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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

SUPER UNHAPPY CUSTOMER

• A 73-year-old man trying to check into a Centralia motel yesterday evening apparently took issue with a requirement, under Centralia municipal code, that he show his identification in order to get a room. Police say Robert K. Stone, of Edmonds, threatened to go get a gun and shoot the person behind the desk at the Peppertree Motel. “The clerk was scared, terrified actually,” Officer John Panco said. Officers called about 6:40 p.m. to the 1200 block of Alder Street subsequently located their suspect at a nearby restaurant, according to the Centralia Police Department. Stone was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for harassment, according to police.

THEFT

• A 78-year-old Mossyrock area woman called the sheriff’s office yesterday to report her home had been burglarized on Monday between 12:45 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy who responded to the 200 block of Klickitat Creek Road learned that numerous items totaling almost $1,800 were missing, including a 25 caliber revolver, four bottles of alcohol, a purse, jewelry and an antique clock, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A man called Centralia police yesterday to report a handgun he kept at his workplace on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue had been stolen. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 p.m. yesterday regarding theft of a stereo from a vehicle at the 1000 block of West Main Street.

A LITTLE ROAD RAGE

• A motorist who said he slammed on his brakes to get the vehicle behind him to stop following so closely was cited for second-degree negligent driving after a rear end collision early yesterday morning on the 100 block of Newaukum Valley Road southwest of Chehalis. Neither driver was injured, but both vehicles – including David C. Rader’s 1991 Chevrolet pickup – were damaged, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The other driver, a 30-year-old from Mossyrock, was cited for following too closely, Sgt. Rob Snaza said.

WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS LOOKING FOR HANDOUTS

• Firefighters will be returning to an intersection on Belmont Avenue near the Centralia Outlets this afternoon from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. to continue their “Fill the Boot” campaign. It’s an annual event to raise money for muscular dystrophy, according to Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Terry Ternan.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for shoplifting, collisions … and more.

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News brief: Rochester resident stabbed in Olympia

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 8:51 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 32-year-old Rochester man was stabbed in downtown Olympia early this morning.

Police responded about 3 a.m. to the 300 block of Fourth Avenue where the man was found; he had been stabbed in the chest, according to the Olympia Police Department.

No suspects have been identified, and the motive remains unclear, according to a news release.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital where he is expected to recover, according to police. The investigation is continuing.

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News brief: Deputies seeking AWOL inmate

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding a man who didn’t return to jail from a one-day furlough.

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Kevon L. Tracy

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown indicated yesterday in a news release that Kevon L. Tracy, 41, of Chehalis, is supposed to be in custody in connection with an attempted first-degree malicious mischief. There are also pending charges of violation of a protection order, according to Brown.

Deputies have been to several locations in Lewis County looking for him, according to Brown.

He is described as a white male who is 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighing 175 pounds with blue eyes and grayish-brown hair with a receding hairline.

Brown asks anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 360-748-9286 or Lewis County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-748 6422.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

LOADER BURNS AT LUMBER MILL

• Members of four fire departments descended upon a lumber mill in the Chehalis Industrial Park yesterday when a large log loader caught fire. Crews called just before 1 p.m. to Cascade Hardwood on Ribelin Road found the burning piece of equipment parked, fortunately, about 30 yards from stacks of logs, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. “If it had spread to the log yard, we’d still be there,” Firefighter Mike Goodwillie said this morning. It took about 15 personnel and almost two hours to extinguish the blaze, which destroyed the $400,000 loader, according to Goodwillie. “The tires themselves were about 6-feet tall and on top of that, there were spot fires of grease and oil,” he said. “It was very large, the largest vehicle I’ve ever fought.”

DEER WRECK

• A 21-year-old woman totaled her Honda Civic but sustained only minor injuries when she swerved to avoid hitting a deer and ended up in a ditch early yesterday morning on the 900 block of Bunker Creek Road west of Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened about 6 a.m. and the Chehalis resident was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

HIT AND RUN

• A 21-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly struck two vehicles in a parking lot on the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia overnight and then left. An officer called about 2:30 a.m. was told someone heard it happen and then her vehicle was found parked in the area, according to the Centralia Police Department. Kayla M. Burleson, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for hit and run, third degree driving with a suspended license and for an outstanding warrant, according to Officer John Panco.

