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News brief: Sleepy semi driver okay after spectacular wreck

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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Diesel fuel and sulfuric acid are cleaned up on I-5 near milepost 78 on Thursday. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The driver of the semi truck that wrecked on Interstate 5 in Chehalis yesterday was listed in satisfactory condition this morning.

The Washington State Patrol reports they believe the 44-year-old man from Lakewood fell asleep. His northbound truck crashed through the center barrier and landed on its side beneath the West Street bridge.

The southbound lanes were closed for about eight hours while the wreckage and mess was cleaned up after the approximately 6:30 a.m. collision.

The 2016 International tractor and trailer were totaled.

Tanu V. Teloma was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

His is being charged with negligent driving, according to the state patrol.
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For background, read “News brief: One injured, I-5 closed southbound at Chehalis” from Thursday December 1, 2016 at 8:20 a.m., here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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Updated at 5:38 p.m.

DRIVE-THRU RAGE

• A 65-year-old was woman apologizing after bumping the vehicle ahead of her at the Centralia KFC drive-thru was attacked and knocked down by the other motorist yesterday. Police called to the 600 block of West Main Street at 5:15 p.m. were told the 65-year-old had gotten out of her car to examine the damage to the pickup truck and say she was sorry. The female in truck reportedly got out, confronted her, assaulted her and then drove off, according to the Centralia Police Department. The 65-year-old was transported to the hospital for possible injuries, according to police. The dark-colored Ford 350 pickup had Oregon license plates, police said.

AT HOME RAGE

• A 26-year-old rural Chehalis man who allegedly threatened to shoot a family member yesterday was arrested for felony harassment. A deputy was called about 1:50 p.m. to the 2000 block of Rice Road and booked Maxx Weston into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge and the case will be handled instead in Lewis County District Court.

PORCH THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to the 2300 block of Eureka Avenue where someone had stolen a package from a front porch which had been delivered by the carrier. The individual was able to take the item without being caught on video, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A deputy contacted a pedestrian with a warrant about 4:50 p.m. yesterday walking on the 70 block of Southwest Chehalis Avenue and found he had a glass pipe with suspected meth, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Terry R. Strong, 48, a homeless person, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SURLY AND DRUNK

• A deputy responded about 10 p.m. yesterday to a convenience store and gas station on the 700 block of Leonard Road where an extremely intoxicated and agitated 24-year-old allegedly broke the glass door, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Charles E. Evans III, of Onalaska, was subsequently located and arrested for second-degree malicious mischief and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. The damage is estimated at $1,000.

CHILD PORN ARREST

• A 26-year-old man was arrested after a search warrant was served about 7:30 a.m. yesterday at the 100 block of Paradise Lane in Toledo following the November receipt of information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that suggested he had 147 suspect videos, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chriss Grammount, a Toledo resident, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct as well as dealing in depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the sheriff’s office. Grammount was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with four counts of the first offense. Charging documents allege he used his phone to download videos from Kik and transfer them to a publicly available Dropbox account in which his user name and associated email address were his own first and last names. His bail was set at $5,000 when he was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. He works at Wal-Mart and the judge ordered him not be around children but said he would be allowed to go to work.

CHILD MOLESTATION ARREST

• A 55-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged today with first-degree child molestation after a 9-year-old girl said he made her put her hand down his pants and touch him. The case was reported to the Chehalis Police Department in November when the girl’s mother noticed her child freaked out when she learned Eddie J. Martin was going to be coming to their home, according to charging documents. The girl’s step-sister told the mom what had occurred and the mom thought it must have been about two years ago because she had not seen Martin for a long time, charge papers relate. A forensic interview was conducted last week and the child repeated the story, saying he made her move her hand up and down, according to the allegations. Martin, who has a Winlock address according to court records, went before a Lewis County Superior Court judge this afternoon and his bail was set at $50,000.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A driver was injured and her 3-year-old passenger apparently unhurt when a car crashed into two trees off state Route 508 yesterday and was totaled. The driver, Joella M. Leal, 39, from Mossyrock, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and the transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Washington State Patrol. Trooper called at 1 p.m. to the scene near Cinebar found the Dodge Neon had been traveling eastbound when it left the roadway, vaulted across Johnson Road and hit the trees, according to the state patrol. The wreck is under investigation.

• A deputy pulled over a vehicle which almost hit his patrol car on Interstate 5 near milepost 74 south of Chehalis about 5:50 p.m. yesterday and the driver reportedly said she was falling asleep while driving, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Desiree M. Stockert, 49, from Lacey, was found to be driving with a suspended license and a search that followed turned up suspected methamphetamine in her jacket pocket, according to the sheriff’s office. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of meth, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, harassment, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, runaway returned to parents, collision on city street … and more among 152 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Chehalis woman admits stealing thousands from employer

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 24-year-old former employee of a liquor and wine store at the Twin City Town Center pleaded guilty to stealing more than $20,000 from her workplace and was sentenced to jail.

Amberly M. Morehead, from Chehalis, had never been convicted of a crime before.

