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News brief: Morton mom stabbed, teen son arrested

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 15-year-old Morton boy is locked up after allegedly stabbing his mother multiple times yesterday.

Police Chief Dan Mortensen said he was called around 3:30 p.m. yesterday to the home where the two live at the 800 block of Overlook Drive.

He didn’t know the condition today of the 35-year-old woman, he said.

“When I saw her, she was in the ER at Morton, getting prepared to be airlifted to Harborview,” he said. “She was conscious and talking.”

The teen was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for second-degree assault, he said.

He described the reason for the assault as “family issues, apparently”, but said he is early into the investigation.

Neither name was released.

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Lawyer seeks second opinion on brain trauma in Morton child assault case

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm
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Kyle Davison goes before a judge when his attorney asks for more time to investigate baby’s medical records.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 22-year-old Mineral resident accused of severely injuring a 4-month-old infant by shaking it last fall remains jailed and will have to wait a little longer for his trial, as a doctor reviews the case for a second look to find how the little one ended up with bleeding on the brain.

Kyle Davison was arrested in early October, after the baby girl was airlifted out of Morton to Marybridge Children’s Hospital and placed on life support. He and the baby’s mother told authorities the child began to choke and he took it next door to get help from a neighbor where they called 911.

A doctor at the hospital told police that tests indicated inter-cranial hemorrhage, consistent with shaken baby syndrome and not an accident, according to charging documents.

Davison is charged with first-degree assault of a child, an offense with a maximum penalty of life in prison. He being held on $100,000 bail in the Lewis County Jail.

The little girl was hospitalized for weeks, but was moved to Pope’s Kids Place in Centralia where she gets round-the-clock care, and has improved, according to Davison’s lawyer.

“The last time I talked with the mother, about a month ago, the baby was doing a lot better,” Sam Groberg said. “She’s hearing, seeing and eating through a feeding tube.”

The baby, identified only with the initials A.F.J.L. is 10 months old now. Her mother, Llacye Faye Link, is Davison’s ex-girlfriend.

Groberg last week sought a postponement of his client’s trial so another physician could examine the patient’s medical records, he said.

“Did the baby end up in the emergency room because of trauma or did the child have some issues already,” Groberg said. “Is it possible there are other things that caused it.”

Those are some of the questions the doctor will seek to answer, he said.

Groberg said doctors through research are learning of other things that can cause symptoms similar to shaken baby syndrome. In the past, physicians finding the combination of retinal hemorrhaging and bruising on the brain were quick to point to the diagnosis and child abuse, he said.

“Now there’s kind of this growing movement that says we have maybe jumped the gun on this, sometimes,” Groberg said.

Groberg has said Davison is factually innocent.

Details of what happened that night, Oct. 2 in Morton, come from charging documents with information primarily from Davison.

When Morton Police Chief Dan Mortensen interviewed him, he said his girlfriend and her baby had been visiting him at his house in Mineral, and the three of them went to Morton to go out to dinner, and then to Link’s apartment in town.

When they arrived, he changed the baby’s diaper and put it on the couch with a pillow next to her, he told the police chief. He thought they watched a little television.

It was around 11 p.m. when Link gave Davison the baby’s pajamas and asked him to put them on her while she stepped out to buy them a bag of pot, charging documents state.

Davison told the chief he sat down on the couch and took the baby’s bottle from her, then laid her on top of the night clothes; and as he was putting her arms into the pajamas, she began to choke, according to charging documents.

He told of laying her across his lap and patting her back, of holding her in front of him and seeing her not breathing, putting her over his shoulder and patting her, of her still being “white”, according to the documents.

When pressed by Mortensen, he said he was scared and didn’t know what to do and began to shake her, then seeing she was still white, carrying the baby to the apartment next door to ask for help, according to the documents.

He cried, according to the chief, putting his head in his hands.

“I knew better, I knew better. I shouldn’t have done that, I knew better,” Davison said.

His client said he didn’t shake the baby hard, nor did he intend to hurt her, Groberg said.

“There’s a huge difference between an ‘I’m angry’ shake and a resuscitative shake,” he said.

The Lewis County Prosecutors Office however alleges in its charge that Davison intentionally hurt the child, inflicting great bodily harm.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt last Thursday, when the request to postpone the trial was made, asked how the victim feels about the delay before granting the request.

“The mom is on Kyle’s side, she wants him exonerated,” Groberg said. “She doesn’t think my client did anything wrong.”

A review hearing is set for June 5. The trial was scheduled for next month, but is now on the court calendar for the week of July 14.

