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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
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Updated at 10:58 a.m.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE PROBES INTRUSION DURING MEMORIAL SERVICE

• An 83-year-old Toledo area woman called the sheriff’s office yesterday to report numerous valuables were missing from throughout her home, such as a revolver, a gold pocket watch, a hunting knife, pearls and other jewelry. The resident at the 400 block of Jackson Highway South said she had a memorial back on May 7 for a relative and people knew she would be away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There is a person of interest the investigation is focusing on, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Also taken was a .22 rifle with scope and coin collections, including five rolls of buffalo nickels, with a total loss adding up to about $2,000, according to Brown. Much of the stolen jewelry was handmade, Brown said.

FUEL THEFT

• Centralia police were called again for an occurrence of theft of fuel from parked vehicles. The incident reported just before 8 o’clock yesterday morning took place at the 200 block of East Van Buren Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called just after 7 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a vehicle prowl at the 1500 block of North National Avenue. There were no signs of forced entry, but someone got inside and took what the report describes as an electrical item, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 8:30 a.m. yesterday after the discovery someone stole cash from an unlocked vehicle at the 1100 block of West Chestnut Street.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, drugs, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, stolen EBT card, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, illegal dumping of trash … and more, among 144 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

News brief: Packwood private hydro plant building destroyed by fire

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The cause of the fire that destroyed a commercial building in Packwood was electrical in nature, according to fire investigator Jay Birley.

“He plugged his forklift in, they had a pretty big cable, and it faulted out,” Birley said this morning.

The approximately 50-foot by 60-foot metal-sided structure at the 11,800 block of U.S. Highway 12 belonged to a privately owned hydroelectric company, Birley said. Lewis County 911 Communications described it as near milepost 125, west of Packwood.

The fire broke out about 11 p.m. on Wednesday and burned the building to the ground, according to Birley.

Nobody was hurt but the contents lost included metal fabrication equipment, one large diesel-operated forklift and electric forklifts, he said.

The small hydroelectric plant at Burton Creek was purchased by Colorado investor Sam Perry about three years ago, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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Updated at 3:38 p.m.

DOWNTOWN SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS TARGETED

• Centralia police took reports from three different businesses yesterday morning that during the night, someone either stole or tried to steal outside security cameras. The first to report was a victim on the 200 block of South Tower Avenue, and soon after, a similar theft was discovered on the 600 block of South Pearl Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. At the 600 block of South Tower Avenue, the camera remained but its mounting bracket broken and pulled from the wall, according to police.

CENTRALIA GARAGE BREAK-IN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a garage burglary that occurred at the 3000 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia that occurred during the week and a half that ended on Tuesday while the owner was away. Someone kicked in a door and tried but failed to start up a broken down ATV and made off with a socket and wrench set, according to the sheriff’s office. The tools are valued at $200, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

HONDA CAR STOLEN

• Chehalis police were called just before 7:30 a.m. today following the discovery of an overnight vehicle theft at the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street. A white 1995 Honda Accord was reported missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The car has a crack across the windshield and a Yankees baseball sticker on its window, according to police.

CASH STOLEN

• Centralia police arrested a 30-year-old resident yesterday after he allegedly took money from the wallet of a female acquaintance and shoved her in the process. Officers called just before 3 p.m. about the incident at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue stopped Tyler V. Geist in a vehicle near exit 88 on Interstate 5, according to the Centralia Police Department. Geist  was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree robbery, according to police. Prosecutors today declined to file the felony charge.

MAIL THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from an individual at the 1500 block of Lewis Street who said sometime during the night someone stole a check out of the mailbox that was waiting to be picked up by the postal carrier, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 6:15 a.m. today after a vehicle prowl was discovered at the 1200 block of West Walnut Street. The victim said that sometime during the night an unknown person entered their unlocked vehicle and stole the registration, some mail and a medical marijuana card as well as change from the ash tray, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HOUSE FIRE DOUSED QUICKLY

• Firefighters responding yesterday morning at 11:50 a.m. to a residential structure fire at the Whispering Woods Mobile Home Park off the 17300 block of Sargent Road in Rochester were able to get quick extinguishment, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Nobody was injured and the damage was minimal according to the fire department. The arriving crew found smoke coming from beneath the single-wide mobile home and subsequently found a discarded cigarette had ignited pine needles and cones, Chief Robert Scott said. The resident will probably need only to replace insulation under the home, Scott said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances, lost or stolen phone, collision on city street, building tagged with graffiti, loud neighbor music, growling roaming dog, biting roaming dog, panting dog alone in van … and more, among 167 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
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Updated at 4:10 p.m.

LOOT INCLUDES HONDA GENERATORS

• A break-in to a Centralia area business left its owner with a loss of nearly $10,000, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning. Sometime between Sunday and yesterday, someone damaged the main door window at the Power Shop at the 3800 block of Harrison Avenue and made off with various tools and parts as well as four Honda generators, according to the sheriff’s office.

DOWNTOWN BREAK-IN

• Police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to a Chehalis business on the 400 block of North Market Boulevard after an individual arriving for the day found the door unlocked, the cash register on the floor and money missing.

