RANDLE RESIDENT HURT IN WRECK
• A 65-year-old Randle man was hospitalized after his car was rear ended by a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 12 near Glenoma today. Troopers called about 11:20 a.m. to the scene found Freddie C. Rickets was stopped in his Ford Focus waiting for traffic at the intersection with Savio Road, according to the Washington State Patrol. A 2009 Kenworth tractor without any trailer stuck the rear of the car, according to the state patrol. Rickets was injured and transported by aid to Morton General Hospital, according to the investigating trooper. Bernard F. Horstman, 56, from Longview, wasn’t hurt but was cited for following too closely, the state patrol reports.
OFFICERS FLOCK TO REPORT OF GUN DRAWN AT ACCIDENT SCENE
• Nobody was injured after a two-vehicle collision yesterday on southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis but the green Ford Explorer that came to rest in a field next to the freeway drew numerous law enforcement officers when an individual told an arriving trooper there was a firearm being brandished. William H. Carroll, 68, of Onalaska, had moved into the left lane and struck a Dodge pickup truck, according to the Washington State Patrol. The pickup pulled to the shoulder but the Explorer continued off the road. Carroll was eventually cited for an unsafe lane change, according to the state patrol. “We believe the driver was unloading the weapon after the collision,” Trooper Torson Iverson said. “We got it all cleared up after the scene was under control.” Iverson said he believed the other driver, David E. Carroll, 65, from Forks, was a relative of Carroll’s. Both vehicles were damaged but were able to be driven away from the scene, the investigating trooper reports.
CHEHALIS MAN HURT IN THURSTON CRASH
• A 41-year-old Chehalis resident was injured last night when the vehicle in which he was a passenger struck a flatbed tow truck east of Lacey. Troopers responding about 9:45 p.m. to state Route 510 at Mullen Road found the tow truck was westbound, made a wrong turn and began to back out onto the road. It was struck by a Hyundai Tuscan driven by 49-year-old Grace M. DeBoard of Rochester, according to the Washington State Patrol. She was not hurt, but Douglas W. Lohman was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital, according to the state patrol. Neither the tow truck driver, from Terrebonne, Ore. nor his two teenage passengers were injured, the investigating trooper reports. But he was cited for negligent driving. The road was closed for approximately three hours.
THREE INJURED IN CENTRALIA COLLISION
• Two women and one man suffered minor injuries when a vehicle ran a stop sign at Summa Street and Kresky Avenue in Centralia yesterday morning and hit a semi truck headed north on its passenger side, according to responders. Police and aid called about 10:15 a.m. found that a second car collided in a T-bone fashion with the first car, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Traffic was blocked and a detour was put in place, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert. The truck driver was unhurt but the three others involved were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Weinert.
THEFT OF POT
• Centralia police were called about 9 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of medical marijuana from a home on the 3100 block of Russell Road.
Centralia police took a report about stolen rental instruments yesterday from the 100 block of South Tower Avenue.
• Chehalis police were called about 1 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of mail on Southwest 18th Street.
• An officer took a report yesterday from the 900 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia about fraudulent activity on a checking account.
• Centralia police responded about 6:40 p.m. yesterday to a report of a misdemeanor assault following a traffic altercation at the 500 block of North Rock Street. Further details were not readily available.
FROM THE COURTHOUSE
• A 61-year-old Vietnam veteran living on social security disability and food stamps was arrested yesterday for allegedly touching a young relative in Centralia about six years ago when she was a third grader. Centralia police learned of the allegations two years ago, and this summer after further investigation was conducted, including interviews with the now teenage girl and Robert A. Kinney, Kinney was booked into the Lewis County Jail. He was charged in Lewis County Superior Court today with first-degree rape of a child, for allegedly touching the girl between her legs with his fingers and mouth while they were alone at his travel trailer home. Charging documents state the girl told an adult they were playing video games, he had been drinking and she felt scared and paralyzed and didn’t tell anyone right away what occurred. Kinney reportedly told a detective at first, he didn’t remember anything like that but if there was any touching, it was accidental as the trailer where he lived was small with not much room to move around in. He allegedly also spoke to the detective of “generations of kids” who have touched him and his efforts not to make them feel self conscious when they are exploring their sexuality. His bail was set at $500,000 and arraignment scheduled for Thursday.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrest for warrants, failing to transfer vehicle title, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assaults, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, hit and run, car into a ditch, dogs left alone inside vehicles … and more.