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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Updated at 4:58 p.m.

WANTED RANDLE MAN TAKEN DOWN WITH BEAN BAG

• A 39-year-old Randle man was arrested yesterday for an eluding incident the night before that began on U.S. Highway 12 near Glenoma. It was about 5:45 p.m. when a deputy attempted a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle but the vehicle took off, turning onto Kiona Road, and then onto Falls Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy discontinued the pursuit when the roadway turned to gravel, but then about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, the sheriff’s office got information the vehicle was broken down on a forest service road near Taidnapam Park. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said when a pair of deputies approached, the driver was sitting inside the Chevrolet pickup, and refused to follow commands. Brown said Christopher S. Haegen wouldn’t show his hands, and then once he exited the truck, he wouldn’t turn around and he reached into his pocket. A deputy fired a bean bag round from a shotgun, striking Haegen in the leg and he was taken into custody, according to Brown. All deputies carry the less-lethal rounds, Brown said. “In this situation, it was fortunate that it played out so we could use the less-than-lethal weapon,” she said. Haegen said his leg was sore, but didn’t need to go the hospital, according to Brown. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony eluding and a warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

QUARRY HIT WITH WIRE THEFT

• Someone stole as much as 2000 feet of wire from rock crushing equipment and a truck to haul it away in from the 200 block of Winston Creek Road outside Mossyrock. Deputies responding to the Winston Quarry found that sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 the following morning, someone rode a bicycle up to the top of the quarry where the machines are, cut the power cable wire and loaded it into a truck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The truck ran out of fuel about halfway down the road, and the person then stole a box van to use, the sheriff’s office reports. The van was found on Saturday in the general area, without the wire in it, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. The loss is estimated at $20,000.

BURGLARY MORTON

• Police were called about 8:30 p.m. yesterday when a Morton resident returned home after being gone a few days and discovered their front door open and some of their belongings missing. It happened at the 400 block of Westlake Avenue, according to the Morton Police Department.

MOOSE RACK STOLEN

• Someone stole a set of moose horns from a home on the 1300 block of Lakeshore Drive in Centralia, according to a report made to police at noon yesterday.

MORE MORTON BURGLARIES

• Morton police are investigating a break-in to a home on the 600 block of Westlake Avenue that was reported on Thursday at about 9:30 a.m.

• Morton police were called at approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday regarding an attempted break-in to a business on the 200 block of Seventh Street.

• An outbuilding door was damaged but nothing appeared to be missing following a burglary at the 400 block of Third Street in Morton which was reported on Thursday morning.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 8:25 p.m. on Saturday of a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup stolen from the 400 block of North Tower Avenue. It has a license plate reading B38108L, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday regarding an air compressor stolen from the bed of a pickup truck at the 1000 block of E. Street.

• Centralia police were called Saturday night about a vehicle prowl at Arby’s at the 1200 block of Belmont Avenue. Missing was an antique money collection, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police took a report on Saturday from Southwest 18th Street of a license plate stolen from a vehicle. It’s not clear where it occurred, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRINKING IN PUBLIC

• A 36-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for obstructing after an officer responded about 12:15 a.m. on Sunday to the 600 block of West Main Street, where an employee said a man opened a beer inside the store and wouldn’t leave. Joseph W. Rogerson denied he had anything to do with it, but was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 44-year-old Onalaska man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after he allegedly threw a baggie of five-plus grams of meth out his passenger window just before pulling over a for a deputy on Friday night. The deputy was making the traffic stop for speeding about 8:20 p.m. at the 100 block of Middle Fork Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Gary L. Hitch Jr. was also found to have a warrant and driving with a suspended license, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VANDALISM

• Gang graffiti was discovered spray painted on a garage at the 1200 block of Ward Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

ROADWAY INCIDENTS

• Centralia police responded about 1:15 p.m. yesterday to Pearl and Sixth streets where a man had jumped from a vehicle during an argument. He was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department. His wife, Felicia R. Alexander, 20, of Centralia, was cited for driving with suspended license, according to police.

• A 25-year-old Winlock man was arrested for driving under the influence after a vehicle wreck about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at the 400 block of Berry Road outside Chehalis. The vehicle struck a large tree and rolled onto its top, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Bradley J. Hunter was arrested by the state patrol, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, collisions on county roads, noisy neighbor music … and more.

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Tom Sparks said five panels of collectibles like this one were stolen from his car, while he was Arby’s in Centralia around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

POLICE: VADER HEROIN DEALING COUPLE BUSTED

• The Centralia Police Department’s special Anti-Crime Team announced this morning an investigation they conducted with federal agents and Chehalis police detectives into what they called a large heroin supplier led to the arrests of a Vader couple at their home. The two were first contacted at the end of December when officers undertook a search at their residence on Alpine Court and seized several thousands of dollars in cash, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a Glock 40 caliber handgun with ammunition, about nine ounces of pure heroin and approximately 20 grams of cocaine, according to a news release. The information from Centralia police Sgt. Brian Warren indicates officers allowed both suspects to remain at their home until arrest warrants were issued this week. Warren states that Francisco “Poncho” Guerrero admitted to selling drugs for 20 plus years and acknowledged he was a convicted felon. On Tuesday, Centralia officers and Lewis County detectives arrested 36-year-old Guerrero and his girlfriend 33-year-old Jennifer M. Hayes at the home, according to police. They were booked into the Lewis County Jail without incident, on two counts each of delivery and possession of controlled substances, according to Warren. Guerrero was additionally booked for unlawful possession of a firearm, the news release states. Their arraignments are scheduled for March 12 in Lewis County Superior Court.

