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Second new Lewis County Superior Court judge sworn in

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm
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Judge-elect Joely O’Rourke introduces her family as she prepares to take oath for new position.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Joely O’Rourke was surrounded with supporters who witnessed the formalities of her transition from attorney to Lewis County Superior Court judge.

The gathering yesterday on the fourth floor of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center was presided over by Judge James Lawler, while newly retired Judge Richard Brosey administered the oath of office.

Retired Lewis County District Court Judge Michael Roewe offered his endorsement of the lawyer he first came to know as a deputy prosecutor in his courtroom in 2009.

Roewe spoke of mentoring O’Rourke, among as many as 60 young new lawyers he came across during his 24 years on the bench.

“Joely immediately stood out in that context,” Roewe said. “She constantly sought feedback to improve her performance.”

The qualities she demonstrated caused him to encourage her to consider running to replace him, but she declined, he said.

O’Rourke won her place in history as the first female superior court judge in the county, in a contested race in November with more than 70 percent of the vote. The term is four years.

The Chehalis resident is married to Centralia-based attorney Shane O’Rourke, who helped her don the black robe after she was sworn in.

Monday’s proceedings were attended by all the Lewis County judicial officials, including Lewis County Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee who was sworn in last week.

When Judge O’Rourke faced the audience, she thanked her parents, her husband, her son, colleagues and others who helped in her journey to the bench.

“I sit before you today, humbled and honored by your faith in me,” she said.

O’Rourke singled out her 11-year-old son Brock who was a trooper, she said, spending his summer walking in parades and knocking on doors as she campaigned.

She thanked Roewe and the other judges who have guided her.

“The three judges and Commissioner Mitchell, each of you encouraged me,” she said. “I also want to thank you for setting the bar so high, I will spend every day the rest of my career feeling challenged.”
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For background, read “Judge-elect O’Rourke secures her place in Lewis County history” from Tuesday November 29, 2016, here

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Now-retired Judge Richard Brosey administers the oath of office to Joely O’Rourke, with her husband Shane O’Rourke.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:29 am
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Updated at 1:22 p.m.

BRANDISHING GUN

• Deputies called to the 100 block of Harold Drive in Chehalis at 6 p.m. yesterday for a verbal dispute were told a firearm had been brandished and upon discovering the subject was ineligible to possess guns, arrested 44-year-old Robert T. Cheney. Cheney was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BRANDISHING PRIVATE PARTS

• An unknown male subject entered a business on the 200 block of North Tower Avenue and exposed himself to an employee before being kicked out of the business, according to a report made to Centralia police just before 4 p.m. yesterday.

BREAK-IN

• Centralia police responded just before 2 a.m. today to the 100 block of East High Street where someone had tried to pry open the back door of a business.

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 1000 block of B Street where during the night, a unknown person entered a detached garage and stole a propane heater, boots, a bar stool and  two Airsoft pistols.

DRUGS

• When police contacted a 27-year-old Centralia woman for allegedly attempting to gain entry to multiple vehicles at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road about 1:35 a.m. today, they found she was in possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department. Roxanne M. Phillips was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

THEFT OF WALLET

• Chehalis police were called to a business on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 11:45 a.m. yesterday after a customer went to pay for her items, realized she had set her wrist wallet down on a shirt rack, went back there and discovered it was gone, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 8:30 p.m. yesterday that someone stabbed the sidewall of a vehicle’s tire causing it to go flat at Center Street and North Tower Avenue.

LOST WALLET, PHONE

• A 67-year-old homeless man called 911 from the lobby of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis about 9:40 a.m. yesterday to report he’d lost his wallet and cell phone. It happened anywhere from the area of state Route 6 to in town, an officer was told. The phone is an LG brand, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND FROM MORTON

• Morton police reported yesterday the owner of a pair of dogs was cited following an incident from a week ago in which the animals reportedly attacked a house cat on a porch in the area of the 500 block of Main Avenue in Morton. The cat did not survive its injuries, according to the Morton Police Department.

TRUCK BURNS

• Firefighters were called about 4 p.m. yesterday to a fully involved in flames utility truck on southbound Interstate 5 just south of the U.S. Highway 12 interchange. The fire was extinguished and nobody was injured, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 137 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: RV fire jumps to garage outside Chehalis

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Four fire departments responded yesterday to the 600 block of Chilvers Road where a fire in a fifth-wheel trailer spread to an adjacent garage and through the attic into a house.

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale, the first on the scene, found the RV fully involved in flames, according to Fire Capt. Casey Beck.

They were joined by members of Lewis County Fire Districts 6 and 5 as well as Riverside Fire Authority in answering the 9:54 a.m. call west of Chehalis, Beck said.

Crews pulled down the ceiling in the garage to make sure all the fire was out, Beck said.

