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State patrol: Pe Ell man lost control of his truck, leading to deadly crash

Saturday, February 6th, 2016
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The light blue Mazda pickup and yellow Jeep rest on state Route 6 near Adna. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The cause of the collision on state Route 6 yesterday remains under investigation but the Washington State Patrol reports the pickup truck carrying two individuals who died was T-boned in its passenger side by the Jeep Wrangler.

Both vehicles had been traveling in opposite directions, about two miles west of Chehalis, according to the state patrol.

Firefighters from Chehalis and Lewis County Fire District 6 responding to the approximately 4:50 p.m. call near Highway 603 found the man and woman deceased and the driver – and sole occupant – of the Jeep in serious condition, according to authorities.

Glennon G. Stinson, 69, from Rochester, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.

The state patrol identifies the driver of the 1989 Mazda B2200 pickup as Joseph A. Schwartz, 23, of Pe Ell. His passenger was Katharina M. McKenna, 27, from Chehalis.

The investigating trooper describes the incident as Schwartz traveling eastbound and for whatever reason, he lost control of his truck and slid across the centerline into the westbound lane. The front of the westbound Jeep struck the passenger side of his truck, according to the state patrol.

The roadway was closed for nearly four hours, according to Trooper Will Finn.

All three individuals had been wearing seat belts, according to the state patrol.

It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved, according to the initial information. No charges are expected.

Both vehicles were totaled, towed and impounded.

Live military mortar removed from under Pe Ell chicken coop

Friday, February 5th, 2016
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This might look a little bit like an ugly fishing lure, but it’s almost two feet long. / Courtesy photo by Pe Ell Marshals Office

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad was called to Pe Ell yesterday evening after a large military mortar was found under a chicken coop.

“The homeowner was putting in a fence, dug in close to the chicken coop and noticed something hard and tapped it a couple times,” Pe Ell Marshal Mike Hartnett said.

It turns out the nearly two-foot-long object was live, he said.

“It’s firing mechanism was intact and its safety pin was gone,” Hartnett said. “One abrupt bump on the nose of that, could have set it off.”

The marshal said he understood it would have a “kill radius” of up to 50 meters.

One meter is a little longer than three feet.

Hartnett said two of his deputy marshals were on duty, and they evacuated a couple residents and blocked off the area. It was in the backyard of a residence on East Pe Ell Avenue, near the edge of the city limits, he said.

It was about 5:45 p.m. and the bomb squad came out and ended up putting it in their bomb trailer and hauling it back to Shelton to dispose of it, he said.

Hartnett said he was told it was an 82 mm mortar.

“Probably an old Vietnam-era mortar, is our best guess,” he said.

How it got a backyard in Pe Ell, they don’t know. It’s an older home, that’s had a few owners, he said.

“Either somebody brought home a souvenir, even off a military firing range and thought it was a dud,” he said. “Maybe someone didn’t want it anymore and poked it under the chicken coop.”

Breaking news: Two dead, one injured on state Route 6

Friday, February 5th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  State Route 6 west of Chehalis is closed in both directions as troopers investigate a double-fatality collision.

Firefighters called at 4:50 p.m. to the scene at Highway 603 immediately confirmed the deaths of two occupants and found one patient in serious condition, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

District spokesperson DJ Hammer indicates that person was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.

The initial reports of the two-vehicle accident suggested it may have been head-on or it may have been a T-bone incident, according to Hammer.

The Washington State Patrol is on the scene conducting its investigation.

State Route 6 is expected to remain shut down for the next few hours.

Further details were not readily available. More information will be reported when available.

News brief: Man’s body found on South Lewis County road

Friday, February 5th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says a body was found lying on Mandy Road by a passing motorist last night.

Detectives responded to the report about 8 p.m. from the area near Interstate 5 west of Toledo, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The investigation, thus far, leads detectives to believe a man had been walking southbound on I-5 and possibly jumped or fell from the overpass onto the roadway below,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this afternoon.

Brown indicated there is no evidence of foul play, at this time.

Witnesses described seeing a man walking across the freeway bridge above Mandy Road, acting erratic and animated, shortly before the body was discovered, according to Brown.

