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Suspect from 2008 Subway robbery initiated reopening his case

Monday, March 7th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Six years after being locked up for life, former Centralia resident Thomas L. Pleasant wrote a letter to a judge in Lewis County asking for help.

He didn’t want help getting out, he just wanted a warrant quashed.

Pleasant said he robbed a church and its pastor and then two women, all in Cowlitz County. He took a plea on three armed robberies and second-degree assault and accepted the sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, he wrote.

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Thomas L. Pleasant

“I have no appeals or any action of ever being released, and I am okay with this,” Pleasant wrote.

He explained that inmates in his position are allowed limited privileges and those with outstanding warrants must deal with them before some jobs and some education are made available to them.

He mentioned he owes some $10,000 in fines, that he’s sorry to his victims and that he has maybe 20 more years left to live.

“Drugs completely ruined my life,” Pleasant wrote.

“It’s a short amount of time to pay back what I can,” he stated. “I am humbly asking the honorable courts to quash my warrant so I may seek help in doing what I can to get right.”

The arrest warrant was issued in September 2008 from Lewis County, after he was apprehended for his Cowlitz County spree.

The charges: first-degree robbery and first-degree rape for the July 16, 2008 hold up at the Subway sandwich shop in Chehalis, in which he confessed to tying up the female worker with an electrical cord and putting her in a walk-in cooler. He denied sexually assaulting her.

Lewis County filed the charges, but never pursued them.

It appears from Pleasant’s court file his letter from August 2014 went unanswered. He sent a second letter this past September, making the same request.

He warned that his life would be in danger if he has to face a charge of rape, as in, a serious “beat down” or stabbing, especially from young inmates trying to gain a reputation, he wrote.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead responded in December, by getting a judge to order Pleasant be transported from Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen to the Lewis County Jail.

Halstead said the case was revived because prosecutors are required to bring people back if they ask to have a warrant quashed.

Pleasant appeared before a judge finally a week and a half ago.

“We didn’t quash it,” Halstead said. “We’re going forward with the case.”

Pleasant pleaded not guilty last week in Lewis County Superior Court to first-degree robbery and first-degree rape. A trial date was set, but a review hearing was also scheduled for this Thursday.

The now-50-year-old is represented by Centralia attorney Don Blair.

“Mr. Blair was hoping we could resolve it right away,” Halstead said, acknowledging “resolve” means some sort of plea deal.
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For background, read “Chehalis case from 2008 sandwich shop robbery, rape revived” from Friday February 26, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 7th, 2016
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Updated at 1:17 p.m.

SMOKY APARTMENT

• A 36-year-old Centralia man was detained by police after he reportedly tried to light a pill on fire using his stovetop and then locked himself in his room yesterday at the 200 block of West Reynolds Avenue. A roommate who smelled smoke in the apartment had extinguished the tablet in the sink but the room had filled with smoke, according to the Centralia Police Department. Firefighters responded to a fire alarm and requested officers to help get the man out of his room about 11:30 a.m.  Jonathan R. Young was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital for a mental health evaluation and subsequently booked into jail for a municipal court warrant, according to police.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 24-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for second-degree domestic assault yesterday after police were called about 8:45 a.m. to the 200 block of Southwest Second Street and told he had assaulted a female with a pair of scissors. Her injury didn’t require medical treatment, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Lupe G. Mendez was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge.

BACKYARD PROWLER

• Centralia police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday after a resident at the 800 block of South Gold Street confronted an intruder inside the fenced backyard who had picked up a ladder and was beginning to walk away with it. The subject dropped the ladder and ran off but officers located their suspect on the 1100 block of Kresky Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. Ahmed M. Peace, 22, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for theft, according to police.

TOOLS TAKEN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone burglarized a shop building at the 100 block of Bethany Lane in Winlock and stole a Lincoln welder and an Echo chainsaw. The break-in occurred sometime between Feb. 26 and 28, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is about $1,000, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MISSING MEDS

• Chehalis police were called on Friday about theft of medication from the 300 block of Southeast Park Hill Drive. Hydrocodone had gone missing sometime during the previous two weeks, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PORCH PILFERAGE

• Chehalis police were called on Saturday morning about the suspected theft of a package that was believed to have been delivered to the 200 block of Lewis Street.

