TEEN HUNTERS STRANDED IN SNOW NEAR CINEBAR
• A pair of teenagers were rescued overnight after getting their pickup truck stuck in the snow northeast of Cinebar where they went hunting yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 17-year-old boy from Onalaska and 16-year-old girl from Toledo gone up the 73 Road near Rooster Rock where their F150 pickup got stuck, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. The pair walked to where they could get a cell signal and called for help, summoning a pair of adults who also got their vehicle stuck in the snow, Brown said. An acquaintance responded to another call for help and arrived and gave shelter in his truck to the males, and a deputy called out arrived about 2:20 a.m. and picked up the females who were asleep in the original stuck truck, Brown said. They were all able to get out safely, Brown said. Brown did not know how early in the day on Thursday the hunting trip began.
DRUG BUST IN CENTRALIA
• Four people were arrested when Centralia police searched a mobile home on the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue yesterday in connection with a drug investigation. Officers went to the home about 2:45 p.m. and spent several hours there in a search, according to Centralia police. Exactly how much and what they found isn’t clear this morning, but it included suspected methamphetamine “chards” and a pipe with residue, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. Arrested for delivery of methamphetamine was Ronald W. McNeal, 51, of Chehalis; for possession with intent to deliver was Roxanne I. Chipman, 27, of Oakville; and for possession was Donald R. Pender, 56, of Centralia, according to police. A 46-year-old Centralia woman, Tracy L. Hensley, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. All were booked into the Lewis County Jail.
COMPUTER HELD FOR RANSOM
• A computer stolen Wednesday morning from a Centralia motel room by a female acquaintance when a man left to get breakfast was recovered by police last night after a reward was offered and someone demanded the reward plus additional money for the return of the laptop computer, according to police. A female – a friend or relative of the victim – offered a reward on Facebook, and notified police when she got the response, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. A meeting was arranged for about 8:45 p.m. at a parking lot on South Tower Avenue, Reichert said. Instead of the victim, 22-year-old Marcus J. Inman was met by an undercover officer, as well as another officer and his K-9 partner, Reichert said. Inman fled but was apprehended by Lobo, the police dog. Lobo also tracked down Inman’s backpack which he discarded while running. The computer was inside. Inman was arrested and booked for trafficking stolen property, according to the Centralia Police Department. A 19-year-old who was with Inman and waiting nearby was also detained, according to police.
• A 35-year-old Mossyrock man was arrested last night during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 12 in Mossyrock in which he was found to be driving a stolen truck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Anthony C. Burchfield was pulled over about 10:45 p.m. for not using a turn signal and found to be driving with a suspended license, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy learned the 1985 Nissan pickup was stolen from Marysville and Burchfield was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.
• Police were called about 7:15 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 1100 block of Mellen Street in Centralia where someone had gone inside and stolen cash and sun glasses, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• A Curtis resident was injured when he lost control of his car in the hail and slush and and ran into an oncoming semi truck on state Route 101 just north of Raymond yesterday afternoon, according to the Washington State Patrol. Danny I. Harner, 31, of Curtis, was transported to Willapa Harbor Hospital after the approximately 2 p.m. collision, according to the state patrol. His passenger, a 54-year-old Aberdeen resident was reportedly uninjured. The driver of the 2007 Kenworth, Bernard D. Blake, 64, of Centralia, was also uninjured, according to the patrol.
• A Centralia driver escaped injury when his log truck rolled onto its side and lost its load on state Route 101 just north of Hoquiam on Wednesday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol. Nicholas R. Gibbons, 40, was traveling southbound just before 9:45 a.m. when his 1991 Kenworth struck a guard rail and a light pole near milepost 93, according to the state patrol. The truck was totaled. The wreck was blamed on a mechanical failure; a broken walking beam, according to the investigating trooper. The highway was blocked for most of seven hours, the patrol reported.