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Remains discovered on Joerk Road in Randle finally ID’d as missing local woman

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 9:52 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Skeletal remains found in Randle last year have been positively identified as a woman who disappeared from her Randle home about a mile and a half away several months before.

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Trisha McKenzie-Fire

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office said this morning they are those of 58-year-old Trisha McKenzie-Fire.

The determination was made through a joint effort by a forensic anthropologist in King County and a local dentist who specializes in making identification through teeth, according to Coroner Warren McLeod.

McKenzie-Fire was reported missing by her live-in boyfriend in April 2011. Kent Anderson said he woke up one morning and she was gone from their home on Silverbrook Road, although she left her purse behind. Human remains were found the following September in a field on Joerk Road in Randle.

The cause and manner of her death remain under investigation, according to McLeod.

Anderson has since died. McLeod said all efforts to locate and notify McKenzie-Fire’s next-of-kin have been unsuccessful
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For background, read: “Breaking news: Human remains found in Randle” from Monday Sept. 26,  2011, here

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News brief: Packwood man fails to return from mushroom hunting outing

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:42 am

Updated at 10:11 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Update: The missing man was found about 9:30 a.m. today, walking along a Forest Service Road about five miles from where he was last seen.

He told searchers he started a small fire to stay warm through the night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was cold and wet but needed no medical treatment, according to the sheriff’s office.

Previous story:

Search and rescue volunteers were activated this morning to help find a Packwood man who hasn’t been seen since yesterday when he went out picking mushrooms in the forest south of Randle.

The 50-year-old man was not prepared to stay overnight; he was dressed in only jeans and a jean jacket, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

He did have a lighter with him, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

According to Brown, the man – whose identity is not being released – was with his friend about 12:30 p.m. yesterday on Lone Tree Mountain, off of Forest Service Road 55.

When the friend returned to his vehicle at 3:30 p.m., he began honking his horn to let his companion know he was ready to leave and also called out but received no response, according  to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies who were contacted about 7:45 p.m. drove the area but were unable to locate him, according to Brown.

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Judge says no to prisoner’s self-crafted motion to dismiss Morton homicide conviction

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm
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Jack Silverthorne is unrepresented in Lewis County Superior Court as he asks a judge to dismiss his manslaughter conviction.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 21-year-old sent off to prison last year after admitting he fatally punched a 16-year-old Morton boy in the head was back in court yesterday, asking to be set free.

Jack A. Silverthorne, now 22, filed a motion in Lewis County Superior Court from his cell at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Eastern Washington.

“It’s based on he’s never been in trouble before, and he was encouraged to take the plea,” his mother Kathryn Silverthorne said.

Silverthorne said her son rightfully ought to have been convicted of something less than he was, but didn’t understand, and just did what his defense attorney told him to do.

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Austin King

The Renton resident was arrested in November 2010 in connection with the death of Austin King that summer.

The 16-year-old vanished from his family’s home in the Tilton River Mobile Home Park early on June 23 and was the subject of a month-long search headed up by volunteers. His body was found some 10 miles away off a logging road outside Morton.

Silverthorne was staying with his grandmother in the trailer park and was one of two “buddies” Austin was with the last time Austin’s mother saw her son alive.

Since there was no trial, the details of exactly what happened or why were never revealed in court. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office believed there was a fight about a girl.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, Silverthorne pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter – recklessly causing the death of another person – and was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison, the high end of the standard sentencing range for the crime.

He sat before Judge James Lawler yesterday afternoon without an attorney.

The hearing was brief. Silverthorne’s mother and sister were the only spectators in the Chehalis courtroom.

Yesterday was the first time she’d seen her son since he was sentenced early last year, his mother said. He was almost unrecognizable, she said. Since he was locked up, her son has lost a huge amount of weight, she said.

Kathryn Silverthorne said she understands the weight loss is due to medication prescribed after he was diagnosed in jail or prison with bipolar disease.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher objected to the self-crafted motion.

Lawler denied the motion, but noted it was more appropriately filed with the state Court of Appeals as a personal restraint petition. The judge certified the documents to be filed as such.

Outside the courtroom, Meagher said Silverthorne has the right to file the petition, that basically asks to be let out of prison.

But Meagher wasn’t optimistic about that happening.

