SMASH AND GRAB
• Chehalis police responding about 1:35 a.m. on Sunday to an alarm at Radio Shack in the Twin City Town Center found the glass front doors broken and several thousand dollars worth of merchandise missing. Stolen were numerous Dre Beats headsets, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The break-in is under investigation, according to police.
• Chehalis police are investigating following a discovery at Wal-Mart on Friday morning that someone broke into a jewelry case, making off with more than $4,000 worth of rings.
BURGLARY IN RANDLE
• A 61-year-old Randle woman who left for Packwood about 4:50 p.m. yesterday returned home around 6 p.m. to find someone had pried open her backdoor and stolen a cell phone as well as a blue small two-drawer chest containing various papers. Numerous unspecified items were discovered scattered around the living room floor of the residence on the 10,000 block of U.S. Highway 12, which seemingly were dropped by the intruder, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation is underway, according to the sheriff’s office.
• An 18-year-old inmate at Green Hill school for boys was arrested on Saturday night for custodial assault, in connection with an incident involving a staff member. Devin M. Ryan was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Centralia police took a report about 11:30 a.m. yesterday from the 1400 block of Windsor Avenue regarding someone painting graffiti on a building in the night.
RESCUE FROM THE SWAMP
• A 23-year-old man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital on Friday night after he was retrieved drunk and shivering uncontrollably from a swampy area about a quarter mile east of Yard Birds along North National Avenue in Chehalis. Police were called about 6:40 p.m. and told he had been lost for the previous three to four hours and had called his father to say he was somewhere in the “water hole” by Yard Birds, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer was able to get his attention and have him walk out, but he was very unsteady on his feet, according to police.
YIKES: AMBULANCE STRIKES CAR
• The roadway near Providence Centralia Hospital was partially blocked about an hour around noontime on Friday when an ambulance collided with a car, leaving both vehicles needing a tow. Alicia Steffens, 31, of Grand Mound, said she had just turned eastbound onto Cooks Hill Road near where it changes to Mellen Street when she stopped for a woman to cross the street. The pedestrian had nearly reached the other side when Steffens noticed an alarmed look on her face, and looked in her rearview mirror. She saw an ambulance coming at her, she said. The woman jumped to the curb, she said. “I got hit, it was pretty full speed,” Steffens said. “I had enough time to cover my head and brace for the impact.” Steffens said it shoved her Subaru Outback about two car-lengths forward. Nobody was injured and the AMR rig was occupied only by two medics, no patient, Steffens said. But both bumpers were crushed into their wheels, leaving them unable to drive away, Steffens said. It’s not clear what ticket or tickets might have been issued.
OUTBUILDING BURNS IN WINLOCK
• Firefighters called about 9:45 p.m. on Friday about a fire on the 700 block of Rhoades Road in Winlock found a small, dilapidated old pole barn burning. “It was basically on the ground (already,” Lewis County Fire District 15 Firefighter Patrick Jacobson said. They extinguished it and nobody was hurt, Jacobson said.
BIG CHEHALIS BURGLARY REVEALED
• Nearly $8,000 worth of valuables including five antique Smokey Bear figurines and six boxes of comic books still in their plastic sleeves were stolen in a burglary last month at the 100 block of Kennicott Road south of Chehalis, according to a Lewis County Crime Stoppers announcement today. They and the sheriff’s office are looking for tips regarding the April 17 break-in that took place between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Among the missing items are also hardshell suitcases, various Japanese and US coins, black Americana figurines and 1960s-era flower pins, according to Crime Stoppers. 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
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, three underage adults with three bottles of hard liquor in their vehicle, a teenage boy who reportedly punched out his mother’s tail light at a truck stop; issuing a ticket for “vehicle off the roadway”; responses for alarms, disputes, counterfeit bill, loud music at 2 a.m., collisions on city streets, wreck on county road, dog on a playground, a report of a drunk woman showing off her breasts in a bar, a report of someone leaving a rat’s head on a Chehalis resident’s front steps … and more.