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News brief: Flood waters less fearsome than anticipated

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Updated at 12:34 p.m. and 12:58 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The flood warning has ended on the Newaukum River near Chehalis and forecasters have revised downward their expectations of overflowing of the Chehalis River in Centralia and Grand Mound.

Heavy rains ended yesterday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Minor flooding of less than a foot above flood stage is forecast tonight in the Centralia area, which would cause shallow flooding of farmlands and some roads, the weather service reports.

Centralia city officials this morning continue to offer sandbags for residents at the 100 block of Center Street and 1227 Harrison Avenue. The Center Street location will shut down at 2 p.m.

No emergency shelters are open this morning in Centralia, according to the city. All city streets were passable just before 8 a.m.

Lewis County officials also continue to monitor the rivers and note there remains standing water over several roadways in the county.

Information from the river gauge at Mellen Street in Centralia is missing since about 8 o’clock this morning, but the county has someone going out to the river to find out why, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Stacy Brown said just after noon time.

A wind advisory was issued this morning for the area, with the potential for winds of 20 mph to 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph this afternoon.

Brown said the county emergency operations center has had no reports of people with water inside their homes, vehicles stranded or rescues; except the Pe Ell Fire Department helped a couple of people out of their residences yesterday on Red Hawk Lane, she said.

Information and warnings can be accessed at the weather service website. Current river levels and their forecast flood levels are updated regularly by the weather service.
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Links to the two web sites noted above can always be found on the right hand sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.com

Here they are again:

• National Weather Service – NWS Seattle, here

• National Weather Service: River levels (Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service), here

Flooding: Rising waters could get into some Centralia area homes

Monday, November 19th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The city of Centralia declared a local emergency late this afternoon in light of the excessive rainfall.

“The rain is expected to continue for the next 36 hours, causing local rivers, creeks and streams to exceed flood stages,” a news release from the city states.

Sandbag stations opened up in Centralia.

The Chehalis River at Doty crested more than five feet over flood stage late this afternoon and is expected to reach flood stage in Centralia before noon tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service. Then the river would continue to rise.

The crest in Centralia predicted by 6 p.m. tomorrow would be more than four feet over flood stage, according to the weather service.

The weather services says swift water will cover some roads, and water can be expected to encroach upon the first floors of some homes and businesses.

The Newaukum River near Chehalis is reaching flood stage about now and forecast to crest before morning at about two feet over flood stage, according to readings from the weather service.

The flooding is not considered major, but not minor either.

The Lewis County Department of Emergency Management increased its activation level this afternoon in preparation.

“Citizens are advised to take precaution and leave any area with dangerous rising water, prior to needing to be physically rescued,” the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office stated late this afternoon.

Those in flood prone areas should move their animals before the levels become dangerous, the sheriff’s office advises.

State Route 6 is closed at White Road because of water over the roadway.

Deep and hazardous flood waters will inundate many roads, residential and commercial areas around the Newaukum, the weather service says.

Further cautions from the sheriff’s office: Motorists are advised not to drive through standing water. Six inches of water can sweep you off of your feet, twelve inches can sweep your car away.

The sheriff’s office advises residents to monitor local radio stations.

The weather service notes folks should be alert for rapid changes and monitor developments.

Information and warnings can be accessed at the weather service website. Current river levels and their forecast flood levels are updated regularly by the weather service.

In Centralia, sandbag stations were expected be operational by 5 p.m.; in the 100 block of Center Street (near the fire station) and at 1227 Harrison Avenue (Harrison Square Presbyterian Church).  The stations will not be manned full time but will be monitored for constant supply, according to the city.

The emergency shelter located at 416 N. Tower Avenue will be open and can accommodate up to 50 people for emergencies only, the news release notes.

The sheriff’s office notes rescue personnel are on call.

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Links to the two web sites noted above can always be found on the right hand sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.com

Here they are again:

• National Weather Service – NWS Seattle, here

• National Weather Service: River levels (Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service), here

News brief: Trailer homes hit by trees in Winlock

Monday, November 19th, 2012
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Courtesy photo by Patrick Jacobson

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Winds in Winlock this morning blew multiple trees over in the Frost Road Trailer Park damaging two homes.

Only one injury was reported; a man struck by a small branch, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.

“His injuries were minor, he declined to be transported, so we’re grateful for that,” Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson said.

Anderson said gusts this morning of up to 43 mph were measured at the elementary school. The fire department has been hearing of lots of power lines and trees down, he said.

“It’s a mess,” Anderson said.

The park is on the east side of Interstate 5, on the 700 block of Frost Road.

Anderson said some of the trees down on Frost Road are quite large, and newly unprotected after property to the south was recently logged.

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Courtesy photo by Patrick Jacobson

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 19th, 2012
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An apparent grenade was seized from a Centralia home / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Updated at 3:12 p.m.

EXPLOSIVE DEVICE FOUND IN CENTRALIA HOME

• Law enforcement officers looking for drugs got an unexpected surprise in Centralia on Saturday: a grenade. At least it looked like a grenade and was taken away by a bomb specialist with the Washington State Patrol, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies served a search warrant about 9 .m. at a residence on the 500 block of South Street after getting information about possible narcotics there, according to sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Aust. During the search, an improvised explosive device turned up, he said. Aust said he believed it was an empty but real grenade that someone refilled on their own. A small amount of drugs were found, he said. Several firearms were confiscated as well, he said. Nobody has yet been arrested, because the suspect has a medical condition that makes it cost prohibitive to keep him at the jail, according to Aust. The case will be evaluated for possible coming charges, according to Aust.

MAN DEMANDS WOMAN’S CASH

• A 20-year-old Seattle man was booked into jail on Saturday for attempted robbery in the second-degree after he allegedly confronted a young woman on a Centralia street and demanded a she hand over the money he saw her counting. Police were called about 12:10 p.m. to the area of West Pear and South Oak streets were told when she tried to get away, he followed her, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Carl Buster said the subject apparently ran up to her and said “you’re gonna give me all that money” repeatedly. A suspect, Mohamed S. Mohamed, was subsequently located and arrested, according to police.

SAFE STOLEN

• Centralia police were called to a burglary yesterday morning at the the 200 block of East Cherry Street. A safe was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SHOPLIFT

• An unidentified male was seen on security video stealing two cases of beer from the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PURSE-LIFT

• Police were called to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia on Friday evening where a female reported the theft of her purse while shopping.

MAIL THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 5:30 p.m. on Friday to the 500 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue where they were told an envelope containing $50 left in the mailbox by someone for someone else was missing.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS GONE

• Unspecified medication was reported stolen from the 400 block of South Cedar Street in Centralia on Friday.

• A Centralia man called police after he got a bill for Oxycontin from a Chehalis pharmacy, a medication he didn’t order or receive, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The man told police on Friday it appears to be someone else using his name, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested for a warrant and then possession of methamphetamine about 5 p.m. on Friday after contact with an officer at the 900 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia. Chance M. Allen was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone stole chain saws, tools and fuel from a log truck over the weekend, according to a report made to police yesterday from the 1800 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia.

• Police took a report on Saturday from the 100 block of Jalyn Street in Centralia about a car prowl. The victim said someone broke in during the night and took her purse, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Stereo speakers and sunglasses were among the items missing from a vehicle parked at the 1700 block of Southwest Snively Avenue in Chehalis. The report was made to police on Saturday.

• Police were called about a window of a vehicle smashed out on Friday at the 2500 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia.

PORCH CATCHES FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 4 a.m. yesterday to a porch on fire on the 500 block of West First Street in Centralia. Burning were some wooden planter boxes and a small area of the porch, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The cause remains under investigation, according to Fire Capt. Casey McCarthy.

POLICE CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST

• A 20-year-old Tenino man who allegedly led police on a high speed chase from east of Napavine, into Chehalis, onto Interstate 5, and then out state Route 6 and was eventually arrested said he didn’t pull over for the initial traffic stop because he didn’t have car insurance. Christopher A. Carsten was booked in to the Lewis County Jail after the late Friday night pursuit that reached speeds of more than 90 mph on Jackson Highway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It began about 10:50 p.m. when a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over an older Ford Mustang because of a loud exhaust and the driver spinning his tires, according to sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Aust. Deputies lost sight of the car west of Chehalis but about 30 minutes later, the individual was found walking on the 100 block of Devereese Road and was contacted, according to Aust. Carsten was arrested for attempting to elude.

WRECK

• A 40-year-old man from SeaTac was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a rollover wreck outside Centralia on Saturday evening. Aid and law enforcement called about 5:30 p.m. to the 1700 block of Salzer Valley Road found a power pole broken and the driver of a BMW ejected into some briars, according to responders. “We think the guy was traveling at a very high rate of speed,” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Steve Aust said. His injuries were described as severe. His name was not released.

News brief: More precipitation coming to Lewis County

Monday, November 19th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Weather forecasters say a strong wet front will stall over Southwest Washington through this evening, likely driving rivers such as the Chehalis River at Doty and the Newaukum River near Chehalis above flood stage.

Accumulations of rain from the weekend already has increased the risk of landslides in Western Washington and expected additional snow in the Cascades will present hazards on higher mountain roads, according to the National Weather Service.

Lewis County Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency Management Sgt. Ross McDowell says local weather watchers in Pe Ell reported a weekend total of 5.5 inches. Chehalis is reporting 3 inches, McDowell noted.

Two to five inches of additional rain is expected, the weather service indicated this morning.

Official caution that excessive run off will cause ponding of water in urban areas, highways and in poor drainage areas.

