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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm
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WINLOCK RESIDENTS DISCOVER FIRE AT BEDTIME

• The resident had just gone to bed when he heard crackling in the walls, went outside and discovered a chimney fire at the 100 block of Creek Road in Winlock. Firefighters called about 9:45 p.m. yesterday found a suspected malfunction with the wood stove pipe caused fire in an exterior wall, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. “The home owner for the most part had it knocked down by the time we arrived,” Firefighter Patrick Jacobson said. Everything was contained to the wall, which had to be torn apart, Jacobson said. Jacobson said it’s a good reminder that this is the time of year to get chimneys inspected and/or cleaned.

AUTO THEFT

• A red 1986 Nissan Pulsar was reported stolen about 10:30 a.m. yesterday from the 3300 block of Fords Prairie Avenue in Centralia but was later recovered by the owner approximately two blocks away, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PORCH THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 11:50 a.m. on Saturday regarding the theft of packages from a porch on the 700 block of North Washington Avenue. They had contained medication and Ugg boots, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police called about 3:35 a.m. today for vehicle prowl at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia arrested two men for vehicle prowl. Robert W. Jones, 32, and Erik G. Spicer, 31, both of Napavine, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Jones was also booked for possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

• Centralia police were called about 11:35 a.m. yesterday to the 800 block of North Pearl Street to take a report of the theft of a battery from a recreational vehicle.

• An amplifier and a subwoofer were reported stolen in a vehicle prowl at the 100 block of South Washington Street in Centralia, about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of Sunnyside Drive on Friday afternoon about the theft of RV batteries sometime during the previous month.

DRUGS

• A 29-year-old Chehalis woman who went to the Lewis County Jail on Friday in an attempt to retrieve items for someone who had been booked a few days earlier ended up being booked herself. Corrections officers said Ashely E. Howland had an outstanding warrant and when her backpack was searched, syringes with a dark brown liquid substance were located, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Howland was arrested for possession of heroin, according to the sheriff’s office.

EVICTED

• A 40-year-old person without a home was arrested yesterday about 10:15 a.m. when he was discovered living in a vacant house on the 1400 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia. William F. H. Adams was arrested for first-degree trespassing and then released pending court, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 25-year-old Centralia man sustained minor injuries when his Chevrolet Camaro was totaled before he was arrested for driving under the influence early yesterday. A deputy responding about 1:45 a.m. to the 100 block of June Lane outside Centralia booked Spencer M. Churchill into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the accident occurred about 11 p.m. on Saturday.

• A 22-year-old Napavine woman sustained minor injuries after she swerved to miss a deer and drove off the roadway at the 1000 block of Shorey Road on Saturday night. A deputy arriving just after 8 p.m. took note that her 2006 Chevrolet HHR sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and cited for driving with third-degree driving with suspended license, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Four people were hurt when a pickup slowed for traffic northbound on Interstate 5 on Saturday near milepost 60 and a Nissan Sentra struck the center median and then the pickup from behind, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called about 1:35 p.m. indicate the 36-year-old driver of the Sentra, from Portland, was cited for following too closely. His passenger, plus the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado, from Vancouver, and two other occupants of the Silverado, were all transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing, probation violation, third-degree theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation, misdemeanor  domestic assault, third-degree domestic malicious mischief, operating motor vehicle without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vandalism, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suicidal person, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, teenage driver doing doughnuts in parking lot … and more among 451 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

 

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Mossyrock man charged with felony driving under the influence

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 6:56 pm
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James G. Blunt is shown his seat in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A 51-year-old driver with a half-finished Mike’s Hard Lemonade in his vehicle who allegedly told the deputy who stopped him for speeding he’d had about four hits of marijuana roughly five minutes earlier, was arrested for driving under the influence early yesterday east of Chehalis.

But James G. Blunt, who said he was headed home to Mossyrock, was arrested for felony DUI, not the more common offense that is a gross misdemeanor.

Back in 2001, Blunt had fatally struck a bicyclist near Mossyrock, while he was intoxicated and was convicted in Lewis County Superior Court of vehicular homicide while under the influence. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

He was booked into the Lewis County Jail early yesterday and then brought before a judge that afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Blye asked the judge to hold Blunt on $25,000 bail, noting the defendant had three DUI convictions even before the deadly collision in 2001. Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller requested it be set with a $5,000 unsecured bond, relating that her client had lived in Mossyrock nearly his whole life.