“She knows she put herself in a poor position,” her lawyer David Brown told the judge. “She knows she stole and it was wrong.”

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm told the judge the standard sentence, because there was no criminal history, was zero to 90 days in jail. Bohm recommended Morehead be locked up for 45 days.

Brown asked if his client could serve her time on electronic home monitoring.

Judge James Lawler said no, during Wednesday’s hearing in Lewis County Superior Court.

Morehead was charged in September for the thefts that took place between last December and March. She told police she got behind on her bills, took money from work and intended to pay it back but kept getting further behind.

Morehead pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree theft. Lawler sentenced her to 30 days in jail.

Judge Lawler also ordered her to repay restitution of $24,457 to the Chehalis business’s insurance company, $500 to the business and $1,400 in other legal fees.

She was then taken into custody.
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – FROM THE COURTHOUSE” from Tuesday September 20, 2016, here

Lewis County sheriff secures five-figure pay increase

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Board of Commissioners voted to give Sheriff Rob Snaza a raise of more than $18,000 a year.

The move comes after discussing the issue for as long as he’s been on the board, said BOCC Vice Chair Gary Stamper who was elected two years ago.

Snaza was also elected in November 2014.

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Sheriff Rob Snaza

The salaries of Lewis County’s elected officials are set in a process that involves a citizen panel. The panel establishes the pay for the three county commissioners. It makes recommendations about the wages for the other elected officials which the three-member board of county commissioners may adopt.

The process has been in place since 2001.

The last time the panel convened, in early 2014, they suggested raises of five percent for all the positions. Beginning in January of that year, and still today, the annual salary of $75,108 applies to the assessor, auditor, clerk, coroner and treasurer. Coroner Warren McLeod actually only made half that until he switched from half-time to full-time in 2015.

The panel’s recommendations gave the county commissioners a little more ($82,620), the sheriff even more ($90,644), and the prosecutor even more than that ($141,705).

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Commissioner Edna Fund

A resolution to increase the sheriff’s salary was approved unanimously on Monday by Commissioners Stamper, Edna Fund and Bill Schulte. It was one of eight items on the consent agenda, voted on as a bundle.

The stated reason in the resolution indicates the matter would be “depoliticized” if it were taken out of the hands of the salary commission. Instead, beginning Jan. 1, it states, the sheriff shall be paid a salary five percent greater than the undersheriff.

The resolution indicates other reasons for the change: because the sheriff currently earns less than his subordinate and because he earns less than sheriffs of comparable counties in the state.

Undersheriff Wes Rethwill is paid $101,280 a year, with his pay tied to the pay of other commissioned officers at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The deputies wages are set by a collective bargaining agreement – their union contract – with the undersheriff and other command staff’s salaries set at certain percentages higher.

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Commissioner Bill Schulte

On Jan. 1, Undersheriff Rethwill’s annual salary will rise to $103,812. So Sheriff Snaza’s annual salary of $90,644 will grow to $109,000.

Sheriff Snaza says he’s “just thinking of our office and thought it was the right thing to do.”

He put the resolution before the county commissioners in July, and it got tabled because Commissioner Schulte was out on leave, he said.

“This was two years in the making, because I’ve never asked for a raise before,” Snaza said.

Among the reasons for his proposal, he said, are he’s earning less than his undersheriff, less than some other sheriffs who don’t even run jail facilities and he feels the role of sheriff has changed.

“I just felt like the sheriff is just like the CEO of a company and should be paid at a higher rate,” Snaza said.

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Commissioner Gary Stamper

Snaza spoke of how different his job is from other elected Lewis County officials.

He’s in charge of a much larger organization with more than 100 employees, as well as volunteers and then a jail with an average population of 200 inmates.

“You’re responsible 24-7, 365 days a year,” he said. “If we have a flood, it’s not the auditor that gets up at 3 a.m.”

He said he’s not asking the commissioners to put more money into the sheriff’s office budget for his raise. The sheriff’s office will absorb it, he said.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office annual budget of about $14.2 million this year is expected to be about $14.5 million next year.

He said he has mixed feelings about it, feeling he deserves the raise, but thinks some people might not understand it.

“I know the concerns, people are going to say, ‘he’s an elected, he knew what he was getting into’,” he said.

And he pondered aloud, he wished it didn’t take place the same time as the county is considering cutting back on its support to the senior centers.

It’s something the former sheriff contended with, earning less than some of the people working below him as well. When Snaza was a sergeant, sometimes with overtime his paycheck would be bigger than Mansfield’s, he said.

“I used to always tease Steve Mansfield about it,” Snaza said.

Part of Snaza’s thinking includes how fiscally responsible he feels his office has been.

“I think it’s incumbent on every official to ask, what are we doing to save money, and to bring revenue into the county,” he said.

Last year, the sheriff’s office used $684,000 less than they were budgeted for, and turned that money back into the county general fund, he said.

They also bring in money, by renting out jail beds to other agencies.

