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News brief: Green Hill counselor-inmate sex case will end without a trial

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A counselor who pleaded not guilty to custodial sexual misconduct in connection with a student-inmate at Green Hill School has struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Erin Stiebritz, who also goes by the last name of Snodgrass, appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon to set a date to change her plea.

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The now-37-year-old  is expected back in court next Wednesday.

Stiebritz was arrested in January, following an investigation conducted by the Washington State Patrol during 2015.

Prosecutors alleged that the then resident-counselor had an intimate relationship with an incarcerated boy who turned 18 during that time, including engaging in sex in her office, during several months in 2014.

She has been free on an unsecured bond.

Green Hill is run by the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, a division of the Department of Social and Health Services. It’s a medium to maximum security fenced facility in Chehalis that provides older, male offenders education and vocational training.
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For background, read “Juvenile administrators speak out on arrest of Green Hill counselor” from Thursday January 14, 2016, here

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News brief: Local Crime Stoppers program to be dissolved

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 4:11 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Board members of Crime Stoppers of Lewis County have voted unanimously to cease operations.

While the program has seen a lot of success during its 21 years of existence, the large downturn in the number of tips coming in and the few cases they now help law enforcement solve, shows times have changed, the board said in a news release this afternoon. Board insurance takes up more and more of the budget coming from fundraisers, they said.

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“The board would like to thank all those individuals, social organizations and businesses that supported Crime Stoppers through the years,” the news release stated. “Without this generous support, Crime Stoppers would not have been successful.”

Over time, tips have led to 440 cleared cases, 356 arrests and a total dollar recovery amounting to $3,296,653, according to the board.

It has paid out rewards totaling $45,975.

Many people who have reported tips have not claimed their rewards. Any outstanding rewards must be claimed by September 20, 2016.

To inquire about collecting a reward call 360- 740-2726.

Crime Stoppers is hoping to find a group to take over its child identification program, where they make a kit for parents consisting of fingerprint, photo and DNA. To inquire about that, call 360- 740-2726.

The student Crime Stoppers programs in Chehalis and Adna school districts will also end.

The board made note that social media allows for other avenues of reporting crime. They encourage schools to work with local law enforcement to adopt a new program to replace Student Crime Stoppers.

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News brief: Glenoma home catches fire

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters were called to the 100 block of Kosmos Road in Glenoma yesterday when a fire broke out in a ceiling area.

Fire Investigator Jay Birley said one of the residents had just gotten home from town and was on the front porch when a smoke alarm alerted her.

“So she runs in there to see what’s going on and notices the fan, in the bathroom, had fallen out onto the floor and was on fire,” Birley said.

She woke up her boyfriend and got everyone out of the house, he said.

Lewis County Fire District 18, assisted by Fire Districts 3, 4 and 14, responded to the approximately 9:30 a.m. call.

Crews got there quickly, knocked it down and contained the damage to the attic, he said.

“They did an outstanding job,” he said.

The single-story older-style modular home is currently not habitable, but the family’s belongings can be saved, he said.

Birley is investigating and said this morning the fan is suspect.

It had been left on and running for a couple of hours, and they are not meant to be used for long durations, he said.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 10:06 am
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Updated at 3:46 p.m.

MAN FINDS STRANGER IN HOUSE ON SEMINARY HILL

• A 29-year-old woman with a gun was arrested after a K-9 track located her talking with a neighbor on a front porch following an interrupted burglary on the 100 block of North Green Street in Centralia yesterday. Police were called at 12:30 p.m. after a resident arrived home to find a female he didn’t know inside his house, but she fled, according to the Centralia Police Department. A police dog with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded and found “articles” allegedly dropped by the intruder and subsequently came upon the suspect, according to the sheriff’s office. A Glock with a loaded magazine was found in her backpack, Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey said. Candice R. Baughman, of Rochester, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine, according to Kimsey.

POLICE: UNRULY DRUNK

• A 27-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday evening after police were called to Southeast Dobson Court for a complaint that a person was pounding on other people’s doors. Police responding to the approximately 7:30 p.m. 911 call found a subject who was intoxicated and allegedly threatened bodily harm to the officer, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Michael K. Franz was arrested for harassment to a criminal justice employee and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

THEFT

• An officer was called late yesterday afternoon to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue in Chehalis where an individual said a parcel containing medication had been delivered but was not actually received.

• Chehalis police were called just after 3 p.m. yesterday for an overnight vehicle prowl on Southwest William Avenue. A handbag with wallet and a shopping bag were stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called at 9:20 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Harrison Avenue about the theft of money sometime during the night.

• Chehalis police were called to the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street just before 8 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl that occurred during the night. Missing were two backpacks and a set of head phones, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 68-year-old Curtis man may have fallen asleep before he drove off the side of the 600 block of Boistfort Road and struck a power pole yesterday afternoon, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to the scene about 4:10 p.m. found the 2006 Nissan pickup sustained major damage but the driver was uninjured, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, barking dog, collision on city street … and more, among 153 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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Ex-manager of downtown Chehalis retailer sought for allegedly stealing money

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Lewis County judge issued an arrest warrant yesterday for the former manger of a Chehalis furniture store, accused of pocketing money from cash sales and concocting phony invoices.

