Updated at 6:57 p.m.
POLICE: ‘SPUN UP OUT OF HIS MIND’
• Centralia police fought with a 27-year-old man yesterday inside Subway after a series of events along the 1200 block of Alder Street in which he left staff members hiding from him at a motel, allegedly stole phones from two different people he encountered and hid in the bathroom at the sandwich shop. Mitchell Davis was subdued with a Taser, but during a struggle, struck one officer in the face, according to the Centralia Police Department. A glass pipe with meth residue was located on Davis’s person, according to police. Officers were called about 11:15 a.m. to the Peppermill Inn having been told he grabbed an employee, pushed her to the floor and took her phone, according to police. As officers were arriving and told employees thought he had left, they got a call from a man at the Shell station next door – where Davis allegedly took his phone – and were directed to the Subway shop nearby, according to a police account. When the bathroom door was opened, Davis allegedly bolted, went through another door and knocked an employee there to the ground. Sgt. Kurt Reichert described Davis’s demeanor as “spun up out of his mind.” Davis, a Toledo resident, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of robbery, one count of burglary, third-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine, according to police.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE: TEXT THREATS TO KILL
• A 59-year-old man was arrested yesterday after his wife reported receiving text and voice mail messages over the previous three or four days from him in which he allegedly threatened to kill her. Deputies contacted Daniel J. Barnes at the 1900 block of Pe Ell-McDonald Road west of Chehalis and arrested him for felony harassment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman has an order for protection, and deputies are referring the case also for 17 counts of violation of a protection order, according to the sheriff’s office. Barnes was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.
ALCOHOL TAKEN IN BURGLARY
• Police responded to a 9 a.m. call yesterday to a restaurant on the 1400 block of South Gold Street where someone broke in the back door and stole liquor and other unspecified items.
CONSTRUCTION TOOLS STOLEN
• Centralia police were called about 7:10 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of equipment from a construction trailer on the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue.
ROCKS, ROCKS, ROCKS
• Police responded yesterday to an approximately 7:40 a.m. call from the 700 block of Harrison Avenue where someone had thrown a rock through the window of a building.
• Someone threw a rock breaking the window of a building on the 2400 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report to police yesterday morning.
• Chehalis police were called about 8:25 a.m. yesterday regarding a rock thrown through the window of a building on the 2600 block of Kresky Avenue.
FROM THE COURTHOUSE
• A 33-year-old Morton man was arrested after a complaint was filed with police he was engaging in an intimate relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Jason C. Thompson was booked into jail on Monday and then charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of third-degree child rape, an offense that has a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Morton police learned of the alleged situation after the mother of the girl’s friend saw messages between the two in the cache of the friend’s computer, according to charging documents. The documents state Thompson met the girl in November when she came to visit his housemate, and allege that in April they began having sex. He has no felony criminal history and resides and works in Morton, his temporary defense attorney told the judge yesterday afternoon as bail was being contemplated. Judge James Lawler set bail at $5,000 and ordered Thompson to have no contact with minors, including his own two children. His arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow.
• Firefighters were called at 9:30 p.m. yesterday to a fire in a home southeast of Centralia that ignited from a pan of cooking oil left unattended on the stove, which caught fire. The crew arrived to the 100 block of Kodiak Lane to find an occupant had put it out and everyone was outside, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The loss is estimated at $8,000 with damage to the stove, the cabinets above, the fan-vent-light as well as smoke damage to the kitchen, according to Capt. Tim Adolphsen. Riverside offers advice from the National Fire Protection Association, which says cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Safety considerations when cooking with oil include: Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop and keep an eye on what you fry.
OAKVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF LEAVING INJURED PASSENGER AFTER WRECK
• A 23-year-old Oakville man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a single-vehicle rollover wreck involving a tree this morning. Deputies called at 6:30 a.m. to the 200 block of Elma Gate Road West, west of Oakville, were told by the 911 caller they saw a man in his 20s walking away – with blood on him – and checked inside the car to find one occupant, conscious, but not talking, according to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office. A police dog from Thurston County was called to assist in finding the driver, who was located about two hours later in a brushy area about 50 yards north of the scene, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate. He, a 21-year-old Oakville resident, had some injuries which didn’t appear to be life-threatening and was expected to be transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail, Shumate indicated in a message to the news media. The vehicle, described by Shumate as a 2002 Buick Centra, is registered to the 21-year-old, according to Shumate. A trooper was called to assess the driver, as it appeared alcohol or drugs could be involved, he indicated. The sheriff’s office this morning was considering charges of vehicular assault as well as hit and run.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, obstructing, disorderliness, malicious mischief, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, stolen purse, stolen wallet, dine and dash, other possible theft, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances, car wheels found in shrubbery, child playing with phone calling 911, collision off city street, girls fighting at school, boys fighting at school … and more.