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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE …

• Firefighters are gathering in the Boistfort Valley this morning to burn down a house. It’s a practice event, with a donated residence on the 100 block of Lost Valley Road, according to Lewis County Fire District 13. Chief Gregg Peterson says they expect to wrap up about 3 o’clock this afternoon.

PARKS, GUNS AND THE LAW

• Chehalis police were called about 7:25 p.m. on Wednesday to Recreation Park about a man with a gun. It turns out the city of Chehalis has a ban on carrying firearms in city parks, but it’s not enforceable. The officer was caught a little of guard, Chehalis Police Department Chief Glenn Schaffer said. When the officer arrived to the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street, a citizen had pulled up the city’s municipal code on their phone and showed it to him, Schaffer said. “We hadn’t dealt with it in so long, we didn’t realize it was still on the books,” he said. There was a time when it was prohibited, he said, but court rulings in a Seattle case a few years back made it clear cities don’t have the authority to ban guns in parks, he said. The chief said he was going to talk with the city attorney right away and get the ordinance repealed. In the past, the offense was a misdemeanor. “They didn’t arrest him, they did the right thing,” Schaffer said. “Just had a conversation.”

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm

TWO WANTED AFTER GUN PULLED ON WIFE’S BOYFRIEND IN PE ELL

• A 39-year-old woman escaped apparently unharmed when she intervened in an armed dispute involving her estranged husband and her boyfriend last night in Pe Ell. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says the couple arrived to pick up a child at the 500 block of Main Street when an enraged 43-year-old Jeremy J. Smith came walking across the yard carrying a baseball bat, but then produced a handgun which he pointed at her boyfriend who was about 20 feet away. He threatened to blow his “f’ing head off, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman was close enough to Smith she was able to push him to the ground and a brief struggle ensued, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Smith then left the area on foot, according to Brown. Brown said the dispute was regarding something to do with one of the children, and Smith had made a similar threat to the 41-year-old boyfriend earlier during a game at the baseball field in Pe Ell. Deputies called to the west Lewis County town at 8 p.m. weren’t able to find Smith, who is now wanted for two counts of first-degree assault. A deputy was told the weapon at one point during the struggle was pointed at the 39-year-old woman, who expressed she fear she would be shot, Brown said. The sheriff’s office is also looking for Smith’s girlfriend, Melissa A. Nacht, 37, also of Pe Ell, as they believe she hid his gun in a car for him. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Smith or Nacht to contact them, or contact Lewis County Crime Stoppers.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 9:15 a.m. yesterday to the 400 block of Jackson Street for an overnight vehicle prowl in which some change was stolen.

YARD ART THEFT

• A statue was stolen from a yard on the 200 block of Hemlock Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday. This follows two recent thefts from Centralia porches of a stone lion and a ceramic frog.

FIVE-VEHICLE COLLISION

• A 22-year-old Winlock woman was arrested last night after she was allegedly intoxicated and behind the wheel of a co-worker’s vehicle when she slammed into four parked cars at the 900 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Police responding about 7:15 p.m. arrested Ancelma Ramirez-Lamas and booked her into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police are recommending numerous charges including driving under the influence, with a suspended license and without a required ignition interlock device.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving without a license, misdemeanor assault, trespass; responses for alarms, disputes, possibly drunk drivers; complaint about unmowed lawn … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm

THEFT FROM RELATIVES

• Police called about 8 a.m. yesterday morning to the 1900 block of Van Wormer Street in Centralia concluded that two young men had stolen valuables from a family member, which subsequently were recovered from pawn shops in Centralia and Chehalis. The items included jewelry, video games and a computer tablet, according to the Centralia Police Department. The 21-year-old and 25-year-old were not arrested, but the case is being referred to prosecutors for possible charges of theft as well as trafficking in stolen property, according to police.

THEFT FROM DRIVEWAY

• Chehalis police took a report about 3 p.m. yesterday of a large tool box missing from a driveway on Southwest Fifth Street near Market Boulevard. it had last been seen about 10 p.m. the previous night,  according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PORCH PILFERING

• An officer was called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia following the discovery that a large stone lion was missing from the front porch. The theft followed an earlier instance when a ceramic frog was stolen from the porch of a residence on the 1200 block of Pear Street.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 35-year-old Morton man was arrested yesterday for second-degree assault in connection with an incident last month in which he allegedly argued with a woman at a residence in Randle and choked her until she went unconscious. The woman reported she woke up on the floor with a broken chair under her, which caused a puncture wound, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The chair was finally located and the suspect questioned, according to the sheriff’s office. Jeff M. Hill was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

LOTS OF WARRANTS, AND MORE

• Centralia police arrested four individuals for possession of methamphetamine yesterday, three of them during a warrant “sweep” in which 13 wanted individuals were picked up. Police worked with officers from the state Department of Corrections to arrest people into the evening, going as far north as the 20200 block of Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound.

