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News brief: Car, semi wreck on U.S. Highway 12 near Mayfield Lake

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 3:51 am

Updated at 10:12 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two people were hospitalized after a car and big rig tangled on U.S. Highway 12 just east of Mayfield Lake yesterday afternoon leaving the roadway blocked for several hours.

Troopers called at 4 p.m. to the scene reported both vehicles were eastbound and when the car slowed for a left hand turn, a 2004 Peterbilt hauling two trailer tried to swerve around it.

The truck struck the right rear corner of the car, went into the ditch and rolled onto its side spilling the lumber it was hauling, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Both vehicles were totaled.

The driver of a 1996 Mercury Mystique, Kenneth Rittgarn, 69, of Randle, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, as was one of his two passengers, Jessica M. Parker, 59, of Glenoma, according to the state patrol.

The truck driver, Johnny L. Persinger, 46, of Prosser, was reportedly uninjured.

The highway was closed with a detour in place until about 7 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

A second passenger in the car declined treatment. The collision was blamed on the truck driver’s inattention.

CORRECTION: This news items has been updated to correctly reflect which man was driving which vehicle. The state patrol initially incorrectly identified Rittgarn as the the truck driver and reported Persinger was behind the wheel of the car.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm

UNRULY PEOPLE

• Centralia police say a 30-year-old man detained for allegedly violating a protection order lied about his name and slipped out of his handcuffs last night at the 300 block of South Tower Avenue. Ryan M. Strayer, a homeless person, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for obstructing, making a false statement and the original violation after contact with officers about 11:40 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police arrested a 43-year-old woman about 11:20 a.m. yesterday for obstructing a public servant after she allegedly refused to identify herself to an officer and resisted being taken into custody, according to the Centralia Police Department. Lisa L. Hanson-Rosumny, of Tumwater, was contacted on the 500 block of Harrison Avenue when store employees said they saw her placing items in her purse, according to police. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A 41-year-old Centralia man was arrested for felony harassment and a warrant after contact with police just before 8 a.m. yesterday at the 200 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia. Joseph O. Bingham was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 9:30 a.m. yesterday about the theft of change and a hat from an unlocked residence on the 1700 block of Providence Lane.

FIRE FIGURED OUT

• A blaze that destroyed two fifth-wheel trailers south of Chehalis on Sunday morning appeared to accidental, according to the fire investigator. The Oregon man who owns the recreational property on the 100 block of Elot Drive had been working on an ATV and left it parked beneath one of the trailers, according to Fire Investigator Jay Birley. Either the battery charger or the battery caught fire and spread to the fifth-wheel, then the ATV and then the other fifth-wheel parked next to it, Birley said.

DEATH AT MOUNT RANIER LOOKOUT RULED SUICIDE

• The woman whose body was found at the foot of a cliff in  the southern part of Mount Rainier National Park last week has been identified as a 52-year-old who resides at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office. Park officials located the body a week ago Monday below Ricksecker Point, a dramatic lookout between Longmire and Paradise. Her injuries were described as consistent with a fall from a great height. She’s the wife of an active duty military member and her death was determined to be suicide, Coroner Warren McLeod said.

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News brief: Centralia College criminal justice professor to speak on international police training experiences

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Longtime Centralia College Criminal Justice Program instructor Greg Gilbertson is scheduled to share a synopsis of his experiences during 25 months as an international police trainer in Iraq and Afghanistan tomorrow as part of the college’s Lyceum Series.

Professor Gilbertson worked writing curriculum for the Baghdad Police College and served as deputy director of the United Kingdom’s Basrah Training College in 2005 and 2006 then later served as a senior mentor and NATO liaison to the Afghan National Police Academy, according to Centralia College.

The lecture is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. at Centralia College.

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News brief: Two Oakville drivers collide on U.S. Highway 12

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two passenger vehicles were totaled and a 54-year-old woman hospitalized after a 16-year-old driver pulled into traffic on U.S. Highway 12 at Anderson Road this morning.

