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News brief: Wind, trees continue to cause issues with electrical service, roads

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Lewis County PUD is still getting calls this morning of power outages around the county.

Spokesperson Corenne Moses said customers have been losing power since 9 a.m. yesterday when the high winds began.

At one point last night they lost a main feeder that cut off electricity to residents from Silver Creek to Glenoma, but that has been restored, Moses said.

High winds have knocked trees onto roadways through the night, causing closures including on U.S. Highway 12 and state Route 508, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The utility is posting information on the homepage of its website about where electricity has been cut off. Check here at Lewis County PUD

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Two-plus buildings affected by Vader fire; cause unknown

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:51 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The house where the fire in Vader started is still standing, but is just a shell.

The former community center building to the north had to be torn apart with an excavator to extinguish its burning contents.

And the Masonic Hall to the south suffered only superficial damage on an exterior wall.

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822 A St., Vader

The cause of Sunday morning’s blaze is under investigation; he doesn’t know what started it, Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20 Chief Richard Underdahl said yesterday.

“The back part of the house was really where the intensity was,” Underdahl said. “It was collapsed.”

Firefighters called about 8:50 a.m. arrived to find the single story home on the 800 block of A Street fully involved, with flames coming out the roof and the walls, the chief said.

There was talk about explosions, but Underdahl said he never heard any as he battled the blaze beside his crews.

No occupants were located, but Lewis County Fire District 5 Chief Gregg Peterson who conducted incident command with District 20′s Assistant Chief Ruth Crear said he learned three people got out of the house, including a boy and also a man who went to the hospital with a laceration to his hand.

Peterson said he heard the injury was related to a window, and trying to put out the fire.

Some nearby residents were asked to evacuate the neighborhood as a precautionary measure because of the large amount of smoke, Underdahl said.

“It was bad,” he said. “The smoke was thick, and was really, really bad.”

Some 40 firefighters responded from five other departments to assist, with many on the scene until almost 5 p.m., according to Underdahl.

The chief said the radiant heat from the house fire ignited the contents of the adjacent metal-sided quonset hut style structure. Once a community center, and later in its life a youth center, the building is now owned by an individual who used it for storage, he said.

“They noticed that thing was smoking and realized there must be fire inside,” he said.

Firefighters began to attack it from both ends, but the intense heat forced them back out, and they fought it defensively, he said.

Among the items inside and something that may have contributed, he said he learned later, were as many as 60 five-gallon buckets of hydraulic oil.

An excavator was brought up from Castle Rock.

“We unfortunately had to pull the quonset hut apart,” Underdahl said. “It had to be completely torn apart.”

One firefighter, Assistant Chief Crear, ended up with some type of leg injury, but she stuck around and then went to Providence Centralia Hospital later, Underdahl said.

“We were able to save two little kittens,” he said.

The pair, quite possibly strays, came running out from the brush next to the building, according to Underdahl.

“We grabbed them, got them” he said. “They were just scared.”

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For background, read “Fire burning in Vader” from Sunday November 9, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:54 am

DRUGS

• Centralia police took a report about 1 p.m. yesterday from the 1000 block of South Tower Avenue regarding the theft of medications.

• A 44-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with police on the 1200 block of Alder Street at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday. Timothy P. McCann was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation; responses for collisions on city streets … and more.

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Defendants in Vader toddler death case want out of jail until trial

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 9:15 pm
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Danny Wing, right, and his wife Brenda Wing listen to lawyers and a judge decide their bail in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lawyers for the Vader couple accused in the battered child death of a 3-year-old boy both told a judge today nothing in the charging allegations indicate their client did it.

“Nothing in there suggests she was the agent in this death,” Vancouver-based attorney Mark Muenster said.

Brenda A. Wing, 27, and her 26-year-old husband both clad in green striped jail garb sat handcuffed at the defense table during the discussion of their bail pending trial.

“(It) does not contain any evidence Danny Wing abused this child, ever,” Steve Thayer, also from Vancouver, said.

The couple was arrested and charged on Friday in connection with the Oct. 5 death of Jasper Henderling-Warner.

His 21-year-old mother who lives in Vancouver had allowed the Wings to care for her son for a period of time described by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office as several months. Jasper died at Providence Centralia Hospital where he was rushed after Brenda Wing called 911 and said he was not breathing.

