Posts Tagged ‘news reporter’

Indoor carnival to raise money in honor of the Tower children

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
2016.0319.towerkidsbeach20150902

•••

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  For those who would like to help honor the memory of the Tower children who lost their lives last month in a Centralia house fire, a family fun day is set for Sunday.

The proceeds will benefit scholarships for children to go to Camp Cispus.

The event at the Northwest Sports Hub in Centralia runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Attendees will find carnival games, a magician, a balloon artist, a bouncy house, face painting and even a chance to learn to draw comics, said one of the organizers Amanda Berg.

Sue Tower, their mother, is a friend of hers, she said.

“A fun day, to come out and honor the kids,” Berg said.

Benjamin, 12, Madeline, 10, and Samuel Tower, 7, didn’t make it out of their split-level home on Ham Hill Road during a nighttime fire on March 4. Their mother told investigators she woke up in her lower level bedroom to a sound and tried to make it to her children on the top floor but couldn’t.

Ben went to Camp Cispus last year, and as a sixth grader, was very much looking forward to the springtime school trip to the east end center.

“The memories created last a lifetime,” Sue Tower wrote in a post on Facebook. “If parents can’t come up with the money it sometimes falls on the teachers and administrators reaching into their personal funds to help support.

“I know my children would be honored to know that all children – their friends would be able to go with out any financial stress.”

Berg said a silent auction will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m.

The cost for Sunday’s event is $5 per person or $20 for a family of five. Lunch isn’t covered, but will be available.

A dinner fundraiser was previously scheduled for Saturday night, but is being moved to October, according to Berg.

The Northwest Sports Hub is at 701 Allen Way, near Borst Park in Centralia.

A joint investigation into the cause of the blaze is being conducted by the Centralia Police Department and Riverside Fire Authority. No results as to the cause of the fire have been released, nor have the coroner’s findings as to the cause and manner of the three deaths.

For further information on the fun day, check its Facebook page

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

WOMAN CONNED OUT OF $200,000

• A Chehalis resident in her early 70s reported to police yesterday that she was victimized by someone who phoned her to tell her she’d won a large sum of money; the loss in total was $200,000, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The caller told her she had to pay a “coverage cost” to ensure her winnings were delivered, according to police. The individual collected personal information from her and continued to call the woman back over a period of a few months, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The woman came in to the police department to report what happened, but the most police could do was provide her with crime victim information. “Since she had no information we could go off of, we don’t have any way we can do more,” Bailey said. The department’s word of advice for all is, if you’re told you’ve won a prize and you need to pay anything to get it, then it is a scam.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 2:30 a.m. call today for a residential burglary at the 500 block of East Main Street.  A stereo system and speakers were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING CAMERAS

• Police were called about 8:10 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard to take a report of the theft of cameras.

HARASSMENT

• Chehalis police are forwarding a case to the city prosecutor for consideration of a harassment charge connected with a 57-year-old neighbor at the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court. An individual contacted police yesterday afternoon, and was the second alleged victim of the same woman, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The complaint involves gossiping and spreading rumors, according to police.

PROWLING

• Centralia police were called just after 8 p.m. yesterday to the 2900 block of Mount Vista Road where the window on a vehicle was broken out. Just after 1 a.m. today, an officer took a report of a window frame to a vehicle being damaged at the 2700 block of the same road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence; responses for dispute, hit and run, trespassing, barking dog, civil problem, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 161 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Alleged Mossyrock ax assailant held on $50,000 bail

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 61-year-old Mossyrock man arrested for first-degree assault for allegedly breaking through the back door of his house wielding an ax and a screwdriver last week has been charged with second-degree assault and other offenses.

James C. Long had been released from jail a few hours earlier and a court order prohibited him from having contact with his girlfriend at the Naylor Road home. She had friends staying overnight because she feared his return, according to authorities.

2016.0425.james.long8492

James C. Long

Charging papers allege Long assaulted Gerald Core who said he was able to fight Long back out of the house, as Long tried to hit him and stab him with the implements. Core also told a deputy that when Long hopped in a brown pickup to leave, he backed up so fast Core had to jump out the way to avoid being struck.

The truck had been loaded up with household furniture earlier in the day, some of which spilled out onto the road.

When deputies caught up with Long on U.S. Highway 12, early last Friday morning, he told a different version of events.

His arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow in Lewis County Superior Court.

Long was involved in an incident earlier this month, in which he was arrested after an hours-long standoff during which he  allegedly fired multiple rounds out of his house, on Naylor Road, including after deputies arrived. He was charged in Lewis County District Court with fourth-degree assault, reckless endangerment and third-degree malicious mischief, all misdemeanors.

Bail for that case was set at $10,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with his girlfriend.

He was charged on Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and violation of a court order.

His temporary defense attorney told the judge on Monday afternoon he had no felony convictions in his background when bail was addressed. Judge Richard Brosey set his bail at $50,000.

Attorney Joely O’Rourke also said Long had lived in Lewis County for seven years and was currently unemployed.

Charging documents in his new case indicate Long denies assaulting anyone and denied being at the house, but told a deputy he had permission to go to the property to retrieve his belongings.

The documents offer the following information:

Long appeared intoxicated when law enforcement caught up with him about 2:30 a.m. on Friday on U.S. Highway 12 near then Silver Creek Grange.

He told deputies that earlier he had arrived to the bottom of the hill and yelled out to the Naylor Road residents he was there and they were loading up the truck with his property. He contended Core got into the truck, drove it down to him at the bottom of the hill and that Core jumped out and began to attack him with two axes.

Long exhibited “obvious signs” of intoxication.

When the sheriff’s deputy spoke with Core, he noticed fresh marks on his arms that were bleeding and several marks in his sternum and chest area.

The same deputy interviewed Core and his wife Candy Core, who had been staying the night. They said they had been sitting in the living room when they heard what they thought was the brown pickup truck being started up.

They said they looked out the window, saw Long walk by toward the door and Gerald Core went to the back door to intercept him. That’s when Long allegedly broke in, with the three-foot long ax and the screwdriver.

The 53-year-old girlfriend was sleeping during the incident.

Long’s arraignment is set for 8:40 a.m. tomorrow.
•••

For background, read “Sheriff’s Office: Mossyrock man returns home from jail, with ax” from Friday April 22, 2016, here

News brief: Death of Randle resident under investigation

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Sheriff’s detectives are conducting a death investigation involving a woman from Randle today.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning it’s kind of an unusual situation so they are not releasing much information.

Deputies and aid were called to the 100 block of Peters Creek Road North in Randle last night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman was not responsive, CPR was performed and she was transported to Morton General Hospital where she was pronounced dead, Brown said.

“We’re not sure what we have,” Brown said.

The investigation is continuing today and Brown said she hoped to learn more later this afternoon from detectives.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

Updated at 12:58 p.m.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night after he allegedly threatened to bash his 29-year-old roommate with a brick. Officers called just after 8 p.m. to the 800 block of North Pearl Street were told they were out in the yard and after the roommate went inside, Justin M. Dubay picked up a large brick and tried to go in, according to the Centralia Police Department. Dubay was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.

OBSTRUCTION

• A 19-year-old Olympia resident was arrested just after 10 o’clock yesterday morning at the 1000 block of West Main Street for third-degree driving with a suspended license and obstructing a public servant. Ibrahim K. Alibrahim was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING COMPUTER

• Police were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a laptop computer at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia.

PORCH THEFT

• Packages were stolen from a porch at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:50 p.m. yesterday.

BAD BILLS

• A woman brought two $100 bills into the Chehalis Police Department yesterday and said she suspected they were counterfeit, and that she had found them in the parking lot of a retail store. The department confirmed the bills were fake and took them into evidence to be forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police responded about 1:45 a.m. today to the 800 block of North Pearl Street where windows to a residence and a vehicle window were smashed.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Deputies arrested a 59-year-old woman for driving under the influence following an 8:30 p.m. call for a single-vehicle rollover accident near U.S. Highway 12 and Gershick Road in Silver Creek yesterday. Laura M. Stringer, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … 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.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

Updated at 5:50 p.m.

MUGGED IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called at 7:34 p.m. yesterday after a bicyclist reported his wallet was stolen from him in the area of Yew and Mellen streets in Centralia. The 24-year-old local man said he was riding along when out of nowhere, a male wearing a black hoodie punched him the mouth, according to the Centralia Police Department. When the victim fell to the ground, his wallet fell out of his pocket, police said. “The suspect chuckled, picked it up and left,” Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The assailant was described as white, wearing a goatee and being 25 to 30 years old.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 1:35 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a garage on the 800 block of South Pearl Street.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 5:35 p.m. yesterday for a car prowl at the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street. A woman returned to her vehicle she had parked in the lot by the playground and found her rear side window broken, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A phone and a wallet were missing, police said.

