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News brief: Prison for Olympia man follows gun show sales investigation

Monday, March 19th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 70-year-old Olympia man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today for unlawfully dealing in firearms in a case that began at a Centralia gun show.

David Devenny, who reportedly sold a gun that a week later was used to kill Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton in 2009, was also fined $12,850 and will get three years of supervision after his release, according to the U.S. Attorney’ Office.

“Defendant lined his pockets by funneling guns to criminals, and others paid the heavy price for his actions,” U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan stated in a news release. “Those who ignore laws that are meant to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and children take heed.”

Davenny was arrested in November 2010 after selling guns to a convicted felon and a person with a domestic violence conviction, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

He came to the attention of law enforcement who conducted undercover purchases at guns shows in Western Washington.

He pleaded guilty previously to unlawfully dealing in firearms and two counts of selling a firearm to a prohibited person, according to the news release.

Prosecutors in asking for a significant sentence noted that for eight years Davenny dealt countless guns illegally and “flooded the streets with untraceable firearms,” according to the news release.

He was sentenced in Tacoma today by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle, who called Davenny’s behavior “cavalier.”

For background, read “Man’s arrest for illegal firearms sales follows undercover operation at Centralia gun show” from Saturday Nov 20 2010, here

And, “Undercover purchases at Centralia and other gun shows lead to four federal indictments” from Monday May 2, 2011, here

Foiled Chehalis bank heists lead to serious charges for local pair

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Robert J. Hughes, back row, and Robert T. Hendrickson wait to go before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The two men arrested for allegedly holding up two banks in Chehalis on Saturday got away with, briefly, roughly $2,276.

Robert T. Hendrickson, 23, of Centralia and Robert J. Hughes, 32, of Tenino, were charged today with first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree robbery and attempting to elude a police vehicle.

The pair were taken into custody after wrecking during a police pursuit less than 30 minutes after officers were called to a silent alarm at Twin Star Credit Union on South Market Boulevard and then 10 minutes later to Chase Bank a few blocks to the north.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Defense attorney Bob Schroeter said Hendrickson has no current income or assets and Hughes is pending $300 a month from on-the-job injury payments. Both qualified for court appointed attorneys.

Parents of both men were in Lewis County Superior Court today when the defendants appeared before Judge Richard Brosey.

Charging documents and police allege the following account:

Employees at Twin Star observed a man later identified as Hendrickson standing in the customer service area.

When he was asked if he needed assistance, Hendrickson put his hands in his pockets, leaned forward and told the credit union employee to give him all the cash in the drawer.

The employee said there was no money in her drawer, but said they could get some out of the ATM. He left.

Chehalis police have said that branch has no cash drawers like regular banks.

Hendrickson got into to the passenger side of a black Acura.

Employees at Chase told police an individual later identified as Hendrickson came in and asked to use the restroom and left soon after. He returned a few minutes later and approached a teller with his hands in his pockets.

“Give me all the money in the drawer and there won’t be any problems,” he allegedly said.

The teller removed all the cash from the drawer and set it on the counter. Hendrickson put it in his front pocket and walked out the front door.

The silent alarm from Twin Star on the 1500 block of South Market Boulevard came at 10:07 a.m.

As police officers converged, already with descriptions of the suspect and the car, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ken Cheeseman saw a male run from Chase Bank and get into a black Acura.

He followed but lost sight of the car but it wasn’t long before an officer spotted a black Acura at the Interstate 5 exit at Mellen Street in Centralia.

Centralia Officer Ruben Ramirez followed the car which began heading west on Cooks Hill Road watching a woman walking her dog yank her pet from the road and go into a ditch to avoid getting hit, as well as observing the Acura swerve into oncoming traffic narrowly missing two oncoming vehicles.

Ramirez activated his lights and siren and hit speeds of 100 mph.

The car passed Swanson Drive and as it entered a curve, skidded off the road into a ditch.

An individual later identified as Hendrickson exited the passenger side and ran, but Ramirez’s partner, police dog Lobo, took him to the ground.

When Hendrickson was searched, a large wad of money was found, some of which was confirmed to be from a robbery the day before in Thurston County. Chehalis police have said the pair might be tied to a bank robbery in Olympia.

Other money was seen in the console area of the car.

A Chehalis detective reviewing surveillance videos from both financial institutions identified the individual shown as Hendrickson.

His bail was set at $150,000. He has no felony criminal history, according to Schroeter.

Hughes, because he has some felonies and other crimes in his background, including a recent bail jumping charge in Thurston County, found his bail set at $250,000.

Their arraignments are set for Thursday afternoon.


For background, read “Breaking news: Holdups at two Chehalis banks, two in custody” from  Saturday March 17, 2012 at 12:35 p.m., here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Updated at 5:54 p.m.


• Centralia police took a report overnight of an individual who said he blacked out in a local park and when he awoke, there were four men standing around him who demanded his money. He handed it over and they fled, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is associated with an address of the 100 block of South Silver Street. Further details were not readily available


• A 26-year-old Ethel man was arrested after he allegedly attacked and choked his father on Sunday afternoon. Deputies called to a dispute on the 2200 block of U.S. Highway 12 just before 5 p.m. arrested Robert Donyes for second-degree assault but the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office is evaluating the case for misdemeanor assault instead.


