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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

THREE MEDICS INJURED IN GAS STATION BRAWL

• A 47-year-old man is jailed after he allegedly attacked paramedics while they were fueling up their ambulance at a Centralia gas station yesterday in an incident that turned into a melee involving a half dozen AMR employees, four police officers and even a female bystander who stepped in to help. One medic was bit on his arm, another struck in the face with his own radio and a third kicked in the chest before it was over, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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Police said it began about 4:30 p.m. as Wade C. Buchanan was putting gas in his vehicle and AMR medics were getting fuel at the Chevron station on the 1200 block of Mellen Street, near Interstate 5. AMR’s headquarters is right around the corner. Police Sgt. Carl Buster said Buchanan for unknown reasons charged one of the medics after making a comment about them driving a new ambulance. “They’re calling for help on their radio, so other medics are real close,” Buster said. “They showed up and jumped in.” When officers arrived, they had Buchanan on the ground, Buster said. One officer used his Taser in an attempt to subdue Buchanan to no avail so another officer deployed pepper spray, Buster said. It had no effect either, Buster said. Buchanan was subsequently detained, according to police. “No one can explain why he went off,” Buster said. There were enough medics there, they treated themselves, he said. One officer suffered a possible shoulder injury, the medic with the bite was taken to the hospital for treatment and the 49-year-old Vancouver, Wash. woman was unhurt, according to police. Buchanan, whose address is in Olympia, had some scrapes on his hand, according to police. He was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Watch video on king5.com

WIRE STOLEN

• Someone broke into an outbuilding on the 3800 block of Ives Road in Centralia and made off with approximately 400 feet of wire, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

BOAT MOTOR THEFT

• Two electric boat motors were stolen during the night from the 2000 block of Gallagher Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

WHISKEY SHOPLIFTED

• A 19-year-old was arrested for trying to steal a bottle of Jack Daniels from a grocery store on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia on Friday evening. Jonathon Nickols, a Centralia resident, was cited for third-degree theft and minor in possession when he was contacted by an officer about 5:30 p.m., and then he was released,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

MEDS MISSING

• Centralia police were called just after 11 a.m. on Friday to a residence on the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road stolen missing Oxycodone. Officers have a suspect in mind,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

METH AND HEROIN ARREST

• A 34-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of both heroin and methamphetamine at Alder and Cherry streets in Centralia on Friday afternoon. Scott R. Hotchkiss was initially contacted by police about a warrant just before 3 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

NOT A GUN

• Centralia police got a report just after 1 p.m. on Friday regarding a male displaying a firearm to another driver on West Mellen Street. When officers caught up with the suspect, no gun was found in the vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department. The officer suspected the driver simply had something in his hand that looked like a weapon, according to police.

TEENS FOLLOWED BY STRANGER

• Centralia police were called about 3 p.m. on Friday to the area of Cedarwood Drive regarding a male driving an older red pickup truck who had followed some teenagers home. Once the kids got home, the truck left and could not be located, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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Guest column: Right to bear arms begets responsibility

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm

By Steve Mansfield
Lewis County sheriff

CHEHALIS –  To the citizens of Lewis County:

As a result of the recent tragic shootings and escalating violence across our nation, we again find ourselves deliberating on the highly volatile topics of gun control and Second Amendment rights which are further fueled by political agendas and high emotions.

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Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield

As your sheriff, I have sworn to support the Constitution of the United States and to support the constitution and enforce the laws of the state of Washington. This is my mandate and I will not lose sight of that. I made my position clear on this topic when you, the people of Lewis County, elected me as your sheriff. I have not wavered from such position or the responsibility you bestowed upon me to carry out these duties. Regardless of the path the federal government chooses to pursue, I am first and foremost responsible and accountable to you.

Doing nothing to address the problem of violence and fear is not an option.

Rather, it will only ensure that the violence will continue. Likewise, doing nothing will only empower those who have no interest in protecting rights afforded by the Second Amendment. Unchallenged, they will continue to move forward to a point where it will be too late to undo the damage of ill-conceived and misapplied legislative actions.

I fully support the ability of law abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. However, every right begets responsibility. That being said, I do feel it is not only important, but imperative that we all be involved in ending this senseless violence that cannot continue to go unchecked.

So yes, I do believe action needs to occur, but not in a knee-jerk fashion. Rather, our actions must be deliberate and any new legislation must be crafted with scrutiny to guard against infringement upon our constitutional rights.

We must be active participants in the process to find answers that address the causes of our social problems, not just the symptoms. We must focus on the areas that make sense and that can have an impact on the root problem. I consider the root problem to be not guns themselves, but guns in the hands of the wrong people.

It is to this end I am continuing to focus efforts to:

• Close background check loopholes that will help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

• Aggressively work with our prosecutor to vigorously prosecute those who commit crimes with guns and have been restricted from gun ownership due to their criminal past.

• Work with our schools, businesses and citizens in facilitating successful “all hazard” planning and preparation efforts for critical incidents.

• Educate the public on issues of deadly force and safely carrying a firearm.

• Work with our legislature to ensure the rights of law abiding citizens are not compromised by knee-jerk legislation and politics.

To restate: I will faithfully support the ability of law abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights. I ask you to stay informed and engaged with the issues.

Also, I ask you to be able and willing to make your position known to our state and federal legislators. You can be assured I will uphold my oath of office, continue to do my best in meeting our mission, and protect our constitutional rights.

Sincerely,
Steve Mansfield, Sheriff of Lewis County

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Others sharing their views in recent days include Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin who told a gathering on Friday, according to the Yakima-Herald Republic, he favored “improved background checks, including at gun shows, and better access to mental health care, but not reinstatement of a law that expired in 2004 that banned certain semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines”;

And former Thurston County Sheriff Dan Kimball who wrote a piece yesterday in The Olympian in which he says he does not support the claim the Second Amendment allows citizens to possess assault weapons or high-capacity magazines, and, he says, “Furthermore, no one should be able to purchase any firearm without submitting to a thorough background check, no matter where or how they purchase that weapon.”