• Police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of L Street in Centralia for a vehicle prowl. A purse was taken sometime during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GREEN HILL ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old student-inmate at Green Hill School in Chehalis was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to face charge a of custodial assault for an incident that allegedly occurred on Dec. 31. Cecil R. Pinckney and another inmate were fighting when staff members attempted to pull them apart and Pinckney allegedly struck one of the employees twice on his forehead, according to charging documents. The class C felony holds a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if he should be convicted.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters and police responded to a five-vehicle accident at 8 o’clock this morning at the 1900 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Nobody was seriously injured. Eight potential patients were evaluated at the scene, with only complaints of minor injuries, Riverside Fire Authority reports. It was a chain reaction rear end collision involving two vans, a Jeep, a pickup truck and a car, according to responders. Centralia police are investigating.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, dispute, civil problem, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, request to check on someone sleeping inside a vehicle … and more, among 161 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Prison mail containing ounce of meth draws hazmat in Littlerock

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Updated at 10:49 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters and a hazmat team rushed to Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock yesterday, responding to a white powder scare in the mail room.

Up to 13 people, all employees, were possibly exposed to the unknown material, West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott said.

2016.0426.cedracreek

•••

“One person was directly exposed,” Scott said. “It got all over him as he opened the mail.”

Scott said he asked the Hazmat team from Joint Base Lewis McChord to respond, because they have the ability to do the testing.

It turned out the powder was 75 percent methamphetamine and the rest a cutting agent, Scott said.

Firefighters separated the employee from the other workers, and when they arrived he had already removed his outer clothing, according to Scott.

He didn’t have any complaints, but was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital as a precaution, in part because of the large amount of material that landed on him, he said.

“It was at least an ounce,” he said.

Pamela Moore, administrative assistant to the Cedar Creek superintendent, said the envelope was addressed to a particular inmate. All letters and packages sent to inmates are opened and inspected for prohibited items, she said.

“We have our inside investigators working on it diligently to see what we can discover,” Moore said. “I believe that other agencies will be involved in regard to this because it was sent through the U.S. mail.”

Responders were summoned to the facility at the 12200 block of Bordeaux Road about 2:25 p.m. and were on the scene until about 5:30 p.m.

Cedar Creek shut down visitation for the day, but will resume as normal on Friday.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 25th, 2016
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

Updated at 7:19 p.m.

KNIVES AND NOT KNIVES

• Chehalis police were called just before 8 p.m. on Saturday when an individual witnessed a fight and possible stabbing at the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue. An arriving officer checked the area for blood and found none; spoke to the suspected victim and was told he was not stabbed, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nobody was arrested, according to police.

• Chehalis police called to the 100 block of Southwest Sixth Street at 3:30 p.m. on Friday for what appeared to be a man with a knife chasing a female ended up arresting the man for possession of methamphetamine. An officer spoke with both of them and Adrian J. Gillespie, 43, was cited for prohibited conduct – a violation of the city municipal code – and a search incident to that arrest turned up a pipe that tested positive for drugs, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Gillespie was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

MORE DRUGS

• A 43-year-old Mineral resident contends the small baggie of methamphetamine that fell from his pants when he stood up at the conclusion of the booking process at the jail overnight was not his, but images on security video and a field test led to his arrest. David E. Hall was stopped by a deputy last night in Mineral and arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree driving with a suspended license, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was subsequently arrested for possession of meth, according to the sheriff’s office.

• White powder in the wallet of an arrestee that tested positive for meth led to a second arrest of a 23-year-old Chehalis man on Saturday following a traffic stop on North Fork Road. A deputy called about 12:15 p.m. for a trespassing complaint at the 100 block of Literal Road encountered a vehicle which contained Brian M. Hull and arrested him for allegedly earlier cutting phone lines during an argument with his mother and threatening to puncture all four of her tires, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Hull was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief and then possession of methamphetamine, and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Prosecutors had only enough information to charged him with the drug crime, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told a judge this afternoon. Hull ‘s bail was set at $10,000.

• A 44-year-old Centralia woman was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday for allegedly selling methamphetamine twice to confidential informants in Lewis County last September. Jodi R. Greenwood has no felony convictions in her past and has lived at the same address for the last 15 years, a judge was told this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court during a bail hearing. Charges were filed for two counts of delivery of meth on Dec. 9 and an arrest warrant issued for Greenwood. Her bail was set at $10,000.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A 59-year-old man from Roy called the sheriff’s office yesterday following the discovery his pickup truck was missing from a field in Curtis where he had left it on Friday evening. The Chevrolet Silvarado was taken from the 300 block of Beaver Creek Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It had a black cab guard, an aluminum tool box and a black and white “dog box,” according to the sheriff’s office. Its license plate reads B69566S.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called on Saturday by an individual who was advised by his bank that someone used his bank card at Wal-Mart in Chehalis, attempting a series of four transactions each in the amount of $404.94. Not all the transactions were completed, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim lives in another part of the state, police said.

