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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

CENTRALIA RESIDENT FLEES INTRUDER

• Police were called yesterday morning to the 500 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia when an individual entered, or began to enter, a home while a 69-year-old woman was watching television in her living room. The person saw her and ran out the back door, she ran out the front door to a neighbor’s to call 911, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police Sgt. Stacy Denham said the back door had been unlocked. All she saw was a sleeve, described as on a dark jacket with a white stripe, Denham said. Nothing was missing and nobody hurt, but police are still investigating, according to Denham.

BREAK-IN CINEBAR

• A deputy was called yesterday regarding a burglary at the 100 block of Summer Run Drive in Cinebar in which two guns, a generator and various tools were stolen. The victim said sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. the night before, someone came into her residence, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BREAK-IN WINLOCK

• The sheriff’s office reported this morning that a deputy took a report on Saturday of a burglary at the 300 block of Pine Tree Road near Winlock. Among the valuables taken sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. that day were a Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun and a red jewelry box, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

POSSIBLE MAIL THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday regarding several mailboxes getting broken into along the 3700 block of Galvin Road.

POLICE: DRIVING WHILE HIGH

• A 55-year-old motorist was arrested about 11 o’clock last night for driving under the influence of drugs after he reportedly pulled in front of a patrol car and then stopped in the road on the 200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. “The officer had to stop to avoid a collision,” Sgt. Stacy Denham said. Bruce M. Piper, from Olympia, also was found with suspected heroin in his pocket, according to Denham. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for misdemeanor theft, collisions, suspicious circumstances, disputes, bicycle stolen from skate park, motorist getting mooned by someone in another vehicle,  possible scam through the mail … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Updated at 4:09 p.m.

JUMPED IN CENTRALIA

• Police are investigating an assault from last night in which a 26-year-old Centralia man was struck by an individual, possibly with some kind of metal pipe in the area of the 100 block of South Washington Avenue. Officers were called about 11 p.m. by someone who overheard three males speaking of a robbery and then subsequently by the victim, according to the Centralia Police Department. He said he was just sitting waiting for a ride and had no idea why the trio attacked him, according to police. His injuries didn’t require him to go to the hospital; he had swelling on his head and scrapes on his back, according to Sgt. Stacy Denham.

FEMALE SAYS SHE WAS SHOVED FROM VEHICLE

• Chehalis police are investigating a possible assault after a call last night to the 2500 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue where a crying woman said she she was pushed out of a vehicle. An officer was called about 8 p.m. to a business after the woman arrived there and she was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked out, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OUT-OF-CONTROL PATIENT

• Police were called to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital early yesterday morning when a patient allegedly charged a nurse and attempted to punch another. The two male nurses restrained 33-year-old Giovanni L. Revetria with a bear hug, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened about 12:30 a.m. at the 900 block of South Schueber Road, according to police Revetria was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to police.

DOMESTIC ISSUE

• A 34-year-old Centralia man was arrested on Saturday evening after an alleged assault at the 200 block of North King Street in Centralia. Officers called about 5:40 p.m. were told Glenn A. Tukes choked his wife; he was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. He is to be released without charges pending further investigation.

ROAD RAGE WITH BARE BUTT

• Chehalis police were called about 3:45 p.m. on Saturday after a dispute in which a driver allegedly jumped out of his vehicle, dropped his pants and mooned another driver and when she followed him, he stopped and backed up and struck her vehicle. It began in the parking lot at Twin City Town Center, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim identified the 36-year-old man by looking at a photo and he will be mailed a citation for hit and run to his home in Hoodsport, according to police.

ART THEFT

• More than $5,000 worth of Native American art pieces have been reported stolen from the 100 block of Frost Creek Road in Glenoma. A deputy called yesterday was told that sometime since July 20, someone entered the home and left with items such as multi-colored beaded baskets, clay pots, bottles and sterling silver pieces, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT OF MONEY

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon to a home on Southwest William Avenue about a large amount of cash missing from a lock box sometime in the previous week and a half. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FOILED THEFT

• A 23-year-old Rochester man was arrested early yesterday morning for attempted vehicle theft after he was allegedly caught inside someone else’s vehicle in the area of West First and M streets. Officers responding about 3:40 a.m. confronted the individual but he took off running and tried to jump over a fence, according to the Centralia Police Department. A police dog took the suspect the ground and held him until he was handcuffed, according to police. Max A. Lyons was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 42-year-old Onalaska man was sentenced to five years in prison today for an incident at the end of June in which he was caught traveling 71 mph in a 55 mph zone and had been drinking. Clifford Lee Stone Jr. was stopped by a state trooper on state Route 508 on June 29. He was convicted after a trial last week under the state’s felony DUI law. Judge James Lawler was told this morning in Lewis County Superior Court that Stone has six previous convictions for driving under the influence, one for felony DUI and a conviction for vehicular assault that occurred while he was intoxicated. Lawler told Stone it was clear the only thing that was going to stop him and would protect the community was being locked up. Stone chose not to make a statement on his own behalf. His defense lawyer Michael Underwood filed a notice of appeal.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, disputes, misdemeanor assaults, violation of protection order, gas drive off, other misdemeanor thefts, collisions, graffiti on building, folding chairs taken from front porch; complaints of loud party, barking dog … and more.

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Chehalis man confesses he beat his girlfriend Brenda Bail to death

Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:32 am
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Corey R. Morgan listens to attorneys and a judge in Lewis County Superior Court as he pleads guilty to murder and assault.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man accused of staging a wreck on a Morton area logging road to cover up his girlfriend’s beating death admitted this morning they got into a fight and he hit her several times and strangled her.

Corey R. Morgan, 32, said in a written statement he and Brenda Bail had been drinking.

