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Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10:24 am
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AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called at 2 p.m. yesterday after the discovery a Chevrolet pickup truck was missing from the 600 block of South Market Boulevard. An officer recalled having seen the truck elsewhere in town and the owner went and picked it up from Southeast Prospect Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MISSING MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

• Centralia police were called just before 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon regarding the theft of a guitar and a laptop computer from the 300 block of South Street sometime in the previous several days.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Nobody was injured but both lanes of northbound Interstate 5 were blocked when a box truck overturned yesterday afternoon about 3 p.m. near the Harrison Avenue exit in Centralia, according to the Washington State Patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, possibly suicidal person, collision on city street, dog pooping in grass where children play … and more.

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News brief: Some Mason County inmates will do their time in Lewis County

Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Jail could see increased revenue of approximately $440,000 annually under a new agreement to house prisoners from Mason County.

The facility in Chehalis operated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has long provided bed space for other local law enforcement agencies. It currently has contracts also with Thurston County, the city of Olympia and the state Department of Corrections.

The agreement provides for 20 to 25 inmates from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office at any given time, at a rate of $60.38 per day. It was finalized on Monday when the Lewis County Board of Commissioners signed off on it.

The Lewis County Jail, expanded in 2005, is constructed to hold as many as 356 inmates, according to Jail Administrator Kevin Hanson. However, it’s currently funded for staffing to manage no more than 240 inmates.

The one-year contract with Mason County contains a provision for annual renewal upon agreement of both parties.

The city of Centralia earlier this month decided to use the jail in Yakima for some of its prisoners, deciding to send them individuals who are sentenced to more than two weeks.

Centralia Police Chief Carl Nielsen told the city council he could save about $10,000 a year, given an increase in the fee charged by the Lewis County Jail.

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Losing candidate claims sheriff’s office rewarded reporter for election “hit pieces”

Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 4:03 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A former candidate for Lewis County sheriff is contending a back room deal between the sheriff’s office and a local news reporter where assistance in obtaining a new job was given in exchange for news coverage that reflected badly upon him during his run for public office.

Brian Green claims the county concealed public records that showed evidence of a political pay off to Stephanie Schendel.

Schendel was a crime reporter at The Chronicle during the 2014 campaign. She was subsequently hired as a police officer by the city of Bellevue, with help from a formal recommendation from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, according to Green.

Green, an Onalaska resident who ran as an Independent, received less than 23 percent of the vote in the November 2014 election. Former Deputy Sgt. Rob Snaza got 77 percent and replaced outgoing Sheriff Steve Mansfield.

Green’s allegations come in a lawsuit he filed alleging a violation of the state public records act by Lewis County.

Eric Eisenberg, one of two Lewis County attorneys who submitted the response to the lawsuit, says there was no deal to get Schendel to write anything about Green.

“No, of course not,” Eisenberg said. “The county doesn’t do business that way.”

It was an honest mistake in which the sheriff’s office didn’t realize until Green sued, that he wanted other records beyond just the copy of the job recommendation, he said.

The suit was filed Nov. 17 in Thurston County Superior Court. The details of Green’s suspicions of a “politically motivated quid pro quo” are presented in a motion he filed earlier this month, in which he asks a judge to find in his favor, claiming there are now no disputed material facts.

Green writes in his court documents that after Schendel “orchestrated a series of prejudicial media hit pieces” that were “instrumental in ensuring” his campaign would be unsuccessful, he was surprised to learn she obtained a job as a police officer.

So he set out to determine if her career change from a small town newspaper reporter to a big city law enforcement officer was related, he wrote.

According to the allegations which Eisenberg does not dispute, Green made a records request on November 19, 2014 asking the sheriff’s office for any and all official correspondence endorsing, advocating, commending, recommending or otherwise recognizing Schendel.

And on the same day, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown responded, asking for clarification, Green replied back and Brown partially fulfilled the request by sending Green a copy of a letter of recommendation she had written for Schendel.

Green subsequently discovered in records he obtained from the city of Bellevue there were documents Brown had failed to produce, in the form of email correspondence between the two agencies as well as a questionnaire seeking Brown’s input for the police department’s background investigation in early August 2014.

In Lewis County’s answer to the lawsuit, a declaration from Brown states it never occurred to her the questionnaire might be a document falling within the phrasing Green used in making his request, and she hadn’t even recalled it existed.

Brown indicated to the Bellevue investigator she believed Schendel would make an excellent police officer and an outstanding addition to the Bellevue Police Department.

She noted that no one else from the media in the previous 18 years had been able to build such a positive relationship with the sheriff’s office as Schendel.

Brown wrote about how hard Schendel worked to prepare herself physically and mentally to become a police officer, having talked about wanting to be a police officer for over a year.

Green contends the materials Brown withheld are the smoking gun evidence of a payoff to Schendel.

He is asking the court to award him costs, attorney fees and penalties.

Eisenberg acknowledges Lewis County violated the public records act, but says the non-compliance was a good-faith mistake. And, as soon as the county learned there were other records he had wanted, it provided them to Green, he said.

He acknowledges Green is entitled to an award in the amount of costs he incurred, for his $240 court filing fee.

The next question is the penalty, according to Eisenberg, which the county is arguing against having to pay.

The public records act provides for, at the discretion of the court, an award to the requestor of up to $100 per day for each day a record was withheld.

