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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm
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DOMESTIC PHYSICAL DISPUTE

• Centralia police were called about 5:10 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road where they were told a former roommate entered the residence and assaulted the occupant. Both victim and suspect are women in their early 50s, according to the Centralia Police Department. Minor injuries resulted, but officers are investigating the incident as a first-degree burglary, according to police.

FIREARMS AMONG $10,000 PROPERTY STOLEN

• Eight rifles and two handguns were among the belongings a 52-year-old Chehalis are resident discovered missing when he got home to find his home had been broken into yesterday. Deputies responding to the 400 block of Coal Creek Road yesterday evening report they found forced entry, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Also stolen was ammunition, cash and sports memorabilia, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened sometime after 5 a.m. and before 6:50 p.m., Cmdr. Dusty Breen said. The loss is more than $10,000, according to Breen.

CAR PROWL

• A vehicle prowl was reported at about 7:50 a.m. today at the 500 block of Jefferson Street in Centralia. Personal identification was stolen and the interior of the vehicle was damaged, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon regarding an overnight vehicle prowl at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue. Tools were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FUEL THEFT

• Someone stole gasoline from a vehicle during the night at the 2400 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday.

LOST AND FOUND

• A blood sugar test kit was found yesterday at the 600 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue and turned in to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, third-degree theft, vehicle egged, civil issue, suicide threat, runaway juvenile, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, sick raccoon in backyard … and more, among 132 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

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Coroner: Person discovered by kids hanging near tracks killed himself

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:37 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office today said the dead man found by children, hanged near the railroad tracks in north Centralia is 58-year-old Dale Glenn DeHaven.

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Dale Glenn DeHaven

DeHaven moved to the 1300 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia in December.

Coroner Warren McLeod said his death was determined to be a suicide.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was contacted late Sunday afternoon and directed to a trestle over the Skookumchuck River south of Reynolds Avenue and east of Interstate 5.

McLeod said DeHaven’s three siblings were notified last night.

DeHaven has lived in a variety of places around Lewis County since he was released from prison in 2005, including the areas of Mossyrock, Silver Creek and Onalaska.

He served more than 11 years for the sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl that was the daughter of a casual acquaintance, according to the sheriff’s office. He was a level three registered sex offender.

Before that, he spent time in prison for a 1980 conviction in connection with a sexual assault of his 76-year-old neighbor woman in Lewis County.

Last year in Lewis County, there were 11 deaths by suicide. The year before there were 21, according to the coroner’s annual report.

McLeod said hanging is the second most common method of suicide he sees. The most frequent way is by use of a firearm, he said.

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Centralia woman gets 12 years for break-in to prosecutor’s house and other crimes

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm
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Janet L. Gleason looks back to supporters in the courtroom after the judge indicates disagreement with her lawyer’s recommendation.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Intentionally skipping her court hearing got Janet L. Gleason five extra years in prison.

Gleason, 43, pleaded guilty today to bail jumping and then officials got on with the business of her sentencing hearing that was supposed to take place last month.

The Centralia woman was already convicted of several felonies pursuant to a plea agreement. She admitted to participating in a burglary early last year at the home of Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer.

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Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer

Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain who handled the case  told the judge this morning in Lewis County Superior Court they’d had an agreement about how much time he would recommend if she cooperated by trying to retrieve the stolen valuables.

She previously brought a bag of jewelry to court, but none of it was from Meyer’s home, McClain said.

Prosecutors believe Gleason targeted Meyer in retaliation for him prosecuting her teenage son, because a Thurston County Jail inmate who said he was with her told them so.

Gleason apologized, but stuck with her story she gave a friend a ride, the break-in was his idea and she was unaware of whose house it was.

The convictions include residential burglary, first-degree trafficking in stolen property and second-degree malicious mischief as well as a separate possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

McClain and Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello recommended she get 84 months for those offenses.

Defense attorney Michael Underwood asked Judge Richard Brosey to give her a prison drug offender sentencing alternative.

He said his client has a drug problem, a serious drug problem.

