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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
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Updated at 5:08 p.m.

TOLEDO PEDESTRIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED

• A 32-year-old Toledo man was airlifted from Providence Centralia Hospital to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma with a possible head injury after an encounter with a pickup truck early Sunday morning at the 100 block of Mulford Road near Vader. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the circumstances of what occurred. Deputies responding about 1:30 a.m. yesterday learned the victim had opened the passenger door of the Chevrolet S110 pickup in which his significant other was a passenger and the truck sped away, but when it stopped about 200 feet later, witnesses saw the victim was laying on his back unconscious, according to the sheriff’s office. Witnesses didn’t see how he ended up on the ground though, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen. Breen said the truck was being driven by a 50-year-old Vader man and deputies were told the victim and his significant other had been recently going through relationship “issues.”

BURGLARY

• Two boys questioned after a residence was ransacked on the 600 block of B Street in Vader yesterday reportedly said they thought the house was abandoned and it was okay to go inside, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Friends of the 27-year-old homeowner had arrived about 2 p.m. and found items damaged, including two televisions and a glass table top, and items missing, such as a paint sprayer, according to the sheriff’s office. A neighbor reported seeing two young people riding away on bicycles, pulling a wagon between about 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The total loss is more than $1,000, Breen said. The suspects are Vader residents, ages 10 and 14, according to Breen. The case will be forwarded to prosecutors for evaluation of charges of second-degree burglary.

• An apartment on the 700 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia was broken into overnight, according to a report made to police about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

YARD THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday following the discovery a a hot tub cover had been stolen during the night from a fenced yard on the 2200 block of North Tower Avenue.

BUSINESS BREAK-IN

• Chehalis police were called about 7:10 a.m. on Sunday by someone who found the front door to a business pried open at the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue. Nobody was inside and nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were contacted just after 1 p.m. yesterday regarding a green 1996 Honda Accord stolen from the 200 block of West Plum Street. It was recovered later in the day in Tumwater, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday after a white 2001 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Softail motorcycle was stolen from the 2400 block of Seward Avenue in Centralia.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 6:35 a.m. today to the 1000 block of H Street to take a report that sometime during the night someone stole vehicle batteries, damaging the cables.

• An air compressor and staple gun were stolen from a vehicle on the 1800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:25 a.m. today.

• Centralia police were called about a vehicle prowl at the 200 block of South Silver Street about 9:40 a.m. on Friday. A back pack and money were stolen during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FAKE MONEY

• Chehalis police were called to the 1600 Block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 12:30 p.m. yesterday following the discovery of three counterfeit $50 bills.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 a.m. on Friday by an individual who reported they were following a group of teens who smashed pumpkins at Eighth Street and Cascade Avenue in Chehalis.

OTHER ARREST

• A 55-year-old homeless man was arrested for interfering with a healthcare facility after police were called just before 3 a.m. on Saturday to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road. Randy W. Hausinger was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School on the 300 Block of Southwest 11th Street about 11:40 a.m. on Friday to take a report that an 18-year-old student-inmate had allegedly taken a swing at an employee after taking an item off a food cart when he was not supposed to, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for and outstanding warrant and then for possession of methamphetamine following contact with police about 5:30 a.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia. Briget J. Parker, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A traffic stop of an erratic vehicle at the northbound Interstate 5 exit 77 offramp about 4:45 a.m. on Friday led to the arrest of two people for outstanding warrants and possession of heroin, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were  Brian L. West, 33, of Lacey and Jamie L. Chesterfield, 24, of Yelm, according to the sheriff’s office. A case for possession of a dangerous weapon is being referred to prosecutors in connection with West, because of a spring-blade knife that was found, Chief Deputy Breen said.

CAR CATCHES FIRE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious vehicle fire that occurred about 5:20 a.m. on Saturday at the 900 block of Muller Road near Pe Ell. Deputies arriving about 6:30 a.m. were told the property owner heard a loud bang, looked outside and saw the car burning, according to the sheriff’s office. The 2007 Dodge Caliber being stored there for a 70-year-old man who moved to Kansas, had not run in about two years and did not have a working battery, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

More to come

Twenty-one picked up in Lewis County warrant sweep

Friday, October 20th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Washington State Patrol served 21 warrants yesterday as part of an annual event focused on outstanding domestic violence warrants.

