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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 21st, 2016
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Updated at 6:44 p.m.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• Centralia police were called about 10:25 a.m. yesterday by a resident from the 2900 block of Mount Vista Road who said she received a death threat and was blocked by the suspect the evening before from leaving their home. The investigation is continuing, according to the Centralia Police Department. Shane J. Carpenter, 41, was arrested, booked into the Lewis County Jail and today charged in Lewis County Superior Court with felony harassment, unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree domestic assault. Judge James Lawler set his bail at $100,000, twice what prosecutors requested. The woman who was living with Carpenter and Carpenter’s wife told police he punched his wife in the face, knocking her out and when he thought she was going to call police, he grabbed a BB gun rifle and slammed  the butt of it next to her toes and yelled he would kill her, according to charging documents. He then allegedly would not let either woman leave the residence, although they eventually left and got a hotel room, the documents allege. The wife reportedly would not cooperate with police. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh today indicated Carpenter has a rather lengthy criminal history and was in prison from 2005 until 2014.

• A 43-year-old man who was angry at his girlfriend and didn’t want her to leave allegedly used a piece of wood to strike her van, trying to get the door open, and was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief yesterday morning, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer responding to the approximately 8:30 a.m. call to the 700 block of South Gold Street in Centralia booked Patrick J. McCarty into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

PROPERTY DISPUTE

• A deputy called about 1:15 p.m. on Friday to the 200 block of U.S. Highway 12 outside of Napavine regarding a property dispute between two neighbors found one of them building a cinder block wall in an area the other said was his easement. The 59-year-old man who had called 911 complained the wall would prevent large trucks from passing through to his property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy advised the two it was an issue that needed to be resolved in civil court, advised they consult with attorneys and suggested seeking anti-harassment orders. However, before the deputy left, the 59-year-old started removing the blocks and began pushing on the wall to knock it over, which led to the 38-year-old neighbor yelling profanities and raising a large metal post above his head in an aggressive manner, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the 38-year-old also began striking the blocks with the post. Joshua L. Nichols, 38, of Napavine, was arrested for harassment and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Brown said. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge.

BIG THEFT REPORTED

• Chehalis police were called about 2:40 p.m. on Friday to a business at the 500 block of North Market Boulevard regarding an alleged first-degree theft. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ALLEGED PACKAGE THIEF CAUGHT

• Centralia police were called just before noon yesterday when a passerby reported observing a male take a package off a porch on the 300 block of South Gold Street. Officers located the suspect a short distance away and recovered the item from Amazon, according to the Centralia Police Department. Arrested for third-degree theft and booked into the Lewis County Jail was 20-year-old Trevor A. Bartley, according to police. The delivery consisted of women’s make-up.

AUTO THEFT

• Officers overnight located a stolen 2016 Ford Explorer which had been sitting for several days in a parking lot at the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia. The sport utility vehicle which was missing from Oregon was returned to Enterprise car rentals, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 8:30 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Southwest Chehalis Avenue for a missing vehicle. The person suspected to have taken it is someone who has been allowed to use the 2002 Chevrolet Blazer before, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 1200 block of North Scheuber Road that sometime since last Wednesday, a guitar and a laptop computer were taken.

• An officer was called just after 8 p.m. on Friday to the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue where he was told a customer brought a suspected shoplifter back into the store. The business decided to handle the issue without police involvement, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to an auto dealership at the 1900 block of  Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis just after 8 a.m. on Saturday regarding a vehicle prowl. A set of keys was left inside the vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

GUN SHOT INTO BUILDING INVESTIGATED

• Chehalis police were called just after 11 a.m. on Sunday to an auto dealership at the 1900 block of  Northwest Louisiana Avenue after a copper jacket, shell casing, was found inside the building. The officer took a photo of a hole above a door and noted it appeared to have entered from the direction of the freeway, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Southwest Third Street regarding a passenger side window broken out of a vehicle.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A horse was killed and 32-year-old motorist from Rochester injured when the two met at the 1100 block of Lincoln Creek Road west of Centralia at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. The driver said he came around a corner, saw a large horse in his lane and was unable to avoid it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The horse rolled over the hood and the top of the Honda Accord and died at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver suffered a bruised forehead, the car was totaled, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said the horse had broken out through its fence earlier in the day and its 19-year-old owner had been unable to find it. She will likely be cited for animal at large, Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, loud neighbor music  … and more, among 126 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:50 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, March 20th, 2016
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TOOL TOSSING

• Centralia police took a report on Friday night about a wrench being thrown through the windshield of a car parked at Pearl and Walnut streets.

AUTO THEFT

• A 1998 baby blue Honda Civic was reported stolen this morning in a case associated with the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia. Officers called just before 6 a.m. were told the owner loaned it to their brother and it went missing sometime during the night from in front of the brother’s home, according to the Centralia Police Department. The car has an Oregon license of 587 GZF and has three has three white wheels and one black wheel, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A black 1999 Toyota pickup truck was reported stolen just after 9 p.m. yesterday from the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• Jesse C. Sheldon, 35, and Melissa A. Simmons, 36, were arrested for first-degree burglary overnight after being denied entry into a home on the 300 block of Kearney Street, whereupon they allegedly assaulted the resident who is a relative of one of the suspects, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers responding about 12:20 a.m. booked the Centralia residents into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called at 1:30 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. A purse was taken from the unlocked vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, disorderly conduct, violation of no-contact order, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, misdemeanor theft … and more, among 143 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today.

Centralia mugging victim struck with hatchet

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Updated at 6:10 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police are investigating an attack on a man last night in which an unknown person hit him in the head with a hatchet and stole his wallet.

The 33-year-old victim was walking home from a convenience store, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Officers were called at 9:09 p.m. to the scene, at the 400 block of West Pine Street, according to police. Medics were dispatched to the area at the same time for a trauma patient.

