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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm
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Suspect exits Wal-Mart following high-dollar theft.

MAN GRABS JEWELRY FROM DISPLAY CASE

• Police are on the lookout for a thief who has targeted the jewelry department at Wal-Mart in Chehalis, making off with an estimated more than $3,400 of earrings and other valuables. He’s described as a heavy-set male and an image captured by store security video is being distributed by Crime Stoppers of Lewis County in hopes someone might recognize him. It was about 5:35 a.m. on Feb. 2 when he entered the store on Northwest Louisiana Avenue, approached a countertop spinnable display case and used a tool to break the lock and steal the merchandise, according to Crime Stoppers. Authorities say he was picked up and dropped off by taxi at the Pepper Tree Motel in Centralia. The same subject is believed to have committed the same crime at the same place the day before. Crime Stoppers asks anyone with information about the location of the property or the identity of the person responsible to contact them.  Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the clearance of crimes. Anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422 or information may be shared online at www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org

AUTO THEFT

• Police took a report last night of a 1995 Nissan Maxima stolen from the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia. The four-door car is described by the Centralia Police Department as gray, almost black, with zebra-striped heart stickers in the back window. It has a license plate reading AOU 3246, according to police.

• Centralia police took a report about 1:30 p.m. yesterday of a vehicle stolen from the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road which was subsequently located in an unspecified area “out in the county.”

CAR PROWL

• A purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked at the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia, according to a  report made to police about 6:25 p.m. yesterday.

DRUG INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police say they located methamphetamine when arresting Jacob R. Woods, 39, for an outstanding warrant about 7:30 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Alder Street. The Chehalis resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail for the warrant, but officers continue to investigate the drug aspect of the case, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BENEFIT FOR THEFT VICTIM IS TONIGHT

• Tickets to the annual crab feed hosted by the Tenino area fire department are among the auction items donated for tonight’s event to benefit stone carver Keith Phillips whose livelihood was threatened when his tools were taken in a burglary. The dinner is set to take place at the Tenino Eagles at 349 Sussex Ave. W. from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

AND MORE

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

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

POSSIBLE THIEF SCARED AWAY

• Deputies and a police dog responded about 5:10 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Belleville Road west of Chehalis when a resident headed to his shop to check on his cats discovered an individual trying to break in to the building. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the dark-haired male in his late teens or early 20s was “pulling and prying” on the shop, trying to make entry, but ran off into the woods when he saw the victim. The dog track was unsuccessful, Brown said.

FIREARMS STOLEN

• Someone broke into a home on the 300 block of Cinebar Road between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. yesterday stealing two rifles, a red toolbox and other valuables, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the front door was forced open and the victim is still compiling a list of property that was taken. The sheriff’s office has suspects, as a witness saw a vehicle leaving with two subjects in it, Brown said.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 5 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of West Pear Street about a theft in which tires stored in a basement were missing.

• A Centralia police officer took a report yesterday of someone stealing an ashtray from a backyard on the 700 block of West Chestnut Street.

DRUGS

• He said it was’t his, and it was sea salt used for cooking, however, an officer concluded 38-year-old Jamey R. Smith, of Chehalis, would be arrested for possession of methamphetamine. The arrest took place around 10 p.m. on Wednesday after police were called about a couple arguing at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis, according to police. Smith was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ARMED ROBBERY IN TENINO

The Olympian reports The Whistle Stop Grocery at the 12000 block of Old Highway 99 in Tenino was robbed at gunpoint around 8 p.m. yesterday. Nobody was hurt and a track with a police dog failed to locate a suspect, according to news reporter Jeremy Pawloski.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as responses for protection order violation, disorderly person, collisions on city streets, a male grabbing a female’s butt as she walked by … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

KNIFE SCARE

• A 30-year-old man from White Swan was arrested at a gas station in Centralia yesterday after his passenger told a clerk he’d pulled out a knife and threatened to cut her as they traveled down Interstate 5. Police responding about 10:30 a.m. to the Chevron on the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue arrested Nathan L. Roy at gunpoint and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said the two acquaintances were on their way home from up north and he was apparently unhappy she’d missed the exit to Interstate 90 in Seattle. When she mentioned it to the clerk, the clerk asked if she’d like police called and she said yes, Reichert said. There were two children with them in the store when officers arrived, he said.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 38-year-old woman reported to police yesterday afternoon that her husband assaulted her last Wednesday at their home in Centralia. The investigation continues, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNHAPPY CUSTOMER ESCORTED OUT

• A 33-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested and jailed for disorderly conduct after an incident yesterday at a restaurant in Napavine over her order. Deputies called just before 2 p.m. to the Plaza Jalisco at the 100 block of Birch Street Southwest were told she’d ordered food to go, but was dissatisfied was given a refund. The sheriff’s office says Calee F. Anderson however began yelling and refused to leave. Deputies escorted her out and booked her into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

CIGAR OFFERS CLUE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that two teen suspects from a Monday night burglary at a gas station in Packwood were arrested Tuesday evening, when a deputy contacted a pair of 16-year-old boys at Blanton’s Market. Someone broke a window at the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 12 about 10:30 p.m. and stole packs of Swisher Sweets cigars, business cards and a magnifying glass, according to the sheriff’s office. When a deputy contacted them, one of them had a Swisher Sweets cigar sticking out of his pocket, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. They were booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, Brown said. They are from Ocean Park and Ilwaco, she said.

VEHICLE ACCIDENT

• A 56-year-old Winlock man was hospitalized yesterday after he exited a moving vehicle on the 300 block of Drews Prairie Road in Toledo. Aid and deputies called about 4:20 p.m. found he had a head injury and he was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said he was on medication and apparently thought they had arrived at their location. “I don’t know if he stepped out, or jumped out, but he opened the door and got out of a moving vehicle,” Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for shoplifting; responses for alarm, misdemeanor assault, family dispute, suspicious circumstances, a strange dog jumping into the back of someone’s pickup truck … and more.

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Chief Walkowski hired by Spokane area fire department

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:36 am

 By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The chief of the largest fire department in Lewis County has taken a job near Spokane, just four months after the adoption of a shrinking budget necessitating layoffs of firefighters here.

Riverside Fire Authority Chief Jim Walkowski arrived to Centralia eight years ago as the city department was expanding and merging with its neighboring district and will take a post next month as an assistant chief with another growing fire agency.

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Chief Jim Walkowski

Spokane County Fire District 9 based in Mead is a mid-sized suburban district with more than twice as many personnel, according to its chief.

SCFD9 Chief Jack Cates announced the new hire yesterday on their Facebook page, saying Walkowski will join them on May 1.

He was one of four finalists for the position, when Cates conducted interviews early last week.

