Posts Tagged ‘By Sharyn L. Decker’

News brief: Rochester fire burns outbuilding

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Investigators this morning are looking for the cause of a blaze last night that destroyed a medium-sized one-story shop building in Rochester.

Crews called at 8:47 p.m. to the 16600 block of Jordan Street Southwest found the structure fully involved in flames and fought the fire defensively, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

The adjacent house and shed were steaming from radiant heat, so they protected those buildings from igniting, Chief Robert Scott said.

Firefighters were on the scene into the early hours this morning, Scott said.

Nobody was injured and he wasn’t sure what the shop building contained, Scott said.

Social media marketing of weed for sale lands student in lockup

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A deputy was called to Toledo High School yesterday morning to follow up on a clue a student may be in possession of marijuana.

The evidence: A staff member showed the deputy a Facebook post allegedly made by the juvenile featuring a photo of four large buds and indicating he was trying to sell them, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy spoke to the 16-year-old boy, who pulled items out of his backpack and handed them over, according to the sheriff’s office.

A ziplock baggie containing 36.5 grams of the vegetable matter and another container with just shy of 14 grams were confiscated, the sheriff’s office reported this morning.

The teenager was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
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Updated at 12:39 p.m.

MEDS STOLEN FROM SHOPPING CART

• Chehalis police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday when a shopper said a male snatched prescription medications from her cart. Officers responding to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue were told he got into a vehicle and fled. It was cold medicine, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 10:35 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of West Sixth Street where an unknown person got inside an unlocked vehicle and rummaged around. Nothing initially appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to the 1200 block of Lum Road in Centralia about 1 p.m. yesterday where someone broke into a locked vehicle and stole a stereo and companion component. It looked as though the lock was “punched out,” according to the Centralia Police Department.

GARAGE PROWLER NOT LOCATED

• Morton police yesterday reported they didn’t find the individual who was prowling around inside a garage while the resident was home the night of Feb. 14 at the 800 block of West Main Avenue. An officer called about 9:30 p.m. that night was told that when the homeowner opened the garage door, the person fled the scene. Although the car door was left open, nothing appeared to be missing or damaged, according to the Morton Police Department.

COIN THEFT SUSPECT: ‘JUST BEING STUPID’

• Morton police arrested a 34-year-old Bonney Lake man for an incident from August in which someone tried to steal money from the coin machine at the Mossyrock Car Wash. An officer called on August 23 was shown where someone had drilled the key hole and also viewed surveillance images that showed a truck, and its license plate, pull up and a male get out and use a power tool on the padlock at 1:21 p.m. the day before, according to court documents. A Morton officer picked up the suspect on Friday as he was being released from the Pierce County Jail and the suspect allegedly admitted “he was just being stupid and that he needed gas money to get home,” charging documents state. Christopher McKee was booked into the Lewis County Jail and yesterday he was charged with attempted second-degree burglary. The judge allowed him release on a $5,000 unsecured bond. His arraignment is Thursday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Morton police yesterday reported they are still investigating a vehicle versus pedestrian collision from the evening of Feb. 13 at the 100 block of State Street in Mossyrock.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, graffiti, civil issue, parking complaint, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, third-degree domestic malicious mischief, possibly suicidal person, request to ask a woman to stop sending out photos of her husband’s genitals to people, very bitey small dog found running in and out of traffic … and more, among the 162 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

Centralia stabbing suspect denied attack

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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Marcelle J. Snodgrass consults with defense attorney Joely O’Rourke today in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set today at $250,000 for the Centralia woman accused of stabbing her roommate in the chest with a large kitchen knife yesterday afternoon.

Marcelle J. Snodgrass, 45, was handcuffed and shackled at her waist and ankles when she was brought into Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon.

She was charged with first-degree assault, a class A felony that carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Nelson asked the judge to hold Snodgrass on $500,000 bail, citing a threat to community safety and noting that when she was on electronic home monitoring on “the 16th” she tested positive for methamphetamine.

He said it he saw 11 convictions in Alaska for Snodgrass.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke in requesting bail of only $25,000 said she didn’t know anything about convictions in Alaska, but said other than a felony last year, her client’s most recent felony was 20 years ago.

The 26-year-old victim survived the injury which was described as deep but not life-threatening as it didn’t pierce any major organs. She was taken to the hospital yesterday evening and released by this morning.

The wound was just below her collarbone, according to court papers.

Charging papers and police indicate an officer called about 5:11 p.m. yesterday to a report of a stabbing victim contacted the woman near the intersection of North Washington Avenue and Park Street.

Brittany Ross told an officer Marci Snodgrass and she had been in an argument over rent money at the apartment on 200 block of North Ash Street and Snodgrass stabbed her with a knife that was long with a serrated blade and a black handle, according to court documents.

Ross said her friend Michael Mitchell was there and helped her out of the house. Mitchell corroborated her story, according to the documents.

When police went to the apartment and spoke with Snodgrass, she denied anything other than a verbal argument.

Detective Sgt. Carl Buster said this morning the victim and her friend ran, and she collapsed a few blocks from the apartment, but he didn’t have a phone and neighbors in the area called 911.

