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Probe into unspecified “organized crime” nets local resident eligible for deportation

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Chehalis business owner has pleaded not guilty to local charges related to using an alias following a search by local, state and federal agencies of his warehouse, his home and several vehicles.

A sheriff’s detective began looking into Champion Greens located on Northwest West Street in Chehalis based on information that arose pursuant to an investigation by multiple agencies into organized criminal activity in Washington state, according to court documents.

Both the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office said the case involved an ongoing investigation, which they have not commented on.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead declined to say what type of organized crime was being looked into or what law enforcement agencies were doing the looking.

Elvis A. Matias-Lopez, 34, of Chehalis, is charged in Lewis County Superior Court with three class C felonies and is free on a $10,000 unsecured signature bond.

Halstead said he believes Matias-Lopez is Guatemalan.

The current charges relate to Matias-Lopez allegedly registering to vote, possessing two guns without the required alien firearm license and using the name Elvis A. Matias-Lopez for over 10 years, according to court documents.

Matias-Lopez pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court to first-degree criminal impersonation, false declaration as to qualifications as a voter and alien in possession of a firearm without an alien firearm license.

He hired Centralia lawyer Don Blair after his April 20 arrest.

Charging documents in the case don’t reveal the nature of the organized crime being investigated, they only state a Lewis County sheriff’s detective became aware of Champion Greens because of that investigation, back in September 2014.

Champion Greens is a forest products foraging business consisting of a large cinder block structure, with multiple loading bays and “ample” storage area on Northwest West Street in Chehalis, according to the documents.

Law enforcement decided to conduct surveillance which continued regularly until last October on Matias-Lopez, his business co-owner, Champion Greens and his residence, according to court documents.

According to court documents, the sheriff’s office found Matias-Lopez was illegally in the country and eligible for deportation.

Another deputy learned from Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Oregon that Matias-Lopez had previously informed them he’d legally changed his name in the Guatemalan court system, but in February, inquiries showed no evidence of Jose Matias-Lucas changing his name, according to court documents.

Search warrants were secured on April 19 and the following day, served with the assistance of local, state and federal agencies.

Items were seized which included but not were limited to documents showing Matias-Lopez’s “dominance and control” of the various structures and vehicles, receipts, bank drafts, inspection forms, a voter registration card, a  12-gauge shotgun, a Ruger LCP and ammunition, according to the court documents.

Prosecutor Halstead, who is handling the case in Lewis County Superior Court, said late last week he “cant’ answer that” as to whether any indications of organized criminal activity were found during the searches.

A phone call seeking comment from Matias-Lopez’s attorney was not returned.

The three alleged violations of state law each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison. His trial is scheduled for the week of July 11.

News brief: Randle woman’s death remains under investigation

Friday, April 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities have released no new information regarding the death of a Randle woman on Tuesday night.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said today it’s an active death investigation, and they are waiting to find out what caused it.

Candy Core, 46, was unresponsive when deputies and aid arrived after being called about 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday to Peters Creek Road North in Randle. CPR was performed and she was transported to Morton General Hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to authorities.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the next day it was kind of an unusual situation, but Brown revealed nothing further.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod indicated this afternoon he won’t know what caused Core’s death until he gets the results from toxicology tests. That can take 10 to 12 weeks, according to McLeod.

Core was one of three individuals at a Mossyrock area home a week ago when 61-year-old James C. Long allegedly barged in the back door with an ax. She and her husband Gerald Core were staying the night with Long’s girlfriend because the girlfriend knew he was getting released from jail and was worried.

There’ no indication in the court documents from that case anyone was injured other than Gerald Core, who had marks on his arms as well as his chest, presumably from fighting Long back out of the house.
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“News brief: Death of Randle resident under investigation” from Wednesday April 27, 2016, here

Man released from jail with no charges in connection with Centralia cat death

Friday, April 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County prosecutors did not file any criminal charges today against the 24-year-old man arrested last night for allegedly killing a cat in north Centralia.

Kyle B. Burke was booked into the Lewis County Jail for  animal cruelty, but released today.

“The whole thing is kind of murky,” Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said this afternoon.

Centralia police interviewed several individuals, including children, when they responded to the apartment complex on the 100 block of Virginia Drive yesterday evening. Police reported this morning they were told Burke killed the cat with a knife, but Burke denied that.

“Somebody was very cruel to this animal,” Meagher said. “But I can’t say for sure it’s this guy.”

At some point, the cat was dropped from a second-floor balcony, he said.