Lawyers at the same time postponed another trial for Davison, related to charges of second-degree theft and second-degree identity theft, until the week of July 21.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 27-year-old Centralia man is jailed for second-degree assault after he allegedly smashed his wife’s head into a cupboard during a fight at their home. Officers called about 6:35 p.m. on Friday about a woman screaming for help at the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road arrived as the victim came running out the apartment, her face covered in blood, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital and has been released, according to police. Kevin B. Williamson, 27, was arrested and booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

POSSIBLE BLACKMAIL

• Centralia police are investigating an alleged incident of extortion, in which the victim reported a female is demanding money from him in exchange for her not posting private videos on the Internet, in hopes of smearing his name, according to police. The situation connected with an address on the 100 block of Shirlee Avenue was reported to police about 10:30 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Officers were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday regarding a burglary at the 700 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Police were told when the resident arrived home after church, they found someone had entered through the back door and stole a case of DVDs, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 5:40 a.m. today regarding a break-in at the 500 block of Northeast Washington Avenue. Further details were not yet available.

BURGLARY WINLOCK

• Deputies were contacted about 4 p.m. on Saturday regarding a 2004 Yamaha ATV, a Stihl chainsaw, a Stihl weed eater as well as a tile saw, stolen from a barn and back porch of a a residence on the 1300 block of Winlock-Vader Road outside of Winlock. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says the thefts occurred at 1 p.m. the day before.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called about 2:10 p.m. on Friday to the 1500 block of Southwest Mills Avenue after the discovery someone used something like a pry bar trying to break into a garage.

DRUGS AND STOLEN MERCHANDISE

• A 29-year-old Tacoma resident was arrested Saturday evening after allegedly shoplifting several hundred dollars worth of clothing from a store on the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia, and being found in possession of an unspecified narcotic drug. Officers responding about 7:10 p.m. booked Sylvia A. Carillo into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OOPS

• A call on Saturday evening regarding a missing $1,000 snow board led to a 40-year-old Tacoma man who said he’d accidentally taken the wrong board home from the White Pass Ski Resort. Surveillance video showed the person and their vehicle the board went home with, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When a deputy spoke with the man, he said he would return it the next day, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. However, the report is being forwarded to prosecutors for a possible charge of second-degree theft, according to Brown.

SUBJECT WANTED FOR CELL PHONE THEFT

• Centralia police reported they are looking for a suspect who allegedly forcibly took a cell phone from a former girlfriend. The incident reported about 11:30 a.m. on Friday from the 100 block of Barner Drive in Centralia is labeled as a second-degree robbery, according to the Centralia Police.

TEEN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM FAMILY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning an 18-year-old jailed late last week for first-degree theft in connection with allegedly stealing from his grandmother is now suspected of stealing more than $30,000 worth of valuables from other relatives over the past two years. Dillan G. Gleason of Chehalis was arrested on Thursday and when his grandmother went to pick up his vehicle from the courthouse parking lot so it wouldn’t be towed, she discovered various previously missing property in the car, such as a wedding ring, a Tiffany charm bracelet and an Apple iPad, according to the sheriff’s office. The three new victims told a deputy also stolen since July of 2012 from their home on Southeast Prospect Avenue in Chehalis, are a large sum of money, a Chanel handbag and more, according to sheriff’s office. Gleason denied taking most of it but faces a new charge of first-degree theft, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about noon on Saturday after an individual said they came out of the Lewis County Mall on Northeast Hampe Way to see their Ford Ranger being driven away. The vehicle was subsequently located and the case remains under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone got into an unlocked vehicle on Southwest Second Street in Chehalis and stole a child’s LeapPad, an electronic educational device, according to a report made to police about 7:15 a.m. today.

• Police were called about a vehicle prowl around 11 a.m. on Saturday at the 1200 block of Sunset Way in Centralia. Missing were CDs and sunglasses, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police took a report of medication stolen from a vehicle at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia around 12:15 p.m. on Friday.

• A vehicle prowl was reported about 12:20 p.m. from the 400 block of South Silver Street in Centralia in which someone removed CDs and unspecified paperwork from an unlocked vehicle.

SCAREY SOUND

• Chehalis police called just before 9 p.m. on Friday about a loudly hissing animal outside near the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard were unable to locate the source of the noise.

COLLISION

• Police were called just before 1 p.m. on Friday to a report a child on a bicycle was struck by a car in Chehalis, in the area of Southeast Sixth Street and Market Boulevard. Further details were not readily available.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault, possession of a dangerous weapon, trespass, disorderly conduct; responses for alarms, disputes, counterfeit bills, a bruise left on a child from some sort of punishment, shoplifting and other theft, including a 49-year-old Mossyrock man accused of stealing cat food from Wal-Mart, a vehicle driving away from  a gas station before removing the fuel nozzle from their car, collisions on city streets, a 2002 Jaguar XJS wrecked in a ditch outside of Randle, a deer jumping in front of a car in Onalaska … and more.

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News brief: Winlock barn burns

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 11:22 am
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A Saturday fire in Winlock consumes a large barn. / Courtesy photo by Kalli Dawes

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Four fire departments responded to a barn fire in Winlock on Saturday night, a blaze which occurred while its owner was out of town.

The cause is under investigation.