Misti M. Moore was expected to make her first appearance yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, as a summons had been issued when a charge of first-degree theft was filed last month.

The summons was sent to her address on Littlerock Road in Olympia, but was returned to the prosecutor’s office, Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meager said.

“We don’t know where she is,” Meager told the judge.

Moore, 45, had quit her job from Furniture World on North Market Boulevard with no explanation shortly before the business’s owner contacted Chehalis police in May of last year, according to court documents.

The owner Emina Jusupovic told an officer the issue came to her attention when a customer came in to ask about getting his furniture repaired and the items on his receipt did not match the entries in the company computer, Meagher wrote in charging documents.

A police detective was shown several instances suggesting similar cash transactions when he met with the new manager in July of last year.

One customer, for example, had a receipt showing he spent $2,000 on couches and love seats, but the store invoice showed a purchase of a table lamp for $43, according to Meagher.

That customer said he got a very good deal after he asked about a cash discount and a veteran’s discount and that one of the items he took home was advertised at $1,600 or $1,700, Meagher wrote.

Charging documents don’t indicate why it took more than a year to investigate and/or file criminal charges.

Meagher wrote in charging documents he currently has documentation of $5,880 missing, but the new manager found as much as $20,000 in discrepancies.

Moore has six prior felony convictions for embezzlement crimes committed in Virginia against another furniture store, according to Meagher.

Judge Nelson Hunt agreed to issue a $5,000 arrest warrant.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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Updated at 3:16 p.m.

PRUNO CONFISCATED

• A 20-year-old inmate is facing a possible criminal charge for allegedly attempting to make jailhouse wine yesterday. A deputy responded over to the Lewis County Jail last night where a sergeant handed over three bottles of suspected “Pruno,” according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Pruno is a concoction inmates sometimes create using leftover food and a fermentation process, according to the sheriff’s office. In this case, the suspect said he used an orange, an apple and some bread that morning, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Samples are being sent to the Washington State Crime Lab and if alcohol is detected, he will be charged with possession of a controlled substance by an inmate, Brown said.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• A barn on the 3600 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia was broken into sometime between Sunday and yesterday, with a variety of property stolen including a small Frigidaire, a 20-gallon hot water heater, a cordless drill and a 50-foot hose, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Also missing is the barn key and a tool box, according to the sheriff’s office.

ANTIQUES LIFTED FROM PARKED CAR

• Centralia police responded to the discovery of a vehicle prowl at 7:45 a.m. yesterday at the 100 block of North Tower Avenue. An officer was told that sometime during the night, someone broke in and stole a bag of jewelry, two Rolex watches and other items the victim was planning to sell at the antique festival, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• An officer was called to a business at the 1500 block of South Gold Street in Centralia yesterday where they took a report of the theft of mail. This case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 3:15 p.m. yesterday when a business on Northwest Louisiana Avenue reported a tall, dark-skinned male with long dark hair stole their tip jar from the counter.

• Centralia police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road where the victim reported the theft of $40, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A deputy was called about 5 p.m. yesterday for a single-vehicle collision in East Lewis County about five miles up Forest Service Road 25, in which a passenger suffered an apparent broken arm. The driver, a 59-year-old man from Castle Rock, said he had no recollection of what happened before their 1985 Toyota pickup ran into logs and trees, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. His 63-year-old passenger, also from Castle Rock, said she thought it was a mechanical issue as when the truck began pulling left and he tried to counter-steer, there was no response. They had worked on a steering issue prior to their trip, according to the sherif’s office. The truck was totaled, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A 46-year-old Packwood man escaped serious injury when he swerved to miss elk and ran into a utility pole yesterday evening along the 200 block of Cannon Road in Packwood. A deputy responding about 4:35 p.m. found the 2009 Dodge Ram was totaled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday when a red car in a parking lot on Southwest Pacific Avenue struck a pedestrian and drove off. An officer was told no aid was needed.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, disorderly persons, barking dog, gas drive-off, receipt of fraudulent check … and more, among 150 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: Onalaska man turns up safe in Oregon

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10:15 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The missing Onalaska man was located safe at about 8 a.m. this morning, hitchhiking in Dalles, Oregon.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday asked for the public’s help in finding 72-year-old Sean McTimmons, who had walked away from home the morning before after an argument.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning McTimmons was contacted by an Oregon state trooper. He is safe and gone on his own volition, according to Brown.
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For background, read “News brief: Law looking for missing Ony resident” from Tuesday July 19, 2016, here

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Contamination of Olequa Creek was costly consequence of August 2015 fire

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10:10 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The owners of a Winlock warehouse that went up in flames last summer and their insurance company have already forked out more than $200,000 for the contractors who conducted cleanup and demolition, and now the state Department of Ecology has sent a bill for its response.

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The 15,000 square-foot building held pallets of grocery products, including 1,130 gallons of vegetable oils. Runoff from the fire’s extinguishment spilled into the nearby Olequa Creek, killing as many as 100,000 fish over a stretch of three and a half miles.

