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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11:44 am
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Security image from Tuesday morning break-in south of Chehalis; tips being requested at (360) 748-9286 or www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org. / Courtesy Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Updated at 1:07 p.m.

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• A state Department of Corrections officer in the area to check on a client happened on a burglary yesterday morning outside Chehalis at the 100 block of Forest-Napavine Road East. Deputies responding about 10:30 a.m. learned the front door had been forced open and a window broken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The DOC officer saw a slender white male  with tattoos on both arms leaving the area with another male in an older Honda or Toyota passenger car, according to the sheriff’s office. It appeared some of the resident’s belongings had been piled up by the front door, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. The victim provided video that showed the intruder, according to Brown.

THEFT INVESTIGATION

• Chehalis police were called just before 10 a.m. yesterday about a theft at the 500 block of Northwest Quincy Place. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 1:15 p.m. yesterday about a theft of jewelry from the 900 block of South Scheuber Road. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two televisions were reported stolen yesterday from a home on the 1600 block of Sunset Way in Centralia. One of the residents is a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MAIL PROWL

• An officer was called about 2:20 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Kresky Avenue in Centralia where a check was reported stolen after it an empty envelope was located by a postman near a mailbox.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Harrison Avenue about a sports bag containing equipment stolen from a vehicle in a business parking lot.

OUTDOOR LIVING

• Chehalis police contacted several individuals about 3:30 p.m. yesterday on railroad property near the 600 block of West Main Street, at least some of whom were believed to be camping there. Kendra C. Comfort, 29, from Chehalis, reportedly became hostile and said she would not leave, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Because Comfort had previously been cited for trespassing there, she was arrested for second-degree trespassing and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, minor in possession-consumption of alcohol; responses for alarm, third-degree theft, hit and run, wandering Pomeranians, rocks left on porch with message, failure to return couch to rental business  … 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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News brief: Woman injured in state Route 6 crash

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:26 am
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Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

Updated at 12:05 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 41-year-old driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle last night after a single-vehicle wreck along state Route 6 about two miles west of Chehalis.

Troopers and aid called to the scene just before 11 p.m. found the sport utility vehicle was totaled.

Sarah D. Wilson, of Chehalis, had been traveling westbound when her Mazda Tribute left the roadway to the right, hit a tree, then crossed a driveway and hit another tree and then two parked cars, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Lewis County Fire District 6 reports nearby residents at the 1400 block of state Route 6 near Stearns Road said they came out right away and found the woman on the ground, partially beneath the front bumper, suggesting she may have been ejected. The state patrol reports she had been wearing a seat belt.

Fire department spokesperson DJ Hammer stated the patient suffered possibly life threatening injuries to her head and chest.

Wilson is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit this morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The collision is blamed on inattention, according to the state patrol. Wilson faces a charge of second-degree negligent driving, the investigating trooper reports.

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Hit and run charged after man ‘launched’ into the air by truck

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – While police arrested a 19-year-old Rochester resident for second-degree assault after he reportedly struck a pedestrian early yesterday morning at Taco Bell in Centralia, prosecutors today filed a charge instead of hit and run.

Hit and run is a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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Chase A. Deguise

Officers were called just before 2 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Belmont Avenue and stated later in the morning their investigation showed Chase A. Deguise intentionally struck a male with his truck. The Centralia Police Department continued to investigate.

Deguise was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Lewis County prosecutors wrote in court documents today that numerous witnesses were questioned and it appeared there was a dispute between Deguise and Kyle R. E. Morrison.

“During the dispute, Deguise drove his truck through the parking lot and struck Mr. Morrison, launching him in the air,” Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead wrote.

Morrison was found laying on the ground and was transported to the hospital with a laceration and bruising and may have a severe back injury, according to Halstead.

Deguise had driven home and didn’t contact law enforcement, charging documents state.

When he was contacted and questioned, he reportedly admitted knowing he’d hit the victim, according to Halstead.

