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News brief: Four from Tenino hospitalized after rollover near Doty

Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

Updated at 12:08 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Responders had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate one of the occupants after a car carrying a family of four that wrecked along state Route 6 west of Chehalis yesterday.

Crews from Lewis County Fire Districts 16, 11 and 13 responded to the 12:15 p.m. rollover crash near River Road, about three miles east of Doty, according to authorities.

Injured were driver Kevin D. Beigh, 37, Sarah I. Beigh, 37, Mason T. Beigh, 4, and Alexandria L. Beigh, 15, all from Tenino, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Sarah Beigh is a senior deputy prosecutor with the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lewis County Fire District 11 Chief Michael Krafczyk said the adult passenger was trapped in the car.

The 1998 Nissan Maxima was traveling eastbound when for whatever reason it left the roadway to the right, struck an embankment, rolled and came to rest on its top, according to the state patrol.

Krafczyk said ambulances from Pe Ell and AMR transported all four to Providence Centralia Hospital. The car was described as totaled.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said he talked with Beigh last night and she’s sore and bruised but will be fine. A spokesperson for the hospital said the adult patients were treated and released. No information was made available about the children.

All were wearing seat belts, according to the investigating trooper. The state patrol blamed inattention on the part of the driver.  He was cited for wheels off the roadway, according to the state patrol.

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News brief: Tacoma man rescued from river near Rochester

Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 63-year-old Tacoma man escaped with only mild hypothermia after a kayaking accident last night near Rochester.

It happened just prior to 10 p.m. on the Black River about a mile north of Rochester.

He and his 60-year-old companion, both from Tacoma, got a late start getting on the river near Littlerock and it was dark when his kayak became tangled in a fallen tree, knocking him into the water, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

“The male was only able to hold onto the female’s kayak and was in water too deep to stand,” Chief Robert Scott said in a news release. “The male quickly began to weaken due to the effects of the water.”

A dozen firefighters responded to the cell phone call to 911, but it still took 50 minutes to locate the couple, according to Scott. They used a signal from the cell phone, air horns, sirens and communication exchanges with the 911 personnel to pinpoint the couple’s exact location. Scott said they were on a part of the river bordered by several hundred yards of thick underbrush and no direct access to the water.

Crews administered treatment for hypothermia and brought the male off the river in rescue basket, according to Scott. His companion was able to walk out with responders, he said.

Scott said the pair were wearing life vests. He used the incident as a reminder that it’s wise to carry a flashlight, cell phone, and extra clothing on such outings.

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News brief: Centralia resident wakes to house fire

Monday, August 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters are on the scene of an overnight blaze that significantly damaged a house on the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia.

Crews called just after 3:15 a.m. found flames coming out the left and rear sides of the one story single family home and smoke rolling out from the attic space, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

A resident who said he was awakened by smoke detector escaped through a window, Fire Capt. Greg Schwartz said.

Not long after they arrived, one firefighter was struck by a patio roof at the back of the house fell down, Schwartz said.

“I think he was knocked to the ground, but not injured,” Schwartz said.

Riverside Fire Authority was joined by members of the Chehalis Fire Department as well as West Thurston Regional Fire Thurston Authority out of Rochester, he said.

They finished up by about 6:30 a.m. but are now looking for the cause of the fire, according to Schwartz.

Schwartz said the resident, an adult male, was treated by paramedics from AMR, so he didn’t have further information about his condition.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

POT GARDEN DISMANTLED

• Centralia police reported yesterday they confiscated marijuana including plants after serving a search warrant at the 200 block of North King Street the evening before. While some amount of marijuana plants are allowed under certain conditions in keeping with medical marijuana laws, the Centralia Anti-Crime Team suspected the occupant had an illegal growing operation, according to police. Officers also developed probable cause to believe the occupant, a convicted felon, was in possession of several firearms which would be unlawful, according to a news release from detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald. Police detained the male subject as he arrived home and searched the property, seizing marijuana plants in varying stages of growth along with dried product, according to Fitzgerald. No firearms were found. Officers did however locate holsters, ammunition and gun cases, according to the news release. The initial plan was to enter the home with the SWAT team, but after learning there were children present, police switched to the less risky approach, according to Fitzgerald. The target of the investigation was not arrested, but was released pending further investigation, according to police.

SUSPECT DOESN’T RECALL DROPPING HIS SHORTS

• The man who allegedly exposed himself to a group of people during a drunken ruckus in a neighborhood alongside the Skookumchuck River on Tuesday night was located and arrested yesterday, according to Centralia police. He told an officer he was so intoxicated, he didn’t remember a thing about it, according to police. Officers called to the 1300 block of Central Boulevard that night were told one of four men made lewd remarks to some young women and pulled his swimsuit shorts down and exposed himself. A neighbor defending the females got punched in the face and someone threw a full can of beer at the women, according to police. Two of the suspects were found that night. Yesterday, Dale R. Brotherton, 51, of Centralia, was arrested for six counts of indecent exposure, according to the Centralia Police Department.

METAL THIEVES BREAK OUT WALLS

• Chehalis police were called to a vacant residence on 600 block of Southwest 20th Street regarding various damage and stolen wiring yesterday morning. It appeared someone broke a window to get inside and then tore open walls to take various plumbing fittings such as copper tubing and other items, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The residence was being renovated, according to police.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called to an assisted living facility on the 900 block of South Schueber Road about 1 p.m. yesterday regarding the suspected theft of medications. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just after 7 o’clock this morning to Southeast Adams Avenue in Chehalis about an attempt to steal fuel from a vehicle.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 9:30 p.m. yesterday about a car prowl at Rotary Riverside Park on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia in which someone stole soda from a parked vehicle.