In December, Walkowski announced an abrupt and large drop in revenue coming from a massive decrease in the assessed value of TransAlta’s power plant – and the taxes they contribute locally –  in anticipation of its 2020 closure. He said the change would likely lead to cutting up to five personnel. Some have already been let go.

The organization which protects about 180 square miles was operating with 27 firefighters, several of whom are paramedics as well, along with its volunteers.

SCFD9 employs 65 firefighters and just hired four more. It has about 100 volunteers, according to Cates. It protects about 120 square miles and a population of about 40,000, he said.

The move leaves the Chehalis Fire Department without a chief as well; Walkowski a year ago took on the halftime position after its Chief Kelvin Johnson retired.

Riverside has a budget this year of about $3.9 million compared with last year’s roughly $4.6 million.

Walkowski said in December the department previously understood the Washington State Department of Revenue would be depreciating the value of TransAlta more gradually, over an eight or nine year period, but learned of the faster rate. The expected loss in revenue to Riverside is $800,000 to $1,200,000, according to the chief.

A Bainbridge Island native, Walkowski began his firefighting career there in 1991, and eventually moved up to become chief. He took a $12,000 a year pay cut to make the move to Centralia in May 2006.

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Coroner: No cause found for Winlock infant boy’s death

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County coroner says an examination of the baby who died in Winlock yesterday turned up no signs of trauma or foul play.

The sheriff’s office said deputies were investigating the death after being called yesterday morning to the residence on Nikula Road south of town where the infant was unconscious and unresponsive. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital  where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff’s office.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod identifies the child as five-month-old Zane Duel, of Winlock.

Although an autopsy was performed, the cause and manner of death won’t be determined for as long as 12 weeks when the results of toxicology tests and other studies are completed, according to McLeod.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said yesterday it is not necessarily suspicious at this point, but anytime there is a death of a child, the sheriff’s office gets involved.

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Pets perish, one injured in Morton house fire

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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Mattress next to wood stove is blamed for blaze near Morton. / Courtesy photo by Jay Birley

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Morton area resident was hospitalized with burns to his hands after he tried to haul a burning mattress out the front door yesterday and rescue pets.

The ensuing fire in the one and half story house left as many as five young people who lived there together without a home, according to Fire Investigator Jay Birley.

“They’re all probably in their 20s,” Birley said, describing the roommates who shared the two-bedroom residence.

Birley was called about 6:30 p.m. yesterday to explore the cause of the blaze on state Route 508 near Morton said the “kids” who lived there had mattresses on the floors and one was in the living room near the wood stove.

“He was starting a fire in the wood stove and left the door cracked open so the fire would draft,” Birley said.

The young man was the only one home at the time and left to go do something and when he returned to the room, found the mattress on fire, Birley said.

Birley said he dragged it to the door but it wouldn’t fit through.

“He had to let the mattress go, right there at the door,” he said.

Birley said he understood the young man, whose name he didn’t share, then set about trying round up four dogs, at least three of which didn’t survive.

The worst of the damage was in the front room and at the door, he said, estimating perhaps $40,000 damage.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:49 am

Updated at 7:52 p.m.

MAN PUNCHED IN FACE, SUSTAINS SERIOUS INJURY

• A 26-year-old Centralia man is hospitalized with a possible broken eye socket and another man is jailed after an assault last night at the 1700 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded about 9 p.m. to a dispute involving the pair as well as two women, ages 21 an 25. The disagreement was over a relationship and possible infidelity, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The sheriff’s office concluded Michael Thorson, 34, from Bucoda, punched the victim; he was picked up a few hours later at his residence, according to Brown. Thorson was booked into the Lewis County jail for second-degree assault and felony harassment, Brown said. She indicated the victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Thorson was released today from the jail with no charges filed, pending further investigation.

MAN ARRESTED FOR “SPANKING” CHILD WITH CORD

• A 23-year-old Centralia man was interviewed and subsequently arrested yesterday for third-degree child assault in connection with an incident late last week in which the daughter of his significant other was left with bruises and marks on her bottom and legs from punishment administered with a cord, according to the Centralia Police Department. The incident and injuries to the pre-school aged girl were reported late Thursday night from the 100 block of Virginia Drive, according to police. Mario Vasquez was booked into the jail the following day for unspecified reasons, according to police. “It’s not spanking when you do it with a cord,” Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

REMODEL NIGHTMARE

• Centralia police were called about 1 p.m. yesterday to a house being renovated on the 2800 block of Russell Road where someone had stolen copper plumbing pipes from beneath the structure.

THEFT

• Someone stole packages from the front of a home on the 100 block of F Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

VEGETABLES CASUALTY OF HIGHWAY WRECK

• The driver wasn’t injured but lost some of his load of corn when a semi truck landed on it side along state Route 6 west of Chehalis yesterday morning. Aid called about 7:10 a.m. to the scene found the westbound truck in the ditch, near Curtis Hill Road according to Lewis County Fire District 6. It was a slow speed incident, the vegetables spilled onto a field and the driver declined aid, Chief Tim Kinder said. The Washington State Patrol cited Jerry D. Foster, 51, of Curtis, for defective brakes and blamed the incident on inattention as Foster had tried to stop  his 1991 Freightliner for another vehicle on the roadway.

COLLISION AND HEART ATTACK

• A 62-year-old Winlock man was hospitalized after a wreck last night on Interstate 5 at Napavine in which responders found him in cardiac arrest.  Troopers and aid called about 11 p.m. to the northbound lanes near milepost 72 found John R. Boyer’s pickup truck had run into the left hand concrete barrier after striking the guard rail on the other side of the freeway, according to the Washington State Patrol. Firefighters from Lewis County Fire District 5, who had to force open one of the doors, conducted CPR and were able to get him back, Firefighter Brad Bozarth said. Boyer was taken by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, the state patrol reports. He did have minor injuries from the collision, Bozarth said. The Ford Ranger truck was described as totaled. A hospital spokesperson said this afternoon that Boyer passed away; enroute to the Olympia hospital, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collisions on city streets; complaint of loud music … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Updated at 6:18 p.m.

WHEN DOGS ATTACK

• Chehalis police were called about 11 a.m. yesterday to the area of Southwest 19th Street and Snively Avenue when a citizen saw a dog run into a yard and then come running back out with a cat in its mouth. The cat died. Because nobody witnessed exactly what occurred, the owner was issued a citation only for dog at large, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Its owner and the owner of the mixed-breed canine were working the cat issue out between themselves, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

• A 59-year-old woman taking a walk along the 700 block of Eadon Road outside Toledo yesterday was knocked down and bit in the forearm by a yellow lab, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Its owner was cited for “dog at large”, was advised to quarantine the pet for 10 days and the incident is being referred to the code enforcement department, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim, who had been carrying flowers to a neighbor, declined aid, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

OUT OF CONTROL

• A 58-year-old Centralia man was subdued by a Taser after he reportedly told deputies to just shoot him when they arrived to a dispute at the 300 block of Haliday Road last night. Deputies subsequently learned he had thrown a phone at a 57-year-old woman, causing her duck and breaking a mirror, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Rickey A. Francis was in his truck when law enforcement arrived, and drove toward them causing them to take evasive action to avoid being hit, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said Francis was yelling and making obscene gestures and at one point he drove around the back of the residence, and then drove toward deputies again, causing them to take cover behind their vehicles, but was finally taken into custody. Francis was taken to to Providence Centralia Hospital so blood could be taken to check for intoxicants, according to Brown. He was booked for fourth-degree assault and malicious mischief and possibly faces another count, of driving under the influence, Brown said.

