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Mossyrock argument: Two knives, one airlifted, other arrested

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – There’s no guarantee a Mossyrock father will survive surgery for a stab wound to his neck while his “crazy” girlfriend is being held in a padded jail cell today.

Law enforcement responded yesterday to a 911 hangup call and another reporting a person was stabbed at the trailer park on the 200 block of Mossyrock Road West.

An arriving deputy saw Brian Slater with his right hand near his neck and waving at him with his other hand, according to court documents. His entire head was leaning to his right.

“Slater said his crazy girlfriend Grace Barker had stabbed him,” Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

Slater was transported to Morton General Hospital where medical staff said the wound was very deep, and was subsequently flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

He was alert and able to converse with a law enforcement officer sent to interview him, but reportedly had a punctured right lung and also a “jugular hematoma”.

Grace E. Barker, 26, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday afternoon. She was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree assault and scheduled to go before a judge at 4 p.m.

She was not present for the planned hearing.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge she tried meeting with Barker earlier.

“They have her in holding, in a padded cell,” O’Rourke said.

Several people, including jail staff, mental health persons and O’Rourke tried to talk with her, but Barker wouldn’t speak or even respond, O’Rourke said.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Nelson told Judge Richard Brosey the state had concerns for her mental health as well.

Judge Brosey ordered her continued detention with a no-bail hold. But he made it clear she would have to come to his courtroom tomorrow afternoon, unless a mental health professional told him she was incapable of doing so.

Charging documents indicate Barker is the mother of Slater’s 10-month-old child, and while the two no longer live together, she’s homeless and he let’s her stay at his place.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeremy Almond was the one to confront Barker yesterday, as she came walking fast around one side of the residence toward him.

She was holding a cigarette and yelling, and continued to advance when Almond ordered her to ground. He kicked her in the chest to put distance between them, holstered his pistol, drew his Taser and eventually handcuffed her, according to charging documents.

Morton Police Department Chief Roger Morningstar reported a comment Barker made while enroute to the jail.

“So what I tried to kill him. I tried to kill him, sometimes you have to do what’s right,” Meagher wrote in the court documents.

The documents offer the following account of what Slater told law enforcement.

He said he was arguing with Barker, trying to get her to leave, and she was acting unstable.

She armed herself with a knife, he armed himself with a knife, and he tried to back down the hallway.

“Slater said he thought Barker had thrown her knife down, so he threw his in the bathroom,” Meagher wrote. “Then Barker came up to him and jabbed him in the throat with the knife.”

Slater told a questioning trooper he begged her to get help, saying he “didn’t want to die like this.” He said he then ran outside and found a friend who called 911.

First-degree assault is a class A felony with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm
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ATTEMPTED CAR THEFT

• An officer was called to the Twin City Town Center in Chehalis just after 10 p.m. yesterday when an individual discovered someone had broken in to their vehicle and damaged the steering column.

ELUDING

• An officer tried to make a traffic stop about 4:40 a.m. today at the 900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and the small passenger car fled onto Interstate 5 at a high rate of speed, according to the Centralia Police Department. The investigation is ongoing, police reported this morning.

OUT-OF-CONTROL

• Chehalis police responded to calls of a man screaming, yelling and kicking over sidewalk sandwich board downtown about 4:20 p.m. yesterday and arrested 33-year-old Michael Hilton for disorderly conduct. Hilton, in talking to police, indicated he was a physicist and was building an aircraft, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into jail.

DRUGS

• Police were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday to a home on Northwest Middle Street in Chehalis for a possible burglary. They found the 18-year-old relative of the owner there and subsequently arrested him for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Brandon L. Caley.

TRESPASS ON TRACKS

• Chehalis police were called about 8:15 p.m. by BNSF and advised there someone on the railroad tracks around North National Avenue,  according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, first-degree assault, probation violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor assault, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, third-degree theft, call for an injured robin … and more, among 152 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: One booked for Winlock knife incident

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:19 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 58-year-old man was arrested last night for the incident at a Winlock home last week in which responders found two people with knife wounds.

Gregory L. Trujillo was one of the pair hurt at the 300 block of Cedar Court last Friday.

