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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10:17 am
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Updated at 2:37 p.m.

PACKAGE THEFT SUSPECT APPREHENDED

• Two people were arrested after a citizen reported seeing a male steal several packages from the doorstep of a business south of Chehalis at 12:30 a.m. today. Deputies told he left in a red Jeep subsequently located the vehicle and spoke with Jerry G. Sword, 46, of Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The items belonging to the Water Doctor of Washington at the 2500 block of Jackson Highway were located in the Jeep, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Sword was cited for third-degree theft and then released, according to Brown. His passenger, Tammy M. Callahan, 44, also from Centralia, was taken to the Lewis County Jail where a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine was found in her mouth, Brown said. Callahan was booked for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and the sheriff’s office is recommending a charge also of third-degree theft, according to Brown.

STOLEN PET

• Chehalis police were called about 8:25 .m. yesterday following the discovery that a Yorkshire Terrier was missing from its fenced backyard at the 700 block of Northwest New York Avenue. It had been on a cable, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The officer subsequently got a message the pet had been located on Louisiana Avenue, according to police.

MISSING MEDS

• Centralia police were called just before 4 o’clock this morning to the 1700 block of Cooks Hill Road to take a report of missing medication and money. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An individual reported the theft of medications yesterday afternoon from the 600 block of G Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called at 7:45 p.m. yesterday about a house and vehicle getting egged at the 400 block of East Pine Street in Centralia.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, trespassing, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, misdemeanor  theft, suspicious circumstances, loud neighbor party, collision on city street … and more.

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News brief: Police shoot pit bull in Centralia

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:51 am

Updated at 10:11 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A dog who reportedly charged officers preparing to make a warrant arrest at a vacant Centralia house was shot last night.

The animal’s condition is unknown this morning.

Centralia Police Department detective Patty Finch said police went to the residence on the 100 block of South Cedar Street because they knew a 31-year-old Onalaska woman with a felony warrant was there.

It was about 7:50 p.m. and officers found three or four individuals who shouldn’t have been at the house because it’s condemned, according to police.

The dog was shot once, with the officer’s handgun, in the front shoulder-leg area, Finch said.

The animal – described as a large white pit bull – was taken to Cascade Veterinary Clinic, she said.

“To my understanding, the dog is still there, I don’t know the condition,” Finch said this morning.

According to Finch, as officers contacted the individuals inside, the dog exited the house and charged at Sgt. Carl Buster.

Buster feared he was going to be attacked and fired one shot, according to Finch.

Alisha M. Rowley, 31 of Onalaska, was booked in to the Lewis County Jail for her warrant. Richard D. Thoreson, 42, of Centralia and John R. Cabell, 23, of Olympia, were booked for trespassing, according to police.

Detectives and police commanders were called to the scene last night, Finch said.

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News brief: Wind plus cottonwood trees put East Lewis County in the dark

Monday, October 12, 2015 at 7:58 pm
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The intersection of Anderson and Glenoma roads was shut down by a tangle of power lines. / Courtesy photo by Elizabeth Graf

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Powerful winds ripped through Lewis County over the weekend, leaving some without electricity for as long as 30 hours.

A patch of cottonwood trees toppled in Glenoma on Saturday, knocking out power to every substation up through the east end, according to Lewis County PUD.

“We had pretty good gusts of wind on Saturday,” PUD Assistant Dispatcher Bryan Myers said. “It didn’t last very long, but if affected Glenoma, Randle and Packwood.”

At one point, as many as 4,000 customers were out, he said.

Utility crews were assisted by Centralia City Light.

The storm caused scattered outages elsewhere around the county, but by this morning the electricity was back on, according to Myers.

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News brief: Missing woman’s car found abandoned near Vader

Monday, October 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm
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Sheriff’s detectives are looking for 33-year-old Elizabeth A. Pham.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a Centralia woman whose car was found on Interstate 5 near Vader, unlocked with the keys in it.

Elizabeth A. Pham, 33, was last seen on Saturday evening in the area of exit 59 wearing purple pajama bottoms, a pinkish red shirt and no shoes, according to the sheriff’s office.

She was reported missing at 10:30 a.m. yesterday, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

“It is under suspicious circumstances,” Brown said. “We believe she may have gotten a ride with someone hitchhiking.”

