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News brief: Two dead following police chase down I-5 in Thurston County

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Update 2:25 p.m.: The Olympian and The (Tacoma) News Tribune are reporting a child has been found dead inside a Spanaway-area home connected with this couple.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A high-speed pursuit ended on southbound Interstate 5 in Tumwater this morning with the driver shooting himself in the head and a dead female passenger who didn’t appear to have died from the low-speed crash or any gunshot, according to the Washington State Patrol.

It’s possible the 38-year-old man was traveling with a deceased woman in his car, according to Trooper Guy Gill. But the investigation is still in its preliminary stages, according to Gill.

“There are a lot of what ifs here, and it will take time to look at the big picture,” he said.

Both the 38-year-old male and the 38-year-old female were pronounced dead at the scene, near milepost 101 and Tumwater Boulevard, according to the state patrol.

Their identities have not been released and investigators are not certain yet where they are from. The pair were inside a silver Ford Focus.

It began just before 6 a.m. near the Thurston-Pierce county line when a trooper was passed by a speeding car, traveling about 85 mph, according to the state patrol. The chase continued south, even after spike strips near milepost 109 flattened two of the tires, Trooper Gill reported.

The car slowed to about 30 mph and then it collided with an inside concrete barrier near milepost 101, he said.

The trooper saw the male driver raise his hand by his head, heard a gunshot and saw the driver slump down.

Troopers then found the woman in the front passenger seat.

Gill said he expected to share more details as they are learned.

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Chehalis official terminated following theft from city safe

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10:28 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The city of Chehalis’s building official was fired on Friday following an investigation into money taken from a city safe last November.

Jeff Shine, a 16-year city employee, admitted to the theft, City Manager Merlin MacReynold said this morning.

Chehalis police were called the morning of Nov. 19 to the community development building on the 1300 block of South Market Boulevard where money was discovered missing. Chehalis detective Sgt. Rick McNamara said yesterday the burglary involved an amount of less than $1,000, but he didn’t have the details readily available.

Some of the money being stored in the safe was raised for the medical needs of the daughter of a pair of police department employees.

MacReynold said the building official is responsible for looking over construction sites and making sure code is followed.

“Not a happy situation,” MacReynold said.

McNamara said yesterday officers did not make an arrest, but referred their case to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office for a charging decision.

Shine, reached this morning by telephone, said he hadn’t heard he’d been terminated and didn’t want to comment.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10:25 am

HOME-IN-PROGRESS PLUNDERED FOR ITS COPPER

• A deputy was called yesterday to a home under construction in Mineral after the discovery somebody had stolen all the copper plumbing and copper wiring. The loss from the residence on the 300 block of Mineral Road South is estimated at $5,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DOG-NAPPING IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 9 a.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Mellen Street where a woman reported someone took her black, long-haired Chihuahua out of her vehicle while she was inside a store.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called yesterday by an individual who saw some of his stolen property listed online on Craigs list for sale. The case is under investigation.

DRUGS

• A 21-year-old woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after she was contacted about an outstanding warrant about 10 p.m. last night near the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia. Katrina D. Miller, no hometown noted, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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News brief: Lewis County search and rescue vehicles plundered

Monday, April 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Portable radios, a generator and other items used for search and rescue operations are missing after a break-in to the sheriff’s office command post trailer where they were stored in Packwood.

The theft, discovered yesterday morning, amounts to an estimated $9,000 loss, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Search and rescue volunteers were preparing to train yesterday when they found somebody had forced their way inside two search and rescue vehicles parked at the former Hampton Mill in Packwood, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber.

Taken were outdoor lights, a GPS unit, a Honda generator and 18 Motorola portable radios. The radios are models CP200 and HT440, according to the Seiber.

“That’s the county supply we issue (for missions),” Seiber said of the radios. He thought he might have six remaining.

Seiber said the radios cost $600 to $1,000 each.

Those responsible tried to force their way into several other vehicles but weren’t successful, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Steve Mansfield is hoping the equipment can be found.

“This is a great loss for our search and rescue program, and I can only imagine the type of person(s) who would steal something that is so essential to saving lives,” Mansfield stated in a news release. “I feel confident that someone who knows something about this will step forward and provide information that will lead to the recovery of the stolen items.”

Lewis County Crime Stoppers is offering g a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible and the recovery of the stolen items. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-748-6422.

