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News brief: Victim startles burglars inside Centralia residence

Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 2:02 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police caught one suspect after a Centralia woman called 911 from her locked bedroom to say people had broken into her home yesterday.

She heard someone banging on the door and wasn’t expecting anyone, so she locked herself in her room, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The knocking stopped and someone kicked in the door, Sgt. Dave Clary said. While she was on the phone with 911, the intruders broke through the interior door where she was, Clary said.

“The burglars were surprised, she yelled or screamed or something,” he said. “They went out the door.”

Officers responded to the approximately 4:20 p.m. call to the 900 block of West Pear Street.

Clary said the two were carrying shoes, like athletic shoes, when he arrived to the scene and they took off running. He said he chased them for about two blocks and then the suspects separated.

One was found hiding and was taken into custody, he said.

A police dog track for the second person was lengthy, but unsuccessful, according to Clary.

Isaiah M. Kelly, 20, of Federal Way, was arrested for residential burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 12:33 pm
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Two figures can be seen inside Smokin Js during burglary. / Courtesy image from Centralia Police Department.

GLASS PIPE HEIST

• Someone broke into a Centralia smoke shop after hours last night, making off with what the owner estimates was about $2,000 worth of merchandise. Police called just before 11 p.m. to the 600 block of West Main Street noted the back door was smashed in. Smokin Js owner Jay Fratt said the thieves stole numerous glass water pipes. The burglary was captured by surveillance cameras and police are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department. Fratt believes a pair of males browsing through the store a few hours earlier were actually casing the place. His cameras caught pictures of their faces as well, which he has shared with police. Smokin Js is in a new location, just west of the building it previously occupied.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• When a suspected drunken driver refused to pull over yesterday evening in Centralia, a patrol officer used the side of his vehicle to force the car to the curb, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police say the vehicle had struck a concrete parking stop and dragged it into the yard of a home in the area of the 1500 block of Jensen Avenue. The incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. and the driver was headed toward the heavily-trafficked Harrison Avenue, according to police. Michael L. Lindsey, 58, of Auburn, was then arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, hit and run, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 117 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

Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm
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THREAT ABOUT GUN AT SOLID WASTE CENTER LANDS CUSTOMER IN JAIL

• A 37-year-old man from Portland was jailed yesterday after an altercation with an employee and another customer at the Lewis County Transfer Station in which he allegedly threatened to kill them with a gun because they were white, because they were “killing his people,” according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called to the trash collection center on the 1400 block of South Tower Avenue just before 3:30 p.m. yesterday learned Andrew T. Seaman was told by the employee to back his vehicle off the scale at the entrance because another customer was still parked on it, according to the Centralia Police Department. Other employees responded and the first worker was quite frightened and clearly upset by the man’s words, according to police. Seaman  was arrested for malicious harassment, Sgt. Dave Clary said.

DOMESTIC ATTACK

• Centralia police were called about 9:50 p.m. Thursday for a woman who said her grown niece assaulted her, breaking her nose at the 2500 block of Howard Avenue. The case is being investigate as a second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY

• Police were called just before 2 p.m. Thursday for a break-in to a residence at the 400 block of South Cedar Street. Three Samsung televisions were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 300 block of Linda Lane in Centralia about 10:15 a.m. Thursday to take a report of an attempted burglary. Someone attempted entry through a door panel, but the suspects were frightened off by the victim’s dog barking, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 3200 block of Galvin Road abut 8:35 a.m. Thursday for a vehicle prowl. A window was broken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 50-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when he was picked up on a warrant yesterday around 2 p.m. yesterday at Summa Street and Tower Avenue. Patrick N. Martin was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 17-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana  when contacted in a traffic stop at Washington Avenue and Fourth Streets in Centralia just before 11 p.m. on Thursday. The teenage boy was released to a parent and the case will be forwarded to juvenile prosecutors for charging, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to the 1900 block of Ahlers Avenue where someone had shot out the rear window of a vehicle with a BB gun.

• Centralia police were called about 7:20 a.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Harrison Avenue where a rock had been thrown through the window of a business.

