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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, March 5th, 2017
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Updated at 5:04 p.m.

ATTEMPTED BANK MACHINE HEIST

• Centralia police arrested two individuals overnight who were allegedly seen trying to force open an ATM machine at the 600 block of South Tower Avenue. Chase Z. Barker, 19, and Anthony T. Hauck, 18, both of Centralia, were booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempted theft and first-degree malicious mischief following the call just after 3 o’clock this morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN

• Two people were arrested after allegedly trying to kick in the back door of a home on the 500 block of West Cherry Street in Centralia but were thwarted when the resident pushed back against the door barring entry on Thursday. Officers called just after 9 a.m. got a description of the suspects who fled and subsequently located Aaron J. Henning, 27, of Rochester, and Alan R. Moody, 54, of Winlock, according to the Centralia Police Department. They were booked into the Lewis County Jail for residential burglary. Moody was also arrested for possession of stolen property as it was discovered that he had also stolen a lawn mower from a nearby house, according to police.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• An individual reported to police yesterday morning that prescription medication was stolen from her residence while she was gone, at the 1800 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia.

• Police were called just after 5 p.m. on Friday to the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue where someone had cut a lock to a garage and stolen a gas can.

• Centralia police were called about 8:40 a.m. on Friday to a vacant home on the 1000 block of Alder Street following a discovery someone had forced their way in and stolen power equipment left there for repairs.

• Centralia police took a report from the 1500 block of Lewis Street on Thursday morning of an overnight break-in to a maintenance shed.

AUTO SHOP FIRE CAUSE WAS ACCIDENTAL

• It was a loose electrical connection inside a electrical wiring junction box at Burkett Auto Sales that ignited the fire last weekend that caused an estimated  $30,000 damage to the shop area of the business. The fire on the 1100 block of South Gold Street in Centralia broke out the morning of Feb 25 and was extinguished before it could spread to an adjacent office and large shop building. Riverside Fire Authority Assistant Chief Richard Mack called the condition a high resistance connection, which resulted in a build up of heat and then the fire.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Two people were arrested after a pursuit off the freeway and through Chehalis that ended with at least three vehicles damaged, including a patrol vehicle, a parked vehicle and the stolen car the suspects were traveling in. A deputy attempted to make a traffic stop of a silver Honda Civic which reportedly was speeding and cutting in and out of traffic on northbound Interstate 5 and exited at the Chamber of Commerce Way interchange, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The chase continued through downtown and into a residential area where the Honda finally stopped, but then its driver backed up and rammed the deputy’s 2014 Ford Explorer, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver of the Honda maneuvered onto a curb striking a parked 2016 Mazda CX5, pulled forward into the patrol vehicle and was then pinned against the curb by the deputy’s vehicle before the two occupants got out and ran off, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. It all happened shortly after 6 a.m. on Thursday and ended near Terrace Road and Northeast Highland Place, according to Breen. The 15-year-old female passenger was taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for possession of a stolen vehicle and the 18-year-old suspected driver, Nicholas A. Mannthey was booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempting to elude, possession of a stolen vehicle, malicious mischief and second-degree assault, Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, vehicle egged during the night … and more among 434 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Three separate rape cases dropped in Lewis County Superior Court

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A judge has dismissed a charge of second-degree rape of a child against a Chehalis man in a case in which a 13-year-old girl told police she was taken advantage of by three males at a Centralia party when she was so drunk she could not walk.

Geffrey A. Duncan, 22, was charged in September in Lewis County Superior Court in connection with the events reported in 2012. He pleaded not guilty.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm said she’s been unable to contact the alleged victim. The state’s motion to dismiss Duncan’s case without prejudice was granted yesterday, she said.

The allegations were investigated in May of 2012, and forensic evidence collected, but the girl only knew the first names of two of the individuals, according to court documents. An interview with a new witness led to two arrests last year.

Tyler M. McKee, 22, formerly of Chehalis, entered into a plea deal in November and was sentenced to 41 months in prison for two counts of second-degree child molestation.

Prosecutors alleged in charging documents that McKee’s DNA profile matched material collected from the girl’s pants. Duncan’s DNA was excluded from the sample found on the garment, according to prosecutors.

Dismissed without prejudice means the state can file the charge again later, Bohm said.

Two other sexual assault cases from late last year ended the same way in recent days in Lewis County Superior Court.

Bohm said the requests came about after further interviewing of the alleged victims and review of the files and deciding the cases could not go forward.