Neither charging documents nor police gave any detail about the disagreement between the two.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh told a judge this afternoon when bail was addressed the defendant has no criminal convictions in his past, but does have two cases currently in municipal court.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke indicated Deguise grew up in Chehalis, lives with his grandparents in Rochester, is going to school and in the process of getting a job.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt set his bail at $5,000. An arraignment was scheduled for Thursday.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 9:20 am
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Updated at 1:28 p.m.

WALKING WOUNDED

• A 25-year-old man admitted he’d had too much to drink when responders answered a call from a clerk at Gee Cees Truck Stop that an individual was walking around with a scalp laceration so deep his skull was showing. The man told a sheriff’s deputy he’d been in a wreck and described where his vehicle could be found, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was rushed to the hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. His 1994 Ford Ranger was found along the 800 block of Jackson Highway South near Toledo, about 50 feet off the road and upside down, Brown said. The 911 call came about 3 a.m. on Sunday and the man is from Woodland, according to Brown. She said his injury was non-life threatening. Deputies don’t know for sure, but assume he walked from the scene of the collision to the truck stop, according to the sheriff’s office. Brown said he was not initially arrested for driving under the influence, as they are waiting for the results of a blood test to come back.

DRUGS

• Centralia police contacted a 27-year-old woman who crashed her bicycle on Harrison Avenue at Denny Way about 5:45 p.m. yesterday, learned she had an outstanding warrant, and subsequently found she was in possession of methamphetamine. Brittany R. Ross booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday regarding someone possibly smoking drugs in a parking lot at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street. Two individuals were contacted and both were issued citations for possession of marijuana under age 21, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Both are Chehalis residents and one is 20-year-old Isaac R. Kennedy and the other is a 17-year-old boy, according to police. A white substance located in a backpack associated with the teen will be tested and a possible charge could result after testing a department spokesperson said.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about a vehicle prowl about 8:35 a.m. yesterday at the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road. Taken were three large tool boxes full of tools, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances  … and more, among 143 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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Updated

HUNGRY BULLY BOOKED FOR ROBBERY

• Chehalis police were called about 2:35 p.m. yesterday after a stranger stole a 36-year-old Chehalis man’s lunchbox from his truck at a worksite, allegedly armed with a screwdriver and refused to give it back, saying, “If you touch me, I will kill you.” An officer responding to the area at Arkansas and Louisiana avenues found the suspect sitting near an RV eating the lunch, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The suspect initially refused to give his name and was arrested for first-degree robbery, felony harassment, third-degree theft, vehicle prowl and obstruction, according to police, He was subsequently identified as 34-year-old Robert Pickering, police said.

BULLY WITH TRUCK

• A 19-year-old Rochester resident who allegedly intentionally struck a pedestrian with his truck at the 1100 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia just before 2 o’clock this morning was arrested for second-degree assault. The victim was injured, according to police. Chase A. Deguise was  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE TASE SUSPECT

• A 43-year-old homeless person was arrested for a warrant and for possession of methamphetamine yesterday afternoon near the 700 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Peter D. Harris reportedly tried to flee from officers and a taser was used to subdue him, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into jail without further incident, according to police.

JEWELRY MISSING FROM ELDERLY WOMAN’S HAND

• Chehahlis police were called on Saturday when an individual reported someone took the wedding ring off their 78-year-old mother’s finger at the 1700 block of Southwest Armstrong Court. The victim has been diagnosed with memory issues and police are investigating, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The combined wedding and engagement ring has a one-third carat center stone with two square stones on each side, with the band portion holding six matching square stones, according to police.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a shed was burglarized at the 1900 block of Oakview Drive in Chehalis. Missing is a drill press, a band saw, a Sears generator and two antique planers, according to the sheriff’s office. The break-in occurred sometime during the past three weeks, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• A deputy was called about 6:50 p.m. on Sunday about a break-in to a former residence at the 1400 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia. Someone cut wires on a surveillance system at the house being renovated into a business space, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators have a person of interest based on a vehicle seen, according to the sheriff’s office.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police took a report of a red Toyota Celica stolen about 5:30 a.m. today from the 400 block of East Pine Street.

