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Winlock man confessed to trying to kill former girlfriend, gets 18 plus years

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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Joseph M. Lowery looks over court documents with his lawyer at his sentencing hearing yesterday.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The prison sentence he was given is almost as long as he is old.

Before the judge made the decision, Joseph M. Lowery, the 20-year-old who grew up in Winlock, turned toward his ex-girlfriend sitting in the very back of the courtroom and apologized for shooting her in the back.

“I hope you recover to the best of your abilities,” Lowery said. “I’m sorry for what I did, you didn’t deserve it. I truly am.”

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Joseph M. Lowery

Shyann Gallimore, also 20, and also a resident of the small South Lewis County town, chose not to make a statement to the court.

Lowery was arrested in July after the shooting on the outskirts of Winolequa Park in Winlock.

Prosecutors said Lowery and a 16-year-old boy found Gallimore on a Saturday evening; she was alone, sitting next to a stream and talking on her phone with a friend she’d asked to pick her up.

Authorities said Lowery leaned into some bushes from some 50 feet away and took aim with a 22 caliber pistol, pulled the trigger and then ran off.

“She underwent a procedure to have the bullet removed,” Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said. “She won’t know what the long term consequences are until time passes.”

Halstead told the judge, yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court, the defendant made a full confession.

He was cooperative with the sheriff’s office, going through a videotaped reenactment of what transpired, defense attorney David Arcuri said.

“What I thought was most striking, was the matter of fact, honest way Mr. Lowery just admitted it,” Arcuri said.

His client was contrite from the beginning, Arcuri said.

Lowery pleaded guilty last week to attempted first-degree murder. As part of the plea deal, Halstead dropped a firearm enhancement, which would have added five years to the sentence.

Halstead and Arcuri both recommended to the judge he be given 220 months – 18 years and four months.

Judge Richard Brosey agreed.

Before Lowery was taken back down to the jail, Brosey ordered him to have no contact for life with the victim. He also gave him three years of supervision following his release from prison.

Lowery’s mother and other family members were in the audience during yesterday’s hearing, but declined to comment.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in its investigation conveyed to prosecutors Lowery had grown tired of his former girlfriend disrespecting the “Juggalo family.” They said he identified himself as a Juggalo, a name for fans of performance artists called the Insane Clown Posse.

Arcuri after the hearing said he wouldn’t discuss what he understood to be the reason his client did what he did.
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For background, read “Prosecutors: Winlock park shooter grew tired of ex-girlfriend disrespecting gang” from Tuesday July 21, 2015, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm
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Updated at 3:07 p.m.

ETHEL MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO JUMP FROM BRIDGE

• A deputy talked a man down, a man who had been standing on the railing of a bridge in Onalaska threatening to jump into the river yesterday afternoon. According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, it was about 3:20 p.m. when the deputy noticed the subject sitting on the bridge’s rail, at the 100 block of Leonard Road, with a six-pack of beer next to him. The man, subsequently identified as a 45-year-old Ethel resident, reportedly threw a bottle to to the ground, shattering it and when the deputy drove back, the man jumped down and began swinging what was described only as a large metal object toward the deputy. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the deputy waited for backup, and soon the man was standing on the rail preparing to jump. The deputy was able to talk him down, offering him a cigarette to calm him, Brown said. The man however became combative as he was being taken into custody, and being carried to a patrol car and kicked a deputy in the rib and waist, according to Brown. Lynn K. Jorgensen Jr. was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault and for disorderly conduct, according to the sheriff’s office.

BREAK-IN AT ELKS CLUB

• A 39-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested yesterday evening after he was allegedly caught inside the former Elks Lodge on the 2500 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue. An officer responding about 7:40 p.m. noted some items appeared packaged up to be removed, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Matthew L. Meents was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to police. Prosecutors declined to file charges.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a cable box stolen from the 300 block of South Silver Street.

• Centralia police are investigating the theft of welfare checks, in a case reported yesterday and associated with the 1100 block of West Chestnut Street.

• Centralia police were called yesterday evening to the 800 block of South Pearl Street regarding the theft of mail.