INTRUDER FLEES RESIDENCE

• Police were called about 12:10 a.m. today when a resident on Southeast Ninth Street near Market Boulevard saw someone run out from their basement. Nobody was located, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT, PLUS FIREARM

• If you see a red 1984 Toytota SR5 pickup truck, with a blue fender on the front passenger side, it may very well be the one stolen from a Centralia driveway yesterday between 7:20 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Deputies were notified of the theft of the truck, which had been left unlocked, as well as the Winchester bolt-action rifle inside it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A friend of its owner reported seeing it traveling at a high rate of speed on Kuper Road toward Harrison Avenue in Centralia, and being followed by a blue four-door Honda Accord, according to the sheriff’s office. The vehicle was taken from in front of a home on the 2300 block of Van Wormer Street in Centralia, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. It has a license plate reading C75023D, according to Brown.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 12:20 a.m. today for a vehicle prowl at the 200 block of West Cherry Street in Centralia. Taken was a laptop computer, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 100 block of Northeast Summit Road for a vehicle prowl that occurred during the night.

FUEL THEFT

• An individual reported to Centralia police yesterday morning that sometime over the weekend someone cut the fuel lines to several work vehicles and stole fuel at the 300 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia. The case is currently under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GUN CRIME

• A 39-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 11 p.m. yesterday for unlawful possession of a firearm after contact with an officer at Alexander and Latona streets in Centralia. Kyle W. Elliott  was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday morning from W.F. West High School following the discovery of graffiti on several exterior walls.

DRUGS

•  A 44-year-old Centralia resident was arrested about 8 p.m. yesterday for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer at the 900 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia. Joshua L. Harris was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 31-year-old Olympia woman accused of shoplifting at Wal-Mart about 8:20 a.m. yesterday in Chehalis was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine based on a substance found that field-tested positive for the drug. A case for third-degree theft is also being referred to prosecutors for Jessica L. Fetchik, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, third-degree theft, protection order violation, collision on city street, fraudulent charges on a PayPal account, attempt by an impostor to open a phone account… and more, among 169 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

News brief: Brush fires breaking out early

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The season for wildfire danger is arriving a bit early this year locally, causing concern for a south Thurston County fire chief.

Chief Robert Scott’s crews were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday when grass and brush along the south side of U.S. Highway 12 in Grand Mound ignited and spread about a quarter mile along a ditch.

The flames in the area of Pecan Street were headed toward thick brush and nearby homes, Scott said. West Thurston Regional Fire Authority was joined by multiple fire agencies who worked to put it out.

Extinguishing the fire was challenging, in part because of highway traffic and also because of the differing ground levels, he said.

“We were surprised,” Scott said. “We’re about three weeks ahead of the drying cycle.”

Later in the day, at about 3:30 p.m., members of Riverside Fire Authority responded to a brush fire at the 300 block of Nelson Road, southwest of Rochester.

Both scenes were subsequently turned over to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Scott said no homes were burned in the Grand Mound incident, but he’s worried.

“We’re really glad this happened now and not in August,” he said. “Some of the houses are protected, but some don’t have defensible space.”

For example, a greenbelt of watered lawn surrounding a building is helpful to slow or stop a wildfire, he said.

The Lewis County Fire Chief’s Association is helping area fire departments organize sessions to inform the public about the various measures that can be taken ahead of and during the summer dry season to reduce the likelihood of losing a home to wildfire.

News brief: I-5 wreck leaves driver dead

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

One person is dead after a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 5 near Grand Mound.

Troopers called to the scene about 2:45 p.m. yesterday report a silver 2001 Oldsmobile was southbound near milepost 87 and swerved to the right, hitting a guardrail and then striking a tree.

The southbound lanes were shut down for about a half an hour, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. A helicopter landed on the freeway to transport the patient to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver, whose name has not been released, is identified as a 35-year-old woman from Cottage Grove, Oregon, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The car was totaled, according to the state patrol. The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

News brief: Police pursuit of four-wheeler ends in Winlock woods

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An un-helmeted ATV rider took a trooper on a more than five mile chase along county roads, speeding and ignoring stop signs and finally cutting in front of the trooper’s vehicle to travel up an off-road trail northeast of Winlock.

Two troopers and a deputy followed the trail a mile into the woods and found Kanan L. Andersen hiding under a log.

Andersen, 22, reportedly said he didn’t elude anyone, he didn’t understand or know what was going on, and finally said he didn’t stop because he was scared.

It happened shortly after 7:15 p.m. on Sunday and began northbound on Jackson Highway, according to court documents.

The trooper reported to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office that the four-wheeled vehicle reached speeds of 55 mph in a 35 mph zone, and when it took a left on Park Road, two of the wheels left the ground and the driver had to lean to keep it upright.

The pursuit continued across an Interstate 5 bridge to Fisher Road, with the two traveling side by side at times and the ATV driver ignoring the trooper’s demands to pull over from the loud speaker.

Andersen was booked into the Lewis County Jail, bailed out and today was charged in Lewis County Superior Court with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

The felony offense has a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The Winlock resident went before a judge this afternoon.

Judge Richard Brosey pointed out if Andersen is convicted, he also faces the possibility the state Department of Licensing revoking his driver’s license for a year.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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Updated at 6:01 p.m.

ANGRY TOLEDO UNCLE JAILED

• A 63-year-old Toledo man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly used his tractor to lift up the front end of his grown nephew’s car and choked and hit him several times, saying the 28-year-old was trespassing on his property. Deputies responding about 1:25 p.m. to the 200 block of Ray Road found Jeffery A. Oberg on a tractor and Oberg said he and the younger man had gotten into an argument, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The nephew, also from Toledo, was contacted and described what had occurred, according to the sheriff’s office. The Acura Integra was damaged, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. A cell phone video corroborated the incident, according to Brown. Oberg was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, Brown said.

ANGRY TENANT JAILED

• A 56-year-old woman who allegedly wielded a large knife during a landlord-tenant dispute northeast of Toledo was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail. A deputy called about 11:30 a.m. on Friday to the 100 block of Alder Creek Road was told Libby A. McDonald was living in a tent behind the home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 64-year-old resident and McDonald were arguing because she was supposed to leave and, a witnessing neighbor said, McDonald held the knife and threatened to stab and kill the 64-year-old, according to the sheriff’s office. McDonald was arrested for first–degree assault, Chief Deputy Brown said.

ANGRY BOYFRIEND JAILED

• A 25-year-old Mossyrock resident was arrested after a report of a physical dispute that allegedly took place while he was driving from Centralia to Onalaska with his girlfriend on Saturday afternoon. Noe I. Lopez-Cruz would not let the 35-year-old woman leave his vehicle until he was driving along state Route 508 and slowed enough she was able to get out, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy advised of the situation abut 2:48 p.m. was subsequently told he struck her on the left side of her head, according to the sheriff’s office. Lopez-Cruz was contacted at the 4000 block of U.S. Highway 12 and booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Prosecutors today declined to file the felony charge.

INTERRUPTED BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• It’s unknown yet if anything is missing from the 92-year-old woman’s home on the 2400 block of Salzer Valley Road but when a neighbor confronted two people, they fled in a teal-colored 1990s Ford Ranger, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened about 6 p.m. on Saturday and appeared they got inside through an unsecured window, according to the sheriff’s office. Both were described as white and in their mid-20s. The female was slender with blond hair; the male had a medium build and short reddish hair, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AUTO THEFT

• A 21-year-old Toledo area resident who had left his keys and wallet inside his 2001 Honda Civic was watching television just before 5 p.m. on Saturday when he heard what sounded like his car speed past his house at the 200 block of Sareault Road near Toledo. He went outside and saw his car was gone, along with the wallet which held $200 cash and bank cards, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The missing car is black, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 2006 Toyota Corolla, containing $500 cash, vanished from where it was parked at the 100 block of Rose Marie Drive in Chehalis sometime between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Friday. There is a person of interest in the case, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

MONEY TAKEN FROM DONATION JAR

• Centralia police were called just after 11 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue where they learned an individual had stolen cash from a donation jar on the counter and fled. The suspect in the third-degree theft is described as a white male in his early 20s with very short blond hair wearing dark pants and a dark T-shirt, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim is Possibilities Pregnancy Center, according to police.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police are investigating a report of fraud reported on Sunday from the 500 block of South Market Boulevard.

• A 35-year-old Centralia woman with no criminal history allegedly admitted to police that she shoplifted at the Vanity Fair Outlet in Centralia, and returned merchandise for cash or gift cards after creating a store VIP account using a relative’s name. Jennifer M. West was arrested at the Outlets on Friday and brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon. West made the reported admission when Centralia police took her into custody, after they were notified the day before of a suspicious customer, according to court documents. She was charged today with third-degree theft, forgery and second-degree identity theft related to what West estimated was $300 worth of theft over the course of five visits to the retailer. She was allowed release from jail pending trial on a $10,000 unsecured bond today.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An officer was called for a car prowl at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 10:40 p.m. yesterday. Someone had broken out the window and stolen a purse, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Tower Avenue regarding a wallet stolen from a vehicle. A credit card from inside of it ad been declined at a local business, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case was referred to detectives for review, according to police.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a  firearm was stolen in a vehicle prowl just before 4 a.m. on Thursday at the 100 block of Vista Road near Chehalis. Taken was an XD 40 caliber pistol valued at $500, according to the sheriff’s office.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 1100 block of Alder Street in Centralia to take a report that someone spray painted an unknown symbol on the side of someone else’s vehicle sometime over the weekend.

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to the 100 block of K Street where someone spray painted on someone else’s vehicle during the night.

• Chehalis police were called on Sunday morning to the 900 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue where someone had cut tires and spray painted letters on a vehicle.

• Chehalis police were called on Sunday regarding graffiti spray painted on an apartment building at the 400 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 39-year-old driver showing off his new 2016 Corvette Stingray to a friend was cited for wheels off the roadway after at an unexpected stop sign east of Morton, he hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes and traveled though the brush and into a tree. The car was totaled and the 39-year-old from Amboy suffered a bump on his head, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding to the approximately 6:20 p.m. crash on Friday learned he had been northbound on Priest Road and missed the traffic sign at Davis Lake Road because he was going too fast, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, probation violation, no-contact order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, runaway teenager, graffiti on a sidewalk … and more, among 119 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, May 30th, 2016
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Updated at 12:34 p.m.

PARKING LOT RAGE AND HEAD BUTTING

• A 35-year-old driver confronted by an individual about going too fast through a Centralia parking lot ended up getting arrested last night after he allegedly grabbed a 34-year-old woman and head-butted her. Police called about 8:40 p.m. to the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue were told an argument ensued, that David G. Laroe shoved the 16-year-old boy and when the mother intervened, assaulted her, according to the Centralia Police Department. Laroe, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault, according to police.