FLOWERS DISCOVERED BY BOMB TECH

• Centralia police continue to investigate an incident at the 800 block of Hillview Road which drew explosives experts on Tuesday evening; a suspicious package with a derogatory message left in front of a home. Officers called about 6:15 p.m. requested the  Washington State Patrol bomb squad, according to police. “I can’t tell you what the message was, but inside were found cut flowers,” Officer Mike Lowrey said this morning.

COLLISION IN CROSSWALK

• A man in a wheelchair suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a car in a crosswalk yesterday in Centralia. Aid and police called about 5:50 p.m. to North Pearl and West Main streets. The patient was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The female driver was issued a citation, police said. Further details were not readily available.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, loud party, barking dog, suicidal person, possible heroin overdose, parking lot hit and run, shoplifting, and more misdemeanor theft, person at a park with a gun, suspected theft of dogs which were returned, request to remove a homeless person drinking coffee at a clinic at the Lewis County Mall … and more.

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News brief: Suspected Oakville home invasion partner still being sought

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Deputies are continuing to look for the second suspect from an incident at an Oakville home two weeks ago in which two masked men carrying machetes kicked in the door and tried to rob a couple there.

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Leonard M. Young

Twenty-three-year-old Derrick D. Klatush was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Oakville and a warrant has been issued for his suspected companion, 28-year-old Leonard M. Young, according to the the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office.

Both are Oakville residents, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate.

Young is described as about 5-feet 8-inches tall, and weighing 190 pound with brown eyes and black hair.

The sheriff’s office has said the suspected the motive was to steal recent casino winnings from the man and woman at  the 200 block of East Alder Street.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked the call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765 or the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office at 360-249-3711.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm
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The hay bales which fell from a truck near Ethel are described as something like as much as five feet around and six feet long. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 8

Updated at 6:55 p.m.

TON OF HAY FALLS ON 21-YEAR-OLD NEAR ETHEL

• A 21-year-old was airlifted to a Portland hospital this afternoon after one or two giant round bales of hay fell on him east of Ethel. Lewis County Fire District 8 called about 3:40 p.m. to the property down a long driveway south of U.S. Highway 12 east of Pinkerton Road found the young man on the ground; he’d managed to get himself loose, according to Fire Chief Duran McDaniel. McDaniel said he’s told the big bales weigh 700 to 1500 pounds each, depending upon how tightly they’re packed. They had fallen from a truck, he said. A teenage boy was with him when firefighters arrived, he said. The young man, who is from the Vancouver area described pain from the middle of his chest to his pelvis, but was talking to responders the entire time, McDaniel said. He was transported by ambulance to the main fire station in Salkum and flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

PACKAGE WITH MESSAGE DRAWS EXPLOSIVE EXPERTS

• The bomb squad with the Washington State Patrol was called in to examine a suspicious package with a derogatory message left in front of a home on the 1800 block of Hillview Road in Centralia yesterday evening. Police said no explosives were found inside but the case is under investigation.

DECK CATCHES FIRE

• A fire investigator was called to look into a fire that broke out on the second-story deck of a home on the 600 block of Oakland Avenue in Centralia yesterday evening. Firefighters called about 6:25 p.m. learned the resident smelled smoke, went outside and saw what was happening. He grabbed a hose and had it nearly extinguished when crews arrived, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Fire Capt. It burned a hole clear through, roughly four feet by two feet, Fire Capt. Terry Ternan said. Ternan said there was no barbecue or anything like that on the deck.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 11:10 a.m. yesterday to a burglary at an apartment on the 700 block of H Street. Because the owner was unavailable, what might have been stolen is undetermined, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BANK ACCOUNT LOOTED WITH FOUND DEBIT CARD

• Chehalis police said yesterday they are investigating after a customer reported he forgot his card in the ATM machine on the 400 block of North Market Boulevard and learned someone used it to withdraw $200 from his account. The 57-year-old Chehalis man reported the incident about 11:45 a.m. on Monday, which occurred at Wells Fargo Bank, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The man cancelled his card but found it was used 38 seconds after he left it, police said.

STEP RIGHT IN HERE, PLEASE

• A 21-year-old Chehalis man was arrested near the Lewis County Jail on Monday evening for possession of a dangerous weapon, a switchblade knife. Booked into the jail was Christopher D. Kruger, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MANY MISDEMEANOR THEFTS

• A 55-year-old Packwood man told a deputy yesterday he stole three three hanging flower baskets from Four-U Realty on the 13000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in retaliation for a bad experience with the business, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Keith D. Schroeder was identified from security video as taking the flowers back on May 7, according to the sheriff’s office. He was contacted yesterday afternoon, arrested for third-degree theft, the flowers were returned and he was released, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Chehalis police said yesterday they referred a case to prosecutors of multiple counts of misdemeanor theft in connection with a 15-year-old student at W.F. West High School and money missing from a locker room. An investigation began on Monday, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called at noon yesterday about a wheel stolen off a vehicle on Southwest James Street.