Judge James Lawler set bail at $50,000, citing community safety concerns.

Lewis County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said the possible penalty for felony DUI is 10 years in prison. Any person who gets arrested for driving under the influence and has ever in their past been convicted of vehicular homicide or vehicular assault – because of intoxication – can be charged with felony DUI, he said.

Alternatively, a person who has had three DUI convictions and is arrested for driving under the influence a fourth time within a 10-year period, can be also charged with felony DUI, Meagher said.

According to charging documents and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy pulled Blunt over about 1:30 a.m. on Friday on Centralia Alpha Road near Oppelt Road because he was traveling 65 mph in a 50 mph zone.

He didn’t have a valid driver’s license and allegedly told the deputy he’d taken the tabs off his girlfriend’s Mustang and put them on his truck. The Hard Lemonade container in his vehicle was about half empty, and Blunt said that’s all the alcohol he’d had. Field sobriety tests were conducted. Then he was arrested.

Tiller told the judge yesterday she believed he qualified for a court appointed attorney. Judge Lawler appointed Kevin Nelson.

Blunt’s arraignment was scheduled for Thursday.

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Prosecutors offer insight into murder of Centralia man, by his wife

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:22 pm
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Janet L. Anderson prepares to leave the courtroom, after being sentenced to more than 18 years in prison.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The woman who fatally shot her husband inside their north Centralia home made two phone calls the day of the murder to the woman she believed was having an affair with her husband, authorities say.

“We know there was an argument,” Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said as he sought to share some details with the judge at her sentencing hearing.

There was no trial to reveal all the evidence police had gathered, as 40-year-old Janet L. Anderson entered into a deal with prosecutors that led to her pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Halstead said prosecutors had contemplated increasing the charge to first-degree murder.

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Janet L. Anderson, Dec. 2016

Anderson went before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon, knowing a recommendation for her to spend more than 18 years in prison was coming.

She appeared to go out of her way to keep her back to the audience which held numerous family.

While the initial affidavit of probable cause stated Anderson later told police that after two hours of fighting, she shot her husband because he grabbed his gun and was pointing it at her, Halstead suggested to the court some of her claims were suspect.

“Each had a gun on their own nightstand,” he said.

She’d said that afterward, she threw a towel over her husband’s gun so their son would not see it, Halstead said. But the towel was both under and over that gun, he said. Police found her blood by her husband’s night stand, indicating she had walked over there to retrieve his gun, according to Halstead.

When Anderson pleaded guilty two weeks ago to second-degree murder, she also pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with physical evidence.

Four rounds were fired; one through a window, another lodged in a wall, Halstead said. One bullet entered his lower back and another his neck.

Halstead reminded the judge when police entered the couple’s bedroom to investigate, they found the body wrapped in a tarp and that Janet Anderson had cleaned up.

“She didn’t call 911 until the following morning, roughly at 8:30,” he said.

Ty W. Anderson, 41, was dead when officers arrived to the residence off of West Oakview Avenue in the Hunter’s Walk neighborhood the morning of Dec. 17.

“She believed he’d cheated on her with a coworker,” Halstead said.

When they checked her phone records, they saw she had phoned the woman, though the calls were not answered, he said.

In bringing the judge up to speed about what led them all to this day in court, Halstead added that while the couple’s young daughter had spent the night with grandparents, their teenage son came home that night and slept, with his father dead in the next room.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke asked the court to adopt the agreed recommendation of  220 months, the high end of the standard sentencing range.

Judge Andrew Toynbee heard from Ty Anderson’s aunt, an uncle and his mother. Each wanted the court to know he was loved and missed. Ty Anderson worked in the woods, went to Alaska and then became an iron worker. He was his mother’s only son.

Judge Toynbee imposed the sentence of 18 years and four months, with three years of supervision after release. He ordered Janet Anderson to get an evaluation for anger management and abide by the recommendations.

“This is a tragedy in all respects,” he said.
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For background, read “Wife of slain Centralia man admits she shot him, avoids trial” from Wednesday September 13, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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Updated at 3:45 p.m.

FELONY ASSAULT

• Centralia police report they were called about 9:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1900 block of Honeysuckle Lane where a female reported being choked by a male at a residence after refusing to leave. The investigation is ongoing at this time, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called for a stolen car just before 7 a.m. today from the 10 block of Southwest Fifth Street. The dark green 1994 Honda Civic had been parked in front of the residence and the victim recalled hearing “something” outside about 6:20 a.m., according to the Chehalis Police Department. The driver’s side door is black, according to police.

