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News brief: Rear view mirror may lead detective to hit and run driver

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 9:23 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Pieces of a vehicle found at the scene of Saturday night’s hit and run accident that left a 77-year-old pedestrian dead on Interstate 5 are being analyzed in hopes of finding the driver.

Washington State Patrol detective Matt Hughes said they are still looking for witnesses to the incident that killed Lily M. Rowland of Chehalis.

Rowland was found deceased about 10 p.m. on northbound Interstate 5 near the Labree Road interchange south of Chehalis.

They had been getting 911 calls of a person walking in or near the lane of travel before she was hit, Hughes said.

Her family had been looking for her, he said.

“My understanding is she was experiencing dementia-like issues and had walked away from her residence,” Hughes said.

Her home is about a mile from where she was found, according to Hughes. They think she was walking south and he believed she had been missing less than an hour, he said.

Troopers retrieved a rear view mirror and front end parts at the scene.

Hughes said he is expecting later today to learn more about the type of vehicle that was involved.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call detective Hughes at 360-449-7944.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

Sirens was updated at 12:25 p.m.

LIVESTOCK SHOT OUTSIDE CENTRALIA

• A deputy was called yesterday morning to the 2300 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia where a woman’s cow had been shot and killed. The owner said it happened sometime between 10 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She told the deputy it was the second time one of her chocolate brown beef cows had been fatally shot in the pasture during previous two week, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The woman said she spoke with neighbors and nobody had seen or heard anything, according to Brown.

BOY ATTACKED INSIDE DOG’S CRATE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a 4-year-old child was attacked by a dog yesterday in Randle when the boy crawled into the animal’s crate while it was chewing on a bone. A deputy contacted the child’s mother at the emergency room at Morton General Hospital last night and learned it had occurred on the 400 block of Cispus Road, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Brown said the owner of the Labrador dog is a friend of the victim’s family and no citation will be issued. Information about how seriously the boy was injured was not reported by the sheriff’s office nor readily available.

ROOSTERS BLOCK ENTRANCE TO WOMAN’S HOUSE

• Police were called to Cascade Avenue just south of Main Street in Chehalis about 10:30 p.m. on Friday about two roosters on the front steps of a residence which were preventing a woman from getting inside her house. No arrests were made and few details were available. Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut said animals such as chickens are not prohibited from living within the city limits, but they are expected to be kept contained, the way that dogs are.

SHEEP AT LARGE IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 6 o’clock this morning about a flock of sheep blocking the roadway near Southwest Elzina Street and Newaukum Avenue.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of a rifle stolen from a gun safe at the 300 block of West Chestnut Street. Officers are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called to the 100 block of Del Ray Road near Mossyrock on Friday about the theft of a Beretta 9 mm handgun. Its owner said it went missing about a month ago, around the same time he had hired a person to do some work for him around his property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 40-inch flat screen television was stolen from a residence on the 200 block of North Fork Road outside Chehalis sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CRASH AND ALMOST CRASH

• A Chehalis man was arrested early Sunday after he reportedly was driving under the influence and nearly ran into a deputy’s patrol car on Jackson Highway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said Efren Morales Sanchez, 28, was traveling southbound and drove into the deputy’s lane at about 3:40 a.m. yesterday. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for DUI, Brown said. Just three nights earlier a speeding driver narrowly missed colliding head-on with a deputy when he was passing another vehicle on Jackson Highway south of Chehalis.

• A 63-year-old Winlock woman was arrested for driving under the influence after a single-vehicle non-injury collision early Saturday morning on the 600 block of North Military Road near Winlock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Claudette L. Sooter was cited and then released, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Information about what her vehicle struck was not available.

OFFICER CALLED ABOUT FLYERS ON CARS

• Chehalis police were called Saturday afternoon to the parking lot outside the movie theaters at the Lewis County Mall on Northeast Hampe Way where some males were placing White Supremacist flyers on people’s vehicles. Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut said it is a violation to put handbills on people’s cars but not to hand out the information. The individuals stayed and passed them out to people, Kaut said.

PIANO MISSING BRIEFLY IN CHEHALIS

• A man called Chehalis police about 4 p.m on Saturday to say his piano fell out of his truck somewhere in Chehalis. He wasn’t sure where and thought it might have occurred when he crossed over the railroad tracks, according to police. Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut said he didn’t have many details but it appeared it was retrieved by a citizen and returned to its owner.