AUTO THEFT

• A 1992 Honda Accord reported stolen about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday from the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue turned up the following day in Thurston County, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was no longer drivable, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• An unlocked vehicle was prowled while parked at Stan Hedwall Park on Rice Road in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 6 p.m. on Friday. Missing are a Kicker 12-inch subwoofer and a Rockford-Fosgate 250-watt amplifier, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FINGERPRINTS REVEAL IMPOSTOR INMATE

• A woman booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree theft on Thursday who had somewhere important to be on Friday allegedly assumed the identity of her younger sister, leading to a new arrest for forgery and identity theft. She was initially arrested by Centralia police but the finger prints the next day showed she was Courtney L. Sturdevant, 24, not her 20-year-old sibling who lives out of state, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the Chehalis resident went through the entire booking process including falsely signing documents. She reportedly admitted what she had done and said she needed to be out of jail because she was scheduled for an appointment on Friday. Sturdevant had outstanding warrants.

DRUGS

• A 45-year-old Centralia man detained yesterday evening for suspected shoplifting at the 1500 block of Louisiana Avenue was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Charles E. Norskog was booked into the Lewis County Jail, also for second-degree introducing contraband, according to police.

• The driver of an erratic vehicle stopped around 10:35 p.m. in the area of the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of brass knuckles, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Terry L. Bryan, 36, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A motorist left the roadway and struck a power pole at the 1400 block of South Gold Street last night, knocking out electricity to the area for about four hours, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers responding just before 8 p.m. cited the driver for speeding and not having insurance, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, shoplifting, civil issue, disorderly person, misdemeanor assault, collision on city street … and more, among 121 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: Onalaskan hurt in U.S. Highway 12 collision

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An Onalaska man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a two-vehicle wreck overnight on U.S. Highway 12 just east of Interstate 5.

Both Toyota Corollas were totaled.

Troopers called at 12:53 a.m. found that Monte E. Bainbridge was traveling north on Meier Road and failed to stop at the stop sign. His car was struck by another car which was eastbound on Highway 12, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Bainbridge, 40, from Onalaska, was injured and flown to the Seattle hospital, according to the state patrol. The other driver, Erik L. Due, 23, from Toledo, was reportedly unhurt.

The investigating trooper reports Bainbridge is suspected of having been driving under the influence.

The state Department of Transportation indicates the westbound lane of Highway 12 was blocked until just after 5 o’clock this morning.

Update 10:30 a.m. on Monday March 7, 2016: A hospital spokesperson says Bainbridge is in serious condition in the intensive care unit but improving this morning.

Vigil for fire victims draws hundreds to Centralia park

Sunday, March 6th, 2016
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Centralia’s George Washington Park, South Pearl Street, Saturday March 5, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Individuals and families, children and grown ups alike came together at George Washington Park in Centralia last night to honor the local family that suffered nearly unimaginable tragedy the day before.

Despite the rain, candles continued to glow during prayers and songs for the survivors and the three children who lost their lives when their home caught fire on Ham Hill Road.

Several television news stations captured the gathering.

• “Hundreds gather for vigil to honor 3 kids who died in Centralia fire” from KOMOnews.com on Saturday March 5, 2016

• “Centralia remembers 3 kids who died in fire” from KOIN.com on Sunday March 6, 2016 at 6:11 a.m.

• “VIDEO: Community gathers to remember Centralia fire victims” from KIRO7.com on Saturday March 5, 2016 at 11:43 p.m.

• “Vigil honors three kids who died in Centralia house fire” from king5.com on Sunday March 6, 2016 at 9:54 a.m.

• “Family remembers three children killed in Centralia house fire” from q13fox.com on Saturday March 5, 2016
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For background, read “Heavy hearts as family loses three in Centralia house fire” from Lewis County Sirens.com on Friday March 4, 2016 at 6:14 p.m., here

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Centralia’s George Washington Park, South Pearl Street, Saturday March 5, 2016

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, March 5th, 2016
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CANDLE SUSPECTED IN VEHICLE FIRE

• Firefighters were called at 9:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia where they found a Chevrolet Tahoe well-involved with fire which was threatening an adjacent residence. A fence along the driveway had also ignited, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Crews quickly brought the fire under control, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert. The fire is believed to have been started by a candle being used a person who was reportedly living the Tahoe, according to Weinert. The sport utility vehicle was a complete loss.

DOWNTOWN ASSAULT

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of North Tower Avenue just before 11 p.m. yesterday for an assault. The suspect was identified and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim was not seriously injured during the dispute, according to police.

