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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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MISSING CAT, ANGRY COMMENTS LEAD TO ARREST

• A 56-year-old Onalaska man was arrested last night after allegedly making threats he would shoot someone over the disappearance of his cat in a case involving a neighbor and other threats at the 200 block of Vantage Lane in Onalaska. Steven E. Norris, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 1:30 p.m. yesterday about a purse stolen from the 500 block of Harrison Avenue.

• Police were called to a residence on the 1100 block of Long Road just after 10 o’clock yesterday morning about the theft of tools.

• Cash and other items were missing from an apartment at the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:40 a.m. yesterday.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called to a business at the 1700 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue where they learned of phone calls indicating someone was using checks with that business’s information in a scam. The business closed the account and there are no leads to a suspect, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 9:40 a.m. yesterday regarding a car prowl at the 300 block of West Pear Street in Centralia. A wallet was missing from the vehicle which had been locked but had an open sunroof, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 1200 block of Alder Street about 7:45 a.m. yesterday to take a report of a theft. A rotary hammer had been removed from inside a locked tool box attached to the bed of a truck, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, reckless driving, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, motorist seen speeding up to try to hit a dog… and more among 164 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 6:35 pm
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Updated

AUTO THEFT

•  A teal-colored 1995 Honda Civic was reported stolen from the 400 block of West Magnolia Street in Centralia just after 3 a.m. yesterday morning. The car bears a license plate reading AUS 1430, according to the Centralia Police Department. The missing vehicle has a loud muffler, a black hood and black gas cap and the tail lights are blacked out, according to police.

• An individual called Chehalis police about 9:50 a.m. yesterday to report he found his father’s stolen vehicle at 15th Street and Mills Avenue which nobody knew was missing but had been parked there since Monday. The blue Dodge Dakota pickup had been stolen from out in the county, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Police were called to a rehabilitation center at the 1300 block of Alexander Street in Centralia about 12:30 p.m. yesterday where $20 was reported stolen from a resident.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 1:50 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a vehicle prowl at the 2400 block of Borst Avenue in which a backpack containing medication and emergency supplies was taken.

• An individual reported just before 7 p.m. yesterday her cell phone was stolen from her vehicle two days earlier, in a case associated with the 1000 block of Seminary Hill Road. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just after 8 a.m. yesterday to take a report of an overnight vehicle prowl at the 700 block of Northwest Liberty Place. The report indicated more than $5,000 worth of property including an ODM telecommunications tool and fishing gear were taken between 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police report they arrested a 40-year-old Tenino man for possession of methamphetamine after a search subsequent to a traffic stop at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about noon yesterday. Toby J. Herbert was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND THIS HAPPENED

• A person called Chehalis police about noon yesterday to report a female known to him had cut up all his clothes at the 100 block of Northeast Coal Creek Road, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, third-degree theft, minor in possession of alcohol, probation violation, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, dogs alone in parked vehicle … and more among 159 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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News brief: Freight train victim identified

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man struck and killed by a freight train in Tenino last Friday was actually 29 years old, not 30 as originally reported by authorities.

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The death of Dylan B. James, 29, of Tacoma, was determined to be an accident, according to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said it happened approximately 5 p.m. on Aug. 4 near the 16800 block of Old Highway 99, about a half mile south of Tenino.

Authorities said the southbound locomotive had been blowing its horn and went into emergency braking but the pedestrian was slow to respond, and was unable to clear the tracks.
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For background, read “News brief: Train hits man on tracks in Tenino” from Saturday August 5, 2017, here

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Tenino: One dead, one jailed after two-vehicle crash

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 9:47 am
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McDuff Road is shut down yesterday evening while collision is investigated. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

Updated at 12:12 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 66-year-old man is dead after a two-vehicle crash yesterday along the 15000 block of McDuff Road just north of Tenino and the other driver has been arrested.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office reports a pickup truck with an impaired driver behind the wheel was headed northbound and crossed the centerline, striking an oncoming sedan.

The driver of the sedan, a 66-year-old man from Tenino, died as a result of the collision, according to the sheriff’s office. He is identified as Eldon G. McLean, by the Thurston County Coroner’s Office.

