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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Updated at 1:22 p.m.

ARSON ARREST

• A 44-year-old Centralia man was arrested over the weekend for first-degree arson in connection with a June 6 fire in which a 30-foot travel trailer on the 300 block of Kearney Street in Centralia was destroyed, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officer John Panco said officers picked up Brian H. Jones near the Sixth Street viaduct on Saturday and booked him into the Lewis County Jail. Authorities at the time said Jones previously lived in the trailer. It belonged to a woman who lives at the address, according to Panco.

SUSPICIOUS FIRES CONTINUE

• Lewis County Fire District 6 was called about 10:30 p.m. yesterday for another brush fire on Salsbury Avenue in Chehalis. Firefighters have been plagued with someone lighting fires in the area following a Sept. 1 blaze that destroyed a vacant mobile home on the 2200 block of Salsbury. Last night’s fire was about 10 feet by 10 feet and is part of an ongoing investigation, according to Fire District 6.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• A woman who lives in an apartment on the 200 block of Southwest 16th Street in Chehalis returned home Friday evening and discovered her television was missing. She told an officer she might have forgotten to lock the door, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BURGLARY ONALASKA

• Two Timex watches, five Xbox games and assorted clothing were among the items stolen in a burglary to a home on the 600 block of Carlisle Avenue in Onalaska, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred sometime on Friday between 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

BARN BREAK IN

• A deputy was called on Saturday about a burglary to a barn on the 1600 block of state Route 6. Among the items stolen were a garden hose and gasoline taken from a fuel tank, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between 5 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m. the following day, according to the sheriff’s office.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A white 1994 Ford Ranger extended cab pickup truck was stolen from the 1100 block of West First Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:40 p.m. yesterday. It has a license plate of B25120S.

• A blue 1994 Ford Crown Victoria was stolen overnight from the 500 block of South Oak Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday. It has a license plate reading AEL 4226, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called yesterday about a 1988 GMC pickup stolen from the 3100 block of Zenkner Valley Road outside Centralia. The truck vanished sometime after midnight and before 9 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

STEALING POWER

• Centralia police say they took a report about 10:40 a.m. yesterday of someone breaking into an abandoned building at the 200 block of East Van Buren Street to use electricity.

FIGHT AT PARTY

• Centralia police say they responded about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday to a report of a fight at a party on the 1100 block of Prospect Street, but none of the victims would cooperate in pressing charges. Several people had minor injuries and one suspect fled the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• A victim  of an almost-car prowl confronted a male getting into his vehicle this morning on the 1300 block of Rose Street in Centralia. Officers called about 4:45 a.m. noted the victim heard something outside and then saw a male wearing a dark-colored hoody and a red backpack getting into his vehicle. The prowler ran off, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A woman called police about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and said she left her purse in her vehicle when she shopped for about a half an hour at the Dollar Tree in the Twin City Town Center and when she returned it was gone. The doors to her car were unlocked, according to the Chehalis Police Department,

• Police took a report of a vehicle prowl about 7:45 a.m. on Saturday at the 800 block of H Street in Centralia.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took several reports on Saturday morning of “gang-style” graffiti on buildings and property on the 1400 block of Windsor Avenue. They occurred sometime after 12:30 a.m., according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• Centralia police said a child suffered minor injuries when he ran his go-cart into a parked car on Friday evening at the 200 block of West Oakview Street.

• A 37-year-old Randle man was hospitalized early this morning after he said his his truck nearly struck an elk on U.S. Highway 12 near Glenoma. Troopers called to the scene about seven miles east of Morton reported David C. Haviland was westbound when he swerved to miss the animal and rolled his pickup. The 1995 Ford Ranger came to rest on its top and was deemed totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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Read about wild fires off U.S. Highway 12 around White Pass …

Monday, September 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports a wildfire east of White Pass doubled in size on Saturday growing to about 1,300 acres and in some places burned down to U.S. Highway 12.

The fire is east of Rimrock Lake, which is about eight miles from the top of the pass.

The Packwood area fire department was called about two fires on the Lewis County side of the pass on Friday but said they were far enough from the highway they needed to be handled by the Forest Service.

“They had quite a few lightening strikes,” Lewis County Fire District 10 Chief Lonnie Goble said this morning.

The fires reported across canyons off mileposts 145 and 147 should be out by now, he said.

Read more here

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Read about man captured for 2004 Centralia beer bottle attack found new life in Mabton …

Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Yakima Herald-Republic writes about what 38-year-old Refugio Jose Vazquez-Tellez has been doing the past eight years since he went on the lam after allegedly fleeing a Centralia apartment where he broke a beer bottle over  man’s head and slashed and stabbed him with it.

Vazquez-Tellez was captured in Mabton where he had been living under the alias Manuel Vasquez-Escalante  since 2004 and established a new life, job and family, according to the Centralia Police Department.

