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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

WANTED MAN FOUND IN RIVER

• A 32-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday afternoon following a search in the area of Rotary Riverside Park in Centralia when police located him hiding under some brush in the Skookumchuck River, according to the Centralia Police Department. Members of the department’s special Anti-Crime Team went to the King Oscar Motel on Eckerson Road looking for Dana M. Johnson in connection with a previous search warrant, according to police. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said Johnson was leaving when they arrived and officers spent more than two hours attempting to locate him. He had been staying at the motel, and police found drugs there, included more than 55 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of heroin, according to Reichert. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

BURGLARY

• An 18-year-old Chehalis area resident was arrested last night in connection with a burglary reported a few days ago by his grandfather at the 100 block of Alderwood Drive where they both live, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said stolen property was recovered and Dillan G. Gleason was booked into the Lewis County jail for first-degree theft.

• Chehalis police were called to a burglary at the 600 block of Northwest St. Helens Avenue about 6:30 p.m. yesterday in which an Apple iPad was among the valuables missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A deputy took a report from the 400 block of Ingalls Road west of Centralia yesterday where gas cans and a chain saw went missing from a shop sometime between  last Friday and Monday. The loss is about $700, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

FRAUD

• A 35-year-old Chehalis man called police yesterday evening after discovering someone charged $800 on his credit card for a roundtrip airline ticket between Virginia and Connecticut, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 5:20 a.m. today to the 1700 block of Sunset Way in Centralia where someone rummaged through four parked vehicles.

• Someone got into a duffel bag inside an unlocked vehicle at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis and took about $45, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

WRECKS

• A collision between a semi truck and a car last night on Interstate 5 north of Centralia ended with no injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority. It happened in the northbound lanes just after 9 p.m.  north of milepost 83 and appeared the passenger vehicle just “touched” the big rig’s front wheel, according to  Fire Capt. Tim Adolphsen.

• Firefighters were called about 6 p.m. yesterday to a single-vehicle rollover wreck on state Route 507 just beyond Schaeffer Park in north Centralia. The driver had gotten himself out of his pickup truck and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked out, according to Riverside Fire Authority. “He really didn’t want to go, but we talked him into it, as a precaution,” Fire Capt. Tim Adolphsen said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, trespass; responses for alarm, misdemeanor theft; complaint of neighbor’s very loud television … and more.

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News brief: Four-year-old Chehalis drive-by shooting case revived

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A former Chehalis resident serving 160 years in prison for participating in shooting up an inhabited trailer in Yakima County in what was described as a gang-related retaliatory attack is back in Lewis County, to face charges in a 2010 drive-by shooting on Southwest William Street in Chehalis.

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Andrew Morales-Loberg

Andrew Morales-Loberg was a 19-year-old wanted but never captured in connection with an incident in which someone in a red Chevrolet Blazer fired a round from a pistol that struck a parked vehicle while people were in the area of a residence.

Authorities described the suspects as LVL members and the shooting as related to a debt owed to somebody called “Candy man”. The alleged target was Rolando Carrillo Cruz, who later got in trouble for firing at individuals who came to his Centralia apartment complex on Ash Street.

A $500,000 arrest warrant was issued for Morales-Loberg in the Chehalis case. He and others were jailed in Yakima County shortly after the March 2011 incident there, convicted and then sentenced in October 2012

It appears he was brought from Clallam Bay Corrections Center today to the Lewis County Jail to go before a judge.
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For background, read “Last suspect from summer 2010 drive-by shooting in Chehalis now accounted for” from Wednesday October 3, 2012, here

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Sheriff: Pe Ell’s marshal jailed for driving police car under the influence

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:21 am

Updated at 10:45 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The new town marshal for Pe Ell was arrested overnight for driving drunk, in Pe Ell, in his patrol vehicle.

Marshal Anthony K. Corder’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he was processed at the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

He was booked into the facility this morning, Sheriff Steve Mansfield said.

“He was very polite, very cooperative, upset that he put us in the position to have to do this,” Sheriff Mansfield said. “He didn’t give us any problems.”