A deputy traveling along the 200 block of Tennessee Road  spotted the fire shortly after 8 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Lewis County Fire DIstrict 15 Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said the large two-story structure was fully involved in flames and there were exploding propane tanks and a recreational vehicle involved. Anderson wasn’t there, and said an engine arriving from Napavine handled incident command.

According to the sheriff’s office, two individuals who were house sitting for the owner were at the scene, and some chickens perished.

Anderson said he believed Red Cross was was contacted to assist one displaced person, but had no further details.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown described the loss as more than $10,000. It wasn’t immediately clear what the barn contained.

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Pe Ell’s town marshal pleads not guilty to driving under the influence

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 9:31 pm
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Anthony Corder’s continued employment as Pe Ell’s town marshal is uncertain, so he qualifies for a public defender, according to lawyer.

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By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Handcuffed and clad in green striped jail garb, Pe Ell’s town Marshal Anthony K. Corder was told by a judge he may not drink alcohol or go into bars or taverns.

And that he is subject to random breath tests while his case is pending.

The 27-year-old who was newly hired by the mayor of the tiny West Lewis County town, with no previous experience in law enforcement, took a seat at the defendant’s table in Lewis County District Court yesterday, less than 12 hours after he was arrested for driving drunk.

In his patrol car.

A plea of not guilty was entered for him and Judge Michael Roewe said he would be released on his own recognizance.

Temporary defense attorney Bob Schroeter told Roewe the marshal has never had a charge of any kind before.

“He left the U.S. Marine Corps, serving our country, in 2013,” Schroeter said. “Also doing a tour in Afghanistan.”

Corder’s part time pay of $1,500 a month qualifies him for a court appointed lawyer, according to Schroeter. And, his continued employment is uncertain, Schroeter told the judge.

Corder is the sole officer in the town with 630 inhabitants.

His position is so new, he’s been commissioned by the mayor as top law officer in town, but he’s not yet attended the training academy.

Corder was not on duty when he was reportedly observed by a sheriff’s deputy driving his Crown Victoria through town, with its headlights off.

Exactly where he’d been or where he was going wasn’t revealed by the police report, but when he spoke with three deputies – smelling strongly of alcohol and slurring his words – he readily admitted the situation, according to the report.

“Yes, I did do that, I made a mistake there,” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeffrey Humphrey documented in his report.

Deputy M. Mohr, who took over the investigation at that point, noted the marshal’s .45 caliber pistol was taken out of the police car, and the car was turned over to Mayor Spencer Nichols.

Corder underwent field sobriety tests in the parking lot of the Texaco on Pe Ell’s Main Street, where he performed poorly and blew a .235 on the portable breath test around 2 a.m.

He was cooperative, but was taken to the Lewis County Jail, where he was processed and booked, according to Mohr.

The legal limit of an alcohol concentration is .08 when driving.

Corder’s contact with sheriff’s deputies in Pe Ell came about because 911 got a phone call from his ex-girlfriend who said he’d been calling her, saying he was going to shoot himself as well as burn her house down, Mohr wrote in his report.

Ebonnie Meyer told Mohr over the phone her ex was highly intoxicated and gets that way when drinking, according to Mohr.

It may not have been the first time the marshal mixed alcohol and his new job.

Meyer said she didn’t know where Corder was, but the last time he called her while he was drunk, he was in his city office where he subsequently passed out, according to the report.

It was about 1 a.m. on Friday when sheriff’s deputies headed to Pe Ell to find him.

Deputy Humphrey described seeing the town’s patrol vehicle driving with its lights off on Second Street, on Pe Ell Avenue and down an alley behind the Texaco station.

He saw it park in front of a residence in the trailer park there where a male got out and went inside, Humphrey wrote.

Humphrey contacted Corder via cell phone and Corder stumbled over the to the gas station to speak with them, according to the police reports.

According to Humphrey, when asked what was going on with his girlfriend, Corder said he was upset because she’d given his extra car key to a repo company and it got taken away.

He denied repeatedly planning to kill himself, saying if he’d wanted to do that, he’d have done it in Afghanistan, according to Humphrey.

The police reports don’t make any mention the deputies pursued any further the ex-girlfriend’s contention the marshal was suicidal.

Once back at the jail, after Corder spoke on the phone with a lawyer, and then just after 4 a.m., consented to be tested on the breath alcohol machine but declined to answer further questions, according to Mohr.

The readings came back as .184 and .186, according to the report.

Mayor Nichols didn’t return phone calls seeking information about Corder’s job status on Friday.

It was just about seven months ago when Deputy Humphrey was arrested by a trooper for driving under the influence. The 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office was demoted and his continued employment was tied to the conditions imposed by the court.

And in January, another sheriff’s deputy, with six years on the job, was arrested in Centralia for DUI. Chris Fulton quit two weeks later.

Both of them were driving their personal vehicles.

