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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12:12 pm
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Updated at 12:36 p.m.

THREATS

• Deputies were called yesterday afternoon to the 21500 block of state Route 507 in south Thurston County after three firefighters responded to a “medical alert” call from a 68-year-old woman who brandished a shotgun. They had dealt with the same woman the day before, who was new to the area and had some type of mental issues, according to Thurston County Fire District 12. They were on the porch, she was at an open window,  Chief Tina Vanderhoof said. “She was frustrated, picked it up and pointed it at one of our firefighter’s heads,” Vanderhoof said. “They retreated, they thought they heard shots.” Deputies finally after an hour or so were able to resolve the situation at the mobile home park north of Centralia peacefully. Upon searching the home, detectives recovered only a “replica” shotgun, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office tweeted. The woman was to be booked into the Thurston County Jail for second-degree assault.

• A 23-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday after allegedly threatening a family member with a knife, and advising he was going o stab her. Deputies called about 11:40 a.m. to a dispute at the 100 block of Lana Kila Lane booked Anthony L. Varga into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 8:50 p.m. yesterday for felony harassment-threat to kill at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. Ryan G. Chapman was wanted for outstanding warrants and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A road rage incident involving a passenger car and two motorcyclists ended with a non-injury collision about 6:40 p.m. yesterday at the 100 block of West Maple Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Jason W. Shipman, 44 of Puyallup, was cited for harassment and then released pending a court date, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY

• A person in the process of purchasing a bank-owned residence on the 1000 block of Logan Hill Road in Chehalis contacted the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office about 6:15 p.m. yesterday to report the discovery that someone had removed all the appliances and a pump from the well sometime since about 6 p.m. the day before. There were no signs of forced entry, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Chehalis police were called about 7:50 a.m. yesterday when an employee discovered a burglary at a business on the 1000 block of Northwest State Avenue. It appeared someone cut holes in a garage door to make entry and stole $200, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A laptop computer and a pair of prescription sunglasses were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:15 p.m. yesterday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespass, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 153 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Early morning fire destroys house in Chehalis

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:41 am
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Courtesy photo by Kim Lannoye

Updated at 11:43 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Crews are extinguishing a two-alarm house fire in Chehalis.

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale said everyone got out alright of the two-story home at South Market Boulevard and 11th Street.

He expects they will be on scene a couple more hours.

The call came just after 5 o’clock this morning. They were joined by crews from Lewis County Fire Districts 6 and 5 as well as Riverside Fire Authority, according to Firefighter Steve Emrich.

Just before 8 a.m., the blaze was mostly put out.

“They’re going in to what’s called overhaul,” Emrich said. “Had the fire knocked down, opening up void spots, putting out spot fires.”

Emrich said the residence is still standing, but he believed at the very least sustained heavy fire damage to the second floor. It seemed to have started at the garage area and spread from there, he said.

A fire investigator is looking into the cause today.

The man and woman, in their mid-20s, along with a toddler were helped out of a second-floor dormer window by a neighbor or friend before the fire department arrived, according to Cardinale.

The chief said the house has no interior stairwell to the second level and the exterior stairs weren’t an option because of the fire.

They had been sleeping and she said she woke up to use the bathroom, heard the sound of rushing wind, saw a glow and then the fire at the back of the house.

The Red Cross was summoned to assist the residents.

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Lewis County Clerk Brack stepping down

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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Kathy Brack speaks briefly at a gathering in her honor today as she prepares to retire, backed up by her Chief Deputy Clerk Lisa Conzatti.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – As many as eight individuals have expressed interest in being appointed Lewis County clerk, as the elected official holding the position is retiring before her four-year term ends.

Kathy Brack’s last day is tomorrow. Her chief deputy clerk Lisa Conzatti will take over as interim county clerk.

Brack spoke at a farewell gathering held in her honor today, at the Historic Lewis County Courthouse.

The 65-year-old Toledo resident has been under treatment for cancer, and made good on a promise to her spouse.

“I told my husband if my last doctor’s appointment came clean, then I would retire,” Brack said.

The Lewis County clerk serves as the official record keeper for the Lewis County Superior Court. The office on the second floor of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis has 15 employees.

Brack’s retirement brings to an end 44 years of public service. She was the Lewis County District Court administrator beginning in 1972 and then in 1986 took over the same position in Cowlitz County District Court.

In 2002, the Republican ran against the incumbent Lewis County clerk, and won, running unopposed three times since then.

Because her term hasn’t ended, the Lewis County Board of Commissioners will select a replacement, who will have to run for the office in a November 2017 special election if they want to continue. And then run again in November 2018 for a normal four-year term.

The commissioners will have a slate of three candidates to choose from, names given to them by the Lewis County Republican party, since the outgoing clerk is a Republican.

Local party Chairman Mark Anders said today he’s got six people on his list who have expressed interest and he’s happy to share information about the steps to being considered to anyone who is interested.

“This is a political process, it’s a partisan position,” Anders said. “One thing the precinct committee officers will be looking at, is we want to elect someone, get someone appointed, that could win that seat and hold that seat as a Republican.

“It’s not just this is the best, most qualified person for the job, though we want that too.”

Anders said there are 45 to 50 precinct committee officers who will come together on a Saturday not yet selected in October to make nominations, hear from the nominees and choose three potential appointees.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:28 am
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AUTO THEFT

• Police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday about the theft of a blue 2002 Ford Escort from the 900 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. The car had no license plates, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 5:15 a.m. call today of a vehicle prowl at the 1100 block of South Pearl Street. A window was broken and a vacuum cleaner and clothes were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called at about 12:30 a.m. today to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia where an individual reported someone got inside their unlocked vehicle and stole change, cigarettes and medication.

