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News brief: Centralia apartment manager hospitalized with life threatening lacerations

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:03 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police recovered a box cutter knife after a woman was found yesterday with severe lacerations to her wrists and throat at the apartment complex that saw two suspicious fires last week in Centralia.

Officers were called at 11:36 a.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road.

The 44-year-old apartment manager was found in the bathroom of a common area of the complex with life-threatening injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The box cutter was located in the bathroom as well, according to police.

She was transported to the hospital and then transferred to a more advanced trauma center for further treatment, Tacoma General Hospital, Sgt. Jim Shannon said.

Shannon said they processed the scene as though it was a serious assault or potential homicide, but are still investigating. They are following up today on leads to determine what occurred, he said.

Its the same complex where last Wednesday and Thursday mornings, authorities were called for possible arson attempts. The first morning, some paper was found burning next to the building. The following day, a fire broke out in a corridor of the same building, damaging an approximately 15 square foot area of exterior siding.

Shannon said this morning he can’t say if yesterday’s incident is related, but he expects police will have more information at the end of today.

“We’re looking at all possible scenarios,” he said.

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For background, read “News brief: Centralia detective asking for tips on suspected arson attempts” from Friday November 4, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 5:02 pm
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ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Two young people were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday after a rollover accident caused by a tire blowing out on Interstate 5 in Chehalis. Troopers called just after 4 p.m. to the northbound lanes just beyond the West Street overpass found the driver, 18-year-old Rio P. Arriaga was traveling in the left lane but lost control of his Isuzu Rodeo, which came to rest in the right lane, according to the Washington State Patrol. The Chehalis teen was unhurt, according to the state patrol. Arriaga and his two passengers Crystian T. Bean, 14 and Madalyn N. Bean, 11, also of Chehalis, had all been wearing their seat belts, according to the state patrol.

FOOTWEAR LIFTED FROM PORCH

• Police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Central Boulevard where someone had stolen a pair of shoes and a small carpet from a porch.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Woodland Avenue to take a report of a vehicle prowl. Missing was a cell phone from an unlocked vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, protection order violation, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 133 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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Read about Prosecutor Meyer charges candidate with felonies …

Friday, November 4, 2016 at 4:16 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Chinook Observer reports a summons was issued a week ahead of the general election for James “Jimi” O’Hagan, a candidate challenging the incumbent state representative to the 19th Legislative District, charging him with two felonies.

News reporter Natalie St. John writes the Grayland Republican is expected to appear in Pacific County Superior Court on Nov. 18 because he refused to return a borrowed Chevrolet Suburban and a stored boat belonging to a Raymond man.

St. John reports Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed the charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and first-degree possession of stolen property – after several months of gathering and reviewing case information – because Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain had a conflict.

O’Hagan’s statement in the Washington Voter’s Pamphlet describes himself as a small family farmer, self-educated in law who believes judicial branch members have infiltrated the legislative and executive branches to obtain nobility for themselves and their fellow attorneys, and that the state bar association is a subversive organization which should be abolished.

A portion of western Lewis County is part of the 19th Legislative District.

Lewis County voters in the primary supported O’Hagan with almost 65 percent of the votes compared with the sitting Democrat Brian Blake who garnered just under 32 percent of their votes.

Read more about it here: “19th Legislative District candidate charged with felonies” from The Chinook Observer on Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm
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THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 7:20 p.m. yesterday about the theft of a pressure washer from a locked shed at the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue.

• Police were called to the 200 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia just before 11 a.m. yesterday where a check was missing from a mailbox.

• Police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday when an individual reported someone tried to use his social security number to gain access to his credit and make purchases. The case is associated with an address on the 700 block of F Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TRESPASSING

• Chehalis police were called about 11 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 1000 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue where someone had gained entry into two trailers. It was not immediately apparent if anything was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A person at the 600 block of Northwest Ohio Avenue in Chehalis called police about 1 p.m. yesterday about a pair of chickens wandering on the sidewalk and in the road at West Street, with “leashes” attached to their feet. The neighbor took them home and their owner was given a warning about roaming poultry, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 32-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence after his truck collided with a utility pole at the 300 block of Mossyrock  Road East about 12:30 p.m. yesterday. Witnesses told a deputy the 2009 Ford F150 swerved off the road and hit the pole, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Ronald J. Allen Jr., of Mossyrock, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 154 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: Centralia detective asking for tips on suspected arson attempts

Friday, November 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police are asking the public for information to help solve suspicious fires two mornings in a row at an apartment complex at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road.

On Wednesday, responders were advised some paper had been lit on fire at the corner of a building, but it was out before they arrived, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The following day, a fire broke out within a corridor of the same building, damaging an approximately 15 square foot area of exterior siding; the manager put it out with a fire extinguisher, according to authorities.

Centralia police detective John Panco said this morning the damaged wall has been removed so it can be sent to the state crime lab for examination and checked for possible accelerants.

The cause is undetermined, but it’s being investigated as first-degree arson, according to police.

Panco asks that anyone who knows anything about either incident to phone him at 360-330-7680.
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For background, read “News brief: Arson attempts in Centralia under investigation” from Thursday November 3, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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TOO MUCH FOOD ANGERS MAN

• A 51-year-old Toledo man was arrested overnight after he allegedly waved a large knife around aggressively because someone at the home was cooking too much sausage for the amount of people that would be eating. Deputies called to the dispute around 2 a.m. at the 100 block of Fisher Road outside Toledo reported the 33-year-old chef and a 29-year-old woman there were frightened by the suspect’s actions, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Erick R. Kalberg was arrested for felony harassment and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: BARN BREAK-IN SOLVED

• A 28-year-old Toledo resident was arrested yesterday in connection with a June 2015 case in which eight antique firearms were stolen from a gun safe in a barn belonging to an elderly woman on the 200 block of Evans Road outside Toledo. A deputy got a statement from an individual who purchased the guns and recontacted an early suspect, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Anthony J. K. Ripley was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft, seven counts of possessing stolen firearms and first-degree trafficking stolen firearms, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen.