The snow level will be around 4,000 feet today, rising to 5,000 feet tonight.

The weather service recommends folks be alert for rapid changes by listening to their weather radios or monitoring local news media.

Links to river levels and other weather warnings can always be found on the right hand sidebar of Lewis County Sirens.com

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 16th, 2012

BICYCLIST PULLED OVER BY POLICE

• A 30-year-old man was arrested for a warrant and then possession of an unspecified controlled substance after he was stopped by a Centralia police officer for a bicycle traffic infraction last night. Jerry E. Linthicum was “pulled over” about 10:30 p.m. near Marsh Avenue and Lakeview Drive, according to the Centralia Police Department. Linthicum, a resident of Lewis County, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

DRUG ARRESTS IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police arrested a 23-year-old man yesterday morning they located at the the Peppertree Motel on Alder Street. Christopher J. King was wanted by another law enforcement agency and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 43-year-old Centralia woman was arrested yesterday morning at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia in connection with a warrant for delivery of a controlled substance. Melissa D. Wollen was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

NIGHT FIGHT

• A 27-year-old man was arrested for misdemeanor assault early this morning when an officer heard and saw a fight going on through the upstairs window of an apartment building on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue. Steven D. Couch was booked into the Lewis County Jail following his approximately 4 a.m. arrest because it a domestic violence incident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DAYTIME BURGLARY IN CENTRALIA

• A deputy was called about 9 p.m. yesterday when a burglary was discovered at a home on the 200 block of River Heights Road in Centralia. Among the missing items were three laptop computers, a Nikon camera and about $190 cash, and its possible the thief came in the home while one its residents was sleeping, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman called 911 after she woke up at 7:30 p.m. and recalled she heard a knock around 11 a.m. while she was in bed, and then heard a male voice and say the name of one of her fellow residents and heard someone go in to another bedroom, according to the sheriff’s office.

BANK CARD FRAUD

• A deputy took a report yesterday afternoon from a Silver Creek resident who found four unauthorized charges on his debit/credit card totaling more than $880. The 40-year-old man said he still had possession of his bank card, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

MISSING GUN

• A firearm was stolen overnight from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 100 block of East Maple Street in Centralia, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Police took a report yesterday that someone spray painted a man’s vehicle with black paint during the night at the 300 block of West Pine Street in Centralia.

Chehalis man pleads not guilty in slaughterhouse stabbing

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 35-year-old man accused of stabbing a co-worker in the throat with a boning knife during a dispute last week at the Five Star Beef Company pleaded not guilty today.

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Sabino Gomez-Barriga

Sabino Gomez-Barriga, a Chehalis resident, remains held in the Lewis County Jail on $250,000 bail.

He is charged with first-degree assault.

The victim, 21-year-old Jorge Juarez of Centralia, was still being cared for at Providence Centralia Hospital as of this morning, according to Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke.

Gomez-Barriga is represented by court-appointed attorney J.P. Enbody.

They went before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to enter a plea of not guilty.

According to prosecutors, after an argument broke out at the Centralia wholesale meat business, Juarez punched Gomez-Barriga in the face, and Gomez-Barriga responded by jabbing Juarez in the abdomen with a meat hook and and then sticking him in the neck with a knife.

A trial date was scheduled for the week of Jan. 7.
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For background, read “Centralia slaughterhouse fight involved meathook and boning knife” from Friday November 9, 2012, here

Twenty-two year-old Centralian pleads not guilty to attempted molestation

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
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Edwardo E. Barro-Celerino waits to be taken back down to the jail following his arraignment in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A 12-year-old girl who found a stranger in her Centralia bedroom told him she had to use the bathroom to get away from him, and then went and got an adult in another part of the home, according to court papers.

The girl, who is identified only by her initials, told deputies the man put his hand up her shirt attempting to pull it up and also tried to put his hand down her pants, according to charging documents from the Sunday night incident on the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue.

When the adult confronted the stranger who appeared intoxicated, and asked him what he was doing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, he answered: “Trying to get some,” and then left. The sheriff’s office thinks he came in through an unlocked back door.

The suspect, Edwardo E. Barro-Celerino, 22, lives nearby in the same neighborhood. Wet footprints led responding law enforcement officers to a sliding door at his home, where he was found passed out in a bedroom, according to authorities.

Barro-Celerino pleaded not guilty today in Lewis County Superior Court to attempted child molestation in the second degree and first-degree burglary.

He sat quietly beside a Spanish language interpreter in the Chehalis courtroom. His family hired defense attorney Robert Brungardt to represent him.

Barro-Celerino has no prior felonies, has lived in the area for two to three years, earning about $1,000 a month working for the Roof Doctor, a judge was told when he was brought into court earlier this week.

While the sheriff’s office booked Barro-Celerino on Sunday for attempted rape of a child, prosecutors instead charged him with attempted child molestation in the second degree.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said today the facts of the case better fit that charge.

It’s a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Charging documents also note Barro-Celerino was armed with a deadly weapon, but the narrative in the affidavit of probable cause makes no mention of a weapon being used or displayed.

He is being held in the Lewis County Jail on $75,000 bail. A hold has been placed on him by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, presumably because the federal agency wants him for some issue, according to his previous temporary attorney.

The sheriff’s office initially reported the suspect’s name as Eduardo E. Barro-Cellesino. Sheriff’s spokesperson Chief Criminal Deputy Brown said the name on charging documents is listed in their database as an “also known as”.

Brown also said the suspect was found in a neighbor’s house, uninvited, but where he was known. Charging documents however show the mobile home space number where he was found as his residence.

“There were language barriers,” Brown said.

A trial date is set for the week of Jan. 7.
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For background, read “News brief: Centralia girl finds stranger in her bedroom, man arrested” from Tuesday November 13, 2012, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Updated at 6:33 p.m.

SUSPECTED CAR THIEF FOUND NEAR PROVIDENCE WEARING ONLY HOSPITAL GOWN

• Centralia police said a search yesterday around Providence Centralia Hospital ended when they found a 21-year-old man who was bloody, cold and wearing only a hospital gown. Jacob D. Mielitz, of Centralia had been left at the emergency room by Centralia police after they arrested him earlier in the morning for allegedly stealing his brother’s car. Centralia police said jail staff had required Mielitz to be checked out at the hospital for possible unspecified health issues before he could be booked so he was released from police custody. He subsequently left the hospital. Officers looked for him because it was wet and cold outside and he was underdressed,  according to the Centralia Police Department. Mielitz was discovered around 9:30 a.m. on the 200 block of Blanchard Road and then booked into jail. The blood was from superficial cuts from blackberry bushes, according to police.

MAN ARRESTED TRYING TO ENTER STOLEN VEHICLE

• A man believed to be 27 years old and from Thurston County was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle yesterday  afternoon in Centralia after an officer responded to a call about suspicious activity at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue. The 911 caller thought it appeared the man was trying to break into a vehicle and the man’s story didn’t make sense, according to police. The vehicle turned out to be stolen out of Lacey, according to the Centralia Police Department. Among the several names the subject gave police was Ralph R. Turpin. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail and the vehicle returned to its owner, police reported.

TOOLS STOLEN

• A bag of battery-powered and other tools were reported stolen from a rental home being remodeled on the 200 block of East Cherry Street in Centralia yesterday, according to police. An officer called about 5:15 p.m. noted there were no signs of forced entry, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS CREDIT CARD ACTIVITY

• An officer was called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of View Avenue in Centralia to take a report about fraudulent activity on someone’s credit card,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: SHOPLIFTER ADMITS TO SELLING WAL-MART MERCHANDISE

• A 47-year-old Lacey man is in the Lewis County Jail after he allegedly twice in one week pushed a cart of merchandise out the doors a Wal-Mart without paying. Harry A. Booras III was detained by security personnel at the Chehalis store about 1:30 p.m. yesterday who called police, according to Chehalis Police Department Sgt. Brian Hickey. The employee recognized Booras as the same person who stole a 42-inch television last Thursday, Hickey said. He reportedly confessed he’d sold the television and so he was booked into the Lewis County Jail for trafficking in stolen property, according to police.  Booras was released without charges pending further investigation.

DISORDERLY MAN CITED FOR VIOLATING BAN ON FIGHTING

• Centralia police arrested a disorderly 21-year-old about 2 a.m. today at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue for allegedly fighting in public, a violation of city code. Derek M. Lampert was then released,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MARIJUANA

• Police were called to Centralia Middle School just after 1 p.m. yesterday regarding a student in possession of marijuana. The student was arrested and then released. The case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors for a charging decision, according to the Centralia Police Department.

News brief: Sheriff’s Office: Centralia father gives baby boy cut lip, nose

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 28-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for allegedly giving his 6-month-old baby a cut lip and other facial injuries when he struck the child because it was crying.

Jon M. Parker was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday afternoon after he was located at a bus stop in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the baby boy was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital two weeks ago by its grandmother. Parker had brought the infant to her Centralia home to be babysat, according to Brown. The alleged assault occurred previous to that, on Ives Road where Parker was staying, Brown said.

Deputies called to the hospital on Nov. 1 because of suspected child abuse weren’t able to find Parker until yesterday, according to Brown.

According to the sheriff’s office, Parker was upset because the baby was crying and hit him three times in the head while holding him, leaving him with severe bruising to his face, a bump on his head, a cut lip and a cut on the bridge of his nose.

The baby has been released into the custody of its grandmother. Parker was booked for second-degree assault of a child.

“I think the baby’s doing fine, I don’t know that there are any permanent injuries,” Brown said this morning.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

UNWANTED TOUCHING ALLEGED DURING PAT DOWN

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from a male patient at a drug and alcohol treatment center on Southeast Washington Avenue about alleged sexual misconduct. The patient said when a staff member searched him by patting him down, more than the items in his pocket were touched, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case remains under investigation.

CHEHALIS GARAGE PROWLED

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of costume jewelry and foreign money taken from a box inside an unlocked garage on Northeast Adams Avenue. The victim thought the burglary had occurred the day before, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police arrested a 21-year-old man early this morning for alleged vehicle theft and hit and run. Officers called around 4:10 a.m. to the area of Harrison Avenue and N Street found the vehicle in the roadway and concluded its driver fled on foot, according to the Centralia Police Department. A suspect – the brother of the vehicle owner – was found a few blocks away and identified by witnesses, according to police. Jacob D. Mielitz, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Further details such as what Mielitz ran into were not readily available.

• A red 2004 Hyundai Accent was reported stolen yesterday morning from the 200 block of Southeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis. It’s owner said it was taken sometime between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m., according to Sgt. Brian Hickey. It has a license plate of 716 YZZ, Hickey said.

• A white 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup was discovered missing from a business on the 400 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called yesterday morning learned that sometime since Nov. 2, someone entered through a gated area behind Rason Marine, according to the sheriff’s office. The truck has a white canopy, decals on the doors saying “Rason Marine” and a license plate reading B74391H, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. There was also a chainsaw in the truck, according to Brown.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD

• A deputy took a report yesterday afternoon from a woman on Devereese Road outside Chehalis who said she discovered someone stole from her by using her credit card number online five times for an amount totaling $468.10,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

TRESPASSER BOOKED

• A 59-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 2:30 p.m. yesterday for trespass at the 1000 block of E Street in Centralia. James K. Hayes was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COMPUTER MISSING

• A laptop computer was reported stolen yesterday from the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 7 a.m. today regarding car prowls on the 800 block of Southwest 20th Street and then called again soon after about another prowl on the 2100 block of Southwest Olympic Drive.

• A laptop computer case with prescription medications inside as reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the 100 block of West Main Street in Chehalis yesterday. The prowl apparently occurred sometime overnight, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report about 11:20 a.m. yesterday of a wallet and unspecified medication stolen from a vehicle parked on the 400 block of West Main Street.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING HIGH ON MARIJUANA

• Centralia police say an officer arrested a 16-year-old boy last night for driving under the influence of marijuana. The arrest was connected with an officer contact just after 8 p.m. at the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. The teen was cited and then released to his parent, according to police.

Former owners of Morton horses charged with animal cruelty

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
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Terry L. Simmons, left, and his wife Joanne M. Simmons, listen to attorneys when they go before a Lewis County Superior Court judge.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Morton couple has been charged with animal cruelty in connection with their horses which were seized in September by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Joanne M. Simmons, 65, and Terry L. Simmons, 58, said they were shocked to find notice of criminal charges in their mail when they returned home today from out of town.

Sheriff’s deputies and county code enforcement workers visited the property on the  800 block of state Route 7 numerous times before finally taking nine of their animals in late September, describing them as dehydrated and severely malnourished, according to court documents.

“They came and acted like they were trying to help,”  Joanne Simmons said after appearing briefly before a judge.

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Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

The couple said they are Kiger Mustangs, descended from wild horses and are built unlike ordinary horses. Some they had “rescued”, they said.

“We were in the process of giving them away because we had too many,” Terry Simmons said this afternoon. He noted finding good homes takes some time.

The couple said their animals got quality feed, but county authorities say differently.

During one visit, a code enforcement employee noted four bales were placed so the horses had to fight to eat, and the  smaller horses were being trampled, according to charging documents.

“A few had bandages,” the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office wrote.

They are each charged with six counts of first-degree animal cruelty, an allegation that with criminal negligence the animals were starved or dehydrated which caused substantial physical pain that lasted long enough to cause considerable suffering. Those are felonies.

They are also charged with two counts of second-degree animal cruelty, alleging at the very least they knowingly allowed them to live in conditions that caused unnecessary pain. Those are misdemeanors.

The couple appeared before Judge James Lawler this afternoon; he allowed them to remain free on $5,000 signature bonds.

Temporary defense attorney Bob Schroeter told the judge they didn’t qualify for court-appointed attorneys, as Terry Simmons earned $8,000 a month with the Boeing Co.

The charges filed on Oct. 29 in Lewis County Superior Court offer some of the following details in their allegations:

In April, a deputy responding to a complaint of horse malnourishment noted some of the animals looked thin, but not in distress.