• A cell phone was taken from a vehicle parked a the 100 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

VANDALISM

• A Centralia police officer took a report yesterday afternoon regarding graffiti found on the back of a garage on the 400 block of North Oak Street.

UP IN SMOKE

• Firefighters were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to a car fire on the 1800 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis. The interior of the vehicle was destroyed but nobody was hurt, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. A woman was driving down the road when her back seat began burning, Firefighter Steve Emrich said. She said it was an ash from her cigarette, he said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving with suspended license, drug cases that are hard to get information about; responses for alarms, shoplifting, disorderly persons, possible trespassers; complaints about fireworks, reckless driver, intoxicated male with a bicycle standing on a corner asking people for money, female in underwear pushing a shopping cart with her pants wrapped around her head … and more.

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News brief: Outdoor fire danger alert

Friday, August 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A red flag warning has been issued for fire weather because of expected lightening tonight through mid-morning on Sunday.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in the Cascades possibly spreading west into the Southwest Interior Lowlands, according to the National Weather Service.

With the increasingly dry weather, outdoor burning restrictions have been put into place in Lewis County and other areas.

Last week, the state Department of Natural Resources decided to ban campfires on all forestland and other property it protects. Yesterday, additional restrictions were implemented on lands managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Those are places such as the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery, the Swofford Pond area and the east end of Riffe Lake.

In those wildlife sensitive areas, smoking is now restricted to inside enclosed vehicles and target shooting is now prohibited except at WDFD shooting ranges, according to the state agency.

Also prohibited is operating a motor vehicle off developed roads, according to spokesperson Craig Bartlett.

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For background, read “News brief: Beware of seemingly innocent activities with high fire danger” from Saturday August 3, 2013, here

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News brief: Investigators looking into closet fire in Centralia

Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Fire crews called to the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue in Centralia earlier today to a report of smoke coming out of a house found smoldering clothing in a closet.

They suppressed the fire, and transported the woman who lives there to Providence Centralia Hospital with a minor burn, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Assistant Chief Mike Kytta said he wasn’t sure how she got hurt.

The gated community called Hunters Walk has about 100 modular homes, situated fairly close together.

Kytta said the fire damage was limited.

“It burned carpeting and some things on a shelf in the closet,” he said. “There was smoke damage throughout the house.”

Initially responders thought her adult son might be home, but he was not, according to Kytta.

Investigators will be “reconstructing” some things over the next day or two to attempt to find out the cause, he said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

WRECKS

• A reserve officer with the Winlock Police Department is at Harborview Medical Center after he and his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck last night on state Route 6 just west of Chehalis. Aid and troopers called about 6:15 p.m. to the scene near Donahoe Road found Randy O. Steger, 29, conscious and alert but with a laceration on his foot, according to responders. Steger, who was headed home from his day job, was westbound when the truck in front of him slowed to make a left turn and he attempted to pass the truck, according to law enforcement. His 2007 Harley Davidson struck the driver’s side of the 1984 Chevrolet truck, according to the Washington State Patrol. He is to be cited for unsafe passing, according to the state patrol. The 22-year-old driver of the truck, and his 20-year-old passenger, both from Centralia, were reportedly uninjured. Steger was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to the Seattle hospital where he is listed in satisfactory condition. He was wearing a helmet.

• A 55-year-old Randle man was taken to Morton General Hospital after he totaled his pickup by driving into the back end of a vehicle on U.S. Highway 12 in Randle yesterday. Troopers called just before noon report a 2011 Dodge Journey had slowed down while traveling through a work zone and Michael L. Daniels rear ended it. Daniels injuries seemed to be non life-threatening, according to Lewis County Fire District 14.

THEFT

• Jewelry was reported stolen yesterday morning from a residence on the 700 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called about 8:15 a.m. yesterday to a residence on Southeast Adams Avenue near Main Street where someone had removed items from a car and left them on the ground, as well as left a gas can and siphoning hose next to another vehicle.

• Centralia police were called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday about tools stolen from a fifth-wheel trailer at the 800 block of South Tower Avenue.

BURNING BUSHES

• Firefighters were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to a grass and brush fire along state Route 6 west of Pe Ell. Lewis County Fire District 11 Chief Michael Krafczyk said it grew to about 100 feet by 40 feet before crews got it extinguished. The cause isn’t known, Krafczyk said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assaults, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, shoplifting, disorderly person who smells of alcohol, out-of-control 13-year-old, loud music, semi truck hauling manure on fire (was only poop-sawdust mix which had fallen onto the exhaust pipe and caused smoke) … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

RUDE REMARKS ESCALATE INTO BEER CAN TOSSING AND MORE

• A drunken ruckus over lewd comments in a Centralia neighborhood led to two arrests last night and police are still looking for a male who allegedly exposed himself. Police were called about 9:30 p.m. to the 1300 block of Central Boulevard where four males had been floating down the Skookumhuck River and drinking and when they got out, at least one of them made unwelcome remarks to three young women in bathing suits, according to the Centralia Police Department. A neighbor defending the females got punched in the face and someone threw a full can of beer at the women, according to police. The four males fled before officers arrived but three of them were located near the Pearl Street bridge, Sgt. Carl Buster said. One who refused to come out of the brush was captured by a police dog, according to Buster. Christopher K. Brotherton, 21 of Centralia, was booked for three counts of misdemeanor assault and while Antony D. Tran, 21 of Centralia, was taken to the hospital to get the dog bite on his arm checked and then cited for obstructing a public servant, according to police. The male who exposed himself is still at large.