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Notes from behind the news: Not crime, but a little good news

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Lewis County Sirens’ news web site was honored with an award last night in the Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest.

The annual competition coordinated by the Society of Professional Journalists recognizes work produced during 2010 in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

Lewis County Sirens received third place in the category of web sites, specialized subject.

First place in the category went to an all-about-Mount St. Helens site created by The (Longview) Daily News.

And second place went to a meteorologist at KOMOnews.com for a fun facts about weather sub-site.

Publications of all sizes competed against one another in the online division.

The contest honors journalism in all forms of media, such as print, television, radio and online.

Also recognized last night were three staffers from The (Centralia) Chronicle in the competition among daily newspapers with a circulation of 25,000 or less.

Okay, so I was just one of probably a couple hundred people singled out during the shindig last night, held at Safeco Field in Seattle. (The Mariners were elsewhere)

But that’s okay.

I’m just happy that my peers (I’m told members of the Society of Professional Journalists in Colorado judged the entries) think I’m doing good work.

And third place is really pretty darn good for me, a simple news reporter, who knows next-to-nothing about creating a web site.

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Read about Castle Rock marijuana clinic doctor previously reprimanded …

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Longview) Daily News writes the doctor at a new medical marijuana clinic in Castle Rock – who is also an emergency room physician at Providence Centralia Hospital – was reprimanded in 2007 for prescription abuse.

Dr. Robert E. Billings was since cleared to treat patients again and the matter was closed, according to news reporter Barbara LaBoe.

Read LaBoe’s story here

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News brief: Galvin man dies in motorcycle crash

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Galvin resident was killed when his motorcycle struck a tree yesterday west of Centralia.

Troopers were called about 12:19 p.m. to the 200 block of Joppish Road where Mycol E. Turner, 35, was dead at the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Turner was traveling northbound when he failed to negotiate a curve to the right, ran off the road and down the shoulder before impacting the tree, according to the state patrol.

His 1983 Harley Davidson was totaled. The investigating trooper blamed the collision on speeding.

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News brief: Pedestrian struck and killed on Interstate 5 near Chehalis

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

This news item was updated at 12:30 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Troopers are looking for witnesses to a fatal hit and run on Interstate 5 south of Chehalis last night that left a 77-year-old pedestrian dead.

The Washington State Patrol was called about 10 p.m. to the northbound lanes near the Labree Road interchange where Lily M. Rowland of Chehalis was killed when she was struck by a vehicle, according to Trooper Steven Schatzel.

Rowland was walking southbound when she was struck, according to Schatzel.

“My understanding is she was walking in the lane of travel,” Schatzel said today.

Schatzel said troopers don’t know why she was walking on the freeway. He didn’t believe she had left a disabled vehicle nearby, he said.

Lewis County Fire District 5′s public information officer Lt. Laura Hanson said crews responded, found the victim and proceeded as they normally would in such a situation. Hanson had no further details.

Rowland was dead at the scene, according to the state patrol.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call detective Matt Hughes at 360-449-7944.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

POLICE SEIZE MARIJUANA GARDEN IN CENTRALIA

• A 24-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday after police found more than 90 marijuana plants growing at his home. Officers served a search warrant at the residence on the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia and also discovered several “bindles” of suspected methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department. Donald J. Greene was booked into the Lewis County Jail for manufacturing marijuana and possession of methamphetamine, police reported this morning.

MUGGER’S VICTIM FIGHTS BACK

• A woman confronted by a knife-wielding stranger on a Centralia street who tried to take her purse yesterday pulled out her own knife thwarting the attempted robbery. According to the Centralia Police Department, the woman was walking along the 500 block of Harrison Avenue about 4 p.m. when the unidentified male demanded her purse. Upon seeing her weapon, the male stepped back and she ran to safety, according to police. Further details were not readily available.

