Updated at 6:35 p.m.
HIT BY HAMMER
• Centralia police were called at 8:45 p.m. yesterday after a Centralia man allegedly struck a 30-year-old man in the neck with a hammer in the parking lot at the Apex store on the 400 block of West Main Street. The victim chased the suspect to his home a few blocks away, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police arrested 40-year-old Patrick R. Lytle for second-degree assault and booked him in to the Lewis County Jail. It seems the suspect didn’t like the way the other man was treating women, according to police. The injury was superficial, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.
• A 27-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday evening after he allegedly kicked an officer when he was detained in response to a call to the 200 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue about someone looking in cars. Matthew R. Istre appeared to be intoxicated and had also allegedly kicked at the window of a police vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault. A deputy called to the jail at 11:15 p.m. about a person destroying two phones in a holding cell further arrested Istre for second-degree malicious mischief, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• Centralia police were called at 6:45 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a fourth-degree domestic assault during a child exchange associated with a location at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue.
• Chehalis police called about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday by a female who said she was an officer and had been assaulted at the 400 block of Northwest Prindle Street found a woman who appeared to be intoxicated and concluded she had not been assaulted. She was not a police officer either, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Rochelle T. Perez, 31, of Chehalis, allegedly began causing a disturbance, was detained for disorderly conduct and resisted arrest, according to police. She was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.
• A 37-year-old man who allegedly spit on a police officer after he was handcuffed and detained during a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart was arrested Friday afternoon and then charged today with third-degree assault. Kyle J. Richie reportedly told the officer he has hepatitis and is HIV positive, according to court documents. The spittle struck the upper chest area of the officer’s uniform, according to charging documents. He was booked Friday afternoon for third-degree theft and resisting arrest, according to the online jail roster.
• Deputies responding about 3:10 p.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary at the 100 block of Riffe Hill Road outside Morton found a front door forced open and items missing including a Honda quad, a wood chipper and a Craftsman riding lawnmower. The victim is in the process of compiling a list of everything that was taken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred sometime since January, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.
• A 29-year-old Centralia man who allegedly broke into a house he was restrained by court order from being at was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary. Centralia police called about 10:35 a.m. on Saturday to the 600 block of West Maple Street stated that Jake A. Reinitz was in possession of a knife at the time, according to the Centralia Police Department.
FUGITIVE TASK FORCE FINDS RYAN JUSTICE
• A 22-year-old Glenoma resident was arrested for second-degree rendering criminal assistance after she and a wanted person were found together at the 1700 block of Ferrier Road in Winlock on Friday evening. Deputies and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force got information on the location for 29-year-old Ryan Justice, also of Glenoma, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was wanted on an outstanding warrant and also in connection with a possession of a stolen vehicle case, according to the sheriff’s office. Since Kayleigh J. Longmire had been previously told to immediately notify law enforcement if she came across Justice, she was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Dusty Breen said.
• Chehalis police called about 2:10 p.m. yesterday about suspected shoplifting at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue ended up contacting a pair of individuals, one of whom was wanted on an outstanding warrant. They had fled in a vehicle and one of them tried to flee again as police caught up with them, according to police. Ronald J. Clayton, 38, was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. His companion, Debra S. VanMeter, 54, of Olympia, was arrested for third-degree theft, according to police.
MAN WAITS FOR ARREST
• A 47-year-old Chehalis man allegedly shoplifted a pair of boots and two jugs of wine from Wal-Mart, then went outside and sat down and waited for police to arrive. An officer called about 11:35 a.m. on Friday arrested Scott M. Sanders for third-degree theft and then released him to be transported by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital for an unspecified evaluation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of North Gold Street for a vehicle prowl just before 4 p.m. on Friday. A wallet was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Centralia police took a report of the theft of medication from a vehicle at the 900 block of L Street at about 12:25 p.m. on Friday.
• Chehalis police were called just before 1 p.m. on Friday for a person trying to spend a counterfeit $20 bill at the 1900 block of South Market Boulevard. The individual did not know it was fake and could not recall where they got it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD
• Two children and a woman from Reno were injured when their car was struck from behind and knocked over onto its top on southbound Interstate 5 in Lewis County this morning. Troopers called just before 9 a.m. to the scene about five miles south of Napavine report traffic was slowing for another collision and a 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck was following too closely and failed to slow before striking the 2016 Subaru Forester station wagon. The Subaru rolled and came to rest in the median, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver of the truck, Austin R. Nachatilo, 19, of Chehalis, was uninjured and was issued a citation for following too close, according to the state patrol. Both vehicles were totaled. Amanda L. Windes, 36, and a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl were all transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, the investigating trooper reports. All four involved had been using seat belts or restraints.
• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, third-degree malicious mischief, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, civil issue, hit and run, reckless driving, vandalism, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 432 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.
Three hurt in rollover wreck near milepost 66 on Interstate 5. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol.