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Vader man dies following head injury, son jailed

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 9:47 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Vader man is jailed today after stepping in between his parents during a fight in front of a Morton motel, which ended when his father suffered a serious head injury and then subsequently died, according to the Morton Police Department.

Travis M. Myers, 27, was arrested after the Tuesday night incident; his father Michael K. Myers, 52, passed away on Thursday at a Seattle hospital, according to Chief Dan Mortensen.

“There was some kind of argument between between the mother and the father, apparently a physical altercation,” Mortensen said. “The son stepped in, pushed the father. He fell to the sidewalk and struck his head.”

An officer called about 10 p.m. to the scene on the 200 block of Westlake Avenue did CPR with help from a trooper and the father was transported to Harborview Medical Center, according to the chief.

Michael K. Myers passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Mortensen said.

The family is from Vader and the men had come to the Seasons Motel to pick up the mother who had taken a room there after her arrest by a trooper for a reason the chief didn’t disclose.

The son was arrested on Wednesday for second-degree assault, but the prosecutor will be evaluating the appropriate charge given the death, according to Mortensen.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

BLEAK BLACK FRIDAY FOR SERIAL SHOPLIFTERS CAPTURED IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police say they broke up a shoplifting ring on Friday afternoon after employees at a Centralia Outlet store called 911 and chased suspects about 4 p.m. near West High Street and Harrison Avenue. Officers were told a woman walked out of the Nike store wearing a pair of their shoes, and one male ran off while another drove away, according to police. Arriving officers found one suspect when he popped out of some bushes and another behind the wheel of his car on Harrison Avenue, Officer Angie Humphrey said. The female was tracked down in Casa Ramos restaurant where she had hid her purse containing the stolen shoes, Humphrey said. Merchandise stolen from as many as a half dozen stores, totaling about $1,200, was recovered from the vehicle, according to police. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for organized retail theft and second-degree theft were Whitley Y. Schiele, 20 and Cedric A. Dorsey, 19, both of Federal Way; as well as a 16-year-old boy from Des Moines, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: INTOXICATED INDIVIDUAL PUNCHES PATROL CAR WINDOW

• A 21-year-old man was arrested just before 4 a.m. today after he allegedly punched the windshield of a patrol car in Chehalis. A Centralia police officer on his way to work stopped at Maurin and Bishop roads to assist a disabled motorist, according to the Centralia Police Department. It was a father trying to catch up to his intoxicated son, Officer Angie Humphrey said. The son became irate and broke the windshield with his fist, according to Humphrey. Joseph M. Pierce, of Tumwater, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief, according to police.

THEFT

• Centralia police responded to a burglary at a home on the 2000 block of Ahlers Avenue about 4:45 a.m. yesterday. Missing were rings and $2,000 cash, according to police. Someone apparently got in through a window,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called to a business yesterday on the 1200 block of South Gold Street in Centralia to take a report about the theft of several security cameras.

CAR PROWL

• Cash, jewelry and a GPS device were stolen from two vehicles parked on the 1100 block of West Plum Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

• A Kenwood stereo was reported missing from a vehicle parked on the 1000 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia on Friday morning.

• An iPod and an XPlode stereo were missing from a car parked on the 600 block of Scott Drive in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Thursday morning.

• Centralia police took a report about 3 a.m. on Friday from an individual at the 200 block of Johnson Road in Centralia who said someone broke out the windows of his vehicles sometime during the previous two days.

DRUGS

• A 46-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer about 9:30 p.m. yesterday in an alley near the 200 block of South Tower Avenue. James A. Nix was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 60-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for a warrant and possession of methadone about 4:45 a.m. yesterday after contact with an officer on the 900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Kathie I. Martin was booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 36-year-old Seattle-area man was arrested about 7 a.m. on Friday for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department. Enrique Orozco-Caberra was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer on Woodland Avenue, according to police.

RV CATCHES FIRE

• Firefighters were called yesterday evening to a fully-involved in flames motor home parked in a driveway on the 2000 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. It was an older motor home, nobody was injured and the cause of the blaze is under investigation, according to Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Erik Olson.

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Prosecutor clears deputy in Boistfort area fatal shooting

Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer has concluded a sheriff’s deputy’s fatal shooting of a Napavine man earlier this month along state Route 6 near Boistfort was justified.

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Gregory S. Kaufman

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Wallace was placed on administrative leave after the Nov. 1 encounter in which 64-year-old Gregory S. Kaufman died.

