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News brief: Appeals judges reject each of Pe Ell man’s claims on rape conviction

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The former Pe Ell girls’ softball coach convicted two years ago of rape of a teenage team member lost his court appeal.

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Todd D. Phelps

Todd Phelps, 52, was sent to prison for six years after a trial that extended into eight days, where prosecutors described how he gradually seduced a 16-year-old troubled with low self esteem and ultimately had sex with her that was against her wishes.

The former log truck driver was convicted of third-degree rape and second-degree sexual misconduct in May 2012 in Lewis County Superior Court.

A three-member panel of the Washington State Court of Appeals unanimously rejected each of Phelps arguments. The opinion was issued yesterday.

The issues he raised were many. The appeal was countered by Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh.

Through his Olympia lawyers Jodi Backlund and Manek Mistry, Phelps claimed:

(1) the trial court violated his and the public’s right to an open and public trial during jury selection; (2) the trial court violated his right to be present during jury selection; (3) the information charging Phelps with second degree sexual misconduct with a minor was deficient; (4) the trial court failed to give a unanimity instruction for the second degree sexual misconduct with a minor charge; 5) the prosecutor committed misconduct during closing arguments, and (6) Phelps’s trial counsel was ineffective for failing to object to prosecutorial misconduct during closing arguments.

The decision was authored by Judge Linda Cj Lee, with Judge Thomas R. Bjorgen and Judge Bradley A. Maxa concurring.
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For background, read “Pe Ell rape trial: Guilty as charged” from Friday April 27, 2012, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

SKETCHY VAN

• Deputies have their eyes out for a dark green Chevrolet Astrovan that was seen seemingly suspicious at an Onalaska home yesterday and also pulling in and out of driveways on Davis Lake Road in Morton. A 28-year-old woman who believes its occupants were looking in her mailbox called 911 last night after she saw two males running from the back of her house and leaving in the van at about 7:15 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. That happened at the 3000 block of state Route 508, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman followed the vehicle to Cinebar Road and took a picture, but then got nervous because her children were with her, and returned home, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Nothing appeared to have been stolen, Brown said. The van has black running boards and the two men looked to be about 40 years old, of average height and weight, according to Brown. Anyone who sees it is asked to call the sheriff’s office right away, as deputies would like to speak with the men about their activities, Brown said.

DRUGS

• Centralia police responding about 5 p.m. yesterday to someone trying to break into vehicles in the parking lot at the Outlet mall on the 1300 block of Lum Road arrested a 47-year-old woman from Fife for possession of methamphetamine. A 40-year-old Tacoma man was arrested for a warrant and possession of PCP, but aid was called to evaluate him because he was lethargic. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked out. Larry B. Robinson was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Prosecutors declined to charge the woman and she is to be released.

BIG GUY WITH WARRANT

• Several law enforcement officers congregated in the area near Applebees in Chehalis yesterday afternoon when they learned from Portland police a man who had left the state of Oregon in violation of his probation was there with his wife, and she might be in danger. It was just before 3 p.m. at the 1600 block of Louisiana Avenue and the woman said she was fine but 27-year-old Jordan Solomon was taken into custody, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police said the 6-foot-6-inch tall man smashed his head against the inside of a patrol car window, popping it out. He was booked for his warrant and for third-degree malicious mischief, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. Wilson indicated Portland police were able to track the vehicle using its GPS system provider because the woman may have been endangered. He said the large police response was made because Solomon has a bad history with police.

YOUR MONEY’S NO GOOD HERE

• Centralia police arrested a 35-year-old Auburn man for counterfeiting after he allegedly tried to use fake bills to put money on his account at the jail early this morning, after they arrested him for a warrant. Prosecutors declined to file a criminal charge against him.

MOSSYROCK BREAK-IN

• Morton police report they are investigating a burglary discovered at a Mossyrock business about 6:45 a.m. on June 10, in the 100 block of East State Street. A door was kicked open and approximately $100 was missing, according to police.

MESSAGE FROM THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL

• Sales of consumer fireworks begin on June 28 at noon and end on July 5 at 11 p.m. A number of city and counties have restricted or banned the sale and discharge of fireworks. The state fire marshal recommends to always be sure to check with your local jurisdiction before using fireworks.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, misdemeanor theft such as a book, possible theft of money at a retail business, vehicle hitting mailbox on county road, graffiti in a bathroom at the college, teens on the roof of a school, deer running around on the road, concern about rats by an overflowing dumpster, concern about neighbor dogs without food or water … and more.

Breaking news: Explosion at Maytown fireworks business injures three

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
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Airlift Northwest takes off with a patient headed to Harborview Medical Center. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority

Updated at 1:39 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Three employees at a fireworks manufacturing company were injured this morning, one fatally, by an explosion and fire in Maytown, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies and firefighters were dispatched just before 10 o’clock to the incident at the 13000 block of Reeder Road; it happened at the front of an outbuilding belonging to the business, sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said.

A witness who was doing work with a friend outside a house across the street said he heard about 15 commercial mortars. It went on for perhaps 20 seconds, 33-year-old Eathon Wesen of Napavine said.

“All the sudden there was like, boom, boom, boom,” Wesen said. “We looked over there, you could see fireworks going off like at ground level; well, about 10 to 12 feet in the air.”

A 74-year-old man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but  died enroute, according to the sheriff’s office. Two males were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.

One of them, age 25, subsequently was flown to Harborview, according to Elwin. The third victim is a 52-year-old man with a burned hand, he said.

A spokesperson for West Thurston Regional Fire Authority said workers were inserting detonators into firework displays, to be used at a future event.

The fire chief was at a meeting at the station at the intersection of Maytown and Reeder roads, heard explosions and called 911 then responded, Lt. Lanette Dyer said.

