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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
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BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called at 11 p.m. yesterday about a burglary to a residence on the 1000 block of K Street in Centralia. The victim returned home after being gone since Friday and found various valuables missing, including clothing, a purse and a laptop computer, according to the Centralia Police Department. They are still putting together a list of their stolen property, police said. There was no sign of forced entry, and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

THEFT FROM YARD

• Centralia police were called about noon yesterday regarding the theft of a BMX-style bicycle from the backyard area of an apartment complex on the 300 block of Centralia College Boulevard. The bike had bright pink hand grips on it, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Police were contacted last night by an individual at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia who discovered someone used her credit card number to cause a charge on her bill of about $100.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday morning of a car prowl that happened overnight at Jack-in-the-Box on the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue. The vehicle had been left unlocked and a wallet was taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 31-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with police at the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue at about 10:15 p.m. yesterday. Aaron M. Lopez was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, attempted shoplifting, collision on city street, dog alone inside presumably too-hot vehicle, rental business reporting theft of property by a customer, various unfounded reports … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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Updated at 3:09 p.m.

WHAT NOT TO DO WITH A NEW TOY

• Chehalis police called to Wal-Mart last night about a male in a a car in the parking lot waving a gun around arrived and ordered him and two juvenile girls out of the vehicle. As he stepped out, what appeared to be a firearm fell to the ground and the 18-year-old was taken into custody, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was a pellet gun that looked like a real gun that he’d apparently just purchased, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. The approximately 9:50 p.m. call to Louisiana Avenue came to a close with the Olympia resident breaking out the passenger window of a patrol car with his head, according to Wilson. Tyler M. Molina was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree malicious mischief as well as two misdemeanors, one of which was unlawful display of a weapon appearing capable of producing bodily harm, Wilson said.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Missing: A 1996 32-foot Winnebago motorhome and a 2001 Ford Mustang, from where they were stored on the 100 block of Middle Fork Road outside Chehalis. The victim discovered the theft about 8 o’clock yesterday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $20,000.

BURGLARY WINLOCK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning it has no suspect information in a Winlock area burglary discovered on Thursday. Missing from a home on the 1400 block of Northwest Kerron Avenue were approximately $2,200 of valuables including jewelry and a camera, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 10:15 p.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary at the 700 block of Yew Street.

• Someone stole  television, a game console and games from a residence at the 1200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to  report made to police about 11 a.m. yesterday.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• A 34-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested on Friday after he went to the Chehalis Police Department and reportedly confessed to a couple of residential burglaries. He was released from jail today as prosecutors declined to file charges without other evidence, according to authorities.

THEFT MOSSYROCK

• A vender at the Blueberry Festival in Mossyrock reported losing an apron containing about $70 in cash in one of the pockets about 12:15 p.m. yesterday. They also reported seeing a male running away, carrying the apron, according to the Morton Police Department. The case is under investigation.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone stole the carburetor off a gas weed eater that was in the back of a pickup truck parked at the 200 block of Main Avenue in Morton, according to a report made to police at about 3 p.m. last Tuesday.

ASSAULT SUSPECT AT LARGE

• Centralia police were called about 4 o’clock this morning regarding an assault and a restraining order violation at the 1200 block of Alder Street.  Officers were unable to locate the suspect, according to the according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIRE IN WINLOCK

• Firefighters called about 10:15 p.m. on Friday to a report of fireworks and flames in Winlock found two areas of burning grass and brush just south of the intersection of King Road and Northwest Dexter Street. “It was pretty active fire behavior for how quick we got there,” Lewis County Fire District 15 Firefighter Patrick Jacobson said. The call came in at 10:15 p.m. and a crew was on the scene two minutes later, Jacobson said. It ended up burning an area of approximately 100 feet by 100 feet, he said. The scene was turned over to the state Department of Natural Resources, he said. Whether it was or was not fireworks that caused it, Jacobson said he did not know. “Most people have a good idea of how dry it is out, but some people don’t,” he said.

INTERSTATE 5 WRECK

• A 49-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy were hospitalized yesterday after the car in which they were traveling was rear-ended by a U-Haul truck on Interstate 5 in Centralia. Troopers called about 3:45 p.m. to the northbound lanes near milepost 82 learned the Honda Accord had slowed down and stopped for traffic but the 1990 International truck ran into the back of it, according to the Washington State Patrol. It’s driver, a 40-year-old man from Oregon City was reportedly uninjured. The woman and boy from Federal Way had neck and back pain and were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital mostly as a precaution, according to responders. Both vehicles were still drivable, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, child custody issues, anti-harassment order violation, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, dog alone inside presumably too-hot vehicle, an individual sleeping behind a building, individuals who might be conducting a drug deal, noises that sound like gunshots – or maybe fireworks, harassment by a 10-year-old, continuous chirping over several days that turned out to be a smoke alarm, various unfounded reports … and more.