Anyone with information can also contact Seiber at 360-740-1341.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 4, 2011 at 11:12 am

CHEHALIS CITY EMPLOYEE SUSPECTED OF THEFT OF CASH FROM SAFE

• An investigation into a November burglary at a city of Chehalis building on South Market Boulevard at 13th Street led to a city employee, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Money – including some raised through a benefit for the daughter of a pair of police department employees – was stolen from a safe, according to police. It was reported the morning of Nov. 19. Chehalis detective Sgt. Rick McNamara said the burglary to the community services building involved an amount of less than $1,000, but he didn’t have the details readily available. The case involving the city employee, whose name he did not disclose, was referred to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office for a charging decision sometime in the days before last Wednesday, McNamara said. He referred questions about the case to the city manager.

THEFTS

• Centralia police were called about 8:20 p.m. last night to a burglary at a residence on the 1100 block of Borthwick Street in Centralia. Among the items taken several laptops and video game systems as well as camera equipment, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Tools and other items were taken in a burglary to a camper and outbuilding on the 700 block of Green Mountain Road near Mossyrock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in was reported on Saturday.

• Morton police were called about 9:20 p.m. on Saturday about a possible burglary at a residence on the 500 block of Division Avenue in Morton. An officer spoke with the resident who said she climbed through a window because she had misplaced her keys, according to Morton police.

• Police took a report on Saturday about the theft of items (unspecified by police) from a shed on the 1100 block of South Schueber Road in Centralia.

• Police were called to a report of a vehicle prowl about 5 p.m. yesterday at the 800 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. Missing were glasses and some change, according to police.

• Police were called about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday about a car prowl on the 900 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia.

• Centralia police were called to reports of somebody siphoning gas from vehicles yesterday morning on the 2600 block of Borst Avenue and the 900 block of Rotary Lane in Centralia.

• Centralia police took a report on Friday morning of tampering with a power meter to a residence on the 500 block of Hillkress Street in Centralia.

DRUGS

• James Robinson, a 51-year-old Port Angeles man, was jailed for possession of cocaine after his arrest Saturday evening for shoplifting from two stores in the area of the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia, according to police.

• A 42-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine on Saturday night at the 600 block of J Street in Centralia. Dennis L. Lindquist, also driving with a suspended license, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISIONS

• A 29-year-old driver was hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck about 3:40 p.m. yesterday near Randle, according to the Washington State Patrol. Jessica Talavera, of Lakewood, was taken to Morton General Hospital with back and leg pain after she drove her car off the right shoulder into a ditch on U.S. Highway 12 near Davis Creek Road, according to the state patrol. The 2006 Nissan Altima was described as totaled.

• Nobody was injured when a car drove into a pond near Northwest Louisiana Avenue and Northwest Airport Road in Chehalis at about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, according to police.

• One individual was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after a rollover accident just after midnight near Raubuck and Pleasant Valley roads west of Napavine, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

SUSPICIOUS FIRE

• Firefighters called about 8:30 p.m. last night to a fifth-wheel trailer fully engulfed in flames  in Rochester called sheriff’s deputies as the fire was suspicious, according to Chief Robert Scott of West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. The RV, unattached to any vehicle, was parked on some property near near Case Road Southwest and Poelhn Road and there was nobody around when the fire department arrived, according to Scott. The trailer was destroyed, he said

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News brief: Three struck by vehicle at outdoor party

Monday, April 4, 2011 at 9:12 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Three young women were hit by a vehicle leaving a party off a logging road in the Winlock area  overnight.

Aid, deputies and troopers responded about 3 a.m. to the incident at the very end of a logging road off Raubuck Road west of Napavine, according to authorities.

The females, ages 19 through 20, were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

There were as many as 25 individuals at the outdoor party; all contacted were over 18 years old, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies made several arrests for minors in possession of alcohol, the sheriff’s office reported.

The driver of the vehicle was detained and questioned. Deputies and troopers are investigating what led to the incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

No names were released.

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News brief: Another flood watch issued in Lewis, Thurston, Grays Harbor counties

Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 4:39 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A new round of precipitation expected Monday has prompted another flood watch for portions of Western Washington, including Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor counties.

Twenty-four hour rainfall totals are expected to range from around an inch in the lowlands to two inches in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

Rivers are already running high, the ground is saturated and the rain may be heavy enough to drive some rivers over flood stage, the weather service reports.

Other counties under the flood watch include Mason, Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Clallam, Jefferson, King and Pierce.

A flood watch means conditions are favorable for flooding but it is not imminent or occurring. The weather service recommends members of the public monitor weather forecasts.