The following month, the county code enforcement supervisor and the animal shelter manager observed one of the horses in the field had protruding rib and hip bones. At that time, Joanne Simmons told them the skinny horse normally got grain, but they were out it.

In mid-September, a code enforcement employee visited again and said she could see rib and hip bones on many of the horses.

A week later, when a deputy and a veterinarian showed up, the Simmons allowed the animals to be examined.

The vet checked 18 horse and found some of them scored very low on a scale to document their well-being.

Horse number 707 suffered from chronic malnutrition; it was said to be three years old but appeared as though it were a yearling, Dr. Patricia Arnold noted.

One that was extremely underweight was likely pregnant, another had a chronic cough, a four-year-old was the size of a yearling, she reported.

A 27-year-old that scored a one on a scale of one to five was seriously emaciated and dehydrated. It was euthanized with the consent of the Simmons.

The sheriff’s office said it didn’t appear the couple really understood how bad of condition they were in.

Nine horses were taken from the Simmons on Sept. 30, according to charging documents. The sheriff’s office said at the time the removal of the horses occurred on Sept. 28.

The couple this afternoon said they’ve owned horses since the 1980s.

They knew the 27-year-old horse was dying of old age, they said. The time just hadn’t been quite right yet to put her down, according to Simmons.

Five private groups – Dwelly Farm, Hope for Horses, Pasado’s Safe Haven, Good Life Stables, Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County – and the Lewis County Animal Shelter assisted in the removal and foster care of the horses.

The sheriff’s office said at the time of the seizure that donations of feed and grain were needed and could be made to the shelter.

The Simmons arraignments are scheduled for Nov. 21.
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For background, read: “Authorities impound nine malnourished horses from Morton couple” from  Monday October 1, 2012, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

JEWELRY STOLEN FROM CHEHALIS HOME

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon about a burglary at the 1000 block of Southwest William Avenue. Among the valuables stolen sometime during the previous two to three weeks were wedding rings, a garnet necklace, a ruby necklace and $300 in change, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MONEY TAKEN FROM CHEHALIS BUSINESS

• An estimated $750 in cash and checks was reported missing from a business on the 100 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis on Friday morning. There were no signs of forced entry, according to Sgt. Brian Hickey.

THREE SETS GOLF CLUBS MISSING FROM PACKWOOD

• A burglary to a garage was reported Sunday from the 100 block of Maple Place in Packwood in which numerous items including three sets of old golf clubs, a skill saw and classic neon beer signs were missing. The victim, a 51-year-old Yakima man, said it happened sometime after Sept. 1, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THREAT TO CENTRALIA WOMAN

• Centralia police were called about 10:10 a.m. on Sunday to the 1000 block of South Tower Avenue where a woman said her estranged husband had threatened to shoot her. Police are looking for the man, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FATHER JAILED FOR GETTING GUN DURING ARGUMENT

• A 42-year-old Toledo man was arrested late Friday night after he allegedly picked up a pistol during a family argument. A deputy called just before midnight to the 5500 block of Jackson Highway learned the man didn’t take it out of its holster or point it anyone, but Lloyd W. Swanson was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail. He is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess firearms, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

POLICE: BOY  THREATENS TO BRING GUN TO SCHOOL

• Chehalis police took a report for informational purposes only on Friday when they were told a “severely special needs” student at W.F. West High School told other students he was mad at a teacher and was going to bring a rifle to school. Police Sgt. Brian Hickey said he believed the teen was suspended from school.

RECKLESS DRIVING

• An 18-year-old Centralia man was cited for reckless driving about 9:15 p.m. on Sunday after a minor collision on the 1600 block of Military Road in Centralia, according to police. Alex S. Jacot allegedly provided false information to the responding officer, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case involving his unnamed 16-year-old passenger was referred to prosecutors for a possible charge of allowing an unauthorized person to drive, according to police.

VANDALISM

• An officer was called just before 6 a.m. today to Southwest Gails Avenue in Chehalis to a report a brick had been thrown through a vehicle window overnight.

• The side window was broken out of a vehicle parked on the 100 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police abut 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

FLAMING TP FOUND

• A boy and his friends extinguished toilet paper found burning in a restroom at Penny Playground in Chehalis on Saturday, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE …

• … as well as various misdemeanor assaults, shoplifting incidents, warrant arrests and protection order violations.

News brief: Centralia girl finds stranger in her bedroom, man arrested

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Updated at 6:32 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 22-year-old man is jailed after he allegedly snuck into a Centralia home and then into a 12-year-old girl’s bedroom and groped her before she got away from him.

It happened about 11:10 p.m. Sunday on the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the intruder put his hands down her shirt and pants, but she escaped into the living room to tell an adult.

The adult confronted the man who appeared intoxicated, and asked him what he was doing, Brown said. He answered: “Trying to get some,” according Brown.

The intruder left before deputies arrived. A suspect was subsequently located and arrested for attempted rape of a child and burglary.

