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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm

FRAUD ATTEMPT ON ELDERLY WOMAN

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon by a woman who said her mother went to Western Union at Shop ‘N Kart to wire money to an impostor who had phoned and said he was her grandson being held at a police department until he could pay the repair bill following a rear end collision he caused. “Her children were able to catch it before the transaction, thank goodness,” detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said. Wilson called it a typical scam, which is widespread and nearly cost the woman who is in her 80s $1,885.

THEFT FROM FRONT PORCH

• Two old wooden bar stools were removed from a front porch at the 200 block of North Diamond Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police at mid-morning yesterday.

OTHER THEFT

• A tool box was reported stolen yesterday afternoon from the 500 block of South Silver Street in Centralia.

• Centralia police took a report about 12:40 a.m. today of a wallet stolen from a locker at a health club at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called again yesterday morning to the 100 block of Virginia Drive regarding vehicle tire issues. This time a subject reported their tire was slashed.

NOT AN ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called just before 7 p.m. yesterday to an alley off of Southwest Lewis Street where a witness thought they saw a male hit a female with a car, knocking her down. The female told an arriving officer he tried to drive away, she got her hand hung up in the car and fell in a mud puddle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nobody was arrested.

NO ROOM AT THE INN, OR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

• Chehalis police were called about 3 o’clock this morning from a  registered sex offender at a downtown bus shelter who said he was kicked out of where he had been staying, was very cold and inquired if he could sleep at the police station. Detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said he didn’t know how this particular call turned out but said officers commonly attempt to find a shelter or organization which can assist in those cases.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor theft; responses for disputes, burglar alarms; complaints of harassment; vehicle tire punctured, barking neighbor dogs … and more.

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Read about man playing “Survivorman” missing in Capitol Forest …

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 4:11 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Kirotv.com reports search efforts are expected to resume this morning for a 47-year-old man who didn’t return home from testing his “Survivorman” skills in the Capitol Forest.

Scott Garrow, of Lacey, was dropped off on Thursday morning and due home Monday morning, according to Kirotv.com

Read more here

Update at 8:19 a.m.: Search suspended

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Updated at 6:59 p.m.

DRUG BUST AT CHEHALIS HOUSE

• A 36-year-old Chehalis man was arrested at his home yesterday morning following an ongoing investigation into drug sales. A half dozen law enforcement officers arrived about 9 a.m. with a search warrant at the single family residence on the 500 block of Southwest William Avenue, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Three individuals were detained but police arrested only Jonathan A. O’Connor, for multiple counts of delivery of methamphetamine, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. The case regarding his 36-year-old girlfriend is being referred to prosecutors for evaluation of a possible charge of conspiracy to deliver drugs, Wilson said. Officers found minimal amounts of suspected meth, but confiscated packaging materials and scales, which suggest drug dealing, according to police.

THEFT OF CRIME STOPPERS SIGN

• Someone stole the Crime Stoppers sign right off its posts in Morton. It was near the 400 block of Second Street and police are looking for tips as to where it is now. Chief Dan Mortensen asks anyone with information to call Lewis County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422.

GARAGE AND TOOL LOOTING

• A weed eater, a power saw and motorcycle gear were reported missing yesterday from a garage on the 200 block of North Oak Street in Centralia. The theft occurred sometime during the previous couple of days, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 1:50 p.m. yesterday regarding tools missing from the front porch of a residence on the 800 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia.

CAUGHT INSIDE VACANT HOME

• Centralia police arrested two women yesterday afternoon for allegedly breaking a window and entering an unoccupied home on the 200 block of West Magnolia Street. The 22-year-old and the 48-year-old were booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, but both were released without charges today pending further investigation.

BOOZE RUNS

• A 48-year-old woman was caught just before noon yesterday trying to steal a bottle of vodka from a store on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia and then later around 8 p.m., a pair of males each shoplifted an 18-pack of beer from a business on the 1300 block of South Gold Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRONG PEDAL PROBLEM

• Police officers were called about 7:25 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Johnson Road in Centralia after a driver inadvertently stepped on the gas pedal while backing up and ended up hitting a vehicle, a travel trailer, a garage and two fences, according to the Centralia Police Department. The driver’s injuries were minor, according to police.

THOSE SNEAKY DEVILS

• Centralia police were called at 7 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Virginia Drive where a female said someone was deflating the tires on her car. They were called back to the same area just before 2 o’clock this morning where a male discovered someone had let the air out of one if his tires.

LEADERSHIP CHANGE AT RURAL CHEHALIS FIRE DISTRICT

• Longtime volunteer firefighter Jim Martin was recently sworn in as an interim commissioner for Lewis County Fire District 6. The 41-year-old rural Chehalis resident ran unsuccessfully for the position in 2011. Martin said he replaces Greg Pulver, who resigned his post to work outside the area. When he ran against now-Commissioner Kirk Johnston in 2011, the two men indicated neither would be very upset if the other won, as they shared many of the same views on how to run the department. Martin says he plans to run in November for a permanent six-year-term. He said he intends to continue as a volunteer firefighter-EMT. “My main focus is steering, to help steer, the district in the future, as one of three commissioners,” he said.

FLAMES LIGHT UP WINLOCK SKY

• A 30-foot long fifth wheel trailer burned last night south of Winlock and the cause is under investigation. Firefighters from four departments were called to the 9:15 p.m. call to a back field northwest of the intersection of state Route 505 and North Military Road, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. “It was fully involved when we got there,” District 15 Firefighter-EMT Patrick Jacobson said this morning. State Route 505 was shut down for about 30 minutes, because of the large number of fire trucks, he said. Nobody was living in the trailer and nobody was injured, Jacobson said. It didn’t seem suspicious, he said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault; responses for burglar alarms, fender bender, found drug paraphernalia, noisy neighbors; complaints of disputes … and more.