News brief: Baby survives fatal wreck near Chehalis

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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The scene at the the 3100 block of Jackson Highway outside Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Nicole Lovo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 31-year-old Chehalis woman was dead at the scene and her infant passenger ejected after her car went airborne and struck a tree south of Chehalis last night.

It happened just before 9:45 p.m. along the 3100 block of Jackson Highway, near Trevor Lane, according to responders.

It appeared the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed before she left the roadway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Cmdr. Dusty Breen said the 1-year-old was in a child car seat, but still was tossed from the vehicle.

The 1990 Acura appeared to be totaled, Breen said.

The baby was airlifted from the Chehalis Airport to Mary Bridge Childrens Hospital in Tacoma, according to Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue. The sheriff’s office said however the patient was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where treatment was still being provided as of this morning.

Show and tell for law enforcement and fire service personnel draws moderate crowd

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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Lewis County Fire District 2 Firefighter Hadly Blankenship helped his three boys – Oliver, Kayden and Noah – into a brush truck.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

NAPAVINE – First responders.

The people on the front lines and behind the scenes when emergencies arise and someone calls 911 for help.

Representatives from Lewis County public safety agencies and organizations spent yesterday under sunny skies in a sort of show-and-tell.

For kids, it included invitations to climb behind the wheels of fire trucks, the sheriff’s office’s 48,000 pound armored SWAT and rescue vehicle and even into a shiny black and white 1940 Ford patrol car.

“These are all the people you would see if there was a large scale disaster here,” Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza said as he motioned toward those with the booths and vehicles that formed a horseshoe in the parking lot alongside Interstate 5.

The event, called First Responders Day, was held outside Bethel Church of the Assemblies of God in Napavine.

Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue, formerly known as Lewis County Fire District 5, had their extrication tools on display and hope next year to do an actual demonstration of cutting into a vehicle to get to the injured.

Lewis County Fire District 6 handed out plastic fire helmets and pencils reminding about the importance of smoke detectors. The state patrol gave out junior trooper sticker badges.

Among the demonstrations, were Sheriff’s Cmdr. Dusty Breen zapping a paper silhouette of a man with a Taser, and answering questions about how very thin wire and prongs make the connection when used.

The crowd got to watch a simulated police pursuit, complete with the “suspect” getting grabbed by a police dog after bailing out and running across a field.

Two search and rescue dogs, plus one in training, with the Lewis County-based Cascade Dogs were on hand.

Other participants included Human Response Network, the local Red Cross and the relatively new Lewis and Mason County Crime Victim Service Center. And more.

Lewis County Crime Stoppers was there to promote their program, and put together free ID kits for parents.

That was the first booth Leslie Hill of Toledo visited with her children, ages 6 and 4.

“I always get these updated every year,” Hill said, as she waited for photo identification cards, DNA swabs and fingerprints to take home.

Centralia Police Department’s SWAT team laid out the various tools of their work, including newer-style spike strips that would flatten a tire slowly if a suspect drove over it.

The four-hour event was winding down when a Life Flight helicopter and its three-person crew arrived from Longview.

“I’m pretty happy with the turnout,” organizer sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Wetzel said. He said he and other already have more ideas for next year.

A somewhat similar gathering is planned for Tuesday evening, with the Centralia Police Department’s National Night Out.

The department has traditionally participated in the nationwide annual community-police awareness-raising event by caravanning to various neighborhood Block Watch group gatherings.

This year, the department is inviting folks to come see them at Washington Park on Pearl Street from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Centralia police plan to offer opportunities to drive a golf cart wearing goggles that simulate drunk driving, and say there will be face painting, a balloon artist, a bounce house, live music and free hot dogs.

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Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Dusty Breen demonstrates use of a Taser for attendees at First Responders Day in Napavine.

