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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:59 am
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Updated at 12:28 p.m.

STRANGER DETAINED FOR GIVING TRINKETS TO KIDS

• Chehalis police were called at 7:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Northwest Prindle Street where they were told a stranger was in the neighborhood shaking children’s’ hands and giving out tokens. Parents spoke to him and had asked him to leave, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. “We found he could be arrested for unwanted touching,” Bailey said. James P. Sauter, 54, of Chehalis, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FAUX IRS AGENT VICTIMIZES CHEHALIS RESIDENT

• A 43-year-old Chehalis man was tricked out of $2,750 after he was contacted by someone claiming to be with the IRS who said he owed back taxes and needed to make the payment in the form of gift cards. “Unfortunately the victim did provide what they were asking for and then they asked for more,” Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The man called police yesterday evening to report what had occurred and was told it was a scam, Bailey said. The police don’t have anything they can follow up on in the case, she said. “No phone numbers, name, nothing,” she said. The real Internal Revenue Service does not operate in that manner, Bailey said.

BURGLARY PACKWOOD

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon about a break-in to a cabin at the 100 block of Timberline Drive in Packwood in which at least $1,000 worth of property was stolen. Among the missing items a Yamaha guitar, a pair of women’s snowboard boots and bindings as well as a 30-inch flat screen television, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between 3 p.m. on April 8 and 2 p.m. yesterday, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 10:50 a.m. yesterday to a business at the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia where sometime during the night someone had cut the fence to the compound and stole a cash register and scale, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 7:45 a.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia where a victim reported someone broke into his detached garage and stole tools, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• A 26-year-old Winlock woman was arrested yesterday after residents of the 300 block of Newaukum Valley Drive arrived home and discovered a person in their house who locked them out, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies dispatched just before 3:35 p.m. entered the residence, contacted the woman and took her into custody, according to the sheriff’s office. Shila K. Brennan was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The suspect is unrelated to the victims, he said.

• Someone broke into a storage unit at the 300 block of Kirkland Road south of Chehalis and stole a box spring-mattress set, three samurai swords and movie prop swords, according to a report made yesterday afternoon to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim reported the items were there when he left at 2:30 p.m. on Friday but when he returned at 8 a.m. Saturday the lock was gone and the property missing, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY WINLOCK

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to the 200 block of Winlock Waters Drive south of Winlock where someone had pried a sliding glass door from its rails and broken it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman who owns the property isn’t yet sure if anything was taken, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY MOSSYROCK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a residence on the 200 block of Blankenship Road near Mossyrock was broken into by someone who caused significant damage inside and stole thousands of dollars worth of valuables including 10 firearms. A deputy responding on Monday learned it happened sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and 10:30 a.m. on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office. Among the items stolen are a coin collection in a tackle box, a Gibson Epiphone guitar, a Carvin 30-watt amplifier, two gaming consoles and games, more than 20 knives and the guns which included rifles, shotguns and a revolver, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen. Five doors, two televisions a computer and other belongings were damaged, Breen said.

DRUGS AT SCHOOL

• Police were called about 1:45 p.m. yesterday to Chehalis Middle School on the 1000 block of Southwest 20th Street on a report of three juveniles possessing a green leafy substance. The case is being investigated, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• An individual reported about 2:10 a.m. today that an unknown person smashed out several windows of his vehicle at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, ignition interlock device violation; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 151 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, April 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN WIRING MISSING

• A deputy was called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 200 block of Winston Creek Road where sometime over the weekend someone stole 400 feet of power cable valued at about $10,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Locks were found broken and the wire’s protective casing was left behind, according to the sheriff’s office. The theft occurred sometime after 5 p.m. on Friday and before 7 o’clock yesterday morning, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. A complete list of stolen items is being compiled, according to Breen.

GARAGE BURGLED

• Centralia police were told someone cut a hole in the side of a detached garage at the 700 block of North Tower Avenue to get inside and steal items. Among the property reported missing are jewelry, documents and tools, according to a report made to police about 8:20 a.m. yesterday.

HARASSMENT

• Chehalis police were called about 10:40 a.m. yesterday to a restaurant on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to take a report that a customer threatened an employee. The incident is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD

• Morton police said yesterday they are investigating an allegation a bank account was hacked and money stolen. The issue was reported last Wednesday, according to the Morton Police Department.