• Morton police reported today they are investigating a report of bank information getting stolen and being used to pay for satellite television services. The complaint was taken last week, according to the Morton Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police responded to an approximate 5:25 a.m. report of a vehicle prowl today at the 1700 block of West Mellen Street. Someone had rifled through the unlocked vehicle but nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Camping equipment was stolen from a vehicle at the 1200 block of West Pear Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 7:10 p.m. yesterday.

POLICE: MOTORIST GAVE FALSE NAME

• Prosecutors filed a charge today of first-degree criminal impersonation against a 37-year-old Morton man, contending he pretended he was his brother when he got traffic ticket on Feb. 5 in the Morton area. During last week’s warrant sweep when law enforcement went looking for the brother, they learned he lived in another state, but that David W. Willis Jr. 37, had recently been arrested at that address and was currently in the Lewis County Jail, according to charging documents. An officer looked at a booking photo and concluded Willis was the person he stopped. Willis denied any memory of the traffic stop.

ALLEGED SEX OFFENSE

• Carlos D. Linares, 21, was arrested on Friday at the Chehalis Police Department, following an interview, for first-degree child molestation in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred about six months ago, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. The felony charge is not being filed by prosecutors pending further investigation.

GREEN HILL ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old former student-inmate of Green Hill School in Chehalis was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to face two charges of custodial assault for an incident that allegedly occurred on March 13. Devin A. Martin allegedly punched a staff member twice and hit a second staff member in the face after the inmates were told recreation time was over and to line up, according to charging documents. Martin was housed at Green Hill School after an adult conviction while he was a juvenile for first-degree robbery in King County. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD FOLLOW UP

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is forwarding a case involving a wreck early yesterday morning outside of Chehalis for a charge of driving under the influence. Firefighters and deputies responding about 1:15 a.m. on Saturday to the 300 block of Highway 603 found a vehicle had collided with a utility pole and injured its driver. Jennifer L. Ternan, 44, of Chehalis, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where she was admitted, according to the sheriff’s office. A search warrant was issued to obtain some of her blood, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Brown said she didn’t know the extent of Ternan’s injuries, but said she was not booked into jail. The utility pole was destroyed, Brown said, but didn’t indicate the extent of damage to Ternan’s vehicle.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, open container violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespass, civil problem, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor  assault, suspicious circumstances, runaway juvenile, protection order violation, collision on city street, paint scratched on parked vehicle, complaint of construction noise during the night … and more, among 102 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, April 24th, 2016
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 12:25 a.m. today when a resident looked outside and saw two persons with flashlights inside their parked car. The resident yelled at the suspects who fled on foot from the 1000 block of West Walnut Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nothing was taken from the car, according to police.

• Police were called just before 10 a.m. on Friday about a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia. A radar detector was stolen during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police on Friday took a report of an overnight vehicle prowl at the 100 block of South Gold Street.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old motorist stopped for a traffic violation on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia just after 9 p.m. on Friday was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Guy A McAllister, from Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters were called about 1:15 a.m. yesterday to a single-vehicle collision into a utility pole on Highway 603 near Tune Road. They initiated patient care, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, drugs, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, counterfeit $20 bill, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 113 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

WARRANTS, WARRANTS, WARRANTS

• Four felony warrants and 17 misdemeanor warrants were served yesterday during a joint effort by local law enforcement agencies they called “spring cleaning.” They started at 7:30 a.m. and continued until midnight with locating and arresting individuals in the Lewis County area, according to the sheriff’s office. Working the collaborative emphasis were officers with the Centralia Police Department, the Washington State Patrol, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the state Department of Corrections. Sheriff Rob Snaza called it a great team effort.

BIKE SWIPED

• An officer was called to the 1100 block of Caveness Drive in Centralia yesterday afternoon to take a report of the theft of a silver and black Trek 430 mountain bike from a building, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BACKPACK, PURSE STOLEN

• Centralia police were called at 9:35 a.m. yesterday about the  theft of a backpack and purse containing debit cards from the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MEDS

• Police took a report yesterday of medication stolen from the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8’clock yesterday morning regarding a car prowl on the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue.

