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Breaking News: Coroner releases name of Napavine man shot by deputy

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

Updated at 9:03 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office this morning identified the man shot by a sheriff’s deputy yesterday as Gregory S. Kaufman.

Kaufman is 64 years old and a Napavine resident.

Coroner Warren McLeod said an autopsy later today should provide answers and details about the cause of death, the number of times he was shot and what were the injuries Deputy Matt Wallace saw that he thought were self-inflicted.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Wallace approached Kaufman’s parked car off state Route 6 early yesterday morning and a heavily bleeding man lunged out of the car with a large knife.

The deputy is on paid leave as the shooting is being investigated by a team of outside law enforcement officers.

Coroner McLeod said Kaufman has no family he could find. His office learned from Kaufman’s girlfriend that he is divorced, has no children and his parents are deceased, according to McLeod.

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For background, read “Deputy fatally shoots Napavine man on state Route 6″ from Thursday November 1, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., here

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News brief: Deputy Wallace will be out for unknown length of time over fatal shooting

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:25 am

Updated at 9:13 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning it was Deputy Matt Wallace who shot and killed a motorist he encountered with a knife on state Route 6 early yesterday morning.

Wallace is 37 years old and has been with the sheriff’s office for nine years, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

Wallace was alone and on routine patrol when he stopped and approached a car parked at a gravel turnout near Boistfort shortly after midnight, according to the sheriff’s office.

Initial reports indicate he observed the man who was bleeding heavily from what he thought were self-inflicted wounds, and when he tried to speak with him, the man lunged out the vehicle with a large knife.

Wallace shot the man who died at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. The dead man is still identified only as a 64-year-old resident of Napavine.

Wallace was not injured, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. He is on paid administrative leave for an unknown length of time, according to Brown.

“There’s just a process he has to go through before he comes back to work,” Brown said.

A team of outside law enforcement officers is investigating the incident.

The Regional Sheriff’s Critical Incident Investigation team is made up of deputies from the surrounding counties of Thurston, Pacific, Mason and Grays Harbor and the Washington State Patrol.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is taking the lead in this investigation, according to Brown.

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For background, read “Deputy fatally shoots Napavine man on state Route 6″ from Thursday November 1, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., here

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Be on the lookout: Missing silver pickup, and its elderly driver

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm
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Osborn drives a silver 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup similar to this one, but with a white utility canopy. A horse logo on one side says “Little Creek Paso Finos”

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

There’s still no sign of 80-year-old William Osborne who was last seen Monday buying a hunting license in Morton, according to police.

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William H. Osborne

While a traditional search mission has not been put in place, law enforcement officers have been combing roadways in East Lewis County day and night, Morton Police Department Officer Perry Royle said this evening.

On Tuesday night, Royle and a sheriff’s deputy drove every road on Peterman Hill and around the Cowlitz wildlife area south of Morton, Royle said.

“We covered every single spur road that didn’t have a gate,” he said.

Deputies have been traveling Forest Service roads around Randle and even in the Toutle area, he said.

The Morton man made plans to meet his son in Morton on Tuesday, but when the son showed up, his father was nowhere to be found.

Police are thinking because Osborne is not very mobile, he’ll be with his truck.

They couldn’t get anyone in the air to search for it because of the clouds, Royle said.

Police are hoping to get the truck’s description out to the many elk hunters who will populate the hills beginning this weekend, Royle said.

Osborne drives a silver 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup with a white utility canopy. Its license plate is B67640P.

“We’re still assuming he went shooting or hunting,” Royle said.

Osborne, who lives alone, is 5-feet 8-inches tall and about 185 pounds. His neighbors think he didn’t return home on Monday night. His cell phone was last used around 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

Royle said Osborne’s household is full of family members looking for him as well.

Update: The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says Osborne told a friend at breakfast on Monday he was going to hunt at Ryan Lake, which is off Forest Service Road 26 south of East Lewis County in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with any information on his whereabouts to call 911 immediately.

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For a little more, read: “Eighty-year-old Morton man not seen since Monday” from Wednesday October 31, 2012 at 10:58 a.m., here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

THEFT

• A deputy took a report yesterday about a burglary to a boathouse on the 100 block of Mineral Hill Road in Mineral in which two 1950s-style Johnson outboard motors were stolen. The 69-year-old victim said someone parked by the house and walked to the structure which hasn’t been used for boat rentals since 1985 and took the items sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police took a report from the 100 block of East Bridge Street just before noon yesterday afternoon about credit card fraud.