RESIDENTIAL FIRE HELD TO KITCHEN

• A pan of cooking oil that overheated at a Centralia home yesterday ignited and burned a wall and cabinets but was knocked down before firefighters arrived. The crew called about 4 p.m. to the mobile home on the 100 block of Francis Lane confirmed the fire was extinguished and the occupant was uninjured, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, counterfeit bill passed, third-degree theft, third-degree malicious mischief, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street  … and more among 246 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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Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 11:25 am
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PURSUIT STOPS AT DEAD END

• A 21-year-old Centralia resident who accelerated away from a police officer, made a couple of quick turns and ended up in a cul-de-sac at the end of Pear Street yesterday was arrested, for an outstanding warrant, second-degree driving with a suspended license, possession of heroin and felony eluding, according to the Centralia Police Department. Tavryn L. Lindsey was booked into the Lewis County Jail after the approximately 10:30 a.m. incident, according to police.

UNRULY CUSTOMER

• Police were called about 8:40 a.m. yesterday to a store the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia where a male had allegedly assaulted a clerk when he was asked to leave. The case is being investigated as a fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 1300 block of Lum Road abut 6:10 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl. A window was broken and a purse and shoes were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just after 5 p.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Lum Road in Centralia where someone had broken the window out of a parked car.  It’s unknown if anything was taken., according to the Centralia Police Department.

MINI WARRANT SWEEP

• Centralia police arrested six people wanted for outstanding warrants at the 200 block of South Buckner Street at about 9 p.m. yesterday. Three of them were booked into the Lewis County Jail and three of them were given a court date and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrant, trespassing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 155 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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 9:20 p.m. yesterday after someone threw a plant through the window of a residence on the 700 block of South Gold Street in Centralia.

THEFT

• Someone stole a flag from a front porch at the 700 block of West First Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

• Centralia police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 1900 block of Honeysuckle Lane to take a report of the theft of items unspecified which would amount to second-degree theft.

DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested a 28-year-old man for possession of methamphetamine at about 9:15 p.m. yesterday at the 200 block of East Main Street in Centralia. Constantino Barro-Reyes was booked into the Lewis County Jail but prosecutors declined to file the felony charge today.

• Two people arrested on outstanding warrants in Centralia on Monday were charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of heroin. Sabrina L. Towne and Cornelio T. Delarosa, both 23 years old and both from Centralia, were contacted by drug detectives in the parking lot of a motel and a search of a purse and a backpack turned up a brown substance, some brown residue and pen parts commonly used to smoke heroin, according to charging documents. When they went before a judge this afternoon the judge set Towne’s bail at $5,000 and Delarosa’s bail at $10,000.

• Lewis County prosecutors charged a 38-year-old Centralia man being held on a kidnapping charge with delivery of methamphetamine in connection with allegedly selling the drug to a confidential police informant this summer. Shawn M. Joyner was jailed two weeks ago for an incident that allegedly occurred in early October, involving a woman he was dating. Charging documents in the new case allege that an informant with the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team met with Joyner sometime during July or August to purchase meth. Joyner is being held on $50,000 bail in the one case and a Lewis County Superior Court judge this afternoon set his bail in the drug case at $50,000.

LOST AND FOUND

• Chehalis police were called to the 300 block of Southwest Third Street about 12:20 p.m. yesterday after a toddler was found outside alone without pants on. The two and half year old girl was cleaned up, clothed and police took custody of her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Parents were located in the area looking for her and were told the little girl would be in the custody of Child Protective Services, according to police.

• A 34-year-old woman contacted Chehalis police from Providence Centralia Hospital about 1:45 p.m. yesterday to report an individual she’d been staying with in a van on Northwest Louisiana Avenue gave her some Vicodin that left her unconscious and then vanished, with her belongings, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police are following up to find the man who has an Aberdeen address, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 24-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for driving under the influence following a single-vehicle collision at North Gold Street and Ham Hill Road in Centralia about 1:45 a.m. today. Kyle M. Coulter was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrant, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, fraud, civil issue, harassment, suspicious circumstances, lost or stolen wallet, collision on city street … and more among 157 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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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm
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BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 7:30 a.m. yesterday after a worker at a business on the 1500 block of Lum Road came in to find someone rummaging through employee lockers. A K-9 track was initiated but another officer spotted a suspect running and stopped him before the dog caught up to him, according to the Centralia Police Department.  Christopher L. Wessels, 32, a homeless person was arrested for second-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

