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Salkum logging incident claims life of John B. Leonard

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm
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John B. Leonard and his wife Linda Leonard at their Chehalis home. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The logger injured by a large maple limb in Salkum yesterday has died.

John B. Leonard was well known in Lewis County, a logger all his life, according to a family friend.

He used to have J.B. Leonard Logging in Chehalis, Marlene Maki said.

He and her husband have known each for six decades, she said.

“John was 69, he acted like he was 39 years old,” Maki said. “He’d pack hay, he was full of life, that’s for sure.”

Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel said an investigator from the state Labor and Industries came out to the site yesterday and was to return today.

Firefighters were called just after 9 a.m. yesterday to acreage just north of the 2200 block of U.S. Highway 12 in between Kennedy Road and Sierra Drive, according to McDaniel.

Leonard was loaded into an ambulance and transported to the Salkum Fire station where they were met by a helicopter that flew him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

It was just two men working, according to McDaniel. At first it appeared vibrations from a logging shovel shook the limb loose, McDaniel said, but he has since come to understand it happened somewhat differently.

“It appears a falling tree caught a limb, and came back and got the poor gentleman,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel described the piece of wood as perhaps 6 inches in diameter, and 20 feet long, before the operator jumped down and  sawed the limb to get it removed from the man.

“The operator and the cutter were the best of friends,” he said.

A spokesperson for Labor and Industries said they are investigating a logging fatality in Lewis County, but had no further information this afternoon.

The death is the third from logging in Lewis County since the beginning of the year.

In mid-January, 63-year-old Alex Oberg, of Toledo, was killed while cutting timber alone in the Toledo area. The sheriff’s office said a tree fell onto Oberg as he was employing a “domino” tree falling technique.

Last month, 21-year-old Tyler Bryan, also from Toledo, was working north of Morton when – according to the initial information from the sheriff’s office – a log being pulled up a slope by a cable began spinning and struck him.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Updated at 7:30 p.m.

FAIL

• Chehalis police arrested a 42-year-old man yesterday at Wal-Mart yesterday for organized retail theft after he allegedly attempted to steal groceries and a chainsaw, and popped over to Home Depot in between where he shoplifted as well. An officer called to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 6:30 p.m. was told a subject selected various items from the shelves but parked his cart inside near the grocery entrance and then left, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police were told he went to Home Depot, then returned to Wal-Mart and pushed the loaded cart out the door but was stopped in the parking lot by security personnel, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Bailey said, more specifically, the subject let go of the cart and tried to run but tripped on the asphalt and fell on his face. Officers found a portable welder from Home Depot inside his vehicle, she said. Donnie D. Resnik, from Sedro Woolley had a warrant from the state Department of Corrections as well and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, she said.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from the 1500 block of North National Avenue where someone had tried to break in to a vehicle. It occurred sometime the week before, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The passenger door was discovered pried open, leaving on the interior light which drained the battery, police said.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• The 37-year-old woman who admitted to helping herself to thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets while she worked at the Flying K store and gas station in Toledo will remain out of custody until formal entry of her sentence is made in Lewis County Superior Court next week. Winlock resident Katrina M. Bowen was fired in September after the owners discovered the thefts that put them into debt, she was charged in January and then pleaded guilty within days of her first appearance before a judge. There was no plea deal. There was no promise of recommending leniency. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg on Wednesday recommended to the judge she get two years, her attorney asked for 90 days. Judge Richard Brosey sentenced Bowen to four years in prison. Eisenberg said today there have been high profile local cases in which defendants were punished with far less time, but noted cases in which the defendants attempted to pay back the money or went through treatment. She started treatment for a gambling problem but only recently, Eisenberg said. “And to be fair to Ms. Bowen, I don’t know if she has any assets to give back,” he said. Eisenberg said he thought Bowen was admitting – through her lawyer – to have taken about $20,000, but the victims’ estimate the amount was at a minimum $60,000 and at a maximum $177,000. How much she will owe in restitution remains to be determined.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, misdemeanor theft, collision on city streets, possible child abuse, suspicious circumstances … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Updated at 10:07 p.m.

UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT

• A 38-year-old Onalaska man was arrested for unlawful imprisonment yesterday after he allegedly held his mother down on a bed for several hours and refused to let her leave. Deputies called about 4:10 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of state Route 508 found Jeffrey A. Church sleeping on a couch and booked him into the Lewis County Jail also for assault and violation of a protection order, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The mother sustained minor scrapes and bruises; deputies were told he had slapped her in the face, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said she didn’t have any details this morning about why. Church was charged today only with violation of a court order. Charging documents state his mother told a deputy he has been living at the home since he go out of jail in February and that around 11 a.m. yesterday, he jumped onto the bed, put a leg across her shoved her and began calling her names. The slapping went off and on until about 3 p.m. and the mother waited until he went to sleep to call 911, charging documents state.

MOTHER BOOKED FOR ALLEGED CHILD PORN

• The mother of the missing Kayla Croft-Payne has been arrested for alleged possession of child porn. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning Michelle A. Croft, 47, was picked up yesterday at the 500 block of Augustus Street in Toledo following an approximately two-month investigation into reports that she had shown at least two individuals a video she had of a naked 7-year-old girl touching herself. The Toledo resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday for possession of a depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the sheriff’s office. An initial report from the sheriff’s office indicated one person told a detective the video included an unknown male giving the child direction. Croft is to be released from jail instead of being charged, pending further investigation. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said they let Croft go because they don’t have enough evidence to convict her of a crime. Croft’s 18-year-old daughter was reported missing the spring of 2010, when she lived in rural Chehalis. Detectives have investigated numerous pieces of information over the years, that have sent them with a cadaver dog to Toutle area, to digging through wells at a Winlock property and elsewhere. A vigil is scheduled for the fourth anniversary of Kayla Croft-Payne’s disappearance, on April 26 at 1 p.m. at Penny Playground in Chehalis.

