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Lost and Found: Authorities seeking family of child whose gravestone was found along highway

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
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The large stone is engraved with the name of Martin Edwin Brooks.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Who’s heard the name Martin Edwin Brooks, a baby who was born in 1942 and died the same year?

His headstone appears to have gotten separated from his grave.

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to return the memorial marker to its rightful place.

The granite-like stone sits in the sheriff’s office evidence building in Chehalis, where it has been since it was discovered in February 2012 alongside the 400 block of Jackson Highway South near Toledo.

Coroner Warren McLeod wants to help get it back to where ever it belongs.

It could have at one time sat atop a private burial on family land, or possibly in a cemetery or maybe it has never even been in the ground. McLeod doesn’t know for sure.

How it ended up in the tall grass on an easement next to the highway, he doesn’t know. A county employee who was mowing had spotted it, and another individual picked it up and turned it in, he said.

The stone appears to be granite and is large. It’s two feet across by one foot, with a thickness of about five inches.

It currently appears very off-white or light brown and seems to have been professionally engraved, according to McLeod.

McLeod is hoping someone has a clue, perhaps someone knows the Brooks family who may have lived in the area in the past, he said. Or maybe some of them still do, he said.

The coroner’s office is working in conjunction with the sheriff’s office, who have already been checking various possibilities such as death registrations, genealogical web sites and local cemeteries. They’ve had no luck, he said.

His plea to the public: “Please help us find the rightful owners so the headstone of an infant can be returned to its rightful place.”

McLeod asks anyone who has any information about the headstone or the Brooks family to please call his office at 360-740-1376, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at 360-748-9286 or the sheriff’s office evidence department at 360-740-1470 or 360-740-1331.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 30th, 2013

UNRULY INMATE

• An 18-year-old inmate-student at Green Hill School for boys was arrested for custodial assault after allegedly kicking and punching workers who tried to remove him from his cell when he broke something with a toilet seat. It happened on Friday morning at the state-run juvenile detention facility on Southwest 11th Street in Chehalis, according to police.

STOLEN STUFF

• Police were called just after noon on Friday to the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia regarding the theft of gas and parts stolen from a vehicle. Police have identified a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DISPUTES

• A 33-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday for allegedly fighting in a park on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. James D. Sutherland was arrested for disorderly conduct and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Deputies called about 9 p.m. on Saturday to a physical dispute at the 1400 block of state Route 6 west of Chehalis ended up arresting Jamie L. Costalaz, 34, Chehalis, for possession of methamphetamine. One count of misdemeanor assault will be recommended in connection with the case as well, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• Police arrested a 37-year-old Centralia woman for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant about 11:15 p.m. on Friday after contacting her at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Kati J. Bocook was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 28-year-old man from Kent was arrested for possession of both methamphetamine and heroin after he was contracted by police at the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia on Friday night. Steven C.M. Elmendorf, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.  He is being released without charges pending further investigation.

VANDALISM

• A 15-year-old boy was arrested about 10 p.m. on Saturday after he was caught allegedly painting graffiti on buildings in the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. The suspect was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two people fromTacoma were arrested for allegedly attempting to break onto a coin box of the tire air machine at the Shell station on Williams Street in Mossyrock on Thursday. An officer responding around 1 a.m. contacted Benton N. Gilleo, 46, and Kristine D. Riggs, 44, according to the Morton Police Department. Both were cited for numerous misdemeanors and then released pending their court dates, according to police.

WRECKS

• A 20-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence as well as reckless driving when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree on the 800 block of South Street in Centralia on Friday night. Officers responding about 10:40 p.m. found a passenger was injured, according to the Centralia Police Department. Enrique Z. Tennison, from Spanaway, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Centralia police responded to a school bus versus vehicle minor collision just before 1 p.m. on Friday at North Pearl Street and Fremont Avenue. There were no injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• The 21-year-old driver of the van that rolled several times before coming to rest on its side in a ditch along the 400 block of Coal Creek Road in Chehalis late Saturday afternoon is to be cited for speeds too fast for conditions, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Melissa R. Hall failed to negotiate a curve, according to the sheriff’s office. The Chehalis woman and her passenger from Castle Rock, also 21 years old, were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. The 2004 Nissan Quest was described by the sheriff’s office as totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, violating protection order, driving with suspended license, shoplifting; responses for alarms, minor and non-injury collisions, stolen cell phones, bar dispute, family dispute, homeless cats, suspicious persons, possible burglary, suspected drunken driver, vehicle rolling into mailboxes, suspicious circumstances in that lug nuts on a vehicle may have been loosened by someone (or come loose on their own);  complaint of teenagers having sex inside a car … and more.

Breaking news: Strong-arm robbery suspect sought in Chehalis

Monday, September 30th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A worker at Jack-in-the-Box in Chehalis was robbed of a bank bag this morning and police have yet to find the thief.

Officers called about 9 a.m. to the 100 block of Interstate Avenue near the freeway learned the manager was out back when she was confronted by a man in his late 20s, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

“The dude stepped out from behind a bush, grabbed the bag and ran,” detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

The woman was unhurt, he said.

A track was conducted a with a police dog, but was unsuccessful, he said.

The man was wearing a dark hoodie and described only as a white male wearing a dark hoodie, according to Wilson. The bank deposit bag contained only about $300, according to police.

Police nearly open fire on Rochester man with cap gun

Monday, September 30th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Rochester resident is “extremely” fortunate he didn’t get shot when he allegedly pointed a very real looking toy gun at police on a busy Centralia street yesterday afternoon.