Elected Prosecutor Meyer spoke of being victimized, calling the crime an attack on his family and an attack on the entire system.

“I had never though the sanctity of my home would be violated simply because I was doing my job,” Meyer said.

Attorneys on both sides agreed Gleason owed restitution of $27,717.74.

Judge Brosey said he wasn’t inclined toward the defense suggestion, given the what he also believed to be the reason Meyer was targeted. He told those present in the courtroom he had the discretion to order her sentences to be served concurrently or consecutively.

Brosey imposed seven years for the burglary case and seven years for the drug case, and said they could be served at the same time as each other.

But then he imposed the maximum of five years for bail jumping and said it had to be served separate from the other crimes, putting her away for 12 years.
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For background, read “Role reversal: Lewis County prosecutor reflects on becoming a burglary victim” from Friday November 6, 2015, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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MISSING CHAINSAW, LEAF BLOWER, TRIMMER

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning the theft of $2,000 worth of yard equipment from a 31-year-old male at the 100 block of Holgate Lane southeast of Chehalis. The individual has multiple roommates and had been away for about six weeks working in Onalaska, according to the sheriff’s office. Missing are a Stihl chainsaw, a Stihl string trimmer and two Stihl leaf blowers, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BAD CHECKS

• Chehalis police responded to a retail business on the 1700 block of North National Avenue yesterday to take reports on checks written by different people which had been returned for various reasons. Cases are being referred to prosecutors for possible charges such as forgery and unlawful issuance of a bank check, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 1:30 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl. An unknown suspect reached through a partially open window and unlocked a door to steal medication, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, trespassing, disorderly person, suspected scam, suicide threat, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 114 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Tractor accident kills Onalaska resident

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11:55 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A sheriff’s deputy sent to check on a man who didn’t show up for work on Friday or since then, found him dead beneath his rolled over tractor east of Onalaska yesterday.

The 63-year-old was located on a trail in a wooded area behind the residence at the 3500 block of state Route 508, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

“From the investigation, it appears that he was driving the tractor down the hill and began to skid, and hit a small embankment which caused the tractor to roll over onto him,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The piece of equipment was an International Harvester with a brush hog attached, Brown said.

The sheriff’s office indicated the coroner would be releasing the victim’s identity.

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John Booth loses another attempt to undo life sentence for 2010 murders

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:45 pm
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John A. Booth Jr. testifies at his motion hearing before Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Convicted triple murderer John A. Booth Jr.’s motion to vacate his judgement and sentence because of alleged eavesdropping by employees of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office before and during his trial has been denied.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey concluded that anything overheard was inadvertent and said he found no evidence it was passed along to prosecutors or used against him.

“The long and the short of it, Mr. Booth was not denied due process,” Brosey said yesterday afternoon.

Booth is serving a life sentence for the August 2010 slayings at the Onalaska-Salkum area home of 52-year-old David West Sr., from whom prosecutors contended Booth was seeking payment of a debt for a local drug dealer.

According to testimony and evidence from the eight-day trial in Lewis County Superior Court, when West brought out a shotgun to get Booth and his companion to leave, Booth shot West with a 9 mm handgun. Prosecutors said the shootings that followed were executions to eliminate witnesses. Booth continues to deny he was the shooter.

Losing their lives that day, along with West Sr., were 16-year-old David “D.J.” West Jr. and 50-year-old Tony Williams of Randle. West Sr.’s girlfriend, Denise Salts, was shot in the face but lived.

The former Onalaska man has already lost an appeal and a personal restraint petition. The motion Judge Brosey ruled on yesterday was based on court rule 7.8.

Brosey was the judge for the December 2011 trial in Lewis County Superior Court.

His finding came after three days of hearings and testimony from 27 individuals who took the witness stand. The first two days of hearings were held on May 2 and May 3. The final day was yesterday, for the witnesses who were unavailable earlier.

The complaint that occupied much of the proceedings was corrections officers standing outside the jail’s row of visiting rooms while Booth consulted with his attorneys and their investigators. Several testified conversations of others could be heard, including former inmates Robert J. Maddaus Jr., Robbie Russell, Centralia attorney Don Blair and corrections officers.