OOPS

• A 17-year-old boy reporting for a “UA” at the Lewis County Juvenile Justice Center found himself in trouble when a search of his bag turned up a pipe yesterday. A Chehalis police officer responded about 11 a.m. and took the item which smelled of burnt marijuana, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case will be referred to juvenile prosecutors for a charging decision, according to Officer Linda Bailey.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic incidents, shoplifting; responses for alarms, disorderly subjects, stolen bicycles, collisions, pedestrian behaving strangely; complaints of speeding vehicle, cars squealing tires in a parking lot … and more.

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News brief: Man, son escape burning house east of Napavine

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 9:41 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters are on the scene of an overnight blaze that left a Napavine area family without a home.

Nobody was injured, but the residence on Koontz Road near Coulson Road – and its contents – are a total loss, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

“It’s all the way on the ground, it’s just terrible,” Chief Eric Linn said this morning.

Crews called about 2:10 a.m. arrived to find roughly 75 percent of the structure burning, Linn said. The owner and his son were asleep, but had awakened and got themselves out, he said.

It was an older single-story house with a fairly recent addition of a garage and upstairs “bonus” room, Linn said. The fire appears to have begun in the new end of the structure, and seems to have been burning undetected for some time, he said.

Portions of the firefight were delayed while responders waited for workers to shut off the power to the building, while exploding ammunition increased the challenge, according to the chief.

“We couldn’t be really super aggressive, because it was just too dangerous,” Linn said.

Members of fire departments from Winlock, Toledo and rural Chehalis hauled in water by trucks, since the area has no fire hydrants, he said.

The Red Cross has been to the scene already to assist the residents.

Linn said this morning they are sifting through smoldering remains in an attempt to find the cause. He hasn’t yet determined a dollar amount for the loss, he said.

“It will be in excess of $100,000, as it was a relatively nice house,” he said.

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News brief: New child safety program unveiled at the fair

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Crime Stoppers of Lewis County will be available at the Southwest Washington Fair this week to help parents out by creating special laminated identification cards for youngsters.

A photograph, thumbprint and basic information will be put on the card, with one copy for the child to carry and a duplicate to put away in a safe place in the event it is ever needed, according to the organization.

Crime Stoppers will not retain any of the data from the cards, according to a news release.

The program being launched tomorrow is called “My ID Club” and is sponsored by Community Health Plans of Washington and supported by Valley View Health Centers, according to the news release.

The cards can be obtained between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. starting tomorrow through the last day of the fair at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office booth on the south fairway.

For more information, check My ID Club, here

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News brief: Police: Put the phone down and drive

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Even though their zero tolerance, month-long emphasis on catching motorists using cell phones while driving has ended, Centralia police plan to continue aggressively watching for violators, according to Centralia Police Department Chief Bob Berg.

The fine is $124, the other potential consequence whether ticketed or not is a car crash, according to Berg.

“Almost one third of the fatal traffic collisions in Washington State since 2007 occurred because one of the individuals involved was a distracted driver,” Berg stated in a news release.

While not all wrecks related to inattention can be blamed on texting or talking on a cell phone, studies show phone use behind the wheel causes an “impairment” that can be likened to driving while intoxicated, according to Berg.

“The problem is real in escalating in terms of safety on the roadway,” the police chief stated when the emphasis began. “Education alone has not curbed the problems of texting and cell phone use while driving.”

Centralia officers issued 131 citations between July 10 and Aug. 10, compared with 52 of the tickets in the previous five months.

Texting while driving (RCW 46.61.668) is illegal in Washington as is having a cell phone to your ear and talking while driving (RCW 46.61.667). The prohibition, in effect since 2007, became a primary offense last year.

Berg notes those who have been ticketed may qualify for Centralia Municipal Court Traffic School, which can help keep the citation from appearing on the individual’s driving record and being reported to their insurance carrier.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 11:59 am

BREAK-INS CENTRALIA, MORTON, TOLEDO

• Someone stole several pieces of jewelry, an iPod and about $100 cash in a burglary at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 11 a.m. yesterday.

