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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
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FIREARMS MISSING FROM RESIDENCE

• Someone broke into an Onalaska home yesterday, stealing a 25 caliber pistol, a 30-30 lever action rifle, two laptop computers and a tablet, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arriving just after 6 p.m. to the 3700 block of Centralia-Alpha Road canvassed the area and found some of the victim’s belongings down the road, as though discarded by an intruder, according to the sherif’s office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the break-in occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and they got in through the back door.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a maroon 1988 Toyota Camry stolen from the 300 block of Yew Street in Centralia. The four-door car went missing sometime during the previous two days, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called about 9:45 a.m. yesterday for a fraud case associated with the 900 block of South Scheuber Road. The victim’s credit card was used to make purchases over the Internet and have items shipped to an address where another suspect took possession of them, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BROKEN GLASS

• A 26-year-old Chehalis man allegedly running into stores, yelling and asking for money at the 500 block of North Market Boulevard ended up injuring himself and getting arrested for a felony yesterday afternoon in Chehalis. Officers caught up with Drake A. Lorber at the 400 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue and discovered he had an outstanding municipal warrant, according to the Chehalis Police Department. As Lorber was being placed into a patrol vehicle, he used his forehead to break out the window, according to police. While they waited for aid to arrive, Lorber allegedly spit blood onto an officer, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. He was  booked into the Lewis County Jail for the warrant, for malicious mischief and third-degree assault, Bailey said.

• Centralia police reported this morning a summons will be issued to a 43–year-old Chehalis man who allegedly punched an acquaintance’s windshield, shattering it. The incident at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue was reported just after 11 a.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BROKEN DOORS

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Eckerson Road where an individual was seen kicking in doors at a motel, causing extensive damage. The person fled, reportedly crossing a river and taking a seat in a gazebo at Riverside Rotary Park, according to the Centralia Police Department. Anthony E. Brennan, 34, of Tumwater, was located in the gazebo, arrested for second-degree malicious mischief and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, probation violation, possession of marijuana, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 146 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Senior citizen inadvertently discharges firearm inside Chehalis store

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A customer at the checkout counter of a Chehalis pet supply store accidentally fired his 38 revolver, injuring himself yesterday.

Police called at 12:42 p.m. yesterday to the Twin City Town Center found the victim and his wife had already headed to the hospital, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

The 79-year-old Onalaska resident shot himself in the foot, according to police.

He and his wife were at the counter at Petsense when he placed his hands in his pockets, and then witnesses heard a loud bang, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The man, who was not named, then stated he shot himself, Bailey said.

An officer made contact with him, and he confirmed what happened, according to Bailey.

The victim was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital for the non-life threatening injury and has been released, according to Bailey.

Bailey said nobody else was injured. She didn’t know how many people were inside the business at the time.

The strip mall is just west of Interstate 5 on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

The case will be forwarded to Chehalis Municipal Court prosecutors for a review of possible charges, according to police.

Three years ago, after a 40-year-old man holstering his firearm in the parking lot at Sunbird Shopping Center accidentally fired a round through his hand and into his wife’s thigh, he was charged with reckless endangerment.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 26th, 2016
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WOMAN ATTACKED IN GARAGE

• Deputies were called about 4:40 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Gershick Road in Silver Creek where a woman said she walked into her shop building and was struck in the face by a white male with an unkempt beard. She fell to the ground, but said she saw the subject – about 5-feet 10-inches tall – and another male exit the building, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 45-year-old woman was dizzy and had a bruise and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said a police dog searched the area but nobody was located. They think she might have interrupted a burglary, according to Breen.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 6:50 a.m. today following the discovery of a burglary at a home being remodeled at the 1200 block of Bayne Street. Tools were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INTERRUPTED BURGLARY

• Deputies were called about 4 o’clock yesterday morning to the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia where a resident interrupted a prowler in his car port. The intruder fled and nothing was missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. A stereo was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just after 1 p.m. on Saturday to take a report that someone removed and stole a car’s battery, around the corner from a location on the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police called just after 1:20 a.m. on Saturday to the 500 block of Southwest Parkland Drive about a male looking in the windows of vehicles in the parking lot discovered Jesse J. Wheeler, 35, of Chehalis, had an outstanding warrant and subsequently located residue of suspected heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Wheeler was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a drug violation, according to police.

