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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

MAYHEM IN PARKING LOT SPARKED BY JEEP DRIVER’S MEDICAL INCIDENT

• Six vehicles were damaged some worse than others when a motorist backing out of a parking spot suffered an unspecified medical event and rotated backwards through the Wal-Mart parking lot in Chehalis yesterday. The 2010 Jeep Wrangler also hit a shopping cart and a sign, but no pedestrians, according to responders. Troopers and firefighters were called about 10:45 a.m. to the scene at the 1600 block of Louisiana Avenue. The driver was conscious and talking but transported by aid to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. No charges or citations are expected for the driver, Stephen J. Nikander, 49, of Chehalis, according to the Washington State Patrol. Among the casualties was a 2015 Mercedes Benz Class Two which was pushed into the cart return, which then hit a 2015 Hyundai Elantra, according to the state patrol. All the cars were parked and unoccupied, except for a Nissan Versa which contained two toddlers, according to the  investigating trooper. They were unhurt. Two of the vehicles were towed, the others driven from the scene.

MISSING APPLIANCES

• Centralia police were called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Floral Street regarding the theft of appliances. The case is under investigation.

DRUGS

• A 46-year-old homeless person was arrested for possession of methamphetamine overnight after contact with an officer at the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia. Terry R. Strong was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, May 1st, 2015

UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT IN WINLOCK

• A 46-year-old Winlock man was arrested yesterday for unlawful imprisonment and other offenses for an alleged week’s worth of preventing a woman from leaving his home. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said the two had dated and lived together, but she contacted law enforcement yesterday morning and described how she had been walking down the road to the store last week and he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into his vehicle. The sheriff’s office said the woman tried to leave multiple times, but Bruce W. Finney threatened to kill her if she did. The first night when she attempted to escape, he allegedly punched her repeatedly in the head and bit her, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. On Wednesday night he reportedly told her to leave but as she did, he allegedly got upset and choked her until she couldn’t breathe. Finney was located and booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful imprisonment, second-degree assault and harassment, Brown said.

WARRANTS AND DRUGS

• Four individuals were arrested when police went to apartments above a business on the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia about 2:30 p.m. yesterday. Derek S. Shaughnessy 31 of Chehalis, was arrested for possession of heroin, for warrants and for violation of a protection order, according to the Centralia Police Department. Michelle J. Kilmer, 32, of Chehalis, was arrested for warrants and for violation of a protection order, according to police. Two others were arrested for outstanding warrants; they are Chato R. Ayres, 41, of Centralia and  Jonathan M. Mathews, 31, of Chehalis, according to police. All were booked into the Lewis County Jail. Prosecutors declined to file charges on Shaughnessy.

HIT AND RUN TO AMBULANCE

• Police are looking for a light blue mini van that rear-ended an ambulance yesterday morning in Centralia and then drove away. Police were called about 10:40 a.m. to the 600 block of South Tower Avenue learned the occupants of the Riverside Fire Authority ambulance spoke to the driver of the van to see if they were okay, and suggested they pull off the road, according to the Centralia Police Department. But then the van left, with significant front end damage, according to police. The damage to the ambulance was very, very minor, Officer Mike Lowrey said.

LOG TRUCK HITS BRIDGE

• A log truck driver was ticketed yesterday for an over-height violation after an incident on westbound Mellen Street beneath Interstate 5. Police were called about 3 p.m., by the driver who reported striking the underpass, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer observed minimal damage, but asked the state Department of Transportation to take a look, according to police.

MORE WARRANT ARRESTS

• Thirty-one people were arrested yesterday for outstanding warrants when law enforcement officers in Lewis County spent the day tracking wanted people down. Twenty-two of them involved misdemeanor warrants and nine of them felony warrants, according to a news release from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Participating were the sheriff’s office, police departments in Centralia, Napavine, Toledo and Winlock, as well as officers with the state Department of Corrections. Sheriff Rob Snaza took the opportunity in the news release to praise the partnerships between the various agencies, stating it makes the county a safer place to live. They worked at it for 16 hours and called it Operation Clean Sweep.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor theft … and more.

