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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Updated at 4:30 p.m.

BIG BAD BILL

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a counterfeit $100 bill being passed at a business on the 600 block of Harrison Avenue.

MOOSE MONEY MISSING

• Police are investigating an overnight burglary at the Moose Lodge in Morton in which about $2,800 cash was stolen. They don’t yet have any suspects, Morton Police Department Chief Dan Mortensen said today. Officers were called to the building on the 100 block of First Street about 10 a.m. on Monday, after the manager arrived and discovered the break-in, Mortensen said.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowled at the 1800 block of Collision Street. Missing was a portable car battery jumper, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An acetylene torch was stolen from a vehicle at the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:45 p.m. yesterday.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Defense attorney Sam Groberg confirmed today charges were dismissed against a client of his, a 26-year-old Centralia area man who was arrested last month for second-degree rape. Jonathan B. Charley was arrested by deputies on Feb. 17 following a short investigation into allegations made by an acquaintance, according to court documents. He pleaded not guilty to the offense which has a maximum possible penalty of life in prison, and then last week a deputy prosecutor asked a judge to dismiss the charge. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joely O’Rourke wrote in her motion she had been unable to find the alleged victim. O’Rourke reserved the right to refile the charge in the future, according to court documents.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarms, collisions on city streets, misdemeanor domestic assault, other misdemeanor theft, someone “keying” someone else’s vehicle; complaints of someone getting water from someone else’s outdoor spigot, someone else parked in a man’s parking spot, someone “recording” a customer at Wal-Mart, homeless person setting up camp near a building … and more.

Knife assault victims recovering in two Chehalis cases; suspects charged

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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Sheldon J. Hardy, 40, of Chehalis, is charged with first-degree assault in connection with a Sunday incident with a knife on Southeast Dobson Court in Chehalis.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Both men stabbed in separate incidents in Chehalis over the weekend are listed in satisfactory condition at a Seattle hospital while their two alleged assailants remain held in the Lewis County Jail.

Michael Bylsma, 25, suffered a single stab wound to his chest on Saturday afternoon in the driveway of the home on Southeast 16th Street where he lives with his friend Kevin A.R. Dawkins.

Authorities say the two argued and fought while out to pizza at lunchtime and resumed the dispute as soon as they returned home.

The victim in Sunday’s late afternoon incident outside an apartment complex on Southeast Dobson Court, 19-year-old Andres F. Santiago, sustained a wound to his chest and a laceration across his lower lip, according to charging documents.

It happened during an alteration witnessed by several others, apparently over something said to Santiago’s 17-year-old pregnant girlfriend, charging documents indicate.

Sheldon J. Hardy, 40, who told police he’d told authorities he’d been drinking and done a few lines of methamphetamine, told police Santiago charged him, court documents state. Police described the two as neighbors.

Hardy was charged yesterday with first-degree assault and ordered held on $250,000 bail. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey said he’d set it at $50,000 over the weekend, but after hearing more of the allegation’s details and learning Hardy’s criminal history, he would increase the amount.

Dawkins, 24, who appeared before the judge during the same late afternoon hearing, is held on $100,000 bail. He is charged with second-degree assault.

Second-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison; first-degree assault can mean lifetime incarceration.

Exactly why the two cases didn’t produce the same charge isn’t clear.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher one of his co-workers filed one of the cases and a second co-worker filed the other.

“Not all stabbings are equal,” Meagher said.

Recently hired Deputy Prosecutor Mark McLean mentioned to the judge Dawkins’ significant criminal history, noting two recent felonies and offenses such as burglary and theft.

In Hardy’s case, McLean listed seven past felony convictions such as drugs and forgery as well as two for third-degree assault going back as far as 1996.

In both cases, the weapon used was described by police as a kitchen-like knife with a blade of approximately four inches.

Both victims were treated at Providence Centralia Hospital.

Bylsma was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Saturday. Airlift was unavailable because of weather on Sunday so Santiago was transported there by ambulance.

Charging documents in Saturday’s incident don’t relay what Bylsma and Dawkins argued about, but cite a witness as saying the pair went into the residence on 16th Street for a short period and came back out yelling at each other.

David Graves, who had taken them to Sahara’s Pizza before the incident, told police he watched Bylsma walking backwards down the driveway with Dawkins walking towards him, and he saw Dawkins punch Bylsma in the chest and then drop a knife on the ground and leave the area, charging documents state in a two-page summary.

