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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

CHILD VERSUS VEHICLE

• Police and aid were called just before 8 o’clock this morning to a collision between a vehicle and child at the 600 block of Northwest Prindle Street in Chehalis. Responders said the 10-year-old girl ran into the street without looking and right into the side of a moving sport utility vehicle. The girl’s injuries were so minor – bump on head and scraped leg – she didn’t need to go to the hospital, Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Derrick Paul said. She missed her bus, so was given a ride to school in their fire engine, according to Paul. No fault was found on the driver’s part, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

LOST CHILD

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon when a 10-year-old girl didn’t arrive home after school. Sgt. Stacy Denham said the mother had already called the school, suspecting her daughter got on the wrong bus. When he arrived and phoned the school bus garage, they were just finding her on another bus, Denham said. “That is pretty common, especially right when school starts,” Denham said.

FOUND CHILD

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning when an individual on Oxford Avenue found a toddler in a diaper walking down a sidewalk. Officers attempted to locate the parents by knocking on doors, since the little boy couldn’t talk to say where he came from, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police called Child Protective Service who took the little one into protective custody, he said, but after about an hour found where he belonged. “My understanding is the child was a couple blocks from his house,” Denham said. “Mom was at work, dad was asleep and the child snuck out.” Denham said he didn’t know if the little one was returned to his family, as CPS in such cases conducts its own investigation.

BURGLARY IN WINLOCK

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 400 block of Hart Road near Winlock after a property owner returned after being gone several days and discovered someone forced their way into a shop building and stole about $6,000 worth of items including auto parts, a generator and a lawn mower, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

FRAUD IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 10:20 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 2100 block of North National Avenue regarding possibly a forged check or checks in an amount of more than $500. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A business on North Market Boulevard in Chehalis called police yesterday after being notified by their bank that someone attempted to conduct a transaction via Western Union using their account, in an amount of about $800, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 48-year-old homeless person from Ashford was arrested for possession of methamphetamine yesterday in Centralia after contact with an officer about 1:30 p.m. at the 200 block of Northup Street. Police were called about suspicious person in the area pushing a cart and found that Jonathan M. Davis had a warrant out of Fife, according to the Centralia Police Department. Suspected meth was found and Davis was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

HIT AND RUN

• Centralia police are looking for the male driver of a gold Mustang that caused considerable damage when he backed into a gas pump last night at the 2300 block of North Pearl Street. The car fled the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department. There was no fire, but it left a big dent in the pump, according to police. The car should have damage on its rear driver’s side, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, fender bender, hit and run to a city light power box with minor damage, kids on skateboards … and more.

News brief: Semi truck hits car loaded with kids, drives away

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Chehalis woman and three children were hospitalized after their car was struck by a semi truck changing lanes on northbound Interstate 5 near Napavine last night.

It happened just before 9 p.m. near the exit 72 interchange and the Honda Accord came to rest striking the center barrier, according to the Washington State Patrol. The big rig continued on without stopping, according to the state patrol.

Transported to Providence Centralia Hospital were Finola B. Erickson, 30, a 1-year-old baby girl and two boys, ages 4 and 8, the investigating trooper reports.

Lewis County Fire District 5 Chief Gregg Peterson said he understands the injuries were minor; everyone was reportedly belted in.

All were discharged from the hospital last night, according to a state patrol spokesperson.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

ARROW PIERCES HUNTER’S LEG

• A hunter injured by his own arrow in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest was flown to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport last night to meet up with an ambulance. Chehalis firefighters and AMR responded about 8 p.m. to meet the patient who had been hurt around 11 o’clock yesterday morning about 14 miles northeast of Mount St. Helens, according to responders. He was with his grown daughter and a friend in a very rough and rugged area near Pinto Rock, east of where Forest Service Road 99 connects with Forest Service Road 25, Chief Ben Peeler of North Country EMS out of Yacolt said. “There was a slip or fall and the arrow came out of his quiver and went through his lower leg and stuck,” Peeler said. His friend hiked out about three hours in order to call 911 and their Volcano Rescue Team was activated, Peeler said. A helicopter from King County was able to hoist the patient out, he said. Peeler said he didn’t know what hospital he ended up getting transported to. Because the daughter couldn’t go in the helicopter, the team spent the night with her and they hiked out this morning, according to the chief.

BURGLARY WINLOCK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office took a report that someone appeared to have gotten inside an office of a business on the 800 block of Hale Road East near Winlock and took a $2,000 handheld computer. It happened sometime between Sunday and yesterday, detective Sgt. Dusty Breen said.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called to the 300 block of North Tower Avenue yesterday morning regarding the theft of decorative trees from in front of a business.

PROWL VICTIM CITED

• The 26-year-old Chehalis man who reported his pistol stolen from his unlocked vehicle parked on the street on the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue on Monday morning was issued a citation yesterday for a concealed weapon violation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday afternoon for possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer at the 200 block of Centralia College Boulevard. Joshua S. Jacobs was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes,  misdemeanor theft and more.

