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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
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HEAVY SHOPLIFTING

• A 20-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for second-degree theft after she was caught allegedly shoplifting a felony level of merchandise from a retail store at the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia yesterday. Officers called about 12:45 p.m. booked Desiree M. Webley into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a Chehalis motorist was cited after she lost control of her vehicle and traveled about 200 feet off the road and struck a fence. The 37-year-old Chehalis woman had turned to check on her two children and when she turned back saw a vehicle in the middle of the road, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened along the 200 block of Romerman Road near Napavine on Saturday morning, Chief Deputy Duty Breen said. One of the children had small cuts on their face from glass and the 1999 Toyota 4Runner was totaled, Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, third-degree malicious mischief, displaying dangerous weapon; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, trespassing, suspicious circumstances … and more among 159 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: One person dead in rollover crash

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 64-year-old Centralia man was found deceased at the scene when his pickup truck wrecked yesterday afternoon along Centralia-Alpha Road east of Chehalis.

Deputies and firefighters were called at 3:24 p.m. and found the 2004 GMC Sierra was totaled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

It appeared the truck had drifted off the road, struck a culvert and rolled multiple times, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The vehicle came to rest wheels down, on the roadway, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

The driver was the sole occupant, according to Breen.

The Washington State Patrol is assisting with the investigation, he said.

News brief: I-5 freeway fatality under investigation

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
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Northbound Interstate 5 traffic in Chehalis is diverted off freeway at exit 79. / Courtesy image WSDOT

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A motorcyclist was killed this morning on northbound Interstate 5 in between Chehalis and Centralia.

Troopers and firefighters were called at 5:09 a.m. to milepost 80 for what was initially described as a multiple vehicle accident and they found semi trucks and cars pulled over with one motorcycle down, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Trooper Will Finn said about 9 a.m. detectives were still sorting out what occurred but he said the collision involved at least one semi truck.

“It’s a pretty dynamic situation,” Finn said.

All northbound traffic was being diverted off the freeway at the Chamber of Commerce Way exit, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The state patrol has a person of interest not at the scene they want to interview who may have been involved or may be just a witness, Finn said.

A tow truck had been called by about 9:10 a.m. but Finn had no estimate as to when the lanes would reopen.

Police awaiting autopsy for confirmation about body found inside parked Honda Accord

Monday, April 24th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Chehalis Police Department has an idea about how he died and feels “pretty positive” he is the missing 16-year-old Camas boy, but are awaiting word from the coroner in regards to the body discovered inside a car parked at the Twin City Town Center late Friday afternoon.

Department spokesperson Linda Bailey this morning called the death a tragedy.

Cole Burbank, 16, of Camas, was reported missing by his parents on April 13 and the Camas Police Department issued a missing person report to the public hoping to locate him and his black 2010 Honda Accord. An intense investigation to find him as quickly as possible began immediately, according to police.

Chehalis police responded about 5:30 p.m. on Friday to the shopping center on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis, following a phone call from someone Bailey said she believed was a friend of the family who had located the vehicle.

“I do understand Camas sent a team up to assist with … to process the scene,” Bailey said.

It doesn’t appear police are looking for any suspect. Bailey said if police thought there was a danger element to the public, she would have already made such an announcement.

Officers have an idea of how he died, “but we aren’t going to say that until we get an autopsy report,” Bailey said.

An autopsy is being conducted today, she said.

The car was found in the parking lot east of the auto parts store and closer to Security State Bank. Bailey said she had not yet heard if detectives have determined how long the car was there.

Further information is expected to be released by the Lewis County Coroner’s Office, which has the responsibility to positively identify him and find the cause and manner of his death.
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For background read “Male found dead inside missing teen’s car in Chehalis” from Saturday April 22, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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South Scheuber Road wreck / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A driver was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital early yesterday morning after their car left the roadway and struck a large tree along the 1600 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia. Firefighters responding to the approximately 1:30 a.m. call found the driver still inside the vehicle, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The car sustained significant damage, with debris scattered in all directions, Fire Capt. Erik Olson stated. The injuries appeared to be non-life threatening, according to Olson.

• A motorist escaped serious injury when her car collided with a fence and came to rest in a yard along Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis at about 4:45 a.m. yesterday, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. It happened between Second and Third streets, according to Firefighter Braxton Traylor. While a two-by-four crashed through her windshield, it veered toward the passenger side, Traylor said. A second piece of lumber pierced the vehicle between the brake and gas pedal, he said. The driver was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital as a precaution, Traylor said.