ALLEGED RANSACKER ARRESTED

• A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday in connection with derogatory messages written on the walls inside a home on the 200 block of High Street. A woman who lives there called police the night before and said someone also threw some of her belongings outside. Bradley M. Pedersen was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary and possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UH, TRICK-OR-TREAT?

• A woman on Southwest McFadden Avenue in Chehalis called 911 about 7:40 p.m. yesterday to ask for a police officer because there were a bunch of unruly teenagers banging on her door demanding candy. No arrests were made.

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Photo of the missing Kayla Croft-Payne to be featured on long-haul trucks

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm
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Posters featuring Kayla Croft-Payne will travel around the country on sides of trucks.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The face of a missing Chehalis girl will soon be pasted poster-sized on the sides of truck trailers that travel throughout the country.

Kayla Croft-Payne was reported missing on May 5, 2010  by a friend who hadn’t seen or heard from her for several days. She was 18 years old and living outside Chehalis.

Gordon Trucking, in Pacific, will unveil Croft-Payne’s poster on Friday morning adding it to their fleet that highlights missing children from Washington and Oregon.

“The whole idea is just to get, in her case to get her picture out there,” Washington State Patrol Lt. Ron Mead said. “They get a lot of exposure they wouldn’t otherwise get.”

Mead said her image will be placed on multiple trailers.

Gordon Trucking already features other youngsters, such as Kyron Horman, who was 7 years old when he disappeared in Portland. A new age-progressed picture of Kyron and two other children are currently being added to the fleet, according to Mead.

It’s part of a partnership called Homeward Bound, involving private industry and the state patrol, according to Mead.

When Croft-Payne turned 18, she got several thousand dollars from a trust fund and moved into an apartment in Chehalis. Neither her father or her mother knew a lot about the friends their daughter was hanging out with in the months before she vanished.

Last year, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said it had followed tips up into Pierce County, and down into Cowlitz County, saying the last place they could verify she was seen was a trailer park in the Toutle area.

“As long as there is hope, we have a responsibility to keep that hope alive,” Mead said.
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For background, read “Kayla Croft-Payne: Missing Lewis County teen’s parents still seeking answers” from Friday March 25, 2011, here

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Dan Coon of the state patrol says Kayla Croft-Payne’s picture will be on the trailers of five big rigs that travel throughout the Northwest and Canada. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

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Deputy fatally shoots Napavine man on state Route 6

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:30 am
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A team of outside law enforcement officers finished up their scene investigation this morning where a deputy fatally shot a Napavine man along state Route 6 near Boistfort.

Updated at 8:52 a.m., 9:11 a.m. and 5:06 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Lewis County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a motorist west of Adna this morning the sheriff’s office said lunged out of his vehicle with a knife.

It happened about 12:17 a.m. on the 2300 block of state Route 6, according to the sheriff’s office.

The dead man is identified only as a 64-year-old Napavine resident.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office: The deputy was on routine patrol when he saw a car parked in a turnout and stopped to see if the driver needed assistance.

“When the deputy approached the vehicle he observed a man with, what appeared to be, self-inflicted lacerations and bleeding heavily,” the sheriff’s office states. “When the deputy tried to speak with the man, the man lunged out of his vehicle with a large knife and charged the deputy.”

The sheriff’s office says the deputy was forced to shoot to avoid being attacked.

Aid was summoned and the motorist was pronounced dead shortly after aid arrived, according to the sheriff’s office.

A team of outside law enforcement officers was summoned to the scene near Boistfort this morning to investigate.

The unnamed deputy is a nine-year veteran of the office. He is being put on paid administrative leave as is standard procedure, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

The incident took place at a large gravel turnout just east of the South Fork Chehalis RIver Bridge near Boistfort.

The deputy was alone when it occurred, according to Brown.

Asked what made the deputy think the man’s injuries were self inflicted, she said: Because there was nobody else around.

The sheriff’s office has no reason to believe there was anyone else involved, according to Brown.

She said the dead man’s name will be released by the Lewis County Coroner’s Office, which customarily doesn’t happen until family has been notified.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said his office is working to locate the next-of-kin and then confirm the identity of the deceased. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

A stretch of state Route 6 between Spooner Road and Boistfort Road was shut down until about 6:30 a.m. for the investigation, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

It was just 16 months ago when another Lewis County deputy fatally shot another Napavine man. In June 2011, Deputy Matt McKnight opened fire on a 33-year-old man he thought was armed with a knife on a residential street in Napavine.

