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News brief: Name released of homeless man who died from the cold

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Coroner’s Office says it has identified the man who died of exposure in a Centralia park as 57-year-old Jerry Allen Grimm.

Grimm’s body was found Wednesday morning, after a night of freezing temperatures, with his backpack and all of his belongings at Rotary Riverside Park off Harrison Avenue.

Coroner Warren McLeod said Grimm was homeless, living in the Centralia area for the past year and a half.

He also used the name Gerald A. Ford, Jr., according to McLeod.

The coroner’s office is still trying to track down Grimm’s relatives to notify them of the death.
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For background, read “Riverside Park Death: Coroner still working to find man’s relatives” from Friday December 16, 2016, here

Centralia husband took a bullet to the base of the back of his neck, wife charged with murder

Monday, December 19th, 2016
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Janet L. Anderson, in red, is led out of the courtroom and back down to the Lewis County Jail after bail hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Evidence so far suggests a 41-year-old Centralia man was shot once in his back and once at the base of his skull as long as 12 hours before his wife turned herself in to police and said they would find his body in the bedroom of their north Centralia home.

Ty W. Anderson was indeed located there, wrapped inside a tarp, according to authorities.

The residence off of West Oakview Avenue in the Hunter’s Walk neighborhood was then examined by detectives on Saturday but the scene investigation is ongoing, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

Janet L. Anderson, 39, was arrested after she spoke with police on Saturday morning and charged today with second-degree murder.

She reportedly told police that after two hours of fighting, she shot her husband because he grabbed his gun and was pointing it at her, according to charging documents.

She also said she cleaned him up, covered him up and wrapped him up so he wouldn’t be cold, Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead wrote in court documents.

Evidence indicates she washed clothing and bedding and bathed herself as well as patched what looked to be a bullet exit hole through an exterior wall, before driving to the Centralia police station and calling 911 about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to Halstead.

Anderson was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court in Chehalis where prosecutors asked she be held on $1 million bail.

She has no income of her own, doesn’t work and has no criminal history, the judge was told. Judge Richard Brosey gave her a court appointed lawyer.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh said she requested the high bail because Anderson might be a flight risk and also because of the interference with the administration of justice. It appears cleanup was done during the 12 hours between the alleged homicide and the reporting of it, she said.

Neither Centralia police nor the court documents offer any other explanation for the shooting.

Neighbors and police say the couple have two children who lived with them there, a teenage son who was at a sporting event on Saturday morning and a younger daughter who was with her grandparents. Centralia police detective John Panco on Saturday didn’t indicate he thought the kids had been home when it happened.

Next door neighbor Jim Murphy said he and his wife heard a “horrible bang pop” around 9 or 10 o’clock on Friday night; she thought it was a gunshot, he thought it was something different.

Charging documents state that police were advised about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, a woman was on the line with 911, saying she’d killed her husband, that she would be parked in front of the Centralia Police Department in a white mini van.

She spoke with a sergeant and told him, among other things, that her gun was on her night stand and her husband’s gun could be found under a towel because she was afraid her son might come home and see it.

Two officers who were given the keys to the home found nobody else inside, only Ty Anderson wrapped in a tarp in the bedroom, according to the documents.

When detectives conducted their investigation, they found what would be the wife’s firearm, a five-shot revolver with four spent shell casings and one live round inside the cylinder, Halstead wrote.

The other gun was on the floor, on the other side of the bed, partially wrapped in a towel, according to Halstead. The semi automatic, single-action pistol had a loaded magazine inserted and an empty chamber; the hammer was in the forward position not ready to fire, according to Halstead.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

The initial examination of the body however showed at least two bullet entry wounds, according to charging documents, one in the lower back and the other at the base of the back of the neck. X-rays taken by the Lewis County Corner’s Office show what appear to be the two bullets lodged inside his body, according to charging documents.

The maximum penalty for second-degree murder is life in prison and/or a $50,000 fine plus restitution and assessments.

Centralia defense attorney Shane O’Rourke is going to be representing Anderson. Her arraignment is set for Thursday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background, read “Saturday December 17, 2016” from Centralia: Man dead, woman jailed for murder, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 19th, 2016
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AUTO THEFT NIPPED IN THE BUD

• A 32-year-old man who allegedly got into a parked but running vehicle at the 1100 block of West Main Street and then stalled in the roadway was removed by the owner and bystanders and held until police arrived. It happened about 8 p.m. on Friday in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Michael E. Caton, described as transient allegedly had items in his possession belonging to victims of both reported and unreported thefts, according to police. He was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for vehicle theft and second-degree burglary, police said. A residential burglary victim at the 300 block of Harrison Avenue was contacted and notified, according to police.

