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Police: Centralia resident tries to rob Titus Will

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 26-year-old man was arrested this morning for robbery after he allegedly beat up an employee at a Chehalis auto dealership, trying to get vehicles without paying for them.

Police called about 7:15 a.m. to the 2500 block of North National Avenue were told the employee was approached by the man in the parking lot at opening time, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

“He told the employee he wanted three cars, struck the employee, threatened he was going to kill him and struck him a couple more times,” department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

The suspect was gone when officers arrived, but was subsequently located by Centralia police, Bailey said.

She said she didn’t yet have all the details, but the victim said his assailant didn’t make much sense. The 55-year-old declined aid, Bailey said.

One witness at Titus Will Chevrolet Buick told officers the man mentioned he had a family to feed, she said.

Jonas K. Doyle, 26, from Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to police.

News brief: Chehalis Golf course restaurant investigating credit card issue

Monday, March 16th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Riverside Golf Club’s restaurant in Chehalis has stopped taking credit cards temporarily while they track down a potential breach of their system.

Manager Jena Sorenson said today she was contacted over the weekend by a woman who said her credit card was hacked, after it was used at their establishment.

The woman told her that the charges didn’t go through, but someone attempted to make purchases at Rite Aid three days after a lunch at Riverside, Sorenson said.

The woman posted it on Facebook, and then Sorenson got calls from two others who claimed a similar experience.

Sorenson said at this point, she’s not certain the problem is related to their business, but she’s not taking any chances.

She’s been in touch with their computer software company in case somehow malware has gotten into their system. She’s contacted their credit card processing company, and they’ve started an investigation, she said.

She’s confident it’s not an employee.

She wants to reassure customers nobody is at risk by coming to dine with them, as they just won’t accept credit cards until she’s 100 percent sure it’s safe to pay that way.

Riverside Bistro and Bar is at the golf course on Northwest Airport Road, along the Chehalis River. Her family has owned it for the past nine years, she said.

The golf course uses a different machine and credit card processor, according to Sorenson.

Sorenson was troubled the customer announced her issue on Facebook before even calling the restaurant, and frustrated there wasn’t anything she could do about it over the weekend, she said.

Riverside is as much victims of whatever may have happened, as the customer is, she said. And it can be damaging to a business to have such things shared widely that way, she said.

Credit card companies are pretty good with the protections they provide cardholders and it’s something that’s increasingly common for people in general, according to Sorenson.

“Almost everybody I know has had their credit card compromised,” she said. “This is the age of how people don’t steal your wallet, they steal your credit card (number).”

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 16th, 2015

BEDROOM BURGLED

• Someone broke into a home on the 3900 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis between 3:40 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. on Friday, rifling through a 22-year-old woman’s bedroom. It was the second time within a week it had happened, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was home alone when she heard a knock on the window, and called her roommate who asked a neighbor to check on her, Chief Stacy Brown said. The neighbor took her home and when the roommate returned, he discovered the burglary, Brown said. Missing is $200 worth of quarters, according to Brown.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• A 19-year-old Rochester resident was arrested around 3:30 a.m. today for second-degree burglary in connection with an incident at the 400 block of Kearny Street. Dustin P. McLean was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details were not immediately available.

• Centralia police took a report of a burglary at the 1400 block of Windsor Avenue yesterday in which someone broke in and took a portable heater. The item was found in the backyard, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BARN BURGLED CHEHALIS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that sometime between last Wednesday and Thursday, someone got into a barn on the 800 block of Logan Hill Road in Chehalis and stole a Craftsman two-piece tool box and a heavy-duty four-wheeled wagon. The loss is estimated at $500, according to the sheriff’s office.

SHERIFF: MORTON BURGLARY SOLVED

• A tip on Friday led to the arrest of two individuals for a November break-in in the Morton area in which a 68-year-old resident lost about $5,000 worth of household goods, fishing poles and tools, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. Deputies were told by someone they had seen the two males with the property and in a subsequent contact by a detective, the suspects admitted involvement in the burglary at the 100 block of Chapman Road, according to the sheriff’s office. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for residential burglary were Ricky D. Osborne Sr. 48, from Morton, and Brian J. Elmore, no age given, also of Morton, Chief Stacy Brown said.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A stolen 2000 Ford F350 pickup truck was recovered yesterday at the 100 block of Cedar Lane in Glenoma, according to the the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The owner, who lost it in Lakewood, couldn’t be located so the vehicle was impounded, the sheriff’s office reports.

CAR PROWL

• Two people were arrested about 11 o’clock yesterday morning when a neighbor saw them trying to get into someone else’s vehicle at on the 600 block of Northeast Franklin Avenue in Chehalis. Stacy L. Weighall, 50, was arrested for second-degree vehicle prowl and then released, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for theft and vehicle prowl was Michael W. Thomas, 29, of Chehalis, according to police.

• Police were called to Wal-Mart in Chehalis about 5:50 p.m. on Friday where someone had gone inside an unlocked vehicle and taken a cell phone.