• A 78-year-old Morton area woman called the sheriff’s office yesterday after discovering a burglary at her home on the 400 block of Dodge Road. Among the missing valuables are several pieces of jewelry, including a diamond wedding ring and freshwater pearls, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $3,500, according to the sheriff’s office.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a deputy responded last Friday to a burglary at the 200 block of Drews Prairie Road near Toledo in which roughly $1,600 worth of property was taken. It happened between 12:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. Among the items missing are clothing, two laptop computers, an iPad, a Wii game system and a Canon camera with lens, flash and and case, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza.

CAR PROWL

• Morton police were called about a vehicle prowl at the 400 block of Temple Avenue on Saturday morning. Some of the missing property was later found in a nearby yard, according to the Morton Police Department.

PETTY THEFT

• Chehalis police were called after a woman was observed picking up change from the fountain in front of the library yesterday afternoon. A suspect was located in the area and returned approximately $2 in coins to an officer, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of a possible sexual assault of a teenage girl. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ATTEMPTED FRAUD

• A man who lives on Snively Avenue in Chehalis reported to police yesterday he received a phone call from a male claiming to be be his grandson who needed funds to get home from Cancun, Mexico. The potential victim of a scam told the caller to get the money from his parents and hung up, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 2:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of North Washington Avenue where someone had apparently shot one vehicle with a pain ball gun and another vehicle with a BB gun, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

WILDFIRE FIGHT

• Personnel from fire districts in Morton, Toledo and Napavine headed out over the weekend to assist with a wildfire in Chelan County, which was 70 percent contained as of yesterday. The so-called Milepost 10 fire – about eight miles south of Wenatchee, near Malaga – was sparked by lightening late Friday night and threatened some 150 residences, according to information from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Megan Van Egdom, of Lewis County Fire District 5, took the opportunity to remind  the public to be safe during fire season by making sure the exterior of their homes are cleared of any vegetation or debris.

TRAFFIC MESS

• A log truck making a turn at East Reynolds Avenue and North Pearl Street in Centralia yesterday morning bumped a utility pole and ended up pulling down live wires and snapping the pole, causing an hours-long closure of the road. Aid was called to the scene just after 10 a.m. as a woman on the sidewalk was struck in the head with something which possibly fell during the incident. She just wanted to make sure she wasn’t bleeding and did not need to go to the hospital, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Personnel from the state Department of Transportation and Centralia City Light responded and made repairs. North Pearl Street, which is part of state Route 507, was closed until about 7 p.m., according to Fire Capt. Ken Colombo.

TRAFFIC DANGER

• A 25-year-old motorist from Roy was arrested on Saturday afternoon after he allegedly drove through multiple camp sites which were being used by people at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton. Austin A. Coda’s vehicle was impounded and he was cited for reckless endangerment, according to the Morton Police Department.

• A 25-year-old woman detained for driving under the influence overnight was arrested for that as well as reckless endangerment as she had her two children in the vehicle with her, according to the Centralia Police Department. Mary A. Orlik, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail after the approximately 2 a.m. contact with an officer, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, violation of protection order, trespassing; responses for alarms, misdemeanor theft, disputes, disorderly subject, found bicycle, parental custody issues … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm

ASSAULTS

• A sheriff’s deputy responding to a Silver Creek area home yesterday evening when a parent asked that a disorderly 50-year-old son be removed, was slapped, punched, kicked and then head butted by the man, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Initially, the deputy sergeant responding around 7 p.m. to the 1200 block of state Route 122 said the son couldn’t be arrested simply because of a verbal dispute, but as the deputy sergeant spoke with the intoxicated man, the man became aggressive and began assaulting him, according to the sheriff’s office. After the alleged assault, Dawayne C. McCash was taken to the hospital for medical clearance for an unspecified reason and they kept him because of a prior injury, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday after allegedly walking toward his neighbor holding a combat knife in his hand and making a threat to kill him. A deputy called about 12:25 p.m. to the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue arrested Henry Herrera-Montealegre for felony harassment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.  He was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said it is unknown what the disagreement with the 39-year-old victim was about.