Personal restraint petitions are usually something filed after someone is found guilty, Meagher said.

“But he pled guilty,” he said.

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For background, read “Morton teen homicide case ends with guilty plea” from Saturday May 7, 2011, here

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News brief: Scorched region on Mount Adams won’t reopen until springtime

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The south side of Mount Adams will remain closed this winter, following the forest fire that burned more than 20,000 acres there late this summer.

The closure will remain in effect into next spring, according to the officials from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

A winter climbing route on the east side of the Aiken Lava Bed will remain open, the forest service notes.

For details and a map, go to the Gifford Pinchot website. Or phone the Mount Adams Ranger Station at 509-395-3400.

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Breaking news: Worker critical after stabbing at Centralia meat plant

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were searching for a 35-year-old man after he stabbed a co-worker in the neck at the Beef Shop on Airport Road this morning.

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Sabino Gomez Barriga

It happened about 11:30 a.m., according to Brown.

The victim is in critical condition at Providence Centralia Hospital, she said.

The suspect, Sabino Gomez Barriga of Chehalis, fled the scene on foot shortly after it occurred, according to Brown. He was taken into custody and is enroute to the Lewis County Jail, according to Brown.

Brown says little is known about the victim at this time. Deputies are waiting for an interpreter to arrive at the hospital to learn more about what occurred, she said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

LOAD OF WIRING FOUND IN TRAFFIC STOP

• A burnt out bulb on a license plate and failing to use a turn signal caught the attention of a Centralia police officer on patrol early this morning, leading to the arrest of a driver with a load of what appeared to be freshly cut telecommunications wire in the bed of a vehicle. Kim R. Evans, 54, of Chehalis, was allegedly driving with a suspended license and initially gave an different name to the officer during the approximately 3:30 a.m. traffic top on the 1000 block of Mellen Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officer Angie Humphrey said police didn’t know where the wiring came from. “We are investigating right now, trying to find the source of that,” Humphrey said this morning. Evans was booked into the Lewis County Jail for obstruction, according to police.

PAIR WEARING HOODIES FLEE STORE WITH CARTFUL

• Chehalis police were called about 3:40 a.m. today after two males pushed a shopping cart full of merchandise out a fire exit at Wal-Mart. An officer was told they were wearing black hoodies and got into a teal-colored Honda Civic or Accord  that fled northbound, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police will review surveillance tapes to see what they can find, Sgt. Brian Hickey said.

APARTMENT BURGLARIZED

• Police were called about 7:30 p.m. yesterday after a resident returned to her apartment on the 900 block of North Tower Avenue and discovered the door opened, items inside moved around and several DVDs missing.

SHOP BROKEN INTO

• Someone stole two Stihl chainsaws, a Craftsman metric wrench set, a battery charger and other tools from a shop on the 100 block of Middle Fork Road outside Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 46-year-old resident who reported the theft yesterday said it happened sometime between Sept. 21 and last Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office.

STOLEN FIREARM FOUND

• A pistol stolen out of Pierce County turned up at a local business on the 800 block of West Main Street in Centralia yesterday, according to police. The discovery was made because pawn shops report certain items that they get to police, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT

• A misdemeanor assault was investigated involving two juveniles yesterday at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia. Further details were no readily available.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Centralia man was arrested for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine after being spotted by an officer about 8:25 p.m. walking along the 100 block of West Center Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Brian M. Williams was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

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Read about recreational marijuana initiative passes …

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:35 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle Times writes that as of Dec. 6, it will no longer be illegal for adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, while a new “drugged driving” law for marijuana impairment kicks in.

Washington’s initiative 502 was winning 55 percent to 45 percent as election numbers were released Tuesday night, making it the first state along with Colorado to legalize recreational marijuana use, according to news reporter Jonathan Martin.

In Lewis County, only 44 percent of voters favored the measure, according to preliminary election results. A majority – 56 percent – of Thurston County voters said yes.

Seattle TImes reporter Craig Welch noted counties across the northern half of the state seemed to support the pot initiative while counties to the south voted it down.

Because cannabis remains illegal under federal law, federal authorities could sue to block I-502 from taking affect, but the Justice Department has given no hints about its plans, Associated Press writers say in a news story in The (Tacoma) News Tribune.

