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News brief: Drowning victim recovered in Mayfield Lake

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 6:02 pm
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The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office posted photos and updates on Facebook and Twitter of their activities at Mayfield Lake.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The search in Mayfield Lake that began late Friday afternoon for a Rochester man who slipped beneath the surface ended late this afternoon with the recovery of a body presumed to be his.

The body was found approximately 80 feet down and about 90 feet from where the 43-year-old husband and father was last seen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

His name has not been released.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters responding to the 5:15 p.m. call for help on Friday from Ike Kinswa State Park were told the man became too tired to stay afloat as he and his teenage son were swimming back from a buoy. His wife swam out and tried to help him, but was unable to, according to the sheriff’s office.

Members of the sheriff’s office were assisted by the he Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s dive team on Saturday, yesterday and today.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the search and recovery effort was dangerous and difficult, given the tangle of tree stumps, branches and other underwater debris. The county coroner is expected to release the man’s name at some point.

Mayfield is actually one of two reservoirs created by two dams on the Cowlitz River.
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For background, read “News brief: Mayfield Lake drowning victim not located today” from Saturday July 2, 2016 at 8:50 p.m., here

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News brief: Train incident victim is Centralia woman

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 1:01 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An autopsy is scheduled for Friday for the 50-year-old woman who died Monday afternoon after getting hit by a freight train in Centralia.

Her name was released today, she is Sheri L. Dow, a resident of Centralia, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Dow was on foot and walked into the side of the train at the intersection of East Locust Street, near South Railroad Avenue in Centralia, according to authorities.

The Centralia Police Department is investigating.
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For background, read “News brief: Woman on foot fatally struck by train” from Tuesday July 5, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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UNAUTHORIZED ‘RIDE SHARING’ SCHEME ENDS AT GUNPOINT

• Two young woman were apprehended relatively quickly yesterday after they allegedly jumped into an idling unoccupied Jeep Cherokee at a Lewis County gas station and drove off. Deputies were called about 8:15 a.m. about the incident at the Texaco at the 100 block of U.S. Highway 12 near Interstate 5, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle was spotted in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Chehalis and the pair were taken into custody for vehicle theft, according to the sheriff’s office. During the investigation the sheriff’s office learned the two females had been seen about 8:15 p.m. the night before abandoning a stolen Nissan Sentra at the nearby Arco gas station, Brown said. The Nissan went missing from Portland.  The 20-year-old and the 16-year-old said they needed to get back home to Tacoma, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Danielle J. Westbrook was booked into the Lewis County Jail and the teenager was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, Brown said. The 16-year-old said a large bag of marijuana found on the floor of the Jeep belonged to her, Brown said.

UNRULY INMATE

• A 29-year-old Texan jailed after his arrest for misdemeanors was reportedly so agitated and uncooperative with corrections officers when it came time to change out of his civilian clothes and into a jail outfit, he allegedly repeatedly poked one of them in the chest with his finger. Cordarryl G. Demby was brought to the Lewis County Jail on Friday by a trooper and then a deputy was called over the next day to investigate, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Demby  also reportedly threatened to hospitalize another corrections officer during the incident. He was arrested for third-degree assault and intimidating a public servant, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown reported this morning. However, prosecutors declined to file the charges.

FIRE BREAKS OUT AT SEMINARY HILL

• Ten firefighters worked for about an hour yesterday morning extinguishing what they called a small brush fire in the trees at the base of the Seminary Hill Natural Area off the 800 block of Filed Avenue in Centralia. The cause is under investigation, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A motorist pulled over about 2:10 a.m. today for allegedly throwing a burning cigarette out the window got to spend the rest of the night in jail because he was arrested for driving under the influence. A deputy contacted Andre J. Leonard, 30, of Olympia, at the 100 block of West Main Street in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Leonard was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 7:29 pm
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Shingles ignite on Chehalis home. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

Updated at 7:59 p.m.

FIREWORKS IGNITE RESIDENCE

• An alert neighbor spotted flames on the roof of a home on Southwest 15th Street near William Avenue in Chehalis about 8:30 p.m. yesterday and got out a garden hose. There were quite a few people in the area lighting off fireworks with their families, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. When the crew arrived, it was still smoking so they put more water on it and found an approximately 24-inch circle burned in the cedar shake roof, Firefighter Kevin Reynolds said. The crew had to wait a couple of hours for a technician from PUD to shut off the power, so they could access the roof and peel back the roofing, Reynolds said. They had to cut out a charred hole in the sheeting the size of a coffee cup, he said.