• Chehalis police were called about 10 a.m. on Friday regarding an overnight vehicle prowl on the 1400 block of Southwest Mills Street. A cell phone charger was among the items stolen from the unlocked vehicle parked in front of its residence, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

IMPOSTOR ARRESTED

• A 33-year-old man who produced a driver’s license that was not his when contacted by an officer about 3 a.m. today along Southwest Interstate Avenue in Chehalis was arrested for possession of another person’s identification, a misdemeanor, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Phillip R. Johnston, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

GRAFFITI ON RESIDENCE

• A resident of the 400 block of Kearny Street in Centralia called police about 5:20 p.m. yesterday to report graffiti left on the outside of his home. It happened sometime during the previous few days,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 43-year-old Chehalis man was arrested on Saturday after an incident the night before in which he allegedly slapped and choked his fiancee during an argument, and threatened several times to kill her. Michael G. McBride was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault and for harassment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SLEEPING IN CHURCH

• A 25-year-old Winlock man found asleep on a pew in a church on the 4200 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis yesterday morning was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail. Deputies responding sometime after 8 a.m. learned he wanted a place to get out of the rain, get way from an unsafe place he was staying, and to charge his cell phone, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew R. Istre allegedly broke a glass door to get inside but didn’t take anything, according to the sheriff’s office. He was arrested for first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree malicious mischief, Chief Stacy Brown said.

CHIMNEY FIRE

• Firefighters were called noon yesterday to a chimney fire at the 400 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis. There were flames coming out the chimney, but they used their special nozzle to extinguish it, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. There was no damage, Capt. Casey Beck said.

COLLISION

• A 52-year-old Kelso man and his 52-year-old passenger from Onalaska were uninjured when they crashed a pickup truck into a bridge on the 200 block of Krueger Road in Onalaska on Saturday afternoon, Lewis County Sheriff’s office Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. A deputy responding about 2:45 p.m. noted the truck sustained major damage and the two appeared intoxicated, Brown said.They were transported by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital and an arrest for driving under the influence depends upon the results of a blood test, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, malicious mischief, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, shoplifting, hit and run, vandalism, suspicious circumstances, possible sexual assault, collision on city street; complaints about a female asking customers for money, a man on a bicycle urinating outdoors … and more.

News brief: Chehalis police looking for info about possible attempted luring

Monday, March 16th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police are asking the public to contact them if they have any information about a possible attempted child luring incident that took place on Friday evening near the elementary schools on Southwest Third Avenue off Market Boulevard.

Officers were called about 6:15 p.m. on Friday when a 9-year-old girl said she was approached by a male on foot who told her she was cute and asked her to come to his home, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

The girl, who had her bicycle with her, rode away from the individual who didn’t try to follow her, according to a news release issued this afternoon.

He was described as having a darker complexion and acne, possibly of high school or college age, according to police. She also said he was wearing white tennis shoes, blue “skinny” jeans and a gray and black coat, according to police.

Anyone with information on the incident may contact police by calling the non-emergency number at Lewis County dispatch, 360-740-1105.

Chehalis bicyclist escapes collision with no broken bones, but with hospital bill

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Douglas Blankenship was carrying seven pounds of hamburger with him as he bicycled back home to Chehalis after a trip to Reicherts Meats in Centralia.

It happened really fast, he said.

He was headed down Cascade Avenue near the post office, when the door of a parked car opened, he said. He pulled his hand away so it wouldn’t get crushed.

“I was in the air, I went over the handle bars,” he said. “I just tucked my head.”

Blankenship said he hit the ground and when he opened his eyes, three women were sitting next to him, telling him not to move.

The accident about 3:45 p.m. last Monday sent him to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital.

No bones were broken, just a lot of scraped skin and bruised body parts, he said after getting released.

Now, the 40-year-old is wondering if anyone else saw what happened. The police report didn’t make note of any witnesses, he said.

Blankenship said he’s not working, he doesn’t have insurance and he’s got medical bills.

“The doctor said the lady’s insurance should cover it, but when I mentioned about the lady’s insurance, the officer wasn’t really going that route,” he said.

After the incident, the Chehalis Police Department said the driver was getting ready to go into the post office and said she checked but didn’t see him, before opening her door. The bicyclist told police he was traveling close to the sidewalk, although not on it, and went to go around the car when its door opened, police said.

Blankenship said the hospital finished with him around 7:30 p.m. or 8 o’clock that night, and nurses – or someone – paid for a taxi to get him over to the fire department, where his bike and hamburger were.

He was appreciative of all of them for helping him out, he said. But now he’s uncertain what to do next.

“I’m just taking it step by step, this has never happened to me before” he said. “I’m trying to find out if anyone saw it.”

He didn’t think to gather names of witnesses himself before the ambulance took him away, he said.

He said he vaguely recalls a woman in a vehicle across the street, and is hoping she saw what took place, and will contact him. He can be reached at 360-388-388-0114.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

UNRULY PEOPLE

• A 53-year-old Centralia woman allegedly spit on the face of a police officer as he was talking with her at the 900 block of South Schueber Road in Centralia early yesterday morning. The case is being referred to prosecutor for evaluation of a charge of third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 24-year-old Seattle resident was arrested for disorderly conduct and then for resisting arrest at the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia at about 10:20 p.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Ediberto M. Matul-Ortiz was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called regarding the theft of lawn tools from a garage on the 500 block of Girard Street on Friday.

TWO-FER

• Firefighters were called yesterday morning for a car that collided with the center barrier on Interstate 5 in Centralia, but the damage wasn’t too severe, because the vehicle continued south down the freeway into Chehalis, and then continued going straight at a curve and ran through a fence, across a road and into the fence at the airport. Chehalis firefighters responded about 7:30 a.m. and found the man and woman in the car were unhurt, but troopers were going to take them to the hospital to be checked out, according to Fire Capt. Casey Beck. The car was no longer drivable, Beck said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, malicious mischief, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for protection order violation,vandalism, misdemeanor assault, collision on city street, a request to investigate sexual contact between two 6-year-old children … and more.