He was featured on America’s Most Wanted in 2009 and earlier this month Mabton police followed up on a tip that led to his arrest, according to Centralia police.

He was brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court last Monday where bail was set at $75,000 for the first-degree assault charge.

Authorities believe the fight at a South Pearl Street apartment on June 26, 2004 was related to Vazquez-Tellez and another man getting “ratted out” over a stolen bicycle.

Vazquez-Tellez pleaded not guilty on Thursday and a trial date was set for the week of Oct. 29, according to news reporter Ross Courtney.

Read more here.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

CENTRALIA BURGLARY

• A deputy took a report yesterday of an estimated $9,500 of valuables stolen in a burglary on the 1600 block of J Street North in Centralia. Sometime between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. the day before, someone entered the home and stole a safe, a television, a computer, jewelry, prescription medications and cash, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

TRESPASSING FOR WOOD

• A pair of individuals who were caught cutting firewood last night on Weyerhaeuser property near Pe Ell will likely find themselves in court for theft and trespassing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy arriving about 8 p.m. to an area off the 4000 Line was advised by Weyerhaeuser security the 34-year-old resident and 29-year-old Chehalis resident had driven around a closed gate and taken a half cord of wood, according to the sheriff’s office. The main issue is the property was clearly posted closed because of the high fire danger, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. They were not arrested but the case will be referred to prosecutors for evaluation of charges of third-degree theft and second-degree trespassing, according to Brown.

WRECKS

• A 62-year-old Randle man suffered a laceration to his forehead and his truck sustained major front end damage when he wrecked on the 100 block of Peters Road yesterday evening. A deputy arriving to the scene just before 6 p.m. found the 2006 Dodge Ram in a ditch on its side and the driver outside the vehicle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The man said he was on his way to the store and didn’t know why he drove his truck off the road, the sheriff’s office said. He was cited for wheels off the roadway, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• An overnight collision in which a truck driver from Winlock ran into the rear and totaled a car stopped on Interstate 5 is under investigation.

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Courtesy photos by WSP

The 43-year-old driver of a 2005 Kia Spectra was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the early morning wreck in the southbound lanes between Maytown and Tumwater, according to the Washington State Patrol. The car’s lights were out, according to the state patrol. Steven W. Staggs, 57, of Winlock was not injured, but his 2008 Kenworth was impounded, the state patrol reported.

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Winlock man suffers broken neck after two-bicycle wreck

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 40-year-old man was airlifted with severe injuries after a two-bicycle accident near the skate park in Napavine yesterday evening.

It happened on West Washington Street near Haywire Road.

The 15-year-old Napavine boy with whom he collided escaped with just bruises, according to police.

Police and aid were called just before 5 p.m. to what looked like a pretty much a head on accident, according to Napavine Police Department Officer Silas Elwood.

Elwood said the teenager was heading home from the skate park when he crossed the road.

“The other gentleman was riding into town on Washington / Highway 603, it’s a downhill slope,” Elwood said. “He was one of those kind of serious bicycling guys. Witnesses said he was probably going 30 to 35 mph.”

Ronald Pollack, 40, of Winlock, apparently went head first over his handle bars and landed on the pavement, Elwood said. He was wearing a helmet.

Pollack suffered severe head trauma and an apparent broken neck, according to responders. A LifeFlight helicopter picked him up from a nearby field and flew him to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.

Elwood said Pollack was in surgery late last night, but in stable condition and expected to wake up today.

Someone had told the young man the safest way to ride a bike was to face traffic, but that’s not the case, Elwood said.

The sun was in his eyes, and “the kid was probably looking for cars, not another bike,” he said.

He said he wasn’t blaming the teen, but the collision points up a need for some local bicycle safety training.

Bicyclists are supposed to follow the same traffic rules as motor vehicles, according to Elwood. The speed limit there is 25 mph.

It was definitely one of those “freak” things with a number of contributing factors, Elwood said.

“I don’t even want to think about how bad this would have been if he hadn’t been wearing a helmet,” he said.

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Breaking news: Pedestrians robbed in separate Centralia cases yesterday, two arrested

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

Updated at 11:44 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A young man walking down a Centralia street and a teenage girl at Fort Borst Park were held up in separate incidents yesterday by a pair of males believed to be armed with a stun gun and pepper spray.

In the second case at about 4:30 p.m. the 17-year-old victim kicked one of the would-be robbers in the groin causing the pair to flee, police said.

Two suspects were in custody by about 11:30 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Steven N. Romero, 18, and Zachary J. Konoske, 19, both from Centralia.

Police Sgt. Carl Buster said the girl in the park refused to hand over her backpack and money, telling the man she was going to scream. He grabs at her backpack anyways, Buster said.

“She kicks him in the n***, he pepper sprays her,” and they leave, Buster said.

