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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
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Updated at 11:10 a.m.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY

• A deputy responding to an alarm at Stihl NW on the 200 block of Hamilton Road south of Chehalis about 1:15 a.m. yesterday found an open door and subsequently learned chainsaws and concrete saws were stolen. The loss is estimated at more than $6,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There was evidence left behind and there are persons of interest in the burglary, according to the sheriff’s office.

HOME BURGLARY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning more than $5,000 worth of valuables were stolen in a residential burglary at the 600 block of Tauscher Road south of Chehalis on Tuesday. The victim reported that sometime between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. someone broke into his house and garage and stole a DS80 Suzuki, hunting knives and change including dollar coins, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• Two people were taken into custody by the Washington State Patrol yesterday after a pursuit from Cowlitz County onto U.S. Highway 12 yesterday morning. As the chase passed through Ethel, something was tossed from the passenger window and was tracked down by K9 Axel, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Sniffed out in the tall grass at approximately 10 a.m. was a small purse containing several stolen passports, driver’s licenses and credit cards, according to the sheriff’s office. The vehicle was stolen out of Oakland, California, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Chehalis police were called around 3:30 a.m. today regarding a car missing from the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue. An officer learned it’s keys had been given to someone and then reportedly taken from that person, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The stolen vehicle is a silver 2006 four-door Mazda, according to police.

• A vehicle stolen from out in the county was recovered yesterday afternoon at Rose and Vienna streets in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving with no license; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 136 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about  6:45 a.m. today.

Chehalis Subway robber gets another life term in prison

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
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Thomas L. Pleasant is sentenced today in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – For the second time in his life, a former Centralia man has been sentenced to life in prison.

Thomas L. Pleasant, 50, went before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court, having pleaded guilty last month to first-degree robbery and second-degree assault for what took place at the Chehalis Subway store late one night in the summer of 2008.

It was a third strike case with a mandatory punishment neither the prosecutor or defense attorney disputed.

Judge Richard Brosey agreed Pleasant’s 1989 conviction  for first-degree robbery in Pierce County and a Colorado conviction for assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon counted as strikes one and two.

“You’re sentenced to the state Department of Corrections for the rest of your natural life, without the possibility of release or parole,” Brosey told the defendant.

Pleasant readily admitted to a string of robberies that summer, and by the end of 2008, was convicted of three first-degree robberies in Cowlitz County and sent off to prison for life, under the same persistent offender law.

Lewis County detectives interviewed him before he left and charges were filed in Lewis County for the July 16, 2008 holdup of the lone female employee at the shop in the Twin City Town Center. The charges were first-degree robbery and first-degree rape.

He admitted robbing her with a pellet gun that looked real, tying her up with an electrical cord and putting her in a walk-in cooler. When she was interviewed, she told of the same events, along with him asking her if she wanted to live and then with a gun to her back, raping her, according to court documents.

Pleasant denied the rape in 2008 and again today.

Lewis County Senior Prosecuting Attorney Will Halstead and Centralia defense attorney Don Blair struck a plea deal, agreeing the rape charge would be dismissed for “evidentiary reasons”.

Blair addressed the court this afternoon, and said his client’s DNA was not present, but other males’ DNA was. Judge Brosey said he understood the Chehalis Police Department no longer had the evidence for the case.

“We believe we would have prevailed on that count,” Blair said.

Pleasant accepted the judge’s offer to speak on his own behalf and told him he was willing to accept the consequences.

“It is what it is,” Pleasant said. “I don’t know why the person said what she said.

“I know I went in, I robbed her, tied her up and put her in the cooler; that was it.”

Halstead told the judge he’d met with the victim as recently as Monday, and believed she now understood why he amended the charges downward.

He read a letter from the victim, who was not named. “She’s adamant she was raped,” he said.

“To whom it may concern: I have to live with what happened to me every day

“I never asked to be robbed at gunpoint, raped and put in a cooler.”

She continued on how she would have liked to stand up to her attacker at trial, but that was taken from her.

“What does that say about the Lewis County court system,” Halstead read. “About the Chehalis Police Department?”

Chehalis Police Chief Glenn Schaffer this afternoon said the evidence was not lost, it was destroyed and he’s not sure exactly where along the line the case came apart.

The department keeps case evidence in a vault and periodically gets rid of or returns what they don’t need any longer, he said.

The department routinely checks with the prosecutor’s office before taking such actions though, according to Schaffer.

“We sent a note and the prosecutor’s office checked off on it,” he said.

Schaffer said he wasn’t certain at this point if his department erred in making the request, or if the prosecutor’s office erred in approving it.

“I’m not looking to place any blame, I don’t know,” he said.
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For background, read “Suspect from 2008 Subway robbery initiated reopening his case” from Monday March 7, 2016, here

Judge to hear convicted triple murderer John A. Booth’s motion in May

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Convicted killer John A. Booth Jr. will be back in Lewis County next month, when a judge will hear his contention eavesdropping on inmates in the jail was governmental misconduct and jeopardized his rights to confidential communications with his lawyers.