Accused Vader drug dealers plead not guilty

Friday, March 13th, 2015
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Francisco J. Guerrero, left, and his girlfriend Jennifer M. Hayes, wait while attorneys finish signing documents during their arraignment in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Vader couple arrested after an investigation into what police called a large supplier of heroin in Lewis and Cowlitz counties appeared in court yesterday afternoon with their lawyers for a brief hearing.

Francisco “Poncho” Guerrero, 36, is represented by James K. Morgan; and Jennifer M. Hayes, 33, is represented by John Hays. Both attorneys have offices in Longview.

When police searched the home on Alpine Court on Dec. 29, they seized heroin, cocaine, cash and a handgun, as well as a motorcycle. The investigation was conducted by the Centralia Police Department’s special Anti-Crime Team, Chehalis police detectives and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

For unspecified reasons, police did not arrest them until last week. They have been free on bail and returned to Lewis County Superior Court yesterday afternoon for arraignment.

Hayes is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver, involving heroin and cocaine.

Guerrero is charged similarly, along with one count of delivery of heroin and one count of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both pleaded not guilty yesterday to all charges.

Defense attorney Hays told Judge Nelson Hunt he’d like to schedule a review hearing for next week, as he discovered the prosecutor got a judge to seal the document police presented to secure the search warrant.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello told the judge the state would oppose any request for unsealing. He said the office policy is to withhold that information in order to protect confidential informants, and once that information becomes known by the defense, any possible plea deals are taken off the table.

Judge Hunt agreed they could set a hearing for next Thursday afternoon to take up the matter.

Hunt also scheduled their trials for the week of May 11.
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – POLICE: VADER HEROIN DEALING COUPLE BUSTED” from Saturday March 7, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 13th, 2015

ASSAULT WITH CLUB

• A 20-year-old Centralia man was arrested after he allegedly clubbed an individual over the head repeatedly yesterday in a dispute involving money believed to be stolen from his girlfriend. Officers called about 7 a.m. to the 200 block of West Main Street subsequently located Keaton D. Taylor and took him into custody for second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim suffered cuts on their head, according to police. Keaton was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

OFFICER SHOVED

• A 55-year-old man who was reportedly being disorderly to his mother and brother at a residence on the 800 block of South Tower Avenue last night was subsequently arrested for third-degree assault. Officers responding to the approximately 11:55 p.m. call say that Jeffrey R. Martin shoved an officer who was standing in his way. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail but released today with no charges getting filed pending further investigation.

TEEN DISCOVERS BREAK-IN AFTER SCHOOL

• A 15-year-old Winlock boy came home from school yesterday to find the front door and a sliding door open and the residence burglarized at the 100 block of Knowles Road. Deputies called about 3:30 p.m. learned that among the missing valuables were a 9 mm handgun, a Winchester M70 rifle with scope, a diamond bracelet, diamond earrings and a Toshiba laptop computer, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $2,600, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

STOLEN TRUCK

• An individual on the 200 block of Southwest 14th Street in Chehalis reported a bronze-colored 1991 Ford Ranger stolen yesterday after an acquaintance who took it a week ago didn’t bring it back, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

“HUFFING”

• A 40-year-old Yelm resident who was reportedly observed urinating next to his vehicle at the Twin City Town Center in Chehalis was arrested for indecent exposure yesterday evening. Brandon K. Hope was also arrested for inhaling toxic fumes after an officer saw an aerosol can and asked about it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ONE INJURED DURING CAR FIRE

• A male working on his car’s fuel system was hospitalized with minor facial burns after electrical arching ignited nearby gasoline yesterday evening in Centralia, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Firefighters called at 6:40 p.m. to the 400 block of West Magnolia Street described the vehicle damage as moderate to heavy and noted the patient was also to be evaluated for respiratory issues.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, marijuana at high school, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, missing pain medication … and more.

News brief: Toledo woman dead after I-5 car, motorcycle wreck

Friday, March 13th, 2015
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The scene on Interstate 5 near Toutle Park Road. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Department of Transportation

Updated at 1:12 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 52-year-old motorcyclist from Toledo was killed in a collision yesterday on Interstate 5 in Cowlitz County that was caused by debris on the roadway.

Troopers were called just before 4 p.m. to the scene about three miles north of Castle Rock where a Ford Mustang had landed on top of the center barrier and the motorcyclist had been thrown across it onto the southbound lanes, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Both had been traveling northbound, according to the state patrol.

The wreck partially shut down the freeway for hours.

It began when Patricia L. Warrick, 55, of Ocean Shores, struck an object on the roadway causing her to lose control of her car which hit the motorcycle, according to the state patrol. The 2013 Harley Davidson SLD103 then hit the jersey barrier and went over onto the opposite lane.

The motorcyclist is identified as Nadine A. Beaman, 52, of Toledo.

The investigating trooper reports Warrick was injured and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. She was treated and has been released by this morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Trooper Will Finn, a spokesperson for the state patrol, said he was told the item on the road was a 10-inch by 10-inch by 10-inch piece of metal that appeared to belong to a commercial vehicle, as though it had fell off a semi truck.

Both vehicles were impounded. No charges are expected.

Centralia drug case leads to lengthy prison term

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
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Sebastian Haller waits as his lawyer shuffles through documents after his sentencing in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A drug case from last spring in which Centralia police arrested two brothers and their mother at their home on the 1000 block of Yakima Street is over.

Prosecutors dropped charges against 59-year-old Kathy Challender.

Arthur T. Haller-Heilman, 32, took a deal and got 20 months, and should be getting out around September.

Sebastian Haller, 36, went to trial and lost.

He was sentenced yesterday to 16 years in prison.

Defense attorney Sam Groberg appealed to the judge for less time.

“He’s looking at a minimum of seven years, which is a real long time,” Groberg said. “Even though he does have a history, he’s still a relatively young man.”

