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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 9:44 am
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IVES ROAD FIGHT

• A 22-year-old Centralia resident was arrested last night after allegedly assaulting the father of his former girlfriend at the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia. Deputies called about 7:50 p.m. were told Antonio Rivera went to the 40-year-old man’s residence to retrieve some of his belongings, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. “As he was removing items, he began to argue and was told multiple times to leave the apartment,” sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Rivera allegedly assaulted the victim using his hands and closed fists, causing lacerations, bruises and possible fractures, Breen said. Rivera was subsequently located and detained by Centralia police and turned over to deputies. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault and first-degree burglary. The 40-year-old victim was taken to the hospital for further evaluation of his injuries, Breen said.

STUFF STOLEN FROM GARAGE

• Centralia police were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Mellen Street for a burglary to a garage in which a sleeping bag, boots, trash bags and a case of bottled water were taken.

DRUGS

• Shyla M. Winterholler, 34 of Centralia, was arrested about 5:50 p.m. yesterday at the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia for an outstanding warrant. Winterholler was wanted in connection with a burglary on Friday at the 400 block of Courtland Street in which two others were previously arrested. She had suspected heroin and meth in her possession at the time of her arrest, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police responded to the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue about 11:40 p.m. yesterday for a report of a vehicle prowl. Taken was a purse and a camera, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, dogs outside in the cold … and more among 139 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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High praise offered up for incoming Lewis County Superior Court judge

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm
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The packed courtroom breaks into applause after Andrew Toynbee is sworn in as Lewis County Superior Court judge.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Newly sworn in Lewis County Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee vowed to work hard, be diligent and be prepared as he faced his peers, friends, family and co-workers old and new today.

“I’ll treat everyone with respect, regardless of who they are,” he said.

The Adna resident was sworn into his new role by outgoing Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt this afternoon.

“This is a very pleasurable moment for me, because I know we’ve got a great judge coming,” Hunt said.

Hunt told the gathered crowd he’d hired Toynbee back in the 1990s for his first job, in the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office when Hunt was the elected prosecutor.

The swearing in ceremony was held in department one, which Hunt has presided over since after he was first elected in 2004.

The benches were nearly full, extra chairs were brought in and the front row of the jury box held sitting judges from Lewis County, Thurston County and the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Toynbee ran unopposed for the seat in November and leaves behind his workplace, the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office.

Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim spoke today as well, praising Toynbee’s style as calm and gentle, calling him a genuinely authentic person.

“I can’t imagine a person who is better suited for this position,” Tunheim said.

After he was sworn in, presented with his robe and gavel, Toynbee took his seat at the bench, his voice sometimes breaking as he expressed gratitude for those who’ve helped him along the way.

Honesty, integrity, authenticity and humility were some of the traits he said he’s learned more about from others.

“I thank you all for helping prepare me for this position,” he said.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey is retiring this week as well. Judge-Elect Joely O’Rourke will be sworn in on Monday.

Toynbee and O’Rourke are joining Judge James Lawler and Commissioner Tracy Mitchell in Lewis County Superior Court.

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Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt, left, swears in Andrew Toynbee.

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Two commercial fires in Centralia contained with moderate damage

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 5:39 pm
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Harrison Avenue was closed for about half an hour this morning when fire broke out at the back of Handy Mart. / Courtesy photo by Teri Wiley

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia’s fire department extinguished fires today at a saw mill and a convenience store.

Firefighters called just after 5 o’clock this morning to Sierra Pacific at the 3100 block of Kuper Road found employees using hoses on the fire, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

The fire was in one of the chip bunkers – a storage area containing multiple augers and conveyor belts that deal with saw dust or wood chips, according to Fire Capt. Casey McCarthy.

Crews worked the scene for about two hours and were able to contain it to the bunker of origin, according to McCarthy. They were joined by members of the Chehalis Fire Department and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

The three departments met up again when they began getting reports about 9:15 a.m. of heavy smoke coming from the Handy Mart store on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue.

They arrived to find the business was evacuated and found fire in the attached storage area at the back of the building, according to McCarthy.

