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Group of Green Hill inmates charged in adult court for brawl

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:15 pm
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Brian Mendoza-Laureano Zuniga, in red, faces a judge while his three companions, in orange, from Green Hill School await their turns.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Five student-inmates from Green Hill School are charged with prison riot for an allegedly gang-related melee that broke out in the dining hall of the state juvenile incarceration facility in Chehalis.

The incident that occurred on Aug. 11 was investigated by the Chehalis Police Department and the suspects subsequently charged in Lewis County Superior Court. Four of them were brought before a judge yesterday afternoon.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio said the fifth defendant has since been transferred into the custody of the state Department of Corrections and would be transported to a court hearing on Friday.

“We want all five of them to be arraigned at the same time,” DeFazio told the judge.

Charging documents in the case include statements from six different staff members involved in breaking up the fighting. The attackers were described as Surenos and their targets Nortenos.

One staff member recounted that as dinner was ending, he saw nearly all the Maple A and B Wing residents moving, running and one even climbing over a divider wall to get near or assault rival residents on the other side. One of the staff was reportedly kicked in the face as he tried to protect a resident, according to the documents.

Green Hill School off Southwest 11th Street provides services to as many as 185 male youth incarcerated in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration for a wide range of felony offenses. They range in age from 15 to 20 years old. A signifiant portion of youth held at Green Hill will finish their sentences in an adult prison.

Yesterday, Brian Mendoza-Laureano Zuniga, now 19, was brought to court via the Lewis County Jail from the state Department of Corrections where he has transferred since the event in August.

Three of them were brought to court from Green Hill School and were to return there after the hearing until their next court date. They are: Angel Flores, 19; Adrian Pimentel Jr., 20; and Juan D. Martinez-Sanchez, 19.

Pimentel is additionally charged with custodial assault, a crime with a maximum penalty of five years.

Not present was Eduardo Humberto Moreneo who is expected Friday.

Charging documents do not make note of what offenses the defendants are currently serving time for. The documents don’t give information about the alleged victims, such as their ages and make no mention of any injuries.

Prison riot is described as two or more inmates together using force, violence or threats of such to disturb the good order of the institution, contrary to commands of officers. It has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Authorities reached out to the Chehalis Police Department the following day, requesting contact about a “major youth disturbance” the night before.

The arraignments are scheduled for March 23.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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FIREARMS MISSING FROM HOME

• Two handguns, two rifles and an air rifle were reported stolen in a burglary in Glenoma yesterday evening. A deputy arriving to the 100 block of Uden Road East about 8:45 p.m. learned the guns had all been in plain site and another rifle was moved but left behind, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It appeared that sometime between 6 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., someone entered through an unlocked door, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at $5,000.

ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police were called about 3:55 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road where a patient reported she was assaulted at a health care facility, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

THEFT, THEFT

• An officer was called to the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard about 1:50 p.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a welding helmet, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 10:30 a.m. yesterday for a car prowl at the 100 block of West Third Street. A bag of tools was reported taken from an unlocked vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SHAKE IT UP

• A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded yesterday afternoon just south of Riffe Lake. The 4:43 p.m. event occurred just over eight miles south southwest of Morton and was just over seven miles deep, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police investigated a vehicle vs. bicycle collision without injury at the 800 block of Harrison Avenue about 4 p.m. yesterday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, third-degree theft; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 136 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: Crime Stoppers lives

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:53 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The board of Olympia/Thurston County Crime Stoppers voted this morning to approve a name change to coincide with its expanded mission which includes Lewis County.

Crime Stoppers of Lewis County shut down last summer after more than two decades of operation.

While the program to the north has sort of taken this area under its wing, the new name will reflect that, according to Lewis County Undersheriff Wes Rethwill.

They will call themselves Crime Stoppers of South Sound, he said.

Already, anyone here in Lewis County who wants to turn in an anonymous tip – and potentially be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward, can call them, according to Rethwill.

Rethwill said the group has also taken Mason County “under its wing.” They will also be adding one new board position, he said.

“For us, it’s exciting, because we still have access to the crime stoppers,” he said.

