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News brief: Sheriff Snaza hires new jail chief

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office introduced their newly hired jail chief to the agency’s Facebook friends yesterday.

Chief Corrections Deputy Chris Sweet was previously a lieutenant with the Washington State Patrol where he worked for 25 years, according to the sheriff’s office. He began his career as a trooper in East Lewis County, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen.

Sweet replaces former chief Kevin Hanson who left after 25 years at the end of August, to take a job as head of the jail in Mason County.

Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Tawes was promoted to acting captain and oversaw the facility in the interim. He has been promoted to captain, according to a Facebook post.

Sweet started his new job at he beginning of last week, Breen indicated.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
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Updated at 5:38 p.m.

BLOODY HEAD AND SPIT

• A 25-year-old man who got upset when he was asked to leave a downtown Centralia business yesterday morning ended up getting arrested for two felonies. Police called about 9:50 a.m. to the 100 block of North Tower Avenue told the man the restaurant didn’t want him there and he just needed to go, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer decided to arrest him for trespassing and once in the back of a patrol car, he reportedly got out of control, banging his head, police said. Sgt. Dave Clary said he bled all over inside the police car so he was arrested for second-degree malicious mischief. He allegedly spit blood at an officer so he was arrested for third-degree assault, according to Clary. Andrew A. Zech, 25, of Wilton, Connecticut, was taken to the hospital to be checked out and subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, Clary said.

RV THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a 16-foot travel trailer went missing from property at the 200 block of Jarvis Road in Mossyrock. A deputy who responded to the report on Monday learned it had been parked there about a week and vanished sometime between 7 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office.

BAD BILL

• Someone tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a business on the 600 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 1700 block of Providence Lane just before 8:30 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl. Miscellaneous tools were stolen during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone stole a garage door remote opener from a vehicle parked at the 1700 block of Providence Lane in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:10 a.m. yesterday.

DRUGS

• A 40-year-old Rochester man was arrested yesterday after a search of a residence in which drug detectives found a Tupperware container with approximately one-quarter ounce of meth, a digital scale, plastic baggies and $190 cash. Dallas L. Hale-Pogue allegedly had twice sold meth to a confidential informant  sometime since Sept. 1, according to court documents. Hale-Pogue was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of delivery of methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Charging documents state the search by members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team took place at Hale-Pogue’s home in Lewis County, although temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told a judge this afternoon he resides in Rochester. His bail was set at $25,000.

• A 51-year-old Mossyrock man pulled over by a trooper yesterday and subsequently found to have outstanding misdemeanor warrants was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. When the trooper searched Jeffrey A. Lowe’s sweatshirt, he found a glass smoking device with residue that field tested positive for meth, according to court documents. Lowe was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a 16-year-old student was caught with marijuana at Winlock High School on Monday. A deputy called to the school about 5 p.m. that day learned from the athletic director the boy was asked about it and handed it over, according to the sheriff’s office. The case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

PRUNO FOUND INSIDE JAIL

• A 23-year-old inmate at the Lewis County Jail seen disposing of three bottles of “Pruno” yesterday was arrested for possession by prisoner, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 9:20 p.m. used a portable breath test to see that each of the bottles showed an alcohol concentration, according to the sheriff’s office. Calvin E. Holder, from Olympia, was being held in the jail on an unrelated matter, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The material was sent to the state crime lab for testing, according to Been. Pruno is a nickname for a homemade alcoholic drink.

BEER ON THE STREET

• Chehalis police ended up arresting a 54-year-old Vader resident yesterday after calls about a drunken individual laying by a bus stop and yelling at people. Officers responding the second time to the area at the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard arrested Ronald W. Carpenter for having an open container in public and for second-degree trespassing, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital for unrelated issues, according to police.

BURNING IMPALA DOUSED

• Firefighters were called about 1:40 a.m. today when the driver of a car filling with smoke pulled over the near the 600 block of Main Street in Chehalis. The occupants grabbed their stuff and jumped out, but the 2003 Chevrolet Impala was fully involved in flames when the crew arrived, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. They put the fire out, Capt. Casey Beck said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 148 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Body found in Capitol Forest is California teenager

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The young man found shot to death in the brush in Capitol Forest northwest of Littlerock last week has been identified as an 18-year-old from Los Angeles.

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Dakota T. Walker

The body of Dakota Tyree Walker was discovered on Thursday by a dog walker off Waddell Creek Road Southwest near the entrance to Margaret McKenny Campground, according to authorities.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock indicated yesterday Walker died from multiple gun shot wounds. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office previously said it seemed to be a recent death.