• An officer who made contact with a vehicle about a dispute at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis at about 3 a.m. on Saturday discovered one occupant had an outstanding warrant and subsequently located suspected heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Robert R. Green, 29, from Napavine, was booked into the Lewis County Jail  for a drug violation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BREAKING CARS

• A 27-year-old Centralia man detained for an assault investigation about 5:45 p.m. yesterday at the 500 block of North Tower Avenue was arrested after he allegedly kicked out the rear window of a Centralia patrol car. Wellington M. Waggener was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report about 11:30 a.m. yesterday from the 900 block of West First Street where someone vandalized a vehicle, causing severe damage to windows and a door, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police took a report just after 1 p.m. on Saturday of someone breaking out the driver’s side window of a Ford Explorer parked at the 100 block of Southeast Adams Avenue in Chehalis.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, a pair of individuals wearing clown masks and dark clothing walking between houses near Southwest 20th Street in Chehalis after dark … and more among 149 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

More to come

Thousands of dollars removed from governmental association account, Centralia woman arrested

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Updated at 12:09 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 35-year-old Centralia woman has been arrested following an investigation into as much as $70,000 discovered missing from the account of an association she worked for while employed at the Lewis County Health Department.

April K. Kelley was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree theft on Friday and is tentatively scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said that Kelley was the treasurer for the Association of County Human Services between 2010 and 2014 while she worked at the county health department.

A new treasurer last year reviewed the books and found $60,000 to $70,000 missing, according to Breen.

The association takes in about $90,000 each year in dues from members, comprised of representatives from each of Washington’s 39 counties, according to Breen.

ACHS is a non-profit group with members who provide or administer programs related to chemical dependency, mental health and developmental disabilities. It is an affiliate of the Washington State Association of Counties, according to information on its web site.

Breen said this morning Kelley admitted to removing money from the account, saying she didn’t keep track but estimated around $90,000. She replaced $50,000 of it in 2011 with money borrowed from a family member, he said.

He said the amount stolen is currently estimated as between $40,000 to $70,000.

Kelley was hired at the Lewis County Department of Public Health & Social Services in July 2007. She is no longer employed there, as of this past Friday, according to Director Danette York.

She was the social services manager, with responsibilities for programs for housing, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and senior services.

It appears she may have bailed out of jail yesterday, from information on the Lewis County Jail’s online roster.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, September 25th, 2016
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AUTO THEFT

• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle in connection with a case associated with a location at North Tower Avenue and Susan Street on Friday night, according to the Centralia Police Department. David J. Eslick was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone broke into a vehicle parked on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia and stole a Galaxy Note tablet computer, according to a report made to police just after 3 p.m. on Friday.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue about 10:40 p.m. yesterday where tires had been slashed on a parked vehicle.

AIRPLANE DOESN’T CRASH

• Chehalis firefighters stood by at the airport after being notified a small plane was going to make an emergency landing on Friday. Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Casey Beck said he got a phone call from Seattle air traffic control, asking for their assistance. “They said, ‘hey, we’ve got a plane having difficulty with their alternator, they think it will be fine, but they’re going to land in Chehalis’,” Beck said. He notified dispatch at about 11:30 a.m. the crew was heading to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport, he said. “Probably about 15 minutes later, it came down and landed without problems,” he said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 280 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Lewis County ends summertime outdoor burning restrictions

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Board of Commissioners announced yesterday they would end their restrictions on outdoor burning as of 12:01 a.m. today.

A prohibition on outdoor burning was put in place in unincorporated areas of Lewis County on Aug. 2 when weather conditions created substantial fire danger. Even recreational campfires were prohibited for a period but were allowed again beginning Labor Day weekend.

Now, the board and the county fire marshal say conditions have improved.

Outdoor burning is restricted to natural vegetation from the burn site and is subject to an open burning application and permit.

Burning garbage, paper or other refuse is never allowable.

To obtain an Open Burning Application and Permit, apply on-line at http://lewiscountywa.gov/communitydevelopment/burn-permit-2 or in person at the Lewis County Fire Marshal’s office.

For further information, contact Doyle Sanford, Building Official/Fire Marshal, at 360-740-1146.  The fire marshal’s office is in the Lewis County Public Services building, located at 2025 NE Kresky Avenue, Chehalis.

Logging accident claims life of Centralia man

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office reported today that a 50-year-old man from Centralia was killed in an accident at a logging site yesterday.

