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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called yesterday to a report of several mailboxes damaged sometime during the night on the 1600 block of Military Road.

• Somebody slashed tires on a vehicle at the 700 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

THEFT

• Chehalis police said yesterday a subject attempting to steal a boat motor on Southwest Cascade Avenue was confronted by a neighbor and then fled on his bicycle. It happened about 11 p.m. on Thursday night, according to Police Chief Glenn Schaffer.

• Chehalis police took a report on Wednesday of a residential burglary on South Market Boulevard. Missing were a phone, prescriptions, clothing and other items, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

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Two teens held on high bail for alleged Mossyrock firearm thefts

Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A pair of teenagers accused of stealing a half dozen guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from a Mossyrock resident who was out of town have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges related to a week-end long crime spree.

Eighteen-year-olds Anthony S. Depuisaye-Greene his girlfriend Dezarai B. Johnson are being held in the Lewis County Jail on bails of $250,000 and $150,000 respectively.

Police believe the pair and a 17-year-old girl burglarized a home on the 200 block of Court Street repeatedly beginning Friday July 22.

Charging documents and Mossyrock police allege the girls acted as lookouts while Depuisaye-Greene crawled through an upstairs window that was open and removed from its hinges a door to a secured room where some of the firearms were stored.

Depuisaye-Greene also allegedly stole a $3,000 diamond ring from a residence on East State Street, not far from the home where he had been staying.

The 18-year-olds fled in a stolen Toyota RAVE to Sequim, where Johnson lives, according to charging documents.

Johnson and Depuisaye-Greene were picked up by police in a convenience store east of Sequim and arrested without incident on July 25. The 17-year-old female was arrested in Mossyrock the day before.

Along with the six loaded pistols, other items stolen included a Bulova watch, gold dollars and several knives, according to charging documents.

One of the guns and the Toyota were recovered in Sequim. Police were told the ring was pawned in Chehalis, according to charging documents.

The 18-year-olds appeared in Lewis County Superior Court on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to the numerous charges.

A trial was scheduled for Depuisaye-Greene the week of September 26. A date has not yet been set for Johnson’s trial.
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Read “Ammo, half dozen guns stolen in Mossyrock break-ins” from Monday July 25, 2011, here

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News brief: Chehalis man pleads not guilty in Monday attempted armed robbery

Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Benjamin S. Alaniz, 26, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to allegedly trying to fire a gun repeatedly into the face of an acquaintance on Monday.

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Benjamin S. Alaniz

Alaniz is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree attempted robbery, unlawful imprisonment, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.

The Chehalis man is being held on $500,000 bail following the events that were reported to have occurred in the back of a car near the Centralia Outlet Mall west of Interstate 5 on Monday afternoon.

Police were told Briana L. Carrothers picked up Nicholas J. George to go buy drugs and Alaniz jumped into the car, put the gun to George and demanded money. Both George and Carrothers said they then heard the gun click several times as if being fired but no shots discharged.

The Lewis County Prosecutors Office said it is contemplating increasing the charges to include attempted second-degree murder.

A trial date was set for the week of September 26.
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Read background here

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Farmer loses cows on Interstate 5 south of Chehalis

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A farmer taking his cows to market lost some out the back of a trailer on Interstate 5 this afternoon south of Chehalis.

The Washington State Patrol said no vehicles were hit by the animals or vice versa.

Traffic slowed down when it happened, Sgt. Ted DeHart said.

Most of the cows got up and walked away and headed to the shoulder to graze, he said.

It happened about 1 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the freeway just south of the U.S. Highway 12 and Avery Road interchange.

DeHart didn’t know how many cows were involved for sure but said he thought it was less than five.

A latch to a door had broken and the driver of the truck pulling the livestock trailer was beginning to pull to the shoulder when it occurred, DeHart said.

No animals were hurt.

“All of them were fine, we’re in the process of getting the last one – that kind of got away – wrangled up as we speak,” DeHart said.

