Updated at 8:15 p.m.
THE OPPOSITE OF A JOY RIDE
• A 48-year-old fired carnival worker reportedly took off from the fairgrounds in Chehalis with his employer’s semi truck yesterday, hauling two trailers loaded with at least one kiddy ride. A deputy came upon the big rig abandoned and stuck in a ditch at Tono and Big Hanaford roads in south Thurston County yesterday afternoon; its two trailers tilted over, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A deputy tracked down the driver a few miles away. “The deputy saw a guy sitting on a park bench in Bucoda and put two and two together,” detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. The man was apparently upset because his boss wouldn’t provide him transportation home after discharging him, according to Wilson. He told the deputy that as he was traveling, he noticed the truck was sluggish and looked behind and thought the trailer with the kiddy ride was gone, Wilson said. He tried to unhook the trailer, but ended up getting his bicycle and belongings and taking off, Wilson said. James McGuire, from Salem, Ore. was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for taking a motor vehicle without permission, according to police.
• A home on the 600 block of South Tower Avenue was burglarized, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department about 7:40 p.m. yesterday. Missing are Xbox games and controllers, according to police.
• A silver 1999 Honda Civic was reported stolen from the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia about 2:15 p.m. yesterday. It has a license plate reading ADJ 2205, according to police. Officers report they have a suspect and are investigating.
• A deputy was called just after 8 o’clock last night to the 400 block of Telegraph Road south of Winlock when a 51-year-old resident saw three males trying to get into his shop. The subjects ran north and a vehicle was heard starting up, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The same building was broken in to sometime after 5 p.m. the night before, with an estimated $2,500 loss of various tools, according to the sheriff’s office. Nobody was found, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• Centralia police reported this morning they are recommending charges of forgery and theft for an 18-year-old Centralia man in connection with an issue at the 1000 block of South Tower Avenue. Further details were not readily available.
• Centralia police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Lum Road where a stereo and a garage door opened were stolen from a vehicle while its owner was at work.
• An officer responded about 9:12 a.m. yesterday to a vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of E Street in Centralia. Missing were a purse and a GPS unit, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Police were given a license plate number for a vehicle that fled the 600 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia abut 9:30 p.m. yesterday after one of its occupants attempted to pass suspected fake $20 bills, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• A warrant arrest about 1 o’clock this morning led to a jail booking for possession of methamphetamine as well. Wilbert Stovall, 44, of Centralia, was arrested after contact with police at East Summa Street and Roosevelt Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• A response by police about 3:30 p.m. yesterday at the 300 block of Bryden Avenue led to a recommendation of charges of possession of marijuana by three teens. One is 16 and two are 17, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Centralia police contacted a couple engaged in an intimate encounter in a car parked next to Fort Borst Park about 5 o’clock this morning and booked the 29-year-old Centralia woman in to the Lewis County Jail for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Krista R. Cate has been scheduled to be released from jail this afternoon.
FROM THE COURTHOUSE
• A June court hearing was set for 32-year-old Centralian Joshua D. Rhoades, after his lawyer filed a motion for a new trial, in the case of a street fight in which a 17-year-old boy was knocked unconscious. Rhoades was convicted by a jury in Lewis County Superior Court two weeks ago of second-degree assault. His attorney said today he filed the motion after he got information from his client that jurors may have seen him being handcuffed. In general, the custody status of a defendant is supposed to remain unknown to jurors, according to Baum. Baum said he hasn’t investigated the issue yet and will be doing so and filing a more detailed motion. Rhoades’ conviction came with a deadly weapon enhancement and a so-called aggravator that the incident was intended to enhance his affiliation in a gang. The extra findings mean a judge would be free to send him to prison for as long as 10 years.
• A 38-year-old Randle man arrested in November was found guilty yesterday of five counts of rape of a child in connection with sexual assaults of a young relative over a three year period beginning when she was 13 years old. David C. Haviland, who worked at Hampton mill for 16 years, according to his attorney, remains in jail following his three-day bench trial in Lewis County Superior Court. Judge James Lawler scheduled Haviland’s sentencing for June 19. According to court documents, his wife told authorities he told her he was drunk, he felt horrible and would take it back if he could.
• Police say the 14-year-old arrested after he was caught spray painting graffiti on Railroad Avenue in Centralia defaced at least 18 rail cars and tagged one piece of heavy equipment. He and an 18-year-old man ran when a deputy tried to contact them about being on railroad property at about 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Centralia Police Department. One of them was carrying a backpack containing numerous cans of variously colored spray paint as well as large permanent markers, according to detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald. The boy was taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center; the case involving his companion – whom police think had more limited involvement – was referred to prosecutors for evaluation of charges, Fitzgerald said in a news release. While the tagging can probably be removed by less costly means, a verbal estimate by a BNSF employee placed the cost of repainting just one rail car at about $10,000, Fitzgerald said.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, DUI, underage person in possession of alcohol, violation of a no contact order; responses for minor collisions, disputes, misdemeanor theft, children breaking off flowers, suspicious circumstances such as a stranger ringing someone’s doorbell at 5:30 a.m. to ask for a cup of coffee and someone who looks like a tweaker in a passing car making gang signs at another driver … and more.
CORRECTION: This has been updated to reflect accurately who David C. Haviland allegedly told he was drunk, he felt horrible and would take it back if he could, regarding the rape of a child case.
Tagged rail car in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Centralia Police Department