INTERRUPTED BURGLARY AT COUNTRY COUSIN
• An employee opening up Country Cousin restaurant in Centralia about 4 o’clock this morning encountered two masked subjects inside who quickly fled, according to police. They left through back door and sped away in what was described as a light-colored “sporty” car, according to the Centralia Police Department. It wasn’t immediately determined what if anything was taken from the business on the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue, police said.
MAN JAILED FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING POLICE
• A 30-year-old man was arrested at his Centralia home when he reportedly scuffled with officers who arrived to investigate a dispute last night. Police were called just after 7 p.m. to the 2200 block of Cooks Hill Road because Jesse J. Wheeler had allegedly assaulted his fiance and, police say, he threatened officers and then lunged. When they “took him to the ground,” Wheeler struggled and an officer was kicked in the leg, according to the Centralia Police Department. Wheeler sustained what were described as minor injuries and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault. A potential charge of misdemeanor assault for grabbing his girlfriend is pending, according to police.
• Someone ransacked a home on the 100 block of Cinebar Road in Cinebar sometime between last Friday and yesterday morning, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It wasn’t clear what if anything was stolen because the person reporting the incident was taking care of the home for its resident, an 81-year-old man who was at a nursing home, according to the sheriff’s office.
• A deputy was called about 9 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 3700 block of state Route 508 in Cinebar when a burglary was discovered. A television had been moved to near the front door and a surround sound system was noted as missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The intruder had “looked though everything” in the home, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• Police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to the report of a residential burglary at the 300 block of East Maple Street in Centralia. Approximately $7 was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Someone stole a black 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII while its owner was warming it up just before 8 o’clock yesterday morning in Centralia. The car missing from the 200 block of West Plum Street has a temporary tag in its back window, according to police.
• Police were called about 8:15 a.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia where a red 1994 Isuzu was stolen during the night. The vehicle has a license plate of 962 TVW, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Chehalis police were called yesterday at 12:30 p.m. about a car prowl at the 2100 block of North National Avenue. Medication was taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine about 10:30 p.m. after contact with police on the 1300 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Conrad J. Perry was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Centralia police were called to the train depot about 1:10 p.m. yesterday where several outdoor light fixtures were broken, appearing to have been shot out with BB gun. The loss is more than $1,000, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they were called on Monday to a house on the 100 block of Prairie Lane in Salkum at which someone had shot yellow paint balls. The individual who called about the mess said it would cost probably $1,000 to fix because the home would have to be repainted, according to the sherif’s office.
DIESEL SPILL CLOSES MAIN STREET IN CHEHALIS
• Chehalis Avenue was shut down at Main Street late yesterday afternoon after a semi truck leaving the Darigold plant ripped a hole in one of its fuel tanks and spilled diesel on the road. The fire department blocked the stream but not before an estimated 20 to 30 gallons ran into the storm drain, according to Fire Capt. Casey Beck. Responders used lots of so-called kitty litter and even shovels of dirt from next to the sidewalk to contain it and the state Department of Ecology was called in, Beck said.