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Flashlight at Centralia arson scene incriminates ex-husband

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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James R. Johnson appears before a Lewis County Superior Court judge for a bail hearing.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A judge ordered bail set at $100,000 for a retired logger accused of a starting a fire at the house where his ex-wife and best friend were sleeping.

James R. Johnson, 65, was arrested near his rural Chehalis home this week for the June 1 blaze that heavily damaged the home on the 900 block of B Street in Centralia.

Police were suspicious of Johnson from beginning, according to charging documents.

Clint Brown said he awoke to the smoke alarm and when he opened his back door, he saw flames and smelled a very strong odor of gasoline. He closed the door, woke up Tamara Johnson who’d just recently moved in with him, and they got out uninjured.

Police were told James Johnson had been at the home just three days earlier, kicking on the door, making threats and demanding to speak with his ex-wife.

Officers visited his home and while he claimed he had not gone anywhere all night, the engine on a Chevrolet Aveo there was still warm, charging documents state.

He told the officer he and Tamara Johnson had been divorced since the 1990s, but retained and on-again off-again relationship that had ended a week before, according to the documents.

Police were told by his daughter he was upset about his ex-wife dating his friend, and he had been threatening to hurt himself.

A flashlight found at the scene was finger printed and tested, and late last month, Centralia Police Department detectives were notified it carried a DNA profile that matched James Johnson’s, according to the documents.

Johnson was charged yesterday with one count of first-degree arson.

He was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon, outfitted in red jail garb, handcuffed and shackled at his wrists and ankles.

Preliminary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke requested just $20,000 bail, noting the defendant owned Jim Johnson Logging for 25 years, has 12 grandchildren and his felony history is a quarter century old.

“He has very strong ties to the community, he’s known about the allegations since June,” O’Rourke told the judge in an attempt to show how unlikely a flight risk he would be.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain noted Johnson had previous federal convictions for passport fraud and conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey sided with McClain out of concern for public safety.

As the bail hearing moved to the question of any orders of no contact orders, O’Rourke told the judge her temporary client and his ex-wife, whom he’s known for 38 years, are together again.

“Since this allegation, he has reconciled with the alleged victim,” O’Rourke told the judge. “They’re living together.”

Judge Brosey said he didn’t care, and issued a no contact order between the two.

James Johnson has retained defense attorney Shane O’Rourke.

His arraignment is scheduled for next Thursday.
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For background, read “Breaking news: Ex-husband jailed for arson, in Centralia house fire” from Wednesday December 3, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10:01 am

Updated

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: BURGLARY SOLVED WITH SECURITY IMAGES

•  Jefferey A. Petrich, 36, of Centralia, already in jail from an incident earlier this week at the 700 block of Salzer Valley Road in Centralia, has now been arrested for an August break-in at another Centralia home, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning. Images from a neighbor’s surveillance camera at the 100 block of Tri-Mountain Lane showed a male and Petrich’s vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. Missing in that case was an estimated $500 worth of jewelry, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A Winlock resident was arrested yesterday for child molestation after a teenage girl told a friend who told a teacher about something that occurred when she was 9 years old. Centralia police, notified earlier this year, interviewed the now 15-year-old with her mother and then yesterday arrested Dustin L. West in Chehalis, according to authorities. Charging documents state the detective was told the girl’s step-father had a friend over one night who was sleeping or watching television in the living room while everyone else was asleep. The girl said she told West she wasn’t feeling well, and her parents’ bedroom door was locked, so she laid down on the couch with him, where he groped inside her pants and put her hand inside his pants, the documents state.  West, 27, was charged today with first-degree child molestation and remains held in the Lewis County Jail on $100,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

COLLISIONS

• Nobody was injured when the driver of a Toyota Prius rear-ended the city of Chehalis animal control officer’s vehicle yesterday morning. The officer was stopped for traffic at State Street and making a right turn onto Chamber of Commerce Way, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Three patients were hospitalized after a glancing near head-on collision on Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound yesterday afternoon. Firefighters called about 2:50 p.m. to the scene in front of the Great Wolf Lodge treated one man and two women from a pair of mini vans and transported them to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants,  obstructing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for harassment, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

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Defendants in Vader toddler death case postpone arraignments again

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Vader couple charged in the October death of a toddler they were caring for didn’t get arraigned today as expected but did appear before a judge briefly this afternoon.

Danny A. Wing, 26, and Brenda A. Wing, 27, were arrested early last month and remain in Lewis County Jail on bails set at $500,000 and $200,000 respectively.

