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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, April 19th, 2014


• Beware if you get a phone call informing you you’ve won $2.5 million and that you can redeem your winnings by first mailing off a $480 cash card from Wal-Mart to cover the taxes for the IRS, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It appears to be a scam and one local woman contacted law enforcement after she received at least four such calls from someone identifying themselves as a representative of American Cash Rewards, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said yesterday. She was told James Washington would be presenting the reward, Brown said. Fortunately the woman didn’t believe the caller. The sheriff’s office offers its oft-repeated advice, “If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.”


• Two young men were arrested this week for an assault last month at a party in Centralia that left a 19-year-old male with a broken jaw. Police arriving at  about 12:45 a.m. on March 16 to the 500 block of East Maple Street observed numerous males running from the area, found blood spattered around the front door and learned a 19-year-old Centralia resident had been struck numerous times as well as kicked in the face while he was on the ground, according to authorities. A witness told police Cole T. Rife, 18, had come to the gathering and was trying to pick a fight with anyone who would fight him and turned his attention to Logan Crump, according to charging documents. Crump initially didn’t care to press the matter, until after the following day when got medical treatment and discovered he had a fractured mandible, charging documents state. Crump told police Rife phoned him and apologized. Rife, a rural Chehalis resident, was arrested and went before a Lewis County Superior Court judge on Tuesday, charged with second-degree assault. His temporary defense attorney Bob Schroeter said he’d known the W.F. West High School graduate since he was a kindergartner. Judge James Lawler allowed Rife to be released from jail pending trial on a $10,000 unsecured bond, co-signed by Rife’s father. Then on Thursday, Tyler L. Burk, 19, of Rochester, was arrested for second-degree assault in the same case, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was scheduled to go before a judge yesterday afternoon, and subsequently released from jail.


• The former Chehalis resident locked up for 160 years for a Yakima County gang-related incident reached out to local prosecutors from prison to request they bring him to Lewis County to face a judge in connection with a drive-by shooting from the summer of 2010 in Chehalis.


Andrew Morales-Loberg

Andrew Morales-Loberg, now 22, was charged after the incident on Southwest William Street, and a $500,000 arrest warrant issued, but he was never apprehended by local police. At the time, police said someone in a red Chevrolet Blazer fired a round from a pistol that struck a parked vehicle while four people were standing near it. Morales-Loberg was transferred from prison last week to the Lewis County Jail. He appeared in Lewis County Superior Court Thursday for his arraignment. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said the case was being revisited at the defendant’s request. “He wrote us a letter, asking that the matter be taken care of,” Meyer said. The prosecutor said he didn’t know why, but did know outstanding matters can affect what programs inmates are eligible for. Morales-Loberg was among four LVL gang members sentenced in the fall of 2012 to more than 100 years in prison for shooting up an inhabited trailer in the town of Outlook in retaliation for a previous shooting. Nobody was injured there, nor in the William Street shooting, which police said was related to drugs and money. Three other individuals were also charged with drive-by shooting from the Chehalis case, but those charges were dismissed against all three. Morales-Loberg is represented by attorney Sam Groberg. He entered a plea of not guilty. A review hearing was scheduled for May 1, and a trial set for the week of June 2. The earliest he can be released from prison in the Outlook case, with good behavior, is Christmas Eve in the year 2165, according to prosecutors.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for collisions on city streets … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 18th, 2014


• Centralia police were called about 5:10 p.m. yesterday by a woman on a cell phone asking for help from a wooded area south of the hospital on South Schueber Road. Once she was located, she was taken to the hospital to be evaluated as she seemed disoriented, according to the Centralia Police Department. Few details were being released this morning. Officers are still investigating how she ended up where she did, and what happened, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.


• Police were called to Providence Centralia Hospital about 7 p.m. yesterday regarding two employees allegedly assaulted by a patient. One had a concussion, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case involving a 23-year-old Centralia resident is being forwarded to prosecutors with a recommendation of charges of third-degree assault, according to police.


• A 55-year-old Winlock man was arrested after he reportedly fled officers attempting to contact him in the area of the 1100 block of South Schueber Road in Centralia around 1 p.m. yesterday. Centralia police say Steven M. Yoke abandoned his car after a short distance and ran away, but was apprehended by officers with assistance from a police dog. The sheriff’s office wanted to talk with him about an assault case, according to the Centralia Police Department. Yoke was booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding, according to police.

• Centralia police were called about 5 p.m. yesterday by a motorist who said they were rear-ended at Harrison Avenue and Galvin Road by a Honda car that didn’t stop. Police were told the victim followed the bronze-colored vehicle to the area of Foron Road where its driver indicated he had a warrant for his arrest, and left again,  according to the Centralia Police Department. Police were given a license plate number for the suspect car.