SOLES SAVED FROM SNEAKERS SET AFIRE NEAR CEMETERY

• Firefighters said yesterday they bagged a pair of shoes found burning in an alley next to a Centralia cemetery to check for traces of gasoline or similar substances. A neighbor near Washington Avenue saw the tennis shoes on fire and called 911 late Thursday afternoon, according to Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Ken Colombo. The man doused the flames with a bottle of water, Colombo said. They appeared to be about a size 9, but all that was left were the soles, Colombo said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

ASSAULT OF CHILD

• A 21-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for first-degree assault yesterday morning after she allegedly threatened to drown her 5-year-old son and forced his head under water during a bath. A family member fought the child away from his mother and took him to the hospital, where he was found not to be seriously injured, according to the Centralia Police Department. Mercedes K. Lopez was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

NEAR MISS

• A speeding driver passing another vehicle on Jackson Highway outside Chehalis nearly ran head on into a deputy sheriff’s patrol car  last night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy clocked him at 68 mph in a 40 mph zone and subsequently arrested Jeffrey D. King, 27, of Centralia, for reckless driving, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza. The deputy had to slam on his brakes and turn to the right and King swerved at the last moment, Snaza said. It happened about 9 p.m. on the 2800 block of Jackson Highway. King was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 8 p.m. yesterday about a pressure washer stolen from a carport on the 200 block of Tilley Avenue. A suspect was later contacted by Chehalis police and found to be in possession of the item, according to the Centralia Police Department. Christopher D. Buck, 25, of Chehalis, was arrested for second-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Centralia police reported.

• Centralia police arrested a 34-year-old man yesterday for possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant. Subsequently, an officer learned a computer Matthew W. Rackley had in his possession had been stolen from an apartment. Rackley was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine and second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 2 p.m. yesterday about a small dog stolen from a vehicle parked at the 1300 block of South Gold Street.

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning o the 1500 block of View Avenue where they learned several items – such as a bicycle, a drill and wrenches – had been stolen from a porch and a car.

• Chehalis police arrested an employee at Home Depot for allegedly stealing some $3,700 worth of brass fittings. An officer called Wednesday evening to the home improvement store on Louisiana Avenue arrested John C. Baker, 45, of rural Chehalis, for second-degree theft, according to detective Sgt. Rick McNamara. Baker returned the items he said he thought were destined for the trash, McNamara said. He was not booked, but the case was referred for charging, McNamara said.

DRUGS

• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested for a warrant and possession of heroin about 6 p.m. yesterday. Mical S. Ryan was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer on the 1000 block of Roosevelt Avenue, according to police.

WRECKS

• A 20-year-old driver was cited for texting while driving after her vehicle left the roadway and rolled over about 10 p.m. last night on McClure Road near Toledo. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said neither the Winlock woman nor her 18-year-old passenger were injured, but the Chevrolet Blazer sustained an estimated $1,500 damage.

• A 16-year-old driver suffered what were described as minor injuries when her vehicle rolled over an embankment yesterday morning outside Chehalis. The Chehalis teenager was traveling along Shorey Road near Rogers Road when she took her eyes off the road to adjust the visor, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza.

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Crime up in Lewis County

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:57 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The recently released report on crime in Washington state suggests that while crime is down a bit statewide, it grew by more than 18 percent across Lewis County last year.

The biggest jump locally was murder, with six occurring in Lewis County during 2010, compared with only two the year before.

The Lewis County city with the highest crime rate, when numbers are adjusted for population, is Chehalis.

Last year in Chehalis, there were 103.3 “part one” offenses -serious crimes against people and property – reported for each 1,000 Chehalis residents, according to the report published last month by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

The report’s crime index looks at certain offenses, not all, which are selected because they are indicators of the total amount of criminal activity.

Chehalis Police Chief Glenn Schaffer said 2010 was definitely a “crazy year” with almost double the number of arrests over 2009.

However, viewing the numbers per capita can be somewhat misleading, Schaffer said.

“We have I-5, we have the whole Twin City Town center, so you have an influx of people who travel through here or come to work here,” Schaffer said.

His officers go to Wal-Mart more than 600 times each year for shoplifters, he said.

Schaffer holds to the idea there’s no easy way to explain why the trends of crime rise and fall.

When the economy started to decline in 2009, he expected the city’s crime rate would sky rocket, but it didn’t, he said.

“We got into 2010 and that’s when we saw the spike,” he said.

Centralia came in second, with a crime rate Police Chief Bob Berg called disturbing when he released preliminary numbers  in February.

Also according to the report: Most listed crimes increased from 2009 in Lewis County, including burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, aggravated assault and robbery. Only arson and rape were down.

The most common crimes locally and statewide are larceny (theft) and burglary.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported 256 burglaries last year, down slightly from 2009.