MISSING JEWELRY

• Centralia police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to a business at the 300 block of North Tower Avenue about the theft of jewelry. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An officer was called for a car prowl at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 5:20 p.m. yesterday. Police were told that sometime during the day unknown person or persons broke out the window to their car and stole a Body Glove backpack containing a climbing rope, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BRUSH FIRE CHEHALIS

• Firefighters called about 7 p.m. yesterday for a brush fire off of Yates Road outside Chehalis found a slash pile burning in a field. It appeared the mixture of logs and branches had been intentionally burned previously and reignited, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, protection order violation, attempting to elude, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 135 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, May 29th, 2016
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TWO DETAINED AFTER POLICE CHASE

• A 41-year-old Olympia man was arrested after a vehicle pursuit around 2:25 a.m. yesterday involving both Centralia and Chehalis officers. Jacob R. Woods was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department. Also arrested was Alyssa E. Taylor, 28, of Olympia, for an outstanding warrant, according to police. The incident was associated with a location at South Tower Avenue and Summa Street in Centralia.

TIRES, WHEELS TAKEN

• Police were called about 10:10 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of South Rock Street in Centralia where they were told individuals were interrupted while stealing tires off a vehicle. The suspects fled in a gray or white older Chevy style pickup, according to the Centralia Police Department. The tires that were taken were on two Rock Star 2 35-inch rims, described as all black with a Star shape in the middle of them, according to police.

RESIDENT HIT TWICE WITH THEFTS

• Centralia police were called about 6:30 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Jefferson Street where they were told a mountain bike had been stolen during the night and that on Tuesday, someone stole a package off the front porch.

CAR PROWL

• A purse reported stolen in a vehicle prowl about 10:25 p.m. yesterday at the 2500 block of Mount Vista Road in Centralia turned up later in Chehalis, minus its valuables, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 9:05 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia where they were told that within the previous 30 minutes, someone broke into a vehicle and stole a wallet.

• Centralia police were called to a vehicle prowl at the 1600 block of South Gold Street at about 11:50 a.m. on Friday.

SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE FIRE

• An unoccupied pickup truck parked on the shoulder along the 2000 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia burned up early yesterday morning. Firefighters called about 2 a.m. quickly extinguished it, but the 2004 Ford F250 was a total loss, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The owner, who resides in the area, was contacted and said he was returning home from work about 12:30 a.m. when he got a flat tire, Fire Capt. Scott Weinert reports. “He had his wife pick him up and had decided to seek repair in the morning,” Weinert stated. A deputy responded because it was suspicious and the cause is under investigation.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police report at least one injury from an accident about 1:20 p.m. on Friday in which a vehicle stopped in a parking stall and then went forward and to the right striking two parked cars and a decorative pillar on a building at the 1700 block of South Gold Street. A driver and occupant of a parked car sustained minor injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, resisting arrest, probation violation,  driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 359 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Fairway Shopping Center / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

News brief: Suspicious fire breaks out in Centralia home

Sunday, May 29th, 2016
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North Pearl Street fire / Courtesy photo by Lisa Burgess

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The cause of a fire that extensively damaged a vacant house last night in Centralia is under investigation and police are calling it suspicious.

A “boom” was heard and then flames seen inside the home at the 1800 block of North Pearl Street, just moments after a vehicle was seen, as well as people entering the building, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Firefighters called about 9:20 p.m. found an estimated 70 percent of the first floor already burning, according to Capt. Tim Adolphsen.

The fire was extinguished and nobody found inside, Adolphsen said in a brief summary via email.

The police and fire departments are investigating.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, May 27th, 2016
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UTILITY PAYMENT BOX BURGLED

• Anyone who used the after hours box for the city of Chehalis at the 1300 block of South Market Boulevard after 5 p.m. on Wednesday to leave their water bill payment ought to contact the city. An officer was called yesterday morning following the discovery that someone had damaged the lock and pried open the payment box, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BOARDER’S BELONGINGS DISCARDED

• Centralia police are investigating a theft consisting of all the contents of a room, which was rented by a 63-year-old man in an apartment at the 2800 block of Russell Road. It appears the resident arranged to have all the man’s belongings hauled away, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 5:30 p.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary at the 600 block of Jefferson Street. Missing was a laptop computer and a play station, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just after 8 o’clock yesterday to the 800 block of Harrison Avenue where someone had stolen a bowling ball from a vehicle, but it was later located in a field behind Burgerville, according to the Centralia Police Department

TRUMP SIGNS STOLEN

• Three more Donald Trump signs were stolen from the front yard of a resident at the 1000 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia who has been repeatedly victimized in the same manner, according to a report made to Centralia police yesterday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 16-year-old driver who took out a street sign and struck a fence at Southwest Cascade and William avenues in Chehalis called 911 about 3:30 a.m. today and was arrested for minor operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol and then released to his father. The Ford Ranger came to rest atop some type of water pump, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The teen was unhurt, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, protection order violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, third-degree domestic malicious mischief, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, collision on city street, collision on city street, collision on city street … and more, among 149 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
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Updated at 12:03 p.m.

CITIZEN TRACKS STOLEN PROPERTY

• Centralia police were called about 1:45 p.m. yesterday by a shopper who realized she’d left her purse behind in a cart at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue. She used a friend’s phone to track her phone, gave the location to an officer who contacted a woman connected with a vehicle, in a driveway, containing the purse, according to the Centralia Police Department. Tanya N. Harris, 37, of Centralia, was arrested for second-degree theft and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge today.

