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Read about Winlock shutting down police department …

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 3:12 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News reports the retirement of Winlock Police Chief Terry Williams this summer will be followed by the city contracting with Toledo for law enforcement services.

News reporter Marissa Luck writes the divided city council voted to dissolve the police department and pay Toledo $196,000 for 20 hours a day of patrolling, rejecting a $250,000 proposed contract from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Read about it here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 11:12 am
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Updated at 1:50 p.m.

FARMHOUSE CATCHES FIRE IN TOLEDO

• A fire that broke out last night at a Toledo area home appears to be related to its wiring, according to the fire investigator. Firefighters were called just before 8 p.m. to the 600 block of Jackson Highway South by a neighbor who noticed smoke, Investigator Ted McCarty said. The area burning was above the kitchen ceiling and below the second story floor, McCarty said. “Firefighters got there fast and did a pretty good job, got a good stop,” he said. The couple and their 8-year-old grandson who live there were not home at the time and nobody was injured, according to McCarty. “They did have a lot of animals,” he said. “By the time I left, she was still missing two cats but was going to look in the basement.”  McCarty said he believes the problem was most likely an electrical issue, as its a farm house with the old knot and tube wiring, but his investigation is not yet finished, he said.

RETAIL BURGLARY

• Chehalis police called about 10:30 p.m. yesterday regarding people behind Ace Hardware on South Market Boulevard arrived to discover merchandise outside the fenced area of the building including  a wheelbarrow and a couple of lawn mowers, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A police dog was put on a track but no suspects were located, according to police.

POSSIBLE MUGGING

• Chehalis police were called about 9:50 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue by an employee who said a customer asked them to call 911 because someone tried to rob him. The victim said the thief was a man in his 30s with short cropped hair, about 5-feet 9-inches tall and 190 pounds, and had a slight limp, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Further details were not yet put into an incident report, a department spokesperson said this morning. Update: It was more like someone asking for directions and being misunderstood, police said.

CAMPGROUND LOSES GOLF CART, TOOLS

• A Yamaha gas-powered golf cart was among the items stolen from Cascade Peaks Campground at the 11,000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Randle. The late 80s to early 90s model cart is white with a roof and curtain doors, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was last seen outside of their shop at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and gone by 9:30 the following morning, according to the sheriff’s office. Also stolen were gas cans and plumbing tools, among them a 54-inch pipe wrench, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown reports.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 9:25 a.m. yesterday to Southwest Newaukum Avenue about a vehicle prowl.

BREAKING WINDOWS

• Centralia police responded yesterday about 10:10 a.m. to the 900 block of Harrison Avenue regarding a report someone broke out a vehicle’s window. The suspect Alisha A. Holmes had been trespassed from the business previously, so she was arrested for second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department. The 25-year-old Centralia resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Prosecutors declined to charge her with a felony and moved the case to be evaluated for Lewis County District Court.

• Centralia police were called about 9:50 a.m. yesterday regarding a broken window at a business on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, dog chasing cat, receipt of counterfeit bills, collision on city street … and more.

 

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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Updated at 6:51 p.m.

FRACTURED FACE

• A 33-year-old Morton area man turned himself in yesterday as deputies were investigating an assault in which he allegedly beat a woman, punching her repeatedly in the face. Deputies were called around 3 p.m. about the incident that had just occurred at the residence on the 900 block of state Route 7, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 52-year-old woman had already been taken to Morton General Hospital with suspected broken bones in her face, according to the sheriff’s office. When interviewed, she said she and the suspect were arguing and he got on top of her and struck her with his hands, but also with an unknown object, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown. The sheriff’s office subsequently got a call from the father of Brian D. Veach who said his son wanted to turn himself in and Veach was arrested for second-degree assault, domestic violence, Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

OTHER ASSAULT

• Centralia officers responded to call from a doctor at about 3 o’clock this morning who advised that he had a juvenile assault victim that was being treated in the emergency room for minor injuries. The case is connected to the 900 block of E Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. An investigation is underway, according to police.

• Shannon L. Wachter, 19, of Centralia, was arrested for third-degree assault yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Further details were not readily available.

GARAGE BURGLED OF DRILLS

• Chehalis police were called at 11:40 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Southwest Mills Avenue where someone had broken into a detached garage and made off with tools. Missing are three Milwaukee hand drills, two of which use a “slip chuck drive valve system” and the other which is a three-eighths inch chuck, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Also taken were two rechargeable batteries for the drills, according to police.

BARN BURGLED OF GUNS

• Someone got into a safe inside a barn on the 200 block of Evans Road outside Toledo and stole eight antique firearms, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The theft just reported occurred sometime since November of 2013, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Taken from the 82-year-old owner were a revolver, shotgun and rifles, Brown said. The loss is more than $5,000, Brown said.

CHEATED ONLINE

• A 44-year-old Chehalis woman appears to be out almost $2,000 after responding to an online offer of part-time employment from home. “(It appears to be) a typical, ‘we give you a cashiers check, you cash it and get money orders’,” Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. “She did that and sent them off.” Then the victim learned from her bank she was overdrawn because the first check was no good, Bailey said. It wasn’t clear exactly the reason given for the complex transactions, Bailey said.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called at 2 p.m. yesterday about a window getting broken on a vehicle parked at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue.