• Chehalis police called to a dispute on the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue just before 6 o’clock yesterday evening ended up arrested a 26-year-old man for possession of an illegal weapon. An officer found a butterfly knife in the pocket of Jeff D. Prindle of Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Prindle was booked into the Lewis County Jail for the misdemeanor offense, Chehalis Sgt. Gary Wilson said.


• Police were called about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday to the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis where a cat had reportedly been shot at close range with a pellet gun. Further details were not readily available.


• Chehalis police were called about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 1800 block of Southwest Ruzicka Drive about a burglary to a home. A computer was missing, and someone may have gotten inside through an unlocked slider, according to police.

• A deputy was called Friday to a vacant house on the 1000 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia where the back door had been kicked in. Two lawn chairs were missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called about 8 o’clock Sunday morning about a break-in to a shed on Southwest Second Street. Someone had pried the metal siding away, according to police. It wasn’t clear what might have been stolen.

• A 1999 Dodge Caravan and several other items were stolen from a shop building on the 900 block of state Route 506 in Vader sometime between Friday and Saturday. Among the other missing valuables are a Honda boat motor, a pressure washer and a lawn mower, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at almost $5,000.

• A red Honda Dual Sport motorcycle was stolen from a shed on some vacation property on the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Packwood sometime during the week that ended on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It has a license plate reading 386 592A. The ignition on another motorcycle there was damaged, the sheriff’s office reported. The loss is estimated at $1,500.

• A black 1990 Honda Accord was reported stolen from the 1000 block of Schueber Road in Centralia on Friday. The car, taken sometime overnight, has a license plate of 242 ZAW, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A maple tree and 11 newly planted trees were cut down on two different properties belonging to Sierra Pacific Industries at Telegraph and McClure roads in Vader, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.

• Centralia police took a report on Saturday of pain pills stolen from the 200 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia.

• Two Selah resident were arrested at the White Pass Ski lodge on Friday after they were identified from security footage as responsible for recent thefts of a a pair of Rosignol skis and a snow board,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Allen D. Noble, 19 and Brett W. Dodward, 21, were booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft, the sheriff’s office reported.

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning about a vehicle prowl on the 200 block of East Chestnut Street. Tools had been taken overnight, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An Alpine CD player was taken from a vehicle on the 400 block of Roe Road in Winlock sometime between Friday and Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called Friday about a car prowl in the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue, at Wal-Mart. It apparently occurred two days earlier.


• A 21-year-old woman from Winlock was hospitalized for facial lacerations and a sore back after the truck in which she was a passenger lost control and smashed into a car on the shoulder on Interstate 5 south of Chehalis on Saturday. Troopers called about 1:30 p.m. to the northbound lanes at milepost 66 concluded the drier of the truck, Santiago Ramirez-Hernandez, 35, of Winlock, was traveling too fast. His truck and the parked Toyota Camry were both described as totaled. His passenger, Herminia Santiago Santiago, 21, was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol.

• Troopers were called about 1:30 p.m. today to a single-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near the Toledo-Winlock interchange, according to the Washington State Patrol. A 33-year-old driver from Edmonds was northbound and going too fast when she lost control of her car, went off the roadway to the west and came to rest on the inside shoulder, according to the state patrol. Gema I. Ebanks, of Edmonds, was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with a back injury, according to the investigating trooper. Her 2003 Toyota was totaled.

Breaking news: Holdups at two Chehalis banks, two in custody

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Twin Star Credit Union was closed temporarily after an attempted robbery this morning.

Updated at 1:37 p.m. and 2:22 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two subjects are in custody after holdups at two Chehalis banks this morning.

Police were called about 10 a.m. to Twin Star Credit Union on South Market Boulevard just south of 13th Street.

A deputy spotted a suspicious car nearby at the same time an alarm alerted officers to a robbery at Chase Bank, Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

“A chase, a wreck and a dog bite,” Wilson said of what followed.

A car being pursued by police wrecked on a curve along Cooks Hill Road in Centralia where one male fled on foot, according to police. Centralia Police Officer Ruben Ramirez and his dog Lobo caught him, Ramirez said.

Wilson said the subjects may be responsible for a bank robbery in Olympia last night as well, but he had not confirmed that.

Just after 11:30 a.m. Twin Star remained temporarily closed with a sheriff’s patrol car parked out front and arriving customers departing without being able to take care of business.

About eight blocks to the north, Chase Bank’s front door displayed a similar notice, apologizing for the temporary inconvenience.

Chehalis Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut said one man had gone inside Twin Star, and implied he had a weapon by keeping his hand in his pocket.

He didn’t get any money there, Kaut said. The credit union doesn’t have cash drawers like a regular bank, he said.

A black Acura left and that’s what the deputy saw down the street, a man running out of Chase Bank and getting into a black Acura in a parking lot nearby, according to Kaut.