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See lots more photos from the day on Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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Crash victim is loaded into helicopter for transport, next to the Vader post office. / Courtesy photo by Shorty Lockwood

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VEHICLE VERSUS UTILITY POLE

• A 56-year-old driver was injured when his pickup truck ran off the road and struck a power pole in South Lewis County yesterday evening. Troopers were called about 5:30 p.m. to state Route 506 approximately four miles west of Vader report Timothy R. Headen of Ryderwood was traveling westbound and his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve. The cause is under investigation, but he is to be cited for driving under the influence, according to the Washington State Patrol. The 1990 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck was described as totaled. Headen was flown by LifeFlight to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, according to responders.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 1 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of West Main Street about copper wire getting stolen.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, teenager for misdemeanor theft plus minor in possession of alcohol; responses for collision on city street … and more.

News brief: Toledo dad drowns saving 9-year-old on Toutle River

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Toledo father died after saving his child on the Toutle River yesterday afternoon.

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Benjamin Brooks

Thirty-five-year-old Benjamin Brooks, his wife and kids were swimming a few miles east of the town of Toutle when the 9-year-old boy had an issue in the water, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

Both parents and their daughter jumped in to help him, but then all four struggled to swim and stay afloat, the sheriff’s office reports.

The son was climbing on his dad when the dad pushed his son towards the shore; and the mom was able to get her son to safety with the assistance of her daughter.

Brooks had gone underwater and did not make it to shore.

The daughter went to the roadway to try to get help and flagged down a firefighter from Toutle, at milepost 19 Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, according to the sheriff’s office.

It was about 3:15 p.m. and her father had been in the river for about a half an hour by then.

Members of fire departments from Toutle and Castle Rock responded along with deputies and Cowlitz County Dive Team members.

Dive team personnel located Brooks’ body underwater near the point where was last seen.

None of them had been wearing life jackets, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, August 1st, 2015
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Grass and brush off Central Boulevard burn in Centralia today. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

WILDFIRE BREAKS OUT IN NORTH CENTRALIA

• Flames spread over approximately four acres of grass and brush behind an abandoned mill next to the Skookumchuck River in Centralia today. Firefighters were called at 10:10 a.m. to the area off Central Boulevard at the north end of town, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Crews took hoses to it after gaining access to a road that bordered the backside of the Agnew Mill property, the fire department reports. They were able to partially contain it quickly by utilizing a large front end loader from a nearby mill to dig a fire line around the east flank of the fire, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert. The scene was turned over to personnel from the Department of Natural Resources for final extinguishment and overhaul, Weinert indicated. A transient’s campsite was discovered in the area, but it’s too early to say if that’s where the fire originated, according to Weinert.

SERIOUS INJURY ACCIDENT

• A motorcyclist sustained major injuries in a collision last night at Marsh and Mellen streets in Centralia. Officers called at about 10:10 p.m. report the patient was flow to Harborview Medical Center. Further details were not readily available.

FREEWAY ROLLOVER WRECK

• Two people were hospitalized after a blown tire caused their truck to run off Interstate 5 and roll into a ditch yesterday day evening about three miles north of Winlock. Troopers called at about 6:50 p.m. found the 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. Transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with unspecified injuries were the driver, Owen O. Lee, 43, of Coquitlam, British Columbia, and his passenger, Siahaan K. Biwtawg, 39, from Indonesia, according to the state patrol. The truck was impounded and a citation was to be issued for defective equipment, the investigating trooper reports.

UNRULY AT THE HOSPITAL

• A 29-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested overnight after allegedly spitting on a security person at Providence Centralia Hospital. Police were called just before 1 a.m. to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road and subsequently booked Amanda J. Martin into the Lewis County jail for third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOWN BY THE RIVER

• Centralia police responding about 5:44 p.m. yesterday to the area off of the 1300 block of Central Boulevard arrested three men who had been drinking and fighting near the river. Arrested for fighting in public and then released were Benjamin J. Davidson, 29, Michael L. Powell, 40, and  Mark W. Powell, 43, all Centralia residents, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 1:50 p.m. yesterday about a work truck reported stolen from the 400 block of West Magnolia Street in Centralia. The truck was believed to have been taken by someone the victim knows, according to the Centralia Police Department.

JEWELRY THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue yesterday morning about the theft of jewelry.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police responded to an approximately 8:45 a.m. call yesterday about a phone charger stolen from a vehicle at the 400 block of West Cherry Street in Centralia.

• A drill and an interlock device were stolen from a vehicle at the 300 block of Latona Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

• Police were called about 3:10 p.m. yesterday about a radio removed from a vehicle parked at the 600 block of South Iron Street in Centralia.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for vandalism, misdemeanor theft, hit and run … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, July 31st, 2015
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Updated at 6:57 p.m.

DEMONS, TRENCH COAT AND A RIFLE

• A man wearing only a black trench coat and his underwear, and carrying a rifle, caused a stir yesterday morning in Glenoma when he walked into two businesses and made mention of evil animals. Deputies called about 9:20 a.m. to the 8000 block of U.S. Highway 12 were told he was acting bizarrely, walking along the highway and waving his gun, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Tim English and Morton Police Chief Dan Mortensen arrived, found a trench coat laying outside of East End Auto Center and ordered everyone out of the business, according to authorities. They contacted Aaron C. Sprinkle, 41, who said he’d taken his father’s rifle from their home and it was outside on the ground wrapped up inside the coat, court documents state. “He was talking to people about demons being after him, and things of that nature,” Sheriff’s Cmdr. Dusty Breen said. Breen said it wasn’t clear why he was acting the way he was, as there were no obvious signs of intoxication. Sprinkle’s prior convictions mean he is ineligible to have a gun, Breen said. An individual at the other business said Sprinkle had asked if he could store the gun there, the documents state. He was arrested and subsequently charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. A judge this afternoon set his bail at $50,000. Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said her temporary client has lived with his parents in Glenoma for the past 11 years.

BURGLARY DOWNTOWN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police responded about 4:15 a.m. today after someone used a rock to break the window to a business on Northwest Boistfort Street. Missing were about 30 pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The loss is listed at $3,000, police said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Alexander Street where an individual reported a burglary to their residence. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Police were called yesterday by an individual who lost their wallet in Centralia and discovered their bank card was used at a retail business on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis.

CAR PROWL

• A 53-year-old woman was arrested by Centralia police yesterday for alleged vehicle prowling. Kristina L. Craighead, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail last night in a case associated with the 600 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took reports of tools stolen from vehicles yesterday morning at the 600 block of North Gold Street and then at the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road.

• Someone broke into an 86-year-old Toledo man’s vehicle and stole a garage door opener, a gate opener and a Garmin GPS unit, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened at the 200 block of Lone Yew Road sometime after April 1 and before the very early morning hours of Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor theft, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street; request to have a business partner removed from premises; complaints about people “panhandling” … and more.

 

News brief: Grass fire threatens Rochester residences

Friday, July 31st, 2015
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Crews work to extinguish fire on Southwest Bonnie Lane  /  Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority reports five acres burned but the flames have been extinguished with no loss to structures.

Crews were called around 11:40 a.m. to the area along Southwest Bonnie Lane near School Land Road in Rochester.

They were joined by departments from as far away as Tenino.

Six homes, outbuildings and vehicles were threatened, according to the department’s post on Facebook moments ago.

News brief: Investigation into bruises on two Chehalis children moving forward slowly

Friday, July 31st, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Instead of going forward with an arraignment yesterday, prosecutors released from jail a 22-year-old accused of injuring her boyfriend’s toddlers.

Chandra M. Munsey was arrested last week, held with no bail and then charged on Monday with two counts of second-degree child assault. The judge set her bail at $50,000.

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Chandra M. Munsey

Authorities have revealed little about the case, other than alleging it occurred in Lewis County between Monday and Wednesday of last week.

The boys, ages 2 and 3, were taken from their father into protective custody. Thirty-one-year-old Casiano Baldovinos has said he believes his girlfriend is innocent and that he found his children with bruises when he picked them up from Munsey’s parents home outside of Centralia, and then called police.

Baldovinos and Munsey live together in Chehalis, her lawyer told the court earlier this week.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said yesterday he asked the judge to reduce Munsey’s bail to a $10,000 signature bond.

“We’re continuing our investigation, we need more time,” Meagher said as to the reason why.

The court related timelines and deadlines that apply for a defendant who is out of custody are less strict than for those who are locked up, according to Meagher.

“The only way to buy more time is to let her out of jail,” he said.

The documents detailing the allegations have been sealed by the judge at the prosecutor’s request. Meagher indicated the reason for the temporary closure of the records is to prevent information in them from interfering with the sheriff’s office continuing investigation.

Munsey’s arraignment is now expected to take place next Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background, read “Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigating child assault, one arrested” from Tuesday July 28, 2015, here

News brief: Watch police, firefighters, others in action

Friday, July 31st, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Who wants to see SWAT team equipment up close? Meet a search and rescue dog? Watch firefighters use their extrication tool?

For those curious about emergency responders and the work they do, all that and more can be found in one place tomorrow, in the parking lot of Bethel Church of the Assemblies of God in Napavine.