• Police were contacted yesterday by a business on the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia regarding missing money. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of South Diamond Street where the resident reported money missing from an account. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A 34-year-old Winlock woman who allegedly kicked a door and damaged a  $500 guitar belonging to her live-in boyfriend was arrested early yesterday morning for disorderly conduct and third-degree malicious mischief. Deputies responding about 2:50 a.m. to the 200 block of Burnett Road booked Kara R. Jones-Pierce into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.


• Police were called about 2:20 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.


• Deputies took to the water to rescue a stranded boater last night on the Cowlitz River near the 2200 block of Spencer Road in Salkum. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters responded about 9:15 p.m. because the 56-year-old Tacoma man had engine trouble and drifted about 100 yards downstream from the boat launch at Barrier Dam but the bank was too steep for him to get to the shore, according to the sheriff’s office. He had managed already to drop off a passenger, who called 911, according to the sheriff’s office. Members of Lewis County Fire District 8 provided lighting for the area and deputies using their boat picked the man up, according to responders.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting; responses for misdemeanor assault, attempted scam via email, little dog nipping a small child, collisions on city streets; complaints about neighbors … and more.

Morton mother recovering from stabbing, teen son remains locked up

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 15-year-old Morton boy locked up for allegedly stabbing his mother told police he was upset, that she’d laughed about him twice to other people that afternoon and he’d had enough.

She told him to get a towel to wrap around her arm, and he did, according to court documents. But after 35-year-old Rhiannon Foister went downstairs to the living room, fell beneath a table and told him to get her something to put on her wounds, he told her no, that he wanted her to hurt like he had for the past 15 years, the documents state.

And the teen walked out the door to stand in the driveway to wait for police.

Morton Police Department Police Chief Dan Mortensen said he was called around 3:35 p.m. Monday to the home at the 800 block of Overlook Drive in the East Lewis County town. The boy told the chief he stabbed his mother and so he was handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car, according to the documents.

His brother and sister were home when it happened. Foister was transported to Morton General Hospital and then flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for additional treatment.

A hospital spokesperson said yesterday morning Foister was listed in satisfactory condition.

The teen was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, and charged on Tuesday with second-degree assault.

A juvenile court judge at a detention hearing the same day ordered him held at least until his arraignment next Tuesday, according to Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher.

That’s also when a trial date and pre-trial hearing will be scheduled, Meagher said.

Court documents, based on the police reports, indicate the police chief recovered a knife about 14 inches long which the boy said he’d gotten out of the kitchen.

Mortensen told Meagher the mother had five to seven stab wounds, including  one to her chest, but he had yet to get a full statement from her.

The documents give the following account, mostly from the 15-year-old’s conversation with police:

The boy said he’d called his mother from school, to ask if he could walk his girlfriend home from school and then walk the rest of the way home, but she said no, she’d pick him up and did so.

That upset him, and then his mother was talking with another mother, and laughing about him not being able to walk his girlfriend home, he told police.

“She said he was going to be turned in to his juvenile probation officer for violating his conditions of release,” the boy related.

Once they got home, the two continued their disagreement, and after he went upstairs to his room, he could hear his mother talking on the phone to someone else, laughing and saying she was going to call his probation officer, he said.

The boy told police he’d had enough.

He went into the living room and told his siblings to leave, because he and his mother were going to have serious conversation.

He asked his mother to walk to her bedroom, where she sat down on the bed and they faced off.

“(He) stated he pulled out the knife and wanted to scare her and show her how serious he was,” court documents state. “He stated he hadn’t intended to stab her with it, only to scare her.”

His mother said go ahead and stab her, if that’s what he was going to do, the boy related to police.

The teen paused and began crying, but after encouraged by the officer to continue, said he lunged at his mom and stabbed her in the arm. She moved away, and he stabbed her in the leg. They continued yelling at each other.

“He added he knew what was happening but was also kind of blacked out,” the documents state.

The siblings came to see what the yelling and screaming was about, and they all ended up back down stairs.

Mortensen describes he and a deputy responding, and arriving to find one juvenile throwing items around the porch saying he was going to kill the boy for stabbing his mother, seeing a pool of blood around Foister’s feet, and then a girl who helped the chief put direct pressure on a towel on Foister’s leg while he spoke with a 911 dispatcher to get aid.

The teen told the chief his probation was for smoking pot and truancy.

The boy told police he went outside to wait for police, and also said he didn’t want to remain inside and watch his mother bleed out.

Chief Mortensen on Tuesday morning described the reason for the assault only as “family issues, apparently”.

The boy is represented by Centralia attorney David Brown.