When officers searched the apartment, they retrieved a long, black-handled serrated knife hidden behind cookie sheets in the kitchen, with tissue and a substance on the first three inches of the blade, charging documents relate.

Snodgrass, through her lawyer, told the judge the woman hadn’t lived with her in a month, that she’d asked her move out because of drug use.

She indicated to the judge through sniffles that she was ill, didn’t have her medication and had suffered three seizures already while locked up.

O’Rourke said Snodgrass was unemployed, and living on SSI disability benefits and qualified for a court appointed lawyer.
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For background, read “Centralia woman stabbed, roommate arrested” from Monday February 22, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY WINLOCK

• A deputy was called about 6 p.m. on Saturday to a residential burglary on the 700 block of Nevil Road in Winlock in which an estimated $7,000 worth of valuables were stolen. Among the missing items are a 12-gauge shotgun, two chainsaws, two flat screen televisions, two electric winches, a video camera, a laptop computer and a torch kit, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BREAK-IN ETHEL

• Deputies were called about 4:20 a.m. yesterday when the door was discovered open and its lock damaged at the Ethel Market on the 1400 block of U.S. Highway 12. Nothing at first appeared to be missing but the owner subsequently discovered several high-end fishing rods were gone, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called at 11 a.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 300 block of Northwest Georgia Avenue.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday regarding a tire slashed on a vehicle at Northeast Washington Avenue near Main Street.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances … and more, among the 103 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: Chehalis woman hurt when truck flips over on state Route 6

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 19-year-old was injured when her pickup struck a culvert and flipped onto its top this morning along state Route 6 about six and a half miles east of Pe Ell.

Troopers called to the scene about 5:40 a.m. report that Ryley R. Lusk, of Chehalis, was not wearing a seat belt and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. A hospital spokesperson said she is listed in good condition.

Her 1999 Ford F350 truck is described as totaled.

Lusk had been heading eastbound when her vehicle left the roadway to the right and traveled into a ditch, according to the Washington State Patrol.

She was to be issued citations for not wearing a seat belt and for wheels off the roadway, according to the state patrol.

Centralia woman stabbed, roommate arrested

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 45-year-old woman is in police custody after allegedly stabbing her roommate in the chest yesterday afternoon in Centralia.

Police were called about 5:11 p.m. by neighbors a few blocks away from the apartment on the 200 block of North Ash Street where the victim had collapsed after fleeing the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Officers responded to the apartment where they took Marcelle J. Snodgrass, 45 of Centralia, into custody without incident, according to police.

The dispute between Snodgrass and her roommate was over rent money that Snodgrass believed was owed to her, police said this morning.

The 26-year-old victim sustained one fairly deep wound in her upper chest, detective Sgt. Carl Buster said. She has already been released from the hospital.

“Doctors said it didn’t hit anything vital,” Buster said.

A search of the apartment turned up a large kitchen knife believed to have been used in the assault, according to police.

Snodgrass was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, February 21st, 2016
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South Tower Avenue, this morning. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Police and firefighters called about 4:20 a.m. today to the 200 block of South Tower Avenue found a suspected drowsy driver with minor injuries and his truck damaged from striking a fire hydrant, the side of a building and a utility pole. The 18-year-old Centralia man was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

VANDALISM

• Police called about 9:45 p.m. on Friday after an individual broke out windows on a car at the 300 block of East Pine Street learned the suspect had left the scene but are referring the case for a charge of third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police say when they assisted the Department of Corrections in picking up a 38-year-old man at the 1100 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia on Friday, they found suspected drugs on him. Jake A. Ruble was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OOPS

• Nathaniel E. Norris, 37, was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license after an officer saw him drive himself to the Centralia Police Department for a probation appointment on Friday morning, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual,  other incidents such as arrests for third-degree theft, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among the 139 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

Custodial sexual misconduct charge dismissed in prison counselor case

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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Kristina M. Auckland consults with her defense attorney today in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – There will be no trial for the Cedar Creek Corrections Center counselor accused of committing a crime by spending nights at a Centralia motel with a former inmate, including the day he was released from prison.

Lewis County prosecutors dropped the charge of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct they had filed last autumn against Kristina M. Auckland.

They also dismissed a charge of witness tampering and offered Auckland a deal.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Sheila Weirth told a judge today it was because of problems with evidence that would have made it difficult for the state to proceed. Weirth instead charged Auckland with two gross misdemeanors; attempted tampering with a witness and suggested Auckland’s contact with the alleged victim was the reason prosecutors may not have been able to prove their case.

“It would have depended upon (the alleged victim’s) truthfulness at trial,” Weirth said.

The 31-year-old Castle Rock woman was arrested Nov. 19, spent one night in jail and was charged with a felony prosecutors said was because she supervised the inmate in prison and that even after his release, she would have influence over his treatment while he was on community custody.

The 33-year-old man was released from confinement on Oct. 18. After Auckland’s arrest, he told detectives the relationship was completely consensual, according to court documents.

Centralia attorney Shane O’Rourke defended his client vigorously before Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler this afternoon.

He said he didn’t think he’d ever been a part of a case where the two sides were so far apart in their interpretations. Auckland wasn’t in a supervisory position over the former inmate, he said.

