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Chehalis man pleads not guilty in slaughterhouse stabbing

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 35-year-old man accused of stabbing a co-worker in the throat with a boning knife during a dispute last week at the Five Star Beef Company pleaded not guilty today.

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Sabino Gomez-Barriga

Sabino Gomez-Barriga, a Chehalis resident, remains held in the Lewis County Jail on $250,000 bail.

He is charged with first-degree assault.

The victim, 21-year-old Jorge Juarez of Centralia, was still being cared for at Providence Centralia Hospital as of this morning, according to Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke.

Gomez-Barriga is represented by court-appointed attorney J.P. Enbody.

They went before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to enter a plea of not guilty.

According to prosecutors, after an argument broke out at the Centralia wholesale meat business, Juarez punched Gomez-Barriga in the face, and Gomez-Barriga responded by jabbing Juarez in the abdomen with a meat hook and and then sticking him in the neck with a knife.

A trial date was scheduled for the week of Jan. 7.
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For background, read “Centralia slaughterhouse fight involved meathook and boning knife” from Friday November 9, 2012, here

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Read about Lewis County won’t lighten up on lighting up pot …

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Kirotv.com reports that Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer says if anyone is arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana before Dec. 6 when the law changes, he will prosecute them.

When Initiative 502 takes effect, it will be legal under state law for individuals 21 or older to possess as much as one ounce of marijuana. However, there is nowhere to legally purchase it and it remains banned under federal law.

KIRO news reporter Richard Thompson writes when Meyer was asked about decisions by other prosecutors who say it’s a waste of resources, Meyer told him he “will never let a budget issue stand in the way of prosecuting a crime.”

Read more here
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For background, read “Top cops: Recreational marijuana rules not yet in place” from Thursday November 8, 2012, here

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Read about multiple bomb threats close courthouses, including Thurston County …

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Thurston County courthouse was among at least four courthouses evacuated because of bomb threats this afternoon, according to KOMOnews.com

The Olympian writes at 5 p.m. that explosive sniffing dogs were checking around the perimeter of the complex but nothing suspicious has turned up; employees were sent home early.

KOMOnews.com reports that bomb threats were also received at courthouses in Chelan, Douglas and Benton counties.

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CORRECTION:  This news item has been updated to a correct short-lived but very serious typo; the Chelan County courthouse was among those affected, not Chehalis. My sincere apologies to anyone who saw that during the few minutes that it read incorrectly.

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Twenty-two year-old Centralian pleads not guilty to attempted molestation

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm
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Edwardo E. Barro-Celerino waits to be taken back down to the jail following his arraignment in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A 12-year-old girl who found a stranger in her Centralia bedroom told him she had to use the bathroom to get away from him, and then went and got an adult in another part of the home, according to court papers.

The girl, who is identified only by her initials, told deputies the man put his hand up her shirt attempting to pull it up and also tried to put his hand down her pants, according to charging documents from the Sunday night incident on the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue.

When the adult confronted the stranger who appeared intoxicated, and asked him what he was doing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, he answered: “Trying to get some,” and then left. The sheriff’s office thinks he came in through an unlocked back door.

The suspect, Edwardo E. Barro-Celerino, 22, lives nearby in the same neighborhood. Wet footprints led responding law enforcement officers to a sliding door at his home, where he was found passed out in a bedroom, according to authorities.

Barro-Celerino pleaded not guilty today in Lewis County Superior Court to attempted child molestation in the second degree and first-degree burglary.

He sat quietly beside a Spanish language interpreter in the Chehalis courtroom. His family hired defense attorney Robert Brungardt to represent him.

Barro-Celerino has no prior felonies, has lived in the area for two to three years, earning about $1,000 a month working for the Roof Doctor, a judge was told when he was brought into court earlier this week.

While the sheriff’s office booked Barro-Celerino on Sunday for attempted rape of a child, prosecutors instead charged him with attempted child molestation in the second degree.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said today the facts of the case better fit that charge.

It’s a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Charging documents also note Barro-Celerino was armed with a deadly weapon, but the narrative in the affidavit of probable cause makes no mention of a weapon being used or displayed.

He is being held in the Lewis County Jail on $75,000 bail. A hold has been placed on him by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, presumably because the federal agency wants him for some issue, according to his previous temporary attorney.

The sheriff’s office initially reported the suspect’s name as Eduardo E. Barro-Cellesino. Sheriff’s spokesperson Chief Criminal Deputy Brown said the name on charging documents is listed in their database as an “also known as”.

Brown also said the suspect was found in a neighbor’s house, uninvited, but where he was known. Charging documents however show the mobile home space number where he was found as his residence.

“There were language barriers,” Brown said.