He’s 15, so he will not automatically sent to adult court, according to Meagher.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 17th, 2014


• Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Onalaska man last night wanted on a felony warrant when they found him hiding under a blanket in a back bedroom at the 300 block of Maple Maple Crest Drive in Onalaska. Deputies following up on information Aaron M. Fickett was at the residence arrived and were also told he was suspected of stealing a motorcycle earlier that morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Honda CR80 which had been taken from a garage at the 100 block of Fred Plant Road was subsequently found, with Fickett’s help, parked in the woods, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for the warrant and for second-degree burglary, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The motorcycle was returned to its owner, she said.


• It was the smell of marijuana wafting from the open window on the vehicle ahead of a patrol car at a Centralia stop sign last night that got the officer’s attention, but then the female passenger with a pipe in one hand, a lighter in the other and blowing smoke from her mouth provided clues as well, according to police. It was about 10:30 p.m. at Belmont and Harrison avenues and two of the six occupants of the vehicle were in trouble before it was over, according to the Centralia Police Department. Hannah L. Baker, 20, from Tenino, for underage and in-public use, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. Another passenger, 22-year-old Kody R. Posey, of Centralia, for suspected delivery of marijuana, Reichert said. “Handing someone a loaded pipe, or selling them a bag of dope, it’s delivery,” Reichert said. All were released and the cases are being forwarded to prosecutors for further action, he said.


• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for second-degree theft and trafficking in stolen property in connection with jewelry that belonged to a family member. Police called about 7:30 a.m. to the 100 block of Haliday Road booked Michael R. Weems into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of what appeared to be a window shot by a BB gun at the 800 block of Southwest 18th Street. Police were told it occurred sometime in the previous few days, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• A 15-year-old student at Winlock Middle School was arrested after he allegedly spit in a teacher’s face and proceeded to throw a desk around a classroom yesterday. Deputies called about 4 p.m. yesterday found the boy had calmed down somewhat, but done more than $750 worth of damage, including to a “white board” and the desk, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the teacher was wearing a spit guard because he had spit before, and she at first ignored the spitting. However, she exited the room when he picked up the desk, according to Brown. He reportedly threw the desk around the room, as many as 20 times, according to the deputy’s report. The student was taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Justice Center and booked for malicious mischief and faces two possible counts of fourth-degree assault for allegedly spitting twice, according to Brown. Further details were no readily available.


• A 16-year-old Centralia girl ended up with a possible back injury when she wrecked her car yesterday evening at the 100 block of Jeffries Road west of Chehalis. A deputy arriving after the approximately 5:30 p.m. accident was told she was traveling too fast around a corner, causing major damage to her 2007 Acura, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver is to be cited for traveling too fast for conditions, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, graffiti, collisions on city streets… and more.

Centralia’s new fire chief will be old chief

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Assistant Fire Chiefs Rick Mack, left, and Mike Kytta, watch the board vote to promote Kytta to the top post at Riverside Fire Authority.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Assistant Chief Mike Kytta will replace outgoing Chief Jim Walkowski at Riverside Fire Authority, the department that protects Centralia and it surrounding area.

The move came this evening when the agency’s board of commissioners accepted Walkowski’s resignation and voted to appoint the Fords Prairie resident to the top spot.

“Thank you for the opportunity, it’s an honor to assume that position,” Kytta responded. “I’m looking forward to working with the board, the labor unit, the volunteers and most importantly the community.

“I’m optimistic we will find a way to preserve services for the community.”

Kytta, 54, was chief for a decade of the former Lewis County Fire District 12 which completed a merger with the Centralia Fire Department under Walkowski’s leadership.

Kytta voluntarily stepped down to minimize potential conflicts as that process moved along with the hiring of Walkowski from outside the area.

He was honored by his peers statewide in 2006 with a “Chief Award” in part because of that move, which the Washington State Association of Fire Chief’s called his uncommon commitment to doing the right thing for the public.

Now however, facing a steeply declining budget, the organization has cut firefighter positions this year. It was poised to trim the trio of top officers down to two, when Walkowski accepted a position earlier this month in the Spokane area. He will remain at Riverside through the end of this month.

Kytta, a Centralia native, was a 16-year-old Explorer Scout when he began as a volunteer firefighter. He has 38 years of experience, the past 17 as a full time firefighter.

He has his work cut out for him.

Because of a changing landscape regarding the collection of property taxes, Riverside is operating with an annual budget of about $3.9 million, compared with $4.6 million last year.

It is on track to lose six paid personnel this year, to meet that budget.

The board is planning to ask voters in August for what’s called an excess levy, to prevent next year’s revenue from dropping to $3.1 million, a scenario the department’s leaders say would mean a much different service level for fires and medical calls.

Kytta has grave concerns about explaining the need to the public, without coming across as threatening.

On the promotion, he says:

“It’s exciting, in that I am optimistic,” he said. “I have very deep concerns if we’re not able to earn the public’s support on the levy.”