“In this case, there seemed to be some evidence, when police talked to all the kids, it could have suffered terrible injury at the hands of a kid,” Meagher said. “And possibly he was putting it out of its misery.”

Prosecutors don’t have the feline’s body for evidence, because for whatever reason, police didn’t pick it up, Meagher said. Although he indicated that wasn’t the primary cause no charges were filed

He said when they looked over everything, there just was not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Burke intentionally was cruel to the cat.

Meagher said his office may be talking further with Centralia detectives about the case next week.

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Friday, April 29th, 2016
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Updated at 3:08 p.m.

MAN JAILED IN CONNECTION WITH CAT DEATH

• Centralia police arrested a 24-year-old man last night for allegedly killing a cat. Officers called about 7:45 p.m. to the 100 block of Virginia Drive were told by several individuals that Kyle B. Burke took a knife to the pet, according to the Centralia Police Department. Burke when contacted denied it, but was booked into the Lewis County Jail for animal cruelty, according to police. Police say he is from Puyallup. He is tentatively scheduled to go before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon. However, prosecutors declined to file the felony charge and he was to be released from jail.

BURGLARY, BURGLARY, BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called about 7:10 p.m. yesterday regarding a burglary to an apartment at the 700 block of G Street. Taken were electronics, a chainsaw, a fireplace electric heater and a Craftsman tool set, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday for a residential burglary at the 1100 block of North Washington Avenue. Missing was a television, a Playstation 3 and movies, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Morton police were contacted yesterday morning by an individual who reported a firearm was missing from the 1000 block of Crystal Way. She believed it was stolen back in September when she left her house unlocked for individuals who were working on the property to be able to use the bathroom, according to the Morton Police.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone broke in to a detached garage at the 800 block of North Military Road in Winlock and stole more than $700 worth of tools. It happened between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office. Among the missing property is a a Stihl brush cutter, a Stihl blower head, two cordless drills and an impact hammer, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MORE THEFT

• An officer was called just before 9 a.m. yesterday to the 800 block of South Pearl Street to take a report of a stolen purse.

• An individual reported a BBQ stolen from the 200 block of Main Avenue in Morton on Wednesday. The estimated value is $100, according to the Morton Police Department.

• Centralia police were contacted about 4:15 p.m. yesterday about the theft of a debit card from the 700 block of North Tower Avenue. The card had already been used to withdraw money from the victim’s account, according to the Centralia Police Department.

•  A 19-year-old Winlock resident was arrested yesterday for second-degree theft and possession of heroin in a case associated with the 100 block of North Iron Street in Centralia. Police say Kendall B. Steveson admitted to taking the wallet of a friend while he was sleeping and using the money to buy heroin. Steveson was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday by an individual reported a vehicle prowl that occurred during the daylight hours on April 19 at the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue. Medication was stolen from the unlocked vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A deputy was called to the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Packwood following the discovery that three tires on a vehicle were flattened and had been cut. It happened sometime between  9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is $800.

LONG TREK ENDS IN MORTON

• Officers responded to the 500 block of Adams Avenue in Morton at about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday to a report of a mentally disabled male that had walked from Burien to Morton without shoes. He was dehydrated and had multiple blisters on his feet but but otherwise in good health, according to the Morton Police Department. Police contacted mental health authorities and his family, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, probation violation, protection order violation, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 125 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Indoor carnival to raise money in honor of the Tower children

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  For those who would like to help honor the memory of the Tower children who lost their lives last month in a Centralia house fire, a family fun day is set for Sunday.

The proceeds will benefit scholarships for children to go to Camp Cispus.

The event at the Northwest Sports Hub in Centralia runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Attendees will find carnival games, a magician, a balloon artist, a bouncy house, face painting and even a chance to learn to draw comics, said one of the organizers Amanda Berg.

Sue Tower, their mother, is a friend of hers, she said.

“A fun day, to come out and honor the kids,” Berg said.

Benjamin, 12, Madeline, 10, and Samuel Tower, 7, didn’t make it out of their split-level home on Ham Hill Road during a nighttime fire on March 4. Their mother told investigators she woke up in her lower level bedroom to a sound and tried to make it to her children on the top floor but couldn’t.

Ben went to Camp Cispus last year, and as a sixth grader, was very much looking forward to the springtime school trip to the east end center.

“The memories created last a lifetime,” Sue Tower wrote in a post on Facebook. “If parents can’t come up with the money it sometimes falls on the teachers and administrators reaching into their personal funds to help support.

“I know my children would be honored to know that all children – their friends would be able to go with out any financial stress.”

Berg said a silent auction will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m.

