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Centralia fast food burglar faces more charges

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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Cole T. Moon returns to his seat to wait to be taken back down to the Lewis County Jail after bail hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Just as he was finishing up serving jail time for his role in a burglary to the McDonald’s restaurant in Centralia, Cole T. Moon found himself charged with new felonies related to past alleged activities.

Moon, 24, recently pleaded guilty to the McDonald’s incident and was given just 45 days in jail because he was a first time offender.

The break-in was just one in a series of nine which took place during 2015 in cities between Portland and Lacey with similar methods – the thieves cut holes in the roofs of fast food restaurants and then cut holes in their safes and stole money, according to authorities. Three took place in Centralia.

An acquaintance of Moon’s pleaded guilty on Wednesday to five of the crimes and is facing a potential sentence of more than 12 years in prison.

As part of his plea agreement, 26-year-old Alexis Cardenas was required to provide a truthful statement about his activities and the names of all who helped him.

The new information, presented in charging documents, alleges there was an attempted burglary at the Centralia McDonald’s a few weeks before the known break-in on May 28, 2015. But they brought the wrong cutting tool and abandoned the venture, according to authorities.

Moon also is now implicated in the incident at Arby’s on April 14, 2015 as well as others in other counties, according to charging documents.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead charged Moon yesterday with one count of second-degree burglary, one count of attempted second-degree burglary, one count of first-degree malicious mischief and a count of attempted first-degree malicious mischief.

Moon had just completed serving his time the day before in the Lewis County Jail.

Temporary defense attorney Kevin Nelson said his client had a solid place to live and a job lined up as bail was discussed.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke agreed with Halstead’s request for bail of $100,000 for Moon.

Moon’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
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For background, read “Fast food roof top burglar convicted after plea deal” from Wednesday March 22, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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Updated at 12:07 p.m.

AUTO THEFT

• A purple 1997 Honda Accord was reported stolen from the 200 block of North Oak Street in Centralia just after 1 p.m. yesterday. It has a license plate reading AND 0829, according to police.

• Centralia police were called about 8:40 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of North Saxon Street about the theft of a gray 1990 Toyota Camry. It has a license plate reading ANS 2489, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A traffic stop about 8:10 a.m. yesterday along the 600 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis led to the arrest of a 32-year-old motorist for possession of methamphetamine. Ryan M. McMahon, of Centralia, was found to be driving with a suspended license and a search incident to his arrest turned up paraphernalia which tested positive for meth, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 33-year-old driver was arrested following a traffic stop when a small bag of a crystal substance turned up which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Isaiah M. Owen, of Bellingham, was pulled over by a trooper on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 58 on Tuesday and found to be driving with a suspended license, according to court documents. The baggie was found tucked into a tear on the driver’s seat of his vehicle, according to Lewis County prosecutors. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, charged yesterday with possession of meth and then allowed release on a $10,000 signature bond.

• A 30-year-old woman was arrested for possession of heroin when she was contacted in the area of Boistfort Avenue in Chehalis, based on items found inside her purse which she had left in an acquaintance’s car parked at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center on Monday. Desiree M. Webley, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Tuesday, charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court and then ordered held with$10,000 bail, according to court documents. A 28-year-old Oakville man with her when she was contacted was arrested with possession of methamphetamine based on items discovered in his pockets when he was detained on an outstanding warrant. John M. McCrory too was booked into jail, charged yesterday and ordered held on $10,000 bail, according to the documents.

DOMESTIC INCIDENT

• A 39-year-old Winlock man yesterday was ordered held on $50,000 bail following an approximately 8 p.m. call on Monday to the 100 block of state Route 505 where a woman said her ex-boyfriend came into her house and into her bedroom and jumped on to her back while she was laying down. Daniel J. Beckwith allegedly slammed open a door open, breaking it; threw the woman’s phone across the room breaking it and then left, according to court documents.  Beckwith was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on Tuesday and then charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree burglary as well as violation of a no contact order.

FAKE BILL

• Police were called about 12:40 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia regarding the receipt of a counterfeit $50 bill.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 25-year-old Rochester woman was arrested for driving under the influence after a single-vehicle wreck just after 3 o’clock this morning along the 2600 block of Airport Road in Centralia. The 1997 Ford Explorer was totaled and it appeared to have hit a concrete barrier before going into the ditch, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Danika G.L.R. Pickernell was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, driving with no license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation; complaint of the odor of marijuana coming from a growing operation on Northwest State Avenue in Chehalis … and more among 161 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Fast food roof top burglar convicted after plea deal

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
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Alexis Cardenas pleads guilty this morning in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Alexis Cardenas cast his eyes downward as he offered guilty pleas today to a string of fast food restaurant break-ins that could bring him more than 12 years in prison.

