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State supreme court questions Judge Hunt’s amenability to considering mitigating evidence in drive-by case

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 8:10 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Washington State Supreme Court issued an opinion yesterday disqualifying a local judge from presiding over a resentencing that has twice been ordered in a drive-by shooting committed by a former Centralia High School student at age 16.

Guadalupe Solis-Diaz Jr. is serving a nearly 93 year sentence imposed by Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt.

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Guadalupe Solis-Diaz Jr.

In 2012, the Washington State Court of Appeals ordered the local court to conduct a new hearing, referencing various matters that it believed should have been handled more thoroughly, given the defendant was a juvenile. In 2014, Judge Hunt held the hearing, criticizing the appeals court decision calling some of their conclusions insulting and ludicrous.

He sentenced Solis-Diaz for the second time to 1,111 months in prison.

The case grew out of an incident in the summer of 2007.

Solis-Diaz Jr. was arrested after gunfire was sprayed along the east side of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, missing six bar patrons. Witnesses testified it was gang-related. Solis-Diaz maintained he was innocent.

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Judge Nelson Hunt

He was tried as an adult and convicted of multiple offenses, including one count of first-degree assault committed with a firearm for each bullet that was fired.

The six assault counts were ordered to be served consecutively and each carried a mandatory extra five years because they were committed with a firearm.

Judge Hunt was asked to consider an exceptional sentence downward, but Hunt maintained several reasons why he should not do that.

This past spring, a different three-member panel of the appeals court stated the sentencing court must conduct a meaningful, individualized inquiry into whether Solis-Diaz’s youth should mitigate his sentence. That hearing has yet to be held.

However, they declined to disqualify the sentencing judge and Solis-Diaz went to the Supreme Court about that.

In its opinion issued yesterday the state Supreme Court stated the law requires more than an impartial judge, it requires the judge to also appear to be impartial.

Hunt would be asked to exercise discretion of the propriety of a sentence he has already imposed and, “the record reflects that he not only has strong opinions on sentencing generally and juvenile sentencing in particular, but also suggests he has already reached a firm conclusion about the propriety of a mitigated sentence in this case and may not be amenable to considering mitigating evidence with an open mind,” the court wrote.

Judge Hunt retired last Friday after 12 years on the bench.

The opinion was issued by the court as a whole without a named author.
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For background, read “Former Centralia high school student wins a second appeal of virtual life sentence” from Tuesday May 17, 2016, here

Read the Washington State Supreme Court decision here

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News brief: Former treasurer set to plead guilty in theft case

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The now-former Lewis County social services manager accused in September of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a governmental association in which she served as treasurer is expected to enter a guilty plea next week.

April K. Kelley, 35, was charged with first-degree theft in Lewis County Superior Court following an investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Centralia woman worked at the Lewis County Department of Public Health & Social Services, and in that capacity, served as treasurer for the Association of County Human Services. When a new treasurer took over last year, the books were reviewed and $60,000 to $70,000 was missing, according to the sheriff’s office.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke told a judge today he wanted to schedule a hearing next week for his client to change her plea.

Outside the courtroom, O’Rourke said he’s already delayed for months to go over the documents but Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer wanted to know by today if they were going to trial or if they would settle.

He said he will still need time to prepare for Kelley’s sentencing hearing as the prosecutor is going to recommend a fairly significant sentence.

Her hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday.
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For background, read “Former association treasurer charged with 10 felony counts for alleged dipping into account” from Monday September 26, 2016, here

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Prosecutor: ‘Escort’ connected with Chehalis robbery not part of the scheme

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 4:33 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A woman arrested in mid-November for her alleged role in a rural Chehalis home invasion robbery that followed her visit by invitation through a contact on Backpage.com was released from jail with just a misdemeanor conviction.

Toyleasha J. Greene, 26, was initially charged in Lewis County Superior Court as an accomplice with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and also with first-degree kidnapping as were two men she’d gotten a ride with to Lewis County. The 53-year-old victim was attacked, tied up and pistol whipped by two males, according to authorities.