In a letter released Wednesday by Meyer describing his legal analysis to the lead investigator in the case, Meyer outlines a scenario similar to what the sheriff’s office has already said: Deputy Wallace stopped to assist a parked motorist, who he found was suicidal and who subsequently exited his vehicle and advanced upon him with a knife.

Kaufman was struck by two bullets as Wallace retreated, apparently backing up toward the highway in the dark.

Meyer writes the deputy had no other choice:

“When the legal standard is applied to the facts at hand, it is clear that Deputy Wallace was justified when he used deadly force against Gregory Kaufman.”

According to the document, Kaufman was arrested two days prior for alleged misdemeanor assault of his girlfriend, Vicky L. Henthom and a no contact order was put in place.

A Chehalis police officer contacted Kaufman by phone the evening of Oct. 31, asking Kaufman to come to the police department to discuss a violation of the order; because Kaufman had left a note for his girlfriend on her car, according to the document.

Kaufman never appeared at the police station, Meyer writes.

The deadly encounter at a large gravel turnout just east of the South Fork Chehalis RIver Bridge later that night lasted five minutes, according to Meyer.

Meyer gives the following account:

The deputy, alone on patrol, approached the driver’s side door of the car and found Kaufman sitting in the reclined passenger seat.

Deputy Wallace spoke to Kaufman through a tinted, fogged up window and asked Kaufman if he was okay. Kaufman indicated he was fine and just had a nose bleed.

Deputy Wallace seeing cut marks and dried blood on Kaufman’s wrist as well as blood stains on his abdomen – but no blood on his mustache – said he didn’t believe him and asked if he’d been cutting himself.

Kaufman nodded yes, then turned his head and pointed to a neck wound, prompting the deputy to ask 911 dispatchers to send aid.

The deputy asked Kaufman to unlock the door, which he did.

With the door open, the two spoke. Kaufman became emotional, said he’d left a note for Vicky and was concerned about violating the no contact order.

The deputy tried to reassure him he was only concerned about getting him help.

Wallace asked Kaufman where the knife was. Kaufman reached to his right and brought up a knife with a five-inch blade.

Wallace asked him to place it on the dashboard and at first it appeared he would comply.

Then Kaufman looked at the knife, looked at Wallace and then reached over to open the passenger door and got out with the knife in his hand.

Wallace drew his weapon and told him to drop the knife, but Kaufman began to advance on the deputy, with the point of the knife aimed at the deputy.

Wallace repeatedly told Kaufman to drop the knife; Kaufman did not respond but continued to advance, having walked around the rear of his car.

Wallace radioed dispatch to say the man was coming at him with a knife, continued to retreat toward state Route 6.

Then – at 12:16 a.m. – Wallace fired two shots. Kaufman immediately fell to the ground.

Noticeably absent from the narrative are descriptors of Kaufman’s movements, such as “lunged” or “charged” which the sheriff’s office reported in its initial account that morning.

Meyer’s document places Kaufman about 20 feet from his car and Deputy Wallace about 35 feet from the car when he fired his weapon.

The autopsy found a bullet wound to the abdomen, a fatal bullet wound to the head and superficial cuts on the side of his neck and on one wrist. A notepad found on the car seat contained a document titled “Last will and testament.”

Meyer’s information comes primarily from an investigation conducted by the Regional Sheriff’s Critical Incident Investigation Team. The group is made up of deputies from the surrounding counties of Thurston, Pacific, Mason and Grays Harbor and the Washington State Patrol.

Thurston County Sheriff’s detective Cameron Simper was the lead investigator.

Wallace, 37, has been with the sheriff’s office for nine years. Prosecutor Meyer notes he is authorizing the return of Wallace’s duty weapon to him.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said on Wednesday evening she did not know when Deputy Wallace would be back at work.

Last year, when Deputy Matt McKnight fatally shot a citizen, an internal investigation was not completed until a week after the prosecutor completed his review of the outside investigation.
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Read Prosecutor Meyer’s letter detailing his investigative conclusions, here

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News brief: Winlock man’s traffic death related to heart issue

Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An autopsy conducted yesterday concluded the 69-year-old Winlock man who died after a two-vehicle accident in Evaline on Wednesday afternoon died from a previously undetected heart condition.

Larry Pudelko was traveling alone on Highway 603 near Schoolhouse Road when his Chevrolet Malibu crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming pickup truck, according to authorities.

Pudelko died en route to the hospital. A Lake Forest Park couple in the other vehicle suffered injuries that were not described as life threatening.

