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News brief: Chehalis gunshot victim recovering

Friday, June 24th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 30-year-old man found with a gunshot wound behind a West Main Street business in Chehalis early Wednesday remains hospitalized, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

Police and firefighters responding to the man’s 911 call about 3 o’clock that morning found he was injured in the stomach area. A shotgun was recovered. The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said he understood the victim was staying in a camper nearby and working security.

Kaut said this morning he was informed yesterday afternoon the patient remained in the intensive care unit but was listed as stable.

The investigation is wrapping up, according to Kaut.

“At this point, it looks like it was self-inflicted and not an accident,” Kaut said.
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For background, read “Breaking news: Gunshot victim airlifted from Chehalis” from Wednesday June 22, 2016, here

Police: FBI case leads detectives to Toledo man who offered dog online for sex

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A retired firefighter who’s never even had a speeding ticket found himself visited by members of three law enforcement agencies at his Toledo area home after his alleged instant messages showed up amid an FBI investigation into a couple arrested for child sex crimes.

The Seattle Police Department today said investigators with its Internet Crimes Against Children task force discovered he had offered his dog up online for sexual encounters and had exchanges with the couple in which he said he liked to watch adults sexually abusing children, offered to set up an encounter with a young child, and later asked for, and received, a picture of the husband’s genitals.

In the chat, he allegedly asked many questions about the man’s daughter, according to court documents.

ICAC detectives obtained a search warrant for his Yahoo account and traced the email and messages back to the 58-year-old Toledo man.

Investigators soon discovered he had also posted elsewhere online, allegedly offering to provide his German shepherd to another person for a sexual encounter.

“He included a detailed description of his dog’s genitals, and bragged about previously coordinating a sexual encounter between a neighbor and his dog, which he said was witnessed by another young child,” a Seattle Police Department writer stated in SPD’s Blotter today.

A detective who examined his emails supplied one of them to local prosecutors which is said to be his response to a Craigslist advertisement titled, “Phone sex about your family member-I call you- m4m.”

Part of his alleged response: “Hey there, love taboo talk and chat, I have a fantasy about my niece who is a little girl … ”

At about 5:45 a.m. on Monday, detectives with ICAC were assisted by members of the Toledo Police Department and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in “executing a search warrant” at the home on the 1800 block of state Route 505 in Toledo.

Wayde G. Rice was interviewed and his computer devices examined, according to court documents. An image of child pornography is described in the affidavit of probable cause filed in Lewis County Superior Court.

Rice was arrested, booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged with one count of first-degree possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The offense has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

When Rice was brought before a judge on Tuesday afternoon, handcuffed and dressed in green jail garb, lawyers discussed what his bail should be.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Intern Amber Caulfield noted the defendant has no criminal convictions in his past.

Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge her client is a longtime Lewis County resident, retired after some 30 years of fighting fires in California.

“He’s never even had a speeding ticket,” O’Rourke said.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey allowed Rice release on a $25,000 unsecured bond. The judge ordered him to stay off the Internet.

According to charging documents, Rice spoke to a detective after his Miranda warnings.

He said the conversation with the man the FBI was investigating was just fantasy, that he didn’t believe “Rick” was real.

“Wayde stated he only has fantasies and he would never act on them,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm wrote in charging documents.

He denied having any images of child sexual exploitation, but stated he had seen some when the Internet first came out, Bohm wrote.

The SPD Blotter author noted that detectives learned he had recently relinquished ownership of his dogs.

“They are now investigating whether any of the animals, including the German shepherd, were abused and are working to ensure they are well cared for,” the author wrote.

Rice, though O’Rourke, told the judge he plans to retain an attorney. His arraignment is scheduled for June 30.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• A deputy responded yesterday afternoon to a residential burglary at the 100 block of Topaz Court outside Winlock. It appeared someone manipulated the lock on a sliding door to get inside, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Stolen was an Ellipsis 8 electronic tablet and an outdoor lantern, according to the sheriff’s office. Cmdr. Dusty Breen said the incident occurred on Monday between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

• Centralia police were called about 6:15 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of L Street where a motorcycle had been stolen from a garage. It was subsequently found a couple of blocks away, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police are investigating.

• Centralia police were called to the 800 block of Ham Hill Road in Centralia about 12:15 p.m. yesterday where a bicycle had been stolen from a garage.