The five pages outlining why prosecutors believed they had probable cause for the charge in Sunday’s case don’t reveal a specific reason for the disagreement between Hardy and Santiago either.

One witness tells police Hardy came outside and said something to the 17-year-old girl that Santiago could hear and Santiago approached the two. Hardy was yelling at her as the two men came together and Hardy took up a fighting stance, the documents state.

The documents alleged Hardy took a swing and Santiago stopped fighting, and while his hands were down, Hardy hit him again in the face, both blows apparently with a knife in hand.

Another witness said he yelled at the suspect, who stopped what he was doing, charging documents state.

Fellow resident Michelle Gibson took Hardy back to his apartment and was yelling, “I told you guys what would happen,” charging documents state.

Gibson told police Hardy had exhibited behavior and violence issues in the past, once pulling a knife on her, according to the charging documents.

She said she thought his behavior on Sunday afternoon  was because he’d been evicted earlier that day, for similar issues, according to charging documents.

Both men in both cases will go before a judge on Thursday for their arraignments.
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For background, read “Breaking news: Young man hospitalized after stabbing in Chehalis” from Sunday March 16, 2014, here

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Kevin A.R. Dawkins, 24, of Chehalis, is charged with second-degree assault in connection with a Saturday incident with a knife on Southeast 16th Street in Chehalis.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

ASSAULTS

• Centralia police say a male suffered a possible broken jaw when he was assaulted by two males at a party. Yesterday morning’s case, associated with an area near the railroad tracks off East Maple Street, remains under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested for second-degree assault late yesterday afternoon in connection with an address on the 1900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Officers responding about 5:20 p.m. booked Jeffrey T. Gould in the  the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.  Further details were not readily available.

OVEREXPOSED

• A 44-year-old Centralia man was locked up last night after he alleged displayed his bare butt to an individual. Police responding about 8:40 p.m. to the 2900 block of Mount Vista Road arrested Jeffrey A. Pickett for indecent exposure and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone slashed the tires on a vehicle parked at the 300 block of Tilley Avenue in Centralia during the night, according to a report made to police yesterday.

WRECKS

• Police and aid were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday when a mini van collided with a Twin Transit bus at the intersection of West Main Street and Washington Avenue in Centralia. Police report the van’s driver sustained minor injuries; the fire department says two individuals were transported to the hospital. The bus was occupied by three or four individuals and the damage was such it was able to be driven from the scene, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Further details were not readily available.

• Firefighters and deputies responding shortly after 4:30 p.m. yesterday to a single-vehicle crash west of Centralia found a Subaru Legacy had left the roadway and collided with a tree. The fire department said the injuries were minor and the sheriff’s office said the driver declined to be treated. The 33-year-old Centralia man was on his way home from work and fell asleep along the 2200 block of Manners Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle sustained front end damage, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drug arrest for which information is not readily available; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, two bicycles stolen from a backyard, collisions on city streets  … and more.

Tenino area barn fire under investigation

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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A pair of 20 and 30 year old horses lost their home, hay in a fire yesterday afternoon near Tilley Road. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A barn fire north of Tenino yesterday resulted in the loss of a large amount of household property stored inside during a home renovation as well as a dozen baby chicks.

Crews called about 1:30 p.m. to the scene near Tilley Road and 140th Avenue Southwest found the building fully engulfed in flames and threatening a line of trees, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

The fire was reported by a neighbor who saw smoke, called 911 and alerted the homeowner, according to Lt. Lanette Dyer.

Dyer said the approximately 1600-square-foot barn normally housed two horses, the chicks and animal feed. The owners had only recently moved in and many of their belongings were still stored there following a remodel, she said in a news release.

“The neighbor and owner then began working to clear animals from the immediate area,” Dyer said. “Entry into the barn, to get the baby chickens were hindered by intense smoke and flames and the owner was unable to gain entry.”

The building and its contents were destroyed, she stated.

Approximately 25 firefighters from five departments battled the blaze; nobody was injured and its cause remains under investigation.

Young mother who allowed abusive punishment of son pleads guilty to lesser charge

Monday, March 17th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Winlock mother of a 4-year-old boy who was abused by her live-in boyfriend will avoid jail time herself if she follows through with parenting classes and abides by other court ordered restrictions.