The cost for Sunday’s event is $5 per person or $20 for a family of five. Lunch isn’t covered, but will be available.

A dinner fundraiser was previously scheduled for Saturday night, but is being moved to October, according to Berg.

The Northwest Sports Hub is at 701 Allen Way, near Borst Park in Centralia.

A joint investigation into the cause of the blaze is being conducted by the Centralia Police Department and Riverside Fire Authority. No results as to the cause of the fire have been released, nor have the coroner’s findings as to the cause and manner of the three deaths.

For further information on the fun day, check its Facebook page

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Thursday, April 28th, 2016
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WOMAN CONNED OUT OF $200,000

• A Chehalis resident in her early 70s reported to police yesterday that she was victimized by someone who phoned her to tell her she’d won a large sum of money; the loss in total was $200,000, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The caller told her she had to pay a “coverage cost” to ensure her winnings were delivered, according to police. The individual collected personal information from her and continued to call the woman back over a period of a few months, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The woman came in to the police department to report what happened, but the most police could do was provide her with crime victim information. “Since she had no information we could go off of, we don’t have any way we can do more,” Bailey said. The department’s word of advice for all is, if you’re told you’ve won a prize and you need to pay anything to get it, then it is a scam.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 2:30 a.m. call today for a residential burglary at the 500 block of East Main Street.  A stereo system and speakers were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING CAMERAS

• Police were called about 8:10 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard to take a report of the theft of cameras.

HARASSMENT

• Chehalis police are forwarding a case to the city prosecutor for consideration of a harassment charge connected with a 57-year-old neighbor at the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court. An individual contacted police yesterday afternoon, and was the second alleged victim of the same woman, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The complaint involves gossiping and spreading rumors, according to police.

PROWLING

• Centralia police were called just after 8 p.m. yesterday to the 2900 block of Mount Vista Road where the window on a vehicle was broken out. Just after 1 a.m. today, an officer took a report of a window frame to a vehicle being damaged at the 2700 block of the same road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence; responses for dispute, hit and run, trespassing, barking dog, civil problem, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 161 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Alleged Mossyrock ax assailant held on $50,000 bail

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 61-year-old Mossyrock man arrested for first-degree assault for allegedly breaking through the back door of his house wielding an ax and a screwdriver last week has been charged with second-degree assault and other offenses.

James C. Long had been released from jail a few hours earlier and a court order prohibited him from having contact with his girlfriend at the Naylor Road home. She had friends staying overnight because she feared his return, according to authorities.

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James C. Long

Charging papers allege Long assaulted Gerald Core who said he was able to fight Long back out of the house, as Long tried to hit him and stab him with the implements. Core also told a deputy that when Long hopped in a brown pickup to leave, he backed up so fast Core had to jump out the way to avoid being struck.

The truck had been loaded up with household furniture earlier in the day, some of which spilled out onto the road.

When deputies caught up with Long on U.S. Highway 12, early last Friday morning, he told a different version of events.

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

Long was involved in an incident earlier this month, in which he was arrested after an hours-long standoff during which he  allegedly fired multiple rounds out of his house, on Naylor Road, including after deputies arrived. He was charged in Lewis County District Court with fourth-degree assault, reckless endangerment and third-degree malicious mischief, all misdemeanors.

Bail for that case was set at $10,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with his girlfriend.

He was charged on Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and violation of a court order.

His temporary defense attorney told the judge on Monday afternoon he had no felony convictions in his background when bail was addressed. Judge Richard Brosey set his bail at $50,000.

Attorney Joely O’Rourke also said Long had lived in Lewis County for seven years and was currently unemployed.

Charging documents in his new case indicate Long denies assaulting anyone and denied being at the house, but told a deputy he had permission to go to the property to retrieve his belongings.

The documents offer the following information:

Long appeared intoxicated when law enforcement caught up with him about 2:30 a.m. on Friday on U.S. Highway 12 near then Silver Creek Grange.

He told deputies that earlier he had arrived to the bottom of the hill and yelled out to the Naylor Road residents he was there and they were loading up the truck with his property. He contended Core got into the truck, drove it down to him at the bottom of the hill and that Core jumped out and began to attack him with two axes.

Long exhibited “obvious signs” of intoxication.

When the sheriff’s deputy spoke with Core, he noticed fresh marks on his arms that were bleeding and several marks in his sternum and chest area.

The same deputy interviewed Core and his wife Candy Core, who had been staying the night. They said they had been sitting in the living room when they heard what they thought was the brown pickup truck being started up.