Ecology and other agencies oversaw the response for more than two weeks after the August 18 fire. After any oil spill response, Ecology is required by state law to follow up with enforcement, including reimbursement for state expenses, the state agency said in a news release.

DOE has directed Olympic Trading Company to reimburse the state for its costs of $30,887.

The work at Northwest Kerron Street, just south of Laurel Street, included the collection and removal of  65,500 gallons of contaminated water and 25 cubic yards of oiled sorbents and contaminated soil, according to DOE.

The owners are Patricia and Michael Parish, who reside in the Winlock area, Fire Investigator Samuel Patrick said at the time.

Investigators have not found a cause for the fire.

Early on, officials reported finding all species and sizes of fish, insects and other living organisms were killed for five miles downstream, but revised the distance. DOE indicates some endangered species perished. Olequa Creek is a tributary to the Cowlitz River.

The state agency also issued Olympic Trading Company a $1,000 fine. The company has 30 days to appeal the penalty and cost reimbursement.

In its news release, DOE noted  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a separate assessment for the value of damages to the environment.
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For background, read “Authorities: Stay out of Winlock creek, avoid contaminated runoff from warehouse fire” from Friday August 21, 2015, here

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News brief: Two truck wreck in I-5 construction zone

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7:10 am

Updated at 8:35 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people were injured when a Freightliner van slowed for traffic on northbound Interstate 5 in Centralia last night and a semi truck unable to stop in time slammed into its back end.

Troopers called just before midnight to the area near milepost 81 report the driver of the 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer combination, Satwinder Singh, 30, from Everett, was not injured.

It happened in an area where one lane was closed for construction.

But the occupants of the van, both from California, were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. They are the driver, Ruben Martinez-Puente, 31, from Hollister; and Kelly M. Reed, 46, from Sebastopol, according to the state patrol.

They were able to pull over and neither truck rolled or lost any of its load, fortunately, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Fire Capt. Kevin Curfman said the occupants of the California van said their cargo was “10,000 government rats and mice.”

Curfman didn’t see the rodents, but was told they’d be fine while the pair went to the hospital, as they had food and water.

“Beyond that, I have no idea,” Curfman said as to where the animals were headed or why. “I’m just glad it wasn’t wide open and rodents running everywhere.”

The damage to the vehicles was described by the state patrol only as “reportable.” Both were towed.

The investigating trooper blames the wreck on inattention and following too closely.

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Prosecutors: Thousands of dollars more missing from Mossyrock accounts

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8:26 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Mossyrock city clerk now stands accused not only of stealing roughly $7,700 from the city, but of making large monthly withdrawals – from roughly $2,200 to as much as $4,833 – from the municipality’s accounts going back to October.

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Doneia A. Santiago, 53, pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft earlier this month, but already the mayor the police chief and prosecutors were digging up new information by looking into transactions at Key Bank, where the city did business until moving to Security State Bank.

Santiago was arrested on June 26 and was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

The alleged thefts came to light when Santiago approached the mayor to tell him her husband inadvertently used the city credit card to make an approximately $3,600 payment to Central Mortgage, according to court documents.

The initial charges also made mention of ATM withdrawals the mayor said were not authorized and use of Mossyrock’s bank card to purchase fuel.

In a supplemental affidavit filed in Lewis County Superior Court, prosecutors write that on the day Santiago was charged, Morton Police Chief Roger Morningstar was notified Santiago had issued herself a payroll check on June 20, which was not a regular payroll date.

Morningstar advised the mayor to look over the Key Bank accounts, where they found a number of transactions made to Central Mortgage, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello wrote.

The total comes to more than $37,000.

Information from the Lewis County Assessors Office shows Santiago co-owns nearly 10 acres and a three-bedroom house outside of Mossyrock assessed at more than $258,000.

The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office filed the supplemental affidavit and an amended information on July 8.

The charge of first-degree theft was left out, but in its place are nine charges of second-degree theft and nine charges of  first-degree identity theft.

Santiago has retained Centralia attorney Don Blair. Her next court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 4.
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For background, read “Thousands of dollars in unauthorized transactions attributed to Mossy city clerk” from Monday June 27, 2016, here

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News brief: Law looking for missing Ony resident

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm
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Anyone who has seen Sean McTimmons or has any information, is asked to call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating an Onalaska area man who hasn’t been seen since he walked away from home yesterday morning after an argument.

Sean McTimmons, 72, left his cell phone and house keys behind, but did have his wallet which held a debit card, according to the sheriff’s office.

He has not contacted friends or family in the area, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this afternoon in a news release.  He is known to frequent local truck stops in the area, especially Loves Travel Stop in Napavine, according to Brown.

He lives on the 100 block of McCann Road, west of Onalaska, with his wife and took off at 8:10 a.m. yesterday, according to Brown.

If anyone has seen McTimmons or has any information, they are asked to call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286.

He is described as a white male, 6-feet 3-inches tall, weighing 220 pounds with white hair, and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a trucker style baseball cap, a faded tan Carhart vest, a red-maroon plaid shirt, blue jeans, and dark brown boots.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 1:05 pm
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Updated at 6:14 p.m.