SEX CRIME ALLEGED

• A 23-year-old Morton man was arrested yesterday after a 15-year-old girl reportedly admitted to her mother she had consensual sex with a family friend in February. A deputy responded last night to talk with the mother and the girl in East Lewis County and got copies of Facebook messages between the two that talked about him coming over as soon as no one was at her home, according to court documents. Michael J. Barnett was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then charged today with third-degree rape of a child and also communication with a minor for immoral purposes in Lewis County Superior Court. Both are class C felonies with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. His bail was set at $10,000 and his arraignment scheduled for May 27.

CHICKEN HOUSE LOST, DOGS SAVED

• A woman sustained minor burns rescuing dogs from kennels inside her barn when an adjacent chicken coop caught fire in the Boistfort Valley yesterday evening. Firefighters called about 5:30 p.m. to the property on the 2300 block of Wildwood Road found the poultry house engulfed in flames and were able to get it put out before it burned down the barn, according to Lewis County Fire District 13. The barn ended up with a charred wall and some damage to its roof however, Fire Chief Gwen Turner said. No animals were lost, Turner said. The chicken coop had been vacant. The homeowner was taken to the hospital to be treated and has been released, according to Turner. The cause of the fire will be investigated, she said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, providing false information to police officer, trip permit violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances … and more among 147 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 11:23 am
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Updated at 1:51 p.m.

LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT STOLEN

• An unknown person or persons did extensive damage to a pole barn when they burglarized the structure at the 400 block of Short Road near Morton sometime during the past approximately three weeks. A deputy responding on Friday afternoon found all the electronics had been removed from an Airstream motor home and various heavy lawn and garden equipment missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the stolen property was a DR brush mower, a DR snow blower, a log splitter and a Yamaha mower, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss for the owner, a 64-year-old Olympia resident, is currently estimated at $50,000, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said this morning. The case is under investigation, Breen said.

THEFT OF KARAOKE EQUIPMENT

• Centralia police were contacted at 6:25 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of karaoke and DJ equipment from the 1200 block of Alder Street. An investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A vehicle found abandoned at the 1200 block of West Plum Street in Centralia about 6:40 p.m. on Saturday turned out to be a rental car stolen in California, according to the Centralia Police Department. A second abandoned rental car from California found about 2:45 p.m. on Sunday at the 200 block of Hemlock Street in Centralia had also been stolen, according to police.

ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called at 3:28 p.m. on Friday to a report of a third-degree assault from Lewis County District Court on West Main Street. Further details were unavailable.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just before 10 a.m. on Saturday to take a report that a house and vehicle had been egged on West Main Street.

• Police were called about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday regarding vandalism to a house on Southeast Magnolia Drive in Chehalis during the night.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A child sustained a leg injury due to their car seat not being properly secured during a two-vehicle collision at Johnson Road and Reynolds Avenue just before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Members of two fire departments responded yesterday just after noon to a two-vehicle collision on state Route 6 near Chilvers Road. Two patients were treated at the scene and then release, but three others were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. Department spokesperson DJ Hammer said the injuries appeared to be minor.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, trespassing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, hit and run, third-degree theft, protection order violation, loud neighbor party, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 440 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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Second person accused in Salkum area indoor pot growing operation

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:07 am
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J. Natividad Acevedo, middle, faces a judge along with his lawyer and a Spanish-English translator.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The owner of a Salkum-area farmhouse that was found to have a marijuana grow inside after it caught fire on Christmas Eve Day has pleaded not guilty to manufacture of marijuana.

J. Natividad Acevedo was summonsed to appear in Lewis County Superior Court and did so on Wednesday afternoon, with his lawyer. He returned Thursday for his arraignment.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher recommended Acevedo be allowed to remain free pending trial on a $$5,000 unsecured bond. Judge Andrew Toynbee agreed.

Acevedo, 40, who has an Onalaska address listed in court documents, is represented by Centralia attorney Jakob McGhie.

Prosecutors wrote in charging documents that a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputy got a search warrant for the property on the 200 block of Fuller Road and seized plants and growing equipment from the rear section of the house as well as inside a room on an attached carport.

Firefighters had passed along information about what they saw inside to the sheriff’s office.

Timothy A. Neal, 48, was contacted by the deputy and said he stayed there and tended the plants for his landlord, while the landlord was out of town, according to charging documents. Neal was arrested last week for the same charge and allowed an unsecured $10,000 bond.

