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Death by the numbers: Suicides up in Lewis County

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County coroner’s year-end tally shows a drop in accidental deaths during 2012 but several more suicides.

Last year, 21 people died in Lewis County from accidental causes, compared with 29 the year before, according to Coroner Warren McLeod’s numbers.

Most the those are due to overdoses, both from legally prescribed and illicit drugs, according to McLeod.

The number of deaths attributed to suicide however jumped from nine two years ago to 14 last year.

The coroner’s office tracks all deaths that occur in the county and is responsible for determining their cause and manner.

McLeod gave a brief report yesterday to the Lewis County Board of Commissioners, but did not expand upon any ideas about the changes. He has not yet compiled his official year-end report.

Last year, the coroner counted 822 deaths. The vast majority of cases overall are ascribed to natural disease processes.

When it comes to people taking their own lives, one of the most used methods is with firearms, according to the coroner. Hanging is second, he said.

“That’s the same as when I worked in Vegas,” McLeod said.

Lewis County saw four homicides last year, the same number as the year before.

Terry Vance, 58, of Onalaska, was stabbed to death in his bed last March by his adult son who is now serving a 30-year prison sentence.

David W. Carson, 43, Centralia, died the following week of two gunshots to his chest area in the home of a friend who is in jail awaiting a trial next month.

Two-year-old Koralynn Fister, of Centralia, died in May from head trauma and drowning while in the care of her mother’s live-in boyfriend. James Reeder, 26, pleaded guilty last week to homicide by abuse and other charges and faces possibly spending the rest of his life incarcerated.

Gregory S. Kaufman, 64, of Napavine, died in November from gunshots when he advanced upon a sheriff’s deputy with a knife in his hand along state Route 6 near Boistfort. The shooting was ruled as justified.

Two of last year’s deaths in Lewis County remain undetermined, although not suspicious, McLeod said.

Already during the first two weeks of 2013, he said, his office has responded to one suicide and one accidental death as well as two cases in which the manner is not yet known.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

CACHE OF IDS, CREDIT CARDS ETC. FOUND IN MORTON HOUSE

• A 59-year-old Morton woman was arrested yesterday following the discovery at her home of credit cards, checkbooks and other items belonging to 20 different people. Diana S. Stephens is already in the Lewis County Jail for a case earlier this month in which she allegedly struck her roommate in the head with a hammer. When the roommate had relatives assist him in packing up Stephen’s belongings the 100 block of Chapman Road, they discovered a plastic tub containing her wallet and paraphernalia with methamphetamine reside, along with other people’s belongings such as identifications, gift cards, health cards and even an AARP card, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Stephens told a deputy she didn’t know how the items got there, according to the sheriff’s office. The victims, as young as 20 and as old as 70, reside in places such as Packwood, Randle, Morton, Orting and Yakima, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Stephens was arrested yesterday for numerous counts of possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine, according to Brown. “Investigation is still underway to figure out how she obtained their items,” Brown said.

IDENTITY THEFT

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday by an individual from the 300 block of North Gold Street regarding the discovery someone else was using their social security number. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CHEHALIS RESIDENCE WINDOW SHOT AT?

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 p.m. yesterday when a resident on West Main Street saw a bright flash of light and heard a sound like glass breaking, as though someone shot something through their window. It could have been a transformer blowing or something else, since the responding officer didn’t file a report about gun shots or broken windows, according to detective Sgt. Gary WIlson.

CAR PROWL

• A stereo was stolen when someone broke into a vehicle overnight at the 500 block of North Rock Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday.

• Police were called yesterday morning to the 1700 block of Shamrock Drive in Centralia where a vehicle had been rummaged through. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TEN GALLONS OF FUEL SIPHONED

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to DeGoede bulb farm in Mossyrock where someone had used a garden hose to siphon gasoline from parked vehicles.

VANDALISM

• Someone left gang-style graffiti on a building at the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

IRATE, SLEEPY TEEN PROMPTS 911 CALL BY PARENT

• A Chehalis parent called police about 9:20 a.m. yesterday saying their 16-year-old son would not get up and go to school and was cursing at them. Further details about the request for assistance from the law at the home on Southwest James Street was not readily available.

CAT CALL

• Morton police responding to a 911 hang up call in the night from a home on the 500 block of Oniel Road last week determined a family pet had jumped on the telephone activating the emergency call.

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Police looking for elderly, ill Centralia man

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 9:56 am

Updated at 6:54 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police are asking the public to keep their eyes out for an 80-year-old man, or his gold-colored passenger car, who left his home overnight and hasn’t returned.

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Raymond Wolford

Officer Stacy Denham says Raymond E. Wolford is suffering from the early stages of dementia and the late stages of bone cancer. He requires medication daily.

Police were called about 1:20 a.m. today to the 1800 block of Shamrock Drive – south of Providence Centralia Hospital – where his wife said she had heard him leave, according to Denham.

“She doesn’t know exactly when he left,” he said.

The car was gone from the garage car leading police to think Wolford left with it. It is a 2001 Toyota Avalon, with a license plate of 0077 VXR.

The man’s wife thought he could have headed to his son’s home in Bingen in southern Washington but no one has been able to locate him anywhere, Denham said.

They’re very concerned about him, he said.

“The family is checking with family, places he could go, they even talked with his pastor on Coal Creek Road,” Denham said.

Police have entered Wolford’s information and missing person status into various law enforcement databases, including the automatic license plate readers some police agencies equip their patrol cars with, according to Denham.

In the meantime, police are asking for the public’s help, just in case anyone sees the car on a logging road or in some strange place, Denham said.

Wolford is 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark gray shirt, a blue ball cap, jeans and black shoes.

Police ask anyone to report any sightings or information about Wolford’s whereabouts to the Centralia Police Department on duty supervisor at 360-740-1105.

Update at 9:59 p.m.: Wolford’s family told police around 8:30 or 9 p.m. tonight they located him at a hospital in Everett, “Safe and sound,” Officer Mike Lowrey said.

How he ended up there isn’t yet clear, but more information should be available later, according to Lowrey.