The former Centralia College student was arrested in February in connection with incidents in the late spring of 2015 in which thousands of dollars were stolen during nighttime burglaries in Centralia, two of which the intruders entered by cutting holes in the roofs of the buildings.

The victim establishments include Arby’s, Wendy’s, McDonalds and local prosecutors combined the case with a February burglary of a Taco Bell in Thurston County and a break-in at a Franklin County Arby’s.

Three other individuals have been charged as well.

Cardenas, 26, was accompanied in Lewis County Superior Court this morning by defense attorney David Arcuri.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of first-degree malicious mischief and one count of attempted delivery of cocaine.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said he and Arcuri plan to recommend a sentence of 148 months in prison. Arcuri alluded to “other things” his client has agreed to do before his sentencing.

Cardenas’s now 20-year-old girlfriend Morelia V. Ayala Garcia, 19, also of Centralia, is charged for her alleged role in the McDonalds case where she used to work as a manager.

Also charged in the burglaries were Joaquin Armenta and Cole T. Moon. Moon pleaded guilty to the McDonald’s incident and was given just 45 days in jail because he was a first time offender, according to Halstead.

Cardenas is expected back in court on April 20 to schedule his sentencing hearing.
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For background, read “Two arrested in Centralia rooftop burglary cases” from Friday February 10, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
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AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 6:30 a.m. today to the 200 block of South Silver Street about the theft of a champagne-colored 1995 Toyota Camry, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUG SEARCH

• Centralia police impounded a car and got a search warrant for suspected drugs after two people were found sleeping in the vehicle yesterday morning at the 1100 block of Belmont Avenue. Officers could see suspected drug paraphernalia in the car, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspected drugs are being sent for analysis and charges are pending, according to police.

FRAUD

• An individual called Chehalis police yesterday about someone else possibly getting into one of his accounts.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called at 8:20 a.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. Change was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, trespassing, suicidal person, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, suspected driving under the influence … 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. today.

News brief: Rochester home catches fire

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Six fire departments converged on a house fire in Rochester yesterday on the 8500 block of James Road Southwest.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott said the single-story wood frame home was occupied at the time, but nobody was injured.

“The fire began in the basement area and extended into the overhead attic space,” Scott said.

Crews called at 10:46 a.m. were still on the scene after lunch.

“It has a metal roof and that’s part of the problem, that’s holding in the heat,” Scott said.

An adult male and his son live there, according to Scott.

Bail set at $250,000 for home invasion suspect

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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Franklin G. Cole Jr. appears before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 32-year-old man with 21 felony convictions in his past is being held in the Lewis County Jail in connection with a Chehalis home invasion robbery from a year ago.

Franklin G. Cole Jr. was brought before a judge yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller said Cole has lived in Thurston County his entire life, but court documents show a Tacoma address for his residence.

According to court documents, a defendant charged last year in the case agreed in January to identify the other two involved in the incident in exchange for consideration from the state.

Charges were filed last month and arrest warrants issued for Cole and for Joshua A. Little. Little has already posted bail in his case.

According to charging documents, it was just after 11:30 at night on March 26, 2016 when police were called to the victim’s home on Southwest 10th Street just off Market Boulevard.

The 40-year-old woman was living in a shed behind a residence and packing to move out when three males kicked in her door and came inside. They were dressed in black masks and wearing gloves, she told police. She said at least one of them was holding a handgun.

The victim said they took her Playstation 4, 20-inch monitor, a DVR, laptop computer and one of them threw a four-foot long fluorescent light fixture at her. She told police she thought she recognized the voice of one of them as someone who had traded watches with her boyfriend, and his watch turned out to be fake.

Jesse L. Harkcom, 34 at the time, was arrested and charged last June.

Cole’s bail is set at $250,000. His arraignment is Thursday.
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For background, read “Chehalis home invasion suspect facing third strike case” from Friday June 10, 2016, here

Sheriff’s Office: Deputy had to arrest woman who asked for help

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says they would not have arrested the woman who told a deputy she wanted to get clean and get into rehab if she had not reached into her purse and handed over a small baggie of heroin.