Morgan, who has been held in the Lewis County Jail since the July 19 incident, pleaded guilty today to increased charges.

He was initially charged with second-degree murder however prosecutors added a charge of second-degree assault.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead spoke of additional finding from Bail’s autopsy. Choking her with his hands is what killed Bail, but she also had broken ribs on both sides, a broken nose and a large laceration on her lower lip, according to Halstead.

Other details of exactly where and when the assault occurred were not revealed during this morning’s court hearing.

Morgan, who is from Randle but lived in the Chehalis area with his 48-year-old girlfriend, had been sentenced two days before her death for an incident from last fall when he punched her in the face.

According to court documents, he told deputies they’d been out at the Market Street Pub in Chehalis and headed out to Forest Service Road 73 off state Route 508 to drink some more at a place that was special to the couple. It was about 1:30 a.m. when he walked to a home asking for help saying they’d been in a wreck fleeing three men who’d jumped them.

He told deputies the trio beat his girlfriend with a flashlight and a baton, but he fended them off, put her in his truck and sped down the logging road crashing into the ditch.

Bail was pronounced dead in the emergency room at 2:25 a.m.

Morgan said little at this morning’s hearing, but looked the judge in the eyes as he was questioned if he understood the consequences of his plea and spoke the words guilty twice.

He faces prison time of about 14 and a half years up to 23 years, according to Halstead. Prosecutors will ask for the high end of the standard sentencing range, Halstead said.

His admission came as part of a plea agreement. Halstead said he couldn’t say why Morgan chose to plead guilty, but speculated it had to do with the emerging evidence in the case.

Morgan’s defense attorney Don Blair had no comments to add outside the courtroom.

A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled but it will likely occur in the beginning of October, Halstead said.

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For background, read “Man suspected of killing fiancee had assaulted her before, lawyer says” from Tuesday July 23, 2013, here

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Thieves interfere with half dozen ill persons’ weekly blessing from church volunteer

Monday, August 26, 2013 at 1:00 am
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A booklet like this one, along with holy water and a wooden crucifix with a handmade wooden base are among the items inside a straw-colored bag which was stolen from a vehicle at St. Mary Catholic Church.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – At least two cars were broken into on Sunday in the parking lot of a Centralia church during the morning service.

In one case the window was smashed and a purse taken, but from the other, something perhaps more valuable was stolen.

It happened between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. during mass at St. Mary Catholic Church on North Washington Avenue.

Eighty-six-year-old Esther Haubrick for years has volunteered her time giving Holy Communion to shut-ins around town.

On Sundays, directly after church, she visits six individuals who are too sick to attend services.

“They wait for me, it’s kind of nice,” she said. “But I love doing it, it’s just my blessing.”

Yesterday, when she went to her car to re-stock her communion kit with the wafers, called the “host” for each of her people, the bag was gone, she said.

“I went back inside and said guess what, someone took my bag out of my car,” she said.

Haubrick didn’t wait around for police, she had to go explain to her people why she couldn’t give them communion, she said.

Her daughter-in-law Sherry Haubrick went to the area, near West Maple Street and took a look around the neighborhood and the cemetery there. She’s hoping the thieves after realizing there was no wallet, no money, tossed the tan colored straw bag in the bushes.

Besides the special white cloth to arrange her items on, the bag contained a copy of the little blue “Communion of the Sick” booklet which Esther Haubrick reads from, holy water, and a wooden cross with a wooden base her late husband made for her.

“He made a little block, so the crucifix would stand up,” she said. Her husband died in 1999.

“So, you know, things have a little meaning to you, sentimental meaning,” she said.

Esther Haubrick said she’s always parked in the same spot, and it hasn’t occurred to her to lock up her vehicle while it’s at a church.

“I’ve been doing this for 20, well I’m sure at least 15 years,” she said. “It’s the first time I’ve had any problems.”

She described the cross as about eight inches tall. The bag is perhaps a foot long and 10 inches tall with two wooden handles, she said.

Sherry Haubrick is hoping folks in the area might check their yards so the cross and its base can be returned to her mother-in-law.

“It just sickens me, while they were in church, someone’s there stealing their stuff,” she said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

SIX ESCAPE BURNING RESIDENCE IN SALKUM

• A Salkum family is without a home after fire tore through their two-story house on the 800 block of Gore Road today. Crews called just before 11 a.m. found six people who had gotten out safely, according to Lewis County Fire District 8. “We had smoke rolling out of three sides of the structure and it had just started burning the roof over the garage,” Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said. The roof collapsed, the walls remain standing but most of the contents are probably destroyed or damaged, McDaniel said. The couple who owns the property built the home about 20 years ago and were out of town, he said. McDaniel wasn’t certain who all was there, as the Red Cross arrived and worked with the occupants, some he thought were visitors. He believed they included a young adult, three teenage-ish aged persons, a child and an infant. Nobody was injured at all, he said, adding it could have been entirely different it occurred at night while they were sleeping. McDaniel praised the volunteers who battled the blaze until 2 p.m., some of whom were on the scene until after 4 p.m. “We had 27 firefighters from four districts that worked their butts off today,” he said. An investigator came out and will return tomorrow, he said. Initially, something electrical is suspect as it seemed to have originated near a laundry room, he said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 7 o’clock this morning about a burglary to a home at the 300 block of West Magnolia Street.

DID YOU FEEL THE EARTH MOVE?

• Light shaking was reported felt in Glenoma yesterday with lesser trembling detected from Packwood to Longview when a magnitude 3.7 earthquake occurred about 2:38 p.m. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recorded it just northwest of Mount St. Helens, along the Spirit Lake Highway. The quake, at about nine miles deep, was followed by several minor earthquakes and then just after 6 p.m., one measuring at 3.4 and another at 3.1, according to the PNSN. According to PNSN charting, the amount of seismicity noted around the volcano during the past month doesn’t qualify as more than average.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for  misdemeanor theft … and more.