TEEN TAKES TRUCK, AGAIN

• Chehalis police responded about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Northeast Debra Lane after a 14-year-old boy allegedly stole his grandparent’s truck, for the third time in recent weeks. He faces a possible charge of taking a motor vehicle without permission, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT

• A Vader resident is pointing to an 8-year-old boy following the theft of his collection of Pokemon cards. A deputy contacted the 20-year-old victim yesterday and learned the value is more than $1,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The cards and their binders vanished from the 700 block of Main Street sometime since January, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said deputies would like to talk with the suspect whose parents are believed to reside in the Longview-Kelso area, but they’re not putting out a warrant. “He’s 8 years old,” she said.

• Chehalis police were called about noon yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue where a teenage student reported someone stole about $300 from her purse.

• Someone stole a customer’s bag while they were shopping at the 100 block of High Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:15 p.m. yesterday.

• The 48-year-old man arrested on Tuesday for being a felon in possession of a stolen gun as well as possession of heroin in Centralia has also been arrested now by the sheriff’s office for trafficking in stolen property. Fred H. Isaacson, of Centralia, allegedly sold items on Craigslist that were stolen earlier this month from the 500 block of West Reynolds Avenue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The items included eight tires “with nice rims,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. His second arrest, at the jail, came sometime between Tuesday and this morning, according to Brown. Prosecutors this afternoon said Isaacson has a long criminal history, his defense attorney told a judge it wasn’t that extensive. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey set bail at $25,000 in each of the two cases.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to the parking lot at Wal-Mart in Chehalis about 1:30 a.m. yesterday when a employee discovered someone had broke into her vehicle and stolen a purse and it contents.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 1100 block of Roosevelt Avenue regarding and overnight attempt by someone to pry open the door to a vehicle.

AMMUNITION MAKING ACCIDENT INJURES WORKER

• Emergency responders were called to the bullet manufacturing business in Packwood last night where an employee was injured while loading shells. Firefighters called around 8 p.m. to the Silver State Armory off U.S. Highway 12 transported the worker to Morton General Hospital with minor burns to his head, arms and neck, Lewis County Fire District 10 Chief Lonnie Goble said. “Somehow the primer went off and set off a clip of about 40 primers,” Goble said. The chief said the injuries were minor, but the accident blew off the victim’s safety glasses and he got “stuff” in his eyes. He was released before the night was over, Goble said.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Mark A. Johnson, 61, was charged yesterday not with attempted kidnapping but with attempted child molestation and unlawful imprisonment for incidents police learned about occurring at the Peppertree Motel and RV Park in Centralia involving a 12-year-old boy. Both reside at the Alder Street location and after being contacted by the boy’s father, a detective spoke with the child who said Johnson invited him into his room one day in the recent past where they talked about guitars and four-wheelers when the conversation turned sexual, with the older man asking about girls and the size of the boy’s privates, according to charging documents. The boy told the detective that when he went to leave, Johnson pushed him back down on the bed and then exposed his genitals, charging documents state. The boy pushed the man and was able to run out of the room, according to prosecutors. Johnson had complained to the 12-year-old’s father that the 12-year-old had been “coming on to him,” prosecutors wrote. Police arrested him on Tuesday for or attempted second-degree kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and a warrant, but prosecutors charged him with attempted child molestation and unlawful imprisonment. A judge yesterday ordered Johnson held on $100,000 bail.

WRECKS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning an 18-year-old Ethel resident was issued a citation for second-degree negligent driving after traveling through an intersection and missing the turn at the 100 block of Damron Road outside Mossyrock, striking a house. It happened about 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Neither he nor the 16-year-old girl traveling with him were injured, according to the sheriff’s office. Further details about damage to the structure was not readily available.

• A Centralia woman is listed in fair condition today after her northbound car crossed the median into the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Castle Rock yesterday afternoon. Troopers called about 3:25 p.m. found both cars destroyed. The investigating trooper reports Angelina Puris, 63, from Centralia, lost control of her Nissan Sentra, and then swerved to the left where it was struck by an oncoming Mazda MZ3. Robert F. Huling, 72, of Ridgefield, and Puris were both injured and transported to St. John Medical Center in Longview, according to the Washington State Patrol. Puris was then transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, protection order violation, misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor theft; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

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Car one from wreck on Interstate 5 near Castle Rock. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

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Car two from wreck on Interstate 5 near Castle Rock. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

 

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News brief: School busses hit, escape fairly unscathed

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two vehicles were left with significant damage after two separate incidents yesterday of motorists running into school busses.

No injuries were reported.

It was just before 1 p.m. when a bus carrying about 15 students was traveling eastbound at the 900 block of Byham Road in Winlock when a 61-year-old resident pulled out of a driveway and the two collided, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Buick LaSabre sustained major damage to its left front corner and the bus’s right front portion,  just minor dents and scratches, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The kids said it felt like a bump,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The car’s driver should expect to find an infraction in his mail for failure to yield, according to Brown.

At almost 4 p.m. in Chehalis, a car driven by a 25-year-old woman slammed into the back of a school bus on the 600 block of West Main Street.

“The school bus had stopped at the railroad tracks and the other driver didn’t see it,” Chehalis police Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

Responders said her car was totaled; there were no children on the bus.