Aid and troopers were called at 8 a.m. to the scene near the Thurston-Grays Harbor County line.

Jung A. Blake was eastbound on the highway in her SUV before it was struck by a Dylan Gleason-Wheeler, 16, according to the Washington State Patrol. Both are from Oakville.

Gleason-Wheeler was leaving a stop sign to turn west and pulled in front of her, according to the state patrol.

Blake was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with unspecified injuries. She was treated and has been released. The teen was reportedly unhurt.

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News brief: Man survives vehicle plunge off Brooklyn Road

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 41-year-old Chehalis man was uninjured after he drove his car off an 800-foot embankment overnight off Brooklyn Road several miles west of Oakville.

It wasn’t clear to responders if the man was out of the vehicle before it landed at the bottom of the canyon.

Aid and deputies were called about 5:40 a.m. to the scene, on the 400 block of Brooklyn Road, including firefighters from Oakville and Centralia’s Riverside Fire Authority.

“There was a concern initially if his girlfriend was in the vehicle, he wasn’t quite sure,” Grays Harbor  County Sheriff’s Department Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said this morning. It turned out she was elsewhere.

“It does appear alcohol was a factor,” he said.

The roadway runs between Garrard Creek Road and the town of Brooklyn in Pacific County.

Grays Harbor County Fire District 1 Chief Buck Graham said the man had walked about three miles to the nearest house to get help.

“The story we finally ended up getting, we think it occurred around midnight,” Graham said. “We think he got out before it went to the bottom, that he bailed. We’re not really sure.”

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Breaking news: Plea agreement made in Onalaska murder case

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 25-year-old Onalaska resident who claimed he was legally insane when he took a knife to his sleeping father has changed his mind.

Joshua Leroy Vance is scheduled to plead guilty in the case that began in early March with the stabbing death of 58-year-old Terry Vance.

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Joshua Vance / File photo

A change of plea hearing is set for Thursday morning in Lewis County Superior Court.

“I don’t know how he could do otherwise, I really don’t,” his grandmother Bonnie Vance said today.

The younger Vance is charged with murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder, as he allegedly told an arriving deputy he was going to kill his grandmother, uncle and 11-year-old nephew but couldn’t because he cut his hand.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said a plea agreement was reached, but the details won’t be revealed until the parties go before a judge.

“We gotta wait till Thursday,” Meagher said. “I don’t want to upset the apple cart.”

The younger Vance previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. An evaluation by a doctor for the defense bolstered his position, but a court date was planned for a judge to hear from experts on both sides.

The findings from the doctor hired by prosecutors are not part of the court file.

The only hearings scheduled now are a change of plea on Thursday and sentencing on Oct. 17.

His family has said he was being treated for mental health issues at Cascade Mental Health in Chehalis and had gone off his medication because he couldn’t afford it.

Newly filed court documents indicate he was asked why he would harm his other family members.

Prosecutors wrote the defendant said he wanted to get rid of any witnesses, they all treated him poorly his whole life and turned their backs on him when he was sexually abused by a family friend.

“He felt he could no longer live in filth and would be happier going back to prison,” prosecutors quoted Vance as telling a detective.

Defense attorney David Arcuri was not readily available this afternoon for comment.

Joshua Vance’s past criminal offenses include possession of a controlled substance without a prescription in 2006, third-degree assault and attempted eluding in 2005, according to a report in his court file.

He was attending Centralia College and getting good grades in the months before the homicide at Bonnie Vance home’s on the 400 block of Pennel Avenue in Onalaska, according to his file.

Neither she nor her son Larry Vance have spoke with her grandson, as a no-contact order is in place with witnesses.

Bonnie Vance isn’t sure what she would say to her grandson anyhow, she said.

“I would like to know why, but that’s about it,” she said.