Nobody was hurt but the home sustained smoke damage and the garage will have to be rebuilt, Beck said.

The cause is under investigation.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm
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Updated at 4:26 p.m.

OUT-OF-CONTROL ROOMMATE

• A 31-year-old Chehalis area man was arrested yesterday evening after he allegedly broke the windshield of his roommate’s vehicle and told him if he called the police he would kill him. A deputy responding about 5:30 p.m. to the 200 block of Guerrier Road outside Chehalis spoke to the 72-year-old victim who had fled the home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Corey J. Hickman was found with a laceration on his right hand and another on his left elbow, according to the sheriff’s office. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

OUT-OF-CONTROL TEENAGER

• Police were called to the 200 block of Southwest 11th Street in Chehalis just after 11 a.m. on Friday where a 16-year-old girl allegedly threatened family member with a butcher knife and then threatened to turn the knife on herself. She was taken into custody for second-degree assault and a warrant and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OUT-OF-CONTROL TREATMENT CENTER RESIDENT

• A 25-year-old client at the treatment center on the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis was arrested after he allegedly punched another client in the face, causing his head to hit a wall and causing him to lose consciousness on Friday. An officer responding to the 3:15 p.m. call booked Trevaughn Abernathy of Tacoma into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge and referred the case for Chehalis Municipal Court.

ASSAULT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 6:45 p.m. on Saturday when a 17-year-old girl reported she was punched in the face by an unknown male she refused to “hang with” at the 100 block of South Silver Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: KIDDY PORN

• A woman whose significant other was in the Lewis County Jail called the sheriff’s office on Saturday after she went through his cell phone and found it contained pictures of suspected child porn. Deputies arriving to the 2900 block of U.S. Highway 12 about 8 p.m. took the phone, got a search warrant to look through it and ended up arrested 58-year-old Patrick B. Campbell for eight counts of first-degree possession of child pornography and 24 counts of second-degree possession of child pornography, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

CAT BURGLAR CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called to a restaurant on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue about 6:50 a.m. on Saturday following the discovery of a burglary, in which someone entered from the roof and stole an undetermined amount of cash. Among the evidence collected from the scene were saws, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called just after 1 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a shop building at the 1200 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia. The victim is compiling a list of items stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN RANDLE

• A deputy took a report from the 1700 block of Cline Road in Randle on Thursday morning in which a woman said someone stole approximately 47 Percocet tablets sometime during the previous 24 hours. They got into her home through an unlocked rear entrance, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated t $50.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Someone stole a black flatbed trailer from the 500 block of South Iron Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:50 p.m. on Saturday. The Bulldog brand trailer has a wooden deck and a license plate reading 9546VJ, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 3 p.m. yesterday to the  1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia to take a report of the theft of money.

• Cash was reported stolen from an unattended wallet at a drinking establishment on the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 12:15 a.m. yesterday.

• A 26-year-old woman who allegedly attempted to steal a cartful of merchandise from a store on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis at about 12:20 a.m. on Saturday was subsequently located and arrested for second-degree theft as well as possession of methamphetamine. Diana C. Nelson, from Tumwater, left the cart of goods behind, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She was  but was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• An officer was called just after 9 a.m. on Friday to take a report of medication stolen from the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia the week before.

• A deputy responded about 11:20 a.m. on Friday to the 100 block of Ryan Drive in Chehalis where a woman reported the theft of a John Deere PTO-style fence auger from her property sometime during the previous two weeks. The loss is estimated at $2,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called about 11:50 a.m. on Saturday for a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of South Ash Street in which remote control car parts were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OBSTRUCTING

• A 44-year-old Centralia resident contacted about 2:50 p.m. on Friday at the 400 block of East Plum Street in Centralia and arrested for an outstanding warrant was also arrested for obstructing a public servant after he allegedly lied to the officer about his identity. Patrick J. McCarty was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

KIDS AND WEED

• A call about possible trespassing at the 10 block of Southwest Sixth Street in Chehalis about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday turned up two teenagers allegedly smoking marijuana outside a vacant house. Cases were referred to prosecutors for possession of marijuana for the boys, ages 13 and 14, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police called to the 900 block of Johnson Road about 1:20 p.m. on Friday arrested a juvenile for possession of marijuana. The child was released and the case was referred to prosecutors for charging, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called to White Pass Elementary School on Thursday after students overheard two boys talking about marijuana and ended up referring cases to prosecutors in which allegedly a 12-year-old boy said he received marijuana from a 13-year-old boy, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VANDALISM

• An officer was called just before noon yesterday to Fort Borst Park in Centralia to take a report of a broken window to a vehicle there.

• An officer was called to the 600 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis on Saturday to take a report someone had shattered the front window of a business during the night.