Officers were called about 1 p.m. to a report a man was walking up the 1200 block of North Pearl Street waving a pistol in the air and pointing it at people, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Sgt. Stacy Denham said the man aimed his gun at two officers, who had their weapons drawn but didn’t fire because innocent people in oncoming cars could have been hit.

The subject continued to walk closer to a residential area and ignore police commands, while the officers followed him until backup arrived, Denham said.

Denham said when he got on the scene, he positioned his patrol car to protect block vehicles which had pulled to the side of the road.

“I was able to see the gun in his right hand, finally he stopped, turned and faced me,” Denham said. “I drew my pistol. He dropped his.”

The all black cap gun from the front looked exactly like a snub nosed pistol, Denham said.

Roy A. Dever, 53, is from Rochester. Police don’t know exactly what he was up to, Denham said.

“The only thing he did say, along with a lot of other rantings, he wished he would have forced us to shoot him,” Denham said.

Denham said he did have a clear shot at the man in that final moment.

“He’s extremely lucky he didn’t get shot,” he said.

Dever was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for three counts of first-degree assault.

News brief: Four injured in Saturday crashes

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 19-year-old Silver Creek resident is listed in serious condition this afternoon following a wreck last night in which his Ford Bronco ran off state Route 508 and into a tree.

Troopers called about 8:30 p.m. to the scene approximately two miles west of Onalaska found the vehicle was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. Cody G. Birdwell was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with his injuries, according to the state patrol.

According to the investigating trooper, Birdwell was eastbound and traveling too fast when he lost control of his 1984 Bronco and served off the road. Defective tires contributed as well, according to the trooper.

Also yesterday, a 35-year-old Chehalis man was going too fast when he took the southbound Interstate 5 offramp at milepost 71 near Napavine, left the roadway to the right and came to rest in the ditch.

A trooper called about 10:50 p.m. reports Jared N. Collins was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and then on to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. His GMC pickup was damaged and towed; Collins faces a charge of driving under the influence, according to the trooper.

And two women were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital following an approximately 5:15 p.m. wreck on the 400 block of Coal Creek Road in Chehalis. Firefighters responding to the scene found a van on its side, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

One of the occupants was more seriously injured than the other, according to Firefighter Kyle Eiswald.
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CORRECTION: This news item has been updated to reflect the correct title for Firefighter Kyle Eiswald.

News brief: Second weekend storm on its way

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A powerful and damaging windstorm forecast for tonight is expected to make landfall much farther north but could bring gusts of up to 55 mph to the areas around Centralia and Olympia.

Also, several inches of rain are expected to drive the Newaukum River in Lewis County and the Skokomish River in Mason County above flood stage tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

The wind advisory and flood warning were issued around noon today. This is round two of weekend bad weather.

Winds in the local area could blow 20 to 35 mph, with the strongest expected this evening, according to the weather service.

Minor flooding is predicted with many roads and areas around the Newaukum and its forks to become inundated with water. The Newaukum River should crest about 11 a.m. tomorrow, about one foot above flood stage, according to the forecasters.

A flood watch was put into place through tomorrow morning for the lower Chehalis River in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties.

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Also, watch for up-to-the-minute reports from your neighbors around greater Lewis County on Lewis County Siren’s Facebook page.

Prosecutor: Big Bottom bust informant not reliable

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The one remaining person from this summer’s so-called Big Bottom Bust in Randle is a free man after prosecutors dismissed his drug charges.

Marty Joe Mullins, 48, was among seven individuals charged in Lewis County Superior Court with delivery of methamphetamine after the June raids in which 10 people were jailed.

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June 7, 2013, Randle

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said the only evidence he had Mullins sold meth came from the confidential informant whose credibility is tainted by mental health issues.

“Our informant committed a new offense himself, and quite frankly, he’s not reliable,” Meagher said yesterday.

Mullins had been charged with two counts of delivery, based on transactions that purportedly occurred last April and May at his home on Kiona Road.

Meagher went to a judge a week ago Friday and got the case dismissed. It’s dismissed without prejudice, meaning if someday the informant is reliable again, the charges can be refiled, Meagher said.

Meagher said the informant was arrested for harassment, but he likely won’t be filing a charge against him.

The operation that included some 25 law enforcement personnel and was coordinated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Regional Task Force included 14 undercover “buys” conducted by the same person, according to authorities.

The informant’s contact information in court documents is listed as sheriff’s detective Jeffrey Humphrey who remains on paid administrative leave after getting arrested earlier this month for driving under the influence in Chehalis. Two weeks ago, Meagher said only “maybe” as to whether Humphrey’s situation would affect Mullins’ case.

The other six individuals have all made plea deals, with three of them already sentenced for possession. Three of them have not yet been sentenced.

The June law enforcement action was named after the Big Bottom Valley some 50 miles east of Interstate 5 in which it took place.
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For background, read “Seven charged for dealing meth in Randle” from Tuesday June 11, 2013, here

News brief: ‘Crazed’ assault victim tries to drive away in police car

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 35-year-old woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly attempting to steal a police car in the parking lot at the King Oscar Motel in Centralia.

Officers were called about 3:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of Eckerson Road when an individual reported witnessing a woman get assaulted. The suspect was gone and when police tried to talk with the apparent victim, she wouldn’t respond and kept walking away, but then suddenly ran and jumped into the front seat of one of the police cruisers, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The key was in the ignition and the car was running, according to police.

