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News brief: Man knocked unconscious during home invasion robbery

Monday, April 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia man called police after he was assaulted and robbed by a stranger who came knocking at his door over the weekend.

Officers called to the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue about 8 a.m. on Saturday were told by the victim he opened the door to his motor home, was hit in the head and knocked unconscious.

“That’s the last thing he remembers,” Officer John Panco said.

It had happened earlier on Friday night in the RV park where he lives and he called 911 after he came to, according to police.

A bottle of prescription medication which had been sitting on his table was gone, Panco said. The police report did not note what kind of medicine it was, according to Panco.

The 53-year-old victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for a minor cut on his head, according to police.

He said he didn’t see anyone, Panco said.

“He couldn’t give us any idea who would do this, why they would do it, or anything,” Panco said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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News brief: Earthquake drill coming

Friday, April 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ross McDowell is once again reminding the public to store water, food, medicine and flashlights with batteries in case the “big one” hits.

It’s disaster preparedness month and Lewis County is part of a region vulnerable to earthquakes, according to McDowell.

His message is accompanied by a call for the folks to take part in a statewide “Drop, cover and hold” earthquake drill at 9:45 a.m. on April 25.

In the meantime, McDowell, the deputy director of Lewis County Emergency Management offers a short list of items people can put in their disaster emergency kits, with the expectation of having to be self-sufficient for at least three days following a disaster.

• A gallon of water per person, per day (a three-day supply for evacuation and a two-week supply at home)
• Nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food;
•  A flashlight;
• A week’s worth of medications and medical items;
• Hand-crank or battery-powered radio and extra batteries;
• Extra cell phone chargers;
• Emergency contact information;
• Important documents;
• And some cash.

Small earthquakes occur in Western Washington often. See how often and where by viewing a map and information using the link “Latest earthquakes” on the right hand sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.com

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

BURGLARY

• An Onalaska home was burglarized of several guns and other valuables between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. yesterday while a houseguest was inside and unaware of what occurred, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy arriving about 8:40 a.m. at the 300 block of Gore Road was told the woman was in a bedroom and heard someone walking around but thought it was the victim. Also among the missing items were a Browning compound bow, a black two-drawer toolbox, the keys to a truck and about $150 in change, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The loss is more than $2,200, according to Brown.

• Somebody made off with pots and pans, two pairs of skis and other items from a cabin on the 100 block of Timberline Drive in Packwood. A deputy who took a report yesterday learned that sometime since the owner was last there in February, numerous valuables had been stolen, including an electric leaf blower, antique “trinkets” and a 12-pack of beer, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A deputy was called yesterday evening to the 700 block of Gish Road in Onalaska where a five gallon container of change had been stolen from an unlocked residence earlier in the day. The deputy learned the woman’s renter had taken it and already returned part of it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.. The case is being referred to the Lewis County Prosecutors Office for possible charges, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday to the discovery of a burglary discovered at the 800 block of G Street in Centralia. The backdoor window was broken out and computer equipment was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officer John Panco noted several several thefts of computers have been reported in the recent past and suggested folks would be be wise to ensure their password-protection is in place.

THEFT

• A 42-year-old Winlock man was arrested yesterday when he was caught with nearly a half cord of wood in his truck on private property off Jones Road in Winlock. Kelly W. Benfield admitted to loading the wood and told  a deputy he didn’t know who owned the property and didn’t have a permit to cut it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Benfield was arrested for third-degree theft and second-degree trespass and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• A 42-year-old Chehalis man was arrested following a traffic stop just after 11 a.m. yesterday on Southwest 16th Street and Kelly Avenue in Chehalis. The officer discovered Joey R. Lang was wanted on a warrant and subsequently found in his pocket some marijuana and a pipe with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Lang was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BIKE ACCIDENT

• A teenage boy was hospitalized after he wrecked his bicycle on a curb at West Center and North Pearl streets in Centralia yesterday afternoon. Aid and police were called about 2:40 p.m. He had a significant injury to his head, according to Riverside Fire Authority and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. The police department described the trip to the emergency room as precautionary and noted the victim had minor injuries to his face and shoulder. Further details were not available.

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“Prolific drug trafficker” from Centralia heads to federal prison

Friday, April 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia man described as a career drug trafficker was sentenced in federal court today to 15 years in prison.

Juvenal Sanchez-Islas, 33, was arrested in early 2010 with another man at a South King County apartment and the two were in possession of four kilos of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office.

Significant amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine were found inside the apartment, and searches there and at his Centralia home turned up a firearm and ammunition bearing his finger prints, according to U.S. Attorneys Office spokesperson Emily Langlie.

Sanchez-Islas is a Mexican national who pleaded guilty during his trial in November, according to Langlie.

He had previously been convicted and deported for drug trafficking, according to a news release.

At sentencing this morning in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Judge Robert S. Lasnik said, “He is a big time drug dealer who unleashed a lot of terribly dangerous drugs on the community over a long period of time,” the news release stated.

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Lewis County Coroner’s Office earns professional recognition of peers

Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm
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Coroner Warren McLeod takes a brief break from writing a grant application at his Chehalis office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County’s first new coroner in almost three decades has gained accreditation for his office, fourteen months into his four-year term.

Warren McLeod announced yesterday the stamp of approval by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

“We’re excited about it, we’re accredited now,” McLeod said this afternoon.

The certification makes his one of three coroner’s offices in Washington state which are accredited. The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office earned its accreditation on Monday and Franklin County gained partial accreditation – because it does not have an autopsy suite – before that, he said.

It means they’re conducting operations in compliance with standards set by the professional group.

The process began last summer and ended on Tuesday with an on-site inspection by a pair of auditors from the IACME, according to McLeod.

“You have to show you have a written policy to meet each standard,” McLeod said. “When I came in, there were no written policies at all.”

His office now has a 180-page policy and procedural manual.

Although reluctant to compare his office with the previous longtime administration of Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson, McLeod said he thinks it’s a step in the right direction to restoring citizens’ faith they have a coroner’s office they can be proud of.

Wilson ended his 28-year reign with his chief deputy coroner getting arrested for driving under the influence of prescription medications, falling asleep repeatedly as she was questioned by a trooper on her way to work.

When Wilson left office in December 2010, he was still embroiled in a years-long battle over his label of suicide in the 1998 death in Toledo of former trooper Ronda Reynolds. A judicial review concluded Wilson’s finding was incorrect, arbitrary and capricious. A coroner’s inquest last October ruled it a homicide.

