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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

Updated at 12:02 p.m.

SWAT TEAM GETS WANTED PERSON

• Deputies arrested a 32-year-old Chehalis area man at his home yesterday morning for misdemeanor assault that allegedly occurred earlier at the 1600 block of Bishop Road. A 37-year-old woman called 911 about 9 a.m. regarding the domestic assault and the suspect left, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies and the SWAT team went to his home on the 100 block of Goldmeyer Drive and after unsuccessful attempts to get him to come outside, made forced entry, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza. Jesse M. Mathat was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Snaza said.

DISPUTE LEADS TO ARREST

• A 29-year-old Chehalis man was arrested after a 911 call yesterday afternoon led deputies to a heated family argument at the 100 block of Woodard Road near Napavine. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rob Snaza said a deputy asked Elliot S. Dodrill to step away from the scene to talk but he became verbally aggressive, ignored commands, continued to resist and attempted to assault law enforcement officers, Snaza said. Dodrill was booked for third-degree assault and resisting arrest, according to the sheriff’s office. Prosecutors are referring the case instead for misdemeanor charges.

BREAK-INS

• Deputies responded about 5 p.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary at the 2900 block of Sawall Avenue outside Centralia in which an XBox 360 was taken. Sometime between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., someone forced their way through the front door to get inside the home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning about an apparent burglary at a vacant rental home on the 600 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

UPDATE ON GRAND MOUND ROBBERY

The Olympian reports that 20-year-old Sheena Gillham told a sheriff’s deputy when she was arrested for last week’s robbery of an AM/PM in Grand Mound she needed money to repay a drug debt. The Montesano woman who was apprehended on Monday following a tip about last Wednesday’s incident reportedly ignored a command to stop by a man in the parking lot who drew a gun on her as she left the convenience store on the corner of Old Highway 99 and U.S. Highway 12, news reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes.

UPDATE ON RYDERWOOD SHOOTING

The (Longview) Daily News reports the 43-year-old woman arrested after her roommate was shot in the abdomen at their Ryderwood home told a deputy the hunting rifle accidentally discharged while she was cleaning it in the bathroom and it fell.  John Stiller, 69, drove himself to a Vader restaurant after the early Monday morning incident and was flown to a Tacoma hospital where he underwent surgery. News reporter Barbara LaBoe wrote yesterday Linda Cochran remained jailed with bail set at $200,000.

DRUGS

• A 25-year-old homeless person was picked up and arrested by Chehalis police on Monday in connection with a suspected methamphetamine pipe allegedly found on him last month during a traffic stop. Chad E. Holmes was booked for possession of methamphetamine, charged yesterday and bail was set at $5,000, according to authorities.

SEX CRIME ALLEGED

• A 20-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday by Centralia police in connection with alleged sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl, according to the Centralia Police Department. Zach R. L. Isham was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police responded about 11:20 p.m. yesterday to a report someone was attempting to break a window out of a van parked at the Law and Justice Center on West Main Street in Chehalis. Jacob M. Goble, 22, a homeless person, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, disputes, out-of-control teenager, rental business report that customer did not return property, cars doing cookies in parking lot, car slamming into fire hydrant, other collisions … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

DRUGS

• A 65-year-old Oakville man was arrested outside Wal-Mart in Chehalis overnight for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine. It was about 12:40 a.m. and an officer recognized Gerald Cayenne, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was taken to the hospital to be cleared for apparent intoxication and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Police arrested a 50-year-old Centralia man for warrants and also alleged possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute yesterday afternoon in connection with an address on the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue. The suspect was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with officers about 2:30 p.m., however, prosecutors declined to file charges. Further details were not readily available.

• A 14-year-old girl was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana and misdemeanor assault yesterday afternoon after contact with police at the 1500 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. She was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A case involving a 14-year-old boy contacted at the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia yesterday afternoon will be referred for potential charges of possession of marijuana and prescription pills, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called yesterday morning to the 1700 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis regarding a passenger window broken out a freight truck at the Sunbirds Shopping Center.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarms, misdemeanor  theft, suspicious circumstances, other collisions such as sliding on ice into a ditch and tree, possible chicken neglect … and more.

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Driver pinned beneath vehicle in rollover wreck off Interstate 5

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm
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Firefighters used a type of high-pressure air bag to lift a 2000 Dodge Neon off of its driver. / Courtesy photo Lewis County Fire District 2

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia man was hospitalized this morning after his car flew off of Interstate 5 near Vader, tumbling across a frontage road and landing on top of him.

