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News brief: Onalaska teen injured in wreck with semi

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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U.S. Highway 12 at Ethel is closed for hours as troopers investigate two-vehicle crash. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol.

Updated at 1:04 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 16-year-old Onalaska boy was injured and airlifted to a Seattle hospital after a collision with an oncoming semi truck on U.S. Highway 12 west of Ethel yesterday.

Troopers called at 4:15 p.m. to the scene near milepost 70 described both vehicles as totaled.

The driver of the 2012 Volvo semi with a tent trailer was reportedly unhurt.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the teen was traveling westbound and moved into the opposite lane as he attempted a pass in a no-passing zone. He lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, spun around and was struck by the semi in the eastbound lane, according to the state patrol.

A dozen members of Lewis County Fire Districts 5 and 8 responded to the area near Joy Lane, at the top of what some people call Ethel Hill.

Ines D. Lopez, 37, from Granger, was wearing his seatbelt, as was the un-named 16-year-old, the investigating trooper reports.

“We transported him for potential internal injuries,” District 5 Firefighter Brad Bozarth said of the teen. “He was in and out of consciousness.”

The boy was taken by ambulance to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport and  flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The wreck remains under investigation.

The roadway was closed and a detour put into place until about 10 p.m.

 

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

HONDA CAR STOLEN

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of green 1995 Honda Accord stolen from the 2000 block of Borst Avenue. It has a license plate reading AFW9059, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday about food stolen from a locked outdoor cooler on Southwest 13th Street.

MONEY MISSING

• Centralia police were called about 6:20 a.m. today to the 100 block of South Silver Street where a resident reported more than $500 stolen from his wallet overnight. Police say a person of interest is a relative staying at the home.

GAS STOLEN

• Centralia police say they took a report about 3:15 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of $300 worth of gas from the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue when an individual drove off with the gas nozzle still attached.

DRUGS

• A 20-year-old Centralia man was arrested after police tried to contact him around 4 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia. Nathan A. Cheney had an outstanding warrant and he ran away from officers twice, but then was “taken down” by a Chehalis police dog when he inadvertently ran directly at the arriving dog, according to the Centralia Police Department. Cheney was booked into the Lewis County Jail for his warrant and also for possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

• A 29-year-old Centralia woman brought to the Lewis County Jail for unspecified reasons was arrested yesterday morning for Possession of Methamphetamine and Introducing Contraband in to a Correctional Facility, after jail staff allegedly located drugs paraphernalia hidden on her person, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, misdemeanor assault, hit and run, violation of anti-harassment order; responses for disputes, suicide threat, suspicious circumstances … and more.

Armed robber strikes at Vader area gas station

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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South Lewis County / Google Maps

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Deputies are looking for a fairly small young man who wore a red bandana over his face when he robbed a gas station next to Interstate 5 at the Vader exit last night.

The armed individual got away with about $320, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement responding to the 8:30 p.m. call were told by the 26-year-old woman she was working when he walked into the store, displayed a pistol and demanded cash, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Cowlitz Shell station is on the 100 block of Mulford Road, Toledo.

He left on foot to the east, but it’s possible he got into a vehicle before deputies arrived, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The clerk, a Vader resident, was uninjured, Brown said.

Containment was set up around the area and a police dog deployed, but no suspect as located, according to Brown.

The robber was described as brown-haired and brown-eyed and about 20 years old. He was about 5 feet 6 inches tall weighing approximately 150 pounds, she said.

He wore all dark clothing.

Chief Brown asks anyone who may have information to please contact the sheriff’s office or Lewis County Crime Stoppers.

Prosecutor: Scary ER incident with man grabbing at baby not a candidate for felony charge

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 36-year-old Chehalis man who allegedly tried to take someone else’s baby at the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital last week won’t be charged with attempted kidnapping but may face a lesser charge for the incident.

William M. Eaton was out-of-his-mind high and didn’t demonstrate any intent to actually abduct the six-month old girl so although police detained him for attempted kidnapping, prosecutors declined to file that charge, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said.

