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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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MISSING CHAINSAW, LEAF BLOWER, TRIMMER

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning the theft of $2,000 worth of yard equipment from a 31-year-old male at the 100 block of Holgate Lane southeast of Chehalis. The individual has multiple roommates and had been away for about six weeks working in Onalaska, according to the sheriff’s office. Missing are a Stihl chainsaw, a Stihl string trimmer and two Stihl leaf blowers, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BAD CHECKS

• Chehalis police responded to a retail business on the 1700 block of North National Avenue yesterday to take reports on checks written by different people which had been returned for various reasons. Cases are being referred to prosecutors for possible charges such as forgery and unlawful issuance of a bank check, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 1:30 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl. An unknown suspect reached through a partially open window and unlocked a door to steal medication, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, trespassing, disorderly person, suspected scam, suicide threat, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 114 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Tractor accident kills Onalaska resident

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11:55 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A sheriff’s deputy sent to check on a man who didn’t show up for work on Friday or since then, found him dead beneath his rolled over tractor east of Onalaska yesterday.

The 63-year-old was located on a trail in a wooded area behind the residence at the 3500 block of state Route 508, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

“From the investigation, it appears that he was driving the tractor down the hill and began to skid, and hit a small embankment which caused the tractor to roll over onto him,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The piece of equipment was an International Harvester with a brush hog attached, Brown said.

The sheriff’s office indicated the coroner would be releasing the victim’s identity.

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John Booth loses another attempt to undo life sentence for 2010 murders

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:45 pm
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John A. Booth Jr. testifies at his motion hearing before Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Convicted triple murderer John A. Booth Jr.’s motion to vacate his judgement and sentence because of alleged eavesdropping by employees of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office before and during his trial has been denied.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey concluded that anything overheard was inadvertent and said he found no evidence it was passed along to prosecutors or used against him.

“The long and the short of it, Mr. Booth was not denied due process,” Brosey said yesterday afternoon.

Booth is serving a life sentence for the August 2010 slayings at the Onalaska-Salkum area home of 52-year-old David West Sr., from whom prosecutors contended Booth was seeking payment of a debt for a local drug dealer.

According to testimony and evidence from the eight-day trial in Lewis County Superior Court, when West brought out a shotgun to get Booth and his companion to leave, Booth shot West with a 9 mm handgun. Prosecutors said the shootings that followed were executions to eliminate witnesses. Booth continues to deny he was the shooter.

Losing their lives that day, along with West Sr., were 16-year-old David “D.J.” West Jr. and 50-year-old Tony Williams of Randle. West Sr.’s girlfriend, Denise Salts, was shot in the face but lived.

The former Onalaska man has already lost an appeal and a personal restraint petition. The motion Judge Brosey ruled on yesterday was based on court rule 7.8.

Brosey was the judge for the December 2011 trial in Lewis County Superior Court.

His finding came after three days of hearings and testimony from 27 individuals who took the witness stand. The first two days of hearings were held on May 2 and May 3. The final day was yesterday, for the witnesses who were unavailable earlier.

The complaint that occupied much of the proceedings was corrections officers standing outside the jail’s row of visiting rooms while Booth consulted with his attorneys and their investigators. Several testified conversations of others could be heard, including former inmates Robert J. Maddaus Jr., Robbie Russell, Centralia attorney Don Blair and corrections officers.

Vernon West Jr. was a transport officer during Booth’s trial.

He said initially they would have two officers stand outside the door while Booth met with his lawyer, and while he was never instructed to listen in, he could hear the conversations.

He said he didn’t repeat what he heard, but after hearing too much, moved farther down the hall during future visits.

“We never stood that close to the door again,” West said.

Another aspect of what Booth called “ear hustling” in the motion he typed from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, was a corrections officer who admitted he heard a recorded phone conversations Booth had with his lawyer.

Now retired Corrections Officer Jack Haskins testified that his primary job for his last eight years was to listen to the recordings made of inmate phone calls. While calls with lawyers were not supposed to be recorded, as part of an automated system, he said he found himself listening once to Booth and his lawyer.

He said he stopped listening to it, looked up the phone number and verified it belonged to an attorney.

Aberdeen attorney Erik Kupka represented Booth, and for closing arguments yesterday afternoon, advised the court he was reading from material prepared by his client.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Brad Meagher argued for the state.

After Judge Brosey announced his conclusion, he was informed Booth would be appealing the decision.
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For background, read “Ear hustling”: Convicted murderer John Booth tells judge about problems at Lewis County Jail”, from Friday July 5, 2013, here

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News brief: Driver inattention blamed for I-5 wreck, mess

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm
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Interstate 5 near Lewis-Thurston county line. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The fire department reported two victims with minor injuries in a freeway collision that left a semi on its side with its trailer stuck on the center barrier this morning.

It happened about 9 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Centralia.

Almost three hours later when the vehicles were cleared from the roadway, motorists were advised delays would continue because traffic was backed up for at least six miles.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the 55-year-old driver of a 2002 International box truck and trailer failed to slow for a Toyota RAV4 which had slowed for traffic.

They blamed driver inattention.

Craig M. Maxey, of Beaverton, Oregon, was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the state patrol. His truck was totaled.

The RAV4 which was struck in its rear, with Annette F. Rose, 55, of Stanwood, behind the wheel, was able to be driven away from the scene, the investigating trooper reports.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 9:34 am
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VEHICLE THEFT CENTRALIA

• A dark green 1972 Ford pickup truck parked with a for sale sign on it at the end of a driveway along the 2200 block of Foron Road in Centralia disappeared between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The truck had no grill, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is $1,500.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 11:45 a.m. yesterday about he theft of a computer from an apartment at the 500 block of North Rock Street.