NEW BURGLARIES

• A deputy responding yesterday to the 100 block of Salkum Road learned someone broke into a shed and a home and stole an estimated $2,000 to $3,000 worth of valuables including  two security systems and 10 bags of aluminum cans. Among the other items taken sometime between Friday and yesterday were computers, numerous flooring tools and other tools according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A deputy called yesterday to the 300 block of Chandler Road west of Chehalis learned someone entered the shop area of the Hoffman Cedar Products mill and stole items including a blue bucket of tools, some of which feature the initials JM welded onto them. It happened sometime between 11 a.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Someone stole 50 gallons of diesel fuel, a car stereo, a camera, tools and other items from a logging site off Johnson Road in Onalaska sometime between 3 p.m. on Friday and 6 o’clock yesterday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is almost $3,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

OLD BURGLARIES

• A DNA match from dried blood left on a power cord at a Centralia burglary scene a year ago led to the arrest yesterday of a 28-year-old woman, according to the Centralia Police Department. An off-duty officer spotted Jobie K. Watson and caught up to her on Chamber of Commerce Way in Chehalis; she was taken into custody, according to police. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said in mid-March of last year, someone stole items including a cell phone, computer, jewelry and a car from a home on the 900 block of Ham Hill Road in Centralia.

• Centralia police arrested a 38-year-old woman at the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue yesterday for first-degree assault in connection with an incident earlier this month in which a subject was nearly run down by an escaping vehicle after he interrupted a morning burglary at the 500 block of Hillkress Street in Centralia. It was on March 6 when he saw a female carrying items out his back door and she got into the vehicle with another female and fled, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said Susan L. Ward, from Rochester, was booked into the Lewis County Jail also for burglary.

BULLET MARK FOUND ON VEHICLE

• Centralia police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia where a vehicle showed showed damage apparently from a gunshot. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said it appeared to have glanced off, having struck with some velocity. The report didn’t indicate any reason from the owner as to why anyone would shoot the vehicle, Reichert said.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTERING ADDRESS IS ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER

• A 33-year-old homeless man who is a registered sex offender went to the sheriff’s office yesterday to turn in his “transient log” – of places he had been staying in the recent week – and was arrested for a warrant which had been issued for failing to register, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The new arrest was because he failed to notify the sheriff’s office when he previously left the county, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. James D. Sutherland was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Brown said.

DRUGS

• A 29-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for possession of a little bit of suspected methamphetamine after a traffic stop of a vehicle in which she was a passenger yesterday evening. It was about 6:45 p.m. at North National Avenue and Northeast Coal Creek Road and the officer learned Natasha A. Moore was wanted on a warrant from the state Department of Corrections, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Moore was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 22-year-old inmate at the Lewis County Jail was arrested overnight for a drug violation after corrections officers, acting on a tip, found five pills rolled up in a sock in her cell. Darcie N. Negrete, of Centralia, has been in custody since Friday, brought there by community corrections officers in connection with a drug violation, according to the sheriff’s office. Charges are not being filed, pending further investigation.

LOGGING DEATH INQUIRY CONTINUES

• The state Labor and Industries investigating last week’s deadly logging incident in Salkum reports the victim was working for TJB Enterprises Inc. of Winlock. John B. Leonard, 69, was struck by a large limb early last Thursday morning as he and a second individual cut timber on property just north of the 2200 block of U.S. Highway 12. L and I spokesperson Elaine Fischer indicated yesterday she expects the death will be under investigation for “quite awhile.”

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for misdemeanor assault, protection order violation; responses for alarm, suspicious circumstances, possible DUI, collisions on city streets, concerns of a suicidal family member, concerns about a friend not seen for days, a 15-year-old boy found passed out drunk, a person with a “food” wanted sign found passed out in front of a building … and more.

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News brief: Death of baby in Winlock under investigation

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

Updated at 2:27 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Deputies are investigating after an infant was found unconscious at a Winlock area home early this morning.

Aid and the sheriff’s office responded about 6:30 a.m. to the 300 block of Nikula Road south of town where the baby was unresponsive, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The 6-month-old boy was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

An investigation is ongoing, Brown said.

Brown said it is not necessarily suspicious at this point, but anytime there is a death of a child, the sheriff’s office gets involved.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm

BAREFOOT BANDIT

• Centralia police were called yesterday about 4:20 p.m. when a barefooted man running away from the hospital was seen going through the garage door of a home in the area. Its occupants were not home, but officers arriving to the 1600 block of West Mellen Street found Benjamine D. Winebrenner, 23, in the kitchen and in his pockets were jewelry, money and other items that belonged to the residents, according to the Centralia Police Department. The home belonged to one of his relatives, but he didn’t have permission to be there, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The incident followed a call to the hospital about a disorderly person believed to be intoxicated and believed to be Winebrenner, Reichert said. Weinbrenner was arrested for burglary and theft and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

THEFT FROM MUSEUM

• Police were called just after 6 p.m. on Saturday to the Lewis County Historical Museum on Northwest Front Street where someone had broken into an outdoor storage shed. The report said “metal” was taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department. There was no mention of any artifacts getting stolen, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A shopper at K-Mart in Chehalis on Saturday returned to the parking lot to find her van missing. An officer responding about 11:50 a.m. to the 1200 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue learned the woman may have dropped the keys to her green 2001 Ford Windstar, according to the the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of a wallet being stolen from a home on the 500 block of Davis Street.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called just before 3 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of North Market Boulevard in Chehalis where someone had prowled a car as it was parked in its garage. The garage door had been open. The window was broken out of the locked vehicle, according to police.

CRASH VICTIM RECOVERING

• The Centralia woman injured in a two-vehicle collision on Friday night in Rochester is listed in satisfactory condition this morning at a Seattle hospital. Brittny S. Canfield, 20, and Samuel J. Canfield, 22, of Centralia, were transported to Harborview Medical Center following an 8:40 p.m. wreck on U.S. Highway 12 west of Grand Mound. A hospital spokesperson indicates she didn’t have information on the condition of Samuel J. Canfield, which sometimes occurs when a patient chooses to keep their information, even their presence at the facility, confidential. Two others injured were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital where they were treated and released.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, violation of no-contact orders; responses for misdemeanor theft, possible fraud, suspicious circumstances, vandalism, collision in city streets, noisy teenagers walking the streets, someone seen digging through a dumpster … and more.

