KABOOM, GOES THE POTTY
• Three teenage boys were arrested after they got caught attempting to blow up a urinal at a public restroom on the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia early on New Year’s Eve. Police think it was some sort of firework. The youngsters, ages 16 and 17, were booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for malicious mischief; two of them also for having marijuana on them, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Centralia police were called on Monday afternoon about a windshield damaged when several children threw snowballs at a vehicle driving along the 1800 block of Harrison Avenue.
• Lewis County sheriff’s deputies spent several hours after Monday morning’s surprise snow fall responding to five single-vehicle collisions. All resulted in major vehicle damage, three were roll overs and one included a complaint of injury by an 80-year-old female passenger who hit her head, according to the sheriff’s office.
SWEET PEA DODGES TRAFFIC
• Police were called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday when two motorists stopped for a toddler who looked to be about 1-year-old crossing the street alone at South Market and First Street in Chehalis. An arriving officer found the parents there and learned someone had left a door open at the church, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• A deputy took a report of a break-in to a garage on the 5500 block of Jackson Highway near Toledo in which a 20-gallon propane tank, a propane torch attachment and other items were stolen. It was reported on Monday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• A deputy was called yesterday by a woman who said someone broke into her deceased father’s home on the 800 block of E Street in Vader. She could not tell if anything was missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• A blue Plymouth Voyager outfitted with a so-called ignition interlock device was reported stolen from the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia about 12:20 a.m. yesterday. The vehicle vanished sometime during the previous two days, according to the Centralia Police Department. Interlocks are devices sometimes installed on the vehicles of those arrested for driving under the influence which require a clean breath sample before the vehicle will start.
• Chehalis police were called about 3:40 p.m. yesterday after a woman at the Midway Cinema at the Lewis County Mall discovered the passenger window on her vehicle shattered and her purse missing from inside. Also taken were two suitcases, according to police.
• Police took a report of a car prowl about 12:25 a.m. yesterday at the 1800 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. Missing were a tool set, a iPod and GPS device, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• A traffic stop about 5:15 p.m. yesterday led to the arrest of a 24-year-old Winlock man for possession of heroin. The deputy discovered Daniel T. Shawgo was driving with a suspended license and a search turned up three syringes, one of which was filled with a dark liquid when a vehicle was pulled over on Kerron Avenue in Winlock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Shawgo was booked into the Lewis County Jail as was his passenger who was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.
NOT A KIDNAPPING
• Police went into extra emergency response after a 911 call in which a young girl observed a child hollering no, no, no and being put into a silver mini van in Vader. It happened just before 12:30 p.m. on Monday and it wasn’t long before an officer caught up with the van and determined the 5-year-old girl was with her own mother. Winlock Police Chief Terry Williams said the mom didn’t recall the yelling and the little girl said she didn’t want to put her gloves on. Williams thought the girl who reported it to her parent did a pretty good job, estimating from a block away the apparent abductee was about 4 years old.
GOOD BYE 2012
• Four New Year’s DUI arrests for Centralia police, the final one about 7:20 a.m. yesterday after a 23-year-old motorist reportedly ran into a utility pole and a light pole on the 1600 block of Cooks Hill Road knocking them both down. Daniel C. Lopez, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Chehalis police spent the last day of 2012 responding to calls such as a misdemeanor assault, one barking dog, one shoplifter at Wal-Mart, two stolen bicycles, three vehicles off the roadways, drivers squirreling around the parking lot at W.F. West High School, and at least one too-loud party that spilled into the 2 a.m. hour.
• Arrests: Warrant, warrant, suspended license times two, another warrant. That’s most of how Centralia Police Department patrol officers spent the first day of the year yesterday. Early in the day, an attempted traffic stop on West Plum Street led to … nothing really. About 11 a.m., an officer apparently identified the driver who fled. The 30-year-old homeless man will be issued a summons to come to court where he will face charges of driving with a suspended license and reckless driving, according to police. Attention Michael S. Cabe, call Centralia police to find out when you’re supposed to be in court, unless you have a post office box where you can watch for their mailing.
State Route 508 on Monday afternoon. / Courtesy photo by Jennifer Mau