FRAUD CHEHALIS

• A 49-year-old Chehalis man reported he believes an acquaintance who was at his home used his information to obtain a credit card and used it at local businesses, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office reported this morning a deputy has obtained security images showing the 34-year-old woman using the card. So far, they know of a $20.73 charge at a teriyaki shop and $64.28 spent at Sally’s Beauty Supply, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

• A Chehalis woman called police yesterday evening to report she’d bought a phone on Craig’s list and when attempting to activate it, learned it had been stolen.

BOAT PROWL

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning another theft victim over the weekend from Taidnapam Park at Riffe Lake. Sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, someone removed four fishing rods, two fishing reels and other items from a man’s boat while he was sleeping, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is $1,454.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called at 8 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of F Street where they were told someone prowled through an unlocked vehicle during the night and stole a radar detector and phone charger.

AND FROM MORTON

• Officers responded to a report of a female that was lying in the road near the 700 block of Davis Lake Road in Morton just before 6 p.m. last Tuesday. Upon arrival, the woman was contacted and she admitted to “taking a nap” in the road, according to the Morton Police Department. While talking with the female she was not a threat to herself or others and was given directions to a bus to assist her on her way, according to police.

• Officers responded to the 200 block of Main Avenue in Morton on Saturday regarding a suspicious person leaving letters in a tip jar.  The suspected individual was contacted and trespassed from the property, according to the Morton Police Department.

• Morton police were called about 11:15 a.m. on Sunday to the 1000 block of Main Avenue on a report of a party that resulted in some fighting. The case is still under investigation, according to the Morton Police Department.

TENINO PORCH FIRE

• Tenino firefighters were called at about 10:15 a.m. yesterday when a resident who was next door saw flames on their back porch. A small deck-type porch at Fifth Avenue and McArthur Street was damaged, according to Thurston County Fire District 12. “They assume, we don’t know fore sure, it was something that smoldered for several hours,” Tina Vanderhoof, administrative chief for the department said. The cause is unknown, she said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, misdemeanor  assault, collision on city street, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 121 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 5:15 a.m. today.

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News brief: Children find dead man at Centralia trestle

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6:16 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death after a woman called 911 yesterday to report her kids returned home from a walk and said they’d found a man hanging near the railroad tracks in north Centralia.

Law enforcement responded to the approximately 5:15 p.m. call and were directed to a trestle over the Skookumchuck River south of Reynolds Avenue and east of Interstate 5, according to the sheriff’s office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said there did not initially appear to be foul play involved. The deceased has been tentatively identified as a 58-year-old Centralia resident, Brown said.

He is not a person who had been listed as missing, she said.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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DOMESTIC ASSAULT WINLOCK

• Jason W. Richendollar, 43, of Winlock, was arrested for second-degree assault, second-degree burglary and violation of a protection order yesterday. A deputy called about 7:10 a.m. to the 500 block of  Rhoades Road was told he’d beaten the 42-year-old resident over the previous two days, having allegedly broken in while she was sleeping, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said today. A search warrant for Richendollar’s vehicle and bedroom was obtained and several weapons seized, Brown said. Richendollar was located on Tennessee Road and taken into custody without incident, Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

DOMESTIC INCIDENT RANDLE

• A deputy called about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of of Second Avenue South in Randle arrested a 67-year-old resident for allegedly trashing a bedroom, shattering the screen of a flat screen television and threatening to kill her younger roommates. Ginger L. Anderson was reportedly heavily intoxicated and scratched one victim who tried to detain her for law enforcement while the other three ran down the street, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson allegedly threatened to kill a deputy as well, according to the sheriff’s office. She was arrested for harassment, third-degree malicious mischief and fourth-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• An estimated $5,000 worth of jewelry from QVC in a large plastic tote was stolen from an unlocked shop at the 1600 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia sometime between Saturday and yesterday, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning.

• Centralia police were called about 2:25 p.m. yesterday to take a report of an overnight burglary at the rifle club on the 900 block of Johnson Road. A projector is missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called yesterday about the theft of cash from a residence on the 600 block of Warsaw Street in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called just before 2 o’clock this morning to an apartment complex at the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue about a break-in to a storage unit.

• Chehalis police took a report on Friday of a package being stolen off a porch on Southwest Fourth Street near Market Boulevard. A pair of $645 boots had been delivered the afternoon before but were gone, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to a church on the 1000 block of Alder Street about 9:20 a.m. yesterday following the discovery someone tried to pry open a door.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A set of four wheels and tires were stolen off of a vehicle at the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:30 p.m. yesterday.

• Police were called about noon yesterday to the 400 block of Southwest 18th Street in Chehalis about an overnight vehicle prowl.

• Four fishing poles were stolen from the back of a truck at a campsite at Taidnapam Park at Riffe Lake sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. yesterday. The loss is listed as $1,261, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:40 a.m. on Friday about a backpack stolen from a truck at the 500 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue. They are waiting for possible video images, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 42-year-old Centralia man was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act after a deputy responded about 7:15 a.m. on Friday to a report of a person dumping garbage at the 1500 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia. A spoon with a dark substance on it was observed on the console of his vehicle, which field-tested positive for heroin, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Justin L. Wilson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, also for a warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

CREEPER

• A woman was given a warning by police after a man called 911 about 9 p.m. on Saturday from the 200 block of Northwest Center Street in Chehalis and said he was being stalked, that a woman was on the ground, in the bushes across the street staring at him. The officer told the woman her actions were “close” to stalking, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She said she’d had a few glasses of wine, police said.

KIDS IN CAR ALONE

• A 37-year-old woman was given a warning by police after allegedly leaving two small children in her vehicle on Friday while going into a pot shop at the 1500 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis. An individual told her she couldn’t do that so she reportedly had them stand outside the car, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Nobody was hurt but a family from Holland lost everything they were traveling with when their motorhome caught fire yesterday south of Randle. Fire Investigator Derrick Paul said they’d arrived in Canada the day before and bought the RV for a four-week tour. They were headed to the Layser Cave off Forest Road 23, parked and saw smoke, Paul said. “The whole thing burned up,” Paul said.

• A 43-year-old Rochester resident was arrested for driving under the influence as well as hit and run yesterday morning in a case associated with Cherry and Pearl streets. Billie T. Orr was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 27-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for driving under the influence after a single-vehicle collision about 6:30 a.m. yesterday at the 400 block of Hart Road east of Winlock. Carlos Garcia-Nambo was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 24-year-old driver sustained a possible broken nose and his passengers, a 24-year-old woman, a 5-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy were all transported to the hospital for pain and to be evaluated after  single-vehicle wreck just before 4:30 p.m. on Saturday along the 3500 block of Jackson Highway in Chehalis. Jose P. Escamilla-Oerllana said he was very tired as he’d only had about three hours sleep and recalled only driving southbound and then waking up after striking a tree, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was cited for second-degree negligent driving and not having a valid license, according to the sheriff’s office. The 2008 Ford Escape sustained major damage, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A driver in his 80s who attempted to make a U-turn in front of his home this morning north of Tenino was killed when his car was T-boned, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. It happened at the 14100 block of Tilley Road. The other driver was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with non life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, hit and run, making a false statement, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, collision on city street,  suspicious circumstances, receipt of fraudulent check … and more, among 158 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Tilley Road collision. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

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Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3:24 pm
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CREEPER CHASED AWAY

• Centralia police were called at 12:07 a.m. yesterday after an unknown person tried to gain entry to a home through a bathroom window on the 300 block of South Silver Street. The potential intruder was scared off by the resident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STRUGGLE OVER BEER

• A 14- to 16-year-old boy attempted to steal three large malt liquor beverages from the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 12:35 a.m. yesterday. Police say: The male was confronted by the clerk. The suspect fought with the clerk losing one of the malt liquors. The suspect tripped and dropped the other two in the parking lot before fleeing. Now the teen is wanted for attempted robbery, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING SCOOTER

• A scooter was reported stolen from the 300 block of South Cedar Street in Centralia about 10:30 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Two people were injured when a pickup truck wrecked along state Route 506 about four miles west of Vader on Thursday night, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called at 8:20 p.m. report the 1993 Nissan was eastbound when it hit the ditch on its right, and the driver overcorrected sending the truck into the opposite ditch. The vehicle was totaled, according to the state patrol. The driver, Michael T. Noonan Jr., 25, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, according to the investigating trooper. His passenger, Jason M. Ostrander, 20, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. Both men are from Spanaway.

• A National Frozen Foods truck driver escaped safely after another motorist pulled along side and pointed out flames beneath the cab on southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. The driver pulled over, firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire, according to Capt. Casey Beck.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, hit and run, trespassing, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, collision on city street, no-contact order violation, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 297 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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Chehalis home invasion suspect facing third strike case

Friday, June 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm
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Jesse L. Harkcom sits before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court for his bail hearing this afternoon.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set at $1 million today for one of three suspects in a Chehalis home invasion robbery.

Jesse L. Harkcom, 34, was arrested in Lacey on drug charges yesterday and transported to the Lewis County Jail to be charged for the March 26 incident.

Charges were filed today in Lewis County Superior Court and Harkcom was brought before a judge this afternoon.

If convicted as charged, it would be a third strike offense, meaning a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Lewis County Intern Deputy Prosecutor Amber Caulfield advised the judge Harkcom has a 1998 conviction for first-degree burglary and a 2011 conviction for second-degree robbery, among his 11 felony convictions.

“At this time, the state would request $1 million,” Caulfield said.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke in citing reasons for her request of $25,000 bail, said her client has been a law abiding citizen for the past year and a half, has opened a cleaning service business and has a stable residence in Lacey.

“Given the circumstances, I think the state’s request is reasonable,” Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey said.

According to charging documents, it was just after 11:30 at night when police were called to the victim’s home on Southwest 10th Street just  just off Market Boulevard.

She was living in a shed behind a residence and packing to move out when three males kicked in her door and came inside. They were dressed in black and wearing gloves, she told police.

The first male yelled, “Where are the valuables”, the second male stood next to her bed holding a pistol and the third male stepped right back outside where he stood with his arms crossed, according to charging documents. She believed he also had a gun.

The woman, 40 years old, according to police, recognized the first male’s voice as Harkcom, someone she’d known since the previous month, charging documents relate.

She said Harkcom grabbed her Playstation 4, 20-inch monitor, a DVR, laptop computer and miscellaneous property.

Charging documents state she told them she was going to call police and the second male told her “she didn’t want to do that because he didn’t want to have to hurt her,” Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead wrote in the documents.

The woman said she got a small scratch on her leg when Harkcom threw a four-foot long fluorescent light fixture which hit her.

She ran to the residence to tell her roommate what happened and he saw the three get into a dark colored truck and drive away, according to Halstead.

The victim was asked why Harkcom would do something like this and she said he and her boyfriend had traded watches and the watch Harkcom received turned out to be fake.

Charging documents also relate that when Harkcom was booked into the Lewis County Jail, a search turned up a small baggie in his waistband containing two pills and a black tar substance.

Harkcom is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of heroin.