An autopsy is scheduled for next week. The Lewis County Coroner’s Office will release identification information once next of kin has been notified.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, February 5th, 2016
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INVESTIGATION AT CHEHALIS SCHOOL ONGOING

• Police were called to W.F. West High School yesterday in reference to a “bottle being ignited” inside the school, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer is continuing the investigation and no further details were available this morning, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 1300 block of Alexander Street about 9:20 p.m. yesterday to take a report that checks had been stolen.

• An individual was arrested yesterday morning in connection with the truck taken for a test drive the day before and never returned to a car dealer on the 200 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. It was spotted by an off-duty officer in Grand Mound and Joseph T. Light, 54, from Rainier, was taken into custody by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• A found wedding-style ring was turned in to the Chehalis Police Department yesterday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 23-year-old Winlock woman was hospitalized after she failed to negotiate a left turn at the 100 block of Larmon Road, drove off the roadway and wedged her truck in between some trees last night. Deputies called about 11:10 p.m. concluded she was traveling faster than she should have been and that her pickup truck was totaled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She sustained scrapes from broken glass, according to the sheriff’s office, and will be mailed an infraction for speeds too fast for conditions.

• A motorist was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital after his car left the roadway and sheared off a utility pole at its base this morning in north Centralia. Firefighters called about 9 a.m. to the 1300 block of North Pearl Street report the approximately 25-year-old man had gotten himself out of his vehicle before they arrived and appeared to have suffered only minor injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, out-of-control child, possibly fraudulent check, collision on city street … and more.

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North Pearl Street / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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Updated at 11:29 a.m.

AUTO THEFT

• A red 2007 Ford Mustang disappeared from where it had been left a Schaeffer Park in Centralia, according to a report made about 10 a.m. yesterday to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Its owner, a Bucoda resident, said he parked the car there off the 800 block of state Route 507 about 5 p.m. on Tuesday and when he returned on Wednesday morning to pick it up, it was gone, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Centralia police were called about 1:10 p.m. yesterday to a car dealer on the 200 block of South Tower Avenue to take a report that a potential customer who took a truck for a test drive never returned. The vehicle is described as a green 1989 GMC 1500 pickup and has a Washington state dealers’ license reading 3909G, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspect is identified as Joseph T. Little, 54, according to police.

MISSING MEDS

• Centralia police were called about 7:35 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Main Street to take a report of prescription medications stolen from the home.

SHOPLIFT OF INFANT FOOD

• Chehalis police were called about 8:10 p.m. yesterday to Safeway on South Market Boulevard where two females were reported to have stole a shopping cart-full of baby formula. An officer was told they got into a green car and fled, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

• An officer was called to a residence on the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia yesterday morning, following a report from Centralia City Light that a meter had been tampered with

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police gave up trying to catch a car that fled an attempted traffic stop around 7:15 a.m. yesterday, for safety reasons, according to the Centralia Police Department. The incident associated with the 100 block of West Maple Street involved a minor traffic violation and a 2002 Dodge Neon, according to police. The car made several turns on various roads in an effort to lose the pursuing officer. Officers have its license plate numbers and continue to investigate, police indicate.

UPDATE TO UNFOUNDED STABBING REPORT

• Chehalis police this morning said they don’t know why a 28-year-old woman called for help yesterday morning, saying she had been stabbed. She went to a neighbor’s for help, at the apartments at the  300 block of Southwest Third Street and officers looked for a time for a supposed suspect who they were told had fled. At the hospital, she was found to have no injury, police said. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said this morning he couldn’t say for sure if she lied, had a medical event or maybe even just a nightmare.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, third-degree domestic malicious mischief, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

Centralia grade school threatened

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Fords Prairie Elementary School in Centralia went into a modified lockdown after receiving a threatening phone call this afternoon.

School district spokesperson Ed Petersen said police are at the building on Harrison and Reynolds avenues.

Petersen said the call came into the school at 1:35 p.m. and he didn’t know exactly what was said, but described it as “kind of a robo-voice threat.”

The plan is for students to be released as usual and after school programs will go on as planned, Petersen said.

