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News brief: Children find dead man at Centralia trestle

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6:16 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death after a woman called 911 yesterday to report her kids returned home from a walk and said they’d found a man hanging near the railroad tracks in north Centralia.

Law enforcement responded to the approximately 5:15 p.m. call and were directed to a trestle over the Skookumchuck River south of Reynolds Avenue and east of Interstate 5, according to the sheriff’s office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said there did not initially appear to be foul play involved. The deceased has been tentatively identified as a 58-year-old Centralia resident, Brown said.

He is not a person who had been listed as missing, she said.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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DOMESTIC ASSAULT WINLOCK

• Jason W. Richendollar, 43, of Winlock, was arrested for second-degree assault, second-degree burglary and violation of a protection order yesterday. A deputy called about 7:10 a.m. to the 500 block of  Rhoades Road was told he’d beaten the 42-year-old resident over the previous two days, having allegedly broken in while she was sleeping, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said today. A search warrant for Richendollar’s vehicle and bedroom was obtained and several weapons seized, Brown said. Richendollar was located on Tennessee Road and taken into custody without incident, Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

DOMESTIC INCIDENT RANDLE

• A deputy called about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of of Second Avenue South in Randle arrested a 67-year-old resident for allegedly trashing a bedroom, shattering the screen of a flat screen television and threatening to kill her younger roommates. Ginger L. Anderson was reportedly heavily intoxicated and scratched one victim who tried to detain her for law enforcement while the other three ran down the street, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson allegedly threatened to kill a deputy as well, according to the sheriff’s office. She was arrested for harassment, third-degree malicious mischief and fourth-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• An estimated $5,000 worth of jewelry from QVC in a large plastic tote was stolen from an unlocked shop at the 1600 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia sometime between Saturday and yesterday, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning.

• Centralia police were called about 2:25 p.m. yesterday to take a report of an overnight burglary at the rifle club on the 900 block of Johnson Road. A projector is missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called yesterday about the theft of cash from a residence on the 600 block of Warsaw Street in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called just before 2 o’clock this morning to an apartment complex at the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue about a break-in to a storage unit.

• Chehalis police took a report on Friday of a package being stolen off a porch on Southwest Fourth Street near Market Boulevard. A pair of $645 boots had been delivered the afternoon before but were gone, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to a church on the 1000 block of Alder Street about 9:20 a.m. yesterday following the discovery someone tried to pry open a door.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A set of four wheels and tires were stolen off of a vehicle at the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:30 p.m. yesterday.

• Police were called about noon yesterday to the 400 block of Southwest 18th Street in Chehalis about an overnight vehicle prowl.

• Four fishing poles were stolen from the back of a truck at a campsite at Taidnapam Park at Riffe Lake sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. yesterday. The loss is listed as $1,261, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:40 a.m. on Friday about a backpack stolen from a truck at the 500 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue. They are waiting for possible video images, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 42-year-old Centralia man was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act after a deputy responded about 7:15 a.m. on Friday to a report of a person dumping garbage at the 1500 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia. A spoon with a dark substance on it was observed on the console of his vehicle, which field-tested positive for heroin, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Justin L. Wilson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, also for a warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

CREEPER

• A woman was given a warning by police after a man called 911 about 9 p.m. on Saturday from the 200 block of Northwest Center Street in Chehalis and said he was being stalked, that a woman was on the ground, in the bushes across the street staring at him. The officer told the woman her actions were “close” to stalking, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She said she’d had a few glasses of wine, police said.

KIDS IN CAR ALONE

• A 37-year-old woman was given a warning by police after allegedly leaving two small children in her vehicle on Friday while going into a pot shop at the 1500 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis. An individual told her she couldn’t do that so she reportedly had them stand outside the car, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Nobody was hurt but a family from Holland lost everything they were traveling with when their motorhome caught fire yesterday south of Randle. Fire Investigator Derrick Paul said they’d arrived in Canada the day before and bought the RV for a four-week tour. They were headed to the Layser Cave off Forest Road 23, parked and saw smoke, Paul said. “The whole thing burned up,” Paul said.