• An officer was called just after 9 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 1700 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis. Among the missing items were a bottle of cologne and a Ruger pistol, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Southwest McFadden Avenue where a vehicle had been prowled. Thirty dollars in change was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It occurred sometime since Sunday morning, according to police.

BREAK-IN

• Police were notified just after 8 o’clock yesterday morning that a door was found kicked in at the baseball field area of Stan Hedwall Park on the 1500 block of Rice Road. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, civil issue, hit and run, trespassing, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, disorderly person, collision on city street … and more among 181 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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Lewis County: Looking to replace another sheriff’s office chief

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County County Sheriff’s Office is hoping to name a new jail chief in the not too distant future, following the resignation of Chief Kevin Hanson.

Hanson left after more than 25 years with the agency at the end of August, to take a job as head of the jail in Mason County.

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Kevin Hanson

“We’re still searching, we’ve met with some people,” Sheriff Rob Snaza said this morning. “We should have something out in a couple of weeks.”

Lt. Chris Tawes has been promoted to acting captain and is currently overseeing the facility.

Undersheriff Wes Rethwill said Hanson went to Mason County to help them with the kinds of issues he’s already dealt with at the Lewis County Jail. He was chief here for six years.

They for example are looking to build a new jail, something Hanson has experience with, he said.

“The unfortunate thing is, we lost a lot of institutional knowledge,” Rethwill said.

The sheriff said they will be meeting tomorrow with the Civil Service Commission to talk about filling the captain position, which has been vacant since Capt. Jim Pea retired last year.

The Lewis County Jail, which has an average daily population of around 200 inmates, continues to struggle with vacant corrections officer positions. The facility brings in over $1 million a year in revenue from law enforcement agencies both inside and outside the county who use its accommodations for their arrestees.

The sheriff’s office administration has been talking with county commissioners for months about the desire to contract with a new entity for medical services at the jail, and the intricacies surrounding one of its most cost intensive responsibilities.

During his time at the Lewis County Jail, Hanson was part of the team which helped design and oversee the construction of the new jail, completed in 2003. He has served on the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs jail accreditation team.

Chief Hanson partnered with others to create the Mental Health Alternative, a post-sentence treatment program designed to address mentally ill persons with a high rate of recidivism in the criminal justice system. He currently serves as a board member of Cascade Mental Health Services.

Hanson’s departure came just two weeks before the resignation of another chief at the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown who headed the special services bureau, took a job as chief of police services at Evergreen State College in Olympia.

Sheriff Snaza promoted Cmdr. Dusty Breen to chief of the bureau, an appointed position, last week.

Today Rethwill said the detective division has been moved from the operations bureau to the special services bureau. The head of the evidence division, previously part of the special services bureau, will now report directly to the undersheriff.
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For background, read “Top ranking deputy to lead Evergreen college’s police force” from Tuesday August 30, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 9:22 am
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Updated at 3:33 p.m.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Two people were arrested yesterday afternoon after a victim of a vehicle prowl saw Michael E. Caton 32, of Winlock, walking in Centralia with his backpack and called police. Caton was contacted by an officer and implicated 39-year-old Kyle W Elliot, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police contacted Elliott in his pickup truck and allegedly found him to be in possession of property from other thefts and burglaries, according to police. The case associated with a location of Tower Avenue and Walnut Street is still under investigation. Caton and Elliott were both booked into the Lewis County Jail. Caton was released today with no criminal charges filed.

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 1900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia about a break-in to a storage building. A door had been left unsecured and among the approximately $950 worth of items missing was a 55-inch JVC television, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The burglary occurred sometime between 4 p.m. on Thursday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy was called yesterday about a burglary at the 700 block of Lincoln Creek Road west of Centralia in which forced entry was made and numerous items stolen including two large bags with duck decoys, a fishing pole, miscellaneous tools and a portable duck blind, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It appears based on surveillance the break-in occurred about 4:20 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

• Police were called to the 200 block of Railroad Avenue in Centralia about 1:10 p.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of medication.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were contacted about 2:35 p.m. yesterday after an individual attempted to withdraw $8,000 from someone else’s account, in a case associated with the 100 block of South Pearl Street.

‘REDNECK UBER’

• Police were called about 1:15 p.m. yesterday by an individual at the 900 block of K Street in Centralia who reported an abandoned red Honda car parked in front of the residence. It turned out to have been stolen in Tumwater, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 1993 Honda Civic reported stolen during the night from the 200 block of East Oakview Avenue in Centralia turned up abandoned in a field along the 1300 block of Winterwood Drive in Centralia just before 2 p.m. yesterday. It was all in one piece and the owner was given a ride by an officer to pick it up and take it home, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Morton police are still investigating a case involving a vehicle stolen from the 200 block of Mossyrock Road West, which was reported about 8:45 p.m. on Friday, according to the Morton Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 3:40 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 800 block of North Pearl Street. Missing were backpacks and fishing gear, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called about 10:40 a.m. yesterday to the 70 block of Southwest Saunders Way in Chehalis for a vehicle prowl. Someone rifled through a glove box and stole prescription medication, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 10:10 a.m. yesterday by an individual at the 50 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue who said sometime during the night, someone got into their pickup truck again.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday following the discovery someone had kicked in a door at Stan Hedwall Park on Rice Road. Nothing appeared to be missing from what was described by police as a batting cage.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, probation violation, fourth-degree assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute civil issue, hit and run, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, disorderly person, misdemeanor domestic assault, collision on city street … and more among 180 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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Winlock resident charged in skull-faced mask robbery

Monday, September 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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Surveillance images from the Handi Store showed boots that looked familiar to business’s owner. / Courtesy image

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 45-year-old local man has been arrested and charged in last week’s holdup of the Handi store in Winlock.

