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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

NAPAVINE HOME CATCHES FIRE

• Once again, a Napavine area family is displaced from a house fire. Crews called overnight to the 700 block of West Vine Street contained the blaze to the master bedroom, but there is heavy heat and smoke damage throughout the one-story residence, according to Fire Investigator Ted McCarty. The family returned home around 1 a.m. after being at some friends and opened a side door only to be confronted with smoke, McCarty said. The husband tried the front door with the same results and spotted flames through a bedroom window, McCarty said. Lewis County Fire Districts 5, 6, 2 and 15 responded. “The guys got a good knock down on it,” McCarty said. The parents and four children declined initial assistance from the Red Cross, saying they had family to stay with he said. The fire investigator said he is looking at a Cadet wall heater, but it’s too early to tell if that’s what caused the fire. It was just last Sunday when a family on Raubuck Road were dealing with a similar situation, except they were sleeping and awoke to smoke alarms and their two-story house subsequently burned to the ground from a possible flare up hours later.

THEFT

• Police were called about 3:15 p.m. yesterday to the Centralia Outlets on the 1300 block of Lum Road about a wallet and its identification stolen from a break room at one of the stores. An officer was told two females got into employee lockers, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report of theft of tools from the 400 block of North Buckner Street on Friday afternoon.

• Police took a report yesterday of a car prowl during the night at the 100 block of Jalyn Street in Centralia. Cash was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police responded about 5:40 a.m. yesterday to the 3300 block of Fords Prairie Avenue in Centralia for a vehicle prowl. Someone took money and a cell phone from a purse left inside the unlocked vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone broke several windows out of a vehicle parked at the 900 block of F Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police early yesterday morning.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS REMINDER

• Lewis County 911 Communications is reminding the public to sign up for CODE RED to receive emergency notifications. CODE RED is used to send critical communications, from evacuation notices to missing child alerts, according to department manager Craig Larsen. Lewis County has used the system to make notification for boil water advisories as well as to get out word of a dangerous suspect at large in a rural county neighborhood. Flood notifications can be provided through CODE RED, should this occur in our region again. The public can sign up and find additional details at the 911 Communications page on the county web site.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; confiscation of smoking devices with suspected methamphetamine residue with a referral for possession charges … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:51 am

Updated at 12:40 p.m.

APARTMENT SEARCH TURNS UP DRUGS

• Three people were arrested yesterday after officers went to an apartment on the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia to pick up a wanted person. A community corrections officer from the state Department of Corrections was looking for 27-year-old Mark D. Fiman because of several warrants, according to the Centralia Police Department. When the door was opened, an individual dove into a bedroom and when they went in to get him, officers saw a set of scales, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. An ensuing search of the residence turned up pills, the details of which are not yet available, according to Reichert. Brian J. Haugen, 20, who resides at the apartment, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a sparkler bomb, according to police. Justin W. Haugen, 21, also of Centralia, was arrested for possession of suspected meth, marijuana and Zanax/Oxycodone, according to police. Fiman also was booked for possession of meth and Oxycodone, according to police.

ASSAULT

• A 29-year-old client at the drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility on Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis was arrested this morning for allegedly choking another resident. Police were called just before 7 a.m. today regarding the assault, and Jonathan Schenck, from Federal Way, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SCHOOL BOMB SCARE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating following a message discovered on a girls’ bathroom wall at Centralia High School yesterday that prompted an evacuation. Deputies notified at about 1 p.m. joined Centralia police officers at the Eshom Road building and searched the premises, according to Sg. Rob Snaza. The note indicated a bomb might go off at a certain time, Snaza said. No explosive was found. Law enforcement cleared the scene about 3:30 p.m. but will be reviewing surveillance tapes in an attempt to gain information, according to Snaza.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called to the Vintage Apartments on North National Avenue yesterday where a 90-year-old resident said he returned home to discover someone had stolen cash from him.