DRUGS AT SCHOOL

• Police were called to W.F. West High School in Chehalis yesterday after a student was allegedly caught with a glass pipe containing burned suspected marijuana. He was arrested and turned over to a a parent, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OBSERVANT GARBAGE COLLECTOR SAVES HOUSE FROM FIRE

• A garbage truck driver is getting praise from a fire chief after his quick thinking thwarted a house fire in Rochester. Eric Gulbranson was traveling on his route on Southwest 178th Avenue near Jordan Street at about 1:40 p.m. on Tuesday when he spotted smoke coming from behind a home, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott. “He goes through a gate and gets a garden hose, and began putting it out,” Scott said. The flames had spread to some brush and a neighbor put a hose on that area, Scott said. When the fire department arrived, they made sure the fire had not extended in the wall space, Scott said. The exterior damage was minimal, according to the chief. “The owners were not home at the time of the fire,” Scott wrote in a Facebook post.  “His quick actions saved the home from further damage.” Scott said it turned out it was the home of a woman who works with Gulbranson at LeMay. The cause was determined to be a cigarette extinguished in a plastic pot, that caused the fibrous material in the potting soil to smolder and eventually melt the pot, Scott said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, drugs, trespassing, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, restraining order violation; responses for dispute, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, request that officers chase off a man sleeping behind a building  … and more.

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Firefighters examine the area burned from a cigarette put out in potting soil at a Rochester residence. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm
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CHILD ASSAULT

• Victoria A. Cheney, 44, of Centralia, was arrested yesterday for two counts of second-degree child assault in connection with the discovery at the end of July that two little boys she’d been babysitting sustained multiple injuries including bruises and swelling on much of their bodies, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Cheney was booked in the Lewis County Jail for other offenses as well including witness tampering. Among them is a charge because she allegedly claimed her daughter was to blame for the assault of the toddlers, ages 2 and 3. Cheney’s daughter, 22-year-old Chandra M. Munsey, was arrested on July 23 and charged in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of second-degree child assault, but prosecutors dropped the charges against her. Cheney is being held on $100,000 bail.

PARENT ASSAULT

• Centralia police were called about 5:50 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of South Washington Avenue where a 14-year-old girl allegedly tried to stab a parent with a pen. The girl was arrested for second-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN MOSSYROCK

• Deputies responding about 10 o’clock last night to an alarm activation at the 100 block of Jerrells Road outside of Mossyrock found  37-year-old local man in a a travel trailer. When they tried to take him into custody, he was reportedly uncooperative and after being stunned with a Taser, ran off down the driveway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Eventually James W. McMillion II, from Mossyrock, was located hiding under a bed at his home, according to the sheriff’s office. Shirts, a flashlight, a knife and lighters had been stolen from the trailer, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. McMillion was booked into the Lewis County jail for burglary and resisting arrest, Brown said.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about a burglary at a vacant house on the 200 block of Southwest Riverside Drive yesterday afternoon. A door was kicked in but there was nothing of real value inside to be taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that sometime during the past two or so days someone broke into an outbuilding on the 2300 block of Lincoln Creek Road outside Centralia and stole two Stihl chainsaws, with an estimated loss of $1,000.

MISSING MEDS

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon regarding a handful of missing prescription pills from a residence on the 1700 block of South Market Boulevard.

FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report yesterday  from the the 3000 block of Borst Avenue regarding the unauthorized use of a credit card.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 9:10 a.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Alder Street about a vehicle prowl that occurred during the night. The vehicle had been locked, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday about an overnight vehicle prowl at the 1300 block of Southeast Washington Avenue. It had accidentally been left unlocked, but nothing seemed to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Four thousand dollars cash plus a bank card were among the items stolen from a vehicle parked near the owner residence on the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court in Chehalis, according to a report made to police at 7:30 yesterday morning.

DRUGS

• An incoming client at a drug and alcohol treatment program who allegedly brought methamphetamine with him was arrested last night in Chehalis. An officer was called to the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue and subsequently booked  Brad L. Reynolds, 44, of Bremerton, into the Lewis County Jail for possession of meth, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 52-year-old man wanted for allegedly kicking in the door to a business on the 1200 block of Long Road in Centralia on Monday evening was arrested yesterday afternoon and found to have suspected methamphetamine on him. William F. Eberle, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, malicious mischief, obstruction and possession of meth, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

LOST AND FOUND

• A pair of horses turned up yesterday morning in the yard 50-year-old man, west of Chehalis at the 100 block of Urquhart Road. The sheriff’s office believes they may have come from Brown Road East, given a trail of horse manure. One is gray, one is black, they were shoeless and hadn’t had hoof trims for awhile, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The animals were impounded and being held at the Chehalis Livestock Market in hopes the owner can be identified, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, anti-harassment order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, barking neighbor dog … and more.

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News brief: Large family displaced from Toledo house fire

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Nobody was hurt but a house was severely damaged and it’s occupants have been displaced following a fire yesterday in Toledo.

Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said he believed they are a mother and three children, plus three grandchildren who resided at the home on the 800 block of Jackson Highway South.

Firefighters called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday learned it started in a pump house, spread to the adjacent garage and then to the house itself, according to McCarty and Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Dave Germain.

The Red Cross is assisting them with housing, McCarty said.

McCarty said he didn’t think he was going to be able to pinpoint the exact cause, as the pump house was too far gone.

The flames got into the eves and then the attic and partially collapsed the roof, he said. The kitchen and laundry room were gutted, with other parts of the residence sustaining smoke and water damage.

The family lost a lot of their belongings, he said.

McCarty took the opportunity to remind the public that renters insurance isn’t all that expensive, as unfortunately the residents didn’t have it.

He estimated the repairs could be in the neighborhood of $40,000.

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News brief: Little boy escapes stranger who tries to pull him off his bicycle

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Police say they don’t know if an encounter in a Centralia neighborhood yesterday was an attempted theft of a bicycle or attempted kidnapping of the child riding it.

Officers were called just after 5:30 p.m. and spoke to the 7-year-old victim who said he was riding in the area near his home in the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue when a male approached him, according to the Centralia Police Department.

He said the male suddenly grabbed him and tried to pull him off his bike, Officer John Panco said. The male was unsuccessful and the little boy was able to ride away, Panco said.

Officers checked the area, but didn’t locate a suspect, according to police.

The child’s description was vague, Panco said. The subject was described as a white male, with black clothing and black shoes, he said.

The boy said he’d never seen the person before and wasn’t sure if he would recognize him if he saw him again, according to Panco.

The responding officer indicated in the report it’s not known if he was trying to take the bicycle or the victim, Panco said.

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News brief: Fisherman hospitalized after near drowning on Cowlitz River

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:17 am

Updated at 11:24 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Update: The sheriff’s office reports he passed away just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

Previously: A fly fisherman who slipped into the Cowlitz River but was pulled to safety by another person fishing yesterday was transferred to the intensive care unit of Providence St. Peter Hospital, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was unconscious but the rescuer performed CPR.

It happened about 500 yards downstream from the Blue Creek Boat Launch south of Ethel.

The sheriff’s office identifies the victim as a 63-year-old resident of Gig Harbor.

According to the sheriff’s office, witnesses saw him wading out in to the water, going farther in when he apparently slipped and went under into a current. The other fishermen saw the incident and jumped in and dragged the man to shore.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said she is waiting this morning to learn more about his condition.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm
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UPSET BIKER SOUGHT BY POLICE

• A man apparently angry that a motorist “almost killed him” on his bike allegedly kicked in a door to a business on Long Road in Centralia late yesterday afternoon, but took off before police arrived. Centralia police who happened to be in the area of the 1200 block of Long Road at the time of the approximately 5:20 p.m. 911 call got into a short foot pursuit with a suspect, but lost sight of him, according to the Centralia Police Department. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said it learned the individual who told employees his name was looking for keys to the offending large black truck, inside Lexar Homes. Officers and a Chehalis police dog searched the area without success, and contact at the man’s home at the nearby Peppertree RV Park was attempted, according to the sheriff’s office. The case is being referred to prosecutors for a charge of burglary, as law enforcement keeps an eye out for 52-year-old William F. Eberle, according to authorities.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN BUCODA BAT ATTACK

The Olympian reports a baseball bat wielding Thurston County man who assaulted another man in Bucoda last month was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday in Thurston County Superior Court. News reporter Andy Hobbs writes that Travis J. Ritzenthaler, 28, was arrested three days after the Aug. 1 incident that left the victim with numerous injuries including a broken nose, skull and cheek fractures.

UNDERAGE DRINKING

• Chehalis police called just after 8 p.m. yesterday regarding a group of teens on foot cussing and fighting at Cascade Avenue near Second Street ended up arresting three 15-year-old boys for minor in possession and/or consumption of alcohol. They were then released pending court, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Morton police responded twice on Sunday to reports of tires slashed on vehicles. An officer responding to he first incident just before 2 a.m. at the 200 block of Main Street spotted three juveniles who ran down a street when they saw the officer, according to the Morton Police Department. The second instance was reported at 5 p.m. the same day at the the 200 block of Division Street, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, receipt of counterfeit bill, assistance with suicidal person, somebody sleeping in a vehicle … and more.

 

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News brief: Possible drowning on Cowlitz River

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A fisherman in his 50s who was pulled underwater in the Cowlitz River today was dragged to shore by another fisherman who performed CPR on the unconscious man.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and aid responded about 11:50 a.m. to the area south of Ethel. It’s not yet clear if he was resuscitated or not.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the man was fly fishing about 500 yards downstream from the Blue Creek Boat Launch.

Witnesses saw him wading out into the water and going farther in when he apparently slipped, according to Brown.