That incident too occurred at night time, and McKnight said Steven V. Petersen began to charge him.

The deputy was cleared but last month Petersen’s family filed a lawsuit saying McKnight engaged in a ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ approach to law enforcement.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:28 pm

BACK DOOR BREAK-IN

• A burglar alarm alerted Chehalis police to Dairy Dans on the 1500 block of South Market Boulevard about 2:15 a.m. today where an officer found the back door forced open. Police will be reviewing surveillance video from the business, but it didn’t appear anything was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRONT DOOR BREAK-IN

• A 30-year-old Centralia man called the sheriff’s office yesterday about a burglary to his home in which $100 cash and two rings were stolen. The front door to the home on the 3700 block of Russell Road was damaged, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred between 7:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

HOME RANSACKED

• Police were called abut 11 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of High Street in Centralia where a woman returned home to discover someone had entered her residence, written derogatory messages on the walls and then thrown some of her belongings outside. Centralia police note they have possible suspect information in the case.

SHED RANSACKED

• A storage shed on the 2200 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia was ransacked, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday morning. The victim was still sorting through to determine what was missing, according to police.

PALLETS TAKEN

• A Chehalis police officer stopped a pickup truck loaded with pallets driving away from the Grocery Outlet on Louisiana Avenue about 4 o’clock this morning and arrested the driver – Ivan Garcia Corrales, 31, of Federal Way –  for third-degree theft, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

IPHONE 5 TAKEN

• Centralia police were called to the haunted house on the 2000 block of Borst Avenue yesterday evening after an unknown suspect stole an iPhone 5 from a volunteer there.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report from the 2400 block of Cooks Hill Road yesterday afternoon about unauthorized charges on a man’s credit card.

BAD CHECK

• Morton police took a complaint of an unlawful issuance of bank checks on the 200 block of Main Avenue last week. The writer of the check was contacted and encouraged to satisfy the check or potentially face criminal charges, according to the Morton Police Department.

911 CALLER WANTS HELP FINDING BED

• Morton police received a report of a dispute just before 1 a.m. on Saturday on the 100 block of Main Avenue. An officer determined the caller was an intoxicated citizen trying to find their way to their motel room, according to Morton Police Department.

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Glenoma resident pleads guilty in California multi-million dollar mortgage fraud

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A former Southern California woman who now lives in Glenoma pleaded guilty today to charges in connection with orchestrating a mortgage fraud scheme convincing lenders to fund more than $20 million in loans on approximately three dozen properties in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Wanda Coleman, 59, admitted to one count of mail fraud pursuant to a plea agreement filed under seal in U.S. District Court in Portland, according to authorities.

Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Robbins said Coleman had a film company and some of the proceeds were used to finance films and some for personal use.

She is a former resident of Pauma Valley in San Diego County, he said. He said he couldn’t say exactly if she had family or other connections that prompted her to relocate to Lewis County.

Robbins said Coleman recruited straw buyers who offered to pay sellers substantially more than their asking price in return for the sellers’ agreement to refund the excess amount to her or companies she controlled.

She and co-conspirators submitted mortgage applications that contained false information regarding the buyers’ employment, income and assets as well as omitted material information, according to the U.S. Attorneys’ Office.

The buyers ultimately defaulted on the loans, resulting in foreclosures and losses of more than $11 million to the lenders, Robbins said.

The indictment was filed a year ago, but covered activities from as early as 2005 and into 2009, he said. It’s the kind of scheme which was easier to pull off before the housing market crashed and transactions tightened up, he said.

Three others have pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme, as well as two more individuals in related cases, according to Robbins. The so-called straw buyers were not charged, he said.

“The mortgage broker, the escrow agent, they were all in on it,” Robbins said.

Participants also forged bank statements and prepared other fraudulent documents to corroborate the false claims, according to the U.S. Attorneys’ Office.

Robbins said he only knew of the one film Coleman was involved in called “Samurai Woman”.

The case grew out of an investigation by the FBI and originated in the United States Attorneys Office in the Central District of California. It was transferred to the District of Oregon for entry of the plea and sentencing because of the proximity to Coleman’s new residence, Robbins said.

She will be sentenced on Jan. 25 in Portland. The maximum sentence is 30 years but the details in the plea agreement are under seal for now.

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News brief: Soggy streets expected for trick-or-treating tonight

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Weather forecasters say there is 100 percent chance of rain tonight in Chehalis and expect small streams and urban areas to experience minor flooding.

An advisory which was extended this morning covers Lewis County and nearly all of Western Washington.