When Tamrick A. Torres was brought before a judge this afternoon for a bail hearing, temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge her client has lived for eight years at the same address in Winlock.

Torres has his own business, a cat rescue, O’Rourke said. But it doesn’t bring in any income, she said indicating he would qualify for a court appointed lawyer.

“Robbery second is a violent offense,” Chief Deputy Criminal Prosecutor Brad Meagher said. “We’re asking the court to impose a $25,000 bond.”

Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler agreed.

Police responded to the report of robbery at about 10:30 p.m. last Tuesday, and learned from the clerk who was working alone the individual was wearing a black and white mask, like of a skull, and displayed a handgun. The clerk said he demanded she give him all her money and reached toward his waistband where she saw what looked like the black handle of a firearm, Meager wrote in charging documents.

The owner reported $1,589 in cash was missing, according to Maeagher.

The court documents show it was his footwear and yellow sport utility vehicle that led the Toledo Police Department to Torres.

After viewing surveillance footage, the store’s owner told an officer he thought the suspect was a person he’s seen driving a yellow sport utility vehicle and wears boots like those on the video, according to the court documents. Amarjit Rai said the way the suspect walked looked familiar too.

Toledo Police Officer Andrew Scrivner observed video that showed the yellow vehicle pass the convenience store on Kerron Avenue shortly before and after the robbery, and knew of just one person in town who drove such a vehicle, Meagher wrote.

On Friday when police conducted a search of Torres’s residence, they found boots that looked similar and also a dark jacket with the same type of white stitching worn by the person in the video, according to Meagher.

Torres reportedly told police he and the clerk had conspired to rob the store because she was unhappy with her wages there, according to Meagher.

When interviewed by police, the clerk said she had nothing to with planning the robbery, but the investigation is ongoing, according to court documents.

Torres was charged today with both second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary, which each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Centralia attorney Shane O’Rourke was appointed to represent him. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

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For background, read “Robber with black and white Scream-type mask hits Winlock store” from Wednesday September 7, 2016, here

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Tamrick A. Torres is brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 12, 2016 at 11:38 am
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Updated at 12:08 p.m.

BOLD INTRUDER TAKES TOOLS

• A 52-year-old man reported yesterday that while he was using a weed eater around the outside of his shop building yesterday between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at the 100 block of Kjesbu Road outside Silver Creek, someone went inside and stole a Stihl chainsaw and a cutting torch, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BREAK-IN TO OUTBUILDING

• A deputy was called on Saturday morning to the 800 block of Ceres Hill Road west of Chehalis following the discovery someone had kicked open a pump house door and stole a Stihl chainsaw and a Honda BEU2000 generator. It happened sometime before 6:30 a.m. and after 5 p.m. the day before, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $2,300.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called to the 200 block of Southwest 10th Street about 8:50 a.m. on Saturday following the discovery someone had pried the door lock on a shed during the night, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 5:40 a.m. today about a green 1996 Honda civic stolen from the 100 block of Halliday Road.

• A red Nissan Pathfinder that vanished from where it was parked in front of a residence at the 500 block of Northwest St. Helens Avenue in Chehalis between 7:20 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. yesterday turned up just before 11 o’clock this morning abandoned at the 1500 block of Rice Road in Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• An officer was called just before 6 p.m. on Saturday and told a red 2004 Kia Rio four-door, passenger car was stolen from the parking lot of a business on the 2500 block of Haviland Street in Centralia. It has a license plate reading AWD 1635, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone stole a 25-foot long, yellow three-axeled flatbed trailer from the 300 block of Centralia-Alpha Road sometime between Thursday and Friday. The victim reported it belonged to his deceased brother and had been advertised for sale, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $3,500, according to the sheriff’s office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A Chehalis officer was called about 2:20 p.m. on Saturday regarding a vehicle prowl at a motel on the 500 block of Southwest Parkland Drive in which more than $5,000 worth of valuables were stolen during the night. A backpack was taken that contained numerous hearing aids along with a black Apple iPad II with keyboard, other electronics and a pilots license, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of F Street. A stereo was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LICENSE PLATES LIFTED

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday to take a report that sometime during the day both the front and rear license plates were stolen off a vehicle there. They are Washington plates reading ATL 2381, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they learned from a 59-year-old Rochester area man that sometime since July, someone stole his checks and spent about $600 at Home Depot in Chehalis.

• An officer responded to an approximately 6:20 a.m. call today to the 600 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia where someone has passed a counterfeit $5 bill at the business.

• Police were called to the 1300 block of Lum Road at about 7:45 p.m. on Saturday after a woman attempted to purchase merchandise with what turned out to be two counterfeit $20 bills. She said she acquired the bills during a garage sale at her home in Tumwater, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GREEN HILL ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School about 1:35 p.m. on Saturday to take a report of an incident in which a 17-year-old student-inmate allegedly punched a staff member after he was “escorted to the ground.” A case for custodial assault is being referred to prosecutors, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PEEING OUTDOORS

• A 32-year-old Centralia man was arrested after allegedly exposing himself to two females when he urinated on a tree in the park at the 100 block of South Silver Street yesterday evening. Matthew E. Eastman was booked into the Lewis County Jail for indecent exposure, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BRUSH FIRE

• Riverside Fire Authority reported yesterday evening they were assisted by the Chehalis Fire Department and personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources in extinguishing a one-acre fire at the 500 block of Proffit Road in Centralia. They tweeted it was an illegal burn.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, falsification of insurance card; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, collision on city street … 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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Prisoner accused of forging Lewis County Prosecutor Meyer’s name

Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A former Lewis County man doing 12 years in prison for dealing Oxycodone is now in trouble with the law here again, even though he’s been locked up since mid-2014.