WIlson noted that by law whether loaded or not, school busses come to a full stop at railroad tracks, turn on their flashing lights and look both ways before proceeding.

Kayla N. Voie was ticketed for driving with a suspended license, he said.

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News brief: One injured at Salkum logging site

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:29 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 69-year-old man was airlifted to a Seattle hospital this morning after he was struck by a large limb at a logging site in Salkum.

Firefighters were called just after 9 a.m. to residential property just north of the 2200 block of U.S. Highway 12 where they found the victim semi-conscious, according to Lewis County Fire District 8.

Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said they think the large dead piece of a maple tree was shaken loose from the vibrations of a piece of logging equipment passing by. Its operator got down, sawed the limb and got it removed from the man, McDaniel said.

The patient was picked up by a helicopter at Salkum’s main station and flown to Harborview Medical Center, McDaniel said.

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Read about Chehalis drug dealing suspect jailed again …

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports 42-year-old Randall D. Mauel was ordered held yesterday on $50,000 bail following his arrest in Tenino the day before when drug detectives found nearly $10,000 cash in his wallet, and in a residence, several more hundred dollars along with a little more than an ounce of methamphetamine and a small amount of heroin.

Mauel was out on bail following a December drug dealing charge in Lewis County Superior Court after detectives seized pounds of drugs at the 2500 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis, arresting he and his younger brother 37-year-old Ryan G. Mauel.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes Mauel went before a judge in Thurston County Superior Court yesterday – along with co-arrestee Jeremy Erwin, 39 – and remains held on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to deliver.

Read more here

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News brief: House fire planned south of Chehalis

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters will be practicing their craft on Saturday with a donated two-story house off Jackson Highway south of Chehalis.

Members of Lewis County Fire District 6 will conduct training at the home on the 200 block of Sanderson Road, finishing the day by burning down the structure, according to Firefighter Mike Goodwillie.

They expect to begin at some point after an 8 a.m. safety meeting and would like to be done by 2 p.m.

Goodwillie said many neighbors have been asking about watching, and because of where the house is situated and all the equipment which will be one scene, the fire department is hoping to find and cordon off a safe area for spectators.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:54 am

STOLEN FIREARM

• Centralia police were at the 1300 block of Lakeshore Drive around 9 a.m. yesterday following an investigation by the department’s specialized Anti-Crime Team and arrested a 48-year-old man for being a felon in possession of a stolen gun as well as possession of heroin. Fred H. Isaacson, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

K-9 PURSUES WANTED SUBJECT

• Deputies responded about 11:40 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Leudinghaus Road west of Chehalis to a home where a 36-year-old man reportedly violated a no-contact order. When they arrived, a woman there said he had left, but a Centralia police officer and his K-9 partner subsequently tracked him to a wooded area behind the house near Chandler Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Phillip R. McCarty, who was captured with the police dog’s teeth, said he wasn’t fleeing, but had been sleeping in the thick brush near a stump after taking a walk, according to the sheriff’s office. The Doty resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a warrant, for violating an order and also for burglary as he had apparently entered the residence uninvited, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. McCarty is scheduled to appear in court today regarding the warrant but not being charged with burglary, pending further investigation.

POLICE: WOMAN ATTEMPTS CONVERSION OF FOOD BENEFITS TO CASH

• A 39-year-old woman was arrested yesterday after she allegedly used someone else’s food stamp card at Safeway in Chehalis, asking at least one other customer if she could purchase their groceries in exchange for cash, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer responding about 4:30 p.m. to the South Market Boulevard store discovered the card belonged to a Chehalis man who said he did not give the woman permission to use it, according to police. Cristi Wright, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

THEFT OF TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

• Centralia police took a report about 11:30 a.m. yesterday from the 200 block of Ash Street regarding a theft in which a red Craftsman push mower and a blue rolling tool box were stolen.

• Chehalis police responded yesterday morning to the the 2000 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue to take a report of a 1000-watt Honda generator and an orange Stihl  044 Magnum chainsaw missing from city’s public works shed. The loss is estimated at more than $1,600, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The items were taken sometime in the previous 45 days, according to police.

METAL THEFT

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to the 400 block of Bones Road east of Toledo where a property owner reported that since Friday someone had been cutting fencing wire to steal metal fence posts along an approximately 300-foot stretch of land. The loss is more than $500, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone stole a purse from a car at the 1100 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9 o’clock yesterday morning.

ARREST FOR ATTEMPTED KIDNAP

• A 61-year-old Centralia area man was arrested yesterday following an investigation into an incident involving a 12-year-old boy at an RV park on Alder Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Mark A. Johnson was booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempted second-degree kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and a warrant, according to police. Further details were not readily available.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm

“OPEN CARRY” OF RIFLE LEADS TO ARREST

• A deputy traveling along the 1200 block of state Route 506 in Vader about 11 a.m. yesterday stopped to talk with two males sitting on a guard rail, one of which had a rifle strapped to his backpack which turned out to be stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Inside the pack were two pistols, one of which was also stolen, according to the sheriff’s office. One of the guns was missing from Longview and the other from Lincoln County, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of stolen firearms was Joshua Jordan, 36, of Longview, Brown said.

STOLEN FIREARMS

• Centralia police responded about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to a report of a handgun and jewelry stolen from a residence on the 1100 block of South Schueber Road.