• Chehalis police were called to the 200 block of West Main Street on Friday to take a theft report related to a U-Haul moving van rented on May 22 and not yet returned.

FAKE MONEY

• Chehalis police were called to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue on Friday for a case related to counterfeit bills received during various transactions.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took two reports yesterday just after noon time of car prowls in which a window was broken out. At the 1100 block of West First Street, a purse was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department. At Rock and Pine street, a canvas tot bag was taken, police indicated.

DRUGS

• A 27-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and drugs after being contacted and found to have a warrant yesterday evening at the 500 block of South Market Street in Chehalis. Jeremy D. Barnes was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. In a backpack, an officer found a Glock pistol, pills and something with a brown residue, according to police.

• Police were called to Green Hill School on Southwest 11th Street on Saturday afternoon after a student-inmate was found in possession of marijuana.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were informed just after 11 p.m. yesterday that two females were seen spray painting graffiti on street signs at West Cherry and Rock streets. No arrests had been made as of this morning.

VERY ROUGH NIGHT

• Chehalis police were called just after 7:15 a.m. on Saturday after firefighters discovered a broken window and a man sleeping on the floor in one of the next door offices in their building on the 400 block of Northwest Park Street. The 25-year-old man from Sammamish said he’d been out the previous evening with some friends and didn’t recall how he got in there or anything else that occurred, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nichols P. Evanson was arrested for second-degree malicious mischief and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Other charges such as trespassing will be forwarded to prosecutors, a department spokesperson said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 38-year-old Winlock woman was arrested overnight after she allegedly struck a building with her vehicle at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and drove off. Police were called just after 2 a.m. When Amanda J. Gerrits was subsequently contacted at Love’s Truck Stop in the Napavine area, a deputy noted the odor of intoxicants and that she had been driving on three tires and one rim, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She said she knew she had wrecked, but had to get home, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Gerrits was arrested for hit and run, for driving under the influence and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 28-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested after a single-vehicle accident just before 2 a.m. on Saturday at the 600 block of Shorey Road outside Chehalis. The 1991 Ford Escort was totaled, but the driver Liberty A. Duncan declined treatment by responding medics, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Duncan was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, disorderly person, misdemeanor assault, slashed tires, suspicious circumstances  … 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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News brief: Centralia house catches fire

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 8:30 am
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House fire this morning in Centralia. / Courtesy photo

Updated at 10:17 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Nobody was hurt but an early morning fire in Centralia did substantial damage to a house in the 100 block of Clearview Heights.

Firefighters called about 3:30 a.m. were assisted by crews from Rochester, Chehalis and Lewis County Fire District 6.

Fire investigator Derrick Paul was among them. Paul said it started in the garage area, got into the attic and “basically burned the roof off.”

The first arriving crew found one side of the single-story home well-involved with flames, including an adjacent shed, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

All of the occupants were able to get outside safely, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert.

The cause is being investigated.

Paul investigated a house fire yesterday right across the street.

He said in that case it appeared a wire shorted out in the garage, igniting paper from the insulation on the ceiling.

“The owner caught it early on but it burned all the insulation in the garage,” he said. The damage was minimal.

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Crew puts water on roof of home. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority.

