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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 21st, 2017
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THEFT, FORGERIES UNDER INVESTIGATION TOLEDO

• A deputy was called to the 100 block of Lone Yew Road in Toledo on Friday to take a report of a theft in which blank checks were stolen, some of which had been written out for cash totaling $890. Also missing and believed to have been taken on the same day – July 29 – were several pieces of  jewelry, $10 worth of quarters and another $120 cash, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said there is a potential person of interest and Toledo police are working on forgeries related to the case.

INTRUDER GLENOMA

• A deputy was called to the 100 block of Uden Road in Glenoma just before 7 p.m. on Friday following the discovery someone had pried open a side door to a shop building there. It happened sometime since Aug. 13 and isn’t clear anything of value had been taken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 400 block of South Buckner Street about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to take a report of the theft of a white 1985 Toyota SR5 pickup from during the night. The truck has a blue stripe on the side, a black metal brush guard on the front and a license plate of B79361E, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 9 a.m. yesterday to the Southwest Washington Fair grounds following the discovery some medication was missing from a camper parked there.

• Centralia police were called just after 9 a.m. on Friday to take a report an iPad was stolen from an unlocked vehicle the previous morning at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue.

ASSAULT

• A 37-year-old Centralia woman – Judith M. Fenning  – was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer in a Friday morning case associated with the 2400 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A deputy responded to the Lewis County Jail yesterday morning to investigate the discovery an inmate had 43 tablets of Clonazepam, a prescription medication the inmate said he had hidden and brought with him when he was arrested. The 37-year-old said he was taking them “to help” and a case is being referred to prosecutors for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Cristian Ramirez-Dado, 19, of Centralia, was arrested for driving under the influence as well as hit and run after allegedly being involved in a two-vehicle collision at the 1200 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia about 2:20 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police were unaware of any injuries.

• A 68-year-old man was transported to Morton General Hospital with serious injuries to an ankle and a shoulder after his motorcycle collided with his wife’s motorcycle when they came upon an unexpected stop sign at Forest Service Road 25 and state Route 131 in Randle on Friday. A deputy responding about 12:50 p.m. indicated she sustained minor scrapes, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The couple is from Vancouver, Washington, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, harassment, hit and run, trespassing, reckless endangerment, third-degree theft, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, attempt to pass counterfeit bill … and more among 434 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Coroner McLeod, staff reaching out to save babies lives

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Corner’s Office has gone ahead and entered into a partnership with an organization dedicated to preventing infant deaths due to unsafe sleeping environments.

Coroner Warren McLeod wants to spread the word that the safest way for a baby to sleep is alone, on their backs, in a bare, safety-approved crib.

Thousands of such deaths occur each year across the country, the vast majority are accidental and nearly three-quarters are attributed to bed sharing, according to McLeod.

McLeod said while he saw this type of death many times when he worked in Nevada, he encountered it for the first time in Lewis County this spring, when a 3-month-old girl suffocated sleeping with her mother. It can happen as easily as something as light as a kleenex falling over the mouth and nose, he said.

The coroner’s office is now partnered with Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative, headquartered in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

The coroner’s endeavor will include teaching new parents and caregivers about safe sleep practices as well as working to get cribs into the hands of new parents who cannot afford them.

McLeod is making representatives from his office available to speak to civic groups about the initiative and how they can make donations.

Since 1998, Cribs for Kids has been reducing the rate of infant sleep-related deaths by educating parents and by providing portable cribs to families who otherwise cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep. All education is based on the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for infant sleep safety.

The cost of a crib, including shipping, is $60.

McLeod’s goal is to raise money to have enough of the portable cribs on hand so that local law enforcement and fire departments can reach out to his office when they come across a parent who can’t afford a safe sleeping environment.

Babies should never sleep on a couch, armchair or soft surface, according to  the American Academy of Pediatrics. And bed sharing remains the greatest risk factor for sleep related infant deaths, the AAP states.

The 2016 updated recommendations on infant sleep safety from AAP draw on new research and include:

• Place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.

• Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The crib should be bare.

• Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns one but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.

• Avoid baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.
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For background, read “Centralia infant exposed to meth smoke died of something different” from Friday July 7, 2017, here

Centralia arson: Teen angry about eviction

Friday, August 18th, 2017
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Kelsey T. Rasmussen, in red, is shown to his seat in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – He’s charged with knowingly starting a fire in his own home, the top level of a Centralia duplex.

