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News brief: Death of Randle resident under investigation

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Sheriff’s detectives are conducting a death investigation involving a woman from Randle today.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning it’s kind of an unusual situation so they are not releasing much information.

Deputies and aid were called to the 100 block of Peters Creek Road North in Randle last night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman was not responsive, CPR was performed and she was transported to Morton General Hospital where she was pronounced dead, Brown said.

“We’re not sure what we have,” Brown said.

The investigation is continuing today and Brown said she hoped to learn more later this afternoon from detectives.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
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Updated at 12:58 p.m.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night after he allegedly threatened to bash his 29-year-old roommate with a brick. Officers called just after 8 p.m. to the 800 block of North Pearl Street were told they were out in the yard and after the roommate went inside, Justin M. Dubay picked up a large brick and tried to go in, according to the Centralia Police Department. Dubay was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.

OBSTRUCTION

• A 19-year-old Olympia resident was arrested just after 10 o’clock yesterday morning at the 1000 block of West Main Street for third-degree driving with a suspended license and obstructing a public servant. Ibrahim K. Alibrahim was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING COMPUTER

• Police were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a laptop computer at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia.

PORCH THEFT

• Packages were stolen from a porch at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:50 p.m. yesterday.

BAD BILLS

• A woman brought two $100 bills into the Chehalis Police Department yesterday and said she suspected they were counterfeit, and that she had found them in the parking lot of a retail store. The department confirmed the bills were fake and took them into evidence to be forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police responded about 1:45 a.m. today to the 800 block of North Pearl Street where windows to a residence and a vehicle window were smashed.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Deputies arrested a 59-year-old woman for driving under the influence following an 8:30 p.m. call for a single-vehicle rollover accident near U.S. Highway 12 and Gershick Road in Silver Creek yesterday. Laura M. Stringer, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 155 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
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Updated at 5:50 p.m.

MUGGED IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called at 7:34 p.m. yesterday after a bicyclist reported his wallet was stolen from him in the area of Yew and Mellen streets in Centralia. The 24-year-old local man said he was riding along when out of nowhere, a male wearing a black hoodie punched him the mouth, according to the Centralia Police Department. When the victim fell to the ground, his wallet fell out of his pocket, police said. “The suspect chuckled, picked it up and left,” Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The assailant was described as white, wearing a goatee and being 25 to 30 years old.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 1:35 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a garage on the 800 block of South Pearl Street.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 5:35 p.m. yesterday for a car prowl at the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street. A woman returned to her vehicle she had parked in the lot by the playground and found her rear side window broken, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A phone and a wallet were missing, police said.

• Police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of L Street in Centralia for a vehicle prowl. A purse was taken sometime during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GREEN HILL ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old student-inmate at Green Hill School in Chehalis was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to face charge a of custodial assault for an incident that allegedly occurred on Dec. 31. Cecil R. Pinckney and another inmate were fighting when staff members attempted to pull them apart and Pinckney allegedly struck one of the employees twice on his forehead, according to charging documents. The class C felony holds a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if he should be convicted.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters and police responded to a five-vehicle accident at 8 o’clock this morning at the 1900 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Nobody was seriously injured. Eight potential patients were evaluated at the scene, with only complaints of minor injuries, Riverside Fire Authority reports. It was a chain reaction rear end collision involving two vans, a Jeep, a pickup truck and a car, according to responders. Centralia police are investigating.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, dispute, civil problem, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, request to check on someone sleeping inside a vehicle … and more, among 161 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Prison mail containing ounce of meth draws hazmat in Littlerock

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Updated at 10:49 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters and a hazmat team rushed to Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock yesterday, responding to a white powder scare in the mail room.

Up to 13 people, all employees, were possibly exposed to the unknown material, West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott said.

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“One person was directly exposed,” Scott said. “It got all over him as he opened the mail.”

Scott said he asked the Hazmat team from Joint Base Lewis McChord to respond, because they have the ability to do the testing.