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS TAKEN IN BURGLARY

• Someone broke into a home on the 200 block of South Silver Street and stole three security cameras, according to a report made to police about 11:30 p.m. yesterday. They threw various items around a bedroom, but it wasn’t immediately clear if anything else was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

REGULAR CAMERA TAKEN IN BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to a home on the 1100 block of Long Road where a Nikon camera and several pieces of jewelry were missing. A visitor to the home was questioned but denied taking anything, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer did get some fingerprints that will be checked however, according to police.

STEREO STOLEN, WITH CAR

• A Subaru Impreza stolen very early yesterday morning from the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia turned up several hours later in a parking lot at the 1700 block of Lum Road. The stereo was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A Chehalis police officer responding about 10 p.m. yesterday to a report that individuals in a pickup truck at Fairway Shopping Center appeared to be “snorting something” found the truck at Wal-Mart and discovered suspected heroin and methamphetamine inside it, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut said it appeared the female passenger had been driving and switched seats with her male passenger. The man behind the wheel was arrested however because he had a suspended license, Kaut said. The substances were confiscated, Kaut said. Kaut said he believed no drug arrest was made pending lab reports on the two substances.

HIT AND RUN

• An individual called Chehalis police yesterday to report that a week earlier someone had struck their vehicle a week earlier while it was at Wal-Mart and left a note with their license plate number. The number was phony, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FOOT CHASE IN WINLOCK

• A 41-year-old Winlock man was arrested after a foot pursuit through briar bushes in the woods early yesterday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said deputies learned Justus J. Kohlenberg was involved early yesterday morning in a collision on Shannon Lewis Lane in Winlock and since he wanted on a warrant, they went to a house in the same area where they believed he was. Kohlenberg ran off into the trees before he was apprehended, so he was also arrested for resisting arrest, according to Brown.

FUEL THEFT

• The owner of a motor home parked on Southwest 15th Street in Chehalis called police yesterday morning after discovering someone had drained the fuel tank. The loss is estimated at $80, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Someone cut a fuel line on a vehicle at the 300 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia and stole gasoline, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

TWO-VEHICLE WRECK IN GRAND MOUND

• A 57-year-old Rochester woman was hospitalized with injuries to her leg and chest after her car was struck by a truck that blew through a red light at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound yesterday. Aid and troopers called just after 12:30 p.m. found both vehicles totaled but the three occupants of the 1997 GMC Jimmy apparently uninjured. It’s driver, Destin R. Martini, 36, of Olympia, had two children, ages 3 and 7 with her, according to responders. Josephine E. Hayes was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor domestic assault, shoplifting; responses for minor collisions, other possible theft; complaints of fireworks, speeding vehicle … and more.

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News brief: Rochester house fire blamed on candle

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Rochester couple using candles for light because they had no electricity now have no home after an overnight fire.

Firefighters called just after 1:30 a.m. to the 9200 block of 192nd Lane Southwest found heavy smoke coming from the manufactured home, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. The blaze was contained to the bathroom and hallway but the rest of the house was smoke damaged, Chief Robert Scott said.

The male resident was treated for smoke inhalation; the fire burned through the floor and he was using a garden hose from outside to try to extinguish it, Scott said.

Scott said he didn’t know why they had no power, but he was told they’d left a candle burning in the bathroom, which is where the fire was centered. It was the smoke that woke them, he said.

“I didn’t hear of any working smoke detector so it’s lucky they woke up when they did,” he said. “Or it could have been a lot more tragic.”

The Red Cross was contacted to assist them with temporary housing.

Scott said he wast sure if the home was repairable.

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Salkum area fire commissioner Kaech leads two challengers in election primary

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Initial returns in the primary suggest it could be the dairy farmer versus the beef farmer in November’s election for commissioner of Lewis County Fire District 8.

George Kaech, 72, is running for a second term on the three-person board that oversees the all-volunteer fire department. He milks about 80 cows, mostly Holstein at his Silver Creek property.

Don Taylor raises Angus cattle at his place in Cinebar, and is making his first run for an elected position. The 55-year-old left the fire department about 18 months ago.

Ballots counted shortly after 8 p.m. today in the all vote-by-mail election show Kaech with 336 votes and Taylor with 173.

Candidate Charles “Woody” Wood is trailing with 114 votes.

The Lewis County elections office has counted 623 ballots already returned from voters in District 8 and will tally up incoming ballots on Friday. Voter turnout overall in the various primary races around the county is showing at 26 percent tonight.

While Kaech and Taylor are both veteran firefighters of the department, they part ways when it comes to how much to ask of the volunteers.

Over the years, Taylor was instrumental in setting up the training program, wrote the standard operating procedures for the department and expects a lot of members.

“This might be a volunteer department, but a volunteer department has to play by the same rules and the same laws as a professional department,” Taylor said. “We need to train to that standard.”

Taylor said he put almost 26 years in, rising to assistant chief in his final three years, including several months when the department was without a chief. He took a year leave of absence and then decided to call it quits, because the departmental demands had become so lax, he said.

“The changes I saw just turned my stomach,” he said. “It scared me. I couldn’t go back.”

Kaech, who retired from the firefighting side at age 65 with 38 years under his belt, is comfortable with fewer demands.

“You gotta bend when you’re working with volunteers,” Kaech said. “The fire side isn’t the biggest part of the department anymore. So how much training do you need to fight 10 fires in one year?”

The fire district protects almost 200 square miles in central Lewis County, with 37 volunteers and an annual budget of about $400,000. Chief Duran McDaniel estimates they serve a population of 4,000 people.