• Police were called just after 10 a.m. on Saturday following the discovery someone had smashed out both driver’s side windows of a car parked parked in front of a home on the 800 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis. Someone also had broken to rear window of a vehicle at the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 25-year-old driver who allegedly struck two parked vehicles with his car was arrested for driving under the influence overnight in Centralia. Police called about 12:07 a.m. today to the 500 block of West Pine Street booked Angel Diaz, 25 of Centralia, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two vehicles wrecked, one right after the other, crossing an icy bridge at the 600 block of Shorey Road outside Chehalis early yesterday morning. Deputies and aid were called about 12:40 a.m. and found a Ford F150 approximately 20 feet off the road, on its side down a small embankment, according to responders. The 72-year-old driver from Chehalis had to be extricated by removing the truck’s windshield, according to Lewis County Fire District 6 and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She had minor chest pain from her seatbelt and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital according to Fire District spokesperson DJ Hammer. The 27-year-old driver of a Jeep Liberty told a deputy he saw the driver of the pickup truck lose control and when he tried to avoid her, he also lost control on the bridge deck, traveling down an embankment on the east side of the road, according to the sheriff’s office. His 14-year-old passenger was reportedly unhurt. Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the 27-year-old Centralia man was taken to Providence via personal vehicle and had X-rays taken for back and leg pain. Both vehicles were totaled, Breen said. District 6 reminds motorists to be cautious about the potential for black ice, especially on less-traveled roads, when temperatures are low.

• A 24-year-old man from Lebam was arrested for driving under the influence after his Subaru Legacy collided with a car sending its 50-year-old driver to Providence Centralia Hospital with neck pain at about 10 a.m. on Sunday in Doty. A deputy called to Elk Creek and Stevens roads contacted Matthew Friese who reportedly acknowledged he had been traveling too fast and couldn’t stop at a stop sign, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Friese’s car was totaled and he was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, restraining order violation, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, beaver running around at an apartment complex; complaint of receiving terrorist-related porn site spam, complaint of “trash all over” near the vehicle that burned up the other day in Chehalis… and more among 456 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Centralia: Teenager dies crossing I-5, wrecks follow

Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm
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A helicopter lands on Interstate 5 to pick up a victim from one of the several crashes in the aftermath of the pedestrian death. / Courtesy photo by Sarah Gee

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 16-year-old girl crossing Interstate 5 on foot to meet friends was killed when she was struck by a passenger vehicle last night in Centralia, according to the Washington State Patrol.

It happened in the southbound lanes south of Mellen Street near the overpass for the new interchange, according to responders.

The state patrol identifies her as Lukah K. Herren, of Toledo.

Firefighters, police and medics responding to the approximately 6:48 p.m. call were soon joined by other responders for a minor wreck just across the freeway and then a serious multi-vehicle collision farther south in the backup.

Interstate 5 was shut down in both directions for a period of time.

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Lukah Kimberly Herren

Trooper Will Finn said Herren died at the scene.

Finn said that he spoke to a sergeant who said the girl tried to cross Interstate 5 to meet some people to get a ride somewhere.

“She was in contact with some friends on the other side of the freeway,” Finn said. “The friends, I don’t know how many there were, were making their way to her side, in a car.”

A brief summary of the incident from the state patrol stated a 2006 Saturn Vue sport utility vehicle was traveling southbound and struck the pedestrian who was in lane two.

The driver of the Saturn, 19-year-old Sandra F. Grubbs of Longview, was reportedly unhurt, but her vehicle was totaled, according to the state patrol. Finn said he didn’t expect any charges to be filed.

He called it an unfortunate incident.

Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Rob Gebhart said a passenger car and a truck collided in the northbound lanes very close to the same area a few minutes after the call for the pedestrian, but resulted in only minor injuries.

Just before 7:30 p.m. farther south in the northbound lanes, a collision involving a semi truck and at least four other vehicles left one of those drivers pinned in his car, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

That driver, in his 30s, was extricated and then airlifted with suspected serious and internal injuries, according to RFA Capt. Scott Weinert. A helicopter landed on the freeway to pick him up and take him to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, according to the state patrol.

Two other victims in other vehicles were treated and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Weinert.

Trooper Finn said the state patrol had been getting calls of the 2006 Freightliner driving erratically, and it failed to slow for the stopped traffic. Its driver was evaluated by a drug recognition expert, found to be impaired and was arrested, he said.

A service dog in one of the involved cars was killed, Finn said.

The southbound lanes weren’t reopened until just before 9:30 p.m. according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The northbound lanes were not cleared until just before 3 o’clock this morning, according to WSDOT.
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CORRECTION: This news story has been updated to reflect that the state patrol revised its brief summary about what the pedestrian was doing from ” … struck the pedestrian who was standing in lane two” to “… struck the pedestrian who was in lane two.”