BREAK-IN DISCOVERED

• Chehalis police were called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Northwest St. Helens Avenue where a resident noticed her sliding door was partially open then discovered her purse with keys and bank cards missing. Someone had tried to use a bank card and had also gotten inside her vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim thinks it was someone she knows, but police are investigating, a department spokesperson said.

FRAUD

• Police were called about 1:10 p.m. yesterday to the 800 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia to take a report someone had tampered with an individual’s benefit payment by changing the direct deposit routing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MEDS

• Police responded to an approximately 1:55 p.m. call yesterday to the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue about the theft of medication.

CAR PROWL

• Someone broke in a vehicle parked at the 1400 block of West Main Street in Centralia and stole a purse, a coat and a Kindle device, according to a report made to police about 2:35 p.m. yesterday.

SLUMBER INTERRUPTED

• Police were called about 5:15 a.m. following the discovery of a male sleeping on the back porch of a house where he did not belong a the 900 block of Rotary Lane in Centralia. Robert L. Huey, 27, of Centralia, had an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections so was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer just after 5 o’clock this morning came across an individual sleeping behind the wheel of a running vehicle at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Asa K. Hutchings, 22, of Chehalis, was arrested for being in physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, civil issue, disorderly person, third-degree theft, lost or stolen wallet, suspicious circumstances, soap in fountain, fawn hit by car, collision on city street … and more among 124 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: Arson attempts in Centralia under investigation

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11:12 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police are investigating an attempted arson after someone found “a paper” burning next to an occupied building yesterday morning in Centralia.

The fire department and officers responded about 10:25 a.m. yesterday to the scene at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road. It was put out and nobody was injured, but detectives believe it was arson, according to the Centralia Police Department.

A fire crew was called again at 9:10 a.m. today when an apartment manager discovered a fire in an exterior corridor to the same building at 1013 Scammon Creek Road, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

The manager put it out with a fire extinguisher, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert.

“Firefighters checked the building for signs of fire extension and none were found,” Weinert wrote. “There was damage to approximately 15 square foot area of exterior siding.”

A spokesperson for the Centralia Police Department said he had no further information to release.

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News brief: No new trial for Ashford area fatal shooting

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 5:52 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Washington State Supreme Court affirmed a Lewis County murder conviction last week for a case that goes back sixteen years, stemming from an argument at a campsite near Ashford.

Kenneth L. Slert has been convicted three times of killing 53-year-old John Benson of Eatonville. The two met at a hunting camp, drank together and Slert fatally shot Benson in October 2000. He maintained it was self defense.

The second-degree murder conviction was thrown out three times.

In  five to four decision, the justices said on Thursday the error at issue was harmless.

The former carpenter who lived in Tacoma has been in prison since after his first trial in 2004 serving a sentence of a little more than 23 years.

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News brief: Man convicted for 2012 sexual assault of 13-year-old is sentenced

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A former Chehalis man who admitted he took advantage of a 13-year-old girl at a Centralia party when he was 19 years old was handed down a prison term today of a little less than three and half years.

Tyler M. McKee, 22, was brought to Lewis County from Las Vegas at the end of July, charged in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree rape of a child.

The girl reported to Centralia police in 2012 she was raped, but detectives didn’t get a break in the case until last year. She told police she was so drunk she could not walk and remembered both “Tyler” and “Jeff” being on top of her, one after the other.

Lewis County prosecutors struck a deal with McKee in which he pleaded guilty last month to two counts of second-degree child molestation, while the rape charge was dropped.

McKee is represented by Centralia lawyer J.P. Enbody.

He went before Judge James Lawler today who gave him a 41-month sentence.

Another Chehalis resident, Geffrey A. Duncan, 22, was arrested in September and charged in the same case.
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For background, read “Suspect in rape of girl at 2012 Centralia party arrested in Vegas” from Monday August 1, 2016, here

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News brief: Three vying for Lewis County clerk job

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 3:49 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Local Republicans forwarded three names to the Lewis County Board of Commissioners to be considered to replace Lewis County Clerk Kathy Brack.

Brack retired in mid-September from the elected position, after serving since 2003.

All three candidates have experience working in a county clerk’s office. The job pays $75,108 a year.

In order of preference as chosen by Republican precinct committee officers, they are:

• Carla Shannon, currently a deputy clerk in the Lewis County Clerk’s Office.

• Tiffini Walker, currently works in the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office and previously was a deputy clerk in the Lewis County Clerk’s Office.

• Scott Tinney, currently a deputy clerk in the Thurston County Clerk’s Office.

County commissioners have scheduled interviews beginning at 1 p.m. next Wednesday and expect to announce their decision by Nov. 14.

Local Republican party Chairman Mark Anders indicates the party considered six candidates and by statute, must send an ordered list of three to county commissioners, though the commissioners may pick any one of the three.

Because Brack served as a Republican, her party gets that role in the process of replacing her.

The Lewis County clerk serves as the official record keeper for the Lewis County Superior Court. The office on the second floor of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis has 15 employees.

A special election will be held in November 2017 for the position. The position will again be on the ballot in November 2018 for a normal four-year term.
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For background, read “Lewis County Clerk Brack stepping down” from Wednesday September 14, 2016, here