Centralia lawyer David Arcuri was appointed to represent him. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

Chehalis police said yesterday the other two suspects are still outstanding.
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For background, read “News brief: Chehalis home invasion suspect found, booked” from Thursday June 9, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm
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MAILBOX THEFT CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police called to the 1500 block of Southwest William Avenue yesterday afternoon where a resident saw a kid on a bicycle stop, open mail and toss it in the resident’s garbage can concluded the young man may have taken mail belonging to at least two people. The suspect had left, with still more mail in his hand, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

PROWLING CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a bike that had been locked to a trailer inside a carport at the 500 block of South Cedar Street in Centralia. The Dutch Gravity bicycle is gray with black fenders, a rack, 27-inch tires and two trailer hitches mounted on the rear, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 11:10 a.m. yesterday to take a report that sometime on Tuesday unknown persons stole a package that was delivered to a residence on the 1000 block of Swanson Drive. The package contained a blown glass decoration,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 9:15 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl a the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard. Taken was a GPS device, binoculars and personal papers, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called at 4:50 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 1600 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. Car stereo equipment and tools were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called yesterday morning to the 300 block of West Pear Street in Centralia where they were told that sometime during the night, someone removed and stole a 50-inch light bar off a vehicle as well as a ratchet tie down strap, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MOTORIZED CART

• Centralia police were called just before 6 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about the possible theft of a motorized cart from a store. Suspects were located but the cart has not been found, according to the Centralia Police Department. The store is reviewing video to determine if the cart was returned or not.

CHILDREN LEFT ALONE IN CAR

• A 37-year-old mother was given a warning by police yesterday after she “ran in to talk to someone” at a Chehalis business, leaving her 6-year-old and 2-year-old alone in her vehicle. Police were called at 3:55 p.m. to the 500 block of West Main Street by an individual who was outside with the car and kids for about five minutes, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

TEEN SQUATTERS ROUSTED

• A property inspector called Chehalis police just after 11 a.m. yesterday after going in to a vacant house and finding intruders who were sleeping inside. An officer arriving to the 1300 block of Southwest Kelly Avenue contacted an 18-year-old male, a 19-year-old male and 15-year-old female who appeared to have just woken up, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The girl had an outstanding warrant and was transported to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police. The others were told not to come back, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• One person was airlifted last night after a single-vehicle collision involving a utility pole about 8:15 p.m. at state Route 506 near Toledo, according to the Washington State Patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing a public servant, driving with suspended license, failure to transfer vehicle title; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 134 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6 a.m. today.

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Cascadia 9.0: When the big one hits

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm
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Community members discuss some of the nuts and bolts of how they might work together in the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Think about a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shaking for 32 seconds.

“This 9.0 is expected to shake for five and half minutes,” Jill Kangas said.

Kangas and Steve Mansfield, of the Lewis County Department of Emergency Management yesterday brought more than 100 people together to contemplate how to respond to a catastrophic event that would affect the entire Pacific Northwest.

“This scenario is going to be so far beyond anything we have experienced or prepared for,” Mansfield said. “We don’t have a plan in place (for this).”

Mansfield pointed to a large map.

“What I want you to see here is, there’s not going to be a lot of movement on I-5,” he said. “People are not driving, but walking, if they’re still alive.”

The six-hour gathering in the upstairs meeting room of the Lewis County Veteran’s Museum in Chehalis was the local portion of Washington state’s Cascadia Rising earthquake and tsunami simulation exercise. It’s meant to test local, state, tribal and federal government as well as select private sector and non-governmental organizations’ ability to deal with such a situation.

The Cascadia subduction zone, lying mostly offshore, is an approximately 800-mile long fault, running from British Columbia to California. Stresses have been building there for more than 300 years and experts say we can be certain another great quake will shake the region.

Based on a show of hands, only one person in the room had experienced an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude or greater.

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale told the group what his agency saw in October 1989 around California’s Bay Area. It measured between 6.9 and 7.2, he said.

There was $5 to $6 billion in damage, 63 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured, Cardinale said. The Bay Bridge went down. The aftershocks were 4.0 to 5.0 in magnitude, he said.

“We had 1,700 calls to 911 in the first hour,” he said. “Dispatch became just a call taking center; our department had to dispatch itself.”

Mutual aid from neighboring departments was nonexistant, he said, because they too were affected.

Cardinale offered the lesson for the day: “Everything you know about day to day operations will not be able to put into place in an event like this.”

Yesterday’s participants were seated at eight tables, each representing an area in the county imagined to be entirely cut off from other areas when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake strikes.

The scene: Buildings are in rubble, utilities are down, communications and transportation systems are critically impaired.

There is no Internet. People may or may not be able to use the text function on their cell phones.

Throughout the county, 1,200 people are dead, 2,460 individuals are seriously injured and 12,000 others are without shelter.

Each group was tasked with identifying its resources, building its team and developing action plans for the first 24-, 48- and 72-hour periods.

“What I kind of see is people going to their local fire stations,” Napavine resident and candidate for Lewis County commissioner Bob Bozarth said at the table for the Centralia area.

“They will, you’re right,” Riverside Fire Authority Chief Mike Kytta responded. “They’re going to go there and to doctors’ offices.”

“We don’t have a local search and rescue team, so we’re going to have to organize that,” Kytta said.

They pondered where to set up a command post.

The city of Centralia operates an emergency operations center at City Hall during disasters, such as flooding.

“Our building will probably be dust,” Centralia Police Department Cmdr. Pat Fitzgerald said. “The EOC will probably just pop up where the EOC pops up, that’s the reality.

It could be the hood of some random person’s car, he speculated.

At the Napavine table: “We’re going to check on our neighbors.”

At the Boistfort-Pe Ell-Curtis table: Boistfort and Pe Ell already have a supply of food and water for 100 people. “Water is paramount,” Justin Phelps, public works employee for the town of Pe Ell says.

At times, the various groups shared with the entire room.

From the Toledo-Winlock-Vader table: Mark Anders spoke about the strategy for finding people who need help.

“You’re going to go house to house, to the areas that are the easiest to get to first,” he said. “To help the most people the quickest.”

From the Salkum-Onalaska-Mossyrock table: The Mossyrock and Mayfield dams are built to withstand Morton area earthquakes and should be fine in this scenario, Tacoma Public Utilities employee Jayson Lelli said.

Nobody from TransAlta was present to speak to the strength and expectations of the Skookumchuck Dam.