They were able to keep the fire from spreading to the store itself, the captain stated in a brief summary of the incident.

All lanes of Harrison Avenue were closed for approximately 30 minutes while fire crews worked on scene.

McCarthy described the damage in both cases as moderate. The causes of both fires are under investigation.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 10:20 am
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Updated at 5:01 p.m.

NEIGHBOR WITH KNIFE

• An argument over parking issues in a shared driveway between two neighbors in rural Toledo yesterday landed one man in jail as he allegedly produced a knife and stepped toward the target of his ire. A deputy responding about 2:30 p.m. to the 100 block of Templeton Road learned the 59-year-old man retreated and then arrested 50-year-old Cleonies Odom for first-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Odom was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Police were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia to take a report of the theft of money from a social security account. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called to the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia about 11:35 .m. yesterday about the theft of money. An investigation is underway, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon from the 1200 block of South Tower Avenue of the theft of medication.

• Morton police responded to an approximately 11:30 a.m. call on Thursday to the 100 block of East Main Street for a possible theft. The case is pending further investigation after the video footage is reviewed, police noted yesterday.

• Centralia police responded about 6:25 a.m. today to the 100 block of Harrison Avenue where two vehicles parked at a business had been broken into.

HANDBAG STOLEN FROM CHURCH

• Witnesses identified a 36-year-old homeless man as the individual who entered a Glenoma church and took a purse belonging to a 79-year-old woman, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement called just after noon on Saturday to the 100 block of Hamilton Road learned an individual followed Daniel A. Rude and two teenage boys, who allegedly helped hide the stolen property, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim was inside the church cleaning it and had left her purse in another room while she was cleaning, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen. Rude was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for the same offense were a 16-year-old Chehalis resident and a 17-year-old Centralia resident, Breen said.

OFF THE ROAD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says an 18-year-old driver was under the influence of intoxicants when she missed a turn and struck a guard rail, a tree, a parked car and a house at the 2100 block of Rice Road in Chehalis overnight. A deputy responding to the 12:30 a.m. call reported the Honda Civic, with three teenage passengers, was totaled, according to the sheriff’s office. The parked 2008 Saturn sustained major damage, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Kimberly Herrera-Torres, from Toledo, was arrested for driving under the influence as well as three counts of reckless endangerment, Breen said. It was the third time in 36 hours a motorist crashed into a home locally.

• A 23-year-old man was arrested after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a light pole, a fence and a residence at the 1000 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia yesterday. An officer responding about 2:40 p.m. reports nobody was injured but  Richard A. James, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence and reckless driving,according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, no contact order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 152 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:39 am
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Updated at 12:42 p.m.

CHILD WHIPPED WITH CORD

• A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday after a deputy was called about an incident at the 2600 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia where the man had allegedly struck a 9-year-old boy multiple times with an electrical cord the evening before, leaving bruises and injuries to his buttocks and hip area. Luis A. Cruz-Garcia also allegedly pulled the hair of the child’s mother. He was  booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault of a child and fourth-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

WOOD CHIPPER PINCHED

• Centralia police were called at 4:51 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of East High Street to take a report of the theft of a wood chipper from the front of a residence.

LOST AND FOUND

• Chehalis police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 2100 block of North National Avenue in which a purse was stolen. Another individual called police about 4:50 p.m. to report finding a purse in an alley, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Credit cards, coins and some cash were missing but the rest of the contents were still inside and it was returned to its owner, according to police.