Charging documents allege that Neal told the deputy Acevedo had more than one marijuana grow in the area and that Neal had helped set up some of them. He reportedly said Acevedo would sell one pound increments to people in California and in Lewis County.

When Lewis County prosecutors filed the charge against Acevedo on March 28, it included only the one count of manufacture of marijuana.

Acevedo’s trial was scheduled for the week of June 26 in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – CHARGES FILED RE: MARIJUANA PLANTS DISCOVERED AFTER HOUSE FIRE” from Thursday April 6, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 1:01 pm
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SHERIFF’S OFFICE: PILFERING PLANKS

• A 47-year-old Centralia man was arrested after a deputy was called just after noon yesterday to a barn structure at the 200 block of Stearns Road west of Chehalis where he was allegedly taking some wooden boards. Jeffrey A. Pickett said he had the owner’s permission but didn’t know the owner’s first name, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Pickett was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the sheriff’s office. Prosecutors declined to file a felony charge.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A yellow 1986 Mazda pickup was reported stolen just after 1 p.m. yesterday from the 300 block of West Pine Street in Centralia. It has a  license plate reading C02458H, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 3:45 p.m. yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue following the discovery that a silver trailer-tow dolly was missing.

• Centralia police were called about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday to the 500 block of East Summa Street regarding a vehicle theft.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 10 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of cash from a residence on the 600 block of Lakeshore Drive in Centralia.

• Chehalis police took a report on Wednesday afternoon from a woman who said valuables were taken from her purse while it was at the 100 block of Southwest Fifth Street. Among the missing items were a driver’s license and bank cards, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday to take a report of the theft of prescription medication from the 1700 block of Sunset Way.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone stole a Stihl MS660 chainsaw from the back of a truck parked at the 2700 block of Graf Road in Centralia sometime between 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 2 p.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is about $1,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

UNRULY PERSON

• Centralia police were called to Providence Centralia Hospital on the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 9:10 p.m. yesterday where an individual was allegedly causing a scene and refusing to leave. Randy W. Hausinger, 55, of Shelton, was arrested for interfering with a health care facility and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police had arrested then released Hausinger about 7:25 p.m. the day before at the 200 block of North Railroad Avenue for allegedly drinking alcohol at a bus stop, citing him for unlawful transit conduct, according to police.

TOUCHING INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police were called about 4:20 p.m. yesterday to take a report of alleged inappropriate touching of a child, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer at the 900 block of Ellsbury Street in Centralia about 8 a.m. on Wednesday. James L. Costalez  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MAD MOM

• A 41-year-old Centralia woman was arrested just after 1 a.m. yesterday for allegedly throwing a baseball bat at her son’s vehicle and damaging it at Oxford Avenue and and Warren Street in Centralia. Stacy M. Burleson was cited for third-degree malicious mischief and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called at 11:30 p.m. yesterday regarding someone throwing eggs at a vehicle and slashing two of its tires at the 200 block of West Main Street.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrant, misdemeanor domestic assault, trespassing, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, person sleeping on somebody else’s porch … and more among 277 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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Mental evaluation awaits attempted car jacking suspect

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm
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Tommy W. Miller, Jr. is escorted out of the courtroom following a bail hearing in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 23-year-old accused of throwing a hospital employee out of the driver’s seat of her car after she got off work in the early morning hours on Tuesday was charged today with two felonies in Lewis County Superior Court.

Tommy W. Miller, Jr. of Lacey was brought before a judge this afternoon but his temporary defense attorney said Miller wouldn’t talk to him.

When Judge Andrew Toynbee queried Miller directly, he responded with random words and gibberish, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said.

Meagher said when Miller returns to court tomorrow, he will have an order prepared to get him evaluated at Western State Hospital.

“We don’t have any choice, it’s our only option,” Meagher told Miller’s family after the hearing.

He was charged today with first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree assault.

Prosecutors allege he approached the employee’s car in the parking lot at Providence Centralia Hospital and after trying to speak to her once, that when she turned her attention back to her phone, he opened her car door.

The victim, identified in court documents only by her initials A.T., told police he grabbed her with both hands by the front of her shirt and threw her onto the ground, ripping her brassiere in half, tearing her top and leaving her with scrapes on her hands and knees, Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead wrote in court papers.