BUSHES IGNITE NEAR LAKE

• Firefighters called about 12:10 a.m. today to a report of a fire on the north end of Plummers Lake in Centralia found mixed grass and brush burning over an area of approximately 30 feet by 20 feet. it was extinguished without difficulty, according to Riverside Fire Authority. It appeared the fire may been started in or around a camping area, or where garbage had been dumped, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert.

RAILROAD TRACKS ON FIRE

• Rural Chehalis firefighters called regarding smoke seen by someone working at Stan Hedwall Park at 12:30 p.m. yesterday were dispatched to the 800 block of Shorey Road for what turned out to be two railroad ties burning. A lot of times a fire on railroad tracks like that can be from a spark off a train, Lewis County Fire District 6 Firefighter Matt McCoy said. They used a water can to extinguish it, and asked for BNSF to be notified, McCoy said.

WRECKS

• An 86-year-old driver was hurt when his truck ran off the road and into a power pole yesterday at the 800 block of Middle Fork Road in Onalaska. Deputies responding about 12:10 p.m. noted major front end damage to his 2005 Dodge pickup, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The patient had cuts to his hands and other unknown injuries, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital for treatment, according to Brown.

• The Washington State Patrol blames inattention on the part of a 19-year-old driver for a two-vehicle wreck yesterday on state Route 508 that sent an older couple to the hospital. It happened about 12:30 p.m. just east of Interstate 5, according to the state patrol. Zachery R. Braun, of Chehalis, was southbound at Roberts Road in a Dodge pickup and stopped for the stop sign but then entered the highway without checking traffic and struck a Toyota Prius which was eastbound, the investigating trooper reports. Responding firefighters evaluated all three persons and found one needed to be transported with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue, formerly known as Lewis County Fire District 5. Linda R. Ferson, 71, was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and her husband Galen D. Ferson, 75, went along with her, according to the state patrol. A citation for failure to yield the right-of-way was to be issued to Braun.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, harassment, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street; complaint of neighbor with too-tall grass … and more.

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Chehalis high school to host memorial for fallen officer

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 10:21 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A line-of-duty death memorial service for Chehalis Police Department Officer Rick Silva will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, and is open to the public.

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Officer Rick Silva

Silva, with more than a quarter century of law enforcement service behind him, died Thursday of complications following surgery to repair an on-the-job hip injury.

“Rick’s family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the community for the outpouring of love and support they have felt over the past week.” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Stacy Brown stated in the announcement today.

Brown stepped in to assist with public information officer responsibilities for the Chehalis Police Department.

Silva, 61, worked at the sheriff’s office before moving to the Chehalis Police Department in 2002.

On Friday, a police procession will depart from the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds on North National Avenue at approximately 9 a.m. and travel to W.F.West High School where the service is to be held.

A public reception will follow immediately afterward in the commons area of the high school.  W.F. West is located at 342 SW 16th Street, Chehalis.
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For background, read “Chehalis police mourn loss of veteran officer” from Friday June 19, 2015, here

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News brief: More limitations put into place to prevent wildfires

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Worries about fire danger have prompted a timber company to close their properties to the public as well as caused an expansion of last week’s burn ban on state-protected lands in Eastern Washington to now cover the west side of the mountains.

Both announcements were issued today.

The majority of Port Blakely Tree Farms property in Lewis County is in the Morton area.

Their closure applies to foot, horse, motorized and any other form of access, according to a company spokesperson.

“With the recent weather so warm and dry, and even higher temperatures expected in the coming days, we are doing what we can to keep our forestlands safe,” Teresa Loo stated. “As soon as the fire danger subsides, we will re-open our lands for public access.”

The state Department of Natural Resources reports westside forests are drying out so outdoor burning is now prohibited in state forests, state parks and other property protected by DNR, with the exception of recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal and other campgrounds.

Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition, are illegal on all DNR-protected property, according to DNR.

Last week, outdoor burning restrictions were put into place in unincorporated Lewis County.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 2:09 pm
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PERSON FOUND IN PASTURE BOOKED FOR STOLEN TRUCK

• A 36-year-old Olympia man was arrested this morning after he allegedly wrecked a truck into a utility pole along Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. The vehicle was stolen out of Thurston County, police said.  Officers responding about 6 a.m. were pointed in the direction the suspected driver had headed on foot, according to the Centralia Police Department. A police dog conducted a track and found 36-year-old Richie L. Sreap hiding in a cow pasture near Swanson Drive, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of stolen property, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

• A 49-year-old Chehalis area man was arrested after allegedly loading a shotgun with two shells in the bedroom with his wife while they were arguing, and then turning and pointing the weapon at her. Deputies called to the home on Literal Road east of Chehalis at 12:03 a.m. yesterday booked Robert G. Ernst into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

FAKE BILL

• Police were contacted by a convenience store at the 600 block of South Tower Avenue overnight about a counterfeit $5 bill received.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 p.m. yesterday after an individual on the 800 block of Northwest West Street watched a vehicle pull up by their vehicle and break out the window. No suspect was found, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon that an unknown person broke a window with a rock at the 200 block of North Washington Street.

• Someone put graffiti on a garage on the 700 block of H Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Saturday.