On Monday, a charge of second-degree rape was dismissed for Juvencio E. Ayala Rodriguez, a 23-year-old Centralia resident. He was charged in November following an investigation that began in April when a 16-year-old girl reported he forced himself on her a few nights earlier when she and a friend met two guys at Schaeffer Park.

Last week, on Thursday, a charge of second-degree rape was dismissed for 19-year-old Santiago L. Fernando of Chehalis. He too was charged in November following an investigation that began with a pregnant 17-year-old girl’s mother calling the Chehalis Police Department.

Appeals court reverses conviction in Vader child death

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
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Danny A. Wing at his sentencing hearing in Lewis County Superior Court in 2015.

Updated at 4:33 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The former Vader man incarcerated for his role in the abuse, neglect and death of a toddler he and his wife were caring for will be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea, an appeals court has ruled.

Danny A. Wing was given nearly 35 years when he was sentenced in Lewis County Superior Court in September 2015. He had pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and third-degree child assault for the death a year earlier of 3-year-old  Jasper Henderling-Warner.

His wife entered into a similar deal with prosecutors and received a similar sentence.

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Jasper Henderling-Warner

A unanimous decision of a three-member panel of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II issued on Tuesday concluded Wing’s plea was premised on an incorrect offender score for the third degree assault of a child conviction, rendering the plea involuntary.

His offender score was improperly calculated at six rather than five, an error the state conceded, and therefore resulted in applying the wrong standard sentencing range, the appeals court wrote. An offender score is related to a person’s previous felony convictions.

For the assault, the range ought to have been 17 to 22 months instead of 22 to 29 months, according to the decision.

Wing was given 416 months for the manslaughter and the two sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. The state argued the error did not determine Wing’s ultimate sentence.

A plea agreement must be treated as “indivisible” and an error on one count means the entire agreement must be set aside, Justice P.J. Worswick wrote.

The family, from the Vancouver area, had  been living in the Vader house about two weeks when the Wings called 911 to say the toddler was unconscious and not breathing on on Oct. 5, 2014. Jasper’s 21-year-old mother had given the couple temporary custody while she was homeless and looked for work out of state.

The autopsy found abrasions, bruises, facial trauma and healing fractures and labeled the cause of death as chronic battered child syndrome. Jasper was suffering from skin infections that were found to be secondary to his cause of death.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt called it an incredible story of horror and suffering inflicted.

Wing, now 28, appealed his sentence based also on another issue, claiming prosecutors breached the plea agreement.

His appeal lawyer Lisa Elizabeth Tabbut argued the agreement permitted the state to argue for sentencing enhancements but not to file aggravating factors, but the appeals judges disagreed with the distinction.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh argued the appeal case for the state.

It’s not clear exactly what happens next.

“We don’t know, that’s the long and the short of it,” Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said today.

Wing may petition the state Supreme Court to review the part of the appeal decision he lost, Meyer said. If he doesn’t or even if he does and fails, the case will be back in Lewis County Superior Court, he said.

“Then he gets to choose whether he wants to withdraw his guilty plea or not,” Meyer said. “He can opt to do that and if he does, we go to trial.”

Meyer suggested if Wing were to go to trial on one of the original charges, homicide by abuse with aggravators, and lost, the potential sentence could be lengthy.

Brenda A. Wing was sentenced in January of last year to 34 years and eight months for first-degree manslaughter, third-degree child assault, two counts of witness tampering and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

She also has an appeal in the works.
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For background, read “Vader man gets 34 years for toddler death” from Friday September 25, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
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BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called just before 7 p.m. yesterday for a burglary at a home on the 500 block of West Cherry Street. Tools were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FORGERY

• An individual at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia reported yesterday morning possible fraud involving someone writing checks on his account. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER ARREST

• A 32-year-old Randle resident was arrested for for interfering with a health care facility after police were called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia at 1:50 p.m. yesterday. Kelly A. Holen was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A small vial containing a white crystal substance was found inside the sock of a woman getting booked into the Lewis County Jail last night leading to her arrest for possession of methamphetamine.  A deputy arrived just after 9 p.m. to the area along state Route 6 near Steven Road in Doty to assist the woman who had called in because she was having vehicle issues, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy ran her name through the system, discovered she had an outstanding warrant and took 33-year-old Grace K. Mathison of Kent to the jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report from the 400 block of Centralia College Boulevard just after 10 a.m. yesterday that an unknown person or persons broke into a vacant residence and flooded the living area by turning on all of the water faucets and damaging the drains.

