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Prosecutors: Bookkeeper, girlfriend of small business owner took thousands of dollars with secret debit card

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A lawyer representing the Chehalis woman accused of stealing more than $50,000 from a concrete business where she was the bookkeeper told a judge the alleged victim and the defendant were in a relationship and the allegations came up after they broke up.

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Angela D. Sawyer

Angela D. Sawyer, 39, was arrested and jailed on Wednesday after the Chehalis Police Department finished an investigation that began this summer, following a report from Jerry Nixon, the owner of Apex Mobile Mix.

Sawyer was charged in Lewis County Superior Court on Thursday with first-degree theft and first-degree identity theft.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher requested high bail, telling the judge Sawyer was suspected of wrongdoing involving a number of debit cards from other individuals.

Defense attorney for the day Joely O’Rourke countered that the allegation involved just one card belonging to one man and requested unsecured bail in the amount of $10,000. Meagher apologized and said he must have misread the filing, drafted by another prosecutor.

Judge Richard Brosey agreed with the unsecured amount.

Sawyer, who now works with the Area Agency on Aging, resides in Chehalis with her teenage son, according to O’Rourke.

According to charging documents, Nixon contacted police on July 27 after recently signing up to receive Internet bank statements and saw several transactions he did not make or authorize, including some for cash. He told the officer he learned from his bank they were made on a debit card he did not know existed.

Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said the owner of the business with locations in Napavine and Chehalis was asked to gather up financial records.

Charging documents go on to give the following account:

Nixon told police he found out the debit card had been mailed out and he learned Sawyer had the card. He said she admitted to having the card and returned it to him.

Late last month, Nixon brought the various documents to the police department and showed receipts he said had nothing to do with company purchases totaling $51,772.89.

“Also in the papers Nixon brought were questionable checks written by Sawyer,” prosecutors wrote. “These checks appeared to be paying for Sawyer’s personal bills and needs.”

The total comes to more than $72,800, missing from between July 2012 and the end of this past July.

Nixon told a police detective that Sawyer and he were in a relationship, but she was never a co-signer on the account.

He said Sawyer told him she got into drugs and was using the money to support her habit.

Sawyer has no criminal history, according to prosecutors.

Because she earns only $1,300 per month, she qualified for a court appointed attorney. Her arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

MAD DAD TAKES PURSUIT OFF ROAD

• A Centralia father was arrested after he reportedly chased his teenage step-daughter and her boyfriend with his car down a city sidewalk yesterday evening. The 19-year-old had called police about 7:50 p.m. from the 200 block of South Pearl Street near Visiting Nurses Thrift Shop about a dispute and when officers arrived, they learned David D. Nelson had pursued the couple on the east sidewalk with his Chevrolet Cavalier, nearly hitting them, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nobody was hurt and nothing was damaged beyond some crushed blades of grass, according to police. The disagreement involved concern about her child, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The young mother is described as transient, the 35-year-old boyfriend is a Centralia resident, according to police. Nelson was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.

FIRE ESCAPES BURN PILE

• Firefighters were called yesterday afternoon to a backyard in Adna for a brush fire. It was about 2 p.m. on Glenview Lane, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. “The burn ban has been lifted and somebody was burning and it got a little out of control,” Firefighter Steven Busz said. The fire spread to an area of about 100 feet by 100 feet, burning grass and a small tree or two before it was extinguished, according to Busz.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, malicious mischief, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for vandalism, misdemeanor theft … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm

DETECTIVES LOOKING FOR WITNESSES OF ASSAULT OUTSIDE BAR

• Centralia police are investigating an incident in which a 27-year-old Centralia man was attacked last night by several people outside the Hub Tavern on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. Police were called at 1:25 a.m. by a family member who said the victim was taken over to Providence Centralia Hospital. He was contacted there by an officer as he was being transferred to another hospital, up north, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. Little information was gained at the time as the incident had occurred a couple of hours earlier and witnesses were no longer around, Reichert said. The victim was said not to know who it was that assaulted him, according to Reichert. Detectives are looking into it, he said.