In both instances, the males pulled up in a red car described as full of people, according to police. A 30-year-old Rochester woman and an 18-year-old Morton resident are facing possible arrest for rendering criminal assistance, according to police.

Buster said he won’t be at all surprised if there were other victims of similar crimes in the area during the day yesterday.

“I’m betting other people will come forward,” he said.

The first situation occurred just before 11 a.m. near Woodland Avenue and West Summa street in the south end of town, according to police.

A 19-year-old man told police he was walking down the sidewalk listening to his iPod when a red car pulled up and two males got out and confronted him.

One of them demanded he give them everything out of his pockets and when he refused, grabbed his iPod, according to police.

The other male stood by and threatened him with what the victim thought was a Taser gun, because he heard the sound of electricity sparking or arcing, according to Buster. The victim handed over his wallet, according to Buster.

Acting on a tip, police pulled over a vehicle getting on Interstate 5 at about 7 p.m.; Romero was arrested, according to police. Officers got information Konoske was at a house off Roosevelt Street and went there about 11:30 p.m., according to Buster.

“He tried to run out the back door, but police grabbed him,” Buster said.

The two suspects were booked for robbery.

 

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm

BURGLARIES IN BOISTFORT

• A 47-year-old woman returned home yesterday to the 600 block of Boistfort Road west of Chehalis to discover she’d been burglarized, but a surveillance camera captured images of four people getting out of  vehicle in her driveway and the sheriff’s office has some suspects. Missing are more than $4,000 worth of belongings including two flat screen televisions, a laptop computer, a Sony PlayStation and two Xbox games and a baseball hat, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Four people were arrested yesterday afternoon when they were discovered loading items into two vehicles outside a Boistfort area home where the day before deputies had served a search warrant and arrested the resident. Deputies called to the 200 block of Lake Creek Road were told by the subjects they were retrieving items that either belonged to them because they had lived there temporarily or getting back their own stolen property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The resident, Michael Glenn McBride, is accused of operating an illegal wrecking yard. Deputies knew the owner wanted no one on the property and arrested all four for residential burglary, according to the sheriff’s office. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Richard A. Pruett, 50, of Winlock; Mark S. Hendricks, 56, of Toledo; Brent L. Heath, 30, of Toledo; and Casey S. Fredrick, 26, of Castle Rock, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Among the items they attempted to take were tools and stereo equipment, Brown said.

BURGLARY IN CHEHALIS

• Police were called to the 1400 block of Southwest Kelly Avenue in Chehalis about 1:40 p.m. yesterday when a resident discovered someone had come into her home and stolen a large amount of jewelry, including necklaces and wrist watches. It happened sometime during the day and it appeared the burglar came in through window that was either left unlatched or they were able to somehow slip open, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BURGLARY IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 11:40 a.m. yesterday when a business owner on the 400 block of North Tower Avenue found their back door unlocked and unspecified items missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SMASHED WINDOW

• An unknown suspect threw a large rock through a windshield of a vehicle parked in the victim’s driveway at the 600 block of Alder Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 8 o’clock yesterday morning.

DEER COLLISIONS

• A 17-year-old Curtis resident suffered a broken nose and cuts to his head yesterday after his 1995 Ford Escort ran off the road and down a 100-foot embankment yesterday at the 600 block of Curtis Hill Road. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said the teenager said he was southbound when he swerved and braked to miss a deer. The car landed on its top and sustained major damage, according to the sheriff’s office. Its driver was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• A 39-year-old Toledo man was hospitalized after the handle bar of his motorcycle struck a deer on state Route 506 near Interstate 5 yesterday morning causing his bike to go down and him to be ejected, according to the Washington State Patrol. A trooper called about 7 a.m. reported John J. Strom suffered abrasions to arm and a sore shoulder. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the state patrol. The 2008 Honda XR650 sustained an estimated $700 damage, according to the patrol.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

MARIJUANA GREENHOUSE IN BOISTFORT

• A Centralia police investigation took them out to property on Boistfort and King roads in west Lewis County yesterday morning where the contents of a greenhouse were confiscated. Colby D. Cave, 35, who lives there was arrested when he returned around 2:50 p.m. for an outstanding warrant, according to police. Centralia’s detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said there were 30-some-odd marijuana plants in the greenhouse.  Cave was booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful of use of a building for drug purposes, according to jail roster. It was an ongoing case of the department’s Anti-Crime Team, and they were assisted by sheriff’s deputies when a warrant was served, according to Fitzgerald. Cave had a medical marijuana card but it was in someone else’s name, he said.

THEFT

• A 1989 Honda Civic was reported stolen about 2 o’clock this morning form the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia. The car is described as painted flat black with a sticker in the back window that reads “Get lost in Montana” , according to the Centralia Police Department. It has a license plate of AIT 5219.