Read more here

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Read about Tenino mayor’s son attacked at school …

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KOMOnews.com reports the teenage son of Tenino mayor Eric Strawn lost two front teeth when he was beaten at school on Monday.

The mayor says his 15-year-old has been harassed and bullied at Tenino High School ever since news reports of Strawn sharing “what he called an intimate moment” with a female friend in a car parked in Lacey.

Read more here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

MORE EQUIPMENT DAMAGED AS CENTRALIA BUSINESS VISITED AGAIN BY WIRE THIEVES

• The damage this time is in the neighborhood of $20,000 as thieves struck again at Lakeside Industries in Centralia. An officer called about 11:45 a.m. yesterday to the 2000 block of Johnson Road learned someone cut wiring from numerous pieces of industrial equipment at the business, according to Officer Angie Humphrey. In this case, they may have been spooked because two large rolls of wire were set aside as though ready to be loaded up but were left, Humphrey said. The officer asks anyone with any information about the thefts to call 911 or Lewis County Crime Stoppers.

NOT A HATE CRIME

• Chehalis police were called around noon yesterday by a man with a complaint someone outside Safeway was displaying a political sign showing a picture of Barack Obama with a Hitler mustache. Not a crime, according to Chehalis police. “Basically the officer told him it was freedom of speech,” Sgt. Brian Hickey said.

CHEHALIS HOME BURGLARIZED

• Someone broke into a Chehalis home and stole three televisions, three laptops, three other computers, cell phones and a security safe. An officer called 5:15 p.m. yesterday to the residence on the 300 block of James Street noted a door may have been kicked in and a window was broken, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It seemed to have occurred over the weekend, according to Sgt. Brian Hickey.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PILFERED

• An officer took a report about 8:30 a.m. yesterday regarding pills missing from various bottles of prescription medications at a home on the 1000 block of F Street in Centralia. Among the pilfered drugs were morphine, Oxycontin and Lorazepam,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called around 12:20 p.m. yesterday to the 2600 block of Eureka Avenue about damage to the gas line on a vehicle.

• The sheriff’s office is looking for information about someone spray painting graffiti at Onalaska school’s baseball field dugouts over the weekend. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning the vandalism was reported on Sunday and must have happened sometime after 6 p.m. on Friday. The damage will cost $500, according to Brown.

DISORDERLY MAN TAKEN AWAY BY POLICE

• Centralia police called to a convenience store on the 1200 block of Mellen Street for reports of a man “freaking out, running around and being weird” discovered the subject sitting in the driver’s seat of a stranger’s car about 2:15 p.m. yesterday. Michael Stedham, 23, was allegedly uncooperative with officers who tried to detain him. The Centralia resident was arrested for obstructing and vehicle prowl and was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

NOT JUST A FIRE DRILL

• Children were evacuated from Centralia’s Oakview Elementary School about 11 o’clock yesterday morning and fire department summoned. “It wasn’t actually a fire but smoke from an overheated laminating machine,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Erik Olson said.

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It’s election day; have you voted?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:53 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Will marijuana be legalized? Will rural Chehalis residents continue to pay a levy for emergency medical services? Who will be president?

Ballots for the general election must be postmarked by today or returned to the Lewis County Auditor’s Office before 8 p.m.

Locally, the names of all three Lewis County Superior Court judges are on the ballot, although each is running unopposed.

See election results here beginning shortly after 8 o’clock tonight.

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Centralia drug trafficking informant made “errors in judgement”

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:42 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Court documents in the case of Donato Valle Vega shed light on why the 40-something Centralia car lot owner met with federal agents in Borst Park two years ago and then took them to his Harrison Avenue business and showed them pounds of drugs he had hidden in the attic.

Valle Vega was working as an informant with the FBI, assisting with an investigation of members of a Mexican drug trafficking cartel, according to his defense attorney Robert Leen.

After talking with an FBI agent and another from the DEA in early September 2010, Valle Vega admitted he had drugs, told them how much, offered to take them to the business and told them they could search both his car lot and his stash house, Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Thomas and Darwin Roberts wrote in their trial brief.