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Forrest E. Amos

Forrest E. Amos tried to file documents related to his 2013 case which authorities say he forged with the names of elected Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead, and police officers Chad Withrow and Adam Haggerty.

The new case is being handled by Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain.

McClain indicates the Lewis County Clerk’s Office received a letter from Amos in which he stated the clerk was required to take action, along with  four documents entitled “Forced commercial contract” which were purporting to be notice of subrogation bond and claim for $1 million.

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Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer

The documents appeared to be signed by Meyer, Halstead, Withrow and Haggerty, according to McClain.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated and confirmed Amos signed the documents but Amos contended he merely put the names of others there to reflect who he was bringing the suit against, according to McClain.

Amos, now 33, is incarcerated at Clallam Bay Corrections Center on the Olympic Peninsula.

He was brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court last week and pleaded not guilty to four charges of forgery and four charges of first-degree criminal impersonation. A trial has been scheduled for the week of Nov. 28.

Asked what “forced commercial contract” and “notice of subrogation bond” meant, McClain said:

“I have absolutely no idea what he thinks that means,” he said. “Every elected official has a bond they are required to post; I suppose he thinks he can go after them.”
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For background, read, “News brief: Local oxycodone dealer goes back to prison” Thursday Aug. 21, 2014, here

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Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 11:52 am
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ROBBERY OUTSIDE TAVERN

• Centralia police this morning said they are still trying to locate a male who allegedly ripped the purse off the shoulder of a female acquaintance outside a bar on the 1500 block of South Gold Street around 1:25 a.m. today. The two had been engaged in an argument, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE PURSUIT

• A 26-year-old Federal Way resident was arrested yesterday for attempting to elude following a chase that began on Kresky Avenue, wound through a residential area and ended at the transfer station on the 1400 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. An officer attempted to contact a driver who took off around 5:30 p.m. and at the end of the pursuit got out and started running, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspect had an outstanding felony warrant, according to police. Centralia’s police dog Lobo detained Tristan Martinez, who was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Officer John Panco said.

THEFT

• Police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia following a report individuals attempted to cash a forged check. No arrests were made,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday abut a vehicle prowl at the 800 block of K Street in Centralia in which the items stolen included a GoPro camera, a vehicle chip programmer and the title. Even the license plate was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department. It reads C72591E, according to police.

HIT AND RUN

• Police called about 1:35 a.m. today about a hit and run, non-injury collision at the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia subsequently arrested a 28-year-old Centralia resident.  Nicolas Tomas-Gasper was arrested and then released pending court, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR BURNS UP

• The owner said it smelled hot when he parked it, a Chehalis firefighter said of the car that caught fire in the parking lot at W.F. West High School yesterday. The crew arrived following the approximately 6:30 p.m. call to find heavy black smoke rolling out from beneath the engine compartment, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. “So we did a quick knockdown,” Firefighter Steve Emrich said, but the vehicle was still ruined.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation; responses for alarm, dispute … and more among 155 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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Centralia: Police arrest suspected drug dealer, after search warrant

Friday, September 9, 2016 at 6:31 pm
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Cody M. Warner yawns as he awaits his turn to go before the judge while Dakota W. Davidson sits with defense attorney during bail hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – After twice arranging with informants to buy heroin from a 34-year-old man, drug detectives yesterday served a search warrant at his north Centralia home and arrested two people.

When law enforcement officers approached the residence on Rose Street, they saw someone peek out of a trailer window, and responding to shouts of “search warrant”, a male and female exited, according to court documents.

Dakota W. Davidson, 21, of Centralia, had an outstanding warrant and a search incident to his arrest turned up a small container with suspected meth, charging documents relate. He was arrested, booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of methamphetamine.

A short time after a detective finished searching the trailer, the detective got a phone call from 34-year-old Cody M. Warner, who said he heard police were at his trailer, and was told he needed to come back so the detective could talk with him, the documents state.

Warner arrived with his father, was shown the search warrant and was placed under a arrest. He too was booked into jail.

Charging documents in Warner’s case indicate that twice between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31, a confidential informant purchased heroin from Warner. The second time the transaction took place at his home, according to court documents.

The case came out of an investigation by the local multi-agency Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team. Court documents don’t indicate what if anything the search of the home and trailer turned up.

Warner was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

Judge Nelson Hunt set his bail at $20,000, calling it a community safety issue. Davidson’s conditions of release included a $5,000 signature bond.

Both individuals are unemployed and both were given court-appointed lawyers. Their arraignments are set for next Thursday.

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Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11:04 am
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Updated at 5:53 p.m.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Police were called about a residential burglary at about 2:50 p.m. yesterday at the 500 block of Courtland Street in Centralia. A laptop computer was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just after 3 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of South Iron Street in Centralia where multiple electronic devices were reported stolen.

• Centralia police were called at 2:45 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue where an individual reported a restraining order violation and a first-degree theft, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is still under investigation, police said this morning.

• Centralia police were called about 8:35 a.m. yesterday when an individual at the 800 block of West Main Street reported someone attempted to use his debit card online at the Apple store.