• An individual reported yesterday evening after discovering their vehicle had two flat tires and taking them in for repair, it was learned they had been slashed while parked at the 200 block of Southeast Washington Avenue, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• An adult male suspect was contacted after punching a passing car, causing damage to the vehicle at Locust and South Pearl streets in Centralia yesterday morning around 11:15 a.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. The incident is under investigation, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police report they are investigating an incident in which the driver left the scene of a crash at the 600 block of North Gold Street sometime before 7:52 p.m. yesterday. The vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 48-year-old Toledo man was arrested last night after a witness reported seeing his vehicle nearly hit a guard rail, run into a ditch, almost cause a head-on crash after crossing the center line and travel at speeds varying between 10 mph and 50 mph. A deputy arriving about 9:30 p.m. to the area on Jackson Highway near Tucker Road contacted Rodney Wallace, conducted field sobriety tests and then booked him into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor domestic assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, vehicle collision, unfounded report, suspicious circumstances … and more among 146 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, March 1st, 2017
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ROPE TRICK FAILS AT GREEN HILL

• A 17-year-old student-inmate is facing a possible charge of first-degree attempted escape after an incident in which he took off running and tried to throw a hand-made rope over the fence at Green Hill School. An officer called yesterday to the state juvenile detention facility was told the youth got 400 to 500 yards away from the group he was with before he was apprehended, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• An individual at the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia reported yesterday afternoon someone broke into his coin-operated laundry machines and took the money from them, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An outside security camera was stolen from a business on the 300 block of Lowe Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:20 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of the theft of a package delivered to a front porch at the 700 block of North Washington Avenue.

• Chehalis police were called about 6:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard after a woman attempted to spend a fake $50 bill at Starbucks inside Safeway. The counterfeit money was left behind and the subject took off in a white Honda Accord, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An officer was called to the 1400 block of Northwest Airport Road in Chehalis about 3:45 p.m. yesterday after a woman learned the driver’s side window of her vehicle was broken out and her purse stolen.

• Centralia police were called about 3:10 p.m. yesterday about the theft of a battery from a travel trailer at the 700 block of J Street.

• A wallet was taken from a vehicle parked at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 7:40 p.m. on Monday.

DRUGS

• A 32-year-old woman arrested shortly after 9 a.m. yesterday at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia for an outstanding warrant was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Christina A. Leyva, of Lacey, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SEXUAL ASSAULT

• Centralia police yesterday evening decided to refer a case to juvenile prosecutors regarding an allegation of second-degree rape against a 16-year-old boy, according to the Centralia Police Department. The teen is already in custody on an unrelated matter, according to police. Further details were not readily available.

VANDALISM

• A deputy was called over to the Lewis County Jail about 8:20 p.m. yesterday because an inmate had allegedly intentionally broke a sprinkler head. A case against Jeremy J. Miner, 41, will be referred to prosecutors for a charge of malicious mischief, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Miner reportedly told the deputy he broke it because he wanted to inhale the cigarette smoke he thought was emanating from the object, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The loss is $300.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A Toledo police officer was apparently unhurt when his patrol car sitting in a parking lot facing Front Street at Cowlitz Street was struck by a Toyota Tacoma yesterday afternoon. A deputy called to investigate about 2:50 p.m. determined the 35-year-old Toledo man driving the truck had suffered some sort of medical issue which led to the collision, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The truck sustained minor front end damage and the 2008 Dodge Charger was left with minor damage on the front passenger side headlamp, according to the sheriff’s office. The 35-year-old was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital for evaluation, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

• Centralia police reported yesterday they were looking for a white 1991 Honda Civic hatchback which sped away recklessly following an attempted traffic stop at Harrison Avenue and northbound Interstate 5 about 12:30 p.m. on Monday. An officer got its license plate which reads BBR 4040, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, dog bite, hit and run, civil issue, vandalism, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 300 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Onalaskan asks law for help with drug issue

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 40-year-old Onalaska woman handed over a baggie of suspected heroin to a deputy last night after calling Lewis County dispatch and telling them she wanted to get clean and get into rehab, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy responding to the 100 block of Third Street in Onalaska following the approximately 11:20 p.m. call field tested the brown powdery substance, arrested Elizabeth A. Fiedler for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and booked her into the Lewis County Jail, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said this morning.

A possible charge of possession of drug paraphernalia is being referred to prosecutors.