Responders called just after 5 p.m. closed the road for the investigation, according to the sheriff’s office. There were no other occupants of the vehicles, according to sheriff’s Sg. Carla Carter.

Following a preliminary investigation, the pickup driver, Keith Milligan, 57, from Tenino, was arrested and booked into the Thurston County Jail for vehicular homicide, according to Carter.

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Human remains recovered from Mineral Lake

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:50 am

Updated at 4:38 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Five weeks after a local man was believed to have vanished in Mineral Lake, his body has been found in the lake.

Deputies were called yesterday morning to the north Lewis County community along state Route 7 where they recovered human remains from the water, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Gerald L. Harris, 54, of Mineral went missing on July 5.

As recently as Tuesday, the sheriff’s office reported they continued to conduct interviews with people and were waiting for a break in the case. They couldn’t say for sure if Harris drowned or maybe something else had occurred.

Harris had a court date coming up the week after he went missing and it didn’t look like the case was going to have a very good outcome for him, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said earlier this week.

Deputies were called about 9 a.m. yesterday after two boaters fishing on the lake observed something floating in the water, according to Breen. With help from the boaters, sheriff’s office personnel were able to recover the body and bring it to shore at a boat launch, Breen stated in a press release this morning.

After lunch time today authorities identified the deceased as indeed Harris. Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said he died of drowning.

The details of Harris’s disappearance are murky.

Deputies had been dispatched just before 4 p.m. on July 5 to the lake on a call reporting suspicious circumstances, according to Breen.

A boater had encountered Harris’s 49-year-old girlfriend adrift in a boat on the lake and she said Harris had been in their boat, then he wasn’t in their boat but she was significantly impaired by at least alcohol and her recollection wasn’t very clear, Breen said.

Deputies got help from other boaters to search the area, brought in the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team to check the lake with sonar devices, but also checked Harris’s residence and other locations in the community.

They entered him into the system as a missing person and continued to investigate.

Harris had been charged this spring with second-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine after an incident at the home he shared with his girlfriend on May 30. Harris bailed out of jail on June 1 and was due back in court for a hearing on July 13. A no-bail warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear.

Breen indicated this afternoon that detectives still don’t have a clear picture of what occurred prior to Harris being in the water. His girlfriend has been interviewed multiple times and they are trying to piece together what they can from her recollections, according to Breen.

The sheriff’s office continues investigating the death and looking for answers, he said. The coroner has labeled the manner of death as undetermined.

He said the sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information to contact  the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at 360-748-9286, or Lewis County Communications at 360-740-1105.

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For background, read “Search continues for missing man in Mineral Lake” from Friday July 7, 2017, here

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Chehalis: Two females seriously hurt in head-on crash

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

Updated at 3:53 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 68-year-old woman and a teenage girl from Winlock were airlifted after a head-on collision last night in Chehalis.

Police and firefighters called about 9:08 p.m. to the scene on Northwest Louisiana Avenue just south of West Street found the driver of the other vehicle had fled, according to authorities.

Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey describes the victims’ injuries as serious. The Chehalis Fire Department says they were flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The passenger is 15 years old, according to Bailey.

The Washington State Patrol is assisting with the investigation.

As of about 2:30 p.m. today, the older woman’s condition was stable and the girl had already been released from the hospital, according to Bailey.

Their names were not released, but they had been traveling in a white 1994 Geo Metro. The suspect was driving a red 2005 Saturn Ion, according to Bailey.

The fire department said he had airbags, the women did not.

Police are looking for information about the suspect. He is described as heavy set, about 30 years old and about 5-feet 10-inches tall. Bailey said he wore a tight-fade type of haircut.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Chehalis Police Department at 360-748-8605.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 11:09 am
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ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old resident of Olalla allegedly assaulted a staff member at a health care facility at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia last night when he was upset about not being given pain medication. Police called about 9:17 p.m. booked Robert S. Hastings into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• An individual reported at 12:25 p.m. yesterday that $650 of her rent money was stolen out of a drop box in a case associated with the 1000 block of North Scheuber Road in Centralia.