Sgt. Stacy Denham said an officer climbed in with her and when the woman put the car in reverse, he threw it into park. They struggled. She put it in drive and he shoved it back into park, Denham said.

The entire time, she was screaming, kicking, scratching and not responding to questions or commands, Denham said. It appeared she was high on some type of drugs, he said.

“She was almost crazed,” he said.

Officers dragged her out of the vehicle and arrested her for third-degree assault and attempted vehicle theft, according to Denham. One officer was reportedly left with several scratches on his hands and arms.

Malynda M. Murphy was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

Denham said this morning police are still trying to locate the assault suspect, but don’t have much information from Murphy about what may have occurred.

News brief: House of Rising Son owner in trouble with state agency

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Chehalis woman who operated halfway houses in Lewis County and was arrested earlier this year for alleged prescription drug dealing is now facing new criminal charges for allegedly receiving workers compensation benefits and working at the same time.

Judy Chafin-Williams, 61, collected more than $90,000 since the autumn of 2006 following an on-the-job injury while she was a caregiver at Tiffin House in Centralia, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

According to charging documents, she submitted dozens of claims stating she could not work because of the injury. However, Chafin-Williams was working when she operated the House of the Rising Son and other homes for released prisoners and homeless persons, according to L and I.

Chafin-Williams received notice of the new charges on Thursday when she appeared in Lewis County Superior Court in connection with her ongoing case. She was charged with 30 counts of forgery and one count of first-degree theft.

The charges result from an investigation conducted by Labor and Industries.

Last year, the city of Chehalis and Lewis County began filing zoning and health code complaints against her facilities and none are believed to be currently in operation.

She remains free while the new case is pending.

Dog dead after encounter with Chehalis police officer

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
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Bruce Beauregard reads the police report describing the officer’s version of what happened to his dog.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 68-year-old Chehalis man has contacted an attorney after retrieving his dog from the city animal shelter and finding it had a broken jaw.

Bruce Beauregard is both steaming mad and broken hearted about his 6-year-old Dachshund-mix he called Rowdy.

Beauregard was alarmed when the police officer sent to collect his pet said the dog was aggressive so he “offered him his boot” and then horrified when he saw his dog sitting in the kennel with his head hanging down and his face smashed up. He said he was afraid to look closely, but when he rushed to his veterinarian, his fears were confirmed.

“The poor little guy, he couldn’t even lick me or lick my face,” he said.

The 16-pound dog was euthanized the same day.

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Rowdy with broken jaw

The city denies the animal was kicked, but it’s an injury the veterinarian said he hasn’t seen in 30 years of practice. The bone was fractured completely, not just cracked, on both sides, according to Dr. Mark Giffey.

“It’s a little unusual to see both the left and right side, because usually there is an impact site,” Giffey said.

Chehalis Police Department Officer Bruce Thompson stated in a written report the Dachshund lunged at him so he offered the left toe of his shoe as a barrier. Thompson wrote the animal bit the toe and as it shook its head from side to side he heard a snapping sound; the dog let go and backed away.

Police Chief Glenn Schaffer said he has absolutely no doubt it happened the way his officer described.

“What Officer Thompson did is what anybody would do if about to get bit,” Schaffer said. “Offering a dog a shoe to bite is better than offering an arm or a hand.”

For Beauregard, a bachelor, whose constant companion is now buried in his backyard, the explanation doesn’t pass the smell test. He’s hoping his lawyer can make things right.

“I want to prosecute the guy that did this,” he said. “It’s awful, uncalled for and totally inhumane.

“If I did that to my neighbor dog, I know would happen to me. I’d be arrested, put in jail and fined for animal cruelty.”

Rowdy’s stay in the city’s temporary animal holding facility at the end of last month was unplanned. It began the evening of Aug. 23 when Beauregard was pulled over by a Chehalis police officer for weaving down South Market Boulevard and arrested for drunk driving.

According to the police report, the small dog in his truck was very aggressive when a second officer came to take the dog away.

Chief Schaffer points out the two officers got Beauregard out of the back of the patrol car and out of his handcuffs so he could assist in moving the dog. Beauregard said he helped them leash and muzzle Rowdy who was understandably upset.

“He was very protective of me, and didn’t like strangers handling me,” he said.

He said he warned them his pet wouldn’t like going to a kennel, wouldn’t be happy and wouldn’t eat.

Rowdy was taken to the city’s shelter off Kresky Avenue and after the officer finished getting breath samples and filling out paperwork, Beauregard was given his citation and then a ride to his home.

He tried to pick his dog up the following day, he said, but was told he had to wait until Monday morning.

Beauregard’s longtime buddy Scott Fanning who went with him described the same kind of puzzlement and apprehension when Officer Thompson addressed the men before opening the shelter door.

“He said, he was pretty aggressive when I was trying to get him. He was attacking me so I offered him my right boot,” Fanning said.

Once they got inside, they saw Rowdy with blood on his face, his jaw hanging and one tooth bent outward.

The officer was saying he thought the dog’s tooth was hurt and Beauregard was getting hot, asking who did it, who was taking care of his dog, Fanning said.  Thompson replied he didn’t know, he said.

Fanning hustled his friend and the dog out the door and to the veterinary office, he said.

Two weeks later, Fanning said he still gets sick thinking about what transpired between a “big cop and a little dog”.

