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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6:10 pm
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AILING SENIOR CITIZEN CHARGED AFTER HIGHWAY CRASH

• Two people were hospitalized after a wreck on U.S. Highway 12 in Salkum on Friday and one of them, a 70-year-old man, was brought before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court in a wheelchair. Troopers called about 2:45 p.m. on Friday found a Toyota pickup near the centerline and a Nissan Sentra in a ditch, according to charging papers. Jeremy Stiltner, who was sitting on the tailgate of the truck, said he was heading eastbound when a car pulled out in front of him from Stowell Road. Rodney D. Trueblood, 70, of Salkum, was in the driver’s seat of the Nissan, confused and smelled as though he had been drinking, Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead wrote in charging documents. He allegedly admitted he’d just left the Brown Shack Tavern, according to Halstead. Both men were transported to the hospital. Stiltner suffered a broken ankle. Halstead didn’t indicate in charging papers what injuries Trueblood had. Trueblood was charged today with vehicular assault, a class B felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller notified the judge she wasn’t sure if Trueblood understood the charges, and, according to his daughter, has a diagnosis of Parkinsons. Jail staff had indicated to her their concerns over incoherent statements as well, Tiller said. Prosecutors asked for $50,000 bail. Tiller asked that he be released today. Judge Joely O’Rourke set bail at $25,000. Trueblood’s arraignment was scheduled for Thursday. Centralia defense attorney David Arcuri was appointed to represent him.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD, INTO THE POLE

• A 28-year-old Winlock resident was arrested after his truck reportedly drove through a flower bed at the 100 block of East Stella Street in Napavine and then struck a utility pole on the 2700 block of Highway 603 on Saturday night. A deputy called about 9 p.m. contacted the driver, who was stopped by a Napavine officer, and arrested him for driving under the influence as well as two counts of hit and run, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Toyota pickup sustained major damage, according to the sheriff’s office. Cameron Z. Neumann was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Bruce Kimsey said.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to a business at the 1500 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue where an employee reported her wallet was stolen from a customer who went into a back office.

• An individual reported about 11:45 p.m. yesterday from the 400 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia that a Samsung tablet had been stolen sometime during the previous month.

• Chehalis were called just after 8 a.m. on Friday by an individual at the 700 block of Liberty Place who reported their rear license plate had been stolen.

• A light bar was stolen from a Jeep vehicle that was parked in an empty lot at the 1400 block of Kresky Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10 p.m. yesterday.

ASSAULT

• An officer was called about 5:45 p.m. on Friday to Lewis County Juvenile Detention on the 1200 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue to take a report from an alleged victim of a misdemeanor assault committed by a staff member at a summer camp some time ago. The case was referred to an agency in another jurisdiction, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police responding to a 911 hangup call just after 1 p.m. on Friday from the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue arrested a 34-year-old Centralia man who allegedly committed fourth-degree assault, locked the doors and would not let the female victim call 911. They also found a smoking device with suspected methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Julio Nunez Rojas was arrested for unlawful imprisonment and possession of methamphetamine and then charges were referred to prosecutors for fourth-degree assault and interfering with domestic violence reporting, according to police. Nunez Rojas was booked into the Lewis County Jail. He was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with only  possession of methamphetamine.

• A 43-year-old Tacoma-area man was booked into the Lewis County Jail after he called 911 to report he was trying to hurt himself about 6:30 a.m. on Friday at the 100 block of Estep Road near Napavine. Arriving deputies contacted Shane G. Williams who was sitting in his running vehicle and admitted he had smoked meth about 10 minutes earlier, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Found when he was detained was a small bag containing a white crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office. Williams  was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. A case is being referred to prosecutors also for being in physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated, Chief Bruce Kimsey said.

NEIGHBORS

• Chehalis police were called about 8:15 a.m. on Friday by an individual at the 600 block of South William Avenue who complained a male staying with neighbors had gone outside to urinate, and she had it on video. An officer contacted the subject and advised him not to do that, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday to take a report a garage had been “tagged” with graffiti at the 600 block of Southwest Chehalis Avenue. It was cleaned up and happened again, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants,  third-degree theft, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute,  harassment, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 92 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Propane heater examined in death of person inside truck

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:40 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A vehicle tagged to be towed because it was parked on the shoulder of a road south of Chehalis turned out to contain a dead person.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says on Saturday morning, a deputy posted a 24-hour notice on a pickup truck sitting on the shoulder at Southwest Interstate Avenue and Bishop Road.