PUD SCAM

• An individual reported to Chehalis police on Friday they’d received a phone call from someone claiming their electricity would be shut off if they didn’t pay their power bill within the hour. The potential target was told to go to Safeway, purchase a pre-paid card and then wait for instructions, but called police instead, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A wanted person who fled on foot when a deputy following up on a tip arrived to the 1800 block of Seminary Hill Road about 10 p.m. on Sunday was chased down and subsequently located with “quantities” of heroin, methamphetamine and oxycodone as well as paraphernalia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Cameron A. Maden, 33, of Seattle, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and his warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy at the 100 block of Sandy Lane about 10 a.m. on Saturday for an unrelated investigation came across a 50-year-old Centralia man with an outstanding warrant who was subsequently found to possess multiple meth pipes, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. After a field test that came out positive for methamphetamine, James A. Nix was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 26-year-old motorist from Everett allegedly crashed his vehicle into a residence at the 2800 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 1:10 a.m. yesterday. James R. Aartes reportedly ran off but was found, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Nobody inside the house was hurt, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A driver reportedly traveling about 80 mph on Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 2:50 a.m. on Sunday who failed to pull over for a deputy was subsequently arrested for felony eluding, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jonathan M. Pearl finally stopped on E Street, smelled of intoxicants and was unable to stand on his own, according to the sheriff’s office. Pearl, 31 of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A 26-year-old motorist who was allegedly found to be intoxicated after a single-vehicle wreck on the 100 block of Middle Fork Road in Chehalis at about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday was arrested for driving under the influence as well as reckless endangerment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jimmie F. Elliott of Onalaska, had a passenger with him; his 27-year-old pregnant wife, according to the sheriff’s office. She was taken to the hospital for a precautionary screening, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Elliott was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, vehicle collision, fourth-degree assault, suspicious circumstances … and more among 122 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: Lawsuits on forestry practices’ link to 2007 flood damage moving forward

Monday, January 2, 2017 at 3:13 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Washington State Supreme Court has decided four lawsuits arising from widespread flooding of the Chehalis River in December 2007 in Lewis County don’t have to be handled in Lewis County Superior Court, but may be dealt with in King County.

The petitioners had filed separate suits in King County Superior Court asserting that poor forestry practices made the land unstable during the heavy rains, allowed landslides to form and then debris to flow into the river; which in turn displaced river water and caused damage to their properties.

The respondents are Weyerhaeuser Company, Green Diamond Resource Company and the state Department of Natural Resources.

It’s the second time the state Supreme Court has considered questions related to the appropriate forum for the cases. After the first time they remanded for further proceedings, the respondents promptly moved to transfer venue to Lewis County and the move was granted.

The nine justices unanimously agreed in their opinion issued on Thursday. Justice Mary I. Yu wrote the law did not provide for exclusive proper venue in Lewis County, but that King County is another possible proper place to hear the cases.

The petitioners are William Ralph, William Forth, Guy Bauman, Eileen Bauman, Linda Stanley, Rochelle Stanley, Donald LeMaster, David Givens, Virginia Carey, Jamie Carey and Paradyce Industries Inc.

Weyerhaeuser  and Green Diamond are headquartered in King County.
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In the Supreme Court of the state of Washington: No. 91711-6 – Ralph v. Weyerhaeuser  Co., here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 2, 2017 at 1:31 pm
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BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• An officer was called just before 3 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of West Plum Street in Centralia where someone had broken into a shed and stolen some tools. The suspect was caught on surveillance video, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday to the 900 block of H Street in Centralia to take a report of an overnight burglary to a shed.

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Kulien Avenue where a cordless drill was missing from a garage.

• Centralia police were called to the 2700 block of North Pearl Street about 11:50 a.m. on Saturday where an individual reported the theft of a toolbox and silverware from a motorhome.

BIG FAKE BILL

• Centralia police were called to the 1300 block of Lum Road about 1:20 p.m. yesterday to take a report that an individual passed a counterfeit $100 bill there.

PENIS GRAFFITI

•  An unknown person painted a phallus on a parked vehicle at the 700 block of H Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 6:35 p.m. on Saturday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, obstructing, hit and run, trespassing, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, vandalism, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 282 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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Centralia: Two trapped, rescued from wreckage of single-vehicle collision

Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 10:54 am
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The underside of the vehicle at Reynolds Avenue and Lum Road. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people were hurt in a suspected DUI crash in which a speeding vehicle flipped onto its side into trees in Centralia just before 1 o’clock this morning.

Firefighters and police responding to the corner of Reynolds Avenue and Lum Road found that witnesses broke a window and removed the passenger to safety, according to authorities.

“The driver was extricated from the vehicle utilizing heavy rescue equipment,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy wrote in a brief summary of the incident.