OUT OF CONTROL

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says a 50-year-old woman who was highly intoxicated and detained for biting her boyfriend, kicked a deputy in the shin at Morton General Hospital on Thursday night. A deputy responding to the 100 block of Belcher Road Glenoma learned the 51-year-old man was awakened to Dawn M. Smith gnawing on his neck and jaw and after he tried to fend her off was bit again, in his upper arm, according to the sheriff’s office. Smith was taken to the emergency room for medical clearance to be booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. She was ultimately booked for third-degree assault with a recommendation for a charge also of fourth-degree assault, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.

FEMALE USES ALIAS AT JAIL

• A Centralia officer learned yesterday that Courtney L. Sturdevant, 24, was in the Lewis County Jail under a different name. The jail did a fingerprint search and discovered her true identity, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers then served the Centralia Municipal Court warrant that was out for her arrest, according to police.

INSTAGRAM THREATS

• Centralia police took a complaint on Thursday morning at the 900 block of Johnson Road from a juvenile that a person, or persons, unknown sent several  threats against her using Instagram. The investigation is continuing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

REPORT OF MARIJUANA THEFT

• An individual reported about 9:20 p.m. on Thursday that marijuana was stolen from their residence on the 1100 block of Borthwick Street in Centralia. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PARCEL PILFERED

• A package delivered to the front door step at the 300 block of East Pear Street in Centralia was removed by an unknown person, according to a report made to police about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

CAR PROWL

• An individual reported at 5 p.m. yesterday two of their vehicles were prowled at the 1800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. A window was broken out of one, according to the Centralia Police Department. Missing are some power tools and a vehicle emergency kit, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor theft, failure to transfer vehicle title, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, vandalism, civil problem, collision on city street, possible retail return fraud, possible stolen vehicle that wasn’t, attempt to pass a counterfeit bill … and more, among than 162 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today.

Heavy hearts as family loses three in Centralia house fire

Friday, March 4th, 2016
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Fire Chief Mike Kytta speaks about the Ham Hill house fire at a press conference this afternoon, flanked by Centralia School District Superintendent Mark Davalos, left and Assistant Chief Rick Mack.

Updated at 7:47 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – The cause of the house fire that claimed the lives of three children in Centralia remains under investigation as untold numbers of individuals mourn their loss.

“It’s with heavy hearts we’re here before you today,” Riverside Fire Authority Assistant Chief Rick Mack said this afternoon to a gathering of news reporters.

Mack said the fire appeared to start not far from the front door.

“We have narrowed the origin down to the area of the living room,” he said. “We came to that conclusion based on fire patterns we observed.”

Mack said there are many things they need to look at, and probably the most important will be an interview with the sole survivor.

The windows and doors of the four-bedroom, split level home on Ham Hill Road are boarded up now.

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Police Chief Carl Nielsen

The fire investigator indicated he did not know not what kind of heating system was employed at the residence. He does not yet know if there were smoke detectors, he said.

The kitchen stove was removed for examination, but Mack said he doesn’t know what if any role it may have played.

“Initially we did hear something on or about the stove glowing, so we took it into evidence,” he said.

The fire was reported by the mother at about 12:45 a.m. today. Lewis County 911 Communications stated it received multiple reports of smoke seen from a distance.

Authorities said the father lives elsewhere and the children’s bedrooms were upstairs.

Medics evaluated the mother for as long as three hours at the scene, Fire Chief Mike Kytta said.

“She told us she was asleep on the first level, and awakened to a sound, we don’t know what that was,” Mack said. “She tried to make access to the children on the upper level and was unable to because of smoke and heat.”

Centralia Police Department Chief Carl Nielsen this afternoon spoke on behalf of his department, the fire department and the school district.

“When units arrived on-scene, they found the house fully engulfed,” Nielsen said.

Three first responders made tremendous efforts to rescue the youngsters, according to Nielsen.

“Centralia Police Officer Phil Weismiller and RFA Capt.Terry Ternan and Engineer Rick Leboeuf climbed on roof and attempted to gain access to the children’s bedrooms,” he said. “Unfortunately the intense heat and flames prevented their heroic efforts from gaining entry.”

Weismiller’s hand was cut by glass from breaking a window, he said. The officer was treated at the hospital and is resting at home this afternoon, he said.

“The death of any child is significant in any community,” Nielsen said. “The loss of three in a community the size of Centralia is truly a tragedy.

“I have personally witnessed the outpouring of community support this morning and would ask people to take time out of our always busy schedules to think about the family of the victims of today’s tragedy and to make the time to appreciate and love your family members.”

Centralia School District Superintendent Mark Davalos confirmed the kids attend Centralia schools. He said they are in second grade, fourth grade and sixth grade.

The family requested their ages and names not be released.