A hearing is scheduled in April for each side to present evidence on its view of the case.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11:22 am
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AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were contacted just after 9 a.m. yesterday for a car abandoned on the 1500 block of Windsor Avenue. It turned out to have been stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon by an individual from the 1200 block of Borthwick Street who reported they were contacted regarding an order for a cell phone which they had never ordered.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A school bus was one of two vehicles involved in a collision at Johnson Road and Borst Avenue in Centralia just before 2:55 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department. There were no injuries and there were no children on the bus, according to police.

• A 21-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for driving under the influence as well as hit and run overnight following an approximately 1:30 a.m. incident at Maple Street and Tower Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. Ricky L. Blay Jr. was booked into the Lewis County Jail, also for driving with a suspended license, according to police.

• A 37-year-old motorist said a deer jumped out in front of him, causing his truck to leave the roadway, strike an embankment and roll onto its side last night outside of Chehalis. Deputies called at 9:15 p.m. to the 400 block of Berry Road noted William R. Town suffered bumps, scrapes and rib pain, but that he indicated he would have a friend take him to the hospital, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said he had a passenger, who she believed was uninjured. Town was issued a citation for driving without a required interlock device, Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, no-contact order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, collision on state highway, collision on Interstate 5 … and more.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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FELONY ASSAULT CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called just before 8 p.m. yesterday to an assault at the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue. An investigation is ongoing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BREAKING AND ENTERING

• Centralia police were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of K Street where an individual returned home to find their front door open and their place ransacked. The victim was not yet sure anything is actually missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office this morning reported someone broke a door jamb at a vacation cabin on the 100 block of Timber Trail Lane in Packwood sometime during the past week. It was not readily apparent if anything was stolen, according to the sheriff’s office.

CHAINSAW RECOVERED

• A detective yesterday arrested a 25-year-old man at Labor Ready in Centralia after an investigation that turned up a chainsaw stolen from the 300 block of Fawn Hill Drive outside Chehalis two weeks ago and then recovered at a pawn shop in White Center. Joel L. Kaech was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the detective had conducted an online search for the stolen property and discovered a pawn slip in which the suspect listed an address on the same street as the victim. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges today.

NOT BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called just before noon yesterday to the 1500 block of Southwest Thomsen Avenue where someone said two people had parked a truck and just busted through the back door of a vacant house. An officer contacted the couple and learned they were doing work for the bank-owner, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CARPORT PROWLED

• Police were called yesterday morning to the 300 block of South Street in Centralia where someone had stolen a chop saw from a carport sometime during the previous week.

DRIVE-BY THEFT

• A contractor working in the area of Bridge Street and Harrison Avenue called police just before 1 p.m. yesterday after a passing motorist stopped, grabbed his tool bag, threw it in the back of his truck and drove off. The bag contained a transmitter-locator, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim told police the bluish/purple Dodge Ram 2500 had stopped in the road to steal the item, and then continued eastbound.

DISORDERLY PERSON

• A 51-year-old man described by police as transient was arrested yesterday evening for allegedly causing a disturbance  when he was getting discharged. from the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital. Officers called about 6:30 p.m. to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road booked Jeffrey J Hanby into the Lewis County Jail for interfering with a health care facility, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

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

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News brief: Sheriff’s deputies secure higher wages

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 6:47 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County sheriff’s deputies are getting a pay raise of 2.5 percent each year over the next three years under a new contract approved yesterday.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Lewis County Deputies Guild negotiated a collective bargaining agreement that covers Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2018.

The change means that this year, a first-year deputy earns a base pay of $4,399 per month and deputies with seven or more years on the job earn $5,418 per month with others falling in between, according to Lewis County Human Resource Director Archie Smith. Detectives and sergeants earn more.

The contract provides for specialty incentive pay for assignments such as SWAT and K-9.

The Lewis County Board of Commissioners approved the agreement at its regular meeting yesterday morning.

Thirty commissioned law enforcement officers who work as deputies, detectives and deputy sergeants are part of the group that comprises the field operations bureau.

According to a summary describing the contract, the employees’ health and welfare benefits were unchanged and no management rights were reduced.

Other issues that were addressed during negotiations were: training reimbursement for new employees, clarification of take-home vehicles, creation of a lateral transfer for the operations group, clarification on scope of recognition and use of reserve deputies to perform minimal work.

Undersheriff Wes Rethwill said appointed personnel, such as himself and deputy chiefs, but not Sheriff Rob Snaza, will receive the same raise.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm
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DOMESTIC INCIDENT

• A woman called 911 last night to tell police that after she struck her teenage daughter in the face, the daughter struck her back. The 15-year-old girl was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for fourth-degree assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Even though they both (allegedly) hit each other, parents have certain rights to carrying out physical discipline but children do not have similar rights, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

JEWELRY THEFT

• Police were called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of B Street in Centralia to take a report of a stolen wedding ring.

COMMOTION AT CHEHALIS PARK STILL MYSTERIOUS

• Chehalis police are still trying to sort out an alleged attempted robbery from Sunday night at Stan Hedwall Park. A woman called 911 about 7:49 p.m. and said a stranger tried to take her car keys and that she was knocked down and kicked, according to the Chehalis Police Department. However, not everyone involved is making themselves available to be interviewed, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. It appears there were two groups of people, he said, with a “couple of females” at the park on Rice Road and then a “couple of males” who showed up. When officers arrived, one male fled and the other was already gone, he said. “I’ve got nothing concrete yet,” Wilson said.