• A 43-year-old Rochester resident was arrested for driving under the influence as well as hit and run yesterday morning in a case associated with Cherry and Pearl streets. Billie T. Orr was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 27-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for driving under the influence after a single-vehicle collision about 6:30 a.m. yesterday at the 400 block of Hart Road east of Winlock. Carlos Garcia-Nambo was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 24-year-old driver sustained a possible broken nose and his passengers, a 24-year-old woman, a 5-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy were all transported to the hospital for pain and to be evaluated after  single-vehicle wreck just before 4:30 p.m. on Saturday along the 3500 block of Jackson Highway in Chehalis. Jose P. Escamilla-Oerllana said he was very tired as he’d only had about three hours sleep and recalled only driving southbound and then waking up after striking a tree, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was cited for second-degree negligent driving and not having a valid license, according to the sheriff’s office. The 2008 Ford Escape sustained major damage, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A driver in his 80s who attempted to make a U-turn in front of his home this morning north of Tenino was killed when his car was T-boned, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. It happened at the 14100 block of Tilley Road. The other driver was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with non life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, hit and run, making a false statement, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, collision on city street,  suspicious circumstances, receipt of fraudulent check … and more, among 158 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Tilley Road collision. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3:24 pm
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CREEPER CHASED AWAY

• Centralia police were called at 12:07 a.m. yesterday after an unknown person tried to gain entry to a home through a bathroom window on the 300 block of South Silver Street. The potential intruder was scared off by the resident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STRUGGLE OVER BEER

• A 14- to 16-year-old boy attempted to steal three large malt liquor beverages from the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 12:35 a.m. yesterday. Police say: The male was confronted by the clerk. The suspect fought with the clerk losing one of the malt liquors. The suspect tripped and dropped the other two in the parking lot before fleeing. Now the teen is wanted for attempted robbery, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING SCOOTER

• A scooter was reported stolen from the 300 block of South Cedar Street in Centralia about 10:30 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Two people were injured when a pickup truck wrecked along state Route 506 about four miles west of Vader on Thursday night, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called at 8:20 p.m. report the 1993 Nissan was eastbound when it hit the ditch on its right, and the driver overcorrected sending the truck into the opposite ditch. The vehicle was totaled, according to the state patrol. The driver, Michael T. Noonan Jr., 25, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, according to the investigating trooper. His passenger, Jason M. Ostrander, 20, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. Both men are from Spanaway.

• A National Frozen Foods truck driver escaped safely after another motorist pulled along side and pointed out flames beneath the cab on southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. The driver pulled over, firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire, according to Capt. Casey Beck.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, hit and run, trespassing, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, collision on city street, no-contact order violation, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 297 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Chehalis home invasion suspect facing third strike case

Friday, June 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm
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Jesse L. Harkcom sits before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court for his bail hearing this afternoon.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set at $1 million today for one of three suspects in a Chehalis home invasion robbery.

Jesse L. Harkcom, 34, was arrested in Lacey on drug charges yesterday and transported to the Lewis County Jail to be charged for the March 26 incident.

Charges were filed today in Lewis County Superior Court and Harkcom was brought before a judge this afternoon.

If convicted as charged, it would be a third strike offense, meaning a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Lewis County Intern Deputy Prosecutor Amber Caulfield advised the judge Harkcom has a 1998 conviction for first-degree burglary and a 2011 conviction for second-degree robbery, among his 11 felony convictions.

“At this time, the state would request $1 million,” Caulfield said.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke in citing reasons for her request of $25,000 bail, said her client has been a law abiding citizen for the past year and a half, has opened a cleaning service business and has a stable residence in Lacey.

“Given the circumstances, I think the state’s request is reasonable,” Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey said.

According to charging documents, it was just after 11:30 at night when police were called to the victim’s home on Southwest 10th Street just  just off Market Boulevard.