• Chehalis police were called about 8:20 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue where a 35-year-old man had allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the neck. He is wanted for second-degree assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department

JOHN DOE BOOKED

• A male from Seattle was arrested for disorderly conduct when he reportedly walked into the women’s restroom on the 200 block of North Railroad Avenue in Centralia yesterday. Police responding about 1 p.m. didn’t believe he really was the person his “documents” said he was and because he would not give his “correct” name, he was booked into the Lewis County Jail as “John Doe,” according to the Centralia Police Department. He was Hispanic, according to police.

STOLEN FIREARMS

• Centralia police took a report from the 1600 block of Sunset Way in Centralia on Saturday of two revolvers which disappeared sometime in the previous five months.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for warrants and possession of methamphetamine just after 6 a.m. yesterday at the 1500 block of Lum Road in Centralia. Nicholas A. Mullins was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 20-year-old man from Bonney Lake who allegedly gave false information to a police officer during a contact on Saturday morning at the 200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Austin Wenner was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• The case involving a 17-year-old girl contacted about 9 a.m. on Saturday at the 200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia was referred to prosecutors for a charge of possession of marijuana, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STEALING FUEL

• Chehalis police were called to the 1000 block of Southeast Washington Avenue on Saturday morning regarding a gas can and siphoning hose with smears of blood on them found inside a garage.

• An officer took a report of the theft of gasoline from the 1200 block of Kayu Lane in Centralia on Friday morning.

CAR PROWL

• A 73-year-old man called the sheriff’s office on Saturday after discovering his unlocked vehicle was broken into at the 800 block of Ninth Street in Vader, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the missing items were an electric tire gauge, a GPS device and keys, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT OF WOOD

• Someone cut down a tree on city property at the 1000 block of Seminary Hill Road in Centralia and left with the wood, according to a report taken by the Centralia Police Department on Friday.

VANDALISM

• Police took a report of graffiti painted on a fence about 10 p.m. on Saturday from the 500 block of West Pine Street in Centralia.

WRECKS

• A 44-year-old Winlock man escaped a single-vehicle collision with just cuts and scrapes to his forehead but was booked into jail for numerous alleged offenses last night. A deputy called about 7:45 p.m. to the 100 block of Kangas Road near Toledo found a pickup truck had struck a speed limit sign and a fence, and its driver had left and then returned, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The truck sustained major damage to its front and diver’s side, a female passenger was reportedly uninjured, according to the sheriff’s office. Brian T. Bircher was arrested for first-degree negligent driving, driving with a suspended license and driving without an ignition interlock device violation as well as hit and run, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A 21-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for hit and run after allegedly running into a guard rail on Friday evening near Highway 603 and Twin Oaks Road west of Chehalis. A deputy responding about 8 p.m. found an unoccupied Kia Optima parked in a field down the road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was impounded. Shea H. Slater was located and cited, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. He sustained minor cuts and scratches, Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, violation of protection order, misdemeanor assaults, less violent disputes, minor collisions, bicycle stolen from in front of library, theft of garden tools, damage to a mailbox, disorderly-suspicious-loitering-and-or-stumbling subjects; complaints about neighbor’s loud party … and more.

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News brief: Four from Tenino hospitalized after rollover near Doty

Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

Updated at 12:08 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Responders had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate one of the occupants after a car carrying a family of four that wrecked along state Route 6 west of Chehalis yesterday.

Crews from Lewis County Fire Districts 16, 11 and 13 responded to the 12:15 p.m. rollover crash near River Road, about three miles east of Doty, according to authorities.

Injured were driver Kevin D. Beigh, 37, Sarah I. Beigh, 37, Mason T. Beigh, 4, and Alexandria L. Beigh, 15, all from Tenino, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Sarah Beigh is a senior deputy prosecutor with the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lewis County Fire District 11 Chief Michael Krafczyk said the adult passenger was trapped in the car.

The 1998 Nissan Maxima was traveling eastbound when for whatever reason it left the roadway to the right, struck an embankment, rolled and came to rest on its top, according to the state patrol.

Krafczyk said ambulances from Pe Ell and AMR transported all four to Providence Centralia Hospital. The car was described as totaled.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said he talked with Beigh last night and she’s sore and bruised but will be fine. A spokesperson for the hospital said the adult patients were treated and released. No information was made available about the children.

All were wearing seat belts, according to the investigating trooper. The state patrol blamed inattention on the part of the driver.  He was cited for wheels off the roadway, according to the state patrol.