Man who jumped into Lake Mayfield yesterday presumed drowned

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Updated at 1:09 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Deputies last night confirmed that a 51-year-old Winlock man never returned home after an outing at Lake Mayfield yesterday and he is presumed drowned.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was among those who responded to an approximately 2:30 p.m. call that the man didn’t resurface after jumping with a friend from a bluff at Ike Kinswa State Park.

As deputies came to understand the incident had occurred around the noon hour, the search and rescue efforts began to wind down.

The friend, a 43-year-old man who lives in the Mossyrock area, said he went home and then called 911, though there was a significant time delay, Undersheriff Rob Snaza said.

His reason for waiting to call wasn’t clear at all, according to Snaza.

The Winlock man’s name has not been released.

Snaza said there are no plans to put a dive team in the water but they’ll talk today to decide how to proceed.

The lake is more than 100 feet deep in that area, he said.

“It’s hard to say when we’ll see something, because of the temperature of the water and how deep it is,” he said this morning.

Snaza said deputies came to learn the two men had been jumping from the Winston Creek side of the lake on the southern end earlier and decided to go to the cliff near the boat launch at Ike Kinswa, at the northwest corner of the lake. He said they had been drinking, Snaza said.

The Winlock man had never jumped from that spot, he said.

“The RP (reporting party) jumps in first, he’d done it there before, and he pops up and starts swimming to shore,” Snaza said. “Then he hears his buddy jump and doesn’t see his buddy pop up.”

He spent about an hour searching the lake bank for his friend and then went home, according to the sheriff’s office.

The cliff is described as 30 feet above the water.

Ike Kinswa is off state Route 122, which runs around the north side of the lake.

Ten firefighters from Salkum and Mossyrock responded to the afternoon call and scoured the banks for about an hour, according to Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel.

Both the sheriff’s office and the Mossyrock Fire Department launched their boats, with members of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office water rescue team responding as well.

Snaza said they finished their work on the water about 4:30 p.m., but deputies continued into the evening investigating and checking with the 51-year-old’s friends and family.

“We confirmed he was not at home,” Snaza said.

No formal search or recovery attempts are underway today, according to Snaza, but deputies, the state park ranger and the Mossyrock Fire Department will continue to check the area.

Deputies haven’t found anyone other than the Mossyrock man who witnessed the two jumping from the bluff, but concluded it happened between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., according to Snaza.

Snaza, a longtime sergeant with the sheriff’s office was promoted to undersheriff as of Monday, filling the vacancy created when Chief of Staff Steven Walton in July took a position as Lewis County budget administrator. Snaza is one of two individuals running for sheriff in November’s election.

Search launched for possible drowning victim at Lake Mayfield

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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Sgt. Rob Snaza launches the sheriff’s office boat at the Ike Kinswa State Park on Lake Mayfield. / Courtesy photo by Marty Hayes

Updated at 6:47 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Authorities are looking for a possible drowning victim at Lake Mayfield, following a 911 call about 2:30 p.m. today.

Firefighters from Salkum and Mossyrock responded to the boat launch at Ike Kinswa State Park expecting to conduct a rescue, and scoured the banks for about an hour, according to Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel.

Both the sheriff’s office and the Mossyrock Fire Department launched their boats, with members of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office water rescue team responding as well.

A local man said he and another man had been diving off a nearby bluff, McDaniel said. There’s no approved swimming area or even any good swimming areas there, McDaniel said.

“One guy dived in and he thought the other guy dived in behind him,” McDaniel said.

But once deputies learned from the man the incident had occurred about 11:30 a.m., the fire departments were released from the scene, McDaniel said.

For whatever reason, the one man had already been home and come back to the lake, McDaniel said.

McDaniel said he it wasn’t clear at all what happened. The depth of the water beneath the bluff is about 100 feet, he said.

“We don’t know the status of the person,” McDaniel said. “It’s in the sheriff’s office hands.”

Sheriff’s Sgt. Rob Snaza said they finished their work on the water about 4:20 p.m., but the sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate this evening.

“I have no names or anything to give out,” Snaza said.

 

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Updated at 4:07 p.m.

VICTIM GETS STOLEN ATV BACK

• A 50-year-old man from LaCenter was arrested on Sunday when he met up with a potential buyer of his ATV at Wal-Mart in Chehalis. A man from Bonney Lake had contacted police after his stolen ATV turned up for sale on Craigslist and arranged to meet the seller, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and booked into the Lewis County Jail was Troy H. Norton, 50, from LaCenter, according to police.