The victim sustained a laceration to his head and was transported to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital for treatment, according to Sgt. Dave Ross.

Ross indicated the injuries were not life threatening, but he wasn’t certain how serious they were.

Reflections: Tower children loved their Centralia schools

Friday, March 18th, 2016
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Ben, Maddy, Sam and Sue Tower. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Sue Tower speaks softly, sometimes with a trace of a smile when she talks about her children.

Eight days after she lost all three of them in one night in a house fire, she sits down at a Centralia coffee house because she wants to share memories of her little ones.

The 40-year-old old single mother who grew up in Chehalis confesses, she didn’t want to continue living, during the first few days.

But she knows now she must, she said.

“Otherwise, their lives will have been in vain,” she said. “So I have to carry the light, and go on.”

Tower wanted to share about her children’s life, not their death.

Already she’s had to answer question after question from investigators, recalling for them even the tiniest details about that day, and the night that followed.

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Sue Tower wants to talk about her children.

She doesn’t know what started the fire, but knows, for example, for sure she wasn’t burning candles that day, because she was out of candles and matches both, she said.

The conversation conveys at least part of the story, of three young lives cut short.

The family moved to Centralia, to the split-level home on Ham Hill Road last April.

The kids finished out the school year at Centennial Elementary School in Olympia. Before that, they attended Evergreen Christian School in Olympia.

Recently she had been contemplating moving, but her children were concerned about the possibility of giving up the new life they’d come to like very much, according to Tower.

“They came to me and said, ‘Mom, we can move, but we want to stay in our schools’,” she said. “They loved their teachers.”

Their home had become a hub for the youngsters and their friends, with a backyard trampoline, rabbits and chickens.

“I remember my kids that afternoon, they had their friends over,” Tower said. Her tone is peaceful.

Had it been a weekend, all of them would have ended up spending the night, she said.

“They had amazing friends, for just starting (school) in September,” she said.

Most important to Tower right now, is to keep the memory of Ben, Maddy and Sam alive.

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Ben Tower
2003 – 2016

Benjamin D. Tower, 12, was a sixth grader at Washington Elementary School.

“A teddy bear, so sensitive, Mr. Pay-it-forward,” she said.

Her oldest was already wearing a size 14 shoe, and was going to be tall, she said.

He was captain of his football team, the Leathernecks.

“I feel for the kids on the line against him, he packed a punch,” she said. “But he’s the first to go help them up.”

Even in the land of Seahawks football mania, Ben was a staunch Broncos fan, she said.

She’s calls him a chicken whisperer, a boy who would greet them  outside each morning, saying, “Hi babies.” They followed him around, she said.

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Maddy Tower
2005 – 2016

Madeline R. Tower, 10, was a fourth grader at Washington Elementary School.

“Maddy was my quiet soul, she loved to read,” Tower said.

So much, that when she and her friend Natalie got together for a play day, they’d sit side by side and read, she said.

Maddy’s rabbit allowed her to dress it in doll clothes and be photographed, many times in many outfits.

Last summer, she had a bad bicycle accident, that left her with a concussion and broken teeth.

One of the children’s favorite places was Northwest Sports Hub at Borst Park in Centralia. Tower and her partner Jay Ryan opened the restaurant Hub CIty Grub there together.

It felt to the kids like their own personal playground, she said.

On a recent night, at already 9 p.m., Maddy begged her mother to take her and Natalie to the Hub, so they could play glow-in-the-dark frisbee. She broke her foot and was put on crutches, Tower said.

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Sam Tower
2008 – 2016

Samuel J. Tower, 7, was a second grader at Edison Elementary School.

Her youngest had possibly as many as three girlfriends, she said.

“Sam was my active child,” she said.

He played soccer this past fall, and was so successful his coaches asked her how many years he’d been doing it, she said.

Tower said he was a master climber, a runner and skilled on the trampoline.

“He was at the point he could do back flips, seven in a row, and stick it,” she said. “And incredibly smart. All of them.”

Like his siblings, he swam.

“All my kids, since they were itty bitty babies,” their mother said.

Tower is staying in Centralia, feeling gratitude and feeling humbled by so much support from so many and for the police and firefighters who came early the morning of March 4.

“I’m trying to make a list to send thank yous, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do that,” she said. “This is something that happens to other people, not me. I had plans.”

Now, she’s planning a celebration of life for Ben, Maddy and Sam.

It’s set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Northwest Sports Hub.

Everyone is welcome, but she hopes nobody comes dressed in black, she said.

“I want to honor them in a positive way,” she said.

Their father, Brad Tower, was making separate arrangements for a memorial in Olympia, she said.

Tower requests no flowers, at least not cut flowers.

She’s working with Lewis County Commissioner Edna Fund, on something like a bench that could be placed at the Hub, maybe with plantings, she said.

She suggests that instead of flowers, people might find ways to support some of the things her children valued.

Maybe the Centralia pool, maybe the school library, maybe Camp Cispus, she said. Ben was very much looking forward to a school trip there this year, she said.
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For background, read “Heavy hearts as family loses three in Centralia house fire” from Friday March 4, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 18th, 2016
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BURGLARY CENTRALIA, CHEHALIS

• A 45-year-old Centralia man was arrested for second-degree burglary yesterday evening in a case associated with the 1500 block of North Scheuber Road in Centralia. Charles E. Norskog was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 4:40 p.m. yesterday by an individual at the 700 block of Southwest McFadden Avenue who said some checks and other belongings had been taken but he didn’t know when it occurred or exactly what all was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 6:20 a.m. today about a car stolen from the 800 block of West Pear Street. Missing is a silver 1986 Honda Accord, according to the Centralia Police Department. It has a license plate reading 866 WSM, according to police.

