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News brief: Suspect in Tenino hitchhiker beating captured after police pursuit

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 23-year-old man wanted in the beating and robbery of a hitchhiker in Tenino last month was arrested early this morning after a police chase that began in Centralia and ended in Tenino.

Centralia police say an officer attempted to contact the driver of a stolen vehicle in north Centralia at about 12:30 a.m. The vehicle fled north on Interstate 5 at speeds of up to 110 mph and then out Highway 99, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was stopped when a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy ended the chase by intentionally colliding with it and spun it out, Centralia police Sgt. Carl Buster said.

Tony L. League, 23, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and warrants as well as for the Aug. 22 incident in which a hitchhiker was punched and ordered at gunpoint to empty his pockets, according to police.

Centralia police list League as a Tenino resident. Tenino police have said he resides in Olympia.

Tenino police are still seeking a second man, Andrew B. Miller, 20, of Yelm, in connection with the robbery.


For background, read “News brief: Hitchhiker robbed, beaten in Tenino” from Monday August 27, 2012, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


A 42-year-old Centralia woman was arrested yesterday after allegedly twice running into another vehicle at East Summa Street and Tower Avenue and driving away. Police were called just after 2 p.m. by a man who said a driver got right on his rear end, flashing her lights and honking, according to the Centralia Police Department. When he asked her what she was doing, she just laughed, according to police. As the woman pulled away, she struck the vehicle of a passerby who stopped because of the commotion, backed up, hit the vehicle a second time and then drove off. “She was laughing the whole time,” Buster said. Mary E. Carver later went into the police department to make a report about neighbors’ babies crying and was arrested for second-degree assault when police recognized hers as the suspect vehicle, Buster said.


• Police were called about 8:40 p.m. yesterday to a Centralia neighborhood after a 24-year-old woman said she and her boyfriend were walking when a hand reached out from some bushes and grabbed her arm. The two fled but saw a person in dark clothing running the other way, according to police. It happened near South Rock and West Cherry streets. A police dog was brought out to sniff around but didn’t find a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A 26-year-old Centralia man went to the police department yesterday to report that a week ago Saturday he was walking home drunk when someone assaulted him breaking bones in his face. “All he remembers is getting hit in the head and then waking up,” police Sgt. Carl Buster said. The victim at some point went to a hospital and learned how serious his injury was, according to police. Buster said he doesn’t know why the man waited to call police.


• Police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to a residence on the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia about stolen rings. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Generators were stolen from a business on the 300 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

• A computer was reported stolen from a motel room on Westlake Avenue in Morton the Tuesday before last. The case is under investigation, according to the Morton Police Department.

• A woman who called police yesterday afternoon after seeing someone take down some political campaign signs from the hillside near North National Avenue and Chamber of Commerce Way in Chehalis was told they were not being stolen, apparently just removed because the property owner hadn’t been asked in advance for permission, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Morton police are investigating after a report subjects stole lumber from the Northwest Home Center, carrying it to U.S. Highway 12 where they loaded it into a vehicle, according to the Morton Police Department. It happened the Tuesday before last in the morning, according to police.

• A 26-year-old man was arrested after Morton police received a report of campers cutting down trees for firewood in Gus Backstrom Park on Sept. 1, according to police. David R. Boulet, of Graham, was picked up for theft, obstruction, malicious mischief and a warrant and turned over to the Pierce County law enforcement, according to the Morton Police Department.


• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon of a car prowl on the 1100 block of F Street. A CD player and wallet were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to take a report that sometime during the past month, somebody removed the registration and insurance information from the glove box of a vehicle parked on Southwest Fourth Street near Market Boulevard.


• A 52-year-old Morton man was in trouble with police after allegedly calling and texting a female more than 100 times in just a few hour period. William S. Rakes was arrested for telephone harassment on Thursday, according to the Morton Police Department.


• A 22-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine this morning after contact with an officer about 7:10 a.m. at the 800 block of Harrison Avenue. Katrina D. Miller was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department,

• A 17-year-old boy faces a possible misdemeanor charge for allegedly smoking marijuana on school property in Morton on Wednesday morning. Police found a pipe and a small amount of residue and referred the case to Lewis County prosecutors, according to the Morton Police Department.