The coroner concluded from healing fractures, numerous bruises and an autopsy Jasper died of chronic battered child syndrome, meaning ongoing physical abuse.

Charging documents describe a timeline and the child’s injuries, but offer no details of what happened to the boy. The Wings gave conflicting accounts of his final weekend.

Nikki Warner wanted to be present at this afternoon’s hearing in Lewis County Superior Court, but said she was stuck in Vancouver, where she’s been mostly homeless and struggling to earn money for food, for gas.

She said she wants answers about her son’s death.

“I’m pretty much numb on the case,” Warner said this afternoon by telephone. “I feel like a deer in the headlights.

“I have to totally shut out my grieving so I can work; I’m pushing myself to sidetrack myself to work.”

Charging documents describe a note signed by Warner and the Wings making them Jasper’s guardians from July 31, 2014 until July 31, 2015. The sheriff’s office has said they are distantly related.

The couple has three children of their own, between infancy and age 6, but they were taken into the custody of Child Protective Services after the Oct. 5 death.

The Wings were arrested when they went to CPS office in Centralia for a visit with their children, on a $500,000 arrest warrant.

This afternoon, Muenster argued Brenda Wing’s bail should be reduced to $50,000, indicating she would be highly motivated to stay in the area with ongoing shelter care proceedings regarding her children.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey set her bail at $200,000 because of the potential flight risk and the seriousness of the charge.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead requested bail be raised to $750,000 for Danny Wing, because he has prior convictions including domestic violence offenses, and noted a September case in another county involving a drug violation and a third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.

Attorney Thayer pointed out the Wings retained them after the death and knew a criminal filing could be made, suggesting Danny Wing didn’t flee during that time, so he wouldn’t be likely to flee now.

“Their parents are present,” Thayer told the judge.

Judge Brosey left Danny Wing’s bail at $500,000.

The lawyers asked for a delay before the Wings arraignment, as they need time to see if arrangements can be made about legal representation on the charges.

Ordinarily, a person has a right to be arraigned within 14 days, but they waived that right and a court date was set for Dec. 4, according to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer.

The Wings are charged each charged as either the principal or accomplice with homicide by abuse or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter.

Sheriff’s office spokesperson Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown has described the mother as upset, angry and sad.

Warner this afternoon said there’s not a word for what she’s going through.

“This whole case with Danny and Brenda, it just blows me away,” Warner said. “I just want to know why they did it, and what my son did that was so wrong.”
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For background, read “Coroner: Ongoing physical abuse led to Vader toddler’s death” from Friday November 7, 2014 at 9:18 p.m., here

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Tina Murphy of Winlock and Penny Morosoff of Toledo hold posters in support of Jasper Henderling-Warner outside the courtroom this afternoon.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Updated at 7:12 p.m.

CHEHALIS WOMAN SCARES BURGLAR AWAY

• Deputies were called about 12:05 a.m. today to the 400 block of Yates Road south of Chehalis after a 30-year-old mother discovered a tall thin stranger wearing a ski mask and dressed all in black inside her home. She screamed and he ran out through the laundry room door, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman said she had been in her daughter’s bedroom trying to get her to fall asleep when she heard a voice and thought her boyfriend had returned home, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. She hid in her child’s room until law enforcement arrived and when they searched the house, they discovered in the master bedroom a safe had been opened and a Sony Playstation had been placed inside a pillow case, Brown said. Missing from the safe was about $600 cash, silver coins, a gold watch and necklace, according to Brown. The woman said she believed the intruder had gray hair and was caucasian, according to the sheriff’s office.

ACQUAINTANCE TAKES VALUABLES BY FORCE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that last Wednesday, a deputy took a report from a 33-year-old Toledo man who said a person he knows entered his home and used physical force plus threats of further harm while demanding anything of value in the residence and left with three laptop computers. The deputy was told it happened at noon last Monday at the River Oakes RV Campground off state Route 506 west of Interstate 5, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being referred to prosecutors for a charge of robbery against the suspect, a 33-year-old man from Winlock or Cowlitz County, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said there was a second victim present during the incident and there is a second suspect involved as well who is not yet identified.

MORTON POLICE CHECK FOR INTRUDER

• Police responded to a call at a residence in the 100 block of First Street in Morton about 3:10 a.m. on Friday after the homeowner reported being awakened by a noise in the attic. Officers searched the attic, and all around the exterior of the home, however, nothing was found, according to the Morton Police Department.

