Posts Tagged ‘By Sharyn L. Decker’

News brief: Centralia utility payment box burgled

Monday, February 20th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police got a call about 6:25 a.m. today from a citizen who reported the Centralia City Light payment drop box had been broken into and everything taken.

An officer responding to the 500 block of North Pearl Street found it was opened and empty, according to the Centralia Police Department.

A representative of the utility was contacted and advised items from inside the box had been collected on Friday, according to police. They will be checking with other employees tomorrow to determine if anything was taken, according to police.

The case is currently under investigation.

New earthquake analysis leads to lowering Riffe Lake reservoir

Friday, February 17th, 2017
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Mossyrock Dam on the Cowlitz River sits at the west end of Riffe Lake. / Courtesy photo by Tacoma Power

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Recently revised earthquake predictions, which portend failure of the spillway gates of the Mossyrock Dam have prompted the the dam’s owner to begin considering seismic retrofits.

In the meantime, Tacoma Power plans to keep less water in the reservoir which is Riffe Lake to reduce the amount of downstream flooding if a big one should strike.

Tacoma Power announced this week the changes it is implementing.

They want to keep the level of Riffe Lake 30 feet lower than normal, according to Chris Gleason, the community and media services manager for Tacoma Public Utilities.

The United States Geological Survey recently revised its earthquake predictions for the Cowlitz River basin, information that was passed along to the owner of the hydroelectric dam in November, according to Gleason.

Riffe Lake, more than 23 miles long, is 778.5 feet when full.

The probability of a large earthquake is low, and the issue isn’t the dam itself, according to Tacoma Power.

But, preliminary analysis concluded that specific seismic events could render the spillway gates useless, which could cause considerable downstream flooding, according to the utility.

A spillway is the part of the dam that water flows through. The four spillways are located high in the middle of the dam.

According to Gleason, they’ve submitted their plans to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission which will review and accept or modify the proposal.

They are required keep the lake below 745.5 feet during December and January, so it’s currently close to their lower level proposed, and they will maintain it there for the foreseeable future, according to Gleason.

The new lower level is expected to be in place into the next decade.

Mossyrock Dam, a concrete structure completed in 1968 is the state’s tallest dam. It produces enough electricity for 78,000 homes.

No concrete arch dams have failed due to earthquakes, according to Tacoma Power.

Boating, swimming and fishing will remain possible on Riffe Lake, but access could be limited.

Two Tacoma Power-owned boat launches are anticipated to be usable during the summer, but two others will be closed. They are considering a new swim beach at Mossyrock Park.

The seismic retrofits they are beginning to consider won’t take place for years. The development and implementation of possible solutions involves substantial analysis, planning and federal approval, according to Tacoma Power.

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On the east side of the dam are the piers that hold the spillway gates in place. / Courtesy photo by Tacoma Power

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, February 17th, 2017
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BUSTING IN

• Centralia police were called at 2 o’clock this morning to the 300 block of North Tower Avenue on a report of forced entry to an apartment. Several persons of interest were contacted and the investigation continues, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 34-year-old man was arrested yesterday after allegedly forcing his way into his significant other’s home, taking two cell phones, car keys and a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am and leaving her with a swollen lip. The victim at the 200 block of Roe Road in Winlock called the sheriff’s office shortly after 6:30 a.m. yesterday and a deputy arriving at 7:38 a.m. found the woman also had a sore right hand from the encounter, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A mirror and two doors had been broken, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The suspect, Adam C. Sullivan, was located a short time later and the items recovered, according to Breen. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary.

KID ASSAULT

• Police responded to the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia following an 11:50 a.m. call yesterday about a fourth-degree assault involving two juveniles. No arrests were made, as of this morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called to 100 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue yesterday evening where someone had stolen fuel from a vehicle sometime during the previous two days.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called just after 11 a.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Pearl Street where someone had spray painted graffiti on a building sometime during the previous week.

• Police were called to the 600 block of West Center Street in Centralia yesterday regarding damage to a window.