In 2015, that amounted to a little over $1.5 million in revenue from the jail, he said. “This year, we’re looking at about $2.1 million,” he said.

The local salary commission’s role has not changed otherwise, by the recent resolution.

Its role remains to set the pay for the assessor, auditor, clerk, coroner, treasurer, commissioners and prosecutor.

When the group evaluated salaries in 2014, its philosophy was an elected official in Lewis County should be paid a comparable rate to an individual doing the same job in a similar county.

The only Lewis County elected officials whose pay is not dealt with by the salary commission are the judges in Lewis County District and Superior Courts. They’re fixed by a state commission on salaries.

And as of Monday, the sheriff’s pay is exempt from that group’s influence as well.

The long name for the citizen group is the Lewis County Independent Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials.

The salary commission only convenes when requested by the Lewis County Board of Commissioners, according to Lewis County Human Resource Director Archie Smith.
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2016 LEWIS COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS ANNUAL SALARIES

Assessor: Dianne Dorey: $75,108

Auditor: Larry E. Grove: $75,108

Clerk: Scott Tinney: $75,108

Coroner: Warren McLeod: $75,108

Treasurer: Arny Davis: $75,108

Commissioner: Bill Schulte: $82,620

Commissioner: Edna Fund: $82,620

Commissioner: Gary Stamper: $82,620

Sheriff: Rob Snaza: $90,644

Prosecutor: Jonathan Meyer: $141,705*
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* The Lewis County prosecutor’s pay is tied to the salary commission but also has state influence, and the state pays more than half of it, according to Lewis County Human Resource Director Archie Smith.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
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SMALL ARSON FIRE DOUSED INSIDE SCHOOL

• Investigators are looking into an intentionally set fire at a south Centralia grade school yesterday morning. Nobody was hurt and staff and students had evacuated after a fire alarm, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Crews called at 8:45 a.m. to Washington Elementary School on the 800 block of Field Avenue found smoke coming from the building, located a fire inside the boys bathroom and extinguished it, according to Fire Capt. Terry Ternan. He described the damage as light. Everyone was kept outside until the smoke was removed from the building, Ternan stated. The fire department is working with a police detective one the case.

BACKYARD THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 12:15 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Southeast Adams Avenue about the theft of a Husky air compressor and blue and yellow floor jack stolen from behind a residence. The loss is estimated at $180, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

GARAGE BURGLED

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of Girard Street yesterday morning where an individual reported a chainsaw, framing hammer and socket set were stolen from his garage sometime over the weekend.

LOST AND FOUND

• Cash was found at the 10 block of Northeast Cascade Avenue yesterday and turned in to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 24-year-old Winlock resident was ticketed for driving too fast after his car slid around a corner and struck a building yesterday morning at Northwest Pacific Avenue and Front Street in Chehalis. It appeared there was no major damage to the building, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 16-year-old girl sustained what seemed to be minor injuries after her car rolled several times off of state Route 508 south of Chehalis yesterday evening, according to authorities. Troopers and aid were called just before 6 p.m. to the scene just east of Jackson Highway. The two-door Honda Civic was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. “She was out of the vehicle, had gone to a nearby residence, and the car was up on its side off the road,” Lewis County Fire District 5 Firefighter-EMT Samantha Heldreth said. Hailee A. Wyatt, 16, from Onalaska, had been traveling westbound when her car left the roadway to the right, hit the ditch and then rolled, according to the state patrol. She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 124 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Centralia shooting suspect found in Tumwater

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Updated at 11:18 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The suspect in the Tuesday afternoon shooting outside an apartment complex in Centralia has been picked up on a $1 million arrest warrant.

David Serrano Mosso, 20, was located about 9:30 p.m. at a motel in the Tumwater area, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen stated last night that Serrano Mosso would be booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and drive by shooting.

Authorities say the Centralia resident was a passenger in a white sport utility vehicle that pulled up to a 19-year-old man  at the 3100 block of Ives Road and fired one round from a handgun, grazing the victim’s leg.

Law enforcement officers from numerous agencies were involved in last night’s arrest, including Lewis County’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Team, Homeland Security Investigations and the Tumwater Police Department, according to Breen.

Breen didn’t have all the details, but said he understood an individual who had transported Serrano Mosso and got him a motel room was also arrested

About two hours before Serrano Mosso was arrested, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release stating that anyone helping Serrano Mosso could be charged with the felony of rendering criminal assistance.

Serrano Mosso is expected to be brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court at 4 p.m. today.
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For background, read “Centralia shooting suspect remains at large” from Wednesday November 30, 2016, here

News brief: One injured, I-5 closed southbound at Chehalis

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
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Semi overturns onto I-5 at Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol.

Updated at 9:32 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Southbound Interstate 5 at Chehalis is shut down while crews work to clean up debris and the wreckage of a semi truck this morning.

Trooper Will Finn states the driver is being airlifted.

Responders called to the scene at 6:30 a.m. beneath the West Street overpass found the semi truck laying on its side across the southbound lanes.