CAR PROWL

• Police responded about 7:20 a.m. today to an overnight vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis. Nothing initially appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CHASE AND WRECK

• A 24-year-old Toledo woman was arrested yesterday after she reportedly sped away from a deputy at about 100 mph and wrecked her car northeast of Winlock. It began about 1:30 p.m. at the 800 block of North Military Road and ended just north of the high school when the driver lost control, hit a ditch and rolled the vehicle onto its top, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, Amanda N. Phillips, was unhurt but was taken to the hospital to be cleared before being booked into jail because of a previous injury, Sgt. Rob Snaza said. Phillips had outstanding warrants and was using a suspended driver’s license, according to Snaza. Her car was impounded an a search of it’s interior is planned, according to the sheriff’s office. She was booked for attempting to elude.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances … and more.

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Two die when car collides with dump truck in Centralia

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:03 am
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The two lane county road just east of state Route 507 north of Centralia is closed for a collision investigation. / Courtesy photo by Grant’s Towing.

Updated at 11:38 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two young people were killed when their car slid into the path of of a dump truck on Big Hanaford Road just north of Centralia last night.

The four-door Kia Spectra was traveling westbound near Wigley Road and crossed the centerline into an eastbound Freightliner hauling a pup trailer, according to responders.

Fire Capt. Tim Adolphsen said he didn’t know if the truck was loaded or not.

“The reports we got, the car lost control in front of him and he struck it, on the passenger side,” Adolphsen said.

Dead at the scene were car’s driver, Jonathan W. Parker, 20, from Centralia, and his passenger Tiara F. Kalebaugh, 18, of Pe Ell, according to the Washington State Patrol.

“I would probably say they were killed on impact,” Adolphsen said.

He described the car as destroyed.

It happened shortly before 9:40 p.m. The state patrol indicates speed was a factor.

The truck’s driver, a 52-year-old Kevin L. Geer, of Tenino, was reportedly uninjured. His truck was damaged and towed, according to the state patrol.

The roadway was closed for approximately five hours while investigators were on the scene, according to Trooper Will Finn.

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CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correctly reflect the type of truck involved.

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Investigators: Littlerock business was intentionally burned

Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The fire that gutted a taxidermy shop in Littlerock last week has been found to be arson.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief Russ Kaleiwahea said today he didn’t have many details, as the written report is not yet completed.

“In talking with the investigator, it’s my understanding it’s determined to be incendiary,” Kaleiwahea said. “That’s kind of a new word for arson.”

Alden’s Taxidermy is on Palermo Southwest, just east of Littlerock Road.

The fire was well underway when it woke neighbors who called 911 about 4:30 a.m. last Thursday. Arriving crews found a fully involved structure fire that extended to a pickup truck parked next to it and left just two walls standing, according to Chief Robert Scott.

Scott said at the time, he assumed there is a substantial loss of contents.

Alden’s advertises they offer services from skinning to custom mounting of wildlife from elephants to mice.

“It was not only his works of art, but people he was doing business for as well,” Lt. Lanette Dyer, a department spokesperson said.

A notice on Alden’s business web site states the phone is scheduled to be repaired and asks for contact via email to assist in inventorying items which may have been lost.

Elements of the investigation were turned over early on to the sheriff’s office when questions arose about some of the findings.

Dyer said various pieces which should have been there could not be found among the debris, leading to the possibility of theft.

A dog belonging to the owner Alden Johnson, was inside the building but has not been located either, she said. Johnson was in Hawaii at the time, getting married, she said.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Greg Elwin said their arson investigator is working with the fire department and the business owner to evaluate evidence and identify persons of interest.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

HIT AND RUN LEADS TO POWER OUTAGE

• Police were called after a vehicle collided with a utility pole which knocked over at least one other pole on the 1000 block of Ham Hill Road in Centralia at about 1:15 a.m. today. The silver-colored Chrysler-type vehicle fled the scene, narrowly missing getting hit by the pole as it fell, according to police. It didn’t knock the power out but arriving crews shut off the electricity which will remain turned off at least through the morning and possibly into the afternoon, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The impact sheered the pole completely off, Capt. Scott Snyder said. Firefighters used thermal imaging equipment and walked the roadway searching the brush for any possibly ejected passengers until about 3 a.m., Snyder said. Nobody was found and nobody was known to be injured, according to authorities. Police said a large guide wire pole did fall on one vehicle.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 12:40 a.m. today when a man walking his dog spotted a male rifling through a parked car on the 1100 block of Grand Avenue in Centralia, but the prowler fled before officers arrived, according to the Centralia Police Department. A window was smashed and missing were the stereo and a cell phone, according to police.