• A deputy called over to the Lewis County Jail yesterday regarding a kiosk in a housing unit getting broken viewed video and then talked with a suspect who stated he just got frustrated and blew a fuse, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Kirk D. Jackson, 54, of Olympia, was re-booked for second-degree malicious mischief, according to the sheriff’s office. The damage is estimated at $1,000.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, protection order violation, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, trespassing, shoplifting, theft of a meal, civil issue, suspicious circumstances … and more among 135 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Short gunshot investigation

Friday, February 17th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police this morning began investigating after they were advised a hospital in Thurston County had a victim of a gunshot, who claimed he was shot in the Centralia area, but couldn’t provide an exact location.

Officers were notified about 5:35 a.m. but by the time they arrived to the hospital, the patient had already left, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Police Sgt. Kurt Reichert said it’s starting to look as though the incident actually occurred in the Seattle area, and they are reaching out to police there.

The male is associated to an address up north and local officers learned an incident did occur up north, according to Reichert.

Hospitals are required to notify police of gunshot wound patients, and sometimes such victims intentionally provide misinformation, Reichert said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
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GUNS STOLEN

• Someone made forced entry to a home on the 300 block of Willow Lane in Centralia and stole firearms, according to a report made to police about 9:45 a.m. yesterday.

GO-CART STOLEN

• Centralia police were called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday for a burglary to a shed in a fenced area at the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue. A go-kart was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TRAILER STOLEN

• Centralia police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of North Tower Avenue to take a report that a utility trailer had been stolen sometime during the previous week.

FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report about 10 a.m. yesterday that a stolen check was “washed” and then cashed at a financial institution on the 1300 block of South Gold Street.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from a location along North National Avenue about the theft of an EBT card.

VANDALISM

• Someone spray painted someone else’s vehicle at the 300 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:30 a.m. yesterday.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to Green Hill School because a student-inmate allegedly was in possession of suspected marijuana. The police department will be waiting for the results from testing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, dine-and-dash, hit and run, third-degree theft, civil issue, unfounded report, protection order violation, clogging of toilet, suspicious circumstances … and more among 133 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
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Updated at 6:23 p.m.

TRAFFICKING STOLEN PROPERTY

• A pair of Longview residents were arrested last night while allegedly selling property they knew to be stolen in connection with an approximately 9 p.m. call associated with a location on the 100 block of North Cedar Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Alisha M. Wilson 32, and Charles J. Stephens, 36, were booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree trafficking in stolen property, and charged today with the same offense in Lewis County Superior Court. Charging documents in the case indicate a man contacted police after he logged in to a popular sales application called Let’s Go, and spotted a pair of construction drywall stilts and two steel floodlight which had been stolen in a neighbor’s break-in the night before. An arrangement was made to meet the sellers at Fuller’s on South Tower Avenue and police waited nearby, according to the allegations. A judge this afternoon set their bail at $5,000.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue to take a report of the break-in to a storage area in which a butane stove, butane bottles and a 400 watt inverter were missing.

WARRANTS

• Centralia police report this morning that two people were arrested for outstanding warrants at the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue yesterday afternoon. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department. A Chehalis K-9 officer and his partner assisted Centralia in a Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team case beginning at the same time, about 1:13 p.m., according to the Chehalis Police Department. According to charging documents, police got a tip on where 30-year-old Cory R. Aldrich was and went to the home. Officers spent a significant amount of time trying to get Aldrich to come out, but because he refused, the SWAT team was called in and gas canisters deployed, the documents relate. Aldrich had an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections because he was on supervision, but became unavailable in October. Eventually he exited the house without incident but police found in what they believed was his room a 45 caliber handgun, a baggie with suspected heroin and three glass pipes containing suspected methamphetamine, according to the documents. He was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of meth and heroin and escape from community custody. His bail was set at $50,000.