It appeared Marco Ortiz-Garcia was ejected through the sun roof of his Dodge Neon, responders said, but it came to rest with its wheels down.

“The driver was talking to us from underneath the car,” Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Grant Wiltbank said. “He was pinned, but not being crushed.”

Troopers and aid were called about 6:40 a.m. to the scene just north of the Gee Cees Truck Stop. The car had been traveling southbound and spun out before running down an embankment to the west, through a fence and stopping on the other side of Foster Creek Road, according to responders.

He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital to be treated, Wiltbank said.

The car was totaled. The wreck was blamed on speed. Ortiz-Garcia, 27, was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the Washington State Patrol.

“He was very lucky; my goodness he was lucky,” Wiltbank said. “Somebody who goes through that kind of a crash normally does not walk away.”

About an hour later, a pickup truck hit a patch of ice about a quarter mile south of there and rolled, landing on its side, according to Wiltbank.

That driver was extricated after firefighters cut out the windshield, and suffered mostly bumps and bruises, Wiltbank said. He declined to got to the hospital.

Lewis County Fire District 6 was called later this morning to a rollover accident on Jackson Highway near Marys Corner. The driver was treated and released at the scene, according to Chief Tim Kinder.

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Mass amount of meth, heroin located at Chehalis area residence, four arrested

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:35 am
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One gallon freezer bag containing methamphetamine is among drugs confiscated yesterday outside Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Updated at 1:07 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Law enforcement officers seized more than $200,000 worth of drugs yesterday from a house south of Chehalis, arresting four individuals.

The raid about 12:30 p.m. at a house on the 2500 block of Jackson Highway yielded both brown powdered heroin and methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A one-gallon freezer bag which was located was nearly filled with chards of meth some as long as a Sharpie felt pen.

“Those are the biggest crystals I’ve ever seen in my career,” sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said.

The more than two and half pounds of meth is estimated to have a street value of some $200,000. Nearly 150 grams of heroin discovered inside the home is valued at almost $12,000, according to the sherif’s office.

The Lewis County Regional Crime Task Force and the sheriff’s office SWAT team assisted the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force in serving the search warrant.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Rob Snaza praised the partnership between agencies as being vital to getting drugs off the streets.

“”We recovered a large amount of meth and heroin (yesterday) which made a positive difference in our community,” Snaza said in a news release this morning.

Arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession with intent to deliver were:

• Randall D.  Mauel, 42, of Chehalis
• Ryan G. Mauel, 37, of Chehalis
• Jonathan R. Stajduhar, 34, Chehalis
• Tesa M. Hanks, 34, of Centralia

Hanks and Stajduhar are to be released without charges pending further investigation.

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Brown powdered heroin located at Chehalis area residence. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

KID PORN ARREST

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a 33-year-old Toledo area resident was arrested for possession of child pornography. Sgt. Rob Snaza said this morning a deputy responded on Friday evening to the 200 block of Boone Road where a woman had said she suspected Henry R. Holsinger had such material, the sheriff’s office got a search warrant for a computer leading to Holsinger’s arrest. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. Snaza said the images apparently were circulating on the Internet.

GRAND MOUND ROBBERY SUSPECT LOCATED

• A 20-year-old Montesano woman was arrested today for the robbery last week of a clerk at the AM/PM store in Grand Mound. Deputies responding on Wednesday night to the store on the corner of U.S. Highway 12 and Old Highway 99 were told the pony-tailed female with a multi-colored scarf over her face told the clerk to hand over cash or be shot. Sheena Gillham was booked into the Thurston County Jail today for first-degree robbery, according to Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ken Clark.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning someone broke into a home on the 800 block of Highway 603 west of Chehalis and stole more than $2,500 worth of jewelry sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday. A police dog was called after deputies responded about 9 p.m., but the case remains under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

• About $80 in loose change was reported missing from a home on the 2500 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy contacted on Friday was told the burglary happened sometime between Nov. 22 and Nov. 25, Sgt. Rob Snaza reported this morning.

BARN THEFT

• A deputy was called on Saturday to the 800 block of Jackson Highway South near Toledo regarding a theft from a barn. Among the scrap metal missing sometime from the night before was a transmission from a 1939 Chevrolet pickup truck and as much as 60 feet of aluminum wire, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 9 a.m. yesterday regarding a chainsaw missing from a trailer at the 800 block of South Tower Avenue.