TOOLS TAKEN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning they are investigating the theft of two chainsaws and a winch from a metal building on the 400 block of state Route 505 outside of Winlock that occurred sometime in the week that ended on Friday. The loss is estimated at $2,300, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR PROWL

• Someone prowled an unlocked vehicle parked at the 100 block of West High Street in Centralia while its owner was shopping, according to a report made to police about 6:25 p.m. yesterday.

GRAFFITI

• A vehicle belonging to a business and a building at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia were discovered vandalized with graffiti early yesterday morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 65-year-old Toledo man was arrested after he allegedly stopped  a car traveling near his home and pointed a gun at the driver and her 8-year-old son on Friday night. Police were called about 8 p.m. about the incident in the area of North Fifth Street and the woman had taken off and parked near Toledo High School and turned off her headlights to hide from the man, according to authorities. Larry N. Bemrose, 65, was contacted and spoke to officers about how he was protecting his neighborhood, allegedly admitting he’d contacted a white sport utility vehicle and a Lincoln, although denying he’d confronted the woman, court papers state. The woman, Finola Erickson, told police she’d just left a relative’s house in the area of Middle Crest Road and when she came to the stop sign, a pickup truck pulled a U-turn in front of her and blocked her, according to charging documents. She said a man she’d never seen before got out, approached with a rifle and pointed it at her son who was sitting in the passenger seat, and then walked around her side of the car and pointed it at her, charging documents relate. Bemrose gave police permission to search his truck and they retrieved a long gun leaning against his passenger seat that he said was a 4-10 shotgun, the documents state. He was arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail. Bemrose, who has no criminal history was charged with the same offense today – which has a maximum penalty of life in prison – and ordered held on $100,000 bail pending trial. His arraignment is set for Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court.

COLLISION

• A 21-year-old Randle resident was reportedly uninjured but his 1991 Chevrolet Astrovan sustained major damage when it slid off the roadway and overturned along the 200 block of Silverbrook Road in Randle about 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Ethan Middleton said he did not know what happened and advised he had been drinking alcohol, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. One of six firearms located in his vehicle was loaded, so Middleton was arrested for having a loaded firearm in a vehicle as well as first-degree negligent driving, according to the sheriff’s office. He was then released, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing a public servant, teenage boy for alcohol possession, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, disputes, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street … and more.

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Fire burning in Vader

Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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Courtesy photo by Dustin Lampien

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Authorities have asked at least two households to evacuate as firefighters battle a blaze including one home and a building that formerly housed a youth center in Vader.

Twenty-three-year-old Dustin Lampien said his house across the street is infiltrated with smoke.

“I’m actually getting all the kids clothes and getting out,” Lampien said in a brief phone conversation at about noon. “We’re getting evacuated, as are the neighbors, who have six kids.”

His wife has already taken their four children, ages five and younger, to his mother’s home, he said.

Lampien said it was around 9 a.m. or even 8:30 a.m. when he noticed the house across the street was on fire.

“I heard an explosion, like something blew up, and smoke started billowing out the front and left side of the house,” he said.

He said his understanding was the owner was away, but the owner’s son and two others are staying there. They’re all accounted for, Lampien said.

Lampien lives on A Street near Ninth Street in the tiny South Lewis County town.

He said 40 to 60 foot flames were still rising from the former youth center and fire crews were actively battling that fire.

“The roof just collapsed about five minutes ago,” Lampien said.

He described it as a very large building, with a metal roof, currently being used as storage of “a lot of antiques.”

Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20 Chief Richard Underdahl said the quonset hut type structure had no windows and crews tried to fight the fire from inside but finally backed out.

His department was joined by personnel from fire departments from Castle Rock, Toledo, Winlock and Napavine.

The Masonic Hall building on the south side of the house sustained exterior fire damage as well, he said.