• A lawn mower was reported stolen yesterday from the 600 block of K Street in Centralia.

• A 38-year-old homeless person was arrested about 12:30 p.m. yesterday for second-degree theft in a case associated with the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Jason A. Landry was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An unspecified type of yard ornament was stolen from inside a fenced yard at the 700 block of Euclid Way in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday.

• Police were called at 7:50 p.m. yesterday to a vehicle prowl at the 600 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. A window was smashed and someone rummaged through the vehicle but it’s unknown if anything is missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called about 9:25 a.m. yesterday to Bishop Road about a suspected altered prescription. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

UNDERAGE DRINKING

• Chehalis police were called about 7:40 p.m. yesterday and told a 15-year-old girl had been drinking beer taken from a relative’s home. The case is being referred to prosecutors for possible charges of third-degree theft as well as minor in possession/consumption of alcohol, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to the 2600 block of Eureka Avenue at 7:20 a.m. yesterday where someone had intentionally struck several garbage cans with their vehicle.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, obstructing public servant, failure to transfer title, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances… and more, among 145 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

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Updated at 7:19 p.m.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 9:50 p.m. yesterday for a burglary at a house on the 400 block of Southwest 14th Street. The case is still under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that an Arctic Cat ATV vanished from a barn on the 200 block of Carroll Road outside Chehalis sometime between June 15 and Monday. The owner said it was stored there for farm use and the tenants didn’t see or hear anything, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is $4,000.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a burglary to an unlocked garage at the 200 block of West Cherry Street. Missing is a Stratocaster guitar and some change, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called at 12:35 p.m. yesterday about property stolen from the rear yard at the 500 block of K Street in Centralia. Taken was a Yamaha TT600 cc motorcycle, a Honda lawnmower and a bicycle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A Centralia man who lives at a camp site just north of the 1600 block of Delaware Avenue reported yesterday that when he woke up his bicycle and visitor from the night before were both gone. Shannon K. Kilgore, 47, a homeless Centralia resident, was located with the bike near the 600 block of North Tower Avenue and arrested for third-degree theft and an outstanding warrant, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Kilgore was booked into the Lewis County Jail. The bike was returned to its owner, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

MISSING PLATE

• Chehalis police yesterday took a report of a license plate stolen from a car, although the victim didn’t know where it occurred.

DRUGS

• Police were called to Green Hill School yesterday afternoon regarding marijuana found in a cell. The case is still under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Three people were arrested yesterday after drug detectives conducting surveillance on a Chehalis motel watched a visit they suspected was to sell methamphetamine to a pair of guests. The surveillance by JNET began at an unspecified time on Monday, according to charging documents and all three were booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday. Kelly R. White, 22, and Deanangelo O. Dunn, 32, were charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of meth as well as endangerment with a controlled substance as they allegedly admitted smoking the drug in the presence of their 3-month-old baby. The visitor, Daniel J. Barton, 31, of Centralia, was charged with delivery of meth, possession of meth with intent to deliver (based on 6.7 grams of the drug police said they found in his pocket) and possession of (several pills) hydrocodone. Barton’s bail was set this afternoon in court at $10,000. The Chehalis couple was allowed release on $5,000 unsecured bonds.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 7:10 a.m. today regarding a window shot with a BB at the 400 block of Northwest Prindle Street.

THREAT: “GUT HER LIKE A FISH”

• A 59-year-old Winlock man was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with harassment for allegedly telling a woman passenger in his car if she ever tried to leave him again, he was going to gut her like a fish. The woman said the two were arguing and when he made the statement, he stuck his hand behind his back as though reaching for a knife, according to court documents. The woman told a deputy she allowed Robert W. Puckett drive her back to his home on Wilson Road in Winlock on Monday, although he has a history of stalking her and she cannot get away from him, court documents relate. Puckett reportedly told the deputy the disagreement was whether the two of them are in a relationship with him believing they are and her believing they are not. Puckett also told the deputy when his van stopped in front of his house, she jumped out and ran down the road. The crime has a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Puckett was booked into the Lewis County Jail but yesterday in court was allowed release on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving with no license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 130 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Centralia warehouse office hit by masked, armed bandit

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The sheriff’s office is investigating an armed robbery they learned about yesterday but occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday at a warehouse in Centralia.