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of South Silver Street to take a report a red 1993 Honda Civic was stolen around 4 a.m. The two-door passenger car bears a license plate reading BFM 5567, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 4:40 p.m. yesterday regarding some missing medications at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road.

• Someone stole an antique milk jug from a yard at the 100 block of Southwest 16th Street in Chehalis, according a report made to police just after 8 a.m. yesterday.

DRUGS

• A 50-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with police about 2 o’clock this morning at the 1500 block of Lewis Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. A small plastic bindle was located on his person, according to police. Michael L. Keenan was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A traffic stop for excessive speed at about 1:30 a.m. today on Centralia Alpha Road near Oppelt Road led to an arrest for felony DUI. A deputy believed the driver was under the influence of intoxicants and arrested James G. Blunt, 51, of Mossyrock, for felony DUI because of previous driving under the influence convictions, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• Centralia police were called about 2:35 p.m. yesterday to a wreck on the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue where a maroon S-10 Blazer collided with the back of a stopped vehicle before fleeing the scene. One witness indicated it appeared the Blazer had been racing a yellow Mustang just prior to the incident taking place, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries after a two-vehicle collision in which a 74-year-old Centralia driver crossed the centerline at a corner and side swiped a car on Salzer Valley Road near Centralia-Alpha Road yesterday. A deputy called to the scene about 11:35 a.m. stated that the woman’s 2003 RAV4 and the Honda Civic both sustained major damage. The woman had a possible broken bone and the 36-year-old Chehalis man suffered hand lacerations, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was issued an infraction, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 93-year-old Tenino woman who was a passenger in a 2016 Mini Cooper was injured when the car turned west onto the Moclips Highway and ran into a pickup truck sitting at a stop sign yesterday. The driver of the Mini Cooper, Sandi S. Hogben, 58, of Seattle, was hurt as well, according to the Washington State Patrol. It happened just before 1:30 p.m. at U.S. Highway 101, about 30 miles north of Hoquiam in Grays Harbor County. Dorothy M. Saunders, 93, and Hogben were both transported by aid to Community Hospital, according to the state patrol. The three occupants of the Dodge Ram pickup were reportedly uninjured. Both vehicles were totaled. The investigating trooper indicates Hogben was driving too fast.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, obstructing, trespassing, misdemeanor theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, violation of no contact order; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, vandalism, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 196 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Drug detectives: Multiple Lewis County locations supplying bulk marijuana to Seattle, East Coast

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm
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Jian Ming Zhu, left, and Jin Liang Tan await their turn to go in front of a judge in Lewis County Superior Court

Updated at 7:32 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Two men arrested after more than 2,000 marijuana plants were found growing in two rural Chehalis homes were brought before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court.

Jin Liang Tan, 36, and Jian Ming Zhu, 61, were held overnight in the Lewis County Jail after search warrants were served yesterday at the 400 block of Centralia-Alpha Road and the 200 block of Pattee Road by a contingent that included local, state and federal authorities.

The investigation stemmed from a May investigation into a marijuana cultivation organization that stretched from California to Washington, according to the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Law enforcement officers found the two men at the Pattee Road residence where they both live. JNET says they also live in San Francisco.

JNET was joined by personnel from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Centralia Police Department, the Chehalis Police Department, the Lewis County Regional SWAT Team and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board. A special agent from the Portland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly advised Tan of his rights in his native language.

There, police found 1,059 growing plants in several different rooms as well as several pounds of dried product.

At the Centralia-Alpha Road location, authorities seized 28 pounds of dried marijuana from a shop building and then 1,187 plants growing in seven rooms. Thousands of dollars worth of growing equipment was also confiscated from both places, according to JNET.

JNET said yesterday’s event came from information from numerous search warrants, following an earlier seizure of more than 2,500 marijuana plants from a sheriff’s office operation on the 100 block of Senn Road.

Investigators got power records from the two homes and found the usage was 10 times that of comparable-sized residences, according to court documents. During surveillance, they were able to smell the marijuana and came to recognize a van – a Toyota Sienna – at both residences which is registered to Zhu, court documents relate.

The men were charged today with manufacture of marijuana, a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. However, the allegation is the activities took place within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop, which carries an additional penalty, if convicted.