A boat that was nearby took the man to the other side, Green Water Drive, and waited for aid to arrive, Brown said.

He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, Brown said.

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Chehalis parking tickets out of step with Washington courts

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The city of Chehalis discovered it’s been assessing a delinquent penalty after only 72 hours on parking tickets even though a state court rule say cities must allow recipients a 15 day grace period.

The fee for not responding timely to a parking infraction is $25.

Chehalis Municipal Court Administrator Becky Fox said a review in July of legislative changes and the city’s ordinance is what brought it to her attention.

Fox said since learning the city was out of compliance, they have not charged people the delinquent fee until the appropriate amount of time has passed.

The issue was brought before the city council last night, which voted to revise its ordinance to bring it into line with what is required. Fox said they have an approved and updated form now, ready to use.

A standard parking ticket is $5, according to Fox. Certain types are more, she said.

The Washington State Court Rules Infraction Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction provide that a person served with a notice of infraction must respond within 15 days of the date the notice is personally served or, if the notice is served by mail, then within 18 days of the date the notice is mailed.

Fox said she doesn’t know how much the city has collected from those who were penalized even though they responded within 15 days. She said she’s not certain how long the city has been out of compliance.

There are no plans to reimburse anyone.

The city contends its local ordinance trumped state court rules and there was nothing incorrect or illegal about the way it imposed charges or penalties.

The memo to the city council about the issue, from Fox and Police Chief Glenn Schaffer, reported the parking infraction form being used was also out of compliance because it had not been reviewed by the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

The new ordinance passed unanimously last night by the city council. The council suspended the usual requirement for two readings – two subsequent votes – on the measure.

The Washington State Court Rules’ IRLJ govern the procedure in courts of limited jurisdiction – municipal courts and district courts – for all cases involving infractions. Infractions are noncriminal violations of law defined by statute.

The newly adopted city ordinance also added a prohibition against one vehicle taking up two parking spaces.

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News brief: What’s JNET?

Monday, September 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Chehalis Police Department has contributed a detective to a regional drug task force that has been taking shape since earlier this year in Lewis County.

A detective from the sheriff’s office has been working with the team at the Centralia Police Department which is led by a sergeant there, with two Centralia detectives.

It’s been named the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and year to date has already made 100 arrests and served 35 search warrants, according to Chehalis Police Chief Glenn Schaffer.

Its sole task is to go after drug dealers at every level, Schaffer told the Chehalis City Council this evening.

The police chief said regional teams for both drugs and SWAT in Lewis County are visions incoming Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza had when he took office in January.

Last month, Chehalis assigned a detective to the drug group, he said.

The police chief said that during his tenure, he’s seen cooperative efforts to varying degrees, with combined teams and with individual teams among police agencies in the county.

“At no time have I seen the three working together in such an organized fashion as I do now,” he said.

In just the one month Chehalis has been a part of JNET, the team has made 16 felony arrests and served eight search warrants, he said.

The Lewis County Regional SWAT team has 15 members, and is headed up by Lewis County Undersheriff Wes Rethwill.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm
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SEXUAL ASSAULT

• A 25-year-old Vader resident was arrested for third-degree rape after deputies were called early yesterday morning about an incident that allegedly occurred on Stoddard Road in Doty where he was house sitting. A 21-year-old woman said he came into a room where she was sleeping and forced sexual contact upon her even though she told him no, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman told a deputy they had met a couple months prior on a dating website but no intimate relationship had developed and they were just friends hanging out, according to the sheriff’s office. She said she stayed over because she’d had a couple of drinks and smoked marijuana, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. A search warrant was served at the residence where a loaded rifle was observed hanging on the wall of the bedroom where the alleged incident took place, so the suspect was also arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, as he has a previous felony conviction, Brown said. Jeremy R. Elliott was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 54-year-old Vader man was arrested for allegedly hitting his roommate on the hand with a two by four and dragging her by the neck for approximately 30 yards on Friday night. The 29-year-old escaped to a neighbor’s, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was Douglas E. Heller, the suspect, who phoned 911 at about 7 p.m. to the 200 block of Westside Highway, saying his roommate had damaged his car and his phone, according to the sheriff’s office. Heller was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital for an unspecified medical issue and not immediately booked into jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said he was arrested for third-degree assault and released from custody because he was admitted to the hospital.