The number is 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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DRUGS AND STUFF

• Two people were arrested yesterday for allegedly trying to pass a “bad check” at a bank at the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis and then allegedly having suspected heroin inside their car. An officer responding to the approximately 3:15 p.m. call contacted Richard D. Hill, 42, and Holly N. Petrich, 26, both from Oakville, and then booked them into the Lewis County Jail for forgery and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 38-year-old homeless person arrested about 1 p.m. yesterday at the 300 block of Lowe Street in Centralia for an outstanding warrant was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Nathan J. J. Hayes was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GUN CRIME

• A 30-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm after allegedly trying to sell another person a Derringer-style handgun yesterday. An officer responding to the 300 block of Southwest Chehalis Avenue following the 9:40 a.m. call contacted Amadi A. Shaw, discovered an outstanding warrant and booked Shaw into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• An individual called police from the 700 block of South Gold Street in Centralia about 5:05 p.m. yesterday to report her cable television wires had been intentionally cut.

SCHOOL ISSUES

• Centralia police were called at 4:05 p.m. yesterday regarding an alleged assault by a 12-year-old boy on an 11-year-old boy, in a case associated with the Washington Elementary School a the 800 block of Field Avenue. An officer had been called at 11:05 a.m. there to a report a 12-year-old struck two staff members, according to the Centralia Police Department. The child was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Chehalis police were called at 4:45 p.m. yesterday after a vehicle struck a building at the 1200 block of South Market Boulevard. Two males fled, a female stayed behind and said she did not know who was driving, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Danielle S. Sprayberry, 28, of Chehalis, however was arrested for making a false statement, and then released, according to police.

• A 30-year-old driver reportedly fell asleep before his semi truck drifted to the right shoulder, hit a guard rail and rolled onto its side early this morning on Interstate 5 in Chehalis. The approximately 4 a.m. crash along the northbound lanes near exit 76 left the driver uninjured, but responders had to cut the windshield of the 2015 Peterbilt to extricate him. Jaswant Singh, from Yuba City, California, was fatigued and for that, he was issued a citation for second-degree negligent driving, according to the Washington State Patrol. The semi had no hazardous materials on board, only broccoli, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, probation violation, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 139 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

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm
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Updated at 5:34 p.m.

WSP: TROOPER ON FOOT CAPTURES SPEEDING MOTORCYCLIST

• A 19-year-old motorcyclist told a trooper he was just out for a ride after being tracked at speeds in excess of 100 mph on northbound Interstate 5 by 911 callers near Kelso, near Chehalis and the trooper who waited near milepost 83 yesterday morning. The trooper reportedly accelerated to speeds of up to 150 mph and could see the motorcyclist ahead weaving in and out of traffic, using all available lanes and splitting lanes between vehicles, according to the report as conveyed to Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio. The trooper was able to get within a quarter mile of the motorcycle when it began to pull away from him, DeFazio wrote. Both exited at the Maytown Road interchange at milepost 95 but the trooper lost sight of the object of his chase, according to DeFazio. After the trooper terminated the pursuit and pulled off to the side of the road, another vehicle approached and advised a motorcycle and rider were behind the concrete support of the Maytown overpass bridge, according to DeFazio. When the trooper approached from the west on foot, he could see the rider looking eastward, DeFazio wrote. German V. Chumak was taken into custody. Chumak was asked why he was hiding and said he wasn’t, he’d just run out of gas, according to DeFazio. The first calls came in at 9:46 a.m. and the Tualatin, Oregon resident was arrested about 10:45 a.m. When he was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, DeFazio noted he had no criminal history, suggested the information in the probable cause statement indicated he would be a risk to other drivers and asked he be held on $5,000 bail. Judge James Lawler set bail at $20,000. Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller told the judge Chumak resides with his parents and is set to enter Portland Community College this fall. His arraignment is Thursday.