She was living in a shed behind a residence and packing to move out when three males kicked in her door and came inside. They were dressed in black and wearing gloves, she told police.

The first male yelled, “Where are the valuables”, the second male stood next to her bed holding a pistol and the third male stepped right back outside where he stood with his arms crossed, according to charging documents. She believed he also had a gun.

The woman, 40 years old, according to police, recognized the first male’s voice as Harkcom, someone she’d known since the previous month, charging documents relate.

She said Harkcom grabbed her Playstation 4, 20-inch monitor, a DVR, laptop computer and miscellaneous property.

Charging documents state she told them she was going to call police and the second male told her “she didn’t want to do that because he didn’t want to have to hurt her,” Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead wrote in the documents.

The woman said she got a small scratch on her leg when Harkcom threw a four-foot long fluorescent light fixture which hit her.

She ran to the residence to tell her roommate what happened and he saw the three get into a dark colored truck and drive away, according to Halstead.

The victim was asked why Harkcom would do something like this and she said he and her boyfriend had traded watches and the watch Harkcom received turned out to be fake.

Charging documents also relate that when Harkcom was booked into the Lewis County Jail, a search turned up a small baggie in his waistband containing two pills and a black tar substance.

Harkcom is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of heroin.

Centralia lawyer David Arcuri was appointed to represent him. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

Chehalis police said yesterday the other two suspects are still outstanding.
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For background, read “News brief: Chehalis home invasion suspect found, booked” from Thursday June 9, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm
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MAILBOX THEFT CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police called to the 1500 block of Southwest William Avenue yesterday afternoon where a resident saw a kid on a bicycle stop, open mail and toss it in the resident’s garbage can concluded the young man may have taken mail belonging to at least two people. The suspect had left, with still more mail in his hand, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

PROWLING CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a bike that had been locked to a trailer inside a carport at the 500 block of South Cedar Street in Centralia. The Dutch Gravity bicycle is gray with black fenders, a rack, 27-inch tires and two trailer hitches mounted on the rear, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 11:10 a.m. yesterday to take a report that sometime on Tuesday unknown persons stole a package that was delivered to a residence on the 1000 block of Swanson Drive. The package contained a blown glass decoration,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 9:15 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl a the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard. Taken was a GPS device, binoculars and personal papers, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called at 4:50 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 1600 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. Car stereo equipment and tools were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called yesterday morning to the 300 block of West Pear Street in Centralia where they were told that sometime during the night, someone removed and stole a 50-inch light bar off a vehicle as well as a ratchet tie down strap, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MOTORIZED CART

• Centralia police were called just before 6 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about the possible theft of a motorized cart from a store. Suspects were located but the cart has not been found, according to the Centralia Police Department. The store is reviewing video to determine if the cart was returned or not.

CHILDREN LEFT ALONE IN CAR

• A 37-year-old mother was given a warning by police yesterday after she “ran in to talk to someone” at a Chehalis business, leaving her 6-year-old and 2-year-old alone in her vehicle. Police were called at 3:55 p.m. to the 500 block of West Main Street by an individual who was outside with the car and kids for about five minutes, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

TEEN SQUATTERS ROUSTED

• A property inspector called Chehalis police just after 11 a.m. yesterday after going in to a vacant house and finding intruders who were sleeping inside. An officer arriving to the 1300 block of Southwest Kelly Avenue contacted an 18-year-old male, a 19-year-old male and 15-year-old female who appeared to have just woken up, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The girl had an outstanding warrant and was transported to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police. The others were told not to come back, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• One person was airlifted last night after a single-vehicle collision involving a utility pole about 8:15 p.m. at state Route 506 near Toledo, according to the Washington State Patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing a public servant, driving with suspended license, failure to transfer vehicle title; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 134 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6 a.m. today.

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Cascadia 9.0: When the big one hits

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm
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Community members discuss some of the nuts and bolts of how they might work together in the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Think about a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shaking for 32 seconds.