• AND, FROM MORTON

• A juvenile reported the theft of his bicycle from the 200 block of Main Avenue in Morton, the evening of June 12. A responding officer discovered his parents had taken the bike because he was not being responsible for its care, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault, malicious mischief, drinking in public, protection order violation, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, injured deer on roadway, collision on city street, collision on county road, child left alone in a parked car, dog left alone in parked vehicle; complaints of tall grass at neighboring vacant house, someone lighting off fireworks … and more.

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Child killed when ATV wrecks on Salkum area trail

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 9:48 am

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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporte
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An 11-year-old girl is dead after an ATV driven by her step-sister flipped on a trail at a private campground near Salkum.

She was a passenger on the quad, and after it wrecked, the sister ran back to camp as much as a mile away to get help, according to responders.

It happened around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Cowlitz Timber Trails on the 1900 block of Spencer Road along the Cowlitz River, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the 11-year-old driver said they had come to a sharp corner, and though they weren’t going very fast, she knew the ATV was going to flip and told her sister to jump. She didn’t jump and the ATV ended up on its side with the passenger’s head pinned beneath one tire, fender and rail, Brown said.

The 11-year-old driver ran back to the campground to get help and when a resident of the campground arrived to the victim, the child wasn’t breathing, according to Brown.

Both had been wearing helmets, Brown said.

Multiple members of Lewis County Fire District 8 responded to the 5:08 p.m. call to the scene, found adults performing CPR on the girl and took over, transporting her to Morton General Hospital.

Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said they called for airlift, while other responders retrieved the 11-year-old driver from the camp for her suspected injuries.

Both girls ended up at the Morton Hospital. Airlift wasn’t needed. Brown said the driver’s injuries were very minor.

The girls are from Graham, according to Brown.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 8:11 pm
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WRECKS

• A 55-year-old man riding a motorcycle was injured this morning east of Packwood when he traveled off the roadway and hit several rocks in a ditch. Gregory P. Kessel, of Olympia, was headed east when he wrecked near milepost 139 of U.S. Highway 12, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers responding at 8:30 a.m. found his 2012 Yamaha XVS was totaled, according to the state patrol. Kessel was transported to Morton General Hospital, the investigating trooper reports.

• The Washington State Patrol reported yesterday a Centralia man has died following a June 11 two-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near the Nisqually Bridge. Louis G. Moore, 81, was transported to Tacoma General Hospital after the early morning wreck in which his car rear-ended a GMC Terrain, according to the state patrol.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to the 800 block of Sunrise Lane about an identity theft. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SHOPLIFTING

• Centralia police were called at 2:07 p.m. yesterday after a female pushed a cart full of groceries through the self checkout line and out the door at Safeway without paying. She was seen loading them into a turquoise colored Saturn – driven by a male with a beard – which fled the area of the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called yesterday afternoon by an individual who said their vehicle was prowled on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia a week earlier.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for collision on city street … and more.

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Chehalis police mourn loss of veteran officer

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 8:06 pm
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Chehalis Police Officer Rick Silva

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chehalis Police Officer Rick Silva died last night, after complications from surgery for an on-the-job injury.

“Officer Silva’s passing leaves us all without his infectious smile, his playful sense of humor, his passion for justice, and his generosity, as he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need,” the department announced today. “Our lives have been enriched just through the joy of knowing him.”

The veteran officer died at Providence Centralia Hospital one day shy of his 13th anniversary with the department, according to department public information Officer Linda Bailey.

Silva sustained a hip injury on duty and this past February the injury was exacerbated when he made contact with a retail theft suspect who resisted arrest, according to Bailey.

Bailey stated Silva was beloved not just by his family, fellow officers and co-workers, but also by the many, many people in the community whose lives he touched.

His law enforcement career began in 1988 at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and in 2002, he went to work for Chehalis.

At the Chehalis Police Department, he served in multiple capacities over the years, including field training officer, emergency vehicle operations course instructor and detective.

His body was escorted at 3 o’clock this morning from the hospital to a local funeral home by a motorcade that included officers from Chehalis and other local law enforcement agencies as well as fire department and aid crew personnel, according to Bailey.

Details regarding a traditional, public line of-duty death funeral service to honor Officer Silva will be released next week as soon as they are available.

The Chehalis Police Department thanks those who have reached out.

“We are so grateful for the support already shown to us by nearby first responders and the Chehalis community at large,” Bailey wrote. “We will miss our brother in blue. 117.”

The department notes that United Way has set aside a Fallen Hero’s Memorial Fund at Security State Bank for those wishing to make contributions in honor of Officer Silva.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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Updated at 4:15 p.m.

BOOM

• The state fire marshal advises that sales of consumer fireworks from state-licensed stands begins June 28 at noon and ends on July 5 at 9 pm.  Also reminding the public that  purchasing fireworks over the internet is illegal. As usual, the office suggests that attending a public display is a safe and fun way to enjoy fireworks. To learn about a community fireworks display in your area, visit their website.

EUUUUW

• A Chehalis officer was called over to Green Hill School yesterday afternoon after a 16-year-old student-inmate allegedly threw a milk carton of urine at two staff members. The case will be referred to prosecutors for two charges of custodial assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, misdemeanor assault, shoplifting suspicious circumstances … and more.