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Fifth wheel trailer burns in Winlock / Courtesy photo

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Read about cause of death remains elusive for body found three years ago near Toledo …

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News reports a police investigation suggests the man whose body was found three years ago on property near Toledo may have committed suicide, but the cause could remain officially undetermined because a key piece of evidence – his head – was missing.

Travis Seeber was 35 years old when he went missing in 2008 while he was a suspect in an attempted sexual assault of a teenage babysitter south of Winlock. His truck, with his driver’s license on the seat, was found by law enforcement soon after abandoned off Cougar Lane.

The identity of the remains was only finally confirmed this year by DNA. Seeber was described by the coroner as a resident of Toledo and by the sheriff’s office as living in Winlock.

News reporter Natalie St. John writes one of the interviewees told deputies he believed Seeber committed suicide to avoid going back to prison and others said he was an IV meth user who was “whacked” out the night of the incident with the 18-year-old girl.

Read about it here

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News brief: Blaze destroys Littlerock business

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 9:00 am
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A cinder block building burns behind the remaining structural pieces of a different building, which was destroyed by fire many years ago.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An early morning fire gutted a former mill in Littlerock.

About 25 firefighters responded to the call just after 5 a.m. to the 6500 block of 128th Avenue Southwest, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

The roof of the large cinderblock building collapsed and a live power pole ignited, according to department spokesperson Lanette Dyer.

“Nothing in there is salvageable,” Dyer said.

Dyer said the 40 foot by 60 foot structure was a wood mill at one time and she believes it is currently used for welding and some type of fabrication. She didn’t know the name of the business.

Crews remain on the scene cooling the debris down with water and expect to be there all day, she said.

The cause is unknown, but didn’t appear suspicious, she said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Updated at 6:56 p.m.

SHOE BOX SCARE AT CENTRALIA CITY HALL

• Police shut down a portion of North Pearl Street in Centralia after a small box was discovered sitting on a sidewalk next to City Hall, specifically outside police department offices, at about 9 a.m. this morning. Bomb technicians from the Washington State Patrol were summoned, who X-rayed what Police Chief Bob Berg said he thought was a shoe box, finding it empty. Nobody was evacuated, but personnel moved to a different part of the building, Berg said. The chief said it was sitting atop an access grate. The street was reopened about 11:45 a.m.

FIREFIGHTERS EVACUATE CHEHALIS MOVIE THEATER

• Firefighters summoned last night about a smokey haze inside the movie theater in Chehalis searched the building and finally discovered the transformer that feeds a neon sign above the concession stand had shorted out. Employees suspected it was the popcorn machine and didn’t evacuate the building until after firefighters arrived, according to Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Rob Gebhart. The call to the Midway Cinemas on Northeast Hampe Way came about 8:30 p.m., he said. After a manager noticed the sign wasn’t illuminated, crews found the charred wiring, Gebhart said. Gebhart said workers asked movie-goers in each of the theaters to exit the building, and estimated some 50 customers waited outside for 10 to 15 minutes before they were allowed back in. Gebhart said it was odd in that the incident didn’t trip the circuit breaker, but an electrician was going to come out today.

REALLY? ON VOICE MAIL?

• A 27-year-old Winlock man was jailed on Friday after he allegedly left voice messages for his girlfriend of five years following their break up saying he would kill her and dispose of her body where it wouldn’t be found. Ross C. Lawrence was contacted and arrested for felony harassment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BUSTING IN TO THE MASONIC TEMPLE

• Chehalis police were called just after 7 a.m. yesterday when someone observed a subject break through the front door window of the Masonic temple on the 100 block of West Main Street. Arriving officers searched the building and found a trail of blood – presumably from a glass cut – leading out the back door, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nothing was taken, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

SNEAKING INTO GIRL’S HOUSE

• Police were called about 7 p.m. on Saturday when someone saw a subject crawl through an upstairs window at a neighbor’s home on the 600 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue in Chehalis. Officers caught a 15-year-old boy coming back out the window, police said. It was his former girlfriend’s house, nobody was home at the time and the teenager was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for burglary. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said he didn’t know what the teen was doing there.

GLENOMA BURGLARY

• A deputy was called about 1 p.m. on Saturday to the 7500 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma where someone had gone into a mostly empty residence and stole a blanket, pillows, a fishing vest, jumper cables and a Garth Brooks CD collection, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

COINS, CURRENCY MISSING FROM CENTRALIA HOME

• A 45-year-old Centralia man called the sheriff’s office to his home on the 1500 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia on Friday afternoon after discovering someone had got into his gun safe and stolen numerous collectible currency and coins, including a Kennedy half dollar. No forced entry was found into the residence or the safe, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $500.

DRUGS

• A 31-year-old Centralia man was arrested in Centralia on Friday in connection with an ongoing Chehalis Police Department investigation into alleged drug dealing. Joseph L. Nickols was booked into the Lewis County jail for delivery of drugs and also possession of a controlled substance because he had a patch of Fentanyl – a potent pain medication –  without a prescription, detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said.

ALLEGED VANDALS CAPTURED

• Centralia police arrested three teenage boys after they were caught spray painting graffiti on a business at the 1900 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia yesterday afternoon. Further details were not readily available.

GRILL TAMPERING

• Centralia police were called about 3:50 a.m. today to the 500 block of North Pearl Street where an unknown subject apparently had entered a fenced area, turned on the propane to someone’s gas grill and then left.

