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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

ANONYMOUS DELIVERY

• Usually it’s a police officer that leaves something tucked under your car’s windshield wiper, like a ticket. But yesterday afternoon, Chehalis Police Department Officer Warren Ayers found a small surprise on his patrol car parked outside the department on North Market Boulevard. On the wiper was a small baggie containing a white crystal substance, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey. Was it meth? Maybe, Bailey said. The item was taken into evidence and slated for destruction, according to Bailey.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon of a maroon 1996 Dodge Caravan stolen from the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue.

ARRESTS FOR BURGLARY

• Chehalis police arrested two individuals yesterday in Rochester in connection with an interrupted burglary last month on the 1400 block of Southwest Kelly Avenue. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Sarah J. Taylor, 33, and Victor L. Hicke, 25, both from Centralia, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, suspected fraud, trespassing, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, noisy neighbor party … and more.

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Personnel with Riverside Fire Authority, both current and retired, went through 25 pounds of pancake mix when they grilled up breakfast for the public on Saturday. Firefighters with the Centralia area department hosted a thank you breakfast, in appreciation for the passage of their levy. / Courtesy photo by Assistant Fire Chief Rick Mack

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:41 pm

MASS CASH, PURSE STOLEN IN ETHEL BURGLARY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they are investigating a burglary in which someone went into an Ethel-area residence and stole a pink camouflage purse and matching wallet containing $1,500. Also taken sometime between Sunday and Monday from the home on the 300 block of Brim Road are driver’s license, social security card, check book, bank card, first aid kit and such, according to the sheriff’s office.

ID, OTHER IMPORTANT RECORDS TAKEN IN CENTRALIA BREAK-IN

• Police were called about 4:40 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue in Centralia where someone had pried open the back door, come inside and stole personal documents such as passport, social security card and identification, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BRIEF IMPERSONATION

• Jonathan W. Crofton, 38, from Chehalis, was arrested by Centralia police yesterday for allegedly signing a citation with his brother’s name, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for forgery and identity theft, according to Officer John Panco.

DRUGS

• Christin W. Isenhower, 44, a homeless person, and April R. Thielen, 36, of Chehalis, were arrested by Centralia police yesterday for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance after an ongoing investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department. They were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Officer John Panco.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for misdemeanor assault, disorderly person, collision on city street … and more.

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Attempted lurings reported in Rochester

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Three times this week, a different teenage boy waiting at a different school bus stop in Rochester has had a motorist stop and tell him he’s missed his bus and offer him a ride to school.

It happened most recently early this morning on 183rd Avenue Southwest by the bus barn, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office is asking the public to be vigilant.

All have occurred between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., but the vehicles  described are different; and the drivers have been said to be both male and female, sheriff’s Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said this morning.

The sheriff’s office has deputies in the areas in the mornings and expect to continue through at least Monday, trying to intercept another such incident, according to Ziesemer.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady said this morning a teen was waiting for a bus when a smaller black vehicle came down his driveway, and he was contacted.

Students and parents need to be alert and aware, and if possible wait in groups for the school busses, Brady said. And please call right way if something similar happens again, Brady urged.

“The faster these reports get to us, the faster we can get in the area,” he said.

The first one was reported to authorities on Tuesday, in which a 13-year-old boy told his mother that a woman in a black sport utility vehicle approached him while he waited for his bus about 6:30 a.m. on Monday at the 9700 block of 180th Way Southwest.

The Rochester School District has been passing along information on its Facebook page, as it has gotten reports from law enforcement.

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Authorities still mum on toddler’s death

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It could be as long as 10 weeks before the cause of death is figured out in the case of the 3-year-old boy who died under suspicious circumstances over the weekend.

The child was taken by ambulance from a Vader home to Providence Centralia Hospital on Sunday evening.

Very little information has been released.

Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20 was called to the 400 block of Main Street where CPR was already underway. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said only that they were investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy with suspicious circumstances.

An autopsy was conducted today, but final determinations can’t be made until the Lewis County Coroner’s Office gets back the results of toxicology tests, as well as the findings of various studies conducted by the pathologist, Coroner Warren McLeod said this afternoon.

Toxicology tests can take eight to 10 weeks, he said.

McLeod did not release the toddler’s name, or any other information.

He said he was still waiting for final confirmation of the child’s identity, and would not release it until after the legal next-of-kin have had enough time to notify other relatives.

McLeod said he was taking the extra time to make sure all the family beyond just the next-of-kin is made aware, because of the more sensitive nature of the case; it’s a child and the sheriff’s office is conducting an investigation.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said late this afternoon she had no further information to release. The sheriff’s office has a briefing in the morning and if they choose to share anything more, it would be after that’s done, Brown said.