BREAK-IN MOSSYROCK

• A deputy called to the 500 block of Young Road in Mossyrock at about 3:30 p.m. on Friday found an open window, a broken kitchen window and a residence that had been ransacked, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office is awaiting a list of missing items from the 65-year-old burglary victim, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS

• A 36-year-old Centralia man was arrested following an approximately 4:10 a.m. call yesterday to the 1500 block of Lewis Street for a domestic incident that allegedly included second-degree robbery. Corey R. Pittman was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 32-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for third-degree assault in connection with an approximately 11:45 p.m. Saturday incident at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia. Laticia A. Cox was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MAIL THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 7 p.m. on Saturday to take a report of the theft of a check from a mailbox at the 1400 block of West Main Street.

MISSING MEDS

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 10:15 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of medication.

FUEL THEFT

• An officer was called to a parking lot at the 400 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue in Chehalis about 12:35 p.m. on Friday where someone had siphoned gas from at least one vehicle.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called for a vehicle prowl at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the 900 block of E Street. Taken was a backpack, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A search incident to an arrest following a shoplifting call about 7:10 p.m. on Friday to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue turned up drug paraphernalia that tested positive for heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Justin L. Emery, 28, of Centralia, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 23-year-old Castle Rock man ended up with scrapes on his nose and forehead, a wrecked car and a trip to jail last night after reportedly deciding at the last second to turn onto Tucker Road off Jackson Highway at as much as 50 mph, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. His passenger was unhurt but his 2015 Audi S3 sedan sustained substantial damage, according to the sheriff’s office. A deputy arriving to the scene about 5:45 p.m. conducted filed sobriety tests and subsequently arrested Garrett L. Lindeman for driving under the influence and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

• Centralia police were called about 2 p.m. on Saturday for an automobile versus bicyclist collision at the 600 block of Harrison Avenue. The individual on the bike suffered minor injuries, and rode away from the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, malicious mischief, third-degree theft, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, vandalism, shoplifting, disorderly person, suicidal person, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances; complaint of homeless people sleeping under someone’s porch, person with suitcase hiding in dumpster  … and more among 406 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Change clocks, change batteries

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm
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For more information about smoke alarm safety, check the National Fire Protection Organization

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Napavine area Fire Lt. Laura Hanson wants everyone to be reminded this week is change your clock, change your battery.

Daylight saving time begins tomorrow, so setting your clocks forward by one hour before you go to bed will put you on the right schedule.

Replacing the batteries in your smoke alarm at the same time can put you and your family in the company of those whose lives have been saved by being timely alerted to a house fire.

It’s a simple preventative step that can prevent a tragedy.

Chehalis Fire Investigator Derrick Paul says that in his 20-year career, he has never come across a fire fatality when there was a working smoke detector.

“Warnings from smoke alarms can provide those critical extra seconds people need to get out of their homes safely,” State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy stated in a press release.

The state fire marshal’s office recommends making a habit of inspecting smoke alarms when we change our clocks.

“Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries so maintaining your alarms is a simple, effective way to protect you and your family,” Duffy stated.

Lt. Hanson urges anyone with questions to contact their local fire agency.

Duffy’s advice:

• Follow the manufacturers instructions when changing batteries.
• Test your smoke alarms monthly.
• Replace any smoke alarms that are 10 years or older.

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Chehalis traffic stops yield large amounts of meth

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:01 pm
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Gloria N. Iniguez Gonzalez sits with a Spanish-English interpreter as her companion (center) waits at their hearing in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – For the second night in a row this week, Centralia police detective Chad Withrow pulled over a driver who failed to use their turn signal, and turned up a sizable amount of methamphetamine.

Like Tuesday when a pound and three quarters of meth was located in a vehicle pulled off Interstate 5 at the 13th Street exit in Chehalis, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rick VanWyck arrived with his drug sniffing K-9 on Wednesday night to the parking lot at McDonald’s on Median Street.

According to court documents, Withrow and a second detective saw a vehicle approach them in the hours of darkness with only one functioning headlight. They followed and soon, it made a turn without using the blinker and was stopped for the infractions, the documents relate.

A man and a woman with a 1-year-old boy were asked to exit the vehicle.

According to VanWyck, the dog “alerted” on the trunk area and a request to the occupants to search was turned down, so Withrow secured a so-called telephonic search warrant, according to charging papers.