McLeod, who teaches forensics at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, said probably the most important change he has made is the “chain of custody” issue with the medications they collect from deceased individuals.

Now, all narcotics are counted and put into an evidence bag at the scene – witnessed by a second person – and then stored in the sheriff’s office evidence facility.

It hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing for the new coroner.

Earlier this year, evidence from a 2010 triple homicide turned up in the work locker of a former deputy coroner, never getting into the hands of law enforcement or attorneys in the case before the trial. McLeod said it was collected during the autopsies in 2010 before he took office.

About 14 coroners offices around the country are currently accredited by the IACME, according to its executive administrator Nicole Coleman. Medical examiners’ offices are accredited by a different association, she said.

IACME has been in existence since 1927, but only began the accreditation program in about 2005, according to Coleman. Twenty-nine more counties are currently in the process, she said.

“There are over 130 standards they have to meet, and they’re pretty strict,” Coleman said.

The certification has to be re-examined every five years.

In what Coleman said was a coincidence of scheduling, the two auditors from IACME who visited Chehalis this week are McLeod’s former bosses, the coroner and assistant coroner from the Clark County Office of the Coroner / Medical Examine in Las Vegas.

McLeod said that put more pressure on him, because he used to work for them and now he has his own office.

The Lewis County’s Coroner’s Office achieved an overall compliance rate of 94 percent, combining the categories of administration, facilities, forensics and investigative standards.

“What we were really impressed with was the “investigative” got 100 percent,” McLeod said.

McLeod said some of the areas he fell short in involve equipment he can’t afford, such as a body scale and a X-ray light box.

One of the standards however was showing he has a mass fatality plan in place.

He took delivery on Tuesday of a mass fatality trailer, something that can be pre-loaded with body bags, generators, extra lighting and other supplies should the worst happen.

The navy blue unit is about the size of a horse trailer and cost $2,500, according to McLeod. It was funded with a grant.

“There’s a lot going on here, I’m excited, very excited,” McLeod said.

He now has eight deputy coroners and two more in training.

“The staff really pulled together to get this done,” he said. “It’s not Warren McLeod, it’s the office.”

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Correction: This has been updated to reflect the new trailer cost $2,500 and not $11,000 as McLeod mistakenly said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

WHAT’S THAT SMELL

• A Centralia police officer driving through town with his window rolled down smelled the “distinct odor of marijuana” last night and contacted a pedestrian who appeared to be smoking a cigarette. Evaristo V. Tanori, 30, of Centralia, handed over the marijuana cigarette and a search as he was arrested turned up a pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened just after 10 p.m. at South Tower Avenue and West Chestnut Street, according to police. Tanori was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

STOLEN GOODS TURN UP AT LOCAL MOTEL

• A victim of a bicycle theft seeing someone riding what he thought was his bike directed police yesterday to a motel on the 1300 block of Lakeshore Drive in Centralia where officers contacted an individual and noticed what appeared to be other stolen items in the motel room. The occupant, Solano R. Trevino, 51, was arrested for possession of stolen property, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspicious items observed included cell phones, jewelry, coins, CDs and two Airsoft pistols, according to Officer John Panco. At least some of the valuables were found to have been stolen in a burglary earlier in the day a a residence on the 900 block of E Street, Panco said. Trevino was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday. He is being released without charges pending further investigation.

BURGLARY

• A Centralia woman called police about 1:30 p.m. yesterday when she discovered a burglary had occurred at her home on the 300 block of West Chestnut Street sometime in the previous hour and a half, according to police. Missing was a purse and two cameras, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday to a burglary on Southwest Olympic Drive where someone had gone inside a garage converted to a bedroom and stolen an X-box and three games, according to Officer Linda Bailey. At about 6:15 p.m., an officer took a report of another burglary, that seemed to be related, on the 700 block of Southwest 20th Street, Bailey said. Someone had climbed through a bathroom window and made off with an estimated $4,000 of goods, including a flat screen television, a mini-fridge, jewelry, purses, shoes and clothing, according to Bailey.

• An unspecified type and amount of a prescription medication was reportedly stolen from a locked up home on the 1000 block of West Main Street in Centralia sometime on Sunday, according to a report made to police yesterday.

MAIL THEFT

• A deputy was called yesterday to an apparent mail theft on the on the 800 block of Independence Road west of Centralia. A black leather case which had been ordered should have arrived last Thursday, according to a check of a tracking system, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Also not received were a paycheck and a card with cash inside, according to Brown. The victims plan to get a locking mailbox, Brown said.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 8:40 a.m. yesterday about a car prowl overnight at the 1200 block of View Avenue in Centralia. A stereo was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School yesterday morning after an 18-year-old inmate allegedly threw a shoe at a staff member.

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Read about the man behind heroin, a toy gun and police pursuit …

Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Kirotv.com reports a 28-year-old Oregon man jailed Sunday following a high speed chase that began in Morton is a former college football player with a large inheritance who got hooked on pain killers after a football injury.

KIRO’s Richard Thompson spoke with Joshua J. Martin inside the Lewis County Jail.

Martin was arrested for numerous offenses, including possession of drugs when a water bottle he allegedly dropped during a foot pursuit was found to contain more than two ounces of suspected heroin plus about 14 grams of methamphetamine.

Read more and see video, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

UNOFFICIAL RETIREMENT

• Police were called yesterday to a Chehalis retirement home following the discovery somebody has been sneaking in and using a vacant room to take showers, as well as sleeping in the bed. It happened twice last week at Chehalis West Assist Living Center on the 400 block of Northwest Quincy Place, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It’s a locked facility, and they have changed the locks and are considering security cameras, Officer Linda Bailey said.

ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School yesterday morning following a fight in which a 17-year-old inmate allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old inmate and then when staff tried to break it up, one was punched in the eye and the other struck in the jaw. None of the injuries were serious but the case will be referred for possible charges of custodial assault, according to police. The youth remained at the state-run juvenile lock-up facility on Southwest 11th Street, police said.

• Just before noon yesterday, police were called back to Green Hill School after two of the student-inmates got into a fight, according to the Chehalis Police Department. One of them had a cut on the top of his head that might have required stitches, according to police.

DRUGS

• Police were at Centralia High School yesterday morning for a 16-year-old student who was allegedly in possession of marijuana. The boy was not arrested, but the case will be referred for a possible misdemeanor charge, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• A 1995 Honda Accord was stolen from the 700 block of Twin Oaks Road west of Chehalis sometime between 3:30 a.m. and about 9 a.m. yesterday, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It has a license plate reading 680 XPY.