A trial date is set for the week of Jan. 7.
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For background, read “News brief: Centralia girl finds stranger in her bedroom, man arrested” from Tuesday November 13, 2012, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

Updated at 6:33 p.m.

SUSPECTED CAR THIEF FOUND NEAR PROVIDENCE WEARING ONLY HOSPITAL GOWN

• Centralia police said a search yesterday around Providence Centralia Hospital ended when they found a 21-year-old man who was bloody, cold and wearing only a hospital gown. Jacob D. Mielitz, of Centralia had been left at the emergency room by Centralia police after they arrested him earlier in the morning for allegedly stealing his brother’s car. Centralia police said jail staff had required Mielitz to be checked out at the hospital for possible unspecified health issues before he could be booked so he was released from police custody. He subsequently left the hospital. Officers looked for him because it was wet and cold outside and he was underdressed,  according to the Centralia Police Department. Mielitz was discovered around 9:30 a.m. on the 200 block of Blanchard Road and then booked into jail. The blood was from superficial cuts from blackberry bushes, according to police.

MAN ARRESTED TRYING TO ENTER STOLEN VEHICLE

• A man believed to be 27 years old and from Thurston County was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle yesterday  afternoon in Centralia after an officer responded to a call about suspicious activity at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue. The 911 caller thought it appeared the man was trying to break into a vehicle and the man’s story didn’t make sense, according to police. The vehicle turned out to be stolen out of Lacey, according to the Centralia Police Department. Among the several names the subject gave police was Ralph R. Turpin. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail and the vehicle returned to its owner, police reported.

TOOLS STOLEN

• A bag of battery-powered and other tools were reported stolen from a rental home being remodeled on the 200 block of East Cherry Street in Centralia yesterday, according to police. An officer called about 5:15 p.m. noted there were no signs of forced entry, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS CREDIT CARD ACTIVITY

• An officer was called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of View Avenue in Centralia to take a report about fraudulent activity on someone’s credit card,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: SHOPLIFTER ADMITS TO SELLING WAL-MART MERCHANDISE

• A 47-year-old Lacey man is in the Lewis County Jail after he allegedly twice in one week pushed a cart of merchandise out the doors a Wal-Mart without paying. Harry A. Booras III was detained by security personnel at the Chehalis store about 1:30 p.m. yesterday who called police, according to Chehalis Police Department Sgt. Brian Hickey. The employee recognized Booras as the same person who stole a 42-inch television last Thursday, Hickey said. He reportedly confessed he’d sold the television and so he was booked into the Lewis County Jail for trafficking in stolen property, according to police.  Booras was released without charges pending further investigation.

DISORDERLY MAN CITED FOR VIOLATING BAN ON FIGHTING

• Centralia police arrested a disorderly 21-year-old about 2 a.m. today at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue for allegedly fighting in public, a violation of city code. Derek M. Lampert was then released,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MARIJUANA

• Police were called to Centralia Middle School just after 1 p.m. yesterday regarding a student in possession of marijuana. The student was arrested and then released. The case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors for a charging decision, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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News brief: Sheriff’s Office: Centralia father gives baby boy cut lip, nose

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 28-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for allegedly giving his 6-month-old baby a cut lip and other facial injuries when he struck the child because it was crying.

Jon M. Parker was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday afternoon after he was located at a bus stop in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the baby boy was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital two weeks ago by its grandmother. Parker had brought the infant to her Centralia home to be babysat, according to Brown. The alleged assault occurred previous to that, on Ives Road where Parker was staying, Brown said.

Deputies called to the hospital on Nov. 1 because of suspected child abuse weren’t able to find Parker until yesterday, according to Brown.

According to the sheriff’s office, Parker was upset because the baby was crying and hit him three times in the head while holding him, leaving him with severe bruising to his face, a bump on his head, a cut lip and a cut on the bridge of his nose.

The baby has been released into the custody of its grandmother. Parker was booked for second-degree assault of a child.

“I think the baby’s doing fine, I don’t know that there are any permanent injuries,” Brown said this morning.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

UNWANTED TOUCHING ALLEGED DURING PAT DOWN

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from a male patient at a drug and alcohol treatment center on Southeast Washington Avenue about alleged sexual misconduct. The patient said when a staff member searched him by patting him down, more than the items in his pocket were touched, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case remains under investigation.

CHEHALIS GARAGE PROWLED

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of costume jewelry and foreign money taken from a box inside an unlocked garage on Northeast Adams Avenue. The victim thought the burglary had occurred the day before, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police arrested a 21-year-old man early this morning for alleged vehicle theft and hit and run. Officers called around 4:10 a.m. to the area of Harrison Avenue and N Street found the vehicle in the roadway and concluded its driver fled on foot, according to the Centralia Police Department. A suspect – the brother of the vehicle owner – was found a few blocks away and identified by witnesses, according to police. Jacob D. Mielitz, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Further details such as what Mielitz ran into were not readily available.

• A red 2004 Hyundai Accent was reported stolen yesterday morning from the 200 block of Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis. It’s owner said it was taken sometime between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m., according to Sgt. Brian Hickey. It has a license plate of 716 YZZ, Hickey said.

• A white 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup was discovered missing from a business on the 400 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called yesterday morning learned that sometime since Nov. 2, someone entered through a gated area behind Rason Marine, according to the sheriff’s office. The truck has a white canopy, decals on the doors saying “Rason Marine” and a license plate reading B74391H, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. There was also a chainsaw in the truck, according to Brown.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD

• A deputy took a report yesterday afternoon from a woman on Devereese Road outside Chehalis who said she discovered someone stole from her by using her credit card number online five times for an amount totaling $468.10,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

TRESPASSER BOOKED

• A 59-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 2:30 p.m. yesterday for trespass at the 1000 block of E Street in Centralia. James K. Hayes was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COMPUTER MISSING

• A laptop computer was reported stolen yesterday from the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 7 a.m. today regarding car prowls on the 800 block of Southwest 20th Street and then called again soon after about another prowl on the 2100 block of Southwest Olympic Drive.

• A laptop computer case with prescription medications inside as reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the 100 block of West Main Street in Chehalis yesterday. The prowl apparently occurred sometime overnight, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report about 11:20 a.m. yesterday of a wallet and unspecified medication stolen from a vehicle parked on the 400 block of West Main Street.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING HIGH ON MARIJUANA

• Centralia police say an officer arrested a 16-year-old boy last night for driving under the influence of marijuana. The arrest was connected with an officer contact just after 8 p.m. at the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. The teen was cited and then released to his parent, according to police.

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Former owners of Morton horses charged with animal cruelty

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm
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Terry L. Simmons, left, and his wife Joanne M. Simmons, listen to attorneys when they go before a Lewis County Superior Court judge.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Morton couple has been charged with animal cruelty in connection with their horses which were seized in September by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Joanne M. Simmons, 65, and Terry L. Simmons, 58, said they were shocked to find notice of criminal charges in their mail when they returned home today from out of town.

Sheriff’s deputies and county code enforcement workers visited the property on the  800 block of state Route 7 numerous times before finally taking nine of their animals in late September, describing them as dehydrated and severely malnourished, according to court documents.

“They came and acted like they were trying to help,”  Joanne Simmons said after appearing briefly before a judge.

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Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

The couple said they are Kiger Mustangs, descended from wild horses and are built unlike ordinary horses. Some they had “rescued”, they said.

“We were in the process of giving them away because we had too many,” Terry Simmons said this afternoon. He noted finding good homes takes some time.

The couple said their animals got quality feed, but county authorities say differently.

During one visit, a code enforcement employee noted four bales were placed so the horses had to fight to eat, and the  smaller horses were being trampled, according to charging documents.

“A few had bandages,” the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office wrote.

They are each charged with six counts of first-degree animal cruelty, an allegation that with criminal negligence the animals were starved or dehydrated which caused substantial physical pain that lasted long enough to cause considerable suffering. Those are felonies.

They are also charged with two counts of second-degree animal cruelty, alleging at the very least they knowingly allowed them to live in conditions that caused unnecessary pain. Those are misdemeanors.

The couple appeared before Judge James Lawler this afternoon; he allowed them to remain free on $5,000 signature bonds.

Temporary defense attorney Bob Schroeter told the judge they didn’t qualify for court-appointed attorneys, as Terry Simmons earned $8,000 a month with the Boeing Co.

The charges filed on Oct. 29 in Lewis County Superior Court offer some of the following details in their allegations:

In April, a deputy responding to a complaint of horse malnourishment noted some of the animals looked thin, but not in distress.

The following month, the county code enforcement supervisor and the animal shelter manager observed one of the horses in the field had protruding rib and hip bones. At that time, Joanne Simmons told them the skinny horse normally got grain, but they were out it.

In mid-September, a code enforcement employee visited again and said she could see rib and hip bones on many of the horses.

A week later, when a deputy and a veterinarian showed up, the Simmons allowed the animals to be examined.

The vet checked 18 horse and found some of them scored very low on a scale to document their well-being.

Horse number 707 suffered from chronic malnutrition; it was said to be three years old but appeared as though it were a yearling, Dr. Patricia Arnold noted.

One that was extremely underweight was likely pregnant, another had a chronic cough, a four-year-old was the size of a yearling, she reported.

A 27-year-old that scored a one on a scale of one to five was seriously emaciated and dehydrated. It was euthanized with the consent of the Simmons.

The sheriff’s office said it didn’t appear the couple really understood how bad of condition they were in.