William J. Leonard was deceased at the scene, inside the cab of a piece of heavy equipment that tumbled several hundred yards down a steep embankment of the Fossil Creek area of Pacific County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Chief Deputy Pat Matlock wrote in a news release this afternoon that they were called about the incident about 12:25 p.m. yesterday.

It happened about 16 miles from the paved roadway, on Rayonier Forestry land, according to Matlock.

“Witness statements and evidence observed at the scene indicate that the victim was ‘shovel logging’ a steep side hill,” Matlock wrote. “It appeared that the shovel had been moving decks of trees up the hill when it tipped over and rolled to the bottom.”

Leonard was working for EDB Logging, according to sheriff’s office.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
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Updated at 6:47 p.m.

INMATE ASSAULTED, GETS STITCHES

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning an inmate assaulted his cell mate, causing serious lacerations to his forehead and cheek on Wednesday afternoon. A deputy responding about 9 p.m. to the Lewis County Jail learned the incident was over an unpaid debt, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim is a 48-year-old man and the arrestee is 27-year-old Robert E. Chandler, of Centralia, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Chandler is being held on a second-degree assault case out of Centralia and was re-booked for an additional second-degree assault. Breen did not say what object might have been used to cause the cuts. When Chandler was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court, prosecutors wrote that the victim got eight stitches for his wounds. The argument was over a deal in which Chandler reportedly purchased the victim a deck of playing cards in exchange for portions of his meals, according to prosecutors. The victim recalled being pushed back into his cell and the door slamming shut and the next thing he recalled, he said, was waking up in the nurse’s office with a bandage on his forehead, Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello wrote. Chandler said it was self defense, and his cell mate fell backwards hitting his head on the bed frame, according to Masiello. His bail was set at $20,000.

EMPLOYEE ASSAULTED BY INMATE

• Police were called to Green Hill School yesterday to take a report of a 17-year-old student-inmate who allegedly threw punches at a staff member. The case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors for charging, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SMASH AND GRAB SPREE

• Centralia police were called about 6:35 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Pioneer Way where five different vehicles were broken into during a sporting event. Windows were smashed and purses stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department. In Chehalis, an officer was called to Stan Hedwall Park on Rice Road just before 7 p.m. where four people were similarly victimized, according to police.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday by an individual who said that sometime between 11 a.m. and 12:25 p.m., someone stole a tool box from the back of their pickup truck while it was parked at the 1700 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of West Fifth Street about 9:10 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a leaf blower.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 3 p.m. yesterday to a business at the 1600 block of North National Avenue, recently burglarized, to take a report that windows had been broken and someone came inside and caused property damage.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were contacted by a resident yesterday morning who suspected their credit information was being used by someone else, leading to an address in Chehalis where packages had been delivered. The second person told police they were working as a quality control person for a business called Pure Delivery, which turned out to be a fraudulent business, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police attempted to contact the company, with no success, according to according to a department spokesperson.

DRUGS

• A 32-year-old woman pulled over about 12:45 a.m. today at the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia because of an outstanding warrant was additionally arrested for possession of methamphetamine after some was found in one of her undergarments at the Lewis County Jail. Melissa A. McAllister, from Centralia, also had switchblade in her purse, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. McAllister was booked also for possession of a dangerous weapon, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 166 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Phone fraud involving sheriff’s office

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Someone is impersonating a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office employee, making phone calls and trying to scam people out of money.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen says several individuals have advised the sheriff’s office they’ve been contacted by a person purporting to be with the warrants division.

They’ve been told the call is about missing federal jury duty and the only way to avoid arrest is to come to the sheriff’s office after completing an initial procedure, according to Breen.

The “initial procedure” involves obtaining a “Green Dot” pre-paid card and providing the caller with security information so the caller can get the funds, according to Breen.

The sheriff’s office is actively investigating the source of the calls as originating from an Internet based application, according to Breen.

“We are asking the public to remain vigilant to the ever increasing amount of scams via telephone and internet,” Breen states in a news release. “If you are contacted by someone from a government agency and believe it seems suspicious, it is recommended you find independent contact information for the agency and contact them directly.”

The sheriff’s office also recommends the public not share any personal identifying information with anyone if they are not certain of their identity.

Former Chehalis Chief Hamilton dies in Mexico

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Former Chehalis Chief of Police and Fire Services Randy C. Hamilton passed away on Saturday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at age 65.