Centralia saw 212 burglaries and Chehalis saw 97, both up by almost half from the year before.

Morton showed a decrease of the listed crimes of 35 percent from 2009.

Not all cities and towns passed their numbers along to WASPC last year, among those were Pe Ell and Vader.

Other data included in the Crime in Washington 2010 Annual Report include the number of employees by agency, assaults on officers, crime clearance rates and more.

According to the numbers provided, the Chehalis Police Department cleared 333 of their part one crimes last year, which translates to almost 45 percent of those crimes.

The Centralia Police Department cleared 237 of their part one crimes last year, which is about 19 percent of them.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office cleared 142 part one crimes, or about 18 percent of them.

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“Part one” crimes per 1,000 population last year, by agency

Chehalis:  103.3, up 27.3%

Centralia:  78.4, up 41.2%

Morton: 39.1, down 35.3%

Toledo:  28.8, up 100%

Napavine: 28.6, (no 2009 numbers to compare)

Winlock:  26.3, no change

Mossyrock:  25.9, no change

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office:  17.0, down 1.2%

Pe Ell:  no report

Vader:  no report

Lewis County total:  38.8, up 18.5%

Thurston County total:  34.9, up 7.7%

Cowlitz County total:  39.5, down 5.2%

Grays Harbor County total:  39.5, up 10.6%

Yakima County total:  50.4, up 2%

Washington state overall:  39.8, down .3%

Source: Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, Crime in Washington 2010 Annual Report

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News brief: Buy a Big Mac, support fallen officer memorial

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Employees of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office working to erect a memorial to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty are aiming for a bronze statue which would sit outside the county courthouse in Chehalis.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Association in recent months has begun raising money for the project.

They are hoping to unveil the monument in August of 2012, according to sheriff’s Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

The idea is to honor the men and women of Lewis County who have died in the line of duty, Brown said.

The committee likes the idea of a bronze statue, something that would be long-lasting, according to Brown.

Most recently, sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Mike Gallagher Jr. lost his life after his patrol car struck an elk on his way to a call in East Lewis County. Gallagher, 34, of Adna, died in August 2009.

A fundraising event is set for next week at the McDonalds restaurant on Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis.

It’s called a “McTakeover” where sheriff’s office employees will work the counter, cook up burgers and fries and serve customers.

A portion of the profits will go toward the memorial.

The McTakeover is set for Thursday, May 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Officers to be memorialized are:

Deputy Mike Gallagher, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: Aug. 18, 2009

Deputy Richard Snider, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: Feb. 8, 1986

K-9 “Ward”, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: Oct. 15, 1985

Deputy Ernest Runke, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: Sept. 19, 1957

Deputy Seth “Riv” Jackson, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: April 7, 1937

Deputized Civilian John M. Haney, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, end of watch: Nov. 15, 1919

Officer William H. Smith, Centralia Police Department, end of watch: Dec. 23, 1910

Marshal James C. A. Parsons, Centralia Police Department, end of watch: June 30, 1903

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:08 am

THREAT ABOUT JUDGE SENDS WOMAN TO JAIL

• A woman who apparently didn’t like the way her case went was arrested yesterday after she made a statement to the bailiff “to the effect that somebody should shoot the judge,” according to Chehalis police. Jammie A. Carpenter, 26, of Rochester, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for harassment following the incident at Chehalis Municipal Court, according to detective Sgt. Rick McNamara. She is set to be released, without charges, pending further investigation.

DRUGS

• A 21-year-old Chehalis man was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday evening following an interview with officers at the Chehalis Police Department. The case of Drake A. Lorber was referred for possible charges of delivery of marijuana that resulted from an ongoing investigation, according to detective Sgt. Rick McNamara. The jail log shows he was arrested and booked for felony possession of marijuana.

• A 25-year-old Kelso woman was arrested late yesterday afternoon when she arrived to pick up her car from Centralia police after it had recently been impounded. Officers had been investigating a shoplifting incident from the Centralia Outlet Mall and were looking for stolen property, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. Instead they found heroin and morphine inside her vehicle, he said. Jaci M. Ireland was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for felony possession of marijuana and an outstanding warrant after contact with police on Kearney Street in Centralia. Alejandro Morales-Meza was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of North Pearl Street about a window being broken out of a vehicle, possibly by a BB.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a tire punctured and vehicle scratched in the 1100 block of South Gold Street.