‘NOT MY DRUGS’

• An officer responded yesterday to an approximately 11 a.m. call to W.F. West High School about a student who allegedly had a small pill bottle of suspected marijuana in her locker. School staff had retrieved the green vegetable material when they searched lockers and the 15-year-old girl said it did not belong to her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case was referred to juvenile prosecutors for charging, according to police.

PEEKABOO, I SEE YOU

• Three people ended up getting arrested after law enforcement went to a residence on the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis about 11 p.m. yesterday looking for 28-year-old Braden K. Burnett who was wanted for a misdemeanor warrant. A deputy was told through a closed window that Burnett wasn’t there, but another deputy saw Burnett  through a back window, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. So deputies got a search warrant, went inside and took Burnett into custody, also for obstructing. Samantha E. Taylor, 20, from Chehalis, also had an outstanding warrant. Scott J. Johnson, 18, of Centralia, didn’t have a warrant, but was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and his case was referred to prosecutors for possible additional charges of rendering criminal assistance, obstructing and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s office. All were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Troopers and firefighters responded about 9:30 a.m. today to a collision in the southbound lanes on Interstate 5 just north of Centralia, where they found a small passenger car with significant rear end damage and a semi truck with damage to its front end. All occupants were evaluated at the scene near milepost 85 and none were injured, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

• Three people were hurt when a woman driving a Jeep Cherokee pulled onto U.S. Highway 12 just west of Mossyrock yesterday and was struck by a Honda Civic already traveling on the highway. Troopers called about 12:15 p.m. determined Patricia J. Manville, 72, of Mossyrock, had been heading north on Birley Road and entered the highway but failed to yield, according to the Washington State Patrol. She was taken to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol. Both vehicles were described as totaled. The driver of the westbound Honda, Jack G. Cain, from Longview, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. His 22-year-old passenger was injured but not hospitalized, according to the patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, allowing an unauthorized person to drive, possession of a dangerous weapon; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, unfounded report, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, individual calling to report she opened the door to a porta-potty and found a naked male inside nodding off  … and more, among 170 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sheriff’s Office: Mossyrock man returns home from jail, with ax

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 52-year-old man escaped serious injury when he intercepted an ax wielding individual at the back door of a Mossyrock area home where he was staying overnight, because the woman who lives there feared her boyfriend who was released from jail earlier in the day.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says James C. Long, 61, broke the door latch and came inside armed with a large ax and a long screwdriver. He allegedly tried to stab and hit the 52-year-old Randle man.

The victim was able to stop him, preventing him access to the rest of the house and the woman, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The victim was able to control the ax and fight Mr Long out,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

Long reportedly jumped in his truck, tried to run the man down then rammed and shoved a parked vehicle out of the way as he fled the scene, according to Brown.

It happened at the 100 block of Naylor Road, southeast of Mossyrock.

Law enforcement conducted a felony stop on westbound U.S. Highway 12 and arrested Long about 2:30 a.m. today for first-degree assault and other offenses.

Chief Brown said the 53-year-old woman who lives there had two friends stay over, as she was concerned Long might show up despite a no-contact order.

Brown didn’t specify what Long had been in jail for, but earlier this month, he was arrested after an hours-long standoff in which he fired multiple rounds out of the house, including after deputies arrived.

That case was being handled in Lewis County District Court.

After the ax incident, Long was also arrested for burglary and violation of the no contact order and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

The 52-year-old man from Randle suffered small cuts and scrapes, and pain, but no medical attention was necessary, Chief Brown said.
•••

For background, read “SWAT team summoned after armed Mossy man tells deputies to come and get him” from Sunday April 3, 2016, here

Victim of stabbing with 10-inch stiletto is ‘100 percent supportive’ of suspect

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
2016.0417.brian.slater.neckwound

Brian Slater took a “selfie” after he got out of the hospital.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 26-year-old woman being held after her boyfriend was stabbed in the neck in Mossyrock returned to court today, but still has not been arraigned.

Grace E. Barker is charged with first-degree assault but concern about her mental stability has interrupted the usual process for defendants.

At a hearing last week in Lewis County Superior Court scheduled for her arraignment, her court appointed lawyer asked instead for a one week postponement.

2016.0414.grace.barkercloseup8467

Grace E. Barker

Centralia attorney Shane O’Rourke told the judge he’d like to wait.

“The competency question is borderline, as far as I can tell in talking with her family,” O’Rourke said.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead didn’t object.