Meagher said he sent the case to Centralia Municipal Court, where a prosecutor there might consider fourth-degree assault, an offense that includes unpermitted touching.

The little one was with her parents and still strapped in her car seat, when Eaton came into the ER about 8 p.m. last Wednesday and tried to take her out of the carseat, according to authorities. He got her blanket off, Meagher said. Hospital security personnel and a police officer who happened to be there for a different reason intervened.

Police said Eaton believed it was his child when he was questioned. Meagher suggested perhaps he was thinking, in his altered state, he ought to take her home or something.

He was not arrested and remained at the hospital being treated for unspecified reasons.

The alleged facts outlined in the police reports didn’t amount to a felony, but possibly a misdemeanor, according to Meagher.

Eaton is a Lewis County Drug Court participant, and has mental deficiencies, Meagher said. Drug use compounds that, he said.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

CHILD ASSAULTED

• Police were called about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of West Main Street in Centralia after an 11-year-old boy was assaulted by a male who punched him in the ribs. The suspect is described as having stars shaved into the back of his head and police are still attempting to find out who he is, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers have no motive, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 2000 block of Ahlers Avenue. Taken sometime between 6 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. on Monday was a tool bag and a racquetball bag with their contents, according to Officer Patty Finch.

• Chehalis police were called about 5:30 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl on the 200 block of Southwest Second Street where two chainsaws were taken from the bed of a pickup truck.

ILLEGAL KNIFE

• A 29-year-old Centralia man found himself in further trouble when he was arrested for a warrant yesterday and he was discovered to have a butterfly knife concealed, according to police. Jeff D. Prindle, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for his warrant and for possession of a dangerous weapon after contact with an officer about 5 p.m. at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CHAT INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police took a report yesterday about a man attempting to befriend young boys online, in connection with the 300 block of West Summa Street. The case remains under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• Police and aid called about 7:40 p.m. yesterday to a wreck at North Gold Street near Ham Hill Road in Centralia found the vehicle on its side in the water of a creek there. The driver declined aid but was cited for negligent driving, according to authorities. The incident was caused by driving too fast, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, disputes, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, request for assistance from inside a gas station store after picking up a hitchhiker in Onalaska who was “freaking out” in the caller’s car outside … and more.

SAFETY MESSAGE OF THE DAY

• The end of daylight saving time on Sunday prompts a reminder about the dangers on the roadways. Nearly half the state’s pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities last year happened between October and January, according to the state Department of Transportation. With increased foggy and rainy weather, and darkness coming earlier, visibility is a challenge, but there are ways to reduce the risk of collisions, DOT says.

Here are their suggestions:

Pedestrians and Bicyclists:

• Be seen – Wear bright or reflective outerwear, carry a flashlight, add lights to your bike or helmet and cross at lighted intersections when possible.

• Make eye contact – Know that the driver is aware of your presence so keep hats, hoods and umbrellas clear of your vision.

• Walk and bike where it’s safest – Use sidewalks and bike lanes when they are available, and if not, walk at the edge of the road facing traffic, and ride with the flow of traffic.

• Cross the roadway at intersections – Crossing in mid-block, or jaywalking, is a contributing circumstance in pedestrian collisions. This applies in parking lots and garages.

Drivers:

• Stop for pedestrians – It’s the law. Drivers must stop for pedestrians at intersections, whether it’s an unmarked or marked crosswalk. It’s also illegal to pass another vehicle stopped for a pedestrian at a crosswalk. Failure to yield to pedestrians is the leading motorist-contributing circumstance in pedestrian collisions.

• Put the phone down – Hand-held cell phone use and texting is prohibited for all Washington drivers and may result in a $124 fine for first offense.

• Watch for pedestrians near schools, community centers and recreation areas – Children aged 1 through 19 are most at risk to be involved in a pedestrian fatality. Senior adults (age 71 or more) make up the other high at-risk age group.

• Drive the posted speed limit – If a driver hits a cyclist or pedestrian at 20 mph or less, there is an estimated 95 percent survival rate compared with much lower rates if the cyclist or pedestrian is struck by vehicles traveling at higher speeds. The extra minutes saved by speeding could cost a life.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Updated at 2:26 p.m.

