Updated at 10:36 a.m.
ELECTRICAL OUTLET IGNITES IN RESTAURANT
• It turned out the smoke inside a pizza restaurant at the Twin City Town Center in Chehalis last night was caused by a “fried” outlet behind the Pepsi machine. Firefighters were called to Little Caesars Pizza on the 1500 block Northwest Louisiana Avenue at 10:15 p.m. because workers getting ready to close could see smoke, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. The arriving crew could smell something burned but it took about an hour and a half to find its source, Firefighter Pennie McCarty said. They examined the outlet behind the machine, pulled the plug and shut off the breaker switch, McCarty said.
• Centralia police were called to a church on the 1600 block of Military Road yesterday morning to take a report of an overnight burglary. Unspecified property was damaged and electronics were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Police were called yesterday about a burglary to an office that occurred sometime over the weekend on the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.
STOLEN HONDA RECOVERED
• Two individuals were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle in Centralia yesterday. The Honda Accord was missing out of Oregon and an officer contacted John C. Franken, 32, of Centralia, and Regina D. Ashley, 29 of Roseburg, Oregon, at about 12:15 p.m. at Lakeshore Drive and Pear Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. They were booked into the Lewis County Jail.
MONEY TAKEN FROM SHOPPER’S WALLET
• Chehalis police were called to Wal-Mart just after noon yesterday when a 20-year-old shopper discovered her wallet was missing only because somebody turned it in. She had conducted some business there at the 1600 block Northwest Louisiana Avenue including cashing a check for $300, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim got the wallet back minus its cash, according to police.
• Centralia police were called about 1:25 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Harrison Avenue to investigate a possible internal theft.
• Chehalis police were called at 4:30 p.m. yesterday after an individual witnessed a car prowl behind Safeway on South Market Boulevard. Police were told a young male punched out the window, grabbed a purse and then fled, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The suspect was not located, according to police.
• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning regarding an overnight car prowl at the 500 block of Hilltop Drive. Among the property taken was a registration, receipts and a wallet, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Morton police reported yesterday an officer responded to the 200 block of Division Avenue to a report of suspicious envelopes being left on reporting party’s doorstep as well as some neighbors on Thursday afternoon. The handwritten message seemed to be religious in nature and the addressee was from the 8000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma, according to the Morton Police Department.
ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD
• Chehalis police contacted a suspected hit and run driver a couple blocks away from an incident at the 100 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue just after 9 a.m. yesterday and the 33-year-old motorist was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked out. There was a “rub” mark on the rear bumper of the parked vehicle and police are trying to determine if it occurred because of some kind of medical event, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, failure to obey officer, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, missing wallet, hit and run, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation, suicidal person, collision on city street, political signs stolen from front yard … and more, among 174 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.