Driving under the influence is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to $10,250 in monetary penalties, according to attorney Schroeter.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Luke Stanton said Corder’s next court date, a pre-trial hearing, is not yet scheduled but likely would take place in four to six weeks.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

WANTED MAN FOUND IN RIVER

• A 32-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday afternoon following a search in the area of Rotary Riverside Park in Centralia when police located him hiding under some brush in the Skookumchuck River, according to the Centralia Police Department. Members of the department’s special Anti-Crime Team went to the King Oscar Motel on Eckerson Road looking for Dana M. Johnson in connection with a previous search warrant, according to police. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said Johnson was leaving when they arrived and officers spent more than two hours attempting to locate him. He had been staying at the motel, and police found drugs there, included more than 55 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of heroin, according to Reichert. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

BURGLARY

• An 18-year-old Chehalis area resident was arrested last night in connection with a burglary reported a few days ago by his grandfather at the 100 block of Alderwood Drive where they both live, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said stolen property was recovered and Dillan G. Gleason was booked into the Lewis County jail for first-degree theft.

• Chehalis police were called to a burglary at the 600 block of Northwest St. Helens Avenue about 6:30 p.m. yesterday in which an Apple iPad was among the valuables missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A deputy took a report from the 400 block of Ingalls Road west of Centralia yesterday where gas cans and a chain saw went missing from a shop sometime between  last Friday and Monday. The loss is about $700, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

FRAUD

• A 35-year-old Chehalis man called police yesterday evening after discovering someone charged $800 on his credit card for a roundtrip airline ticket between Virginia and Connecticut, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 5:20 a.m. today to the 1700 block of Sunset Way in Centralia where someone rummaged through four parked vehicles.

• Someone got into a duffel bag inside an unlocked vehicle at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis and took about $45, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

WRECKS

• A collision between a semi truck and a car last night on Interstate 5 north of Centralia ended with no injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority. It happened in the northbound lanes just after 9 p.m.  north of milepost 83 and appeared the passenger vehicle just “touched” the big rig’s front wheel, according to  Fire Capt. Tim Adolphsen.

• Firefighters were called about 6 p.m. yesterday to a single-vehicle rollover wreck on state Route 507 just beyond Schaeffer Park in north Centralia. The driver had gotten himself out of his pickup truck and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked out, according to Riverside Fire Authority. “He really didn’t want to go, but we talked him into it, as a precaution,” Fire Capt. Tim Adolphsen said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, trespass; responses for alarm, misdemeanor theft; complaint of neighbor’s very loud television … and more.

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News brief: Four-year-old Chehalis drive-by shooting case revived

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A former Chehalis resident serving 160 years in prison for participating in shooting up an inhabited trailer in Yakima County in what was described as a gang-related retaliatory attack is back in Lewis County, to face charges in a 2010 drive-by shooting on Southwest William Street in Chehalis.

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Andrew Morales-Loberg

Andrew Morales-Loberg was a 19-year-old wanted but never captured in connection with an incident in which someone in a red Chevrolet Blazer fired a round from a pistol that struck a parked vehicle while people were in the area of a residence.

Authorities described the suspects as LVL members and the shooting as related to a debt owed to somebody called “Candy man”. The alleged target was Rolando Carrillo Cruz, who later got in trouble for firing at individuals who came to his Centralia apartment complex on Ash Street.

A $500,000 arrest warrant was issued for Morales-Loberg in the Chehalis case. He and others were jailed in Yakima County shortly after the March 2011 incident there, convicted and then sentenced in October 2012

It appears he was brought from Clallam Bay Corrections Center today to the Lewis County Jail to go before a judge.
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For background, read “Last suspect from summer 2010 drive-by shooting in Chehalis now accounted for” from Wednesday October 3, 2012, here

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Sheriff: Pe Ell’s marshal jailed for driving police car under the influence

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:21 am

Updated at 10:45 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The new town marshal for Pe Ell was arrested overnight for driving drunk, in Pe Ell, in his patrol vehicle.

Marshal Anthony K. Corder’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he was processed at the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

He was booked into the facility this morning, Sheriff Steve Mansfield said.

“He was very polite, very cooperative, upset that he put us in the position to have to do this,” Sheriff Mansfield said. “He didn’t give us any problems.”

Corder was hired recently by the mayor of the small West Lewis County town.

The 27-year-old just out of the military had no prior law enforcement experience and has not yet attended the training academy but did have police powers already, according to the sheriff’s office.

It happened about 2 o’clock this morning.

He apparently was not on duty, as he was wearing civilian clothes, according to the sheriff’s office.

But he was driving a fully marked police car, equipped with all his various police gear, including his duty weapon which the sheriff’s office confiscated, Mansfield said.

It came about because deputies were dispatched about 1:08 a.m., advised there was a possibly suicidal subject and it could be the marshal who might be intoxicated, according to the sheriff’s office.

When he was contacted however, there were no indications of him being suicidal, only that he’d been drinking, according to Mansfield.