The public is invited to the four-hour gathering to meet and interact with the many different first responders serving the citizens of Lewis County.

“This event is an opportunity for the community to meet their first responders, see the equipment they use, ask questions, see demonstrations, and interact with the people and agencies that make Lewis County a safer place to live,” Lewis County Sheriff Robert Snaza states in a news release.

It runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. They’re calling it a First Responders Day, and it’s hosted by the sheriff’s office in partnership with numerous local public safety agencies and organizations.

Attendees can watch demonstrations by law enforcement of less lethal weapons, a police pursuit and a K-9 doing its thing, as well as personnel from a Life Flight helicopter in action.

Bethel Church is just east of Interstate 5 at exit 72 in Napavine.

Here is a tentative schedule:

10 a.m. – SWAT Team Equipment Demo
10:30 a.m. – Fire – Hurst Extrication Tool Demo
11 a.m. – Law Enforcement – Less Lethal Demo
11:30 a.m. – Staged Pursuit with Stop Stix Deployment, and K-9 Demo
12:30 p.m. – EMS – Life Flight Helicopter Demo
1 p.m. – SAR – Search Dog Demo
1:30 p.m. –   Q & A

District Court could cease in Morton, if judges get their way

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County District Court judges are proposing they stop holding court in East Lewis County.

Since 1974, the judges have been required to hold court at least once each month in Morton.

But Judges R.W. Buzzard and Wade Samuelson feel the time has come to end the half day sessions held in the Bob Lyle Community Center.

All the cases are non-criminal traffic violations, averaging about 20 on the schedule each month.

“The small number of people out there who get cited and want to go before a judge, they still can,” Buzzard said. “They can do it in Chehalis.”

The judge’s conversation came as they reviewed the possible change with the Lewis County Board of Commissioners yesterday. The board would have to take official action, after getting advice from a districting committee and also hold a public hearing.

The process could take up to a year, they said.

Samuelson told the commissioners many of the recipients of tickets are travelers and said there are some processes in place for those who don’t simply pay their ticket to deal with them by mail.

Among the reasons they gave for the idea were the costs of three individuals traveling in a county vehicle to a venue that’s lacking customary court security and the usual resources available in their courtrooms in Chehalis at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center.

Buzzard said it’s not fiscally responsible.

The cities of Morton, Mossyrock, Pe Ell and Toledo don’t have their own municipal courts, they contract with Lewis County District Court to handle their cases, according to Buzzard.

Commissioner Gary Stamper who represents that area of the county asked if District Court materials and information might be placed at Morton City Hall.

“I’m not opposed to it,” Stamper said. “I’d just want to make sure we have all our ducks lined up in a row.”

News brief: Logging accident leaves man with head injury

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 54-year-old man struck by a large limb while falling timber outside of Rochester this morning was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Centralia area firefighters called about 9:30 a.m. were joined by responders from West Thurston Regional Fire Authority, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

The patient suffered a head injury, including a laceration to the back of his head, according to Firefighter Karl VonBargen.

He was carried on a backboard about 150 feet to a logging road and taken by ambulance to a helicopter landing zone off Nelson Road, according to VonBargen.

The injuries were described as serious.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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FRAUD CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called to a business on the 500 block of West Main Street about 10 o’clock yesterday morning regarding suspected credit card fraud involving a large amount of money, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

BURGLARY TOLEDO

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a residence on the 700 block of Smokey Valley Road outside of Toledo was burglarized on Monday. It happened sometime between 4 a.m. and 11 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. Missing is a safe containing documents and silver coins, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Deputies took a report yesterday of a gun stolen from a residence on the 1400 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia. Taken sometime between July 1 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday was a 22 caliber Husqvarna bolt action rifle, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They have no suspect information, the sheriff’s office says.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An individual called police about 1:15 p.m. yesterday after someone stole items from his vehicle, including a chlorine injection pump and a cell phone together worth about $1,000. It happened at the 100 block of Southeast Ninth Street in Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECKS

• A 47-year-old test driving a motorcycle was injured when he ran off the road, down an embankment and struck a downed tree yesterday evening. Deputies were called about 7 p.m. to the 1700 block of Ferrier Road outside of Winlock and described the injuries to the Covington man as minor. He was cited for second-degree negligent driving and for having a suspended license and no motorcycle endorsement, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A motorcyclist and his passenger were injured when he pulled out of Morton onto U.S. Highway 12 yesterday afternoon into the path of a semi truck. They didn’t collide but Howard Crowder, 69, lost control of his 2012 Harley Davidson and struck a guard rail, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers responding about 4:45 p.m. to the wreck report the cause was failing to yield the right of way. The couple from Hinton, West Virginia were transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, possession of marijuana; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor theft, damage to a vehicle, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, an intoxicated person wandering into someone’s kitchen, a request to have someone removed from a bench on a city sidewalk because he was reportedly asking for money and yelling … and more.

