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News brief: Elderly woman injured in Napavine collision

Monday, October 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm
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Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 5

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 92-year-old Winlock woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after a single car wreck today just south of Napavine, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Margaret J. Perrotti had to be extricated from her 1993 Dodge Spirit after it left the roadway and struck an embankment, a power pole and tree before coming to rest on its driver’s side, according to responders.

Fire and aid units from Lewis County Fire District 5 were called shortly after 1 p.m. to the accident on Highway 603, according to District 5 Lt. Laura Hanson. They were assisted by members of District 15, according to hanson.

The state patrol said she was traveling southbound near milepost 8 before the crash occurred. The car was described as totaled.

Perrotti suffered trauma to her chest area, according to the state patrol. The cause is under investigation.

Update Tuesday October 11, 2011: The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports the driver died.

The state patrol noted Perrotti passed at 10:35 p.m. the night of the wreck.

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Breaking news: Skeletal remains found in Gifford Pinchot

Monday, October 10, 2011 at 10:38 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Skeletal remains and jewelry were found yesterday, possibly related to the woman missing in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest during the Rainbow gathering this summer, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.

After several extensive searches in the area where 54-year-old Marie Hanson of South Lake Tahoe was last seen in early July, searchers made the discovery yesterday afternoon, according to Undersheriff Dave Cox.

“We will continue with this investigation to attempt to positively identify any remains that we locate throughout this process,” Cox stated in a news release this morning. “We are hopeful but not jumping to any conclusions at this point.

“Marie’s family have been notified of this development and are requesting that we all respect their privacy during this time.”

Investigators are on the scene today looking for any additional items of evidence and processing the scene, Cox said.

Hanson went missing during the gathering in the Skookum Meadows area, southeast of Mount St. Helens and about 30 miles north of Carson.

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Read more about Marie Hanson’s disappearance, in her hometown newspaper, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 10, 2011 at 8:38 am

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• Two people were arrested yesterday after an incident at the 900 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Police were called about 12:20 p.m. because someone was thought to be inside the house. After a search, police found nobody inside, but did locate an item left behind – with a suspect’s name on it, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. Christopher Snipes, 34, of Centralia, and April L. Jones, 28, of Toledo, were found a couple of hours later walking along Pear Street and booked into the Lewis County Jail first-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just after 10 a.m. on Friday to the 600 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia where a 58-year-old man allegedly struck a clerk who tried to stop him for shoplifting three 24-ounce cans of beer. Terrance G. Miller, Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree robbery, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 49-year-old Centralia man was arrested on Saturday evening for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, according to Centralia police. Steven T. Reis, of Centralia, was arrested and then released after contact with police at the 800 block of Pear Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two people were arrested in Centralia on Saturday afternoon for possession of methamphetamine. Kari A. Freudenthal, 37, and David A. Haslip, 40, both of Olympia, were booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with police at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called Saturday afternoon to the 200 block of Southwest Fourteenth Street where a 27-year-old resident said someone else in the home poked him the ribs with a small dagger. They struggled and the resident pushed him away, according to a Chehalis police report. Police will be investigating the incident at the home where several unrelated individuals live, according to Deputy Chief Randy Kaut. The man was not injured, according to Kaut.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 5 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of M Street about slashed tires.

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Correction: An item above was corrected on Oct. 16, 2011 to reflect that Steven T. Reis of Centralia was not booked after his arrest by Centralia police for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

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Read about crane topples during bridge removal near Dryad …

Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KOMOnews.com reports a 30-ton crane tipped over as workers were removing the temporary bridge in the Dryad-Meskill area today.

The television news site reports there were three minor injuries; however none of the three fire districts in the area were called out for any kind of accident today.

The 180-foot bridge connecting River Road to Leudinghaus Road over the Chehalis River was put in place after the previous bridge was knocked out during the December 2007 flooding, according to KOMO.