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Update Monday April 4, 2011 at 11:20 a.m. The flood watch in Western Washington appears to have been cancelled.

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Read about state delays decision on site of new prison facility …

Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 10:48 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News reports the communities hoping to be home to a future 1000-bed prison will have to wait, as the decision on where and whether to site such a facility has been put on hold.

Representatives from the state Department of Corrections visited Winlock, Morton and numerous other locations in Western Washington, hoping to narrow their focus down to three sites by the end of March.

Daily News reporter Barbara LaBoe writes the state budget crunch means officials will look at other potential options for meeting expected future capacity.

Read LaBoe’s news story here

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Read “Morton, Winlock, pitch sites for new state prison” from Sunday Feb. 13, 2011, here

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News brief: Missing Rochester mother located

Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

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Lisa D. Linzy

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office reports the missing mother from Rochester has been found.

Lisa D. Linzy, 29, was reported missing Thursday night after not being seen since Tuesday night.

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Read “News brief: 29-year-old Rochester mother missing” from Friday April 1, 2011, here

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News brief: Two injured in three-vehicle crash near Toledo

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A three-car collision near Toledo today totaled all three vehicles and sent two people to the hospital.

Michael J. Freedman, 21, of Toledo, sustained a head injury and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after the approximately 12:40 p.m. wreck, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Freedman was eastbound on Plomondon Road, and ran the stop sign as he attempted to cross state Route 505, according to the state patrol. A northbound Honda Accord struck his 1970 Toyota Corona which spun around and ran into a Ford Escape waiting at the stop sign on Jackson Highway, the patrol reported.

Melanie D. Chastain, 51, of Chehalis, the driver of the Honda, was taken to Providence with strains and bruises, according to the investigating trooper. The 72-year-old driver of the Escape, John H. Ross, of Toledo, was reportedly uninjured.

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News brief: 29-year-old Rochester mother missing

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help finding a missing 29-year-old Rochester woman.

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Lisa D. Linzy

Lisa D. Linzy left her home about 8 p.m. on Tuesday to go visit a friend in Olympia and never arrived there, according to the sheriff’s office. She was reported missing last night.

“We’re just at the point now where we don’t know where she is and we’re certainly concerned for her well-being,” sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said. “It’s out of character for her to just take off.”

After separating from her husband in Kent, she is now living with her parents on Case Road Southwest, according to Elwin. She has a child she shares custody with.

Linzy was last known to be driving a maroon-colored 2000 Toyota Camry. It’s license plate is 396 UCU.

She is 5-feet 4-inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds.

Detectives are chasing down people who know her and have already checked hospitals and jails, Elwin said.

Her family is heavily involved in looking for her, he said.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 360-786-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.

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Linzy's maroon-colored 2000 Toyota Camry is similar to this one.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

STOLEN VEHICLES

• A couple returning from a short hike yesterday in the Packwood area found only glass on the ground where their pickup truck had been parked. They had left the 1986 Ford Ranger on Slalom Way near the Cowlitz River dike and when they returned after about two hours, it was gone, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said since the key was not left in the vehicle, the thief presumably broke the window and hot wired the truck. The value is estimated at $1,600.

• A black 1994 Ford Explorer was reported stolen from the 1100 block of West Pear Street in Centralia yesterday. The vehicle went missing sometime between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. Its license plates reads 100 VQY.

WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME

• Several individuals were arrested at a residence in Centralia yesterday, some with warrants and others for obstructing. Officers went to the rental home on the 200 block of Hemlock Street with information on the location of a person wanted by the state Department of Corrections, according to police. “We showed up and one thing led to another once we started checking people,” Officer John Panco said. At about 1:30 p.m., officers arrested for obstructing a police officer: Lacey K. Malone, 23; Darcie N. Negrete; 19, and Cory M. Hughes, 18, all from Centralia. Arrested for outstanding warrants were Kelly M. Davis, 35, Centralia; Max A. Cross, 22, of Olympia; and Cory R. Aldrich, 24, Centralia. A few hours earlier, Dominic L. Combs, 23, of Centralia, was arrested in the same vicinity on a warrant and later in the afternoon, Peter D. Harris, 37, of Centralia, was arrested in the same vicinity for possession of methamphetamine. All were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of five horns stolen from atop trains parked near Reynolds Avenue and Lum Road over the previous two or so weeks. The loss to Union-Pacific is estimated at $7,500, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police arrested an individual for second-degree burglary  yesterday after a resident of the 600 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue lost power tools from a garage and found some of his possessions at a Centralia pawn shop. Elijah Haskins, 22, of Onalaska, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Chehalis police.