• Centralia police responded about 1:25 a.m. today when a ceramic frog was stolen from the porch of a home on the 1200 block of Pear Street. Officers learned the suspect was seen running northbound and brought in Chehalis police dog Reign. The K-9 tracked the suspect and located the frog, according to the Centralia Police Department. Aaron D. Malone, 25, of Centralia, was arrested for third-degree theft and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

WRECK

• One car was totaled and another sustained major damage when a 28-year-old Chehalis woman attempted a left turn into a driveway yesterday at the 300 block of Berry Road south of Chehalis. A deputy responding after the approximately 3:30 p.m. collision learned the 7-year-old passenger in her car complained of no injuries but the woman described chest pain, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 17-year-old Chehalis girl in the Honda Accord which was struck suffered dizziness and abdominal pain, according to the sheriff’s office. The 28-year-old was cited for failure to yield, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct; responses for alarms, disputes, collision on city street, cup of noodle thrown at someone, dog left inside parked vehicle … and more.

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News brief: One arrest made in Oakville home invasion

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Law enforcement officers yesterday arrested a 23-year-old Oakville man in connection with the home invasion two weeks ago in which two masked men carrying machetes targeted an Oakville home.

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office suspected the motive was to steal the resident’s recent casino winnings.

Deputies responded about 5 a.m. on May 1 to the 200 block of East Alder Street after the man and woman there reported a pair of individuals had kicked in their door and assaulted them. The intruders left without getting any money.

Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said that deputies and officers with Chehalis Tribal Police at about 2 p.m. yesterday located Derrick D. Klatush on Balch Road in Oakville and arrested him for first-degree attempted robbery, first-degree burglary and assault.

Police are actively pursuing the second suspect, a 28-year-old man who is also from Oakville, according to Shumate.

Investigators are continuing to develop information to determine if these suspects were also involved in the robbery to the marijuana dispensary a month earlier, according to Shumate.

On April 8, the Oakville School was locked down as numerous law enforcement officers responded when the Green Harbour Medical Marijuana Co-Op on the 100 block of East Pine Street was robbed of money and drugs by two men in ski masks.

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Investigation continues into deadly Salkum dispute

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 9:10 am

Updated at 11:45 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office says an autopsy conducted yesterday found that 28-year-old Travis Shive died of massive internal bleeding from a gunshot wound, described as entering his abdomen and traveling into his chest without exiting his body.

The Salkum resident was shot twice, by a neighbor on Saturday night, according to the sheriff’s office.

The 56-year-old neighbor man who has not been arrested admitted he armed himself with a .380 semi-automatic handgun and said he went outside to get Shive to leave his property.

The unnamed man told deputies he felt threatened because Shive had been on his front porch ranting, accusing him of shooting his dog and refused to leave.

The sheriff’s office says it learned a fight took place in the yard after Shive, who was unarmed, lunged at the older man and then he was shot.

Shive was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has said the shooter is cooperating with the investigation, and said they were awaiting the results of the autopsy.

This morning, the sheriff’s office indicated detectives now want to answer the question of the proximity of the shooter to Shive when the firearm was discharged.

They are sending Shive’s clothing to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab to be examined, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

Brown said both shots were from front to back, not in the back as two of several witnesses reported.

Coroner Warren McLeod said the other shot struck Shive in his left shoulder.

It happened about 8:10 p.m. on Saturday at the 200 block of Stowell Road, about a half block from the Salkum Super market.

Responding firefighters were told to wait at their station until deputies arrived to make sure the scene was safe.

Fire Chief Duran McDaniel estimated he stayed parked at the neighborhood store perhaps seven minutes, before he was given the okay to come in, something that was tough to do as a person lay injured.

Shive was able to walk off the property and was in the front yard of another property where bystanders were performing CPR.

The coroner said this morning the delay didn’t play a role in Shive’s death, the internal bleeding was so serious.

“Even if the medics got there (immediately) there is nothing, that I’m aware of, they can do all that much to stem the bleeding out in the field,” McLeod said.

Brown this morning indicated the investigation could take some time; such as getting the test results back because of a backlog at the state crime lab.

She said detectives learned the 56-year-old never opened his front door while Shive was there yelling, as he had it duct taped closed in connection with some kind of repair or renovation.

According to Brown, the man exited through a back or side door into the yard to see what was happening, and then the confrontation occurred.

The sheriff’s office believes Shive went to the man’s house in error, thinking it was he who shot the dog.

Detectives are still looking into who did it, as part of their inquiry, but Brown didn’t have high expectations they would find that out.

“I don’t know that person will ever come forward, at this point,” she said. “I don’t know that we’ll ever know.”

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CORRECTION: This news story has been updated to clarify the 56-year-old resident never opened the front door, and only left his house one time to meet up with Shive in his yard, according to the sheriff’s office.

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For background, read “Deadly dispute over dog shooting still under investigation in Salkum” from Monday May 12, 2014, here

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Thurston deputies looking for red bandana bandit

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Updated at 3:19 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A clerk working alone at the Grand Mound AM/PM store was frightened but otherwise unharmed when she was robbed at gunpoint last night.

