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SWAT team encounters armed man in his bed during morning drug raid in Winlock

Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:23 am
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Law officers detain nine at the 1900 block of Ferrier Road in Winlock. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 48-year-old Winlock man is in custody after he was confronted in his bed by a SWAT team this morning and grabbed for a loaded pistol under his pillow, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

David W. Sohrakoff is among nine people detained when law enforcement officers from the sheriff’s office and the Chehalis Police Department accompanied by personnel from the state Department of Corrections raided his residence on the 1900 block of Ferrier Road in Winlock.

The 7 a.m. serving of a search warrant followed a three-month long investigation into methamphetamine dealing and trafficking of stolen property at the home, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Sohrakoff is the same man deputies were looking for after a Monday incident on the 700 block of Rhoades Road in which a Castle Rock resident was caught allegedly stealing timber.

Sheriff’s Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the stolen property involved at Sohrakoff’s home is not timber, but she didn’t have further details.

Two others who live at the home were arrested and six who were initially detained have been released, according to Brown.

No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

Sheriff Steve Mansfield applauded the law officers for quickly diffusing a dangerous situation without using lethal force or being harmed themselves.

“This incident is a sober reminder of the dangers that law enforcement faces on a day to day basis,” Mansfield stated in the news release.

Arrested along with Sohrakoff were Joy L. Music, 47, for possession of methamphetamine and Burliss Watson, 59, for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sohrakoff is arrested for two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and attempted first-degree assault, according to Brown.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

DISPLAY CASE AND CONTENTS BURGLED IN GALVIN

• Sometime between 3 p.m. on Tuesday and 7 a.m. yesterday, someone entered a shop-storage building on corner of Galvin Road and Union Avenue outside Centralia and made off with an antique display case that contained an Olympic Club coin, a brass carburetor and a Ford sign, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BAM

• An individual reported to police just before 1 o’clock this morning that a man in his early 20s walked up, asked “What’s up fool?” and then punched him the face. It happened in the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to police. Further details were not readily available.

ATTEMPTED CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 2:35 a.m. today to the 1300 block of Oxford Avenue after a car alarm woke up a resident and damage to the driver’s side door was subsequently found. Nothing was taken, and there are no suspects, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BAD BILLS

• Centralia police were summoned to a business on the 500 block of Harrison Avenue about 3:40 p.m. yesterday after two counterfeit $50 bills were spent there.

VANDALISM

• Gang-style graffiti was discovered on a building yesterday morning on the 700 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to police.

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News brief: Details on death near Longmire still scarce

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office has made a tentative identification of the woman whose body was found  below a lookout in the southern part of Mount Rainier National Park and is in touch with that woman’s family.

Coroner Warren McLeod said he’s determined the cause and manner of death but won’t reveal it until he knows for sure who the woman is.

“The extensive injuries are making it difficult,” McLeod said today.

Park officials located the body on Monday at the base of a cliff below Ricksecker Point, a dramatic lookout between Longmire and Paradise. Rangers had been investigating a vehicle parked for several days at the lookout and found identification which they linked to a missing person report.

The injuries are consistent with a fall from a great height, according to park spokesperson Patti Wold.

McLeod said he is hoping to use dental records or finger prints to make a positive identification by the end of the week.

The death is being investigated by park service law enforcement.

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For background, read “News brief: Body found at base of cliff near Longmire” from Tuesday September 25, 2012 at 5:27 p.m., here

 

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to the 2000 block of Gallagher Road where someone someone broke into a shop around 2 a.m. and took two Stihl chainsaws.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is reporting this morning that a deputy answered a call last Friday to the 2100 block of Salzer Valley Road outside Centralia in which someone went beneath a house and cut out the copper pipes for the plumbing. Also missing from outbuildings were items such as a dirt bike, tools, beer signs and model cars, according to the sheriff’s office. A blue and white 1990s Ford pickup truck was seen in the area, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The sheriff’s office is hoping anyone who saw the truck will call 911 or Crime Stoppers.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that someone cut locks on two cargo trailers at the 300 block of Mineral Creek Road, a burglary that was reported on Sunday morning. Among the items stolen from Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad were tools and spools of wire, according to the sheriff’s office. Someone used an electric cart to carry the items away, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