Nine horses were taken from the Simmons on Sept. 30, according to charging documents. The sheriff’s office said at the time the removal of the horses occurred on Sept. 28.

The couple this afternoon said they’ve owned horses since the 1980s.

They knew the 27-year-old horse was dying of old age, they said. The time just hadn’t been quite right yet to put her down, according to Simmons.

Five private groups – Dwelly Farm, Hope for Horses, Pasado’s Safe Haven, Good Life Stables, Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County – and the Lewis County Animal Shelter assisted in the removal and foster care of the horses.

The sheriff’s office said at the time of the seizure that donations of feed and grain were needed and could be made to the shelter.

The Simmons arraignments are scheduled for Nov. 21.
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For background, read: “Authorities impound nine malnourished horses from Morton couple” from  Monday October 1, 2012, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

JEWELRY STOLEN FROM CHEHALIS HOME

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon about a burglary at the 1000 block of Southwest William Avenue. Among the valuables stolen sometime during the previous two to three weeks were wedding rings, a garnet necklace, a ruby necklace and $300 in change, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MONEY TAKEN FROM CHEHALIS BUSINESS

• An estimated $750 in cash and checks was reported missing from a business on the 100 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis on Friday morning. There were no signs of forced entry, according to Sgt. Brian Hickey.

THREE SETS GOLF CLUBS MISSING FROM PACKWOOD

• A burglary to a garage was reported Sunday from the 100 block of Maple Place in Packwood in which numerous items including three sets of old golf clubs, a skill saw and classic neon beer signs were missing. The victim, a 51-year-old Yakima man, said it happened sometime after Sept. 1, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THREAT TO CENTRALIA WOMAN

• Centralia police were called about 10:10 a.m. on Sunday to the 1000 block of South Tower Avenue where a woman said her estranged husband had threatened to shoot her. Police are looking for the man, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FATHER JAILED FOR GETTING GUN DURING ARGUMENT

• A 42-year-old Toledo man was arrested late Friday night after he allegedly picked up a pistol during a family argument. A deputy called just before midnight to the 5500 block of Jackson Highway learned the man didn’t take it out of its holster or point it anyone, but Lloyd W. Swanson was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail. He is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess firearms, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

POLICE: BOY  THREATENS TO BRING GUN TO SCHOOL

• Chehalis police took a report for informational purposes only on Friday when they were told a “severely special needs” student at W.F. West High School told other students he was mad at a teacher and was going to bring a rifle to school. Police Sgt. Brian Hickey said he believed the teen was suspended from school.

RECKLESS DRIVING

• An 18-year-old Centralia man was cited for reckless driving about 9:15 p.m. on Sunday after a minor collision on the 1600 block of Military Road in Centralia, according to police. Alex S. Jacot allegedly provided false information to the responding officer, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case involving his unnamed 16-year-old passenger was referred to prosecutors for a possible charge of allowing an unauthorized person to drive, according to police.

VANDALISM

• An officer was called just before 6 a.m. today to Southwest Gails Avenue in Chehalis to a report a brick had been thrown through a vehicle window overnight.

• The side window was broken out of a vehicle parked on the 100 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police abut 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

FLAMING TP FOUND

• A boy and his friends extinguished toilet paper found burning in a restroom at Penny Playground in Chehalis on Saturday, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE …

• … as well as various misdemeanor assaults, shoplifting incidents, warrant arrests and protection order violations.

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News brief: Centralia girl finds stranger in her bedroom, man arrested

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

Updated at 6:32 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 22-year-old man is jailed after he allegedly snuck into a Centralia home and then into a 12-year-old girl’s bedroom and groped her before she got away from him.

It happened about 11:10 p.m. Sunday on the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the intruder put his hands down her shirt and pants, but she escaped into the living room to tell an adult.

The adult confronted the man who appeared intoxicated, and asked him what he was doing, Brown said. He answered: “Trying to get some,” according Brown.

The intruder left before deputies arrived. A suspect was subsequently located and arrested for attempted rape of a child and burglary.

Brown indicated the suspect, Eduardo E. Barro-Cellesino, was a stranger to the family and had entered through an unlocked back door.

Prosecutors this afternoon charged  Barro-Cellesino instead with attempted child molestation in the second degree and burglary.

He was ordered held on $75,000 bail and will be arraigned on Thursday.

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Read about volunteer police officer Pennington patrols for free for a quarter century …

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News writes about volunteer Toledo police officer Randy Pennington who for 25 years has worked close to full-time hours, patrolling several evenings each week after a full shift as a trucker.

Toledo Police Department Chief John Brockmueller says the 61-year-old Pennington is “like a 21-year-old rookie with 30 years of experience,” news reporter Natalie St. John writes.

Read more here