Ryon T. Connery, 31, was arrested at the end of November after the boy was found with numerous bruises and injuries and detectives learned of punishments inflicted such getting sprayed with a hose while forced to do pushups for various infractions such as wetting his pants and stealing food in the home.

Connery pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree child assault and was sentenced last month to 16 months in prison.

A soon as he was convicted, prosecutors charged the 23-year-old mother, Heather L. McNurlin, as an accomplice, contending she was present when the abuse was inflicted, and some of it was even her idea. The little boy was taken out of the home McNurlin and Connery shared and placed with his grandmother.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joely O’Rourke said she and defense attorney Don Blair reached an agreement with a lesser charge of attempted assault of a child in the third degree, or conspiracy to commit the offense.

“She pleaded guilty, she didn’t get any jail time, but she’s on very extensive probation for the next two years,” O’Rourke said this afternoon.

O’Rourke said she thinks it’s in the best interest for the boy that his mother continue with parenting classes. They were already ordered by a family court judge in a separate action, as part of McNurlin’s requirements to regain custody of the boy, she said.

“She was really not the principle concern in that case, it was Mr. Connery,” O’Rourke said.

When the child was brought to the hospital at the end of November, he had a broken finger he said occurred when he dropped a weight on it, a scraped nose he said was from falling on his face trying to get away from a spanking and he spoke of being dunked in a dirty outdoor pool, according to charging documents.

A doctor who reviewed the case opined the youngster was malnourished and was the victim of starvation as well as abuse, both mentally and physically, according to the documents.

The mother said she and Connery had been in a dating relationship about four months. The abuse occurred between last July and into November, according to court documents.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt agreed with the lawyers’ recommendation and sentenced McNurlin on Thursday to 364 days in jail, suspended for 24 months as long as she complies with court ordered requirements such as the classes.

She was also ordered to pay various fines and fees and is prohibited from having any contact with Connery.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 17th, 2014

FRAUD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning taking a report from another vicim of the apparent breach of information from the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle affecting employees and volunteers at St. Joseph School in Chehalis. A 40-year-old man who resides at the 2200 block of Salzer Valley Road outside Centralia contacted the sheriff’s office on Thursday to report someone used his social security number to file a federal tax return, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Centralia police yesterday took yet another report of checks fraudulently used in connection with the January break-in to the outdoor mail collection box at the Centralia Post Office.

TOOLS MISSING

• A deputy took a report on Saturday about a burglary to an outbuilding on Kauer Road in Packwood that occurred sometime during the previous 12 months. Among the missing items were two Homelight chainsaws, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $205.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• A Chehalis-area man was arrested on Saturday morning after when his wife served him with divorce papers he flipped over a kitchen table and broke a chair, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responding about 8:30 a.m. to the 900 block of North Fork Road arrested Michael L. Spurgeon for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the sheriff’s office. Because Spurgeon is a convicted felon and was found to have access to firearms, he was also arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Brown.

AUTO THEFT

• A red 1993 Honda Prelude was stolen from its driveway on the 900 block of D Street in Vader overt the weekend. A deputy responding on Saturday learned that sometime after midnight and before 8 a.m., the locked vehicle had disappeared, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It has a license plate of AMA2844, according to the sheriff’s office.

OVEREXPOSED

• Police responding about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia arrested a 54-year-old homeless person for allegedly exposing himself in public. David L. Williams was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. He is to be released without felony charges filed.

DRUGS

• A 55-year-old Randle woman picked up on an outstanding warrant on Saturday morning was arrested for possession with intent to deliver when a search turned up more than 50 miscellaneous pills reportedly packaged for resale, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deborah L. West was found walking along the Cline Road and subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

WRECK

• A 21-year-old driver escaped injury but his Ford Ranger sustained major damage on Friday night when he lost control at a sharp corner on Lost Valley Road west of Chehalis, slid down an embankment and into a tree. A deputy responding about 9:15 p.m. issued the 21-year-old  citation for driving without liability insurance, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, protection order violations, suspicious circumstances, possible smuggling of marijuana into Green Hill School … and more.

Breaking news: Young man hospitalized after stabbing in Chehalis

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – For the second time in two days, a male was stabbed in the chest during a dispute in Chehalis.