The former Onalaskan was sentenced to life in prison for the August 2010 shootings at the home of 52-year-old David West Sr., from whom prosecutors contended Booth was seeking payment of a debt for a local drug dealer.

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John A. Booth Jr.

Booth was 31 years old when he was arrested for the slayings of three people, and wounding of a fourth person at the residence on Wings Way, off of Gore Road.

He’s lost his appeal, he’s lost his personal restraint petition and the upcoming hearing grows out of his December 2012 motion to vacate the judgement and sentence based on court rule 7.8.

He is represented by court assigned defense attorney Erik Kupka.

Kupka and Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher went before Lewis County Superior Court Judge RIchard Brosey this afternoon.

Booth and Kupka have requested various documents from the state to prepare for the hearing, and today Meagher told the judge his position is all information required to be turned over has been turned over.

Judge Brosey said he was denying any further requests for materials related to Booth’s request, noting his attorney would presumably make requests as he sees fit.

Four of the many individuals from the sheriff’s office expected at the May hearing have pre-paid planned vacations, according to Meagher.

Judge Brosey indicated they should be excused from the May 2 and May 3 proceedings, and if their testimony is still needed, the proceedings can reconvene when they return.

Booth was sentenced under the state’s so-called three strikes law.

Losing their lives on Aug. 21, 2010, along with West Sr., were 16-year-old David “D.J.” West Jr. and 50-year-old Tony Williams of Randle. West Sr.’s girlfriend, Denise Salts, survived a gunshot wound to her face

Booth denied shooting them.
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For background, read “”Ear hustling”: Convicted murderer John Booth tells judge about problems at Lewis County Jail” from Friday July 5, 2013, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
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AUTO THEFT, NOT HONDA

• Centralia police were called about 9:25 a.m. yesterday following the discovery a 2002 Cadillac Escalade was missing from the 500 block of East Maple Street. The owner had gotten a call from his cousin asking if he’d taken the Escalade for the day because it was gone, according to the Centralia Police Department. The owner got home and saw it was indeed not there, according to police. The tan colored vehicle has a license plate of ARV 7793, according to police.

• Just before 9:30 a.m. yesterday, Centralia police were called about a car stolen from the 200 block of Harrison Avenue. The missing 2014 Toyota Scion is white with pink accents and has a license plate of AWS 6756,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• A Washington license plate reading AXH 7940, was reported stolen about 10:45 a.m. yesterday from the 1200 block of West Main Street in Centralia.

• Fuel was reported stolen from a vehicle at the 1800 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia yesterday evening.

FRAUD

• Centralia police yesterday got a report that an individual’s account number had been used to make unauthorized purchases at several stores. Police are investigating the case, associated with a location on the 100 block of West High Street in Centralia.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, civil problem, vandalism, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, runaway juvenile, collision on city street, two loose dogs going to the bathroom everywhere they want … and more, among 136 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Court documents detail Winlock domestic assault with knife

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
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Gregory L. Trujillo is being held in the Lewis County Jail on $500,000 bail.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 58-year-old man accused of beating a woman and attacking her with a knife at her Winlock home will get his chance to make his plea in Lewis County Superior Court on Thursday morning.

Gregory L. Trujillo is being held on $500,000 bail following his arrest last week for the incident.

He is charged with first-degree assault.

The Toledo area man appeared before a judge in a wheel chair last week. Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke noted he worked as a longshoreman, is a longtime area resident and has lots of family ties to the community.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Nelson told the judge Trujillo had July 2012 convictions for second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and felony harassment.

Trujillo was picked up by police the night before at a Chehalis motel after his release from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Toledo Police Department Chief John Brockmueller said the night it happened, Trujillo sustained wounds to his abdomen and the woman had lacerations to her upper extremities. She declined an ambulance and was going to the hospital with a friend.

Police were still working the following Monday to figure out who did what.

Charging documents in the case don’t offer any clues about a disagreement between the two before the assault.

They give the following account of the emergency response about 9:30 p.m. on April 1 to the 300 block of Cedar Court in Winlock.

Police documented blood smears and splatters at various locations throughout the woman’s house. They were unable to locate the weapon, but were told it was a small-bladed knife.

The woman had multiple bruises on different parts of her body, a black eye swollen shut. She sustained a large deep gash from the palm of her hand near her ring finger to the outer portion of her hand near her wrist.

She was located at a neighbors. Trujillo was still inside the house.

Officers surrounded the residence and made multiple attempts to contact him with no response and finally made entry and found him in a bedroom, with what appeared to be stab wounds to his belly.

No information is included regarding a police interview with Trujillo.

The woman however, spoke to police.

She said the two had been in an intimate relationship for a couple of months, and on that date, he found her at a neighbor’s and asked if he could speak with her at her house. She agreed.

“As the victim walked into her house, the defendant began beating her with his closed fists,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Sheila Weirth wrote. “The victim tried to get away by moving toward the back of the house, while the defendant kept on hitting her, kicking her and even biting her.”

She said he pulled out a knife with a black handle and began attacking her. She used her hands to try to protect herself.

She managed to get back to the living room and as she moved to escape out the front door, Trujillo yelled, “You’re not leaving here alive, Bitch!”