Law enforcement officers yesterday made 111 service attempts, resulting in four felony warrant arrests and 17 misdemeanor arrests.

While the main focus of the sweep was domestic violence warrants, other non-domestic violence warrants were also attempted, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

“This event demonstrates the strong partnerships between Lewis County law enforcement, the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office and the courts,” Sheriff Robert Snaza stated in a press release. “Through this successful sweep we were able to increase public safety, while holding those accountable who break the law.”

The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office, Lewis County District Court and the court-contracted defense attorney were also involved, and were instrumental in the efficiency of the operation, according to the press release.

The collaborative sweep was part of the 15th Annual National Domestic Violence Warrant Sweep

News brief: Downtown Morton building fire extinguished quickly

Friday, October 20th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Firefighters were called about 6:45 p.m. yesterday to what turned out to be a small fire in downtown Morton.

Fire investigator Ted McCarty said the restaurant next door noticed some smoke from the denture clinic on the 200 block of Main Avenue.

Crews found a little fire in one of the offices, McCarty said.

“It didn’t do a lot of damage structure-wise, but there was smoke damage,” he said. “District 4 firefighters, they did a great job and kept it confined.”

The building, with apartments on the upper level, was built in the 1920s, according to McCarty.

His investigation is ongoing, but the fire didn’t appear suspicious, he said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 20th, 2017
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AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 10:15 a.m. yesterday regarding a red 1997 Honda Accord stolen from the 100 block of Virginia Drive. It has a license plate of BCS 6795, according to the Centralia Police Department.

•  A white 1991 Honda Accord with black wheels was stolen from the 700 block of H Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:25 a.m. yesterday It has a license plate reading BAE 9021, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• An Apple iPad was reported stolen from a home on the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia about 1:35 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were called about 10:25 a.m. yesterday to a residence on the 1200 block of South Scheuber Road to take a report a laptop computer was stolen.

• The theft of medication from a residence on the 2200 block of Eureka Avenue in Centralia was reported just after 9 a.m. yesterday.

SLIGHT SCUFFLE

• A 58-year-old homeless man hanging around outside a bank on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue yesterday allegedly resisted when contacted by an officer and was arrested for third-degree assault after a slight scuffle with the officer, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police called to the area at 1 p.m. yesterday booked Henry T. Baker into the Lewis County Jail. A case for second-degree trespassing was to be referred in connection with the incident, according to police. Prosecutors today declined to file the felony charge.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, third-degree theft, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, harassment, civil issue, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 175 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 19th, 2017
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CUSTOM FLATBED TRAILER DISAPPEARS

• Chehalis police were called just after 2 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of North National Avenue where sometime during the previous three days someone stole a homemade 1992 triple-axle flatbed trailer. It has black and white wheels and is valued at $4,000, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WINLOCK GARAGE BURGLED

• A deputy was called yesterday evening to the 200 block of Awmiller Road in Winlock where someone had stolen a set of golf clubs and other equipment from a garage sometime since mid-August. Possible evidence was found of forced entry, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $500, according to the sheriff’s office.

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• Multiple items were stolen from an employee locker at the 400 block of West Walnut Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. A suspect was seen committing the theft on security cameras, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 9:30 p.m. yesterday about a possible vehicle prowl at the 1500 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

LIGHTING LIFTED

• Centralia police were called about 4:45 p.m. yesterday on a report that two males riding bicycles had stolen outdoor lighting from the 500 block of North Pearl Street.

UNWELCOME VISITOR

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of East Chestnut Street just before 11 a.m. yesterday where a 56-year-old homeless man allegedly assaulted multiple residents who were forcing him to leave a residence after he refused the homeowner’s demands to get out. Orval L. Chancy was arrested for first-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT OF BREAKFAST

• A 20-year-old homeless person who allegedly began eating a continental breakfast intended for paying guests at a hotel on the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia was arrested after police were called about 9:35 a.m. yesterday. Centralia police say Jesse M. McCracken had previously been trespassed from the business and so he was arrested for second-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 149 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Half dozen young people implicated in beating teen in retaliation for Wal-Mart stabbing

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Four people were arrested overnight and two teenage suspects are at large in connection with a nighttime baseball bat attack on a 19-year-old rural Chehalis resident which he believes was retaliation from when a friend of his recently stabbed a person outside Wal-Mart, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office only this morning revealed the assault occurred, about 1 a.m. on Friday at the 200 block of Brockway Road.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said deputies learned the 19-year-old male had been walking his dog when a car pulled up at the entrance to his driveway and an individual wearing a red bandana exited and asked him what he was doing.