• The maroon 1992 Honda Civic stolen early yesterday morning from the 300 block of Southwest Third Avenue in Chehalis turned up yesterday in Grays Harbor County, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police got a phone call about 2 p.m. informing them it had been recovered.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just after 5 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 2000 block of North Tower Avenue. Someone smashed out a window to get inside, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called yesterday about bicycles stolen from both the 400 block of North Iron Street and the 900 block of Johnson Road.

BARN FIRE

• A fire investigator said he was unable to pinpoint a cause for a fire that broke out in a large shop building on the 100 block of Bunker Road west of Centralia on Wednesday. The newer metal building contained a tractor, a boat and other property, but its roof had already collapsed by the time the first crew arrived, Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said. “I’m not sure why it caught fire, but it did and destroyed everything inside,” McCarty said this morning. He said it didn’t appear suspicious.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, resisting arrest, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issues, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, toddlers in the street, collision on city street … and more, among 146 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
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AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 12:40 a.m. today about a car stolen from the 300 block of Southwest Third Avenue. Missing is a maroon 1992 Honda Civic, according to the Chehalis Police Department. One of its wheels is a different color than the other three, according to police.

BURGLARY

• Centralia police were contacted about 12:30 p.m. yesterday about the theft of clothing and a wallet from a tent.

OTHER THEFT

• Someone stole the rear license plate from a car parked near Southwest Saunders Way and First Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to Chehalis police yesterday afternoon.

STRUCTURE FIRE

• Crews called about 5 o’clock this morning for a structure fire on Conrad Road near Napavine arrived to find smoke and flames showing from a medium-sized shop building. “We got the fire knocked down reasonably quickly, but there was probably about 30 percent of the building damaged,” Firefighter Brad Bozarth said. Nobody was injured, he said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters called about a rollover semi accident at the 200 block of Forest-Napavine Road just before 1 o’clock this morning found the truck driver was uninjured, according to Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue.

• A motorcyclist was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital after an accident on northbound Interstate 5 near the Main Street exit at Chehalis yesterday evening. When firefighters called about 5:30 p.m. arrived, the patient was leaning against jersey barrier and may have had a broken leg, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. Fire Capt. Rob Gebhart said he wasn’t sure exactly what happened.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 150 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Beware left lane ‘squatters’

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
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Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Since many drivers are unaware the left lane is designed as a passing lane and traveling in it for an extended period of time can be against the law, troopers are focusing on left lane violators this week.

The emphasis patrol is statewide, according to the Washington State Patrol. The idea is to bring increased awareness.

Trooper Will Finn calls them left lane squatters.

State patrol Sgt. J. Paul Cagle shares the text of the law, for those who would like to avoid getting pulled over:

RCW 46.61.100(2): Upon all roadways having two or more lanes for traffic moving in the same direction, all vehicles shall be driven in the right hand lane then available for traffic, except for overtaking and passing another vehicle in the same direction, when traveling at a speed greater than the traffic flow, when moving left to allow traffic to merge or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection, exit or into a private road or driveway when such left turn is legally permitted.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
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FUEL THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just after 9:30 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Northwest Ohio Avenue where they were told that sometime during the night, someone siphoned nine gallons of gas from a parked vehicle. It was the third time it happened in the past several months, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called to the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue about 1 p.m. yesterday to take a report of tires slashed overnight on a parked vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 123 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6 a.m. today.

Manager at Jeremy’s restaurant charged with stealing thousands of dollars

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
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Jeremy’s on the 500 block of Main Street in Chehalis is under new ownership now.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A restaurant manager accused of pocketing hundreds of dollars per shift from her Chehalis workplace has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of theft.

Mindy D. Nogues, 32, worked at Jeremy’s Farm to Table on Main Street from May into October of last year.

Owner Jeremy Wildhaber said he now he knows why he was experiencing such a cash crunch, for months.

“She was stealing $300 to $500 a day in September and October,” Wildhaber said on a recent day. “In October, she got us for $4,000.”

Altogether, he, his bookkeeper and police attribute more than $8,000 in losses to the now-former employee.

Nogues was arrested Jan. 19 in connection with a warrant issued on Dec. 31 and the following day allowed release on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Lewis County prosecutors charged her with three counts of second-degree theft and 10 counts of identity theft.

Last week, she and her lawyer went before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court, where a request to postpone her trial was granted.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm said the trial was set for next month, but rescheduled to the week of May 16 because the defense is requesting more documents from Jeremy’s restaurant.

In hindsight, Wildhaber says, he thinks Nogues was testing various methods from the very beginning. He said that during her first two weeks of employment, he caught her failing to turn in the mandatory 5 percent of her tips for kitchen workers.

They talked about it, and he didn’t fire her, he said.

“I was really was desperate for help, and customers really liked her,” he said.

In fact, he said, she wasn’t the sort of person anyone would ever suspect of being dishonest that way. Everybody liked her and customers loved her, he said.

Charging documents summarizing the Chehalis Police Department investigation indicate Wildhaber and his bookkeeper concluded that Nogues had been using another manager’s code to approve various transactions.

The issue was brought to his attention by his bookkeeper, he said. The bookkeeper discovered that far more gift certificates were being spent at the business than had ever been issued.

Wildhaber told police one has to have a manager’s code to put a gift certificate into the system. He said it would be easy to take cash from a customer, but show they paid with a gift certificate.

The bookkeeper made a sheet illustrating the estimated losses from Nogue, according to court documents.

In their affidavit of probable cause, prosecutors wrote that in in May, Nogues took in only one gift certificate, yet for the month of October, she had 38 transactions involving gift certificates. The other seven employees that month combined took in only 39, according to charging documents.