THEFT CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of North National Avenue following the discovery someone had broken in to one of the business’s outbuildings and stole power tools including a chainsaw, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• A portable gaming system and a CD were stolen in a vehicle prowl at the 2600 block of Seward Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 1 p.m. yesterday.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called over to the drug and alcohol treatment facility on the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue about 10:45 a.m. yesterday after possible drug items were found with a 24-year-old Wenatchee resident during a search. Seabrook T. Bryant was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called just after 8 o’clock yesterday morning to the 1400 block of Crescent Avenue where someone had slashed a tire on a vehicle during the night.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, obstructing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespass, hit and run, civil problem, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 150 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Former defendant jailed for threatening Lewis County prosecutor

Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm
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Arrestee Dale A. Paine and temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke talk in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 61-year-old man who has reportedly not stopped trying to talk with Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer since 2013 when he was prosecuted for a DUI was arrested and charged after crossing a line.

Dale A. Paine is the source of hundreds of threatening voice mails, faxes and telephone calls, a special appointed deputy prosecuting attorney told a judge yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court.

He even phoned the elected prosecutor at home, and once confronted him in an elevator, Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Wheeler said.

This summer, Paine allegedly said something that alarmed Meyer:

“Paine told Meyer to ‘listen very carefully’ that he was going to ‘send Mr. Meyer to be with his family’,” Wheeler wrote in court documents.

About a month later, in one of approximately 50 messages received in just one week, Paine said he was coming to visit Meyer at the courthouse, according to Wheeler.

Paine, who is described by authorities as transient and recently living in Gainsville, Florida, showed up about 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center, and was taken in to custody, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Meyer told the investigating deputy he thinks the man has mental health issues.

When Paine was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon, he kept talking out of turn causing the judge to leave the bench while temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke spoke with him.

Wheeler asked the judge to hold Paine on $25,000 bail and ordered him to refrain from contacting Meyer.

Judge Nelson Hunt didn’t think that was enough, and made the amount $100,000.

“As far as I’m concerned, this is outrageous behavior,” Hunt said. “What I’ve witnessed today doesn’t help any.”

O’Rourke told the judge her client has absolutely no criminal history. He has a residence in Everett, she said.

According to charging documents, when Meyer reported to a deputy on June 30 what had been going on,  he said sometimes the calls or contacts would come two to three times in a day, even at night. And they came from various locations where Paine was at the time, even possibly from as far away as New Mexico and Florida.

Meyer indicated he repeatedly told Paine to stop calling, Wheeler wrote.

The sheriff’s office yesterday morning described the case with victims being several elected and county officials.

Although Meyer told the deputy he was the victim of systematic and repeated felony harassment since 2013, Deputy Prosecutor Wheeler filed only two charges.

They are both harassment of a criminal justice participant performing official duties, on or around June 30 of this year and near the end of July.

Paine’s arraignment was scheduled for this afternoon, but was postponed.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 12:58 pm
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AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of North Buckner Street yesterday about a white 1994 Honda Civic stolen during the night. It has a license plate reading AYR 2215, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 10:15 a.m. yesterday about a vehicle blocking a driveway at the 700 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue. The white 1992 Honda Accord turned out to have been stolen from Centralia, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

NOT-SO-FUNNY MONEY

• A 50-year-old man from Aberdeen was arrested about 6:15 a.m. today after allegedly using counterfeit $100 bills when checking in to a motel at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia. Burton C. Brown also had an outstanding warrant and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHARGE FOR ALLEGED SHOPLIFTER

• A woman who had been trespassed from Wal-Marts in Tumwater and Lacey was arrested yesterday after allegedly shoplifting about $455 worth of merchandise from a store on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis, leading to her arrest for second-degree burglary. An officer called about 5:40 p.m. booked Jennifer L. Cedre, 39, from Olympia, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A 43-year-old inmate who reportedly got upset and punched the computer screen of a kiosk at the Lewis County Jail yesterday morning was arrested for second-degree malicious mischief. David M. Maki was being held there on another matter, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The estimate for the repair is about $1,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 22-year-old Oakville resident was arrested for driving under the influence after passing traffic on the right at a high rate of speed and striking a Toyota pickup truck, causing it to roll yesterday afternoon on Interstate 5 north of Centralia. Troopers called about 5:30 p.m. to the northbound lanes near the Lewis-Thurston county line report the truck landed on its top and both occupants were injured. The driver, Todd L. Budden, 52, and passenger, Linsey C. Budden, 49, both from Seattle, were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. Kelli M. Rogers, 22, from Oakville, was reportedly unhurt and was booked into the Lewis County Jail. The Toyota pickup as well as her Hyundai Santa Fe were both described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, misdemeanor theft, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute,  trespass, harassment, civil problem, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, call about a male laying on the ground in a parking space who was gone when officer arrived … 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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Commissioner Fund: Campaign donation discussion inside county building investigated, found non-criminal

Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

Updated at 6:25 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – All in less than 12 hours, one of the three-member Lewis County Board of Commissioners informed the news media another was under investigation by law enforcement, and the other provided a letter indicating a legal conclusion that the facts don’t rise to criminal liability.

The topic is an overheard conversation between Commissioner Edna Fund and a real estate developer about a campaign donation, at the end of a meeting in a county building when the two thought they were alone.

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Edna Fund

Commissioner Bill Schulte whose term ends this year and chose not to run for re-election, last night sent a memo to local news media, stating Fund is the subject of an investigation conducted by the Washington State Patrol.

“There will be no cover up,” Schulte wrote. “We will keep you informed as we get updated information.”

Schulte this morning said he only learned of it because a detective interviewed him about it.

“I can’t imagine it’s too bad, it just looks bad,” Schulte said. “You have to be careful during campaigns about when and where you have conversations about donations or favors.”

He said his two counterparts were not in agreement with informing the public, which is why the memo had only his name on it.

Commissioner Fund is currently running for a second four-year term. Her opponent is Daniel Keahey. Both are Republicans.

Fund this morning in a brief phone interview said the case was turned over to the Pacific County prosecutor for evaluation who released his findings, which she received a copy of yesterday, or maybe the day before.