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News brief: Litter of pups perish in West Lewis County fire

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A heat lamp warming some puppies may have been what ignited a barn fire in Dryad earlier today.

About nine firefighters from Doty and Pe Ell responded to the approximately 11 a.m. call to the 200 block of Kobe Road.

Lewis County Fire District 16 Chief Greg Feuchter said the roughly 30-foot by 40-foot metal sided structure was a total loss.

“I think the female and either five or eight puppies, they’re gone,” Feuchter said.

The building was used for storage, and the dogs, he said. The family lost a tractor as well, he said.

Feuchter said he wasn’t sure of the dogs’ breed, although there were some Border Collies elsewhere on the property.

Crews were on the scene until almost 2 p.m., he said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

STOLEN HONDA CAR FOUND BURNING LAST NIGHT

• Police are investigating yet another car stolen in Centralia and found torched in south Thurston County. Firefighters were called around 10 p.m. yesterday to a fully involved vehicle fire on a service road near the railroad tracks very close to the county line, off state Route 507, according to Thurston County Fire District 16. Centralia police say the Honda Accord was taken from a residence on the 1100 block of Long Road and found burning about an hour later.

MORNING BURGLARY IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police are investigating a break-in this morning at a building on Northwest Prindle Street. Officers were called about 7:15 a.m. when a big roll-up door was found open. Someone broke a window to get inside and tried to gather up some things, but were gone when police arrived, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday afternoon about a vehicle prowl that may have occurred while the victim was parked at Yard Birds. Missing was medication and other items, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

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Former Centralia High School student getting a shot at shorter sentence from 2007 drive-by shooting

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Guadalupe Solis-Diaz Jr. was back in a Lewis County courtroom today as lawyers begin the process to address a court order to resentence the former Centralia High School student.

Five years ago, Solis-Diaz was given nearly 93 years in prison for a crime he committed when he was 16 years old.

He was arrested in August 2007 after gunfire was sprayed along the east side of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, missing six bar patrons. Witnesses testified it was gang-related.

A sentencing hearing was set for May 17 in front of Judge Nelson Hunt, who presided over his trial and sentenced him the first time.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh said today she will be writing a brief to the court to address how long the new sentence should be and why.

Her boss, elected Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer, said they don’t know yet exactly what they will recommend.

Defense attorney Robert Quillian said he will be doing the same, and has much work to do, studying the case and the legal issues involved.

The appeals court referenced some matters that could have been handled differently, Quillian said.

Quillian indicated to the judge he will ask for an investigator.

Among the shortcomings identified by the Washington State Court of Appeals in its September decision, was the lack in 2007 of a pre-sentencing report which could have shed light upon issues related to the teen’s mental and emotional sophistication.

Solis-Diaz challenged his virtual life sentence in light of a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held a sentence of life without parole is forbidden for a juvenile who did not commit homicide.

He has been incarcerated at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla-Walla. His attorney requested today he remain in the Lewis County Jail for closer access for meetings.

Today, in the Chehalis courtroom, were Solis-Diaz’s mother Elizabeth Dan, and nearly 20 apparent supporters.

Dan was reluctant to speak about the case.

“I just don’t want to read anything bad about my son,” Dan said. “I tried to raise my son the best way I know how. And that’s it.”

Chehalis defense attorney Chris Baum was a deputy prosecutor in 2007. He handled the case.

“This is a tough situation and I’m not sure where it’s going to go,” Baum said this afternoon. “I’m very curious.”

The 2007 sentence was driven by statute, Baum said.

First, although Solis-Diaz was only 16, he was treated as an adult in adult court, Baum said. The multiple convictions for first-degree assault had to be served consecutively.

“And no matter how you slice it, there’s 30 years on the firearms enhancements,” he said.

Baum suggested it needs to be dealt with by the legislature.

His prediction is the new sentence will also be very long, because of the statutory framework in place, and it will get appealed and a higher court will sort it out further.

“The judge has very little discretion,” Baum said. “The real authority is in the hands of the prosecutor. It’s the charging decision.”

Prosecutor Meyer said the Lewis County case is front and center right now among prosecutors around the state.

The Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is putting together prosed legislation to deal with cases that amount to life without the possibility of parole for juveniles, Meyer said. They’re doing it because the Supreme Court has made it clear it has to be addressed, he said.

One idea would be something like a review after 30 years, according to Meyer.

Quillian, who is based in Olympia and been a lawyer since 1976, said sentences as long as his clients don’t occur very often at all.

He’s hardly seen any among his own cases, he said, if you don’t count murders and three-strike cases who are literally sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

“I can count them on one hand, I can tell you that,” he said.

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For background, read: “Appeals court gives Centralia teen a “do-over” on 90-plus-year drive-by shooting sentence” from Wednesday September 19, 2012, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

CANDY ASSAULT

• A 28-year-old Centralia man was arrested overnight for allegedly stealing a candy bar from a local business and then throwing it at the clerk when he was confronted. An officer called just after 2 a.m. to the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia booked Matt Eastman into the Lewis County Jail for misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WORSE ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called to a home on Southwest Mills Avenue about 8:30 a.m. yesterday where a 32-year-old man allegedly choked his girlfriend. He was arrested for second-degree assault but not booked into jail because he had to be taken to the hospital for an apparent overdose of pills, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ANOTHER ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called about 7:30 p.m. yesterday to Green Hill School where a pair of teenagers had gotten into a fight and one of them hit a staff member who separated them. The case involving a 16-year-old at the state juvenile detention facility will be referred to prosecutors for a charge of custodial assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BIG FOOT BREAK-IN

• A deputy called last night to a burglary of a large shop building on the 200 block of state Route 506 in Toledo found a door open on the south side of the building and a roughly size 12 boot print on the door. The victim, a 66-year-old Toutle man, said that just before 9 p.m. he heard an alarm, saw a light on in the shop, shined his light that way and called 911, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Missing were a table-chop saw, an air wrench and an extension cord, according to the sheriff’s office.