Read more here

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Coroners inquest into Ronda Reynolds death: Selection of jurors starts Monday

Friday, October 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Updated 12:25 p.m. Saturday October 8, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod released a tentative schedule today of which witnesses will testify when during the inquest into the controversial 1998 death of former trooper Ronda Reynolds which begins on Monday.

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Ronda Reynolds

New to the witness list originally released a little more than a month ago are a friend and co-workers of Ronda Reynolds, the mother of Ron Reynolds, a neighbor, a retired forensic expert C. Vaughn and a set of Lewis County detectives who investigated new leads as recently as last year.

The courtroom is expected to have seating available for 20 members of the public, on a first come, first served basis each day.

It’s been some 50 years since a coroner’s inquest has been held in Lewis County, as best McLeod has been able to figure.

Reynolds, 33, was found dead early on the morning of of Dec. 16, 1998 and the case was closed as a suicide by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in May of 1999.

She was discovered with a bullet in her head on a closet floor in the Toledo home she shared with her new husband, Toledo Elementary School Principal Ron Reynolds. The couple were separating and she had plans to fly home to her family in Spokane later that morning.

Over the years, the manner of death was changed by the coroner back and forth between suicide and undetermined as it was reinvestigated and then more recently underwent a judicial review.

The inquiry comes as newly elected McLeod has attempted to comply with court orders given to his predecessor, ex-Coroner Terry Wilson.

Not on the witness list are Ron Reynolds and his three sons who were at the house when the first deputy arrived, but have asserted the privilege against self incrimination and are excused by McLeod from appearing.

McLeod today indicated he has set aside the first half of Monday for selection of an inquest jury of five, plus two alternates.

The first of more than 40 witnesses may take the stand after lunch, depending upon how long it takes to seat the panel of jurors, according to McLeod.

The first batch of witnesses are individuals who were on the scene that morning almost 13 years ago, and the later witnesses are primarily experts and individuals who looked at evidence and reports.

McLeod’s tentative schedule has the last witness testifying a week from Tuesday.

The proceedings will be held in Lewis County District Court in Chehalis and begin at 9 a.m. each week day.

Following is the tentative schedule:

Monday Oct. 10
Morning 9 a.m. until noon

• Selection of inquest jury

Monday Oct. 10
Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.

• Janice Neilsen – emergency medical technician
• Gary Holt – retired Lewis County sheriff’s deputy
• Robert Bishop – former Lewis County sheriff’s deputy
• Steve Aust – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office commander
• Glade Austin – retired Lewis County sheriff’s detective’s sergeant

Tuesday Oct. 11
Morning, 9 a.m. until noon

• Glade Austin, continued
• Dave Neiser – retired Lewis County sheriff’s detective

Tuesday Oct. 11
Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.

• Jerry Berry – retired Lewis County sheriff’s detective
• Carmen Brunton – former Lewis County coroner’s chief deputy
• Dr. Daniel Selove – forensic pathologist who conducted autopsy
• Joe Doench – retired Lewis County sheriff’s chief criminal deputy
• Gordon Spanski – retired Lewis County undersheriff

Wednesday Oct. 12
Morning, 9 a.m. until noon

• Laurie Hull – friend
• David Bell – friend
• Tom Lahmman – former Toledo School District superintendent

Wednesday Oct. 12
Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.

• N. Weller – co-worker of deceased
• D. Pearson – co-worker of deceased
• B. Rodriguez, neighbor of deceased
• Juanita Vaughn -friend of deceased
• Cathryn Hatulla (sp) – Ron Reynolds’ ex-wife

Thursday Oct. 13
Morning, 9 a.m. until noon

• Mark Liburdi – decedent’s ex-husband
• Vernon Geberth – homicide expert
• Barbara Thomspon – mother of decedent

Thursday Oct. 13
Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.

