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News brief: Centralia passing out sandbags in the morning

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Since the National Weather Service is now predicting a phase two flood event for the Chehalis River at Centralia, the city has decided to open sandbags stations in the morning as well as activate its emergency operations center.

The river is expected to crest about four and a half feet above flood stage at Mellen Street tomorrow evening, according to a news release from Police Chief Bob Berg. The weather service currently expects it to hit minor flood stage before 8 a.m.

That’s about two feet higher than they were thinking this morning.

Sand and bags for Centralia residents only will be available starting at 8 a.m. at:

• The 100 block of West Center Street, in the northwest corner of the Destiny Christian Center parking lot.

• The 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road, in front  of the medical center

• The 200 block of East Summa Street, by the railroad tracks.

Phase two means that in addition to low-lying roads such as South Schueber, Military Road, Airport Road and possibly portions of Kresky Avenue maybe being impacted by rising waters, other residential streets in the south end of town could be affected, according to Berg.

Also, low-lying areas that traditionally flood early could experience minor to moderate flooding, Berg wrote in a news release tonight.

Changing weather patterns could change the forecast, Berg cautions.

Residents are advised to stay tuned to local radio stations for the latest weather information.
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Follow river levels and their forecasts here

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News brief: Heroin supplier given 11-plus year sentence

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today a leader of a drug trafficking ring they said used runners and dispatchers and catered to customers from Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Kitsap, and Grays Harbor counties, was sentenced to just over 11 years in prison.

Sergio Omar Valencia Garcia, 35, previously residing in Tacoma and a citizen of Mexico was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 135 months for possession of heroin with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In asking for a lengthy prison term, prosecutors noted the huge amount of heroin found in Valencia Garcia’s home; 55 pounds along with a large amount of cash, according to a news release.

He and other defendants were arrested June 9, 2010.

The investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force, the Grays Harbor Drug Task Force and the Lakewood Police Department. Numerous other agencies assisted.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars, proceeds of the drug trade, was shipped to Mexico in hidden compartments built into vehicles, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Valencia Garcia most likely will be deported after he is released.
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Read background “News brief: Sixty-five pounds of heroin “off the menu” after sweep” from Thursday June 10, 2010, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

THEFT

• A 50-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday after officers identified him as the suspect who walked out of Wal-Mart the day before with a woman’s purse containing all her shopping money for the holidays, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A child had thrown the purse on the floor and surveillance video showed a gentleman pick it up and walk away, Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said. Derrick R. Waggener offered to pay the money if police let him go, but he was instead arrested and booked for second-degree theft, Kaut said. The amount missing was somewhere between $100 and $200, Kaut said. Some of his officers wrote the victim a check to help her out, he said.

• Centralia police were called to a burglary at the 1000 block of Marsh Street yesterday. Office supplies such as paper and other items were missing from the daycare, according to police Sgt. Brian Warren. There were no signs of forced entry, he said.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to a car prowl on the 1300 block of Northwest Airport Road. Someone had tried to prey a door open, but an alarm went off, according to police. A gas can was left there, Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to Southwest 18th Street where a marine battery had been stolen from a trailer overnight.

• Chehalis police were called just afternoon yesterday about the theft of a “caddy bag” cart from the back of a vehicle on the 800 block of Southwest 19th Street.

DRUGS

• Police were called to Chehalis Middle School yesterday where two students had been detained for possessing a small amount of marijuana. The case involving a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy will be referred to prosecutors for possible charges, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A deputy yesterday went to Onalaska High School where a 17-year-old student was accused of twice giving some of her prescription pills to other students, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The girl had a prescription of Xanax for herself, but the case will be referred for a possible charges of delivery of a controlled substance, according to the sheriff’s office. She did not take any money for them, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

POACHING IN THE YARD

• Police were called to a Winlock home after a resident stepped out onto his patio to smoke a cigarette, heard a gunshot and then saw a deer run into his yard and collapse. It happened around 7 p.m. on Friday in between King and Byam roads inside the city limits, according to the Winlock Police Department. A short time later, an 18-year-old Winlock man was arrested for several hunting and firearms violations. It happened after dark so there weren’t any kids out but it was a residential area, Police Chief Terry Williams said. The chief said Brandon W. Reed, 18, had pulled into his own driveway, saw the deer in his headlights and got out his gun. Reed was made to validate his deer tag on the Buck, and it was taken to a local charity, Williams said.