MAN HITS GIRL

• Centralia police were called to the 400 block of North Ash Street in Centralia about 5:45 p.m. yesterday where they took a report that a 23-year-old man had punched an 11-year-old girl. No arrest had been made as of this morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A traffic stop at the 500 block of North Market Boulevard in Chehalis about 1:20 p.m. yesterday and an outstanding arrest warrant led also to the arrest of a 36-year-old Winlock man for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Shawn E. Anderson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called yesterday by an individual who said that after an argument with a man over a handicap parking spot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue, she came out after shopping and found paint was scratched in various places on her 2016 Kia Soul.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A rural Chehalis resident convicted of ongoing sexual abuse of two female relatives has been given a sentence with a minimum of 160 months and a maximum of life in prison. Conlan M. Craig, 19, was arrested this summer and subsequently pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree child rape and one count of first-degree child rape. The original allegations suggested incidents began when he was as young as 10 to 12 years old and the girls were as young as 5 years old. His lawyer David Arcuri told the judge the charges had been amended to include only activity after he turned 18 to make sure when he was sentenced, he would be on lifetime supervision. He was sentenced last Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm said today the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board will decide when Craig is allowed to be released.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, disorderly conduct, third-degree malicious mischief, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, third-degree theft, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 124 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Glenoma house fire victims died of smoke inhalation

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The three residents of the home that caught fire in Glenoma last week died from smoke inhalation, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

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Frost Creek Road

Coroner Warren McLeod this morning identified them as Alice M. Lauer, 83,  Lynn L. Lauer, 72, and Dennis L. Watson, 51.

The fire broke out in the single-story home on the 100 block of Frost Creek Road early last Thursday morning. Once the blaze was extinguished and the scene cooled down, responders were able to retrieve three bodies from inside.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and a fire investigator are jointly investigating the incident.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen has said they knew the house was occupied by a husband, his wife and adult son, but the formal identification was made by the coroner’s office.

Coroner McLeod indicated this morning the cause of death for each victim has been ruled as asphyxia secondary to the inhalation of combustible materials.

Authorities have not not said what they think ignited the fire.
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For background, read “Glenoma fire, death investigation continues” from Friday February 10, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
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DISTURBANCE CENTRALIA

• A 16-year-old boy was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for harassment related to allegedly making threats at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road yesterday afternoon. Officers called at 4:24 p.m. report they also had probable cause for second-degree assault related to a previous incident and a different victim, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD CENTRALIA

• Joshua D. Ward, 29 of Randle, was arrested and booked into jail after allegedly trying to cash a forged check at a local bank. Police called just before 1:30 p.m. to the 200 block of West Main Street in Centralia booked him in to the Lewis County Jail for forgery, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from an individual who said he got a message from a tax business telling him his refund had been credited to his account; he said he believed his W-2 form had been stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

TOOLS TAKEN

• Police were called just after 7:30 a.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Orton Street in Centralia where someone had stolen tools from a building which was being renovated, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MEDS

• Centralia police were called about 9:15 p.m. yesterday to a report of the theft of medication at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called to the 2100 block of North National Avenue at 10 a.m. yesterday where someone had tried to siphon fuel from someone else’s vehicle. A siphoning hose was left behind in a gas tank, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

KIDS AND KNIVES

• Officers responded to the 400 block of Main Avenue in Morton about 5:05 p.m. on Friday to a juvenile reportedly chasing a group of kids with a knife. The situation is pending further investigation, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, third-degree theft, civil issue, runaway teen, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 140 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, February 13th, 2017
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INTRUDER HEARING VOICES

• Chehalis police were called about 3:45 p.m. on Saturday to the 900 block of Northwest State Avenue where a friend of the store’s owner was holding a man at gunpoint, a man they said had refused to leave. An arriving officer noted Austin D. Wood, 33, of Napavine, appeared to be under the influence and thought he was hearing voices, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Wood was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary, according to police. A case for a possible charge of fourth-degree was also to be referred, according to police.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 11:10 a.m. on Saturday to the 500 block of South Silver Street following the discovery someone had entered a residence and ransacked it. Nothing initially seemed to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CARGO TRAILER STOLEN