“We want to extend our heartfelt sorrow to the family,” Davalos said. “I need to be strong for our staff and our community, but this is a huge loss.”

One attended Edison Elementary, two attended Washington Elementary.

Chief Kytta also responded to questions from news reporters this afternoon at the fire station on Harrison Avenue.

Along with smoke alarms and sleeping with bedroom doors closed, firefighters encourage folks to consider ahead of time at least two ways out of any room.

“Can you get out the window with a chain ladder, for example,” he said.

Nielsen said he doesn’t anticipate any more information being released until the investigation is concluded. He didn’t give a time line.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod expects autopsies to be conducted next week. He indicated he won’t be able to confirm and release the identities of the deceased until mid-week.

Chief Nielsen said he knows of three ways to donate to the family.

A family friend named Sandra Wing has set up a Go-Fund-Me account.

Donations can be made in person at the Centralia branch of Security State Bank and cards can be sent to P.O. Box 99 at Centralia Post Net at 1120 Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

A candlelight vigil is planned for 8 p.m. tomorrow in Washington Park which is located at Main and Pearl streets in Centralia.
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For background, read “Mother escapes, three children dead after Centralia house fire” from Friday March 4, 2016 at 9:51 a.m., here

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Flags are lowered at Washington Elementary School this afternoon, where two of the three children attended.

Mother escapes, three children dead after Centralia house fire

Friday, March 4th, 2016
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Fire investigators and the coroner’s office are working at the scene at the two-story house this morning.

Updated at 11:07 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Investigators with three agencies are examining the scene of a fatal Centralia house fire this morning in which three children perished.

“My wife noticed lights flashing in the driveway about 1 o’clock this morning,” neighbor Jay Pannette said. “She said it’s my son’s friend’s house; she came back and said ‘Oh my God, the kids aren’t out yet’.”

Firefighters and police responded to the 12:46 a.m. call to the two-story home on the 900 block of Ham Hill Road at the north end of town.

Police said the mother made it out, but the juveniles did not.

One police officer was injured when he attempted to get inside, breaking a window, detective Patricia Finch said. He was taken to the hospital, she said.

This morning, command vehicles crowded the narrow street and next door neighbors sat on their front porch with a chaplain.

Most of the windows observable from the street are missing, one side of the roof partially collapsed. Some rabbits huddled in hutches near the driveway.

Finch said they know the fire started within about four feet of the front door, just inside.

The family rents the home, she said. The children’s father doesn’t reside with them, she said.

The joint fire investigation team is comprised of members of Riverside Fire Authority, the Centralia Police Department and the Chehalis Fire Department.

The Centralia School District has been informed the three attend Centralia schools, district spokesperson Ed Petersen said.

They’ve made additional counseling resources available at two schools, which he wouldn’t identify.

“I know teachers are talking to their classes,” he said at mid-morning.

“It was a tragedy,” Pannette said.

He said the family with two boys and one girl moved in about a year ago.

“We’re waiting for a pastor to come talk with my son,” he said. “He doesn’t know anything yet.”

A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Riverside Fire Authority’s main station, when more information is expected to be released.

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A fire investigator examines the area around the front door to the home.

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Police and fire investigators work at the home on Ham Hill Road this morning.

 

Just hang up: Impersonations of officials over telephone increasing locally

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police, along with the Centralia Utilities Center, are warning city utility customers about a scam involving bogus collection calls.

The utilities center has received several complaints from customers about it. Customers received a call from a male, identifying himself as “Mark Montgomery” who requests overdue payments, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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Anyone who receives such a call is urged to hang up and then call the Centralia Utilities Center at 360-330-7657. This is the only valid Centralia Utility Customer Service Center number, according to police detective Patricia Finch.

Only on rare occasions, after a statement and past due letter is sent out will a representative of the utilities center call the customer, according to Finch.

Finch said officials have learned of another residence getting a phone call from someone saying the resident was in legal trouble. Another scam, according to Finch. That one provided a business name of Tarek Fadel and a phone number of 646-247-1929.

Residents continue to report getting calls from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service and demanding payment, according to Finch. That’s a scam, she indicates.

“Please do not give anyone your credit / debit card number over the phone until you have confirmed that it is legitimate,” detective Finch stated in a news release.

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Earlier this month, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office took more than 30 reports over a two-day period of citizens being phoned by someone purporting to be from the IRS and threatening to send a deputy to arrest them if they didn’t send a money order immediately.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown reminds the public that the sheriff’s office does not get involved in tax issues and also that the IRS typically contacts people via mail, not by phone.