WAYWARD PELLETS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday said the duck hunters involved in the incident the morning before in which pellets from bird shot landed on a vehicle and a person in the area of Southwest Sylvenus Street in Chehalis were not cited, but were warned of “better practices”. They were on a pond on private property off the Hillberger and Shorey roads area and fired at a duck overhead, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown. The person hit with one of the pellets was on the Rails to Trails trail in the same area, Brown said. There were no injuries to the person and no damage to car, according to Brown. “Of course we would prefer that hunters not shoot at all in areas where there are other people but in this case they heeded our advice and there were no further issues,” Brown said.

DRUGS

• Morton police reported yesterday two juveniles were caught smoking marijuana a week and a half ago at the the 400 block of Main Avenue.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Morton police reported yesterday officers responded to Main Street  to an accident a week ago Monday at 2:49 p.m.  A Lewis County deputy’s vehicle was damaged by another car backing out of a driveway, according to police.  No one was injured and the accident is being handled through the Washington State Patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, obstructing, trespassing, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, loose dogs, misdemeanor theft, malicious mischief, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

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Monday, January 25, 2016 at 10:17 am
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Updated at 1:12 p.m.

MYSTERY COMMOTION AT CHEHALIS PARK

• Numerous law enforcement officers responded to a report of a robbery at Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis last night. A spokesperson at the Chehalis Police Department indicated she couldn’t reveal much about what occurred because police are still gathering information. “There was a report of some sort of an altercation out there,” spokesperson Linda Bailey said this morning of the park on Rice Road. The 911 call came at 7:49 p.m. and no arrests have been made. Bailey said she wasn’t aware of anyone being hurt and said the department doesn’t have all the details yet.

SHOT AT IN CHEHALIS

• Police were called about 8:40 a.m. yesterday to the area of Southwest Sylvenus Street in Chehalis where individuals said one of them and their vehicles were sprayed with buckshot from duck hunters. A Chehalis officer responded to take the initial report and the case was turned over to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. No further information from either agency was readily available this morning.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT RANDLE

• Deputies responding yesterday morning to an alleged domestic misdemeanor assault on Cline Road in Randle decided to recommend a felony charge against a 16-year-old boy after learning that two days earlier he had allegedly slammed the same woman against a wall and stopped her from breathing by placing his elbow against her throat, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The teenager was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY PACKWOOD

• Eight hundred dollars cash and two laptop computers were stolen in a burglary at the 100 block of Timberline Point Road in Packwood yesterday, sometime between 8:50 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. The loss to the Steilacoom resident is estimated at $2,375, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Two accordions are missing after a residential burglary at the 600 block of Nick Road in Centralia sometime during the 24 hours that ended at 3 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AUTO THEFT

• A car left running and unoccupied parked on a Centralia city street was stolen, according to a report made to police about 12:45 p.m. on Saturday. Missing from the 200 block of Centralia College Boulevard is a 1994 four-door Infiniti J30 with a license plate reading ASP 3830, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just after 1 p.m. on Friday to the 2600 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue regarding a possible theft related to use of a credit card at a business. The case is related to an incident three days earlier at Valley View Medical Center in which all four receptionists tills were reported missing. The investigation continues, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

REMOVED FROM BUILDING

• Centralia police were called about 7:30 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Harrison Avenue where sometime during the previous evening someone had removed security cameras from their mountings on the outside of the building. The case is still under investigations, according to the Centralia Police Department.

REMOVED FROM GARAGE

• A 38-year-old man was arrested for trespassing after a real estate agent contacted Centralia police on Saturday to report possibly people in the garage at the vacant home on the 200 block of Tilley Avenue. Zebediah S. Schoening was issued a citation and removed from the property, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday about a vehicle prowl at South Market Boulevard and 11th Street where someone had broken a side window and damaged the ignition.

• A coin purse and a grooming kit were stolen from a locked vehicle overnight at the 400 block of Southwest 14th Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police on Friday.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 4:30 p.m. on Friday to the 1000 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue where someone had cut a portion of a fence around a business.

DRUGS

• A 26-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine last night following contact with an officer at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia. Jeffery T. Larson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 34-year-old Centralia resident as arrested for possession of methamphetamine around 11 p.m. on Saturday following contact with an officer at the 200 block of North Ash Street in Centralia. Efren J. Arias, 34, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 22-year-old Centralia man who ran on Friday when an officer tried to contact him as a possible suspect in a vehicle prowl the day before in Chehalis was eventually found in a vacant garage, by a police dog, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nathan A. Cheney was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant in the case associated with the 700 block of South Gold Street, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants,  shoplifting, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault, no-contact order violation, driving with no license, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, lost dog, found dog, loitering, hit and run, vandalism, civil issue, misdemeanor theft, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, harassing text messages, collision on city street, request to have a customer with a couple thousand dollars worth of merchandise in a shopping cart removed from Wal-Mart … and more.