WRECK

• A 17-year-old Mossyrock girl escaped with minor injuries when  she lost control of her car on the 400 block of Salmon Creek Road, traveled down an embankment, impacted a tree and landed on its top on Friday night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The girl said it happened about 9 p.m. and she walked home, according to the sheriff’s office. Her Ford Focus was totaled, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. She was cited for wheels off the roadway and will likely be in trouble for driving with a suspended license, the sheriff’s office reported.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• The man who found himself shot when he confronted a resident inside an unlocked rural Chehalis home one night in February has pleaded guilty and apologized for what he did. Brian L. Creed, 51, was high on methamphetamine when he encountered an armed and just-awakened young man inside the manufactured home on the 400 block of Highway 603 west of Chehalis, according to authorities. Court documents say 24-year-old Joshua Norman ordered Creed out, but Creed charged him, Norman fired his 40 caliber handgun and then Creed tackled Norman on February 10. Norman held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke said Norman and his wife didn’t attend Friday’s court hearing in Lewis County Superior Court, but Creed read aloud a statement in which he told them and the court he was sorry. He pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, although O’Rourke indicated it still wasn’t exactly clear what Creed’s intentions were for entering a stranger’s home. Creed, who was shot in the abdomen and hospitalized for about 10 days, was sentenced to just shy of three years in prison. He was also sentenced to 90 days for a separate second-degree trespass. He has two past convictions for felony theft and two more for misdemeanor theft.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; reports of shoplifting; responses for burglar alarms, suspicious circumstances, a high school student who was “verbal” to staff at the school; complaints of loud neighbors, a woman’s child’s grandparents harassing her on Facebook … and more.

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Frosty’s burglary suspect denies entering through boarded up window, taking $15,000 from safe

Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 37-year-old homeless man accused of pedaling a bicycle to Frosty’s Saloon and Grill in Napavine for an overnight burglary in which some $15,000 was stolen from a safe the week before last has pleaded not guilty.

Lonzo W. Lawson remains in the Lewis County Jail pending trial, held on $100,000 bail.

Prosecutors allege Lawson recently learned from a cell mate at the jail – a Frosty’s employee – there would be a large amount of cash inside and was told the layout of the tavern. A board covering a broken window was pushed out and a knife was apparently used to pry open the office door.

When Lawson was arrested April 12 at a motel in Chehalis, police found he had a new computer, cash and other new merchandise, according to charging documents. He was high on heroin and with two women who were using drugs with him, prosecutors allege.

According to charging documents, he told two acquaintances of his plan and shared some of the money with them. One man told police the money was spent on drugs, clothing and at the Lucky Eagle Casino. At least $800 was recovered.

Lawson, who was described by police as a transient with no known connections to the West Front Street establishment, denied any involvement.

A stocking cap found on the floor when an employee arrived for work the morning of April 9 was taken for DNA testing.

Lawson was charged on Monday with first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, two counts of trafficking in stolen property and possession of heroin; he pleaded not guilty on Thursday.

His trial was scheduled for the week of May 27.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

CHARGES FILED IN GAS STATION SHOTS FIRED CASE

• Bail was set at $100,000 for Gilbert Borquez after prosecutors filed charges in connection with Tuesday’s events outside an Adna gas station. Borquez, 36, told detectives he accidentally fired his sawed off shotgun into the ground when he and a group of others from Raymond were attempting to get a stolen car back from someone. Borquez on Friday was charged with first-degree assault, drive by shooting, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm. Prosecutors state in charging documents that a 911 operator was told one of the males fired a shotgun at a newer four-door vehicle. The participants and victim had fled by the time law enforcement officers arrived to the morning mayhem at the corner of Highway 603 and state Route 6.

BREAKING AND ENTERING

• A 45-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night after he was caught inside a vacant building at the 400 block of South Iron Street taking unspecified property. Brian H. Jones was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report on Friday morning of someone breaking into a house under repair at the 1200 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia and posting graffiti.

• Someone broke into an empty garage on the 500 block of South Silver Street in Centralia and left with a wheelbarrow from the yard, according to a report made to police on Friday.

MISSING TRUCK

• A black Chevrolet S10 was stolen from the backyard of a home on the 500 block of East Maple Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1 a.m. yesterday. It has a license plate of B20781K, according to the Centralia Police Department.

K9 FINDS WANTED SUBJECT UNDER BRUSH

• Police dog Lobo was called in to track down a wanted person just after 7 p.m. on Friday in the area of North Tower Avenue and East Third Streets in Centralia. Michael E, Bicker, 27, of Centralia, was located hiding under bushes behind a business on B Street and booked into the lewis County Jail, according to police.

OOPS

• Police called to the 1500 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia for a dispute over a laptop computer late Friday afternoon discovered it was stolen. Officers will be working with Amtrak police to get it back to its rightful owner, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A shopper at the Centralia Outlets off Lum Road returned to their vehicle to find someone had broken in and stolen a backpack and two Xbox 360 game systems just after 9 p.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report from a citizen yesterday that someone had broken out a window at the Borst home in Fort Borst Park.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; reports of misdemeanor thefts … and more.

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Mother of dead Centralia 2-year-old admits some responsibility in case

Friday, April 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm
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Becky Heupel watches while her lawyer confers with the deputy prosecutor during her court hearing today.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Koralynn Fister’s mother pleaded guilty today to her role in the circumstances that led to the Centralia toddler’s death.

Becky M. Heupel’s short term live-in boyfriend James Reeder has been convicted of the abuse, sexual and otherwise, that led to the child dying last May, but Heupel today agreed to pay with prison time for not acting on clues something was amiss.

“Guilty,” she answered when asked by the judge.