• Chehalis police responded about 4 p.m. on Friday after a woman at the Lewis County Mall discovered a stranger sitting in her car rifling through the glove compartment. The victim said she had parked outside the Sears package pickup are and was only going in for a moment and when she returned, the dark-haired man wearing a knit beanie cap was in her driver’s seat, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He reportedly casually got out and walked towards Yard Birds, police said. The man was not located and the only item missing was an insurance card, Officer Linda Bailey said.

CHIMNEY FIRES

• Firefighters were called to chimney fires today on N Street in Centralia and on the 100 block of Centralia-Alpha Road southeast of Centralia. Neither turned out bad but the incidents follow an early Sunday morning blaze in which a family of five south of Napavine lost their house and everything inside it when a fire started next to a chimney. The cause of that fire is under investigation, but it prompted a fire investigator to emphasize just how important it is to make sure chimneys are in good working condition and cleaned regularly. In both of today’s incidents, it took just a little bit of spray or steam to finish putting out the fires inside the fireplaces.

COLLISIONS

• A 25-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle about 8:15 p.m. yesterday at West Plum and South Pearl streets in Centralia but the injuries were such the man was treated at the hospital and then subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, Centralia police reported this morning. Arriving officers discovered Daniel J. Alvarado was wanted on a warrant, and found he was in possession of suspected methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two women were hospitalized after one of them lost control on the ice and crossed into the oncoming lane on U.S. Highway 12 about seven miles west of Morton today. Troopers called about 10:10 a.m. report that Bambi L. Church, 36, of Silver Creek, and Amanda A. Meekhof, 50, of Packwood, were both transported to Morton General Hospital. Church’s Dodge Dakota pickup and Meekhof’s Toyota Rav4 were both towed from the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol. Church was cited for going too fast for conditions, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving drunk, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, other collisions, citation issued to a motorist who allegedly shined a flashlight into the windshield of a patrol vehicle traveling behind him on U.S. Highway 12 in the dark … and more.

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Sheriff’s office: Ryderwood resident shot by roommate

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Updated at 3:24 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 69-year-old man who drove himself to a Vader restaurant after sustaining a gunshot wound to his abdomen is recovering at a Tacoma hospital.

His 43-year-old female roommate has been arrested for first-degree assault.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded about 4:40 a.m. to a Ryderwood home after receiving 911 calls from both John Stiller and Linda Cochran.

He said his roommate shot him and he was trying to get out of the house; she said she had just shot somebody inside her house, according to the sheriff’s office.

Stiller was able to leave, get into his vehicle and drive himself to the Little Crane Cafe in Vader where he was met by aid and a deputy, according to responders.

He was airlifted to Tacoma General Hospital where underwent surgery, the sheriff’s office reported this afternoon. The (Longview) Daily News reports the sheriff said the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The sheriff’s office stated Cochran stayed on the line with the 911 dispatcher who advised deputies the woman continued to shoot randomly; however Cochran was talked out of of the residence and taken in to custody without incident, according a news release from the sheriff’s office.

It’s unknown why she shot him, but appears she may be dealing with some mental issues, the sheriff’s office said.

Stiller was shot with a hunting rifle believed to be owned by Cochran, the sheriff’s office said.

He is sedated but will remain in the hospital during this initial recovery stage, the sheriff’s office reported this afternoon.

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House fires break out in Napavine, Littlerock

Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Napavine area family lost everything in a house fire this morning, except their lives.

Crews called about 5 a.m. to the 300 block of Raubuck Road found fire in the front room of the two-story house and extinguished it, according to Fire Investigator Derrick Paul.

Two adults and four children escaped safely, according to Paul.

“There were working smoke detectors throughout the house, that’s what woke the parents up,” Paul said. “The fact is smoke detectors quite possibly saved the lives of all those kids.”

A pet dog was evacuated as well, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. The parents were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation, according to Paul.

Five fire departments battled the blaze, according to District 5.

Paul said the the fire damage was confined to the front room, although the rest of the house sustained heavy smoke damage.

It appeared the blaze began next to the chimney, Paul said. A fire had been left burning overnight in a fireplace insert, their only source of heat, he said.

After everyone had cleared the scene, part of the family returned and called 911 about 9:45 a.m. when they saw smoke, according to Paul.

“This time there was fire throughout the residence,” he said. “Basically, it burned to the ground.”