The robber’s routine was similar inside the second bank, except he left with cash, Kaut said.

Officers impounded the vehicle and will get a search warrant to get inside of it, he said. An officer could see money inside it, Kaut said.

The two men are being checked at Providence Centralia Hospital with minor injuries before being booked into jail, according to police.

They are Robert T. Hendrickson, 23, of Centralia and Robert J. Hughes, 32, of Tenino.


Correction: This has been updated to correctly reflect that Chase Bank is north of Twin Star Credit Union.


Chase Bank on the 600 block of South Market Boulevard is closed after a morning robbery.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 16th, 2012


• A 21-year-old motorist pulled over for speeding yesterday on U.S. Highway 12 near Ethel yesterday was arrested after two and half pounds of marijuana and 18 Ecstasy pills were found in his trunk. A trooper smelled marijuana and subsequently had a K-9 sniff the vehicle, according to charging documents. Samuel N. Daggett, 21, of Mountlake Terrace, showed a valid medical marijuana authorization, but said it was for an ailment the trooper understood not to be approved by the law, according to charging documents. Daggett was charged today with one count of possession of a controlled substance and a count of felony possession of marijuana. His father was in court and asked to co-sign a $25,000 unsecured bond for his release. Charging papers note Daggett said at the jail the amount authorities claimed was wrong, as he had just paid for two pounds of marijuana not two and a half pounds.


• A 65-year-old man was arrested and jailed yesterday morning after two individuals saw him urinating in a parking lot across from R.E. Bennett Elementary School  in Chehalis about 10 a.m. A driver stopped in traffic told police he made no effort to hide his exposed (parts), according to charging documents. James L. Stephens, who is moving from Rochester to the 300 block of South Market – near where he was observed – was charged with felony indecent exposure because he has been previously convicted of a similar offense or a sex offense, according to authorities. Defense attorney Bob Schroeter told a judge this afternoon Stephens’ criminal history includes a 30-year-old conviction. It was first-degree rape, according to charging documents. He is a registered level three sex offender, according to Chehalis police. Stephens was released on a $15,000 unsecured bond.


• A 19-year-old Chehalis woman called the sheriff’s office yesterday after she learned she’d been tricked out a $2,200 engagement ring set she tried to sell on Craigslist. After receiving what she thought was confirmation payment had been made into her PayPal account, she sent the goods via UPS to an address in California, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It turned out the email “confirmation” was fake, according to Brown. The sheriff’s office advises counterfeit payment confirmations can look authentic, but should be independently verified. It’s a common scheme they are seeing, according to Brown.

• A woman called Centralia police yesterday to report she was ripped off by a fake ad that popped up on her computer. It warned there was a virus and charged a fee to repair it, according to the Centralia Police Department. After she paid, she realized it was a scam, police reported. The amount stolen was not indicated by police.


• Police were called about 6:45 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of West Mellen Street in Centralia where someone had apparently broken in to a home while the residents were away. Damage of an unspecified nature was found inside, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police took a report about 12:15 p.m. yesterday of a car prowl on the 100 block of South Silver Street in Centralia. A stereo was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Officers were called to a school bus hitting a parked vehicle about 3:25 p.m. yesterday at West First Street and North Washington Avenue in Centralia. Police said there were no injuries and the damage as minor.

• A truck driver was tracked down at a loading dock in the Port of Centralia after he reportedly backed up on Harrison Avenue to make his turn, twice striking a car behind him. A deputy called about 3:50 p.m. learned the 61-year-old driver from Rochester moved out his way after the first bump only to have him back up further and get her car again, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He told the deputy he heard a horn but was unaware of the collisions, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. His Peterbilt  tractor-trailer rig was undamaged, but the Saturn sustained an estimated $3,000 damage, according to Brown. A Toyota Camry also somehow involved was not damaged, Brown said. The 75-year-old truck driver from Alberta, Canada was cited for hit and run, Brown said.

News brief: “This is a drill, only a drill”

Friday, March 16th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Attention scanner listeners: Dispatchers in Lewis County’s 911 center will be participating in a drill today, practicing how to deal with an undisclosed emergency situation.

The radio communications will be conducted on a secondary frequency, and will be preceded by an announcement it is an exercise, according to Laura Hanson at Lewis County Communications.

The drill is expected to begin about 1 p.m. and could continue until as late as 2:30 p.m., depending upon actual emergency communications needing attention at the same time, Hanson said.

The mock scenario will involve some type of incident taking place close enough to the Historic Courthouse on Main Street in Chehalis that dispatchers would have to “shelter in place”, Hanson said.

Also taking part in radio and phone communications simulating their response will be Chehalis police, fire, the sheriff’s office, the jail and other county departments, according to Hanson.

For the 911 center, it is an opportunity to check and refine their continuity of operations plan, according to Hanson.

News brief: Minor flooding in Grand Mound

Friday, March 16th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Chehalis River at Grand Mound reached flood stage at 6 o’clock this morning and is expected to crest around 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rains yesterday caused minor flooding on the Chehalis and Skokomish Rivers, the weather service reports. A flood warning continues on both rivers; the Chehalis in Thurston County until late tonight.