STOLEN UTILITY TRAILER RECOVERED

• Deputies ended up arresting two people when they were at the 600 block of Centralia-Alpha Road on Friday for a separate investigation and discovered a stolen cargo trailer. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of stolen property were Matthew L. Meents, 40, Centralia and Robert L. Dunivin, 56, Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BREAK-IN UNDER INVESTIGATION

• Chehalis police were called just before 2 o’clock this morning to the 10 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue where an individual reported he left and came back and discovered property missing from his home, such as a Playstation, games, a backpack and an amplifier, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OUTDOOR LIGHTS STOLEN

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of West Second Street just before 5 p.m. yesterday where someone had stolen a multi-colored light projector from the yard. The lawn ornament was in a clay pot with hens and chicks, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report on Friday of a vehicle prowl that occurred on Wednesday at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue. A wallet was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer took a report on Friday of a theft of hardware from the back of a truck parked on the 100 block of North Tower Avenue that occurred on Tuesday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, shoplifting, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances; complaint of people looking into dumpsters, people with campfire under bridge, dog chained on porch in cold … and more.

Centralia: Man dead, woman jailed for murder

Saturday, December 17th, 2016
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Police assemble at the scene of a homicide in the Hunter’s Walk neighborhood today.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police are investigating a homicide at a home in a north Centralia neighborhood and have detained a suspect.

Officers were notified about 8:30 a.m. today.

“The suspect contacted us at the police station, she called 911 and said she needed to talk with someone,” detective John Panco said.

Officers went to her residence off of West Oakview Avenue and confirmed a man inside was dead, according to Panco.

The woman was interviewed and taken to the Lewis County Jail, Panco said.

Early information from the Centralia Police Department indicated it was a death by gunshot, but detectives are still processing the crime scene this afternoon.

Panco didn’t reveal what the woman told investigators. He didn’t release any names this afternoon.

Across the street neighbor Will Fitzmorris said he woke up this morning to see yellow police tape across the front of the house, and a patrol car parked in front.

A man, a woman and two children moved in there in recent years, he said.

Next door neighbor Jim Murphy knows the family a little.

“She is the nicest person and they have swell kids,” Murphy said.

Murphy said he and his wife heard a noise while they were rearranging furniture around 9 or 10 o’clock last night. His wife asked him if it sounded like a gunshot, he said.

“I said no, it sounded like something, somebody slammed real hard,” he said.

The pale yellow modular home is in a neighborhood called Hunter’s Walk.

This afternoon, the Centralia Police Department’s crime scene van is parked on the narrow street. Detectives were inside collecting evidence and getting photographs, according to Panco.

“I can’t give you much information as far as how it happened, what happened,” Panco said.

He didn’t yet know what the woman would be booked for, but expected he would have more details to release before the end of the day.

The Lewis County Jail’s online roster indicates a Janet L. Anderson was booked around 11:45 a.m. today for second-degree murder.

Update: Panco acknowledged in a news release at about 11 p.m. that Anderson, 39 years old, was their suspect.

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Police tape is stretched across the front of Centralia home where police are investigating homicide.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 16th, 2016
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PUP IMPOUNDED

• Chehalis police were called about 7:40 a.m. yesterday by an individual who reported a small dog had been outside all night without shelter in a backyard at the 100 block of Southwest Alfred Street. An animal control officer responded and was unable to make contact with anyone at the home, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was extremely cold and the officer could see the animal was shivering and had compact frozen snow around its feet, according to police. The dog was impounded and taken to the Lewis County Animal Shelter for safekeeping, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The owner was notified, she said. Overnight lows in Chehalis were 32 degrees.

UNRULY PATIENT

• A 55-year-old Centralia man was arrested after police were called just after 4 o’clock this morning to Providence Centralia Hospital because he allegedly spit in a nurse’s face. Steven M Fullerton was arrested for third-degree assault and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of Orton Street about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to take a report that someone had stolen plumbing parts from a residence that is under construction.