According to charging documents, Tan told law enforcement he tends to the plants, has transported large amounts of marijuana to Seattle in exchange for $900 per pound and that “random” people pick up the bulk marijuana. He said he has been given money orders by Zhu to pay the utilities.

JNET indicates it believes all the marijuana from this investigation is shipped through the mail and over the highway system to the East Coast.

In court this afternoon, an interpreter said she was called in for a Mandarin language case, but this was a Cantonese case, and she proceeded to assist.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Blye told the judge neither man had any criminal history that she was aware of. Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller asked for court appointed lawyers for both men.

Blye asked Judge James Lawler to set their bail with unsecured $10,000 bonds, and the judge agreed. Their arraignments were scheduled for Oct. 26.

Marijuana is legal in Washington under the provisions of Initiative 502, allowing a person 21 or older to possess up to one ounce of dried product and other infused items. It is also legal medicinally where, with the proper documentation, one can grow between six and 15 plants under RCW 69.51A, according to JNET.

“This operation was clearly an abuse of Washington State laws,” the group stated in a press release.

This case is still being investigated by JNET and other state and federal agencies.

There are several outstanding suspects in this investigation that are being sought, according to JNET.

The drug detectives ask that anyone who has information that would assist during the ongoing investigation to please contact them at 360-330-7680.

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Indoor nursery at Centralia-Alpha Road location. / Courtesy photo by JNET

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm
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Updated at 12:56 p.m.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Deputies responding to a two-vehicle accident just before noon yesterday at the 600 block of Winlock-Vader Road smelled the overwhelming odor of intoxicants from a driver who suffered broken bones in the wreck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Kiann M. Meloche’s Honda Civic crossed the centerline striking a Subaru Legacy driven by a 74-year-old Winlock man, according to the sheriff’s office. Meloche, 43, of Ryderwood, was arrested for driving under the influence but not booked into jail because she was being treated at Providence Centralia Hospital, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The other driver was reportedly uninjured. Both cars sustained major front end damage, Breen said.

MISSING CAR FOUND

• A Honda Civic believed to have been stolen from the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis about 11:30 a.m. yesterday turned up in Centralia later being driven by an acquaintance of its owner, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called just after 8 p.m. yesterday following the discovery that tools had been stolen from the back seat of a truck parked at the 1000 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia.

DRUGS

• A 42-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for two outstanding warrants and possession of methamphetamine after contact with police about 11:30 p.m. yesterday at the 300 block of Lowe Street in Centralia. Kimberly R. Iverson was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police yesterday took reports of buildings tagged with graffiti on the 400 block of West Main Street and the 800 block of North Tower Avenue.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation, third-degree malicious mischief … and more among 171 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

 

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Lewis County 911 lines experiencing difficulties

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Updated at 6:32 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Chehalis and Centralia are experiencing phone outages and the Lewis County 911 line is experiencing difficulties.

Lewis County Department of Emergency Management Manager Steve Mansfield said shortly after 5 p.m. they are working on the situation.

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At 5:50 p.m., Mansfield advised they were switched to a back up system, so that when a person calls 911 here, their call will be answered at the Thurston County 911 center and the information relayed back to Lewis County dispatchers.

During the approximately one hour, people could only reach the local dispatchers by calling their non-emergency phone number, using certain cell phones.

Some landlines in Chehalis and Centralia are out of service. It’s not clear how widespread the issue is.

Mansfield said he understands a fiber cable got cut somewhere, and it could be six to eight hours until it is repaired.

Citizens no longer need to call 360-740-1105 for assistance.

The Lewis County dispatch center asks citizens to call 911 for emergencies only and not for routine calls.

 

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm
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PURSE SNATCHING

• Chehalis police were called just after 8 p.m. yesterday to a retail store parking lot on the 1400 block of  Northwest Louisiana Avenue where two males and a female were seen chasing a woman. A 39-year-old woman reported persons known to her assaulted her and took her purse, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The incident is under investigation, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 8 o’clock yesterday morning to take a report of a  2000 Ford Ranger was stolen during nighttime hours from the 300 block of East Pine Street. The vehicle was located and recovered later in the afternoon, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 1 p.m. yesterday about a Honda Accord that disappeared from the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. Someone who knew the victim located the car in Centralia about 4:30 p.m., according to the Chehalis Police Department.

