Posts Tagged ‘By Sharyn L. Decker’

News brief: Woman shot in Napavine

Monday, June 6th, 2011

This news item was updated at 8:57 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A woman was shot and wounded outside an apartment complex in Napavine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives believe it occurred about 10 p.m. last night; they believe it was not a random incident and have a person of interest, according to a news release this morning.

Detectives are on the scene at the 100 block of Haywire Road.

The victim, a 24-year-old Centralia woman, was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital and has already been released, according to the sheriff’s office.

She was shot twice, the sheriff’s office reports. Her name was not released.

It happened inside the city limits of Napavine, but sheriff’s detectives are conducting the investigation due to the technical expertise needed for a complex investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

More to come.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday to an interrupted burglary at a home on the 900 block of North Tower Avenue. The intruder fled when the resident arrived but stolen goods discarded by him or her were located with the help of a police dog, according to Centralia police.

• Police were called Friday afternoon about a burglary to a garage on the 1800 block of Ham Hill Road in Centralia. Missing were power and hand tools, according to  the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Police arrested a 46-year-old man yesterday morning at the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia for possession of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana. Fred H. Isaacson, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police arrested a 24-year-old man on Saturday afternoon for possession of a prescription drug. David M. Smith, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail following his contact with an officer on the 100 block of North Tower Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 24-year-old Rochester woman was arrested for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine in Centralia on Friday afternoon, according to police. Angela M. Muxen was booked into the Lewis County Jail following her contact with an officer on the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT

• Police are investigating a fight outside a tavern on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia occurring about 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Registered sex offender notice: Centralia man now has no address

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced a level two registered sex offender who has been residing in Centralia is now registered as homeless.

Justin A. Oliver, 23, is not wanted by law enforcement, but notification to the community is meant to inform the public and enhance public safety, according to the sheriff’s office.

Oliver finished serving his time in 2003 for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old neighbor girl when he was 12 or 13 years old, according to sheriff’s detective Jamey McGinty. His 2000 conviction in Lewis County Juvenile Court was for first-degree rape of a child, according to McGinty.

He was released from prison last September in connection with non-sexual crimes, according to McGinty.

The sheriff’s office designated him as a level two sex offender, meaning they believe he presents a clear risk to the community.

Oliver is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

To see more details from the bulletin and a photo of Oliver, visit the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Offender Watch page, here.

Questions? The sheriff’s office says call 360-748-9286 for detective McGinty or Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber.

Centralia woman charged with killing her baby found competent for trial

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A judge found yesterday the 25-year-old Centralia woman accused of decapitating her premature newborn is competent for further proceedings in the case.

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Laura Lynn Hickey

Laura Lynn Hickey was arrested in early March after police found the deceased baby in a Tupperware container under the kitchen sink of her trailer home.

Prosecutors allege Hickey – who was about halfway through her pregnancy – used a serrated knife to cut off the infant’s head as it was trying to take a breath after she unexpectedly delivered it into a toilet.

She said she didn’t think it was going to live and she didn’t want it to suffer, according to charging documents.

Hickey pleaded not guilty yesterday to first-degree murder.

She has been jailed since March 9, the arraignment put on hold while she underwent psychological evaluations at Western State Hospital.

Doctors were asked to look into issues of competency, insanity and diminished capacity.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt’s finding yesterday of competency is related to her ability to understand the proceedings and assist in her own defense.

His decision made it possible to move forward, with yesterday’s arraignment and the scheduling of a trial for next February.

Hickey lived in a fifth-wheel trailer at the Peppertree Motor Inn and RV Park in Centralia and has no income or assets, according to the attorney who represented her for her first court appearance.

She reportedly told police she used methamphetamine two days before the incident and had been awake since then. The state had previously taken three of her children out of her home.

Charging documents indicate an emergency room doctor estimated Hickey was about 21 weeks along in her pregnancy when he examined her after what she initially said was a miscarriage.

Her court-appointed lawyer, Kenneth Johnson, has said whether a fetus at that stage of development can survive outside its mother’s womb is an issue that will come up in this case.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer contends the autopsy indicated the fetus was born alive and was viable.

Hickey remains in the Lewis County Jail, held on $1 million bail.