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Randy C. Hamilton
1951 – 2016

Hamilton retired from the city of Chehalis in March 2002, and went on to work for the U.S. Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center traveling the country and teaching, according to his daughter.

“He taught a lot of classes, all over the U.S. really, and even Guam,” Kalessa Markham said.

The Chehalis native moved to the Tacoma area about 10 years ago and worked as a handyman and then, as general manager of a bar in Tacoma called The Mix, Markham said.

He retired for good in August and decided he would move to a place he enjoyed visiting so much, she said.

Markham said her father’s death was unexpected, but he died peacefully with family members around him.

“I’m realizing what an impact he had, not just in our community, but everywhere,” she said. “It’s so nice to know he’s missed by so many people.”

Hamilton began his law enforcement career as a Lewis County sheriff’s deputy, spending his last five years as the undersheriff. He ran for sheriff, and lost. Then in 1987 was hired by the city of Chehalis.

Hamilton leaves behind three children, three grandchildren and other family.

A public viewing at Brown Mortuary in Chehalis is scheduled for tomorrow between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. A family graveside service will be held on Saturday.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Chehalis Middle School Commons. Everyone is welcome, his daughter said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
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NIGHTTIME INTRUDER STEALS TP

• Deputies responded about 11 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Jones Road in Winlock where a 39-year-old man reported someone got into his basement while he was sleeping and stole medications, toilet paper and motor oil. A Foosball table surface was damaged as well, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened sometime between 7 p.m. on Tuesday and 7 a.m. yesterday, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called to the 800 block of Marion Street about 3:15 p.m. yesterday to investigate a burglary to a shop. Tools were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to property behind a gate off of the 400 block of Teitzel Road outside Centralia where a car was found that appeared to be partly “parted out,” according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A cutting torch was located and the 1992 Honda Accord had been stolen in Centralia, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 2000 block of Haviland Street in Centralia. A cell phone was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 31-year-old Centralia man picked up on outstanding warrants about 6:45 p.m. yesterday at the 1400 block of West Main Street in Centralia was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine as a sandwich baggie containing several bindles of suspected meth were located inside a backpack, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Steven D. Harko Couch was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen.

TRUCK FIRE

• Firefighters were called abut 12:20 a.m. today to a fire in a semi truck on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 65. The truck was destroyed and the 53-foot trailer transporting bottled water sustained minor damage, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. The driver said she’d seen smoke coming from the sleeping area of the cab, but the cause is undetermined, Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson said. A crew was on scene for approximately an hour total for extinguishment and overhaul, according to Anderson.

HOUSE FIRE CAUSE STILL UNKNOWN

• Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said this morning the cause of the house fire at South Market Boulevard and 11th Street last Thursday morning remains under investigation, by the police and fire department. A man, a woman and a toddler were helped to safety out of a second-floor dormer window before the fire department arrived after the approximately 5 a.m. call.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police were involved with a short vehicle pursuit of a gray pickup truck at about 2:10 p.m. yesterday in the area of Mellen Street and Interstate 5. The officer attempted a traffic stop because of an equipment violation, but the driver headed south on the freeway and the officer terminated the pursuit due to safety concerns, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, request that a pair of homeless males with all their “stuff” on a bench outside a church be asked to move along … 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.

News brief: Motorcyclist hospitalized after crash in Tumwater

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Centralia man was injured when his motorcycle struck the rear of a car and he was ejected last night in Tumwater.

Jeffrey E. Westley, 51, was westbound at a high rate of speed on Tumwater Boulevard Southwest approaching Littlerock Road when he ran into the back of a Volkswagen Passat, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers called just before 9 p.m. report Westley landed in the entrance to the traffic circle and the roadway was blocked for three and a half hours.

His 2002 Honda VTR100 was described as totaled.

Westley was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital, according to the state patrol. Investigators suspect he was under the influence and drugs may have been involved, the patrol indicated in a brief summary of the incident.

The driver of the Passat was reportedly unhurt and her car was damaged but still drivable.

Former Green Hill counselor gets jail, treatment in inmate sex case

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
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Erin Snodgrass is escorted out of the courtroom to jail after hearing in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Green Hill School counselor who engaged in a sexual relationship with a student-inmate was sentenced today to 14 days in jail plus 46 treatment sessions.

Erin Snodgrass, also known as Erin Stiebritz, was arrested in January following an investigation that began after a letter was intercepted at the state juvenile detention facility.