It appeared the northbound truck struck the guard rail and then came back onto the roadway and slammed through the center barrier, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

There is lots of oil and diesel on the road, Firefighter Jay Birley said.

Finn said flying debris damaged two other vehicles, one of which sustained a shattered windshield.

There is no estimated time for reopening the highway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Forty feet of center median jersey barrier needs to be replaced, according to WSDOT.

The scene is just north of the Main Street interchange.

Southbound traffic is being detoured onto Chamber of Commerce Way to Louisiana Avenue to state Route 6 returning to I-5, according to WSDOT. Drivers should expect long delays.

WSDOT advises motorists to use an alternate route or delay travel.

Former Centralia College basketball team member, cousin accused in burglary

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A judge set bail with $25,000 signature bonds for the suspects accused of breaking into a Centralia residence while a woman home alone there locked herself in her bedroom.

Reginald D. Ford, 22, and Isaiah M. Kelly, 20, a pair of cousins from Federal Way, are each charged with residential burglary.

Kelly was arrested shortly after the Saturday afternoon incident at the 900 block of West Pear Street.

The three Centralia College basketball team members who reside there, but weren’t home at the time, told police Kelly was on the team with them, until he was released at the start of the school year.

When Ford was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge Ford was requesting a court appointed lawyer. He is unemployed, she said.

Charging documents relate the victim heard someone knock, then pound on the front door and then kick it open. She said she was scared because her boyfriend and their roommates were away and she locked herself into her bedroom.

She said she heard the sounds of someone going through things in the house, but didn’t hear any talking and was on the phone with dispatch when her bedroom door was kicked in.

She yelled, they left, according to court documents.

When police followed up, they learned numerous items were missing from the home including two Xboxes, several games and a Bluetooth speaker, according to the documents. A pair of Nike Air Jordans belonging to one of the residents were found near where police located Kelly.

Ford was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Monday. Arraignments for both suspects are scheduled for Dec. 8.
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For background, read “News brief: Victim startles burglars inside Centralia residence” from Sunday November 27, 2016, here

Rape case: Trial cut short in Lewis County Superior Court

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A judge declared a mistrial yesterday in a rape case in Lewis County Superior Court and it’s not clear if prosecutors will attempt to try again.

A 23-year-old Centralia man was charged late this summer for an incident reported in the spring of 2015 that allegedly occurred a year earlier at a rural Centralia home with a young woman with whom he had somewhat of an intimate relationship.

Jordan T. White was charged with second-degree rape, pleaded not guilty and proceeded to trial. He has been free on an unsecured bond.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke said they were most of the way through their first day yesterday, when the sheriff’s deputy sitting with the deputy prosecutor dropped his pen onto the table, at a particular point during a recording being played for the jury.

O’Rourke said he wondered if it was intentional or not and began watching the deputy, and saw him bow his head and put it into the palm of his hand, in a way a person could potentially perceive to mean, “I can’t believe what I’m hearing.”

Finally, when the deputy gestured to the alleged victim while she was on the stand testifying, O’Rourke made an objection and the jurors were sent out of the room.

“I wondered, is he encouraging her to cry, trying to console her,” he said. “Unfortunately, the jurors were watching.”

It’s common for the investigating law enforcement officer to sit at the prosecutor’s table during criminal trials. Officers of the court are not allowed to comment on the evidence during trial, even non-verbally.

O’Rourke asked Judge Nelson Hunt for a dismissal, for government misconduct, saying he believed the deputy’s actions tainted the jury.

Judge Hunt concluded the defendant had been prejudiced, citing intentional and problematic behavior, O’Rourke said. He declared a mistrial.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm declined to comment today if another trial would be held.

Bohm said the attorneys will go before a judge tomorrow, to set a new date for a trial, but she expects the defense will make a motion to dismiss the case entirely.

The case was investigated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, beginning in April 2015. The alleged victim, 19 years old at the time, said she didn’t report it when it happened out of fear, embarrassment and uncertainty about what would happen, according to charging documents.

She told the deputy she and her friends were drinking Fireball, she was heavily intoxicated and realized the next morning she had been anally penetrated, according to the allegations. White told the deputy the two had a history of fooling around, with oral sex, and on the night in question, what they did was her idea, because she wanted to remain a virgin, the documents state.

A brief hearing is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
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KNIFE VERSUS FIREPLACE POKER

• A verbal altercation last night south of Chehalis escalated when one man pulled a knife from his pocket and moved aggressively toward the other, who retrieved a fireplace poker and struck the first man to keep him away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called about 10 p.m. to the 200 block of Guerrier Road was told the first man threatened to kill the other man, a 44-year-old, according to the sheriff’s office. Corey J. Hickman, 31, was arrested for felony harassment and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

OUTBURST BETWEEN GROWN UPS AT SCHOOL EVENT

• Chehalis police were called about 7:15 p.m. yesterday for an argument between adults that turned physical while at a basketball game at R.E. Bennett Elementary School. It started in the gym and moved to the parking lot, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police were told that there was yelling and then a 36-year-old man pushed a 31-year-old man, while the mother of one of them said she was knocked back when she tried to break it up. Eathon A. Wesen, 36, of Chehalis, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and then released pending a court date, according to police. The disagreement between the men, one of whom was previously married to the other’s wife, was related to kids and yelling at the woman, according to police.

