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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 18th, 2014

FEMALE FOUND IN WOODS, HOSPITALIZED

• Centralia police were called about 5:10 p.m. yesterday by a woman on a cell phone asking for help from a wooded area south of the hospital on South Schueber Road. Once she was located, she was taken to the hospital to be evaluated as she seemed disoriented, according to the Centralia Police Department. Few details were being released this morning. Officers are still investigating how she ended up where she did, and what happened, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

EMPLOYEES INJURED BY PATIENT

• Police were called to Providence Centralia Hospital about 7 p.m. yesterday regarding two employees allegedly assaulted by a patient. One had a concussion, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case involving a 23-year-old Centralia resident is being forwarded to prosecutors with a recommendation of charges of third-degree assault, according to police.

FOLKS FLEEING

• A 55-year-old Winlock man was arrested after he reportedly fled officers attempting to contact him in the area of the 1100 block of South Schueber Road in Centralia around 1 p.m. yesterday. Centralia police say Steven M. Yoke abandoned his car after a short distance and ran away, but was apprehended by officers with assistance from a police dog. The sheriff’s office wanted to talk with him about an assault case, according to the Centralia Police Department. Yoke was booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding, according to police.

• Centralia police were called about 5 p.m. yesterday by a motorist who said they were rear-ended at Harrison Avenue and Galvin Road by a Honda car that didn’t stop. Police were told the victim followed the bronze-colored vehicle to the area of Foron Road where its driver indicated he had a warrant for his arrest, and left again,  according to the Centralia Police Department. Police were given a license plate number for the suspect car.

THEFT

• Police were contacted yesterday by a business on the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia regarding missing money. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of South Diamond Street where the resident reported money missing from an account. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC INCIDENT

• A 34-year-old Winlock woman who allegedly kicked a door and damaged a  $500 guitar belonging to her live-in boyfriend was arrested early yesterday morning for disorderly conduct and third-degree malicious mischief. Deputies responding about 2:50 a.m. to the 200 block of Burnett Road booked Kara R. Jones-Pierce into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 2:20 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

BOAT STALLS ON RIVER AFTER DARK, OPERATOR STUCK

• Deputies took to the water to rescue a stranded boater last night on the Cowlitz River near the 2200 block of Spencer Road in Salkum. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters responded about 9:15 p.m. because the 56-year-old Tacoma man had engine trouble and drifted about 100 yards downstream from the boat launch at Barrier Dam but the bank was too steep for him to get to the shore, according to the sheriff’s office. He had managed already to drop off a passenger, who called 911, according to the sheriff’s office. Members of Lewis County Fire District 8 provided lighting for the area and deputies using their boat picked the man up, according to responders.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting; responses for misdemeanor assault, attempted scam via email, little dog nipping a small child, collisions on city streets; complaints about neighbors … and more.

Morton mother recovering from stabbing, teen son remains locked up

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 15-year-old Morton boy locked up for allegedly stabbing his mother told police he was upset, that she’d laughed about him twice to other people that afternoon and he’d had enough.

She told him to get a towel to wrap around her arm, and he did, according to court documents. But after 35-year-old Rhiannon Foister went downstairs to the living room, fell beneath a table and told him to get her something to put on her wounds, he told her no, that he wanted her to hurt like he had for the past 15 years, the documents state.

And the teen walked out the door to stand in the driveway to wait for police.

Morton Police Department Police Chief Dan Mortensen said he was called around 3:35 p.m. Monday to the home at the 800 block of Overlook Drive in the East Lewis County town. The boy told the chief he stabbed his mother and so he was handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car, according to the documents.

His brother and sister were home when it happened. Foister was transported to Morton General Hospital and then flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for additional treatment.

A hospital spokesperson said yesterday morning Foister was listed in satisfactory condition.

The teen was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, and charged on Tuesday with second-degree assault.

A juvenile court judge at a detention hearing the same day ordered him held at least until his arraignment next Tuesday, according to Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher.

That’s also when a trial date and pre-trial hearing will be scheduled, Meagher said.

Court documents, based on the police reports, indicate the police chief recovered a knife about 14 inches long which the boy said he’d gotten out of the kitchen.

Mortensen told Meagher the mother had five to seven stab wounds, including  one to her chest, but he had yet to get a full statement from her.

The documents give the following account, mostly from the 15-year-old’s conversation with police:

The boy said he’d called his mother from school, to ask if he could walk his girlfriend home from school and then walk the rest of the way home, but she said no, she’d pick him up and did so.

That upset him, and then his mother was talking with another mother, and laughing about him not being able to walk his girlfriend home, he told police.

“She said he was going to be turned in to his juvenile probation officer for violating his conditions of release,” the boy related.

Once they got home, the two continued their disagreement, and after he went upstairs to his room, he could hear his mother talking on the phone to someone else, laughing and saying she was going to call his probation officer, he said.

The boy told police he’d had enough.

He went into the living room and told his siblings to leave, because he and his mother were going to have serious conversation.

He asked his mother to walk to her bedroom, where she sat down on the bed and they faced off.

“(He) stated he pulled out the knife and wanted to scare her and show her how serious he was,” court documents state. “He stated he hadn’t intended to stab her with it, only to scare her.”

His mother said go ahead and stab her, if that’s what he was going to do, the boy related to police.

The teen paused and began crying, but after encouraged by the officer to continue, said he lunged at his mom and stabbed her in the arm. She moved away, and he stabbed her in the leg. They continued yelling at each other.

“He added he knew what was happening but was also kind of blacked out,” the documents state.

The siblings came to see what the yelling and screaming was about, and they all ended up back down stairs.

Mortensen describes he and a deputy responding, and arriving to find one juvenile throwing items around the porch saying he was going to kill the boy for stabbing his mother, seeing a pool of blood around Foister’s feet, and then a girl who helped the chief put direct pressure on a towel on Foister’s leg while he spoke with a 911 dispatcher to get aid.

