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Crime Stoppers: Be on the lookout for Glenoma man’s KGB wristwatch

Friday, April 17th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for help in solving a burglary in which an 83-year-old Glenoma man lost thousands of dollars worth of cash, firearms and presumably irreplaceable belongings including a silver Russian KGB wrist watch.

It was almost two weeks ago, on Sunday April 5, when somebody got into his home through an unsecured door at the 8300 block of U.S. Highway 12 and stole 10 handguns and other valuables, according to the sheriff’s office.

Among the property missing are more than 150 pictures circa 1900s in a mahogany box, as well as an antique stereoscope, according to Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey.

Also taken was $6,500 in cash and two half-karat diamond rings.

The total loss is estimated at more than $14,000.

Lewis County Crime Stoppers is hoping for tips.

If anyone knows anything about the location of the stolen property or who is responsible for taking it, they are asked to please call right away.

Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the clearance of crimes. Anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422 or information may be shared online at www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org

The missing items include:

• Ruger 44 magnum revolver
• Smith and Wesson 22 caliber revolver
• Two High Standard 22 caliber pistols
• Two Iver Johnson 32 caliber revolvers
• Two Argentine 45 caliber pistols
• Savage 32 caliber pistol
• Stevens 22 caliber revolver
• Boker Gaucho hunting knife
• German Linder hunting knife
• Leupold hunting knife
• A German hunting knife
• Croton wrist watch
• Phase-of-the-moon wrist watch
• Wrist watch
• Another $1,500 worth of jewelry
• Two Exakta 35 mm cameras, with a 2.0 lens and a 2.8 lens

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 17th, 2015

FAMILY DISPUTE

• A 35-year-old man was arrested last night for allegedly threatening family members at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue. William J. Coe, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for harassment, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GARAGE BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called about 9 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of South Street about a gas can stolen from a garage.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police took a report yesterday of a car prowl that occurred three weeks earlier at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Medication was reported missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, drugs, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, dispute, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

News brief: I-5 construction area crash sends one to Harborview

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Updated at 9:47 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

One person was airlifted after a collision early this morning between a motorcycle and a Mack truck at a freeway onramp in Centralia.

Firefighters called at 5:20 a.m. to the northbound Harrison Avenue entrance to Interstate 5 found a male on the ground with unspecified injuries.

Riverside Fire Authority reports the Rochester fire department set up a helicopter landing zone at the Scatter Creek Rest Area so the patient could be flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Fire Capt. Erik Olson described the injuries as serious.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a dump truck was turning onto the ramp from a construction site when the motorcycle entering the freeway struck its trailer. Scott R. Bliss, 44, of Rochester was ejected from his 2007 Harley Davidson, according to the state patrol.

Police closed the northbound ramp and a portion of Harrison was also blocked. Trooper Will Finn advised motorists to expect delays.

Wesley G. Snelson, 61, from Galvin, was the driver of the 2004 Mack dump truck and was reportedly unhurt. His rig was not damaged, according to the investigating trooper.

Bliss had been wearing a helmet; his motorcycle was described as totaled and was impounded.

The collision remains under investigation.

The deal: Griel Road residents sentenced to 30 days for growing marijuana

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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Laveta Arnold shares the defense table with her husband James Arnold as the two go before Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Onalaska couple arrested in February after police cleaned out what was described as an elaborate indoor garden with more than 600 marijuana plants at their Griel Road property were each given 30 days in jail yesterday.

James L. Arnold and Laveta L. Arnold told officers they’d been growing personal medicinal marijuana for more than 15 years, but during the past five were selling it for profit, generating approximately $136,000 per year, according to court documents.

Centralia police contended the money financed numerous safari trips to Africa to hunt large trophy animals and paid for various assets which were all seized.

A plea deal was worked out in which a charge of money laundering was dropped. The couple, ages 55 and 52, have no previous criminal history, and have been free on bail since two days after they were jailed.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello said the maximum penalty of five years in prison and the standard sentencing range for their remaining offenses were the same as for felony possession of drugs.

Yesterday morning, in Lewis County Superior Court, the Arnolds pleaded guilty to manufacture of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to to deliver.

The standard range is zero to six months in the county jail. Masiello and defense attorneys made an agreed recommendation to the judge they each serve 30 days.

Their lawyer Keith Hall told the judge the Arnolds understood they needed to take responsibility and wanted to put it behind them.

Judge James Lawler said it was a difficult case, because of the magnitude of it.

He said he’d looked over numerous letters of support, and in doing so, saw how much of a double life they were leading.

“That confirms to me people can project what they want to, while at the same time doing something extraordinarily illegal,” Lawler said.

Four rows of benches on each side of the small courtroom were nearly filled with family and friends during the morning hearing.

The judge explained that his usual method of deciding a sentence is starting at the middle of the range and then looking for reasons to give more time or less time.

“The fact you’ve been involved in the community and done a lot of things is a basis to go down,” he said. “The nature and extent of this is a reason to go up.”

The Arnolds were active in the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue program. She is a master gardner, according to Hall.

Lawler said he would go along with what the lawyers negotiated. Neither of the Arnolds chose to make any statement on their own behalf.

The judge agreed that while Laveta Arnold was taken into custody after the hearing, James Arnold could wait to check into jail on May 12.

Masiello asked for and was granted an order assessing them each $1,900 in various fees, minus a portion based on the plea negotiations.

Lawler reminded them both they’ve lost their right to use, own or possess firearms, as is customary with felony convictions.

“You would be committing another felony,” he said. “The sentence for illegal possession of a firearm is far worse than what you’re facing here today, so don’t mess with that.”

The case began at the end of last year as an investigation into a money laundering operation by the Centralia Police Department’s Anti-Crime Team and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said James Arnold was a vice president of a medical marijuana dispensary in the Olympia area called Urban Medicinals as well as another location in the Tacoma area. The couple owns a business called Alpha Marine Installations based at their Onalaska home.