And when Judge James Lawler concluded all his questioning and pronounced the 31-year-old guilty of criminal mistreatment in the second degree, she began to dab at her eyes with a tissue.

Heupel was free to leave after the 30 minute hearing in Lewis County Superior Court. Her sentencing won’t take place until next month.

Prosecutors haven’t suggested the mother of two participated in any way or witnessed the 25-year-old unemployed boyfriend harming the 2-year-old girl in the weeks before she died. In fact, Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke confirmed today there was no evidence she did.

If there was, she would have been facing the same kind of sentence as Reeder, O’Rourke said.

But when Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer charged the mother last month, Meyer said spoke of Heupel’s inaction.

Meyer said he believed Heupel put her relationship with her new boyfriend ahead of the well-being of her child, ignoring warnings from others he was abusive and ignoring injuries on Koralynn she said would have prompted her to call police if they were on someone else’s child.

Koralynn died on May 24 of head injuries and drowning; Reeder told police he found her face down in the bathtub when he stepped out to get a towel. Heupel and her 4-year-old daughter had left the house about two and half hours earlier.

Reeder had moved into the household only about 10 weeks earlier. Prosecutors have said he suggested parenting duties be divided up and as a result, he spent a significant time alone with the little one, changing her diapers and giving her baths.

Prosecutors indicated a lengthy list of injuries, some old and some new found on the child’s body, such as palm-sized pieces of skin missing from her buttocks, signs of penetration, bruising, a missing toenail and more.

Last May, after Reeder’s arrest, Prosecutor Meyer called it the worst case of child abuse and neglect he’d seen in his career.

Heupel’s attorney, Paul Strophy, said today his client did see some injuries, but not any that suggested to her sexual abuse was occurring. In the final weeks, Heupel didn’t see Koralynn’s private areas, he said, adding that he believed her.

He suggested Reeder was a predator.

“On the surface, in her presence, he appeared very attentive, a good father figure,” Strophy said.

He offered to take a more hands on approach, and she appreciated it, he said.

“Obviously she now feels like she didn’t do enough and didn’t see the signs” Strophy said. “Had she known or realized what was going on, she would have put a stop to it, or got help from law enforcement.”

O’Rourke today said Heupel saw the injuries, or should have. Anybody who’s a regular parent would have, he said.

“There has to be some recognition, the fact that when you’re a parent, you watch out for this,” O’Rourke said.

Attorneys on the two sides have agreed to recommend a so-called exceptionally high sentence, but only by one day. They will suggest to the judge she go to prison for a year and one day.

Today, when Judge Lawler queried Heupel, and asked if she realized he would still be free to impose the maximum penalty of five years, she faltered.

“No,” Heupel said.

Her response prompted a 10 minute recess, during which she and Strophy left the room to talk alone.

It was after their return, and Heupel agreeing with the judge she understood that he pronounced her guilty.

She admitted to second-degree criminal mistreatment – recklessly creating an imminent and substantial risk of death or great bodily harm by leaving her child in Reeder’s care.

She will be sentenced on May 16.
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For background, read “Koralynn Fister: Dead toddler’s mother pleads innocent to putting little one in harm’s way” from Friday March 22, 2013, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

TEMPER TANTRUMS

• A 31-year-old man was arrested yesterday after deputies were called about someone breaking windows at the Mineral Post Office. The suspect, David J. Otis located in Morton, said he was having a bad day, and admitted to throwing a rock and an ash tray at the building, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Mineral resident was booked into jail for second-degree malicious mischief, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The damage is about $1,000, according to Brown.

• A 28-year-old man was arrested yesterday evening for assaults after deputies were called to the 100 block of Sunflower Lane in Onalaska. Eric C. Neilson, of Toledo, had gone to his mother’s home to pick up rent and allegedly swung a metal fence post a driver’s side window of a vehicle and broke out the rear window with a rock as well as shoved and punched people there, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Neilson was located down the road and told deputies he “wanted his money,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Brown.

THEFTS OF WIRING

• Centralia police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to a vacant residence on the 1000 block of South Pearl Street where someone had broken in and ripped out wiring and fixtures.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning deputies took reports of pieces of copper ground wire stolen from multiple utility poles along the 2100 block of Cispus Road in Randle and also the 200 block of Mineral Road South. The loss to Lewis County PUD is more than $4,500, according to the sheriff’s office.

VEHICLE VERUS BICYCLIST

• A 23-year-old woman on a bicycle was struck by a vehicle which then drove away yesterday at the 400 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Police, called about 4 p.m., say the back tire on the bike was hit causing her to spin around. Her injuries were minor, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• Centralia police were called just after 8 a.m. yesterday to Fremont Avenue and North Pearl Street where a motorist struck the rear of one of four vehicles which were stopped in a line. Injuries were minor, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assaults  … and more.

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Sawed off shotgun found near Adna gas station, one arrested

Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm
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Gilbert Borquez waits for a judge in a Chehalis courtroom this afternoon.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – If what Gilbert Borquez says is true, two vehicles full of people from Raymond were trying to help a female get back her rental car – containing $500 and all her belongings – from her ex-boyfriend who stole it, when a sawed-off shotgun accidentally discharged outside an Adna gas station on Tuesday.

Amalia Copp concocted a plan to get the ex, Paul Martin, to meet someone at the 76 station on state Route 6 for a drug deal and they would rush up and take back her rental car, Borquez told detectives.

But Martin in his Nissan drove off erratically; and then Borquez gave chase in his silver Hyundai but got stuck in the ditch, the story goes.

One of the group ran for the nearby fields and two males along with Copp left in a silver Jeep Cherokee, according to the interview as described in court documents. The Jeep was stopped by a trooper farther west on state Route 6, but the occupants denied any involvement, and were released.