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CORRECTION: The news item above regarding the earthquakes has been updated to correct a typo which erroneously reported the size of the third quake.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm
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Police converge on Harrison Avenue in Centralia after a man with a knife allegedly tries to get into someone else’s vehicle. / Courtesy photo by Nikkie Severance

ROAD RAGE AT FREEWAY ONRAMP

• A 47-year-old Chehalis man was arrested at gun point yesterday on Harrison Avenue near Belmont in Centralia after a motorist reported someone approached his parked vehicle screaming, punching the window and trying to get inside. Police called about 7:10 p.m. were told the man had pulled over on the freeway onramp to use his cell phone when a stranger approached with a knife, according to the Centralia Police Department. The stranger yelled and tried to break the window and then abruptly left, getting into a black truck and driving away, Officer John Panco said. Officers locating the truck ordered Harvey C. Maddux to get out and he apparently fought with them a little bit when it came time to get into a patrol car, Panco said. Maddux was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, according to police. Panco said he didn’t know what upset Maddux.

MORE SOUTH COUNTY BURGLARIES

• A deputy was called yesterday to a residential burglary at the 900 block of state Route 506 near Vader. Sometime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. someone made forced entry and left with jewelry and cash, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A deputy took a report yesterday of a break-in to a home at the 200 block of McClure Road near Winlock in which a gold ring and other items were stolen. It happened sometime since July 29, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Rob Snaza said the sheriff’s office has seen an uptick in burglaries in the south end of the county and they are looking into similarities in recent cases.

BAD HOUSE GUEST

• Centralia police took a report about 3:25 a.m. today of clothing and other items such as electronics stolen from a home on the 1100 block of F Street. A house guest is suspected in the theft, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police yesterday recorded instances of graffiti on a trailer, a shed and another building on the 1000 block of J Street and the an alley near the 600 block of G Street.

FRENCH FRY ACCIDENT

• Firefighters and medics were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday to Winlock home with a cooking fire. Responders arriving to the 1000 block of Southeast First Street learned a potful of oil for french fries had ignited and the resident attempted to carry it outside, using a paper towel to hold onto it, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. She was treated at the scene for a minor burn to her hand, Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said. The only other damage was a scorch mark on the linoleum, he said. Anderson recommended the safest way to deal with such an incident is to cover the pan with its lid or douse the flames with a fire extinguisher. He reminds folks never to put water on a grease fire.

VEHICLE VERSUS POLE

• A motorist was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital after colliding with a utility pole on the 400 block of North Tower Avenue overnight. Police responding about 3:25 a.m. found the man with minor injuries, but the pole broke about 15 feet up and tipped, according to the Centralia Police Department. The cause remains under investigation, according to police. The roadway was closed for workers to replace the pole, police said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, collisions, misdemeanor thefts, disputes; complaints of neighbor’s loud music … and more.

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Breaking news: Threat to President Obama traced to Napavine

Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Updated at 5:19 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Secret Service was in Lewis County yesterday investigating a threat against the president.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rob Snaza said a phone call was made about three weeks ago to a cell phone with a Washington state phone number belonging to a person who lives in Washington D.C.

Snaza said deputies worked with the federal agents yesterday locally to track down the phone that made the call. He described the content only as “statements made, with comments against the president.”

“We found it was juveniles who made a prank phone call,” Snaza said. From Napavine, he said.

Snaza released few details, other than the two boys live in the Napavine and Chehalis areas.

He said the case was turned over to the United States Secret Service, who had a talk with the youngsters. He said he didn’t believe they would be going to jail.

“I think they learned their lesson,” Snaza said.

Assistant Special Agent Bob Kierstead, at the Seattle field office of the Secret Service, confirmed this afternoon it didn’t appear any federal charges would come out of the case.

“Typically we don’t release a lot of information on ‘protective intelligence’ cases,” Kierstead said. “The Secret Service takes every threat seriously and we investigate every threat.”

He would not reveal the content of the phone call.

The federal law enforcement agency, besides its original mission as investigators of counterfeit currency, provides protection to the president, the vice president and certain other persons. It also has a electronic financial crimes task force, Kierstead said.

Asked if information about the phone call came through the previously secret gathering by federal authorities of millions of Americans phone records for national security, Kierstead said he can’t speak a lot about investigative techniques.

“It was pretty routine,” he said.

The information came from a private citizen to law enforcement who then contacted the Secret Service, he said. Snaza revealed the recipient of the call was a woman who has a spouse in the military.

Kierstead also declined to share how many threats against the president the agency investigates in a year.

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News brief: New fire breaks out in Goat Rocks Wilderness

Friday, August 23, 2013 at 11:48 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Authorities are keeping a eye on a forest fire in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, smoke from which has been visible in the Randle and Packwood areas.

It’s estimated to be less than 10 acres, burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain, according to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Dubbed the Coal Creek Mountain Fire, the blaze was started by a lightening strike and discovered on Wednesday, according to forest spokesperson Sharon Steriti.

There are no road or trail closures at this time.

Helicopters from the Conrad Lake Fire – also in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, but on the east side of the mountains in the Wenatchee National Forest – were initially used to suppress the latest wildfire, Steriti said.

“With all the fire activity around the country, we understand our communities’ concerns and will continue to keep the public informed on this and future fires,” Garth Smelser, a deputy forest supervisor, stated in a news release yesterday evening.” As always, our number one priority remains the safety of our firefighters and public”

The Conrad Lake Fire just eight miles south of Rimrock Lake began on Aug. 9 from lightening and has burned nearly 1,000 acres.