They said they looked out the window, saw Long walk by toward the door and Gerald Core went to the back door to intercept him. That’s when Long allegedly broke in, with the three-foot long ax and the screwdriver.

The 53-year-old girlfriend was sleeping during the incident.

Long’s arraignment is set for 8:40 a.m. tomorrow.
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For background, read “Sheriff’s Office: Mossyrock man returns home from jail, with ax” from Friday April 22, 2016, here

News brief: Death of Randle resident under investigation

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Sheriff’s detectives are conducting a death investigation involving a woman from Randle today.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning it’s kind of an unusual situation so they are not releasing much information.

Deputies and aid were called to the 100 block of Peters Creek Road North in Randle last night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman was not responsive, CPR was performed and she was transported to Morton General Hospital where she was pronounced dead, Brown said.

“We’re not sure what we have,” Brown said.

The investigation is continuing today and Brown said she hoped to learn more later this afternoon from detectives.

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
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Updated at 12:58 p.m.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night after he allegedly threatened to bash his 29-year-old roommate with a brick. Officers called just after 8 p.m. to the 800 block of North Pearl Street were told they were out in the yard and after the roommate went inside, Justin M. Dubay picked up a large brick and tried to go in, according to the Centralia Police Department. Dubay was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.

OBSTRUCTION

• A 19-year-old Olympia resident was arrested just after 10 o’clock yesterday morning at the 1000 block of West Main Street for third-degree driving with a suspended license and obstructing a public servant. Ibrahim K. Alibrahim was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING COMPUTER

• Police were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a laptop computer at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia.

PORCH THEFT

• Packages were stolen from a porch at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:50 p.m. yesterday.

BAD BILLS

• A woman brought two $100 bills into the Chehalis Police Department yesterday and said she suspected they were counterfeit, and that she had found them in the parking lot of a retail store. The department confirmed the bills were fake and took them into evidence to be forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police responded about 1:45 a.m. today to the 800 block of North Pearl Street where windows to a residence and a vehicle window were smashed.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Deputies arrested a 59-year-old woman for driving under the influence following an 8:30 p.m. call for a single-vehicle rollover accident near U.S. Highway 12 and Gershick Road in Silver Creek yesterday. Laura M. Stringer, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … 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

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
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Updated at 5:50 p.m.

MUGGED IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called at 7:34 p.m. yesterday after a bicyclist reported his wallet was stolen from him in the area of Yew and Mellen streets in Centralia. The 24-year-old local man said he was riding along when out of nowhere, a male wearing a black hoodie punched him the mouth, according to the Centralia Police Department. When the victim fell to the ground, his wallet fell out of his pocket, police said. “The suspect chuckled, picked it up and left,” Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The assailant was described as white, wearing a goatee and being 25 to 30 years old.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 1:35 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a garage on the 800 block of South Pearl Street.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 5:35 p.m. yesterday for a car prowl at the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street. A woman returned to her vehicle she had parked in the lot by the playground and found her rear side window broken, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A phone and a wallet were missing, police said.

• Police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of L Street in Centralia for a vehicle prowl. A purse was taken sometime during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GREEN HILL ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old student-inmate at Green Hill School in Chehalis was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to face charge a of custodial assault for an incident that allegedly occurred on Dec. 31. Cecil R. Pinckney and another inmate were fighting when staff members attempted to pull them apart and Pinckney allegedly struck one of the employees twice on his forehead, according to charging documents. The class C felony holds a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if he should be convicted.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters and police responded to a five-vehicle accident at 8 o’clock this morning at the 1900 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Nobody was seriously injured. Eight potential patients were evaluated at the scene, with only complaints of minor injuries, Riverside Fire Authority reports. It was a chain reaction rear end collision involving two vans, a Jeep, a pickup truck and a car, according to responders. Centralia police are investigating.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, dispute, civil problem, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, request to check on someone sleeping inside a vehicle … and more, among 161 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Prison mail containing ounce of meth draws hazmat in Littlerock

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Updated at 10:49 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters and a hazmat team rushed to Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock yesterday, responding to a white powder scare in the mail room.

Up to 13 people, all employees, were possibly exposed to the unknown material, West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott said.

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“One person was directly exposed,” Scott said. “It got all over him as he opened the mail.”

Scott said he asked the Hazmat team from Joint Base Lewis McChord to respond, because they have the ability to do the testing.

It turned out the powder was 75 percent methamphetamine and the rest a cutting agent, Scott said.

Firefighters separated the employee from the other workers, and when they arrived he had already removed his outer clothing, according to Scott.