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Courtesy photo by Dustin Lampien

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8:12 am

POLICE: INTERNAL THEFT

• A former bookkeeper for a Centralia insurance agency was arrested for first-degree theft early Thursday following an investigation that began in mid-April. David R. Gibson, 43, of Oakville, is suspected of stealing around $13,000 from Putnam Insurance on the 600 block of West Main Street over a period of time, Centralia Police Department Officer Patty Finch said. Gibson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

HIT AND RUN

• Centralia police were called to the 800 block of North Tower Avenue about 2:50 a.m. yesterday where a man said he was was hit in the leg by a car as he attempted to cross at the intersection. The 29-year-old Centralia resident suffered an injury to his knee but declined aid, according to the Centralia Police Department. The vehicle that struck him and did not stop was described as was described as a small green or teal Cavalier with a male driver and female passenger, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 7:15 a.m. yesterday regarding someone throwing rocks through a vehicle window overnight at the 100 block of North Iron Street.

OOPS

• Centralia police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday when a small passenger car ran into a building on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue. Nobody was hurt and the damage to Rite-Aid was minimal, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR FIRE

• It was likely an electrical issue that sparked a fire in a car on Thursday evening as it was traveling over the northbound Kresky Avenue viaduct in Centralia, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Firefighters called about 6:50 p.m. were told by the two women they saw smoke coming from below the dashboard just before the car became disabled, according to Capt. Scott Weinert. They got out of the car and the area burst into flames, according to Weinert. The fire was extinguished without any difficulties, but the 1998 Ford Cordova was a total loss, according to the fire department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for misdemeanor theft, report of a sexual assault … and more.

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Coroner: Ongoing physical abuse led to Vader toddler’s death

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Charging documents in the homicide case of 3-year-old Jasper Henderling-Warner describe a variety of week’s old injuries and conflicting statements from the married couple who were caring for him about his final day or days on this earth.

The Vader pair were arrested today and are being held in the Lewis County Jail on $500,000 bail.

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Jasper Henderling-Warner

Brenda A. Wing, 27, and Danny A. Wing, 26, are each charged as either the principal or accomplice in the Oct. 5 death.

No details are offered of exactly what happened, but the results are described in court papers as numerous abrasions including on the back of his head, trauma to his face and multiple bruises to his arms and legs.

X-rays revealed healing fractures, and Jasper was missing his two lower front teeth, according to the court documents.

The cause is labeled by the coroner as chronic battered child syndrome, meaning ongoing physical abuse, according to authorities.

“Basically, it gets to the point where the body just says, ‘I’ve had enough’,” Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office began investigating when it received a Sunday evening 911 call from Brenda Wing that the boy was unconscious and he was rushed to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Brenda Wing said they’d just picked the boy up from his mother in Woodland the night before. Danny Wing told detectives it was two nights before.

Eighteen-year-old Zachary Kidder who resided with the couple at their home on the 400 block of Main Street in Vader said the child had been there for the entire week to week and half he’d been staying there.

The mother, un-named in court documents, told detectives she and the couple agreed they would be his guardians for a year, beginning on July 31, court documents state.

The mother explained she was homeless and could not care for her son and described trips to both Chico, Calif. and Oregon City to look for work. She lives in the Vancouver, Wash. area.

The sheriff’s office has said the parties were distantly related.

Prosecutor Meyer’s documents say they met in July and had several play dates with the boy and the Wing’s children.

Meyer charged the Wings today with homicide by abuse, causing the death by engaging in a pattern or practice of assault or torture; or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter, recklessly causing the death.

“They’re both plausible charges, based upon the facts that we’ve got,” Meyer said late this afternoon.

He said he believes both Wings had a role in the death. Meyer alleges further they used a position of trust on a particularly vulnerable victim.

The little boy was suffering from skin infections that were secondary to his cause of death, according to the court documents.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said the doctor who performed the autopsy is not finished with all the forensic studies and could add more contributing factors to the death certificate.

Detectives were told by Kidder that the boy would simply fall over, stiffen and writhe in pain for up to 30 minute several times each day, charging documents state. He also told the detectives at first the Wings picked the boy up two days earlier, but then admitted he was instructed by Danny Wing to say that.

Charging documents offer the following from Brenda and Danny Wing about his condition that weekend:

Brenda Wing said the child was sleeping when they picked him up and when they got home, she put him to bed on the couch in the living room, where her own infant slept in a bassinet.

The following morning she awoke to him moaning, repeating “hungry” while turning his head back and forth with his eyes closed. He had a small bit of toast and Gatorade and she went back to sleep until about noon, and then went to the store.