None of the officials authorized to speak have even stated where the child died, in Vader or at the Centralia hospital, nor have they said where the child lived.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

VEHICLE THEFT

• A Chehalis woman called police at about 11:15 p.m. last night to report she had parked her newly purchased Honda Accord next to the residence on the 700 block of Southwest Moonlight Lane and two hours later discovered it was gone. Since the car was not yet transferred into her name, she was advised to have the registered owner contact police to report it stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A motorcycle stolen from Olympia was recovered yesterday at the 400 block of Iron Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES AT SCHOOL BUS STOP

• The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office took a report yesterday of an incident involving an exchange between a 13-year-old boy and a woman in a black sport utility vehicle at his bus stop in Rochester. It was about 6:30 a.m. when he was waiting for his school bus on the 9700 block of 180th Way Southwest and the Ford Explorer-type vehicle pulled up, the female driver spoke to the boy and said, you’ve missed your bus, why don’t I give you a ride, sheriff’s office Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said. “The kid said, no I didn’t, and they actually started arguing,” Ziesemer said. An arriving high school student asked what was going on, then the  bus arrived and the woman drove away, he said. “The 13-year-old had no idea who this was and had never seen her before,” Ziesemer said. “So that’s kinda suspicious.” Extra patrol were expected in the area, he said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, collision on county road … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Updated

SCORES OF PAIN PILLS LIFTED FROM VEHICLE

• A deputy responded yesterday to a report of a vehicle prowl at the 100 block of Carlisle Avenue in Onalaska in which about miscellaneous medications including 150 hydrocodone pills were taken. It happened on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office. The value is $100, according to the sheriff’s office.

BARGING IN, BAD

• Centralia police were called about 12:30 a.m. today to the 1200 block of Alder Street after a 41-year-old man reportedly kicked in the door at his estranged wife’s residence and went inside without permission. When he realized someone was on the phone with 911, he left and police were not able to contact him,  according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is being sent to prosecutors to decide on charges to file, according to police.

BIG BANG ALARMS COURTHOUSE WORKERS

• Chehalis police were called to the Historic Lewis County Courthouse about 2:45 p.m. yesterday after employees believed they heard a gunshot. It turned out the noise was from a table that fell over or was dropped on the third floor, according to police.

OFFICERS HELPING PEOPLE

• Centralia police spent an hour or two last night at the 1000 block of North Tower Avenue in connection with a man who was distraught and wanted to harm himself. Officers spoke to him for some time before he eventually gave himself up and was taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nobody was injured during the incident, according to police.

STOLEN RIFLE PART

• Chehalis police took a theft report yesterday from a seller at the gun show at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds who conducted an inventory after the weekend and discovered a lower portion from an AR15 rifle was missing. The gun part is valued at about $100, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

TOO MUCH BOOZE

• A 56-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested overnight after he was allegedly found passed out inside her vehicle at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Brian G. Nichols was arrested after contact with an officer around 4 a.m. and booked into the Lewis County Jail for being in physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were summoned to a home on Northeast Washington Avenue in the middle of the night over the weekend after a call to 911 in which they were told a drunken male walked in after they opened the door when they heard something outside. Police were told he was passed out on their floor, at about 1:15 a.m. on Sunday. Nobody was arrested, but aid was called to check on him, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FIRE COMMISSIONER RESIGNS MID-TERM

• One of the three members of the board of commissioners that oversees the Napavine area fire department has resigned. Jamie Guenther was elected to a six-year term in November 2011. Guenther came into the station yesterday and dropped his letter of resignation from the board, Lewis County Fire District 5 Fire Chief Gregg Peterson said. He cited personal reasons, according to Peterson. Peterson said he was going to be contacting the Lewis County Auditor’s Office to find out the process for replacing a board member. The board’s next regular business meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants,  misdemeanor theft, hit and run, driving with suspended license, driving with no license; responses for vandalism, misdemeanor theft, collisions on city streets … and more.

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News brief: Vespa rider struck by oncoming van on U.S. Highway 12

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm
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The 1982 Dodge Ram wagon and what remains of a Vespa on U.S. Highway 12 near Morton. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Packwood man was seriously injured after his scooter-type motorcycle was involved in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 12 near Morton today.

Troopers called just before 1 p.m. to the area near Priest Road about two miles east of town say charges are pending.