“They came back the next day and started looking more inside the canopy and could see someone in the back,” sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey said.

The adult male was found dead in the back of the truck about 6 a.m. yesterday, along with items consistent with a person sleeping in the truck, Kimsey said.

Kimsey said the investigation revealed a propane heater, which will be tested.

He didn’t know how long the pickup had been at the spot, but at least two people who work in the area say they saw it sitting there all last week.

Chehalis resident Brendee Arnold recalled the first time she saw it as early last week as she drove home from work. There was a person standing beside the truck, she said.

Kimsey said he won’t say if the death is suspicious or not suspicious; he will wait for information from an autopsy.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 4:46 pm
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Near Schaefer Park Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

CREW EXTINGUISHES BURNING RV

• Firefighters called at 12:25 a.m. today about a fifth-wheel trailer burning, possibly with someone inside, at the 800 block of state Route 507 north of Centralia knocked down the flames but found no victim. A fire investigator was called to the scene. The trailer was a complete loss, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

MUGGED IN CENTRALIA

• Police and aid were called about 1:30 p.m. on Friday after a 21-year-old reported he was headed to a pawn shop with some items when a male wearing brass knuckles hit him in the face and stole the items. It happened at Ash Street and Centralia College Boulevard, according to the Centralia Police Department. The injury was minor but police had not been able to contact the victim after he left the hospital to get a suspect description, police said yesterday morning.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a shop at the 1200 block of West Chestnut Street. The lock was broken and stereo equipment was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 3:50 p.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of tools from a job site at the 2600 block of North Pearl Street.

• Two people were arrested for organized retail theft after police were called about 5:40 p.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia. Rachel C. Reyburn, 30, of Seattle and Armed A. Ovchiyan, 35, of Burien, were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 52-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with police just before 1 p.m. yesterday at the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia. Rodney D. Oleachea was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. A charge for third-degree driving with a suspended license was to be forwarded to prosecutors, according to police.

• Police were called just before 2 p.m. on Friday to the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia regarding a student who allegedly brought marijuana to school. A case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors for possession of marijuana, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INTRUDER

• Centralia police were called about 1:45 p.m. yesterday to take a report of someone entering a vacant house at the 500 block of Hillkress Street. It appeared someone had been staying there and consuming goods inside the home, as well as sealing unspecified items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A black Dodge pickup was found crashed and abandoned about 2:40 a.m. on Saturday at Marion and Golds streets in Centralia. It was towed from the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, obstructing, warrants, obstructing, fourth-degree assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft … and more among 320 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Divorce drama brings felony criminal charge for cop’s ex

Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 4:05 pm
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Tami McGinty appears before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Chehalis area woman was jailed this week for allegedly demanding property she believed she should have been awarded in divorce proceedings from her ex-husband, a law enforcement officer, and telling him she’d “hate” to turn him in to internal affairs at his workplace.

Tami McGinty, 42, was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree extortion as well as a violation of a civil anti-harassment order.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told a judge the order had been served in November out of Lewis County District and McGinty violated it the same day.

“After that, she escalates her conduct,” Meyer said.

Charging papers in the case state the court order allowed contact via text message regarding the children.

Chehalis police were called just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday to the 300 block of West Main Street where the ex-husband reported she had been repeatedly violating the order.

Among the text messages shown to police were ones in which she suggested she wanted a table, her dog and then a riding lawn mower, according to the documents.

“Because I know a LOT. So do the right thing and bring them to us,” McGinty allegedly texted.

When Chehalis officers contacted McGinty on Thursday, she reportedly said their child was mentioned in a text exchange so it wasn’t a violation.

She denied threatening to contact internal affairs, but then indicated she was “giving notice” about being honest on paperwork, Prosecutor Meyer wrote in charging documents. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee yesterday afternoon imposed a no contact order. Defense attorney Kevin Nelson was appointed to represent McGinty.

Her arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 18.

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Salkum fire chief puts out fire at his own house

Friday, January 5, 2018 at 6:24 pm
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Electrical outlet and the plug in Pest Repeller which burned, along with another Pest Repeller. / Courtesy photo by Duran McDaniel

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – When he and his wife saw smoke coming out from under the kitchen sink, fortunately he knew what to do, but more importantly they had a fire extinguisher handy.

Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel said luckily, they happened to be home when it happened, or it may have ended differently.