• A 2011 Kia Soul was totaled when its 20-year-old driver ran into the back of a semi truck on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 60 late Friday night. Brenden K. Banta, 20, from Kalama, and his 17-year-old passenger from Woodland were both injured and taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called about 11:45 p.m. report the driver of the 2017 Peterbilt tractor was unhurt and the big rig was able to be driven from the scene. The collision is under investigation. Banta was to be arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular assault, according to the state patrol.

HEAVY SHOPLIFTING

• Centralia police arrested a pair of teenagers and a third person for organized retail theft in connection with an approximately 6 p.m. call yesterday associated with an address on the 1300 block of Lum Road. Elijah A Chambers, 18, of Renton and Brianna R Westwood of Kent as well as a 16 year old boy were booked, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• An abandoned Kia Optima was recovered at Hemlock and Pine streets in Centralia about 3:20 p.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department. It was stolen from California, according to police.

OTHER THEFT

• Speakers were stolen from a storage unit at the 1200 block of North Pearl Street, according to a report made to police on Friday morning.

• Police were called about the theft of power tools from a business at the 2000 block of Johnson Road in Centralia on Friday morning.

• Centralia police a report on Friday afternoon that $40 was stolen from a resident at the 1300 block of Alexander Street.

• Centralia police were called to a vehicle prowl at the 600 block of Warsaw Street at about 1:20 p.m. on Friday. Keys were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report just after noon on Friday from the 800 block of North Pearl Street of an unknown person using another individual’s social security number and birth  date to fraudulently file a tax return.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, anti-harassment order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 298 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Male found dead inside missing teen’s car in Chehalis

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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The missing person flyer showing Cole Burbank and associated Honda Accord.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities say a car associated with a 16-year-old Camas boy missing more than a week was found yesterday in a Chehalis shopping center parking lot, with a body inside.

Police responded about 5:30 p.m. yesterday to the Twin City Town Center on Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased young adult male inside the vehicle,” Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey wrote in a brief message to news media late last night.

Cole Burbank, 16, of Camas, was last seen at Camas High School at about 7:45 am. on April 13 and was reported missing by his parents the same day, according to the Camas Police Department.

He left driving a black 2010 Honda Accord and was likely in the vicinity of Clark College where he attended Running Start classes, but never showed up there, according to police. Camas police issued a missing person report to the public the following day, noting “this type of behavior is not common for Cole and his family is very concerned for his welfare.”

The Chehalis Fire Department and AMR medics were called to the shopping center early yesterday evening, basically to confirm the occupant was dead and helped secure the scene.

Firefighter Braxton Traylor said the black Honda was parked east of an auto parts store and closer to Security State Bank, with no other vehicles parked immediately adjacent to it, but a person was visible through its windows.

“He had a real low profile in the vehicle,” Traylor said. “If you were just driving by, you may not have seen him.”

Bailey’s message stated an investigation is ongoing and information will be released as it becomes available. Nobody was available this morning from the Chehalis Police Department to answer questions.

Camas police stated in a press release the body was released to to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office for positive identification.

Camas police thanked the public for tips and search efforts, as well as assisting agencies they said included the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Citizens keep rounding up small dogs dumped east of Onalaska, as shelter fills up

Friday, April 21st, 2017
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Five of the rescued chihuahuas being held at the Lewis County Animal Shelter

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – They started getting brought in on Saturday, batches of chihuahuas found abandoned in East Lewis County.

The Lewis County Animal Shelter has been clipping, grooming and preparing for spaying and neutering of little dogs all week.

Yesterday afternoon the animals being temporarily housed at the facility on Centralia-Alpha Road huddled in small groups in five separate kennel areas.

Eighteen chihuahuas, all appearing to be pure bred, are or will be available for adoption.

“My gut feeling is they’re all from the same place,” Shelter Manager Amy Hanson said.

Three times so far, people have found some of the dogs and delivered them to the shelter, Hanson said yesterday afternoon.

Lindsey Dean lives in Cinebar but her daughter goes to school in Morton, so she drives that remote stretch along state Route 508 at least four times a day.

“It was Monday morning, I came around the corner and they were piled in the road,” Dean said. “They were hungry, I had a banana and they were eating dirt to get to the rest of the banana.”