• Three chain saws and hand tools valued at about $1,000 were stolen from a shed on the 300 block of Forest-Napavine Road south of Chehalis sometime between March 17 and yesterday, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday morning.

THREAT AT MEDICAL CLINIC

• Chehalis police were called to Steck Medical Center on the 1200 block of Bishop Road about 12:30 p.m. yesterday after a patient reportedly unhappy with his treatment made a comment if he had a bomb, he’d blow the place up. The 77-year-old man was contacted but no arrest was immediately made.

DRUGS AT SCHOOL

• An officer arrested a juvenile male just before 11 a.m. yesterday for possession of narcotics at Centralia Middle School, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center.

ASSAULTS

• Centralia police took a report about 9:20 p.m. last night an individual was assaulted at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue by a subject trying to sell drugs.

• Centralia police reported this morning the case of a male subject who tried to trip an officer in the 900 block of North Tower Avenue last night will be be referred to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office for a possible charge of third-degree assault.

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News brief: Flood watch ends

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The National Weather Service has cancelled the flood watch, according to Lewis County Emergency Management.

Heavy rains mid-week prompted the watch, in particular on waterways running off the Cascade Mountains. The Cowlitz River crested two feet below flood stage, according to Emergency Management.

March ended with the second highest rainfall in Lewis County since 1890 – recorded at 9.93 inches, according to a news release.

Forecasts are for modest showers through the weekend.

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News brief: Rochester resident knocks down two men with his car, troopers say

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 24-year-old Rochester man was arrested for vehicular assault after he allegedly knocked two men down with the open door of his car when he fled a confrontation about his speeding on a private driveway in Olympia last night.

The men were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital with serious injuries after the 6 p.m. incident, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers tracked down Kody M. Chipman and booked him into the Thurston County Jail.

Trooper Guy Gill reported the men, Dee L. Cooper, 70, of Olympia, and Daniel I. Kitchings, 37, of Rainier, were attending a scout meeting off of South Bay Road and confronted Chipman about his driving, telling him to stay because they were going to call police. The men were standing on the driver’s side of the car, when Chipman put the car in reverse and drove off, according to Gill.

The 1990 Subaru Legacy sustained an estimated $1,500 damage and was impounded, according to the state patrol.

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Read about move over, slow down or face $248 ticket …

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 3:05 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian writes state troopers will begin today ticketing driver’s who don’t slow down or move over when passing emergency vehicles parked on the side of state highways.

Read about how to avoid a $248 fine here

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News brief: Training fire scheduled near Rochester High School

Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters plan to burn down a Grand Mound area house to clear some property owned by the Rochester School District.

The training fire adjacent to Rochester High School is scheduled to take place on May 14, a Saturday.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority expects to begin interior exercises at 8 a.m. and conclude between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. with defensive operations, according to Battalion Chief Jacob Yake.

Th school district donated the building to the fire department, according to Yake.

The address is 19735 Carper Rd S.W.

Yake notes Carper Road will be closed at Old Highway 9 and near 197th Avenue Southwest.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 10:08 am

TWO POLICE PURSUITS OVERNIGHT END WITH ARRESTS

• A 31-year-old man wanted for probation violations led deputies on a high-speed pursuit overnight – a good portion of it on two spiked and flattened tires – through Littlerock and Rochester before driving into a ditch and being arrested. It began when an Olympia police officer on his way home contacted the driver near the Ritchie Brothers complex on Case Road Southwest, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. Donald M. Bush, listed as transient, had a Department of Corrections warrant for second-degree escape from community custody, meaning he had not been in proper contact with his community corrections officer, according to Lt. Greg Elwin. Bush sped away in his 2007 Ford Escape reaching speeds of 100 mph as two sheriff’ deputies got behind him, Elwin said. His tires were spiked at Littlerock Road near 130th Avenue yet he continued to Mima Road Southwest and then Bordeaux Road Southwest before coming to rest in a ditch, according to Elwin. The pursuit covered sixteen miles in 14 minutes, Elwin said. Bush reportedly told the officers he knew he would be going back to prison if he were caught. Bush was booked into the Thurston County Jail for eluding a police vehicle.