• George Fox – former Attorney General’s Office investigator
• Ronald Wojciechowski – Washington State Patrol crime lab
• Kenneth McDermott – Washington State Patrol crime lab
• David Stritzke – Washington State Patrol crime lab
• C. Vaughn – retired forensic expert
• Joe Upton – handwriting examiner
• Jill Bartlett – Washington State Patrol fingerprint division
• Gary Aschenbach – forensic statement analyst
• Laura Reynolds – mother of Ron Reynolds

Friday Oct. 14
Morning, 9 a.m. until noon

• Marty Hayes – firearms examination
• Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds- pathologist
• Terry Ball – polygraph expert
• Marty Hayes – again, if needed
• Dr. John Demakas – pathologist

Friday Oct. 14
Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

• Steve Birley – polygraph expert
• Rod Englert – forensic expert
• Sherri Murphy – former Washington state trooper

Monday Oct. 17
Morning, 9 a.m. until noon

• Kevin Englebertson – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detective
• Jamey McGinty – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detective
• Bruce Kimsey – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detective
• Dusty Breen – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detective sergeant

Tuesday Oct. 18
Morning, 9 a.m. until noon

• Dusty Breen – continued
• Isabelle Williams – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, evidence
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See the rules governing the procedures for McLeod’s coroner’s inquest, here

For some background and to see the roles some of the above individuals may have played, read “Jury finds coroner erred in ruling former trooper’s death a suicide”, here

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News brief: Pe Ell teenager hurt in morning wreck

Friday, October 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 19-year-old Pe Ell woman was injured this morning when her car rolled off state Route 6 near Spooner Road, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Angelina L. Phelps suffered head trauma, cuts and scrapes, the state patrol reported. She was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital.

A trooper called about 8:15 a.m. to the scene described her vehicle as totaled.

Phelps was traveling eastbound when she lost control of her 1999 Acura which came to rest on its top in a ditch, according to the patrol.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

JEWELRY HEIST

• A deputy was called yesterday evening to the 100 block of Buckley Road near Toledo after a 74-year-old woman discovered some $70,000 of rare jewelry had been stolen from her bedroom. The doors were locked and there were no signs of forced entry when she returned after being away for about a week, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Also missing was about $50 in change, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TAKEN IN CAR PROWL

• A trumpet was reported stolen from a vehicle parked at Centralia College on the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard yesterday afternoon.

MAIL MISSING

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon about mail stolen from a mailbox on the 600 block of Marsh Avenue.

BRASS CAP STOLEN FROM FIRE HYDRANT

• Chehalis police were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday to Northwest Louisiana Avenue behind Home Depot where a brass fitting from a fire hydrant had been stolen.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for felony possession of marijuana yesterday afternoon at the 1400 block of Mellen Street in Centralia, according to police. Forrest Amos was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 39-year-old Centralia man, Adrian Gillespie, was arrested overnight for possession of methamphetamine, according to police. Gillespie’s arrest came after contact with police just before 1 a.m. on the 100 block of Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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News brief: Semi versus dump truck collision closes Interstate 5 in Centralia

Friday, October 7, 2011 at 8:40 am
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Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

Update at 2:55 p.m.: All lanes are now open, although traffic is still slow back to the Labree Road interchange

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Northbound Interstate 5 is closed in Centralia with an overturned semi-truck carrying household chemicals blocking the roadway.

It began just before 6 o’clock this morning when the semi and a dump truck collided at the Mellen Street overpass, according to the state Department of Transportation.

It’s not expected to reopen before about 10:30 a.m., according to a DOT spokesperson.

The Department of Ecology is on scene to conduct containment and preparation for cleanup; some of the materials spilled, DOT spokesperson Abbi Russell said this morning.

The Washington State Patrol reported only minor injuries, but Riverside Fire Authority said no one need to be transported to the hospital.

DOT is recommending motorists avoid the area.

Trooper Ryan Tanner said troopers were also called to a log truck wreck on state Route 505 near Interstate 5 about 8 a.m.

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Backup in northbound lanes at 13th Street interchange in Chehalis at 1 p.m.