THEFT

• A red Habro bike was reported stolen from a fenced yard on the 800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia yesterday. Also yesterday, a white, black and silver Air Max dirt bike-style bicycle was reported found stashed in some bushes on the 200 block of East Locust Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECKS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a deputy arrested a 26-year-old Winlock woman for a hit and run on Sunday in which she allegedly was speeding along the 500 block of Gish Road in Onalaska and struck several unspecified objects along the side the road including a small shop. Kelsey R. Grant receive minor cuts from the incident and was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. There was major damage to her 2007 Chevrolet pickup, Brown said.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a 24-year-old Centralia man was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday evening when he flipped his Nissan pickup onto its top in the area of Cooks Hill and Lincoln Creek roads. Samuel J. Billman was bruised and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a deputy arrested a man on Saturday afternoon for driving under the influence after his vehicle ran into a utility pole on the 1100 block of Winlock-Vader Road. William M. Bowers, 68, of Toledo,  sustained some minor cuts and was  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

STARING CLOWN KID

• Chehalis police were called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday to the 800 block of Southwest 21st Street where woman said her husband just had a conversation with an orange-haired teenager wearing clown makeup who had been staring into their house. The woman said she would call back if the clown returned, according to police.

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News brief: South Point timber fire in Gifford Pinchot holding to 90 acres

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Favorable weather has helped slow the forest fire south of Packwood which has remained at about 90 acres since Saturday, officials reported this morning.

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Courtesy photo by Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Cowlitz Valley Ranger District fire personnel continue to monitor the situation, with reconnaissance flights as conditions allow, according to Gifford Pinchot National Forest spokesperson Ken Sandusky.

It’s been burning on a ridge called South Point about 10 miles south of U.S. Highway 12 for an unknown length of time, probably sparked by lightning earlier this month, officials have said.

Ranger and fire staff will be on hand tomorrow evening to answer questions from area residents about the fire. The public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Packwood Fire Hall at 12953 U.S. Highway 12.

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For For background, read “South Point timber fire in Gifford Pinchot growing” from Friday September 21, 2012 at 11:09 a.m., here

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News brief: Single vehicle wreck on state Route 6 sends one to hospital

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 33-year-old driver from Raymond was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle today after his pickup truck ran into a stand of trees along state Route 6 east of Pe Ell.

Troopers called at 2:10 p.m. to the scene about eight miles east of Pe Ell reported Travis K. Settlemyre was westbound at a curve to the left when he drove off the right side of the road and collided with some trees.

The 1994 Ford F250 pickup came to rest on its passenger side, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Settlemyre was injured; his truck was totaled, according to the state patrol.

The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

Update Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.:  Settlemyre is listed in satisfactory condition this morning.

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News brief: Body found at base of cliff near Longmire

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A body found below a lookout in the southern part of Mount Rainier National Park is as yet unidentified but authorities suspect it may be linked to a missing person report from an undisclosed area.

A search initiated yesterday morning with ground crews and a helicopter located the body at the base of a cliff below Ricksecker Point, a dramatic lookout between Longmire and Paradise, according to a park spokesperson.

Rangers had been investigating a vehicle parked for several days at the lookout and found identification inside it which they linked to a missing person report, spokesperson Patti Wold said today. Wold wouldn’t say where that person was missing from.

She said the incident is under investigation by park service law enforcement.

The body was removed by helicopter and delivered to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office who said today identification is still pending.

The injuries are consistent with a fall from a great height, according to Wold.

Ricksecker Point has no snow this time of year, according to Wold.

“You wouldn’t really start a hike there, it’s a place you’d stop to take in the view,” she said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm

DETAINEE CLIMBS OUT OF PATROL CAR WINDOW

• A 21-year-old arrested yesterday for a warrant after a foot pursuit in the area of Northwest Prindle Street reportedly kicked out a back window of a patrol vehicle, climbed out and ran away again. “He was again apprehended, put back in the patrol car and then booked into jail,” Chehalis Officer Linda Bailey said. It started about 11:40 a.m. when an officer spotted a pair of men walking whom he recognized were wanted, according to Bailey. They ran, she said. Ruben A. Inman, 21, was booked for escape, warrants and malicious mischief, according to Bailey. His brother, Marcus J. Inman, 22, of Centralia, was found and arrested for warrants, Bailey said.