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News brief: Tacoma man rescued from river near Rochester

Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 63-year-old Tacoma man escaped with only mild hypothermia after a kayaking accident last night near Rochester.

It happened just prior to 10 p.m. on the Black River about a mile north of Rochester.

He and his 60-year-old companion, both from Tacoma, got a late start getting on the river near Littlerock and it was dark when his kayak became tangled in a fallen tree, knocking him into the water, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

“The male was only able to hold onto the female’s kayak and was in water too deep to stand,” Chief Robert Scott said in a news release. “The male quickly began to weaken due to the effects of the water.”

A dozen firefighters responded to the cell phone call to 911, but it still took 50 minutes to locate the couple, according to Scott. They used a signal from the cell phone, air horns, sirens and communication exchanges with the 911 personnel to pinpoint the couple’s exact location. Scott said they were on a part of the river bordered by several hundred yards of thick underbrush and no direct access to the water.

Crews administered treatment for hypothermia and brought the male off the river in rescue basket, according to Scott. His companion was able to walk out with responders, he said.

Scott said the pair were wearing life vests. He used the incident as a reminder that it’s wise to carry a flashlight, cell phone, and extra clothing on such outings.

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News brief: Centralia resident wakes to house fire

Monday, August 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters are on the scene of an overnight blaze that significantly damaged a house on the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia.

Crews called just after 3:15 a.m. found flames coming out the left and rear sides of the one story single family home and smoke rolling out from the attic space, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

A resident who said he was awakened by smoke detector escaped through a window, Fire Capt. Greg Schwartz said.

Not long after they arrived, one firefighter was struck by a patio roof at the back of the house fell down, Schwartz said.

“I think he was knocked to the ground, but not injured,” Schwartz said.

Riverside Fire Authority was joined by members of the Chehalis Fire Department as well as West Thurston Regional Fire Thurston Authority out of Rochester, he said.

They finished up by about 6:30 a.m. but are now looking for the cause of the fire, according to Schwartz.

Schwartz said the resident, an adult male, was treated by paramedics from AMR, so he didn’t have further information about his condition.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

POT GARDEN DISMANTLED

• Centralia police reported yesterday they confiscated marijuana including plants after serving a search warrant at the 200 block of North King Street the evening before. While some amount of marijuana plants are allowed under certain conditions in keeping with medical marijuana laws, the Centralia Anti-Crime Team suspected the occupant had an illegal growing operation, according to police. Officers also developed probable cause to believe the occupant, a convicted felon, was in possession of several firearms which would be unlawful, according to a news release from detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald. Police detained the male subject as he arrived home and searched the property, seizing marijuana plants in varying stages of growth along with dried product, according to Fitzgerald. No firearms were found. Officers did however locate holsters, ammunition and gun cases, according to the news release. The initial plan was to enter the home with the SWAT team, but after learning there were children present, police switched to the less risky approach, according to Fitzgerald. The target of the investigation was not arrested, but was released pending further investigation, according to police.

SUSPECT DOESN’T RECALL DROPPING HIS SHORTS

• The man who allegedly exposed himself to a group of people during a drunken ruckus in a neighborhood alongside the Skookumchuck River on Tuesday night was located and arrested yesterday, according to Centralia police. He told an officer he was so intoxicated, he didn’t remember a thing about it, according to police. Officers called to the 1300 block of Central Boulevard that night were told one of four men made lewd remarks to some young women and pulled his swimsuit shorts down and exposed himself. A neighbor defending the females got punched in the face and someone threw a full can of beer at the women, according to police. Two of the suspects were found that night. Yesterday, Dale R. Brotherton, 51, of Centralia, was arrested for six counts of indecent exposure, according to the Centralia Police Department.

METAL THIEVES BREAK OUT WALLS

• Chehalis police were called to a vacant residence on 600 block of Southwest 20th Street regarding various damage and stolen wiring yesterday morning. It appeared someone broke a window to get inside and then tore open walls to take various plumbing fittings such as copper tubing and other items, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The residence was being renovated, according to police.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called to an assisted living facility on the 900 block of South Schueber Road about 1 p.m. yesterday regarding the suspected theft of medications. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just after 7 o’clock this morning to Southeast Adams Avenue in Chehalis about an attempt to steal fuel from a vehicle.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 9:30 p.m. yesterday about a car prowl at Rotary Riverside Park on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia in which someone stole soda from a parked vehicle.