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Sirens : Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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DRUGS

• Centralia police called about 11:35 p.m. yesterday regarding a disturbance a the 500 block of West Pear Street contacted a 26-year-old woman who had an outstanding warrant and subsequently arrested her for possession of methamphetamine. Jennie B. Young, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone broke a car’s window and stole a purse at the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10 a.m. on Friday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police responded about 11:20 p.m. yesterday for a hit and run collision with two vehicles in the area of Harrison Avenue and Fords Prairie Avenue. Herbert Carbajal Ortega, 33 of Rochester, was arrested for driving under the influence as well as hit and run and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, harassment, hit and run, misdemeanor assault, malicious mischief, protection order violation, driving without license, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, firefighters get unexpected and sleepy early-morning visitor … and more, among 307 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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Target of Centralia drug-related search warrant relocated to Thurston County

Friday, July 8, 2016 at 8:11 pm
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Brandon M. Perrott faces a judge today charged with four counts of delivery of methamphetamine.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set at $25,000 for the suspect that drug detectives were looking for when they raided a south Centralia house yesterday.

Brandon M. Perrott, 33, however, had moved out the day before.

A search warrant was served at 7 a.m., at the 1000 block of South Tower Avenue by the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team with the assistance of the Lewis County Regional SWAT Team, the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team and personnel with the state Department of Corrections.

Several people were detained, but only three were arrested. Law enforcement officers made their fourth arrest when shortly afterward they found Perrott at his new home on Reeder Road outside Tenino near Maytown in Thurston County.

Perrott was wanted for allegedly four times since early May selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant from the Tower Avenue residence while he was living there with his girlfriend and her family.

Her mother Penny Martin was among those in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon when the arrestees were brought before a judge.

Martin said they’d suspected what Perrott was up to and told him to leave. She was distraught over the condition of her home, after law enforcement officers conducted their search.

“Every room the officers went through, they broke things,” she said. “They opened every dresser drawer, and threw them down the hallway.”

She still can’t find her car keys, Martin said, noting one pile left of her belongings was taller than her bed.

Authorities posted the house uninhabitable, attributing the move to numerous code violations found inside and outside. Martin said they were in the process of remodeling the house they are purchasing.

Martin’s husband was arrested as when asked, he told police he had a methamphetamine pipe in his bedroom and gave them consent to search, according to court documents. Police found two meth pipes with residue and baggies with meth.

They also found two guns – a Winchester Model 70 and a Savage Arms Model 111 – which he is prohibited from having because of prior felony convictions.

Patrick N. Martin, 50, was charged today with possession of methamphetamine and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $10,000.

Thirty-one-year-old Jennifer N. Morillon, who rents a room at the home told police she had drugs in her pocket and in her bedroom they found a digital scale and numerous plastic bags with residue. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Her bail was set with a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Penny Martin’s son, 28-year-old Spencer R. Barney, was also arrested as police found in his bedroom an Windham AR-15 rifle and a Springfield 22 rifle, according to court documents. He too has prior felonies, and was charged with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $10,000.

Perrott was charged with four counts of delivery of methamphetamine.

All four of the defendants are unemployed and qualified for court appointed lawyers, according to temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey was initially visibly perturbed when told the confidential informant involved has in the past been represented by all but two of the county’s contract defense attorneys. It would mean finding outside lawyers for the defendants to avoid conflicts, he said, raising his voice.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello then said he’d charged Martin, Morillon and Barney as co-defendants with each other, but they were not involved in Perrott’s case.

Masiello acknowledged outside the courtroom the three arrests at the house were more or less byproducts of the investigation and search warrant meant for Perrott.

Penny Martin didn’t make excuses for her husband or her son, but couldn’t understand the necessity for police to break things.

“When they came, we didn’t fight,” she said. “If my family’s done something wrong, they’ll have their day in court.”

Arraignments for all four of the defendants are scheduled for next Thursday.
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For background, read “News brief: Drugs, guns seized at south Centralia residence” from Thursday July 7, 2016, here

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The aftermath of a search warrant on South Tower Avenue. / Courtesy photo Penny Martin

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Guest column: Mourning deaths of fellow officers with mixed emotions and a pledge

Friday, July 8, 2016 at 6:39 pm

By Rob Snaza
Lewis County Sheriff

As your sheriff, I can’t help but express my sadness for those who were injured and courageously lost their lives in the line of duty last night in Dallas.