FAMILY DISPUTE

• Deputies responded about 9:15 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Tauscher Road near Onalaska regarding a 21-year-old man who had been drinking, who allegedly threatened family members, threatened to harm himself and also to harm others, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Travis L. Oshane reportedly punched his stepfather in the head multiple times but fled before law enforcement arrived, according to the sheriff’s office. A police dog was brought in and Oshane was located and booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown reports.

OUTBUILDING BURGLARY

• A 68-year-old Cinebar getting ready for a hunting trip called 911 after discovering several items missing from his shop, including camo jackets, about five gallons of fuel and a saw. A deputy learned the theft at the 900 block of Burnt Ridge Road occurred sometime between Sunday and Wednesday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is about $675, according to the sheriff’s office.

FRAUD

• An officer was called to Centralia Municipal Court about 11:30 a.m. yesterday regarding an allegedly forged document presented to the court. Further details were not available as the incident is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 3200 block of Elizabeth Court yesterday to take a report of the unauthorized used of credit card.

BENCH MISSING

• Someone stole a white wooden garden bench from in front of a home on the 400 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday evening.

THEFT OF WHIPPED CREAM

• A 32-year-old man with a Seattle address was arrested yesterday evening after he reportedly seen ingesting or huffing from two cans of whipped cream inside Wal-Mart and then selected two shirts and a black hat off racks and put them on. He told an officer responding about 6 p.m. he was just trying the items on, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Noah M. Escobar smelled of intoxicants and because he had been formally trespassed from the store on Louisiana Avenue in the past, was arrested for second-degree burglary, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

LOST AND FOUND

• A smart phone was turned onto the Centralia Police Department yesterday after being found on the 500 block of South Washington Avenue.

COLLISION

• A 36-year-old Centralia man was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital last night after the vehicle in which he was a passenger ran off U.S. Highway 12 near Gershick Road and struck a ditch. Troopers called about 10:35 p.m. to the scene about five miles west of Mossyrock report the driver, Irvin J. Weiher, 39, of Chehalis, was unhurt. Weiher had been traveling westbound when he fell asleep, according to the Washington State Patrol. His 2013 Ford F150 pickup was impounded. He was to be arrested for second-degree negligent driving, according to the state patrol. The injuries to Michael B. Kane were unspecified. Both had been wearing seat belts, the investigating trooper reports.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disorderly person, hit and run, protection order violation, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, request for help getting a small possum out of a woman’s laundry room … and more.

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News brief: Cinebar resident injured in wreck on state Route 508

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

Updated at 2:44 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 48-year-old woman from Cinebar was airlifted to a Vancouver hospital after a single vehicle wreck last night on state Route 508.

Troopers called about 8:25 p.m. to the scene, about 10 miles west of Morton, found the 2010 Dodge Journey in a ditch.

Allison D. Crume had been traveling westbound near milepost 21 when her vehicle left the roadway, struck the guardrail and rolled onto its top, according to the Washington State Patrol.

She was flown to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to the state patrol. Crume is listed in serious condition this morning in the intensive care unit, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The investigating trooper reports Crume had been driving too fast.

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News brief: Police: Put the phone down and drive

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police have extra eyes on the streets this week watching for motorists talking or texting on their cell phones.

The hope is to reduce accidents and raise awareness of the potential consequences of distracted driving, according to the Centralia Police Department.

“With school back in session, more people are on or near the roadway and cell phones are definite distractions while driving,” Officer Patty Finch stated in a news release.

The offense can bring a ticket of $124, according to Finch.

Since 2008, the law has prohibited drivers from texting while driving, and required those talking on cell phones to use hands free devices.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

POLICE: INSIDER THEFT FROM SMALL BUSINESS

• A former bookkeeper was arrested yesterday for first-degree theft following an investigation that began this summer after a report from a concrete business with locations in Chehalis and Napavine. Chehalis police detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said police were contacted by the owner of Apex Mobile Mix on July 27. After various financial records were gathered, Wilson asked Angela D. Sawyer to come in the police department to talk with him. She showed up yesterday, but declined to be interviewed, he said. “She was working for the company and over the last two years is alleged to have taken thousands of dollars,” Wilson said. More than $50,000 is missing, he said. Sawyer, 39, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BURGLARY UNCOVERED

• Centralia police are investigating a burglary to a home on the 300 block of L Street. it came to the attention of police during another investigation and a person of interest has been identified, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a 1991 Honda stolen from an apartment complex on the 1000 block of North Schueber Road. It has a license plate reading AND 1194, according to the Centralia Police Department.