The student, who turned 18 during the period of time in question, told detectives they had sex a few times in her office, according to court documents.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead told a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court he and her lawyer came to an agreement to recommend she be sentenced to a lower than usual amount of time.

Snodgrass, 37, pleaded guilty to first-degree custodial sexual misconduct in July, an offense with a standard sentencing range of six to 12 months in jail.

Halstead said the reason for less time included the fact that she has taken responsibility for it and also the interview with the student was not recorded and he later denied everything.

Snodgrass began working at Green Hill in June 2013. The events investigated occurred during the latter half of 2014. She has been free and out of custody with an unsecured bond since her arrest.

Defense attorney Blake Kremer told the judge his client takes all of this very seriously.

“She made a terrible mistake,” Kremer said. “That’s what she’ll be paying for forever.”

He noted her family stands by her, although she didn’t want them to come to the hearing. Kremer pointed out three friends in the courtroom who were there to support Snodgrass.

She addressed the court, her voice breaking.

“This has really done a lot of damage to my family and my friends,” Snodgrass said.

Judge James Lawler said he’d read the pre-sentencing report and the sentencing memorandum, and it was obvious to him the defendant felt remorse. He adopted the recommended sentence.

On paper, she was given 60 days in jail, however all but 14 of those days were each converted to one treatment session.

Neither Halstead nor Kremer mentioned, nor would they say outside the courtroom, the nature of the treatment.

Green Hill in Chehalis is run by the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, a division of the Department of Social and Health Services. It’s a secure facility in Chehalis that provides older, male offenders education and vocational training.

Earlier this year, the state Department of Health suspended Snodgrass’s counselor credential for at least four years.

The judge also ordered that she serve 12 months of community custody and have no contact with the victim.

Snodgrass was taken into custody at the end of the hearing.
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For background, read “Guilty plea accepted in Green Hill counselor-inmate sex case” from Wednesday July 27, 2016, here

Centralia 2012: One defendant in rape of 13-year-old gets a plea deal

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
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Tyler M. McKee and his lawyer face a judge this morning in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A former Chehalis man admitted today he took advantage of a 13-year-old girl at a Centralia party when he was 19 years old.

Tyler M. McKee has been held since the end of July on $100,000 bail in the Lewis County Jail in connection with the 2012 case.

He and his lawyer made a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree child molestation, while a charge of second-degree rape of a child was dropped.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt asked McKee if the words printed on his admission were what happened, that on May 4, 2012, he had sexual contact with a person under 14 and encouraged, aided and abetted another to also have sexual contact with the same victim.

McKee agreed and the judge asked if McKee knew her age.

“No, I didn’t know,” McKee said.

Earlier this summer, the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office secured an arrest warrant for one of three males the 13-year-old girl believed engaged in sex with her at the party, when she was so drunk she could not walk. DNA collected from her pants and McKee were a match, according to court documents.

The now 22-year-old was living in Las Vegas and returned to Lewis County at the end of July.

After this morning’s court hearing, the judge imposed a no-bail hold and scheduled a date to return to court for Oct. 20.

His sentencing can’t take place until after the state Department of Corrections completes a pre-sentencing investigation in which the state agency will make its recommendation for how long he should be locked up.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said the standard sentencing range for McKee is 31 to 41 months and the state will recommend 41.

McKee is represented by Centralia lawyer J.P. Enbody.

Another 22-year-old was arrested last week in connection with the same incident. Geffrey A. Duncan of Chehalis is charged with second-degree rape of a child.

He told the judge when he appeared in court on Friday he has no idea who the victim is. His bail was $25,000.
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For background, read “Suspect in rape of girl at 2012 Centralia party arrested in Vegas” from Monday August 1, 2016, here

Pe Ell parents convicted of striking, bruising child

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
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Diana M. Rogerson consults with her lawyer Chris Baum today in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 37-year-old mother entered into a plea agreement and was sentenced today in a case in which she spanked her 7-year-old daughter so hard it left a bruise.

Diana M. Rogerson was given 60 days in jail and ordered to undergo drug and alcohol treatment as well as treatment pertaining to domestic violence, according to Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt told Rogerson her right to possess firearms is revoked, following her plea of guilty to fourth-degree assault domestic violence.

Rogerson was charged in June with third-degree assault of a child shortly after her husband was charged with the same offense for a different incident involving the girl, his stepdaughter.