She ran into the emergency room to call 911 and realized she had her car keys in her hand, according to Halstead.

Centralia police and deputies responding to the approximately 3:37 a.m. call eventually spotted Miller walking on nearby on Cooks Hill Road. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Halstead wrote the victim had looked back as she ran and saw the headlights to her vehicle had been turned on.

“It appears the subject attempted to steal A.T.’s vehicle but was unsuccessful when he discovered the keys were no longer in the vehicle,” Halstead wrote.

Meagher today asked the judge to hold Miller on $100,000 bail. Temporary defense attorney noted his client appeared to have no criminal history.

Judge Toynbee set bail at $50,000.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke was appointed to represent him. His next hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow.
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For background, read “Woman pulled from her car in Providence Centralia Hospital parking lot, runs inside to call 911” from Tuesday April 11, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:40 am
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TEEN MUGGED

• Centralia police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday to a report that a hat and headphones were taken by force from a 15-year-old boy at the 500 block of West Main Street. The suspects are juvenile males, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation.

HOME BROKEN INTO

• A deputy was called just after noon yesterday to a residential burglary at the 100 block of Lake Terrace Place near Mossyrock. An individual house sitting there for a relative reported someone had forced open a back door sometime between 5 p.m. on Monday and 10:46 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Possibly missing is a television and other items, but a list of stolen property is still being compiled, according to the sheriff’s office.

GARDEN ART MISSING

• Someone stole a decorative statue from in front of an apartment at the 100 block of South Railroad Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:50 p.m. yesterday.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 10:20 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of G Street for a vehicle prowl in which a laptop computer was stolen.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 118 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, April 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm
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DRUGS

• Two women were arrested yesterday on drug offenses after a call to Wal-Mart about one allegedly attempting to spend counterfeit bills and then a call back later when her suspected companion allegedly left the store with stolen merchandise. Officers responding after 1:15 p.m. to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue contacted Karissa L. Duplex, 24, of Kelso, and a search incident to her arrest turned up more fake bills, stolen property and drug paraphernalia that field-tested positive for methamphetamine as well as some bank and/or gift cards with a name on them other than her own, according to the Chehalis Police Department. About two hours later, an officer was called back to the business when the second suspect reportedly returned but then left with items unpaid for, according to police. Officers caught up with 35-year-old Shawntae J. Barnett in a vehicle along Interstate 5 near exit 77, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. She couldn’t explain where the vehicle came from so it was impounded and stolen items totaling just over $700 were located inside, Bailey said. Suspected heroin was found on her plus one more piece of stolen merchandise was located after she arrived to the jail, according to Bailey. Both were booked into the Lewis County Jail for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Duplex was additionally booked for a counterfeit offense.

THEFT FROM PORCH

• Chehalis police were called about 7:45 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Northwest Pennsylvania Avenue when a resident discovered the 2000-watt Honda generator he had chained to his porch from the windstorm had vanished.

MISSING MEDS

• Centralia police were called about 9:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of B Street to take a report of the theft of medication.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• The driver of the car that became wedged beneath the trailer of a semi truck on southbound Interstate 5 yesterday afternoon near Napavine self-extricated and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. It had been raining really hard at the time of the 1:25 p.m. call, Firefighter Samantha Heldreth said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances … and more among 149 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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Woman pulled from her car in Providence Centralia Hospital parking lot, runs inside to call 911

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 8:51 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 24-year-old Lacey man is in custody after an employee at Providence Centralia Hospital was the victim of an apparent attempted car jacking early this morning.

Police were called at 3:37 a.m. to the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road where the victim described what had occurred in the hospital parking lot.

She told police a black male had approached her while she was warming up her vehicle, asked her if she worked there and then lingered after she told him no, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The woman called security staff but before they arrived, the man opened her door, forcibly grabbed her out of the vehicle and got inside, according to police.

“The victim, who sustained minor injuries and torn clothing from the force of the grab, managed to grab her keys and ran back to the hospital where she contacted security,” Centralia detective Sgt. Carl Buster stated in a press release.

Officers arrived to the area, summoned a K-9 and set up containment, according to Buster.

A deputy recalled contacting an individual matching that description earlier, off Interstate 5’s exit 77 in Chehalis, who had been carrying a hammer, Buster wrote.