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Firefighters versus flames versus old house

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm
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The donated home on Sanderson Road south of Chehalis is allowed to burn freely after training is finished. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A two-story house built in 1890 was reduced to cinders and its concrete foundation after firefighters were done having their way with it yesterday in Chehalis.

The structure on Sanderson Road donated by former volunteer Bob Knapp served as a training tool for members of Lewis County Fire District 6, and a trio who joined them from Riverside Fire Authority in Centralia.

The practice went well, despite the drizzly weather, according to Firefighter Mike Goodwillie.

“All of our combat firefighters received good live fire training and we got to experiment with our new fire extinguishers,” Goodwillie said. “Most importantly no one got hurt.”

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Capt. Scott Snyder observes as two volunteers head into burning room with their hose; left, Erica Lorenzo and Jarrod Fernstrom. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm

SUSPECTED PROWLER RESCUED FROM ROOFTOP

• Firefighters were called about 3:30 a.m. yesterday to help police remove a suspected burglar from atop the steep pitched roof of a two-story house in Centralia. Police responding a few minutes to the 100 block of North Oak Street earlier say the 32-year-old man was attempting to break into the home and had broken a window. Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy said the crew brought ladders and assisted in coaxing the somewhat uncooperative man down. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital for possible hypothermia, as it was raining and cold and they didn’t know how long he’d been up there, McCarthy said. Justin S. Hill, 32, from Seattle, was then booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC CAR THEFT

• A 43-year-old man was arrested by Centralia police yesterday after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and took her car by force knowing he does not have a driver’s license. Police responding about 2:30 p.m. in connection with the 1200 block of Mellen Street and booked Billy D. Powell into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree robbery, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS AND THREAT

• A 22-year-old Chehalis man is in the Lewis County Jail booked for second-degree burglary after an incident at the 400 block of South Pearl Street on Friday night in which he allegedly entered a home and threatened its occupants. Police responding about 10 p.m. located Cole E. Taylor at another residence nearby, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

MISSING MEDS

• Police were called about 12:45 p.m. yesterday to a report of medication stolen from a motel room at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia. The victim named a possible suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report on Friday of two windows being shot out a rental property with a BB gun on the 1200 block of B Street.

FIRE HYDRANTS WILL BE INTENTIONALLY LEAKING

• Beginning tomorrow, if you see fire hydrants around Centralia spouting large amounts of water, stay clear. Workers will be flushing water lines to remove sediment from the mains and introduce fresh water to dead end lines, according to the city water department. The process requires water to be expelled from the hydrants in large quantities at high velocities, according to the city. They say the flushing could continue for approximately three weeks. According to a news release, households may want to do laundry or perform other water-using activated before 7:30 a.m. and after 5 p.m. to avoid times when the water quality may be disturbed – or at least check their water supply first. To find out when your neighborhood will be affected, call 360-330-7512.

COLLISION

• A 29-year-old motorist was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital after a single-vehicle wreck last night on Interstate 5 in Centralia blamed on distracted driving. Troopers called about 11 p.m. to the Harrison Avenue interchange indicate she was southbound and lost control of her car, struck a barrier on her right and then traveled down an embankment across the exit coming to rest in the ditch. Amber S. Hartdegen, from Tacoma, was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained unspecified injuries, according to the Washington State Patrol. Her 2001 Pontiac Aztek was described as totaled. The investigating trooper reports she was distracted by “items” inside her vehicle.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault … and more.

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Rochester woman jailed after husband shot in the back

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 50-year-old man is recovering at Providence St. Peter Hospital after he was shot in the back, allegedly by his wife, at their Rochester home last night.

Deputies called about 11:15 p.m. to the 19000 block of Melon Street arrested the 57-year-old woman, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

They had been arguing and fighting since before they left the Lucky Eagle Casino to go home, according to detective Sgt. Ray Brady.

“Just a bad incident,” Brady said. “Unfortunately, domestic violence incidents are all too common.”

Brady said their investigation found after the couple returned home, he removed himself by going out to the garage. Deputies learned she went to the house grabbed a .38 caliber pistol and returned to the garage, where her husband had just left.

“She fired a shot through the closed side door and struck him in the lower back,” he said.

Cynthia L. Fetterly was arrested and booked into the Thurston County Jail for first-degree assault.

The husband as of last night was serious but stable and undergoing surgery, Brady said.

She told deputies she didn’t recall why they were arguing; he said it had to do with becoming separated while at the casino and not being able to find each other, Brady said.

The wife indicated she didn’t intend to shoot her husband, he said.

“She just wanted to scare him, didn’t want him to come back in the house,” Brady said.

The sheriff’s office said the wife appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

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News brief: Four hurt in Rochester wreck

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 4:36 am
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Responders at collision on U.S. Highway 12 in between Denmark and Huntington streets east of Rochester. / Courtesy photo by Val Davis

Updated at 12:37 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Four individuals from Rochester and Centralia were hospitalized last night after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 12 west of Grand Mound.

Troopers called about 8:40 p.m. to the scene near milepost 43 found both vehicles totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The roadway in front of Briarwood Farms in between Denmark and Huntington streets was blocked for more than four hours during the investigation.

Samuel J. Canfield, 22, of Centralia, was traveling westbound and attempted to pass a westbound SUV when his Chevrolet pickup struck the SUV, according to the state patrol.

He and his passenger Brittny S. Canfield, 20, were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to responders. It’s not clear if she had been seat-belted in, according to the investigating trooper.

The SUV involved was wheels down on the side of the highway but the pickup truck came to rest about 200 feet away on its top next to the railroad tracks, according to Riverside Fire Authority who were called to assist.

“They had to shut down the rail lines to take care of a patient next to the vehicle and another inside the vehicle,” Fire Capt. Casey McCarthy said.

Transported to Providence Centralia Hospital were the driver of the GMC Yukon, Heidi A. Antilla, 46, of Rochester, and her passenger Megan A. Antilla, 19, from Federal Way, according to the state patrol. By this morning, they had been treaded and released, a hospital spokesperson said.

The state patrol indicates drugs or alcohol were involved and they are investigating for possible charges of vehicular assault and driving under the influence. They blamed the collision on unsafe passing.

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Salkum logging incident claims life of John B. Leonard

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm
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John B. Leonard and his wife Linda Leonard at their Chehalis home. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The logger injured by a large maple limb in Salkum yesterday has died.

John B. Leonard was well known in Lewis County, a logger all his life, according to a family friend.