At first he said he was playing with hand sanitizer that caught fire and he got scared so he left.

But then he admitted to a police detective he started the fire because he was mad he was getting evicted with no reason given on the notice, according to prosecutors.

The 19-year-old Centralia man has no criminal history, but was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree arson, a felony with a maximum penalty of life in prison. It’s also a strike offense.

Kelsey T. Rasmussen was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon where his bail was set at $50,000.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller told the judge Rasmussen has no income, at this time, and Judge Andrew Toynbee appointed Centralia lawyer Don Blair to represent him.

Centralia police say they found Rasmussen a short distance away waiting for a taxi as firefighters and police converged around 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the 1200 block of Windsor Avenue where smoke was rising from the roof vents and the second-story windows were blackened.

The first-floor unit was occupied at the time but everyone was able to get out safely without injury, according to authorities. A woman who lived on the ground floor described her upstairs neighbor as the tall, skinny kid with glasses that usually wore a black hoody.

The fire was extinguished, but it caused heavy damage to the upper level of the house which had been converted to a duplex, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

A fire captain told police there was a can of shaving cream in the middle of the bed, which looked like where the fire began, according to charging documents.

The captain said the smoke detectors were found outside sitting on the railing on the porch.

Rasmussen’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
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For background, read “Resident of Centralia duplex arrested following fire there” from Thursday August 17, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 18th, 2017
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UNLAWFUL GUN PLAY

• A deputy responding to a report of a vehicle blocking traffic and a man in the middle of the road firing a rifle towards the woods contacted the individual and found he had a prior conviction that prohibited him from possessing guns. It happened about 7 p.m. yesterday at the 1400 block of Middle Fork Road near Onalaska, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The weapon and several spent rounds were collected for evidence and Anthony C. Burchfield, 41, was arrested, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 11:15 a.m. yesterday to take a report that shoes and clothing were taken from a car at the 200 block of North King Street in Centralia on Sunday evening.

VANDALISM

• Two windows of a house had rocks thrown through them at the 400 block of Prairie Rose Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 6 p.m. yesterday. The house was also egged, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 11:25 a.m. yesterday to take a report that three mailboxes were pried open sometime during the previous two days at the 100 block of South Silver Street.

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday regarding vandalism to a 2017 Jeep at the 1800 block of Bishop Road. There was a hole in its hood, about an inch in size that looked like a tear, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 12:15 p.m. yesterday to take a report of someone “keying” a foul word onto a vehicle.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters were called about 8:15 a.m. today to a rollover crash on Jackson Highway just north of North Prairie Road, Nobody was transported, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

• Two vehicles were totaled and one driver hospitalized after the motorist didn’t see the SUV in front of her had stopped for road construction on southbound state Route 7 about 11 miles north of Morton this morning. Troopers called to the scene just after 8 a.m. found the Dodge Dakota pickup struck the rear of a 2017 Audi Q7 sport utility vehicle, according to the Washington State Patrol. Sandra L. Gidley, 39, from Spanaway, was injured and taken to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol. James M. Bieker, 41, of Eatonville, was injured but not transported, the investigating trooper indicates. Gidley was to be cited for second-degree negligent driving.

• Chehalis police were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday when a tow truck and passenger car collided at West Main Street and Cascade Avenue.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 149 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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CRAIGSLIST SCAMMER VICTIMIZES CHEHALIS RESIDENT

• Someone pretending to be the owner of a local house and advertising it for rent on Craigslist has tricked one person into sending them money, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A Chehalis woman contacted police yesterday and said after email exchanges, and paying $700, she was waiting for the keys, when the supposed new landlord asked for even more money for a deposit. It turns out the person who took the woman’s money does not own the residence, according to police. “It’s a shame,” Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. “People need to be very, very cautious.”

VEHICLE THEFT

• A gray 2013 Honda Pilot was reported stolen from the 400 block of South Buckner Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:35 p.m. yesterday. The vehicle has a license plate reading AKE 0476, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 33-year-old resident of Idaho Falls was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle in a case in which a deputy went to the 9000 block of U.S. Highway 12 yesterday afternoon where there was a Honda CRX420 ATV stolen from a Castle Rock woman and subsequently found Spencer C. Kraft walking near Young Road and determined Kraft had been previously operating the ATV, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Kraft was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

OTHER THEFT

• A hydraulic log splitter was reported stolen from a back yard at the 300 block of L Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:35 a.m. yesterday

• Two Tacoma residents who allegedly stole clothing from a children’s store at the 1200 block of Lum Road in Centralia and assaulted an employee who tried to stop them from leaving with merchandise were subsequently arrested for second-degree robbery yesterday. Police called just before 5:30 p.m. booked Dasia S. McDaniel, 20, and Ittalyah J. Jackson, 22, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning to take reports from two victims that rent money was stolen from the 1000 block of North Scheuber Road.