Failed double crossing drug deal ends with prison for “seller”

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 24-year-old who robbed a potential drug customer of $1,000 in Centralia last month – and kept the bag of salt he pretended was ecstasy – was sentenced today to just shy of 10 years in prison.

McRae D. Armstrong was in Lewis County Superior Court, where he pleaded guilty as charged a week after his arrest.

The incident at the end of June took place inside a car in the parking lot at Safeway on Harrison Avenue.

The Centralia Police Department had provided the money, as the buyer was a confidential informant and officers were conducting surveillance during the transaction. A short police pursuit ensued but Armstrong wasn’t located that day.

He admitted he used a firearm, and told the buyer-turned victim to get out of the car.

Armstrong pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, attempted eluding, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and  possession with intent to deliver an imitation controlled substance.

His lawyer Don Blair asked the judge for a mid-range sentence, noting his client accepted the deal basically within a day of getting the offer from the state.

“And the fact that he is here taking responsibility, literally within a week of court,” Blair said.

Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain recommended Armstrong be given 116 months on the first count – the top of the standard sentencing range – and lesser amounts for the other offenses to be served concurrently.

McClain was asked to handle the case, because of a potential appearance of a conflict. Armstrong’s father is a private investigator who often works on cases in Lewis County.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler gave Armstrong nine years and eight months.

The sentence also includes three years under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections when he is released and a requirement the defendant be evaluated for drug and alcohol abuse and follow through with the recommended treatment.

An 18-year-old Olympia woman has been charged in the case, as she was allegedly with Armstrong when it happened. A second male has been charged with rendering criminal assistance for allegedly helping Armstrong hide from police, according to McClain.
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For background, read “Teen driver for ecstasy drug deal-turned robbery booked” from Saturday June 27, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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ROBBERY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police are investigating a robbery that took place last night at a home on the 300 block of Courtland Street. Officers called at about 11:30 p.m. learned the victim was assaulted, according to the Centralia Police Department. Unspecified items were reportedly taken from inside the residence. The investigation is ongoing. Further details were not readily available.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• A deputy was called about 8:30 p.m. yesterday regarding a Centralia area burglary in which the victims said approximately $16,000 worth of valuables were taken, mostly jewelry and electronics. The residents said they left at about 10 o’clock that morning and returned home at 5:45 p.m. to find their place on the 2300 block of Padrick Road ransacked, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It appeared someone pried open a sliding glass door, according to the sheriff’s office. Two safes full of firearms were broken into and a handgun and various other items were removed, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Some evidence was left at the scene, including tire marks across the yard, that led to Nugget Drive, where a neighbor said two males in their 20s came to the door saying they’d lost their friend hiking, Brown said.

THEFT CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called at 7 o’clock this morning by an individual who said someone broke into his work truck overnight while at a motel on the 200 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue and stole a GPS unit as well as a remote control device for heavy equipment valued at more than $5,000.

BREAK-IN MOSSYROCK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a residence in Mossyrock was burglarized sometime between July 18 and July 22 and some $4,500 worth of property stolen, including a 17-inch computer and three Xbox games. Someone got inside the home at the 100 block of Workman Road through an unsecured door, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR TABS ARREST

• A 22-year-old Centralia woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly having license tabs from a stolen vehicle. Julie A. Rogers was booked into Lewis County Jail for third-degree possession of stolen property in a case associated with the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called to Fort Borst Park in Centralia about 9:50 a.m. yesterday regarding a broken window to a vehicle.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, arrest for an alleged child sex crime in which the individual was released from jail with no charges filed pending further investigation; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, abandoned cats, collision on city street, dog alone in parked car and panting  … and more.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigating child assault, one arrested

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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Chandra M. Munsey consults with a temporary defense attorney during her bail hearing on Monday afternoon.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 22-year-old arrested on Thursday was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of second-degree child assault, in a case involving her boyfriend’s toddlers.

The two little boys were taken into protective custody after their father called police and the children were checked out at Providence Centralia Hospital and then Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, according to their father Casiano Baldovinos.