• Someone went in through a window at a home on the 900 block of H Street in Centralia and stole a computer and as-yet-unspecified other items, according to the Centralia Police Department. The burglary was reported just after 7 p.m. last night.

• Somebody broke the window of a vehicle at the 1200 block of H Street in Centralia and stole a jacket, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

VEHICLE VERUS PEDESTRIAN

• Centralia police and aid were called to a parking lot about 9:20 p.m. last night where a woman backing out of a parking space struck her boyfriend who had been standing next to the vehicle. The man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with unspecified injuries, according to authorities. It happened at the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road.

ASSAULT OF POLICE OFFICER: NOT GUILTY

• A 21-year-old man arrested by Centralia police last September for allegedly elbowing an officer in the face was acquitted today of third-degree assault. Ryan M. Roundtree was in Lewis County Superior Court in front of Judge Richard Brosey. Deputy Prosecutor Joely Yeager described how Officer Adam Haggerty stopped a car for running a red light on Harrison Avenue and subsequently tried to put the passenger Roundtree in handcuffs, but Roundtree raised an arm and elbowed Haggerty in the jaw. Haggerty took him to the ground, where another officer testified he saw them when he arrived, and noted a bump or red mark on Haggerty’s jaw. The driver and a 9-year-old child in the backseat both testified they did not see Roundtree elbow the officer. Roundtree denied it. Defense attorney Jacob Clark told the judge the description of what occurred wasn’t logical. At the close of the one-day bench trial, Brosey said the prosecutor failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the assault occurred. There has to be an intentional, volitional act, Brosey said. “There still has to be something other than mere resistance,” he added. Roundtree was however found guilty of violating a protection order, as the driver was his wife with whom he was prohibited from having contact with.

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Minister, city council member gets chance to avoid court in cat killing case

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia Pastor Bill Bates will be able to keep his record clean if he stays out of trouble, pays restitution and refrains from shooting or killing any animals for the next six months.

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"Susie"

Bates, 60, found himself charged with two gross misdemeanors after he admitted he killed his neighbor’s cat with a pellet gun in late February.

Bates is also a Centralia city council member. One of the violations was of a city ordinance which prohibits firing of an air gun at someone else’s animal.

The outcome of the case comes not from a judge or a jury, but something called a non-judicial, non-statutory, diversionary agreement between his lawyer and the prosecutor.

Both the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office and Bates’ lawyer Peter Abbarno said they thought it was a good way to resolve the case. Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said the owners of the pet were satisfied as well.

Bates has said it was an accident, that he was only trying to run it out of his yard because he was tired of it using his flower beds as a litter box and walking on his clean cars.

The 10-year-old cat “Susie” died in Bates’ yard on the 900 block of Ham Hill Road.

Afterward, he went knocking on the Pannette family’s door and confessed what he’d done.

It’s not an uncommon type of deal that sometimes occurs at the District Court level, Meagher said today.

Bates was originally charged in Centralia Municipal Court which had jurisdiction because it happened inside the city limits. Abbarno was granted a request to move it to Lewis County District Court because of the conflict.

Both lawyers said Bates admits the conduct, but has no criminal history and can keep it that way if he abides by the terms of the agreement.

“The statute requires intent,” Abbarno said. “In the end, I think it was a real fair agreement.”

There will be no fine, but he must pay $110 restitution to the Pannettes, according to the attorneys.

He was scheduled for his arraignment this coming Friday, but the parties went before Lewis County District Court Judge R.W. Buzzard last Friday instead.

Bates pleaded not guilty to killing a pet; the air gun charge had already been dropped.

The agreement means the prosecutor will dismiss the final charge if Bates abides by the terms.

He has apologized publicly, and told the Pannettes he usually shot at the cat’s feet, according to Dusty Pannette.

He has also said what he did was stupid, and he ought to have spoken to his neighbors about his concerns.

Bates is serving his fourth year on the city council and is minister at Destiny Christian Center, an Assemblies of God church on North Tower Avenue in Centralia.
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For background, read:

• “Minister, city council member shoots neighbor cat dead with pellet gun” from Thursday March 1, 2012, here

• “Centralia city council member charged for killing neighbor cat” from Tuesday March 6, 2012, here

• “Council member’s lawyer: Cat killing case needs a judge who isn’t paid by the city” from Tuesday March 27, 2012, here

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News brief: Police to begin checking for unlicensed dogs in Centralia

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Centralia Police Department will begin canvassing neighborhoods on Sunday looking for unlicensed dogs and their owners.

Owners of unlicensed dogs will be given an opportunity to buy a license, but those who don’t could face a fine of $119, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The annual fee is $30 for each dog older than two months old, although it is only $10 if the animal is spayed or neutered, according to police.

However, for those not already in compliance, a $20 late fee will apply, according to officer John Panco.

Proof of current rabies vaccination (with an expiration date) is required to get the license, according to Panco.

Panco said the push is not in response to last week’s attack by a pair of dogs on a more than a dozen chickens on West Seventh Street, but an annual canvassing by the department to make sure dogs are licensed, as required by city ordinance.

For more information, visit the city’s website.

CLARIFICATION: This was updated Wednesday April 11, 2012 at 8:55 a.m. to distinguish the usual fee for licensing dogs and the added late fee if licenses are not purchased by the renewal deadline of Feb. 1.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

THEFT

• A deputy was called last night to the 3000 block of Jackson Highway after the discovery a home had been ransacked. There is a “person of interest,” according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• The theft of a white 2002 International box truck was discovered yesterday in Chehalis. It had last been seen on Friday parked at a business on the 600 block of Northwest West Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a 36-year-old Packwood resident was arrested over the weekend for trafficking in stolen property. A deputy learned on Friday from a Randle resident who had purchased a 2004 Honda motorcycle that flyers were posted listing it as stolen, according to the sheriff’s office. A deputy contacted the named seller, K.C. Dean Mullins, and he was booked for the offense, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a pickup truck reported stolen on Sunday from the 3000 block of Mount Vista Road in Centralia was subsequently found abandoned in south Thurston County.

• Police were called about 11:15 a.m. yesterday about tools stolen from an unlocked garage on the 600 block of Hamilton Avenue in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to Northeast Adams Avenue about a car prowl that occurred over the weekend.