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News brief: Low-interest recovery loans available for December storm victims

Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 7:08 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – While 66 homes in Lewis County were damaged or affected by the December storm, no recovery assistance will be forthcoming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

However, individuals who suffered losses may apply for assistance through the Small Business Administration loan recovery program in Cowlitz County, according to Steve Mansfield, manager of Lewis County Department of Emergency Management. The SBA offers low-interest loans.

Mansfield learned last week Washington state did not qualify for FEMA-funded help for individuals.

Of the 66 residences affected, 18 of them were secondary dwellings and the degree of damage was not noted in a list compiled by DEM for possible help from FEMA because they wouldn’t qualify.

Among the primary residences affected, three were destroyed and 11 sustained major damage, according to Mansfield. Another 33 were affected to lesser degree and at least one was left inaccessible.

As of last week, DEM didn’t yet have information about where or when Cowlitz County’s Disaster Loan Center would be set up.

Those with questions for Lewis County Department of Emergency Management can reach them at 360-740-1151.

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News brief: Volunteer law enforcement officer opportunities open locally

Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 5:36 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Centralia Police Department is now recruiting for up to five reserve police officer positions.

A reserve law enforcement academy is tentatively scheduled to begin in April, with graduation in September.

Applications for the volunteer positions are due by Feb. 1.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office will be tentatively co-hosting the training.

The program is sponsored through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Stacy Brown says the academy requires a minimum of 249.5 hours of course work and certifies individuals to work as reserve officers throughout the state.

“Reserve deputies typically work with full-time deputies in performance of their duties,” Brown states. “Tenured reserves who have passed appropriate training are also allowed to perform patrol duties by themselves with minimal supervision.”

Centralia police describe the testing process as including a physical ability test, oral board interview, background investigation, polygraph (lie detector test) and psychological testing.

Persons interested in becoming part of the sheriff’s office reserve program may contact Deputy Matt Schlecht at mathew.schlecht@lewiscountywa.gov or at 360-748-9286.

Those interested in becoming involved with Centralia’s program can contact Sgt. Carl Buster at cbuster@cityofcentralia.com or 360-330-7680. Centralia’s applications can be downloaded from http://www.cityofcentralia.com/files/Job%20Application%20-%20Fill%20in%20Form.pdf

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Jasper’s case ends with a second 34-year sentence

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:04 pm
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Brenda A. Wing, 28, and her lawyer finalize her sentencing documents in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Lewis County judge yesterday decided that standing by and doing nothing while her husband inflicted abuse upon a toddler that led to his death merited the same lengthy prison sentence for Brenda A. Wing.

Twenty-eight-year-old Wing, a mother of three, was given 34 years and eight months for first-degree manslaughter.

The couple who are originally from the Vancouver area were taking care of a 3-year-old boy in their Vader home. Jasper Henderling-Warner died on Oct. 5, 2014.

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Jasper Henderling-Warner

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt called it the worst case of child abuse he had ever seen.

“The two months worth, over two months, of torture here,” Hunt said. “As I recall, no single incident was fatal; Jasper’s body simply gave up.”

“This is the reason accomplices are equally as guilty,” he said.

The court hearing yesterday afternoon in Chehalis brings to an end the case that began 15 months ago.

The family had been living in the Vader house about two weeks when the Wings called 911 to say the toddler was unconscious and not breathing. Jasper’s 21-year-old mother had given the couple temporary custody while she was homeless and looked for work out of state.

There was no trial to bring out all the facts and details of what transpired. Lewis County prosecutors entered into a complex plea agreement because they did not know what actually happened.

Among the autopsy findings was facial trauma, including two lower-front teeth missing, as well as scrapes and bruises and also that Jasper had contracted MRSA, a drug-resistant staph infection.

Some of the statements from the couple given to investigators, and tested with polygraphs, which have been revealed during numerous court hearings suggest it began on the return home from a beach trip to Oregon.

Brenda Wing told her husband Jasper had placed his hands over their infant child’s mouth, prompting Danny Wing to strike Jasper in the face several times in the back of their van.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead has said that the little boy was being hit and conditioned until he would say it was someone else who had been harming him.

The plea agreements offered the Wings an opportunity of recommendations they be locked up for about 16 years if they truthfully described what occurred.

Halstead, the judge and defense attorney John Crowley spent a great deal of time yesterday discussing what the language in the supplemental agreement meant and whether Brenda Wing held up her end of the bargain. The deputy prosecutor successfully argued she withheld material information from investigators.

Halstead read from some of her statements: “Sometimes I would hold him down, while Danny was hitting him; this was to keep him from getting hurt worse” and “I remember flicking Jasper in the mouth.”

It turns out, while Brenda Wing told her husband Jasper assaulted their baby in the back of the car, he hadn’t, according to Halstead.

Halstead told the judge Brenda Wing admitted the lie to one of her relatives in a phone call from the jail, and said she didn’t know why she had said that to her husband but said it was what started all of the abuse.

When Danny Wing was sentenced in September, his lawyer compared the couple’s treatment of Jasper to a “Cinderella affect.”

Brenda Wing’s convictions, from the pleas she made last year, also include third-degree child assault, two counts of witness tampering and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Halstead asked the judge yesterday to give her 55 years in prison, the same request he’d made regarding her husband.

“I’m not going to go back through all of the facts,” he said. “I think the court’s aware of what’s in the file.”