• A 17-year-old driver was arrested after he reportedly screeched his Crown Victoria sideways through a Chehalis intersection last night in front of sheriff’s deputies standing outside a door at the sheriff’s office evidence facility. Deputies jumped in their patrol cars and when they rounded a corner, observed the car stopped up on the curb atop the remnants of a concrete planter it had pushed nearly a block, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened about 10:30 p.m. The teenager was arrested for driving under the influence and turned over to a sober driver, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

TWO ARRESTED FOR BURNING CAR FOUND IN ONALASKA

• A Honda Civic found burning off Kruger Road in Onalaska earlier this month led to the arrest yesterday of two individuals who had reportedly stolen the car and lit in on fire to try to hide it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives yesterday arrested James A. Bitner, 28, of Centralia for second-degree arson. His accomplice, Courtney R. Blurton, 24, of Onalaksa was also arrested, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown. The vehicle had been stolen on Feb. 26 from Coal Creek Road.

VEHICLE PROWLS

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 2800 block of Russell Road where tools had been stolen from the back of a truck overnight.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of jewelry stolen from a vehicle on the 1000 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia.

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Partial skull discovered near Mineral is an adult

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The partial human skull found near Mineral on Saturday appears to be from an adult, but detectives don’t know if it belongs to a male or a female, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this afternoon.

They’re hopeful there is enough DNA to help identity the individual, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this afternoon.

It was found by a hiker in a wooded area and will be sent to a forensic pathologist for further examination.

“We really don’t know how long its been out there,” Brown said. “Weather conditions affect that, and we’re not experts.”

The find was reported Saturday and detectives, along with two dogs, have searched the area for potential evidence, according to Brown. It was in a brushy area on the ground, she said.

Brown said she expects members of Lewis County Search and Rescue to go out there and help look sometime in the next couple of weeks.

“We did find other evidence, or potential evidence at the scene,” she said, without specifying what it was.

The sheriff’s office isn’t saying how much of the skull was recovered or even a location more specific than near Mineral.

“Until we know what we have and what kind of an investigation we’re looking at, we’re not releasing a lot,” Brown said.

Its too early to consider what missing persons it could match up to, according to Brown. She did say they don’t have any indication its Kayla Croft-Payne, who vanished almost a year ago at age 18.

Mineral is along state Route 7, near where the Lewis, Pierce and Thurston county lines meet.

Besides Croft-Payne, who was living in the Chehalis area when she disappeared, the sheriff’s office lists two other missing persons on its web site.

Henri W. Maillard, 20, disappeared in July 1994 after a drive up the Skate Creek Road near Packwood with a friend, according to the sheriff’s office.

Delmar W. Sample, a 53-year-old pharmacist from Onalaska, failed to report to work in Chehalis in March 2005. Sample’s truck was found near Lake Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Registered sex offender notice: Man moves to Chehalis

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced this week a level three registered sex offender in Lewis County recently changed addresses and now lives in Chehalis.

Waylon B. Huestis, 30, is living on the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue.

Huestis is not wanted by law enforcement, but notification to the community is meant to inform the public and enhance public safety, according to the sheriff’s office.

Huestis was released from prison last October after a conviction a little more than 10 years ago in which he, at age 19, sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim reported he used physical force to overcome her resistance, according to sheriff’s detective Jamey McGinty.

The conviction was second-degree child rape.

He is on Department of Corrections supervision for three years following his release.

The sheriff’s office designated him as a level three sex offender, meaning they believe he has a high risk to reoffend.

Huestis is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 156 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

To see more details from the bulletin and a photo of Huestis, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office web site level three sex offender page, here.

Questions? The sheriff’s office says call 360-748-9286 for detective McGinty or Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber.
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To search for registered sex offenders living within a specified radius from your home, work or school, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Offender Watch page, here.  There, you can also find safety tips and other information, as well as register to receive email alerts if a new offender registers with an address near you. The same link can always be found on the sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.

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Registered sex offender notice: Man returns to Mossyrock area

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced a level three registered sex offender in Lewis County who left for a short time returned to his Mossyrock area home.

Dale G. DeHaven, 53, is living on the 100 block of Winston Creek Road.

DeHaven is not wanted by law enforcement, but notification to the community is meant to inform the public and enhance public safety, according to the sheriff’s office.

DeHaven was released from prison in 2005 after a 1993 conviction for the violent sexual assault of an 8-year-old female who was the daughter of a casual acquaintance, according to sheriff’s detective Jamey McGinty. The conviction was first-degree child rape.