• A deputy responded on Saturday morning to the 100 block of Dieckman Road west of Chehalis where a 40-year-old man said he had parked his 2008 International utility cargo trailer, filled with $5,000 worth of furniture, across the street the night before and it had disappeared. The trailer is valued at $3,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SHED BURGLED

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of Eckerson Road on Saturday someone had broken into a shed during the night. Missing are a Ridged chop saw, a Stihl 22 chainsaw and a worm drive saw, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIREARM STOLEN

• The owner of a .380 ACP Makarov pistol contacted police on Saturday afternoon to report that sometime in recent days someone had removed it and their wallet from their vehicle parked at the 2900 block of Mount Vista Road in Centralia.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called to the 2100 block of North National Avenue abut 2:48 p.m. on Friday where someone had stolen a Dell Laptop computer, a Dell Vastro laptop computer and a Stihl MS310 chainsaw.

• Chehalis police took a report on Friday evening from the 500 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue where an individual said package tracking showed her item was delivered but she did not get it.

DRUGS

• A 16-year-old Chehalis boy was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act after he said he had some prescription medication not prescribed to him last night when a deputy responded to the 3400 block of Prill Road in Centralia for a call about a dispute. He was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called to the treatment facility on the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue on Saturday afternoon to arrest one of their clients for possession of methamphetamine. Richard J.D. Bagley, 31, from Milton, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Sarah A. Horr, 39 of Rochester, arrested by Tumwater Police Department for an outstanding warrant from Centralia Municipal Court was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine upon arrival to the Lewis County Jail, about 10:20 a.m. on Saturday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, malicious mischief, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances … and more among 265 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Centralian accused of taking advantage of multiple younger women

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
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Keith D. Keene prepares to go in front of a judge in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 49-year-old Centralia man was charged yesterday for allegedly molesting three women on separate occasions who he allowed to use his bed when they were either nodded off after using heroin or sleeping while withdrawing from drugs.

Keith D. Keene told a detective when he was arrested he knew their fathers or parents and never touched them.

Keene was arrested on Thursday night when detectives went to the Scammon Creek Apartments in Centralia and spoke to the third alleged victim and then him, according to court documents.

A detective searched Keene’s bedroom and reportedly found a glass smoking device and a small baggie, both with white residue. He was not charged with any drug crime.

When Keene was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio asked for $100,000 bail, suggesting a public safety risk.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller requested the amount of bail be lower, as Keene has no felony history, resides locally and is employed locally by Sterling Breen. His only non-traffic misdemeanor was a fourth-degree assault from 1997.

Judge Joely O’Rourke chose $25,000 bail and signed sexual assault protection orders that require Keene not to go within 1,000 feet of the alleged victims.

Charging documents in the case indicate an inmate at the Lewis County Jail asked to speak with Centralia Police Department detective Adam Haggerty last July, and told him of at least four females who may have been sexually assaulted by Keene.

The documents go on to give the following account of interviews he subsequently conducted:

Later that month, the detective talked with a 21-year-old who at first said nothing happened and she wasn’t a snitch. “(Her) eyes welled up with tears and she looked away,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm wrote.

However, the young woman contacted the detective later that night and said she would talk.

She said it happened in mid-May when she and a friend went to Keene’s fifth-wheel trailer and she injected heroin and nodded off. When she came to, her friend was gone and Keene told her she could use his bedroom and rest while she waited.

The 21-year-old said she woke up to her pants being pulled down to her ankles and Keene next to her in bed, with his finger inside her. She jumped up, fixed her clothes and left.

For that, prosecutors charged him with second-degree rape, an offense that has a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Detective Haggerty next interviewed a 20-year-old who described a somewhat similar scenario she said occurred in November 2015, a visit with friends to the fifth-wheel trailer. She said she woke up and Keene was behind her – clothed in boxer shorts and a wife beater T-shirt – rubbing himself against her. She said she got up and immediately went outside.