It happened on April 29 at a home on Logan Hill Road and when he was able to get himself untied, the victim discovered his television and other valuables missing. Two Pierce County men were arrested, charged, pleaded guilty and then sentenced to prison terms this summer.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello said he decided to enter into an agreement with Greene in which she would plead guilty to third-degree theft. Greene admitted stealing the victim’s laptop computer, in an attempt to prevent him and authorities from identifying and finding her, he said.

“Because that’s really what the evidence supported,” Masiello said. “The victim said yeah, that’s what she did, she didn’t involve herself more than that.”

Masiello said Greene did go to the home to meet up with the man, but it seems the plan for robbery was hatched after she went inside.

One of the men told her to leave the door unlocked, but she didn’t, he said. “That’s why they came in through the window,” Masiello said.

Greene was sentenced last Thursday to 364 days in jail with all but 56 days suspended and then released from jail with credit for those days, according to Masiello. She will be on probation for two years.

Samath L. Hem, 23, of Tacoma, who told detectives he drove the three of them to Lewis County in his grandmother’s rented red Charger, was sentenced in August to just over 12 years in prison.

Natrone D. Bostick, 19, of Lakewood, was given a 15-year  sentence in June. The pair were arrested a few days after the robbery for shoplifting at Home Depot in Chehalis and items belonging to the home invasion victim were found in their car.
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For background, read “Second defendant pleads guilty in Chehalis Backpage.com related robbery” from Wednesday August 3, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 9:18 am
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Southwest Cascade Avenue last night. / Courtesy photo by Derrick Paul

Updated at 3:05 p.m.

SNOW AND ICE CHALLENGE LOCAL MOTORISTS

• Chehalis police began yesterday morning with a report from a snow plow driver of 10 cars off the road and into the ditch in the area of the 500 block of Southeast Prospect Street. The Chehalis Fire Department responded for two such incidents related to snow and ice yesterday, including a rollover off Northeast Kresky Avenue. Two people were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after a Volkswagen Bug slid sideways into the back end of a truck parked on Southwest Cascade Avenue near Fifth Street at about 9 p.m., according to the fire department. The 17-year-old driver and his passenger seemed to have escaped serious injuries, but were transported to be checked out, Capt. Kevin Curfman said.

UNWELCOME GUEST

• Centralia police were called about 10:20 p.m. yesterday to the 1900 block of Ahlers Avenue where a woman said her ex-boyfriend showed up, forced his way into her apartment and demanded housing for the night. The 21-year-old suspect reportedly punched her as well, but then fled the home, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers are looking for Nolan R. Bartel, to arrest him for first-degree burglary, according to police.

RESISTING ARREST

• Ruben J. Inman, 26 of Centralia, was arrested and booked on an outstanding felony warrant and for resisting arrest after contact with police at the 100 block of West Alaska Way in Centralia about 11:40 a.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Inman was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

FAKE DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested a 33-year-old homeless person yesterday for possession of a counterfeit controlled substance. Adam T. Kay was booked into the Lewis County Jail following contact with an officer about 2:45 p.m. at the 1400 block of Alexander Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. The substance looked like meth but wasn’t, according to police. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge today.

SENIOR CITIZEN ARRESTED

• A 70-year-old man was arrested yesterday for allegedly not paying for his taxi fare from a casino to Centralia. Police contacted him about 4:20 p.m. at the 1300 block of South Gold Street, issued the citation for third-degree theft to Angelo J. Lester, 70, of Centralia, and then released him pending a court date, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SENIOR CITIZEN STRANDED