Deputies headed to the business about 11:40 p.m. after at least twice someone called 911 from there but hung up without speaking, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

A dispatcher finally made contact with the employee who reported what occurred, Sgt. Ray Brady said.

“She said she did that because she wasn’t sure if he was going to come back, and she was so scared,” Brady said.

Brady said the the 36-year-old Rochester resident was in a back room when a man wearing dark clothing and a red bandana over his face came inside pointing a handgun toward her. And he aimed it at her back as she retrieved money he demanded, according to Brady.

He then left and headed south toward the parking lot at Key Bank, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies suspect a vehicle may have been staged there, as that’s where a police dog track ended, according to Brady.

The store and gas station sits at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Old Highway 99 not far from Interstate 5.

Detectives today are working the case, and in contact with Tumwater police who are investigating a similar incident earlier in the evening farther north along the I-5 corridor, Brady said.

A Chevron store was robbed by a male wearing a red bandana over his face just before 8 p.m. at Trosper Road near Little Rock Road, according to police.  He fled the store and was picked up by a female in a green Jeep Cherokee, police said.

Tumwater’s subject is described as about 6-feet tall with a medium build, wearing a black hoodie, black baggie pants and blue high-top tennis shoes and as having a dark complexion, according to the Tumwater Police Department.

The Grand Mound clerk thought her robber was a white male adult and said he was wearing dark clothing, and a red or maroon baseball-type cap, Brady said, along with the bandana over his face.

The same store was just robbed in December, by a pony-tailed woman who threatened to shoot a clerk. A 20-year-old Montesano woman was arrested days later in that case.

Brady said the clerk last night did the right things.

“That’s what they teach employees, to cooperate and just be a good witness,” he said.

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CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect the correct time police were called to the robbery in Tumwater.

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Birdwell theft case deal includes incarceration plus deadline to pay back funds

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Former used car dealer Keith Birdwell yesterday admitted he wrote thousands of dollars worth of bad checks to Security State Bank and didn’t pay back loans to the Centralia-based financial institution, the first step in a plea deal to avoid a potential lengthy prison term.

Birdwell, 48, and his wife were charged early last year in Lewis County Superior Court with theft, for allegedly using various deceptions to dodge repaying what they owed for the vehicles at Birdwell Auto Sales in Centralia and their lot in Lacey. Both businesses are now closed.

The criminal case came out of a lengthy investigation by the Centralia Police Department, with losses claimed by the bank of more than $1 million.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg said if Birdwell pays off a certain amount of what he owes before a sentencing hearing scheduled in July, Eisenberg will recommend to the judge a 12-month sentence.

The amount agreed upon by the deadline is known only to the parties involved, according to Eisenberg.

The Toledo couple was charged originally with first-degree theft, as well as multiple counts of unlawful issuance of a bank check, all with special allegations the actions were major economic offenses with a high degree of sophistication, meaning if convicted, a possible penalty of 10 years in prison and / or a $20,000 fine.

Eisenberg said the reasons prosecutors made a deal instead of taking the case to trial will be easier to explain this summer, when they are back in court.

“(This) gets some of the punishment I wanted and it gets something for the bank,” he said.

Security State Bank was involved in the process and satisfied with the arrangement he said.

Tacoma-based defense attorney Keith McFie had little to say; only that his client pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on July 2.

Birdwell and his wife Lorrine D. Birdwell, 45, have been free on signature bonds since the beginning, although they did have to visit the jail to get their photos and fingerprints taken.

The circumstances involved a form of a line of credit with the bank, in which the unsold vehicles at the car lots were used as collateral for loans, and a day in July 2012 when a bank employee discovered 21 vehicles were unaccounted for, according to charging documents.

After an inquiry by phone from the bank’s president, Keith Birdwell allegedly over a period of three days wrote checks from their Twin Star Credit Union account to their Security State account. The first one was for $29,750, all but one of the others were larger.

The checks didn’t clear. Keith Birdwell indicated to police he expected them to be covered by a loan from an associate.

All but the one charge for first-degree theft have been dismissed in Lorrine D. Birdwell’s case. Lawyers are reportedly working on a plea deal with her which is tied to her husband’s.

Birdwell yesterday pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree theft and three counts of felony unlawful issuance of a bank check.

Eisenberg yesterday told the judge he expects to dismiss two remaining counts of unlawful issuance of a bank check at the sentencing hearing, if Birdwell has kept his end of the bargain.

If not, and Birdwell were convicted on all the counts, along with the so-called aggravators, the standard sentencing range is 14 to 18 months in prison, however the judge would be free to hand down as much as the maximum of a decade, according to Eisenberg.

Eisenberg said he’s not certain what may happen if the agreed upon amount is not repaid by then, except he noted he and McFie did have an alternate agreement they’d discussed.

He said he understands Birdwell is working, doing some kind of freelance auto sales.

Still to be determined is the total amount of restitution owed, an amount which is in dispute, he said.

Which portion which came from criminal behavior and how much came about simply because the business was doing poorly will have to be decided by a judge later on, according to Eisenberg.

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For background, read “Centralia used car lot owners appear in court on criminal charges” from Wednesday January 23, 2013, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:12 am

WRESTLING IN THE ER

• A Centralia police officer was injured yesterday during a confrontation with a suicidal subject who reportedly suddenly became combative in the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital. Officers responded to a 911 asking for help from a 33-year-old Centralia man at Motel 6 on the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue and found him standing outside a room waiting for them, according to police. Because of indications he had mental health issues, the man was taken into custody and transported to the hospital, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. While in the emergency room, Reichert said, Kevin G. Blosser jerked away from the officer before turning as though he was going to head butt the officer. The officer was injured when he wrestled Blosser to the ground, Reichert said. Reichert didn’t know if Blosser was hurt, he said. Blosser was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report of a vehicle prowl about 11:40 a.m. yesterday at the 2400 block of Borst Avenue. A gym bag was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• A 50-year-old Onalaska man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday following a single-vehicle collision on Gish Road near milepost four. A deputy responding after the approximately 8:05 a.m. wreck determined the man’s car had left the road and traveled an estimated 70 feet through a ditch, striking a culvert and a fence post, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was taken to the hospital to be checked out and because there were various signs he was impaired, a blood sample was taken to be checked for drugs or alcohol, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

SMASH AND GRAB

• Chehalis police responding about 1:35 a.m. on Sunday to an alarm at Radio Shack in the Twin City Town Center found the glass front doors broken and several thousand dollars worth of merchandise missing. Stolen were numerous Dre Beats headsets, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The break-in is under investigation, according to police.

• Chehalis police are investigating following a discovery at Wal-Mart on Friday morning that someone broke into a jewelry case, making off with more than $4,000 worth of rings.

BURGLARY IN RANDLE

• A 61-year-old Randle woman who left for Packwood about 4:50 p.m. yesterday returned home around 6 p.m. to find someone had pried open her backdoor and stolen a cell phone as well as a blue small two-drawer chest containing various papers. Numerous unspecified items were discovered scattered around the living room floor of the residence on the 10,000 block of U.S. Highway 12, which seemingly were dropped by the intruder, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation is underway, according to the sheriff’s office.

ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old inmate at Green Hill school for boys was arrested on Saturday night for custodial assault, in connection with an incident involving a staff member. Devin M. Ryan was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 11:30 a.m. yesterday from the 1400 block of Windsor Avenue regarding someone painting graffiti on a building in the night.

RESCUE FROM THE SWAMP

• A 23-year-old man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital on Friday night after he was retrieved drunk and shivering uncontrollably from a swampy area about a quarter mile east of Yard Birds along North National Avenue in Chehalis. Police were called about 6:40 p.m. and told he had been lost for the previous three to four hours and had called his father to say he was somewhere in the “water hole” by Yard Birds, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer was able to get his attention and have him walk out, but he was very unsteady on his feet, according to police.

YIKES: AMBULANCE STRIKES CAR

• The roadway near Providence Centralia Hospital was partially blocked about an hour around noontime on Friday when an ambulance collided with a car, leaving both vehicles needing a tow. Alicia Steffens, 31, of Grand Mound, said she had just turned eastbound onto Cooks Hill Road near where it changes to Mellen Street when she stopped for a woman to cross the street. The pedestrian had nearly reached the other side when Steffens noticed an alarmed look on her face, and looked in her rearview mirror. She saw an ambulance coming at her, she said. The woman jumped to the curb, she said. “I got hit, it was pretty full speed,” Steffens said. “I had enough time to cover my head and brace for the impact.” Steffens said it shoved her Subaru Outback about two car-lengths forward. Nobody was injured and the AMR rig was occupied only by two medics, no patient, Steffens said. But both bumpers were crushed into their wheels, leaving them unable to drive away, Steffens said. It’s not clear what ticket or tickets might have been issued.

OUTBUILDING BURNS IN WINLOCK

• Firefighters called about 9:45 p.m. on Friday about a fire on the 700 block of Rhoades Road in Winlock found a small, dilapidated old pole barn burning. “It was basically on the ground (already,” Lewis County Fire District 15 Firefighter Patrick Jacobson said. They extinguished it and nobody was hurt, Jacobson said.

BIG CHEHALIS BURGLARY REVEALED

• Nearly $8,000 worth of valuables including five antique Smokey Bear figurines and six boxes of comic books still in their plastic sleeves were stolen in a burglary last month at the 100 block of Kennicott Road south of Chehalis, according to a Lewis County Crime Stoppers announcement today. They and the sheriff’s office are looking for tips regarding the April 17 break-in that took place between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Among the missing items are also hardshell suitcases, various Japanese and US coins, black Americana figurines and 1960s-era flower pins, according to Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the clearance of crimes. Anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422 or information may be shared online at www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, three underage adults with three bottles of hard liquor in their vehicle, a teenage boy who reportedly punched out his mother’s tail light at a truck stop; issuing a ticket for “vehicle off the roadway”; responses for alarms, disputes, counterfeit bill, loud music at 2 a.m., collisions on city streets, wreck on county road, dog on a playground, a report of a drunk woman showing off her breasts in a bar, a report of someone leaving a rat’s head on a Chehalis resident’s front steps … and more.

