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Armed robber strikes at Vader area gas station

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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South Lewis County / Google Maps

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Deputies are looking for a fairly small young man who wore a red bandana over his face when he robbed a gas station next to Interstate 5 at the Vader exit last night.

The armed individual got away with about $320, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement responding to the 8:30 p.m. call were told by the 26-year-old woman she was working when he walked into the store, displayed a pistol and demanded cash, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Cowlitz Shell station is on the 100 block of Mulford Road, Toledo.

He left on foot to the east, but it’s possible he got into a vehicle before deputies arrived, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The clerk, a Vader resident, was uninjured, Brown said.

Containment was set up around the area and a police dog deployed, but no suspect as located, according to Brown.

The robber was described as brown-haired and brown-eyed and about 20 years old. He was about 5 feet 6 inches tall weighing approximately 150 pounds, she said.

He wore all dark clothing.

Chief Brown asks anyone who may have information to please contact the sheriff’s office or Lewis County Crime Stoppers.

Prosecutor: Scary ER incident with man grabbing at baby not a candidate for felony charge

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 36-year-old Chehalis man who allegedly tried to take someone else’s baby at the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital last week won’t be charged with attempted kidnapping but may face a lesser charge for the incident.

William M. Eaton was out-of-his-mind high and didn’t demonstrate any intent to actually abduct the six-month old girl so although police detained him for attempted kidnapping, prosecutors declined to file that charge, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said.

Meagher said he sent the case to Centralia Municipal Court, where a prosecutor there might consider fourth-degree assault, an offense that includes unpermitted touching.

The little one was with her parents and still strapped in her car seat, when Eaton came into the ER about 8 p.m. last Wednesday and tried to take her out of the carseat, according to authorities. He got her blanket off, Meagher said. Hospital security personnel and a police officer who happened to be there for a different reason intervened.

Police said Eaton believed it was his child when he was questioned. Meagher suggested perhaps he was thinking, in his altered state, he ought to take her home or something.

He was not arrested and remained at the hospital being treated for unspecified reasons.

The alleged facts outlined in the police reports didn’t amount to a felony, but possibly a misdemeanor, according to Meagher.

Eaton is a Lewis County Drug Court participant, and has mental deficiencies, Meagher said. Drug use compounds that, he said.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

CHILD ASSAULTED

• Police were called about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of West Main Street in Centralia after an 11-year-old boy was assaulted by a male who punched him in the ribs. The suspect is described as having stars shaved into the back of his head and police are still attempting to find out who he is, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers have no motive, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 2000 block of Ahlers Avenue. Taken sometime between 6 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. on Monday was a tool bag and a racquetball bag with their contents, according to Officer Patty Finch.

• Chehalis police were called about 5:30 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl on the 200 block of Southwest Second Street where two chainsaws were taken from the bed of a pickup truck.

ILLEGAL KNIFE

• A 29-year-old Centralia man found himself in further trouble when he was arrested for a warrant yesterday and he was discovered to have a butterfly knife concealed, according to police. Jeff D. Prindle, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for his warrant and for possession of a dangerous weapon after contact with an officer about 5 p.m. at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CHAT INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police took a report yesterday about a man attempting to befriend young boys online, in connection with the 300 block of West Summa Street. The case remains under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• Police and aid called about 7:40 p.m. yesterday to a wreck at North Gold Street near Ham Hill Road in Centralia found the vehicle on its side in the water of a creek there. The driver declined aid but was cited for negligent driving, according to authorities. The incident was caused by driving too fast, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, disputes, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, request for assistance from inside a gas station store after picking up a hitchhiker in Onalaska who was “freaking out” in the caller’s car outside … and more.

SAFETY MESSAGE OF THE DAY

• The end of daylight saving time on Sunday prompts a reminder about the dangers on the roadways. Nearly half the state’s pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities last year happened between October and January, according to the state Department of Transportation. With increased foggy and rainy weather, and darkness coming earlier, visibility is a challenge, but there are ways to reduce the risk of collisions, DOT says.

Here are their suggestions:

Pedestrians and Bicyclists:

• Be seen – Wear bright or reflective outerwear, carry a flashlight, add lights to your bike or helmet and cross at lighted intersections when possible.