TOOLS TAKEN CENTRALIA

• A garage on the 600 block of Yew Street in Centralia was burglarized, according to  report made to police about 1:10 p.m. yesterday. Stolen was a tool box and tools, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called to a car theft yesterday at about 1:15 p.m. from a parking lot on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis. Further details were not readily available.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 3:50 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. A window was broken out and a purse as well as other personal items were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of West Summa Street about 7:40 a.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl. Missing were sunglasses, small personal items, cash and gift cards, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Officers called just after 1 p.m. yesterday about people inside someone else’s carport at the 500 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia contacted a pair of individuals walking and ended up arresting them both. Police were shown a picture taken by a witness and recognized their subject, according to the Centralia Police Department. Both had outstanding warrants and police allegedly located more than the allowable amount of marijuana in a paper bag which Alejandro S. Escamilla was carrying, as well as suspected meth, according to police. Escamilla, 43, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine and possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana, according to police.

TRUMP SIGNS STOLEN

• Centralia police were called to the 1000 block of North Pearl Street just after 1 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of political signs. The victim twice before yesterday has found her Donald Trump signs missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, probation violation, no-contact order violation, possession of a dangerous weapon; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, suicidal person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 138 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
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TODDLERS PLAYING BY ROAD AFTER DARK

• Chehalis police responded to an approximately 12:35 a.m. call today that a set of 2-year-old triplets were outside unclothed and running near the street at the 2200 block of Jackson Highway. An arriving officer found the children had been taken back into their home by their parents, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The officer spoke to witnesses and the parents and the incident will be followed up on, according to police.

MOM: CHILD FINDS METH PIPE

• Chehalis police were contacted by a mother yesterday who said she was taking her 2-year-old to be checked out after the child may have put a glass pipe in her mouth while visiting at the father’s home. The mom suspects it was used for meth, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SCHOOL BUS FIGHT

• Police were called about 3 p.m. yesterday for a report of an assault on a school bus involving two 15-year-old girls that took place in the area of the 400 block of West Summa Street in Centralia. No arrests were made as the investigating officer is waiting to review the video from the bus, and investigating the incident as a fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PORCH PROWLING

• Centralia police were called about 6 o’clock this morning about the overnight theft of items from inside a fenced-in back porch at the 800 block of Euclid Way. The victim told police a fishing pole, tackle box, and two packs of cigarettes were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department. This case is under investigation.

VEHICLE PLATES SWITCHED

• An individual contacted Centralia police just before 9 p.m. yesterday from the 100 block of South Railroad Avenue after discovering  a different rear license plate on their vehicle than the one they had been issued.  It is unknown when and where the switch was made, according to the Centralia Police Department.  The missing plate is B21033W and it was replaced with B67125P, according to police.

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday afternoon by an individual who said his rear license plate was stolen while he was at a retail store on Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called at 8:50 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 1400 block of Lum Road.

DRUGS

• A 31-year-old man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine yesterday evening after Chehalis police were called by the drug and alcohol treatment facility on the 500 block of Southeast Washington Avenue and told a client arrived for services and a search of his items turned up suspected drugs and a pipe. William G. Carter, from Monroe, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PUNCH IN FACE LEADS TO FELONY CHARGE

• A 25-year-old Winlock man was arrested on Monday and charged yesterday with second-degree assault for allegedly striking and injuring an acquaintance more than eight weeks earlier. A Toledo police officer responded on March 27 to the incident at the 200 block of Park Road in Winlock, but subsequently learned when the victim went to the hospital, he was found to have a facial fracture, a broken nose and a sprained neck, according to court documents. The officer was told the victim and his wife were visiting Andrew R. Meza and his girlfriend when an argument erupted between Meza and the girlfriend and the victim was punched in the face, court documents relate. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt set Meza’s bail at $25,000.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, check fraud, shoplifting and other third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, complaint that a purchase of stereo equipment from a guy in a van at a gas station was short on all the pieces … and more, among 156 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6 a.m. today.

News brief: Hear from local expert on police misconduct

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
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Washington Hall, the building that also holds Corbet Theater, sits north of Pear Street and west of Washington Avenue.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A criminal justice program instructor will be giving a lecture today that’s free and open to the public at Centralia College on police misconduct and excessive force.

Professor Gregory Gilbertson is a licensed private investigator, international police trainer and nationally recognized expert witness in police practices and procedures, according to the college. He is currently consulting with criminal defense and civil rights attorneys as an expert witness on over 30 active cases in 14 states.

Gilbertson will share his experience and perspective on what he describes as the epidemic of police misconduct and police excessive force cases currently plaguing our nation. He will also share insights and strategies on how to effectively interact with law enforcement officers in adversarial situations by explaining our fundamental rights and responsibilities under the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

The lecture is part of the college’s Spring Lyceum series.

The event will be held in Washington Hall Room 103 and runs from 1 p.m. until 1:50 p.m.

Washington Hall, the building that also holds Corbet Theater, sits north of Pear Street and west of Washington Avenue.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
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Updated at 11:04 a.m.

POLICE: MATH AVOIDING CHILD PULLS TEACHER’S HAIR

• An officer was called to Washington Elementary School on Field Avenue in Centralia about 10:15 a.m. yesterday after a student allegedly pulled his teacher’s hair and tried to kick her. The 11-year-old boy reportedly did not want to do math work, according to the Centralia Police Department. The child was turned over to his parent and a case for fourth-degree assault is being forwarded to prosecutors, according to police. The teacher’s injuries were non-life- threatening, police report.

PAIR CITED FOR FIGHTING

• Centralia responded to an approximately 6:15 p.m. call yesterday to the 200 block of North Railroad Avenue where they arrested two people for fighting in public. Cited and then released were Nicholas A. Richart, 35 of Centralia; and Synthia L. Barnes, 20 of Morton, according to the Centralia Police Department. Barnes was additionally cited for minor in possession-consumption of alcohol, according to police.