INDUSTRIAL WIRE THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 8 a.m. yesterday to Lakeside Industries on the 2000 block of Johnson Road where someone had stolen copper wiring, damaging at least one piece of heavy equipment at the business, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called yesterday to Dulin Construction on the 3000 block of Foron Road in Centralia about another theft of wiring. One hundred-twenty-five feet of newly replaced cable was cut and then dragged off toward the railroad line and then to Foron Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Also taken was 200 feet of welding lead from a shed, the sheriff’ office reported. The $3,400 loss follows a burglary involving $4,000 worth of copper wire at the rock crushing company reported on Friday and a late August burglary in which as much as  200 feet of copper wiring was taken from the main unit at the business, according to the sheriff’s office.

TIMBER TAKEN

• A 46-year-old Castle Rock resident was arrested for first-degree theft after a deputy responded to a report yesterday morning of someone running a chainsaw and dropping at least one cedar tree at the 700 block of Rhoades Road in Winlock. The timber is owned by Rhoades Vista LLC, a Kent company, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Gerald H. Andersen was booked into the Lewis County Jail and deputies are looking for a 48-year-old Winlock man who they believe was working with Andersen, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

ATV MISSING

• A 2004 Polaris ATP500 quad was reported stolen from property on the 2600 block of Foron Road in Centralia yesterday. It happened sometime since Friday evening, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $4,500.

DRUGS

• A 50-year-old Winlock man was arrested for a warrant then possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop just before 10 p.m. yesterday near a gas station on the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says Howard D. Eslick struggled with a deputy after refusing to step out of a vehicle and was taken into custody with help from Chehalis police. A plastic baggie of suspected methamphetamine was found during a search and field-tested positive, according to the sheriff’s office. Eslick was booked in to the Lewis County Jail.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 2:40 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl on Northwest Chehalis Avenue.

• Someone stole a gun from a window rack in a vehicle at the 100 block of Drews Prairie Road in Toledo sometime between 9 p.m. on Sunday and 6:30 a.m. yesterday, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police took a report about 11 a.m. yesterday from Northeast Washington Avenue about a bullet hole found in the living room window of a home. The victim had been away for a couple of weeks and did not know when it occurred, according to police. It appeared to have been from a BB gun, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a 53-year-old driver said he fell asleep before his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro left the roadway and struck a utility pole on the 2900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia yesterday. It happened about 3:20 a.m. and a deputy dispatched three hours later learned the car was totaled but the driver was uninjured, according to the sheriff’s office. A citation for second-degree negligent driving was issued, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

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One dead after semi crash near Packwood

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:44 am

Updated at 8:54 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A truck driver from Longview is dead after his big rig slid on its side through a guard rail off U.S. Highway 12 near Packwood, went over an embankment and landed on its top.

Troopers called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon reported it happened about eight miles east of Packwood near milepost 139, at the cut off to state Route 123.

The 1989 Peterbilt hauling a trailer of wood chips was traveling west bound and downhill when the driver lost control, failed to negotiate a left hand curve and wrecked, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The driver is identified as James V. Dorsett, 38, of Longview.

The cause is under investigation.

“The only thing we can assume is the brakes failing,” Trooper Jason Hicks said, speculating the driver “rode” the brakes coming off White Pass causing them to heat up and then weren’t there for him when he needed them.

The roadway was dry, he said.

The back half of the trailer broke off and shot all the way down the 200 foot hill almost to state Route 123, Hicks said. The cab got hung up in the trees, he said.

Dorsett was not wearing a seatbelt, but the truck sustained significant damage to its top, according to Hicks.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

AUTO THEFT

• A 32-year-old Shelton woman who rented a vehicle on Friday from an auto rental business on the 500 block of East Summa Street in Centralia discovered that evening her car which she had left parked behind the building was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department. She got an SUV fro  Enterprise Rent-A-Car to go shopping in Seattle and later got a phone call asking if she had picked up her car, according to police. She hadn’t. Missing is a blue 1993 Honda Civic with a license plate of 812 UID, according to police.

COPPER WIRE THEFT

• An estimated $4,000 worth of copper wire was stolen in yet another theft from a rock crushing company on the 3000 block of Foron Road in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to Dulin Construction on Friday was told 40 feet of wire was missing, according to the sheriff office.