He used to have J.B. Leonard Logging in Chehalis, Marlene Maki said.

He and her husband have known each for six decades, she said.

“John was 69, he acted like he was 39 years old,” Maki said. “He’d pack hay, he was full of life, that’s for sure.”

Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel said an investigator from the state Labor and Industries came out to the site yesterday and was to return today.

Firefighters were called just after 9 a.m. yesterday to acreage just north of the 2200 block of U.S. Highway 12 in between Kennedy Road and Sierra Drive, according to McDaniel.

Leonard was loaded into an ambulance and transported to the Salkum Fire station where they were met by a helicopter that flew him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

It was just two men working, according to McDaniel. At first it appeared vibrations from a logging shovel shook the limb loose, McDaniel said, but he has since come to understand it happened somewhat differently.

“It appears a falling tree caught a limb, and came back and got the poor gentleman,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel described the piece of wood as perhaps 6 inches in diameter, and 20 feet long, before the operator jumped down and  sawed the limb to get it removed from the man.

“The operator and the cutter were the best of friends,” he said.

A spokesperson for Labor and Industries said they are investigating a logging fatality in Lewis County, but had no further information this afternoon.

The death is the third from logging in Lewis County since the beginning of the year.

In mid-January, 63-year-old Alex Oberg, of Toledo, was killed while cutting timber alone in the Toledo area. The sheriff’s office said a tree fell onto Oberg as he was employing a “domino” tree falling technique.

Last month, 21-year-old Tyler Bryan, also from Toledo, was working north of Morton when – according to the initial information from the sheriff’s office – a log being pulled up a slope by a cable began spinning and struck him.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Updated at 7:30 p.m.

FAIL

• Chehalis police arrested a 42-year-old man yesterday at Wal-Mart yesterday for organized retail theft after he allegedly attempted to steal groceries and a chainsaw, and popped over to Home Depot in between where he shoplifted as well. An officer called to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 6:30 p.m. was told a subject selected various items from the shelves but parked his cart inside near the grocery entrance and then left, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police were told he went to Home Depot, then returned to Wal-Mart and pushed the loaded cart out the door but was stopped in the parking lot by security personnel, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Bailey said, more specifically, the subject let go of the cart and tried to run but tripped on the asphalt and fell on his face. Officers found a portable welder from Home Depot inside his vehicle, she said. Donnie D. Resnik, from Sedro Woolley had a warrant from the state Department of Corrections as well and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, she said.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from the 1500 block of North National Avenue where someone had tried to break in to a vehicle. It occurred sometime the week before, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The passenger door was discovered pried open, leaving on the interior light which drained the battery, police said.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• The 37-year-old woman who admitted to helping herself to thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets while she worked at the Flying K store and gas station in Toledo will remain out of custody until formal entry of her sentence is made in Lewis County Superior Court next week. Winlock resident Katrina M. Bowen was fired in September after the owners discovered the thefts that put them into debt, she was charged in January and then pleaded guilty within days of her first appearance before a judge. There was no plea deal. There was no promise of recommending leniency. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg on Wednesday recommended to the judge she get two years, her attorney asked for 90 days. Judge Richard Brosey sentenced Bowen to four years in prison. Eisenberg said today there have been high profile local cases in which defendants were punished with far less time, but noted cases in which the defendants attempted to pay back the money or went through treatment. She started treatment for a gambling problem but only recently, Eisenberg said. “And to be fair to Ms. Bowen, I don’t know if she has any assets to give back,” he said. Eisenberg said he thought Bowen was admitting – through her lawyer – to have taken about $20,000, but the victims’ estimate the amount was at a minimum $60,000 and at a maximum $177,000. How much she will owe in restitution remains to be determined.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, misdemeanor theft, collision on city streets, possible child abuse, suspicious circumstances … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Updated at 10:07 p.m.

UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT

• A 38-year-old Onalaska man was arrested for unlawful imprisonment yesterday after he allegedly held his mother down on a bed for several hours and refused to let her leave. Deputies called about 4:10 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of state Route 508 found Jeffrey A. Church sleeping on a couch and booked him into the Lewis County Jail also for assault and violation of a protection order, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The mother sustained minor scrapes and bruises; deputies were told he had slapped her in the face, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said she didn’t have any details this morning about why. Church was charged today only with violation of a court order. Charging documents state his mother told a deputy he has been living at the home since he go out of jail in February and that around 11 a.m. yesterday, he jumped onto the bed, put a leg across her shoved her and began calling her names. The slapping went off and on until about 3 p.m. and the mother waited until he went to sleep to call 911, charging documents state.

MOTHER BOOKED FOR ALLEGED CHILD PORN

• The mother of the missing Kayla Croft-Payne has been arrested for alleged possession of child porn. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning Michelle A. Croft, 47, was picked up yesterday at the 500 block of Augustus Street in Toledo following an approximately two-month investigation into reports that she had shown at least two individuals a video she had of a naked 7-year-old girl touching herself. The Toledo resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday for possession of a depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the sheriff’s office. An initial report from the sheriff’s office indicated one person told a detective the video included an unknown male giving the child direction. Croft is to be released from jail instead of being charged, pending further investigation. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said they let Croft go because they don’t have enough evidence to convict her of a crime. Croft’s 18-year-old daughter was reported missing the spring of 2010, when she lived in rural Chehalis. Detectives have investigated numerous pieces of information over the years, that have sent them with a cadaver dog to Toutle area, to digging through wells at a Winlock property and elsewhere. A vigil is scheduled for the fourth anniversary of Kayla Croft-Payne’s disappearance, on April 26 at 1 p.m. at Penny Playground in Chehalis.

TEEN TAKES TRUCK, AGAIN

• Chehalis police responded about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Northeast Debra Lane after a 14-year-old boy allegedly stole his grandparent’s truck, for the third time in recent weeks. He faces a possible charge of taking a motor vehicle without permission, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT

• A Vader resident is pointing to an 8-year-old boy following the theft of his collection of Pokemon cards. A deputy contacted the 20-year-old victim yesterday and learned the value is more than $1,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The cards and their binders vanished from the 700 block of Main Street sometime since January, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said deputies would like to talk with the suspect whose parents are believed to reside in the Longview-Kelso area, but they’re not putting out a warrant. “He’s 8 years old,” she said.

• Chehalis police were called about noon yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue where a teenage student reported someone stole about $300 from her purse.

• Someone stole a customer’s bag while they were shopping at the 100 block of High Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:15 p.m. yesterday.