• A deputy took a report from an 88-year-old Centralia area man yesterday who said the night before when he returned to his residence on the 3800 block of Cooks Hill Road after giving a ride home to a female he knew only as Felicia he realized his Ruger 22 caliber revolver was missing. The man said he normally keeps the gun on an end table by his chair, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement are attempting to locate the visitor, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• A black 1993 Honda Civic was reported stolen yesterday from the 900 block of B Street in Vader. A deputy learned from the 60-year-old owner he parked the car in front of the house about 6 p.m. on Sunday and when he went back out at 6 a.m. yesterday, it was gone. It has an Oregon license plate of ZUB 478, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BREAK-INS

• A resident on the 1900 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel reported yesterday discovering someone had kicked in a door to his detached garage, although nothing appeared to be missing. A responding deputy learned from the man’s mother who lives down the road that about 15 minutes before an alarm went off, a thin not very tall male with short hair had come to her home asking for gas or a ride to get some gas, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The subject dressed in a white T-short and blue jeans left in the direction of her son’s place, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to the 300 block of Russell Road in Winlock where a neighbor taking care of the lawn reported finding forced entry to two outbuildings sometime since Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It’s not clear what might be missing as the property owner who resides in California hasn’t arrived yet to take inventory, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• Centralia police were talking with a 24-year-old Lacey man yesterday  in connection with a forgery case at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue and discovered he was in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Caleb L. Roney was arrested for possession and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURNING BRUSH

• Riverside Fire Authority was called about 2 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Teitzel Road where a grass fire got out of control. An area of about 100 feet by 100 feet burned and they extinguished it, Capt. Casey McCarthy said.

COLLISIONS

• Troopers called yesterday morning to milepost 75 of U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel found a chip truck on its side but the driver apparently uninjured. Lewis County Fire District 8 was called a couple of hours following the incident to take the driver to the hospital, Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said.

• People inside Rite-Aid felt the building shake and items along the inside wall fell to the floor following a traffic stop in Chehalis last night. It was just before 9:15 p.m. when an officer traveling along the 500 block of South Market Boulevard attempted to pull over a Honda Accord because of an exhaust system issue, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The female driver turned into the retailer’s parking lot, the officer heard a sound of grinding as though the brakes failed and the car went into the building, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. None of the three occupants were injured, but the impact left scuff marks on the exterior brickwork and damage to the license plate and bumper area, Bailey said. A 20-year-old passenger, Alex M. Folden of Centralia, was arrested and booked for an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections, according to police. Bailey said she didn’t yet know if the driver was cited.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for disputes, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances … and more.

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CORRECTION: The roundup has been updated to correctly reflect the source of information regarding the arrest on state Route 506 for possession of stolen firearms

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Westbound truck wrecks in Ethel. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

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Prosecutors: Arsonist planned to continue lighting fires after leaving his burning bedroom

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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Jonathan P. Brown listens to defense lawyer Bob Schroeter after he is charged with arson, for the second time in less than five years.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Charging documents allege 26-year-old Jonathan P. Brown doused his bed and pillows with lamp oil before setting a fire while his mother and 87-year-old grandfather slept and then walked down the street with a lighter, intending to to start as many structure fires as he could before police found him.

Brown, 26, appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon, charged with one count of first-degree arson in connection with the early yesterday morning events on the 3400 block of Prill Road in Centralia.

He’s been there before.

In 2009, the then-21-year-old pleaded guilty to a string of six fires and attempted fires in the Centralia area that caused or could have caused damage to buildings including a residence and a garage. He was sentenced to four and half years in prison.

Centralia police impounded his truck this weekend looking for evidence from an early morning fire on Saturday about a mile from his home that burned the front door area to an unoccupied house, according to court documents.

“I think he presents a distinct threat to public safety, a very grave one,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg told a judge this afternoon as he recommended a high amount for bail.

Brown, handcuffed and shackled at his waist and ankles, was represented by defense attorney Bob Schroeter.

Judge Richard Brosey set bail at $250,000 and signed no-contact orders regarding Brown’s mother and grandfather.

His mother was in the courtroom, but declined to comment.

Sunday’s fire was contained to the bedroom, but charging documents and the fire department give an account of what could have been deadly.

Brown’s mother, Deborah Brown, said she woke up to a fire alarm, went into her son’s room and found burning pillows atop a large chair.

She yelled for her son, she yelled for her father to wake up and tried to get a bowl of water from the kitchen tap, but found there was no water pressure, according to charging documents. She ran back to the bedroom, grabbed the pillows and managed to smother the flames, charging documents state.

She then woke up her father John Germeau who is hard of hearing and called 911. It was 5:40 a.m.

Deborah Brown suffered minor burns to her hand or hands.

The fires in May and early June almost five years ago included a detached garage on Ham Hill Road, and others such as the tarp covering a recreational vehicle and someone’s portable shed, Riverside Fire Authority Chief Jim Walkowski recalled this morning. Court documents indicate Centralia police investigated two fires on Prill Road and Brown admitted to an incident at the historic Borst Home.

Brown was arrested on June 2, and his lawyer Don Blair noted in court documents his defense at trial would include general denial, diminished capacity and potentially mental health issues. But by the end of July the former assistant manager at the Midway Cinema pleaded guilty. Judge Nelson Hunt gave him 54 months – the top of the standard sentencing range – plus some months of community custody.

He was ordered to pay restitution of almost $20,000 to an insurance company and $1,000 to an individual.

It’s not clear when Brown was released from prison. Centralia Police Department detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said it was “recently”. A letter in his court file from the state Department of Corrections states he was terminated from community custody on May 7, 2012, as he was screened for it and found not eligible for supervision.

Charging documents in the current case say when Brown was interviewed at the jail by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detective Dan Riordan, Brown admitted starting the fire in his room.