“I grabbed an extinguisher, got in there, got it out and shut off the power,” McDaniel said.

They called 911 shortly after 11 o’clock yesterday morning and the fire crew arrived to their home on Gore Road north of Salkum.

What happened was about five years ago, the McDaniels got an electronic device called Pest Repeller that emits a tone of some sort to keep mice away, McDaniel said. His wife plugged it into an outlet beneath the sink, he said.

And then they forgot about it, he said.

They disassembled the electrical outlet to examine the area. McDaniel said it didn’t spread beyond the device and outlet and into the wall, only because the two were home to catch onto it immediately.

The chief said it is a good reminder of just how valuable keeping a fire extinguisher in a home can be. He’s definitely not going to plug the rodent repeller back under the sink, where it’s out of sight, he said.

He recalled responding to a wall fire in the recent past that appeared to have been ignited from a cell phone charger plugged into an outlet. He said his neighbor, who works for an insurance company, told him she had been seeing claims for similar problems stemming from plug in air fresheners.

It’s probably a good idea to pay some attention to the various devices we plug in at home, the chief said.

“I guess we ought to check them every once in awhile to see how warm they are,” McDaniel said. “And replace them every once in while.”

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 5, 2018 at 1:54 pm
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BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police responded about 5:10 a.m. today to a coffee stand on the 700 block of West Main Street which had been burglarized during the night. Someone broke a window to get inside and it appeared cash was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just before 8 a.m. yesterday about a theft from a storage unit at the 200 block of Southwest Alfred Street in which a child’s green electric-powered scooter was stolen.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 7 o’clock this morning to take a report of the theft of a blue 2017 Subaru Outback from the 700 block of F Street. The car went missing between 10 p.m. yesterday and 6:45 a.m. today, according to the Centralia Police Department. A spare key to the Subaru and a purse had been removed from another vehicle on the property, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old Chehalis area woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when a glass smoking device with residue was located as she was detained for driving with a suspended license following a traffic stop just before 11 p.m. yesterday at South Tower Avenue and Summa Street in Centralia. Georgia J. Zillyette was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, physical control of motor vehicle while under the influence, driving without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, trespassing,  vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, unfounded report … and more among 137 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Theft charge filed for alleged misappropriation by volunteer firefighter

Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 4:08 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 25-year-old Mineral resident has been charged with  alleged misuse of a fire department department gas card while he was a volunteer firefighter.

Brady J. Mounce was summonsed into Lewis County Superior Court and appeared before a judge yesterday afternoon.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller said her client works as a farm hand and his earnings indicated he was eligible for a court appointed lawyer.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer requested Mounce’s bail be set with a $10,000 unsecured bond and Judge Joely O’Rourke agreed.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this summer a detective investigated after a Washington State Auditor’s Office report came back showing misappropriation of fuel from Lewis County Fire District 9 in Mineral. Mounce was a volunteer and his father was fire chief.

In June, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the information showed some of the activity occurred in the Morton area and some in Eatonville. Theft charges were filed in Pierce County, Breen said.

Lewis County prosecutors filed a charge of second-degree theft against Mounce on Dec. 5.

The affidavit regarding probable cause states the issue arose at the Jan. 24, 2016 fire commissioner’s meeting after the acting fire chief scrutinized a fuel bill from Stanley’s Oil Company and found Mounce’s use of the card did not match the run sheets. The matter was forwarded to the state auditor.

Sheriff’s detective Gene Seiber spoke with a fire commissioner who said she had recently resigned because of the issue.

Seiber wrote in his police report that the auditor’s findings showed Mounce made 20 purchases of fuel at Stanley’s Petroleum in Morton, totaling $1,503.12.

The time period of the activity is shown as three years during 2013, 2014, 2015 and through Jan. 1, 2016.

Detective Seiber spoke with the acting chief who told him Mounce had admitted to the “whole thing” in both counties, but when Seiber attempted to talk with Mounce, Mounce denied doing anything in Morton, according to charging documents.

After his court hearing yesterday, outside the courtroom, Mounce said he didn’t have any comment about his case. He will be represented by Centralia attorney David Brown.

His arraignment is scheduled for next Thursday.
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For background, read “News brief: Mineral Fire Department audit shows fuel misappropriation” from Wednesday June 14, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm
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PHONE STOLEN

• Jason A. Landry, 40, of Centralia was arrested for second-degree robbery after police were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday to Harrison Avenue and First Street in Centralia. Landry was was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. The incident reportedly involved a phone and a shove, police indicated.