• A Samsung Galaxy Note 5 cell phone was reported stolen from the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 9:45 a.m. yesterday.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue where a forged check had been deposited into an individual’s bank account via an ATM. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GREEN HILL SCHOOL

• Chehalis police were called just before 10 a.m. yesterday to Green Hill School on the 300 block of Southwest 11th Street to take a report that a 17-year-old student-inmate spit on a staff member. The case is being referred to prosecutors for custodial assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• The window was broken out of a vehicle parked at the 1600 block of South Gold Street in Centralia in an apparent attempted  prowl, according to a report made to police about 4:50 p.m yesterday .

• A vehicle prowl was reported about 1:35 p.m. yesterday at the 400 block of South Buckner Street in Centralia in which multiple personal items were stolen from the interior of the unlocked vehicle.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A deputy responded to the 1300 block of Highway 603 about 8:45 p.m. yesterday for a single-vehicle collision in which a 1999 Ford F350 pickup was totaled from striking a utility pole. There was no driver around, but two witnesses saw a male leave the area in a white Honda Civic, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SPARKS SUSPECTED IN I-5 FIRES

• Firefighters in Centralia were called about 11 a.m. yesterday for a brush fire along the shoulder of southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 83. It burned an area about 600 feet long and 10 feet wide, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The fire was easily extinguished, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert. According to the Washington State Patrol, it was one of several fires burning along the freeway from the area of Maytown, believed to  have been ignited by a semi truck that was driving on a tire rim, Weinert stated.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with no license, fourth-degree assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation … and more among 176 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Crew extinguishes flames north of Centralia along freeway. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

Police: Impaired motorist drove onto sidewalk, injuring pedestrian near fairgrounds

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 58-year-old Chehalis man is listed in serious condition after getting hit by a car that drove up onto the sidewalk outside the Southwest Washington Fair grounds yesterday; its driver suspected to be under the influence of drugs.

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Wednesday August 16, 2017

Mike Summer was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following the approximately 12:25 p.m. incident. A hospital spokesperson this morning said Summer’s condition is serious but improving.

Police and firefighters responding to the 1900 block of South Gold Street in Centralia found the pedestrian unconscious but he regained consciousness once medical care began.

The Centralia Police Department says 30-year-old Christian D. Brown was behind the wheel of a 2000 Acura TL and when he was searched, they found heroin.

Brown was arrested for driving under the influence, vehicular assault and possession of heroin, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

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CORRECTION: This has been updated to correctly reflect the age of Mike Summer. His is 58 years old, not 48, but Centralia police initially released the incorrect age.

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For background, read “News brief: Man hit by vehicle near SWW fairgrounds” from Wednesday August 16, 2017, here

Teen dies in Grand Mound wreck

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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Old Highway 99 is shut down for investigation of fatal wreck. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Rochester teenager was killed yesterday when she pulled onto Old Highway 99 and collided with a semi truck in Grand Mound.

It happened about 2:45 p.m. at Sargent Road Southwest, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Kaitlin Darnell, 18, of Rochester, was driving a 2007 Toyota passenger car, according to authorities.

The driver of the red semi tractor is from Rochester as well, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Carla Carter.

The semi had been traveling southbound on Old Highway 99.

Carter said a passenger from the semi was transported to a local hospital with a minor injury.

News brief: Gun, alcohol, plus child leads to arrest in Chehalis

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 40-year-old man was arrested after allegedly firing a gun in a case yesterday evening in which police were asked to check on the well-being of a 4-year-old child at a Chehalis residence.

Nobody was injured by gunfire but officers found the man and a woman were too intoxicated from alcohol to care for the child, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

The 33-year-old Chehalis woman was transported to the hospital for reasons the police department would not disclose. Brian Fink, 40, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Officers called at 6:54 p.m. to the home on the 300 block of Southwest 15th Street learned Fink had discharged a firearm while at the residence, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey.