• The 48-year-old man arrested on Tuesday for being a felon in possession of a stolen gun as well as possession of heroin in Centralia has also been arrested now by the sheriff’s office for trafficking in stolen property. Fred H. Isaacson, of Centralia, allegedly sold items on Craigslist that were stolen earlier this month from the 500 block of West Reynolds Avenue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The items included eight tires “with nice rims,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. His second arrest, at the jail, came sometime between Tuesday and this morning, according to Brown. Prosecutors this afternoon said Isaacson has a long criminal history, his defense attorney told a judge it wasn’t that extensive. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey set bail at $25,000 in each of the two cases.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to the parking lot at Wal-Mart in Chehalis about 1:30 a.m. yesterday when a employee discovered someone had broke into her vehicle and stolen a purse and it contents.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 1100 block of Roosevelt Avenue regarding and overnight attempt by someone to pry open the door to a vehicle.

AMMUNITION MAKING ACCIDENT INJURES WORKER

• Emergency responders were called to the bullet manufacturing business in Packwood last night where an employee was injured while loading shells. Firefighters called around 8 p.m. to the Silver State Armory off U.S. Highway 12 transported the worker to Morton General Hospital with minor burns to his head, arms and neck, Lewis County Fire District 10 Chief Lonnie Goble said. “Somehow the primer went off and set off a clip of about 40 primers,” Goble said. The chief said the injuries were minor, but the accident blew off the victim’s safety glasses and he got “stuff” in his eyes. He was released before the night was over, Goble said.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Mark A. Johnson, 61, was charged yesterday not with attempted kidnapping but with attempted child molestation and unlawful imprisonment for incidents police learned about occurring at the Peppertree Motel and RV Park in Centralia involving a 12-year-old boy. Both reside at the Alder Street location and after being contacted by the boy’s father, a detective spoke with the child who said Johnson invited him into his room one day in the recent past where they talked about guitars and four-wheelers when the conversation turned sexual, with the older man asking about girls and the size of the boy’s privates, according to charging documents. The boy told the detective that when he went to leave, Johnson pushed him back down on the bed and then exposed his genitals, charging documents state. The boy pushed the man and was able to run out of the room, according to prosecutors. Johnson had complained to the 12-year-old’s father that the 12-year-old had been “coming on to him,” prosecutors wrote. Police arrested him on Tuesday for or attempted second-degree kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and a warrant, but prosecutors charged him with attempted child molestation and unlawful imprisonment. A judge yesterday ordered Johnson held on $100,000 bail.

WRECKS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning an 18-year-old Ethel resident was issued a citation for second-degree negligent driving after traveling through an intersection and missing the turn at the 100 block of Damron Road outside Mossyrock, striking a house. It happened about 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Neither he nor the 16-year-old girl traveling with him were injured, according to the sheriff’s office. Further details about damage to the structure was not readily available.

• A Centralia woman is listed in fair condition today after her northbound car crossed the median into the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Castle Rock yesterday afternoon. Troopers called about 3:25 p.m. found both cars destroyed. The investigating trooper reports Angelina Puris, 63, from Centralia, lost control of her Nissan Sentra, and then swerved to the left where it was struck by an oncoming Mazda MZ3. Robert F. Huling, 72, of Ridgefield, and Puris were both injured and transported to St. John Medical Center in Longview, according to the Washington State Patrol. Puris was then transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

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

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Car one from wreck on Interstate 5 near Castle Rock. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

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Car two from wreck on Interstate 5 near Castle Rock. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

 

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News brief: School busses hit, escape fairly unscathed

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two vehicles were left with significant damage after two separate incidents yesterday of motorists running into school busses.

No injuries were reported.

It was just before 1 p.m. when a bus carrying about 15 students was traveling eastbound at the 900 block of Byham Road in Winlock when a 61-year-old resident pulled out of a driveway and the two collided, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Buick LaSabre sustained major damage to its left front corner and the bus’s right front portion,  just minor dents and scratches, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The kids said it felt like a bump,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The car’s driver should expect to find an infraction in his mail for failure to yield, according to Brown.

At almost 4 p.m. in Chehalis, a car driven by a 25-year-old woman slammed into the back of a school bus on the 600 block of West Main Street.

“The school bus had stopped at the railroad tracks and the other driver didn’t see it,” Chehalis police Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

Responders said her car was totaled; there were no children on the bus.

WIlson noted that by law whether loaded or not, school busses come to a full stop at railroad tracks, turn on their flashing lights and look both ways before proceeding.

Kayla N. Voie was ticketed for driving with a suspended license, he said.

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News brief: One injured at Salkum logging site

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:29 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 69-year-old man was airlifted to a Seattle hospital this morning after he was struck by a large limb at a logging site in Salkum.

Firefighters were called just after 9 a.m. to residential property just north of the 2200 block of U.S. Highway 12 where they found the victim semi-conscious, according to Lewis County Fire District 8.

Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said they think the large dead piece of a maple tree was shaken loose from the vibrations of a piece of logging equipment passing by. Its operator got down, sawed the limb and got it removed from the man, McDaniel said.

The patient was picked up by a helicopter at Salkum’s main station and flown to Harborview Medical Center, McDaniel said.

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Read about Chehalis drug dealing suspect jailed again …

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports 42-year-old Randall D. Mauel was ordered held yesterday on $50,000 bail following his arrest in Tenino the day before when drug detectives found nearly $10,000 cash in his wallet, and in a residence, several more hundred dollars along with a little more than an ounce of methamphetamine and a small amount of heroin.

Mauel was out on bail following a December drug dealing charge in Lewis County Superior Court after detectives seized pounds of drugs at the 2500 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis, arresting he and his younger brother 37-year-old Ryan G. Mauel.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes Mauel went before a judge in Thurston County Superior Court yesterday – along with co-arrestee Jeremy Erwin, 39 – and remains held on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to deliver.

Read more here

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News brief: House fire planned south of Chehalis

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters will be practicing their craft on Saturday with a donated two-story house off Jackson Highway south of Chehalis.

Members of Lewis County Fire District 6 will conduct training at the home on the 200 block of Sanderson Road, finishing the day by burning down the structure, according to Firefighter Mike Goodwillie.

They expect to begin at some point after an 8 a.m. safety meeting and would like to be done by 2 p.m.

Goodwillie said many neighbors have been asking about watching, and because of where the house is situated and all the equipment which will be one scene, the fire department is hoping to find and cordon off a safe area for spectators.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:54 am

STOLEN FIREARM

• Centralia police were at the 1300 block of Lakeshore Drive around 9 a.m. yesterday following an investigation by the department’s specialized Anti-Crime Team and arrested a 48-year-old man for being a felon in possession of a stolen gun as well as possession of heroin. Fred H. Isaacson, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

K-9 PURSUES WANTED SUBJECT

• Deputies responded about 11:40 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Leudinghaus Road west of Chehalis to a home where a 36-year-old man reportedly violated a no-contact order. When they arrived, a woman there said he had left, but a Centralia police officer and his K-9 partner subsequently tracked him to a wooded area behind the house near Chandler Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Phillip R. McCarty, who was captured with the police dog’s teeth, said he wasn’t fleeing, but had been sleeping in the thick brush near a stump after taking a walk, according to the sheriff’s office. The Doty resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a warrant, for violating an order and also for burglary as he had apparently entered the residence uninvited, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. McCarty is scheduled to appear in court today regarding the warrant but not being charged with burglary, pending further investigation.