FRAUD

• A Chehalis resident on Southwest 16th Street called police yesterday evening to report the discovery of fraudulent charges on her credit card and that she needed a case number for her bank, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 9:35 p.m. yesterday to take a report that a wallet was stolen from a vehicle and a credit card it contained was used at an ATM a short time later. The case is associated with the 2200 block of Cooks Hill Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just after noon on Monday to the 100 block of Engle Drive in Mossyrock by an individual who said she discovered more than $900 had been wrongfully charged to her credit card.

MISSING MAIL

• Centralia police were called about 7:50 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of mail from the 700 block of West Third Street.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report just before 8 a.m. yesterday about a sign on the 400 block of East Summa Street getting spay painted during the night.

UNHAPPY NEW YEAR

• A 22-year-old Randle resident was arrested after police were called about 2 a.m. on Monday to the 400 block of First Street in Morton where a resident said he woke up to a stranger urinating in his driveway and then wanting to come inside. The suspect reportedly told an officer he was told he could crash at the home because he was intoxicated, according to the Morton Police Department. Mark D. John was booked into the Lewis County Jail for causing a breach of public peace, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports seven deputies conducted a traffic emphasis on Jackson Highway in Chehalis between 3 p.m. and midnight on Saturday issuing 44 warnings and three infractions as well as finding one person wanted on an outstanding warrant and two drivers with suspended licenses.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, fourth-degree assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, trespassing, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, third-degree theft, protection order violation … 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.

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Caretaker who spent deceased client’s money headed to prison

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 7:10 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Winlock woman who admitted to second-degree theft from the estate of an individual she was a caretaker for was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison.

The attorney for Aurora S. Fulmer, who also uses the last name of Contreras, hoped to persuade a judge to impose a parenting sentencing alternative, but Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler said no.

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Aurora S. Fulmer

Fulmer was arrested in June following an investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, after the estranged daughter of a Centralia woman who died found Fulmer at her mother’s home and discovered she had taken over bank accounts.

The sheriff’s office initially suggested Fulmer wrongfully withdrew more than $43,000 from two of the woman’s accounts.

But Fulmer, 34, pleaded guilty in November to one count of second-degree theft (more than $750 but less than $5,000) and three counts of second-degree identity theft in a plea deal with prosecutors.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke pitched what he called a pretty elaborate program of supervision and said it included being sent to prison if she failed to comply. He called it a complicated case, for the mother of six who had gotten clean and is working full time.

“There was some indication my client made arrangements to have some of the money in exchange for taking care of her,” O’Rourke said. “She did take care of her for a significant time

“But that’s irrelevant, it would still be a crime for her to rifle through the money like this without probate.”

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio said the state opposed the sentencing alternative.

The deceased woman’s daughter told the judge the past year has been a nightmare and she didn’t want anyone else to have to deal with what she had to.

Fulmer told the judge she understood better the stress she put the woman’s daughter through, after hearing her speak in court.

Judge Lawler ordered Fulmer directly into custody from the hearing.
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For background, read “Caretaker who spent deceased client’s money pleads guilty” from Friday November 10, 2017, here

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Winlock teen accused of having sex with two young girls

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 6:01 pm
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Tyler T. Voie, in green stripes, faces a judge in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A high school student from Winlock is being held on $150,000 bail following an investigation that began in mid-December when police were summoned to Winlock Middle School and advised a female student there had received a sexually explicit snap chat message from him.

The girl told an officer the electronic conversation had occurred in conjunction with a 11-year-old girl, saying Tyler T. Voie had engaged in sexual intercourse with the 11-year-old, something the 11-year-old denied, according to charging documents in Voie’s case.

However, the officer spoke also with a now-14-year-old girl who stated she and Voie dated in early 2016 and during that time they had sex five times, the documents allege. Voie would have been 16 years old and she would have been 12.

In follow up investigation, the 11-year-old’s mother called police and said Voie and her daughter did engage in sex at the end of November when he was at their home watching television with her daughter in a bedroom, according to court documents.

When an officer spoke with Voie, about the girl who said they had dated, he allegedly admitted to once being intimate with the girl, believing she was 13 and he was 17 at the time, but did not think the age between them to be an issue, Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh wrote in charging documents.