• Prescription medication and GPS device were missing after a car prowl at the 1100 block of Alder Street in Centralia yesterday, according to police.

• Stereos were taken from two vehicles at the 1300 block of Central Boulevard in Centralia, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department about 9:15 a.m. yesterday.

OUT-OF-CONTROL IN EMERGENCY ROOM

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident was taken away from Providence Centralia Hospital by police yesterday after he was angry he was not allowed into the emergency room to see his girlfriend and ran in there. Officers called about 8:50 a.m. arrested  Jordan P. Sansouci for being disorderly and interfering with a health facility, and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNHAPPY CAMPERS

• Deputies yesterday afternoon contacted a pair of campers on Weyerhaeuser property near Pe Ell and arrested one of them for violating a no-contacting order in place regarding the other. Barry W. Worley, 36, of Winlock, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for the offense and also a warrant, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office. His companion, a 57-year-old Winlock woman, was not arrested but faces a potential trespassing citation, according to the sheriff’s office.

OOPS

• Firefighters from four departments were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday when sparks from a truck with a mechanical problem started several grass fires along the southbound lanes on Interstate 5 near the Toledo-Winlock interchange. One was as big as 50 yards long but they stretched over several hundred yards, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. “The truck driver was notified by a motorist and was able to pull over fairly quickly and thankfully not spread fire farther down the freeway,” Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson said.

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News brief: Suspect in Tenino hitchhiker beating captured after police pursuit

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 23-year-old man wanted in the beating and robbery of a hitchhiker in Tenino last month was arrested early this morning after a police chase that began in Centralia and ended in Tenino.

Centralia police say an officer attempted to contact the driver of a stolen vehicle in north Centralia at about 12:30 a.m. The vehicle fled north on Interstate 5 at speeds of up to 110 mph and then out Highway 99, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was stopped when a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy ended the chase by intentionally colliding with it and spun it out, Centralia police Sgt. Carl Buster said.

Tony L. League, 23, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and warrants as well as for the Aug. 22 incident in which a hitchhiker was punched and ordered at gunpoint to empty his pockets, according to police.

Centralia police list League as a Tenino resident. Tenino police have said he resides in Olympia.

Tenino police are still seeking a second man, Andrew B. Miller, 20, of Yelm, in connection with the robbery.

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For background, read “News brief: Hitchhiker robbed, beaten in Tenino” from Monday August 27, 2012, here

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Boistfort property under investigation for parting out stolen vehicles

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

Updated at 6:45 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 41-year-old man from the Boistfort Valley was arrested this morning after a search warrant served at his home yesterday turned up evidence authorities believe means he was chopping up stolen vehicles and selling their metal for recycling.

Sheriff’s deputies who went to the 200 block of Lake Creek Road yesterday with the state patrol and other county employees describe what they found as an illegal wrecking yard.

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Michael Glenn McBride

Michael Glenn McBride was picked up just before 9 a.m. today in connection with possession of stolen property, and other related offenses, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies yesterday also found about three-quarters of a pound of marijuana, a digital scale and two firearms at the property, according to the sheriff’s office. McBride is a convicted felon and prohibited from owning guns, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said in a news release.

An investigation began a few weeks ago when a tipster reported McBride was bringing assorted vehicles to his residence, especially in the past three weeks and it seemed suspicious, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies obtained receipts from Hand in Hand Recycling in Centralia which showed McBride had been bringing in numerous auto parts and scrap from vehicles, as much as 1,700 pounds on one recent day, according to Brown.

Deputies spoke with him on Saturday when he attempted to turn in parts without the title or registration, Brown reported.

Identification numbers from vehicle parts at McBride’s property matched a  Ford 150 pickup truck stolen in July from Curtis, Brown said. The cab of the truck was discovered on Sunday off King Road in Winlock and the bed of the truck was found on the same road yesterday, Brown said.

Detectives found McBride this morning in a travel trailer behind a residence on the 1100 block of Koontz Road south of Chehalis, according to Brown.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

LAUGHING WOMAN ARRESTED

A 42-year-old Centralia woman was arrested yesterday after allegedly twice running into another vehicle at East Summa Street and Tower Avenue and driving away. Police were called just after 2 p.m. by a man who said a driver got right on his rear end, flashing her lights and honking, according to the Centralia Police Department. When he asked her what she was doing, she just laughed, according to police. As the woman pulled away, she struck the vehicle of a passerby who stopped because of the commotion, backed up, hit the vehicle a second time and then drove off. “She was laughing the whole time,” Buster said. Mary E. Carver later went into the police department to make a report about neighbors’ babies crying and was arrested for second-degree assault when police recognized hers as the suspect vehicle, Buster said.