FIREARMS TAKEN IN BREAK-IN

• Centralia police are investigating a residential burglary at the 1100 block of Long Road in which three handguns as well as electronics were reported stolen. An officer called to the home about 6:40 p.m. yesterday learned the missing firearms were a Smith and Wesson M&P 9 mm and two Ruger pistols, according to police.

NARCOTICS MISSING FROM BURGLARY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that pain medication was stolen from a residence on the 3100 block of Ives Road sometime between Friday and yesterday. The victim said 104 Oxycodone pills disappeared while she was away from home for a few days, according to the sheriff’s office.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called about 12:40 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of West Main Street to take a report of a theft of property through credit card fraud. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 6 o’clock this morning regarding a vehicle stolen from the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue. Taken sometime during the night from in front of the owner’s home was a black 2003 Kia Spectra, according to the Centralia Police Department. The car has a license plate reading ABN 8729.

SIGNS MISSING

• At 1:12 p.m. yesterday, a resident at the 1000 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia called police to report signs had been stolen from their property, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• An individual called police about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to report their battery was stolen from their vehicle at the 200 block of Jefferson Street in Centralia.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a man sleeping in a car in a parking lot behind a business on the 600 block of South Market Boulevard ended up arresting the 33-year-old for possession of methamphetamine. Peter J. Herman, from Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Herman was initially arrested for an outstanding warrant and the suspect substance was located incident to that arrest, a department spokesperson said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 36-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for driving under the influence after she allegedly tried to make a left turn in front of an oncoming car on Jackson Highway at Logan Hill Road south of Chehalis yesterday evening. Deputies responding at 6:20 p.m. found her unhurt but her Chevrolet Tahoe with major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 22-year-old driver of the totaled Acura Integra suffered from back and leg pain and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. Chrystal Graham, 36, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was arrested for driving under the influence and reckless endangerment after a deputy responded last night to find a vehicle’s front end stuck in a ditch and the man staggering away up Big Hanaford Road with a 4-year-old girl on his shoulders, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy called just before 9 p.m. was advised the unoccupied truck at Tono Road was partially blocking the road and upon arrival, bystanders pointed out the man, according to the sheriff’s office. Nathaniel M. Bryce reportedly told the deputy he had drank one tall can of beer. Bryce was also arrested for third-degree driving with a suspended license, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, graffiti on a fence … and more, among 138 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6 a.m. today.

‘Festering little bombs’: The fire risk of towels with oil residue

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
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Investigators collect bundle of partially burned restaurant towels from Ham Hill Road house fire. / Courtesy photo from Centralia Police Department

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – Most people have heard of the dangers of “spontaneous combustion” from oily rags left laying around the garage or workbench.

But how many are aware of the risks associated with a hand towel or dish cloth, for example, used with products one would find in their kitchen cupboards?

Not even Centralia police detective Dave Clary who is trained in fire investigations had come across such a scenario before.

The house fire on Ham Hill Road that took the lives of three children is now labeled with a cause of undetermined. But after two months of investigating, with numerous interviews and examinations that filled more than 50 pages of reports, the experts came up with one possible cause and one probable cause, according to Clary.

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March 4, 2016

It’s possible a compact florescent light bulb in a lamp could have malfunctioned and ignited the fire. Clary knows that because a private investigator hired by the insurance company asked if such bulbs were used in the home and noted they have been known to do that.

He told Clary if he had the bulb, he might be able to tell if it went bad by looking at it. But the fire in that area was so intense that no remains of a bulb were located.

The probable cause of the fire, according to Clary, because its more than 50 percent likely to be the reason it occurred, was from recently laundered oily towels placed in a milk crate near the front door.

Clary, who was the lead police investigator for the fire, said he was previously unaware CFL bulbs could be risky or dangerous.

“But, by the same token, I didn’t know vegetable oil was unstable,” he said.

The recently released reports and photos from the nighttime blaze offer information on previously unanswered questions, detail heroic attempts by police officers and firefighters to rescue the children and shed light on what their mother Sue Tower underwent before eventually standing outside the burning home in what police officers described as in a daze, or in shock.

It was an ordinary week night, a Thursday, and the family shared a dinner of pot roast, potatoes and sourdough bread Tower baked from scratch.

The 40-year-old single mother put her children to bed, reading a story to her youngest, Samuel, and said she closed their bedroom doors after tucking them in. Madeline had been having nightmares, so she slept with her older brother Benjamin that night.

The four had moved in to the rental home the previous April; their father lives in Thurston County.

The children’s bedrooms were on the upper floor of the split level home, with the main living area on the middle level and Tower’s bedroom on the ground floor at the back of the garage.

From her bed, Tower could see up the stairs into the kitchen and said she awoke to a noise like a crack, saw a glow near the stove and saw smoke.

She ran up the stairs twice, the first time in her underwear, the second time after pulling on jeans and a sweatshirt, but was turned back by the intense heat. She grabbed her phone and called 911, and ran out the back door of her bedroom hoping to get in through the back door on the main floor, but realized it was locked and she didn’t have her keys.

Detective Clary’s description of the 911 call characterizes Tower as panicked, out of breath, seemingly terrified and finally not able to speak coherently. She tells the dispatcher there is a fire in her kitchen.

Tower runs back through the house and opens the garage door, thinking that would help get rid of the smoke. A dispatcher tells her that was not the best thing to do.