Discovered under the seat where the woman had been sitting, were three clear plastic bags, each containing approximately one ounce of a crystal substance that field tested positive for meth, according to the documents. Six hundred thirty-three dollars were found in a pouch behind the driver’s seat.

Both were charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with  possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

The driver, named as Eduardo F. Morales Martinez, 37, of Shelton, in court documents, was additionally charged with first-degree criminal impersonation.

“We don’t know who he is,” Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told a judge yesterday afternoon. “He gave a couple different names that don’t check out in the state’s database.”

Meagher said he hoped to verify the man’s identity with fingerprints and asked for a no-bail hold.

Judge Joely O’Rourke set bail at $500,000, citing serious concerns about the identity issue.

Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello wrote that a more thorough check indicated Morales Martinez had prior convictions for delivery of a controlled substance and driving under the influence as well as multiple deportations and illegal entries.

Bail for the passenger, Gloria N. Iniguez Gonzalez, 38, of the Olympia area, was set at $10,000. Meagher and temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller said she has no criminal history.

Her 16-year-old son and 19-year-old brother were on hand at the brief hearing yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

Charging documents state that when the male driver was first contacted, he identified himself as Antonio Ortiz Hernandez and provided three Mexican ID cards that showed as such. One of them had a different birthdate than the other two, Masiello wrote in the affidavit regarding probable cause.

Upon further questioning and a look inside his wallet that turned up a bank card issued to Eduardo Morales, the driver said the card belonged to his son, according to the documents.

Masiello wrote that after the drugs were found and the two arrested, the driver said his true name was Eduardo Morales Martinez. His driver’s license was suspended.

The two were booked into the Lewis County Jail. Their arraignments are set for Thursday.

Hancel Zagal Alcaraz, 28, from Pasco, remains held in jail with bail set at $25,000, following his separate arrest on Tuesday night and a criminal charge filed on Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court.

He was allegedly speeding, failing to signal lane changes and displaying no license plate or visible trip permit on northbound Interstate 5 when members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team pulled him over and asked him to move to the AM/PM at the 13th Street exit.

Charging documents in his case indicate Deputy VanWyck’s K-9 Axel detected controlled substances that led to a search of his vehicle.

His girlfriend handed over a brown tar substance wrapped in plastic along with two pieces of a crystal substance to detective Withrow, according to court documents.

Another detective found a coffee container that seemed heavier than it should be, reached into the coffee and located three large packages of a crystal substance, according to the documents. In total, they weighed 28.5 ounces and field tested positive as meth.

There is no indication the girlfriend was arrested.

Zagal Alcaraz allegedly told detectives the auto repair business he owns in Pasco is a front he uses to distribute controlled substances in Chehalis, Olympia, Tacoma and Everett.

He was charged the next day with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Zagal Alcaraz has no felony criminal history in the state.

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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – JNET: PACKAGES OF CRYSTAL METH HIDDEN IN COFFEE CONTAINER from Wednesday March 8, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm
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Updated at 4:36 p.m.

GUNS, CAR AND TRUCK STOLEN IN VADER

• Deputies called around 11 p.m. yesterday about a possible burglary at the 1000 block of state Route 506 in Vader found unsecured doors and the interior ransacked, with 13 firearms and two vehicles stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Missing was a 2008 Cadillac and a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, according to the sheriff’s office. The Cadillac was later found abandoned by the Longview Police Department, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The break-in occurred sometime since Saturday, Breen said.

SHED BREAK-INS CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called just before 7 o’clock this morning to the 1100 block of Elm Street where an individual reported that sometime during the night unknown person or persons broke into three separate sheds on the property. Nothing appears to be missing at this time, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GARAGE BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called just before 12:30 p.m. yesterday about a burglary to a garage at the 1900 block of North Pearl Street. Numerous hand and power tools were reported missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called just before noon yesterday to the 1600 block of Gails Avenue for a report of a burglary. Further details were not readily available.