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The northbound lanes near milepost 80 are closed with a multiple vehicle wreck. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm
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Homeless man loses everything when his car catches fire in Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Nancy Spain

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CAR-HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE

• Firefighters responding just before 11 a.m. yesterday to reports of a fire and explosions found a car fully involved in flames off Southwest Chehalis Avenue down from the Lewis County Jail and Darigold, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. It’s owner had spent the night in the vehicle and gone into the Lewis County Gospel Mission to get some breakfast, Fire Capt. Casey Beck said. “The gentleman was living in the car, and as you can imagine, it was pretty well packed with his belongings,” Beck said. The fire captain said the car’s owner had made some sort of heater to keep warm during the night and he suspected that was related to the fire. The explosions heard were likely aerosol cans. Beck said.

THEFT OF SANDWICH

• A 24-year-old man who allegedly tried to steal a sandwich and vehicle oil from Wal-Mart yesterday ended up getting arrested for attempting to elude. Police were notified about 4:20 p.m. and caught up with the suspect car on Main Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The driver attempted to flee but slid up onto a sidewalk and came to rest next to a wall at Northwest Quincy Place and Prindle Street, according to police. Darin M. McKinley was booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding and a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and faces potential charges also for driving with a suspended license and third-degree theft, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

THEFT OF COAT

• Someone stole a jacket from a garage on the 1100 block of F Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 6 p.m. yesterday. It was a camouflage coat, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STOLEN CAR ABANDONED

• Chehalis police called about 10:40 a.m. yesterday regarding a suspicious vehicle which had been parked at the corner of Sixth Street and Washington Avenue for awhile discovered the silver 2016 Honda Accord with Oregon license plates had been stolen out of Longview. It was impounded, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 9:50 p.m. yesterday for a car prowl at the parking lot on the 2100 block of Southwest Woodland Circle. The front passenger window had been broken and a purse taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WARRANT ARREST

• Anthony P. Burleson, 20 of Centralia, was arrested for an outstanding warrant as well as identity theft and providing false information when contacted about 12:30 p.m. yesterday at the 1600 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia. Burleson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 39-year-old Rochester man was arrested after a traffic stop about 9:25 p.m. yesterday on southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis. James C. Cunning didn’t have identification but said his license was suspended and a search incident to the arrest turned up a small clear baggie of a white substance in his pocket that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A customer turned in a wallet found at the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis just before 3 p.m. yesterday and when the clerk opened it up to check for identification, small plastic bags with suspected drugs were discovered, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Anna M. Kohler, 31 of Centralia, was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant as well as possession of methamphetamine after contact with police about 11 a.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GARAGE BURNS

• Lewis County Fire District 6 says one person suffered a minor injury when a fire broke out overnight in a detached garage off the 100 block of Kennicot Road in Chehalis. Crews arriving after the 12:31 a.m. call found the approximately 30-foot by 30-foot building fully involved in flames, according to department spokesperson DJ Hammer. “It took approximately 40 mins. to bring the fire under control and star overhaul procedures on the structure that had collapsed on its self,” Hammer wrote. The patient lives on the property and had a hand injury, but Hammer didn’t know how it occurred. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. They were joined by personnel from three other departments.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, receipt of counterfeit bill … and more among 163 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Chehalis man struck, killed in crosswalk on South Market Blvd.

Friday, January 6, 2017 at 8:10 am

Updated at 10:41 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An elderly man crossing the street in Chehalis was killed when he was hit by a car this morning.

Firefighters were called just after 6 a.m. to South Market Boulevard at Fourth Street, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Fire Capt. Casey Beck they began CPR but the man died at the scene.

Lewis County 911 Communications recommends motorists use alternate routes as the area was shut down for the investigation.

Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said the victim was crossing in the crosswalk, and the vehicle was traveling north on Market.

Bailey said no arrests have been made but she presumes interviews will be conducted. The driver of the Suzuki Aerio is a 22-year-old Chehalis woman, she said.

The Washington State Patrol is assisting the police department in its investigation, Bailey said.

The victim, Clifford C. Seng, is an 82-year-old Chehalis resident who resides nearby, according to authorities

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‘Skin and bones’: Parents charged with severe neglect of teen

Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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Mary and Anthony Foxworth plead not guilty today in child mistreatment case in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Centralia parents of a 16-year-old boy discovered so malnourished he weighed less than 60 pounds pleaded not guilty today to first-degree criminal mistreatment.

Mary G. Foxworth, 42, and Anthony S. Foxworth, 44, went before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

They were accompanied by court appointed lawyers.

Judge Richard Brosey asked them each if they had any questions and then asked how did they plead.

“Not guilty,” each responded separately.