Jeremy’s also found that while employees were supposed to staple the gift certificate to the particular receipt, Nogues had only done that three times leaving 35 unaccounted for. The system also showed she submitted gift certificates for odd amounts, amounts larger than their ledger showed they had sold.

A printout from the restaurant’s transactions showed Nogues in June took in $2,272.74 in cash sales and $271.66 in gift certificates.

In October, it was just the opposite ratio.

Nogues in October logged just $209.79 in cash sales while recording she took in $2,448.95 worth of gift certificates, according to the documents.

Wildhaber told police it would be impossible to work an entire month and take in that little cash.

She allegedly used other manager’s codes in attempts to cover up cash thefts in other ways as well, according to the documents.

For example, printouts for July through September showed Nogues had $1,753 in voided transactions while the next highest amount among other employees was $577.11.

Some voids supposedly done for her by another manager occurred when the other manager wasn’t working, according to the allegations.

Wildhaber said he confronted Nogues and reported the theft to police on Oct. 30.

Today, Wildhaber no longer owns the business. He said he wasn’t able to pay rent, and his landlord took it over. He’s cooking there and still doing a lot of work connected with the criminal case.

“It’s a big mess,” he said.

The thefts aren’t the only reason he couldn’t continue, but played a role, he said.

“It put me in a downward spiral, really fast,” he said.

Last Thursday, after the hearing in Lewis County Superior Court, Nogues and her lawyer, Jakob McGhie, said they had no comment on the allegations.

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Full disclosure: Jeremy’s restaurant had an advertising relationship in the past with Lewis County Sirens.com

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
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BURGLARY

• A deputy was called about 8:40 p.m. yesterday following the discovery of a residential burglary at the 3600 block of Tall Cedar Lane outside Centralia. Forced entry was attempted at multiple doors and finally made through a window, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred sometime since 5:45 a.m. last Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. A list of missing property is not yet available, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said this morning.

• A deputy responded about 6:15 p.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary at the 100 block of Kaiser Road in Ethel. Sometime since Dec. 1, someone entered an outbuilding and left with four rolls of insulation as well as 15 Rubbermaid tubs with various contents, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

GREEN HILL SCHOOL FOR BOYS

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday about an alleged assault the day before at Green Hill School. Further information is not yet available, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• An officer was called just after 5 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 700 block of H Street in Centralia. Missing is a bag containing keys, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called at 11 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of South Silver Street in Centralia where an individual reported someone got into their unlocked vehicle and removed a set of stereo speakers.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving with suspended license, driving under the under the influence, minor in possession and/or consumption of alcohol; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, disorderly person, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, second-hand report that someone was walking around cars looking in their windows … and more, among 154 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:20 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 14th, 2016

CENTRALIAN MAKES DARING ESCAPE FROM THE LAW

• A 25-year-old Centralia man wanted for an outstanding warrant reportedly slipped away from deputies at Gee Cees truck stop apparently by hitching a ride on the underside of a departing semi truck. It happened on Friday afternoon and after viewing surveillance images, the nature of the escape was verified, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy had responded about 1:30 p.m. to the 100 block of Herriford Road near Toledo where they were told two people got their vehicle stuck on someone’s property and left on foot, according to the sheriff’s office. They were able to locate the couple at the truck stop off Interstate 5 south of Vader and as Ruben A. Inman was being questioned, he fled, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. A track by a police dog was being arranged when a truck driver said he’d seen the male crawl under the trailer of semi truck and it left with him still beneath it, Brown said. The un-named female told the deputy Inman had a warrant, although would not give his name, Brown said. Deputies were able to figure out who he was, traced the truck driver using information from the card used to purchase fuel and got the truck stopped in Arlington, according to Brown. The truck driver found Inman’s cap, but not the extra passenger. It’s unknown at what point he disembarked, according to Brown.

AUTO THEFT

• Officers were called about 9:20 a.m. on Saturday to the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia where a beige 1991 Honda Accord was taken from an apartment complex parking lot sometime during the night. It has a license plate reading bearing 034 YJN, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called to the 1800 block of Southeast Cypress Avenue about 6:40 a.m. today regarding a vehicle prowl.

AND, FROM MORTON

• Officers responded to the 700 block of Airport Way in Morton at about 4:23 p.m. on Saturday. Dispatch advised that someone was possibly tampering with the A/C unit, according to the Morton Police Department. Upon the officer’s arrival, a male advised the officer that he was trying to plug his cell phone into the electrical outlet.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 45-year-old woman was injured and transported to Morton General Hospital this morning following a single-vehicle wreck on state Route 7 about six miles north of Morton. The 2010 Jeep Wrangler was northbound when it lost traction and went into the ditch to its right, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver, 19-year-old Corey R. Brewer of Venus, Texas, was reportedly uninjured. A trooper responding just after 10 a.m. cited him for speeds too fast for conditions, according to the state patrol. Both he and his passenger, 45-year-old Shelley A. Brewer from the same town, had been wearing their seat belts, the investigating trooper reports.

• The single-vehicle wreck on Brim Road on Saturday night in which a 19-year-old Onalaska resident was injured is suspected to have involved drunken driving, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 2006 Honda Accord traveled through a tree and came to rest atop an industrial brush hog, leaving the driver trapped, according to responders. Angelo K. Lopez had not been wearing his seat belt and suffered injuries to his face, the sheriff’s office reported this morning. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Lopez faces potential charges of second-degree negligent driving, driving under the influence, minor in possession-consumption of alcohol, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, probation violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, malicious mischief, runaway teen, collision on city street; complaint a Bernie Sanders campaign sign was sliced up … and more, among 123 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:40 a.m. today.