Forty-year-old Elizabeth A. Fiedler was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged the next day with possession of a controlled substance following a 911 call to her home in Onalaska on Feb. 28.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen initially reported Fiedler called Lewis County dispatch and asked for help, bringing law enforcement to her residence that night. However, a copy of the police incident report indicates it was her boyfriend who called 911.

Fiedler was passed out on the bed with a needle in her arm and he said he called because he did not know what to do, according to the report and charging documents.

The responding deputy wrote she was extremely upset and crying, and said she had relapsed and shot up with heroin. She told him she really wanted his help to get treatment, he wrote.

A second deputy noted in his report that Fiedler told them she knew she had a problem and repeatedly said she needed to go to rehab and needed help.

As she was reaching in to her purse, Deputy Andrew Scrivner told her she did not have to give him anything, according to the report.

Fielder stated, “I know, but its the right thing to do,” Scrivner wrote.

They had no choice at that point but to arrest her, according to Breen.

“Really, for law enforcement if someone presents us with, if they are in possession of an illegal substance, we don’t have another avenue,” Breen said.

The deputies also took in to evidence a silver spoon with brown resin in it they had seen laying on the bed next to her purse, according to the report. A possible charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was referred to prosecutors, according to Breen.

The second deputy wrote that Fiedler was cooperative and compliant during the entire contact.

While the arresting deputy told Fiedler they’d do the best they could to get her into a treatment program so she could continue on have a successful career, and “we’re here for ya,” Breen said the sheriff’s office doesn’t have authority to get someone into drug treatment.

“We don’t have a lot of avenues where we can go with that,” Breen said.

Breen said the only time they can take a person into custody other than a law violation, would be if they were gravely disabled or in danger to themselves, in which case they could be taken to the hospital to talk with a mental health professional.

“Obviously the best thing to do would not be to produce the controlled substance,” he said.

When Fiedler went before a judge the following day, she was allowed release on a $5,000 signature bond. The prosecutor noted to the judge she has no criminal history and was cooperative.

She pleaded not guilty on March 9. Her trial is scheduled for the week of May 22.

Breen said the erroneous information he initially provided to the news media was based on a synopsis of the incident from the deputy that did not contain the same information as the actual incident report.
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For background, read “News brief: Onalaskan asks law for help with drug issue” from Wednesday March 1, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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UNRULY VISITOR

• A 41-year-old Centralia woman allegedly assaulted a nurse at a healthcare facility at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia. Centralia police were contacted about the incident just after 8 p.m. yesterday and indicate they will refer to the prosecutor’s office a potential charge of third-degree assault.

THEFT, THEFT

• Items were stolen from a carport at the 1300 block of Alexander Street in Centralia while the victim was away, according to a report made to police about 8:20 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday about the theft of saddle bags from a broken down motorcycle overnight at the 900 block of Harrison Avenue.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

• An officer advised a woman she should probably modify her behavior after police were called the the 1400 block of Southwest Wilson Avenue yesterday afternoon about a woman carrying an axe and yelling outside of her home. She said she was looking for her dog, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Officers responded to the 100 block of West State State Street in Mossyrock on Saturday morning to a complaint of someone letting cows out of their pasture. The cows were found several blocks away in another pasture, according to the Morton Police Department.  It is unknown at this time who might have let them out but is still being investigated, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, trespassing, suspicious circumstances … and more among 139 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Twenty-four pounds of meth seized in Centralia

Monday, March 20th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The local drug detective team announced today they found 24 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the gas tank of a car and arrested two people.

The traffic stop of a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta took place on northbound Interstate 5 at milepost 81 on Friday, according to the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The stop followed an investigation by the team, according to a news release.

The drugs were located individually wrapped inside the Jetta’s fuel tank, JNET stated.

Arrested were the driver, 26-year-old Martin Alejandro Vega-Vega and passenger, 25-year-old Marco Antonio Lopez-Vega, both from Kent, according to the news release.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Lewis County Jail roster does not show the two men as detained there.

The news release states no further details will be provided. Centralia Police Department detective Patty Finch who forwarded the information to the news media said she did not know the answer as to where the arrestees are being held.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team is staffed by law enforcement officers from the Centralia Police Department, the Chehalis Police Department and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Last month, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen advised the Lewis County Board of Commissioners that during January, JNET assisted federal agents in two separate incidents, one which turned up 13.7 pounds of meth and the other 15 pounds.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 20th, 2017
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Updated at 6:35 p.m.