CENTRALIA DRIVER VICTIMIZED BY ROCK THROWER

• A 28-year-old Centralia man was arrested after he was caught parked in a vacant lot off the 900 block of West Main Street in Centralia yesterday, allegedly lobbing rocks the size of baseballs out his sunroof at passing cars. Officers were initially called at 12:30 p.m. about someone tossing rocks at parked cars near the Centralia Outlets and an individual followed him to Main Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. A victim whose windshield he had allegedly broken showed up about the same time as police, Officer Mike Lowrey said. Jonathan Solis-Cuevas denied doing it, but officers found a large pile of rocks next to him inside his car, Lowrey said. After being placed into Lowrey’s patrol car, Solis-Cuevas reportedly kicked out one of its windows. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief.

POLICE: OUT-OF-CONTROL MOM

• Chehalis police were called just before noon yesterday to the second-floor of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center on Main Street where a 31-year-old Chehalis woman allegedly grabbed her 11-year-old child and pushed her against a wall in a corner, leaving redness on her head. The woman left, leaving behind six children, who were ultimately turned over to Child Protective Services, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The suspect, Ladawn B. Jorgenson, then returned and was arrested for fourth-degree domestic assault, according to police. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 8:45 p.m. yesterday to the 2100 block of Haviland Street where a victim business reported a male stole their tip jar off the counter and fled the scene in a small black two door passenger car driven by a female, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 5:20 p.m. yesterday to the 2500 block of Kresky Avenue where they were told sometime that morning someone stole gasoline out of three parked vehicles. Officers are awaiting security video to review, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 2:30 p.m. yesterday by a woman at the 300 block of Southeast Washington Avenue who reported someone used her bank card out of state to steal $10 and then $199. Police are investigating, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just after 2 p.m. yesterday to the 1900 block of South Gold Street to take a report of the theft of money from the victim’s bank account, allegedly by a family member. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 7:40 p.m. yesterday by a victim from the 100 block of Benjamin Street who reported the theft of his license plate from off of his vehicle sometime over the previous five days. The missing plate reads C12476F, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 11 a.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue where an identification card and credit cards were taken.

STRANGER IN THE PARK

• Centralia police were called about 3:50 p.m. yesterday to Fort Borst Park on a report that a man tried to lure a 4-year-old girl into his car, spoke to the mother and the man and didn’t establish that a crime occurred. Officer Mike Lowrey said he talked to the mom first and she told him she looked up and the guy was trying to give bubbles to her daughter and he looked somewhat transient. Lowrey said he then talked to the man whose version of what happened was different. “He said suddenly the kid popped up looking in his passenger side window,” Lowrey said, and he asked if she wanted some bubbles. He has indeed been living in his vehicle, saying he’d been in the area about a month, the officer said. It was odd enough to err on the side of writing a report for informational purposes, he said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police attempted to pull over a driver about 6:20 p.m. yesterday to arrest him for a warrant but he fled the area of the 3000 block of Foron Road and began driving recklessly so he got away, for now, according to the Centralia Police Department. Centralia police say Aaron D. Malone, 27 of Chehalis, was behind the wheel of the silver Hyundai Accent, with a license plate reading AAT 1417. Officers are looking or him, police reported this morning.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, protection order violation, possession of marijuana; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 146 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, July 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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CAMPOUT GOES BAD IN MINERAL

• A deputy on Saturday investigated an assault at the Lion’s Club Campground in Mineral in which a 26-year-old man allegedly broke his friend’s eye socket and left cuts on his scalp by repeatedly hitting him over the head with a folded up lawn chair. It happened around 1 a.m. on Saturday and reported that evening, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim, a 26-year-old from Bonney Lake, got stitches at Morton General Hospital and then went to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to get his eye injury treated, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies were unable to locate the suspect, Buck R. Mc Bride, from Carbonado, so are referring a case of second-degree assault to prosecutors, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

POLICE: TAKING GRANDFATHER’S BANK CARD

• A 39-year-old Chehalis man was arrested on Friday for allegedly taking his grandpa’s debit cards and using them at multiple locations in Lewis County and Thurston County, racking up $5,842 in losses. Richard L. Dawson and his girlfriend, Melissa A. Alderman, 32, also from Chehalis, were booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of second-degree theft and 11 counts of identity theft, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies obtained surveillance images showing purchases as well as withdrawal of money from an ATM, and even more charges could be forthcoming as the investigation continues, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

YARD PROWLER

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of B Street yesterday afternoon where they were told sometime during the night someone entered a backyard and stole a Graco paint sprayer.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 5:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Caveness Drive and arrested  Joel A. Towne, 36 of Centralia, for second-degree burglary. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police yesterday afternoon located a vehicle stolen several days prior, associated with a location on the 1100 block of South Silver Street.

HEAVY SHOPLIFTING

• Centralia police were called about 5:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Lum Road after three individuals entered a store at the Centralia Outlets, stole over $800 worth of merchandise an fled in a silver car with Oregon license plates.

• An 18-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested on Friday and booked into the Lewis County Jail for organized retail theft. Chehalis police say Angela M. Crowe was involved in a shoplifting incident at the Lewis County Mall a few days earlier and has been associated with similar offenses three other times going back to mid-June.