LOTS OF DIFFERENT STUFF STOLEN

• A pistol, two chainsaws, old fishing reels, a Yamaha snow sled and four studded tires with wheels for a Honda Accord were among the items stolen in a burglary on the 400 block of Schmit Road outside Toledo on Thursday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and the sheriff’s office was told an individual with a backpack on a bicycle was seen in the area around that time, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MOWERS MISSING

• Three Toro brand self-propelled lawnmowers were reported stolen from a home on the 300 block of Downing Road in Centralia yesterday. They were taken sometime during the previous two week, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GARAGE THEFT

• Centralia police took a report on Saturday evening from the 600 block of Jefferson Street in Centralia about a leaf blower and a standup freezer stolen from a garage sometime during the previous week.

WHISKEY SHOPLIFTED

• Police called about 6:45 p.m. on Saturday to the 500 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis were told a teenage boy had just run out of the store with a bottle of whiskey. He was not found but officers will review surveillance video to see if they recognize him, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ASSAULT RIFLE AND SKATEBOARD

• Chehalis police were called just before 3 p.m. on Saturday and told one of three three teenage boys might be carrying an AR-15-style rifle wrapped in a sweatshirt as well as a skateboard in the area of Southwest First Street and Phillips Court. The teens were not located, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 2:15 a.m. today to the 600 block of Jackson Street in Centralia where someone had gotten inside a pickup truck and stolen a stereo as well as part of the dashboard it was connected to. It happened sometime after 10 p.m.,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Rochester woman was arrested for possession of heroin about 3:25 a.m. on Saturday at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. An officer who contacted Kira M. Fry because of a suspend driver’s license booked her into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 19-year-old Chehalis resident who went to the Chehalis Police Department on Friday on an unrelated matter was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance in connection with an investigation which resulted in a search warrant for drugs earlier in the day at a home on Southwest First Street near Market Boulevard, according to police. When he was arrested, an unspecified prescription pill was found in Nicholas A. Huston’s pocket, detective Sgt. Brian Hickey said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VANDALISM

• Someone was seen leaving graffiti on a city-owned building on West Seventh and North Washington Avenue in Centralia just before 8 p.m. yesterday but fled before an officer arrived,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to the 1300 block of South Schueber Road in Centralia where someone spray painted orange paint in the neighborhood.

• Police were called about 9:45 a.m. on Friday to the 1500 block of Oxford Avenue in Centralia where someone left graffiti on a house for sale. Someone crossed out some old “Sur 13-type graffiti” with a message about “white power”, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday to the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia where an individual found chocolate syrup and eggs on their door.

WRECKS

• A 20-year-old man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital then to jail for DUI after a single-vehicle accident on the 800 block of Gish Road in Onalaska around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Charles E. Evans III was driving a 1983 Ford pickup which sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’ Office. The truck landed in a field behind a house and a 19-year-old Onalaska man  - Dylan Brossett -  who tried to block an arriving deputy from coming up the driveway was arrested also, for obstructing, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• An 18-year-old from Eatonville was uninjured and not ticketed after his 2001 Saturn left Skate Creek Road and landed about 100 feet down an embankment on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says it does not know why the driver lost control of his vehicle.

• A 34-year-old Chehalis woman escaped with scratches on her arm when she missed a turn in downtown Chehalis, ran into a tree and put her car upside down on Friday evening. It happened about 7:15 p.m. near Sterling Savings Bank on North Market Boulevard, according to police. The Buick Skylark suffered damage to its front, top and both sides, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

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Read about one-time car thief contributes to scientific research in Littlerock …

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle Times published a story about national attention coming to prisons here such as Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock where inmates are working as research assistants raising endangered frogs for scientists.

Associated Press reporter Phuong Le writes about the partnerships with workers who have unlimited time on their hands “making substantive contributions to science.”

Read more here

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Tenino police: Driver stopped with more than five times the legal limit alcohol level

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 54-year-old motorist was arrested by Tenino police yesterday when his blood alcohol content was measured at .415, a level the police chief says would be fatal to most people.

“The driver was not able to walk unassisted and when asked if he would complete any field sobriety tests he said he probably shouldn’t,” Tenino Police Department Chief John Hutchings said.

A Tenino police officer responded about 3:40 p.m. yesterday in Rainier to reports of a blue van swerving in and out of oncoming traffic, traveling 30 mph in a 50 mph zone and at one point coming to a complete stop in the middle of the road, according to police.

Officer Chris Davis found the van at state Route 507 and Manke Road and attempted a traffic stop with his lights and sirens but the driver continued at least a full minute before finally pulling over at the 13400 block of state Route 507, police reported.

The driver and his 57-year-old female passenger were both obviously intoxicated, Hutchings stated in a news release.