He was picked up at a motel in Chehalis yesterday by Chehalis police, Toledo Police Department Chief John Brockmueller said this morning.

“The evidence showed he was the one that needed to go to jail,” Brockmueller said.

Trujillo sustained wounds to his abdomen and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The female involved was described as suffering minor lacerations to her upper extremities.

Police said at the time they believed the weapon was a small-bladed knife.

Trujillo was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault. He is scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background, read “News brief: Two in Winlock treated for knife injuries, investigation ongoing” from Monday April 4, 2016, here

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Coroner: Beware of still-frigid outdoor swimming spots

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:03 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The coroner has a warning as outdoor temperatures are forecast to rise above 80 degrees today.

Basically, he says please don’t drown.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod issued a statement this morning to remind the public that that although our local rivers may look inviting, they are dangerous.

“Cold temperatures and fast moving water combine quickly to overpower anyone in the water,” McLeod stated.

The best way to stay safe is to wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when people are going to be in, on or around the water, McLeod says.

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News brief: Daring escapee apprehended in Centralia

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 9:28 am

Updated at 2:33 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The wile 25-year-old man who was said to have hitched a ride beneath a semi to slip away from deputies last month at Gee Cees truck stop was captured in Centralia yesterday.

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Ruben A. Inman

Ruben A. Inman was contacted around 11 a.m. yesterday in the 1400 block of Crescent Avenue at the north end of town by the sheriff’s special enforcement team and Centralia officers, according to authorities.

“The suspect fled on foot from police during the initial contact and then once in handcuffs near the patrol car he tried to run away from police again,” Centralia police wrote in a brief summary of the incident.

Inman was booked into the Lewis County Jail for his warrant and also for second-degree escape, according to police.

Centralia police say he is from Chehalis. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office previously identified him as living in Centralia.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office on their Facebook page posted their thanks to Lewis County Crime Stoppers, and everyone, for the assistance.

Prosecutors today declined to file an escape charge.

Back on March 11, Inman and his companion were being questioned at the truck stop off Interstate 5 south of Vader when Inman bolted and vanished.

After viewing surveillance images, deputies realized he had crawled under a big rig which subsequently got stopped in Arlington. Only Inman’s cap was still aboard.

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Onalaska horse pulled from mud hole getting evaluated

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:53 pm
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The start of the rescue from the mud. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

Updated at 8:23 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It took several individuals quite a bit of time to hoist a young horse from where it was found partially submerged in saturated ground in Onalaska yesterday.

“The horse was laying on its side, buried in thick mud and manure, and was shaking and shivering,” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Dusty Breen said.

The 911 call about 1 p.m. to property along the 2500 block of state Route 508 came from a neighbor, Breen said. The owner had gone to a veterinarian to try to get help, he said, but they told her they couldn’t.

Breen this morning said he didn’t know how long the animal was stuck there that way.

A deputy who is assigned to work with county code enforcement responded.

Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Andrew Martin said those present had made some sort of efforts to free the horse before asking the fire department for assistance.

He ended up summoning five more fire department volunteers.

They worked in mud that reached to the fire chief’s knees, using straps tied off to a post to ratchet the animal up, and slid boards beneath it. The operation wasn’t finished until about two and a half hours after the initial call, Martin said.

“A bystander named Chance jumped in to help,” he said, noting the good fortune to have someone he called a good animal wrangler present.

The horse is owned by a 44-year-old woman. Martin said he thought she was among those at the scene, but wasn’t sure.

They cleaned out quite a bit of mud from the one eye that had been facing downward and got it blankets, he said.

The animal had several abrasions and lacerations that neither Martin or Breen knew the cause of.

Cmdr. Breen this morning was waiting for an update on the horse’s condition. The owner’s vet and a vet from the state were both supposed to examine it today.

The sheriff’s office and code enforcers are investigating, according to Breen.

“The pen was mud, that’s the area that concerns us,” Breen said. “Under the RCW, if you fail to give proper living conditions, that can be an issue.”

There were a handful of other horses in another area nearby, on firmer ground, according to Breen.

