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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. 

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Updated at 3:43 p.m.

UNWELCOME VISITOR

• Chehalis police were called about 12:20 a.m. today to the Chehalis Avenue Apartments where a porcupine wandered up a stairwell. An officer used a broom to nudge the animal away from the buildings so it could return to where ever it came from, according to police. “We don’t handle those, we don’t pick them up,” detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said. “We just try and get them to move on their way.”

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Someone stole a backpack from a garage on the 400 block of West Pine Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:30 p.m. yesterday.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Police were called to the 600 block of South Tower Avenue at 5 p.m. yesterday because an 18-pack of beer was stolen.

FRAUD CENTRALIA

• Police took a report from the 1100 block of West Chestnut Street in Centralia yesterday regarding an individual receiving a  fraudulent check in the mail which was part of a scam.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A woman called Chehalis police yesterday after discovering her wallet was missing from the glovebox of her vehicle. She believed it was taken the day before while parked at the 500 block of West Main Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report from the 500 block of West Main Street yesterday of spray paint on a building and a vehicle that was scratched during the night.

DRUGS

• A 21-year-old Chehalis resident on a bicycle contacted by an officer about 1:40 a.m. today near Southwest 12th Street and McFadden Avenue was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and booked into the Lewis County Jail. Reid N. Conrad was also wanted by Centralia police for an incident there, according to police. Conrad was charged in Lewis County Superior Court today with drug possession and also second-degree robbery in connection with a wallet snatched from the hand of an individual about 8 p.m. on Saturday at the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia. He was ordered held on $25,000 bail.

GRASS, DUCK BLINDS BURN

• It might have been a spark from a piece of equipment or something similar that ignited a grass fire yesterday just west of Intestate 5 in Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. Firefighters called about 3 p.m. to the 900 block of Northwest Airport Road found a lot of smoke and football-sized field mostly already burned, according to Fire Capt. Casey Beck. Someone had been tilling the ground, he said. The area was surrounded by a dirt field, so it wasn’t threatening any structures, he said. Except, three duck hunting blinds made from vegetation were burnt up, according to Beck.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report of a vehicle stolen from the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue just before 3 o’clock this morning. It turned up later south of Chehalis after being involved in a collision, without any driver, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ZOOM ZOOM

• A 25-year-old Winlock man was arrested overnight after a deputy spotted him speeding then run a stop sign at North Military and Anterim Roads north of Winlock. Despite the deputy’s lights and sirens, the vehicle sped about 300 yards to the east end of Anterim Road into a driveway, where the driver hopped out and took off running, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened about 11:30 p.m. Containment was set up by arriving officers, and a police dog was called but a deputy took the suspect into custody when he was spotted walking in the area, according to the sheriff’s office. Nicolas Dodrill was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a warrant and the sheriff’s office will recommend he be charged also with attempted eluding, Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER NIGHTTIME PURSUIT

• A pursuit of a stolen car that left Tumwater at speeds of up to about 100 mph ended more than 30 miles later almost to Curtis over the weekend when the driver who had been turning his headlights on and off rolled the 1996 Honda Civic and crashed, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. Twenty-four-year-old Jonathan M. Dice was hospitalized with possible neck, back and internal injuries, according to a deputy’s report. It began about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday and the chase included Tumwater police and Thurston deputies heading down back roads until Rochester where they continued onto Interstate 5 and a state patrol aircraft followed from above, according to the report. The car headed over Curtis Hill Road and crashed near Scholes Drive, responders said. Deputies planned to book Dice on possession of stolen property, attempting to elude. He was driving with a suspended license and had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

BUY A LOTTERY TICKET

• A driver on his way to work escaped injury overnight when a semi truck drifted into his lane, sending his pickup truck over the concrete center barrier of Interstate 5 into the oncoming lanes where it landed wheels down and rolled to the far shoulder, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. It happened about 2:45 a.m. starting in the northbound lanes just prior to the exit 77 interchange in Chehalis. “He said he didn’t roll or flip, just went airborne,” Fire Capt. Casey Beck said. “There were a lot of things going right for him, for this not to have caused a double or triple fatality.” The man was not injured at all, Beck said, although his transmission was scraped as it didn’t clear the barrier entirely.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, of “Unknown, won’t give name” for obstructing; responses for alarms, disputes, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, unlawful issuance of bad checks, discovery of a counterfeit $10 bill, collision on city street … and more.

Fires extinguished at Chehalis Industrial Park

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters from four departments responded overnight to a fire in the Chehalis Industrial Park at a tire recycling business.

Crews found a semi-trailer about half full of rubber shavings burning, flames from which spread to a conveyor-type piece of machinery, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

The 1:20 a.m. incident on Melhart Road at Conrad Industries took about an hour to get under control, according to Chief Tim Kinder.

Nobody was hurt and the cause is under investigation, Kinder said.

Just yesterday evening, crews were called to the nearby Mohawk Industries on the 200 block of Downie Road where a small pile of foam beneath a hopper had ignited.

Employees had it nearly extinguished by the time the fire department arrived, Kinder said. Mohawk manufactures carpet padding, according to the chief.

“(It was) mostly smoke, not a lot of damage,” Kinder said.

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Contents of trailer at Conrad Industries are extinguished. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6.

Police pursuit of Tumwater robbery suspect ends on freeway in Centralia

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Updated at 3:25 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A high speed chase that ended on Interstate 5 in Centralia this morning began near Tumwater when a stranger at a woman’s doorstep demanded her car keys and money.

She had just opened her door to go to work and turned to get her purse when a man holding a small board over his head robbed her, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said deputies called around 8:30 a.m. to the residence on the 4500 block of Black Lake Belmore Road Southwest learned that he grabbed the money and the 51-year-old woman threw the keys to her 2013 Subaru Forester out the door.

A neighbor hearing her calls for help briefly held the man at gunpoint but he fled, running down a fence and nearly hitting three people, Ziesemer said.

When the stranger got into the woman’s car, her dog jumped in as well, according to Ziesemer.

A nearby deputy gave chase and speeds reached as much as 125 mph down Interstate 5, according to the sheriff’s office.

An attempt to tap the fleeing car to spin it out of control failed to stop him, as did spike strips that flattened the two front tires near Grand Mound, according to Ziesemer.

“He continued about 100 mph on two flat tires,” Ziesemer said.

The Subaru rear-ended a sport utility vehicle just north of Centralia and finally the deputy used his patrol vehicle to pin the Subaru against the concrete barrier, according to authorities.

The driver, a 33-year-old Portland area man, was taken into custody, he said.

Ziesemer said he didn’t know exactly why the man did what he did.

Shawn B. Ollision was arrested and booked into the Thurston County Jail for eluding, robbery and other offenses including three counts of first-degree assault.

The 55-year-old Olympia woman whose Honda Pilot was struck on the freeway was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital as a precautionary measure, the Washington State Patrol reports. Both vehicles sustained what was described as reportable damage.

The Tumwater woman and her dog are doing okay, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 25th, 2014

SUPER DISORDERLY SUBJECT

• A 52-year-old Centralia man who reportedly was yelling and screaming at people and threatening to kill them yesterday at the 700 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia was arrested for harassment. Kenneth R. Meyers was booked into the Lewis County Jail following the approximately 11:20 a.m. incident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ARREST FOR HAVING GUNS

• A 38-year-old Salkum man was arrested when deputies were called to a family dispute at the 100 block of Rebel Lane; as deputies learned he was a convicted felon but had in his home three rifles and two pistols. It happened on Friday afternoon, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Troy Keene was booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful possession of firearms following the issuance of a search warrant and a look around the residence, according to the sheriff’s office.

MANDOLIN MISSING

• A deputy took a report about 2:30 yesterday afternoon of a just-discovered burglary at a home on the 100 block of Kiser Road in Ethel in which a mandolin and a wheelbarrow were among the items taken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

STORAGE UNIT BURGLED

• Diving and fishing equipment were among the property stolen when someone forced their way into a storage locker on the 2500 block of Jackson Highway outside Chehalis. A deputy called to the facility on Friday concluded the break-in occurred sometime since  Aug. 13, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VANDALISM

• Morton police were called after the discovery someone broke a window out of a vehicle inside a garage at the 100 block of Collar Avenue last Tuesday afternoon.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of graffiti found on the side of a business at the 900 block of West Main Street.

CAR PROWL

• Someone prowled a vehicle parked at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police at about noon yesterday.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a car prowl on the 400 block of South Diamond Street that occurred a week ago.

• An individual reported a vehicle prowl about 12:30 p.m. yesterday from a parking lot on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis.

• Chehalis police were called about a vehicle prowl on Northwest State Avenue on Friday morning.

HOME CATCHES FIRE

• A house fire in Grand Mound may have started in the kitchen area but worked its way up into the attic space on Saturday afternoon, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Crews were called just after 4:30 p.m. to the 18200 block of Guava Street, Chief Robert Scott said. Nobody was injured, according to the chief.

JUST THE CABLE GUY

• Morton police were called about 9 p.m. on Thursday regarding a suspicious person in a vehicle the area of Airport Way. Officers made contact with the person who identified himself as a subcontractor for the cable company, according to the Morton Police Department.

ZOOM ZOOM

• A driver traveling more than 100 mph down Interstate 5 lost control, struck a semi truck parked in the Maytown Rest Area and caught fire yesterday afternoon. The driver was able to get out and was transported to the hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. The 2003 Mercedes Benz was consumed by flames.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving with suspended license, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, 18-year-old reportedly punching holes in the walls of parent’s home; responses for alarms, disputes, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, loud neighbor music … and more.

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A 2003 Mercedes Benz is extinguished after it ran into a parked truck and caught fire at the Maytown Rest Area. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
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Flames rise from a house and surrounding brush in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Cheyenne Bishop

CENTRALIA HOUSE CATCHES FIRE

• A vacant house at the end of Brotherson Road in Centralia was destroyed by fire overnight, drawing 11 firefighters from Riverside Fire Authority and the Chehalis Fire Department. Crews called about 2:20 a.m. found the single-story home fully involved in flames and the vegetation around it burning, according to Capt. Erik Olson. The residence had been unoccupied for some time and is in the area just east of Interstate 5 slated for a large commercial development project, according to the fire department. Nobody was injured. The fire investigator was able to find where the fire started but figuring out its exact cause will be difficult because of the amount of damage, according to Olson.

BICYCLE BANDIT

• Officers responded about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia where a male in his 20s reportedly snatched a wallet from its owner’s hand and fled on a bicycle.

MEDS MISSING

• Police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of prescription medications from a home on the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took reports on Friday morning of several buildings in the downtown area hit with graffiti, including on the 800 block of North Tower Avenue.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for misdemeanor theft, protection order violation, counterfeit bill … and more.

Centralia pair accused of helping fugitive flee

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two Centralia residents were arrested for allegedly helping a wanted man – who uses the identity of his dead 11-year-old brother – get out of jail and get out of town before authorities realized who he really was.

John Lewis, 53, has an arrest warrant from California and was arrested in Doty while deputies were investigating a large-scale fuel theft operation on July 31. He was believed to be 47-year-old Jason A. Lewis.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputies using information obtained from phone calls made from the jail were led on Thursday to a home on the 2700 block Graf Road where they found almost a half pound of methamphetamine and arrested 51-year-old Shauna Teagle, according to authorities.

A second resident of the home, Eric D. Waller, 43, was already in the jail, but was arrested on the same information, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg said yesterday.

Waller and Teagle went before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday afternoon where they were charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, as well as accomplices in Lewis’s bail jumping and identity theft.

Prosecutors contend Teagle admitted to dealing drugs with Lewis and Waller for years.

Lewis came to the attention of law enforcement officers late last month when surveillance video at a Texaco station in Silver Creek showed three vehicles arrive and somehow pump about $6,000 worth of fuel without paying. A subsequent search at the 100 block of Elk Creek Road in Doty turned up his canopied pickup truck with darkened windows and contained two large fuel tanks, a portable pump and a nozzle.

Lewis’s motorhome was parked inside a barn on the property.

More than a month earlier, an un-named source had told detectives the property owner, Harold Lusk, and a man from California were cooking methamphetamine for sale at the property and stealing large quantities of gasoline from local stations. The cook was supposedly hiding in the barn in a travel trailer. No mention was made in Lewis’s charging documents of meth-making materials located during the search.

Local authorities found a warrant for John A. Lewis out of Sacramento, and a criminal history involving drugs and theft that stretches back to 1986, according to charging documents.

Detectives uncovered records that John Lewis adopted the identity of his younger brother Jason Lewis, who died in 1977 at age 11, according to charging documents.

He was believed to have left town in his 1994 Mountain Air motorhome but charging documents indicate he gave that to Teagle and Waller in exchange for their help; and that Teagle provided him a car.

According to Teagle and Waller’s charging documents, the couple put up $2,000 for his bail and gave him $3,000 travel money. Another individual was paid $250 to arrange Lewis’s bail at Jail Sucks Bail Bonds.

Teagle allegedly arranged to have Lewis’s wife Debra Bean picked up from the Portland airport when she flew up to retrieve her husband.

Lewis bailed out two days after his arrest and failed to return to court for his arraignment.

Lewis is charged in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree theft, first-degree trafficking in stolen property and possession of methamphetamine, and is also wanted now for bail jumping and identity theft.

Previously charged with Lewis in connection with the alleged fuel trafficking are Lusk, 28; Alyssa J. Hanson, 20, of Doty; and Raymond T. Hankins, 48, of Yelm.

Judge Richard Brosey set bail for Waller yesterday, at $100,000. Although he was about to start a new job driving a log truck, Waller is unemployed so qualified for a court appointed attorney, temporary defense attorney Bob Schroeter said.

The judge was told Teagle earns $1,600 a month managing a spa in Olympia, but also qualified for appointed counsel. Her bail was set at $50,000. Teagle is a 2012 graduate of drug court.

Their arraignments are set for this coming Thursday.
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For background, read “Sheriff’s Office: Large scale gasoline stealing operation uncovered” from Friday August 1, 2014, here

News brief: Body recovered near Randle deemed a suicide death

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County coroner has concluded a man found dead in the woods south of Randle on Wednesday died from suicide.

The body with a pickup truck was discovered by brush or berry pickers at the end of the 161 Road and is believed to be an individual reported missing from Bonney Lake at the end of May, according to authorities.

Coroner Warren McLeod said he has tentatively confirmed that and expects to make final  identification early next week.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Steve Aust said it appeared the body had been there awhile.

McLeod said an autopsy conducted yesterday found no signs of trauma and the cause of death is probable carbon monoxide poisoning, based on items found at the scene.

Defendants in large-scale fuel theft out on bail

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Three of the individuals implicated in trafficking stolen fuel from a residence in Doty have pleaded not guilty and are out of custody awaiting trials, but law enforcement is still looking for the man they say owned a canopied pickup truck with darkened windows which held two large fuel tanks, a portable pump and a nozzle.

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John Lewis, aka Jason A. Lewis

The man identified as Jason A. Lewis, 47, was arrested when deputies searched the property on Elk Creek Road late last month, but after he made bail, the sheriff’s office concluded he really was John Lewis. They haven’t seen him since.

Detectives were led to their suspects from nighttime surveillance video at a Texaco station on U.S. Highway 12 in Silver Creek from July 28 that showed three vehicles arrive and somehow pump about $6,000 worth of fuel without paying.

They subsequently found numerous containers of gasoline including a 55-gallon drum of it and other items such as a half dozen plug-in access keypads for gas pumps at the Doty property.

Charges were filed Aug. 1 against Lewis, 28-year-old Harold E. Lusk who resides on the Elk Creek property, and Raymond T. Hankins, 48, from Yelm. Prosecutors subsequently charged Lusk’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Alyssa J. Hanson with trafficking in stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.

Lusk and Hanson both appeared in Lewis County Superior Court early last week and again yesterday, when they got dates set for their trials.

Taken from the Silver Creek business was about 1,600 gallons of regular unleaded gasoline, highway diesel and off-road diesel, according to charging documents.

The trials are all on the court calendar for this autumn.
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For background, read “On the run: Lewis County deputies seeking three in connection with large-scale fuel theft” from Sunday August 10, 2014, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Updated at 6:42 p.m.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old woman from Texas arrested at Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon for reportedly taking food from the deli and eating it in the McDonald’s seating area with her companion was booked into the Lewis County Jail when a search of her purse turned up a variety of pills without proper prescription documentation, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said Kimberly R. Lawson and John C. Vaughn were being watched by security staff and threw away the packaging of the product, valued at just over $20. Both were arrested for third-degree theft and jailed, Bailey said.

MISSING HONDA CAR

• Centralia police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a white 1993 Honda Accord from a parking lot at the 200 block of North Pearl Street.

POLICE: HAM HILL BURGLARY SOLVED

• A 35-year-old Bucoda man was arrested yesterday for allegedly driving another male to a home on the 1100 block of Ham Hill Road last month for a burglary. On July 18, the resident returned home to find a window pried open, some of his belongings outside in the grass and tire tracks in the yard, according to police. A laptop computer for which he had a serial number for was missing and its information entered into a law enforcement database, charging documents state. A Centralia police detective yesterday was summoned to a Bucoda home by a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office detective who was there on another matter and found the stolen computer, according to the court documents. Curtis W. Hoffman who resides there with his mother and her caregiver, told Centralia detective Pat Beall what he had done, according to charging documents. Hoffman was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with residential burglary. His bail was set at $25,000.

COLLISION

• A bicyclist suffered minor injuries in a collision with a vehicle late yesterday afternoon at the 1200 block of North Pearl Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, burglary, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, telephone harassment via texting, suspicious circumstances … and more.

 

News brief: Local oxycodone dealer goes back to prison

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The accused prolific local trafficker of pain medications was sentenced yesterday to 12 years behind bars, following a plea deal that helped him avoid a third strike and a life sentence.

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Forrest E. Amos,

Forrest E. Amos, 31, has been held in the Lewis County Jail since late last year when he was released from prison and charged with a multitude of offenses based on a lengthy investigation by Centralia police.

He originally faced 26 varied charges including leading organized crime, but on July 31 pleaded guilty to 14 offenses. Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead dropped the charge of organized crime.

Halstead also dismissed four counts of intimidating a witness, in a case from this summer in which Amos was suspected of planning from inside the jail to have associates hurt or pressure witnesses against him.

Law enforcement estimated that in 2011 when Amos was aggressively dealing Oxycodone, that he was the main supplier of the synthetic opiate within Lewis County, possessing and dealing thousands of pills a month. Charging documents outlined how Amos reportedly continued to traffic drugs to the outside through others from behind prison walls.

Amos’s second strike came for shanking a fellow inmate while he was in prison for his first strike, taking part in the beating of a man to steal his marijuana  and pistol in the year 2000 when he was 16 years old, according to court documents.

The former resident of Napavine and Chehalis agreed not to appeal his convictions or sentence in any way, according to court documents.

Among the crimes to which he was sentenced were delivery of  Oxycodone while incarcerated during 2013 as well as during 2012 before he was locked up.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey signed an order that included one year of supervision following his release, as well as numerous financial legal obligations including repaying $13,800 for his court-appointed attorney Don Blair.

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For background, read, “Police: Organized crime defendant created ‘hit list’ of key witnesses” Thursday June 19, 2014, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Updated at 7:46 p.m.

POLICE: SHOPLIFT GOES PHYSICAL

• Centralia police were called about 4:15 p.m. yesterday to a grocery store on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue where they were told a 45-year-old man fought with loss prevention officers after stealing a raspberry beer. James C. Weatherford was arrested for second-degree robbery and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Lewis County prosecutors declined to file that charge.

COLLISIONS

• Police responded to the 1200 block of Kresky Avenue in Centralia about 5:10 p.m. yesterday where they found a vehicle had driven off the roadway into a field, and the driver left. Phillip A. Pinotti, 22, of Centralia, was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• One of four possible patients was taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle collision on the 2100 block of North Pearl Street yesterday evening involving a car and a pickup truck. Police  called about 7:30 p.m. said one pulled out in front of the other. A girl was transported with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

FIFE POLICE SEARCH MORTON RESIDENCE FOR WANTED PERSONS

• Officers from the Fife Police Department yesterday were joined by local sheriff’s deputies in looking for a pair of wanted subjects suspected to be hiding at a home in the Morton area. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Steve Aust said they were searching for a man and a woman from a shooting incident in the north Pierce County town back on Aug. 11. About a half dozen officers went to the residence on the 800 block of Davis Lake Road yesterday afternoon but did not find them, Aust said. Fife police have been looking for the pair following a contact with an officer about 1:05 a.m. a week ago Monday in which an officer responding to a call about a near robbery encountered a dark blue Ford Explorer driven by a female and engaged in a struggle with her but got trapped in the vehicle’s open door as she put it in reverse, reportedly dragging the officer briefly, according to the Fife Police Department. The officer fired into the vehicle, which fled south toward Tacoma, and at one point on Interstate 5, someone from the vehicle may have fired through the back window at a pursuing patrol car, according to police. Fife police reported the suspect vehicle was later located unoccupied in Spanaway; it had been struck by gunfire and appeared the occupants may have sustained injuries. Aust said he didn’t know why the couple would have been in Lewis County.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A former Adna area resident extradited from Virginia where he was serving in the U.S. Navy was sentenced yesterday for molesting a young relative when they lived together following the December 2007 flood. The girl told a detective it began when he was 17 and she was 9 and occurred over a two-year period, according to charging documents. Edward J. Guenther, 23, pleaded guilty as charged in Lewis County Superior Court to one count of first-degree child molestation and one count of first-degree child rape. Judge James Lawler yesterday morning agreed with the recommendations of of both attorneys that Guenther be given what is called a Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative. “I’m satisfied this is appropriate, I think both Mr. Guenther and society will benefit from this,” Lawler said. “Given the evaluation, I find he is amenable to treatment.” Under the agreement, Guenther must spend one year in jail and successfully complete a five-year long psychosexual treatment program. If he fails, he has an 11-year prison sentence waiting for him, defense attorney David Arcuri said. He will be monitored by the state Department of Corrections during that time and for the rest of his life, and must register as a sex offender, Arcuri said. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told the judge the victim was not opposed to the deal. One of the requirements for a defendant is they must be willing to admit what they did, Arcuri said. “This is not a guy who hangs out in parks, snatches girls and throws them in the bushes,” Arcuri said. “Those guys can’t do SSOSAs.” Guenther was charged last December, and has been held in the Lewis County Jail since mid-January.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, disputes, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more.

News brief: Truck, body recovered near Randle

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A body found with a pickup truck yesterday afternoon south of Randle has yet to be identified but an autopsy is scheduled for today.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said the vehicle is registered to a man from Bonney Lake who was reported missing on May 27.

The discovery was made by brush or berry pickers at the end of the 161 road, which is off Forest Service Road 23, Cmdr. Steve Aust said.

Detectives aren’t suspecting foul play, Aust said.

One man dead from Centralia knife fight

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Updated at 5:12 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office confirmed this morning the 38-year-old man involved in a fight at a Centralia home on Monday night has died.

He and the 35-year-old resident from the home at the 2700 block of Harrison Avenue were both taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with stab wounds.

No names have yet been released.

The sheriff’s office related on Tuesday morning they learned the 38-year-old and a 33-year-old woman went to the residence shortly before midnight, and a fight ensued between the two men.

Initial information from the resident indicated the dispute was over the woman they both had dated. But she left before law enforcement arrived.

The 38-year-old was said to have stabbed the 35-year-old with an unknown object. The 35-year-old told deputies he grabbed a kitchen knife and used it.

The 35-year-old has been released from the hospital, according to Cmdr. Steve Aust.

Detectives are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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For background, read “Two Centralia men injured in knife fight, one on life support” from Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014 at 10:23 a.m., here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Updated at 4:21 p.m.

STOLEN FIREARM FOUND

• A 19-year-old Centralia resident was arrested yesterday at the 300 block of M Street in connection with a shotgun stolen from the 200 block of L Street. The gun was taken last Wednesday and reported missing Monday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Jonathan C. Siler was recognized by the victim, when surveillance images were viewed, according to police. The firearm was retrieved yesterday in Winlock, Officer Patty Finch said. Siler was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary and trafficking in stolen property, according to Finch.

MISSING TV RECOVERED

• Centralia police recovered a 60-inch plasma television yesterday for the Rent-A-Center which had been rented and then sold to someone else, according to the Centralia Police Department. The $1,560 item was found at the 1200 block of Centralia Avenue, according to police.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from Southeast Winchester Hill Drive that someone had rummaged through a pickup truck in the previous few days. It didn’t appear anything was taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A plea deal was put together in which an Onalaska man admitted to no wrong doing, but pleaded guilty today to offenses which could result in a sentence of life in prison, with the potential to be released after about three and a half years in connection with allegations of sexual abuse of a teenage relative. Richard L. Crumbliss, 44, was arrested in April and has remained held in the Lewis County Jail. Lewis County prosecutors changed the charges to the more serious counts of second-degree assault with sexual motivation related to an incident reported during spring break of this year and second-degree child molestation related to the girl’s other recent disclosure that when she was 12 and and she traveled with him in his semi truck, he gave her strawberry vodka and engaged in sexual activity with her, according to Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain. Crumbliss made his so-called Alford plea to Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler this morning. The former volunteer firefighter and part time substitute bus driver was represented by attorney David Arcuri. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 1, after an evaluation is conducted by the Department of Corrections so the state agency may offer its recommendation of how much time he should get.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, resisting arrest, misdemeanor assault, violation of no contact order; responses for alarm, disputes, drunken teenager, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, failure to return rented home furnishings, collision on city street, jogger bit by golden lab; complaint of loud neighbor music … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

CHILD PORN COMPLAINT

• Chehalis police were called to the Holiday Inn Express on Northwest Liberty Place yesterday evening following the discovery a man was using the hotel’s business center to look at what was described by the reporting person as child pornography. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said the individual left the area and the incident is under investigation. It remains to be seen if material was downloaded and was illegal, according to Wilson, and nobody knows if it was a hotel guest or a trespasser.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• A deputy was called to a home on the 1800 block of Salzer Valley Road outside Centralia yesterday where a 55-year-old man reported someone broke the front door glass and stole about $1,100 worth of valuables, including binoculars and a coin collection as well as bank statements and checkbooks. It happened sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and 11 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called yesterday about 12:40 p.m. regarding a firearm stolen from a residence on the 200 block of L Street.

• Someone got into a shed at the 100 block of Alexander Street in Centralia and stole a bug zapper and a shop vac, according to a report made to police yesterday.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a $500 pickup truck belonging to the county was stolen from near the orange gate at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds between 11 p.m. Sunday and 9 o’clock yesterday morning. The white Chevrolet S10 had a broken out back window, a county logo on its door and an exempt license plate reading 40954C, according to the sheriff’s office.

MAILBOX PILFERING

• Centralia police were called to the 1800 block of Van Wormer Street about 8 o’clock yesterday morning about the theft of checks from a mailbox.

STUMBLING DRUNK

• Chehalis police were called twice yesterday afternoon about a very drunk pedestrian, first when he fell onto his face on a sidewalk near Northwest Prindle Street and then less than an hour later because he was laying next to the railroad tracks. Both times he refused any help and this morning was out and about upright, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, violation of no contact order; responses for alarms, disputes, small grass fires, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, violation of no contact order, failure to return rented home furnishings, collisions on city streets, including Twin Transit bus hitting parked vehicle … and more.

Two Centralia men injured in knife fight, one on life support

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two men are hospitalized with stab wounds after a fight at a Centralia home last night about a woman they both have dated.

Aid called to the 2700 block of Harrison Avenue about 11:30 p.m. found two injured males and transported them to Providence Centralia Hospital. Both were subsequently taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Deputies are looking for the woman they believe can provide a witness statement, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

“We really need to find her so we can put some of the puzzle pieces together,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

Brown said it happened at the residence of one of the victims, a 35-year-old man. The other victim was unable to give any information to deputies, she said.

The investigation has revealed thus far that a 38-year-old Centralia man and the woman arrived to the home shortly before midnight and an argument ensued, according to the sheriff’s office.

The 35-year-old told deputies they began fighting, he was stabbed in the neck with an unknown object and the other man yelled he was going to kill him, according to the sheriff’s office.

Brown relates the 35-year-old said he grabbed a kitchen knife nearby to defend himself and stabbed the 38-year-old.

The 38-year-old is on life support in critical condition with knife injuries to his face and head, according to responders.

No names have been released.

Brown said the woman, 33, who the two were arguing over, called 911 but left the scene in a white VW Passat prior to the arrival of law enforcement. She has an unrelated outstanding felony warrant for her arrest, Brown said, perhaps being the reason for her departure.

Detectives believe she may be in Grays Harbor County.

Brown didn’t have details about the nature and number of injuries each man sustained, but firefighters report one victim was stabbed in the lower neck/shoulder area and was in serious condition. Brown described the injuries to the 35-year-old resident as severe and to his neck and face.

Brown said both men are in critical condition.

The object with which the resident was stabbed has not been found, according to Brown, and detectives are continuing their investigation.