Lewis County Chief Deputy Coroner, Dawn Harris said yesterday Pudelko suffered a “dissecting aortic aneurysm”. It’s basically an undetected weakness in the vessel wall that can rupture at any time causing virtually instantaneous death, she said.

The manner of death will be labeled as natural as opposed to accidental, according to Harris.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

OVERNIGHT ARRESTS AROUND DOWNTOWN CENTRALIA

• A 22-year-old Chehalis woman was taken to jail last night after she allegedly tried to kick a police officer around 10 p.m. when she was detained for leaving her vehicle on railroad tracks in downtown Centralia. Ericka B. Dukeshire-Pogue, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Three people were arrested in Centralia last night for driving under the influence of alcohol, all within an hour of each other. According to the Centralia Police Department: Bryan A. Woodhead, 22, of Centralia, was stopped at 1:18 a.m. at the 800 block of South Pearl Street; Ian J. Rust, 21, of Rochester was stopped at 1:52 a.m. at North Ash and West Main streets; and Devin S. Carroll, 21, of Chehalis, was stopped at 2:17 a.m. at North Silver and West Main streets. All were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested for fourth-degree assault overnight after allegedly pulling his girlfriend’s hair. Joseph A. Miranda was booked into the Lewis County jail after contact with an officer about 1:20 a.m. at the 200 block of North Railroad Avenue in Centralia,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police called about a suspicious person around 5:15 a.m. today at the 1200 block of Alder Street arrested a 25-year-old Centralia resident for possession of heroin. Brandon V. Stray was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 6 p.m. yesterday about a burglary at a home on the 3400 block of Fords Prairie Avenue. Missing is a safe containing cash and jewelry, according to the Centralia Police Department. The loss is estimated at $5,000, according to police.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday evening regarding the suspected theft of funds by an employee at a business on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue. The case remains under investigation,  according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details were not readily available.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

NO DRUGS IN COURT

• A 21-year-old woman was arrested when she arrived at Centralia Municipal Court yesterday morning and tried to pass through courtroom security with two syringes on her. They contained suspected heroin residue and Mariah L. Parker, of Toledo, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a drug violation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PRESCRIPTION MED MADNESS CONTINUES

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon from the 400 block of North Diamond Street regarding the theft of prescription medication – hydrocodone – from a purse.

• Centralia police a reinvestigating the theft of a prescription pad from the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road. The incident was reported about 11 a.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A Chehalis police officer was called to Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon about a forged prescription.

FLASHLIGHTS IN BARN DRAW DEPUTIES

• A deputy called about 3 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Swigert Road in Mossyrock – when a man saw flashlights around his barn and heard the sound of a vehicle – found a pickup stuck in the mud and two trespassers, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The men, Jeffrey A. Bennett of Olympia and Jauquin D. Sinclair of Lacey, both 32 years old, were booked onto the Lewis County Jail. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said there was no information about why the men were on the property.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: MAN BITES WOMAN

• A 23-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday evening after he allegedly bit his girlfriend in the stomach and whacked her on the side of the head splitting her ear lobe. Responding deputies at about 6:25 p.m. found a suspect vehicle parked at North Pearl Street near Zenkner Valley Road, but the subject fled on foot into the woods, initiating a dog track, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect subsequently was found back in his driveway on Northridge Drive and ran once again before he was taken in to custody, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Michael A. Hammett, 23, of Centralia, was arrested and booked for fourth-degree assault domestic violence and resisting arrest, according to Brown.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Morton police were called to the 600 block of Temple Avenue about 8:40 a.m. on Sunday about a stolen vehicle. It was found a short distance away but unspecified items were missing, according to the Morton Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police took a report of a vehicle prowl yesterday afternoon at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue.

• Chehalis police were called to Southwest Snively Avenue yesterday morning about a vehicle prowl that occurred overnight.

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Fatal collision in Evaline leaves one dead; I-5 a pre-holiday mess

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – One local man has died on the roads today, the busiest travel day of the year.

The 69-year-old Winlock resident for unknown reasons crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck on Highway 603 in Evaline, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened just before 4 p.m. and the road was expected to remain closed for a couple of hours, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The collision followed a series of wrecks on Interstate 5 in Chehalis earlier during the noon hour.

“We had five collisions within moments of each other,” Washington State Patrol spokesperson Trooper Will Finn said. “Two were car-semi, two were two-car … the fifth one I’m not sure.”

“They said it was sunny and all of the sudden a rain burst came through,” Finn said.

Only one person was transported to the hospital, according to the state patrol and the Chehalis Fire Department.