Whether the situation involved any criminal issue or something else, Breen couldn’t say.

“We investigate a lot of issues,” he said. “There’s sometimes a fine line between people saying, ‘I wouldn’t treat my animal that way’ and the law being violated.”

Update from 7:46 p.m. from Lewis County Sheriff’s Office:

“This afternoon, Lewis County Sheriff’s deputies arrested horse owner, Jennifer Jenkins, of Onalaska for nine counts of Cruelty to Animals. Jenkins was booked into the LCSO Jail on the probable cause charges, while deputies served a search warrant at her property. Deputies along with LC Code Enforcement officers and a Washington State Veterinarian proceeded to rescue and remove nine horses from the property.”

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The horse stands up. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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Updated at 4:12 p.m.

ATTEMPTED ESCAPE FROM THE LAW BRINGS SEARCH PLANE

• A 35-year-old Centralia man wanted for absconding from probation drew a large police response after he allegedly rammed two law enforcement vehicles that tried to hem him in yesterday at the 2200 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team in conjunction with a community response unit from the state Department of Corrections were conducting surveillance around 10:30 a.m. at a location they believed Guadalupe J. Aguirre to be and after he left the residence, tried to stop him by blocking him in with their vehicles, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He reportedly rammed two of the vehicles and drove off. The sheriff’s office said Aguirre departed from his vehicle at the 500 block of Lincoln Creek Road and fled on foot. Other members of the sheriff’s office, the state patrol and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, along with a fixed-wing aircraft from WSP responded to track him, according to sheriff’s Cmdr. Dusty Breen. K-9 Axel responded as well and at about 12:45 p.m., Aguirre was located. Breen said the subject began resisting and he and the dog ended up rolling down a hill together. The K-9’s contact with Aguirre resulted in bites in three locations, Breen said. He was cleared medically and subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault as well as the felony warrant from DOC for escape from community custody, according to Breen. One of the deputies whose vehicle was hit was checked at the scene for neck, back and shoulder pain, according to the sheriff’s office.

WANTED FELON LOSES FIREARM TO POLICE

• A 30-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning for felon in possession of a firearm and booked into the Lewis County Jail. Just before 11 a.m., officers saw Gregory S. Schroeder at an apartment on the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia with a female they knew to have a protection order against him, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police detained Schroeder for that, as well as an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, and ended up finding he had a gun on him, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• A deputy was called just before 4 o’clock this morning after the discovery of a vehicle prowl at the 3500 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Sometime after 1 p.m. yesterday, someone broke into a truck and stole a laptop computer and FAA identification, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Police were called about 10:10 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 2700 block of Colonial Drive in Centralia and learned a laptop computer and a purse were taken.

• Fishing gear was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked at the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police responded to a 10:30 p.m. call yesterday to a report a window on the 400 block of Downing Road in Centralia was damaged by a BB gun from someone in a passing vehicle. Officers were provided a description of the suspect vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

KNOCK, KNOCK: HAND OVER YOUR POT PLANTS PLEASE

• A Lewis County man has been charged with growing marijuana after deputies knocked on his front door and asked about it. Joshua K. Lewis, 41, said he’d intended to get a medical marijuana authorization the very next day, but law enforcement confiscated the 180 plants they found anyway, according to charging documents. The visit to the residence on the 5000 block of Jackson Highway took place in February, and last month prosecutors mailed a summons to Lewis telling him to appear in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday afternoon on the felony charge. He didn’t show up for the hearing. The letter was sent to his last known address, but it came back, so Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Nelson got a judge to sign a $5,000 arrest warrant. There were a few larger plants, among those in various states of growth, the documents state. The charge of manufacturing marijuana has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, for someone with no previous drug convictions. Court documents say the two deputies at Lewis’s door on Feb. 24 were acting on a tip.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Lewis County Fire District 6 responded to a vehicle that collided with a tree in the 300 block of Chilvers Road in Adna at 1:30 p.m. today. The first arriving engine found the sole occupant already out of the car – with only minor injuries from a seat belt worn at the time of the collision, according to District 6 spokesperson DJ Hammer. Airbags had deployed. The driver was assessed by personnel with American Medical Response (AMR) and then released, according to Hammer.

