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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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MOTOR AND PUMP TAKEN

• Chehalis police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Northwest Quincy Avenue to take a report that sometime since Friday night, someone stole a red and white 13 hp engine and its companion hydraulic pump.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 7:30 a.m. today to take a report of the theft of a black 1999 Honda Civic from the 1000 block of West Walnut Street. The car has a license plate reading AQV 9618, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIREARM MISSING

• Centralia police took a report just before 8 p.m. yesterday from the 600 block of Woodland Avenue that a pistol had been stolen sometime in the previous few months.

BELONGINGS STOLEN

• Police were called about 6:35 p.m. yesterday to take a report that multiple items had been stolen from a female’s home at the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue while she was temporarily evicted because of a protection order. It is not clear who the suspect or suspects might be at this time, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation.

ASSAULT

• A 23-year-old man being secured to a gurney in an ambulance last night at the 1300 block of B Street allegedly kicked and spit on a Centralia police officer who was assisting medics. Victor A. Lopez Roman was subsequently arrested for third-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 10:25 a.m. yesterday to Centralia High School where a boy had allegedly kicked and punched another student. A case for a charge of fourth-degree assault is being referred to prosecutors, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THREAT TO OFFICER

• A homeless man arrested at the Eagle Truck Plaza in Napavine on Friday appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon, charged with harassment. Lucas M. Fontaine, 28, had reportedly been asked several times to leave, but wouldn’t and when an officer showed up, he allegedly began yelling he was going to get a knife and kill him. His bail was set at $50,000 today.

INDECENT IN PUBLIC

• Centralia police were called just after 7 p.m. yesterday to take a report from a business at the 100 block of West Pine Street that a male had been seen masturbating while walking by. The incident is still under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Centralia woman detained for suspected shoplifting yesterday after an approximately 6:25 p.m. call to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis was arrested for second-degree burglary because she had previously been trespassed from the store, according to the Chehalis Police Department. When Leah M. Vann was being booked at the Lewis County Jail, a substance believed to be heroin was located in her wallet, according to police.

EXCHANGING NAKED PICTURES

• A 20-year-old man was arrested yesterday by Morton police in a case of allegedly exchanging nude photos with a now-15-year-old girl, pictures that date back to 2015. Charging documents in the a case describe Morton Police Chief Roger Morningstar observing Sean R. Butler pull into a parking lot at Gust Backstrom Park and pick up a girl on Oct 23. The chief contacted Butler and the girl was returned to her home, the documents relate. The chief subsequently contacted the girl and her mother, and asked if there was anything inappropriate going on, according to charging documents. The girl reportedly produced pictures and text messages from Facebook and Snapchat of a sexual nature that date back to 2015. Morningstar interviewed Butler on Monday, booked his phone into evidence and him into the Lewis County Jail. Court documents list Butler with a Centralia address. He was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree viewing of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. Judge Joely O’Rourke set his bail at $20,000.

AND MORE FROM MORTON

• Morton police reported they referred a case to prosecutors involving a juvenile for reckless endangerment in connection with an incident on the 1200 block of Main Avenue at about 9 p.m. on Oct. 28. Subjects allegedly threw an object at a moving vehicle and when the driver contacted the three juvenile suspects, the driver felt threatened and drew his firearm. The three youngsters called 911, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation … and more among 146 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Centralia man in critical condition after assault

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 9:28 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A 63-year-old Centralia man is on life support after a punch in the face by an acquaintance and the suspect is jailed, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said this morning the assault occurred on Sunday night at the 3500 block of Harrison Avenue but the victim was not discovered until 8 a.m. yesterday by his roommate.

The victim suffered a broken nose, a bruised eye and potentially then a stroke as the result, Breen said.

He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia where he is currently in the critical care unit, Breen said.

Deputies began investigating yesterday afternoon and spoke with the suspect who allegedly admitted to striking his acquaintance.

Mark W. Powell, 46, described as a transient person who lives in the Centralia area, said the 63-year-old had made advances towards Powell’s wife, Breen said.

It happened sometime between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday night, the 63-year-old fell to the floor and the couple left, Breen said. Powell was arrested yesterday for second-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

He is tentatively scheduled to be brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:26 pm
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CREEPY THEFT

• Centralia police were called to Tower Avenue and Main Street about 3:10 p.m. yesterday where a purse was stolen from a vehicle while its owner was asleep inside the vehicle. No arrest had been made as of this morning.