The 37-year-old victim told a deputy a masked individual came into the office on the 2600 block of Commercial Boulevard wearing black leather gloves and carrying a black semi-automatic pistol, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The intruder took the cell phones of the victim and his friend and took $30 to $40 cash from the till, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim said he retrieved his own pistol from a shelf while the robber went into an adjoining room and tried to shoot the robber, but had forgotten to chamber a round, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The subject fled, Brown said.

The victim is from Ellsworth, Wisconsin, Brown said. The business is Victory Fireworks.

The suspect was described as about 5-feet 11-inches tall, thin and having dark brown skin, Brown said.

Both phones were found in the grass of a neighboring business that night, according to Brown.

Brown said the victim told the deputy he normally keeps his 45 caliber Highpoint loaded with a magazine, but with no round chambered. The victim said he and his friend both had to work the following morning, so waited to report what happened.

There are no suspects, she said.

Breaking news: Gunshot victim airlifted from Chehalis

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Updated at 8:57 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Responders were called overnight for a gunshot victim behind a business on the 600 block of West Main Street in Chehalis.

“Police were already on the scene, the male subject was with them behind the Dairy Bar,” Chehalis Firefighter Pennie McCarty said.

He was transported to the airport and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, McCarty said.

Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said he was briefed by an officer by phone about 3 o’clock this morning.

The man was conscious and talking and had a gunshot wound to his abdomen and stomach area, Kaut said. There was nobody else around and a shotgun was recovered, he said.

“It appears it was self inflicted by the person who called,” Kaut said. “At this point, I don’t know his condition.”

Kaut said he believed the 30-year-old Doty resident worked security for a fenced area nearby, and was staying in a camper there.

Police today will be trying to figure out what happened and why, Kaut said.

Lewis County Communications call log summary indicates police and fire were dispatched at 2:54 a.m.

This is a developing news story. Lewis County Sirens will follow up to try to learn the man’s condition. His name was not released.

Pe Ell mother faces charge of assault of her child

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – On the same day two weeks ago when Joseph W. Rogerson went before a judge charged with third-degree assault of a child, prosecutors sent off a summons for his wife and filed the same charge against her for an alleged incident from January.

Diana M. Rogerson, 38, appeared before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

The cases are unrelated but it’s the same alleged victim; her 7-year-old daughter.

Charging documents state Diana M. Rogerson’s ex-husband called law enforcement on Jan. 31 after his girlfriend discovered, while helping with a bath, a bruise on the child’s left buttock.

The girl’s older brother told the deputy his mom got angry with his sister because she refused to say prayers at dinnertime, took her in the bathroom and spanked her and then took her back in the bathroom and spanked her with a belt. Court documents indicate the incident occurred four to six days previous.

The bruise appeared to be darker on the ends and red in the center, the deputy noted.

The older brother said his mother commented she had broken a blood vessel in her hand from the spanking.

Charging documents go on to relate that Diana M. Rogerson told deputies she didn’t know how her daughter got the bruise, but said her hands hurt when she spanks her daughter.

She reportedly said her daughter had been disrespectful and fought to get away from being spanked, and that she retrieved a one-inch belt and folded it twice before spanking her.

The case has been assigned to Child Protective Services. The children are now living with their father in Toledo based on a temporary protection order secured on June 6.

The Rogersons live in Pe Ell.

Third-degree assault of a child is a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

The allegation is bodily harm accompanied by substantial pain that extended for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering to a child younger than 13 years old.

Her husband Joseph W. Rogerson, 37, was charged on June 6 with third-degree assault of a child for allegedly punching his 7-year-old step-daughter in the arm when she got in between a physical dispute involving him and her mother.

The felony charge put at risk his deferred prosecution on last summer’s DUI, related to a head-on crash in Onalaska that left three teenagers dead. Law enforcement’s investigation found he was not to blame, as he was traveling in his own lane.

Diana M. Rogerson reportedly also told deputies she and her husband have been under a lot of stress as a result of the car accident.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey set her bail with a $10,000 unsecured bond and told her to return on June 30 for her arraignment.

Judge Brosey commented in court about the difference between the two cases.

“This one has the potential defense of reasonable parental discipline,” he said. “Whereas the other one does not.”

