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Breaking news: Suspect arrested in 1986 Centralia cold case murder

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm

This was updated at 3:12 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A California man has been arrested in a 1986 shooting death in Centralia, following a tip developed by a “cold case” detective, the Centralia Police Department announced.

Efren J. Triana, 23, was shot outside a tavern at the 100 block of West Main Street in Centralia early on Oct. 25, 1986, according to police.

U.S. Marshals located the suspect, Carlos Vidal Gutierrez, 54, in Aromas, California, and took him into custody today, according to police.

Centralia Police Officer John Panco said Gutierrez was a suspect from the beginning.

“We’ve been tracking him off and on for quite a while, well since 1986,” Panco said. “One of the retired detectives opened the case and was able to track down a tip.”

Retired detective Tracy Wiese handled the case.

The tavern was called La Adalitas, Panco said.

“There was some kind of (disagreement) or something, I don’t know all the details at this point,” Panco said. “Mr. Gutierrez shot Mr. Triana several times. I don’t know exactly how many.”

Triana lived in Rochester, according to Panco.

Panco expected it could take some time to get Gutierrez extradited to Lewis County.

There will be more information coming, Panco said.

“We’re just happy we located this … murder cases stay open until we find the suspect, and it took 25 years for this, but it looks like we have,” he said.

Aromas is in San Benito County in central California not far from the coast.

Gutierrez was booked into the nearby county jail, according to police.

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This news story was corrected to reflect the victim’s town of residence.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

WRECKS

• A 16-year-old driver was arrested yesterday after he allegedly struck three vehicles on the 900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and then ran from the scene about 5:30 p.m. One of the victims followed him and the Chehalis teenager was subsequently found walking down the street at West First Street near J Street, according to Centralia police. Police reported the teen refused to comply with them and they used a Taser to take him into custody. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with injuries that included at least a bloody nose, according to Sgt. Stacy Denham. The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was arrested for three counts of hit and run, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A log truck driver escaped serious injury in a rollover accident about 9:30 a.m. yesterday outside Chehalis. The truck was northbound on Highway 603 and turning right onto Shorey Road when the trailer tipped over and lost its load, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was examined by aid  but not transported to the hospital, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.

DRUGS

• Police were called to Centralia Middle School yesterday morning where they arrested a 14-year-old student for illegal possession of prescription medication. The boy was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center.

THREAT WITH GUN

• A pair of Longview residents were arrested for felony harassment yesterday afternoon after police were called to the 1400 block of William Avenue in Chehalis. James P. Dutra, 49, reportedly threatened to harm some individuals and indicated he had a gun in his pocket, according to Chehalis police. He and Diane K. Norris, 48, were booked into the Lewis County Jail. Police detective Sgt. Rick McNamara said police are still trying to figure out the details of the dispute. The victims told police they didn’t know the couple, he said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

THEFTS

• Police were called about 7:50 a.m. yesterday to the 2000 block of Southwest Olympic Drive where someone had broken into a shed and stolen “some kind of engine for a midget” car, according to Chehalis police.

• A coat, some chaps, a three-foot grow light and a bicycle were among the items stolen from the 100 block of Fifth Street in Dryad sometime between Sunday and Monday, according to a report taken yesterday by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $1,000.

• The Morton Police Department reported yesterday $100 worth of various items were stolen in a burglary on the 200 block of Main Avenue in Morton. The break-in to the residence was reported on Wednesday morning. The intruder apparently got inside though an open window, according to police.

• A laptop computer was stolen from a vehicle parked at W.F. West High School in Chehalis on Saturday, according to a report made to police yesterday.

DRUGS

• A pair of Centralia residents were arrested yesterday afternoon for allegedly attempting to pass a forged prescription for pain killers at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Manana R. Rivera, 39, and Richard Rivera, 32, were booked into the Lewis County Jail for forgery, according to the Centralia Police Department,

• Chehalis police were called to the parking lot at Wal-Mart yesterday morning where an individual in a car was reportedly in the process of shooting up drugs. Bryan L. Housden, 21, of Centralia, was subsequently arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DISPUTE