Nearly 2 inches of rain has fallen across many lowland locations during the past 24 hours and moderate rainfall the rest of rest of today will produce ponding of water, according to the National Weather Service.

The problem will be seen especially on roads beneath overpasses and intersections where drainage is poor because of a buildup of leaves and such, according to the weather service.

Motorists should keep in mind just a few inches of water can cause them to lose control of their vehicles, the advisory cautions.

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Eighty-year-old Morton man not seen since Monday

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An 80-year-old Morton man who lives alone was reported missing yesterday after his grown son arrived at the man’s residence for a planned hunting outing to find nobody home.

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William H. Osborne

William H. Osborne was last seen on Monday purchasing a hunting license at Tri Mountain Sports & Radio Shack in town, according to the Morton Police Department.

“We’re putting all resources into locating him, obviously time is of the essence,” Chief Dan Mortensen said this morning.

Osborne’s family describes him as possibly having some short term memory loss and he’s not very mobile because of his age, Mortensen said. He’s 5-feet 8-inches tall and about 185 pounds.

One challenge is it’s virtually impossible to activate a search and rescue mission because they have no specific location to start looking, the chief said.

Osborne’s family is in the area looking and police have alerted local law enforcement and surrounding agencies, according to Mortensen.

Osborne drives a silver 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup with a white utility canopy. Its license plate is B67640P.

He and his son spoke around 11:30 a.m. on Monday and that’s the last time Osborne’s cell phone was used, the chief said. He purchased the hunting license between noon and 2 p.m.

The son, who lives in Orting, showed up yesterday to meet his father, and then checked a local restaurant before calling police, Mortensen said.

Police tried unsuccessfully to “ping” the cell phone to learn its location, he said.

His neighbors didn’t think he came home Monday night, the chief said.

“We don’t know where he is,” Mortensen said. “His son thought he could have gone up into the mountains to shoot his gun, possibly grouse hunting.”

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News brief: Centralia auto business drug case will bring 10 years or more for Valle Vega

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Donato Valle Vega faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison following his conviction in connection with pounds of drugs seized from the attic of a Centralia car lot.

A jury found Valle Vega guilty on Friday of in U.S. District Court in Tacoma of one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and a second similar count related to methamphetamine, according to Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Thomas.

“The jury deliberated about four and half hours,” Thomas said.

Federal agents descended upon Emmanuel Auto Sales on Harrison Avenue in September 2010 after Valle Vega admitted hiding drugs at his business.

He was charged by indictment the same month.

Thomas said the offense brings a sentence of at least 10 years and as much as life in prison.

A forfeiture hearing is scheduled for Jan. 4 and sentencing is set for Jan. 25 in front of Judge Ronald B. Leighton, according to Thomas.
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For background, read “Centralia auto business arrest followed discovery of almost 10 pounds of cocaine” from Wednesday September 29, 2010, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

THEFT INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY AT CENTRALIA EAGLES

• Police are investigating money missing from the Centralia Eagles. An officer called just after noon time yesterday to the 2300 block of North Pearl Street learned there was cash missing, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Jim Shannon said it’s not clear if the theft occurred during business hours or not. The amount in question was not disclosed but Shannon said he believes it is less than $1,000.

CHEHALIS POLICE LOOK INTO ASSAULT OF TEEN

• Chehalis police were called about 5:25 p.m. yesterday to a business on the 1000 block of South Market Boulevard after a 14-year-old girl walked in and said she was assaulted. The case is under investigation, according to Officer Linda Bailey.

SMALL BAGGIE FOUND AT FIRE DEPARTMENT HANDED OVER TO POLICE

• Police were called to the Northwest Park Street about 7:20 .m. today about an unknown substance in a small baggie found inside a vehicle at the Chehalis Fire Department. The material will be tested to determine what it is, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone prowled an unlocked vehicle on the 2000 block of Southwest Olympic Drive in Chehalis, according to a report made to police yesterday. Nothing was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK

• Two people were hospitalized after a one-car rollover accident yesterday morning northwest of Centralia. Firefighters called about 10:30 a.m. to Galvin Road near River Heights Road said there were four occupants. Further details were not readily available.

SMOKE DRAWS FIRE CREW TO BURGERVILLE

• Centralia firefighters called to a report of smoke inside Burgerville early this morning found an overheated light fixture in a back room. Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy said crews called at 6:20 a.m. to the Harrison Avenue eatery shut off the power but didn’t need to use any water on the ballast.