Before that, he served time in prison in connection with the violent assault of a 76-year-old neighbor woman, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office designated him as a level three sex offender, meaning they believe he has a high risk to reoffend.

DeHaven is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes.

To see more details from the bulletin and a photo of DeHaven, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office web site level three sex offender page, here.

Questions? The sheriff’s office says call 360-748-9286 for detective McGinty or Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber.
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To search for registered sex offenders living within a specified radius from your home, work or school, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Offender Watch page, here.  There, you can also find safety tips and other information, as well as register to receive email alerts if a new offender registers with an address near you. The same link can always be found on the sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 11:00 am

VEHICLE VERSUS CHILD IN CENTRALIA

• A 12-year-old boy on a bicycle was struck by a pickup truck yesterday at the stoplight on Harrison Avenue and the southbound freeway off ramp in Centralia, according to police.. Officers called about 2 p.m. reported the boy – a Centralia resident – sustained a serious injury to his foot. The details are still being investigated, according to the Centralia Police Department. The child was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. His name was not released.

THEFT

• A light blue 1991 Mazda pickup truck was stolen from a driveway on the 1000 block of Long Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

• Somebody stole a five-ton floor jack and other items from the 2600 block of Harrison Avenue outside Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called last night learned it was taken sometime in the previous month along with a Kenmore dryer, irrigation pipes, a farm implement and miscellaneous scrap metal. The loss is estimated at $1,000.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a brick thrown at a car parked in front of a house on the 800 block of H Street.

• An officer was called to the 600 block of Hamilton Avenue in Centralia yesterday where a windshield was shattered and a rock found inside the vehicle.

• Chehalis police took a report late yesterday afternoon of a vehicle’s’ outside mirror damaged by a brick on Northwest Florida Avenue.

RESISTING ARREST

• A 21-year-old Toledo man was jailed last night after he ran from deputies investigating a report of a suspicious person on the 100 block of Collins Road near Toledo. Darrell R. Jackson was arrested for a warrant and for resisting arrest after the approximately 8:30 p.m. call.

DRUGS

• Police called about noon yesterday to Centralia Middle School arrested two student for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The boys, ages 13 and 15, were booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Breaking news: Skull found in woods near Mineral

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a partial human skull found by a hiker on Saturday near Mineral.

Detectives, with help from members of Lewis County Search and Rescue, are continuing to search the wooded area for potential evidence, according to a news release this morning.

The skull will be sent to a forensic pathologist for further examination, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.

More to come

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Prosecutor Meyer decides against pursuing death penalty for John Booth Jr.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

This news story was updated at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday March 30, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The death penalty is off the table for John Allen Booth Jr., a defendant in last August’s triple slaying inside a Salkum-Onalaska area home.

Booth, 31, is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of David J. West Jr., 16, and Tony E. Williams, 50, of Randle.

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Deputies investigate off Gore Road on Aug. 21, 2010

He is also charged in the death of David J. West Sr. 52, and the non-fatal shooting of 51-year-old Denise Salts. He has pleaded not guilty.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed notice on Friday he will not seek the death penalty if Booth is convicted.

“After looking at everything, meeting with the family, looking at the case and talking with prosecutors inside and outside the office, I decided not to seek the death penalty,” Meyer said today.

Meyer declined to share what the victims’ family members thought of his decision, saying those are private conversations.

Previous Lewis County Prosecutor Michael Golden left the potential option open, but was voted out of office in November. Meyer, a former defense attorney, stepped into the elected position in January.

Booth’s attorney, James Dixon, said his client is pleased with the prosecutor’s decision, and anxious to proceed to trial.

Booth and former prison cell mate Ryan J. McCarthy, 29, of Redmond, are charged in the case.

Authorities have said they believe the two men’s Aug. 21 visit to the house on Wings Way off Gore Road was related to a drug debt collection.

Booth, a former Onalaska resident, is set for trial  the week of May 16, however, prosecutors have asked a judge to consolidate the two cases into one trial.

McCarthy’s trial is scheduled for the week of Oct. 10.

Dixon indicated he will oppose the motion.

“He has a right to a speedy trial,” Dixon said in an emailed note. “He has waived that right already, but that waiver does not extend to the date currently set for Mr. McCarthy’s trial.”

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Read background on the case:

• “West Sr. pointed shotgun telling pair of ex-cons to leave his house, triggering triple homicide, unsealed court documents allege” from Saturday Sept. 4, 2010, here
• “Unsealed document: More details on Salkum slayings” from Monday Sept. 6, 2010, here