LIGHT SHOPLIFTING

• A 23-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after a shoplifting call to Sears on Friday at the Lewis County Mall. Sabrina L.R. Towne allegedly tried to steal $30 worth of men’s underwear, according to the Chehalis Police Department. When contacted and searched, suspected meth was found, according to police. Towne was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police responded to to a call just before 10 a.m. on Friday to the 2600 block of Howard Avenue where  several residents in the area report thefts of fuel from their vehicles overnight. Three batteries were also stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BAD BILLS

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue just before 6 a.m. today for a counterfeit $100 bill being passed at a business.

• Chehalis police were given a counterfeit $100 bill on Friday they were told was passed at the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

OUT-OF-CONTROL CAMPFIRE

• Centralia police were called just before noon yesterday to the 800 block of Field Avenue to investigate a reckless burning incident in which an unattended campfire had begun burning a surrounding area.

ANIMAL ABUSE

• Morton police were called just after 2 p.m. yesterday when a woman said she saw a dog in her front yard and then shortly after that saw it in the neighbor’s yard, where a male driver arrived and repeatedly punched the chocolate Labrador and twice picked it up from the ground by its legs, the second time throwing it in the back of a truck. The 911 caller followed the truck to a driveway and police went to check it out but could locate neither the man nor the dog, according to the Morton Police Department.

DEAD BUNNIES

• Morton police are investigating the discovery of several rabbit carcasses left in a dumpster at at the 600 block of Airport Way. An officer called about 4:20 p.m. on Friday concluded it occurred sometime in the previous few hours.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Two people were hospitalized after their Ford Focus tried to make a left turn out of Morton onto U.S. Highway 12 at about noon yesterday and collided with westbound pickup truck pulling a travel trailer. The driver, Rebecca E. Battle, 27, and her passenger, Michael I. Turner, 29, both from Auburn, were transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. Battle was then flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. according to the state patrol. The car was totaled, the investigating trooper reports. The driver of the Doge pickup was reportedly uninjured. He is from Oregon City, Oregon.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting,  misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, barking dogs, a small baggie of a brown substance found on the ground… and more, among 131 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: Three injured in three-vehicle wreck on I-5

Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 9:52 am
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Responders on the scene at southbound Interstate 5. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people in a Ford Focus were airlifted after their car was sandwiched in between a pair of vehicles in a rear-end collision Interstate 5 south of Chehalis yesterday.

Troopers called to the southbound lanes near milepost 70 just after 1 p.m. found all three vehicles were totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Ford Focus, occupied by a driver from Hillsboro, Oregon and a passenger from Seattle, was stopped behind a pickup truck for traffic when 21-year-old Ashley M. Smith from Centralia rear ended them, according to the state patrol.

Smith was driving a Honda Civic and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with unspecified injuries, the investigating trooper reports. Her passenger Jordan C. Smith, 24, was reportedly unhurt.

The driver of the pickup was reportedly also uninjured..

LifeFlight flew Jody M. Bagnariol, 63, and Elisabeth R. Rudolph, 50, to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, according to the state patrol.

The collision is under investigation.

Update: Both occupants of the Ford Focus subsequently died at the hospital, according to the state patrol.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10:48 am
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Flames consume vacant Griel Road house. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

ONY HOUSE FALLS VICTIM TO STORED DYNAMITE

• Onalaska area residents may see smoke for a couple of days rising from property along Griel Road after last night’s disposal of old dynamite in a long uninhabited house. Family going through and sorting items inside the structure came across several boxes of old dynamite, according to Lewis County Fire District 1. Fire Chief Andrew Martin said the state patrol came out and concluded the safest way to deal with the explosives was to light that section of the house on fire. Members of neighboring fire districts joined in the effort to burn the building while keeping the surrounding vegetation from igniting, according to Martin. The chief said no explosions occurred because of the dynamite.

AUTO THEFT

• A black 2007 PT Cruiser was stolen out of a locked garage at the 1100 block of South Silver Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:40 p.m. yesterday.

SCAMMED ONLINE

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to an address on the 900 block of G Street where a woman reported she’d befriended a male online, that he had sent her checks asking her to cash them and send him the money. The checks were returned as forged, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, third-degree malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, loud party, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 178 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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Friday, July 15, 2016 at 10:34 am
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Updated at 6:17 p.m.

WRENCH TO HEAD BRINGS FELONY CHARGE

• A 34-year-old Morton woman was arrested last night after allegedly hitting her former boyfriend in the head with a 12-inch long “breaker bar” wrench. A deputy called to the 100 block of Chapman Road outside Morton spoke with the victim who said he and Cassaundra L. Dugger had been arguing earlier in his shed about her boyfriend leaving her. He said he came out to the shed and saw her, with a wrench in hand and when he asked what she was doing, she struck him, according to court documents. The victim was taken to the hospital with a gash in his scalp that required several staples, Lewis County Chief Deputy Criminal Prosecutor Brad Meagher wrote in charging papers. When the deputy spoke with Dugger, she said she didn’t know why she did it, Meagher wrote. Dugger was arrested, booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged earlier today with  fourth-degree domestic assault, but that charge was dismissed and a new one of second-degree assault filed in Lewis County Superior Court. Judge Nelson Hunt set her bail at $20,000 but changed it to a no-bail hold when conversation continued between Dugger and the defense attorney after her matter was finished. Hunt said if she wouldn’t sign the documents, he would impose a no-bail hold and then after a moment, did so.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called just before 7:30 p.m. yesterday about a break-in to a garage on the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue. The victim arrived home, noticed a gate and a door open and discovered an old Dell desktop computer and a “flat screen” missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 6:44 p.m. yesterday about a black 1995 Honda Accord stolen from the 1400 block of Lum Road.