The teen told the chief his probation was for smoking pot and truancy.

The boy told police he went outside to wait for police, and also said he didn’t want to remain inside and watch his mother bleed out.

Chief Mortensen on Tuesday morning described the reason for the assault only as “family issues, apparently”.

The boy is represented by Centralia attorney David Brown.

He’s 15, so he will not automatically sent to adult court, according to Meagher.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

IF I CAN’T SEE YOU, YOU CAN’T SEE ME

• Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Onalaska man last night wanted on a felony warrant when they found him hiding under a blanket in a back bedroom at the 300 block of Maple Maple Crest Drive in Onalaska. Deputies following up on information Aaron M. Fickett was at the residence arrived and were also told he was suspected of stealing a motorcycle earlier that morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Honda CR80 which had been taken from a garage at the 100 block of Fred Plant Road was subsequently found, with Fickett’s help, parked in the woods, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for the warrant and for second-degree burglary, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The motorcycle was returned to its owner, she said.

EAU DE’ CANNABIS IN PUBLIC

• It was the smell of marijuana wafting from the open window on the vehicle ahead of a patrol car at a Centralia stop sign last night that got the officer’s attention, but then the female passenger with a pipe in one hand, a lighter in the other and blowing smoke from her mouth provided clues as well, according to police. It was about 10:30 p.m. at Belmont and Harrison avenues and two of the six occupants of the vehicle were in trouble before it was over, according to the Centralia Police Department. Hannah L. Baker, 20, from Tenino, for underage and in-public use, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. Another passenger, 22-year-old Kody R. Posey, of Centralia, for suspected delivery of marijuana, Reichert said. “Handing someone a loaded pipe, or selling them a bag of dope, it’s delivery,” Reichert said. All were released and the cases are being forwarded to prosecutors for further action, he said.

THEFT

• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for second-degree theft and trafficking in stolen property in connection with jewelry that belonged to a family member. Police called about 7:30 a.m. to the 100 block of Haliday Road booked Michael R. Weems into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of what appeared to be a window shot by a BB gun at the 800 block of Southwest 18th Street. Police were told it occurred sometime in the previous few days, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OUT-OF-CONTROL TEENAGER

• A 15-year-old student at Winlock Middle School was arrested after he allegedly spit in a teacher’s face and proceeded to throw a desk around a classroom yesterday. Deputies called about 4 p.m. yesterday found the boy had calmed down somewhat, but done more than $750 worth of damage, including to a “white board” and the desk, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the teacher was wearing a spit guard because he had spit before, and she at first ignored the spitting. However, she exited the room when he picked up the desk, according to Brown. He reportedly threw the desk around the room, as many as 20 times, according to the deputy’s report. The student was taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Justice Center and booked for malicious mischief and faces two possible counts of fourth-degree assault for allegedly spitting twice, according to Brown. Further details were no readily available.

COLLISION

• A 16-year-old Centralia girl ended up with a possible back injury when she wrecked her car yesterday evening at the 100 block of Jeffries Road west of Chehalis. A deputy arriving after the approximately 5:30 p.m. accident was told she was traveling too fast around a corner, causing major damage to her 2007 Acura, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver is to be cited for traveling too fast for conditions, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, graffiti, collisions on city streets… and more.

Centralia’s new fire chief will be old chief

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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Assistant Fire Chiefs Rick Mack, left, and Mike Kytta, watch the board vote to promote Kytta to the top post at Riverside Fire Authority.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Assistant Chief Mike Kytta will replace outgoing Chief Jim Walkowski at Riverside Fire Authority, the department that protects Centralia and it surrounding area.

The move came this evening when the agency’s board of commissioners accepted Walkowski’s resignation and voted to appoint the Fords Prairie resident to the top spot.

“Thank you for the opportunity, it’s an honor to assume that position,” Kytta responded. “I’m looking forward to working with the board, the labor unit, the volunteers and most importantly the community.

“I’m optimistic we will find a way to preserve services for the community.”

Kytta, 54, was chief for a decade of the former Lewis County Fire District 12 which completed a merger with the Centralia Fire Department under Walkowski’s leadership.

Kytta voluntarily stepped down to minimize potential conflicts as that process moved along with the hiring of Walkowski from outside the area.

He was honored by his peers statewide in 2006 with a “Chief Award” in part because of that move, which the Washington State Association of Fire Chief’s called his uncommon commitment to doing the right thing for the public.

Now however, facing a steeply declining budget, the organization has cut firefighter positions this year. It was poised to trim the trio of top officers down to two, when Walkowski accepted a position earlier this month in the Spokane area. He will remain at Riverside through the end of this month.

Kytta, a Centralia native, was a 16-year-old Explorer Scout when he began as a volunteer firefighter. He has 38 years of experience, the past 17 as a full time firefighter.

He has his work cut out for him.

Because of a changing landscape regarding the collection of property taxes, Riverside is operating with an annual budget of about $3.9 million, compared with $4.6 million last year.

It is on track to lose six paid personnel this year, to meet that budget.

The board is planning to ask voters in August for what’s called an excess levy, to prevent next year’s revenue from dropping to $3.1 million, a scenario the department’s leaders say would mean a much different service level for fires and medical calls.

Kytta has grave concerns about explaining the need to the public, without coming across as threatening.

On the promotion, he says:

“It’s exciting, in that I am optimistic,” he said. “I have very deep concerns if we’re not able to earn the public’s support on the levy.”

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

CAR PROWLS ABOUND

• Several vehicles were reported broken into at the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue in Centralia yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called about 8 o’clock yesterday morning about two unlocked vehicles parked on the street along the 500 block of Northeast Avenue that someone rummaged through. Some change was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A laptop computer and school supplies were among the valuables stolen from a parked car at Northeast Washington Avenue near North Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 1 p.m. yesterday.

• Someone disabled the alarm on a vehicle and then stole an iPod from Inside at the 1900 block of Ahlers Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:15 a.m. yesterday.