Second plea deal in the works in Vader toddler’s death

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  With less than three weeks to go before trial, a Vader mother of three has the weekend to contemplate a plea offer in last autumn’s death of a 3-year-old boy who was part of her household.

Brenda A. Wing and her husband, both now 27, were arrested after the child died, of what has been described vaguely as ongoing abuse.

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Brenda A. Wing

Danny A. Wing pleaded guilty in March to first-degree manslaughter and also to assault in a deal that is expected to send him to prison for just over 16 years, if a judge agrees.

Lawyers and Brenda Wing went before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court, for a scheduled omnibus hearing. That’s a standard proceeding between arraignment and trial in which both sides put down on paper the agreed particulars for trial.

Lewis County Prosecutor Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead and defense attorney John Crowley told the judge they’d like to postpone the omnibus until Monday afternoon.

Both attorneys said outside the courtroom that’s to give the defendant time to consider the state’s proposal for a “resolution” to the case.

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Jasper Henderling-Warner

Jasper Henderling-Warner was pronounced dead at Providence Centralia Hospital last Oct. 5 after medics were called to the home because he was unconscious.

The autopsy found abrasions, bruises and healing fractures and labeled the cause of death as chronic battered child syndrome. Jasper was suffering from skin infections that were found to be secondary to his cause of death. His 21-year-old mother had asked the couple that summer to take him for a year, while she was homeless and looking for work out of state, according to authorities.

The Wings were initially charged with homicide by abuse or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter, two crimes with widely different penalties. Each of the two were charged as either the principal or accomplice.

Their three children were taken into protective custody by the state.

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Danny A. Wing

While in talks this week about a possible plea deal, the attorneys today continued with steps as though the trial beginning May 18 will still take place.

Halstead told the judge he amended the information to change the date of the offense from Oct. 5, to the time period between July 31 and Oct. 5.

Crowley objected, saying the drastic alteration in the charges would prejudice his client so close to trial. Judge James Lawler allowed the substitute charges.

Brenda Wing pleaded not guilty to the amended information, in her only words spoken aloud on the record.

In March, after her husband pleaded guilty, prosecutors said they expected him to cooperate, leading to more information about what happened to Jasper.

The court hearing was less than 10 minutes long.

When it was over, Crowley left the courthouse to go visit with Brenda Wing in the jail.
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For background, read “Prosecutor expects plea deal will help reveal answers about Vader toddler’s demise” from Wednesday March 25, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

FROZEN GOODS PILFERED

• Centralia police were called about 8:15 p.m. yesterday to a burglary at the 700 block of G Street in which a jar of change, food from the freezer and four cell phones were taken from a residence.

ATTEMPTED MAIL THEFT

Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to the 1200 block of Lum Road where it appeared someone had tried to pry open a set of mailboxes.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

• A logging truck clipped overhead lines at the 3000 block of Galvin Road in Centralia just before noon yesterday, breaking a power pole. The roadway was closed for approximately an hour during the cleanup, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 60-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested yesterday morning for driving under the influence after an individual saw a vehicle strike another car in a parking lot at Safeway in Centralia and then drive away. The witness followed the vehicle up Harrison Avenue to the other side of the freeway, according to the Centralia Police Department. Denise J. Quinonez was then booked into the Lewis County Jail for DUI as well as hit and run, according to police.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Prosecutors added a second charge of second-degree theft and a charge of second-degree burglary to the case of the man who is accused of posing as a driver’s license examiner and taking an applicant for a ride last week to the Lucky Eagle Casino. Daniel L. Norby, 47, from Chehalis, was brought before a judge again this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm charged him Wednesday with first-degree criminal impersonation and also second-degree theft. Prosecutors say he climbed into the vehicle of a man preparing to take his driver’s test at the licensing office on Kresky Avenue, and said he was going to evaluate his driving. For unknown reasons, the two traded coats and when the victim got his coat back, it was missing as much as $1,200 from an inside pocket. Norby was arrested Tuesday at a Centralia motel. Bohm this afternoon told a judge police had booked Norby this morning or yesterday on the additional charges. She declined to say specifically what the new allegations were, saying only that new information was discovered. Norby is being held on $25,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty this afternoon to all four charges. He is represented by court appointed attorney David Arcuri.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, shoplifting, misdemeanor theft … and more.

Police: Impostor arrested after driving test includes stop at Lucky Eagle

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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Daniel L. Norby waits at the defense table as court documents are signed setting his bail for criminal impersonation and theft charges.

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – What would you do if you’re taking the driver’s test to get your license and the examiner in the passenger seat directed you to a casino?

If he suggested you come inside to with him meet a girl that he knew? And then asked to borrow $20?

Like one recent applicant, you might start to get suspicious.

Centralia police say that’s exactly what happened to an individual who went to the Washington Department of Licensing on Kresky Avenue.

After checking in with a woman at the counter, and being told to wait outside where the examiner would be right out, a man who said his name was Dave got into the vehicle, and what followed weren’t the usual requests for showing one knows the rules of the road.

Authorities say “Dave” was really a 47-year-old Chehalis man posing as an employee from the state agency. He happened to be in line behind the applicant last Thursday.

Daniel L. Norby was arrested yesterday for first-degree criminal impersonation and charged with the same in Lewis County Superior Court.

Police and prosecutors offer no explanation for why he, allegedly, pretended he was giving a driving test.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke this afternoon told a judge her temporary client has been a law abiding citizen for the past five years, resides with his girlfriend on Brown Road outside Chehalis and also has three children, as she made her case for how low his bail should be.

Judge R.W. Buzzard wasn’t persuaded, noting that during two of those last five years Norby was incarcerated. Buzzard set bail at $25,000.

According to charging documents, the odd set of circumstances began when Edward Jerns went in to take his driving test.

Jerns described to a police officer what happened and how after a period of time at the Lucky Eagle Casino, he became skeptical and called the Department of Licensing to tell them, they were still at the casino.

He was told to notify security, and he did, the documents relate.

Jerns told Officer Doug Lowrey that also “Dave” had traded coats with him while at the Rochester establishment, and when he got his coat back, some $1,000 to $1,200 was missing from the inside pocket. He had just cashed his social security check, he said.

An employee at the Kresky Avenue licensing office told Lowrey she spoke to the man who walked in right behind Jerns, and that he was asking about how to get his license, according to court documents. She said she watched him walk out and get into Jerns’ vehicle.

Yesterday, the DOL employee and Jerns picked Norby out of a police photo montage, according to the court documents.

Lowrey said when Norby was contacted at a Centralia motel, he declined to be interviewed by arresting officers, but said the alleged deed last week that got him a lift to the casino seemed to be just an impromptu event.

Norby was also charged with second-degree theft.

He qualified for a court-appointed lawyer and is scheduled for arraignment a week from tomorrow.

Presumably the driver’s license applicant gets a do-over on the test.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Updated at 5:23 p.m.

TEEN BOOKED FOR KNIFE INCIDENT

• A 14-year-old girl was arrested yesterday after she allegedly grabbed  kitchen knife during an argument with her older sister and while they fought over it ended up stabbing her. Officers called about 4:10 p.m. to the 600 block of Northwest Quincy Avenue in Chehalis found the 17-year-old with a puncture wound on her upper leg, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was non-life threatening, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. The younger girl was subsequently located and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for second-degree assault, Wilson said. He said he didn’t know what the disagreement was about.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a white 1991 Honda Civic stolen from the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis. The car has a black hood and a license plate of ATL 3343,  according to the Chehalis Police Department.  It disappeared between midnight and 2 a.m., according to police.