ANOTHER TOOL THEFT

• About $1,400 worth of tools were discovered stolen when a Mossyrock man returned home at about 1 p.m. yesterday after being away only an hour and a half, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to the residence on the 100 block of Vista Drive was told the resident left some tools just inside the front door and two batteries charging on the deck. Among the missing items are a power drill, an impact wrench and a bucket of other tools, according to the sheriff’s office.

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News brief: Investigation leads to employee in $1,000-plus theft from Centralia business

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

It was not a safe cracker, but an inside job when more than $1,000 went missing from the Visiting Nurses Thrift Shop the other day, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Police were called early Tuesday morning to the business on the 200 block of South Pearl Street about a burglary. Money was missing from a safe.

It quickly became apparent to detectives it was staged to look like a break-in, police Sgt. Stacy Denham said.

“The evidence didn’t line up that someone came in from the outside,” Denham said.

Investigating detectives came to conclude a 27-year-old employee who had worked for the business about three years was involved, according to police. When interviewed, he acknowledged what he did, Denham said.

Denham said an examination of the safe showed it was opened using the keypad and then the keypad was damaged after the safe was opened.

The money was not recovered, it had already been spent. The suspect said he needed the money, for bills, Denham said.

The 27-year-old Centralia man has not been arrested, but police are recommending to prosecutors that he be charged with burglary.

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Centralia used car lot owners appear in court on criminal charges

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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Keith and Lorrine Birdwell listen as their lawyer speaks for them in Lewis County Superior Court.

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By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The owners of Birdwell Brothers Auto Sales, accused of using deception to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Centralia-based  bank, went before a judge today, following the filing of criminal charges.

Keith A. Birdwell, 47, and Lorrine D. Birdwell, 44, were accompanied by a lawyer who notified Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler the couple had already worked out an agreement with the prosecutor that actual bail money wouldn’t be required.

“They are longtime members of the community,” attorney Daniel Garner said.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead confirmed the couple could remain out of jail pending trial by each posting a $20,000 signature bond; a promise to appear for hearings.

Lawler approved the arrangement and ordered the Toledo couple to report to the jail to get their photos and fingerprints taken if not by 5 p.m., then tomorrow.

Garner said, outside the courtroom, he had no comment to make on behalf of his clients.

The Birdwells, who own a used car business with sites in Centralia and in Lacey, are each charged with one count of first-degree theft and five counts of felony unlawful issuance of a bank check.

The checks were allegedly written for several thousand dollars each over a period of three days this past July and returned for “not sufficient funds.”

The charges include special allegations the couple’s actions were major economic offenses with a high degree of sophistication.

The circumstances involve a form of a line of credit with Security State Bank, in which the unsold vehicles at the car lots were used as collateral for the loans, according to Centralia Police Department detective Sgt. Fitzgerald.

Charging documents describe how a bank employee conducting a check in July of the collateral could find only about 10 of the 55 vehicles which should have been on the car lots.

“The bank’s unrecovered losses on these ‘flooring’ loans was hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg wrote in charging documents.

The “bad” checks – a secondary issue – caused the Birdwell’s business account at Security State to go into the red by more than $160,000, according to Eisenberg.

The police investigation began in August after the bank contacted police about the situation. Detectives secured several search warrants to examine the couple’s bank accounts and their home in Toledo.

Charging documents suggest the bank discovered a potential problem in July, but the ensuing investigation found the alleged deception on the part of the Birdwells began around the previous October.

Eisenberg describes the loans this way: In order to finance the cars available for sale on their lots, Birdwells had a line of credit with their bank, allowing them to stock their dealership while maintaining capital to acquire new vehicles.

Security State would make a so-called flooring loan on each incoming vehicle and Birdwells promised – in their contract – to notify the bank and pay off each loan within 10 days of selling the vehicle.

Birdwells also agreed to notify the bank of any change in a car’s location.

The bank would periodically inspect the lots to check on the unsold vehicles and offer new loans on newly acquired cars, according to Eisenberg.

The police investigation found examples of alleged misrepresentations on Birdwells’ part, such as allegedly obtaining loans on three cars they did not own, and in other cases, allegedly failing to notify the bank a car had been sold.

In those cases, they either acquired or maintained their flooring loan for weeks or months after the sale, charging documents state.

When a bank employee would visit the dealerships, the employee was told the car was at the shop, at another dealership or being sold at an off-site sale, the court documents allege.

“Birdwells would also pass one car off as another, to suggest it was still on the lot, when in fact it had been sold,” Eisenberg writes.

It’s more than just not being able to pay back a loan, which would be a civil issue, according to police.

“There is a space in there where it’s ambiguous, but they crossed that threshold when they began deceptive practices to keep the bank from getting its money back,” detective Sgt. Fitzgerald said.

It came to a head in July, when a bank employee discovered 21 vehicles were unaccounted for, according to charging documents.

Keith Birdwell explained that away, but the following day got a phone call from the bank’s president asking about the discrepancies and asking why the bank was not receiving loan payments after car were sold, according to the documents.

The charging papers give the following account:

The two set a meeting for July 24, but it was rescheduled for July 26.

However, on July 24, the bank conducted an unannounced “flooring check” and that’s when only about 10 of the collateralized cars could be found.

Beginning that day, Keith Birdwell allegedly wrote several checks from their Twin Star Credit Union account to their Security State account. The first one was for $29,750, all but one of the others were larger.

However, the Twin Star account – which for months had a working balance of $25 to $105 – did not contain nearly enough money to cover the checks.

The Birdwell’s representative told police detective Rick Hughes that Keith Birdwell expected to cover the checks with a loan from an associate. The associate told detectives he had not promised a loan, but had only said it would be considered.