“I’m still crying, I can’t take it,” Fanning said. “He was one of my dog’s best friends.”

At the Chehalis Centralia Veterinary Hospital, Rowdy was shaking like an outboard motor, Beauregard said.

“I think he said we could probably save him, or we could try to save him,” he said. “I don’t recall exactly. I was crying.”

Fanning said he was too upset to stay at the clinic in support of his friend. Both men knew it wasn’t realistic to to send Rowdy to an orthopedic veterinary specialist who would attach metal plates to the fractures.

“When you get a broken jaw, that’s like a death sentence, cause dogs aren’t gonna lay around and suck on a straw and watch TV while they heal,” Fanning said.

Dr. Giffey said he’s thought about it a lot, wondering if the force of a dog’s jaw closing on a boot is strong enough to break the bones. It’s something he’s never encountered in three decades of treating animals, he said.

Whether twisting or shaking could explain it, would be a question for an orthopedist, he said.

“The police officer was the only witness to the injury, so I guess that’s where it stands at,” Giffey said. “I haven’t seen that myself.”

Weeks later, Beauregard is spending more time fishing with his friends and less time at home, because his quiet house reminds him that Rowdy’s dead.

“For six years he slept with me, never left my side,” he said. “Day and night, 24 -seven. It’s pretty strange not having him.”

But hanging out on the Cowlitz River fishing with his buddies who always bring along their dogs isn’t entirely better.

“Out there, all these dogs out there running around, and mine’s not there,” he said.

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Bruce Beauregard holds a rain jacket clad Rowdy at a family birthday party.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 27th, 2013
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Multiple vehicles were damaged in a parking lot mishap at Wal-Mart. / Courtesy photo

Updated at 8:10 p.m.

PARKING MISHAP AT WAL-MART

• An 83-year-old motorist was unhurt when her foot apparently slipped as she was attempting to park at Wal-Mart yesterday morning and she crashed into several parked cars. Her vehicle sideswiped two of them, T-boned a third and shoved one into another, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. She also jumped a curb, Fire Capt. Ted McCarty said. Nobody else was injured. Her vehicle wasn’t so bad but there was quite a lot of damage to other cars, McCarty said. A police spokesperson didn’t have any information if the driver was issued a citation.

TREE SAP IS FLAMMABLE

• Firefighters called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis found flames of 20 to 25 feet climbing up the side of a large fir tree. They were doused with a fire hose. A pair of 13-year-old boys apparently were playing with a lighter, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. “They were lighting the sap, that’s what they told us,” Fire Capt. Ted McCarty said. McCarty said the case will be referred to a fire department program for juvenile fire setters. A police spokesperson didn’t know if any other action would be taken.

MIGHT BE FUNNY MONEY

• Police were called to Applebees restaurant on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis about 2:30 p.m. yesterday to a report a woman with children passed a possibly counterfeit $100 bill. Further details were not readily available.

MIGHT BE NIGHT PROWLERS

• Police were called about 2:15 a.m. today to the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard when a man working inside Safeway heard noise on the roof as though a person was trying to get inside the pharmacy. An arriving officer was unable to locate anyone, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUNK AND DISORDERLY

• A 40-year-old Winlock woman was arrested last night after she allegedly kicked and pounded on a neighbors door and windows shortly after “crashing through the door” of another neighbor’s home and “crashing” through their bathroom door. When police arrived to the 400 block of Byham Road they were told Heather Y.M. Caupain and friends had drank a half gallon of alcohol and one neighbor who held Caupain to the ground was left with scrapes, bruises and a scratch, according to charging documents. The neighbor said the woman was scaring his wife and small children, according to court documents. Caupain appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon where she was released on $10,000 unsecured bond and ordered not to drink. She is charged with residential burglary, misdemeanor assault and second-degree trespass.

ONE ARRESTED AFTER TENINO BRAWL

The Olympian reports a 35-year-old man was arrested at his Tenino home on Wednesday night in connection with a large weekend fight outside the Eagles lodge in which a 27-year-old woman was found laying in the gravel with broken bones in her face. News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes the Lacey woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

FELONY DUI ARREST

• Bail was set at $100,000 today for a 58-year-old Packwood man arrested for his sixth DUI. Curt R. Wegner was contacted on the side of U.S. Highway 12 in front of the Packwood Fire Station yesterday evening by a trooper looking for an erratically driven pickup truck which reportedly nearly collided with several vehicles. Charging documents allege Wegner was unsteady on his feet, swaying as much as eight inches in all directions and fell onto the side of the patrol car before falling to the ground. His blood alcohol level was above .25 and he did not have a required alcohol interlock device in his vehicle, according to charging documents. A fifth conviction for driving under the influence over a period of 10 years is a felony. Wegner was convicted of felony DUI in 2010, according to charging documents. The offense carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

DEER CROSSING

• A 16-year-old motorist escaped injury when he swerved to miss a deer crossing the road and slammed into a tree last night. A deputy called about 8:30 p.m. to the 900 block of Burnt Ridge Road in Onalaska found the Onalaska boy was unhurt but his car sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disorderly person, domestic misdemeanor assault, collisions, someone struck by a soda cup, a man walking down the street yelling at the air, squealing tires … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Updated at 7:52p.m.