Charges against the couple were filed Dec. 12 and they were summonsed to appear in court last Friday. Both were allowed to remain free on $10,000 unsecured bonds pending trial and ordered to return today for their arraignment.

The available details about the case are five pages of the affidavit regarding probable cause.

The Centralia Police Department began investigating after the Foxworths took their son to the doctor almost a year ago, on Jan. 19, 2016.

The investigation found the boy had not been enrolled in school since 2011 and had not seen a doctor since 2007.

He has a younger brother and sister who are enrolled in school, appeared healthy and presented little concern, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm wrote in charging documents. Investigators found numerous medical contacts for his siblings over the years, she wrote.

The charging documents offer some of the following information and allegations:

Mary Foxworth contacted Northwest Pediatrics on Jan. 19, 2016 near closing time, saying her son had not been eating or drinking for about three weeks and had abdominal pain.

Medical providers said the boy was whiter than a sheet of paper, looked acutely ill and didn’t talk but only grunted. The doctor estimated his age at  11 or 12. The medical assistant described him as skin and bones, said she had never seen anyone in his condition before or since and she was nauseous from looking at him.

The teen was sent to Providence Centralia Hospital for a diagnosis and they transferred him to Mary Bridge Childrens’ Hospital in Tacoma.

He weighed 54 pounds, was missing patches of hair, could not stand on his own and could not open his mouth wide enough to allow a doctor to check his throat.

He was wearing pull-ups and his skeletal age was determined to be that of a 13-year-old child.

The doctor there wrote in a report “at best, this is neglect, but maybe also physical abuse.”

The boy suffered from severe malnutrition, severe constipation and anemia. He was seen by a dentist and needed 24 of his teeth to be treated, including one that had to be pulled and two that would require root canals.

The charging documents don’t indicate when the boy was put in foster care, but note that as of a date unspecified, he had grown more than three inches and gained 39 pounds. His specific height is not mentioned.

Police detectives interviewed the parents.

Anthony Foxworth said the family regularly ate healthy meals together, regularly bathed and that all his children saw a dentist at least once a year.

He attributed the long hospitalization to the boy’s grandfather – who resided with them – being mean to him.

Separately, Mary Foxworth told detectives the children did not regularly see a dentist or routinely eat three good meals a day.

She indicated she thought he was starving himself because he was depressed. Mary Foxworth admitted she didn’t know when he began to lose weight because she was too wrapped up in her own depression.

The mother admitted to making poor choices, being so sorry for failing him and wrote a letter to her son indicating the same, writing she hoped he would be able to forgive her.

Bohm wrote in charging documents that multiple medical professionals indicated the teen’s condition was the direct result of the neglect, if not abuse, suffered at the hands of the defendants, over a matter of years.

The boy’s foster parents have reported they began a “book of firsts” to track things the teen had not done before, such as learning to push a broom, make a sandwich and go to a movie theater.

The Foxworths when contacted earlier this week declined to comment about the allegations.

Charging documents don’t note if the boy had any pre-existing condition or disease. Mary Foxworth’s lawyer, Jacob Clark, this afternoon outside the courtroom, said that wasn’t something he was able to comment upon.

Their trial is scheduled for the week of March 20. first-degree criminal mistreatment has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

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Breaking ballplayer’s jaw brings prison time for Chehalis 21-year-old

Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 11:49 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A rural Chehalis resident who hoped for a lighter sentence following an appeal for an assault almost three years ago was told by a judge yesterday he’s going to prison.

Cole T. Rife was convicted by a jury in Lewis County Superior Court in August 2014 of second-degree assault and attempted first-degree burglary.

The case involved Rife and an acquaintance’s actions at a party at the 500 block of East Maple Street in Centralia in which a 19-year-old Centralia resident was struck numerous times as well as kicked in the face while he was on the ground, according to court documents.

A witness told police Rife, then 18, had come to the gathering and was trying to pick a fight with anyone who would fight him and turned his attention to 19-year-old Logan Crump, according to court documents.

The victim’s jaw was broken ending his college baseball career, Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey said.

Rife was arrested in mid-April 2014, about a month after the incident. When he was sentenced that summer to 19 and one half months, his lawyer filed an appeal and he was allowed to remain free pending the results.

His attorney Sam Groberg appealed to Brosey yesterday to take into account his client’s young age at the time of the offense and lack of criminal history.

“He’s been out of trouble, he’s bettered himself,” Groberg said. “He’s done what he should do.”

He suggested that spending months in the Lewis County Jail for someone who has never been in trouble before would be sufficient punishment.

“I hope Mr. Rife has learned from this incident,” Groberg said. “I think he has; it’s a life-changing incident.”

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor asked the judge to give Rife the same sentence he was given before his appeal.

Judge Brosey sided with the prosecutor.

The judge said he didn’t believe there were any mitigating factors the first time and he feels the same way now.