Criminal charges were filed on Jan. 8. The Birdwells were summonsed to appear in court today.

First-degree theft, without the aggravating circumstances tacked on, has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and / or a $20,000 fine.

A court date was set for February 7 in which the Birdwells will appear before a judge again to make their pleas.

 

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Read about Centralia resident gets two-month sentence for trying to outrun deputy …

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports a 27-year-old Centralia man was sentenced today to 60 days in jail for leading a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy on a chase that reached 100 mph while his two daughters were in the car.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes that the Sept. 10 pursuit ended when Cymon Fultz-Valenta lost control of his vehicle and skidded into a dry retention pond on Old Highway 99 in Thurston County.

Read more here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Updated at 3:04 p.m.

DRIVER FEARING TICKET INVITES FELONY ARREST

• A 19-year-old Bucoda resident in a 1994 Honda who led multiple police cars on a pursuit along country roads from Morton to Chehalis yesterday said he fled because he didn’t have car insurance and was afraid a Morton police car was going to pull him over. The chase ended when sheriff’s detectives set out “spike strips” and the car ran into a ditch at Coal Creek Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. No one was hurt. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown it began about 1:20 p.m. and speeds ranged from 65 mph to 85 mph along state Route 508 and Centralia-Alpha Road. Morton Police Chief Dan Mortensen said he was behind the car near Fifth Street when all of the sudden it accelerated and drove through two stop signs. Mortensen said he wasn’t intending to stop the driver, until that point. Tylor A. Jorden was arrested without incident and booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempted eluding. Jorden also told law officers he wanted to get his passenger home safely, Brown said. The only damage was to his tire, she said.

DRIVER RUNS INTO PROPANE TRUCK

• A 21-year-old Centralia resident was cited for numerous offenses when they pulled out of a driveway and collided with a propane truck on the 200 block of Maurin Road in Chehalis late last night. Nobody was injured but it damaged the passenger side rear fender of the 2003 Freightliner and the front fender-bumper area of the Centralian’s vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. The 21-year-old had no insurance, driver’s license or vehicle registration, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

PHYSICAL DISPUTE IN VADER LANDS TWO IN TROUBLE

• A 43-year-old Vader man who was punched repeatedly in the face by another man helping some people kick him out of his home was arrested late last night for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Anthony L. Davis, 43, of Vader, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. Kyle E. Rogers, 31, who either lives in Winlock or stays at the home on C Street where the incident occurred, was said by witnesses to be carrying a 45 caliber pistol, but hid it outside the house and left before deputies arrived, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. When deputies found the gun, its hammer was pulled back, it had one round in the chamber and five rounds in the magazine, Brown said. The sheriff’s office is referring a case of misdemeanor assault against Rogers to the prosecutor, according to Brown. Davis was not armed during the fight, but because he is a convicted felon, he cannot be in the same house as a firearm, Brown said. Brown added that Davis’s former address is near Lincoln County, Missouri where the gun was stolen several years ago.

KID ALTERCATION ON BUS

• Chehalis police were called yesterday evening about an 8-year-old boy getting hit by two other boys on a school bus, leaving him with a black eye. An officer contacted the parties involved, their parents and the school, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police don’t arrest children that young, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. “It’s going to be settled by parents,” he said.

SAFE BROKEN INTO

• Centralia police are investigating a burglary at the Visiting Nurses Thrift Shop on the 200 block of South Pearl Street. An officer called about 8:40 a.m. yesterday learned that money was missing from a safe. Detectives have a potential suspect, Sgt. Stacy Denham said this morning.

XBOX GAME PILFERED IN BURGLARY

• Sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. yesterday someone entered through an unlocked door and went upstairs at a 70-year-old woman’s home on the 700 block of Barnes Drive in Toledo and left with an Xbox game, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

WHEEL STOLEN

• Chehalis police were called just after 7:30 a.m. yesterday when a male on a bicycle was seen taking a 22-inch aluminum wheel from where it lay beneath a ladder on James Street.

WOMAN CAN’T FIND RING

• A 24-year-old Winlock-area woman called the sheriff’s office yesterday evening and said she left her wedding ring atop her microwave on Saturday and it disappeared. The resident from the 500 block of North Military Road told a deputy there were several people in her house for her son’s birthday party Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The ring is valued at about $1,700, according to the sheriff’s office.

RV BURNS ON INTERSTATE 5

• Firefighters called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday to a vehicle fire on Interstate 5 near the Grand Mound interchange found a motor home fully engulfed in flames. West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott said he wasn’t there, but crews extinguished it and there were no injuries. Scott said he did not know the cause.

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Dehydrated heroin – just add water – popping up in Lewis County

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Powdered heroin. Blow dope.

The drug is showing up in a new form locally, reportedly found most often among young people.

Police have encountered a sudden spike of it in Lewis County, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

“Apparently you can blow on it, or add some moisture and then smoke it,” Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke said.

O’Rourke says it’s essentially powdered heroin, that clumps up when mixed with water.

“Law enforcement suspects it might be a new arrival, maybe easier to smuggle as powder,” he said.

O’Rourke said he saw his first case yesterday when he charged a 20-year-old man who was arrested Sunday in Winlock for allegedly selling it.

Matthew C. Gilmon was ordered held on $20,000 bail when he appeared briefly in Lewis County Superior Court. He is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, an offense with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

According to charging documents, Centralia police came across an individual early last month who was willing to work with them on undercover buys.

Once officers watched the “confidential informant” drive to the Subway next to Jack-in-the-box in Chehalis, where he or she parked, got into a maroon Volkswagen Jetta and emerged with $20 worth of the powder in a small tin foil bindle, according to charging documents.

Two weeks ago, the same informant approached the same suspect and purchased more, all while under police surveillance, charging documents allege. The price is not mentioned in the second transaction.

The brown powdered substance has an odor of vinegar, consistent with being heroin, according to the documents. The suspected narcotics field tested positive for heroin, the documents state.

