NOW THAT’S MALICIOUS MISCHIEF
• Someone wired back the control levers to cause an excavator to roll down an embankment at a Centralia area logging site, where it came to rest upside down in a creek. The John Deere 135G track excavator with a 21-foot boom is worth several thousand dollars, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. An employee of Chehalis Rentals who went to retrieve the piece of equipment yesterday morning from off the 100 block of Blanchard Road said it occurred sometime since 10 a.m. the day before, according to the sheriff’s office. It will take a larger piece of equipment to recover the machine, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• A 2002 Honda Civic was reported stolen from the 1100 block of H Street, according to a report made to police about 7:50 a.m. yesterday. It has a license plate reading 987 ZON, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 1100 block of J Street about an overnight theft of a craftsmen generator from a motor home.
• License plates were reported stolen from the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia yesterday morning.
• Chehalis police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday about an early morning vehicle prowl on the 900 block of Northwest State Avenue. The registration was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Coins and fuses were among the items missing from a vehicle at the 500 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 2:40 p.m. yesterday.
• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 100 block of Northeast Washington Avenue where sometime over the weekend someone had emptied out the glove box of a vehicle.
• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Center Street following the discovery someone had gone into a crawl space and rummaged through stored items. Nothing was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.
CAMPAIGN SIGNS SNAGGED
• Centralia police were called at noon yesterday again for because of the theft of political signs from a yard at the 1000 block of North Pearl Street.
• A deputy called about 5:15 a.m. yesterday about a person hiding in bushes near a bathroom at Thousand Trails Campground on the 2200 block of Centralia-Alpha Road contacted a 33-year-old Puyallup man who said he was camping with his family, and then found he had two outstanding warrants, and then found he had a crystal substance that field-tested positive for drugs. Brandon L. Peterson was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, a man who appeared to be drunk and kissing on a fire hydrant … and more, among 156 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.