Gary D. Bielefeld, 54, of Lacey, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to the Tenino Police Department for processing, according to the chief.

Two breath samples were taken and each registered .415, the chief stated. That’s more than five times above the .08 legal limit to drive.

A subsequent check determined Bielefeld was wanted on a no-bail felony warrant out of Jefferson City, Missouri, for persistent DUI offender, according to Hutchings.

Bielefeld was booked into the Thurston County Jail.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

TRUCKS STOLEN FROM CAR DEALERSHIP

• Chehalis police were called about 9 a.m. yesterday when an auto dealership on the 1900 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue discovered two brand new trucks were stolen from the lot overnight. Taken from Uhlmann’s I-5 Toyota were a silver 2012 Toyota Tundra and a dark gray Toyota Tacoma. They were doubled-cabbed, lifted and sporting large tires and chrome wheels, according to police.

JEWELRY HEIST

• Someone forced their way into a home on the 900 block of Shorey Road outside Chehalis yesterday and left with nearly $12,000 worth of jewelry, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between 7:50 a.m. and 3 p.m., Cmdr. Steve Aust said. Among the missing pieces are a gold necklace with an emerald, a silver garnet ring, a large opal ring and an aquamarine white gold ring, according to Aust.

MONEY MISSING

• Chehalis police were called to the 300 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis about 10:30 a.m. yesterday after a woman left her apartment door open while she went to get her mail and returned to find her wallet missing. It was subsequently found in the laundry room minus $35 cash, according to Chehalis police.

• Centralia police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday to the 2000 block of Cooks Hill Road about money stolen from a purse. The theft is under investigation.

BREAK-IN IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called at about 8:20 p.m. yesterday regarding a possible burglary at the 200 block of Northup Street. A door had been pried open and officers were told someone fled before getting inside, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nothing was taken, police reported.

ATV THEFTS

• A 2005 Kazuma ATV was stolen from a  driveway on the 5500 block of Jackson Highway near Toledo sometime after 10 p.m. Wednesday and before 7 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Deputies recovered a stolen ATV and arrested a suspect yesterday after taking a report from the 100 block of Oak Drive outside Chehalis. A 2001 Yamaha Raptor valued at $2,000 went missing from a shop on the property sometime since Aug. 31 and the victim suspected his girl friend’s ex-husband, who reportedly admitted to taking it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. William D. Ayers, 45, of Chehalis, was booked in to the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, Cmdr. Steve Aust said.

HIDING WOMAN FOUND BY POLICE

• Twenty-four-year-old Amanda M. Hickey of Centralia was arrested for rendering criminal assistance when she allegedly lied about the whereabouts of a woman being sought on a Department of Corrections warrant just after 12 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Hickey was released after being issued a citation but Dannette L. Burgess, 43, of Centralia, who was found hiding in a bathroom was arrested and booked for the warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police took a report of a purse stolen from a vehicle about 5:20 a.m. today at the 300 block of South Street in Centralia.

DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested two people for possession of methamphetamine after 6 o’clock this morning at the 1200 block of Alder Street. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Raclynn D. Gonzales, 46, of Chehalis and Eric J. Vanasch, 36, of Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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News brief: Peaceful drug raid pulled off in Chehalis

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A SWAT team helped serve a search warrant this morning at a Chehalis residence following an ongoing drug investigation.

As many as a dozen officers converged on the home on Southwest First Street near Market Boulevard just after 9 o’clock, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

“It went down without incident,” police detective Sgt. Brian Hickey said.

Arrested for delivery of a controlled substance was Richard E. Engel, 22, who lives at the home, Hickey said. Also arrested was Lonzo W. Lawson II, 32, he said. A woman who was present was detained but then released, he said.

Officers spent about two and a half hours searching the home and found an as-yet unspecified amount and type of drugs, according to Hickey.

Hickey said they have primarily been seeing heroin from the investigation.

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South Point timber fire in Gifford Pinchot growing

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The forest fire burning south of Packwood has grown from 10 to 73 acres, according to officials from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

It’s burning on a ridge called South Point in rough terrain with limited access about 10 miles south of U.S. Highway 12, according to spokesperson Ken Sandusky.

Employees of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District and others continue their efforts to contain the blaze, according to Sandusky. A helicopter is dropping 3,000-gallon loads of water on it, he indicated in a news release this morning.