The sergeant didn’t expect a citation would be issued as it was purely an accident, he said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

WANTED WOMAN FLEES POLICE ON BIKE

• A 55-year-old woman fled police on a bicycle, ran into some blackberry bushes and then fought with officers when they tried to arrest her on an outstanding warrant in Centralia yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened around 1:25 p.m. near Mellen Street and Airport Road, according to police. Officers used their Taser and eventually detained Kimberly A. Mott, police reported. She and the officers sustained what were described as a few scratches from the blackberries. Mott was listed as one of Lewis County so-called most wanted. She had failed to appear for court, Officer John Panco said. In mid-March, Mott fled a traffic stop in Chehalis and ended up crashing into a truck in Centralia before she was detained. Mott was booked yesterday into the Lewis County Jail for resisting arrest and the warrant.

ROOF FIRE AT CENTRALIA MOTEL

• Firefighters were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to the King Oscar Motel in Centralia for a roof fire. A crew working on the roof had accidentally ignited some tar paper, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The workers were still trying to put the flames out with a hose when firefighters arrived to the Eckerson Road motel, Capt. Casey McCarthy said. “We were able to put a pretty quick stop on the fire,” he said. The fire had extended into the rafters, causing somewhere between $10,000 to $15,000 damage, McCarthy said.

DRUGS

• A 38-year-old homeless person was arrested for possession of methamphetamine early this morning in Centralia. Peter D. Harris was booked into the Lewis County Jail following his contact with an officer about 12:45 a.m. on the 400 block of Oak Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police arrested a 26-year-old Centralia man for possession of methamphetamine yesterday evening at the 600 block of State Street. John McNeal was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the police department.

BIKE VERSUS VEHICLE COLLISIONS IN CHEHALIS, CENTRALIA

• A 17-year-old boy was hospitalized with a gash on top of his head after his bicycle ran into the back of a parked vehicle near the Chehalis Post Office yesterday. Firefighters and police were called about 11:13 a.m. to Northwest Cascade Avenue. Fire Capt. Ted McCarthy said the teenager was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with what he described as a minor injury.

• Centralia police responded to a vehicle versus bicycle accident on Harrison Avenue at East Bridge Street about 4:50 p.m. yesterday. There were no injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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News brief: Highway crashes at Mossyrock, Randle, send five to hospital

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

Updated at 11:46 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Several people were hospitalized after two separate wrecks on U.S. Highway 12 yesterday afternoon, all reportedly with minor injuries.

Aid and troopers were called just after 5 p.m. to Highway 12 and Williams Street at Mossyrock where a pickup truck pulling a travel trailer and a sedan collided, according to Lewis County Fire District 3.

One lane of the highway was closed for several hours while the truck and trailer were removed from a ditch where they had rolled, Fire Chief Doug Fosburg said.

Its driver was the only person unhurt but four others were taken to the hospital, Fosburg said.

The collision was blamed on a Port Angeles man driving the Dodge Ram who ran a red light.

It and Alta Huber’s 1994 Buick were both totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. The state patrol reported Huber was uninjured although the fire chief said she was.

At about 1 p.m. near Randle, a van traveling west on Highway 12 hit a ditch, collided with a rock and then rolled once after its driver fell asleep, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Two passengers were uninjured but the driver was taken to Morton General Hospital with a cut hand, according to the state patrol.

The 1992 Toyota Previa van was described as totaled.

The driver, 19-year-old Derek S. Livengood from Portland, was cited for second-degree negligent driving.

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Breaking news: Two accused in meth conspiracy followed from Vancouver to Lewis County

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Federal agents confiscated more than 16 pounds of crystal methamphetamine yesterday when they arrested two people near Napavine.

Law enforcement has been investigating the two Vancouver, Wash. men since before May, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Agents followed their vehicle and made a traffic stop at Interstate 5′s exit 72 interchange, according to a news release from DEA Special Agent Jodie Underwood.