• A security camera was stolen from a building on the 800 block of B Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday.

ARSON IN GARBAGE CAN

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of a fire set in a trash can overnight at the 1300 block of Lum Road. Further details were not readily available.

WRECKS

• A 44-year-old Ryderwood woman was hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck on the 200 block of Plomondon Road near Toledo last night. A deputy responding about 8 p.m. was told by the driver she fell asleep, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with pain in her neck, chest, back and leg, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• The Olympian reported yesterday a 20-year-old Centralia man died following a motorcycle accident in Lacey on Saturday. News reporter Rolf Boone writes that Jordan M. Clark had been speeding through the Lacey Costco parking lot with his “front wheel off the ground.”

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

TEEN FLEES POLICE, CAUGHT BY K9

• A 17-year-old Centralia boy was tracked down and captured by a police dog on Friday morning when he fled a vehicle during a traffic stop in the area on Downing Road in Centralia, according to police. It happened about 9 a.m. and the teenager was wanted on a felony warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department. He, and Jason L. Soeby, 33, of Centralia, were both booked for their warrants, according to police.

POLICE: HANDCUFFED MAN THREATENS OFFICER

• Centralia police called to a report of a fight about 11:20 a.m. on Friday at the Peppertree Motel and RV Park ended up arresting one of the participants for felony harassment for allegedly threatening an officer. Joseph E. Leyva, 30, of Kelso, reportedly told an officer something to the effect of “I would f*** you up if I weren’t handcuffed,” according to Officer John Panco. The other subject had left before officers could contact them, Panco said.

POLICE CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST

• A 23-year-old Chehalis man was arrested after a high-speed chase down Interstate 5 that ended when he lost control of his vehicle. It happened shortly after 8:15 p.m. on Thursday when police tried to pull him over for not using his headlights on Southwest Mills Avenue and 14th Street in Chehalis, according to police. Police say Nicholas Gonzalez got off the freeway at the Napavine exit but got right back on and then spun out near milepost 71 before fleeing into the brush. Gonzalez was found and booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempted eluding, according to Officer Linda Bailey.

THEFT

• Power tools were stolen from a home being remodeled on the 1200 block of View Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Saturday morning.

• Centralia police are investigating the theft of money and rings from a residence on the 500 block of Woodland Avenue while the victim was in the hospital, according to a report made to an officer on Friday afternoon.

• Police were called about 5:15 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia where a FedEx package had been stolen from the door step of a home. The suspect is a blond female who was traveling in a burgundy-colored Honda-type car, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police arrested a 29-year-old Centralia man for allegedly stealing a debit card from a purse at a home on the 400 block of Downing Road in Centralia. Jerimy J. Trudeau was arrested for second-degree theft and for possession of heroin after the approximately noontime Saturday report of the missing card, Officer John Panco said.

• A blue Yamaha 90 quad left on the side of a Salkum-area house on Saturday morning was gone when the family returned home about 5 p.m. that day, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The $1,500 four-wheeler was taken from the 2800 block of U.S. Highway 12, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Police were called about 2:40 p.m. on Friday by a woman who found her mother’s stolen vehicle parked in front of St. Joseph School on the 600 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis. The Isuzu Rodeo missing from Centralia was returned to its owner, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Two different vehicles were prowled near the Borst Park-area baseball fields, according to reports made to Centralia police late Saturday afternoon. Windows were broken and three purses were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to the 900 block of Southeast Washington in Chehalis just before 5 p.m. on Friday about a car prowl. Tax documents were missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A rear license plate was reported stolen from a vehicle on the 700 block of North Tower Avenue on Friday afternoon, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 23-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and suspected marijuana about 9:20 p.m. yesterday on the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue. Destiny Lloyd was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Officer Linda Bailey.

• Centralia police were called to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital on Saturday evening because a patient, a 27-year-old Chehalis resident, reportedly gave a fake name attempting to acquire narcotics. The case will be referred to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office for a possible charge of forgery, according to police.

VANDALISM

• A 25-year-old Centralia man wanted for allegedly breaking the rear window of a car and then ramming it on the 100 block of Alpha Way in Onalaska last Monday was arrested Friday for second-degree malicious mischief and trespassing. Diego Javier Torres was contacted Friday in Toledo and taken into custody, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DOWNTOWN FIRE NIPPED

• A Saturday night fire at a glass blowing business in downtown Centralia was limited to a wall, a floor and some personal items when an “occupant” successfully extinguished the blaze before the fire department even arrived, according to Riverside Fire Authority. It happened about 10:35 p.m. on the 100 block of West Main Street at Art Glass, according to Assistant Chief Rick Mack. The damage to about a 20-square-foot area was estimated at $5,000, according to Mack. it apparently ignited when “oven mitts” were set on a combustible surface, Mack stated in a news release.

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News brief: Heroin, a toy gun and a police pursuit

Monday, April 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A deputy’s patrol was struck twice by a fleeing suspect yesterday morning during a pursuit that began in Morton and ended with a wreck in Onalaska and the discovery of fair amounts of drugs.

The driver was subsequently chased down and arrested for numerous offenses, after a water bottle he allegedly dropped was found to contain more than two ounces of suspected heroin plus about 14 grams of methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A high speed pursuit began around 10:30 a.m. near the Seasons Motel in Morton down U.S. Highway 12 to Mossyrock where the driver rammed the patrol car for the second time disabling it, according to the sheriff’s office. Other law enforcement officers continued the chase up Silver Creek Road on to state Route 508 into Onalaska, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The Lexus crashed into an embankment near Fickett Road and the driver fled on foot but was subsequently apprehended, Brown said. His 19-year-old passenger was detained, according to Brown.

Winlock’s drug-sniffing dog Misha and her partner were there and “alerted” on items discarded by the subjects, according to Winlock Police Chief Terry Williams.

Deputies had been surveilling the couple on Sunday morning because they had identified Joshua J. Martin, 28, of Junction City, Ore., as a suspect in an incident the day before in a trailer park in Morton.

A resident at the park on Chapman Road had told deputies he confronted he driver of a car who nearly ran over a child and the driver threatened him with a gun, according to Brown.

A search of the wrecked car turned up an Airsoft gun, Brown said.

The deputy was uninjured, Brown said, but the patrol car sustained an estimated $1,500 damage.

Martin was booked for two counts of second-degree assault, possession of drugs and eluding, according to Brown. The woman, Danique Defeniks, of Eugene, Ore. was booked for eluding.