“His body appeared to have been placed there by an unknown person or persons,” Warnock said in a news release.

The coroner asks anyone with any information to please contact detective Jamie Gallagher at (360) 480-1650 or detective Ben Elkins at (360) 701-0000.

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For background, read “Detectives asking for help to identify body found near Littlerock” from Saturday October 22, 2016, here

News brief: Illicit Centralia area marijuana nursery shut down

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Seattle resident was arrested yesterday after PUD summoned deputies to an apparent electricity diversion and turned up an unlawful marijuana growing operation in rural Centralia.

Employees of Lewis County PUD were disconnecting the power at a home on the 700 block of Lincoln Creek Road yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called out about 1:45 p.m. arrived and detected an “overwhelming odor of marijuana,’ Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said this morning.

Drug detectives obtained a search warrant and confiscated 89 potted plants plus 220 plants which had been hanging to dry, Breen said.

The search of the residence, greenhouses and shop building also led to to the seizure of cash, a vehicle and a handgun, Breen said.

Biniam Y. Gebremariem, 31, from Seattle was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful manufacturing of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes, according to the sheriff’s office.

News brief: Bicycle, semi collide in industrial park

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 22-year-old bicyclist was airlifted to a Seattle hospital after he collided with the trailer of a semi truck in the Chehalis Industrial Park yesterday

Firefighters and deputies were called about 12:10 p.m. to the scene at Sears and Sturdivant roads south of Chehalis.

The driver of the Kenworth tractor-trailer initially didn’t know it had occurred, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, a 53-year-old Chehalis man, returned to the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

The bicyclist, a Chehalis man, was not wearing a helmet and was thrown to the ground, according to the sheriff’s office.

Lewis County Fire District 6 Chief Tim Kinder said the patient suffered possible head injuries and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital so he could be flown to Harborview Medical Center.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said security footage from a nearby business showed the bicyclist failed to yield at a stop sign and ran into the front portion of the trailer. His name was not released.

Vigil: Driver from Centralia fatal crash being honored tonight

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
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Austin Courtright with his daughter. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Family and friends of Austin Courtright are gathering this evening at Logan Park to share memories of the 19-year-old and then carry candles in a walk along the route of the final ride that took his life.

Courtright was born and raised in Centralia.

He died early yesterday morning after his he lost control of his car at the 300 block of West Sixth Street at the north end of town.

A Centralia police officer on patrol noticed the car in an alley near the intersection of Oxford Avenue and Marion Street, which then pulled away, turning without signaling , according to police.

Courtright sped away and less than a dozen blocks to the west, he lost control of his Acura, which slid along the side of a house, according to police.

He was ejected and died at the scene. His two passengers, both 25-year-old women from Chehalis, were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries, according to authorities.

Centralia Police Department Officer John Panco said he doesn’t know why the 19-year-old sped away. He did have an outstanding warrant, Panco said.

“We don’t have a chance to ask him, so we don’t know for sure,” Panco said.

Courtright has nine brothers and sisters. His father Scott Courtright lives in Centralia. His mother Deanna Johnson lives in Montana.

He’d recently begun working construction in Seattle, and the car was new, his mother said.

“He’d just bought that, with his own money,” she said.

Last year, Courtright accidentally shot his girlfriend in the thigh, with a pistol in his pocket while she was sitting on his lap, and he pleaded guilty as charged and was given a prison term of a year and a day. His lawyer at the time said he wasn’t suggesting Courtright plead to the charge, but he did anyhow.

Taking responsibility for that was something he felt he had to do, Johnson said.

“Austin was a terror, believe me, he was a handful,” she said. “But when it came down to it, he always told the truth and wanted to do the right thing.”

Johnson said he was getting the paperwork in order so he could move to Montana, while still under supervision with the state Department of Corrections.

“We were on our way here anyhow, to pick him up,” she said this afternoon.

Panco said he didn’t have an update on the how the passengers were doing.

The Washington State Patrol is conducting the investigation into the wreck.

The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the park in the Logan District.
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For background, read “One dead, two injured after Centralia police pursuit ends with wreck” from Monday October 24, 2016, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
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Updated at 12:21 p.m.