“We believe no crime was committed in this case,” O’Rourke said. “This is a product of hours of investigation.”

O’Rourke told the judge that even though he believed his client would have been exonerated at trial, because she couldn’t be certain of that and because of her children, she wanted to go along with the plea deal.

Auckland made an Alford plea this afternoon to two counts of attempted tampering with a witness.

She doesn’t admit guilt, but agreed if a judge or jury heard the facts as presented by prosecutors and believed them, it would be highly likely they would find her guilty.

O’Rourke asked the judge to defer her sentence for as long as two years and said if it were up to him, he’d give her zero jail time.

Weirth recommended she spend 30 days in jail and have the rest of a 364 day sentence suspended.

“Her behavior was very, very serious,” she said. “Especially after she was ordered by the court and admonished by the court not have contact.”

Weirth also asked that Auckland be prohibited from contacting the former inmate for as long as she works for the state Department of Corrections; not for his protection, but for the protection of the state agency.

Judge Lawler said no to a no-contact order, unless the former inmate requested it.

Lawler sentenced Auckland to 364 days in jail, with all but 30 of the days suspended. He said she could do her time on electronic home monitoring.

“That’s a break you’re getting,” Lawler told her. “If you violate that, you’re going to get a bunch more time.”

The trial which was to begin next week in Lewis County Superior Court was stricken from the calendar. Auckland has until the evening of March 15 to begin her month of house arrest.

As of today, she remained on administrative leave from her job, according to her lawyer.

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For background, read “Prosecutors: Littlerock prison employee recommends early release for inmate, meets him at motel” from Friday November 20, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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Updated at 6:11 p.m.

BREAK-IN VADER

• A pump-action shotgun, two diamond rings and approximately 40 tablets of Oxycodone are among the items missing following a residential burglary at the 100 block of Enchantment Lane in Vader. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning it occurred sometime since Tuesday. Also taken was heart medication, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at $2,700.

BREAK-IN PACKWOOD

• A deputy was called to the Packwood Community Center on the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 12 about 4 p.m. yesterday following the discovery that someone had stolen a box of hamburgers valued at $100 sometime during the previous week. An interior door was found damaged as well, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police yesterday morning arrested two people for second-degree burglary in a case associated with the 1100 block of West First Street. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Amber L. Boehm, 21, of Vancouver and Justin W. Cameron, 20, of Washougal, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called at about 8:25 a.m. regarding intruders at the Church of the Nazarene learned the two had come in through an unlocked door the night before – while there were people in the gym – spent the night in the nursery and each drank a bottle of juice they found on the counter, according to charging papers. The detective found them hiding in a basement bathroom, the documents state. Each wrote a letter of apology and after the church administrator consulted with the church elder who indicated they wanted to press charges, the detective arrested them and they were charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with the class B felony. The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison. Bail was set at $10,000.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue by an individual who said he observed two people in his vehicle attempting to start it. He told them to get out and two suspects were subsequently arrested for vehicle theft, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Nathan A. Cheney, 22, and Christine M. Rahnert, 43, both from Centralia, according to police. Cheney’s defense attorney this afternoon told the judge he believed he was just getting a ride. The pair were each charged in Lewis County Superior Court with attempted motor vehicle theft and allowed release on $20,000 unsecured bonds.

• Centralia police yesterday began investigating a vehicle theft associated with the 300 block of North Diamond Street. The victim received a notice of impound on her vehicle and learned it was no longer in storage, according to the Centralia Police Department. She reports that the vehicle was last seen in December and she learned it had been stolen when she received the impound notice, according to police.

FATHER’S ITEMS PAWNED

• A 28-year-old man was booked into the Lewis County Jail this morning, based on a warrant issued when charges were filed on Dec. 30 for first-degree trafficking in stolen property. According to charging documents, a Lewis County resident on Sept. 23 reported the theft of “items” he had noticed were missing from his garage. The victim told a deputy he learned a pawn shop in Olympia sent a letter to his ex-wife indicating his son Shane M. Randall had pawned “items” and not repaid the loan, according to the court documents. The unidentified items were retrieved, according to the documents. Randall’s bail was set this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court at $10,000.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia at about 10:45 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl. Sometime during the night someone stole a headlamp, paperwork and CDs from an unlocked vehicle,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MONEY

• Centralia police were called to the 300 block of Spruce Street about 1:25 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of cash from the home owner’s wallet. A person of interest has been identified, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police were called about 8:50 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of narcotic medications at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: STUDENT SHOVES TEACHER

• A deputy was called to Winlock Middle School yesterday morning after an 11-year-old boy reportedly became upset and pushed a teacher. The case is being referred to prosecutors for a possible charge of fourth-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, trespassing, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street; complaint an individual appears to be living in vehicle in parking lot and going to the bathroom outdoors … and more, among the 130 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
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BURGLARY MINERAL

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to a residential burglary at the 500 block of Mineral Hill Road in Mineral. Missing were cords and adaptors as well as vaping supplies and an Xbox controller, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A 1998 Chevrolet S10 pickup was reported stolen yesterday evening from the 2900 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Silver Creek, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is less than $1,500, according to the sheriff’s office.