• A man who said he is 80 years old and had been standing waiting for a bus for four hours near Wal-Mart called 911 at 10:40 a.m. yesterday after finding out the busses had been cancelled and said he needed a ride back to Centralia, to the “cold weather station,” where he’s been staying because he doesn’t have a home anymore. A Chehalis police officer provided a courtesy transport, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Overnight low temperatures of 30 degrees in Chehalis didn’t get above 32 degrees until after noon time yesterday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for felony assault, warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, patron arriving to the Chehalis library about 1:45 p.m. yesterday to find it was closed, although the front door was open  … and more among 178 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm
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CANINE CHASING COWS GETS SHOT

• A deputy was called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to the 100 Block of Brown Road East where two dogs were chasing three cows on a neighbor’s property. The owner of the livestock ran one of the dogs off but the other dog kept after the cows, two of which were pregnant so owner shot the dog with a 22, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the dog owner was apparently taking his pet to the vet for treatment, and the cow owner did not want the dog owner cited so no enforcement action was taken.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 12:25 p.m. yesterday about the theft of a credit card from the 100 block of Jefferson Street. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to the 500 block of West Main Street in Centralia at 9:45 a.m. yesterday where an individual reported the theft of money and a debit card.

• Chehalis police were called at 3 p.m. yesterday when an individual’s truck was prowled outside a clinic on Bishop Road, including a broken window.

SCAMMER

• An individual called police yesterday from Northeast Hampe Way in Chehalis after receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be with PUD who threatened to shut off their power if they didn’t make a payment.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, shoplifting, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor domestic assault, stranger going through someone’s trash … and more among 140 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Second new Lewis County Superior Court judge sworn in

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm
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Judge-elect Joely O’Rourke introduces her family as she prepares to take oath for new position.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Joely O’Rourke was surrounded with supporters who witnessed the formalities of her transition from attorney to Lewis County Superior Court judge.

The gathering yesterday on the fourth floor of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center was presided over by Judge James Lawler, while newly retired Judge Richard Brosey administered the oath of office.

Retired Lewis County District Court Judge Michael Roewe offered his endorsement of the lawyer he first came to know as a deputy prosecutor in his courtroom in 2009.

Roewe spoke of mentoring O’Rourke, among as many as 60 young new lawyers he came across during his 24 years on the bench.

“Joely immediately stood out in that context,” Roewe said. “She constantly sought feedback to improve her performance.”

The qualities she demonstrated caused him to encourage her to consider running to replace him, but she declined, he said.

O’Rourke won her place in history as the first female superior court judge in the county, in a contested race in November with more than 70 percent of the vote. The term is four years.

The Chehalis resident is married to Centralia-based attorney Shane O’Rourke, who helped her don the black robe after she was sworn in.

Monday’s proceedings were attended by all the Lewis County judicial officials, including Lewis County Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee who was sworn in last week.

When Judge O’Rourke faced the audience, she thanked her parents, her husband, her son, colleagues and others who helped in her journey to the bench.

“I sit before you today, humbled and honored by your faith in me,” she said.

O’Rourke singled out her 11-year-old son Brock who was a trooper, she said, spending his summer walking in parades and knocking on doors as she campaigned.

She thanked Roewe and the other judges who have guided her.

“The three judges and Commissioner Mitchell, each of you encouraged me,” she said. “I also want to thank you for setting the bar so high, I will spend every day the rest of my career feeling challenged.”
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For background, read “Judge-elect O’Rourke secures her place in Lewis County history” from Tuesday November 29, 2016, here

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Now-retired Judge Richard Brosey administers the oath of office to Joely O’Rourke, with her husband Shane O’Rourke.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:29 am
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Updated at 1:22 p.m.

BRANDISHING GUN

• Deputies called to the 100 block of Harold Drive in Chehalis at 6 p.m. yesterday for a verbal dispute were told a firearm had been brandished and upon discovering the subject was ineligible to possess guns, arrested 44-year-old Robert T. Cheney. Cheney was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BRANDISHING PRIVATE PARTS

• An unknown male subject entered a business on the 200 block of North Tower Avenue and exposed himself to an employee before being kicked out of the business, according to a report made to Centralia police just before 4 p.m. yesterday.