Voie turned 18 years old in September. He was arrested on Saturday and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

He was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with one count of fist-degree rape of a child and five counts of second-degree rape of a child. Both offenses have a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio asked a judge yesterday afternoon to set bail at $150,000, citing a public safety concern.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller asked that he be put on house arrest, noting he is a high school student who lives with his mother.

Judge Joely O’Rourke ordered that Voie be held on $150,000 bail, that he have no contact with minors and have no electronic devices.

His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 11.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm
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FOUND INSIDE CRAWL SPACE

• A 26-year-old Tenino resident was arrested last night after a maintenance person responding for a large water leak at an apartment building on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue discovered a person inside the roof crawl space area. Tavrin R.C. O’Day allegedly had broken a hot water pipe which caused a large amount of water to seep through the building floors and caused major damage, according to the Centralia Police Department. The damage is estimated in excess of $7,000, according to police. O’Day was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ROBBERY

• A 39-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for second-degree robbery yesterday in an approximately 1 p.m. case associated with a location at the 600 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. Tanya M. Cruz was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

EXTORTION

• Chehalis police called just after 9 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of West Main Street about a violation of a court order via text messaging are referring a case to prosecutors for a charge of second-degree extortion, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

HANDBAG STOLEN

• Centralia police were called to a store at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue about 7:15 p.m. yesterday where a purse was stolen while its owner was shopping.

BAD BILL

• Police were called about 1:45 p.m. yesterday regarding a counterfeit $20 bill being passed at the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia.

VANDALISM

• An officer was called about 8:40 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Southwest Chehalis Avenue where someone had tagged a garage with spray paint.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:10 a.m. yesterday to take a report of a garage getting tagged at the 200 block of Southwest 11th Street.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, third-degree theft, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 133 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 3:03 pm
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BURGLARY

• A deputy was called to the 400 block of Hemenway Road in Winlock about 8:45 p.m. on Sunday where an unknown person made entry through an unsecured  sliding glass door at a home and left with a safe and the paperwork inside it.

• A deputy was called about 1:40 p.m. on Sunday to take a report of a break-in to a storage unit at the 1500 block of Bishop Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The lock was cut and the victim reported the only item that seemed to be missing was a box of shotgun shells, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy responded to the 2900 hundred block of U.S. Highway 12 in Silver Creek on Friday after an individual arrived and discovered the window of their front door had been broken and someone had entered the residence sometime during the previous two months. Missing from the garage was a a commercial tile saw, valued at $1,200, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THREAT

• A 23-year-old Centralia man who allegedly threatened to harm a family member was arrested for felony harassment after police were called about 5 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue in Chehalis. Jacob S. Drury was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called about 2 p.m. on Friday to take a report of a fraud in a case associated with the 2500 block of North National Avenue.

VEHICLE THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports they are investigating the theft of a $5,000 black Maxey utility dump trailer stolen from a parking lot at the 1500 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis sometime between last Tuesday and Wednesday. The trailer’s license plate reads 3328 VM, according to the sheriff’s office. Inside the trailer was a $1,000 Dynapac model LF380 gravel compactor which is also missing, Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey said.

• A deputy was called on Saturday morning to take a report of the theft of a 1995 Saturn from the 300 block of Hawkins Road in Winlock and yesterday when the suspect returned the car, she was arrested for motor vehicle theft, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Carly R. Holmes, 38, from Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called just after noon on Friday about an overnight vehicle prowl at the 400 block of Southwest William Avenue. An electronic tablet was taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BAD BILL

• Chehalis police were called on Saturday to a business on the 300 block of Northwest State Avenue which reported accepting a $50 bill that turned out to be fake.

DRUGS

• A 25-year-old man arrested about 11:25 p.m. yesterday for an outstanding warrant at Harrison Avenue and First Street in Centralia was also arrested for  possession of methamphetamine. Marcus J. Brennan, a homeless person, was was booked into the Lewis County Jail. according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is being referred to prosecutors also for is also being referred for possession of heroin and cocaine, according to police.