Petersen described the lock down as more of lock out.

Centralia Police Department spokesperson detective Patty Finch said officers, including with help from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol, covered each school in Centralia this afternoon until students’ dismissal time.

“We’re attempting, still attempting, to trace the phone call,” Finch said at about 3:15 p.m.

Police have the number the call came from and the cell phone company involved is assisting them, she said.

“They said it possibly was a computer-generated call,” she said.

It was described as a male voice who said he had a gun, was on his way to the school and was going to shoot people and then shoot himself, according to police.

Students at all the schools by now have been released, without incident, according to Finch.

An increased police presence can be expected in the area around the school for the next day or two.

 

Salkum man charged with rape, kidnapping

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors yesterday charged 25-year-old Joel L. Kaech with multiple felonies in connection with weekend incidents involving alleged sexual assaults of a Longview woman.

The Salkum man was arrested on Sunday, brought before a judge on Monday and then made another court appearance yesterday afternoon.

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Joel L. Kaech

Kaech is charged with two counts of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree kidnapping and one count of felony harassment. Harassment has a maximum penalty of five years, but the other offenses carry a possible life sentence.

The 32-year-old woman spoke with police on Saturday night near the Goodwill store in Centralia, saying she had run away from Kaech at the skate park across the street.

She spoke of she and a mutual friend being picked up by Kaech in Longview, and Kaech kicking the friend out of the car and then an unspecified period of time in which the two drove to several places in Lewis County.

Charging documents describe the events as occurring on or about and between Friday and Saturday.

On Monday afternoon, a Lewis County Superior Court judge ordered the defendant held in the Lewis County Jail and continued his preliminary appearance one day while prosecutors made a charging decision.

Kaech mouthed off the to the judge, and was held in contempt Monday afternoon. Judge James Lawler ordered a no-bail hold and gave Kaech 60 days lock up as a penalty for his behavior.

Yesterday afternoon at the start of his hearing Kaech apologized to the judge for his attitude the day before.

Lawler thanked him, told him he had been way out of line, and then decided to reduce the contempt time to 10 days.

Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said Kaech is unemployed and she believed he qualified for a court appointed lawyer. Chris Baum was set to represent him.

Lewis County Prosecutor Sheila Weirth requested and was granted a sexual assault protection order for the alleged victim

Kaech is being held on $500,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow.
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For background, read “Rape investigation: Salkum man held with no bail, no charges” from Monday February 1, 2016, here

News brief: Police investigating stabbing report from uninjured victim

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Chehalis police can’t explain it yet, but the stabbing victim this morning was found to have no stab wound.

Officers were called just before 7 a.m. to a report of a stabbing at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street. They were told a suspect had fled, according to the Chehalis Police Department

The area was searched with assistance from the Centralia Police Department, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and included a track by a police dog. No suspect was located.

The 28-year-old Chehalis woman was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where it was determined she did not have any injuries, according to police department spokesperson Linda Bailey.

Bailey said police are no longer looking for a suspect, at this point. But they are investigating the incident, she said.

Bailey said she had no further information to release at this time and could not speculate as to what did or did not occur.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
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FOUR-THOUSAND-DOLLAR TOOL SNATCHED IN CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called at 1:18 p.m. yesterday to an automotive business regarding a theft from a customer’s car. The business at the 1000 block of Northwest Avenue had parked the unlocked vehicle on the street and when they went to bring it in, discovered their diagnostic machine had vanished, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The approximately $4,000 item is black and red with a 7-inch touch screen, according to police. The brand is Snap-on and it’s a Solus Ultra vehicle diagnostic machine, according to police.

GARDENING EQUIPMENT STOLEN

• Centralia police were called about 6:50 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of South Gold Street where someone had taken a lawn mower and a weed eater from a shed.