Meanwhile, some of the local firefighters dispatched Wednesday to assist fighting a forest fire near Leavenworth are on their way home.

“Our guys are on their way back,” Thurston County Fire District 12’s Tina Vanderhoof said this morning. “I guess they got rain last night.”

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Updated at 5:14 p.m.

INMATE FLEES CHEHALIS MUNICIPAL COURT, FOUND IN BUSHES

• A 20-year-old Rochester woman booked early yesterday morning for drugs escaped from police custody just outside Chehalis Municipal Court just before 3 p.m. yesterday. Kyrstin R. Daarud, aka Kyrstin Lane bolted as she and two other inmates were taken out of a patrol car in the parking lot at the 300 block of North Market Boulevard, according to police. Officers converged on the area and found her within about 10 minutes, hiding in some bushes a few blocks to the south, according to detective Sgt. Gary Wilson. She was dressed in an orange jail garb and chains, he said. Daarud was arrested about 4:30 a.m. that day in Centralia for possession of heroin, methamphetamine, unlawfully possessing a firearm and a misdemeanor warrant, according to police. She was being taken to the Chehalis court to deal with her warrant. She’s back in the Lewis County Jail with a new potential charge of first-degree escape. Wilson said he will recommend she be charged with theft as well for taking off with their handcuffs.

CHILD ASSAULT ALLEGED

• Deputies investigating an incident from last year at the request of police in Spokane arrested Donny R. Elliott, 37, yesterday at his home on the 100 block of Chandler Road west of Chehalis for second-degree assault, second-degree assault of a child and harassment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. While there, they also learned a new alleged misdemeanor assault involving a 22-year-old female, Sgt. Rob Snaza said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BURGLARY TOLEDO

• A deputy was called last night to a burglary at the 200 block of state Route 506 near Toledo in which someone broke through a back door of a home and left with numerous valuables including an Olympus camera, a Sony camera and a humidor as well as credit cards, gift cards and checks, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is more than $1,000, Sgt. Rob Snaza said.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 4:50 a.m. today when the owner of a white 2013 Kia discovered the car missing from where it had been parked on the 1000 block of Ellsbury Street.

CAR PROWL

• Someone stole a backpack from a vehicle parked at the 700 block of Hamilton Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Centralia man who was picked up on a warrant about 4 o’clock this morning at a residence on the 300 block of North Pearl Street was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when a search turned up a suspected meth pipe in his sweatshirt pocket. Treston D. Zimmerman was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police investigating suspicious activity about 12:30 a.m. along the 1200 block of West Main Street ended up arresting a 21-year-old man who had unopened packets of Suboxone in his pocket but no proof the items were prescribed to him. Centralia Police Department Sgt. Carl Buster said he believes the items are patches used to help people got off of heroin. It is a schedule three narcotic and its necessary to carry such materials in their original containers with their prescription label, Buster said. Jantzen J. Redle-Schumacher was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. He is to be released without charges pending further investigation.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A murder trial was set for next month but instead 32-year-old Corey R. Morgan will appear before a judge next week for a hearing in which he is expected to change his plea in connection with last month’s violent death of his girlfriend. Brenda Bail, 48, died from strangulation and an injury to her head, and Morgan is accused of staging a vehicle wreck on a logging road west of Morton in an attempt to cover it up on July 19. The couple lived in Chehalis. He previously pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke said a hearing is now scheduled for 9:15 a.m. on Monday, but declined to reveal details about any plea agreement.

•  Jonathan D. Greyeagle, 22, pleaded not guilty this morning to second-degree assault of a child in connection with allegedly giving his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son a black eye and causing significant bruising on his buttocks. The Chehalis man was arrested on Monday when police and Child Protective Services visited the home. According to charging documents, under questioning, the boy said he was being bad and his “dad” hit him, giving him a bloody nose, and also that his dad spanks him with his hand and with a shoe. Greyeagle told an officer he only spanks the child with an open hand, but agreed the bruises on his bottom were excessive and said he lost control, according to the documents. He told the officer it would never happen again. Greyeagle allegedly admitted hitting the child in the face, but said it only occurred once, according to the documents. The court documents are silent on details about specifically what occurred or when or where it happened and who reported the bruises to CPS. He is charged in Lewis County Superior Court and remains jailed on $25,000 bail. Court documents say the 23-year-old mother had taken photos and told police she told Greyeagle if it happened again, she would leave him. She said she did not see the bruises until a few days after, because the child was staying at her mothers home. Court documents also state Greyeagle is prohibited from contacting any witnesses in the case or his wife. A trial was scheduled for the week of Oct. 14.

WRECK

• A 15-year-old driver was taken to Morton General Hospital yesterday after a motor home ran a red light on U.S. Highway 12 at Williams Street in Mossyrock. Troopers called just after noontime found the Volkswagen Jetta in a ditch and totaled, but the motor home was still drivable, according to the Washington State Patrol. Wayne A. Vigre, who has a learner’s permit, was with his mother in the car, according to the state patrol. He had a sore neck and back but no broken bones, Trooper Will Finn said. The Silver Creek teenager was turning from northbound Williams to head west and the motor home was traveling eastbound, according to Finn. It’s driver, Leon Summer, 77, of Morton, was reportedly unhurt, but ticketed for failing to stop at the light, Finn said. The mother, Debra L. Kaech, 40, was also uninjured, according to the investigating trooper.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, collisions, misdemeanor thefts, disputes, noises on a back porch at night, graffiti on a garage door; complaints of someone stealing ashtray of cigarette butts off porch, driver texting on freeway, cats walking across parked car, barking dogs … and more.

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Volkswagen Jetta comes to rest in a ditch off the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 at Williams Street in Mossyrock. / Courtesy photo

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Morton founder of missing children organization wins appeal on felony conviction

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Morton woman’s conviction for insurance fraud has been reversed by the Washington State Supreme Court.