At that point the neighbor knocked, the victim opened the door and the two fled.

Judge Richard Brosey last Thursday afternoon appointed Centralia attorney Don Blair to represent Trujillo. A no-contact order was also put into place.

Trujillo’s arraignment is Thursday morning.
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For background, read “News brief: One booked for Winlock knife incident” from for Thursday April 7, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
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THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Chehalis police were called yesterday about theft from a garage on Southeast Washington Avenue. An officer is following up on it today, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday to the 900 block of L Street regarding the theft of a chainsaw, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just before 10 a.m. yesterday to investigate a possible theft at the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue. Further details are not yet available, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Mail was reported stolen from the 900 block of K Street in Centralia yesterday afternoon.

VANDALISM

• Police were called at 10:45 a.m. yesterday to the 2600 block of Eureka Avenue in Centralia where a window was damaged by a BB, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• A bag of meth was reportedly found in the lobby of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center yesterday.  It was “taken care of,” according to authorities.

• An individual called police yesterday evening with a bag of marijuana located in a family member’s room on North National Avenue in Chehalis, wanting to get rid of it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Morton police reported yesterday one person was injured and taken to Morton General Hospital when a car struck a building just before 1 p.m. on Saturday at the 300 block of Second Street. The driver of the vehicle accidentally got her foot stuck in between the brake and gas pedal when she was attempting to park her car, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, civil problem, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, third-degree theft, collision on city street … and more, among 122 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:50 a.m. today.

Packwood loot found at Snoqualmie antique merchant

Monday, April 11th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A couple whose Packwood cabin was broken into the week before last managed to track down what they were missing the most: three hand-carved Native American masks.

The objects would be worth hundreds of dollar apiece in a gallery, but have sentimental value for Bob Cartano.

He got them years ago when he was working with native bands in Alaska and Canada developing timber, he said.

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Shaman mask

The Seattle residents were contemplating offering a reward for the return of the artwork and this morning, he was checking eBay to find monetary values for the masks. The insurance company had given him a lot forms to fill out, he said.

He got lucky.

“He saw them along with antique snowshoes for sale by a shop in downtown Snoqualmie,” Maureen Cartano said in an email message this afternoon. “We drove out, contacted local police, and the shop owner gave them back.”

The Cartanos lost many other valuables in the break-in, mostly tools. Today, besides the masks, he got back his ski shoes and their snowshoes. All were listed for sale on eBay.

One of the masks was broke in half and glued already, presumably from falling off the wall from high up, when the thief or thieves used a ski pole to pull them off their hooks, he said.

Bob Cartano said he has quite a collection of masks, but it was his three favorite he kept at the cabin.

He was feeling so good about his sleuthing skills today, he was sort of hoping he could get designated an honorary deputy.

For the week, he said.

Three others property owners were victimized in the same gated neighborhood on Teal Drive in Packwood during the same time frame, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to the area on April 2, a Saturday, determined they were hit sometime since the Tuesday evening prior.

The initial total loss was with more than $4,000.

The shop owner in Snoqualmie told the officer who spoke with him he had purchased the masks from three people whose black SUV was “full of stuff.”

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 11th, 2016
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Updated at 12:30 p.m.

AUTO THEFT, NOT HONDA

• Centralia police were called for a car theft at 3:45 p.m. yesterday from the 2000 block of North Pearl Street. Taken was a Ford Taurus, according to the Centralia Police Department. It was subsequently found without a driver in Federal Way, according to police.

INDOOR GARDEN RAIDED

• Chehalis police were called at 7 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Southwest 10th Street following the discovery someone broke into a building used to grow marijuana. Missing were 12 plants the victim said was for medical marijuana, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER KINDS OF THEFT

• Centralia police took a report on Saturday regarding the fraudulent use of a credit card at the 1300 block of Lum Road.

• Centralia police were contacted on Saturday morning to take a report of the passing of several counterfeit $100 bills at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue.

• Chehalis police were called to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 10:45 p.m. on Friday where an individual was attempting to buy pre-paid cards with two counterfeit $100 bills. He said he’d got the money from selling a phone to a guy in Portland and didn’t know it was fake, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• A cooler, a welding mask and a scanner were stolen from a vehicle at the 200 block of Tacoma Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 6:30 p.m. yesterday. The thief gained entry  by smashing a window, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday evening by an individual who indicated someone else was using their debit card which may have been stolen from their vehicle the day before. Police are awaiting more information from the victim, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:25 a.m. yesterday following a vehicle prowl in a business’s parking lot on the 700 block of South Market Boulevard. Someone broke a window and stole a stereo, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• An individual called police about 5:20 a.m. yesterday after hearing his neighbor’s car alarm on the 200 block of Southwest First Street in Chehalis, seeing someone remove an item into their vehicle and drive away, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He drove after them but they were not located, according to police. Stolen was a a pair of silver 12-inch Pioneer speakers mounted in a black carpeted box, police said.