Corder was hired recently by the mayor of the small West Lewis County town.

The 27-year-old just out of the military had no prior law enforcement experience and has not yet attended the training academy but did have police powers already, according to the sheriff’s office.

It happened about 2 o’clock this morning.

He apparently was not on duty, as he was wearing civilian clothes, according to the sheriff’s office.

But he was driving a fully marked police car, equipped with all his various police gear, including his duty weapon which the sheriff’s office confiscated, Mansfield said.

It came about because deputies were dispatched about 1:08 a.m., advised there was a possibly suicidal subject and it could be the marshal who might be intoxicated, according to the sheriff’s office.

When he was contacted however, there were no indications of him being suicidal, only that he’d been drinking, according to Mansfield.

The sheriff had no further details about that aspect, suggesting its possible the caller said something that was not true.

Mansfield gave the following account: A responding deputy spotted a car driving around town with its headlights off and when it pulled in front of a house, its driver got out and went inside. The deputy asked dispatch to have the marshal call him and then come outside which he did, Mansfield said.

Corder’s blood alcohol level was measured at .186 and .184, according to Mansfield.

“It’s very concerning,” Mansfield said. “Number one, I hope this young man gets some help, but until he gets his life straightened out or something, he doesn’t need to be working law enforcement in Lewis County or anywhere else.”

Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said the arrest occurred at the 500 block of North Main Street and that Corder is a Pe Ell resident, but it’s not clear whose home he was at.

He is the town’s only law enforcement officer.

The sheriff’s office will respond to emergency calls in Pe Ell, as they do in all the small towns when no one else is available, and then send the town a bill, according to Mansfield.

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New fire chief may be old fire chief, Mike Kytta

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Assistant Fire Chief Rick Mack made it plain he doesn’t have his sights set on a promotion with the departure of the chief of Riverside Fire Authority.

Mack, one of two assistant chiefs serving under Jim Walkowski, last night offered a lengthy discourse about the leadership his co-worker, Assistant Chief Mike Kytta, has shown over more than a decade.

His praise came during a gathering with the decision makers, the Centralia area fire department’s board of commissioners. The special meeting was held to talk about what’s next, following Walkowski’s resignation last week. Walkowski was absent, out of town at a conference.

“I believe, based on his demonstrated selflessness, Chief Kytta is the right person for the job,” Mack said told the board. “I’ll continue to serve alongside him as long as you’ll have me.”

Facing a steeply declining budget, the organization has cut firefighter positions and was poised to trim the trio of top officers down to two, when the chief took a position last week in the Spokane area. He will remain at Riverside through the end of this month.

Mack pointed out that 11 years ago, they were two separate agencies; the Centralia Fire Department and its neighbor that protected areas surrounding the city, Lewis County Fire District 12.

It was an idea presented by Kytta, then chief of District 12, to begin working together in ways so, for example, a fire truck the city wouldn’t have to drive all the way west to answer a call across the street from District 12′s station, a truck from District 12 would go instead, Mack described.

It was around the same time, an agreement was put into place with the private ambulance service AMR that allowed the scheduling of two paramedic-staffed ambulances on duty at all times, Mack said, an arrangement he said has worked well.

When Centralia’s fire chief retired, an interim chief was hired who recruited Walkowski to head up the combined organization, Mack went on.

Kytta could have, but didn’t didn’t, seek the top job, Mack indicated.

Kytta didn’t respond directly to the public recommendation, but later indicated he wouldn’t turn it down.

“If they want to talk with me about that, I’d be honored to talk with them,” he said.

The hour long session at the fire station on Harrison Avenue included an appeal from union president Riverside Firefighter Rick LeBoeuf to make clear as quickly as possible who would be chief, and what size next year’s budget would be.

The board heard Kytta lay out some of the issues and challenges he sees. The group spoke of the importance of making sure citizens understand the specifics – sooner rather than later – of why they will ask for a new kind of levy in August.

Board member Mike Tomasheck indicated the board could choose its chief at its next meeting, saying he’s asked for its agenda to include an executive session.