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Flooding expected this evening around Chehalis, Centralia

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Residents are advised to stay tuned to local radio stations as the weather service this morning issued warnings of minor to moderate flooding on the Newaukum and Chehalis Rivers forecast to begin this evening.

As much as four inches of rain has fallen in the Chehalis River Basin in the past 24 hours, with the heaviest amounts over the Willapa Hills, according to the National Weather Service. Another two to five inches is expected today through tomorrow evening, the weather service reports.

Centralia’s emergency management authorities are monitoring the weather and note the current prediction is for the Chehalis River at Mellen Street to crest a bit more than two feet above flood stage, corresponding to a phase one flood event.

But remember the forecast can change, Police Chief Bob Berg noted in a news release this morning.

Phase one means low-lying roads such as South Schueber, Military Road, Airport Road and possibly portions of Kresky Avenue may be impacted by rising waters, Berg stated.

The river is expected to reach flood stage at Mellen Street tomorrow morning, according to the weather service.

Berg said the river is expected to crest there tomorrow evening; the weather service says its expected to crest early Thursday morning. (Centralian’s, keep your eye on this link.)

Many surface streets in Centralia are already experiencing standing water, according to Berg.

The Newaukum River near Chehalis is expected to reach flood stage this evening, and crest near 12.8 feet in the morning. Moderate flooding is forecast, corresponding to a phase three flood event, according to the weather service.

Follow river levels and their forecasts here

Follow weather forecast, occurrences and warnings here (Click on your location, then click on the “flood warning” and read more)

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News brief: Dog breeding facility burns in Winlock

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:45 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A small barn used as a kennel was destroyed by fire in Winlock this morning, along with several dogs inside.

The resident was able to rescue some dogs from a nearby building when the blaze broke out on the 700 block of South Military Road.

“Those dogs were saved, those dogs will be fine,” Lewis County Fire District 15 Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said. “It’s a pretty sad circumstance for the family, but things could have been a lot worse.”

Firefighters from three departments called about 6:30 a.m. found the barn fully involved in flames and fought it defensively, Anderson said.

They kept the second barn and a utility trailer from burning, but the main structure and its contents were a total loss, he said. Its metal roof collapsed, he said.

Anderson said the couple are dog breeders. He thought the animals were Labradors, both adults and puppies. He did not know how many perished.

The cause is under investigation.

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Pre-storm rainy season reminders from Sgt. McDowell

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two days of heavy rains beginning tonight means flooding is possible around the Newaukum and Chehalis Rivers as well as others around Western Washington.

Lewis County Emergency Management Deputy Director Sgt. Ross McDowell said today he expects minor field flooding and urges folks to clean out leaves and debris from storm drains and culverts to help disperse the water.

A windstorm is also forecast to move through parts of Western Washington after 10 o’clock tonight, with winds as much as 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

McDowell took the opportunity as flood season kicks off to remind the public that most natural disaster deaths come from walking or driving through floodwaters. November is the second most frequent month for floods in Lewis County, following February, according to McDowell.

Five such deaths occurred locally in 2006 and in 1990, according to McDowell.

Here’s what he wants people to know:

• Six inches of moving water can cause a person to fall and can cause a loss of steering control or even engine stalling.
• Twelve inches of water can float most vehicles.
• Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickup trucks.
• Beneath a water-covered roadway, the road surface could be damaged or washed away.