 

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News brief: Free safety inspections for boaters coming soon

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Free boating safety inspections can be had at the Mayfield Lake Park on the last Saturday of this month.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with Tacoma City Power on June 27 for an event with a goal in part of raising awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence and removing impaired operators from the waterways, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Lewis County is a beautiful place, with great waterways,” Snaza stated. “We encourage locals and visitors to have fun on the water, however; we expect people to follow the laws and do so safely.”

Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the park, safety displays will be set up with handouts and activity books for children.

It’s part of something called Operation Dry Water, a national outreach and enforcement campaign.

Sheriff’s deputies will be on water patrol that day as well as throughout the summer, looking for impaired boaters, according to Snaza.

The sheriff’s office also reminds adults to keep a close eye on children around water and utilize approved life jackets to avoid preventable drownings.

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News brief: Dry conditions lead to burn ban

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 8:09 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Outdoor burning restrictions go into place tomorrow for all of unincorporated Lewis County because of substantial fire danger, given the weather conditions and extended forecast.

The only outdoor fires allowed will be campfires in designated campgrounds or in fire pits on private property that meet specific criteria, according to Lewis County Community Development Director Lee Napier, acting as fire marshal.

The ban begins at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow.

Anyone with a current winter open burning permit that was to expire on June 30 needs to take note of the change.

The restrictions will remain in effect until lifted by the county Board of Commissioners.

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

For specifications on acceptable fire pits, check the Lewis County Community Development Department’s web page.

For further information concerning outdoor burning, Napier can be reached at 360-740-1146. The fire marshal’s office is in the Lewis County Public Services building, located at 2025 NE Kresky Avenue in Chehalis.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 12:28 pm
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Honda CRX rests off the roadway along Salzer Valley Road. / Courtesy photo by Aaron Towman

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MOTORIST CRITICAL AFTER CENTRALIA WRECK

• A 25-year-old driver was seriously injured when he was thrown from his car last night east of Centralia. Firefighters and deputies responding about 7:40 p.m. to the 1900 block of Salzer Valley Road found the 1991 Honda CRX was destroyed in the single-vehicle wreck, according to Riverside Fire Authority. A passenger had been seat belted in and suffered only minor cuts and bruises, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. But Blake S. Cohoon, 25, from Arizona, wasn’t using his seat belt and suffered life-threatening injuries, according to responders. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A spokesperson from the hospital said he was in surgery at noontime, and listed in critical condition. The sheriff’s office suspects Cohoon had been drinking and that speed contributed to the crash. The case will be referred to prosecutors for a charge of first-degree negligent driving, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine yesterday afternoon following a traffic stop at the 1200 block of Alder Avenue in Centralia. Dennis A Johnston was found to be driving with a suspected license and suspected meth was found during the contact, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

LOST AND FOUND

• Centralia police were called to 1300 block of Kayu Lane in Centralia yesterday morning about  10-speed bike someone had taken from the carport area of a home. The bicycle was subsequently found in some bushes off Reynolds Road and returned to its owner, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIRE ALONG TRACKS FOLLOWS BACKFIRING LOCOMOTIVE

• Rail traffic was stopped this afternoon after an older locomotive backfired and presumably was what ignited a pile of old and rotting railroad ties next to the track near Reynolds and Blair roads in Centralia. Employees of Puget Sound and Pacific Rail who called 911 about 3:10 p.m. said they saw a four-foot flame come from the top of the engine, according to Riverside Fire Authority. They tried to put it out with fire extinguishers and arriving firefighters finished the job without complication, according to a summary of the incident. It was a roughly 10 foot by 30 foot pile of ties, and flames had spread slowly into light vegetation, according to the fire department.

DEPUTY MISSES ELK, RUNS INTO TREE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office revealed today that one of its deputies on routine patrol swerved to miss an elk on the roadway and struck a tree, totaling a 2013 Ford Explorer Interceptor SUV. The deputy was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma to be treated for minor injuries and has been released, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened about 11 p.m. last Sunday night on state Route 706 near Ashford, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown. The accident is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol, Brown indicated.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances … and more.

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Memorial: ‘Our boy Kenny’

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm
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Kenneth Hamilton

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – More than 100 people gathered together at a Centralia park to remember the 9-year-old boy who died unexpectedly last week.

Kenneth Hamilton was described as an always happy, always smiling child.

“He was just a joy to be around, all the children felt it,” his second-grade teacher Jane King said.

King, and one of Kenneth’s other teachers at Jefferson Lincoln Elementary School, Wendy Gates, were among those who paid tribute to the son of Piper Young and Tom Hamilton at Schaeffer Park late yesterday afternoon.

“What do we know about our boy Kenny?” the minister asked after offering words of comfort and prayers.

He didn’t like naps when he was little, would have played in his neighbor’s pool indefinitely if allowed and was honest to a fault, family members and neighbors shared.

What caused his death is unknown.

Firefighters and police responded to an approximately 10:20 a.m. 911 call last Wednesday to a home on the 300 block of North Diamond Street regarding the child who was found unresponsive in bed by his mother. He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Centralia Police Department Detective Patti Finch noted he’d undergone a recent medical procedure. Nothing was obviously suspicious at the scene, but anytime a child dies unexpectedly, police will get involved and investigate the circumstances, according to Finch.