BRIEF ESCAPE FROM ARREST

• A 38-year-old man, already handcuffed, slipped away from police as he was being placed in a patrol car and ran away yesterday afternoon at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Steven G. Ward was physically subdued and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened around 2:15 p.m. when police detained him for allegedly punching his girlfriend and throwing her keys in the river, according to police. He was arrested for fourth-degree assault and for third-degree escape, police report.

POLICE: MARIJUANA DEALING BUST

• A 24-year-old homeless woman was arrested last night for two counts of delivery of marijuana, one to a 14-year-old girl and the other to an 18-year-old male, according to the Centralia Police Department. The arrest around 10 p.m. associated with the 700 block of East Locust Street in Centralia ended with  Shanna L. Wilson booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. The 18-year-old – Zachory J. Schultz, from Centralia – was also booked into the jail for possession of marijuana, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, reckless driving; responses for collision on city street … and more.

News brief: Toledo infant’s cause of death unknown

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County coroner announced yesterday nothing suspicious was found during an autopsy of an 8-month-old Toledo area baby.

Deputies responded about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday to the 200 block of Foster Creek Road where the father said he’d found the infant boy in his crib not breathing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CPR was conducted and medics responded as well, but the child was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the death, but has not revealed why.

Coroner Warren McLeod indicated yesterday there were no signs of trauma to the baby and he doesn’t yet know what caused the death.

It could take three to four months to get back the results of tests, information he needs to make a determination, according to McLeod. The tests are ones automatically done on unexplained infant or child deaths, he said.
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For background, read “News brief: Infant death investigation underway in Toledo area” from Thursday March 5, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 6th, 2015

VEHICLE THEFT

• A motorcycle was reported stolen about 5:20 p.m. yesterday from a parking lot of a business on the 1000 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. The owner told police he left it for a short period of time and when he returned it was gone, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A Chehalis woman found to be driving with a suspended license when she was the subject of a traffic stop last night found herself in further trouble as it turned out she was wanted on an outstanding warrant, related to driving with a suspended license, and then it got worse when she got to the jail. During the intake process, when she stood up from a bench, something fell from her shirt to the floor, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The white crystalized substance tested positive for methamphetamine and Veronica L. Valderrama, 51, was booked for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, according to the sheriff’s office.

LOST APPEAL

• The Washington State Court of Appeals rejected a former Randle man’s claim his convictions for second- and third-degree child rape should be reversed. In an opinion issued on Tuesday, the three-member panel ruled that David C. Haviland’s sentence of 340 months should stand. The former longtime Hampton Mill employee was convicted in a bench trial in Lewis County Superior Court in June 2013. The appeals judges disagreed with Haviland’s contention that a bill that amended a statute related to a case was unconstitutional, as well as other issues in his appeal.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, misdemeanor theft … and more.

News brief: Dental match confirms identity of Kresky Avenue remains

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The skeletal remains found last week on a hillside along Kresky Avenue in Chehalis have been positively identified, but the name is being withheld until authorities can locate and notify next-of-kin.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said the female in her mid-50s was living locally, but no missing person report was filed with police by anyone.

Investigators found papers in a bag near her body with her name on them, and found dental records locally to compare with the remains.

Dr. Kathleen Taylor, the forensic anthropologist at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office made the identification using the records, according to McLeod.

Chehalis Police Department detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said earlier this week their investigation of the death was is in somewhat of a holding pattern, waiting for the coroner to tell them who she was.

As of Tuesday, neither office had been in contact with family of the woman.

The human remains were found by a surveyor about a quarter mile east of the 2200 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue on Feb. 23. Sgt. Wilson estimated she had  been dead about a year. Her cause of death remains undetermined.
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For background, read “Possible ID could come this week of remains found off Kresky Ave.” from Tuesday March 3, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

LITTLE FIRE FOUND IN RESTROOM

• Firefighters were called about 11:45 p.m. yesterday to a fire in one of the bathrooms at the Maytown rest area along southbound Interstate 5. They found smoke showing upon their arrival and quickly extinguished the burning paper materials, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. The damage was minimal and the scene turned over to investigators with the Washington State Patrol, Fire Chief Robert Scott said.

ADNA FIRE CAUSE NOT CLEAR

• The cause of the fire that struck a dairy farm will be recorded as undetermined but it began in a room that housed an air compressor. “I didn’t see anything else that could have caused it,” Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said today. Crews called early Sunday morning to the 400 block of Bunker Creek Road found fire in the milking parlor and were able to keep it from spreading to the adjacent barn that contained some 200 cows. McCarty said it seems much of the equipment is useable, although a motor that ran the milking machines was damaged. Most of the damage was up above, he said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were contacted about 1:10 p.m. yesterday regarding a burglary at the 500 block of Hillkress Street over the weekend. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone took a stereo faceplate and other small items when they broke into a vehicle at the 800 block of West First Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:40 p.m. yesterday.