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Missing car looks like this one.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

JAWS OF LIFE USED TO EXTRICATE CHEHALIS DRIVER

• A 34-year-old Chehalis man was hospitalized with a head injury after a single-vehicle wreck yesterday afternoon on the 1700 block of Centralia-Alpha Road east of Chehalis. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said Trevor A. Johnson had to be cut from his pickup after it rolled over, struck a tree and the roof of its cab was crushed. Deputies arrived about 4 p.m. and subsequently contacted Johnson at Providence Centralia Hospital to arrest him for driving under the influence, but did not book him into the jail because of his need for further medical treatment, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

HIGHWAY CRASH IN OAKVILLE LEAVES ONE DEAD, THREE INJURED

• A head-on collision last night on U.S. Highway 12 in Oakville left one person dead and three hospitalized. Troopers called at 11:20 p.m. found an eastbound vehicle had crossed the centerline and struck a Ford Ranger pickup, according to the Washington State Patrol. Both were totaled and the roadway blocked for four hours, according to the state patrol. Wendy M. Cooper, 37, of Puyallup, was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital but troopers suspect drugs or alcohol were involved and her un-named passenger died, according to the state patrol, so she faces potential charges of vehicular homicide. A couple from Aberdeen traveling in the pickup were transported as well. Eliseo T. Lugo, 75, was taken to Mark Reed Hospital, according to the investigating trooper. Asuncion C. Lugo, 71, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the patrol reported.

EX-GIRLFRIEND ASSAULTED

• A 26-year-old Centralia man was arrested for third-degree assault early this morning after he allegedly grabbed his ex-girlfriend around the throat, choking her briefly, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers responding just before 4 a.m. to the 1500 block of Johnson Road took Manuel Arceo-Garcia into custody and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. His case was subsequently referred down to Centralia Municipal Court for a possible misdemeanor charge instead.

SPIRITS AT SCHOOL LAND TEEN IN TROUBLE

• Chehalis police were called to W.F. West High School about 12:30 p.m. yesterday about a student who allegedly brought alcohol to school. The 16-year-old boy was cited for minor in possession of alcohol, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was some type of liqueur, mixed with water, police said.

BURGLARY

• A deputy was called at 1 p.m. yesterday when a 39-year-old Centralia woman returned home from some morning errands to the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue and discovered someone had broken in and stolen an estimated $1,500 worth of valuables, Among the missing items were laptop computer, a Wii system and games as well as a digital camera, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. No forced entry into the residence was found, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Someone broke into a storage unit in Toledo by cutting the lock and made off with a food dehydrator, a Singer sewing machine, a Coleman tent and cover, several gas cans as well as possibly a small handgun, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called yesterday after noon to the 300 block of Toledo-Vader Road was told the 46-year-old victim would need to check further about her firearm, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A Stihl chainsaw and numerous tools were reported stolen from a shop building on the 1100 block of Middle Fork Road in Onalaska yesterday. The break-in occurred sometime between 5 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

MISSING MAIL

• Police were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday to a building on the 200 block of South Tower Avenue in downtown Centralia where someone had torn the top of a mailbox and made off with mail.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police took a report about 6:15 p.m. yesterday of a car prowl on the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in which a window was smashed out. Taken was a purse containing a iPhone and credit cards, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Several tools were stolen from a vehicle parked at the 400 block of East Pine Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

• Chehalis police were called about 11 a.m. on Saturday regarding a car prowl at the 400 block of North Market Boulevard.

GARBAGE CAN REPORTED STOLEN

• A trash can was reported stolen from the 1600 block of Eshom Road in Centralia yesterday.

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Read about Randle man takes suspended license case to state’s high court …

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Seattle Times published a story in its newspaper yesterday about a Randle man whose case coming before the Washington State Supreme Court could – if he wins – have widespread impact on those whose driver’s licenses have been suspended due to unpaid traffic tickets.

Stephen C. Johnson’s attorney argues the suspension, along with  thousands of others, is unconstitutional because the state imposed a criminal penalty on an individual for failing to pay a fine without inquiring into the financial situation of the individual, news reporter Stephanie Schendel writes.

Read more here

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News brief: Sheriff’s office rolls out new mobile command unit today

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to tour its new mobile office, a 40-foot-long semi truck set up to respond for search and rescue missions, crime scenes and any other major local incidents.

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Courtesy photo

The 1995 Freightliner was obtained at no-cost through federal surplus and outfitted with funds from grants and seizures, according to the sheriff’s office. It replaces two aging vans, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said in a news release.

The big rig will be on display today from 10 a.m. until noon at the motor pool parking lot at the intersection of West Main Street and Chehalis Avenue in Chehalis.

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Centralia woman charged in bar fight stabbing

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm
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Lena A. Castillo, 23, awaits her turn to go before a judge as she makes a first appearance in court regarding an assault charge.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors allege the stabbing victim from this weekend’s bar fight in Chehalis started the physical altercation but the other young woman with a small knife continued attacking her after she stopped fighting and was on the ground.

Lena A. Castillo, 23, told police she was standing outside Garbes bar smoking a cigarette when 22-year-old Ashley Stewart confronted her, said something and grabbed her by the hair, according to charging documents.

“If you want to talk sh*t, let’s go,” Stewart allegedly said to her.

Castillo told police it was about Castillo’s ex-boyfriend.

The incident, caught on video outside Garbe’s Bar and Grill, shows Stewart approach Castillo and strike her and the two women beginning to fight, according to charging documents. But it also shows Castillo attacking Stewart until someone pulls her away, the documents allege.

Chehalis police called it mutual combat and said this morning they can’t prove who owns the pair of brass knuckles that turned up in the restroom where the stabbing victim was tended to by friends.

It all happened about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday on the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue in an area with five bars along the same stretch.

Both of the young women are from Centralia.

Castillo was charged today with first-degree assault. A judge set her bail at $75,000.

Charging documents offer other details as described by Chehalis police:

Arriving officers noticed Castillo bleeding from a cut on her pinky finger. They found in her jeans pocket a small silver object – a lighter-knife combination with a double-edged blade.

Police observed a blood trail leading through the bar and into the bathroom where Stewart was located.

Stewart was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital where she was treated for four stab wounds to her stomach and one to each leg.

Castillo told police she didn’t know how her finger got cut and denied stabbing Stewart.

Chehalis Police Department detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said Castillo suffered bumps and bruises, none of the injuries significant, including some bruising on her head.

“We can’t tell from what,” Wilson said.

In Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told the judge the video is very clear as he argued for high bail.

Castillo, who according to information in her court documents is 5-feet 2-inches tall and 129 pounds, said very little as she sat at the defense table, shackled both around her waist and at her ankles.

Defense attorney Bob Schroeter said Castillo works part-time babysitting and has only four minor previous contacts with the law.

Castillo has a misdemeanor theft conviction from 2010, according to prosecutors.

Meagher, when asked outside the courtroom about the possibility brass knuckles were used in the fight, indicated it wouldn’t make a difference.

“I’ll leave that up to the jury,” Meagher said.