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Forty-two-year-old victim of fatal weekend crash identified

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office says the 42-year-old man who died in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on Tucker Road north of Toledo is Bruce Larson, of Onalaska.

The sheriff’s office reports he is from Morton.

Aid and deputies called about 3:20 a.m. found Larson deceased in the driver’s set of a Toyota Corolla station wagon and found his passenger, a 39-year-old Morton woman sitting on the ground next to the car, according to responders.

It appeared the car was eastbound and left the roadway at a slight curve, continued on and then crossed back over the road jumping a ditch and came to rest in the grass where it collided with two trees, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was described as a total loss.

Lewis County Fire District 2  Chief Grant Wiltbank said the passenger was airlifted to  Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver to be evaluated. The sheriff’s office reported this morning she was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said she had no information this morning on the passenger’s condition.

The Washington State Patrol is assisting in the investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Deadly dispute over dog shooting still under investigation in Salkum

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

Updated at 12:05 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

No arrest has been made but detectives continue to investigate after a 56-year-old Salkum man fatally shot his neighbor over the weekend, apparently over a neighborhood dog getting shot.

Travis Shive, 28, was shot twice in the man’s front yard and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on Saturday night.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office this morning said they still don’t know who shot the dog, but it is still alive.

“It is believed the 28 year old had gone to 56 year old man’s house in error, thinking he was at the house of someone who had allegedly shot the neighborhood dog,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said in a news release.

The 56-year-old, who was not named, is not in custody and is cooperating with law enforcement, according to Brown.

The man told deputies he armed himself with a .380 semi-automatic handgun after Shive came to his front porch ranting, accusing him of shooting the dog and refused to leave, Brown said.

The sheriff’s office says a fight took place in the yard after Shive lunged at the older man and then he was shot.

Brown said there is no indication Shive had a gun.

Detectives continue to talk to the numerous witnesses of the incident and the investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office. Detectives are also awaiting the results of the autopsy, Brown indicated.

It happened about 8:10 p.m. at the 200 block of Stowell Road.

The sheriff’s office says Shive was able to walk off the property before collapsing. CPR was performed by others in the area until medics arrived, according to Brown.

Stowell Road was closed while detectives examined the scene and interviewed the shooter.

Brown describes the shooter’s version of what occurred:

He told deputies he told Shive repeatedly to leave but Shive continued to yell at him.

He said he felt threatened so he got a gun and went outside to tell Shive again to leave.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

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CORRECTION: This news story has been updated to clarify the 56-year-old resident only left his house one time to meet up with Shive in his yard.

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Changes made to protect those who reside near potential landslide areas

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle TImes reports timber companies that want to harvest near potentially dangerous landslide areas will now have to conduct geologic reviews before getting a logging permit from the state, a change announced on Friday by the Department of Natural Resources.

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark states the new requirement applies if DNR determines a proposed harvest could affect public safety, an added precaution following the deadly landslide in Oso.

Reports from geologists are already required when the logging is to take place on potentially unstable slopes, according to DNR.

Commissioner Goldmark is acting on recommendations following the recent conclusions from a study of 2007 landslides in Southwest Washington.

A special meeting underway today in Olympia of the Washington State Forest Practices Board will review what’s known about the Oso Landslide, consider the latest scientific information, and discuss the state’s regulatory approach to protecting public safety and public resources.

The board’s discussions will continue tomorrow at its regularly scheduled meeting

When: Today, May 12, 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Where:  John A. Cherberg Building, Hearing Room 1
304 15th Ave. SW, Olympia

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Read more about it here: “State: Review now required before logging near risky landslide areas” from The Seattle Times on May 9, 2014 at 8:57 p.m.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Updated

MAN KILLED IN COLLISION NEAR TOLEDO

• One person is dead and another was airlifted after a single-vehicle wreck early yesterday morning near the 700 block of Tucker Road north of Toledo. Firefighters and medics responded about 3:25 a.m. after a caller to 911 reported hearing the sound of a collision and screaming, according to Lewis County Fire District 2. Responders found a female sitting on the shoulder of the roadway and a male deceased behind the wheel, Fire Chief Grant Wiltbank said. It appeared he lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and struck some trees, Wiltbank said. The passenger was sent to the trauma center at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver to be evaluated, Wiltbank said. The man’s name has not yet been released, as the Lewis County Coroner’s Office is waiting for positive identification and notification to his family, Coroner Warren McLeod said this morning. The driver was a 42-year-old Morton resident. His Toyota Corolla station wagon was described as a total loss.