BUSINESS BURGLARIZED IN GLENOMA

• Sometime between about 10 p.m. on Sunday and 5 o’clock yesterday morning someone broke into a grocery store in Glenoma and made off with an estimated $21,000 in cash, checks and receipts as well as a security camera. The owner of the business on the 9000 block of U.S. Highway 12 discovered a broken window in the back when he arrived, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

GARAGE AND SHOP BREAK-INS

• Someone stole two Honda generators from an unsecured shop on the 800 block of Cannon Road in Packwood during the daylight hours on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called about 12:40 p.m. on Saturday following the discovery someone went inside a garage on Southwest Cascade Avenue near Main Street and stole speakers.

TRAILER BREAK-IN

• Morton police say they are still investigating the burglary of a recreational residence in Mossyrock last week in which a 500-watt generator, a propane barbecue and other camping items were stolen. The incident at the camp trailer on the 100 block of Coleman Road was reported about 2:10 p.m. last Monday, according to the Morton Police Department.

PROWLING AROUND IN CHURCH

• Chehalis police were called about 5:30 .m. on  Sunday to a church on the 100 block of Northwest Prindle Avenue where someone had broken in and “did a little vandalism while inside” such as pouring out coffee and syrup and possibly attempting to steal a DVD player, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PROWLING AROUND IN BUSINESS

• Chehalis police were called to the 600 block of Northwest State Street about 11:45 a.m. on Saturday when evidence was found that someone had gotten inside a business, although nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A vehicle was reported stolen about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday from the 400 block of Northeast Adams Avenue in Chehalis. The Volkswagen turned up abandoned a few hours later abandoned in Thurston County, still in working condition, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

GRAVESTONE GONE

• Morton police are investigating the possible theft of a headstone from the Morton Cemetery, reported last week and believed to have occurred sometime since 2012. A former resident made the report on Wednesday and police do not yet know if if it was removed from the family plot by a caretaker or actually stolen, according to the Morton Police Department.

DRUGS

• Two people were arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop about 3 a.m. on Sunday along Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Felicia M. Gillis-Collado, 24, from Olympia and Richard A. Bolduc, 48, from Elma, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 21-year-old Centralia man contacted about a warrant about 9:30 p.m. on Friday at the 1000 block of Salzer Valley Road in Centralia was subsequently arrested for possession of heroin when a clear plastic baggie found containing a dark tar-like substance field-tested positive for the drug, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Samuel N. Burleson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

KIDS AND MATCHES

• Firefighters were called to a dumpster fire yesterday at an apartment complex on the 100 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia. It was mostly extinguished by the time the crew arrived but they finished dousing it with water, according to Riverside Fire Authority. A police officer responding to the scene about 11 a.m. reports they suspect an 8-year-old was involved, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A pair of teenage boys contacted around 11:30 a.m. on Friday following the discovery of some spot grass fires near railroad tracks along Southwest Third Avenue in Chehalis found themselves in  trouble. One of them had allegedly been lighting matches and tossing them and the other had suspected marijuana in his pocket, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The cases were referred to juvenile prosecutors, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday to the Twin City Town Center on the 1500 block of Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis where someone had broken a window and broken into a parked vehicle.

• Chehalis police were called about 12:45 a.m. on Sunday to the 100 block of Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis where someone had just shattered a window on a vehicle.

• Someone stole a handgun from the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 8:45 a.m. yesterday. An officer was told the Springfield semi-automatic 40 caliber pistol had been left under the seat of the unlocked vehicle, parked on the street, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Later yesterday and into last night, Chehalis police took reports of other car prowls most of them involving unlocked vehicles, on the 500 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue and the 1400 block of Southwest William Avenue.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of Downing Road about 12:30 p.m. yesterday for a report someone had taken a hammer to a vehicle’s windshield.

WRECKS

• Deputies arrested a 46-year-old Centralia man for driving under the influence after he crashed his Harley Davidson motorcycle about 9 o’clock last night on the 2700 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia. Russell A. Bushnell was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• One person was injured in a four-vehicle-involved rear end collision when a man from Germany driving a camper van failed to slow down for slowing traffic on Interstate 5 in Chehalis yesterday afternoon. It happened about 3:50 p.m. in the northbound lanes near the Chamber of Commerce Way interchange, according to the Washington State Patrol. Christopher S. Hillion, 53, of Toledo, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and his Chevrolet Cavalier was totaled, according to the state patrol. His car was hit from behind and shoved into an Audi, which then struck a black Honda Passport, the investigating trooper reported. All the vehicles had to be towed away, except for the Honda which had left the scene, according to the state patrol. Patrick Apitz, from Berlin, was cited for following too closely.