Castillo’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
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For background, read:

• “Police: “Mutual combat” between two women in Saturday assault outside bar” from Monday January 14, 2013 at 12:19 p.m., here

• “Woman arrested after stabbing outside Chehalis bar” from Saturday January 12, 2013 at 6:50 p.m., here

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News brief: Origin of Mayfield Lake house fire unknown

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 6:48 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A fire that ravaged a summer cabin at Lake Mayfield Village leaving only two walls standing on Friday evening is under investigation.

Nobody was injured but crews from Salkum and Mossyrock who spent hours battling the blaze were hampered by sparks from an exploding power box they couldn’t aim their fire hoses at, according to Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel.

They had to wait almost an hour and a half for workers from Lewis County PUD to shut off the electricity, McDaniel said. They surrounded the house and kept most of the siding wet while they waited, he said.

“It’s not one you’re gonna win, we contained it the area,” McDaniel said.

The approximately 1,500 square-foot, cedar-sided, metal-roofed  dwelling was nestled among fir trees, according to the chief.

It was just before 6:30 p.m. when a District 8 crew was returning from an aid call, crossing the bridge on Mayfield Lake and spotted a fully engulfed structure fire on the ridge, McDaniel said. They headed that way and were dispatched about a minute later to the 200 block of Lakeview Drive, he said.

“We probably were on the scene within four minutes,” he said.

McDaniel said the cabin had been remodeled about a year ago and was for sale. It’s owners live in Portland, he said.

“It’s under investigation with the fire marshal’s office as to the cause,” he said.

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News brief: Car thieves making off with locked cars around Centralia

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police over the weekend dealt with numerous car thefts, in some cases informing the victims their vehicle had been found abandoned and stripped before they were reported missing.

Yesterday morning, a Honda Civic taken from the 200 block of East Carson Street turned up off Johnson Creek Road in South Thurston County. It had been torched, according to police.

It’s happening during the night and all the cars have been locked, according to the Centralia Police Department.

They’re not breaking the windows.

Police suspect that thieves might be using a “shaved” key to defeat the locks and ignitions since they are targeting similar cars, Sgt. Carl Buster said.

The years mostly range from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, he said.

Buster recommends folks to be extra vigilant and if they see any vehicles or people out of place in their neighborhood to call 911.

“Someone’s going to have to catch them in the act,” Buster said. “Unless you put a club on your steering wheel or lock it in the garage, they’re gonna get it.”

According to Buster: Saturday began with a 1989 Toyota Camry found in an alley near the 1800 block of North Tower Avenue. It had been taken from the 1700 block of Military Road and It’s stereo was missing, according to police.

Around 11 a.m., a 2001 Honda CRV was discovered in the area of Fair Street that was stolen from the 300 block of East Pine Street. It was also partially stripped.

Soon after, an officer was called to the 1800 block of Shamrock Drive where someone had tampered with a 1993 Mazda, but didn’t take it. It had an alcohol ignition interlock in place that probably made it less attractive, according to Buster.

Five have been reported stolen in Centralia since Jan. 4

“So, they’re stealing them from all over town, dumping them all over town – and out of the county – and they’re progressively getting worse,” Buster said. “Now they’re burning them.”

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Updated at 7:26 p.m.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

• A 22-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for second-degree assault domestic violence in connection with an incident in which a female was seriously injured, with at least a dislocated shoulder, according to authorities. The incident appeared to have occurred the day before at a home in Chehalis, according to Chehalis police. “She had clearly been beat up,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke said. Tyler Kinney-Spears was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Saturday night, for unlawful imprisonment as well, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was charged today with both crimes along with a third count for allegedly crushing her phone. Bail was set at $100,000.

THEFT

• A deputy was called Saturday to a burglary to a home on the 2200 block of Foron Road outside Centralia in which more than $5,000 worth of valuables vanished.  Someone broke a window to get inside and went through most cupboards and drawers in the home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the missing items were a 55-inch Samsung television, jewelry, a computer and other electronics, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A diamond necklace on a 14 karat gold chain, a music box and a silver-plated flatware set were stolen in a burglary at a residence on the 1700 block of Main Avenue in Morton, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said this morning the 59-year-old victim believed the break-in occurred on Thursday between 8:45 a.m. and 10:05 p.m.

• Chehalis police are investigating the theft of a very expensive Gibson guitar from Southwest William Avenue. It turned up at a Chehalis pawn shop, according to police.

• Centralia police took a report about 6:20 a.m. of a car prowl that occurred during the night on the 1100 block of F Street. A GPS device and a black leather wallet were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone stole two Interstate brand batteries from  an excavator parked on the 200 block of Grimes Road near Toledo, according to a report made to the sheriff’s office yesterday.

ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN BY FAMILY MEMBER THWARTED

• A deputy was called about 2 p.m. on Friday to a Mineral-area home where a woman awoke from a nap on her couch to hear the lock on her slider door pop open. An officer who responded to the 100 block of Storm King Drive was told the 39-year-old armed herself with a pistol and found her step-son there, but he fled, according to the sheriff’s office. The 21-year-old step-son had been kicked out of the home about six weeks earlier and was being sought for a possible burglary charge, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

RACING

• An 18-year-old Tenino resident was cited for racing on the 1500 block of South Gold Street in Centralia around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday. Sean M. Teeter was issued his ticket and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 17-year-old boy was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with police on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to police. He was taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police took a call yesterday afternoon from a woman on Salsbury Avenue about marijuana found in her backyard. It was less than an ounce and contained in a plastic tube, as though perhaps someone had tossed it over a fence, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was taken away to be destroyed, Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

ETHEL WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER SPENDING NIGHT OUT OF DOORS

• An elderly woman treated for hypothermia when aid was summoned to an Ethel residence on Friday may have been outside in her own yard as long as since the previous afternoon, according to Lewis County Fire District 8. Medics called just before 11 a.m.  to Auman Road transported the woman to Providence Centralia Hospital and she was subsequently life-flighted to another hospital, Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said today. “She had an extremely low core temperature,” he said, noting it was 80-something degrees. He didn’t have any further information about her condition.

WRECKS

• A 19-year-old Toledo woman was taken to the hospital with arm pain after a 1995 Mercury Tracer being driven by an 18-year-old Toledo man skidded on a patch of ice and wrecked in a ditch on the 100 block of Jackson Highway South about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle was described as totaled.

• A 47-year-old Onalaska woman was uninjured but her Toyota Corolla was totaled when she lost control of her car on a downhill curve on the 200 block of Penning Road west of Chehalis about 11:30 p.m. yesterday and ran into a utility pole, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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Police: “Mutual combat” between two women in Saturday assault outside bar

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 22-year-old woman stabbed during a bar fight in Chehalis over the weekend has been released from the hospital, but whether she may be in trouble as well remains to be seen.