• A person reported yesterday afternoon that a check that had been issued to pay a bill was stolen and then cashed by an individual unknown to them. This matter associated with the 500 block of West Main Street in Centralia is currently under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 7:20 a.m. today to the 1700 block of North National Avenue where someone attempted to make entry or made entry into someone else’s vehicle. It wasn’t immediately apparent if anything was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving without required interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, third-degree theft, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 183 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Police: Armed bicyclists rob male in Centralia of ‘large sum of cash’

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 8:31 am
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police say a person reported he was robbed at knife point of a wallet and a large amount of money in Centralia yesterday afternoon.

The victim whose age and hometown were not revealed received a minor cut to his arm and was treated at the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Officers were called at 2:19 p.m. yesterday to to the 1100 block of View Avenue about the robbery.

Police say two suspects rode away from the scene on black BMX-style bicycles.

They were described as two white males in their early twenties; one had curly blond hair and the other was wearing a black baseball cap, according to police.

The police department advises in a brief summary of the episode they will reveal nothing further about the encounter.

“No more information on this incident will be made available until the investigation has been completed,” states an email to the news media this morning from the department.

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News brief: Chehalis prohibits campfires too

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 8:00 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The city of Chehalis has joined in banning all types of outdoor burning due to risk of rapid fire development from dry seasonal conditions and the absence of rain in the long-range weather forecasts.

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No recreational campfires are allowed until further notice from authorities.

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale indicates the restrictions went into place at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.

Residents may still cook outdoors only if they use a propane or liquid gas barbecuer or camp stove that has an on-off switch, according to the chief. No charcoal briquettes.

The city of Centralia and Lewis County officials announced similar measures last Friday, that also went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
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For background, read “News brief: Total burn ban starts at the end of the weekend” from Friday August 4, 2017, here

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Centralia man undergoing multiple surgeries after industrial accident

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm
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Leõn Esparza shared a photo on his Facebook page from the hospital in Vancouver. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The National Frozen Foods employee who was severely injured this weekend when he was struck by a large forklift remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit today.

Leõn Esparza was airlifted to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver after police, firefighters and medics responded to an approximately 3:15 a.m. call Saturday to the plant at Northwest State Avenue and West Street in Chehalis. Initial information indicated he was flown to Seattle, but he wasn’t.

His left leg was, as he described this morning, crushed and shattered. A police officer who was first getting to the scene applied a tourniquet.

The 31-year-old Centralia man said he has undergone three surgeries and was awaiting another surgery today, on his right hip which is or may be broken. He said he was medicated, when he spoke briefly on the phone this morning, and in lots of pain, but very lucky to be alive.

The fire department said this weekend Esparza had just gotten off shift and was leaving when he was hit, apparently by the back wheel of a forklift.

Esparza said he has no idea how long the hospital plans to keep him. He still doesn’t know if they can save his leg, he said.

“It’s going to be awhile,” he said. “Don’t sugar coat it, I’m in a lot of pain and I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

He said he had family with him at the hospital. He also said he just started working for the vegetable processor a few weeks ago.
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For background, read “News brief: Employee airlifted after tangling with large forklift” from Saturday August 5, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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BELONGINGS TAKEN WHILE PERSON SLEEPS

• A suitcase filled with a variety of personal items was stolen as an individual slept outside on a patch of grass off the 300 block of North Gold Street, according to a report made to police about 4:15 a.m. today.

• A female called 911 just before 9 a.m. yesterday and said someone stole her cell phone from her car while she was sleeping in it at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. The iPhone 7 had a rose-gold case, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

LAWNMOWER MISSING

• Police were called about 10:50 a.m. yesterday when an individual reported that sometime during the night someone stole her Craftsman push lawnmower from her yard at the 2500 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia.

BURGLARY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a 68-year-old Randle man’s home was burglarized by someone climbing a ladder and entering through an unlocked second-story window. It happened at the 11000 block of U.S. Highway 12 between July 31 and Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office. Missing are a television, a VCR, a laptop and two computer towers, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that someone broke into a detached garage at the 100 block of Sareault Road in Toledo and stole a tool set, a Ryobi palm sander and a cordless drill its battery and charger. The word “enjoy” was written on a work bench, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened between 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called just after 3 p.m. yesterday when it was discovered that a person’s check that had been made out to the City of Centralia Utilities had been stolen, altered and then cashed.  This case associated with the 200 block of West Main Street is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 12:15 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Northeast Hampe Way on a report someone had stolen a phone and wallet from a purse in an office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of South Gold Street where an individual reported someone had cut the fuel lines on two of his vehicles and stole the gas out of the tanks, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday when an individual reported that sometime during the night, someone stole gasoline from their vehicle at the 1000 block of South Gold Street.

• Centralia police were called just before 10 o’clock yesterday morning for a vehicle prowl at the 100 block of South Washington Avenue. A pair of prescription sun glasses and a cell phone charger were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIGHT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a deputy went to Providence Centralia Hospital about 8:50 p.m. on Friday to conduct an interview about a fight that had occurred at Alexander Park off the 1100 block of Riverside Road West in which a pair of former roommates ended up in the river with one of them holding the other’s head under water, impeding his breathing. According to the sheriff’s office, a 19-year-old threw sand and rocks towards his friend’s children and got verbally aggressive with his friend’s wife. The two men exchanged words, the 19-year-old made a charging motion towards the 40-year-old and the 40-year-old punched him in the head, the sheriff’s office said. A scuffle ensued. At one point, the 19-year-old held the 40-year-old under the water, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Friends separated them and the 19-year-old was at the hospital with a minor laceration on his head, Breen said. Both men are from Chehalis. The sheriff’s office is sending the case to prosecutors for review for second-degree assault and disorderly conduct, against the younger man, Breen said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Police were called just before 10:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia where a vehicle had collided with a house. Responders found the car up against the two-story house and indicate the structure sustained a moderate amount of damage. The driver sustained injuries described by police as non-life-threatening and by the fire department as appearing to be minor. He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital for further evaluation, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Neither speed nor impairment appear to be a factor, but driver inattention seemed to be the cause, according to the Centralia Police Department. The collision is under investigation.

• A 20-year-old Toledo resident was arrested for taking a motor vehicle without permission and reckless endangerment after a collision last night at Roe Road and Winlock-Vader Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 2004 Ford Expedition taken from the 900 block of Main Street in Vader sustained severe damage, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said Gregory S. Dadda had three juveniles in the vehicle when it wrecked and a 15-year-old boy may have assisted him in initially taking the vehicle.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with no license, protection order violation, possession of stolen property; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, third-degree theft, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, dogs alone in parked vehicle … and more among 171 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm
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Updated at 5:29 p.m.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters called about 4:40 a.m. today to U.S. Highway 12 near South Prairie Road arrived to find a vehicle fully involved flames. The female was able to get herself out okay and nobody was injured, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

• A 50-year-old Centralia man was arrested for driving under the influence after a single-vehicle wreck in the area of Taylor Street and Yahtahay Lane in Centralia about 6 p.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 1994 Honda Accord struck a ditch and a stump and sustained minor damage, according to the sheriff’s office. Jeffrey W. Harris was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A 67-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for driving under the influence after she allegedly ran into a ditch and totaled a 2013 Kia utility vehicle about 10:35 p.m. on Saturday at the 500 block of Lucas Creek Road east of Chehalis. Norma Rogers was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

• A Longview man was arrested after a deputy was advised of a vehicle parked along Highway 603 west of Chehalis, running with a person slumped over at the driver seat at about 2:40 a.m. on Saturday. Chey E.C. Moore appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for being in physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A driver who reportedly fled from an attempted traffic stop in Toledo allegedly drove recklessly including through yards and eventually slid to a stop in a backyard at the 100 block of Penny Lane on Friday afternoon. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said Timothy A. Perkins, 44, ran into a garage but was subsequently arrested for attempt to elude. The Toledo resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

ASSAULT

• Police were called to Providence Centralia Hospital about 3:15 a.m. today where a patient allegedly assaulted two nurses. No arrest was made, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Morton police arresting a homeless person about 10:50 p.m. on Saturday for an outstanding warrant further arrested him for third-degree assault. Steven W. Tower was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Morton Police Department.