DINE AND DASH WITH A TWIST

• Centralia police were called about 2:15 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of West Main Street after a couple left a pre-paid credit card as payment for their meal and while the restaurant tried to confirm there were funds available, got up and walked out. They were described as in their late teens to early 20s and both carrying backpacks, according to the Centralia Police Department.

APARTMENT ARSON

• Firefighters were called about 5:25 p.m. yesterday to an apartment building on the 300 block of Northeast First Street in Winlock where someone had set a shoebox on fire in a hallway just inside the front door. Whoever it was had then rung doorbells and ran off, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. The box contained shoes and T-shirts, which tenants extinguished and put outside, Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said. Police are investigating, he said.

GRAND MOUND SWAT

• The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office reported about 10:45 p.m. yesterday their event involving a SWAT team in Grand Mound ended peacefully, with their suspect in custody and nobody injured. KOMOnews.com reported 25-year-old Kyle Bachman barricaded himself inside his home in the area of Highway 99 and 183rd Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. with his girlfriend and their infant child when a deputy arrived to arrest him for violating a court order.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 26-year-old Chehalis man was hospitalized because of back pain after his car hit a ditch and went airborne yesterday evening near milepost 15 of Jackson Highway in Toledo. A deputy responding to the approximately 6:10 p.m. wreck reported the 2000 Ford Focus sustained major damage and cited the driver for wheels off the roadway and no insurance, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual,  other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, possible fraud, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among the 146 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today

Senior citizen admits meth possession, apologizes to court

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 77-year-old Centralia man who was kicked out of his retirement home and jailed for sprinkling methamphetamine in his coffee pleaded guilty today.

Nelson R. Berquist was arrested in December, after police were called to Cooks Hill Manor and told Berquist had offered a portion of his stash to someone there.

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Nelson R. Berquist in December 2015

He told arriving officers he had more in his room, and they confiscated a small baggie from a wicker basket.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello this morning told a judge that in the interest of justice, he was recommending Berquist be sentenced to 11 days and given credit for time served.

Masiello and defense attorney David Arcuri struck a deal in which Berquist pleaded guilty to possession only and the charge of delivery of a controlled substance was dismissed.

Masiello told the judge he felt like the one charge held the defendant accountable.

“The mandatory minimum penalty would have required prison,” he said.

Arcuri called it a bizarre situation and told the judge he couldn’t overstate his appreciation to prosecutors.

“It suit the jail and it suits other factions as well,” Arcuri said.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler went along with the agreed recommendation and also ordered 12 months of community custody through the state Department of Corrections.

Berquist, who has been out of custody and staying at a motel with assistance from family, was asked if he wanted to make a statement on his own behalf. He was accompanied to the courthouse by a caregiver.

“No, except I’m sorry,” he replied.

Outside the courtroom, Masiello said obviously Berquist had some pretty serious physical conditions, and he was not comfortable sending someone like Berquist to prison.

“This also reflects the reality of the case,” Masiello said. “He was just offering to give it away, not sell it.”
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For background, read “Court grapples with release of senior citizen inmate with nowhere to go” from Wednesday December 9, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
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Updated at 4:12 p.m.

ASSAULT ON OFFICER

• A 32-year-old who allegedly scratched an officer’s arms while trying to break free as she was being detained for a warrant was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault last night. It was about 8:15 p.m. at the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia when Jacqueline M. Kilmer was contacted by police, according to the Centralia Police Department. Kilmer, a Chehalis resident, was subsequently booked without further incident, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday evening recovered a stolen and burnt car near milepost 6 of the 3000 Line off Lincoln Creek Road. The red 2007 Ford Mustang belonging to a 21-year-old Bucoda resident had been taken from where it was parked at  Schaeffer Park in Centralia between Feb. 2 and on Feb. 3, according to the sheriff’s office. Someone abandoned it and set a fire inside, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

OTHER THEFT

• An officer took a report of the theft of cash from a briefcase while it was unattended at the 1400 block of Kresky Avenue in Centralia yesterday morning.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday by a motorist who said while his vehicle was at the park and ride lot –  in the area off Main Street near Liberty Place – someone stole a Helly Hanson jacket, a Black and Decker drill and a Craftsman socket set. It happened between 8 p.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 7:50 a.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue where an individual reported their purse-wallet was taken out of an unlocked vehicle while it was left unattended in a parking stall.

DRUGS

• Briana A Carrouthers, 32, of Chehalis was arrested and booked for outstanding warrants and possession of heroin after contact with an officer about 7:50 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.  Prosecutors declined to file the felony drug charge today.

VANDALISM

• An officer was contacted just after noon yesterday at the Centralia Police Department to take a complaint that an individual’s vehicle was spray painted while it was parked unattended in Centralia. The owner wasn’t sure where it had occurred, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNWELCOME MESSAGES

• Chehalis police were called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday by an individual on Northwest New York Avenue who reported being harassed on Facebook by someone. The complaint was handled with a phone call, according to a spokesperson for the Chehalis Police Department.