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning abut gang graffiti spray painted on a fence in the 1100 block of Cobra Lane.

NEIGHBORS EVACUATED FOR BROKEN GAS LINE

• Nearby residences were evacuated after a natural gas line ruptured last night at the 2100 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Riverside Fire Authority called about 9:10 p.m. established a safe zone and stood by so Puget Sound Energy could come and shut off the gas. The line had been broken by a lawn mower, according to fire Capt. Greg Schwartz. Firefighters were on the scene until about 10:30 p.m.

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Registered sex offender notice: Man returns to Glenoma

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced a level three registered sex offender returned to live in Glenoma after leaving the state in 2002.

Bobby D. Perkins, 59, is registered as living on the 8000 block of U.S. Highway 12.

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

Perkins was released from prison nine years ago after serving time for his 1985 convictions in Grays Harbor County for second-degree kidnapping, first-degree statutory rape and indecent liberties, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

One of his crimes involved taking a 4-year-old girl from her mother’s bed and then dropping her off on a country road about five miles from the home, according to sheriff’s detective Jamey McGinty.

His other crimes involved three girls, ages 3 to 5 years old, according to McGinty.

The sheriff’s office designated him as a level three sex offender, meaning they believe he has a high risk to reoffend.

Perkins is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

To see more details from the bulletin and a photo of Perkins, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office web site level three sex offender page, here.

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

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

THREAT

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon after a man allegedly told a collection agency employee he was going to burn down their building. He was contacted but not arrested, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT

• A 46-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for trafficking in stolen property yesterday evening after officers concluded she sold somebody else’s bicycle to a business on Tower Avenue in Centralia. Jinney Unger was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 38-year-old man was arrested for misdemeanor theft yesterday afternoon after his image was recognized on a video of a security camera stolen from a building on the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. Michael Kauer of Centralia was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree theft, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia where someone had cut the convertible top and a tire on a vehicle.

NOT AN ATTEMPTED LURING

• Police were called on Monday after a 9-year-old child told their parent two males offered the child candy near a school bus stop in Chehalis. Police said a detective happened to be in the area when it occurred and found the candy-offerers were teenagers who were joking and messing around, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

MARIJUANA PIPE AT SCHOOL

• The case of a 15-year-old Onalaska High School student being allegedly found with a marijuana pipe at school is being referred for a possible charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. A deputy was contacted yesterday by the school principal, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the girl was expelled for the remainder of the school year.

ASSAULT

• Chehalis police called to the 2200 block of Jackson Highway yesterday evening arrested a 20-year-old man for second-degree assault. Police detective Sgt. Rick McNamara said the victim, the suspect’s girlfriend, was choked. Thomas H. Soeby, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

THEFT

• A deputy was called yesterday morning to the Packwood Senior Center about a burglary believed to have occurred between Friday and yesterday. An employee discovered the coffee donation box had been moved and most of its cash was missing. The loss is estimated at as much as $80.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 1600 block of North Pearl Street that a brown 1977 Chevrolet Nova was stolen over the Mother’s Day weekend. The car’s license plate reads IVW 182.

• Police were called about 4:30 p.m. yesterday about a car prowl on the 400 block of Lakeshore Avenue in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday about a vehicle prowl on Northwest Airport Road.

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News brief: Kitchen fire damages Country Cousin restaurant

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A kitchen fire early this morning has Country Cousin restaurant in Centralia shut down.

Fire investigators are on the scene trying to determine the cause. Nobody was reported injured.

Firefighters were called about 4:45 a.m. to the eatery on the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue just west of Interstate 5.

An employee called for help and got himself out; the restaurant was not otherwise occupied, said Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy.

It originated in the cooking appliances.

“The sprinklers held the fire to under the hood system, and we were able to get in there and finish putting the fire out,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy described the damage as moderate and confined to the appliances.

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Boistfort volunteer fire chief retires from his day job

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm
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Lewis County Fire District 13 Chief Gregg Peterson

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

BOISTFORT VALLEY – “He’s been teaching generations of firefighters how to do their jobs better,” he said. “He’s always been that anchor guy. I just want to say, we will miss you.”