HIDDEN FIREARM

• Chehalis police were called to Wal-Mart just before 2 p.m. yesterday because a customer came in and asked if the store could hold onto his gun. He was told no and to go outside and when an officer arrived, the 55-year-old Glenoma resident reportedly had the handgun in his interior jacket pocket, but didn’t have a concealed pistol license, according to the Chehalis Police Department. David W. Peterson was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. A department spokesperson said she did not know the reason for his request to the employee at the store.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called to a home on the 2000 block of Borst Avenue about 3:45 p.m. yesterday to take a report that jewelry had been stolen. Possible suspect information was provided by the victim, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 58-year-old rural Chehalis man who allegedly shot a deer with two pistols in a neighbor’s field, out of season – and asked the property owner not to report him – was allowed to remain free pending trial with a $10,000 unsecured bond when he went before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court. Peter P. Petta is charged with the class C felony of witness tampering, a misdemeanor and two gross misdemeanors for his alleged actions off the 3000 block of Jackson Highway last month. Charging documents state the neighbor called 911 on Oct. 11 after finding Petta in his field standing next to the dead buck; on property posted “No Hunting.” Petta reportedly told officers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife he was inside his trailer when he saw three to four deer in the field, grabbed his 9 mm and his 22 and shot the buck. He is also charged with second-degree unlawful hunting of big game, hunting wildlife on the property of another and hunting with a firearm with a barrel of less than four inches. He was summonsed to court and when he appeared before Judge James Lawler this afternoon, asked for a court-appointed lawyer. Lawler told him his household earned too much to qualify and told him to return for his arraignment on Dec. 1.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, third-degree malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, fraud, civil issue, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, unconscious person laying on a curb … and more among 144 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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Monday, November 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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AUTO THEFT

• Police were called at 5:21 a.m. today about a car stolen from in front of a house on the 1600 block of North Pearl Street. The owner had left the gold 2002 Audi A6 Quattro running to warm it up, according to the Centralia Police Department. The car has has blue LED lights in the grill that are always illuminated and a license plate that reads AOP 0647, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 8 p.m. yesterday about a white 1997 Ford Explorer getting stolen from the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. The owner had asked the suspect to drive him somewhere, but the suspect took off while the owner was outside the vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department. The vehicle did not have license plates but had a temporary registration taped to the back window, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called about 4:50 p.m. yesterday to the 2500 block of Kresky Avenue where a car had been parked for a couple of days and found it had been stolen from Raymond. It was missing its front license plate and the steering column was damaged, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police came across a stolen vehicle about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at Southwest 16th Street and Thomsen Avenue and learned the 20-year-old man who said it belonged to him had a title and a bill of sale. He said he purchased the pickup truck from an individual in Monroe in September, but it turned out it had been stolen in Marysville from its actual owner, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The Toyota Tacoma truck was impounded so it could be returned, according to police.

• Two people were arrested about 4 p.m. on Friday for possession of a stolen vehicle after a 2017 Chevrolet Cruise belonging to an Olympia business was located via its OnStar system at the 1600 block of South Scheuber Avenue in Centralia. Burton C.B. Brown, 51, of Centralia, and Courtney R. Blurton, 29, from Chehalis, said they’d gotten the car earlier in the day from someone at Wal-Mart, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Both had outstanding warrants and were  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charges today.

• Centralia police were called about 9:40 a.m. on Saturday to the 1900 block of Honeysuckle Lane where a man’s car had been stolen during the night. The Saturn was found later in Thurston County, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim suspected his roommate had taken it and allegedly broke into the roommate’s room, took his belongings out and damaged them, according to police. When police were called back to Jason T. Atchley,’s home about 3:40 p.m., they arrested the 41-year-old and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to Sgt. Dave Clary.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called just before 6 p.m. on Saturday to the 200 block of West Hanson Street where an individual reported someone had forced open a door and left with collectible coins. The victim was in the process of moving, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called on Saturday morning to the 1300 block of West Main Street in Centralia where sometime during the previous week someone broke into the home and stole construction tools.

• Centralia police were called just after 3 p.m. on Friday for a burglary to a garage at the 700 block of South Pearl Street. A television was taken,according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 1:15 p.m. on Saturday to the 100 block of Jayln Street where two electric grease guns had been stolen out of a vehicle.

• Chehalis police were called to the Lewis County Mail about 7:40 a.m. on Saturday following the discovery someone had trashed the inside of a vehicle and stole a backpack containing a wallet and laptop computer. The stereo was torn out as well, according to the Chehalis Police Department. its owner had parked it only 45 minutes earlier, according to police.