Deputies have secured the scene and conducted an initial investigation, and are now waiting for investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm as well as the state Department of Labor and Industries according to Elwin.

Numerous employees are on the scene, he said. The company is Entertainment Fireworks, he said.

Elwin described the injuries as burns and concussion injuries.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Updated at 7:19 p.m.

POLICE: YOUNG MAN THREATENS TO CUT UP FATHER

• Deputies were called about 11 a.m. yesterday to a home in Mineral where a 22-year-old son had allegedly threatened to shoot his father and then himself. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said an argument took place at the parent’s home on the 200 block of Lutkens Road and the son, who is described as transient, reportedly told his 57-year-old father he was going to place duct tape over his mouth, cut him up and then use a gun. The father was able to go inside the residence and lock the doors to get away from his son, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Arriving deputies found Matthew C. Nyman standing on the front porch, arrested him for felony harassment and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to authorities. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello said it wasn’t clear from the reports what Nyman was upset over, but it appeared he may suffer from a mental health disorder. A judge ordered him held on $10,000 bail when he appeared in court this afternoon, charged with felony harassment, domestic violence. The judge also ordered him to have no contact with his father, Masiello said.

TV GONE

• Centralia police were called about 10:20 a.m. yesterday regarding a flat screen television taken from a room at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia.

CHAINSAW GONE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday that someone stole a $900 Stihl chainsaw when they broke a padlock to a shed on the 100 block of Cinebar Road in East Lewis County. The victim said it happened between 3 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.

FRAUD

• An individual called Centralia police yesterday from the 800 block of K Street to report he had learned from his bank someone back in 2010 filed taxes in Florida using his personal information, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DENT GETS MAN LOCKED UP

• A 33-year-old Centralia man was booked into jail last night for allegedly kicking a dent into someone’s vehicle. Centralia police called to the 1600 block of North Schueber Road about 9:20 p.m. arrested Ryan A. McCarter for third-degree malicious mischief and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• A citizen turned into the Chehalis Police Department yesterday a small glass bottle of marijuana found on the side of the road at Southwest 11th Street and McFadden Avenue. Don’t bother checking with the lost and found there, police say, it will be destroyed. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said it may be legal for individuals to possess small amounts, but the state of the current law doesn’t mean officers can “deliver” marijuana to even its rightful owner.

TOO FAST FOR CORNER

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded yesterday to the 1500 block of Bishop Road south of Chehalis where the Kenworth tractor and trailer loaded with lumber tipped onto its side. The 57-year-old driver from Brigham City, Utah was southbound and traveling too fast for a sharp corner, the sheriff’s office said. He was reportedly uninjured. No ticket has yet been issued, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault; responses for suspicious circumstances, neighborhood parking issues, possible IRS scam over the telephone, an individual who rented a washer and dryer from a business and did not pay … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Updated at 6:41 p.m.

RUN, RUN, RUN, RUNAWAY

• A 48-year-old Ethel man was arrested following a brief nighttime police pursuit west of Onalaska which turned into a foot chase and ended when the subject running at full speed collided with a building covered in blackberry bushes. Brian S. Steward was wanted on a warrant and was taken into custody, after the early Saturday morning incident, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It began when a deputy was called to a dispute just after midnight on Friday at the 400 block of Burchett Road but Steward left before the deputy arrived, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies learned Steward was driving with a suspended license and had a warrant from the state Department of Corrections and spotted his car near state Route 508 and Tauscher Road, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said Steward didn’t pull over, instead continued down Jackson Highway to a farm where he left his Chevrolet Impala and took off running. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding, Brown said.

DOMESTIC UN-TRANQUILITY

• Police arrested a 62-year-old Centralia woman last night after she allegedly pulled a gun on her roommate. Officers called about 9:40 p.m. to the 900 block of Marion Street booked Rita J. Finegan into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault. Prosecutors sent the case to municipal court, which handles misdemeanors.

• A 45-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested this morning after she allegedly entered a home on the 1800 block of Shamrock Avenue in Centralia, illegally, broke several items and assaulted her husband. Tamara L. Twidwell left when police were called about 5:30 a.m. but was located a short time later and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: UNRULY NY MAN KICKS OFFICER

• A 64-year-old man from New York who was kicked off a train in Centralia for being disorderly found himself lodged at the Lewis County Jail because he allegedly pushed and then kicked a police officer. Police called about 3:40 p.m. on Friday to the Amtrak station to remove an intoxicated and belligerent passenger from the premises arrested James C. Davis for assault after he pushed an officer, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. He was taken to the hospital first for a pre-booking screening because of the level of intoxication and as the same officer was placing him back into the patrol car, Davis allegedly caught the side of the officer’s head with his foot, Reichert said. He was booked for two counts of third-degree assault, according to police.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• Jewelry and cash were stolen from a home on the 300 block of Courtland Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before noon yesterday. It appears they got in through an unlocked door, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 1:35 p.m. on Saturday to the 1800 block of Juneman Street where someone had broken into a home and ransacked several rooms, leaving with a lock box and unspecified documents.

• Someone stole a utility trailer during the night from the 2900 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 5:45 a.m. yesterday.