STRANGER IN BUSHES GRABS WOMAN

• Police were called about 8:40 p.m. yesterday to a Centralia neighborhood after a 24-year-old woman said she and her boyfriend were walking when a hand reached out from some bushes and grabbed her arm. The two fled but saw a person in dark clothing running the other way, according to police. It happened near South Rock and West Cherry streets. A police dog was brought out to sniff around but didn’t find a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUNKEN MAN BEATEN IN CENTRALIA

• A 26-year-old Centralia man went to the police department yesterday to report that a week ago Saturday he was walking home drunk when someone assaulted him breaking bones in his face. “All he remembers is getting hit in the head and then waking up,” police Sgt. Carl Buster said. The victim at some point went to a hospital and learned how serious his injury was, according to police. Buster said he doesn’t know why the man waited to call police.

THEFT

• Police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to a residence on the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia about stolen rings. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Generators were stolen from a business on the 300 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

• A computer was reported stolen from a motel room on Westlake Avenue in Morton the Tuesday before last. The case is under investigation, according to the Morton Police Department.

• A woman who called police yesterday afternoon after seeing someone take down some political campaign signs from the hillside near North National Avenue and Chamber of Commerce Way in Chehalis was told they were not being stolen, apparently just removed because the property owner hadn’t been asked in advance for permission, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT OF WOOD

• Morton police are investigating after a report subjects stole lumber from the Northwest Home Center, carrying it to U.S. Highway 12 where they loaded it into a vehicle, according to the Morton Police Department. It happened the Tuesday before last in the morning, according to police.

• A 26-year-old man was arrested after Morton police received a report of campers cutting down trees for firewood in Gus Backstrom Park on Sept. 1, according to police. David R. Boulet, of Graham, was picked up for theft, obstruction, malicious mischief and a warrant and turned over to the Pierce County law enforcement, according to the Morton Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon of a car prowl on the 1100 block of F Street. A CD player and wallet were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to take a report that sometime during the past month, somebody removed the registration and insurance information from the glove box of a vehicle parked on Southwest Fourth Street near Market Boulevard.

HARASSMENT

• A 52-year-old Morton man was in trouble with police after allegedly calling and texting a female more than 100 times in just a few hour period. William S. Rakes was arrested for telephone harassment on Thursday, according to the Morton Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 22-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine this morning after contact with an officer about 7:10 a.m. at the 800 block of Harrison Avenue. Katrina D. Miller was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department,

• A 17-year-old boy faces a possible misdemeanor charge for allegedly smoking marijuana on school property in Morton on Wednesday morning. Police found a pipe and a small amount of residue and referred the case to Lewis County prosecutors, according to the Morton Police Department.

WRECK

• The city of Winlock’s “welcome” sign and planter box were damaged yesterday when a semi truck driver attempted a U-turn at the 2700 block of Highway 603 and his trailer tires dropped into a ditch, causing damage to his truck as well, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loaded semi had to be towed following the approximately 11:30 a.m. incident, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver, who said he missed his turn, was cited for making an improper U-turn, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• An 11-year-old girl complained of shoulder pain and her older brother, the driver, of stomach pain after a two-car collision this morning at the 1100 block of Reynolds Avenue in Centralia. Both were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital following the wreck which occurred just before 8 o’clock this morning, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

FIRES

• Firefighters were called about 8:30 p.m. yesterday to the Capitol Forest west of Little Rock when wires which fell after a small pickup truck ran into a power pole sparked a wildfire. On one side of the downed lines, an off-duty firefighter from Grays Harbor County treated the driver for minor injuries and on the other side, personnel from West Thurston Regional Fire Authority battled a blaze that spread onto a slope in the heavily-wooded area, according to Fire Lt. Lanette Dyer. It happened at the end of Bordeaux Road near what’s known as the “E Line”. The fire was contained to an area approximately 100 feet by 200 feet by 9:30 p.m., according to Dyer. The location is about three miles south of an incident early on on Saturday morning in which 37-year-old man from Puyallup fell from atop the cab of a Chevrolet Silverado and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the fire department.

• Firefighters called about 7:15 p.m. yesterday about a small grass fire in the front yard of a home on Taylor Street in Centralia found a resident had put it out with a garden hose. It appeared someone tossed a cigarette and missed the intended container, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

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Read about Thurston judge injured in chemical attack …

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports Thurston County District Court Judge Michael “Brett” Buckley was injured after he answered his door at home last night and a strange man threw an unknown substance into his face.

News reporters write the visitor said nothing, simply turned and walked away.

Read about it here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Updated at 6:31 p.m.

OOPS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says a 20-year-old Vader resident was arrested after he got inside someone else’s semi-truck near Centralia and tried to drive away. A deputy called about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday was told John J. Crear IV was “highly intoxicated” and thought he was in Rochester and trying to drive home, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Employees at the business on the 3000 block of Foron Road escorted Crear off the property, Brown said, but he was later located in the area and booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempted vehicle theft. Prosecutors are sending the case to Lewis County District Court where misdemeanors are handled.