Firefighters were headed to one accident near milepost 79 when they were called to another in the northbound lanes near West Street, according to Fire Capt. Kevin Curfman.

One woman was injured. “Her doors were locked, I took a window out to get access to her,” Curfman said. “Five airbags deployed. They were everywhere.”

Christie L. Wallin, 55, of Centralia, was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital where she is listed in satisfactory condition. Curfman said she had lower leg injuries.

Wallin’s car was totaled. It was part of a three-vehicle rear-ending collision just before 12:30 p.m., according to the Vancouver office of the state patrol.

Finn said the collisions occurred in both north and southbound lanes and were cleared out fairly rapidly.

Later in the day, a brief downpour near Castle Rock and a spinout on a puddle on Interstate 5 contributed to as many as 12 vehicles wrecking, although no serious injuries resulted, according to The (Longview) Daily News.

Brown said the Highway 603 crash happened near Schoolhouse Road. A detour was put in place. The 69-year-old driver died en route to the hospital, she said.

His 1997 Chevrolet Malibu was describe as totaled.

The other vehicle, a Ford Ranger pickup, was occupied by a couple from Lake Forest Park, according to the sheriff’s office.

The 47-year-old male driver was taken to Providence with back injuries; his 49-year-old wife cut her head but didn’t need hospitalization, according to Brown.

The state patrol is advising motorists to use extra caution during the busy holiday weekend.

“We just ask people to slow down, and take their time,” Finn said. “So they get to their destination safely.”

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Swelling on Chehalis River continues westward

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:09 am
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Independence Road at Marble Street this morning. / Courtesy photo by Robert Scott

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Floodwaters are receding around Grand Mound and Rochester this morning, with no reports of water in any homes, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

The only issues are access, with water over roadways,” Fire Chief Robert Scott said this morning.

The Chehalis River crested at midnight less than a foot over flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.

“With (the river) cresting this low, it’s more of a nuisance,” Scott said.

Access to the Lucky Eagle Casino and hotel will be along Anderson Road until the waters recede on Moon Road and 188th, according to Scott.

The city of Centralia demobilized its emergency operation center yesterday, with no issues regarding water in residences, downed trees or power outages by late afternoon.

The Weather Service however says snow showers today means motorists should expect winter driving conditions on mountain passes. The snow level is about 3,000 feet.

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Anderson Road on the north side of U.S. Highway 12 this morning. / Courtesy photo by Robert Scott

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Links to the latest information on river levels and weather forecasts can always be found on the right hand sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.com

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Read about Cowlitz County stops accepting bail bonds from Chehalis agent…

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 2:09 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News reports a Chehalis-based bail bond company may no longer post bail for inmates in the Cowlitz County Jail as of yesterday.

News reporter Leslie Slape writes Jail Sucks Bail Bonds failed to pay a forfeited bond in a timely manner.

Read about it here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

PRESCRIPTION DRUG FUNNY BUSINESS

• Chehalis police were called by a woman yesterday who said someone filled her prescription for hydrocodone at Rite Aid. The victim had called the pharmacy to have her prescription transferred to another state where she now lives and learned someone else last week had picked up the pills in her name, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police got a phone call from a pharmacist yesterday who reported a suspected fraudulent attempt to fill a prescription. A female who said she was from Providence St. Peter Hospital called in a prescription for a male but the Rite Aid pharmacist was suspicious, even though she had given a proper identification number, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The doctor confirmed they did not call it in, according to police. The case is under investigation.

BURGLARY

•  Cash and a computer were reported stolen in a burglary at the 500 block of West Pear Street in Centralia yesterday. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• The owner of a 2002 International box truck learned it was stolen yesterday morning after it was found rolled over into a ditch on state Route 505 and South Military Road in Winlock. Law enforcement officers arriving after the approximately 10:30 a.m. wreck found no driver, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They were told a worker known only as “Pedro” stole it to go to the store, according to the sheriff’s office. The truck’s owner, Champion Greens, has contract employees cutting cedar boughs on Wepsala Road, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The damage was estimated at $3,500, Brown said.

• A green 2005 Arctic Cat 400 ATV was reported stolen from property on the 200 block of Lake Creek Road in Chehalis yesterday. Its owner told a deputy it disappeared sometime after 9 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. yesterday,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

RACIST GRAFFITI REPORTED

• An officer was called yesterday about 2 p.m. regarding racial slurs  “tagged” onto the back of a building on the 700 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. A police spokesperson said no details were available because a report on the incident is not yet written.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police took a report from the 1100 block of Elm Street in Centralia yesterday of a car prowl. Missing are some CDs, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of a window broken out of a vehicle during the night on Northeast Scenic Way. Nothing was missing, according to police.