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Read “Mental evaluation ordered for Centralia mother charged with killing baby” from Thursday March 17, 2011, here

Read “Mother charged with killing newborn, held on $1 million bail” from Friday March 11, 2011, here

Read “Centralia woman accused of decapitating her newborn” from Wednesday March 9, 2011, here

Read “News brief: “Remains” found under sink after apparent miscarriage to be examined by coroner” from Wednesday March 2, 2011, here

News brief: One dead following Centralia-Alpha Road crash

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

This news item was updated at 3:25 p.m. on Friday June 3, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 32-year-old Chehalis man was killed when his car hit a power pole overnight east of Chehalis, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers were called about 2:30 a.m. to the 1500 block of Centralia-Alpha Road where a 1993 Subaru Legacy was wrecked, the state patrol reported.

Colter Dunivin died from his injuries, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

His car had been heading southbound and failed to negotiate a sweeping right hand curve, according to the patrol. It traveled over the centerline and off the road before colliding with the pole, according to the investigating trooper.

It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved, the state patrol reported.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

ASSAULT

• Centralia police are looking for suspects after a man was assaulted overnight at a downtown bar, resulting in a dislocated shoulder. Officers called about 12:30 a.m. to the Tower Tavern reported the injury occurred when the patron fell to the ground. Suspects are not identified as of yet, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 15-year-old boy was arrested yesterday morning at Chehalis Middle School for possession of marijuana and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center. The student had a pipe and very small amount of marijuana, according to Chehalis police.

• A 42-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested last night in Centralia  for unlawful possession of prescription medication. Stephanie L. Greene was cited for driving with a suspended license when she was contacted by an officer about 10:15 p.m. on West First and N streets, according to police. She was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, police reported.

BURGLARY

• A 75-year-old Chehalis area man returned home about 4:15 p.m. yesterday to find someone had attempted to break into his home. The glass on the french doors in his bedroom had been smashed out and the door knob unlocked. A deputy called to the 100 block of Cristler Road reported it appeared nobody actually came inside and nothing seemed to be missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

News brief: Special Olympics Torch Run today

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics was set to depart From Winlock High School about 8:20 a.m. today and wind its way north ending in Fort Borst Park in Centralia this afternoon.

The event is a way law enforcement officers support the local athletes set to compete this weekend at Joint Base Lewis-McChord; money raised will help participants with travel and other expenses, according to Centralia police detective Doug Lee.

The route passes by Napavine High School, Bethel Church in Napavine, W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Centralia Christian School, Fuller’s grocery in Centralia, Destiny Christian Center in Centralia, Edison Elementary School in Centralia and Centralia High School.

Chehalis National Guardsman guilty in child assault

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS -  Steven Grant Williams admitted he left a handprint-shaped bruise on the butt of his girlfriend’s 7-year-old boy, and switched to using a belt because he thought it wouldn’t leave marks.

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Steven Grant Williams

He described the bruises on the child’s elbows and elsewhere from when he held the boy’s head under the shower, trying to teach him to wash his own hair.

The boy would thrash around, “spaz out” and get so combative, sometimes Williams would simply let go, and the child would fall in the tub.

He knew it would hurt, Williams acknowledged, but he didn’t know what else to do during the shower sessions. The child smelled like feces, he said.

“I was concerned if I tried to hold on to him the same way, he could break his shoulder,” Williams said.

The Chehalis man and the child’s mother told the jury the first-grader didn’t know his alphabet, didn’t know his numbers and didn’t know how to clean himself. Since she was working and Williams wasn’t, Williams tried to teach him those things, during a two to three week visit last summer.

When the boy was returned to his paternal grandmother, who he lived with, she saw his bruises and took him directly to the hospital. A responding officer contacted Chehalis police and reported the 7-year-old boy’s body was covered in bruises.

After Williams’ arrest last August, Chehalis’s deputy police chief called it one of the most extensive child abuse cases he’d seen in his career.

The youngster’s two black eyes were so swollen, he had to open his eyes wide just to see, a social worker told the jury.

A bruise on his cheek: “He said that was when he got smacked silly,” the social worker said.

Williams told the jury the black eyes appeared about four days before the child left.

He didn’t know how it happened. One theory was it may have been a bug bite, or maybe an allergy, or he fell out of bed and hit the lamp, the mother Sarra Dennis said.

She saw it when she returned home from work one morning from a night shift at a casino.