ROAD RAGE IN CENTRALIA

• A 72-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for allegedly waving around a gun at outside a convenience store on the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia about 5 o’clock this morning. Police said Alvin Fitzgerald told them he was angry at a Centralia driver he thought was intentionally tailgating him and shining his bright headlights causing a glare in Fitzgerald’s rearview mirror. When the Centralia man pulled into a parking lot, Fitzgerald followed him and they got out and “exchanged words,” Officer John Panco said. Both motorist went to their vehicles and Fitzgerald returned with a handgun, Panco said. Police confiscated the gun and arrested him for unlawful display of a weapon, according to police. He was then released.

IMPERSONATION UNDER INVESTIGATION

• Deputies are investigating a suspected identity theft after a 42-year-old Onalaska woman said she learned someone was using her social security number to work. When the victim applied for unemployment benefits, she was asked if she had ever worked in an orchard in Eastern Washington, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The first unemployment check she received was short because it was garnished for child support owed by the person who used her social security number, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The sheriff’s office is working with the state Department of Social and Health Services to investigate the situation which was reported last Thursday, according to Brown.

RACE OVER

• Two Centralia residents were arrested after a police officer heard the “roar” of an engine and observed a pair of vehicles racing on Harrison Avenue and West Reynolds Avenue about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Both Dustyn J. Lawrence, 18, and Justin L. Stutman, 25,were cited and then released, according to police.

COPPER WIRE THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a deputy took a report from the 2200 block of Highway 603 near Winlock about more than 750 feet of copper wire stolen. It happened sometime between Thursday and Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is listed as more than $3,000.

DRUGS

• Bail was set at $25,000 today for a man arrested early Saturday morning in Winlock for possession of methamphetamine and a violation of a protection order regarding his wife. Michael W. Reddick allegedly was found with four baggies of suspected meth, defense attorney Bob Schroeter said in court this afternoon. The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office asked for $10,000 bail because of the no-contact order offense, and Schroeter requested $5,000 but Lewis County Superior Court Commissioner Tracy Mitchell who normally handles family court said her court takes those violations very seriously and made it $25,000.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report about 5 p.m. yesterday from the 900 block of Marion Street where someone broke out a vehicle’s window and stole an iPod.

FAKE BILL PASSED IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 2:50 p.m. on Saturday about a counterfeit $20 received at a business on the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon by a woman who said someone punctured a sidewall of the tire of her vehicle while it was parked at Wal-Mart. There are no suspects, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECKS

• A 31-year-old Chehalis resident was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with a broken leg after a collision on state Route 6 when he drove into the side of a truck that ran a stop sign at Highway 603 west of Chehalis just before 11 p.m. on on Saturday night, according to the Washington State Patrol. James M. Rada’s 1997 Honda was totaled, the state patrol reported. The driver of the Ford Explorer, Hewitt M. Duncan, 77, and his 74-year-old female passenger were unhurt, according to the patrol. Duncan was cited for failing to yield, the investigating trooper reported.

• Two people had possible injuries after a three-vehicle wreck when a Morton motorist reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign north of Mossyrock on Saturday evening. Angela L. Page, 41, of Morton, was given a citation after troopers were called about 6:40 p.m. to the intersection of state Route 122 and Larson Road, according to the Washington State Patrol. A Honda Accord carrying a Bremerton man was totaled but he was not injured, according to the state patrol. His passenger however, a 48-year-old Gig Harbor woman had a possible shoulder injury, the state patrol reported. A 2010 Ford F-150 driven by 27-year-old Matthew A. Cournyer of Mossyrock sustained an estimated $4,000 damage, according to the investigating trooper. Page was taken to Morton General Hospital with possible neck and back injuries, the trooper noted.

FOREST FIRE EXTINGUISHED IN PACKWOOD

• Firefighters on Friday afternoon were called to an area behind the High Valley park in Packwood when fire broke out on former clear cut property now populated by 30- to 40-foot tall trees. Crews from Randle joined Lewis County Fire District 10 about 2 p.m. and were on the scene three and a half to four hours and then personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources stayed on until later in the night, District 10 Chief Lonnie Goble said. “Neighbors called it in real quick, as soon as it started,” Goble said. The burned area comprised an estimated 300 feet by as much as 100 feet, according to the chief. The closest home was about 150 feet away, he said.