The sheriff’s office advises if someone gets a call such as these, just simply hang up.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) earlier this month put out a warning urging taxpayers to remain on high alert.

“As the tax filing season begins, it is critical that all taxpayers continue to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls and e-mails from individuals claiming to be IRS and Treasury employees,” the Inspector General stated. “This scam has proven to be the largest of its kind that we have ever seen.”

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The callers are aggressive and relentless, and once they have your attention, they will say anything to con you out of your hard-earned cash, authorities say.

The IRS will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, a money order or wire a transfer, nor will they ask for a credit card number over the phone.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do, according to Thurston County sheriff’s Lt. Cliff Ziesemer. Hang up.

If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.

And today, the U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a nationwide telephone scam in which callers impersonate U.S. marshals, court officers or law enforcement officials seeking to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty.

The U.S. Marshals Service does not call anyone to arrange payment of fines over the phone for failure to appear for jury duty or any other infraction.

Officials says to be aware the fraudsters:

• May know the last four digits of the victim’s social security number.
• Can make caller ID information appear as if the IRS, or another entity, is actually calling.
• May provide badge numbers and even names of actual judges and courthouse addresses.
• Claim that hanging up the phone will cause the immediate issuance of an arrest warrant.
• Send bogus emails to support their claim
• Call back a second or third time claiming to be police or the department of motor vehicles.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
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Updated at 5:31 p.m.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• A burglary victim reported about 4 p.m. yesterday that someone entered their residence on the 800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia and stole food and tobacco. The investigation continues, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SCAMMED IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were contacted about 6:35 p.m. yesterday by a victim at the 500 block of East Pear Street who told of being tricked into sending off a money order. The individual told police they signed up to be a secret shopper. They received a check in the mail and were requested to deposit the check into their bank account, according to the Centralia Police Department. Once it was deposited, they were asked to withdraw the money and obtain a money order and send it to a specified address, according to police. After the transaction occurred, the bank advised the victim the check was fraudulent.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 7:15 a.m. today regarding a car prowl off the 300 block of Southwest Third Street.

DRUGS

• A 52-year-old motorist who failed to stop completely at a stop sign in Winlock yesterday, was pulled over and found to have a suspended driver’s license and then arrested for possession of methamphetamine. The Toledo-Winlock police officer asked Robert A. McGee to exit the vehicle and McGee asked if he could take off his coat, according to authorities. The officer said no. Inside the coat, the officer found a hypodermic needle containing liquid that field-tested positive for meth, charging documents allege. McGee, of Castle Rock, was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then today allowed release by the court on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, shoplifting; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, suspicious circumstances … and more, among than 134 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:15 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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TWO HURT IN CENTRALIA DISPUTE

• A 41-year-old Centralia man was arrested for second-degree assault after an incident around 6:15 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia that sent both him and the 38-year-old female victim to the hospital. Deputies called about a dispute in progress found him outside the home and the woman at a neighbor’s, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman said he had punched her in the face four or five times, then grabbed a knife and held it in a threatening manner before going outside, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspect, Morgan T. Davis, had injuries that appeared self-inflicted, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The woman had lacerations and also bruises on her face, Brown said. Both were taken to the emergency room for treatment and then Davis was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

SCHOOL EMPLOYEE SCRATCHED

• A 15-year-old student was arrested at Winlock High School yesterday morning after he allegedly got so upset when his phone was confiscated, he left bleeding scratches on the assistant principal’s hand trying to get it back. A deputy called just before 11 a.m. was told the phone was taken away because the teen had been using it in class, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The boy was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for fourth-degree assault and also resisting arrest as he did not comply with the officer’s orders, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

POLICE INJURED DURING ARREST

• A 26-year-old Chehalis woman who allegedly resisted arrest and left two officers with hand injuries was booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of third-degree assault last night. Police were called about 7:50 p.m. about someone who wasn’t supposed to be in the area of the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court because of a court order, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “We responded, she resisted, she was arrested and booked,” department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The arrestee is Stephanie J. Carriere, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• A black 1997 Honda Accord was reported stolen about 9:30 a.m. yesterday from the 1200 block of West Main Street in Centralia. It has a license plate reading AXH 8962 according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 7:30 a.m. yesterday about a 1995 Honda Accord that was stolen from the 300 block of North Oak Street and while the officer was taking the report, the car was involved in an accident so it was recovered. The car was found in a ditch on Ham Hill Road but the driver had departed the scene before police arrived, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A car found completely burned at the Meskill pit near milepost two along Meskill Road west of Chehalis and recovered yesterday turned out to have been stolen from Tacoma, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was towed.