POLICE: WOMAN ATTEMPTS CONVERSION OF FOOD BENEFITS TO CASH

• A 39-year-old woman was arrested yesterday after she allegedly used someone else’s food stamp card at Safeway in Chehalis, asking at least one other customer if she could purchase their groceries in exchange for cash, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer responding about 4:30 p.m. to the South Market Boulevard store discovered the card belonged to a Chehalis man who said he did not give the woman permission to use it, according to police. Cristi Wright, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

THEFT OF TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

• Centralia police took a report about 11:30 a.m. yesterday from the 200 block of Ash Street regarding a theft in which a red Craftsman push mower and a blue rolling tool box were stolen.

• Chehalis police responded yesterday morning to the the 2000 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue to take a report of a 1000-watt Honda generator and an orange Stihl  044 Magnum chainsaw missing from city’s public works shed. The loss is estimated at more than $1,600, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The items were taken sometime in the previous 45 days, according to police.

METAL THEFT

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to the 400 block of Bones Road east of Toledo where a property owner reported that since Friday someone had been cutting fencing wire to steal metal fence posts along an approximately 300-foot stretch of land. The loss is more than $500, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone stole a purse from a car at the 1100 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9 o’clock yesterday morning.

ARREST FOR ATTEMPTED KIDNAP

• A 61-year-old Centralia area man was arrested yesterday following an investigation into an incident involving a 12-year-old boy at an RV park on Alder Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Mark A. Johnson was booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempted second-degree kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and a warrant, according to police. Further details were not readily available.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm

“OPEN CARRY” OF RIFLE LEADS TO ARREST

• A deputy traveling along the 1200 block of state Route 506 in Vader about 11 a.m. yesterday stopped to talk with two males sitting on a guard rail, one of which had a rifle strapped to his backpack which turned out to be stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Inside the pack were two pistols, one of which was also stolen, according to the sheriff’s office. One of the guns was missing from Longview and the other from Lincoln County, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of stolen firearms was Joshua Jordan, 36, of Longview, Brown said.

STOLEN FIREARMS

• Centralia police responded about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to a report of a handgun and jewelry stolen from a residence on the 1100 block of South Schueber Road.

• A deputy took a report from an 88-year-old Centralia area man yesterday who said the night before when he returned to his residence on the 3800 block of Cooks Hill Road after giving a ride home to a female he knew only as Felicia he realized his Ruger 22 caliber revolver was missing. The man said he normally keeps the gun on an end table by his chair, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement are attempting to locate the visitor, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• A black 1993 Honda Civic was reported stolen yesterday from the 900 block of B Street in Vader. A deputy learned from the 60-year-old owner he parked the car in front of the house about 6 p.m. on Sunday and when he went back out at 6 a.m. yesterday, it was gone. It has an Oregon license plate of ZUB 478, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BREAK-INS

• A resident on the 1900 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel reported yesterday discovering someone had kicked in a door to his detached garage, although nothing appeared to be missing. A responding deputy learned from the man’s mother who lives down the road that about 15 minutes before an alarm went off, a thin not very tall male with short hair had come to her home asking for gas or a ride to get some gas, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The subject dressed in a white T-short and blue jeans left in the direction of her son’s place, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to the 300 block of Russell Road in Winlock where a neighbor taking care of the lawn reported finding forced entry to two outbuildings sometime since Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It’s not clear what might be missing as the property owner who resides in California hasn’t arrived yet to take inventory, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• Centralia police were talking with a 24-year-old Lacey man yesterday  in connection with a forgery case at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue and discovered he was in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Caleb L. Roney was arrested for possession and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURNING BRUSH

• Riverside Fire Authority was called about 2 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Teitzel Road where a grass fire got out of control. An area of about 100 feet by 100 feet burned and they extinguished it, Capt. Casey McCarthy said.

COLLISIONS

• Troopers called yesterday morning to milepost 75 of U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel found a chip truck on its side but the driver apparently uninjured. Lewis County Fire District 8 was called a couple of hours following the incident to take the driver to the hospital, Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said.

• People inside Rite-Aid felt the building shake and items along the inside wall fell to the floor following a traffic stop in Chehalis last night. It was just before 9:15 p.m. when an officer traveling along the 500 block of South Market Boulevard attempted to pull over a Honda Accord because of an exhaust system issue, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The female driver turned into the retailer’s parking lot, the officer heard a sound of grinding as though the brakes failed and the car went into the building, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. None of the three occupants were injured, but the impact left scuff marks on the exterior brickwork and damage to the license plate and bumper area, Bailey said. A 20-year-old passenger, Alex M. Folden of Centralia, was arrested and booked for an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections, according to police. Bailey said she didn’t yet know if the driver was cited.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for disputes, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances … and more.

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CORRECTION: The roundup has been updated to correctly reflect the source of information regarding the arrest on state Route 506 for possession of stolen firearms

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Westbound truck wrecks in Ethel. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

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Prosecutors: Arsonist planned to continue lighting fires after leaving his burning bedroom

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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Jonathan P. Brown listens to defense lawyer Bob Schroeter after he is charged with arson, for the second time in less than five years.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Charging documents allege 26-year-old Jonathan P. Brown doused his bed and pillows with lamp oil before setting a fire while his mother and 87-year-old grandfather slept and then walked down the street with a lighter, intending to to start as many structure fires as he could before police found him.

Brown, 26, appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon, charged with one count of first-degree arson in connection with the early yesterday morning events on the 3400 block of Prill Road in Centralia.

He’s been there before.

In 2009, the then-21-year-old pleaded guilty to a string of six fires and attempted fires in the Centralia area that caused or could have caused damage to buildings including a residence and a garage. He was sentenced to four and half years in prison.

Centralia police impounded his truck this weekend looking for evidence from an early morning fire on Saturday about a mile from his home that burned the front door area to an unoccupied house, according to court documents.

“I think he presents a distinct threat to public safety, a very grave one,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg told a judge this afternoon as he recommended a high amount for bail.

Brown, handcuffed and shackled at his waist and ankles, was represented by defense attorney Bob Schroeter.

Judge Richard Brosey set bail at $250,000 and signed no-contact orders regarding Brown’s mother and grandfather.

His mother was in the courtroom, but declined to comment.

Sunday’s fire was contained to the bedroom, but charging documents and the fire department give an account of what could have been deadly.