What we do know is that these officers were killed and injured simply for the badges they pin over their hearts, doing what they swore to uphold, law and order and keeping their community safe.

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Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza

We mourn the loss of our fellow officers and I am praying for their families, friends, and loved ones, and all the people of Dallas affected by this horrifically tragic event as they struggle to cope and understand.

Reflecting, I am truly overcome with mixed emotions, feelings of anger, bewilderment and disgust, to tears of sadness and helplessness, but most of all, emotions of what is next for us in public service.

It’s so very important for everyone to know just how proud I am of the men and women who work for the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the phenomenally important work they do, day in and day out, protecting and serving our community. I am also proud of all those who put on the badge and commit themselves to serve their communities across this great nation, may we never forget who and why we serve.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office motto is, “Public Safety through Professional Service,” and our folks live that motto day in and day out, remaining committed to it without pause or fail.

These tragic events happening across the country cause me to think of where we are at in today’s society, what we can do better, and what needs to be collaboratively addressed.

I know that together we can and will continue to make a difference.

I believe in the freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest, but I refuse to condone any sort of violence associated with these rights we enjoy.

The First Amendment gives the freedom of speech, but nowhere does it say to cause violence, destruction of property, mayhem, or worse.

What I do believe in is, “All Lives Matter,” regardless of ethnicity, religion, or beliefs. We are sworn to protect and serve all citizens.

As a career law enforcement officer, some 25 years ago I took that oath and have never deviated from it.

As your sheriff, I pledge to you that the men and women of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office are and always will be committed to serving our communities and providing the very best we can in law enforcement as we strive to provide public safety through professional service.

Thank you for giving me the honor to serve as your sheriff, and I thank all the women and men of the sheriff’s office for choosing to serve our community.

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Sirens : Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, July 8, 2016 at 5:45 pm
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POLICE: BUSTED FOR SELLING GRANDPA’S TV

• A 21-year-old Centralia resident was arrested yesterday for allegedly attempting to sell his grandparents’ plasma television on the phone app “Offer Up”. Nolan R. Bartel allegedly sneaked into their home on the 100 block of Sunnyside Drive yesterday to meet with a potential buyer, which turned out to be a pair of Centralia police detectives, according to court documents. Police had already been contacted on Wednesday after Bartel’s parents saw the item for sale on Offer Up, according to charging documents. He reportedly admitted going into his grandparents home Wednesday to snap a photo of the TV so he could post it. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday for residential burglary and first-degree trafficking in stolen property but charged in Lewis County Superior Court today with only the first offense. His bail was set at $5,000.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 3 p.m. yesterday for a 1994 Honda stolen from the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue. It turned up a few blocks away but its stereo was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A utility trailer was stolen from the 600 block of South Ash Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:15 p.m. yesterday.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to the 300 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia at 12:15 p.m. yesterday about an overnight vehicle prowl. Cash was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 1800 block of Shamrock Drive. Taken were oars and oar locks, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called about 5:35 a.m. today to the 1600 block of North Pearl Street where an unknown person had damaged a motorcycle by striking it with a hard object.

• An individual at the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia called police about 2:25 p.m. yesterday to report three window panes were shot with BBs.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, providing false information to police officer; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 153 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 8 a.m. today.

More to come

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News brief: Close call when arthritic woman preps for target practice

Friday, July 8, 2016 at 10:15 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 70-year-old woman preparing to practice shooting with her husband and a friend was injured yesterday when she accidentally fired a pistol she thought was unloaded inside her Toledo-area home.

She suffers from arthritis and was unsure if she could still shoot due to limited use of her fingers, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said while the woman was walking from her bedroom to the front door, she pulled the trigger and either a fragment of the hollow-point bullet or a sharp piece of the magazine she was holding in her other hand caused a laceration to her left palm.