• The city of Winlock’s “welcome” sign and planter box were damaged yesterday when a semi truck driver attempted a U-turn at the 2700 block of Highway 603 and his trailer tires dropped into a ditch, causing damage to his truck as well, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loaded semi had to be towed following the approximately 11:30 a.m. incident, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver, who said he missed his turn, was cited for making an improper U-turn, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• An 11-year-old girl complained of shoulder pain and her older brother, the driver, of stomach pain after a two-car collision this morning at the 1100 block of Reynolds Avenue in Centralia. Both were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital following the wreck which occurred just before 8 o’clock this morning, according to Riverside Fire Authority.


• Firefighters were called about 8:30 p.m. yesterday to the Capitol Forest west of Little Rock when wires which fell after a small pickup truck ran into a power pole sparked a wildfire. On one side of the downed lines, an off-duty firefighter from Grays Harbor County treated the driver for minor injuries and on the other side, personnel from West Thurston Regional Fire Authority battled a blaze that spread onto a slope in the heavily-wooded area, according to Fire Lt. Lanette Dyer. It happened at the end of Bordeaux Road near what’s known as the “E Line”. The fire was contained to an area approximately 100 feet by 200 feet by 9:30 p.m., according to Dyer. The location is about three miles south of an incident early on on Saturday morning in which 37-year-old man from Puyallup fell from atop the cab of a Chevrolet Silverado and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the fire department.

• Firefighters called about 7:15 p.m. yesterday about a small grass fire in the front yard of a home on Taylor Street in Centralia found a resident had put it out with a garden hose. It appeared someone tossed a cigarette and missed the intended container, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Updated at 6:31 p.m.


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says a 20-year-old Vader resident was arrested after he got inside someone else’s semi-truck near Centralia and tried to drive away. A deputy called about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday was told John J. Crear IV was “highly intoxicated” and thought he was in Rochester and trying to drive home, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Employees at the business on the 3000 block of Foron Road escorted Crear off the property, Brown said, but he was later located in the area and booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempted vehicle theft. Prosecutors are sending the case to Lewis County District Court where misdemeanors are handled.


• A 72-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for allegedly waving around a gun at outside a convenience store on the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia about 5 o’clock this morning. Police said Alvin Fitzgerald told them he was angry at a Centralia driver he thought was intentionally tailgating him and shining his bright headlights causing a glare in Fitzgerald’s rearview mirror. When the Centralia man pulled into a parking lot, Fitzgerald followed him and they got out and “exchanged words,” Officer John Panco said. Both motorist went to their vehicles and Fitzgerald returned with a handgun, Panco said. Police confiscated the gun and arrested him for unlawful display of a weapon, according to police. He was then released.


• Deputies are investigating a suspected identity theft after a 42-year-old Onalaska woman said she learned someone was using her social security number to work. When the victim applied for unemployment benefits, she was asked if she had ever worked in an orchard in Eastern Washington, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The first unemployment check she received was short because it was garnished for child support owed by the person who used her social security number, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The sheriff’s office is working with the state Department of Social and Health Services to investigate the situation which was reported last Thursday, according to Brown.


• Two Centralia residents were arrested after a police officer heard the “roar” of an engine and observed a pair of vehicles racing on Harrison Avenue and West Reynolds Avenue about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Both Dustyn J. Lawrence, 18, and Justin L. Stutman, 25,were cited and then released, according to police.


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a deputy took a report from the 2200 block of Highway 603 near Winlock about more than 750 feet of copper wire stolen. It happened sometime between Thursday and Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is listed as more than $3,000.


• Bail was set at $25,000 today for a man arrested early Saturday morning in Winlock for possession of methamphetamine and a violation of a protection order regarding his wife. Michael W. Reddick allegedly was found with four baggies of suspected meth, defense attorney Bob Schroeter said in court this afternoon. The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office asked for $10,000 bail because of the no-contact order offense, and Schroeter requested $5,000 but Lewis County Superior Court Commissioner Tracy Mitchell who normally handles family court said her court takes those violations very seriously and made it $25,000.


• Centralia police took a report about 5 p.m. yesterday from the 900 block of Marion Street where someone broke out a vehicle’s window and stole an iPod.


• Police were called about 2:50 p.m. on Saturday about a counterfeit $20 received at a business on the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.


• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon by a woman who said someone punctured a sidewall of the tire of her vehicle while it was parked at Wal-Mart. There are no suspects, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• A 31-year-old Chehalis resident was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with a broken leg after a collision on state Route 6 when he drove into the side of a truck that ran a stop sign at Highway 603 west of Chehalis just before 11 p.m. on on Saturday night, according to the Washington State Patrol. James M. Rada’s 1997 Honda was totaled, the state patrol reported. The driver of the Ford Explorer, Hewitt M. Duncan, 77, and his 74-year-old female passenger were unhurt, according to the patrol. Duncan was cited for failing to yield, the investigating trooper reported.