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


• Several vehicles were reported broken into at the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue in Centralia yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called about 8 o’clock yesterday morning about two unlocked vehicles parked on the street along the 500 block of Northeast Avenue that someone rummaged through. Some change was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A laptop computer and school supplies were among the valuables stolen from a parked car at Northeast Washington Avenue near North Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 1 p.m. yesterday.

• Someone disabled the alarm on a vehicle and then stole an iPod from Inside at the 1900 block of Ahlers Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:15 a.m. yesterday.


• Police were called at 11 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of $120 from the boy’s locker room at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.


• Police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a package stolen from a porch on the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia.


• A 38-year-old woman reported to police yesterday her service dog was stolen when the Jeep she was sometimes living in was stolen from in front of a home of the 400 block of East Plum Street in Centralia. Police were told it happened back on March 21 and she was able to find the vehicle last Friday at Roberts Road south of Chehalis,  but the animal was gone, according to the Centralia Police Department. It’s described as a longer-haired white canine, but isn’t a seeing-eye dog, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.


• A 40-year-old Centralia woman was arrested last night when she was discovered sitting on the middle console between the driver’s and passenger seats of a vehicle and intoxicated, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy encountering Libby R. Downer around 10:35 p.m. on the side of the road at the 2500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia concluded although Downer wasn’t observed in the vehicle while it was moving, that she had been turning around, according to the sheriff’s office. The keys in the ignition and it was in drive, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. She was booked into the Lewis County jail for being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence, Brown said.


• A 23-year-old motorist who allegedly crossed the centerline at a curve on a Centralia Street overnight and collided with a vehicle in the oncoming lane was arrested for driving under the influence. Offices responding about 2:20 a.m. today to the area at Mellen and Alder street found that Trevor L. Smith also was driving with a suspended license, according to the Centralia Police Department. The other driver had a possible injury, according to police. Smith was  booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to police.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft, collisions on city streets including unoccupied school bus at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard in which police say nobody was hurt, county road in which a 16-year-old boy, distracted by a girl, drove over a curb and into a mailbox … and more.

Pe Ell’s town marshal quits following DUI arrest

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Pe Ell Mayor Spencer Nichols, head of table, advises the town council not to speak about any personnel matters


By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

PE ELL – The tiny west Lewis County town of Pe Ell is without a police force once again, days after its sole law enforcement officer was arrested for driving under the influence, less than two months into the job.

Town Marshal Anthony K. Corder resigned yesterday, and the situation has one community leader calling upon Pe Ell to dissolve its status as a town, saying it’s a sign it can’t afford to operate.

“Look at the history of the officers we’ve had,” Town Councilmember John Penberth said.

The previous marshal Steve Dawes was on the job about a year, before leaving a few months ago, according to Penberth.

Penberth suggested to the town council last night it could consider bankruptcy or it could think about becoming unincorporated

“We’re advertising for certified police officers, but because of our budget, we’re not getting certified people,” Penberth said. “That in itself shows we don’t have adequate funding to be a municipality.”

He indicated the alternative of paying $65,000 a year to the sheriff’s office for the services of one deputy is unaffordable.

Corder, 27, was hired in mid-February with no previous law enforcement experience. He was the only applicant.

The former Marine was commissioned as town marshal on Valentines Day and had yet to attend the state training academy. His pay for the part time job was $1,500 a month.

He turned in his resignation yesterday, according to Mayor Spencer Nichols.

Penberth’s remarks went largely unanswered, coming during a council meeting dominated by agenda of an upcoming spring cleanup and talk by volunteers on how to coordinate the annual parade.

The mayor, and the town’s legal counsel, cautioned council members not to speak of personnel matters.

One among the audience of 21 individuals suggested cutting the wages of the town clerk-treasurer, because she earns more than anyone who lives in Pe Ell. Town Councilmember Kristi Milanowski asked about utilizing volunteer reserve officers.

Mayor Nichols indicated such a program can only be set up by a paid town marshal.

Following the less than hour-long meeting, Nichols said he has put together a notice for the local newspaper that Pe Ell is accepting applications for the job.

Their preferred applicants will be already commissioned and state certified, or at least willing to become certified. Starting salary will be based on experience.

The deadline to apply is May 12.

Nichols declined to answer further questions about Corder’s short tenure, with the town attorney apologizing.

“We can’t comment on personnel matters while an investigation is going on,” Allen C. Unzelman said.

Because Corder not yet attended training to become a state-certified law enforcement officer, his police powers were limited to inside the city limits in the town with a population of 630.

For background, read “Pe Ell’s town marshal pleads not guilty to driving under the influence” from Saturday April 12, 2014, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Updated at 6:14 p.m.