MISSING GUN

• A firearm was reported stolen yesterday morning from the 500 block of Silverbrook Road in Randle. The Jennings semiautomatic pistol has a broken firing pin so the loss is listed at $25, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies have a suspect in mind and an investigation is underway, according to the sheriff’s office.

MISSING MEDS

• An individual reported about noon yesterday that medication was stolen from the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 31-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of heroin after contact with an officer around 8 o’clock yesterday morning at the 1200 block of Mellen Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Heather D. McKibben was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

TRASH ON FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 7 p.m. yesterday to Stericycle at the 800 block of Westlake Avenue in Morton for a fire in a cargo container trailer. They extinguished it, according to Lewis County Fire District 4.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 53-year-old motorist was hospitalized after a rear-end collision in Chehalis last night. Troopers responding just before 7 p.m. report two vehicles were stopped for traffic in the right turn lane of southbound Louisiana Avenue at state Route 6 and a Subaru Forester pulled forward but then yielded for another vehicle. The Chevrolet Express van behind her pulled forward striking the back of her car, according to the Washington State Patrol. Both vehicles were still drivable, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor theft, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among than 190 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
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AUTO THEFT

• A car theft was reported just after 5 p.m. yesterday from the 1000 block of West Chestnut Street in Centralia. Missing is a 1997 green Honda Accord, according to the Centralia Police Department. It has a license plate of ACS 7024, according to police.

TRAILER SQUATTERS

• A 24-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were warned by police not to come back after a Chehalis resident found them occupying their recreational vehicle at the 300 block of Southwest James Street yesterday afternoon, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND FROM MOSSYROCK

• An officer responded about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday to the 100 block of Main Avenue in Mossyrock to take a report of the theft of a wooden jewelry cabinet with an approximate value of $200. The case is still under investigation, according to the Morton Police Department.

CAR FIRE

• Firefighters were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday when a sport utility vehicle caught fire on Interstate 5 near milepost 69 south of Napavine. The flames were confined to the engine compartment, according to Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, runaway teenager, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among than 130 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:40 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, February 29th, 2016
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Updated at 5:14 p.m.

HAMMER THREAT

• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested after police were called about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue about a person trying to take apart a bench. He was confronted and allegedly swung a hammer at people, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault was Carey R. Cosgrove, according to police.

CHURCH RANSACKED

• Chehalis police were summoned on Saturday morning to a church on the 1800 block of Southwest Snively Avenue where several windows were broken and interior doors kicked in. There was lots of blood and lots of property damage, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “We’re looking for a suspect with probably cuts on the hand and/or forearm,” department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Things inside were rummaged through, but it’s not clear if anything was taken, Bailey said.

AUTO THEFT

• A blue 1992 Honda Accord was reported stolen from the 300 block of West Pear Street in Centralia just before 10 p.m. yesterday. It has a license plate of AJD 1851, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called at 11:30 a.m. yesterday to the 400 block of South Washington Street in Centralia following the discovery someone tried to steal a pickup truck. The rear window had been pried open and an attempt was made to “force” the ignition,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 35-year-old Portland woman was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a warrant after contact with an officer about 5:20 a.m. yesterday in a car on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis and then subsequently arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. An officer learned after the initial arrest that the BMW Shirene N. Singh had been driving was stolen from Vancouver, Wash., according to the Chehalis Police Department.

GUN GONE

• Chehalis police were called yesterday by an individual who said his firearm, holster and ammunition from his vehicle were missing after he got his vehicle serviced at the dealer on the 1900 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

THEFT OF MONEY

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about 6:50 p.m. yesterday regarding stolen cash in the amount of $600. The investigation continues,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday an individual who said a wallet was taken from a vehicle on the 100 block of Southwest 10th Street at about midnight and the suspect was chased but got away. Then, a missing bankcard belonging to the victim was denied when a group of five tried to use it at a local eating establishment, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called to the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis on Friday where the owner of a vehicle reported she discovered her tires were flat and the stereo missing.

• Chehalis police were called to the 100 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue on Friday morning where a bicycle was missing from the front yard and a vehicle had been rummaged through.

DRUGS

• A 64-year-old motorist was arrested for drug possession yesterday following a traffic stop in Winlock and the discovery his license was suspended. Robert L. Love said it wasn’t his shirt when an officer discovered a baggie containing a white substance and a glass pipe inside Love’s shirt pocket, according to charging documents. A field test indicated the material was cocaine but later, when a different officer said it looked more like methamphetamine, a second field test returned positive for meth, charging documents state. Love was booked overnight into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of meth.