Centralia Officers Lowrey and Haggarty on Sunday contacted Gilmon at his last known address, on Lane Drive in Winlock, according to O’Rourke.

Under questioning, Gilmon denied delivering heroin, but subsequently said he does help out friends who are “sick” by giving it to them, according to charging documents.

He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

O’Rourke admits he doesn’t know much about the so-called blow dope, since it’s new.

The powder will be tested at a lab, he said.

“That’s what they’re calling it on the street, I guess we’re gonna be seeing that pop up,” he said yesterday.

Gilmon, whose address is listed as in Chehalis in his court file, is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Updated at 7:48 p.m.

MUCH OF SHOP BUILDING, CONTENTS HAULED AWAY

• A 53-year-old Olympia man called the sheriff’s office when he arrived to his shop building on the 700 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia to find someone had made off with metal panels from the roof and the side of the building along with about $12,000 worth of items from inside it. A deputy responding on Friday night was told all four bay doors were gone as well, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the missing property is a transmission and parts from a ski boat and the same from a motor home, according to the sheriff’s office. The theft occurred sometime since mid-December, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. There are no suspects, she said.

JEWELRY REPORTED STOLEN FROM BODY

• The Lewis County Coroner’s Office called police about 4:30 p.m. on Friday about a gold wedding band missing from one of their deceased individuals. The ring was present at the place of death but since disappeared, according to police. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ALARM, DEPUTY, SCARE WOULD-BE THIEF(S)

• A backpack containing presumed “burglary tools” such as bolt cutters were found in a ditch near the 100 block of Hamilton Road North outside Chehalis early this morning when deputies responded to an alarm and found a hole cut in a chain link fence at Washington Tractor. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said someone stole about $4,000 worth of items such as Honda generator, a mower and trimmer but dropped them and fled. It happened about 12:45 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR MISPLACED

• Chehalis police were called about 1:25 p.m. on Friday regarding a maroon Crown Victoria stolen from the parking lot at the Lewis County Juvenile Justice Center on Southwest Pacific Avenue. It turned out the driver had just forgotten where she’d parked it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PARKING LOT PANDEMONIUM

• Police were called to Chehalis Middle School at about 6 p.m. on Friday where some were calling 911, worried a dispute in the parking lot between parents might turn into a fight. A 35-year-old Chehalis father arriving to pick up his daughter was upset he couldn’t find a parking spot and another vehicle wouldn’t move out of his way, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Ryan C. Shewell allegedly flashed his lights, and was yelling and swearing when he approached a woman who got back into her car and locked it, police said. Shewell was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for disorderly conduct, as well as driving with a suspended license, Officer Linda Bailey said.

WHEELS TAKEN

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon from the 1000 block of G Street regarding the theft of three aluminum GMC wheels from the alley behind a residence.

BURGLARY FROM LAST YEAR, OR BEFORE THAT, REPORTED

• Sometime since December 2010, someone made off with kitchen cabinets, counter tops, wall heaters, light fixtures, a sink, faucets and a wood stove from a home on the 100 block of Temple Road in Morton, according to the sheriff’s office. A deputy was asked yesterday to take a report from a woman handling a foreclosure for a mortgage company. She said it occurred prior to the end of October, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Deputies were called about 4 a.m. on Saturday when the son of a 39-year-old Chehalis-area man looked out the window and saw a male inside his dad’s truck. The father went outside to confront the prowler but the individual described as thin with a goatee and wearing his hood up jumped in  a car and sped away  to the south in a dark-colored, older Saturn, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened on the 2300 block of Jackson Highway. Stereos were missing from two vehicles, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Cash and a knife were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked outside a residence on Southeast Park Hill Drive in Chehalis, according to a report made to police yesterday morning. The glove box had been rifled through as well, according to police.

• Chehalis police took a report on Friday of a vehicle prowl of a motor home parked at the Wal-Mart parking lot. It’s owner said the steering column was damaged and is compiling a list of missing items, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A Chehalis officer the day before had posted a 24-hour notice on the vehicle because it had been parked too long at the lot on the 1600 block of Louisiana Avenue, Officer Linda Bailey said.

VANDALISM

• Nothing was missing but a church’s window was broken and lots of doors and cabinets were left open when a deputy arrived about 8 a.m. on Saturday morning to a break-in at the 100 block of Swofford Road near Mossyrock. The repair is estimated at $300, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Someone left graffiti overnight on a fence at a business on the 800 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday. Later, an officer responded to a complaint from the 100 block of East Center Street about graffiti to their building and elsewhere in the area, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WOMAN EXTRICATES SELF FROM CAR WEDGED UNDER TRUCK

• Firefighters were called about 4:45 p.m. yesterday to Interstate 5 near Labree Road in Chehalis for a two-vehicle collision that left a passenger car wedged partially beneath the trailer of a semi truck. “It sounded quite bad at dispatch, but when we got there, the lady (driver) was standing next to her car,” Lewis County Fire District 6 Firefighter-Paramedic Matt McCoy said. She said she had swerved to miss another vehicle and her two-door car came to rest about half of it under the truck, McCoy said. “I tell ya, if the car would have gone another foot under the semi, it would have been a different story,” McCoy said describing the impact point as just inches from the woman’s head. She suffered some abdominal and leg pain and was transported by medics to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to District 6.

ROLLOVER WRECK

• The sheriff’s office reported this morning a 24-year-old Tenino woman escaped with minor injuries to her face and head when she hit a guard rail and rolled her car onto it top at the 300 block of Logan Hill Road around 2 o’clock on Saturday morning. The un-named driver appeared intoxicated and a blood draw was taken; the case will be referred for a charge of driving under the influence, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

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News brief: Citizens hand over 26 unwanted guns in Thurston County

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm
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Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza says he’s happy to help properly dispose of the guns folks considered hazardous items. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office says 26 guns were turned in during their weekend event giving citizens the opportunity to dispose of firearms.