Joseph W. Rogerson was arrested after the girl told a school counselor her step-father punched her in the arm when she tried to get him to stop hitting her mom, while the family was target shooting in the woods near Pe Ell.

The family lived in Pe Ell.

Because of the arrest, Joseph Rogerson, 37, lost his deferred prosecution in a case of driving under the influence, from an arrest last summer after a head-on crash in Onalaska that killed three teenagers. The investigation by the Washington State Patrol concluded he was traveling in his own lane and not to blame for the wreck.

Joseph Rogerson has pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and is awaiting sentencing in Lewis County District Court.

The case was assigned to Child Protective Services. The children went to live with their father in Toledo.

Diana Rogerson will be allowed to serve her time with electronic home monitoring, if she qualifies, according to Halstead. Otherwise she will have to check in to the Lewis County Jail by Oct. 11. The judge also ordered her not to have any contact with her daughter, until she fulfills her obligations, he said.

She admitted taking a folded belt to her daughter, something the girl’s older brother told deputies happened after the child  refused to say prayers at dinnertime.
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For background, read “Pe Ell mother faces charge of assault of her child” from Tuesday June 21, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
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NIGHTTIME INTRUDERS NEAR BARN

• Deputies were called just after 9 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Lincoln Creek Road west of Centralia when a resident investigating flashlights in his field seen headed toward his barn encountered two males who shoved him against a wall and fled. A neighbor had called to report hearing yelling and vehicles driving behind a residence, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 43-year-old victim tried to pursue the males on foot, but nobody was found, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said it’s not yet known if anything was stolen, but they are investigating.

BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called at 1:50 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a second-degree burglary at the 300 block of Southeast Washington Avenue. Further details are not yet available, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to a business on the 1600 block of North National Avenue where someone made a hole in the exterior wall at the back of a business and had been removing unspecified items.

• Centralia police were called about 7:25 a.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of North Pearl Street where someone had broken into a storage shed and made off with a shotgun, a rifle and two archery bows.

THEFT

• An officer was called to the 500 block of Southwest 18th Street in Chehalis about 3:15 p.m. yesterday to take that mail had been stolen.

DRUGS

• Centralia police arrested a 20-year-old Oakville resident for possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant last night.  Natasha C Henderson was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer about 9:45 p.m. at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 61-year-old Silver Creek man was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence after he totaled his 1997 Ford pickup truck last night, colliding with a guard rail on Stowell Road near Gore Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responded to the approximately 11:48 p.m. single-vehicle collision, noted the driver had failed to negotiate a curve and arrested Ted C. Hamrick, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, barking neighbor dog … and more among 194 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, September 20th, 2016
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TOOL HEIST

• Chehalis police were called about 11:10 a.m. yesterday about a break-in to an outbuilding on the 1500 block of North National Avenue. Among the items taken sometime over the weekend were a Milwaukee sawzall, a Ryobi 18-volt charger, a Ryobi impact driver, a Stihl hand-held blower, two more Stihl blowers and a 20-inch power saw chain, according to the Chehalis Police Department. There are no suspects, according to police.

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of West Pear Street about 5 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a burglary to a garage. A generator was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 600 block of Nevil Road in Winlock to take a report of a possible attempted burglary. The resident found screens removed from two windows and a key broken in a lock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• When police were called by an individual who said there were three males trespassing on his property at the 1000 block of Northwest Prindle Street in Chehalis just before 2 p.m. yesterday, one of them was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant and subsequently suspected methamphetamine was found in his jacket pocket, according to authorities. Joseph K. Hansen, 23, from Centralia, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 24-year-old Chehalis woman went before a judge today, charged with first-degree theft in connection with more than $24,000 allegedly missing from her workplace, a liquor and wine store at the Twin City Town Center where she was employed from December until March. Amberly M. Morehead reportedly told police she got behind on her bills, took money from work and intended to pay it back but kept getting further behind. Chehalis police began investigating on March 26 when the manager reported he had suspicions of internal theft, according to charging documents. The manger told police the cash reports came up short nearly every time Morehead worked, but it didn’t happen with other employees, according to the documents. He showed the officer video images that indicated her selling bottles of whiskey, but not scanning them or printing a receipt and provided paperwork that showed $1,850 cash taken from the store, refunds of $4,756.29 Morehead allegedly made to herself and $17,987.33 in alleged fraudulent returns to herself, according to the court documents. Charges were filed on Sept. 1 and Morehead was summonsed to appear this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. A judge allowed her to remain free on a $10,000 unsecured bond and set her arraignment for Sept. 29.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, malicious mischief, driving under the influence, driving with no license; responses for alarm, dispute,  hit and run, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 167 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: DNR eases outdoor burning restrictions

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Continued fall weather conditions have led the state Department of Natural Resources to lift its outdoor burning ban on the forest lands it’s responsible for protecting from wildfires in Western Washington, as of 12:01 a.m. today.