•  Officers responded to a report of one vehicle into a pole traffic collision at Marion and Royal streets in Centralia about 9:50 a.m. yesterday. At about 10:15 a.m., they were called to the 500 block of North Tower Avenue for a report of a car into a building. Nobody was injured in either incident, according to the Centralia Police Department. Firefighters reported there was no damage to the building.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute,  disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, third-degree theft, collision on city street, possible suicidal person … and more, among 137 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Chilvers Road in Adna today. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

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I-594: First local attempt at firearms transfer violation falls by the wayside

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 8:53 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Mossyrock man whose gunfire while deputies were outside his home drew a SWAT response over the weekend pleaded not guilty yesterday to fourth-degree assault, reckless endangerment and third-degree malicious mischief in Lewis County District Court.

When James C. Long was arrested early Sunday morning after a standoff that began on Saturday night, he was also booked for a violation of the firearms sales and transfers law for using his girlfriend’s gun, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

However, a judge did not find there was probable cause to hold him for that charge.

It was the first time the sheriff’s office had made an arrest for a violation of the law that went into effect in December 2014, following the passage of Initiative I-594, according to sheriff’s Cmdr. Dusty Breen.

The measure applied existing criminal and public safety background checks by licensed dealers to all firearm sales and transfers, including gun shows and online sales, with certain exceptions.

Shortly after the controversial law was enacted, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer and Lewis County Sheriff-Elect Rob Snaza announced they had no interest in portions of the law as it relates to transfers and otherwise law abiding citizens.

The events on Naylor Road southeast of Mossyrock began with a domestic argument over a malfunctioning heater and escalated when Long’s girlfriend found him with her revolver, tried to get it from him, and was shoved, according to the sheriff’s office.

She left and called 911 from a neighbor’s and her 73-year-old mother went back inside the house.

The sheriff’s office said Long fired multiple shots as his girlfriend was leaving. And after two deputies arrived, and were positioned on each side of the house, more rounds were fired, according to Breen.

Breen said the deputies heard the shots, with one deputy estimating it was three shots.

“He had broken out the window, we believe he had fired out the window,” Breen said. “But its a heavily wooded area and we weren’t able to find a clear path of the rounds.”

Nobody was struck by the gunfire and deputies fired no shots.

Breen said Long had been talking with them, but threw his phone outside and told the deputies to come get him.

They did. The 61-year-old was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Long requested a court appointed lawyer at his hearing on Monday before Judge Wade Samuelson. His bail was set at $10,000.

Once an attorney files a notice of appearance on Long’s behalf, a pre-trial hearing will be set.
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For background, read “SWAT team summoned after armed Mossy man tells deputies to come and get him,” from Sunday April 3, 2016, here

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Series of domestic events in Morton lead to felony charge

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6:03 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 28-year-old former Morton man was allowed release on an unsecured bond yesterday following his weekend arrest for the alleged kidnapping of his girlfriend.

Aaron D. Ingalsbe was taken into custody early on Sunday morning, several hours after police were called by a relative at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton who said she saw the two arguing, saw him hit her with a cell phone and then force the crying girlfriend into his truck and drive away.

Ingalsbe was located by a trooper and Morton police and booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree kidnapping and fourth-degree assault. Prosecutors yesterday however filed charges of unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault.

Morton police in a brief summary of the incident indicate Ingalsbe had taken off with “a female and two children” who were found safe near Mossyrock.

Charging documents state that when an officer contacted the girlfriend, she said they’d been in Morton for a family thing.

She lives in Selah and Ingalsbe resides in Yakima.

She said they’d been getting ready to leave, she wanted to use the restroom first and he told her, “No, get in the f*ing truck,” according to charging documents.

The girlfriend told police he’d driven down a long winding road, dropped her off and left, but as she flagged someone down, he returned and forced her back into the truck.

Charging documents reflect the officer observing a bruise on her arm and also on her side. She said Ingalsbe punched her in the kidney, dragged her by the hair and poured vegetable oil over her.