• An officer called over to Green Hill School on Friday to investigate an earlier incident found an 18-year-old student-inmate who was being restrained because he was being aggressive allegedly spit on a driver and made threats, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BURGLARY

• A deputy was called to the 200 block of Cispus Road on Saturday night where a Randle man reported his home and a pump house had been broken into sometime since July 23. Among the missing items were an $800 bike, tools and various household items, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• The Morton Police Department reports today it is investigating a possible burglary near the 200 block of state Route 7 that came to their attention last week. On Wednesday, an officer located a female near the river and recovered property that may be related to a burglary, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• A silver 2000 Toyota Tundra was reported stolen from the 300 block of M Street in Centralia at about 2:35 p.m. yesterday. It has a license plate reading B52208F, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 15-year-old Centralia boy was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle after a red 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup truck missing from Napavine was located at the 2800 block of Mount Vista Drive in Centralia  on Saturday afternoon. The teenager was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

OTHER THEFT

• An individual reported the theft of their wallet and credit cards from the 900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 6:30 a.m. today. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 5 o’clock this morning to the 100 block of East Bridge Street where a boat and a vehicle had been prowled during the night.

• A .22 Stevens long rifle with a scope and other items were stolen from the vehicle of a Doty man while he was picking berries near a swimming hole at the 300 block of River Road west of Chehalis yesterday. The victim called 911 about 7:30 a.m. and said he heard a car door slam and then saw his vehicle being prowled and the suspect leave in another vehicle which had a female driver, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The gun has a blue and gray synthetic stock, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with no license, misdemeanor domestic assault, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, harassment, third-degree theft, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, dog alone in parked vehicle … and more among 146 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Centralia resident reports motorist tailgated him, then stole his SUV

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 10:27 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police are investigating after a 26-year-old man reported he was car-jacked yesterday evening in Centralia.

The black 1999 GMC Yukon was later found burning on state Route 6 about four miles west of Pe Ell.

Police were called about 5:20 p.m. by the victim who said he had been traveling in the borrowed SUV north on North Gold Street and was being tailgated by a silver sedan so he pulled over near Ham Hill Road.

He said a man from the silver car got out, approached him and struck him in the head with a stick, according to the Centralia Police Department.

“He said he ran (away) so hard he lost his shoes in the bushes, he hitched a ride home and called 911,” detective Sgt. Carl Buster said this morning.

The 26-year-old Centralia man described his assailant as about 6-foot 4-inches tall, on the heavier side and bald, maybe with a tattoo under his eyes, Buster said.

Police booked the victim into the Lewis County Jail because he was wanted for a warrant, but got a call from the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office about 11 p.m., according to Buster.

Someone had reported the GMC Yukon was on fire on state Route 6 about milepost 23, he said.

Buster said he expected detectives would be getting the report from Pacific County and attempt to contact the registered owner of the Yukon.

The victim didn’t have a visible injury, according to the incident report Buster referred to for his information this morning.

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News brief: Police launch drone to aid Winlock urban rescue

Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7:17 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters and police spent as much as three hours last night retrieving a man who got caught by darkness walking Olequa Creek in Winlock.

Firefighters were called about 11:20 p.m. to assist law enforcement in locating a person who was unable to get out of the woods and had made a small signal fire, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.

He had been on Tennessee Road and was walking the creek and it got dark, Firefighter Patrick Jacobson said. The man, in his 40s, didn’t have a flashlight with him.

The area was northwest of the bridge near the 1400 block of Kerron Street, according to Jacobson.

Four fire department personnel and two police officers took part in the effort.

“We went into the woods just north of the bridge, hiked up and around and came back down to him,” Jacobson said. “We were able to walk him out the way he came in.”

The terrain was such, the rescuers couldn’t always see the small fire the man had lit, so Toledo Police Department Sgt. Sam Patrick launched a drone and hovered it above the man’s location, Jacobson said.