Riverside Fire Authority, which protects a population of 28,000 spanning more than 180 square miles in and around Centralia, last year operated with a budget of $4.6 million. This year it’s $3.9 million.

The primary reason for the reduction is related to the fairly sudden change in taxes contributed by TransAlta’s power plant, as it winds down coal burning operations; changes that will affect all the junior taxing districts in its geographical area.

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For background, read “Centralia area fire department facing lean times” from Sunday April 6, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm

POLICE PURSUE, DETAIN SUICIDAL MAN

• An attempt to track down a distraught, suicidal Centralia man yesterday morning ended about two hours later with a police chase up Harrison Avenue, a patrol vehicle tapping his moving truck to stop it and another officer talking the armed man out of shooting himself. Centralia police were called about 9:20 a.m. to assist the sheriff’s office in finding the subject who resides on Blanchard Road, according to authorities. Police say when they did locate him, he had a handgun, was threatening to kill himself, and refused to comply with officer’s orders before he fled in his vehicle. The pursuit ended near Kuper Road, according to the sheriff’s office. It was shortly after 11 a.m. when the 53-year-old man was taken into custody and aid was asked to transport him to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. He was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 10:20 a.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary to a home at the 200 block of West Second Street.

LOST AND FOUND

• A purse was found near the front of a home on the 100 Southwest 17th Street in Chehalis and turned into police yesterday. It contained no identification, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “If anyone lost a purse, call, describe and claim,” department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, numerous individuals for driving under the influence; responses for misdemeanor theft;  complaint of barking dog; concern about three little boys on big skateboards who might get hit by a car … and more.

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News brief: Tenino resident booked for grocery holdup

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An image on surveillance video shared by the news media led to tip this morning to Crime Stoppers resulting in the arrest of a 30-year-old suspect for last week’s armed robbery of a Tenino grocery store.

Deputies at about 10 o’clock today took Gregory E. Corbin into custody, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin reports when detectives located Corbin, they also found evidence connecting him to last Thursday’s hold up at the Whistle Stop, and says he confessed.

Corbin was booked into the Thurston County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to Elwin.

Corbin is expected to appear in court tomorrow, Elwin said.

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Breaking news: 911 phone lines down statewide

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:01 am

Updated at 6:28 a.m.: Service has been restored to Lewis County; citizens are advised they may call directly to 911 now if they have an emergency.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 911 service outage is affecting Lewis County and all of Washington.

For emergencies, the public is advised to call the business phone number of the dispatch center for the area in which they live. In Lewis County, that number is 1-360-740-1105.

It’s not clear what caused it or when it might be restored but it’s widespread, according to Lewis County Director of Central Services Mike Strozyk.

“Well, they’re down in the entire state, maybe also in eastern Idaho and northern Oregon,” Strozyk said. “It may be a switching problem in Oregon, according to Century Link.”

The problem began here a little before 1 o’clock this morning, he said.

Locally, they’ve asked all the fire departments around the county to be staffed, in case anyone walks in needing help, according to Strozyk.

They’ve notified other agencies such as law enforcement, he said.

Strozyk said the communications center has implemented its procedures for such a situation and has been processing calls through the night via its business number.

“We’re just waiting to hear more on a timeline for repairs, or when it’s reactivated,” Strozyk said about 4 o’clock this morning.

The Lewis County 911 Center in Chehalis answers emergency calls and dispatches emergency services to all cities, towns and areas throughout the county.

The business line for Thurston County is 360-704-2740. For Cowlitz County, the number is 360-577-3098.

Jennifer Ducummon, public education coordinator for Lewis County 911, provided a link to a website for a public safety communications organization showing business phone numbers for all around the state.

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For more, read “CenturyLink service glitch blocks 911 calls” from The Seattle Times on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 6:59 .m., here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

Updated at 2:11 p.m.