• Chehalis police called about 3 p.m. yesterday about a disorderly person at the 600 block of North National Avenue ended up arresting a 37-year-old Chehalis resident for a drug violation. Terry L. Bryan was first arrested for disorderly conduct and then a search turned up small crystalized rocks that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Bryan was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 30-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when she was searched after she was picked up for an outstanding warrant at about 12:25 on Sunday at the 4100 block of Jackson Highway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Natasha C. Pogue was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called on Saturday by an individual who said their car was egged during the night on the 600 block of Northwest Pennsylvania Avenue.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 57-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for driving under the influence after police began to receive calls about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday of a vehicle hitting the side of the courthouse, taking out a fire hydrant, hitting a car, hitting a truck and driving over curbs and through a planting bed before finally parking in a driveway on the 500 block of Jefferson Street in Chehalis. Debra Adair Keys was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 48-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for hit and run after an officer was called just after 9 a.m. on Friday regarding an incident at the 1300 block of Northwest Maryland Avenue in Chehalis. Richard T. Jones was located and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, hit and run, trespassing, third-degree theft, fourth-degree domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, third-degree malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, civil issue, shoplifting, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 418 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Marijuana cultivation: Winlock operation was “huge”

Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:04 pm
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Chanh Nguyen is seated next to temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller, while his co-defendants look on; far right is Nga Dong and adjacent is Hai Son Le

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – After a 33-year-old San Jose man was arrested for growing more than 600 marijuana plants at property he said he rents from his sister-in-law across the street from Vader City Hall early this month, drug detectives found power records inside his vehicle for an address on Nelson Road north of Winlock.

When the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant this week on Nelson Road, they found more than 1,500 plants in a two-story outbuilding growing in five separate rooms and two other growing rooms in the residence, along with packaging equipment and materials.

Power consumption records from Lewis County PUD showed over 120,000 kilowatt hours for the last billing cycles.

The electric bill was in the name of Chanh Nguyen, 39, from San Jose, according to authorities.

Nguyen and two other men were found in the outbuilding on Thursday by deputies when the search was conducted and were arrested.

Nguyen said he rents the property for about $1,700 a month, had been there for about four months and did not have authorization for the grow, according to prosecutors.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher was clearly frustrated when the three men were brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday afternoon.

“This is not a couple of hippies growing a couple of plants in the backyard,” Meagher said.

The unlawful indoor growing operation was huge, perhaps the largest he has seen in Lewis County, according to Meagher.

“This is at least the fourth one we’ve had this year, like this,” he said.

Manufacture of marijuana is a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison, the same punishment as simple possession of narcotics.

“I just don’t know how you can look at the size of this and not think it’s organized crime,” Meagher said.

He asked for $100,000 bail for each of the three defendants, but Judge Joely O’Rourke imposed $50,000 and restricted their travel to Western Washington.

Also appearing before the judge were Hai Son Le, 39, Fort Lauderdale and Nga Dong, 65, also from Fort Lauderdale. All three used the services of a Vietnamese translator.

The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office charged them with manufacture of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver or manufacture, and possession of marijuana.

Charging documents in the case describe a set up with numerous grow lights, air-moving fans and carbon filters which Meagher said are used to keep the odor from drifting outdoors.

Outside the courtroom, Meagher said he doesn’t yet know who owns the house on Nelson Road.

This case grew out of the Vader case, which in turn, was discovered because the Vader arrestee’s driver’s license was found at a growing operation in Grayland in Pacific County.

That was part of a series of at least 50 search warrants served in Grays Harbor and two other counties late last month. The Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force oversaw the arrests and seizure of more than 32,000 marijuana plants valued in excess of $80 million.

It followed an investigation into illegal marijuana growing operations by Chinese nationals, primarily in homes purchased with cash for that purpose.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott told The (Aberdeen) Daily World the reason 31 of the suspects were released without charges was it appeared they were brought to the United States from China under the impression they would pay off their debt of transportation and other costs after the crop was sold, a crop they were led to believe was legal; he called it a form of human trafficking.

Asked if any similar claim of being victims of human trafficking had come up in this case, Meagher said two of the defendants didn’t or couldn’t talk with law enforcement when they were arrested.

“I don’t have anything solid, but I have a suspicion,” Meagher said.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller said after the court hearing, it seemed to her the three men did not know each other.

Their arraignments are scheduled for Jan. 4 in Lewis County Superior Court.

All three men appear to have bailed out of the Lewis County Jail shortly after midnight last night, according to the jail’s online roster.
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For background, read:

• “Vader indoor marijuana nursery shut down” from Tuesday December 12, 2017, here

• “Illegal marijuana growing by Chinese nationals targeted in Grays Harbor County” from Tuesday November 28, 2017, here

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Defendants left to right: Chanh Nguyen, Hai Son Le and Nga Dong talk with a Vietnamese interpreter before their bail hearing