Centralia police said after the arrests, the case would also be referred to the Internal Revenue Service for investigation of possible tax fraud and to state authorities for business tax evasion.

Besides the plants, when police and deputies served the search warrant, they seized more than 40 pounds of marijuana processed and packaged  for sale with a street value of at least $2,000 per pound; five vehicles including a 1948 Ford hot rod pickup and a 1969 Chevy Corvette; 33 guns included hunting rifles, assault rifles and handguns; and approximately 30 mounted animal heads.

Centralia police said James Arnold admitted to purchasing all or part of the vehicles with the proceeds.

Kent-based lawyer Hall said now that the criminal case is done, he and his partner Bradley G. Barshis will work on the civil forfeiture case being handled by the city of Centralia’s attorney.

“The way that works is they take everything, and you have a right to ask for a hearing to contest it,” he said.

The state medical marijuana law allows for up to 15 plants or 24 ounces for a qualifying patient.

And Initiative 502 passed by voters in November 2012 allows recreational use by adults and set up rules under which those obtaining a state license may cultivate and package cannabis and related products.

Any applicant for a county business license in unincorporated Lewis County however would need to provide approval from the federal government, which still outlaws marijuana. The county has issued no licenses to grow marijuana.
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For background, read “Onalaska illegal marijuana enterprise case headed toward plea deal instead of trial” from Friday April 3, 2015, here

House fire: Potted plants equal dangerous ashtrays

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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Firefighters found the roof burning when they arrived to a house fire on the 100 block of Hideaway Hills Lane on Monday morning. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The fire that destroyed the home of a mother and two teenage children east of Centralia was caused by a cigarette put into a soil-filled planter on the front porch that smoldered for hours, before the planter itself caught fire and began burning the siding near the front door.

Flames crawled up the wall, into the attic and then burned the roof off the 1,900 square-foot house, according to Fire Investigator Derrick Paul.

Paul said he’s seen it at least once before, and has also watched during training, how purchased potting soil products – not just ordinary dirt – will ignite.  Some of the components are flammable, he said.

Members of four fire departments arrived early Monday morning after a barking dog alerted the occupants before their smoke alarms sounded.

Nobody was hurt and Paul said it was his understanding all the pets made it out fine.

The residence, built in 2000, is at the 100 block of Hideaway Hills Lane and owned by TransAlta. The tenants did not have renter’s insurance, according to Paul.

He said crews did a good job of stopping the fire, and some of the contents possibly may be salvageable.
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For background, read “News brief: Fire claims Centralia area home” from Monday April 13, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Updated

PACKWOOD RESIDENT JAILED FOR NAKEDNESS

• A Packwood man who reportedly made a habit of standing nude in his windows with the drapes open as well as walking around outside him home entirely unclothed was arrested yesterday. The sheriff’s office says his residence is directly across the street from the Timberline Resort, at a busy intersection. A deputy was called back on April 8 to the 13,000 block of U.S. Highway 12 when alarmed employees of the motel complained, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the situation was close to a school bus stop as well. Law enforcement made several attempts to contact the subject, who didn’t come to his door or return their phone calls, according to the sheriff’s office. The man, whose full name is simply Vinyasi, was seen driving yesterday, pulled over and arrested for indecent exposure, according to Brown. Vinyasi, 57, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, she said. His vehicle was impounded.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 8 o’clock yesterday morning about a vehicle stolen from the 300 block of South Street. Missing is a maroon-colored Chevrolet Blazer with a license plate reading AJN9306, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STOLEN LANDSCAPING

• Some pulled up a pair of two-foot tall fir trees growing in the front yard of a residence on the 1000 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police last night.

BROKEN GLASS

• Chehalis police were called about 8:40 p.m. yesterday to a home on Southwest Snively Avenue after someone threw a cantaloupe-sized rock through the front window.

• An officer was called about 10:40 p.m. yesterday regarding a rock through a vehicle at South Market Boulevard, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE: POSSIBLE THIRD STRIKE FOR SHOPLIFTING STRUGGLE

• A 27-year-old Centralia woman is facing a third strike – and life in prison – if convicted in what a defense attorney described as basically a “shoplifting gone bad.” Margaret D. Shults was scheduled for arraignment today following charges filed on Monday for a weekend incident in which she allegedly fought with and bit a Safeway employee in Chehalis who detained her for suspected third-degree theft. Police said Shults was seen removing items from a makeup display and concealing them on Saturday night. Chehalis police booked her for first-degree robbery, but prosecutors charged her with second-degree assault, for the injury to the employee’s shoulder. Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said Shults has a 2009 conviction for first-degree robbery and a 2006 conviction for first-degree burglary as well as numerous lesser convictions. Shults was also charged in Lewis County Superior Court with third-degree attempted escape, for pulling out of a police handcuff during the attempt to take her into custody, temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said. Prosecutors further charged her with escape from community custody, an offense usually related to not staying in touch with one’s probation officer after release, O’Rourke said. Shults remains held in the Lewis County Jail on $750,000 bail.

PHONE SCAM ATTEMPTS

• At least 15 people contacted local law enforcement on Tuesday after getting phone calls from someone claiming to be with the Treasury Department, demanding the person send money immediately or they would be arrested or forced to go in front of the magistrate. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said the calls are coming from a phone number that begins with 717 and people should simply hang up immediately. “This is a scam,” the sheriff’s office states. “Do not ever give personal information over the phone.” The sheriff’s office suggests if a person is concerned a call may be legitimate, then they ought to ask for a phone number where they can call the caller back. and do so. Most scammers won’t give information out about themselves or their supposed organization, according to the sheriff’s office.