It turned out the powder was 75 percent methamphetamine and the rest a cutting agent, Scott said.

Firefighters separated the employee from the other workers, and when they arrived he had already removed his outer clothing, according to Scott.

He didn’t have any complaints, but was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital as a precaution, in part because of the large amount of material that landed on him, he said.

“It was at least an ounce,” he said.

Pamela Moore, administrative assistant to the Cedar Creek superintendent, said the envelope was addressed to a particular inmate. All letters and packages sent to inmates are opened and inspected for prohibited items, she said.

“We have our inside investigators working on it diligently to see what we can discover,” Moore said. “I believe that other agencies will be involved in regard to this because it was sent through the U.S. mail.”

Responders were summoned to the facility at the 12200 block of Bordeaux Road about 2:25 p.m. and were on the scene until about 5:30 p.m.

Cedar Creek shut down visitation for the day, but will resume as normal on Friday.

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Monday, April 25th, 2016
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Updated at 7:19 p.m.

KNIVES AND NOT KNIVES

• Chehalis police were called just before 8 p.m. on Saturday when an individual witnessed a fight and possible stabbing at the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue. An arriving officer checked the area for blood and found none; spoke to the suspected victim and was told he was not stabbed, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nobody was arrested, according to police.

• Chehalis police called to the 100 block of Southwest Sixth Street at 3:30 p.m. on Friday for what appeared to be a man with a knife chasing a female ended up arresting the man for possession of methamphetamine. An officer spoke with both of them and Adrian J. Gillespie, 43, was cited for prohibited conduct – a violation of the city municipal code – and a search incident to that arrest turned up a pipe that tested positive for drugs, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Gillespie was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

MORE DRUGS

• A 43-year-old Mineral resident contends the small baggie of methamphetamine that fell from his pants when he stood up at the conclusion of the booking process at the jail overnight was not his, but images on security video and a field test led to his arrest. David E. Hall was stopped by a deputy last night in Mineral and arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree driving with a suspended license, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was subsequently arrested for possession of meth, according to the sheriff’s office.

• White powder in the wallet of an arrestee that tested positive for meth led to a second arrest of a 23-year-old Chehalis man on Saturday following a traffic stop on North Fork Road. A deputy called about 12:15 p.m. for a trespassing complaint at the 100 block of Literal Road encountered a vehicle which contained Brian M. Hull and arrested him for allegedly earlier cutting phone lines during an argument with his mother and threatening to puncture all four of her tires, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Hull was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief and then possession of methamphetamine, and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Prosecutors had only enough information to charged him with the drug crime, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told a judge this afternoon. Hull ‘s bail was set at $10,000.

• A 44-year-old Centralia woman was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday for allegedly selling methamphetamine twice to confidential informants in Lewis County last September. Jodi R. Greenwood has no felony convictions in her past and has lived at the same address for the last 15 years, a judge was told this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court during a bail hearing. Charges were filed for two counts of delivery of meth on Dec. 9 and an arrest warrant issued for Greenwood. Her bail was set at $10,000.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A 59-year-old man from Roy called the sheriff’s office yesterday following the discovery his pickup truck was missing from a field in Curtis where he had left it on Friday evening. The Chevrolet Silvarado was taken from the 300 block of Beaver Creek Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It had a black cab guard, an aluminum tool box and a black and white “dog box,” according to the sheriff’s office. Its license plate reads B69566S.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called on Saturday by an individual who was advised by his bank that someone used his bank card at Wal-Mart in Chehalis, attempting a series of four transactions each in the amount of $404.94. Not all the transactions were completed, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim lives in another part of the state, police said.

• Morton police reported today they are investigating a report of bank information getting stolen and being used to pay for satellite television services. The complaint was taken last week, according to the Morton Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police responded to an approximate 5:25 a.m. report of a vehicle prowl today at the 1700 block of West Mellen Street. Someone had rifled through the unlocked vehicle but nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Camping equipment was stolen from a vehicle at the 1200 block of West Pear Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 7:10 p.m. yesterday.