BUSTED CORONA BOTTLE ATTACK SUSPECT BACK IN LEWIS COUNTY

• A former Centralia man who allegedly slashed at a man with a broken beer bottle at a South Pearl Street apartment eight years ago was ordered held today on $75,000 bail. Refugio Jose Vazquez-Tellez, 38, was jailed on Friday on a warrant for first-degree assault in connection with the June 26, 2004 incident. Vazquez-Tellez, known to police by his street name Marlboro, fled after he and another man allegedly initiated a fight over getting “ratted out” over a stolen bicycle, according to charging documents. The boyfriend of the mother of the individual they went to see sustained numerous deep cuts to his face, chest and abdomen when he tried to break up the brawl, charging documents state. The following day, Vazquez-Tellez called in sick to his job at Hub City Recycling with a cut hand, police told prosecutors. He never showed up for court after he was charged, Lewis County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said this afternoon. Vazquez-Tellez lives and works in Yakima picking apples and his income is such is he qualified for a court-appointed defense attorney Bob Schroeter said. Immigration authorities have placed a hold on him, according to Schroeter. His arraignment was scheduled for Thursday.

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Chehalis man’s death in Willapa Bay boat accident deemed hypothermia

Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities believe the three fisherman from Lewis County in last week’s deadly boat wreck spent hours in the water before they were located by a Coast Guard helicopter on Wednesday morning.

“There’s indication they were able to get to the overturned boat and strap themselves to it,” but sometime during the night the straps broke, Pacific County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock said.

Responders don’t know for sure though when the accident occurred, but think it could have been around 12 hours before they were found, Matlock said. It happened near the entrance to Willapa Bay.

Robert “Tony” F. Garrity, 70, and Charlie Garrity, 26, of Chehalis, and Shad Hail, 30, from Centralia, failed to return home from a Tuesday afternoon fishing trip out of Tokeland, he said. It is salmon season.

“From what we can understand, they got turned around and were coming back,” Matlock said. “They might have hit a sandbar. The people thought they felt the bottom of the motor hit something.”

“A large wave hit the bow, it tipped over and they all went out,” he said.

The wife of one of them called the sheriff’s office about 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday and sure enough, their vehicle was still parked at the boat launch, according to Matlock. The Coast Guard launched a search by boat and by air at first light, and discovered the  24-foot vessel near Leadbetter Point at 7:15 a.m.

The two younger men were on a sandbar, Robert “Tony” Garrity was on top of the boat, he said. The younger Garrity and Hail were hoisted into a helicopter and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

The helicopter returned to retrieve the senior Garrity’s body.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t able to gain a lot of information from the survivors because they were in pretty rough shape, Matlock said.

The coroner’s office lists Robert Garrity’s cause of death as accidental due to hypothermia. He died on Wednesday morning, Deputy Coroner Darrell Stoller knows, because the two boys watched him pass away, he said.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the boat accident.

Matlock said fatal accidents on the coast are not uncommon.

“The ocean’s not a very forgiving place,” he said. “The weather can change so quickly.”

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Parents of Toledo teen charged with assaulting father won’t cooperate with prosecutors

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The parents of the 16-year-old Toledo boy accused of hitting his father in the head with a baseball bat are refusing to talk with police or prosecutors about the case.

The Toledo High School student was arrested in mid-July and charged in adult court with first-degree assault, a felony with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Charging documents allege he came upon his parents arguing about the father’s extramarital affairs and struck his dad with a metal baseball bat.

When police and aid were called to the Toledo home, the father Leslie Bagley was unconscious on the floor with what was described as major trauma to his head, according to authorities. The mother appeared intoxicated, police noted.

Bagley, 55, was airlifted to Harbor Medical Center in Seattle that morning, July 19. Within days he was upgraded to satisfactory condition.

When Toledo Police Chief John Brockmueller traveled to the hospital to speak to Bagley, the mother Tena Bagley stopped him at the door and turned him away, according to court documents.

“I’m going to put a stop to this right now,” Tena Bagley is quoted as telling him. “I told you that I don’t want to give a statement and Les does not want to give one.

“You need to contact our attorney Chris Baum.”

Baum, who represents the teenager, has said in court the parents are upset the police report does not accurately reflect the situation.

Bail was set at $75,000, but a judge allowed the family to post $7,500 cash with the court and put up the grandfather’s property as security.

No contact orders are in place preventing the teen from communicating with his parents. A judge said the boy could stay with an adult brother.

Prosecutors write in court documents they have spoken with a family friend who says the couple is not releasing any information, even to their friends, “perhaps because they do not want police to have the information.”

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke said today the mother is a witness, the father the alleged victim and he needs to interview them, but he’s exhausted all avenues in trying to reach them.

“These are my witnesses, I need to talk to them,” he said. “They’re not talking.”

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey signed an order yesterday for the parents to appear for a deposition. O’Rourke said next week he will be scheduling the meeting.

The boy has pleaded not guilty. A trial is set for the week of Oct. 15.