The 19-year-old victim said a male and a female then got out of the vehicle and confronted him. At one point, he said, they were armed with bats and hit him in the head two or three times, according to Breen. The victim suffered lacerations and bumps, Breen said.

The car, which he thought was a white 1990s Honda Accord-type vehicle, then left driving toward state Route 6, according to the sheriff’s office.

Breen said an investigation and interviews beginning about 9:30 p.m. yesterday led to the arrests and booking of four suspects for second-degree assault.

The first is a 16-year-old Chehalis girl who was not named, and was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center.

Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Victor E. Gonzalez, 18, of Centralia; Jesus A. Gomez, 19, of Centralia; and Taylor S. Rodgers, 20, of Chehalis.

The other two suspects who have not yet been located are Stormie M. McKenzie, 19, from Winlock, and an un-named 17-year-old boy from North Bend, according to Breen.

Two weeks ago, officers were dispatched for a fight between two males in Wal-Mart’s parking lot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis, but when they arrived both were gone. Police soon learned a 17-year-old boy  was seeking medical treatment at Providence Centralia Hospital for a stab wound in his chest. Friends of the 17-year-old in the hospital waiting room said he’d gotten into a fight with another male who stabbed him.

The following day Jose F. Chagolla Flores, 18, of Onalaska, and his vehicle were found at a friend’s home on Brockway Road and he was arrested for first-degree assault.

Chagolla Flores allegedly told police he was meeting someone at Wal-Mart to sell them some marijuana when the 17-year-old showed up and knocked him down, so he stabbed him.

The adult suspects for the baseball bat attack are tentatively scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background, read “Chehalis Wal-Mart stabbing suspect says teen hit him first” from Tuesday October 10, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
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Updated at 5:35 p.m.

BURGLARY VADER

• A deputy responded about 9:50 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of Annonen Road in Vader where a woman reported someone had broken in sometime after 8:45 a.m. and stole a large amount of jewelry. The loss is estimated at $4,600, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There is a “person of interest” in the case, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• A deputy was called yesterday by a 60-year-old Chehalis man who reported his portable saw mill set up on property on the 2600 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia had been stolen. It was last seen on Friday and is valued at $10,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Missing too is a 40 hp Volkswagen engine, a 30-inch main saw and two 20-inch edge saws, according to the sheriff’s office.

• An individual reported money missing from her room yesterday at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INVESTIGATION

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday because someone had possibly gone inside someone’s residence at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street. The incident is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 100 block of Northeast Terrace Road in which someone got inside an unlocked vehicle and stole a backpack, four to five pairs of sun glasses and four wireless personal headphones.

• Chehalis police were called about 4:20 p.m. yesterday and told someone had removed items from a car while it was parked at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

• An individual reported yesterday the attempted theft of a flood light bar from the roof of his vehicle while it was at the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called just after 9 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 400 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue. Removed from a vehicle which possibly had been left unlocked were three jackets and an MP3 player, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• Three people were arrested yesterday after allegedly shoplifting alcohol from a store on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue and one of them was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called about 3:10 p.m. booked Maria Y. Adams, 31, of Rochester, into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, according to police. Dustin M. Hansen, 33, of Oakville, was booked for third-degree theft and Nathan S. Page, 27, of Centralia, was arrested for third-degree theft and then released pending court, according to police.