DRUGS

• A 19-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for being a minor in possession of marijuana early yesterday morning. Eric J. Stevens was booked into the Lewis County Jail following contact with an officer about 5 a.m. at the 1200 block of Mellen Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were looking for a white Ford F-150-style pickup truck and a yellow Saturn following a report of a window being broken out of a building on the 200 block of West Maple Street in Centralia just before midnight on Friday.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for collisions on city streets … and more.

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News brief: Salkum man dead after shooting

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The victim of last night’s shooting in Salkum didn’t survive.

Aid and deputies were called about 8:10 p.m. after a reported dispute between neighbors in which a shot or shots were fired.

Twenty-eight-year-old Travis Shive was transported by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office last night said detectives were questioning a Salkum man after the incident on the 200 block of Stowell Road. It’s unknown if any arrest has been made.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said his office was contacted about 9:30 p.m. or 10 o’clock about the death and Shive, a Salkum resident, was transported to the coroner’s office. An autopsy is expected on Tuesday, McLeod said.

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Breaking news: Man shot in Salkum, neighbor questioned

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Updated at 10:20 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Detectives are on the scene investigating a shooting in Salkum that sent a 28-year-old Salkum man to Providence Centralia Hospital tonight.

Stowell Road is currently closed between Gore Road and Salkum Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened about 8:10 p.m. at the 200 block of Stowell Road, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said in a news release.

The suspected shooter is being questioned. He is a Salkum resident as well, according to Brown. The victim’s condition is unknown, Brown stated at about 9:30 p.m.

Initial information is it was a dispute between neighbors, Brown stated.

Lewis County Fire DIstrict 8 was called to the scene but told to wait at their station until deputies arrived and could make sure the area was secure.

Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said he was on his way home from another call and had already turned the corner so he parked at the Salkum Super market, about a half block from the victim.

“That’s the hard part, having to stage, because we could have an active shooter,” Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said.

Firefighters and medics found the victim in a front yard and took care of the patient, performing CPR all the way to the hospital, McDaniel said.

Brown indicated further information will be released as it becomes available.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 9:41 pm

SNEAKY BURGLAR

• Centralia police were called to a residential burglary about 9 a.m. yesterday at the 500 block of West Fourth Street. There was no forced entry and it appeared someone entered during the night through an unlocked door,  according to the Centralia Police Department. Among the missing were a television and an Xbox, according to police.

FRAUD

• Police took a report from the 2500 block of Eureka Avenue yesterday that an unknown subject withdrew more than $700 from a victim’s bank account by using just a “routing number”. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BIG SHOPLIFT

• Centralia police yesterday evening arrested two individuals for organized retail theft after they allegedly shoplifted together from multiple stores at the Centralia Outlets. Aaron E. Kyllonen, 27 of Longview, and Kinzy R. Murray, 19, of Kelso, were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SELLING SOMEBODY ELSE’S STUFF

• Centralia police suspect a 44-year-old Centralia man rented a television from a business on the 2000 block of Borst Avenue and then days later sold it to a pawn shop in Chehalis. The case was referred yesterday to prosecutors to evaluate for a theft charge, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR FIRE

• Firefighters were called just after 12 noon yesterday to Burger King on Harrison Avenue where a man who’d just purchased a “very nice, old” Saab two hours earlier and was headed home stopped for lunch. He’d noticed smoke coming from the engine, which was on fire, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The flames and damage were contained to the upper part of the motor, Fire Capt. Casey McCarthy said.

COLLISIONS

• A sport utility vehicle and a Honda car collided when one turned in front of the other at Borst Avenue and North Schueber Road in Centralia yesterday. Police and aid called about 2:40 p.m. say three people were hospitalized with minor injuries and one driver was cited for failing to yield the right of way following the T-bone type accident.

• Two young people from Napavine were hospitalized after a near T-bone accident on state Route 506 near Vader yesterday that pretty much took off the front of their car. Firefighters and troopers called just before 11 a.m. to the scene about a quarter mile west of Interstate 5 found both the compact car and pickup truck were westbound when Jordyn M. Diamond, 18, began to make a U-turn in her Jetta without yielding to the truck, according to the  Washington State Patrol. With just a half a second difference in time, it would have ended much differently, Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Grant Wiltbank said. “Both occupants, literally, they’re lucky to be alive,” Wiltbank said. The Ford F-1 pickup driven by Jerry D. Larson, 75, of Castle Rock, sustained extensive damage but he reportedly was was not injured. Diamond and her passenger, Jesse M. Belfield, 20, were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to responders. The Jetta was impounded and Diamond was issued a ticket for failing to yield, according to the state patrol

AND MORE

Later … I need some dinner now.

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A 2001 Volkswagen Jetta after it fails to yield on a 50 mph road / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 2

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News brief: Winlock man dead in three-vehicle wreck in Skamania County

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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Troopers investigate a fatality collision in Skamania County on state Route 14. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 27-year-old Winlock resident is dead after his pickup truck crossed the centerline and ran into a 12-foot U-Haul truck and then the corner of a semi this morning about three miles east of Washougal.