Nobody is paid, even the three commissioners don’t accept a meeting stipend as some boards of fire commissioners do.

Kaech says he is proud the district operates with one of the lowest rates of taxation, has what he calls a well-rounded board and has “one of the best bunch” of volunteers one could ask for.

“Ann (Piper) knows the accounting, I know about the fire department and Sharon DeBuhr, she’s kind of in the middle,” he said.

He speaks highly of McDaniel who was appointed chief in February of last year.

“We’re happy with just exactly what it is right now,” Kaech said.

Taylor says he was asked by both current and former members of the fire department, as well as neighbors, to run for commissioner.

“This department is not living up to what the community or the neighborhood expects of a fire department,” he said.

The fire commissioners meet the second Monday of each month.
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See the primary election initial, preliminary results here

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George Kaech

 

Candidate:  George Kaech
Age:  72
Occupation:  dairy farmer
Resides:  Silver Creek
How long there:  since 1945
Education:  Mossyrock High School, class of 1959
Experience in elected office:  ran for fire commissioner six years ago and won

 

 

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Don Taylor

 

Candidate:  Don Taylor
Age:  55
Occupation: cattle farmer
Resides:  Cinebar
How long there:  more than 30 years
Education:  Clover Park Technical College, aviation maintenance
Experience in elected office:  none

 

 

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

AUTO THIEF STRIKES AT COURTHOUSE PARKING LOT

• Someone stole a car out of the parking lot at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis yesterday. An officer summoned about 5:15 p.m. to the 300 block of Northwest North Street was told the doors to the light blue 1991 Geo Prism had been locked, with the windows rolled up, according to police. It happened sometime after 3:30 p.m., according to the Chehalis Police Department. The large lot to the east of building that houses the sheriff’s office is also where judges, prosecutors and deputies park. The car has a red hatchback; there are no suspects, Officer Linda Bailey said.

MORE AUTO THEFT

• A red 1994 Subaru Impreza was reported stolen about 2:30 a.m. today from the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia. It has a license plate reading AEZ 6048, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SUSPECTED THIEF FOUND BY K9

• Centralia police say they arrested a suspected car prowler who was found by a police dog hiding in some bushes early this morning. The incident was associated with a time of 3:34 a.m. and a location on the 1200 block of Elm Street. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was James A. Jollineau, no age provided, from Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNRULY MAN

• A 31-year-old man from Keizer, Ore., who was allegedly causing a disturbance in a park on the 100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia was arrested because he refused to cooperate with an arriving police officer yesterday evening. Randall P. Martin was booked into the Lewis County Jail for obstructing a public servant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FOUR VADER TEENS ACCUSED OF RANSACKING VACATION HOME

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that last month’s break-in to a Vader vacation home has been solved and was wrapped up on Monday. A 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Last week deputies arrested a pair of boys, ages 13 and 16. Brown said the youngsters confessed to stealing numerous items – including aftershave, a 22 rifle and 30 bottles of expensive wine. They said they went down to the nearby river and drank the alcohol but tossed the other goods into the water, Brown said. The owner discovered the burglary at his place on the 200 block of Sixth Street; the back door kicked in and the home ransacked, according to Brown. The sheriff’s office said a dive team is going to try to find the missing property later this week.

FOUND DRUGS

• A Chehalis police officer was called to Wal-Mart yesterday morning after a small plastic bag with green polka dots containing white powder was found near an employee’s work station. The suspected methamphetamine was taken to the police department for storage and there are no suspects and as no arrest, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CRYING BABY

• A Chehalis police officer was called to the Twin City Town Center about 7 p.m. yesterday to a report of a crying infant left alone inside a parked car. The vehicle was gone when the officer arrived and couldn’t be located, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence; responses for alarms, dispute, allegations of theft, found bicycle, stolen bicycle, someone scratching the paint on someone else’s vehicle, dog left in parked vehicle; complaints of neighbor’s outdoor drum set  … and more.

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News brief: Potential attempted child abduction averted in Centralia

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia man was arrested last night for allegedly trying to lure a 9-year-old girl from her yard.

Police were called just after 6 p.m. following the incident on the 500 block of South Rock Street when the child told relatives a man had been walking back and forth in front of her home and then asked her to help him out with something, Centralia Police Department Officer John Panco said.

“The little girl was smart enough to run inside and tell her mom,” Panco said.

Panco said the mother got a look at the subject and a short time later, spotted him getting into a vehicle at the Fuller’s Shop ‘N Kart store on South Pearl Street. He was arrested soon after on the 700 block of Tower Avenue, Panco said.

Nicholas S. Lange, 48, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for luring. Panco said he didn’t have further details about Lange this morning.

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Centralia medics concerned about recent heroin overdoses

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

It appears there’s a bad batch of heroin on the streets, which has been responsible for at least one death in recent days in Centralia.

A 25-year-old man brought to the fire station overnight was revived and taken to the hospital, and fire department leaders want to get the word out.

“The fire chief wants us to let people know that do heroin, the stuff that’s out there that may be ‘hot’, a little bit strong,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Tim Adolphsen said this morning.

Crews from the North Pearl Street station have dealt with three cases in the last four days, Adolphsen said. One person didn’t survive, he said.

A male called 911 about 1:30 a.m. today saying he was driving toward Centralia from Tenino, and that his passenger wasn’t breathing very well, was pretty much out of it, Centralia Police Department Officer John Panco said.

Medics waiting outside the station administered Nar-Can and took the patient to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to responders. The driver left before police arrived, Panco said.

So far this year, the Lewis County Coroner’s Office has two confirmed heroin overdose deaths, which is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Dawn Harris. Both individuals died in the Centralia area, she said, but they were not recent.

