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Gunshot punctuates angry voice message to attorneys, leads to arrest of Toledo resident

Friday, October 27th, 2017
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Ricky A. Satcher, right, is advised by temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 61-year-old Toledo area man who contends local lawyers stole his property is locked up in the Lewis County Jail after allegedly threatening their lives.

Ricky A. Satcher was detained on a $100,000 arrest warrant in a case investigated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

He was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court for a bail hearing, represented by temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller.

“Mr. Satcher has communicated, quite effectively I believe, he does believe he is the victim in this case,” Tiller told the judge.

Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain told Judge Joely O’Rourke he had significant concerns because authorities don’t know where all of Satcher’s firearms are.

When McClain noted he doesn’t know the defendant’s address, Satcher responded loudly, after having been asked already to direct his comments to his lawyer.

“I don’t have an address, Sir,” he said. “These people stole my land and stole my farm.”

He refused to sign the court documents put in front of him and the judge changed his bail from $100,000 to a no-bail hold.

Satcher is charged with felony telephone harassment related to alleged calls to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer.

He is also charged with two counts of felony harassment, threat to kill in connection with voice mail messages he allegedly left for Scott Blinks and Bill Hiller. Both are private practice lawyers with offices in Chehalis.

Charging documents in the case go back to February, when Satcher allegedly began leaving voice mail messages for the three attorneys, speaking of grievances he has with them, the current sheriff, the Lewis County Superior Court administrator, former Lewis County Superior Court  Judge H. John Hall and others, complaints he had made and suits he had filed.

Satcher subsequently left messages for the three in which he indicated he had verified with the Washington State Patrol he could make citizens arrest, would be doing that in the coming week, and advised they should not resist or he would use force to overcome such resistance, the charging documents relate.

In the profanity-laced voice mail, Satcher asserts he will be discrediting and exposing the criminal activity of Blinks, Hillier and Meyer, Prosecutor McClain wrote in the documents.

Blinks provided the detective with one voice message in which Satcher says he will get even with Blinks in the end. Hillier’s law firm reported Satcher left messages referring to Hillier’s daughter.

But at the beginning of this month, the detective listened to voice messages Satcher allegedly left for Blinks and Hillier, discussing the investigation and saying if certain things don’t work out, he has “other means” of taking care of things.

“After a pause, there is a clearly recognizable gun shot and Satcher says he is practicing to get justice …” McClain wrote.

Satcher allegedly made other comments, such as how his father was a military sniper and he was taught to always shoot in the head because you don’t want anything to move after you shoot it; and that as a farmer, he knows how to get justice.

At one point during the investigation, Satcher had brought a packet of documents to the sheriff’s office that appeared to relate to a 2012 investigation in which Satcher asserted certain property was his and charges were not filed. He was very angry and yelling and the detective could not readily follow him, McClain wrote.

Charging documents show Satcher with a home address on Layton Road in Toledo.

Judge O’Rourke yesterday appointed Chehalis attorney Chris Baum to represent Satcher. His arraignment is scheduled for next Thursday.

The charges were filed on Oct. 17 and Satcher was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Meyer said after the hearing, the Pacific County prosecutor is handling the case because Meyer is one of the victims, although Meyer’s name is not specifically noted in the information document filed.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 27th, 2017
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Updated at 1:58 p.m.

MORE THAN $2,500 CASH, GOLD COINS TAKEN IN PARKING LOT PROWL

• A 52-year-old man called Chehalis police about 3:50 p.m. yesterday to report someone had gotten inside his van while it was parked in a lot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue and stolen a black Wakefield computer bag containing a silver Apple MacBook and a black fanny pack which had inside of it $1,400 cash and approximately $1,300 worth of gold coins. He had left the van unlocked, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BIKE THEFT THWARTED