When she tried to wake him around 4 p.m, he was totally limp so she gave him a bath to revive him and noticed a lot of bruises all over him, she said.

“Brenda initially told detectives once she put the cold water on the child, he stopped breathing,” charging documents state. “She and her husband Danny called 911 and began CPR on the child.”

Danny Wing’s statement was they had brought the boy back to their home on Friday night Oct. 3, not Saturday as his wife had said. On Saturday, the child was coherent, walking around and seemed okay, he said.

That was the day he and his wife noticed the bruises, not right before they called 911, according to Danny Wing.

Brenda Wing told detectives the boy’s mother was a drug user and she believed he had been abused while in the mother’s care.

The mother told detectives after she returned from Oregon City, the Wings brought Jasper to her for a visit in mid-September.

“The mother indicated that she made several attempts to reach the Wing family via cell phone, but they would not take her calls,” Meyer wrote. “When they did, they would make excuses not to meet with her for visitations.”

She provided a note signed by her, Danny and Brenda Wing, making them the guardians from July 31, 2014 until July 31, 2015.

Detectives found a Facebook posting they believe the mother made in September, indicating the Wings had temporary custody of her son, and that she missed him.

Meyer said the evidence they have does not point to the mother being involved.

While the final report has not been issued from the autopsy, the injuries discovered were “weeks, not months” old, during the time the boy was in the care of the Wings, according to the doctor, charging documents state.

The couple is expected to go before a judge on Monday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background, read “Two arrested in death of toddler from Vader residence” from Friday November 7, 2014 at 1:07 p.m., here

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Two arrested in death of toddler from Vader residence

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm
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Jasper Henderling-Warner / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Updated at 1:32 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Vader couple taking care of the 3-year-old boy who died under suspicious circumstances early last month have been arrested for homicide by abuse.

Brenda Wing, 27, and Danny Wing, 26, were taken into custody just before 11 a.m. today at the Child Protective Services office in Centralia.

Firefighters and deputies responded the evening of Oct. 5 to a 911 call  from the Wing’s home, in which Brenda Wing said the boy was unconscious and not breathing. Responders continued CPR and conducted other life-saving measures but the toddler was pronounced dead at Providence Centralia Hospital.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at the time said only that it was suspicious, but now reveals the child had severe and obvious bruises and injuries to his entire body.

“The Wing’s explanation for the injuries were inconsistent with the investigation and autopsy findings,” Chief Civil Deputy Brown  states in a news release. “The Wing’s stories have varied from each other as well.”

Jasper Henderling-Warner’s cause of death is labeled by the coroner as chronic battered child syndrome.

Brown indicated the boy’s mother had allowed the Wings to care for her child for several months. The mother resides in Vancouver, Wash.

Brown said the Wings are family of the mother, although it isn’t clear exactly how they are related.

A detective told the mother today by phone of the arrest, Brown said.

“She’s obviously very upset with it,” Brown said. “She’s angry and she’s sad.”

The child’s father was notified as well, according to Brown.

Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield states that Jasper died from severe abuse and neglect, calling his treatment appalling.

“To think this poor little boy went through months of pain and suffering is heart wrenching,” Mansfield said in a prepared statement. “This case is a solemn reminder of the sickening and tragic consequences surrounding a life of drugs, alcohol, and abuse.”

The Wing’s have been charged with homicide by abuse, and should be held accountable for their role in the boy’s death, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said in the news release.

“No child should be forced to endure the pain and agony that Jasper suffered,” Meyer stated.

Brown said she wasn’t prepared to go into detail about why the mother put her son into the care of relatives.

Brenda and Danny Wing have three children  of their own, between infancy and age 6, who are all currently in custody with CPS, according to Brown.

The sheriff’s office asks for anyone with any information on this incident to call Detective Engelbertson at (360) 748-9286 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422 to earn a reward or remain anonymous.