The sheriff had no further details about that aspect, suggesting its possible the caller said something that was not true.

Mansfield gave the following account: A responding deputy spotted a car driving around town with its headlights off and when it pulled in front of a house, its driver got out and went inside. The deputy asked dispatch to have the marshal call him and then come outside which he did, Mansfield said.

Corder’s blood alcohol level was measured at .186 and .184, according to Mansfield.

“It’s very concerning,” Mansfield said. “Number one, I hope this young man gets some help, but until he gets his life straightened out or something, he doesn’t need to be working law enforcement in Lewis County or anywhere else.”

Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said the arrest occurred at the 500 block of North Main Street and that Corder is a Pe Ell resident, but it’s not clear whose home he was at.

He is the town’s only law enforcement officer.

The sheriff’s office will respond to emergency calls in Pe Ell, as they do in all the small towns when no one else is available, and then send the town a bill, according to Mansfield.

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New fire chief may be old fire chief, Mike Kytta

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Assistant Fire Chief Rick Mack made it plain he doesn’t have his sights set on a promotion with the departure of the chief of Riverside Fire Authority.

Mack, one of two assistant chiefs serving under Jim Walkowski, last night offered a lengthy discourse about the leadership his co-worker, Assistant Chief Mike Kytta, has shown over more than a decade.

His praise came during a gathering with the decision makers, the Centralia area fire department’s board of commissioners. The special meeting was held to talk about what’s next, following Walkowski’s resignation last week. Walkowski was absent, out of town at a conference.

“I believe, based on his demonstrated selflessness, Chief Kytta is the right person for the job,” Mack said told the board. “I’ll continue to serve alongside him as long as you’ll have me.”

Facing a steeply declining budget, the organization has cut firefighter positions and was poised to trim the trio of top officers down to two, when the chief took a position last week in the Spokane area. He will remain at Riverside through the end of this month.

Mack pointed out that 11 years ago, they were two separate agencies; the Centralia Fire Department and its neighbor that protected areas surrounding the city, Lewis County Fire District 12.

It was an idea presented by Kytta, then chief of District 12, to begin working together in ways so, for example, a fire truck the city wouldn’t have to drive all the way west to answer a call across the street from District 12′s station, a truck from District 12 would go instead, Mack described.

It was around the same time, an agreement was put into place with the private ambulance service AMR that allowed the scheduling of two paramedic-staffed ambulances on duty at all times, Mack said, an arrangement he said has worked well.

When Centralia’s fire chief retired, an interim chief was hired who recruited Walkowski to head up the combined organization, Mack went on.

Kytta could have, but didn’t didn’t, seek the top job, Mack indicated.

Kytta didn’t respond directly to the public recommendation, but later indicated he wouldn’t turn it down.

“If they want to talk with me about that, I’d be honored to talk with them,” he said.

The hour long session at the fire station on Harrison Avenue included an appeal from union president Riverside Firefighter Rick LeBoeuf to make clear as quickly as possible who would be chief, and what size next year’s budget would be.

The board heard Kytta lay out some of the issues and challenges he sees. The group spoke of the importance of making sure citizens understand the specifics – sooner rather than later – of why they will ask for a new kind of levy in August.

Board member Mike Tomasheck indicated the board could choose its chief at its next meeting, saying he’s asked for its agenda to include an executive session.

Riverside Fire Authority, which protects a population of 28,000 spanning more than 180 square miles in and around Centralia, last year operated with a budget of $4.6 million. This year it’s $3.9 million.

The primary reason for the reduction is related to the fairly sudden change in taxes contributed by TransAlta’s power plant, as it winds down coal burning operations; changes that will affect all the junior taxing districts in its geographical area.

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For background, read “Centralia area fire department facing lean times” from Sunday April 6, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm

POLICE PURSUE, DETAIN SUICIDAL MAN

• An attempt to track down a distraught, suicidal Centralia man yesterday morning ended about two hours later with a police chase up Harrison Avenue, a patrol vehicle tapping his moving truck to stop it and another officer talking the armed man out of shooting himself. Centralia police were called about 9:20 a.m. to assist the sheriff’s office in finding the subject who resides on Blanchard Road, according to authorities. Police say when they did locate him, he had a handgun, was threatening to kill himself, and refused to comply with officer’s orders before he fled in his vehicle. The pursuit ended near Kuper Road, according to the sheriff’s office. It was shortly after 11 a.m. when the 53-year-old man was taken into custody and aid was asked to transport him to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. He was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 10:20 a.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary to a home at the 200 block of West Second Street.

LOST AND FOUND

• A purse was found near the front of a home on the 100 Southwest 17th Street in Chehalis and turned into police yesterday. It contained no identification, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “If anyone lost a purse, call, describe and claim,” department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, numerous individuals for driving under the influence; responses for misdemeanor theft;  complaint of barking dog; concern about three little boys on big skateboards who might get hit by a car … and more.