Lena Castillo, 23, was arrested after the brawl outside Garbe’s and a knife was recovered, but police also have a pair of brass knuckles found in the bathroom where the victim’s wounds were being tended to by friends, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Chehalis police detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said he doesn’t yet know who they belong to or if they were used in the fight.

Brass knuckles are illegal to possess, but they are commonly sold  as novelty items, as paper weights, Wilson said.

Ashley Stewart, 22, was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital for multiple stab wounds, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to Wilson.

Both females are from Centralia.

Police called about 12:25 a.m. on Saturday to Northwest Chehalis Avenue arrested Castillo for first-degree assault, but Wilson, who continues to investigate, said this morning his information indicated there was mutual “combat.”

It will be up to the prosecutor to determine if Stewart is charged, he said.

Wilson said he’s not yet been able to prove who left the brass knuckles in the restroom.

“It’s a bathroom used by multiple people, it’s a bar bathroom,” he said. “So it’s hard to say at this point.”

Castillo is tentatively scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon.

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Woman arrested after stabbing outside Chehalis bar

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A bar fight between two women last night on Northwest Chehalis Avenue ended with one in the hospital with numerous knife wounds and the other in jail.

The victim, a female in her 20s, was conscious, but had significant injuries to her leg and abdomen, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Police and aid called about 1:30 a.m. today found her inside Paradise. The brawl occurred outside the nearby Garbe’s bar.

Booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault was Lena Castillo, 23, of Centralia.

Ashley Stewart was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital.

Jennifer Yocom, who was out dancing with Stewart and several other friends, said she didn’t know for sure what sparked it, only that the pair had some kind of previous disagreement.

Yocom said she had just left Garbe’s where she had checked on Stewart when she heard a friend say there was a fight.

The two women were in between parked cars next to the sidewalk, she said.

“I see hair pulling and stuff like that, like they were both standing and then they were down,” Yocom said. “I thought she was punching her.”

Yocom said she tried to shove the woman off her friend, because she didn’t want to hit her. Even though the woman was really small, it was really tough, she said.

“I ended up having to grab Lena by her hair and pull her off her,” Yocom said.

Yocom, who is 29, said she and her friends don’t get out together very often, because they all have children. But they ended up spending hours together at the hospital where they were interviewed by police.

Castillo was taken to Providence as well, with cuts to her fingers, according to Yocom.

She said she thinks a quick arrival by aid crews as well as three friends who kept pressure on the wounds helped Stewart’s prognosis.

“I don’t know if she gets to go home today or what,” Yocom said. “A lot of it was just stitches.”

Chehalis Police Department Officer Troy Thornburg said police were still investigating today.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm

INTRUDER DRINKS WOMAN’S BEER, FOLDS HER LAUNDRY

• Centralia police were called about 2:15 p.m. yesterday after a woman who lives on Kulien Avenue awoke to hear someone come into her kitchen. The 28-year-old resident who works at night said someone knocked and door but she ignored it because she was sleeping, according to police. When she heard the door open, she armed herself with a bat, stayed hidden in her bedroom and texted a friend to call 911, Sgt. Carl Buster said. Police arrived to find 32-year-old Carey R. Cosgrove had been drinking her beer, smoking pot and folding her towels in the kitchen, Buster said. He said he was there to laundry, and he thought it was okay to come and go from her house, according to Buster. The woman said they were acquaintances, but that wasn’t the case, Buster said. Cosgrove was taken into custody and tried to escape from the patrol car before he was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• Centralia police responded about 8:15 a.m. yesterday to the 1700 block of South Gold Street where someone had broken in to two businesses and stole money. The amount taken was not disclosed.

• Police took a report of the theft of money and jewelry from the 2000 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia yesterday afternoon.

• Centralia police were called about 12:45 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of South Washington Street where someone had stolen the turn signals off a vehicle.

CEMETERY VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of damage to a head stone at the cemetery on the 1800 block of Van Wormer Street.

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Police: Centralia home a hub for marijuana for regional dispensaries

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm
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Sohail Hasnani, sits to the right of defense attorney Bob Schroeter, while Zeshawn H. Hasnani, far right, waits in the jury box in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police found an indoor marijuana farm on Seminary Hill yesterday.

A pair of brothers who have rented a home there for the past seven months and were arrested and charged with numerous offenses say they were supplying product to medical marijuana dispensaries around the state, according to authorities.

When the men, ages 24 and 27, appeared in Lewis County Superior Court today, defense attorney Bob Schroeter noted they work in graphic design, have been to college, and called the material in question medical marijuana.

Schroeter pointed out the state has been forced to rewrite the rules regarding the distribution of marijuana.

“We’re in a gray area now,” Schroeter told the judge.

Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke said no, it was basically a for-profit marijuana operation.

Charging papers say they had four medical marijuana authorizations on the premises, but Centralia Police Department Sgt. Jim Shannon said even if it were a so-called collective garden – which allows a maximum of 45 plants – police counted 90 plants when they searched the property.

“These guys are far outside anything allowed under (Initiative) 502 or medical marijuana,” Shannon said.

Zeshawn H. Hasnani, 27, and Sohail Hasnani, 24, were ordered held on $250,000 bail.

While Initiative 502 passed by Washington voters in November has somewhat decriminalized recreational use of marijuana, no licenses have yet been issued to growers, distributors or retailers.

And local governments have kept at bay any legitimate cultivation of medical cannabis in the county via collective gardens through moratoriums and other means.

For the Centralia Police Department, it’s business as usual as far as the same old laws on the books regarding growing or distributing the weed.

According to charging papers filed today: Sgt. Shannon got a tip in early December about the home on the 2500 block of Seminary Hill Road, just east of Centralia.

He discovered a drastic spike in electricity consumption that began when the bill was put in Sohail Hasnani’s name in August. The mailing address for the bill was Boynton Beach, Florida.

Centralia police conducted night time surveillance from a neighbor’s property and not only detected the odor of marijuana coming from the Hasnani’s property, they noted security cameras in multiple locations.

Yesterday, at 1 p.m., a dozen Centralia police officers served a search warrant at the home.

After using the P.A. system for about 10 minutes, they went to the door and ordered the brothers to come out.

“They complied,” Shannon said.

They brought out their two Pit Bulls, according to charging documents.

Shannon said in one outbuilding police found one room for small plants, one room for medium plants and one room for large plants.

Plus another room for drying, he said, where there was a loaded shotgun, according to charging documents.