• A 25-year-old Chehalis man who allegedly expressed his anger during a dispute by pulling down his pants was arrested for indecent exposure yesterday afternoon. Don E. Braley was booked into the Lewis County Jail following the incident with an apartment building owner on the 200 block of Chehalis Avenue, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A 49-year-old man was jailed for third-degree malicious mischief after he was caught spray painting on the side of Cascade Mental Health in Chehalis on Friday. Police reported Steven M. Fullerton had a ladder and written out close to a paragraph before he was detained.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

THEFTS

• Somebody broke into a Morton-area shop and took more than $5,000 of property, including a 2003 Suzuki, a flat screen television and various tools. A deputy who took a report on Saturday from the 1000 block of Davis Lake Road was told it happened sometime since the day before, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Somebody stole two yellow metal wagon wheels from a sign at the VFW hall on the 5500 block of Jackson Highway in Toledo, according to a report made to the sheriff’s office. The wheels, which are three to four feet in diameter, went missing sometime between Thursday and Friday, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown. The loss is estimated at $150.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon to a possible burglary to a garage on Grandview Avenue. A gate as also reportedly damaged.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called Sunday afternoon about graffiti spray painted on a fence at the 400 block of West Pine Street.

• Police were called on Saturday morning about graffiti found on a garage door on the 500 block of Genge Street.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

VEHICLE THEFTS

• Police took a report about 5:20 a.m. yesterday that a gray 1990 Mazda pickup truck was stolen overnight from the 500 block of Hemlock Street in Centralia. The four-wheel drive king cab truck has a license plate of A49940W, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of South Iron Street about noon on Friday about the overnight theft of a brown 1987 Mazda pickup truck. The vehicle has a Seahawks sticker in the back window and a license plate reading B82341N, according to police.

BURGLARY

• Someone broke into a house under renovation on the 1400 block of Crescent Avenue in Centralia and stole tools, according to a report made to police yesterday.

CAR PROWLS

• Centralia police were called to the 800 block of Swanson Drive about 11:40 p.m. last night about somebody breaking into a vehicle and stealing a purse.

• Police took a report yesterday morning that somebody stole prescription medications from an unlocked vehicle at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon that someone broke the rear window out of a vehicle at the 900 block of Marion Street.

DRUGS

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of Johnson Road about noon on Friday where they arrested a juvenile male – age not reported – for delivery of drugs. He as taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center.

• Centralia police reported yesterday they detained a 22-year-old Centralia resident at the 900 block of Harrison Avenue the day before after finding a substance they suspected to be drugs. The subject was released pending the results of testing from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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Read about guilty plea entered in August slaying on the Tenino bicycle trail …

Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 3:06 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports the Tenino man found with a dead woman wrapped in a sleeping bag in the passenger compartment of his truck in August has pleaded guilty.

Bernard K. Howell III

Bernard K. Howell III, now 27, was charged in Thurston County Superior Court in the death of Vanda Skau Boone, a woman prosecutors believe met her fate on the bicycle path known as the Yelm to Tenino Trail.

Investigators said the 60-year-old woman’s throat was cut. Boone was a massage therapist who worked in Olympia and lived in Yelm.

Olympian news reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes a sentencing date has not yet been set for the self-employed door-to-door meat salesman.

Read The Olympian’s story here

Read background on the case here

CORRECTION: This headline referring to a news story in The Olympian was corrected to reflect that, despite what The Olympian reported, there was no plea agreement in Howell’s case.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called to a drug and alcohol treatment center on Washington Avenue yesterday after suspected methamphetamine was found in a client’s room. Lynette R. Malo, 40, from Auburn, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Officers responding to a Centralia home for a report of a vicious dog yesterday subsequently discovered three marijuana plants growing there. The case of the 18-year-old resident of the home on the 600 block of South Gold Street is being referred to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s office for possible charges, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT

• A 28-year-old Toledo man was arrested for second-degree assault after police were called early Thursday morning to the 1200 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia. William L. Kennedy was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to a shoplifting incident about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in which at least one of the two suspects engaged in a physical altercation with a security officer before they fled. No arrests were made.

THEFT

• Centralia police called to the 500 block of East Main Street yesterday took a report of $2,000 stolen from an individual’s pre-paid credit card.

• Police took a report on Wednesday from the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia of somebody using an individual’s name to cash checks.

VANDALISM

• Police were called about noon on Wednesday to the 1100 block of West Pear Street where someone had thrown a rock through a window.

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of West Pear Street on Wednesday morning where there were two small holes in the rear window of a vehicle.