CENTRALIA DOMESTIC DISPUTE: ‘AND THE FIGHT WAS ON’

• A 71-year-old Centralia wife who allegedly threw hot coffee on a police officer and punched a second officer in the face was jailed yesterday following a morning response to an apartment building on the 700 block of South Tower Avenue. Officers were called about 11:10 a.m. because she had locked her husband out of the home and they were assisting him in getting back inside, according to the Centralia Police Department. When one officer put his arm through an opening in the kitchen window to reach the latch on the door, Dorothy A. Diacon grabbed his arm, which he pulled back out, police said. Then she tossed coffee through the window onto the officer, prompting another officer to kick open the front door, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. The woman allegedly punched and slapped the second officer, and she was punched back, Reichert said. “The wresting match was on; she was Tasered, with a ‘drive stun’, not the probes,” Reichert said. Diacon, who he described as medium height and more than 200 pounds, was taken into custody, arrested for two counts of third-degree assault, he said. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail and is scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon.

DISPUTE TURNS FELONIOUS IN CHEHALIS

• A 19-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday following a fight with his 17-year-old pregnant girlfriend in which he allegedly threw her down and wouldn’t let her leave a bedroom or their apartment. Officers called around 3:20 p.m. about the incident at the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court were told the young woman hit him to get away and went to a family member to call 911, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Andres F. Santiago was booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful imprisonment, according to police. Exactly how long she was prevented from leaving their home beforehand wasn’t clear, but detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said he didn’t believe it amounted to hours. She wasn’t injured but was medically examined because of the pregnancy involved, Wilson said. Santiago is being released from jail with no charges filed pending further investigation.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Someone broke into a home on the 600 block of Coal Creek Road outside Chehalis yesterday and made off with a camera, a laptop computer, jewelry and various other property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called late yesterday afternoon learned the burglary occurred during the daylight hours, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said the loss from the stolen property and damage was about $2,000.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Toledo resident was arrested for possession of opiates following a traffic stop on Prairie Road in Chehalis yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Alex A. Schon was a passenger in the vehicle and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarms; complaints of a drunk on a bicycle in someone else’s yard, canine chasing an individual and his dog while out on a walk, someone shooting birds at the Chehalis-Centralia Airport, a driverless semi truck idling in the middle of South Market Boulevard … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Updated at 3:34 p.m.

THEY BITE IN MOSSYROCK TOO

• A 24-year-old Mossyrock woman was bit in the arm while trying to break up a fight between her boyfriend and her ex-boyfriend, who allegedly barged into her home overnight, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responding about 3 o’clock this morning to the residence she shares with her mother on the 100 block of state Route 122 were told James W. McMillion, 36, showed up and first tried to get inside by breaking a back window, according to the sheriff’s office. She opened the front door to tell him to leave and McMillion shoved past her and began hitting her new boyfriend, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. That’s when the young woman tried to intervene and McMillion bit her, according to Brown. The new boyfriend, whose name was not released, sustained an injury to his forehead when he head butted McMillion, Brown said. McMillion then left, but was located not far away near his vehicle. Brown said he tried to kick and head butt deputies. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for resisting arrest, two counts of misdemeanor assault and burglary, according to the sheriff’s office.

BROKEN JAW

• Centralia police are investigating an incident that may have occurred on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue on Saturday night that left a male with a broken jaw and nose. Officers were advised yesterday by the victim of the assault and his injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details will be available as the investigation proceeds, according to police.

LITTLE ONE HURT

• An officer was called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday by a mother who said her 5-year-old was assaulted by another child at the playground on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis. No police action will taken against the 7-year-old, as it’s a parental issue when it involves children that young, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Detective Sgt. Gary WIlson indicated since no report was written, further details were unavailable and he didn’t know the extent of the injury, but said a photo he viewed  suggested what looked like a black eye.

FRAUD

• Centralia police responded yesterday morning to a report from an individual at the 1900 block of North Pearl Street regarding a fake check they received after conducting an online sale. The payment for the unspecified item came from a buyer in another state, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just after 1:30 p.m. yesterday after the discovery by a woman from her bank that it held two accounts in her name. She told the bank, and police, she had only one account, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police don’t know who created the phantom account at the Centralia business.

THEFT OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

• UPS confirmed the date they delivered to the 1300 block of Rose Street in Centralia, but the theft victim didn’t receive the package of medication, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department about 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Someone signed for the package, which contained Oxycontin, according to police.