The Chehalis River is expected to continue to rise slowly today and crest just above its flood stage of 14 feet, according to the weather service.


Check the National Weather Service, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 15th, 2012


• A resident of the 500 block of Jackson Street in Centralia called police about 10:15 a.m. yesterday after he caught someone trying to steal his St. Bernard. He had gone in the backyard to get his dog and spotted its back end going around the fence toward an alley “kind of struggling” according to police. He saw a guy pulling his dog away, grabbed the dog and then alleged dog-napper shoved him before running away, according to Officer John Panco.


• A deputy took a report yesterday of several appliances stolen from a vacant house on the 500 block of South Street in Centralia. The victim is “Fannie Mae” and the contact person is an assistant from a real estate company. Missing was a hot water heater, a dishwasher, a double oven and range as well as the kitchen sink, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A deputy took a report yesterday evening of items stolen from a barn on the 100 block of Kahout Road in Curtis, including the metal coupala from atop the barn, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Also missing is a barber chair with a white cushion and stainless steel frame and 30 to 40 wood boards, according to the sheriff’s office. The theft occurred sometime between Jan. 2 and Saturday.

• Police responded to Oakview Elementary School in Centralia just after 3 o’clock this morning where a window had been broken and someone apparently went inside. Unknown if anything was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Centralia police arrested a man yesterday on the 1400 block of Lewis Street after he reportedly drove his truck through a neighbor’s yard then went inside a home and refused to answer the door when police knocked. His vehicle had caused “damage”, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers got a search warrant and then found Zachary S. Gunderson, 30, hiding inside with Jason R. Moore Sr., 29, according to police. Gunderson was arrested for driving under the influence, obstruction and hit and run, according to police. Moore was arrested for obstructing.


• Centralia police responded to a two-car accident on the 2000 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis about 11:10 a.m. yesterday. While the damage to the vehicles was serious, the injuries were not, according to Chehalis police. One driver had turned in front of the other, Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

• Deputies didn’t find a driver when they responded yesterday morning to a wreck on the 300 block of Big Hanford Road outside Centralia. A 1999 Plymouth had struck a guard rail and gone into a ditch, sustained an estimated $1,000 damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was towed.


• Firefighters were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday to a kitchen fire at a dental office on the 2400 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia. The damage was limited to an electric range, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

B Street homicide: Defendant says self defense

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Updated at 7:31 p.m. on Thursday March 15, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors said the owner of the house on Centralia’s B Street told his house guests to stop arguing, then went and loaded his handgun before he “called the victim out of the bedroom” and shots were fired, killing 43-year-old David Wayne Carson.


David Wayne Carson

The accused, Weston G. Miller, told police he acted in self-defense yesterday, that Carson rushed him with a knife, according to charging papers. Detectives haven’t found evidence Carson was armed, Elected Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer wrote in court documents.

Miller, 29, was charged today with first-degree murder, with a maximum possible penalty of life in prison.

He was arrested after “fleeing” his own house yesterday afternoon.

Miller is described as a lifelong local resident, a former welder who collected on-the-job injury payments until the end of last year. Neighbors say the past few months he’s had financial issues, including getting the power shut off in his home.

Carson’s family says he had been staying with Miller for about a week, with plans to use a college grant to become a “bush” pilot in Alaska.

Prosecutor Meyer today told a judge Miller is a danger to the community.

“This was an unprovoked attack, he shot the victim two times and the victim is deceased,” Meyer said.

Meyer said detectives found in his house five guns, a silencer, a laser site for a gun and a bullet-proof vest.

Miller’s domestic violence assault two years ago means he’s prohibited from possessing firearms, according to Meyer.

Neither Centralia police, prosecutors or charging documents shed light on how the two men knew each other or any details about the dispute between Carson and his girlfriend Sara Delsavo. Only that the couple were arguing in a bedroom and Miller told them to quit it on two, perhaps three occasions.

Delsavo allegedly indicated that the day before, however, Miller offered to shoot Carson for her, and showed her his silencer, according to charging documents.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt ordered Miller held on $1 million bail.

Defense attorney Bob Schroeter had argued for much lower.

He pointed out the victim has a “rap sheet” that runs eight pages and an outstanding warrant for criminal trespass.

Miller’s only background was a two-year-old fourth-degree assault gross misdemeanor, Schroeter said.

“He poses no threat to the community whatsoever,” he said. “(The documents) seem to insinuate my client got in the middle, tried to rectify a situation.”

Police believe Carson was shot with a 9 mm handgun.

Miller was interviewed by police after his arrest.

According to charging documents, he said he got his gun from his bedroom, loaded it, put it in the pocket of his sweatpants and returned to the victim’s room.

He said he saw (Carson) just a few feet away from him with a knife in his left hand, and that he came at him, causing him to pull out his gun and fire, charging documents say.

Delsavo told police her boyfriend only moved toward Miller when Miller called him, and said her boyfriend was not armed, according to the documents. She heard several gunshots, she said.