“This 9.0 is expected to shake for five and half minutes,” Jill Kangas said.

Kangas and Steve Mansfield, of the Lewis County Department of Emergency Management yesterday brought more than 100 people together to contemplate how to respond to a catastrophic event that would affect the entire Pacific Northwest.

“This scenario is going to be so far beyond anything we have experienced or prepared for,” Mansfield said. “We don’t have a plan in place (for this).”

Mansfield pointed to a large map.

“What I want you to see here is, there’s not going to be a lot of movement on I-5,” he said. “People are not driving, but walking, if they’re still alive.”

The six-hour gathering in the upstairs meeting room of the Lewis County Veteran’s Museum in Chehalis was the local portion of Washington state’s Cascadia Rising earthquake and tsunami simulation exercise. It’s meant to test local, state, tribal and federal government as well as select private sector and non-governmental organizations’ ability to deal with such a situation.

The Cascadia subduction zone, lying mostly offshore, is an approximately 800-mile long fault, running from British Columbia to California. Stresses have been building there for more than 300 years and experts say we can be certain another great quake will shake the region.

Based on a show of hands, only one person in the room had experienced an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude or greater.

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale told the group what his agency saw in October 1989 around California’s Bay Area. It measured between 6.9 and 7.2, he said.

There was $5 to $6 billion in damage, 63 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured, Cardinale said. The Bay Bridge went down. The aftershocks were 4.0 to 5.0 in magnitude, he said.

“We had 1,700 calls to 911 in the first hour,” he said. “Dispatch became just a call taking center; our department had to dispatch itself.”

Mutual aid from neighboring departments was nonexistant, he said, because they too were affected.

Cardinale offered the lesson for the day: “Everything you know about day to day operations will not be able to put into place in an event like this.”

Yesterday’s participants were seated at eight tables, each representing an area in the county imagined to be entirely cut off from other areas when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake strikes.

The scene: Buildings are in rubble, utilities are down, communications and transportation systems are critically impaired.

There is no Internet. People may or may not be able to use the text function on their cell phones.

Throughout the county, 1,200 people are dead, 2,460 individuals are seriously injured and 12,000 others are without shelter.

Each group was tasked with identifying its resources, building its team and developing action plans for the first 24-, 48- and 72-hour periods.

“What I kind of see is people going to their local fire stations,” Napavine resident and candidate for Lewis County commissioner Bob Bozarth said at the table for the Centralia area.

“They will, you’re right,” Riverside Fire Authority Chief Mike Kytta responded. “They’re going to go there and to doctors’ offices.”

“We don’t have a local search and rescue team, so we’re going to have to organize that,” Kytta said.

They pondered where to set up a command post.

The city of Centralia operates an emergency operations center at City Hall during disasters, such as flooding.

“Our building will probably be dust,” Centralia Police Department Cmdr. Pat Fitzgerald said. “The EOC will probably just pop up where the EOC pops up, that’s the reality.

It could be the hood of some random person’s car, he speculated.

At the Napavine table: “We’re going to check on our neighbors.”

At the Boistfort-Pe Ell-Curtis table: Boistfort and Pe Ell already have a supply of food and water for 100 people. “Water is paramount,” Justin Phelps, public works employee for the town of Pe Ell says.

At times, the various groups shared with the entire room.

From the Toledo-Winlock-Vader table: Mark Anders spoke about the strategy for finding people who need help.

“You’re going to go house to house, to the areas that are the easiest to get to first,” he said. “To help the most people the quickest.”

From the Salkum-Onalaska-Mossyrock table: The Mossyrock and Mayfield dams are built to withstand Morton area earthquakes and should be fine in this scenario, Tacoma Public Utilities employee Jayson Lelli said.

Nobody from TransAlta was present to speak to the strength and expectations of the Skookumchuck Dam.

Former Lewis County Commissioner Ron Averill spoke up.

“That’s an earthen dam,” he said. “If it breaks, Centralia will be under water to the Miracle Mile.”