VIOLENCE

• Centralia police were called just after midnight by an individual at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road who said he’d had an altercation with a male at the store and as he headed back to his motel, he was struck from behind, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Morton police were called about 2:10 p.m. on Saturday to the 300 block of Second Street regarding an assault. Robert J. Johnson, 48, from Morton, was arrested for third-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Morton Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Someone used a rock to break a window to the business office at RMT Equipment on the 1600 block of Bishop Road and left with five Husqvarna chainsaws and cash in the amount of $361.49. The burglary was discovered about 5:10 a.m. on Friday and the loss is about $3,300,  the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning.

BURGLARY VADER

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a refrigerator and dishwasher were stolen from a vacant house in foreclosure at the 100 block of Tara Lane in Vader sometime between May 16 and last Wednesday. The owner went to check on some vehicles stored there and found the front door forced open, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 9:35 .m. today for a report of a burglary to a storage shed at the 700 block of East Locust Street. Computer parts and tools were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department. A complete inventory of missing items is pending, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• A 1996 Honda three-door disappeared from the 3300 block of Ives Road outside Centralia sometime between last Thursday and Friday. The loss is $2,500, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A stolen vehicle was recovered about 12:30 p.m. on Friday on Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis.

ANIMAL CLINIC HIT WITH THEFT

• Sometime between Friday and Saturday someone broke into a pump house at Fords Prairie Animal Clinic on the 2500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and damaged the door frame as well as a gas meter. A water filter was stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called to vehicle prowls yesterday on Southwest Snively Avenue and on Southwest 20th Street.

KIDS DRINKING

• Morton police responding to a 12:55 a.m. call on Sunday to the 200 block of First Street about suspected illegal discharge of fireworks and a possible fight, found several young people and beer cans in the street. Three juveniles were cited for minor in consumption/possession of alcohol and then released, according to the Morton Police Department.

LITTERING

• Centralia police responded about 7:25 p.m. yesterday to find an overwhelming amount of trash in the bushes and in and around transient camps at the end of Lewis Street near the boat launch. The property is owned by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The occupants were warned to clean up their garbage, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PUBLIC ASSIST

• Chehalis police were called by a parent on Saturday afternoon who said their young son wants to be a police officer and wanted to get an autograph from a police officer. It appears Sgt. Gwen Carrell responded to the call for public assistance.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 21-year-old motorist was injured when he fell asleep on U.S. Highway 12 near milepost 66 about eight miles south of Chehalis this afternoon, crossed the centerline and hit two eastbound vehicles at about 3:20 p.m. today. Brady A. Clair, 21, of Longview was hurt but not transported to a hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. His 2005 Ford F150 pickup was totaled. The occupants of the other vehicles were unhurt and their vehicles still drivable – a Ford F350 work truck and a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, according to the state patrol. Clair was arrested for second-degree negligent driving.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for obstructing, no-contact order violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, misdemeanor assault, sexual assault, collision on city street, noisy neighbor bird    … and more

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News brief: Woman on foot fatally struck by train

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Updated at 8:06 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A woman was struck by a freight train yesterday in Centralia but pronounced dead at the hospital.

Firefighters and police called about 1:40 p.m. to the 100 block of South Railroad Avenue found the patient who was approximately 50 years old, according to authorities.

She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where she died, Riverside Fire Authority reports.

It wasn’t the train crew that reported it, because it didn’t happen at the front of the train, according to BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas. She walked into the side of the southbound train, Melonas said.

The crossing where she was walking when she was hit was at East Locust Street, the same intersection where last summer, Vic Bonagofski fell off his bicycle and was killed by a train.

The BNSF rail lines were closed for approximately 30 minutes yesterday afternoon.

The Centralia Police Department is investigating. The Lewis County Coroner’s Office today said they know who the woman is and are in the process of notifying her next-of-kin. Her name has not been released.

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News brief: Police investigate stabbing in Centralia McDonald’s restaurant lobby

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Updated at 3:31 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Several customers as well as the victim of a stabbing inside a Centralia McDonald’s restaurant jumped the attacker, disarmed him and held him until police arrived today.

Police called at 12:10 p.m. to the 1200 block of Lum Road near the Centralia Outlets arrested the suspect.

Centralia police say the suspect walked into the lobby of the business after previously being told he should leave by a customer for being abusive to an employee at the counter.

At least two customers got involved in kicking him out and one of them, a man in his 50s, was the target of the ensuing knife incident.

