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Jewelry store burglary suspect, alleged getaway driver awaiting May trial

Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 8:02 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The suspected Centralia jewelry store thief who was shot pleaded not guilty today in Lewis County Superior Court.

Justin D. McPherson, 29, remains held on $100,000 bail.

McPherson is believed to be one of two subjects who fled Salewsky’s Jewelry shop on North Tower Avenue on the morning of March 20, escaping through an opening cut into the wall of an adjacent vacant business after the shop owner’s son awakened by noise, came downstairs and fired one round.

McPherson is charged with one count of second-degree burglary as well as residential burglary because the upstairs apartment where Jeremy Salewsky was sleeping is connected to the showroom by an open stairway.

Police say McPherson is from Auburn; an address in his court file shows he lives in Federal Way.

Centralia police arrested McPherson last week as he was getting released from a Tacoma hospital. His girlfriend and mother of his two children was arrested days before when she went to visit him at the hospital. Jennifer Nordyke, 30, who is suspected of being one of two female getaway drivers, is also being held in the Lewis County Jail.

Police have said they don’t know how the burglars knew how the shop shared an inside wall with an unoccupied business.

Charging documents in the case offer a few new details about the break-in. The following are some of them:

Detectives retrieved a two-foot crowbar from the scene, and believe it was used to break through the drywall.

The younger Salewsky told police when he went downstairs, he was startled by a male in a blue hooded sweatshirt he saw grabbing merchandise from an open showcase next to the hole in the wall. He fired at the subject with a Colt .45 pistol, but didn’t know if he hit him.

Salewski stated the male then left through the hole.

A witness smoking a cigarette behind the Olympic Club at about 6:45 a.m., told police he saw two masked males who were running and got into two cars parked in the south lot of the railroad station.

The male who got into a red Mercedes was holding his stomach as he ran, the witness said.

Centralia Police Department detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald previously said McPherson was shot in the lower back, at the belt line. The thieves left a trail of dropped jewelry, according to Fitzgerald.

Charging documents continue, to indicate that police got a break in the case when an off-duty detective spoke a few days later with an off-duty Tacoma police officer and learned a male with a gunshot wound was dropped off at a Tacoma hospital by a female in a red Mercedes the morning of the burglary.

Surveillance video confirmed that, and showed McPherson being escorted into the hospital by a male. Detectives confirmed Nordyke as the registered owner of a red Mercedes.

When police contacted Nordyke at the hospital on March 22, a bag she had with her was searched; the jewelry inside it was taken as evidence. She said she’d recently found it.

McPherson has a 2006 conviction for possession of stolen property, as well as three three eluding convictions. He is represented by Chehalis attorney Ken Johnson.

Their trials are set for the week of May 20.
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For background, read “Breaking news: Centralia jewelry shop burglary interrupted with gunshot” from Wednesday March 20, 2013 at 10:27 a.m., here

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Close up view of the hole cut in the drywall between Salewsky’s Jewelry and neighboring business. / Courtesy photo by Centralia Police Department

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Updated at 5:11 p.m.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Centralia murder defendant Weston G. Miller pleaded guilty yesterday to four firearms charges to “clear up some issues” before his upcoming trial in the death of 43-year-old David Wayne Carson, according to Miller’s attorney. Miller, 30, remains charged with first-degree murder. His trial is scheduled in Lewis County Superior Court for the week of April 15. On March 13 of last year, Miller allegedly used a 9 mm pistol to shoot his house guest, who died at the scene. When detectives searched his home on B Street, they found a silencer, a laser site for a gun, a bullet-proof vest, a Walter 9 mm pistol, a Walter .22 caliber pistol, a Rohm revolver, a MAC-10 semi-automatic and a Winchester model 275 .22 caliber long rifle, according to charging documents. He is prohibited from owning firearms because of conviction two years earlier for  domestic fourth-degree assault. Prosecutors dropped one of the gun charges because police were afraid to test fire one of the guns in order to prove it was functional. In a very brief hearing yesterday afternoon, Miller pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. The standard sentencing range for the offense is one to three months in jail. Neither attorney nor the judge made any mention of when he would be sentenced.

STOLEN STUFF

• A 59-year-old man from Eatonville contacted the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday after finding someone had broken into his weekend home (trailer) at the 100 block of Fairview Drive in Ashford since Monday and left with food, a microwave, a heater, a bandsaw and a propane tank.