He wasn’t sick, his mother said, but still home recovering from having his tonsils taken out six days earlier.

“He was up and about, the swelling was pretty much gone, and his voice was starting to come back,” she said.

Kenneth leaves behind five siblings.

Jefferson Lincoln Elementary School Principal David Eacker was among those present to honor the 9-year-old’s memory at the north Centralia park.

Informing Kenny’s classmates was difficult, Eacker said. There are just almost no words to explain it, he said.

Former neighbor Heather Bodin addressed the group, on behalf of her 8-year-old granddaughter, a third-grader at the same school.

“She can’t understand how someone her age could have to go to heaven,” she said.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said yesterday it will be weeks before he knows the cause of Kenneth’s death, because he is waiting for the results of various tests from the autopsy.
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For background, read “News brief: Police investigating death of little boy in Centralia” from Wednesday June 10, 2015, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 10:34 am
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MEDICAL OXYGEN CATCHES FIRE AT CENTRALIA HOME

• A resident smoking near medical oxygen ignited a fire overnight at the 1300 block of Oxford Avenue in Centralia. Crews dispatched at 2:40 a.m. saw light smoke coming out the doors and windows of the home, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Once inside, they extinguished a bedroom fire before it extended into the structure, according to a brief summary of the incident. All occupants were evacuated and no injuries were noted, according to Riverside. The damage is estimated at $1,000.

DOWNTOWN CENTRALIA RESTAURANT KITCHEN FIRE HALTED

• Firefighters from Centralia and Chehalis responded about 9:30 p.m. yesterday to a reported fire in a restaurant on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. Once inside, they found that the fire suppression hood had been activated due to a fire from a cooking appliance, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The damage at the downtown building was described as light. The business is Great Cuisine of India.

FIRE EXTINGUISHED AT STORAGE UNIT BUSINESS

• Firefighters called about 8:15 p.m. yesterday to a commercial storage business on the 2900 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis found a small fire in a wall, according to Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue, formerly known as Lewis County Fire District 5. The cause is under investigation, Chief Gregg Peterson said.

DRYER FIRE

• Firefighters called about 7:10 p.m. yesterday to a dryer fire at the 1000 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia extinguished it and took the dryer outside, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

SUSPICIOUS FIRE ON LOGGING ROAD

• A deputy was called early yesterday to the woods outside of Morton after the discovery of a truck that that had burned. The branches around it were still warm but there was nobody around, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said it was 1990s model four-door Toyota 4Runner, but the license plate was melted so they’re not sure what state it was from. The 12:05 a.m. call was to the area of Mosswood Road and Forest Service Road 73 but the scene was actually 10 to 15 miles up a logging road, Brown said. They turned it over to the Forest Service to investigate, Brown said.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 12:30 a.m. today about a car prowl at the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia. A window was broken and a stereo speaker was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNRULY PERSON

• A case of a patient at Providence Centralia Hospital who reportedly got angry and broke off a IV holder from a bed is being referred to prosecutors for a possible charge of third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called at about 1:40 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of South Schueber Road restrained the disorderly male subject, according to police.

DRUGS

• Police arrested a 20-year-old Chehalis woman yesterday for possession of heroin after they responded to the Yard Birds Mall about someone attempting to spend a counterfeit $50 bill. An officer called at 5 p.m. yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue was told one of the vendors was the victim and when Kristina S. Bailey was searched, the suspected drug was found, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Bailey was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

LOST AND FOUND

• A citizen contacted police yesterday morning and turned over a baggie of bills that were found at a bus stop on the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, trespassing, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street; request for help removing a bat from inside a house … and more.

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News brief: Poultry-warming lamp ignited Onalaska house fire

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 3:21 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The fire that consumed an Onalaska family’s home is being blamed on a heat lamp that was keeping baby chicks warm.

Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said it wasn’t necessarily that it got knocked over.

“It had been on for a month and probably dried out the sawdust, which got hot and ignited,” McCarty said.

One of the residents was cooking breakfast when she smelled smoke, looked all around the house and couldn’t find anything, according to McCarty. Until she opened the back door and saw the shed burning, he said.

Firefighters responding about 8 a.m. on Sunday to the 600 block of Middle Fork Road found the manufactured home fully engulfed in flames.

She grabbed their dogs and got outside and two of their kittens were found alive, but others plus the chicks perished.

Lewis County Fire District 1 Assistant Chief Rhonda Volk said the couple lived there with their niece who is in her 20s.

They didn’t have any insurance, McCarty said.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm
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PEDESTRIAN SCARES MOTORIST

• Centralia police took a report yesterday about 6:30 p.m. that a man aggressively approached the driver of a car at Harrison Avenue and Belmont Street, told her to get out and threatened her with a flashlight. She left the scene unharmed and no arrest had been made as of this morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Chehalis police are investigating an incident where an iPad was missing from a backpack that was being held for a 14-year-old at Wal-Mart yesterday.