They were assisted by members of Lewis County Fire District 6, the Washington State Patrol and the Centralia Police Department, according to McCarthy.

Witnesses observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash, according to police. Both occupants were transported with possible serious injuries to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to McCarthy.

The driver, 25-year-old Michael J. Spillman, of Centralia, was processed for driving under the influence before being transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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INTERRUPTED BURGLARY

• Two suspects are in custody and a third is being sought after a Centralia woman arrived home in the midst of a burglary and was punched by one of the intruders. The thieves fled and the victim followed the woman who hit her, calling 911, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers responding to the 12:22 p.m. call to the 400 block of Courtland Street yesterday apprehended Amber A. Walker, 33, of Centralia, according to police. A second suspect, Travis L. Gray, a 36-year-old Centralia transient, was arrested later in the evening, according to police. Walker and Gray were booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary. This morning, police were asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of the third suspect, Shyla M. Winterholler, to immediately call 911.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 8:15 a.m. yesterday to the 2400 block of Seward Avenue to take a report someone had tampered with a power meter.

THEFT OF IPAD

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Suspected iPad thief

• Centralia police were called about 8:30 p.m. yesterday to a store at the 1200 block of Lum Road where a male came in and stole an iPad used by employees. The business was able to provide a very clear, but small, surveillance photo of the suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department. Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to notify the Centralia police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, trespass, vandalism, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 137 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 30, 2016 at 10:42 am
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BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• A Centralia woman returned home about 5:40 p.m. yesterday to find someone had gotten in through an unsecured back window and left out her front door with about $10,000 worth of valuables including a Dell laptop computer, an iPhone5, jewelry and tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.. A deputy responding to the residence on the 3700 block of Prairie Avenue learned the break-in occurred sometime after 7:15 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

• Centralia police were called about 11:40 a.m. yesterday for a burglary at the 1100 block of Marion Street in which a television, a set of keys and an assortment of tools were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STRAY SWINE

• Chehalis police were called just after 2 p.m. yesterday about a potbelly pig with a harness running around at the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue. It could not be found, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, disorderly conduct, probation violation, protection order violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances; complaint of neighbor running chainsaw at nearly 9 o’clock at night.… and more among 125 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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Whatever happened to that I-5 shooter?: Still at large

Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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View of bullet hole looking forward from front seat of Mazda hatchback. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It’s been a year since a driver on Interstate 5 fired a handgun at least once, sending a bullet through the rear window of the car ahead of him, busting a hole through the top left corner of its rearview mirror and then piercing the windshield.

“It came really close, really close, to the driver,” Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said.

The shooter has yet to be identified and law enforcement is once again reaching out to the public for information, in hopes of making an arrest.

“Even sometimes it’s the littlest things people tell us that can help us crack the case,” Finn said.

It happened around 11 a.m. on December 30, 2015, a Wednesday, during a road rage incident and chase that took place southbound in the 13-mile stretch north of Chehalis.

The victim driver escaped injury. The rear window of his silverish-gray four-door Mazda hatchback was shattered when he pulled into the parking lot at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis to call 911.

Finn said they only got a couple of calls at the time and since, have followed up on one anonymous tip about who the shooter might be. It wasn’t him, he said.

The crime lab tested the glass and confirmed gunshot residue, he said.

The shooter was driving a black, mid 2000s base-model Jeep Cherokee with non-tinted windows and Washington license plates. He is believed to have exited the freeway somewhere between milepost 80 and milepost 76.

Its driver was described as a white male in his 60s to 70s with gray hair and a gray or white beard.  He had a passenger described as a white female in her 80s, wearing a red shirt with an oxygen tube in her nose.

The encounter actually began in south Thurston County around milepost 93 or the Scatter Creek Rest Area. Finn said the victim, a  25-year-old man from Spanaway, was driving in the fast lane and when he came up on the Jeep, got “brake checked.”

“The victim admitted to partaking in behavior, brake checks back and forth,” Finn said. “But the other driver took it to a whole other level.”

They were traveling in and out of traffic at speeds of 85 to 90 mph, Finn said at the time.