• A Vader property owner called the sheriff’s office yesterday after she returned from her home in Nevada to discover someone had stolen numerous tools from a shed and items from her house during the past year while she has been away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A family member currently lives at the home on the 200 block of Tara Lane, but an acquaintance is suspected of taking the items, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday morning by a business on Northwest Louisiana Avenue about an employee allegedly stealing thousands of dollars by committing fraudulent refund transactions. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report of an attempted vehicle prowl about 7:45 p.m.. yesterday at the 1000 block of North Scheuber Road. Someone damaged a lock to the car’s door but didn’t get inside, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• A 17-year-old girl escaped serious injury but totaled her car early this morning when she missed a curve and collided with a concrete bridge barrier west of Chehalis. A deputy dispatched around 4:40 a.m. to the 100 block of Chandler Road learned the Centralia motorist suffered a possible injury from her seatbelt according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was cited for speed too fast as well as being behind the wheel between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. in violation of her intermediate license, according to the sheriff’s office.

ONE OF MEDICS FROM ADNA CRASH HEALING FROM CONCUSSION

• Lewis County Fire District 6 Firefighter-Paramedic Matt McCoy was off work for a couple of days after he and an AMR medic were tossed around inside the back of an ambulance during a rollover wreck early Friday morning in Adna. They were caring for a patient when the AMR ambulance left the roadway and rolled down an embankment on Twin Oaks and Cousins roads. District 6 Chief Tim Kinder this morning said McCoy got a slight concussion and also bruises on his lower extremities. He’s due to return back to work in a few days, Kinder said. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of the state patrol, is investigating the crash. A spokesperson for AMR said he believed the vehicle hit a soft spot at a curve and that while their two employees suffered minor injuries, the patient  was strapped in tight, so suffered no injuries.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting; calls about domestic dispute, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances, found bicycle; report of stolen garbage can … and more.

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News brief: Mossyrock hit with a batch of black and white anonymous messages

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm
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Police want to find out who left this message imprinted around town. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Mossyrock Police Chief Jeremy Stamper was hoping to get a closer look today of video footage of the subjects who left numerous instances of graffiti at the middle school, on at least one church and around town over the weekend.

The black and white stencil and spray paint image was repeated on street signs, businesses and the back door of the Mossyrock Assemblies of God Church on Williams Street, according to Stamper.

The block letters accompanied by some sort of coat of arms claim “We are anonymous, we are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget, expect us,” according to Stamper.

He said he did some research and it appears to be associated with something like Internet hackers. A recent popular documentary may have given someone the idea, he said.

“The school was by far the worst, with 21 spots on windows, doors, well, all over the place for the most part,” Stamper said.

Surveillance images show two people at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday leaving the markings at the school, he said. It was discovered on Saturday morning and a quick review of the video suggests they might be high school-aged, he said.

Stamper said he may not recognize the culprits, but someone will.

“Hopefully we can enhance it,” he said.

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News brief: Kravetz guilty of assaults, disarming deputy in Montesano courthouse

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm
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Steven Daniel Kravetz, right, stands with attorney David Arcuri to hear the verdicts in his case.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Steven Daniel Kravetz today was found not guilty of second-degree attempted murder but guilty of first-degree assault regarding last year’s attack on Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Polly Daven inside the courthouse in Montesano when he fired twice at her with her duty weapon.

A Lewis County jury deliberated about 11 hours over two days before coming to their conclusion.

The jury also found Kravetz not guilty of first-degree assault against Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge David L. Edwards, but guilty of second-degree assault for stabbing him in the back of the neck during the same incident.

Kravetz, 35, will remain held in the Lewis County Jail for now. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey said he wants to conduct sentencing in Grays Harbor, for the benefit of those who work in the courthouse and experienced the traumatic events of March 9 of last year.

Brosey heard the case because judges in Grays Harbor recused themselves. The trial was held in Chehalis to avoid jurors passing through the scene of the crime.

Kravetz was additionally found guilty of disarming a law enforcement officer and various aggravating factors such as being armed with a firearm and another deadly weapon, a knife, during commission of the crimes.

Grays Harbor County Prosecutor H. Steward Menefee said he’s yet to calculate the possible sentence or decide what to recommend.

Menefee said he was, to some extent, disappointed in the jury’s decision. However, as a whole, the jury understood the seriousness, he said.

Centralia defense attorney David Arcuri had told the jurors in the beginning the prosecutors would not be able to prove the intent they were suggesting.
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For background, read “Montesano courthouse shooting victim tells of looking up at her own gun” from  Tuesday March 26, 2013 at 8:50 p.m., here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10:29 am
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Courtesy photo by Trena Gravatt Krause

OOPS

• A motorist searching for her phone while traveling northbound on Southwest Interstate Avenue in Chehalis left the roadway, plowed through a fence and launched into a truck for sale at a car lot yesterday afternoon. The 33-year-old Chehalis woman escaped with mostly scrapes from her car’s airbag and was not hospitalized, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. She actually traveled under the cyclone fence, according to fire Capt. Kevin Curfman who said two trucks were damaged and nearly a third one. Chehalis Police Department detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said she broadsided the 2004 Ford F350 crew cab, which was shoved into another truck. It happened about 1:35 p.m. at Uhlmann Motors. Wilson said he didn’t expect her to be ticketed, but noted she will have her insurance company to deal with.