• Police took a report about 9:30 p.m. yesterday of a purse stolen from a vehicle at the 1000 block of H. Street in Centralia.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, several vehicles sliding on ice and wrecking … and more.

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Read about former Pacific County sheriff dies at 66 …

Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:07 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The (Aberdeen) Daily World reports former Pacific County Sheriff John Didion has died. He was 66.

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John Didion

Didion served as sheriff for 12 years ending in 2010, in a department where he began as a road deputy, according to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office.

News reporter Brionna Friedrich writes the former NFL linebacker passed away on Tuesday following a “major medical event” at his home over the weekend.

Read about it here.

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Two charged with drug dealing, two set free after Chehalis area raid

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm
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Randall D. Mauel faces a judge while his brother Ryan G. Mauel, wearing green, waits his turn during a bail hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The two brothers arrested when more than a dozen law enforcement officers swarmed a Jackson Highway house south of Chehalis and seized pounds of drugs will get their chances to make their pleas in court tomorrow.

Randall D. Mauel, 42, and Ryan G. Mauel, 37, appeared yesterday afternoon briefly in front of a judge who set their bail at $25,000 and $10,000 respectively.

The reason for the difference is the younger man has no criminal convictions in his background and the older brother has several prior offenses, according to prosecutors.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler was told Randall Mauel has a “pretty decent job” and an address in Pierce County. Ryan Mauel earns about $500 a month doing odd jobs and lives at his parents’ property where the two were arrested on Monday, defense attorney Bob Schroeter told the judge.

Officers found freezer bags containing about $200,000 worth of methamphetamine crystals and two baggies filled with heroin, according to authorities.

The approximately 146 grams of heroin was described by a sheriff’s office spokesperson as powdered and brown but in charging documents as a tar-like substance, with a street value estimated at $11,600.

The raid that took place about 12:30 p.m. on Monday at the 2500 block of Jackson Highway came out of fast-moving investigation by the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force, according to task force commander Capt. Dave Johnson. Officers following up on a tip obtained a search warrant just that morning, Johnson said today.

Johnson said he couldn’t reveal too much, but did know the drugs arrived locally from California within the previous 24 hours.

The Lewis County Regional Crime Task Force and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team assisted, contributing about half of the 14 law enforcement officers that conducted the arrests, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza.

Snaza is the SWAT leader and supervisor of the local task force.

According to charging documents and Snaza, the SWAT members entered the home through a door inside the carport and confronted the older brother, and then the younger brother who walked out a bedroom.

Two other individuals present were arrested but not charged. Snaza said the subjects were taken into custody without incident and no one else was at the home at the time.

Under a coffee table in the family room, inside a black duffel bag, Thurston detectives discovered the drugs and four digital scales along with packaging materials, according to the charging documents.

One of the bags held seven smaller portions of suspected meth in smaller zip lock-style baggies, according to the documents.

Charging documents state that when “Randy” Mauel was searched, a detective located $602 cash, more than $400 of it in $20 bills. The documents indicate a school bus stopped across the street, suggestive of so-called sentencing enhancements which can be implemented when drug crimes occur near schools or school bus stops.

Also arrested at the scene were Jonathan R. Stajduhar, 34, of Chehalis and Tesa M. Hanks, 34, of Centralia, but they were released from jail without charges pending further investigation, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Mauel brothers were each charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, one for each type of drug. The offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The methamphetamine totaled 2.7 pounds, the sheriff’s office said.

They were also charged with a class C felony, unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.