From the Chehalis table, Chief Cardinale: “One of the options we thought about for sheltering people, is we’re fortunate to have RV sales places around here.” he said. “Even if buildings are standing, with aftershocks, people are going to be afraid to go back in.”

“We also had the idea of commandeering National Frozen Foods,” Cardinale said.

The imagined number of dead in Chehalis is 384.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod, on what to do with the bodies:

“In the first hours, it’s not an issue,” McLeod told the group. “Our main concern would begin at the eighth hour.”

There’s insects, then rodents, he said. “You’ll begin to see mountain lions, bears and pack of dogs,” he said.

“Our plan is, they get buried where they are found,” McLeod said.

Specifically, McLeod said, to bury 200 people, it will take 400 square feet of space and moving 1,300 cubic yards of dirt.

Rationing limited resources will become a reality. No help can be expected from the outside for days, attendees were told.

“Stores don’t carry more than one to two days worth of supplies for their community,” Mansfield said. “Ten years ago, that was different.”

When help from the outside is mobilized, it will head first to the affected areas with the densest populations, such as Seattle and Tacoma, he said.

“If you think the military is going to be here within the first 72 hours, you’re wrong,” he said.

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Chehalis Fire Chief Ken Cardinale speaks about their group’s ideas.

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News brief: Chehalis home invasion suspect found, booked

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 11:37 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – One of three suspects in a Chehalis home invasion robbery was arrested today, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Back on the night of March 26, a 40-year-old woman called police to report three armed, masked men came in and demanded her valuables. She was unhurt, but they left with a Playstation, a 20-inch television, a DVR, a computer, two hard drives and a flash drive, according to police.

It happened at on Southwest 10th Street just  just off Market Boulevard.

Through investigation, a suspect was identified and an ‘Attempt to Locate” was issued for other police agencies, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

Earlier today, Jesse L. Harkcom was located by the Lacey Police Department and has been booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to Bailey. Harkcom, 34, is a Tumwater resident.

Two suspects remain outstanding.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 11:01 am
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TEETH AS WEAPON LEADS TO JAIL

• A 39-year-old woman was arrested yesterday at Rotary Riverside Park in Centralia after she allegedly tried to bite a police officer. Police called just before 1 p.m. were attempting to subdue her at the scene of a disturbance at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. Anja M. Rajala, Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant, according to police.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called at 9 o’clock yesterday morning about an overnight vehicle prowl on Southwest 16th Street.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:25 a.m. yesterday about a possible car prowl on West Main Street.

UNRULY PATIENT

• A 26-year-old patient in the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital was arrested last night after allegedly intentionally damaging a glass door, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called about 7:47 p.m. to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road arrested David T. Alexander, of Centralia, for third-degree malicious mischief, obstructing and resisting arrest, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police say a driver had a heart attack just before 6:30 this morning and collided with a stopped vehicle in a parking lot at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road. A witness started CPR and then arriving police officers took over until medics got on the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department. The patient was revived and transported to the hospital, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing a public servant, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, runaway juvenile third-degree theft, disobedient teen, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 142 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 5:54 pm
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AUTO THEFT

• A 34-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested around 11 a.m. yesterday after being stopped for driving a stolen vehicle near Sixth and B streets in Centralia. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Woodland, according to  the Centralia Police Department. Terry J. Burge was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree possession of stolen property, according to police.

HARASSMENT AT JUVENILE DETENTION

• Chehalis police were called to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center on Southwest Pacific Avenue yesterday morning to take a report of a 15-year-old boy who allegedly destroyed a pillow and also threatened the lives of staff. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for evaluation of charges, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AX USED TO ACCESS SHED

• A deputy was called about 5:45 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Eadon Road where the resident said a 53-year-old man she previously dated arrived, used an ax to cut the lock off her shed, put something in his truck and left. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said there is a protection order in place and although the man could not be located, they have probable cause for second-degree burglary, violation of a protection order and malicious mischief. The damage is $37.50, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Virginia Drive where an individual reported that sometime during the night an unknown person entered their vehicle and attempted to remove the stereo.  The stereo was damaged but not taken, according to  the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested a 35-year-old woman about 2:20 p.m. yesterday at the 900 block of North Washington Avenue for two warrants and for possession of methamphetamine. Brandy J. Shea, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

•  Centralia police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Summa Street in Centralia regarding graffiti found on the school building.