• Bail was set at $250,000 today for a 43-year-old Rochester man arrested yesterday by detectives with the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in a parking lot in Thurston County and then charged in Lewis County Superior Court with three counts of delivery of methamphetamine. Terry M. Munsell allegedly sold meth to a confidential source between Aug. 1 and yesterday, twice in Lewis County and once in Thurston County, charging documents state. He was picked up on a trip permit violation yesterday, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio said. DeFazio told the judge he was informed by detectives just prior to the afternoon bail hearing, a federal indictment has just come down for Munsell as well. Charging documents relate information about a case now pending in Thurston County Superior Court stemming from a September visit by JNET to Munsell’s residence in Rochester, where they allegedly seized more than an ounce of heroin and two firearms, one of which was stolen. Munsell is a convicted felon and prohibited from having guns, according to the documents. He was booked into jail in Thurston County for those circumstances, but bailed out on a $25,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 26 in  Lewis County Superior Court.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Mateo Antonio Gonzalez, 24, of Shelton, was arrested last night for hit and run and driving under the influence after he allegedly struck a parked trailer at the 600 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia and then drove off. Officers responding about 11 p.m. booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 51-year-old Cinebar man was arrested for driving under the influence and fourth-degree assault yesterday afternoon after he was pulled over following calls about a possible DUI headed east on U.S. Highway 12 from Interstate 5 to the Mossyrock area. Cleve D. Allison had allegedly been hitting his passenger and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, harassment, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault … and more among 147 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Centralia mother pleads guilty to severe neglect of son

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
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Mary G. Foxworth keeps her head down as she leaves the defense table in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Centralia mother of boy who at 16 years old was so malnourished he weighed less than 60 pounds pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree criminal mistreatment.

Her husband made the same plea last week.

Mary G. Foxworth, 43, admitted to a judge in Lewis County Superior Court she failed to provide basic necessities of life, recklessly causing great bodily harm.

Foxworth, seated beside her lawyer Jacob Clark, answered the judge’s questions so quietly in the nearly empty courtroom, she could barely be heard.

Judge Joely O’Rourke queried her, to make sure she was capable of understanding the proceedings. The last grade Foxworth completed in school was the ninth grade, she said.

The couple entered into deals with prosecutors to plead guilty as charged and avoid a trial, in which if so-called aggravating circumstances were added and they were convicted, a judge would be free to sentence them to up to 10 years in prison.

The standard sentencing range they will face at sentencing is 51 months to 68 months of incarceration.

The charges were filed at the end of last year, after an investigation that began almost a year earlier. The couple has not been held in jail.

Prosecutors alleged the boy had not seen a doctor since 2007 and had not been enrolled in school since 2011, yet had two siblings who appeared healthy and presented little concern.

The situation came to light when the Foxworths took their son to the doctor in January of 2016, saying he had not been eating or drinking for about three weeks and had abdominal pain. Medical providers described him as skin and bones, whiter than a sheet of paper and he was hospitalized, suffering from severe malnutrition, severe constipation and anemia, according to Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm.

Bohm alleged further he weighed just 54 pounds, was missing patches of hair, could not stand on his own, was wearing pull-ups and needed 24 of his teeth treated when he was seen by a dentist.

Charging documents don’t indicate when he he was put in foster care, but state that at some point before December 2016, he had grown more than three inches and his weight increased to 93 pounds.

No further explanation has been shared by authorities, except Mary Foxworth reportedly said she didn’t know when her son began to lose weight because she was too wrapped up in her own depression.

She was accompanied in court yesterday by two women, who left with her after the short hearing.

Anthony S. Foxworth Sr., 45, and his wife are scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 1. in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background, read “‘Skin and bones’: Parents charged with severe neglect of teen” from Thursday January 5, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
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AUTO THEFT

• A stolen vehicle from Portland was recovered unoccupied about 7:15 p.m. yesterday at Reynolds Avenue and North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 800 block of South Gold Street about 1 p.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of two chainsaws.

CAR PROWL

• A power converter and a spare key were reported stolen from a vehicle at the 600 block of South Diamond Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 3:10 a.m. today.

• Centralia police were called about 9:30 a.m. yesterday about the theft of gas from a vehicle at the 1100 block of West Main Street.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just before 10 a.m. yesterday about a tire on a vehicle being “punched” at the 200 block of Southeast Park Hill Drive.