• Chehalis police were called just before 8 a.m. yesterday about a Honda Civic stolen from in front of the victim’s residence at the 300 block of Southwest William Avenue. Police were notified later by the Tumwater Police Department the car was located, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SCAMMED ONLINE

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to an address on the 900 block of G Street where a woman in her 40s said she’d been tricked out of $600 to $700. The fraud was related to an online offer of a loan, the receipt of a check and a request to cash it and return money to the issuer, according to the Centralia Police Department. The check had been forged, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called to the 400 block of Southwest William Avenue about 6:10 p.m. yesterday following the discovery of a vehicle prowl. Taken during the night from the unlocked vehicle was an overnight bag, a GPS device and a CB radio, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

POSSIBLE THEFT

• An officer was called to apartments at the 500 block of North Rock Street in Centralia yesterday afternoon where someone had broken the lock off of a payment drop box.

NUDE OUTSIDE THE NEIGHBOR’S PLACE

• A 50-year-old man who allegedly walked outside into the yard naked at the 500 block of East Main Street yesterday was arrested for indecent exposure. Officers called about 12:15 p.m. were told it happened in front of a 4-year-old girl, according to the Centralia Police Department. Johnathan M. Davis, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 36-year-old Olympia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine last night after police were called about two people who didn’t seem to belong at a vacant house on the 1400 block of Southwest Mills Street in Chehalis. An officer responding to the approximately 8:45 p.m. call contacted the couple,e who said they were hired to take care of things at the house, but he had a misdemeanor warrant and a search subsequent to the arrest of Melange L. Dietz turned up paraphernalia and a baggie with suspected meth, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Dietz was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 36-year-old woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine yesterday afternoon when police went to the 3300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia with an arrest warrant. A deputy found a plastic baggie that field-tested positive for amphetamine in the possession of Ann M. Velazquez, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 29-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for ingesting toxic fumes yesterday afternoon after Chehalis police were called to a parking lot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. The officer found a “Dust Off”-type can, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Natalie J. Hall was cited and then then released pending her court date, according to police.

VANDALISM

• The rear window of a vehicle was smashed out at the 200 block of Jackson Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:15 a.m. yesterday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 12:45 p.m. call yesterday for a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at the 1600 block of South Gold Street. The injury was minor, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 22-year-old Winlock driver escaped serious injury when he wrecked his car yesterday morning near Vader, after swerving to miss debris in the road. The 2001 Saturn SC1 ended up hitting a ditch and was totaled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called just before 11:30 a.m. to Winlock-Vader Highway at Annonen Road reported the driver sustained a minor abrasion to his right hand and was seen by aid at the scene but not taken to the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vandalism, hit and run, third-degree theft, noisy neighbors, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street   … and more, among 192 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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Unauthorized marijuana production enterprise shut down in Chehalis

Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 8:28 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A $25,000 arrest warrant has been issued for a Pierce County man alleged to be behind an unlicensed marijuana growing operation in a rented building in Chehalis’s industrial district.

Steven D. Smith, 39, and two individuals who told police they worked for Smith tending the plants are charged each with one count of manufacture of marijuana.

Christopher M. Hannigan and Regina V.S. Champaco, both 41 years old and both residing at the same address in Tacoma, appeared before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday afternoon. They were allowed release on unsecured signature bonds.

Charging documents in the case identify the building only as on State Street in Chehalis, with no address, and note it shares a common wall with a neighboring business. Documents indicate a case number associated with the Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.

A Chehalis detective was contacted in March about the possible marijuana growing there and the investigation led to a traffic stop for a broken windshield of a suspect vehicle as it left the building’s parking lot on Match 17, according to court documents.

The Tacoma couple said they were working for Smith, according to court documents. Hannigan said he’d built grow rooms and was paid $2,000 a month for the work, according to court documents.

When law enforcement searched the building, they found more than 400 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, charging documents allege.

Among the early clues, listed in court documents: the detective went to the manager of the neighboring business, which shared a wall, and learned there was mold growing in his building and who said when he spoke about it to Richard Na, the son of the building’s owner, Na just laughed it off.

When the Chehalis detective visited the exterior of the building, he could smell the odor of fresh marijuana outside and located items in the trash such as a broken fan, a broken thermostat, fertilizer and potting soil.

Detectives checked the power usage for the building and discovered a tremendous increase when January of this year was compared with September of 2014.

Police could not find either a Chehalis business license or any application to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board on file.

The building’s owner is not named in the court documents.

On March 23, the detective contacted Na directly, who said he rented to Smith for $5,000 per month and Smith pays the electric bill which runs about $1,300 each month, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello wrote in charging documents.