It’s undetermined what caused the second fire, but it’s a possibility an unextinguished ember flared up, Paul said.

“That sort of stuff does happen, nobody wants it to happen, we try real hard to make sure it doesn’t happen,” he said.

Paul said the Red Cross is assisting.

He also noted he wanted to emphasize that especially this time of year when the cold weather has more folks burning in fireplaces, that chimneys should be checked.

Earlier this morning, multiple occupants of a two-story house southwest of Littlerock escaped another house fire.

Crews were called about 3:40 a.m. to the 13900 block of Vue Street Southwest, according to West Thurston Fire Authority.

While there were smoke detectors, an overnight guest was awakened to smoke before they went off and found fire in the laundry room, Chief Robert Scott said.

Five fire departments responded to assist. Flames had extended into the roof in one area, the attic space of the second floor and over the garage, according to Scott.

The home was left with smoke and soot damage to most of the second floor, Scott said.

In that case, one male was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and a minor burn to his hand, Scott said. Five or six people escaped the fire, he said

The cause is under investigation.

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A house in the Bordeaux area southwest of Littlerock caught fire this morning. / Courtesy photo by Robert Scott

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:05 am

SUSPICIOUS FIRE NEAR ETHEL

• Firefighters were called about 3:30 a.m. today when a car parked at a residence on the 200 block of Larmon Road caught fire. It was fully involved when crews arrived; they extinguished it, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. Assistant Chief Jeff Lee said the vehicle had apparently been sitting for awhile unused. The cause is under investigation, Lee said.

WARRANT ARREST

• Police responded overnight to the area off the 1200 block of Rush Road near Napavine after an individual ran from a traffic stop. Centralia’s police dog Lobo was summoned around 1 a.m. and after a short track, captured 32-year-old Raymond D. Faure with his teeth, according to the Centralia Police Department. Faure was wanted on at least one warrant from Centralia, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday regarding someone breaking into a garage at the 400 block of West Magnolia Street.

WRECKS

• Centralia police responded to five non-injury collisions before noon yesterday, all related to traveling too fast in the snow, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said there was about a half inch of snow in town that had iced over.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

OOPS

• A 53-year-old Rainier woman was arrested overnight when she returned after a disagreement to property on the 1600 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia, found the gate closed and locked and drove her Mercedes Benz through it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Sgt. Rob Snaza said Tammie M. Frost previously owned the property and thought she still had rights to it. It happened about 12:30 a.m., Snaza said. Frost was booked into the Lewis County Jail for hit and run, third-degree malicious mischief and second-degree trespass, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 10 a.m. yesterday to the 800 block of North Tower Avenue regarding someone going into a fenced area and stealing a winch for a vehicle.

• Centralia police were called just after 3 p.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Alexander Street to take a report of stolen medications.

DISORDERLINESS

• A 60-year-old homeless person was arrested and jailed yesterday evening for allegedly aggressively pan handling, getting into traffic and yelling at passersby near the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue. Danny L. Howard was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

• A 48-year-old log truck driver from Kelso was unhurt but issued a citation yesterday morning when at a corner on the 500 block of Twin Oaks Road west of Chehalis his trailer flipped onto its side emptying its load. Jeffrey Jacobs said the trailer went into the ditch and he tried to pull it out by accelerating but that didn’t work, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rob Snaza said. It happened about 7 a.m. The road was closed for a time and Jacobs was cited for speeds too fast for conditions, according to Snaza.

• Firefighters were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to a vehicle burning on Interstate 5 northbound just south of the exit 88 interchange in Grand Mound. They extinguished the fire, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Nobody was hurt.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting; responses for alarms, misdemeanor theft, dispute, someone using someone else’s social security number … and more.

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Remains of car near milepost 87 on Interstate 5. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

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Child assault charged in case of 4-year-old Winlock boy

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:16 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors yesterday filed two charges of second-degree child assault against the boyfriend of the mother of a 4-year-old boy who was brought to the hospital over the weekend with various injuries including bruises on the outsides of his legs he said he got from “knife hand” spankings.

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Ryon T. Connery

Ryon T. Connery, 31, was arrested after a deputy on Saturday spoke with the child and his grandparents at Providence Centralia Hospital and then his mother and Connery at the Winlock area home.

The boy had been brought to the emergency room to be looked at after he was dropped off at his great grandmother’s house that morning.