• Police were called about 8:50 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Ash Street where someone had stolen the stereo from a vehicle.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, violation of anti-harassment order; responses for alarm, disputes, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, infant left alone in a car, collision on city street  … and more.

News brief: Infant death investigation underway in Toledo area

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an 8-month-old boy in the Toledo area.

Deputies responded last night to the 200 block of Foster Creek Road because of a report of an aid call about a non-breathing baby with CPR in progress, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies learned the father had found the infant in the crib not breathing, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Nine-one-one was called and CPR begun, Brown said.

The efforts were unsuccessful, she said.

Brown didn’t say if the death was suspicious or why law enforcement was investigating, but did say no further information will be released until after an autopsy, which could possibly take place tomorrow.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Updated

YOU BOUGHT A WHAT?

• Centralia police were called about 11:50 a.m. yesterday to the Bank of America on the 100 block of South Pearl Street where a 29-year-old man had allegedly choked a family member during an argument about the purchase of a gerbil. Jason R. Ferris, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOCKER ROOM THEFT

• Centralia police say they found stolen credit cards in the pocket of  suspect when he was detained for an unrelated assault yesterday afternoon. A cell phone and the credit cards had gone missing earlier in the day from a locker room at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard, according to the Centralia Police Department. Adam T, Kay, 31, a homeless person, was contacted around 2 p.m. after allegedly shoving a clerk at the 600 block of South Tower Avenue, according to police. He was cited for third-degree theft and fourth-degree assault and then released, according to police.

DOGNAPPING

• Centralia police took a report of the theft of a dog from the 200 block of East Chestnut Street yesterday.

OTHER THEFT

• Police were called regarding the theft of a license plate from the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard just before 8 o’clock yesterday morning.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Chehalis man who allegedly shoplifted a hot wheel-type car and another item from Wal-Mart last night was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, third-degree theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were called about 8:15 p.m. to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue and booked Fernando Morales Sanchez into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

NOT SCAMMED

• A Chehalis woman called police yesterday after getting a phone call from someone who said he was her grandson and needed bail money because he got arrested. He told her he sounded different because he had a cold, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The woman called the jail he mentioned to verify the claim and they told her she should report it to police, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

ASSAULT IN WINLOCK

• Winlock police are investigating an assault that happened early Friday morning and landed an individual in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries. It happened in the parking lot near Frank’s Bar in Winlock, according to the Winlock Police Department. A man was arrested on Sunday for first-degree assault and second-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, but was released with no charges filed by the prosecutor. Chief Terry Williams is asking anyone with information to contact them at 360-785-3891 or wpd@toledotel.com

ROLLING SMOKE

• Firefighters were called out twice yesterday for fire in the back of a mobile paper shredding vehicle. Chehalis Fire Department Firefighter Pat Gilligan said after the first incident the driver had waited about an hour and a half for it too cool down and then continued on their way but soon was stopped off South Market Boulevard when it reignited. The crew put foam on it; it was mostly a lot of smoke, Gilligan said. He suggested it was likely an overheated bearing that caused smoldering of the paper.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants,  driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, disputes, noisy children, harassment, vandalism, misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor theft, counterfeit bill, protection order violation, a vehicle theft that turned out to have only been impounded … and more.

Winlock house fire victims positively ID’d

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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Tabitha and Bethany Cuvreau

Updated at 12:02 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The investigation into the cause of the fire that killed a mother and two little girls in Winlock continues but authorities now have some answers.

The three died from smoke inhalation, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.

Coroner Warren McLeod said autopsies were completed between Friday and yesterday on the deceased.

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Samantha Koehler

They are Samantha Koehler, 31, and her two daughters Bethany Cuvreau, 4, and Tabitha Cuvreau, 2.

McLeod said his work didn’t come up with an answer as to why the trio didn’t get out of the burning home, while the father and two boys were able to escape.

“That would call for speculation on my part,” McLeod said.

However, he said, the impact of smoke in a person’s system can overcome someone quite quickly and cause unconsciousness.

The three will be released today, so they can be laid to rest, according to McLeod.

The early morning blaze on Thursday nearly consumed the two-story home on the 800 block of Northeast First Street. According to county records and authorities it was built in 1904 and served by natural gas.

The family had been sleeping and when the father and two boys headed out the door, the mother and girls were right behind him, but for whatever reason didn’t get out, according to Police Chief Terry Williams.

Williams today said he doesn’t know when the investigation into the cause of the fire will be finished.

“There’s stuff that has to be sent off to be analyzed,” Williams said.

Meanwhile, many members of the community have been working to raise money and collect donations for the survivors.

The St. Helens Tap House in Toledo is holding a benefit charity ride on March 21, beginning at their establishment on Ramsey Way with multiple stops during a 75-mile loop through the county, to include door prizes and drawings.