AND FROM MORTON

• Morton police reported today an incident they were called to just before midnight on May 30 in which an individual reported that while they were sleeping, a man entered their home on the 100 block of Fourth Street. Police were told the homeowner got up and punched the intruder, who then left, according to the Morton Police Department. The victim couldn’t say what direction the stranger headed, and no one matching the description could be located, according to police.

• The Morton Police Department reports it is investigating an incident in which a resident of the 300 block of Kosmos Lane possibly was swindled out of $500. The individual reported last week they sent a money gram to buy a dog in Colorado but discovered their payment went to Georgia instead, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, interference with a health care facility; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, third-degree theft, unfounded report, illegal burning, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 143 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Grass, brush along I-5 ignites

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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Members of two fire departments chased flames along the freeway yesterday. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Multiple fires broke out along a two to three mile stretch adjacent to southbound Interstate 5 south of Napavine yesterday.

Members of Lewis County Fire Districts 15 and 5 were called out about 1:45 p.m.

The fires were quickly knocked down by the first responding units as they advanced down the roadway and then extinguished by secondary responding units, according to Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson.

A single lane was blocked by the state Department of Transportation to allow a safe working area, Anderson said.

Washington State Patrol spokesperson Trooper Will Finn said the cause is unknown but one theory was a vehicle backfiring.

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Firefighter extinguishes freeway brush fire. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

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Driver from last summer’s deadly Onalaska wreck back in court

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 8:28 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Joseph W. Rogerson is at risk of losing his deferred prosecution on last summer’s DUI, related to a head-on crash in Onalaska that left three teenagers dead.

Rogerson, now 37, was found to have been traveling in his own lane and not to blame for the July 13 wreck on state Route 508.

The Land Rover was carrying eight young people. Killed were its driver, Arnold W. Mullinax, 17, and Taylor N. Thompson, 13, both from Onalaska. Dakota L. Dunivin, 18, from Chehalis, died the following day at the hospital.

Rogerson, formerly of Chehalis, is being monitored because of his case in Lewis County District Court, but today he went before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court, charged with third-degree assault of a child.

Judge Richard Brosey noted the new case includes an allegation he was drinking and asked if prosecutors have filed a motion to revoke his deferred DUI.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said he had not, at this time.

Deferred prosecution is an arrangement in which a defendant can ask the court to defer a finding of guilt in return for agreeing to abide by certain conditions for a certain amount of time, according to Meyer.

Brosey today ordered Rogerson to wear an alcohol monitor bracelet which will detect if he drinks.

Rogerson was arrested on Friday by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office following an investigation involving a 7-year-old girl who told a counselor at R.E. Bennett Elementary School her step-father hit her in the arm, leaving a bruise.

The sheriff’s office said yesterday the girl, her mother and step-father had gone shooting out in the woods near Pe Ell the weekend before and when the girl tried to get Rogerson to stop hitting her mom, he punched the child. Charging documents in the case indicate the girl told him to stop and hit him in the arm, then he hit the girl in her arm.

Both adults denied it happened, but the girl’s older brother corroborated her statement. Both children told law enforcement they thought the grown ups had been drinking, according to court documents.

Rogerson was released yesterday on $10,000 unsecured bond, and was back in court today after the felony charged was filed.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke asked that the conditions of release be altered to allow Rogerson to go back to his home in Pe Ell, saying he was his grandfather’s sole care provider and the child is now with her actual father, based on a court order.