MISSING MONEY FROM SCHOOL

• Police were called at 11 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of $120 from the boy’s locker room at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

MAIL THEFT

• Police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a package stolen from a porch on the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia.

THEFT OF SERVICE ANIMAL

• A 38-year-old woman reported to police yesterday her service dog was stolen when the Jeep she was sometimes living in was stolen from in front of a home of the 400 block of East Plum Street in Centralia. Police were told it happened back on March 21 and she was able to find the vehicle last Friday at Roberts Road south of Chehalis,  but the animal was gone, according to the Centralia Police Department. It’s described as a longer-haired white canine, but isn’t a seeing-eye dog, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

NOT QUITE A DUI

• A 40-year-old Centralia woman was arrested last night when she was discovered sitting on the middle console between the driver’s and passenger seats of a vehicle and intoxicated, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy encountering Libby R. Downer around 10:35 p.m. on the side of the road at the 2500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia concluded although Downer wasn’t observed in the vehicle while it was moving, that she had been turning around, according to the sheriff’s office. The keys in the ignition and it was in drive, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. She was booked into the Lewis County jail for being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence, Brown said.

WRECK

• A 23-year-old motorist who allegedly crossed the centerline at a curve on a Centralia Street overnight and collided with a vehicle in the oncoming lane was arrested for driving under the influence. Offices responding about 2:20 a.m. today to the area at Mellen and Alder street found that Trevor L. Smith also was driving with a suspended license, according to the Centralia Police Department. The other driver had a possible injury, according to police. Smith was  booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft, collisions on city streets including unoccupied school bus at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard in which police say nobody was hurt, county road in which a 16-year-old boy, distracted by a girl, drove over a curb and into a mailbox … and more.

Pe Ell’s town marshal quits following DUI arrest

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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Pe Ell Mayor Spencer Nichols, head of table, advises the town council not to speak about any personnel matters

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

PE ELL – The tiny west Lewis County town of Pe Ell is without a police force once again, days after its sole law enforcement officer was arrested for driving under the influence, less than two months into the job.

Town Marshal Anthony K. Corder resigned yesterday, and the situation has one community leader calling upon Pe Ell to dissolve its status as a town, saying it’s a sign it can’t afford to operate.

“Look at the history of the officers we’ve had,” Town Councilmember John Penberth said.

The previous marshal Steve Dawes was on the job about a year, before leaving a few months ago, according to Penberth.

Penberth suggested to the town council last night it could consider bankruptcy or it could think about becoming unincorporated

“We’re advertising for certified police officers, but because of our budget, we’re not getting certified people,” Penberth said. “That in itself shows we don’t have adequate funding to be a municipality.”

He indicated the alternative of paying $65,000 a year to the sheriff’s office for the services of one deputy is unaffordable.

Corder, 27, was hired in mid-February with no previous law enforcement experience. He was the only applicant.

The former Marine was commissioned as town marshal on Valentines Day and had yet to attend the state training academy. His pay for the part time job was $1,500 a month.

He turned in his resignation yesterday, according to Mayor Spencer Nichols.

Penberth’s remarks went largely unanswered, coming during a council meeting dominated by agenda of an upcoming spring cleanup and talk by volunteers on how to coordinate the annual parade.

The mayor, and the town’s legal counsel, cautioned council members not to speak of personnel matters.

One among the audience of 21 individuals suggested cutting the wages of the town clerk-treasurer, because she earns more than anyone who lives in Pe Ell. Town Councilmember Kristi Milanowski asked about utilizing volunteer reserve officers.

Mayor Nichols indicated such a program can only be set up by a paid town marshal.

Following the less than hour-long meeting, Nichols said he has put together a notice for the local newspaper that Pe Ell is accepting applications for the job.

Their preferred applicants will be already commissioned and state certified, or at least willing to become certified. Starting salary will be based on experience.

The deadline to apply is May 12.

Nichols declined to answer further questions about Corder’s short tenure, with the town attorney apologizing.

“We can’t comment on personnel matters while an investigation is going on,” Allen C. Unzelman said.

Because Corder not yet attended training to become a state-certified law enforcement officer, his police powers were limited to inside the city limits in the town with a population of 630.
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For background, read “Pe Ell’s town marshal pleads not guilty to driving under the influence” from Saturday April 12, 2014, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Updated at 6:14 p.m.

DRUG OVERDOSE LEADS TO ARREST

• A 26-year-old Centralia woman who overdosed on heroin yesterday morning was revived by medics and a 25-year-old Rochester man was jailed for allegedly supplying her with the drug. Police and aid responding to a 7:10 a.m. call to the 300 block of North Diamond Street in Centralia found she was not breathing, her heart had stopped, according to the Centralia Police Department. The department’s special Anti-Crime Team investigated and arrested Christopher C. Lee, for delivery of heroin, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Riverside Fire Authority personnel say calls for drug overdoses are more frequent than serious auto accidents or even heart attacks in the Centralia area. “Heroin overdoses, I bet we don’t go three weeks between those types of calls,” Fire Capt. Scott Snyder said. Capt. Casey McCarthy, who is also a paramedic, said it’s not just heroin, but various types of prescription drugs such as pain killers as well, the kind that slow down important body functions like breathing. For heroin, medics can give an injection of what’s called Narcan, to reverse those affects and that can help, he said. As of today, the Lewis County Coroner’s Office has seven cases from this year alone in which they are waiting for the results of toxicology tests and Coroner McLeod predicts most of those will come back with a result of accidental death from drugs.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called about 8 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of West First Street in Centralia about a car stolen during the night. Missing is a white 1992 Honda Prelude with a license plate of 687 WHW, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue where an auto repair business in the Yard Birds complex reported someone had gotten inside multiple vehicles. Nothing seemed to be missing but damage suggested someone was trying to steal a vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer learned the break-ins happened on Saturday morning, according to police.

BURGLARY AT SUMMER HOME

• A 50-year-old man from Port Orchard contacted the sheriff’s office after the discovery someone had gotten into a shed on his vacation  property at the 400 block of Larson Road in Silver Creek. Taken was an old non-operation Stihl chainsaw in its case, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in was reported on Saturday night; it’s unknown when it took place, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at $250.

WALLET SNATCHED

• A woman called police yesterday morning after someone lifted her wallet while she was shopping at Wal-Mart on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis. The purse was in her shopping car and she walked away, and subsequently discovered the billfold was gone, detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said.

WALLET FOUND

• A found wallet turned into Chehalis police yesterday was returned to its owner; everything except the cash remained, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called to the 500 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue about 10:30 a.m. where someone had gotten into an unlocked vehicle during the night and stole a cooler and a purse. About an hour later when taking a report of another vehicle prowled on the same block, an officer recovered the items and returned them to the first victim, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 46-year-old homeless man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine last night after an officer driving down the street recognized the pedestrian as a wanted person. Dale A. Drew was detained in the area of the 200 block of West Main Street about 9 p.m. and had a smoking device in his pocket with material that field tested positive for the drug, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

OUT-OF-CONTROL FLAME

• Firefighters were called about 1:45 p.m. yesterday to an Adna area residence where an individual using a weed burner – a torch-like tool – got too close to the house. Flames caught some of the plastic vapor barrier beneath the modular home on McLaughlin Road, but there was no damage, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

FOUR MOTORCYCLISTS INJURED

• A 24-year-old Olympia driver was issued a ticket for failing to yield the right of way when he began to cross Highway 603 west of Chehalis, pulling out in front of a pair of motorcycles traveling about 50 mph up the highway, both of which wrecked. It happened about 3:30 p.m. yesterday at Shorey Road, sending at least one person to Providence Centralia Hospital. Lewis County Fire District 6 Chief Tim Kinder said the first motorcycle T-boned the 2013 Toyota Corolla. The driver of the second motorcycle laid his bike down, according to Kinder. The Harley Davidson and Yamaha motorcycles were carrying two couples from Castle Rock and Kelso, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. said. Chief Ciivl Deputy Stacy Brown described the injuries to the riders as injuries to arms, a hand and pain to neck and shoulders.

STRIP SEARCH REVEALS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

•  A 33-year-old woman jailed after a scuffle with store security in Centralia yesterday evening found herself in extra trouble when a search at the jail turned up a hypodermic needle in her vagina. Police responding about 7:30 p.m. to the 500 block of South Tower Avenue arrested Michelle M. O’Connell saying when she was confronted by security about shoplifting, she refused to give the merchandise back and a fight ensued. She was booked for second-degree robbery as well as a warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department. Later, following the discovery from a strip search at the Lewis County Jail, she was also booked for introducing contraband to the facility. Police said she is from Tenino. The sheriff’s office lists her as a Chehalis resident. O’Connell was not charged with robbery, as a judge did not find probable cause for that offense. However, when she appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon, she found herself charged with bail jumping for neglecting to arrange electronic home monitoring or report to jail for a previous case, according to Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher. As for a possible criminal charge on contraband, Meagher said they were waiting on that. He didn’t offer further detail.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for misdemeanor theft, concern about harassment, complaint of children picking blossoms from plum trees … and more.

News brief: Morton mom stabbed, teen son arrested

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 15-year-old Morton boy is locked up after allegedly stabbing his mother multiple times yesterday.

Police Chief Dan Mortensen said he was called around 3:30 p.m. yesterday to the home where the two live at the 800 block of Overlook Drive.

He didn’t know the condition today of the 35-year-old woman, he said.

“When I saw her, she was in the ER at Morton, getting prepared to be airlifted to Harborview,” he said. “She was conscious and talking.”

The teen was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for second-degree assault, he said.

He described the reason for the assault as “family issues, apparently”, but said he is early into the investigation.

Neither name was released.

Lawyer seeks second opinion on brain trauma in Morton child assault case

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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Kyle Davison goes before a judge when his attorney asks for more time to investigate baby’s medical records.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 22-year-old Mineral resident accused of severely injuring a 4-month-old infant by shaking it last fall remains jailed and will have to wait a little longer for his trial, as a doctor reviews the case for a second look to find how the little one ended up with bleeding on the brain.

Kyle Davison was arrested in early October, after the baby girl was airlifted out of Morton to Marybridge Children’s Hospital and placed on life support. He and the baby’s mother told authorities the child began to choke and he took it next door to get help from a neighbor where they called 911.

A doctor at the hospital told police that tests indicated inter-cranial hemorrhage, consistent with shaken baby syndrome and not an accident, according to charging documents.

Davison is charged with first-degree assault of a child, an offense with a maximum penalty of life in prison. He being held on $100,000 bail in the Lewis County Jail.

The little girl was hospitalized for weeks, but was moved to Pope’s Kids Place in Centralia where she gets round-the-clock care, and has improved, according to Davison’s lawyer.

“The last time I talked with the mother, about a month ago, the baby was doing a lot better,” Sam Groberg said. “She’s hearing, seeing and eating through a feeding tube.”

The baby, identified only with the initials A.F.J.L. is 10 months old now. Her mother, Llacye Faye Link, is Davison’s ex-girlfriend.

Groberg last week sought a postponement of his client’s trial so another physician could examine the patient’s medical records, he said.

“Did the baby end up in the emergency room because of trauma or did the child have some issues already,” Groberg said. “Is it possible there are other things that caused it.”

Those are some of the questions the doctor will seek to answer, he said.

Groberg said doctors through research are learning of other things that can cause symptoms similar to shaken baby syndrome. In the past, physicians finding the combination of retinal hemorrhaging and bruising on the brain were quick to point to the diagnosis and child abuse, he said.

“Now there’s kind of this growing movement that says we have maybe jumped the gun on this, sometimes,” Groberg said.

Groberg has said Davison is factually innocent.

Details of what happened that night, Oct. 2 in Morton, come from charging documents with information primarily from Davison.