“The victim was transported to Providence Hospital Centralia and at last report, is being treated for his injuries,” Centralia police stated just before 2:30 p.m.

The suspect was also transported to the hospital and was treated for the injuries he received when he crashed into a window during the fight, police said. Calvin Beck, 50, was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

Detective Sgt. Carl Buster indicates Beck is transient as far as he can tell.

No other participants were injured.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, July 4, 2016 at 12:05 pm
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BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon of a burglary to a shed at the 500 block of Jefferson Street. Keys and change were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police report a stolen motorcycle was recovered at a residence yesterday and returned to its owner, in a case associated with a location on the 500 block of Jefferson Street.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called at 1:50 a.m. today to the 900 block of South Buckner Street where an individual reported that sometime around 20 minutes earlier, unknown persons entered their unlocked car which was parked the driveway and stole a wallet, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIREWORKS MISHAP

• West Thurston Regional Fire Authority reported yesterday a 40-year-old man was severely injured by an arial firework that exploded when he attempted to relight it in a launch tube. The patient was flown to Haborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the fire department. The incident occurred at the 10400 block of Littlerock Road just before 11 p.m. on Saturday. The department indicated he suffered a serious hand injury and the entire front of his body was struck by multiple fragments.

STRUCTURE FIRE

• Firefighters were called just before 11 p.m. yesterday to a barn fire south of Rochester. It occurred at the 21000 block Wendenfeld Road Southwest, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

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News brief: Mayfield Lake drowning victim not located today

Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 8:50 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Today’s attempts to find and recover the body of a Rochester man who slipped beneath the surface of Mayfield Lake late yesterday afternoon ended without success, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s dive team assisted in the effort that began this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who responded yesterday to the call for help at Ike Kinswa State Park learned the man became tired swimming back from a buoy, and although his wife tried to save him, she couldn’t keep him afloat.

The sheriff’s office said he is a 43-year-old who was camping with his family. His name has not been released.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this afternoon the search will resume on Tuesday, with different equipment.
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For background, read “News brief: Rochester father, husband believed drowned in Mayfield Lake” from Saturday July 2, 2016 at 9:17 a.m., here

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News brief: Fire at tow yard extinguished quickly

Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm
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Ford F150 after the fire is extinguished. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A truck parked in a Centralia tow yard for about an hour this afternoon burst into flames and the cause is under investigation.

Firefighters called about 3:20 p.m. to B n H Towing on the 1100 block of West Reynolds Avenue found fire coming out of both the engine and passenger compartments, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

The fire was quickly brought under control but destroyed the 2000 Ford F150, according to Capt. Scott Weinert. Damage to a tow truck parked adjacent was minimal, according to Weinert.

“The vehicle had not had any previously noted mechanical problems and had been driven approximately an hour prior to the discovery of the fire,” Weinert stated.

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BnH compound before fire department arrives. / Courtesy photo

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News brief: Rochester father, husband believed drowned in Mayfield Lake

Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 9:17 am
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Ike Kinswa State Park sits at the northwest shore of Mayfield Lake in central Lewis County. / Image created from Lewis County GIS Mapping

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A dive team from Pierce County is expected this morning to begin searching for the body of a man who slipped under the water at Mayfield Lake late yesterday afternoon, despite his wife’s attempt to keep him afloat when he tired out from a lengthy swim.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who responded to the 5:15 p.m. call to the boat launch at Ike Kinswa State Park searched but had not located the man as of about 9:25 p.m.

He is identified as a 43-year-old Rochester resident.

The family had been camping in the park since Tuesday and swam in the lake several times without issue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the father and his 17-year-old son had decided to swim to a buoy about 200 feet from shore, but both swimmers began getting tired on the way back. Brown said the 43-year-old was having difficulty staying above water and called to his wife for help.

“The wife swam to her husband to try to help but could not keep her husband afloat,” Brown stated in a news release last night. “He went underwater and has not been located as of this release.”

Ike Kinswa State Park is at the northwest edge of Mayfield Lake in central Lewis County.

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Sentenced: Mossy man gets eight months for felonies, two years for misdemeanors

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 6:49 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 61-year-old Mossyrock man who returned to his home with an ax in violation of a no-contact order – because of a previous hours-long standoff there in which he fired several rounds including after deputies arrived – has been sentenced to two years in jail.

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James C. Long

James C. Long was first arrested on April 3 after scaring his girlfriend and her mother out of the home on the 100 block of Naylor Road. Law enforcement officers eventually deployed pepper spray into the residence and SWAT members entered and took him into custody.

Long lived there with his girlfriend.