He didn’t have any complaints, but was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital as a precaution, in part because of the large amount of material that landed on him, he said.

“It was at least an ounce,” he said.

Pamela Moore, administrative assistant to the Cedar Creek superintendent, said the envelope was addressed to a particular inmate. All letters and packages sent to inmates are opened and inspected for prohibited items, she said.

“We have our inside investigators working on it diligently to see what we can discover,” Moore said. “I believe that other agencies will be involved in regard to this because it was sent through the U.S. mail.”

Responders were summoned to the facility at the 12200 block of Bordeaux Road about 2:25 p.m. and were on the scene until about 5:30 p.m.

Cedar Creek shut down visitation for the day, but will resume as normal on Friday.

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Monday, April 25th, 2016
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Updated at 7:19 p.m.

KNIVES AND NOT KNIVES

• Chehalis police were called just before 8 p.m. on Saturday when an individual witnessed a fight and possible stabbing at the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue. An arriving officer checked the area for blood and found none; spoke to the suspected victim and was told he was not stabbed, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nobody was arrested, according to police.

• Chehalis police called to the 100 block of Southwest Sixth Street at 3:30 p.m. on Friday for what appeared to be a man with a knife chasing a female ended up arresting the man for possession of methamphetamine. An officer spoke with both of them and Adrian J. Gillespie, 43, was cited for prohibited conduct – a violation of the city municipal code – and a search incident to that arrest turned up a pipe that tested positive for drugs, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Gillespie was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

MORE DRUGS

• A 43-year-old Mineral resident contends the small baggie of methamphetamine that fell from his pants when he stood up at the conclusion of the booking process at the jail overnight was not his, but images on security video and a field test led to his arrest. David E. Hall was stopped by a deputy last night in Mineral and arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree driving with a suspended license, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was subsequently arrested for possession of meth, according to the sheriff’s office.

• White powder in the wallet of an arrestee that tested positive for meth led to a second arrest of a 23-year-old Chehalis man on Saturday following a traffic stop on North Fork Road. A deputy called about 12:15 p.m. for a trespassing complaint at the 100 block of Literal Road encountered a vehicle which contained Brian M. Hull and arrested him for allegedly earlier cutting phone lines during an argument with his mother and threatening to puncture all four of her tires, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Hull was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief and then possession of methamphetamine, and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Prosecutors had only enough information to charged him with the drug crime, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told a judge this afternoon. Hull ‘s bail was set at $10,000.

• A 44-year-old Centralia woman was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday for allegedly selling methamphetamine twice to confidential informants in Lewis County last September. Jodi R. Greenwood has no felony convictions in her past and has lived at the same address for the last 15 years, a judge was told this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court during a bail hearing. Charges were filed for two counts of delivery of meth on Dec. 9 and an arrest warrant issued for Greenwood. Her bail was set at $10,000.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A 59-year-old man from Roy called the sheriff’s office yesterday following the discovery his pickup truck was missing from a field in Curtis where he had left it on Friday evening. The Chevrolet Silvarado was taken from the 300 block of Beaver Creek Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It had a black cab guard, an aluminum tool box and a black and white “dog box,” according to the sheriff’s office. Its license plate reads B69566S.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called on Saturday by an individual who was advised by his bank that someone used his bank card at Wal-Mart in Chehalis, attempting a series of four transactions each in the amount of $404.94. Not all the transactions were completed, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim lives in another part of the state, police said.

• Morton police reported today they are investigating a report of bank information getting stolen and being used to pay for satellite television services. The complaint was taken last week, according to the Morton Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police responded to an approximate 5:25 a.m. report of a vehicle prowl today at the 1700 block of West Mellen Street. Someone had rifled through the unlocked vehicle but nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Camping equipment was stolen from a vehicle at the 1200 block of West Pear Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 7:10 p.m. yesterday.

POLICE: MOTORIST GAVE FALSE NAME

• Prosecutors filed a charge today of first-degree criminal impersonation against a 37-year-old Morton man, contending he pretended he was his brother when he got traffic ticket on Feb. 5 in the Morton area. During last week’s warrant sweep when law enforcement went looking for the brother, they learned he lived in another state, but that David W. Willis Jr. 37, had recently been arrested at that address and was currently in the Lewis County Jail, according to charging documents. An officer looked at a booking photo and concluded Willis was the person he stopped. Willis denied any memory of the traffic stop.

ALLEGED SEX OFFENSE

• Carlos D. Linares, 21, was arrested on Friday at the Chehalis Police Department, following an interview, for first-degree child molestation in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred about six months ago, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. The felony charge is not being filed by prosecutors pending further investigation.