Police have said they think three shots were fired.

Miller was also charged with five counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

When detectives searched his home, they found a .22 caliber rifle, a Walter .22 caliber pistol, a Walter 9 mm pistol, a Rohm revolver and a MAC-10 semi-automatic, according to charging documents.

Several of the victim’s family members were in the courtroom when Miller appeared, including Carson’s 21-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son.

His older brother Dan Carson spoke earlier about a life cut short.

David Carson – always the adventurer – had just signed up for college and was going to learn to fly, so he could go work in Alaska, he said.

“He seemed pretty excited Saturday when I talked to him about it,” he said.

The family grew up in Centralia, but when David was young, he hitched a ride on a train to California and his life took a turn for the worse, according to his brother.

“David, he never liked to following the rules much,” he said. “He always wanted to play or look for some bug or a bird.”

A bum on the train molested him, there was a gun and David Carson shot and killed the man, his brother said. He spent five years in juvenile detention in California, he said.

Dan Carson recalls his brother got out when he was 16.

One of his greatest loves was dogs and he took a job in San Bernadino caring for expensive show dogs, his brother said. He even worked with the St. Bernard from the movie “Beethoven” and a chihuahua from a Taco Bell commercial, he said.

Then that ended with some kind of a squabble, he said.

“He got into meth for awhile and he went down that road,” Dan Carson said. “Committed enough stuff, it was pretty much hopeless taking part in the American dream, if you will.”

Then life was good again, when David Carson worked at Hardel plywood in Chehalis as a millwright.

“He bought a truck, was picking it up, even going to church from time to time,” he said.

In the recent past, David Carson stayed temporarily with his mother in Chehalis, and then his girlfriend found him the place to stay on B Street, Dan Carson said.

He was talented, an artist as well, he said.

“He was good at whatever he did, when he decided to put his mind to it,” he said.

David Carson leaves behind his mother, two brothers, two children and a “California pit bull” named Titus.

Miller’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, March 22.

For background, read “Breaking news: Man fatally shot in Centralia, suspect arrested” from Tuesday March 13, 2012 at 6:36 p.m., here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012


• Deputies were called to a home on the 1200 block of North Fork Road east of Chehalis about 9:20 p.m. yesterday after a man allegedly kicked a small cat across a porch and threw a brick at his ex’s car. A 45-year-old woman said they’d separated about three weeks earlier and he came knocking, wanting her to come back to him, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She told him to leave, shut the door and then watched as he kicked the animal and damaged the car, according to the sheriff’s office. A deputy subsequently contacted Michael T. Gleason, 48, of Chehalis, and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief, domestic violence, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The case was also referred to the prosecutor’s office for a possible charge of animal cruelty. Brown didn’t have details on the cat’s condition. The damage to the Mercury Cougar was estimated at $750, Brown said.

Police: Centralia man died from two shots from 9 mm handgun

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Updated at 12:40 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Police believe David Wayne Carson was shot twice in the chest with a 9 mm handgun yesterday on B Street in Centralia.

Carson was dead inside the home after police and aid responded to calls just before 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

Carson, 43, is a Centralia resident.

The 29-year-old man who lives there – Weston G. Miller – fled before police arrived and was found soon after, driving a pickup truck on Big Hanaford Road, according to police. He was taken into custody without incident, police reported.

Miller was arrested and booked yesterday evening for first-degree murder.

Police haven’t revealed what they learned about what transpired inside the house or led to the shooting.

Officers searched the home yesterday and found a 9 mm handgun, which they believe was used to shoot Carson, according to the Centralia Police Department. They also found several other firearms, Officer John Panco said in a news release this morning.

Later today, police plan to search Miller’s truck to look for more evidence, Panco said.

Panco said a 9 mm is bigger than a .22 but not as big as a .45 – police usually carry a .40 or .45, he said.

“We think a total of three bullets were fired,” Panco said.

Two struck Carson in the chest, according to Panco.

Carson and his girlfriend had been staying at the house and were getting ready to move out, according to his younger brother, Dan Carson.

Dan Carson said his brother worked at Hardel plywood in Chehalis until a couple of years ago. Before that, he had a job in California taking care of expensive show dogs, he said. They both grew up in Centralia, he said.

Miller is expected to go before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect correctly the size of firearm Officer Panco said Centralia police usually carry.


For background, read “Breaking news: Man fatally shot in Centralia, suspect arrested” from Tuesday March 13, 2012 at 6:36 p.m., here

News brief: Montesano resident killed in freeway collision north of Rochester

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 40-year-old woman from Montesano is dead after her car was struck by a semi truck on Interstate 5 near Maytown just before 5 p.m. today.

The Washington State Patrol reports she was southbound when she lost control, spun out and came to rest in lane one. A southbound Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig ran into her Hyundai Elantra and forced it into the concrete barrier, according to the state patrol.

Her name was not released.

The driver of the semi, Sarbjit Dhudwal, 33, of Chehalis, sustained a minor injury, according to the patrol.

The cause and any possible charges remain under investigation.