When Morton Police Chief Dan Mortensen interviewed him, he said his girlfriend and her baby had been visiting him at his house in Mineral, and the three of them went to Morton to go out to dinner, and then to Link’s apartment in town.

When they arrived, he changed the baby’s diaper and put it on the couch with a pillow next to her, he told the police chief. He thought they watched a little television.

It was around 11 p.m. when Link gave Davison the baby’s pajamas and asked him to put them on her while she stepped out to buy them a bag of pot, charging documents state.

Davison told the chief he sat down on the couch and took the baby’s bottle from her, then laid her on top of the night clothes; and as he was putting her arms into the pajamas, she began to choke, according to charging documents.

He told of laying her across his lap and patting her back, of holding her in front of him and seeing her not breathing, putting her over his shoulder and patting her, of her still being “white”, according to the documents.

When pressed by Mortensen, he said he was scared and didn’t know what to do and began to shake her, then seeing she was still white, carrying the baby to the apartment next door to ask for help, according to the documents.

He cried, according to the chief, putting his head in his hands.

“I knew better, I knew better. I shouldn’t have done that, I knew better,” Davison said.

His client said he didn’t shake the baby hard, nor did he intend to hurt her, Groberg said.

“There’s a huge difference between an ‘I’m angry’ shake and a resuscitative shake,” he said.

The Lewis County Prosecutors Office however alleges in its charge that Davison intentionally hurt the child, inflicting great bodily harm.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt last Thursday, when the request to postpone the trial was made, asked how the victim feels about the delay before granting the request.

“The mom is on Kyle’s side, she wants him exonerated,” Groberg said. “She doesn’t think my client did anything wrong.”

A review hearing is set for June 5. The trial was scheduled for next month, but is now on the court calendar for the week of July 14.

Lawyers at the same time postponed another trial for Davison, related to charges of second-degree theft and second-degree identity theft, until the week of July 21.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 14th, 2014

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 27-year-old Centralia man is jailed for second-degree assault after he allegedly smashed his wife’s head into a cupboard during a fight at their home. Officers called about 6:35 p.m. on Friday about a woman screaming for help at the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road arrived as the victim came running out the apartment, her face covered in blood, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital and has been released, according to police. Kevin B. Williamson, 27, was arrested and booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

POSSIBLE BLACKMAIL

• Centralia police are investigating an alleged incident of extortion, in which the victim reported a female is demanding money from him in exchange for her not posting private videos on the Internet, in hopes of smearing his name, according to police. The situation connected with an address on the 100 block of Shirlee Avenue was reported to police about 10:30 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Officers were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday regarding a burglary at the 700 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Police were told when the resident arrived home after church, they found someone had entered through the back door and stole a case of DVDs, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 5:40 a.m. today regarding a break-in at the 500 block of Northeast Washington Avenue. Further details were not yet available.

BURGLARY WINLOCK

• Deputies were contacted about 4 p.m. on Saturday regarding a 2004 Yamaha ATV, a Stihl chainsaw, a Stihl weed eater as well as a tile saw, stolen from a barn and back porch of a a residence on the 1300 block of Winlock-Vader Road outside of Winlock. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says the thefts occurred at 1 p.m. the day before.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called about 2:10 p.m. on Friday to the 1500 block of Southwest Mills Avenue after the discovery someone used something like a pry bar trying to break into a garage.

DRUGS AND STOLEN MERCHANDISE

• A 29-year-old Tacoma resident was arrested Saturday evening after allegedly shoplifting several hundred dollars worth of clothing from a store on the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia, and being found in possession of an unspecified narcotic drug. Officers responding about 7:10 p.m. booked Sylvia A. Carillo into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OOPS

• A call on Saturday evening regarding a missing $1,000 snow board led to a 40-year-old Tacoma man who said he’d accidentally taken the wrong board home from the White Pass Ski Resort. Surveillance video showed the person and their vehicle the board went home with, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When a deputy spoke with the man, he said he would return it the next day, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. However, the report is being forwarded to prosecutors for a possible charge of second-degree theft, according to Brown.

SUBJECT WANTED FOR CELL PHONE THEFT

• Centralia police reported they are looking for a suspect who allegedly forcibly took a cell phone from a former girlfriend. The incident reported about 11:30 a.m. on Friday from the 100 block of Barner Drive in Centralia is labeled as a second-degree robbery, according to the Centralia Police.

TEEN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM FAMILY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning an 18-year-old jailed late last week for first-degree theft in connection with allegedly stealing from his grandmother is now suspected of stealing more than $30,000 worth of valuables from other relatives over the past two years. Dillan G. Gleason of Chehalis was arrested on Thursday and when his grandmother went to pick up his vehicle from the courthouse parking lot so it wouldn’t be towed, she discovered various previously missing property in the car, such as a wedding ring, a Tiffany charm bracelet and an Apple iPad, according to the sheriff’s office. The three new victims told a deputy also stolen since July of 2012 from their home on Southeast Prospect Avenue in Chehalis, are a large sum of money, a Chanel handbag and more, according to sheriff’s office. Gleason denied taking most of it but faces a new charge of first-degree theft, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about noon on Saturday after an individual said they came out of the Lewis County Mall on Northeast Hampe Way to see their Ford Ranger being driven away. The vehicle was subsequently located and the case remains under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone got into an unlocked vehicle on Southwest Second Street in Chehalis and stole a child’s LeapPad, an electronic educational device, according to a report made to police about 7:15 a.m. today.

• Police were called about a vehicle prowl around 11 a.m. on Saturday at the 1200 block of Sunset Way in Centralia. Missing were CDs and sunglasses, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police took a report of medication stolen from a vehicle at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia around 12:15 p.m. on Friday.

• A vehicle prowl was reported about 12:20 p.m. from the 400 block of South Silver Street in Centralia in which someone removed CDs and unspecified paperwork from an unlocked vehicle.

SCAREY SOUND

• Chehalis police called just before 9 p.m. on Friday about a loudly hissing animal outside near the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard were unable to locate the source of the noise.