In its seven to two decision filed today, the high court told Lewis County Superior Court to dismiss Jennifer M. Mau’s felony conviction.

Mau, then 30, and her boyfriend David Eden, then 47, were found guilty in September 2010 of making a false insurance claim involving a U-Haul trailer they said leaked and damaged their belongings during a move from Centralia to Morton three years earlier.

Her attorney argued her list of losses was not made under a contract of insurance. Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud agreed, writing prosecutors failed to prove the existence of any contract of insurance.

Mau, a student of criminal justice, operates a private organization which looks for missing children, called Search and Seek. Her most high profile case was in the summer of 2010 when volunteers she led eventually found the body of missing 16-year-old Morton boy Austin King with the help of a Portland psychic.

She shared a prepared statement today on the outcome of her case.

“The Supreme Court has reaffirmed what I have said all along; I have always maintained my innocence,.” Mau wrote. “Now I can put this behind me and live my life.”

Mau had purchased optional cargo insurance, but was then told it did not cover water damage and Republic Western Insurance – a subsidiary of U-Haul – opened a general liability claim on her behalf, according to the 16-page filing made today.

The claims administrator found her list totaling approximately $16,000 suspicious and the claim was denied.

Mau testified at trial it was her understanding it was a preliminary list of items that potentially could have been damaged.

Justices Steven C. Gonzalez and Debra L. Stephens dissented.

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Read the decision here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS HEAD TO LEAVENWORTH

• Crews from Mossyrock and Toledo were dispatched last night to a wildfire east of the mountains which has grown to about 1,500 acres since yesterday morning. The Eagle Fire is burning timber, brush and grass about five miles northeast of Leavenworth. Fire Districts in Tenino and Rochester each sent personnel as well. “We’ve been there before on fires, it’s very steep terrain, and challenging,” West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Robert Scott said. Authorities requested 10 wildland strike teams last night. Some mandatory evacuations from residences were ordered this morning, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. More than 300 personnel are assigned to the fire which is labeled with a growth potential of high. Mossyrock’s Lewis County Fire District 3 sent two people and Toledo’s District 2 sent three, as did the two south Thurston County departments. Follow the fire news here.

DRUGS

• A 20-year-old Rochester woman was arrested early this morning for a misdemeanor warrant as well as possession of heroin, methamphetamine and also a firearm, something she is prohibited from having, according to the Centralia Police Department. Kyrstin R. Lane was booked into the Lewis County jail after contact with an officer about 4:30 a.m. in the area of South Pearl and West Pear streets in Centralia, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 10:30 a.m. yesterday regarding graffiti spray painted on a wall at the 600 block of West Sixth Street.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, violation of protection order, driving under the influence; responses for parking lot collisions, suspicious circumstances,  receiving a bad check … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

POLICE SEEKING MAN MISSING FROM CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police are looking for a 24-year-old man reported missing who was staying at a house on West Main Street operated by Cascade Mental Health. Robert Springer has significant medical needs as in his medication, which he left behind, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He is described as 5-feet 9-inches tall, weighing 180 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair, according to police. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said Springer is of Korean descent, does not drive and has no cell phone. Police had an unconfirmed report of him in the Toledo area, he said. Wilson said Springer has a past history of becoming violent without his medication. His mother called police yesterday and said she had not spoken with him since Friday morning. Police don’t know when he left or what he was wearing, Wilson said.

CHILD ASSAULT

• A 22-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for third-degree assault of a child following a visit  by Child Protective Services and a police officer to a home on the 400 block of Northwest Division Street in Chehalis yesterday afternoon. The 5-year-old son of his girlfriend was found with significant bruises on his buttocks and face, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Jonathan D. Greyeagle was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said he didn’t know for sure when it occurred as the bruises had begun to heal.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a deputy responded on Friday night to an apparent attempted break-in to a home while it’s occupants were getting ready to go to bed. A 74-year-old man at the 200 block of Howe Road called 911 about 9:20 p.m. to say the couple had heard a loud bang and discovered someone tried to break in through a back door.

VANDALISM

• A woman called police about 12:40 p.m. yesterday when she heard what sounded like a rock hit a window at the 500 block of West Cherry Avenue in Centralia. A BB-sized hole was found in the glass, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called yesterday to take a report that someone spray painted green on a headstone at the 1800 block of Greenwood Cemetery on Van Wormer Street. Sgt. Stacy Denham said it may be related to an incident that occurred a month or so ago.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of graffiti painted on a garage door at the 500 block of West Hanson Street.

HIT AND RUN

• Centralia police called about 12:40 p.m. yesterday regarding a hit and run in a parking lot subsequently arrested Allen D. Miller, 56, for driving under the influence, in the area of the 1100 block of Belmont Avenue. Miller, a Centralia resident, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for collisions, hit and run, misdemeanor thefts, belligerent customers, whimpering dog observed alone in a parked van, person imagining things, person hollering things … and more.

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News brief: Passenger seriously hurt in hit and run wreck in Chehalis

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:16 am

Updated at 1:10 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Deputies are looking for the driver of a Sport Utility Vehicle who fled on foot from the scene of a serious injury accident last night in Chehalis.

Firefighters and police called about 7:15 p.m. to the intersection of Bishop and Maurin roads found an eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe had run a red light and struck the side of a southbound Nissan Altima.

Responders had to use the Jaws of Life on the smaller car to extricate the passenger.

“She was the one we Life Flighted from Chehalis Middle School,” Lewis County Fire District 6 Firefighter Mike Goodwillie said. “(Her injuries) were serious enough, we wanted the helicopter as close as possible.”

The 24-year-old woman from Tacoma was going to be flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but was taken instead to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, according to responders.