STORAGE UNIT THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue where someone had cut a chain and broke into a storage area to steal an $800 welder (blue Miller brand, MIG/TIG model) and also a Stihl backpack leaf blower.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 5 o’clock this morning to take a report of the theft of a beige 1993 Toyota Camry from the 300 block of South Street. The car has a license plate reading ATT 2012, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A blue 1990 Honda Civic wagon was reported stolen from the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia just before 8 a.m. yesterday. The four-door car has an Oregon license plate of 715 JER, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LAW ENFORCEMENT: WEDDING RING PAWNED BY HIRED HELP

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they arrested a woman who worked as a house cleaner who allegedly stole a client’s diamond wedding ring and pawned it. The 76-year-old victim from Onalaska contacted law enforcement on Oct. 24 and the nearly $6,000 ring was recovered the following day at the 500 block of North Market Street in Chehalis, according to the sheriff’s office. Melissa K. Green, 36, of Chehalis, allegedly got about $200 for the ring, according to the sheriff’s office. Green was located on Thursday and booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree theft and for second-degree trafficking in stolen property, Breen said.

MAIL PILFERING

• Centralia police were called about 5:25 p.m. on Saturday to the 200 block of Centralia College Boulevard where a woman reported someone had gotten into her mailbox and opened her mail, leaving some of the empty envelopes behind.

ARRESTED ANYHOW

• Centralia police yesterday arrested a 57-year-old man after discovering he had used his brother’s identity to avoid getting arrested for driving with a suspended license, according to the Centralia Police Department. Robert L. Dunivin Jr., of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for identity theft, according to police.

ANIMAL CRIME

• Centralia police on Saturday opened a case of possible animal abuse. They are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police on Friday began investigating suspected theft through fraudulent activity regarding a former employee and a business on the 800 block of North Tower Avenue.

NOT A FREE RIDE

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of Railroad Avenue at 10 a.m. yesterday after a passenger allegedly rode Amtrak from Kelso without a ticket and refused to leave the train depot after police told her to go. Latrisha B. Seals, 32, a transient person, was arrested for third-degree theft and for first-degree trespassing and then booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

• A 35-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with police about 1:20 a.m. today near Harrison Avenue and Interstate 5, according to the Centralia Police Department. Shyla M. Winterholler had an outstanding warrant and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 43-year-old woman was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act following a traffic stop last night at the 200 block of Second Street in Morton. A deputy pulled over Evette D. Drotar about 10:25 p.m. knowing her license was suspended and she had a warrant, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Items in a piece of foil found in her pocket tested positive for amphetamine, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Drotar was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A 56-year-old Packwood man was arrested after a traffic stop in which a  baggie of suspected methamphetamine was found on the floorboard of his van, on U.S. Highway 12 near Davis Creek Road on Friday. Raymond D. Hill was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors today declined to file the charge.

• Chehalis police were called to the office at W.F. West High School about 8:30 a.m. on Friday where a pair of 16-year-old girls were allegedly in possession of alcohol and/or green vegetable material.

VANDALISM

• Gang-style graffiti was located in the women’s restroom at Centralia High School, according to a report made to Centralia police about 10 a.m. on Friday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, third-degree theft, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault, minor in possession of alcohol, driving under the influence, third-degree domestic malicious mischief, operating motor vehicle without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, hit and run, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation … 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.

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Driver found near creek injured, after wreck on bridge

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A 68-year-old motorist who struck the side of a bridge was found on a creek bank roughly 20 feet below the bridge near Doty on Saturday night.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched just before 9 p.m. to a single-vehicle accident on Elk Creek Road near Dokter Road and determined the man had been eastbound before the collision, appeared to have exited the passenger side of his vehicle and then fallen to the ground below.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the driver, Frank C. Wilson of Chehalis, called a relative who phoned 911. Firefighters and medics responded.

Lewis County Fire District 11 Chief Michael Krafczyk said the guard rail before the bridge did it job, preventing the truck from going over the embankment.

The 1996 GMC Sierra sustained major damage, according to the sheriff’s office.

Krafczyk said the patient couldn’t recall what happened. His family figured he couldn’t have been there more than a half hour, Krafczyk said. Wilson was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.

A hospital spokesperson said Wilson was treated and has been released.