BREAK-IN

• Centralia police responded just before 2 a.m. today to the 100 block of East High Street where someone had tried to pry open the back door of a business.

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 1000 block of B Street where during the night, a unknown person entered a detached garage and stole a propane heater, boots, a bar stool and  two Airsoft pistols.

DRUGS

• When police contacted a 27-year-old Centralia woman for allegedly attempting to gain entry to multiple vehicles at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road about 1:35 a.m. today, they found she was in possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department. Roxanne M. Phillips was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

THEFT OF WALLET

• Chehalis police were called to a business on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 11:45 a.m. yesterday after a customer went to pay for her items, realized she had set her wrist wallet down on a shirt rack, went back there and discovered it was gone, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 8:30 p.m. yesterday that someone stabbed the sidewall of a vehicle’s tire causing it to go flat at Center Street and North Tower Avenue.

LOST WALLET, PHONE

• A 67-year-old homeless man called 911 from the lobby of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis about 9:40 a.m. yesterday to report he’d lost his wallet and cell phone. It happened anywhere from the area of state Route 6 to in town, an officer was told. The phone is an LG brand, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND FROM MORTON

• Morton police reported yesterday the owner of a pair of dogs was cited following an incident from a week ago in which the animals reportedly attacked a house cat on a porch in the area of the 500 block of Main Avenue in Morton. The cat did not survive its injuries, according to the Morton Police Department.

TRUCK BURNS

• Firefighters were called about 4 p.m. yesterday to a fully involved in flames utility truck on southbound Interstate 5 just south of the U.S. Highway 12 interchange. The fire was extinguished and nobody was injured, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 137 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: RV fire jumps to garage outside Chehalis

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Four fire departments responded yesterday to the 600 block of Chilvers Road where a fire in a fifth-wheel trailer spread to an adjacent garage and through the attic into a house.

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale, the first on the scene, found the RV fully involved in flames, according to Fire Capt. Casey Beck.

They were joined by members of Lewis County Fire Districts 6 and 5 as well as Riverside Fire Authority in answering the 9:54 a.m. call west of Chehalis, Beck said.

Crews pulled down the ceiling in the garage to make sure all the fire was out, Beck said.

Nobody was hurt but the home sustained smoke damage and the garage will have to be rebuilt, Beck said.

The cause is under investigation.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm
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Updated at 4:26 p.m.

OUT-OF-CONTROL ROOMMATE

• A 31-year-old Chehalis area man was arrested yesterday evening after he allegedly broke the windshield of his roommate’s vehicle and told him if he called the police he would kill him. A deputy responding about 5:30 p.m. to the 200 block of Guerrier Road outside Chehalis spoke to the 72-year-old victim who had fled the home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Corey J. Hickman was found with a laceration on his right hand and another on his left elbow, according to the sheriff’s office. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

OUT-OF-CONTROL TEENAGER

• Police were called to the 200 block of Southwest 11th Street in Chehalis just after 11 a.m. on Friday where a 16-year-old girl allegedly threatened family member with a butcher knife and then threatened to turn the knife on herself. She was taken into custody for second-degree assault and a warrant and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OUT-OF-CONTROL TREATMENT CENTER RESIDENT

• A 25-year-old client at the treatment center on the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis was arrested after he allegedly punched another client in the face, causing his head to hit a wall and causing him to lose consciousness on Friday. An officer responding to the 3:15 p.m. call booked Trevaughn Abernathy of Tacoma into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge and referred the case for Chehalis Municipal Court.