All lanes of traffic were reopened by just before 9:15 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

Update Wednesday March 14, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.: The victim has been identified by the state patrol as Cheryl A. Dimler, 40, of Montesano.

Breaking news: Man fatally shot in Centralia, suspect arrested

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Police wait for a search warrant before going back inside a house on the 900 block of B Street where a man was shot dead.

Updated at 7 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – A 43-year-old local man is dead of a gunshot and Centralia police are questioning a suspect this afternoon.

Officers and aid were called just before 3 p.m. to a home on B Street, just north of East Third Street about someone being shot.

When paramedics were sent inside to check him, there were no signs of life, according to responders.

Centralia Police Department spokesperson Officer John Panco said he did not know if the suspect or the dead man lived at the house.

A suspect was picked up soon after by officers – driving in the Big Hanaford area and is being interviewed at the police station, Panco said.

His identity hasn’t been released and won’t be unless he is arrested, Panco said.

Crime scene tape was strung blocking access to a light green house with a pink bicycle and a black barbecue on its porch while officers conferenced outside with one another this afternoon.

Monique Camoza who works in an office across the street said she saw several people coming out of the house before police arrived, including a  screaming woman asking where the ambulance was, because “he’s dying.”

Although an arriving officer told her to stay out, she went back inside saying, “He doesn’t want to die alone,” Camoza said.

Officer Panco said he had no idea what transpired or who was inside the house before it happened.

Several people were being interviewed at the station, Panco said late this afternoon.

Across the street neighbor Lane Jolly said he didn’t hear anything but he knew the home’s resident, a man in his late 20s or early 30s who has resided there for seven or eight years.

He has a daughter who doesn’t live with him and seems to be a very good and very proud father, Jolly said.

He used to be a “high angle welder” but got injured, Jolly said.

“The last six months, things kinda went south for him,” Jolly said.

He’d been having a lot of trouble lately with people stealing things from him, he said.

“It’s a sad deal,” Jolly said, believing his across-the-street neighbor to be the man in custody.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer and his Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher arrived not long after police.

They and commanding officers, including Chief Bob Berg were soon huddled in crime scene response vehicle, writing a search warrant so they could back inside, according to Panco.

Just after 7 p.m., the police department announced Weston G. Miller was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree murder.

Miller, 29, is the resident of the green house in question, according to Panco.

The victim is also a Centralia resident, but police did not release his name.

Panco said that’s the coroner’s office responsibility and he expected they would do that after next-of-kin are notified.


Centralia police investigate fatal shooting on B Street

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012


• A pharmacist at K-Mart was arrested yesterday for alleged theft of a variety of prescription medications from the Chehalis retail establishment on the 1200 block of Northwest Louisiana Street. Police said Gunars Arnits, 59, of Longview was reportedly “skimming ” a couple of doses here and there and consuming them on the job. Police Sgt. Gary Wilson said it’s not clear how much was missing but the assortment included controlled substances. Arnits was arrested for third-degree theft and then released, Wilson said. The sergeant said he understood Arnits was let go from his job and the case would also involve the state pharmacy board.


• Centralia police were called about 7:10 p.m. yesterday about the theft of jewelry from a residence on the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to the 1100 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue and told of an apparent burglary that happened there last month.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning two safes were stolen from an office of a business on the 1700 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis. A deputy called Sunday to Kugel Industries learned intruders forced their way in “through a wall”, according to the sheriff’s office. The contents were unknown although may have included approximately $400 cash, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The break-in occurred sometime between Friday and Sunday, Brown said.

• A 1996 GMC Jimmy truck disappeared after its owner left it stuck in a ditch around 4 a.m. Sunday along the 400 block of Lincoln Creek Road outside Centralia, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. Its owner, a 30-year-old Centralia resident, said he got a ride home and when he went back later, it was gone. It has a license plate reading 994 XEW and is valued at $2,000, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Cash, a debit card and a stereo faceplate were reported missing following a vehicle prowl on the 500 block of Waunch Street in Centralia yesterday morning.


• Somebody spray painted a white stripe down the side of a car on the 1100 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a deputy stopped a 51-year-old driver on Saturday evening for a traffic infraction and she voluntarily handed over an unspecified amount of suspected methamphetamine. The encounter occurred just before 6 p.m.  Sunday on U.S. Highway 12 in Randle, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman was released and the case referred to the prosecutor’s office for a possible charge of possession of methamphetamine, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Brown did not indicate why the woman was not arrested and booked into jail.

• A 42-year-old Morton resident was arrested by a trooper over the weekend in connection with allegedly selling methamphetamine from his home on the 600 block of Main Avenue. Robert P. Eklund was ordered held on $10,000 bail on a charge of delivery of meth when he appeared in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday. Charging documents allege a contract informant with the sheriff’s office exchanged $60 in marked money for a small baggie of meth from Eklund in mid-February and then a warrant was issued. Eklund was booked into jail Sunday night, according to the Lewis County Jail log.