DRUGS

• A 32-year-old woman from Kalama who is seven months pregnant and 36-year-old Winlock woman who had been listed as missing were both arrested for third-degree theft following a suspected shoplifting incident on the 400 block of North Market Boulevard in Chehalis on Friday afternoon. Police contacted them at the Twin City Town Center and found both had outstanding warrants, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The 32-year-old was allegedly in possession of heroin and methamphetamine but not booked for those offenses because of her condition, according to police. She was turned over to the state Department of Corrections because of their warrant, Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said this morning. The 36-year-old was booked for her warrant, Bailey said.

• A 38-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when he was searched following his arrest on an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections. A deputy got information Dennis A. Johnston was staying in a motor home at the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia and contacted him there at about noon on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 10:45 a.m. on Saturday to the 1200 block of B Street because someone had broken a window on a parked vehicle during the night.

STRUCTURE FIRE

• The Chehalis Fire Department burned down a house yesterday, on purpose, on Ohio Avenue in Chehalis. The donated house was ignited for training purposes, and it went well, Firefighter Pennie McCarty said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, third-degree theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation, collision on city street … and more, among 117 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:20 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, April 9th, 2016
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MORNING HONDA THEFT REPORT

• Centralia police were called about 6:25 a.m. today after a Honda Accord was discovered missing from the 1100 block of Alder Street. The green 1996 model was taken during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PROSECUTORS: WOMAN FORCES COMPANION TO LET HER DRIVE

• Molly E. Moulton, 22, was arrested after she allegedly took the keys from the driver of the car in which she was a passenger and drove them from the Morton area to the Centralia area to a house, and then back to Morton. The female whose car it was said she had told Moulton no, and that on the way back, when she tried to re-claim the keys by turning off the vehicle, Moulton began hitting her and told she was going to crash the car and kill them both, according to court documents. Once Moulton parked at her parent’s home in Morton and fell asleep, the female got her keys back, prosecutors stated. The female reported the incident to police on Thursday, and said it they had been out and about driving since the afternoon before. When a Morton police officer went to the parent’s home where Moulton was staying, her father asked him to search her room and suspected methamphetamine was found, according to prosecutors. Moulton, whose court documents show she resides in Long Beach, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for taking a motor vehicle without permission. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Nelson charged her yesterday with possession of meth and first-degree theft and told the judge the events were somewhere between second-degree robbery and theft. Her bail was set at $10,000.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded to a 9:30 p.m. call yesterday of a second-degree burglary at a residence on the 1500 block of Winterwood Drive in Centralia.  Jewelry and a drill were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SECOND-DEGREE THEFT

• A backpack and cash were among the items stolen from the 1200 block of Mellen Street, according to a report made to police about 5:45 p.m. yesterday.

CAR PROWL

• Police called to the 1000 block of Elm Street in Centralia yesterday took a report of multiple items stolen in a vehicle prowl during the night.

• Centralia police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of North Rock Street. Wheel locks were stolen during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to the 700 block of H Street in Centralia about 8:25 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl. A purse was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 52-year-old Centralia resident was charged yesterday with two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, allegedly selling meth twice since March 1 to an informant working with the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team. The incidents occurred in Lewis County, according to court documents. Sam W. Currier, 52, on Wednesday was seen by a detective driving and was then contacted at or near his home in Centralia and booked into the Lewis County Jail. A judge yesterday afternoon set his bail at $20,000.

CRIME STOPPERS WANTS TIPS ABOUT BREAK-IN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information about a burglary from March 22 at a home on the 200 block of Holcomb Road south of Chehalis in which one of the stolen valuables was a 22 caliber rifle with scope. The brand is CZ and the model is 512, according to according to Lewis County Crime Stoppers. The value of the property taken was $5,000 and included also cash, jewelry and medications. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the clearance of crimes. Anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422 or information may be shared online at www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org They accept tips by text now as well.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 172 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

News brief: Firefighters practice burn south of Chehalis

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters are conducting live fire training today at a house in the area of 2325 Jackson Highway.

The practice burn is expected to go until 7 p.m., according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

Bail set at $500,000 for Mossyrock stabbing suspect

Friday, April 8th, 2016
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Grace E. Barker appears in Lewis County Superior Court today.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 26-year-old woman accused of stabbing the father of her baby in the neck at his Mossyrock home was brought before a judge today for her first court appearance.

Grace E. Barker was rolled in a chair to which she was restrained into Lewis County Super Court.

Barker was non-communicative yesterday at the jail, and missed her scheduled appearance, but the judge told corrections officers she had to see him today, even if it meant employing a so-called drag order.

Barker said very little, except for “yes” when Judge Richard Brosey asked if Grace Barker was her true and correct name.

She was represented at the hearing by defense attorney Joely O’Rourke.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Nelson requested she be held on $1 million bail, noting the charges against her could change.

At last check, the victim was in critical condition, Nelson said.

Barker is charged with first-degree assault, an offense with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Prosecutors wrote in court documents that Brian Slater was trying to get her to leave his residence when she picked up a knife, and he armed himself with a knife and when he threw his down thinking she had done the same, she stabbed him in the throat.

He was interviewed at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle before he underwent surgery.

Both Nelson and the judge spoke of getting an order on Monday, to have Barker’s competency evaluated by Western State Hospital. Brosey said he expected she could be seen by a doctor within 72 hours after that.