COLLISION

• Police were called just before 1 p.m. on Friday to a report a child on a bicycle was struck by a car in Chehalis, in the area of Southeast Sixth Street and Market Boulevard. Further details were not readily available.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault, possession of a dangerous weapon, trespass, disorderly conduct; responses for alarms, disputes, counterfeit bills, a bruise left on a child from some sort of punishment, shoplifting and other theft, including a 49-year-old Mossyrock man accused of stealing cat food from Wal-Mart, a vehicle driving away from  a gas station before removing the fuel nozzle from their car, collisions on city streets, a 2002 Jaguar XJS wrecked in a ditch outside of Randle, a deer jumping in front of a car in Onalaska … and more.

News brief: Winlock barn burns

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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A Saturday fire in Winlock consumes a large barn. / Courtesy photo by Kalli Dawes

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Four fire departments responded to a barn fire in Winlock on Saturday night, a blaze which occurred while its owner was out of town.

The cause is under investigation.

A deputy traveling along the 200 block of Tennessee Road  spotted the fire shortly after 8 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Lewis County Fire DIstrict 15 Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said the large two-story structure was fully involved in flames and there were exploding propane tanks and a recreational vehicle involved. Anderson wasn’t there, and said an engine arriving from Napavine handled incident command.

According to the sheriff’s office, two individuals who were house sitting for the owner were at the scene, and some chickens perished.

Anderson said he believed Red Cross was was contacted to assist one displaced person, but had no further details.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown described the loss as more than $10,000. It wasn’t immediately clear what the barn contained.

Pe Ell’s town marshal pleads not guilty to driving under the influence

Saturday, April 12th, 2014
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Anthony Corder’s continued employment as Pe Ell’s town marshal is uncertain, so he qualifies for a public defender, according to lawyer.

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Handcuffed and clad in green striped jail garb, Pe Ell’s town Marshal Anthony K. Corder was told by a judge he may not drink alcohol or go into bars or taverns.

And that he is subject to random breath tests while his case is pending.

The 27-year-old who was newly hired by the mayor of the tiny West Lewis County town, with no previous experience in law enforcement, took a seat at the defendant’s table in Lewis County District Court yesterday, less than 12 hours after he was arrested for driving drunk.

In his patrol car.

A plea of not guilty was entered for him and Judge Michael Roewe said he would be released on his own recognizance.

Temporary defense attorney Bob Schroeter told Roewe the marshal has never had a charge of any kind before.

“He left the U.S. Marine Corps, serving our country, in 2013,” Schroeter said. “Also doing a tour in Afghanistan.”

Corder’s part time pay of $1,500 a month qualifies him for a court appointed lawyer, according to Schroeter. And, his continued employment is uncertain, Schroeter told the judge.

Corder is the sole officer in the town with 630 inhabitants.

His position is so new, he’s been commissioned by the mayor as top law officer in town, but he’s not yet attended the training academy.

Corder was not on duty when he was reportedly observed by a sheriff’s deputy driving his Crown Victoria through town, with its headlights off.

Exactly where he’d been or where he was going wasn’t revealed by the police report, but when he spoke with three deputies – smelling strongly of alcohol and slurring his words – he readily admitted the situation, according to the report.

“Yes, I did do that, I made a mistake there,” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeffrey Humphrey documented in his report.

Deputy M. Mohr, who took over the investigation at that point, noted the marshal’s .45 caliber pistol was taken out of the police car, and the car was turned over to Mayor Spencer Nichols.

Corder underwent field sobriety tests in the parking lot of the Texaco on Pe Ell’s Main Street, where he performed poorly and blew a .235 on the portable breath test around 2 a.m.

He was cooperative, but was taken to the Lewis County Jail, where he was processed and booked, according to Mohr.

The legal limit of an alcohol concentration is .08 when driving.

Corder’s contact with sheriff’s deputies in Pe Ell came about because 911 got a phone call from his ex-girlfriend who said he’d been calling her, saying he was going to shoot himself as well as burn her house down, Mohr wrote in his report.

Ebonnie Meyer told Mohr over the phone her ex was highly intoxicated and gets that way when drinking, according to Mohr.

It may not have been the first time the marshal mixed alcohol and his new job.

Meyer said she didn’t know where Corder was, but the last time he called her while he was drunk, he was in his city office where he subsequently passed out, according to the report.

It was about 1 a.m. on Friday when sheriff’s deputies headed to Pe Ell to find him.

Deputy Humphrey described seeing the town’s patrol vehicle driving with its lights off on Second Street, on Pe Ell Avenue and down an alley behind the Texaco station.

He saw it park in front of a residence in the trailer park there where a male got out and went inside, Humphrey wrote.

Humphrey contacted Corder via cell phone and Corder stumbled over the to the gas station to speak with them, according to the police reports.

According to Humphrey, when asked what was going on with his girlfriend, Corder said he was upset because she’d given his extra car key to a repo company and it got taken away.

He denied repeatedly planning to kill himself, saying if he’d wanted to do that, he’d have done it in Afghanistan, according to Humphrey.

The police reports don’t make any mention the deputies pursued any further the ex-girlfriend’s contention the marshal was suicidal.

Once back at the jail, after Corder spoke on the phone with a lawyer, and then just after 4 a.m., consented to be tested on the breath alcohol machine but declined to answer further questions, according to Mohr.

The readings came back as .184 and .186, according to the report.

Mayor Nichols didn’t return phone calls seeking information about Corder’s job status on Friday.

It was just about seven months ago when Deputy Humphrey was arrested by a trooper for driving under the influence. The 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office was demoted and his continued employment was tied to the conditions imposed by the court.

And in January, another sheriff’s deputy, with six years on the job, was arrested in Centralia for DUI. Chris Fulton quit two weeks later.

Both of them were driving their personal vehicles.