DRIVER ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS SELF

• A motorist in his late 30s ended up in the hospital after he tried to unholster his handgun while traveling down U.S. Highway 12 east of Randle on Friday morning and shot himself in the knee. He was traveling alone and able to call 911 on his cell phone and fortunately didn’t suffer a life-threatening injury, according to Lewis County Fire District 14. Fire Chief Jeff Jaques said when he arrived to the approximately 9 a.m. call in the area near River Ranch Road, a deputy and trooper were already there, bandaging up the wound. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said it appeared the trigger of the 44 caliber pistol may have snagged on his seat belt. The patient was transported to Morton General Hospital, according to Jaques.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, stealing a shopping cart, shoplifting; responses for alarms, disputes, loud neighbor music, misdemeanor thefts, suspicious circumstances, possible suicide threat, collision on city street, sport utility vehicle doing doughnuts in a parking lot, kids on scooters on the street … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 1st, 2014

HALF DOZEN CITED FOR FIGHT

• Six people were arrested when officers responded about 6:25 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Ash Street in Centralia. Arrested for fighting in public and then released were Centralia residents Lori A. Romero, 32, Miguel V. Martinez, 18, Cornelia T. Delarosa, 21, Sabrina L. Towne, 21, Ricky L. Blay, 19, as well as a girl whose name was not not released because she is a juvenile, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 8:10 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of North Tower Avenue where three pool cues were stolen from a business after the owners left them briefly unattended. The loss is estimated at $1,000, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BRUSH FIRE

• Firefighters called yesterday afternoon to a brush fire on near the Burger Claim on Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound extinguished it before it got bigger than about 20 feet by 20 feet. It appeared someone had burning a garbage pile and it got away from them, according to Wes Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence; response for collision in parking lot … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

DEPUTY INJURED DURING DOMESTIC DISPUTE CALL

• A 21-year-old woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly attacking a deputy in Rochester, leaving him with a broken hand and scratches on his face. Law enforcement had been called about 4:30 p.m. regarding a disturbance between a husband and wife at their home on the 3900 block of 183rd Avenue Southwest, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. They were told she picked up a shovel and threatened her husband with it, according to Lt. Cliff Ziesemer. An arriving deputy made contact with Nicole J. Duff who was sitting on the porch, the shovel nearby, according to the sheriff’s office. When the deputy attempted to detain her, she began kicking, biting, punching and scratching at him, according to Ziesemer. Duff was Tased and taken into custody with the help of her husband, Ziesemer said. Duff had just been released from jail in Lewis County for punching an officer, Ziesemer said. She was booked into the Thurston County Jail for second-degree assault.

TWO CAMPERS FALL INTO FIRE

• Firefighters and paramedics were called early yesterday to an area off the 1900 block of Spencer Road near Salkum where they were told a man and a woman fell into a fire pit. Both were burned, the woman more seriously with injuries on her abdomen and over more than 20 percent of her body, according to Lewis County Fire District 8. It happened about 1:30 a.m. at Cowlitz Timber Trails, an association of lot owners along the river, Chief Duran McDaniel said. Others at the scene brought the couple to the gate and they were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, McDaniel said. “I don’t know her status, but I’m sure she got shipped out to another facility,” McDaniel said today.

KNIFE THREAT

• A 43-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for second-degree assault after allegedly pulling out a knife and threatening an individual after an argument at Maple Street and Tower Avenue in Centralia. Officers responding about 2 p.m. booked Steven L. Baker into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details were not readily available.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday from a parking lot at the 100 block of West High Street of a green 1998 Honda Civic stolen from its owner by a relative. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FOUR-VEHICLE COLLISION

• A 42-year-old Olympia woman was arrested for driving under the influence after she slammed into the rear of a car stopped for heavy traffic on northbound Interstate 5 south of Chehalis yesterday, sending three of its occupants to the hospital and totaling their Hyundai Sonata, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called about 11:45 a.m. to the scene near milepost 72 found the Sonata was shoved into a another vehicle, which was pushed into the vehicle in front of it. Transported to Providence Centralia Hospital were Heather L. Bittle, 35, of Olympia, and two 16-year-old boys, according to the state patrol. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Suzanne M. Mansker, of Olympia, the investigating trooper reports.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, trespass, driving with suspended license; responses for domestic dispute, collision on city street … and more.

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Four-vehicle chain reaction collision on northbound Interstate 5 south of Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Stevie Roberts

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

DRUGS

• A 39-year-old man was arrested for delivery of methamphetamine and other offenses following a search of his bedroom on the 100 block of Northeast Division Street in Chehalis by Centralia’s special Anti-Crime Team, in which they reportedly found a stolen air conditioning machine, a spoon with heroin residue and a plastic baggie with meth residue. Galen J. Jorden was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Thursday and charged in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday. Charging papers allege that sometime during the month of August Jorden sold an unspecified amount of meth to an un-named person working under the supervision of a Centralia police detective. The detective was told the air conditioner, worth as much as $4,500, was stolen from a Shell station on Ellsburg Road and Jorden had had it for some time, the documents state. He was charged with second-degree possession of stolen property, delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin. Bail was set at $25,000 and his arraignment set for this coming Thursday.