“Most of his head was swelling, the top of it,” Dennis said.

The explanations came during a jury trial last week in Lewis County Superior Court.

Williams, now 40, was charged with assault of a child in the second-degree.

The jury learned that Williams didn’t know until almost the end of the visit that the child took baths, not showers.

“Did you ever think of giving (the child) a bath?” Deputy Prosecutor Colin Hayes asked him.

“No, not until this was all over with,” Williams answered.

It took the jury just 90 minutes late Friday afternoon to find the National Guardsman guilty as charged.

When he returns to the courtroom at the end of the month, Williams faces a standard sentencing range of two and a half to three and a half years, Hayes said today.

But because the jury found aggravating factors, he could potentially be sentenced to as long as 10 years, Hayes said.

No credible explanation for the injuries on the boy’s face and head were uncovered during the three-day trial, according to Hayes.

“We’ll never know all the things he did to that kid,” Hayes said. “I suspect there was a lot more going on.”

Williams is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on June 27.

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Read “Chehalis National Guardsman charged with assault of 7-year-old boy” from Saturday Aug. 21, 2010, here

Read “Chehalis National Guardsman pleads not guilty to assaulting child” from Friday Aug. 27, 2010, here

News brief: Lewis County Sheriff’s Office gets accredited

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday it has become an accredited law enforcement agency.

The more than year-long process is one that takes considerable effort and determination to complete, and is something the community should be very proud of, according to the sheriff’s office.

The formal notice came last week from the Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

“The men and women employed by this office continually strive to make a positive difference in our community,” Sheriff Steve Mansfield wrote. “The accreditation is just another way to show members of this community how truly professional and progressive our office is.”

Among various objectives, accreditation is meant to demonstrate an agency meets commonly accepted standards for efficient and effective operation, according to WASPC.

Only about 50 agencies statewide are accredited, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Chehalis Police Department was the first agency in the county to receive accreditation in 1999 and the Centralia Police Department followed in late 2008.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

CENTRALIA MAN BOOKED FOR ASSAULT OF A CHILD

• A Centralia man was arrested yesterday for allegedly choking an 8-year-old boy with such force it left broken capillaries on the cheek beneath the child’s eye. Erwin B. Bartlett, 47, was arrested and booked for assault of a child in the second degree related to late April events when he was babysitting the boy, the son of his girlfriend, according to Centralia police. Officer Chris Fitzgerald said the child was only visiting his mother and was subsequently returned to his father’s home. A 14-month-old baby in the Centralia home was put into foster care, she said. Fitzgerald was told Bartlett was trying to get the boy to tell if any men had been at the residence, and when the child said no, Bartlett pushed his arm up behind his back, shoved him on the couch and choked him. The mother called 911 when she saw the boy’s injuries, she said. Fitzgerald waited until receiving a doctor’s report to make the arrest yesterday.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue about the theft of jewelry. There is a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

SHOPLIFT AND FIGHT

• Centralia police were called about 3:25 p.m. yesterday to a shoplift on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in which the suspect allegedly fought with store employees when he was detained. Michael L. McNeely, 51, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for an outstanding warrant and also for second-degree robbery, according to the Centralia Police Department. The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office declined to charge McNeely with a felony, referring the case back to police for a possible misdemeanor filing in municipal court.

LOG TRUCK ROLLS OVER

• A truck driver from Pe Ell escaped injury when his log truck rolled over and spilled its logs along Wildwood Road near Vader yesterday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called about 8:30 a.m. were told the 1995 Kenworth was southbound when the 34-year-old driver got too close to the soft shoulder, tipped over and came to rest on its right side in the ditch, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The logs fell into, over and away from the cab, Brown said

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

ASSAULT

• Law enforcement officers are looking for a 39-year-old Chehalis man who allegedly ran into his wife with a car over the weekend, as well as choked her until a bystander hit him with a gun to make him stop. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said Darrin D. Workman drove into his wife hitting her in the legs on Sunday following an argument in the Doty-Dryad area. He then followed her home where he threw a child’s scooter through the front window and kicked in the front door, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. A witness pointed a gun at him and told him to stop, and subsequently struck Workman with the gun, Brown said. Workman is wanted for two counts of second-degree assault.