McDowell also offers reminders of what to do before, during and after a flood, in hopes that preparedness will keep first responders free to deal with life-threatening emergencies:

BEFORE A FLOOD

• Gather three to five days worth of emergency supplies for home, pets and livestock, including medication and cash.
• At least one plug-in wall phone will help for emergency calls in case the power goes out.
• Learn how to purify water and how to decontaminate a well.
• Keep a tankful of gas in the car.
• Keep insurance policies in a safe place.
• Listen to your radio, television or weather radio for reports of flood danger. Check river readings, road conditions and weather alerts at the county website.

DURING A FLOOD

• Stay away from moving water. Wash hands well if you come into contact with flood water.
• Stay away from downed power lines.
• Stay away from disaster areas unless authorities ask for help.
• Keep listening to radio or television for reports of flood danger.
• Limit phone calls to keep lines clear for emergency calls; call 911 only in life-threatening emergencies.

AFTER THE FLOOD

• Wear gloves and boots when cleaning up.
• Open all doors and windows; use fans if possible to air out buildings.
• Wash all clothes and linens in hot water.
• Discard mattresses and stuffed furniture, they can’t be adequately cleaned.
• One cup of bleach per gallon of water will work for wiping and disinfecting various surfaces; use soap and water to wash mud from walls, counters and floors.
• Cans of food can be opened after they are thoroughly washed; throw out all other food that comes into contact with flood water.

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Check National Weather Service forecasts and their river level readings with the links on the right hand sidebar of Lewis County Sirens website.

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News brief: Suspect in 1980s Centralia homicide to plead guilty

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man captured in California last spring and brought to Lewis County to face a 25-year-old murder charge is scheduled to plead guilty tomorrow in Lewis County Superior Court.

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Efren J. Triana

Carlos Vidal Guiterrez is accused in the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Efren J. Triana in downtown Centralia in October 1986.

The 54-year-old was picked up by the U.S. Marshals’ Service in San Benito County in central California.

Prosecutors allege Guiterrez shot the Rochester resident when the two stepped outside La Adalitas tavern to fight on Oct. 25, 1986.

Guiterrez is charged with second-degree murder and is expected to plead guilty to second-degree murder, Lewis County Deputy prosecutor Will Halstead said today.

Halstead said he did not know if it would be a straight guilty plea or a so-called Alford plea.

Guiterrez faces a sentence of somewhere between a little more than 10 years and almost 14 years, Halstead said.

He will go before Judge James Lawler at 1 p.m.

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Read background in “Accused slayer of Rochester man in 1986 faces a judge today” from Wednesday April 6, 2011, here

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News brief: Hunter died instantly from fall into ravine

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Onalaska man found dead after he failed to return from a one-day hunting trip south of Randle died from an apparent fall of a significant distance, according to authorities.

David Sherwood, 56, was the subject of a search in the Ryan Lake area that ended on Tuesday; his body was discovered down a steep ravine. He had set out alone the Friday before hunting elk.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said an autopsy revealed Sherwood died of blunt force trauma, and the pathologist concluded his death was instantaneous, the coroner’s office said today.

Both the coroner and a spokesperson for the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office said they did not know what Sherwood fell onto.

McLeod said Sherwood died on Friday, Nov. 11, the day he went hunting in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Some 70 family and friends were among those who searched for Sherwood, along with Skamania County authorities and at least one veteran search and rescue member of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
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Read previous story, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

ASSAULT

• A 47-year-old Centralia man was arrested for unlawful imprisonment after deputies were called to a domestic dispute about 10 p.m. last night on the 2600 block of Bennett Road in Centralia. Deputies were told those involved were in the “shop area” and found the door locked, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses said they overheard the man say “she wasn’t leaving,” and when a 46-year-old woman emerged, she told them she had been hit in the eye with a soda bottle cap, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Dale G. Rich was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Brown said this morning. He was released today with no charge filed.

