Updated at 3:23 p.m.
THEFT, THEFT, THEFT
• A 47-year-old man was arrested yesterday following an investigation after a resident on the 2500 block of Seminary Hill in Centralia discovered a pawn slip listing items belonging to him that he subsequently realized were missing. The slip had a relative’s name on it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding to the report on Tuesday learned the property included a chainsaw, a floor jack, jack stands and was pawned on Sept. 6. Patrick S. Dumar, of Centralia, was contacted and booked into the Lewis County Jail for residential burglary and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.
• Chehalis police were called just after 1 p.m. yesterday to a a bank on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to take a report that they accepted two checks on a closed account. The account had been closed following a theft related to a vehicle prowl, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The loss is $4,240, according to police.
• Someone stole items from three separate lockers at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.
• Police were called about a vehicle prowl about 7:15 a.m. yesterday at the 500 block of West First Street in Centralia. A large amount of tools were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• A 39-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with police just after 2 p.m. yesterday at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Justin L. Hyde was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Chehalis police arrested a 40-year-old Mossyrock woman for unlawful inhalation when they were called the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue about 4:10 p.m. yesterday for a complaint a customer had purchased canned air and had sniffed it in the store. Jennifer L. Barber was issued a citation and then released, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Someone scratched graffiti into freshly poured concrete at the 700 block of K Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police at 4 p.m. yesterday.
• A 45-year-old man was arrested last night for felony eluding after he failed to pull over when a deputy observed him traveling about 10 mph over the limit, left his vehicle in the middle of the road and headed on foot to his home. It occurred about 9:30 p.m. when the deputy was conducting speed enforcement in the area of Galvin and River Heights roads, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When contacted in the area of Joppish and Harriman roads, the deputy smelled the overwhelming odor of intoxicants, according to the sheriff’s office. A Taser was deployed and Brian K. Elliott was taken into custody, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Elliott was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail. The sheriff’s office is referring charges of obstructing and driving under the influence. Elliott is to be released without the felony charge filed today, pending further investigation.
• A 24-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for felony eluding and an outstanding warrant after he was contacted at the 1200 block of Long Road in Centralia, emitted the strong odor of intoxicants, put his car in reverse and took off at about 7:30 yesterday morning. Galen R. Whitmire headed north, but veered off the road into a garden and crashed into an apple tree, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Whitmire began to run east on Alder Street, but was caught and detained, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Cases for driving under the influence and third-degree driving with suspended license are being referred to prosecutors, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.
• While the outdoor burning prohibition has been lifted, there still hasn’t been as much rain as some would like to make the activity safe. Firefighters were called about 6 p.m. yesterday to a Christmas tree farm on the 700 block of Brockway Road where flames from burn piles got out of control and spread, Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale said this morning. They joined Lewis County Fire District 6 and personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources and were able to contain it to about 10 acres, the chief said. But it took took two to two and half hours or so, he said.
• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, hit and run, civil issue, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, collision on city street, homeless male sleeping by a back door … and more