“There was marijuana littered all throughout the house,” Deputy Prosecutor O’Rourke wrote.

Shannon said police found about three pounds of marijuana in the home; O’Rourke wrote about 12 mason jars full.

Police seized $4,000 cash, a .22 rifle, a pistol and located numerous new, unused electronic items with tags still attached, according to O’Rourke.

The Hasnani brothers were charged today with manufacture, possession with intent to deliver, possession and maintaining a premises for using controlled substances. Special allegations of being near a school bus stop and committing the crimes while armed with a firearm are included.

And they are charged with money laundering.

According to charging documents, the brothers said they have a T-shirt business called Independent  Distributors, which O’Rourke alleges is nothing more than a mailbox in Florida.

Their 2011 tax returns shows it generated more than $133,000 in revenue.

They also have another business called “Smoketronics”, according to O’Rourke.

Police also found in the home receipts for packages that have been delivered through Fed-Ex to various other states, according to charging papers.

Shannon said police have been investigating their bank accounts and financial documents. So far, they found more than $40,000 in one account, according to charging documents.

O’Rourke writes the brothers traveled around in the Jeep, with the pistol, to sell their marijuana to dispensaries.

“In the past month, the duo admitted to collecting around $6,000 in cash from these dispensaries,” O’Rourke writes.

Defense attorney Schroeter this afternoon asked Judge James Lawler to release them on $10,000 unsecured signature bonds.

O’Rourke argued for, and got, bail set at $250,000.

“These types of underground black market operations draw violent crime,” O’Rourke said.

The brothers both were found to be indigent and qualified for court appointed attorneys.

They will appear again in court on Jan. 17 for their arraignments.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

SHERIFF: TOLEDO MAN JAILED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

• A 45-year-old Toledo man was arrested yesterday for attempted rape; he allegedly ripped off the clothes of a female friend who was napping on his couch and punched her in the face as she struggled to get away from him. Deputies contacted yesterday afternoon by the 25-year-old woman were told the attack occurred the day before at his home on the 1400 block of state Route 505, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman said they had been hanging out drinking beer when she got sleepy and stretched out on his coach for a nap, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said after the attack, she was able to get away from him, but before she left and walked home, he threatened to kill her. Ronald Satterlee was arrested at his home and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called about 7:15 a.m. today regarding a burglary to a store at the Fairway Shopping Center on the 1700 block of South Gold Street. Details on exactly what was stolen isn’t yet available. Officers are investigating.

• A Chehalis woman called police just before 8 p.m. yesterday when she discovered someone had gotten into her home and stolen a laptop computer while her step-daughter was home sleeping. The home, on the 300 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue had not been locked, according to police. The missing computer is a Gateway brand, Officer Linda Bailey said.

• Several chainsaws and two leaf blowers were stolen in a break-in to the Chehalis parks department maintenance shop, according to a report made to police on Wednesday morning. Police later discovered some of the stolen property when they went to a home on the 500 block of Southwest William Street to arrest a 35-year-old man for a warrant, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is under investigation.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 11:40 a.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of South Gold Street about theft of prescription medications. Police are following up on a lead with suspect information, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HIGH SCHOOLS AND POLICE

• Police responded to Centralia High School about 1:45 p.m. yesterday when three students showed up to school drunk. It’ not clear what followed, regarding girls who are ages 14, 15 and 16, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to W.F. West High School about 1:30 p.m. yesterday regarding information a group of students had been smoking marijuana during lunchtime. They were contacted and searched and found was some green vegetable material, a pipe and a pen made into a pipe, according to the Chehalis Police Department. One of them, a 14-year-old boy, was sent home with his father and police will be recommending possible charges to the prosecutor, according to Officer Linda Bailey. It’s not clear if any other students are in trouble, according to Bailey.

HARASSMENT

• Police were contacted on Wednesday by a bail bond company on Northwest Chehalis Avenue about an individual who allegedly walked by and pointed a pellet pistol at an employee. Officer Linda Bailey said the complainant was given information about seeking an anti-harassment order.

MAN PINNED BY LOOSE TRAILER

• A 70-year-old man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday after he got pinned between his dump trailer and pickup truck at the Lewis County Transfer Station on the 1400 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Firefighters called just after 11:30 p.m. found that workers and bystanders had gotten the man free but he had injuries to his leg and pelvis, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Responders were told  the trailer had slipped off its hitch, Capt. Scott Weinert said.

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Lewis County Sheriff’s Office overwhelmed with concealed pistol license seekers

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm
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Sheriff’s office employee Robin Merchant takes finger prints of concealed pistol license applicant Don Jensen.

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Don Jensen has had guns for hunting since he was 13 years old.

At 54, the rural Chehalis man, who also owns a pistol, decided he’d like to keep his handgun closer at hand more of the time.

“I just feel with the times the way they are, I just feel more comfortable with a weapon on me,” said the Napavine School District maintenance worker.

Jensen was at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday applying for a concealed pistol license, and he’s one of an increasing number of people doing so.

At the sheriff’s office front desk, staff ordinarily would get eight to 10 walkups each day, of persons either seeking a permit or renewing an expired one, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

Brown said they saw a jump in requests after last month’s school shooting in Connecticut, as well as some other events in November.

The Friday after the grade school shooting, 36 or 37 individuals came in, sheriff’s office employee Robin Merchant said.

“The following Monday, there were 44,” she said.

The license isn’t required of course to own a handgun, only to carry it concealed on your person out in public.

In 2011, 1,288 people sought a CPL or a renewal of one from the sheriff’s office. Last year, that number jumped to 1,567, with well over 250 of the requests coming in the final month of the year, according to the sheriff’s office.

The process is fairly simple, for the applicant.

Merchant just needs to see picture identification, and then take the person’s fingerprints, their application and their money.

A new license is $52.50. It’s good for five years; a renewal costs $32.

Then, there’s the wait of 30 days while sheriff’s office conducts a background check.

In general, to be eligible, a person must be at least 21, a U.S. citizen, have no felony history, and may not have been court ordered into a mental institution, according to Merchant and Brown.

Sheriff Steve Mansfield said he sees the increase in requests as a reaction where more people just want to be more in control of their own security and safety.

His hope is to do what he can to encourage folks to gain a full understanding of the law.

“And that they really think things through before they use a firearm to protect themselves,” Mansfield said.

One particular concern, that was even a topic of conversation yesterday among a gathering of sheriffs in Ellensburg, he said, is the databases used check for those who have been committed to mental hospitals aren’t good enough.

“We do the best we can to make sure the background checks are complete,” he said. But there’s no guarantees, he said.

Mansfield said to expect to see law enforcement leaders asking legislators to address that during the coming session.