The sheriff’s office believes he was driving under the influence and are referring the case to prosecutors for charging, Breen said.

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Parents in Centralia child neglect case discovered in South Carolina beach motel

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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Anthony S. Foxworth Sr. and Mary G. Foxworth are jailed on the East Coast.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The couple who skipped out on their court hearing in which they were to be sentenced for the severe neglect of their teenage son were located yesterday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Anthony S. Foxworth Sr., 45, and Mary G. Foxworth, 43, were taken into custody based on a no-bail warrant issued in Lewis County Superior Court.

The Foxworths pleaded guilty last month to first-degree criminal mistreatment and failed to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon.  They were facing a standard sentencing range of 51 months to 68 months in prison.

Centralia Police Department detective Patty Finch said she got word just before 12:15 p.m. yesterday the couple was in custody.

Officers with the Myrtle Beach Police Department contacted the Foxworths at a motel after spotting their green and gray Chevrolet Suburban in the parking lot. An incident report indicates police there had been contacted by investigators from Centralia who passed along information about the general location where they could be found.

They have been booked into jail and presumably will be extradited back to Lewis County.

The Foxworths had been out of custody since the beginning of the case on unsecured bonds.

When the case was first charged in December of last year, the court files for the two showed they resided on South Tower Avenue in Centralia, but Finch said this week police found their home vacant and that Mary Foxworth had been living in an apartment in Olympia.

Centralia police began investigating in January of last year, after couple took their 16-year-old son to the doctor, and he was hospitalized with severe malnutrition, weighing just 54 pounds.

Prosecutors alleged the boy had not seen a doctor since 2007 and had not been enrolled in school since 2011, yet had two siblings who appeared healthy and presented little concern.
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For background, read “Parents of mistreated Centralia teen are no shows for sentencing hearing” from Wednesday November 1, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm
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Updated at 5:07 p.m.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• An attempted traffic stop of a car with expired tabs in Chehalis early this morning led to a pursuit that headed down Jackson Highway onto state Route 508 and then onto southbound Interstate 5, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened about 3:50 a.m. beginning on Market Boulevard, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. A passenger who allegedly was throwing items out the window got out of the vehicle and ran off around the southbound onramp at milepost 71, Breen said. The sheriff’s office says the car was stopped by a trooper employing a “pursuit immobilization technique” and the driver taken into custody. The 1994 Honda had been stolen out of Kalama, according to Breen. Firefighters were called to the scene near milepost 64 when the car’s engine began smoking and fire broke out in the engine compartment. The driver, Robert A. Wynn, 24, of Kalama, was arrested for attempting to elude and possession of a stolen vehicle. The passenger, Ryan L. Hicks, 24, from Oregon, was located, arrested for being an accomplice and both were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Breen.

• A 30-year-old Centralia man was arrested for vehicular assault following the two-vehicle collision at North Pearl and West Third streets in Centralia yesterday morning. Centralia police say Terry J. Burge caused the wreck which caused serious injuries to his passenger and that Burge was suspected to have been driving under the influence of drugs. He, two of his passengers and the driver of the other truck were hospitalized after the approximately 9 a.m. wreck. Burge was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• The owner of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck called Chehalis police yesterday afternoon to tell them he had parked it the night before at Chehalis Avenue and Prindle Street and it was stolen. The victim said he got a call from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office who found it in a ditch on the 2600 block Jackson Highway, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 8 p.m. yesterday by an individual who said she had left her vehicle running while she went inside at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue and when she came out a few minutes later, she discovered the vehicle was shut off and the keys missing from the ignition.

• A 30-year-old Centralia resident was arrested yesterday afternoon following an investigation for first-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, according to the Centralia Police Department. When Jesika C. Jellison was contacted in the case associated with the 900 block of Harrison Avenue, she allegedly was found with suspected methamphetamine. Jellison was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 25-year-old Longview man was arrested yesterday after deputies were called about 1 p.m. to a business on the 100 block of Foster Creek Road in Toledo about a customer trying several different methods of payment using identification cards belonging to different people. Victor H. Bliss was contacted and arrested for multiple warrants, identity theft and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A backpack was reported stolen about 2:34 p.m. yesterday from the 100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia.