Bailey said she did not know what if anything was struck, or if it happened indoors or outdoors but said police recovered a casing.

The weapon is believed to be a .45 caliber possibly a Glock, but is currently locked in a safe for which police are seeking a search warrant to open, Bailey said.

The child was released to family members, she said.

Fink was arrested for reckless endangerment and for unlawfully discharging a firearm, Bailey said.

Resident of Centralia duplex arrested following fire there

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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Windsor Avenue in north Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 19-year-old man was arrested for arson last night after a fire that heavily damaged the upstairs unit of a duplex in north Centralia.

Firefighters called just before 9 p.m. to the 1200 block of Windsor Avenue found smoke rising from the roof vents and blackened second-story windows, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

The first-floor unit was occupied at the time but everyone was able to get out safely without injury, according to authorities.

The fire department describes the structure as a house converted to a duplex.

Centralia police say they found Kyle T. Rasmussen Jr. a short distance away waiting for a taxi. He had recently been living in the duplex, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Firefighters extended a hose line to the upper level via an outside staircase to extinguish the fire, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert.

They were assisted by members of the Chehalis Fire Department and were on scene about four hours, according to Weinert.

Centralia police this morning indicate in a brief summary of events they believe Rasmussen  intentionally set the fire. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree arson.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
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TRICKED OUT OF MORE THAN A GRAND

• A 40-year-old Centralia resident visited Chehalis police yesterday to report an incident in which he lost $1,350. He said he was attempting to get a loan and was contacted by someone who said they had deposited money into his account and he just needed to go purchase some gift cards and give them the information so they could collect the money, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “We informed him he was being scammed and about precautions he should take,” Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Bailey said there are no suspects and it didn’t look like police would be able to develop a suspect in the case.

DINE AND DASH

• A pair of diners ate nearly $60 worth of food at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia and left without paying, according to a report made to police about 1:20 a.m. today.

MONEY MISSING

• An individual at the 1300 block of Alexander Street in Centralia reported the theft of $20, according to a report made to police about 3:45 p.m. yesterday.

CAR PROWL

• A female contacted police just after 4 p.m. yesterday to report her purse had been stolen from her vehicle two weeks earlier in a case associated with the 100 block of East Main Street in Centralia.

REPORT OF ASSAULT

• Jaime Santos Apolonio, 26, of Sacramento, was arrested yesterday for fourth-degree assault following a call to police about 10:20 p.m. to the 300 block of Southwest Third Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The arrest was in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred several days earlier, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:15 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Southwest 11th Street to take a report of an alleged third-degree assault. Further details were not readily available.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 62-year-old Centralia resident was reportedly uninjured after driving his vehicle through a closed gate at Centralia College near the 500 block of West Pear Street just before 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, but was arrested for driving under the influence, according to the Centralia Police Department. Mahlon L. Wigginton was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Centralia police were called about 2:30 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of West Main Street where a 14-year-old boy driving a motor vehicle allegedly caused a two-vehicle injury collision. A case will be referred to prosecutors regarding the teen driving without a license, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, malicious mischief, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vandalism, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation … and more among 171 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

News brief: Helicopter rescues injured woman from Pacific Crest Trail

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A hiker who suffered a leg injury on the Pacific Crest Trail southeast of Packwood was rescued last night, with coordination between the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and King County Sheriff’s Office Guardian One rescue helicopter.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said it happened around 5:50 p.m. about three miles from the Walupt Lake Campground and deputies were dispatched after the activation of an emergency beacon on the trail.

Deputies established a landing zone at the campground, worked to direct the aircraft and contacted the female victim’s hiking companion, according to Breen.

Her hiking partner, a 29-year-old man from Klickitat, said the woman was not mobile but they encountered other hikers who had an emergency beacon they could use, according to Breen.

Breen said the helicopter ended up retrieving the 27-year-old Goldendale woman from the trail and flew her into the Packwood airport. She was transported by ambulance to Morton General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, he said.

The sheriff’s office transported the male hiker to be reunited with the victim and helped arrange transportation for the pair, he said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
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Updated at 4:47 p.m.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Multiple household items were stolen from a residence on the 500 block of South Gold Street in Centralia over a period of months while the victim was in the hospital, according to a report made to police about 3:40 p.m. yesterday.