The agents retrieved approximately four kilos of cocaine and 33 pounds of methamphetamine from Emmanuel Auto Sales that day, according to court documents. Two weeks later Centralia police assisted federal law enforcement officers with the arrest.

Valle Vega was convicted late last month of one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and a second similar count related to methamphetamine, in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

He faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced, according to Assistant United States Attorney Thomas.

Both Thomas and Leen declined to talk about the case further until after sentencing.

Leen in his pretrial memo brief however wrote that his client admitted he had drugs the agents didn’t know about, but said he believed if he didn’t appear to go along with the suppliers’ plan it would mean death for him and his family, both in Centralia and in Mexico.

Valle Vega indicated he felt trapped because the men associated with the drugs were in Centralia but that as soon as they left, he gave information about the drugs, Leen wrote.

Leen, who is based in Everett, noted his client may have made some errors in judgement regarding his contacts with the drugs, but said it was out of fear.

The story begins, according to documents in the court file, on Sept. 1, 2010, the day before Valle Vega met with the agents in the Centralia park.

According to the documents: Law enforcement agents observed what they believed were narcotic being loaded into a BMW with Utah license plates at Emmanuel Auto Sales at the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

At least three federal agents met with Valle Vega the following day and took the drugs. Valle Vega told them he’d received the drugs in July and had already distributed one and half kilograms of cocaine in August.

He told them they’d been provided to him by Salome Flores Apodaca, and the source was Apodaca’s brother, Augustine Flores Apodaca. They’d been sent to him concealed in a vehicle that had been brought to his auto sales business on a car hauler from Arizona.

That same day agents and Valle Vega were looking through his attic, Utah State troopers stopped the BMW in Brigham City and subsequently discovered about a pound of methamphetamine tucked into its gas tank.

The agents met with Valle Vega in Kelso a few days later. On Sept 17, they arrested him.

Federal prosecutors set out to prove the Centralia man possessed pounds of drugs that no drug trafficking organization would have provided to a person without the expectation they would be further distributed.

Neither of the trial briefs offer information about who or where Valle Vega’s customers were.

The trial lasted about four days and the jury returned a verdict of guilty as charged.

A forfeiture hearing regarding the property on Harrison Avenue is scheduled for Jan. 4. Sentencing is set for Jan. 25.

Thomas said the minimum term is 10 years in prison.

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For background, read “Centralia auto business arrest followed discovery of almost 10 pounds of cocaine” from Wednesday September 29, 2010, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Updated at 6:34 p.m.

GARAGE PROWLER ARRESTED IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police called just before 5 a.m. on Saturday to the 500 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue after a resident saw someone jump his fence subsequently discovered an intruder inside the garage. The officer ordered the subject to the ground and when he instead began looking around as though he might bolt, the officer “took” him to the ground and took him in to custody, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Matthew R. McDonald, 24, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, according to police. He was released without charges pending further investigation.

BURGLARY ONALASKA

• Two flat screen televisions were among the nearly $3,000 of valuables missing after a burglary on the 100 block of Fickett Road in Onalaska, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to the home on Saturday learned the break-in occurred sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. the following morning, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT OF RING FROM CENTRALIA

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for theft after a 10 karat Black Hills gold wedding ring was reported missing from a home on the 2000 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia. A deputy was told by the 57-year-old woman on Friday evening she thought an acquaintance of a family member took it the day before and sold it to a downtown Centralia store, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Alex M. Folden was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

TOOLS TAKEN NEAR TOLEDO

• A wire-fed welder, a grinder and other tools were stolen from outside a home on the 800 block of Evans Road outside Toledo, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.

BREAK-IN TO CENTRALIA BUSINESS

• Centralia police were called about 6:30 a.m. today to a business on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue where a door lock was forced open and someone rummaged through items.

MEDS MISSING

• Unspecified medication was reported stolen from the 500 block of Madison Street in Centralia early yesterday evening,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report of unspecified medication and money taken from a backpack yesterday afternoon at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue.

DOG-NAPPED FROM CENTRALIA

• A female Doberman Pinscher was reported stolen from  yard on the 200 block of East Van Buren Street in Centralia yesterday morning.