ARREST FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS

• A deputy responding to a report of suspicious activity at the 300 block of Haliday Road at about 1:15 p.m. yesterday encountered three subjects cutting the windshield out of a Honda and learned the car and a deer had collided, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It wasn’t an accident required to be reported, but after checking the information on the individuals, the deputy found one was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant and it turned out he had suspected methamphetamine on him, according to the sheriff’s office. Christopher L. Lee, 25, of Rochester, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

POT TALK: CENTRALIA ADVISED TO ALLOW THE BUSINESSES, OR TABLE ISSUE

• City officials in Centralia are scheduled to talk, again, tonight about whether to allow recreational marijuana businesses within the city limits, and the rules that would govern them. City staff are recommending the council either vote to approve a drafted ordinance, or table the issue further by extending a moratorium. They are suggesting that council members should not vote against the proposal nor should the council declare an outright prohibition, according to a memo from Emil Pierson, the director of community development. The ongoing issue arose following the passage in November 2012 of Initiative 502, allowing such enterprises for the first time, legally, in Washington state. The city rejected an ordinance earlier this year, but since then an opinion issued by the state Attorney General’s Office indicated municipalities are free to ban marijuana business within their boundaries. However, according to Pierson, the state Liquor Control Board announced that would not prevent it from issuing permits in those places. As a consequence, municipalities would be forced to deal with any legal actions that may come from a business inside the city limits which is licensed by the state but disallowed by the city, Pierson advises. The proposed ordinance limits siting of retailers, processors or producers to certain zoning districts, but the copy of Pierson’s memo distributed to news media doesn’t include a map illustrating where those locations are. The city council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Centralia City Hall.

DEER WRECK

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was hospitalized after the driver of the car in which he was traveling swerved to miss a deer, causing the vehicle to roll over two times along U.S. Highway 12 about four miles west of Oakville this morning. Troopers called just after 7:30 a.m. found the 2002 Acura RSX on its top and totaled. Zachary C. Cline, 27, was transported to Summit Pacific Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol.  The driver, Jessica D. Towns, 23, from Elma, was reportedly uninjured. Both had been seat belted in, according to the state patrol. The roadway was partially blocked or about an hour. The car was impounded.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarms, found wallet, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, a 13-year-old boy who allegedly pulled up a loose tile from his cell at the juvenile detention center; complaint of a car following too closely behind other motorists; request for help making a roommate to move out … and more.

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Breaking news: Pot, money, stolen in Oakville hold up

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Updated at 2:58 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An Oakville co-op for medical marijuana was robbed this morning by two men in ski masks prompting a multi-agency response and a lockdown of the school.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said a search of the area has been completed and the pair were not found.

Investigators are still on scene attempting to develop additional suspect information, according to Shumate.

It happened at the Green Harbour Medical Marijuana Co-Op on the 100 block of East Pine Street; its owner called 911 just before 9:15 a.m.

“The owner advised that he had just opened for business when the two men came up behind him and stuck something in his back,” the sheriff’s office stated in a news release. ”The owner believed the object was possibly a gun however never did see a firearm.”

The subjects ordered the 47-year-old man to retrieve money and marijuana from a safe and then they fled northbound on foot, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim was not injured.

The amount of cash and marijuana products stolen was not revealed by authorities.

Numerous law enforcement agencies assisted in the attempt to find the men, including officers with Chehalis Tribal Police, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and the SP, and Elma Police Department. A police dog with Thurston County police dog was unable to develop a track, according to Shumate.

Shumate indicated they are hoping to get images from security cameras but it appears the room in which the robbery occurred had no surveillance.

The sheriff’s office believes the robbers specifically targeted the marijuana business.

Shumate asks anyone with information to please call Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765 or the Sheriff’s Department at 360-249-3711.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm

GIRL FIGHT GETS REAL

• Talking smack about a teenage girl’s family on Facebook led to an online dispute and then a real one yesterday in Centralia. Police called about 5:48 p.m. to the 2200 block of Cooks Hill Road were told by a 14-year-old girl that a 17-year-old girl had made disparaging comments about her relatives, so she did it back to her. The younger teen said as she was headed to a friend’s place, a vehicle pulled up, the older girl leapt out and slapped her several times, according to the Centralia Police Department. The injuries were minor, but a case of possible misdemeanor assault remains under investigation, according to police.