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News brief: Car crashes down embankment into Toledo creek

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two young men escaped serious injury when their car ran off the road and down an approximately 25-foot embankment into a small creek yesterday afternoon in Toledo, according to Lewis County Fire District 2.

Fire Chief Grant Wiltbank said one of the pair wasn’t able to walk so firefighters, with the help of several bystanders, used ropes and lifted him up on a stretcher.

It happened off state Route 505 near the Toledo Salmon Creek Road, less than a mile east of town, Wiltbank said.

The Volkswagen landed on its side and fortunately there was only about six-inches of water in the creek bed, according to responders.

Both were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated, Wiltbank said.

The chief said there was a fatal accident a little more than a year ago there in the exact same spot.

One of his firefighters who has lived in the area his entire life told the chief he can think of 15 and maybe even 20 wrecks in the same place over the years, Wiltbank said.

The water there can sometimes be as deep as three to four feet, according to the chief.

“So it looks like this road, it probably needs a guard rail,” he said.

Just Sunday, he was flagged down by a bicyclist there who alerted him to a car at the bottom of the ravine, he said. It’s occupant had apparently gotten out on their own after an accident the night before, the chief said.

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A car discovered Sunday afternoon, unoccupied, off state Route 505 near the Toledo Salmon Creek Road / Courtesy photo by Grant Wiltbank

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

ASSAULT IN PIG PEN

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of Beck Road in Onalaska after a neighbor’s dog reportedly attacked three little pigs. Two of the three-month-old swine were fine, except for having been chased, but one of them suffered severe lacerations as it had been held down by the Malamute, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The canine’s owner, 42-year-old Cameron D. Phillips, was issued a citation for having a dog at large, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The case is being referred to county authorities to possibly pursue further under the “dangerous dog” ordinance.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning about a break-in to a concession stand at the soccer field on Pioneer Way.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to the 300 block of Chehalis Avenue where a check had been stolen from inside an unlocked vehicle. About an hour later, an officer responded to a report of sunglasses and a portable GPS unit missing from an unlocked vehicle on the 100 block of Southwest Alfred Street. Tip of the day from detective Sgt. Rick McNamara: “Two things, don’t leave valuables in your vehicle, and lock your car up.”

DRUG DEALING

• Centralia police report a drug-sniffing dog found a large amount of suspected methamphetamine in a couch at a motel room last night on the 1200 block of Alder Street. A 27-year-old woman to whom the room was rented was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, according to the Centralia Police Department. Roxanne Chipman was booked into the Lewis County Jail after the approximately 10:30 p.m. search, according to police.

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Salkum triple homicide: Attorney seeks to relocate November trial for John Booth Jr.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – John A. Booth Jr.’s lawyer filed a motion today asking that his client’s triple murder trial be moved to a different county because of so much pre-trial publicity by the news media.

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John A. Booth Jr.

Booth, 32, is charged with murder and other offenses related to last summer’s gunshot deaths of two men and a teenage boy inside a Salkum-Onalaska area home.

The trial is scheduled to begin November 7 in Lewis County Superior Court in Chehalis.

Booth’s former cell mate Ryan J. McCarthy was sentenced last week to 14 years in prison, following a plea agreement, for his role in the events of August 21, 2010.

Defense attorney Roger Hunko said he wants a different jury, that hasn’t heard so much about the case.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher says lawyers always make that kind of request.

The two attorneys are set to go in front of a judge on Monday to hash out that and other disagreements such as jury questions, a request to dismiss the attempted extortion charge and what if any of Booth’s criminal past can be brought up at trial.

“The purpose of that (last issue) is so people can be tried not on what they’ve done before, but what they’re charged with,” Hunko said today.

Prosecutors allege Booth and McCarthy visited the house on Wings Way in connection with collecting money for drug debts or a “perceived” debt owed to Robert “Robbie” S. Russell. One of the victims, David West Sr. 52, was a witness in a pending case against Russell.