RESISTING ARREST

• A 27-year-old Olympia man was arrested yesterday evening for allegedly being uncooperative, trying to leave and trying to fight off officers’ attempts to detain him following a call to the Centralia Outlets at the 1300 block of Lum Road regarding a suspicious person trying to get into a vehicle. Kenneth J. Zawadzinski was booked into the Lewis County Jail  for obstructing and resisting arrest, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PERILS OF GUTTER CLEANING

• A 58-year-old Chehalis area man called 911 yesterday evening after he looked out his second story window and saw a stranger looking back at him. The stranger, a 38-year-old from Carter Lake, Iowa passing through on his way to Portland had spotted a ladder and rope against the side of the home on the 2300 block of Jackson Highway and thought it looked inviting, like a “hippie trail, so he climbed up it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They talked, the stranger asked if he could exit through the home instead of going back down the ladder and was escorted out by the resident, the sheriff’s office reports. On the way out, he asked for a beer, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The owner had been using the ladder earlier to clean out his gutters, according to Brown. Deputies arriving after the approximately 7 p.m. incident arrested Anthony E. Kies for burglary and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. Prosecutors declined to charge Kies with burglary and he is expected to be seen in Lewis County District Court for a lesser charge.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, disorderly person, runaway child, suspicious circumstances, report of attempted fraud by phone, collision on city street, car versus deer on county road … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Updated at 6:15 p.m.

COLLISION

• A 63-year-old man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after he wrecked his scooter-type motorcycle late yesterday afternoon along the 3500 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Responders called just after 5 p.m. found the man from Lake Tapps was wearing a half-helmet which may have come off and he had serious facial injuries and a possible head injury. It happened when he attempted a left-hand turn, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. His 2007 Yamaha XC50 had only minor damage, the sheriff’s office reports.

VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIAN

• A woman was hospitalized after she was struck at a crosswalk in downtown Centralia by a small pickup truck today. Firefighters called at noon to South Tower Avenue at Cherry Street found her conscious but with suspected internal injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority. She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Capt. Scott Weinert.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• The former Onalaska volunteer firefighter and part time substitute school bus driver was sentenced today to life in prison with a minimum of just over three years in connection with allegations of sexual abuse of a teenage relative. Richard L. Crumbliss, 44, was arrested in April and has remained held in the Lewis County Jail. Crumbliss in August admitted no wrong doing when he made a so-called Alford plea of guilt to second-degree assault with sexual motivation and second-degree child molestation. His lawyer David Arcuri said the “indeterminate” sentence means Crumbliss could be released after 37 months, or even sooner with good time. But if or when he does get out, he will be under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections for the rest of his life, so if he ever fails to abide by DOC conditions, he could be sent back to prison, Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey said during this morning’s hearing. Crumbliss would be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and would not be allowed to ever go where children congregate, according to Arcuri. Nothing under criminal law would prevent him from working again as firefighter-EMT, although since Crumbliss didn’t respond to the July temporary suspension of his EMT license by the state – stemming from the criminal allegations – the state Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System Program earlier this month imposed a 15-year suspension of his license.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, drunk teenager; responses for dispute, suspicious circumstances, suspected protection order violation, collisions on city streets, possibly suicidal individuals, misdemeanor theft such as a stolen shopping cart, request for assistance dealing with an elderly family member who insisted on going to Walgreens to deal with collecting money she’d been told she won  … and more.

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A thank you breakfast with firefighters

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia firefighters are showing their gratitude for the recent passage of their levy by cooking breakfast for the public on Saturday.

Pancakes, eggs and sausage will be on the house for members of their community, paid for by International Association of Firefighters Local 451 and the Riverside Firefighters Association.

Heading up the kitchen crew will be Lee Coumbs, board of commissioners member.

“The reason is just to say thank you,” Riverside Fire Authority Firefighter and union president Rick LeBoeuf said. “Thank you for voting for the levy, thank you for supporting us.”