RIFLE CLEANING ACCIDENT WOUNDS ONE

• A 30-year-old Randle man was hospitalized after he accidentally shot himself in the forearm as he was cleaning a .22 rifle on his back porch. Deputies called about 12:20 p.m. on Friday to the 100 block of Baugh Road learned that he was getting ready to test fire the weapon when something dropped and when he leaned down to pick it up, he bumped the trigger, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THREE INJURED IN WRECK NEAR MAYFIELD LAKE

• Three people were hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck yesterday afternoon when a 1966 Ford Mustang hit a ditch on U.S. Highway 12 traveling along about 150 feet before colliding head on with the end of a guard rail. Troopers called about 4:40 p.m. to the scene roughly four miles west of Mossyrock found the car totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. The vehicle had been traveling westbound  and was approaching Mayfield Lake bridge when the driver was distracted by something as-yet-unspecified, according to the state patrol. Transported to Providence Centralia Hospital were the driver Albert L. Cheney, 52, from Centralia; and passengers Denise R. Salts, 55, of Silver Creek, and 3-year-old Aiden Robbins, according to the investigating trooper. Cheney was treated and released and a hospital spokesperson said no information can be released about children. Salts was transferred to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, in Vancouver, where this afternoon she was listed in serious condition. Salts is the same woman who survived a gunshot wound to her face when her boyfriend and two others were slain almost four years ago inside a Salkum-Onalaska area home on Wings Way.

• A semi truck loaded carrying lumber tipped onto its side on Bishop Road near Labree Road in Chehalis this afternoon, but the driver was uninjured, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. Chief Tim Kinder said crews from fire districts 5 and 6 responded about 1 p.m. and tended to the oil that spilled from the engine. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the wreck, according to Kinder.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, violation of protection order, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, disputes, vandalism, underage drinking, collisions on city streets, misdemeanor theft such as wallet left in shopping cart, shoplift of dog food … and more.

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Bishop Road near Labree Road in Chehalis this afternoon / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

Tacoma teen’s body pulled from Chehalis River at state park

Monday, June 16th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Tacoma teen originally from Nigeria experiencing camping for the first time drowned in the Chehalis River over the weekend.

Linsey Mike was 17 years old.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said the young man had only been in Washington for eight months.

Rescuers were called about 3:20 p.m. on Saturday to an area near the falls, by the entrance to Rainbow Falls State Park, approximately12 miles west of Chehalis but didn’t recover his body until yesterday morning.

Mike was camping with a group of friends at the park when they all decided to go swimming in the river, according to responders.

The sheriff’s office said Mike told his friends he was not a good swimmer and one of them told him not to jump in the water, but he did.

“One witness said when he surfaced from the jump, he looked panic stricken and began flailing his arms,” the sheriff’s office stated in a news release. “The witness, a 19 year old female, jumped in to save him but he was flailing his arms so much that she was unable to make contact before he quickly went under water and did not resurface.”

The falls are not tall, but the water is cold and the current is swift.

Members of fire districts in Pe Ell and Dryad-Doty, along with the sheriff’s office swift water rescue team and a diver from Thurston County responded on Saturday afternoon and returned yesterday morning.

His body was found in the same area where he went under, the sheriff’s office said.

It’s the second river drowning in the county in recent weeks and the third drowning locally this spring.

Sheriff Steve Mansfield took the opportunity to issue a statement noting that 90 percent of water-related fatalities could be prevented by wearing life jackets or some type of flotation device, something especially important for those who aren’t good swimmers.

Breaking news: Teen lost in Chehalis River

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Responders are looking for a 17-year-old Tacoma boy in the Chehalis River at Rainbow Falls State Park.

He and his friends had been camping and decided to swim near the falls when he went under, came up flailing and was pulled under again, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Fire Chief Tim Kinder said he responded with a thermal imaging camera to assist but the current was too swift.

The initial call came about 3:20 p.m.

“My understanding is another teen grabbed a hold of him, but was not able to hold on,” Kinder said.

A diver was on the way to the scene about 6 p.m.

The swift water rescue team from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has been searching and are still out there this evening, sheriff’s office Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said at about 8 p.m.

More to come as information becomes available.

Update Sunday June 15, 2014: The young man’s body was recovered this morning in the same area where he went under, a teen originally from Nigeria, only in Washington for eight months on his first-ever camping trip, according to the sheriff’s office.

Lewis County Fire Districts 16 and 11 along with the sheriff’s office swift water rescue team and a diver from Thurston County reconvened this morning after a search last night that went until dark, according to Brown.

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CORRECTION: This has been updated to correct an error made in relating a statement made by Chief Kinder.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 13th, 2014

TRICKED INTO REVEALING CODE

• A 20-year-old woman called Centralia police yesterday afternoon after she apparently fell for a phone scam that cost her almost $300. The Portland resident who was staying at a local motel had gotten a phone call from someone claiming to be a representative for Western Union and offered her a deal too good to be true, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was told if she wired $299 through Western Union – anywhere, even to herself – they would pay her a $300 bonus, according to police. During the call, she disclosed her transaction number, which allowed the caller to pick up the money she wired, police said. The bonus was supposed to go into her account, but it didn’t Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. Reichert said the case would be turned over to detectives to investigate.

MORTON BURGLARY

• Someone broke into a home and its garage on the 100 block of Temple Road in Morton and stole more than $1,800 worth of valuables including two mini motorcycles, two tool boxes and a 40-inch Sony television, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports. A deputy called there yesterday evening learned it happened sometime since 2 p.m. on Sunday and a lock had been pried off a door, according to the sheriff’s office.

UNWELCOME VISITOR

• A 45-year-old Centralia man was arrested for first-degree trespass after a woman returned home to her apartment in Chehalis just before 6 o’clock this morning and found him and a neighbor sitting on her couch.  An officer responding to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue learned Mitchell W. Sinclair was not allowed to be there and the second male who said he was helping his friend look for his glasses was told to return to his own apartment, according to Chehalis Police Department. The woman’s door had been kicked in, police said. Sinclair was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

EXTRA DISORDERLINESS

• A 33-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night after allegedly entering another person’s motel room and trying to pick fights. Centralia police say that when they were called just before 11 p.m. to the 1000 block of Eckerson Road and arrested Kevin G. Blosser, he threatened officers. Blosser was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary as well as harassment, according to the Centralia Police Department.