Pham is described as 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighing 122 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

Brown didn’t have a lot of details this afternoon, saying detectives are starting to dig into it.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact sheriff’s detective Jeremy Almond at 360-748-9286 or jeremy.almond@lewiscountywa.gov

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News brief: Public invited to burial ceremony for unclaimed persons

Monday, October 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office will be holding an interment service on Friday for seven individuals who were unclaimed after their deaths in Lewis County.

The urns containing their cremated remains are to be buried at Pioneer Cemetery in south Chehalis.

The public is welcome to attend. The ceremony is set for 11 a.m.

Pioneer Cemetery is located at 2000 Jackson Highway. It is owned by John and Marie Panesko, who are donating the space.

“John Panesko has once again offered the use of his cemetery allowing for the cremated remains to be interned with dignity, respect and compassion,” Coroner Warren McLeod stated in a news release this morning.

Two years ago, the coroner’s office and Panesko arranged for two unclaimed individuals to be interred at Pioneer.

McLeod said there may be an eighth person laid to rest with them, if his urn is delivered back from the crematory in time.

Parking is available across the street.

The following are the individuals:

• Robert Francis Aita, 73, Centralia, died Oct. 3, 2013

• Johnny Barna, 60, Centralia, died Nov. 30, 2014

• Jack I. Cook, 67, Centralia, died April 11, 2014

• David Hahn, 51, Centralia, died Sept. 15, 2014

• Trisha McKenzie-Fire, 57, Randle, died Sept. 22, 2011*

• Kenneth Petkevis, 57, Centralia, died Jan. 7, 2014

• Richard Reise, 72, Centralia, died Jan. 26, 2015

* McKenzie-Fire, was reported missing from her home in April 2011 and her remains were discovered about a mile and a half away on Sept. 22, 2011.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

• A 36-year-old Pe Ell resident was arrested for unlawful imprisonment after allegedly giving his wife a bloody nose and black eye and keeping her from leaving their home on Saturday. A deputy was called at 10:43 a.m. to the 600 block of Maple Street learned she had jumped out a window to get away from him, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Ryan G. Coleman was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail,  Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Chehalis police are investigating an incident from about noon on Saturday in which a woman reported someone came into her residence at the 100 block of Southwest 20th Street and possibly stole medication while she was home but left before she saw the intruder.

• Centralia police were called about 8:25 a.m. yesterday to the 500 block of West First Street where someone had attempted to pry the lock on an individual’s garage door.

• An officer was called to the 200 block of North Rock Street in Centralia at 11 a.m. on Saturday where beer had been stolen from the back porch overnight.

• Centralia police arrested a 44-year-old woman and three 17-year-olds for a string of shoplifting incidents at the Centralia Outlets in which an estimated $1,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from three stores on Friday. Officers responding about 5:20 p.m. located the suspects in a sport utility vehicle at the 1300 block of Lum Road, according to the Centralia Police Department. Rosemary V. Valencia  was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft and organized retail theft, according to police. She and the two boys and one girl are all from Tacoma, police said.

• A 42-year-old man was arrested yesterday for allegedly taking his sister’s Honda Accord without permission from the 4600 block of Jackson Highway. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports the car went missing sometime between Saturday and yesterday. Xavier A. Cervantes, from Toledo, was found sleeping in the car at Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis, according to the sheriff’s office. The Chehalis police  Department reports Cervantes is from Winlock, was contacted about 10 a.m. and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle. Twenty dollars was missing from the car, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of a firearm stolen from a vehicle the night before at the 500 block of Southwest William Avenue. The weapon was described as a  22 caliber long rifle pistol, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police took a report of a vehicle prowl from the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia on Friday. Someone stole a wallet from an unlocked car, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone broke into a vehicle at Borst Park in Centralia on Friday afternoon, stealing clothing, according to the Centralia Police Department. Two juvenile males were seen in the area with the items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNDERAGE DRINKING

• A 15-year-old Chehalis boy was arrested early yesterday morning for allegedly trying to kick in a door to a business on the 500 block of North Market Boulevard in Chehalis. An officer called about 4:30 a.m. subsequently located him and booked him into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for “criminal attempt” and possession and/or consumption of alcohol, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• An officer was called to W.F. West High School in Chehalis just after 9 o’clock on Friday morning regarding an intoxicated student. The 15-year-old Chehalis girl was issued a citation and released to her parent, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police on Friday took reports of a series of graffiti incidents, starting from the 500 block of West Main Street and discovered at Rotary Riverside Park, Borst Park and out on Galvin Road.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, vandalism, hit and run, unfounded report, disorderly persons, harassing phone calls, possibly suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 9, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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Updated at 8:34 p.m.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, BROKEN BONES