ASSAULT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 6:45 p.m. on Saturday when a 17-year-old girl reported she was punched in the face by an unknown male she refused to “hang with” at the 100 block of South Silver Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: KIDDY PORN

• A woman whose significant other was in the Lewis County Jail called the sheriff’s office on Saturday after she went through his cell phone and found it contained pictures of suspected child porn. Deputies arriving to the 2900 block of U.S. Highway 12 about 8 p.m. took the phone, got a search warrant to look through it and ended up arrested 58-year-old Patrick B. Campbell for eight counts of first-degree possession of child pornography and 24 counts of second-degree possession of child pornography, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

CAT BURGLAR CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called to a restaurant on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue about 6:50 a.m. on Saturday following the discovery of a burglary, in which someone entered from the roof and stole an undetermined amount of cash. Among the evidence collected from the scene were saws, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called just after 1 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a shop building at the 1200 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia. The victim is compiling a list of items stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN RANDLE

• A deputy took a report from the 1700 block of Cline Road in Randle on Thursday morning in which a woman said someone stole approximately 47 Percocet tablets sometime during the previous 24 hours. They got into her home through an unlocked rear entrance, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated t $50.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Someone stole a black flatbed trailer from the 500 block of South Iron Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:50 p.m. on Saturday. The Bulldog brand trailer has a wooden deck and a license plate reading 9546VJ, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 3 p.m. yesterday to the  1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia to take a report of the theft of money.

• Cash was reported stolen from an unattended wallet at a drinking establishment on the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 12:15 a.m. yesterday.

• A 26-year-old woman who allegedly attempted to steal a cartful of merchandise from a store on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis at about 12:20 a.m. on Saturday was subsequently located and arrested for second-degree theft as well as possession of methamphetamine. Diana C. Nelson, from Tumwater, left the cart of goods behind, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She was  but was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• An officer was called just after 9 a.m. on Friday to take a report of medication stolen from the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia the week before.

• A deputy responded about 11:20 a.m. on Friday to the 100 block of Ryan Drive in Chehalis where a woman reported the theft of a John Deere PTO-style fence auger from her property sometime during the previous two weeks. The loss is estimated at $2,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called about 11:50 a.m. on Saturday for a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of South Ash Street in which remote control car parts were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OBSTRUCTING

• A 44-year-old Centralia resident contacted about 2:50 p.m. on Friday at the 400 block of East Plum Street in Centralia and arrested for an outstanding warrant was also arrested for obstructing a public servant after he allegedly lied to the officer about his identity. Patrick J. McCarty was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

KIDS AND WEED

• A call about possible trespassing at the 10 block of Southwest Sixth Street in Chehalis about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday turned up two teenagers allegedly smoking marijuana outside a vacant house. Cases were referred to prosecutors for possession of marijuana for the boys, ages 13 and 14, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police called to the 900 block of Johnson Road about 1:20 p.m. on Friday arrested a juvenile for possession of marijuana. The child was released and the case was referred to prosecutors for charging, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called to White Pass Elementary School on Thursday after students overheard two boys talking about marijuana and ended up referring cases to prosecutors in which allegedly a 12-year-old boy said he received marijuana from a 13-year-old boy, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VANDALISM

• An officer was called just before noon yesterday to Fort Borst Park in Centralia to take a report of a broken window to a vehicle there.

• An officer was called to the 600 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis on Saturday to take a report someone had shattered the front window of a business during the night.

• Police were called just after 10 a.m. on Saturday following the discovery someone had smashed out both driver’s side windows of a car parked parked in front of a home on the 800 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis. Someone also had broken to rear window of a vehicle at the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 25-year-old driver who allegedly struck two parked vehicles with his car was arrested for driving under the influence overnight in Centralia. Police called about 12:07 a.m. today to the 500 block of West Pine Street booked Angel Diaz, 25 of Centralia, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two vehicles wrecked, one right after the other, crossing an icy bridge at the 600 block of Shorey Road outside Chehalis early yesterday morning. Deputies and aid were called about 12:40 a.m. and found a Ford F150 approximately 20 feet off the road, on its side down a small embankment, according to responders. The 72-year-old driver from Chehalis had to be extricated by removing the truck’s windshield, according to Lewis County Fire District 6 and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She had minor chest pain from her seatbelt and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital according to Fire District spokesperson DJ Hammer. The 27-year-old driver of a Jeep Liberty told a deputy he saw the driver of the pickup truck lose control and when he tried to avoid her, he also lost control on the bridge deck, traveling down an embankment on the east side of the road, according to the sheriff’s office. His 14-year-old passenger was reportedly unhurt. Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the 27-year-old Centralia man was taken to Providence via personal vehicle and had X-rays taken for back and leg pain. Both vehicles were totaled, Breen said. District 6 reminds motorists to be cautious about the potential for black ice, especially on less-traveled roads, when temperatures are low.