“Inside the van a concealed compartment was located that contained over 16 pounds of crystal methamphetamine,” Underwood wrote.

Ricardo Estrada, 43, arranged a meeting yesterday to deliver seven pounds of methamphetamine in Vancouver, according to the news release. Subsequently, surveillance observed Estrada and Francisco Cervantes, 47, depart a residence in a van that Estrada stated contained additional methamphetamine destined for another drug customer, Underwood wrote in the news release.

Underwood did not say where they were headed.

The pair appeared today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

Estrada was charged by complaint with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and carrying/possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Cervantes was charged by complaint with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Alleged in the complaint filed in U.S. District Court is the following:

In May 2011, Estrada provided a sample of methamphetamine to law enforcement. Between June and July, Estrada sold nearly one pound of crystal methamphetamine and a .45 caliber handgun to law enforcement.

The investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force.

Law enforcement executed multiple related search warrants yesterday in Vancouver.

Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force Commander Mike Cooke said in the news release:

“These arrests are a significant blow to a large-scale drug trafficking organization operating in Clark County. This has been a long investigation and we’re happy to see it come to a successful conclusion.

The charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine carries a mandatory minimum penalty of ten years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine up to $10 million dollars.

Also assisting in the investigation was the Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team with members from several agencies including the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in Tacoma, Puyallup, Bonney Lake, and Auburn.

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Read more in The (Vancouver) Columbian, Friday Aug. 5, 2011, here

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News brief: Plea deal struck in Winlock grocery lottery ticket theft case

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – There isn’t going to be a trial for the Winlock grocery store manager accused last year of stealing lottery tickets from his workplace.

Benjamin C. Macy is expected in court this afternoon as a plea agreement has been reached, according to Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead.

Attorneys will set a date for Macy to plead guilty, according to Halstead. He didn’t reveal the substance of the agreement.

Macy was charged in May of last year with two counts of second-degree theft after a video surveillance camera allegedly showed him scratching off dozens of $20 tickets at 4:30 in the morning at the Cedar Village IGA.

The 51-year-old Winlock resident had worked for the store for 30 years, according to charging documents filed in Lewis County Superior Court.

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Read about the case here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

OVERHEATED DOG LEADS TO CITATION

• Centralia police were called to a city parking lot on the 100 block of North Tower Avenue about 4 p.m. yesterday where they found a dog had been left in a hot vehicle for what they learned was more than two hours. Officers could see the Blue Heeler-type dog was panting heavily and appeared to be in distress, according to Centralia Police Officer John Panco. While police were attempting to find the truck’s owner, the owner arrived, Panco said. The dog was given some water and seemed to be okay, he said. The temperatures inside the truck were measured between 92 degrees and 102 degrees, according to police. The owner, Gary J. Mersereau, 30, of Pe Ell was cited for misdemeanor animal negligence.

DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested a 24-year-old Rochester woman last night for possession of heroin and a misdemeanor warrant. Amanda D. Chamberlain was booked into the Lewis County Jail following her contact with an officer just before 10 p.m. at Centralia College Boulevard and South Silver Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Several people are in custody following a DEA investigation involving methamphetamine that included Lewis County, according the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. More later.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

GRAFFITI

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of graffiti spray painted in red on playground equipment at the park on Southwest 13th Street. Similar graffiti – with the letters BAST and the numbers 13 and 14 – was found the day before on a billboard near Northeast Kresky and Hampe Way, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT

• Somebody removed a window and unlocked a door to get inside a residence on the 100 block of Kiona Road in Randle early yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The residents said they returned about 1 a.m. to discover several items missing, such as collectible knives, a DVD player, a VCR and craft items, the sheriff’s office said.

• Chehalis police were called about 8 o’clock yesterday morning to the 2100 block of Jackson Highway where a green ATV had been stolen from a trailer it was on.