Lewis County Prosecutor Paul Masiello noted Haller had an offender score of 19 – from previous convictions – meaning he was subject to a longer term.

“I’m sure the court recalls Mr. Haller picked up these charges while waiting for the last case,” Masiello said.

A jury in Lewis County Superior Court two weeks ago found Haller guilty of two counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methadone, possession of oxycodone and three counts of witness tampering.

Centralia police raided the home the morning of May 8, finding only small amounts of narcotics. Centralia’s then Anti-Crime Team Sgt. Jim Shannon said their primary suspect was in the bathroom flushing the toilet.

The action was part of an undertaking that began two months earlier targeting street-level and mid-level heroin suppliers because of the increase in the number of heroin and opiate related deaths over the previous year in Lewis and southern Thurston counties, according to police.

The city reviewed the Yakima Street case to determine if the property might be subject to seizure and forfeiture as a drug nuisance, according to Shannon.

Masiello and Groberg said yesterday that Haller’s grandparents owned the house, and they understood the couple was cooperating with the city in a deal to sell the property and share the proceeds with the city.

Haller expressed his surprise when Judge Lawler handed down the sentence.

“For getting high?” he blurted out. “You’re talking about 16 years for getting high?”

Lawler said no, it was more than that, and repeated the numerous offenses the jury found him guilty of.

The two lawyers disagreed about how the so-called school zone enhancement should apply. Groberg said he understood two mandatory years consecutive to the rest of the sentence.

Masiello said even though the issue is being questioned on appeals, his office felt the law provided for applying three of the enhancements, separately, meaning an extra six years.

Lawler sided with Masiello.

The judge imposed numerous legal financial obligations, and ordered Haller to pay them at a rate of $25 each month.
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For background, read “Drug officer: Another raid, but battling heroin deaths will take more than police” from Friday May 9, 2014, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

MISSING TV

• Centralia police were called at approximately 5:30 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of South Buckner Street about someone entering a home and taking a television. Police say a possible suspect has been identified and they are investigating.

MISSING MAIL

• Centralia police took a report yesterday regarding the theft of mail from the 3200 block of Borst Avenue.

MISSING LICENSE PLATE

• A license plate was reported stolen from a vehicle at the 800 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia yesterday.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of drugs following contact with a deputy yesterday afternoon as she was walking along the 100 block of Centralia-Alpha Road near Centralia. The deputy thought she looked someone else who had a warrant, and when she gave her name, she was wanted for a warrant out of the Chehalis Police Department, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A search then turned up white residue that tested positive for amphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office. Christina D. Lozano was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

WRECKS

• A 57-year-old woman was arrested for driving under the influence last night after her car ran into a power pole on the 200 block of Eadon Road outside Toledo. A deputy arriving after the approximately 9:40 p.m. crash found electrical wires hanging over the Chrysler Sebring and the pole broken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Mary L. Miller was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The car was described as totaled and Miller was also to be cited for having no insurance, driving with a suspended license and for driving with wheels off the roadway.

• A 22-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence last night after running his car into a brushy area near Switchyard and Onion Rock lanes near Mossyrock. Deputies had been in the Riffe Lake Dam area looking for an assault suspect and a Mustang zipped away, as it turns out according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, because they were scared because they’d been drinking. Jordan L. Bowman, from Mossyrock, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. The 21-year-old passenger ran way, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The 1998 Mustang sustained major damage, according to Brown.

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident’s 1988 Pontiac GrandAm was totaled when he rear ended a pickup truck that had stopped in the road waiting for deer to cross early this morning. It happened about 4:20 a.m. along the 2400 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia. The 18-year-old was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with head pain; the driver of the Silverado was reportedly uninjured, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Her truck had minor damage and he was to be cited for following too closely, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, failure to transfer title; responses for alarms, dispute, vandalism, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

Feds decline to prosecute former Lewis County Jail sergeant

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The U.S. Department of Justice looked into the events that led to the firing of a Lewis County Jail guard last summer involving mistreatment of an inmate and has concluded it will not file any federal criminal charges.

Trevor S. Smith, a 10-year-veteran of the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, was terminated last June for abusing his authority and allowing inmates to suffer.

The Chehalis resident was subsequently arrested for computer trespass, for allegedly snooping into secure jail computer records. Earlier this year, Smith was given a 90-day sentence of electronic home monitoring, after a plea deal in which local prosecutors agreed not to file any charges of assault that could have occurred during his time as a corrections officer.

However, before Sheriff Steve Mansfield left office, he had asked the FBI to investigate Smith for inmate civil rights violations, according to Jail Chief Kevin Hanson.

On Friday, the sheriff’s office received a letter from the Department of Justice, informing them their investigation of the complaint was finished.

“After careful consideration, we concluded that the evidence does not establish a prosecutable violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes,” Section Chief Robert J. Moossy Jr., of the criminal section of DOJs Civil Rights Division, wrote.

New Undersheriff Wes Rethwill informed the Lewis County Board of Commissioners yesterday of the news.

“There’s still more to come, fallout from that,” Rethwill told the board. “But that’s been taken off the table.”

Smith was disciplined in 2013 for directing that an inmate be kept in a restraint chair for approximately twelve hours without food, water or restroom breaks. Then on Jan. 25 of last year, an inmate with mental health issues was not offered any kind of relief – such as water or decontamination – for more than five hours after the discharge of pepper spray into his closed cell. Sheriff Mansfield described both inmates as assaultive.

Rethwill didn’t elaborate to commissioners about what other fallout he expects, but Hanson said a lawyer representing the pepper sprayed inmate has made a request for the documents in the case.