THEFT

• Police were called yesterday morning to the 1500 block of Logan Street in Centralia where a silver 1996  Dodge Caravan was missing. The vehicle, taken from in front of the residence, has a license plate reading 727 YYA, according to Centralia police.

• Someone broke the window of the backdoor at a residence on the 100 block of McKay Street in Randle and went inside, but nothing appeared to be missing, according to a report taken by a sheriff’s deputy on Saturday evening.

• Deputies and police responded to an alarm to an outbuilding at the Lone Yew Cemetery on Ferrell Road in Toledo on Saturday evening. Nothing was missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A deputy took a report of a vehicle prowl on Monday in which a handicapped sticker, a AAA card and other items were taken. The victim believed it had occurred sometime the previous week, possibly when she was parked at Brenda’s Market in Onalaska when  her car doors were left unlocked, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police took a report of a rear license plate taken from a vehicle at Home Depot on Louisiana Avenue on Friday.

VANDALISM

• Somebody broke a window out of a vehicle Beach Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police Monday morning.

• Police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of East Maple Street about a hole punched in a swimming pool with an arrow.

DRUGS

• A 34-year-old Centralia man was arrested for a warrant and possession of heroin Monday night in Centralia. David L. Francis was booked into the Lewis County Jail following his contact with an officer about 8:30 p.m. on the 1200 block of Alder Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Man wanted for 2006 drive-by shooting in Centralia found, arrested

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A man on the run from the law and charges dating back to an August 2006 drive-by shooting in Centralia was located in El Salvador and is expected to be returned to Lewis County, the Centralia Police Department announced today.

Colbert A. Salmeron, now 24, was arrested the airport in Houston, Texas, by U.S. marshals shortly after he arrived in the country, according to a news release.

Centralia police detectives and the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office were notified on Sunday Salmeron was in custody, Centralia Officer Chris Fitzgerald said. She wasn’t sure if his arrest occurred on Sunday or before.

Salmeron was arrested about a month after the incident on the 500 block of North Tower Avenue but was released on bail and failed to show up for court in May 2007.

The shooting was believed to be gang-related. Salmeron, a Centralia resident, was associated with the Little Valley Lokotes, Fitzgerald said. Nobody was injured.

In the following months, Centralia police dealt with at least a half dozen gang related shootings, of cars, homes and people. The most high profile case was in the summer of 2007 when somebody in a vehicle sprayed gunfire along an entire city block in downtown Centralia.

In that case, a Centralia teenager, Guadalupe Solis-Diaz Jr., was convicted of several counts of first-degree assault and sentenced to more than 90 years in prison.

For the past four years, detectives working with confidential sources and other law enforcement agencies have been working to track Salmeron down and concluded he was in El Salvador, according to Fitzgerald.

A tip following a February airing of the case on America’s Most Wanted in February revealed Salmeron was staying with a relative in the Central American country, Fitzgerald said.

According to Fitzgerald: U.S. Marshals contacted El Salvadoran authorities and advised Salmeron was wanted for a drive-by shooting. They determined he was a U.S. citizen and deported him.

U.S. Deputy marshals were waiting for him when he arrived at the Houston International Airport.

Salmeron was identified as the primary suspect shortly after the Aug. 26, 2006 incident.

That evening, several individuals were standing around a pickup truck parked in a lot of a fitness center when a red Ford Mustang drove by, slowed and someone inside it fired several shots that hit two vehicles and shattered the window of a nearby building. No persons were hit.

A warrant for Salmeron’s arrest was issued and in September 2006 he was located in Inglewood, California. He was being harbored by a family member there, according to Fitzgerald.

He was extradited back to Washington and appeared before Lewis County Superior Court judge, but was released on bail and not seen again, until now.

Fitzgerald said arrangements are being made to bring Salmeron to Lewis County. He is charged with four counts of first-degree assault and one count of drive-by shooting.

News brief: Morton man seriously injured when bike hits car on state Route 7

Monday, May 30th, 2011

This news story was updated at 5 p.m. on Tuesday May 31, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 29-year-old bicyclist was airlifted after he collided with a car on state Route 7 just north of Morton this evening.

Brian D. Veach suffered massive head and internal injuries, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers called about 7:15 p.m. reported that Veach was riding his bicycle northbound on the centerline of the highway and a southbound Toyota Camry drove on the shoulder to avoid him; but Veach’s bike veered left into the car.