DRUGS

• Officers arrested a 15-year-old for being in possession of marijuana yesterday morning at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia. The teen was released to a parent, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SUSPECTED GUNSHOTS FIRED ON I-5

• Troopers are seeking witnesses to a road rage incident that occurred southbound Interstate 5 just south of Tumwater yesterday evening. It began near milepost 101 and escalated with possible shots fired before a gray Chevrolet Equinox sport utility vehicle exited the freeway at exit 95, according to the Washington State Patrol. The other vehicle is described as a single cab brown pickup truck with a canopy and Oregon license plates, according to the state patrol. Anyone who saw what happened or has any information about it is asked to contact the Washington State Patrol at 360-586-1999.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, failing to transfer vehicle title, failing to register as a sex offender; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, protection order violation, collision on city street, stolen vehicles that just turned out to have been parked where their owners weren’t looking them; complaint of male sitting on a bench begging for money in downtown Chehalis … and more.

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News brief: One hurt in weekend wrecks

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 5:04 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A motorcyclist was airlifted after he collided with a deer yesterday morning south of Rochester, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

Firefighters called about 9 a.m. to Prather Road near Lundeen Road found the man was initially unconscious but then he slowly began to come to, according to Fire Chief Robert Scott.

“He was wearing a helmet though, which is good,” Scott said. “It probably saved his life.”

A helicopter met them and the patient at Rochester High School to transport him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Scott said. He said the vicim was a local person and probably in his 30s or 40s.

The deer didn’t make it, Scott said.

On Saturday morning, it was a wooden porch that took a hit when a motorist on Southwest Cascade Avenue near Main Street in Chehalis left the roadway, crossed the sidewalk and came to rest in front of a home.

There was significant damage to the porch and damage to the front end of his car, but 20-year-old Justin A. Deel of Rochester was unhurt, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

He was cited for driving with a suspended license and without insurance, according to police.

And about 1:30 a.m. today, the front end of a car was “pretty smashed up” and the concrete center barrier shoved into the oncoming lane following a single-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 in Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

The driver was northbound and wrecked near the Main Street interchange. Nobody was transported to the hospital, Fire Capt. Rob Gebhart said.

“It sounds like the driver fell asleep,” he said.

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Wildfire burning about two miles from Pe Ell

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:43 am
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A helicopter drops water off Katula Road outside Pe Ell yesterday. / Courtesy photo by DNR

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters are working to extinguish a wildfire that broke out on a timber company’s land near Pe Ell, with roughly 80 people on the ground today.

A Doty firefighter who happened to be up on a hill spotted it and contacted the state Department of Natural Resources about 9 o’clock yesterday morning.

It was initially estimated at 40 acres but is more like 25 acres, and it’s mostly debris leftover from previous logging that is burning, according to Nick Cronquist, a DNR spokesperson..

It went a little bit into the timber, burning the salal and other vegetation on the ground, Cronquist said.

The area is roughly halfway between Pe Ell and Doty.

Cronquist said this morning the fire is 70 percent contained.

“The helicopters were working pretty hard last night, but we don’t think we’ll use them again,” he said. They have them on standby, he said.

The property belongs to Green Diamond Resource Co. and is off Katula Road.

Local firefighters have been supporting the efforts, hauling water with tenders, according to Lewis County Fire District 16 Chief Greg Feuchter.

Cronquist said they had 50 personnel working the fire yesterday and expected they will be out there for the next couple of days.

It started sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, he said, and its cause is under investigation.

It’s among the first sizable wildfires in Western Washington this season, following an early in the weekend fire in Clark County, according to Cronquist.

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The state Department of Natural Resources expects personnel to be working for the next couple of days to extinguish the fire. / Courtesy photo by DNR

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 10:24 am
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Updated at 4:15 p.m.

BURGLARY RANDLE

• Someone pried open a hasp to a storage shed at the 600 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Randle and stole a riding mower, a utility trailer, a generator, an air compressor, a chainsaw and a tool box, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim, a 60-year-old Seattle resident who owns River Run Ranch, said it happened sometime in the seven days before Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at about $900, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BURGLARY SILVER CREEK

• A deputy responded about 10 p.m. on Saturday to a burglary at a vacation home on the 1300 block of state Route 122 in Silver Creek where someone had cut padlocks to a gate, a barn and a shed and stole numerous items including a dozen 10 by 10 canopies and a bright blue four-foot tall air compressor, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim is compiling a list, according to the sheriff’s office. A garage was ransacked as well, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The break-in occurred sometime since May 26, according to Brown.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Deputies responding to a residential burglary alarm at the 2000 block of Van Wormer Street in Centralia about 3 p.m. on Saturday found a ladder leaned against the house and the front door unlocked. A search inside by a police dog was conducted and nobody was there, but stolen from the couple’s home were various valuables including a kids Kindle, a Philips portable DVD player, costume jewelry and seven books of checks, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• An 89-year-old Centralia man reported someone burglarized his home on the 2700 block of Bennet Road sometime between Friday and Saturday, making off with 20 silver dollars, six wrist watches and a set of keys, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A teenage boy was arrested after allegedly admitting to burglarizing the home of his foster mother’s grown son at the 2700 block of Lincoln Creek Road west of Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy was called on Friday and learned it happened sometime June 3 and Thursday and when confronted, the teen had returned the car keys, hunting knife, cell phone and alcohol, according to the sheriff’s office. He was arrested for residential burglary, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BURGLARY ASHFORD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that a deputy took a report on Thursday of a burglary at a vacation home on the 300 block of Skate Creek Road near Ashford in which someone stole food, alcohol, an old BB gun and other items sometime during the previous week.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Police were called just before 6 o’clock this morning when the owner of M&K Town Store on the 500 block of North Market Boulevard discovered the glass door to the business broken out. Nothing initially appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It happened sometime after about 12:30 a.m., according to police.