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Brenda A. Wing

It appears unsettled who will be their lawyers.

The couple were represented at their Nov. 10 bail hearing by two lawyers retained in anticipation of possible charges after three-year-old Jasper Henderling-Warner died from what the coroner called chronic battered child syndrome.

The attorneys had asked to delay the hearing where they would make their pleas until today – to see if arrangements could be made about legal representation on the criminal charges – , but this afternoon, those proceedings were postponed again.

Brenda Wing told the judge she will be represented by Seattle-based attorney John Crowley, but it was taking a bit of time for her parents to work out the money to retain him.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey agreed to wait one week.

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Danny A. Wing

Danny Wing was joined this afternoon by Vancouver-based lawyer Todd Pascoe.

Pascoe asked the judge to set over his client’s arraignment one week, in part because the wife’s was rescheduled and also because of a rules of professional conduct issue.

When Danny Wing blurted out his lawyer was set up by his wife’s family, Pascoe asked him to stay quiet.

Judge Brosey queried Danny Wing, to ensure he was satisfied with waiting until next Thursday afternoon. He said he was.

The Wings are each charged as either the principal or accomplice with homicide by abuse or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter.

The coroner concluded from healing fractures, numerous bruises and an autopsy Jasper died from ongoing physical abuse.
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For background, read “Defendants in Vader toddler death case want out of jail until trial” from Monday November 10, 2014, here

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News brief: Two trucks tangle in Pacific County

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm
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The driver of the log truck escaped with minor injuries. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A truck driver from Mineral was uninjured when a log truck struck the concrete bridge beam he was hauling in Raymond this morning.

Steven J. Douglas, 61, of Mineral, was driving a Kenworth, with an oversized load – a 100-foot-long beam – south on state Route 101 and turned east onto state Route 6 just before 7:30 a.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.

Douglas hadn’t yet cleared the intersection when a northbound loaded log truck collided with him, according to the state patrol.

The driver of the 2007 Western log truck, 37-year-old Scott J. Leopard of Montesano, escaped with minor injuries, according to the state patrol.

The intersection was fully blocked for more than three hours. The collision is under investigation.

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News brief: Morton police officer on life support

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Morton Police Officer Perry Royle suffered a life-threatening medical event while on duty Tuesday night and is on life support.

The police department issued a news release today, saying the 54-year-old officer was able to summon help for himself, but lost consciousness shortly after reaching the hospital.

He was first taken to Morton General Hospital and then to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to Police Clerk Michelle Matchett.

Chief Dan Mortensen spent yesterday with Royle and his family at the hospital, awaiting news on his longtime friend and comrade, according to Matchett.

Royle has been with the department since 2002, and is Mortensen’s only officer.

The chief is headed back to Harborview this afternoon.

“He’s a very good family man, loves to hunt and fish,” Mortensen said. “He’s a good member of the community and always willing to step up when needed.”

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Mary’s Corner Deli and Espresso fire remains under investigation

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It’s too early to tell what ignited a fire that claimed two businesses at Marys Corner south of Chehalis on Tuesday night, according to Fire Investigator Jay Birley.

Birley responded that night, took photos and looked through the scene, but planned to return today, he said.

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Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014

Crews from five fire departments battled the blaze on U.S. Highway 12 at Jackson Highway, a fire that caused heavy damage to the building.

Liz Hill, owner of Mary’s Corner Deli, said she had just closed up shortly after 7 p.m., and went back inside while her car warmed up.

“There was this pop,” Hill said. “I thought somebody was in the back room, and I went back there and saw the wall was on fire.”

Hill said she filled a bucket with water, but quickly realized she needed to get out, and call 911.

“The deli’s completely gone, I lost everything,” she said yesterday. “I’m still in shock, I still can’t believe it happened.”

The Ethel resident opened her doors almost three years ago, with deli sandwiches and take-and-bake pizza. Before that, she’d been helping the building owner with her coffee shop there.

Mary’s Corner Espresso has served customers there for five years.

AeCha Jackins yesterday too was very sad for her loss, but feeling gratitude for the firefighters who tried to save the structure, and for the customers who arrived and comforted her at the scene.

They’ve become friends, she said.

“Nice people around there, I love to be there,” Jackins said. “I’m so thankful nobody hurt; that’s the most blessed thing.”

Jackins and her husband, who live in Rochester, purchased the building about 15 years ago. They and Hill both carried insurance.

Lewis County Fire District 5 Firefighter Maria Kennedy who was first on the scene described the worst of the fire in the back of the building. Hill said the room in back was used for storage.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire out of the coffee shop portion, but it sustained smoke and water damage, according to Kennedy.