“Over and over again she tells the dispatcher that she has children in the home,” Clary writes. “She advises that she is in the house downstairs and her children are upstairs and she cannot get to them.”

She goes outside and sees the entire house is on fire.

And she begins to scream.

Benjamin D. Tower, 12; Madeline R. Tower, 10; and Samuel J. Tower, 7, never made it out of their bedrooms, according to the Lewis County coroner. Coroner Warren McLeod said asphyxiation from smoke and carbon monoxide blocked their breathing and it’s more likely than not they did not suffer.

The bedroom door to one of their rooms was found open.

The owner Bill Bates, a former Centralia city council member, told detectives there were smoke detectors throughout the wood-framed house.

Sue Tower said she didn’t hear a smoke alarm. The one on the main floor had recently begun chirping, so she took the battery out and set it on the counter as a reminder to buy a replacement, she told police. She said she hadn’t checked other detectors.

A carbon monoxide detector was plugged in to one of the outlets on the main floor.

The fire was investigated by Riverside Fire Authority Assistant Chief Rick Mack, four fire department investigators, four detectives with the Centralia Police Department and two private investigators hired by Bates’ insurance company.

The reports and photos outline numerous visits to the scene, close examination of several appliances and electrical outlets and the sifting through the debris to collect various items as possible evidence.

The house was heated with an electric forced-air furnace.

The worst fire damage was on the main floor, not in the kitchen but in the living room.

Tower pondered possible causes with authorities, noting an electrical breaker would trip when the microwave was used and that one of the control knobs on the stove sometimes stuck making it difficult to shut off. She mentioned some of the electrical outlets were “loose.”

She was certain she hadn’t been burning any candles, even though she liked them and used them.

The reports reflect that police detectives were also taking note, looking for any suspicious behavior on the mother’s part.

Early on, investigators narrowed the origin of the fire down to an area near the front door, based on burn patterns they observed.

A piece of carpet and pad from the spot was collected to be tested for ignitable liquids.

It wasn’t until almost a week after the fire as detective Clary was contemplating the possible ignition sources that he recalled cloth items they had found and remembered Tower worked at a restaurant where cooking oil would be used.

She told the investigators she had washed a batch of soiled towels that afternoon and after drying them immediately placed them in black plastic milk crate by front door, so she would remember to bring them back to work the next day.

Tower said they use a lot of rice bran oil at Hub City Grub.

The remains of the towels – which Clary said still smelled somewhat of used cooking oil – along with samples of the cooking oil the restaurant uses and towels that didn’t go through the fire were collected for testing.

The results from the lab came back noting the fats detected would  have a low to moderate tendency toward “self heating.”

However, if laundering doesn’t remove all the oils, the cloth would be subject to spontaneous ignition with the additional of heat from drying, when poor dissipation of the heat occurs, the report indicated.

Instances like this have occurred all over the country and cases have even been documented in Centralia, according to the reports.

Something similar happened last summer at a Chehalis night spot, where firefighters responded to a smell that was not quite right just before closing, and eventually found a slightly smoking stack of towels. They had been used to clean up and then washed and dried before being put away, but when an investigator took them outside, he found heavy charring in the center.

Oily rags, dirty or clean, should be stored in something metal with a lid on it, the Chehalis fire investigator said at the time.

Detective Clary found the scenario is what more likely than not led to the deadly fire on the 900 block of Ham Hill Road in Centralia on March 4.

“When Suzanne washed and dried the towels she brought home from the restaurant and then stuffed them into the milk crate, she inadvertently combined the necessary ingredients for the towels to self heat and ultimately break into flame,” Clary writes.

Both detective Clary, Assistant Fire Chief Mack and the insurance investigator agreed they could rule out all the potential causes except for the towels, and except for a bad CFL bulb – since they never found the bulb.

Because more than one possible cause exists, the cause of the fire is officially ruled undetermined. It is also ruled to be accidental.

Sue Tower was stunned after the meeting with investigators, when they explained what they knew.

“It’s a really hard thing to process,” she said. “It’s such a fluke, I don’t even normally bring them home.”

Tower continues on, still not able to plan more than one, maybe two, days in advance.

Every night, she relives the nightmare, she said.

“Sometimes I’m smarter, quicker, I do something different,” she said. “I’m not going to pretend I’m even remotely okay.”

She calls towels with oil residue festering little bombs. Even just vegetable oil, she said.

The former Chehalis native said she began researching and found quite a bit of information, noting television journalist Diane Sawyer did an episode once on the dangers of linseed oil.

“I had no idea, and there are so many people who don’t know,” Tower said.

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For background, read “Heavy hearts as family loses three in Centralia house fire” from Friday March 4, 2016, here

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Investigators took numerous photos at the Ham Hill Road house for their fire investigation, many of them just inside the front door. / Courtesy photo from Centralia Police Department

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Fire investigators working at the scene at the two-story house fire on March 4, 2016.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
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Updated at 6:09 p.m.

HOSPITAL PATIENT FLEES FAMILY MEMBER WITH KNIFE

• Bail was set at $50,000 today for a 25-year-old man whose mother said she woke up to find him approaching her hospital bed with a knife raised above his head, but when he tripped and fell, she grabbed her walker and fled. The mom had recently had her right leg amputated at the knee and was not stabbed during the incident on Saturday afternoon at Providence Centralia Hospital, according to court documents. Police responding to the approximately 2:40 p.m. call to the  900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia indicated when they arrived, David D. Marrs was detained in handcuffs and seemed to be having a hard time staying awake, with dropping eyelids and slurred speech, according to court documents. Marrs was arrested and booked for second-degree assault and today charged with the same offense in Lewis County Superior Court. His arraignment is set for Thursday.