INTRUDER BIT BY BROTHER, POLICE DOG, THEN JAILED

• One adult brother is jailed and the other faces possible arrest for misdemeanor assault after a Saturday night fight inside an Onalaska home that included the older man allegedly biting his younger sibling three times. Deputies called about 8:15 p.m. to the 100 block of Hogue Road learned that 32-year-old Luke U. Hall showed up at the residence, even though a permanent protection order prohibits him from going there, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. His brother, Bow F. Hall, 34, told him to leave and punched him twice in the face trying to make home go, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said Bow went into a bedroom to phone 911 and his brother piled up furniture outside the door. Furniture was broken, wrestling ensued and the biting occurred before Bow fled to a neighbor’s and Luke took to the woods, according to Brown. A deputy and his K-9 partner subsequently located Luke, who reportedly resisted the canine as well as deputies. Luke Hall was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be treated for dog bite wounds to his hand, shoulder and upper arm before he was booked into the Lewis County Jail for violating the order, Brown said. The sheriff’s office is asking prosecutors to charge him with resisting arrest and malicious mischief as well, she said. The sheriff’s office is also recommending that Bow Hall be charged with fourth-degree assault, Brown said. The victim connected with the protection order, a 61-year-old woman, was not present during the melee.

REPORT FROM OUTSIDE JAIL LANDS ONE BACK INSIDE

• A 29-year-old homeless woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing tires of a vehicle belonging to a former significant other following an incident reported about 9:40 a.m. on Saturday at the 300 block of Southwest Third Avenue. Jessica M. Corporan, from Chehalis, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Around 4 p.m. yesterday after she was released, Corporan called 911 to report her boyfriend had pulled a knife on her, however an officer concluded that didn’t happen, according to police. She was located outside the jail, where she was arrested for having violated a no contact order, and was walked back into the facility where she was booked again, detective Sg. Gary Wilson said.

FIREARM MISSING AFTER BURGLARY

• Sometime between 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8 o’clock the following morning, someone got into a 93-year-old Vader man’s home on the 400 block of 10th Street and stole his 38 Smith and Wesson revolver, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

HANDBAGS STOLEN

• Police were called about 3:35 p.m. yesterday to a residence on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis where a woman reported someone had made off with medication, her purse and it contents.

• Centralia police took a report about 4:30 p.m. yesterday about a purse missing after it was left inside the bathroom of a business on the 200 block of South Pearl Street.

TAX FILING FRAUD

• Chehalis police took a report on Friday from a parent with children who attend St. Joseph School that their tax return was rejected from the IRS because one had already been filed in their name. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said it may be related to the issues involving the apparent data breach at the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.

ATTEMPTED THEFT

• Centralia police responding about 1:35 p.m. yesterday regarding an individual seen inside a fenced area at the 600 block of Harrison Avenue and apparently attempting to to take items which did not belong to him arrested a 22-year-old Centralia resident for second-degree burglary. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was James V. Mitchell, according to the Centralia Police Department. Prosecutors declined to file charges.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 6:45 p.m. on Friday from an individual who said while they were at parked outside the theater at the Lewis County Mall on the 100 block of Northeast Hampe Way, someone attempted to get into their vehicle, damaging a lock. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just after 9 a.m. on Friday from an individual who said while he was parked on the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue outside of the ABHS drug and alcohol treatment center, someone got into his vehicle and stole medication.

DRUGS

• Morton police report this morning they arrested a 50-year-old Onalaska man last Thursday night for possession of methamphetamine. Officers conducted a traffic stop about 9:20 p.m. in the area of Collar Avenue and First Street leading to the arrest of Dale D. Carter, according to the Morton Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violations, shoplifting; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, misdemeanor domestic assault, stolen bicycle, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft … and more.