• A 24-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon after a resident from the 300 block of Ceres Hill Road called to report a red bicycle valued at $25 was stolen from his tool shop. The caller said he spotted a person walking east on state Route 6 and saw his family bike laying in a ditch, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies learned two children had seen a male riding the bike away from the residence, contacted the male and subsequently arrested him for second-degree burglary, according to the sheriff’s office. Michael S. Winegarden Jr., from Winlock, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

AUTO THEFT

• A deputy was called to the 1600 block of Bishop Road south of Chehalis yesterday morning where a silver 2012 Volkswagen Jetta had been stolen sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. While investigating, deputies learned of three vehicle prowls which had occurred in the same area between Wednesday and yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were contacted about 6:30 p.m. yesterday by an individual who said his vehicle was stolen during the night from the 200 block of East Chestnut Street. The vehicle was located, abandoned, in Mossyrock later in the day, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:50 a.m. yesterday to take a report that a locked 1993 Toyota pickup had been stolen during the night from the 1300 block of Northwest Maryland Avenue.

DISRUPTIVE PATIENT

• A 32-year-old Randle woman who allegedly caused a disruption inside the hospital was arrested yesterday evening, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 6:40 p.m. detained Kelly A. Holen and booked her into the Lewis County Jail for interfering with a health care facility and two outstanding warrants, according to police.

DISRUPTIVE PERSON

• Centralia police were called to the 1200 block of Lum Road about 8:45 a.m. yesterday where a 32-year-old Centralia man had allegedly thrown rocks at several vehicles and shoved one of the vehicle owners to the ground. Jason R. Ferris was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault and for malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 35-year-old Lynwood man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop about midnight on the 1600 block of Military Road in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said at first, Ryan M. Demaray gave a false name, but then it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant. A search incident to his arrest turned up two small baggies with residue and a white crystallized substance which field-tested positive for meth, according to Breen. Demaray was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Breen.

• Chehalis police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Northeast Adams Avenue when a search of a client’s items at admittance turned up paraphernalia or a controlled substance, which field-tested positive for heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Alex C. Edenstrom, 26, from Tumwater, was arrested for a drug violation and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 29-year-old Lacey resident detained for suspected shoplifting at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 9:45 a.m. yesterday was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act when a search incident to her arrest turned up a substance suspected to be heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Stephanie A. Bulldis was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Riverside Fire Authority responded to a three-vehicle collision on southbound Interstate 5 near Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 4:40 a.m. today. All occupants were out of the vehicles, but one driver was transported to Providence Centralia hospital with non life threatening injuries, according to Fire Capt. Erik Olson.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, driving with suspended license, fourth-degree assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, disorderly person, harassment, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation … and more among 169 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
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Updated at 5:25 p.m.

ROBBERY

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to take a report from a 14-year-old boy who reported three older juveniles stole $3 from him and punched him in the face as he was walking to school along the 2900 block of block of Borst Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. He said he did not know them, did not see where they came from or see where they went afterward, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road at 10:20 a.m. yesterday where a red 1994 Honda Civic had been stolen. The two-door car with black racing stripes has a license plate reading BCH 6800, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIREARM STOLEN

• Chehalis police were called to the Lewis County senior center on the 2500 block of North National Avenue about 7:40 p.m. yesterday after a Glock 9 mm, two knives and a wallet belonging to someone teaching a class disappeared from a back room where they had been stored temporarily. Police are looking for a person suspected of taking the items when he was allowed to look through some spare clothing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD

• An officer was called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to take a report that several hundred dollars were stolen from an individual’s bank account in a case associated with the 200 block of Tilley Road in Centralia.

