Updated at 3:48 p.m.
WALL INSIDE CENTRALIA RESIDENCE CATCHES FIRE
• Firefighters were called about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 1000 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia where a fire broke out, burning a wall of a room used as an office. “The residents, they attempted to extinguish it, which they did a pretty good job,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy said. “We put more water on it and opened up the wall.” McCarthy said the residents had grabbed a bowl of water with rice they were cooking to douse the flames. The fire appeared to have been caused from a malfunction of a piece of electronic equipment, like a printer, he said.
• Police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia regarding the theft of pain medication. The victim had a suspect in mind, and the case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Centralia police were called about 8:10 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Center Street where they an individual told them someone pried open his neighbor’s garage door. It wasn’t immediately known if anything was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Centralia police were called yesterday morning regarding a nighttime vehicle prowl on the 1100 block of Brotherson Road.
• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of graffiti spray painted onto a building on the 100 block of South Silver Street during the night.
• Someone threw a rock through the window of a vehicle parked on the 700 block of West Cherry Street in Centralia during the night, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.
DISAGREEMENT WITH A GUN
• Chehalis police were called about 12:40 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue in connection with a dispute involving a vehicle reportedly speeding through the neighborhood. “It looks like there was a confrontation, some allegations of a gun being displayed, although not pointed at anyone,” Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said. The incident is still under investigation and no arrests were made, according to Kaut.
HIT AND RUN FROM ACROSS CENTER LINE
• Deputies are looking for a dark blue two-car car with driver’s side damage that crossed the center line on the 3000 block of Jackson Highway early yesterday evening, striking an oncoming vehicle. Deputies arriving about 6:55 p.m. shortly after it happened were told by the 44-year-old Centralia man he was northbound and tried to get his Nissan Sentra onto the shoulder but couldn’t avoid the collision, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect vehicle was possibly a Mitsubishi, the sheriff’s office said. The Sentra sustained major damage and the victim said he had minor back pain but declined aid, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.
MOTIVE FOR ROAD RAGE A MYSTERY
• A man accused of ramming another motorist on the freeway, more than once and causing it to spin out into the concrete center barrier will get his opportunity to make his plea next week in Lewis County Superior Court. Troopers responding to the incident on Interstate 5 south of Chehalis saw a plume of dust consistent with an accident and then followed a trail of smoke off exit 71 at Napavine and came upon a slow-moving sport utility vehicle that pulled to the side of the roadway and then went nose first into the ditch, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver, a 36-year-old software engineer from Redmond, was arrested and then charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and second-degree assault, according to authorities. It happened in the southbound lanes about 3:30 p.m. on Monday and Tony C. Chiang was allowed the following day to be released on a $25,000 signature bond. The two individuals in the other car were not hurt, and didn’t know what prompted it, Washington State Patrol Sgt. Neil Weaver said. “They were shocked and surprised by it,” Weaver said. They said they saw the red SUV coming up fast in the rear view mirror, he said. The driver came alongside them and stared at the car’s occupants, before turning his vehicle into theirs striking its side, charging documents relate. He then allegedly got behind the car and struck its back end and continued pushing it until it spun out, according to charging documents. Weaver said troopers didn’t learn from Chiang why he was upset. “We don’t know, because he didn’t want to talk to us,” Weaver said. Chiang’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, hit and run … and more.