• A 26-year-old Centralia woman who overdosed on heroin yesterday morning was revived by medics and a 25-year-old Rochester man was jailed for allegedly supplying her with the drug. Police and aid responding to a 7:10 a.m. call to the 300 block of North Diamond Street in Centralia found she was not breathing, her heart had stopped, according to the Centralia Police Department. The department’s special Anti-Crime Team investigated and arrested Christopher C. Lee, for delivery of heroin, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Riverside Fire Authority personnel say calls for drug overdoses are more frequent than serious auto accidents or even heart attacks in the Centralia area. “Heroin overdoses, I bet we don’t go three weeks between those types of calls,” Fire Capt. Scott Snyder said. Capt. Casey McCarthy, who is also a paramedic, said it’s not just heroin, but various types of prescription drugs such as pain killers as well, the kind that slow down important body functions like breathing. For heroin, medics can give an injection of what’s called Narcan, to reverse those affects and that can help, he said. As of today, the Lewis County Coroner’s Office has seven cases from this year alone in which they are waiting for the results of toxicology tests and Coroner McLeod predicts most of those will come back with a result of accidental death from drugs.


• Police were called about 8 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of West First Street in Centralia about a car stolen during the night. Missing is a white 1992 Honda Prelude with a license plate of 687 WHW, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue where an auto repair business in the Yard Birds complex reported someone had gotten inside multiple vehicles. Nothing seemed to be missing but damage suggested someone was trying to steal a vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer learned the break-ins happened on Saturday morning, according to police.


• A 50-year-old man from Port Orchard contacted the sheriff’s office after the discovery someone had gotten into a shed on his vacation  property at the 400 block of Larson Road in Silver Creek. Taken was an old non-operation Stihl chainsaw in its case, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in was reported on Saturday night; it’s unknown when it took place, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at $250.


• A woman called police yesterday morning after someone lifted her wallet while she was shopping at Wal-Mart on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis. The purse was in her shopping car and she walked away, and subsequently discovered the billfold was gone, detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said.


• A found wallet turned into Chehalis police yesterday was returned to its owner; everything except the cash remained, according to police.


• Chehalis police were called to the 500 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue about 10:30 a.m. where someone had gotten into an unlocked vehicle during the night and stole a cooler and a purse. About an hour later when taking a report of another vehicle prowled on the same block, an officer recovered the items and returned them to the first victim, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• A 46-year-old homeless man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine last night after an officer driving down the street recognized the pedestrian as a wanted person. Dale A. Drew was detained in the area of the 200 block of West Main Street about 9 p.m. and had a smoking device in his pocket with material that field tested positive for the drug, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to police.


• Firefighters were called about 1:45 p.m. yesterday to an Adna area residence where an individual using a weed burner – a torch-like tool – got too close to the house. Flames caught some of the plastic vapor barrier beneath the modular home on McLaughlin Road, but there was no damage, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.


• A 24-year-old Olympia driver was issued a ticket for failing to yield the right of way when he began to cross Highway 603 west of Chehalis, pulling out in front of a pair of motorcycles traveling about 50 mph up the highway, both of which wrecked. It happened about 3:30 p.m. yesterday at Shorey Road, sending at least one person to Providence Centralia Hospital. Lewis County Fire District 6 Chief Tim Kinder said the first motorcycle T-boned the 2013 Toyota Corolla. The driver of the second motorcycle laid his bike down, according to Kinder. The Harley Davidson and Yamaha motorcycles were carrying two couples from Castle Rock and Kelso, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. said. Chief Ciivl Deputy Stacy Brown described the injuries to the riders as injuries to arms, a hand and pain to neck and shoulders.


•  A 33-year-old woman jailed after a scuffle with store security in Centralia yesterday evening found herself in extra trouble when a search at the jail turned up a hypodermic needle in her vagina. Police responding about 7:30 p.m. to the 500 block of South Tower Avenue arrested Michelle M. O’Connell saying when she was confronted by security about shoplifting, she refused to give the merchandise back and a fight ensued. She was booked for second-degree robbery as well as a warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department. Later, following the discovery from a strip search at the Lewis County Jail, she was also booked for introducing contraband to the facility. Police said she is from Tenino. The sheriff’s office lists her as a Chehalis resident. O’Connell was not charged with robbery, as a judge did not find probable cause for that offense. However, when she appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon, she found herself charged with bail jumping for neglecting to arrange electronic home monitoring or report to jail for a previous case, according to Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher. As for a possible criminal charge on contraband, Meagher said they were waiting on that. He didn’t offer further detail.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for misdemeanor theft, concern about harassment, complaint of children picking blossoms from plum trees … and more.

News brief: Morton mom stabbed, teen son arrested

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 15-year-old Morton boy is locked up after allegedly stabbing his mother multiple times yesterday.

Police Chief Dan Mortensen said he was called around 3:30 p.m. yesterday to the home where the two live at the 800 block of Overlook Drive.