• Chehalis police were called at noon Saturday to Stan Hedwall Park on the 1500 block of Rice Road following the discovery someone broke into the concession stand through a sliding window and stole the cash register. It had about $80 in it and was valued at $10, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An estimated $10 in food items were missing as well, police said.

THEFT CHEHALIS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that three Husqvarna push mowers valued at $1,200 were stolen from a business on the 1600 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis last week between Wednesday and Thursday.

CAR PROWL

• A compound bow, a knife and other items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle overnight at the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia, according to a  report made to police yesterday morning.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police responded yesterday evening to a report of broken windows on a building at Centralia College, at the 400 block of Centralia College Boulevard.

TOM FOOLERY

• A 31-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested when he allegedly came at an officer in a ‘fighting stance’ outside a bar on the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue on Friday night. There had been an altercation, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Aaron J. Calista allegedly wasn’t allowing officers to handcuff him, so he was booked into the Lewis County Jail for both disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

WILDFIRE NEAR PE ELL

• Firefighters were called yesterday to a wildfire near Pe Ell of estimated to be about 40 acres. At least two helicopters were sent to assist, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

CRASH

• An 18-year-old woman was cited for second-degree negligent driving after a head on collision just before 5 p.m. on Thursday on Jackson Highway near Logan Hill Road in Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the 55-year-old in the other vehicle was cited for driving with a suspended license and no insurance. Two people were injured, with a broken ankle and a broken wrist, Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, runaway child, misdemeanor theft, receiving counterfeit money, collisions on city streets; complaints of house getting ‘egged’, neighbor dog barking for seven hours, old man begging for money downtown Chehalis, little girls throwing rocks onto freeway breaking windshield … and more.

 

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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The remains of Middle Fork Road home smolder this morning. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

FIRE SWEEPS THROUGH ONALASKA RESIDENCE

• An Onalaska area family lost their home to a fire this morning, as well as its contents and some pets. Firefighters were called to a shed fire on the 600 block of Middle Fork Road just before 8 a.m. and by the time they arrived, the adjacent manufactured home was fully engulfed in flames, Lewis County Fire District 1 Assistant Chief Rhonda Volk said. “It spread quick,” Volk said “Basically just the foundation is left.” The couple who reside there had gotten out without injuries but they had five kittens and only two were found, she said. A young adult niece lives with them as well but wasn’t there at the time, according to Volk. They also lost chicks they were raising in the shed, she said. The Red Cross was asked to come out to help the family, she said. A fire investigator was looking into the cause.

CAT BURGLAR STRIKES AGAIN

• Rooftop break-ins continue in the Twin Cities, with Wendy’s restaurant in Centralia becoming the latest victim. Arriving workers called police at 7:30 a.m. yesterday to the fast food business on the 800 block of Harrison Avenue following the discovery. Someone had cut a hole in a wall to get into a room where they got into a strong box and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Centralia Police Department. They entered the building through a hole cut into the roof, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. Reichert said he would guess a tool like a sawzall may have been used. On Friday morning someone struck similarly at the Twin City Town Center in Chehalis and two weeks ago someone burglarized the McDonald’s on Lum Road in Centralia the same way.

WRONG GUY

• Centralia police responded to an 8:45 p.m. call yesterday at the 200 block of West Chestnut Street where a 22-year-old Rochester man said he was attacked by another motorist. He said a driver cut him off so he rolled down his window to ask what he wanted, and the other driver pulled open his car door and punched him several times, according to police. He called him by a different name and when the Rochester man got out his license to prove he was not the named person, the suspect grabbed it from him, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nicholas L. Gonzalez, 24 of Chehalis, was subsequently located and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree robbery, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. Gonzalez was in further trouble because he was found in a stolen car, Reichert said.

FRAUD

• A Centralia man called police late Friday afternoon after discovering someone stole some checks from him at the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue and cashed them. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HANDBAG TAKEN

• Someone stole a purse from the 800 block of Alder Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police  about 7 p.m. on Friday.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police responded to a call about 4:20 a.m. call today from the 1800 block of North Pearl Street where a wallet was stolen from an unlocked car.

• Police took a report yesterday of several vehicles getting broken into overnight at the 700 block of Bengal Court in Centralia., Among the items missing was a GPS device, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of a vehicle prowl at the 400 block of West Plum Street. Someone broke a window to get inside, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia about 7:50 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of a wallet and medications from a vehicle while its owner was in the restroom.

BIKE BUMPS BUS

• Centralia police were called late Friday afternoon to take a report from Twin Transit that earlier in the day a bicyclist had run into one of its busses at the 900 block of Harrison Avenue.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, disorderly conduct, teenager with marijuana, driving under the influence; responses for other theft, misdemeanor assault, collisions on city streets … and more.

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Buying from online stranger? Meet near the sheriff’s office

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Got a wad of cash in your pocket for that used car you found on Craigslist? A bit nervous about doing business with someone you only know from an Internet ad?

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is welcoming the public into the lobby of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center, suggesting it’s a good place for those who buy and sell items online to meet up with each other.