• Police were called about 1 p.m. yesterday to the Centralia Outlet Mall along Lum Road where a sign had been stolen from the front of the Billabong store. Police were told the images of two people taking the three feet by three feet sign were captured on security camera, according to a police department spokesperson. He didn’t know when the theft occurred.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:45 p.m. last night to Wal-Mart to a report three males took cash from the registers. Further details were unavailable.

• Chehalis police took a report about 2:45 p.m. yesterday of a vehicle prowl on the 600 block of Northwest St. Helens Avenue. A wallet was missing from the unlocked vehicle, Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said.

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of repeated prowls to the same vehicle on Northeast Cascade Avenue.

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to a vehicle prowl on the 100 block of East Bridge Street. A small amount of change was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

NATURAL GAS LEAKS PROMPTS EVACUATIONS IN CENTRALIA

• A natural gas line broken by a construction crew prompted evacuations in a roughly two-block area near the 700 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia this morning. Firefighters and police were called just before 8 a.m. Centralia police said less than a dozen people voluntarily evacuated. Police took a call about 8:30 a.m. that someone was lighting bottle rockets and aiming them toward the area, but no evidence was found that occurred, according to Officer John Panco. The area was closed to traffic for more than an hour while workers repaired the leak, according to police.

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Prosecutor: Chehalis man tried, but failed to shoot robbery victim

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm
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Benjamin S. Alaniz confers with his lawyer yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set at a half million dollars for a 26-year-old Chehalis man who allegedly tried to shoot an acquaintance inside a car in Centralia on Monday but was holding a pistol that malfunctioned and did not fire.

Benjamin S. Alaniz was charged in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday with first-degree assault and other related offenses, but prosecutors are considering charging Alaniz with attempted murder, according to Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke.

“Basically, the victim lucked out,” Centralia detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said.

Police were called to the area near the Centralia Outlet Mall west of Interstate 5 on Monday afternoon, after the 20-year-old victim jumped out the vehicle as it was making a turn on a side street and crawled to a house where a woman called 911, according to charging documents.

According to charging documents, police were told the driver of the car picked up Nicholas J. George to go buy drugs and almost immediately after that, Alaniz jumped into the car, put the gun to George’s ribcage and demanded money.

George tried to get out, but Alaniz held him by the arm, slapped him in the face with the gun and then pointed it at George’s face threatening to kill him, according to the allegations.

“George said he was extremely scared and thought he was going to be killed and said ‘go ahead, just kill me’,” charging documents state.

Both George and the driver said they then heard the gun click several times as if being fired but no shots discharged.

George bailed out of the car and then Alaniz did the same a few blocks away, where a responding officer stopped and chased Alaniz to a trailer park on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue, according to police.

Centralia police described the incidents as occurring in the 1400 blocks of View and Jensen avenues.

A subsequent search of the car turned up a loaded .22 caliber handgun tucked in a bandana near the center console along with ammunition in a bag nearby, according to charging documents.

A Centralia detective yesterday tested the firearm and found that sometimes when the trigger was pulled it fired and sometimes it did not, according to charging documents.

Deputy Prosecutor O’Rourke said yesterday afternoon he wanted to look over a transcript of the victim’s interview with police before making a decision about a charge of attempted second-degree murder.

Alaniz is currently charged with first-degree assault, first-degree attempted robbery, unlawful imprisonment, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.

When he appeared before a judge yesterday afternoon, defense attorney Bob Schroeter said he is a lifelong Lewis County resident, with a small enough income he qualified for a court appointed attorney.

Alaniz has previous felony convictions for burglary, possessing stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm.

A small bindle of methamphetamine was found in his sock at the hospital when he was being treated for exhaustion from running form police, according to authorities.

The victim had $1,000 in his pocket, which he initially told police was money from his paycheck he had been counting as he walked down the street. He subsequently told officers he said that because he was going to buy drugs and was afraid he would get in trouble, according to charging documents.

Alaniz is scheduled to make his pleas tomorrow in Lewis County Superior Court.

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County leaders want your opinions on how to grow (medical) marijuana

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County commissioners yesterday morning put an emergency moratorium in place on receiving applications for collective medical marijuana gardens.

A new state law went into effect on July 22 allowing up to 10 medical marijuana patients to grow their marijuana in a single plot, but county officials want to create land use rules to regulate the plantings.

The three commissioners suggested there are more questions than answers at this point.

The sheriff’s office and the prosecutor’s office are working on a proposal to put before the county planning commission, Lewis County Board of Commissioners Chair Ron Averill said yesterday.

A public hearing will be held on the morning of Aug. 15, to receive input from the public on proposed local rules, the commissioners said yesterday.

“We will probably opt for the most restrictive we can get,” Averill said.

On the same day, county commissioners plan to put a 60-day moratorium in place, according to Averill.

County Commissioner Bill Schulte described some of his concerns later yesterday morning.

Schulte worries about teenagers and criminals raiding the gardens and the security of crops only legal for certain people to cultivate and use.

A nightmare scenario is that which existed in northern California when he was stationed in the Coast Guard there in the late 1970s, early 1980s, he said.

Local law enforcement looked the other way somewhat when residents around Eureka grew marijuana and the plots drew armed bandits and shootouts, as in turn, marijuana farmers began setting booby traps, Schulte said.

The National Forest was so dangerous, members of the Coast Guard in Eureka were told not to hike there, he said.

Schulte wasn’t sure if the new state law allowed 45 or 99 plants per plot, but either would be very attractive to outsiders, he said.

The moratorium will give county officials time to find the best way to handle the gardens, he said.

Among the questions they have are would multiple plots be allowed on the same acreage, for example, he said. And, who will be responsible for protecting the crops, he asked.

“If you get ‘em too clustered, they’re a bigger target,” Schulte said. “If you spread them out, they’re harder to police.”

The commissioner said they’d like to hear ideas from the public about how the county should deal with the gardens.

He agrees with Averill’s notion about making Lewis County unfriendly to potential collective cultivators.

“I’d like to make it difficult enough they grow it in Clark County, or Cowlitz, or Thurston County,” Schulte said.

The city of Centralia is expected to put a six-month moratorium in place as well.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

GUNPOINT ROBBERY

Updated at 3:45 p.m.

• Centralia police arrested a 26-year-old man yesterday after he allegedly robbed a male at gunpoint yesterday afternoon in Centralia. Officers called about 3:25 p.m. to the 1400 block of Jensen Street said the 20-year-old victim told them he was confronted at gunpoint by two people in a red car who demanded money but then fled the area when he ran from them. A responding officer spotted the car near the 1400 block of View Avenue and one of its occupants bailed out and fled, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers captured the suspect a few blocks away in a trailer park on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue, detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said. The suspect, Benjamin S. Alaniz of Chehalis, was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with exhaustion-related symptoms from running, and then was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree robbery and possession of a controlled substance, Fitzgerald said. A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded semi-automatic pistol and several rounds of ammunition, according to police. Fitzgerald said an inspection of the gun revealed the trigger had actually been pulled, but the gun failed to fire. Fitzgerald said the victim was acquainted with the pair and had been meeting them in the area with $1,000 in his pocket. He declined to speculate what the money was for. The driver of the car was released. Police found a small amount of white crystalline substance on Alaniz, Fitzgerald said.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 4:20 this morning about two teenage boys running out of Safeway on South Market Boulevard with two cases of beer.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon about graffiti on a billboard at Northeast Kresky Avenue and Hampe Way in Chehalis.

DRUGS

• Police arrested a 29-year-old Chehalis woman yesterday morning for allegedly filling somebody else’s prescription at a pharmacy on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Andrea A. Smith was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for forgery and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CENTRALIA TEENS ARRESTED AFTER GREAT WOLF LODGE ATTACK

• The Olympian reports a 15-year-old boy was beaten and robbed of his iPod at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound by Centralia teenagers. Read about it here

CORRECTION: The gunpoint robbery item has been updated to reflect the car was reportedly occupied by a man and a woman, not two men.