The deputy spotted that same person walking nearby on Cooks Hill Road. He was contacted and the victim identified him as their suspect, according to Buster. His hammer was found nearby, Buster said.

Tommy W. Miller, Jr., 24 of Lacey, was taken into custody and arrested for first-degree robbery, according to police.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10:22 am
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PORCH THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to a report that someone stole a backpack off a front porch at the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 2:45 p.m. on Friday for a car prowl in a parking lot at the 100 block of Northeast Hampe Way. The driver’s side window had been shattered and missing was a Samsung tablet in a purple case, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police called about 2:10 a.m. today to the 300 block of Kearny Street in Centralia to investigate a dispute learned a 33-year-old Centralia man had broken a window out of a recreational vehicle. He was gone when officers arrived, but a request for a summons for his arrest was forwarded to the city attorney, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report on Friday morning about a number of mailboxes damaged in the area of the 1300 block of Maple Valley Drive.

AUTO THEFT

• A 33-year-old Olympia man was arrested on Saturday in connection with a case in which four vehicles and a car trailer were stolen from their owner at the 2200 block of Seminary Hill Road in Centralia between March 28 and last Thursday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. On Saturday, deputies spoke to Joseph M. Lehman, who provided what appeared to be fraudulent bill of sales, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree possession of stolen property and theft of a motor vehicle, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen. A Centralia man was arrested in the same case on Thursday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A Castle Rock man was injured when he fell asleep at the wheel and rolled his car yesterday evening on state Route 6 about 12 miles west of Chehalis, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called to the scene just before 7 p.m. found the 2016 Kia Soul had been heading eastbound, left the roadway to the right,. struck an embankment and then tumbled, coming to rest on its side, according to the state patrol. It was totaled. Lex L. Strom, 54, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, the investigating trooper reports. Strom was to be cited for wheels off the roadway.

• A 41-year-old Packwood motorist was tracked down after he allegedly struck a utility pole near milepost 3 on Cannon Road in Packwood on Saturday afternoon and left the scene. Deputies called about 4 p.m. found the 1995 Nissan pickup truck sustained major damage, the pole had minor damage and Foy G. Leatherman was unhurt, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Leatherman was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving without required interlock device, drinking a beer in public; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, third-degree theft, suicidal person, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 425 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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Upstairs stove is suspect in Chehalis house fire

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – What ignited a house fire in Chehalis displacing eight residents is still unknown but a closer look at a stove on the second floor in an area converted into a kitchen is in order, according to authorities.

“I’m still working on the investigation, so I can’t really say for sure,” Fire Investigator Jay Birley said.

The fire broke out at mid-morning on Thursday on Southwest 14th Street just east of Wilson Avenue.

The two-story structure originally was a church. It’s owner operated it as a kind of halfway house, she called House of the Rising Son until the city raised zoning issues with her a few years ago.

Birley said interviews with the occupants indicate a woman had been upstairs to retrieve DVDs and glasses, went downstairs and when she went back upstairs she discovered the fire. She thought he saw something burning on the stove, Birley said.

She alerted another resident who attempted to put it out with a fire extinguisher but was unsuccessful, he said.

One man and one woman were taken to the hospital for smoke and breathing issues, according to responders.

Birley counted six bedrooms in the house and only found one smoke detector, which had been taken down and wasn’t working, he said.

Two of the occupants were small children.

The Red Cross was summoned to assist the residents. The house is still standing, but the city red tagged the building as uninhabitable.

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale said the stove was situated in an area determined to be the fire’s origin. He said renovations for which no city permit had been obtained were discovered.

BIrley said if the home is insured, the insurance company will want to have the stove examined.
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For background, read “Eight people displaced by Chehalis house fire” from Thursday April 6, 2017, here

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Read about bail set at $2 million for Tenino area murder suspect …

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 10:55 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports the 23-year-old Tenino man accused of choking his mother into unconsciousness and then cutting her throat with a kitchen knife is being held on $2 million bail.

News reporter Amelia Dickson writes a public defender told the judge he had substance abuse and mental health concerns regarding Roan Littlemoon when he appeared in Thurston County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Littlemoon was picked up in Longview on Tuesday morning, the day after deputies found 60-year-old Robin L. Tingle dead inside her residence on the 2800 block of 184th Avenue Southeast.