WRECK

• An adult male was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after an early-morning single-vehicle wreck on North Gold Street at Ham Hill Road yesterday. Aid and police were called about 12:30 a.m. when his pickup truck slid into a light pole, according to responders.

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Mental evaluation ordered for Centralia mother charged with killing baby

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A judge agreed today a Centralia woman accused of killing her premature newborn should be evaluated by doctors from the state psychiatric hospital.

Laura Lynn Hickey, 24, made a brief appearance this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. She is charged with first-degree murder.

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Laura Lynn Hickey

Prosecutors allege Hickey – who was about halfway through her pregnancy – used a serrated knife to cut off her baby’s head  as it was trying to take a breath after she unexpectedly delivered it into a toilet two weeks ago.

She told police she didn’t think it was going to live and she didn’t want it to suffer.

Defense attorney Ken Johnson made the request for an evaluation from Western State Hospital.

They’ll look into issues of competency, insanity and diminished capacity, he said.

“In cases like this, you certainly want to look at potential defenses,” Johnson said. “Also the facts in this case, that are unusual, may indicate a mental issue.”

Hickey lived in a fifth-wheel trailer at the Peppertree Motor Inn and RV Park in Centralia. According to the attorney who represented her for her first court appearance, she has no income and no assets.

Hickey reportedly told police she used methamphetamine two days before the incident and had been awake since then. She has previous misdemeanor convictions for theft, vehicle prowl and trespass.

Charging documents indicate an emergency room doctor estimated she was about 21 weeks along in her pregnancy when he examined Hickey after what she initially said was a miscarriage.

Preliminary findings from the autopsy indicated the fetus was born alive and was viable, according to charging documents.

Whether a fetus at that stage of development can survive outside its mother’s womb is an issue that will come up in this case, Johnson said today.

Hickey has three children who were previously put into foster care by the state.

Last May, her 5-year-old and her 2-year-old were taken out of her home and in July, when she gave birth to her third child, it too was taken, according to a spokesperson for the state Children’s Administration.

Sherry Hill, communications director for the state agency, said she can’t disclose the reasons for the removals, however, she said the law provides for such action when a child is abused, neglected or no parent is capable or caring for it.

Hickey remains in the Lewis County Jail, held on $1 million bail.

She is expected to return to court on April 7.

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Read “Mother charged with killing newborn, held on $1 million bail” from Friday March 11, 2011, here

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Breaking news: Coroner says the mother did it

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office concluded the deaths of the Winlock father and son were homicide and the mother shot herself.

Each of the three died of penetrating gunshots to the head, according to Coroner Warren McLeod.

His finding followed today’s autopsies.

Rodney Walter, 57, Cathy Lee Walter, 65, Devon Walter, 18, their three dogs and a cat were found shot dead on Tuesday night at their home on the 300 block of Frost Road. They were last heard from on Sunday.

McLeod, in a brief interview, said his reason for the determination was because that’s what the pathologist – who conducted the autopsies – said happened.

Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield said the announcement by the coroner doesn’t mean he expects to release any further information about their investigation today.

Still not revealed is if there was a suicide note or what kind of firearm was found.

“I’m not saying anything about that now,” Mansfield said. “We’ve still got several things to do and look at.”

Rodney Walter was a truck driver, and the family moved into the two-story log cabin six or seven years, according to neighbors.

Mansfield indicated yesterday solid ideas about what prompted the double-murder suicide were few. Detectives continue to look for a motive, he said.

“Why did this happen, we’re still working on this,” he said this afternoon. “We’ve got a little ways to go.”

Update: The sheriff’s office said in a news release on Friday morning, March 18, they believe there are no other participants in the shooting beyond the three individuals who are dead.
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For more, scroll down to this morning’s news story, or click here

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Three victims of suspected murder-suicide in Winlock kept low profile

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11:27 am
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A husband, wife and their 18-year-old son were found dead of apparent gunshots.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

WINLOCK – The three members of the Walter family who authorities believe died as a result of a murder-suicide were considered  thoughtful neighbors who somewhat kept to themselves and weren’t familiar to law enforcement until Tuesday night’s discovery at their Winlock-area home.

Rodney Walter, 57, Cathy Lee Walter, 65 and their 18-year-old son Devon Walter, along with their family pets, were found dead of apparent gunshots at their two-story log cabin on the 300 block of Frost Road.

An adult daughter from Tacoma who normally spoke or texted with her mother daily drove to the house when she hadn’t heard from her mother after a couple of days, Lewis County Sheriff’s Steve Mansfield said yesterday.

Mansfield said he had no idea what might have sparked the tragedy, and neither did the daughter.

“They seemed to be a family that kept in contact with each other,” he said.

It wasn’t a home known to the sheriff’s office as a drug house or an address they went to for domestic violence calls or anything like that, Mansfield said.

“That’s what’s so strange about this,” he said. “They were not even on our radar as a family with problems.”

The sheriff’s office has not said which one of the three they think fired the shots, although by yesterday afternoon, they had a “very good idea” of who they think it was, Mansfield said.

“We’ve got several other pieces of this put together, but nothing we can share at this point,” the sheriff said.

Neighbor Dave Boyer said yesterday he thought they’d lived on the gravel road six or seven years, a place where the next house might be a quarter of a mile away.

“They were alright, they were nice people,” Boyer said. “They’d wave and say hi.”

Rodney Walter had a small trucking company. His loaded rig was parked near the family’s home, leading Boyer and his friend Marty Russell to speculate about who did or didn’t pulled the trigger.

“One and one adds up to two,” Boyer said. “He was leaving on a run, why would he have a load on his truck?”

The home sits in a rural area of the county east of Interstate 5 and not far from Lewis and Clark State Park.

An American flag flew from the porch and tie-died curtains covered an upstairs window of the vacant house yesterday afternoon. A small sign in front noted the property was certified wildlife habitat.

Cathy Walter had a duck pond, according to neighbors and goats in the back which – unlike the three dogs and cat – were not shot dead, Boyer pointed out.

Devon Walter was remembered as a “little feisty” by Boyer. “To the best of my knowledge, he didn’t go to public school,” he said.

Devon Walter was briefly a student in the Toledo School District, a long time ago, according to the district superintendent.

“The system doesn’t show he was enrolled anywhere in the state,” Superintendent Sharon Bower said yesterday. “I don’t know if he was enrolled in another state, or what.”

The young man attended for three weeks in 2003, when he would have been in middle school, Bower said.

Neighbor Tim Sweeney recalled Devon when he was younger coming to his place and asking if he could do work for him.

While he didn’t know them well, the Walters were the kind of neighbors who help each other, Sweeney said.

He recounted a time when his truck broke down and Rodney Walter stopped, crawled under it and got it going for him. He laughed when remembered a day when Cathy Walter asked for help in rounding up her ducks.

“They stayed to themselves,” Sweeney said, adding that many of those who reside on the hill live that way.

Autopsies were scheduled to take place this morning.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said however, he didn’t expect any surprises.

McLeod released the names this morning, noting the official identification of the victims is pending signatures from family members.

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Read “Winlock family and pets shot dead in suspected murder-suicide” from Wednesday March 16, 2011, here

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Breaking news: Victims of Winlock suspected murder-suicide named

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 9:48 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office has released the names of the family who were found dead in their Winlock-area home Tuesday night.

They are Rodney Walter, 57, Cathy Lee Walter, 65 and their 18-year-old son Devon Walter.

The Walter’s, their three dogs and a cat were found dead of apparent gunshots in what the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office believes was a double murder and suicide.

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Read “Winlock family and pets shot dead in suspected murder-suicide” from Wednesday March 16, 2011, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm

CHIMNEY FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 6:30 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 100 block of Joppish Road in Centralia when flames escaped through an older chimney and got into the framework around it. One of the four individuals at the house took a garden hose to it and began pulling away some boards, but the fire still left an estimated $25,000 damage, according to Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Greg Schwartz.

ASSAULTS

• A 31-year-old Chehalis man who was jailed for allegedly slapping a fellow patron of the Star Tavern on the back of the head – misdemeanor assault – early Tuesday found himself arrested again last night for allegedly spitting on a jail guard. Chehalis police were called over to the Lewis County Jail about 10 p.m. and arrested inmate Kyle E. Connors for third-degree assault – a felony, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday to a home where a teenager showed up and chased his 17-year-old acquaintance through the house and allegedly kicked and punched him. The subject then took $60 on his way out of the residence on the 300 block of Southeast Valley View Way, according to Chehalis police. No arrest had been made as of this morning and police were “still trying to figure out what the deal was,” according to Deputy Chief Randy Kaut.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday about money stolen from a business on the 2800 block of Russell Road.

• Centralia police were called just before 10 p.m. last night about money stolen from a residence on the 100 block of Virginia Drive.

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Breaking news: Winlock family and pets shot dead in suspected murder-suicide

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 8:04 am
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A mother, father and 18-year-old son were found dead of apparent gunshots.

This was updated at 8:39 a.m. and 10:25 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Three members of a family and their pets were found dead of apparent gunshots in a Winlock-area home last night in what the sheriff’s office believes was a double murder and suicide.

Deputies and aid were called to a house on the 300 block of Frost Road about 9:15 p.m. and detectives were on the scene until around 9 a.m. this morning.

The dead are a father, 57, mother, 65, and an 18-year-old son, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Their names have not been released.

Three dogs and a cat belonging to the family were also fatally shot, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

Brown said there did not seem to be any forced entry into the house.

Preliminary information indicates they hadn’t been heard from since Sunday, according to Brown. An adult daughter from Tacoma who went to check on them found them last night, she said.

Brown didn’t offer any details about why detectives suspect one of them was the shooter other than to say, ” … right now, from our experience and training, that’s what it appears.”

A firearm was discovered at the scene, she said.

Brown said they weren’t speculating as to the reasons.

“Detectives will continue investigating, talking to witnesses, family members, to get a better idea of what happened,” she said.

Brown said she believes the father was a long-haul trucker.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by a team from the Washington State Patrol.

Autopsies are scheduled for tomorrow, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

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Green Hill: Juvenile inmate may have fled hours before he was missed

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 5:00 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An undivulged number of staff members at Green Hill School have been reassigned during an investigation into the November escape of a 16-year-old inmate.

Chehalis police were told the boy was last checked on at about 5 a.m. on Nov. 8 and discovered missing from his room about 6:30 a.m.

After he was captured, however, the youth told detectives he had climbed out his window about 10:15 p.m. the night before, taken wire cutters from an unlocked building and fled through a hole he cut in the fence, according to charging documents.

The now-17-year-old boy is set to be arraigned this week on first-degree escape and other charges following the November incident at the state juvenile detention facility in south Chehalis.

Michael A. Lavallie was incarcerated at Green Hill for possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude a police vehicle.

Normal procedures are for head counts to be done hourly, according to Criss Stewart, a manager at Green Hill.

Green Hill Superintendent Marybeth Queral said yesterday she requested an outside investigation to see if there were policy violations and at what level.

“Those are the facts being investigated; when did he leave, when was he checked on, who was responsible,” Queral said.

The Washington State Patrol is conducting the investigation, she said.

Lavallie was picked up in Yelm three weeks after he escaped and remains at Green Hill. He was set to be released in July of next year, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

Last week, he was charged as an adult in Lewis County Superior Court.

Charging documents in his case say he told Chehalis police detectives he dug the rubber out from around his cell window with his comb and pencil and shook the metal bars until the screws were loose enough he could remove them.

He was in the “Hawthorne” unit.

Lavallie said he first tried to use a rake he found to help him climb over the fence but when that didn’t work, went to the vocational shop building and got two pairs of wire cutters, according to the charging documents.

Police, deputies and troopers who converged on the neighborhood discovered an Isuzu Trooper had been stolen from the 300 block of Chehalis Avenue. The youth allegedly told police he dumped the vehicle in Rainier because it was having transmission troubles. He then went to stay with his father on Hobby Street, according to charging documents.

Lavallie has previous addresses from places such as Tenino, Rainier, Olympia and Roy, according to Chehalis police.

He was captured on Nov. 29 by a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy who followed a vehicle in Yelm which was registered the boy’s sister.

Lavallie is also charged with theft of a motor vehicle, second-degree burglary, third-degree theft and third-degree malicious mischief.

Green Hill School is a medium and maximum secure facility for older juvenile boys incarcerated for felonies and operated by the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, under the state Department of Social and Health Services.

It sits on some 45 acres between Interstate 5 and Southwest Pacific Avenue north of Southwest Parkland Street. It currently holds about 182 residents and employes about 250 people.

Queral became its superintendent in the fall of 2007 and about a year ago, was made the superintendent also of Maple Lane School in Grand Mound.