POLICE: GROWN MAN STEALS FROM MOM’S PURSE

• A 47-year-old Vader man was arrested on Saturday night after allegedly stealing a debit card from his mother’s purse in Centralia and then accessing her account. Rodney D. Oleachea was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft and forgery, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TAVERN TROUBLES DOWNTOWN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police officers were called to three different bars on Saturday night beginning just after midnight for arguments, fights and disorderly people but none with serious injuries, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The calls began on Northwest Chehalis Avenue where an officer ended up using a Taser on a 22-year-old Chehalis man being escorted out of the Paradise, continued at Garbe’s across the street and moved to North Market Boulevard  and then back to Northwest Park Avenue, according to police.  “All similar,” Sgt. Brian Hickey said. “Intoxicated individuals involved in disputes.” Friday night downtown was a little less eventful with just one woman arrested for punching another woman in the nose outside Garbe’s, according to Hickey.

‘EXCUSE ME’

• A man and woman in their late 20s were interrupted by an officer and arrested after a report about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday of a couple having sex in a vehicle parked on a neighborhood street in Centralia.

POLICE: HALLOWEEN PRANK NOT FUNNY

• Winlock police arrested a 47-year-old Winlock man in connection with malicious mischief to an officer’s home on Halloween, according to Police Chief Terry Williams. Ronald White was also arrested for resisting arrest, according to Williams. Further details were not readily available.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about a vehicle prowl about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the 400 block of Southwest 18th Street in Chehalis. Missing were some change and sub woofers, according to police.

• An unlocked vehicle was broken into on the 1600 block of Grandview Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. A GPS device was among the items stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK WITH NO DRIVER

• Centralia police say they are investigating after a single-car accident about 1:25 a.m. on Sunday at the 1600 block of Harrison Avenue at Galvin Road. The vehicle was discovered without a driver, according to police.

MAN HURT IN WINLOCK HIT AND RUN

• An arrest was made after a pedestrian in his early 30s was struck by a vehicle late Friday afternoon in Winlock. Aid called about 5:20 p.m. to the 800 block of Northwest Kerron Street transported the man to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. Further details were no readily available.

ONE AIRLIFTED AFTER INTERSTATE 5 CRASH

• A motorist in his 70s was airlifted after his truck collided with a tree on northbound Interstate 5 south of Chehalis about 11:15 a.m. on Friday. The man who was alone in the vehicle may have had a medical issue but also sustained injuries to his torso, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.

POLICE: MAN SETS OFF FLARE IN CENTRALIA APARTMENT

• Centralia police say a 32-year-old man might be in trouble after lighting a road flare inside his apartment on Friday. “He advised he was practicing to see if it worked to summon aid,” Centralia police wrote about the approximately 6:30 p.m. call. Police and the fire department did arrive at the group home on the 1600 block of Johnson Road. Firefighters were initially called about a candle on the roof, but Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Scott Snyder said it was a road flare the individual had quickly set it outside the window onto the roof where it was raining. The resident was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated, according to Snyder. The case is being referred to a prosecutor for a possible charge of second-degree reckless burning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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News brief: Police: BMW-driving burglar gives self up to SWAT team

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 10:19 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A suspect in a Centralia-area burglary who barricaded himself inside a Tumwater residence saying he would not go back to prison is in the Lewis County Jail this morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason A. Goudy, 32, allegedly loaded various items into his silver BMW after being seen dropping them into a field near the 3800 block of Mayberry Road and Russell Road on Friday morning, according to the sheriff’s office. Investigating deputies found the front door open of a home for sale and discovered more than $1,000 worth of valuables missing, such as a vacuum, pool cues and a French press coffee maker Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

An attempt to locate was put out on the car and it was found later at a residence on the 6700 block of Kirsop Road in Tumwater, Brown said.

Thurston County’s SWAT team was called and when Lewis County’s SWAT team arrived around 5:15 p.m., they learned Goudy had walked out and given himself up, according to Brown.

Goudy, who lives in Tumwater, was arrested for residential burglary, Brown said.

The Olympian reports Goudy barricaded himself in the home about 1:45 p.m. and gave himself up about 5 p.m.

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Read about hunter lost near White Pass …

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:32 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports a search is underway for a hunter reported missing yesterday evening near White Pass.

The newspaper writes teams from Lewis County are expected to join the search this morning for the 49-year-old Cashmere resident last seen on Saturday morning on horseback.

