HOUSE WARMING INTERRUPTED
• A 77-year-old woman’s Toledo-area barn was apparently home – even if only briefly – to an otherwise homeless person who was arrested Saturday for allegedly making and using a fire pit inside of it. A deputy called early Saturday morning to the 100 block of state Route 506 noted what looked like a bed of hay and a smoldering pit just feet from a stack of firewood, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The fire was extinguished. The woman said she had seen smoke coming from the barn the day before as well, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. An arriving officer detained a man covered in ashes who smelled of smoke and was walking away from the area, Brown said. Forty-nine-year-old Hoa Minh Trang was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for trespass and reckless burning, according to the sheriff’s office.
• A 34-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for second-degree assault after he allegedly pointed a shotgun in a friend’s face and then fired it into the floor toward the friend’s feet at an Adna home over the weekend. It happened Saturday on the 200 block of Bunker Creek Road and both men were believed to be intoxicated, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey Evans was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday, also for unlawful possession of a firearm, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• A 51-year-old Winlock man was arrested after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the head at least 10 times and pushed her down early on Sunday morning at the 700 block of Frost Road in Winlock. A deputy was called to Providence Centralia Hospital where the woman was being treated and Gerald W. Allison was subsequently arrested for second-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman had a possible broken finger as well as bruises, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.
• Centralia police took a report on Saturday from a woman who told them her sister used her name during a traffic stop six month’s ago that led to the victim’s license being suspended. The case is under investigation, according to police.
• Centralia police were called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday about a gray 1993 Honda Accord stolen from the 1800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia.
• A deputy was called to the 200 block of Dorning Drive in Winlock on Saturday after a 70-year-old man discovered his bottle of Hydrocodone tablets was empty. He had no idea where the 42 pills had gone, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’ Office.
• A 2500 watt Coleman generator was reported stolen from a vacation cabin on the 100 block of Rainier Vista Drive in Mineral sometime between Dec. 6 and Friday, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning.
• A burglary was reported about 3 p.m. on Friday at a home on the 1100 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Exactly what was taken wasn’t available at the time, according to police.
• Centralia police took a report on Friday about copper pipes removed from a vacant residence on the 1000 block of South Pearl Street sometime since August.
• A snowboard went missing from a garage on the 900 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia sometime in the previous two weeks, according to a report made to Centralia police yesterday morning.
• Centralia police took a report yesterday that a vehicle had been rummaged through at the 300 block of West Pine Street in Centralia.
• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a deputy learned over the weekend who had been causing all the damage at the Packwood Fire Department over the previous month – a 45-year-old local man who said he didn’t have a problem with the fire department, he was only trying to quiet the voices in his head. A suspected meth pipe was found in his vehicle when he was pulled over on Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss to the fire district is estimated at $4,300, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The office is referring the case for possible charges of three counts of malicious mischief.
• A 52-year-old Randle man was arrested for possession of heroin after contact with a police officer about 12:40 a.m. today on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Brian E. Bridges was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and outstanding warrants after contact with a police officer on the 2300 block of North Pearl Street about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Christopher A. Caulfield was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.
• A 31-year-old Toledo man was arrested for hit and run last night after he reportedly drove into a neighbor’s fence and drove away, but left his license plate behind. A deputy called just after 9 p.m. to the 200 block of Collins Road outside Toledo tracked the plate to Aaron R. McKenzie, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. McKenzie was cited and then released.
• A driver reportedly avoided any injury when he totaled his car crashing it into a tree on the 100 block of Coal Creek Road in Chehalis on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called about 11:15 a.m. to the scene reported the 19-year-old Bellingham resident was given a citation, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.