Michael W. Dearborn, 59, from Packwood, was heading west when an eastbound van turned into him in the westbound lane, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Dearborn was transported to Morton General Hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the state patrol.

Dearborn was riding a 2007 Vespa GTS250, and was wearing a helmet, according to the investigating trooper.

Ronald G. Goble, 83, of Mossyrock, was driving a 1982 Dodge Ram wagon which was impounded. He was injured as well and taken to the Morton hospital, the trooper reports.

The roadway wasn’t cleared until after 3 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

The collision is blamed on failure to yield the right of way.

Update on Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.: Haborview spokesperson reports Dearborn is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

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News brief: Chehalis fire chief search ends with nobody chosen

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – None of the finalists for Chehalis fire chief made the cut.

Chehalis City Manager Merlin MacReynold announced yesterday he appointed the city’s police chief as interim fire chief. Chief Glenn Schaffer will oversee the operations of both departments for the time being.

The city had identified three men as finalists for the position after a nationwide search and conducted extensive interviews early last month.

MacReynold said in a news release yesterday the process has concluded without him selecting a replacement.

“I am disappointed that we were not able to find the right candidate, but with a new city manager coming on board in a couple months it makes sense for them to determine how to proceed,” MacReynold stated.

The retiring city manager did not give a reason.

Recruiting efforts for a new chief came after the resignation about six months ago of half-time Fire Chief Jim Walkowski. Walkowski was also leading neighboring Riverside Fire Authority in Centralia, but moved to Spokane County to take a new job amid drastic budget cuts in Centralia.

The Chehalis Fire Department had a full time chief until April of last year.

MacReynold had said he believed it would take him a week or two to make a decision after Sept. 8 when the three finalists met with numerous panels and the city council. Two weeks later he said he was still waiting to hear from a couple of references.

The candidates were Gary Woodson, former fire chief for Pendleton, Ore. Fire and Ambulance Department who had been in the fire service since 1974; Joseph Sands, an engineer-paramedic in Billings, Montana, with experience as both assistant and interim chief; and Jeff Larson, who for 13 of the past 30 years of fire service was suppression battalion chief with the city of Lodi, California.

MacReynold had said finding the right fit for the community was his primary goal.

Schaffer’s new dual role begins Thursday, according to MacReynold.

Capt. Rob Gebhart who has been serving as interim chief since May will return to his captain duties.
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For background, read : “News brief: Meet Chehalis fire chief candidates” from Sunday Sept. 7, 2014, here

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News brief: Mossyrock firefighters save downtown building when fire breaks out

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 10:45 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A fire at a downtown Mossyrock business last night did several thousand dollars worth of damage but it seems as though the building can be saved, according to Lewis County Fire District 3.

Firefighters were called just after 9 p.m. to the truck repair business on the 300 block of East State Street.

“It was all locked up, we had to force our way in,” Chief Doug Fosburg said. “We got it knocked down fairly quickly, within 45 minutes to an hour; I finally left at about 1:50 a.m.”

The building is large, probably 80 feet by 50 feet, he said, and the fire was contained to an enclosed office area inside and storage loft above it.

None of their equipment or several vehicles parked inside the building were damaged, he said.

Mossyrock firefighters were joined by members of Lewis County Fire District 8, according to Fosburg. Nobody was hurt.

He estimated $80,000 to $90,000 worth of damage and the need for the roof to be replaced.

The cause is under investigation.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Updated at 6:47 p.m.

CHEHALIS MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOSSYROCK CRASH

• An unbelted Chehalis resident who was launched from the back seat of a car into its windshield when it skidded into a tree over the weekend in Mossyrock was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for possible reconstructive surgery on his face, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday when a deputy found the car parked in the middle of the road at Mossyrock Road West and Birley Road with some individuals inside and two males standing outside, one with a bloody face, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy at first was told it happened at a fight at a party, but subsequently discovered the Volkswagen Golf had wrecked nearby at the end of the county road, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown indicated the driver was suspected of being intoxicated and was arrested for vehicular assault. Cody A.M. Trepanier, 22, Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Brown. She said his injuries were minor and didn’t know the extent of the injuries to the other two occupants. Everyone but the 26-year-old Chehalis man had been wearing seat belts, she said. The car was described as totaled.