- Dan Bosch, battalion chief with Valley Regional Fire Authority, speaking Sunday at the Baw Faw Grange where well over 100 individuals gathered to celebrate Lewis County Fire District 13 Chief Gregg Peterson’s retirement after 32 years as a professional firefighter in South King County.

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Centralia kidnapping victim found alive and well; details sparse

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

This news story was updated at 9 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 22-year-old man abducted from Centralia on Friday was located this afternoon at a hotel in Olympia.

Max Cross was uninjured, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

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Max Cross

Cross told sheriff’s detectives he was taken at knife-point by 24-year-old Seth T. Lloyd and two other unidentified males very early Friday morning from a residence on the 300 block of Big Hanaford Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

Lloyd, who was booked into jail on Friday night, was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with one count of second-degree kidnapping.

The sheriff’s office says deputies believe the abduction occurred over a debt.

Both men are described as transient and living in Centralia.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office.

A second man was also arrested Friday and initially suspected to be involved but new information today indicated he was not present during the kidnapping, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said this afternoon.

However, that man, Calvin C. Reece Jr., 38, of Centralia, was charged this afternoon with first-degree robbery, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred later Friday morning in Vader.

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Seth T. Lloyd

Charging documents give the following account of what deputies learned when they responded to a disturbance about 1:30 a.m. on Friday:

Cross and his girlfriend were staying a few days with Matthew Odle on Big Hanaford Road. The girlfriend overheard a phone conversation Cross had with two males, and she could hear them yelling through the phone.

At about 1 a.m. as they were watching television, a mini van came into the trailer park and stopped at Odle’s home.

Cross yelled at his girlfriend to hide and she did.

She said she heard a voice she believed to be Lloyd state, “What no money?” and “Empty your pockets.”

Odle told deputies the two males grabbed both of Cross’s arms, pushed him into the van and sped away.

Odle identified Lloyd and Reece through photographs as the two men involved.

Deputies found Lloyd about 7:25 p.m. the same day at Hill Krees Avenue  (sp) in Centralia where he ran, but was eventually apprehended. Lloyd denied kidnapping Cross, but admitted being with him earlier that morning.

Details about where Cross was taken were not included in the charging documents.

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Calvin C. Reece Jr.

The documents give the following account of deputies’ pursuit of Reece:

Deputies got information on Friday Reece was at Coma Road in Vader, and when they arrived, they saw Reece standing in the driveway with a large combat knife. He was taken into custody.

The resident of the home, Earl Sisk, told deputies Reece is a “shirt tail” relative and had been dropped off that morning by two males.

Sisk said Reece approached him with the six-inch-bladed knife and demanded he get him a firearm, and money and provide him transportation out of the area.

Sisk said Reece came inside and began demanding various items of value such as a battery charger, chainsaw chains and DVDs.

Sisk said he was able to get Reece outside in hopes a passerby would call 911. Then deputies arrived.

Reece was charged this afternoon with first-degree robbery. His bail was set at $100,000.

Odle was also in court, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm for allegedly having a gun in his hand and another on his hip during the events of Friday night.

Lloyd was represented in court this afternoon by defense attorney Bob Schroeter who told the court Lloyd had “only tangential involvement if anything.”

Judge James Lawler set his bail at $100,000.

Lloyd’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

KIDNAPPING

• Two people were arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday for kidnapping and robbery. Further details were not readily available. More later.

VEHICLE ROLLS OFF ROADWAY, THEN SPEEDS AWAY

• A man who barricaded himself in the attic of an rural Chehalis home was subsequently arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on Saturday. Just after 5 p.m., witnesses observed a vehicle traveling recklessly on Forest-Napavine Road East before it left the roadway, rolled over and got back on the road speeding away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The  wrecked vehicle was subsequently found in a driveway on the 200 block of Rosebrook Road, where the man was hiding in the attic, according to the sheriff’s office. Officers eventually went into the attic and arrested Robert J. Lee, 47, of Winlock. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with various scrapes and then booked for driving under the influence, resisting arrest and other offenses, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

ATV, TWO WOMEN ELUDE DEPUTIES TWICE

• A 41-year-old woman was arrested after a police pursuit of an ATV west of Randle on Friday. A deputy followed two females on an ATV on Kiona Road using lights and sirens but the vehicle turned up a long driveway and the passenger ran into the woods, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, Tamara L. Hoffman, 41, of Randle, stayed with the vehicle and deputies tried to find the passenger, who they believed had a warrant for her arrest, according to the sheriff’s office. When deputies returned, Hoffman and the ATV were gone, the sheriff’s office reported. Hoffman was subsequently found dirty and wet from hiding in the woods, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Hoffman was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a warrant and attempted eluding, Brown said.