A prohibition on outdoor burning put in place in unincorporated areas of Lewis County on Aug. 2 has yet to be rescinded, but in the past the county has followed the lead of the state agency, often within a day or two.

Recreational campfires were prohibited for a period but were allowed again beginning Labor Day weekend.

““The fall weather pattern shows us it’s time to lift western Washington’s burn ban,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark stated in a news release. “It will also permit us to ease the burn ban east of the Cascades by allowing campfires in some locations.”

County burn bans may still be in effect in various locations throughout Washington, and residents should check with local fire districts for information.

DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forest lands in Washington.

News brief: Robbery victim struck with piece of concrete

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police are investigating a report of an incident last night in which a man in his mid-20s said he was jumped on a Centralia street by a group of five people.

The victim reported he was approached and they demanded a cigarette from him and when he didn’t have one, he was beat and hit in the face with a piece of concrete.

The attackers then stole his cell phone, his iPod and a Bluetooth speaker, according to the Centralia Police Department.

It happened on First Street near Euclid Way around 10 p.m., according to police.

Officer Doug Lowrey said the victim was seen at Providence Centralia and his injuries were minor. He’s from Olympia, according to Lowrey.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, September 19th, 2016
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INTERRUPTED BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called to the 600 block of Field Avenue about 8 p.m. on Saturday after a resident heard noises and found a stranger in the downstairs of the home. The male, and possibly two other individuals, fled after being discovered, according to the Centralia Police Department. A K-9 arrived to conduct a track which was unsuccessful, according to police. A Honda lawnmower was missing from a shed there, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 7 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle theft from the 1000 block of Southeast Washington Avenue. The missing vehicle was located about 9:45 p.m. in an alley behind that location, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just after 7 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle stolen from the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue and later located the vehicle traveling on Main Street. The two occupants were booked for outstanding warrants and the victim no longer wanted to pursue charges, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called on Friday to the 1100 block of J Street where a white 1992 four-door Honda had been stolen during the night.

MORE THEFT

• Someone stole four marijuana plants off a porch on the 200 block of Southwest 10th Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police just after 9 a.m. on Friday.

• A generator was stolen from the 1000 block of J Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Friday morning.

• Plants were stolen from the front yard of a residence on the 800 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police at about 4:20 p.m. on Friday.

• Police were called about 3:10 p.m. on Friday regarding the theft of mail from the 1300 block of Lakeshore Drive in Centralia.

• A delivered package was stolen from a front porch on the 400 block of West Center Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 9 a.m. on Friday.

• Centralia police were contacted on Saturday by an almost-victim who reported they responded to a Craigslist ad about a home for rent that was actually not available for rent. “The suspect’s intent was to collect first and last month’s rent though in this instance no money was sent prior to the victim learning of the attempted scam,” according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 9:15 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of Madison Street in Centralia. A backpack was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called about 8:15 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue. Someone had broken out the window, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 3:20 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia where someone had stolen a pressure washer from the back of a truck, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about a vehicle prowl at the 300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 6:50 p.m. on Friday. Missing were CDs and a solar charger, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and two warrants after contact with a deputy shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday at the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue in Centralia. Cassandra L. Aparicio was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• When a Chehalis police officer stopped a vehicle with a suspect from a Centralia malicious mischief at about 1 a.m. on Sunday on state Route 6, the officer observed suspected marijuana in the vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A Centralia officer booked Mitchell J. Wilson, 18 of Chehalis, into the Lewis County Jail in connection with him allegedly breaking the windshield of a vehicle at the 1300 block of Oxford Avenue, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A school bus was rear-ended by a passenger car at the 900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia just before 1 p.m. on Friday.. There were no children on the bus at the time and the damage was very minimal, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, domestic malicious mischief, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving without required interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute,  hit and run, third-degree theft, windows  to a business broken, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 445 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Second suspect charged in rape of girl at 2012 Centralia party

Saturday, September 17th, 2016
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Geffrey A. Duncan talks with temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A second young man has been arrested from a 2012 case in which a 13-year-old girl told police she was taken advantage of by three males at a Centralia party when she was so drunk she could not walk.