The victim this afternoon is a 19-year-old who suffered apparently non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Firefighters were called just before 5 p.m. to 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court, but just as the ambulance was pulling out, a car pulled up to the fire station with the victim inside, Fire Capt. Kevin Curfman said.

“Friends, or family, had driven him here,” Curfman said.

Medics and the engine returned to the station, the patient was treated, bandaged and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Curfman.

The fire captain said he subsequently got word from medics after they returned from the hospital that the young man’s vitals were good and his wounds somewhat superficial.

Chehalis Police Department Officer Chris Taylor later said the victim was transported by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but did not know his condition.

Police arrested a resident of the apartment complex, Sheldon Hardy, 40 years old, for first-degree assault, according to Taylor.

Detectives are working on working out what the disagreement was about, Taylor said.

The 19-year-old is from Chehalis, although it wasn’t clear yet if he lived at the complex or was staying there with others, Taylor said.

Police and aid yesterday afternoon responded to a dispute in progress at a residence on Southeast 16th Street where a 25-year-old Chehalis man suffered a single stab wound to his chest.

Taylor said he believed that victim was airlifted to Harborview, and as of about 10 o’clock last night was stable, but in the intensive care unit.

A 24-year-old friend who lives at the same home, Kevin Dawkins, was taken into custody without incident at the scene and jailed for first-degree assault.

In both cases, the weapon used is described as a kitchen-like knife with a blade of approximately four inches, according to police.

News brief: Avoid the $10,000 ride home

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Troopers are trying out a new message hoping to curb celebrants from drinking and driving on St. Patricks Day, appealing to their pocketbooks instead of the risk of collision and injury.

A DUI conviction is expensive, according to the Washington State patrol.

They are calling it a $10,000 ride home.

“First time offenders can expect to pay an average cost of $10,000., Trooper Will Finn states. “By the time bail, fines, fees and insurance are paid; the costs could be more.”

And don’t forget about the time lost at work, along the toll your arrest could take on those important to you, Finn says.

It takes only minutes to make a responsible decision that could prevent a tragedy with life-lasting impacts, according to Finn.

He recommends:

• Plan ahead and designate a sober driver

• Call a taxi

• Call a sober friend to pick you up.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

CHEHALIS MAN STABBED

• Chehalis police and aid were called about 2:40 p.m. yesterday to Southeast 16th Street where a 25-year-old man suffered an apparent stab wound to his chest during a dispute. Police Sgt. Gwen Carrell said the victim, a Chehalis resident, was taken to the hospital. She said she didn’t have information on his current medical status. A 24-year-old Chehalis resident, Kevin Dawkins, was arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Carrell. Further details were not readily available.

ROBBERY IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 1 o’clock this morning to the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard where they were told by a victim that after a bar dispute with an individual, he was chased down by the subject and several other people, assaulted and robbed of his wallet. The incident is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 7 p.m. yesterday from the 2400 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia regarding stolen medications

• Someone entered a residence on the 300 block of West Pine Street in Centralia and stole a cable box, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department on Friday.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were contacted on Friday by a female at the 800 block of Landing Way regarding someone using her name and social security number to file a tax return.

PARACHUTE ACCIDENT

• Aid was called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the Toledo AIrport when a skydiver landed about a quarter mile off course and suffered a leg injury. The woman in her 20s was conscious and alert with non-life threatening injuries, according to Lewis County Fire District 2. Chief Grant Wiltbank said she said the wind sent her onto ground where she didn’t intend to land, adjacent to a housing development on Skyhawk Drive near the northeast corner of the airport property. She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, he said.

THREE AREA MEN AMONG NEWLY MINTED TROOPERS

• Three local individuals were sworn in as new troopers with the Washington State Patrol on Friday, and two of them will be assigned duties in Lewis County. Among the cadets presented their commission cards during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia were, Joseph DePalma, of Tenino who will work in Bellevue; Michael S. Farkas, of Chehalis, who will work in Morton; and Joel E. Reinier, of Rochester, who will work in Chehalis, according to the state patrol. Historically, only about four to six percent of applicants continue on the graduate after more than 1,000 hours of training to become state troopers, according to a news release from state patrol Sgt. Kent Hitchings. “The 35 cadets graduating today endured a rigorous application process, extensive background investigation, and received the best training, unmatched anywhere else in the nation,” Chief John Batiste said in a prepared statement on Friday afternoon. “Today, they will join the ranks of Washington’s finest, as troopers of the Washington State Patrol.”