OUCH

• Chehalis police were called to the area near Wal-Mart about 10:15 a.m. yesterday after a pedestrian allegedly punched the hood of a Chrysler Town Car he said was in the crosswalk while he was. It left a knuckle-sized dent, according to police. The “puncher” was not found, police said.

THEFT IN SILVER CREEK

• Someone stole a spool of quarter-inch copper wire after cutting through a fence at he 2800 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Silver Creek. A deputy called yesterday learned the theft occurred sometime since March 24, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $1,900, according to the sheriff’s office.

MISSING VEHICLE

• Police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Marsh Avenue in Centralia to take a report of a vehicle stolen; police were told the owner left it with someone more than a year ago to get it fixed and hadn’t been able to track that person down, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer located the 1970 Chevrolet and it will be returned to him, police said this morning.

LAPTOP LIFTED FROM DOZING LIBRARY PATRON

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a laptop computer that was stolen from the library on South Silver Street on Sunday. It’s owner, a 49-year-old Rochester man, said it was plugged in next to him, he fell asleep and when he woke up, it was gone, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An estimated $1,000 worth of stereo equipment was stolen from a car over the weekend at the park and ride lot on the 800 block of West Main Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police on Monday. The victim found it unlocked, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called just before 8 a.m. yesterday about graffiti that appeared overnight on a building at the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia. The words “Solve One” were left in black spray paint, according to police.

OUCH

• A customer at the Lewis County garbage transfer station in  Centralia was whacked in the back of the head by a pipe being moved by an employee operating the stationary excavator yesterday morning. Riverside Fire Authority was called about 9:30 a.m. to the 1400 block of South Tower Avenue. The victim, a LeMay driver, was bandaged up and transported to the hospital, according to authorities.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with a suspended license, DUIs; report of protection order violations, misdemeanor thefts; and complaint of loud partying neighbors … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm

THEFTS

• Centralia police responded just before 10 a.m. yesterday to the laundry business on the 500 block of North Pearl Street where an undisclosed amount of money was stolen during the night. A door was found unsecured, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A woman called Centralia police yesterday from E Street after she got a credit card bill from Victoria’s Secret of more than $400, according to the Centralia Police Department. She hadn’t ordered anything from them, according to police.

• A generator, several hand-held radios and a GPS device were among the items believed to be missing from an airport hangar in Morton, according to a report made to the Morton Police Department on Saturday.

• Someone removed a window from the Morton school bus garage, siphoned diesel from a bus and stole a Gateway laptop computer as well as a red “jump” box used for jump starting the busses, according to a report made to police on Friday morning.

• Police were called to Morton Junior-Senior High School about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday when a siphon hose and a five-gallon can were discovered near two school district vehicles parked near the boiler rooms. No fuel seemed to be missing, according to police.

• Morton police were called about 6:45 p.m. on Friday to a possible burglary to a residence on the 400 block of Oniell Road. Police reported yesterday the case is still under investigation.

• Morton police reported yesterday they arrested 40-year-old Patricia M. Horrace a week ago Monday in connection with a burglary at a home on the 100 block of Westlake Avenue. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail where she is being held on $5000 bail. She has pleaded no guilty.

DRUGS

• Morton police reported yesterday they contacted three girls at Morton Junior-Senior High School on Wednesday morning in connection with possession of a controlled substance. The cases are being referred to Lewis County juvenile prosecutors for charging decisions, according to the Morton Police Department.

• Centralia police arrested a 30-year-old man and 23-year-old woman yesterday each for possession of heroin and methamphetamine. The arrests came after police got back the results of tests of white residue from a pipe and a tarry substance from a tea candle tin, items that were handed over to police who went to visit the couple at their Centralia home last August, according to charging documents. Officers went to the residence looking for other subjects who were suspected of selling stolen property, asked the two if they used drugs and asked if they had any drug-related materials in their home, according to the documents. Carlina F. Anderson and Jeffrey C. Sitton, were booked into the Lewis County Jail and appeared before a judge this afternoon. Neither has any past felonies and were released on signature bonds pending trial.

• A 45-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested by Centralia police yesterday for drugs based on a visit to her residence three weeks ago when police were looking for two of her relatives who had arrest warrants. Those subjects weren’t found, but officers allegedly spotted several hypodermic needle and a digital scale inside, according to charging documents. Rhonda I. Russell “was told if she was honest and cooperative, she would not be arrested and the defendant agreed,” Lewis County prosecutors wrote in charging documents. “In addition the defendant agreed to help law enforcement apprehend additional suspects in the near future. That, apparently, did not occur and the defendant was arrested.” Russell was charged today with possession of methamphetamine. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said Russell has no criminal history and asked she be allowed to be released pending trial on a $25,000 signature bond. Judge Richard Brosey asked why she wasn’t arrested earlier this month if police had probable cause then, or conversely, why she was jailed yesterday instead of being summonsed to court with a letter. Meyer indicated that police decided how to handle it.