GREEN HILL ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old former student-inmate of Green Hill School in Chehalis was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to face two charges of custodial assault for an incident that allegedly occurred on March 13. Devin A. Martin allegedly punched a staff member twice and hit a second staff member in the face after the inmates were told recreation time was over and to line up, according to charging documents. Martin was housed at Green Hill School after an adult conviction while he was a juvenile for first-degree robbery in King County. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD FOLLOW UP

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is forwarding a case involving a wreck early yesterday morning outside of Chehalis for a charge of driving under the influence. Firefighters and deputies responding about 1:15 a.m. on Saturday to the 300 block of Highway 603 found a vehicle had collided with a utility pole and injured its driver. Jennifer L. Ternan, 44, of Chehalis, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where she was admitted, according to the sheriff’s office. A search warrant was issued to obtain some of her blood, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Brown said she didn’t know the extent of Ternan’s injuries, but said she was not booked into jail. The utility pole was destroyed, Brown said, but didn’t indicate the extent of damage to Ternan’s vehicle.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, open container violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespass, civil problem, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor  assault, suspicious circumstances, runaway juvenile, protection order violation, collision on city street, paint scratched on parked vehicle, complaint of construction noise during the night … and more, among 102 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

Sunday, April 24th, 2016
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VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 12:25 a.m. today when a resident looked outside and saw two persons with flashlights inside their parked car. The resident yelled at the suspects who fled on foot from the 1000 block of West Walnut Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nothing was taken from the car, according to police.

• Police were called just before 10 a.m. on Friday about a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia. A radar detector was stolen during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police on Friday took a report of an overnight vehicle prowl at the 100 block of South Gold Street.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old motorist stopped for a traffic violation on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia just after 9 p.m. on Friday was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Guy A McAllister, from Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters were called about 1:15 a.m. yesterday to a single-vehicle collision into a utility pole on Highway 603 near Tune Road. They initiated patient care, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, drugs, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, counterfeit $20 bill, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 113 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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WARRANTS, WARRANTS, WARRANTS

• Four felony warrants and 17 misdemeanor warrants were served yesterday during a joint effort by local law enforcement agencies they called “spring cleaning.” They started at 7:30 a.m. and continued until midnight with locating and arresting individuals in the Lewis County area, according to the sheriff’s office. Working the collaborative emphasis were officers with the Centralia Police Department, the Washington State Patrol, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the state Department of Corrections. Sheriff Rob Snaza called it a great team effort.

BIKE SWIPED

• An officer was called to the 1100 block of Caveness Drive in Centralia yesterday afternoon to take a report of the theft of a silver and black Trek 430 mountain bike from a building, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BACKPACK, PURSE STOLEN

• Centralia police were called at 9:35 a.m. yesterday about the  theft of a backpack and purse containing debit cards from the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MEDS

• Police took a report yesterday of medication stolen from the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8’clock yesterday morning regarding a car prowl on the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue.

‘NOT MY DRUGS’

• An officer responded yesterday to an approximately 11 a.m. call to W.F. West High School about a student who allegedly had a small pill bottle of suspected marijuana in her locker. School staff had retrieved the green vegetable material when they searched lockers and the 15-year-old girl said it did not belong to her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case was referred to juvenile prosecutors for charging, according to police.

PEEKABOO, I SEE YOU

• Three people ended up getting arrested after law enforcement went to a residence on the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis about 11 p.m. yesterday looking for 28-year-old Braden K. Burnett who was wanted for a misdemeanor warrant. A deputy was told through a closed window that Burnett wasn’t there, but another deputy saw Burnett  through a back window, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. So deputies got a search warrant, went inside and took Burnett into custody, also for obstructing. Samantha E. Taylor, 20, from Chehalis, also had an outstanding warrant. Scott J. Johnson, 18, of Centralia, didn’t have a warrant, but was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and his case was referred to prosecutors for possible additional charges of rendering criminal assistance, obstructing and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s office. All were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Troopers and firefighters responded about 9:30 a.m. today to a collision in the southbound lanes on Interstate 5 just north of Centralia, where they found a small passenger car with significant rear end damage and a semi truck with damage to its front end. All occupants were evaluated at the scene near milepost 85 and none were injured, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