CLEAN A CHIMNEY, SAVE A HOUSE

• Since this is the time of year when folks start firing up their wood stoves and fireplaces to keep warm, Riverside Fire Authority is taking the opportunity to remind the public that chimneys should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year. “You get a lot of soot build up,” Fire Capt. Erik Olson said. Just yesterday evening, crews were summoned to a house on the 200 block of North Rock Street in Centralia when a passerby noticed flames above a chimney, Olson said. The fire was basically out, but firefighters had to douse a roof beam which had ignited and was left charred, Olson said. A similar incident occurred in Morton less than two hours later. In that case on Westlake Avenue, firefighters found smoke but only had to unclog the chimney, according to Lewis County Fire District 4.

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

• Chehalis police were called to Northwest Chehalis Avenue yesterday afternoon about a suspicious manila envelope filled with papers left outside Security State Bank. A similar package was found this morning at the farm store on Main Street. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said the writings inside of it make no sense, as though perhaps someone with some type of mental disorder is accusing someone else of doing something. The documents were not threatening, WIlson said.

COMPUTER HACKED

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to the home of a woman in her 20s on Southwest 11th Street who said someone hacked into her computer. Detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said it began with a phone call earlier that day from someone who said they were from Microsoft and then a link to click on, a request for her password and then her computer froze up. There was nothing he could do for her except advise her in the future not to give out that kind of information to anyone who makes the initial approach with any kind of pitch.

THEFT

• Police responded yesterday morning to the 1400 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia where someone had cut through a fence to steal recycled batteries. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone stole tires and various car parts from the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were called about 3:45 p.m. yesterday to take a report of medications stolen from a purse at the 900 block of South Schueber Road.

DRIVING DRUNK

• A 44-year-old motorist traveling the wrong way on North Tower Avenue was stopped about 8:40 p.m. yesterday and arrested for driving under the influence. Michael D. Hellem, from Auburn, was contacted in the 500 block of the downtown street and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was also driving with a suspended license, according to police.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A now 23-year-old man has come forward to claim past sexual abuse by his youth pastor, after initially denying the incidents that allegedly occurred when he was 12 and 13 years old in Winlock. The young man in speaking with a detective said he decided to talk because he now sees the damage that was done, according to court documents. The accused, Michael D. Whitson, now 51, go before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court next week to make his pleas to two counts of second-degree rape of a child. Whitson, who now lives in Vancouver, Wash., made a brief appearance in court Tuesday afternoon where his conditions of release were set with a $25,000 unsecured bond. According to charging documents, the young man said he two had a sexual relationship that began when he was 12. He said he spent quite a bit of time at Whitson’s home as part of the youth group, and because he was having problems at home with his parents, according to charging documents. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said today often times victims of sexual abuse will delay reporting. The young man told the detective that previously he felt he needed to be loyal and believed he loved Whitson, charging documents state. The charges were filed on Sept. 6. Whitson was not arrested or jailed but summonsed to court for his Tuesday appearance.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for collision, disputes, suspicious circumstances, possible stolen vehicle; complaint of a computer getting hacked, car doing doughnuts, dogs using neighbors yard for a potty … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Updated at 2 p.m.

THEFT OF FUNDS

• Chehalis police were called to a business yesterday evening on the 1700 block of North National Avenue regarding possibly thousands of dollars missing over a period of time. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BURGLARY

• Someone broke into a metal storage container at the 2200 block of state Route 6 west of Chehalis and  stole a Stihl chainsaw, clothing, glassware, fishing gear and other items, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim who reported it yesterday believed it occurred sometime since the day before, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is more than $1,000, Sgt. Rob Snaza said.

• A deputy called last night to the 1100 block of Garrard Creek Road northwest of Centralia about a residential burglary found someone forced their way through a back door and left with a large television valued at about $1,900, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 1000 block of Eckerson Road regarding the theft of a debit card. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DISORDERLY PERSON

• Centralia police were called about 5:15 p.m. yesterday to a restaurant on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue where an intoxicated person was reported to be acting belligerent to staff an customers. When officers contacted 33-year-old Giovanni L. Revetria, they discovered he was wanted on a warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department. Revetria, a homeless person, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 8:25 a.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 800 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. A tool box was taken out of a work truck during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 29-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer last night about midnight at the 100 block of North Barner Drive in Centralia. Saul A. Paguaga was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is also being referred for a possible charge of domestic misdemeanor assault, according to police. Further details were not readily available.

VANDALISM

• Someone threw a rock through the window of a vehicle at the 400 block of South Diamond Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 11:35 a.m. yesterday.

COLLISIONS

• A 25-year-old Centralia woman was reportedly unhurt when she lost control of her vehicle and ended up in a ditch along the 300 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia yesterday morning. Rachel L. Meyers was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol after the 11 a.m. wreck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A high speed pursuit and wreck on Interstate 5 through Chehalis yesterday ended with the 14-year-old driver and 16-year-old passenger in custody, according to the Washington State Patrol. A trooper ran the plate about 6:30 p.m. and it came back with a flag about a missing and possibly suicidal teen from California, according to the state patrol. Trooper Will Finn said the chase began in Cowlitz County and ended just north of the Chamber of Commerce Way interchange when the driver ran off the side of the road taking out a sign and a fence. Two occupants fled on foot but were detained, Finn said. The teens were unhurt and were taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Finn.

RESIDENTIAL FIRE

• A fire investigator was called to Mineral last night to look into the cause of a blaze that destroyed a fifth wheel trailer in which man was residing. The fire occurred about 9 p.m. at the 200 block of Mineral Creek Road South. Nobody was hurt as the resident wasn’t there when it happened, Fire Investigator Jay Birley said.