Brown indicated the suspect, Eduardo E. Barro-Cellesino, was a stranger to the family and had entered through an unlocked back door.

Prosecutors this afternoon charged  Barro-Cellesino instead with attempted child molestation in the second degree and burglary.

He was ordered held on $75,000 bail and will be arraigned on Thursday.

Lewis County owner of seized foxhounds charged with 66 misdemeanors

Monday, November 12th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors filed criminal charges against the 79-year-old Dryad woman from whom dozens of foxhounds were seized last month.

The 65 dogs which included 18 puppies were living in what authorities called deplorable conditions, most seemingly well enough fed but in kennels which were overrun with feces and breeding amongst themselves.

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Nancy Punches

Two of the animals are fox terriers – the rest foxhounds – belonging to Nancy Punches who resides on River Road.

Multiple charges were filed on Friday in Lewis County District Court in Chehalis. Punches will receive a summons to appear in court for an arraignment.

One dead puppy was found when numerous animal control employees, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and at least one non-profit rescue group rounded up the canines on October 19.

The following day, at least three puppies were euthanized because of positive tests for Parvo Virus, and five of the 17 dogs taken to  Pasado’s Safe Haven in Snohomish County tested positive for a parasite called Giardia which is deadly to puppies, according to charging documents.

Punches said in an interview she didn’t intend for the animals to multiply, but their fencing had deteriorated. Authorities said they did not think she was selling them.

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Punches’ dog kennel Oct. 19, 2012

The longtime breeder of show dogs admitted she realized it was bad, saying the situation got away from her as she works long hours out of town – and that it’s hard to find good help.

According to Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher, the law doesn’t necessarily protect someone who has good intentions.

Punches is charged with 65 counts of second-degree animal cruelty, alleging at the very least she knowingly allowed them to live in conditions that caused unnecessary pain.

She is also charged with one violation of another state law regarding dog breeding: keeping more than 10 dogs who are able to reproduce in enclosures without meeting certain conditions regarding sanitation, lighting, fire safety measures, protection from extreme temperatures, and being kept separate from other animals with whom they’re not compatible.

All are misdemeanors with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail or a $5,000 fine or both.

Three of the foxhounds are survivors of the December 2007 flood when Punches lost her home and 16 champion show dogs to the Chehalis River.

A foxhound named Hawk saved himself, while two of them were five-week-old pups she placed in a styrofoam shipping container when floodwaters inside her home rose to within inches of her ceiling. Punches nearly lost her own life as well.

Punches said last month she refused an offer from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in which she could get back four of the dogs if they were fixed as long as she signed away rights to the rest of the dogs. She said they are valuable to the breed.

Punches couldn’t be reached for comment this weekend.

Charging documents describe that on the day the animals were confiscated, a deputy could not see the floor of some kennels because the water, mud and feces was so deep.

A veterinarian there that day said the unsanitary conditions subjected the animals to contagious viral and bacterial diseases which would or could cause considerable suffering, according to the charging documents.

The documents also allege the following:

In the indoor kennel building, the deputy found four dogs standing on top of garbage, mud and feces.

In one pen, eight nine-week-old puppies had no overhead shelter, and appeared very thin. Four of them were lethargic, one had diarrhea and one was dead.

The veterinarian at  Pasado’s Safe Haven noted several of the dogs had minor wounds and she saw signs of signs of abuse, including a strong fear of humans.

Punches had described some of them as “unsocialized”.

Lewis County does not require kennels to be licensed but does prohibit individuals from keeping more than 50 unaltered dogs, although there is no limit on the number of puppies.

State law requires breeders with more than 10 unaltered dogs to meet certain conditions.
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For background, read: “Aged flood survivor loses her stock of prize-winning canines for the second time” from Sunday October 21, 2012, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Updated at 9:36 p.m.

POLICE: WINLOCK OFFICER ARRESTS TWO WITH METH, SCALES ETC.

• A pair of Winlock residents were arrested last night for possession of methamphetamine with intent deliver after a traffic stop on Roe Road in Winlock. Officer Steve Miller and his partner Misha – the drug sniffing Belgian Malinois – searched the vehicle and found scales, baggies, a pipe and suspected meth, Police Chief Terry Williams said. Zachery E. Torres, 23, and Jessica D. Church, 23, were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Williams. “This was a good score,” Williams said, noting everything fell together.

FURNITURE IGNITES FROM FIREPLACE

• Firefighters were called about 10 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 1000 block of Elm Street in Centralia where flames from a fireplace escaped and burned some furniture. Logs too long for the fireplace were being used, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Firefighters used minimal water to put it out, removed the burnt wood and ventilated the smoke from the house, Capt. Tim Adolphsen said. Nobody was injured, according to Adolphsen.