They smelled terrible, their nails were long and they were afraid of people, she said.

On Tuesday after work, animal technician Robin Williams, drove out to the same area just over the Bear Canyon Bridge to see if she could locate any more. With help from Dean, Dean’s teenage son and her friend Missy Baier, they rounded up eight.

“If the first ones hadn’t gone out into the road, I don’t think anyone would have found them, cause they were back in the woods,” Williams said.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Dusty Breen says it’s a neglect issue that could be pursued criminally.

Lewis County Code Compliance Supervisor Bill Teitzel today said his office is seriously looking at the situation.

Teitzel said over the past six to eight months, the same type of dogs have been dumped in a similar fashion in similar locations, although never this many.

“They seem to coincide with things we’re doing at this office,” he said.

The county’s humane officer conducts inspections for people who want to apply for kennel permits, he said.

“My office doesn’t investigate crime, but if we find crime we will turn it over to the sheriff’s office,” Teitzel said.

Animals must be fixed before the shelter can release them to new homes. That requirement over the years has led to lower numbers of strays kept there.

At any given time, nowadays, they may have only two to three dogs available for adoption, according to Hanson.

This week almost 100 dogs are inhabiting the kennels and cages in the building.

On Monday, Lewis County seized dozens of dogs, mostly chihuahua-mix, from a man who lives on the 1600 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia.

They undertook a similar action three years ago at the same place and the owner, Jimmie R. Jemison, was charged with a violation of state law related to dog breeding and standards of cleanliness, care and protection.

The case however was dismissed in December the following year because Jemison was found not competent to stand trial due to mental illness, according to documents filed in Lewis County Superior Court.

Soon after, the county filed for a declaratory judgement to “abate” the situation, as it believed he continued to breed dogs in the same poor conditions. The court signed a warrant of abatement earlier this month.

Hanson said when they went to the property Monday to impound Jemison’s dogs, the conditions were maybe even worse than before.

Some were living in the motor home with him and others were kept in outbuildings, she said.

They collected five litters of puppies, about two weeks old, she said, plus 47 dogs at least four months old and older.

Those animals are being cared for at the shelter, and will become available for adoption later.

Hanson said she doesn’t have any reason to think Jemison’s operation was related to the animals found off state Route 508.

Dean said she learned today, a man with a tree farm off state Route 508 found more chihuahuas but could only catch one.

“He said there were three more, maybe five miles down by a small bridge,” she said.

As many as four other chihuahuas have been discovered in the area and not turned into the shelter, she said.

She’ll keep going back to look for others, she said.

“Me and my friend Missy, we’re just heartbroken,” she said. “Because it’s obvious, they’re scared.”
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For background, read “Centralia man pleads not guilty to dog breeding violation” from Saturday May 31, 2014, here

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Six chihuahuas were picked up Monday morning off of state Route 508 near milepost 22. / Courtesy photo by Lindsey Dean

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 21st, 2017
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DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 20-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested yesterday for second-degree assault after his significant other reported that during an argument he struck her in the face and put his hands around her throat so tightly she could not breathe. She told a deputy that when she regained consciousness she gathered up her child and left, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Following an investigation, Tristan R. Durland was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 10:35 a.m. yesterday regarding a burglary to a shed on the 1100 block of E Street.

• Chehalis police are investigating after  business on the 800 block of Northwest State Avenue reported yesterday morning the discovery of unauthorized charges on one of their accounts.

• An officer was called just before 9 a.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Alexander Street in Centralia about the theft of a number of vehicle titles, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, third-degree theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, shoplifting, civil issue, misdemeanor assault, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 145 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
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Updated at 5:33 p.m.

THREAT WITH FIREARM LANDS MAN IN JAIL

• A 41-year-old rural Centralia man who allegedly confronted a neighbor during a parking dispute by pointing a pistol at the neighbor’s face was jailed yesterday. Deputies called about 12:45 p.m. to the 400 block of Reinke Road were told the issue was about a property line easement and the alleged victim had parked blocking the driveway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Corey L. Moran allegedly came out of his residence, pulled a 40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and aimed it at his 40-year-old neighbor, Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey said. Moran was arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Kimsey said.