IRRIGATION DEVICE TAKEN

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 3800 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis to take a report that someone had disconnected a $1,500 sprinkler head from a mobile watering system and stolen the Nelson SR150 Big Gun sprinkler head. It happened sometime between Sunday and yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

FUEL STOLEN

• Centralia police were called at 5:30 p.m. yesterday when an individual reported the theft of gasoline from the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road that had occurred sometime during the previous two weeks.

DRUGS

• Police called about 11:35 p.m. yesterday about possible vehicle prowlers in the area of the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia arrived and spotted one person running away, but he was contacted and it was learned he had an outstanding warrant. A search incident to the arrest turned up paraphernalia so Cory L. Hughes, 25, of Chehalis, was arrested for possession of heroin and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 26-year-old Salkum resident was arrested for unlawful possession of prescription medication when contacted about 12:15 p.m. yesterday by police at the 600 block of South Peal Street in Centralia. Joel L. Kaech was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Three people were taken to the hospital for evaluation after a two-vehicle wreck at the 3100 block of Galvin Road in Centralia last night. The 53-year-old man who crossed the centerline in a Ford F150 pickup had possibly suffered some type of medical episode, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. His truck struck a Ford Ranger with two occupants and then a residence, according to the sheriff’s office. His truck was described as totaled, the Ford Ranger sustained major damage and the type or amount of damage to the residence was not indicated by the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, third-degree theft, probation violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft … and more among 187 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Centralia cop saves life, with newly acquired skill, tool

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6:39 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Centralia police just recently trained to carry and use doses of Narcan administered the opiate antidote to a woman found not breathing and without a pulse last night and she was revived.

An officer responded to a 12:46 a.m. call for a reported drug overdose at the 800 block of Euclid Way, according to the Centralia Police Department. The 36-year-old woman appeared to be overdosing on heroin, according to police.

The officer administered Narcan and began CPR. The woman became responsive and was transported to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital.

It was just last month when the Lewis County Department of Public Health and Social Services announced it had received a grant which would provide the specialized training for law enforcement officers from the Centralia Police Department, the Chehalis Police Department and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

“Officers often see overdose patients before emergency medical aid arrives or has even been summoned,” LCPHSS employee Katie Strozyk stated in a press release. “With this training, they will be able to administer Narcan to those found in severe distress from an apparent opioid overdose.”

Officers are being deployed with the nasal spray form of the drug Naloxone, which counteracts and reverses the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose, according to Strozyk.

Opioids include both prescription and illicit drugs, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, heroin, and fentanyl. Opioids cause death by slowing, and eventually stopping the victim’s breathing.

Strozyk says there are no ill effects on the patient if Narcan is administered and no opioids are present.

The new tool is part of a strategy to combat the opioid epidemic and reduce overdose deaths in Lewis County, according to Strozyk.

Strozyk said that in Lewis County, 42 overdose deaths from opioids occurred between 2011 and 2015. Nationwide 33,091 people died in 2015 from an opioid overdose, she said.

The opioid epidemic was declared a national emergency on August 10, following the recommendation of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis.

President Donald J. Trump instructed his administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic.

The local program was made possible by a $3,000 grant awarded to Lewis County Department of Public Health and Social Services by the West Region EMS Trauma & Care Council and in collaboration with the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute.

Strozyk notes that Narcan may also be used by officers who have been exposed to a high-potency drug, such as fentanyl, which can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled if it becomes airborne.

“Law enforcement agencies nationwide have seen an increase in accidental exposures to the opiate drug fentanyl which can have lethal consequences if not treated immediately,” Washington State Patrol Lt. Mike Eggleston said earlier this month.

The state patrol is distributing Narcan to Washington State crime labs in case of accidental exposures.

The state patrol also recently began issuing Narcan to troopers, and eventually all troopers will have it in their patrol cars.

Drug overdose is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in Washington state, ahead of motor vehicle-related deaths.

The Good Samaritan drug overdose law protects persons who seek medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug-related overdose, and the patient,  from being charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 1:36 pm
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TRICKED IN PHONE SCAM

• A 65-year-old woman called Chehalis police yesterday after discovering money had been removed from her bank account. The victim had gotten a phone call about applying for a loan, gave all her information and was told to go purchase gift cards – with money which would be deposited into her account – and send the gift cards to California, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She checked to see if the money was in her account and learned she was overdrawn by $800, according to police. The case has been suspended because police have no information to go on, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

WINLOCK HOME BURGLED

• A 31-year-old Winlock man was arrested yesterday following an investigation that began on Thursday with a call to a store in Vader about someone trying cash a personal check that appeared to have been stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation led a deputy to a home on the 200 block of Awmiller Road where a burglary was discovered with numerous items missing including an air compressor, horse shoes and checks, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Evan Kranz was contacted and booked into the Lewis County Jail for residential burglary, Breen said.

CHEHALIS BUSINESS BURGLED

• Deputies called about 9:30 p.m. yesterday for suspicious circumstances at a business on the 100 block of Labree Road in Chehalis found what appeared to be forced entry to an outbuilding on the property. The initial information indicated male subjects leaving the area of the business in a vehicle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office is waiting for a list of stolen items, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 6:34 a.m. today to the 1100 block of Eckerson Road where a white 1999 Ford F250 pickup truck was reported stolen. It has a license plate reading B19176F, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FAKE BILL

• Centralia police were called just after 9 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue where a counterfeit $100 bill had been used. The item was collected and placed into evidence, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report yesterday about graffiti left over the weekend at the 800 block of North Tower Avenue.

LOST AND FOUND NEAR PACKWOOD

• Deputies notified about 2:45 p.m. yesterday of a pair of overdue hikers located their vehicle at the Packwood Lake trailhead and then made contact with the men coming off the trail about 4 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 27-year-old Kelso resident and 23-year-old Randle resident had set out on Saturday to walk to Packwood Lake and then planned a one-day hike to Lost Lake, according to the sheriff’s office. They said they’d gotten lost on the return trip from Lost Lake and because it got dark, decided to stay over another night, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. They were in good spirits and were not injured, Breen said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police arrested two people after a road rage incident yesterday, a 58-year-old man for allegedly assaulting a woman and the 26-year-old woman for allegedly damaging his vehicle. Officer called about 11:50 a.m. to Reynolds Avenue and North Pearl Street arrested Mark S. Folden, 58, of Centralia, for fourth-degree assault and arrested Tina L. Bell, 26, of Centralia, for malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, operating motor vehicle without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vandalism, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, no-contact order violation … and more among 154 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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News brief: Tuesday deemed “Police K-9 Lobo Appreciation Day” for retiree

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The Centralia Police Department announced today the retirement of K-9 Lobo, after seven years with the city.

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The German Shepherd is leaving the department as of the end of the month due to an unforeseen medical condition, according to a press release.

Lobo joined the department in June 2010 at age 1 and completed his certification that December. He is partnered with Officer Ruben Ramirez, a 16-year veteran of the department.

He will be honored at tomorrow’s Centralia City Council meeting. Tomorrow is deemed “Police K-9 Lobo Appreciation Day”, according to detective Patty Finch.

During his career, Lobo was deployed 197 times for various kinds of searches and tracking, making successful captures of people 84 times, according to Finch.

The police dog didn’t become certified to detect narcotics until May 2016, but has assisted in the seizure of approximately $100,000 in drug related cash, according to Finch. Lobo’s most notable “sniff” was 24 pounds of methamphetamine, concealed in a gas tank of a vehicle, Finch stated.

The police dog has participated in 24 public demonstrations throughout the community.

Finch states that while Lobo cannot be replaced, the department is seeking to  purchase another K9 and appoint another K9 handler. Officer Ramirez is one of two who have applied, according to Finch.

The Centralia Police Department K-9 program is funded by donations from the public.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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ASSAULT

• A 22-year-old man who allegedly threatened a patron at a Centralia drinking establishment with a pistol during a dispute was arrested for second-degree assault over the weekend. Officers called about 12:50 a.m. on Sunday to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue booked Gustavo A. Ayala, of Chehalis, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to the 200 block of Southeast Washington Avenue about 8 p.m. on Friday when a man in his mid-20s reported his roommate stole his prescription medication, bit him and threw a knife at him. The victim left, and officers contacted the 31-year-old suspect but did not book him into jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A case is being referred to prosecutors for second-degree assault, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and third-degree theft, according to police. The injuries were very minor, according to police.

TORTOISE TAKEN, RETURNED

• Centralia police were called at 4:40 p.m. yesterday when someone stole a tortoise from a store on the 700 block of North Tower Avenue. A 30-year-old Centralia resident was subsequently arrested for third-degree theft and the animal was returned unharmed, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspect, Anthony S. Lawson, was then released pending court, according to police.