Brown’s mother, Deborah Brown, said she woke up to a fire alarm, went into her son’s room and found burning pillows atop a large chair.

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

She then woke up her father John Germeau who is hard of hearing and called 911. It was 5:40 a.m.

Deborah Brown suffered minor burns to her hand or hands.

The fires in May and early June almost five years ago included a detached garage on Ham Hill Road, and others such as the tarp covering a recreational vehicle and someone’s portable shed, Riverside Fire Authority Chief Jim Walkowski recalled this morning. Court documents indicate Centralia police investigated two fires on Prill Road and Brown admitted to an incident at the historic Borst Home.

Brown was arrested on June 2, and his lawyer Don Blair noted in court documents his defense at trial would include general denial, diminished capacity and potentially mental health issues. But by the end of July the former assistant manager at the Midway Cinema pleaded guilty. Judge Nelson Hunt gave him 54 months – the top of the standard sentencing range – plus some months of community custody.

He was ordered to pay restitution of almost $20,000 to an insurance company and $1,000 to an individual.

It’s not clear when Brown was released from prison. Centralia Police Department detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said it was “recently”. A letter in his court file from the state Department of Corrections states he was terminated from community custody on May 7, 2012, as he was screened for it and found not eligible for supervision.

Charging documents in the current case say when Brown was interviewed at the jail by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detective Dan Riordan, Brown admitted starting the fire in his room.

“He then opened the window in the bedroom to let the fire breathe and to allow the smoke to exit the house to prevent the smoke alarm from being activated,” prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors allege he said he meant to burn the house to the ground, and knew it was a possibility his mother and grandfather could have been overcome by smoke and died.

When asked why, his answer was vague, but did relay he was upset with his mother over some personal issues, prosecutors wrote.

After starting the fire, he left the house, and walked down the street with his lighter, planning to start more fires until he was caught, he reportedly told the detective.

But his lighter broke, and he threw it into the brush.

He was detained yesterday morning on Mayberry Road  by a Centralia officer and K-9 partner, according to the sheriff’s office.

Brown’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday morning. Judge Brosey appointed Blair to represent him again.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

FIREARMS, FOOD, SMOKES MISSING AFTER ONY BREAK-IN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they are investigating evidence left at the scene of a burglary in Onalaska in which four rifles, two shotguns a bow and it arrows were among the more than $4,000 worth of valuables stolen. Also taken were a carton of Camel cigarettes, various groceries, $200 cash and other property, according to the sheriff’s office. The break-in at the 300 block of Dluhosh Road took place sometime between 4:15 a.m. on Friday and 8:15 p.m. the same day, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

COMPUTER STOLEN

• Centralia police were called to the 1400 block of Lewis Street about 11:15 p.m. on Saturday where a resident reported someone came into his apartment and stole a laptop computer.

RV INTRUDER CHASED, GETS AWAY

• Centralia police are investigating an incident from about 3 a.m. on Saturday in which a male was caught by a resident entering a travel trailer at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue. There was a brief struggle and the subject fled, pursued by the resident but escaped, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INTOXICATED TEEN HOSPITALIZED

• Police contacted a 19-year-old Centralia resident about 2 a.m. on Sunday for allegedly assaulting his younger brother, but the suspect had drank so much alcohol he was left in the hands of medical providers at Providence Centralia Hospital, according to police. Christopher H. Tucker was arrested for misdemeanor assault as well as minor consuming alcohol in connection with the incident at the 500 block of Hillkress Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• A 42-year-old homeless person was arrested late yesterday afternoon for vehicle prowl in the second degree after contact with an officer at the 200 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia. Paul I. Ramirez was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD AND TRICKERY

• A 69-year-old Chehalis woman who did volunteer work at St. Mary Catholic Church in Centralia contacted police on Saturday morning to report when she attempted to file her tax return, she learned one had already been submitted using her social security number, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An individual at the 1000 block of Orton Street in Centralia contacted police the day before to report someone tried to file their tax return.

• Centralia police say that as of Friday, they had received multiple reports of a male phoning area businesses advising they are behind in their utility or gas bills and attempting to persuade them to pay up by purchasing a cash card and supplying him with the number.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A Morton man whose 1975 cargo van was stolen at the end of January was contacted after it turned up late Friday night abandoned in a wooded area off the 100 block of Roundtop Road in Mineral, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES NETS THREE

• A pair of 53-year-old Chehalis men were arrested for trespassing around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday after someone reported people cutting firewood behind a storage business near the 100 block of Gershick Road in Silver Creek. David R. Shive and Timothy C. Johnson were cited, and a trooper who initially responded arrested a third person, Tay Salazar, on an outstanding warrant, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Salazar was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police responded about 5:15 p.m. on Friday to a report kids were throwing rocks off the West Street bridge in Chehalis, with one hitting the windshield of a car. No suspects were located, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECKS

• A 14-year-old passenger and a 4-year-old passenger escaped injury when a 33-year-old Chehalis woman rolled and wrecked her car yesterday evening at the 100 block of Antrim Road outside Winlock. A deputy responding following the approximately 6:15 p.m. collision was told by the driver the sun got in her eyes at a curve and she swerved to miss another vehicle causing her to run into the ditch, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Ford Focus was described as totaled; the driver complained of head pain and was cited for second-degree negligent driving as the deputy concluded she was traveling about 52 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to the sheriff’s office.

• An 18-year-old Chehalis woman was hospitalized following a single-vehicle wreck in which she reportedly fell asleep at the wheel on state Route 6 just east of Schueber Road near Chehalis on Saturday night. Madison L. Tereski was westbound in a Honda Civic when the car veered to the right, traveled down an embankment, rolled and came to rest in a d itch, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers responding about 11:50 p.m. blamed fatigued driving and were to issue a citation for wheels off the roadway, according to the state patrol. Tereski was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with unspecified injuries. Her car was totaled, the investigating trooper reported.

DOG, OWNER, SOUGHT FOLLOWING HIT AND RUN

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday after a large dog chasing a cat across a street collided with a vehicle, causing a large amount of damage to the vehicle. The driver described the canine as a Pit Bull and told police she made contact with its owner, who then left the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened in the area of East Plum and South Gold street, and remains under investigation, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarms, disputes, children fighting, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets and county roads, canine tangled in its dog run, children on roof of elementary school, a flash then a bang like a bomb that shook a house, customer using bad checks for purchase and then returning merchandise for a refund, unknown person smearing peanut butter and unidentified substance on windshield of vehicle and windows of house, Justin A. Beaber, 27, Centralia, was cited for failing to transfer the title to his vehicle within 45 days; complaints of music blaring from a parked vehicle, a man in a bathrobe digging through a cigarette butt can on a someone else’s porch, running dogs, barking dog, dog in the wrong backyard … and more.