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For background, read “Law investigating death of toddler from Vader residence” from Monday October 6, 2014, here

 

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm

K-9: YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE, FOR LONG

• A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested for attempting to elude police after he failed to elude them following an attempted traffic stop in downtown Centralia last night. Centralia police say it was around 9 p.m. and a simple violation, but the vehicle sped out Seminary Hill Road at more than 60 mph. Officers terminated the pursuit because of bad weather but located the suspect’s truck empty in his own yard and the suspected driver hiding under his house, according to the Centralia Police Department. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Axel tracked from the vehicle to behind the residence and found Daniel H. Morton, the sheriff’s office reports. Morton was booked into the Lewis County Jail and faces possible further charges of resisting arrest, driving under the influence and driving without a required interlock device, according to police.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called to the 2600 block of Eureka Avenue in Centralia about 5:15 p.m. yesterday regarding a burglary. There was some minor ransacking and items moved around, but nothing seemed to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of North Buckner Street yesterday just after noon regarding the theft of a ring from a home.

AUTO THEFT

• A red 1992 Chevrolet Lumina was stolen from behind a tavern on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 6:30 p.m. yesterday.

PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURE ARREST

• A 21-year-old Napavine man was arrested at his home yesterday following a short investigation conducted by Chehalis police involving allegations of exchanging pornographic images or an image with a minor, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Tristan J. McNeill was booked into the Lewis County Jail, for possession and viewing unlawful images, according to police. The individual depicted is someone he knows, a teenager, detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, school bus scraping  car, report of a sexual assault that occurred several years ago … and more.

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News brief: Chehalis man hit by car

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:02 am

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 73-year-old pedestrian was hit by a vehicle as he crossed Southwest Interstate Avenue in Chehalis early this morning.

Police and firefighters were called to the area across from Subway just south of the Interstate 5 interchange at 13th Street.

“I know we were called at 6 a.m. to Interstate Avenue where a gentleman was crossing the road and was hit by a car,” Chehalis Police Department detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said.

Officers are still investigating, he said.

Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Casey Beck said their patient was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with what appeared to be injuries to his head and neck as well as a broken leg.

“They were talking about shipping him to Harborview,” Beck said.

Wilson described the Chevrolet HHR as a sport utility-type vehicle, Beck said the car’s windshield was completely spider-webbed.

The 73-year-old resides in the area, according to Wilson.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 10:56 am

CENTRALIA HOME BURGLED

• Someone broke into a home on the 2100 block of Salzer Valley Road in Centralia yesterday between 12:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. taking a 32-inch Emerson television, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim noted some of her belongings were moved around in her bedroom as well, according to the sheriff’s office.

TOLEDO RESIDENCE BREAK-IN

• Deputies responding to a burglary alarm just after 1 p.m. yesterday at the 500 block of Jackson Highway South in Toledo found the front door wide open but nobody inside the home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There was a hole through the front door window and a pry mark on the door, but nothing missing, according to the sheriff’s office. The alarm is believed to have scared the person away, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

CHEHALIS SHED BURGLED

• Chehalis police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday about tools and equipment missing from a shed on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street.

MONEY MISSING

• Police were called to the Chehalis Post Office yesterday by a male who said his cousin had sent him 12 one-hundred dollar bills via certified mail but the envelope had been opened and taped shut again and the money was missing. Further details were not readily available.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police took a report of a second-degree theft yesterday afternoon from the 1600 block of  Northwest Louisiana Avenue. Further details were not readily available.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning by a female who said someone else picked up her prescription from the 500 block of South Market Boulevard. Further details were not readily available.

WRECK

• A trailer behind a semi-truck overturned on Interstate 5 in Chehalis early this morning blocking all lanes. No injuries were reported from the approximately 4:15 a.m. accident southbound near West Street but the roadway was not cleared until just after 7 a.m., according to authorities. Ricardo J. Vila, 34, from Vancouver, went off the roadway to the right, due to inattention, and overcorrected causing the wreck, according to the Washington State Patrol. His 2015 Freightliner tractor was undamaged, but the trailer totaled, according to the state patrol. He was to be issued a citation for negligent driving, the investigating trooper reports.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Updated at 12:45 p.m.

ALLEGED DRUG DEALING FOUND ABOVE RETAIL SHOP

• Centralia police’s special Anti-Crime Team arrested a man and scooped up drugs, scales and money when they served a search warrant at an apartment above Smokin J’s yesterday evening. Among the items seized were almost two ounces of heroin, one-half ounce of methamphetamine and more than $2,400 cash, according to the Centralia Police Department. The resident, Matthew J. Goff, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, Sgt. Jim Shannon said. Another individual present was not arrested, he said. The visit to the building on the corner of West Main and Oak streets followed a lengthy investigation, according to police. Goff, 29, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

MAJOR THEFT NEAR TOLEDO

• Unknown thieves hit a rock quarry outside Toledo over the weekend, removing various types of heavy duty, industrial grade copper wiring from the rock crusher and other equipment. The dollar loss is still being tallied up, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responding about 9:15 a.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Mandy Road learned from the 29-year-old victim the theft occurred sometime since Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. It was just the weekend before last when a rock pit in Centralia on Foron Road suffered an estimated $6,000 loss of wiring. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said they don’t know if the two incidents are related.