• Three people were hurt when a woman driving a Jeep Cherokee pulled onto U.S. Highway 12 just west of Mossyrock yesterday and was struck by a Honda Civic already traveling on the highway. Troopers called about 12:15 p.m. determined Patricia J. Manville, 72, of Mossyrock, had been heading north on Birley Road and entered the highway but failed to yield, according to the Washington State Patrol. She was taken to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol. Both vehicles were described as totaled. The driver of the westbound Honda, Jack G. Cain, from Longview, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. His 22-year-old passenger was injured but not hospitalized, according to the patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, allowing an unauthorized person to drive, possession of a dangerous weapon; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, unfounded report, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, individual calling to report she opened the door to a porta-potty and found a naked male inside nodding off  … and more, among 170 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sheriff’s Office: Mossyrock man returns home from jail, with ax

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 52-year-old man escaped serious injury when he intercepted an ax wielding individual at the back door of a Mossyrock area home where he was staying overnight, because the woman who lives there feared her boyfriend who was released from jail earlier in the day.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says James C. Long, 61, broke the door latch and came inside armed with a large ax and a long screwdriver. He allegedly tried to stab and hit the 52-year-old Randle man.

The victim was able to stop him, preventing him access to the rest of the house and the woman, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The victim was able to control the ax and fight Mr Long out,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

Long reportedly jumped in his truck, tried to run the man down then rammed and shoved a parked vehicle out of the way as he fled the scene, according to Brown.

It happened at the 100 block of Naylor Road, southeast of Mossyrock.

Law enforcement conducted a felony stop on westbound U.S. Highway 12 and arrested Long about 2:30 a.m. today for first-degree assault and other offenses.

Chief Brown said the 53-year-old woman who lives there had two friends stay over, as she was concerned Long might show up despite a no-contact order.

Brown didn’t specify what Long had been in jail for, but earlier this month, he was arrested after an hours-long standoff in which he fired multiple rounds out of the house, including after deputies arrived.

That case was being handled in Lewis County District Court.

After the ax incident, Long was also arrested for burglary and violation of the no contact order and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

The 52-year-old man from Randle suffered small cuts and scrapes, and pain, but no medical attention was necessary, Chief Brown said.
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For background, read “SWAT team summoned after armed Mossy man tells deputies to come and get him” from Sunday April 3, 2016, here

Victim of stabbing with 10-inch stiletto is ‘100 percent supportive’ of suspect

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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Brian Slater took a “selfie” after he got out of the hospital.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 26-year-old woman being held after her boyfriend was stabbed in the neck in Mossyrock returned to court today, but still has not been arraigned.

Grace E. Barker is charged with first-degree assault but concern about her mental stability has interrupted the usual process for defendants.

At a hearing last week in Lewis County Superior Court scheduled for her arraignment, her court appointed lawyer asked instead for a one week postponement.

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Grace E. Barker

Centralia attorney Shane O’Rourke told the judge he’d like to wait.

“The competency question is borderline, as far as I can tell in talking with her family,” O’Rourke said.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead didn’t object.

Barker attended the hearing, which is more than she did the first afternoon she was supposed to go before a judge. On April 7, temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said she and others tried to speak with Barker at the jail, but Barker was uncommunicative.

The following day, corrections officers used a restraint chair to bring her into the courtroom. Her bail was set at $500,000.

Barker was arrested on April 6, after law enforcement was called to her boyfriend’s home on Mossyrock Road West.

Prosecutors wrote in court documents that Brian Slater was trying to get her to leave his residence when she picked up a knife, and he armed himself with a knife and when he threw his down thinking she had done the same, she stabbed him in the throat.

He told deputies she had been acting unstable.

Slater, 36, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.

He suffered a punctured and collapsed lung and a “jugular hematoma”.

The Mossyrock man is home now and, he said late last week, in a great deal of pain.

“It’s really a grizzly wound, but it’s all from the doctor that saved my life,” Slater said of his healing scar. “That’s what the doctor had to do to repair the damage.”

The knife, he said, was an approximately 10-inch long stiletto, a collector-type item of his.

He was anxious to hear what happened in court, with the mother of his baby. Slater was especially pleased lawyers and the judge have been talking about sending Barker to a mental hospital.

She doesn’t belong in a jail cell, as far as he’s concerned.

“That doesn’t mean she needs to be let go and go home,” Slater said.

Slater doesn’t make any mentions of feeling anger, just concern that Barker gets help. He’s 100 percent supportive of her, he said.

“She’s an incredibly intelligent person with an unbelievable amount of challenges,” he said. “And she’s dealt with it with grace.”

He’s not sure what day he got home from the hospital, and much about his stay there is fuzzy. He said he recalled one visitor, but learned later as many as eight people had been there, and were told he might not make it.