COFFEE STAND BURGLED

• A Vader man reported yesterday morning someone broke a window to his coffee stand and stole a cash drawer at the 100 block of Cowlitz Loop Drive in Toledo. It happened between 7:45 p.m. on Sunday and 6:45 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Missing is $82 cash, according to the sheriff’s office.

BREAK-IN RANDLE

• A deputy was contacted yesterday morning by the owner of property on the 600 block of Skinner Road in Randle who said a neighbor had called him last Wednesday to notify him they had chased a group of people off the property. The owner went to the property and discovered three locks were damaged and a game cam had been stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BURGLARY STORAGE YARD

• A deputy was called yesterday to a storage facility at the 2400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia where someone had cut a hole in a chain link fence and stolen food from a travel trailer parked there. A door handle to a camper was also damaged, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

OCCUPIED VEHICLE PROWLED

• Chehalis police were called by a 68-year-old Rochester woman about 12:45 p.m. yesterday who said she was dozing in her car in the Wal-Mart parking lot waiting for her passenger and someone made off with her purse. She called back a couple hours later to report her credit card had been used at Home Depot, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning that several batteries had been stolen from large equipment at the 1000 block of Long Road over recent months.

• Centralia police were called just after 11 a.m. yesterday to take a report regarding fraudulent use of an EBT card in a case associated with the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue. The victim was referred to the state Department of Social and Health Services, according to the Centralia Police Department.

EXPOSED

• Chehalis police were called to the Lewis County Mall about 11:40 a.m. yesterday by females who said the door to the men’s restroom was open and they saw a male in there touching himself. Sean C. Morgan, 29, of Centralia, was cited for indecent exposure and then released, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 1:15 p.m. yesterday to take a report a garage door had been tagged at the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue.

• A vehicle’s paint was damaged by an egg during an apparent prank at the 2000 block of Ahlers Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 7:40 a.m. yesterday. No suspects have been identified, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LIFE SAVED AT FREEWAY OVERPASS

• A sheriff’s deputy stopped in traffic near Interstate 5 in Chehalis jumped into action when he spotted a woman standing next to the railing on the 13th Street overpass set her belongings down and then climb over the railing yesterday. He exited his car, ran to the female and grabbed her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The deputy asked for a Chehalis officer about 3:45 p.m., as other passersby pulled over and called 911. Arrangements were made for the woman to be transported to the hospital, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 41-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested early yesterday morning with minor injuries after a rollover collision along the Pe Ell-McDonald Road, near Lost Valley Road near Pe Ell. A deputy responding about 2:30 a.m. observed a red car on its top in a ditch with significant damage and contacted Brooks who said she had not been driving the car, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Brooks sustained a laceration to her arm and an abrasion on her eye brow and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 72-year-old Tenino man was arrested after allegedly pulling out onto U.S. Highway 101 in Pacific County in front of a motorcycle, injuring two people yesterday afternoon. Troopers called about 2:55 p.m. to the scene at Baycenter Road about 14 miles south of South Bend report that Peter L. Gregory, 72, of Tenino, was unhurt but he was booked into the Pacific County Jail for driving under the influence. His 2017 Kia Sorento was impounded, according to the Washington State Patrol. The 2015 BMW R12 motorcycle was totaled and its two occupants from Kirkland were injured, according to the state patrol. John M. Vanenkevort and Lisa A. Vanenkevort, both 56 years old, were transported by aid to Willapa Harbor Hospital, according to the investigating trooper.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances … and more among 157 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Meet EMTs, firefighters, police, deputies and the people behind the sirens

Monday, August 14th, 2017
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First Responder’s Day 2016. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – If you plan to attend opening day tomorrow at the Southwest Washington Fair, you’ll find an opportunity to meet many different first responders who serve the public in Lewis County, all in one place.

You’ll find them around the Old Town Firehouse at the northeast corner of the grounds. It’s the area just north of the lawn for the Saloon Stage. Gates open at 10 a.m.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with local emergency responders, will be hosting a First Responder’s Day.

Lewis County Fire District 5 Lt. Laura Hanson said her department is bringing their photo booth.

“The kids love it, they absolutely love it,” Hanson said.

The firehouse has been updated with new things for children, she said.

There will be response vehicles, booths, displays and interactive demonstrations throughout the event, according to the sheriff’s office.

Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza says he hopes community members come out, see them and have fun.