POSSIBLE FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called last night from an individual who said he lost his wallet and discovered soon after a card of his was used at a local grocery tore. Further details were not readily available.

WRECKS

• A 59-year-old log truck driver was injured when his air brakes failed as he was traveling downhill around a corner near Mineral Creek Road yesterday morning. The loaded truck came to rest on its driver’s side in the ditch on the logging road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding around 11 a.m. found the 2005 Kenworth had major damage. The driver, who is from Camas, was taken to Morton General Hospital with neck and shoulder pain, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The driver was cited for defective equipment, Brown said.

• A 61-year-old Onalaska man escaped injury when he rolled his pickup truck into a ditch along the 300 block of Middle Fork Road yesterday afternoon. The 2006 Ford F250 sustained major damage,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 3 p.m. was told by the driver he was eastbound when his back end started slipping while headed up the hill, causing him to lose control, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, malicious mischief, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, found cell phone, suspicious circumstances … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

Updated at 5:59 p.m.

HOUSE FIRE CONTAINED TO KITCHEN

• Nobody was home and nobody was injured when a fire broke out yesterday afternoon in a house near the Newaukum Valley Golf Course off Jackson Highway south of Chehalis. Lewis County Fire Districts 5 and 6 responded to the approximately 3:10 p.m. call from a neighbor on Divot Drive and knocked the flames down fairly quickly, according to District 5 Chief Gregg Peterson. He estimated perhaps $100,000 loss between the structure and its contents, with the fire contained to the kitchen but smoke damage throughout. The fire is under investigation Peterson said.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a car from the 1100 block of Tennyson Drive in Centralia. Missing is  2001 Honda CRV, with a license plate reading 822 YFF, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A police dog track near Toledo late yesterday was unsuccessful as law enforcement officers searched for a driver who fled following a traffic stop of a vehicle that turned out to be stolen. The Washington State Patrol called the sheriff’s office for help in the area of Plomondon and Toledo-Vader roads about 5 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BREAKING AND ENTERING

• Someone damaged a door and broke into a vacant house for sale on the 100 block of Riffe Hill Road, causing a loss of a about $200, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning. It appeared someone broke in, but did not take anything, sometime since January, according to the sheriff’s office.

MONEY MISSING FROM ACCOUNT

• A 20-year-old Chehalis area resident reported over the weekend that he found $483 worth of fraudulent charges to his bank account, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim did not know how it happened, according to the sheriff’s office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8 o’clock yesterday morning to the 100 block of Northeast Washington Avenue where someone had broke into a pickup truck parked on the street overnight. They got through the rear sliding window, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• An officer was called about 3 a.m. on Saturday shortly after someone broke the windshield of a car parked on Northeast Boistfort Street in Chehalis.

• Officers responded to the 200 block of Main Avenue in Morton about 1 p.m. on Friday after witnesses reported seeing a female stab the tire of a vehicle parked on the street. The suspect, described as blonde, was not found, according to the Morton Police Department. Total loss is estimated at $375.

COLLISIONS

• A 20-year-old Chehalis woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a broken leg after she lost control of her car on Friday afternoon on the 2200 block of Centralia-Alpha Road east of Chehalis and slid head-on into a large fir tree, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 1:10 p.m. found her Toyota Scion totaled and issued a citation for no seatbelt, no insurance and speeds too fast for conditions, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 19-year-old driver was hospitalized after he drove into a guard rail at the end of Fuller Road in Salkum at about 1:30 a.m. yesterday and struck his head on the steering wheel and windshield. The Salkum resident said he was traveling southbound through thick fog and before he realized where he was, ran straight into the guard rail in front of him at Spencer Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He sustained a minor head injury, but his 2000 Ford Escape ended up with major front end damage, according to the sheriff’s office. He was cited for speeds too fast for conditions and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A 17-year-old Chehalis girl reportedly escaped any injury when she was distracted by her cell phone on her vehicle’s console lighting up and collided with a utility pole about 8:20 p.m. yesterday on the 100 block of Deep Creek Road west of Chehalis. The pole was sheered off at its base, knocking overhead lines to the ground and her 1995 Hyundai Accent sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, urinating in public, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, misdemeanor assault, collisions on city streets, shoplifting including a call to a Centralia Outlets store after a pair of males left with two children’s jackets without paying … and more.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