• A 22-year-old woman with a business as a painter and no previous criminal history was charged with allegedly twice selling heroin and once selling meth in recent weeks to an un-named person or persons working under the supervision of a Chehalis police detective. Stephanie Nelson was allowed to be released yesterday on a $10,000 unsecured bond after appearing before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court. According to charging documents, the first transaction occurred with 1,000 feet of a school zone in Chehalis. Nelson and 27-year-old Brett A. Economou were both arrested on Thursday in Chehalis by a detective who stopped their vehicle, according to court documents. Economou was charged with delivery of meth as well, as he allegedly was a passenger in Nelson’s vehicle during one transaction and was the one who the confidential informant handed the money to and he handed drugs back to the informant. Charging documents in his case allege when he was booked into jail, some amount of a substance that field tested positive for heroin was found in his under-clothing, so he was also charged with possession. The judge was told he was anticipating starting work next week at a lumber mill in Chehalis. Economou was allowed to be released from jail on the same conditions as Nelson. Their arraignments are scheduled for this coming Thursday.

MISSING MOTORCYCLE

• Centralia police responded about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to a report from the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road regarding the theft of a black and white Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle. Police have a suspect in mind and the investigation is ongoing,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

ALLEGED SEX CRIME

• A 76-year-old lifelong Centralia resident was arrested in connection with recent allegations that about three years ago he inappropriately touched the 6-year-old granddaughter of a neighbor while they were in the backseat of a vehicle on their way to look at Christmas lights at Fort Borst Park. George R. Smith was charged yesterday with two counts of first-degree child molestation in Lewis County Superior Court. Charging documents indicate the child’s mother contacted police in April, the girl was interviewed in June and Centralia police detectives on Tuesday recorded a phone conversation in which the mother called Smith. The girl told a detective Smith put his hand under her shorts, more than once, according to the documents. A judge yesterday allowed Smith to be released pending trial on a $25,000 unsecured bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 11.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for misdemeanor theft, possible Internet scam … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Updated at 3:48 p.m.

WALL INSIDE CENTRALIA RESIDENCE CATCHES FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 1000 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia where a fire broke out, burning a wall of a room used as an office. “The residents, they attempted to extinguish it, which they did a pretty good job,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy said. “We put more water on it and opened up the wall.” McCarthy said the residents had grabbed a bowl of water with rice they were cooking to douse the flames. The fire appeared to have been caused from a malfunction of a piece of electronic equipment, like a printer, he said.

MISSING MEDS

• Police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia regarding the theft of pain medication. The victim had a suspect in mind,  and the case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POSSIBLE PROWLER

• Centralia police were called about 8:10 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Center Street where they an individual told them someone pried open his neighbor’s garage door. It wasn’t immediately known if anything was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning regarding a nighttime vehicle prowl on the 1100 block of Brotherson Road.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of graffiti spray painted onto a building on the 100 block of South Silver Street during the night.

• Someone threw a rock through the window of a vehicle parked on the 700 block of West Cherry Street in Centralia during the night, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

DISAGREEMENT WITH A GUN

• Chehalis police were called about 12:40 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue in connection with a dispute involving a vehicle reportedly speeding through the neighborhood. “It looks like there was a confrontation, some allegations of a gun being displayed, although not pointed at anyone,” Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said. The incident is still under investigation and no arrests were made, according to Kaut.

HIT AND RUN FROM ACROSS CENTER LINE

• Deputies are looking for a dark blue two-car car with driver’s side damage that crossed the center line on the 3000 block of Jackson Highway early yesterday evening, striking an oncoming vehicle. Deputies arriving about 6:55 p.m. shortly after it happened were told by the 44-year-old Centralia man he was northbound and tried to get his Nissan Sentra onto the shoulder but couldn’t avoid the  collision, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect vehicle was possibly a Mitsubishi, the sheriff’s office said. The Sentra sustained major damage and the victim said he had minor back pain but declined aid, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MOTIVE FOR ROAD RAGE A MYSTERY

• A man accused of ramming another motorist on the freeway, more than once and causing it to spin out into the concrete center barrier will get his opportunity to make his plea next week in Lewis County Superior Court. Troopers responding to the incident on Interstate 5 south of Chehalis saw a plume of dust consistent with an accident and then followed a trail of smoke off exit 71 at Napavine and came upon a slow-moving sport utility vehicle that pulled to the side of the roadway and then went nose first into the ditch, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver, a 36-year-old software engineer from Redmond, was arrested and then charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and second-degree assault, according to authorities. It happened in the southbound lanes about 3:30 p.m. on Monday and Tony C. Chiang was allowed the following day to be released on a $25,000 signature bond. The two individuals in the other car were not hurt, and didn’t know what prompted it, Washington State Patrol Sgt. Neil Weaver said. “They were shocked and surprised by it,” Weaver said. They said they saw the red SUV coming up fast in the rear view mirror, he said. The driver came alongside them and stared at the car’s occupants, before turning his vehicle into theirs striking its side, charging documents relate. He then allegedly got behind the car and struck its back end and continued pushing it until it spun out, according to charging documents. Weaver said troopers didn’t learn from Chiang why he was upset. “We don’t know, because he didn’t want to talk to us,” Weaver said. Chiang’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, hit and run … and more.