TRESPASSING

• A 25-year-old woman found by the property owner in a vacant Centralia residence yesterday was arrested for trespassing. Police, called about 7:35 p.m. to the 500 block of South Pearl Street, say Shiela K. Brennan, described as transient, had forced her way inside and was staying there. She was issued a citation and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 48-year-old Chehalis woman sustained a head injury in a single-vehicle collision last night south of Napavine. Deputies responding to the approximately 8 p.m. wreck found the 1997 Ford Ranger with major damage. The driver had been traveling east on Jordan Road and lost control at a turn onto Koontz Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.  Her truck struck a ditch and rolled, coming to rest on the roadway, according to the sheriff’s office. The patient was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, disturbance, shoplifting, suspicious vehicle … and more.

Breaking news: Police investigating stabbing in Chehalis

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police and aid were called at 7 o’clock this morning to a stabbing at the Chehalis Avenue Apartments.

The victim, in her mid-20s, was conscious and alert, and taken to the hospital, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said officers are investigating and she didn’t have many details yet.

“I know they brought the K-9 out,” Bailey said. “It didn’t seem as though it was a life threatening injury.”

The apartments are on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street.

Chehalis 10th Street garage dweller charged with dealing meth

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
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Russell S. Foster is brought into Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon to see a judge.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors today requested a $5,000 unsecured bond for the Chehalis woman whose property was searched yesterday morning following a visit by a SWAT team and an ongoing drug investigation.

Fifty-one-year-old Mary K. West, also known as Mary K. Craig, was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Police reported finding a pipe with residue and three ziplock baggies with an unspecified amount of meth in her bedroom, according to charging documents.

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Mary K. West

Russell S. Foster, 46, who resides in a detached garage on the property on Southwest 10th Street was arrested as well and charged today with three counts of delivery of methamphetamine.

The Lewis County Regional SWAT Team and the Joint Narcotics Task Force yesterday morning served a search warrant and turned up items in Foster’s dwelling such as digital scales, numerous empty small baggies and what prosecutors described in charging documents as a receipt book with notations such as “T-shirt” and “Half T-shirt” which detectives say refer to “teeners” or 1.5 grams of meth.

They also seized a plastic bag containing approximately two “teeners,” according to the documents.

Foster allegedly sold meth to a confidential police informant back in early 2014 and then twice more sometime during the month that ended yesterday, according to the documents.

Chehalis Police Department Chief Glenn Schaffer said in a written statement yesterday the residence has been “an issue” for police and for its neighbors.

While yesterday’s news release reported the home was on the 100 block of Southwest 10th Street, it actually is on the next block east of that, in between South Market Boulevard and McFadden Street.

Foster and West were booked into the Lewis County Jail. At least one other person present was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The court documents relate Foster has a girlfriend who resided with him, but no mention has been made of the woman being arrested.

Police yesterday reported a stolen generator turned up during the search, from a December burglary on Jackson Highway.

West, who works part time at Burgerville, qualified for a court appointed lawyer. Her arraignment was scheduled for Feb. 11.

Police yesterday booked West for endangerment with controlled substance and subsequently added a potential charge of maintaining a dwelling for drug purposes, but those criminal charges were not filed today by the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

Foster, who is unemployed and has prior criminal history about a decade old, was ordered held on $20,000 bail. Prosecutors had asked for $50,000. He is unemployed and likewise was given a court-appointed lawyer.

His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

 

JNET: Firearms, stolen equipment and drugs seized

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Local drug detectives’ work on a meth distribution and stolen property ring that stretched over three counties led them to a storage unit containing over $60,000 worth of property they’d like to return to its rightful owners.

The Lewis County Joint Narcotics Task Force today revealed an investigation that early last month led to a compound in Graham where they, along with federal agents, seized more than three pounds of meth, 24 guns and four stolen vehicles.

Jeffrey Pedigo, 48, and Cathy Pedigo, 43, of rural Pierce County are two of the four individuals arrested at the time, according to a news release. Two more are still being sought by law enforcement.

The investigation led to members of JNET and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration then arresting Jose L Gutierrez-Lopez, 33, and his sister, Elvia Gutierrez-Lopez, 43, for delivery of methamphetamine, and the seizure of more than 500 grams of the drug and a firearm, according to JNET.