Barker attended the hearing, which is more than she did the first afternoon she was supposed to go before a judge. On April 7, temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said she and others tried to speak with Barker at the jail, but Barker was uncommunicative.

The following day, corrections officers used a restraint chair to bring her into the courtroom. Her bail was set at $500,000.

Barker was arrested on April 6, after law enforcement was called to her boyfriend’s home on Mossyrock Road West.

Prosecutors wrote in court documents that Brian Slater was trying to get her to leave his residence when she picked up a knife, and he armed himself with a knife and when he threw his down thinking she had done the same, she stabbed him in the throat.

He told deputies she had been acting unstable.

Slater, 36, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.

He suffered a punctured and collapsed lung and a “jugular hematoma”.

The Mossyrock man is home now and, he said late last week, in a great deal of pain.

“It’s really a grizzly wound, but it’s all from the doctor that saved my life,” Slater said of his healing scar. “That’s what the doctor had to do to repair the damage.”

The knife, he said, was an approximately 10-inch long stiletto, a collector-type item of his.

He was anxious to hear what happened in court, with the mother of his baby. Slater was especially pleased lawyers and the judge have been talking about sending Barker to a mental hospital.

She doesn’t belong in a jail cell, as far as he’s concerned.

“That doesn’t mean she needs to be let go and go home,” Slater said.

Slater doesn’t make any mentions of feeling anger, just concern that Barker gets help. He’s 100 percent supportive of her, he said.

“She’s an incredibly intelligent person with an unbelievable amount of challenges,” he said. “And she’s dealt with it with grace.”

He’s not sure what day he got home from the hospital, and much about his stay there is fuzzy. He said he recalled one visitor, but learned later as many as eight people had been there, and were told he might not make it.

His sister who lives in California and created a Go-Fund-Me page for her brother says he got release three days after the attack. She created the donation page in hopes of helping Slater replace tools and other valuables that were missing when he returned home. He said he arrived to find his door wide open.

Barker this afternoon went before Judge Richard Brosey for the third time.

O’Rourke told the judge he thought she should be seen by experts from Western State Hospital to determine if she’s competent.

Individuals must be competent enough to understand their court proceedings and must be competent enough to effectively assist their lawyer in their defense.

O’Rourke said he’s not the professional who can decide that, so it’s just prudent to have it done.

“With all the references to behaving in ways that don’t make sense, it makes sense to have her evaluated by Western State,” he said.

The court scheduled a review hearing for May 11.
•••

For background, read “Mossyrock argument: Two knives, one airlifted, other arrested” from Thursday April 7, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

HIDING HANDBAG IN POLICE DEPARTMENT LOBBY LEADS TO ARREST

• A 20-year-old Oakville resident who stashed her purse in a storage cabinet inside the lobby of the Chehalis Police Department while she went to municipal court on the ground floor of the same building yesterday was subsequently arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. An officer retrieved the handbag and made contact with Natasha T. Henderson when she came back to get it, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Inside, the officer found needles and a spoon with brown residue that field-tested positive for heroin, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Henderson  was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 1:40 a.m. today for a burglary to a residence on the 500 block of East Main Street. Taken was a television, clothes and other personal items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT FROM THE WOODS

• A deputy was contacted yesterday by a timber cruiser whose 1995 Honda CR250R dirt bike was stolen from the Forest Service Road 2513 near Randle. The 27-year-old man from Cottage Grove said it disappeared sometime since 4 p.m. on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $1,500.

LICENSE PLATE VANISHES

• A license plate was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the street yesterday morning at the 1300 block of Central Boulevard in Centralia. Police had no suspect information as of this morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

RUNAWAY LOCATED

• A 14-year-old runaway reported missing about two weeks ago tried to flee from officers about 4:30 p.m. yesterday from a residence on the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. He also had a warrant for his arrest, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was caught and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

SOCIABLE RETRIEVER DETAINED BY POLICE

• Chehalis police were called about 9:45 p.m. yesterday after a woman opened her door to let her dog in and a strange dog walked into the house with it. An officer responding to the call at the 100 block of Southeast Washington Avenue was told the woman tied the friendly canine to a bush in the yard and planned to let the animal control officer pick it up this morning, but was called shortly after 2 a.m. for a complaint about a barking dog, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The golden retriever, which had no tags or license but was “of good temperament” was then taken to the city’s kennel, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, shoplifting, forgery, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute,  suicidal person, civil problem, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 159 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:50 a.m. today.