• The Lewis County Coroner’s Office alerted Chehalis police yesterday morning they had received a death threat via voice mail message a week earlier. The victim said it sounded almost mechanical or even computer generated, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer discovered the phone number it came from appeared to belong to a landline near Baghdad, Iraq, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The message essentially warned, “be careful, someone’s going to kill you,” Bailey said. A report was taken for informational purposes, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Police and aid responded to an approximately 3:30 a.m. wreck today where a big rig hauling lumber northbound on Interstate 5 at Chehalis left the freeway and came to rest in a swampy area near Northwest Maryland Avenue. The driver was uninjured, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. The semi took out several feet of fencing and spilled lumber, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver, a 42-year-old resident of Camas, was cited for wheels off roadway and the inspection showed a brake on the trailer was out of adjustment, according to Trooper Will Finn.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, receipt of counterfeit $20 bill … and more, among the 166 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6 a.m. today

News brief: Morton resident injured in Highway 101 wreck in Pacific County

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Updated at 4:31 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Morton man was airlifted to a Portland hospital overnight after a single-vehicle crash on Highway 101 about seven miles northwest of Naselle.

Troopers called just before 11:30 p.m. yesterday report the gold 2001 Chevrolet Blazer was southbound when for unknown reasons it left the roadway to the right and struck a tree stump.

The driver, Jeffrey R. Moulton, 28, was injured and transported by air to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, according to the Washington State Patrol. A hospital spokesperson shortly after 8 a.m. said Moulton was still being evaluated but by this afternoon, he was listed in fair condition.

The Blazer was totaled, according to the state patrol.

The investigating trooper reports it’s unknown if Moulton had been wearing a seat belt.

The cause is under investigation, but they suspect alcohol or drugs to be involved.

Gina Schmidt: Still no sign of Centralia resident after 24 months

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
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Centralia police are hoping for tips on the whereabouts of Gina D. Schmidt.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

It’s been two years and one day since a Centralia woman was last seen, and police are once again reaching out to the public for information that might help them locate her.

Gina D. Schmidt was 48 years old and described as a vulnerable adult when police began looking into her disappearance. She was last seen at 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2014 when she was dropped off by a taxi at the 300 block of North Tower Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

She had just been discharged from Providence Centralia Hospital at Cooks Hill and South Scheuber roads in Centralia.

Schmidt wasn’t reported missing until early May of that year and investigators found the situation at her apartment was her belongings were left as though she fully intended to return.

Schmidt has a history of alcohol abuse and medical issues including seizures, according to polIce.

She is described as a white female who is 5-feet 2-inches tall, weighing about 125 pounds, with graying blond shoulder length hair and blue eyes.

Centralia police say she was last seen dressed in blue sweatpants with a tan and multi-colored long polyester coat, and she had a white tube sock on her arm.

Any information regarding her whereabouts can be forwarded to the Centralia Police Department detective’s division, referencing case number 14A3683.

For those wishing to earn a reward or remain anonymous, they can call Crime Stoppers of Lewis County at 1-800-748-9268.

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For background, read “Centralia resident disappears after leaving hospital” from Thursday June 12, 2014, here

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
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Updated at 4:42 p.m.

DRUGS

• A 22-year-old Centralia resident was arrested yesterday afternoon for possession of heroin after contact with police at the 100 block of West High Street in Centralia. Mateo A. Miramontes was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that  a Chehalis Tribal Police officer made contact with a 55-year-old Vancouver, Washington man at the End of the Trails gas station near Oakville around 2:30 a.m. today and found him to be in possession of an unspecified illegal drug. The man, un-named, was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and transported by deputies to jail where he was booked, according to Chief Deputy Steve Shumate.

• A 41-year-old Shelton man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and other offenses after Chehalis police were called to a report of shoplifting at Wal-Mart at about 10:15 a.m. yesterday. Larry J. Bradley had a warrant and a search of his vehicle allegedly turned up four pipes, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Bradley was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 33-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of drugs after he was contacted by Chehalis police in connection with alleged attempted shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Saturday afternoon. An officer responding to the Louisiana Avenue retailer found Steven M. Mullins had three outstanding warrants and subsequently located a needle with a clear brown substance as well as small plastic baggie of a white crystal substance, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Mullins was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday for a burglary at the 400 block of East Pine Street. Missing is a gaming system and a computer tablet, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN ONALASKA

• A 19-year-old Onalaska resident was arrested on Friday morning after deputies reviewed security images from a burglary the night before at a gas station and convenience store on state Route 508 at Jorgensen Road in Onalaska. They were called about 9:40 p.m. last Thursday to find a window was damaged and various property missing, including approximately $200 worth of cigarettes, $200 cash and then $330 worth of glass pipes and other smoking devices, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The images led to a suspect, Joseph M. Neer, who was arrested for second-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 3:15 p.m. on Friday to a church on the 1800 block of Southwest Snively Avenue following the discovery someone had pried open the door to  storage shed and stole property including a table top barbecue and tools.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police took a report about 3 a.m. on Saturday of a vehicle prowl at the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard in which a toolbox was stolen.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 8:50 a.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Yew Street regarding the back window of a vehicle broken out, possibly by a BB, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 7:50 p.m. on Sunday to a home on Northwest New York Avenue to take a report that a 21-year-old Centralia man who had been house-sitting destroyed many items in the home. Officer had been to the residence several hours earlier for a suicidal person and he was taken to the hospital, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers are forwarding information to prosecutors for a possible charge of first-degree malicious mischief, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 6:30 a.m. call today of a hit and run to a fire hydrant at the 800 block of Elm Street. There is no suspect vehicle information, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual,  other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, harassment, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, employee theft, suspicious circumstances, landlord-tenant problems  … and more, among the 127 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:10 a.m. today