Veach, a Morton resident, was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the state patrol.

He is listed in satisfactory condition as of late Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of the Camry, 60-year-old Judy M. Gutierrez-Trevizo of Randle, was uninjured, according to the investigating trooper.

The bicycle and the car were both described as totaled.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, May 30th, 2011

GANG VANDALISM

• Two men were caught yesterday morning breaking windows out of a vehicle parked on the 200 block of North Diamond Street, where a house had just been freshly spray painted with “LVL”, according to Centralia police. Five other homes on the same block had been “freshly tagged” with gang graffiti as well, according to police. Officers reportedly found Juan V. Vasquez, 25, and Adan Sanchez, 29, with paint on their clothing and bodies. The Centralia men were booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STREET FIGHT

• A 27-year-old man was arrested about 5:15 p.m. on Saturday in Centralia for allegedly standing in the middle of the roadway and trying to start a fight with a 25-year-old man. Isaiah M.O. Davis, of Centralia, was arrested for disorderly conduct and then released after the incident on the 1300 block of West Main Street, according to Centralia police. The other man involved was arrested for being in possession of a dangerous weapon, and then released, according to police.

CAR PROWLS

• Centralia police were called just before 8 p.m. last night to a car prowl on the 300 block of North Gold Street. A window was broken out and the car stereo was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 38-year-old man was arrested about 7:45 p.m. last night in Centralia for vehicle prowl and theft. Michael A. Kauer, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail in connection with goings-on on the 500 block of North Tower Avenue, according to Centralia police.

DRUGS

• A 51-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine late Saturday afternoon in Centralia. Deanna M. Frye was booked into the Lewis County Jail following her contact with an officer on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 45-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday for warrants and possession of heroin, according to Centralia police. Victor A.L. Whalen was contacted by an officer regarding a theft investigation at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A vehicle parked on Railroad Avenue near Maple Street in Centralia was found Saturday morning with its rear window broken out.

• Somebody broke a window out of a vehicle on the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police Saturday morning.

News brief: Speeding motorist flees following high-impact crash

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Four women were injured last night when their Cadillac was rear-ended by a speeding driver on Interstate 5 in Centralia; the impact so powerful it pushed the car’s trunk into its backseat.

“It got hit hard, really hard,” Chehalis Firefighter Derrick Paul said this morning.

Responders had to cut off two of the car’s doors to extricate the occupants, Paul said.

Aid and troopers called about 11 p.m. to the northbound lanes near the Mellen Street interchange. The 1994 Cadillac Seville was totaled and the driver of a Mitsubishi Montero had fled the scene, according to Washington State Patrol.

Carlos Pioquinto Flores, 30, of Tacoma, was found a short time later with the help of Centralia police dog Lobo and his partner Officer Ruben Ramirez, according to law enforcement officers. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, hit and run and other offenses including obstructing, according to the state patrol.

The investigating trooper reported Pioquinto Flores was not injured.

The women were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with back injuries, the patrol reported. Firefighter Paul said one of them declined to go to the hospital.

The injured are listed as Karen M. Rotter, 58, of Rochester; Shirley M. Brown, 71, Olympia; Faye L. Pelleriti, 67, Olympia; and Nancy Parker, 61, Olympia.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

BARN FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday to a burning barn in the Adna area. Lost in the blaze on Gold Creek Place were a car, a truck and some “taxidermy items”, according to Lewis County Fire District 6 Firefighter Brad Core. “It was a fully involved fire, just a big fire, hot, with lots of stuff inside,” Core said. There were a couple of explosions, he said, presumably from ammunition or small propane tanks inside. The two-story building was probably a total loss, he said. District 6 was joined by members of the Boistfort and Napavine area fire departments. A fire investigator is looking into the cause.

WOMAN WITH KNIFE

• A 25-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly pushed her way into a Centralia residence holding a large knife last night and threatened a resident. Officers called about 8 p.m. to the 400 block of Plum Street booked Laura L. Avery, of Roy, into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT

• Centralia police are investigating an assault at the 1200 block of Alder Street from a call about 12:30 a.m. today. Further details were not readily available.

THEFT

• A green 1998 Volkswagen Jetta was reported stolen from the 1200 block of Lincoln Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Thursday night.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was called Thursday to the flea market in Packwood about a burglary the night before of a vendor’s tent. Taken between about 11:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. were about 50 used DVD movies, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police took a report of a residential burglary on the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue in which a camera and money were taken sometime since Monday.