• Three cars and a travel trailer were broken into at the 1300 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia, according to a report made to Centralia police about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. Survival items and vehicle registrations were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER CRIMES

• A 33-year-old Hoquiam man was arrested for second-degree robbery after allegedly threatening to use force against security personnel who contacted him about consuming “items” in a store at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia without paying on Saturday night. Police called at 10 p.m. were told the individual had fled but he was located later that night across town causing more issues and was detained, according to the Centralia Police Department. A search incident to his arrest arrest revealed Robert O. Bray had in his possession property stolen in a recent vehicle prowl in Chehalis, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail also for second-degree possession of stolen property and an outstanding warrant, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called about 8:25 p.m. on Saturday to Green Hill School where a 16-year-old student-inmate allegedly had thrown playing cards at a staff member. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for a possible charge of third-degree assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were contacted on Saturday by an individual at the 300 block of Denny Way to take a report someone else had opened a bank account in their name

• Centralia police were called on Saturday morning by a person at the 400 block of Downing Road about a credit card discovered to have been fraudulently used on the Internet.

DRUGS

• A 20-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and an outstanding warrant when contacted by police at the 100 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia just before 3 a.m. yesterday. David W. Grace was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 32-year-old inmate at the Lewis County Jail was arrested for a new offense on Friday of possession of a controlled substance. A deputy arriving to the facility about 9:50 p.m. was told by Melissa A. McAllister she had forgotten she had it when she was first booked in to the jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The suspected heroin was retrieved from the Centralia woman’s housing area, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 23-year-old Rochester woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when police picked her up on a warrant about 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the 500 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue in Chehalis. Kyrstin R. Daarud was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to the 2000 block of Cooks Hill Road about 1:25 p.m. yesterday where at least one mailbox was damaged, possibly by a baseball bat.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 53-year-old Onalaska woman was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday to be checked out following a rollover accident about 6:45 p.m. at the 900 block of Brown Road West in rural Chehalis. She couldn’t recall what had occurred to cause her to wreck her Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle was described as totaled.

• Two vehicles sustained major damage when they collided on Friday afternoon at Jackson Highway at Zandecki Road south of Chehalis. Both were southbound and the 48-year-old Toledo woman went to pass the 36-year-old Chehalis man as he attempted to turn left, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding just after 4 p.m. found that her Chevrolet 3500 T-boned his Nissan Frontier, shoving it into a ditch – causing it to roll – and coming to rest on top of it, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman said he had his right blinker on; he said he had his left blinker on, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Breen did not say if anyone was injured, but noted no citations have been issued at this time.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrant, trespassing, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, noisy neighbor party … and more among 387 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Elderly motorist dead in U.S. Highway 12 wreck

Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:32 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An 86-year-old Yakima driver died at the scene of a single-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 12 just west of Packwood early this morning.

Troopers called about 12:35 a.m. determined the Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle had been westbound and crossed the centerline, leaving the roadway and entering a ditch before striking a tree.

Kenneth L. Whitmire, from Yakima, had been wearing a seatbelt but was deceased, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Durango was totaled. It was impounded and the wreck is under investigation, according to the state patrol.

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News brief: Deputy clerk declares candidacy for Lewis County clerk job

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5:37 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – While the Lewis County Board of Commissioners just days ago selected Scott Tinney to finish out the term of retired Lewis County Clerk Kathy Brack, the local Republican’s first choice for the position signaled her intentions today to run for the post next year.

Tinney is a Lewis County resident, and comes from the Thurston County Clerk’s Office. He began his new job this week.

Brack vacated the elected office in mid-September, two years into a four-year term. Because she served as a Republican, her party had a role in the process of replacing her.

Carla Shannon was their top pick, among three names the party forwarded to county commissioners.

She registered today with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate to run for for Lewis County clerk in a special election next November.

Shannon is a deputy clerk in the Lewis County Clerk’s Office, where she has worked almost five years. She serves as the courtroom clerk for Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt.

Her campaign treasurer-manager, her husband Jim Shannon, said she’s following up on the commitment she made when she submitted her name to the local Republican party at the end of this summer as a potential replacement for Brack.

He said she congratulated Tinney and also sent a letter to the Republican precinct committee officers to thank them. She got 27 of their 29 votes, he said.

The Lewis County clerk serves as the official record keeper for the Lewis County Superior Court. The job pays $75,108 a year.

The county commissioner’s Vice Chair Gary Stamper said they formally appointed Tinney on Monday.

Stamper said he felt all three candidates were very good and did a great job in the interview process, but they could only choose one.

Tiffini Walker who previously was a deputy clerk in the Lewis County Clerk’s Office was the Republican’s second preferred choice. Tinney was their third.

“Through my questioning and information I received, he had a real broad base and experience in every area the questions centered around,” Stamper said. “And had perspective coming from another county.”

The elected position will be on the ballot again in November 2018, for a regular four-year term.
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For background, read “News brief: Three vying for Lewis County clerk job” from Wednesday November 2, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm
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CENTRALIA HOUSE FIRE

• The cause of a Centralia house fire that displaced its occupants about 5 o’clock this morning is under investigation. Nobody was hurt but it left smoke damage throughout the residence and heavy fire damage in the laundry room, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Crews called to the 1400 block of West Main Street arrived to find the residents outside and were able to contain the blaze to the laundry room, according to Capt. Casey McCarthy. Representatives from the American Red Cross are providing assistance, McCarthy indicated.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• A woman returning to her rural Chehalis home last night apparently interrupted a burglar. She found a rear door open and summoned neighbors who went inside with her at the 100 block of Whitney Boulevard, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. As they entered, they heard footsteps and an upstairs sliding door open, according to the sheriff’s office. A deputy dispatched at about 6:50 p.m. learned that two pieces of jewelry were missing from the bathroom, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• An officer was called to a residential burglary at the 900 block of Ham Hill Road in Centralia at about 11:25 a.m. yesterday in which jewelry was stolen.

PARCEL MISSING

• Police were called to the 1200 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia just before 3 p.m. yesterday on a report of the theft of a delivered package from a front porch.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police located a stolen vehicle abandoned in a residential neighborhood yesterday. The case is associated with an address on the 1100 block of K Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.The vehicle was returned to its owner, according to police

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 2:20 p.m. yesterday following the discovery at the 600 block of Northwest Middle Street that someone had attempted to pry open the trunk of a car there.

• Centralia police were called to the 1600 block of Military Road about 9:15 a.m. yesterday for a report of the theft of a purse from a vehicle. Credit cards were stolen, and then used in local retail businesses, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation.

• Police were called just after 9 p.m. yesterday to the 3200 block of Galvin Road where someone had tamped with the storage door on a travel trailer.

DRUGS

• A 33-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for possession of heroin and outstanding warrants after police were called about suspected shoplifting at the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis at about 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Derek S. Shaughnessy  was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ALTERNATIVE LIVING

• Police were called about 12:25 p.m. yesterday to the 2400 block of Borst Avenue following the discovery a shed had been broken into and a sleeping bag left behind. It appeared someone had slept there, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon for two incidents of graffiti spray painted on to buildings. The first was at the 100 block of Harrison Avenue and the second on the 600 block of West Main Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A motorist stopped for a traffic infraction about 11:50 a.m. yesterday in Centralia reportedly ran away but was subsequently detained and then arrested for an outstanding warrant, driving with a suspended license and obstructing a public servant. It happened at the 2400 block of West Reynolds Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. Guy A. McAllister, 38, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, probation violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence,  failure to transfer title; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 141 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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Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

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RETAIL EMPLOYEE BOOKED FOR THEFT

• An 18-year-old Rochester resident was arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing merchandise from her Centralia employer. Police called just before 9 p.m. to the 100 block of West High Street arrested Esmeralda Sanchez Carpio, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft and organized retail theft, according to police.

MISSING LICENSE PLATE

• Centralia police were called about 8:50 a.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue where an individual reported the theft of their  license plate from off of their vehicle. The Washington plate reads ABS 3311, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COUNTERFEIT CASH

• Centralia police took reports from two businesses yesterday about receiving counterfeit $100 bills the day before. One was at the 600 block of North Tower Avenue and the other at the 800 block of North Tower Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 41-year-old Pe Ell man was arrested yesterday for possession of methamphetamine after being contacted by police at the 1100 block of state Route 6 about 3:20 p.m. yesterday in what was initially and erroneously believed to be a stolen vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers later learned the vehicle Shane Pedersen was driving had previously been stolen and then recovered, but not removed from law enforcement’s system as stolen, according to police. Pedersen was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

HOUSE FIRE TOLEDO

• Members of four fie departments responded to a residential structure fire around 11 a.m. yesterday at the 5500 block of Jackson Highway, according to Lewis County 911 Communications. Further details were not readily available.

SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

• A 23-year-old Centralia resident was arrested and brought before a judge yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court, charged with second-degree rape following an investigation that began in April when a 16-year-old girl reported he forced himself on her a few nights earlier when she and a friend met two guys at Schaeffer Park outside Centralia. When Juvencio E. Ayala Rodriguez was contacted by a deputy in August, he told the deputy he did not do anything inappropriate and the girl wanted it, according to charging documents. He was picked up on a warrant and booked into the Lewis County Jail on Tuesday. A judge yesterday afternoon ordered him held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

‘ESCORT’ MET ON BACKPAGE.COM BOOKED FOR ROBBERY

• A 26-year-old woman pleaded not guilty today for her alleged role in the robbery of a rural Chehalis man, who had invited her to his home after making contact on Backpage.com at the end of April. The victim was attacked, tied up and pistol whipped by two males who arrived after the woman did, according to court documents. The Pierce County men were arrested, charged, pleaded guilty and then sentenced to prison terms this summer. Among the valuables missing after his assailants left were his television and some checkbooks. Court documents indicate a deputy used the website the victim had first contacted her on, conducted a Google photo search and was able to locate a phone number associated with Toyleasha J. Greene, according to court documents. A warrant served on Greene’s mobile phone provider showed her phone was in Lewis County the night of the robbery, court documents relate. Greene was charged in Lewis County Superior Court in July with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and also with first-degree kidnapping. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Monday. Her bail is set at $100,000. Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke said his client pleaded not guilty this afternoon.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, protection order violation, hit and run, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street; complaint of more than 20 cars running a red light during  20-minute period at South Market Boulevard and Second Street in Chehalis  … and more among 128 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: Bad bills with pink markings circulating in Centralia

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 4:41 pm
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Detective shares images of phony cash. / Courtesy Centralia Police Department.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police are trying to track down the source of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at local businesses, with tell-tale markings of Chinese or Asian symbols printed on them in pink or red ink.

Police detective Patty Finch is asking anyone who accepts a suspicious looking bill to call the police immediately to help them identify the person or person’s using them.

“Although we have only received reports of $100 bills being passed, it is our understanding that there may be other denominations circulating,” Finch said in a news release today.

The detective advises the public to inspect bills before accepting them, especially in light of approaching holidays, and presumably the increased spending that means.

Anyone who has any information on this is asked to please contact Finch at the Centralia Police Department.

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Backside of fake $100 bill. / Courtesy Centralia Police Department.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 10:51 am
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Updated at 3:55 p.m.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• A deputy responded yesterday to a report of a residential burglary at the 5000 block of state Route 6 west of Chehalis. A list of missing property is being compiled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened sometime since Oct. 20, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Chehalis police called just after 1 p.m. yesterday about a possible break-in at the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard are investigating the incident, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BREAK-IN RANDLE

• A 21-year-old Eatonville resident who had asked a motel operator to use a telephone and subsequently found inside one of the rooms was arrested yesterday. A window screen had been damaged, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 911 call came abut 6:45 a.m. yesterday from the 10000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Randle, according to the sheriff’s office. Jefferson A. Allen was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, but prosecutors today declined to file the felony charge, instead scheduling Allen to be seen in Lewis County District Court for a possible trespassing charge.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 7:30 a.m. yesterday for a report of a theft of a city light meter from a vacant house at the 1100 block of Alder Street.

STOLEN GUN RECOVERED FROM CITIZEN

• A Centralia resident who recently discovered the firearm he bought four to five years ago at a gun show at the fairgrounds on North National Avenue was stolen, contacted Chehalis police yesterday to turn in the weapon. The 54-year-old had attempted to trade in the Ruger handgun at a business, was advised to contact the the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, which in turn told him to get in touch with Chehalis police, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A department spokesperson said she wasn’t sure who the owner is.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to the 1600 block of Grand Avenue in Centralia just after 9 o’clock yesterday about a vehicle prowl. A purse was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Climbing gear and tow straps were stolen from the bed of a truck at the 1300 block of Central Boulevard in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

VANDALISM

• An officer was called about 9:45 a.m. yesterday about someone breaking the headlight on a car at the 1200 block of Rhobina Street in Centralia.

SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

• A 19-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested and then charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree rape following an investigation that began with a 17-year-old girl’s mother calling the Chehalis Police Department last month. The pregnant girl initially told an officer she was his girlfriend, they’d been dating about five months and the relationship was consensual, according to court documents. The following day however, the mother and daughter went to the police department and the 17-year-old said Santiago Fernando had grabbed her and held her down while he had sex with her about five months earlier, according to the documents. She said she hadn’t told her parents because she was afraid of him, according to court documents. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail under the name Fernando Santiago and when he went before a judge yesterday afternoon, was allowed release on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 27-year-old woman who appeared yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court in response to a summons that notified her she was charged with first-degree theft from public assistance was allowed release on a $10,000 unsecured bond. The state Department of Social and Health Services alleges Rachel R. Robidoux collected $6,854 in cash and food assistance more than she ought to have, as she claimed her child was still living with her but actually moved away from the home where the two were staying in about September 2011, where the child still lives and is cared for by another woman, according to court documents. Robidoux is described as transient in court documents, but prosecutors sent the summons to addresses in Tenino and Chehalis. The documents don’t indicate the relationship between Robidoux and the woman who told an investigator she has been raising the boy as her own.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 34-year-old Tumwater woman was injured but her 1-year-old passenger was unhurt when she lost control of her car on Interstate 5 in Olympia this morning, which was then struck by a 2008 Grove crane semi truck driven by a Rochester man. Wilber G. Woody, 54, from Rochester, was also unhurt, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called about 6:20 a.m. to the northbound lanes near milepost 107 learned a blue semi dump truck hit the woman’s Honda Accord, causing her to lose control, according to the state patrol. The dump truck continued on, the investigating trooper reports. Angela M. Rowland was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with unspecified injuries, according to the patrol. Her car was described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrant, protection order violation, misdemeanor  assault; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, fourth-degree assault, suicide threat, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street  … and more among 119 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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm
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Updated at 6:40 p.m.

GUN CRIME

• A 57-year-old Toledo man was arrested yesterday for allegedly pointing a shotgun at a family member the day before during an argument at the 600 block of Evans Road in Toledo. The 53-year-old victim told a deputy Mark J. Johnson made a comment like he should kill her before replacing the gun in the corner of  the room, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The two had been drinking, according to the sheriff’s office. Johnson was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

MORE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

• A 38-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for second-degree assault after allegedly lifting a 35-year-old family member off the ground by her throat on Sunday. Deputies responding to the 3600 block of Kristam Place in Centralia booked Michael A. Hutson into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 20-year-old from Estacada, Oregon was arrested after allegedly arriving  unexpected to his former girlfriend’s recreational vehicle at the 1000 block of Gore Road in Onalaska on Sunday afternoon, engaging in a physical altercation with her and 24-year-old man and then holding her for a short time against her will. Christopher N. Smith was was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary and unlawful imprisonment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

TEEN SICKENED BY MARIJUANA

• Centralia police are investigating after a 17-year-old girl said she was dropped off on a street corner when she became ill yesterday from marijuana laced with an unknown substance. The teen was in medical distress when contacted by an officer just before 4 p.m. at Reynolds and Harrison avenues, according to the Centralia Police Department. The person who gave her the marijuana is the person who left her there, according to police. She was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and the case is being investigated, according to police.

BURGLARY

• Police were called about 3:25 p.m. yesterday for a residential burglary at the 3000 block of South Diamond Street in Centralia. A television was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called yesterday morning to the 700 block of Main Street in Vader about an overnight burglary to an unlocked garage in which a 35-gallon air compressor was stolen. The black Craftsman compressor is about four feet tall with wheels and is valued at $250, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

GRINCH ALERT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday they are investigating the theft of 20 Noble Firs from a Christmas tree farm on the 200 block of Young Road in Mossyrock. The eight- to 10-foot tall evergreens vanished between 3 p.m. last Wednesday and 9 o’clock the following morning, according to the sheriff’s office.

POSSIBLE FRAUD

• Police were called on Friday afternoon to the 200 block of Sunset Drive in Mossyrock where an individual reported she was finding third-party checks being deposited into her checking account.

DRUGS

• A 53-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine yesterday when he was picked up on an outstanding warrant at the 700 block of Yew Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Steve E. Williams and  Bethia L. Williams, 53, also of Centralia, were both arrested for warrants and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND FROM MORTON

• Morton police reported yesterday that last Tuesday they took a report from the 700 block of Adams Avenue that teenage girls tried to take an individual’s walker and that someone had shaved the individual’s cat. The cat is missing, according to the Morton Police Department.

• Police responding to a report of an explosion about 6:40 p.m. on Friday at the 300 block of Knittle Way in Morton found pieces of pumpkin littering the street and noticed the smell of sulfur, according to the Morton Police Department.