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The driver of this Honda Accord was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after wrecking off Brim Road south of Ethel. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

News brief: Attack reported on Rails to Trails

Monday, March 14th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The sheriff’s office was summoned last night after a 23-year-old drove himself to the hospital with a bloody nose and reported he was attacked by two masked individuals dressed in black while he was running on a trail west of Chehalis.

The Chehalis resident who said he was new to the area told a deputy he went out for a run about 9 p.m. on the Rails to Trails and as he neared the ballfields behind Adna High School, he heard footsteps running up behind him, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

He said he was hit in the back of the head and when he turned, he was struck in the face several times, according to the sheriff’s office. He said the assailants then left and it didn’t seem to be an attempted robbery, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.

Brown said the man drove himself to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was treated for pain, bruises and small lacerations on his face.

Deputies, called at 10:12 p.m., canvassed the area but were unable to locate any suspects, Brown said.

News brief: Family member is ear-witness to fatal collision in Ony

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Updated at 3:08 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 56-year-old driver who died when he wrecked his Jeep along the 2500 block of Centralia-Alpha Road yesterday morning had been talking on his cell phone with his sister, and was on his way to her house, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

“She heard the crash and then silence and sent her husband to go look for her brother,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

It happened about 12:15 a.m. yesterday in Onalaska.

Deputies arriving to the scene believe the 2005 Jeep Wrangler had been eastbound when it left the roadway, traveled through a ditch and hit a tree, according to the sheriff’s office.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, Brown said. Fire Chief Andrew Martin said the patient was deceased when responders arrived.

He is identified as Marvin Elliott, from Centralia.

The Jeep was totaled, Brown said. The sheriff’s office is investigating the crash.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, March 13th, 2016
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ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD FATALITY

• Firefighters called about 12:35 a.m. today to a single-vehicle wreck in Onalaska found a Jeep that appeared to have left the road, struck a tree and rolled, according to Lewis County Fire District 1. The driver, the only occupant, died at the scene, Fire Chief Andrew Martin said. It was along Centralia-Alpha Road near Beck Road, although toward Oppelt, Martin said. “All we did was respond and turn the scene over to the sheriff’s office,” he said. It’s an area where the fire department sees fatality crashes about once a year, he said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD AIRLIFT

• At about 10:40 p.m. yesterday, firefighters were called to another single-vehicle wreck near the 200 block of Brim Road south of Ethel. Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel said the car with just one occupant hit a pole and a tree. The tree fell onto to the vehicle and the challenge was, it took responders about a half an hour to get him cut out of the car, McDaniel said. The patient had back pain and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to McDaniel.

Serious wind, snow on the horizon for Lewis County

Saturday, March 12th, 2016
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Courtesy image National Weather Service

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A windstorm so strong is expected tomorrow that forecasters say widespread power outages and downed trees are likely.

Some damage to buildings is even possible as the strongest winds sweep through much of Western Washington late tomorrow afternoon into the early evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service reminds the public that falling trees and limbs can cause serious injury or death.

Southeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph are possible, with even stronger winds to follow, forecasters indicated today.

A winter storm warning for snow in the Cascade Mountains of Lewis and Pierce counties has been issued for the 24-hour period starting at noon tomorrow, with amounts that will make travel dangerous, according to the NWS.

Eight to 18 inches of snow will fall through tomorrow morning, with another 1 to 2-feet dropping through noon Monday.

The snow level will be around 4,000 feet today, then remain between 2,000 and 3,000 feet  through Monday.

The NWS advises that motorists only travel through the mountains if it is an emergency, and be sure to carry a flashlight, food and water just in case.

The wind warning issued today focuses on the areas surrounding Everett, Seattle, Bellevue, Bremerton, Tacoma, Hood Canal, the Southwest Interior and the Lower Chehalis Valley.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, March 12th, 2016
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Driver and dog were both uninjured. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters called to a two-vehicle collision just before 6 p.m. yesterday at state Route 6 near Chilvers Road found only a Jeep on its side occupied by the driver and a dog. The patient was uninjured but needed help getting out, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. Firefighter Mike Goodwillie said they cut out the windshield to extricate her.

• Officers responded yesterday to an approximately 2:50 p.m. report of a vehicle verses pedestrian traffic collision at the 400 block of South Silver Street in Centralia. The victim was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital for minor injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Officers arrested David Serano Moss, 21, when he drove to the Centralia Police Department about 7 o’clock this morning and officers knew he was required to have an interlock device and that his driver’s license was suspended. He was cited and then released, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 7:40 a.m. yesterday to the 900 block of G Street where they learned that sometime since the evening before,  someone broke out the driver’s side window of a truck while it was parked and unoccupied.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, providing false information to police officer, driving under the under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, malicious mischief, collision on city street … and more, among 136 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Onalaska resident found unresponsive on remote Utah road

Friday, March 11th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 72-year-old Onalaska man overdue on a trip home from Arizona was found nearly unconscious laying on a remote road in southwestern Utah and is recovering from hypothermia.

Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower said he now knows the man had recently been diagnosed with Ahlzheimers and had been traveling from Congress, Arizona back to Washington.

It was about 8 a.m. on Wednesday when employees with the water conservation district came across a Jeep abandoned in the middle of the road, west of Cedar City, Utah, Gower said.

About a mile farther, they found him, unresponsive and cold, shirtless and shoeless, he said. Temperatures had dipped into the mid-20s that night, he said.

Deputies and then an ambulance responded and took him to an area hospital, he said.

“When they got him there, his core temperature was 82 degrees, which is very cold,” he said.

The sheriff didn’t release the man’s name, but said family has traveled to Utah to be with him.

“He is going to make it,” Gower said this afternoon.

The sheriff’s office tracked down his family from papers either on the patient or in his vehicle, he said. The family had been trying to track him by his bank card use, he said.

Gower said he wasn’t sure what if any agency took a missing person report.