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, trespass; responses for collisions on city streets … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Updated

MORE FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 1900 block of Salzer Valley Road outside Centralia to take a report from a 47-year-old woman who said someone had used her name and social security number the day before trying to file a federal income tax return. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the woman is working with the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and federal authorities to resolve the issue. Early this week the Archdiocese notified employees and volunteers of a possible data system breach in which they discovered other similar victims. A Chehalis area couple who volunteer at St. Joseph School reported on Tuesday they were victimized as well.

BURGLARY AND OTHER THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone burglarized a home and storage building at the 7100 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma sometime between March 5 and Saturday. Taken was about $1,700 of property including jewelry, candles, canned food and men’s, women’s and children’s’ clothing, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon from the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road of the theft of an empty oxygen bottle that had set out to be picked up and refilled.

• Luwanda G. Schfield, a 56-year-old Centralia woman, was arrested overnight for third-degree theft after allegedly agreeing to pay for a taxi ride for a family member from Vancouver to Centralia but not actually having the money to pay the fare when they arrived, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DISORDERLINESS

• A 34-year-old Centralia man who allegedly grabbed the buttocks of a female passing by on a sidewalk on the 100 block of North Tower Avenue scuffled with officer who tried to arrest him yesterday evening, according to police. Samuel A. Costello was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FROM THE COURTS

• The Washington State Court of Appeals reversed a Centralia woman’s 2011 conviction for possession of methamphetamine stating her lawyer was ineffective for failing to assert a warrantless search by police of a purse meant the contents of a glass pipe they confiscated should not have been allowed to be admitted as evidence. Jessica Hamilton was charged in Lewis County Superior Court following an incident in which her husband took the purse from the house and handed it over to police, a purse which Hamilton said did not belong to her but that she found in the family car and thought she would keep because it was cute, according to the opinion issued on Tuesday. The three-member panel wrote that Hamilton’s appeal attorney argued that no exception to the warrant requirement existed.

MISS CONGENIALITY ARRESTED

• KING5.com reports that just days before she was named Miss Congeniality at the Lewis County Scholarship Pageant, 18-year-old Chloe Curry of Adna was arrested at Wal-Mart for attempting to steal make up and beauty products. The story indicates judges in the competition were unaware of the incident as Curry used a different last name. Curry tells KING5′s Drew Mikkelsen it was a stupid mistake and something she will learn from. Police were called about 5 p.m. a week ago Wednesday where store security said they had two 18-year-old girls from Chehalis detained who had allegedly concealed about $100 worth of the merchandise in a purse, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Chloe D. Reavis and Erin M. McCall were issued criminal citations for third-degree theft and released pending a mandatory appearance in Chehalis Municipal Court in March 19, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey.

VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIAN

• Police and aid were called just after 6 p.m. yesterday when a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle making a left turn onto Southeast Sixth Street from Washington Avenue in Chehalis. The woman declined to be transported to the hospital, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

LAWNMOWER VERSUS CHILD

• Aid was called about 6:20 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of River Heights Road in Centralia when a 7-year-old boy was backed over by a riding mower. “The dad felt a bump and shut the blades off right away,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Terry Ternan said. The child suffered an injury to his buttocks and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, Ternan said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, non-injury collisions, suspicious circumstances, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft, assaults and drug arrests for which no information is readily available … and more.

Jury finds woman guilty in Centralia marijuana store case

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The woman who secured a business license for the short-lived Hub City Natural Medicine was convicted yesterday of maintaining a building for controlled substances purposes.

A jury in Lewis County Superior Court took only about a half hour to find Lauri Spangler guilty, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meager said.

Last spring, her trial on the same charge ended in a hung jury after about five hours of deliberations.

Spangler was charged in September 2012 in connection with what the city of Centralia said was an illegal marijuana dispensary, which was raided and shut down soon after it appeared on Tower Avenue the year before.

The storefront opened in early 2011 with a city-granted business license, one that slid past officials with a description of its nature as “education and sales of natural medicine.”

Police Chief Bob Berg’s initials were among those placed on the application as it went through the approval process, although jurors were told Berg authorized someone in his department to affix his initials to such paperwork.

Judge Nelson Hunt presided over the two-day trial.