Crowley requested a sentence of 14 and a half years, contending his client had not failed in the requirements of the plea agreement.

“She feels great remorse for whatever role she did play,” Crowley said.

Brenda Wing declined to speak on her own behalf.

Jasper’s mother, flanked in the first row bench by four women friends, advocated for the maximum sentence when she addressed the judge.

Nikki Warner recalled her child’s amazing and silly laugh and told the judge she asked people she considered family to take care of him while she got back on her feet.

“I could not believe it when I found out the living hell my son suffered,” she said.

Jasper would have celebrated his fifth birthday next week, she said.

“Why did you lie about Jasper doing mean things to your son that never happened?” Warner asked the defendant.

Also speaking to the court was Ruth Crear, a 14-year volunteer for the fire department, who was the first to arrive to the Vader house that evening.

She urged the judge to put Brenda Wing away for as long as he could.

“He was 3 years old, he couldn’t defend himself,” Crear said.

Crowley said his client will appeal.
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For background, read ” Vader man gets 34 years for toddler death” from Friday September 25, 2015, here

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News brief: Mossyrock woman hurt in Highway 12 crash

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 8:17 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 22-year-old driver was injured when she lost control of her car and wrecked into a guard rail along U.S. Highway 12 just west of Mayfield Lake last night.

Troopers responding about 11:15 p.m. found Layla R. Horton was traveling eastbound near Filbert Road when her vehicle left the roadway to the right, she overcorrected and then crossed to to opposite side of the highway, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Mossyrock resident was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the state patrol. She had not been wearing a seat belt.

Her 2010 Hyundai Accent was described as totaled.

Troopers suspect alcohol or drugs to be involved, according to the state patrol. The collision is blamed on driving too fast.

Horton was to be cited for first-degree negligent driving, according to the investigating trooper.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm
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Updated at 8:10 p.m.

BICYCLE BANDITS STRIKE IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called at 3:50 p.m. yesterday to Northwest State Avenue where a woman said she set her backpack down and two white males on bicycles snatched it up and fled.

CAR PROWL

• An individual reported a vehicle prowl in progress just after 4 o’clock this morning at the 200 block of South Iron Street in Centralia, but the suspect was scared off, according to the Centralia Police Department. A track with a police dog failed to locate the suspect, according to police.

• Police caught a woman who ran but continued trying to track down a man for almost two hours yesterday morning in Chehalis after an individual caught someone believed to be prowling his vehicle on Northeast Terrace Road. Jobie K. Watson, 30, from Centralia, was arrested for obstructing because she ran from police and then also for possession of drugs, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail. The male was not located.

• An unknown suspect broke into a locked car and stole a helmet and paperwork from the 900 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:40 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were called about 1 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of West Chestnut Street where someone had stolen a (broken) guitar and a set of jumper cables from an unlocked vehicle.

WHAT THE HECK?

• Centralia police were called at 12:45 p.m. yesterday to the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road where someone had stolen windshield wipers from three parked vehicles. They replaced them with old, used wipers, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police yesterday were called to the 300 block of Southwest 13th Street where 1994 Toyota Camry missing from Centralia was found.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called just after 8 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Lum Road where an individual had attempted to use a credit card that was denied. He then attempted to open a line of credit and later it was later determined that the credit card was stolen and the credit application fraudulent, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 24-year-old man was arrested for second-degree assault yesterday after allegedly choking his significant other at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis. Officers responding about 3:15 p.m. booked Matthew P. Paylor, of Centralia, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone spray painted graffiti on the side of a residence at the 1100 block of Alexander Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police last night.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police say a pedestrian sustained a minor leg injury when he stepped off a curb last night and was struck by a passenger vehicle. It happened about 9:20 p.m. at Tower Avenue and Maple Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 16-year-old driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with a serious facial laceration after his truck left the roadway early this morning in Onalaska. Deputies responding about 12:30 a.m. to the wreck at Deggler and Middle Ford roads found the 1986 Nissan pickup was totaled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The teen, from Onalaska, and his 14-year-old passenger from Chehalis had both been wearing seat belts, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The girl was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with bruising to her torso, according to Brown.  The boy was cited for second-degree negligent driving and a case will be forwarded to juvenile prosecutors for driving with a suspended license, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 44-year-old man was injured today when his van struck a tree off state Route 7 just a mile north of Morton, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers responding at approximately 11 a.m. found that Frank J. Willing had been southbound and going too fast before his vehicle left the roadway, rolled and hit the tree. The Tacoma resident was transported to Morton General Hospital. His Chevrolet Astro van was described as totaled, according to the state patrol. He was to be issued a citation for second-degree negligent driving. Willing was not wearing a seat belt, according to the investigating trooper.

AND MORE

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

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How Nikki Warner lost Jasper

Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:48 am
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Nikki Warner pets her son’s chihuahua and his companion as she reflects upon the short life of her son.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KALAMA – She has her son’s small dog, Dexter.

She has one of her toddler’s slippers, that she dug out of a cardboard box from the shed at the vacated house in Vader.

Nikki Warner has toys, framed handprints and photos arranged in a shrine surrounding a tall ocean-blue glass urn next to her bed.

But she doesn’t have her son.

Jasper James Henderling-Warner was 3 years old when he died while in the care of a married couple, parents to three of their own children. The household moved to the south Lewis County town about two weeks before his short life came to an end on Oct. 5, 2014.