UNWANTED VISITOR

• A 32-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested yesterday after Centralia police were called to the 1600 block of Eshom Road in Centralia at about 12:25 p.m. because he allegedly entered a residence where he was not supposed to be, because of a court order. Damion E. Robbins was arrested for for residential burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUSINESS BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called just before 8:30 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 200 block of South Pearl Street where sometime during the night someone broke in and stole money, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING CAR FOUND

• Centralia police took a report about 1:30 p.m. yesterday that a Toyota Camry was missing from a home on the 200 block of Downing Road where it was being repaired. A suspect was found in the vehicle by Chehalis Tribal Police and was arrested, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 11:45 p.m. yesterday where someone had broken the rear window of a pickup truck and stole keys and cash, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called about 9:35 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of North Iron Street in Centralia following the discovery an unknown person had rummaged through an unlocked vehicle and taken paperwork, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• Someone brought a found purse into the Chehalis Police Department yesterday which turned out to belong to a woman whose vehicle was prowled on Saturday at the 1700 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, runaway juvenile, vandalism, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, parking lot fender bender  … and more among 131 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Centralia shooting suspect remains at large

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
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David Serrano Mosso

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Law enforcement is looking for a 20-year-old Centralia resident, suspected to have shot an acquaintance yesterday at the northwest edge of Centralia.

Authorities say David Serrano Mosso was a passenger in a white sport utility vehicle that pulled up near an apartment complex at the 3100 block of Ives Road, off Harrison Avenue.

Serrano Mosso called out to the 19-year-old male victim, and when he approached, Serrano Mosso fired one round from a handgun, grazing the victim’s leg, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies dispatched at 2:42 p.m. learned the 19-year-old Centralia man drove himself to the hospital, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

“The victim and the suspect are acquaintances and have only known each other for a few months,” Breen stated in a news release.

The vehicle and its driver were located last night, but Serrano Mosso remains at large, according to Breen.

The victim had done some automotive work in the past for Serrano Mosso, according to Breen.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Serrano Mosso is asked to contact the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286, or Lewis County Communications at (360) 740-1105.

A Centralia resident with the same name and also 20 years old was recently convicted in a case in which a 37-year-old Centralia man was beaten inside his car in the parking lot at Providence Centralia Hospital this summer. David Serrano Mosso was initially charged in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree assault but made an Alford plea to second-degree assault and was sentenced the end of September to time served.

He had no criminal convictions prior to that, according to prosecutors.

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For background, read “News brief: Centralia man shot by individual in vehicle, which then flees” from Tuesday November 29, 2016, here

News brief: Chehalis area garage goes up in flames

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A fire investigator is looking into the cause of a blaze that destroyed a large garage and its contents last night in rural Chehalis.

The resident who was home at the 100 block of Sanford Court north of Adna discovered the fire and called 911 about 8:20 p.m., according to Riverside Fire Authority.

An arriving crew found the detached structure fully involved in flames and threatening to spread to the adjacent home, outbuildings and trees, Chief Mike Kytta reports.

They were joined by personnel from Lewis County Fire Districts 6 and 13, and managed to contain it to the building of origin, according to Kytta.

The contents, which included numerous motorcycles and a car, as well as the approximately 30-foot by 36-foot metal-roofed garage are a total loss, according to authorities.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by an investigator from the Chehalis Fire Department.

News brief: Centralia man shot by individual in vehicle, which then flees

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Updated at 6:20 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Sheriff’s deputies were on the scene this afternoon of a shooting at the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, via Twitter, indicated just before 4 p.m. they were trying to locate the suspect.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said preliminary information is the male victim was outside an apartment complex’s office, off Harrison Avenue, when a vehicle pulled up.

“The individual yells out to him, he turns to see what’s going on and a shot or shots are fired,” Breen said.

The male was struck in the leg, the injury is non-life threatening, Breen said.

Breen said the 19-year-old Centralia man at first didn’t realize he was hit.

“It just kind of grazed him and he drove himself to the hospital,” Breen said.

The victim apparently has known the suspect about a month, having done some automotive work for him, Breen said.

Breen confirmed about 6 p.m. it was just one shot, fired from a handgun.

Deputies are chasing down some leads, looking for a person whose identity they know, he said. A white sport utility vehicle is believed to be involved, he said.

 

Judge-elect O’Rourke secures her place in Lewis County history

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The final count in the only contested race for Lewis County Superior Court judge indicates overwhelming support for local lawyer Joely O’Rourke.

O’Rourke won 72 percent of the votes while her opponent gathered only 28 percent. The numbers are rounded to whole votes, though officially include two decimal places to the right of a single vote.

The Nov. 8 vote-by-mail general election in Lewis County is certified today. Turnout was almost 78 percent.