Na indicated Smith told him he had medical authorizations to grow for multiple people and would have no more marijuana than was allowed by law, according to Masiello.

When told there were over 400 plants and not the 75 Na had anticipated, Na appeared surprised, Masiello wrote.

Law enforcement tried to locate Smith at his home in Lakewood, but were unsuccessful.

On June 23, Lewis County prosecutors filed charges against all three, sought and secured the arrest warrant for Smith, and also requested court summons to be issued for Hannigan and Champaco.

They were late to their court hearing yesterday afternoon and the judge had already authorized warrants for their arrest, but essentially tore them up, defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said.

Manufacture of marijuana is a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Hannigan and Champaco were ordered to return to court on July 21 for their arraignments.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm
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SHERIFF’S OFFICE: MAN BEATS GIRLFRIEND

• A 25-year-old man who told deputies he was too drunk to recall was arrested yesterday for allegedly tackling his girlfriend to the ground and trying to strangle her as well as slapping her and stomping on her head and face. Deputies were called yesterday to the residence along Wildwood Road in Curtis and told the assault occurred about 10 p.m. the night before. The girlfriend said he was asleep on the couch and when she tried to wake him up to feed him, he slapped the plate from her hand making a mess and the attack happened as she tried to clean it up, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. During the incident, a $50 mirror was damaged and Travis D. Kohler suffered a bite to his index finger, according to the sheriff’s office. Kohler, of Curtis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: MAN BEATS WIFE

• A 67-year-old Winlock man was arrested last night for allegedly throwing his wife to the floor, putting his bare foot on her throat and trying to shove her through an indoor dog gate before throwing her out of their house. The victim called 911 about 10:30 p.m. from elsewhere and said her husband had been drinking and was really tired when she arrived home and punched the television set breaking its screen before attacking her. Daniel L. McFarlane was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: MAN SHOVES FATHER

• Deputies were called about noon yesterday to a Savio Road home near Randle, where a 73-year-old man said his grown son showed up after being released from prison, demanded money, blamed him for getting locked up and pushed him down threatening bodily harm before fleeing. Deputies checked numerous locations for the 34-year-old son but were unable to find him, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being referred to prosecutors for a charge of violating a no contact order, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• Deputies called about 9:30 p.m. yesterday about a possible vehicle prowler in the area of the 300 block of Gish Road in Onalaska instead found a 34-year-old Chehalis who allegedly had been hiding in his truck in connection to walking to his girlfriend’s RV nearby. A deputy contacted Christopher B. Holten and discovered from the girlfriend and another individual he’d been staying with her the previous two nights, in violation of a no contact order, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked for that into the Lewis County Jail, where a white substance that field-tested positive for meth was found in a piece of paper in Holten’s wallet, according to the sheriff’s office.

POSSIBLE SQUATTERS

• The 91-year-old owner of a vacant residence at the 1800 block of state Route 506 near Vader reported yesterday windows were broken and it appeared someone had been staying there.

VANDALISM WITH EGGS

• Centralia police took a report yesterday several vehicles “egged” overnight in the area of the 700 block of South Silver Street.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 43-year-old Randle man was arrested for attempting to elude after he allegedly sped away from a deputy along Savio Road near Randle yesterday evening, and wrecked his motorcycle then he tried to turn near Glenoma Road and U.S. Highway 12. It began around 5:20 p.m. yesterday and Jake N. Dunaway then reportedly tried to run away but was caught, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Dunaway faces possible charges of reckless driving and driving with a suspended license as well, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, civil issue, vandalism, stolen bicycle, disorderly person, violation of anti-harassment order, parking lot fender bender, collision on city street   … and more, among 150 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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Police: Playing with fireworks inside garage sparks blaze

Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 9:38 am
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Smoke rises from detached garage in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Young people playing with fireworks is the cause of a fire that broke out overnight at the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia.

“There was a mortar tube lit inside the garage, for whatever reason,” Centralia Police Department Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

Firefighters called about 12:20 a.m. found the detached garage fully involved in flames and quickly extinguished it, Riverside Fire Authority reported this morning.

No other structures were involved and nobody was hurt, Fire Capt. Terry Ternan indicated.

Reichert said police talked with several juveniles there.

A case for reckless discharge of fireworks will be referred to prosecutors for the 16-year-old boy who lives there, he said.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11:44 am
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Security image from Tuesday morning break-in south of Chehalis; tips being requested at (360) 748-9286 or www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org. / Courtesy Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Updated at 1:07 p.m.

INTRUDER CAPTURED ON CAMERA

• A state Department of Corrections officer in the area to check on a client happened on a burglary yesterday morning outside Chehalis at the 100 block of Forest-Napavine Road East. Deputies responding about 10:30 a.m. learned the front door had been forced open and a window broken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The DOC officer saw a slender white male  with tattoos on both arms leaving the area with another male in an older Honda or Toyota passenger car, according to the sheriff’s office. It appeared some of the resident’s belongings had been piled up by the front door, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. The victim provided video that showed the intruder, according to Brown.