• Centralia police reported this morning a vehicle was stolen yesterday from the 1500 block of Pike Street and was subsequently located by another law enforcement agency; its driver arrested for DUI, according to the Centralia Police Department. However, Amanda B. Smith, 22, of Centralia, was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court only with theft of a motor vehicle. Charging documents allege that while she waited in an acquaintance’s vehicle for a ride home, she found a spare key in the center console and drove away alone. She was stopped on Bunker Creek Road and taken into custody, the documents state. A judge allowed her to be released from jail on a $5,000 signature bond this afternoon.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Tools and a flare gun were taken from a boat while it was parked at a business on the 900 block of Northwest Maryland Avenue, according to a report made to police yesterday. It happened sometime between March 17 and April 6, according to police.

• Someone got into a vehicle parked at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue and attempted to steal the stereo equipment but only got the subwoofer, according to a report made yesterday morning to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, urinating on a tree near a bus stop; responses for disputes, hit and run, misdemeanor assault involving multiple subjects … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police are investigating a burglary at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue reported to them yesterday. Further details were not readily available.

WALK-IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 2:30 a.m. today by someone on Southwest Second Street who said a male walked into his home and asked if he had a cigarette. He was told to get out, left and couldn’t be found by police, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police responded about 3:25 a.m. today to an attempted vehicle prowl on the 100 block of West Roanoke Street in which the subject was scared away by the alarm that sounded after the window was broken,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested overnight after allegedly punching and breaking the window of a tavern on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Brandon M. Webley was issued a citation for third-degree malicious mischief and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday just after 7 a.m. when the window of a moving vehicle was broken out by an unspecified object along the 2700 block of Borst Avenue.

• Someone threw eggs at a residence on the 600 block of E Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

POP, POP, POP

• Chehalis police were called about 12:25 a.m. today when someone heard what sounded like a half dozen gun shots in the area of Southeast Spring Street in Chehalis, but a few hours later when someone heard gunshots on Southwest 16th Street, police were told kids were seen throwing fire crackers, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK

• A Chehalis woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision yesterday morning in Grays Harbor County that sent her to Capital Medical Center. Danette N. Gardepeesnow, 37, was making a left turn in her Honda Accord from state Route 8 onto state Route 108 in McCleary when she struck a westbound pickup truck, according to the Washington State Patrol. Trooper responding about 9 a.m. report she was transported to the hospital and cited for failure to grant right of way. Her car was described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, disputes, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, possible identity theft … and more.

Pilot calls 911 for help after crash landing north of Centralia

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
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Cessna 170B rests in large field off Southwest 216th Lane.

Updated at 5:16 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

GRAND MOUND – Responders were called to the scene of a small plane crash south of Grand Mound late this morning.

The call came from the pilot himself about 11:48 a.m., according to Thurston County emergency dispatchers

The Cessna 170B came to rest in a field near the 6200 block of Southwest 216th Lane.

Bill Fortman said he was sitting down at his dining room table having a cup of coffee when he looked out his window and saw an airplane sitting in the neighbor’s field.

“I thought well, I’d better go out and see if there’s anyone in that thing,” Fortman said. “I did. There was.”

The pilot was alone, leaning against the side, and asked him to open the door, Fortman said. He couldn’t hardly talk, he said.

“He was bleeding a little bit on one hand, he was talking to 911 and didn’t know where he was,” he said.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Lt. Lanette Dyer said arriving firefighters extricated the pilot and he described generalized back, neck and body pain.

AirLift Northwest picked him up at Rochester High School to fly him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in case of internal injuries, according to Dyer.

“We sent him to Harborview where they could take a closer look at him and make sure everything was good,” Dyer said.

The 73-year-old man was enroute from Spanaway to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport, according to Dyer.

She said she was told he was traveling at about 2,500 feet when he lost power to his engine, attempted various emergency procedures and then looked for an area to put the plane down safely.

The light green Cessna was in one piece and sitting upright, but tilted with the tip of one wing down.

The tail number is registered to a James W. Johnson, of Spanaway, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The fixed wing single engine aircraft was manufactured in 1958.

A hospital spokesperson said late this afternoon Johnson is listed in serious condition.

Fortman said he didn’t hear anything and wasn’t sure how long the aircraft was sitting outside the back of his home. He said he understood it flew over an adjacent stand of trees next to the open field and, thankfully, managed to clear them.

“Fortunately the grass was tall, so I think that cushioned it a little,” Fortman said.

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Deputies and firefighters arrive to scene. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

News brief: Election day for three local measures

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Ballots must be postmarked by today or hand-delivered before 8 o’clock tonight for the special election that includes measures for two fire departments and one for the Napavine School District.

The Mossyrock area’s Lewis County Fire District 3 is asking voter’s to approve up to $1.2 million in bonds maturing within 15 years to build a new station.

The main station downtown is too small and in a location without room to expand, according to Fire Chief Doug Fosburg. The district has five acres just outside of town where it would like to construct the new building, he said.

They need at least 60 percent yes votes, according to the  the Lewis County Auditor’s Office election department.

Riverside Fire Authority which protects Centralia and the surrounding area is asking voters to renew an Emergency Medical Services levy for the next six years, which imposes 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on property owners. Last year, voters passed a special maintenance and operation levy for the department which was put into place for just one year.

The top reason people call RFA for EMS help – according to numbers complied from 2010 to 2014 – are for fall victims and the age group with the largest number of calls are those 81 to 90 years old, according to Chief Mike Kytta.

A simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote will pass the levy.

The Napavine School District is asking for approval to issue $17,995,000 in bonds to expand and modernize school buildings.

Ballots were sent out earlier this month for the all vote-by-mail election.

Ballots can be dropped off at the Lewis County Auditor’s Office at 351 NW North St. in Chehalis or a drive-by ballot drop box at the Twin Cities Senior Center at 2545 N. National Ave. in Chehalis.

Watch for election results tonight at Lewis County Auditor’s Office: Election Department

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 27th, 2015

INTRUDER BREAKS WINDOW

• Someone broke into a home on the 100 block of Chapman Road outside Morton sometime between 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 6:45 p.m. yesterday, apparently taking nothing but breaking a downstairs window, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Police took a report of the theft of medication from the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia on Friday.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday to take a report someone stole money and medication from a vehicle while it was parked at the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that sometime between yesterday and today someone broke into a BNSF work vehicle parked at the 100 block of Divot Drive in Chehalis and stole a backpack containing various items including locomotive keys, switch keys, headlamps and a Motorola portable radio as well as a railroad rule book. Whoever it was also disconnected the battery to darken the dome light, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Money was stolen from an unlocked vehicle at the 400 block of North Ash Street during the night, according to a report made to Centralia police on Friday.

GAS MISSING

• Chehalis police were called to a vehicle dealership on the 100 block of Northwest State Avenue on Friday to take a report that someone had stolen fuel from five different vehicles during the previous few days. About a quarter tank was missing from each one, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant around 10 p.m. on Saturday in Centralia. Amber D. Selmer, of Tumwater, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was released from jail as prosecutors chose not to file a criminal charge.

VANDALISM

• An officer took a report from the 400 block of North Ash Street in Centralia on Friday morning regarding someone slashing the tires of a parked vehicle during the night.

• An officer was called about 10 a.m. on Saturday to a business on the 1500 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis after the discovery someone had shot through a window with a BB or pellet gun.

• Centralia police were called about someone “egging” a vehicle yesterday at the 900 block of L Street. An officer was contacted about 11 p.m. on Saturday about the occupants of an older model station wagon throwing eggs at cars parked on the 600 block of K Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ROLLOVER WRECK

• A pair of adults were reportedly unhurt but a 7-year-old child passenger was injured when their Geo Prism ran off U.S. Highway 12 and rolled one mile east of Oakville yesterday evening. Troopers called about 6:35 p.m. report 24-year-old Jessica M. Dawley was driving too fast. All three of the Roy residents were wearing seat belts, according to the Washington State Patrol. Seven-year-old Kaendance C. Griffin was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with unspecified injuries, according to the state patrol. Dawley was cited for having no valid operators license, according to the investigating trooper. The car was totaled and impounded.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, reckless driving, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, teenagers taking relatives’ vehicles without permission; responses for alarms, forged check, misdemeanor theft, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, pushy women with Christmas ribbon in their hair trying to sell vacuum cleaners door-to-door, apartments evacuated when food burned in microwave … and more.

Chehalis picks new fire chief

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The city of Chehalis enthusiastically announced the hiring of a fire chief, a man the city manager says brings a wealth of experience and will provide the needed leadership to help chart the course of the department over the next five to 10 years.

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Ken Cardinale

Ken Cardinale starts work on May 18, according to City Manager Merlin MacReynold.

“He is the right fit for our fire department, the city administration and our community and we are looking forward to him starting,” MacReynold stated in a news release this morning.

Cardinale has over 32 years of service as a fire professional with 29 years with the Palo Alto (California) Fire Department. He and his wife Beth moved to Kelso to be closer to family and will soon relocate to the Chehalis area, according to MacReynold.

The Chehalis Fire Department last had a full time chief in April of 2013, when Chief Kelvin Johnson retired.

Cardinale, 58, has served in numerous positions including battalion chief, acting EMS chief and acting deputy chief. Among his assignments was chief of the Stanford Linear Accelerator, a mostly underground complex at the university where experiments were conducted splitting atoms.

“I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to help move the Chehalis Fire Department in a positive direction into the future and I look forward to serving the citizens of Chehalis and the community,” Cardinale stated in the news release.

His annual salary will be $87,192. MacReynold said it’s toward the top of the range they planned for, based on the amount of experience he will bring to the job. The Chehalis Fire Department has 14 employees.

Cardinale said he’s very excited and even a bit surprised to have been chosen, given that he’s an outsider from another state.

Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Casey Beck, who is president of the IAFF Local 2510 representing his department’s union members, indicated this morning he’s pleased with the choice.

“He’s a great guy, highly qualified,” Beck said. “He’s somebody we can really work with.”
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For background, read : “Chehalis fire chief search winding down” from Monday April 6, 2015, here

Relatives seeking answers, financial accountability for funeral homes’ body mixup

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The lawyer for the family of the man who was mistakenly cremated and whose casket was inhabited by a stranger at his funeral service in Chehalis said they held back on filing a lawsuit until the state licensing authority finished its investigation.

It didn’t provide them all the answers they were looking for, attorney Shawn Briggs said.

“It focused on where the initial mistake was made, and it really stopped there,” Briggs said. “It didn’t address how the mistake was perpetuated.”

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Jerry Moon

Jerry Moon was 72 years old when he died in October 2013 at a hospice facility in Longview.

He and his wife Jan Moon lived in Castle Rock, but he, having been born and raised in Chehalis, had plans to be buried in his family plot in Claquato Cemetery, according to Briggs.

Sixteen years earlier, he had entered into a pre-arranged contract with Brown Mortuary Service of Chehalis, at a guaranteed price of $4,655, that provided for arrangement and professional staff services, and various other items including embalming, viewing, funeral and graveside services as well as disposition by burial in a casket, according to the lawsuit.

Jerry Moon feared cremation, according to Briggs.

Briggs and Briggs of Lakewood filed the complaint for damages last week in Lewis County Superior Court on behalf of Jan Moon and other immediate family members.

According to the lawsuit, and to an investigation conducted by the Washington State Funeral and Cemetery Board, on October 13, 2013, acting at the request or direction of Brown Mortuary’s parent company Service Corporation International, an employee of Dahl McVicker Funeral Home picked up Moon’s body from Community Home Health and Hospice in Longview. In the same trip, he collected the body of another man who had died there at nearly the same time.

Instead of putting identification bracelets on the bodies at the hospice, he brought them back to McVicker’s where he put Moon’s bracelet on Robert Petitclerc; and he placed Petitclerc’s bracelet on Moon.

On Oct. 15, an employee of McVicker’s released the body labeled Moon to a Brown’s employee for transport to Lewis County.