Vernon West Jr. was a transport officer during Booth’s trial.

He said initially they would have two officers stand outside the door while Booth met with his lawyer, and while he was never instructed to listen in, he could hear the conversations.

He said he didn’t repeat what he heard, but after hearing too much, moved farther down the hall during future visits.

“We never stood that close to the door again,” West said.

Another aspect of what Booth called “ear hustling” in the motion he typed from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, was a corrections officer who admitted he heard a recorded phone conversations Booth had with his lawyer.

Now retired Corrections Officer Jack Haskins testified that his primary job for his last eight years was to listen to the recordings made of inmate phone calls. While calls with lawyers were not supposed to be recorded, as part of an automated system, he said he found himself listening once to Booth and his lawyer.

He said he stopped listening to it, looked up the phone number and verified it belonged to an attorney.

Aberdeen attorney Erik Kupka represented Booth, and for closing arguments yesterday afternoon, advised the court he was reading from material prepared by his client.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Brad Meagher argued for the state.

After Judge Brosey announced his conclusion, he was informed Booth would be appealing the decision.
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For background, read “Ear hustling”: Convicted murderer John Booth tells judge about problems at Lewis County Jail”, from Friday July 5, 2013, here

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News brief: Driver inattention blamed for I-5 wreck, mess

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm
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Interstate 5 near Lewis-Thurston county line. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The fire department reported two victims with minor injuries in a freeway collision that left a semi on its side with its trailer stuck on the center barrier this morning.

It happened about 9 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Centralia.

Almost three hours later when the vehicles were cleared from the roadway, motorists were advised delays would continue because traffic was backed up for at least six miles.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the 55-year-old driver of a 2002 International box truck and trailer failed to slow for a Toyota RAV4 which had slowed for traffic.

They blamed driver inattention.

Craig M. Maxey, of Beaverton, Oregon, was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the state patrol. His truck was totaled.

The RAV4 which was struck in its rear, with Annette F. Rose, 55, of Stanwood, behind the wheel, was able to be driven away from the scene, the investigating trooper reports.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 9:34 am
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VEHICLE THEFT CENTRALIA

• A dark green 1972 Ford pickup truck parked with a for sale sign on it at the end of a driveway along the 2200 block of Foron Road in Centralia disappeared between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The truck had no grill, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is $1,500.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 11:45 a.m. yesterday about he theft of a computer from an apartment at the 500 block of North Rock Street.

FRAUD CHEHALIS

• A 49-year-old Chehalis man reported he believes an acquaintance who was at his home used his information to obtain a credit card and used it at local businesses, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office reported this morning a deputy has obtained security images showing the 34-year-old woman using the card. So far, they know of a $20.73 charge at a teriyaki shop and $64.28 spent at Sally’s Beauty Supply, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

• A Chehalis woman called police yesterday evening to report she’d bought a phone on Craig’s list and when attempting to activate it, learned it had been stolen.

BOAT PROWL

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning another theft victim over the weekend from Taidnapam Park at Riffe Lake. Sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, someone removed four fishing rods, two fishing reels and other items from a man’s boat while he was sleeping, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is $1,454.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called at 8 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of F Street where they were told someone prowled through an unlocked vehicle during the night and stole a radar detector and phone charger.

AND FROM MORTON

• Officers responded to a report of a female that was lying in the road near the 700 block of Davis Lake Road in Morton just before 6 p.m. last Tuesday. Upon arrival, the woman was contacted and she admitted to “taking a nap” in the road, according to the Morton Police Department. While talking with the female she was not a threat to herself or others and was given directions to a bus to assist her on her way, according to police.

• Officers responded to the 200 block of Main Avenue in Morton on Saturday regarding a suspicious person leaving letters in a tip jar.  The suspected individual was contacted and trespassed from the property, according to the Morton Police Department.

• Morton police were called about 11:15 a.m. on Sunday to the 1000 block of Main Avenue on a report of a party that resulted in some fighting. The case is still under investigation, according to the Morton Police Department.