The gunshot mangled the pistol magazine, Brown said.

It happened at the 100 block of Kinzie Lane northeast of Toledo around 2 p.m. and a deputy met up with the woman in the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office labeled the incident a negligent discharge of a weapon.

The woman was released from the hospital after her hand was cleaned and bandaged, Brown said. No stitches were required, Brown said.

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Mental evaluation ordered for McDonald’s restaurant stabbing suspect

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 4:09 pm
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The McDonald’s restaurant in Centralia was the scene of a bloody stabbing during the noon hour on Tuesday.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – When police officers contacted Calvin J. Beck, he was bleeding from his face, acting strange and made numerous statements that didn’t make sense.

So say prosecutors about the 50-year-old accused of stabbing a fellow customer in the Centralia McDonalds restaurant earlier this week.

Authorities said Beck had been in line acting belligerent to counter employees and one patron told him to leave, which he did. But he allegedly walked back into the lobby and stabbed the individual who had confronted him.

“There were two guys holding him down and another guy met me at the door,” Centralia Police Department Sgt. Kurt Reichert said of his arrival to the 1200 block of Lum Road following the approximately noontime call on Tuesday. “It was a bloody mess.”

A folding knife with a four-inch blade lay on the counter, where it was placed by the civilians who disarmed the suspect.

The victim, Keith Mohoric, was stabbed twice in the abdomen, according to police. but took part in jumping his attacker and holding him for police.

Mohoric was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and admitted into surgery for his injuries, according to prosecutors. A hospital spokesperson this morning said Mohoric is in good condition.

Beck also was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries he received when he crashed into a window during the fight, police said.

Beck was booked into the Lewis County Jail later that afternoon and charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree assault.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke asked the judge to postpone the hearing, so a court order for a competency evaluation could be entered. Judge Nelson Hunt agreed and said Beck should be held overnight without bail.

O’Rourke said she didn’t think he comprehended the proceedings.

“I don’t believe he understands the elements of the crime,” she said.

Beck, who has an Olympia address listed in his court file, has a prior conviction for second-degree assault, according to prosecutors. It’s from 1991.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead got the order for a mental health evaluation signed yesterday.

Specialists from Western State Hospital are expected to visit the defendant at the jail to conduct their examination and lawyers will likely get their report back next week, Halstead said.

Judge Hunt appointed Centralia attorney Don Blair to represent Beck.
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For background, read “News brief: Police investigate stabbing in Centralia McDonald’s restaurant lobby” from Tuesday July 5, 2016, here

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Calvin J. Beck appeared briefly before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court on Wednesday.

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News brief: Drugs, guns seized at south Centralia residence

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 1:49 pm
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Law enforcement brings out their big rigs this morning in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Felicia Reyes

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people were arrested at a Centralia home this morning and a third taken into custody elsewhere in the culmination of a month-long drug investigation, according to authorities.

Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and several weapons were seized from the residence at the 1000 block of South Tower Avenue, according to a news release sent on behalf of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.

JNET is comprised of detectives with the Centralia and Chehalis police departments and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A search warrant was served at 7 a.m., with the assistance of the Lewis County Regional SWAT Team, the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team and personnel with the state Department of Corrections.

Jennifer N. Morillon, 31, of Centralia, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Patrick N. Martin, 50, also of Centralia, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and for two counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

Shortly after the warrant was served, a 33-year-old Centralia man was picked up at a home off Reeder Road in Maytown. Brandon M. Perrot was in possession of two handguns which were seized since he is a convicted felon, according to the news release.  He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for four counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance/methamphetamine.

The Tower Avenue house has been posted uninhabitable due to numerous code violations found inside and outside.