GLASS DOOR SMASHED, SPIRITS STOLEN

• Two people were arrested yesterday after a night time burglary at a distillery on the 700 block of North Tower Avenue, one of them discovered hours later passed out with empty bottles nearby, a couple of blocks from the business, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer called about 6:50 a.m. to Blind Pig Spirits recognized Gordon C. Powell Jr.’s image on surveillance video, according to Officer Patty Finch. The 44-year-old allegedly threw a large chunk of concrete through the glass front door, went inside and left with about $90 worth of liquor, according to police. Police say Powell told a friend about it and the friend went to Blind Pig and helped himself to about $180 worth of alcohol and flasks. Tyson D. Ball, 24, was discovered around noon sleeping near the railroad station, Finch said. Powell, from Chehalis, and Ball, from Centralia, were both booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TEEN FLEES STORE WITH HARD LIQUOR

• A 16-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly stole a bottle of vodka and a bottle of whiskey from a drug store in Chehalis on Saturday, and fled into a nearby backyard where the resident detained him. An officer called just before 1 p.m. to the 500 block of South Market Street learned the teen was missing out of Spokane with a juvenile probation warrant, and he was intoxicated, according to the Chehalis Police Department. His companion was not arrested, according to police.

POLICE: MOSSY BURGLARY ARREST

• Morton police said they arrested a 34-year-old Joe P. Padrick of Mossyrock yesterday afternoon for second-degree burglary after he allegedly admitted breaking into a home on  Mossyrock Road West and stealing money and a credit card.

AUTO THEFT

• A Wal-Mart employee finishing his shift this morning discovered the car he’d parked in the lot last night was gone. Chehalis police called about 7:15 a.m. to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue found security footage that showed the 1990 Acura Integra leaving the premises about 12:30 a.m., according to the Chehalis Police Department. The stolen car was subsequently found, minus all four tires and wheels, on the 100 block of Boistfort Road in Curtis, according to police. The stereo was missing as well, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

• A deputy took a report on Friday of a 1990 Ford Econoline van missing from the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Packwood. Its owner, a 44-year-old Lacey man, said he went to pick it up after leaving it there a year and a half ago, and it was gone,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The resident told a deputy he thought the owner picked it up, as it was gone back in June, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 11 p.m. on Saturday to a parking lot at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue where they were told by a woman that she stepped away from her vehicle for just a couple of minutes and when she returned, her purse was gone, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An iPod and a Canon Rebel camera were reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

• Centralia police took a report about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday of a vehicle prowl at the 900 block of Vienna Lane. Cash was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they are looking for a 53-year-old Packwood resident for an alleged second-degree assault involving his girlfriend on Friday afternoon. A deputy responding to the 100 block of Saddle Horse Lane was told they had been arguing when he threw her onto a bed and used his forearm to pin her neck down, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman said she could not breathe until she bit him in the arm to get free, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said as Kevin L. Battrick was leaving, he shoved a 70-year-old woman at the doorway, causing her to lose her balance.

FIRE AT GAS STATION QUICKLY DOUSED

• Firefighters were called about 9:50 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle on fire at a gas station on the 1300 block of Rush Road in Napavine. Someone had already put it out with a portable fire extinguisher before they arrived, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

SPEED RACER WANTED

• Centralia police said yesterday they are looking for information about a reckless motorcycle rider who eluded officers on Saturday evening, speeding and running several stop signs. The dirt bike-style motorcycle was last seen in the area of North Tower Avenue and Sixth Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

YARD DRIVER WANTED

• A deputy was called about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 3500 block of Jackson Highway outside Chehalis after a neighbor heard what sounded like an accident and the resident found tire tracks that left the road and went through his yard. On the way through, the vehicle struck a garbage can, a fence post and fir tree, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BUILDING HIT AND RUN

• Morton police reported this morning that about 11 a.m. last Tuesday an officer was called because a vehicle ran into a building during the night at the 100 block of Main Avenue. An exterior wall was damaged in an amount to be determined, according to the Morton Police Department.

DUI WRECK

• A 48-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for driving under the influence after his 1993 Dodge truck went over a steep embankment and rolled onto its side on the 200 block of Pleasant Valley Road outside Winlock on Sunday night. A deputy responding to the approximately 8:45 p.m. incident booked Nicholas J. Rademaker into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, forgery, shoplifting, trespassing, resisting arrest, misdemeanor assault, negligent driving, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, restraining order violation, possible suicidal person, dog in distress in a parked vehicle, collisions on city streets, wrecks on county roads including one with a deer … and more.

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Law investigating death of toddler from Vader residence

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11:47 am

Updated at 12:32 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The sheriff’s office is investigating a death after an aid call late yesterday afternoon to a Vader home where CPR was underway on a child.

Paramedics, firefighters and EMTs from five departments, plus deputies responded to the approximately 5:15 p.m. call at the 400 block of Main Street, according to Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20 Chief Richard Underdahl.