LEWIS COUNTY WOMAN COERCED INTO GIVING ACCOUNT DATA

• Morton police reported yesterday a resident was victimized by a telephone scammer. “The caller demanded she give them all her banking information and computer logon and threatened her if she did not do so she would be sued,” Morton police stated in a summary of the incident. The woman who resides on the 200 block of Second Street contacted an officer last Tuesday afternoon, according to the Morton Police Department. She lost $129 and took the required measures to cancel her accounts, according to police.

SAFE MISSING AFTER BURGLARY

• A deputy responded just after 8 p.m. yesterday to a report of a residential burglary at the 100 block of Kruger Road in Onalaska. The 76-year-old victim said he’d been away since about 1 p.m. and when he returned, found a light on and some of his property seemed out of place, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Scrape marks were found on the floor where his safe had been, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Among the approximately $4,000 worth of items missing are a coin collection, silver jewelry, medication and important documents, according to Breen.

POSSIBLE BURGLARY

• A deputy was called yesterday to a possible burglary to a barn at the 200 block of Lucas Creek Road east of Chehalis. Forced entry had been made to the locked building and items had been moved around inside, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened sometime between 5 p.m. last Tuesday and 3:15 p.m. yesterday, according to the sherif’s office.

GARAGE BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Eckerson Road where an individual reported property had been stolen from their garage and yard over the previous week. The victim is compiling a list of stolen items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POSSIBLE COUNTERFEIT MONEY

• Chehalis police were called about 6:30 p.m. yesterday to take a report from a store on the 1100 block of South Market Avenue that a customer attempted to use a $100 bill that “didn’t look right.” The customer said they’d gotten it in connection with items sold on a web site and the clerk declined the bill, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called at 2:40 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia. A window had been broken and a briefcase taken sometime during the previous hour, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just after 2 p.m. yesterday by an individual who said someone broke into his vehicle and tried to steal the stereo while it was parked at the 500 block of East Maple Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Morton police reported yesterday they are investigating a possible car prowl at the 200 block of Knittles Way, reported to them about 8:50 p.m. on Saturday.

MISSING TEEN FOUND

• A 16-year-old runaway out of Thurston County was recovered by police in Centralia about 9:30 p.m. yesterday and returned home, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Curtis J. Abraham, 33, of Rochester was arrested for allegedly spray-painting graffiti on a skateboard ramp and some concrete yesterday morning at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue. He was then released pending a court date, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE FROM MORTON

• A week ago, somebody in Morton told police they saw somebody else in Morton throw trash from their vehicle, confronted them and watched them return to the area and pick up their garbage, according to the Morton Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Morton police were called just after 2 p.m. on Thursday to the 700 block of Division Avenue for a hit and run that left significant damage to a fence, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, parking lot fender bender, possible shed squatter … and more among 130 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 24th, 2016
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CHEHALIS MAN LOSES $1,500 TO PHONE SCAM

• Chehalis police were contacted by an 86-year-old resident on Saturday who wanted to report being tricked into wiring $1,500 to someone, purportedly to get his grandson out of jail in Peru. The victim got suspicious when he got a second phone call, asking for more money supposedly for attorney fees, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He called the mother of his grandson and was told the young man was home in bed, according to police. He reported it in hopes that no one else falls for it, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

UNPLANNED OVERNIGHT IN FOREST

• A search and rescue team was being prepared to look for a missing mushroom hunter in the woods southeast of Packwood yesterday morning, when the target of the operation exited the woods, following an unplanned overnight stay outdoors. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was advised just before 9 p.m. on Saturday that the 48-year-old Tacoma man hadn’t been seen since 3:30 p.m. that day, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies used their PA system, lights and sirens in the area of the Forest Service Road 4610 in an attempt to contact him, but finally decided to return in the morning with more help, according to the sheriff’s office. It was about 10 a.m. when the man walked out, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The man said he’d become trapped by darkness and although he heard the sirens, didn’t want to take a chance on hiking in the dark, Breen said.

URBAN CAMPFIRE

• A 29-year-old Centralia resident was arrested about 8 p.m. yesterday after police discovered trash from an outdoor can piled up by the door to the Centralia Police Department and lit on fire. It did not damage the building, on the 100 block of West Maple Street, according to police. Kayleigh S McDaniel was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree reckless burning.

BURGLARY SALKUM

• Someone broke into a storage container at the 2100 block of Spencer Road in Salkum and stole a generator, a tent, a canopy and LED light, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. A deputy investigating just before 8 p.m. on Saturday was told by a neighbor of tire tracks and a broken lock, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said it happened during the daytime on Thursday.

THEFT AND FRAUD

• Chehalis police were notified about 11:30 a.m. yesterday by the victim that a stolen credit card was used to purchase a $200 gift card at Wal-Mart.

• Chehalis police were called about 1:15 p.m. on Saturday by an individual who said their debit card has been used by someone else at a location on Northwest Louisiana Avenue. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called about 6:25 p.m. on Friday after an individual lost a wallet outside a store on the 1700 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis and someone else claimed it. An employee found it next to a truck and pair of individuals nearby said it was theirs, took it and left, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FUNNY MONEY

• Police were called about 10:35 a.m. yesterday to a store on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia where two counterfeit $20 bills had been accepted.

CAR PROWL

• A 36-year-old Centralia man was arrested after police were called to the 1300 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue just after 10 p.m. yesterday and told he had stolen a $25 can of paint from behind a business and been seen trying the doors on vehicles there. A security person confronted the suspect in front of the business, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Joel A. Towne was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree trespassing, third-degree theft and vehicle prowl, according to police.

• Police were called about 12:45 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of North Scheuber Road in Centralia. Paperwork was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:30 p.m. on Friday to the 300 block of James Street where someone removed a Sony carbon fiber CD stereo from a car. A witness had seen a suspect, described as a person wearing a cowboy hat and a long black trench coat, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WARRANT PLUS OBSTRUCTING

• A 37-year-old Winlock man was arrested for obstruction and making a false statement for allegedly giving a deputy a name other than his own when contacted about 11:30 a.m. on Friday about a possible burglary at the 400 block of Hawkins Road. Wayne M. Hedgers was found to have an outstanding warrant and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• A deputy checking on a trespassing complaint at the 900 block of state Route 507 outside Centralia early this morning contacted a 31-year-old Centralia resident who turned out to have a warrant and subsequently found suspected drugs in his pocket. Two baggies containing a crystal substance field tested positive for amphetamine at about 3:30 a.m. and Bradley G. Rader was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and the Department of Corrections warrant, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

UNDERAGE DRINKING

• Chehalis police were called by school officials at W.F. West High School about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday about six students who had either been drinking or were in possession of alcohol. A whiskey bottle was found, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Cases are being referred to juvenile prosecutors for the three boys and three girls ages 14 and 15, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 25-year-old Winlock resident was arrested after his Ford F350 allegedly destroyed several hundred feet of fence and a mailbox at the 200 block of Jones Road in Winlock yesterday. A deputy called about 6:10 p.m. spoke to a witness who described the truck and found remnants of the vehicle at the scene, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy was led to Joshua L. Hazlett, 25, who allegedly had been in physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, according to the sheriff’ office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail also for hit and run, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, third-degree theft, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 135 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
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HITCHHIKER NAMED JESSICA SLIPS AWAY WITH CASH

• Centralia police were called just before 9 p.m. yesterday by a man who reported he gave a ride to a hitchhiker who stole his phone and money. The 65-year-old who asked to be contacted at Summa and Pearl streets said he’d brought the female from Thurston County to Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. A short time after the woman known only as “Jessica” departed, he realized his cell phone was gone, as was a couple hundred dollars from his wallet, according to police.

MONEY MISSING

• Centralia police were called about 8:35 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Tower Avenue regarding a theft of money. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COCAINE

• A 23-year-old Rochester resident who allegedly gave a false name during a traffic stop was subsequently arrested for possession of cocaine.  Ignacio Maldonado Cervantes was booked into the Lewis County Jail following contact with an officer about 1:25 p.m. yesterday at the 100 block of West Maple Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, failure to transfer title, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue,  misdemeanor domestic assault, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 139 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

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
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DRUGS, DRUGS, DRUGS

• A 21-year-old Winlock resident was arrested last night at the 200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia for outstanding warrants and possession of heroin. Nakisha J. Richardson was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with police at about 11:55 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 45-year-old man arrested at his workplace in Centralia with two loaded handguns allegedly inside his truck was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with possession methamphetamine with intent to deliver and also two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Drug detectives had contacted Donald E. Cheney Jr. at his workplace on Thursday after searching his Seminary Hill Road home with a warrant, according to court documents. They had allegedly located approximately 27 gram of meth, a digital scale and packaging, plus a rifle and two pistols there, according to charging documents. A detective noted Cheney had at least two previous felony convictions and could not find Cheney had his firearms rights restored, the document relate. Cheney was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then released following a court hearing yesterday afternoon.

• A 26-year-old woman arrested for outstanding warrants on Wednesday was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of a controlled substance based on six oxycodone pills allegedly found inside her purse. Briana L. Carrothers was visited at an address on Silver Street in Centralia – where she had been staying – by drug detectives, according to court documents. Because she is a drug court participant, there was a contract allowing her property to be searched to ensure compliance, according to charging documents. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Court documents show she resides in Rochester.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 47-year-old Centralia man who allegedly crashed his vehicle into a fence and left the scene was arrested for driving under the influence yesterday evening. Police called just before 8 p.m. to the 1700 block of Cooks Hill Road ended up booking Ernesto M. Garcia-Munoz into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A man from Yelm was fatally injured when he and a Centralia man were outside their vehicles following a three-vehicle wreck on Interstate 5 and a fourth car struck his Ford Explorer, shoving it him and then a Ford pickup. Troopers were called about 2:15 a.m. yesterday to the scene in Pierce County near state Route 512, according to the Washington State Patrol. A GMC Acadia sport utility vehicle, the Ford Explorer and Tony M. Abbott’s Ford F350 pickup had been involved in a collision in the southbound left lane, according to the state patrol. Abbott, 27, from Centralia and Jason A. Ley, 46, of Yelm, were both outside their vehicles when a  southbound 2016 Toyota Corolla hit the Explorer, according to the state patrol. The Corolla was totaled and its driver, 22-year-old Dillon Z. Nash, from Fort Lewis, was booked into the Pierce County Jail, the investigating trooper reports. Ley, was transported to Madigan Hospital where he died, the trooper reports. Abbott was reportedly unhurt.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, disorderly person, 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.

News brief: Rochester resident hospitalized after I-5 motorcycle wreck

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 26-year-old Rochester man was injured when his motorcycle collided with a semi truck on Interstate 5 just north of Maytown yesterday.

Troopers called about 12:10 p.m. to the scene found the 2008 Kawasaki ZR1000 was northbound near milepost 93 when it crossed all lanes of traffic and struck the northbound Volvo tractor and trailer, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Ricardo L. Santee, from Rochester, was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, according to the state patrol.

His bike was totaled, the investigating trooper reports.

The semi, driven by a resident of Surrey, British Columbia, was able to be driven from the scene.

Santee had been wearing a helmet and possessed a motorcycle endorsement on his license. The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

Update Monday October 24, 2016: Santee is listed in fair condition this morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Detectives asking for help to identify body found near Littlerock

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
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Victim was wearing black and white sweatshirt and shirt with ‘We Shall Overcomb’ logo. / Courtesy images by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify the young adult male whose body was found in the brush near the entrance to Margaret McKenny Campground in Capitol Forest on Thursday.

He had multiple gunshot wounds and had been placed there by unknown subjects, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office this morning shared a sketch and described him as a mixed race black male between the ages of 17 and 25. He is 6-feet tall and weighs 170 pounds, according to Sgt. Carla Carter.

The sheriff’s office also shared photos of a black and white hooded sweatshirt he was wearing as well as a shirt with the logo “We shall Overcomb”. He was wearing brown pants, and a Captain America cap was found nearby.

Sgt. Carter initially thought a passenger in a passing vehicle spotted the body and tried to wake him up, but indicated this morning it was a female walking her dog who found the body at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The area is off Waddell Creek Road Southwest northwest of Littlerock, according to Carter.

It appeared to be a recent death and a homicide investigation is underway, according to Carter.

The victim had no identification on him, she said.

An autopsy revealed the male had a condition which likely places him from the Ohio Valley at some point in his life, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with any information that may help identify him to please contact detective Jamie Gallagher at (360) 480-1650 or detective Ben Elkins at (360) 701-0000.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 21st, 2016
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PRESCRIPTION MEDS

• A 23-year-old was arrested yesterday evening for allegedly using a fake prescription to obtain medications at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, using a fake New Jersey driver’s license.  Dae’Janique T. Berry, of Mercer Island, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called to W.F. West High School yesterday afternoon and told two female students allegedly took a pill given to them by a male student. Police took two prescription pills into evidence and are forwarding the case for review to juvenile prosecutors, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The girls showed no adverse affects but were taken to the hospital as a precaution, according to police.

INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING REPORTED

• Centralia police reported this morning they began investigating, yesterday, a report of possible inappropriate sexual touching of a child. The case is currently under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, disorderly person, third-degree theft, phone scam attempt, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, person sleeping inside parked vehicle … and more among 126 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Cargo container fire extinguished on Main Street

Friday, October 21st, 2016
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Crew cuts holes in train’s burning containers. / Courtesy photo Chehalis Fire Department

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters spent hours overnight battling a fire on a freight train which stopped blocking West Main Street in Chehalis.

Trash being hauled in two cargo containers, one stacked on top of the other, was burning, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Both sets of BNSF tracks and Main Street near The Farm Store were shut down until about 4 o’clock this morning.

The crew was called about 1:15 a.m. and asked for assistance from Lewis County Fire District 6, Chehalis Fire Capt. Kevin Curfman said.

One department worked from the east side and the other from the west side, Curfman said. They had to cut holes through the sides of the metal containers to get water inside.

Curfman said once he was able to remove the tarp from the upper container, from the ladder truck, he could see it appeared to be construction debris.

The tracks and Main Street were opened back up shortly after 4 a.m., according to Chief Ken Cardinale.

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Five hundred block of West Main Street. / Courtesy photo Chehalis Fire Department

News brief: Body discovered shot in woods near Littlerock

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
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Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A young adult male was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds, in the brush in Capitol Forest northwest of Littlerock today.

The area is off Waddell Creek Road Southwest, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Carla Carter said authorities were notified about 1:30 p.m. today. She said she understood a passenger in a passing vehicle saw the person and tried to wake him up.

“It appears it was a recent death,” she said.

Detectives and crime scene investigators are just about finished at the scene, Carter said just after 4:30 p.m.

The victim had no identification on him, she said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Family seeking payment for injuries from SWW Fair spooked horse incident

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
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Helen Morgan at her father Jake Morgan’s bedside. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Claims for as much as $5 million in damages have been filed against Lewis County on behalf of two of the several people hurt when a runaway horse and carriage plowed through a crowd at the Southwest Washington Fair.

A lawyer representing John H. Morgan, 38, from Toledo, states that his client suffered a severe brain injury, multiple broken bones and contusions and has already undergone several surgeries.

“John is out of work for an unknown period of time and may not be able to return to work in the same capacity, if at all,” Tacoma attorney Lincoln Beauregard writes.

His 4-year-old daughter Helen Morgan – who was not moving after being struck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office – suffered five facial fractures under her eyes and has permanent scarring, according to Beauregard. Her left arm was injured as well, he wrote.

The incident happened on the afternoon of August 19, a Friday during the six-day annual fair.

Authorities initially said only that a spooked horse took off running down the midway and four individuals were taken by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital. A fifth person went to the hospital in a private vehicle, according to the fire chief, and a recently released report indicates the owner of the horse was also hurt.

Lewis County owns and operates the fairgrounds and the fair.

A Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputy compiled a report, for informational purposes and as assistance to fire and aid personnel.

Deputy Jeffrey Humphrey wrote he was standing near the sheriff’s office’s booth when he heard a horse pulling a buggy and it began trotting fast. He wrote that he saw people get hit, he gave chase and saw another person on the ground.

Then-Chief Deputy Stacy Brown, who had been with Humphrey, reported she also ran after the animal, noting the carriage was careening out of control behind it. She observed several injured people, she wrote.

Jennifer D. Adkinson later told the deputy she didn’t see it coming until the last minute, and pushed one of her small sons out of the way. Adkinson’s ankle was possibly broken, struck by what the Rochester woman suspected was the carriage, when she was interviewed at the hospital.

Brown and others were able to contain the horse near the north end of the midway, according to Brown’s narrative.

Chief Brown walked with the owner of the agitated horse to its stall and ensured it was confined there.

The owner, Carrie Swearingen, said her leg hurt from trying to stop the horse and carriage, but she was okay and declined aid, according to the incident report. Swearingen is from Dalles, Oregon, and was at the fair to give buggy rides to people, according to authorities.

The claims were filed with the Lewis County Risk Management office on Sept. 28, according to Risk Manager Paulette Young. Young said earlier this week, they’ve turned the claims over to the horse carriage company, for its insurance.

The Morgans were treated at Providence and also Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to their lawyer. He estimates damages for each in an amount between $2.5 million and $5 million.

Beauregard wrote that Lewis County’s liability is under investigation, as it may have contributed to the accident by “not installing proper safety measures.”

Chief Brown’s narrative gives some insight as to what may have occurred to startle the horse.

Brown wrote the horse, carriage and operator were standing in their normal location just north of the sheriff’s office’s booth.

“I observed the horse get spooked and jump, causing the carriage to rock back and forth behind it, which seemed to spook it even more,” Brown wrote. “The horse hit a large raised flower bed, causing it to fall over, which might have scared it even more.”

The horse owner told Brown she was standing next to her horse, Duramax, when a forklift drove by, spooking it, according to Brown. She said she wasn’t able to get the reins over the horse and couldn’t stop the horse as it bolted, according to Brown.

Brown further related that she saw a county forklift throughout the day carrying gates and other items, but she didn’t specifically recall seeing it next to the horse when the horse got spooked.

It’s unclear how many people were hurt during the incident.

Deputy Humphrey and Chief Brown’s reports list four known victims, plus the owner and no other witnesses. One of the four is a county employee.

The only other victim in their report is Thomas T. Mars, from Chehalis, who is also identified in the same report as Andrew T. Mars. He had a laceration near his elbow as well as scratches and/or road rash on his arms, back and both knees, according to Humphrey.

The Morgan family’s lawyer also submitted a claim for the same amount for wife and mother Emily Morgan.

“She continues to suffer from loss of consortium due to the severe injuries of her loved ones,” Beauregard wrote. She’s missing time from work to care for them and it’s unknown when she will be able to return, he wrote.
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For background, read “Two of spooked horse victims on the mend, after fair accident” from Saturday August 27, 2016, here

News brief: Onalaska man killed in auto accident identified

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office says Morris L. Johanson, 70, died from blunt trauma to the chest after he wrecked his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro off an Onalaska Road on Tuesday morning.

Johanson’s car was discovered by a passing county worker, over an embankment at the west end of Burchett Road just before 8 o’clock that morning. Its flashers were turned on.

The Onalaska man was conscious when responders arrived and indicated he thought it happened about 6:30 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Johanson passed away as firefighters and aid prepared for him to be airlifted, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

A deputy determined the car had been westbound on Burchett Road and crossed Leonard Road at the T-intersection without stopping at the stop sign, according to Breen.

Breen said Johanson had indicated that’s what occurred, and that he wasn’t paying attention. The car was described as totaled.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
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VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called about a stolen car at about 8:50 a.m. yesterday from the 500 block of South Diamond Street. Missing is a white 1995 Honda Civic bearing license plate ANZ 1145, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to the 1400 block of Lewis Street about 3:40 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a stolen scooter. It is a SSR Sonic scooter bearing license plate 1D3177, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a deputy was summoned to White Pass High School in Randle for a student allegedly in possession of marijuana. It was less than 40 grams, and the student is 19 years old, so he was cited and then released, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened on Tuesday morning, according to Breen.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, third-degree theft, third-degree malicious mischief, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 122 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Join in earthquake drill this morning

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – County officials are encouraging all residents and employers to participate in today’s statewide earthquake drill.

It’s called “The Great Shakeout” and it happens at 10:20 a.m.

“People are more likely to react quickly when shaking begins if they have actually practiced how to protect themselves on a regular basis,” Steve Mansfield, of the Lewis County Department of Emergency Management stated in a news release.

The National Weather Service will activate the Emergency Alert System via the NOAA Weather Radio network which will also be announced on television and radio stations. The National Tsunami Warning Center will also send a test tsunami warning communications test targeted for the outer coastal regions.

Mansfield provides information for drill techniques:

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.
• If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter.
• If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
• Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.

HOLD ON until shaking stops
• Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
• No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

The Washington Emergency Management Division of the Washington Military Department says preparedness will be key in surviving the next big earthquake to hit the Pacific Northwest.

“That means being prepared for what you need and where you live –  with up to two week’s worth of supplies and an emergency ‘go’ kit ready and, for those living on the coast, have an understanding of evacuation routes and the warning signs behind tsunamis – including how NOAA Weather Radio works and the coastal sirens,” EMD stated.

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Mansfield suggests it’s also a good time today for those who have not already done so, to go to the county website at http://lewiscountywa.gov/em/lewis-county-alert and register to receive alert messages on your cell phone from Lewis County Alert.

Centralia home invasion: Third suspect gets deal for cooperating

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
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Brian A. Carreon, right, and his lawyer Shane O’Rourke face Judge James Lawler today in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 17-year-old Centralia boy who admitted to being one of three males captured in surveillance video at a roughly 45 second home invasion that ended with a pet dog shot dead got a break.

Brian A. Carreon appeared before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to six months in jail.

The judge said he would allow the term to be served on electronic home monitoring.

The other two men involved were sentenced last week to 10 and 12 years in prison.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher and Carreon’s defense attorney spent a great deal of time this afternoon addressing the different levels of culpability and the reason they agreed he could resolve his case with a conviction for first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

When the teen was charged in adult court last year, he faced one count of first-degree robbery.

Centralia attorney Shane O’Rourke praised the year and a half long process of getting to the bottom of what happened.

His client didn’t go to the home with the intent to commit armed robbery, he said.

Meagher focused on the issue that without Carreon’s cooperation, authorities would not have known who committed the crime.

“The guy that came clean from the get go is sitting right over there,” Meagher said, pointing to Carreon.

It happened the night of Feb. 19, 2015 at a small house on the 1200 block of Marion Street in Centralia.

The victim and his girlfriend were home with their two dogs when about three males barged through the door demanding money and weed, and fired numerous shots killing their pit bull Misty. Officers found nine shell casings and two bullet jacket fragments at the scene.

Meagher said there was one gun involved.

He told the judge today that Deandre J. Perry of Portland, then 26, kicked the front door in.

Meagher said Hennessy R. Turner-White, then 22 and also from Portland, shot the dog.

Meagher said Carreon provided his cell phone to law enforcement while the Portland suspects as recently as this summer still claimed an alibi.

“So all in all, we think this is a fair resolution,” Meagher said. “It’s probably light handed, but we make no apology for that.”

Turner-White was given 12 years last week for first-degree attempted robbery, first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree animal cruelty. Perry was given 10 years for the same convictions, minus the animal cruelty.

Meagher reminded the judge Carreon had been to house before, and had taken a video of himself trimming the victim’s medical marijuana plants. O’Rourke told the judge his client shouldn’t have talked about the marijuana grow, and shouldn’t have been hanging out with the two men.

“This is someone who’s 17, dealing with adults,” O’Rourke said.

Carreon has been free on bail, working and attending Centralia College.

His lawyer asked that he be allowed to go to work and go to classes while he’s on house arrest.

On of the two victims, Dustin Palermo, was present in the courtroom for today’s hearing.

Carreon apologized when it was his turn to address the court, but he did so facing the judge.

“I would like to apologize to Mr. Palermo as well,” Carreon said. “I’m sorry. A dog is definitely part of your family.

“I sincerely apologize.”

Judge James Lawler agreed with the two lawyers deal they’d worked out, noting to the defendant that he wasn’t required to.

“Make something of yourself and don’t come back here,” Lawler said.

Carreon has until 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 to get signed up for electronic home monitoring, or he must report to the Lewis County Jail.

Palermo outside the courtroom was surprised by the short amount of time Carreon got. The last he was aware, prosecutors were seeking a year, he said.

“I’m very upset with it, because he’s the one that brought them to our home,” he said. “Without him, this wouldn’t have happened.”

Carreon’s sister, Taina Duncan, from Portland, is expected for a hearing tomorrow. She allegedly drove the three to Palermo’s home.

Meagher said she’s planning to plead guilty to first-degree rendering criminal assistance, and he’s prepared to recommend she be sentenced to six months.

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For background, read:

• “News brief: Second Portland man gets prison for Centralia home invasion” Thursday October 13, 2016, here

• And, Two arrested, two sought in February Centralia home invasion” from Thursday July 9, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
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LOST AND FOUND

• Chehalis police were called just before 9:15 a.m. yesterday after a case of potato chips fell off a vehicle traveling along the 2100 block of North National Avenue. The box of snacks were put into the lost and found at the Chehalis Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called at 3:45 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a shop building at the 100 block of East Hanson Street. Tools and a tool box were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Two people were arrested for drug possession yesterday at the 100 block of West High Street in Centralia following contact with an officer at about 12:20 p.m. Elizabeth M. Brown, 23, of Rochester, was arrested for possession of heroin, according to the Centralia Police Department. Zachery M. Baker, 21, of Lacey, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and heroin as well as an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections, according to police. They were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just before 7 p.m. yesterday by an individual who said the back window of his vehicle had been broken out while it was in the employee parking lot at Wal-Mart earlier that evening.

• Chehalis police were called just after 10 a.m. yesterday to Northwest Chehalis Avenue and Center Street following the discovery someone had broken the back window out a parked car.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances … and more among 142 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.