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News brief: Tenino resident booked for grocery holdup

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An image on surveillance video shared by the news media led to tip this morning to Crime Stoppers resulting in the arrest of a 30-year-old suspect for last week’s armed robbery of a Tenino grocery store.

Deputies at about 10 o’clock today took Gregory E. Corbin into custody, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin reports when detectives located Corbin, they also found evidence connecting him to last Thursday’s hold up at the Whistle Stop, and says he confessed.

Corbin was booked into the Thurston County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to Elwin.

Corbin is expected to appear in court tomorrow, Elwin said.

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Breaking news: 911 phone lines down statewide

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:01 am

Updated at 6:28 a.m.: Service has been restored to Lewis County; citizens are advised they may call directly to 911 now if they have an emergency.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 911 service outage is affecting Lewis County and all of Washington.

For emergencies, the public is advised to call the business phone number of the dispatch center for the area in which they live. In Lewis County, that number is 1-360-740-1105.

It’s not clear what caused it or when it might be restored but it’s widespread, according to Lewis County Director of Central Services Mike Strozyk.

“Well, they’re down in the entire state, maybe also in eastern Idaho and northern Oregon,” Strozyk said. “It may be a switching problem in Oregon, according to Century Link.”

The problem began here a little before 1 o’clock this morning, he said.

Locally, they’ve asked all the fire departments around the county to be staffed, in case anyone walks in needing help, according to Strozyk.

They’ve notified other agencies such as law enforcement, he said.

Strozyk said the communications center has implemented its procedures for such a situation and has been processing calls through the night via its business number.

“We’re just waiting to hear more on a timeline for repairs, or when it’s reactivated,” Strozyk said about 4 o’clock this morning.

The Lewis County 911 Center in Chehalis answers emergency calls and dispatches emergency services to all cities, towns and areas throughout the county.

The business line for Thurston County is 360-704-2740. For Cowlitz County, the number is 360-577-3098.

Jennifer Ducummon, public education coordinator for Lewis County 911, provided a link to a website for a public safety communications organization showing business phone numbers for all around the state.

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For more, read “CenturyLink service glitch blocks 911 calls” from The Seattle Times on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 6:59 .m., here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

Updated at 2:11 p.m.

CENTRALIA DOMESTIC DISPUTE: ‘AND THE FIGHT WAS ON’

• A 71-year-old Centralia wife who allegedly threw hot coffee on a police officer and punched a second officer in the face was jailed yesterday following a morning response to an apartment building on the 700 block of South Tower Avenue. Officers were called about 11:10 a.m. because she had locked her husband out of the home and they were assisting him in getting back inside, according to the Centralia Police Department. When one officer put his arm through an opening in the kitchen window to reach the latch on the door, Dorothy A. Diacon grabbed his arm, which he pulled back out, police said. Then she tossed coffee through the window onto the officer, prompting another officer to kick open the front door, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. The woman allegedly punched and slapped the second officer, and she was punched back, Reichert said. “The wresting match was on; she was Tasered, with a ‘drive stun’, not the probes,” Reichert said. Diacon, who he described as medium height and more than 200 pounds, was taken into custody, arrested for two counts of third-degree assault, he said. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail and is scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon.

DISPUTE TURNS FELONIOUS IN CHEHALIS

• A 19-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday following a fight with his 17-year-old pregnant girlfriend in which he allegedly threw her down and wouldn’t let her leave a bedroom or their apartment. Officers called around 3:20 p.m. about the incident at the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court were told the young woman hit him to get away and went to a family member to call 911, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Andres F. Santiago was booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful imprisonment, according to police. Exactly how long she was prevented from leaving their home beforehand wasn’t clear, but detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said he didn’t believe it amounted to hours. She wasn’t injured but was medically examined because of the pregnancy involved, Wilson said. Santiago is being released from jail with no charges filed pending further investigation.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Someone broke into a home on the 600 block of Coal Creek Road outside Chehalis yesterday and made off with a camera, a laptop computer, jewelry and various other property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called late yesterday afternoon learned the burglary occurred during the daylight hours, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said the loss from the stolen property and damage was about $2,000.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Toledo resident was arrested for possession of opiates following a traffic stop on Prairie Road in Chehalis yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Alex A. Schon was a passenger in the vehicle and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarms; complaints of a drunk on a bicycle in someone else’s yard, canine chasing an individual and his dog while out on a walk, someone shooting birds at the Chehalis-Centralia Airport, a driverless semi truck idling in the middle of South Market Boulevard … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Updated at 3:34 p.m.