PARTY PATROL

• One 16-year-old was taken to the hospital for what police called alcohol poisoning and several other juveniles face possible charges of minor in possession of alcohol after police responded about 1:15 a.m. yesterday morning to the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWLS

• Four vehicles were prowled in the night at the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Friday morning.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about noon yesterday regarding a vehicle windows shot out with a BB gun at the 100 block of South Gold Street.

DRUGS

• A 46-year-old Centralia man contacted by police for an outstanding warrant at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia on Friday evening will also get a possible charge of possession of methamphetamine. The alleged meth possession was referred to prosecutors for a charging decision and Terry R. Strong was booked into the Lewis County Jail for his warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISIONS

• A 44-year-old driver was hospitalized after she wrecked her vehicle yesterday morning on state Route 508 about 10 miles west of Morton. Troopers called at 9:43 a.m. report the 1993 GMC Jimmy left the highway to the right and traveled up an embankment before rolling and coming to rest on its top. Michelle Maxwell, from Morton, was seat-belted in and her vehicle was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. The incident was blamed on inattention and a citation was to be issued for wheels off the roadway, according to the state patrol.

• A 22-year-old Rochester resident was injured overnight when her car ran into a tree in the Capitol Forest, about nine miles northeast of Oakville. Troopers responded about 2 o’clock this morning to the area of the Cedar Creek/D300 Line where the 2003 Mazda Protege was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. Chelsea M. Rohr was westbound and making a 180 degree right-hand turn when her car struck the tree, according to the state patrol. Rohr was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, the state patrol reports. Alcohol or drugs were suspected to be involved, according to the investigating trooper.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for misdemeanor assault, collisions on city streets … and more.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 at 9:46 pm

ROUNDUP OF WANTED PERSONS NETS 10

• More than 30 local law enforcement personnel conducted a warrant sweep around Lewis County yesterday, arresting 10 individuals wanted in connection with domestic violence crimes. A news release from Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown indicated officers attempted to clear 199 warrants beginning at 7:30 a.m. and working until midnight, but discovered many of the subjects have moved away from the area. The team effort conducted during Domestic Violence Awareness Month was meant to send a strong message, according to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer. “(A)n important reminder to those who choose to commit these acts, that the victims, the police, and this office will not simply turn a blind eye to their violence.” Law enforcement will coordinate with outside agencies to locate subjects, where known addresses are, according to Brown. Centralia Police Department Chief Bob Berg noted how domestic violence touches so many in the community, with a national statistic that one in four women is a victim of domestic violence during their lifetime. Recently appointed Undersheriff and candidate for sheriff Rob Snaza stated: “No one deserves to be assaulted, threatened, injured, or in fear of another person. If you know someone who is being abused, please speak up.” Other agencies participating included the state Department of Corrections, and police departments in Chehalis, Morton, Toledo, Winlock and Napavine.

THEFT

•  Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of a mini bike stolen from outside a residence on the 400 block of South Silver Street.

MORE THEFT

• Someone broke the window out of a vehicle parked at the 200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia and took its stereo, according to a report made to police about 12:30 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were dispatched about 12:40 p.m. yesterday to he 600 block of West Main Street when a backpack was stolen from a vehicle and the suspect was seen fleeing toward Centralia College. Officers arrived in the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report about 5:25 p.m. yesterday of a backpack stolen from a vehicle in a parking lot on the 1000 block of Kresky Avenue in Centralia.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night for possession of heroin with intent to deliver in connection with a location at the 100 block of South Oak Street. Ronald R. Filer was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with police about 9:20 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. A recommendation for the same charge was referred to the prosecutor’s office involving Filer’s 27-year-old girlfriend, but she was not arrested, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, hit and run, harassment, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets … and more.