The team led by Centralia Police Department’s Sgt. Brian Warren, the JNET supervisor, reports those arrests led them to Jeffrey Pedigo for a second time, who was allegedly in possession of a sawed-off, pistol gripped-shot gun, more than a pound of meth, and more stolen property, according to the news release.

Jeffrey Pedigo was booked into the Pierce County Jail and is currently being held on $1.25 million dollars bail.

Last week, law enforcement received new information regarding additional stolen items allegedly being concealed by the Pedigos and discovered the storage unit in South Hill, according to Warren.

They recovered numerous tools and equipment, some used for commercial construction, including an industrial walk-behind concrete saw. Among the loot: Over 30 drills, 12 air compressors, 12 generators and 10 leaf blowers.

The crimes involve Lewis, Thurston and Pierce counties.

Warren states if someone has been a victim of theft in the recent past and can identify their property with a serial number, to phone him at 360-330-7680.

The investigation has included involvement also from the Pierce County Auto Theft Task Force, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Teams and the Washington State Patrol.

Three of the 26 firearms recovered came from Lewis and Pierce counties. Altogether, about five pounds of meth was confiscated.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
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Updated at 10:20 a.m.

DRUGS

• An individual arrested overnight for trespassing at a retail store on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis was subsequently also arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous weapon,  according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer responding about 3:50 a.m. allegedly found a switch blade as well as a white substance and a brown substance. Jeremy D. Barnes, 26, from Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Centralia police contacted a 27-year-old man wanted for two municipal warrants just after 1 p.m. yesterday on the street at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue and when he was searched, found unspecified controlled substances on him. Robert L. Huey was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested for second-degree malicious mischief yesterday afternoon after allegedly smashing the windows out of a car parked on the 1100 block of J Street in Centralia. Officers called just before 4 p.m. located Mark A. Silva nearby and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called just noon yesterday about a vehicle prowl on the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue in which someone busted out a window, rummaged around and stole as-yet unspecified items.

AND FROM MORTON

• Morton police reported yesterday they were called at 10:55 p.m. on Friday regarding an individual allegedly using social media to harass another individual. The case is still under investigation, according to the Morton Police Department.

• Officers responded to 200 block of Seventh Street in Morton about 5 a.m. on Sunday to a report of a man passed out on the reporting party’s couch. The individual was recognized by the officer from an earlier dispute and was escorted to his home, according to the Morton Police Department. The complainant did not want to pursue trespassing charges, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 20-year-old motorist was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after a single-vehicle rollover accident yesterday afternoon at the 1700 block of Little Hanaford Road outside of Centralia. Dakota L. Nelson, from Centralia, suffered a minor lacerations but the 2004 Jeep Liberty sustained major damage after the approximately 2:30 p.m. wreck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Nelson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• The tongue of the trailer on a log truck struck a cement beam under Interstate 5 at the Cowlitz Loop Road near Toledo about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 39-year-old driver of the 2015 Kenworth was unhurt, but the truck sustained minor damage, according to the sheriff’s office. It was not hauling any logs, but the trailer was loaded onto the truck’s bunk, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants,  misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for hit and run, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, possibly suicidal person … and more.

Rape investigation: Salkum man held with no bail, no charges

Monday, February 1st, 2016
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Joel L. Kaech looks toward lawyers during his hearing in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County prosecutors held off on filing any criminal charges today against the Salkum man arrested yesterday for the alleged kidnapping and rape of a 32-year-old Longview woman.

Joel L. Kaech, 25, will be held with no bail at the Lewis County Jail at least until tomorrow when the state should be in a better position to make an informed decision, according to authorities.

The alleged incident came to the attention of police, who made contact with the alleged victim around 8:25 p.m. on Saturday at the Goodwill store in Centralia after she reportedly ran away from Kaech at the skate park across Harrison Avenue.

She told law enforcement officers Kaech earlier had picked up her and a mutual friend in Longview, but kicked the friend out of the car and said, “Now you are my hostage,” according to court papers filed today.

The alleged victim told of being driven to the Spiffy’s parking lot on U.S. Highway 12 and raped and then to Kaech’s home in Salkum where he would take a shower and pick up some clothing, telling his mother not to let her leave, according to the declaration of probable cause.