The entry fee is $25 per person with all proceeds going to the fire victims, according to Toledo resident Brandie Devine.

For more info or to donate to the prize packages, the contacts are: Brandie Devine at 360-880-7331, Callie Fraser at 850-803-9617 or or Terry Butler 360-269-0041.
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For background, read “Deadly Winlock fire: Investigation, grieving, continue” from Friday February 27, 2015, here

 

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Updated at 8:08 p.m.

SHERIFF: FRAUD OPERATION UNCOVERED IN ONALASKA

• An Onalaska woman was arrested yesterday at her home where deputies found a suspected check-printing operation. Two others wanted on warrants were arrested at the same time, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation began about two weeks ago with a 67-year-old who was victimized when someone wrote a fraudulent check at the Chehalis Safeway for $352 worth of groceries, according to the sheriff’s office. Yesterday, when surveillance video that was obtained revealed the woman at the grocery store, whose name was on the check, deputies and members of the Centralia Police Department went together to contact her at the 400 block of View Ridge Road, as well as several people with warrants believed to be hanging out with her, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Shauna Ridgley was detained and gave law enforcement permission to go inside her home to find wanted persons, Brown said. A 30-year-old Tumwater woman came out with a knife in her hand, wouldn’t obey commands and made comments about “suicide by cop”, Brown said. Officers used a Taser to take her – Amy Moore – into custody, according to Brown. Inside, they found Francisco Lamas, 29, of Centralia. While inside, officers saw check printing materials in the kitchen and subsequently got a warrant to collect numerous identifications, documents and pieces of mail belonging to other people, according to Brown. Ridgley was arrested for theft, forgery and manufacturing fraudulent financial documents, according to the sheriff’s office. The other two were arrested for their warrants and all three booked into the Lewis County Jail. The 67-year-old is just one of the victims, according to Brown.

AUTO THEFT

• A 71-year-old woman reported yesterday her red 2000 Ford Mustang was stolen overnight from the 6000 block of state Route 508 near Morton. The car disappeared sometime after 10 p.m. Sunday and before 7 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It has a license plate of ANS 3279, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at $10,000 Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 12:15 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of medications from the 2000 block of Cooks Hill Road.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday about mail stolen from mailboxes along Southwest 15th Street.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 9:25 p.m. yesterday to the parking lot at Providence Centralia Hospital after someone was caught breaking into a car. The owner caught him, but he ran away, however, officers found something the suspect accidentally left behind with his name on it, according to the Centralia Police Department. Charles A. Riggs must have dropped his discharge papers from the hospital and he was subsequently located and arrested for second-degree vehicle prowl, according to Sgt. Jim Shannon. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon about an overnight vehicle prowl at the 600 block of Warren Street.

DRUGS

• A 15-year-old girl was arrested for possession of marijuana yesterday in connection with an incident at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia.

SHRUB ISSUES

• A 54-year-old Morton man made a vandalism complaint after someone pruned his junipers and threw the limbs in his yard last week. The suspect in the incident on the 100 block of Collar Avenue is an 81-year-old neighbor, according to the Morton Police Department. The damage is estimated at $5,000, police report.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A public works employee in Somerville, Texas has been booked into the Lewis County Jail on a charge of child molestation following an investigation that began last year about incidents that allegedly took place in Centralia around 2009. Teddi B. Kendig, 54, yesterday was ordered held on $50,000 bail. Prosecutors state in charging documents that a girl told police last April that when she was 6 or 7 years old, the man her mother was dating pulled down his pants and asked her to touch him, when they were alone together. First-degree child molestation has a maximum penalty of life in prison. Kendig’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court.

• A 28-year-old homeless man was arrested after his 9-year-old daughter was found alone and wandering the streets on the 100 block of Ribelin Road outside Chehalis about 6 a.m. on Saturday, and deputies learned the two had broken into her grandmother’s house nearby to watch television and then slept in the loft of a shack. Charging documents state the girl was hysterical, shivering and shoeless and had been looking for her dad after awakening about an hour earlier and finding him gone. About two hours after responding to the call, a deputy found Derrick W. Burke hiding on the property, and he said he’d gone in the house to take a shower, but then found the door wide open and feared there were burglars, so he hid in the bushes, according to charging documents. Burke had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, the documents state, that he said he was unaware of. Charging documents state the child’s mother gave conflicting statements to police about the situation. Burke was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with reckless endangerment, first-degree criminal trespass and also for escape from community custody for failing to maintain contact with his community corrections officer – in connection with a 2013 conviction for possession of methamphetamine. Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told a judge yesterday her client was currently working at a Chehalis vehicle repair business, but hadn’t yet gotten his first paycheck. His bail was set at $10,000 and his arraignment is Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court.

WRECK

• Car parts were left behind in a hit and run that damaged a large section of chain link fence at Winlock High School,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding yesterday to North Military and Nevil roads believes it was a small car and reports the cost is $500 to $1,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, disputes, report of rape, collision on city street … and more.

Possible ID could come this week of remains found off Kresky Ave.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities are a little bit closer to possibly discovering the identity of the female whose skeletal remains were found last week on a wooded hillside in Chehalis.