Borquez, 36, was booked into the Lewis County Jail last night, and appeared in court this afternoon.

Prosecutors asked he be held with no bail, as the details get sorted out.

He was arrested by the sheriff’s office for drive-by shooting and first-degree assault, but Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey today said he could see probable cause to hold him for second-degree assault, as well as a weapons violation because of the pistol-grip sawed off shotgun.

“I’ll give you till 4 o’clock tomorrow (to charge him), Brosey said this afternoon.

The Lewis County segment of the saga began about 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday with a 911 call about someone firing a shotgun outside the gas station at the intersection with Highway 603. Then two, or three, vehicles fled the area, with one subject on foot who was finally tracked that afternoon along the Chehalis River.

Borquez told detectives that when they arrived at the gas station and he saw Martin had a handgun, he retrieved his shotgun from his vehicle, according to court documents.

He said he fired one round into the ground, which was accidental, the documents state.

Today, Borquez was taken back out the area to assist in recovering the shotgun. He’d said he had thrown it into the brush across the street from where his car was stuck, according to court documents.

Defense attorney Bob Schroeter argued unsuccessfully for only $10,000 bail, noting it seemed like an inadvertent release of a shotgun into the ground.

There is no allegation anyone was shot.

According to court documents, detectives tracked down Borquez by asking law officers in Pacific County about a short, stocky Hispanic male with tattoos on the left side of his neck and face who was known for involvement with the three stopped in the Jeep. That was the description given by witnesses at the scene.

A witness from the gas station picked his photo out of a montage, according to the documents.

According to Borquez, the plan was hatched on Tuesday morning, when Copp and three males arrived at his home in Raymond asking for help.

She said she’d rented a 2012 Nissan Altima because she’d been kicked out of her father’s house the night before, and everything she had was in the car when her ex-boyfriend took it, Borquez told detectives.

Borquez is scheduled to return to court tomorrow afternoon when, if charges are filed, his bail will be set.

Robert R. Ogilve, 42, who was booked Tuesday afternoon  remains in the jail on a  warrant from the state Department of Corrections.

The Pacific County resident told detectives he just wanted a ride into town from a friend, and the next thing he knew he found himself at a gas station near Chehalis where there was a dispute and someone firing a shotgun, court documents state.

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For background, read “Dispute, gunshot draws law enforcement to state Route 6 intersection” from Tuesday April 16, 2013, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Updated at 3:30 p.m.

DRIVE-BY SHOOTINGS?

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office booked a man into jail about 10:30 p.m. yesterday for drive-by shooting and first-degree assault. The jail roster lists him as Gilbert Borquez. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office confirmed the arrest, but declined to release any details on any assault or the arrest.

• Centralia police were called just after 1:30 a.m. today after someone shot out windows of an SUV belonging to a woman in her 20s and at the windows of her house with a BB or pellet gun at the 600 block of Alder Street. Images of an unknown suspect pulling up in a vehicle were captured on surveillance video, according to police.

MISSING JEWELRY

• A deputy was called about 5:30 p.m. yesterday for a burglary at a vacant house on the 300 block of Burchett Road in Onalaska. The owner, a Puyallup man, said sometime since April 1, someone forced open a door and left with what the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office described as miscellaneous jewelry totaling at least $70.

GARAGE BREAK-IN

• Morton police reported yesterday they are investigating what appears to be forced entry into a garage on the 100 block of Collar Avenue, and indications someone has been using the place to “hang out” in.

MISSING UTILITY TRAILER

• Someone stole a utility trailer from the 1000 block of J Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning. It has wood sides and a license plate of 8029XX, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: REPEAT SHOPLIFTER NABBED

• A 42-year-old man caught allegedly shoplifting tools from Lincoln Creek Lumber in Centralia was arrested yesterday at the business on the 1600 block of Harrison Avenue and accused of stealing from the store three times in the past several weeks. Police officers called about 11:30 a.m. concluded John L. Lybert’s image is on videotape committing the crimes,  according to the Centralia Police Department. Lybert was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a felony, organized retail theft, because of the repeated offenses within the same 180-day period, according to police.  However, prosecutors are referring the case back as a misdemeanor offense for municipal court.

VANDALISM

• Police took  report of graffiti on a shed last night at the 1300 block of Oxford Avenue in Centralia.

LOST AND FOUND

• Morton police said yesterday that the bones a citizen found last week are probably deer bones; an examination concluded they are not human. Chief Dan Mortensen said he believes they were discovered along state Route 508.

• A Morton police officer found a portable radio in the area of the 600 block of Main Avenue which can be claimed by its owner if they can identify it, according to the Morton Police Department.

ALLEGED GANG MEMBER ACCUSED OF INTIMIDATING WITNESS

• A judge ordered 32-year-old Centralian Joshua Rhoades held without bail this morning, less than a week before his trial is to begin in Lewis County Superior Court. Rhoades is charged with second-degree assault in connection with a late January incident in which a 17-year-old boy was jumped on a Centralia street. Police and prosecutors say it was gang-related. Deputy Prosecutor Joely O’Rourke said Rhoades was previously held on $100,000 bail, but bailed out of jail pending trial. However, O’Rourke alleged today that Rhoades violated conditions of his release by intimidating a witness. O’Rourke said a new charge is pending. “He denies that,” defense attorney Chris Baum said, noting his client has been out of town and wouldn’t have been in the area when the alleged intimidation occurred. The parties were in the courtroom in Chehalis today to confirm if they are ready for trial. Baum this morning asked Judge Richard Brosey to postpone the trial, as he hasn’t yet interviewed the victim. Baum said the contact information he was provided was inaccurate, and he wasn’t able to reach the teenager. Brosey ordered prosecutors to make the victim available for the defense attorney to talk with, and said the trial would remain scheduled for next Wednesday.