POLICE: MOTORIST GAVE FALSE NAME

• Prosecutors filed a charge today of first-degree criminal impersonation against a 37-year-old Morton man, contending he pretended he was his brother when he got traffic ticket on Feb. 5 in the Morton area. During last week’s warrant sweep when law enforcement went looking for the brother, they learned he lived in another state, but that David W. Willis Jr. 37, had recently been arrested at that address and was currently in the Lewis County Jail, according to charging documents. An officer looked at a booking photo and concluded Willis was the person he stopped. Willis denied any memory of the traffic stop.

ALLEGED SEX OFFENSE

• Carlos D. Linares, 21, was arrested on Friday at the Chehalis Police Department, following an interview, for first-degree child molestation in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred about six months ago, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. The felony charge is not being filed by prosecutors pending further investigation.

GREEN HILL ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old former student-inmate of Green Hill School in Chehalis was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to face two charges of custodial assault for an incident that allegedly occurred on March 13. Devin A. Martin allegedly punched a staff member twice and hit a second staff member in the face after the inmates were told recreation time was over and to line up, according to charging documents. Martin was housed at Green Hill School after an adult conviction while he was a juvenile for first-degree robbery in King County. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD FOLLOW UP

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is forwarding a case involving a wreck early yesterday morning outside of Chehalis for a charge of driving under the influence. Firefighters and deputies responding about 1:15 a.m. on Saturday to the 300 block of Highway 603 found a vehicle had collided with a utility pole and injured its driver. Jennifer L. Ternan, 44, of Chehalis, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where she was admitted, according to the sheriff’s office. A search warrant was issued to obtain some of her blood, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Brown said she didn’t know the extent of Ternan’s injuries, but said she was not booked into jail. The utility pole was destroyed, Brown said, but didn’t indicate the extent of damage to Ternan’s vehicle.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, open container violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespass, civil problem, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor  assault, suspicious circumstances, runaway juvenile, protection order violation, collision on city street, paint scratched on parked vehicle, complaint of construction noise during the night … and more, among 102 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, April 24th, 2016
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VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 12:25 a.m. today when a resident looked outside and saw two persons with flashlights inside their parked car. The resident yelled at the suspects who fled on foot from the 1000 block of West Walnut Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nothing was taken from the car, according to police.

• Police were called just before 10 a.m. on Friday about a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia. A radar detector was stolen during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police on Friday took a report of an overnight vehicle prowl at the 100 block of South Gold Street.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old motorist stopped for a traffic violation on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia just after 9 p.m. on Friday was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Guy A McAllister, from Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters were called about 1:15 a.m. yesterday to a single-vehicle collision into a utility pole on Highway 603 near Tune Road. They initiated patient care, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, drugs, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, counterfeit $20 bill, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 113 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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WARRANTS, WARRANTS, WARRANTS

• Four felony warrants and 17 misdemeanor warrants were served yesterday during a joint effort by local law enforcement agencies they called “spring cleaning.” They started at 7:30 a.m. and continued until midnight with locating and arresting individuals in the Lewis County area, according to the sheriff’s office. Working the collaborative emphasis were officers with the Centralia Police Department, the Washington State Patrol, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the state Department of Corrections. Sheriff Rob Snaza called it a great team effort.

BIKE SWIPED

• An officer was called to the 1100 block of Caveness Drive in Centralia yesterday afternoon to take a report of the theft of a silver and black Trek 430 mountain bike from a building, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BACKPACK, PURSE STOLEN

• Centralia police were called at 9:35 a.m. yesterday about the  theft of a backpack and purse containing debit cards from the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MEDS

• Police took a report yesterday of medication stolen from the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8’clock yesterday morning regarding a car prowl on the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue.

‘NOT MY DRUGS’

• An officer responded yesterday to an approximately 11 a.m. call to W.F. West High School about a student who allegedly had a small pill bottle of suspected marijuana in her locker. School staff had retrieved the green vegetable material when they searched lockers and the 15-year-old girl said it did not belong to her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case was referred to juvenile prosecutors for charging, according to police.

PEEKABOO, I SEE YOU

• Three people ended up getting arrested after law enforcement went to a residence on the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis about 11 p.m. yesterday looking for 28-year-old Braden K. Burnett who was wanted for a misdemeanor warrant. A deputy was told through a closed window that Burnett wasn’t there, but another deputy saw Burnett  through a back window, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. So deputies got a search warrant, went inside and took Burnett into custody, also for obstructing. Samantha E. Taylor, 20, from Chehalis, also had an outstanding warrant. Scott J. Johnson, 18, of Centralia, didn’t have a warrant, but was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and his case was referred to prosecutors for possible additional charges of rendering criminal assistance, obstructing and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s office. All were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Troopers and firefighters responded about 9:30 a.m. today to a collision in the southbound lanes on Interstate 5 just north of Centralia, where they found a small passenger car with significant rear end damage and a semi truck with damage to its front end. All occupants were evaluated at the scene near milepost 85 and none were injured, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

• Three people were hurt when a woman driving a Jeep Cherokee pulled onto U.S. Highway 12 just west of Mossyrock yesterday and was struck by a Honda Civic already traveling on the highway. Troopers called about 12:15 p.m. determined Patricia J. Manville, 72, of Mossyrock, had been heading north on Birley Road and entered the highway but failed to yield, according to the Washington State Patrol. She was taken to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol. Both vehicles were described as totaled. The driver of the westbound Honda, Jack G. Cain, from Longview, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. His 22-year-old passenger was injured but not hospitalized, according to the patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, allowing an unauthorized person to drive, possession of a dangerous weapon; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, unfounded report, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, individual calling to report she opened the door to a porta-potty and found a naked male inside nodding off  … and more, among 170 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sheriff’s Office: Mossyrock man returns home from jail, with ax

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 52-year-old man escaped serious injury when he intercepted an ax wielding individual at the back door of a Mossyrock area home where he was staying overnight, because the woman who lives there feared her boyfriend who was released from jail earlier in the day.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says James C. Long, 61, broke the door latch and came inside armed with a large ax and a long screwdriver. He allegedly tried to stab and hit the 52-year-old Randle man.

The victim was able to stop him, preventing him access to the rest of the house and the woman, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The victim was able to control the ax and fight Mr Long out,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

Long reportedly jumped in his truck, tried to run the man down then rammed and shoved a parked vehicle out of the way as he fled the scene, according to Brown.

It happened at the 100 block of Naylor Road, southeast of Mossyrock.

Law enforcement conducted a felony stop on westbound U.S. Highway 12 and arrested Long about 2:30 a.m. today for first-degree assault and other offenses.

Chief Brown said the 53-year-old woman who lives there had two friends stay over, as she was concerned Long might show up despite a no-contact order.

Brown didn’t specify what Long had been in jail for, but earlier this month, he was arrested after an hours-long standoff in which he fired multiple rounds out of the house, including after deputies arrived.

That case was being handled in Lewis County District Court.

After the ax incident, Long was also arrested for burglary and violation of the no contact order and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

The 52-year-old man from Randle suffered small cuts and scrapes, and pain, but no medical attention was necessary, Chief Brown said.
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For background, read “SWAT team summoned after armed Mossy man tells deputies to come and get him” from Sunday April 3, 2016, here

Victim of stabbing with 10-inch stiletto is ‘100 percent supportive’ of suspect

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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Brian Slater took a “selfie” after he got out of the hospital.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 26-year-old woman being held after her boyfriend was stabbed in the neck in Mossyrock returned to court today, but still has not been arraigned.

Grace E. Barker is charged with first-degree assault but concern about her mental stability has interrupted the usual process for defendants.

At a hearing last week in Lewis County Superior Court scheduled for her arraignment, her court appointed lawyer asked instead for a one week postponement.

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Grace E. Barker

Centralia attorney Shane O’Rourke told the judge he’d like to wait.

“The competency question is borderline, as far as I can tell in talking with her family,” O’Rourke said.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead didn’t object.

Barker attended the hearing, which is more than she did the first afternoon she was supposed to go before a judge. On April 7, temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said she and others tried to speak with Barker at the jail, but Barker was uncommunicative.

The following day, corrections officers used a restraint chair to bring her into the courtroom. Her bail was set at $500,000.

Barker was arrested on April 6, after law enforcement was called to her boyfriend’s home on Mossyrock Road West.

Prosecutors wrote in court documents that Brian Slater was trying to get her to leave his residence when she picked up a knife, and he armed himself with a knife and when he threw his down thinking she had done the same, she stabbed him in the throat.

He told deputies she had been acting unstable.

Slater, 36, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.

He suffered a punctured and collapsed lung and a “jugular hematoma”.

The Mossyrock man is home now and, he said late last week, in a great deal of pain.

“It’s really a grizzly wound, but it’s all from the doctor that saved my life,” Slater said of his healing scar. “That’s what the doctor had to do to repair the damage.”

The knife, he said, was an approximately 10-inch long stiletto, a collector-type item of his.

He was anxious to hear what happened in court, with the mother of his baby. Slater was especially pleased lawyers and the judge have been talking about sending Barker to a mental hospital.

She doesn’t belong in a jail cell, as far as he’s concerned.

“That doesn’t mean she needs to be let go and go home,” Slater said.

Slater doesn’t make any mentions of feeling anger, just concern that Barker gets help. He’s 100 percent supportive of her, he said.

“She’s an incredibly intelligent person with an unbelievable amount of challenges,” he said. “And she’s dealt with it with grace.”

He’s not sure what day he got home from the hospital, and much about his stay there is fuzzy. He said he recalled one visitor, but learned later as many as eight people had been there, and were told he might not make it.

His sister who lives in California and created a Go-Fund-Me page for her brother says he got release three days after the attack. She created the donation page in hopes of helping Slater replace tools and other valuables that were missing when he returned home. He said he arrived to find his door wide open.

Barker this afternoon went before Judge Richard Brosey for the third time.

O’Rourke told the judge he thought she should be seen by experts from Western State Hospital to determine if she’s competent.

Individuals must be competent enough to understand their court proceedings and must be competent enough to effectively assist their lawyer in their defense.

O’Rourke said he’s not the professional who can decide that, so it’s just prudent to have it done.

“With all the references to behaving in ways that don’t make sense, it makes sense to have her evaluated by Western State,” he said.

The court scheduled a review hearing for May 11.
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For background, read “Mossyrock argument: Two knives, one airlifted, other arrested” from Thursday April 7, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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HIDING HANDBAG IN POLICE DEPARTMENT LOBBY LEADS TO ARREST

• A 20-year-old Oakville resident who stashed her purse in a storage cabinet inside the lobby of the Chehalis Police Department while she went to municipal court on the ground floor of the same building yesterday was subsequently arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. An officer retrieved the handbag and made contact with Natasha T. Henderson when she came back to get it, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Inside, the officer found needles and a spoon with brown residue that field-tested positive for heroin, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Henderson  was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 1:40 a.m. today for a burglary to a residence on the 500 block of East Main Street. Taken was a television, clothes and other personal items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT FROM THE WOODS

• A deputy was contacted yesterday by a timber cruiser whose 1995 Honda CR250R dirt bike was stolen from the Forest Service Road 2513 near Randle. The 27-year-old man from Cottage Grove said it disappeared sometime since 4 p.m. on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $1,500.

LICENSE PLATE VANISHES

• A license plate was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the street yesterday morning at the 1300 block of Central Boulevard in Centralia. Police had no suspect information as of this morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

RUNAWAY LOCATED

• A 14-year-old runaway reported missing about two weeks ago tried to flee from officers about 4:30 p.m. yesterday from a residence on the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. He also had a warrant for his arrest, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was caught and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

SOCIABLE RETRIEVER DETAINED BY POLICE

• Chehalis police were called about 9:45 p.m. yesterday after a woman opened her door to let her dog in and a strange dog walked into the house with it. An officer responding to the call at the 100 block of Southeast Washington Avenue was told the woman tied the friendly canine to a bush in the yard and planned to let the animal control officer pick it up this morning, but was called shortly after 2 a.m. for a complaint about a barking dog, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The golden retriever, which had no tags or license but was “of good temperament” was then taken to the city’s kennel, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, shoplifting, forgery, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute,  suicidal person, civil problem, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 159 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:50 a.m. today.

Winlock mill owner gets federal prison for trafficking in poached specialty wood

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Winlock man was sentenced yesterday in federal court to six months in prison, six months of home detention, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay nearly $160,000 for violating the Lacey Act by trafficking in big leaf maple illegally cut on national forest land.

Harold Clause Kupers, 48, pleaded guilty in November, and admitted he suspected the specialty maple had been illegally taken from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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Courtesy photo by U.S. Attorney’s Office

Kupers was the owner and operator of the now defunct J & L Tonewoods, which sold the wood to purchasers in interstate commerce for total revenues of $499,414, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The maple is particularly valuable for musical instruments.

Kupers was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by Judge Benjamin H. Settle.

“You were a central figure in what made this all [the stolen maple trade] work … You knew you were getting stolen wood, but you hid behind ignorance,” Settle said.

U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said Kupers acted as essentially a fence for stolen goods.

“As long as unscrupulous mill owners like this defendant create a market for poached wood, our protected forests are at risk,” Hayes stated in a news release.

According to the plea agreement, in April 2012, law enforcement officers with the U.S. Forest Service met with Kupers and specifically informed him that he was required by Washington law to review specialized forest products permits for all persons from whom he purchased maple.

Despite that, he admitted, he continued to buy the wood without requiring the harvesters to show the permit until March 2014.

Three men who illegally cut the wood previously pleaded guilty to theft of public property or conspiracy to steal public property for illegally harvesting the maple trees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in November and December 2011 and May 2012.

James Miller, 36, of Morton was sentenced in February to six months in prison and three years of supervised release. Ryan Justice, 28, of Randle, was sentenced in December to 15 months in prison. Kevin Mullins, 56, of Packwood, is scheduled for sentencing June 6.
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For background, read “Feds: Winlock mill owner admits illegal buying and selling of specialty maple ‘music wood’ ” from Monday November 16, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
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Car hits Centralia house / Courtesy photo

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police responded about 4:36 p.m. yesterday to a two-vehicle injury wreck at the 900 block of South Tower Avenue. The victim vehicle was redirected by the collision and struck a house, causing damage to the home, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police responded about 2:36 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle versus pedestrian low-speed collision at Yew and Mellen streets in Centralia. The victim was transported for possible injury, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SEARCH FOR WOMAN HIKER SUCCESSFUL

• A 21-year-old Pierce County woman who never returned from a day hike on Sunday outside of Ashford was located safe by deputies. Her family went looking for her on Monday and her car was found along the Forest Road 84 where the snow starts, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was found walking out about nine miles up the road on Monday, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. “Basically she just overextended herself,” Brown said.

MISSING JEWELRY

• Centralia police were called at noon yesterday to the 2300 block of Scheuber Ridge Court regarding the theft of a wedding ring.

MAN BOOKED FOR CHURCH BREAK-IN

• Joshua A. Schwenning, 28, from Lacey, was arrested yesterday for second-degree burglary in connection with incidents on Feb. 11 when someone kicked in the door to a church on Bishop Road, stole laptop computers and someone subsequently broke into the Housing Mart on Hamilton Road, where they ate food and drank alcohol and left some of the laptops there, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Through tips and investigation a deputy concluded he was involved and yesterday met up with him at his probation office in Olympia, according to the sheriff’s office. Schwenning was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

CAR PROWL

• An officer was called about 2 p.m. yesterday about an overnight vehicle prowl at the 100 block of West Magnolia Street in Centralia.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, hit and run, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 152 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
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ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters were called just before 8 p.m. yesterday to a rollover crash at the 16800 block of Old Highway 99 west of Tenino. Two patients – the driver and a child – were transported to the hospital by medics, according to Thurston County Fire District 12.

• A 29-year-old motorist was injured yesterday after he lost control of his car after passing a truck on the right-hand shoulder of Interstate 5 near Winlock. The Washington State Patrol reports Ngoc H. Nguyen, from Lacey, clipped the International flatbed truck when trying to re-enter the right lane, causing his Honda Accord to spin around, cross both lanes and strike the inside concrete barrier. Troopers called about 2:20 p.m. to the scene near milepost 64 planned to issue a citation for negligent driving. Nguyen was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. The 25-year-old Centralia man driving the flatbed was uninjured.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for dispute, runaway teen, civil issue, third-degree theft, first-degree theft investigation, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, 17-year-old boy arrested and booked into juvenile detention for kicking three dents in his mother’s vehicle … and more, among 157 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

Monday, April 18th, 2016
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FRAUD

• An individual called Chehalis police yesterday evening to report the discovery that someone made purchases on his credit card at Wal-Mart earlier in the day, even though he had his card. Further details were not yet available, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MISSING JEWELRY

• Centralia police were called about 4:35 p.m. on Saturday to the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue regarding the theft of jewelry, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• A 22-year-old Morton resident was arrested for second-degree theft and forgery on Saturday after allegedly forging a signature on a check belonging to his roommate. Michael J. Barnett was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Zachary T. Moreno, 20, of Centralia, was arrested for second-degree theft and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant on Friday morning after Centralia police were called about 9:45 a.m. to the 400 block of South Street. Moreno was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 6:15 a.m. today regarding a theft from a vehicle parked at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue.

• Police responded to a call just before 2 o’clock this morning for a vehicle prowl at the 700 block of Marsh Avenue in Centralia. A jacket was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone got into a vehicle parked at the 600 block of West Pine Street and stole some change, according to a report made to Centralia police about 11:45 p.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to a car prowl at K-Mart on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. The only items missing were the registration and an insurance card, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday about a car prowl at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. A backpack was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 28-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for second-degree vehicle prowl on Saturday morning after a traffic stop during which an officer noted broken glass on his clothes. Police contacted David J. Eslick at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia just before 6 a.m., saw the glass and allegedly subsequently found him in possession of a stereo stolen from a vehicle at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road, according to the Centralia Police Department. Eslick reportedly told the officer where it came from. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail also for third-degree driving with suspended license, according to police.

STREET FIGHT

• Centralia police were called about 3:15 p.m. on Friday for a report of a group of juveniles who jumped another juvenile at Yew Street and Centralia College Boulevard. No arrests were immediately made, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• Centralia police arrested a 48-year-old Centralia resident for two counts of second-degree robbery domestic violence after being called just after 2 p.m. on Friday to the 700 block of M Street. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Michael S. Hansen, according to the Centralia Police Department. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 33-year-old Napavine man was arrested for driving under the influence after his 1994 Ford Mustang struck a fence at the 500 block of Park Road at about 9:15 p.m. on Saturday. Tyler L. Sanow was reportedly uninjured but his car sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail , according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 49-year-old Puyallup man suffered facial lacerations when he wrecked his 2014 Harley Davidson on Cline Road in Randle. He hit some gravel and lost control, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He had been wearing a helmet and was transported to Morton General Hospital for treatment, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

HOUSE FIRE WINLOCK

• A house fire yesterday morning in Winlock remains under investigation, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. Crews called just before 5:30 a.m. to the 900 block of Southeast First Street reported heavy fire and conducted a defensive attack, according to Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Anderson. They protected an adjacent home from catching fire, but it sustained some damage from the heat, according to Anderson. There were no injuries reported. A crew was on scene until just before noon dealing with hot spots.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, trespassing, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, reckless driving, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence (at least four others over the weekend); responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, hit and run, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 116 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about  6:40 a.m. today.

News brief: Multiple wrecks clog up I-5

Sunday, April 17th, 2016
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Interstate 5 near Thurston-Lewis county line / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Six people were transported to area hospitals following a pair of wrecks on Interstate 5 in south Thurston County this morning that included an ambulance.

The first incident around 9:30 a.m. was a serious accident involving a rolled over car in the northbound lanes near milepost 86, according to authorities.

A responding emergency unit and a truck collided shortly after and a southbound lane became blocked, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority and the state Department of Transportation.

Four patients were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and two were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, WTRFA reported.

Firefighters at about 12:30 p.m. noted the scene was not yet cleared and they were called for yet another accident.

“Please slow down and have patience,” WTRFA posted on its Facebook page.

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Traffic cam near Interstate 5 near Thurston-Lewis county line / Department of Transportation

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 15th, 2016
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Updated at 1:26 p.m.

POLICE: PASSENGER CHOKES DRIVER

• A 22-year-old woman reported to Chehalis police yesterday morning that while she was driving along the 700 block of North National Avenue, her boyfriend grabbed her by the neck and struck her several times. Cornelio T. Delarosa, 23, from Centralia, was subsequently located and booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

UNRULY IN CENTRALIA

•  Chad C Bass, 28, of Centralia and Tyler J. Carbaugh, 21, from Morton were cited for fighting in public at the 1000 block of Seminary Hill Road in Centralia yesterday evening. The two were contacted by police about 6:45 p.m., issued their citations and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department. At about 7:25 p.m., Bass was contacted at the 200 block of Railroad Avenue, arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 12:25 a.m. today to the 1000 block of North Scheuber Road to take a report of the theft of a red 1984 Honda scooter.

• Officers recovered a stolen vehicle at the 400 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia yesterday that had been missing out of King County, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 8:50 a.m. yesterday to take a report of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle in the case associated with the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road was subsequently located, the Centralia Police Department reports this morning.

SPRING CLEANING

• Someone got into a county building at Rose Park on the 200 block of Penning Road outside of Chehalis and left with various cleaning supplies as well as a case of toilet paper, a case of paper towels and a bag of trash can liners. A deputy called to the scene yesterday morning learned that also missing were two rakes, two shovels and a light fixture, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

HANDBAG INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police were called yesterday at about 12:20 p.m. to a business on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue regarding the attempted theft of a purse The investigation is ongoing,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Police were contacted by a Chehalis resident yesterday who reported that when he tried to file his federal taxes, the IRS rejected it, informing him someone had already filed taxes using his identity, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He needed a case number so he could proceed, according to police.

FOLLOWUP ON 100 MPH-PLUS POLICE PURSUIT

• The investigation after the police pursuit up Interstate 5 and out toward Salkum on Wednesday morning revealed a number of potential reasons the female driver probably didn’t want to talk to police. It began just after 9 a.m. when a trooper went to contact an illegally parked car at the Toutle rest area in Cowlitz County. Two people came walking up and they got in the car to retrieve their information for the trooper, but then they took off, according to the Washington State Patrol. Speeds topped out around 110 mph as they headed north through Lewis County, before exiting onto U.S. Highway 12, Trooper Will Finn said. A purse tossed from the window was found to contain other people’s passports and identifications; the car was stolen from California, its plates were stolen from another vehicle; and a set of brass knuckles and an 8-inch knife were recovered, Finn said. Law enforcement officers conducted a felony stop near milepost 77 and the highway was shut down for about five minutes while the pair from Modesto, California were taken into custody, without incident, according to Finn. The chase ended because their car ran out of gas, Finn said. The two were booked into the Cowlitz County Jail for multiple offenses.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, shoplifting, possession of a dangerous weapon, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, vandalism, missing wallet, parking issue, civil problem, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, passing vehicle with music so loud it shook house windows … and more, among 140 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about  7 a.m. today.