Centralia-based real estate developer Frank Dipola initiated the conversation, according to Fund. And she told him that was not the proper place to talk about campaign matters, she said.

Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain’s findings affirm the nature of that seemingly brief conversation.

Fund said she’s pleased things got cleared up.

“It reinstates my cornerstone value of no campaigning in public buildings,” she said.

The meeting was held on May 3. Dipola and his wife Winnis Dipola each contributed $100 to Fund’s political campaign on May 13.

Fund said his project is not even in her district, and the topic of the meeting was a county employee the commissioners supervise, the same manner in which McClain’s findings characterized the meeting.

McClain wrote he reviewed the reports and “these facts do not give rise to criminal liability.”

He noted that developers like any other constituents may contribute to an elected official’s campaign, it didn’t appear Fund gave any special favors, the amount of the donation was “rather ordinary” and it was disclosed as expected to the state Public Disclosure Commission.

The minutes from the 50-minute long meeting don’t portray the topic as an employee related issue, but reveal Dipola discussing issues regarding property he wants to develop and a desire for the process to be expedited. He wants to build 14 apartment or condominium units, but had been told the rules allow for only seven units.

The meeting was attended by Commissioners Fund and Schulte as well as Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer and recorder Karri Muir. Lewis County Community Development Director Lee Napier joined them via telephone conference call.

The Southeast Spring Street property is in Chehalis’s urban growth area.

According to Schulte this morning, after everyone left the meeting room except for Fund and Dipola, Napier was still connected and overheard their conversation, and reported it to Meyer, who requested the state patrol look into it.

According to the investigative report, state patrol detective David Ortner was asked by Meyer to look into an inappropriate comment made by a constituent to a commissioner and the question he addressed was whether Dipola gave money to Fund’s campaign to obtain a benefit for his development.

The detective first spoke to Napier, who said she felt Dipola was unhappy with her telling him he could build only seven units and wanted to go over her head to the county commissioners to get approval for 14. Napier told the detective Commissioner Schulte during the meeting asked her to be accommodating to the developer and make it a priority to get it figured out.

Dipola has stated he’s already spent $100,000 developing the lots and surrounding properties, according to Ortner.

Napier said she heard people leave the room at the end of the meeting and was still on the other end of the speaker phone when she overheard Dipola tell Fund that he sure would like to contribute money to her campaign.

“Fund told Dipola that this was not the place to talk about that, and they would talk later, detective Ortner wrote of his interview with Napier.

Napier felt Commissioner Fund was put in a bad position by the developer and knows that Fund does not campaign in the courthouse, Ortner wrote.

When the detective attempted his final interview, on July 21, he called Dipola and told him he’d like to talk about the Spring Street project.

Dipola made the comment the county was giving him the run around, and he didn’t understand why the state patrol was involved. He stated he did not want to provide a statement and hung up, detective Ortner wrote.

McClain’s closing comment in his conclusions about the investigation, suggest that even though Fund publicly disclosed Dipola’s campaign contribution as required to the state PDC, she may be wise to make further disclosures should Dipola bring a project before the commissioners in the future.

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Former Mossy city clerk pleads guilty to putting city funds in personal account

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 7:42 pm
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Doneia A. Santiago, far left, appears in Lewis County Superior Court this morning with her lawyer.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Somehow what was initially described as theft and misappropriation by a Mossyrock public official involving thousands of dollars has turned into an identity theft case, which she admits.

The town’s former clerk-treasurer Doneia A. Santiago pleaded guilty to nine counts of first-degree identity theft today. Prosecutors dropped nine counts of second-degree theft.

Santiago, who has been free on a signature bond since shortly after her arrest in June, went before a judge this morning in Lewis County Superior Court.

Her sentencing will take place at the end of this month.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm and defense attorney Don Blair don’t agree upon the amount of time they will recommend she be locked up.

Judge Nelson Hunt accepted her pleas, reading aloud her words regarding what she did.

On nine separate dates during 2014 and into 2015, Santiago used financial information for the city of Mossyrock to transfer funds into her mortgage account, according to the paperwork.

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

The initial and supplemental affidavits made mention of ATM withdrawals the mayor said were not authorized, use of Mossyrock’s bank card to purchase fuel, an extra payroll check and large monthly withdrawals from the municipality’s accounts.

The attorneys didn’t discuss and were not asked in open court the reason the theft charges were dismissed.

Presumably more details will be discussed at her Sept. 28 court hearing.
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For background, read “Prosecutors: Thousands of dollars more missing from Mossyrock accounts” from Tuesday July 19, 2016, here

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Robber with black and white Scream-type mask hits Winlock store

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 6:12 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Multiple law enforcement officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Handi store in Winlock last night, but they suspect the thief got away in a car before they arrived.

Toledo Police Department Sgt. Sam Patrick said they arrived to the convenience store on Kerron Avenue following the approximately 10:30 p.m. call and brought a K-9 in to conduct a track.

“The dog got a pretty good scent, and then all the sudden it disappeared,” Patrick said.

The female clerk who was working alone was not injured, he said.

The robber walked inside, displayed a handgun, apparently demanded money from the till and she handed it over, he said.

The robber was wearing gloves and dark clothing and a disguise, consisting of a black and white mask which was a cross between a Scream mask and skeleton mask, Patrick said.

Four units with the Toledo department arrived, according to Patrick. They serve the city of Winlock.

They were assisted by officers with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol.

No suspect had been located as of this afternoon.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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Updated at 5:41 p.m.