• Police called about 11:30 p.m. yesterday to a single-vehicle accident on the 1300 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia later arrested the 19-year-old driver for leaving the scene. Hugo A. Campuzano-Garcia, 19, of Centralia, suffered possible head injuries and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Police: Couple selling heroin from Chehalis home

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chehalis police found a “pretty good amount” of heroin when they raided a house on Southwest Fourth Street near McFadden yesterday and arrested two individuals for dealing.

Sgt. Gary Wilson said the visit by some 10 officers at 9 o’clock yesterday morning followed an approximately two-month investigation.

The couple were arrested and jailed and two small children there were turned over to Child Protective Services, Wilson said.

Zane Verley, 33, was booked for three counts of delivery, one count of possession and another count of possession of methamphetamine, according to police. Stephanie Fuller, 26, was booked for one count of delivery, police said.

Another individual in the house at the time was detained but released because he was not wanted for anything, Wilson said.

Officers spent a couple of hours searching the home, he said. The couple had just recently moved there, according to Wilson.

The serving of the search warrant followed undercover “buys” and assistance from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson said.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Updated 12:29 p.m.


• A 56-year-old Winlock driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after her vehicle sheered a utility pole off at the ground on Highway 603 near Devereese Road southwest of Chehalis yesterday afternoon. Janice M. Sedlak was passing in a no passing zone when she lost control of her SUV and struck the pole at about 5 p.m., according to responders. Her vehicle sustained major damage, including a windshield broken by a four by four post, according to the sheriff’s office and Lewis County Fire District 6. Sedlak was treated and has been released, according to a hospital spokesperson.

• A Centralia log truck driver was cited for leaving his rig parked in the street on the 1000 block of Reynolds Avenue while he got out and locked a gate early this morning after another vehicle ran into the back of it. The 2005 Toyota Rav4 was totaled but its driver – a 56-year-old Centralia women – sustained only minor injuries, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after the approximately 4:15 a.m. collision, according to sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Aust. She did not see the log truck, Aust said.

• Centralia police report an officer was called to a two-vehicle head-on injury collision just after 11 p.m. Saturday at Cooks Hill and Military roads. A Centralia Police Department spokesperson said no details on the wreck were available to him.


• A $1,000 of what was described as 300 feet of 220 service copper wire was reported stolen from a building on the 100 block of School House Road in Winlock on Friday morning, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called to the 1400 block of View Avenue on Friday afternoon about a checkbook stolen from a vehicle sometime in the previous several days.


• Centralia police report they arrested a 46-year-old Chehalis resident some time on Saturday for possession of methamphetamine and second-degree theft. Matthew D. Gillaspie was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer at the 500 block of Yew Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Centralia police report a dog was taken to the Lewis County Animal Shelter after an officer was called about 1:30 p.m. Saturday to the 1400 block of Lewis Street where the Pit Bull allegedly attacked another dog plus its owner who tried to separate the animals. Further details were not readily available.

More to come. Maybe.

Read about police chase through Lewis County

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Kia Sephia at milepost 39 on Interstate 5 at Kelso. / Courtesy photo by David Jackson

Updated at 10:25 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A pursuit by numerous police agencies through Lewis County this afternoon ended with two males – wanted in connection with an Olympia homicide – taken into custody near Kelso.

Winlock Police Department Officer Steve Miller was on the Park Road overpass at Interstate 5 when he spotted the suspect vehicle eastbound on Park Road, according to Winlock Police Chief Terry Williams. It was about 2:45 p.m.

Olympia police detectives had asked for assistance in locating the subjects in the Winlock area, Williams said.

A pursuit ensued through various county roads at speeds at times in excess of 95 mph, maybe into triple-digits, according to Williams.

Miller was joined in the chase by Toledo police and deputies from both Lewis and Cowlitz counties, the chief said.

Williams said the occupants of the stolen car were throwing full pop cans and several lit firework-like items at their pursuers. He said they were an unknown type of incendiary device, possibly mortars.

The chase wound onto Jackson Highway and through Toledo and eventually back to Interstate 5 at exit 57 where Officer Miller conducted a so-called PIT maneuver, but the car recovered and continued on, according to Williams.

The car continued south on Interstate 5 where troopers and police from Castle Rock and Kelso joined in until the car lost control and wrecked, William’s said.

Doty resident Sharyl King Quinn said she was passing through Castle Rock headed home when she saw a dozen police vehicles “flying” southbound with lights and sirens.

The chief said it was either because of spike strips set out to stop them or attempting to avoid the strips that caused the crash.

The wanted subjects were taken into custody, Williams said.

The Olympian newspaper reported detectives were after a person interest in Friday’s homicide at an apartment on Lilly Road in Olympia.

Olympian news reporter Lisa Pemberton wrote earlier this evening the chase initially began near Centralia and ended with the crash that shut down Interstate 5 near near the Three Rivers Mall in Kelso this afternoon.

The Longview Daily News reported the two occupants were 21-year-olds and that nobody was injured.

Update: from The Olympian on Monday March 12, 2012 at 5:27 p.m.: News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes the two 20-year-olds were in Thurston County Superior Court today in connection with the stabbing death of a 29-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier.