And former Undersheriff-Chief of Staff Steven Walton who handled Smith’s termination, indicated in a document during those proceedings that Smith put the sheriff’s office and the county in “an indefensible position in a future litigation process.”

Moossy in his letter noted the DOJ decision to close the matter should not be seen as a vindication of Smith’s actions.

The Criminal Section of the DOJ Civil Rights Division enforces federal criminal civil rights laws, such as the willful abuse of authority by law enforcement officers that deprives individuals of liberties and rights defined in the United States Constitution or federal law.

They evaluate allegations of civil rights violations to determine whether the evidence and circumstances of the case warrant a federal criminal prosecution.

Hanson said in his 24 years with the jail, they have never asked the FBI to investigate an employee’s treatment of inmates.

Moossy named the inmate from the January 2014 incident as Wellington Waggener.

Waggener, then 24, was arrested by Centralia police on Jan. 18, 2014, after he was told not to come back but returned to a business on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue and then allegedly fought with officers who attempted to detain him.

Less than a month earlier, he was detained by multiple officers in the middle of Interstate 5 in Chehalis, following a call from Green Hill School giving police a heads up about an employee acting strangely and being made to leave the juvenile detention facility.
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For background, read “Former jail sergeant admits three felonies, gets immunity regarding inmate treatment” from Wednesday January 28, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Updated at 3:54 p.m.

DRUGS, DRUGS, DRUGS

• Three individuals were arrested by Centralia police following an alleged drug deal in which an informant purchased an unspecified amount of methamphetamine in a location only described as in Lewis County. The location was also within 1,000 feet – roughly the length of three football fields – from a school bus stop, according to authorities. Destiny C. Lloyd, 26, Christopher M. Jacobson, 35, and Bryce C. Hargett, 19, were each charged yesterday with delivery of methamphetamine in a school zone, for the incident that took place on Monday, according to court documents. A summary of the arrests from charging documents tells of the confidential informant arranging to meet Lloyd at an agreed location, Lloyd showing up in Jacobson’s car with him, and then the two contacting Hargett who subsequently showed up in a girl friend’s vehicle. Hargett was arrested by Sgt. Brian Warren and detective Adam Haggerty in a nearby store, with a loaded handgun in his waistline, according to the documents. Lloyd and Jacobson’s car was stopped by two other officers. Police reportedly contacted the female who owned the vehicle Hargett was driving, at the Travel Lodge where he was staying, and inside its trunk found a safe that neither claimed as theirs. The safe was searched as abandoned property, and inside of it officers found 87 grams of meth, a few grams of tar heroin, smoking devices, two cell phones and $2,640, according to charging papers. Jacobson, who has lived his whole life with his grandparents in Mossyrock, according to his attorney, was additionally charged with possession of meth and possession of methadone. Hargett, who lives with his grandparents in Centralia, was also charged with possession of meth and possession of heroin. When she made her argument for a bail amount yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, defense attorney Joely O’Rourke noted Lloyd lives with her mother in Chehalis just down the street from the courthouse. Lloyd’s bail was set at $25,000; Jacobson’s at $50,000 and Hargett’s at $50,000. Each was given a court appointed attorney and scheduled for arraignment tomorrow. Hargett has no prior felony convictions, but has an ongoing case for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to court documents.

MORE DRUGS

• An officer responding yesterday morning to a report of traffic in the area of the 900 block of Southwest 21st Street in Chehalis ended up arresting a 28-year-old woman with a warrant and then also for possession of heroin. Michelle A. Gibson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A while later, 29-year-old Timothy M. Arms was contacted walking near the area and arrested for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine, according to police. He was also booked into the jail.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A former Chehalis resident was sentenced today to 15 months in prison in connection with two separate cases that got him brought by law enforcement from North Dakota back to Lewis County earlier this year. Jence S. Sawyer, 23, pleaded guilty in February to reduced charges of second-degree assault for an incident on May 16, 2014 involving his estranged girlfriend and for third-degree rape of a child in connection with an encounter the November before with a 15-year-old girl he befriended in Packwood. Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said after he is released, Sawyer will have three years of community custody through the state Department of Corrections. Sawyer was represented in Lewis County Superior Court by defense attorney Don Blair.

THEFT INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police were contacted by an insurance agent yesterday asking them to look into a claim of a stolen piece of jewelry. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street  … and more.

Efforts underway to keep mentally ill out of Lewis County Jail

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – The budding mental health court program underway in Lewis County has six or seven individuals participating and Lewis County Jail Chief Kevin Hanson highlighted one of their successes this evening.

“This guy has been in the jail 30 times in the last 10 years, and he’s a real handful,” Hanson said. “He does things that are frankly disgusting.”

But he’s been out for a year, and a productive member of society, Hanson said.

Hanson was sharing with Centralia city council members information about an ongoing project he says is currently underway in the local criminal justice system without any additional funding.

Working with him are the prosecutor’s office and the judges. Hanson has three full time mental health workers at his jail as well.

The idea, according to Hanson, is aimed at keeping more people who have serious mental health issues out of the jail.

He cited some statistics.

Forty-three percent of the inmate population has severe mental health issues, he said.

Their stay at the jail is almost three times the length of the time spent there by the non-mentally ill, he said.

And it costs $90 a day when they are locked up.

The way it’s been working is once a person is selected for participation, they plead guilty to whatever offense put them in jail, and then the judge suspends their sentence, but puts in place numerous conditions. Such as, they must take their medications, stay off drugs, stay off alcohol and maintain regular contact with their care provider, he said.

One of his mental health workers at the jail works out in the field monitoring their progress, like a case manager, according to Hanson.