Anyone with any information about the driver or the passenger, or if they witnessed it, we’d like them to call in, Finn said.

“As police officers, we don’t like cold cases, things to go unsolved,” he said.

Detective Jen Ortiz can be reached at 360-449-7948.
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For background, read “Interstate 5 shooter remains at large” from Wednesday January 6, 2016, here

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The suspect Jeep looks like this one pictured.

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Rear window of Mazda hatchback was shattered.

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White Pass community mourning skier’s death

Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Officials at the White Pass Ski Area identified the man who lost his life in an avalanche as 31-year-old Adam M. Roberts, a native of East Lewis County.

“He grew up here, he’s from Randle, his family’s still in Randle,” White Pass General Manager Kevin McCarthy said. “He’s one of those, he loved skiing in the back country.”

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Adam M. Roberts

A tribute from management there posted on their Facebook page early yesterday morning expresses condolences from the entire White Pass community.

“Adam, your love for skiing and the pure joy and exuberance with which you approached the mountains has influenced all of us. You will be so very missed,” they wrote.

Roberts and a friend on Tuesday were taking a run outside the boundaries of the groomed ski area and took separate paths, McCarthy said. The friend got to the bottom and waited and waited some more before hiking back up, McCarthy said.

The friend noticed some avalanche debris, but didn’t see any tracks leaving the area, he said. The friend went for help.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said it happened around 3:45 p.m. They were notified about 6 p.m. that Roberts was located by the ski patrol beneath three feet or more of snow, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

The White Pass Ski Area is at the summit of U.S. Highway 12 and straddles Lewis and Yakima counties.

Roberts had gone to school at Western Washington University in Bellingham and split his time between there and the White Pass area, and sometimes worked at Mount Baker, according to McCarthy.

He said he’s known Roberts since he was a kid.

He was someone who’d done a lot of mountaineering, taken trips others envied and very few could ski as well as him, McCarthy said.

“At times, he’d push the envelope, you might say,” he said. “What happened to him could have happened to any of us.”
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For background, read “News brief: Death on the slopes at White Pass” from Wednesday December 28, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 10:15 am
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Updated at 12:41 p.m.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• A deputy was called about 3:45 a.m. today after an individual heard the sound of breaking glass at the 700 block of Shorey Road outside Chehalis and discovered a neighboring residence had been burglarized. An orange propane heater valued at $50 was taken and a window and door jamb were damaged, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon after a resident returned home to the 300 block of East Oakview Avenue in Centralia and discovered the back door had been forced open. The victim said it must have occurred after he left for work about 7:15 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Missing was a laptop computer and rolled pennies, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Centralia police were called at 10:15 a.m. yesterday for a burglary at the 300 block of Lowe Street where the DVR from a surveillance system was stolen.

CAR PROWL

• An officer was called about 3:20 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. A purse was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A purse was taken from a vehicle parked at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 3:10 p.m. yesterday.

• Police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday to take a report of an interrupted vehicle prowl at the 100 block of East Center Street.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were notified at 9:08 a.m. yesterday by Green Hill School that suspected methamphetamine was found in a subject’s room. Police are awaiting a written report from the juvenile detention facility on the 300 block of Southwest 11th Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of H Street about 8:30 a.m. yesterday where someone had spray painted a vehicle in an act of vandalism.

OOPS

• Chehalis police were called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday by an individual who said they accidentally dropped a $100 bill, checks and deposit slips into the blue outdoor mail receptacle next the Chehalis Post Office.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police were called at 5:35 p.m. yesterday for a two-vehicle minor-injury collision at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue. The causing driver reportedly fled on foot before police arrived, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident who allegedly struck a parked vehicle yesterday and drove away was subsequently arrested for hit and run as well as second-degree driving with suspended license. An officer was called just before 12:30 p.m. to the 100 block of Jackson Street and the suspect was found about 50 yards up an alley north of the collision location, according to the Centralia Police Department. Mason A. Combs, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

RANDLE FIRE CLAIMS OUTBUILDING

• The cause of the blaze that destroyed a metal shop building on the 100 block of Falls Road in Randle is undetermined, according to the fire investigator who examined the scene. Firefighters from Lewis County Fire Districts 14 and 18 answered the approximately 8:37 p.m. call on Tuesday night. It snowed that night, Fire Investigator Derrick Paul said. “By the time they got there, it was fully involved,” he said. “There was nothing they could do.” Paul said the building contained a wood stove and also a pickup truck. Someone had been residing in the shop until about two weeks earlier, he said. Nobody was hurt, according to Fire Chief Jeff Jaques.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, violation of no-contact order, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, vehicle collision, 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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Little remains of shop building on Falls Road, Randle. / Courtesy photo by Derrick Paul

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12:53 pm
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Updated at 6:57 p.m.

BRANCH CATCHES TRIGGER, VICTIM LOSES FINGER

• A 22-year-old Centralia man ended up losing about two-thirds of his right index finger from an accidental gunshot on his family’s Centralia property yesterday. It happened about 4:45 p.m. at the 1600 block of Military Road and a deputy contacted the victim last night at Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The man said he was walking near a pond, carrying a 308 rifle in case he spotted a coyote, according to the sheriff’s office. He said at one point he leaned the gun against a tree and when he went to retrieve it, his right hand was near the barrel and it appears a branch or something similar engaged the trigger, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

MAN PUNCHES GIRLFRIEND

• The sheriff’s office is looking for a 37-year-old Winlock man after taking a report last night he allegedly committed second-degree assault and felony harassment. A 41-year-old woman said it occurred about 3 o’clock yesterday morning, when during an argument at the 100 block of Mines Road, her boyfriend punched her in the face numerous times, came after her with a screwdriver and then pinned her face down to the bed and said he would kill her, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was able to get away, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

HOUSEGUEST SLAMS HOST INTO SHELF

• A 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged today with second-degree assault for an incident two weeks ago in which he allegedly grabbed a woman by the back of the head and shoved her into a bookshelf, causing gashes on her forehead and eyelid that required stitches. Centralia police called the evening of Dec. 13 to the woman’s apartment at the 1400 block of Johnson Road learned he had been staying with her and when she woke him up for dinner, he got upset, saying she was talking to him like she was his mother, according to charging documents. She asked him to leave and that’s when he assaulted her, according to the documents. Officers found Anthony P. Johnson yesterday at the Hub City Mission in Centralia and he told them the woman hit him in the back of the head first, according to authorities. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail. His bail was set today at $25,000.

DAD SLAPS 2-YEAR-OLD A ‘LITTLE TOO HARD’

• A Winlock father who allegedly slapped his upset toddler in the face so hard finger marks were still visible the following day was summonsed to appear before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court today. Joseph P. Durham, 22, of Winlock, is charged with second-degree assault of a child. Prosecutors write in charging documents the injury was reported on Sept. 9. Durham reportedly told a deputy it happened at night, when the two and a half year-old boy was “throwing a fit” because he wanted some water and the father wouldn’t give him any because the boy had been wetting the bed, according to court documents. The injuries were still clearly visible two days later when additional photographs were taken, according to prosecutors. A judge this afternoon allowed Durham to remain free pending trial on a $25,000 unsecured bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 5.

CAR PROWL

• A deputy was contacted by a 42-year-old Yakima woman who reported someone broke into her vehicle while it was parked at the White Pass Ski Resort on Christmas Day. She thought it had been locked but no forced entry was found, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the nearly $1,800 worth of items stolen were ski and snowboard equipment and clothing, according to the sheriff’s office.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Traffic on U.S. Highway 12 five miles west of Oakville was reduced to a single lane this afternoon when a pickup truck wrecked near Cedar Creek. Troopers called at 3:10 p.m. noted the Ford 250 pickup was traveling westbound when it crossed the oncoming lane and left the roadway about 50 feet striking several trees. The driver, Ronnie L. Johanson, 61, from Malone, was injured and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. The vehicle was totaled, according to the state patrol. The accident is under investigation.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, harassment, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, misdemeanor assault, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, violation of no-contact order … and more among 135 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.