EMAIL SCAM ATTEMPTS

• Someone is sending out emails purportedly from District Court, indicating a notice to appear for court in Grays Harbor County, according to the sheriff’s office. The messages instruct the recipient to open an attachment, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate. “Grays Harbor District Court does not send email communications to the general public,” Shumate states in a message to the news media. “This type of email is a scam and should be immediately deleted.”  Citizens should be warned not to open the attachment.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs; responses for alarms, dispute, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, tiny bit of toilet paper set on fire in a park restroom … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

KNIFE FIGHT IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 6 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of North Tower Avenue where a fight between two acquaintances led to both brandishing knives. According to police, the disagreement was over money believed to have been stolen and one individual allegedly choked and hit the other. The victim produced a knife for self defense, but the individual now being sought for robbery pulled their own knife, took the victim’s knife and left, according to the Centralia Police Department.

KNIFE INCIDENT IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded to a report about 5:15 p.m. yesterday of a woman cut on the arm with a knife by someone she knows at the 2800 block of Russell Road. The victim wouldn’t cooperate with law enforcement, and further details are not readily available, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUILDING SUPPLIES PILFERED

• Someone stole materials for a new roof off the back porch of a mobile home on the 200 block of Gershick Road in Silver Creek over the weekend. A deputy took a report earlier this week and noted a rust-colored early 2000s Dodge or Chevrolet pickup was seen in the area. Tammy Maxwell said she and her husband were preparing to install the charcoal-colored three-tab architectural-style shingles. At least a half dozen bundles were taken, along with four rolls of tar paper, according to Maxwell. A neighbor said she recalled seeing the truck backed up to the porch, Maxwell said.

VEHICLE PROWLED IN GARAGE

• An officer was called about 11 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Alexander Street in Centralia regarding a possible burglary to a garage in which a vehicle was prowled. The incident remains under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A 36-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief yesterday morning in connection with the 400 block of South Diamond Street. Bridget D. Grey-Gundo was issued a citation and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

• Did you know that under state law, wildfire season begins today? Did you know that already this year, 60 forest fires have been reported on lands protected by the state Department of Natural Resources? “This year, we have ominous predictions for a hot, dry summer,” DNR Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark stated in a news release. “While we work hard to prepare for what could be a challenging season, there are some things property owners can and should do to prepare.” DNR reminds property owners they can reduce risk to their homes by keeping dead vegetation off their roofs and away from buildings. The state agency reminds others Washington’s “summer fire rules” are in effect April 15 through Oct. 15. For further information and details, check Department of Natural Resources.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants,  shoplifting, brass knuckle in pocket during warrant arrest; responses for alarms, dispute, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets … and more.

‘Behind on bills’ says employee accused of writing self extra checks for thousands

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
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Allyson N. Reed goes before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court for a bail hearing.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – When a police officer asked the 33-year-old Chehalis office manager if she had any idea where several thousand dollars of missing funds from her workplace had gone, she said she did not.

When the officer then explained that her boss had showed him copies of checks written by her and cashed by her totaling more than $70,000 over and above her normal paychecks, the mother of two looked at the ground and started to cry.

She said she’d gotten behind on her bills and didn’t realize she’d taken that much money.

So say charging documents in the case of Allyson N. Reed, also known as Allyson N. Fuller.

Reed was charged on Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree theft.

Chehalis police say an officer responded last week to Northwest Heating and Cooling on Southwest Chehalis Avenue regarding the discovery of money missing from the business. Police department spokesperson Linda Bailey said it appeared it occurred over the past five months.

According to charging documents, the company’s owner Wesley Floyd had looked at the accounts after another employee told him he had seen an order for some gift cards and thought it was odd.

Floyd noticed that several checks were issued to Reed, his officer manager, that he didn’t recall writing, some even while he was out of the state, according to documents.

Reed earned about $16 per hour, getting paid once a week, accounting for about 20 of the checks, the documents state, but Floyd found another 147 checks totaling about $72,000, according to the documents.

The Centralia woman was arrested on Friday and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

Charging documents state that before she was taken away, but after she arranged for childcare, she said she wanted to talk with her boss.

Reed told Floyd her parents would pay him back $60,000 to not press charges, the documents state. He said he wouldn’t take their money.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told a judge on Monday afternoon the charges included two aggravating factors: that it was a major economic offense and that she used her position of trust, confidence or fiduciary responsibility to carry out the alleged crime.

The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Meagher in requesting bail noted Reed had 10 convictions in 2006 for false identity and controlled substance violations. Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke argued the offenses were 10 years old and that Reed has resided in Centralia her entire life.

Judge R.W. Buzzard set bail at $10,000.

He was told Reed plans to hire a lawyer. Her arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

Body of Vader boy finally will leave coroner’s office

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
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Casey Henderling and Nikki Warner quickly leave the courtroom after talking with the judge about the cremation of their dead toddler.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It took less than 10 minutes for a judge to help the parents of a toddler whose body has been stored at the county morgue for months to come to agreement today about which funeral home can be called to handle his cremation.

Three-year-old Jasper Henderling-Warner died Oct. 5 from what the coroner calls battered child syndrome and is the victim in an ongoing criminal case involving a couple who had taken him into their Vader home.

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Jasper Henderling-Warner

Jasper’s unmarried parents initially agreed to have the child cremated at Steele Chapel in Longview, and the services have been paid for, according to Lewis County Civil Attorney David Fine. But the mother Nikki Warner changed her mind and told the coroner she wanted him taken care of by a funeral home in Battleground where she would hold the memorial service.

At the end of January, Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod was notified he no longer had to hold Jasper for a possible second autopsy for the criminal case. Two weeks later, after failing to get the parents to agree on the same mortuary, McLeod filed a request in Lewis County Superior Court, asking for a judge to intervene.

Warner and Casey Henderling sat next to each other this afternoon, in front of Judge James Lawler.

Warner told the judge what she wanted, and told him she had custodial rights before her son’s death.

“As I understand it, we’re not talking about the memorial service here, only the cremation,” Lawler said.

“You still agree the ashes are to be divided between you, right?” the judge asked.

Both answered affirmatively.