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Jasper Henderling-Warner

Danny A. Wing, 26, and Brenda A. Wing, 27, were arrested a month later. And last year, they pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. The coroner said the child died from ongoing abuse and neglect.

The husband is serving a 34-year term in prison. The wife is expected to be sentenced today.

While news coverage of the case has portrayed the single mom as handing her son over to the Wings for a year, because she was homeless and couldn’t care for him, that’s not exactly accurate, according to Warner.

The arrangement was intended to be temporary, she said, the initial plan was only for a week.

Warner has been waiting. Waiting for the trips to the courthouse in Chehalis to be over. In her pocket, she carries the page she read to the judge when Danny Wing was sentenced. With minor adjustments, she’ll read the same words to the judge this afternoon.

The now-22-year-old said she doesn’t mind speaking about her son.

“Some days, it will hurt too much to talk about him,” Warner said. “But other days, it makes me feel better.”

Warner grew up in Woodland, adopted into a large family when she was in grade school. At 17, she moved to a high school in Vancouver, because there was a teen pregnancy home and daycare to support students in her situation.

That’s where Jasper was born, she said.

It was going okay, until he was about a month old, she said, but then she filed complaints that his formula was being used by others at the daycare, and his diapers weren’t changed often enough, she said.

“I dropped out, to be a stay-at-home mom,” Warner said.

Then Jasper’s 21-year-old father went back to his old girlfriend.

“Jasper was super smart,” she said. “He was crawling pretty good by the time he was eight months, and by 10 months, he was running.”

Calm, a good listener, and definitely a cuddler, she said.

The two of them moved in with a friend and the friend’s mother. It might seem odd, she said, but the friend was Jasper’s dad’s ex-girlfriend.

“Me and her became good friends and Casey could visit his son,” he said. “That worked out for a few months.”

Then another girlfriend’s mother took her and Jasper in, she said.

Eventually, Warner made contact with her birth mother, who had an extra bedroom in her Vancouver-area trailer. They lived there a year, maybe a year and a half, she said.

Her son was a boy whose favorite foods were hot dogs – he could eat four at one sitting – and Gummy hot dogs.

Jasper loved water, she said.

“We had a routine, bath after dinner, a lavender bath,” she said. “Thirty minutes of relaxation and winding down.”

Also part of her child’s routine, was splashing all the water out of the tub and then racing to his closet to try to dress himself before she could even get a diaper on him, she said.

“He would pick out his own movies he wanted to go to sleep with,” she said.

Her little boy was super friendly, she said, good with other kids.

Then Warner’s mom ran off with a boyfriend, and there were bills to pay.

With no driver’s license, no car and having never held a job other than work study in school, she reached out to friends.

“I had to have a friend get me hooked up with a church, for help,” Warner said.

A roommate moved in, but then the rent was going to be due again, she said.

“I was hanging out with Danny and Brenda, they would come over and help with food,” Warner said.

The Wings were more like family than friends, she said, because one of Warner’s adopted brothers, Jeff Warner, is Danny Wing’s blood brother.

Jasper would go to their house, a motel, for sleep-overs with their kids on weekends, she said. The Wings were waiting for a house to open up in Longview, she said.

Warner said she got an opportunity of work for a week, cleaning and organizing a man’s barn for $20 an hour. It was in Chico, California, but a friend paid for her ticket, she said.

Brenda Wing told her they could take care of Jasper until she got back, she said.

“I didn’t see any warning signs,” Warner said on a recent day as she looked back to the summer of 2014. “They were clear of drugs, they seemed normal.”

Warner said she herself has been on and off drugs since she was 14 years old, but she was two weeks clean at that time.

And now, she has one year and two months behind her, she said as she reflected on the present.

“If I used again, Jasper would be mad,” she said.

Back to the summer of 2014: The day before Warner was set to leave for California, they all went to Taco Bell and then to a park where they played on the swings and slide.

“I said, let’s write a piece of paper, in case something happens while I’m gone,” Warner said.

The note they all three signed named the Wings guardian to Jasper, from July 31, 2014 to July 31, 2015.

It was in case he had to go to the doctor or anything, Warner said.

Jasper had a mohawk. Warner had got him a Ninja Turtle bubble machine. They went back to the trailer to get his stuff.

“I kissed him, I told him it’s okay,” she said. “Then he left, and that’s the last day I seen him.”

One week in California turned in to two.

Warner returned to find her friend had abandoned the trailer, somebody broke a window and the police showed up, she said.

“So I gathered up all my stuff and took it to my friend Josh’s in Oregon,” he said.

Warner talked to the Wings and told them she would be job searching there, putting in job applications at different places, she said.

The Wings told her to take her time, and do what she needed to do, she said.

“They said ‘oh yeah, we’ve been taking him fishing, he’s loving it’,” Warner said. “They’re telling me how good he’s doing, and he’s enjoying it.”

The friend in Oregon City lived with his parents, who didn’t know he was sneaking Warner in through the back door, or even that she lived there, she said. That didn’t last.

Warner’s sister brought her back to Washington.

“My ex-boyfriend took me in, I slept in a tent in his backyard for five nights,” she said. “Then I ended up living in a truck with one of his friends.”