Driving under the influence is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to $10,250 in monetary penalties, according to attorney Schroeter.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Luke Stanton said Corder’s next court date, a pre-trial hearing, is not yet scheduled but likely would take place in four to six weeks.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 11th, 2014

WANTED MAN FOUND IN RIVER

• A 32-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday afternoon following a search in the area of Rotary Riverside Park in Centralia when police located him hiding under some brush in the Skookumchuck River, according to the Centralia Police Department. Members of the department’s special Anti-Crime Team went to the King Oscar Motel on Eckerson Road looking for Dana M. Johnson in connection with a previous search warrant, according to police. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said Johnson was leaving when they arrived and officers spent more than two hours attempting to locate him. He had been staying at the motel, and police found drugs there, included more than 55 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of heroin, according to Reichert. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

BURGLARY

• An 18-year-old Chehalis area resident was arrested last night in connection with a burglary reported a few days ago by his grandfather at the 100 block of Alderwood Drive where they both live, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said stolen property was recovered and Dillan G. Gleason was booked into the Lewis County jail for first-degree theft.

• Chehalis police were called to a burglary at the 600 block of Northwest St. Helens Avenue about 6:30 p.m. yesterday in which an Apple iPad was among the valuables missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A deputy took a report from the 400 block of Ingalls Road west of Centralia yesterday where gas cans and a chain saw went missing from a shop sometime between  last Friday and Monday. The loss is about $700, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

FRAUD

• A 35-year-old Chehalis man called police yesterday evening after discovering someone charged $800 on his credit card for a roundtrip airline ticket between Virginia and Connecticut, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 5:20 a.m. today to the 1700 block of Sunset Way in Centralia where someone rummaged through four parked vehicles.

• Someone got into a duffel bag inside an unlocked vehicle at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis and took about $45, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

WRECKS

• A collision between a semi truck and a car last night on Interstate 5 north of Centralia ended with no injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority. It happened in the northbound lanes just after 9 p.m.  north of milepost 83 and appeared the passenger vehicle just “touched” the big rig’s front wheel, according to  Fire Capt. Tim Adolphsen.

• Firefighters were called about 6 p.m. yesterday to a single-vehicle rollover wreck on state Route 507 just beyond Schaeffer Park in north Centralia. The driver had gotten himself out of his pickup truck and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked out, according to Riverside Fire Authority. “He really didn’t want to go, but we talked him into it, as a precaution,” Fire Capt. Tim Adolphsen said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, trespass; responses for alarm, misdemeanor theft; complaint of neighbor’s very loud television … and more.

News brief: Four-year-old Chehalis drive-by shooting case revived

Friday, April 11th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A former Chehalis resident serving 160 years in prison for participating in shooting up an inhabited trailer in Yakima County in what was described as a gang-related retaliatory attack is back in Lewis County, to face charges in a 2010 drive-by shooting on Southwest William Street in Chehalis.

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Andrew Morales-Loberg

Andrew Morales-Loberg was a 19-year-old wanted but never captured in connection with an incident in which someone in a red Chevrolet Blazer fired a round from a pistol that struck a parked vehicle while people were in the area of a residence.

Authorities described the suspects as LVL members and the shooting as related to a debt owed to somebody called “Candy man”. The alleged target was Rolando Carrillo Cruz, who later got in trouble for firing at individuals who came to his Centralia apartment complex on Ash Street.

A $500,000 arrest warrant was issued for Morales-Loberg in the Chehalis case. He and others were jailed in Yakima County shortly after the March 2011 incident there, convicted and then sentenced in October 2012

It appears he was brought from Clallam Bay Corrections Center today to the Lewis County Jail to go before a judge.
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For background, read “Last suspect from summer 2010 drive-by shooting in Chehalis now accounted for” from Wednesday October 3, 2012, here

Sheriff: Pe Ell’s marshal jailed for driving police car under the influence

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Updated at 10:45 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The new town marshal for Pe Ell was arrested overnight for driving drunk, in Pe Ell, in his patrol vehicle.

Marshal Anthony K. Corder’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he was processed at the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

He was booked into the facility this morning, Sheriff Steve Mansfield said.

“He was very polite, very cooperative, upset that he put us in the position to have to do this,” Sheriff Mansfield said. “He didn’t give us any problems.”

Corder was hired recently by the mayor of the small West Lewis County town.

The 27-year-old just out of the military had no prior law enforcement experience and has not yet attended the training academy but did have police powers already, according to the sheriff’s office.

It happened about 2 o’clock this morning.

He apparently was not on duty, as he was wearing civilian clothes, according to the sheriff’s office.

But he was driving a fully marked police car, equipped with all his various police gear, including his duty weapon which the sheriff’s office confiscated, Mansfield said.

It came about because deputies were dispatched about 1:08 a.m., advised there was a possibly suicidal subject and it could be the marshal who might be intoxicated, according to the sheriff’s office.

When he was contacted however, there were no indications of him being suicidal, only that he’d been drinking, according to Mansfield.

The sheriff had no further details about that aspect, suggesting its possible the caller said something that was not true.

Mansfield gave the following account: A responding deputy spotted a car driving around town with its headlights off and when it pulled in front of a house, its driver got out and went inside. The deputy asked dispatch to have the marshal call him and then come outside which he did, Mansfield said.

Corder’s blood alcohol level was measured at .186 and .184, according to Mansfield.

“It’s very concerning,” Mansfield said. “Number one, I hope this young man gets some help, but until he gets his life straightened out or something, he doesn’t need to be working law enforcement in Lewis County or anywhere else.”

Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said the arrest occurred at the 500 block of North Main Street and that Corder is a Pe Ell resident, but it’s not clear whose home he was at.

He is the town’s only law enforcement officer.

The sheriff’s office will respond to emergency calls in Pe Ell, as they do in all the small towns when no one else is available, and then send the town a bill, according to Mansfield.

New fire chief may be old fire chief, Mike Kytta

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Assistant Fire Chief Rick Mack made it plain he doesn’t have his sights set on a promotion with the departure of the chief of Riverside Fire Authority.