Outside the courtroom today, Diana M. Rogerson said the assault allegations against both she and her husband are coming from her ex-husband.
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For background, read “Driver from last summer’s deadly Onalaska wreck back in court” from Tuesday June 7, 2016, here

Mossyrock knife into neck case brings 26 months of prison

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
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Grace E. Barker consults with her lawyer Shane O’Rourke in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The judge went along with the plea agreement that gave a Mossyrock woman just over two years in prison for stabbing the father of her baby, instead as much as 15 years behind bars had she gone to trial and been convicted.

Grace E. Barker, 26, was accompanied by her defense attorney Shane O’Rourke yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court.

O’Rourke and Lewis County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher spoke of some of the reasons behind the deal.

O’Rourke said he had been working toward an argument of self defense, but it was imperfect and incomplete given an allegation of substance abuse and his client’s inability to recall. At one point they seriously considered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecutors wrote in charging documents that Brian Slater was trying to get Barker to leave his Mossyrock home when she picked up what he has said was a 10-inch stiletto knife. He said he armed himself with a knife and when he threw his down thinking she had done the same, she stabbed him in the throat.

At the time of her arrest on April 6, Barker was homeless although Slater sometimes let her stay at his residence.

Meagher told the judge the victim has made a full recovery.

The original charge of first-degree assault was dropped to a charge of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

Judge James Lawler yesterday afternoon said he would follow the attorneys’ recommendations. Barker chose not to make a statement on her own behalf.

“You are very lucky that this is what’s happening today,” Lawler told her. “You’re lucky Mr. Slater didn’t die, you’re lucky Mr. O’Rourke was able to work out this deal for you.”

The judge sentenced her to 26 months in prison and 18 months of supervision after her release. He also made a finding that would require she be evaluated for substance abuse and follow up with treatment.

Meagher said outside the courtroom his reading of the defense’s therapists findings were that Barker’s situation was chemically induced.

“She has a terrible meth addiction,” Meagher said.

Part of the reason behind the deal was because prosecutors took the victim’s wishes into account, he said.

“There’s a lot going on when we do these plea bargains,” Meagher said. “There may have been a self defense claim; probably not enough to get over the hurdle, but we don’t want to take that chance.”
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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

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
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Updated

TOOL THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called to the 600 block of West Pear Street about 7:30 a.m. yesterday where tools were reported stolen from a fenced area of a construction site. The investigation is continuing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A tool box was stolen out of a garage at the 100 block of Frost Drive in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

YARD THEFT CENTRALIA

• A ceramic rabbit family, outdoor solar lights and a plant were stolen from a yard on the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

• A Bernie Sanders political sign was reported stolen from the 1100 block of E Street in Centralia yesterday afternoon.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called at 1 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of Elm Street. Paperwork was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday after the discovery someone punched a hole in a vehicle’s gas tank at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

UNCOOPERATIVE SUSPECT

• When police attempted to take a 29-year-old woman into custody for allegedly violating a protection order yesterday evening, she tried to flee, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened about 6:20 p.m. at the 900 block of F Street and Candice R. Baughman was subsequently arrested also for resisting arrest, according to Police. The Centralia woman was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

I SPY A BARE BOTTOM

• Chehalis police called just after 7 p.m. yesterday and told an individual was “mooning” passersby from a picnic area at the 700 block of Southwest Chehalis Avenue. The reporting person said they couldn’t tell if the subject was male or female. No arrest was made, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters were called about 9 p.m. yesterday to an ATV accident at the 1400 block of North Fork Road east of Chehalis. The patient, a man in his 30s, was out in a pasture on the ground and his ATV was overturned, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked for pain in his back, Firefighter-paramedic Matt McCoy said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation, malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suicide threat, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 151 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

Monday, June 20th, 2016
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WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME

• A person who parked their car, and left the keys in it, on the Southwest Chehalis Avenue side of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis called police about 10:30 a.m. on Friday after the car disappeared. However, what happened was caught on video, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A person just released from the jail walked by, saw the keys and drove away, according to police. Centralia police later that night found the vehicle and the suspect, Chehalis Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said. David C. Rahnert, 39, a homeless person, was arrested for theft of a motor vehicle and booked back in to the Lewis County Jail, Kaut said.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 100 block of East Roanoke Street about 2:45 a.m. yesterday for the theft of  riding lawnmower.