“I guess he had a cell phone, but he was not answering,” he said.

Sheriff Gower said the thanks belong to the employees of the water district.

Gower said he’s been with the sheriff’s office over 25 years, and worked several similar cases.

“Most of the time they end more tragic than this,” he said. “We usually find them after it’s too late.”

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 11th, 2016
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AUTO THEFT

• A car that was stolen on Wednesday in Centralia was found yesterday afternoon abandoned in a parking lot in the case associated with the 1800 block of North Pearl Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STOLEN FIREARM

• Centralia police were called about 4:40 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Woodland Avenue to take a report of the theft of a Hi-Point 9mm carbine rifle from the residence.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called to the 1500 block of North National Avenue about 5:15 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a suspected burglary. There were no signs of forced entry, but the victim noted two DVDs missing as well as clothing moved around, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SCHOOL ISSUE

• Chehalis police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Southwest 16th Street about a 15-year-old girl who may have been under the influence of marijuana. The school is following its suspension protocol and information was forwarded to juvenile prosecutors, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, suicidal person, runaway juvenile, parking issues … and more, among 164 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

Centralia fire investigation continues, victims positively ID’d

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County coroner today said he has positively identified the three children from Friday’s house fire on Ham Hill Road in Centralia.

He released their names: Benjamin D. Tower, 12; Madeline R. Tower, 10; and Samuel J. Tower, 7.

They were students at Washington Elementary School and Edison Elementary School in Centralia.

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While he doesn’t have any reason to think they died from anything other then the house fire, Coroner Warren McLeod said, it will be awhile before he can make the official determination on the cause of their deaths.

Autopsies have been performed but his conclusions can’t be made until after further studies as well as seeing the results of toxicology tests, according to McLeod.

It can take between eight and 14 weeks to get lab results back, according to the coroner’s office.

Authorities have said the youngsters were sleeping upstairs in the split-level home while their mother was sleeping on the main floor. She was among those who phoned 911 at about 12:45 a.m.

Efforts by the mother, by a police officer and by two firefighters to rescue them were unsuccessful because of the smoke, flames and intense heat.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Centralia Police Department detective Sgt. Carl Buster said the process can sometimes take months.

Riverside Fire Authority Assistant Chief Rick Mack, who is also the lead investigator, has said they narrowed the origin down to the area of the living room, a few feet from the front door.

The tragedy follows by just over a year a nighttime residential fire in Winlock that claimed three lives.

The family had been sleeping in the two-story house on  Northeast First Street and when the father and two boys headed out the door, the mother and girls were right behind him, but didn’t make it outside.

Samantha Koehler, 31, and her two daughters Bethany Cuvreau, 4, and Tabitha Cuvreau, 2, died of smoke inhalation on February 26, 2015.

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For background, read “Heavy hearts as family loses three in Centralia house fire” from Friday March 4, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
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MULTIPLE FIREARMS STOLEN FROM HOME

• Sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. yesterday someone burglarized a residence on the 700 block of Bunker Creek Road west of Chehalis and stole nine rifles and shotguns as well as binoculars, a laptop computer and cash, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $7,640, according to the sheriff’s office. The case is under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

SHED ENTERED

• Centralia police were called at 8:30 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of South Pearl Street where a shed had been broken into. It is unknown if anything is missing at this time, police reported this morning.

AUTO THEFT

• A blue 1999 Honda Civic was reported stolen just before 9 a.m. yesterday from the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. It has a license plate reading AME 4034, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 7:45 a.m. yesterday to the 900 block of B Street about a vehicle which was stolen. The victim spotted the car half a block away and was able to provide a suspect description, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspect fled on foot, but was picked up by a second suspect so car was recovered, according to police.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone broke the window of a car parked at the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia and stole the stereo, according to a report made to police about 8 a.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called just before 8 a.m. yesterday to a car prowl on the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue. Sometime during the night someone entered the unlocked vehicle, rummaged around and stole a stereo and a wallet with credit cards, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Another prowl was reported on the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue yesterday, from an unlocked vehicle. The back seat was removed to gain access to the trunk and a knife set was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

STUDENT, TEACHER, TUSSLE

• An 11-year-old boy was arrested at Winlock Middle-High School yesterday because he allegedly struck a teacher in the leg after he had run outside and was stopped by teachers and escorted back inside. The student had been separated from his class during lunch for being disruptive and at one point took off running, through the principal’s office and out a side door, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called to the 200 block of North Military Road took the boy into custody for fourth-degree assault and booked him in to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street … and more, among 125 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:10 a.m. today.

News brief: Elderly motorist injured in SR 7 wreck

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Updated at 11:30 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An 82-year-old driver whose car collided head-on with a Kenworth septic truck yesterday afternoon near Morton was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Troopers called about 2:50 p.m. to the scene found the Honda Accord totaled.

It happened on state Route 7, three miles north of Morton, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The state patrol reports Janet A. Morgan, 82, from Eatonville, was headed northbound when her car crossed the center line. She was listed in serious condition this morning.

The driver of the truck, Matthew P. Calvert, 27, from Onalaska, reportedly was unhurt.

Both had been wearing their seat belts, according to the state patrol.

Earlier in the day also in East Lewis County, a Morton resident died and his passenger was flown to Harborview after a single-vehicle wreck on state Route 508. Lloyd L. Wakeman, 35, from Centralia, remains hospitalized, but his condition this morning was not available.

News brief: One hurt, one dead after Cinebar crash

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Updated at 6:06 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

One person is dead and another seriously injured following a single-vehicle crash on state Route 508 near Cinebar.

Firefighters called just after 10 o’clock this morning found a pickup truck in the ditch with significant front end damage, according to Lewis County Fire District 3 Chief Doug Fosburg.

“The driver was the fatality, the passenger was airlifted to Harborview,” Fosburg said.

Fosburg said it was about two miles east of Justus Road. The state Department of Transportation reported the collision was at milepost 20.9 near Studhalter Road.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating. The eastbound lane was blocked until almost 1:30 p.m.

The state patrol this afternoon reports that Daniel D. Steig, 73, of Morton, was headed eastbound when his Dodge Ram pickup drifted off the shoulder into the ditch and struck the embankment.

Steig was deceased at the scene. His passenger Lloyd L. Wakeman, 35, from Centralia, was injured.

Wakeman had been wearing a seatbelt, but Steig was not, according to the state patrol.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
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Updated at 5:40 p.m.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Someone broke into two sheds belonging to the Lewis County Historical Museum over the weekend and removed items as yet unknown, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer called yesterday to take the report from the 500 block of Front Street is waiting for a list of missing property, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called about 5:15 p.m. yesterday when a burglary was discovered at the 300 block of Southwest Ninth Street. A resident returned home to find the front door unlocked and is missing an iPad, clothing, credit cards and a jewelry box, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

(ALMOST) UP IN SMOKE

• Firefighters were relieved and probably so were the owners of a business they were called to yesterday evening. The crew was dispatched about 5:40 p.m. to the building at the 300 block of Northwest State Street where employees said they had been smelling smoke for about an hour before finding its source, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. They went upstairs and discovered a towel smoldering, a cigarette had dropped onto it, Fire Investigator Derrick Paul said. They put water on it and put it outside, he said. “The important thing is, these guys had no smoke detectors,” Paul said. “There’s a multi-million dollar business that could have burned.” Paul said the Green Vault, a marijuana processor, may have had detectors elsewhere in the building, but there was none in the break room where they smoke. The only damage was to the carpet, he said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, hit and run, suspicious person, collision on city street, dog pooping on neighboring apartment complex property … and more, among 159 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:40 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
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Updated at 12:17 p.m.

DROWSY DRIVER SLEEPS DURING SOBRIETY TEST

• A 42-year-old motorist was arrested yesterday after he was found unconscious and laying in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, stopped in the middle of the road south of Chehalis. A deputy responding to Highway 603 near Brown Road East yesterday evening observed a needle on the passenger seat, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was walked to an ambulance for a medical evaluation and subsequently fell asleep standing up during a field sobriety test, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said John L. Lininger, who was wanted on a warrant, initially identified himself as his twin brother. They suspect he was under the influence of heroin, but won’t know for sure until they get toxicology tests results, according to Brown. Lininger was booked into the Lewis County Jail for identity theft and forgery and the case referred for a charge of driving under the influence.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called just after 9 p.m. yesterday by a resident who returned home to the 700 block of Southwest William Street and found the front door unlocked, the inside a mess and the television missing. A weed pipe that was left behind was taken into evidence, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• A pocket knife was reported stolen from inside a vehicle about 6:15 p.m. yesterday at the 800 block of E Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT

• A man in his his 20s was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle overnight after an accident at a plywood mill in the Chehalis Industrial Park. Firefighters and medics called about 3 a.m. to Maurin Road found the patient conscious and responsive, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. Fire Chief Tim Kinder said he understood that the man had fallen from a catwalk onto a piece of machinery that flips plywood, and it flipped him. He was able to call for help, Kinder said. He had pelvic pain and was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons, Kinder said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious person, collision on city street … and more, among 153 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Suspect from 2008 Subway robbery initiated reopening his case

Monday, March 7th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Six years after being locked up for life, former Centralia resident Thomas L. Pleasant wrote a letter to a judge in Lewis County asking for help.

He didn’t want help getting out, he just wanted a warrant quashed.

Pleasant said he robbed a church and its pastor and then two women, all in Cowlitz County. He took a plea on three armed robberies and second-degree assault and accepted the sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, he wrote.

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Thomas L. Pleasant

“I have no appeals or any action of ever being released, and I am okay with this,” Pleasant wrote.

He explained that inmates in his position are allowed limited privileges and those with outstanding warrants must deal with them before some jobs and some education are made available to them.

He mentioned he owes some $10,000 in fines, that he’s sorry to his victims and that he has maybe 20 more years left to live.

“Drugs completely ruined my life,” Pleasant wrote.

“It’s a short amount of time to pay back what I can,” he stated. “I am humbly asking the honorable courts to quash my warrant so I may seek help in doing what I can to get right.”

The arrest warrant was issued in September 2008 from Lewis County, after he was apprehended for his Cowlitz County spree.

The charges: first-degree robbery and first-degree rape for the July 16, 2008 hold up at the Subway sandwich shop in Chehalis, in which he confessed to tying up the female worker with an electrical cord and putting her in a walk-in cooler. He denied sexually assaulting her.

Lewis County filed the charges, but never pursued them.

It appears from Pleasant’s court file his letter from August 2014 went unanswered. He sent a second letter this past September, making the same request.

He warned that his life would be in danger if he has to face a charge of rape, as in, a serious “beat down” or stabbing, especially from young inmates trying to gain a reputation, he wrote.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead responded in December, by getting a judge to order Pleasant be transported from Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen to the Lewis County Jail.

Halstead said the case was revived because prosecutors are required to bring people back if they ask to have a warrant quashed.

Pleasant appeared before a judge finally a week and a half ago.

“We didn’t quash it,” Halstead said. “We’re going forward with the case.”

Pleasant pleaded not guilty last week in Lewis County Superior Court to first-degree robbery and first-degree rape. A trial date was set, but a review hearing was also scheduled for this Thursday.

The now-50-year-old is represented by Centralia attorney Don Blair.

“Mr. Blair was hoping we could resolve it right away,” Halstead said, acknowledging “resolve” means some sort of plea deal.
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For background, read “Chehalis case from 2008 sandwich shop robbery, rape revived” from Friday February 26, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 7th, 2016
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Updated at 1:17 p.m.