Defeniks was released with no charges filed. She had told a deputy the two fled because Martin was wanted for hit and run in Oregon and a warrant, according to Brown.

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Read about school principal Ron Reynolds fighting to keep job …

Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 12:25 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News reports documents they obtained show that shortly after the coroner’s inquest in which he was named responsible for his wife’s death 13 years earlier, Toledo Elementary School Principal Ron Reynolds’ employer wrote a letter saying they wished to fire him for work performance problems.

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Ron Reynolds

Reynolds, who has been principal since 1997, was placed on paid leave after the October inquest and it appears he will fight attempts to terminate him,” news reporter Natalie St. John writes.

While the inquest jury ruled unanimously Ronda Reynolds’ manner of death was homicide and named Ron Reynolds and his son Jonathan as responsible, no charges were brought for lack of evidence.

Read more here

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Christianity at work: Rochester man seeks $3 million in suit against Lewis County

Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A former Lewis County employee is suing the county for $3 million saying he was discriminated against because of his religion.

Geoff Nelson was a detention officer in the juvenile court division until he was fired a little more than a year ago for what his superiors said was insubordination. He had worked there about four and a half years.

Nelson and his attorney contend he was ordered not to bring a Bible to work, “harassed” for being Christian and treated differently repeatedly because of his beliefs.

“As a matter of fact, they threatened him about reading a Bible at work from the time he started working there,” his attorney Mark Knapp said.

The suit is filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

Nelson, who is now 28 and lives in Rochester, is looking forward to taking the case to trial, something he says is scheduled for this coming December.

“I’m actually excited to go to court, and not just for the money, I want to get things made right,” Nelson said. “You can’t treat people different just because their religious views are different than yours or their beliefs are different.”

The county, through its attorney, denies the allegations.

Holly Spanski, the administrator of the Lewis County Juvenile Court division, said it’s an ongoing case and she can’t comment.

“The only thing I can speak about, about the allegations he’s making, is I would invite you to visit,” Spanski said earlier this week. “You would find Bibles and other religious materials here for anyone to read.”

The Lewis County Juvenile Court division in Chehalis consists of a courtroom and a 24-bed detention facility, as well as services for probation and other kinds of cases involving youth like dependency petitions and truancy issues.

About a dozen of its 28 employees are detention officers.

Nelson, according to documents provided by the county’s lawyer, was hired in November 2006 with no previous experience in the corrections field; but he graduated at the top of his class at the Juvenile Corrections Officer Academy.

The conflict came to a head in mid-January of last year, during a night shift in the detention center, according to both sides.

The workplace is described with televisions in various locations, including in the control room and in a day room shared by incarcerated juveniles and the detention officers, as well as allowances for casual reading by workers during down time.

Attorney Knapp says Nelson ought to have been able to read his Bible the same way other workers might read magazines about Hollywood stars or fishing.

Knapp said on one particular night, his client and another detention officer were watching religious DVDs when the lead individual on the three-person crew ordered them to turn it off.

“Jeff gets called in to talk with his boss, his boss is really hot under the collar and actually confiscated the DVDs, ” Knapp said.

The document from an arbitration hearing that came several months later indicates Nelson disagreed about the lead person’s directive, and subsequently told his supervisor Chuck West to put in writing an order to stop watching religious material at work.

The document also includes the following:

A memo then went out saying no television watching in the control room and television watching by employees could be done after 10 p.m. when the detainees were locked down.

West wrote to Nelson and co-worker Chevalo Duckett their DVDs should only be viewed in a private area because a co-worker found them offensive.

The document from arbitration also describes the disagreement over the television as occurring over two shifts and starting with the lead worker telling Nelson to turn off an NFL playoff game in the control room early one evening and Nelson turning it back on after the lead, Robin Hood, turned it off.

Nelson and Duckett both told Hood it had been allowed before 10 p.m. until then, during the previous year when Duckett was the supervisor during the shift.

Duckett’s supervisor position had since been cut and the two of them had not before worked with Hood as the lead.

Nelson was suspended, and then fired on Feb. 18 of last year.

The reason for his termination, according to the arbitration document, was his insubordinate and defiant attitude toward Hood, West and Spanski.

Nelson had been suspended less than three years earlier for “engaging in open Bible study on the work floor” while on duty after being warned not to, according to the arbitration document. He had also been talked to by Spanski about an allegation he was quoting scripture to detainees.

Attorney Knapp characterized the investigations as harassment and as ongoing since the time his client was hired.

“It’s a pattern of people bringing up religious subjects and discussions and (then) reporting Geoff for some type of ‘proselytizing’,” Knapp said.

Both Duckett and Nelson filed grievances through their union and complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Knapp also represented Duckett, who was not fired.

Nelson lost a hearing trying to become eligible for unemployment compensation, and he lost the arbitration between his union and employer.

He closed the EEOC case so he could file the suit in federal court, he said.

John Justice, the Tumwater attorney representing the county, said he thinks the arbitrator’s ruling upholding the termination substantiates that it was proper.

Justice said sharing the documents was the best he could do in the way of commenting on the lawsuit.

Knapp says the various hearings looked at the issues too narrowly.

“They really were very rough-shod in the way they treated him,” Knapp said.

Nelson, a father of four who has yet to find work, isn’t deterred.

He made the decision to sue the day Spanski fired him, he said. The troubles had been ongoing since early 2007, he said.

He wants to makes things right, not just for himself, but for others, he said.

He’s just a Bible-believing Christian, not someone who “went around Bible thumping,” he said.

“If that was the case, I wouldn’t be fighting it,” he said.

The case was filed October 24. It is labeled 3:11-cv-05876-RJB Nelson v. Lewis County, Washington

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News brief: Alleged drug house busted south of Winlock

Friday, April 6, 2012 at 11:29 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 51-year-old Winlock man was arrested this morning when a SWAT team and drug detectives went to his home on the 700 block of Winlock-Vader Road.

A 9-year-old child there was turned over to Child Protective Services because of living conditions at the home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Four other individuals were detained, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said in a news release.

The visit and subsequent search warrant follow a lengthy investigation into narcotics being sold from the residence, according to Brown.