Dickson writes that Tingle was granted a protection order against her son last summer.

Read more here, “Bail set at $2 million for Thurston County man accused of killing his mother” from The Olympian on Wednesday April 5, 2017

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Registered sex offender notices: Ethel and Chehalis

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Authorities recently announced two sex offenders have moved to Lewis County and registered their addresses with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

One moved to Chehalis and the other to Ethel and both are designated level three, meaning they present a clear risk to the community, according to the sheriff’s office.

Neither is wanted by law enforcement, but notification to the community is meant enhance public safety, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Rodney M. Matlock

Rodney M. Matlock, 59, just got out of prison, where he was serving a 20-year sentence for a February 2000 conviction in Lewis County Superior Court for first-degree rape of a child in which the victim was a 9-year-old boy he knew, according to sheriff’s detective Jamey McGinty.

Before that, he served a five-year sentence for a 1991 conviction of first-degree sexual abuse of a 6-year-old female relative in Clatsop County, Oregon, according to McGinty.

Matlock resides on the 600 block of Northeast Franklin Avenue in Chehalis.

He is described as 5-feet 9-inches feet tall and weighing 200 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes.

Matlock will be supervised by the state Department of Corrections for three years, according to McGinty.

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James M. Keith

A 68-year-old man who has been out of prison since 2010 notified the sheriff’s office at the end of March he would be living on the 100 block of Best Drive in Ethel.

James M. Keith is described as 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighing 190 pounds has gray hair and blue eyes.

Keith was convicted in King County in 1986 of first-degree statutory rape for ongoing forced sexual contact with two girls to whom he was related, ages 6 and 3, according to McGinty.

He was sentenced to not more than 20 years, transferred to work release in 1988 and escaped the day after arrival, McGinty stated.

The following year while on the lam, he stayed with friends and one day followed their 11-year-old daughter to her room where he struck her twice in the head with a large rubber mallet, according to McGinty. Keith began to put tape over her mouth, began to choke her but when he saw she was bleeding called 911 and her mother, according to the sheriff’s office.

He told the girl he was going to choke her, rape her and then kill her, according to McGinty. Keith was charged in 1990 in King County with first-degree assault, convicted and then given a 20-year sentence which ran concurrent to the first case, according to McGinty.

Keith has other convictions including theft, motor vehicle theft, driving under the influence and AWOL.

He is no longer on probation.

Anyone with questions may contact McGinty or Field Operations Chief Bruce Kimsey at 360-748-9286. Visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office web site to look up registered sex offenders, here

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Meth: Conviction on lesser charge leads to jail time, possible deportation

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8:33 pm
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Eduardo F. Morales Martinez, in green, signs sentencing documents in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – While there were three ounces of methamphetamine found under the seat of his car following a traffic stop at the McDonald’s parking lot in Chehalis, prosecutors found no evidence to corroborate he was intending to sell or distribute the drug.

So, a plea deal was made with 37-year-old Eduardo F. Morales Martinez.

Morales Martinez and his 38-year-old passenger were arrested last month and this week he was back before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court to be convicted of a lesser charge.

He was initially charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, but pleaded guilty to simple possession on Wednesday morning. He also pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal impersonation.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello told the judge the change was made because while it was a large amount of meth, the statute required him to show the defendant planned to deliver the drugs, and that information “wasn’t present.”

Morales Martinez also admitted to using a false name with law enforcement during the March 8 incident, showing them three Mexican identification cards.

Masiello told the judge he recommended Morales Martinez should be given 60 days in jail, something he called pretty standard for the type of situation.

Morales Martinez, who told the court he worked in construction and prior to that did oyster shucking, spoke through a Spanish-English interpreter. Court papers list a Shelton address for him.

Masiello had written in charging documents that Morales Martinez had prior convictions for delivery of a controlled substance and driving under the influence as well as multiple deportations and illegal entries.

Defense attorney David Arcuri told the judge he had gone over with his client in detail the potential immigration consequences of his plea, informing him it was highly likely federal authorities would process him for deportation when he finished serving his time.

Judge Andrew Toynbee accepted the guilty pleas and imposed the two-month sentence, giving credit for 29 days already served. He also ordered Morales Martinez to pay $4,200 in fines and fees. He called it a fair outcome, based on what he knew of the case.