Queral said she couldn’t speak to the specifics about the incident during the active administrative investigation, and said she didn’t know when it would be completed.

Depending on the results, she will probably conduct an internal investigation afterward, she said.

She declined to say how many employees were reassigned because of the escape, only that it is more than one.

The last escape from Green Hill was in early 2003 when two residents were apprehended in the area within less than an hour after climbing over the razor-wired fence.

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Read “Search for Green Hill escapee moves into south Thurston County” from Monday Nov. 8, 2010, here

Read “Green Hill escapee picked up near Yelm” from Tuesday Nov. 30, 2010, here

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News brief: Detectives called out to Winlock area

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 1:00 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating “a scene” in South Lewis County.

Aid and deputies were called about 9 p.m. to a report of someone unconscious in the Winlock area.

Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said just before midnight they are investigating a scene and that’s all he would say.

More later

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Registered sex offender notice: Man registers as homeless in Lewis County

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced last week a 50-year-old local level two sex offender is now registered as living homeless in Lewis County.

Sheldon M. Moren is not wanted by law enforcement, but notification to the community is meant to inform the public and enhance public safety, according to the sheriff’s office.

Moren is not new to the area. He has previously lived in Chehalis. He was just released from jail on unrelated charges, according to detective Jamey McGinty

He was convicted in 1989 for indecent liberties related to two different 9-year-old children, according to the sheriff’s office. Each involved contact of a sexual nature.

One victim was a boy he is related to and the other a girl who was known to him, according to McGinty.

Moren is designated as a level two sex offender, meaning the sheriff’s office believes he is a clear risk to the community. Those at the highest risk to reoffend are labeled level three.

Moren is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Because Moren has no permanent address, he is required to check in with Detective McGinty weekly.

To see more details and a photo of Moren, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Offender Watch page, here.

Questions? The sheriff’s office says call 360-748-9286 for detective Brad Borden or Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber.
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To search for registered sex offenders living within a specified radius from your home, work or school, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Offender Watch page, here.  There, you can also find safety tips and other information, as well as register to receive email alerts if a new offender registers with an address near you. The same link can always be found on the sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm

CHEHALIS OFFICER “SPUN AROUND” BY FLEEING VEHICLE

• A Centralia woman who was uncooperative during a traffic stop reportedly drove away while a Chehalis police officer was leaning into her vehicle, causing him to be spun around literally 360 degrees last night, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The woman continued north on Interstate 5, exited at Harrison Avenue and collided with a parked box truck before she was detained, according to police. Kimberlee A. Mott, 54, was arrested and booked into jail for first-degree assault and a variety of other offenses, including driving with a suspended license and attempting to elude, detective Sgt. Rick McNamara said this morning. It began with a traffic infraction at Chamber of Commerce Way near the onramp to Interstate 5 at about 12:20 a.m., McNamara said. Officer Warren Ayers was attempting to take her out of her truck, McNamara said. “I think he was trying to turn the vehicle off and while she was struggling, she hit the gas,” he said. Mott was taken into custody with the help of Centralia officers, according to police. McNamara said he didn’t believe Ayers was injured, but didn’t know if was bruised or something similar. Mott was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with a cut to her hand, presumably from the wreck, he said.

STOLEN VEHICLES

• Chehalis police were called about 7:30 a.m. yesterday to Northeast Cascade Avenue about a stolen Nissan pickup truck.

• A 1992 Honda Accord stolen out of Thurston County was found yesterday on a logging road off the 1100 block of Brown Road West outside Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon from Southeast Aust Manor Drive about someone trying to use an individual’s father’s credit card information.

GAS LEAK

• Firefighters stood by yesterday afternoon while technicians made a temporary repair to a laking gas line at the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Puget Sound Energy said the old line had been leaking for awhile and neighbors said they had been smelling it for months, according to Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Terry Ternan.

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News brief: Two locals join Washington State Patrol

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 9:42 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two local people are among 45 new troopers who will receive their commission and oath of office during a ceremony tomorrow in Olympia.

The graduation for the 98th Washington State Patrol basic training class will take place in the Capitol Rotunda.

Among the graduates are Tara L. Hicks of Silver Creek who will be assigned duties in Hoquiam and Nicholas B. Macomber of Napavine who is assigned to Naselle, according to a news release from the state patrol.