“(She) said Aaron’s plan was to leave her in the woods and then go back to Selah and burn down her house,” Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher wrote.

Once they got back to where they were camping on someone’s property in Mossyrock, he went to sleep and she went to tell someone what happened, the documents state.

Yesterday afternoon, when Ingalsbe was brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court, defense attorney Joely O’Rourke asked he be released on $20,000 unsecured bond, co-signed by an aunt who was in the courtroom.

Ingalsbe is employed in Yakima and supports three children, O’Rourke said.

Judge Richard Brosey agreed.

O’Rourke said her client said he’d been in town to spread the ashes of his mother and brother.

His arraignment is scheduled for April 14.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:07 am
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Updated at 1:31 p.m.

AUTO THEFT

• Officers called at 6:35 a.m. today took a report that sometime within the hour, someone stole a red Honda Civic from the 200 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia. The car has smiley face and Magpul stickers on the rear window and a license plate reading ABE 5790, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WEEK-OLD ROBBERY INVESTIGATION ONGOING

• Morton police notified the news media yesterday they need help from the community to identify two suspects in an armed robbery that took place near the boat ramp on the east side of Gus Backstrom Park a week earlier. Officers called about 10:50 p.m. on March 28, learned the two victims were forced to the ground at gunpoint, punched in the stomach and robbed of some of their belongings. Each of the assailants carried a pistol in their right hand, according to the Morton Police Department. The suspects are described this way: Both white males, with the first one around 240 pounds, medium blonde hair, blue eyes, wearing round glasses, blue pants, brown sweatshirt and the second one with a smaller build, possible 5-feet 11-inches tall, brown eyes, blue ripped jeans, black and white bandana, according to police. “This type of activity will not be tolerated in our community and our department will be actively pursuing these suspects,” the department posted on its Facebook page on Friday afternoon. “We thank you in advance for your much needed and appreciated support and assistance.” They ask anyone with information to please contact the Lewis County dispatch center and ask to speak with an officer or feel free to call the Morton Police Department directly and leave a message and they will respond as soon as possible.

ASSAULT REPORT

• Chehalis police were called yesterday about 10:30 a.m. to take a report of an alleged custodial assault Green Hill School on Southwest 11th Street that occurred earlier in the day.

TRESPASSING

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 12:25 p.m. report yesterday of trespassers at a residence that was supposed to be vacant at the 1100 block of Mellen Street. They found two individuals there who were wanted on outstanding warrants, according to the Centralia Police Department. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Daryl P. McCrory, 26 and Terry R. Strong, 47, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Police took a report yesterday afternoon that a victim’s motor home windows were broken out while it was parked on private property at Mellen and Yew streets in Centralia.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A tired driver was injured when her westbound Jeep Cherokee left the roadway and rolled along state Route 6 about four miles east of Pe Ell last night. Troopers called about 10:50 p.m. report Crystal J. Seay, from Raymond, had been fatigued and lost control of her vehicle. It was described as totaled. She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital as a precautionary measure, according to the Washington State Patrol. A possible citation is pending, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, protection order violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, Safe and Sober probation violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, third-degree theft, collision on city street, possible suicidal person, teenager throwing tantrum, person reporting they saw somebody take somebody else’s bicycle and the owner retrieving it  … and more, among 142 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8:59 pm
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UNKNOWN INTRUDER CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 11:15 a.m. yesterday after a woman in a tanning bed inside what was an other-wise unoccupied building heard someone jiggle the door and then found the front door lock had been damaged by a heavy object. She said she yelled and heard someone leave and that the individual possibly drove away in a van, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Arriving officers checked the building at the 1000 block of Northwest State Avenue and put out an “attempt to locate” on a suspect vehicle, according to police.