If it is who they think it might be, it’s not someone who has been reported missing, according to police and the coroner.

The human remains were found by a surveyor about a quarter mile east of the 2200 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue.

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Northeast Kresky Avenue

Chehalis Police Department detective Sgt. Gary Wilson estimated she had  been dead around a year, based partly on items they found close by. Receipts and other papers in a bag – like a handbag – near her had a name on them, according to Wilson.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod’s office has the ability to send an inquiry fax out to all dentists in Lewis County, and he got a response, he said this morning.

Both the remains and what he believes to be her dental records are being transported today to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, where the forensic anthropologist can compare the two, McLeod said.

He could get an answer as to whether they match within days, he said.

Finding a cause of death is something that will take much longer, if they even can figure it out, according to McLeod.

Dr. Kathleen Taylor, the forensic anthropologist, can examine bones and sometimes find some answers, for example she might find trauma to a skull or knife of bullet marks to ribs, McLeod said.

“But there’s only so much we can do scientifically,” McLeod said.

His office is still trying to track down possible family of the female whose name they have, he said.

Sgt. Wilson said he had nothing new to release about the case, and is reluctant to share many details.

“It’s difficult, because you have family out there, people who do have missing persons, and I don’t want them to get false hopes,” he said. “At the same time, I want to protect the family of who it is.”

Wilson said one of his detectives has been conducting interviews, but his office is in somewhat of a holding pattern, waiting for the coroner to make a positive identification.

Everything they collected at the scene last Tuesday, they turned over to the coroner, he said.

There were no indications of foul play at the scene, but there were also no indications at all there to suggest how she died, Wilson said this morning.

The area is above a swath of property where some earthmoving and cleanup is underway, a hike through woods and steep terrain.

Wilson said he could only speculate why the female would have been in that spot.
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For background, read “Human remains recovered off Kresky Avenue hillside” from Tuesday February 24, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

ATTEMPTED APPLIANCE THEFT

• Someone kicked in a door and tried to steal a dishwasher from a residence on the 300 block of Winston Creek Road near Lake Mayfield, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. The discovery was made yesterday by an individual who went to clean the place for new tenants, according to the sheriff’s office. Nothing else was missing or disturbed, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BURGLARY TO SHOP

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning nearly $2,000 worth of items were stolen on Feb. 19 from the 3000 block of Lowery Lane outside Centralia. Among the missing property were a Stihl chainsaw, various tools and two motorcycles – a Honda and a Suzuki , according to the sheriff’s office.

SCRAP METAL TAKEN

• Sometime during the week that ended on Saturday, someone stole scrap copper from a barn, workshop and garage at the 1800 block of Bunker Creek Road west of Chehalis. The loss is estimated at $100, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An officer called to the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 1:10 p.m. yesterday was told someone stole items from a pickup truck while its owner was shopping.

VANDALISM

• Police were called about 3:30 a.m. today when a taxi driver reported an individual kicked out the taxi’s tail light following an argument at the 1200 block of Mellen Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISION

• An 18-year-old passenger was hospitalized yesterday evening after a 21-year-old driver lost control of his 2001 Pontiac at a corner at the 100 block of the Toledo-Vader Road and struck a guard rail. A deputy responding after the approximately 5:15 p.m. wreck outside Toledo reports the driver was uninjured but the passenger sustained an arm laceration as well as neck and back pain, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Both are from Castle Rock, according to the sheriff’s office. The car was described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, assault, shoplifting, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, gas drive off, hit and run, hit and run, hit and run  … and more.

Centralia children’s clinic open as usual after arson fire

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
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Northwest Pediatric Center on Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Peter Crosby

Updated at 3:22 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The building that housed part of the Northwest Pediatric Center in Centralia and was hit by a fire over the weekend will remain closed for several months, but the center is still seeing patients as usual.

They are just moving providers and appointments around to other locations, administrator Lisa McKay said this morning. They opened as usual for business at 7 a.m. today, she said.

Nobody was injured in the Saturday night fire on the 1900 block of Cooks Hill Road at what they call the Centralia East Clinic. It sits adjacent to the Centralia West Clinic.

The fire department revealed today they believe someone set the fire.

Riverside Fire Authority and the Centralia Police Department concluded after their scene examination it was arson, according to Riverside. They are continuing to investigate, including conducting interviews, according to a news release from Capt. Erik Olson.

McKay said she doesn’t really know yet how bad the loss is as far as the building and equipment. They are insured.

“The damage is pretty much to the roof and ceiling,” she said. “We honestly don’t know, we haven’t been in there that much yet.”

Three fire departments responded to the blaze at about 8:10 p.m. on Saturday and found fire in the rear of the building with extension into the attic. By 9:30 p.m., Riverside Fire Authority said it was extinguished.

The center has 55 employees, including eight pediatricians and a psychiatrist, but also has various specialists affiliated with the center who took appointments in the newer building that caught fire, according to McKay.

The practice with more than 15,000 patients also has locations in Chehalis and Rochester.

The most significant loss at this point is the space, McKay said.