Charges in that case, all misdemeanors, were handled in Lewis County District Court.

Less than three weeks later, within hours of Long being released from jail, he was arrested after allegedly breaking through the back door of the home, wielding an ax and a screwdriver.

His girlfriend had two friends staying over, one of which intercepted Long and ended up with small cuts and scrapes.

For that, Long was charged in Lewis County Superior Court with felony assault and felony burglary as well as a violation of a court order.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said today they made a deal in that case that gave Long eight months in jail. He made a so-called Alford plea on June 2 to  third-degree assault and residential burglary. He simply pleaded guilty to the court order violation.

The Alford plea means he believed if a jury heard the state’s evidence and believed it, they would find him guilty.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced in Lewis County Superior Court to eight months in jail. Halstead said the deal included that the sentence would run concurrently with whatever time he got in the District Court standoff case.

On Wednesday, in Lewis County District Court, the judge gave Long 364 days each for reckless endangerment and third-degree malicious mischief, with the time to run consecutively.

Long was given credit for 81 days already served. He is ordered to have no contact with his girlfriend for 10 years.

Until these cases, he had no criminal convictions.

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News brief: Mossyrock woman still missing after search

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 5:51 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Deputies spent several hours with search dogs scouring the Mossyrock property where 56-year-old Myrna R. LeBeau lives but didn’t find her, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning.

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Myrna R. LeBeau

LeBeau was reported missing on Sunday by her boyfriend who she resides with southeast of Mossyrock.

She was last seen leaving her home on May 26 and walking on Green Mountain Road.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the property is about 80 acres and deputies spent most of the day looking for her on Wednesday, checking a few trails and also down to the lake.

Brown said LeBeau’s boyfriend reported to LeBeau’s healthcare provider within a couple of days that she was gone, and they did some checking.

“But because she’s an adult who walked away on her own and took some meds with her, they chose not to pursue it,” Brown said.

A friend asked him recently if he had contacted law enforcement, prompting his call on Sunday, Brown said.

When the boyfriend saw her last, she was wearing a green windbreaker, sweatpants, white tennis shoes and carrying a blue purse. She is described as a white female, 5-feet 6-inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair, and green eyes.

The sheriff’s office has said she may suffer from mental health issues and also that she has a history of leaving, and has friends in Yelm.

Anyone with information that can help locate LeBeau, is asked to please contact detective Jeff Humphrey at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286.

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News brief: Garage goes up in flames at Grand Mound

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 5:17 pm
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Melon Street Southwest early this morning. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The cause of an early morning fire that burned through a detached garage in South Thurston County is under investigation, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

Family living on the property awoke to an unspecified loud sound and saw the structure was on fire with a lot of smoke, department spokesperson Lt. Lanette Dyer said.

Firefighters responding to the 3:55 a.m. call to the 192000 block of Melon Street Southwest found heavy smoke with flames showing, Dyer said.

They were assisted by personnel from four other fire departments.

The approximately 30-foot by 40-foot building housed an unoccupied apartment and two vehicles. The garage and vehicles are destroyed, she said.

Nobody was injured and the property is insured.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 10:10 am
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AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 4:30 a.m. today about a vehicle stolen from the 1200 block of West Chestnut Street. The owner found it a short time later not far away, but the keys and a cell phone were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STOLEN FIREARMS

• Centralia police were called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday about the theft of two handguns from the 600 block of South Gold Street. A person on interest has been identified, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MONEY

• Centralia police were called twice yesterday to the 1300 block of Alexander Street for reports of stolen cash.

CAR PROWL

Centralia police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Rock Street about a vehicle prowl. Medication was reported missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A GPS device and a Droid were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at the 200 block of South Iron Street in Centralia at about 12:20 p.m. yesterday.

• Police were called to the 1400 block of Eshom Road in Centralia about 10:50 a.m. yesterday regarding a car prowl. Someone rummaged through the vehicle but nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNHAPPY CUSTOMER

• Chehalis police were called about 11:40 a.m. yesterday to a store on the 500 block of South Market Boulevard where a teenage boy allegedly showed up, threw a bag of chips at an employee and called her names. He had previously been told not to come back to the business so a case for trespassing will be forwarded to juvenile prosecutors, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with officers about 1:20 p.m. yesterday at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia. Christopher D. Buck was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, no-contact order violation, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, parking issue,  suspicious circumstances, collision on city street    … and more, among 170 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: Shared fire service in and around Chehalis on agenda

Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Officials from the city of Chehalis are getting together with leaders of the neighboring fire district this evening to talk about shared fire services.