TOOL TAKEN

• Centralia police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday to take a report that an angle grinder was stolen from the 1100 block of North Pearl Street. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MAIL

• The theft of mail from the 3000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia was reported at 12:10 p.m. yesterday.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

• Chehalis police were called to W.F. West High School about 12:30 p.m. yesterday about a suspected marijuana violation. One person was arrested but not booked, but further details were not readily available, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to W.F. West High School about 2 p.m. yesterday for minor allegedly in possession of alcohol. One person was arrested and then released, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DISORDERLY PERSON

• Chehalis police were called about 2:40 p.m. yesterday about a disorderly person at the 1700 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue and ended up assisting Cascade Mental Health, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The 25-year-old man from Aberdeen allegedly kicked an officer in the leg, and a case is being referred to prosecutors for possible charges, according to police. The man was not booked.

DISRUPTIVE PATIENT

• A 55-year-old Centralia man who allegedly refused to leave after he was discharged from the hospital was arrested last night for interfering with a health care facility. Officers called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 7:30 p.m. were told Randy W. Hausinger was causing a disruption, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called to the 800 block of South Market Boulevard about 8:10 a.m. yesterday to take a report of graffiti left on a fire hydrant and also a back porch.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Chehalis police called just before 4 a.m. today for a vehicle accident at the 1500 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in which a van was hanging over the edge of a parking lot with nobody in it located a pair of 15-year-old boys nearby who disassociated themselves from the incident, according to the Chehalis Police Department. However, further investigation led an officer to arrest the teens for taking a motor vehicle without permission and book them in to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police. They are from Tumwater and Olympia, police said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, misdemeanor theft, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault, making false statement to police officer; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 154 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Prosecutor alleges: Chehalis teen posing as woman tricked another teen into sharing naked pictures

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A hearing to decide whether a Chehalis teenager’s felony case will be moved to adult court for alleged extortion in sexting activities has been postponed until next month.

The boy, now 16, was taken into custody last month after being summonsed to Lewis County Juvenile Court.

The investigation began a year ago, after a 16-year-old Chehalis boy revealed he had been communicating online with someone he thought was a 19-year-old woman, who shared images and a video of herself unclothed and in exchange, he shared similar-type images and a video of himself back, according to court documents.

The supposed 19-year-old woman then wanted more pornographic images of the 16-year-old and threatened to share what she already had with all his friends and family, the documents relate. When the victim refused, some of the pictures were sent to the 16-year-old’s younger brother and also a girl at W.F. West High School, according to the documents.

The investigation which began with the FBI and continued starting last November with a detective from the Chehalis Police Department led to a suspect, a 15-year-old Chehalis boy allegedly posing as the 19-year-old woman, according to court documents.

The teenagers had been using Instagram and Snapchat.

When the 15-year-old was interviewed, he allegedly admitted “extorting” sexually explicit photos from more than 30 people, according to the allegations.

Charges were filed against the suspect, now 16, on Sept. 25 of this year. He was charged in Lewis County Juvenile Court with one count each of second-degree extortion, first-degree possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and first-degree dealing in depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit.

When he went to court on Oct. 10, a judge ordered him into the custody of the  Lewis County Juvenile Justice Center. On the same day, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed a motion for a declination hearing, to determine whether the court should decline to exercise juvenile court jurisdiction and instead transfer the case to Lewis County Superior Court where he would be handled as an adult.

The suspect is represented by a retained attorney, Jonathan Feste with the Law Offices of Benjamin and Healy in Bellevue, according to a notice filed the following day.

The so-called decline hearing was scheduled for yesterday, but both parties requested it be moved to Nov. 29 at 1:15 p.m., according to court documents.

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
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Updated at 11:44 a.m.

SUSPECTED FRAUD CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were contacted just before 11:30 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of funds from an organization in a case associated with the 2700 block of West Reynolds Avenue. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called to the 300 block of Southwest Fifth Street about 5:30 p.m. yesterday to take a report someone had stolen power tools from a garage.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called to the 1300 block of Southwest William Avenue about 4:50 p.m. yesterday where someone had prowled a vehicle, taking a wallet and prescription medication, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to a business at the 1500 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue yesterday where someone had siphoned fuel from a van.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue yesterday to take a report of malicious mischief that had occurred over the weekend. Someone had gone onto the roof of a building, removed a grate and used a plastic bottle to plug a drain, causing water damage inside, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND FROM MORTON

• Morton police were contacted on Friday night by an individual who said the windows of her car were all broken out while she was visiting at the 100 block of Second Street. Police are investigating.