Schroeter indicated in court yesterday the home and property belongs to the men’s parents, the younger brother has lived there all his life and has taken care of his mom and dad for years.

It’s unclear where the older brother resides.

Charging documents say that Ryan Mauel told a detective the two have lived there about a month, and he pointed out his bedroom and said his older brother usually slept on the couch in the family room. Schroeter confirmed Ryan Mauel lives there, but said he took issue with the information that Randall Mauel does.

The sheriff’s office describes them both as Chehalis residents.

Their arraignments are scheduled for tomorrow morning in Lewis County Superior Court.

The younger Mauel is represented by local attorney Jacob Clark, the older Mauel by David Arcuri.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

Updated at 12:02 p.m.

SWAT TEAM GETS WANTED PERSON

• Deputies arrested a 32-year-old Chehalis area man at his home yesterday morning for misdemeanor assault that allegedly occurred earlier at the 1600 block of Bishop Road. A 37-year-old woman called 911 about 9 a.m. regarding the domestic assault and the suspect left, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies and the SWAT team went to his home on the 100 block of Goldmeyer Drive and after unsuccessful attempts to get him to come outside, made forced entry, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza. Jesse M. Mathat was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Snaza said.

DISPUTE LEADS TO ARREST

• A 29-year-old Chehalis man was arrested after a 911 call yesterday afternoon led deputies to a heated family argument at the 100 block of Woodard Road near Napavine. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rob Snaza said a deputy asked Elliot S. Dodrill to step away from the scene to talk but he became verbally aggressive, ignored commands, continued to resist and attempted to assault law enforcement officers, Snaza said. Dodrill was booked for third-degree assault and resisting arrest, according to the sheriff’s office. Prosecutors are referring the case instead for misdemeanor charges.

BREAK-INS

• Deputies responded about 5 p.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary at the 2900 block of Sawall Avenue outside Centralia in which an XBox 360 was taken. Sometime between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., someone forced their way through the front door to get inside the home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning about an apparent burglary at a vacant rental home on the 600 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

UPDATE ON GRAND MOUND ROBBERY

The Olympian reports that 20-year-old Sheena Gillham told a sheriff’s deputy when she was arrested for last week’s robbery of an AM/PM in Grand Mound she needed money to repay a drug debt. The Montesano woman who was apprehended on Monday following a tip about last Wednesday’s incident reportedly ignored a command to stop by a man in the parking lot who drew a gun on her as she left the convenience store on the corner of Old Highway 99 and U.S. Highway 12, news reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes.

UPDATE ON RYDERWOOD SHOOTING

The (Longview) Daily News reports the 43-year-old woman arrested after her roommate was shot in the abdomen at their Ryderwood home told a deputy the hunting rifle accidentally discharged while she was cleaning it in the bathroom and it fell.  John Stiller, 69, drove himself to a Vader restaurant after the early Monday morning incident and was flown to a Tacoma hospital where he underwent surgery. News reporter Barbara LaBoe wrote yesterday Linda Cochran remained jailed with bail set at $200,000.

DRUGS

• A 25-year-old homeless person was picked up and arrested by Chehalis police on Monday in connection with a suspected methamphetamine pipe allegedly found on him last month during a traffic stop. Chad E. Holmes was booked for possession of methamphetamine, charged yesterday and bail was set at $5,000, according to authorities.

SEX CRIME ALLEGED

• A 20-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday by Centralia police in connection with alleged sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl, according to the Centralia Police Department. Zach R. L. Isham was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police responded about 11:20 p.m. yesterday to a report someone was attempting to break a window out of a van parked at the Law and Justice Center on West Main Street in Chehalis. Jacob M. Goble, 22, a homeless person, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, disputes, out-of-control teenager, rental business report that customer did not return property, cars doing cookies in parking lot, car slamming into fire hydrant, other collisions … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

DRUGS

• A 65-year-old Oakville man was arrested outside Wal-Mart in Chehalis overnight for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine. It was about 12:40 a.m. and an officer recognized Gerald Cayenne, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was taken to the hospital to be cleared for apparent intoxication and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Police arrested a 50-year-old Centralia man for warrants and also alleged possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute yesterday afternoon in connection with an address on the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue. The suspect was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with officers about 2:30 p.m., however, prosecutors declined to file charges. Further details were not readily available.