Lawler told the two parents he was only trying to understand what difference it makes where the cremation takes place.

“I’m not trying to twist your arm,” he said. “Just trying to understand. Make sure you understand.”

Warner agreed they could use the funeral home in Longview.

Coroner McLeod indicated he would phone Steele Chapel within the next 10 minutes and arrange for the child’s body to be picked up.

The Vader couple accused in the death both remain held in the Lewis County Jail.

Danny A. Wing, 26, has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. His wife Brenda Wing, 27, awaits trial. She is charged with homicide by abuse or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter, as either the principal or accomplice.
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For background, read “Toddler’s body still at morgue more than five months after death” from Wednesday March 18, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

SHADY DEAL VICTIMIZES CHEHALIS RESIDENT

• A 54-year-old Chehalis woman contacted police yesterday after she ran into some shifty subjects when she tried to purchase a puppy. She found the animal she wanted online on a site called something like Pet Express and spoke with them on the phone and sent $300 for her new dog, according to the Chehalis Police Department. However, once they got her money, they demanded $2,000 more for quarantine fees and such related to travel and threatened she would be subject to fines for animal cruelty if she abandoned the supposed pup at that point, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. It appeared the company was in Western Washington and had relocated to Arizona, Bailey said. Police did some research and discovered the website was listed as a fraudulent or possibly fraudulent entity, Bailey said. The woman is out the $300 and it’s unlikely the case will be solved, according to police. Bailey said oftentimes, the contact information scammers give is false, so it’s difficult to follow leads. “So, before anybody does purchase (online),” Bailey said. They might want to investigate before sending any funds.”

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called just after 7 a.m. today to a burglary to a business on the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue in which a window was broken out. Officers are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A gun and jewelry were reported stolen from the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia yesterday morning. A suspect has been identified, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN RANDLE

• A deputy took a report last night of a burglary to a Randle residence in which two firearms, a Samsung DVD player and other items were stolen. The break-in at the 700 block of Carr Road happened between last Monday and Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BREAK-IN MORTON

• Morton police reported yesterday they were investigating a situation in which someone kicked in the door to a home on the 500 block of Division Street, a discovery that was made on Friday afternoon. Nothing was taken from the residence, but the damage is approximately $200, according to the Morton Police Department.

SHED BURGLED CENTRALIA

• A red wagon with wood side rails and two bicycles were stolen from a shed on the 100 block of South Diamond Street in Centralia during the night, according to a report made to police yesterday.

AUTO THEFT

• A vehicle stolen in Idaho was recovered by police yesterday afternoon  at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE LEADS TO ARREST

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning deputies arrested a Pe Ell man at his home for unlawful imprisonment on Saturday. According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy responded to the 600 block of East Pe Ell Avenue regarding a family dispute about 10:30 a.m. and Max A. Nacht, 41, answered the door, said his wife was not there and slammed the door shut. The deputy knocked again and the wife, another female and Nacht came out, according to the sheriff’s office. The wife said he had pushed her and wouldn’t let her leave the house, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. An altercation ensued, Nacht wouldn’t obey the deputy’s commands and he was Tased, Brown said. However, the wire on the Taser broke, and Nacht ran back inside the house, she said. Eventually after other deputies arrived, Nacht came out and was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Brown. Prosecutors declined to file a felony charge and Nacht was released from the jail yesterday.

ELK CAUSE COLLISION

• A 72-year-old Packwood driver was injured when he swerved to miss an elk on Forest Service Road 52 yesterday afternoon and ran into several large boulders. It happened around 3:30 p.m. near milepost 17, according to Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Both he and his passenger, a 72-year-old woman from Packwood, were wearing their seat belts, but he was transported to Morton General Hospital with back pain, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, shoplifting, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, hit and run, collision on city street  … and more.

News brief: “Stolen” pup back with owner

Monday, April 13th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chehalis police this morning report the 8-week-old Chihuahua that went missing from the Wal-Mart parking lot last week turned up safe and sound.

2015.0409.chihuahuastolenAn officer called on Wednesday afternoon was told by its owner the puppy fell from his his vehicle while he was setting items inside of it, and when he went to retrieve her, she was nowhere to be found. Witnesses said they saw a man with a backpack pick it up and put it in his jacket.

Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said  this morning the owner was talked to over the weekend and apparently the little dog was found when it came crawling out from under his vehicle’s seat.

Bailey said it wasn’t clear if the one-pound pup had been hiding there the whole time or if perhaps whoever picked it up had put it back in the vehicle while the owner was looking around. She said she also didn’t know how much time passed before the pet was located.
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For background, read “Dognapping outside Wal-Mart” from Thursday April 9, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Updated at 2:56 p.m.

POLICE: EMPLOYEE THEFT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

• The office manager of a Chehalis business was arrested for allegedly stealing approximately $72,000 from her employer over a period of time, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer was called on Friday to Northwest Heating and Cooling on Southwest Chehalis Avenue about the discovery of missing money and subsequently arrested Allyson N. Reed at the workplace, according to police. The 33-year-old Centralia resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree theft, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Bailey said at this point it appears it happened during the past five months.

THOUSANDS DOLLARS STOLEN FROM HOME

• Centralia police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday about a large amount of money being taken from a woman in her 50s from a home on the 800 block of South Silver Street. Police have suspect information and are following up, according to the Centralia Police Department. The amount missing was not revealed by police but Sgt. Stacy Denham said it is more than a “couple thousand” dollars.

GARAGE BREAK-IN

• A cement mixer was stolen from a garage on the 2000 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday. The burglary occurred overnight, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUSINESS BURGLED

• A 36-year-old man who was caught inside a fenced business early yesterday morning allegedly trying to steal unspecified items was arrested for second-degree burglary. Centralia police say Brian L. Yost admitted to stealing from the same victim on the 200 block of Floral Street approximately two months earlier in an incident that was captured on video. Yost was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY AND THEFT PACKWOOD

• Someone broke into a home on the 100 block of Willame Street in Packwood and stole a Toshiba flat screen television, 10 silver dollars and two rings, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. It happened sometime between 3 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy was called Saturday to the 100 block of Alder Street in Packwood after the discovery someone tried to break into a garage and tried to steal a travel trailer. The trailer was still there but had been pulled away from its spot about 250 feet and collided with a pump house, according to  the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A turquoise Ford F150 pickup truck had been seen in the driveway by a neighbor around 10 a.m. on Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.