Hill, who leased her space, said she really wants to re-open.

“I loved my little business,” she said.

Jackins was even more certain she would work to make sure she could serve her customers once again.

“I am going to come back, as strong as ever,” Jackins said. “I am going to rebuild.”

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For background, read “Mary’s Corner Deli burns”, from Wednesday December 3, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 2 p.m. yesterday to an apartment on the 100 block of South Silver Street regarding the theft of items including coins and jewelry. The case remains under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 26-year-old client at a Chehalis drug and alcohol treatment facility was arrested last night after someone reported smelling heroin in a hallway. The individual was found in a restroom with suspected heroin and a pen fashioned into a smoking device, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer responding to the approximately 9:30 p.m. call from ABHS on the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue booked Gregory M. Temple, of Auburn, into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, according to police.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• The Vader couple charged in the October death of a toddler they were caring for are scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon to make their pleas. Danny A. Wing, 26, and Brenda A. Wing, 27, had a bail hearing after their arrest last month, but waived their rights for a timely arraignment so arrangements could be made for legal representation. Three-year-old Jasper Henderling-Warner died from what the coroner called chronic battered child syndrome. Three of the Wings’ own children were taken into the custody of Child Protective Services after the Oct. 5 death. The Wings are each charged as either the principal or accomplice with homicide by abuse or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter. Charging documents describe the child’s injuries, but offer no details of how the little boy got the injuries. The Wings gave detectives conflicting accounts of his final weekend. The couple remains held in the Lewis County Jail on high bail and are set to see Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey at 3 p.m. today in Chehalis.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants,  obstructing, trespassing, protection order violation, driving without a license; responses for alarm, disputes, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

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Breaking news: Ex-husband jailed for arson, in Centralia house fire

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Updated at 7:15 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A rural Chehalis resident was arrested today, suspected of setting a middle-of-the-night fire at his ex-wife’s house.

A man and woman escaped uninjured from the June 1 blaze that pretty much destroyed the home on the 900 block of B Street in Centralia.

Fire investigators learned an accelerant was used and determined there was animosity between the occupants, and her ex-husband James Johnson, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said a crime lab analysis of an item believed to have been left at the scene by Johnson revealed a DNA profile that matched him.

“Based on the DNA evidence and other corroborating circumstances, CPD detectives determined there was probable cause to believe Johnson was responsible for setting the fire,” Fitzgerald stated in a news release.

He declined to say what the item was.

When the fire was discovered, the garage was already fully involved, and it traveled through a carport and to the house, Fitzgerald said. Firefighters at the time said the man got up to use the restroom, smelled smoke and as he opened the back door, flames kind of licked at him.

Today at about 12:45 p.m., detectives found Johnson driving near his home south of Chehalis, and arrested him for two counts of first-degree arson. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.
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For background, read “Centralia house fire displaces two” from Sunday June 1, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

Updated at 7:45 p.m.

HOSPITAL ASSAULT

• A 35-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested yesterday evening after she allegedly punched a nurse at Providence Centralia Hospital. An officer called just after 6 p.m. arrested Judith M. Fenning for third-degree assault and booked her into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. A department spokesperson said he thought Fenning was a patient, but wasn’t sure of the details that led to her upset.

BREAK-IN DOOR OF HOME

• Video surveillance images led to an arrest yesterday after someone damaged a door at a home on the 700 block of Salzer Valley Road in Centralia. A deputy called to the residence after the victim arrived home found footprints in the snow and saw security images of a red sedan, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation led to the boyfriend of the car’s owner, who was located working on the car on Nix Lane, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy recognized Jefferey A. Petrich as the person in the video, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Petrich was arrested for malicious mischief and residential burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Brown. Nothing was stolen but the damage amounted to about $400, Brown said.

BROKEN WINDOW AT HOTEL

• A deputy was called to the Packwood Inn about 11:30 p.m. last night where the manager said she heard glass breaking and discovered someone had busted out the front door window. The repairs at the business on the 13000 block of U.S. Highway 12 will cost about $900, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRIVING MISHAP

• Nobody was hurt when a 101-year-old driver ran into a building yesterday on the 2500 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis. Detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said he understood the damage at Dels Farm Supply was not too severe.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 9:30 a.m. yesterday regarding someone throwing a rock through a back window of a business on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue during the night.