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Monday, February 15th, 2016
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ASSAULTS

• Centralia police were called about 3:20 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Virginia Drive where an individual said he answered a knock at the door and was assaulted by multiple males. He was unable to provide a reason for the assault or information on the suspects, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details were not readily available.

• Police were called just before 10 p.m. on Saturday to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia where a 65-year-old Winlock woman allegedly assaulted three hospital staff. Bonnie J. Bishop was arrested for third-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT OF TOOLS

• Centralia police were called about 10:50 p.m. on Saturday regarding a burglary at the 1700 block of Kresky Avenue. Tools and computers were reported stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT OF CAR

• Centralia police took a report of a stolen car from the 300 block of East Pine Street on Saturday afternoon. Missing is a teal-colored 1997 Dodge Neon, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HOUSE FIRE

• A fire in a vacant single-story house in Ryderwood on Friday afternoon was found to be caused by clothing pushed up against a wall heater. Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said he estimated as much as $30,000 damage to the home on the 100 block of Madison Street. The resident had passed away about a week earlier so it was vacant, but relatives had been there cleaning a few days before the fire, McCarty said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, suspicious circumstances … and more, among the 124 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today

News brief: Wood stove at the center of Winlock fire

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
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The two-story house remains standing, but ruined by the Thursday evening fire. / Courtesy photo by Derrick Paul

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The blaze that destroyed a Winlock home originated around the wood stove, Fire Investigator Derrick Paul said today.

Paul said he didn’t know exactly what happened, whether maybe something was left to close or its pipe failed.

What he does know for sure is a smoke alarm alerted the sleeping occupant, enabling him to get out.

“Without a doubt, it would have been a different story if he did not have working smoke detectors,” Paul said.

The resident had lit his wood stove before going to bed, he works a night shift, according to authorities.

Crews responding to the Thursday evening call at the 200 block of Walter Road found heavy flames at the front of the two-story house.

He was able to escape, but sustained a little bit of smoke inhalation, Paul said. And, he suffered second-degree burns on his feet from walking over melted linoleum on his way out, he said.

Lewis County Fire District 15 Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said yesterday the residence and its contents are a total loss.

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MORE HEROIN ARRESTS

• Three people were arrested when drug detectives served another search warrant at a Chehalis residence this week, this one on the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard, according to Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello. The primary target in the case was 23-year-old Jacob C. Hampton, who was charged yesterday with three deliveries of heroin to informants during the period between Dec. 1 and Thursday when members of the Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team went to the apartment he shared with 20-year-old Kimberly J. Hicks and their two small children, according to prosecutors. Charging papers say they found a drug kit on the kitchen table, containing digital scales as well as baggies with a brown residue. Located on Hicks’ person was a prescription Suboxone strip, according to the documents. Detectives allegedly persuaded Hicks to contact the person she said was her supplier and ask him to bring her some heroin, according to the documents. When Chehalis resident James M. Barnes, 42, arrived, he was arrested as well. A small amount of heroin was found in his vehicle, as well as a drug kit, and detectives were led to believe Barnes was there to pick up money from Hicks, which he would use to obtain her heroin, according to allegations. Barnes was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with attempted delivery of a controlled substance and possession; his bail set at $10,000. Hicks was charged with one count of delivery of heroin, one count of possession and a third count related to possession of the Suboxone; her bail set with a $10,000 unsecured bond. Hampton was additionally charged with heroin possession. Hampton’s bail was set at $20,000. JNET served a search warrant on Wednesday at a house on  Southwest Fourth Street in Chehalis, arresting a 29-year-old man for two alleged sales of heroin previously to confidential informants, as well as other offenses related to their search.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 700 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia. Missing were two debit cards and a stereo, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MYSTERY GUEST

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 12:50 a.m. call today to the 1000 block of Eckerson Road regarding an unknown person staying in a room they hadn’t paid for. No arrest was made, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, collision on state highway … and more, among the 141 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today

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Friday, February 12th, 2016
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Updated at 1:20 p.m.

IN-TOWN ROUNDUP

• A cow being off-loaded at the veterinary hospital on the 1300 block of South Gold Street escaped, leading to a police pursuit that took five police officers about two and a half hours yesterday evening. At one point the animal “bowled over” one individual and also led to the bus garage on South Locust Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Eventually it was tranquilized and returned to its owner, according to police.