Morton woman charged with burning down own home

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office requested a $25,000 arrest warrant today for woman charged with first-degree arson in connection with a Morton house fire 14 months ago.

Kristin H. Skiles, 45, was summonsed by mail to appear this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court but did not show.

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The fire destroyed a two-story home on the  200 block of Third Street the morning of Dec. 20, 2015.

Prosecutors allege Skiles told a roommate she would burn the house down before the executor of the estate “or anyone gets anything.”

Nobody was injured, but three people were present, the fire chief said at the time.

According to charging documents, Skiles was being evicted because the house was going into foreclosure.

Her roommate Diana Stephens told police that when she arrived home that morning, the doors were nailed shut and Skiles was inside, sitting on the couch and made the statement about what she would do.

Skiles initially told police she’d been doing her hair and knocked an ashtray over, but in a follow up interview reportedly said she was suicidal and had once lit a small string on fire with her cigarette lighter, according to charging documents.

When she was interviewed again a month later, she said she couldn’t remember how it started but that she may have accidentally started it, the documents allege.

Fire Investigator Jay Birley concluded the origin was upstairs but the cause was undetermined. A fire investigator working on behalf of the insurance company concluded it could not have been begun the way Skiles first described based on studies that show how long it would take a discarded cigarette to ignite other materials.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead included statements gathered by the Morton Police Department from Stephens and also Mark Clevenger who was at the house that suggested the fire was intentionally set by Skiles.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told a judge this afternoon the summons had been sent to Skiles last known address in Morton and didn’t come back in the return mail.

First-degree arson has a maximum penalty of life in prison.
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For background, read “News brief: Flames, water claim Morton house” from Monday December 21, 2015, here

News brief: SUV crashes and burns at Ritchie Brothers

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Winlock man was hospitalized with a head injury after his vehicle collided with a 500-gallon propane tank and burst into flames on private property south of Chehalis yesterday.

The 56-year-old motorist thought he was traveling along North Military Road but instead was at Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers just west of Interstate 5, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Stephen G. Kamhout was operating a 2003 Ford Expedition which was destroyed, according to authorities.

He was able to flee the vehicle and when contacted by law enforcement appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

Lewis County Fire District 5 was joined by personnel from Districts 15, 7 and 2 and put water on the tank until someone was able to get close enough to shut off the valve, Firefighter Sam Heldreth said. Nobody else was injured.

Two nearby propane tanks were not affected, Breen said.

Ritchie Brothers is a heavy equipment auction business.

Kamhout was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be medically cleared for booking but they kept him to treat a head injury, Breen said.

A case for driving under the influence will be referred to prosecutors for charging, Breen said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, February 27th, 2017
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DEPUTY ASSAULTED

• A 49-year-old Chehalis woman allegedly struck a deputy with her fist after the deputy went to the 300 block of state Route 131 in Randle to remove her from a residence. Brandi L. Weston reportedly did not know the homeowner and was refusing to leave last night. Weston was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault and a case for second-degree trespassing was referred to prosecutors, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

HOMELESS PERSON ASSAULTED

• Chehalis police are investigating after a woman brought a homeless man to the police department on Friday evening so he could report getting assaulted at the playground four days prior.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• A burglary to a garage on the 400 block of Courtland Street was reported on Friday morning in which a battery charger and several hand tools were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 3:15 p.m. on Saturday to the 500 block of South Market Boulevard after a female saw two individuals inside her vehicle in a parking lot there. An officer subsequently located a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy and arrested them for vehicle prowl and released them to parents, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 300 block of Noel Avenue in Centralia about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday to take a report of the theft of a small safe and contents from a travel trailer.

• A flight bag was reported stolen from a residence at the 100 block of Jalyn Street in Centralia at about 8:45 p.m. on Friday.

• Centralia police took a report on Saturday morning from the 900 block of J Street where someone stole a bicycle from the yard and left another bike behind.

OTHER ARREST

• Riley J. Youckton was pulled over about noon on Saturday at the 1200 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue in Chehalis and arrested for third-degree driving with a suspended license, and then booked into the Lewis County Jail in connection with a Centralia case, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 59-year-old Centralia motorist suffered an elbow injury when she rolled her vehicle at the 2400 block of Little Hanaford Road on Friday. A deputy called about the single-vehicle collision just before 3 p.m. noted the driver was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and cited her for wheels off the roadway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 1995 Kia Sportage was totaled.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 368 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: South Gold auto shop catches fire

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
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Four fire departments responded to commercial structure fire on South Gold Street. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A fire that broke out this morning at Burkett Auto Sales in Centralia was extinguished before it could spread to an adjacent office and large shop building.