On Thursday night, detectives got a tip a recent victim of Keene’s was at the Scammon Creek Apartments, and found she had an outstanding warrant. Members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and state Department of Corrections went there, arrested her and then Haggerty interviewed her. The 29-year-old said that in early February, Keene told her she could lay down on his bed and sleep as she was coming down from a several day drug binge.

The 29-year-old said she woke up to find Keene spooning her, rubbing himself against her backside and had one hand inside her panties.

For those incidents, Keene is charged with indecent liberties, crimes with maximum penalties of 10 years in prison.

“Detective Haggerty told Keene that he needed to speak with him about a serious matter,” Bohm wrote in the charging documents.

Before the detective could ask a question, Keene blurted out that a girl accused him of touching her and it was not true, the court documents relate.

Keene’s arraignment is scheduled for next Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
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FIREARM, ALCOHOL TAKEN IN BREAK-IN

• A pair of 14-year-old girls from Doty were arrested for allegedly burglarizing a home on the 200 block of Stevens Road and taking a handgun, soda pop and beer, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday. A deputy investigating the Thursday incident discovered the girls had used the phone at the home to call their mother, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The teens were booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Breen. The gun was recovered, he said.

CENTRALIA BURGLARY AND THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 7:50 a.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Johnson Road regarding the theft of merchandise from the concession stand.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon of the theft of mail from the 1000 block of North Scheuber Road. The mail box was damaged too, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNRULY CUSTOMER

• A 41-year-old Chehalis resident was jailed yesterday after allegedly assaulting a clerk who had asked him to leave after he passed out in the bathroom and was belligerent with employees at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Officers called just before 4:30 p.m. indicated Maalgeney R. Denetclaw was highly intoxicated and arrested him for fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FAKE BILLS LEAD TO ARREST

• A 24-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for forgery on Thursday in connection with a Jan. 22 call to a business on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about the receipt of four counterfeit $20 bills, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Dillion S. Simmons was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

DRUGS

• A case involving a 14-year-old boy at the 900 block of Johnson Road yesterday morning resulted in a referral to juvenile prosecutors for a charge of possession of marijuana, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, hit and run, vandalism, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 273 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Two arrested in Centralia rooftop burglary cases

Friday, February 10th, 2017
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Alexis Cardenas, left, and Morelia V. Ayala Garcia await their turn to go before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Centralia College student and his 19-year-old girlfriend were charged today in connection with a string of fast food establishment burglaries, two of which the thieves broke in by cutting a hole through the roof.

Alexis Cardenas, 26, of Centralia, came to the attention of local police after he was caught red-handed breaking in to the Taco Bell in Olympia the other night, according to Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead.

In one case, the intruders had the combination to the safe, Halstead said.

His alleged accomplice, Morelia V. Ayala Garcia, 19, also of Centralia, was a manager at the McDonalds in Centralia, according to authorities. She no longer works there, police said.

Both were arrested on Wednesday and held in the Lewis County Jail until charges were filed today in Lewis County Superior Court.

In one case, about $2,800 was stolen, in another it was $5,700, according to Halstead. He wasn’t certain this afternoon of the amount in the third case. The incidents all happened in the late spring of 2015 in Centralia.

Arby’s on the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue was hit on April 14, 2015. In that case, some broke out a window to get inside, according to charging documents.

Thieves struck at McDonalds on the 1200 block of Lum Road on May 28, 2015. Then they struck again at the Centralia Wendy’s on the 800 block of Harrison Avenue on June 13, 2015. In both cases they got inside by by cutting a hole in the roof, according to police.

Police are looking for four other suspects they believe were involved.

Cardenas is charged with three counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of first-degree malicious mischief.

Halstead told a judge this afternoon that even though Cardenas was incarcerated when the McDonalds break-in occurred, they believe he directed it.

Ayala Garcia is charged in only the McDonalds case.

Halstead said the crimes involved a high degree of sophistication. He asked that Cardenas be held on $300,000 bail, out of concern about  interfering with the administration of justice by trying to contact witnesses.

While he was released on $20,000 bail in Thurston County after the Olympia burglary, Halstead said that amount was “a joke.”