OTHER THEFT

• Police were called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia just after noon yesterday to take a report of the theft of medication.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called just before 3 p.m. yesterday to the 2000 block of Southwest Salsbury Avenue where someone had broken the window of a parked vehicle and stolen a purse.

• An officer was called at 12:30 p.m. yesterday to the 800 block of West Main Street in Centralia where someone had entered an unlocked parked vehicle and stolen a set of keys.

• Police were called just before 12:30 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia where someone had broken out the window of a parked vehicle and stolen a gym bag.

• Centralia police were called about 11:25 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 600 block of H Street in which someone broke out a window and took a purse.

• An officer was called about 9:30 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 1200 block of View Avenue in Centralia. The stereo was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A deputy called to a rollover accident this morning at the 1600 block of Pleasant Valley Road found the two teenage occupants uninjured, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, no contact order violation, resisting arrest, misdemeanor domestic assault, third-degree malicious mischief, interfering with reporting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances  … and more among 120 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Riverside Park Death: Coroner still working to find man’s relatives

Friday, December 16th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities are still trying to track down next-of-kin for the homeless man who died outdoors in freezing temperatures this week, but want in the meantime to share some information to allay fears of those who have family members living on the streets.

He was 57 years old and has been residing in the Centralia area for perhaps a year and half, Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said this morning. He has also spent time in Aberdeen, he said.

McLeod wants to find and notify his relatives of the death, before releasing the man’s name to the public.

“I’ve gotten calls from three families who have people on the streets,” McLeod said. “It causes a lot of stress for people who have family in that situation.”

Authorities initially revealed very little after he was found dead on Wednesday morning in Centralia’s Rotary Riverside Park off Harrison Avenue. An autopsy confirmed he died of hypothermia from the cold.

Centralia Police Department detective Corey Butcher said he was discovered at one of the covered picnic areas, with all of his belongings, sleeping bag, backpack, food and such.

It’s a sad thing, McLeod said.

“In 2016, in the U.S., one of the most developed countries in the world, that you can curl up and go to sleep and die,” McLeod said.

Temperatures were at 32 degrees in the Twin Cities for most of that night.

McLeod said the dead man’s information lists him as 6-feet tall and 215 pounds. A recent jail booking photo shows him with long black hair, somewhat balding in front and with graying facial hair, he said.

No missing person reports have been found for him, but a check with a nationwide law enforcement database shows he’s had contacts with police in several states, McLeod said.

Those places include, Illinois, Las Vegas, Arizona, Florida and southern California, according to McLeod.
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For background, read “News brief: Man without a home basically froze to death” from Thursday December 15, 2016, here

Centralia man booked after physical dispute over gambling proceeds

Friday, December 16th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 39-year-old Centralia man arrested for allegedly beating up his girlfriend to get some of her casino winnings was ordered held on $100,000 bail yesterday.

James W. Lowther was brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court, charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

The incident came to the attention of police about 7 a.m. on Wednesday when they were called to the 1200 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia where they found the woman, with a cut on her hand, a scrape on her chin and what looked to be blood on her nostrils.

She told the officer she got paid the day before, that evening they went to the Nisqually Red Wind Casino together and she gave Lowther some money to gamble with, according to court documents.

The court documents go on with the following allegations:

They left for home around 2 a.m. and once they got home, Lowther began to argue with her about wanting half of her winnings so he could fix his truck and buy some items.

Lowther had won about $1,300 and she had won about $8,600 playing slots.

They argued until about 6 a.m. when she needed to go to work. He took her car keys and would not give them back, unless she gave him money.

She said at one point she agreed to give him $2,000 if he would let her go to work and as she was about to dial 911, he tackled her to the floor and tried grabbing the money from her brassiere. She said he put her in a headlock until she could not breathe.

She told police she began screaming and then Lowther offered to drive her to work. Once in the car, they argued and he drove instead to an isolated area out Little Hanaford Road where he continued to demand money.

They returned to an area near the residence, he made her pull out her money, count it in front of him and hand it over.

He left. She called 911.