• Chehalis police called about a shoplifting incident at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 2:30 p.m. yesterday arrested a 75-year-old woman from Rochester who allegedly took merchandise valued at $1.74. Betty J. Manker was arrested for second-degree burglary because she had previously been trespassed from the store, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She was not booked into jail, but the case was forwarded to prosecutors for charging, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

• Chehalis police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday by a resident who reported someone attempted to charge $600 onto her credit card. She was able to stop the transaction, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• An individual reported about 8:15 p.m. yesterday that someone broke the windshield on her vehicle while it was parked at the 500 block of East Main Street.

• Centralia police were called at 8:15 a.m. yesterday regarding a rock thrown through the rear window of a vehicle at the 1100 block of South Pearl Street.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, failure to transfer title, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, vehicle collision, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … 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.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 3:31 pm
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JUVENILE ASSAULT

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of Johnson Road about 11 a.m. yesterday and arrested a 14-year-old boy for allegedly assaulting a fellow student. He was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for harassment and fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:15 a.m. yesterday to take a report involving two boys fighting at Chehalis Middle School on the 1000 block of Southwest 20th Street. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for possible charges, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• A 52-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for taking a motor vehicle without permission yesterday after police were called to the 500 block of Northwest Ohio Avenue about 12:40 p.m. Brian D. Hardie allegedly took the car but brought it back a short time later, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail and a case for fourth-degree assault related to the incident was to be forwarded to prosecutors for evaluation, according to police. Prosecutors today declined to file the felony charge pending further investigation.

BAD BEER MISSING

• A beer keg was reported stolen off the back of a truck that was parked behind a local business on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia about 11:30 p.m. yesterday. It was unknown how much beer was inside of it, but the owner advised it was most likely not good, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BAD BILL

• Chehalis police were called about 11:35 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue after a clerk began examining a $100 bill and the customers attempting to spend it walked out. The bill was taken into evidence, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, driving under the influence, violation of no contact order, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault, obstructing public servant; responses for alarm, fraud, dispute, littering civil issue, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances … and more among 168 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Law enforcement seeking whereabouts of convicted Centralia couple

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 1:01 pm
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Anthony S. Foxworth Sr. and Mary G. Foxworth are wanted by Centralia police.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police detectives are asking for calls from anyone with information on the whereabouts of a couple who failed to show up in court yesterday when they were supposed to be sentenced for the severe neglect of one of their children.

Anthony S. Foxworth Sr., 45, and Mary G. Foxworth, 43, were convicted last month of first-degree criminal mistreatment in Lewis County Superior Court. They were facing a standard sentencing range of 51 months to 68 months in prison.

Centralia police detective Patty Finch said the couple was last seen at about 8 p.m. on Monday at a gas station in Gand Mound, with their green and silver 1998 Chevrolet Suburban. It has a license plate reading DP25339, according to police.

The Foxworths are also associated with a black 1999 Toyota 4Runner, license plate ASK0996.

When the case was first charged in December of last year, the court files for the two showed they resided on South Tower Avenue in Centralia.

Finch said this morning police checked the Centralia address and found the home was vacant.

Mary Foxworth was currently living in an apartment in Olympia and when Olympia police checked that location, she was not there, Finch said.

Their defense lawyers said yesterday they last heard from their clients on Monday.

The Foxworths had been out of custody since the beginning of the case on unsecured $10,000 bonds.

Anyone who might have information on where the Foxworths are is asked to phone detectives at the Centralia Police Department at 360-330-7614, or after hours call 911.
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For background, read “Parents of mistreated Centralia teen are no shows for sentencing hearing” from Wednesday November 1, 2017, here

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News brief: Two vehicle wreck on North Pearl Street sends four to hospital

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 12:19 pm
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Responders had to use hydraulic equipment to free a male and a female from wrecked truck. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Four people were hurt, two of them seriously, when two pickup trucks collided at North Pearl and West Third streets in Centralia this morning.

Firefighters responding to the scene about 9 a.m. found a male and a female unconscious with traumatic injuries who had to be extricated from a red pickup truck, using hydraulic tools. Their vehicle had sustained heavy front end damage, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

A third occupant of the red truck got himself out, according to the fire department.

All three were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, Fire Capt. Scott Weinert stated. The male and female in their late 20s or 30s were in serious condition.

The other vehicle was a white pickup truck pulling a landscape trailer which was damaged on its passenger side and front end, according to Weinert. The occupant of the white truck was evaluated on the scene and declined an ambulance ride to the hospital but was taken there by a family member, according to Weinert.

The Centralia Police Department is investigating.