BAD BUS BEHAVIOR

• Centralia police were called about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday after a male in his early 20s reportedly sat on a Twin Transit bus next to a female and began “touching himself inappropriately.”

DRUGS

• A 31-year-old man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant after contact with a police officer on North Pearl Street and Fremont Avenue in Centralia late yesterday afternoon. John C. Unterwegner, of Buckley, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 32-year-old Winlock man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance following a traffic stop in Chehalis on Thursday night at Southwest 11th Street and McFadden Avenue. Christopher C. Tortorici was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Tortorici was driving with a suspended license and a search after he was arrested turned up some suspected prescription pain pills in his pants pockets, according to Deputy Chief Randy.

FLOCK BLOCKS ROAD

• Chehalis police were called about 5:30 a.m. yesterday to Southwest Newaukum Avenue near the Veterans Museum where some 30 to 40 sheep were in the roadway.

News brief: Judge Buzzard stepping down from the bench

Friday, May 27th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Judge Steven Buzzard is retiring from both municipal courts in Chehalis and Centralia.

His last day will be Tuesday.

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Steve Buzzard

In Chehalis, they have four applications for the position and will be conducting interviews for a new judge during the next two weeks, according to Chehalis Municipal Court Administrator Becky Fox.

Buzzard has been on the bench there since December 1997. He started in Centralia in January 2005.

Centralia has five candidates for their judge position and will be interviewing this afternoon, according to the city’s human resources director Candice Rydalch.

“Hopefully we’ll have a decision by next week,” Rydalch said this morning.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

BOMB THREAT AT SCHOOL

• Police say in all likelihood it was a prank, especially when they found no explosives yesterday at Centralia Middle School. Officers were called about 11:20 a.m. to the building on the 900 block of Johnson Road after a message was found saying there was a bomb on the premises. It was written in pencil on a bathroom wall, according to Centralia police. Officers viewed video from a camera in the hallway outside the bathroom in an attempt to discover who might had left the note, according to police. Several individuals were interviewed and no suspect was identified, police reported.

BURGLARY ARREST

• A 22-year-old woman was arrested yesterday afternoon for allegedly unlawfully entering an apartment on the 700 block of South Gold Street and removing a laptop computer, clothing and a computer game console. Nallely Garcia Gutierrez, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 10 a.m. yesterday to the 1800 block of Van Wormer Street in Centralia about the theft of a wallet and camera from an unlocked vehicle.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

KNIFE AT SCHOOL

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a deputy was sent to Winlock High School yesterday to take a report about an 18-year-old who allegedly pulled a knife during a dispute while playing football there the day before. The case is being referred for a requested charge of fourth-degree assault and possessing a dangerous weapon on school grounds, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

ELUDING POLICE

• A 38-year-old driver was arrested for attempting to elude after he drove away from a Chehalis police officer who stopped him at Stan Hedwall Park on Rice Road. Police say Justus J. Kohlenberg, who had a warrant for his arrest, got onto Interstate 5 and exited at Mellen Street in Centralia, where police cars boxed him in. Kohlenberg continued talking on his cell phone instead exiting his vehicle and officers broke a window to get him out, according to Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut. Kohlenberg, who is listed as a transient and previously from Longview, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called yesterday about the theft of a license plate from a vehicle overnight on the 100 block of Jefferson Street. The missing plate reads B08322B, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OAKVILLE WRECK INJURES TWO

• Two occupants of an sport utility vehicle were hospitalized overnight after the SUV veered off U.S. Highway 12 in Oakville traveled down a ravine and ran into a tree. Kevin A. Albert, 36, of Oakville, had cuts to his head and was taken along with his passenger Jay A. McCall, 24, of Centralia, to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. McCall had neck pain, the state patrol reported. Trooper called about 2:15 a.m. to the scene near Elma Gate Road concluded Albert was driving under the influence. The 2000 Cadillac Escalade was described as totaled.

State patrol seeking damaged van from freeway hit and run

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
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Lily Rowland, right, and her husband of 52 years, Billy Rowland Sr., paused for a snapshot earlier this year. / Courtesy photo

This news story was updated at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday May 25, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Troopers say they are looking for a van with damage on its right side in connection with the hit and run that left a Chehalis woman dead on Interstate 5 near Chehalis over the weekend.

