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News brief: St. Nick is coming to town; hanging with firefighters

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Santa Claus will be making his pre-Christmas rounds in Centralia and Chehalis this week, collecting donations for the needy as well as handing out candy canes and safety information to good little girls and boys.

In Centralia, members of Riverside Fire Authority are hosting the visit that winds through the community from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each evening beginning tonight and continuing through Thursday.

His helpers will be happy to accept non-perishable food items and new toys.

The sleigh will park at the end of each route each night and hang out until 8 p.m. where children can pose for photos with Santa.

In Chehalis, the Santa Mobile travels tomorrow night and Thursday night from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., arranged by the Chehalis Fire Department.

Coordinator Steve Emrich offers sincere apologies for the postponement from last Thursday, noting that circumstances beyond their control got in the way.

CHEHALIS -
Tuesday:
• 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Southwest 13th Avenue though Southwest 16th Avenue general area
• 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Southwest Snively Avenue general area through Southwest 19th Avenue
• 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Southwest 20th Avenue through Southwest 22nd Avenue and Southeast Washington Avenue
Thursday:
• 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Northwest Westside neighborhoods
• 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Southwest Chehalis Avenue and Southwest William Avenue area
• 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Southwest Cascade Avenue and Southwest First Street through Southwest 12th Street

CENTRALIA -
Tonight:
• 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.: Jefferson Lincoln Elementary School area starting at West Plum and South King streets and ending at Jefferson Lincoln Elementary School
Tuesday:
• 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.: Oakview Elementary School area starting at West Reynolds Avenue and Hillview Avenue and ending at Oakview Elementary School
Wednesday:
• 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.: Edison Elementary School area starting on West First Street and ending at Edison Elementary School.
Thursday:
• 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.: Fords Prairie area starting at Fords Prairie Avenue and Eshom Road and ending at Riverside Fire Authority Headquarters Station at 1818 Harrison Avenue.

For more Centralia details, click on Firefighters Association Santa Mobile, where you can find a map, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

VEHICLE PROWL WEEKEND

• Centralia police were called about 3:25 a.m. today to the 1500 block of Lewis Street where a suspected car prowler was confronted and chased down by the victim. Police say the prowler, Christopher D. Buck, 27, of Chehalis, tried to head butt the male who caught him so Buck was arrested for misdemeanor assault. Buck, and another suspect in the prowling, Christian D. Brown, 25, of Centralia, were both booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 9:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Kayu Lane in Centralia where four unlocked vehicles had been prowled. Missing was money and a hunting knife, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a purse was taken from one vehicle and a laptop computer from another vehicle at the Packwood Community Center on the 12,000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Packwood last night between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

• A Carhart jacket and some CDs were stolen from a vehicle on the 1700 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

• An individual reported on Saturday prescription medication was stolen overnight from a vehicle parked on the 1000 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to police.

• Centralia police took a report of a vehicle prowl on Friday morning from the 400 block of West Plum Street in Centralia.

• A rain coat was stolen from a vehicle parked on the 400 block of North Oak Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Friday morning.

• Two 50-foot lengths of copper wire along with $5 in change were reported stolen from a motor home on recreational property on the 100 block of Evans Road outside Toledo, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. The victim said it happened sometime between Nov. 18 and Nov. 24, according to the sheriff’s office.

ROOFING MATERIALS STOLEN

• Police were called about 10 a.m. Saturday to a burglary at a house that is being remodeled in which roofing materials were taken. Someone forced open the back door of the  unoccupied home is on the 2100 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Police were called about 9 a.m. yesterday regarding an attempted vehicle theft at the 100 block of Yew Street in Centralia. Someone broke the ignition, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A Centralia woman’s stolen car turned up on Friday destroyed by fire and abandoned on TransAlta property at the end of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle was a 1992 Honda Accord, according to the sheriff’s office.

FRUAD REPORT

• Centralia police took a report on Saturday from the 200 block of West Oakview Street of an unauthorized charge found on an individual’s credit card.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine about 12:30 p.m. yesterday after contact with an officer at the 200 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Isaiah C. Marlow was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A pair of 11-year-old boys were contacted by police at the 200 block of East Oakview Avenue in Centralia on Friday afternoon regarding possession of marijuana. The case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors for a charging decision, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 2:40 p.m. yesterday to the 800 block of West Pine Street and a complaint a garage door was tagged with spray paint.

OTHER

• Plus various other misdemeanor domestic violence assaults, misdemeanor thefts, DUIs, warrant arrests, minor collisions, alarms and suspicious circumstances, as usual.

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News brief: Cause of death mixed for elderly Chehalis man hit by car

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An autopsy on the  94-year-old man hit by a car in Chehalis earlier this week showed he died from probable cardiac arrhythmia due to heart disease and COPD, but the trauma and shock from the accident sped up his death, according to the Lewis County coroner.

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George Benton

George Benton, a retired Chehalis firefighter, was in a crosswalk on South Market Boulevard riding his power wheelchair when he was struck by a 1990s Buick passenger car on Monday evening, according to police.

Chehalis police reopened the accident investigation following Wednesday’s death.

Benton was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with an injury to one side of his chest, a broken ankle and a cut to his ear. Police said the injuries seemed minor at the time. He didn’t even want to go to the hospital, but was talked into it, according to Chehalis Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut.