ASSAULT WITH VAN

• A 29-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for second-degree assault after a run-in with another woman at Estep Road in Napavine on Friday night. Police were called and told she was possibly intoxicated in a parking lot and repeatedly speeding up toward another vehicle and then braking, and at one point hitting the rear corner panel and causing minor damage, according to charging documents. The occupant of the other other vehicle, Jennifer Hedge, told a Napavine police officer she opened the passenger side door of the Chehalis woman’s blue van, removed the keys and threw them, because she thought she was intoxicated, the documents state. Christina Palomares allegedly got out and began punching Hedge and when she got back in her van, turned the wheels to the right, causing Hedge to fall and roll away. Palomares reportedly drove away and was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy. As he attempted to place her under arrest, she struggled, according to the documents. Palomares reportedly yelled, kicked at the patrol vehicle and began hitting her head against against the partition threatening to harm un-named individuals. At the jail she was cooperative and was booked. She was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest. Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge her client was employed there at the gas station at exit 71, until this incident. O’Rourke also noted Palomares is a protected person in a second-degree assault case, somehow related to Friday’s events, and it appeared the facts might come out somewhat differently in this case. Bail was set at $10,000.

MULTIPLE BREAK-INS PACKWOOD

• Numerous cabins, storage shed and recreational vehicles inside a gated neighborhood in Packwood were burglarized, with more than $4,000 in valuables stolen. A deputy called on Saturday to Teal Drive learned thieves somehow got around the gate but then forced entry into the various locations, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Lists of the losses are still being complied but included chainsaws and even artwork, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened sometime between last Tuesday evening and 6 p.m. on Friday, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said. The victims are from Tacoma, Puyallup and Seattle, Breen said.

“ITEMS” STOLEN CENTRALIA

• An officers took a report at 2:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon from the 200 block of South Pearl Street that person(s) unknown entered a display case sometime within the previous hour and removed items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BAD BIG BILL

• Police were called yesterday morning to a business at the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia where the previous day, someone had passed a counterfeit $100 bill.

CAR PROWL

• Police called at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday to a report from a woman an unknown person was inside her car at the 1600 block of South Market Boulevard ended up arresting a 25-year-old man from Connell for trespassing, second-degree vehicle prowl and also for malicious mischief in connection with damage to a fence. Tire chains had been removed from the vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Jonathan A. Leschinsky, according to police.

• An amplifier was reported stolen from a pickup truck at the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court in Chehalis at about 1 p.m. on Friday.

• Chehalis police took a report from the 1300 block of Northwest Maryland Avenue of a vehicle prowl in which a window was broken and a purse stolen on Friday morning.

FLATTENED TIRES

• Four tires on a pickup were slashed at the 100 block of East Hanson Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police at 8 o’clock last night.

REPORT: CAR SHOT WITH PAINT GUN

• Chehalis police were called to the 100 block of Hampe Way about 2:15 p.m. on Friday, told a couple came out of Lewis County Mall and shot paint balls at a car and then left. No report was written for any further details or confirming the report, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

NOT FEELING THE ‘BERN’

• Chehalis police were called to the 100 block of Northeast Washington Avenue where they were told someone came onto the property and spray painted their Bernie Sanders campaign sign as well as the neighbor’s sign. The report was made first thing on Friday morning.

WOMAN CITED FOR LEAVING CHILD IN CAR

• Chehalis police were called at 2:15 p.m. yesterday to the Twin City Town Center regarding a crying baby alone inside a vehicle parked in front of a store. An arriving officer found the windows were rolled down, the child was in a car seat and several people were standing around, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Shortly thereafter, a woman with two small children arrived and the officer explained that one cannot leave a child unattended in a vehicle, and issued a citation for the same, according to police. Cited was Magda E. Reyes-Sanchez, 21, of Centralia, according to police.

BURNING CAR DOUSED

• Firefighters were called about 5:40 p.m. yesterday to a vehicle fire on southbound Interstate 5 near Labree Road south of Chehalis. Nobody was injured, according to Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 21-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for driving under the influence yesterday after her vehicle wrecked along the 1100 block of Highway 603 west of Chehalis. A deputy called about 3:30 p.m. was told by witnesses the vehicle traveled off the road, through a ditch, over a driveway and struck a mailbox before coming to rest at a second driveway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Montana Magnan smelled of intoxicants and after a field sobriety test was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia resident parks their vehicle on the street in front of their home. At some point yesterday before 4:20 p.m., another motorist drives their vehicle into the victim’s vehicle and then drives away. According to the hubcap left behind at the scene at Washington Avenue and Cherry Street, the fleeing vehicle was a Dodge pick-up, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, third-degree theft, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, disorderly person, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, out-of-control teen; for report that turned out to be unfounded; complaint of barking dog, male locked in a porta-potty, person sleeping in the men’s room stall … and more

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Centralia resident finds stranger in her bedroom, unzipping pants

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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Michael A. Hedges appears in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon for a bail hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set at $50,000 today for a man believed to be the nighttime intruder a 66-year-old Centralia woman woke up to find standing over her bed early yesterday morning.