Former Lewis County Commissioner Ron Averill spoke up.

“That’s an earthen dam,” he said. “If it breaks, Centralia will be under water to the Miracle Mile.”

From the Chehalis table, Chief Cardinale: “One of the options we thought about for sheltering people, is we’re fortunate to have RV sales places around here.” he said. “Even if buildings are standing, with aftershocks, people are going to be afraid to go back in.”

“We also had the idea of commandeering National Frozen Foods,” Cardinale said.

The imagined number of dead in Chehalis is 384.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod, on what to do with the bodies:

“In the first hours, it’s not an issue,” McLeod told the group. “Our main concern would begin at the eighth hour.”

There’s insects, then rodents, he said. “You’ll begin to see mountain lions, bears and pack of dogs,” he said.

“Our plan is, they get buried where they are found,” McLeod said.

Specifically, McLeod said, to bury 200 people, it will take 400 square feet of space and moving 1,300 cubic yards of dirt.

Rationing limited resources will become a reality. No help can be expected from the outside for days, attendees were told.

“Stores don’t carry more than one to two days worth of supplies for their community,” Mansfield said. “Ten years ago, that was different.”

When help from the outside is mobilized, it will head first to the affected areas with the densest populations, such as Seattle and Tacoma, he said.

“If you think the military is going to be here within the first 72 hours, you’re wrong,” he said.

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Chehalis Fire Chief Ken Cardinale speaks about their group’s ideas.

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News brief: Chehalis home invasion suspect found, booked

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 11:37 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – One of three suspects in a Chehalis home invasion robbery was arrested today, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Back on the night of March 26, a 40-year-old woman called police to report three armed, masked men came in and demanded her valuables. She was unhurt, but they left with a Playstation, a 20-inch television, a DVR, a computer, two hard drives and a flash drive, according to police.

It happened at on Southwest 10th Street just  just off Market Boulevard.

Through investigation, a suspect was identified and an ‘Attempt to Locate” was issued for other police agencies, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

Earlier today, Jesse L. Harkcom was located by the Lacey Police Department and has been booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to Bailey. Harkcom, 34, is a Tumwater resident.

Two suspects remain outstanding.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 11:01 am
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Updated at 3:08 p.m.

TEETH AS WEAPON LEADS TO JAIL

• A 39-year-old woman was arrested yesterday at Rotary Riverside Park in Centralia after she allegedly tried to bite a police officer. Police called just before 1 p.m. were attempting to subdue her at the scene of a disturbance at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. Anja M. Rajala, Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant, according to police.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called at 9 o’clock yesterday morning about an overnight vehicle prowl on Southwest 16th Street.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:25 a.m. yesterday about a possible car prowl on West Main Street.

UNRULY PATIENT

• A 26-year-old patient in the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital was arrested last night after allegedly intentionally damaging a glass door, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called about 7:47 p.m. to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road arrested David T. Alexander, of Centralia, for third-degree malicious mischief, obstructing and resisting arrest, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police say a driver had a heart attack just before 6:30 this morning and collided with a stopped vehicle in a parking lot at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road. A witness started CPR and then arriving police officers took over until medics got on the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department. The patient was revived and transported to the hospital, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing a public servant, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, runaway juvenile third-degree theft, disobedient teen, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 142 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 5:54 pm
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AUTO THEFT

• A 34-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested around 11 a.m. yesterday after being stopped for driving a stolen vehicle near Sixth and B streets in Centralia. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Woodland, according to  the Centralia Police Department. Terry J. Burge was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree possession of stolen property, according to police.

HARASSMENT AT JUVENILE DETENTION

• Chehalis police were called to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center on Southwest Pacific Avenue yesterday morning to take a report of a 15-year-old boy who allegedly destroyed a pillow and also threatened the lives of staff. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for evaluation of charges, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AX USED TO ACCESS SHED

• A deputy was called about 5:45 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Eadon Road where the resident said a 53-year-old man she previously dated arrived, used an ax to cut the lock off her shed, put something in his truck and left. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said there is a protection order in place and although the man could not be located, they have probable cause for second-degree burglary, violation of a protection order and malicious mischief. The damage is $37.50, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Virginia Drive where an individual reported that sometime during the night an unknown person entered their vehicle and attempted to remove the stereo.  The stereo was damaged but not taken, according to  the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested a 35-year-old woman about 2:20 p.m. yesterday at the 900 block of North Washington Avenue for two warrants and for possession of methamphetamine. Brandy J. Shea, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

•  Centralia police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Summa Street in Centralia regarding graffiti found on the school building.

AND FROM MORTON

• Morton police reported today an incident they were called to just before midnight on May 30 in which an individual reported that while they were sleeping, a man entered their home on the 100 block of Fourth Street. Police were told the homeowner got up and punched the intruder, who then left, according to the Morton Police Department. The victim couldn’t say what direction the stranger headed, and no one matching the description could be located, according to police.

• The Morton Police Department reports it is investigating an incident in which a resident of the 300 block of Kosmos Lane possibly was swindled out of $500. The individual reported last week they sent a money gram to buy a dog in Colorado but discovered their payment went to Georgia instead, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, interference with a health care facility; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, third-degree theft, unfounded report, illegal burning, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 143 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Grass, brush along I-5 ignites

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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Members of two fire departments chased flames along the freeway yesterday. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Multiple fires broke out along a two to three mile stretch adjacent to southbound Interstate 5 south of Napavine yesterday.

Members of Lewis County Fire Districts 15 and 5 were called out about 1:45 p.m.

The fires were quickly knocked down by the first responding units as they advanced down the roadway and then extinguished by secondary responding units, according to Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson.

A single lane was blocked by the state Department of Transportation to allow a safe working area, Anderson said.

Washington State Patrol spokesperson Trooper Will Finn said the cause is unknown but one theory was a vehicle backfiring.