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Joely O’Rourke

While the Chehalis woman will be the first female superior court judge in county history, it’s not something she gave a lot of thought to during the campaign, she said.

“I really wanted to be elected solely on my qualifications,” O’Rourke said. “It’s definitely an honor, for sure.”

The graduate of the University of Washington and Gonzaga University Law School began her professional career as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

In 2009, she started working as a deputy prosecutor in the criminal division at the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

For the past two years, O’Rourke has been in private practice, representing defendants at their first appearance on criminal charges in both Lewis County District Court and Lewis County Superior Court.

She will be sworn in and take the bench on Jan. 9. She will replace Judge Richard Brosey who is retiring after more than 18 years in the position.

Twenty-thousand-seven-hundred-seventy-one voters marked their ballots for O’Rourke, compared with 8,258 who supported rural Chehalis attorney Katherine Gulmert.

In a year that saw more than $51 million in candidate contributions across Washington state, O’Rourke’s campaign raised more than $26,000 and Gulmert’s raised none, according to figures available from the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Gulmert, a former deputy prosecutor who now has a private practice in Chehalis, posted an open letter to her supporters and the community on her campaign website shortly after election day. With less than half the votes counted at that point, Gulmert’s showing was just 30 percent.

She congratulated O’Rourke on her victory.

“It was a well-run and dignified campaign and I hope that she continues to serve Lewis County for many years to come,” Gulmert stated. “I expect that when I appear before her I will see what so many local attorneys and judges already know, that she is fair, unbiased and prepared in every area of the law.”

Adna resident Andrew Toynbee will also be sworn in in January, taking the seat of Judge Nelson Hunt who is retiring too. Toynbee is leaving the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office to return to Lewis County, where he spent 13 years in the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

He ran unopposed and earned 22,654 votes.

The third Lewis County Superior Court judge, James Lawler, was also unchallenged for another four-year term. Lawler was first elected in 2007. He got 23,662 votes.

Lewis County voters submitted 35,786 ballots in this presidential election year. Republican president-elect Donald Trump secured 21,992 votes (64 percent) while the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton got 9,654 (28 percent).

There are 46,094 registered voters in the county, with a population of  roughly 75,000.

The Lewis County Board of Commissioners saw two contested races, with incumbent Edna Fund beating challenger Dan Keahey, 53 percent to 47 percent. Both are Republicans.

Commissioner Bill Schulte is stepping down and will be replaced by Republican Bobby Jackson who won with 56 percent over Independent Bob Bozarth who took 44 percent of the votes.

Lewis County Fire District 3 in Mossyrock saw 63 percent support for its proposal to fund construction of a new fire station with as much as $1.4 million in bonds.

The Napavine-based Lewis County Fire District 5 failed to get at least 60 percent support for an emergency medical services levy. A majority of voters said yes (56 percent), but it wasn’t enough to pass.

See all the final results for Lewis County here
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For background, read:

• “A second Chehalis attorney hoping for outgoing Lewis County judge’s seat” from Tuesday July 26, 2016, here

• “Judge Brosey eyes retirement, Chehalis lawyer to seek election to the court” from Wednesday March 30, 2016, here

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
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CAR CHASE, SHOOTING

• Centralia police are investigating after a report about 10:15 p.m. yesterday of one vehicle chasing another and firing a shot at the fleeing vehicle. A witness who had already called police then reported that the chasing vehicle returned and fired a shot at her. No impact point could be located, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is associated with an address at South Rock and West Cherry Streets. The suspect vehicle is described as a red four-door possibly a later 1990’s Buick or Oldsmobile, with a white male driver in his late 20’s to early 30’s, according to police.

ASSAULT

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 2 a.m. 911 call to the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue where a male victim said he had been assaulted with pepper spray. The incident is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

A DOZEN GUNS STOLEN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a search warrant served at a Rochester residence yesterday turned up 12 firearms stolen the day before from a gun cabinet in a home on the 100 block of Rose Marie Drive in rural Chehalis. The 41-year-old victim suspected a person who had been at the residence earlier and was asking questions about the victim’s belongings, according to the sheriff’s office. Seth E. Lloyd, 29, of Rochester, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for numerous offenses including first-degree burglary and unlawful possession of firearms, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

SECOND SUSPECT PICKED UP

• Police yesterday arrested their second suspect in a break-in from Saturday afternoon in which a woman called 911 from her locked bedroom as someone was kicking in her door. Reginald D. Ford was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday evening for residential burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department. A 20-year-old, Isaiah M. Kelly, was arrested on Saturday after the incident at the 900 block of West Pear Street.

AUTO THEFT

• A green 1991 Mazda pickup was taken sometime in the night from where it was parked at the 1400 block of Logan Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 9 o’clock yesterday morning.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning about a possible vehicle prowl that had occurred previously at the 100 block of Northeast Hampe Way.