HIT BY HAMMER

• Centralia police were called at 8:45 p.m. yesterday after a Centralia man allegedly struck a 30-year-old man in the neck with a hammer in the parking lot at the Apex store on the 400 block of West Main Street. The victim chased the suspect to his home a few blocks away, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police arrested 40-year-old Patrick R. Lytle for second-degree assault and booked him in to the Lewis County Jail. It seems the suspect didn’t like the way the other man was treating women, according to police. The injury was superficial, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

OTHER ASSAULT

• A 27-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday evening after he allegedly kicked an officer when he was detained in response to a call to the 200 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue about someone looking in cars. Matthew R. Istre appeared to be intoxicated and had also allegedly kicked at the window of a police vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault. A deputy called to the jail at 11:15 p.m. about a person destroying two phones in a holding cell further arrested Istre for second-degree malicious mischief, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called at 6:45 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a fourth-degree domestic assault during a child exchange associated with a location at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue.

• Chehalis police called about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday by a female who said she was an officer and had been assaulted at the 400 block of Northwest Prindle Street found a woman who appeared to be intoxicated and concluded she had not been assaulted. She was not a police officer either, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Rochelle T. Perez, 31, of Chehalis, allegedly began causing a disturbance, was detained for disorderly conduct and resisted arrest, according to police. She was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

• A 37-year-old man who allegedly spit on a police officer after he was handcuffed and detained during a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart was arrested Friday afternoon and then charged today with third-degree assault. Kyle J. Richie reportedly told the officer he has hepatitis and is HIV positive, according to court documents. The spittle struck the upper chest area of the officer’s uniform, according to charging documents. He was booked Friday afternoon for third-degree theft and resisting arrest, according to the online jail roster.

BREAK-IN MORTON

• Deputies responding about 3:10 p.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary at the 100 block of Riffe Hill Road outside Morton found a front door forced open and items missing including a Honda quad, a wood chipper and a Craftsman riding lawnmower. The victim is in the process of compiling a list of everything that was taken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred sometime since January, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• A 29-year-old Centralia man who allegedly broke into a house he was restrained by court order from being at was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary. Centralia police called about 10:35 a.m. on Saturday to the 600 block of West Maple Street stated that Jake A. Reinitz was in possession of a knife at the time, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FUGITIVE TASK FORCE FINDS RYAN JUSTICE

• A 22-year-old Glenoma resident was arrested for second-degree rendering criminal assistance after she and a wanted person were found together at the 1700 block of Ferrier Road in Winlock on Friday evening. Deputies and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force got information on the location for 29-year-old Ryan Justice, also of Glenoma, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was wanted on an outstanding warrant and also in connection with a possession of a stolen vehicle case, according to the sheriff’s office. Since Kayleigh J. Longmire had been previously told to immediately notify law enforcement if she came across Justice, she was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Dusty Breen said.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police called about 2:10 p.m. yesterday about suspected shoplifting at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue ended up contacting a pair of individuals, one of whom was wanted on an outstanding warrant. They had fled in a vehicle and one of them tried to flee again as police caught up with them, according to police. Ronald J. Clayton, 38, was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. His companion, Debra S. VanMeter, 54, of Olympia, was arrested for third-degree theft, according to police.

MAN WAITS FOR ARREST

• A 47-year-old Chehalis man allegedly  shoplifted a pair of boots and two jugs of wine from Wal-Mart, then went outside and sat down and waited for police to arrive. An officer called about 11:35 a.m. on Friday arrested Scott M. Sanders for third-degree theft and then released him to be transported by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital for an unspecified evaluation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of North Gold Street for a vehicle prowl just before 4 p.m. on Friday. A wallet was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report of the theft of medication from a vehicle at the 900 block of L Street at about 12:25 p.m. on Friday.