Possession of a concealed pistol license shortens the waiting period when one purchases a firearm too, Mansfield said.

“If you look at each of these incidents, they haven’t been perpetrated by people you would consider criminals in our society,” Mansfield said, referring to mass shootings. “It’s these mentally ill white, middle class and upper middle class Americans.”

The sheriff’s office earlier this week posted to its Facebook friends that they’ve been overwhelmed with the major increase in CPL applications and cautions the process could take longer during the lunch hour. They also may not accept applications after 3 p.m. if there are more than they can complete by closing time at 4 p.m.

Individuals can apply for a CPL at the local law enforcement agency that serves the jurisdiction in which they live. The sheriff’s office accepts applications from residents, regardless of where they reside in the county.

At the Chehalis Police Department, records technician Julie Hampson said they get one or two requests a month, but she’s seen a steady increase since the Connecticut school shooting and the ensuing talk of gun control.

“I’d say we probably doubled, maybe even tripled,” Hampson said.

Centralia Police Department employee Gayle Mulligan didn’t really notice a jump.

“Once we had four in a week, that was a lot for us,” Mulligan said.

Jensen said his visit yesterday to the sheriff’s office in Chehalis wasn’t about mass shootings.

“With the way things are, I just want to be able to defend myself,” he said.

After his background check is complete, he’ll be able to keep his handgun on him and loaded in public, he said, just not when he’s on school property.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

MAN, GIRLFRIEND ARRESTED AT HIS WIFE’S HOUSE

• A 21-year-old woman told deputies her boyfriend choked her when she went to see him at his estranged wife’s house in rural Chehalis and the wife wouldn’t let her in. Margarita C. Massey, 21, reportedly admitted she stiff-armed the door and shoved the wife – because she would not let her talk to her boyfriend – on Tuesday afternoon at the 1300 block of Highway 603, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. That’s when Brent T. Dawkins, 41, allegedly choked Massey until she couldn’t breathe, according to the sheriff’s office. Dawkins was arrested for second-degree assault and Massey was arrested for fourth-degree assault, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said the arrested pair had been drinking earlier in the day. Both were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 5:20 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of G Street in Centralia about a burglary. The victim said someone got into his apartment through a window and stole hats and other items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Police took a report yesterday of a silver 2001 Honda CRV stolen from the 300 block of East Pine Street in Centralia. The car, which vanished two days earlier, has a license late of 126 EEA, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone broke into a locked vehicle on the 200 block of South Diamond Street and took its stereo, according to a report made to police yesterday.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND POLICE

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from Centralia Middle School that a student “shouldered” a teachers aid as he passed her. No injury, no arrest, just documented at the request of the vice principal, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police are investigating an issue related to a student at Chehalis Middle School and possible prescription drugs, police said yesterday.

OOPS

• Chehalis police were called to the Denny’s restaurant on Southwest Interstate Avenue just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday after a customer left their marijuana there and they did not want it there. Officer Linda Bailey said it would have been picked up and destroyed, not placed in the lost and found.

RANDLE FIRE INVESTIGATION AT DEAD END

• The cause of a Randle fire that destroyed a 95-year-old man’s home last week couldn’t be found, since there was virtually nothing left, according the fire investigator. It was a 1960s single-wide mobile home that had been added onto that burned the afternoon of Jan. 2 on Kiona Road. Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said yesterday wiring is always suspect in older homes, and the resident did have space heaters throughout, but the cause will be listed as undetermined.

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Defendant in Koralynn Fister death pleads guilty

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A deal was struck today that means there will be no trial for James M. Reeder but he will go to prison for many years and possibly the rest of his life.

The 26-year-old, accused of rape, torture and the death of his girlfriend’s toddler, pleaded guilty today, but didn’t admit guilt.

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James M. Reeder

He made a so-called Alford plea in which he acknowledged a jury hearing the evidence would likely find him guilty, but acknowledged no wrongdoing.

“We got the maximum of life, which is the best we could get at trial, and we don’t have to deal with appeals,” Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said this afternoon.

Koralynn Fister, 2, died May 24 in Centralia. Reeder claimed he stepped away to get a towel while giving her a bath and returned to find her face down in the tub. She died from head trauma and drowning, but authorities said they also found evidence of sexual assault.

The unemployed man who previously worked as a floor installer was separated from his wife when he moved in with Koralynn’s mother in Centralia roughly two months before the death.

According to a report in his court file, he attempted suicide in the jail, trying to drown himself in the sink.

Reeder pleaded guilty today in Lewis County Superior Court to homicide by abuse, second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree rape of a child and possession of methamphetamine.

His sentencing will probably occur around the first part of February, according to Meyer.

The rape conviction means he will be sentenced to an indeterminate length of time with a maximum of life, according to Meyer. A board, like the former parole board, will be responsible for deciding when and if he gets released after he’s served the minimum number of years.

Reeder has no felony criminal history.

Meyer said he will recommend to the judge the minimum stay be 37 and a half years. Reeder’s attorney will be free to recommend 28 years, he said.

Those numbers come from the offense that has the highest standard range among the five counts to which Reeder pleaded guilty; homicide by abuse. It has a standard sentencing range of roughly 28 to 37 and a half years.

Defense attorney David Arcuri didn’t return a phone call this afternoon seeking comment.

As part of the deal, Reeder gave up his right to appeal in any way, according to Meyer.

Secondarily, Meyer said, this avoids the trauma of a trial for all involved.

“Police officers, doctors, jurors, other witnesses; jurors would have to see things they’ve never seen before,” he said of the graphic evidence.

Meyer also this afternoon spoke of his gratitude to the professionalism of members of the fire and police departments.

“They saw things and dealt with things they never should have,” he said.

Reeder will make a brief appearance in court on Jan. 17 to set a date for sentencing. They will have to wait for a pre-sentencing review to be conducted by the state Department of Corrections.
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For background, read “Breaking news: Mother’s boyfriend held for investigation of rape, murder of Centralia child” from Friday May 25, 2012 at 5 p.m., here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

ATTEMPTED JEWELRY THEFT NEAR COLLEGE

• Police were contacted about 7:15 p.m. yesterday by a female Centralia College student who said she was attacked by a stranger who tried to steal her necklace. It happened at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard, according to police. The victim said she was able to fend off the male and get in her car and lock the doors, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police are investigating.