Baldovinos is standing by his girlfriend, Chandra M. Munsey, and attended her bail hearing yesterday afternoon.

“I know that Chandra’s innocent,” Baldovinos said outside the courtroom.

Authorities have revealed little about the case, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Munsey was brought before a judge on Friday afternoon, when a prosecutor asked to have the documents detailing the allegations sealed. Judge James Lawler granted the request.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead indicated he wasn’t ready to file charges, and asked that Munsey continue to be held in the jail at least until another hearing after the weekend.

Munsey was brought before the judge again yesterday afternoon, after the criminal charges were filed, where defense attorney Joely O’Rourke asked the court to consider releasing her with an unsecured or co-signed bond.

“She has absolutely no felony history, and has a stable residence in Chehalis with her boyfriend,” O’Rourke said.

Judge Lawler set her bail at $50,000.

Baldovinos said his boys, ages 2 and 3, live with him in rural Chehalis. He’s cared for the oldest one nearly all his life, and last year at this time, got the court to make their mother’s family turn the youngest over to him.

He and their mother are not together, he said.

The boys’ grandmother, Rebecca Torres of Centralia, said she’s been warning authorities something bad could happen, since the day police came to take the youngest from her home.

“I’ve been trying for a year to keep them safe,” Torres said, sobbing.

Their mother is in prison, serving a sentence of a year and day for something Torres called petty. Jessica Schroeder, 27, should be getting out next month, her mother said. But Schroeder signed her youngest over to her mother when he was five months old, Torres said.

Exactly what happened remains under investigation, but photos shared by Torres and her 17-year-old daughter on social media last week show the two-year-old with a black and swollen eye. His brother’s picture shows marks on his face as well.

Baldovinos said the children stayed a couple of nights early last week with his girlfriend’s parents, in rural Centralia. When he picked them up, Munsey’s father told him the children scuffled, and one gave the other a black eye, he said.

But he didn’t believe that, he said, and he called police.

The court document filed yesterday that charges Munsey, indicates prosecutors believe the assaults occurred between Monday and Wednesday of last week.

Second-degree child assault is a class B felony, with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. The offense involves recklessly inflicting substantial bodily harm upon a child younger than 13 years old.

Munsey’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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BURGLARY ETHEL

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that $2,200 cash was discovered missing from a 72-year-old Ethel man’s home. The money was taken sometime between Saturday and yesterday out of the fifth-wheel residence on the 100 block of Duryea Lane, according to the sheriff’s office. Evidence was left at the scene of the burglary and deputies have a person of interest, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

SMOKER STOLEN CENTRALIA

• Someone stole a barbecue smoker from a back patio at the 2500 block of Fords Prairie Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

ITEMS LIFTED FROM TRUCK BED

• Centralia police were called about 1:35 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of South Scheuber Road where someone had stolen a Dewalt drill as well as scrap brass from the bed of a pickup truck.

BURGLARY MOSSYROCK

• Morton police reported yesterday they are still investigating an incident from mid-morning on Saturday when a resident on the 100 block of Court Street in Mossyrock returned home to discover someone may have been inside. The home had been left unsecured and it appeared “items” had been taken, according to the Morton Police Department.

GUNSHOTS OR FIREWORKS

• Several individuals from around Chehalis called 911 about 11:45 p.m. yesterday after hearing numerous gunshots, or fireworks. No report was filed, so further details are unavailable, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city street, customers holding down suspects at stores on Packwood and in Chehalis… and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Updated at 8:02 p.m.

HOMICIDE SCARE IN WINLOCK

• Law enforcement was called about 2:30 a.m. today to a residence north of Winlock where a man showed up on the porch asking for help because he had witnessed some people getting shot. Deputies responding to the 100 block of Hale Road East contacted the 39-year-old individual from San Diego who indicated he was high on meth, had stolen his mother’s car and had killed her and others at her home on the 2700 block of Highway 603, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning.  Adrian K. Williams had cuts to his face, hand, arm and legs, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Deputies checked the residence and found everyone was alright there, and that Williams had permission to drive the car, Brown said. Deputies also discovered the Saturn Vue had rolled and wrecked at the 2200 block of Highway 603. Williams was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated and he was found not to be on drugs. He was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail for reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

HOSPITAL COMMOTION

• A 40-year-old patient was arrested at Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday morning for allegedly attempting to steal unspecified medical supplies while she was being treated in the emergency room. Police say Elicia A Thebiay was disorderly when she was confronted. The Oakville woman was booked into the Lewis County Jail for interference with a health care facility, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MYSTERY ATTACK

• Chehalis police called about a man rolling around in the gravel near the river at the 1500 block of Rice Road discovered he had been pepper sprayed and had no idea how he ended up at the park on Saturday afternoon. The 26-year-old Chehalis resident said someone had maced him and believed someone dumped him off at the park, but didn’t know who, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He admitted he had been drinking, police said. The man was transported to the hospital.

ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called about 8:20 p.m. on Friday to Green Hill School at the 300 block of Southwest 11th Street to take a report of an assault. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CASH MISSING

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that approximately $1,000 vanished from the purse of a 64-year-old Chehalis woman at her home on the 900 block of Logan Hill Road outside Chehalis. The woman told a deputy she had two new caregivers at her home recently and believed the money disappeared between July 18 and last Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Centralia police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of South Scheuber Road to take a report of stolen money and medication.

DROP ONE OFF, PICK ONE UP

• Someone parked a pickup truck stolen in Tumwater at Wal-Mart in Chehalis on Saturday and got into an employee’s Ford Mustang and drove it away, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police were called at 9:30 p.m. to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to take the report and learned the theft was captured on security video. The car was recovered in Cowlitz County, containing some items not belonging to its owner, such as a cell phone, tools, keys and license plates, police said.

SUSPECTED THEFT

• A 43-year-old Rochester man was arrested after deputies were called to a report of trespassers at the 1700 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel at about 3 p.m. on Friday. Individuals had been loading up building supplies such as treated lumber and roofing material but deputies were told by the property owner nobody had permission to be there, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jerry L. Warfield, 43, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft, according to the sheriff’s office. The cases involving three others were referred to the prosecutors office for possible charges, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown. Warfield was released from jail and no charges filed pending further investigation.

ON AND OFF THE ROAD

• A 17-year-old boy pulled over in Centralia overnight for speeding and driving recklessly was issued a citation and his case will be referred to prosecutors for an additional charge of reckless endangerment since at the time, he had numerous passengers, according to the Centralia Police Department. The teen was cited for reckless driving after contact with an officer about 2 a.m. at the 500 block of North Railroad Avenue, and then released, according to police.

• The case involving the 38-year-old Centralia man who was driving the truck that wrecked into a power pole in Centralia just before midnight on Saturday was referred to prosecutors for a possible charge of driving under the influence, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. His passenger sustained injuries including a possible punctured lung, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Deputies and firefighters responding to the 2900 block of Harrison Avenue found both men were injured and both were taken to transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Brown. Feliberto Garcia Gonzales, 38, sustained cuts to his head, arms and hands, Brown said, and after being treated, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for vehicular assault. His Chevrolet pickup truck was totaled, she said. He was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court today with both offenses as well as making a false statement to a public servant. Bail was set for the father of five at $25,000.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, underage drinking, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license; responses for dispute, hit and run, stolen bicycle, runaway child, child custody issues, suspicious circumstances, collisions on and off of city streets into ditch and tree, questions about setting a trap for a neighbor’s cat … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
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TEENAGE RUNAWAY ASSAULTED

• An 18-year-old from Buena Park, California, was arrested yesterday after police located a runaway Seattle girl at the library in Centralia. Officers contacted the 15-year-old girl at the 100 block of South Silver Street and learned she had been traveling with the 18-year-old, and were told he had bitten and hit her repeatedly since Tuesday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police subsequently found Derrick J. Miller, 18, of Buena Park, and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.

BASEBALL BAT ATTACK

• Centralia police are looking for two males who reportedly took baseball bats to a man’s car while he was inside it, breaking out its windows yesterday. It happened near Pine and Ash streets, with individuals engaged in a long running dispute, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• A 50-year-old man was arrested overnight after allegedly breaking into a residence on the 1000 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia and rummaging through items. Jeffrey E. Westley was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police took a report about 5:15 p.m. yesterday of a vehicle prowl at the 200 block of North Railroad Avenue in Centralia. Missing are a cell phone and the stereo’s faceplate, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE LOOKOUT

• Centralia police reported this morning they are looking for a red Toyota Pickup with yellow flames on it which nearly struck a pedestrian yesterday evening who was walking along the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

ON THE ROAD

• Three homes were left without electricity overnight after a pickup truck collided with a power pole at the 2900 block of Harrison Avenue outside Centralia. Firefighters called at midnight arrived to find two occupants were able to exit the vehicle on their own, and both were injured, but the driver declined treatment at the scene, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The passenger was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the fire department.

AND MORE

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