The victim told police she heard him unzip his pants, then he grabbed her hand and placed it on his private parts.

She got him to leave and following the approximately 2 a.m. call to 911, officers located a bald and shirtless man hiding in a shed at an adjacent trailer park, according to court documents.

Michael A. Hedges, 43, of Chehalis, was brought before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court, charged with three offenses.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Nelson asked for the bail given the nature of the allegations. Judge Richard Brosey  agreed.

Hedges sported a bandage on the right side of his forehead. Centralia police said he fell head first onto the ground; he told a doctor the police hit him with a flashlight, according to charging documents.

The events yesterday took place at a home on the  600 block of Nick Road,according to the Centralia Police Department.

Responding officers found the victim shaking and “almost tearful”, according to court documents.

Charging documents give the following account of what police learned and what took place:

The woman told police she immediately yanked her hand back and demanded to know who he was and what he was doing.

“She told him he had the wrong house and had to leave,” and she followed him to the front door.

An officer found a hat and hoodie lying on the front porch, and later a neighbor found a nylon bag behind her carport, which contained male clothes, toiletry items and a pill bottle with the suspect’s name on it.

The victim identified the arrested suspect as her intruder.

While being escorted to a patrol car, Hedges allegedly bolted from one officer, toward another, who reached out and grabbed him. Police reported this caused him to lose his balance and fall, causing a bump to his forehead.

Hedges was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, and when the doctor asked if he had been drinking, tried to spit in the doctor’s face. His mouth was too dry and no spit came out.

Hedges was charged today with first-degree burglary with sexual motivation, as well as indecent liberties-forcible compulsion. Both have a maximum penalty of life in prison.

He was also charged with third-degree assault.

His court file shows a residential address on Nix Lane. He was most recently released from prison in July 2010.

Hedge’s prior convictions include first-degree theft, forgery and theft of rental property in 2008, drug possession in 2003 and numerous property crimes going back to 1996, according to court documents. In 2014, he was convicted of fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

Centralia lawyer David Arcuri was appointed to represent Hedges.

Deputy Prosecutor Nelson also asked the judge to order the defendant have no contact with and stay at least 500 feet from the 66-year-old woman and her home.

His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court.

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News brief: Two in Winlock treated for knife injuries, investigation ongoing

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:39 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police are still investigating what took place at a Winlock home in which a man and a woman both were wounded from what was believed to be a small-bladed knife on Friday night.

“We believe it’s a (domestic violence) situation, both got injured, knife injuries,” Toledo Police Department Chief John Brockmueller said this morning. “We’re still trying to figure out who did what.”

Police and firefighters were dispatched about 9:30 p.m. on Friday to the 300 block of Cedar Court for a possible stabbing.

When they arrived, the woman was at a neighbor’s with minor lacerations to her upper extremities, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.

Brockmueller said the two are in their late 30s.

The man had some wounds to his abdomen and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Brockmueller said.

He has had surgery, but his injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening, the chief said.

Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson indicated the woman was treated at the scene and declined to be transported by ambulance, but was going to go to the emergency room with a friend.

Police Chief Brockmueller said they got a search warrant and have not yet located the suspected weapon, but were told it was a small bladed knife.

He  said he was not certain yet of their relationship or even if both reside at the home.

“We should have more in a couple of days,” he said.

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News brief: Brush fire breaks out west of Chehalis

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:11 am
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Rural Chehalis firefighters were joined by three other fire departments yesterday in putting out a brush fire in the area of Ceres Hill and Meskill Road.