GUN IN FACE

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to a residence on the 500 block of North Ash Street where a 43-year-old woman allegedly pointed a pistol at her boyfriend’s head during an argument. Jesse M. Lestat was subsequently arrested for first-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Responding officers were told the 43-year-old man had left the room and gone into another room at their home when Lestat came in with a gun and pointed it at his face. “He was able to take the weapon from her,” Officer Patty Finch said. Lestat was described by officers as possibly under the influence of drugs and extremely hostile, Finch said. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon regarding a burglary at the 2300 block of Eureka Avenue that occurred in the previous “couple of days”, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday about food stolen from a utility room on Southwest 19th Street.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday someone smashed a game cam in a tree and tried to open two roof vents on a travel trailer at the 100 block of Sherwood Lane in Packwood. A deputy who took at the report on Saturday noted the damage was about $400, according to the sheriff’s office.

SUSPECTED FRAUD

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to the 900 block of South Schueber Road to take a report of a forgery to obtain medications.

MAN VERSUS TRAIN

• An intoxicated homeless man was arrested last night after he reportedly stood in front of a moving freight train and then jumped onto its catwalk and headed toward the engine’s cabin. It happened about 10:45 p.m. near the 200 block of Railroad Avenue in Centralia, as the train departed the rail yard, according to the Centralia Police Department. The BNSF freight train employed an emergency stop, according to police. Anthony D. Webb, 49, from Longview, was contacted and denied getting on the train, but was identified by the crew, police report. A department spokesperson said it wasn’t clear what his motivation might have been. Webb was booked into the Lewis County Jail for trespassing and obstructing a train, according to police.

NIGHT TIME DISTURBANCE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday a 40-year-old Centralia man was arrested after a middle-of-the-night incident at the 2900 block of Yahtahay Lane with an individual walking around a home’s front and rear porch yelling obscenities. Deputies responding to the 3:40 a.m. Sunday call located Zachary K, Greene in the backyard of a vacant neighboring house, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree trespass, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

TREE CATCHES FIRE NEAR SKATE PARK

• Firefighters called to Rotary Riverside Park in Centralia about 10:30 p.m. yesterday found a tall hollow tree on fire, burning from the inside out. It appeared to have a cavity large enough for someone to hide out in if they wanted to, but firefighters pulled it apart and put about 500 gallons of water on it, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Police think it was set on fire and are investigating.

LOG TRUCK WRECKS NEAR PE ELL

• The Washington State Patrol says a 1998 Kenworth log truck was totaled when it ran into a ditch along state Route 6 this morning and struck a culvert. Troopers called about 8:35 a.m. to the scene roughly nine miles east of Pe Ell report the driver was injured but not transported to the hospital. The load of logs spilled onto the eastbound lane, according to the state patrol. Vic A. Johnson, 59, from Hoquaim, was headed eastbound when his rig left the roadway, according to the investigating trooper. He was to be cited for “improper lane travel.”

TREE IN ROAD CAUSES WRECK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday a 34-year-old Onalaska man was uninjured when he was driving in the dark along the 100 block of Shanklin Road near Salkum and hit a downed tree. It happened about 5:30 a.m. last Thursday, and the 2008 Ford F350 traveled down a large embankment and rolled onto its side, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver was able to get  himself out and was unhurt, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

VAN VERSUS POLE

• A 38-year-old Winlock man said he didn’t know what happened when he ended up wrecking into a utility pole and totaling his Chevrolet van on the 100 block of Knowles Road near Winlock on Saturday, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 2:45 p.m. cited the driver for wheels off the roadway and driving with a suspended license, the sheriff’s office reported.

STEERING BREAKS

• A 38-year-old Onalaska man was reportedly uninjured when he totaled his work truck last night southeast of Chehalis. Deputies called about 7:10 p.m. to the 300 block of Middle Fork Road found the 2007 Dodge Ram had overturned. The driver said he was traveling along when it felt like something broke in his steering and he lost control of the pickup, which went into the ditch and then struck the bank, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft; responses for disputes, hit and run, no contact order violation,  suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, report of a person “snooping” through a cemetery … and more.