• A 14-year-old girl was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana and misdemeanor assault yesterday afternoon after contact with police at the 1500 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. She was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A case involving a 14-year-old boy contacted at the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia yesterday afternoon will be referred for potential charges of possession of marijuana and prescription pills, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called yesterday morning to the 1700 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis regarding a passenger window broken out a freight truck at the Sunbirds Shopping Center.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarms, misdemeanor  theft, suspicious circumstances, other collisions such as sliding on ice into a ditch and tree, possible chicken neglect … and more.

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Driver pinned beneath vehicle in rollover wreck off Interstate 5

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm
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Firefighters used a type of high-pressure air bag to lift a 2000 Dodge Neon off of its driver. / Courtesy photo Lewis County Fire District 2

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia man was hospitalized this morning after his car flew off of Interstate 5 near Vader, tumbling across a frontage road and landing on top of him.

It appeared Marco Ortiz-Garcia was ejected through the sun roof of his Dodge Neon, responders said, but it came to rest with its wheels down.

“The driver was talking to us from underneath the car,” Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Grant Wiltbank said. “He was pinned, but not being crushed.”

Troopers and aid were called about 6:40 a.m. to the scene just north of the Gee Cees Truck Stop. The car had been traveling southbound and spun out before running down an embankment to the west, through a fence and stopping on the other side of Foster Creek Road, according to responders.

He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital to be treated, Wiltbank said.

The car was totaled. The wreck was blamed on speed. Ortiz-Garcia, 27, was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the Washington State Patrol.

“He was very lucky; my goodness he was lucky,” Wiltbank said. “Somebody who goes through that kind of a crash normally does not walk away.”

About an hour later, a pickup truck hit a patch of ice about a quarter mile south of there and rolled, landing on its side, according to Wiltbank.

That driver was extricated after firefighters cut out the windshield, and suffered mostly bumps and bruises, Wiltbank said. He declined to got to the hospital.

Lewis County Fire District 6 was called later this morning to a rollover accident on Jackson Highway near Marys Corner. The driver was treated and released at the scene, according to Chief Tim Kinder.

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Mass amount of meth, heroin located at Chehalis area residence, four arrested

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:35 am
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One gallon freezer bag containing methamphetamine is among drugs confiscated yesterday outside Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Updated at 1:07 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Law enforcement officers seized more than $200,000 worth of drugs yesterday from a house south of Chehalis, arresting four individuals.

The raid about 12:30 p.m. at a house on the 2500 block of Jackson Highway yielded both brown powdered heroin and methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A one-gallon freezer bag which was located was nearly filled with chards of meth some as long as a Sharpie felt pen.

“Those are the biggest crystals I’ve ever seen in my career,” sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said.

The more than two and half pounds of meth is estimated to have a street value of some $200,000. Nearly 150 grams of heroin discovered inside the home is valued at almost $12,000, according to the sherif’s office.

The Lewis County Regional Crime Task Force and the sheriff’s office SWAT team assisted the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force in serving the search warrant.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Rob Snaza praised the partnership between agencies as being vital to getting drugs off the streets.

“”We recovered a large amount of meth and heroin (yesterday) which made a positive difference in our community,” Snaza said in a news release this morning.

Arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession with intent to deliver were:

• Randall D.  Mauel, 42, of Chehalis
• Ryan G. Mauel, 37, of Chehalis
• Jonathan R. Stajduhar, 34, Chehalis
• Tesa M. Hanks, 34, of Centralia

Hanks and Stajduhar are to be released without charges pending further investigation.