THEFT

• Centralia police responding to a burglary in progress at the 200 block of Downing Road about 2 o’clock this morning subsequently arrested three juvenile males from a vehicle seen speeding away from the area, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report about 4:45 p.m. yesterday of a burglary at the 2500 block of Fords Prairie Avenue in which a computer “tower” was stolen.

• A Chehalis man who parked his black 2002 Ford F250 pickup on the 1500 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis trying to sell it reported on Saturday somebody stole all its tires, custom rims and other parts, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $4,800.

• Police were called on Friday afternoon to the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia about the theft of two fire extinguishers, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 11:30 p.m. last night to an apparent attempted vehicle prowl on the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia.

• Centralia police took a report about 9:30 p.m. yesterday of a vehicle prowl on the 500 block of Harrison Avenue.

• Centralia police were called about 10 a.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Windsor Avenue about a vehicle prowl that had occurred overnight.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday evening about charges showing up on an individual’s account following a vehicle prowl the night before in the Chehalis Home Depot parking lot in which a wallet was taken. Charges have been made in Chehalis and Rochester already, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BB GUN VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to two different locations where someone had shot out windows on vehicles with a suspected BB gun. One was at the 200 block of West Pear Street and the other at the 400 block of South Iron Street.

DRUGS

• A 21-year-old Tacoma woman is facing possible charges after a search during her booking into the Lewis County Jail yesterday turned up a small baggie of suspected methamphetamine and a pipe inside her person. Police took the woman to the jail after an approximately 4:15 p.m. call about shoplifting on the 100 block of High Street in Centralia. She was taken to the hospital for treatment and the case is being referred for possible charges of possession of methamphetamine and shoplifting, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 46-year-old man was arrested for suspected drugs and violating a protection order after an incident Sunday afternoon where he reportedly was banging on the door of his mother’s Ethel-area home, a place he was prohibited from going, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When he was searched, deputies found six pills (of an unspecified nature) in his possession, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Donald C. Johnson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Brown.

• Police arrested a 28-year-old Auburn woman on Saturday evening at the 1600 block of South Gold Street for possession of heroin and stolen property. Tiffany King was arrested and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police arrested a 58-year-old Centralia woman on Friday afternoon for possession of methamphetamine. Marcy A. Crites was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer at the 1300 block of Crescent Avenue in Centralia.

• Chehalis police arrested a 22-year-old man on Friday when he showed up to a parking area near Penny Playground on Southwest 13th Street to allegedly sell some marijuana. Instead of the expected buyer, he was met by officers, according to police detective Sg. Rick McNamara. Richard S. Warren, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for delivery of a small amount of suspected marijuana, McNamara said.

• A 23-year-old Centralia resident was arrested Friday morning at the 1200 block of West Main Street for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant. Dominic L. Combs was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

SCHOOL BUS COLLISION

• Centralia police took a report about 11:30 a.m. on Friday of what they described as a minor damage, non-injury collision involving a school bus at the 900 block of J Street.

ACCIDENTAL GUNSHOT

• Centralia police were called about 2 p.m. on Saturday to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital where a 42-year-old Oakville man was being seen for a gunshot to his leg. Officers were told when he almost dropped a gun and tried to catch it, it fired into his leg. The accident occurred in the Oakville area, according to police.

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News brief: Man missing from Centralia, possibly abducted

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that deputies were called three days ago to a Centralia area residence and believe a 22-year-old man was kidnapped.

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Max Cross

Max Cross, 22, a Lewis County resident with no permanent address, is described as 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes.

Deputies have not been able to confirm his welfare or his whereabouts and are concerned for his safety, the sheriff’s office stated in a news release this morning.

Deputies were called about 1:30 a.m. on Friday about a dispute at the 300 block of Big Hanaford Road, according to the news release. Information from witnesses led deputies to think Cross was taken against his will, the news release states.

Cross often frequents locations in Centralia, according to the sheriff’s office.

Further details were not readily available.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information on Cross or what occurred the night of the dispute to call 360-748-9286 or Lewis County crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422.