ARSON INVESTIGATION CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called to an alley near the 600 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue early on Saturday morning after two vehicles caught fire. Firefighters responded around 3:30 a.m. for a cargo van fully engulfed in flames, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The fire department returned just after 5 a.m. to the same alley when an individual reported someone tried to light his pickup truck on fire, according to police. Officers collected evidence and the case is under investigation, police department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

POSSIBLE ROBBERY ATTEMPT

• Centralia police were called just after 9 p.m. yesterday to the 800 block of Harrison Avenue where they were told a 21-year-old Centralia man gunned his vehicle trying to get away from three males he said were trying to rob him and he ran into a landscaping rock. It was originally called in as a hit and run, according to the Centralia Police Department. He said he saw a knife, and officers were later told a male was hit by a car, but police are still trying to sort it out, according to Officer Tracy Murphy.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Police were called about 10:40 a.m. on Saturday to a business on the 1800 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis where a door was found kicked in. Cash and keys were among the items missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning some evidence was left at the scene of a burglary to an office on the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia that occurred sometime between 5 p.m. on Thursday and 8:50 a.m. on Friday. Stolen from the Catholic Housing Services were deposit slips and an electric wire tester, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAMPING SITES PROWLED

• A deputy was called to Taidnapam Park at the east end of Riffe Lake over the weekend where someone stole several fishing poles and reels from numerous camp spots during the night. Five individuals were victimized sometime between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Saturday, with a loss of about $4,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of Harrison Avenue about 11:15 p.m. yesterday for a car prowl. Someone broke two windows out of the locked vehicle and stole a wallet and clothing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 300 block of Southeast Canyon Drive in Chehalis in which someone got into a truck’s toolbox and stole numerous items, including a Poulan 14-inch chainsaw, three fishing poles and tackle as well as Dunlop Fury golf clubs. Among the missing items are a Calloway driver and custom Seahawks putter, according to police.

• Someone stole a Stihl MS066 chainsaw from the bed of a pickup truck at the 1900 block of Southwest Sniveley Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police just before 8 o’clock yesterday morning. It had a 32-inch Oregon saw bar and was valued at $1,000, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police took a report from the 1500 block of North National Avenue on Friday afternoon of a car prowl. The owner noticed its door was ajar and discovered cigarettes and change were missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MISSING CHAINSAW LOCATED

• Centralia police made a traffic stop just before 8 p.m. yesterday in which two males fled on foot but left the vehicle. Inside, an officer discovered a stolen chainsaw, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened at Chestnut Street and Marsh Avenue, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 22-year-old Centralia resident was arrested about 8:30 p.m. last night for alleged drug possession after police were called about a possible theft from the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act was Zachary J. Konoske, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WANTED INDIVIDUALS LOCATED

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning the 29-year-old woman wanted for allegedly lighting her companion’s tent on fire was picked up yesterday on Mellen Street by Centralia police. Kayleigh S. McDaniel, a homeless person from Centralia, allegedly assaulted the 36-year-old victim and ruined his tent early on Sunday at a transient camp along the Chehalis River west of Interstate 5 near milepost 81. McDaniel was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault and first-degree arson, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim was arrested at the same time yesterday for an outstanding warrant, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge today against McDaniel.

• Deputies on Friday visited with a 34-year-old man jailed the night before by the Olympia Police Department, after being contacted driving a gray 2003 BMW, with its front bumper held up with zip ties. The car was suspected to be involved in at least two residential burglaries last week in the Independence Valley west of Centralia. The Olympia resident allegedly confessed to breaking in to the home on the 100 block of Smith Road and another on the 200 block of Nelson Road, saying he wanted to sell or trade the valuables to support his drug habit, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jeremy R. Bunting was left at the jail in Thurston County but faces possible charges of residential burglary, trafficking in stolen property, three counts of theft of a firearm and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Investigation is still, underway to try to locate the stolen property, believed to have ended up in the Lacey area, according to Brown.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, obstructing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 127 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 5:20 a.m. today.

News brief: 100,000 salmon escape pen at Mayfield Lake

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Someone vandalized a net pen setting free 100,000 fall Chinook salmon into Mayfield Lake over the weekend.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office this morning is asking for the public’s help to find information about the incident that occurred sometime between 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon yesterday.

Two net loops were cut at the water reservoir on the 100 block of Cove Lane near Mossyrock, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.

The reservoir belongs to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Brown said it’s going to cause problems as the fish are expected to overwhelm fish traps belonging to Tacoma City Light when the fish head out to sea.

Deputies are checking with the Mayfield Lake Dam to see if any clues may have been captured on security video, according to Brown.

News brief: Rochester teen airlifted following two-car crash

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Three young people were injured when a 16-year-old driver from Rochester crossed the centerline on state Route 507 just east of Tenino yesterday.

The 16-year-old was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and his 16-year-old male passenger, from Wyoming, was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, according to the Washington State Patrol

Troopers and aid called just after 10:30 a.m. to the scene near Old Military Road found both cars totaled, according to the state patrol.

The Honda Accord had been traveling westbound and struck an oncoming Honda Civic, according to the investigating trooper.

The driver of the Civic was also injured. Brandon C. Eygabroad, 24, from Rainer, was also taken to St. Peter Hospital, the trooper reports.

The collision is blamed on speed. The roadway was blocked for five hours.