The fire on the 1100 block of South Gold Street however did an estimated $30,000 damage to the shop area of the building, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Firefighters called at 8:35 a.m. were responding to multiple 911 calls reporting heavy black smoke coming from the building, according to Fire Capt. Casey McCarthy.

They were joined by crews from the Chehalis Fire Department, Lewis County Fire District 6 and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Nobody was injured, according to McCarthy.

Burkett Auto repairs and sells used automobiles. The cause is under investigation.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, February 24th, 2017
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VICTIM CLUBBED IN HEAD

• A 29-year-old man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday evening after he was assaulted with a wooden club at the 600 block of South Washington Avenue in Centralia. Officers called just before 6 p.m. learned there had been a disagreement between the victim and a 26-year-old acquaintance, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim had been struck in the head, according to police. The investigation is ongoing.

TOOLS, EQUIPMENT STOLEN

• A Centralia area resident contacted the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday to report the discovery of a burglary to a building on the 100 block of Joppish Road in which an air compressor, a skill saw, an angle grinder, a sawzall and a guitar were missing. The owner checked his game cam and realized it happened between 11:40 a.m. and 6:07 p.m. on Jan. 17, according to the sheriff’s office. There is a person of interest, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

AUTO THEFT

• A blue 1994 four-door Honda Accord was stolen from where it was parked at Centralia High School on the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia sometime between 7:50 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It has a license plate reading AYR 1922, according to the sheriff’s office. The owner had let her brother use it and the loss is estimated at $2,000, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

LOCKER PILFERING

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday afternoon of the theft of a men’s Bulova wristwatch from a locker at W.F. West High School. It has a black face and a silver link-style band, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PHONE STOLEN

• An individual who accidentally left a Trac phone in the restroom at a store on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis called police at 11:20 p.m. yesterday after tracking it to an area in Chehalis.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of Harrison Avenue to take a report of fuel siphoned from a vehicle.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called over to Green Hill School just after 9 a.m. yesterday where a smoking device and green vegetable matter were found in the possession of a student-inmate. The items were collected and police are awaiting the results of lab testing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• An unknown suspect broke the windshield on a parked vehicle at the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police at 2:50 p.m. yesterday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances … 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.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
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GUNS, GARDEN TOOL, TAKEN IN BURGLARY

• A deputy was called about 7:30 p.m. yesterday when a man arrived home at the 100 block of Kirkland Road outside Chehalis to find his front door open and several firearms missing. Someone had also gone into his garage and taken a Stihl weed eater, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened sometime after 5:45 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. Among the missing guns are a Mossberg shotgun and a 22 caliber Stevens rifle, Chief Dusty Breen said.

STORAGE FACILITY BREAK-IN

• Someone forced their way through a gate and broke into four units at a multi-unit storage facility at the 300 block of Toledo-Vader Road outside Toledo sometime between Monday and Tuesday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Two locks were cut, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• Centralia police were called to a burglary at a business on the 500 block of North Tower Avenue just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Taken were some small tools and change, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police took a report of the theft of antiques from a vacant house at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia just before noon on Tuesday.

• Centralia police were called about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue about the theft of a computer tablet from a retail store.

• Centralia police took a report late yesterday afternoon of the theft of a notary public stamp from a mailbox at the 3100 block of Russell Road.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 7 o’clock yesterday morning to the 100 block of Southwest 11th Street where someone had stolen a car while it was being warmed up. Missing is a blue 2005 Ford Focus, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone stole fishing gear from a vehicle parked at the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Tuesday. It happened during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone slashed tires on two vehicles at the 1200 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police at 8 a.m. yesterday.

GUN FIRE CENTRALIA

• Centralia police reported yesterday they were investigating an incident from the night before in which a resident near the 100 block of East Center Street produced a handgun and fired a bullet into the air to scare off a group of people, who fled the area. The gunfire followed a dispute, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers contacted the resident who fired the shot, recovered the gun and took statements at the scene, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police were called just before 11 p.m. yesterday for a report of a hit and run to a garage by a box truck at the 800 block of South Tower Avenue.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, civil issue, stray rooster, runaway juvenile, misdemeanor domestic assault, malicious mischief, suspicious circumstances … and more among 312 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Nighttime fire chases eight occupants out of house

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
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The scene on South King Street in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Four adults and four children are displaced after a house fire during the night in Centralia, which started as a clothes dryer fire.