The car’s driver, a 19-year-old woman from Chehalis, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with less serious injuries, according to Goodwillie.

Troopers, deputies and police from Chehalis and Centralia searched the area and later located a passenger from the SUV, a 21-year-old man from Kent.

He was taken into custody by Chehalis police for a warrants and cited for  third-degree theft in connection with an iPhone stolen from Radio Shack at the Twin City Town Center which occurred just before 7:10 p.m.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Rob Snaza said the SUV’s driver is believed to be a 20-year-old Tacoma man who was driving with a suspended license.

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Not crime, just fun from the fair to share

Monday, August 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Southwest Washington Fair, 2013

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Katie Crabtree and Derek Malarz’s 10-month-old son Taven Malarz sampling fair food. / Photo by Katie Crabtree

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Rose Eitemiller-Holmes, 2, of Chehalis, conferring with goats at the Southwest Washington Fair. / Photo by Rebecca Eitemiller

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Five-year-old Jorge Hernandez from Mossyrock offers a nose petting in the horse barn. / Photo by Tasha Hernandez

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

INDUSTRIAL PARK BREAK-IN

• Four individuals were arrested after a deputy responded to a silent burglary alarm about 2 a.m. on Sunday at a building in the Chehalis Industrial Park. Three people seen running from the area at the 100 block of McBride Court were detained and then arrested for burglary, as was an individual contacted down the road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Stolen were several gas cans and gas cards and other items, according to the sheriff’s office. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Brent J. Nason, 24, and Edwin A. Castillo, both from Seattle, as well as Cameron D. Wynn, 22, of Bonney Lake, according to the sheriff’s office. A 17-year-old girl was also booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza. Their vehicle turned out to be stolen from Seattle, Snaza said. The investigation is continuing.

FAILED SHOPLIFT

• Chehalis police found a 22-year-old suspect hiding in the bushes near Wendy’s restaurant after being called to Wal-Mart for a person who ran out of the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise at about 12:08 a.m. on Saturday. Mary K. Tauro, a homeless person from DesMoines, was arrested for second-degree theft and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She allegedly tried to steal $816 worth of clothing, jewelry and other items, according to police.

STOLEN 27-SPEED BIKE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a $1,000 Trek bicycle with a rifle rack on its handle bars was reported stolen on Thursday from a residence in the 3000 block of Prill Road in Centralia. The 27-speed bike was taken sometime between Aug. 1 and Aug. 13, according to the sheriff’s office. Sgt. Rob Snaza said the case is under investigation.

SERIOUS DISPUTE

• A 30-year-old Tumwater man was arrested on Saturday evening for allegedly threatening to kill a 25-year-old, with whom there was a no contact order, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police called about 5:45 p.m. to the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis arrested Jonah M. Johnson for felony harassment and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR DUNKED

• A deputy was called last night to the 600 block of Mineral Hill Road in Mineral after a 20-year-old Eatonville woman discovered someone had pushed her car into a nearby pond. It happened sometime between 8:20 p.m. and 9 p.m. while she was at a residence looking for a friend, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She said she didn’t know who would do that to her Saturn station wagon, Sgt. Rob Snaza said. The case is under investigation.

DRUGS

• A 29-year-old Rochester man arrested about 1 a.m. today at the 1200 block of Borthwick Street in Centralia for an outstanding warrant was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department. Michael D. Snyder was booked into the Lewis County, according to police.

• A 27-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for a drug violation after a “couple of pills that might by Oxycontin” were found on him during a traffic stop yesterday afternoon in Chehalis. An officer followed an erratically driven motorcycle about 3:20 p.m. to an alley near Southwest Wilson Avenue and 13th Street where Derek W. Burke was detained for allegedly driving under the influence, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 55-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine  when contacted about a warrant from the state Department of Corrections at about 9:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Twin City Town Center in Chehalis. A small plastic baggie containing a crystal substance was found on the ground near him, according to police. Daryl A. Ball was booked into the Lewis County, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• A deputy was called about noon on Sunday to the 400 block of Independence Road west of Chehalis where someone had prowled through vehicles belonging to five people overnight which were parked in a field during a large wedding the day before. Among the missing valuables were musical instruments, cash, credit cards, tools, and cell phones totaling about $4,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., Sgt. Rob Snaza said.

VANDALISM

• Police were called about 9 a.m. on Saturday regarding someone keying a profane message onto a 23-year-old woman’s BMW parked on Southeast Adams Avenue.

• A 47-year-old Centralia man was arrested for breaking a fence during a dispute at the 1100 block of F Street in Centralia early this morning. Harvey C. Maddux was booked into the Lewis County jail for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, intoxicated underage person, falling asleep and driving into ditch; responses for alarms, disturbances, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, graffiti to a residence, child custody issues, suspicious circumstances, lost stuff, found stuff; complaints of loud party … and more.

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News brief: Off-duty Centralia police officer runs stop sign, causes wreck

Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm
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A crowd gathers as law enforcement officer investigate a two-vehicle wreck at Summa Street and South Tower Avenue in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Kelli Taylor

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 16-year-old boy was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after a two-vehicle collision yesterday evening when an off-duty police officer ran a stop sign in a south Centralia neighborhood.

Police and aid called just before 7 p.m. found Angie Humphrey’s 2004 Acura Sport Utility Vehicle had been westbound on Summa Street and T-boned a southbound Honda-type car with four occupants at South Tower Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Humphrey, 43, works for the Centralia Police Department, but was with her 13-year-old daughter on their way to the fair.

She said the sun blinded her after she crossed the railroad tracks and she took her foot off the accelerator, but “then all the sudden there was the Honda.”

Riverside Fire Authority said they saw five possible patients, four of whom declined to go to the hospital.