BACKYARD PROWLER

• Centralia police were called about 4:20 a.m. today about the theft of a small barbecue and a Wiffle Ball set from a backyard on the 1100 block of North Washington Avenue.

CAR PROWL

• Someone forced their way into a car parked at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue and stole a wallet, according to a report made to police about 2 p.m. yesterday.

DISORDERLY WITH KNIFE

• A 29-year-old Napavine resident who allegedly was brandishing a knife and yelling at neighbor’s across the street trying to get them to come fight him was arrested on Friday afternoon for disorderly conduct. A deputy called about 2 p.m. to the 100 block of Deer Haven Drive in Winlock was told the neighbors and relatives were putting a child in the car at the time, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Glen M. Rudge  booked into the Lewis County Jail.

DRUGS

• A 36-year-old Seattle woman detained for suspected shoplifting of CDs about 2:50 p.m. yesterday on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis was subsequently arrested for a drug violation. A search of her bags turned up pills and a suspicious substance, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Alicia M. Press was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

FRAUD

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning they arrested a suspect for forgery and identity theft in connection with purchases made at a teriyaki shop and Sally’s Beauty Supply related to a case last week in which a Chehalis man reported he believed an acquaintance used his personal information to obtain a credit card. Andrea A. Parker, 34, of Chehalis, was arrested on Thursday and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

VEHICLE CATCHES FIRE

• Firefighters were called to a home on Northeast Greenwood Terrace in Chehalis about 10 p.m. on Saturday when residents heard a tire pop, came outside and found their car burning in their driveway. The fire was extinguished, but was ruined, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

AND FROM MORTON

• Officers responded to the 400 block of Division Avenue in Morton about 5 p.m. on Thursday to a report of a stolen bike from a porch, according to the Morton Police Department. The case is still under investigation, police reported today.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Personnel from two fire departments responded on Saturday afternoon to help pack out an individual in his late 20s who ended up with a broken leg on hillside property on the Coal Creek valley side of Northeast Summit Road in Chehalis. Firefighters were called to the scene just before 5 p.m., according to the Chehalis Fire Department. “He was doing some kind of yard work or other, clearing brush,” Firefighter Kevin Reynolds said. “One of the guys he was working with had a four-wheeler, and they made contact.”

• A 29-year-old driver stopped for speeding along the 9000 block of U.S. Highway 12 near Randle about 10:25 p.m. on Saturday was arrested for driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and a firearms violation because a loaded gun was found in his vehicle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Charles C.L. MacPherson, from Battle Ground, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, third-degree theft, civil issue, barking dog, suspicious circumstances, dog pooping in neighbor’s yard, drunk male walking toward Chehalis, peeing as he is walking … and more, among 135 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Pedestrian with stroller struck by car outside Chehalis

Monday, June 20th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A woman pushing a stroller along a county road south of Chehalis was hit from behind by a car traveling about 30 mph yesterday.

Deputies responding to the approximately 6 p.m. incident learned the stroller was overturned and damaged but the 8-month-old baby was unharmed. The 49-year-old grandmother sustained a broken leg, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened along Avery Road East near Coulson Road.

The grandmother said she was walking westbound, pushing the baby while talking on the cell phone and thought she was on the shoulder, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said. Evidence however showed impact occurred in the travel portion of the lane, Breen said.

The male half of a Chehalis couple in their early 70s said he did not see them until he hit them, Breen said. Their car is a 2012 Suzuki four-door, according to the sheriff’s office.

The grandmother also has a possible broken toe. She and the child reside in Chehalis.

Breen said the case remains under investigation and no citations or infractions have been issued.

News brief: Climbers rescued from 13,500 feet on Mount Rainer

Monday, June 20th, 2016
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View of the south face of Mount Rainier and the Disappointment Cleaver Route. / Courtesy photo by RMI Expeditions

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two climbers were rescued from near the top of Mount Rainer after spending two nights in single-digit temperatures.

The climbing team was overtaken by extreme weather while descending from a successful summit, according to Patti Wold of Mount Rainer National Park. They dug a snow cave and waited out the weather at 14,300 feet, just below the crater rim, Wold said.

The pair activated a locator beacon twice on Friday but adverse weather delayed search operations until early yesterday morning, according to Wold.