He was transported later that night to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to get his ear repaired and back home by Tuesday night. He died Wednesday morning at the adult family home where he lived.

Benton was a widower who resided on Southwest 12th Street but still owned his house on Southeast Washington Avenue where he spent time “puttering” in his shop or yard, according to his caregiver Leah Jensen. Each are about a block from where he was hit.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said he is listing the manner of death as accidental.

Specifically, McLeod said the findings were probable arrhythmia due to arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease and COPD, with other significant conditions being blunt force trauma to one ear, the side of his chest and his right leg.
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For background, read “Elderly Chehalis man struck in crosswalk dies” from Thursday December 6, 2012, here

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News brief: Occupants escape serious injuries in two I-5 wrecks

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two women were hospitalized today after a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 5 north of Centralia which left their Toyota Corolla totaled.

Troopers were called about 11:15 a.m. to the northbound lanes  just north of the Harrison Avenue interchange where the car had collided with the concrete barrier.

Debera L. Hamlin, 77, lost control of her car after nearly striking another vehicle in an attempted lane change, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Hamlin and her passenger, both Centralia residents, were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the state patrol.

Trooper Brian Ashley said Hamlin had neck and back pain while Toni Maier, 41, complained of some pain to her neck and face. They were treated and have been released from the hospital.

Meanwhile, a truck that ran off the freeway into some trees at the south end of the county about 11:20 p.m. last night was towed out this afternoon.

It happened on the northbound side near milepost 57, according to Trooper Will Finn.

Finn said they wanted to wait until daylight to remove the truck to avoid rupturing the tanks. The driver had a hand injury but wasn’t hospitalized, according to Finn.

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News brief: Lewis County museum embezzlement case lingers long after arrest

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Nearly a year after she was arrested, the former director of the Lewis County Historical Museum has still not gone before a jury on theft charges that arose after the discovery the endowment fund of more than $460,000 was drained.

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Deborah Sue Knapp

Deborah Sue Knapp, now 53, was in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday as attorneys asked a judge to postpone the trial until March.

Prosecutors allege Knapp routinely issued herself extra pay through payroll draws and used the museum debit card for personal expenses. Knapp has pleaded not guilty and is free on an unsecured bond.

Lawyers have previously asked for postponements based on the tremendous amount of financial records being analyzed but yesterday’s request was more to accommodate several other upcoming trials, according to her attorney Ken Johnson.

Judge Richard Brosey approved the choice to schedule Knapp’s trial for the week of March 4.
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For background, see “Prosecutor: Former museum director gave herself thousands of dollars in fraudulent payroll draws” from Friday December 30, 2011, here

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Read about guidelines for cannabis consumption …

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian yesterday published a Q and A about the changing rules regarding marijuana, answering questions such as what will happen if one lights up a joint in public.

News reporter Rob Carson reminds readers the law that went into effect yesterday provides for no legal place to get weed, since nobody can legally grow it, sell it or even give it away – notwithstanding the unchanged rules regarding medical marijuana  patients.

Lewis County law enforcement agencies have not formally announced changes in the way they will handle the now-allowed possession by those 21 or older of an ounce or less of pot.

However, one Centralia resident found out for sure yesterday that their marijuana bong is no longer a prohibited item. When a pair of the special pipes were reported stolen and then recovered, police returned them to their owner.

Centralia Police Department Sgt. Kurt Reichert said a marijuana pipe would only be considered illegal drug paraphernalia in the hands of someone younger than 21.

The Washington State Patrol has noted troopers always arrest impaired drivers, regardless of the drug involved whether legal, illegal or even prescribed.

And the feds on the eve of yesterday’s change of state law reminds the public it remains illegal to bring any amount of marijuana onto federal property, such as National Forests and Parks.

Read more here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

CAR MISSING

• A deputy was called just after midnight when a 1992 Honda valued at $500 vanished from where it was parked in front of a house on the 1600 block of J Street in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

TOOL HEIST

• Approximately $10,000 worth of tools were stolen in a barn burglary on the 200 block of Blankenship Road in Mossyrock, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. Taken was also a Craftsman top-mount toolbox and a rolling tool box, according to the sheriff’s office. A deputy was called on Wednesday about the theft that occurred sometime between sometime between Saturday and Sunday, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

OUTBUILDING BURGLARIES

• A Stihl chain saw was stolen from a shed on the 100 block of Borovec Road in Chehalis sometime between 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 11:30 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A Stihl chainsaw, hedge trimmer and weed eater were stolen from a storage shed on the 1500 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis sometime between 11 a.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SUSPECT FLEES WAL-MART

• A 19-year-old man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly was caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart and then fled from security personnel. Police called about 3 p.m. to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue were told the suspect picked items from the shelves and attempted to return them in exchange for a gift card. He was taken to “loss prevention” but then fled the store, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Johnny R. Vancil, from Spokane, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 5:30 a.m. today to the 500 block of North Rock Street regarding three car prowls. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called yesterday to two incidents of tire slashings. The first was reported on the 400 block of Madison Street just before 8 a.m. and the other was discovered on the 600 block of Jackson Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FATAL COLLISION

• A head-on crash southeast of Yelm in Thurston County last night left one woman dead and another – a 40-year-old Tenino resident – injured, according to the Washington State Patrol. According to the state patrol, Fiona M. Regan, of Tenino, fell asleep and drove her Isuzu Trooper into the oncoming lanes where it collided with a an Isuzu Amigo driven by a 55-year-old Puyallup woman. Trooper called about 9:40 p.m. to 161st Way and Smith Prairie Road reported Linda H. Burkhardt of Puyallup was taken to Harborview Medical Center where she died. Regan was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia with unspecified injuries, according to the state patrol.