• A 24-year-old man from Lebam was arrested for driving under the influence after his Subaru Legacy collided with a car sending its 50-year-old driver to Providence Centralia Hospital with neck pain at about 10 a.m. on Sunday in Doty. A deputy called to Elk Creek and Stevens roads contacted Matthew Friese who reportedly acknowledged he had been traveling too fast and couldn’t stop at a stop sign, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Friese’s car was totaled and he was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, restraining order violation, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, beaver running around at an apartment complex; complaint of receiving terrorist-related porn site spam, complaint of “trash all over” near the vehicle that burned up the other day in Chehalis… and more among 456 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Centralia: Teenager dies crossing I-5, wrecks follow

Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm
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A helicopter lands on Interstate 5 to pick up a victim from one of the several crashes in the aftermath of the pedestrian death. / Courtesy photo by Sarah Gee

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 16-year-old girl crossing Interstate 5 on foot to meet friends was killed when she was struck by a passenger vehicle last night in Centralia, according to the Washington State Patrol.

It happened in the southbound lanes south of Mellen Street near the overpass for the new interchange, according to responders.

The state patrol identifies her as Lukah K. Herren, of Toledo.

Firefighters, police and medics responding to the approximately 6:48 p.m. call were soon joined by other responders for a minor wreck just across the freeway and then a serious multi-vehicle collision farther south in the backup.

Interstate 5 was shut down in both directions for a period of time.

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Lukah Kimberly Herren

Trooper Will Finn said Herren died at the scene.

Finn said that he spoke to a sergeant who said the girl tried to cross Interstate 5 to meet some people to get a ride somewhere.

“She was in contact with some friends on the other side of the freeway,” Finn said. “The friends, I don’t know how many there were, were making their way to her side, in a car.”

A brief summary of the incident from the state patrol stated a 2006 Saturn Vue sport utility vehicle was traveling southbound and struck the pedestrian who was in lane two.

The driver of the Saturn, 19-year-old Sandra F. Grubbs of Longview, was reportedly unhurt, but her vehicle was totaled, according to the state patrol. Finn said he didn’t expect any charges to be filed.

He called it an unfortunate incident.

Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Rob Gebhart said a passenger car and a truck collided in the northbound lanes very close to the same area a few minutes after the call for the pedestrian, but resulted in only minor injuries.

Just before 7:30 p.m. farther south in the northbound lanes, a collision involving a semi truck and at least four other vehicles left one of those drivers pinned in his car, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

That driver, in his 30s, was extricated and then airlifted with suspected serious and internal injuries, according to RFA Capt. Scott Weinert. A helicopter landed on the freeway to pick him up and take him to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, according to the state patrol.

Two other victims in other vehicles were treated and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Weinert.

Trooper Finn said the state patrol had been getting calls of the 2006 Freightliner driving erratically, and it failed to slow for the stopped traffic. Its driver was evaluated by a drug recognition expert, found to be impaired and was arrested, he said.

A service dog in one of the involved cars was killed, Finn said.

The southbound lanes weren’t reopened until just before 9:30 p.m. according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The northbound lanes were not cleared until just before 3 o’clock this morning, according to WSDOT.
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CORRECTION: This news story has been updated to reflect that the state patrol revised its brief summary about what the pedestrian was doing from ” … struck the pedestrian who was standing in lane two” to “… struck the pedestrian who was in lane two.”