Also found dead were David West Jr., 16, and a friend Tony E. Williams, 50, of Randle. Denise Salts, then 51, who was also at the home survived a gunshot wound to her face.

Booth, formerly of Onalaska, was picked up in Spokane on a $10 million warrant four days after the slayings.

He has since then been held in solitary confinement in the Lewis County Jail.

Twice last month, a sheriff’s detective visited Booth inside the jail and recommended new charges to the prosecutor, once after Booth allegedly “became enraged and began smashing windows” outside his cell and then after guards reportedly found a metal file portion of a fingernail clipper in Booth’s pocket.

Just days before lawyers finalized a plea agreement for McCarthy, Booth allegedly used a metal handle from a mop bucket to break four panes of safety glass, according to the sheriff’s office.

It happened about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 1, and was captured on surveillance video, according an incident report.

The detective writes that Booth was on his “one hour out” of his cell that day when he walks around in the Pod (adjacent secure and otherwise vacant day room) and attempts to make a phone call.

He uses the broom and dust pan to clean out his cell and then returns to the mop bucket location, detective Dan Riordan writes.

“(H)e removes the yellow squeegee portion of (the mop bucket), examines it for some time and then begins to smash the windows,” Riordan writes.

Then Booth put the implement back down, went into his cell and closed the door, according to Riordan.

When asked about the windows, Booth stated it was “spontaneous combustion,” Riordan wrote.

Jail Chief Kevin Hanson said he didn’t have any reason to think his inmate was attempting to escape.

“I suspect he may have been angry about something,” Hanson said.

The shatter proof glass is three-quarters-inch thick and very durable, according to Hanson.

“I’ve seen people hit, kick, punch and throw stuff at them, but only on three occasions in my 20 years here have I seen the glass break,” he said.

The detective referred the report to the prosecutor for a charge of first-degree malicious mischief, but no charge had been filed as of yesterday.

Neither has a charge been filed of possession of a weapon by a prisoner, recommended by Riordan after a find on Sept. 10.

Jail guards were patting Booth down as they were returning him to his cell after a cell “shakedown” and discovered what appeared to be the file portion from a pair of finger nail clippers Booth had been allowed for temporary use, according to Riordan’s report. It was approximately two-inches long.

Booth said it was nothing and asked for it back, according to the report.

“This item is easily transformed into an instrument that can be used for stabbing, i.e., a prison shank,” the detective wrote.

Also seized by the detective were two handwritten notes from Booth’s cell, one that reads as a poem about a prison shank, and a similar writing about a rifle.

Booth didn’t want to talk with the detective about the nail file, according to the incident report.

Jail Chief Hanson said the replacement cost of the safety glass is close to $4,000 and the county would be seeking restitution from Booth.

Hanson also said Booth has lost all his privileges, such as being able to make purchases at the jail commissary.

He now is locked down in his cell 24 hours a day, except for one hour out every three days, Hanson said.

Booth is charged with attempted extortion, attempted murder of Salts, second-degree murder of West Sr. and first degree murder of David Jr. and Williams, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm.

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Read most recent story, “Court hearing reveals more details about Salkum triple slaying” from Saturday October 1, 2011, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 10:12 am

DRUGS

• The sheriff’s office arrested a 44-year-old man they describe as a mid-level heroin dealer late yesterday afternoon in Centralia. Jerry D. Clark was picked up at his home about 5 p.m. on the 500 block of South Pearl Street, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When he and his back pack were searched, about $220 in $20 bills was found, as well as some suspected heroin, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Brown said this morning that Clark came to their attention in early August and twice during that month, members of the sheriff’s office conducted so-called controlled buys of heroin from Clark. The total amount of the drug purchased and seized was just under one ounce, according to Brown. Clark was booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of delivery of heroin and one count of possession of heroin, Brown said.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday that someone had broken into a vacant home on the 200 block of South Silver Street sometime during the previous week. Officer Gary Byrnes said nothing was taken but he believed a trespasser left a mattress inside.