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Brown powdered heroin located at Chehalis area residence. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

KID PORN ARREST

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a 33-year-old Toledo area resident was arrested for possession of child pornography. Sgt. Rob Snaza said this morning a deputy responded on Friday evening to the 200 block of Boone Road where a woman had said she suspected Henry R. Holsinger had such material, the sheriff’s office got a search warrant for a computer leading to Holsinger’s arrest. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. Snaza said the images apparently were circulating on the Internet.

GRAND MOUND ROBBERY SUSPECT LOCATED

• A 20-year-old Montesano woman was arrested today for the robbery last week of a clerk at the AM/PM store in Grand Mound. Deputies responding on Wednesday night to the store on the corner of U.S. Highway 12 and Old Highway 99 were told the pony-tailed female with a multi-colored scarf over her face told the clerk to hand over cash or be shot. Sheena Gillham was booked into the Thurston County Jail today for first-degree robbery, according to Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ken Clark.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning someone broke into a home on the 800 block of Highway 603 west of Chehalis and stole more than $2,500 worth of jewelry sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday. A police dog was called after deputies responded about 9 p.m., but the case remains under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

• About $80 in loose change was reported missing from a home on the 2500 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy contacted on Friday was told the burglary happened sometime between Nov. 22 and Nov. 25, Sgt. Rob Snaza reported this morning.

BARN THEFT

• A deputy was called on Saturday to the 800 block of Jackson Highway South near Toledo regarding a theft from a barn. Among the scrap metal missing sometime from the night before was a transmission from a 1939 Chevrolet pickup truck and as much as 60 feet of aluminum wire, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 9 a.m. yesterday regarding a chainsaw missing from a trailer at the 800 block of South Tower Avenue.

• Chehalis police responded about 4 p.m. on Friday after a woman at the Lewis County Mall discovered a stranger sitting in her car rifling through the glove compartment. The victim said she had parked outside the Sears package pickup are and was only going in for a moment and when she returned, the dark-haired man wearing a knit beanie cap was in her driver’s seat, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He reportedly casually got out and walked towards Yard Birds, police said. The man was not located and the only item missing was an insurance card, Officer Linda Bailey said.

CHIMNEY FIRES

• Firefighters were called to chimney fires today on N Street in Centralia and on the 100 block of Centralia-Alpha Road southeast of Centralia. Neither turned out bad but the incidents follow an early Sunday morning blaze in which a family of five south of Napavine lost their house and everything inside it when a fire started next to a chimney. The cause of that fire is under investigation, but it prompted a fire investigator to emphasize just how important it is to make sure chimneys are in good working condition and cleaned regularly. In both of today’s incidents, it took just a little bit of spray or steam to finish putting out the fires inside the fireplaces.

COLLISIONS

• A 25-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle about 8:15 p.m. yesterday at West Plum and South Pearl streets in Centralia but the injuries were such the man was treated at the hospital and then subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, Centralia police reported this morning. Arriving officers discovered Daniel J. Alvarado was wanted on a warrant, and found he was in possession of suspected methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two women were hospitalized after one of them lost control on the ice and crossed into the oncoming lane on U.S. Highway 12 about seven miles west of Morton today. Troopers called about 10:10 a.m. report that Bambi L. Church, 36, of Silver Creek, and Amanda A. Meekhof, 50, of Packwood, were both transported to Morton General Hospital. Church’s Dodge Dakota pickup and Meekhof’s Toyota Rav4 were both towed from the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol. Church was cited for going too fast for conditions, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving drunk, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, other collisions, citation issued to a motorist who allegedly shined a flashlight into the windshield of a patrol vehicle traveling behind him on U.S. Highway 12 in the dark … and more.

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Sheriff’s office: Ryderwood resident shot by roommate

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Updated at 3:24 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 69-year-old man who drove himself to a Vader restaurant after sustaining a gunshot wound to his abdomen is recovering at a Tacoma hospital.

His 43-year-old female roommate has been arrested for first-degree assault.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded about 4:40 a.m. to a Ryderwood home after receiving 911 calls from both John Stiller and Linda Cochran.

He said his roommate shot him and he was trying to get out of the house; she said she had just shot somebody inside her house, according to the sheriff’s office.