For those with upcoming appointments at Centralia East, they will be told where they need to go when they get their reminders calls, she said.

Normally, the walk-in clinic for children – called  the Kids Quick Clinic – which is held Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., is housed at Centralia East. McKay said anyone who wants to come for that should just go the Centralia West instead.

The clinic was not open on Saturday. None of the dogs who are part of the practice were there either, according to McKay.
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – CHILDREN’S CLINIC CATCHES FIRE IN CENTRALIA” from for Sunday March 1, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

CHILDRENS’ CLINIC CATCHES FIRE IN CENTRALIA

• Riverside Fire Authority reports heavy damage from a fire last night at a childrens’ medical clinic across from Providence Centralia Hospital. Crews called about 8:10 p.m. to Northwest Pediatric Center on the 1900 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia found fire at the rear of the building with extension into the attic, according to Capt. Casey McCarthy. The fire was brought under control quickly with assistance from fire departments in Chehalis and Rochester, according to McCarthy. Nobody was injured. Riverside tweeted just before 9:30 p.m. the fire was out and personnel were helping representatives of the business to salvage high priority supplies and property. The cause was under investigation.

MILKING PARLOR CATCHES FIRE IN ADNA

• Fire struck at an Adna dairy during the night, damaging its milking parlor but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to a barn containing some 200 cows. Lewis County Fire District 6 called just before 3:30 a.m. to the 400 block of Bunker Creek Road found the long, narrow parlor building roughly 75 percent involved in flames, Firefighter Matt McCoy said. The building was connected in a T-fashion to the large barn, he said. “I thought we were going to lose the barn with the cows, but the guys did a really good job of knocking it down,” McCoy said. They were assisted by crews from the Chehalis Fire Department, Lewis County Fire District 13 and Riverside Fire Authority, he said. McCoy said it appeared some of the equipment may be salvageable, but the owner had to find a way with neighbors to get the cows milked this morning. It might not have ended so well if not for a deputy out on patrol who noticed the smoke, he said. “That right there was one of the saving graces,” he said. The cause is under investigation.

DUI COLLISION

• A 21-year-old driver was hospitalized early this morning after he wrecked a car on Jackson Highway at Plomondon Road outside Toledo. Troopers called at 4:55 a.m. report Ivan W. Case, of Chehalis, was traveling fast southbound, failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway, coming to rest in the ditch. The 2009 Honda Accord he was driving is described as totaled. He was wearing a seatbelt, but was injured and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. The crash is blamed on speed and Case is to be issued a citation for driving under the influence, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, obstructing, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for vandalism, missing vehicle  … and more.

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The end of the long milking parlor farthest from the cow barn after the fire is mostly extinguished. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

Deadly Winlock fire: Investigation, grieving, continue

Friday, February 27th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters and investigators continued their work today, trying to uncover what ignited the blaze that claimed three lives and nearly consumed a two-story home in Winlock.

“We’re out going through the scene today,” Lewis County Fire District 15 Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said. “Going through the remains of the house.”

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807 N.E. First Street

The Lewis County coroner yesterday recovered the partial remains of three individuals and has yet to verify their identities or release their names.

Winlock Police Department Chief Terry Williams said he hasn’t confirmed the ages of all the family members involved in Thursday’s early morning morning fire.

The father, whose name has not been released, and his two boys escaped the fire physically uninjured. The mother and two little girls who were right behind him did not.

“I think they’re 3 and 4,” Williams said today.

She had them on her hips or under her arms, carrying them out, Williams said. They were found right where he would have expected them to be, some 10 to 15 feet from the front door.

The family had been asleep, and the father had no ideas what caused the fire, Williams said.

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807 N.E. First Street / Google

The survivors were in their nighttime apparel, and a life-long Winlock resident has headed up efforts to collect clothing for them, as well as household items.

Brandon Patching said the boys, ages 7 and 9, are average to slim. The father could likely wear large or extra large, he said.

Patching also spearheaded a candlelight vigil last night, held at the site of the world’s largest egg, which the south Lewis County town is known for.

“Being a small town, that’s what we do,” Patching said. “That family needs to know that we’re all there for them.”

Connie Sneed, who became acquainted with the couple at first through the Winlock community Facebook group, early yesterday coordinated with Umpqua Bank in town to set up a donation account.

She’s anxious to get it out of her name, but hasn’t talked directly to the father yet, she said today.

His brother phoned her earlier today – she assumed because the police chief thought they should connect – on the father’s behalf.

“He said he’s very, very appreciative, he’s just barely hanging in there, his brother said; he’s just trying to hang in there, he’s not doing real well,” Sneed said.

Sneed said the father is up north with his family. She said the couple had come to Winlock a year or so ago from Coupeville.

He asked her if she could help get the donated items stored, because he’s going to need them soon, she said.

The brother told her what’s really needed is money, for services and relocating, she said.

“I want him to be able to put her and those babies to rest, and not have to skimp on anything,” Sneed said.

Umpqua Bank continues to accept monetary donations; Mayor Lonnie Dowell said donors can just tell them it is for the fire victims.