Murder suspect: “When he was good, he was such a good young man”

Friday, March 9th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Joshua Leroy Vance was a Centralia College student who got straight “A”s last semester and earlier this week he cut his own hand so severely, he was taken to a Seattle trauma hospital to save his fingers.

Vance, 25, is in the Lewis County Jail today, because according to prosecutors, that same night he also cut the throat of his sleeping father and stabbed him at least 11 times.


Joshua Leroy Vance

Terry Vance, 58, was found dead on his bedroom floor early Wednesday morning after family members awoke to screaming.

Joshua Vance, his father and 11-year-old nephew lived together in his grandmother’s Onalaska home.

Family members say he was prone to violent outbursts, his mental health issues so serious, he could not work and collected social security disability payments instead.

His grandmother Bonnie Vance said he’d been off his medication since last weekend.

“Each day he was off of it, I could see him deteriorating and going back to the way he was before,” she said.

“He could be very abusive and erratic,” she said. “And then he would come to and he would be pretty good. For awhile.”

“And then something would happen and … It’s been bad,” she said.

“And when he was good, he was such a good young man,” she said.


Terry Vance

Deputies were called about 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday to a mobile home on the 400 block of Pennel Avenue in Onalaksa when Joshua Vance called 911 and said he killed his father.

According to charging documents, his grandmother confronted him in the hallway, he dropped a knife and ran outside.

Eleven-year-old Thomas Flood told deputies he followed, to warn his Uncle Larry Vance who lives in an adjacent travel trailer.

Thomas said he heard Joshua say, “I killed my father and I slit my throat so somebody come help me because I will die in about five seconds,” charging documents state.

The child said he ran back inside and hid.

Both Bonnie and Joshua Vance had reportedly called 911.

When deputies arrived, they had firefighters tend to Joshua Vance’s cut hands.

It was self-inflicted laceration to the fingers on his right hand, according to Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Mark Conner who treated him.

“He said he did it to make himself stop,” Conner said.

Prosecutors described the injuries as severe and wrote that he cut his hand on the knife while stabbing his father.

When Deputy Matt McKnight videotaped him before he was taken to the hospital to save his fingers, Joshua Vance told him he was going to kill everyone else on the property, but he couldn’t because he cut his hand, according to charging documents.

Charging documents also say his grandmother saw him a few hours earlier, pulling kitchen knives out of their cutting block and checking their sharpness.

Joshua Vance was charged today with first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt ordered him held on $1 million bail.

He sat quietly, shackled with a large bandage on his right hand.

Deputy Prosecutor Joely Yeager said the cruel and heinous act showed he was extremely dangerous to the community.

Defense attorney Bob Schroeter said the case showed Joshua Vance has significant documented mental health needs that have not been met.

Bonnie Vance says her grandson has had issues for years.

“His (treatment providers) were in the process of changing his medicine,” she said. “Because of the cost of it; he evidently didn’t have it for a few days.”

The uncle, Larry Vance, was in the courtroom this afternoon, and afterward, said he saw something bad coming as well. But not this.

“I don’t know what to say, it’s like a nightmare I can’t wake up from,” he said.

His biggest question is, why? he said.

Larry Vance commented that just a few days previous he asked his nephew why he wasn’t at school.

“He said he had the flu, it was finals week and he was going to flunk all his classes,” he said.

It was odd, because he got such good grades the previous semester, he said.

Larry Vance said he warned his mother a few days ago, his nephew was “turning into a Hyde again.”

He said his mother and the family have bent over backwards to help his nephew.

Bonnie Vance didn’t talk about herself, in a brief interview yesterday. She spoke of her children and grandchildren.

The 78-year-old raised her family on the block near the school and across from the ball field since about 1970.

Terry Vance and her two younger sons all attended Onalaska schools, as did her grandson, though he also attended Centralia High School too, she said.

Terry Vance played, coached and refereed baseball for years, she said.

“He dearly loved his grandkids, fishing and his games,” she said.

Her two adult sons stayed with her to take care of her, she said. “I had cancer, I’m okay now,” she said.

Joshua Vance was given a court-appointed attorney. His arraignment is scheduled for March 22.

Family friend Cindy Hanson says a group of Onalaskans are getting a work party together, to brighten up Bonnie Vance’s home – do a little renovation like the carpets, and maybe plant a garden, she said.

“Just trying to be supportive,” Hanson said.

Donation can be dropped off at Brenda’s Country Market, she said.


Read “Coroner’s office names Terry Vance as victim in Onalaska home” from Wednesday March 7, 2012 at 7:53 p.m., here

News brief: Drug investigation comes to North Pearl Street

Friday, March 9th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

One person was detained following a two-month long narcotics investigation after the sheriff’s office served a search warrant this morning in Centralia.

Deputies with the Lewis County Regional Drug Task Force were joined by Centralia police about 8:45 a.m. at the 1000 block of North Pearl Street, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Also assisting were SWAT teams from both agencies, according to Centralia police; as well as personnel from the state Department of Corrections, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

Brown did not say who was detained but expected to release more details after the weekend. Further arrests are expected, she said.