The participant whose name he did not share has fallen off the wagon, so to speak, but he self-reported his infraction, according to Hanson. He admitted to smoking marijuana, and so the prosecutor un-suspended some of his jail time, Hanson said.

County employees currently involved call this Mental Health Alternative Programs. But some would like to see it transformed into a full-fledged mental health court.

“Where are we going?” Hanson said to the city council. “I’m sure you’ve heard of therapeutic courts. That’s where we’re headed.”

It was about four years ago when officials approved a one-tenth of one cent local sales tax to fund drug court and other related programs.

The proceeds can only be spent on what are called therapeutic courts – such as drug court and mental health court – and certain other measures to reduce substance abuse and help keep mentally ill individuals stable.

Hanson and Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer last week gave a presentation to the board that oversees how those funds are spent.

Lewis County Commissioner Edna Fund, who brought Hanson to Centralia City Hall this evening, called it “kind of economic development.”

“So people can stay in their homes, and keep their jobs,” Fund said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Updated at 3:08 p.m.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A 66-year-old Centralia man called about 7:30 a.m. yesterday  to report that as he was leaving for work, he saw someone had taken his riding lawn mower out of his barn and left it at the end of his driveway on the 1700 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia. It was sitting on a ramp fashioned from items in his barn and a closer look, revealed his Trek1600 mountain bike was gone, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The theft took place sometime after 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A Bellevue resident called the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday to report someone stole his blue 2005 Suzuki motorcycle the day before when it broke down near Glenoma. He left it parked near the southwest corner of Kosmos Road about noon and went to get friends from a campsite, but when they got back there about 4 p.m., it was gone, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at $5,000, Chief Stacy Brown said. It has a license plate reading 6C1523, according to Brown.

IDENTITY THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Rhobina Street regarding an identity theft that took place in another state. They are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNRULY ARRESTEES

• A short foot pursuit ended with the arrest of a 21-year-old man yesterday morning in Centralia, around 11:40 a.m. Officers were responding to a report of fourth-degree assault associated with the 100 block of West Cherry Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Derrek J. Larson, tried to run away but was taken into custody and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. He was booked also for obstructing and a warrant, according to police.

• Christopher A. St. Jean, 31, was arrested yesterday at his home after a complaint of a white Chevrolet pickup truck racing through streets and alleys in Vader. An individual told law enforcement that St. Jean got extremely upset when he tried to film him, and later came running through a field threatening to assault the individual, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responding to the approximately 11:25 a.m. call contacted St. Jean at a home on the 500 block of A Street and ended up displaying a Taser after the suspect allegedly slammed the door on a deputies foot and refused to open it back up, the sheriff’s office reports. He was taken into custody and booked into the Lewis County Jail for reckless driving, reckless endangerment and harassment, Chief Stacy Brown reports.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 11 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of West Main Street where someone had broken the passenger side window of a vehicle with a rock. it wasn’t immediately known if anything was taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police yesterday responded to several reports of slashed tires on vehicles, beginning at bout 8 a.m. on the 900 block of Southwest William Avenue where two vehicles were affected. The owner in that case said they had an idea of a suspect, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer took another report at 9 a.m. on the 400 block of Southwest 18th Street and then it happened again shortly before 8:30 p.m. in an alley near the 1200 block of Southwest William Avenue, according to police.

• Graffiti was discovered painted onto the side of a garage at the 1200 block of Ward Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

FIRE IN TENINO

• Firefighters called about 2:20 a.m. today to the 300 block of Sussex Avenue West in Tenino found a detached single-car garage fully involved in flames when they arrived. The structure and a vehicle inside are a total loss, according to Thurston County Fire District 12. Battalion Chief James Fowler said nobody was injured and what ignited it is undetermined. “There’s no electricity and no heat source in the garage, so we’re not sure what caused it,” he said.

BIKE VERSUS CAR

• A 41-year-old bicyclist was hospitalized yesterday afternoon after he collided with the opening door of a vehicle on the 200 block of Northwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis. The driver was getting ready to go into the post office and checked but didn’t see him, before opening the door, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The bicyclist said he was traveling close to the sidewalk and went to go around the car when its door opened, police report. He said he didn’t know there was anyone in the car, spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The bicyclist had a sore back and possible neck injury and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated, authorities report.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, misdemeanor assault, drinking in public; responses for disputes, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation … and more.

News brief: Child luring attempts reported in Pe Ell

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Pe Ell Marshal Mike Hartnett is urging parents to talk with their children about what their safety plans should be following two reports of attempted child lurings.

Hartnett, in a news release he asked the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office to distribute, said both situations involved 10-year-old boys who said a man asked them to get in his pickup truck.

The first incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. on Friday in which the the subject told the boy if he got into his vehicle, he would give him money and a game;  and the other about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday a block away in the area of state Route 6 and Seventh Avenue where the subject offered an Xbox, according to Hartnett.

In both cases, the children told the man no, they didn’t need a ride because they lived nearby, according to the news release.

The vehicle is described as a dark blue Ford Ranger extended cab pickup with green pinstripe on the door. The driver is described only as a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt pulled down over his head.

The truck left east on state Route 6 the first time and westbound after the second incident, according to the marshal.

Hartnett, who has been policing the tiny West Lewis County town since July, said nobody in Pe Ell has seen that vehicle before.

“I’m reaching out to other agencies in the three to four county area to see if they’ve had any similar incidents,” he said.

The marshal commended the youngsters for their responses.

“The boys did an excellent job avoiding the offers to get into the vehicle and reported the incidents to their parents and the parents contacted law enforcement,” he wrote in his news release.