TENINO PORCH FIRE

• Tenino firefighters were called at about 10:15 a.m. yesterday when a resident who was next door saw flames on their back porch. A small deck-type porch at Fifth Avenue and McArthur Street was damaged, according to Thurston County Fire District 12. “They assume, we don’t know fore sure, it was something that smoldered for several hours,” Tina Vanderhoof, administrative chief for the department said. The cause is unknown, she said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, misdemeanor  assault, collision on city street, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 121 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 5:15 a.m. today.

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News brief: Children find dead man at Centralia trestle

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6:16 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death after a woman called 911 yesterday to report her kids returned home from a walk and said they’d found a man hanging near the railroad tracks in north Centralia.

Law enforcement responded to the approximately 5:15 p.m. call and were directed to a trestle over the Skookumchuck River south of Reynolds Avenue and east of Interstate 5, according to the sheriff’s office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said there did not initially appear to be foul play involved. The deceased has been tentatively identified as a 58-year-old Centralia resident, Brown said.

He is not a person who had been listed as missing, she said.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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DOMESTIC ASSAULT WINLOCK

• Jason W. Richendollar, 43, of Winlock, was arrested for second-degree assault, second-degree burglary and violation of a protection order yesterday. A deputy called about 7:10 a.m. to the 500 block of  Rhoades Road was told he’d beaten the 42-year-old resident over the previous two days, having allegedly broken in while she was sleeping, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said today. A search warrant for Richendollar’s vehicle and bedroom was obtained and several weapons seized, Brown said. Richendollar was located on Tennessee Road and taken into custody without incident, Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

DOMESTIC INCIDENT RANDLE

• A deputy called about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of of Second Avenue South in Randle arrested a 67-year-old resident for allegedly trashing a bedroom, shattering the screen of a flat screen television and threatening to kill her younger roommates. Ginger L. Anderson was reportedly heavily intoxicated and scratched one victim who tried to detain her for law enforcement while the other three ran down the street, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson allegedly threatened to kill a deputy as well, according to the sheriff’s office. She was arrested for harassment, third-degree malicious mischief and fourth-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• An estimated $5,000 worth of jewelry from QVC in a large plastic tote was stolen from an unlocked shop at the 1600 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia sometime between Saturday and yesterday, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning.

• Centralia police were called about 2:25 p.m. yesterday to take a report of an overnight burglary at the rifle club on the 900 block of Johnson Road. A projector is missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called yesterday about the theft of cash from a residence on the 600 block of Warsaw Street in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called just before 2 o’clock this morning to an apartment complex at the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue about a break-in to a storage unit.

• Chehalis police took a report on Friday of a package being stolen off a porch on Southwest Fourth Street near Market Boulevard. A pair of $645 boots had been delivered the afternoon before but were gone, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to a church on the 1000 block of Alder Street about 9:20 a.m. yesterday following the discovery someone tried to pry open a door.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A set of four wheels and tires were stolen off of a vehicle at the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:30 p.m. yesterday.

• Police were called about noon yesterday to the 400 block of Southwest 18th Street in Chehalis about an overnight vehicle prowl.

• Four fishing poles were stolen from the back of a truck at a campsite at Taidnapam Park at Riffe Lake sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. yesterday. The loss is listed as $1,261, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:40 a.m. on Friday about a backpack stolen from a truck at the 500 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue. They are waiting for possible video images, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 42-year-old Centralia man was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act after a deputy responded about 7:15 a.m. on Friday to a report of a person dumping garbage at the 1500 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia. A spoon with a dark substance on it was observed on the console of his vehicle, which field-tested positive for heroin, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Justin L. Wilson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, also for a warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

CREEPER

• A woman was given a warning by police after a man called 911 about 9 p.m. on Saturday from the 200 block of Northwest Center Street in Chehalis and said he was being stalked, that a woman was on the ground, in the bushes across the street staring at him. The officer told the woman her actions were “close” to stalking, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She said she’d had a few glasses of wine, police said.

