THREE MEDICS INJURED IN GAS STATION BRAWL
• A 47-year-old man is jailed after he allegedly attacked paramedics while they were fueling up their ambulance at a Centralia gas station yesterday in an incident that turned into a melee involving a half dozen AMR employees, four police officers and even a female bystander who stepped in to help. One medic was bit on his arm, another struck in the face with his own radio and a third kicked in the chest before it was over, according to the Centralia Police Department.
Police said it began about 4:30 p.m. as Wade C. Buchanan was putting gas in his vehicle and AMR medics were getting fuel at the Chevron station on the 1200 block of Mellen Street, near Interstate 5. AMR’s headquarters is right around the corner. Police Sgt. Carl Buster said Buchanan for unknown reasons charged one of the medics after making a comment about them driving a new ambulance. “They’re calling for help on their radio, so other medics are real close,” Buster said. “They showed up and jumped in.” When officers arrived, they had Buchanan on the ground, Buster said. One officer used his Taser in an attempt to subdue Buchanan to no avail so another officer deployed pepper spray, Buster said. It had no effect either, Buster said. Buchanan was subsequently detained, according to police. “No one can explain why he went off,” Buster said. There were enough medics there, they treated themselves, he said. One officer suffered a possible shoulder injury, the medic with the bite was taken to the hospital for treatment and the 49-year-old Vancouver, Wash. woman was unhurt, according to police. Buchanan, whose address is in Olympia, had some scrapes on his hand, according to police. He was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Watch video on king5.com
• Someone broke into an outbuilding on the 3800 block of Ives Road in Centralia and made off with approximately 400 feet of wire, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.
BOAT MOTOR THEFT
• Two electric boat motors were stolen during the night from the 2000 block of Gallagher Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.
• A 19-year-old was arrested for trying to steal a bottle of Jack Daniels from a grocery store on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia on Friday evening. Jonathon Nickols, a Centralia resident, was cited for third-degree theft and minor in possession when he was contacted by an officer about 5:30 p.m., and then he was released, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Centralia police were called just after 11 a.m. on Friday to a residence on the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road stolen missing Oxycodone. Officers have a suspect in mind, according to the Centralia Police Department.
METH AND HEROIN ARREST
• A 34-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of both heroin and methamphetamine at Alder and Cherry streets in Centralia on Friday afternoon. Scott R. Hotchkiss was initially contacted by police about a warrant just before 3 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.
NOT A GUN
• Centralia police got a report just after 1 p.m. on Friday regarding a male displaying a firearm to another driver on West Mellen Street. When officers caught up with the suspect, no gun was found in the vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department. The officer suspected the driver simply had something in his hand that looked like a weapon, according to police.
TEENS FOLLOWED BY STRANGER
• Centralia police were called about 3 p.m. on Friday to the area of Cedarwood Drive regarding a male driving an older red pickup truck who had followed some teenagers home. Once the kids got home, the truck left and could not be located, according to the Centralia Police Department.