Any donations of clothing, or household goods can be taken to the Christian Fellowship in Winlock on Cemetery Road. Also, Patching is happy to continue accept them at his workplace at Aaron’s in the Twin City Town Center in Chehalis, as long as it’s arranged ahead of time with a phone call. He can be reached at 360-740-6060.

Patching and Sneed can also be reached for details via posts on Lewis County Sirens Facebook page.

The fire investigation is being conducted by Sam Patrick, under the direction of Chief Williams.

The chief expected they would continue working into this evening.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod indicated this morning his office is working with the family, keeping them informed of their progress of confirming the identities, so the three can be released and laid to rest.

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For background, read “Deadly Winlock fire: Sifting though charred rubble” at 3:39 p.m., here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, February 27th, 2015

HIT AND RUN ONE

• A 41-year-old Centralia man who reportedly “hit on” on woman at a Chehalis bank yesterday, then backed into her vehicle and drove away without stopping was arrested later for hit and run. Police were called about 12:40 p.m. to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue where the 41-year-old woman said he had been harassing her, they got into a short disagreement and after he hit her car, he just said ‘it’s fine’ and left, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer tracked down the man’s sport utility vehicle during the night at a motel, and he admitted having been at the bank but didn’t recall hitting any vehicle, according to police. Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said it wasn’t clear if he intentionally backed into her vehicle. Douglas M. Martin was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

HIT AND RUN TWO

• It was just before 10 o’clock in the morning when a 21-year-old motorist came around a corner fast and struck a parked vehicle as well as a rhododendron in a flower bed outside the Lewis County Coroner’s Office. It happened on Wednesday, at the 500 block of Northwest Center Street, and Curtis J. Ebner was arrested for driving under the influence, for hit and run, and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MISSING HELICOPTER

• A remote-controlled helicopter was among the items stolen in a break-in reported yesterday at the 1700 block of state Route 7 outside of Morton. Someone burglarized a shop building sometime since Monday and also made off with a toolbox and two chainsaws, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

ANOTHER MISSING CHAINSAW

• Sometime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. yesterday, someone stole a Stihl chainsaw from a residence on the 500 block of Antrim Road outside Winlock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

MORE THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a 20-year-old homeless person was arrested for the alleged theft of a credit card when a deputy responded to a dispute on Wednesday at the 200 block of Joppish Road outside Centralia. While there, the deputy learned Jesse S. Shannon had taken the credit card from the other individual involved in the argument, according to the sheriff’s office. Shannon also allegedly made some $2,400 worth of charges on the card in Tumwater, an allegation being handled by the Tumwater Police Department, detective Sgt. Steve Aust said. Shannon was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft, according to Aust.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 7:40 a.m. yesterday to the 400 block of South Gold Street in Centralia where a set of keys had been stolen from a vehicle.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Updated

SHOWDOWN

• Centralia police say a 37-year-old man yesterday jumped out in front of a patrol car nearly causing a wreck and demanded to fight with the officer. It happened about 6:45 p.m. in the area of Delaware and Fulton streets, according to the Centralia Police Department. The office demanded to see the man’s identification, the man ran off across the railroad tracks. He was quickly located and taken into custody, according to police. Then, the subject reportedly threatened to find the officer off-duty and kill him, according to police. Charles R. Simpson was arrested for harassment and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

FIGHT

• Centralia police found two young men had been fighting when they responded to loud voices and a possible break-in at the 400 block of South Tower Avenue about 12:50 a.m. today. One was 20, the other 24, according to the Centralia Police Department. One walked away and the other was transported to the hospital for treatment, according to police. Bo D. Rupert and Anthony F. Boone, both from Centralia, can expect to receive summons to appear in Centralia Municipal Court for fighting in public, according to police.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called about a theft at the 200 block of Floral Street about 11:30 a.m. yesterday. Missing are a moving dolly and a Craftsman tool chest, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called yesterday about a refrigerator missing from a vacant rental house on the 200 block of South Street in Centralia.

• A portable stereo was reported stolen from a vehicle on the 1000 block of B Street in Centralia about 6:20 a.m. today.

STEALING POWER

• A homeless man who went into an empty mobile home and used electricity inside was arrested overnight for second-degree burglary in Centralia. Terry L. Bryan, 35, was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer about 12:15 a.m. at the 1700 block of Cooks Hill Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISION

• A 43-year-old woman was hospitalized after her car and a semi-truck collided yesterday on northbound Interstate 5 just south of the Lewis-Thurston county line. Firefighters responding about 1:30 p.m. describe the vehicle damage as moderate and the woman as in stable condition. She was the only person person in her vehicle and the only one injured, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for shoplifting, protection order violation … and more.

Deadly Winlock fire: Sifting though charred rubble

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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The search for bodies at the fire scene on Northeast First Street is a slow process.

Updated at 5:04 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

WINLOCK – The scene was somber as an investigator examined the area inside the blackened shell of what was a two-story house, hovering in the basket of a manlift while firefighters assisted below.

“We believe we have a location of one of the victims,” Winlock Police Department Chief Terry Williams announced shortly after 12:15 p.m.

A woman and two little girls didn’t make it out when fire broke out overnight. A father and two boys are said to be in the care of the Red Cross.