KIRBY VACUUM REPO GOES VIOLENT

• A woman who attempted to retrieve a Kirby vacuum from a Chehalis resident who was behind on his payments called 911 yesterday evening to report the customer pushed her down, began to hit and kick her and then choked her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers responding just before 6 p.m. to the 600 block of Northeast Franklin Avenue arrested Jason R. Ferris, 32, for second-degree assault and booked him in to the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

MOTORIST PULLED FROM VEHICLE PARKED ON TRACKS

• Centralia police say a 32-year-old motorist from Rochester stopped his vehicle on a set of railroad tracks in Centralia and then refused to exit the vehicle when ordered to do so by officers last night. Officers responding about 12:20 a.m. to the area near Reynolds Avenue and Blair Road had to break the window and drag him out, according to the Centralia Police Department. They arrested Steven R. Stacy for obstructing and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

THEFT

• Police were called just before 7 o’clock this morning to the 1300 block of West Main Street in Centralia when a woman saw someone by her shed with her tool box. The individual fled towards the freeway and a search with a police dog did not turn up their suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of Shannon Lane west of Chehalis following the discovery of a break-in to a shop building next to a home in which a propane heater, a tool box, two machetes and other items were stolen. The victim said it occurred sometime during the previous two weeks, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 42-year-old man from Woodland was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday in connection with a Vader burglary early last month in which more than $40,000 worth of property was stolen. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning deputies began following up immediately on the incident at the 1000 block of state Route 506 which was reported on March 9. Among the valuables missing were two vehicles, 13 guns and more than 50 antique model cars, Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey said. Kimsey said deputies were assisted in locating a suspect on Saturday by the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, the Kelso Police Department and the Longview Street Crimes Unit. Dustin I. Wynn, one of the suspects, was arrested for multiple felonies including first-degree burglary and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• A case involving a 15-year-old boy from yesterday morning at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia was referred to the Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Juvenile Division for possession of marijuana, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 16-year-old Centralia boy was charged as an adult yesterday with second-degree rape in a case police began investigating at the end of February. Centralia police were told by a 16-year-old girl it happened while she was at a friend’s home in Centralia with six others. The girl said she had rebuffed his advances but he came into the guest room where she was sleeping and forced himself on her, according to charging documents. At the end of March, she picked the 16-year-old boy from a photo montage and he was initially charged in juvenile court, according to authorities. Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said a judge agreed the teen’s case could be moved to Lewis County Superior Court. His bail was set yesterday afternoon at $50,000.

CENTRALIA RESIDENTS AWAKEN TO FIRE

• Firefighters called about 6:10 a.m. today to the 2300 block of Rosewood Lane in Centralia found heavy smoke coming from the attic of a home but then located the fire in a storage room in the garage. It was quickly extinguished and there was no damage to the living portion of the residence, according to Riverside Fire Authority.  The occupants had woken up to smell of smoke, gone outside and called 911, according to Fire Capt. Terry Ternan. Nobody was inured, Ternan stated. The cause is under investigation.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, third-degree malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, civil issue, misdemeanor assault, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 155 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
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Updated at 12:28 p.m.

STRANGER DETAINED FOR GIVING TRINKETS TO KIDS

• Chehalis police were called at 7:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Northwest Prindle Street where they were told a stranger was in the neighborhood shaking children’s’ hands and giving out tokens. Parents spoke to him and had asked him to leave, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. “We found he could be arrested for unwanted touching,” Bailey said. James P. Sauter, 54, of Chehalis, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FAUX IRS AGENT VICTIMIZES CHEHALIS RESIDENT

• A 43-year-old Chehalis man was tricked out of $2,750 after he was contacted by someone claiming to be with the IRS who said he owed back taxes and needed to make the payment in the form of gift cards. “Unfortunately the victim did provide what they were asking for and then they asked for more,” Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The man called police yesterday evening to report what had occurred and was told it was a scam, Bailey said. The police don’t have anything they can follow up on in the case, she said. “No phone numbers, name, nothing,” she said. The real Internal Revenue Service does not operate in that manner, Bailey said.