BARN FIRE OAKVILLE

• Five fire departments battled a barn fire in Oakville last night and managed to save structures just  few feet away on either side. Grays Harbor County Fire District 1 responded about 11 p.m. to the blaze on the 1500 block of South Bank Road found the barn fully engulfed in flames, according to Firefighter Shawn Burdett. The nearest fire hydrant was a 12 mile round trip which required them to request mutual aid from others, including Riverside Fire Authority, according to Burdett. A county crew assisted by laying sand on the roads which began to ice up, Burdett said. No cattle were injured. The 50-foot by 90-foot barn was a total loss.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, shoplifting, hit and run, counterfeit bill … and more.

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The 1500 block of South Bank Road. / Courtesy photo by Grays Harbor County Fire District 1

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Mary’s Corner Deli burns

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9:29 am
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Crews from five departments converge on Mary’s Corner south of Chehalis. / Courtesy photo byTiffany Dolin

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A deli and pizza business south of Chehalis sustained heavy fire and smoke damage last night, but nobody was injured.

Flames were reported by a woman in the building to 911 about 7:40 p.m. and she confirmed everyone evacuated the business on U.S. Highway 12 at Jackson Highway, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

“As far as I know, it wasn’t open,” Firefighter Maria Kennedy said. “I don’t know if there were other people with her or not.”

Responding crews could see a column of smoke when they turned the corner at Koontz Road, a mile away, Kennedy said. When they arrived, flames were rising from the roof of Mary’s Corner Deli she said.

Kennedy said they focused on the back part of the building from the exterior at first, trying to keep the fire from extending into the coffee shop portion in the front.

Firefighters from Toledo, Winlock, Salkum and rural Chehalis assisted, she said.

There’s no fire hydrants in the area so they shuttled water in tenders, she said.

Firefighters finished up about midnight, but continued a fire watch through the night to make sure nothing rekindled, according to Kennedy.

A fire investigator came to the scene and is investigating the cause.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm

HARASSMENT

• A 23-year-old homeless man was arrested overnight for allegedly threatening to kill two workers at the shelter on the 400 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. Officers called just before 1 a.m. booked Jacob M. Goble into the Lewis County Jail for one count of harassment, according to the Centralia Police Department. Just one count because only one of the two men felt threatened, according to Officer Patty Finch.

STOLEN CAR

• Deputies are looking for a 39-year-old Ethel resident after the discovery of a 2001 Honda CRV which was missing many parts yesterday at the 1200 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel. The sheriff’s office was called yesterday by the woman who owns the property who said she’d given permission to the subject to use the property although not to store vehicles on, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She said it appeared someone was chopping up a car there and deputies investigated, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The suspect could not be located and the case is being referred to prosecutors for a charge of first-degree possession of stolen property, according to Brown.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 7:25 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 1500 block of North National Avenue where the victim’s truck had been in impound. Missing were various personal items including clothing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 9 a.m. yesterday at the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue of a vehicle egged and a window broken. Within the hour were reports of windows broken from someone throwing rocks at the 1100 block of West First Street and the 700 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISIONS

• Centralia police say only a minor injury was sustained when a vehicle struck a utility pole at Reynolds Avenue and Lum Road at approximately 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

• A motorist was uninjured when he hit a spot of ice, spun around and struck the center barrier on Interstate 5 in Centralia yesterday morning. Firefighters responding about 7:30 a.m. to the northbound lanes near Harrison Avenue found the Chevrolet Blazer on its side and some of the barrier pushed into the southbound lanes, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, failure to transfer vehicle title; responses for disputes, misdemeanor theft, suspicious person, loud neighbor party … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone stole two large sheets of stainless steel being stored in the parking lot area of a Chehalis business, valued at about $3,600. A deputy called to Mohawk Industries on the 200 block of Downie Road on Wednesday learned the items vanished sometime during the previous four days, according to the sheriff’s office. One piece was circular and 76 inches in diameter and other was 80 inches by 100 inches, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone broke into an office building at the 1500 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis and attempted to break into a safe. It happened sometime between last Tuesday and the following day, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Damage to the safe and a window is estimated at $750.

PHONE CALL ISSUES

• Chehalis police were contacted on Friday regarding a suspected telephone scam involving someone purporting to be from the IRS. It was the typical threat the woman would be arrested if she didn’t pay up, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. The IRS doesn’t operate that way, Wilson said.