DRUGS

•  The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a 35-year-old man was arrested because a small plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine was located as he was being processed into the Lewis County Jail at about 3:30 a.m. today. Ian T. Westenfelder, of Packwood, was being booked for an unrelated reason, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called to the 1300 block of Northwest State Avenue about 7:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a driver and passenger sleeping in a running car. The officer spoke with them and noted a glass pipe and a piece of foil in the lap of 20-year-old Anna M. Folden of Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and then released, according to police.

HIT AND RUN

• Centralia police were called to a business on the 600 block of North Tower Avenue just before noon yesterday after a car struck the building and took off. The suspect Volkswagen Jetta was located within the hour at Wal-Mart in Chehalis and occupied by at least four individuals, but not the suspected driver, according to police. Two of them were arrested on outstanding warrants, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nobody was hurt, but the impact shoved a wall into freezers pushing them forward inside B and D Market, according to its owner David Haladay.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, runaway juvenile, vandalism, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 124 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Car strikes building, moving wall. / Courtesy photo by B and D Market

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DOMESTIC INCIDENT

• A 29-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested after the father of her children arrived home and found her standing in his living room on the 300 block of Southwest Eighth Street in Chehalis on Friday night. The home was reportedly ransacked and she was saying the man and his girlfriend had her children, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Kayleigh S. McDaniel was not supposed to be there because of a recent court order, according to police. McDaniel was allegedly wearing a pair of shoes which belonged to one of the residents. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail for residential burglary. During the same visit by police, a 33-year-old Chehalis man found sleeping in a bunk bed in a shed in the back was arrested for first-degree trespassing, according to police. Michael A. Hilton, was also booked into jail.

ATTEMPTED THEFT

• Chehalis police were called to a business on the 1700 block of North National Avenue about 10 p.m. on Friday following the discovery someone had scaled a fence and stolen a garbage can and several tools such as an ax and shovel. The items, valued at more than $1,800, were located in the Christmas trees, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A red 1992 Toyota pickup truck was reported stolen just before 10:30 a.m. yesterday from the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. It has a license plate reading B9272S, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GARAGE PROWLER

• Centralia police were called just after noon yesterday regarding a bicycle stolen from a garage at the 200 block of Denny Way.

CAR PROWLER

• Chehalis police were called to a business on the 1700 block of North National Avenue about 8:15 p.m. on Saturday after an employee discovered someone had broken their car’s passenger window and taken a purse.

DRUGS

• A 36-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for possession of heroin after contact with police at the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia at about 2:50 p.m. yesterday. Jennifer R. Brown had an outstanding felony warrant and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 33-year-old Bothell resident was arrested for possession of heroin and a warrant following a traffic stop about 9:30 a.m. yesterday on U.S. Highway 12 near Fischer Road near Salkum. Von A. Chase was also driving with a suspended license, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A 30-year-old Oakville man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant following a traffic stop about 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday at the 1300 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Sean A. Penn was also driving with a suspended license, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant,  shoplifting, trespass, third-degree theft, probation violation, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, hit and run, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances … and more among 99 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: WSP investigates fatal hit and run near Grand Mound

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Updated at 6:08 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Washington State Patrol suspects a man whose body was found about 75 feet off of U.S. Highway 12 in Grand Mound yesterday morning had been walking on the shoulder and was hit by a vehicle.

A trooper was dispatched just before 9:15 a.m. after a phone call from a motorist who thought they saw a body, according to the state patrol.

“We got aid to the scene and he was pronounced dead,” Trooper Todd Bartolac said. “He was cold to the touch.”

Bartolac said they don’t know when the man was struck or when he died.

It happened just east of Pecan Street.

The initial investigation suggests the victim had been walking along the eastbound shoulder and was hit by an unknown eastbound vehicle, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Detectives don’t yet know exactly what happened, Bartolac said. He expects the coroner will be conducting an autopsy.

The man is identified as Kenneth J. Rose, a 36-year-old resident of Tenino.

Evidence at the scene indicates the suspect vehicle is a newer, silver GMC or Chevrolet pickup or sport utility vehicle, the state patrol indicates. It would have significant damage to its front and passenger side, including to its side mirror, windshield and bumper, according to the state patrol.

Detectives are seeking witnesses or individuals who may have knowledge of the events leading up to the collision. They can contact detective Jim Meldrum at 253-538-3174 or email at james.meldrum@wsp.wa.gov

News brief: Victim startles burglars inside Centralia residence

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police caught one suspect after a Centralia woman called 911 from her locked bedroom to say people had broken into her home yesterday.

She heard someone banging on the door and wasn’t expecting anyone, so she locked herself in her room, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The knocking stopped and someone kicked in the door, Sgt. Dave Clary said. While she was on the phone with 911, the intruders broke through the interior door where she was, Clary said.

“The burglars were surprised, she yelled or screamed or something,” he said. “They went out the door.”

Officers responded to the approximately 4:20 p.m. call to the 900 block of West Pear Street.

Clary said the two were carrying shoes, like athletic shoes, when he arrived to the scene and they took off running. He said he chased them for about two blocks and then the suspects separated.