The judge appointed Centralia lawyer Shane O’Rourke to represent her. He set her bail at $500,000.

The judge also signed a no-contact order with the victim. He scheduled her arraignment for Thursday.

Jail staff emptied the courtroom of other defendants who made their first appearances this afternoon before bringing Barker up from the jail. They’re usually brought into court in groups.

Joely O’Rourke, who has worked in the courthouse since 2009, said she believed that was only the second time she’d seen a defendant brought to court in a restraint chair.

After Barker’s hearing was finished and she was taken back down to the Lewis County Jail, corrections officers brought another defendant into the courtroom in a restraint chair.

Shaylor L. Black also said very little.

Black was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday for possession of methamphetamine as Jane Doe, as Chehalis police weren’t certain of her real name.
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For background, read “Mossyrock argument: Two knives, one airlifted, other arrested” from Thursday April 7, 2016, here

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The second of two defendants brought to Lewis County Superior Court today from the jail in a restraint chair, Shaylor L. Black, was accompanied by four corrections officers.

Onalaska horse owner pleads not guilty, vet notes ‘deplorable’ conditions

Friday, April 8th, 2016
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Jennifer Jenkins, left, consults with temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke in Lewis County District Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Onalaska woman who owns the nine horses and the two acres they were seized from by the county was upset to find herself in court yesterday.

“Outraged, floored, that they didn’t just come out and help me,” Jennifer Jenkins said after the hearing. “And turned it into a giant fiasco.”

Jenkins was arrested for animal cruelty the day before, following the evaluation of a young horse found trapped on its side in a pen of mud for an unknown length of time.

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Tuesday April 5, 2016

Her own veterinarian advised the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office the animal was suffering from a painful skin infection from lack of shelter and/or blankets and was very malnourished, according to a narrative from the deputy assigned to the case.

The other eight horses occupying firmer ground had the same skin infection, according to Dr. Christian Affeldt. He described their living conditions with the mud and manure field as terrible, and not suitable for as many horses as Jenkins had on the property.

Lewis County District Court Judge Wade Samuelson yesterday afternoon entered pleas of not guilty to nine counts of animal cruelty and told Jenkins she may not possess or care for any livestock until her case is resolved.

Specifically, he ordered her not to ride, lead, groom or even pet a horse.

Jenkins, 44, was accompanied to court by a friend, and said she may have more comments on her situation later.

The fire department, deputies, code enforcement personnel and others spent hours on Tuesday rescuing the horse at Jenkins’ residence on the 2500 block of state Route 508 east of Onalaska.

Jenkins had gone to her veterinarian to ask for help and her neighbor summoned assistance by calling 911.

On Wednesday, Dr. Affeldt and also a veterinarian from the state Department of Agriculture looked at the animals. The state vet determined they were in pain caused from the deplorable living conditions and in serious need of medical attention, according to the sheriff’s office.

One of the mares is due to foal in the next couple of weeks, according to the Lewis County Animal Shelter.

Jenkins is charged with nine counts of animal cruelty in violation of Lewis County code. The offenses are gross misdemeanors with maximum penalties of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

While she was booked into jail Wednesday, she was released by posting bail in the amount of $4,500.

The code relates to criminal negligence and failing to provide adequate care.

Jenkins was assigned to a court appointed lawyer, David Brown.

Her next appearance in court is not yet scheduled, but would be expected to take place in a couple of weeks, according to Lewis County District.
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For background, read “Onalaska horse pulled from mud hole getting evaluated ” from Wednesday April 6, 2016, here

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Rescuers offer water to young horse after pulling it from mud on Tuesday. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 8th, 2016
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Updated at 7:29 p.m.

DOMESTIC KNIFE INCIDENT

• A 22-year-old Centralia resident was arrested yesterday evening after allegedly threatening his girlfriend with a knife. Officers called about 5:30 p.m. to the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue in Centralia booked Tyler M. Wallace into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Wallace, who works for a logging outfit based in Ethel, according to the attorney who represented him this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, was allowed release from jail pending trial on a $10,000 unsecured bond co-signed by his grandmother

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 9 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a dump trailer from the 1700 block of Kresky Avenue. It is 7-feet by 14-feet with a license plate reading 9182 UE, according to the Centralia Police Department. The black trailer also had a sign on its side reading Navarette’s Landscaping, according to police.

• A 1993 Honda Civic reported missing from the 200 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia on Tuesday morning was recovered yesterday afternoon at the 100 block of Blue Road, back along the tree line where it apparently was driven and got stuck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police called twice yesterday to the 500 block of Southwest McFadden Avenue ended up arresting a woman for trespassing and possession of methamphetamine, in connection with a glass pipe located. She’s from the Seattle area but arrived in Chehalis a couple of days ago with someone who left without her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An individual allowed her stay the night, but in the morning asked her to leave and she allegedly returned and went inside the apartment without permission, according to police. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail as Jane Doe because it’s not known what her real name is, Sgt. Gwen Carrell said this morning.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia yesterday afternoon where a vehicle had been prowled. Missing was its stereo and a small amount of currency, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called at about 8:40 p.m. yesterday to Northwest Prindle Street where someone had thrown a rock and broken a car window.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs,  misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, taking motor vehicle without permission; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, collision on I-5, possibly suicidal person, smell of smoke in a building … and more, among 177 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 8:30 a.m. today.