DRUGS

• A 25-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of an unspecified controlled substance on Saturday morning at the 900 block of Marion Street in Centralia. Gregory S. Schroeder was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Somebody stole a tool box and a flashlight from a truck at the 700 block of Leonard Road in Ethel sometime between Friday morning and Sunday afternoon,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

WRECK

• A 28-year-old Napavine man escaped with just scrapes when his vehicle slid through a stop sign in the fog early yesterday and crashed into a power pole, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called about 1 a.m. to the intersection of North Military and Koontz roads reported the man’s 2003 Chevrolet Malibu was totaled, according to the sheriff’s office.

CANDLE BLAMED IN DOTY FIRE

• A Doty house fire that chased a family out of its home on Thursday night was caused by a candle, according to authorities. Nobody was hurt, but the upstairs of the home on Front Street was damaged. A 5-year-old girl had picked up a burning candle from her mother’s bedroom to go after a cat that had gone into a storage space upstairs, Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said this morning. When she set it down, a wicker laundry basket ignited, he said. The child told her mom right away, and the mom attempted to douse the flames, but unfortunately the home’s water pump had stopped working, McCarty said. The mom backed out and got everyone out of the house, he said.

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Notes from behind the news: Who wants to make some money?

Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Greetings readers.

Who wants to make some money?

Lewis County Sirens has been a huge success, bringing timely and relevant news to thousands of readers in greater Lewis County.

However, it’s operated for nearly all of its almost 18-month existence without an advertising sales representative.

It’s time for that now.

I’m looking for a person who wants to join me, who will sell and design ads for the news site.

The ideal individual is highly motivated, outgoing and has an entrepreneurial spirit. They also would have experience selling advertising locally and the skills to create ads.

Lewis County Sirens is an award-winning news site, and it has more readers than the circulation of the local newspaper.

It’s an independent news provider, with an emphasis on publishing reliable, balanced and fresh stories. And it inspires some of the most lively and robust online dialogue among its readers you will find anywhere locally.

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of that – and you want to make money – get in touch with me.

The sales commission is very good.

Did I mention we have more readers than the circulation of the local paper? Way more.

Send me a note. A resume would be nice. Questions are welcome.

Your news reporter,
Sharyn L. Decker
Chehalis, Wash.
adminsharyn@lewiscountysirens.com
360-748-4981

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News brief: Shop with a Cop applications available

Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Association is looking for donations and for kids for its annual Shop with a Cop event.

The program is an opportunity for underprivileged children who would benefit from positive interaction with police officers to go Christmas shopping for gifts for themselves and their family.

It kicked off 10 years ago with a fundraiser in which some $7,800 of Krispy Kreme donuts were sold, something that has has helped sustain the program for many years, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

While other fundraisers have been held, and Wal-Mart provides some financial assistance, the majority of its funds have come from sheriff’s office employees and the public, according to Brown.

“We could sure use some donations this year,” Brown says.

The event is set for Dec. 15, when each child is partnered up with a deputy, gets to go shop for presents and then ride back to the courthouse in a patrol car where they take part in a gift wrapping party.

The deadline for applications / nominations of children who would benefit is Thursday. The program is open to youngsters ages 8 through 18 who reside in Lewis County.

The applications are available from United Way of Lewis County, at 450 NW Pacific Ave., Chehalis, by calling 748-8100 and on its web site.

Donations can be sent to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Association, attention Chief Deputy Brown / Shop with a Cop, 345 West Main St., Chehalis, 98532.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 10:26 am

THEFT

• Centralia police yesterday morning learned a Plymouth Voyager van stolen from the 1000 block of South Pearl Street was recovered by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Police were called just before noon yesterday to the 100 block of Railroad Avenue in Centralia about a car prowl. Somebody broke out a window and removed a car stereo face plate, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A car prowl was reported just before 11 a.m. yesterday on the 1000 block of Roosevelt Avenue in Centralia, according to police. Someone broke through the door lock and stole  a car stereo face plate, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• A 34-year-old woman escaped serious injury when her car crashed into an embankment and fence along Interstate 5 south of Chehalis this morning. Troopers were called about 10:15 a.m. to the northbound lanes at milepost 66 after the driver of a Kia Spectra lost control and wrecked her car, according to the Washington State Patrol. The car was totaled, according to the state patrol. The driver, Felisha R. Talk, of Tacoma, declined aid although she advised of a sore back, according to the investigating trooper.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