• Chehalis police took a report from the Lewis County Assessor’s Office that an individual on the phone who was upset suggested someone needed to get a gun and shoot the employees there. They just wanted police to be aware of it, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said of the report from last Wednesday morning.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: CHAINSAW THEFT SOLVED

• A 47-year-old Mineral man who learned he was facing possible charges in connection with a Winlock burglary broke out of the Nisqually Jail because he didn’t want to be brought back to Lewis County, the sheriff’s office reported this morning. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said a week ago on Sunday, a deputy went to interview the suspect in jail about the early November theft of two chainsaws and a winch from a metal building on the 400 block of state Route 505. A few hours later, deputies got a call from Thurston County dispatchers who said Tim C. Saterdal had escaped, and was last seen scaling a fence and running off into the woods, Brown said. He was subsequently located, with severe lacerations and other injuries, and told authorities he’d left because he didn’t want to come back to Lewis County, she said. The case involving Saterdal and the stolen equipment from Winlock is being referred to prosecutors for possible charges of second-degree theft and second-degree burglary. Brown said the reason he was arrested on Nov. 10 and locked up in the Nisqually Public Safety Correctional Facility, was a police officer in Roy was responding to a fire call, and Saterdal thinking he was getting pulled over drove recklessly to get away.

COLLISIONS

• A 30-year-old Toledo man was arrested on Friday night for reporting his Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen, after deputies concluded he had been the one driving it when it wrecked earlier on the 300 block of Leonard Road in Onalaska. Sean D. Leonard was booked into the Lewis County Jail for making a false statement to a public servant, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle sustained major damage but Leonard didn’t seem to have any injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A young woman was hospitalized with back pain after the car in which she was a passenger left Interstate 5 south of K-Mart in Chehalis, crossed over Northwest Louisiana Avenue and crashed through the fence surrounding the Chehalis-Centralia Airport on Thursday afternoon, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, harassment, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation, counterfeit $20 bills, parking lot fender benders, wrecks on county roads … and more.

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News brief: Centralia resident arrested after stabbing in Lacey

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Lacey resident trying to break up a fight between two individuals at his home during a party was stabbed, and a Centralia man is in custody.

Police responding about 12:40 a.m. yesterday to the residence contacted the suspect as he was leaving in a vehicle, according to the Lacey Police Department.

Twenty-year-old Stuart A. Acosta of Centralia was arrested for second-degree assault, detective Sgt. Terence Brimmer said.

The incident is still under investigation, Brimmer said, but it seemed as though a group of people showed up the homeowner was unfamiliar with and two of them got into a fight. One of the two was Acosta, he said.

The homeowner, also in his early 20s, stepped in between them and was stabbed in his lower abdomen, Brimmer said.

He said he wasn’t sure how seriously the victim was injured.

“As far as his medical status, I don’t know,” Brimmer said. “He was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital.”

Acosta was booked into the Thurston County Jail, he said.

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Sheriff’s Office: Randle man attacked by teen with taser

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Randle teenager is locked up after a dispute with his neighbor last night in which he reportedly went to the door with a stun gun and zapped the neighbor in the face when he answered.

Deputies called to the 100 block of Morris Road just before 7 p.m. were told the two had been arguing earlier and the 17-year-old threatened the 50-year-old man with the stun gun, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The man chased the boy away with an axe, according to the sheriff’s office.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said it wasn’t yet clear to her what the disagreement was about.

Brown said she understood the 17-year-old later went to the neighbor’s door and when the 50-year-old opened the door, he was shocked in the face. The boy pushed the man into the residence, continuing to shock him and began to stab him with what was described as a blunt metallic object.

The two fought and the older man was able to gain control of the situation, Brown said. The 17-year-old was later located and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, she said.

The injuries are not severe, according to Brown. The victim is missing a tooth and sustained several scrapes from the metallic object, she said.

The teen had a bloody nose and a cut on his forehead, she said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 9:40 a.m. yesterday to the 2400 block of Ford Prairie Avenue regarding damage to a residence and property. A possible suspect was identified, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THOSE CENTRALIA COPS ARE SO FUNNY

• The Centralia Police Department is hosting its first ever 5K Ugly Sweater Fun Run next month, an event in which participants don’t necessarily need to be able to run, jog or even walk fast. Judges throughout the crowd will pick out the ugliest sweater, awarding the wearer of the winning garment a scenic Seattle flight for two on Kenmore Air plus a $50 dinner credit for two in Seattle. All proceeds will support Lewis County Special Olympics athletes. It takes place on Saturday Dec. 13 at 5 p.m., with registration starting at 3 p.m. at Washington Park on South Pearl and Main street in Centralia. The entry fee of $30 includes a T-shirt. Entrants can pay $20 and forego the T-shirt. For those whose closets contain only pretty sweaters, but still want to support the cause, a Pluck-a-Duck Raffle will take place before the race. Purchase a rubber duck for $10, and if yours is the one plucked from the pool, you’ll get half the proceeds of the raffle. Registration forms are available on the Centralia Police Department Facebook page and at the office. Race day registration is available; however they cannot guarantee t-shirts. The department is currently looking for sponsors for the run. A $100 sponsor donation received by December 7 will guarantee a business name or logo on the back of the run t-shirt.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, driving under the influence … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

• Police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of East Locust Street in Centralia after a discovery someone had broken in and placed items by the door as though they were going to steal them.

FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning from an individual on the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue who said someone accessed her credit card account and stole money, from a location in Canada.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning from an individual on the 800 block of Park Way who told them he discovered the unauthorized use of his account number to make an online purchase.

SLEEPING DRIVER

• An officer responded to to the 500 block of Hamilton Avenue in Centralia about 12:05 a.m. yesterday after a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle parked in front of his driveway. Thirty-seven-year-old Ernesto Monrroy-Hernandez was found passed out in his vehicle and was arrested for being being in physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, according to the Centralia Police Department. Monrroy-Hernandez was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

WRECKS

• Centralia police responded about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to a vehicle into a ditch on the 700 block of North Gold Street. The cause was driving too fast for conditions, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 28-year-old Chehalis resident was ticketed for following too closely after he ran his Chevrolet Impala into the rear of a Buick LaSabre, which was shoved into the back of a Toyota Camry on Interstate 5 in Chehalis this afternoon. Troopers and aid called about 2:30 p.m. to the northbound lanes near the Main Street onramp found Brandon R. Durham, 28, Chehalis, was not injured, nor was the driver of the Camry. The 58-year-old woman from Edmonds driving the LaSabre was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with a neck injury, according to responders. Her car was towed and the other two were able to be driven away from the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol. The state patrol blamed the incident on inattention.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, making a false statement to a public servant, driving with suspended license; responses for misdemeanor theft, collision on city street … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 11:17 am

Updated

SKOOK RIVER RUNNER GIVES UP

• A 19-year-old Centralia man was jailed last night after he ran from a traffic stop and swam across the Skookumchuck River in Centralia. Police say Ricky L. Blay Jr. gave up after getting too cold and nearly drowning. It began around 10:30 p.m. along the 700 block of Harrison Avenue and ended 15 or 20 minutes later on Denny Way, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said Blay was wanted for warrants, including for driving with a suspended license and fighting in public. He was arrested for obstructing, according to police.

UNLAWFUL SHOPPING

• Centralia police responding about 6:50 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of West High Street in connection with a shoplifting report ended up arresting three individuals from Burien for organized retail theft. At first the van took off with its headlights shut off but when it was located in another parking lot, officers found about a half dozen bags of stolen merchandise from multiple retailers, including Nike at the Centralia Outlets, according to the Centralia Police Department. They are suspected of targeting clothing stores along the Interstate 5 corridor, according to police. Arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail was Flavio C. Resendiz, 18, also for harassment (threat to kill officers), assault, resisting arrest and obstruction and minor in possession; and Christina A. Resendiz, 21, also for third-degree assault as she reportedly kicked an officer in the chest, malicious mischief as she reportedly kicked out the window of a police car, obstructing and resisting arrest. Booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center was the un-named juvenile male driver also for attempting to elude. The case involving a fourth participant, an un-named juvenile female was referred to prosecutors for the charge of organized retail theft, according to police.

BREAK-IN

• Centralia police took a report of a burglary yesterday morning from the 400 block of West Plum Street. Jewelry was taken sometime during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISIONS

• A 60-year-old Spokane man was arrested yesterday afternoon for hit and run as well as driving under the influence. Booked into the Lewis County Jail after the approximately 2 p.m. incident associated with the 100 block of North Tower Avenue was Ronald T. Chadwick, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A motorist from Bucoda was uninjured when he suffered some unspecified medical issue and collided with a light pole and a tree along the 300 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Police and aid responding about 2:40 p.m. to the crash found the front end of his car seriously damaged and the light pole laying on the street. He was not ticketed, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DEADLINE, SHOP WITH COP

• Tomorrow is the deadline to submit nominations of children who might benefit from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office annual Shop with a Cop event. On Dec. 18, deputies will take some 30 youngsters to Wal-Mart to shop for Christmas gifts for their family and then enjoy a pizza and present wrapping party afterward. The program seeks children ages 8 to 18 who live in Lewis County, with a financial need as well as a need for a positive interaction with law enforcement. Applications are available from the United Way website www.lewiscountyuw.com, at their office at 450 N.W. Pacific Avenue in Chehalis or by calling 748-8100. They are also available at the front counter of the sheriff’s office.