HAVE YOU SEEN THESE FIREARMS?

• Lewis County Crime Stoppers is looking for tips on the locations of eight guns and 2,000 rounds of ammunition that were stolen in a residential burglary three weeks ago on the 700 block of Chandler Road west of Chehalis. Also taken sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. on March 11 from the home were a 36-inch Peerless flat screen television, a green Dell laptop computer, a black and gray Netbook laptop and a FireSAFE safe, according to Crime Stoppers. The missing ammo were 10 boxes of 9 mm and a 1,000-round box of .22LR, according to Crime Stoppers. The firearms are as follows: Marlin .22 rifle with scope, Ruger .22 rifle with scope, Remington 9mm rifle with scope, 25-20 lever action rifle, Remington 30.06 pump action rifle, Colt .22 antique revolver and a Ruger .22 pistol, serial #21359540. 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.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with a suspended license,; responses for domestic disturbances, non-injury collision, stolen bicycle, possibly intoxicated driver, suspicious person; complaint that someone “keyed” a vehicle, noisy neighbors … and more.

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Read about sheriff’s office looking deeper into Rochester death …

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports detectives got a search warrant to obtain items from a Rochester home after an autopsy suggested a discrepancy between when a dead woman’s ex-husband stated she sustained a head injury and when it appeared to have occurred.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes the 48-year-old woman, whose identity is not released, died at home the night of March 8 after the ex-husband conducted CPR and arriving medics attempted to revive her; the ex-husband said she had fallen a few hours earlier and struck her head on a nightstand.

Read about it here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm

POLICE: CHEHALIS MAN SPRAYS ANOTHER WITH BEAR MACE

• A 24-year-old Centralia man called 911 on Saturday afternoon after he was attacked with bear mace in north Centralia, according to police. Police called about 3:20 p.m. were told he was invited to a residence on the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue and when he arrived, was met outside by someone and as they walked toward the rear of the home someone else jumped out of the bushes and sprayed him. The substance is like pepper spray used on bears, and is much more potent than even the spray police officers use in their work, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. Damen Kroll, 23, of Chehalis, was subsequently arrested for fourth-degree assault, and booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PACKWOOD FIGHT SENDS ONE TO HARBORVIEW

• Deputies were called about 2 a.m. on Saturday to Packwood after a 26-year-old man from Auburn was stabbed, allegedly during a fight with a 25-year-old man from University Place. It happened at a gathering at a home on the 100 block of Terrace Way, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was in stable condition last night, according to detective Sgt. Dusty Breen. It’s unclear if it was done in self defense and is under investigation, according to Breen. Breen declined to say what the alleged implement involved was. The 25-year-old suffered some minor injuries, he said.

CENTRALIA SWORD THREAT LANDS MAN IN JAIL

• A 52-year-old man was arrested on Friday evening after allegedly pushing his ex-girlfriend and threatening to cut her up with a sword, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called about 7:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of Long Road in Centralia booked Edward A. Morgan, of Chehalis, into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to police.

ONY FIGHT ENDS WITH ARREST

• A 21-year-old Onalaska man was arrested for taking swings at a large group of people who attempted to break up a fight between him and another subject at about 7:50 a.m. on Friday at the 300 block of Carlisle Avenue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Connor F. Green allegedly refused to identify himself, lied about having a gun and was resistive when deputies tried to detain him. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, for disorderly conduct, resisting and obstructing, according to the sheriff’s office.

BAD TEXTS AND PHONE CALLS

• Centralia police were contacted about 10:15 p.m. yesterday on West Third Street about a girl receiving sexually explicit text messages from a man. They are investigating.

• A mother called Centralia police on Friday to report her daughter received more than 300 phone calls from a male the daughter has a protection order against, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation.

• Chehalis police were called about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 400 block of North Market Boulevard where a man complained he got a harassing text from the grown son of the woman he is dating. He was asked to make a formal report after he sobered up, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

INTOXICATED 20-YEAR-OLD STUMBLES ACROSS DEPUTY

• A 20-year-old Chehalis man found about 2:33 a.m. on Saturday drunk and staggering down the side of the roadway at the 600 block of Forest Napavine Road West south of Chehalis was given a citation and then a ride home. Gregory S. Albright, who said he’d been drinking Bacardi and Jack Daniels, was cited for minor in possession and / or consumption, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone stole the steering wheel (and ignition) to a 1987 Jeep pickup at the 1300 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before noon yesterday.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1800 block of North Pearl Street where they were told a home had been broken into and video games stolen.