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At North Pearl and West Third streets this morning. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm
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DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 24-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday after allegedly pushing his wife down and then also for allegedly spanking a 2-year-old child leaving marks a couple of days earlier, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers were called about 3:30 p.m. to the residence on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street, but the suspect had left, according to police. The woman told officers about the spanking, something not previously reported, according to police. Joshua A. Carter was located in Centralia and booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault and for  third-degree assault of a child, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey.

CARPORT THEFT CENTRALIA

• A deputy was called about 10 p.m. yesterday by a resident at the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia who said he discovered his Lincoln electric grease gun and Stihl chainsaw were missing from his carport. He said he reviewed security images and saw that on Oct. 19, a female came into the area and left with the items, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $1,950, according to the sheriff’s office.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called to the 400 block of South Tower Avenue at 11:10 a.m. yesterday where employees arriving to a business had discovered a window open. What if anything is missing is not yet known, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A 1998 Toyota Camry was stolen from the 500 block of South Silver Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:30 a.m. yesterday. The car has a license plate reading BCS 6896, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A bicyclist was hospitalized with a head injury after he ran into the back of a parked truck yesterday evening on Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis. Police called about 6:15 p.m. to the scene near Fifth Street said witnesses didn’t see it happen, but heard it. The 54-year-old Chehalis resident was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.

• Two vehicles were struck when a brake drum, from a vehicle being trailered, came off and fell onto the road way at the 1200 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:10 p.m. yesterday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, harassment, suspicious circumstances … and more among 164 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Parents of mistreated Centralia teen are no shows for sentencing hearing

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 3:46 pm
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Attorneys huddle with Lewis County Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke after defendants fail to appear in court.

Updated at 4:53 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities said law enforcement would go look today to try to find a Centralia couple who didn’t show up for their sentencing hearing in a case of the severe neglect of one of their children.

Mary G. Foxworth, 43, and Anthony S. Foxworth Sr., 45, are facing prison terms of as long as more than four years. Each pleaded guilty last month separately to one count of first-degree criminal mistreatment.

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Mary G. Foxworth

They were charged late last year after an investigation that began almost a year earlier. When they first appeared before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court in January, they were allowed to remain free on $10,000 unsecured bonds.

The Centralia Police Department got involved after the Foxworths took their 16-year-old son to the doctor with abdominal pain, and he was was hospitalized, suffering from severe malnutrition, severe constipation and anemia, according to Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm. The boy weighed just 54 pounds, was missing patches of hair, could not stand on his own and had not seen a doctor or been enrolled in school for years, according to the allegations.

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Anthony S. Foxworth Sr.

Most benches in the courtroom today were filled for the hearing that was scheduled for 2 p.m.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead, just after 2:15 p.m., told the judge neither defendant was present, although both were aware of the hearing.

Defense attorney Jacob Clark said the last time he’d heard from his client was Monday. Anthony Foxworth’s lawyer Chris Baum said his client had checked in on Monday as usual.

Judge Joely O’Rourke agreed to sign no-bail bench warrants for the couple.

Among those who were present was their son, now 18 years old. He looked well. Halstead said prior to the hearing he hadn’t decided whether he would address the court.

He was accompanied by at least a half dozen individuals wearing black leather jackets emblazoned with the logo of their group, Bikers Against Child Abuse.

One of the group from Kelso, who only gave his “road name” of Pops, said they work to support young victims.

“We want them to know, that child’s got someone protecting their back,” he said.

Clark said after the hearing adjourned, he asked Mary Foxworth’s mother to go check on her, as there have been mental wellness concerns.

Clark said he believes the couple no longer resides together, nor do their other two children live with them.

Baum said he didn’t know why they weren’t at court, and he didn’t want to speculate.

Halstead said the plan was to send law enforcement to look for them and pick them up this afternoon.
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For background, read “Centralia mother pleads guilty to severe neglect of son” from Tuesday October 17, 2017, here

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Threat in note prompts searches of everyone entering Centralia High School

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An extra law enforcement presence, locked building doors and searches with metal detector wands at Centralia High School today is due to a suspicious note found yesterday, according to authorities.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Ed Petersen, public relations coordinator for the Centralia School DIstrict, says otherwise, it’s been a pretty normal day.

The sheriff’s office says a teacher yesterday around 11:40 a.m. found a folded up suspicious note on a ramp near one of the outdoor classrooms.