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Remains of log truck on state Route 6. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Updated at 3:33 p.m.

CHEHALIS POLICE RESPOND TO FALSE REPORT OF HOSTAGE SITUATION

• Chehalis police responded to an approximately 7 a.m. 911 call today to a residence in which they were told by a male his father flipped out, was threatening to shoot everyone and had taken his mother and visitors into a back room. When officers arrived to the home on the 600 block of Northwest Prindle Street, however, a dad and his two children were the only ones present and were just waking up, according to police. None of it happened, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. It appeared, for whatever reason, the call was a fake, which would be a crime, Wilson said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 500 block of West Pear Street regarding a burglary that occurred sometime during the previous week.

• A passport was stolen from a residence on the 200 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

• Centralia police took a report on Friday afternoon of tools stolen from a business on the 600 block of Harrison Avenue.

• Computer cables were reported missing from the 900 block of South Schueber Road in Centralia at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to police.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Someone got into a shed on the 100 block of Northwest Airport Road in Chehalis and stole property including children’s’ clothes, chairs and possibly a drum, according to a report made to police about 5:40 a.m. today.

BREAK-IN PACKWOOD

• A deputy took a report yesterday from the 100 block of Holiday Lane in Packwood regarding a theft in which two chainsaws and an Amico 3500 watt generator were taken. It happened sometime between 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about noon on Saturday regarding the theft of a maroon 1991 Toyota pickup truck with a license plate reading B25903V.

• A Chevrolet Blazer was stolen from the 800 block of Marion Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:45 a.m. on Saturday.

CAR PROWL

• Someone stole long horns from the hood of a pickup truck on the 900 block of K Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday. Also taken when the vehicle was prowled was a sub-woofer, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A backpack and a pool cue were stolen from a vehicle parked at the 100 block of West High Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 6 p.m. on Saturday.

• Chehalis police were called to the parking lot at Wal-Mart about 6:15 p.m. on Saturday where the victim said someone had stolen a bag of new purchases and must have been smoking when they did it. Ashes were dropped inside the vehicle, and it smelled like cigarette smoke, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 10 a.m. on Saturday to a motel on the 500 block of Southwest Parkland Drive where a bullet hole was discovered in a window.

• Chehalis police took a report on Saturday regarding a truck parked on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in which someone smashed its windshield.

ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police were called about 7:50 p.m. on Saturday to the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road about an injury to a child. Detectives are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details were not readily available.

DISORDERLINESS

• Officers responded to a business in the 200 block of Westlake Avenue in Morton about 11 p.m. last Wednesday for a report of some disorderly customers. Upon contact, the customers stated that they had misplaced their room key and were trying to get the attention of the manager to get them a new key, according to the Morton Police Department.

• A 43-year-old Centralia man who was reportedly disrupting traffic by being in the middle of the roadway in Centralia at about 9 a.m. on Friday morning was arrested for disorderly conduct. Michael A. Kellogg was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with officers regarding Mellen and Yew streets incident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISION

• A 24-year-old Chehalis resident was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a broken eye socket and facial cuts following a two-vehicle head-on crash at an intersection northwest of Napavine at about noon on Saturday. The young man was a passenger in a Ford Explorer utility vehicle that was struck by a 1993 Volvo 850 which attempted to cut the intersection corner at Harmon and Carroll roads, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Both vehicles were totaled, according to the sheriff’s office. Also injured were the  21-year-old driver of the Explorer, with laceration to his face, the 51-year-old Chehalis woman who was a passenger in the Volvo who was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The 66-year-old man from Chehalis driver the Volvo declined aid, Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, shoplifting, burglary, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, failing to transfer a vehicle title within 45 days; responses for alarms, dispute, public disorderliness, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation, collisions on city streets, someone scratching a parked vehicle, noisy neighbor music … and more.