• Police took a report yesterday about 1:15 p.m. of a break-in to a basement of a residence on the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia. It’s not clear if anything is missing or how or even if someone got inside, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:15 p.m. on Saturday regarding the theft from an enclosed back porch on the 600 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue of two chainsaws, a leaf blower and a weed eater sometime during the day.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they identified a possible suspect through security video in the theft of a ski bag with gear valued at more than $1,100 from the White Pass Ski Lodge on the 13000 block of U.S. Highway 12 that occurred last Tuesday. The victim is a 63-year-old Longview man, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and heroin when they were allegedly found on her after she was picked up on a warrant at the 1000 block of South Gold Street in Centralia Saturday afternoon. An officer contacted Chantel Latour just after 1 p.m. at the same time as contacting another person with a warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department. Latour and 27-year-old David Lindsay were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 51-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a stolen motorcycle on Friday at North Gold and Marion streets in Centralia. Martin W. Gallagher was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

OOPS

• Chehalis police were contacted by security personnel at Wal-Mart about 7 p.m. last night who said they received a call from a woman who said she’d just arrived home and realized she left her toddler in a shopping cart in the parking lot. A spokesperson for the police department said there was no arrest and no report written, so she didn’t know any more details or even if it truly occurred.

AND MORE

• And as usual, arrests for warrants, driving with a suspended license (or allowing a suspended driver behind the wheel of one’s car), misdemeanor domestic assaults; complaints of loud music, loud dog; responses for non-injury collision, misdemeanor thefts, lost purse, runaway child, request for a check on a relative who didn’t take her meds and didn’t come home … and more.

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New DNA analysis being conducted on old Maurin murder evidence

Monday, April 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm
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Ricky A. Riffe consults with his lawyer during a hearing today in Lewis County Superior Court.

Updated at 3:40 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – There was a “drop dead” date for the trial of accused double kidnapper, murderer Ricky A. Riffe to begin, however, testing of recently rediscovered evidence has prompted yet another postponement.

Riffe, 54, was charged last summer in the 1985 abduction and shooting of Ed and Wilhelmina Maurin, an elderly couple who lived in Ethel.

He was in Lewis County Superior Court today when attorneys, and the judge, agreed to delay the trial from May until this coming October.

Defense attorney John Crowley made the request and Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said he had no objection.

Crowley said that about a week ago, the sheriff’s office discovered hair from the car and also a cigarette butt found in a trash can in the Maurin’s bathroom, and wanted to get the items tested for DNA.

The Maurins weren’t smokers, he said.

Judge Richard Brosey recalled he had previously set a firm deadline, noting some of the victims’ family are concerned they’re not getting any younger. But he agreed to the change in dates.

“If there’s any other evidence that needs to be tested, find it and get it done,” Brosey told prosecutors.

His client is happy to wait for the results, according to Crowley.

“He said, ‘my DNA is not on that cigarette, get it tested’,” Crowley said.

The former Lewis County resident is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery, as well as one count of burglary. He has been held at the Lewis County Jail since his arrest in July at his home in Alaska.

A pre-trial hearing previously scheduled for the last two days of this week was reset for the morning of Sept. 6.

Essentially an after thought, attorneys also asked to postpone the trial date setting in a new case recently filed against Riffe. He was charged earlier this year with two instances of allegedly raping and fondling a young relative almost 30 years ago. Not guilty pleas have been entered in that case.

The murder trial is now scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 7 and last three to  four weeks. Prosecutors now say they have subpoenaed 200 witnesses

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For background, read “Maurin homicide: Riffe pleads not guilty, his attorney hints at proof” from Thursday August 23, 2012, here

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Read about Montesano courthouse attack defendant’s explanations for his frustrations …

Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:13 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The trial for the man accused of shooting a deputy and attacking a judge at the courthouse in Montesano last March continues this morning in Lewis County Superior Court.

The (Aberdeen) Daily World reports that jurors heard from defendant Steven Daniel Kravetz via a videotape recorded during an interview with police.

Read about it here

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Read about recovered Winlock eagles take to the skies …

Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11:44 pm
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By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KOMOnews.com caught video of the six bald eagles as they were released yesterday off Harkins Road in Winlock, birds that last week were near death after feeding off euthanized horses in the same area.

One was an adult male, the others youngsters.

West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island cared for the eagles who were found stumbling and crashing around a pasture by neighbors last weekend.