The fire department that protects more than 180 square miles in and around Centralia last month asked citizens to consider a new maintenance and operations levy, to supplement a steeply declining budget. The department had already seen a nearly 30 percent loss in response forces this year, and the levy money was meant to stabilize personnel and services at the current level.

It passed with just over 65 percent of voters saying yes.

The open house and community appreciation breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 11:30 a.m. It will be held at Riverside’s headquarter’s station at 1818 Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

Tours of the station will include opportunities for children to board the fire trucks and ambulances, according to LeBoeuf.

They’ve combined the event with an opportunity to help those who are working to reopen the Pearl Street Veterans Memorial Pool.

Fire Chief Mike Kytta says being supporters of people having a safe place to swim, they’ve invited individuals from the pool to be on hand to answer questions and accept donations toward its restoration.

What: Open house and community appreciation breakfast
When: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Where: 1818 Harrison Avenue, Centralia
Cost: Free, but donations will be accepted on behalf of Save The Outdoor Pool

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm

BREAK-INS AROUND CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 11 a.m. yesterday to another shed burglary, this one on the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue. Sometime during the night someone got inside the unlocked structure and left with drills, speaker, an amplifier and other items, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Someone shattered the glass front doors to a vacant convenience store on the 3300 block of Jackson Highway outside Chehalis, according to a report made yesterday to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office. The damage is estimated at $1,000.

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of Carter Lane outside Chehalis where someone had kicked in the entry door to a shop building. Nothing was missing, but the damage is about $200, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a 1997 Nissan pickup was stolen from the 200 block of Mandy Road near Toledo sometime on Saturday or Sunday. The 54-year-old owner described the vehicle as white with blue stripes and worth about $2,500, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A pickup truck belonging to the county and stolen from the the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds last month turned up yesterday abandoned on the 100 block of August Road in Cinebar. The Chevrolet S10 with a broken out back window was valued at $500, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

MARIJUANA PIPE SEIZED FROM GRADE SCHOOLER

• Police were called to Olympic Elementary School in Chehalis yesterday after a teacher was notified a fourth grader had been showing around a possible marijuana pipe. That’s what it turned out to be and the item was confiscated, according to the Chehalis Police Department. There was nothing to indicate the child had used it; he said a ninth grader gave it to him, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. It’s unlikely any criminal offense would be pursued, because of the boy’s young age, according to Wilson.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, misdemeanor theft such as mountain bikes stolen from a front porch  … and more.

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CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect the correct grade school where Chehalis police were called about a student with a pipe.

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Read about wanted woman sought near Morton found in Lakewood …

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Tacoma) News Tribune reports the 31-year-old woman accused of trying to run down one Fife police officer and then shooting at another was ordered held yesterday on $5 million bail.

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Yolanda Lund

Yolanda Lund, reportedly pregnant and shot by police during the incident, had been been sought by law enforcement since Aug. 11, a search that nine days later led to a home on the 800 block of Davis Lake Road in Morton. About a half dozen officers and deputies went to the residence that afternoon but did not find Lund or her suspected accomplice.

Q13 Fox.com reported Lund was arrested Friday in Lakewood and hospitalized for treatment of a gunshot wound to her chest.

News Tribune reporter Adam Lynn writes Lund is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and attempting to elude police and that not guilty pleas were entered on her behalf.

Read more here

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News brief: Ritchie Brothers hit by rogue demo derby

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11:47 am
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The aftermath at Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

It appears as though someone snuck onto the Winlock area property of the world’s largest auctioneer of heavy equipment and held an unsanctioned demolition derby with four large trucks over the weekend.

The break-in was reported yesterday to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, who estimate more than $15,000 in damage to three of four 2010 International Cargo trucks.

Unknown suspects entered into the fenced yard and drove the trucks around the gravel lot, leaving them with side impact damage, according to the sheriff’s office.

“These are big yellow Penske rental trucks have been turned over to Ritchie Brothers,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

A bucket truck on the premises also sustained broken windows, possibly from a rock, according to Brown.

Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers is on the west side of Interstate 5 on the 200 block of Ritchie Lane.

The incident is believed to have occurred sometime after 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and before 9 a.m. yesterday.