CONCEALED WEAPON VIOLATION

• Chehalis police called about 10:25 p.m. on Saturday to a report of an individual with a handgun inside a bar on Northwest Chehalis Avenue subsequently arrested 41-year-old Alberto F. Rodriguez for weapon prohibited in certain places as well as unlawful carrying or handling of a dangerous weapon, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual,  other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, giving false information to police officer, minor in possession-consumption of alcohol; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, collision on city street, suspicious circumstances; complaint of threat via Facebook, neighbor dog barking all night long … and more, among than 129 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: Name released of pedestrian hit by Amtrak near Tenino

Monday, February 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man who died when he was struck by a train south of Tenino on Friday was 41-year-old Gary F. Mann, according to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office.

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Coroner Gary Warnock said Mann had no fixed address but was known to camp out in the Tenino area. He has family locally, according to Warnock.

Deputies were called at 3:52 p.m. on Friday to the area of the 17200 block off state Route 507, told by the Amtrak engineer that the train hit a person who stepped out from between two freight cars parked on a parallel track, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

The engineer didn’t have time to activate the horn or brakes, and he was killed instantly, sheriff’s Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said.

Warnock indicated he is hoping to view footage from the train’s cameras, to help him determine if the death was an accident or suicide.
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For background, read “News brief: Man struck, killed by train near Tenino” from Friday February 26, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, February 28th, 2016
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RUCKUS AT RAILROAD STATION

• A Centralia man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly approached an acquaintance at the Centralia train depot, demanded money from him and then punched the 25-year-old in the face when he had no money to give him. Officers called about 11:50 a.m. to the 200 block of Railroad Avenue learned the victim ended up with a broken tooth, according to the Centralia Police Department. They contacted 44-year-old Brett A Morris at his residence and arrested him for attempted robbery. Morris was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

LICENSE PLATE RECOVERED

• A 27-year-old Bucoda resident was arrested for third-degree possession of stolen property yesterday after it was discovered the license plates on the vehicle he was driving were stolen. The plates were missing from Yakima, according to the Centralia Police Department. Joshua W Bonagofsky was booked into the Lewis County, also for first-degree driving with a suspended license, after contact with an officer about 4:50 p.m. at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

BYSTANDERS DETAIN MOTORIST AFTER WRECK

• A 34-year-old Centralia man who drove into a light pole and a parked vehicle at the 700 block of South Gold Street reportedly tried to leave but was held by bystanders until officers arrived about 1 p.m. yesterday. Joseph E. Leyva was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual,  other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more, among than 127 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, February 27th, 2016
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CENTRALIA POULTRY FIRE

• Nobody was injured and the damage was minimal but many chicks perished yesterday upstairs at a Centralia home when a heat lamp keeping them warm ignited nearby combustible material, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Firefighters called at 1:30 p.m. to the house on the 500 block of South Rock Street saw light smoke coming out of a second-story window, according to the fire department. The occupants had gotten themselves out, Assistant Chief Rick Mack stated. Firefighters quickly put out the fire with a fire extinguisher and exhausted the smoke with a power fan, according to Mack. The damage was limited to the small area on the floor and the chicks’ container.

MORE FIRE

• Firefighters called at 6:10 p.m. yesterday about smoke coming from a vacant residence on the 1000 block of Long Road in Centralia found a small stove inside causing the smoke. It was taken outside and fans were used to evacuate the smoke, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The area contained some sleeping bags and other belongings, according to Fire Capt. Erik Olson.

• Firefighters were called at 7:30 p.m. yesterday to a vehicle fire at the 2300 block of Sirrka Avenue in Centralia found a 1995 Ford Explorer parked in the driveway fully involved in flames. A resident there had been working on it earlier and it’s suspected a short in a shop vac sparked the fire, according to Riverside Fire Authority. A second vehicle parked nearby sustained minor radiant heat damage, according to Fire Capt. Erik Olson.