He is requesting anyone with information to contact law enforcement.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Updated at 4:58 p.m.

WANTED RANDLE MAN TAKEN DOWN WITH BEAN BAG

• A 39-year-old Randle man was arrested yesterday for an eluding incident the night before that began on U.S. Highway 12 near Glenoma. It was about 5:45 p.m. when a deputy attempted a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle but the vehicle took off, turning onto Kiona Road, and then onto Falls Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy discontinued the pursuit when the roadway turned to gravel, but then about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, the sheriff’s office got information the vehicle was broken down on a forest service road near Taidnapam Park. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said when a pair of deputies approached, the driver was sitting inside the Chevrolet pickup, and refused to follow commands. Brown said Christopher S. Haegen wouldn’t show his hands, and then once he exited the truck, he wouldn’t turn around and he reached into his pocket. A deputy fired a bean bag round from a shotgun, striking Haegen in the leg and he was taken into custody, according to Brown. All deputies carry the less-lethal rounds, Brown said. “In this situation, it was fortunate that it played out so we could use the less-than-lethal weapon,” she said. Haegen said his leg was sore, but didn’t need to go the hospital, according to Brown. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony eluding and a warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

QUARRY HIT WITH WIRE THEFT

• Someone stole as much as 2000 feet of wire from rock crushing equipment and a truck to haul it away in from the 200 block of Winston Creek Road outside Mossyrock. Deputies responding to the Winston Quarry found that sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 the following morning, someone rode a bicycle up to the top of the quarry where the machines are, cut the power cable wire and loaded it into a truck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The truck ran out of fuel about halfway down the road, and the person then stole a box van to use, the sheriff’s office reports. The van was found on Saturday in the general area, without the wire in it, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. The loss is estimated at $20,000.

BURGLARY MORTON

• Police were called about 8:30 p.m. yesterday when a Morton resident returned home after being gone a few days and discovered their front door open and some of their belongings missing. It happened at the 400 block of Westlake Avenue, according to the Morton Police Department.

MOOSE RACK STOLEN

• Someone stole a set of moose horns from a home on the 1300 block of Lakeshore Drive in Centralia, according to a report made to police at noon yesterday.

MORE MORTON BURGLARIES

• Morton police are investigating a break-in to a home on the 600 block of Westlake Avenue that was reported on Thursday at about 9:30 a.m.

• Morton police were called at approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday regarding an attempted break-in to a business on the 200 block of Seventh Street.

• An outbuilding door was damaged but nothing appeared to be missing following a burglary at the 400 block of Third Street in Morton which was reported on Thursday morning.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 8:25 p.m. on Saturday of a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup stolen from the 400 block of North Tower Avenue. It has a license plate reading B38108L, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday regarding an air compressor stolen from the bed of a pickup truck at the 1000 block of E. Street.

• Centralia police were called Saturday night about a vehicle prowl at Arby’s at the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue. Missing was an antique money collection, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police took a report on Saturday from Southwest 18th Street of a license plate stolen from a vehicle. It’s not clear where it occurred, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRINKING IN PUBLIC

• A 36-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for obstructing after an officer responded about 12:15 a.m. on Sunday to the 600 block of West Main Street, where an employee said a man opened a beer inside the store and wouldn’t leave. Joseph W. Rogerson denied he had anything to do with it, but was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 44-year-old Onalaska man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after he allegedly threw a baggie of five-plus grams of meth out his passenger window just before pulling over a for a deputy on Friday night. The deputy was making the traffic stop for speeding about 8:20 p.m. at the 100 block of Middle Fork Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Gary L. Hitch Jr. was also found to have a warrant and driving with a suspended license, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VANDALISM

• Gang graffiti was discovered spray painted on a garage at the 1200 block of Ward Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

ROADWAY INCIDENTS

• Centralia police responded about 1:15 p.m. yesterday to Pearl and Sixth streets where a man had jumped from a vehicle during an argument. He was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department. His wife, Felicia R. Alexander, 20, of Centralia, was cited for driving with suspended license, according to police.

• A 25-year-old Winlock man was arrested for driving under the influence after a vehicle wreck about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at the 400 block of Berry Road outside Chehalis. The vehicle struck a large tree and rolled onto its top, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Bradley J. Hunter was arrested by the state patrol, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, collisions on county roads, noisy neighbor music … and more.

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Tom Sparks said five panels of collectibles like this one were stolen from his car, while he was Arby’s in Centralia around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

POLICE: VADER HEROIN DEALING COUPLE BUSTED

• The Centralia Police Department’s special Anti-Crime Team announced this morning an investigation they conducted with federal agents and Chehalis police detectives into what they called a large heroin supplier led to the arrests of a Vader couple at their home. The two were first contacted at the end of December when officers undertook a search at their residence on Alpine Court and seized several thousands of dollars in cash, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a Glock 40 caliber handgun with ammunition, about nine ounces of pure heroin and approximately 20 grams of cocaine, according to a news release. The information from Centralia police Sgt. Brian Warren indicates officers allowed both suspects to remain at their home until arrest warrants were issued this week. Warren states that Francisco “Poncho” Guerrero admitted to selling drugs for 20 plus years and acknowledged he was a convicted felon. On Tuesday, Centralia officers and Lewis County detectives arrested 36-year-old Guerrero and his girlfriend 33-year-old Jennifer M. Hayes at the home, according to police. They were booked into the Lewis County Jail without incident, on two counts each of delivery and possession of controlled substances, according to Warren. Guerrero was additionally booked for unlawful possession of a firearm, the news release states. Their arraignments are scheduled for March 12 in Lewis County Superior Court.