BONUS CAUTIONARY TALE

• The Seattle Times published a story yesterday about a family that sustained only minor injuries while on a drive when a six-point buck flew through one side of their mini van and out the other. Read about it here

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, shoplifting; responses for alarm, protection order violation, minor collisions, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, other crimes or arrests for which information is not readily available from law enforcement, lots of aid calls; complaint of a woman in a post office screaming at people … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

ASSAULTS

• Chehalis police received a call from Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday regarding a man who said he was assaulted over the weekend in Chehalis. He was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle before an officer got a chance to talk with him, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said he didn’t yet have any other details.

• One man was arrested for misdemeanor assault, two for outstanding warrants and a fourth person for possession of drugs when officers responded about 10:45 a.m. yesterday to a dispute at a motel on the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for allegedly having heroin and methamphetamine was Ryan A. Enlow, 26; and booked for fourth-degree assault was John L. Lininger, according to the Centralia Police Department. Enlow and Lininger also had warrants, according to police. All are Centralia residents.

THEFT

• A deputy was called about 2 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Meskill Road west of Chehalis after the discovery someone had broken into a shop building. Missing was a Stihl chainsaw, a Dewalt drill and a newer gas can, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 33-year-old victim said the burglary occurred sometime after 7 p.m. on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Police responded about 7 p.m. on Sunday regarding a burglary at the 200 block of Williams Street in Mossyrock in which computers and other items were taken, according to the Morton Police Department.

• Morton police reported yesterday they arrested a 54-year-old man who allegedly took $216 cash from a person’s wallet that lay on a table between the two in a waiting room at a business on the 500 block of Adams Avenue. Keith A. Indish, of Morton, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree theft, according to Police Chief Dan Mortensen. It happened on Thursday, according to police.

HUSBAND CALLS POLICE ABOUT NAUGHTY PHOTO

• Chehalis police were called yesterday by a man who said someone sent dirty pictures to his wife. Further details were not readily available, but it appeared since nobody could identify the male whose private parts were shared in the image, nothing further could be done at this time, according to detective Sgt. Gary Wilson. Emailing or texting such pictures can be considered cyberstalking if they are unwelcome by the recipient, WIlson said.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police took a report yesterday morning of prescription medications and unspecified electronics stolen from a car at the 800 block of Park Way in Centralia.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to the 400 block of South Pearl Street about 8:15 p.m. yesterday regarding damage discovered to the garage door of a vacant home.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault; responses for minor collisions, , parenting and roommate conflicts, suspicious circumstances, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft, disputes; complaints about a growling dog, a pet “doing its business” in a neighbor’s yard … and more.

News brief: Burning restrictions lifted in Lewis County

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It’s okay to light your outdoor burn pile now, if you live in unincorporated Lewis County.

A burn ban put into place two months ago was lifted at 12:01 a.m. today.

The Lewis County fire marshal’s office indicated in a news release this morning the previous threat of fire danger has diminished satisfactorily.

For further information regarding the rules for outdoor burning, contact Fred Chapman at 360-740-1146.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Updated at 3:40 p.m.

THEFT BY FRAUD

• A Chehalis man was tricked into wiring money to Haiti after getting a call from someone who said he was his grandson, was in trouble and needed funds to get of of jail. An officer contacted by the victim was told the caller sounded like his grandson and so he went to Wal-Mart to send $1,900 by Western Union, Chehalis police said this morning. Afterward, he checked with his grown children and learned his grandson was not in Haiti, police said. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said it’s the kind of scam that plays on a person’s heart strings and can cause them to act before they think about it. The incident was reported on Friday, there’s nothing more police can do WIlson said. His best advice is the man should have called his family before sending money, he said.

GUN THREAT LANDS MAN IN JAIL

• Deputies were called about 8 p.m. on Saturday to the 100 block of state Route 131 in Randle where a 38-year-old woman said her boyfriend had pulled out a handgun and pointed it at her during an argument. “He threatened to harm her,” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rob Snaza said. Robert R. Feddersen, 32, from Puyallup was subsequently located nearby and arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to Snaza.

PARTYING ENDS BADLY

• A 20-year-old member of the military from Fort Lewis was arrested in Chehalis early on Sunday morning after he allegedly crashed his car through a planting bed on North Market Boulevard but walked down the street and called to report it had been stolen. Police responding about 1 a.m. conducted a dog track from the 2007 Ford Mustang and the dog followed a scent directly to the 20-year-old, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Riese K. Doyle was arrested for driving under the influence, false reporting, initially allegedly trying to use fake identification that said he was a 21-year-old from New York as well as hit and run, detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said. he was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• Chehalis police were called about 6 a.m. on Saturday about a 25-year-old man whose car and wallet were stolen after he left with some people in Centralia to a house party in Chehalis. Possibly he was taken also, in his car and he was missing his shoes, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. It’s just not clear what happened, Wilson said. The vehicle turned up at Ace Hardware on South Market Boulevard, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The man was not hurt, his vehicle was not damaged, Wilson said.

ANTI THEFT CAMERA SWIPED

• Police were called to a business on the 200 block of Downing Road in Centralia yesterday morning to take a report of an outdoor security camera being stolen. A person wearing a hoodie and a partially covered face could be seen for about one and half seconds around 3:30 a.m. removing the camera from outside the market, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-INS

• A deputy responding to a residential burglary alarm about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday at the 200 block of Howe Road near Toledo discovered someone had forced their way inside and left with a computer and other valuables, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A Honda dirt bike, a mower, tools and other items were reported stolen from a shop on the 100 block of Oak Drive outside Chehalis on Saturday. A responding deputy was told the items were talked sometime since the end of May, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• A 33-year-old Centralia woman riding her bicycle on North Gold Street in Centralia about 2 o’clock this morning was recognized by an officer as having a warrant and arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to police. A search of her purse turned up cotton balls and needles which field-tested positive for the drug, according to the Centralia Police Department. Kristy A. Price-Alvarez was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

SPARE TIRE TAKEN OFF VEHICLE

• Chehalis police took a report about 5:25 p.m. on Saturday at the parking lot of K-Mart when an employee discovered someone had stolen his spare tire which was stored beneath the bed of the truck. It’s not clear exactly where the theft occurred, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone broke in through the back window of a vehicle parked off state Route 7 near Morton while its owner was hunting and stole about $1,500 worth of clothing yesterday. The 46-year-old man from Yelm had left his vehicle at the turnout near milepost three about 7:30 a.m. and when he returned at 2:30 p.m. discovered the theft, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A wallet was reported stolen from a vehicle at Southeast 12th Street and Market about 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim thought someone got into his vehicle while he was checking his mail, according to police.

VANDALISM

• An officer was called about 7:45 p.m. yesterday to an apartment building on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis when a teenager discovered three tires on his father’s Ford Explorer had been slashed.

• Someone tagged a building on South Market Boulevard in Chehalis, according to a report made to police on Friday.

WRECK

• A 22-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after a deputy arriving to the 500 block of Reynolds Avenue about 4:15 a.m. on Saturday found front end damage to a 2006 Hummer according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver Casaundra M. Rodriguez said a Dodge Neon which tried to pass her forced her off the road, Sgt. Rob Snaza said. Rodrigues wasn’t injured but she booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, according to Snaza. The deputy was unable to locate the Neon, he said.

SUNDAY DRIVING

• Some vehicles were towed and others were able to be driven away from the scenes following a pair of rear end accidents on Interstate 5 in Chehalis  yesterday afternoon. The Washington State Patrol described them both as minor injury collisions. A 7-year-old boy from Woodburn, Ore. was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after an incident about 2 p.m. in the northbound lanes near the Chamber of Commerce Way interchange, according to the state patrol. About 40 minutes later near the 13th Street exit, an 18-year-old girl from Battleground was treated at the scene and then released when her car was struck by a pickup trying to avoid getting hit by a semi truck, according to the state patrol. The semi truck rear ended a Subaru Outback, the investigating trooper reported. Citations were issued for following too closely.

SATURDAY FLYING

• An 80-year-old Mossyrock man escaped serious injury when his ultralight experienced problems with its motor as he was flying over Riffe Lake on Saturday afternoon. He was able to navigate toward dry land where he put his small aircraft down, sustaining only a minor laceration to one hand, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called about 3 p.m. to the 100 block of Lake Terrace Place south of the lake reported there was no major damage to the ultralight, Sgt. Rob Snaza said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, suspicious circumstances, shoplifting, disputes, minor collisions … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Updated

PAIR HURT IN SINGLE-VEHICLE COLLISION

• Two people were hospitalized after an allegedly intoxicated driver ran off U.S. Highway 12 east of Glenoma early yesterday morning, drove through a guard rail and hit a utility pole. Troopers and aid called about 1:45 a.m. to the scene near Scott Road found the pickup truck destroyed but the occupants were outside of it, according to responders. “From what I understand, he had minor injuries and the female had a broken arm,” Lewis County Fire District 18 Chief Ed Lowe said. Scotty R. Mays, 35, from Glenoma, and Brooke D. Pyles, 21, of Randle, were transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. “They’re lucky to be alive,” Lowe said. Pyles was treated and then released, but Mays was stabilized and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle; he has been released, according to hospital spokespersons. The state patrol reports Mays faces possible charges of driving under the influence and vehicular assault.

THEFT

• Someone stole a cargo trailer from the 100 block of North Ash Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8 a.m. yesterday. The white 2002 Pace enclosed trailer has a license plate of 0961 VX, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone apparently crawled through the window of a residence on the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia and stole two firearms. Missing is a Ruger semi-automatic and a Taurus revolver, according to a report made to police about 5:40 p.m. on Friday. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police are investigating a second-degree theft regarding a report made from the 600 block of F Street on Friday. “Items” were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report late Friday afternoon from the 100 block of North Ash Street that someone stole the spare tires from two vehicles.

POLICE: MEDS NOT MISSING

• Centralia police yesterday reported they are referring a case for a possible charge of fraud related to a 27-year-old woman allegedly attempting to file a false police report of stolen medications.

UNCOOPERATIVE SUBECT JAILED

• A 41-year-old man was arrested and booked into jail for obstructing after he allegedly failed to follow police officers’ instructions during a dispute about 9:20 p.m. on Friday at the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia. Wuilson Alverto Lopez was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday regarding a window broken out of a vehicle at the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia.

MILLIONS GIVEN TO ASSIST LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS

• The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded more than $1.1 million to the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation as part of series of grants to enhance services to crime victims and improve criminal justice in tribal communities. A little more than $407,000 will go towards crime issues related to alcohol and substance abuse, a little more than $307,000 is to combat violence against women and the remainder is for tribal police for training, equipment and to fund their community oriented policing efforts, according to an announcement on Friday from U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. More than $10 million awarded last week was distributed among eight Indian Tribes in Western Washington, according to Durkan. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Tribes, and are confident these grants will help increase the public safety of each community,” Durkan stated in a news release. “One size does not fit all, and I am pleased these grants will address specific needs on Tribal lands.”