See the video here
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For background, read “Rehabilitated Winlock eagles to return home tomorrow” from Friday March 29, 2013, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

JUST ODD STUFF

• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 2 p.m. yesterday after he allegedly walked into traffic at West Main Street and Harrison in Centralia and intentionally hit a passing vehicle. Ranier P. Wagner was booked into the Lewis County Jail for disorderly conduct and malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 33-year-old homeless man was arrested yesterday morning after he was allegedly threatening people as he rode his bike in the area of the 1700 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Terry L. Bryan, who is from Chehalis, appeared to be under the influence of some type of drugs and was booked into the Lewis County for disorderly conduct, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 49-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for disorderly conduct around noon Wednesday when police discovered she was walking in the middle of the street at North Tower Avenue and East Pine Street in Centralia. Barbara A. Heppe was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Heppe was booked for the same thing last week and the week before.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• Centralia police arrested a 36-year-old Centralia man about 7 p.m. yesterday after he allegedly physically prevented his wife from leaving their home during an argument. Robert D. Hutcherson was booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful imprisonment, but released from jail this afternoon.

DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested two people about 6:20 a.m. today for possession of methamphetamine and fourth-degree domestic assault. Nathaniel S. McDrummond, and Kayla K. Cunha, both 24 and both homeless were booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with officers at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report on Tuesday afternoon that someone broke into the Borst home on the 2500 block of Pioneer Way and stole a clock.

• A deputy was called yesterday to vacant residential property on the 100 block of Nikula Road West in Winlock where someone had broken in and left with three folding chairs and a cable box sometime since noon the day before. Damaged were two windows and a mercury vapor light, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of South Tower Avenue on Tuesday afternoon where someone had attempted to break into a shop and likely got an electric shock when they cut a large wire outside, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A utility trailer and tools were reported stolen on Tuesday from the 300 block of N Street in Centralia, according to police.

UPDATE FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Murder defendant Weston G. Miller is scheduled for a change of plea this coming Wednesday, not for the murder count but for the second-degree unlawful possession of firearms charges which were filed at the same time after his house guest was fatally shot a year ago in his Centralia home. Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said yesterday it was at the request of Miller and Miller’s attorney and he presumed it was for “strategic” reasons. Miller’s trial for first-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old David Wayne Carson is still on the calendar for the week of April 15. He was initially charged with five counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm but one of those has been dropped by prosecutors. Meagher said a gun has to actually be a functioning firearm but police were afraid to test fire it.

AUTHORITIES POINT TO WALL HEATER IN COUNTY SHOP FIRE

• The fire that destroyed the Lewis County road department shop east of Glenoma on Friday night appears to have originated with a 10-15-year-old Cadet heater. Whether it malfunctioned, there was an electrical issue or perhaps over time dried out the wood behind it isn’t yet known, according to Paulette Young who is the risk and safety administrator for the county. Young described the heater as one that was installed in the wall, set at a certain temperature and generally left turned on. The large metal building and its contents are a total loss, she said. Among the items destroyed were four 12-yard dump trucks, two front-end loaders, other heavy equipment, trucks and smaller tools, according to Young. The new replacement value for the equipment alone would be around $2 million, Lewis County public works director and county engineer Tim Elsea said today. Elsea said a temporary office has been set up on the site, with power getting hooked up to it today. “It’s definitely a tragedy, without a doubt,” Elsea said. “Seeing those guys go through it is very hard.” About nine road department employees begin and end their workdays at the site, where their tools were stored, he said. The heater was originally put in  a room with a well head, but since was used to keep sandbags dry, according to Young. Elsea said he’s asked supervisors to go out and make sure they don’t have those types of heaters installed in any of the other four similar shops around the county. Elsea said he didn’t know when the last time was the county fire marshal inspected the building. They won’t know the final cost of the fire until after they meet with their insurers next week.

AND MORE

• And more, such as arrests for DUIs, shoplifting, trespassing, warrants, misdemeanor assaults; responses for non-injury collisions, burglary alarms, broken window, suspicious people, and concerns about an upset former patient calling Steck Clinics … and more.

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Rehabilitated Winlock eagles to return home tomorrow

Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm
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Courtesy photo by West Sound Wildlife Shelter

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The bald eagles poisoned last week as they fed off horse carcasses in Winlock have recovered and are set to be released tomorrow back in the same area they were found.

“It’s mating season, we need to get them back out there,” Lisa Horn, executive director of the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, said today.

The six birds were taken to a center in Olympia and then transferred to the Bainbridge Island wildlife hospital on Sunday where they received around-the-clock care, including an antidote. They were critical, Horn said.

When they arrived, some were vomiting and convulsing, others were unconscious, she said. By Tuesday, four of them had been moved to an outside cage where they were regaining their strength.

Horn said they ingested meat from two horses which had been euthanized four days earlier and left in a field.

The potent drug pentobarbital sodium is used by veterinarians for humane, painless and rapid euthanasia.

Bald eagles are no longer listed as an endangered species, but are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. They can’t be hunted or harmed and even the use of their feathers and body parts is highly regulated, said Joan Jewett, a spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish and Wildlife authorities are investigating the situation, according to Jewett.

“We’re in the early stages,” she said.

A violation of the act is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and $100,000 fine, for each bird, she said.

The (Longview) Daily News reported on Wednesday a seventh eagle rehabilitated in Portland was released back to a Winlock pasture.