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For background, read:

• “Insanity” of Onalaska murder defendant to be decided by a judge” from Tuesday August 21, 2012, here

• “Onalaskan’s insanity plea in alleged murder of father bolstered by mental exam” from Wednesday July 11, 2012, here

• “Onalaska man pleads insanity in father’s fatal stabbing” from Tuesday May 8, 2012, here

•  “Murder suspect: “When he was good, he was such a good young man”” from Friday March 9, 2012, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Updated

BITES

• A 47-year-old man was arrested for allegedly biting and choking his wife after she flagged down an officer in a parking lot on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 6 p.m. yesterday. Thomas J. Roman, of Lynnwood, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim – who had teeth marks on her arm – was taken to the hospital, according to police.

• A 56-year-old Glenoma man was cited after his dog reportedly bit a 48-year-old jogger between the legs yesterday sending her to Morton General Hospital. A deputy called to the emergency room about 11 a.m. was told it happened on the 8100 block of U.S. Highway 12, and was a large dog that appeared to be a mix between a Chow and a Mastiff, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office. The owner, Duane Stump, had been visiting at the location, according to the sheriff’s office.

ROAD RAGE

• Centralia police took a report from a Winlock couple in their mid-50s yesterday afternoon that as they were driving on North Gold Street a motorist began tailgating them and pointed a gun at them. The suspect was described as a male with a shaved head driving a green or black two-door Honda, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER RAGE

• A 47-year-old Chehalis man put in the back of a patrol car when officers responded to a dispute in a Centralia trailer park yesterday evening kicked out a window and three officers sustained minor cuts during the ensuing altercation with him, according to police. It happened about 6 p.m. at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to police. Joseph F. Sanchez was booked into the Lewis County jail for malicious mischief and third-degree assault, according to police Sgt. Kurt Reichert.

• A Lewis County Jail inmate is in trouble for suspected malicious mischief after he allegedly threw a mop bucket at a video visitation kiosk in the jail on Saturday morning, as well as reportedly broke in half an electrical cord belonging to another inmate’s oxygen purifying machine. Luke U. Hall, 30, of Onalaska, was booked early last month after allegedly trying to crash his Jeep through a neighbor’s house, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

GROCERIES PILFERED

• Someone got into a residence on the 200 block of Quiet Acres Drive in Onalaska and stole hamburger, rice, cereal, chicken   nuggets, french fries, hash browns, a roast, potatoes, pizza and beer, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened sometime between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. There are no suspects, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday to the 1100 block of South Pearl Street where a black Honda Civic was reported stolen. It has gold wheels, a pink sticker in its rear window and a license plate reading 763 YAS, according to the Centralia Police Department. It was last seen about 5 p.m. the evening before, according to police.

• A 29-year-old woman found in a pickup truck that didn’t belong to her about 8:45 p.m. yesterday on the 1800 block of Van Wormer Street was arrested for attempted vehicle theft. A deputy who contacted Krista R. Cate noted she had the window down, the music on and was acting very odd. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A primer red flatbed truck with a hot tub in the back was reported stolen on Saturday morning from the 4000 block of Harrison Avenue outside Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. t is 1974 Ford F350, according to the sheriff’s office. It was taken sometime after 9:30 p.m. the day before, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

CONCESSION THEFTS

• Three young males are in trouble after teachers identified their images from surveillance video stealing boxes containing $300 worth of concession candy from the metal shop at Toledo High School on Saturday night. A 20-year-old Winlock man was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary and the cases of a 16-year-old and 17-year-old from Toledo will be recommended for charges, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office. The intruders were seen using a key to get through locked doors, according to the sheriff’s office. The 20-year-old is to be released without charges pending further investigation.

• A camera was stolen from a concession stand on the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon. A door had been left open, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• A 17-year-old Centralia boy was arrested yesterday for alleged involvement in a burglary to a garage on Thursday at the 800 block of State Street in Centralia. A neighbor spotted three individuals taking various car parts totaling almost $1,200, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police took a report about 5:20 a.m. today of an attempted break-in at a building on the 700 block of West Main Street.

• A one hundred foot long garden hose was reported stolen from the 800 block of Elm Street in Centralia on Friday morning, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called to the 300 block of Hillside Lane on Friday night by a woman who handed over a two-way radio in a search and rescue bag she said she thought was stolen and had been left at the residence by a friend.

• Chehalis police were called Friday afternoon to Northwest North Street about stolen mail.

FUNNY MONEY

• An officer was called about 4:10 a.m. Saturday about a customer allegedly passing a fake $10 bill at a gas station on the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue in Chehalis.

• Chehalis police were called about 7 p.m. on Friday after a customer presented a counterfeit $50 bill at a grocery store on the 1300 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. The customer paid with different cash but kept the bill and left, according to the Chehalis Police Department,.

DRUGS

• A 22-year-old Olympia man was arrested for possession of heroin following a traffic stop on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about 6:50 p.m. yesterday. A police dog sniffed out suspected drugs and Mitchell D. Davidson-Link was booked into the lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 48-year-old Rochester man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine on Saturday afternoon at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Jeffrey Marchell was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer about 3:15 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department.

RVS BURN

• A fire that destroyed a pair of fifth-wheel trailers yesterday morning south of Chehalis is under investigation. Lewis County Fire District 5 was called about 8:30 a.m. to the 100 block of Elot Drive southeast of U.S. Highway 12 and Interstate 5 found the pair of recreational vehicles burning, according to spokesperson Lt. Laura Hanson. An ATV between them was ruined as well, according to Hanson.

SOUTH POINT FIRE STILL SMOKEY

• The forest fire burning south of Packwood put up more smoke yesterday because of warm weather but the fire behavior remains moderate, according to Gifford Pinchot National Forest spokesperson Ken Sandusky. The Forest Service continues to monitor the fire which is on a ridge called South Point about 10 miles south of U.S. Highway 12, Sandusky said in a news release this morning. It has been mapped at 101 acres, he stated.

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News brief: Three hurt when 14-year-old rolls vehicle off Interstate 5 south of Chehalis

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 14-year-old Portland girl who was allegedly driving drunk wrecked a van on Interstate 5 south of Chehalis early yesterday.

Aid and troopers called just after 3:30 a.m. to the scene near the U.S. Highway 12 and Avery Road interchange said three occupants of the vehicle were injured.

The registered owner, a 51-year-old Portland man, was a passenger in the 2006 Dodge Caravan, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The state patrol doesn’t know why an unlicensed teenager was driving with the adult in the van.

The vehicle was northbound, traveled off the roadway to the right and landed on it top, according to the state patrol.

The 14-year-old, Paris Roach, and a 16-year-old passenger, Kaliea Miller, both from Portland, were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with bumps, bruises and scrapes, state patrol spokesperson Trooper Will Finn said.

Miller is a runaway, according to Finn.

The owner of the van, Stephan Hardy, 51, of Portland, suffered a laceration to his forehead but declined aid, according to the state patrol.

Finn said Hardy was dropped off at a nearby exit at a service station or a restaurant where he could get services or call for a ride.

Finn  said they do know the girls and the man are not family to each other. The situation is still under investigation, Finn  said.

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Authorities impound nine malnourished horses from Morton couple

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 9:54 am
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Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office seized nine horses near Morton following an investigation into animal neglect.

The horses on property at the 800 block of state Route 7 were severely malnourished and dehydrated; one in such poor condition it had to be put down, according to the sheriff’s office.

The seizure on Friday came after attempts by county animal enforcement to encourage the owners bring the horses back to a healthy condition, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Five private groups and the Lewis County Animal Shelter assisted in the removal and now foster care of the horses, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

The sheriff’s office is asking the prosecutor to charge the owners with first-degree animal cruelty. They belong to Terry Simmons, 58, and Joanne Simmons, 65, according Brown.

Brown said authorities had asked the owners before Friday to seek the services of a veterinarian, but they failed to follow through.

The couple didn’t really have an explanation for the poor condition of the horses, according to Brown.