Police later on Wednesday found Lowther hiding in a house in Lewis County. He had $2,384 in his pocket.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler scheduled Lowther’s arraignment for next Thursday.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
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BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• A deputy called about noon yesterday to the 3300 block of Jackson Highway in Chehalis took a report of a burglary to an outbuilding that occurred sometime during the previous two weeks. Among the missing property is a Stihl backpack blower, a Stihl leaf blower, a Stihl chainsaw, an orange case containing a 300-foot long survey tape and five gas cans with approximately 25 gallons of fuel, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $935, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• A stolen vehicle was recovered at the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia about 10:10 .m. yesterday and returned to its owner.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 11:40 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue where an individual discovered that during the night someone had broken into their car, breaking a window. It was not immediately apparent if anything was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

IMPAIRED BEHIND THE WHEEL

• Kevin C. Keeslar, 46, of Yelm was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for being in physical control of a vehicle while driving under the influence when he was contacted by officers about 2 a.m. today behind the wheel of a running vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. It happened at the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia, 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, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, third-degree theft, harassment, missing cash receipts, motor vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, person residing in vehicle on city street  … and more among 137 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Man without a home basically froze to death

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An individual described by authorities as a deceased male person who appeared to be transient found in a Centralia park yesterday morning died of hypothermia.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod indicated in a written statement the accidental death was due to exposure to the the cold environment.

The man was found dead in Rotary Riverside Park off Harrison Avenue and police were called to the scene just after 7 o’clock yesterday morning.

Tuesday’s high temperatures in the Twin Cities never got over 41 degrees. By 1 a.m., the thermometer had dropped to 32 degrees and stayed that way until after the man was found.

A Centralia police spokesperson yesterday said it didn’t seem suspicious, and she didn’t know why the man was at the park.

Coroner McLeod reported after an autopsy scheduled for today he couldn’t yet release the man’s name. Neither police nor the coroner have revealed even an approximate age.

“We have positively identified the decedent but have not yet been able to locate next of kin to make notification to them,” McLeod stated.

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For background, read “News brief: Police investigating after body found in Centralia park” from Wednesday December 14, 2016, here

Massive amount of meth seized, locals arrested in connection with drug distribution ring

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Updated at 3:36 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Five residents of Chehalis and Centralia were among 19 individuals arrested today during a sweep by federal drug authorities that netted more than 44 pounds of methamphetamine, fifty guns and at least $50,000 cash.

Today’s searches and arrests were led by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington, Arizona, and California, and originated from a February 2014 investigation by the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Law enforcement served 24 search warrants on locations in Washington and Arizona today More than 20 vehicles were searched in connection with the investigation.

Previous seizures associated with this drug ring include more than five pounds of meth and more than $28,000, U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes stated in a news release.

The Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team was among nearly 20 law enforcement agencies and groups involved. Other nearby agencies included the Vancouver Police Department, Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force, Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and Thurston Narcotics Team.

Those arrested today for alleged ties to the methamphetamine distribution ring will make their initial appearances today and tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Tacoma at 2:30 p.m.

Those charged in the indictment include:

Jose Ernesto Mozequeda Vasquez, 34, Chehalis, Washington
Maria Centeno Gallegos, 37, Chehalis, Washington
Antonio De La Mora, 41, Centralia, Washington
Juan Salud Garcia Almanza, 30, Centralia, Washington
Violetta Rosalia Guadarrama, 32 Centralia, Washington
Jesus Beltran, 34, Phoenix, Arizona
Ernesto Luna Vasquez, 44, Kelso, Washington
Collin Mesinas, 28, Olympia, Washington
Aundrea Lynn Natins, 41, Port Orchard, Washington
William Hagmann, 54, Shelton, Washington
Jon Daniel Brownfield, 58, Shelton, Washington
Kimberly Brooke Gray, 36, Port Orchard, Washington
Rebecca Sue Godsalve, 52, Bremerton, Washington
Mark Agnew, 51, Gig Harbor, Washington
Isaela Pacheco Centeno, 22, Poulsbo, Washington
Teresa Goos, 55, Hoodsport, Washington
Derek Johnson, 29, Gig Harbor, Washington
Karen Kenmir, 55, Shelton, Washington

A nineteenth defendant, Gerardo Enrique Flores, 26, of Chula Vista, California, was arrested in California and will make his initial appearance on a criminal complaint in the Southern District of California.