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For background, read “Toledo teen charged in adult court for allegedly taking bat to father’s head” from Tuesday July 24, 2012, here

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News brief: Maurin murder trial will feature more than 100 witnesses

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The trial for Ricky Allen Riffe in the 1985 kidnapping and fatal shooting of Ed and Wilhelmina Maurin of Ethel is going to take at least two weeks and possibly three, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

Attorneys and the defendant went in front of a judge yesterday briefly to review the status of the case and reschedule the trial.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said he has in excess of 100 witnesses, some from out of state.

Riffe, 53, was arrested in July at his home in Alaska in the old case.

Prosecutors believe the former Lewis County man and his brother abducted the elderly couple and forced them to withdraw money from their bank in Chehalis before shooting them and dumping their bodies near Adna.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey will preside.

Halstead has turned over more than 12,000 pages of discovery to the defense and asked Brosey yesterday to remind Seattle-based attorney John Crowley the rules for sharing evidence apply to both sides.

Halstead noted media reports in which Crowley said he spoke with a witness who could help his client’s case.

Crowley only replied the timely turning over of documents and such applies to witnesses one intends to call upon during trial.

The defense attorney said the trial was moved from October to the week of November 5 because there is so much material for him to wade through.

Outside the courtroom, he said he’s found more good news for his client as he’s studied the materials

“One thing I didn’t know is there’s a witness who confessed, or a suspect who confessed,” Crowley said. “In a handwritten note to his wife.”

Riffe has pleaded not guilty. His younger  brother John Gregory Riffe died earlier this summer of ill health before charges were filed.

Wilhelmina Maurin, also known as “Minnie”, was 83, her husband was 81 years old.
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For background, read “Maurin homicide: Riffe pleads not guilty, his attorney hints at proof” from Thursday August 23, 2012, here

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Barn, trees, grass burn up to four acres near Boistfort

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

As many as 50 firefighters responded to a barn and wildfire that grew to as much as four acres today in the Curtis-Boistfort area.

Lewis County Fire District 13 was called about 1:20 p.m. to the blaze at the end of Hubbard Road.

The barn burned to the ground and the fire at one point threatened the house, District 5 Chief Eric Linn said.

Twenty-five to 30 personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources joined firefighters from Chehalis, Centralia and Napavine, Linn  said.

The flames got into grass, slash and trees, he said.

Local firefighters spent about five hours at the scene, leaving DNR out there around 6 p.m., according to Linn.

“We had some pretty significant concerns if we wouldn’t have been able to stop it at the ridge, it would have been quite an event,” he said.

Nobody was injured. Linn didn’t yet have a cause for the fire.

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News brief: Bridge bump causes five mile back-up on I-5 south of Chehalis

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two vehicles were damaged but nobody was hurt when a log truck’s too-tall load hit the Chamber of Commerce Way overpass above Interstate 5 in Chehalis about 1:30 p.m. today.

It happened in the northbound lanes and the pilot car sustained an estimated $1,000 damage from falling debris, according to the Washington State Patrol. A southbound van struck debris in the road and was damaged as well, according to the state patrol.

The damage was to the bridge was minimal enough the overpass stayed open, but one lane of the freeway was closed for bridge inspectors.

The northbound lanes on the freeway were backed up almost five miles as late as 5:30 p.m.

The driver, Darren M. Lumbert, 47, of Chehalis, was expected to be cited for over-height load, according to the investigating trooper.

The state Department of Transportation indicates motorists should expect delays until as late as 8 p.m.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

GUNPOINT ARREST AT SAFEWAY

• A 37-year-old Chehalis man with a warrant was arrested at gunpoint yesterday afternoon in the parking lot at Safeway on South Market Boulevard. Jacob Woods was wanted by the state Department of Corrections and was spotted about 5:15 p.m. by an off-duty officer who knew he was wanted, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Because he has an assaultive and violent history, he was ordered to the ground and taken into custody, Chehalis detective Sgt. Brian Hickey said. Woods was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

PUNCHING COURTHOUSE WALL DRAWS POLICE

• Police and deputies were called to the third floor of the Lewis County Courthouse just before 5 p.m. yesterday after an upset 19-year-old Centralia man punched a hole in a wall. He was angry because he wasn’t allowed to give his mother a hug after she was sentenced to incarceration, Chehalis detective Sgt. Brian Hickey said. He was not arrested. The case will be forwarded to the city attorney for evaluation of a possible charge of third-degree malicious mischief, according to Hickey.

IDENTITY THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a 76-year-old Centralia-area man called to report someone used his credit card number in Chehalis, California and Texas to make several purchases last month totaling more than $2,000. The victim still has possession of the card so someone must have “skimmed” the number off it at some point, according to the sheriff’s office. There is no suspect information, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

WRECK

• One man was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia yesterday after a two-vehicle collision at Old Highway 9 and James Road in Grand Mound. Aid called early yesterday afternoon to the scene of the wreck between a passenger car and pickup truck said another man was uninjured and a third was treated at the scene. The car sustained substantial damage, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Further details were not readily available.