SEXUAL ABUSE TRIAL PUSHED TO JULY

• A trial scheduled for next week for a 32-year-old man charged with sexual abuse of a 13-year-old relative of his wife’s who was living in their Centralia home has been postponed. Marty R. Heap remains held in jail on $75,000 bail. He was arrested and charged in early March not long after taking a polygraph test about alleged incidents that had been brought to the attention of Centralia police in May of last year. The girl revealed Heap had sexually assaulted her, telling a detective she had thought it would stop, but it never did and that she didn’t want his son to grow up with a father in jail, according to charging documents. Heap denied the accusations and has pleaded not guilty. He is charged with three counts of second-degree child rape and one count of molestation. This morning attorneys agreed with a Lewis County Superior Court judge the trial could begin in mid-July.

VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIAN

• A 13-year-old boy escaped with relatively minor injuries after he was hit by an SUV in a crosswalk this morning in Chehalis. Police and aid were called just before 8 a.m. to Northeast Cascade and Washington avenues where the boy was knocked about 15 feet out of the crosswalk, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Witnesses said the boy spotted his school bus arrive and darted across the street, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. The driver was probably traveling less than 20 mph, but already in motion from having just left a stop sign, Wilson said. The boy suffered scrapes, bumps and bruises, Wilson said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assaults, reports of suspicious circumstances; a report of possible child abuse that turned out to be mark left on a little one’s back from falling off a tricycle … and more.

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News brief: Chehalis fire chief ready to move on

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Kelvin Johnson’s last day isn’t until next week, but a farewell gathering is planned on Friday evening at the Riverside Golf Club.

Johnson began as a probationary firefighter in his hometown of Idaho Falls in 1978, spent five years in Puyallup working as deputy chief and the past five years as the chief in Chehalis.

It’s time to move on, and back home, he said. He and his wife are relocating to the Boise area.

“I’ve been in the fire service now close to 35 years, I’m over 60,” Johnson said. “I have a grandson and family in Idaho and I’ve had what I consider a very long and successful and enjoyable career.”

Johnson said he hopes to do more teaching, with the National Fire Academy in Maryland.

The Chehalis department has been working more closely with neighboring agencies over the past several years, something that seems like it will become more official perhaps in the not-too-distant future, according to Johnson.

The rural fire districts in Napavine and outside Chehalis have decided not to be involved, but Chehalis and Centralia’s Riverside Fire Authority are continuing to explore some kind of consolidation, beginning with exploring the possibility sharing a chief, he said.

“If it seems feasible, we’ll take it to the voters at some time in the future,” he said.

Well, those left behind will be checking in with voters. Johnson’s last day is next Wednesday.

He said he’s very much appreciated his time in Lewis County, appreciated the community support, and enjoyed himself.

Friday’s festivities begin at 6 p.m. with appetizers and a no-host dinner and bar. Riverside Golf Club is on Airport Road in Chehalis.

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Read about Winlock woman tangled up in Elma gas station assault …

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Guns: Paintball, check. Airsoft, check. Pistol, check.

And baseball bats.

The (Aberdeen) Daily World reports a 27-year-old Winlock woman, Anna M. Kohler, is among four people charged in a weekend gas station attack in Elma during which a 26-year-old homeless man was shot with a .22 caliber handgun.

The incident was a “show of force” as a 53-year-old Elma man and his companions were trying to collect a debt, news reporter Brionna Friedrich writes.

Read about it here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

GIRLS MUGGED BY OLDER GIRL

• A 14-year-old Chehalis girl was arrested last night after she allegedly confronted two younger girls and stole $6 from the pocket of a backpack one of them was carrying. It happened around 6 p.m. as the 600 block of Cascade Avenue in Chehalis where what police label a second-degree robbery involved pushing grabbing and pulling hair, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said the victims – ages 12 and 13 – who were just walking somewhere, didn’t fight back. Wilson said those involved knew each other. The teen was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

BOYFRIEND ARRESTED AFTER KNIFE THREAT

• A 26-year-old Chehalis man was arrested after he allegedly threw a knife at his girlfriend who was trying to leave him. Police called a little after 11 a.m. yesterday about the dispute at the couple’s home on the 100 block of Southwest Fifth Street were told Cory Aldrich assaulted the woman then pointed the folding knife at her, threatened to kill her and flung it. It hit the floor, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The woman also turned over a gun she said belonged to Aldrich, so he faces a possible charge related to that as he’s not supposed to have guns, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. Aldrich was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

POLICE CALLED TO WAL-MART ABOUT BOSTON BOMBING MESSAGE

• Wal-Mart called Chehalis police just before 6 p.m. yesterday after a threat was found written on the inside of a stall in the women’s bathroom. The message referenced the bombings in Boston and indicated a time and day for an incident here in Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer responding to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue indicated it was up to management if they wanted to evacuate the store, as most of the time similar messages are simply political rants, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. They didn’t shut down the building and nothing happened, Wilson said.

PROWLERS AND POSSIBLE PROWLERS

• Centralia police were called about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Alder Street about an aquarium stolen from a back porch.