One was found hiding and was taken into custody, he said.

A police dog track for the second person was lengthy, but unsuccessful, according to Clary.

Isaiah M. Kelly, 20, of Federal Way, was arrested for residential burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, November 27th, 2016
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Two figures can be seen inside Smokin Js during burglary. / Courtesy image from Centralia Police Department.

GLASS PIPE HEIST

• Someone broke into a Centralia smoke shop after hours last night, making off with what the owner estimates was about $2,000 worth of merchandise. Police called just before 11 p.m. to the 600 block of West Main Street noted the back door was smashed in. Smokin Js owner Jay Fratt said the thieves stole numerous glass water pipes. The burglary was captured by surveillance cameras and police are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department. Fratt believes a pair of males browsing through the store a few hours earlier were actually casing the place. His cameras caught pictures of their faces as well, which he has shared with police. Smokin Js is in a new location, just west of the building it previously occupied.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• When a suspected drunken driver refused to pull over yesterday evening in Centralia, a patrol officer used the side of his vehicle to force the car to the curb, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police say the vehicle had struck a concrete parking stop and dragged it into the yard of a home in the area of the 1500 block of Jensen Avenue. The incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. and the driver was headed toward the heavily-trafficked Harrison Avenue, according to police. Michael L. Lindsey, 58, of Auburn, was then arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, hit and run, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 117 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Saturday, November 26th, 2016
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THREAT ABOUT GUN AT SOLID WASTE CENTER LANDS CUSTOMER IN JAIL

• A 37-year-old man from Portland was jailed yesterday after an altercation with an employee and another customer at the Lewis County Transfer Station in which he allegedly threatened to kill them with a gun because they were white, because they were “killing his people,” according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called to the trash collection center on the 1400 block of South Tower Avenue just before 3:30 p.m. yesterday learned Andrew T. Seaman was told by the employee to back his vehicle off the scale at the entrance because another customer was still parked on it, according to the Centralia Police Department. Other employees responded and the first worker was quite frightened and clearly upset by the man’s words, according to police. Seaman  was arrested for malicious harassment, Sgt. Dave Clary said.

DOMESTIC ATTACK

• Centralia police were called about 9:50 p.m. Thursday for a woman who said her grown niece assaulted her, breaking her nose at the 2500 block of Howard Avenue. The case is being investigate as a second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY

• Police were called just before 2 p.m. Thursday for a break-in to a residence at the 400 block of South Cedar Street. Three Samsung televisions were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 300 block of Linda Lane in Centralia about 10:15 a.m. Thursday to take a report of an attempted burglary. Someone attempted entry through a door panel, but the suspects were frightened off by the victim’s dog barking, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 3200 block of Galvin Road abut 8:35 a.m. Thursday for a vehicle prowl. A window was broken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 50-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when he was picked up on a warrant yesterday around 2 p.m. yesterday at Summa Street and Tower Avenue. Patrick N. Martin was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 17-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana  when contacted in a traffic stop at Washington Avenue and Fourth Streets in Centralia just before 11 p.m. on Thursday. The teenage boy was released to a parent and the case will be forwarded to juvenile prosecutors for charging, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to the 1900 block of Ahlers Avenue where someone had shot out the rear window of a vehicle with a BB gun.

• Centralia police were called about 7:20 a.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Harrison Avenue where a rock had been thrown through the window of a business.

RESIDENTIAL FIRE HELD TO KITCHEN

• A pan of cooking oil that overheated at a Centralia home yesterday ignited and burned a wall and cabinets but was knocked down before firefighters arrived. The crew called about 4 p.m. to the mobile home on the 100 block of Francis Lane confirmed the fire was extinguished and the occupant was uninjured, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, counterfeit bill passed, third-degree theft, third-degree malicious mischief, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street  … and more among 246 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Thursday, November 24th, 2016
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PURSUIT STOPS AT DEAD END

• A 21-year-old Centralia resident who accelerated away from a police officer, made a couple of quick turns and ended up in a cul-de-sac at the end of Pear Street yesterday was arrested, for an outstanding warrant, second-degree driving with a suspended license, possession of heroin and felony eluding, according to the Centralia Police Department. Tavryn L. Lindsey was booked into the Lewis County Jail after the approximately 10:30 a.m. incident, according to police.

UNRULY CUSTOMER

• Police were called about 8:40 a.m. yesterday to a store the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia where a male had allegedly assaulted a clerk when he was asked to leave. The case is being investigated as a fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 1300 block of Lum Road abut 6:10 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl. A window was broken and a purse and shoes were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just after 5 p.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Lum Road in Centralia where someone had broken the window out of a parked car.  It’s unknown if anything was taken., according to the Centralia Police Department.

MINI WARRANT SWEEP

• Centralia police arrested six people wanted for outstanding warrants at the 200 block of South Buckner Street at about 9 p.m. yesterday. Three of them were booked into the Lewis County Jail and three of them were given a court date and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrant, trespassing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 155 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.