“I decline to consider a sentence below the standard range,” Brosey said. “Me and the court of appeals could debate, but we’re not going to.”

A (just out of) high school kid had no business being at a Centralia College party, Brosey said. And the victim was someone who just happened to arrive to pick someone up, he said.

Brosey ordered exactly the same sentence he ordered on August 27, 2014.

Besides the prison time, Rife, now 21, was ordered to undergo evaluations for anger management and alcohol, and follow the recommendations. He will be under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections for three years after his release.

The judge didn’t order Rife into custody, but told him report no later than 3 p.m. next Thursday.
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For background, read “News brief: Chehalis resident locked up briefly for assault of baseball player” from Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 9:44 am
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IVES ROAD FIGHT

• A 22-year-old Centralia resident was arrested last night after allegedly assaulting the father of his former girlfriend at the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia. Deputies called about 7:50 p.m. were told Antonio Rivera went to the 40-year-old man’s residence to retrieve some of his belongings, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. “As he was removing items, he began to argue and was told multiple times to leave the apartment,” sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Rivera allegedly assaulted the victim using his hands and closed fists, causing lacerations, bruises and possible fractures, Breen said. Rivera was subsequently located and detained by Centralia police and turned over to deputies. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault and first-degree burglary. The 40-year-old victim was taken to the hospital for further evaluation of his injuries, Breen said.

STUFF STOLEN FROM GARAGE

• Centralia police were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Mellen Street for a burglary to a garage in which a sleeping bag, boots, trash bags and a case of bottled water were taken.

DRUGS

• Shyla M. Winterholler, 34 of Centralia, was arrested about 5:50 p.m. yesterday at the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia for an outstanding warrant. Winterholler was wanted in connection with a burglary on Friday at the 400 block of Courtland Street in which two others were previously arrested. She had suspected heroin and meth in her possession at the time of her arrest, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police responded to the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue about 11:40 p.m. yesterday for a report of a vehicle prowl. Taken was a purse and a camera, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, dogs outside in the cold … and more among 139 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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High praise offered up for incoming Lewis County Superior Court judge

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm
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The packed courtroom breaks into applause after Andrew Toynbee is sworn in as Lewis County Superior Court judge.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Newly sworn in Lewis County Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee vowed to work hard, be diligent and be prepared as he faced his peers, friends, family and co-workers old and new today.

“I’ll treat everyone with respect, regardless of who they are,” he said.

The Adna resident was sworn into his new role by outgoing Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt this afternoon.

“This is a very pleasurable moment for me, because I know we’ve got a great judge coming,” Hunt said.

Hunt told the gathered crowd he’d hired Toynbee back in the 1990s for his first job, in the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office when Hunt was the elected prosecutor.

The swearing in ceremony was held in department one, which Hunt has presided over since after he was first elected in 2004.

The benches were nearly full, extra chairs were brought in and the front row of the jury box held sitting judges from Lewis County, Thurston County and the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Toynbee ran unopposed for the seat in November and leaves behind his workplace, the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office.

Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim spoke today as well, praising Toynbee’s style as calm and gentle, calling him a genuinely authentic person.

“I can’t imagine a person who is better suited for this position,” Tunheim said.

After he was sworn in, presented with his robe and gavel, Toynbee took his seat at the bench, his voice sometimes breaking as he expressed gratitude for those who’ve helped him along the way.

Honesty, integrity, authenticity and humility were some of the traits he said he’s learned more about from others.

“I thank you all for helping prepare me for this position,” he said.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey is retiring this week as well. Judge-Elect Joely O’Rourke will be sworn in on Monday.

Toynbee and O’Rourke are joining Judge James Lawler and Commissioner Tracy Mitchell in Lewis County Superior Court.

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Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt, left, swears in Andrew Toynbee.

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Two commercial fires in Centralia contained with moderate damage

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 5:39 pm
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Harrison Avenue was closed for about half an hour this morning when fire broke out at the back of Handy Mart. / Courtesy photo by Teri Wiley

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia’s fire department extinguished fires today at a saw mill and a convenience store.

Firefighters called just after 5 o’clock this morning to Sierra Pacific at the 3100 block of Kuper Road found employees using hoses on the fire, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

The fire was in one of the chip bunkers – a storage area containing multiple augers and conveyor belts that deal with saw dust or wood chips, according to Fire Capt. Casey McCarthy.

Crews worked the scene for about two hours and were able to contain it to the bunker of origin, according to McCarthy. They were joined by members of the Chehalis Fire Department and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

The three departments met up again when they began getting reports about 9:15 a.m. of heavy smoke coming from the Handy Mart store on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue.

They arrived to find the business was evacuated and found fire in the attached storage area at the back of the building, according to McCarthy.