BURGLARY

• A deputy was called last night to the 300 block of Zandecki Road south of Chehalis where they were told someone had stolen property from a garage sometime between noon last Tuesday and 8 p.m. yesterday. Among the items missing are a Husqvarna chainsaw, a Stihl chainsaw, a bicycle, an ax and a tool box, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A resident at the 2200 block of Wildwood Road in Curtis who stepped out for a short time on Saturday afternoon returned home to find someone had made forced entry and gone through her house, leaving with a Toshiba Chromebook tablet. It happened between 4 p.m. and 4:40 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is $150, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:40 p.m. on Friday to the 700 block of Northwest State Avenue where they were told a shed had been broken into. Police are waiting for a list of missing property from the victim, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BLACKMAIL

• Chehalis police were called to a residence on Southeast Washington Avenue yesterday afternoon for a young man who was allegedly being blackmailed by a female who wanted him to pay $1,500 or she would post video she got while they video chatted on the Internet, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of heroin after police were called about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday because a witness reported seeing him spray painting graffiti on a building at the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia. The suspect ran off but officers caught him a few blocks away and discovered he had an outstanding warrant, according to police. Genaro M. Rivas was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRINKS

• Deputies working a detail at a dance at Centralia High School on Friday night arrested two 14-year-old boys in separate incidents for minor in possession and/or consumption of alcohol. They were released to parents at the scene, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

WALLET MISSING

• An individual called Chehalis police yesterday afternoon to report losing their wallet at one of two different places on Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 1:10 a.m. on Saturday of a vehicle taken from a business in the 300 block of South Tower Avenue. Later it was discovered the vehicle was involved in a hit and run in Thurston County, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STARS SPIRITED AWAY

• Two red decorative stars were stolen off of a fence during the night at the 100 block of North Ash Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 12:20 p.m. on Friday.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just before 8 a.m. on Saturday to the 400 block of North Ash Street to take a report of multiple items stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

• A backpack was reported stolen from a vehicle at the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia at about 7:35 a.m. on Saturday.

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of Old Airport Way at 11:30 p.m. on Friday for a vehicle prowl.

• A wallet and cell phone were stolen from a vehicle parked at the 400 block of Lakeshore Drive in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 4 p.m. on Friday.

• Police were called about 3:30 p.m. on Friday for a vehicle prowl at the 300 block of Lowe Street in Centralia in which a laptop computer and hard drives were taken.

• A chainsaw was stolen from a vehicle during the night at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:15 a.m. on Friday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, third-degree theft, rendering criminal assistance, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, malicious mischief, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft … and more among 437 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Firefighter hurt when fire engine wrecks near Cinebar

Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Updated at 7:16 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A volunteer firefighter was airlifted after a fire engine rolled off a roadway as it responded to a call for a smoke investigation last night in central Lewis County.

The driver of the Lewis County Fire District 8 engine was on his way to a 9:34 p.m. call and traveling on the 700 block of Cinebar Road, according to Lewis County Fire District 1.

“He contacted dispatch at 9:43 p.m. saying he had wrecked and needed help,” District 1 Assistant Chief Rhonda Volk said.

She and six others from the Onalaska department responded, Volk said. A District 8 crew responded as well.

They found the truck a ways down a heavily wooded and steep embankment, where it was laying on its side, having crashed into a large maple tree, Volk said.

They had to use a chainsaw to get access to the driver, but he was conscious and still talking, according to Volk.

He was airlifted from District 8’s main station in Salkum, but Volk didn’t know what hospital he was flown to. District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel, who was out of town, said later today the injured firefighter was life-flighted to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma.

They plan to keep him for a couple more days, McDaniel said.

“We know he’s bruised, but no other complications other than majorly bruised up,” he said.

The chief spoke to the injured firefighter, who is one of his lieutenants, this evening; he said an elk walked out in front of him, he said.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol both responded to the scene.

It was their second-newest engine that was damaged, but the department has a reserve engine it can use, according to McDaniel.

Volk said she believed the smoke or fire investigation call the driver was headed to was for a bonfire.

McDaniel said the injured firefighter was going out to deal with someone who was violating the burn ban, a chore that has caused the chief increasing frustration.

Early last week, McDaniel said he’d been called out every day during the previous week for people in the district burning campfires, something currently prohibited.

He knows the subject of last night’s call didn’t cause the fire truck to crash, but it was an otherwise unnecessary dispatch.

“If people would just follow the rules, we don’t have to put the trucks on the road,” McDaniel said.