They do have the one new case in which the cause of death is not yet known, she said.

Fire departments in Chehalis, Rochester and Tenino said they aren’t aware of a specific current problem with heroin overdoses.

Tina Vanderhoof at Thurston County Fire District 12 which handles the Tenino area said this morning she has heard of issues going on “up north” but didn’t have further details.

On Saturday, a driver was found unconscious with a syringe in his hand after running into a fence and then the ditch in Chehalis, but it’s not clear yet what drug he may have been using, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

In Centralia, the fire department said further information about the issue should be obtained from the police department. Panco, a spokesperson for the police department, said he was only aware of the one case.

The Tenino man whose life was saved by Centralia firefighters was still alive this morning, and well enough that he was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Panco.

Panco said suspected heroin was found in his pocket, so Stephen C. Smith, 25, was arrested for possession.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

Updated

LOST HIKER FOUND INJURED SOUTH OF PACKWOOD

• A 66-year-old hiker who got turned around and spent the night in the forest in East Lewis County was located just after 6 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Search and rescue personnel were called to the Walupt Lake Horse Camp about 1:30 p.m. that day and told the woman, from White Salmon did not return the night before when she walked to Walupt Creek Falls, according to the sheriff’s office. A search dog found her backpack and others located rocks formed into an arrow pointing to where she had bedded down, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The woman was found along the Cispus River and carried out, as she had fallen down and injured her head, ribs and ankles. Brown said. She was taken to a hospital near her home to be treated for dehydration, according to Brown.

MAN ARRESTED FOR POINTING GUN

• A 40-year-old Lacey man who allegedly pointed a pistol at another male during an argument inside a vehicle yesterday morning in Centralia was arrested for first-degree assault. Officers responding about 10 a.m. to the 700 block of East Third Street took Thelonious C. Morrison into custody and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Stacy Denham said the victim, who is in his 20s, reached for something prompting Morrison to pull out his weapon. The pair – who Denham characterized as friends – were in the backseat together. The driver slammed on his brakes and the victim jumped out, he said. Morrison was also booked for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to police.

BURGLARY THROUGH OPEN WINDOW

• Centralia police responded just before 7 a.m. today to a home burglary in which someone entered through an open window during the approximately 15 minutes while the resident was out. It happened on the 1400 block of Lum Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BARN THEFTS

• An estimated nearly $1,300 of items were stolen from a barn yard on the 1300 block of Wildwood Road in Curtis sometime between Friday and Saturday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the missing are an oil cooler and air conditioner to a farm tractor, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A wood stove and a metal tire rack were stolen from a barn on the 500 block of Telegraph Road west of Toledo. A deputy called on Friday night was told the property was in foreclosure and the items had been taken sometime during the previous week, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to the 1400 block of Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis about 8:15 p.m. on Saturday after an individual came out of a convenience store and found their iPhone missing from their vehicle. The door had been locked but a rear hatch was not, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SEX CRIME

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday by a female who reported a rape by a male she knows. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE DOG TRACK

• A deputy and a K-9 responding about 8:30 p.m. yesterday to a reported vehicle accident at the 1000 block of Shorey Road west of Chehalis found little damage to the vehicle but tracked down its alleged driver hiding in blackberry bushes about two blocks away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Terry M. Munsell, 39, of Rochester, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

POLICE PURSUIT

• A police pursuit from Pacific County down state Route 6 ended near Interstate 5 in Chehalis after police set out “spike strips” and deflated at least one tire on a vehicle late Friday night. Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said the initial call was about a suicidal person, but he didn’t have all the details. The driver was taken into custody, Kaut said.

FEMALES HIT BY CAR

• Centralia police cited a motorist for failing to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk after two women were struck at the intersection of Main Street and Tower Avenue in Centralia last night. It happened about 8:10 p.m. Riverside Fire Authority said both patients were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital for evaluation. Police said the injuries to the women, ages 59 and 66, were minor.

WRECK

• A 23-year-old Centralia man was taken to the hospital and then booked into jail after a single-vehicle collision just before 4 p.m. on Saturday at the 800 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis. The driver was found unconscious with a syringe in his hand after running into a fence and then the ditch, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Michael A. Hammett said he had been taking Oxycontin or morphine, but a white powder that field tested positive for amphetamines was found in his vehicle, Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said. He was arrested for a violation of the uniform controlled substances act, according to police.

PIZZA PLACE OVERLOAD

• K-Mart in Chehalis was evacuated yesterday evening when the fire department was called about an apparent electrical fire in the Little Caesars Pizza portion of the building. Crews responding about 6:45 p.m. to the business on Northwest Louisiana Avenue found a short had snapped a circuit breaker and cased a spark, just like it did about two weeks ago, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. The pizza kitchen was told it must remain closed until it gets the issue inspected, Firefighter Steve Emrich said.

ANIMAL ATTACK

• Morton police reported this morning two dogs were locked up after allegedly killing a cat in its own backyard on the 100 block of Division Avenue last week. An officer was called on Monday afternoon learned the cat owner had detained the canines. They were transported to the Lewis County Animal Shelter, according to the Morton Police Department.

THE PARTY’S OVER

• Two people were hospitalized with possible alcohol poisoning, a handful of under age individuals contacted for drinking and a bon fire extinguished after a large party in the woods was broken up on Saturday night northwest of Centralia. Deputies arriving about 11:30 p.m. to the area off the 300 block of Lepisto Road estimated as many as 1,000 were in attendance but several hundred people ran into the woods, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the party was dubbed “Project W” and appeared to include mostly individuals from outside Lewis County. The organizers said they would not be returning, as the sheriff’s office ruined their fun, Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, shoplifting, non-injury collisions, suspicious circumstances, theft of political sign from yard, items not returned to a furniture rental center; complaints of loud music, panhandlers in front of a business, dog left inside hot car, dog wandering into hotel, child yelling at dog, barking dog, black cat running loose … and more.