Mossyrock argument: Two knives, one airlifted, other arrested

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – There’s no guarantee a Mossyrock father will survive surgery for a stab wound to his neck while his “crazy” girlfriend is being held in a padded jail cell today.

Law enforcement responded yesterday to a 911 hangup call and another reporting a person was stabbed at the trailer park on the 200 block of Mossyrock Road West.

An arriving deputy saw Brian Slater with his right hand near his neck and waving at him with his other hand, according to court documents. His entire head was leaning to his right.

“Slater said his crazy girlfriend Grace Barker had stabbed him,” Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

Slater was transported to Morton General Hospital where medical staff said the wound was very deep, and was subsequently flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

He was alert and able to converse with a law enforcement officer sent to interview him, but reportedly had a punctured right lung and also a “jugular hematoma”.

Grace E. Barker, 26, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday afternoon. She was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree assault and scheduled to go before a judge at 4 p.m.

She was not present for the planned hearing.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge she tried meeting with Barker earlier.

“They have her in holding, in a padded cell,” O’Rourke said.

Several people, including jail staff, mental health persons and O’Rourke tried to talk with her, but Barker wouldn’t speak or even respond, O’Rourke said.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Nelson told Judge Richard Brosey the state had concerns for her mental health as well.

Judge Brosey ordered her continued detention with a no-bail hold. But he made it clear she would have to come to his courtroom tomorrow afternoon, unless a mental health professional told him she was incapable of doing so.

Charging documents indicate Barker is the mother of Slater’s 10-month-old child, and while the two no longer live together, she’s homeless and he let’s her stay at his place.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeremy Almond was the one to confront Barker yesterday, as she came walking fast around one side of the residence toward him.

She was holding a cigarette and yelling, and continued to advance when Almond ordered her to ground. He kicked her in the chest to put distance between them, holstered his pistol, drew his Taser and eventually handcuffed her, according to charging documents.

Morton Police Department Chief Roger Morningstar reported a comment Barker made while enroute to the jail.

“So what I tried to kill him. I tried to kill him, sometimes you have to do what’s right,” Meagher wrote in the court documents.

The documents offer the following account of what Slater told law enforcement.

He said he was arguing with Barker, trying to get her to leave, and she was acting unstable.

She armed herself with a knife, he armed himself with a knife, and he tried to back down the hallway.

“Slater said he thought Barker had thrown her knife down, so he threw his in the bathroom,” Meagher wrote. “Then Barker came up to him and jabbed him in the throat with the knife.”

Slater told a questioning trooper he begged her to get help, saying he “didn’t want to die like this.” He said he then ran outside and found a friend who called 911.

First-degree assault is a class A felony with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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ATTEMPTED CAR THEFT

• An officer was called to the Twin City Town Center in Chehalis just after 10 p.m. yesterday when an individual discovered someone had broken in to their vehicle and damaged the steering column.

ELUDING

• An officer tried to make a traffic stop about 4:40 a.m. today at the 900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and the small passenger car fled onto Interstate 5 at a high rate of speed, according to the Centralia Police Department. The investigation is ongoing, police reported this morning.

OUT-OF-CONTROL

• Chehalis police responded to calls of a man screaming, yelling and kicking over sidewalk sandwich board downtown about 4:20 p.m. yesterday and arrested 33-year-old Michael Hilton for disorderly conduct. Hilton, in talking to police, indicated he was a physicist and was building an aircraft, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into jail.

DRUGS

• Police were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday to a home on Northwest Middle Street in Chehalis for a possible burglary. They found the 18-year-old relative of the owner there and subsequently arrested him for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Brandon L. Caley.

TRESPASS ON TRACKS

• Chehalis police were called about 8:15 p.m. by BNSF and advised there someone on the railroad tracks around North National Avenue,  according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, first-degree assault, probation violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor assault, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, third-degree theft, call for an injured robin … and more, among 152 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: One booked for Winlock knife incident

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 58-year-old man was arrested last night for the incident at a Winlock home last week in which responders found two people with knife wounds.

Gregory L. Trujillo was one of the pair hurt at the 300 block of Cedar Court last Friday.

He was picked up at a motel in Chehalis yesterday by Chehalis police, Toledo Police Department Chief John Brockmueller said this morning.

“The evidence showed he was the one that needed to go to jail,” Brockmueller said.

Trujillo sustained wounds to his abdomen and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The female involved was described as suffering minor lacerations to her upper extremities.

Police said at the time they believed the weapon was a small-bladed knife.

Trujillo was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault. He is scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background, read “News brief: Two in Winlock treated for knife injuries, investigation ongoing” from Monday April 4, 2016, here

Coroner: Beware of still-frigid outdoor swimming spots

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The coroner has a warning as outdoor temperatures are forecast to rise above 80 degrees today.