“I don’t have much I can say,” Underdahl said this morning. “Anything I can say, is the sheriff’s office is conducting an investigation on it.”

Crews were told by a 911 operator that it was a 3-year-old with breathing difficulty and someone there was performing CPR, according to Underdahl.

After responders arrived to the house, they continued CPR and conducted other life-saving medical interventions, he said. The child was transported to the hospital, he said.

Underdahl referred questions about the child’s sex and if the situation involved an injury as well as who was present at the house when they arrived, to the sheriff’s office.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said only that detectives are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy with suspicious circumstances.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

“It was a bad day” Underdahl said.

“When something like this happens, everybody comes out of the woodwork,” he said, explaining why responders from as far away as Chehalis joined them, indicating it was the type of situation that calls for a lot people power.

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Pedestrian survives getting hit by train in Centralia

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police and aid were called just after midnight to the railroad tracks near East Summa Street after a woman was struck by a passing freight train.

Forty-four-year-old Brenda V. Jones-Gonzales survived with what the Centralia Police Department called non-life-threatening injuries. Jones-Gonzales was bending down when she was hit in the shoulder and head, according to police.

Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Terry Ternan said the woman was just next to the tracks about 200 feet south of the crossing when firefighters arrived, and able to talk.

“When we found her, she was sitting next to a pool of blood,” Ternan said. “She said she didn’t get hit, she thought she fell down.”

The patient had a serious laceration on her head, but her biggest complaint was her shoulder, he said.

Ternan said his understanding was the conductor on the northbound train had seen her bending over by the track and then stumble; they tried to slow down, they stopped and called 911.

They knew they hit her, he said.

Some hair found on the end of what’s sometimes referred as a cow catcher at the front of trains was believed to be hers, he said.

Jones-Gonzales was cited for criminal trespass for being on the tracks, according to police, and then released.

She was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital where she was treated and then was transferred to an undisclosed hospital.

It’s a good reminder of why it’s trespassing to walk along or cross train tracks in undesignated areas, Ternan said.

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Three in Randle family treated for burns following explosion

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A father and his 12-year-old son were seriously injured when something exploded on their small family farm in Randle yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters called about 4:10 p.m. to the 100 block of Peters Road found the two burn patients and the mother at the house.

The two males were flown by a LifeFlight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, which has a burn center, according to Lewis County Fire District 14.

Fire Chief Jeff Jaques said the mother, who is a member of the volunteer fire department, was taken to Morton General Hospital with burns on both her hands from trying to help them.

“I don’t know for sure what happened,” Jaques said last night about 9 p.m. after returning from notifying other relatives.

It appeared to have occurred outside near a shop building, as when they arrived, they also found a car burning, Jaques said. Jaques said he suspected they were working on or with some equipment or tools.

Eight Randle firefighters handled the patient care and they let a crew from Glenoma deal with the burning car, he said.

Jaques was informed by the hospital last night the males’ conditions were critical, he said. Someone was going to be taking the mother down to be with them, he said.

The chief said he planned to return to the scene once it was light again to continue his investigation.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded as well and said they believe the incident involved a plasma cutter, a power tool used to cut metal.

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Prosecutors: Bookkeeper, girlfriend of small business owner took thousands of dollars with secret debit card

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A lawyer representing the Chehalis woman accused of stealing more than $50,000 from a concrete business where she was the bookkeeper told a judge the alleged victim and the defendant were in a relationship and the allegations came up after they broke up.

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Angela D. Sawyer

Angela D. Sawyer, 39, was arrested and jailed on Wednesday after the Chehalis Police Department finished an investigation that began this summer, following a report from Jerry Nixon, the owner of Apex Mobile Mix.

Sawyer was charged in Lewis County Superior Court on Thursday with first-degree theft and first-degree identity theft.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher requested high bail, telling the judge Sawyer was suspected of wrongdoing involving a number of debit cards from other individuals.

Defense attorney for the day Joely O’Rourke countered that the allegation involved just one card belonging to one man and requested unsecured bail in the amount of $10,000. Meagher apologized and said he must have misread the filing, drafted by another prosecutor.

Judge Richard Brosey agreed with the unsecured amount.

Sawyer, who now works with the Area Agency on Aging, resides in Chehalis with her teenage son, according to O’Rourke.

According to charging documents, Nixon contacted police on July 27 after recently signing up to receive Internet bank statements and saw several transactions he did not make or authorize, including some for cash. He told the officer he learned from his bank they were made on a debit card he did not know existed.

Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said the owner of the business with locations in Napavine and Chehalis was asked to gather up financial records.