“They will be able to see the equipment, ask questions, and interact with the people and agencies that make Lewis County a safer place to live,” Snaza stated in a press release.

The following agencies plan to be present during the event:

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Centralia, Chehalis, Napavine, Toledo, Morton, and Pe Ell Police Departments, Washington State Patrol, Lewis County Dispatch, American Red Cross – Lewis County Chapter, Search and Rescue with Cascade Dogs, multiple fire districts, Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 14th, 2017
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Updated at 6:02 p.m.

ALLEGATION: SOUTH COUNTY MECHANIC RAMS GIRLFRIEND’S VEHICLE

• A 40-year-old man reportedly upset another man was helping his former girlfriend fix her vehicle allegedly rapidly accelerated in reverse throwing gravel about, then stopped, put his pickup truck in drive and sped forward so fast he spun out as he rammed her vehicle. A Toledo police officer was called about 10 p.m. on Friday to the dispute, according to charging documents which make no mention of where it occurred. David G. Rabbit was booked into the Lewis County Jail and this afternoon a defense attorney said her client who is employed as a mechanic resides with the alleged victim so he was opposed to a no contact order. Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler imposed the no contact order and set bail at $10,000. Rabbit is charged with one count of second-degree malicious mischief as well as hit and run. The woman’s bumper ended up partially dismounted, according to court papers.

ASSAULT

• A 29-year-old inmate at the Lewis County Jail was arrested for custodial assault after allegedly spitting at a corrections deputy as the inmate was being placed into additional restraints on Saturday night. Danielle K. Hutchison allegedly also scratched the forearms of the same corrections deputy causing bleeding, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BURGLARY

• A rural Chehalis woman called 911 after getting phone notification from her residential surveillance system that someone was inside her house, who she recognized as a person who rents space in a shop on the same property. Bradley D. Kelly, 48, of Chehalis, allegedly admitted he went into the home on the 1900 block of Rice Road and took $1.75 in coins, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called after the approximately 7:45 p.m. incident on Saturday arrested Kelly for residential burglary and booked him in to the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

FRAUD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports it is investigating after someone tried to cash a $1,200 check at a bank in Olympia which had been stolen from the 700 block of Koontz Road south of Chehalis. The victim reported last Wednesday the discovery checks had been stolen between July 30 and Aug. 6, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A Chehalis resident reported on Friday a fraudulent withdrawal of $182 from their bank account at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of West Hanson Street about 9:10 a.m. yesterday to take a report white 1992 Honda Accord had been stolen during the night. The four-door passenger car bears a license plate reading AAT 0636, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy responded about 6:25 p.m. on Saturday to the 500 block of state Route 122 in Silver Creek where two teenage boys allegedly took a golf cart, afterward saying they thought it could be rented, although they admitted they didn’t rent it. The cart was returned to its owner and the case is being referred to prosecutors for possible charges of taking a motor vehicle without permission, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They are a 17-year-old from Edgewood and a 14-year-old from Happy Valley, Oregon, according to the sheriff’ office.

DRUGS

• A 22-year-old Onalaska resident walking along the 900 block of Byham Road in Winlock about 2:45 p.m. on Saturday was arrested for an outstanding warrant and then possession of methamphetamine. Jordon N. White was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School on Friday to investigate a report of contraband, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

• When drug detectives contacted a 27-year-old Centralia man on Friday for allegedly previously selling some heroin to an informant, he allegedly confessed there was about an ounce of the drug inside his vehicle, and a smaller amount of meth. His vehicle was searched with a warrant today and Brandon M. Cruzan was charged in Lewis County Superior Court with three felonies and ordered held on $100,000 bail. Charging documents in the case allege Cruzan made the sale sometime since June 1 in Lewis County, and Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello told a judge he expected to file two more charges of delivery. Judge James Lawler said he set the high amount of bail for community safety reasons. Cruzan was charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of heroin with intent to deliver in the case investigated by the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 12:15 p.m. yesterday to a business on the 600 block of Northwest State Avenue following the discovery of spray paint tagging and damage to a door.