• Two people had possible injuries after a three-vehicle wreck when a Morton motorist reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign north of Mossyrock on Saturday evening. Angela L. Page, 41, of Morton, was given a citation after troopers were called about 6:40 p.m. to the intersection of state Route 122 and Larson Road, according to the Washington State Patrol. A Honda Accord carrying a Bremerton man was totaled but he was not injured, according to the state patrol. His passenger however, a 48-year-old Gig Harbor woman had a possible shoulder injury, the state patrol reported. A 2010 Ford F-150 driven by 27-year-old Matthew A. Cournyer of Mossyrock sustained an estimated $4,000 damage, according to the investigating trooper. Page was taken to Morton General Hospital with possible neck and back injuries, the trooper noted.


• Firefighters on Friday afternoon were called to an area behind the High Valley park in Packwood when fire broke out on former clear cut property now populated by 30- to 40-foot tall trees. Crews from Randle joined Lewis County Fire District 10 about 2 p.m. and were on the scene three and a half to four hours and then personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources stayed on until later in the night, District 10 Chief Lonnie Goble said. “Neighbors called it in real quick, as soon as it started,” Goble said. The burned area comprised an estimated 300 feet by as much as 100 feet, according to the chief. The closest home was about 150 feet away, he said.


• A former Centralia man who allegedly slashed at a man with a broken beer bottle at a South Pearl Street apartment eight years ago was ordered held today on $75,000 bail. Refugio Jose Vazquez-Tellez, 38, was jailed on Friday on a warrant for first-degree assault in connection with the June 26, 2004 incident. Vazquez-Tellez, known to police by his street name Marlboro, fled after he and another man allegedly initiated a fight over getting “ratted out” over a stolen bicycle, according to charging documents. The boyfriend of the mother of the individual they went to see sustained numerous deep cuts to his face, chest and abdomen when he tried to break up the brawl, charging documents state. The following day, Vazquez-Tellez called in sick to his job at Hub City Recycling with a cut hand, police told prosecutors. He never showed up for court after he was charged, Lewis County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said this afternoon. Vazquez-Tellez lives and works in Yakima picking apples and his income is such is he qualified for a court-appointed defense attorney Bob Schroeter said. Immigration authorities have placed a hold on him, according to Schroeter. His arraignment was scheduled for Thursday.

Chehalis man’s death in Willapa Bay boat accident deemed hypothermia

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities believe the three fisherman from Lewis County in last week’s deadly boat wreck spent hours in the water before they were located by a Coast Guard helicopter on Wednesday morning.

“There’s indication they were able to get to the overturned boat and strap themselves to it,” but sometime during the night the straps broke, Pacific County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock said.

Responders don’t know for sure though when the accident occurred, but think it could have been around 12 hours before they were found, Matlock said. It happened near the entrance to Willapa Bay.

Robert “Tony” F. Garrity, 70, and Charlie Garrity, 26, of Chehalis, and Shad Hail, 30, from Centralia, failed to return home from a Tuesday afternoon fishing trip out of Tokeland, he said. It is salmon season.

“From what we can understand, they got turned around and were coming back,” Matlock said. “They might have hit a sandbar. The people thought they felt the bottom of the motor hit something.”

“A large wave hit the bow, it tipped over and they all went out,” he said.

The wife of one of them called the sheriff’s office about 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday and sure enough, their vehicle was still parked at the boat launch, according to Matlock. The Coast Guard launched a search by boat and by air at first light, and discovered the  24-foot vessel near Leadbetter Point at 7:15 a.m.

The two younger men were on a sandbar, Robert “Tony” Garrity was on top of the boat, he said. The younger Garrity and Hail were hoisted into a helicopter and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

The helicopter returned to retrieve the senior Garrity’s body.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t able to gain a lot of information from the survivors because they were in pretty rough shape, Matlock said.

The coroner’s office lists Robert Garrity’s cause of death as accidental due to hypothermia. He died on Wednesday morning, Deputy Coroner Darrell Stoller knows, because the two boys watched him pass away, he said.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the boat accident.

Matlock said fatal accidents on the coast are not uncommon.

“The ocean’s not a very forgiving place,” he said. “The weather can change so quickly.”

Parents of Toledo teen charged with assaulting father won’t cooperate with prosecutors

Friday, September 7th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The parents of the 16-year-old Toledo boy accused of hitting his father in the head with a baseball bat are refusing to talk with police or prosecutors about the case.

The Toledo High School student was arrested in mid-July and charged in adult court with first-degree assault, a felony with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Charging documents allege he came upon his parents arguing about the father’s extramarital affairs and struck his dad with a metal baseball bat.

When police and aid were called to the Toledo home, the father Leslie Bagley was unconscious on the floor with what was described as major trauma to his head, according to authorities. The mother appeared intoxicated, police noted.

Bagley, 55, was airlifted to Harbor Medical Center in Seattle that morning, July 19. Within days he was upgraded to satisfactory condition.

When Toledo Police Chief John Brockmueller traveled to the hospital to speak to Bagley, the mother Tena Bagley stopped him at the door and turned him away, according to court documents.

“I’m going to put a stop to this right now,” Tena Bagley is quoted as telling him. “I told you that I don’t want to give a statement and Les does not want to give one.

“You need to contact our attorney Chris Baum.”

Baum, who represents the teenager, has said in court the parents are upset the police report does not accurately reflect the situation.

Bail was set at $75,000, but a judge allowed the family to post $7,500 cash with the court and put up the grandfather’s property as security.

No contact orders are in place preventing the teen from communicating with his parents. A judge said the boy could stay with an adult brother.

Prosecutors write in court documents they have spoken with a family friend who says the couple is not releasing any information, even to their friends, “perhaps because they do not want police to have the information.”

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke said today the mother is a witness, the father the alleged victim and he needs to interview them, but he’s exhausted all avenues in trying to reach them.

“These are my witnesses, I need to talk to them,” he said. “They’re not talking.”

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey signed an order yesterday for the parents to appear for a deposition. O’Rourke said next week he will be scheduling the meeting.

The boy has pleaded not guilty. A trial is set for the week of Oct. 15.


For background, read “Toledo teen charged in adult court for allegedly taking bat to father’s head” from Tuesday July 24, 2012, here

News brief: Maurin murder trial will feature more than 100 witnesses

Friday, September 7th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The trial for Ricky Allen Riffe in the 1985 kidnapping and fatal shooting of Ed and Wilhelmina Maurin of Ethel is going to take at least two weeks and possibly three, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

Attorneys and the defendant went in front of a judge yesterday briefly to review the status of the case and reschedule the trial.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said he has in excess of 100 witnesses, some from out of state.

Riffe, 53, was arrested in July at his home in Alaska in the old case.

Prosecutors believe the former Lewis County man and his brother abducted the elderly couple and forced them to withdraw money from their bank in Chehalis before shooting them and dumping their bodies near Adna.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey will preside.

Halstead has turned over more than 12,000 pages of discovery to the defense and asked Brosey yesterday to remind Seattle-based attorney John Crowley the rules for sharing evidence apply to both sides.

Halstead noted media reports in which Crowley said he spoke with a witness who could help his client’s case.

Crowley only replied the timely turning over of documents and such applies to witnesses one intends to call upon during trial.

The defense attorney said the trial was moved from October to the week of November 5 because there is so much material for him to wade through.

Outside the courtroom, he said he’s found more good news for his client as he’s studied the materials

“One thing I didn’t know is there’s a witness who confessed, or a suspect who confessed,” Crowley said. “In a handwritten note to his wife.”

Riffe has pleaded not guilty. His younger  brother John Gregory Riffe died earlier this summer of ill health before charges were filed.

Wilhelmina Maurin, also known as “Minnie”, was 83, her husband was 81 years old.

For background, read “Maurin homicide: Riffe pleads not guilty, his attorney hints at proof” from Thursday August 23, 2012, here

Barn, trees, grass burn up to four acres near Boistfort

Friday, September 7th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

As many as 50 firefighters responded to a barn and wildfire that grew to as much as four acres today in the Curtis-Boistfort area.

Lewis County Fire District 13 was called about 1:20 p.m. to the blaze at the end of Hubbard Road.

The barn burned to the ground and the fire at one point threatened the house, District 5 Chief Eric Linn said.

Twenty-five to 30 personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources joined firefighters from Chehalis, Centralia and Napavine, Linn  said.

The flames got into grass, slash and trees, he said.

Local firefighters spent about five hours at the scene, leaving DNR out there around 6 p.m., according to Linn.

“We had some pretty significant concerns if we wouldn’t have been able to stop it at the ridge, it would have been quite an event,” he said.

Nobody was injured. Linn didn’t yet have a cause for the fire.