They were able to keep the fire from spreading to the store itself, the captain stated in a brief summary of the incident.

All lanes of Harrison Avenue were closed for approximately 30 minutes while fire crews worked on scene.

McCarthy described the damage in both cases as moderate. The causes of both fires are under investigation.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 10:20 am
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Updated at 5:01 p.m.

NEIGHBOR WITH KNIFE

• An argument over parking issues in a shared driveway between two neighbors in rural Toledo yesterday landed one man in jail as he allegedly produced a knife and stepped toward the target of his ire. A deputy responding about 2:30 p.m. to the 100 block of Templeton Road learned the 59-year-old man retreated and then arrested 50-year-old Cleonies Odom for first-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Odom was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Police were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia to take a report of the theft of money from a social security account. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called to the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia about 11:35 .m. yesterday about the theft of money. An investigation is underway, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon from the 1200 block of South Tower Avenue of the theft of medication.

• Morton police responded to an approximately 11:30 a.m. call on Thursday to the 100 block of East Main Street for a possible theft. The case is pending further investigation after the video footage is reviewed, police noted yesterday.

• Centralia police responded about 6:25 a.m. today to the 100 block of Harrison Avenue where two vehicles parked at a business had been broken into.

HANDBAG STOLEN FROM CHURCH

• Witnesses identified a 36-year-old homeless man as the individual who entered a Glenoma church and took a purse belonging to a 79-year-old woman, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement called just after noon on Saturday to the 100 block of Hamilton Road learned an individual followed Daniel A. Rude and two teenage boys, who allegedly helped hide the stolen property, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim was inside the church cleaning it and had left her purse in another room while she was cleaning, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen. Rude was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for the same offense were a 16-year-old Chehalis resident and a 17-year-old Centralia resident, Breen said.

OFF THE ROAD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says an 18-year-old driver was under the influence of intoxicants when she missed a turn and struck a guard rail, a tree, a parked car and a house at the 2100 block of Rice Road in Chehalis overnight. A deputy responding to the 12:30 a.m. call reported the Honda Civic, with three teenage passengers, was totaled, according to the sheriff’s office. The parked 2008 Saturn sustained major damage, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Kimberly Herrera-Torres, from Toledo, was arrested for driving under the influence as well as three counts of reckless endangerment, Breen said. It was the third time in 36 hours a motorist crashed into a home locally.

• A 23-year-old man was arrested after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a light pole, a fence and a residence at the 1000 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia yesterday. An officer responding about 2:40 p.m. reports nobody was injured but  Richard A. James, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence and reckless driving,according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, no contact order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 152 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:39 am
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Updated at 12:42 p.m.

CHILD WHIPPED WITH CORD

• A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday after a deputy was called about an incident at the 2600 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia where the man had allegedly struck a 9-year-old boy multiple times with an electrical cord the evening before, leaving bruises and injuries to his buttocks and hip area. Luis A. Cruz-Garcia also allegedly pulled the hair of the child’s mother. He was  booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault of a child and fourth-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

WOOD CHIPPER PINCHED

• Centralia police were called at 4:51 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of East High Street to take a report of the theft of a wood chipper from the front of a residence.

LOST AND FOUND

• Chehalis police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 2100 block of North National Avenue in which a purse was stolen. Another individual called police about 4:50 p.m. to report finding a purse in an alley, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Credit cards, coins and some cash were missing but the rest of the contents were still inside and it was returned to its owner, according to police.

PUD SCAM

• An individual reported to Chehalis police on Friday they’d received a phone call from someone claiming their electricity would be shut off if they didn’t pay their power bill within the hour. The potential target was told to go to Safeway, purchase a pre-paid card and then wait for instructions, but called police instead, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A wanted person who fled on foot when a deputy following up on a tip arrived to the 1800 block of Seminary Hill Road about 10 p.m. on Sunday was chased down and subsequently located with “quantities” of heroin, methamphetamine and oxycodone as well as paraphernalia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Cameron A. Maden, 33, of Seattle, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and his warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy at the 100 block of Sandy Lane about 10 a.m. on Saturday for an unrelated investigation came across a 50-year-old Centralia man with an outstanding warrant who was subsequently found to possess multiple meth pipes, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. After a field test that came out positive for methamphetamine, James A. Nix was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 26-year-old motorist from Everett allegedly crashed his vehicle into a residence at the 2800 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 1:10 a.m. yesterday. James R. Aartes reportedly ran off but was found, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Nobody inside the house was hurt, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A driver reportedly traveling about 80 mph on Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 2:50 a.m. on Sunday who failed to pull over for a deputy was subsequently arrested for felony eluding, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jonathan M. Pearl finally stopped on E Street, smelled of intoxicants and was unable to stand on his own, according to the sheriff’s office. Pearl, 31 of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A 26-year-old motorist who was allegedly found to be intoxicated after a single-vehicle wreck on the 100 block of Middle Fork Road in Chehalis at about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday was arrested for driving under the influence as well as reckless endangerment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jimmie F. Elliott of Onalaska, had a passenger with him; his 27-year-old pregnant wife, according to the sheriff’s office. She was taken to the hospital for a precautionary screening, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Elliott was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, vehicle collision, fourth-degree assault, suspicious circumstances … and more among 122 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Lawsuits on forestry practices’ link to 2007 flood damage moving forward