DRUGS

• A 46-year-old Centralia man was arrested after an officer was notified about 7:18 p.m. yesterday of a fight in a parking lot along the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue and contacted a man who had an outstanding warrant. A search of Jeremy L. Boggess incident to his arrest turned up a a pipe which field-tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Boggess was booked into the Lewis County Jail for his warrant and for possession of a controlled substance, according to police. The alleged victim from the suspected fight didn’t want charges pursued, police said.

UNWANTED PICTURE

• An individual called Chehalis police yesterday morning after receiving a text with a nude photo from an unknown person.

STINKY SMELL

• A person called Chehalis police from the 1200 block of Northwest State Avenue yesterday morning to complain that their customers were complaining of a bad odor from a marijuana facility.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• One person was hurt and two cars were totaled in a three-vehicle accident this morning on state Route 6 just west of Chehalis. Troopers called to the scene near milepost 50 at 6:20 a.m. report a Toyota 4Runner and a Toyota Corolla station wagon were stopped because a semi truck was blocking the roadway and and the 45-year-old driver of a Honda Accord was unable to stop in time, striking one car and pushing it to the other. Sahib Singh, 45, from Chehalis, was injured and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and his Honda was impounded, according to the Washington State Patrol. Singh was to be issued a citation for following too closely, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, hit and run, probation violation, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault, violation of anti-harassment order; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 156 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 16th, 2017
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Updated at 6:12 p.m.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 26-year-old man was arrested for attempting to elude after failing to stop for a deputy who tried to pull him over, and then jumping out of his vehicle, which rolled into a light pole early yesterday morning. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports it was about 4:35 a.m. when the deputy was traveling southbound on the 1500 block of Gold Street in Centralia and spotted the man’s vehicle heading northbound in the same lane. The vehicle reportedly pulled into a parking lot and then headed south, before the driver jumped out, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspect, James L. Mead was taken into custody and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to a business on the 900 block of South Gold Street where someone had forced their way inside and stole cash and negotiable documents.

• An officer was called to a home on the 600 block of M Street in Centralia on Saturday morning to take a report of the theft of jewelry.

• An ATV and tools were stolen from a garage at the 900 block of L Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1 p.m. on Friday.

• Centralia police were called to the 3000 block of Russell Road in Centralia about 10:50 a.m. on Friday where cash was reported stolen from a drop box.

• Chehalis police were called on Friday to take a report of theft from a storage unit on the 1900 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue. Among the property missing are suitcases and clothing totaling about $2,000, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called on Friday by an individual who reported the theft of a small purse containing identification, a credit card and a cell phone on Oct. 7 from the 300 block of Southwest 16th Street.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Prosecutors today charged a 24-year-old Centralia man with offenses related to allegedly being found with pouches containing 60 grams of methamphetamine and 40 grams of heroin when he was picked up on a warrant on March 22. Gabriel Escamilla Jr. allegedly stated he was willing to “work with law enforcement” but his cooperation was sparse at first and then dwindled to nothing, according to charging documents. The court documents allege that on July 26, when Escamilla was arrested again, at Wal-Mart, on another Department of Corrections warrant, he was found to have with him suspected heroin, numerous clean baggies, a scale, a methamphetamine pipe with residue, $320 in his wallet and a fake $100 bill. He was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of possession of heroin with intent to deliver and two counts of possession of methamphetamine. His bail was set at $10,000. Escamilla was already being held in the Lewis County Jail since Aug. 28, when his vehicle was pursued by an unmarked law enforcement vehicle and Escamilla fled, then lost control slamming into the carport of a residence at the 600 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, shoplifting, resisting arrest, probation violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault, third-degree malicious mischief, minor in possession and/or consumption of alcohol; responses for alarm, fraud, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, harassment, vehicle collision, fighting in public, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, violation of no contact order … and more among 418 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect the correct charges filed against Gabriel Escamilla Jr.

Jasper: Defendant who won appeal in toddler death has a decision to make

Saturday, October 14th, 2017
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Danny Wing finishes up with his lawyer after hearing in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Danny A. Wing’s lawyer wanted a year for his client to decide if he ought to withdraw his guilty plea, but a Lewis County Superior Court judge yesterday said no.