George D. Pruett Jr. was booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of delivery of methamphetamine and one count of child endangerment, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives remain on the scene conducting a search, according to Brown.  They are also in the process of determining any involvement by the four unnamed subjects.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

INTERRUPTED BURGLARY AT COUNTRY COUSIN

• An employee opening up Country Cousin restaurant in Centralia about 4 o’clock this morning encountered two masked subjects inside who quickly fled, according to police. They left through  back door and sped away in what was described as a light-colored “sporty” car, according to the Centralia Police Department. It wasn’t immediately determined what if anything was taken from the business on the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue, police said.

MAN JAILED FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING POLICE

• A 30-year-old man was arrested at his Centralia home when he reportedly scuffled with officers who arrived to investigate a dispute last night. Police were called just after 7 p.m. to the 2200 block of Cooks Hill Road because Jesse J. Wheeler had allegedly assaulted his fiance and, police say, he threatened officers and then lunged. When they “took him to the ground,” Wheeler struggled and an officer was kicked in the leg, according to the Centralia Police Department. Wheeler sustained what were described as minor injuries and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault. A potential charge of misdemeanor assault for grabbing his girlfriend is pending, according to police.

BURGLARY

• Someone ransacked a home on the 100 block of Cinebar Road in Cinebar sometime between last Friday and yesterday morning, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It wasn’t clear what if anything was stolen because the person reporting the incident was taking care of the home for its resident, an 81-year-old man who was at a nursing home, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy was called about 9 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 3700 block of state Route 508 in Cinebar when a burglary was discovered. A television had been moved to near the front door and a surround sound system was noted as missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The intruder had “looked though everything” in the home, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to the report of a residential burglary at the 300 block of East Maple Street in Centralia. Approximately $7 was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Someone stole a black 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII while its owner was warming it up just before 8 o’clock yesterday morning in Centralia. The car missing from the 200 block of West Plum Street has a temporary tag in its back window, according to police.

• Police were called about 8:15 a.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia where a red 1994 Isuzu was stolen during the night. The vehicle has a license plate of 962 TVW, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday at 12:30 p.m. about a car prowl at the 2100 block of North National Avenue. Medication was taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine about 10:30 p.m. after contact with police on the 1300 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Conrad J. Perry was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to the train depot about 1:10 p.m. yesterday where several outdoor light fixtures were broken, appearing to have been shot out with  BB gun. The loss is more than $1,000, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they were called on Monday to a house on the 100 block of Prairie Lane in Salkum at which someone had shot yellow paint balls. The individual who called about the mess said it would cost probably $1,000 to fix because the home would have to be repainted, according to the sherif’s office.

DIESEL SPILL CLOSES MAIN STREET IN CHEHALIS

Chehalis Avenue was shut down at Main Street late yesterday afternoon after a semi truck leaving the Darigold plant ripped a hole in one of its fuel tanks and spilled diesel on the road. The fire department blocked the stream but not before an estimated 20 to 30 gallons ran into the storm drain, according to Fire Capt. Casey Beck. Responders used lots of so-called kitty litter and even shovels of dirt from next to the sidewalk to contain it and the state Department of Ecology was called in, Beck said.

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Centralia meth-making defendant to be DNA tested to confirm identity

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm
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"Joshua Paul Green" waits to go before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court. / File photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man charged as Joshua Paul Green with cooking methamphetamine in his Centralia home pleaded not guilty today and found a judge authorizing a DNA test to verify his identity.

Green – or Jonah Andrew Farrer as he insisted to police was his real name – was in Lewis County Superior Court this morning for the second time this week.

A hearing was held before Judge James Lawler on Tuesday, because the defendant is allegedly a so-called fugitive from justice.

Attorneys said he has an outstanding felony warrant from Alabama because of a probation violation on a juvenile conviction. Green’s age is listed as 31.

He answered affirmatively in court when Judge Lawler asked if Green was his true name.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joely Yeager said today however “he is still denying he is Mr. Green.”

He is charged with multiple crimes following a police visit late last week to his Oxford Avenue home where they reportedly found a stolen gun, a loaded AR15 assault rifle just inside his front door and then numerous materials “consistent with a methamphetamine lab.”

He told his initial defense attorney he is in the business of growing coral, like that found in the sea.

He was arrested and booked early last month following a traffic stop in Centralia and gave his information as Jonah Farrer, 34 years old. Farrer’s driving status was suspended in Alabama.

When police went to his house last week to serve a protection order on Green regarding his girlfriend, he once again said he was Farrer.

The girlfriend told police she she had been dating him off and on for 10 years, has two children with him and did not know the name Farrer, according to charging documents.

An officer who subsequently checked with authorities in Alabama learned the Farrer name, birth date and social security number belonged to an individual who died in 2008.

Law enforcement teams last week sifted through what was initially estimated at more then 220 pounds of potentially hazardous chemicals in his two-story house.

A state Department of Ecologist hazard specialist who briefly entered the home to conduct air monitoring said there were oddities there that caused him to speculate if the resident was trying to make something he hadn’t seen before, perhaps something such as Ecstasy or maybe testing new “recipes”.

Centralia Police Department Sgt. Brian Warren, who has training in “clandestine” labs, concurred with the first police officer’s assessment it was a meth lab, according to charging documents.

Deputy Prosecutor Yeager said it will take several weeks to get the results from the laboratory tests back on the various substances found.

Green is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, possession of a stolen firearm and identity theft.

His trial was set for the week of May 21.
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For background, read “Unusual drug lab, guns and a mystery man” from  Friday March 30, 2012 at 7:01 p.m., here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

IDENTITY THEFT

• A 31-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday for identity theft for reportedly using the name, birthdate and number from a social security card he found in Los Angeles some seven years ago. An investigation began earlier this week when a deputy was called by a police department in Manassas Park, Virginia about a 26-year-old resident there who said he’d learned someone who worked at Aluminite in Chehalis was using his social security number, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A check with the business in the Chehalis Industrial Park confirmed they had a worker employed under that identity, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Jose Victor Azcunaga-Molina, 31, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Brown.

STOLEN CAR FOUND IN TOLEDO

• A 36-year-old Toledo man was arrested for second-degree possession of stolen property yesterday after a deputy learned he had a stolen car on his property on the 100 block of Smokey Valley Road. Matthew Pettit was picked up on a warrant and a deputy overheard him mention a vehicle needed to be taken care of, leading to the discovery of a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer missing from Cowlitz County, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• A 21-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop on the 800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia early this morning. Mary L. Smith was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• Centralia police were called about 3 p.m. yesterday when a motorist ran off the road and struck a tree at East Reynolds Avenue and North Pearl Street. The incident led to only minor injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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Read about seven die from heroin overdoses in Cowlitz County …

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 1:53 am

Updated at 10:46 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News reports seven people have died from extremely pure heroin in just five days in Cowlitz County.