Monday, January 2, 2017 at 3:13 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Washington State Supreme Court has decided four lawsuits arising from widespread flooding of the Chehalis River in December 2007 in Lewis County don’t have to be handled in Lewis County Superior Court, but may be dealt with in King County.

The petitioners had filed separate suits in King County Superior Court asserting that poor forestry practices made the land unstable during the heavy rains, allowed landslides to form and then debris to flow into the river; which in turn displaced river water and caused damage to their properties.

The respondents are Weyerhaeuser Company, Green Diamond Resource Company and the state Department of Natural Resources.

It’s the second time the state Supreme Court has considered questions related to the appropriate forum for the cases. After the first time they remanded for further proceedings, the respondents promptly moved to transfer venue to Lewis County and the move was granted.

The nine justices unanimously agreed in their opinion issued on Thursday. Justice Mary I. Yu wrote the law did not provide for exclusive proper venue in Lewis County, but that King County is another possible proper place to hear the cases.

The petitioners are William Ralph, William Forth, Guy Bauman, Eileen Bauman, Linda Stanley, Rochelle Stanley, Donald LeMaster, David Givens, Virginia Carey, Jamie Carey and Paradyce Industries Inc.

Weyerhaeuser  and Green Diamond are headquartered in King County.
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In the Supreme Court of the state of Washington: No. 91711-6 – Ralph v. Weyerhaeuser  Co., here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 2, 2017 at 1:31 pm
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BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• An officer was called just before 3 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of West Plum Street in Centralia where someone had broken into a shed and stolen some tools. The suspect was caught on surveillance video, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday to the 900 block of H Street in Centralia to take a report of an overnight burglary to a shed.

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Kulien Avenue where a cordless drill was missing from a garage.

• Centralia police were called to the 2700 block of North Pearl Street about 11:50 a.m. on Saturday where an individual reported the theft of a toolbox and silverware from a motorhome.

BIG FAKE BILL

• Centralia police were called to the 1300 block of Lum Road about 1:20 p.m. yesterday to take a report that an individual passed a counterfeit $100 bill there.

PENIS GRAFFITI

•  An unknown person painted a phallus on a parked vehicle at the 700 block of H Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 6:35 p.m. on Saturday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, obstructing, hit and run, trespassing, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, vandalism, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 282 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Centralia: Two trapped, rescued from wreckage of single-vehicle collision

Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 10:54 am
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The underside of the vehicle at Reynolds Avenue and Lum Road. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two people were hurt in a suspected DUI crash in which a speeding vehicle flipped onto its side into trees in Centralia just before 1 o’clock this morning.

Firefighters and police responding to the corner of Reynolds Avenue and Lum Road found that witnesses broke a window and removed the passenger to safety, according to authorities.

“The driver was extricated from the vehicle utilizing heavy rescue equipment,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy wrote in a brief summary of the incident.

They were assisted by members of Lewis County Fire District 6, the Washington State Patrol and the Centralia Police Department, according to McCarthy.

Witnesses observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash, according to police. Both occupants were transported with possible serious injuries to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to McCarthy.

The driver, 25-year-old Michael J. Spillman, of Centralia, was processed for driving under the influence before being transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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INTERRUPTED BURGLARY

• Two suspects are in custody and a third is being sought after a Centralia woman arrived home in the midst of a burglary and was punched by one of the intruders. The thieves fled and the victim followed the woman who hit her, calling 911, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers responding to the 12:22 p.m. call to the 400 block of Courtland Street yesterday apprehended Amber A. Walker, 33, of Centralia, according to police. A second suspect, Travis L. Gray, a 36-year-old Centralia transient, was arrested later in the evening, according to police. Walker and Gray were booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary. This morning, police were asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of the third suspect, Shyla M. Winterholler, to immediately call 911.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 8:15 a.m. yesterday to the 2400 block of Seward Avenue to take a report someone had tampered with a power meter.

THEFT OF IPAD

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Suspected iPad thief

• Centralia police were called about 8:30 p.m. yesterday to a store at the 1200 block of Lum Road where a male came in and stole an iPad used by employees. The business was able to provide a very clear, but small, surveillance photo of the suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department. Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to notify the Centralia police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, trespass, vandalism, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 137 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.