REWARD FOR INFO ON MISSING FIREARMS

• Lewis County Crime Stoppers is looking for tips regarding a burglary from April 27 near Toledo in which four guns were stolen. Sometime between  8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day, someone entered the residence on the 400 block of Jackson Highway South and left with a Savage 20-gauge shotgun, a Sears 12-gauge shotgun, a Mossberg rifle and a Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol, according to Crime Stoppers. The value is more than $1,400.  Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the clearance of crimes. Anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422 or information may be shared online at www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org

HOUSE FIRE PLANNED IN ONALASKA

• Firefighters will be burning down a house in Onalaska on Sunday, during a training exercise that will take place between approximately 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The home, on the 300 block of Railroad Avenue, was damaged by a fire in December of last year, according to Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Mark Conner. The plan is to allow it to burn completely at the end of the day, according to Conner.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city street, in parking lots, out-of-control teenager, inquiry about how to deal with landlord in a rental home infested with rats … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

NO TIP FOR LOUSY CUSTOMER

• Police were called about 5:10 p.m. yesterday after a woman in an older olive green van drove through a coffee stand on the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue in Chehalis, grabbed the tip jar and took off. An employee had just removed the money from it, so it was empty, according to the Chehalis Police department.

CAR THEFT

• Chehalis police took a report about 1:15 p.m. yesterday regarding a white 1992 Honda stolen from where it had been parked since 8 a.m. behind Steck Clinic on the 1200 block of Bishop Road. The four-door car has a white sticker in the back window which reads “Artificial” according to police. It had been left unlocked with the keys on the floorboard, police said.

CAR PROWL

• A woman called Chehalis police yesterday when her vehicle was broken into during the short time it took her to walk from a handicapped parking spot at Wal-Mart to the store’s entrance, change her mind and walk back to her vehicle. It happened about 4:25 p.m. According to police, she had shopped and then gotten into her van and was reading something before deciding to go back into the store. She said she had set some money and gift cards either on the seat or the dashboard and when she returned, they were gone, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She had left the door unlocked and window down, according to officer Linda Bailey.

• A wallet was stolen from inside a car parked at Sierra Pacific Industries’ parking lot on Kuper Road in Centralia sometime in the 20 minutes after 1 o’clock this morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A window was damaged. A dark colored passenger car, similar to an older Toyota Corolla, was seen in the area around the same time, the sheriff’s office reports.

BEER RUN

• Centralia police were called about 5:40 a.m. today when a male stole a case of beer from a convenience store at Belmont and Harrison avenues and then ran off into Borst Park. Responding officers didn’t find the shoplifter but came across a homeless camp near the river where they arrested one person with a warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• A deputy took a report yesterday from a 38-year-old who discovered $235 fraudulently charged on her Visa card from somewhere in the Philippines, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SEX CRIME

• A 21-year-old soldier was arrested at Joint Base Lewis-McChord yesterday and booked into the Lewis County Jail for rape, in connection with an alleged encounter with an 18-year-old woman in Onalaska early last month. The woman reported last week it happened while she was at a friend’s home and the suspect, Timothy Warner, was a friend of a friend, according to the sheriff’s office.

WRECKS

• Police were called about 8:15 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia where a vehicle had struck an accounting office building and then drove away. There was some structural damage but no request for aid for anyone, according to authorities.

• Three people were injured in a single-vehicle wreck yesterday afternoon on U.S. Highway 12 about 18 miles east of Packwood. Troopers called about 1:40 p.m. said the 34-year-old driver suffered an unknown medical issue and his westbound car crossed over the opposite lane into an open area before traveling partially up an embankment and then rolling onto its top. Transported to Morton General Hospital were Dave VanBrocklin, 34, and Angelique VanBrocklin, 36, both of Tacoma and James Fee, 70, from Gig Harbor, according to the Washington State Patrol. The Kia Optima was described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, responses for dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city street; complaints of person found sleeping in a train caboose, noisy neighbors who never sleep … and more.

Centralia heroin death leads to criminal charge for person who allegedly supplied the drug

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
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Tyson Anderson holds his then-3-year-old daughter Kaylee at an Easter egg hunt a week before he died.

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 36-year-old Chehalis man who police believe sold some heroin to last year to a Centralia man who died of a drug overdose that night, was ordered held yesterday on $200,000 bail.

Robert T. Lusk was already in the Lewis County Jail when he was arrested on Monday for controlled substance homicide.

He is blamed for the death on April 22, 2013 of 23-year-old Tyson J. Anderson in Centralia.

Anderson had been staying with his girlfriend at an apartment on the 500 block of Iron Street. Before that, he lived for a short time at a place called the Funny Farm – a sober living home – in south Lewis County, according to Ashlee Harris, the mother of his now 4-year-old daughter.

He was an awesome person, Harris said of the young man she was with from the time they were 16 years old until about a year before he died.

“There’s more to him than just that,” she said of the drug overdose. “That’s not him.

Anderson was the designated barbecuer at family get togethers, he enjoyed bow hunting with his many relatives, and worked as a mechanic, she said.

“People don’t understand that it’s a disease,” Harris said. “I want the fact that he was an amazing father, an amazing son, an amazing friend to define who he was; not the mistakes he made.”

Harris had little to say about his drug use, saying it’s a sensitive topic for Anderson’s family and she didn’t want to add to their grief or upset.

But he had apparently been trying to quit using and he managed to get into Lewis County Drug Court, an alternative for some people arrested for drug crimes.

He was in phase one of the program, so relatively new, according to the program’s manager, Jennifer Soper-Baker.

“Tragic situation,” Soper-Baker said.

When police were called just before 2 o’clock that morning about a possible drug overdose, they found an unconscious male later identified as Anderson. Arriving medics worked on him, but he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to authorities.