It did not contain a threat to any specific person, but its context was a general threat to possible people at the school, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said this morning.

Breen said deputies and officers from the Centralia Police Department would be providing personnel at the school to assure the safety of students.

Centralia High School Principal Josue Lowe sent a message to parents yesterday evening informing them of the situation.

Lowe said that students would not be allowed to bring backpacks or duffel bags to school today and that arriving students would go through a checkpoint to be searched with metal detector wands.

All exterior doors were to be locked today and anyone entering the building would be subject to search, according to the school district.

The high school is on the 800 block of Eshom Road.

Breen said deputies are working to learn who wrote the note.

“The Centralia School District in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies will do everything within our power to find out who is making the threat and prosecute them accordingly,” Lowe stated.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 3:10 pm
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Updated at 6:32 p.m.

MATTRESS CATCHES FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 12:30 a.m. today to a house on Northwest Quincy Place in Chehalis after a smoke alarm alerted an upstairs family to a fire on the ground level. The downstairs resident was at work and for an unknown reason, the mattress on her bed was burning, according to Firefighter Kevin Reynolds. When the crew arrived, the upstairs resident was pulling the smoldering mattress out the front door, Reynolds said. Reynolds credited the working smoke detector that caused the upstairs resident to go look around downstairs for saving the building. It could have been a very different story, he said. “Nobody would have noticed, because she was not home,” he said.

AUTO THEFT

• A white 2002 Ford van left unattended while it was warming up this morning was stolen from the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Police called at 6:39 a.m. say the vehicle was taken by an unknown suspect and has a license plate reading 693 ZAA.

OTHER THEFT

• A Chehalis resident contacted police about 10:10 a.m. yesterday to report fraudulent charges to his bank account. Police are waiting for further information, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Pear Street where someone had stolen a wallet and papers from a vehicle. They also attempted to start the vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

• Chehalis police were called about 6:05 p.m. yesterday by an individual reporting someone had been tampering with a lock on a storage shed at the 1500 block of North National Avenue.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 19-year-old Chehalis resident appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon, facing felony charges of four counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. Hayden VonBargen was summonsed to court following an investigation that began April 19, with the Pe Ell Marshal’s Office. He and the girl – who reportedly told VonBargen she is 13 but almost 14 when they communicated over the Internet – allegedly knew each other from a youth group and engaged in sexually explicit conversations, according to charging documents. He was allowed to remain out of custody with an unsecured bond. His arraignment is Thursday.

• An 18-year-old Winlock resident was charged today with second-degree burglary for an incident over the weekend in which he allegedly went onto the porch of home inside a fenced property with a claw hammer, waking up the residents who thought he was using it trying to break in. Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told the judge this afternoon that further information he learned suggested it maybe was not a random event by an intoxicated person. Meagher said Steven E. Dodds may have ties to a gang known for destruction of property, given a Juggalo tattoo on his arm. When police responded to the approximately 3:15 a.m. call on Sunday to the 1400 block of Northwest Kerron Avenue in Winlock, Dodds was reportedly still on the porch, soaking wet and shivering, according to charging documents. The resident told police later on Sunday the suspect also had poured starter fluid over the porch by the door and said he was going to set it afire, giving various reasons for that, including because he was cold, the court documents relate. Dodds was booked into the Lewis County Jail. However, on Monday afternoon when he was brought before a judge, prosecutors had not yet decided to file charges and he was allowed release on a $5,000 unsecured bond. He returned to Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon with his mother, after charges were filed and Judge Joely O’Rourke said his conditions of release would be modified with a 6 p.m. curfew. He has no criminal history. His arraignment is Thursday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, disorderly person, hit and run, vehicle collision, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 144 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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News brief: Mineral house fire under investigation

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 6:17 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The cause of a fire that destroyed a two-story home in Mineral last week remains under investigation.

Firefighters from Lewis County Fire District 9 were joined by four other neighboring departments after being dispatched to the 100 block of Mineral Hill Road about 11:24 a.m. on Wednesday.

Heavy smoke and fire on the upper level with backdraft conditions prevented crews from going inside and other hazards included a downed live electrical wire as well as a 1,000-gallon propane tank nearby, according to District 9’s Medical Service Officer Jeanine Armstrong.

The fire was threatening another structure but they were able to protect it with no damage to that property, according to Armstrong.