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Intersection at Harmon and Carroll roads outside Napavine on Saturday. / Courtesy photo by Stan Craig

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 24th, 2014

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to a burglary at an apartment on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in which Oxycodone pills and social security cards were taken. There was no sign of force entry, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A Nintendo and games were reported stolen from a residence on the 500 block of South Market Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police yesterday.

BURGLARY WINLOCK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they are investigating a break-in to a residence on the 100 block of Sergeant Road in Winlock in which coins, a fossil and a checkbook were stolen. The 86-year-old victim said it happened between Oct. 9 and Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of Young Road in Randle where someone had stolen a 1994 Toyota truck out of its driveway overnight, sometime between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The key had been left in the ignition of the unsecured vehicle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is $10,000.

• A stolen Honda was located abandoned in an alley in Centralia yesterday. The 10:48 a.m. incident is connected with the 1000 block of Gold Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone stole two large wrenches and stainless steel vice grips from an unlocked log truck parked at the 800 block of Byham Road in Winlock sometime between Monday and yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

MISSING MAIL

• Centralia police took a report about 4:25 a.m. today from the 300 block of South Buckner Street regarding mail stolen from a mailbox.

DRUGS

• A 15-year-old student at Onalaska High School was sent home on Wednesday when a bag of marijuana was confiscated from him,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy spoke to the principal and to the student and the case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors for potential charge, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, negligent driving, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, public disorderliness, collisions on city streets … and more.

Two school bus accidents, no serious injuries

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Honda Accord wrecks into school bus in front of Burger Claim in Grand Mound. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 17-year-old boy was safely removed out the back window of his car by medics yesterday following a rear-end collision in Grand Mound that left the back bumper of a school bus on his steering wheel.

Firefighters called at 3:47 p.m. to Old Highway 99 near 203rd Avenue Southwest found the Honda Accord’s windshield smashed and its front end buried beneath the bus, according to responders.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Lt. Isaac Garza said it was the kind of ugly wreckage and entrapment that when they rolled up, they just knew was going to be serious. But it wasn’t.

Garza said he thought the bus was either carrying no students or they were all okay; he was focused on caring for the teen in the Honda, he said.

“The driver of the car was actually fine too, we took him to Centralia for precautionary measures,” Garza said. “He had a laceration to his face, but ended up walking away.”

Both were northbound in front of the Burger Claim restaurant, according to Thurston County Sheriff’s Office .

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said he didn’t have a written report yet on the incident, but preliminary information was the kids on the bus seemed to be fine.

At around the same time in Centralia, a Toyota pickup with no working brakes ran into the back of a school bus on West Reynolds Avenue near Blair Road.

The bus had stopped at a railroad crossing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy responding to the approximately 3:20 p.m. collision reported two children on the bus complained of headaches and aid was called to treat them, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The pickup truck’s driver, 52-year-old Mark Christensen, of Rochester, admitted he knew his brakes weren’t functional and was arrested and booked into jail for reckless driving, according to Brown.

Both vehicles were drivable, Brown said.

Riverside Fire Authority Firefighter-paramedic Jennifer Ternan said they were dispatched at 3:49 p.m. to the scene, but when they arrived, the bus had been moved to a parking lot off Lum Road and the school district told them they were handling it.

Firefighters were told there were no injuries, she said.

Two Onalaska teens trapped when car strikes tree

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Plymouth Breeze rests against tree after two occupants are extricated. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A pair of 14-year-old boys who took a parents car joy riding yesterday were hospitalized with serious injuries after they slammed into a tree northeast of Onalaska.

Authorities said they were going so fast, the impact left the tree against the dashboard.

Deputies and members of three fire departments responded to the 4:25 p.m. call to the 200 block of Griel Road; the Jaws of Life were used because they were trapped.

“It took a long time to get the car opened up to get them out, especially the passenger,” Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Mark Conner said.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said a trooper estimated they were traveling at a very high rate, well above the posted 40 mph speed limit. The 1997 Plymouth Breeze left the roadway and traveled through a wooden bus shack before hitting the tree, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

Both were airlifted from the field at Onalaska High School, according to Conner.

The passenger suffered several broken bones in his lower extremities, Brown said. Conner said he was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, and also had cuts to his face.