Lewis County Fire District 6 tweeted just before 6 p.m. the site was turned over to personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources.

Photos from the scene west of Chehalis show smoke rising from an area that appears to have been previously logged, with piles of wood debris.

District 6 was assisted by members of Fire Districts 11, 13 and 5, according to the tweets. Further information was not readily available this morning.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6:34 pm
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FIREARM DISPUTE

• Deputies called to a family dispute at the 7900 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma on Friday afternoon ended up arresting a 56-year-old man for first-degree assault. Deputies were told Richard N. Aries pointed a rifle at his wife, while their young child was home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He admitted he armed himself during an argument, but denied pointing the weapon, according to the sheriff’s office. Aries was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police called about 2 o’clock this morning to the 600 block of Nick Road ended up arresting a 43-year-old Centralia resident for first-degree burglary. Michael A. Hedges was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 2:50 p.m. on Friday regarding a second-degree burglary at the 400 block of South Iron Street in Centralia.

CARPORT PROWLED

• Police were called to the 500 block of West Seventh Street in Centralia on Friday morning regarding a lawnmower stolen from a carport during the night.

JEWELRY MISSING

• Centralia police were called about 1:10 p.m. on Friday to the 200 block of South Pearl Street regarding the theft of jewelry from a display cabinet.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An officer was called Saturday morning to a car prowl at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Some time between 8:40 a.m. and 9 a.m., someone stole a coat along with a notary seal and bag, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MORE FUNNY MONEY

• An officer was called just after midnight to the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia where a counterfeit $20 had been passed.

VANDALISM

• Somebody smashed out the window a of a vehicle at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Saturday afternoon.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• An adult female bicyclist sustained a possible arm injury while she was riding her bicycle east along the 700 block of  Harrison Avenue about 6 p.m. on Friday. A vehicle turned in front of the bicycle to enter into a parking lot, according to the Centralia Police Department. The bicycle struck the side of the vehicle causing her to fall to the ground, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, second-degree assault, kidnapping, trespassing, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, stabbing, loud party, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, disorderly person, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, collision … and more, among 360 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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SWAT team summoned after armed Mossy man tells deputies to come and get him

Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3:36 pm

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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A standoff with a 61-year-old man continued over several hours last night, after he allegedly shoved his live-in girlfriend and then twice fired multiple rounds at his home outside of Mossyrock.

Law enforcement officers eventually deployed pepper spray munitions into the house as well as other diversionary devices and SWAT members entered and took him into custody, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

James C. Long was booked into the Lewis County Jail around 7 o’clock this morning for several offenses.

It happened at the 100 block of Naylor Road, southeast of Mossyrock.

Deputies called about 8:20 p.m. were told of a family dispute in which he and his 52-year-old girlfriend had been arguing about a heater malfunctioning, according to Cmdr. Dusty Breen.

She said she heard him acting strangely in another room and a short time later, found him with her revolver, according to Breen. When she tried to get the gun from him, she was reportedly pushed.

The frightened woman and her mother decided to flee the home and as they did, they heard Long fire multiple rounds.

Breen said deputies were told she went back to see if Long harmed himself, and he hadn’t, and for some reason the 73-year-old mother went back inside the home. The girlfriend called 911 from a neighbor’s.

When deputies arrived, there was a short dialogue with Long, who then fired multiple rounds out of the house, according to Breen. He then told deputies to come and get him, Breen said.

Breen didn’t say where Long was aiming with the gunfire, but noted nobody was struck and deputies fired no shots.

Additional personnel were summoned, including Lewis County Regional SWAT members.

Breen said officers were able to get the 73 year old mother to come to the front door and then rush her to safety.

Lewis County Fire District 3 was put on standby.

“The standoff with Long continued over several hours and he did not comply with negotiators to come out of the residence,” Breen wrote in an email.

Eventually, after Long was apprehended, he was escorted to the waiting firefighters and then transported to Morton General Hospital to be evaluated.

He was arrested and booked for fourth-degree assault, reckless endangerment, third-degree malicious mischief and a violation of the firearms sales and transfers law for taking his girlfriend’s gun, according to Breen.