• A 51-year-old man was arrested overnight in the Doty area after a deputy spoke with his girlfriend who had a possible broken wrist and said she had been pushed down a flight of stairs and kicked and punched in the ribs. A deputy was in the area after the woman called 911 and said she was looking for her keys in the river and was injured, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A motorist picked her up walking along Elk Creek Road, the sheriff’s office reports. A deputy located Ron C. Lusk at a residence and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault and violating a no-contact order, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said the victim’s phone was also thrown in the river and the sheriff’s office would recommend additional charges such as interfering with domestic violence reporting and third-degree malicious mischief. Brown described Lusk as a Kennewick resident but also said he was picked up at his residence in the area. Lusk was charged with all four offenses today and ordered held on $250,000 bail.

THEFT

• An officer was called about 6:35 p.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of pain medication from the 900 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia.

• A leaf blower and a pressure washer left outside a building on the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia were reported stolen yesterday afternoon.

• Centralia police were called yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl that occurred during the previous few days at the 1000 block of Woodland Avenue. The main item missing was paperwork, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 22-year-old woman who allegedly decided not to sell heroin to a potential customer, pinned them against a wall with her forearm and told them to never come back – and kept the money, yesterday – was arrested and then charged today with second-degree robbery. The buyer was a police informant. Caitlin M. Allred was also charged for allegedly recently trying to pass off a brown substance as heroin in an alleged sale to a police informant, according to court documents. A judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court set her bail at $25,000. The second charge is called sale of a controlled or counterfeit substance for profit. A third charge for possession of methamphetamine comes from a search of the trailer where yesterday’s incident occurred, and the discovery of pipes and baggies with trace amounts of meth. The allegations don’t indicate where yesterday’s incident occurred, or where the earlier controlled buy happened but show the law enforcement officers in the case are from the Chehalis Police Department and the Centralia Police Department. Jack L. Daniels, 37, also present at the trailer when it was searched was arrested for and subsequently charged with possession of methamphetamine, regarding the residue, according to court documents. His bail was set at $25,000. Charging documents show Allred and Daniels with separate addresses in Winlock.

• Officers were called back to a motel room by a manager yesterday who discovered drugs and a handgun believed to have been left behind after arrests the night before. Leo M. Mitchell, 20, from Olympia, had been arrested out of the room at the 1200 block of Alder Street for possession of a stolen vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department. Julie L. Gore, age 31, was picked up at the same time for an outstanding warrant, according to police. The investigation is ongoing.

• Two teenage boys allegedly smoking marijuana in a truck while watching football practice at Toledo High School were contacted by a sheriff’s deputy last night. The cases will be forwarded to juvenile prosecutors for charges of possession of marijuana for the 14-year-old and 16-year-old, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DANCING IN THE STREET

• A 20-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for the second time in two days for disorderly conduct. It was after 10 o’clock last night when Jacob S. Drury was “dancing down the centerline of the street, in the fog,” Centralia Police Department Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The officer contacted Drury near the 1400 block of North Pearl Street, which is near Drury’s residence at an apartment complex at Reynolds Avenue for people with challenges, Reichert said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, failure to transfer title, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license; responses for theft, vandalism, harassing phone calls, missing person who subsequently turned up, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street; complaints about fireworks, a house without garbage service, a guy sleeping behind a store … and more.

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News brief: One dead after vehicle runs off Interstate 5

Friday, October 9, 2015 at 6:05 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 59-year-old Toledo man was dead at the scene of a single-vehicle wreck on northbound Interstate 5 near the Lewis-Cowlitz county line this morning.

Troopers called about 11:25 a.m. found the 1999 GMC Jimmy had drifted to the right, struck the guard rail and jersey barrier before traveling down the embankment where it hit a tree.

It happened near milepost 56, seven miles north of Castle Rock.

The driver, Kelly V. Dougherty, 59, had been wearing a seatbelt, according to the Washington State Patrol. It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol may have been involved, according to the state patrol.

The truck was totaled. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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News brief: Bye bye Centralia bear

Friday, October 9, 2015 at 3:07 pm
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A tranquilized male bear rests inside a trailer before his trip to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. / Courtesy photo by Austin Kimball

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A bear spotted several places around a Centralia neighborhood yesterday has been moved to a new home.