“He then opened the window in the bedroom to let the fire breathe and to allow the smoke to exit the house to prevent the smoke alarm from being activated,” prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors allege he said he meant to burn the house to the ground, and knew it was a possibility his mother and grandfather could have been overcome by smoke and died.

When asked why, his answer was vague, but did relay he was upset with his mother over some personal issues, prosecutors wrote.

After starting the fire, he left the house, and walked down the street with his lighter, planning to start more fires until he was caught, he reportedly told the detective.

But his lighter broke, and he threw it into the brush.

He was detained yesterday morning on Mayberry Road  by a Centralia officer and K-9 partner, according to the sheriff’s office.

Brown’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday morning. Judge Brosey appointed Blair to represent him again.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

FIREARMS, FOOD, SMOKES MISSING AFTER ONY BREAK-IN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they are investigating evidence left at the scene of a burglary in Onalaska in which four rifles, two shotguns a bow and it arrows were among the more than $4,000 worth of valuables stolen. Also taken were a carton of Camel cigarettes, various groceries, $200 cash and other property, according to the sheriff’s office. The break-in at the 300 block of Dluhosh Road took place sometime between 4:15 a.m. on Friday and 8:15 p.m. the same day, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

COMPUTER STOLEN

• Centralia police were called to the 1400 block of Lewis Street about 11:15 p.m. on Saturday where a resident reported someone came into his apartment and stole a laptop computer.

RV INTRUDER CHASED, GETS AWAY

• Centralia police are investigating an incident from about 3 a.m. on Saturday in which a male was caught by a resident entering a travel trailer at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue. There was a brief struggle and the subject fled, pursued by the resident but escaped, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INTOXICATED TEEN HOSPITALIZED

• Police contacted a 19-year-old Centralia resident about 2 a.m. on Sunday for allegedly assaulting his younger brother, but the suspect had drank so much alcohol he was left in the hands of medical providers at Providence Centralia Hospital, according to police. Christopher H. Tucker was arrested for misdemeanor assault as well as minor consuming alcohol in connection with the incident at the 500 block of Hillkress Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• A 42-year-old homeless person was arrested late yesterday afternoon for vehicle prowl in the second degree after contact with an officer at the 200 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia. Paul I. Ramirez was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD AND TRICKERY

• A 69-year-old Chehalis woman who did volunteer work at St. Mary Catholic Church in Centralia contacted police on Saturday morning to report when she attempted to file her tax return, she learned one had already been submitted using her social security number, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An individual at the 1000 block of Orton Street in Centralia contacted police the day before to report someone tried to file their tax return.

• Centralia police say that as of Friday, they had received multiple reports of a male phoning area businesses advising they are behind in their utility or gas bills and attempting to persuade them to pay up by purchasing a cash card and supplying him with the number.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A Morton man whose 1975 cargo van was stolen at the end of January was contacted after it turned up late Friday night abandoned in a wooded area off the 100 block of Roundtop Road in Mineral, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES NETS THREE

• A pair of 53-year-old Chehalis men were arrested for trespassing around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday after someone reported people cutting firewood behind a storage business near the 100 block of Gershick Road in Silver Creek. David R. Shive and Timothy C. Johnson were cited, and a trooper who initially responded arrested a third person, Tay Salazar, on an outstanding warrant, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Salazar was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police responded about 5:15 p.m. on Friday to a report kids were throwing rocks off the West Street bridge in Chehalis, with one hitting the windshield of a car. No suspects were located, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECKS

• A 14-year-old passenger and a 4-year-old passenger escaped injury when a 33-year-old Chehalis woman rolled and wrecked her car yesterday evening at the 100 block of Antrim Road outside Winlock. A deputy responding following the approximately 6:15 p.m. collision was told by the driver the sun got in her eyes at a curve and she swerved to miss another vehicle causing her to run into the ditch, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Ford Focus was described as totaled; the driver complained of head pain and was cited for second-degree negligent driving as the deputy concluded she was traveling about 52 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to the sheriff’s office.

• An 18-year-old Chehalis woman was hospitalized following a single-vehicle wreck in which she reportedly fell asleep at the wheel on state Route 6 just east of Schueber Road near Chehalis on Saturday night. Madison L. Tereski was westbound in a Honda Civic when the car veered to the right, traveled down an embankment, rolled and came to rest in a d itch, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers responding about 11:50 p.m. blamed fatigued driving and were to issue a citation for wheels off the roadway, according to the state patrol. Tereski was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with unspecified injuries. Her car was totaled, the investigating trooper reported.

DOG, OWNER, SOUGHT FOLLOWING HIT AND RUN

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday after a large dog chasing a cat across a street collided with a vehicle, causing a large amount of damage to the vehicle. The driver described the canine as a Pit Bull and told police she made contact with its owner, who then left the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened in the area of East Plum and South Gold street, and remains under investigation, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarms, disputes, children fighting, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets and county roads, canine tangled in its dog run, children on roof of elementary school, a flash then a bang like a bomb that shook a house, customer using bad checks for purchase and then returning merchandise for a refund, unknown person smearing peanut butter and unidentified substance on windshield of vehicle and windows of house, Justin A. Beaber, 27, Centralia, was cited for failing to transfer the title to his vehicle within 45 days; complaints of music blaring from a parked vehicle, a man in a bathrobe digging through a cigarette butt can on a someone else’s porch, running dogs, barking dog, dog in the wrong backyard … and more.

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Centralian arrested for arson has previous arson convictions

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:24 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The 26-year-old Centralia man arrested for allegedly setting a fire in his bedroom while others in the home were sleeping early yesterday morning was arrested and convicted for arsons in the spring of 2009 in Centralia.