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News brief: Flood waters less fearsome than anticipated

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

Updated at 12:34 p.m. and 12:58 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The flood warning has ended on the Newaukum River near Chehalis and forecasters have revised downward their expectations of overflowing of the Chehalis River in Centralia and Grand Mound.

Heavy rains ended yesterday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Minor flooding of less than a foot above flood stage is forecast tonight in the Centralia area, which would cause shallow flooding of farmlands and some roads, the weather service reports.

Centralia city officials this morning continue to offer sandbags for residents at the 100 block of Center Street and 1227 Harrison Avenue. The Center Street location will shut down at 2 p.m.

No emergency shelters are open this morning in Centralia, according to the city. All city streets were passable just before 8 a.m.

Lewis County officials also continue to monitor the rivers and note there remains standing water over several roadways in the county.

Information from the river gauge at Mellen Street in Centralia is missing since about 8 o’clock this morning, but the county has someone going out to the river to find out why, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Stacy Brown said just after noon time.

A wind advisory was issued this morning for the area, with the potential for winds of 20 mph to 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph this afternoon.

Brown said the county emergency operations center has had no reports of people with water inside their homes, vehicles stranded or rescues; except the Pe Ell Fire Department helped a couple of people out of their residences yesterday on Red Hawk Lane, she said.

Information and warnings can be accessed at the weather service website. Current river levels and their forecast flood levels are updated regularly by the weather service.
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Links to the two web sites noted above can always be found on the right hand sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.com

Here they are again:

• National Weather Service – NWS Seattle, here

• National Weather Service: River levels (Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service), here

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Flooding: Rising waters could get into some Centralia area homes

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The city of Centralia declared a local emergency late this afternoon in light of the excessive rainfall.

“The rain is expected to continue for the next 36 hours, causing local rivers, creeks and streams to exceed flood stages,” a news release from the city states.

Sandbag stations opened up in Centralia.

The Chehalis River at Doty crested more than five feet over flood stage late this afternoon and is expected to reach flood stage in Centralia before noon tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service. Then the river would continue to rise.

The crest in Centralia predicted by 6 p.m. tomorrow would be more than four feet over flood stage, according to the weather service.

The weather services says swift water will cover some roads, and water can be expected to encroach upon the first floors of some homes and businesses.

The Newaukum River near Chehalis is reaching flood stage about now and forecast to crest before morning at about two feet over flood stage, according to readings from the weather service.

The flooding is not considered major, but not minor either.

The Lewis County Department of Emergency Management increased its activation level this afternoon in preparation.

“Citizens are advised to take precaution and leave any area with dangerous rising water, prior to needing to be physically rescued,” the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office stated late this afternoon.

Those in flood prone areas should move their animals before the levels become dangerous, the sheriff’s office advises.

State Route 6 is closed at White Road because of water over the roadway.

Deep and hazardous flood waters will inundate many roads, residential and commercial areas around the Newaukum, the weather service says.

Further cautions from the sheriff’s office: Motorists are advised not to drive through standing water. Six inches of water can sweep you off of your feet, twelve inches can sweep your car away.

The sheriff’s office advises residents to monitor local radio stations.

The weather service notes folks should be alert for rapid changes and monitor developments.

Information and warnings can be accessed at the weather service website. Current river levels and their forecast flood levels are updated regularly by the weather service.

In Centralia, sandbag stations were expected be operational by 5 p.m.; in the 100 block of Center Street (near the fire station) and at 1227 Harrison Avenue (Harrison Square Presbyterian Church).  The stations will not be manned full time but will be monitored for constant supply, according to the city.

The emergency shelter located at 416 N. Tower Avenue will be open and can accommodate up to 50 people for emergencies only, the news release notes.

The sheriff’s office notes rescue personnel are on call.

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Links to the two web sites noted above can always be found on the right hand sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.com

Here they are again:

• National Weather Service – NWS Seattle, here

• National Weather Service: River levels (Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service), here

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News brief: Trailer homes hit by trees in Winlock

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm
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Courtesy photo by Patrick Jacobson

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Winds in Winlock this morning blew multiple trees over in the Frost Road Trailer Park damaging two homes.

Only one injury was reported; a man struck by a small branch, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.

“His injuries were minor, he declined to be transported, so we’re grateful for that,” Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson said.

Anderson said gusts this morning of up to 43 mph were measured at the elementary school. The fire department has been hearing of lots of power lines and trees down, he said.

“It’s a mess,” Anderson said.

The park is on the east side of Interstate 5, on the 700 block of Frost Road.

Anderson said some of the trees down on Frost Road are quite large, and newly unprotected after property to the south was recently logged.

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Courtesy photo by Patrick Jacobson

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm
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An apparent grenade was seized from a Centralia home / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Updated at 3:12 p.m.

EXPLOSIVE DEVICE FOUND IN CENTRALIA HOME

• Law enforcement officers looking for drugs got an unexpected surprise in Centralia on Saturday: a grenade. At least it looked like a grenade and was taken away by a bomb specialist with the Washington State Patrol, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies served a search warrant about 9 .m. at a residence on the 500 block of South Street after getting information about possible narcotics there, according to sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Aust. During the search, an improvised explosive device turned up, he said. Aust said he believed it was an empty but real grenade that someone refilled on their own. A small amount of drugs were found, he said. Several firearms were confiscated as well, he said. Nobody has yet been arrested, because the suspect has a medical condition that makes it cost prohibitive to keep him at the jail, according to Aust. The case will be evaluated for possible coming charges, according to Aust.

MAN DEMANDS WOMAN’S CASH

• A 20-year-old Seattle man was booked into jail on Saturday for attempted robbery in the second-degree after he allegedly confronted a young woman on a Centralia street and demanded a she hand over the money he saw her counting. Police were called about 12:10 p.m. to the area of West Pear and South Oak streets were told when she tried to get away, he followed her, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Carl Buster said the subject apparently ran up to her and said “you’re gonna give me all that money” repeatedly. A suspect, Mohamed S. Mohamed, was subsequently located and arrested, according to police.

SAFE STOLEN

• Centralia police were called to a burglary yesterday morning at the the 200 block of East Cherry Street. A safe was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SHOPLIFT

• An unidentified male was seen on security video stealing two cases of beer from the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PURSE-LIFT

• Police were called to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia on Friday evening where a female reported the theft of her purse while shopping.

MAIL THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 5:30 p.m. on Friday to the 500 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue where they were told an envelope containing $50 left in the mailbox by someone for someone else was missing.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS GONE

• Unspecified medication was reported stolen from the 400 block of South Cedar Street in Centralia on Friday.

• A Centralia man called police after he got a bill for Oxycontin from a Chehalis pharmacy, a medication he didn’t order or receive, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The man told police on Friday it appears to be someone else using his name, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested for a warrant and then possession of methamphetamine about 5 p.m. on Friday after contact with an officer at the 900 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia. Chance M. Allen was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone stole chain saws, tools and fuel from a log truck over the weekend, according to a report made to police yesterday from the 1800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia.

• Police took a report on Saturday from the 100 block of Jalyn Street in Centralia about a car prowl. The victim said someone broke in during the night and took her purse, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Stereo speakers and sunglasses were among the items missing from a vehicle parked at the 1700 block of Southwest Snively Avenue in Chehalis. The report was made to police on Saturday.

• Police were called about a window of a vehicle smashed out on Friday at the 2500 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia.

PORCH CATCHES FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 4 a.m. yesterday to a porch on fire on the 500 block of West First Street in Centralia. Burning were some wooden planter boxes and a small area of the porch, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The cause remains under investigation, according to Fire Capt. Casey McCarthy.

POLICE CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST

• A 20-year-old Tenino man who allegedly led police on a high speed chase from east of Napavine, into Chehalis, onto Interstate 5, and then out state Route 6 and was eventually arrested said he didn’t pull over for the initial traffic stop because he didn’t have car insurance. Christopher A. Carsten was booked in to the Lewis County Jail after the late Friday night pursuit that reached speeds of more than 90 mph on Jackson Highway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It began about 10:50 p.m. when a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over an older Ford Mustang because of a loud exhaust and the driver spinning his tires, according to sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Aust. Deputies lost sight of the car west of Chehalis but about 30 minutes later, the individual was found walking on the 100 block of Devereese Road and was contacted, according to Aust. Carsten was arrested for attempting to elude.

WRECK

• A 40-year-old man from SeaTac was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a rollover wreck outside Centralia on Saturday evening. Aid and law enforcement called about 5:30 p.m. to the 1700 block of Salzer Valley Road found a power pole broken and the driver of a BMW ejected into some briars, according to responders. “We think the guy was traveling at a very high rate of speed,” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Steve Aust said. His injuries were described as severe. His name was not released.