INTERRUPTED BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Two Centralia residents who allegedly were interrupted as they stole five firearms from a rural Chehalis home were subsequently arrested yesterday morning and booked into the Lewis County Jail. Deputies called at 7:17 a.m. about the incident at the 400 block of Sterling Heights Road were told the intruders fled through a wooded area behind the home toward Coal Creek Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A call from a business about two suspicious males getting into a vehicle led law enforcement to stop the vehicle, where they found one of the firearms, according to the sheriff’s office. Kyle W. Wagar, 35, and Emmanuel Martinez, 24, were arrested for first-degree burglary and five counts of theft of a firearm, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Centralia’s police dog Lobo arrived and helped recover three guns, Breen said. Bail was set this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court at $25,000 for Martinez and $50,000 for Wagar. Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told the judge Wagar is facing a possible third-strike with the case.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a burglary to a business on the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Tires were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called just before 7 p.m. on Monday following the discovery of a burglary in a garage area on the 200 block of Northeast Terrace Road. Someone had cut a padlock and taken almost $1,400 worth of tools, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Among the missing items were a large concrete hammer drill, a 12-inch sliding Craftsman chop saw and an Echo weed-eater, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• A white 1992 Honda Accord was reported stolen from the 1000 Block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia just before 5 o’clock this morning. The car has a cracked windshield and a “wing in the back,” according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to the the 300 block of Southwest Third Street about 7:30 p.m. yesterday where a green 1995 Honda Accord which had been parked in a visitor’s spot had been stolen. An officer later came across the car parked at the Holiday Inn on Liberty Place in Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called yesterday afternoon when an individual called to report seeing her sister’s stolen car parked in Chehalis at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street. The purple 1993 Honda which had been taken from the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia was recovered but was missing its battery, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called to the 500 block of Yew Street in Centralia about 7:50 a.m. yesterday to take a report of a motorcycle being stolen. The missing bike is a teal green 2003 Suzuki 1200, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 9 p.m. on Monday to the 500 block of Northwest Rhode Island Place where a locked silver 1998 Acura had been stolen sometime within the previous half hour.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:20 a.m. on Monday to the 600 block of Southwest Chehalis Avenue where sometime during the night, someone stole a white 1997 Ford F250 pickup truck. It contained medication, a handicap placard and the keys had been left inside, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called just after noon yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia. Tools were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A GPS device was stolen from a vehicle parked at the 1200 block of Ham Hill Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 10 o’clock yesterday morning.

• Police were called at about 7:35 a.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowled at the 1200 block of West Walnut Street in Centralia. Some change was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Sometime between Monday and Tuesday, two vehicles were broken into along Whitney Boulevard outside Chehalis. A Pioneer stereo was removed from one and an iPhone along with other items stolen from another, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Police were called about 11:30 p.m. on Monday to a car lot at the 200 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis where one of the vehicles for sale was found partly blocking the northbound lane, left unlocked and out of gear. Its CD player had been ripped out, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday regarding  vehicle prowl at the 200 block of West Main Street. A CD player had been removed during the night from the truck which had been parked behind an apartment, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of South Gold Street regarding bank account fraud.

• A business on the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia reported to police yesterday it had accepted two counterfeit $100 bills, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WANDERING WITH KNIFE

• Chehalis police called about 2:15 p.m. on Friday about an individual wandering around waving a knife and talking to himself around the 600 block of West Main Street ended up arrested a 21-year-old resident of Silver Creek for an outstanding warrant. Doug A. Lee was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIAN

• Chehalis police were called about 1:35 p.m. on Friday to a report that a customer had backed in to an employee at Home Depot on the 1700 block of of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. A police department spokesperson had no written information or details as of this morning.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft, driving under the influence; responses for dispute, runaway teen, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 183 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, September 6, 2016 at 11:28 am
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Updated at 5:38 p.m.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called about 4:15 a.m. today for a burglary at a home on the 1300 block of Kulien Avenue. The victim is compiling a list of items stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Sometime between noon and 1:50 p.m. yesterday, someone broke a window to a residence on the 200 block of Chehalis Valley Drive outside Chehalis and stole a Dell laptop computer from a table. A Homelight chainsaw with a 40-inch bar was also discovered missing from an adjacent shop, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A deputy took a report yesterday of a burglary to a shop building on the 400 block of Drews Prairie Road outside Toledo in which an estimated $1,100 worth of tools were stolen including such items as a chop saw, skill saw, cordless drill and sawzall, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning they arrested Donny R. Elliott, 40, Chehalis, yesterday for residential burglary in connection with a break-in at the 100 block of Chandler Road reported back on Aug. 18 in which a safe, cash and diamond rings were among the items missing. As much as $20,000 was stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A case is being referred to prosecutors for charges against a 41-year-old Pe Ell man suspected to have been involved as well, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Some of the property has been recovered, Breen said.

SELLING OTHER PEOPLE’S STUFF

• Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Chehalis man this weekend for allegedly selling a travel trailer that belonged to somebody else, using forged documents. Back on Aug. 25, Matthew M. Morris allegedly sold the 13-foot 1976 Trillium trailer from the 100 block of Sheridan Street in Centralia, belonging to a Tacoma resident. He accepted $50 cash from an Olympia man for the trailer, which is valued at $2,500, according to the sheriff’s office. It has been recovered, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Morris was already in jail on an unrelated matter, but was booked Sunday for second-degree theft and forgery, Breen said.

AUTO THEFT

• A stolen Honda Accord was recovered yesterday evening abandoned at the 1100 block of E Street in Centralia and returned to its owner. It had been taken from the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue around July 23, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 39-year-old man from Edmonds was arrested yesterday evening after a police officer in Morton “ran the plate” on the car he was driving on Second Street and discovered it was stolen out of Seattle about 2 a.m. the day before. The officer allegedly found in the Honda a plastic smoking device that contained a substance that field tested positive for meth as well as three bank cards in the driver’s pocket with other people’s names on them, according to charging documents. Anthony H. Laico said he borrowed the car from a friend but was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for escape from community custody from the state Department of Corrections. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and escape from community custody.