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SWAT response for suicidal man in Centralia home ends peacefully

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:45 am
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The scene along Rhobina Street in Centralia as police work to coax man from house. / Courtesy photo by Brandon Williams

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 911 call yesterday about a suicidal subject in northeast Centralia led to a large police response and the evacuation of nearby homes, but the hours-long incident ended with nobody hurt and the 31-year-old man safe and put into the hands of family and mental health professionals.

Officers dispatched about 2:10 p.m. to the 1200 block of Rhobina Street were initially told the subject was holding a handgun to his head, according to police.

His father had left the residence and police learned there were numerous firearms inside, according to Centralia Police Department Chief Bob Berg.

Berg indicated information was varied as to the man’s danger to himself and propensity for violence. It was because attempts to contact him were unsuccessful and out of an abundance of caution that police decided to ask neighbors to leave, according to Berg.

Officers, joined by members of the Centralia and Lewis County SWAT teams, blocked off the area for security.

After consultations between police, family members and representatives from Cascade Mental Health, a decision was made just before 8 p.m. for police to simply enter the home, which they did, according to the chief.

The man was contacted and then left in the care of family and individuals with the mental health clinic, according to Berg.

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Centralia area fire department facing lean times

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 11:33 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Fire Chief Jim Walkowski’s resignation wasn’t really a big surprise.

Unprecedented decreases in revenue to the largest fire department in Lewis County have had them struggling for months with where and how to make cuts while hoping to maintain some semblance of the emergency response services they provide.

Riverside Fire Authority, which protects a population of 28,000 spanning more than 180 square miles in and around Centralia, last year operated with a budget of $4.6 million. This year it’s $3.9 million. Next year pencils out to be as low as $3.1 million.

And the following year, they are forecast to lose a little bit more before the situation might level off.

“We are going to struggle for the next three to five years,” Riverside Firefighter Rick LeBoeuf said. “We’re going to be a very bare bones department.”

The primary reason is the change in taxes contributed by TransAlta’s power plant, as it winds down operations in anticipation of future closure. The details of just how quickly those amounts would drop hit the fire agency unexpectedly last fall.

But there’s more.

There’s the hit caused by the recession and the general decline in property values, according to Walkowski who has led the organization for eight years.

“Also, starting next year, the fire authority will be subject to tax pro-rating,” Walkowski said.

He described that as a potential loss of up to 15 cents of the current $1.50 per thousand dollars of assessed property value it collects for its fire levy, related to how property taxes are allocated to the various taxing districts such as themselves, schools and libraries.

“The bottom line is, we have to do some pretty drastic things to maintain service,” Walkowski said.

And the bleakness doesn’t end there.

Because Riverside’s labor contract with its firefighters calls for layoffs first to those hired last, it turns out it’s the firefighter-paramedics they are losing.

Letting go of paramedics threatens their ability to meet their obligation to a response-sharing agreement with AMR, the local private ambulance service, according to Walkowski. The loss of that arrangement would affect not only Riverside, but the Chehalis Fire Department and four fire districts west of the Twin Cities who participate, he said.

“If we continue to lose people at the bottom, we are going to have very significant issues in our community,” Walkowski said.

The now 45-year-old former fire chief from Bainbridge Island arrived in 2006 as the Centralia Fire Department and its neighbor Lewis County Fire District 12 were undergoing a merging process. District 12′s then Chief Mike Kytta stepped down and was made an assistant chief.

From the city side, Rick Mack was made assistant chief and fire marshal.

In 2008, its consolidation into Riverside Fire Authority was the first of its kind – between a city department and fire district – in the state.

Last year, the organization was operating with 27 firefighters and more than 40 active volunteers.

It is on track to lose six paid personnel this year, and more after that.

The paid firefighters have made concessions and didn’t take the pay raise this year they were due under their contract, according to LeBoeuf, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 451.

The three chiefs took voluntary pay cuts of seven percent.

Tom Davidson, president of Riverside’s six-member board of commissioners, said he wasn’t entirely surprised last week when Walkowski asked the board to lay him off.

The board had previously decided one of the top three administrators would lose their job, but they wanted Walkowski to stay, according to Davidson. Walkowski had told the board it should be him to be let go, the one with least seniority, and that he would seek other job opportunities.