Geffrey A. Duncan, 22, went before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, where he is charged with second-degree rape of a child.

The Chehalis resident came to court with his father, having bailed out of jail following his arrest on a $25,000 warrant.

The judge signed a protection order, prohibiting Duncan from contacting the alleged victim.

Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke indicated to Judge Nelson Hunt her client could have trouble abiding by the order.

“He says he doesn’t know the victim, has no idea who she is,” O’Rourke said. “He’s not sure how to avoid (her).”

Judge Hunt told Duncan he needed to stay at least 1,000 feet from Centralia College, avoiding giving the girl’s address.

Earlier this summer, Centralia police arrested 19-year-old Tyler M. McKee, who was living in Las Vegas. He was charged with the same offense and remains in the Lewis County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

The allegations were investigated in May of 2012, and forensic was evidence collected, but the girl only knew the first names of two of the individuals, according to court documents.

Last year, a detective at the Centralia Police Department interviewed a new witness and was given Duncan’s name, and Duncan subsequently recalled being at the party and said he may have kissed her once, according to court documents. He accused two of his friends of having sex with the girl after being told she was only 13, court documents relate.

Duncan’s DNA was excluded from the sample found on her pants.

Court documents in the case relate the girl said she’d never been intoxicated before, but played beer pong and “shot gunned” approximately 10 beers. She told police she remembered both “Tyler” and “Jeff” being on top of her, one after the other. She recalled a third man who came into the room and put his penis in her mouth, according to the court documents.

The new witness reportedly told a detective he tried to get Duncan out of the room but Duncan refused to leave, according to court documents.

O’Rourke told the judge yesterday that Duncan was asking for a court-appointed lawyer, as he didn’t think he could afford to hire someone.

“He makes about $4,000 a month, but he has about $3,000 a month coming out of his pocket,” O’Rourke said, citing bills such as $600 a month truck payment, a $200 a month phone bill, $600 a month obligation for his show dog and payments on haying equipment loans.

Hunt didn’t appoint him a lawyer, but told him to return in two weeks after talking with attorneys about their costs, and tell him again why he can’t afford to hire someone.

His next court hearing is Sept. 29.
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For background, read “Suspect in rape of girl at 2012 Centralia party arrested in Vegas” from Monday August 1, 2016, here

News brief: Cigarette started fire in Randle man’s home

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 68-year-old man who escaped when his Randle home caught fire yesterday suffered first-, -second, and third-degree burns, according to Fire Investigator Derrick Paul.

“The doctors said it was about 10 percent of his body,” Paul said.

Firefighters were called about 1 p.m. yesterday to the trailer home on the 300 block of Cline Road and the resident was transported to Morton General Hospital.

Paul said he learned the man, who uses a motorized chair to get around, is a smoker.

“He dropped the cigarette, he told me, in the blanket on the bed and couldn’t find it,” Paul said. “Several minutes later, the place was on fire.”

The man managed to get himself out, but suffered burns to his legs, side of his face, shoulder, arm and hands, he said.

The trailer is a total loss, according to Paul.

“He had a dog, the sheriff’s department took into custody and took somewhere,” Paul said.

News brief: Pedestrian injured on I-5 at Maytown

Friday, September 16th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Tenino man is hospitalized with two broken arms after for unknown reasons he bolted from an approaching trooper making it partway across the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Maytown before running into the side of a Jeep Wrangler this evening.

Troopers began getting multiple 911 calls about a pedestrian in the roadway, on the southbound side near milepost 95, according to the Washington State Patrol.

An arriving trooper made contact with the man, noticing he had a knife in his hand and blood on his shirt, according to the state patrol.

The trooper told him to drop it and he did, but as the trooper walked toward him, the man turned and ran, Trooper Todd Bartolac said.

Jeffery D. Lantrip, 50, from Tenino, was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital and may have some internal injuries as well, according to the state patrol.

The roadway was blocked for more than three hours as the incident was investigated.

Bartolac said they don’t know why he was carrying a knife or where the blood came from, but detectives are continuing their investigation.

“There were no threats or anything like that,” he said.

The Chehalis man driving the 2014 Jeep Wrangler, Scott D. White, and his passenger were uninjured but there was some damage to the vehicle, according to the patrol.