One is an adult male, the rest are 2-years-old or younger, with just one of those juveniles being female, according to Horn.

“They are all doing really, really well,” she said.

Horn estimated each day of treatment cost more than $3,000.

West Sound Wildlife Shelter announced today the formation of a fund specifically to care for bald eagles at their clinic, that would also include educational outreach.
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For background, read “Read about at least seven bald eagles accidentally poisoned in Winlock …” from Tuesday March 26, 2013, here

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Ambulance accident near Adna sends four to hospital

Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:48 am
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Courtesy photo by Zachary Sanchez, Grant’s Towing

Updated at 11:41 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An ambulance on its way to the hospital with a patient wrecked early this morning west of Chehalis.

It was about 3:20 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway at Twin Oaks and Cousins roads. Four individuals were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with what a news release described as minor injuries.

Personnel from Lewis County Fire District 6 and American Medical Response were conducting the transport, according to the news release issued by a volunteer from a neighboring fire agency.

It was an AMR ambulance which sustained what was described as major damage.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating, Lt. Laura Hanson of Lewis County Fire District 5 wrote.

District 6 Chief Tim Kinder was unavailable this morning to respond to questions.

A spokesperson for AMR said he believed the vehicle hit a soft spot at a curve.

“It didn’t tip it over, it kind of put it at an angle,” AMR Director of Communications Brant Butte said.

The patient was strapped in tight, so suffered no injuries, Butte said. The crew of two AMR medics escaped with just bumps and bruises, he said.

Butte didn’t know who the fourth individual was, but said sometimes responders from the local fire district jump in for the transport.

He said he didn’t know anything about the patient, other than they were unhurt.

“The thing is, everybody is okay,” Butte said.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded about 4:15 a.m. to investigate and said the ambulance rolled down an embankment on the north side of the road and came to rest on its top.

The patient was a male being transported for a medical emergency, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

Whether the 26-year-old driver, from Lacey, is ticketed, remains to be seen, according to Brown. That will be decided after the state patrol’s technical investigation is finished, Brown said.

The sheriff’s office requested the state patrol because it was a company vehicle, it was an ambulance, there was a patient involved and there are potential liabilities, Brown said.

 

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Girlfriend of police informant accosted; bystander stabbed

Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm
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Justin Razor, with scuff marks on his forehead, is charged today for assault, intimidating a witness.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The fight last night in Centralia that ended with a stabbing was over a snitch, and someone stepping in to defend the informant’s girlfriend against a couple now charged with intimidating a witness, according to authorities.

Justin Razor, 27, and Emily Satcher, 23, went before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. His bail was set at $75,000; hers at $35,000.

Defense attorney Bob Schroeter described Satcher as a straight-A student at Centralia College with no previous run ins with the law, who is only thinly connected by one comment to police to her boyfriend’s issue involving the witness.

Both Satcher and Razor are charged however with first-degree assault and intimidating a witness; either as a principal or as an accomplice.

The stabbing victim, Oscar A. Paguaga, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a stab wound to the side of his chest that appeared to have punctured a lung and cuts to his arm and leg, according to charging documents.

According to charging documents, the informant told police he recently received text messages from Razor, threatening to put him in the hospital after breaking his face open, and telling him they know who his girlfriend is and where they hang out.

The informant stated to police he believed the messages were about him recently assisting police as a confidential informant in the arrest of one of Razor’s friends; he is expected to testify as a witness in the case, charging documents state.

Last night’s events outside an apartment building on  the 600 block of North Washington Avenue began when the informant’s girlfriend, Leticia, arrived to visit friends and a black Trailblazer blocked her in, then two people jumped out and yelled that her boyfriend was a snitch, according to charging documents.

She said she knows Razor and Satcher, the documents state.

Charging documents then go on to give the following account:

Paguaga heard the commotion and came out of his apartment to tell the couple to leave.

Police this morning described that Paguaga came to his girlfriend’s aid, but charging documents indicate Leticia is actually the informant’s girlfriend.

Leticia said Razor attacked Paguaga, they fought on the ground and Satcher jumped on top of them.

Leticia and some other women at the scene pulled Satcher off and a man arrived and helped get Razor off Paguaga. That man was bitten by Razor.

Razor and Satcher fled in their vehicle but were subsequently apprehended by law enforcement.

Police have confirmed the text messages came from two phone numbers belonging to Razor and Satcher. Detectives were in the process today of getting search warrants to look through their cell phones and the vehicle.

Police, arriving about 9:30 p.m., questioned witnesses, and reported this morning Paguaga was stabbed by an adult male. Charging documents don’t specify which of the two did it.

Razor and Satcher live together outside Chehalis. Their arraignments are scheduled for next Thursday.