WAL-MART ARRESTS

• A 41-year-old suspected shoplifter reportedly got into a struggle with a police officer in the Wal-Mart parking lot yesterday morning in Chehalis, leading to a minor hand injury for the officer, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police called just before 8 a.m. to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue were told he had filled up backpacks with merchandise but dropped them before leaving the building, according to police. It turns out Imra G. Vanwolvelaere and his female companion had arrived to the store in a stolen truck, Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said. He was arrested for third-degree assault and Julia E. Tucker, 35, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, Kaut said. The Easton-area pair were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

UP IN SMOKE

• A deputy who contacted individuals parked after hours last night at the post office on the 100 block of Gershick Road in Silver Creek recognized from his training the large plume of smoke that exited the passenger window as coming from marijuana, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The keys were in the ignition of the vehicle which was was running and the 19-year-old behind the wheel allegedly failed field sobriety tests, according to the sheriff’s office. Blood was drawn from Tristan B. Watson via warrant at Providence Centralia Hospital and he was arrested, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The Mossyrock resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail for being in physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated and minor in possession of marijuana, Brown said.

REPORT OF SCAM

• Centralia police were called at 1 p.m. yesterday by a man at the 300 block of West Pine Street who reported he was convinced to send money overseas to an unknown person via bank transfer. The case is still under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police took a report from an individual who called 911 about 4 p.m. yesterday from the 1200 block of Mellen Street, who said they loaned their cell phone to a stranger and left for a minute and when they returned, both were gone.

NIGHTTIME VISITOR ARRESTED

• A 35-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief after allegedly throwing a rock and breaking the glass screen door on a residence on the 600 block of Northwest Folson Street in Chehalis. Police called at 1:35 a.m. today booked Carey R. Cosgrove into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Cosgrove and the resident know each other, police said.

COP INTERVENES FOR THERAPEUTIC COMPANION DOG

• Morton police on Tuesday morning were called to the 500 block of Adams Avenue where an individual said he had been turned away from a business because of his therapeutic companion dog. The officer researched the state and federal law regarding service dogs and informed the individuals denying the man access that the man had the proper doctor’s paperwork and approval, according to the Morton Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Prosecutors charged a 61-year-old Chehalis man yesterday with unlawful use of a building for drug purposes after arresting his grown son for allegedly selling drugs at least once from their shared home on Southwest Fourth Street, off Market Boulevard. Craig A. Godsey, 61, and Michael N. Godsey, 29, were both arrested on Wednesday, the same day a warrant was served at the residence by members of the Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team. Court documents state that twice since Jan. 1 a confidential informant purchased heroin from the younger Godsey. The father allegedly admitted to police on Wednesday he was a methamphetamine user and told them they would find a pipe in his room. A search of the son’s room allegedly turned up two baggies of suspected meth, a digital scale with a brown substance on its plate and two suspected forged checks written out to Michael Godsey, according to charging documents. Michael Godsey was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, one count of possession of heroin and two counts of forgery. His bail was set at $20,000. His father’s bail was set with a $10,000 unsecured bond.

SAVING LIVES

• “It was a good day,” Chehalis Fire Department member Derek Pedersen said of his 24-hour shift that ended this morning. Firefighters and medics called at 6:45 p.m. yesterday to a home on Fourth Street for a man who was unconscious were able to revive him with CPR and by “zapping” him twice, Pedersen said. The patient was talking and laughing by the time he got to the hospital, he said. Pedersen called it miraculous, something that doesn’t happen very often.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disturbance, misdemeanor theft, disorderly persons, suspicious circumstances, cat dishes and ashtrays from back patio being moved to alley … and more, among the 144  calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today

Winlock man escapes fire that destroys house

Friday, February 12th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A two-story house just south of Winlock was ravaged by fire yesterday evening and its sole occupant who had been sleeping escaped with minor burns.

Members of five fire departments responded to the approximately 6:10 p.m. call to the 200 block of Walter Road, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.

“The first arriving unit reported a single two-story residence with heavy involvement on the front side, the front porch and extending into the living quarters,” Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson said.

They fought the fire defensively, transitioning out of the active attack after about an hour and forty five minutes, Anderson said.

The roof and second floor collapsed, leaving the home and its contents as a total loss, he said.

The resident who work a night shift had been asleep, but was able to get out with just minor burns to his foot, Anderson said. Some friends took him to the hospital to be checked, he said.

A fire investigator responded to find the cause of the fire, although it didn’t appear suspicious, Anderson said. Crews were on the scene until almost 1 a.m., he said.

Morton police: Alleged Facebook shenanigans bring criminal charges

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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Jennifer M. Mau looks toward her temporary defense attorney as her court hearing wraps up.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 36-year-old Morton woman was arrested yesterday, accused of creating a Facebook profile to make it appear her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend posted a threat.

Jennifer M. Mau was booked into the Lewis County Jail last night arrested for criminal impersonation and identity theft, however the charges filed today in Lewis County Superior Court were slightly different.

Judge James Lawler allowed her to be released on a $10,000 signature bond.

The information in charging papers gives the following account of what led to the arrest:

On Christmas Eve, an officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Main Avenue in Morton where Loren Hedge said Mau, his girlfriend, informed him Amber Osmanberg had put up a message on Facebook threatening Hedge and Mau.

The message included statements such as “Just wait till you are sleeping!!”; “You got nerves.”; “I’ll go to jail, I don’t care.”; and “I’ll get you when you least expect it.”