News brief: Bridge bump causes five mile back-up on I-5 south of Chehalis

Friday, September 7th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two vehicles were damaged but nobody was hurt when a log truck’s too-tall load hit the Chamber of Commerce Way overpass above Interstate 5 in Chehalis about 1:30 p.m. today.

It happened in the northbound lanes and the pilot car sustained an estimated $1,000 damage from falling debris, according to the Washington State Patrol. A southbound van struck debris in the road and was damaged as well, according to the state patrol.

The damage was to the bridge was minimal enough the overpass stayed open, but one lane of the freeway was closed for bridge inspectors.

The northbound lanes on the freeway were backed up almost five miles as late as 5:30 p.m.

The driver, Darren M. Lumbert, 47, of Chehalis, was expected to be cited for over-height load, according to the investigating trooper.

The state Department of Transportation indicates motorists should expect delays until as late as 8 p.m.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 7th, 2012


• A 37-year-old Chehalis man with a warrant was arrested at gunpoint yesterday afternoon in the parking lot at Safeway on South Market Boulevard. Jacob Woods was wanted by the state Department of Corrections and was spotted about 5:15 p.m. by an off-duty officer who knew he was wanted, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Because he has an assaultive and violent history, he was ordered to the ground and taken into custody, Chehalis detective Sgt. Brian Hickey said. Woods was booked into the Lewis County Jail.


• Police and deputies were called to the third floor of the Lewis County Courthouse just before 5 p.m. yesterday after an upset 19-year-old Centralia man punched a hole in a wall. He was angry because he wasn’t allowed to give his mother a hug after she was sentenced to incarceration, Chehalis detective Sgt. Brian Hickey said. He was not arrested. The case will be forwarded to the city attorney for evaluation of a possible charge of third-degree malicious mischief, according to Hickey.


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a 76-year-old Centralia-area man called to report someone used his credit card number in Chehalis, California and Texas to make several purchases last month totaling more than $2,000. The victim still has possession of the card so someone must have “skimmed” the number off it at some point, according to the sheriff’s office. There is no suspect information, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.


• One man was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia yesterday after a two-vehicle collision at Old Highway 9 and James Road in Grand Mound. Aid called early yesterday afternoon to the scene of the wreck between a passenger car and pickup truck said another man was uninjured and a third was treated at the scene. The car sustained substantial damage, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Further details were not readily available.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


• A disoriented Randle man was pulled from his burning Jeep yesterday on state Route 7 near Mineral. The Washington State Patrol called just before 4 p.m. to the scene said Gordon C. Reed, 51, had pulled over as the vehicle was smoking and it became fully engulfed in flames. Between witnesses, passersby and the fire department, a life was probably saved, Sgt. Shane Nelson said. Reed for whatever reason didn’t get out of the vehicle, he said. He was taken to Morton General Hospital for possible injuries from the fire and evaluated for possibly driving under the influence of drugs or medication, according to Nelson.


• A deputy and police were called to a church on the 2000 block of Jackson Highway near Chehalis yesterday morning when a pastor unlocked a door to a residence behind the building and found two young men had been sleeping there. The pair allegedly also forced their way into another of Dayspring Baptist Church’s buildings there and took chips, crackers and juice, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher D. Kruger, 19, of Chehalis and Christopher C. Garner, 20, a homeless person, were arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the sheriff’s office.


• Centralia police arrested a 46-year-old woman for possession of methamphetamine about 4:30 a.m. today at the 900 block of Harrison Avenue. Vonda K. Rogers, of Port Orchard, was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 25-year-old Silver Creek man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine yesterday when Chehalis police came across him walking near Southwest Fifth Street and McFadden Avenue. Ryan M. Weigant was wanted on a warrants and when the officer searched him, two small zip lock baggies were found in his pockets, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, detective Sgt. Brian Hickey said.

• Centralia police were called about 7 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Marsh Avenue about stolen pain medication. They have a suspect and are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A quarter-acre of landscaping beauty bark caught fire yesterday on a steep hillside at the 100 block of Arbor Crest Drive south of Chehalis. Firefighters called just after 6 p.m. extinguished it, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.


• A 31-year-old woman was arrested for driving under the influence after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 12 at Jackson Highway yesterday evening that sent one car some 30 feet off the road and into a cement ditch next to a residence, according to authorities. Both vehicles were damaged. Two local fire chiefs happened to be passing by and assisted Lewis County Fire District 5 with the call just after 6 p.m. Allison E. Campbell, 31, was booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to the Washington State Patrol. All involved were evaluated and declined to go to the hospital, Fire Lt. Laura Hanson said. The other car was occupied by a 33-year-old man and his dog. Because Campbell had a 4-year-old boy in her car, she faces possible other charges, state patrol Sgt. Shane Nelson said. The cause of the wreck is under investigation.