The joint meeting with members of the city council and the board of commissioners for Lewis County Fire District 6 begins at 6:30 p.m.

It will be held at District 6’s main station at 2123 Jackson Highway.

According to the agenda, they will talk about the future of fire service for the area and have an open discussion about annexation.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 2:51 pm
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NOT A VICTIM

• A 34-year-old shopper who left her purse in a dressing room while she stepped out to get something else to try on, caught another woman who’d taken items from her purse last night at the Centralia Outlets. Centralia police called just after 7 p.m. to a store on Lum Road learned the 34-year-old Chehalis woman encountered the thief coming out of her dressing room and demanded her to give her back her belongings, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspect, who was described as having long brown hair and weighing about 175 pounds, with bad teeth, gave the items back and fled before officers arrived, police said. The victim sustained minor injuries in the struggle, according to police.

SAW STOLEN

• Centralia police were called at 12:51 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a garage at the 100 block of West Alaska Way in Centralia. A chop saw was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING HONDA FOUND

• Chehalis police called about 11:55 a.m. yesterday about a possible burglary occurring on the 100 block of Southwest 11th Street contacted four individuals, arresting one of them for allegedly being in possession of a Honda car stolen in Chehalis with plates on it that had been stolen in Centralia. Peter J. Herman Jr., 33, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The other people were released, according to police.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Chehalis police were summoned to a business on the 200 block of West Main Street yesterday following the discovery that a U-Haul trailer recently taken in turned out to be stolen in Oregon.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning they are investigating an incident of taking a motor vehicle without permission that occurred on Monday at the 100 block of Fineview Drive in Chehalis. The owner of a 2004 Ford Focus earlier wouldn’t give a person there a ride to Centralia and when he went to bed, put the car keys on his headboard, according to the sheriff’s office. When he awoke, the car was gone.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8:20 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Southwest 16th Street where someone removed items, including a wallet, from a vehicle while a man was sleeping inside of it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called late yesterday afternoon about a vehicle prowl at the 400 block of Southwest 18th Street. Stolen from the unlocked pickup truck was a trailer brake box, black in color, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The brand is Primus, police said.

• Police were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday by a woman who said her backpack had been taken from her vehicle while it parked at the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis and then found by an acquaintance, but her cell phone was missing.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Police responded just before 3 p.m. yesterday when a woman on a bicycle and a vehicle collided on the 100 block of West Maple Street just outside City Hall in Centralia.  The injuries were minor, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Firefighters called just before 10 a.m. today to a collision between a semi truck and a passenger truck on state Route 6 near Curtis Hill Road found none of the three occupants were injured but the big rig’s trailer was blocking both lanes. The roadway was closed for a time as approximately 45 gallons of diesel spilled onto the road, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, unlawful transit conduct; responses for alarm, dispute,  civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, graffiti on a sign, collision on city street    … and more, among 149 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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Centralia man un-convicted of child sex crimes back in court

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 6:16 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Centralia man whose convictions for child sex abuse that put him in prison for 30 years were reversed, is back in the Lewis County Jail.

Lewis County prosecutors are preparing for a new trial for now 41-year-old Paulo Botello-Garcia.

Botello-Garcia was arrested early in 2012 after a 15-year-old girl’s mother found writings in the teen’s journal about incidents that had occurred in the past. He was convicted by a jury in Lewis County Superior Court of two counts of second-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree rape of a child in early 2014.

The Washington State Court of Appeals found the trial court erred in admitting certain evidence and earlier this year remanded the case for a new trial.

It was a lengthy trial, said Joely O’Rourke who prosecuted the case.

O’Rourke has since left the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office and now serves as temporary defense attorney for individuals at their first court appearance. On Monday afternoon when Botello-Garcia was brought back before a judge, O’Rourke excused herself from the courtroom.

Botello-Garcia, who told Judge Richard Brosey he only spoke a little English, was accompanied at the defense table by only an interpreter.

Judge Brosey noted Botello-Garcia’s trial lawyer has died and asked if he needed a court appointed attorney. Botello-Garcia said he did and Centralia lawyer David Arcuri was assigned to represent him.

Since the case was tried before Judge James Lawler, the case will go back to him, Brosey said.

Court documents show the 2014 trial lasted at least six days. The offenses for which he was convicted occurred when the girl was 12 and 13 years old. They were members of the same household.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh argued the appeal. Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm will be handling the case now, Beigh said today.

Botello-Garcia is scheduled for his next court hearing tomorrow.