“At our last meeting, the last week in March, we hadn’t made any decision,” Davidson said. “I guess he decided to make the decision for us.”

Walkowski resigned on Wednesday.

“It’s a tough decision, it wasn’t in anyone’s plan to do this,” Walkowski said. “You have to do everything you can to lean out the organization.”

Walkowski says his annual salary of roughly $105,500 will save one and half paramedics. LeBoeuf and Davidson said with his resume, he was the one out of the three chiefs who could secure a new position easily, and almost anywhere.

Walkowski’s contract with Riverside doesn’t expire until 2015. The specific details of the consequences of breaking it early haven’t been worked out.

LeBoeuf said when he learned Thursday morning the chief had a new job in the Spokane area, he congratulated him.

“Chief Walkowski is not jumping ship, he’s leaving to help our organization sustain itself, we need our management cut,” LeBoeuf said. “And being the good person he is, he didn’t want Rick Mack or Mike Kytta to lose their job.”

The outgoing chief’s legacy will probably be his excellent communication skills, his care for the community and wanting the best for the citizens, LeBoeuf said. But most of all, for the kind of relationship he created between top management and the workers, he said.

“There’s an old saying, a good leader can get people to move mountains,” he said. “That’s what Chief Walkowski did, he could get people to come to work and give 110 percent to their job.”

He’s scheduled to begin work May 1 at Spokane County Fire District 9 based in Mead, a department with two assistant chiefs, almost 70 firefighters and 100 volunteers. He will be assistant chief in charge of operations and training.

“Jim was the unanimous first choice for all of us,” District 9′s Administrative Services Director Chris Hamp said. “We think we have a pretty good organization here, so we’re anxious to get him on board.”

Davidson said he predicts the board will appoint Kytta as chief next month, since he was chief before.

The organization will be asking citizens to support a new levy on Aug. 9.

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For background, read “Chief Walkowski hired by Spokane area fire department” from Thursday April 3, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm
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Suspect exits Wal-Mart following high-dollar theft.

MAN GRABS JEWELRY FROM DISPLAY CASE

• Police are on the lookout for a thief who has targeted the jewelry department at Wal-Mart in Chehalis, making off with an estimated more than $3,400 of earrings and other valuables. He’s described as a heavy-set male and an image captured by store security video is being distributed by Crime Stoppers of Lewis County in hopes someone might recognize him. It was about 5:35 a.m. on Feb. 2 when he entered the store on Northwest Louisiana Avenue, approached a countertop spinnable display case and used a tool to break the lock and steal the merchandise, according to Crime Stoppers. Authorities say he was picked up and dropped off by taxi at the Pepper Tree Motel in Centralia. The same subject is believed to have committed the same crime at the same place the day before. Crime Stoppers asks anyone with information about the location of the property or the identity of the person responsible to contact them.  Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the clearance of crimes. Anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422 or information may be shared online at www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org

AUTO THEFT

• Police took a report last night of a 1995 Nissan Maxima stolen from the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia. The four-door car is described by the Centralia Police Department as gray, almost black, with zebra-striped heart stickers in the back window. It has a license plate reading AOU 3246, according to police.

• Centralia police took a report about 1:30 p.m. yesterday of a vehicle stolen from the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road which was subsequently located in an unspecified area “out in the county.”

CAR PROWL

• A purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked at the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia, according to a  report made to police about 6:25 p.m. yesterday.

DRUG INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police say they located methamphetamine when arresting Jacob R. Woods, 39, for an outstanding warrant about 7:30 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Alder Street. The Chehalis resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail for the warrant, but officers continue to investigate the drug aspect of the case, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BENEFIT FOR THEFT VICTIM IS TONIGHT

• Tickets to the annual crab feed hosted by the Tenino area fire department are among the auction items donated for tonight’s event to benefit stone carver Keith Phillips whose livelihood was threatened when his tools were taken in a burglary. The dinner is set to take place at the Tenino Eagles at 349 Sussex Ave. W. from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

AND MORE

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