The document offers other details including the following:

The alleged victim told a sheriff’s deputy Kaech drove them to a state park where he wanted to pick up some hidden stolen items – which he allegedly wanted to sell to get money to buy drugs, but they were not found – and to a church parking lot to sleep. She reported she awoke to Kaech  breaking in to the building and he threatened he would kill her if she didn’t help.

She told the deputy he then drove to a secluded place off U.S. Highway 12 where he allegedly pulled her by the hair into the back seat and once again raped her. Then they traveled to the skate park in Centralia. She also said she was threatened with a metal pipe.

When found sleeping in his car on Stowell Road in Salkum yesterday and questioned, Kaech denied knowing the alleged victim.

In Lewis County Superior Court today, Kaech talked back to the judge, and was told he would be held in contempt for 30 days, and then 30 more days when he did it again.

Lewis County Prosecutor Sheila Weirth had asked for bail to be set at $500,000, but Judge James Lawler made it a no-bail hold after the first outburst.

His temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said afterwards, Kaech hadn’t known the details of the accusations being leveled against him until he got into the courtroom this afternoon.

“He was frustrated, as you can imagine,” O’Rourke said. “He didn’t have an opportunity to read though the probable cause statement until he got to court.”

Deputies saw a metal pipe in his car and applied for a search warrant to look for evidence in the vehicle, according to the court papers. The documents also relate that the alleged victim was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia for evidence collection.

Prosecutors asked for and were granted the opportunity to keep Kaech in jail and bring him before a judge again tomorrow afternoon.
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For background, read “News brief: Kidnapping investigation leads to Salkum resident” from Monday February 1, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, February 1st, 2016
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Updated at 5:48 p.m.

INDECENT EXPOSURE NEAR HIGH SCHOOL

• A 79-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for allegedly exposing himself from the doorway of a home near W.F. West High School to girls who drove by on Friday. Police were called about 11:45 a.m. after the high school students reported what they saw at the 500 block of Southwest 16th Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department. When they went by the first time he allegedly waved them over and when they passed again, they observed him through a glass door, according to police. Harold W. White was arrested for indecent exposure, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

BREAK-IN

• A deputy took a report of a residential burglary at the 200 block of Guerrier Road yesterday in which Xboxes and CDs were stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to Southeast Third Street off Market Boulevard in Chehalis regarding a vehicle prowl in which someone broke a window and took a lunch box. The thief may have mistaken it for a purse because of its size and where it was located, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called yesterday morning about a car prowl at on Southwest Fifth Street in Chehalis in which two CDs were stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

• Chehalis police were called to a vehicle prowl on Southwest 11th Street near Market Boulevard on Friday morning in which someone rummaged through a glove compartment during the night and stole an mp3 player. The vehicle had been left unlocked, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 46-year-old woman arrested yesterday for driving under the influence following a single car rollover accident on U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma was also arrested and subsequently charged with possession of a controlled substance, one and half pills of something called Alprazolam. Prosecutors alleged Candy A. Core had the drug without a prescription. According to charging documents, the Randle resident said her friend gave her the pills but she did not take them. She also told a trooper who asked about a pink straw with white residue from her pocket that she had used methamphetamine two days earlier, according to the allegations. Core and her passenger were reportedly uninjured. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail and after appearing before a judge this afternoon, allowed release on a $5,000 signature bond. Core has no prior criminal convictions, lawyers said today.

• A 25-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday for possession of a controlled substance after a deputy responded to Gee Cees truck stop near Vader to check on her because she was reportedly acting odd. A baggie of suspected heroin was found on the floor where she had been sitting and Samantha D. Weekly, from Eugene, Oregon, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 35-year-old inmate who allegedly had tucked baggies of marijuana in his undershorts, found during a strip search, was arrested on Friday for possession of drugs by a prisoner. A deputy responded on Friday afternoon to the Lewis County Jail and arrested Aaron G. Stubbs, from Seattle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It appears from the jail roster he was brought to the Chehalis facility the day before for an outstanding warrant.