Among the locations locally where search warrants were served, according to the DEA:

• 600 block Southwest 20th Street Chehalis

• Storage unit: 200 block Southwest Interstate Avenue, Chehalis

• 3000 block Ives Road, Centralia

• 500 block Jefferson Street, Centralia

• Storage unit: 5000 Ivan Way Southwest, Rochester

• 1800 block Lakeview Drive, Mossyrock

News brief: Police investigating after body found in Centralia park

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Updated at 5:32

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A man was found dead in Centralia’s Rotary Riverside Park this morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Police department spokesperson detective Patty Finch said officers were called just after 7 a.m. to the park off Harrison Avenue just east of Interstate 5.

It’s not yet known how he died or why he was in the park but it doesn’t appear suspicious, Finch said. She said she believed he was discovered by a “transient”.

“There are no wounds, there is no reason for us to believe it was a homicide,” Finch said.

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office will have to figure out the cause of death and who he is, Finch said.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod indicated late this afternoon he has a tentative identification of the person and plans an autopsy for tomorrow.

Onalaska resident loses horses, gets jail time

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An Onalaska woman convicted of animal cruelty in connection with horses seized from her this past spring was sentenced today to nine days in jail, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Tuesday April 5, 2016

Jennifer Jenkins appeared in Lewis County District Court in Chehalis this morning. She was convicted by a jury last month of one gross misdemeanor for each of the nine horses.

Judge R.W. Buzzard ordered her taken into custody immediately, Lewis County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said.

Back in April responders were called to Jenkins’ home on the 2500 block of state Route 508 because a small horse had fallen onto its side into a mud hole in her pen. It took more than two hours to get it out and up.

The state veterinarian noted deplorable living conditions and prosecutors filed charges –  violations of Lewis County code – related to inadequate shelter and food.

Jenkins is prohibited from owning any animals for two years and she forfeits all rights to the horses, Meagher said. They’ll now have to be adopted out, he said.

Jenkins who has said she is disabled from the effects of a traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury disputes the findings and has filed motions already in her case. Meagher expects she will appeal. She was represented by attorney David Brown.

Restitution for the animals’ care has not yet been determined, Meagher said.

In an unrelated animal cruelty case, prosecutors decided to drop charges against a Morton area man previously filed in Lewis County Superior Court and refile them in Lewis County District Court.

Richard D. Carlile, 29, was arrested when he went to pick up his dogs from the animal shelter on Sept. 30, thinking they’d they’d broken their chains and wandered away from the camp where he lived in the woods. The pitbulls had been found alone without food or water and in poor condition, according to prosecutors.

Meagher said prosecutors decided the better charges given the evidence are the same charges Jenkins was convicted of, gross misdemeanors.
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For background, read “Onalaska horse owner loses court case” from Tuesday November 1, 2016, here

News brief: Rural Chehalis resident admits to sexual abuse

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A rural Chehalis 19-year-old arrested this summer for sexual abuse of two younger female relatives pleaded guilty today in Lewis County Superior Court.

Conlan M. Craig has been held in the Lewis County Jail since his arrested on Aug. 1.

Judge James Lawler accepted Craig’s pleas to one count of second-degree child rape and one count of first-degree child rape.

The original allegations suggested incidents began when he was as young as 10 to 12 years old and the girls were as young as 5 years old. His lawyer David Arcuri told the judge the charges had been amended to include only activity after he turned 18 to make sure when he is sentenced, he will be on lifetime supervision.

His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
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ASSAULT

• Centralia police were called just before 7 o’clock this morning to the 1200 block of Windsor Avenue following a dispute in which a female reported she was assaulted by a male who took some money. The suspect was not immediately located, according to the Centralia Police Department. The incident is currently under investigation.

• Centralia police this morning stated they were looking for a 23-year-old man to arrest for third-degree assault associated with an incident last night at the 1400 block of Johnson Road.

BREAK-IN

• Centralia police were called about 4:45 p.m. yesterday for a burglary at the 1800 block of North Pearl Street in which someone entered through a window and stole $500 cash, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to the 100 block of Southeast Sixth Street about 3:40 p.m. yesterday where a resident discovered a window broken at the back of their garage. It wasn’t immediately clear if anything was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just after 9:30 a.m. today for a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue.

• An officer was called just before 9:30 a.m. for a vehicle prowl at the 100 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia in which a window was broken out. An officer had responded to the same area for a similar incident following an approximately 8 a.m. call.

• Police were called about 9 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue where someone broke the window on a locked vehicle and stole items, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, harassing text messages, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, receipt of a counterfeit $20 bill … and more among 140 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Facebook post bolsters felony charge for illegal cougar hunting

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 30-year-old man accused of killing a cougar in the Tatoosh Wilderness area of Lewis County without a hunting license is scheduled to go before a judge next week.

Cody M. Young is charged with one count of first-degree unlawful hunting of big game.

The McClearly resident allegedly took down the cougar with a bow and arrow on Sept. 9, a Friday and then bought the required license at a Wal-Mart about 2 a.m. the next day.

Charging documents in the case state that he met with a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officer in Montesano the Monday after to fill out the proper forms and show the animal to WDFW, but he claimed he shot it while out deer hunting on Sept. 10, a Saturday.

He was very proud of his catch, according to the officer.

Young has prior convictions for illegal hunting, and another officer’s recollection of that prompted some investigating, according to the court documents.

Officer Warren Becker checked Young’s Facebook page and saw a photo posted there at 8:05 p.m. Saturday of the big cat, in complete darkness with the aid of a flash, according to the documents. But there was a problem with that photo, he noticed.

Becker knew if the cougar had been killed prior to the post the same day, there ought to have been some ambient light, given the time of sunset, the documents relate.

WDFW officers confirmed the time of the license purchase and even viewed Wal-Mart’s surveillance footage for further confirmation, according to the documents.

A search warrant was served for Young’s phone and phone records, which showed the picture of the dead cougar was taken at 9:14 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, according to charging documents. Also found was a text message sent before Saturday, stating: “smoked a cougar.”

Lewis County prosecutors filed charges on Nov. 16 and summonsed Young to appear in Lewis County Superior Court last Wednesday.

Young told the judge he needed some time to find and hire a lawyer. He was allowed release on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

He was told to return for his arraignment the afternoon of Dec. 22. Young declined to comment on his case outside the courtroom.

The maximum criminal penalty he faces is five years in prison and / or a $10,000 fine. If convicted, WDFW would suspended his hunting privileges for two years and impose a $2,000 penalty.

The monetary penalty can be doubled if the violation is within five years of a prior gross misdemeanor or felony conviction under the same law.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
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JAIL FIGHT

• A deputy responding to the Lewis County Jail about 8:35 p.m. yesterday to investigate a dispute between two inmates is referring to prosecutors a case for fourth-degree assault after concluding a 30-year-old Morton woman spit on a 24-year-old Chehalis woman, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

ANGRY MAN

• Centralia police were called just after 11 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of East Pear Street and plan to refer a case of harassment to prosecutors regarding a 47-year-old man. Threats to kill a woman were allegedly involved, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called yesterday by a woman who discovered her credit card was used by someone else, after she left her purse for safekeeping with a friend, and it was last known to be her friend’s vehicle’s trunk parked at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center on the 300 block of West Main Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A Chehalis man contacted police yesterday after his Chehalis bank notified him of suspicious account activity and he discovered a $435 transaction on his debit card, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• A cell phone found on the 800 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis was turned in to the police department yesterday afternoon.

AND FROM MORTON

• Officers responded to the 300 block of Westlake Avenue in Morton at 11:20 p.m. on Thursday for a possible neighbor harassing another neighbor.  The officer contacted both parties and advised them to stay away from each other, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street; complaint of person living in vehicle parked on city street … and more among 143 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: LCSO getting new, darker patrol SUVs

Monday, December 12th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Board of Commissioners today approved the purchase of five new patrol vehicles for the sheriff’s office with an expenditure of almost $200,000.

The 2017 Ford Police Interceptor sport utility vehicles are replacing five in use that have more than 150,000 miles on them, according to Undersheriff Wes Rethwill.

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Current LCSO patrol vehicle

Each deputy has their own patrol vehicle and the sheriff’s office replaces five vehicles each year, Rethwill said. He estimated the office currently has about 40 patrol vehicles.

They are transitioning away from silver; the new ones will be dark gray, Rethwill said.

These were scheduled to be bought in 2017, but to take advantage of a particular price savings, they were allowed to get them early, according to Lewis County Commissioner Edna Fund.

The fleet services division of Lewis County Public Works made the request.

While the base price is $27,433, once they are outfitted for police use, the pre-tax cost is $37,222 apiece, according to documents submitted to the commissioners.