Sheriff John Snaza said in a news release that often times unwanted guns are not secured properly and can end up in the hands of those who don’t know how to use them or shouldn’t have them at all.

Last year, 174 firearms were stolen in burglaries around unincorporated Thurston County, according to Snaza. Those are weapons on the streets and unaccounted for, Snaza pointed out.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s office collected 10 handguns, 16 long guns and three five-gallon buckets of ammunition folks dropped off at the McLane Fire Department, according to the sheriff’s office.

Gun givers were able to choose if their donated weapon was sent to be destroyed or traded to a licensed dealer for ammunition for deputies to use in training.

The sheriff’s office plans to conduct another event this fall, but meanwhile, anyone who wants to get rid of firearms or ammunition can call 360-786-5500, according to Lt. Greg Elwin.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

Updated at 2:32 p.m.

THREE-CAR WRECK INVOLVES TWO POLICE CARS

• A Winlock resident reportedly escaped any injury when his car was hit early this morning by a police car in Longview. Troopers were called just after 5 a.m. to the 300 block of Oregon Way when a Longview police officer responding to a call was following too closely behind another responding police officer, according to the Washington State Patrol. Officer Brian M. Nevels, 28, ran into Leslie C. Auman’s Volkswagen Jetta and then into the rear of the other police car, according to the state patrol. No one was hurt and the damage to Nevel’s and Auman’s vehicles was described simply as “reportable” by the state patrol. The cause was determined to be following too closely.

POSSIBLE MOTEL ROOM STABBING

• Centralia police responded  to a report of a possible stabbing at a motel the 1300 block of Lakeshore Drive at about 4:40 p.m. on Saturday and found a 22-year-old man with an approximately 2-inch gash on his forearm. The motel guest said he fell and cut himself on a broken liquor bottle in his room but officers were seeking his 56-year-old girlfriend to confirm the story, according to the Centralia Police Department. The 22-year-old was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to police.

TRUCK REPORTED STOLEN TURNS UP NEAR HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT

• Centralia police took a report of a truck stolen from Orton Street in Centralia this morning at about the same time troopers were called about a hit and run south of Tumwater. The truck’s owner, found at his brother’s house on 143rd Avenue near Tenino, said he called 911 after he asked his brother to pick him up and take him to work, according to the Centralia Police Department. Since the description of the owner was similar to the description of the truck driver in the hit and run, and the truck was discovered in the brother’s back yard, the 29-year-old Centralia man is being questioned further, Sgt. Carl Buster said. The 29-year-old was booked by the state patrol for hit and run and may be charged in Centralia with making a false statement to an officer, according to police. His 31-year-old brother faces the same possible charge for statements he allegedly made, police said.

FOUND STOLEN HONDA, MINUS STEREO

• The owner of a car that vanished early Thursday from in front of a Centralia home spotted it yesterday parked at South King Street and Centralia College Boulevard, according to police. An officer called just after 5 p.m. noted the silver 1997 Honda Civic was filthy, had been rummaged through and its stereo was gone,  according to the Centralia Police Department. The vehicle started right up and was turned over the victim, according to police. Sgt. Carl Buster said he wasn’t certain, but believed it was found parked in the driveway of an uninhabited residence.

MAN ARRESTED FOR PROWLING AROUND

• Police responding to an alarm about 6 a.m. yesterday found a 28-year-old Centralia man inside a fenced compound at the 1200 block of North Tower Avenue. Ryan E. Morehouse old officers he had gone there to smoke pot out of view of the public but a laptop computer taken from inside one of the nearby parked trucks was discovered hidden under a pallet by the fence, according to Sgt. Carl Buster. Morehouse was arrested for second-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STOLEN CREDIT CARD LANDS MOTEL GUEST IN JAIL

• Police following up on a report of someone using a stolen credit to check into a motel on the 1000 block of Eckerson Road on Friday arrested a 49-year-old Olympia man for credit card fraud. Jeffrey Marchell was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MOM REPORTS HANDSY TEEN

• A mother called Centralia police about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to say a 15-year-old boy grabbed her 14-year-old daughter’s behind while at Fort Borst Park. Police are following up.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took three reports of graffiti discovered over the weekend: yesterday morning on the side of a business on the 800 block of North Tower Avenue; on Saturday blue and yellow spray paint found on the side of a garage on the 600 block of North Tower Avenue; and earlier on Saturday on a fence and street sign near the 100 block of Roanoke Street.

PACKWOOD HOUSE LOST TO FIRE

• A fire investigator is looking into the cause of Packwood blaze that destroyed a two-story home on Friday afternoon. The wood-frame house is a total loss, according to Fire Investigator Jay Birley. When crews arrived, flames were shooting 20 to 30 feet above the roof, and the rear of the structure was in danger of collapsing, according to Lewis County Fire District 10 “pretty much, we took a defensive stance,” Chief Lonnie Goble said. The owner of the home on the 100 block of Timberline Drive was out of town when it happened, he said.

CENTRALIAN FROM DRIVE-BY SHOOTING BACK IN LEWIS COUNTY JAIL

• A Centralia teenager sentenced to nearly 93 years in prison for a downtown Centralia drive-by shooting five years ago is scheduled to appear in Lewis County Superior this week after an appeals court decision ordered him to be re-sentenced. Guadalupe Solis-Diaz Jr. was 16 in the summer of 2007 when he sprayed gunfire along the east side of South Tower Avenue missing six bar patrons. He maintained he was innocent but was convicted. He challenged his virtual life sentence in light of a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held a sentence of life without parole is forbidden for a juvenile who did not commit homicide. Solis-Diaz was returned to the Lewis County Jail on Friday. The appearance is scheduled Thursday to set a date for re-sentencing.