Jonathan P. Brown was released from prison and then subsequently from post-release community custody requirements in May 2012, according to authorities.

Centralia police confirmed they interviewed Brown in connection with a Saturday morning fire at an unoccupied house on Bengal Court, about a mile from his home.

Firefighters and deputies responding to the 5:40 a.m. incident yesterday at the 3400 block of Prill Road learned Brown’s 58-year-old mother awakened to a smoke alarm and discovered two pillows and a large chair burning in his room, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She and an 87-year-old man residing there were able to escape, but the mother sustained minor burns to her hand putting the fire out, according to authorities.

Riverside Fire Authority Chief Jim Walkowski described the damage as confined to the bedroom. Brown was located yesterday not far from his home, on Mayberry Road by a Centralia officer and K-9 partner, according to the sheriff’s office.

Centralia Police Department detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said he recalled the 2009 fires as similar in nature to the Bengal Court fire. Investigators found the area around the front door burning around 5:30 a.m. Saturday and also various scorch marks on the side of the house.

Brown was arrested yesterday for first-degree arson, domestic violence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

He is tentatively scheduled to go before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court at 4 p.m. today.

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For background, read “Fire, law enforcement investigating two arsons in Centralia” from Sunday March 23, 2014, here

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Fire, law enforcement investigating two arsons in Centralia

Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 11:27 am
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A firefighter cuts a hole through the exterior of a house on the 700 block of Bengal Court to ensure a fire is entirely extinguished on Saturday. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia man is in custody this morning after firefighters were called to a home where a burning pillow was taken out of a house by a woman who lives there.

She suffered a minor burn to her hand, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

The incident occurred at just about the same time early this morning as an arson attempt yesterday morning at a vacant house for sale about a mile away, Fire Chief Jim Walkowski said.

“At about 5:40 a.m. (today) we got called to a residential structure fire at the 3400 block of Prill Road, but while enroute, we were advised they had the fire out,” Walkowski said. “We found a fire intentionally set inside the house.”

The damage was limited to a bedroom, in the home occupied by three adults, one of whom was detained by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, according to the fire department.

The fire department and the sheriff’s office remain at the scene, conducting an investigation, Walkowski said. The other inhabitants had been sleeping, he said.

“Why? At this point no, we don’t know why he did that,” Walkowski said. “It’s very unfortunate.”

The fire department and law are still investigating a fire from yesterday morning at the 700 block of Bengal Court in which crews called about 5:23 a.m. found flames around the front door and quickly put it out.

Multiple attempts to ignite a fire there were found, with scorch marks discovered on the side of the house, according to the chief.

Centralia police brought a person in for questioning yesterday about that fire, Walkowski said. He declined to say if it was same man the sheriff’s office arrested this morning, saying it was something law enforcement would be able to better address.

The damage yesterday at Bengal Court was estimated at about $8,000, personnel remained on the scene about five hours, according to Walkowski.

It is not related to a residential fire on March 9 nearby on the 600 block of Bengal Court where at about 4:30 a.m. fire was discovered around a bathroom ceiling fan, according to the fire department. That was definitely electrical, the chief said.

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Rochester resident was a suspected burglar, before fatal standoff

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Derral Kenneth Mosby was wanted on two warrants, one in Lewis County and another out of Thurston County Superior Court.

But he also knew Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sgt. Rob Snaza wanted to talk with him about as many as five burglaries ranging from Vader, to Adna and into Rochester.

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Derral Kenneth Mosby

“We thought he might be pawning stuff,” Snaza said. And he believed law enforcement in Thurston County wanted to talk with him as well, Snaza said.

At the end of February, a warrant was issued after the 36-year-old Rochester man failed to appear in court for a drug possession case in Thurston County. At about the same time, a trafficking in stolen property charge was filed in Lewis County Superior Court, alleging a pearl necklace Mosby gave his 6-year-old daughter came from a burglary on Penning Road west of Chehalis.

A Lewis County judge signed a $25,000 arrest warrant.

The web site for the TV show Washington’s Most Wanted featured him shortly after, when Lewis County shared on its Facebook page they would like tips on the whereabouts of the 6-foot 8-inch tall subject who frequented the Centralia area and had ties to Ridgefield.

A week ago, following a standoff at his parents home near Ridgefield, the wanted man was dead.

“Shots were fired and Mosby was struck,” the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.

His former neighbor in Rochester hadn’t spoken a word to him in a year, since the two of them had a disagreement about suspicions of Mosby cutting wood from his property to sell, and Mosby punched him the face one day.

But, said Bryan Fisher who previously considered Mosby a best friend, he’ll take off work early tomorrow to attend the funeral.

Mosby, who went by Kenny, was good person with a good heart and a devoted father to his 6-year-old daughter, with a yard full of play equipment he’d made for her, according to Fisher.

He used to work as a millwright at Cascade Hardwood but after he lost his job, he battled depression, Fisher said.

He’d lost his younger brother and when his sister committed suicide last July, he just went off the deep end, Fisher said.

“He was a really great guy, a really talented ballplayer in high school; he went to W.F. West and graduated from Rochester,” he said. “Before the drugs got to him, he was a pretty loyal guy.”

Others in the Rochester neighborhood began to get leery about things getting stolen as well, according to Fisher.

“The guy didn’t work for three years, and managed to keep food on his table,” he said.

Mosby’s house was foreclosed on earlier this year, he said.

According to court documents, back in November, someone  kicked open a door at a home on Penning Road, west of Chehalis and took all the jewelry plus a camera from the master bedroom, but left two firearms in the bedroom closet.