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News brief: Lacey police seeking missing woman

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 8:35 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Update: The Olympian reports a body found this afternoon is that of the missing woman.

Lacey police are asking for the public’s help finding a 53-year-old woman missing since Sunday whose vehicle was found abandoned.

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Renata L. Hanson

Renata L. Hanson was last seen Sunday leaving her home in southeast Lacey, according to the Lacey Police Department,

Her vehicle was found at the Woodland Creek Community Park at the 6700 block of Pacific Avenue Southeast, according to a news release. A preliminary search was conducted with negative results, Lt. Jim Mack said in the news release.

Hanson is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds.

Police are asking anyone with information on Hanson to phone detective Beverly Reinhold of the Lacey Police Department at 360-459-4333.

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News brief: Driver arrested for reckless endangerment after DUI wreck

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 7:54 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia woman was arrested for driving under the influence after her speeding car slammed into a pickup truck parked on the side of a residential street last night in Centralia.

Both vehicles were totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Angela M. Charnell, 28, suffered broken ribs and her 6-year-old passenger was bruised, the state patrol reported. She and the boy were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after the wreck.

It happened about 10 p.m. on West Second and H streets, according to authorities.

Centralia police reported Charnell was also arrested for reckless endangerment.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm
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Barn burns on King Road early Saturday. / Courtesy photo by Katie Larson

WINLOCK BARN DESTROYED BY FIRE

• A barn on the 800 block of King Road outside Winlock burned to the ground early Saturday morning, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. Firefighters from four departments called out about 2:30 a.m. were on the scene until after 5 a.m., Firefighter Patrick Jacobson said. They kept the blaze from spreading to a nearby newer shop building, he said. There were no animals inside and no injuries, but some 300 bales of hay, a pickup truck and remodeling materials were destroyed, according to Jacobson. The cause is under investigation.

DEPUTY KICKED IN THE SHIN

• A 75-year-old Chehalis-area man was arrested for kicking a deputy in the shin following a call about a dispute at the 300 block of Prairie Road outside of Chehalis on Friday. Arriving deputies found Doyle E. Miller, 75 and his son intoxicated and on the ground fighting, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. The deputies tried to separate the two and at one point, Miller stopped, looked at a deputy, kicked him and told him to leave him alone, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Miller was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault and resisting arrest, Brown said.

MAN THREATENED WITH BASEBALL BAT, KNIFE

• Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Onalaska man after he allegedly threatened his brother with a baseball bat and a 12-inch knife on Friday. Deputies called about 10 p.m. to the 2200 block of Hogue Road outside Chehalis were told that Zim I. Hall, 27, was upset about being told to be quiet and hit his brother in the side of the head with a lamp, and then threatened to kill him, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Hall was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment and fourth-degree assault, Brown said.

THEFT

• A deputy was called about 10 p.m. last night to the 100 block of Deer Park Lane in Packwood where the owner of a vacation cabin had arrived to find the front door open and chocolate milk and food splattered on the walls and floor, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A large window was smashed and two holes were found in the walls, according to the sheriff’s office. The damage is estimated at $1,000.

• A resident returning home about 3 a.m. on Sunday to the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard found their front door open and a big screen television missing, according to Chehalis police. A window at the apartment had been left open, according to police. Also taken was $400 cash, detective Sgt. Rick McNamara said.

• An officer called about 4:15 p.m. yesterday to a small RV park at the south end of Yardbirds Mall on the 2100 block of North National Avenue was told somebody broke into an unlocked travel trailer and stole $200, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A deputy was called Saturday to the 100 block of Vernon Road southwest of Chehalis about a theft. Someone entered through an open garage door and stole tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Somebody stole a half gallon of milk and other items when they burglarized an Onalaska area home sometime between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Also taken from the residence on the 200 block of Leonard Road were a Palm Pilot, a power cord and $40 in coins, the sheriff’s office reported this morning.