JAMES REEDER SET TO BE SENTENCED IN MARCH

• A judge has set a date of March 6 for the sentencing of the Centralia man convicted earlier this month of the sexual abuse and death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. Koralynn Fister died May 24 in Centralia. James M. Reeder, 26, made a so-called Alford plea on Jan. 9 in Lewis County Superior Court in which he did not admit guilt but acknowledged a jury hearing the evidence would likely find him guilty. Under the terms of the plea deal, the attorneys will recommend the judge give Reeder a minimum of around three decades in prison and possibly remain incarcerated for the rest of his life. Sentencing hearings generally offer an opportunity for family of victims to tell the judge what they think the sentence should be and why. Defendants are also given a chance to speak. Court hearings are open to the public. The session is set for 10:30 a.m.

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News brief: Two Winlock residents seriously injured in morning wreck

Friday, January 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 49-year-old father and his 16-year-old son were airlifted after a single-vehicle accident south of Winlock this morning.

A deputy was called about 11:20 a.m. to the 1100 block of Winlock-Vader Road found the driver of a truck somehow lost control, hit the ditch, rolled over and landed on its top, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Winlock residents were both wearing seat belts but sustained serious head injuries, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

They were flown by helicopter to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Brown said. Their names were not released.

The 1996 Toyota 4by4 was totaled, she said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

Updated at 12:34 p.m.

GUNS AND TRUCK STOLEN FROM MIDDLE FORK ROAD

• A deputy responding to the 1300 block of Middle Fork Road near Onalaska yesterday evening took a report someone stole a man’s pickup truck and burglarized his home making off with several firearms, credit cards, checkbooks and documents such as a birth certificate and a passport. The 55-year-old victim said it had occurred sometime since Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the missing weapons is a shotgun, a Remington 22 semi-automatic rifle and at least one other handgun, according to the sheriff’s office. There’s no indication how the intruder got inside, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The missing vehicle is described as a red and gray 1989 Ford F250 with a black lumber rack and toolbox in the bed of the truck, Brown said.

FIREARMS PILFERED FROM VEHICLE

• A Ruger 22 rifle and a 44 Magnum pistol vanished from the back seat of a pickup truck parked at a residence on the 900 block of E. Street in Centralia overnight, according to a report made to police yesterday morning. The owner said his vehicle had been locked but he found the driver’s door ajar, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ANOTHER AUTO THEFT IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police took a report about 8:20 a.m. yesterday of a locked car stolen from the driveway in front of a residence on the 200 block of Tilley Avenue. The silver 1997 Honda Civic has a personalized license plate reading WWU 0905, according to the Centralia Police Department. Numerous Hondas and similar vehicles have gone missing locally in the past few days possibly because someone is using a “shaved” key to gain access, according to police. Sgt. Carl Buster said this morning that another officer discovered property stolen from one of the cars in the possession of a man he arrested in an unrelated case. “They’re digging into that now,” Buster said.

STUDENT BRUISED, WINDOW BROKEN IN SCHOOL BUS FIGHT

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday by a mother who reported her teenage son was assaulted on his school bus the day before; struck in the stomach and the ear, as well as in the head hard enough his head broke a window on the bus. An officer investigated the alleged attack of the 14-year-old and found bruising and a swollen eye, according to Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut. The suspect, also 14, faces a possible charge of fourth-degree assault, according to Kaut.

OOPS

• A woman presumably trying to stay out of trouble for driving with a suspended license when she was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy last night allegedly gave her sister’s name as her own, but ended up in jail for making a false statement because the deputy recognized her, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jennifer A. Haggard, of Onalaska, was stopped on the 300 block of Napavine Road East in Chehalis because of expired car tabs, according to the sheriff’s office. She was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for the false statement and first-degree driving on a suspended license, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

$100 GAS DRIVE OFF

• Police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday when someone in an older brown Suburban pumped about $100 worth of fuel at a service station on West Main Street and then left without paying for it. No arrest was made.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to a church on the 1800 block of Snively Avenue where someone had kicked in the door to a storage shed. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police took a report yesterday morning of tires slashed on a vehicle during the night at the 3100 block of Galvin Road in Centralia.

• A 28-year-old homeless man was arrested about 1:30 p.m. yesterday when  Chehalis police detective spotted him spray painting on a storage container at Northwest Prindle and Front streets.  Matthew E. Eastman was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief and then released, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday afternoon about gang-style graffiti spray painted onto a sidewalk on the 1500 block of Oxford Avenue.

WRECK

• A 21-year-old Winlock resident t was hospitalized yesterday after a two-vehicle collision at the 800 block of Highway 603 west of Chehalis. A deputy responding about 4 p.m. learned a Toyota Forerunner made a left turn in front of the Winlock man’s Mazda, totaling the Mazda, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Mazda driver had shoulder and leg pain and was taken by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. The Forerunner had only minor damage and it’s 20-year-old driver from Lacey was reportedly uninjured, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. He was cited for failing to yield and having no insurance, Brown said.

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Michael Patton: Gift of reflective vest couldn’t save confused pedestrian from freight train

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Why was a grown man who lived 13 miles out of town, and no longer drove, standing near the outside rail of the tracks in downtown Centralia in the middle of the night?

Nobody knows for sure, because he was struck and killed by a freight train last week.

But his ex-wife has a pretty good idea.

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Michael T. Patton

Michael T. Patton, 58, lived alone in a house he built on Centralia-Alpha Road in Chehalis. Alzheimer’s ran in his family.

Some months ago, he’d developed a routine of walking to Centralia every day to visit his ex-wife, Gene Inmon.

Inmon was the one who took him to the Veteran’s Hospital in Seattle last May, where the doctor who took a brain scan told her he didn’t know how Patton was even functioning.

“I was around him every day so I didn’t notice it like other people did,” Inmon said. “But it was like every day, there was another piece of him gone.

“It’s a terrible disease.”

Thankfully his truck finally broke down, so he had to quit driving, Inmon said on a recent day as she recounted the downward spiral she witnessed in her former husband.

Sometimes he was giggly, as though he were a kid again, she said.