• Chehalis police were called about 8:50 a.m. yesterday to a home on Southwest 20th Street where it appeared someone had been messing with a back door.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:30 p.m. yesterday about noises outside a bedroom window on Southwest 12th Street and about 45 minutes later to a home on Southwest McFadden Avenue where a 13-year-old boy awakened to noises outside a door at his home. Nobody was found in either case, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ALCOHOL SHOPLIFTING

• A 16-year-old boy was stopped by store security as he attempted to leave a Centralia grocery last night with a bottle of vodka and a bottle of whiskey. Police called about 10:30 p.m. to the 500 block of South Tower Avenue will refer the case to juvenile prosecutors for a possible charge of theft, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Police say an officer recognized someone with a warrant yesterday evening at the Pepper Tree Motel on the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia and when arresting the man, found suspected methamphetamine. Austin A. Lasky, 24, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with police at about 6 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for shoplifting, possible disputes, suspicious circumstances; complaint about parking and complaint about neighbor’s dirty diaper trash  … and more.

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Adna shotgun dispute details remain a mystery

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It’s still unclear exactly what happened yesterday morning outside an Adna gas station where law enforcement officers were summoned with a report of someone firing a shotgun.

Nobody’s talking.

Two or possibly three vehicles were involved but fled the scene, at the 76 gas station at state Route 6 and Highway 603, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A gray Jeep Cherokee was stopped on state Route 6 at milepost 38, and three people were questioned, but they just said they heard a gunshot as they pulled into the store and left because they were scared, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

“There were some issues with their story,” Brown said.

A subject who was spotted hiding from deputies on the other side of the Chehalis River east of the store was finally detained around 3 p.m., but he said he was avoiding law enforcement because he was wanted on a warrant, according to Brown.

No shotgun was found.

Robert R. Ogilve, 42, from Pacific County, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, on the warrant from the state Department of Corrections, according to the sheriff’s office. For unknown reasons, he had shed his pants, according to Brown.

“Basically, he said there was a dispute, there was a gunshot, he didn’t know what it was about,” Brown said.

The sheriff’s office believes everyone involved is from Pacific County. None of the people contacted were very forthcoming with information, Brown said.

The sheriff’s office will continue to investigate because, “We obviously are not going to ignore someone firing a shot or pulling a shotgun out in a dispute,” Browns said.

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For background, read “Dispute, gunshot draws law enforcement to state Route 6 intersection” from Tuesday April 16, 2013, here

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News brief: Man brings home dynamite found in Ethel-area woods

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Washington State Patrol was to remove a crate of dynamite this morning discovered partially buried in the woods on a man’s property southwest of Ethel.

The man called the sheriff’s office last night after taking eight “bricks” home with him, of approximately 300 yellow bricks in a box marked U.S. Military, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown suggested it could have been part of a large supply of explosives hidden around the nearby farm of a 56-year-old man who was killed by an explosion in December of 1998.

The man worked in the explosives industry and was known to use dynamite to blow up stumps on his property on the 200 block of Classe Road, Brown stated in a news release.

“It was believed at the time of his death, he had placed the dynamite in the back of his tractor-trailer, and was traversing his property when the dynamite exploded,” Brown stated.

At the time, authorities searched for and disposed of several boxes of dynamite, but there was concern there could be more hidden, according to Brown.

Last night, a bomb technician responded to the 100 block of Spotted Doe Lane examine the new find and concluded the explosives were stable, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Steve Mansfield in the news release indicated the outcome of this incident could have turned out bad, and served as a reminder for folks not to touch or transport items they find and suspect are explosives, but to instead call 911 immediately.

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Dispute, gunshot draws law enforcement to state Route 6 intersection

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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Detectives, deputies and Chehalis police patrol vehicles gather at the north end of Highway 603 near Chehalis this morning.

Updated at 2:31 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Deputies are congregating around Highway 603 at state Route 6 west of Chehalis after an incident outside the 76 gas station there.

“I heard a ‘bang’,” clerk Chelsea Hamilton said.

Her co-worker said he walked outside when someone hollered for him to call 911 around 10:15 a.m.

Pete Holmstedt saw a small gray car like a Kia trying to get out of the ditch, and heard a lot of yelling before a gray Jeep sped south down Highway 603, he said.

Holmstedt said he didn’t see which way the small car went.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detective Bruce Kimsey said he was still trying to piece together what occurred. The call was for a dispute, Kimsey said.

Deputies were initially called about shots fired, but have no victim, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

Witnesses have said they saw someone throw a gun, and also saw someone flee on foot, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

A K-9 was brought out to conduct a track.

A guy who appeared to be hiding has been spotted by the river, Brown said about 2:15 p.m.

“There’s somebody running from us, we don’t know if it’s a suspect or a victim,” she said. Or possibly even a witness who is scared, she added.

Initial reports are that three vehicles were involved. Brown said a trooper and deputies stopped a gray Jeep Cherokee on state Route 6 at milepost 38, but the two men and one woman said they were not involved.

They said a shot was fired and they left to go home to South Bend, Brown said. The three were briefly detained and then let go, she said

 

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:22 am

THEFT

• A 47-year-old Wal-Mart employee was arrested last night for first-degree theft, for allegedly stealing iPods at her workplace. It was an internal investigation with suspected losses of about $3,000 in merchandise, Chehalis Police Department detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. Theresa L. Carter, 47, of Salkum, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Wilson.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning by a Shelton resident who said they found their stolen boat offered on Craigslist, for sale in Chehalis. Officers are waiting for further information to determine if it the same boat and if it is actually in Chehalis, according to police.

•  Chehalis police were called about 4:40 p.m. to Wal-Mart for an individual who allegedly stole a Sonicare-type toothbrush and exchanged it for a gift card. Officers chased down a 23-year-old man  and discovered he had an outstanding warrant, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Fernando Aguilar, a homeless person from the Centralia area, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to detective Sgt. Gary WIlson. The toothbrush incident will be passed along to prosecutors for a possible charge of second-degree theft, Wilson said.

FIGHT

• Chehalis police were called last night to Green Hill school to take a report about multiple assaults between inmates. Further details are not readily available.