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The northbound lanes near milepost 80 are closed with a multiple vehicle wreck. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm
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Homeless man loses everything when his car catches fire in Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Nancy Spain

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CAR-HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE

• Firefighters responding just before 11 a.m. yesterday to reports of a fire and explosions found a car fully involved in flames off Southwest Chehalis Avenue down from the Lewis County Jail and Darigold, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. It’s owner had spent the night in the vehicle and gone into the Lewis County Gospel Mission to get some breakfast, Fire Capt. Casey Beck said. “The gentleman was living in the car, and as you can imagine, it was pretty well packed with his belongings,” Beck said. The fire captain said the car’s owner had made some sort of heater to keep warm during the night and he suspected that was related to the fire. The explosions heard were likely aerosol cans. Beck said.

THEFT OF SANDWICH

• A 24-year-old man who allegedly tried to steal a sandwich and vehicle oil from Wal-Mart yesterday ended up getting arrested for attempting to elude. Police were notified about 4:20 p.m. and caught up with the suspect car on Main Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The driver attempted to flee but slid up onto a sidewalk and came to rest next to a wall at Northwest Quincy Place and Prindle Street, according to police. Darin M. McKinley was booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding and a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and faces potential charges also for driving with a suspended license and third-degree theft, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

THEFT OF COAT

• Someone stole a jacket from a garage on the 1100 block of F Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 6 p.m. yesterday. It was a camouflage coat, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STOLEN CAR ABANDONED

• Chehalis police called about 10:40 a.m. yesterday regarding a suspicious vehicle which had been parked at the corner of Sixth Street and Washington Avenue for awhile discovered the silver 2016 Honda Accord with Oregon license plates had been stolen out of Longview. It was impounded, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 9:50 p.m. yesterday for a car prowl at the parking lot on the 2100 block of Southwest Woodland Circle. The front passenger window had been broken and a purse taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WARRANT ARREST

• Anthony P. Burleson, 20 of Centralia, was arrested for an outstanding warrant as well as identity theft and providing false information when contacted about 12:30 p.m. yesterday at the 1600 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia. Burleson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 39-year-old Rochester man was arrested after a traffic stop about 9:25 p.m. yesterday on southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis. James C. Cunning didn’t have identification but said his license was suspended and a search incident to the arrest turned up a small clear baggie of a white substance in his pocket that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A customer turned in a wallet found at the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis just before 3 p.m. yesterday and when the clerk opened it up to check for identification, small plastic bags with suspected drugs were discovered, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Anna M. Kohler, 31 of Centralia, was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant as well as possession of methamphetamine after contact with police about 11 a.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GARAGE BURNS

• Lewis County Fire District 6 says one person suffered a minor injury when a fire broke out overnight in a detached garage off the 100 block of Kennicot Road in Chehalis. Crews arriving after the 12:31 a.m. call found the approximately 30-foot by 30-foot building fully involved in flames, according to department spokesperson DJ Hammer. “It took approximately 40 mins. to bring the fire under control and star overhaul procedures on the structure that had collapsed on its self,” Hammer wrote. The patient lives on the property and had a hand injury, but Hammer didn’t know how it occurred. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. They were joined by personnel from three other departments.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, receipt of counterfeit bill … and more among 163 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Chehalis man struck, killed in crosswalk on South Market Blvd.

Friday, January 6, 2017 at 8:10 am

Updated at 10:41 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An elderly man crossing the street in Chehalis was killed when he was hit by a car this morning.

Firefighters were called just after 6 a.m. to South Market Boulevard at Fourth Street, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Fire Capt. Casey Beck they began CPR but the man died at the scene.

Lewis County 911 Communications recommends motorists use alternate routes as the area was shut down for the investigation.

Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said the victim was crossing in the crosswalk, and the vehicle was traveling north on Market.

Bailey said no arrests have been made but she presumes interviews will be conducted. The driver of the Suzuki Aerio is a 22-year-old Chehalis woman, she said.