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News brief: Trees, brush ignite again at Scatter Creek Wildlife Area

Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm
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Another fire breaks out at the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area north of Grand Mound. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters from six agencies responded this afternoon when another fire broke out at the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area north of Grand Mound.

Crews called about 2:30 p.m. found burning grass and brush adjacent to Case Road at the 16300 block which quickly spread into a small stand of fir trees, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

It was just a week ago when two acres in the same area were charred, and a large old wood barn was destroyed by fire.

Fire Chief Robert Scott said the state Department of Natural Resources is investigating the cause of today’s blaze.

It’s point of origin appeared to be a ways off the road and there’s “zero possibility” any vegetation rekindled from last Sunday, Scott said. Personnel from DNR were out there two days last week making sure that fire was out, he said.

Firefighters brought today’s fire under control limiting it to just over an acre, according to Scott.

His department was joined by members of Riverside Fire Authority, Thurston County Fire Districts 12, 6 and 13, as well as DNR. Nobody was injured, according to Scott.

Crews will be out there this evening conducting mop up, he said.

Scott said it’s fairly unusual for trees to torch off like they did today, on this side of the mountains, but it’s dry out. And the fire season is just beginning, he said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

INTRUDER DISCOVERED INSIDE CENTRALIA HOME

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of North Buckner Street yesterday when a resident found a young man inside her home. He climbed out a window to avoid her and ran south down Buckner, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened about 11:20 a.m. when the female returned home after only being gone a couple of minutes, according to police. It’s not clear if anything was stolen. Police describe the intruder as a white male, perhaps in his mid-20s, with tattoos on both hands. He was wearing a blue shirt and black baseball hat, with a white star on its back, police say. Similar incidents in recent days in Tenino have prompted police there to urge the public to keep their doors locked.

UNHAPPY TENANT

• A 26-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for felony harassment yesterday after she allegedly threatened to kill her property manager at the 1100 block of South Pearl Street. Officers called about 4:25 p.m. booked Cassandra R. Sines into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNPLEASANT CUSTOMER

• A 43-year-old Kennewick man who allegedly tried to pick fights with customers at a Centralia gas station on the 1200 block of Mellen Street was arrested for disorderly conduct. Officers responding about 9:45 p.m. booked Servando G. Marquez into the Lewis County Jail,according to the Centralia Police Department. He was also wanted on two outstanding warrants, according to police.

UNCONSCIOUS SHOPPER

• Police responding to a report about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday about a male passed out in the bathroom of a grocery store in Centralia ended up arresting Bo D. Rupert, 19, of Auburn, for minor in possession or consumption of alcohol. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING AUTOMOBILE

• A gray 2000 Nissan Sentra was reported stolen from the 800 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia on Thursday afternoon. The car has custom wheels, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING QUADS

• Police were called to the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia on Thursday to take a report regarding two ATVs which were stolen.

MISSING MEDS

• Prescription medication was stolen in a car prowl on the 100 block of South Diamond Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Thursday.

VANDALISM

• Police took a report yesterday morning of two tires on a vehicle getting slashed overnight at the 800 block of West Pear Street in Centralia.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault … and more.

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News brief: Beware of seemingly innocent activities with high fire danger

Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Even the spark from a mower blade striking a rock can ignite a brush fire with the increasingly dry conditions, according to officials who are urging the public to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires.

Hundreds of firefighters are battling two major wildfires near Wenatchee and Goldendale, making demands upon both regional and statewide personnel and equipment, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Already limited outdoor burning has been restricted even further this week with the banning of campfires on all forestland and other property that is protected by DNR.

Lewis County put restrictions in place almost two weeks ago; although recreational fires in approved sites or receptacles are still allowed.

Most wildfires are human caused, according DNR, with sources such as welding or grinding metal out of doors, target shooting at rocks or metal, tossing lit cigarettes or even the hot mufflers of vehicles.

“Dry grass touching a vehicle’s hot exhaust system could start a major fire, especially when the wind is blowing,” Bruce Bjork, chief of enforcement for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife stated in a news release yesterday.  “If you’re driving through the woods or open range, please stay on the road surface until you find a paved or graveled area to park.”

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm

KID CRIME

• As deputies investigated a recent string of Vader car prowls they came upon a pair of brothers yesterday who allegedly admitted to a burglary three weeks earlier in which someone kicked in the door of a vacation home on Sixth Street and made off with a rifle, 30 bottles of expensive wine and numerous other valuables. The boys, ages 13 and 16, were arrested and booked yesterday into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for first-degree burglary, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies are looking for a 15-year-old who may also be connected to the break-in, according to the sheriff’s office.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

• A 36-year-old Vader man was arrested yesterday afternoon for second-degree assault after he allegedly choked his girlfriend at their Vader home. Shane A. Chancellor was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. However, prosecutors are referring the case down to Lewis County District Court with a charge of fourth-degree assault. Detective Sgt. Dusty Breen said he didn’t know the specifics of this case but noted the distinction between misdemeanor and a felony assault when it comes to these types of cases is if a person’s breathing is interfered with.

LOST AND FOUND

• A Chehalis woman who discovered from FedEx they accidentally delivered her package to a residence across town called police yesterday and got her package back. It was an iPhone valued at $419, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The individual who signed for it at the wrong address said they thought it was for an upstairs tenant, but was warned by an officer it was a bad idea to sign for something that was not meant for them, according to police.