Though she didn’t have her own phone, she was able to keep in touch with her son using other people’s phones, at first.

“I would talk to Jasper and he would tell me how he loved me, he went fishing, he had fun with rocks and stuff,” she said. “And I would tell him, ‘Mommy’s still trying to find a place and then you won’t ever have to leave my side again’.”

Brenda Wing told her she would bring Jasper to see her but that never happened, Warner said.

They often wouldn’t take her calls and when they did, they would make excuses, she said.

Warner said news accounts of the case keep repeating that the Wings brought Jasper to visit her in mid-September, but they didn’t. It was a telephone conversation on Sept. 21, she said.

“After that, they wouldn’t answer their phone for like two weeks,” she said. “That’s when I found out Danny was in jail, for fighting a cop or something.”

Warner got the phone call on Oct. 6, and learned her son had died.

The evening before, police and firefighters responded to the house on the 400 block of Main Street in Vader, told that a child was unconscious and not breathing. He was rushed to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In person, Warner doesn’t mind answering questions, but she doesn’t speak of what the police say Jasper endured in the final weeks of his life.

“I already feel guilty I put trust in Danny and Brenda,” she said.

Today, she’ll go the courthouse in Chehalis, hopefully for the last time, and see the end of the court case. She’s prepared to tell the judge what sentence she believes is appropriate for Brenda Wing.

“I don’t want her to be able to see or smell daylight, or touch a kid again,” Warner said. “She’s a monster.”

The hearing in Lewis County Superior Court is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
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For background, read “Sentencing delay looms again in Vader toddler death case” from Tuesday January 5, 2016, here

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Jasper’s shrine.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11:18 am
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BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of items from a home while its owner was incarcerated. The back door at the residence on the 700 block of Yew Street had been forced open, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 4:30 a.m. report today of a car stolen from the 300 block of North Tower Avenue. Missing is a black 1994 Toyota Camry, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Someone siphoned gas overnight from a vehicle at the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday morning.

DRUGS

• An officer was called to Chehalis Middle School yesterday morning for a 12-year-old boy allegedly in possession of marijuana, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, hit and run, misdemeanor assault,  suspicious circumstances … and more.

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Convicted drug dealer threatens lawsuit over confiscation of defense documents

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A $1.5 million claim has been filed against Lewis County, by a former inmate who said he was left with no option other than entering into a plea agreement after his attorney-client-protected documents were removed from his cell before trial and handed over to a prosecutor.

Forrest E. Amos says the actions rendered his fair trial rights meaningless, violating his rights under the federal and state constitutions.

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Forrest E. Amos

Amos is serving a 12-year sentence in connection with trafficking in prescription pain pills.

Law enforcement estimated that in 2011 when Amos was aggressively dealing Oxycodone, he was the main supplier of the synthetic opiate within Lewis County, possessing and dealing thousands of pills a month.

Amos was held in the Lewis County Jail from December 2013 until the following August.

He writes in his claim that at the request of his lawyer, he prepared case notes, narratives, witness synopsis and questions, along with trial strategies and other materials intended to assist in preparing his defense.

He states that on June 18, 2014, two corrections officers stood by as a pair of Centralia police officers with a search warrant unlawfully went through all of his documents and seized them.

Amos contends that rather than place the materials into an evidence locker at the police department, the officers gave them to Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead.

His lawyer, Don Blair, attempted to view the documents so he could continue to prepare to interview witnesses prior to trial but was denied access by both the prosecutor’s office and the police department, according to Amos.

Amos filed a similar claim against the city of Centralia on Nov. 23. The city has turned the claim over to its insurer, according to its personnel director Candice Rydalch.

Lewis County Risk and Safety Administrator Paulette Young indicated today the county has taken no action on it yet.

She received Amos’s claim last week, mailed from Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen.

Amos, formerly of Napavine and Chehalis, was 30 years old in December 2013 when he was brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court, charged with organized crime and a multitude of other offenses. Centralia police contended Amos’s illegal activities dated back to 2011 and continued while he was in prison.

New charges of witness intimidation filed June 18, 2014 – which were subsequently dismissed – included allegations that while in the Lewis County Jail, Amos used his”legal mail” to continue his criminal intentions without detection.

Amos’s claim against the county states that Centralia Officer Adam Haggerty secured the search warrant for his jail cell from Judge R.W. Buzzard, but it omitted a fact which would have caused Buzzard not to grant the warrant.

Amos writes that Haggerty had earlier persuaded jail officials to copy all of his incoming and outgoing mail, and forward them to the Centralia Police Department.

In August 2014, he entered into a plea deal involving far fewer charges that gave him a dozen years behind bars and included a promise not to appeal his convictions or sentence in any way.

Amos writes also that he plans to file a lawsuit for invasion of privacy and abuse of process. He is representing himself.

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For background, read “Local oxycodone dealer goes back to prison” from Thursday Aug. 21, 2014, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm
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Updated at 2:04 p.m.

POLICE: GIRL WIELDS KNIFE TO RETRIEVE CELL PHONE, FROM MOM

• Centralia police arrested a 12-year-old girl yesterday who allegedly threatened her mother with a large butcher-type knife after the mom had taken the child’s cell phone away from her. Officers called about 4 p.m. to the 1100 block of South Pearl Street were told the girl confronted the 37-year-old mom who had been asleep in bed, according to the Centralia Police Department. She got her phone and ran off but was located in an alley and taken into custody, according to police. The 12-year-old was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for first-degree robbery, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. Nobody was hurt, Reichert said.