The vehicle will possibly be missing – or have damage to – its right-side mirror and missing the front passenger side amber-colored marking light, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Pieces of the van found at the scene Saturday night belong to a 1996 to 2002 full sized Chevrolet Express or GMC Savana van, according to Trooper Steven Schatzel.

Lily M. Rowland, 77, was found about 10 p.m. fatally injured on northbound Interstate 5 near the Labree Road interchange.

She had wandered away from her nearby home and when her grown daughter reported her missing, law enforcement officers had already been getting 911 calls about a pedestrian on the freeway.

Washington State Patrol detective Matt Hughes said he believed she had been missing less than an hour.

Rowland’s husband of 52 years said his wife had Alzheimer’s disease and had a tendency to try to wander away. Billy Rowland Sr. said when he realized she’d left, he looked around the house about 10 minutes before he and his daughter drove a couple times around the area.

The couple live on Bishop Road, but previously lived near Marys Corner, where they raised six children. His wife grew up there, he said.

“She was always wanting to go home; she didn’t know where, just go home,” he said.

Lily Rowland was a home maker, although she worked at a tree farm near Toledo in the 1980s, according to her husband.

After his retirement, the couple spent a lot of time traveling, buying and selling antiques, mostly farm items, at swap meets, he said.

“It’s just shocking,” Billy Rowland said. “It’s just sad, sad, sad. There’s no way to explain it.

“I just hope they get that guy.”

Lily Rowland’s funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday at the cemetery next to Fir Lawn Funeral Chapel in Toledo.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call detective Hughes at 360-449-7944 or 360-772-1010.

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This photo is an example of the particular body and grille style of the van troopers are looking for. Details such as window configurations, color and length my be different. / Courtesy photo Washington State Patrol

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

LIQUOR STING NETS BARTENDERS

• Law officers were bar hopping on Saturday night – along with an undercover, underage assistant who helped snag four bartenders that served alcohol to a minor, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies working with agents from the Washington State Liquor Control Board began at the Tall Timber on U.S. Highway 12 in Randle where the 18-year-old “investigative aid” was able to purchase alcohol, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Bartender Staci K. Davis, 45, of Randle, was the first to be issued a criminal citation for furnishing liquor to a minor, Brown said this morning. They moved to the Paradise Restaurant and Lounge on Chehalis Avenue in Chehalis where Kimberly M. Brown, 28, of Chehalis, was cited, Chief Brown said. At the Rumors tavern on Northwest Pacific Avenue in Chehalis, they cited Kristin M. Homan, 36, of Chehalis and finally, a citation was issued to Elizabeth R. Boylan, 28, of Chehalis, a bartender at the Tower Tavern on Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to Brown.

CAN OF FOOD TOSSED AT MOTORIST

• Centralia police were called about 11 o’clock last night after somebody in a white van threw a can of dog food at an individual’s vehicle on West Main Street.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 4:40 p.m. yesterday to Southwest Third Street where a red Honda Accord was believed to have been stolen within the previous hour.

• A five-gallon gas can was stolen from a shed on the 100 block of Orchard Drive in Salkum yesterday sometime between 8 a.m. and 8:45 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Somebody had also tried to force their way through the front door a the residence, but didn’t get in, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

• Tools and a radiator were stolen from a garage on the 2000 block of Williams Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

• Chehalis police were called to a retirement home on Northwest Quincy Place yesterday to a complaint money had been stolen from somebody’s room. Further details were not readily available.

• Centralia police took a report about 9 p.m. last night of a car prowl on the  600 block of West Main Street. A purse was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday about a car prowl near the 500 block of North Market Boulevard in which a wallet was taken. It apparently occurred on Friday night.

DRUGS

• A 25-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of heroin and a warrant last night after contact with an officer on the 100 block of West High Street in Centralia. Jamie R. Anderson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Centralia police.

WRECK

• A teenage driver was hospitalized after a single-vehicle crash near Haliday and Little Hanaford roads outside Centralia yesterday evening. Aid was called about 7:30 p.m. and found a Toyota Camry had left the road and taken out a light pole, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The young male patient was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked, primarily because of the seriousness of the wreck, fire Capt. Ken Colombo said.