• A person called 911 about 11 a.m. yesterday to say they’d captured a friendly ferret which had been running loose near their business on the 200 block of Southwest Ninth Street in Chehalis. An animal control officer retrieved the animal and took it to the shelter, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MAN GOES TO SHERIFF’S OFFICE, GETS BOOKED

• A 25-year-old homeless man who went to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday to register as a sex offender was arrested because he has reportedly been residing in the county for a month, which is beyond the deadline of three business days in which to register after a move, according to the sheriff’s office. Trevor T. Calabrese was previously registered as living in Thurston County, according to the sheriff’ office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, violation of protection order; responses for alarms, possibly drunk driver, disturbance; complaints of a seemingly homeless person who peed in a corner behind a building, a male in a parking lot digging through the garbage  … and more.

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News brief: Two scary Tenino burglaries in one week period

Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Tenino teenager investigating someone rummaging through a trash can outside his home during the night was met with a pistol pointed in his direction by a male whose face was covered by a black bandana.

Within moments, the same subject had entered the same residence through a back screen door, looked around and then left, according to police.

The incident on the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday was the second time in the span of seven days in  which a stranger went inside a Tenino residence while someone was at home, according to the Tenino Police Department.

Police Chief John Hutchings is urging people too keep their doors closed and locked, especially at night, even though it may be warm outside.

“Occupied burglaries are rare,” Hutchings said in a news release yesterday. “To have a suspect armed and pointing a handgun at a victim is even rarer and to have two in a one week period is indicative of a potential crime trend.”

The first instance occurred in the 600 block of Garfield Avenue East at about 5 p.m. on July 23.

A teenage girl was in her bedroom and when she thought her family was returning home, she looked out and saw an intruder going out a back door, according to police. The man had come in through an unlocked kitchen door, according to police.

He appeared to be in his 30s, about 5-feet 11-inches tall and weighed around 220 pounds, with dark medium length hair, wearing dark blue jeans and some type of a vest over a black shirt, Hutchings stated.

Nothing was noted as stolen in either burglary. Tenino police and sheriff’s deputies searched both areas without success.

In this week’s intrusion, the suspect is described as 20 years old to 25 years old and more by his attire: Khaki cargo shorts, a short sleeved light purple shirt, a flat-billed baseball cap and the black bandana.

In that case, after the subject pointed the gun and told the teen to stay on the porch, he got into a newer dark colored Honda Accord or Civic-type car and drove away, according to Hutchings. However, as the boy was telling his mother what happened, the man apparently returned and briefly entered through a back door.

Hutchings asks the public to please call 911 if they see any suspicious looking people or cars in their neighborhoods. He suggests an alternative for anyone with an anonymous tip, is Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-481-5182.

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Centralia resident killed in freeway rollover wreck in King County

Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia man died at the scene of a fiery rollover crash in which both occupants were ejected yesterday afternoon in Federal Way.

Billy Powell Jr. 21, was a passenger in a Honda Accord that was northbound off the Interstate 5 ramp to state Route 18 when the driver for whatever reason lost control, according to the Washington State Patrol. The car rolled several times and caught fire, according to the state patrol.

It happened about 12:20 p.m. and the cause remains under investigation.

Trooper Clifford Pratt said the vehicle was on a straightaway and likely speeding, although not wildly over the speed limit .

“It will maybe have more to do with something that was going on inside the car,” Pratt said.

The equipment on the 1992 model Honda was in poor condition he said. “The tires were some of the baldest I’ve ever seen in a crash.”

Santana Sanchez, 27, of Shelton, was badly hurt with broken arms, deep cuts and probably hit her head pretty hard, Pratt said. She landed about 20 feet away and initially indicated she was alone in the vehicle, he said.

In the course of extinguishing the burning car, which came to rest in sticker bushes, they found the other person, about 10 feet away, according to Pratt. Responders tried to revive him, but were unsuccessful, he said.

Pratt said there was probably a five to eight minute delay that may or may not have made a difference.

Powell died from blunt force injury to his torso, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The trooper described Powell as currently homeless, with a last known address in Centralia, which is where his family lives.

Neither of the two were wearing their seat belts, according to the state patrol.

Sanchez was transported to St. Francis Hospital. It’s unknown if she had drugs or alcohol in her system, but investigators are looking at that, according to Pratt.

“It’s a bad situation all the way around,” he said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

CANDY, AMMO AMONG THE LOOT

• Deputies yesterday morning were called to Vader for an overnight car prowl spree in which at least five locations were hit. A blue BMX bicycle was taken from the back of a truck parked on the 800 block of G Street sometime after 4:30 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the other items stolen from various vehicles were fishing poles, keys, a cordless drill, loose candy, jumper cables, a child’s doll and  a 9 mm magazine filled with ammunition, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspects are three juveniles, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MORE KIDS STEALING STUFF

• Two boys were spotted stealing a bicycle from the library in Centralia yesterday. An officer responding about 4 p.m. to the 100 block of South Silver Street describes it as gray Yukon mountain bike.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 3 p.m. to Southwest Chehalis Avenue near Main Street when an individual found someone entered their car which have been left unlocked and stole a lunchbox and prescription drugs.

UNHAPPY TRAIN PASSENGER

• Police were called to the railroad station in Centralia yesterday when a conductor kicked a passenger off the Amtrak train, who allegedly became agitated and threatening, even kicking at luggage. Police say Hassan A. Sabaghi, 64, from Seattle, was removed about 11:30 a.m. because he was screaming at other passengers. The train was enroute to Denver, according to police. Sabaghi was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for disorderly conduct, according to the Centralia Police Department. It’s not clear if the luggage he kicked was his own, or if his bags had remained on the train.