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 dispute, misdemeanor theft, collisions on city streets … and more.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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The scene outside Centralia City Hall on North Pearl Street. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

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Sheriff-elect Snaza will focus on schools, shedding emergency management function

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County Sheriff-elect Rob Snaza won’t be sworn in until Dec. 30, but is already busy planning for changes.

According to the results of the election certified and made official yesterday morning, Snaza took 77 percent of the vote. His opponent Brian Green garnered not-quite 23 percent.

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Sheriff-elect Rob Snaza

Snaza, the Napavine area Republican who’s worked at the sheriff’s office about two decades, met with the Lewis County Board of Commissioners before lunchtime, to discuss some of what will be different under his administration.

“Schools are huge, our number one emphasis in 2015,” Snaza said.

He spoke of deputies working more closely with students, and his plans for “active shooter” drills in school buildings.

Specifically, the reason for the meeting was to talk about the transition of the emergency management division out of the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Steve Mansfield is the director of emergency management, and will leave office at the end of the year.

“Some years ago, the board of county commissioners made the sheriff the head of that,” Lewis County Commissioner Lee Grose said. “The thinking has been, we should have a full time manager; and we’re looking for one now.”

The issue of schools came up as they spoke of logistics, and Snaza said he’d need that office space for a new special services sergeant, someone who would oversee a variety of programs.

Snaza told Commissioners Grose and Edna Fund he hoped next month to introduce to them his undersheriff, a captain with the Washington State Patrol he’s known for 20 years.

Snaza began attending the sheriff’s monthly meetings with county commissioners about the same time he was promoted from sergeant to undersheriff in early September.

His campaign for the top law enforcement job began in April of last year.

His only opponent, a musician in a band who ran as an independent and focused on preserving gun rights, took 5,144 votes in the Nov. 4 election. Snaza got 17,546 votes.

Snaza’s twin brother John Snaza was elected Thurston County sheriff in 2010.

Already the two of them have announced a joint event in which they will be “jailed” in a cell in the food court at Capital Mall in Olympia next month, and challenge the public to raise at least $20,000 by “bailing” them out.

The idea is to build awareness of the importance of mentoring
and to raise money to ensure more kids have consistent role models through Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Washington.

The benefits can be seen in the juvenile justice system, according to Sheriff John Snaza.

The average cost to incarcerate a juvenile for a nine to 12 month period is approximately $66,000 to $88,000, according to the Thurston County sheriff.

“Every day I see cases where a child without a trusted role- model wanders down a destructive path,” Sheriff John Snaza stated in a news release yesterday. “What a difference it would make if even one of these youth had a mentor,” continues Snaza.

The so-called “Big Bail Out” with the twin sheriffs will take place from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Dec. 2.

Also from the final results of the election:

• Centralia attorney Wade Samuelson was elected Lewis County District Court judge. He ran unopposed for the four-year term and replaces retiring Judge Michael Roewe. Ten-year veteran of the bench, Lewis County DIstrict Court Judge R.W. Buzzard was unopposed and secured another term.

• Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer, (R), unopposed, won a second four-year term.

• Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod, (R), also unopposed, won a second four-year term. McLeod says the board of commissioners have agreed to fund his position full time beginning next year, instead of the traditional part time.

• Lewis County Clerk Kathy Brack, (R), first elected in 2002, ran unopposed and won another four-year term.

• Arny Davis, (R), ran unopposed and will be the new Lewis County treasurer, replacing outgoing Rose Bowman.

• Larry Grove, (R), with 70 percent of the vote, beat Jennifer Slemp, (D), to become Lewis County auditor. Longtime Auditor Gary Zandell is retiring.

• Gary Stamper, (R), took 54 percent of the vote against Rich Bainbridge, (R), to become one of three members of the Lewis County Board of Commissioners, replacing Grose.

• The race for Lewis County assessor is so close, a required hand recount will be conducted on Monday. Incumbent Dianne Dorey, (R), has 10,691 votes, while Candy Hallom, (R), has 10,662.