Spangler was the only one of four individuals in the case to go to trial. The others’ cases have been settled with plea agreements.

Voters decriminalized recreational use of marijuana for those over 21 at the end of 2012, and the state is currently the midst of issuing business licenses to growers, processors and retailers.

Meagher said the standard sentencing range for Spangler’s offense is between one year and a day up to 20 months in prison.

Spangler appeared in court briefly this afternoon to set a date for sentencing, but her lawyer was unavailable, so she will return next Thursday to set a date.
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For background, read about the 2013 trial, “Centralia marijuana store case goes to trial” from Wednesday May 15, 2013, here

News brief: Reason for Olympia man’s death near Adna undetermined

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office says the cause of death for a man found in his vehicle parked at a convenience store near Adna last Thursday can’t be determined until the results come back from toxicology tests.

Aid and deputies called about 1:45 p.m. that day to state Route 6 and Highway 603 learned the car had been parked there since as early as 9 a.m.

The man, Daniel Richart, 52, is from Olympia, according to Coroner Warren McLeod.

An autopsy showed no signs of foul play or injury, according to McLeod.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Updated at 6:15 p.m.

BURGLARY

• A deputy was called about 5 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Baker Road in Packwood where someone had entered an open storage shed sometime during the previous week and taken a metal detector, a Dewalt generator and an 11 hp wood chipper, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $4,350, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A Poulan brand chainsaw, green in color, was reported stolen from a garage on the 400 block of North Rock Street in Centralia yesterday afternoon.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:40 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Southwest 13th Street where damage to window screens indicated someone may have tried to break in to a building.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police responded yesterday afternoon and last night to three instances of car prowls on Eureka Avenue. In one case someone rummaged through a vehicle but apparently took nothing; in another spare change was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

• A 22-year-old homeless man allegedly exposing himself to passing cars was arrested about 1:45 a.m. today at the 1200 block of Mellen Street. Jacob M. Goble was given his citation and then released, however he was picked up in the same area about 5 o’clock this morning after returning to a place he’d been told to stay away from, according to police. Goble was then booked into the Lewis County Jail for trespassing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A search warrant served yesterday morning at the 500 block of South Washington Avenue in Centralia resulted in the forwarding of recommended charges of possession of methamphetamine and heroin for its 21-year-old resident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• A 1992 W.F. West High School class ring was found at Penny Playground on Southwest 13th Street yesterday and turned into the police department. Its owner is welcome to contact police to claim it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK

• Three women were injured and two vehicles totaled in a rear-end collision this afternoon on U.S. Highway 12 in Randle. Troopers called about 2:40 p.m. to the scene near Gharret Road found Irene J. Bach, 75, of Randle, was eastbound and waiting for traffic to clear so she could make a left turn when a Hyundai Santa Fe struck the rear of her Ford Explorer, according to the Washington State Patrol. The investigating trooper blamed driver inattention on the part of Patricia W. Hodel, 60, of Raymond. Hodel, her 39-year-old passenger Dawn A. Brabon, also of Raymond, and Bach were all transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, disputes, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft,  suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, loud neighbor music … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

BREAK-INS CENTRALIA

• A resident on the 300 block of Latona Street in Centralia returned home from work yesterday afternoon to discover a burglary in which someone took a television, a Playstation game console and movies. Police responding about 5:25 p.m. learned someone had gotten inside by prying the back door, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to a residence at the 800 block of Park Way in Centralia where someone kicked in a door, went inside and stole and old cell phone.

WIRE STOLEN MINERAL

• A left behind Craftsman ball cap bearing a Bob Villa autograph and surveillance footage showing two clean-shaven males are clues deputies hope will lead to the subjects who broke into a building belonging to the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad property in Mineral and stole about $50 worth of scrap copper wire. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says it happened between 1:15 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Monday and the males pried the metal siding of a building to get inside. One appears to be about 5-feet 9-inches tall with broad shoulders and the other is taller with a medium build and was carrying a backpack, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 7:20 a.m. today to the 2600 block of Eureka Avenue about a stolen vehicle. Taken during the night was a maroon 2006 GMC Envoy-Denali, according to the Centralia Police Department. It has a license plate reading ANN9663, according to police.