“I don’t know that they really understood how bad of condition they were in,” Brown said.

The owners were however cooperative and in agreement on Friday the animals needed care, according to Brown.

The horses ranged in age from as old as 15 to just a foal, according to the sheriff’s office.

Brown said donations of feed and grain are needed, and can be made to the animal shelter.

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Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

RUN, RUN, RUN … RUN AWAY

• Centralia police were called about 2:35 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of South Gold Street and a report store employees were chasing a shoplifter who disappeared in the area of the bowling alley. A search by police and deputies turned up a suspect hiding in some bushes, according to the Centralia Police Department. Matthew D. Christensen, 20, of Centralia, was arrested for shoplifting and an outstanding warrant and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

SCHOOL BUS HIT IN CENTRALIA

• Police and aid were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday when a vehicle rear ended a school bus on the 3400 block of Galvin Road in Centralia. It happened at slow speed and no students were injured, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of heroin and an outstanding warrant about 9:30 a.m. yesterday in the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia, according to police. Zachary W. Gallagher was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

LEAKING LIQUID DRAWS LARGE RESPONSE TO STORAGE BUSINESS

• Firefighters, police and responders from the state Department of Ecology and the county health department converged on a storage unit business in Centralia yesterday where a suspicious red liquid was discovered leaking from one unit. Riverside Fire Authority personnel were on the scene at the 300 block of West Reynolds Avenue about four hours while the substance was evaluated and people kept away, according to Fire Chief Jim Walkowski. The chief said it was probably less than five gallons that spilled inside and outside the unit and smelled of petroleum. Exactly what it was isn’t known but police contacted the renter of the unit who said it was part of a tea making process, Walkowski said. There were chemicals being stored inside the unit that shouldn’t have been however, he said.

WRECK

• Two cars were totaled when a 16-year-old Winlock girl neglected to stop on Military Road before entering state Route 505 in Winlock yesterday evening. Troopers called to the scene about 5:35 p.m. said Kayleigh D. Anderson was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and a 71-year-old Olympia man in the second vehicle was unhurt. The teenager was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the Washington State Patrol

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Updated at 6:34 p.m.

LAUREL HEDGE GOES UP IN FLAMES

• Firefighters were called to Westside Drive on the hillside in Chehalis about 9 o’clock last night to reports of flames rising 20 to 25 feet high above a hedge. The property owner told firefighters there had been work trucks in the area and one had been idling nearby for quite awhile, leading them to speculate if a cigarette might have been to blame, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

BURGLARY

• Police responded to a burglary on the 500 block of South Silver Street in Centralia about 2:10 p.m. yesterday. Missing are some video games and computer-related items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 4:45 p.m. yesterday to a residence on 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in which it appeared someone had broken in and disturbed things inside but stole nothing.

• A deputy took a report yesterday from the 100 block of Leonard Road in Onalaska where a resident advised sometime between Sunday and Wednesday someone stole her Stihl MS250 chainsaw.

HIT AND RUN ARREST

• Centralia police arrested a 35-year-old Centralia driver after an approximately 11:15 p.m. incident yesterday in which he allegedly struck a vehicle in the area of the 600 block of South Pearl Street and then parked and walked away. Pedro Saucedo-Chavez was located several blocks away and booked into the Lewis County Jail for hit and run as well as a warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested a 22-year-old Chehalis resident about 4:45 a.m. today at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue. Shaina K. Campbell was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. William G. Fultz-Valenta, 24, of Grand Mound as arrested at the same time for an outstanding warrant, according to police.

WRECK

• Centralia police said a bicycle rider suffered a hand injury when they fell off their bicycle after its back tire was struck by a vehicle on the 900 block of Woodland Avenue about 8:50 a.m. yesterday.

• A motorist was uninjured after her car and a semi truck tangled on southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis this morning. Aid called about 11:10 a.m. to the scene just south of the Main Street interchange said it appeared her car was bounced back and forth between the truck and the guard rail several times and was totaled.

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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.