A search by the park contract helicopter was undertaken amid clear weather Wold stated.

The two were rescued from Disappointment Cleaver, at 13,500 feet.

“In spite of spending two nights in single digit temperatures the climbers were ambulatory and in stable condition,” Wold stated.

Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Olympic mountain rescues, and the U.S. Army Reserve B Company of the 1-214th Air Battalion supported incident operations.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, June 18th, 2016
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DRUGS

• A 23-year-old Centralia resident was arrested about 10:15 p.m. yesterday at Fourth and H streets in Centralia for possession of heroin with the intent to deliver as well as an outstanding felony warrant. Jarrin A.M. Smalley was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A vehicle stolen earlier in the day from Chehalis was located and recovered about 11:15 p.m. yesterday in the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THE GARDENING CORNER

•  Shelly K. Watson, 54 of Centralia, was cited for third-degree theft yesterday after being identified as a person who had stolen a flowering plant from the front yard of a residence at the 2500 block of Howard Avenue in Centralia. She was then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

YARD SIGNS MISSING

• Political signs were reported stolen from the front yard of a residence yesterday at the 1000 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Police were called for a similar theft later in the day at the 2100 block of North Pearl Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police responded about 1 o’clock this morning to the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue where several items were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in a parking lot, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUTT SLAP

• A case involving a teenage juvenile is being referred Lewis County juvenile prosecutors for a possible charge of fourth-degree assault after allegedly slapping another teenage on the buttock at the 200 block of West Maple Street around 2:30 a.m. today, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

Police were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Yew Street in Centralia where a person riding a bicycle had collided with a parked vehicle causing minor damage and then left the scene. No suspect info at this time, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, attempt to elude, probation violation, disorderly conduct, theft of motor vehicle, failure to transfer title, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, civil issue,  suspicious circumstances … and more, among 160 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Plea agreement ends Mossyrock stabbing case

Friday, June 17th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Instead of a trial next week for the 26-year-old woman being held after her boyfriend was stabbed in the neck at his Mossyrock home, Grace E. Barker will go before a judge to be sentenced.

Barker was arrested right after the April 6 incident and charged with first-degree assault. She pleaded guilty last week, as part of a plea agreement, to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

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Grace E. Barker

Her lawyer Shane O’Rourke yesterday said the standard range for the offense is 12 months to 14 months in prison, along with another year afterward because of the weapon enhancement. She faces 26 months of lockup, he said.

Prosecutors wrote in charging documents that Brian Slater was trying to get Barker 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. Slater has said it was a 10-inch stiletto.

Her hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday in Lewis County Superior Court.

The settlement before trial follows another April knife crime that ended somewhat similarly.

Gregory L. Trujillo, 58, of Toledo, was charged with first-degree assault following an April 1 attack at the 300 block of Cedar Court in Winlock.

Trujillo’s trial began last week in Lewis County Superior Court, on a charge of first-degree assault, but on Tuesday, he entered into a plea agreement.

The victim in that case told police the two had previously been in an intimate relationship and Trujillo showed up, beat her up and pulled out what was described as a small-bladed knife, leaving her with a large, deep gash on her hand.

Trujillo pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, was sentenced to 14 months in prison and ordered to get evaluated for chemical dependency and domestic violence treatment.
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For background, read “Mossyrock argument: Two knives, one airlifted, other arrested” from Thursday April 7, 2016, here

News brief: Tractor accident victim is Chehalis chiropractor

Friday, June 17th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County coroner today confirmed the Onalaska man who was killed when his tractor landed on him is Harold T. Shelton.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported previously he was 63 years old. Coroner Warren McLeod indicates he was 62.

He is perhaps better known to many as Dr. Tim Shelton, owner of Chehalis Chiropractic Clinic on South Market Boulevard, according to an extended family member.

A sheriff’s deputy sent to check on him Tuesday when he hadn’t shown up to work on Friday or since then found him dead in a wooded area behind the residence at the 3500 block of state Route 508. His tractor had rolled over, according to the sheriff’s office.

Coroner McLeod confirmed the death was accidental and indicated Shelton died from blunt trauma to his head, neck and chest.