 

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News brief: Man stabbed during dispute outside Centralia apartment complex

Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:23 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two Chehalis residents are jailed after a fight last night outside a Centralia apartment building in which a man was stabbed.

Police describe the participants as acquaintances who were engaged in an ongoing dispute.

The victim, whose name, age and hometown weren’t immediately available, is hospitalized with a chest wound, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Police responded just before 9:30 p.m. to a dispute involving several people at the 600 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia.

Officers were told a couple in a Chevrolet Trailblazer were threatening a woman and when the man came to her – his girlfriend’s – aid, he was jumped by the couple in the vehicle, according to police.

The SUV fled the area before police arrived, but was located by Chehalis police, according to Sgt. Stacy Denham.

Justin Razor, 27, and Emily Satcher, 23, were arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

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Gunshot-wounded suspect from failed jewelry store heist arrested this morning

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Police arrested a suspect this morning in last week’s downtown Centralia jewelry store burglary that ended in gunfire when the adult son of the shop owner who lives upstairs woke up and confronted an intruder rifling through a showcase.

Jeremy Salewsky fired one round that police now know struck the burglar in the lower back, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Officers called about 7 a.m. last Wednesday to Salewsky’s Jewelry shop on the 200 block of North Tower Avenue learned that two masked males fled the area, leaving a trail of dropped jewelry and getting into two getaway cars each with a female behind the wheel.

Detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said today they arrested Justin D. McPherson, 29, of Auburn, as he was being released from a Tacoma hospital about 10:30 a.m. today.

“He’s got an extensive criminal background, he’s well known to police in the Renton, Kent, Auburn area,” Fitzgerald said.

Police are still looking for the getaway cars, described as a red newer model Mercedes and a silver newer Toyota Scion FRS – or a Subaru BRZ. Both had tinted windows.

McPherson’s injury was serious, and detectives actually figured out the following day he was at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma, according to Fitzgerald. They didn’t however, contact him until this morning, Fitzgerald said.

The bullet was a 45 caliber ACP.

Video surveillance images at the hospital showed a woman in a red Mercedes dropping McPherson – with a gunshot wound – off there about 8 a.m. last Wednesday, according to police.

When the woman, his girlfriend, arrived on Friday evening to visit McPherson, police arrested her, police revealed today. Jennifer Nordyke, 30, of Auburn, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary.

Fitzgerald said the offense for Nordyke is the same, whether she entered the building or not. Sort of like as an accomplice, he said.

The break-in occurred about 6:30 a.m., though Jeremy Salewsky called his father first, and then police were notified.

Fitzgerald said he saw no reason for the younger Salewsky to get in any kind of trouble for shooting the intruder, in the back or otherwise. A final decision on that matter would be up to the prosecutor’s office however, he said.

When police investigated, they found someone had entered the store by cutting a hole in the wall of an adjacent empty business. They broke through the back door of the vacant building next door, Fitzgerald said.

“We’re still trying to make that connection, of how they knew about that place,” he said.

Police were told the masked intruder left through the same hole in the wall.

Detectives continue to pursue leads regarding other aspects of the case, Fitzgerald said.

It’s still not clear what if anything is missing from the jewelry store.

“There was a lot of property left in the adjacent building, and a trail outside,” Fitzgerald said.

Nordyke is being held on $35,00 bail. McPherson will likely have a bail hearing tomorrow afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

Police are still looking for their other two suspects, and the cars. Fitzgerald is asking anyone with any information to call detectives at 360-330-7680.

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For background, read “Breaking news: Centralia jewelry shop burglary interrupted with gunshot” from Wednesday March 20, 2013 at 10:27 a.m., here

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Centralia police say the getaway cars looked like these.

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News brief: Centralia standoff target’s cause of death concluded to be suicide

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The suicidal man who was found dead after an hours-long standoff with police in Centralia last month did indeed take his own life, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Coroner Warren McLeod said today the results of the toxicology report show 58-year-old William L. Thomas died of an overdose of two prescription medications.

Back on Feb. 9, police went to a house on North Tower Avenue for a suicidal subject who reportedly threatened his wife and sister with a knife. Thomas emerged with a butcher knife and then retreated inside.

For the rest of the afternoon, officers used a loudspeaker and various other means to coax him out. Police launched 11 rounds of a type of pepper spray powder into the home.

Thomas was discovered dead by SWAT team members who finally stormed his house about 5:30 p.m. The main route through town was barricaded off until early that evening.

McLeod said he concluded the death was suicide, because of how much Hydrocodone and Trazadone Thomas ingested.

“These were lethal amounts, way above a therapeutic dose,” McLeod said.

Hydrocodone is a heavy-duty pain narcotic and Trazadone is used as an antidepressant or for anxiety and helps people sleep, according to McLeod.

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For background, read “Centralia man dead after allegedly displaying a knife” from Saturday February 9, 2013 at 7:22 p.m., here