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Several law enforcement officers took part in arrests on South Tower Avenue. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

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Sirens : Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11:32 am
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SMALL-TIME BURGLARIES

• Centralia police were called just after 8 a.m. yesterday to the 2000 block of Industrial Drive where several buildings of a business were broken into during the night. The only thing initially noted as missing was a lighter, according to the Centralia Police Department. About an hour and a half later, an officer was called to a business on the 1700 block of Industrial Drive for another break-in during the night. Stolen was a 12-pack of soda, bolt cutters and a camera, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called at 1 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Northeast Washington Avenue about a vehicle prowl. The initial report indicated a yellow tool box was taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

• An officer was called about 8:50 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of West Walnut Street in Centralia where someone had prowled a vehicle parked inside a garage.

• Police were called to a vehicle prowl at the 300 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia yesterday morning. Someone got into the unlocked vehicle during the night and stole some change, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called to the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard at noon yesterday after a parent found green vegetable material inside a teenage child’s backpack.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trip permit violation, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, littering, harassment, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 181 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today … plus multi-arrest drug investigation on South Tower Avenue in Centralia this morning. Info to follow.

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News brief: Coroner releases name of drowning victim

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 9:16 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office reports the name of the man pulled from Mayfield Lake is Russell R. Serventi Sr.

The 43-year-old Rochester man was swimming with his teenage son last Friday when he slipped beneath the water’s surface. His body was recovered yesterday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office has indicated Serventi tired out and although his wife attempted to help keep him afloat, she could not.

Coroner Warren McLeod has planned an autopsy for tomorrow to confirm the cause and manner of death.
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For background, read “News brief: Drowning victim recovered in Mayfield Lake” from Wednesday July 6, 2016, here

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Sirens Afternoon Edition: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm
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Aftermath of bike and car collision outside Centralia City Hall. /Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

BICYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED

• A bicyclist was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and bound for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a collision this afternoon with a car at the 100 block of East Maple Street in Centralia. Firefighters called at about 3:30 p.m. report the approximately 55-year-old man was conscious but in serious condition. Centralia police are investigating, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AUTO THEFT OR, LOST AND FOUND

• Centralia police were called just before 8 a.m. yesterday about a 1988 Honda Accord stolen during the night from the 1000 block of North Pearl Street. It was found later in the day on Winterwood Drive, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday about another nighttime theft of a Honda, this one a 1997 Honda Civic from the 1200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. That car turned up later on G Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police yesterday evening recovered a third stolen vehicle, this one located at the 1700 block of North Tower Avenue. It had been stolen several days earlier from the 3000 block of Ives Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to the 1400 block of Lewis Street regarding the theft of a chainsaw from a truck bed overnight.

• Medication and mail were reported stolen from a locked vehicle parked at the 600 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia yesterday morning. The medication was recovered a short distance away, according to the Centralia Police Department.

YOUNGSTERS ON RAILROAD TRACKS

• Chehalis police were called about 4:15 p.m. yesterday about kids playing on the trestle near Stan Hedwall Park who “almost got hit” by a train. A responding officer wasn’t able to locate them, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

‘WANNA GO TO JAIL’?

• A 26-year-old man was arrested about 1:30 a.m. today when an officer on patrol contacted a couple of people walking in the area of Southwest 15th Street and Wilson Avenue in Chehalis and asked if either one of them had any warrants. One said he did, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Travis C. Harris, from Chehalis, also was in possession of suspected methamphetamine, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

‘MEDICAL’ METH CONFISCATED

• A 52-year-old man pulled over in Winlock yesterday for driving the wrong way on a one-way street and making a turn without signaling was found to be driving with a suspended license and then subsequently found to have a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue in his backpack. Eric J. Wilson, from Kent, told the officer he used meth for medical purposes and it was no big deal because it will someday be legal, according to Lewis County prosecutors. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Wilson has no felony convictions in his past but has had about 50 warrants issued, according to the conversation between lawyers and the judge this afternoon when he was charged in Lewis County Superior Court.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, trespassing, civil issue, hit and run, third-degree theft, drug overdose, suspicious circumstances, possible misuse of bank card … and more, among 158 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: Drowning victim recovered in Mayfield Lake

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 6:02 pm
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The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office posted photos and updates on Facebook and Twitter of their activities at Mayfield Lake.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The search in Mayfield Lake that began late Friday afternoon for a Rochester man who slipped beneath the surface ended late this afternoon with the recovery of a body presumed to be his.