Rogerson’s arraignment is scheduled for June 16.
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For background, read “No felony charges forthcoming from triple-fatality Onalaska wreck” from Friday October 30, 2015, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm
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Updated at 6:52 p.m.

BURGLARIES AND OTHER THEFT

• A business on the 1700 block of Industrial Way in Centralia was burglarized during the night, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday morning. Missing were bolt cutters, a camera and a 12-pack of soda, according to police.

• Police were called to a business on the 2000 block of  Industrial Way in Centralia just after 8 a.m. yesterday where someone had broken in to several buildings. The only thing initially noted as missing was a lighter, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 20-year-old Toledo resident was arrested this morning in connection with a call about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Northeast Terrace Road in Chehalis in which a 17-year-old said he arrived home to find an acquaintance stealing his belongings. Numerous items were outside, including a guitar and the suspect fled, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Tavryn L. Lindsey was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called at 2 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue regarding suspected theft of medications.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of West Walnut Street just before 9 a.m. yesterday to take a report that someone went into a garage and stole items from a vehicle.

• Police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of South Pearl Street where sometime during the night, someone stole change from inside an unlocked vehicle.

SCHOOL BUS FIGHT

• Chehalis police were called about 3:50 p.m. yesterday about an alleged assault on a school bus involving two children under 12 years old. No arrests were made because of the children’s’ young age, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Parents will be contacting school and transportation authorities about it, according to police.

MAN JAILED AFTER THREAT TO CUT OFF CHILDREN’S HEADS

• A 40-year-old man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly jumped in front of a moving vehicle on a Centralia street, pounded on the hood and yelled vulgar names at the driver and then allegedly turned his attention to another woman who approached and threatened to cut off the heads of her children. Benjamin R. Hardy reportedly admitted to police to being verbally aggressive, but denied making any threats and said “never in my life hurt another human being.” He was booked into the Lewis County Jail and today charged in Lewis County Superior Court with felony harassment and disorderly conduct. Lewis County prosecutors asked a judge this afternoon to hold Hardy on $100,000 bail, saying he has had at least 54 warrants. Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer pointed out he learned from the victim’s husband they got a letter from the post office notifying them their mail would no longer be delivered to their address because of their neighbor Hardy’s actions. Charging papers don’t indicate the time or location of the alleged incident, but state Hardy lives on West Pear Street. Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge her client has lived at the same address for 20 years and noted harassment is a class C felony – with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Judge Richard Brosey set bail at $25,000.

AND FROM MORTON

• An officer responded to a 6:11 p.m. call eight days ago to the 200 block of Pleasant View Drive in Morton and found a male bent over grabbing his throat who seemed to be choking. The officer performed  the Heimlich maneuver and whatever was stuck in his throat was dislodged.  The officer stood by for medical to arrive and then cleared the scene.

• An individual was cited at about 2 a.m. on a Saturday, a week and a half ago, for (allegedly) urinating in public.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, trip permit violation, fourth-degree domestic assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license,; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, young male driving recklessly, reports of several “kids” on train tracks … and more, among 172 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Young teen hurt in fall from bed of pickup onto highway

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 10:12 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 13-year-old Centralia boy was seriously injured when he fell from the back of a pickup truck onto state Route 507 near Bucoda last night.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 8:06 p.m. at the 20100 block of the highway, just south of town, according to authorities.

“From my understanding, he was in the bed, and mom and grandma were hauling hay,” Trooper Shaneka Phillips said this morning. “He was very critical, at the time, he had life-threatening injuries.”

The boy, who is un-named, was transported to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Phillips said she didn’t know the child’s condition this morning.

The investigating trooper reports the 2010 Ford F150 pickup truck was southbound at a slow rate of speed when it happened.

Brenda L. Cleveland, 36, was driving and her passengers also included Debbie Morsbach, 57, and a 10-year-old boy, all from Centralia, according to the state patrol.

The cause is under investigation. Trooper Phillips said as of this morning, there was no reason to suspect any criminal or malicious behavior.