Basically, he says please don’t drown.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod issued a statement this morning to remind the public that that although our local rivers may look inviting, they are dangerous.

“Cold temperatures and fast moving water combine quickly to overpower anyone in the water,” McLeod stated.

The best way to stay safe is to wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when people are going to be in, on or around the water, McLeod says.

News brief: Daring escapee apprehended in Centralia

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Updated at 2:33 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The wile 25-year-old man who was said to have hitched a ride beneath a semi to slip away from deputies last month at Gee Cees truck stop was captured in Centralia yesterday.

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Ruben A. Inman

Ruben A. Inman was contacted around 11 a.m. yesterday in the 1400 block of Crescent Avenue at the north end of town by the sheriff’s special enforcement team and Centralia officers, according to authorities.

“The suspect fled on foot from police during the initial contact and then once in handcuffs near the patrol car he tried to run away from police again,” Centralia police wrote in a brief summary of the incident.

Inman was booked into the Lewis County Jail for his warrant and also for second-degree escape, according to police.

Centralia police say he is from Chehalis. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office previously identified him as living in Centralia.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office on their Facebook page posted their thanks to Lewis County Crime Stoppers, and everyone, for the assistance.

Prosecutors today declined to file an escape charge.

Back on March 11, Inman and his companion were being questioned at the truck stop off Interstate 5 south of Vader when Inman bolted and vanished.

After viewing surveillance images, deputies realized he had crawled under a big rig which subsequently got stopped in Arlington. Only Inman’s cap was still aboard.

Onalaska horse pulled from mud hole getting evaluated

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
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The start of the rescue from the mud. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

Updated at 8:23 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It took several individuals quite a bit of time to hoist a young horse from where it was found partially submerged in saturated ground in Onalaska yesterday.

“The horse was laying on its side, buried in thick mud and manure, and was shaking and shivering,” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Dusty Breen said.

The 911 call about 1 p.m. to property along the 2500 block of state Route 508 came from a neighbor, Breen said. The owner had gone to a veterinarian to try to get help, he said, but they told her they couldn’t.

Breen this morning said he didn’t know how long the animal was stuck there that way.

A deputy who is assigned to work with county code enforcement responded.

Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Andrew Martin said those present had made some sort of efforts to free the horse before asking the fire department for assistance.

He ended up summoning five more fire department volunteers.

They worked in mud that reached to the fire chief’s knees, using straps tied off to a post to ratchet the animal up, and slid boards beneath it. The operation wasn’t finished until about two and a half hours after the initial call, Martin said.

“A bystander named Chance jumped in to help,” he said, noting the good fortune to have someone he called a good animal wrangler present.

The horse is owned by a 44-year-old woman. Martin said he thought she was among those at the scene, but wasn’t sure.

They cleaned out quite a bit of mud from the one eye that had been facing downward and got it blankets, he said.

The animal had several abrasions and lacerations that neither Martin or Breen knew the cause of.

Cmdr. Breen this morning was waiting for an update on the horse’s condition. The owner’s vet and a vet from the state were both supposed to examine it today.

The sheriff’s office and code enforcers are investigating, according to Breen.

“The pen was mud, that’s the area that concerns us,” Breen said. “Under the RCW, if you fail to give proper living conditions, that can be an issue.”

There were a handful of other horses in another area nearby, on firmer ground, according to Breen.

Whether the situation involved any criminal issue or something else, Breen couldn’t say.

“We investigate a lot of issues,” he said. “There’s sometimes a fine line between people saying, ‘I wouldn’t treat my animal that way’ and the law being violated.”

Update from 7:46 p.m. from Lewis County Sheriff’s Office:

“This afternoon, Lewis County Sheriff’s deputies arrested horse owner, Jennifer Jenkins, of Onalaska for nine counts of Cruelty to Animals. Jenkins was booked into the LCSO Jail on the probable cause charges, while deputies served a search warrant at her property. Deputies along with LC Code Enforcement officers and a Washington State Veterinarian proceeded to rescue and remove nine horses from the property.”

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The horse stands up. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

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Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
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Updated at 4:12 p.m.

ATTEMPTED ESCAPE FROM THE LAW BRINGS SEARCH PLANE

• A 35-year-old Centralia man wanted for absconding from probation drew a large police response after he allegedly rammed two law enforcement vehicles that tried to hem him in yesterday at the 2200 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team in conjunction with a community response unit from the state Department of Corrections were conducting surveillance around 10:30 a.m. at a location they believed Guadalupe J. Aguirre to be and after he left the residence, tried to stop him by blocking him in with their vehicles, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He reportedly rammed two of the vehicles and drove off. The sheriff’s office said Aguirre departed from his vehicle at the 500 block of Lincoln Creek Road and fled on foot. Other members of the sheriff’s office, the state patrol and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, along with a fixed-wing aircraft from WSP responded to track him, according to sheriff’s Cmdr. Dusty Breen. K-9 Axel responded as well and at about 12:45 p.m., Aguirre was located. Breen said the subject began resisting and he and the dog ended up rolling down a hill together. The K-9’s contact with Aguirre resulted in bites in three locations, Breen said. He was cleared medically and subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault as well as the felony warrant from DOC for escape from community custody, according to Breen. One of the deputies whose vehicle was hit was checked at the scene for neck, back and shoulder pain, according to the sheriff’s office.