Centralia police Sgt. Stacy Denham called it a fairly minor-injury collision, considering the way it happened, and said one youngster had shoulder pain and was transported. His name was not released.

Denham said two individuals from the car left before police arrived. He described the car as totaled.

Humphrey was ticketed for failing to stop at a stop sign and openly admitted it was her fault, Denham said. There were no indications of high speed or gross negligence, he said.

The car’s driver, an 18-year-old from Chehalis, was ticketed for not having a valid license, he said.

Humphrey said she felt horrid.

“I got a ticket just like anybody else would, it was my fault,” she said. “I’m not perfect. It is what it is.”

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Grandma victim of nighttime robbery at Rochester medical marijuana-growing home

Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A grandmother was tied up with duct tape in a home invasion robbery north of Rochester early this morning while she was babysitting her grandchildren.

Deputies were called to the 15000 block of Case Road after the approximately 2 a.m. incident in which two safes were stolen, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

“They break down the front door, both armed with guns and they demand to know where the money is,” sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said this afternoon.

The 8-year-old girl woke up while the subjects were inside and they basically told her to stay in her room, Elwin said. The 3-year-old was sleeping, he said.

The older child helped untie her 64-year-old grandma and they called 911, he said.

“The twist on this whole thing is these people are involved in a co-op, they grow medial marijuana on the property,” Elwin said.

Elwin said it appears the home was targeted by someone who knew the owners were out of town. The parents were in Portland and returned home right away, he said.

Deputies don’t have a good description, as both males had their faces covered, he said.

Detectives conducted their scene investigation today and will be interviewing the residents tomorrow to learn more about what was taken, he said. The robbers dropped some jewelry and electronics on the way out, he said.

“We’re still trying to figure out what was in the safes,” he said. “Probably cash and product.”

He said the couple are operating a legal operation and supplying product to dispensaries.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

MISSING TRUCK

• A red 1987 Ford Ranger was reported stolen just before 2 o’clock this morning from the 1700 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. The 4×4 truck is described as lifted with big tires and a license plate reading B82918G, according to the Centralia Police Department. Its keys had been left inside, according to police.

POLICE: VEHICLE PROWLERS CAUGHT

• A 19-year-old and two younger teens found themselves in trouble in connection with car prowling early yesterday morning in Centralia. Officers responded just after 1 a.m. to the 700 block of South Gold Street in Centralia and arrested Robert D. Knechtel, 19, of Centralia, for vehicle prowl, possession of stolen property and minor in possession of alcohol, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail. The cases involving the boy and the girl are being referred for possible charges of vehicle prowl, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took reports of several incidents of graffiti found on the sides of buildings yesterday, including at the 400 block of North Oak Street, 200 block of West Center Street and the 800 block of North Tower Avenue.

• Centralia police responded to the 11000 block of Harrison Avenue about 4:30 a.m. today regarding the windshield of a vehicle being smashed with a rock.

WRECK

• A 49-year-old Chehalis man, Robert O. Holmquist, was injured but not transported to the hospital yesterday evening after a wreck following a tire blow out on his 1996 Chevrolet stepside van on Interstate 5 near the Chamber of Commerce Way interchange, according to the Washington State Patrol. Holmquist was traveling southbound just before 7:30 p.m. and his truck ended up traveling all the way to the right, then all the way back to the left striking the center barrier and rolling, coming to rest on its wheels, according to the state patrol. No citation is expected, according to the investigating trooper. He was wearing a seat belt. The truck was totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, disorderliness and obstruction; responses for misdemeanor thefts such as a bicycle, wallets … and more.

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Guest column: Faces of Lewis County Search and Rescue a welcome sight after night alone in the woods

Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm

By Lois Bancroft
White Salmon, Wash.

I wish to thank the members of the search and rescue team who found me near Walupt Creek Falls in the forest south of Packwood on Aug. 3.

I had hiked to the falls the day before and achieved my goal of getting some awesome photographs from the base of the waterfalls.

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Lois Bancroft

It was supposed to be just a day trip from my home in Klickitat County.

But at some point in walking out, I became lost. I couldn’t find the ribbons my friend had tied to trees just the week before. By 7 p.m. I gave up hope of finding the route back to my car.

I layed down in the trail covered by my space blanket. Then, I thought, why not put on my head lamp and use my flashlight to continue down the trail. I was not aware at the time that I was getting farther and farther away from where I had originally crossed the river.

I also began losing the trail. Then I slipped on something and rolled and somersaulted about 25 feet down a hill.

I was in pain, but clawed my way back up to a point where I could inspect my injuries. I dressed my open wound, figured I had broken some ribs. It turns out three were fractured and I sprained both ankles. My whole chest hurt.

At that point it was dark and I found the most level area I could and spent the next four to five hours shivering, waiting for dawn at 4 a.m.

I then resumed, walking the wrong way down the hill. When I got to the river I layed down on a sandy spot for a rest. Then at 6 p.m., I looked up from my task of finding sticks to point the way to where I planned to camp for the second night and saw some people.

They were the rescue team. I will be forever grateful to them. I only remember two names: Sue on the rescue team and Bat who had the horse that I rode out on.

There were many people looking for me, including Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brady Taylor. I wish I could thank you all personally by name but please know your faces will always be in my memory.

Sincerely,
Lois Bancroft
White Salmon, Wash.

Bancroft, 66, often hikes into the backwoods to take pictures of waterfalls.

Her husband Bob Connor said she is a professional photographer; she says she is not, that she only wants to capture photos worthy of a professional.

Conner, a retired volunteer firefighter, couldn’t heap enough praise onto the Lewis County Search and Rescue team, Deputy Taylor and the 911 dispatchers he said were kind, courteous and kept him informed all day long.

Bancroft shared a shot of the falls she brought home from her “day trip”.