TEEN HUNTERS STRANDED IN SNOW NEAR CINEBAR

• A pair of teenagers were rescued overnight after getting their pickup truck stuck in the snow northeast of Cinebar where they went hunting yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 17-year-old boy from Onalaska and 16-year-old girl from Toledo gone up the 73 Road near Rooster Rock where their F150 pickup got stuck, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. The pair walked to where they could get a cell signal and called for help, summoning a pair of adults who also got their vehicle stuck in the snow, Brown said. An acquaintance responded to another call for help and arrived and gave shelter in his truck to the males, and a deputy called out arrived about 2:20 a.m. and picked up the females who were asleep in the original stuck truck, Brown said. They were all able to get out safely, Brown said. Brown did not know how early in the day on Thursday the hunting trip began.

DRUG BUST IN CENTRALIA

• Four people were arrested when Centralia police searched a mobile home on the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue yesterday in connection with a drug investigation. Officers went to the home about 2:45 p.m. and spent several hours there in a search, according to Centralia police. Exactly how much and what they found isn’t clear this morning, but it included suspected methamphetamine “chards” and a pipe with residue, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. Arrested for delivery of methamphetamine was Ronald W. McNeal, 51, of Chehalis; for possession with intent to deliver was Roxanne I. Chipman, 27, of Oakville; and for possession was Donald R. Pender, 56, of Centralia, according to police. A 46-year-old Centralia woman, Tracy L. Hensley, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. All were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

COMPUTER HELD FOR RANSOM

• A computer stolen Wednesday morning from a Centralia motel room by a female acquaintance when a man left to get breakfast was recovered by police last night after a reward was offered and someone demanded the reward plus additional money for the return of the laptop computer, according to police. A female – a friend or relative of the victim – offered a reward on Facebook, and notified police when she got the response, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. A meeting was arranged for about 8:45 p.m. at a parking lot on South Tower Avenue, Reichert said. Instead of the victim, 22-year-old Marcus J. Inman was met by an undercover officer, as well as another officer and his K-9 partner, Reichert said. Inman fled but was apprehended by Lobo, the police dog. Lobo also tracked down Inman’s backpack which he discarded while running. The computer was inside. Inman was arrested and booked for trafficking stolen property, according to the Centralia Police Department. A 19-year-old who was with Inman and waiting nearby was also detained, according to police.

THEFT

• A 35-year-old Mossyrock man was arrested last night during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 12 in Mossyrock in which he was found to be driving a stolen truck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Anthony C. Burchfield was pulled over about 10:45 p.m. for not using a turn signal and found to be driving with a suspended license, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy learned the 1985 Nissan pickup was stolen from Marysville and Burchfield was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

• Police were called about 7:15 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 1100 block of Mellen Street in Centralia where someone had gone inside and stolen cash and sun glasses, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECKS

• A Curtis resident was injured when he lost control of his car in the hail and slush and and ran into an oncoming semi truck on state Route 101 just north of Raymond yesterday afternoon, according to the Washington State Patrol. Danny I. Harner, 31, of Curtis, was transported to Willapa Harbor Hospital after the approximately 2 p.m. collision, according to the state patrol. His passenger, a 54-year-old Aberdeen resident was reportedly uninjured. The driver of the 2007 Kenworth, Bernard D. Blake, 64, of Centralia, was also uninjured, according to the patrol.

• A Centralia driver escaped injury when his log truck rolled onto its side and lost its load on state Route 101 just north of Hoquiam on Wednesday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol. Nicholas R. Gibbons, 40, was traveling southbound just before 9:45 a.m. when his 1991 Kenworth struck a guard rail and a light pole near milepost 93, according to the state patrol. The truck was totaled. The wreck was blamed on a mechanical failure; a broken walking beam, according to the investigating trooper. The highway was blocked for most of seven hours, the patrol reported.