Snaza said some of the other break-ins under investigation included similarly kicked in doors.

Court documents say a detective investigating a burglary on Clinton Road in Adna learned of a suspicious maroon truck and on Feb. 1, a deputy contacted Mosby in his maroon truck, parked in the middle of the night at state Route 6 and Schueber road .

Mosby said he couldn’t go home to Rochester, because of a retraining order involving ex-girlfriend, court documents state. He was talked to and let go, according to court documents.

Two weeks ago, law enforcement officers swarmed a rest area off Interstate 5, after, according to KATU TV in Portland, Mosby’s father called the state patrol, telling them his son had just called him and told him he was shot in the leg and was at the southbound Gee Creek rest area near Ridgefield.

Local law enforcement reached out to the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, who helped look for Mosby that night, according to Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Eric Wahlstrom in Portland.

And U.S. Marshals continued to search for Mosby, Wahlstrom said.

There were no federal warrants, only the two from Lewis and Thurston counties, he said.

“We tend to be the ones who are available to sit and surveil places,” he said.

Wahlstrom said the reasons they considered Mosby armed and dangerous were because they had information from family and friends that he had access to firearms, that he had said he had been shot that day and that he could have been suicidal.

Some leads took law enforcement to Albany, Ore. and then it was U.S. Marshals who searched a barn last Friday in the Ridgefield area and subsequently discovered Mosby was at his parents home, according to Wahlstrom. They called the Clark County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, he said.

Sgt. Fred Neiman of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said that after attempts to get Mosby to peaceably surrender, Mosby emerged from the residence, armed with a firearm and confronted SWAT team members. Mosby was hit, and deceased before the ambulance could take him to a hospital, according to Neiman.

Exactly how many shots were fired or who fired them or other similar details have not been revealed. Neiman said all of that will be released after an investigation conducted by an outside law enforcement team. And then the county prosecutor will make a determination about if deadly force was justified, he said.

Six members of the sheriff’s office, along with a patrol supervisor from the Battleground Police Department were all placed on what Neiman called critical incident leave.

Neiman said it was common practice after any traumatic incident. The last time he could recall multiple officers being put on the paid leave from a single event was a shooting incident in 2008 or 2009, he said. It’s not a disciplinary action, but an opportunity to “decompress,” he said.

Fisher said it was about the same time as the manhunt at the rest area, he found Mosby’s home in Rochester surrounded by deputies from Thurston County. He spoke with them, he said.

Deputies did want to talk with Mosby about burglaries, Fisher said.

“Kenny did not want to be caught,” he said.

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SWAT activity for wanted subject near Ridgefield on March 14. / Courtesy photo by Clark County Sheriff’s Office

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Updated at 9:40 p.m.

FIREARMS STOLEN

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of Roosevelt Avenue late yesterday afternoon regarding the theft of three handguns along with a jar of change from a residence. It’s not clear how someone gained entry or when the burglary occurred, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that about $1,800 worth of tools and equipment were stolen from an unlocked service truck a the 100 block of Central Avenue in Onalaska sometime between 9 p.m. on Tuesday and 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

VANDALISM

• A deputy responded to the 1200 block of Wildwood Road in Curtis yesterday morning to take a report of someone breaking a window to a truck during the night.

DRUGS

• A deputy was called to Onalaska High School yesterday afternoon where the principal said he learned from a student that a 15-year-old girl had some marijuana. The case was referred to juvenile prosecutors for a possible charge of possession, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

WANTED PERSON

• A 50-year-old Tacoma man was arrested for making a false statement after a deputy was advised early this morning of a wanted subject parked at the Mossyrock dam turnout. The sheriff’s office said Nicholas A. WIld denied having a warrant, denied ever being arrested before, denied being a registered sex offender and gave his brother’s name as his own. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail also for warrants, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Matthew D. Westlin, 25, was allowed to remain free on a $15,000 signature bond after appearing in Lewis County Superior Court this week to face seven charges of third-degree assault. Prosecutors allege that on Feb. 9 at Providence Centralia Hospital, the confused and combative patient spit on five hospital staff, urinated on another and bit the finger of a security guard, according to court documents. His arraignment is scheduled for March 27. Third-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants,  misdemeanor domestic assault, drug offenses for which information was not readily available; responses for disputes, misdemeanor theft, runaway juveniles, suspicious circumstances,  collisions on city streets and county roads… and more.

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Read about Thurston county man gets three months for threat to deputy …

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 1:09 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports a 45-year-old man never before in trouble with the law was sentenced yesterday to three months in jail for felony harassment after he told someone in January he wanted to kill a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy.

Michael Kruegel was under the mistaken impression the deputy fatally shot 26-year-old Keith Miles while Miles was in handcuffs, back in November 2012 in Littlerock, according to news reporter Jeremy Pawloski.

Pawloski writes Kruegel has been locked up awaiting trial since his arrest and is expected to be released from jail on Sunday since the judge gave him credit for time served.

Read more here

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The sun sets on House of the Rising Son

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:44 pm
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Judy Chafin looks over sentencing documents with her lawyer Sam Groberg in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Chehalis woman who operated halfway houses in Lewis County for newly released prisoners and homeless persons is entirely done with that mission, she says.

Judy Chafin was sentenced yesterday morning to 30 days of house arrest, for a prescription drug possession offense she says was simply an oversight on her part.

As she nears the end of numerous actions against her from various governmental authorities, she says she feels horrible.

“I didn’t expect to have a felony at age 62,” Chafin said after leaving the courtroom. “I live like a Christian, so this is like a slap, a big slap.”