Connery went before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court on Monday, where he was ordered held on $75,000 bail and prosecutors were given two more days to file charges. At the time, the defense attorney said the boy was currently with his other parent.

He was brought before a judge again yesterday when the charges were filed.

The offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

According to charging documents, the boy said he got spanked because he had been breaking “house rules”, including stealing food.

The documents allege the following was learned by the investigating deputy:

The child explained the rug burn on his nose came from when he fell on his face trying to get away from a spanking, an abrasion on his face happened when Connery hit him on the leg and it knocked him over so that he struck his face on the floor.

The child’s mother admitted her son had been made to do wall squats, push ups and being sprayed by a hose at the same time and she knew he’d dropped a weight on his finger – which was broken. She told the deputy the scrapes on his face were from falling down.

But she denied the child was dunked in the outdoor pool and was not aware of the injuries on his chest and back.

When asked what his mother did while he was getting punished, the boy told the deputy she would just watch.

The youngster also had swollen ankle that appeared to have been burned or infected.

The sheriff’s office says the mother and Connery live near Winlock. A document in the court file indicates a Chehalis address for Connery.

The mother said she and Connery have been in a dating relationship about four months.

Connery is represented by Centralia lawyer David Arcuri.

His arraignment was scheduled for today.

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Unemployed man who robbed Chehalis bank says he’s sorry

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm
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Jerrell S. Redmill , in orange, represented by attorney David Arcuri, faces a judge who accepted his remorsefulness for robbing Chase Bank.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 54-year-old bank robber whose worst past crimes were mischief and disorderliness when he was in his early 20s apologized to the court yesterday and said he was truly ashamed.

Jerrell S. Redmill was in Lewis County Superior Court to be sentenced following a plea deal in connection with this past spring’s incident at Chase Bank in Chehalis. His wife, son and two grandchildren sat in the benches behind him as he spoke.

“Desperate or not, I’m responsible for what I did,” Jerrell S. Redmill.

The Kelso resident has been locked up in the Lewis County Jail since May 21, when after he handed a teller a note demanding cash, he got into his PT Cruiser and headed south on Interstate 5.

After he was pulled over by law enforcement officers who followed him into Cowlitz County, money was falling out of his shorts pockets, dropping onto the ground.

Centralia defense attorney David Arcuri appealed to the court to treat his client leniently, noting the crime was very desperate conduct out of a desperate situation related to injuries and being unable to work.

What Redmill did was clearly second-degree robbery, it just happened to take place at a bank which made it first-degree robbery, Arcuri said. Which is what Redmill pleaded guilty to.

The difference between the two in terms of penalty, would be a few months in the county jail or around three years in prison, according to the lawyer.

In Redmill’s case, he faced a sentence of something between 31 to 41 months of incarceration.

Judge James Lawler indicated to Redmill he didn’t doubt his sincerity.

“I’ve seen a lot of people come before me,” Lawler said. “I accept that you are one of the few that are truly remorseful.

“I will accept the deal and I will impose the low end of the range, 31 months.”

The little more than $1,000 the Kelso man gained from the robbery was recovered when he was arrested, on the ground outside his car and the rest on the driver’s side floor.

The same bank on South Market Boulevard was robbed in March of last year, by a pair of local men who got away briefly with less than $2,500 from Chase, moments after a failed attempt at the nearby Twin Star Credit Union – which keeps no cash in its drawers.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

JEWELRY STOLEN

• Centralia police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 200 block of North Tower Avenue after a customer asked to see some jewelry and then walked out of the store with it, according to the Centralia Police Department. The subject was a male with red hair, according to police.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police responded about 3:45 a.m. today when a citizen on the 1000 block of Elm Street spotted someone breaking in to their neighbor’s car. Police say Robert L. Huey, 24, tried to run but was apprehended by officers. Huey, a Centralia resident, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for vehicle prowl and an outstanding warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police took a report yesterday from the 1200 block of Marion Street in Centralia that someone had stolen unspecified items from a travel trailer sometime since Sunday.

CHEHALIS MAN IN HOT WATER

• A 20-year-old Chehalis resident is accused in recently filed court papers of stealing nearly $200,000  worth of expensive sink faucets from home improvement stores in Snohomish County, according to The (Everett) Herald. Joseph T. Littlefield is believed responsible for multiple thefts from various locations over time, according to Herald writer Scott North.