The airbags deployed so they were fortunate with no obvious head injuries, Conner said, but both boys had suspected internal injuries.

The driver was delivered to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the fire chief said. He got an update this morning that the driver has liver, kidney and lung lacerations.

Brown said the boys had been home alone so the parents were unaware they took the car out. She said a neighbor reported seeing them pass her home twice at an extremely high rate.

The teens are from Onalaska, and Brown reported they took their parents car, but said she didn’t know specifically if they are brothers or just friends.

The collision remains under investigation.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Updated at 8:40 p.m.

ATTEMPTED CHILD SNATCHING OR MISTAKEN IDENTITY?

• Centralia police say a 36-year-old man was taken into custody after he allegedly attempted to take a small child that was with its parents in the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital last night. The little one was still in its car seat, according to police. When questioned, William M. Eaton believed the child was his, and may have been high on drugs, according to the Centralia Police Department. Hospital security personnel and a police officer who happened to be there for a different reason responded to the approximately 8 p.m. incident. The case is being sent to prosecutors for a recommended charge of attempted kidnapping, according to the Centralia Police Department. Eaton, a Chehalis resident, remains at the hospital being treated for unspecified reasons, and police continue to investigate.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Northwest St. Helens Avenue when a burglary was discovered. There was no sign of forced entry, but cash was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called to an apartment on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis just before 7 o’clock last night when a couple came inside from being on their front porch for a few minutes and found the wife’s purse dumped out on their couch.  Nothing appeared to be missing, but the residents think someone came in through the back door while they were in front, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THRIFT SHOP MISSING CASH

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that someone stole a cash bag containing approximately $200 from the Packwood Presbyterian Thrift Store on U.S. Highway 12 in Randle. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown it was taken from the counter while the clerk was helping another customer on Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

AUTO THEFT

• A Pontiac Grand Am reported missing about 7:45 a.m. yesterday from the 300 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia was discovered abandoned near Penny Playground in Chehalis about 11:30 a.m., according to police.

DISORDERLINESS

• Police arrested a 51-year-old homeless man for disorderly conduct after getting called just after 6 p.m. yesterday about an individual yelling and running at people on the 400 block of North Tower Avenue. Keith A. Smith was then released but less than two hours later arrested and booked into jail for trespassing after reportedly going to a location on the 2000 block of Cooks Hill Road where he had already been told not to come back, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A former manager of the Packwood Inn will return to court next Thursday for arraignment, charged with second-degree extortion in connection with allegations he tampered with the business website and told the owner he’d relinquish control of the site once a check for his backpay arrived and cleared the bank. David J. Langley, 52, was charged in November 2013 in Lewis County Superior Court, following an investigation that summer, according to court documents. A warrant for his arrest was issued. Langley, whose address is shown in his court file as in Ocean Shores, was arrested on Monday and went before a judge on Tuesday afternoon. Charging documents state a deputy was called to the east end establishment after Langley left employment there, by another worker who noticed messages on the website that were similar statements Langley had made, talking bad about the owner not paying his employees on time. The site was fixed, then tampered with again, showing images of guns and the words FBI, and then finally dissolving into a blank white page, according to documents. The owner Vrajlal Nariya, said Langley was the only person with the password and access to the site, charging documents relate. Nariya showed the deputy an email from Langley on July 2, 2013 requesting backpay and stating once he received it, he would restore control of the site to the Packwood Inn, according to the documents. Langley was released from the Lewis County jail on Tuesday evening on a $10,000 signature bond. His opportunity to make his plea is scheduled for the morning on Oct. 30. Second-degree extortion has a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

FINGER POINTING LEADS TO NO TICKET

• Two motorists who nearly collided as they passed in opposite directions on the  1700 block of Centralia-Alpha Road swerved away from each other and wrecked in opposite ditches yesterday. A deputy responding to the approximately noontime incident was told by each of the two women that the other had crossed the centerline, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Both were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and both the Ford Ranger and Ford Explorer sustained major damage, according to the sheriff’s office. No citation was issued.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespass, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, fender bender in parking lot … and more.