ASSAULT CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called at noon on Thursday to the Gospel Mission on Southwest Chehalis Avenue where a man showed up and said he’d been beat up and possibly had broken ribs. The 39-year-old victim didn’t want to press charges and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of North Washington Avenue where someone had broken in to a vehicle and stolen the stereo faceplate. A window was broken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ANOTHER LICENSE PLATE STOLEN

• Police were called just after 11 a.m. yesterday to the 500 block of East Pear Street to take a report that someone removed the rear license plate from a vehicle. The plate reads AWA 0628, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 32-year-old Chehalis woman, Rochelle M. McAllister, was arrested early yesterday morning at Wal-Mart for suspected shoplifting was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine when she was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police on Thursday arrested a 49-year-old Chehalis man for possession of a controlled substance for allegedly taking his recently deceased roommate’s prescription medication, Suboxone. Steven S. Knittle, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just after 10 p.m. on Thursday to the 1700 block of South Market Boulevard following the discovery that fuel lines on a vehicle had been cut.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 23-year-old Chehalis man who turned himself in was allowed release yesterday on a $10,000 unsecured bond on a charge of second-degree assault from an incident last fall. Warrants and charges were filed on Monday in Lewis County Superior Court in the case in which a 46-year-old Chehalis man was beaten in front of his home early on Sept. 20. Charging documents state that following an altercation at a birthday gathering elsewhere, Edu Adsilva Leal, 23, and Gustavo Casmiro-Gomez, 31, showed up at the 1300 block of Southwest Mills Avenue in Chehalis and jumped out of a car. Leal allegedly punched his cousin in the head and when his cousin’s father tried to intervene, Casmiro-Gomez knocked the older man to the ground, according to one witness. The victim was kicked in the face and head repeatedly and viciously and subsequently hospitalized, according to charging documents. Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge yesterday afternoon that when Leal learned he had a warrant, he called police and showed up of his own accord to court. Judge James Lawler said the fact that Leal was present in court showed him he could allow him to remain free on the unsecured bond. Casmiro-Gomez was arrested on Monday. Arraignments for both men are scheduled for Thursday.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, possession of liquor by minor; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among than 152 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today.

Chehalis case from 2008 sandwich shop robbery, rape revived

Friday, February 26th, 2016
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Thomas L. Pleasant waits his turn to go in front of a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The suspect in a robbery and rape of a woman working alone at night at the Chehalis Subway shop from almost eight years ago appeared in Lewis County Superior Court today, to finally face the charges against him.

Thomas L. Pleasant, now 50, was transported from Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen where he is serving a sentence of life without parole.

In 2008, Pleasant was convicted of three first-degree robberies in Cowlitz County, as well as second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree burglary there, according to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer.

He also has a first-degree robbery conviction from 1989, according to Meyer.

While he was still in jail in Cowlitz County, he requested to talk with detectives and confessed to the July 16, 2008 hold up in Chehalis, saying he tied up the female worker with an electrical cord and put her in a walk-in cooler, according to charging documents.

He denied sexually assaulting her.

Lewis County prosecutors filed charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree rape on Sept. 9, 2008.

It’s not clear why he wasn’t brought to Lewis County sooner than now, Meyer said, other than the wait until after his Cowlitz cases wrapped up. Meyer didn’t become prosecutor until 2011.

“This is kind of an insurance policy,” Meyer said, suggesting the possibility of appeals in the other cases.

He said he has interviewed the victim and she indicated she was willing to go forward.

Pleasant, whose court documents from 2008 show a Centralia address for his residence, was brought before a judge this afternoon for a brief hearing.

Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said her client had no income and qualified for a court-appointed lawyer. His arraignment was scheduled for next Thursday.

Court documents describe the details Chehalis police learned from the victim.

She said she was preparing for closing about 10:44 p.m. and was alone as another employee had just left, when a male came in through the back door and told her to look down.

She dropped to her knees, saw a gun that looked like a long .22 with a silencer, she said. The male demanded money, smashed the wall phone, took her cell phone and $22, she said.

She said she crawled to the cash register and gave him about $320.

He then asked her if she wanted to live, and with a gun to her back, raped her, according to her statement.

The victim said she eventually was able to free her tied hands and trip the store’s alarm.

The Subway is at the Twin City Town Center on Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

Court documents go on to describe the investigation that followed.

Chehalis police reviewed video surveillance footage from Wal-Mart and saw a vehicle described as a light colored truck with a canopy or a long sport utility vehicle, in which a person got out and went into the Movie Gallery.

About two weeks later, Chehalis detective Rick McNamara saw a robbery bulletin from the Longview Police Department with a photo of a similar truck.

Another officer thought it resembled a truck he’d pulled over a few days earlier and a check of its registration showed it was owned by Pleasant.

Within a few days, Castle Rock police located the vehicle, and Pleasant was soon apprehended.

When Pleasant was interview by McNamara, he said the gun he used was the same one he used in the Longview robbery; he said it looked real, like a .357 and he threw it away because it got him in trouble.