DEER WRECK

• A 19-year-old driver was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday after he swerved to miss a deer and rolled his car on the 500 block of Larmon Road in Ethel, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office. A deputy called about 1:25 p.m. found the Geo Metro totaled and the driver suffering from neck pain, according to the sheriff’s office.

TEEN FOUND WITH MARIJUANA

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to the 800 block of Eshom Road regarding a 17-year-old boy with marijuana at Centralia High School. The case will be referred for possible charges, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SEARCH WARRANT IN CHEHALIS

• A 41-year-old Chehalis man was arrested when police served a search warrant just before 7 a.m. this morning at the 200 block of Southwest Second Street. Suspected meth was found in a zip lock baggie in his pants, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Thomas D. Crews was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to a department spokesperson, Officer Linda Bailey. Information about what officers were searching for wasn’t immediately available.

SEX ABUSE

• A 38-year-old Randle man pleaded not guilty yesterday to allegations of sex abuse involving a young relative. David C. Haviland  was in Lewis County Superior Court following his was arrest last week when incidents going back to 2008 were disclosed to a counselor and subsequently to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Haviland, who worked at Hampton mill for 16 years, according to his attorney, was ordered in July to undergo evaluations for domestic violence as well as drug and alcohol issues related to an April arrest involving an assault of a family member. His sentence in that case gave him one day in jail but was suspended for five years. He remains in the Lewis County Jail held on $250,000 bail.

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Elderly Chehalis man struck in crosswalk dies

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm
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George Benton, pictured with his wife Gerry, kept lots of copies of the local Senior Dynamics magazine after he was featured in it 10 years ago. Former co-worker Barbara Lovelady said he hadn’t aged since this photo was taken.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 94-year-old man hit by a car as he crossed a Chehalis street in his power wheelchair on Monday evening died yesterday after returning home from the hospital.

Chehalis police have reopened the accident investigation.

George Benton, a retired Chehalis firefighter, lived in an adult family home about a block from where he was struck. It happened about 5 p.m. Monday in a crosswalk on the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard, in front of Safeway.

Benton still owned his own house above the southeast corner of the grocery store parking lot.

“Almost every day he’d get on his scooter and drive up the hill to work in his yard or putter in his shop,” said Leah Jensen, operator of Leah’s Adult Family Home.

Chehalis police on Tuesday described the accident as one that resulted in minor injuries. Sgt. Brian Hickey said Benton was in a crosswalk but it was dark and the driver didn’t see him.

Chehalis Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut said today the driver was a 53-year-old Onalaska woman behind the wheel of a 1990s Buick passenger car.

It wasn’t clear today if a decision had been made to not ticket the driver, or if the collision investigation just wasn’t quite finished, according to Kaut. There were a lot of witnesses to interview, Kaut said.

Police don’t yet know the reason for the death, he said.

“We’ve reopened the accident and we’re going to take a look at what direction to go,” Kaut said.

Barbara Lovelady, administrative assistant at the Chehalis Fire Department, said Benton was a very good friend who she visited often. He was a captain when he retired in 1984, after almost 32 years with the department, she said.

“He was pretty special, he always had lots of stories,” she said.

Benton lost his wife a few years ago and had no children, she said. Lovelady described him as a talented carpenter who was still very active and appreciated a bargain.

“He was very well known at Safeway, and the Visiting Nurses Thrift Shop,” she said. “He was a ‘frequent flier’ there.”

He traveled by scooter, by bus and it wasn’t too many years ago he was still riding his bicycle down to the fire department to “talk the ears off” firefighters.

“Yeah, he was having trouble remembering, but it didn’t slow him down any,” Lovelady said.

He built platforms in his apple trees so he could sit up there and prune them. This past spring, Chehalis police were called more than once to his yard by worried neighbors.

Jensen said Benton came to live in her home on 12th Street about three and half years ago, after a stroke left him with short-term memory loss.

He spoke of the value of growing up poor, the importance of fitness, and at 94, could easily pass for 75, she said.

The accident left him with a broken ankle and a cut to his ear, according to the women.

Benton was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and then later that night to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to get his ear repaired, according to Jensen. One of her staff brought him home Tuesday evening, she said.

He just wasn’t feeling very well, she said.

“He was sitting at the table yesterday, I made him breakfast but he wasn’t hungry,” she said. “He told me, I feel like all my friends are gathering around me.”

Benton was having shortness of breath, so she called his doctor, and then when it got worse, she called 911.

“They got him on the gurney, but before they left, he passed,” she said.

The EMT told her it was most likely a blood clot, she said.

Benton is survived by three first cousins, two of them in Tacoma, according to Jensen.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Updated

PARKING LOT BRAWL

• One person was arrested when a fight broke out between a pair of young men collecting signatures for a petition at Wal-Mart last night. Chehalis police called about 9:40 p.m. to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue were told Michael P. Arrants, 23, of Vancouver, Wash. thought he’d been scammed regarding his pay and tried to get the 21-year-old victim to get out of his car and fight, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Arrants allegedly opened the vehicle door and slapped and kicked at the victim, who got out and punched Arrants, according to police. When the victim tried to apologize and help Arrants up, Arrants allegedly threw a bottle shattering the rear window of a vehicle, Sgt. Brian Hickey said. Arrants appeared intoxicated and subsequently nodded off, so he was taken to the hospital to be checked out before being booked into the Lewis County Jail for disorderly conduct and malicious mischief, Hickey said.