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For background, see “News brief: Tractor accident kills Onalaska resident” from Wednesday June 15, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 17th, 2016
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TRESPASSING

• Deputies were called about 7:10 p.m. yesterday when a 35-year-old man discovered cars and people who didn’t belong on his property at the 1100 block of Riverside Road West outside Chehalis. At least two individuals detained as they were leaving said they had permission to be there from another male, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said there was damage to the residence and outbuildings and unspecified items are believed to have been stolen. The case is being investigated as a first-degree theft, according to Brown.

• Centralia police arrested a 46-year-old man about 1:25 p.m. yesterday for refusing to leave a motel room at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road.  Anthony N. Espinoza, of Portland, Oregon, was  booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree criminal trespassing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PROBABLE PORCH PARCEL PILFERING

• After an empty package was thrown in the street by a “suspicious” male yesterday, an officer tracked down the address on the package and concluded its content had most likely been stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department. The investigation continues in the case associated with the 1000 block of Alder Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MORE ON CAMPGROUND THEFTS

• Lewis County Crime Stoppers is hoping for tips on thefts of more than $2,700 worth of fishing equipment from two different victims at  Taidnapam Park near Riffe Lake between Saturday night and Sunday morning. The specific items taken from a boat and a pickup are as follows: Two Lamiglas fishing rods; two Daiwa fishing rods; four Shimano Curado 200i reels; fishing lures and lines; seven-foot Carrot fishing pole and reel; seven-foot, fishing pole and reel; six and a half-foot fishing pole and reel; and six and a half-foot All Star pole and reel.  Anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422 or information may be shared online at www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, protection order violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, disorderly person, suicide threat, runaway juvenile, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 145 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 5:30 a.m. today.

Nineteen-year-old gets sentenced for Backpage.com related home invasion

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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Natrone D. Bostick appears before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It took about 16 minutes today to decide on and hand down a 15-year sentence for one of three people involved in a violent robbery at a rural Chehalis home, that followed a visit by an “escort” contacted on Backpage.com.

Natrone D. Bostick, 19, of Lakewood, appeared with his lawyer Don Blair before Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler this afternoon.

Blair and Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello said they’d worked out the plea agreement with both of them recommending the same amount of prison time.

Bostick and his companion Samath L. Hem, 23, from Tacoma, were arrested back on May 3 following a shoplifting incident at Home Depot in Chehalis. Items found when their vehicle was searched linked them to an event that had taken place a few days earlier on the 900 block of Logan Hill Road outside Chehalis.

A 53-year-old rural Chehalis man reported he’d invited an escort to his home but was attacked, tied up and pistol whipped by two males who arrived with her. The victim said it occurred on April 29, but he didn’t report it until the next day. Once the victim was able to untie himself, he discovered valuables missing from his residence, including a large television and some checkbooks, according to prosecutors.

Bostick pleaded guilty last week to first-degree assault and first-degree kidnapping, as well as third-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance related to the Home Depot case. One count of first-degree robbery was dropped.

Masiello said it seemed to him both men had equal involvement in the crime, although Hem has been more cooperative with authorities.

The judge today heard from Bostick’s attorney that although it wasn’t an excuse, when he and his brother were children, his mother drove them from Florida to Washington, dropped them off at a DSHS location and Bostick has not seen his mother since, according to Masiello.

“I’m sympathetic to your situation,” Lawler told the defendant. “You’ve been dealt a lousy hand, I don’t argue that.”

The judge followed the agreed recommendation.

He imposed a 60-month sentence for the kidnapping and a 120-month term for the assault, to be served consecutively. He called it a steep price to pay and a hard lesson.

Hem’s case is proceeding, with attempts to “resolve” it without a trial, according to Masiello. He is being held in the Lewis County Jail and expected again in court next week.

Masiello said the female they believe was involved in the robbery was not the same woman who was arrested with the pair after the Home Depot incident. But law enforcement has figured out who she is, he said, adding he would say no more on the topic.
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For background, read “Backpage.com encounter results in violent home invasion in rural Chehalis” from Friday May 6, 2016, here

East End session: How to protect your house from brush, grass, forest fire

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The traveling roadshow on how residents can get prepared before a wildfire, lands in Salkum this weekend.

The Lewis County Fire Chiefs Association is conducting town hall style meetings to share information about strategies to defend property from the threat of wildfires.

An hour long session on Saturday begins at noon.

It will cover you and your home, defensible space and the Lewis County Alert System, according to Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel. The presentation will be followed by questions and answers with local fire chiefs.