BREAK-IN IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police are investigating a burglary to a business at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue. An officer responding about 4:15 a.m. yesterday noted the lock on a door had been broken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HIT AND RUN ARREST

• A 34-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for first-degree negligent driving as well as hit and run regarding an incident on the 600 block of J Street in Centralia last night. Alexandria Carmel-Snyder was cited and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone rummaged through a vehicle parked inside a locked fenced compound on the 1700 block of Lum Road in Centralia, police learned just before 5 o’clock this morning.

• A stereo faceplate was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 200 block of West Magnolia Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Friday afternoon.

• Centralia police took a report of a car prowl about 9:40 a.m. on Friday in which someone took a new pair of shoes from an unlocked vehicle on the 100 block of West Magnolia Street.

• Centralia police took a report about 6:40 a.m. today regarding a window smashed out of a vehicle on the 1100 block of Mellen Street.

News brief: One hurt in crash near Tenino

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Updated at 1:07 p.m. and 6:06 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 50-year-old Rochester woman was critically injured in a single-vehicle collision just west of Tenino last night in which her truck struck a fence.

Troopers called just before 7 p.m. to Old Highway 99 near Mima Acres Road found the 2002 Toyota pickup in a field, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Colleen L. Stuart was traveling westbound when her truck left the roadway to the right striking a fence, according to the state patrol. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to Trooper Guy Gill.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

There were no indications of alcohol or drug involvement, nor of excessive speed, Gill said. There were no witnesses, he said,

Stuart was struck in the head and neck by a fence board, he said.

“The chances of survival after that happens are very slim,” Gill said. “With these types of injuries, the chances are very slim.”

As of 12:26 p.m. today, she was still listed in critical condition by the hospital, according to Gill.

A Rochester woman with the same name, age 49, survived a collision that killed three others almost a year ago on Brooklyn Road in Grays Harbor County. It’s not clear if it’s the same woman.

Update: Gill reported at 5:48 p.m. today that Stuart passed away today.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 9th, 2012

TAKIN’ A BREAK

• Chehalis police were called about 3 p.m. yesterday regarding an unresponsive man sitting in a vehicle in the middle of the street on the 100 block of South Washington Avenue. Eric M. Myhre, 27, of Centralia, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance when pills were found in his pocket, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Myhre was also arrested for being in physical control of a vehicle under the influence, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Officer Linda Bailey.

TAKIN’ A WALLET

• A 28-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon at the Centralia Outlets on Lum Road after he allegedly stole a $100 wallet from the Coach store and then tossed it over a fence as officers arrived to confront him and his companions. Police were called about 3:50 p.m. after an employee checked security footage after feeling suspicious about a group of shoppers, according to the Centralia Police Department. Jose Rentria Hernandez, of Fresno, Calif. was booked into the Lewis County Jail for obstruction and third-degree theft, Officer Angie Humphrey said. “His friends were like appalled, they were not happy with him,” Humphrey said.

TAKING A BUNCH OF STUFF

• Chehalis police were called to Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon when security footage turned up someone walking out of the store with a computer system and two home surveillance systems, according to police. The person had apparently left with the items on Tuesday without paying, according to police.

WHISKEY HEIST

• Chehalis police were called about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday to a report a man left Safeway on South Market Boulevard with an unpaid-for half gallon of Jack Daniels whiskey. No arrest was made, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SUV VERSUS BIG RIG

• Police and aid were called about 3:15 p.m. yesterday when an SUV ran into a semi truck at the 3000 block of Galvin Road in Centralia. It destroyed the front end of the SUV but the 30-year-old driver declined aid, according to responders. “He said he was not injured,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Greg Schwartz said. “Probably quite surprised, but not injured.” However, the driver Steven M. Mullins, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for an outstanding warrant, according to police.

TAKE THAT LAMINATOR AWAY

• Firefighters were called to Centralia’s Oakview Elementary School about 9:40 a.m. yesterday for an overheated laminating machine. Smoke from the same piece of equipment on Monday morning sent the students outside and drew firefighters. The school thought they had the problem solved, according to Fire Capt. Greg Schwartz. “They’re taking that machine out of service,” he said.

RESPONDERS SAVE DOT WORKER WHOSE HEART STOPPED

• Toledo and Winlock firefighters and medics called to a possible seizure along side Interstate 5 near Vader this morning found a state DOT worker in cardiac arrest, according to Lewis County Fire District 2. They were able to successfully resuscitate the 42-year-old man who was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Fire Chief Grant Wiltbank. He was transferred to a hospital in Olympia for further treatment, Wiltbank said.

POLICE: HOMELESS MAN CHOOSES JAIL INSTEAD OF SUICIDE

• The Olympian reports a “down on his luck” 54-year-old transient is accused of robbing a Yelm bank of a single $20 bill on Wednesday, leaving the building, lighting a cigarette and waiting for police to arrest him. Read more here