• An employee at the 500 block of Adams Avenue in Morton reported to police last week that her car was vandalized on three separate occasions while she was working, with somebody leaving bloody mucous substance on the car window. Early this week the Morton Police Department indicated they had no suspects.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, misdemeanor  theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 164 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
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PE ELL FIRE INVESTIGATION

• A fire that damaged a house and a recreational vehicle in Pe Ell this weekend remains under investigation. Firefighters called just after 3 o’clock on Saturday morning to the Central Avenue blaze found the RV that caught fire was parked right next to the home and then flames spread into the eaves and attic, according to fire investigator Ted McCarty. Nobody was hurt, McCarty said.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called at 6:04 a.m. today for a burglary or theft at the 300 block of South Market Boulevard. Further details were unavailable.

• Centralia police were called at 1:05 p.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Lum Road where a male was reported to have stolen several coats. No arrest was made, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INJURY

• Medics and police were called to a report of a head injury at a drinking establishment at the 500 block of Northwest Pacific Avenue in Chehalis at 11:18 a.m. yesterday. Further details were unavailable.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, hit and run, suspicious circumstances … and more among 137 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
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Updated at 6:19 p.m.

TOLEDO PEDESTRIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED

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

BURGLARY

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

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

YARD THEFT

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

BUSINESS BREAK-IN

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

AUTO THEFT

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

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

CAR PROWL

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

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

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

FAKE MONEY

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

VANDALISM

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

OTHER INCIDENTS

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

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

DRUGS

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

• A 22-year-old Yelm resident was arrested for theft and possession of methamphetamine after neighbors at the 1100 block of Highway 603 witnessed a Mongoose XR250 bike being stolen about 3:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies located a suspect, Michael D. Seidel, and booked him in to the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

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

CAR CATCHES FIRE

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

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• The driver was injured and a pickup truck sustained heavy damage when it traveled off the 200 block of Wigley Road in Centralia and into a power pole and then a small tree yesterday afternoon. Firefighters and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched about 4:35 p.m. Bystanders had helped the driver out and AMR transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The extent of injuries was unknown, Capt. Erik Olson stated.

• A 29-year-old driver was injured when her car crossed over the oncoming lane and into an earthen bank on state Route 7 about 10 miles north of Morton on Saturday afternoon, according to the Washington State Patrol. The 2015 Toyota Corolla was totaled and Sindy J. Avila Gutierrez was transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol. Troopers called about 4:35 p.m. to the scene indicate the Woodburn, Oregon woman was to be cited for speeding, dangerously distracted driving and driving with a suspended license.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, unlawful transit conduct, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, giving false statement to police; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, harassment, shoplifting, vandalism, civil issue, vehicle collision, hit and run, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation, male laying outside on the ground crying,  male sobbing and crying in the rain on a street corner, male outside screaming yelling and having a breakdown, male laying in a parking lot who jumped up and into a dumpster and started yelling for help … and more among 479 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Twenty-one picked up in Lewis County warrant sweep

Friday, October 20th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

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

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

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

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

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

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

News brief: Downtown Morton building fire extinguished quickly

Friday, October 20th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 20th, 2017
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AUTO THEFT

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

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

OTHER THEFT

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

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

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

SLIGHT SCUFFLE

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

AND MORE

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

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 19th, 2017
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CUSTOM FLATBED TRAILER DISAPPEARS

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

WINLOCK GARAGE BURGLED

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

THIEF CAUGHT ON CAMERA

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

CAR PROWL

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

LIGHTING LIFTED

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

UNWELCOME VISITOR

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

THEFT OF BREAKFAST

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

AND MORE

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

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

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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