KIDS IN CAR ALONE

• A 37-year-old woman was given a warning by police after allegedly leaving two small children in her vehicle on Friday while going into a pot shop at the 1500 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis. An individual told her she couldn’t do that so she reportedly had them stand outside the car, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Nobody was hurt but a family from Holland lost everything they were traveling with when their motorhome caught fire yesterday south of Randle. Fire Investigator Derrick Paul said they’d arrived in Canada the day before and bought the RV for a four-week tour. They were headed to the Layser Cave off Forest Road 23, parked and saw smoke, Paul said. “The whole thing burned up,” Paul said.

• A 43-year-old Rochester resident was arrested for driving under the influence as well as hit and run yesterday morning in a case associated with Cherry and Pearl streets. Billie T. Orr was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 27-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for driving under the influence after a single-vehicle collision about 6:30 a.m. yesterday at the 400 block of Hart Road east of Winlock. Carlos Garcia-Nambo was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 24-year-old driver sustained a possible broken nose and his passengers, a 24-year-old woman, a 5-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy were all transported to the hospital for pain and to be evaluated after  single-vehicle wreck just before 4:30 p.m. on Saturday along the 3500 block of Jackson Highway in Chehalis. Jose P. Escamilla-Oerllana said he was very tired as he’d only had about three hours sleep and recalled only driving southbound and then waking up after striking a tree, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was cited for second-degree negligent driving and not having a valid license, according to the sheriff’s office. The 2008 Ford Escape sustained major damage, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A driver in his 80s who attempted to make a U-turn in front of his home this morning north of Tenino was killed when his car was T-boned, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. It happened at the 14100 block of Tilley Road. The other driver was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with non life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, hit and run, making a false statement, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, collision on city street,  suspicious circumstances, receipt of fraudulent check … and more, among 158 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Tilley Road collision. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

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Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3:24 pm
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CREEPER CHASED AWAY

• Centralia police were called at 12:07 a.m. yesterday after an unknown person tried to gain entry to a home through a bathroom window on the 300 block of South Silver Street. The potential intruder was scared off by the resident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STRUGGLE OVER BEER

• A 14- to 16-year-old boy attempted to steal three large malt liquor beverages from the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 12:35 a.m. yesterday. Police say: The male was confronted by the clerk. The suspect fought with the clerk losing one of the malt liquors. The suspect tripped and dropped the other two in the parking lot before fleeing. Now the teen is wanted for attempted robbery, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING SCOOTER

• A scooter was reported stolen from the 300 block of South Cedar Street in Centralia about 10:30 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Two people were injured when a pickup truck wrecked along state Route 506 about four miles west of Vader on Thursday night, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called at 8:20 p.m. report the 1993 Nissan was eastbound when it hit the ditch on its right, and the driver overcorrected sending the truck into the opposite ditch. The vehicle was totaled, according to the state patrol. The driver, Michael T. Noonan Jr., 25, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, according to the investigating trooper. His passenger, Jason M. Ostrander, 20, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. Both men are from Spanaway.

• A National Frozen Foods truck driver escaped safely after another motorist pulled along side and pointed out flames beneath the cab on southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. The driver pulled over, firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire, according to Capt. Casey Beck.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, hit and run, trespassing, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, collision on city street, no-contact order violation, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 297 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Chehalis home invasion suspect facing third strike case

Friday, June 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm
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Jesse L. Harkcom sits before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court for his bail hearing this afternoon.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set at $1 million today for one of three suspects in a Chehalis home invasion robbery.

Jesse L. Harkcom, 34, was arrested in Lacey on drug charges yesterday and transported to the Lewis County Jail to be charged for the March 26 incident.

Charges were filed today in Lewis County Superior Court and Harkcom was brought before a judge this afternoon.

If convicted as charged, it would be a third strike offense, meaning a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Lewis County Intern Deputy Prosecutor Amber Caulfield advised the judge Harkcom has a 1998 conviction for first-degree burglary and a 2011 conviction for second-degree robbery, among his 11 felony convictions.

“At this time, the state would request $1 million,” Caulfield said.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke in citing reasons for her request of $25,000 bail, said her client has been a law abiding citizen for the past year and a half, has opened a cleaning service business and has a stable residence in Lacey.