“I can tell you, we managed to tranquilize him – a male, about 3 to 4 years old – take him out of the area and into the Gifford Pinchot,” Washington Department of FIsh and Wildlife spokesperson Craig Bartlett said.

Authorities got calls about the black bear beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the 500 block of South Rock Street and then from locations such as West Chestnut Street, Bartlett said. There was also a sighting on Sky Meadow Drive.

Bartlett said wildlife officers are getting a lot of bear calls right now, as they are preparing to den and trying to beef up for the winter.

“This guy was seen snacking at a bird feeder earlier in the day,” he said.

Game officers arrived in the area around 4 p.m. The bear had climbed up a tree.

By about 8 p.m., he was captured and put in a trailer to head to the forest, he said. He should be all settled in now, Bartlett said.

“As always, the main thing to keep from attracting bears, is try not to feed them,” he said. “Like with bird feeders and garbage.”

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife shares information about the black bears which live in Washington state, here

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News brief: Pair hurt when truck hits tree in Packwood

Friday, October 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two people were injured when the driver of a pickup truck lost control making a left turn off U.S. Highway 12 in Packwood and struck a tree this morning.

Transported to Morton General Hospital were Dale A. Ryf, 55, of Packwood, and his passenger Jeanette C. Seaman, 46, from Tacoma, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers called at 9:50 a.m. noted the 1995 Chevrolet 1500 was westbound going too fast when it attempted the turn into a private driveway. The truck was totaled.

Ryf was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the state patrol.

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News brief: Child hiker survives 40 foot fall near Cispus

Friday, October 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An 11-year-old boy who fell some 40 feet down a nearly vertical embankment and landed in a creek bed yesterday south of Randle escaped the accident with minor injuries, according to Lewis County Fire District 14.

Rescuers were called about 11 a.m. to the area near Cispus, according to Fire Chief Jeff Jaques.

Jaques said the child from Lake Tapps was on a school-related outing. They were hiking on the trail to Angel Falls, he said.

Jaques said he understood the youngster was walking backwards, talking to a friend when he stepped off the trail and got too close to the edge of a drop off.

He was packed out and transported to a local hospital for evaluation, according to Jaques.

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Prosecutors: Now-former caregiver made more than 200 unauthorized transactions with client’s bank card

Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 8:12 pm
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The caregiver of a bedridden Centralia woman is accused of taking her client’s credit card and running up more than $10,000 in purchases and cash advances before getting caught, returning the card and apologizing.

Tamara A. Hagerman, 44, of Pe Ell, told a detective when she gave the card back, she told the woman and the woman’s husband she would pay the money back, according to court papers.

They called police the following day.

Hagerman is charged in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree theft as well as three counts of unlawful factoring of credit card or payment card transactions.

She was summonsed to appear before a judge yesterday afternoon and signed a $5,000 unsecured appearance bond. Her arraignment is set for next Thursday.

According to charging documents, Hagerman began working for Debra Zillmer in July of last year, and helped with the bills and writing out checks because of Zillmer’s difficulty with fine motor skills.

The Zillmers became aware of the situation when an employee from the Doty store called and asked if someone had permission to use the card on July 1; Hagerman had reportedly told her son to use the blue card from her purse and get her a few things, the documents relate.

Centralia police detective Patty Finch found more than $5,500 in unauthorized charges and more than $4,700 in cash advances over a five month period, according to the charging documents.

Among the things Hagerman allegedly told detectives was she initially took the card, without permission, because she didn’t have enough gas to get home, but after a few days, put it back because she felt bad taking it.

She allegedly said she took it again, because her daughter needed groceries.

Finch stated in her report Hagerman used the card more than 200 times between February and July. Hagerman said she used it for gas, groceries and clothing.

“She said she didn’t use if (sp) often at first, but began using it more and more the longer she had it,” Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher wrote in charging documents.

Among the spending noted in the allegations were to pay her cell phone bill, to put money on a jail inmate’s phone, to eat fast food, order Netflix and rent movies.

The Zillmers told Centralia police Hagerman was a former caregiver when they reported the theft on July 3. Bruce Zillmer also advised the officer he’d contacted their bank who would send paperwork to sign about the unauthorized charges.

When asked by detective Finch if she had had the means to repay the couple, “Tamara said that her mother offered to pay the money back,” Meagher wrote.

The court yesterday ordered Hagerman to get finger printed and photographed at the Lewis County Jail by 5 p.m. next Wednesday.

Reached by phone, Hagerman declined to comment. She is represented by Centralia lawyer David Brown.