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Firefighter extinguishes freeway brush fire. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

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Driver from last summer’s deadly Onalaska wreck back in court

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 8:28 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Joseph W. Rogerson is at risk of losing his deferred prosecution on last summer’s DUI, related to a head-on crash in Onalaska that left three teenagers dead.

Rogerson, now 37, was found to have been traveling in his own lane and not to blame for the July 13 wreck on state Route 508.

The Land Rover was carrying eight young people. Killed were its driver, Arnold W. Mullinax, 17, and Taylor N. Thompson, 13, both from Onalaska. Dakota L. Dunivin, 18, from Chehalis, died the following day at the hospital.

Rogerson, formerly of Chehalis, is being monitored because of his case in Lewis County District Court, but today he went before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court, charged with third-degree assault of a child.

Judge Richard Brosey noted the new case includes an allegation he was drinking and asked if prosecutors have filed a motion to revoke his deferred DUI.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said he had not, at this time.

Deferred prosecution is an arrangement in which a defendant can ask the court to defer a finding of guilt in return for agreeing to abide by certain conditions for a certain amount of time, according to Meyer.

Brosey today ordered Rogerson to wear an alcohol monitor bracelet which will detect if he drinks.

Rogerson was arrested on Friday by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office following an investigation involving a 7-year-old girl who told a counselor at R.E. Bennett Elementary School her step-father hit her in the arm, leaving a bruise.

The sheriff’s office said yesterday the girl, her mother and step-father had gone shooting out in the woods near Pe Ell the weekend before and when the girl tried to get Rogerson to stop hitting her mom, he punched the child. Charging documents in the case indicate the girl told him to stop and hit him in the arm, then he hit the girl in her arm.

Both adults denied it happened, but the girl’s older brother corroborated her statement. Both children told law enforcement they thought the grown ups had been drinking, according to court documents.

Rogerson was released yesterday on $10,000 unsecured bond, and was back in court today after the felony charged was filed.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke asked that the conditions of release be altered to allow Rogerson to go back to his home in Pe Ell, saying he was his grandfather’s sole care provider and the child is now with her actual father, based on a court order.

Rogerson’s arraignment is scheduled for June 16.
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For background, read “No felony charges forthcoming from triple-fatality Onalaska wreck” from Friday October 30, 2015, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm
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Updated at 6:52 p.m.

BURGLARIES AND OTHER THEFT

• A business on the 1700 block of Industrial Way in Centralia was burglarized during the night, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday morning. Missing were bolt cutters, a camera and a 12-pack of soda, according to police.

• Police were called to a business on the 2000 block of  Industrial Way in Centralia just after 8 a.m. yesterday where someone had broken in to several buildings. The only thing initially noted as missing was a lighter, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 20-year-old Toledo resident was arrested this morning in connection with a call about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Northeast Terrace Road in Chehalis in which a 17-year-old said he arrived home to find an acquaintance stealing his belongings. Numerous items were outside, including a guitar and the suspect fled, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Tavryn L. Lindsey was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called at 2 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue regarding suspected theft of medications.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of West Walnut Street just before 9 a.m. yesterday to take a report that someone went into a garage and stole items from a vehicle.

• Police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of South Pearl Street where sometime during the night, someone stole change from inside an unlocked vehicle.

SCHOOL BUS FIGHT

• Chehalis police were called about 3:50 p.m. yesterday about an alleged assault on a school bus involving two children under 12 years old. No arrests were made because of the children’s’ young age, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Parents will be contacting school and transportation authorities about it, according to police.

MAN JAILED AFTER THREAT TO CUT OFF CHILDREN’S HEADS

• A 40-year-old man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly jumped in front of a moving vehicle on a Centralia street, pounded on the hood and yelled vulgar names at the driver and then allegedly turned his attention to another woman who approached and threatened to cut off the heads of her children. Benjamin R. Hardy reportedly admitted to police to being verbally aggressive, but denied making any threats and said “never in my life hurt another human being.” He was booked into the Lewis County Jail and today charged in Lewis County Superior Court with felony harassment and disorderly conduct. Lewis County prosecutors asked a judge this afternoon to hold Hardy on $100,000 bail, saying he has had at least 54 warrants. Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer pointed out he learned from the victim’s husband they got a letter from the post office notifying them their mail would no longer be delivered to their address because of their neighbor Hardy’s actions. Charging papers don’t indicate the time or location of the alleged incident, but state Hardy lives on West Pear Street. Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge her client has lived at the same address for 20 years and noted harassment is a class C felony – with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Judge Richard Brosey set bail at $25,000.

AND FROM MORTON

• An officer responded to a 6:11 p.m. call eight days ago to the 200 block of Pleasant View Drive in Morton and found a male bent over grabbing his throat who seemed to be choking. The officer performed  the Heimlich maneuver and whatever was stuck in his throat was dislodged.  The officer stood by for medical to arrive and then cleared the scene.

• An individual was cited at about 2 a.m. on a Saturday, a week and a half ago, for (allegedly) urinating in public.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, trip permit violation, fourth-degree domestic assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license,; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, young male driving recklessly, reports of several “kids” on train tracks … and more, among 172 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Young teen hurt in fall from bed of pickup onto highway

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 10:12 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 13-year-old Centralia boy was seriously injured when he fell from the back of a pickup truck onto state Route 507 near Bucoda last night.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 8:06 p.m. at the 20100 block of the highway, just south of town, according to authorities.

“From my understanding, he was in the bed, and mom and grandma were hauling hay,” Trooper Shaneka Phillips said this morning. “He was very critical, at the time, he had life-threatening injuries.”

The boy, who is un-named, was transported to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Phillips said she didn’t know the child’s condition this morning.

The investigating trooper reports the 2010 Ford F150 pickup truck was southbound at a slow rate of speed when it happened.