CAR PROWL

• An officer was called about 1:10 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of E Street in Centralia. A window had been broken out and “items” stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 1300 block of Logan Street about 11:50 p.m. yesterday where someone had stolen tools from a truck.

PHYSICAL ALTERCATION CHIPS TOOTH

• Chehalis police called about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday about a fight between two clients at American Behavioral Health Services on the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue ended up arresting a 26-year-old who allegedly punched the other guy in the face, causing him to get lightheaded and leaving him with a chipped tooth. Purcell D. Toston Jr., from Seattle, was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with third-degree assault.

MORE ‘PRUNO’ UNCOVERED INSIDE JAIL

• Two inmates were arrested on Saturday after a shakedown at the Lewis County Jail for second-degree introducing contraband. Jared A. Heminger, 21, Rochester, was allegedly found in possession of a hypodermic needle and Tristen J. Allender, 22, Olympia, was allegedly making “Pruno,” according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office today declined to file the felony charges.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, third-degree malicious mischief, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, suspicious circumstances … and more among 135 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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Benefit, memorial set for Toledo man

Monday, September 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm
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Brian Marshall Jones
Sept. 23, 1968 – Aug. 12, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It wasn’t even one of the more difficult hikes they’d done.

Brian Marshall Jones, his wife Brenda Cyrus and their 9-year-old granddaughter Athena were on their way out of a five-day trek on part of the Pacific Crest Trail when his 47 years on this earth came to an end.

They’d taken the East Crater Trail to Lake Sahalee Tyee in Skamania County, Cyrus said.

“It was very sudden, very unexpected,” she said.

Jones, a Toledo native who relocated to Battle Ground, had coronary disease, he wife said.

It happened on Aug. 12 and she recalls with warmth the “wonderful souls” on the trail who stayed with them until search and rescue could reach them.

A celebration of life is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Woodland Grange. The address is 404 Davidson Ave.

The information technology specialist is known to many as the bass player with the Winlock-based band, Two Minute Miracle.

The group is coordinating a memorial poker run on Sept. 24, which begins at 10 a.m. at The Club tavern in Winlock. All are welcome. The proceeds will assist Jones’ family.
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• See Brian Marshall Jones’ obituary here
• Find details for memorial poker run, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 5, 2016 at 11:10 am
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HEAD-BUTTER BOOKED

• A 59-year-old Centralia man was arrested for allegedly head butting an 84-year-old man yesterday. An officer responding to the approximately 10 a.m. call at the 2800 block of Mount Vista Road arrested Michael B. Graybill for fourth-degree assault and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC DAMAGE

• Centralia police were called about 10:50 p.m. on Saturday about a 21-year-old man allegedly damaging his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle at her residence on the 3000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia and then following her to Tumwater. Chandler K. Jennings allegedly threw items out of his vehicle at the victim’s vehicle, causing more damage, according to the Centralia Police Department. The Aberdeen man was arrested in Tumwater by the Washington State Patrol and booked into the Thurston County Jail for the incident which occurred on Interstate 5, according to police.

FIGHT

• Shannon K. Kilgore, 47, of Centralia, and Gary J. Williams II, 19, of Centralia, were observed fighting in the city parking lot on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue behind the Centralia Police Department about 7 p.m. yesterday. Both were cited for fighting in public and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 7:20 a.m. yesterday regarding a white 1994 Lincoln Continental stolen from the 1300 block of Roe Street. The car was found, undamaged, later in the day,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A GMC pickup and attached tent trailer with  British Columbia license plates were stolen from Johnson Road and Caveness Drive in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:50 p.m. on Friday.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 1:15 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 2800 block of Mount Vista Road. The door was damaged and camping gear stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 9 a.m. on Friday about a vehicle prowl at the 400 block of Denny Way. Chainsaws were removed from the rear of a truck,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Three people were hurt when two passenger vehicles collided head on, on U.S. Highway 12 just east of White Pass on Friday morning. Sherrie A. Moorehead, 43, of Troy, Montana, was driving a 2006 Hummer westbound when she crossed the centerline at a curve, according to the Washington State Patrol. Her Hummer and the 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup were both totaled, according to the state patrol. Troopers called to the scene about 10:45 a.m. report Moorehead was transported to Yakima Memorial Hospital as were the Tacoma residents occupying the Dodge. They are listed as John H. McCulloch, 69, And Carol A . McCulloch, 76.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, third-degree theft, hit and run, fourth-degree assault, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street  … and more among 492 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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Randle: Motorcycle passenger falls onto road, hit by another rider

Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 5:04 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Four people were injured when a passenger fell off the back of a motorcycle onto U.S. Highway 12 near Randle, amongst a group of motorcycles heading eastbound today.

Sebastian S. Miller, 25, from Tacoma, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Miller was struck by another Kawasaki, which was then hit from behind by a third one. The driver of the second motorcycle, Donald W. Braddock, 25, of Lakewood, was flown to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, according to the state patrol.

Braddock’s passenger was transported to Morton General Hospital. The third motorcycle operator was hurt but not hospitalized, the investigating trooper reports.

Troopers called just before 1 p.m. to the scene near Peter’s Creek Road indicate all were wearing helmets.

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Approaching twilight

Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 9:14 am
Photo by Katherine Gulmert

Photo by Katherine Gulmert

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Not a crime. Just approaching twilight in rural Chehalis as summer begins to make room for autumn.