Joseph M. Sparks was westbound on state Route 14 when it happened about 8:30 this morning, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Nobody else was injured but a detour was put in place until about 1 o’clock, according to the state patrol. Sparks’ 1993 Chevrolet truck was described as totaled.

The U-Haul was driven by a 43-year-old woman from New Mexico. Behind the wheel of the 2008 Kenworth was 24-year-old Shelbi D. Deadmond of Pacific, according to the patrol.

The semi was totaled as well, according to the investigating trooper.

The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

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Drug officer: Another raid, but battling heroin deaths will take more than police

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

Updated at 12:53 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police made three more arrests yesterday after moving aggressively up the food chain to combat heroin overdoses and deaths in the community.

Officers raided a home about 9 a.m. on the 1000 block of Yakima Street and took two men and their mother into custody, but only found small amounts of a variety of suspected narcotics, according to the Centralia Police Department.

“Our primary suspect was in the bathroom flushing the toilet,” Centralia Anti-Crime Team Sgt. Jim Shannon said.

Among the drugs seized – found mostly in the shower area – were suspected heroin, Oxycodone, methamphetamine, hash oil and a prescription drug called Tramadol, Shannon said. About $460 cash was confiscated.

Sebastian Haller, 36, and his brother Arthur Haller, 32, were arrested on charges involving the distribution of meth and heroin to Centralia residents, according to police.

Fifty-nine-year-old Kathy Challender was arrested for maintaining a building for drug purposes, an offense she has been convicted of in the past, according to Shannon.

Police have served several warrants for felony narcotics at the same address over the past decade; the city is reviewing the case to determine if the property might be subject to seizure and forfeiture as a drug nuisance, according to police.

The search warrant served yesterday resulted from undercover buys, Shannon said.

The action is part of an undertaking that began in March targeting street-level and mid-level heroin suppliers because of the increase in the number of heroin and opiate related deaths over the past year in Lewis and southern Thurston counties, according to police.

Centralia police detectives are currently investigating at least two deaths that have been caused by heroin, Shannon said.

“There’s different types of heroin out there,” he said. “There’s tar and there’s powder, which seems to be more potent and is causing deaths.

“Aberdeen has a huge problem with it.”

What police care about is saving lives, Shannon said.

The most important thing Shannon wants members of the public to know today, is if a person is with someone who overdoses, they should get help immediately.

“I don’t want anyone to be afraid to call 911 because they think they’re gonna get busted,” he said. “That’s someone’s son, someone’s daughter. Sometimes you wouldn’t even know that person was addicted to opiates.”

Shannon referenced a recent case in which a boyfriend and a girlfriend were partying and he overdosed and she called 911.

“We got Riverside Fire Authority and they were able to administer a substance that counteracts it and he woke up,” Shannon said.

Officers didn’t arrest anyone, they just documented the incident and made sure there were no more drugs present, he said.

He himself has had to help save a life.

“It’s no fun doing CPR on somebody and waiting for aid to come and give them Narcan,” he said. “I mean, these people are dead. And AMR and Riverside brings them back.”

A lot of times, such an event is is a huge wakeup call prompting the person to get the help they need, he said.

It’s much worse for a witness of an overdose event if the subject dies and they didn’t call 911, Shannon said. Centralia police have successfully prosecuted controlled substance homicide in the past, he said.

Since mid-March, Shannon’s team has made 11 arrests for delivery. A small number more are expected out of the current investigation, he said.

Shannon said he wants to get the word out about the use and the arrests for drug dealing because it’s time now for others besides police to work on the problem.

“The police department is trying as hard as we can to do something about it,” he said. “The community also needs to think about what to do as well.”

Arrests of street level suppliers began in April.

On April 14, aid and police responded to to a residence on the 300 block of North Diamond Street and saved the life of a 26-year-old woman. The Anti-Crime Team investigated and arrested  Christopher C. Lee, 25, of Rochester, for delivery of heroin as well as possession of methamphetamine.

While investigating further, the team arrested four more Centralia residents. They are Tyler Geist, 28; Sarah McCutcheon, 34; Jarrin Smalley, 21; and Brittany Cary, 25, according to the Centralia Police Department.

With information gained, the team began going after mid-level sources of heroin. Throughout, several search warrants have been served in Centralia and in south Thurston County.

On April 17, the team was led to the 17100 block of Sargent Road in Grand Mound, where they seized more than one quarter pound of heroin and about an ounce of methamphetamine, according to police.

Three individuals were arrested; they are Andrew T Field, 29; Alaina Normand, 24; and Terry Nelson-Rone, 44, according to police.

Field was under the supervision of the Washington State Department of Corrections and was sent directly back to prison in Shelton to serve time revoked for the new offenses, according to Shannon.

Then yesterday, the team, detectives and other Centralia officers went knocking on the door at Yakima Street, where they arrested the three.

Sebastian Haller was found guilty earlier this year for unrelated heroin charges and was out of custody awaiting sentencing, Shannon said.

If charged, the trio will appear before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon.