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 3:30 a.m. report today that someone stole a white 1992 Honda Accord from the area of Reynolds Avenue and North Pearl Street.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to the 1000 block of North Scheuber Road in Centralia about 9:50 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl. The ignition was damaged and a small green cooler was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FUNNY MONEY

• Someone spent a counterfeit $100 bill at a retail store on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 5:30 a.m. today.

SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORT

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday to take a report of a rape that occurred at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road earlier this year. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

‘YOU’VE GOT MAIL’

• Chehalis police were called just before 11:30 p.m. yesterday by a female at the 400 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue who said she just had a note pushed through her mail slot. An officer responded and spoke with her and advised extra patrols in the area, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The contents of the note were not revealed by police, but they made the recipient nervous, according to a department spokesperson.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Centralia man was found with a baggie that tested positive for meth when he was picked up on a warrant about 8:35 a.m. yesterday at the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue in Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Christian J. Rangel Ocampo was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

BIRD ABUSE

• Chehalis police were called about 2:35 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of North National Avenue where an individual said they saw a pedestrian abusing a bird. They said he was kicking it, throwing it on the ground and against a wall before tossing it into a field, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A responding officer couldn’t find the bird or the suspect, according to police.

STRUCTURE FIRE

• Firefighters were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday to the 3600 block of Jackson Highway where a cluster of portable storage buildings, with metal roofs, were burning. It was fairly straightforward to extinguish but the loss is in the neighborhood of $5,000 to $7,000, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. A nearby travel trailer sustained heavy smoke damage and some fire damage, Lt. Laura Hanson said. A chicken house was involved but since the poultry was roaming, none were harmed, Hanson said. Someone had been burning in a wood stove inside the structure, she said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A passenger vehicle rolled over into the median after a collision involving a log truck about 5:40 a.m. today on Interstate 5 near milepost 68. The passenger vehicle’s driver self extricated but was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with medics, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, misdemeanor assault, probation violation, no-contact order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, unfounded report, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 190 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Former Jeremy’s restaurant manager gets six months for theft

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 6:53 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The last time Mindy D. Nogues was convicted of first-degree theft for stealing from her employer, she was given a sentence of 30 days.

This time, a judge gave the former manager at Jeremy’s Farm to Table six months.

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Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler said his inclination was to make her sit in jail, but he acquiesced to her attorney’s request she be allowed to serve her time on work release.

The judge said he didn’t want to deprive the victim of the chance for her to pay him back.

Nogues, 32, appeared in Lewis County Superior Court today to be sentenced, after pleading guilty last month to first-degree theft.

She worked at the Chehalis restaurant on West Main Street from May until October of last year, and was arrested in January following an investigation by the Chehalis Police Department.

She was also ordered today to repay former owner Jeremy Wildhaber $9,232.29.

Charging documents alleged she pocketed hundreds of dollars per shift, using various schemes to attempt to cover it up.

The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office initially worked out a plea agreement with Nogues in which they would recommend she serve only four months in jail if she paid $2,500 of the restitution by the end of July, according to Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm.

Her lawyer, Jakob McGhie, told the judge this morning she didn’t willfully fail to meet that obligation, but she did fail.

His client hadn’t been working regularly until July, he said, when she took a job at National Frozen Foods.

“She was in a long term relationship, and in the past couple of weeks the relationship ended,” McGhie said. “Her partner completely drained their shared account and took off.”

Judge Lawler imposed the top of the standard sentencing range, which the two attorneys agreed upon in their recomendations.

“The fact that you’ve stolen from an employer, you’ve done this twice, now that’s shocking to me,” Lawler said. “I don’t know what’s going on with that business, I’m not sure if it’s going to make it; but I’m sure that didn’t help.”

The judge ordered Nogues to report to the Lewis County Jail by next Tuesday.

It was June 2013 when Nogues pleaded guilty to first-degree theft, in a case involving the Travel Lodge in Centralia where she had worked as a manager. She served her time on house arrest, also known as electronic home monitoring, according to court documents.