DRUGS

• A 32-year-old who allegedly gave some marijuana to an espresso stand employee was arrested yesterday morning for delivery of marijuana. Police were called to the 400 block of South Tower Avenue about a man exhibiting strange behavior – he had a shovel and was trying to remove water from the espresso stand parking lot while it was raining, according to Sgt. Stacy Denham. He was warned about his behavior and later when police were told he had given away some marijuana the day before, he was arrested, Denham said. The person who got the marijuana was under 21, but either way it was not legal, Denham said. Carey R. Cosgrove, a Centralia resident, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Police called around 11:45 p.m. yesterday about a disorderly subject at the shelter on the 400 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia ended up arresting a 21-year-old man for possession of the synthetic marijuana known as Spice. Jacob M. Mielitz, a Centralia resident, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MORE DRUGS

• A 40-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 8:45 a.m. yesterday for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant. Michael A. Kauer was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer on the 600 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• A vacuum cleaner, a mirror and a blue bicycle were stolen from a home on the 2000 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia as the residents were moving out, according to a report made to police late yesterday evening.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An officer as called just after noon yesterday about a ca prowl on the 600 block of South Diamond Street. Someone rummaged through a van but didn’t take anything of value, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called twice to tires slashings yesterday, first at the 300 block of West Pine Street and later at the 600 block of South Diamond Street.

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Breaking news: Man killed by train in Centralia

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

Updated at 9:43 a.m. and 11:06 a.m. and 11:43 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 58-year-old man was struck and killed by a train in Centralia overnight.

Centralia police say witnesses told them he was standing on the tracks when he was hit by a northbound freight train.

It happened about 12:30 a.m. in the area near Chestnut Street and South Tower Avenue, where there are no pedestrian crossings, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Sgt. Stacy Denham said officers spoke to the train’s engineer and conductor and learned the man turned and looked at the train before impact. He didn’t move after repeated blasting of the train’s horn, according to police.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod says he has concluded it was an accident.

The victim, Michael T. Patton, lives in rural Chehalis, according to McLeod.

Police detective Rick Hughes said Patton had an unopened pack of cigarettes and an unscratched lottery ticket on him. He appears to have had some mental issues – specifically what, Hughes said he did not know – that may have caused him not to react quickly.

Hughes said he is not sure why Patton was in Centralia so late at night.

BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas said it is the second fatality on train tracks in Washington this year. The tracks were shut down for two hours.

“We can’t encourage the public enough to be aware that trains move on any track, at any time, in any direction,” Melonas said.

The stretch of tracks through Centralia is the busiest route in the state, with an average of 60 trains each day, according to Melonas.

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News brief: Chimney may be to blame for Toledo house fire

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm
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Crews work to put out a fire at a home on Lone Yew Road. / Courtesy photo by Clayton Skinner

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A couple who has lived in their Toledo area home some 50 years returned home today to find firefighters extinguishing a blaze that virtually destroyed their house.

Lewis County Fire District 2 was called just before noon to the residence on the 200 block of Lone Yew Road, about two miles southeast of town. A passing motorist called it in, according to Fire Chief Grant Wiltbank.

Wiltbank said the flames got into the attic and multiple “void spaces” making it difficult to put out. Responders came also from fire departments in Winlock, Napavine, Vader-Ryderwood and Lewis County Medic One.

Crews managed to save a lot of their personal belongings, including several large boxes with generations of family photos, according to Wiltbank.

The single-story wood frame house is still standing, but will probably have to be bull dozed, he said.

Nobody was injured.

The preliminary cause appears to be a chimney failure, according to the chief.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:09 am

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

• A 60-year-old motorist led Centralia police on a slow-speed chase overnight beginning on a a street on the west side of Interstate 5 and ending with his arrest in north Centralia on Sirkka Avenue. Police say Edward A. Guntrum was intoxicated and nearly struck an officer as he left the 1300 block of View Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. Guntrum was driving on a suspended license and without the required alcohol interlock device in his vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding and faces possible other charges, according to police.

BURGLARY AT TACOMA POWER

• A deputy was called about 3:50 p.m. yesterday to a break-in at a storage facility owned by Tacoma Power in Mossyrock. Nothing appeared to be missing from inside the fenced area or the commercial structure at the 100 block of Onion Rock Lane, but all high-dollar items had previously been moved elsewhere, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A window was found broken out of a utility vehicle however, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police took a report about 6 p.m. yesterday that someone broke into a car on the 700 block of North Tower Avenue and stole a stereo.

DRUGS CENTRALIA

• Two people were arrested for drug violations when Centralia police went to a home on the 1100 block of North Tower Avenue about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to serve a warrant. An officer observed suspected drugs on a coffee table and a subsequent search turned up more, according to Sgt. Stacy Denham. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of heroin and methamphetamine were Amy D. Buerk, 31, and Alan D. Shehan, 28, both Centralia residents, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS CHEHALIS

• Several baggies of suspected methamphetamine as well as $1,200 cash were seized when police visited a Chehalis residence and arrested three. Officers had four times since early October worked with two informants who purchased small amounts of meth from David D. Raymor, 55, who lives in a garage on Southwest Seventh Street near Market Boulevard, according to charging documents. Raymor was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court following Friday afternoon’s search warrant served at his home. Raymor reportedly told police he had about 10 grams of the drug, and that’s what officers saw thrown out a window when they arrived. Also arrested was Laura E. Raymor, 54, for possession after a small bindle as found inside a comb case in her purse on a bed, according to charging documents. Thomas L. Creech, a 45-year-old Centralia man who was present, gave up a clear bindle of suspected meth from inside a flashlight and what he said were hydrocodone pills, according to charging documents.

• Eric K. Dollarhyde was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court for delivery of methamphetamine and also forgery in connection with a Chehalis Police Department case. The alleged drug sale occurred previously. The forgery was related to a counterfeit $10 bill that may have been given to him, defense attorney Bob Schroeter told a judge this afternoon. His bail was set at $5,000.

SHUSH

• Morton police responded just before 11 a.m. on Jan. 1 to a report of people possibly fighting on the 100 block of First Street. The noise was determined to be children playing in the area, according to police.

UNWANTED REPTILES

• And, Chehalis police were called about 7 p.m. yesterday to the Vintage apartments on the 1500 block of North National Avenue where a resident said someone was dropping snakes from upstairs which were coming through her microwave. Nobody was arrested for anything. No report was written.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Updated at 6:46 p.m.