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Walupt Creek Falls on August 2, 2013 / By Lois Bancroft

 

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News brief: Chehalis resident hurt in duck-caused multiple vehicle collision

Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Chehalis man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after four passenger vehicles wrecked when traffic slowed to avoid running over two ducks on Interstate 5 south of Tumwater this afternoon.

Leo E. Morrison’s Toyota Corolla was totaled, as was a Chevrolet Suburban, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers called about 3:15 p.m. to the southbound lanes near Israel Road report the only other injury was a 66-year-old passenger in a BMW, who was not hospitalized.

Morrison, 46, was first transported to Providence St. Peter and then flown to the Seattle hospital, according to the state patrol.

The investigating trooper points to driver inattention as the cause, but has not issued any citations yet, according to the state patrol. The ducks did not survive.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Updated at 5:37 p.m.

COINCIDENCE, OR RESTAURANT RAGE?

• Centralia police were called to O’Blarney’s restaurant on the 200 block of North Tower Avenue about 6:45 p.m. yesterday after a large window in front was shot with a BB and shattered. A group of six customers sitting outside beneath it didn’t see how it happened but an officer found the BB, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police were looking for a customer who said he was unhappy with his order, paid for it and left moments earlier; the bartender saw the man outside, according to police. Nobody was injured, Sgt. Carl Buster said.

DRUNK AND SUPER DISORDERLY

• A 20-year-old Boistfort woman who was reportedly very drunk and running naked down a rural road was booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of third-degree assault of an officer. Deputies dispatched about 10:50 p.m. yesterday to the area of Pe Ell-McDonald and Boistfort roads west of Chehalis found Cassandra L. McBride with “some” clothing on but highly intoxicated and uncooperative, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She indicated she had come from a home on WIldwood Road, according to the sheriff’s office. Once in the back of a patrol car, McBride allegedly kicked at the vehicle windows and then kicked a deputy, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza. At the jail, she spit in the face of a corrections officer, Snaza said.

ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

• Chehalis police were contacted by an individual very early yesterday morning who reported a rape. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A woman called police about 9:30 a.m. yesterday after her Dodge van vanished from where it had been parked the night before at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis. It was found by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office on Black Hawk Lane, heavily damaged and missing its tires and wheels, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

• Police were called about 6:30 p.m. yesterday by an individual who saw a male in a black Toyota Celica stop and remove a car battery and gas cans from inside a carport at the 200 block of Aurora Street in Centralia.

CAR TAMPERING

• A woman called police just before 11 a.m. yesterday after discovering someone had removed all the “relays” from the fuse boxes in both her Volkswagen Jettas while they were parked on the 100 block of Northeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PHONY MONEY ORDER DOESN’T FLY

• A landlord called police yesterday morning after receiving the rent payment for an apartment on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in  the form of an apparently fake money order.

UNWELCOME WAKE UP CALL

• A resident on the 900 block of Northwest Pennsylvania Avenue in Chehalis called police just before 5 a.m. yesterday after someone threw a package of lit fireworks on to their front porch.

STASH FOUND?

• Chehalis police were called on Wednesday afternoon when a citizen found a case of beer, with only a couple missing, in an alley near the 300 block of Southwest 14th Street.

INMATES AT LARGE LOCATED IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police responded to Valley View Medical Center on the 2600 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue about 4:55 p.m. yesterday when they got word an inmate on furlough from the Lewis County Jail who had not returned as expected the day before was spotted there. Jeffrey A. Church, 38, from Onalaska, was taken into custody and back to the jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 6:10 p.m. by someone who spotted an inmate on furlough from the Lewis County Jail who had not returned as expected. Kevon L. Tracy, 41, of Chehalis, was walking along North Market Boulevard and observed by a person who had seen him featured on the Washington’s Most Wanted web site, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Tracy was taken into custody near the Lewis County Historical Museum, returned to the jail and booked for first-degree escape, according to police.

NO CITIZEN’S ARREST

• Centralia police responded to the Chevron gas station on Mellen Street in Centralia about 12:30 p.m. yesterday when a man told the owner he was placing him under citizens arrest for selling synthetic drugs and calling police. He was a father in his 40s, upset the store carried something called “potpourri” that apparently his daughter was smoking and getting “wigged out,” according to the Centralia Police Department. “We go there and had to explain to the guy, this is legal to sell, it’s not a controlled substance,” Sgt. Carl Buster said. “I told him, you cannot be placing anyone under citizens arrest in this state, or you could be held liable for unlawful imprisonment.” Buster said the father hadn’t handcuffed or touched the man he wanted to arrest. Nobody was arrested.

WRECKS

• A 59-year-old Salkum man was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a wreck on U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel yesterday in which his car left the roadway to the right crossed the ditch and traveled approximately 100 feet on the grass before rolling several times. Troopers called about 4:30 p.m. found the 1990 Lincoln Town Car in the westbound lane. The driver Arthur E. Marker had not been wearing a seat belt, according to the Washington State Patrol. An unknown medical condition caused the collision, according to the state patrol. Marker this afternoon was moved out of the intensive care unit and listed in satisfactory condition, according to a hospital spokesperson. The car was totaled.

• A motorist was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after a reported rollover collision on the 200 block of North Military Road east of Winlock at about 2 o’clock this morning. Further details were not readily available.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, domestic misdemeanor assault, disorderliness; responses for collisions, violation of no contact order, suicidal subject, possible drunk driver, hit and run to a fence, hit and run in parking lot, misdemeanor theft, suspicious behavior at a pharmacy, a friendly pit bull running around a neighborhood trying to go into other people’s homes; complaints of neighbor’s loud music, a speeding car which passed in a no passing zone, two racing vehicles which almost hit another motorist … and more.