THREE ARRESTS INSTEAD OF ONE

• Three people were arrested yesterday evening when Centralia police went to a suspect’s home to detain him for an earlier alleged domestic violence incident.  Raul Paramo-Rangel, 45, and Sarah J. Villalobos, 38, reportedly denied the suspect was there at the home on the 500 block of West Fourth Street and refused to let officers in to look, according to the Centralia Police Department. Paramo-Rangel blocked the doorway and was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. She was arrested for obstructing, he was arrested for obstructing and resisting, according to police. Alex L. Paramo, 22, was arrested for the domestic violence incidents involved fourth-degree assault and malicious mischief, according to police. All are Centralia residents, all were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

MARIJUANA AND OTHER STUFF

• Centralia police arrested a 17-year-old Rochester boy this morning following an overnight burglary in which two bongs were reported stolen from a residence on the 1100 block of South Pearl Street. An officer called about 12:06 a.m. learned a window was broken out of the home while the resident was away, according to the Centralia Police Department. The teen was subsequently arrested for first-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police. The two marijuana bongs were found and returned to their owner, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert.

• A 17-year-old girl was arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia after contact with police about 11:40 a.m. yesterday at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia.

• A 24-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of about 100 grams of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine related to a pipe found when she was pulled over for a traffic violation about 12:15 a.m. today on the 2900 block of Jackson Highway South of Chehalis.  Ashley C. Huner was also allegedly driving with a suspended license, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

• An 18-year-old Chehalis area resident called the sheriff’ office yesterday when he heard voices by his shop and subsequently saw one person running towards the brush and then a white Ford pickup driving away. It happened just before 1 p.m. at the 1600 block of North Fork Road, according to the lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Nothing appeared to be missing, the sheriff’s office said.

THEFT OF GUITAR

• A guitar and amplifier were reported stolen from a home on the 800 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia yesterday afternoon.

TWO BURGLARIES ON BIG HANAFORD ROAD

• The sheriff’s office reported this morning that a shop and barn on the 100 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia were burglarized just before 3 a.m. yesterday, in the case that led to the arrest of three people in Centralia in a stolen van. As deputies responded to the call, they observed various pieces of apparent stolen property along the road that turned out to have come from another burglary on the 300 block, from a vacant residence, according to the sheriff’s office. Andrew J. Larson, 20, Chad E. Holmes, 24, and William J. Larson, 49, were arrested for burglary, along with offenses alleged by Centralia police.

WANTED WINLOCK MAN TURNS SELF IN

• Winlock resident John I. Burkett was arrested this morning on a $100,000 warrant for alleged witness tampering in his assault case that is scheduled to go to trial next week. Burkett, owner of an automobile sales business in Centralia, called a Chehalis detective yesterday to let him know he would be at  Lewis County Superior Court today for a pre-trial hearing, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers let him handle his court business and then took him into custody for the warrant, Sgt. Brian Hickey said. Burkett’s attorney Chris Baum said his client disputes the witness tampering allegation.

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Drug dealer admits crime, gets more than a year in prison

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A man caught with roughly a kilo of methamphetamine in a shopping bag less than two weeks ago pleaded guilty today in Lewis County Superior Court.

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Enrique Orozco-Cabrera

Enrique Orozco-Cabrera, 36, was sentenced to 20 months in prison, the top of the standard range for the crime of possession with intent to deliver.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke said under state law, the amount of the drug doesn’t matter, whether its two pounds or two ounces.

Orozco-Cabrera has no criminal history – according to O’Rourke – or he would have faced more time.

O’Rourke called him obviously well connected, but  defense attorney J.P. Enbody didn’t think that was the case.

“I don’t think that’s his main job,” Enbody said. “I think somebody said, go do this, and like an idiot, he did.”

When Judge Richard Brosey asked Orozco-Cabrera about the last grade he completed in school and his ability to read and write, the defendant replied through a Spanish interpreter: “I never went to school because we were too poor.”

This was no plea deal, the defendant’s attorney told the judge last week his client wanted to plead guilty.

Orozco-Cabrera was arrested by Centralia police on Nov. 23 after an officer got a tip a man named Lewis would be arriving with two pounds of meth in exchange for $21,000. It happened in Lewis County, although charging documents didn’t disclose specifically where.

Police said Orozco-Cabrera was from Seattle, court documents said his city of residence was unknown. Customs and Immigration has a “hold” on him, meaning he likely is not in the country legally, according to O’Rourke.

When he was arrested, he had $6,000 cash and a Mexican identification with someone else’s name.

Where the more than two pounds of drugs came from, O’Rourke didn’t know but said it’s definitely something law enforcement would be looking into.

O’Rourke said initially federal authorities were interested in taking the case because of the amount of drugs, but apparently changed their mind.

Enbody suggested to the judge it was a “lesson learned”.

“He did indicate he never wants to get in trouble again and never wants to come back,” Enbody said.