He didn’t know the condition today of the 35-year-old woman, he said.

“When I saw her, she was in the ER at Morton, getting prepared to be airlifted to Harborview,” he said. “She was conscious and talking.”

The teen was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for second-degree assault, he said.

He described the reason for the assault as “family issues, apparently”, but said he is early into the investigation.

Neither name was released.

Lawyer seeks second opinion on brain trauma in Morton child assault case

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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Kyle Davison goes before a judge when his attorney asks for more time to investigate baby’s medical records.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 22-year-old Mineral resident accused of severely injuring a 4-month-old infant by shaking it last fall remains jailed and will have to wait a little longer for his trial, as a doctor reviews the case for a second look to find how the little one ended up with bleeding on the brain.

Kyle Davison was arrested in early October, after the baby girl was airlifted out of Morton to Marybridge Children’s Hospital and placed on life support. He and the baby’s mother told authorities the child began to choke and he took it next door to get help from a neighbor where they called 911.

A doctor at the hospital told police that tests indicated inter-cranial hemorrhage, consistent with shaken baby syndrome and not an accident, according to charging documents.

Davison is charged with first-degree assault of a child, an offense with a maximum penalty of life in prison. He being held on $100,000 bail in the Lewis County Jail.

The little girl was hospitalized for weeks, but was moved to Pope’s Kids Place in Centralia where she gets round-the-clock care, and has improved, according to Davison’s lawyer.

“The last time I talked with the mother, about a month ago, the baby was doing a lot better,” Sam Groberg said. “She’s hearing, seeing and eating through a feeding tube.”

The baby, identified only with the initials A.F.J.L. is 10 months old now. Her mother, Llacye Faye Link, is Davison’s ex-girlfriend.

Groberg last week sought a postponement of his client’s trial so another physician could examine the patient’s medical records, he said.

“Did the baby end up in the emergency room because of trauma or did the child have some issues already,” Groberg said. “Is it possible there are other things that caused it.”

Those are some of the questions the doctor will seek to answer, he said.

Groberg said doctors through research are learning of other things that can cause symptoms similar to shaken baby syndrome. In the past, physicians finding the combination of retinal hemorrhaging and bruising on the brain were quick to point to the diagnosis and child abuse, he said.

“Now there’s kind of this growing movement that says we have maybe jumped the gun on this, sometimes,” Groberg said.

Groberg has said Davison is factually innocent.

Details of what happened that night, Oct. 2 in Morton, come from charging documents with information primarily from Davison.

When Morton Police Chief Dan Mortensen interviewed him, he said his girlfriend and her baby had been visiting him at his house in Mineral, and the three of them went to Morton to go out to dinner, and then to Link’s apartment in town.

When they arrived, he changed the baby’s diaper and put it on the couch with a pillow next to her, he told the police chief. He thought they watched a little television.

It was around 11 p.m. when Link gave Davison the baby’s pajamas and asked him to put them on her while she stepped out to buy them a bag of pot, charging documents state.

Davison told the chief he sat down on the couch and took the baby’s bottle from her, then laid her on top of the night clothes; and as he was putting her arms into the pajamas, she began to choke, according to charging documents.

He told of laying her across his lap and patting her back, of holding her in front of him and seeing her not breathing, putting her over his shoulder and patting her, of her still being “white”, according to the documents.

When pressed by Mortensen, he said he was scared and didn’t know what to do and began to shake her, then seeing she was still white, carrying the baby to the apartment next door to ask for help, according to the documents.

He cried, according to the chief, putting his head in his hands.

“I knew better, I knew better. I shouldn’t have done that, I knew better,” Davison said.

His client said he didn’t shake the baby hard, nor did he intend to hurt her, Groberg said.

“There’s a huge difference between an ‘I’m angry’ shake and a resuscitative shake,” he said.

The Lewis County Prosecutors Office however alleges in its charge that Davison intentionally hurt the child, inflicting great bodily harm.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt last Thursday, when the request to postpone the trial was made, asked how the victim feels about the delay before granting the request.

“The mom is on Kyle’s side, she wants him exonerated,” Groberg said. “She doesn’t think my client did anything wrong.”

A review hearing is set for June 5. The trial was scheduled for next month, but is now on the court calendar for the week of July 14.

Lawyers at the same time postponed another trial for Davison, related to charges of second-degree theft and second-degree identity theft, until the week of July 21.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 14th, 2014


• A 27-year-old Centralia man is jailed for second-degree assault after he allegedly smashed his wife’s head into a cupboard during a fight at their home. Officers called about 6:35 p.m. on Friday about a woman screaming for help at the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road arrived as the victim came running out the apartment, her face covered in blood, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital and has been released, according to police. Kevin B. Williamson, 27, was arrested and booked in to the Lewis County Jail, according to police.