His sister who lives in California and created a Go-Fund-Me page for her brother says he got release three days after the attack. She created the donation page in hopes of helping Slater replace tools and other valuables that were missing when he returned home. He said he arrived to find his door wide open.

Barker this afternoon went before Judge Richard Brosey for the third time.

O’Rourke told the judge he thought she should be seen by experts from Western State Hospital to determine if she’s competent.

Individuals must be competent enough to understand their court proceedings and must be competent enough to effectively assist their lawyer in their defense.

O’Rourke said he’s not the professional who can decide that, so it’s just prudent to have it done.

“With all the references to behaving in ways that don’t make sense, it makes sense to have her evaluated by Western State,” he said.

The court scheduled a review hearing for May 11.
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For background, read “Mossyrock argument: Two knives, one airlifted, other arrested” from Thursday April 7, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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HIDING HANDBAG IN POLICE DEPARTMENT LOBBY LEADS TO ARREST

• A 20-year-old Oakville resident who stashed her purse in a storage cabinet inside the lobby of the Chehalis Police Department while she went to municipal court on the ground floor of the same building yesterday was subsequently arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. An officer retrieved the handbag and made contact with Natasha T. Henderson when she came back to get it, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Inside, the officer found needles and a spoon with brown residue that field-tested positive for heroin, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Henderson  was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 1:40 a.m. today for a burglary to a residence on the 500 block of East Main Street. Taken was a television, clothes and other personal items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT FROM THE WOODS

• A deputy was contacted yesterday by a timber cruiser whose 1995 Honda CR250R dirt bike was stolen from the Forest Service Road 2513 near Randle. The 27-year-old man from Cottage Grove said it disappeared sometime since 4 p.m. on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $1,500.

LICENSE PLATE VANISHES

• A license plate was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the street yesterday morning at the 1300 block of Central Boulevard in Centralia. Police had no suspect information as of this morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

RUNAWAY LOCATED

• A 14-year-old runaway reported missing about two weeks ago tried to flee from officers about 4:30 p.m. yesterday from a residence on the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. He also had a warrant for his arrest, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was caught and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

SOCIABLE RETRIEVER DETAINED BY POLICE

• Chehalis police were called about 9:45 p.m. yesterday after a woman opened her door to let her dog in and a strange dog walked into the house with it. An officer responding to the call at the 100 block of Southeast Washington Avenue was told the woman tied the friendly canine to a bush in the yard and planned to let the animal control officer pick it up this morning, but was called shortly after 2 a.m. for a complaint about a barking dog, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The golden retriever, which had no tags or license but was “of good temperament” was then taken to the city’s kennel, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, shoplifting, forgery, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute,  suicidal person, civil problem, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 159 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:50 a.m. today.

Winlock mill owner gets federal prison for trafficking in poached specialty wood

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Winlock man was sentenced yesterday in federal court to six months in prison, six months of home detention, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay nearly $160,000 for violating the Lacey Act by trafficking in big leaf maple illegally cut on national forest land.

Harold Clause Kupers, 48, pleaded guilty in November, and admitted he suspected the specialty maple had been illegally taken from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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Courtesy photo by U.S. Attorney’s Office

Kupers was the owner and operator of the now defunct J & L Tonewoods, which sold the wood to purchasers in interstate commerce for total revenues of $499,414, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The maple is particularly valuable for musical instruments.

Kupers was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by Judge Benjamin H. Settle.

“You were a central figure in what made this all [the stolen maple trade] work … You knew you were getting stolen wood, but you hid behind ignorance,” Settle said.

U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said Kupers acted as essentially a fence for stolen goods.

“As long as unscrupulous mill owners like this defendant create a market for poached wood, our protected forests are at risk,” Hayes stated in a news release.

According to the plea agreement, in April 2012, law enforcement officers with the U.S. Forest Service met with Kupers and specifically informed him that he was required by Washington law to review specialized forest products permits for all persons from whom he purchased maple.

Despite that, he admitted, he continued to buy the wood without requiring the harvesters to show the permit until March 2014.

Three men who illegally cut the wood previously pleaded guilty to theft of public property or conspiracy to steal public property for illegally harvesting the maple trees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in November and December 2011 and May 2012.

James Miller, 36, of Morton was sentenced in February to six months in prison and three years of supervised release. Ryan Justice, 28, of Randle, was sentenced in December to 15 months in prison. Kevin Mullins, 56, of Packwood, is scheduled for sentencing June 6.
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For background, read “Feds: Winlock mill owner admits illegal buying and selling of specialty maple ‘music wood’ ” from Monday November 16, 2015, here