Brenda L. Cleveland, 36, was driving and her passengers also included Debbie Morsbach, 57, and a 10-year-old boy, all from Centralia, according to the state patrol.

The cause is under investigation. Trooper Phillips said as of this morning, there was no reason to suspect any criminal or malicious behavior.

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News brief: How to protect your house from brush, grass, forest fire

Monday, June 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm
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Looking north towards Gore Road chicken farm fire from Toledo area on Aug. 19, 2015. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Each year, wildland fires consume homes built in or near lands prone to such fires.

But, there are actions residents can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

The Lewis County Fire Chiefs Association is conducting town hall style meetings to share information with area residents about strategies to defend their property from the threat of wildfires.

The public is invited this Wednesday evening to the Baw Faw Grange in the Boistfort Valley for such a gathering.

Lewis County Fire District 13 Chief Gwen Turner says everyone is encouraged to show up.

“First 100 in attendance will be served a dinner provided by the Baw Faw Grange, Boistfort Emergency Assistance Group and Boistfort Firefighters Association,” Turner states.

The fire chiefs note studies show that as many as 80 percent of homes lost to wildland fire may have been saved if brush around the homes were cleared and defensible space created around structures.

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale said last week’s meeting at the Lincoln Creek Grange went well. A similar presentation is scheduled for central Lewis County inhabitants in Salkum on June 18, according to Cardinale.

There is no better time than now to prepare and educate your family, friends and neighbors, according to Turner.

The Baw Faw Grange is located at 995 Boistfort Road. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm
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CHILD ASSAULT

• A 37-year-old Pe Ell man has been arrested for third-degree assault of a child following an investigation that concluded he punched his 7-year-old step-daughter in the arm when she got in between a physical dispute involving him and her mother. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a deputy on Friday following up on a referral from Child Protective Services learned the trio had gone shooting out in the woods the weekend before and when the girl tried to get Joseph W. Rogerson to stop hitting her mom, he struck the girl, leaving a bruise. Both adults denied it happened but there was a witness who described what occurred, according to the sheriff’s office. Rogerson was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VICTIM FINDS STOLEN VEHICLE

• A Chrysler minivan stolen from the 700 block of South Rock Street was located by its owner who was able to track it down yesterday because their cell phone was inside. Centralia police called about 9 a.m. yesterday were told the vehicle had been last seen parked about 11 p.m. the night before and the victim used “Find-a-Phone” to find it parked along Yew Street, according to police. A GPS device was missing and about three-quarters of a tank of gas had been used, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The odometer showed someone put about 300 miles on the van, Reichert said.

BAD BILLS

• Chehalis police were called about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday to the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue where a customer spent counterfeit money. An investigation is ongoing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called to the 1900 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue on Friday afternoon about a license plate getting stolen from a car hauler.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old was arrested for possession of heroin after he was found slumped over in the driver’s seat of his vehicle on Saturday morning on the shoulder along the 4600 block of Galvin Road in Centralia, with a mirror and suspected tar heroin next to him. Joshua W. Norvell, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A search turned up brass knuckles, so a case for possession of a dangerous weapon is also being forwarded to prosecutors, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MOSSYROCK HOME BURNS

• A manufactured home on the 200 block of Swofford Road southeast of Mossyrock is a complete loss from a fire on Friday, according to Lewis County Fire District 3. A neighbor reported smoke about 11:18 a.m. and when the fire department arrived, they saw light smoke and flames at the back door, Chief Doug Fosburg said. A search inside for any people was cut short by too much fire and it wasn’t long before the entire residence was engulfed in flames, Fosburg said. The renter was finally located elsewhere, later in the day, he said. One firefighter was transported for minor smoke inhalation, he said. Fosburg said the victim was himself, and it happened when the wind changed the direction of the smoke as he was beginning incident command. It appears fire had been burning in the ceiling for as much as an hour before the fire department arrived but an investigator is looking into the cause, he said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, drugs, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, no-contact order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, runaway teenager, suspicious circumstances, child left alone in vehicle, dog and/or cat alone in vehicle, requests to have a petition signature gatherer removed, request to check on a person passed out on a street corner, request to ask a crowd of noisy kids to move along  … and more, among 129 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm
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‘SALT LAMP’ ATTACK

• A 45-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for second-degree assault after she allegedly threw a “salt lamp” at an individual’s face on Friday. Police called about 2:15 p.m. to the 500 block of East Maple Street were told she had also scraped the victim with a knife the prior evening, according to the Centralia Police Department. Diana Y. Eyle  was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

POLICE: FORMER EMPLOYEE IS INTRUDER

• A 40-year-old Centralia man reportedly caught inside his former boss’s residence taking jewelry was arrested for second-degree burglary on Friday. Police responded about 9:15 a.m. to the 500 block of Yew Street and then booked David A. Casebolt into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOCKER PILFERING

• Centralia police were called to Thorbekes at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue about 10:20 p.m. on Friday about the theft of a wallet from a locker.

FOOD AND DRINK THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 2 p.m. on Friday about the theft of dog food and vodka from the 100 block of Harrison Avenue. The suspect fled prior to police being called,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police responded to the 800 block of Eshom Road on Friday morning regarding juveniles spray painting derogatory words and pictures on rocks, windows, pavement, and a yard. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, hit and run, trespass, unlawful transit conduct, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, fourth-degree domestic assault, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 303 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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Winlock child molestation case from late 1990s resurrected

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:05 pm
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 60-year-old Toledo-area man appeared in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday in response to a summons, after learning he was accused for the second time of inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl almost 18 years ago.

Steven M. Nowlen is charged with first-degree child molestation.

According to charging documents, the allegations were investigated when the alleged victim was a child, but recently the now-22-year-old reported the matter to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Nowlen was distressed to learn news reporters were present during his hearing.