Another employee of McVicker’s took the body labeled Petitclerc to be cremated on Oct. 17.

The state licensing board placed blame for the mixup on Dahl McVicker, and the sanctions for unprofessional conduct included a fine of $12,500 and one year of probation, according to an agreed order signed last May.

Christine Anthony, a spokesperson for licensing board said they found no wrongdoing on the part of Brown Mortuary, concluding it was unaware of the misidentification and didn’t commit any violations.

The lawsuit filed on April 21 seeking an unspecified amount of damages names both entities, specifically Service Corporation International, doing business as Brown Mortuary Service and The Pierce Group, doing business as Dahl McVicker Funeral Home.

SCI, a Texas corporation, describes itself as the North America’s largest deathcare provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services.

Moon’s funeral service was held on Oct. 21, 2013 at Brown’s.

The lawsuit contends Brown’s conspired to cover up that Moon had been mistakenly cremated, and that defendants knew the wrong body was delivered to Brown’s and acted in concert to conceal the error.

The suit states Brown’s knew or should have known the body – of a man in his 90s – they embalmed and dressed in Moon’s clothing was not Moon.

In preparing for the service, Brown’s was provided with over 60 photographs of Moon.

“When the casket was opened at the end of the service, guests were horrified by what appeared to be a plastic bag covering the head and face of the body in the casket,” the lawsuit states. “When the plastic was removed, guests at the service, including the plaintiffs, were shocked to discover that the body inside was not Moon’s.”

Despite knowledge to the contrary, representatives of Browns insisted and tried to convince Moons’ family the body in the casket was Moon and should be buried as planned in his grave, the lawsuit contends.

“The manager was insistent it was him,” Briggs said. “Saying, people do look different after death.”

“They don’t grow a full head of hair,” he said.

Moon was bald with a recently shaved head when he died.

Briggs said the conversation continued until Brian Moon said, “Show me my dad’s colostomy bag.”

“And in the next breath, the manager said, ‘No, it isn’t him, but it wasn’t my fault’.”

Briggs said Brown’s then put the son on the phone with McVicker, and he was in total shock and grief, learning his father had been cremated.

“It was chaos,” Briggs said.

The suit also claims Jan Moon was charged $8,834 by Brown’s to do what it had previously contracted to do for $4,655, and that afterward, sent her a refund check for $92.72.

“Instead of being treated with dignity, Jerry Moon’s family was demeaned and denied the opportunity to honor their loved one in laying him to rest,” Briggs wrote.

Multiple phone calls to Brown Mortuary manager Daniel LaPlaunt seeking comment were not returned.

The suit asks for damages for the plaintiffs’ emotional distress, financial losses and other special damages to be proven at trial.

Briggs said he previously represented the family of the other man, Petitclerc. They never actually filed suit, he said, they discussed it and negotiated a settlement.

The defendants have 60 days to respond to the complaint, once they are served, he said.

After that, “We go though the litigation process,” he said. “Put people under oath and ask people questions about why they did what they did, and then we end up in front of a jury.”

News brief: Five years later: Vigil set in Chehalis park for Kayla Croft-Payne

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The family of Kayla Croft-Payne will host a gathering tomorrow in Chehalis to mark the five year anniversary of the disappearance of the then 18-year-old Lewis County girl.

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Kayla Croft-Payne

The vigil will be held at 2 p.m. at Penny Playground in Recreation Park in Chehalis.

Croft-Payne was living in a trailer between Chehalis and Napavine on April 28, 2010 when she last logged onto her MySpace internet account. She was reported missing on May 5 by a friend who hadn’t seen or heard from her for several days.

Last year at this time, a detective with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office attended the get together at the park and said he had some investigating to follow up on in the coming weeks.

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts can contact the sheriff’s office at 360-748-9286.

Anonymous tips can be left at: Crime Stoppers of Lewis County 1-800-748-6422.