One of the two cars involved in a wreck at Mary's Corner landed some 30 feet away.

Morton firefighters mobilized to White Salmon wildfire

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A crew from Morton’s fire department were en route this evening to join firefighters battling a wildfire near White Salmon in Klickitat County.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources to assist with the blaze that began this afternoon and has grown to an estimated 1,300 acres and is threatening approximately 50 residences.

Read more about the fire here.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Firefighters put out a fire at the double-wide mobile home south of Chehalis on Saturday morning and had to return for fires there twice early Tuesday and then three times last night for grass fires nearby.

Updated at 5:40 p.m.


• Firefighters were called out three times during the night to mysterious fires that continue to plague a vacant mobile home that burned early Saturday morning at the 2200 block of Salsbury Avenue in Chehalis. Lewis County Fire District 6 Assistant Chief Pat Smith said they were grass fires adjacent to the trailer, the largest of which was about 30-feet by 30-feet. “Somebody set it, it didn’t just happen,” Smith said. Chehalis police called out there this morning found no evidence but did locate a sock with unspecified items in it, according to Officer Linda Bailey. The fire is under investigation by the fire marshal’s office as well as the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.


• A 60-year-old was in his truck reloading his .22 when it discharged striking him in the thigh last night at a gun range on Cannon Road in Packwood, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to Morton General Hospital about 9:30 p.m. reported the Bonney Lake resident drove himself to a relative’s house and was taken to the hospital. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said it didn’t appear the gunshot injury was life-threatening, but the man was to be taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.


• A 30-year-old man was arrested overnight after a deputy responded to a complaint at the 1600 block of Middle Fork Road in Onalaska that he was trying to crash his Jeep through a neighbor’s house. A deputy who arrived just before 1 a.m. was told Luke U. Hall had been outside yelling at the neighbors for hours, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy found damage through a fence, into the yard, the side of the house and a chicken coop which was destroyed when the driver attempted to back up and got stuck, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Hall was arrested and booked for harassment and malicious mischief, according to Brown. Why he was upset was not noted, she said. A dollar damage estimate is pending, she said.


• Officers who took a report of a lost wallet at Safeway in Centralia yesterday afternoon viewed security video that showed the victim left it at a self-service checkout stand and another customer picked it up and paid for some of his own items with the victim’s money. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A 39-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and municipal court warrants following a short foot pursuit into an alley last night near the 1000 block of Alder Street in Centralia. When an officer made a traffic stop about 10:45 p.m., a passenger got out and came back to the patrol car with something in his hand and his arm raised, according to police. The officer yelled at him to stop and drop it, so he dropped something behind the patrol car but took off running, Sgt. Carl Buster said. When Travis L. Combs was taken into custody, an officer found a baggie of crystalline substance in his pocket, Buster said. Behind the patrol car, he left a package of chocolate chip cookies, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.


• A 55-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday  after a complaint someone had pulled up flowers his girlfriend had planted and thrown them onto and into her vehicle. An officer called about 7:30 a.m. to the 700 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue in Chehalis observed shrubbery and other vegetation, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Benjamin J. Bartlett was arrested for for malicious mischief, Officer Linda Bailey said. The police report did not note any damage to the vehicle.


• Chehalis police were called about 2:45 p.m. yesterday to Wells Fargo Bank on the 400 block of North Market Boulevard because a backpack was found sitting in the bank. An officer took it away, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Inside was only a handwritten note with no names on it, according to police.


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they impounded a truck found Sunday morning that had skidded into a ditch along the 500 block of Cannon Road in Packwood.

• A 30-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for driving under the influence after she ran her Toyota into a ditch off Bunker Creek Road west of Centralia last night. A deputy called about 10:15 p.m. to the area near milepost 9 reported she said “she was going way too fast,” according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Her vehicle sustained major damage, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said she didn’t think the woman was injured. Nicole R. Piper was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the 33-year-old Centralia woman whose car crashed into a culvert on Jackson Highway last week died the following day. Tambra Keen was northbound when her car suddenly swerved to the left for unknown reasons at about 7:45 a.m. last Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office. Firefighters had to cut the roof from the Honda to get her out. Keen was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where died on Friday, according to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office. Her 26-year-old passenger was hospitalized with a possible broken leg.