SECRET SERVICE CASE

• Morton police got an anonymous call from Mossyrock last Thursday by a person who told them of Facebook posts in which someone stated Donald Trump should be assassinated.  The case was further investigated with the help of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office with no evidence of who the post was from, according to the Morton Police Department. The information was forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, barking neighbor dog  … and more among 139 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: Apartment arsons blamed on employee

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police say an apartment manager cut her own wrists and throat days after setting two fires at the complex where she works in Centralia and has confessed.

Kathrin L. Turner, 44, is still under medical care for the life-threatening injuries from last Sunday, at the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Officers and aid called just after 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 6, found Turner in the bathroom of a common area of the complex severe lacerations. A box cutter was found in the bathroom, police said.

The Wednesday and Thursday before, the fire department was called to suspicious fires at the apartments. The damage was minimal.

Centralia police today announced that the attempted arsons were solved with a confession, evidence and interviews in what they called a very intense investigation. They determined the fires were set by the employee, according to a news release.

The statement distributed by detective Sgt. Carl Buster with detective John Panco’s name on it, indicates the investigation is complete and the case has been forwarded to prosecutors for charging.
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For background, read “News brief: Detectives not seeking any assailant for apartment incident with box cutter” from Wednesday November 9, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 4:32 pm
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ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police chased three suspects in a black Honda suspected of shoplifting at the 1300 block of Lum Road up Interstate 5 until the driver of the fleeing vehicle began to drive in such an unsafe manner that it was deemed necessary to discontinue the pursuit on Saturday morning. It tuned out the license plates on the car were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police arrested a 18-year-old Centralia resident for driving under the influence after he ran in to two parked vehicles at the 300 block of South Market Boulevard about 6 a.m. on Saturday. Cristian Ramirez-Dado was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A pair of Rochester residents were arrested for third-degree theft on Saturday after they allegedly shoplifted a $399 drill set from Home Depot in Chehalis, were chased by civilians in a pickup truck and ended up wrecking near Rice and Rogers road just before 1 p.m. on Saturday. Police were told the suspects threw the loot into the river, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Cody D. McAdam, 25, and James M. Hamilton, were cited and then released pending a court date, according to police.

TRESPASSING

• Police were called about 9:50 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia where sometime during the night someone entered unlawfully and rummaged around. Nothing was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

EXPOSED

• Ryan L. Patterson, 36, of Chehalis was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for indecent exposure after he was allegedly witnessed flashing his genitalia on the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 12:20 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FUNNY MONEY

• Chehalis police were called to a coffee stand on Northwest Arkansas Way about 6:25 p.m. on Thursday after they had accepted a counterfeit $50 bill from a customer. It was placed into evidence, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 9:30 p.m. yesterday to the 2400 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia for a vehicle prowl in which a male suspect was seen running from the scene. A cell phone was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called for a vehicle prowl about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue.

• A car stereo was reported stolen from a vehicle at the 200 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia at about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

• Police were called about 12:15 p.m. on Saturday for a vehicle prowl on the 700 block of Allen Avenue in Centralia. A Cannon Rebel T5i camera was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant,  misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for  dispute, civil issue, hit and run, harassment, unfounded report, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 237 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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News brief: Centralia home catches fire, two hospitalized

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 2:31 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital this morning after a house fire on the 800 block of J Street in Centralia.

Firefighters called at 6:45 a.m. arrived to find smoke issuing from the house and then flames in the living area of the home, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Two individuals had escaped prior to the crew’s arrival and were transported by ambulance to to be evaluated for possible smoke inhalation injuries, according to Chief Mike Kytta.

The home has extensive smoke damage throughout and two rooms were heavily burned, according to Kytta. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

The occupants were displaced due to the fire and are receiving assistance from our local American Red Cross representatives, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

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News brief: Centralia officers investigate shot fired at car

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

Updated at 4:48 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A woman reported her vehicle was shot at after a confrontation with a group of males on a Centralia street last night.

Police were called just before 8 p.m. about the incident near Long and Brotherson roads, according to the Centralia Police Department.

There are no reports anyone was injured.

Police were told she was driving down Long Road when a group of males blocked her path, that she honked at them and when she drove around, something was thrown at her vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The 20-year-old Centralia woman drove back by them a second time to get descriptions for police when someone pulled out a handgun and shot at her vehicle, according to police.

The males fled on foot down Brotherson Road and were not located as of this morning, according to police.

Officers could find no bullet hole or holes in the car, according to police.

Police have leads to follow up on and the case is still under investigation, according to Sgt. Jim Shannon.