Read more here

Update: from  Yakima Herald-Republic at 3:01 p.m.: The hunter has been found in good health.

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Autopsy finds lacerations, bullet wounds on man shot by sheriff’s deputy

Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Napavine man fatally shot by a Lewis County sheriff’s deputy early Thursday had superficial cuts on the side of his neck and on one wrist but he died from gunshot wounds to his head and stomach, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Gregory S. Kaufman, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene off the side of state Route 6 after an encounter with Deputy Matt Wallace around 12:15 a.m.

Wallace said when he approached the parked car near Boistfort to see if the driver needed assistance, a heavily bleeding man lunged out of his vehicle with a large knife, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Few other details have been released; the sheriff’s office says more information will come from an investigation conducted by a team of deputies from surrounding counties.

Coroner Warren McLeod said yesterday the autopsy determined the lacerations did not contribute to Kaufman’s death.

Wallace, a nine year member of the sheriff’s office, is on paid administrative leave as is standard procedure, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sixteen months ago when another Lewis County deputy fatally shot a citizen, it was about a week and a half later when the prosecutor completed his review of the outside investigation as to whether the shooting was justified.

An internal investigation was completed about a week after that.

In that case, Deputy Matt McKnight was cleared, but the family of 33-year-old Steven V. Petersen has recently filed a lawsuit saying McKnight engaged in a ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ approach to law enforcement.
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For background, read “Deputy fatally shoots Napavine man on state Route 6” from Thursday November 1, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., here

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Missing Morton man found dead off forest road south of Randle

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm
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William “Bill” Osborne celebrated his 80th birthday with family in February at his home in Morton. / Courtesy photo

Updated at 3 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The truck belonging to 80-year-old Morton resident William H. Osborne III was found yesterday evening some 600 feet down an embankment off Forest Service Road 26 south of Randle, according to his family.

He didn’t survive.

Dozens of family, friends and law enforcement officers have been combing the roadways of East Lewis County after Osborne was reported missing on Tuesday.

“This is what we were expecting all week, that when he was found he would be gone,” his niece Sharon Hopf of Orting said this morning. “But it’s still not easy.”

Osborne had breakfast with a friend on Monday morning, purchased his deer and elk tag in Morton at mid-day and apparently didn’t return home that night, according to law enforcement.

His son Bill arrived in town on Tuesday for a planned hunting outing and reported him missing. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said he told his friend he would be going hunting at Ryan Lake which is off Forest Service Road 26 south of East Lewis County in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

“They think he was headed there, that’s what they think,” one of Osborne’s five daughters said today. “I don’t think he was going hunting, he didn’t have his rifle. I think he was going scouting.”

The daughter Meloney Olds stayed at his home in Morton this morning while her brother and two of her sisters met with authorities to recover Osborne’s body.

Olds said as many as 30 to 40 people off and on all week have been at the home, a base for search parties.

The son of Cody’s restaurant owner discovered some tire tracks yesterday, she said. “One of our search groups from I-90 Motorsports climbed down,” she said.

They’re assuming it happened quick, which is some comfort, she said.

The New Jersey born man lived near Renton where he retired from the phone company, then moved to Morton in the mid-1990s, according to his family. He has six children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, Olds said.

She said her family wanted to make sure everyone understood how grateful they are for looking for their dad.

“He had a friend named Curt, Curt probably put 1,000 miles on his truck this week,” he said.

While Lewis County Search and Rescue never did launch a search mission, Deputy Tim English and a deputy from Skamania County helped organize the family and friends who volunteered to search, she said.

“It’s amazing, the amount of people that came out looking for him,” she said.

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For background, read “Be on the lookout: Missing silver pickup, and its elderly driver” from Thursday November 1, 2012, here

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Ethel teen arrested for allegedly beating puppy

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm
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The 5-month-old German shepherd is expected to make a full recovery. / Courtesy photo by The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An intoxicated 19-year-old Lewis County resident was jailed after he allegedly punched a 5-month-old German shepherd in the face and – his family said – may have thrown it against a tree.

A sheriff’s deputy called about 12:45 a.m. today to a home on Oyler Road in Ethel was told Jesse Pegram was out of control and had beaten the family pet.