WANTED FELON LOSES FIREARM TO POLICE

• A 30-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning for felon in possession of a firearm and booked into the Lewis County Jail. Just before 11 a.m., officers saw Gregory S. Schroeder at an apartment on the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia with a female they knew to have a protection order against him, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police detained Schroeder for that, as well as an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, and ended up finding he had a gun on him, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• A deputy was called just before 4 o’clock this morning after the discovery of a vehicle prowl at the 3500 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Sometime after 1 p.m. yesterday, someone broke into a truck and stole a laptop computer and FAA identification, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Police were called about 10:10 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 2700 block of Colonial Drive in Centralia and learned a laptop computer and a purse were taken.

• Fishing gear was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked at the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police responded to a 10:30 p.m. call yesterday to a report a window on the 400 block of Downing Road in Centralia was damaged by a BB gun from someone in a passing vehicle. Officers were provided a description of the suspect vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

KNOCK, KNOCK: HAND OVER YOUR POT PLANTS PLEASE

• A Lewis County man has been charged with growing marijuana after deputies knocked on his front door and asked about it. Joshua K. Lewis, 41, said he’d intended to get a medical marijuana authorization the very next day, but law enforcement confiscated the 180 plants they found anyway, according to charging documents. The visit to the residence on the 5000 block of Jackson Highway took place in February, and last month prosecutors mailed a summons to Lewis telling him to appear in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday afternoon on the felony charge. He didn’t show up for the hearing. The letter was sent to his last known address, but it came back, so Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Nelson got a judge to sign a $5,000 arrest warrant. There were a few larger plants, among those in various states of growth, the documents state. The charge of manufacturing marijuana has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, for someone with no previous drug convictions. Court documents say the two deputies at Lewis’s door on Feb. 24 were acting on a tip.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Lewis County Fire District 6 responded to a vehicle that collided with a tree in the 300 block of Chilvers Road in Adna at 1:30 p.m. today. The first arriving engine found the sole occupant already out of the car – with only minor injuries from a seat belt worn at the time of the collision, according to District 6 spokesperson DJ Hammer. Airbags had deployed. The driver was assessed by personnel with American Medical Response (AMR) and then released, according to Hammer.

•  Officers responded to a report of one vehicle into a pole traffic collision at Marion and Royal streets in Centralia about 9:50 a.m. yesterday. At about 10:15 a.m., they were called to the 500 block of North Tower Avenue for a report of a car into a building. Nobody was injured in either incident, according to the Centralia Police Department. Firefighters reported there was no damage to the building.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute,  disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, third-degree theft, collision on city street, possible suicidal person … 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. today.

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Chilvers Road in Adna today. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

I-594: First local attempt at firearms transfer violation falls by the wayside

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Mossyrock man whose gunfire while deputies were outside his home drew a SWAT response over the weekend pleaded not guilty yesterday to fourth-degree assault, reckless endangerment and third-degree malicious mischief in Lewis County District Court.

When James C. Long was arrested early Sunday morning after a standoff that began on Saturday night, he was also booked for a violation of the firearms sales and transfers law for using his girlfriend’s gun, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

However, a judge did not find there was probable cause to hold him for that charge.

It was the first time the sheriff’s office had made an arrest for a violation of the law that went into effect in December 2014, following the passage of Initiative I-594, according to sheriff’s Cmdr. Dusty Breen.

The measure applied existing criminal and public safety background checks by licensed dealers to all firearm sales and transfers, including gun shows and online sales, with certain exceptions.

Shortly after the controversial law was enacted, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer and Lewis County Sheriff-Elect Rob Snaza announced they had no interest in portions of the law as it relates to transfers and otherwise law abiding citizens.

The events on Naylor Road southeast of Mossyrock began with a domestic argument over a malfunctioning heater and escalated when Long’s girlfriend found him with her revolver, tried to get it from him, and was shoved, according to the sheriff’s office.

She left and called 911 from a neighbor’s and her 73-year-old mother went back inside the house.

The sheriff’s office said Long fired multiple shots as his girlfriend was leaving. And after two deputies arrived, and were positioned on each side of the house, more rounds were fired, according to Breen.

Breen said the deputies heard the shots, with one deputy estimating it was three shots.

“He had broken out the window, we believe he had fired out the window,” Breen said. “But its a heavily wooded area and we weren’t able to find a clear path of the rounds.”

Nobody was struck by the gunfire and deputies fired no shots.

Breen said Long had been talking with them, but threw his phone outside and told the deputies to come get him.

They did. The 61-year-old was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Long requested a court appointed lawyer at his hearing on Monday before Judge Wade Samuelson. His bail was set at $10,000.

Once an attorney files a notice of appearance on Long’s behalf, a pre-trial hearing will be set.
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For background, read “SWAT team summoned after armed Mossy man tells deputies to come and get him,” from Sunday April 3, 2016, here