HORSE PURSUIT

• Officers responded just before 1 p.m. yesterday to assist sheriff’s deputies with catching four horses that got loose from the 500 block of South Street in Centralia and were running in traffic, according to the Centralia Police Department. After about a half hour, the animals were corralled at Jefferson-Lincoln Elementary School about a half mile away, according to the sheriff’s office. The owner, a 32-year-old woman, will be issued a citation for “animals at large,” according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

WRECKS

• A 33-year-old Randle man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a possible broken back and internal injuries after a single-vehicle collision yesterday along the 300 block of Kiona Road in Randle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 7 p.m. reported the 33-year-old passenger was taken to Morton General Hospital where she was treated and has been released. The driver was northbound and traveling too fast when approaching a right turn and ran into some trees, according to the sheriff’s office. The 1996 Buick Regal was totaled.

• A 16-year-old boy from Castle Rock was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with a possible concussion and a wrist injury last night after he lost control of his car and struck a tree along the 400 block of Boistfort Road west of Chehalis. A deputy responding about 10:40 p.m. noted his 1972 Subaru was totaled and his 16-year-old female passenger ended up with just scrapes, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, violation of protection order; responses by fire department for illegal outdoor burning, by police for alarms, disputes, collisions, shoplifting; complaints of reckless drivers, loud music, barking dogs … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Updated at 6:41 p.m.

POSSIBLE ARSON IN ROCHESTER

• A suspicious fire early this morning at a Rochester home is under investigation. Firefighters called about 2:30 a.m. to the Sunny Acres Mobile Home Park on the 6000 block of Southwest 203rd Avenue found a porch had caught fire although a neighbor extinguished it with a garden hose, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Nobody was home at the time but a neighbor arriving home spotted the flames, Chief Robert Scott said. Scott said an investigator was back out at the mobile home this morning. The burned area was on the top of a wood rail, he said. “We’ll follow up with law, we’ve talked with the property owner,” he said. The resident indicated they had no idea who might do such a thing, according to Scott. A fire on Sunday about five miles to the north in which a barn was destroyed is also under investigation. Seven fire departments assisted with that blaze on Case Road at the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area which spread to about two acres before it was contained.

BRUSH CATCHES FIRE NEAR WINLOCK

• Firefighters extinguished a smoldering grass fire about 8:15 p.m. yesterday on undeveloped property along the 2500 block of Highway 603 north of Winlock. Firefighter Patrick Jacobson said it was probably 50 yards away from the road. “There wasn’t anyone around, I don’t know what the cause was,” Jacobson said. It was contained to an area of about 25 by 30 feet, he said.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Someone broke into a residence on the 500 block of North Iron Street in Centralia and left with a Sony game console, according to a report made to police at 2 p.m. yesterday. The case is still under investigation,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police responded  about 5:10 a.m. today to a report of a stolen red 1999 Honda Civic at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road. It has a license plate that reads 389 BEQ,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone stole a broken down car valued at $200 that was left parked at the 1400 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. A deputy contacted Monday by its 19-year-old owner was told it was left there on July 20 when it would not start, according to the sheriff’s office. It is a red 1997 Dodge Stratus with a license plate of 682 WTJ, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

SHED BREAK-IN

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of West Chestnut Street about 7 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of unspecified property from an unlocked shed. It’s not clear yet what is missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone threw a rock through the back window of a vehicle parked at Mellen and Yew streets in Centralia, according to  report made to police yesterday morning.

• A deputy will be looking at security footage to find out who spun cookies on the lawn at Onalaska High School and caused $30 damage to a rhododendron plant on Monday night or Tuesday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DISOBEDIENT AND UNRULY

• A 23-year-old woman was jailed yesterday after she refused to give her name or identification to a sheriff’s deputy. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy contacted two people in a vehicle that was parked in a no trespass area off Coal Creek Road outside Chehalis about 2:40 p.m. A male and a female were having a dispute, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The woman was driven to Centralia where a police officer there confirmed who she was, Brown said. Carlina F. Anderson, 23, of Centralia, was arrested and booked for obstructing a public servant, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 31-year-old Chehalis man was arrested overnight after police were called to Southwest Interstate Avenue and told he grabbed a bicycle and threw it down, causing his female companion to fall. Jesse J. Wheeler was booked into the Lewis County Jail for disorderly conduct, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECKS

• A 55-year-old bicyclist was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with injuries to his face after he collided with the back end of a flatbed trailer on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 12 east of Randle yesterday evening. Troopers and aid called about 6:10 p.m. to the scene found a truck and trailer had pulled off to the side of the highway, according to Lewis County Fire District 14. “Apparently for some reason the bicyclist didn’t see it and ran into it, fairly fast by the looks of it,” Fire Chief Jeff Jaques said. Paul N. Small was traveling eastbound when it happened, according to the state patrol. The chief said he was wearing a helmet. The investigating trooper reports Small lives in Randle. Jaques said he believed he is a Packwood resident.

• A 21-year-old Onalaska woman was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after she rolled her car on the 500 block of Larmon Road near Onalaska yesterday evening. She said a deer appeared in front of her and she lost control of the vehicle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deer tracks were found into the ditch; the driver was not cited, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The 2010 Chevrolet Aveo was described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarms, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, non-injury collision, inquiry about legality of discharging a Zombie Shooter inside city limits; complaints of car squirreling around, homeless person bothering customers … and more.