BRIEF ESCAPE FROM ARREST

• A 38-year-old man, already handcuffed, slipped away from police as he was being placed in a patrol car and ran away yesterday afternoon at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Steven G. Ward was physically subdued and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened around 2:15 p.m. when police detained him for allegedly punching his girlfriend and throwing her keys in the river, according to police. He was arrested for fourth-degree assault and for third-degree escape, police report.

POLICE: MARIJUANA DEALING BUST

• A 24-year-old homeless woman was arrested last night for two counts of delivery of marijuana, one to a 14-year-old girl and the other to an 18-year-old male, according to the Centralia Police Department. The arrest around 10 p.m. associated with the 700 block of East Locust Street in Centralia ended with  Shanna L. Wilson booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. The 18-year-old – Zachory J. Schultz, from Centralia – was also booked into the jail for possession of marijuana, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, reckless driving; responses for collision on city street … and more.

News brief: Toledo infant’s cause of death unknown

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County coroner announced yesterday nothing suspicious was found during an autopsy of an 8-month-old Toledo area baby.

Deputies responded about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday to the 200 block of Foster Creek Road where the father said he’d found the infant boy in his crib not breathing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CPR was conducted and medics responded as well, but the child was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the death, but has not revealed why.

Coroner Warren McLeod indicated yesterday there were no signs of trauma to the baby and he doesn’t yet know what caused the death.

It could take three to four months to get back the results of tests, information he needs to make a determination, according to McLeod. The tests are ones automatically done on unexplained infant or child deaths, he said.
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For background, read “News brief: Infant death investigation underway in Toledo area” from Thursday March 5, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 6th, 2015

VEHICLE THEFT

• A motorcycle was reported stolen about 5:20 p.m. yesterday from a parking lot of a business on the 1000 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. The owner told police he left it for a short period of time and when he returned it was gone, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A Chehalis woman found to be driving with a suspended license when she was the subject of a traffic stop last night found herself in further trouble as it turned out she was wanted on an outstanding warrant, related to driving with a suspended license, and then it got worse when she got to the jail. During the intake process, when she stood up from a bench, something fell from her shirt to the floor, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The white crystalized substance tested positive for methamphetamine and Veronica L. Valderrama, 51, was booked for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, according to the sheriff’s office.

LOST APPEAL

• The Washington State Court of Appeals rejected a former Randle man’s claim his convictions for second- and third-degree child rape should be reversed. In an opinion issued on Tuesday, the three-member panel ruled that David C. Haviland’s sentence of 340 months should stand. The former longtime Hampton Mill employee was convicted in a bench trial in Lewis County Superior Court in June 2013. The appeals judges disagreed with Haviland’s contention that a bill that amended a statute related to a case was unconstitutional, as well as other issues in his appeal.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, misdemeanor theft … and more.

News brief: Dental match confirms identity of Kresky Avenue remains

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The skeletal remains found last week on a hillside along Kresky Avenue in Chehalis have been positively identified, but the name is being withheld until authorities can locate and notify next-of-kin.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said the female in her mid-50s was living locally, but no missing person report was filed with police by anyone.

Investigators found papers in a bag near her body with her name on them, and found dental records locally to compare with the remains.

Dr. Kathleen Taylor, the forensic anthropologist at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office made the identification using the records, according to McLeod.

Chehalis Police Department detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said earlier this week their investigation of the death was is in somewhat of a holding pattern, waiting for the coroner to tell them who she was.

As of Tuesday, neither office had been in contact with family of the woman.

The human remains were found by a surveyor about a quarter mile east of the 2200 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue on Feb. 23. Sgt. Wilson estimated she had  been dead about a year. Her cause of death remains undetermined.
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For background, read “Possible ID could come this week of remains found off Kresky Ave.” from Tuesday March 3, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

LITTLE FIRE FOUND IN RESTROOM

• Firefighters were called about 11:45 p.m. yesterday to a fire in one of the bathrooms at the Maytown rest area along southbound Interstate 5. They found smoke showing upon their arrival and quickly extinguished the burning paper materials, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. The damage was minimal and the scene turned over to investigators with the Washington State Patrol, Fire Chief Robert Scott said.

ADNA FIRE CAUSE NOT CLEAR

• The cause of the fire that struck a dairy farm will be recorded as undetermined but it began in a room that housed an air compressor. “I didn’t see anything else that could have caused it,” Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said today. Crews called early Sunday morning to the 400 block of Bunker Creek Road found fire in the milking parlor and were able to keep it from spreading to the adjacent barn that contained some 200 cows. McCarty said it seems much of the equipment is useable, although a motor that ran the milking machines was damaged. Most of the damage was up above, he said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were contacted about 1:10 p.m. yesterday regarding a burglary at the 500 block of Hillkress Street over the weekend. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone took a stereo faceplate and other small items when they broke into a vehicle at the 800 block of West First Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:40 p.m. yesterday.

• Police were called about 8:50 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Ash Street where someone had stolen the stereo from a vehicle.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, violation of anti-harassment order; responses for alarm, disputes, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, infant left alone in a car, collision on city street  … and more.

News brief: Infant death investigation underway in Toledo area

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an 8-month-old boy in the Toledo area.

Deputies responded last night to the 200 block of Foster Creek Road because of a report of an aid call about a non-breathing baby with CPR in progress, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies learned the father had found the infant in the crib not breathing, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Nine-one-one was called and CPR begun, Brown said.

The efforts were unsuccessful, she said.

Brown didn’t say if the death was suspicious or why law enforcement was investigating, but did say no further information will be released until after an autopsy, which could possibly take place tomorrow.