STEALING GASOLINE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that approximately 25 gallons of fuel was stolen from two trucks parked at Cardinal Glass on the 500 block of Avery Road outside of Winlock a week ago Sunday.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft … and more.

News brief: Kidnapping investigation leads to Salkum resident

Monday, February 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 25-year-old Salkum man was arrested yesterday in connection with the alleged kidnapping and rape of a Longview woman that came to light on Saturday night in Centralia.

Officers contacted the woman about 8:25 p.m. on Saturday in a parking lot at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue who said she’d been abducted in Longview and dropped off in Centralia.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning the incident was reported to them about two hours later and following their investigation, they arrested Joel L. Kaech, 25, from Salkum and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape and felony harassment.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said it began in Longview and continued at the Spiffy’s parking lot on U.S. Highway 12 and possibly involved another location on U.S. Highway 12.

The incidents are still under investigation, according to Brown.

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KIDNAPPING INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police report officers contacted a woman about 8:25 p.m. yesterday in a parking lot at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue who said she’d been kidnapped in Longview and dropped off in Centralia. Officers contacted the Longview Police Department to take over the investigation and it remains under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT FROM DOOR

• Someone stole a wreath off the front door of a home on the 1200 block of G Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:45 p.m. yesterday.

MEDS MISSING

• Centralia police were called to the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue regarding the theft of medication on Friday.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police responded to an abandoned car at the 1000 block of Alder Street on Friday which turned out to have been stolen.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 600 block of Richmond Avenue on Friday regarding an overnight car prowl. Someone stole a small amount of change from the ashtray, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft… and more.

News brief: Centralia man convicted in sledge hammer to face incident

Friday, January 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Lewis County jury took three hours to find a 60-year-old man guilty in the case of a Centralia man whose nose was smashed by a small sledge hammer when a neighbor got upset about his loud music.

The neighbor, Morris R. Keith Jr., was convicted yesterday of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. The jury found him not guilty of first-degree burglary –  police said the assault took place in the victim’s garage – and of felony harassment.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey allowed Keith to remain free on $25,000 bail until he is sentenced.

Keith was arrested the night of May 31 after the events at the 1300 block of Central Boulevard. Court documents recounted the doctor at the emergency room saying it was the worst broken nose he’d ever seen.

The trial began on Tuesday and ended yesterday with the mixed verdict.

Keith is expected back in court on Thursday when the court will schedule a date for him to be sentenced.
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For background, read “Sledge hammer to face incident draws serious charges” from Tuesday June 2, 2015, here

Another town meeting: Got a question for the sheriff, the prosecutor?

Friday, January 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The sheriff and the prosecutor will be traveling to Pe Ell to talk with members of the public, answer their questions and listen to their concerns.

It’s the third in a series of “Town Hall” meetings held around the county during the past year.

Joining Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza and Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer the evening of Feb. 11 will be Pe Ell Town Marshal Mike Hartnett and Pe Ell School District Superintendent Kyle MacDonald.

Snaza says the gatherings have been an excellent medium for open discussions.

“We need active partnerships with the citizens we serve to help us address issues in their community that they feel are important,” Snaza states in a news release.

Prosecutor Meyer hopes people will take advantage of the opportunity.

“I want people to know how we are doing, what we are doing, and why,” Meyer states. “Some of the decisions the staff and I have to make on cases can be tough, but I am open to questions about our process and our decisions.”

What: Town Meeting with Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza and Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer
Where: Pe Ell School commons, Pe Ell
When: Thursday Feb. 11, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
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For background, read “Sheriff, prosecutor talk about changes in crime fighting efforts” from Sunday March 29, 2015, here

News brief: Still one opening on Chehalis Civil Service Commission

Friday, January 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The city of Chehalis continues to attempt to fill a vacancy on its Civil Service Commission.

Appointments to the commission are made by the city manager, subject to the approval of the city council, and are generally six-year terms.

The Civil Service Commission basically oversee the examination process, appointments, promotions, transfers, reinstatements, demotions, suspensions and discharge of police and fire department employees, according to City Clerk Judy Schave.

Application forms are available on the city’s website, or can be picked up at City Hall located at 350 N Market Blvd. Rm 101.