SHED BURGLED TOLEDO

• A Poulan chainsaw was taken from a shed along the 600 block of Jackson Highway South sometime between  3 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An officer called Saturday to the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis about  possible car prowl learned that nothing appeared to be missing, but then learned of a second prowl in the same area that occurred Thursday night. The victim didn’t report it then, but subsequently got a call from her bank advising her of a suspicious transaction, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

SHOPLIFTING TURNS UGLY

• Police were called to the Safeway store on the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard about 8:10 p.m. on Saturday after a suspected shoplifter allegedly bit an employee on the shoulder during a physical altercation. Margaret D. Shults, 27, of Centralia, had been stopped after she was observed removing items from a makeup display and concealing them, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Shults was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to police.

ASSAULT WITH VEHICLE

• A 19-year-old man was arrested for second-degree assault after he allegedly hit his 26-year-old sister with his vehicle when he was trying to leave a residence on the 100 block of Deerhaven Drive in Winlock over the weekend. Deputies called about 2:20 a.m. yesterday were told the woman had been standing in front of his vehicle and it impacted her several times, according to  the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She sustained cuts and scrapes and said she would seek medical attention, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The suspect, Daniel F. Dixon, 19, of Winlock, was located in Kelso and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Brown said. He is to be released with no criminal charges filed.

BAR FIGHT

• Two people were arrested after a large fight outside a downtown Centralia bar early yesterday morning at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. Officers responding about 12:35 a.m. booked Terry L. Hadley, 28, of Centralia, into the Lewis County Jail for obstructing a public servant, according to the Centralia Police Department. John D. Russo, 27, of Curtis, was booked for possession of a controlled substance and also allegedly involved in misdemeanor assault, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 44-year-old Kelso man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop on Friday evening along the 100 block of Annonen Road in Vader. A deputy found a glass bottle with residue that field tested positive for the drug,  according to  the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Robert D. Hyatt Jr. was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police yesterday morning took reports of windows being broken out of two vehicles, one at the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue and the other at the 600 block of South Pearl Street. They have suspect information in the second incident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two 12-year-old boys were contacted after a 40-year-old Morton resident saw rocks flying outside his home that broke windows in eight of his vehicles last night along the 900 block of state Route 7. A responding deputy was told two kids including one the man recognized were seen running away, according the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being referred to juvenile authorities for possible charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, shoplifting skittles, criminal assistance, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances  … and more.

News brief: Fire claims Centralia area home

Monday, April 13th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters report nobody was hurt but a single family home is a total loss after fire broke out early this morning east of Centralia.

Firefighters called about 4:35 a.m. to the 100 block of Hideaway Hills Lane found the roof burning and the structure well-involved in flames, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

A barking dog alerted the two occupants even before the smoke alarms sounded, according to a news release.

Members of three other departments arrived to help and the blaze was brought under control within about 30 minutes, according to the news release.

The cause is under investigation, Chief Mike Kytta states. Kytta noted several pets were accounted for.

Centralia man charged with stealing dead man’s estate by faking a will

Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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Michael J. Dobbs is led back down to the jail after a bail setting hearing in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police believe a 47-year-old man forged a will making himself the sole heir of a Chehalis man who died, posed as his relative and took over his house, personal property and car.

Michael J. Dobbs, from Centralia, has been under investigation since last September when relatives of Walter Pettit went to Pettit’s home near Chehalis Middle School and  found it had been cleaned out and someone was remodeling it. Pettit was 55 when he passed away in January of last year, according to police.

Dobbs was arrested for theft and forgery but subsequently charged only with possession of methamphetamine, based on a baggie of meth found. At the time, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg said further investigation needed to be conducted regarding the authenticity of the will.

Since then, a Chehalis Police Department detective has gotten Pettit’s purported signature on the document compared with his signature card at his bank by the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, which concluded the signature on the will does not appear to be Pettit’s, according to Eric Eisenberg. The name is also misspelled, according to Eisenberg.

In addition, an individual who supposedly signed as witness, was shown the will and said she recalled signing a document, but not the one she was shown, Eisenberg said.

Dobbs was booked into the Lewis County Jail last week, and went before a judge where his bail was set at $20,000, plus another $20,000 for a bail jumping charge.

According to court documents, he pleaded guilty to the drug possession and was supposed to serve 30 days on electronic home monitoring, but vanished.

Dobbs was described as a full time parent of three children when he appeared in court in September. Court documents show his address on Centralia College Boulevard.

He is charged with first-degree theft, forgery, theft of a motor vehicle and also false statement to transfer title. The charges were filed in Lewis County Superior Court on Feb. 10.

Charging documents allege Dobbs pretended to be Pettit’s son when he transferred the man’s car into his own name, and told a funeral home he was Pettit’s nephew when they released Pettit’s cremated remains to him.

Court documents state that when asked about the dead man’s belongings, Dobbs offered several improbable stories about how they’d been stolen, returned and then stolen again.

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

Court papers indicate Dobbs has state IDs in Oregon and Maryland. He also has prior convictions in California, from the 1990s through 2001 for offenses such as spousal assault, burglary and receiving stolen property.
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For background, read “Centralia man questioned about dead man’s vehicle, home, belongings” from Friday Sept. 19, 2014, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

THREE VEHICLE WRECK

• Two cars were totaled and one driver injured when a motorist from Rochester made an illegal pass on the left shoulder of Interstate 5 yesterday and lost control of his car, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called to the scene about 4 p.m. just north of the Winlock-Toledo interchange concluded Michael P. Thompson, 51, from Rochester, struck the inside concrete barrier before his Saturn collided with a Toyota Sienna and then hit a 2015 Mack semi truck and then traveled back into the center barrier again. All the vehicles were southbound, according to the state patrol. The driver of the Sienna, a 41-year-old woman from Maple Valley, was transported by aid to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the state patrol. The cause of the wreck was under investigation with potential charges pending but a Michael P. Thompson was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday afternoon, for vehicular assault, according to the online jail roster.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 11 a.m. yesterday from the 200 block of West Main Street regarding someone breaking the antennas on 13 new vehicles and also four windows on the building. Later in the day, an officers was called to a rock thrown through a window at the 400 block of North Tower Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for misdemeanor theft … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Updated at 6:13 p.m.

AUTO THEFT

• A white 2013 Hyundai Veloster was reported stolen from the 900 block of Harrison Avenue at about 5 p.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department. The car has a license plate reading AOV6007, according to police.

BOAT THEFT

• A 33-year-old Tacoma man contacted the sheriff’s office last night after he was informed the boat and trailer he’d left parked at a public fishing access in Salkum turned up near Lake Cushman in Mason County, stripped  of its parts. The 2004 14-foot Alumaweld Intruder and its trailer were valued at more than $23,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim said he normally kept it at the Cowlitz Timber Trails Campground, but had been told he had to move it, and it was moved in February parked at the gravel lot near Spencer and Brim roads, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. He had trouble picking it up, but said he thought it would be fine there, Brown said.

CAR PROWL

• An officer was called about 8:45 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of South Diamond Street in Centralia regarding a vehicle prowl. Among the missing items were two quarts of oil, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police yesterday took a report from the 500 block of North Pearl Street about a unauthorized account opened in a person’s name.

VANDALISM

• Centralia yesterday and this morning took reports of windows broken at the 300 block of North Tower Avenue and at the train depot, as well as a motel room on the 1200 block of Alder Street.

DRUGS

• Deputies responding about 5:30 p.m. yesterday to a report of a suspicious person along the 2600 block of Jackson Highway encountered a 29-year-old Olympia man who was stopping traffic trying to get a ride and ended up in two scuffles with him, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. After he was detained the first time, suspected methamphetamine was found and before he was put into a patrol car, they scuffled again, leaving scratch marks on the vehicle’s trunk lid, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Michael W. Robinson was wanted on a warrant from the state Department of Corrections, according to Brown. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for drug possession, and began fighting with staff there as well, she said.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A former Centralia woman charged almost three year ago with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly plunging a knife though her mother’s neck in Rochester has yet to go to trial. Amanda Lee Bassell, who also goes by her given name of Daarud, was 23 when she was arrested in May 2012 and booked into the Thurston County Jail. Her parents had taken her in after her release from prison, just nine days before the attack. Her father at the time described Bassell as suffering from mental problems from previous drug use, and exacerbated by spending almost three years in solitary confinement. Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Craig Juris said yesterday he’s still handling her case. Bassell has already been sent once to Western State Hospital for a 90-day so-called restoration period, according to Juris. And a judge recently signed an order for her to be sent back there one again, he said. “She’s had some issues we’ve had to deal with before we can deal with her criminal issues,” Juris said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault; responses for vandalism, indecent exposure, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets,  jail inmate breaks fire sprinkler head, message left on an answering machine from the “IRS” … and more.

News brief: Centralia picks new police chief

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia has chosen a new chief of police, and he’s from California.

Carl Nielsen comes from the Turlock Police Department in California’s central valley, where he is second in command.

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Carl Nielsen

He was one of five men extensively interviewed in mid-February and introduced to the public following a nationwide recruitment effort.

In a news release today making the announcement, Centralia City Manager Rob Hill asks the public to join the city in welcoming Nielsen, and extending a helping hand during the transition. He starts work here on May 18.

Nielsen previously served eight years as a sergeant at the Tracy Police Department, also in central California, and before that spent 14 years with the San Diego Police Department. He holds bachelor and masters degrees in emergency services administration from California State University, Long Beach.

He has been active with both Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce, according to Hill.

Centralia Police Department Chief Bob Berg is retiring, after 11 years as head of the department with 31 commissioned officers.

Nielsen, 50, said he’s going on eight years at his present department. He and his wife Jan previously purchased a home in Rochester, with an eye toward retiring in this area in the next 10 years.

She trains police dogs and the couple came to know this area through a friend in the same profession who lives in Tenino, he said.

He describes his style as collaboration; not just partnerships, but relationships, he said.

“I discovered early on if you try to do everything yourself, you can isolate yourself,” he said. “And it doesn’t work as well.”

The pay for the police chief in Lewis County’s most populated city was advertised as between about $100,000 and $122,000. Nielsen will be earning $112,656, according to the city.

Three arrested in connection with Chehalis ATM shakedown

Friday, April 10th, 2015
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Andres F. Santiago, in red, appears with a lawyer before a judge for a bail hearing in Lewis County Superior Court.

Updated at 7:09 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 20-year-old Chehalis resident turned himself in yesterday, admitting to police he robbed a woman at the TwinStar Credit Union’s ATM machine two weeks ago.

Andres F. Santiago was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

His arrest came the day after police arrested two younger males who reportedly were waiting in a car behind the bank.

The victim had gone to the 1500 block of South Market Boulevard to deposit a check in the ATM at about 9:15 p.m. on March 26. A male wearing a black bandana over his face approached her and said “empty all your cash,” but when she told him she had none, he demanded her cell phone, which she turned over, according to court documents.

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James M. Rocha

Jean Gillmer was unhurt, according to police, but said the bandit showed her something in his waistband that was either the handle of a gun or a knife, according to authorities.

Earlier this week, Chehalis detective Jason Roberts was able to view security video from both sides of the building that showed what took place.