• A security alarm at Washington Elementary School in Centralia sounding abut 2:20 a.m. this morning apparently scared away someone trying to break in, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nothing was taken from the building on the 800 block of Field Avenue, according to police.

• Centralia police were looking for a man with “bushy reddish hair” following an attempted vehicle prowl early this morning on the 300 block of Denny Way. An officer called about 4:40 a.m. reported the subject had entered a fenced area when the homeowner found him but then fled.

• Somebody prowled a pickup truck on Southwest Snively Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police on Friday morning.

• Police called about shoplifting at Wal-Mart around noon on Friday ended up booking two people into jail for possession of drugs. Bradley A. Revay, 21, of Oakville was arrested after a small amount of suspected heroin was found in his pocket, according to the Chehalis Police Department. His companion, Kristen K. Schmotzer, 25, of Castle Rock, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, detective Sgt. Rick McNamara said. A referral was made for possible charging on the shoplifting from the retailer on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue, according to McNamara.

WRECK

• A 21-year-old Toledo woman was hospitalized with what were described as minor injuries after a deer ran out in front of her car causing it to crash yesterday near Toledo. The woman was traveling on Smokey Valley Road about 10:40 a.m. when her call hit a ditch and rolled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was totaled, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

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Read about ‘promising lead’ into D.B. Cooper skyjacking case …

Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle Times reports the FBI has a “promising lead” into the nearly 40-year-old mystery of the D.B. Cooper skyjacking case in which a Raleigh cigarette-smoking man parachuted from the back of a Boeing 727 somewhere between Seattle and Portland.

News reporter Steve Miletich writes the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a potential fingerprint from a suspect whose name has not come up before.

Read about it here

Read more from The Telegraph of London from Saturday July 30, 2011, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm

POLICE: GIRL KICKS OFFICER

• A teenage girl was arrested for third-degree assault for allegedly kicking a police officer as she was being taken into custody for an outstanding warrant last night. The incident occurred during a contact with police about 9 p.m. at the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• A bag of new clothing just purchased from Carters was stolen from a vehicle parked on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to  police on Friday afternoon.

VANDALISM

• Police took a report yesterday morning of a window broken out from a vehicle on the 1300 block of View Avenue in Centralia.

MOTORCYCLE CRASH

• A 39-year-old woman was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a motorcycle wreck about 6 p.m. yesterday on the 1600 block of Lincoln Creek Road, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

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Death in prison of convicted Lewis County murderer “appears” to be suicide

Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 8:31 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The death of a 54-year-old Lewis County man at Stafford Creek Corrections Center near Aberdeen this week appears to be a suicide, according to a spokesperson for the prison.

Daniel W. Johnson was found dead in his cell Wednesday morning with a plastic bag over his head, prison officials said.

Johnson began his prison sentence in 1993 after he was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in Lewis County.

He was arrested in December 1991 after a man and a woman were found stabbed to death in a home on Elk Creek Road near Doty. The victims were the resident, Paul Pilz, and his friend Eleanor Warden.

Johnson, then 34, had grown up in the area, and stayed the night at the home after his truck became stuck in the mud a few miles away, according to court documents.

He had just been released from psychiatric treatment days earlier, and had a five-year psychiatric history, according to court documents.

Johnson was serving a 27-year sentence and had been at Stafford Creek since May 2010 when he was transferred from McNeil Island Corrections Center, according to the state Department of Corrections. He was living in a minimum security unit.

Prison spokesperson Sheri Izatt said Johnson was scheduled for release in March 2015 and hadn’t committed a serious infraction since 1994.

Preliminarily, the death appears to be suicide, Izatt said.

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office is investigating his death. The prison is conducting a separate investigation.

The Grays Harbor County Coroner’s Office said a determination of the cause and manner of Johnson’s death is pending toxicology results.

An autopsy was conducted yesterday and nothing suspicious was found, Deputy Coroner George Patrick said.

Court records from 1993 say Johnson was a father of two children and divorced.