What: Vigil for Kayla Croft-Payne
Where: Recreation Park, Penny Playground in Chehalis, 221 SW 13th St.
When: 2 p.m. Sunday April 26, 2015
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For background, read :

• “Kayla Croft-Payne: Detective actively on a trail for missing Lewis County girl” from Saturday April 26, 2014, here

News brief: Where there’s smoke, there will be firefighters practicing tomorrow

Friday, April 24th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Napavine area residents can expect to see smoke and flames as early 10 a.m. tomorrow, as firefighters-in-training burn down a house.

Personnel and equipment will be on scene in the 900 block of Rush Road, according to Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue, formerly known as Lewis County Fire District 5.

Firefighter Maria Kennedy said crews from multiple area departments will participate.

“This type of training provides firefighter recruits with a controlled and realistic fire behavior experience, with emphasis on firefighter safety,” Kennedy states in a news release.

Kennedy said how long it lasts will be in part weather dependent.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Updated at 4:13 p.m.

WOMAN AND DAD BOTH JAILED FOR ASSAULT

• A 68-year-old Chehalis man and his grown daughter were arrested yesterday afternoon following a family fight. Responding deputies heard varying accounts, including that 35-year-old Linnea M. Weilacher threw unspecified items at her mother, that the father grabbed the daughter by the throat and hair to try to get her out of the house and that the daughter stabbed her father with a crochet hook, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The mom said the daughter only scratched him with it, according to the sheriff’s office. Richard C. Peters, 68, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Weilacher was booked for fourth-degree assault, according to Brown.  Peters was released with no charges filed pending further investigation.

DRUGS AT SCHOOL

• A pair of 14-year-olds were arrested at Chehalis Middle School yesterday for allegedly having roughly a gram of marijuana in a pill bottle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The boy and the girl were booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report of graffiti to  building yesterday at the 600 block of J Street.

CHIMNEY CATCHES FIRE

• Firefighters were called about noon yesterday for a chimney fire at the 300 block of Downing Road in Centralia. The flames were confined to the chimney and the homeowner was advised to get it inspected, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, allowing unauthorized person to drive, driving with suspended license; responses for stolen wallet, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

LIQUOR THEFT SUSPECT LOCKED UP

• A 32-year-old Castle Rock resident was arrested yesterday in connection with at least two nighttime two break-ins to a grocery store on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in which alcohol was stolen. Centralia police say Mark A. Peltchie was detained in Chehalis as he matched the description of the person who broke a window at Fuller’s Shop ‘N Kart, and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary.

WOMAN IMPLICATED IN THEFT OF “TABLET”

• Police are suggesting charges of burglary and trafficking in stolen property for a 23-year-old Centralia woman who allegedly tried to sell a “tablet” that had recently been stolen in a case associated with the 700 block of North Washington Avenue, Centralia police reported this morning. The suspect was not arrested, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ETHEL ROOF CATCHES FIRE

• An ember from a neighbor’s burn pile ignited the cedar shake roof of a house on the 100 block of Pinkerton Road in Ethel late yesterday afternoon, according to a fire investigator. Firefighters called about 5:45 p.m. extinguished it fairly quickly but an approximately 10-foot by 10-foot section of the roof was burned, according to Lewis County Fire District 8. The neighbor’s burning brush pile was not all that large and was approximately 120 to 150 feet away, Chief Duran McDaniel said. Investigator Ted McCarty said the person doing the burning noticed what happened and went next door to let the neighbor know.

VEHICLE VERSUS TREE

• A motorist was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday after his truck collided with a tree on East Brown Road near Ramsey Road west of Napavine late yesterday afternoon. The truck was totaled, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

POLICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECT IN HIT AND RUN

• A 77-year-old Onalaska woman escaped serious injury when she was knocked to the ground by a vehicle in the parking lot at Subway in Chehalis yesterday afternoon. Police called about 4:20 p.m. to the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue were told the white pickup truck was backing up slowly and its driver may not have even been aware of what happened, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The truck left and officers are still investigating, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, underage drinking, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, harassment, misdemeanor theft  … and more.