Updated at 8 p.m.
MAN USES “N” WORD, GETS BEAT UP OUTSIDE BAR
• A 30-year-old Mossyrock man was assaulted on a sidewalk outside a bar in Centralia last night by numerous individuals after using racial slurs toward them, including the “N” word, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer called about 6:15 p.m. to talk with the victim found he had a scraped and swollen face as well as a cut lip, according to police. It happened on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. The suspects were not identified, police indicated.
WAL-MART: ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION OR HONEST MISTAKE?
• Chehalis police got a phone call on Saturday afternoon from a father who said a woman tried to kidnap his 3-month-old baby, when she took off with his shopping car containing the infant at Wal-Mart. Police were told he yelled at the woman and threw his soda at her to get his daughter back, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The little one had been in a carrier and covered up, and the woman apologized, police said. The dad didn’t call 911 until he got home, according to police. Officers are waiting to view security footage to make a determination whether to proceed, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.
• A 65-year-old Chehalis area man was arrested on Saturday after an alleged assault of his wife on New Years at their shared home in which she said he got jealous and held her up by her throat and punched her. The woman turned up at the Longview Police Department seeking shelter, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When Richard R. Bailey was contacted, he had a different version of events, but was booked into the Lewis County Jail for violation of an order with assault, according to the sheriff’s office. He said he thought she had dropped the order and they had been living together for several months, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Prosecutors declined to file the charge and Bailey was released from the jail today.
• A 34-year-old Centralia woman was arrested yesterday following an investigation into the theft of four firearms from a home on the 2500 block of Howard Avenue. The handguns went missing last month and Melissa A. McAllister, a relative of the owner, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for theft of a firearm yesterday afternoon, according to the Centralia Police Department.
MONEY MISSING FROM GAS STATION
• Centralia police were called at 3:50 a.m. today after an employee arrived to work at a service station on the 1100 block of Ellsbury Street and discovered a burglary. An undisclosed amount of cash had been taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.
LAMPS AND ALCOHOL AMONG THE LOOT
• Someone removed an air conditioner from the window of an outbuilding on the 100 block of Kennicot Road in Chehalis and stole more than $1,000 worth of valuables including a Tiffany-style lamp, a vintage Japanese pagoda lamp, a vintage camera and case, and a stationary desk as well as four bottles of beer and four bottles of wine. It happened sometime in the two-week period before Thursday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• A 1996 Honda Civic reported stolen yesterday from the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia turned up later in the day minus its wheels and driver’s seat on property at the 200 block of Berry Road southwest of Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A neighbor reported seeing another (black, four-door) Honda Civic in the area a few minutes earlier, loaded up with tires, according to the sheriff’s office.
• A van discovered missing from the 1500 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis on Thursday morning turned up on Saturday in Lacey, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
TAMPERING OR INTERRUPTED TIRE THIEF
• Chehalis police were called yesterday by an individual on Southwest Third Street who said he discovered all but one of the lug nuts missing from the wheels of his vehicle, something that had happened once before.
• A Chehalis resident contacted police on Friday after discovering a credit card she’d acquired only four days earlier showed several transactions at Wal-Mart she didn’t make, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• A 20-year-old Centralia resident whose vehicle smelled of marijuana during a traffic stop was subsequently arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver on Saturday afternoon, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy reportedly found nearly 55 grams of suspected marijuana, multiple plastic baggies and a scale. Dustin L. Fournier was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.
• Police were called about 3:20 p.m. on Saturday to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue where someone had slashed four tires on the victim’s vehicle. There were no witnesses, there are no suspects, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
BREAKOUT FEARED AT GREEN HILL
• Concern about a suspected escape plan at Green Hill School – a possible repeat of the cut-a-hole-in-the-fence-and-run incident from last May, authorities at the state-run juvenile incarceration facility in south Chehalis, asked for extra police patrols on New Year’s Eve.
• Investigators are looking into an incident in which a truck inside a shop was set on fire over the weekend east of Chehalis. A deputy called about noon on Saturday to the 200 block of Aubrey Lane learned it was a “project truck” which had a wood bed installed, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Cardboard boxes in the back of the truck had burned up and the wood bed was missing, according to the sheriff’s office. They believe it occurred sometime after 9 p.m. on Friday, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The fire was out, but a wood beam above the vehicle and some of the building’s insulation were charred, according to Brown.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, vandalism, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, someone getting cussed out after asking another if they threw a cigarette on the ground… and more.