Mack, one of two assistant chiefs serving under Jim Walkowski, last night offered a lengthy discourse about the leadership his co-worker, Assistant Chief Mike Kytta, has shown over more than a decade.

His praise came during a gathering with the decision makers, the Centralia area fire department’s board of commissioners. The special meeting was held to talk about what’s next, following Walkowski’s resignation last week. Walkowski was absent, out of town at a conference.

“I believe, based on his demonstrated selflessness, Chief Kytta is the right person for the job,” Mack said told the board. “I’ll continue to serve alongside him as long as you’ll have me.”

Facing a steeply declining budget, the organization has cut firefighter positions and was poised to trim the trio of top officers down to two, when the chief took a position last week in the Spokane area. He will remain at Riverside through the end of this month.

Mack pointed out that 11 years ago, they were two separate agencies; the Centralia Fire Department and its neighbor that protected areas surrounding the city, Lewis County Fire District 12.

It was an idea presented by Kytta, then chief of District 12, to begin working together in ways so, for example, a fire truck the city wouldn’t have to drive all the way west to answer a call across the street from District 12′s station, a truck from District 12 would go instead, Mack described.

It was around the same time, an agreement was put into place with the private ambulance service AMR that allowed the scheduling of two paramedic-staffed ambulances on duty at all times, Mack said, an arrangement he said has worked well.

When Centralia’s fire chief retired, an interim chief was hired who recruited Walkowski to head up the combined organization, Mack went on.

Kytta could have, but didn’t didn’t, seek the top job, Mack indicated.

Kytta didn’t respond directly to the public recommendation, but later indicated he wouldn’t turn it down.

“If they want to talk with me about that, I’d be honored to talk with them,” he said.

The hour long session at the fire station on Harrison Avenue included an appeal from union president Riverside Firefighter Rick LeBoeuf to make clear as quickly as possible who would be chief, and what size next year’s budget would be.

The board heard Kytta lay out some of the issues and challenges he sees. The group spoke of the importance of making sure citizens understand the specifics – sooner rather than later – of why they will ask for a new kind of levy in August.

Board member Mike Tomasheck indicated the board could choose its chief at its next meeting, saying he’s asked for its agenda to include an executive session.

Riverside Fire Authority, which protects a population of 28,000 spanning more than 180 square miles in and around Centralia, last year operated with a budget of $4.6 million. This year it’s $3.9 million.

The primary reason for the reduction is related to the fairly sudden change in taxes contributed by TransAlta’s power plant, as it winds down coal burning operations; changes that will affect all the junior taxing districts in its geographical area.

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For background, read “Centralia area fire department facing lean times” from Sunday April 6, 2014, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

POLICE PURSUE, DETAIN SUICIDAL MAN

• An attempt to track down a distraught, suicidal Centralia man yesterday morning ended about two hours later with a police chase up Harrison Avenue, a patrol vehicle tapping his moving truck to stop it and another officer talking the armed man out of shooting himself. Centralia police were called about 9:20 a.m. to assist the sheriff’s office in finding the subject who resides on Blanchard Road, according to authorities. Police say when they did locate him, he had a handgun, was threatening to kill himself, and refused to comply with officer’s orders before he fled in his vehicle. The pursuit ended near Kuper Road, according to the sheriff’s office. It was shortly after 11 a.m. when the 53-year-old man was taken into custody and aid was asked to transport him to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. He was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 10:20 a.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary to a home at the 200 block of West Second Street.

LOST AND FOUND

• A purse was found near the front of a home on the 100 Southwest 17th Street in Chehalis and turned into police yesterday. It contained no identification, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “If anyone lost a purse, call, describe and claim,” department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, numerous individuals for driving under the influence; responses for misdemeanor theft;  complaint of barking dog; concern about three little boys on big skateboards who might get hit by a car … and more.

News brief: Tenino resident booked for grocery holdup

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An image on surveillance video shared by the news media led to tip this morning to Crime Stoppers resulting in the arrest of a 30-year-old suspect for last week’s armed robbery of a Tenino grocery store.

Deputies at about 10 o’clock today took Gregory E. Corbin into custody, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin reports when detectives located Corbin, they also found evidence connecting him to last Thursday’s hold up at the Whistle Stop, and says he confessed.

Corbin was booked into the Thurston County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to Elwin.

Corbin is expected to appear in court tomorrow, Elwin said.

Breaking news: 911 phone lines down statewide

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Updated at 6:28 a.m.: Service has been restored to Lewis County; citizens are advised they may call directly to 911 now if they have an emergency.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 911 service outage is affecting Lewis County and all of Washington.

For emergencies, the public is advised to call the business phone number of the dispatch center for the area in which they live. In Lewis County, that number is 1-360-740-1105.

It’s not clear what caused it or when it might be restored but it’s widespread, according to Lewis County Director of Central Services Mike Strozyk.

“Well, they’re down in the entire state, maybe also in eastern Idaho and northern Oregon,” Strozyk said. “It may be a switching problem in Oregon, according to Century Link.”

The problem began here a little before 1 o’clock this morning, he said.

Locally, they’ve asked all the fire departments around the county to be staffed, in case anyone walks in needing help, according to Strozyk.

They’ve notified other agencies such as law enforcement, he said.

Strozyk said the communications center has implemented its procedures for such a situation and has been processing calls through the night via its business number.

“We’re just waiting to hear more on a timeline for repairs, or when it’s reactivated,” Strozyk said about 4 o’clock this morning.

The Lewis County 911 Center in Chehalis answers emergency calls and dispatches emergency services to all cities, towns and areas throughout the county.

The business line for Thurston County is 360-704-2740. For Cowlitz County, the number is 360-577-3098.

Jennifer Ducummon, public education coordinator for Lewis County 911, provided a link to a website for a public safety communications organization showing business phone numbers for all around the state.

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For more, read “CenturyLink service glitch blocks 911 calls” from The Seattle Times on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 6:59 .m., here