STOLEN MERCEDES FOUND IN GLENOMA

• Law enforcement looking in Glenoma for a 29-year-old resident yesterday think they briefly caught up with him, driving a stolen 2005 Mercedes Benz. Deputies and a fugitive task force were in the area of the 300 block of Anderson Road around 3 p.m. searching for Ryan A. Justice, wanted for a Department of Corrections felony warrant for escape from community custody, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They saw the gold car pass them, turned around and followed to where it stopped behind a residence on the 400 block of Anderson Road, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The car was there, but not Justice, however witnesses said he had been driving it, Breen said. A case for possession of a stolen vehicle will be referred to prosecutors, according to the sheriff’s office. The auto, valued at as much as $30,000, was returned to it owner in Lakewood, Breen said.

GUN STOLEN CENTRALIA

• An individual reported the theft of a firearm from a trailer at the 900 block of Ham Hill Road in Centralia yesterday. The case is under investigation.

MISSING MEDS

• Centralia police were called just after 10 a.m. yesterday about the theft of medication from the 1100 block of South Scheuber Road.

BOOZE AT SCHOOL

• A case involving a 12-year-old girl was referred to Lewis County juvenile prosecutors for allegedly bringing alcohol to school at the 800 block of Field Avenue in Centralia, following a call to police at about noon yesterday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, vandalism, vehicle collision, civil issue, third-degree theft, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances … and more among 130 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: Chats with cops begin tonight

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Who wants to learn more from or share feedback to Centralia police about particular issues in various areas around town?

2017.0309.cpdpatchThe Centralia Police Department has scheduled four community meetings in an attempt to better police neighborhoods and work towards building relationships with community members.

The first one will be held at 6 o’clock this evening at Fort Borst Park in Kitchen No. 1.

Members of the department will hear from residents on specific problems they are seeing in their neighborhoods and have a two-way discussion on what they can do for the community, according to a press release from Centralia Police Department.

They plan to hold these types of gatherings every six months, according to detective Patty Finch.

If you can’t make it tonight, put one of these other dates on your calendar:

• March 23 at Oakview School
• April 9 at Centralia’s city council chambers
• April 20 at Edison Elementary School

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 11:37 am
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THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• An individual at the 1200 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia reported about 6:40 a.m. today that sometime over the night someone broke into his storage and stole a subwoofer speaker box, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

• A suspected shoplifter of electronics was confronted and detained by a witness about 8:50 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, but was able to flee the scene before police arrived. The merchandise was left behind, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 2:20 p.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue to take a report of an identity theft. The suspect who lives out of the area is receiving government benefits in the name of the victim according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation.

• A 32-year-old Centralia man arrested early yesterday morning for the alleged theft of a truck in Chehalis was subsequently arrested for second-degree possession of stolen property in connection with a checkbook that went missing from a relative’s home on Seminary Hill Road in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jared W. Thorson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after drug paraphernalia on her person allegedly field tested positive for meth, following her detention for allegedly shoplifting hair dye at a store on the 500 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis yesterday afternoon. Police called just before 3 p.m. booked Amanda M. Hickey into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case will include a referral for charges of third-degree theft and also making or possessing motor vehicle theft tool related to keys she had, according to police.

• An officer was called to W.F. West High School in Chehalis just before 2 p.m. yesterday because a 14-year-old girl was allegedly in possession of a smoking device and green vegetable material. The substance will be tested, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 40-year-old motorist stopped for speeding on southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis just after 1 o’clock yesterday morning was subsequently arrested for possession of heroin. A trooper indicated in court documents he observed on the floorboard by the driver’s feet two clear plastic baggies, each with a small circle of dark brown substance, which the driver said was kids’ candy. Jose F. Lopez Jr., of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, charged today with possession of a controlled substance and ordered held on $5,000 bail. He told the trooper he had an addiction, according to charging documents.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, third-degree theft, loud neighbor music, suspicious circumstances … and more among 132 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, March 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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Updated at 6:43 p.m.