The companion case for the passenger, Olympia-area resident Gloria N. Iniguez Gonzalez, 38, is still pending, according to Masiello. Her bail had been set at $10,000 and she is no longer in jail.

She had a 1-year-old son with her during the traffic stop on Median Street that Morales Martinez said was also his son.

Neither Arcuri nor Masiello knew where Morales Martinez might be deported to.

“South of the border, is all I know,” Masiello said. “I know they (ICE) know of this case, but exactly how they will be proceeding, I don’t know.”
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For background, read “Chehalis traffic stops yield large amounts of meth” from Friday March 10, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:56 am
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WANTED PERSON RUNS INTO TOLEDO HOUSE TO ESCAPE LAW

• When law enforcement responded to a suspicious person report about 1:40 p.m. yesterday and encountered two people outside the home at the 200 block of state Route 505 in Toledo, one of them reportedly ran away and forced his way into a neighboring residence belonging to an elderly woman. Chad N. Nickols was located inside and taken into custody, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 38-year-old Chehalis man had an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections, sheriff’s Capt. Curt Spahn said. He was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for the warrant and for residential burglary, Spahn said. A potential charge of obstructing was referred to prosecutors, according to the sheriff’s office.  Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge and instead evaluated the case for a trespassing charge in Lewis County District Court.

SHED BURGLED

• A deputy was called about 4 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Northridge Drive in Centralia where someone had broken into a storage shed. The owner will be checking to see what if anything is missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Damage to the door which was forced open is estimated at $100, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• Two people were arrested just after 3:30 p.m. yesterday when a deputy spotted a stolen pickup truck traveling on West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia. A traffic stop was conducted with assistance from Centralia police and when the 2005 Nissan Titan was searched, suspected methamphetamine was found, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Brittany R. Gilbert, 19, from Napavine, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of meth, according to the sheriff’s office. The truck was one of four vehicles stolen since March 28 from their owner at the 2200 block of Seminary Hill Road in Centralia, sheriff’s Capt. Curt Spahn said. A car trailer was also taken, Spahn said. Bradley A. Sprouse, 38, of Centralia, was booked for possession of a stolen vehicle, four counts of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of meth, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies continue to investigate the case.

• Chehalis police were called a 8:10 a.m. yesterday about the overnight theft of a faded maroon 1987 Nissan pickup truck from the 10 block of Southwest Ninth Street. The missing truck has a partially tinted rear window, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, misdemeanor assault, no-contact order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 139 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm
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CHARGES FILED RE: MARIJUANA PLANTS DISCOVERED AFTER HOUSE FIRE

• A 48-year-old man who vanished after reportedly agreeing to work with law enforcement when a Salkum-area house fire revealed an indoor marijuana growing operation on Christmas Eve day was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday on a $10,000 arrest warrant.

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Timothy A. Neal lives in Oregon, his temporary defense attorney told a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. Charges filed against Neal for manufacture of marijuana late last month indicate that Neal spoke with a sheriff’s deputy after firefighters passed along information about what they saw inside after extinguishing the blaze on the 200 block of Fuller Road. The large, old two-story farmhouse was destroyed by the fire. Neal allegedly said he stayed there and tended the plants for his landlord, while the landlord was out of town, according to charging documents. The landlord has been summonsed to appear also in Lewis County Superior Court. Judge Andrew Toynbee today agreed Neal could be released from jail pending trial on an unsecured $10,000 bond.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of South Scheuber Road at 3:20 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of two flags and a milk jug.

INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police were called about 12:15 p.m. yesterday to take a report of inappropriate touching involving a child.

DOMESTIC INCIDENT

• A 24-year-old man was arrested yesterday because he allegedly went into the residence where his wife and their three children live in Winlock very early on Tuesday morning where he is prohibited from going because of a protection order. Rylon D. Kurtzbein allegedly had alcohol on his breath when he grabbed his wife by her arms and face, before she slapped him and told him to leave, according to charging papers. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with residential burglary and violation of a court order. His bail was set at $20,000.

SEXUAL ABUSE

• A 30-year-old former rural Centralia resident was arrested yesterday following an investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in which he was accused of twice late last year of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl. Frank I. Flores was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree rape of a child and his bail was set at $50,000.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, robbery, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, suicidal person, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 150 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

 

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Eight people displaced by Chehalis house fire

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 3:07 pm
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A fire investigator begins looking into the cause of the fire at a Chehalis residence.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Six adults and two small children are without a home after a fire broke out this morning on Southwest 14th Street just east of Wilson Avenue in Chehalis.