• Centralia police are investigating an alleged incident of extortion, in which the victim reported a female is demanding money from him in exchange for her not posting private videos on the Internet, in hopes of smearing his name, according to police. The situation connected with an address on the 100 block of Shirlee Avenue was reported to police about 10:30 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Officers were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday regarding a burglary at the 700 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Police were told when the resident arrived home after church, they found someone had entered through the back door and stole a case of DVDs, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Chehalis police were called about 5:40 a.m. today regarding a break-in at the 500 block of Northeast Washington Avenue. Further details were not yet available.


• Deputies were contacted about 4 p.m. on Saturday regarding a 2004 Yamaha ATV, a Stihl chainsaw, a Stihl weed eater as well as a tile saw, stolen from a barn and back porch of a a residence on the 1300 block of Winlock-Vader Road outside of Winlock. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says the thefts occurred at 1 p.m. the day before.


• Chehalis police were called about 2:10 p.m. on Friday to the 1500 block of Southwest Mills Avenue after the discovery someone used something like a pry bar trying to break into a garage.


• A 29-year-old Tacoma resident was arrested Saturday evening after allegedly shoplifting several hundred dollars worth of clothing from a store on the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia, and being found in possession of an unspecified narcotic drug. Officers responding about 7:10 p.m. booked Sylvia A. Carillo into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A call on Saturday evening regarding a missing $1,000 snow board led to a 40-year-old Tacoma man who said he’d accidentally taken the wrong board home from the White Pass Ski Resort. Surveillance video showed the person and their vehicle the board went home with, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When a deputy spoke with the man, he said he would return it the next day, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. However, the report is being forwarded to prosecutors for a possible charge of second-degree theft, according to Brown.


• Centralia police reported they are looking for a suspect who allegedly forcibly took a cell phone from a former girlfriend. The incident reported about 11:30 a.m. on Friday from the 100 block of Barner Drive in Centralia is labeled as a second-degree robbery, according to the Centralia Police.


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning an 18-year-old jailed late last week for first-degree theft in connection with allegedly stealing from his grandmother is now suspected of stealing more than $30,000 worth of valuables from other relatives over the past two years. Dillan G. Gleason of Chehalis was arrested on Thursday and when his grandmother went to pick up his vehicle from the courthouse parking lot so it wouldn’t be towed, she discovered various previously missing property in the car, such as a wedding ring, a Tiffany charm bracelet and an Apple iPad, according to the sheriff’s office. The three new victims told a deputy also stolen since July of 2012 from their home on Southeast Prospect Avenue in Chehalis, are a large sum of money, a Chanel handbag and more, according to sheriff’s office. Gleason denied taking most of it but faces a new charge of first-degree theft, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.


• Chehalis police were called about noon on Saturday after an individual said they came out of the Lewis County Mall on Northeast Hampe Way to see their Ford Ranger being driven away. The vehicle was subsequently located and the case remains under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Someone got into an unlocked vehicle on Southwest Second Street in Chehalis and stole a child’s LeapPad, an electronic educational device, according to a report made to police about 7:15 a.m. today.

• Police were called about a vehicle prowl around 11 a.m. on Saturday at the 1200 block of Sunset Way in Centralia. Missing were CDs and sunglasses, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police took a report of medication stolen from a vehicle at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia around 12:15 p.m. on Friday.

• A vehicle prowl was reported about 12:20 p.m. from the 400 block of South Silver Street in Centralia in which someone removed CDs and unspecified paperwork from an unlocked vehicle.


• Chehalis police called just before 9 p.m. on Friday about a loudly hissing animal outside near the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard were unable to locate the source of the noise.


• Police were called just before 1 p.m. on Friday to a report a child on a bicycle was struck by a car in Chehalis, in the area of Southeast Sixth Street and Market Boulevard. Further details were not readily available.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault, possession of a dangerous weapon, trespass, disorderly conduct; responses for alarms, disputes, counterfeit bills, a bruise left on a child from some sort of punishment, shoplifting and other theft, including a 49-year-old Mossyrock man accused of stealing cat food from Wal-Mart, a vehicle driving away from  a gas station before removing the fuel nozzle from their car, collisions on city streets, a 2002 Jaguar XJS wrecked in a ditch outside of Randle, a deer jumping in front of a car in Onalaska … and more.

News brief: Winlock barn burns

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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A Saturday fire in Winlock consumes a large barn. / Courtesy photo by Kalli Dawes

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Four fire departments responded to a barn fire in Winlock on Saturday night, a blaze which occurred while its owner was out of town.

The cause is under investigation.

A deputy traveling along the 200 block of Tennessee Road  spotted the fire shortly after 8 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Lewis County Fire DIstrict 15 Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said the large two-story structure was fully involved in flames and there were exploding propane tanks and a recreational vehicle involved. Anderson wasn’t there, and said an engine arriving from Napavine handled incident command.