JNET: PACKAGES OF CRYSTAL METH HIDDEN IN COFFEE CONTAINER

• A traffic stop yesterday off Interstate 5 at the 13th Street exit in Chehalis yielded 28 and half ounces of methamphetamine inside a coffee container in a vehicle, pulled off the freeway allegedly for speeding, failing to signal lane changes and displaying no license plate or visible trip permit. Members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team observed the violations of the northbound vehicle and asked the driver to move to the AM/PM and Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rick VanWyck arrived with his drug sniffing K-9 and detected controlled substances while a detective was speaking with the driver, according to charging documents. Hancel Zagal Alcaraz, 28, from Pasco, was arrested with $2,467 cash on his person and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to authorities. He was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. The suspect who owns an auto repair business in Pasco and has no felony criminal history in the state was ordered held on $25,000 bail when he went before a judge this afternoon.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Police were called just after 4:15 a.m. today when someone drove off from the 200 block of West Main Street in Chehalis with a service truck that belonged to someone else. Centralia police caught up with the vehicle at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia, according to police. The driver Jared W. Thorson, 32, of Centralia, was arrested for theft of a motor vehicle and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The truck was returned to its owner.

MASS BATTERY HEIST

• Chehalis police were called to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue just before 5 p.m. yesterday where they were told two individuals had stolen 25 Max car batteries. The loss is $2,887.51, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DEPUTY RETRIEVES STOLEN CHAINSAW

• An 18-year-old Onalaska resident was arrested yesterday for allegedly trying to sell a stolen chainsaw to a sheriff’s detective after its owner discovered it for sale on the app OfferUp. Cody B.E. Rider was asked to meet at the courthouse yesterday for an interview after previous conversations with the detective over the past few weeks in which he first said he’d bought it from a former classmate and later said it was a friend he was hunting with back in November, and suggested it was taken from another truck parked near a gate off Meyers Road in the Mossyrock area, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office report summarized in charging documents. Rider was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree trafficking in stolen property and allowed to remain free pending trial on a $10,000 unsecured bond. He has no criminal history.

BREAK-IN

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to take a report that someone had forced their way into a residence on the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue two weeks ago. Nothing was taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD CENTRALIA

• Centralia police are investigating a report of check fraud associated with an approximately 5:15 a.m. call today.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 130 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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Vader house claimed by fire

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 1:56 pm
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Crews work to extinguish fire on E Street yesterday afternoon. / Courtesy photo by Derrick Paul

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An investigator is looking for the cause of a house fire that displaced a family of four in Vader yesterday afternoon.

Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20 Assistant Chief Ruth Crear said six other fire departments joined them at the home on the 800 block of E Street.

“It’s a total loss, the house and contents,” Crear said. “There’s nothing for them to salvage.”

The one and a half story residence was home to a couple, their grown son and their 16-year-old nephew, she said.

Crews were called at 3:16 p.m. after the teen got off a school bus and noticed fire in the back, and notified the two men who were inside, unaware anything was burning, according to Fire Investigator Derrick Paul.

Crear described the initial fire as outside a bedroom, but Paul’s understanding was the main part of the fire at first was in an adjacent shed and moved into the house.

A firefighter from Toledo was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with a leg or ankle injury, according to Paul. Nobody else was injured, Crear said.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist the family, who are staying with relatives in Vader, according to Crear.

Approximately two dozen firefighters battled the blaze, which re-ignited about 2 o’clock this morning.

“We were there eight hours the first time and two and a half hours the second time,” Crear said.

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Alleged drugged driving brings homicide charge for Centralia woman

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:40 pm
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Kimberly J. McPherson waits as her conditions of release documents are signed in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors have charged the driver in a fatal Christmas Eve wreck in rural Chehalis with vehicular homicide.

The passenger Thomas D. Lininger, 43, of Chehalis died at the scene of the single-car collision on state Route 508 near Forest-Napavine Road.

Four of his five children and other family members were present in the courtroom today when Kimberly J. McPherson appeared before a judge.

McPherson had been summonsed to Lewis County Superior Court. Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher requested McPherson be allowed to remain free pending trial, with a $25,000 unsecured bond.

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Thomas Lininger and his children

He also asked the judge to prohibit McPherson from driving as a condition of her release.

Judge Joely O’Rourke asked if he had community safety concerns.