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller argued for a lesser amount, noting Cardenas is a student at Centralia College, employed at a local auto dealership and resides in Centralia. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke said she considered him a very serious threat to community safety and ordered the high bail.

Halstead asked that Ayala Garcia be held on $25,000 bail, noting her situation was different in that she allegedly participated only in one burglary and had nothing more than a speeding ticket on her record. He also said Ayala Garcia didn’t appear to be a citizen, but may have a work permit.

Tiller noted to the judge Ayala Garcia has a 7-month-old baby, works as an insurance agent, had family in the courtroom and wasn’t a flight risk. O’Rourke set her bail at $25,000, noting she was not concerned about Ayala Garcia returning to court as ordered.

Halstead asked the judge to sign an order allowing DNA samples to be taken from the suspects.

The Olympia Police Department Tweeted on Monday they caught a burglar during the night trying to break in to a safe, noting an alarm, the sounds of a grinder being used and foot prints in the snow which led to a rooftop ladder and their suspect at Taco Bell.

Their arraignments are set for next Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court.

Glenoma fire, death investigation continues

Friday, February 10th, 2017
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A woman who said she was the daughter, sister of victims and her companions enter the home after investigators leave.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

GLENOMA – Investigators didn’t find any particular surprises as they examined the scene of a house fire with three deaths in Glenoma yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the home on the 100 block of Frost Creek Road was occupied by a husband, his wife and adult son. Three adult bodies were removed by the coroner’s office and autopsies will be conducted, he said.

The small house built in 1940 sits on a moderate-sized parcel just north of U.S. Highway 12  with neighboring homes close by. The community of Glenoma is just seven miles east of Morton, both of which are surrounded by the foot hills of the Cascade Mountains.

Dan Powell who lives across the street said he was awakened by one of his neighbors beating on his door, saying he couldn’t get through to 911.

Powell put on his pants, grabbed his 25-pound fire extinguisher and headed over. Another neighbor from up the road, a volunteer firefighter, was already on the scene, he said.

“He told me he went around and tried to rouse someone from the windows, but he didn’t get any response,” Powell said.

Already they could see flames from the kitchen and living room area, as well as a window on the opposite side of the house.

“Like I said, we couldn’t get close to it,” Powell said.

There were multiple 911 calls that came in around 3:23 a.m. yesterday. Four fire departments responded to put out the blaze.

The house is still standing, but Breen late yesterday afternoon pointed to area to the right of the front door, where the kitchen’s wall would have been, next to the garage-carport area. Pieces of metal roofing hung in front of the carport.

Where specifically the fire seems to have originated, they aren’t yet saying, Breen said.

“They do not have a definite conclusion yet,” Breen said as detectives and a fire investigator prepared to clear the scene.

Their task yesterday was to conduct two investigations, one for what caused the fire and another for what caused the deaths, Breen said.

He said they spoke to family asking questions about the electrical and what the residents used for heating, he said.

“They had propane at one time, but that’s shut off,” Breen said. “It sounds like they had electric heaters.”

Investigators didn’t find any smoke detectors, he said.

The victims were found in different areas of the home, Breen said, a bedroom, the hallway and the living room.

Powell and his fiancee, Judy Nelson said the elderly couple had lived there more than a decade. Neither one of them drove, he said.

It wasn’t too long ago the son came to live with them, Powell said. And they lost their daughter about a year ago, he said.

“He was very helpful with his parents, like he built a ramp for them,” Nelson said.

Powell knows fires well, as he is the chief for Lewis County Fire District 4, which protects the area surrounding Morton.

He’s been with his department 45 years and during that time, they’ve never had a fatal fire, he said.

“I just hope they went to sleep and slept right through it,” Powell said.

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” Nelson said.

Once identification and next of kin notification are made, the victim’s identities will be released by the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.
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For background, read, “Three dead in Glenoma residential structure fire” from Thursday February 9, 2017, here

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Deputies and fire investigator left tape blocking the front yard of the Frost Creek Road home.