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One injured in Grand Mound house fire

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:10 am
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The attached garage is consumed by flames, while the rest of the home is heavily damaged inside. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters called about a garage fire with an explosion in Grand Mound last night arrived to find a single-family home heavily involved in flames and a fallen power line arcing in the front yard.

“We just had to work around it, spraying water from a distance,” West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott said.

The one-story house is a total loss, Scott said.

Crews responding just after 9 p.m. to the scene at the 20900 block of Billie Mills Street Southwest, just east of Old 99, learned one male occupant with a burn injury had already gone or been taken to the hospital, according to Scott.

He was treated at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Scott said this morning, but no other details were yet available.

A total of 20 firefighters from five department battled the blaze defensively, according to Scott.

Numerous explosions from the garage area were found to be from propane tanks, cans of gasoline, large fireworks and small firearms, he said.

Nobody else was injured.

Scott said he wasn’t sure about how many people lived at the home, as he didn’t speak with them, an investigator did. The cause is not yet known, he said.

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News brief: County to end outdoor burning restrictions

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Beginning at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, the outdoor burning restrictions for areas in unincorporated Lewis County will be lifted.

The Lewis County Board of Commissioners put a burn ban in place on July 12 out of concern about wildfire danger with hot and dry conditions, allowing only for recreational fires in approved receptacles or campfire sites.

The board has authority over areas in Lewis County that are outside any city limits and not part of any state or federal lands.

“After careful review, of the current and extended weather forecast, the Lewis County community development director, acting as the fire marshal, has determined that current weather conditions within Lewis County no longer pose a substantial fire threat,” Director Lee Napier’s office stated in a news release this morning.

The state Department of Natural Resources last week rescinded its statewide burn ban on all on DNR-protected forestlands.

For further information concerning outdoor burning, Napier can be contacted at (360) 740-1146.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Updated at 3:41 p.m.

FRIENDLY THIEF: HERE KITTY, KITTY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary to a home for sale north of Winlock in which the intruder is believed to hung around and watched television as well as feeding the victim’s cat but made off with an antique tea set, a brown curtain and a table cloth. The owner, a 56-year-old Olympia man, reported on Friday that the break-in at the 100 block of Quary Lane happened sometime between Sept. 19 and last Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office. It appeared entry was made though a bathroom window, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The loss is estimated at $260, according to Brown.

UNFRIENDLY THEFT

• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested after a wheelchair was stolen from a front porch on the 1200 block of Alder Street. Centralia police took the report yesterday. Derrek J. Larson was subsequently arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for allegedly selling the wheelchair and also for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THE MUSIC DIED

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that someone stole about $2,000 worth of guitars, amplifiers, speakers and other musical equipment in a residential burglary at the 100 block of Schoonover Road outside Mossyrock on Friday night. The victims are two men in their early 20s, and deputies have in a mind a person of interest, according to the sheriff’s office.

BOOZE BURGLARY

• Police were called about noon on Saturday to the 500 block of North Market Boulevard in Chehalis where money and half gallon bottles of liquor were missing from beneath the bar belonging to the American Legion group. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

GARAGE BREAK-IN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning they are referring for evaluation of charges a case in which a 23-year-old homeless man allegedly stole numerous items from a garage on the 100 block of Sheridan Street in Centralia between Sept. 15 and last Wednesday. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said deputies believe he took the skill saw, engine stand, paintball gun and tools to his sister’s house and the property was turned over to Centralia police. Still missing is a miter saw, according to Brown.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of North Buckner Street on Friday afternoon about an electronic tablet missing after a friend stayed at the house.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:30 a.m. on Friday to the 300 block of South Market Boulevard where a gas can was stolen from a maintenance shed.

• Morton police were called about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday to the 500 block of Main Avenue where someone broke into a shed and stole a child’s car seat.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A green 1995 Honda Accord left about 6 o’clock on Saturday morning at the park and ride lot on the 800 block of West Main Street in Chehalis was reported missing about 2 p.m. the same day. It has a license plate of ADN 4763, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A blue and white 199 Suzuki ATV was stolen sometime on Saturday or Sunday from an open shed on property on the 100 block of Rogers Road west of Toledo, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The value of the quad is $700, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR PROWL

• A car was found with its door and trunk open at the Lewis County Mall about 11 a.m. Sunday. Nothing was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just after 1 p.m. on Saturday to the 600 block of South Cedar Street regarding a vehicle prowl in which a briefcase and flashlight were stolen.