EASTERN WASH. WILDFIRE

• Three members of Lewis County Fire District 5 left late Saturday night with a brush truck and a tender to assist with the East Saddle Mountain Fire in Grant County. The fire which began at approximately 3:30 p.m. was estimated at 5,000 acres and growing, threatening crops, infrastructure and homes, according to the Washington state Fire Marshal’s Office.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports the driver of the Nissan Maxima that was totaled on Saturday afternoon when it struck a tree alongside the 3100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence. Alexis J. Barajas, 19, of Centralia, was also arrested for minor in possession/consumption of alcohol, according to the sheriff’s office. Barajas received minor lacerations and abrasions to his head and face, was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, driving without required ignition interlock, failure to transfer vehicle title; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, suspicious circumstances … and more among 130 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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The 3100 block of Harrison Avenue, Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

TREE-HUGGING CAR

• Firefighters were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover accident along the 3100 block of Harrison Avenue at about 12:15 p.m. yesterday where they found a passenger vehicle on its side, between the trees. The lone occupant self-extricated from the car and was transported by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital with minor injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 400 block of South Oak Street about 3:45 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of a scooter as well as the tires off a Honda passenger car.

• A tailgate from a black Ford F-250 pickup was stolen overnight at the 300 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Friday morning.

• Additional victims of mail and package thefts in the 600 block of F Street in Centralia were discovered ton Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department. The juvenile suspects remain in custody from an attempted mail theft the day before, according to police.

OUTDOOR RECREATION

• Two men were cited for drinking in public at the 100 block of Wast Hanson Street in Centralia at 10 o’clock yesterday morning.

VANDALISM

•  A front window of a residence was broken with what appeared to have been a rock at the 100 block of Jalyn Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 11:50 a.m. yesterday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, driving without required ignition interlock; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, visits from fire department to ask residents to douse campfires … and more among 346 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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MISSING CAT, ANGRY COMMENTS LEAD TO ARREST

• A 56-year-old Onalaska man was arrested last night after allegedly making threats he would shoot someone over the disappearance of his cat in a case involving a neighbor and other threats at the 200 block of Vantage Lane in Onalaska. Steven E. Norris, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 1:30 p.m. yesterday about a purse stolen from the 500 block of Harrison Avenue.

• Police were called to a residence on the 1100 block of Long Road just after 10 o’clock yesterday morning about the theft of tools.

• Cash and other items were missing from an apartment at the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:40 a.m. yesterday.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called to a business at the 1700 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue where they learned of phone calls indicating someone was using checks with that business’s information in a scam. The business closed the account and there are no leads to a suspect, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 9:40 a.m. yesterday regarding a car prowl at the 300 block of West Pear Street in Centralia. A wallet was missing from the vehicle which had been locked but had an open sunroof, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 1200 block of Alder Street about 7:45 a.m. yesterday to take a report of a theft. A rotary hammer had been removed from inside a locked tool box attached to the bed of a truck, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, reckless driving, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, motorist seen speeding up to try to hit a dog… and more among 164 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Updated

AUTO THEFT

•  A teal-colored 1995 Honda Civic was reported stolen from the 400 block of West Magnolia Street in Centralia just after 3 a.m. yesterday morning. The car bears a license plate reading AUS 1430, according to the Centralia Police Department. The missing vehicle has a loud muffler, a black hood and black gas cap and the tail lights are blacked out, according to police.

• An individual called Chehalis police about 9:50 a.m. yesterday to report he found his father’s stolen vehicle at 15th Street and Mills Avenue which nobody knew was missing but had been parked there since Monday. The blue Dodge Dakota pickup had been stolen from out in the county, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Police were called to a rehabilitation center at the 1300 block of Alexander Street in Centralia about 12:30 p.m. yesterday where $20 was reported stolen from a resident.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 1:50 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a vehicle prowl at the 2400 block of Borst Avenue in which a backpack containing medication and emergency supplies was taken.

• An individual reported just before 7 p.m. yesterday her cell phone was stolen from her vehicle two days earlier, in a case associated with the 1000 block of Seminary Hill Road. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just after 8 a.m. yesterday to take a report of an overnight vehicle prowl at the 700 block of Northwest Liberty Place. The report indicated more than $5,000 worth of property including an ODM telecommunications tool and fishing gear were taken between 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police report they arrested a 40-year-old Tenino man for possession of methamphetamine after a search subsequent to a traffic stop at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about noon yesterday. Toby J. Herbert was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND THIS HAPPENED

• A person called Chehalis police about noon yesterday to report a female known to him had cut up all his clothes at the 100 block of Northeast Coal Creek Road, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, third-degree theft, minor in possession of alcohol, probation violation, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, dogs alone in parked vehicle … and more among 159 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.