DRUGS

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of heroin after his warrant arrest about 1:50 p.m. yesterday at West Cherry and South Pearl streets in Centralia. An officer saw a couple walking, knew the woman had an outstanding warrant, stopped and found David J. Lyon had a warrant as well, according to police. Lyon had a trace amount of suspected heroin on his person, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Samantha H. Jackson, 21, also of Centralia, was booked for her warrant, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Police took a report about 11 a.m. yesterday from the 1300 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia that someone shot at a window with what appeared to have been a BB gun.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for family disturbance, suspicious circumstances; complaints of someone sleeping in an apartment complexes common area, loose dog chasing cars, vagrants walking between retail stores … and more.

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News brief: Another Centralian wakes up to flames

Monday, April 15, 2013 at 12:42 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A smoke detector may have saved the life of Centralia man who was alerted to a fire inside his home late yesterday afternoon, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

The single adult male occupant was sleeping – or maybe cat napping – when a fire broke out inside the older, single-wide mobile home he rents at the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue, Acting Capt. Jesse Berry said.

“I think he tried for a split second to extinguish it, and then got out,” Berry said.

Firefighters called just after 5 p.m. attacked the blaze through a side door and had it knocked down within 10 minutes, Berry said.

The man was not injured, but Red Cross was contacted to help him with a place to stay, according to Berry.

There was smoke damage throughout the home and fire damage in the kitchen, also extending into the living room, he said.

Berry said it helped that the call was just blocks from the fire station, so the response time was short, but said the importance of the working smoke detector was “phenomenal.”

The cause is under investigation.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Updated at 2:57 p.m.

DRUGS

• A 38-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested when police served a search warrant an apartment on Southwest Chehalis Avenue on Friday afternoon. Heather L. Smith was booked into the Lewis County Jail for delivery of drugs based on an ongoing investigation, according to Chehalis police. Officers found pills and suspected heroin they are getting tested, detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said. One 11-year-old child was taken into the custody of Child Protective Services and another female spotted in the area was arrested in an unrelated matter; for an outstanding warrant, Wilson said.

NAPAVINE BURGLARY ARREST

• Napavine police said today they arrested a suspect in last week’s Frosty’s Saloon and Grill burglary in which thousands of dollars were stolen. Lonzo W. Lawson III was arrested on Friday at a motel in Chehalis on Southwest Interstate Avenue, Napavine Officer Silas Elwood said. Elwood said they had some cooperating witnessing, tips, that led police right to him. Elwood described Lawson as a transient with no known connections to Frosty’s. However, Elwood said, it sounds like Lawson had information from someone who knew the building and its possible another arrest could follow. Lawson was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, theft and trafficking in stolen property, Elwood said.

ATTEMPTED BREAK-INS

• Centralia police report the back door to a vacant residence was found kicked in yesterday at the 900 block of North Washington Avenue. Nothing appeared to b missing and no other damage was discovered, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to to Southwest Fifth Street on Friday morning where it appeared someone tried to pry open a garage door, according to police.

WRECKS

• A 26-year-old Chehalis man ended up with several broken bones in his legs when he allegedly blew a stop sign and struck a pickup truck at Highway 603 and Harmon Road northwest of Napavine on Friday, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. The unnamed motorist was cited for driving recklessly and with a suspended license after the two-vehicle collision just before 2 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. He was also flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with non-life threatening injuries, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said his 25-year-old passenger from Morton was transported to Provide Centralia Hospital with a possible broken leg and two men in the 2001 Dodge pickup which was involved were taken to Providence to be checked out. The causing driver’s Honda Civic was described as totaled.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a stuck accelerator is the cause of an 11 p.m. Thursday single-vehicle wreck in Onalaska in which a 26-year-old man ran into a utility pole. It happened at Leonard Road and Main Street, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver suffered scratches, bumps and bruises and totaled his Dodge pickup, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was cited for no insurance, according to Brown.

• Nobody was hospitalized but two vehicles sustained major damage  when they collided just before 11 a.m. on Friday at Jackson Highway and Bishop Road outside Chehalis. A 50-year-old motorist from Chehalis turned in front of a 38-year-old Chehalis motorist attempting to make a left turn, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

NOT A WRECK

• A 52-year-old Toledo man was jailed on Saturday evening when he was found passed out behind the steering wheel of his vehicle parked behind a gas station at the 400 block of state Route 506 in Toledo. A deputy arrested Keith F. Tabor at about 8 p.m. for being in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, DUI; responses for non-injury collisions, people accidentally dialing 911; complaints of disorderly persons, complaints of noisy neighbors, complaints of people behaving strangely,  … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE ON U.S. HIGHWAY 12

• A 24-year-old Yakima man was hospitalized after he was hit by a car as he assisted a disabled motorist on U.S. Highway 12 near Packwood yesterday afternoon. The pedestrian, Jesse A. Stillwaugh, was struck by a westbound Subaru Outback that came around a curve and was unable to stop because of a hill and poor road conditions, according to the Washington State Patrol. A trooper called about 4:20 p.m. to the scene about 10 miles east of Packwood, noted that there was no shoulder where it happened. Stillwaugh was transported to a Yakima hospital, according to the state patrol. No citation was issued to the Subaru driver, a man from Tacoma, according to the investigating trooper.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 12:30 a.m. today to a burglary at the 1000 block of Mellen Street. An amplifier to a car stereo is missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police reported yesterday an officer was called about the theft of pain medication from the 300 block of East Magnolia Street in Centralia the day before.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, DUIs, driving with suspended licenses, calls for misdemeanor assault, non-injury collision … and more.