THEY BITE IN MOSSYROCK TOO

• A 24-year-old Mossyrock woman was bit in the arm while trying to break up a fight between her boyfriend and her ex-boyfriend, who allegedly barged into her home overnight, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responding about 3 o’clock this morning to the residence she shares with her mother on the 100 block of state Route 122 were told James W. McMillion, 36, showed up and first tried to get inside by breaking a back window, according to the sheriff’s office. She opened the front door to tell him to leave and McMillion shoved past her and began hitting her new boyfriend, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. That’s when the young woman tried to intervene and McMillion bit her, according to Brown. The new boyfriend, whose name was not released, sustained an injury to his forehead when he head butted McMillion, Brown said. McMillion then left, but was located not far away near his vehicle. Brown said he tried to kick and head butt deputies. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for resisting arrest, two counts of misdemeanor assault and burglary, according to the sheriff’s office.

BROKEN JAW

• Centralia police are investigating an incident that may have occurred on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue on Saturday night that left a male with a broken jaw and nose. Officers were advised yesterday by the victim of the assault and his injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details will be available as the investigation proceeds, according to police.

LITTLE ONE HURT

• An officer was called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday by a mother who said her 5-year-old was assaulted by another child at the playground on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis. No police action will taken against the 7-year-old, as it’s a parental issue when it involves children that young, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Detective Sgt. Gary WIlson indicated since no report was written, further details were unavailable and he didn’t know the extent of the injury, but said a photo he viewed  suggested what looked like a black eye.

FRAUD

• Centralia police responded yesterday morning to a report from an individual at the 1900 block of North Pearl Street regarding a fake check they received after conducting an online sale. The payment for the unspecified item came from a buyer in another state, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just after 1:30 p.m. yesterday after the discovery by a woman from her bank that it held two accounts in her name. She told the bank, and police, she had only one account, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police don’t know who created the phantom account at the Centralia business.

THEFT OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

• UPS confirmed the date they delivered to the 1300 block of Rose Street in Centralia, but the theft victim didn’t receive the package of medication, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department about 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Someone signed for the package, which contained Oxycontin, according to police.

ARREST FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS

• A deputy responding to a report of suspicious activity at the 300 block of Haliday Road at about 1:15 p.m. yesterday encountered three subjects cutting the windshield out of a Honda and learned the car and a deer had collided, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It wasn’t an accident required to be reported, but after checking the information on the individuals, the deputy found one was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant and it turned out he had suspected methamphetamine on him, according to the sheriff’s office. Christopher L. Lee, 25, of Rochester, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

POT TALK: CENTRALIA ADVISED TO ALLOW THE BUSINESSES, OR TABLE ISSUE

• City officials in Centralia are scheduled to talk, again, tonight about whether to allow recreational marijuana businesses within the city limits, and the rules that would govern them. City staff are recommending the council either vote to approve a drafted ordinance, or table the issue further by extending a moratorium. They are suggesting that council members should not vote against the proposal nor should the council declare an outright prohibition, according to a memo from Emil Pierson, the director of community development. The ongoing issue arose following the passage in November 2012 of Initiative 502, allowing such enterprises for the first time, legally, in Washington state. The city rejected an ordinance earlier this year, but since then an opinion issued by the state Attorney General’s Office indicated municipalities are free to ban marijuana business within their boundaries. However, according to Pierson, the state Liquor Control Board announced that would not prevent it from issuing permits in those places. As a consequence, municipalities would be forced to deal with any legal actions that may come from a business inside the city limits which is licensed by the state but disallowed by the city, Pierson advises. The proposed ordinance limits siting of retailers, processors or producers to certain zoning districts, but the copy of Pierson’s memo distributed to news media doesn’t include a map illustrating where those locations are. The city council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Centralia City Hall.

DEER WRECK

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was hospitalized after the driver of the car in which he was traveling swerved to miss a deer, causing the vehicle to roll over two times along U.S. Highway 12 about four miles west of Oakville this morning. Troopers called just after 7:30 a.m. found the 2002 Acura RSX on its top and totaled. Zachary C. Cline, 27, was transported to Summit Pacific Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol.  The driver, Jessica D. Towns, 23, from Elma, was reportedly uninjured. Both had been seat belted in, according to the state patrol. The roadway was partially blocked or about an hour. The car was impounded.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarms, found wallet, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, a 13-year-old boy who allegedly pulled up a loose tile from his cell at the juvenile detention center; complaint of a car following too closely behind other motorists; request for help making a roommate to move out … and more.

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Breaking news: Pot, money, stolen in Oakville hold up

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Updated at 2:58 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An Oakville co-op for medical marijuana was robbed this morning by two men in ski masks prompting a multi-agency response and a lockdown of the school.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said a search of the area has been completed and the pair were not found.

Investigators are still on scene attempting to develop additional suspect information, according to Shumate.

It happened at the Green Harbour Medical Marijuana Co-Op on the 100 block of East Pine Street; its owner called 911 just before 9:15 a.m.

“The owner advised that he had just opened for business when the two men came up behind him and stuck something in his back,” the sheriff’s office stated in a news release. ”The owner believed the object was possibly a gun however never did see a firearm.”

The subjects ordered the 47-year-old man to retrieve money and marijuana from a safe and then they fled northbound on foot, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim was not injured.