Wing was convicted and then sentenced two years ago following a complex plea deal, for his role in the abuse, neglect and death of a 3-year-old boy who was temporarily part of his family’s household.

Jasper Henderling-Warner died in October 2014.

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Jasper Henderling-Warner

Wing had hoped to get a prison sentence of 15 or 16 years, but prosecutors argued he didn’t hold up his end of the deal and asked he be locked up for 55 years. A judge imposed a sentence of almost 35 years.

But then earlier this year, an appeals court found Wing’s plea was premised on an incorrect offender score and reversed the convictions, allowing Wing to withdraw the plea. The convictions are for first-degree manslaughter and third-degree child assault.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer has said if Wing withdrew his plea, prosecutors would take the case to trial. The original charge included homicide by abuse as an alternative.

Yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh told the judge she could not find a good reason for further delay.

“The next step her is Mr. Wing is going to decide if he’s going to withdraw his guilty plea,” Beigh said. “Also, we’re dealing with crime victims here, and their rights.”

Judge Andrew Toynbee agreed with Beigh, and said he felt 30 days would be sufficient.

The judge set a deadline for 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 for Wing, through his attorney, to file in writing his withdrawal of his plea. Toynbee said failure to do so would mean his previous guilty plea remains in effect.

A hearing for review was put on the court calendar for Nov. 16.

Wing, now 29, is represented by Vancouver attorney Sean Downs.

His wife Brenda A. Wing got the same sentence as her husband and has won the same opportunity to withdraw her pleas.

The Vancouver-area family had been living in Vader about two weeks when the Wings called 911 on Oct. 5, 2014 to say the toddler was unconscious and not breathing. Jasper’s 21-year-old mother had given the couple temporary custody while she was homeless and looked for work out of state. Jasper died at Providence Centralia Hospital.

The autopsy found abrasions, bruises, facial trauma and healing fractures and labeled the cause of death as chronic battered child syndrome. Jasper was suffering from skin infections that were found to be secondary to his cause of death.

Danny Wing’s formal statement said he recklessly Jasper’s death by failing to get medical care for him.
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For background, read “Jasper: Toddler death case in limbo as defendant contemplates options” from Tuesday October 10, 2017, here

Two hurt in Centralia trailer explosion

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An explosion that blew out the sides of a travel trailer in north Centralia today sent two people to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Firefighters were called to a mobile home park along the 3300 block of Harrison Avenue about 12:30 p.m. and found the trailer had been occupied by a man and a woman in their late 40s to 50s and their dog.

The woman’s suffered first- and second-degree burns from her waist to her head, according to Riverside Fire Authority. She was airlifted to Harborview, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert.

The man was transported by ground to Providence Centralia Hospital in stable but serious condition, but subsequently flown to Seattle as well, according to Weinert.

Weinert indicated the force of the event caused significant damage to the 25-foot travel trailer.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation, although it was initially described as a propane-fueled explosion by RFA on Twitter

The couple’s dog was taken to a local veterinarian by a private party, according to the fire department.

News brief: Local fire crews travel to fight California fires

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Three firefighters and an engine from Lewis County Fire District 5 headed out early yesterday morning with a strike team to help with the California wildfires.

District 5 Lt. Laura Hanson said she wasn’t sure exactly where they would would be deployed to.

They are among 193 firefighters from 45 fire departments and districts across Washington which will combine into nine strike teams, according to Washington Emergency Management Director Robert Ezelle. A tenth strike team was to be sent out later yesterday.

As of Thursday, as many as 18 fires were burning in nine counties with an estimated 20,000 people evacuated, primarily in Northern California, according to Washington Emergency Management.

“The assistance comes after many of these fire districts have battled wildfires in our own state,” Washington Emergency Management stated.

From the Tenino area fire department, four firefighters headed south to help, Thurston County Fire District 12 Administrative Chief Tina Vanderhoof said. West Thurston Regional Fire Authority is among those listed who have also sent personnel to assist.

Last night, District 5 posted on Facebook that the strike team was safely in place in California and would be assigned today to work in Sonoma or East Napa counties

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 13th, 2017
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CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report from the 200 block of West Hanson Street yesterday that sometime during the night someone broke into a vehicle and stole a wallet and the gear shift knob.