FRAUD

• A pair of Chehalis-area residents called the sheriff’s office yesterday after learning their identifying information had been used on several fraudulent federal tax returns, part of a suspected system breach affecting employees and volunteers of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle. The 44-year-old male and female said they were notified by St. Joseph School – where they volunteer – of the issue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Archdiocese says they discovered victim’s social security numbers have been used in a nationwide fraud scheme and they have hired a forensic security firm to help analyze and repair the systems.

• Centralia police are investigating an incident involving a check stolen from the 1400 block of Central Boulevard, altered and then cashed.

PROTECTION ORDER VIOLATION

• Centralia police arrested a man yesterday for stalking as he allegedly texted his wife multiple times over the weekend in violation of a no-contact order. Samuel G. Mardini, 35, was picked up at Wal-Mart in Chehalis and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A call to a recycling business on the 200 block of Floral Street in Centralia yesterday about someone trying to scrap a boat propeller that could have been stolen led to the arrest of Gregory B. Krenz, 38, from Cosmopolis, for possession of suspected methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections. A deputy responding about 11:50 a.m. was told two males fled to the area of a nearby bowling alley and left a female behind, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Krenz was contacted and booked into the Lewis County Jail. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said it’s not known from where or if the propeller was stolen.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, shoplifting; responses for suspicious circumstances, collision on city street  … report of the theft of car that turned out to have simply been parked in another part of the lot … and more.

News brief: Teen on foot seriously injured by SUV in Centralia

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An 18-year-old Rochester girl is listed in critical condition this morning after she was struck by a sport utility vehicle yesterday evening in Centralia.

Police and aid responding about 6:15 p.m. to the area near the Interstate 5 interchange at Harrison Avenue learned Chelan N. Brasher had run across the southbound onramp when she was hit by a 16-year-old boy driving a 2000 Ford Excursion, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Tanner T. Fields, from Chehalis, had been westbound and had a green light when he turned onto the ramp, according to state patrol.

Brasher was not in a crosswalk, nor did she have a “walk” signal, according to the investigating trooper.

She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she is being treated in the intensive care unit.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

DRUGS FOUND INSIDE JAIL

• A 27-year-old inmate who said she was too embarrassed to tell jail staff about the bag of methamphetamine she’d tucked inside herself just before she was detained by police is is facing a charge of a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act after a bunk mate told staff about it. A deputy responded about 1:20 a.m. today to the Lewis County Jail to speak to Clarissa A. Lopez who said last Wednesday morning she and her boyfriend were headed to breakfast at McDonald’s but when he saw police there, he handed her two bags of the drug, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When she was booked, staff found one bag in her underwear where she admitted hiding it, according to the sheriff’s office. The cell mate told of Lopez retrieving the second bag after she was locked up, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

DOGS ATTACK

• Two dogs and their owner are in trouble after the canines allegedly attacked a 6-year-old black lab yesterday evening which was on a leash on a walk. It happened at the 100 block of John Road, east of Napavine at about 6:45 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim dog suffered lacerations and punctures to its throat, chest and both back legs, Chief Ciivl Deputy Stacy Brown said. It was taken to a veterinarian to be held overnight for treatment, Brown said. The suspect dogs’ owner was cited for dogs at large and also face possible sanctions from code enforcement, according to Brown.

• A deputy was called to the 600 block of Silverbrook Road in Randle about 4 p.m. yesterday where a 16-year-old girl said a neighbor dog charged her and bit her on her right side,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The dogs owner was issued a citation, the sheriff’s office reports.

STOLEN AUTO FOUND

• Centralia police recovered a stolen vehicle yesterday parked by some abandoned houses on the 1100 block of Brotherson Road.

WRECK

• A 92-year-old Onalaska man who made a left turn in front of a Peterbilt tractor suffered a possible collar bone injury yesterday evening at the intersection of Gore and Leonard roads. His 2008 Chevrolet Silverado sustained major front end damage as did approximately 60 feet of fencing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 6:45 p.m. issued a ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign and yield, according to the sheriff’s office. The 58-year-old Chehalis resident driving the big truck was uninjured, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, violation of no-contact order; responses for alarms, disputes, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, bicycle missing from garage, collisions on city streets, report of an oven door laying in the road, trash can fire at a bus stop, deer jumping in front of a car causing wreck … and more.

News brief: Accidental gun shot inside gun show leads to one arrest

Monday, March 10th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 66-year-old vendor at a gun show was arrested on Saturday when he fired a rifle inside the crowded venue.