Charging documents go on to give the following account:

Nixon told police he found out the debit card had been mailed out and he learned Sawyer had the card. He said she admitted to having the card and returned it to him.

Late last month, Nixon brought the various documents to the police department and showed receipts he said had nothing to do with company purchases totaling $51,772.89.

“Also in the papers Nixon brought were questionable checks written by Sawyer,” prosecutors wrote. “These checks appeared to be paying for Sawyer’s personal bills and needs.”

The total comes to more than $72,800, missing from between July 2012 and the end of this past July.

Nixon told a police detective that Sawyer and he were in a relationship, but she was never a co-signer on the account.

He said Sawyer told him she got into drugs and was using the money to support her habit.

Sawyer has no criminal history, according to prosecutors.

Because she earns only $1,300 per month, she qualified for a court appointed attorney. Her arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

MAD DAD TAKES PURSUIT OFF ROAD

• A Centralia father was arrested after he reportedly chased his teenage step-daughter and her boyfriend with his car down a city sidewalk yesterday evening. The 19-year-old had called police about 7:50 p.m. from the 200 block of South Pearl Street near Visiting Nurses Thrift Shop about a dispute and when officers arrived, they learned David D. Nelson had pursued the couple on the east sidewalk with his Chevrolet Cavalier, nearly hitting them, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nobody was hurt and nothing was damaged beyond some crushed blades of grass, according to police. The disagreement involved concern about her child, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The young mother is described as transient, the 35-year-old boyfriend is a Centralia resident, according to police. Nelson was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.

FIRE ESCAPES BURN PILE

• Firefighters were called yesterday afternoon to a backyard in Adna for a brush fire. It was about 2 p.m. on Glenview Lane, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. “The burn ban has been lifted and somebody was burning and it got a little out of control,” Firefighter Steven Busz said. The fire spread to an area of about 100 feet by 100 feet, burning grass and a small tree or two before it was extinguished, according to Busz.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, malicious mischief, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for vandalism, misdemeanor theft … and more.

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Friday, October 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm

DETECTIVES LOOKING FOR WITNESSES OF ASSAULT OUTSIDE BAR

• Centralia police are investigating an incident in which a 27-year-old Centralia man was attacked last night by several people outside the Hub Tavern on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. Police were called at 1:25 a.m. by a family member who said the victim was taken over to Providence Centralia Hospital. He was contacted there by an officer as he was being transferred to another hospital, up north, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. Little information was gained at the time as the incident had occurred a couple of hours earlier and witnesses were no longer around, Reichert said. The victim was said not to know who it was that assaulted him, according to Reichert. Detectives are looking into it, he said.

FAMILY DISPUTE

• Deputies responded about 9:15 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Tauscher Road near Onalaska regarding a 21-year-old man who had been drinking, who allegedly threatened family members, threatened to harm himself and also to harm others, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Travis L. Oshane reportedly punched his stepfather in the head multiple times but fled before law enforcement arrived, according to the sheriff’s office. A police dog was brought in and Oshane was located and booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown reports.

OUTBUILDING BURGLARY

• A 68-year-old Cinebar getting ready for a hunting trip called 911 after discovering several items missing from his shop, including camo jackets, about five gallons of fuel and a saw. A deputy learned the theft at the 900 block of Burnt Ridge Road occurred sometime between Sunday and Wednesday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is about $675, according to the sheriff’s office.

FRAUD

• An officer was called to Centralia Municipal Court about 11:30 a.m. yesterday regarding an allegedly forged document presented to the court. Further details were not available as the incident is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 3200 block of Elizabeth Court yesterday to take a report of the unauthorized used of credit card.

BENCH MISSING

• Someone stole a white wooden garden bench from in front of a home on the 400 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday evening.

THEFT OF WHIPPED CREAM

• A 32-year-old man with a Seattle address was arrested yesterday evening after he reportedly seen ingesting or huffing from two cans of whipped cream inside Wal-Mart and then selected two shirts and a black hat off racks and put them on. He told an officer responding about 6 p.m. he was just trying the items on, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Noah M. Escobar smelled of intoxicants and because he had been formally trespassed from the store on Louisiana Avenue in the past, was arrested for second-degree burglary, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

LOST AND FOUND

• A smart phone was turned onto the Centralia Police Department yesterday after being found on the 500 block of South Washington Avenue.