DRUGS AND FAKE DRUGS

• A Centralia woman who allegedly tried to pass off salt as methamphetamine called police just after 5 a.m. yesterday when her unsatisfied customers returned and were kicking at her door threatening to assault her. “They were upset,” Centralia Police Department Sgt. Stacy Denham said. Officers arriving to the 1400 block of Johnson Road ended up arresting the woman, 31-year-old Melisa F. Akers. Officers discovered three teenage boys at the home who had consumed marijuana and arrested Akers for delivery of marijuana to minors, according to police. Akers, who is five months pregnant, was booked into the Lewis County Jail but released over the weekend because she had to be hospitalized for complications. She was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with that crime, as well as possession of methamphetamine and also delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance. Sgt. Denham said whether the man and woman who purchased salt and allegedly threatened the woman might be in trouble wasn’t yet decided. “They didn’t want to talk much,” he said. Hear the 911 call and see Kirotv.com video.

• A search warrant on Friday afternoon at the 100 block of Southwest Seventh Street in Chehalis led to the arrest of Laura E. Raymor, 54, of Chehalis, for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

HOUSE FIRE AVERTED NEAR WINLOCK

• A neighbor and a passerby used a fire extinguisher and a garden hose to put out a fire discovered on the back deck of a Winlock-area home this morning. Lewis County Fire District 15 called about 10:15 a.m. to the 100 block of Wirta Road discovered a heat lamp caused a pet house to ignite, Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said. No one was home when it happened, according to Anderson. The siding of the home was scorched and all the pets – four cats and several dogs – were accounted for, Anderson said.

TOLEDO MOBILE HOME GOES UP IN SMOKE

• Toledo area firefighters responded about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday to a call about a burning double wide mobile home on the Fulton Road. When the fire department arrived, the roughly 30-year-old unoccupied mobile was probably 75 percent consumed and there was just  small flame left, according to Lewis County Fire District 2. Fire Chief Grant Wiltbank said a nearby pile of burning rubbish apparently ignited the structure. A man had been gutting and salvaging metal from it in preparation for his mother’s property sale and said he left for a time and when he returned, he heard the fire engine sirens, according to Wiltbank.

FATHER BOOKED FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT OF SON

• A 36-year-old man Glenoma man was arrested on Friday for allegedly choking his teenage son until he blacked out. Jason L. Bolinske, who was contacted about the Wednesday incident, admitted there was a fight but denied putting his hands around his son’s neck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Bolinske was booked into the Lewis County Jail on for second-degree assault, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A deputy was called just before 6 a.m. yesterday about a stolen $8,000 snow machine from the Mount Tahoma Snow Park in Ashford. A representative of the owner – Mount Tahoma Trail Association – said two males were seen driving it away according to the Lewis County Sheriff’ Office. The machine, actually a snow mobile, was subsequently found down an approximately 250 foot ravine, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A white 1990 Honda CRX was reported stolen from the 2100 block of Earl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 7:50 p.m. on Saturday. The car has a license plate of 695 ZUN, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police arrested a 56-year-old Chehalis woman on Friday afternoon for identity theft in connection with a location on the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue. Darlina A. Fox was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft and second-degree identity theft, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police responded on Friday afternoon to a complaint by a Chehalis woman about identity theft. The 53-year-old woman said she suspected someone had used her social security number because she was contacted by the state Department of Employment Security about being overpaid for unemployment benefits. The woman said it was related to places she had never worked, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 12:45 a.m. on Sunday to the 400 block of North Market Boulevard regarding someone breaking seven different wall-mounted mailboxes.

CAR PROWL

• Someone broke into a vehicle at the 1000 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia and made off with an Alpine stereo and assorted hand tools, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

• Police were called to the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia just after 9 a.m. yesterday where someone had cut the soft top of a Jeep. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A pack of cigarettes were stolen in a vehicle prowl on the 400 block of South Buckner Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 7 a.m. yesterday.

OOPS

• Police were called about 3:20 p.m. on Friday to the 600 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis regarding a vehicle running into the glass front door of a Chinese restaurant. Further details were not readily available.

• A 1994 Toyota Tercel was totaled when it was struck in a hit and run accident on the 500 block of Tucker Road near Toledo about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said today the red van that left the scene will have significant front end damage.

OTHER STUFF

• As well as various arrests for warrants, driving on suspended licenses, misdemeanor assault and responses to non injury and minor injury wrecks.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm

TREE FALLING ACCIDENT INJURES ONE

• A local man was airlifted after a logging accident today when a tree fell and he was trapped beneath its limbs. Aid called just after 9:30 a.m. to Avery Road East in the Marys Corner area found that bystanders had cut away some of the limbs so they could get to him, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. The victim, whose identity wasn’t available, was taken to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport and flown to the trauma center at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to Lt. Laura Hanson.

TEEN ACCUSED OF SELLING WEED AT SCHOOL

• Police were summoned to Centralia Middle School yesterday morning where a 14-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly selling marijuana. The student apparently had found and taken what belonged to a relative in his home, brought it to school and sold $10 worth, Sgt. Carl Buster said. He was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR STOLEN, RECOVERED

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning about a maroon 1989 Mazda MX6 which vanished during the night from the 1800 block of Juneman Street. A few hours later, the car was discovered parked in the driveway of a vacant rental home a few block away, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road about 7:30 a.m. today where someone broke into a vehicle during the night and stole a Samsung Galaxy cell phone and charger.

VANDALISM

• Police were called just after midnight to the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia where someone slashed two tires on a parked car. A person of interest has been identified,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just before 8 a.m. today to the 3000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia where and unknown subject broke the rear window out of a truck’s canopy.

CHEHALIS CHAMBER COMMERCE BRIDGE CLOSED TONIGHT

Chamber of Commerce Way in Chehalis will be closed to through traffic for a few hours overnight while crews take measurements to replace a piece of the bridge. The bill for an estimated $700,000 will be going to the Chehalis company whose too-tall load on a log truck hit the overpass in early September, according to state Department of Transportation. Two vehicles, including a pilot car, were damaged by falling debris on Sept. 7. DOT says Northwest Log Marketing Inc. is liable for the cost of repairs. DOT expects to replace the bridge girder later this summer. Northbound Interstate 5 beneath the bridge will be shut down between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. tomorrow while the surveying is done, according to DOT. I-5 drivers will use the on- and off-ramps to detour around the closure.

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News brief: Dozens of impaired drivers removed from roadways during campaign

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission reported yesterday that 52 motorists in Lewis County were pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence during their recent special enforcement campaign.

The numbers come from their Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over emphasis that ran Nov. 21 through Tuesday.

How many of those occurred on New Years Eve and day was not immediately available.

Extra DUI patrols during the nearly six-week emphasis were funded by a grant from the traffic commission.

Statewide, police arrested 3,446 for impaired driving during that period, according to a news release from the WTSC.

During the same time span a year earlier, law enforcement officers on routine patrol around the county arrested 38 people for DUIs, according to the news release.