“Given the circumstances, I think the state’s request is reasonable,” Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey said.

According to charging documents, it was just after 11:30 at night when police were called to the victim’s home on Southwest 10th Street just  just off Market Boulevard.

She was living in a shed behind a residence and packing to move out when three males kicked in her door and came inside. They were dressed in black and wearing gloves, she told police.

The first male yelled, “Where are the valuables”, the second male stood next to her bed holding a pistol and the third male stepped right back outside where he stood with his arms crossed, according to charging documents. She believed he also had a gun.

The woman, 40 years old, according to police, recognized the first male’s voice as Harkcom, someone she’d known since the previous month, charging documents relate.

She said Harkcom grabbed her Playstation 4, 20-inch monitor, a DVR, laptop computer and miscellaneous property.

Charging documents state she told them she was going to call police and the second male told her “she didn’t want to do that because he didn’t want to have to hurt her,” Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead wrote in the documents.

The woman said she got a small scratch on her leg when Harkcom threw a four-foot long fluorescent light fixture which hit her.

She ran to the residence to tell her roommate what happened and he saw the three get into a dark colored truck and drive away, according to Halstead.

The victim was asked why Harkcom would do something like this and she said he and her boyfriend had traded watches and the watch Harkcom received turned out to be fake.

Charging documents also relate that when Harkcom was booked into the Lewis County Jail, a search turned up a small baggie in his waistband containing two pills and a black tar substance.

Harkcom is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of heroin.

Centralia lawyer David Arcuri was appointed to represent him. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

Chehalis police said yesterday the other two suspects are still outstanding.
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For background, read “News brief: Chehalis home invasion suspect found, booked” from Thursday June 9, 2016, here

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Friday, June 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm
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MAILBOX THEFT CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police called to the 1500 block of Southwest William Avenue yesterday afternoon where a resident saw a kid on a bicycle stop, open mail and toss it in the resident’s garbage can concluded the young man may have taken mail belonging to at least two people. The suspect had left, with still more mail in his hand, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

PROWLING CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a bike that had been locked to a trailer inside a carport at the 500 block of South Cedar Street in Centralia. The Dutch Gravity bicycle is gray with black fenders, a rack, 27-inch tires and two trailer hitches mounted on the rear, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 11:10 a.m. yesterday to take a report that sometime on Tuesday unknown persons stole a package that was delivered to a residence on the 1000 block of Swanson Drive. The package contained a blown glass decoration,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 9:15 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl a the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard. Taken was a GPS device, binoculars and personal papers, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called at 4:50 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 1600 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. Car stereo equipment and tools were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called yesterday morning to the 300 block of West Pear Street in Centralia where they were told that sometime during the night, someone removed and stole a 50-inch light bar off a vehicle as well as a ratchet tie down strap, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MOTORIZED CART

• Centralia police were called just before 6 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about the possible theft of a motorized cart from a store. Suspects were located but the cart has not been found, according to the Centralia Police Department. The store is reviewing video to determine if the cart was returned or not.

CHILDREN LEFT ALONE IN CAR

• A 37-year-old mother was given a warning by police yesterday after she “ran in to talk to someone” at a Chehalis business, leaving her 6-year-old and 2-year-old alone in her vehicle. Police were called at 3:55 p.m. to the 500 block of West Main Street by an individual who was outside with the car and kids for about five minutes, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

TEEN SQUATTERS ROUSTED

• A property inspector called Chehalis police just after 11 a.m. yesterday after going in to a vacant house and finding intruders who were sleeping inside. An officer arriving to the 1300 block of Southwest Kelly Avenue contacted an 18-year-old male, a 19-year-old male and 15-year-old female who appeared to have just woken up, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The girl had an outstanding warrant and was transported to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police. The others were told not to come back, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• One person was airlifted last night after a single-vehicle collision involving a utility pole about 8:15 p.m. at state Route 506 near Toledo, according to the Washington State Patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing a public servant, driving with suspended license, failure to transfer vehicle title; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 134 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6 a.m. today.