They are buying them from Columbia Ford in Longview. The final bill is $197,616.09.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

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Updated at 7:25 p.m.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters conducted a rope rescue last night for a woman trapped in the backseat of a newer four-wheel drive vehicle that traveled over an approximately 40-foot snowy embankment in the Capitol Forest. The incident occurred about three miles from the C-Line entrance, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Three other occupants were able to get out on their own, according to the fire department. The woman reportedly suffered minor injuries and was transported to St. Peters Hospital.

• A young person walking along Grand Mound Way Southwest about 5 p.m. yesterday was struck by a truck, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Firefighter-EMT Ed Singleton said it happened near Oak Lane. The patient had neck pain and was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital.

• Firefighters and troopers were called about 10:30 p.m. on Friday for a two-vehicle injury collision blocking state Route 6 at the bridge near milepost 26 in Pe Ell, according to the Lewis County 911 Communications Center.

• A 44-year-old man was arrested yesterday at a Centralia motel for allegedly evading a police car during the snow on Friday through the Denny’s parking lot off Harrison Avenue and then driving through the landscaping at Arby’s and over a floodlight. The officer stopped the pursuit because there were people walking in the area but the vehicle was located yesterday, according to court documents. Kurt Dutton told the officer he knew his driver’s license was suspended and needed to get away when he saw the patrol car’s lights, the documents relate. He was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with attempting to elude. Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told a judge this afternoon Dutton had just recently moved to Lewis County for his wife’s employment. He is unemployed and collects social security disability payments and qualified for a court appointed lawyer, O’Rourke said. Dutton’s bail was set at $10,000.

BREAK-IN WINLOCK

• A deputy was called just before 8 p.m. yesterday about a break-in to condemned buildings at the 100 block of Pleasant Valley Road outside of Winlock. The 79-year-old owner’s daughter was there to feed cats and discovered hasps on locked interior doors were broken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It’s not yet known what personal items inside may be missing, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. It happened sometime since Friday, Breen said.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• An officer was called to the 10 block of Southwest 10th Street in Chehalis about 2:45 p.m. on Friday following the discovery someone had broken out a pane in a glass door and taken a flat screen television, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A stolen red Honda Civic was recovered about 8:20 a.m. yesterday parked and unoccupied at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police are following up after getting a call from a Spokane man on Friday that someone used his credit card to make a purchase at a retail store on the 1200 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 4:25 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia. The victim said she saw a female with pink hair break out the window and steal a backpack and then flee in a small silver sport utility vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department. The missing item is a crimson and white Victoria’s Secret backpack, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act after a white powdery substance inside a small plastic bag field-tested positive for amphetamines yesterday. A deputy responding about 10:30 a.m. to a report of a suspicious vehicle at Sandra Avenue and Galvin Road made contact with two men and found they both had outstanding warrants, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. After a search, Darin M. McKinley was booked into the Lewis County Jail for VUCSA, Chief Deputy Breen said. His companion, a 36-year-old Centralia man, was booked for a felony warrant, Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, trespassing, third-degree theft, disorderly person, misdemeanor assault, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, snow tires that may or may not have been intentionally flattened … and more among 101 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Fake cop makes traffic stop in Centralia

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Updated at 9:42 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police are investigating after a motorist said she was pulled over and then groped by a man they say is a police impersonator.

He was wearing a police-type uniform and driving an older white Ford Crown Victoria with a single red light on its roof, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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He had the 33-year-old Centralia woman exit her vehicle and take sobriety tests, during which he groped her, according to police.

It happened at the 400 block of South Gold Street last night The victim broke away, locked herself in the car and drove home to call police just before 8 p.m., according to the report.

Detectives this morning are investigating this case and following all available leads.

Centralia police say, for now, if you are not certain it’s really an officer trying to pull you over, put on your emergency flashers, slow down, don’t stop and go to a well-lit area. Call 911 to confirm that the person stopping you is indeed law enforcement.

The only description detectives have right now of the suspect is a white male, ages 20 to 30 with short hair, detective Patty Finch said.

“I wanted to put it out so people are advised of what we have, but there’s still a lot more that needs to be done,” Finch said this morning.

Most law enforcement vehicles are clearly marked with “Police”, “Sheriff” or “WSP” markings, with the exception of detective vehicles, according to Finch.