• Two dollars worth of change was stolen from a vehicle at the 1000 block of West Walnut Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:40 a.m. yesterday.

• Police were called for a vehicle prowl at the 1800 block of Westside Court in Centralia just before 8:30 a.m. yesterday. Taken was $30 in change and a garage door opener, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday for an attempted vehicle prowl at the 800 block of West Plum Street. The car’s alarm system scared the suspect away, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• An officer was called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia where an individual reported a customer purchased jewelry with a credit card the customer was not authorized to use. This case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 52-year-old woman detained for alleged shoplifting at the 1700 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 12:25 p.m. yesterday was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance when a plastic bag with a white crystal substance she had tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Wendy L. Payne, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 36-year-old Olympia man was arrested yesterday after allegedly attempting to steal a computer from the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue and then also being found with suspected methamphetamine on him. Police called about 11:50 a.m. located a suspect across the street. Steven V. Morgan, from Olympia, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and also for retail theft with special circumstances, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was believed he used a key that bypassed a retail security device, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

HEAVY SHOPLIFTING

• A 38-year-old man from Kent was arrested after he allegedly tried to leave a retail store with a cart-full of more than $2,000 worth of merchandise yesterday. Officers called about 4:50 p.m. to the 1700 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue were told he abandoned the cart and got into a vehicle. Police contacted a suspect as the vehicle was driving away and arrested Andy Kim for second-degree theft and for second-degree burglary, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Kim was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vandalism, trespass, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, 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.

News brief: Chehalis resident unhurt in deadly Wapato crash

Friday, October 13th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A 23-year-old Chehalis man survived reportedly uninjured a two-vehicle wreck this morning that left the other driver dead in Yakima County.

Sean M. Teeter, 23, of Chehalis, was traveling southbound on state Route 97 in a GMC Sierra pickup when an oncoming Jeep turned left and they collided, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The pickup struck the 1995 Jeep Cherokee in the intersection, ejecting its driver, according to the state patrol.

Troopers called to the scene on state Route 97 at Jones Road just north of Wapato at 6:25 a.m. report the injured driver, 23-year-old Julio Gonzalez of Wapato, was transported to Regional Medical Center and died.

Both vehicles were totaled.

Teeter’s passenger, 48-year-old Steven L. Saunders, also of Wapato, was injured and transported to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital, according to the patrol.

Teeter and Saunders had been wearing seat belts, but Gonzalez was not, the investigating trooper reports.

The crash was blamed on failure to yield the right of way and no charges are expected.

Vader barn emptied of illegal marijuana grow operation

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Updated at 4:42 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Law enforcement searching a huge barn in Vader converted into separate growing rooms found a 55-year-old man inside a makeshift bedroom and seized more than 600 marijuana plants along with approximately 50 pounds of “processed bud.”

Jing Ming Gao, 55, from Brooklyn, New York, was arrested, according to drug detectives.

The search warrant operation took place on the 1900 block of state Route 506 west of Vader on Wednesday, according to a press release issued by Lewis County’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The bust is part of an ongoing investigation that began in December involving illegal large-scale indoor marijuana growing operations throughout Lewis County. Search warrants have been served at five different locations and hundreds of pounds of marijuana and about 6,000 plants have been confiscated, according to JNET.

“Aiding in these investigations has been the communication and networking with law enforcement agencies from New York and the East Coast,” JNET stated.

The task force previously said it believed all the marijuana from this investigation is shipped to the East Coast.

Detectives found the 4,200 square-foot barn in Vader had been converted into several separate rooms for growing the plants.

The almost nine-acre property was sold in August of last year for $80,000 to an individual with an address in Pennsylvania, according to Lewis County parcel records.

Gao was released from the Lewis County Jail yesterday as no criminal charges were filed. While his age was given as 55, JNET’s press release shows a birthdate for Gao which would make him 62 years old.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said today they didn’t have any proof Gao was involved in the actual growing of the plants.

JNET states that additional suspects have been identified in their investigation and warrants will be requested for their arrests.

It was just two weeks earlier when JNET found more than 2,000 marijuana plants growing at two rural Chehalis properties – on Centralia-Alpha Road and Pattee Road – and arrested two men.