The judge in that case ordered her to pay restitution to the business in the amount of $52,187.05.
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For background, read “Manager at Jeremy’s restaurant charged with stealing thousands of dollars” from Tuesday March 15, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm
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AUTO THEFT

• Deputies arrested two people yesterday evening for theft of a motor vehicle after locating a missing 2016 Ford F150 at an address on the 500 block of Larmon Road near Toledo. The truck was taken from the 200 block of U.S. Highway 12, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Michael A. Rowland, 30, of Toledo; and David B. Appier, 32, a homeless person, according to the sheriff’s office. Because Appier caused blood exposure when he struck his head on the rear cage of the patrol vehicle, he was additionally booked for second-degree malicious mischief, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said.

• Police were called about 7:10 p.m. yesterday when two individuals were seen attempting to steal a vehicle at the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia. The suspects fled prior to police arrival, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 6:20 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of North Railroad Avenue to take a report someone had tried to steal a vehicle, damaging the ignition.

• Police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday for the theft of a black 1998 Jeep Cherokee from the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. It was located later in the day in Thurston County, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just after 7 o’clock yesterday morning following the discovery a 1993 Acura Integra was stolen from the 3000 block of Borst Avenue. The vehicle was recovered abandoned later in the day, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy responded to an approximately 6:20 a.m. call yesterday of a 1999 Toyota Camry stolen from the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia. The car, which had been locked, was taken during the night and contained about $1,600 worth of woodworking tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue. Someone forced their way into the locked truck and stole change and cigarettes, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to a business on the 1000 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue at about 8:40 a.m. yesterday following the discovery someone had gotten into a motorhome parked in a secure area and damaged the steering and ignition.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School about 4:15 p.m. yesterday because an 18-year-old student inmate allegedly was found in possession of a small amount of a green vegetable material. The case is being referred to prosecutors for charging, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND TEEN

• Deputies called about 9:50 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Green Mountain Road in Mossyrock for a missing 14-year-old boy, along with other responders, were able to find him about 4 o’clock this morning. He and others had been out for a walk on Weyerhaeuser timber property when he became separated about 7 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The boy, from Ephrata, was uninjured and in good spirits when he was reunited with his family, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police say a car cut off a motorcycle, causing the motorcycle to slide on the roadway at North Gold and Maple streets at about 7 p.m. yesterday. The rider received minor injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, no-contact order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, disorderly person, misdemeanor assault, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances; complaint that a longtime neighbor still has an Oregon license plate on their car … and more among 171 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Chehalis pursuit of patrol car

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said officers are all out after a patrol car was stolen, believed to belong to Chief Glenn Schaffer.

Bailey said she understood the state patrol was involved in a vehicle pursuit in the area of Airport Road, and then she heard a patrol car was taken.

Schaffer drives a gray unmarked Chevrolet Impala, she said.

Bailey said she couldn’t confirm other details at this time.

More to come

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Update: Wanted driver who allegedly fled Winlock accident scene arrested

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:41 am
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Ford pickup truck and 2007 Acura at scene of early morning wreck, July 24, 2016. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Updated at 8:08 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities yesterday sought a nationwide arrest warrant for the man believed to have walked away from a head-on collision that left a Winlock woman severely injured last month.

A passing citizen who came upon the two-vehicle wreck on the 200 block of North Military Road in Winlock called 911 about 5:30 the morning of July 24, a Sunday.

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Found: Robert A. Hicks

The victim told deputies that before the other driver left, he tried once to open her door, asked her if she could move and said he would call police or an ambulance. The 50-year-old Winlock woman was airlifted to a Vancouver hospital with broken bones in her face and back.

Her Ford pickup and the 2007 Acura four-door, with Utah license plates, were both totaled. The car was impounded.

“She’s got a long road to recovery,” Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza said yesterday. “We want this guy bad.”

The sheriff’s office was looking for 24-year-old Robert A. Hicks.

Snaza met with David Rose yesterday of Q13’s Washington’s Most Wanted television show to talk about the case.

Hicks was located overnight by Olympia police, based on tips from Washington’s Most Wanted. He was arrested for vehicular assault plus hit and run, sheriff’s Cmdr. Dusty Breen said this morning.

They had reason to think Hicks may have been staying with someone in the Winlock area. He’s lived in King County and before that, in Florida, according to Snaza.

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For background, read “News brief: Victim found injured, alone at scene of two-vehicle collision in Winlock” from Monday July 25, 2016, here