The amount of cash and marijuana products stolen was not revealed by authorities.

Numerous law enforcement agencies assisted in the attempt to find the men, including officers with Chehalis Tribal Police, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and the SP, and Elma Police Department. A police dog with Thurston County police dog was unable to develop a track, according to Shumate.

Shumate indicated they are hoping to get images from security cameras but it appears the room in which the robbery occurred had no surveillance.

The sheriff’s office believes the robbers specifically targeted the marijuana business.

Shumate asks anyone with information to please call Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765 or the Sheriff’s Department at 360-249-3711.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm

GIRL FIGHT GETS REAL

• Talking smack about a teenage girl’s family on Facebook led to an online dispute and then a real one yesterday in Centralia. Police called about 5:48 p.m. to the 2200 block of Cooks Hill Road were told by a 14-year-old girl that a 17-year-old girl had made disparaging comments about her relatives, so she did it back to her. The younger teen said as she was headed to a friend’s place, a vehicle pulled up, the older girl leapt out and slapped her several times, according to the Centralia Police Department. The injuries were minor, but a case of possible misdemeanor assault remains under investigation, according to police.

INTRUDER BIT BY BROTHER, POLICE DOG, THEN JAILED

• One adult brother is jailed and the other faces possible arrest for misdemeanor assault after a Saturday night fight inside an Onalaska home that included the older man allegedly biting his younger sibling three times. Deputies called about 8:15 p.m. to the 100 block of Hogue Road learned that 32-year-old Luke U. Hall showed up at the residence, even though a permanent protection order prohibits him from going there, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. His brother, Bow F. Hall, 34, told him to leave and punched him twice in the face trying to make home go, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said Bow went into a bedroom to phone 911 and his brother piled up furniture outside the door. Furniture was broken, wrestling ensued and the biting occurred before Bow fled to a neighbor’s and Luke took to the woods, according to Brown. A deputy and his K-9 partner subsequently located Luke, who reportedly resisted the canine as well as deputies. Luke Hall was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be treated for dog bite wounds to his hand, shoulder and upper arm before he was booked into the Lewis County Jail for violating the order, Brown said. The sheriff’s office is asking prosecutors to charge him with resisting arrest and malicious mischief as well, she said. The sheriff’s office is also recommending that Bow Hall be charged with fourth-degree assault, Brown said. The victim connected with the protection order, a 61-year-old woman, was not present during the melee.

REPORT FROM OUTSIDE JAIL LANDS ONE BACK INSIDE

• A 29-year-old homeless woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing tires of a vehicle belonging to a former significant other following an incident reported about 9:40 a.m. on Saturday at the 300 block of Southwest Third Avenue. Jessica M. Corporan, from Chehalis, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Around 4 p.m. yesterday after she was released, Corporan called 911 to report her boyfriend had pulled a knife on her, however an officer concluded that didn’t happen, according to police. She was located outside the jail, where she was arrested for having violated a no contact order, and was walked back into the facility where she was booked again, detective Sg. Gary Wilson said.

FIREARM MISSING AFTER BURGLARY

• Sometime between 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8 o’clock the following morning, someone got into a 93-year-old Vader man’s home on the 400 block of 10th Street and stole his 38 Smith and Wesson revolver, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

HANDBAGS STOLEN

• Police were called about 3:35 p.m. yesterday to a residence on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis where a woman reported someone had made off with medication, her purse and it contents.

• Centralia police took a report about 4:30 p.m. yesterday about a purse missing after it was left inside the bathroom of a business on the 200 block of South Pearl Street.

TAX FILING FRAUD

• Chehalis police took a report on Friday from a parent with children who attend St. Joseph School that their tax return was rejected from the IRS because one had already been filed in their name. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said it may be related to the issues involving the apparent data breach at the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.

ATTEMPTED THEFT

• Centralia police responding about 1:35 p.m. yesterday regarding an individual seen inside a fenced area at the 600 block of Harrison Avenue and apparently attempting to to take items which did not belong to him arrested a 22-year-old Centralia resident for second-degree burglary. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was James V. Mitchell, according to the Centralia Police Department. Prosecutors declined to file charges.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 6:45 p.m. on Friday from an individual who said while they were at parked outside the theater at the Lewis County Mall on the 100 block of Northeast Hampe Way, someone attempted to get into their vehicle, damaging a lock. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just after 9 a.m. on Friday from an individual who said while he was parked on the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue outside of the ABHS drug and alcohol treatment center, someone got into his vehicle and stole medication.

DRUGS

• Morton police report this morning they arrested a 50-year-old Onalaska man last Thursday night for possession of methamphetamine. Officers conducted a traffic stop about 9:20 p.m. in the area of Collar Avenue and First Street leading to the arrest of Dale D. Carter, according to the Morton Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violations, shoplifting; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, misdemeanor domestic assault, stolen bicycle, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft … and more.