The drug detectives ask that anyone who has information that would assist during the ongoing investigation to please contact them at 360-330-7680, or 360-748-9286 or Crime Stoppers South Sound at www.P3TIPS.com

Coroner confirms murder, suicide in Winlock

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities have released the names of the two men fatally shot in a murder, suicide in Winlock but still have offered no explanation for why it might have occurred.

Jeffry C. Wachter, age 59, of Malone, allegedly used a handgun to shoot his 56-year-old brother multiple times and then turned the gun on himself.

Paul Wachter, 56, of Winlock, died of gunshot wounds to his torso, head and left arm, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

It happened on Sunday evening at property at the 600 block of Tennessee Road north of town.

Deputies and aid had been at the address that afternoon, rescuing the men’s older sister who had fallen into a well. The older brother had been asked to leave because he was arguing with his younger brother and being disruptive, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has said.

She was finally hoisted to the surface just before 5:30 p.m. and taken to the hospital; and crews had departed when Jeffry Wachter returned with a gun, according to the sheriff’s office. Law enforcement was notified about 6:30 p.m. that he’d shot his brother and then himself.

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office issued a press release today revealing the names and stating the coroner confirmed both men died of gunshot wounds and labeled the older brother’s death as suicide and the younger brother’s as homicide.
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For background, read “Two dead after family dispute in Winlock” from Monday October 9, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
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Updated at 3:01 p.m.

DRUGS

• An inmate at the Lewis County Jail allegedly in possession of prescription medication was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act early this morning. A deputy responding about 3:45 a.m. today re-booked Aaron T. Sjoblom, 40, of Winlock, into the jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 34-year-old Ethel resident found to have an outstanding warrant after a deputy responded to a report of a suspicious person early this morning ended up being arrested for possession of heroin. The deputy at about 12:40 a.m. was at first directed to the area of the 100 block of Leonard Road and eventually came across Timothy J. Nielson at state Route 508 near Coulson Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Nielson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 32-year-old Centralia man who allegedly punched his girlfriend was arrested yesterday for fourth-degree assault and then allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Officers responding about 3:25 p.m. to the incident associated with the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia booked Jeff D. Prindle into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT

• The Centralia Police Department reports this morning that yesterday an officer took a report from a 58-year-old Centralia woman that she was assaulted on Monday night by an “unknown Hispanic male” in his 30s who punched her in the face and broke her jaw. The case is associated with a location on the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY

• Centralia police called about 3:45 p.m. yesterday about someone breaking into a residence on the 2500 block of Howard Avenue and developed a suspect based on video surveillance, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspect, William J. Brown, 28, a homeless person, was subsequently located by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MONEY

• A victim reported yesterday the theft of money from her room that occurred sometime last week at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about noon yesterday to take a report that a black 1997 Honda Accord had been stolen during the night from the 3000 block of Russell Road. The vehicle was later found abandoned, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 4:10 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of South Gold Street where an individual reported that sometime during the night someone broke into his vehicle and stole fishing equipment.

• Police were called to the 600 block of Alder Street in Centralia about 9:40 a.m. yesterday where an individual reported that sometime overnight his vehicle was broken into and tools were taken.

• Chehalis police were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday when an individual reported the theft of tools from a tool box in the back of his truck while it was parked at the 1000 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue.

• A 34-year-old Centralia man was arrested after he was allegedly caught breaking in to several railcars in the area of the 100 block of East Sixth Street in Centralia yesterday morning. Miguel A. Palermo-Vasquez was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department. Prosecutors today declined to file the felony charge.

MAN ON PORCH

• A 46-year-old homeless person was arrested early this morning after he was discovered sitting on a couch someone else’s front porch at the 700 block of South Gold Street. An officer was called about 12:15 a.m. and Jeremy L. Boggess was arrested for second-degree trespass, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND FROM MORTON

• Morton police report they have been asked to conduct extra patrols in the area of the 200 block of state Route 7 following an Oct. 1 nighttime theft from a shop of various property totaling about $1,775.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, shoplifting, violation of no contact order, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, third-degree assault, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, disorderly person … and more among 167 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.