The Washington State Patrol is assisting the police department in its investigation, Bailey said.

The victim, Clifford C. Seng, is an 82-year-old Chehalis resident who resides nearby, according to authorities

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‘Skin and bones’: Parents charged with severe neglect of teen

Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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Mary and Anthony Foxworth plead not guilty today in child mistreatment case in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Centralia parents of a 16-year-old boy discovered so malnourished he weighed less than 60 pounds pleaded not guilty today to first-degree criminal mistreatment.

Mary G. Foxworth, 42, and Anthony S. Foxworth, 44, went before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

They were accompanied by court appointed lawyers.

Judge Richard Brosey asked them each if they had any questions and then asked how did they plead.

“Not guilty,” each responded separately.

Charges against the couple were filed Dec. 12 and they were summonsed to appear in court last Friday. Both were allowed to remain free on $10,000 unsecured bonds pending trial and ordered to return today for their arraignment.

The available details about the case are five pages of the affidavit regarding probable cause.

The Centralia Police Department began investigating after the Foxworths took their son to the doctor almost a year ago, on Jan. 19, 2016.

The investigation found the boy had not been enrolled in school since 2011 and had not seen a doctor since 2007.

He has a younger brother and sister who are enrolled in school, appeared healthy and presented little concern, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm wrote in charging documents. Investigators found numerous medical contacts for his siblings over the years, she wrote.

The charging documents offer some of the following information and allegations:

Mary Foxworth contacted Northwest Pediatrics on Jan. 19, 2016 near closing time, saying her son had not been eating or drinking for about three weeks and had abdominal pain.

Medical providers said the boy was whiter than a sheet of paper, looked acutely ill and didn’t talk but only grunted. The doctor estimated his age at  11 or 12. The medical assistant described him as skin and bones, said she had never seen anyone in his condition before or since and she was nauseous from looking at him.

The teen was sent to Providence Centralia Hospital for a diagnosis and they transferred him to Mary Bridge Childrens’ Hospital in Tacoma.

He weighed 54 pounds, was missing patches of hair, could not stand on his own and could not open his mouth wide enough to allow a doctor to check his throat.

He was wearing pull-ups and his skeletal age was determined to be that of a 13-year-old child.

The doctor there wrote in a report “at best, this is neglect, but maybe also physical abuse.”

The boy suffered from severe malnutrition, severe constipation and anemia. He was seen by a dentist and needed 24 of his teeth to be treated, including one that had to be pulled and two that would require root canals.

The charging documents don’t indicate when the boy was put in foster care, but note that as of a date unspecified, he had grown more than three inches and gained 39 pounds. His specific height is not mentioned.

Police detectives interviewed the parents.

Anthony Foxworth said the family regularly ate healthy meals together, regularly bathed and that all his children saw a dentist at least once a year.

He attributed the long hospitalization to the boy’s grandfather – who resided with them – being mean to him.

Separately, Mary Foxworth told detectives the children did not regularly see a dentist or routinely eat three good meals a day.

She indicated she thought he was starving himself because he was depressed. Mary Foxworth admitted she didn’t know when he began to lose weight because she was too wrapped up in her own depression.

The mother admitted to making poor choices, being so sorry for failing him and wrote a letter to her son indicating the same, writing she hoped he would be able to forgive her.

Bohm wrote in charging documents that multiple medical professionals indicated the teen’s condition was the direct result of the neglect, if not abuse, suffered at the hands of the defendants, over a matter of years.

The boy’s foster parents have reported they began a “book of firsts” to track things the teen had not done before, such as learning to push a broom, make a sandwich and go to a movie theater.

The Foxworths when contacted earlier this week declined to comment about the allegations.

Charging documents don’t note if the boy had any pre-existing condition or disease. Mary Foxworth’s lawyer, Jacob Clark, this afternoon outside the courtroom, said that wasn’t something he was able to comment upon.

Their trial is scheduled for the week of March 20. first-degree criminal mistreatment has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.