“This isn’t going to be in the newspaper is it,” he asked outside the courtroom. “This is embarrassing.”

Nowlen said the allegation was investigated years ago, and suggested he couldn’t understand why it was getting looked at again.

“I took a lie detector and passed it with flying colors,” he said.

The charge, filed on May 18 in Lewis County Superior Court, alleges sexual contact sometime between Nov. 1, 1998 and March 1, 1999.

The allegation is the child was at her aunts home in Winlock, taking a bath with her cousin and the aunt’s boyfriend touched her between her legs when it was time to get out of the tub.

The court documents indicate the case was re-investigated beginning this past November.

Sheriff’s detective Jeremy Almond gathered records and conducted interviews and found the original case records were incomplete. In 2000, Winlock Police Chief Forrest McPherson suddenly died and there is no record of what happened with the case after the child was examined at St. Peter’s Sexual Assault Clinic.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Sheila Weirth wrote in the court documents that information from the medical examination revealed a condition “which can be seen in children who have been sexually abused, but is not a specific finding of sexual abuse.” The clinic recommended further police investigation.

Nowlen when interviewed by the detective denied ever inappropriately touching the child and told him he passed a polygraph in the 1990s, according to Weirth. There is no record of him taking one at that time, Weirth wrote.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey was told yesterday afternoon it appeared Nowlen qualified for a court appointed lawyer. Centralia attorney David Arcuri was appointed.

The offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Prosecutors requested and were granted a $10,000 unsecured bond as a condition of release. Nowlen’s arraignment is scheduled for June 16.

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Late incoming Sirens: Police and fire roundup

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 6:43 pm

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Centralia area man who avoided a felony charge yesterday was promptly re-arrested for drug possession, a different felony. Tyler V. Geist was stopped on Interstate 5 on Wednesday and arrested for second-degree robbery, because Centralia police said he had taken money from the wallet of a female acquaintance and shoved her in the process. Prosecutors yesterday declined to file the felony charge, but Geist’s car had been impounded and a detective going through the vehicle yesterday found inside of it residue in a baggie that field tested positive for meth as well as a container with brown residue, according to prosecutors. Charging documents in the new case state the detective also found needle caps, drug paraphernalia and a digital scale with brown residue. Geist was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. His bail was set at $10,000.

• A 23-year-old man was arrested for possession of heroin yesterday after he was picked up at his workplace in Chehalis on a state Department of Corrections warrant. In his pocket was a black tube and a folded up piece of foil that tested positive for the drug, according to charging documents. Matthew C. Gilmon was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of heroin. The rural Chehalis resident has been working at the same job since he got released almost a year ago on a previous conviction, he and the defense attorney for the day Shane O’Rourke told the judge this afternoon as the amount of bail was discussed. O’Rourke noted he himself had prosecuted the earlier case and recalled that Gilmon remained out of custody after his conviction and returned to court for his sentencing hearing. The judge allowed Gilmon release on a $10,000 signature bond.

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Defendant in Mossyrock knife argument pleads not guilty, will argue self defense

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm
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Grace E. Barker turns toward the gallery in Lewis County Superior Court during her hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the neck at his Mossyrock home was found competent so her case could continue and pleaded not guilty yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court.

Grace E. Barker, 26, was evaluated at the Lewis County Jail by personnel from the state’s psychiatric hospital, according to her lawyer.

Barker was arrested on April 6 following the incident at the 200 block of Mossyrock Road West, and subsequently charged with first-degree assault. The offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke told a judge yesterday afternoon, his client would be withdrawing her previous plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

He told the judge that wasn’t a viable route, based on the work they’d done so far on the case. He didn’t offer further detail.

Prosecutors wrote in court documents that Brian Slater was trying to get Barker to leave his residence when she picked up a knife, and he armed himself with a knife and when he threw his down thinking she had done the same, she stabbed him in the throat.

Slater spent about three days at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a punctured lung and other injuries before being released. He has said the weapon was 10-inch long stiletto.

Concern about Barker’s mental stability led to postponements and the visit from Western State Hospital.

While she was found competent enough to understand and assist in her own defense, she made the plea of not guilty by reason of insanity a few weeks ago. O’Rourke explained that has to do with the question of whether a person is sane at the time of the incident.

Outside the courtroom yesterday, he reiterated they withdrew that plea only for the general reason he gave the judge.

He will be focused on a self defense argument, O’Rourke said.

Slater, her boyfriend and the father of her child, has said he supports her 100 percent and wants to see her get help instead of a jail cell.

Barker’s trial is scheduled for the week of June 20 in Lewis County Superior Court. She remains held on $500,000 bail.
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For background, read “Mossyrock argument: Two knives, one airlifted, other arrested” from Thursday April 7, 2016, here

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News brief: Lewis SWAT taking part in training to protect capitol campus

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 12:34 pm
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Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Regional SWAT Team is among five such groups which will join with Olympia’s police and fire departments undergoing an “active threat” readiness exercise tomorrow at the state capitol.

The training is important since more than 6,000 state employees work on the campus daily, according to the Washington State Patrol. In addition, an estimated 500,000 people visit, tour and use the capitol grounds every year.

An estimated 200 first responders – law enforcement officers, firefighters and medical units – will be on campus. Participants will also bring about 50 vehicles to support the exercise.

SWAT teams from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, from Pierce County, the Washington State Patrol and from the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be there as well. The Lacey Police Department and multiple divisions from the state patrol are also taking part.

The Washington State Patrol and the Department of Enterprise Serves are coordinating the event.

“While there are no known specific threats to the campus, the training is designed to enhance preparedness, improve coordination and develop consistent response efforts among state, local and federal response agencies should an active threat occur,” the agencies stated in a news release.

Some roadways and parking lots on the west campus will be closed for staging people, equipment and vehicles.
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CORRECTION: Washington State Patrol’s SWAT team took part in this exercise.