COLLISION

• A 36-year-old Centralia man was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital last night after the vehicle in which he was a passenger ran off U.S. Highway 12 near Gershick Road and struck a ditch. Troopers called about 10:35 p.m. to the scene about five miles west of Mossyrock report the driver, Irvin J. Weiher, 39, of Chehalis, was unhurt. Weiher had been traveling westbound when he fell asleep, according to the Washington State Patrol. His 2013 Ford F150 pickup was impounded. He was to be arrested for second-degree negligent driving, according to the state patrol. The injuries to Michael B. Kane were unspecified. Both had been wearing seat belts, the investigating trooper reports.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disorderly person, hit and run, protection order violation, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, request for help getting a small possum out of a woman’s laundry room … and more.

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News brief: Cinebar resident injured in wreck on state Route 508

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

Updated at 2:44 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 48-year-old woman from Cinebar was airlifted to a Vancouver hospital after a single vehicle wreck last night on state Route 508.

Troopers called about 8:25 p.m. to the scene, about 10 miles west of Morton, found the 2010 Dodge Journey in a ditch.

Allison D. Crume had been traveling westbound near milepost 21 when her vehicle left the roadway, struck the guardrail and rolled onto its top, according to the Washington State Patrol.

She was flown to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to the state patrol. Crume is listed in serious condition this morning in the intensive care unit, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The investigating trooper reports Crume had been driving too fast.

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News brief: Police: Put the phone down and drive

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police have extra eyes on the streets this week watching for motorists talking or texting on their cell phones.

The hope is to reduce accidents and raise awareness of the potential consequences of distracted driving, according to the Centralia Police Department.

“With school back in session, more people are on or near the roadway and cell phones are definite distractions while driving,” Officer Patty Finch stated in a news release.

The offense can bring a ticket of $124, according to Finch.

Since 2008, the law has prohibited drivers from texting while driving, and required those talking on cell phones to use hands free devices.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

POLICE: INSIDER THEFT FROM SMALL BUSINESS

• A former bookkeeper was arrested yesterday for first-degree theft following an investigation that began this summer after a report from a concrete business with locations in Chehalis and Napavine. Chehalis police detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said police were contacted by the owner of Apex Mobile Mix on July 27. After various financial records were gathered, Wilson asked Angela D. Sawyer to come in the police department to talk with him. She showed up yesterday, but declined to be interviewed, he said. “She was working for the company and over the last two years is alleged to have taken thousands of dollars,” Wilson said. More than $50,000 is missing, he said. Sawyer, 39, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BURGLARY UNCOVERED

• Centralia police are investigating a burglary to a home on the 300 block of L Street. it came to the attention of police during another investigation and a person of interest has been identified, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a 1991 Honda stolen from an apartment complex on the 1000 block of North Schueber Road. It has a license plate reading AND 1194, according to the Centralia Police Department.

RESISTING ARREST

• A 27-year-old Olympia man was arrested yesterday evening for allegedly being uncooperative, trying to leave and trying to fight off officers’ attempts to detain him following a call to the Centralia Outlets at the 1300 block of Lum Road regarding a suspicious person trying to get into a vehicle. Kenneth J. Zawadzinski was booked into the Lewis County Jail  for obstructing and resisting arrest, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PERILS OF GUTTER CLEANING

• A 58-year-old Chehalis area man called 911 yesterday evening after he looked out his second story window and saw a stranger looking back at him. The stranger, a 38-year-old from Carter Lake, Iowa passing through on his way to Portland had spotted a ladder and rope against the side of the home on the 2300 block of Jackson Highway and thought it looked inviting, like a “hippie trail, so he climbed up it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They talked, the stranger asked if he could exit through the home instead of going back down the ladder and was escorted out by the resident, the sheriff’s office reports. On the way out, he asked for a beer, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The owner had been using the ladder earlier to clean out his gutters, according to Brown. Deputies arriving after the approximately 7 p.m. incident arrested Anthony E. Kies for burglary and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. Prosecutors declined to charge Kies with burglary and he is expected to be seen in Lewis County District Court for a lesser charge.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, disorderly person, runaway child, suspicious circumstances, report of attempted fraud by phone, collision on city street, car versus deer on county road … and more.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Updated at 6:15 p.m.

COLLISION

• A 63-year-old man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after he wrecked his scooter-type motorcycle late yesterday afternoon along the 3500 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Responders called just after 5 p.m. found the man from Lake Tapps was wearing a half-helmet which may have come off and he had serious facial injuries and a possible head injury. It happened when he attempted a left-hand turn, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. His 2007 Yamaha XC50 had only minor damage, the sheriff’s office reports.

VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIAN

• A woman was hospitalized after she was struck at a crosswalk in downtown Centralia by a small pickup truck today. Firefighters called at noon to South Tower Avenue at Cherry Street found her conscious but with suspected internal injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority. She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Capt. Scott Weinert.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• The former Onalaska volunteer firefighter and part time substitute school bus driver was sentenced today to life in prison with a minimum of just over three years in connection with allegations of sexual abuse of a teenage relative. Richard L. Crumbliss, 44, was arrested in April and has remained held in the Lewis County Jail. Crumbliss in August admitted no wrong doing when he made a so-called Alford plea of guilt to second-degree assault with sexual motivation and second-degree child molestation. His lawyer David Arcuri said the “indeterminate” sentence means Crumbliss could be released after 37 months, or even sooner with good time. But if or when he does get out, he will be under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections for the rest of his life, so if he ever fails to abide by DOC conditions, he could be sent back to prison, Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey said during this morning’s hearing. Crumbliss would be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and would not be allowed to ever go where children congregate, according to Arcuri. Nothing under criminal law would prevent him from working again as firefighter-EMT, although since Crumbliss didn’t respond to the July temporary suspension of his EMT license by the state – stemming from the criminal allegations – the state Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System Program earlier this month imposed a 15-year suspension of his license.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, drunk teenager; responses for dispute, suspicious circumstances, suspected protection order violation, collisions on city streets, possibly suicidal individuals, misdemeanor theft such as a stolen shopping cart, request for assistance dealing with an elderly family member who insisted on going to Walgreens to deal with collecting money she’d been told she won  … and more.

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A thank you breakfast with firefighters

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia firefighters are showing their gratitude for the recent passage of their levy by cooking breakfast for the public on Saturday.

Pancakes, eggs and sausage will be on the house for members of their community, paid for by International Association of Firefighters Local 451 and the Riverside Firefighters Association.

Heading up the kitchen crew will be Lee Coumbs, board of commissioners member.

“The reason is just to say thank you,” Riverside Fire Authority Firefighter and union president Rick LeBoeuf said. “Thank you for voting for the levy, thank you for supporting us.”

The fire department that protects more than 180 square miles in and around Centralia last month asked citizens to consider a new maintenance and operations levy, to supplement a steeply declining budget. The department had already seen a nearly 30 percent loss in response forces this year, and the levy money was meant to stabilize personnel and services at the current level.

It passed with just over 65 percent of voters saying yes.

The open house and community appreciation breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 11:30 a.m. It will be held at Riverside’s headquarter’s station at 1818 Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

Tours of the station will include opportunities for children to board the fire trucks and ambulances, according to LeBoeuf.

They’ve combined the event with an opportunity to help those who are working to reopen the Pearl Street Veterans Memorial Pool.

Fire Chief Mike Kytta says being supporters of people having a safe place to swim, they’ve invited individuals from the pool to be on hand to answer questions and accept donations toward its restoration.

What: Open house and community appreciation breakfast
When: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Where: 1818 Harrison Avenue, Centralia
Cost: Free, but donations will be accepted on behalf of Save The Outdoor Pool

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm

BREAK-INS AROUND CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 11 a.m. yesterday to another shed burglary, this one on the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue. Sometime during the night someone got inside the unlocked structure and left with drills, speaker, an amplifier and other items, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Someone shattered the glass front doors to a vacant convenience store on the 3300 block of Jackson Highway outside Chehalis, according to a report made yesterday to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office. The damage is estimated at $1,000.

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of Carter Lane outside Chehalis where someone had kicked in the entry door to a shop building. Nothing was missing, but the damage is about $200, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a 1997 Nissan pickup was stolen from the 200 block of Mandy Road near Toledo sometime on Saturday or Sunday. The 54-year-old owner described the vehicle as white with blue stripes and worth about $2,500, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A pickup truck belonging to the county and stolen from the the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds last month turned up yesterday abandoned on the 100 block of August Road in Cinebar. The Chevrolet S10 with a broken out back window was valued at $500, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

MARIJUANA PIPE SEIZED FROM GRADE SCHOOLER

• Police were called to Olympic Elementary School in Chehalis yesterday after a teacher was notified a fourth grader had been showing around a possible marijuana pipe. That’s what it turned out to be and the item was confiscated, according to the Chehalis Police Department. There was nothing to indicate the child had used it; he said a ninth grader gave it to him, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. It’s unlikely any criminal offense would be pursued, because of the boy’s young age, according to Wilson.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, misdemeanor theft such as mountain bikes stolen from a front porch  … and more.

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CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect the correct grade school where Chehalis police were called about a student with a pipe.