• A car reported stolen last Wednesday was found yesterday abandoned in a parking lot on the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department .

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of South Schueber Road about 7:30 p.m. yesterday about money stolen from a purse.

VANDALISM

• Police took a report yesterday morning at Centralia High School that a male threw something at a parked bus after hours breaking a window.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 11:06 am

THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is interested in hearing from anyone who knows something about a $43,000 Kubota excavator stolen sometime between Thursday evening and  Friday morning from Country Tractor on the 1600 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis. The tractor had a 24-inch bucket attached. Detective Sgt. Dusty Breen said it appeared someone drove it to the south end of a nearby lot and loaded it onto a trailer.

• Centralia police are investigating a situation at the Lewis County Transfer Station on the 1400 block of South Tower Avenue in which recycled materials were diverted and sold. Further details about the theft are not available.

• A small safe that contained vitamins was reported stolen yesterday from the 500 block of South Silver Street in Centralia, according to police.

• Centralia police were called yesterday about unauthorized charges made on a credit card in connection with an address on Oxford Avenue.

• Police were called yesterday morning abut the theft of mail from the 300 block of South Street in Centralia.

• Centralia police were called last night about the theft of a purse from a vehicle at the 900 block of South Schueber Road that had occurred several days earlier.

VANDALISM

• Somebody threw an onion at a house on the 400 block of Yew Street in Centralia breaking a window, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday afternoon.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday about four windows being broken at a vacant business on Northwest Prindle Street sometime since Saturday.

DRUGS

• A 51-year-old woman checking in as a new resident at a drug rehabilitation facility on Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis was arrested yesterday for possession of drugs. Angeline R. Reyes, of Tacoma, was booked into the Lewis County Jail in connection with a small tin-foil packet of suspected heroin and a syringe found, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 33-year-old Centralia man was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act after he was stopped for driving without headlights about 7 p.m. yesterday on the 1400 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis. Trevor L. Tompkins was found to be driving with a suspended license and a subsequent search of his vehicle turned up suspect meth, digital scales and about three grams of suspected marijuana, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Tompkins was booked for possession of drugs, paraphernalia and also for the suspended license, according to the sheriff’s office. The Lewis County Prosecutors Office declined to charge Tompkins for the violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and moved his case to Lewis County District Court.

WRECKS

• A 20-year-old woman was arrested for driving under the influence after someone reported an erratically driven vehicle about 11 p.m. last night on the 800 block of Boistfort Road which then ran off the road, down an embankment, through a yard and into a tree. Melinda M. Henderson, of Canby, Ore., was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Her passenger was taken by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital.

• Aid and a deputy were called about 10 p.m. yesterday after a Jeep Cherokee was discovered in a ditch outside Centralia with a 67-year-old woman stuck inside. The driver, from Centralia, was disoriented and the wreck may have been related to a medical issue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The accident, on the 400 block of Jones Road, off Little Hanaford Road, was estimated to have occurred about 7 p.m., the sheriff’s office said. Responders were able to access the patient from the rear hatch and passenger door, according to Riverside Fire Authority. She was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital.

CAMPERS LOSE MOTOR HOME TO FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 10 p.m. on Sunday night to the Kosmos Boat Launch near Glenoma where a motor home caught fire. A pair of female campers from Washougal were at a campfire and saw flames in the 40-foot Winnebago, but couldn’t get a cell phone signal to call 911, according to Fire Investigator Ted McCarty. By the time Lewis County Fire District 18 arrived, it had burned itself down to the frame, McCarty said. The cause is unknown, he said. “There was not a lot left to look at,” McCarty said.