Two of the deaths occurred Friday in Kelso and Longview, according to news reporter Leslie Slape.

Cowlitz County Coroner Tim Davidson urged people to immediately call 911 for aid if a family member, loved one or friend uses heroin or any drug and becomes unresponsive, according to the Daily News.

Davidson said the overdose deaths have been instantaneous – respiratory failure – with needles found in the arms or in the hands of the victims.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod indicated this morning there have been no known heroin overdoses in Lewis County at all this year. The Thurston County coroner said he’s had none there.

According to Davidson, the problem is that for whatever reason the uncut, or undiluted, drug has gotten onto the streets and those using it unknowingly inject a lethal dose.

A 49-year-old man was found in the restroom at Fred Meyer in Longview on Friday night, but his partner, a woman who used the same drug, was taken to the hospital and survived, according to Davidson.

All the deaths have occurred in and around Kelso and Longview, but Davidson is hearing from his pathologist of others in regions to the south of Cowlitz County.

The dead include four men and three women from their early 20s to their late 50s from “all different walks of life,” Davidson said.

“It’s not isolated to one little group,” he said.

And other individuals locally have overdosed and been saved in the past few days, he said.

Yesterday as he was monitoring the radio he was still hearing of more overdose aid calls, he said, although the most recent death was Monday night.

On Tuesday night, the body of a 39-year-old Kelso man was found dumped on the west side of Longview by his buddies who got scared, Davidson said.

Cowlitz County might normally see about two heroin overdose deaths per month, he said.

Law enforcement is investigating to see if they can figure out where it’s coming from, but his biggest concern is public safety, Davidson said.

Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers anonymously, he said.

Read more, here

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News brief: Neighborhood watch in Vader

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Vader area residents interested in reducing crime are invited to a gathering next week to be held at Vader City Hall.

A Neighborhood Watch meeting has been scheduled by and will by facilitated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Support Volunteers.

The program is designed to help curb crime by educating residents on prevention techniques and helping neighbors get acquainted, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Support Volunteers coordinator Melody Nelson said a resident of the area requested the event because “they’ve had some problems going on down there.”

Neighborhood Watch, sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association, is meant to bring citizens and law enforcement together to help make communities safer.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thursday April 12.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

DOG SHOT AFTER CHICKEN COOP ATTACK

• A Centralia man shot and killed a Chocolate Lab after his chickens were attacked yesterday on the 500 block of West Seventh Street, according to police. The 33-year-old resident called 911 about 7:50 p.m. and said he had caught a pair of dogs in his chicken coop but they ran off, Officer John Panco said. Officers were told the dogs reappeared and went toward or charged his wife and daughter who were on their front porch, according to police. That’s when he fired his shotgun, Panco said. The other canine, a white and rust colored mixed breed, fled. There were 20 chickens, but 14 are either dead or missing, Panco said. Police don’t yet know who the dogs owner’s are, according to Panco.

VW BUG LANDS ON ROOF

• Police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday when an unoccupied car on a Chehalis hillside rolled onto the roof of a garage. Nobody was hurt and the damage was minimal, Sgt. Gary Wilson said. It happened near the intersection of Northeast Terrace Road and Washington Avenue. Wilson said it either jumped out of gear or the parking brake wasn’t set. The owner of the Volkswagen bug and the garage were the same person, so no citation was issued, he said.

MAN VERSUS CAR

• A 19-year-old Chehalis man was arrested after he allegedly punched and dented a Honda Civic he said almost ran him over in a crosswalk on South Market Boulevard in Chehalis yesterday. Police called about 8:30 p.m. arrested Cory L. Hughes for second-degree malicious mischief and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

UNWELCOME PRUNING REPORTED

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 300 block of Sargent Road in Winlock following a discovery that someone had “topped” several trees belonging to a 82-year-old woman who lives there. A much as five feet had been cut from the upper portions of Sequoias and Alaska Blue Spruces, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman’s daughter said a neighbor had inquired about such work being done to improve their view, according to the sheriff’ office. Several no trespassing signs were torn down the night before, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• Someone broke into a home on the 100 block of Nikula Road in Winlock and stole numerous valuables including a LG3D television with Blu-ray video, an iPad, Coach purses and a Leo the Lion gold necklace as well as the 3D movies “Thor” and “Sesame Street”. The intruders got in through a kitchen window sometime between Thursday and Monday evening, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is almost $3,000.

• A resident on the 200 block of Tilley Road in Centralia returned from a trip yesterday to find the front door standing open and items scattered about inside, according to police. Someone had apparently broken in through a back door, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details were not available.

• Three teenagers were arrested last night after Toledo residents awoke to someone trying to kick in their garage door. Deputies called just before 2 a.m. to the 300 block of Collins Road stopped a suspect vehicle in the area and the 19-year-olds from Toledo were arrested for attempted burglary, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Michael R. Raphael, Devon C. Durrant and Drew L. Dailey, according to the sheriff’ office.

• Police were called to the 1400 block of Jensen Avenue in Centralia last night to a complain that three checks had been stolen, some of which have been passed locally, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• The images of two girls were caught on security video stealing letters and numbers from a church sign by the road about 10:20 p.m on Monday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The thefts have been ongoing from the Trinity Christian Fellowship on the 100 block of Brockway Road outside Chehalis, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The pastor would like it to stop and want the items returned, according to Brown.

• Police were called about 10:15 a.m. yesterday about a car prowl on the 400 block of South Silver Street in Centralia. A purse and an iPod had been taken overnight, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM TO VEHICLE

• A 24-year-old Chehalis man who reported Monday night his vehicle’s tires were slashed called police again yesterday morning to say two more were slashed. It happened on Northwest North Street near Chehalis Avenue in Chehalis. It doesn’t appear random, according to police. “They didn’t get ’em all the first time, so they did it again,” Sgt. Gary Wilson said. “That points to personal.”

MORE GRAFFITI AT PORT

• Centralia police were called back to the Port of Centralia off Galvin Road yesterday about more graffiti. The words “fear none” were spray painted on the outside of a building, according to Officer John Panco.