The body was found approximately 80 feet down and about 90 feet from where the 43-year-old husband and father was last seen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

His name has not been released.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters responding to the 5:15 p.m. call for help on Friday from Ike Kinswa State Park were told the man became too tired to stay afloat as he and his teenage son were swimming back from a buoy. His wife swam out and tried to help him, but was unable to, according to the sheriff’s office.

Members of the sheriff’s office were assisted by the he Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s dive team on Saturday, yesterday and today.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the search and recovery effort was dangerous and difficult, given the tangle of tree stumps, branches and other underwater debris. The county coroner is expected to release the man’s name at some point.

Mayfield is actually one of two reservoirs created by two dams on the Cowlitz River.
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For background, read “News brief: Mayfield Lake drowning victim not located today” from Saturday July 2, 2016 at 8:50 p.m., here

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News brief: Train incident victim is Centralia woman

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 1:01 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An autopsy is scheduled for Friday for the 50-year-old woman who died Monday afternoon after getting hit by a freight train in Centralia.

Her name was released today, she is Sheri L. Dow, a resident of Centralia, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Dow was on foot and walked into the side of the train at the intersection of East Locust Street, near South Railroad Avenue in Centralia, according to authorities.

The Centralia Police Department is investigating.
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For background, read “News brief: Woman on foot fatally struck by train” from Tuesday July 5, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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UNAUTHORIZED ‘RIDE SHARING’ SCHEME ENDS AT GUNPOINT

• Two young woman were apprehended relatively quickly yesterday after they allegedly jumped into an idling unoccupied Jeep Cherokee at a Lewis County gas station and drove off. Deputies were called about 8:15 a.m. about the incident at the Texaco at the 100 block of U.S. Highway 12 near Interstate 5, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle was spotted in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Chehalis and the pair were taken into custody for vehicle theft, according to the sheriff’s office. During the investigation the sheriff’s office learned the two females had been seen about 8:15 p.m. the night before abandoning a stolen Nissan Sentra at the nearby Arco gas station, Brown said. The Nissan went missing from Portland.  The 20-year-old and the 16-year-old said they needed to get back home to Tacoma, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Danielle J. Westbrook was booked into the Lewis County Jail and the teenager was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, Brown said. The 16-year-old said a large bag of marijuana found on the floor of the Jeep belonged to her, Brown said.

UNRULY INMATE

• A 29-year-old Texan jailed after his arrest for misdemeanors was reportedly so agitated and uncooperative with corrections officers when it came time to change out of his civilian clothes and into a jail outfit, he allegedly repeatedly poked one of them in the chest with his finger. Cordarryl G. Demby was brought to the Lewis County Jail on Friday by a trooper and then a deputy was called over the next day to investigate, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Demby  also reportedly threatened to hospitalize another corrections officer during the incident. He was arrested for third-degree assault and intimidating a public servant, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown reported this morning. However, prosecutors declined to file the charges.

FIRE BREAKS OUT AT SEMINARY HILL

• Ten firefighters worked for about an hour yesterday morning extinguishing what they called a small brush fire in the trees at the base of the Seminary Hill Natural Area off the 800 block of Filed Avenue in Centralia. The cause is under investigation, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A motorist pulled over about 2:10 a.m. today for allegedly throwing a burning cigarette out the window got to spend the rest of the night in jail because he was arrested for driving under the influence. A deputy contacted Andre J. Leonard, 30, of Olympia, at the 100 block of West Main Street in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Leonard was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

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