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CORRECTION: The above item was updated to reflect the correct spelling of “Kosmos”.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

YAWN

• Two men apparently suffered only scratches and bruises when a pickup truck traveling on U.S. Highway 12 east of Glenoma left the roadway, vaulted over a driveway and flipped end over end, separating the cab from the chassis. Trooper Jason Hicks said he was called about 7 a.m. on Saturday to the scene. The driver said they had wrecked around 9 p.m. on Friday, caught a ride home, went to sleep and reported it in the morning, according to Hicks. Hicks said he was surprised at the lack of injuries, given the condition of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma. “You don’t see wrecks like that where people get up and walk away,” Hicks said. The driver, a Glenoma resident in his mid-20′s told Hicks he had fallen asleep before the crash. The driver was cited for second-degree negligent driving.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday about a burglary to a home on the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue. The back door was kicked in and reported missing was a computer and various medications, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police reported on Saturday they are investigating the theft of jewelry from the 500 block of East Magnolia Street.

• A pressure washer was among the items reported stolen from a garage on the 500 block of West First Street in Centralia on Saturday morning.

• Centralia police were called to a vehicle prowl at noon on Saturday at the 1200 block of Alder Street.

VANDALISM

• Two intoxicated subjects were arrested about 2:45 a.m. on Sunday after they allegedly used bricks to break windows out a of a vehicle on the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue in Chehalis. Brian M. Raymor, 31, of Chehalis, and Lisa J. Hojem, 27, of Napavine, were arrested for second-degree malicious mischief and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chehalis Police Department.

FIRE IN RECYCLE BIN

• Firefighters were called about 3:15 a.m. today when flames were seen inside a large newspaper recycling bin at Fuller’s grocery on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. The fire was extinguished.

DUI WRECK

• Police arrested a 22-year-old Centralia resident for driving under under the influence after his vehicle struck a power pole on the 700 block of North Gold Street on Friday night, according to the Centralia Police Department. Gregorio Cordero was reportedly uninjured.

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Read about law investigating convict’s personals ad seeking ‘your daughter’ …

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 9:16 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KOMO News reports police are investigating after an Oakville man convicted of indecent exposure placed a personals ad in The (Centralia) Chronicle saying he would “like to be a big brother” to someone’s 7- or 8-year-old daughter.

The 61-year-old told KOMO his advertisement resulted in one serious response as well as a number of obscene phone calls.

Read more here2011.1003.personalsad

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Read about woman missing on Mount St. Helens, now found …

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

Updated 9:48 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Oregonian reports searchers were looking for a 55-year-old Oregon woman overdue from a climb on Mount St. Helens.

News reporter Kimberly A.C. Wilson writes Lori William is an experienced climber who was last seen Sunday afternoon.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that Williams was located shortly after 8:30 a.m. today and is being walked out by U.S. Forest Service climbing rangers.

Undersheriff Dave Cox reports Williams was uninjured, and in good spirits.

Read more about it here

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Read about doctors, narcotics, marijuana and the law …

Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

In an effort to curb an “alarming” increase in overdose deaths from narcotic pain meds, new legislation will cap the strength of the dose a physician can prescribe, the Yakima Herald-Republic writes in a story in today’s newspaper.

Some 700 people in the state die each year from such overdoses, according to news reporter Phil Ferolito.

In Lewis County last year, all 14 people who died from drug overdoses were found to have done so accidentally.

Only two or three of those deaths came from street drugs, the rest were prescription medications, most commonly something like Oxycodone and often in combination with other prescribed meds, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Chief Deputy Coroner Dawn Harris, who has been compiling annual reports for the past five years, has said 2010′s numbers did not seem to be significantly different from previous years.

At the same time, the number of medical practitioners prescribing medical marijuana – which one doctor quoted calls the most “innocuous drug” out there – has grown dramatically since last year, according to a story in The (Tacoma) News Tribune today.
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Read “Law limiting narcotics a painful remedy for some patients” from The Yakima Herald-Republic on Saturday October 1, 2011 at 10:17 p.m., here

Read “Despite changing rules, medical marijuana field has exploded statewide” from The (Tacoma) News Tribune on  Saturday October 1, 2011 at 7:37 p.m., here