KIDS ACCUSED OF STEALING PHONE

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 1:30 a.m. call today from an individual who said he was standing on a sidewalk about to use his cell phone when three teenagers ran up to him, grabbed the phone and took off running. It happened in the area of the 600 block of West Main Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspects were described as a female dressed all in black, one male with a red hood and the other male wearing a black T-shirt, according to police.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Police were called at 7:30 p.m. yesterday to a burglary at the 1000 block of Southwest 20th Street in Chehalis. The resident said she was away from her apartment for 20 to 30 minutes – with the front door locked – and returned to find items moved and some prescription medication missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BREAK-IN WINLOCK

• A Winlock resident called the sheriff’s office to report that someone came into her home on the 400 block of North Military Road and stole her daughter’s purse and approximately $40. It happened sometime between Thursday and yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Chehalis police were called at 9 o’clock yesterday morning to the 100 block of Southwest 11th Street where a 2002 Pontiac van which had been locked and parked at a residence disappeared. It is white, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police say an officer was called about the shoplifting of a car stereo at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday from the 200 block of South Pearl Street. A suspect was identified and a summons will be issued to the 22-year-old suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR TRASHED

• Someone vandalized a car at White Pass High School in Randle on Saturday, slashing its tires and destroying its windows, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The damage to the 2003 Toyota Matrix is listed at $800, according to the sheriff’s office. There are persons of interest in the case, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, panhandling, trespassing, abandoned cats, suspicious circumstances; complaint of noisy neighbor rooster, neighbor riding dirt bike without a helmet … and more.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 7:23 pm
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NOISY NEIGHBOR MUSIC

• A 44-year-old man who allegedly was belligerent and uncooperative when police came to talk with him about his loud music in Centralia yesterday found himself jailed. Officers responded about 4:15 p.m. to the 100 block of North Buckner Street for a compliant and when it became obvious the resident wasn’t going to turn the music down, they issued an infraction for violating the noise ordinance and then left, according to the Centralia Police Department. Then they got several more calls from neighbors who said as soon as officers departed, the music was back on even louder, according to police. Officers returned and arrested Enrique S. Lopez, 44, and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for violating the noise ordinance.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• After getting a 911 call last night from a female who said her boyfriend assaulted her but couldn’t say exactly where she was, officers were able to track her down by landmarks she named, according to the Centralia Police Department. Aid was summoned after the approximately 10 p.m. call and the victim was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, according to police. Officers subsequently located the suspect, Douglas M. Martin, in the woods a few hundred yards south of the Mellen Street park and ride, according to police. Martin was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault.

• A parental dispute in Centralia late yesterday afternoon ended with police requesting a summons for a 30-year-old man for a charge of fourth-degree assault. The father allegedly grabbed the mother of their child by the arm to move her out of the way so he could take their child, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers initially were called about 5:30 p.m. to the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue for a hysterical woman claiming her child was taken by the dad, according to police. However, officers learned the dad had custody and the mom was refusing to give the child up when a visitation was over, according to police. The father when contacted denied any assault, police reported this morning.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon of the theft of jewelry from an antique store on the 200 block of North Tower Avenue.

COLLISION

• A motorcyclist was injured when he attempted to pass a car at the same time as it turned left off U.S. Highway 12 just west of Salkum yesterday morning. Troopers called about 10:50 a.m. found the motorcycle collided with a Hyundai Sonata driven by a 48-year-old Onalaska woman, according to the Washington State Patrol. She was unhurt, according to the state patrol, but David L. Sexton, 63, from Mossyrock, was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. The wreck is blamed on improper passing, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for obstructing, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for shoplifting, malicious mischief … and more.

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Read about Tenino selects interim police chief …

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports an interim police chief has been hired for Tenino, as the city reviews applicants for the permanent job.

News reporter Andy Hobbs writes Russ Ellis – who once served briefly as the chief in the town of Ruston in Pierce County – reached out to the mayor and started work on Thursday.

The South Thurston County city’s police department has been without a chief since Mayor Bret Brodersen terminated Chief John Hutchings last March.

Read about it here

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Read about Randle resident pleads guilty to poaching maple in National Forest …

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 9:20 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KUOW radio reports a Randle man has pleaded guilty to poaching big leaf maple trees from U.S. Forest Service land.

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Ryan Justice, 28, was one of four Lewis County men indicted on theft and other federal crimes in a case involving illegal harvest and selling of the specialty wood.

News reporter Chris Lehman writes that on Thursday Justice admitted he cut maple trees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and sold the wood to J & L Tonewoods a Winlock mill that specialized in “figured” maple for musical instruments.

The mill owner and two other alleged poachers were also charged in the case and have pleaded not guilty, according to Lehman.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth Wilkinson.

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For background, read “Feds: Tree thieves and mill owner indicted for trafficking specialty maple from Gifford Pinchot” from Friday August 7, 2015, here