The fire is backing to the north down South Point, moving away from a radio repeater at the top.

Sandusky said there are no worries as of now about threats to the community as there is a lot of terrain and numerous creeks between the fire and Packwood.

Authorities suspect it ignited from lightening storms earlier this month at the same time as a large fire burning in the Mount Adams area.

That blaze, dubbed the Cascade Creek Fire, is eight miles north of Trout Lake and has covered more than 10,000 acres, or about 16 square miles.

A temporary prohibition of campfires went into effect today in various places in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest because of continuing fire-prone conditions
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For background, read “Timber burning in Gifford Pinchot south of Packwood” from Thursday September 20, 2012 at 12:43 p.m., here

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News brief: Eat pancakes, help crime fighters

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Retired Lewis County Sheriff Bill Logan, current Sheriff Steve Mansfield and Centralia Police Chief Bob Berg will be among the guest servers of breakfast at Applebee’s in Chehalis on Saturday morning to raise money for Crime Stoppers of Lewis County.

Crime Stoppers, which has served Lewis County since 1995, is a partnership effort between the media, police and the community to help reduce crime locally, according to a news release from the non-profit organization.

They are calling it a “flapjack fundraiser”. The event runs from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door that morning or ahead of time at numerous locations.

Applebee’s is at 1670 NW Louisiana Ave. in Chehalis.
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Get tickets ahead of time at Sterling Bank offices in Chehalis, Centralia, and Morton; Book ’n’ Brush in Chehalis; the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office; Centralia Police Department; and Rose’s Furniture in Centralia.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Updated at 5:17 p.m.

PASSERSBY PERFORM CPR ON FALLEN BICYCLIST

• A 68-year-old bicyclist from British Columbia collapsed in the roadway on U.S. Highway 12 just west of Randle this morning and passing motorists who initiated CPR may have saved his life, according to Washington State Patrol. Trooper Mike Cournyer said it sounded as though David B. Williamson of Campbell River was in cardiac arrest when Stacey Wetzel of Onalaska and Carl Wyant of Chehalis stopped and helped him. It happened a bit before 9 a.m., Cournyer said. Williamson was taken to Morton General Hospital and then on to Harborview Medical Center. “It sounds like he’s doing okay,” Cournyer said later this morning. Cournyer said he thought the bicyclist was on a long distance trip having come from east of the mountains.

CAR STOLEN AS MAN GETS GAS

• A 23-year-old Centralia man filling up his tank on the 1300 block of Northwest State Avenue in Chehalis rejected a woman’s request for a ride but left his car running when he went inside to get his receipt last night. She got a ride without him. “He looked out, noticed his car was moving and the female was driving it away,” detective Sgt. Brian Hickey said. An officer called about 8:40 p.m. notified area law enforcement the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier was stolen and it was located in Thurston County by a trooper, according to Hickey. After about a 10 minute police pursuit, the car and driver were stopped on Pacific Avenue in Olympia, according to police. Sara M. Abbott, 22, of Chehalis, was taken into custody and faces a possible charges of motor vehicle theft and possession of stolen property, Hickey said. The Olympian reports the chase reached speeds of more than 100 mph and included a state patrol pilot advising the trooper the driver struck a fence near Fusion Coffee House and O’Blarney’s Pub, before which Abbott was apprehended with suspected heroin in her possession.

WINLOCK HOME BURGLARIES

• The sheriff’s office is looking for information about a black early-2000s Jeep SUV seen in the area of a residential burglary on the 1200 block of South Military Road in Winlock yesterday. Sometime between 10 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. someone stole a laptop computer and a television, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Possibly related is another burglary reported yesterday on the 600 block of South Military Road, according to sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Aust. Sometime after 7:30 a.m. and before 1:30 p.m., an estimated $6,500 worth of valuables were taken from a home there, including jewelry, a television and cash, Aust said.

FRAUD

• An individual from the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia called police yesterday after he applied for assistance from the state Department of Social and Health Services and learned someone else had been using his social security number.

CAR PROWL

• Someone stole a backpack from a car parked on the 2500 block of Mount Vista Road in Centralia, according to  report made to police about 10 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were called about a vehicle prowl on the 200 block of West Third Street around 2:30 p.m. yesterday. Missing was a blue Sun Mountain pull cart for golfing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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Timber burning in Gifford Pinchot south of Packwood

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm
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A fire burning on a ridge south of Packwood was likely sparked by lightning. / Courtesy photo by Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The latest report shows a forest fire burning about 10 miles south of Packwood is 10-plus acres, according to a spokesperson for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Spokesperson Ken Sandusky said his information is new this morning, and he wants folks to know they are working on it.

The fire can be seen from U.S. Highway 12, Randle and Packwood, he said.

It’s burning on a ridge called South Point in rough terrain with limited access, according to Sandusky.

“The general consensus is this is a holdover from lightening fires and has probably been smoldering since the night of the eighth,” he said.

Sandusky said 10 to 20 personnel are assigned to the fire, with about five to seven Cowlitz Valley Ranger District employees on the ground creating a fire line today.

South Point Lookout Trail 123 is closed because of the fire.

The good news is the coming weather conditions are expected to be less friendly to fire, he said.

Fires on the west side of the mountains are less frequent but can be larger and longer burning than those on the east side because of the nature of the fuels, he said.

The Forest Service is currently battling a nearly 10,000 acres fire in the Mount Adams area of the Gifford Pinchot.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm
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A morning fire outside Toledo is under investigation. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 2

EMPTY TOLEDO AREA HOME GOES UP IN SMOKE

• More than a dozen firefighters responded to a blaze in a fairly new but vacant house about six miles east of Toledo this morning. The cause is under investigation. Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Grant Wiltbank said when he arrived after the approximately 6:30 a.m. call he found flames venting from all openings on both floors as well as the roof. It was reported by a passerby. The home on the 300 block of Cedar Creek Road is about three years old, according to Wiltbank. Personnel from Vader and Winlock assisted and together they managed to save an attached garage, a nearby carport and prevented the fire from spreading into an adjoining timber parcel, according to the chief.

STOLEN CAR FROM ILLINOIS RECOVERED IN CHEHALIS

• Two women were arrested in Chehalis last night with a car stolen out of Illinois. An officer for whatever reason ran the license plate of a 2006 Dodge Charger that pulled into a convenience store and gas station on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue at about 10:50 p.m., according to police. Kaila Seward-Borgman, 20, of Tacoma, and Shulynn R. Hunter, 23, of Baltimore, were booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of stolen property, according to Chehalis detective Sgt. Brian Hickey. One of them said she was getting the registration transferred into her name, and one of the women was trying to escape an abusive boyfriend, Hickey said.

MAN GETS BURGLARY ARREST FOR MISDEMEANOR THEFT

• A 42-year-old Shelton man was arrested for burglary after he allegedly shoplifted about $50 worth of items such as laundry detergent, candy and salad from Wal-Mart in Chehalis about 2 p.m. yesterday. Jason L. Fletcher had previously been trespassed from all Wal-Marts, thus a burglary arrest instead of theft, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BOMB SQUAD PICKS UP SUSPICIOUS FIREWORKS

• After serving a protection order at a residence on the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia late yesterday afternoon, an officer was told about some homemade fireworks on the premises. The possibly explosive devices were turned over to the Washington State Patrol bomb experts, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about noon yesterday for a car prowl at the 1100 block of South Pearl Street. A stereo was stolen during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Some change was stolen from a vehicle parked on the 300 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

• Chehalis police were summoned to the 400 block of Southeast Washington Avenue about 7 a.m. yesterday when a citizen noticed a car appeared to have been broken into. it appeared the glove box had been rifled through, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone left graffiti on a building on the 600 block of H Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

VEHICLE BURNS IN DRIVEWAY

• A Ford Expedition that hadn’t been driven since the day before caught fire in a driveway on the 3200 block of Fords Prairie Avenue in Centralia about 4:15 yesterday afternoon. While there was a large column of black smoke, the blaze was mostly confined to the engine area, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The vehicle was still totaled, Fire Capt. Ken Colombo said.

NO ELK CAUSED THAT WRECK

• A 39-year-old man who initially said he swerved to miss an elk on a Forest Service Road in East Lewis County last night was cited for wheels off the roadway after his car went down an embankment. The driver suffered scratches to his face and his 18-year-old passenger was not believed to be injured, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened about 10:40 p.m. near milepost 4 of Forest Service Road 23, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The Honda Accord was totaled, Brown said. When evidence at the scene suggested there may not have been an elk, the driver admitted there wasn’t, he was going too fast, according to Brown.

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Flames can be seen in every window and the roof of the home on Cedar Creek Road this morning. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 2