Centralia police came to learn that Anderson and his girlfriend Sarah McCutcheon had gone to dinner at Country Cousin, where Anderson had made a brief phone call or sent a text to arrange to buy them some heroin, according to charging documents.

McCutcheon told police after they got home, they each injected some and then went to Wal-Mart, eventually returning home where they injected more, charging documents state.

“McCutcheon stated after she was injected the second time, she passed out,” the documents relate. “And when she awoke, she was laying on top of Anderson who was unresponsive.”

She was confused and nervous, so she called 911 and then cleaned up the apartment by hiding the drugs, she told police.

Anderson’s cause of death is listed as acute opiate (heroin) intoxication, following injection.

Exactly why he died or why it killed him isn’t known, according to the Centralia Police Department.

There’s a variety of reasons it happens, more often than not because an individual is exposed to a more potent dose than they’re accustomed to, detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald said.

Perhaps they’ve gotten it from a new supplier who has cut it, diluted it, differently, or less than expected, Fitzgerald said.

“There’s a myriad of reasons,” he said. “In this case, we don’t know.”

Fitzgerald said this is the third or fourth case of controlled substance homicide for the department, indicating it’s a charge some other agencies may or may not pursue as aggressively. For example, he said, the Bellevue Police Department only last year had their first case, even though it’s unlikely that city has never before had a fatal drug overdose.

Controlled substance homicide doesn’t have anything to do with forcibly making another person ingest drug, according to Lewis County Senior Prosecutor Will Halstead.

Prosecutors need only prove the person delivered it, the other person used it and then the other person died from it, Halstead said.

The offense has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, except for defendants who have certain previous drug convictions, the maximum time is 20 years.

Centralia police measured the distance between the apartment parking lot and a school bus stop as 517 feet, suggesting a possible more lengthy sentence if Lusk is convicted. Lusk was also charged with delivery of a controlled substance.

Centralia police investigated the for many months following Anderson’s death, questioning his girlfriend numerous times.

According to charging documents, they learned a person named Robert had shown up in the apartment’s parking lot in a greenish Ford Explorer after Anderson got a text from the drug dealer that night.

McCutcheon said she saw it from the apartment window and that Robert was known as a white supremacist who her boyfriend had had issues with in the past.

DNA testing on the wrapping from the heroin was matched to Anderson.

Two phone numbers on Anderson’s Blackberry cell phone were found as being used during the timeframe McCutcheon had outlined to police. One of them belonged to one of his longtime friends and the friend was ruled out.

The other remained a mystery until February when police were speaking with a person who knew Lusk on an unrelated matter. Police discovered that back around the time of Anderson’s death, Lusk had been using a phone that matched the mystery number.

Police also found that Lusk owned a blue Ford Explorer and has a tattoo on his inner bicep that reads “WP”, which officers understand to be an abbreviation for “White Power.”

Harris said she knew a detective was working hard on the case, but was surprised to learn an arrest was made. She attended the hearing yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court with Anderson’s sister.

“We’re thankful, we’re happy, but it’s also opening up a bunch of wounds,” she said.

Lusk has been in the Lewis County Jail for some time, in connection with driving with a suspended license, according to his temporary defense attorney Bob Schroeter. He is wanted in Thurston County, in connection with another instance of the same offense, Schroeter said.

He hasn’t worked and has no income so he qualified for a court-appointed lawyer.

His arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

TREE CUTTING ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

• A 51-year-old man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle yesterday after he was pinned by a downed tree that rolled onto him as he was cutting limbs from it outside Centralia. Firefighters called about 12:30 p.m. to Wigley Road found that others present had cut the tree in half and used a tractor to pull it off, according to Riverside Fire Authority. “They did their assessments, packaged him up and Airlift Northwest met them at Providence,” Fire Capt. Tim Adolphsen said. The patient sustained a possibly broken pelvis, he said.

KIDS AND ALCOHOL

• A grocery store customer who spotted a young girl put a fifth of vodka up her sleeve followed her out of the business, chased her down, grabbed her and returned her to Fuller’s Shop ‘n Kart in Centralia last night, according to police. Officers called about 9:45 p.m. to the 500 block of South Tower Avenue arrested the 12-year-old girl for misdemeanor theft and then released her to her father, according to the Centralia Police Department. She dropped or tossed the bottle of liquor to the ground where it broke, police said. The case is being turned over to prosecutors for evaluation of charges including minor in possession of alcohol, according to police.

KIDS AND WEED

• Chehalis police were called to Olympic Elementary School yesterday morning where a baggie with suspected marijuana turned up involving and a pair of 11-year-old students. One said the other stole the marijuana from parents and brought it to school to sell, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is being turned over to prosecutors for evaluation of charges of possession of a controlled substance, according to police.

MEDS MISSING IN BURGLARY

• Chehalis police say a resident at the 300 block of Southwest Third Street who left their front door unlocked called 911 just before 3 p.m. yesterday after finding someone got into a bedroom drawer and stole various medications, including Oxycodone. They had only been away about an hour and a half, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

TV TAKEN IN BREAK-IN

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of West First Street when a woman returned home and found the back door open and a window shattered. Missing were a television and and Xbox, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SMOKE EMPTIES OUT CENTRALIA SCHOOL

Centralia Middle School was evacuated for about an hour yesterday when a hand dryer in a boys’ bathroom malfunctioned, prompting a call to the fire department just before 11 a.m. “It put out a lot of smoke, whether it was on fire, it may have been at one point,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Terry Ternan said. “Well, I’m sure it was.” Firefighters shut off the power, removed the machine and made sure there was no fire inside the wall, Ternan said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault, responses for possible phone scam, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets and parking lots … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

OH MY

• A police pursuit that began near Alder Street and Long Road in Centralia overnight reached speeds of about 60 mph and ended when the driver continued east on Cherry Street beyond where the street ends for the railroad tracks, according to police. “He apparently didn’t know that, he hit the brakes and slid past the barricade and came to stop on the east side of the tracks,” Officer John Panco said. “Then he took off running.” The reason for the attempted stop was the officer observed the 1997 Toyota Tercel driving erratically, according to the Centralia Police Department. A police dog came out to try to track the driver, but it wasn’t until someone called 911 to say there was a person on their roof that the driver was found, Panco said. Officers took Justus R. Crofton into custody at the 600 block of South Gold Street, he said. The 20-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for eluding and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Panco said he didn’t offer an explanation for why he fled.

BURGLARY AT MOTEL

• Centralia police were called about noon yesterday to the 1200 block of Alder Street after a motel room was broken into. Officers learned two males kicked in the door and stole jewelry and clothing and got suspect names from witnesses, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation, police said.

NIGHTTIME DEMOLITION

• Centralia police arrested a 48-year-old Chehalis resident after he was caught allegedly taking metal roofing from an abandoned house on the 1200 block of Brotherson Road last night. A police dog from Chehalis was called in about 9:45 p.m. and helped motivate another person to come out of a building in the same area at the same time, according to police. Kelly J. Teshara was arrested for misdemeanor theft and trespassing and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BOAT SPIRITED AWAY

• A deputy took a report yesterday from the Cascade Peaks RV Park on the 11,000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Randle that a 10-foot long white boat was missing. The victim, a 76-year-old Randle resident, said it was taken some time since April 9, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $800.

FRAUD

• A 19-year-old Chehalis area woman called the sheriff’s office yesterday to report she discovered $412 worth of fraudulent transactions on her Twinstar Credit Union checking account. The seven charges originated in Portland, and there is no information as to how the account was compromised, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

WRECK

• A 49-year-old driver ended up with just a bloody lip and a scratch when his steering malfunctioned and he left the roadway struck a fence, crossed a yard and hit a ditch yesterday evening. A deputy responding to Skyhawk Drive north of Toledo after the approximately 6 o’clock wreck learned the Randle man had been traveling north along the 5100 block of Jackson Highway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was cited for defective steering, according to the sheriff’s office.

TRAIN WRECK SURVIVORS ARRESTED

• Genaveve R. Webb, 40, and Gary L. Bafford, 54, both of Chehalis, were treated and then released from Providence Centralia Hospital after their run in with a passenger train yesterday afternoon on Summa Street in Centralia. Police say Webb drove around a crossing arm after a freight train passed by but then lost much of the front end of her Datsun pickup to an Amtrak headed the other direction. The truck was tossed onto a signal pole, landing on its side, according to witnesses. Webb was arrested for reckless endangerment, according to the Centralia Police Department. Bafford, who left the scene, was arrested shortly after the wreck a few blocks away for outstanding warrants, police said. One was a local misdemeanor warrant and the other and out-of-county felony warrant, Centralia Police Department Officer Patricia Finch said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Police and firefighters described their injuries as minor.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault, responses for alarm, suspicious circumstances, broken windows at a retreat center, shoplift of a pregnancy test kit and other misdemeanor theft … and more.

Centralia arsonist admits attempted murder of mother, grandfather

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
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Jonathan P. Brown heads back down to the jail after pleading guilty to attempted murder.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 26-year-old Centralia man pleaded guilty this morning to two counts of attempted murder, in connection with setting a fire in his home while his mother and grandfather were sleeping earlier this year.

Jonathan P. Brown admitted to a detective to starting a fire in his bedroom, opening a window to help it “breathe” and then heading down the street planning to ignite more fires until he was caught, according to charging documents. But his lighter broke and police found and detained him that morning.

Today’s action came out of a plea agreement finalized late last week, Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said. Halstead said the details would come at sentencing, which hasn’t yet been scheduled.

The standard sentencing range for Brown, given his criminal history, is roughly 20 to 32 years.

Brown has spent time in prison before for arson.

In 2009, the then-21-year-old pleaded guilty to a string of six fires and attempted fires in the Centralia area that caused or could have caused damage to buildings including a residence and a garage. He was sentenced to four and half years.

He is represented by defense attorney Don Blair.

The damage on March 23 to the family home on the 3400 block of Prill Road was limited to the bedroom.

Charging documents alleged that he doused his bed and pillows with lamp oil. His 87-year-old grandfather John Germeau and his mother were able to get out, but his mother Deborah Brown suffered burns on her hand or hands smothering burning pillows.

Brown has been held in the Lewis County Jail on $250,000 bail since his arrest. His initial charge was first-degree arson.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler this morning accepted Brown’s pleas and modified the conditions of release to a no-bail hold.

No family or friends were present in the courtroom.

Brown is expected back in court on Thursday to set a date for sentencing.
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For background, read “Prosecutors: Arsonist planned to continue lighting fires after leaving his burning bedroom” from Monday March 24, 2014, here

Breaking news: Homicide arrest made in Centralia drug death

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Updated at 12:05 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An arrest has been made in connection with last year’s drug overdose death of Tyson J. Anderson, 23, of Centralia.

Centralia police yesterday re-booked a man already in the Lewis County Jail – on another matter – for controlled substance homicide.

Robert T. Lusk is scheduled to go before a judge this afternoon.

Anderson died when visiting a home at the 500 block of North Iron Street in Centralia last April 22, according to police department spokesperson Officer John Panco.

“After a long investigation we have a suspect, or somebody arrested, which is always a good thing in this kind of thing,” Panco said this morning.

Lusk, 36, from Chehalis, was also arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, Panco said.

Panco didn’t know this morning what drug was involved, he said.

Lewis County Senior Prosecutor Will Halstead said it’s not a case of forcing drugs into another person’s body, but that if someone delivers drugs to another who subsequently dies from them, that can be controlled substance homicide.

Chehalis pair survive wreck with passenger train

Monday, June 9th, 2014
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Police and aid respond about 3:45 p.m. to the accident on Summa Street in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Mary Orlik

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Two people escaped with only minor injuries when their small pickup truck collided with an Amtrak train in Centralia this afternoon.

Firefighters and police responding about 3:45 p.m. to the crossing on Summa Street near South Tower Avenue found the vehicle on its driver’s side, having struck the signal pole on the west side of the tracks.

“I’ve heard a lot of wrecks here, but nothing like this,” Centralia resident Ken Peck said.

Peck said he was outside his home a block away talking with a buddy and the sound of the impact was thunderous. He looked over and saw a pickup flipping through the air, he said.

“The train literally lifted it up and it did a twist like that,” Peck said as he described the path of the older Datsun pickup moving his hands over his head in an arc.

Centralia Police Department Officer Patricia Finch said the female driver failed to stop for the crossing arms.

The driver, a 40-year-old Chehalis woman, was headed east across Summa and hit by the southbound train, according to Finch.

“A BNSF train had just passed in the other direction, to my understanding,” Finch said.

The male passenger got himself out, and he along with bystanders helped the woman out of the truck, according to Finch.

“I thought she was dead, her arms were hanging out the window,” Peck said. But she wasn’t.

Peck said they tried to sit the couple down away from the tracks, but the man left.

Police located him a few blocks to the north, and learned he was wanted on two outstanding warrants. The 54-year-old Chehalis man was taken to the hospital by a police officer to be checked out, before he could be booked into jail, according to Finch.

The driver was transported by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital as well.

Finch said the 1984 Datsun pickup was totaled, with most of its damage to the front on the driver’s side.

Rail traffic was stopped for at least 45 minutes. BNSF is conducting its own investigation, Finch said.

Peck said it’s a crossing that needs more safety features to prevent drivers who seem to often try to beat the trains.

He got the impression the woman waited for the freight train to pass northbound, but was impatient for the crossing arms to rise, and drove around them.

“Even when she got out of the truck, she was saying, ‘I didn’t see the Amtrak’,” he said.

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Datsun pickup is hauled away after it met up with a train in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Janet Stacy

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Updated at 3:20 p.m.

BUS DRAMA: PART II

• A missing wallet which last week sparked a one-man melee on a Twin Transit bus apparently hasn’t turned up but a fellow passenger was arrested over the weekend for second-degree theft in connection with its disappearance. Chehalis police arrested a 23-year-old rider after he allegedly punched a woman in the stomach and spit on another passenger before breaking a bus window with his head last Thursday. Police said Travis P. Bullard had been kicked off a bus and then boarded it again at the stop near Wal-Mart, but didn’t offer a reason for his anger, other than he may have been under the influence of something. Today however, a department spokespersons said an officer reviewing security video over the weekend spotted a 60-year-old man take Bullard’s seat and put a wallet in his pocket, before changing seats. Herbert M. St. Ours, from Chehalis, was interviewed on Saturday and said he didn’t pick up the wallet, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was then arrested, but prosecutors are not filing charges pending further investigation.

THEFT PE ELL

• A deputy was called to Pe Ell yesterday where a 51-year-old woman reported the theft of numerous items from outside a home such as a riding lawn mower, a grass eater and a portable outdoor fireplace. Also among the stolen from the 600 block of East Pe Ell Avenue were a Dell laptop computer and a half tank of fuel from a locked vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim said it happened sometime during the previous week or two, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

THEFT GLENOMA

• A 19-year-old Glenoma woman reported her Sig Sauer pistol and its case were stolen from her home on the 200 block of Sand Creek Lane when someone entered the locked house through an open bedroom window. A deputy called to the home on Friday was told the break-in occurred sometime between 7:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. that day, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. An iPad was missing too but other valuables were left untouched, the sheriff’s office said.

THEFT MORTON

• Someone got inside a woman’s camper parked outside a woman’s trailer on the 100 block of Chapman Road near Morton and stole a ruby ring, 20 ceramic figurines, other jewelry and a black leather bag of tools sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at almost $800, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 3:15 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of South Tower Avenue regarding the theft of a red and blue sand rail – an off-road four-wheeler – and two bicycles sometime since Thursday.

TRESPASSING LEADS TO ARREST

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident was arrested last night because he allegedly went inside a vacant residence on the 700 block of North Pearl Avenue. Police say Brandon R. Goodell broke a window to get in. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Morton police report they responded to two vehicle prowls last Monday, one on the 300 block of Division Avenue where a window was smashed out and a purse taken and the other on the 100 block of Third Street in which a stereo was removed from an unlocked vehicle as well as about $20 worth of gas.

FIRE CAUSES ESTIMATED $75,000 WORTH DAMAGE

• A fire in Grand Mound over the weekend that destroyed a resident’s large outbuilding and virtually all of the contents stored inside was sparked  by a blow torch being used to burn off weeds from the property’s perimeter. Firefighters from four departments responded about 3:45 p.m. to the blaze at the corner of Old Highway 99 and Southwest Loganberry Street and knocked it down probably within the first five minutes, but remained on the scene about four more hours, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Lt. Rob Smith said the wood structure was big enough to house the resident’s recreational vehicle, but the RV was fortunately elsewhere at the time. However, an estimated $35,000 worth of belongings inside were destroyed, Smith said. “The building, probably close to $40,000,” Smith said. “The good news is, no injuries to anybody.” The man had a garden hose, but wasn’t quick enough with it to put out the initial fire, he said.

WRECK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says a 47-year-old driver escaped any injury when he missed a curve and slammed into a large fir tree on the 500 block of Burnt Ridge Road in Onalaska on Saturday evening. The 200 Chevrolet S10 pickup was totaled, Chief Ciivl Deputy Stacy Brown said. The man reportedly had been reaching to untangle his dog leash from something on the floorboard, according to Brown. He was issued a citation for wheels off the roadway, she said. The police report doesn’t indicate if any dog was injured in the wreck.

NOT A WRECK

• An 18-year-old driver and his three teenage passengers were all arrested for drinking alcohol following a traffic stop about 2 a.m. on Saturday in Winlock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Marcelino Castillo-Barrow, of Chehalis, was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. Toledo and Winlock police were at the scene as well at West Walnut Street and Northwest Arden Avenue arresting the others, ages 16 through 19, for minor in possession of alcohol, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, underage drinking, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, disputes, shoplifting, collision on city street, parking lot fender benders, receipt of possible phony $20 bill, woman asking for help with detoxing from alcohol, dogs left alone in parked vehicle and children left alone in parked vehicle (both Wal-Mart); complaints of eggs thrown at a window, someone using weed eater by someone else’s vehicles, male talking to someone else’s children in a store, a pair of homeless looking people asking for handouts at a fast food drive through … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

BRUSH FIRES SPRING UP

• Firefighters were called to numerous grass and brush fires in Napavine yesterday afternoon, along Interstate 5 and also about a mile north of Sommerville Road along the railroad tracks. Lewis County Fire District 5 Chief Gregg Peterson said the first call came at 2:22 p.m. and the others during the following 25 minutes or so. They had to get train traffic shut down because firefighters had to cross the tracks, Peterson said. Crews from Winlock assisted. The causes are unknown, he said.

THEFT OF TOOLS

• Centralia police were called to the 700 block of West First Street about 1:40 p.m. yesterday regarding an overnight burglary to a trailer in which numerous construction tools were stolen. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BOY ON BIKE HIT

• Centralia police said yesterday an officer was called to the 600 block of H Street about 8:15 a.m. on Friday where an 8-year-old boy had told the school nurse he was hit by a car while riding his bike to school. Further details were no readily available about his injuries.

POLICE: DRIVER NUDGES PATROL CAR, GETS DUI

• A 42-year-old woman was arrested for driving under the influence just after 1 o’clock this morning after she reportedly backed into a police car which was traveling down the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. There was minor damage to Rhonda J. Baxter’s vehicle and none to the police car but the Centralia woman was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. No injuries were involved, according to police. A somewhat similar incident occurred last weekend, when a Toledo man was pulled over on North National Avenue and didn’t realize his car was in reverse and backed into the police car.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for collisions on city streets … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 6th, 2014

WILD RIDE TO WAL-MART

• A 23-year-old bus rider who allegedly punched a woman in the stomach and spit on another passenger before slamming his own head into a window causing it to shatter yesterday may have been under the influence of something, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers called about 6:30 p.m. were told the man was kicked off the bus from Centralia for using filthy language and getting in the driver’s face, but at the stop near Wal-Mart, boarded a second bus, according to police. He was told to get off and got back on the first bus, where the assaults occurred, police said. Arriving officers took Travis P. Bullard into custody, and arrested him, police said. The Olympia man was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief, as well as two counts of fourth-degree assault, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey.

OUT-OF-CONTROL IN SILVER CREEK

• A 47-year-old Silver Creek resident was arrested overnight after he allegedly punched his neighbor in the ribs at the neighbor’s home and punched his live-in girlfriend in the arm, after she fled to the neighbor’s trailer to avoid him because they’d been arguing. A deputy responding to the 2900 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Silver Creek about 12:20 a.m. today concluded Cleve D. Allison was under the influence of alcohol and possibly something else as well, and had barged in to the 56-year-old neighbor’s home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Allison was was booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of first-degree burglary, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• A 46-year-old Chehalis man was victimized by a burglar yesterday, losing his Xbox 360, his Grand Theft Auto 5 Xbox game, and Airsoft pistol, three iPods, cell phone and a hatchet, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to the home on the 100 block of Kennicott Road yesterday afternoon learned someone got inside through an unlocked garage door sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is more than $1,000.

CAR PROWL

• A debit card and ID were stolen from a parked vehicle at the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:40 a.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday by someone in the parking lot at Wal-Mart who witnessed a vehicle prowl. A lunch box was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

NEW OWNER FINDS RESIDENCE BROKEN INTO

• Someone vandalized a recently purchased home outside Mossyrock, tearing a large section from a mural on the living room wall, breaking a mirror in a bedroom, and leaving dents and holes in walls from throwing coffee mugs at them, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called about 6:30 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Madison Drive learned from a 64-year-old Onalaska woman that she planned to move in soon and had been watching the property for about a year, checking on it daily, the sheriff’s office reports. It appeared the intruder came in through a garage window and left a sliding door partially opened, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Someone also had set fire to a pile of real estate business cards left on a granite kitchen counter, Brown said.

INMATE MAY GET EXTENDED STAY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says a 32-year-old inmate did an estimated $772.87 worth of damage when he kicked out the metal ceiling in a cell as he lay on a top bunk. A deputy advised yesterday of the incident arrested Luke U. Hall for second-degree malicious mischief and re-booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT OF LIQUOR

• A bus driver alerting police to a seemingly drunken man waiting at a Chehalis bus stop yesterday morning led to the recovery of a pint of vodka stolen from Safeway. Police called about 7:40 a.m. subsequently arrested 69-year-old Alvin Matuska, of Hollywood, Calif., for third-degree theft and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WOMAN RELOCATED FROM PARK TO CELL

• Centralia police arrested a 34-year-old Centralia woman they found camping in Fort Borst Park at about 1:40 a.m. today, saying she lied about her identity. Mindy M. Ferguson was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for obstruction and for an outstanding warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, suspicious circumstances; complaints of too-tall-grass, property unreturned to a rental business … and more.