BAD BILL

• Chehalis police were called just before 1 p.m. on Friday for a person trying to spend a counterfeit $20 bill at the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard. The individual did not know it was fake and could not recall where they got it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Two children and a woman from Reno were injured when their car was struck from behind and knocked over onto its top on southbound Interstate 5 in Lewis County this morning. Troopers called just before 9 a.m. to the scene about five miles south of Napavine report traffic was slowing for another collision and a 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck was following too closely and failed to slow before striking the 2016 Subaru Forester station wagon. The Subaru rolled and came to rest in the median, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver of the truck, Austin R. Nachatilo, 19, of Chehalis, was uninjured and was issued a citation for following too close, according to the state patrol. Both vehicles were totaled. Amanda L. Windes, 36, and a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl were all transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, the investigating trooper reports. All four involved had been using seat belts or restraints.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation,  third-degree  malicious mischief, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, civil issue, hit and run, reckless driving, vandalism, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 432 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Three hurt in rollover wreck near milepost 66 on Interstate 5. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol.

Suspect asks officer if he’s a cop as two struggle over weapon

Friday, March 17th, 2017
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Mark E. Grover is shown his seat in Lewis County Superior Court for a bail hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set at $200,000 for the man who allegedly pointed what turned out to be a BB gun but looked like a 9mm pistol at a Centralia police officer who was chasing him on foot.

Mark E. Grover, 35, of Sequim, was charged in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday with second-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine.

Grover has no felony convictions in his past but has had misdemeanor driving offenses and has a pending case involving obstructing a law enforcement officer, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio told the judge.

DeFazio asked for the high bail, citing a threat to the community and a flight risk. He has three active warrants, DeFazio said.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller tried for a lesser amount and conveyed to the judge her client said he has broken ribs and something is “very wrong” with his back.

Grover told the judge the pain was making him nauseous.

Judge Joely O’Rourke told him to work that out with the jail.

According to charging documents and police, Grover wrestled with three officers for several minutes behind the Rite Aid store on Harrison Avenue in Centralia on Wednesday morning.

Centralia police were initially called about a suspicious person who seemed to be prowling vehicles in the Safeway parking lot and were then told a store manager confronted him and pulled him out of a vehicle, according to the documents.

The suspect ran, but saw one officer’s police car and changed directions, according to the documents.

Centralia police Sgt. Brian Warren spotted the suspect in the Rite Aid parking lot, exited his vehicle, identified himself as police and instructed the suspect to stop, according to authorities.

Grover ran, Warren chased him on foot.

Warren was outfitted in plain clothes and driving an unmarked car, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Warren continued to yell he was police and to stop and was three to five feet away from Grover, when Grover stopped, turned around and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at Warren, Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead wrote in charging documents.

Rather then stop to pull his duty weapon, Warren continued forward and grabbed the gun with both hands, according to Halstead. Grover also had two hands on the gun and the two men struggled over it, he wrote.

Warren repeatedly told him to let go, but he refused, according to the documents.

“While struggling over the gun Grover asked Warren if he was a cop and Warren said he was and he needed to release the gun,”  Halstead wrote. “Grover stated numerous times, ‘you’re going to get shot.’ ”

Other arriving officers got the gun from Grover’s hands but spent the next several minutes trying to get Grover’s hands out from beneath his body as he lay on his stomach, according to Halstead.

Officers deployed the Taser numerous times, Halstead wrote.

When Grover was searched, officers found a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine on his person, the documents state.

Grover was  taken by ambulance to be checked out before being booked, according to police.

When the gun was examined, it was found to be a loaded, operational BB gun but appeared identical to a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun, according to court documents.

Grover’s charge of second-degree assault includes an enhancement that alleges he was armed with a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

He was assigned a court appointed lawyer. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
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For background, read “Centralia officer facing gun-wielding man goes hands-on” from Thursday March 16, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 17th, 2017
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FELONY SHOPLIFTING

• A 36-year-old Centralia man who allegedly stole items from a retail store and assaulted store personnel after they attempted to detain him was arrested for second-degree robbery yesterday. Police called at 3:20 p.m. to the 1600 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia booked William J. Coe, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

IDENTITY THEFT

• Curtis D. McDougall, 46, of Centralia, was arrested yesterday following an investigation into a Feb. 1 traffic stop in the Centralia area which he allegedly used his brother’s name instead of his own. He was arrested for second-degree identity theft and a case for making a false statement of an officer was referred to prosecutors, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. McDougall was contacted at the Lewis County Jail where he is being held on another matter, according to the sheriff’s office.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 11 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Windsor Avenue where they were told someone stole a flower rack from an individual’s front porch.