Everyone was out of the two-story residence by the time Lewis County Fire District 6 Chief Tim Kinder arrived on the scene, but a man and a woman were taken to the hospital for breathing and/or smoke issues.

“When we pulled up, there was fire coming out the second story window,” Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Ted McCarty said.

Crews found flames on the upper floor and in the attic area, McCarty said.

“A lot of smoke damage throughout,” he said.

Genessa Glidden said she had just recently signed up with the owner Judy Chafin to be a caregiver there. Chafin was at the hospital and Glidden worked with authorities today to see about getting five cats out of the house.

The city red tagged the building as uninhabitable.

Members of the Red Cross and a Lewis County chaplain were at the scene assisting.

“We’re here to take care of them,” Malcolm Hanrahan of the Red Cross said. “They’ll have a place to stay tonight and something to eat.”

Kinder said 15 firefighters from four departments extinguished the fire. It was reported at 9:38 a.m. The cause is under investigation.

Chafin and the city had issues a few years back relating to zoning when she opened up her home to newly released prisoners and others who needed help getting back on their feet.

At the time, she called the home House of the Rising Son and she operated numerous halfway houses in the county.

In 2014, she was convicted for a prescription drug possession offense and given 30 days of house arrest for what a jury learned were a former housemate’s morphine pills left out in a common area which she scooped into her purse because she had her small grandchild living with her.

An anonymous complaint to the state Department of Labor and Industries around the same time took her to Lewis County Superior Court, with criminal prosecutors contending her performance of landlord-like services meant she wrongly collected disability benefits for a 2006 on-the-job injury. She was acquitted.

Chehalis Police Department Chief Glenn Schaffer today said an officer was called to the house recently and noticed a significant number of people residing there again.

Paperwork put together by the police department, the city’s community development section and the city attorney with notices of zoning and code violations are either ready to send or have already been mailed to Chafin, according to Schaffer.

“This zone should be for a single-family house,” the chief said.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 5:48 pm
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At the 1300 block of Crescent Avenue in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority.

‘TRANSIENTS’ SUSPECTED IN ACCIDENTAL SHED FIRE

• Firefighters suspect carelessly discarded smoking material ignited a fire today in a lean-shed adjacent to a detached garage in north Centralia. A crew called at 12:36 p.m. to the 1300 block of Crescent Avenue put the flames out with a hand-line, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The shed had been broken into and was believed to have been occupied by transients, according to Fire Capt. Tim Adolphsen. The damage was described as light.

GUN MISSING

• A firearm was stolen from a vehicle parked at the 700 block of E Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 4 p.m. yesterday.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called at 3:15 p.m. yesterday to take a report of fraudulent use of a debit card at an ATM on the 600 block of South Tower Avenue.

DRUGS

• A 29-year-old woman from Westport was arrested for possession of methamphetamine yesterday morning after she was pulled over on Forest-Napavine Road by a deputy who randomly ran her registration and discovered she was driving with a suspended license and had outstanding warrants. Meaghan D. Bender was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then charged today with the same offense in Lewis County Superior Court.

• A 52-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested yesterday as she was leaving her apartment on Chehalis Avenue for allegedly selling an unspecified amount of heroin to an informant sometime between last Nov. 1 and Dec. 15. Charging documents allege suspected drugs were discovered in her purse. Jerry L. Peterson was booked into the Lewis County Jail for delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

• A 31-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday at a residence on G Street in Centralia for allegedly three times selling heroin to a confidential informant since Jan. 1. Johnny R. Cyr  was booked into the Lewis County Jail for three counts of delivery of a controlled substance in the case investigated by the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 41-year-old driver sustained minor injuries when his Cadillac Seville wrecked along the 1200 block of Pe Ell-McDonald Road in west Lewis County yesterday afternoon, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responding to the approximately 4:30 p.m. rollover crash noted the car appeared totaled. Matthew T. Potter, of Chehalis, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. A search warrant was applied for and granted for a blood draw as Potter showed signs of intoxication, Capt. Curt Spahn said. Potter was later arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jai for driving under the influence, driving with suspended license and an interlock device violation, Spahn said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … 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.