The gathering is open to anyone in Lewis County.

Similar meetings have already been held in the Centralia area and the Boistfort Valley.

When: Saturday June 18, 2016, at noon
Where: Salkum Fire Station, at 2490 U.S. Highway 12 in Salkum

Pot talk: County officials to discuss marijuana biz

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The first of two public meetings on the county regulation of recreational marijuana is set for this evening in Morton.

The public is invited to attend and may offer written or oral comments on the issues.

Tonight’s session begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Morton Senior Center at 103 Westlake Avenue in Morton.

Holding the discussion are personnel from the offices of Lewis County Community Development, Environmental Health and the Prosecuting Attorney.

Proposed county code revisions are designed to license marijuana businesses in a manner consistent with the Washington Liquor Control Board regulations and all other applicable law including federal law, and to provide a mechanism whereby the numerous special concerns posed by marijuana businesses may be addressed conscientiously, according to county officials.

A second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 29 at the Lewis County Historical Courthouse at 351 NW North Ave., Chehalis.

Draft revisions to the various chapters of Lewis County code are available for public view online at: http://lewiscountywa.gov/communitydevelopment/plann
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Officer Silva gets local recognition as anniversary of death nears

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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Chehalis Police Officer Rick Silva

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Chehalis Police Department invites the public to join them this afternoon for the unveiling of Officer Rick Silva’s name on the Lewis County Law Enforcement Memorial.

Silva died last year on June 18 due to complications during surgery he was undergoing related to an on the job injury, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

His memory will be honored in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis, at 345 W. Main Street.

Silva’s name has been engraved at the state capitol in Olympia on the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial as well as  in Washington D.C. at the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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DOMESTIC PHYSICAL DISPUTE

• Centralia police were called about 5:10 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road where they were told a former roommate entered the residence and assaulted the occupant. Both victim and suspect are women in their early 50s, according to the Centralia Police Department. Minor injuries resulted, but officers are investigating the incident as a first-degree burglary, according to police.

FIREARMS AMONG $10,000 PROPERTY STOLEN

• Eight rifles and two handguns were among the belongings a 52-year-old Chehalis are resident discovered missing when he got home to find his home had been broken into yesterday. Deputies responding to the 400 block of Coal Creek Road yesterday evening report they found forced entry, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Also stolen was ammunition, cash and sports memorabilia, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened sometime after 5 a.m. and before 6:50 p.m., Cmdr. Dusty Breen said. The loss is more than $10,000, according to Breen.

CAR PROWL

• A vehicle prowl was reported at about 7:50 a.m. today at the 500 block of Jefferson Street in Centralia. Personal identification was stolen and the interior of the vehicle was damaged, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon regarding an overnight vehicle prowl at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue. Tools were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FUEL THEFT

• Someone stole gasoline from a vehicle during the night at the 2400 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday.

LOST AND FOUND

• A blood sugar test kit was found yesterday at the 600 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue and turned in to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, third-degree theft, vehicle egged, civil issue, suicide threat, runaway juvenile, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, sick raccoon in backyard … and more, among 132 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

Coroner: Person discovered by kids hanging near tracks killed himself

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office today said the dead man found by children, hanged near the railroad tracks in north Centralia is 58-year-old Dale Glenn DeHaven.

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Dale Glenn DeHaven

DeHaven moved to the 1300 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia in December.

Coroner Warren McLeod said his death was determined to be a suicide.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was contacted late Sunday afternoon and directed to a trestle over the Skookumchuck River south of Reynolds Avenue and east of Interstate 5.

McLeod said DeHaven’s three siblings were notified last night.

DeHaven has lived in a variety of places around Lewis County since he was released from prison in 2005, including the areas of Mossyrock, Silver Creek and Onalaska.

He served more than 11 years for the sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl that was the daughter of a casual acquaintance, according to the sheriff’s office. He was a level three registered sex offender.

Before that, he spent time in prison for a 1980 conviction in connection with a sexual assault of his 76-year-old neighbor woman in Lewis County.

Last year in Lewis County, there were 11 deaths by suicide. The year before there were 21, according to the coroner’s annual report.

McLeod said hanging is the second most common method of suicide he sees. The most frequent way is by use of a firearm, he said.