• Police took a report from the 600 block of West Main Street in Chehalis about 4:45 p.m. yesterday of a vehicle prowl. Missing from a wallet were various cards, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The driver’s side ing window had been broken and the trunk lock damaged, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 25-year-old Onalaska resident detained by an off-duty officer for allegedly trying to shoplift a jacket at the 400 block of North Market Boulevard in Chehalis yesterday was found to have an outstanding warrant and also suspected heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Logan P. Buholm was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A juvenile was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center on a warrant and for possession of methamphetamine after a search incident to his arrest revealed the suspected drug in an approximately 11:30 a.m. yesterday case associated with the 700 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called at 1:45 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a headstone being vandalized at a cemetery on the 500 block of North Ash Street.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances; complaint of person urinating in someone else’s yard captured on video tape … and more among 143 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

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
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GLENOMA FIREARMS RECOVERED

• A man contacted walking along U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma yesterday afternoon was arrested for an outstanding warrant and turned out to have one of the stolen guns from the day before on him, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Donald R. Schmidt was with two females when he was arrested just before 2 p.m. near milepost 104, according to the sheriff’s office. Through investigation, all four firearms and air rifle stolen in a burglary the evening before from Uden Road were recovered, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Schmidt, 41, from Pierce County, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm, Breen said. The sheriff’s office is investigating the possibility of other people also involved, Breen said. Schmidt was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court only with unlawful possession of a firearm.

RESIDENTIAL THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of West Fourth Street just after 6 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of items from a carport.

CAR THEFT ‘TOOL’

• Chehalis police called about a suspicious person on a bicycle about 11:40 a.m. yesterday near the 100 block of Southwest Sixth Street contacted 20-year-old Uriah W.C. Osborne of Chehalis and learned he had an outstanding warrant. He also was allegedly in possession of a motor vehicle theft tool, and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS IN JAIL

• Twelve white pills in a balloon were allegedly found during a strip search at the Lewis County Jail after  a 35-year-old Chehalis woman was remanded into custody from a hearing in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday. Amanda L. Lopez, reportedly admitted to bring the prescription medication in because she expected she would be going to prison, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the pills are believed to be methocarbamol. Lopez was arrested and booked for possession of a legend drug without a prescription, Breen said.

DOG ABANDONED

• Chehalis police were called jut after 10 a.m. yesterday and told someone threw a puppy out of their moving vehicle in a parking lot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. Further details were not readily available.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 26-year-old woman pulled over because she was driving on the rims of two flat front tires in Centralia about 3 o’clock this morning was arrested for driving under the influence as well as reckless endangerment due to having three small children as passengers, according to the Centralia Police Department. The traffic stop took place at the 900 block of Harrison Avenue and Mele L. McCollum of Lakewood was allegedly intoxicated, according to police. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 155 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Centralia officer facing gun-wielding man goes hands-on

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A suspect during a foot chase who turned and pointed a pistol at the officer behind him in Centralia yesterday is booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault.

The officer was close enough to reach out and push the gun away and grab the man’s hand then a struggle ensued for control of the weapon, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Centralia police Sgt. Tracy Murphy said it took three officers wresting with the subject almost four minutes before they were able to cuff him. It happened behind the Rite Aid store at Harrison Avenue and Johnson Road.

Once police recovered the gun to clear it, they realized it was a BB gun, Murphy said.

It looked like a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic, he said.

Mark E. Grover, 35, of Sequim, had several outstanding warrants and also was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

It’s only by the grace of God Grover wasn’t shot for his actions, according to Murphy.

Had Sgt. Brian Warren been two steps farther behind the guy when the gun appeared, that would have changed everything, he said.

“A split second decision,” Murphy said. “Do I try to beat the guy to the draw or get the gun out of my face.”

The reason for the encounter was a 911 call just before 9:30 a.m. about a suspected car prowler in the parking lot of Safeway; police were told a person was trying car doors, according to Murphy. Witnesses advised 911 of where the suspect headed and Sgt. Warren was the first to arrive, tried to cut him off and then gave chase on foot, he said.

Numerous officers arrived quickly, according to Murphy.

The suspect was taken by ambulance to be checked out, because of the potential effects of the combination of being under the influence of drugs and a prolonged fight, Murphy said. Then he was booked into the jail.

Grover is very fortunate the situation worked out the way it did, Murphy said.

“In the end, we’re very grateful it happened that way,” he said. “He (Warren) is glad it went that way.”

Grover is tentatively scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.