SMOKY APARTMENT

• A 36-year-old Centralia man was detained by police after he reportedly tried to light a pill on fire using his stovetop and then locked himself in his room yesterday at the 200 block of West Reynolds Avenue. A roommate who smelled smoke in the apartment had extinguished the tablet in the sink but the room had filled with smoke, according to the Centralia Police Department. Firefighters responded to a fire alarm and requested officers to help get the man out of his room about 11:30 a.m.  Jonathan R. Young was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital for a mental health evaluation and subsequently booked into jail for a municipal court warrant, according to police.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 24-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for second-degree domestic assault yesterday after police were called about 8:45 a.m. to the 200 block of Southwest Second Street and told he had assaulted a female with a pair of scissors. Her injury didn’t require medical treatment, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Lupe G. Mendez was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge.

BACKYARD PROWLER

• Centralia police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday after a resident at the 800 block of South Gold Street confronted an intruder inside the fenced backyard who had picked up a ladder and was beginning to walk away with it. The subject dropped the ladder and ran off but officers located their suspect on the 1100 block of Kresky Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. Ahmed M. Peace, 22, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for theft, according to police.

TOOLS TAKEN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone burglarized a shop building at the 100 block of Bethany Lane in Winlock and stole a Lincoln welder and an Echo chainsaw. The break-in occurred sometime between Feb. 26 and 28, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is about $1,000, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MISSING MEDS

• Chehalis police were called on Friday about theft of medication from the 300 block of Southeast Park Hill Drive. Hydrocodone had gone missing sometime during the previous two weeks, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PORCH PILFERAGE

• Chehalis police were called on Saturday morning about the suspected theft of a package that was believed to have been delivered to the 200 block of Lewis Street.

AUTO THEFT

• A 1992 Honda Accord reported stolen about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday from the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue turned up the following day in Thurston County, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was no longer drivable, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• An unlocked vehicle was prowled while parked at Stan Hedwall Park on Rice Road in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 6 p.m. on Friday. Missing are a Kicker 12-inch subwoofer and a Rockford-Fosgate 250-watt amplifier, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FINGERPRINTS REVEAL IMPOSTOR INMATE

• A woman booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree theft on Thursday who had somewhere important to be on Friday allegedly assumed the identity of her younger sister, leading to a new arrest for forgery and identity theft. She was initially arrested by Centralia police but the finger prints the next day showed she was Courtney L. Sturdevant, 24, not her 20-year-old sibling who lives out of state, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the Chehalis resident went through the entire booking process including falsely signing documents. She reportedly admitted what she had done and said she needed to be out of jail because she was scheduled for an appointment on Friday. Sturdevant had outstanding warrants.

DRUGS

• A 45-year-old Centralia man detained yesterday evening for suspected shoplifting at the 1500 block of Louisiana Avenue was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Charles E. Norskog was booked into the Lewis County Jail, also for second-degree introducing contraband, according to police.

• The driver of an erratic vehicle stopped around 10:35 p.m. in the area of the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of brass knuckles, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Terry L. Bryan, 36, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A motorist left the roadway and struck a power pole at the 1400 block of South Gold Street last night, knocking out electricity to the area for about four hours, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers responding just before 8 p.m. cited the driver for speeding and not having insurance, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, shoplifting, civil issue, disorderly person, misdemeanor assault, collision on city street … and more, among 121 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

News brief: Onalaskan hurt in U.S. Highway 12 collision

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An Onalaska man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a two-vehicle wreck overnight on U.S. Highway 12 just east of Interstate 5.

Both Toyota Corollas were totaled.

Troopers called at 12:53 a.m. found that Monte E. Bainbridge was traveling north on Meier Road and failed to stop at the stop sign. His car was struck by another car which was eastbound on Highway 12, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Bainbridge, 40, from Onalaska, was injured and flown to the Seattle hospital, according to the state patrol. The other driver, Erik L. Due, 23, from Toledo, was reportedly unhurt.

The investigating trooper reports Bainbridge is suspected of having been driving under the influence.

The state Department of Transportation indicates the westbound lane of Highway 12 was blocked until just after 5 o’clock this morning.

Update 10:30 a.m. on Monday March 7, 2016: A hospital spokesperson says Bainbridge is in serious condition in the intensive care unit but improving this morning.

Vigil for fire victims draws hundreds to Centralia park

Sunday, March 6th, 2016
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Centralia’s George Washington Park, South Pearl Street, Saturday March 5, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Individuals and families, children and grown ups alike came together at George Washington Park in Centralia last night to honor the local family that suffered nearly unimaginable tragedy the day before.

Despite the rain, candles continued to glow during prayers and songs for the survivors and the three children who lost their lives when their home caught fire on Ham Hill Road.

Several television news stations captured the gathering.

• “Hundreds gather for vigil to honor 3 kids who died in Centralia fire” from KOMOnews.com on Saturday March 5, 2016

• “Centralia remembers 3 kids who died in fire” from KOIN.com on Sunday March 6, 2016 at 6:11 a.m.

• “VIDEO: Community gathers to remember Centralia fire victims” from KIRO7.com on Saturday March 5, 2016 at 11:43 p.m.

• “Vigil honors three kids who died in Centralia house fire” from king5.com on Sunday March 6, 2016 at 9:54 a.m.

• “Family remembers three children killed in Centralia house fire” from q13fox.com on Saturday March 5, 2016
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For background, read “Heavy hearts as family loses three in Centralia house fire” from Lewis County Sirens.com on Friday March 4, 2016 at 6:14 p.m., here

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Centralia’s George Washington Park, South Pearl Street, Saturday March 5, 2016