• A cell phone was taken from a vehicle parked a the 100 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

VANDALISM

• A Centralia police officer took a report yesterday afternoon regarding graffiti found on the back of a garage on the 400 block of North Oak Street.

UP IN SMOKE

• Firefighters were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to a car fire on the 1800 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis. The interior of the vehicle was destroyed but nobody was hurt, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. A woman was driving down the road when her back seat began burning, Firefighter Steve Emrich said. She said it was an ash from her cigarette, he said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving with suspended license, drug cases that are hard to get information about; responses for alarms, shoplifting, disorderly persons, possible trespassers; complaints about fireworks, reckless driver, intoxicated male with a bicycle standing on a corner asking people for money, female in underwear pushing a shopping cart with her pants wrapped around her head … and more.

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News brief: Outdoor fire danger alert

Friday, August 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A red flag warning has been issued for fire weather because of expected lightening tonight through mid-morning on Sunday.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in the Cascades possibly spreading west into the Southwest Interior Lowlands, according to the National Weather Service.

With the increasingly dry weather, outdoor burning restrictions have been put into place in Lewis County and other areas.

Last week, the state Department of Natural Resources decided to ban campfires on all forestland and other property it protects. Yesterday, additional restrictions were implemented on lands managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Those are places such as the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery, the Swofford Pond area and the east end of Riffe Lake.

In those wildlife sensitive areas, smoking is now restricted to inside enclosed vehicles and target shooting is now prohibited except at WDFD shooting ranges, according to the state agency.

Also prohibited is operating a motor vehicle off developed roads, according to spokesperson Craig Bartlett.

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For background, read “News brief: Beware of seemingly innocent activities with high fire danger” from Saturday August 3, 2013, here

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News brief: Investigators looking into closet fire in Centralia

Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Fire crews called to the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue in Centralia earlier today to a report of smoke coming out of a house found smoldering clothing in a closet.

They suppressed the fire, and transported the woman who lives there to Providence Centralia Hospital with a minor burn, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Assistant Chief Mike Kytta said he wasn’t sure how she got hurt.

The gated community called Hunters Walk has about 100 modular homes, situated fairly close together.

Kytta said the fire damage was limited.

“It burned carpeting and some things on a shelf in the closet,” he said. “There was smoke damage throughout the house.”

Initially responders thought her adult son might be home, but he was not, according to Kytta.

Investigators will be “reconstructing” some things over the next day or two to attempt to find out the cause, he said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

WRECKS

• A reserve officer with the Winlock Police Department is at Harborview Medical Center after he and his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck last night on state Route 6 just west of Chehalis. Aid and troopers called about 6:15 p.m. to the scene near Donahoe Road found Randy O. Steger, 29, conscious and alert but with a laceration on his foot, according to responders. Steger, who was headed home from his day job, was westbound when the truck in front of him slowed to make a left turn and he attempted to pass the truck, according to law enforcement. His 2007 Harley Davidson struck the driver’s side of the 1984 Chevrolet truck, according to the Washington State Patrol. He is to be cited for unsafe passing, according to the state patrol. The 22-year-old driver of the truck, and his 20-year-old passenger, both from Centralia, were reportedly uninjured. Steger was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to the Seattle hospital where he is listed in satisfactory condition. He was wearing a helmet.

• A 55-year-old Randle man was taken to Morton General Hospital after he totaled his pickup by driving into the back end of a vehicle on U.S. Highway 12 in Randle yesterday. Troopers called just before noon report a 2011 Dodge Journey had slowed down while traveling through a work zone and Michael L. Daniels rear ended it. Daniels injuries seemed to be non life-threatening, according to Lewis County Fire District 14.

THEFT

• Jewelry was reported stolen yesterday morning from a residence on the 700 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called about 8:15 a.m. yesterday to a residence on Southeast Adams Avenue near Main Street where someone had removed items from a car and left them on the ground, as well as left a gas can and siphoning hose next to another vehicle.

• Centralia police were called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday about tools stolen from a fifth-wheel trailer at the 800 block of South Tower Avenue.