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Winlock Police Chief Terry Williams

“It’s just heart wrenching,” Winlock Mayor Lonnie Dowell said.

“My heart goes out to them,” Dowell said. “I can’t imagine losing half my family.”

The north end of the main street through the little town that sits three miles west of Interstate 5 is blocked off today, with barricades and yellow tape.

Chief Williams said the blended family had lived there perhaps a year; they were renting. He didn’t release any names.

“I knew of them,” Williams said.

Former Mayor Glen Cook who operated the machine to help Fire Investigator Samuel Patrick take photos from above, lives just down the street. Cook said when he phoned 911, he could see a little glow at the back of the house. Before he could finish explaining the location to the call taker, flames were coming out everywhere on the first floor, he said.

Another neighbor spoke of an explosion that rocked his house and woke his family up.

Chief Williams was dispatched at 2:45 a.m., just 10 minutes after the fire department was called out. He had only initial information from the man who lived there.

“The father indicated he grabbed the two boys and headed out the door,” Williams said. “She was right behind him, and he told her to get down, get down low.”

She didn’t come out, Williams said.

“He’s not even certain what happened,” Williams said of the father.

The residence, at 807 N.E. First Street, was built in 1904, according to county records. The Lewis County Assessor’s most recent information notes the one bathroomed home as in fair to average condition and heated with space heaters.

A representative of Puget Sound Energy said it was served by natural gas.

The front door of the main floor faced First Street. The house had a sort of basement on the backside, so it could be considered three stories, Williams said. Today, the top floor was gone.

Assisting Williams and his department were detectives from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Napavine Police Chief Chris Salyers, and members of the fire departments.

They were taking up debris layer by layer, searching for victims. Specialists from the Washington State Patrol came to create a map of the premises, once a suspected victim was found.

A fire investigator for Puget Sound Energy arrived at about noon.

Williams said the oldest of the children is a 9-year-old boy. The school district sent out a message this morning stating they will be providing support as needed to students and staff.

Mayor Dowell said a vigil is going to be held tonight, at the park in the center of town where the giant egg is. Umpqua Bank is accepting donations in an account already set up, he said.

Williams, who has been a police officer in Winlock since 1979, said its the third fire with child victims he can recall.

“They’re never easy, especially when there’s children,” he said.

Update: Just after 4 p.m. today, Chief Williams indicated investigators have recovered the remains of three victims, by way of the department’s Facebook page. The investigation into the cause of the fire will continue, according to Williams.
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For background, read “Possibly fatal house fire erupts in Winlock” from Thursday February 26, 2015 at 6:14 a.m., here

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Citizens should expect travel delays on Northeast First Street thorough the day.

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Examining the interior of what was a two-story house.

Morton resident to pay for hoax that evacuated lumber mill

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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Marcus T. Dantinne, left, accompanied by attorney Shane O’Rourke, told the judge he was sorry for what he did.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 24-year-old who called in an anonymous bomb threat to a Morton lumber mill and admitted to police he just wanted to get a friend out of work so they could hang out was sentenced today to house arrest.

Marcus T. Dantinne pleaded guilty to threat to bomb property, a felony. He apologized this morning in Lewis County Superior Court.

“I truly am greatly sorry for all the badness I’ve caused throughout this,” Dantinne told the judge. “I’m seeking attention from Cascade Mental Health right now.”

Dantinne, who lives with his mother in Morton, was arrested on Nov. 17, after the scare that shut down Alta Forest Products just north of town of some 60 employees. The company’s mill in Shelton was also evacuated because they didn’t know if the threat was site specific.

Police traced the call to Dantinne who reportedly took the phone apart so he wouldn’t be discovered.

Dantinne spent two days jail before being allowed to wait out his case by posting an unsecured, but co-signed  $10,000 bond. His mother was with him in the courtroom today.

He faced a standard sentencing range of three to nine months of lockup, but the lawyers agreed to recommend he be sentenced as a first-time offender, meaning zero to 90 days in jail.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead and defense attorney Shane O’Rourke agreed he should serve one month, and suggested to the judge he be allowed to do so under electronic home monitoring.

This morning in court, O’Rourke read a letter from Dantinne’s social worker regarding his eligibility for the alternative; she expressed he suffered from severe social anxiety, and that confinement at the county jail would be detrimental.

The young man has several issues, one of which is autism spectrum disorder, but has been very focused on his outpatient treatment, according to the letter.

Judge Nelson Hunt went along with the sentence.

“Kind of a stupid reason for a bomb threat,” Hunt said. “Usually there’s more to it, than I want a day off with my friend.”

Hunt advised him he has lost his right to possess firearms, and ordered him to begin his electronic home monitoring stint by the evening of March 17.

Dantinne will be under supervision for a year, during which he will have to comply with all his treatment requirements, according to Halstead.

Not yet determined, is the amount he will owe in restitution.

Halstead told the judge the mill indicates the hoax cost them a tad bit over $42,000.
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For background, read “Authorities: ‘Dumb’ bomb threat brings class B felony charge” from Wednesday November 19, 2014, here