Stiller was able to leave, get into his vehicle and drive himself to the Little Crane Cafe in Vader where he was met by aid and a deputy, according to responders.

He was airlifted to Tacoma General Hospital where underwent surgery, the sheriff’s office reported this afternoon. The (Longview) Daily News reports the sheriff said the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The sheriff’s office stated Cochran stayed on the line with the 911 dispatcher who advised deputies the woman continued to shoot randomly; however Cochran was talked out of of the residence and taken in to custody without incident, according a news release from the sheriff’s office.

It’s unknown why she shot him, but appears she may be dealing with some mental issues, the sheriff’s office said.

Stiller was shot with a hunting rifle believed to be owned by Cochran, the sheriff’s office said.

He is sedated but will remain in the hospital during this initial recovery stage, the sheriff’s office reported this afternoon.

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House fires break out in Napavine, Littlerock

Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Napavine area family lost everything in a house fire this morning, except their lives.

Crews called about 5 a.m. to the 300 block of Raubuck Road found fire in the front room of the two-story house and extinguished it, according to Fire Investigator Derrick Paul.

Two adults and four children escaped safely, according to Paul.

“There were working smoke detectors throughout the house, that’s what woke the parents up,” Paul said. “The fact is smoke detectors quite possibly saved the lives of all those kids.”

A pet dog was evacuated as well, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. The parents were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation, according to Paul.

Five fire departments battled the blaze, according to District 5.

Paul said the the fire damage was confined to the front room, although the rest of the house sustained heavy smoke damage.

It appeared the blaze began next to the chimney, Paul said. A fire had been left burning overnight in a fireplace insert, their only source of heat, he said.

After everyone had cleared the scene, part of the family returned and called 911 about 9:45 a.m. when they saw smoke, according to Paul.

“This time there was fire throughout the residence,” he said. “Basically, it burned to the ground.”

It’s undetermined what caused the second fire, but it’s a possibility an unextinguished ember flared up, Paul said.

“That sort of stuff does happen, nobody wants it to happen, we try real hard to make sure it doesn’t happen,” he said.

Paul said the Red Cross is assisting.

He also noted he wanted to emphasize that especially this time of year when the cold weather has more folks burning in fireplaces, that chimneys should be checked.

Earlier this morning, multiple occupants of a two-story house southwest of Littlerock escaped another house fire.

Crews were called about 3:40 a.m. to the 13900 block of Vue Street Southwest, according to West Thurston Fire Authority.

While there were smoke detectors, an overnight guest was awakened to smoke before they went off and found fire in the laundry room, Chief Robert Scott said.

Five fire departments responded to assist. Flames had extended into the roof in one area, the attic space of the second floor and over the garage, according to Scott.

The home was left with smoke and soot damage to most of the second floor, Scott said.

In that case, one male was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and a minor burn to his hand, Scott said. Five or six people escaped the fire, he said

The cause is under investigation.

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A house in the Bordeaux area southwest of Littlerock caught fire this morning. / Courtesy photo by Robert Scott

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:05 am

SUSPICIOUS FIRE NEAR ETHEL

• Firefighters were called about 3:30 a.m. today when a car parked at a residence on the 200 block of Larmon Road caught fire. It was fully involved when crews arrived; they extinguished it, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. Assistant Chief Jeff Lee said the vehicle had apparently been sitting for awhile unused. The cause is under investigation, Lee said.

WARRANT ARREST

• Police responded overnight to the area off the 1200 block of Rush Road near Napavine after an individual ran from a traffic stop. Centralia’s police dog Lobo was summoned around 1 a.m. and after a short track, captured 32-year-old Raymond D. Faure with his teeth, according to the Centralia Police Department. Faure was wanted on at least one warrant from Centralia, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday regarding someone breaking into a garage at the 400 block of West Magnolia Street.

WRECKS

• Centralia police responded to five non-injury collisions before noon yesterday, all related to traveling too fast in the snow, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said there was about a half inch of snow in town that had iced over.