He said he must have bumped the trigger, but nobody was struck and nobody was hurt, according to police.

Police were called about 10:30 a.m. to the pavilion at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds on North National Avenue and found the round had skipped off concrete, gone through another vendor’s gun cases and landed in a large book, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Officer Linda Bailey said it was a 308 Savage model 99.

Daniel B. MacGugan, 66, from Olympia, said after he purchased the weapon from someone who had brought it in, he removed the strap to look at the bore, and that’s when it happened, Bailey said.

Bailey said all firearms brought inside the building are checked by security and “strapped” with a zip tie to show they are unloaded and safe.

This gun was secured with a tie until MacGugan removed it, according to Bailey.

A police report didn’t indicate the person who sold the weapon, she said.

MacGugan was issued a criminal citation for reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor, she said.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 10th, 2014

VICTIM FINDS STOLEN ITEM ON CRAIGSLIST

• When a 32-year-old Tacoma man found his stolen snowboard for sale on Craigslist and arranged a meeting to buy it at a grocery store parking lot in Packwood on Saturday, he was joined by deputies who arrested the seller. The item was taken from Snoqualmie Pass a little more than two weeks earlier, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The seller, 28-year-old John L. Huddleston of Yakima, was arrested for third-degree possession of stolen property and then released pending a court date, according to the sheriff’s office. The snowboard was left in the hands of its original owner, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

PICTO-THREAT LANDS MAN IN JAIL

• A 35-year-old homeless man was arrested for malicious harassment after he was asked to leave a Centralia coffee shop and threw a wadded up piece of paper at a barista, the paper depicting an image of a man being hung, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened about 10:25 a.m. on Friday at the 200 block of South Tower Avenue, according to police. John A. Chacon II was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

ASSAULT

• Centralia police responded about 7:30 p.m. on Friday to the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue regarding a felony domestic assault. The suspect had left prior to officers’ arrival and was not located, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 1:15 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of West Second Street where three sisters allegedly assaulted a fourth sister, according to the Centralia Police Department. Summons to court for domestic misdemeanor assault were requested to be issued, according to police.

BREAK-INS

• A 56-year-old Federal Way resident reported on Saturday that someone broke into his vacation house at the  100 block of Wennasee Loop in Silver Creek sometime since November and stole a skill saw, two cordless drills, five gallons of gas and other tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

• A deputy was called on Saturday to the 100 block of Wennasee Loop in Silver Creek after a 55-year-old Sumner man discovered some had ransacked his trailer and storage shed. Missing was a roll of quarters, a propane torch and propane heater sometime since November,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

• A woman who recently purchased  a home on the 600 block of Curtis Hill Road west of Chehalis contacted law enforcement on Friday evening after discovering someone went inside the unlocked residence and left with two ladders, painting supplies, a cordless drill, a bucket, a garden hose, tools and other items, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just before 3 p.m. on Saturday to Northeast Debra Lane where they were told of a teenage relative stealing a pickup truck. The 14-year-old was located and taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for taking a motor vehicle without permission, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 1989 Honda Accord was reported stolen about 3 p.m. on Friday from the 1400 bock of Johnson Road in Centralia.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 2300 block of Eureka Avenue in Centralia.

• Police were called just before 1 p.m. on Saturday about two Bibles and other items stolen from a vehicle parked on the 400 block of Northeast Adams Avenue in Chehalis. The victim thought it was locked and the break-in occurred sometime since Feb. 23, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Deputies are reviewing surveillance video to discover who broke into a vehicle in Vader early on Thursday morning stealing two speakers, a CD player and $10, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened at the 100 block of Alpine Court.

BIKE PROWL

• A 49-year-old Rochester man called police just after 5 p.m. yesterday when he discovered someone had stolen a small pack off his bicycle while it was parked outside Yard Birds Mall on the 2000 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis. He said he was away from his bike for five or ten minutes and then found missing his wallet with money inside, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK

• A deputy was called about 10 p.m. on Saturday to milepost two of Winlock-Vader Road where a 22-year-old Longview driver hit standing water, lost control of his Volkswagen Rabbit and ran into a water-filled ditch. He was able to get out before the car was fully submerged, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The car was described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, shoplifting, vandalism, collisions on city streets; complaints of dogs running loose, neighbor’s loud party, homeless-looking person talking to customers … and more.