Pegram was agitated when he was found outside in the street and asked to be arrested, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He said he needed help, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The dog needed help too.

The puppy suffered injuries to her face and was limping, according to Brown. Her eye was extremely swollen and blood shot, Brown said.

The family had no transportation to take to the animal to be seen, so the deputy contacted a veterinarian who agreed to meet the deputy at the clinic and do an examination, according to Brown.

The doctor found it had a leg injury and apparent head trauma, but no obvious broken bones, according to Brown.

Pegram was checked out at the hospital before being booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree animal cruelty, according to the sheriff’s office.

Brown didn’t say what the teenager was upset about.

But the vet, at Cascade Veterinary Hospital in Centralia, was optimistic the puppy would make a full recovery, Brown said.

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Read about Centralia resident goes to prison for DUI wreck …

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News reports that 25-year-old Joseph F. Echols of Centralia was sentenced to more than three years in prison for a drunken driving head-on crash last summer in which he injured three people.

Read more here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

PUMPKIN MISCHIEF IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called to the 300 block of Southeast Valley View Drive about 7:30 p.m. yesterday regarding jack-o-lanterns. “It appears boys were smashing pumpkins,” Officer Linda Bailey said. However, the subsequently woman decided not to press charges, according to police.

IPAD TAKEN FROM SCHOOL FOUND IN ALLEY

• Police were to called the 1000 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis yesterday afternoon when someone saw a man place an iPad in an alley. An officer subsequently arrested 25-year-old Seth T. Lloyd for second-degree possession of stolen property, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The iPad had been stolen from the Napavine School District, Officer Linda Bailey said. Lloyd was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

TRAFFICKING INQUIRY

• Centralia police are investigating a burglary from the 1900 block of Trillium Avenue in Centralia after stolen items were found yesterday in at least one pawn shop, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PURSE SNATCHED FROM HOME

• A residence on the 3000 block of Borst Avenue in  Centralia was burglarized, according to a report made to police yesterday morning. Missing is a computer bag and purse with its credit cards and identification, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened sometime after midnight and the victim wasn’t sure if the home had been locked up, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

VANDALISM

• Someone cut the valve stems from all four tires on a vehicle parked at the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday afternoon. There are no suspects, according to police.

WRECK

• A 38-year-old Centralia woman suffered only a sore shoulder after her car went over a 30-foot embankment off Wildwood Road near Vader yesterday, rolling twice on its way down and coming to rest upside down, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was able to crawl out of her vehicle and call 911; a deputy arriving just after 1 p.m. issued her a citation for wheels off the roadway, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman had no visible injuries but her 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt had to be towed, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

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Read about one dead after officer-involved shooting in Littlerock …

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports Thurston County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man this morning they tracked after a break-in at the Littlerock Grocery Store.

News reporter Chelsea Krotzer writes it happened sometime after 2:20 a.m. on Waddell Creek Road when the suspect came out of a home and threatened law enforcement officers with an unspecified “deadly weapon” that was not a gun or a knife.

Krotzer says a team of multiple agencies from five neighboring counties is investigating.

Read more here

Updated from KOMOnews.com at 3:26 p.m.: KOMOnews.com spoke to the parents of Keith Miles who described their horror at watching their shot shot dead after he came out of their house with a pool cue which the sheriff’s office said he swung at deputies.

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Breaking News: Coroner releases name of Napavine man shot by deputy

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

Updated at 9:03 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office this morning identified the man shot by a sheriff’s deputy yesterday as Gregory S. Kaufman.

Kaufman is 64 years old and a Napavine resident.

Coroner Warren McLeod said an autopsy later today should provide answers and details about the cause of death, the number of times he was shot and what were the injuries Deputy Matt Wallace saw that he thought were self-inflicted.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Wallace approached Kaufman’s parked car off state Route 6 early yesterday morning and a heavily bleeding man lunged out of the car with a large knife.

The deputy is on paid leave as the shooting is being investigated by a team of outside law enforcement officers.

Coroner McLeod said Kaufman has no family he could find. His office learned from Kaufman’s girlfriend that he is divorced, has no children and his parents are deceased, according to McLeod.

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For background, read “Deputy fatally shoots Napavine man on state Route 6” from Thursday November 1, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., here