Chafin began to get a lot of attention from law enforcement and then city and county officials beginning about two years ago when residents on a rural Chehalis road complained they didn’t want multiple felons, especially registered sex offenders, living together under one roof in their neighborhood.

Chafin owned what she called the House of the Rising Son in Chehalis and managed other similar homes in Centralia and out in the county on Nix and Clark roads. Except for the Chehalis house, a former church, she sub-leased the rentals to people she found who needed assistance getting back on their feet after they’d done their time in prison.

She described the home owners as individuals who got tired of renting to drug addicts, and made her number one house rule as no drugs or alcohol.

The city of Chehalis and Lewis County began filing zoning and health code complaints against her facilities. Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield vowed to do everything he could to shut her down, including getting new ordinances crafted and writing a letter when he was able to find out who it was in the prison system who was working closely with Chafin.

Last spring, as Chehalis police investigated her ex-husband in connection with suspected sales of hydrocodone, they ended up arresting him and Chafin during a traffic stop.

She was charged with possession of seven and half pills of morphine, with delivery of drugs and with a forgery count. By the time her trial began last week, prosecutors had dismissed all but the possession charge. A jury found her guilty during the one-day trial in Lewis County Superior Court.

Defense attorney Sam Groberg told a judge yesterday his client is the primary caregiver for her infant great-grandchild and has no criminal history.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg told Judge Lawler that because there were so many allegations swirling around, he wanted to ask for a month-long sentence in the jail, but since Chafin has health issues he recommended instead two months of so-called electronic home monitoring.

“I’m aware the state had a lot of allegations, but those things were not proved, not charged,” Lawler said. “There’s no reason to treat this case differently than any other.”

What the jury heard at trial, was the bottle of hydrocodone in Chafin’s purse was prescribed to her. The morphine pills found in her purse had been in there for some months, and belonged to a former housemate.

Chafin said she called a probation officer on the housemate for misusing his medicine, and after he was taken to jail, the pills were left out in a common area. She scooped them up because she had a grandchild in the house, she said. And they ended up in the zipper part of her purse.

“That taught me a lesson, to never hold anything for anyone,” she said. “It shouldn’t be illegal to do something normal in your own home for safety.”

The attentions she’s gotten from police is all about her now ex-husband, she says.

“The thing is, I don’t do illegal drugs, I don’t sell illegal drugs,” she said.

Lawler also ordered Chafin to pay $3,500 in fees, be subject to community custody for one year after serving her time and to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and abide by its recommendations.

“You’ve probably figured this out, but you’re under a lot of scrutiny from law enforcement,” Lawler told her. “If anything is going on, you need to stop, you need to distance yourself from some people.”

She continues to live at the Chehalis home she owns, with family only, she said.

The various other houses are no longer operating and she quit her involvement in that mission months ago, she said. She chose not to fight the various zoning actions. She found places for the occupants, and prays for them every day, she said.

Chafin says she still feels its much safer for the community for registered sex offenders to have a roof over their head, as opposed to being turned out to the streets where they are more difficult to keep track of. Her zeal came from a relative who was victimized, she said.

“I believe the state needs to provide for that,” she said.

Still pending, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries announced in September that following an investigation, Chafin was charged with wrongly collecting benefits since 2006 for an on-the-job injury from when she was a caregiver at Tiffin House in Centralia.

Although she submitted claims stating she could not work, L and I contends Chafin was working when she operated the House of the Rising Son and other homes for released prisoners and homeless persons.

She remains charged with 30 counts of forgery and one count of first-degree theft.
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For background, read:

• “Discord on Nix Road: Newest arrivals unwelcome” from Saturday March 3, 2012, here

• “The backstory: Intelligence gathering, possible fines and code enforcement tools “not normally used” from Sunday March 4, 2012, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm

MATTRESS CATCHES FIRE

• Riverside Fire Authority was called to a home on Wayne Drive around 10 o’clock this morning where residents were attempting to drag a burning mattress outside. Nobody was hurt, but it flared up and scorched a wall, Fire Capt. Erik Olson said. “It smoked up the house pretty well,” Olson said. Crews removed the smoke, and suspect the smoldering was related to smoking materials, according to Olson.

SNACK ATTACK

• A deputy was called about 6:30 a.m. yesterday to an espresso stand in the 100 block of Carlisle Avenue in Onalaska after a customer asked for the time and then grabbed a handful of candy bars, muffins and doughnut holes and left. A 17-year-old fitting a description of the subject was subsequently contacted in the 100 block of Central Avenue and arrested for third-degree theft and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The $22 worth of snacks were returned, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

THEFT OF MONEY

• Centralia police took a report about 9 a.m. yesterday from the the 1100 block of Borthwick Street regarding $1,700 missing cash from a home.

FRAUD AND TRICKERY

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday by a woman who was notified by her bank that someone had created and used a check featuring her account number but a different name.

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday afternoon by an individual at the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue regarding the fraudulent use of their debit card in California.

• Centralia police took another report yesterday from someone  whose social security number was was used by someone else to file a tax return.

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday by a woman who said she received a threatening phone call from someone who said since she failed to file a tax return, they were going to send someone to her home. Detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said it was an attempt to coerce her into revealing personal information, probably so it could be used fraudulently. Wilson took the opportunity to remind folks if they are contacted by someone asking for such information, never, ever give it out. The Associated Press reports the IRS issued a statement today saying thousands of victims have lost more than $1 million in the largest phone scam the agency has ever seen with callers demanding payment by pre-paid debit card or wire transfers, threatening arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting; responses for alarms, disputes, misdemeanor theft, protection order violation, collisions on city streets … and more.