Ricky Riffe must wait to learn if trial can be moved

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
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Gone is the bushy beard and long hair Ricky Riffe seemed to have begun cultivating once he was convicted last December.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Ricky A. Riffe appeared just very briefly in Lewis County Superior Court today, as lawyers prepare for a second trial in two years for the former Mossyrock man.

Riffe, 55, was charged last year with sexually abusing  his 9-year-old step-daughter in the mid-1980s, as he awaited trial for the 1985 kidnapping, robbery and shotgun deaths of an elderly Ethel couple.

He was convicted and sent to prison for nearly 103 years.

Defense attorney John Crowley filed a motion asking the trial get moved, saying his client would not face an impartial jury in Lewis County given inflammatory publicity beginning after his arrest in the notorious unsolved old case.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told Judge James Lawler this afternoon he opposed the motion, saying the issue is “not ripe.” A legal term, Meyer said, meaning premature.

“You don’t know that until you get your jury pool,” Meyer said.

Crowley told the judge he agreed and the parties concluded the question about a change of venue could be dealt with before, but during the same week as the trial.

The trial is scheduled for the week of Sept. 8.

Coroner: Pilot from Centralia, died from head injury

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man killed when his small plane went down into a parking lot next to Interstate 5 in Chehalis has been positively identified as Gregory G. Graham, 66, of Centralia, the Lewis County Coroner’s Office said this evening.

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Chehalis Collision Center lot

The cause of Tuesday night’s fiery crash of the single-engine plane remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board but Coroner Warren McLeod said the cause of Graham’s death is blunt force trauma to his head.

Chehalis-Centralia Airport Manager Allyn Roe said Graham was a new face at the airport, renting a hangar on Aug. 15.

He purchased a P5151 Mustang from out of the area, had it trailered in and with others had been reassembling it for the past week and half, according to Roe.

Officials said witnesses watched the plane take off and appear to become unstable before coming down inside the fenced area of a closed vehicle repair business. Nobody else was hurt, despite the surrounding area consisting of a residential neighborhood to the east and a busy retail area including Wal-Mart and K-Mart to the west.

The aircraft is classified an experimental plane, meaning it was built by an individual and not a factory. Roe described it as a three-quarter-scale replica of a popular WWII fighter plane.

Its tail number identifies it as owned by Paul Piper in Waynesfield, Ohio in the registration database of the Federal Aviation Administration, with a manufacture date of 2007.
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For background, read “Professional pilot watched small plane struggle to climb before deadly Chehalis crash” from Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Updated at 1:23 p.m.

DIGGING FOR COPPER

• The Lewis County Public Works department is getting an estimate for dollar value of the loss of as much as a mile of underground street light wiring. Someone knocked over concrete junction boxes along the 1600 block of Rush Road south of Chehalis and removed the insulated and non-insulated copper wiring, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. It happened sometime between Friday and Monday, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

SUSPICIOUS PRIZE

• An individual at the 300 block of N Street in Centralia reported yesterday they received a message over the Internet that requested they send money in order to receive cash winnings from a contest, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report from the 500 block of Hemlock Street on Tuesday about a possible identity theft that occurred sometime during the past year.

• Centralia police were called on Tuesday afternoon regarding a forged prescription for pain medications at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police responded on Tuesday morning to a report of a vehicle prowl on the 600 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue and later in the day to another prowl on the 300 block of the same street.

• Police took a report of a vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia on Tuesday.

• Someone broke into a vehicle at the 400 block of South Buckner Street in Centralia and stole a backpack, according to a report made to police on Tuesday.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 10:15 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of G Street where sometime during the night someone damaged a vehicle by slashing a tired and cutting a seat.

• Several buildings in the area of the 200 block of South Pearl Street were tagged with gang-style graffiti between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the Centralia Police Department. Spray paint was used leaving some type of moniker, according to police.

DRUGS

• Two woman were arrested overnight following a traffic stop in which both were wanted on warrants from the state Department of Corrections and police found in the vehicle a set of digital scales and two baggies of suspected methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It happened on the 600 block of West Main Street about 12:15 a.m., according to police. Detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said the driver, Nichole A. Bryant, 25, from Chehalis, was booked for possession and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. A suspected meth pipe on the passenger, Deonna A. Williams, 27, of Centralia, got her booked for possession of meth, Wilson said.

GRASS FIRE ONALASKA

• Firefighters called to the 100 block of Leonard Road in Onalaska about 5:30 p.m. yesterday found a grass fire that apparently had begun from the neighboring church, where an individual earlier had done some weed burning along the fence line. It grew to about 30 feet by 30 feet but was knocked down quickly, Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Mark Conner said.

GRASS FIRE TENINO

• Firefighters spent nearly four hours on Tuesday dealing with a brush fire that covered about six acres of mostly pastureland west of Tenino. Thurston County Fire District 12 Battalion Chief James Fowler said it started beneath a pair of old growth fir trees but its cause was not obvious. They created a wet perimeter to keep the fire away from three homes on Goddard Road Southwest off Tilley Road, he said. Thee horses in the area were moved to a nearby barn as a precaution, according to Fowler.

DUIS

• Chehalis city council member Robert J. Spahr was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol last night in Centralia. He was pulled over about 11 p.m. near the area of Johnson Road and Borst Avenue for not using a turn signal and the officer smelled the odor of intoxicants, according to Centralia Police Department Officer Patty Finch. Spahr was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 58-year-old Centralia man was hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck on the 800 block of North Fork Road outside Chehalis on Tuesday night. Deputies responding just after 9 p.m. found aid personnel extricating the driver from the totaled van, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber described Stephen C. Connon’s injuries as minor. Connon was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, according to Seiber.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for  alarms, disputes, counterfeiting, shoplifting  and other misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault, collision on city street, hit and run to mailbox; complaint about group of pre-teenish boys at a park skateboarding on the toys and using inappropriate language … and more.

News brief: Chehalis resident locked up briefly for assault of baseball player

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Updated at 8:48 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prison is waiting for a rural Chehalis man after a judge sentenced him for an assault at a Centralia party that left the victim with a broken jaw.

The victim lost 40 pounds because he couldn’t eat and lost a college baseball scholarship, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain said. The 19-year-old from Nevada was among about the top 10 prospects in the country before the incident, he said.

Cole T. Rife was given 19 and one half months today for his earlier convictions by a Lewis County jury of second-degree assault and attempted first-degree burglary. He was found not guilty of witness tampering, McClain said.

Following his release, he will be under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections for three years.

He also was ordered to undergo evaluations for anger management and alcohol, and follow the recommendations, McClain said. His lawyer filed a notice of appeal and the judge authorized a $250,000 appeal bond.

Rife, 18, and Tyler L. Burk, 19, from Rochester, were arrested in April for the  March 16 assault at the 500 block of East Maple Street.

Burk testified in Rife’s trial and has pleaded guilty already to lesser charges, according to McClain.

Rife has been out of jail on an unsecured bond since his arrest, and was taken into custody following this morning’s sentencing hearing, McClain said.

Before the day ended, $25,000 was posted with the county clerk’s office on Rife’s behalf, and he was released.
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“Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – FIGHT AT PARTY BRINGS FELONY CHARGES” from Saturday April 19, 2014, here

Professional pilot watched small plane struggle to climb before deadly Chehalis crash

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Other than a wheel assembly, only small pieces of debris could be seen spread over a small area in the parking lot of Chehalis Collision Center. / Courtesy photo by Bill Klumbs

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The small plane that crashed and burned last night near the airport in Chehalis was a three-quarter-sized replica of a popular WWII fighter plane, just put back together after being purchased and trailered in from out of the area.

The P5151 Mustang was piloted by a Centralia-Chehalis area resident who rented a hangar less than two weeks ago, Chehalis-Centralia Airport Manager Allyn Roe said.

“They spent the past week and a half getting the airplane reassembled,” Roe said. “I had not seen this plane fly, so I do not not know if it was its first flight or not.”

The pilot, a man whose identity has not been released, was killed when shortly after take off, the aircraft slammed into a fenced parking lot across Interstate 5 from the airport.

The crash into or just in front of two parked trucks included at least two explosions and a fire that burned very, very hot, according to neighbors and the fire chief.

It basically disintegrated, Chehalis Police Department Chief Glenn Schaffer said. “There was nothing left on the ground to indicate what type it was.”

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod confirmed the pilot was a Lewis County resident and said an autopsy will be conducted tomorrow. He’s been in contact with the family, McLeod said.

Police said the pilot’s family was at the airport before take off and also briefly at the crash scene.

The victim’s name will be released after he makes final positive identification through dental records or DNA, McLeod said.

The last fatal aircraft accident in the Chehalis-Centralia area was in 1991, according to Roe.

Roe said the short flight was witnessed by an out-of-the-area corporate jet pilot, who described the small plane as taking off to the north and really not going any higher than about 100 feet.

“Essentially it appeared that it was struggling to climb and gave an indication the motor was stalling,” Roe related.

It headed east instead of the normal traffic pattern of going west, Roe said, always in a right-hand turn.

“And then it rolled into what we describe as a knife edge,” he said. “One wing up, and one wing down.”