“I don’t want to hinder the taxpayers with medical bills or make it any more difficult with doctors,” Meagher said. “I am convinced if she doesn’t get behind the wheel of a car, everybody’s better off.”

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller told the judge her client resides locally, has been evaluated at Eugenia Center and is actively involved in treatment. She also has surgery scheduled for tomorrow in Tacoma, Tiller said.

McPherson, 51, used crutches this afternoon and wore a slipper-type shoe on her left foot.

Prosecutors allege McPherson was under the influence of a drug or drugs the night of the accident.

Lininger’s sisters said the couple had just left a family dinner when it happened. Troopers and aid called about 8:40 p.m. on Dec. 24 found the two trapped inside the Honda Accord

“The investigation led the patrol to conclude the defendant drove straight off the road, through a grassy patch, striking a tree,” Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer wrote in charging documents. “There was no indication of any attempt to break (sp) or swerve to avoid the collision.”

Lininger died at the scene from head trauma, according to Meyer.

A trooper contacted McPherson at the hospital and a breath sample provided indicated she was not under the influence of alcohol, but she admitted to using controlled substances earlier in the day, according to Meyer.

Both methamphetamine and heroin were allegedly found in the car, and some meth inside McPherson’s purse, Meyer wrote. She is also charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin.

Charging documents state the results of a blood test reveal the presence of meth, opiates and morphine, though the opiate-morphine result may have been from drugs administered at the hospital, according to Meyer.

Centralia attorney Don Blair was appointed to represent her. She has a conviction for second-degree robbery and a controlled substance violation from 1996, according to Meagher.

Judge O’Rourke ordered standard conditions of release and added further restrictions.

McPherson may not go within 30 feet of any bar or tavern, may not get behind the wheel of any vehicle, even a bicycle, O’Rourke said.

“I’m also adding you may not be outside your residence past 10 o’clock in the evening,” O’Rourke said. “Do you understand that?”

Troopers reported McPherson is a Centralia resident, but prosecutors show a Tenino post office box as her mailing address.

Lininger’s two sisters said outside the courtroom they felt satisfied with what they heard and understood it’s a slow process, but would rather authorities take the time and get it right.

Their brother’s death would have been less difficult if it hadn’t have been preventable, they said.

Vehicular homicide has a maximum penalty of life in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.  McPherson’s arraignment is scheduled for March 16.
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For background, read “Christmas Eve crash claims a life, south of Chehalis” from Sunday December 25, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:06 am
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CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of F Street just before 7:30 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl. Someone stole baseball equipment sometime during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A deputy was called over to the Lewis County Jail yesterday afternoon after getting information that when an inmate was arrested, he may have had controlled substances on his person. Jail staff checked the pocket of pants belonging to Robert R. Green, 27, and found suspected methamphetamine and heroin, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Green was re-booked for two counts of possession, according to the sheriff’s office.

ESCAPE ARTIST

• Chehalis police were called about 9:40 a.m. yesterday and again about 2:45 p.m. when the same toddler was found running in the area of the 400 block of Southwest Parkland Drive and 13th Street. The approximately one and a half year old boy had evidently been able to get the door to his home open and an officer spoke with the parent about ways to prevent that, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 130 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

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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Updated at 4:54 p.m.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT TOLEDO

• A 41-year-old Toledo area man was arrested last night after allegedly striking his wife in the face, arms and ribs after they returned home from a restaurant where they ate and consumed alcohol. Deputies called about 6:50 p.m. spoke to the victim who was taken to the hospital and noted at one point her breathing had been inhibited, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When they contacted the suspect on the 100 block of Fluckinger Road and tried to wake him up, he allegedly threw picture frames at them and kicked at them, according to the sheriff’s office. A Taser was deployed and Trevor E. Beers was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault and third-degree assault, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

OLD BOYFRIEND BARGES IN

• A 38-year-old Centralia man was arrested after allegedly entering in through the back door of a former girlfriend at the 200 block of Carroll Way outside Chehalis, following her into her bedroom and grabbing her iPhone as she tried to call for help. Daniel L. Haubrick reportedly ran off with the phone and deputies responding just after 4:30 p.m. yesterday found him later at his residence, where he was arrested for first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault and third degree theft, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BROKEN WINDOW, CUT HAND