Firefighters called at 12:43 a.m. to the home on the 500 block of South King Street found all the occupants had gotten out and were uninjured, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Two cats perished, according to Fire Chief Mike Kytta.

“Firefighters quickly attacked the main body of fire which was located in the utility room and kitchen,” Kytta stated in a brief summary of the incident.

Firefighting efforts were challenged for short period of time by a live electric power line that was in the vicinity of the utility room, according to Kytta.

The fire department Tweeted it began in the laundry room where the dryer was in use at the time and heavily damaged the rear of the home. It left smoke and heat damage throughout, according to Riverside.

Riverside was assisted by the Chehalis Fire Department. The residents are they are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

News brief: Attempted robbery of delivery man

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralia police were called at 2:10 a.m. today after an individual said he was confronted by two masked males who tried to rob him as he was making a delivery to an auto parts store on the 1100 block of West Main Street in Centralia.

The males were armed with knives, demanded his money and he refused, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim ran to get help, police said.

“Upon returning to the scene it was discovered that the suspects entered the victim’s vehicle and stole his backpack,” the police department stated in a brief summary of the incident.

This case is under investigation.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
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UNRULY CUSTOMERS

• A 21-year-old Chehalis man allegedly entered a business, stole a bottle of alcohol and pushed an employee there just before 8 a.m. yesterday at the 500 South Tower Avenue. After he was arrested he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department. Eric J. Stevens was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Centralia police were called about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday to a business at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue where a man had been asked to leave, and punched the store’s owner in the chest, according to the Centralia Police Department. Matthew E. Eastman, 32 of Centralia, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 35-year-old man was arrested for third-degree assault after he allegedly slammed the victim to the ground in a bar dispute around 1 a.m. on Monday at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Timothy R. Babcock, of Centralia, was subsequently arrested also for first-degree malicious mischief after he allegedly kicked out a window in the back of a patrol car, according to the Centralia Police Department. Babcock was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A deputy was called to the 200 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia after a woman woke up about 10 a.m. on Sunday and discovered her truck was missing from the driveway. She said she’d parked the silver 2011 Ford F150 about 10 p.m. the night before, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

GAS THEFT

• A business reported that two male suspects used an unknown tool to bypass the pay system at the fuel pump on the 1200 block of Mellen Street and stole an undetermined amount of fuel yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police are investigating.

OTHER ARRESTS

• Kyle L. Davidson, 31, of Centralia, was arrested for first-degree trafficking stolen property on Sunday night. Officers contacted him at a dispute on the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia and arrested him based on probable cause established on another case which occurred last week, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 22-year-old Chehalis woman who allegedly gave police a fake name after they contacted her about suspected shoplifting incident about 5:45 p.m. on Saturday at the 1700 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis was arrested for second-degree identity theft. Kristina S. Bailey booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Cash, coin collections and a wedding band were discovered stolen from a residence on the 1000 block of Roosevelt Avenue in Centralia after a houseguest was asked to leave, according to a report made to police about 4:40 p.m. on Saturday.

• Police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of Mellen Street where an individual reported the theft of a ring described as a heart shaped solitaire in yellow gold.

• Centralia police were called about 5:30 p.m. on Friday to the 300 block of Hemlock Street in Centralia regarding the theft of golf clubs and sports memorabilia from an unlocked shop.

• Centralia police were called to the 600 block of West Pine Street about 10 a.m. on Friday where someone had stolen cement planters and a white angel figurine from the yard.

• Chehalis police were called by an individual about 4:25 p.m. on Friday whose wallet was lost and then turned in to a business on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue, but was minus its cash.

• Centralia police took a report about 3:20 p.m. on Friday of the theft of a bank card that had been left in an ATM machine at the 100 block of South Pearl Street and then used later by someone.

• Chehalis police were called just before 10 a.m. on Friday to the 2000 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue where sometime during the night someone stole a heat pump off the side of the building.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A pressure washer, paint sprayer and a variety of hand tools were reported stolen out of the back of a truck at the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 1 p.m. on Saturday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police are investigating a hit and run collision to a building on the 600 block of North Tower Avenue.  The suspect vehicle is described as a blue truck, according to police who were called just after 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespass, shoplifting, probation violation, protection order violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, hit and run, dine and dash, civil issue, vehicle collision, malicious mischief, suspicious circumstances … and more.