Detectives were led to their suspects by witnesses who saw a smaller, reddish oxidized car both before and after the event, according to charging documents. One of them who watched the car speed down 16th Street with its lights off took down its license plate numbers, according to the documents.

Police were able to “ping” the stolen cell phone, which helped them as well, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said today.

The license plate led to a residence on Southwest 20th Street, where Roberts spoke with the registered owner and her teenage son on Wednesday, according to authorities. James M. Rocha, 18,  was arrested, according to Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey. Two detectives returned to the home later in the day and arrested a 15-year-old boy, Bailey said.

All are from Chehalis, according to police.

Charging documents state the 15-year-old told detectives he was there, but didn’t do anything. They also relate that Rocha admitted to being the driver of the car.

First-degree robbery is a class A felony, with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Charging documents offer some of the details, as follows:

The owners of Dairy Dan’s, a drive-in restaurant across the street from the credit union, saw a reddish car parked in their lot, and watched it head over to behind the credit union, without its headlights turned on.

Rocha told police Santiago said he needed to go to the bank, to pull out some money to buy his daughter clothes and diapers. He said they stopped at Dairy Dan’s, so Santiago could make  phone call, and Santiago asked him to  drop him at the bank and wait for him.

Rocha said he parked in the back. When Santiago came back, he told them he’d just robbed a girl, and showed the two males a knife he had in a black holster.

When Santiago turned himself in, he told detective Roberts he’d forced Rocha and the 15-year-old to drive him around, and he wanted them released because they didn’t do anything wrong.

He also told the detective he’d had a 9 mm handgun in the rear of his waistband that night.

Santiago was contacted by police yesterday, after they learned he wanted to talk with them, at a Cascade Mental health safe house.

Prosecutor Meagher said he’s not sure if the phone has been found.

The 15-year-old is being held at the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center on a probation violation, and has not yet been charged, according to Meagher.

Rocha, a graduate of W.F. West High School has a job, lives with his mother and has a 1-month-old baby. He has one juvenile felony from four years ago. His bail was set at $75,000 yesterday afternoon.

This afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, defense attorney Joely O’Rourke asked for Santiago’s bail to be set at $25,000 and unsecured.

The unemployed father of a 7-month-old daughter has no felonies in his past, she said.

“He also turned himself in,” O’Rourke said.

She told the judge Santiago had recently gotten himself admitted into inpatient treatment to get help with drug addiction, and was working with Cascade Mental Health to “get back on track.”

Judge James Lawler set his bail at $100,000.

Santiago and Rocha both qualified for court-appointed attorneys. Their arraignments are set for next Thursday.
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For background, read “Shakedown at Chehalis ATM” from Friday March 27, 2015, here

Tenino reserve officer denies intentionally downloading child porn

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Tenino reserve police officer arrested this week for possession of child porn is the same officer who was getting paid for working there, in violation of a city statute that prohibits payment.

Michael C. Boone, 38, Olympia, was arrested by a state patrol task force on Tuesday, at his workplace, according to authorities. He is a community corrections officer with the state Department of Corrections.

A Thurston County Superior Court judge yesterday set bail at $5,000 after finding probable cause for three counts of second-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Boone was ordered not to have any in-person contact with minor children or access the Internet, according to Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Craig Juris who is handling the case.

Tenino Mayor Bret Brodersen revealed last week that one of the reasons he terminated Police Chief Chief John Hutchings a week earlier was he had recently learned Hutchings added a paid reserve police officer, not approved, not budgeted for and in violation of city statute. The reserve officer collected $10,574 over the previous few months, according to the mayor.

Hutchings was hired by Brodersen’s predecessor in the summer of 2012 and was let go on March 25.

A payroll document obtained from the city of Tenino through a public record request shows Boone earned $10,574 from the time he started with the city until his last pay check or pay period ending on March 20.

He earned $17 per hour, and during his last two-week pay period worked 26 hours, according to the document.

Brodersen said on Tuesday in a news release Boone is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the state patrol’s investigation. The case was handled by the state patrol’s Missing and Exploited Childrens Task Force.

In an email, Brodersen indicated he would not answer reporter’s questions about Boone because of the sensitive nature of the situation.

The mayor hasn’t yet been able to answer when Boone was hired as a reserve officer.

In his March 30 news release discussing reasons for firing the police chief, Brodersen noted the paid assignments to the un-named reserve officer were stopped effective immediately on March 20, and that staff involved in the addition to the payroll had received disciplinary actions and processes were established to prevent it from happening again.

Boone, a married father of two, denied intentionally receiving child porn on his computer, according to the declaration of prosecutor supporting probable cause document filed in Thurston County Superior Court.

The declaration states detectives found three images in a file on his Toshiba laptop when they got a search warrant to seize the computer at Boone’s Olympia home on Tuesday. These were same three images initially reported by Microsoft – as having been noted in Boone’s cloud-type storage – to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to the declaration.

According to the declaration, Boone told detectives he viewed adult pornography, and joined Internet groups that traded images and discussed sexual fetishes. He stated he would provide his email address to others to receive pornographic images, and on occasion he opened files that were of girls under 18 and would delete them, according to the declaration.

He was asked if he ever reported the sexually explicit images of children to police or to the Internet site and said no, he probably should have, but didn’t want people to know he viewed porn, the declaration states.

According to the declaration, and to Sgt. James Mjor of the state patrol’s MECTF, security officers at Microsoft noticed the electronic signature of well-known and frequently-traded images of child pornography on Boone’s Microsoft SkyDrive account. They  turned the information over to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who reported it on Dec. 19 to the Olympia Police Department.

And, an Olympia detective began investigating the IP address which led to a Comcast cable account registered to Boone’s wife on March 17. Once the detective learned Boone lived at the same address, the Olympia Police Department referred the case to the state patrol task force, because Olympia police have a working relationship with Boone, as a community corrections officer and an Tenino reserve officer.