• A 27-year-old Centralia man denied breaking the bedroom window and removing window screens from around the house of his former roommate at the 600 block of Shanklin Road in Onalaska but was arrested for attempted residential burglary and third-degree malicious mischief following a call on Friday evening by the victim. The woman said she’d gotten several calls that day from Joseph R. Rogers and he was found later with a deep cut to his hand, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He said he’d gone to visit her, according to the sheriff’s office. Rogers was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Prosecutors today declined to file the felony charge.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• An employee arrived to find a business burglarized at the 700 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis about 8 a.m. on Friday, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The front door lock had been damaged and as much as $1,000 cash stolen from inside the office, according to police.

SCAMMED IN CENTRALIA

• An individual was duped into sending money via Western Union to someone in another state who convinced her that she had won a large grant, according to the Centralia Police Department following a report yesterday evening from the 1500 block of Windsor Avenue.

AUTO THEFT

• A 2002 Honda discovered missing from the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis yesterday had turned up the day before wrecked and unoccupied with its airbags deployed by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MORE THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just before 7 p.m. yesterday following the discovery of a car prowl at the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street. Several items were taken sometime during the previous few nights, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police are investigating after a call just after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday to a business on the 1300 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue where a laptop computer and phones were reported stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BAD BILLS

• A male suspect attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill for a purchase at the 1100 block of Johnson Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 2 p.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue which found it had taken in four fake $100 bills.

• Police were called just before 3:30 p.m. on Saturday to a business on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue where someone attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill.

• Chehalis police were called about 2:15 p.m. on Saturday to a store on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue where an individual attempted to pass a fake $100 bill, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A customer at a business on the 10 block of Northeast Median Street in Chehalis called police to report getting change back that included a counterfeit $5 bill on Friday morning. An officer took possession of the bad bill, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 45-year-old Centralia man being booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday afternoon allegedly handed over his clothing after changing during the booking process with a smoking device and a bag of a crystalized substance wrapped up with it. A deputy responded to the jail about 5:30 p.m. arrested and re-booked Ernest A. Calderon for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SUSPECT FOUND BY POLICE DOG

• A 25-year-old Centralia man wanted on an outstanding warrant ran from an officer in the 100 block of Tilley Road in Centralia but was later located by a police K9 team at a nearby apartment around 9 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Justin T. Booth was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Two other people at the apartment were also arrested for warrants, according to police.

AND FROM MORTON

• Morton police reported today an officer was called about 5:40 in the evening for a complaint the occupants of a vehicle parked at the 400 block of Second Street might be engaging in sexual intercourse. When contacted, both individuals seemed to be disheveled and were adjusting their clothing, according to the Morton Police Department. “They were asked to leave the area if they were doing what had been reported,” the department wrote in a brief summary of the Feb. 28 incident. “They agreed to leave and the officer resumed patrolling the area.”

• Officers responded to the intersection of Mossyrock Road West and Aldrich Road about 8:30 a.m. on Friday to a street sign that appeared to have gang affiliated graffiti on it, according to the Morton Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Two Portland women traveling in a sport utility vehicle were injured when it hydroplaned and struck a semi truck headed the same direction on Interstate 5 about two miles south of Napavine last night. Troopers called at 10:40 p.m. to the southbound lanes near milepost 68 report the 2009 Mazda Tribute was totaled and impounded. The driver, Jean Dusablon, 55, and her passenger Katherine A. Belge, 51, were both transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. Dusablon was to be cited for speed too fast for conditions, according to the state patrol. The Tacoma man behind the wheel of Peterbilt tractor hauling two trailers was reportedly unhurt. His truck was able to be driven away from the scene. Firefighters from Lewis County Fire District 5 had been called just 10 minutes earlier to the northbound lanes in the same area where a passenger car had ended up on its top but nobody was transported from hat wreck, according to Fire Lt. Laura Hanson.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor domestic assault … and more among 124 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.