THEFT INVESTIGATION

• Chehalis police were called just before 10 a.m. yesterday about a theft at the 500 block of Northwest Quincy Place. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 1:15 p.m. yesterday about a theft of jewelry from the 900 block of South Scheuber Road. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two televisions were reported stolen yesterday from a home on the 1600 block of Sunset Way in Centralia. One of the residents is a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MAIL PROWL

• An officer was called about 2:20 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Kresky Avenue in Centralia where a check was reported stolen after it an empty envelope was located by a postman near a mailbox.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Harrison Avenue about a sports bag containing equipment stolen from a vehicle in a business parking lot.

OUTDOOR LIVING

• Chehalis police contacted several individuals about 3:30 p.m. yesterday on railroad property near the 600 block of West Main Street, at least some of whom were believed to be camping there. Kendra C. Comfort, 29, from Chehalis, reportedly became hostile and said she would not leave, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Because Comfort had previously been cited for trespassing there, she was arrested for second-degree trespassing and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, minor in possession-consumption of alcohol; responses for alarm, third-degree theft, hit and run, wandering Pomeranians, rocks left on porch with message, failure to return couch to rental business  … and more, among 141 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: Woman injured in state Route 6 crash

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:26 am
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Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

Updated at 12:05 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 41-year-old driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle last night after a single-vehicle wreck along state Route 6 about two miles west of Chehalis.

Troopers and aid called to the scene just before 11 p.m. found the sport utility vehicle was totaled.

Sarah D. Wilson, of Chehalis, had been traveling westbound when her Mazda Tribute left the roadway to the right, hit a tree, then crossed a driveway and hit another tree and then two parked cars, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Lewis County Fire District 6 reports nearby residents at the 1400 block of state Route 6 near Stearns Road said they came out right away and found the woman on the ground, partially beneath the front bumper, suggesting she may have been ejected. The state patrol reports she had been wearing a seat belt.

Fire department spokesperson DJ Hammer stated the patient suffered possibly life threatening injuries to her head and chest.

Wilson is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit this morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The collision is blamed on inattention, according to the state patrol. Wilson faces a charge of second-degree negligent driving, the investigating trooper reports.

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Hit and run charged after man ‘launched’ into the air by truck

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – While police arrested a 19-year-old Rochester resident for second-degree assault after he reportedly struck a pedestrian early yesterday morning at Taco Bell in Centralia, prosecutors today filed a charge instead of hit and run.

Hit and run is a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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Chase A. Deguise

Officers were called just before 2 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Belmont Avenue and stated later in the morning their investigation showed Chase A. Deguise intentionally struck a male with his truck. The Centralia Police Department continued to investigate.

Deguise was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Lewis County prosecutors wrote in court documents today that numerous witnesses were questioned and it appeared there was a dispute between Deguise and Kyle R. E. Morrison.

“During the dispute, Deguise drove his truck through the parking lot and struck Mr. Morrison, launching him in the air,” Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead wrote.

Morrison was found laying on the ground and was transported to the hospital with a laceration and bruising and may have a severe back injury, according to Halstead.

Deguise had driven home and didn’t contact law enforcement, charging documents state.

When he was contacted and questioned, he reportedly admitted knowing he’d hit the victim, according to Halstead.

Neither charging documents nor police gave any detail about the disagreement between the two.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh told a judge this afternoon when bail was addressed the defendant has no criminal convictions in his past, but does have two cases currently in municipal court.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke indicated Deguise grew up in Chehalis, lives with his grandparents in Rochester, is going to school and in the process of getting a job.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt set his bail at $5,000. An arraignment was scheduled for Thursday.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 9:20 am
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Updated at 1:28 p.m.

WALKING WOUNDED

• A 25-year-old man admitted he’d had too much to drink when responders answered a call from a clerk at Gee Cees Truck Stop that an individual was walking around with a scalp laceration so deep his skull was showing. The man told a sheriff’s deputy he’d been in a wreck and described where his vehicle could be found, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was rushed to the hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. His 1994 Ford Ranger was found along the 800 block of Jackson Highway South near Toledo, about 50 feet off the road and upside down, Brown said. The 911 call came about 3 a.m. on Sunday and the man is from Woodland, according to Brown. She said his injury was non-life threatening. Deputies don’t know for sure, but assume he walked from the scene of the collision to the truck stop, according to the sheriff’s office. Brown said he was not initially arrested for driving under the influence, as they are waiting for the results of a blood test to come back.

DRUGS

• Centralia police contacted a 27-year-old woman who crashed her bicycle on Harrison Avenue at Denny Way about 5:45 p.m. yesterday, learned she had an outstanding warrant, and subsequently found she was in possession of methamphetamine. Brittany R. Ross booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday regarding someone possibly smoking drugs in a parking lot at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street. Two individuals were contacted and both were issued citations for possession of marijuana under age 21, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Both are Chehalis residents and one is 20-year-old Isaac R. Kennedy and the other is a 17-year-old boy, according to police. A white substance located in a backpack associated with the teen will be tested and a possible charge could result after testing a department spokesperson said.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about a vehicle prowl about 8:35 a.m. yesterday at the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road. Taken were three large tool boxes full of tools, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances  … and more, among 143 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.