“Online selling and buying on Craigslist, Facebook, and other sites has become increasingly popular and with that comes risks,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown states in a news release. “Robberies, thefts, and even deaths in some cases, have resulted from people meeting strangers to sell or buy an item advertised online.”

They’ve dubbed the front lobby on the first floor as a Neutral Exchange Zone.

“We hope this program helps to address unsafe situation(s) or deter crimes from occurring during the exchange of an item,” Sheriff Rob Snaza stated. “If someone refuses to meet in a public place or a neutral zone, that should be cause for concern with continuing a transaction.”

The sheriff’s office reminds the public that no weapons are allowed inside the building.

Exchanges can only be made there during business hours when the building is open. That’s 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Lewis County Law and Justice Center is located at 345 W. Main Street in Chehalis.

Brown says no personal services may be traded there.

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News brief: Training fire to be conducted southwest of Chehalis

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 6:03 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Chehalis area residents can expect to see smoke beginning at  9 a.m. tomorrow, as firefighters burn down a house.

Lewis County Fire District 6 is using the donated structure on the 200 block of Devereese Road to get some practice in, according to Chief Tim Kinder.

They should be finished at about noon, he said.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 5:34 pm
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NO CAT BURGLAR FOUND

• Chehalis police were called just before 1 o’clock this morning to the Twin City Town Center where a worker discovered someone tried to break in through the roof. The individual was putting away the parking lot sweeper when they looked up and saw evidence someone tried to gain entry into that portion of the building, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A police dog helped conduct a sweep of the area at the 1300 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue but nobody was found, according to police. It was just two weeks earlier when McDonald’s on Lum Road in Centralia was burglarized by someone who cut a hole in the roof to get inside.

BUSINESS BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to a hardware store on the 700 block of South Market Boulevard where someone broke into a fenced area overnight an stole a gray fountain. The loss is listed at $692.99, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A similar break-in happened there a week earlier.

MONEY MISSING

• A Centralia resident in his mid 70s reported to police yesterday that an unauthorized person removed more than $1,000 from his bank account, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to a nursing home on the 1500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia yesterday to talk with a man in his 90s regarding cash stolen from him.

BAD BILL BUYS GAS

• Chehalis police were called about 10 o’clock last night when a clerk on Northwest State Avenue discovered a customer used a counterfeit $50 to pay for fuel and a scratch ticket.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 900 block of Schueber Road regarding an individual reportedly using the name of a family member to get medical care from Providence Centralia Hospital.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just before 8 o’clock yesterday morning about someone rifling through an unlocked vehicle at the 2400 block of Leisure Lane. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to take a report of a sexual assault involving juveniles said to have taken place a week earlier. Further details were not readily available.

BARK FIRE

• Chehalis firefighters were called about 6:50 p.m. yesterday to extinguish a beauty bark fire in the landscaping along the 1500 block of North National Avenue. It was most likely caused by a cigarette, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street … and more.

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Toledo veteran enters plea of not guilty by reason of insanity

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:36 am
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By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Toledo man arrested after a bizarre series of events that left employees at a Centralia motel hiding and ended in a fight with police officers inside the nearby sandwich shop remains jailed as his lawyer makes plans to delve into his mental state.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke described the situation on Alder Street the morning of May 26 as a sort of manic scenario.

“All the witnesses indicated he thought something was happening that was not happening,” O’Rourke said.

Mitchell K. Davis, 27, was a gunner on active duty in Iraq in 2009 who had significant combat and had significant issues afterwards, O’Rourke said.

“We believe he had been brought by Toledo police to Providence Centralia Hospital who dropped him off there,” he said. “I believe he was discharged within a matter of hours before this.”

Officers were called about 11:15 a.m. that day to the Peppermill Inn having been told Davis grabbed an employee, pushed her to the floor and took her phone, according to police. As police arrived, they got a call from a man at the Shell station next door – where Davis allegedly took his phone – and were directed to the Subway shop, according to a police account.

Police said he was hiding in the bathroom, and as he dashed out, knocked a worker to the ground. Davis was subdued with a Taser, but during a struggle, reportedly struck one officer in the face.

Davis yesterday pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

He remains in the Lewis County Jail, and O’Rourke is preparing for an extensive evaluation of his client.

The Centralia defense attorney said he expected within the next couple of days he would seek authorization from a judge to engage an expert psychiatrist.

Davis is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, one count of third-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault, malicious mischief and possession of methamphetamine. His trial is on the Lewis County Superior Court calendar for July 20.

Getting acquitted by reason of insanity can be a long and complex process, according to O’Rourke.

It’s different, in that the defendant acknowledges the acts, but, then a judge or jury has to find one of two things are true, he said.

“A, I did not understand what I was doing because of some kind of mental defect or delusion,” O’Rourke said. “Or B, because of my mental state, I had no ability to appreciate right from wrong.”

It’s a difficult standard to meet, he said.

If it happens, the case then shifts into determining what to do next with the person, he said.

“If it’s a bad enough crime, you’re probably going to be committed the rest of your life, he said.

O’Rourke said one of the allegations is police found a residual amount of methamphetamine, so an issue he expects to come up is an allegation of intoxication.
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – POLICE: ‘SPUN UP OUT OF HIS MIND’ ” from Wednesday May 27, 2015, here