BURNING BUSHES

• Firefighters were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to a grass and brush fire along state Route 6 west of Pe Ell. Lewis County Fire District 11 Chief Michael Krafczyk said it grew to about 100 feet by 40 feet before crews got it extinguished. The cause isn’t known, Krafczyk said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assaults, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, shoplifting, disorderly person who smells of alcohol, out-of-control 13-year-old, loud music, semi truck hauling manure on fire (was only poop-sawdust mix which had fallen onto the exhaust pipe and caused smoke) … and more.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

RUDE REMARKS ESCALATE INTO BEER CAN TOSSING AND MORE

• A drunken ruckus over lewd comments in a Centralia neighborhood led to two arrests last night and police are still looking for a male who allegedly exposed himself. Police were called about 9:30 p.m. to the 1300 block of Central Boulevard where four males had been floating down the Skookumhuck River and drinking and when they got out, at least one of them made unwelcome remarks to three young women in bathing suits, according to the Centralia Police Department. A neighbor defending the females got punched in the face and someone threw a full can of beer at the women, according to police. The four males fled before officers arrived but three of them were located near the Pearl Street bridge, Sgt. Carl Buster said. One who refused to come out of the brush was captured by a police dog, according to Buster. Christopher K. Brotherton, 21 of Centralia, was booked for three counts of misdemeanor assault and while Antony D. Tran, 21 of Centralia, was taken to the hospital to get the dog bite on his arm checked and then cited for obstructing a public servant, according to police. The male who exposed himself is still at large.

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS TAKEN IN BURGLARY

• Someone broke into a home on the 200 block of South Silver Street and stole three security cameras, according to a report made to police about 11:30 p.m. yesterday. They threw various items around a bedroom, but it wasn’t immediately clear if anything else was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

REGULAR CAMERA TAKEN IN BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to a home on the 1100 block of Long Road where a Nikon camera and several pieces of jewelry were missing. A visitor to the home was questioned but denied taking anything, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer did get some fingerprints that will be checked however, according to police.

STEREO STOLEN, WITH CAR

• A Subaru Impreza stolen very early yesterday morning from the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia turned up several hours later in a parking lot at the 1700 block of Lum Road. The stereo was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A Chehalis police officer responding about 10 p.m. yesterday to a report that individuals in a pickup truck at Fairway Shopping Center appeared to be “snorting something” found the truck at Wal-Mart and discovered suspected heroin and methamphetamine inside it, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut said it appeared the female passenger had been driving and switched seats with her male passenger. The man behind the wheel was arrested however because he had a suspended license, Kaut said. The substances were confiscated, Kaut said. Kaut said he believed no drug arrest was made pending lab reports on the two substances.

HIT AND RUN

• An individual called Chehalis police yesterday to report that a week earlier someone had struck their vehicle a week earlier while it was at Wal-Mart and left a note with their license plate number. The number was phony, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FOOT CHASE IN WINLOCK

• A 41-year-old Winlock man was arrested after a foot pursuit through briar bushes in the woods early yesterday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said deputies learned Justus J. Kohlenberg was involved early yesterday morning in a collision on Shannon Lewis Lane in Winlock and since he wanted on a warrant, they went to a house in the same area where they believed he was. Kohlenberg ran off into the trees before he was apprehended, so he was also arrested for resisting arrest, according to Brown.

FUEL THEFT

• The owner of a motor home parked on Southwest 15th Street in Chehalis called police yesterday morning after discovering someone had drained the fuel tank. The loss is estimated at $80, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Someone cut a fuel line on a vehicle at the 300 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia and stole gasoline, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

TWO-VEHICLE WRECK IN GRAND MOUND

• A 57-year-old Rochester woman was hospitalized with injuries to her leg and chest after her car was struck by a truck that blew through a red light at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound yesterday. Aid and troopers called just after 12:30 p.m. found both vehicles totaled but the three occupants of the 1997 GMC Jimmy apparently uninjured. It’s driver, Destin R. Martini, 36, of Olympia, had two children, ages 3 and 7 with her, according to responders. Josephine E. Hayes was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor domestic assault, shoplifting; responses for minor collisions, other possible theft; complaints of fireworks, speeding vehicle … and more.