BURGLARY PACKWOOD

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon about a break-in to a cabin at the 100 block of Timberline Drive in Packwood in which at least $1,000 worth of property was stolen. Among the missing items a Yamaha guitar, a pair of women’s snowboard boots and bindings as well as a 30-inch flat screen television, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between 3 p.m. on April 8 and 2 p.m. yesterday, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 10:50 a.m. yesterday to a business at the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia where sometime during the night someone had cut the fence to the compound and stole a cash register and scale, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 7:45 a.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia where a victim reported someone broke into his detached garage and stole tools, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• A 26-year-old Winlock woman was arrested yesterday after residents of the 300 block of Newaukum Valley Drive arrived home and discovered a person in their house who locked them out, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies dispatched just before 3:35 p.m. entered the residence, contacted the woman and took her into custody, according to the sheriff’s office. Shila K. Brennan was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The suspect is unrelated to the victims, he said.

• Someone broke into a storage unit at the 300 block of Kirkland Road south of Chehalis and stole a box spring-mattress set, three samurai swords and movie prop swords, according to a report made yesterday afternoon to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim reported the items were there when he left at 2:30 p.m. on Friday but when he returned at 8 a.m. Saturday the lock was gone and the property missing, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY WINLOCK

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to the 200 block of Winlock Waters Drive south of Winlock where someone had pried a sliding glass door from its rails and broken it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman who owns the property isn’t yet sure if anything was taken, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY MOSSYROCK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a residence on the 200 block of Blankenship Road near Mossyrock was broken into by someone who caused significant damage inside and stole thousands of dollars worth of valuables including 10 firearms. A deputy responding on Monday learned it happened sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and 10:30 a.m. on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office. Among the items stolen are a coin collection in a tackle box, a Gibson Epiphone guitar, a Carvin 30-watt amplifier, two gaming consoles and games, more than 20 knives and the guns which included rifles, shotguns and a revolver, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen. Five doors, two televisions a computer and other belongings were damaged, Breen said.

DRUGS AT SCHOOL

• Police were called about 1:45 p.m. yesterday to Chehalis Middle School on the 1000 block of Southwest 20th Street on a report of three juveniles possessing a green leafy substance. The case is being investigated, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• An individual reported about 2:10 a.m. today that an unknown person smashed out several windows of his vehicle at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, ignition interlock device violation; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 151 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
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Updated at 5:24 p.m.

THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN WIRING MISSING

• A deputy was called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 200 block of Winston Creek Road where sometime over the weekend someone stole 400 feet of power cable valued at about $10,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Locks were found broken and the wire’s protective casing was left behind, according to the sheriff’s office. The theft occurred sometime after 5 p.m. on Friday and before 7 o’clock yesterday morning, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. A complete list of stolen items is being compiled, according to Breen.

GARAGE BURGLED

• Centralia police were told someone cut a hole in the side of a detached garage at the 700 block of North Tower Avenue to get inside and steal items. Among the property reported missing are jewelry, documents and tools, according to a report made to police about 8:20 a.m. yesterday.

HARASSMENT

• Chehalis police were called about 10:40 a.m. yesterday to a restaurant on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to take a report that a customer threatened an employee. The incident is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD

• Morton police said yesterday they are investigating an allegation a bank account was hacked and money stolen. The issue was reported last Wednesday, according to the Morton Police Department.

SEX CRIME ALLEGED

• A 23-year-old Morton man was arrested yesterday after a 15-year-old girl reportedly admitted to her mother she had consensual sex with a family friend in February. A deputy responded last night to talk with the mother and the girl in East Lewis County and got copies of Facebook messages between the two that talked about him coming over as soon as no one was at her home, according to court documents. Michael J. Barnett was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then charged today with third-degree rape of a child and also communication with a minor for immoral purposes in Lewis County Superior Court. Both are class C felonies with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. His bail was set at $10,000 and his arraignment scheduled for May 27.

CHICKEN HOUSE LOST, DOGS SAVED

• A woman sustained minor burns rescuing dogs from kennels inside her barn when an adjacent chicken coop caught fire in the Boistfort Valley yesterday evening. Firefighters called about 5:30 p.m. to the property on the 2300 block of Wildwood Road found the poultry house engulfed in flames and were able to get it put out before it burned down the barn, according to Lewis County Fire District 13. The barn ended up with a charred wall and some damage to its roof however, Fire Chief Gwen Turner said. No animals were lost, Turner said. The chicken coop had been vacant. The homeowner was taken to the hospital to be treated and has been released, according to Turner. The cause of the fire will be investigated, she said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, providing false information to police officer, trip permit violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances … and more among 147 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 17th, 2017
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Updated at 1:51 p.m.

LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT STOLEN

• An unknown person or persons did extensive damage to a pole barn when they burglarized the structure at the 400 block of Short Road near Morton sometime during the past approximately three weeks. A deputy responding on Friday afternoon found all the electronics had been removed from an Airstream motor home and various heavy lawn and garden equipment missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the stolen property was a DR brush mower, a DR snow blower, a log splitter and a Yamaha mower, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss for the owner, a 64-year-old Olympia resident, is currently estimated at $50,000, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said this morning. The case is under investigation, Breen said.

THEFT OF KARAOKE EQUIPMENT

• Centralia police were contacted at 6:25 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of karaoke and DJ equipment from the 1200 block of Alder Street. An investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A vehicle found abandoned at the 1200 block of West Plum Street in Centralia about 6:40 p.m. on Saturday turned out to be a rental car stolen in California, according to the Centralia Police Department. A second abandoned rental car from California found about 2:45 p.m. on Sunday at the 200 block of Hemlock Street in Centralia had also been stolen, according to police.

ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called at 3:28 p.m. on Friday to a report of a third-degree assault from Lewis County District Court on West Main Street. Further details were unavailable.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just before 10 a.m. on Saturday to take a report that a house and vehicle had been egged on West Main Street.

• Police were called about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday regarding vandalism to a house on Southeast Magnolia Drive in Chehalis during the night.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A child sustained a leg injury due to their car seat not being properly secured during a two-vehicle collision at Johnson Road and Reynolds Avenue just before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Members of two fire departments responded yesterday just after noon to a two-vehicle collision on state Route 6 near Chilvers Road. Two patients were treated at the scene and then release, but three others were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. Department spokesperson DJ Hammer said the injuries appeared to be minor.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, trespassing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, hit and run, third-degree theft, protection order violation, loud neighbor party, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 440 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 14th, 2017
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SHERIFF’S OFFICE: PILFERING PLANKS

• A 47-year-old Centralia man was arrested after a deputy was called just after noon yesterday to a barn structure at the 200 block of Stearns Road west of Chehalis where he was allegedly taking some wooden boards. Jeffrey A. Pickett said he had the owner’s permission but didn’t know the owner’s first name, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Pickett was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the sheriff’s office. Prosecutors declined to file a felony charge.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A yellow 1986 Mazda pickup was reported stolen just after 1 p.m. yesterday from the 300 block of West Pine Street in Centralia. It has a  license plate reading C02458H, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 3:45 p.m. yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue following the discovery that a silver trailer-tow dolly was missing.

• Centralia police were called about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday to the 500 block of East Summa Street regarding a vehicle theft.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 10 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of cash from a residence on the 600 block of Lakeshore Drive in Centralia.

• Chehalis police took a report on Wednesday afternoon from a woman who said valuables were taken from her purse while it was at the 100 block of Southwest Fifth Street. Among the missing items were a driver’s license and bank cards, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday to take a report of the theft of prescription medication from the 1700 block of Sunset Way.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone stole a Stihl MS660 chainsaw from the back of a truck parked at the 2700 block of Graf Road in Centralia sometime between 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 2 p.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is about $1,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

UNRULY PERSON

• Centralia police were called to Providence Centralia Hospital on the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 9:10 p.m. yesterday where an individual was allegedly causing a scene and refusing to leave. Randy W. Hausinger, 55, of Shelton, was arrested for interfering with a health care facility and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police had arrested then released Hausinger about 7:25 p.m. the day before at the 200 block of North Railroad Avenue for allegedly drinking alcohol at a bus stop, citing him for unlawful transit conduct, according to police.

TOUCHING INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police were called about 4:20 p.m. yesterday to take a report of alleged inappropriate touching of a child, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer at the 900 block of Ellsbury Street in Centralia about 8 a.m. on Wednesday. James L. Costalez  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MAD MOM

• A 41-year-old Centralia woman was arrested just after 1 a.m. yesterday for allegedly throwing a baseball bat at her son’s vehicle and damaging it at Oxford Avenue and and Warren Street in Centralia. Stacy M. Burleson was cited for third-degree malicious mischief and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called at 11:30 p.m. yesterday regarding someone throwing eggs at a vehicle and slashing two of its tires at the 200 block of West Main Street.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrant, misdemeanor domestic assault, trespassing, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, person sleeping on somebody else’s porch … and more among 277 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.