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News brief: House catches fire in Doty

Friday, November 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Doty family was chased out of their home by a house fire last night.

Nobody was hurt and the cause is under investigation, according to Lewis County Fire District 16.

Firefighters called just before 10:30 p.m. to the one and a half story house on Front Street extinguished the blaze but it reignited about 5:30 this morning, Fire Chief Greg Feuchter said.

The fire damage was confined to the upstairs, he said.

The mother and two children are staying with relatives next door, according to Feuchter.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

SUSPICIOUS FIRE DAMAGES TWO HOMES

• A carport and two adjacent mobile homes caught fire yesterday evening in Centralia in an incident the police department is calling suspicious. Firefighters were called just after 5 p.m. to the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue where the carport was fully involved in flames, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The blaze spread and did minor damage to a vacant trailer on one side, but more severe damage to the other, according to  Fire Capt. Casey McCarthy. Nobody was home when it happened, McCarthy said. One firefighter was injured and taken to the hospital where she was treated and then released, he said. The cause is under investigation.

THEFT

• An orange and silver backhoe was reported stolen from the 200 block of Jerrells Road in Mossyrock, along with a cable and lock blocking the driveway, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning. It appeared somebody drove onto the Portland man’s property with a with a trailer and took the tractor sometime before Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office. The amount of the loss is unknown, the sheriff’s office said.

• A $3,000 hand-held, gas operated compactor was reported stolen from the back of a trailer on the 1800  block of Van Wormer Street in Centralia sometime between Sunday and Monday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Wacker brand compactor is black and aluminum, the sheriff’s office said.

• A heavy-duty load tarp valued at $600 was stolen from where it was covering hay stacks on the 700 block of Independence Road in Rochester sometime between Friday and Tuesday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police took a report from the 1000 block of Eckerson Road at 7:30 a.m. yesterday and told by a male that his female acquaintance stole his computer and cell phone when he left to get breakfast.

• A laptop computer was stolen from a vehicle around 4:30 a.m. today at the 300 block of West Summa Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INTRUDER

• Police were called about 4:20 p.m. yesterday when workers went to a home being remodeled on the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and found someone had been “squatting” there. The subject, who apparently had gotten inside through a window ran out the back door when workers arrived, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POWER POLE SNAPS

• Riverside Fire Authority reported they were called yesterday morning to the 1200 block of Alder Street where a power pole broke in half and fell when a transformer on it blew out. Nobody was hurt, Fire Capt. Scott Snyder said. Snyder said the pole was “eroded” and snapped. Firefighters isolated the area while city light workers made repairs, he said. Centralia police were called and concluded the pole had possibly been struck by an unknown vehicle. Electricity was knocked out to several area homes, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 4:45 p.m. to Southwest 11th Street where someone had smashed a window out of a vehicle.

WRECK

• A 21-year-old Centralia woman totaled her car when she lost control of it at the 400 block of River Heights Road outside Centralia yesterday, running into a ditch and a utility pole, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office. It happened just after 1 p.m. and was described as a “possible injury accident” by the sheriff’s office. The driver was taken by private vehicle to the hospital, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The driver was cited for traveling too fast, Brown said.

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Read about stranded man rescued from wooded area near Tenino …

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 10:17 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KIROtv.com reports a man stranded for days in the woods outside Tenino was rescued late yesterday afternoon with ankle injury.

Read and see more, here

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Read about arrestees from Thurston County pot raids freed from jail …

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports the 17 people arrested at five medical marijuana dispensaries were all released from jail on their personal recognizance yesterday afternoon.

Three Rochester residents were among those arrested Tuesday when drug detectives served search warrants at various Thurston County locations, including “Triple D’s” on the 21500 block of Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound. They were Rochelle L. Deloe, 36, Roberta E. Johnson, 50, and Donald E. Smith, 31.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes police and prosecutors say their release does not mean charges might not be filed later.

Read more here