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For background, read: “Suspected drug dealer ready to admit guilt less than a week after arrest by Centralia police” from Saturday December 1, 2012, here

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News brief: New traffic cams installed on I-5, south Thurston

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

New traffic cameras along Interstate 5 between Grand Mound and Tumwater will be turned on in the morning, to help motorists get a real-time look at travel and road conditions.

Six cameras will go live at 7 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

“We want people to know what conditions on this stretch of I-5 are like before they leave the house,” WSDOT Olympic Region Administrator Kevin Dayton stated in a news release. “It’s all about keeping drivers informed so they can avoid possible delays.”

The south Thurston County traffic cams installed between exits 88 and 95 are part of four projects totaling $390 million to improve flow along an 18-miles stretch of the freeway between Lewis and Thurston counties, according to DOT.

The projects are being paid for from the 2003 and 2005 gas-tax packages, according to the news release.

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News brief: Firefighters respond to Centralia mill

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Three fire departments were called to a Centralia wood mill early this morning when a welding spark ignited some nearby materials.

The 3:30 a.m. call to Northwest Hardwoods on the 3300 block of Galvin Road ended well.

“We encountered some smoke but by the time we made entry, the fire had been extinguished,” Riverside Fire Authority Assistant Chief Rick Mack said.

Mack credited a fire sprinkler that followed use of fire extinguishers by workers. Mill manager John Holte said he understood the employees put it out.

Several fire extinguishers were expended, Mack said.

Firefighters got the power shut off, got the smoke cleared and turned the scene over to the business by about 4:40 a.m.

Holte said operations are expected to resume soon when they finish testing equipment.

Northwest Hardwoods employs about 135 people working two production shifts.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

BURGLARY SUSPECTS CAPTURED IN STOLEN VAN

• Law enforcement officers dealing with an interrupted burglary out on the county caught up to a suspect vehicle on the 1500 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia about 3 o’clock this morning and arrested three men, one of whom ran away but was caught by a police dog. Police allegedly found drugs on two of the van’s occupants and the Toyota mini van they were driving had been stolen from a car lot on North Pearl Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail were Centralia residents Andrew J. Larson, 20,  for vehicle theft; Chad E. Holmes, 24, for possession of methamphetamine and vehicle theft; and William J. Larson, 49, for vehicle theft, possession of methamphetamine and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, according to police. Details about the earlier burglary were not readily available.

SHOPPER GRABS JEWELRY AND RUNS

• Chehalis police were called to the Twin City Town Center about 10:15 a.m. yesterday after a male went into a beauty supply store, grabbed a large jewelry display from the front counter and ran out with it. He jumped into a vehicle and drove away, according to police. The loss is estimated at more than $750, Officer Linda Bailey said.

STOLEN HONDA CIVIC

• A red and gray 1986 Honda Civic was stolen from the 2100 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia sometime between 4 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. yesterday. It has a license plate of ABY 9445, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 44-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine around 12:30 p.m. yesterday at the 1100 block of F Street in Centralia. Cheri A. Jones was detained for violation of a protection order, and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ACCIDENT AT CENTRALIA TRANSFER STATION

• Police and aid were called to the Lewis County Transfer Station on the 1400 block of South Tower Avenue about 10 a.m. yesterday when a driver arriving to unload trash accelerated, ran through a stop sign, along a guard rail and collided with the tire of a front end loader. The 60-year-old Rochester man had suffered an unspecified medical issue and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to police.

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CORRECTION: This news item has been updated to reflect the correct place from which the Honda car was stolen, as well as its proper license plate numbers.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

CHEHALIS ESPRESSO STAND HIT BY THIEF, AGAIN

• The owner of Ooh La Latte coffee stand on the 1500 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis arrived to work early this morning to find someone had burglarized her business again. They broke a sliding window and made off with $600 cash which had been hidden, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It is believed to have occurred sometime after 5 p.m. yesterday and before 4 o’clock this morning, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Last Wednesday morning, someone broke in and stole the cash drawer, with about $200, according to Brown.

VEHICLE VERSUS WHEELCHAIR

• A man in a wheelchair struck in a crosswalk by a car yesterday afternoon by Safeway in Chehalis suffered only minor injuries but was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It happened about 5 p.m., it was dark and the driver couldn’t see him, Sgt. Brian Hickey said. The victim is an older gentleman who lives in the area, according to Hickey. “It sounds like he is going to be okay,” Hickey said this morning.

JEWELRY MISSING

• Centralia police were called about 5:40 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 2500 block of Sharon Street where a ring was missing after a houseguest had been staying there. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called to the 1200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia yesterday morning where someone had broken a window out of a car overnight.

WRECKS

• A 20-year-old Centralia woman was hospitalized after she wrecked her car on Friday afternoon at the 2600 block of Highway 603 north of Winlock, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. A deputy responding about 2:20 p.m. was told the Oldsmobile Cutlass hydroplaned and left the road, according to the sheriff’s office. An approximately 3-month-old baby in a car seat was not injured but the woman complained of neck and back pain, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• One person was hospitalized after a two-vehicle collision at the top of the southbound Interstate 5 exit on state Route 505 near Winlock yesterday afternoon. Aid called just before 3 p.m. found heavy front end damage to a passenger car and its driver – an older gentleman – with suspected chest injuries, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. His passenger and the driver of a pickup truck were treated at the scene, Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said. “Visibility in that area sometimes tends to be a little obscured for some folks,” Anderson said, referring to cars that sit lower. At first firefighters thought the patient might need to be airlifted to a regional trauma center but then decided his injuries were less serious, so he was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, Anderson said.