According to the sheriff’s office, two individuals who were house sitting for the owner were at the scene, and some chickens perished.

Anderson said he believed Red Cross was was contacted to assist one displaced person, but had no further details.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown described the loss as more than $10,000. It wasn’t immediately clear what the barn contained.

Pe Ell’s town marshal pleads not guilty to driving under the influence

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Anthony Corder’s continued employment as Pe Ell’s town marshal is uncertain, so he qualifies for a public defender, according to lawyer.


By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Handcuffed and clad in green striped jail garb, Pe Ell’s town Marshal Anthony K. Corder was told by a judge he may not drink alcohol or go into bars or taverns.

And that he is subject to random breath tests while his case is pending.

The 27-year-old who was newly hired by the mayor of the tiny West Lewis County town, with no previous experience in law enforcement, took a seat at the defendant’s table in Lewis County District Court yesterday, less than 12 hours after he was arrested for driving drunk.

In his patrol car.

A plea of not guilty was entered for him and Judge Michael Roewe said he would be released on his own recognizance.

Temporary defense attorney Bob Schroeter told Roewe the marshal has never had a charge of any kind before.

“He left the U.S. Marine Corps, serving our country, in 2013,” Schroeter said. “Also doing a tour in Afghanistan.”

Corder’s part time pay of $1,500 a month qualifies him for a court appointed lawyer, according to Schroeter. And, his continued employment is uncertain, Schroeter told the judge.

Corder is the sole officer in the town with 630 inhabitants.

His position is so new, he’s been commissioned by the mayor as top law officer in town, but he’s not yet attended the training academy.

Corder was not on duty when he was reportedly observed by a sheriff’s deputy driving his Crown Victoria through town, with its headlights off.

Exactly where he’d been or where he was going wasn’t revealed by the police report, but when he spoke with three deputies – smelling strongly of alcohol and slurring his words – he readily admitted the situation, according to the report.

“Yes, I did do that, I made a mistake there,” Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeffrey Humphrey documented in his report.

Deputy M. Mohr, who took over the investigation at that point, noted the marshal’s .45 caliber pistol was taken out of the police car, and the car was turned over to Mayor Spencer Nichols.

Corder underwent field sobriety tests in the parking lot of the Texaco on Pe Ell’s Main Street, where he performed poorly and blew a .235 on the portable breath test around 2 a.m.

He was cooperative, but was taken to the Lewis County Jail, where he was processed and booked, according to Mohr.

The legal limit of an alcohol concentration is .08 when driving.

Corder’s contact with sheriff’s deputies in Pe Ell came about because 911 got a phone call from his ex-girlfriend who said he’d been calling her, saying he was going to shoot himself as well as burn her house down, Mohr wrote in his report.

Ebonnie Meyer told Mohr over the phone her ex was highly intoxicated and gets that way when drinking, according to Mohr.

It may not have been the first time the marshal mixed alcohol and his new job.

Meyer said she didn’t know where Corder was, but the last time he called her while he was drunk, he was in his city office where he subsequently passed out, according to the report.

It was about 1 a.m. on Friday when sheriff’s deputies headed to Pe Ell to find him.

Deputy Humphrey described seeing the town’s patrol vehicle driving with its lights off on Second Street, on Pe Ell Avenue and down an alley behind the Texaco station.

He saw it park in front of a residence in the trailer park there where a male got out and went inside, Humphrey wrote.

Humphrey contacted Corder via cell phone and Corder stumbled over the to the gas station to speak with them, according to the police reports.

According to Humphrey, when asked what was going on with his girlfriend, Corder said he was upset because she’d given his extra car key to a repo company and it got taken away.

He denied repeatedly planning to kill himself, saying if he’d wanted to do that, he’d have done it in Afghanistan, according to Humphrey.

The police reports don’t make any mention the deputies pursued any further the ex-girlfriend’s contention the marshal was suicidal.

Once back at the jail, after Corder spoke on the phone with a lawyer, and then just after 4 a.m., consented to be tested on the breath alcohol machine but declined to answer further questions, according to Mohr.

The readings came back as .184 and .186, according to the report.

Mayor Nichols didn’t return phone calls seeking information about Corder’s job status on Friday.

It was just about seven months ago when Deputy Humphrey was arrested by a trooper for driving under the influence. The 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office was demoted and his continued employment was tied to the conditions imposed by the court.

And in January, another sheriff’s deputy, with six years on the job, was arrested in Centralia for DUI. Chris Fulton quit two weeks later.

Both of them were driving their personal vehicles.

Driving under the influence is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to $10,250 in monetary penalties, according to attorney Schroeter.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Luke Stanton said Corder’s next court date, a pre-trial hearing, is not yet scheduled but likely would take place in four to six weeks.