See all the election results here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 11:21 am
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State Route 508, about five miles east of Interstate 5. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

WOMAN AIRLIFTED AFTER ROLLOVER CRASH ON SR 508

• A 51-year-old Onalaska woman is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at a Seattle hospital after a single-vehicle wreck on state Route 508 yesterday evening. Troopers and aid called about 5:40 p.m. to the scene near Gish Road found Donna Marker had been ejected from her car, a 2014 Ford Fusion that was described as totaled. She had been the only occupant in the vehicle, according to Lewis County Fire District 1. According to the Washington State Patrol, Marker was traveling eastbound when her car drifted into the opposite ditch, struck a power pole and rolled. Assistant Fire Chief Rhonda Volk said she understood the patient landed about 30 feet from the vehicle. Life flight was summoned because of suspected internal injuries, according to Volk. Marker was flown to Harbor Medical Center. The state patrol suspects alcohol or drugs were involved, according to the investigating trooper.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Someone broke into Balmelli Trucking just west of Chehalis and stole keys to all the vehicles as well as various tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.  It happened sometime between Monday and Tuesday at the 100 block of Heden Road, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown reports.

HIT AND RUN

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of River Heights Road northwest of Centralia where a vehicle appeared to have missed a corner and drove into a fence, trees and brush before turning around in a field and hitting more of the fence and then driving away. Damaged was approximately 40 feet of  wood rail fence, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A two-toned blue pickup truck was seen leaving the area, the sheriff’s office reports.

• Centralia police responded to a 1 p.m. call yesterday at the 1100 block of South Gold Street where a vehicle was said to have run into a business’s shrubbery and then drove away. It was described as a maroon colored Chevrolet Blazer, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A case involving a 17-year-old Chehalis boy is being referred to prosecutors for consideration of charges after his grandmother discovered suspected marijuana and pipes in his bedroom and called police yesterday morning.

CRIME STOPPERS

• Lewis County Crime Stoppers is looking for information about a burglary to a shop building on the 400 block of Hart Road near Winlock in which more than $6,500 worth of auto parts an other items were stolen. It happened sometime between Aug. 30 and Sept. 3, according to Crime Stoppers. Someone entered the building through a rollup door and made off with a 54-inch cut Troy-Bilt riding mower, a new red and black portable gas generator, two Ford radiators, two Motorcraft brand Ford Ranger bumpers, four TWW  18-inch tires-wheels as well as numerous other tires with wheels for Toyota, Ford and Dodge. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the clearance of crimes. Anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422 or information may be shared online at www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, failure to transfer vehicle title, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, windows broken, collisions on city streets … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

AUTO THEFT

• Reported stolen about 6:45 a.m. today from the 400 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia was a silver 2001 Honda Civic. The victim stated the keys were in the car and it was unlocked, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY

• A deputy took a report yesterday of a break-in to a residence on the 100 block of Crescent Beach Drive in Packwood that took place between Nov. 15 and last Tuesday in which various tools and a riding mower were stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called about 10 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Lum Road regarding a burglary to a garage. Various tools were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 8:50 a.m. yesterday of a gas-powered scooter stolen from the 1100 block of F Street.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue regarding more than $1,200 charges made on a credit card that shouldn’t have been made.

GUN OFFENSES

• Spencer R. Barney, 26, of Centralia, was arrested about 8:25 p.m. yesterday for an outstanding warrant and being a felon in possession of  firearm, according to the Centralia Police Department. Barney was contacted along the 200 block of East Summa Street and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 31-year-old Olympia resident was arrested about 2 o’clock this morning at the 1800 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia for driving under the influence and possession of a stolen gun. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Byron T. Bullard, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was released without charges pending further investigation.

ENGINE FIRE

• A fire that started in the engine compartment of a car in the parking lot at Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday evening is believed to have begun in the electrical system, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Firefighters called about 5:30 p.m. to the 900 block of South Schueber Road extinguished the flames that were confined to the 1994 Ford Thunderbird, according to Capt. Erik Olson. The car’s owner was present and said she’d had some electrical problems, according to Olson.

DRIVING OFFENSES

• Police say a 24-year-old Centralia man fled from them on a motorcycle yesterday traveling through yards and on the railroad tracks to evade capture. It happened around 1:20 p.m. in the area of Downing Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Ronald A. Yeager Jr., is wanted for felony eluding, according to police.

• A 29-year-old Kelso man was injured when his car left the roadway off Interstate 5 this morning near Napavine, crossing the offramp at Rush Road and coming to rest in a grassy field. Chad R. Fredricks was traveling southbound and attempting a lane change when he wrecked, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers responding  about 6:24 a.m. describe his Subaru Legacy as totaled. The investigating trooper blamed inattention and reports Fredricks was to be cited for second-degree negligent driving. He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, request for an officer to remove a house guest who’s worn out his welcome,  request for an officer to get an ex-girlfriend to stop calling … and more.