The state patrol’s MECTF got the case on Friday.

Prosecutor Juris said he has until 5 p.m. tomorrow to file formal charges.
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For background, read “Microsoft tip leads to child porn arrest of Tenino officer, prison system employee” from Tuesday April 7, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
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A blue 2005 Dodge Neon rear ended another vehicle and then was hit from behind by a third vehicle. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol.

CENTRALIA RESIDENT DIES IN SEATTLE COLLISION

• A 23-year-old Centralia woman, Andrea Dickey, was killed last night in a multiple vehicle wreck in Seattle that led to the arrest of two drivers for vehicular homicide, and is believed to have been sparked by road rage, according to The Associated Press and Kirotv.com. Troopers responding about 10:35 p.m. to the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the Boeing Access Road report the passenger of a blue Neon was dead at the scene. The Neon and a Chevrolet HHR were involved in a serious of events that led to the driver of the HHR suddenly applying his brakes, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver of the Neon was unable to stop and struck the rear of the HHR, the state patrol reports. A third vehicle, an Infiniti G35, struck the rear of the Neon, according to the state patrol. The drivers of the Neon and the HHR were taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and troopers suspect both were impaired by alcohol, according to the patrol. The Seattle Times reports the 21-year-old male driver of the Neon and the 30-year-old male driver of the SUV were both arrested for vehicular homicide and warrants obtained for blood alcohol.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 9:25 a.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at Marsh and Chestnut streets. A cell phone was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 15-year-old girl was arrested late yesterday afternoon for misdemeanor possession of marijuana at the 2800 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia. The teen was issued her citation and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: DRIVE SAFE PLEASE

• Centralia police are strongly encouraging voluntary compliance with traffic laws, noting that distracted driving  puts motorists and others at risk of injury or death. The message to the public comes as the Centralia Police Department earlier this week announced emphasis patrol have begun and will continue throughout the summer. “The reason for this emphasis is to slow drivers down and to keep them aware of their driving habits and surroundings,” Sgt. Stacy Denham writes. Officers will focus not only on texting or using cell phones while driving, but also on speed, seat belt use, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and driving under the influence, according to Denham.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, suspicious person, parking lot hit and run, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault, collisions on city streets … and more.

Dognapping outside Wal-Mart

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
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Eight-week-old Chihuahua snatched from Wal-Mart parking lot on Wednesday afternoon.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police are hoping someone with information about a stranger who grabbed a one-pound Chihuahua puppy in the Wal-Mart parking lot yesterday will give them a call.

The owner said he was setting items in his truck, when the 8-week old female fell out and when he went to retrieve her, she was nowhere to be found.

“Witnesses said they saw a male pick it up, place it in his coat, and take off,” Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

The owner – a 66-year-old Cinebar man – described his pet as an Apple Head Chihuahua, black and gray, brindle in color, according to police. She also has a white triangle on her chest, Bailey said.

Officers called about 2:20 p.m. to the 1600 block of Louisiana Avenue searched the area and were unable to locate the pup or the suspect, according to Bailey.

The male who took the dog was described by witnesses only as a white male, with a backpack, she said.

“We’re looking for anyone who may have seen the person who picked up the puppy,” Bailey said. “So we can reunite the puppy with its owner.”

The Chehalis Police Department can be reached at 360-748-8605.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

CAR OWNER ENCOUNTERS PROWLER IN ALLEY

• Chehalis police were called about 10 p.m. yesterday when a woman went to retrieve something from her car and discovered a man in the driver’s seat. The subject pushed her away and fled,  according to the Chehalis Police Department. Missing from the vehicle which had been parked in an alley off the 400 block of Southeast Washington Avenue was $200, according to police. Officers, with the help of a K-9 track, ended up finding their suspect hiding in a garage on the 500 block of South Market Boulevard, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Timothy M. Arms was booked into the Lewis County Jail for robbery.

OLD GROWTH LUMBER STOLEN

• Someone stole an estimated $2,000 worth of old growth fir split rails from a business on the 4600 block of Jackson Highway outside Winlock, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. The owner told a deputy the theft took place sometime during the past two months, according to the sheriff’s office. About 100 of them are missing, according to the sheriff’s office.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• An individual yesterday reported to police that someone broke into their shed on the 800 block of Folsom Street in Chehalis in February. Taken were lawn tools, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SCUFFLE AT WAL-MART

• A 33-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested at Wal-Mart yesterday evening after allegedly hiding merchandise on his person, including women’s panties, men’s briefs, batteries and playing cards. Jesse J. Wheeler reportedly resisted arrest and was taken to be checked out for knee pain and then booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Wheeler was booked for burglary instead of shoplifting because he had previously been “trespassed” from the retail store, police said. Police are also asking prosecutors to evaluate the case for a charge of resisting arrest and possession of a dangerous weapon, brass knuckles, according to a department spokesperson. The value of the items was $387, according to police.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 43-year-old man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly broke his girlfriend’s front tooth and split her lip when he struck her with a coffee mug. A deputy called to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital around 3 a.m. yesterday learned she had grabbed a coffee cup from a night stand to defend herself when he started hitting her because she’d asked about another woman’s name on his cell phone, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim needed stitches for her lip, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Deputies later located Melvin A. Kimbrel at his home west of Centralia and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for for second-degree assault, Brown said.

DRIVER FLEES TRAFFIC STOP

• A 29-year-old Chehalis man was arrested after he allegedly was pulled over by a police officer in Centralia, and then took off after the officer got out their car yesterday afternoon. It happened around 1:20 p.m. in the area of North Gold Street and Ham Hill Road, according to the Centralia Police Department. The officer didn’t pursue the vehicle, but tracked down the suspect later at a residence on Marion Street, according to police. David B. Beatty was booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempting to elude, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation; responses for alarm, disputes, runaway child, customer using a “bad” check, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault at juvenile detention center, collisions on city streets … and more.