• Someone stole a backpack from a vehicle parked at the 100 block of High Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police around 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

DOG WINS HIDE AND SEEK

• Centralia police report a 22-year-old man with an outstanding warrant was tracked down by a police dog and found hiding in a home on Saturday afternoon. The approximately 4:10 p.m. incident in connection with a location at Mellen and Marsh streets ended with Raymond C. Rhodes booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary and his warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Tires were slashed, the vehicle was scratched with something sharp and someone painted graffiti on an outside wall at the 200 block of Jastad Drive in Morton, according to a report made to police on Saturday.

PHONE THREAT

• Chehalis police were called on Saturday by an individual on North National Avenue who said they received a phone call asking them for money to prevent their power from getting shut off because their electric bill was overdue. It appeared to be a scam, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SCAREY THREAT

• Deputies are looking for a 31-year-old Randle man who reportedly texted his ex-girlfriend on Friday night and told her to look out her front window where he was going to kill himself. He also told her not to let his children watch, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies dispatched to the area on the 9500 block of U.S. Highway 12 just before 10 p.m. did not find him and are still looking, according to the sheriff’s office. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office is referring the case to prosecutors for a violation of a protection order, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

SMOKE ALARM, CHECK, FIRE EXTINGUISHER, CHECK

• An Adna couple was awakened by their fire alarm about 1:45 a.m. today, when a Cadet-type wall heater caught fire and filled an upstairs room with smoke. “Dad put it out with a fire extinguisher and she got everyone out,” Lewis County Fire District 6 Firefighter-Paramedic Matt McCoy said. Crews called to the home on the 100 block of Frogner Road found the parents and the two children were fine; firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to confirm all the fire was out, McCoy said. The damage was contained to the wall unit, he said.

WRECK

• Chehalis police were called to the 1900 block of Snively Avenue about 5:15 p.m. on Saturday to take a report a vehicle had struck a house. There was damage to an exterior brick facade and into the drywall, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Evidence suggested someone had been driving recklessly, police said. Nobody was injured.

• A motorcyclist ended up with a broken leg after he lost control at the 1200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia and struck a large rock and then the side of a house yesterday evening. Police called about 6:15 p.m. report the man was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, making a false statement, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, wrecks on county roads; complaint of someone shooting arrows into some else’s yard, loud neighbor music, barking neighbor dog  … and more.

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Chehalis defense lawyer will work to keep state marijuana regulators out of hot water

Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Criminal defendants will find a new advocate by their side next week when they first appear before a judge.

Chehalis attorney Bob Schroeter has for the past six and half years worked for Lewis County as public defender for the day, representing individuals charged in Lewis County Superior Court and Lewis County District Court at their first hearing.

Last week, he informed county commissioners he’s taken a new job in Olympia, and recommended a replacement.

“You’ve got Bob and Jonathan Meyer both giving you glowing endorsements,” Lewis County Commissioner Bill Schulte told Joely O’Rourke when she was introduced to the board of commissioners.

O’Rourke, a deputy prosecutor for the county for a little over five years handling sex cases, worked in law enforcement for five years before that as a special agent for Naval Criminal Investigative Service, NCIS.

As a civilian, she worked counter-terrorism and also sex crimes she said.

She resigned her position on Sept. 19, planning to continue as a lawyer, but as a sole practitioner.

“I had probably got worn out with the sex cases,” O’Rourke said of much of the reason behind her move.

Schroeter’s contract with the county called for 60 days notice. O’Rourke will fill in for him until mid-November. She said she plans to apply for the position.

The job, which included public defender oversight, paid $8,000 per month. Schroeter’s last day is Tuesday.

He has taken a position with the Washington State Liquor Control Board as manger of public disclosure and risk management. He’ll be responsible to look at ways of doing business to avoid liability, he said.

It will be particularly interesting, in light of the agency’s new role of oversight of marijuana businesses, Schroeter said.