Fire Investigator Jay Birley said the resident said she’d been watching television and heard some beeping she thought at first was coming from the TV.

“After awhile, she went upstairs, opened a bedroom door and was met by a wall of smoke,” Birley said.

She was able to get out and call 911, he said. Three dogs got out as well, but one cat was still missing as of Sunday morning, he said.

Birley said he still has some interviews to conduct as he continues to try to find the cause of the fire.

Armstrong indicated the house was built in the 1940s.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm
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GUN SCARE

• Deputies called about a person threatening people with a firearm at a trailer park in the 100 block of Cowlitz Loop Road in Toledo about 8:40 p.m. on Friday arrested a 48-year-old man for felony harassment. Paul A. Komara, a tenant, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The case is also being referred for fourth-degree assault as Komara allegedly shoved one of the park managers, according to the sheriff’s office.

MOTEL ROOM SCARE

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of Centralia College Boulevard about 7:40 p.m. on Friday where a 36-year-old woman was found passed out in someone else’s hotel room and allegedly assaulted the occupants of the room when they told her to leave. Rachel J. Rider, a homeless person, allegedly gave a false name to officers, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree trespassing, obstructing a law enforcement officer and two counts of fourth-degree assault, according to police.

BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a break-in to an unlocked  garage on the 500 block of Northwest Quincy Place. Missing was a Stihl leaf blower, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• An estimated $1,200 worth of tools and other items were discovered missing yesterday afternoon from a detached garage on the 200 block of Woodard Road in Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A pressure washer and various tools were stolen in a burglary to a storage shed at the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:40 a.m. on Friday. The suspect or suspects also attempted to break into the coin reservoir of a coin-operated clothes dryer, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 35-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for second-degree burglary after Chehalis police were called about 8 a.m. on Friday to the 1100 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue about about an unauthorized person entering a laundry room and allegedly damaging a washing machine and a lock. Michael P. Doven was was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police assisted the Napavine Police Department by retrieving a jacket which had been stolen, with a significant amount of money in it, on Saturday, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to  the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 4:40 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of merchandise totaled approximately $3,596 two days earlier. Taken were two computer towers and a monitor, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called to the 1300 block of Alexander Street in Centralia about 3:15 p.m. on Friday to take a report that cash was stolen from a resident’s drawer.

• Chehalis police were called about 2:20 p.m. on Friday by an individual who said she believed someone took her wallet from her purse while she was shopping at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

• Centralia police were called to take a report of the theft of aluminum wheels from the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

CAR PROWL

• A 32-year-old Centralia woman was arrested after a call about 2:50 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 2500 block of Eureka Avenue in Centralia. Kendra J. Chancey was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A Stihl chainsaw was reported stolen out of the back of a pickup truck at the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 11:25 a.m. on Saturday.

• Tools and a tool box were reported stolen from a vehicle at the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2 p.m. on Friday.

• Sometime between 8 p.m. on Thursday and 1 p.m. on Friday, someone stole a bottle of Oxycodone from a vehicle at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police on Friday afternoon.

• Chehalis police were called to the 300 block of Northeast Washington Avenue about 1:45 p.m. on Friday for a vehicle prowl in which a wallet and cigarettes were stolen.

• Police were called to the 100 block of West Pine Street in Centralia about 10:40 a.m. on Friday where someone had stolen a doghouse from a vehicle.

DRUGS, WARRANT

• Two people were arrested after contact with an officer at the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia just after 1 p.m. on Saturday. Brandon L. Caley, 20, of Winlock was cited for minor in possession of marijuana and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department. Stormie M. McKenzie, 19, of Winlock, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on an outstanding warrant issued out of Lewis County Superior Court.

• A 37-year-old Winlock man wanted on an outstanding warrant was captured by a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office K-9 after he ran from a residence to a wooded area near the 100 block of Southeast First Street in Winlock on Friday evening. K-9 Axel was assisting the Toledo Police Department. Steven R. Luurs Jr. was was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A motorist was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure after her car left the roadway yesterday afternoon on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 79 and landed in a creek. Firefighters called about 2:20 p.m. report that witnesses helped the woman and her small dog out of the vehicle, with the passenger compartment about halfway filled with water.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, third-degree theft, resisting arrest, probation violation, driving with suspended license, fourth-degree domestic assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, disorderly person, hit and run, harassment, graffiti, trespassing, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation … and more among 399 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.