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Read about Centralia tour business files for bankruptcy …

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 3:36 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

KOMOnews.com reports a Centralia tour operator has filed for bankruptcy, claiming it owes creditors at least $1 million.

News reporter Connie Thompson writes Discovery Tours  raised the issue of possible embezzlement by an employee in a recent statement to the Attorney General’s office.

Read about it here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Updated at 4:24 p.m.

MAYFIELD LAKE AREA PLAGUED BY BREAK-INS

• At least five burglaries were reported over the weekend in the  area south of Mayfield Lake and west of Mossyrock. Broken into were homes, garages or shop buildings on the 400 and 500 blocks of Winston Creek Road and vacation properties on the 100 block of Island View Drive, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They occurred between Thursday and Saturday. Among the valuables stolen were jewelry, chainsaws, tools and an Army blanket, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

ROAD RAGE IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police are looking for the driver of large Chevrolet pickup after an irate motorist last night reportedly chased and then cut off another vehicle in Centralia. Officers contacted about 10 p.m. in the area of North Pearl Street did not find the suspect, but continue to investigate, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: MAN ATTACKS DOOR WITH KNIFE

• A 44-year-old Centralia man was arrested for attempted assault after he allegedly stabbed his neighbor’s door on Friday at the 700 block of South Tower Avenue. Officers called about 1:15 p.m. noted when they contacted Brian L. Schmidt, he refused to comply with their demands so they used a Taser on him. Schmidt was eventually handcuffed and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was also arrested for harassment because he reportedly told his father he would kill him, according to police.

MAN PEPPER SPRAYED BY WIFE

• Centralia police responded to the 700 block of Euclid Way about 6:40 p.m. yesterday where a woman allegedly sprayed mace on her husband during an argument. The wife is wanted for questioning related to a potential fourth-degree assault charge, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DISPUTE CALLS

• Centralia police say a 45-Centralia man hid in a closet and refused to comply with their instructions when officers responded to a reported dispute on Saturday night at the 500 block of South Silver Street. Ronald J. Gleason was subsequently arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for obstructing a public servant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 23-year-old Centralia man was zapped by a police Taser and taken to the ground at the 800 block of Wayne Drive in Centralia early Saturday morning. Officers responded about 4:45 a.m. to a possible dispute contacted Emanuel W. Martin who refused to comply with their commands, according to the Centralia Police Department. Martin was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for obstructing a law enforcement officer, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Morton police responded to a neighborhood dispute at the 100 block of Third Street about 10:45 am. on Friday. The parties were advised to not have contact with each other if they couldn’t get along as neighbors, according to the Morton Police Department.

CHEHALIS HOME BURGLARIZED

• Chehalis police were called about 7:15 p.m. yesterday to a residential burglary on Southwest 11th Street near Market Boulevard when an individual returned there to find the back door kicked open. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CHEHALIS BUSINESS BURGLARIZED

• Chehalis police called this morning to a burglary at National Frozen Foods on the 400 block of Northwest State Avenue think the thief or thief’s used the businesses forklift to move large boxes to gain better access when they made off with a large amount of scrap copper.

SCHOOL BUS GARAGE BURGLARIZED

• Someone broke in to the Onalaska School District’s bus garage and left with about $1,000 worth of tools but may have gotten spooked somehow, because the loot was found on the ground nearby, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened sometime after 7 p.m. on Thursday but before 1 a.m. on Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. School officials are viewing security tape from the burglary to try to identify suspects, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

CHURCH BURGLARIZED

• Someone broke into the office at the St. Paul Lutheran Church on the 300 block of state Route 505 in Winlock and stole approximately $50 cash, according to a report taken on Saturday from a sheriff’s deputy. The break-in occurred sometime between last Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• Police called about 3:40 a.m. on Sunday when a 34-year-old Chehalis man was discovered sleeping in a supposedly vacant motel room on Southwest Interstate Avenue also found numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia. An officer arrested Chad N. Nickols for trespass and possession of marijuana, and possibly will face charges of drug possession related to suspected drug reside, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 44-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop by police about 2:25 a.m. yesterday at the 100 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Joely M. Flores was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Enrique Espinosa-Caravco, 34, of Centralia, was arrested on an outstanding warrant during the same stop, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Police were called about 7:25 a.m. on Friday to the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia where someone attempted to break in to coin machines.

• Chehalis police were called about 12:30 a.m. today to 1400 block of Southwest William Avenue after a female and her brother chased a pair of suspected car prowlers down the street. She had looked out a window and observed the dome light on her father’s truck and then saw two people walking nearby, according to Chehalis police.

• Chehalis police were called about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday to a vehicle prowl on Southeast Third Street near McFadden Avenue. Someone had cut through the soft top on a Jeep and rifled through its contents, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• An officer took a report of a vehicle prowl on Friday at the 800 block of Centralia College Boulevard in which the victim said her purse disappeared from an unlocked vehicle sometime in the previous two days.

THAT’S JUST MEAN

• A deputy was called on Sunday to the 3000 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis where an 81-year-old woman said that someone cut the power cord to her Christmas lights three nights in a row, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VANDALISM

• An officer took a report of a graffiti tag on a fence on the 2200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia on Saturday.