Adult Protective Services had begun the process to get him a guardian to mange his affairs, she said. He didn’t even know how old he was, she said, he needed to go into a some kind of home.

“I was terrified something was going to happen to him, because he was so confused,” she said.

Inmon, a sometimes substitute teacher who also works in an office in Tenino, said the disease came on fast and progressed rapidly, leaving few traces of the former “Pe Ell boy.”

Patton was single father who raised his three children in Pe Ell, she said. When he was younger, he was a a medic in the Army and served in Germany, she said.

For 35 years, Patton worked for Weyerhaeuser harvesting pine cone seeds during the season and then as a contractor in the off-season.

Inmon and Patton lived in Doty during their five-year marriage, after his daughter and two sons were mostly grown.

He was a fix-it guy, that little old ladies loved and a guitar player who composed songs he shared with friends, at home and at church, she said.

He attended Centralia Bible Chapel every Sunday before he got sick, she said.

Early last week, Patton arrived in Centralia with an orange reflective vest. Someone had stopped him on the road and given it to him, Inmon said. She doesn’t know who. He just told her it was a “gift.”

Inmon said it was his habit to stop and sort of hunker down into his shoulders when traffic would go by.

The day before he was killed, Patton wore his vest. He and Inmon did some shopping, had lunch, and she got him some movies before driving him home.

That night, she got a phone call from a process server looking for Patton’s address so he could deliver the guardianship papers.

It was 9 o’clock, she said.

“I told him, he’s asleep, he’s sick, don’t get him all riled up,” she said. “And that’s exactly what happened. I’m sure he was heading here.”

Patton died hours later.

Centralia police were called about 12:30 a.m. on January 9 to the area near Chestnut Street and South Tower Avenue.

Police were told by the engineer and conductor of the Union Pacific train they were near the Gold Street viaduct when they saw him and began sounding the horn.

According to the police report, the man was facing west with his hands in his pockets and just stood there.

He turned his head toward the train just before impact, police wrote.

Patton’s body landed only about 10 feet from the tracks. He was wearing the reflective vest over his leather coat, according to detective Rick Hughes. With him was a newly purchased pack of cigarettes and an unscratched lottery ticket, Hughes wrote.

The locomotive was stopped in the middle of the intersection at Maple Street. The engineer said he believed the train was slowed down to less than 40 mph.

Patton probably didn’t even know what the train’s headlight was, Inmon said.

His death was determined to have been accidental.

“It’s all very sad, and it should not have happened,” Inmon said. “There’s a side of me that’s angry and sad, and a part of me that thinks he’s released from that.”

Last year in Washington, there were 14 people struck and killed by trains in Washington. The year before, there were 26.

The stretch of tracks through Centralia is the busiest route in the state, with an average of 60 trains each day.

Patton is survived by his children, Jennifer Coucoules, Allen Patton and Edward Patton, their families and also by two brothers and two sisters, according to Inmon.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday Jan. 26, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Centralia Bible Chapel, 209 N. Pearl St., Centralia, Wash. A potluck will follow.

Instead of flowers, his family requests donations be made to the Lewis County Veteran’s Relief Fund, 360 NW North St., Chehalis, Wash., 98532 or to the University of Washington Alzheimer’s Research Fund.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

MIDDLE SCHOOL DRUGS

• A 12-year-old boy was taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center yesterday because he allegedly brought a hydrocodone pill with him to Centralia Middle School and gave it to a 12-year-old girl. It came to the attention of authorities when the girl went to an adult at school because she was experiencing ill effects, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE LEADS TO ARREST

• A 42-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday for allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend. Michael J. Folden, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BURGLARY MIDDLE FORK ROAD

• A deputy was called yesterday to a residential burglary at a home on the 1500 block of  Middle Fork Road near Onalaska. The homeowner said he returned home to discover a laptop computer and camera was missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 7:40 a.m. today of 2012 black Honda 700 motorcycle stolen from the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue. It’s owner said the key is stuck in the ignition and cannot be removed. It has a British Columbia license plate of S70757, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MONEY MISSING

• Chehalis police responded to a call yesterday to an insurance office on Boistfort Street in which about $150 cash was discovered missing. There is more than one office in the building, and no forced entry was found, so it’s not clear when someone may have gotten inside, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were contacted by an individual yesterday about unauthorized bank card withdrawals from his account that occurred while he was staying at the Chehalis Inn on Southwest Interstate Avenue. The case, in which abut $3,500 is missing, is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

COMPUTERS TAKEN

• Centralia police responded in less than 24 hours to two thefts of  computers, both of which have identified suspects. This morning, a woman on the 600 block of Nick Road said a friend of her son left the home with a laptop computer, but not with permission to take it according to the Centralia Police Department. Yesterday afternoon, a laptop was reported missing from the 1000 block of Mellen Street, according to police.

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Breaking news: Tenino fourth grade teacher arrested for child porn

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Updated at 1:51 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Tenino Elementary School teacher who is also a Boy Scout volunteer was arrested yesterday for possession of child pornography.

James D. Mobley, 46, came under investigation as authorities examined the records of an international company that distributed child porn through the mail, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Authorities allegedly discovered that Mobley purchased materials from the company on multiple occasions between February of 2009 and January of 2011, according to a news release today.

Mobley is described by federal authorities as a fourth grade teacher who is also a private tutor and active as a volunteer with Boy Scouts.

Any parents who are concerned about any contact he may have had with their children are being asked to call the Tenino Police Department.

In a search of Mobley’s Tenino home yesterday, law enforcement seized a computer hard drive and also DVDs containing child porn, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Emily Langlie.

Mobley is being held at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac pending a detention hearing. He is charged in federal court with possession of child pornography.

The case is being handled by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Tenino police.

The international company which sold the images is not named in the criminal complaint against Mobley, but it was almost two years ago when an unspecified foreign law enforcement agency searched the business and seized hundreds of child porn DVDs and business records, according to Langlie.