“We were able to see the drone, and use that for a visual reference,” he said.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm
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Updated

U.S. 12 CLOSED FOR MOTORCYCLE WRECK

• Two motorcyclists were knocked from their bikes when one rear-ended the other which was slowing to turn off of U.S. Highway 12 about two miles west of Mossyrock earlier today. Troopers were called about 11:20 a.m. and report both were injured. Sheila G. Short, 52, from Ocean Shores, was taken by LifeFlight to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Washington State Patrol. Bruce E. Bratton, 66, of Quilcene, was not transported, according to the state patrol. They had been traveling westbound when Bratton slowed to turn onto Village Road and he was struck from behind by Short, according to the patrol. The Harley Davidsons were removed by private tow. The scene was not cleared until about 1:40 p.m. The investigating trooper indicates Short was to be cited for following too closely.

ASSAULT

• A male of unspecified age was transported to the hospital with an injury to his face following a dispute just before midnight yesterday at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. As of this morning, a suspect had not been identified, but the incident is being investigated as second-degree assault, according to police.

• A 30-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for third-degree assault in a case on Friday morning associated with the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Kendra C. Comfort was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PARCEL PILFERING

• Centralia police were called regarding the theft of a package from a porch on the 1300 block of Logan Street about 1:20 p.m. on Friday.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 100 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. A purse was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia for a vehicle prowl about 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Someone forced open a sliding window to gain access and stole power tools, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone forced their way into someone else’s vehicle at the 900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and took a purse, according to a report made to police about 8:20 p.m. on Friday.

LOST AND FOUND, URBAN RESCUE

• Firefighters were called to Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis about 5 p.m. yesterday to help a man who got stuck in the sticker bushes. He stays at the park in the summertime and decided to take a shortcut back from the river, in his bare feet and got confused, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. He got stuck in a hole and had been there for about a half hour, Fire Capt. Casey Beck said. The crew talked him out of his predicament, gave him Gatorade, granola bars and an extra pair of shoes one of the firefighters happened to have, Beck said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A sedan backing out of a parking spot in downtown Chehalis yesterday evening somehow accelerated enough to collide with at least two vehicles parked on the other side of the street, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. Firefighters called to the 400 block of North Market Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. said the driver was injured and taken to the hospital but his elderly passenger was unhurt.

• A motorist was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital in stable condition after a rollover wreck that involved a utility pole and power lines pulled down on state Route 508 near Hyak Road in Onalaska yesterday afternoon. Lewis County Fire District 1 was called at 3:31 p.m. found the driver had gotten himself out of the Chevrolet S-10 pickup and was being tended to by nearby residents, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rhonda Volk. Light smoke was showing from brush where power lines landed, according to Volk. The highway was restricted to one lane of travel for two and a half hours because of the live lines on the road.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, hit and run, attempt to elude, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, vehicle collision … and more among 370 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Chevrolet S-10 pickup after it’s turned upright again. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

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News brief: Window broken, man gravely hurt in downtown Centralia

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Centralia resident in his mid- to late- 20s suffered a life-threatening laceration when he reportedly punched a plate glass window downtown last night.

Centralia police had been breaking up a dispute involving dozens of people behind the two bars on South Tower Avenue when they heard the sound of glass breaking just to the north, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Police Sgt. Kurt Reichert said he understood the man cut an artery, an officer put a tourniquet on his arm and medics came.

It happened on the 100 block of North Tower Avenue at Nyholm’s appliance store, just before 1:30 a.m., Reichert said.

The patient was transported to the hospital by ambulance, according to police. Further details weren’t readily available.

Reichert said nobody was arrested at the bar fight and he didn’t know what it or the laceration victim’s upset was about.

“I would hazard a guess, alcohol was involved,” he said.

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News brief: Employee airlifted after tangling with large forklift

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A worker who just got off shift at National Frozen Foods in Chehalis was struck and seriously injured by a forklift overnight.

Both police and firefighters responded to the call about 3:15 a.m. to the plant at Northwest State Avenue and West Street, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

“Police got there first and applied a tourniquet to his leg,” Fire Capt. Ted McCarty said.

The man was conscious, but suffered a severe injury to his left leg, McCarty. He said it was one of the large forklifts and he believed the worker was hit by a rear wheel.

The 31-year-old Centralia man was transported to the Chehalis Airport and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment, according to authorities.

National Frozen Foods processes corn, carrots and peas in Chehalis, according to information from the company’s website.