UTILITY POLES, WIRES, KNOCKED DOWN

• Deputies were called to the 3000 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis just before 6 p.m. yesterday where a vehicle pulled down several power lines and poles and left the scene. The roadway was shut down for repairs and deputies were unable to locate the vehicle, which was described by various witnesses as a dump truck, a semi truck and trailer or a truck hauling a piece of equipment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

FLEEING DRIVER CAUGHT WHEN CAR HITS GRAVEL

• A 34-year-old Chehalis man was arrested last night after he allegedly tried to outrun  police who were trying to stop him on Interstate 5 near the Napavine interchange. The pursuit ended on the 700 block of Koontz Road when the driver lost control of his car on gravel in a construction area, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy and a Napavine officer were trying to intercept the southbound Dodge Stratus after hearing it was involved in a hit and run involving a deputy coroner, according to the sheriff’s office. Reyes Lopez-Majana was booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempting to elude. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said a charge of driving under the influence will be recommended as well.

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News brief: Man eludes deputy by running into Chehalis Wal-Mart

Monday, December 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A male driving a $50,000 stolen truck ended a police pursuit early yesterday morning in Chehalis by parking at Wal-Mart and slipping into the store.

Deputies and police searched the area without success, but security video suggests the suspect left the building and caught a ride with someone, according to police.

It began about 4:40 a.m. when a deputy attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle near North National Avenue and Exhibitor Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It turned out the 2012 Chevrolet truck was taken from the Titus Will automobile dealer there, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office said the subject is described as about 5-feet 7-inches tall with a shaved head and was wearing light blue jeans, black and white tennis shoes and a hoodie that was white with blue stripes.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown asks anyone with information about the suspect to call Lewis County Crime Stoppers.

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News brief: Defendant in assault case now wanted for witness tampering

Monday, December 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chehalis police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Centralia car salesman wanted for allegedly intimidating a witness against him in his upcoming assault trial.

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John I. Burkett

Police began investigating suspected witness intimidation by 40-year-old John Burkett after interviewing several witnesses in the case, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Sgt. Brian Hickey said this morning police contacted Burkett on Friday who said he would turn himself in, but did not.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Burkett, a Winlock resident who owns Burkett’s Auto Sales on South Gold Street, was arrested last December for second-degree assault after a patron at a local bar ended up with a head injury, according to police.

His trial is scheduled to begin next week in Lewis County Superior Court.

Police are asking anyone with information about Burkett’s whereabouts to contact detective Rick Silva at 360-748-8605

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News brief: More rain to swell local rivers today

Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A flood watch issued this morning cautions the Chehalis and Skookumchuck Rivers could overflow their banks today through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says the accumulation of rain over the past few days with more expected tonight means folks should monitor the latest forecasts and be ready to act if a flood warning is issued.

The areas of most focus are near Grand Mound and Bucoda, according to the weather service.

Wind is forecast in much of Western Washington later tonight and tomorrow as well.

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Links to the official and current information on local weather and rivers can always be found on the right hand sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.com
Here they are below as well:

• National Weather Service – NWS Seattle, here

• National Weather Service: River levels (Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service) here

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Suspected drug dealer wants to admit guilt less than a week after arrest by Centralia police

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm
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Enrique Orozco-Cabrera sits between his lawyer and an interpreter in Lewis County Superior Court, facing a drug charge.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – As soon as Enrique Orozco-Cabrera pleaded not guilty to attempting to sell more than two pounds of methamphetamine, his attorney told the Lewis County Superior Court judge he’d a like a court date as quickly as possible so his client could  plead guilty.

Orozco-Cabrera was in court on Thursday following his arrest the previous Friday morning by Centralia police who were accompanied by two special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“I don’t know very much English,” Orozco-Cabrera responded through a Spanish interpreter when the judge asked if he spoke English.

Orozco-Cabrera is 36 years old and from Seattle, according to the Centralia Police Department. Charging documents in his case indicate his city of residence is unknown, although when he was taken into custody on Nov. 23, he had Mexican identification in his wallet bearing a different name.

His defense attorney J.P. Enbody didn’t elaborate on why the man was so eager to plead guilty to the felony that could get him as much as 10 years in prison. But Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke had an idea about his drug case.

“There is some interest by federal prosecutors to take it, because of how much methamphetamine he had,” O’Rourke said after the court hearing.

A lot of times, a person faces much stiffer penalties in federal court, O’Rourke said.

Orozco-Cabrera, originally identified in an incident summary from police as Orozco-Caberra after the arrest, is being held in the Lewis County Jail on $200,000 bail.

Court documents describe his arrest at the unspecified “target location” after Centralia police got a tip a man called Lewis would be delivering two pounds of meth in exchange for $21,000.

Officer Adam Haggerty, Sgt. Jim Shannon and two federal agents made a plan early on the morning of Nov. 23 and before 8 o’clock that day, Haggerty was watching a house, according to charging documents.

The documents offer the following account and allegations:

A black Ford pickup truck drove slowly past Haggerty and moments later drove past him again and pulled far down a driveway. A few minutes after that, a man – later identified as Orozco-Cabrera – was seen walking from the back of the house wearing a dark stocking cap and subsequently went up to the front door and went inside.

Concerned, Haggerty phoned his confidential informant and asked if that was the drug dealer; the informant indicated yes and asked Haggerty to move in and apprehend him.