VEHICLE VERSUS TREE

• Centralia police and aid were called about 2 p.m. to the 900 block of North Tower Avenue yesterday when a pickup truck ran off the road and into a tree in someone’s front yard. The driver had no obvious injuries but was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital in case a medical issue may have caused the mishap, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

VANDALISM

• A deputy was called to the 100 block of Alpha Way in Onalaska about 3:20 a.m. yesterday after a 25-year-old Centralia man allegedly shattered the rear window of a Toyota Camry and then rammed it with his vehicle. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says he had gone to the place where his estranged wife was staying and when she told him to leave, he damaged the car belonging to a 42-year-old man.

SHOT IN THE PARK

• A 15-year-old boy walking near the Borst Home in Centralia yesterday afternoon was shot in the arm by a BB gun, according to police. He felt it but didn’t see anyone around, according to officer John Panco. He went to the doctor and had it removed, Panco said.

DRUGS

• A 32-year-old woman was arrested for unlawful possession of Oxycontin after pills were found in her pocket and her purse when she was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant last night at the 1100 block of Grand Avenue in Centralia. Officers had been called there just after 7 p.m. about a dispute, according to the Centralia Police Department. Kenda L. Burrow was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Three people were arrested for possession of marijuana when they were contacted by police about 5 p.m. yesterday at South Silver and West Walnut streets in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. A 33-year-old man was arrested at the same time for an outstanding warrant, according to police.

VEHICLES DAMAGED

• Centralia police were called about 9 a.m. yesterday to a parking lot on the 200 block of West Main Street where three vehicles were “keyed”, according to Centralia Police Department Officer John Panco.

• Police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of South Pearl Street where the paint on two vehicles was damaged from getting “keyed” and a mirror was broken from a third, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GRAFFITI

• Somebody “tagged” a building and “tanks” at a business on the 2100 block of Foron Road in Centralia sometime between 3 a.m. Sunday and 10 o’clock the following morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Somebody spray painted the outside of a building a the Port of Centralia off Galvin Road over the weekend, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday.

TIRES FLATTENED

• A 24-year-old Chehalis man called police just after 8 p.m. last night when he discovered two of the tires on his vehicle had been slashed while it was parked on the 300 block of Northwest North Street in Chehalis.

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Read about still few leads on the missing Kayla Croft-Payne …

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News writes that nearing the second anniversary of her disappearance, there have been few new developments over the past year in the case of the missing Kayla Croft-Payne.

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Kayla Croft-Payne

Croft-Payne was reported missing on May 5, 2010  by a friend who hadn’t seen or heard from her for several days. She was 18 years old and living outside Chehalis.

Last summer, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said it had followed tips up into Pierce County, and down into Cowlitz County, saying the last place they could verify she was seen was a trailer park in the Toutle area.

News reporter Natalie St. John reports a volunteer group conducted a search outside Winlock about a month ago that turned out to be  dead end.

Read St. John’s news story here

For background, read “Kayla Croft-Payne: Missing Lewis County teen’s parents still seeking answers” from Friday March 25, 2011, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

SKIER DIES AT WHITE PASS

• A skier died after apparently falling head first into a “tree well” at White Pass on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called to the area learned the woman had been skiing with friends around 3 p.m. and she didn’t turn up at the bottom of the slopes, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The ski patrol found her buried in the soft snow beneath a tree in an area known as the West Ridge and life saving efforts were attempted but the 22-year-old woman from Yakima died, the sheriff’s office said. The Yakima-Herald Republic identified her as KyOna Hoff, an experienced skier who worked at the resort.

THEFT

• More than $4,000 of tools and other items were stolen from the B and M Logging shop on the 1900 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel over the weekend, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the items missing were a dozen or more aluminum wheels, 200 feet of welding wire, light cords, a drill and two power saws, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Three teenagers were arrested after the owner of a travel trailer on the 100 block of Beckie Lane near Napavine called 911 when he saw a burglary being committed on live security footage viewed remotely from Renton on Friday night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A neighbor saw three subjects all wearing “hoodies” run north through the trees and one of the suspects was subsequently spotted walking on Romerman Road, the sheriff’s office said. Two 17-year-olds were booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for theft of a firearm an other related crimes, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. A 16-year-old was booked for burglary and a related offense, according to Brown.

• Police were called just before 7 a.m. yesterday to a burglary at a house on the 500 block of South Ash Street in Centralia. Someone had broken a window and left with two television sets, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone broke a window on door to get inside a house on the 400 block of Yew Street in Centralia and stole a game system and games, according to the Centralia Police Department. The burglary was reported about 10 p.m. on Saturday.

• Police were called just after 8 p.m. on Friday to the 700 block of Northwest Ohio Avenue in Chehalis where a computer, an iPod and their chargers had been stolen.

• Police took a report about 11:25 a.m. on Friday of a car prowl on the 400 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia. A window had been broken out, according to police.

VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIANS

• A man and a woman in a crosswalk on the 500 block of Market Boulevard in Chehalis were struck by a pickup truck around 9 p.m. on Friday, according to police. They were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police. It’s not clear if the 50-year-old Chehalis driver was cited, according to a police department spokesperson.

FRAUD

• Police were called to the Bank of America on the 100 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia about 10:35 a.m. on Friday because someone was trying to cash what was believed to be a forged check, and four Centralia residents were detained. Three women were arrested and booked for forgery, according to the Centralia Police Department. They are Rita F. Masters, 48, Janice M. Lester, 49, and Jessica D. Wilke, 34, Officer John Panco said. The case of a 53-year-old man with them was referred for the same charge, Panco said. The amount of the check they attempted to cash was not noted. Masters was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine, and Lester for possession of meth and heroin, Panco said.

HIT AND RUN SUSPECT APPREHENDED BY K-9

• A 20-year-old man was arrested for multiple offenses after he reportedly sped away from a police car and then crashed into two vehicles about 5:30 a.m. on Saturday in Centralia. An officer was going to pull over Galen R. Whitmire for a defective headlight when he was spotted near Yew and Main streets, but Whitmore headed north blowing a stop sign before hitting an SUV traveling on Alder Street and a parked vehicle and then fleeing on foot, according to Officer John Panco. Whitmire was subsequently found by a police dog hiding in some bushes along Long Road, Panco said. Because the Centralia man’s passenger had wanted out of his vehicle during the short pursuit, Whitmire was arrested for unlawful imprisonment as well as attempting to elude and hit and run, according to Panco. He was also booked for possession of suspected methamphetamine, according to Panco. The woman driving the SUV sustained only minor injuries, police said.