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault; responses for minor collision, other misdemeanor theft, someone who found the air had been let out of their tire … and more.

Rochester man loses murder appeal

Friday, September 20th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Robert J. Maddaus Jr. lost his appeal of his convictions and sentence that put him in prison for life in connection with a weekend of threats and death as he tried to recover cash and pounds of methamphetamine stolen from his Rochester trailer home.

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Robert J. Maddaus Jr.

The admitted drug dealer was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Shaun Peterson, a 42-year-old acquaintance who died handcuffed and shot on an Olympia street early on Nov. 16, 2009.

At his jury trial in Thurston County Superior Court in early 2011, Maddaus was also convicted of two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and four counts of witness tampering, as well as second-degree assault and attempted kidnapping related to his interrogation of a 25-year-old woman he suspected was involved in the theft.

In a unanimous opinion issued today, the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II affirmed the convictions, except for one count of witness tampering.

His appeals attorneys argued, and the state conceded, that two counts of tampering related to multiple contacts with Theodore Farmer to persuade him to provide an alibi constituted at the most one unit of tampering. The appeals court agreed.

Today’s decision remands to the trial court to vacate or dismiss one of those counts.

Through his attorneys, Maddaus argued a dozen different reasons and ways the outcome of his trial was wrong. The one point he won on won’t change his sentence of life without the possibility of release, based on the so-called three strikes law.

Among the rejected arguments discussed in the 57-page opinion are that his home was improperly searched, that he was allowed to be  restrained with a leg brace and shock device during trial and challenges to recorded jail phone conversations, jury instructions, the prosecutor’s closing statements and more.

Maddaus was captured in Chehalis about a week and half after Peterson’s death, in a car containing pounds of meth, cocaine and heroin.

At trial, the 41-year-old took the witness stand and denied everything, except that he sold drugs and wanted to find out who had robbed him.
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For background, read “Three guesses as to who helped murder suspect Maddaus hide out …” from Sunday Feb. 6, 2011, here

Read the opinion, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 20th, 2013

OUCH

• Centralia police arrested a woman yesterday for allegedly biting a police officer while he was attempting to take her into custody. Alyssa F. Acord, 31, was wanted on a warrant and officers responding to the 400 block of South Iron Street about 1 p.m. ended up arresting her for possession of methamphetamine as well, according to police. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault and the drug violation, according to police.

DISORDERLY PERSON

• Centralia police responded about 4 p.m. yesterday to a disturbance at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue and arrested a 48-year-old homeless man who allegedly tried to start fights with several people. Anthony D. Webb was booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A boy, no age available, was arrested for possession of unspecified drugs about 9:30 a.m. yesterday at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• An officer was called about 11 a.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia regarding someone trying to break into a vehicle.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took reports yesterday of graffiti to buildings on the 200 block of South Pearl Street and the 500 block of North Tower Avenue as well as markings on a fence at the 800 block of North Tower Avenue.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, probation violation, other misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, threats made, collision, suspicious circumstances, stolen bicycle; complaints of barking dogs … and more.

News brief: Now medicated, medic attacker set for prison

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The man accused of biting, hitting and kicking three paramedics in an apparently unprovoked attack at a Centralia gas station earlier this year is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who is now court ordered to comply with treatment recommendations for mental health and anger management.

Wade C. Buchanan, 48, will be doing that in prison.

Buchanan was sentenced yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court to a year and a day, following his guilty plea last Friday to one count of second-degree assault and two counts of third-degree assault. He actually made a so-called Alford plea in which he did not admit guilt.

Buchanan was arrested after the Jan. 26 brawl at the Chevron station on Mellen Street, near Interstate 5. The AMR medics were fueling up their ambulance when he approached them.

According to court documents, the Olympia resident with a bachelors degree in engineering began showing signs of the illness in his early 20s and before his arrest, had been hospitalized by crisis intervention services multiple times. He was reportedly not taking any medication when he was detained.

He was admitted to Western State Hospital this spring under court order and put on medications, according to court documents. Buchanan had no felony criminal convictions before now.

Upon his release, Buchanan will be supervised by personnel from the state Department of Corrections for 18 months.
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For background, read “Olympia man charged in attack of medics will be sent to Western State Hospital” from Friday February 1, 2013, here

News brief: Chehalis father jailed for stealing students’ money

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Chehalis man who wrote himself checks out of a fund set up for the W.F. West High School senior class being managed by his wife is sitting in the Lewis County Jail now.

Robert N. Downs Jr., 43, remained free on his personal recognizance after being charged this past spring with first-degree theft and 14 counts of forgery. When police announced their conclusion the account had been tampered with to the tune of about $8,000, they indicated the money had already been paid back.

Downs, an employee at Green Hill School, the state juvenile corrections facility for boys in Chehalis, was sentenced yesterday to three months in jail. He pleaded guilty as charged in July in Lewis County Superior Court.

His lawyer asked the time be served at home with electronic monitoring. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer asked he be sent to prison for one year and a day. Judge Richard Brosey gave him 90 days.
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For background, read “Chehalis parent pleads not guilty to stealing from high school senior fund” from Thursday May 23, 2013, here