Osmanberg, 31, was the protected party in an order restraining Hedge and Mau from contacting her.

Morton police discovered two accounts for Osmanberg on Facebook, one which appeared to have been created earlier the same day.

Osmanberg denied the message and said she knew nothing about it.

Through a series of warrants served on Facebook, Verizon and Sprint, officers learned the second Facebook profile had been created using Internet Protocol addresses owned by Mau and associated with her cell phone.

When police spoke to Mau at her home yesterday, she denied creating the Facebook account and denied having an issue with Osmanberg.

Mau is charged with second-degree identity theft, a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. She is also charged with the gross misdemeanor of malicious prosecution.

Mau is a former a criminal justice student, best known in the past locally for her private endeavors to search for missing children in high profile cases. She was convicted of insurance fraud in 2010 in Lewis County Superior Court, but three years later the Washington State Supreme Court overturned her conviction.

The arraignment in her new case is scheduled for Feb. 25.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge this afternoon Mau is unemployed and qualified for a court-appointed lawyer.

 

Bail set at $150,000 for Randle man accused of sexual assaulting girlfriend

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The arrest of a 21-year-old Randle resident came after the White Pass High School principal came across “disturbing” postings on Facebook which seemed to involve students and notified law enforcement on Monday.

Charging documents filed yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court state a deputy responded to the school and then spoke to former girlfriends of Nickolas J. Hardman-Schmitt and then interviewed him.

The nature of the posts reportedly made by Hardman-Schmitt were not disclosed, but the investigation led to his Monday arrest.

According to charging documents, a 19-year-old who said they dated told the deputy of an instance where Hardman-Schmitt allegedly ignored her telling him no, she did not want to have sex.

A second incident allegedly involved Hardman-Schmitt’s request to role play a rape scene and although she refused, he allegedly went ahead, putting his hands around her throat and squeezing until she saw spots, the documents allege.

During his investigation, Deputy Tim English also spoke with a 13-year-old girl who shared Facebook posts from Hardman-Schmitt in which he repeatedly asked her to be “friends with benefits”, which the girl understood to mean he wanted to have sex with her, the documents state.

Hardman-Schmitt was charged yesterday with two counts of third-degree rape and one count of second-degree assault with sexual motivation as well as felony communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge yesterday her client had absolutely no criminal history as a bail amount was discussed. She said he has a stable address where he resides with his father.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh said the allegations were serious and requested Hardman-Schmitt be held on $150,000 bail.

O’Rourke said Hardman-Schmitt had been working as a cook at a Randle restaurant but was currently unemployed and she believed he qualified for a court appointed attorney.

Judge James Lawler set bail as prosecutors requested and signed orders prohibiting contact with the alleged victims.

Third-degree rape is a class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Second-degree assault with sexual motivation holds a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The defendant was initially charged in Lewis County District Court with communication with a minor for immoral purposes, a gross misdemeanor, but that charge was dismissed and re-filed as a felony in Superior Court.

His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 18 in Lewis County Superior Court.

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Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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Updated at 11:51 a.m.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 2 o’clock this morning of a 1990 Honda Accord stolen from the 1100 block of South Pearl Street. The car is described as silver in color with a black hood, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POSSIBLE BEAK-IN

• Chehalis police were called about 11:25 a.m. yesterday about a possible burglary on Southwest 10th Street off Market Boulevard. Further details were not available.

PACKAGE THEFT

• Chehalis police were called at 3 p.m. yesterday by an individual who said she was advised an item she’d ordered online had been delivered but didn’t receive it at the 600 block of Northwest West Street. The loss is about $85, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a car battery, taken from an unoccupied vehicle parked at the 300 block of West Pine Street in Centralia.

FRAUD

• Jennifer M. Mau, of Morton, was arrested last night for criminal impersonation and identity theft, according to the Morton Police Department. Police Chief Roger Morningstar said he could not talk about the details, as an investigation is ongoing. Mau was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• An individual on Southwest Cascade Avenue called Chehalis police yesterday morning about a possible attempted fraud related to his account information. Further details were not available.

• Chehalis police were called about 1 p.m. yesterday by a person on the 600 block of Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis regarding several incidents of identity theft and fraud. Further details were not available.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday morning about the children’s play area being spray painted with graffiti at the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disturbance, hit and run, shoplifting, suicidal person, disorderly students, loud neighbor music … and more, among the 140-plus calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending shortly before 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Investigation continues into Mandy Road death

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office today said they know blunt force injuries are what killed the man found deceased on Mandy Road last week, but the manner of his death won’t be determined until further investigation.

The body of Patrick Pemberton, 48, of Tumwater, was discovered by a passing motorist about 8 p.m. last Thursday, according to authorities.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said at the time there was no evidence of foul play and they believed Pemberton either jumped or fell from the Interstate 5 overpass above the road.

Witnesses had seen a man walking across the freeway bridge in south Lewis County, acting erratic, the sheriff’s office said.

The coroner’s office today said it has positively identified Pemberton.

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For background, read “News brief: Man’s body found on South Lewis County road” from Friday February 5, 2016, here