COLLISION

• A 75-year-old driver was uninjured but cited after he reportedly fell asleep, crossed over the centerline of Jackson Highway and struck a parked car. It happened about 9:30 a.m. yesterday on the 2100 block just south of Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The front ends of both vehicles sustained major damage, Sgt. Rob Snaza said. Gary L. Griffin was issued a citation for second-degree negligent driving, according to Snaza.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, shoplift in which suspect allegedly opened a box of ice creams bars and put two of them down the front of his pants; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, disruptive customers, other misdemeanor thefts, dispute between housemates over the heater thermostat; complaint that ATM did not dispense the requested cash … and more.

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News brief: Littlerock taxidermy business burns

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:11 am
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Firefighters extinguish a fire at a Littlerock business this morning. / Courtesy photo by Robert Scott

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A taxidermy shop in Littlerock went up in flames overnight and crews are on the scene investigating the cause.

The fire was well underway by the time neighbors woke up and called 911 about 4:30 a.m., according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Arriving firefighters found a fully involved structure fire, according to Chief Robert Scott.

Alden’s Taxidermy is on Palermo Southwest, just east of Littlerock Road, according to Scott.

The building is a total loss, he said. Scott said there are only two walls left standing from the medium-sized building. Nobody was hurt, he said.

Scott said he’s assuming there is a substantial loss of contents, but the owner is away and he has not yet spoke with him.

The blaze destroyed a pickup truck parked next to the business as well, according to Scott.

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News brief: Female thief threatens to shoot Grand Mound clerk

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Deputies are looking for a pony-tailed woman who robbed the Grand Mound AM/PM store last night and fled south on Old Highway 99 in a dark-colored mid-sized sedan.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:30 p.m., the woman entered the store and ordered the clerk to put all the money in a bag or the clerk would be shot. No gun was actually seen, but the clerk complied and the woman left on foot toward U.S. Highway 12 where she got into a car, according to Sgt. Ken Clark.

The woman used a multi-colored scarf to cover up her face, Clark said.

The store is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Old Highway 99, just west of Interstate 5.

The subject is described as a white female approximately 5-feet 7-inches tall and weighing 120 pounds, according to the sheriff’s office.

She wore her light-colored hair pulled up in a pony tail and a dark baseball cap with light trim and an unidentified emblem on its rim, according to Clark. She was wearing blue jeans, white shoes and a dark waist-length jacket.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a black 2000 to 2004 model Chevrolet Impala with a spoiler attached to the trunk lid, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Alleged Lewis County Oxycodone dealer charged with organized crime

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm
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Forrest E. Amos is facing a third strike charge related to alleged illegal large-scale sales of prescription pain meds from both inside and outside prison.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A local man who has been on police radar since 2010, first for being involved in questionable medical marijuana, then for allegedly becoming a prolific dealer of Oxycodone and working as an informant at the same time, now stands accused by Centralia police of leading organized crime.

It’s a class A felony with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Forrest E. Amos, 30, is in the Lewis County Jail, facing 26 varied criminal charges that encompass activities which date back to the spring of 2011 and authorities say continued in prison this year while he served a 12-month sentence he secured with a plea deal.

Centralia police’s Anti-Crime Team Sgt. Jim Shannon said he picked up Amos as he was released Monday from Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen and took him into custody.

Yesterday, in Lewis County Superior Court, prosecutors requested the former Napavine area man be held on $1 million bail.

“To reflect the direct threat he poses,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg said. “Even behind bars, he wasn’t really controllable.”

Eisenberg also asked the judge to prohibit him access to a telephone while in the jail.

Defense attorney Bob Schroeter indicated that amount was excessive, calling the allegations apparently sour grapes from a falling out.

“The state used my client, trusted him,” Schroeter said. “And now apparently, they don’t feel that way anymore.”

Amos’s alleged drug trafficking organization from inside prison walls came to light in June when Centralia police revealed an investigation that spanned four counties and caught up to some 20 individuals including a nurse practitioner named Sharol Chavez, whose medical records and other documents were seized in Tumwater and Aberdeen.

Chavez, who allegedly supplied thousands of Oxycodone pills to Amos, is under federal investigation, according to charging documents in his case.

At the time, police said intercepted prison phone conversations and surveillance of the ensuing drug deals led to various arrests, and they were nearing the end of their local investigation.

For Amos, who first went to prison for a violent drug robbery committed when he was 16, a conviction on the main charge of leading organized crime would be a third strike.

His arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow.

More to come.