When officers entered the house, Orozco-Cabrera was holding a plastic shopping bag with what turned out to be two pounds plus 5.8 ounces of what field tested positive for methamphetamine. He had $6,000 cash with him.

The suspect was arrested and first gave his name as Andreas, but later gave his real name to jail staff and the identification was confirmed through his finger prints.

Customs and Immigration has a “hold” on him. O’Rourke said that usually means there is some indication a person might be in the country illegally.

Orozco-Cabrera is currently scheduled to plead guilty to possession with intent to deliver and be sentenced on Wednesday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

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Train plows Olympia family’s SUV driven onto Chehalis tracks; nobody injured

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm
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A family of seven bailed out of their white Dodge Durango as a freight train approached from behind them in Chehalis.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An out-of-town family that took a wrong turn in the dark tonight in Chehalis found their SUV traveling on railroad tracks as a freight train approached, bailed out and watched the train shove their vehicle more than a block.

Nobody was hurt.

Chehalis Police Department Office Steve Nikander said it was dark, it was rainy and they briefly lost their way.

“Thankfully they all got out,” Nikander said.

It happened about 7:30 p.m. near West Street by the Lewis County Historical Museum.

The mother, father and five children, ages 3 to 23, from Olympia, were westbound on West Street; on their way to ride the Chehalis steam train.

It’s the Polar Express, a holiday ride, said Nickolas Howzeshell, one of the grown sons.

Howzeshell, his wife and their baby were in a second vehicle behind his mother’s Dodge Durango and made the same wrong right-hand turn behind her, he said. He was able to pull his vehicle off the tracks.

“My dad’s like, get ‘em out, get ‘em out,” Howzeshell said. “I saw the light about a quarter mile away. We saw it happen.”

The northbound freight train was still stopped and blocking several crossings after 8 p.m. while authorities waited for a tow truck to arrive.

Instead of cocoa, singing and riding a steam train with Santa Claus, they stepped into the Ocean Sky restaurant for Chinese food while they waited for officers to collect their information.

“We were running late. We didn’t want to miss the train,” Howzeshell, said. “Instead, we … caught the train.”

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CORRECTION: This news story has been updated to correct the name of the city police department for which Officer Nikander works.

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Dryad woman files suit to get some of her foxhounds back, pleads not guilty to animal cruelty

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Nancy Punches pleaded not guilty today to keeping too many dogs in too poor of conditions on her property west of Chehalis and is working with a lawyer to get four of her foxhounds returned to her.

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Nancy Punches

The 79-year-old Dryad woman was in Lewis County District Court this morning where she faces 65 counts of second-degree animal cruelty and one count of violating a state law regarding dog breeding.

Her 65 dogs were confiscated by county officials last month; animals which were living in an area overrun with feces, according to authorities. One puppy was dead when the sheriff’s office served their search warrant and at least three puppies have since been euthanized because of positive tests for Parvo Virus. Others were sick with a parasite, according to charging documents.

Punches has said in an interview she didn’t intend for the foxhounds to multiply, but their fencing had deteriorated. She has also said she knew the situation got away from her.

Three of the foxhounds are survivors of the December 2007 flood when Punches lost her home and 16 champion show dogs to the Chehalis River.

Punches has agreed to give up ownership of all but those three dogs plus one other, a 9-year-old male named Rythem, according to court documents.

Her lawyer Bart Ricks of Chehalis noted in a petition to the court that Lewis County Animal Shelter Amy Hanson had offered to return three of the dogs – spayed and neutered – if Punches relinquished the rest.

The civil action filed on Nov. 2 says Punches wants the four foxhounds returned to her immediately, subject to certain conditions which aren’t specified.

Court hearings are set for Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. when the lawyers and judge can begin addressing the issues involved.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Nelson asked the judge the consolidate the civil and criminal cases.

In a court document filed today, Nelson asks for answers from Punches about how she will prove her property is free of the diseases, how she will provide kennels fit for habitation and how she will not neglect or abuse the dogs if she gets them back.

Nelson said he didn’t ask Judge Michael Roewe to set bail for Punches, as he doesn’t consider her a flight risk or a danger to the community.

The crimes she’s accused of are misdemeanors, all with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail or a $5,000 fine or both.

One of the conditions set today however allows her to keep only two pets, which Judge Roewe said were a cat and a bird.

When county code enforcement employees, animal shelter workers and volunteers descended upon the River Road property on Oct. 19, a deputy said he could not see the floor of some kennels because the water, mud and feces was so deep.

Two of the 65 seized animals are fox terriers – the rest foxhounds.

Some were taken to the Lewis County Animal Shelter, some to other municipal shelters and some to Pasado’s Safe Haven in Snohomish County.

Besides Rythem, Punches wants back Hawk, a 7-year-old male; along with 6-year-olds Spirit, a female, and Noah, a male who were pups that shared a 36-hour ordeal trapped in Punches’ mobile home as flood waters rose to within inches of her ceiling.

Punches floated upon a tipped-over antique bookcase after placing her five-week-old dogs inside a styrofoam shipping container.
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For background, read:

• “Lewis County owner of seized foxhounds charged with 66 misdemeanors” from Monday November 12, 2012, here

• “Aged flood survivor loses her stock of prize-winning canines for the second time” from Sunday October 21, 2012, here