It was just before 7 p.m. when firefighters and police were dispatched to the fire just east of the freeway, along Maryland Avenue.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Allen Kenitzer, an FAA spokesperson, said the aircraft is classified an experimental plane, meaning it was built by an individual and not a factory. The NTSB is the lead agency, he said.

No one on the ground was injured as it landed inside the fenced area of Chehalis Collision Center, a repair business.

“So nobody else was hurt,” Chief Schaffer said. “Whether that was a conscious decision by the pilot, I don’t know.

“But we’re fortunate and thankful that was the case.”

Schaffer said the business had a security camera pointed toward the area where the plane landed. It’s not information that will help police with their part of the investigation though, he said.

“We let the NTSB know, and pointed them in that direction,” Schaffer said.

Peter Knudson, a spokesperson for the NTSB, said an investigator was at the scene gathering information.

The pilot was not in communication with air traffic control, but the investigator spoke to at least one witness who said after takeoff, the plane appeared to be unstable, sort of pitching and rolling, Knudson said.

A preliminary report describing the facts and circumstances ought to be available within about 10 business days, he said, but the average length of an investigation is 12 months.

Former Yard Bird manager pleads guilty as charged in theft from business

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The now-former manager at Yard Birds who admitted to police he pocketed thousands of dollars on the job saying he’d gone bankrupt and was behind in his medical bills pleaded guilty today and is working to pay the money back.

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David E. Briscoe

David E. Briscoe, 58, was charged in April with first-degree theft. He appeared out-of-custody this morning in Lewis County Superior Court.

His lawyer David Brown said he is trying to sell some property, to make restitution.

The Centralia man was responsible for managing the business’s swap meet area, vendors, storage units and recreational vehicle spaces on the property at the 2100 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis, according to police.

In his written statement read aloud by Judge James Lawler, Briscoe said he collected rent payments and kept them, and that it went on for three years, resulting in significant financial harm to the victim.

The crime, with the major economic offense enhancement, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, or as little as zero to 90 days in jail given his lack of a criminal history, the judge said.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain said he plans to ask for one year and a day, while defense attorney David Brown will be requesting something less.

He was not sentenced today, but a date was set for Sept. 25, when they would meet again and schedule the hearing.

They are giving it some time, to see if over the next couple of months Briscoe can get prosecutors to change their mind about their recommendation, McClain said.

McClain said he’s not sure how much money was stolen, but thinks it could be more than $40,000, and said Briscoe has indicated it was at least $20,000.

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For background, read “Police: Yardbirds employee stole thousands of dollars from business” from Tuesday April 29, 2014, here

One dead in fiery plane crash in Chehalis

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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A small plane and parked vehicles burn in the parking lot of Chehalis Collision Center. / Courtesy photo by Martha Harjo

Updated at 9:34 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A small plane crashed this evening into a parking lot across Interstate 5 from the Chehalis Airport, killing its pilot.

It struck two pickup trucks which caught fire, sending a column of black smoke into the sky at the scene just southeast of the Chamber of Commerce Way freeway interchange.

“All I have now is witnesses saw it took off at the airport and saw it go up and come down,” Chehalis Police Department Sgt. Gwen Carrell said. “It was a kit plane.”

The pilot’s family was at the airport when it took off, she said.

Firefighters called about 6:48 p.m. to the 900 block of Maryland Avenue were still spraying water and foam onto the vehicles more than a half hour later.

“I was just getting ready to water my flowers and I heard a big crash, kaboom,” nearby neighbor Judy Martin said. “I saw all this huge black smoke and then heard another explosion.”

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Rob Gebhart said it was only the one victim involved.

The two trucks were fully engulfed in flames, he said.

“I started putting out the fire on the pickups and kept thinking I was going to come around the corner and see a plane, but I didn’t, because there wasn’t much left,” Gebhart said.

Chehalis police were taking initial photographs and interviewing witnesses from the scene, as well as some who had been driving on the freeway. A representative with the Federal Aviation Administration is expected in the morning.

Numerous individuals from the neighborhood gathered on the sidewalk and street trying to get a glimpse of the goings on behind the chain-link fenced lot where it happened, belonging to the relatively new auto body business Chehalis Collision Center.

Wendy Cline who has lived on the corner for most of her life with a view of the small airport said she could only recall one time when a plane crashed.

“It ran off the end of the runway, I think,” Cline said. “It’s sad, it’s so sad.”

Gebhart said it was perhaps 10 years ago, when a Navy plane that came to give rides to the public crashed as it landed, because its landing gear wouldn’t come down. But nobody died, he said.

He couldn’t recall a fatal crash at the small but busy airport during his 27 years with the fire department, he said.

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Firefighters and aid arrive to the scene of small plane crash in Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Amanda Moore

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Firefighters continue to put water and foam on two trucks and what’s left of a small airplane in the parking lot of Chehalis Collision Center.