UNWELCOME VISITOR DETAINED BY CITIZEN

• A 28-year-old Morton man was held at gunpoint early yesterday morning by a 72-year-old homeowner who woke up to the sound of tires spinning in his driveway and a loud crashing noise around his front porch. Deputies called about 5:15 a.m. to the 900 block of Davis Lake Road in Morton found the accused trespasser sitting in the passenger side of a vehicle in the driveway, appearing to be “heavily” under the influence of an unknown substance, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement learned that when the resident confronted him, the subject was talking but not making any sense and went and got into the vehicle where he waited until deputies arrived. Brenton D. Michels was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MONEY MISSING

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon to the 1000 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue for a report that all four receptionists tills were taken from the medical department at Valley View Health Center. Police are waiting for further information from the victim, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

EMPTY RESIDENCE BURGLED

• Centralia police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday and told an unknown person broke in to a vacant residence on the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue. A loss has not been determined, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called about 8 p.m. yesterday to take a report that a cell phone account was opened using a victim’s information. The case is associated with the 3000 block of Borst Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone smashed out a window of a vehicle at the 1200 block of Lum Road in Centralia and rifled through its glove box, according to a report made to police about 11:30 p.m. yesterday.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School yesterday after a plastic baggie containing powder suspected to be be cocaine was found during a room search. The substance field-tested as such, but will now be sent off to the crime lab for analysis, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A 26-year-old Vancouver man was arrested for second-degree malicious mischief after police were called to the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue yesterday regarding an estimated $3,000 damage to the fire suppression system in a room at the drug and alcohol treatment center. Christopher M. Rew was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• Chehalis police were contacted by a woman in Shelton last night who said she got a phone call telling her that her dog which was stolen last year had been located in Chehalis, but the caller would only release details to a police officer.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 27-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for driving under the influence after she missed a curve and rolled her pickup truck last night at the 3600 block of Cooks Hill Road outside Centralia. Deputies responding about 9:15 p.m. found that neither Megan R. Lynch nor her two passengers were injured, but the truck sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Lynch was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

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

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm
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Updated at 2:43 p.m.

MAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOT IN RANDLE

• A 69-year-old Randle resident who was accidentally shot while cleaning a gun yesterday was transported to Harborview Medical Center, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the man was home alone at the 100 block of Morris Road when he was injured in his left forearm by a Derringer 410 and then drove himself from  to the Randle Medical Clinic about 3:40 p.m. He was taken by ambulance to Morton General Hospital, before being transferred to the Seattle hospital, Brown said.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 23-year-old Chehalis area resident who allegedly choked his girlfriend until she couldn’t breathe suffered cuts to his arm and leg when she grabbed an object off the bed and began hitting him, not realizing the object was a knife. Deputies called about 9:30 p.m. on Friday to the 100 block of Mountain Estates Drive learned the pair had been arguing about text messages from another woman, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown didn’t describe how serious the injuries were to Mikal S. Osborne, but noted he was arrested for second-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail.  Instead of charging the felony, prosecutors moved Osborne’s case to Lewis County District Court.

• A 53-year-old Chehalis area man was arrested for second-degree assault after allegedly hitting his teenage son in the face multiple times, leaving him with what looked to be a broken nose on Friday. Deputies called about 4:40 p.m. to the 100 block of Borovec Road were told the two were arguing about the 17-year-old’s job, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The son went out the door, the dad told him to be home for dinner and the son’s reply of something like “FU” preceded the alleged assault, according to the sheriff’s office. Randy J. Granger was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

DETAINEE ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center about 9:30 p.m. on Friday where a 15-year-old boy allegedly shoved a female employee. The teen is facing a possible charge of custodial assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BURGLARY

• Officers responding to an alarm at the Twin City Town Center at about 5 a.m. on Sunday found the front door open at a business and several thousand dollars worth of merchandise missing. Police are still waiting for a detailed list of what was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called on Sunday to the 600 block of Northwest State Avenue where someone had busted through the back door of a business and left with various items, including grow lights.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone broke in to a shop at the 300 block of Fawn Hill Drive outside Chehalis some time between last Tuesday and Wednesday and stole a Stihl chainsaw, a 20-gauge shotgun and something described as a Fluke multimeter. The loss is estimated at $750, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police called about 2 p.m. on Friday regarding an unlocked van with its keys left in it stolen from the 600 block of South Market Boulevard were able to direct the victim to the vehicle discovered earlier abandoned in an alley. The victim was able to retrieve the van from the area near the 300 block of Southwest 16th Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called regarding a vehicle prowl about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday in the area of Washington Avenue and Sixth Street.

POWER CUT

• Police were called just after 7 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia where sometime since the previous evening, someone had cut through a power cable at a business.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, urinating in public, driving with suspended license, making false statement to an officer; responses for dispute, misdemeanor theft, barking neighbor dog, child custody issue, warning for a panhandler, collision on city street, stranger standing in driveway, someone sleeping in the entryway of a church, request for advice on how to get two vehicles unstuck from each other following minor parking lot encounter … and more.