• Make eye contact – Know that the driver is aware of your presence so keep hats, hoods and umbrellas clear of your vision.

• Walk and bike where it’s safest – Use sidewalks and bike lanes when they are available, and if not, walk at the edge of the road facing traffic, and ride with the flow of traffic.

• Cross the roadway at intersections – Crossing in mid-block, or jaywalking, is a contributing circumstance in pedestrian collisions. This applies in parking lots and garages.

Drivers:

• Stop for pedestrians – It’s the law. Drivers must stop for pedestrians at intersections, whether it’s an unmarked or marked crosswalk. It’s also illegal to pass another vehicle stopped for a pedestrian at a crosswalk. Failure to yield to pedestrians is the leading motorist-contributing circumstance in pedestrian collisions.

• Put the phone down – Hand-held cell phone use and texting is prohibited for all Washington drivers and may result in a $124 fine for first offense.

• Watch for pedestrians near schools, community centers and recreation areas – Children aged 1 through 19 are most at risk to be involved in a pedestrian fatality. Senior adults (age 71 or more) make up the other high at-risk age group.

• Drive the posted speed limit – If a driver hits a cyclist or pedestrian at 20 mph or less, there is an estimated 95 percent survival rate compared with much lower rates if the cyclist or pedestrian is struck by vehicles traveling at higher speeds. The extra minutes saved by speeding could cost a life.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Updated at 2:26 p.m.

GUN IN FACE

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to a residence on the 500 block of North Ash Street where a 43-year-old woman allegedly pointed a pistol at her boyfriend’s head during an argument. Jesse M. Lestat was subsequently arrested for first-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Responding officers were told the 43-year-old man had left the room and gone into another room at their home when Lestat came in with a gun and pointed it at his face. “He was able to take the weapon from her,” Officer Patty Finch said. Lestat was described by officers as possibly under the influence of drugs and extremely hostile, Finch said. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon regarding a burglary at the 2300 block of Eureka Avenue that occurred in the previous “couple of days”, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday about food stolen from a utility room on Southwest 19th Street.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday someone smashed a game cam in a tree and tried to open two roof vents on a travel trailer at the 100 block of Sherwood Lane in Packwood. A deputy who took at the report on Saturday noted the damage was about $400, according to the sheriff’s office.

SUSPECTED FRAUD

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to the 900 block of South Schueber Road to take a report of a forgery to obtain medications.

MAN VERSUS TRAIN

• An intoxicated homeless man was arrested last night after he reportedly stood in front of a moving freight train and then jumped onto its catwalk and headed toward the engine’s cabin. It happened about 10:45 p.m. near the 200 block of Railroad Avenue in Centralia, as the train departed the rail yard, according to the Centralia Police Department. The BNSF freight train employed an emergency stop, according to police. Anthony D. Webb, 49, from Longview, was contacted and denied getting on the train, but was identified by the crew, police report. A department spokesperson said it wasn’t clear what his motivation might have been. Webb was booked into the Lewis County Jail for trespassing and obstructing a train, according to police.

NIGHT TIME DISTURBANCE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday a 40-year-old Centralia man was arrested after a middle-of-the-night incident at the 2900 block of Yahtahay Lane with an individual walking around a home’s front and rear porch yelling obscenities. Deputies responding to the 3:40 a.m. Sunday call located Zachary K, Greene in the backyard of a vacant neighboring house, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree trespass, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

TREE CATCHES FIRE NEAR SKATE PARK

• Firefighters called to Rotary Riverside Park in Centralia about 10:30 p.m. yesterday found a tall hollow tree on fire, burning from the inside out. It appeared to have a cavity large enough for someone to hide out in if they wanted to, but firefighters pulled it apart and put about 500 gallons of water on it, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Police think it was set on fire and are investigating.

LOG TRUCK WRECKS NEAR PE ELL

• The Washington State Patrol says a 1998 Kenworth log truck was totaled when it ran into a ditch along state Route 6 this morning and struck a culvert. Troopers called about 8:35 a.m. to the scene roughly nine miles east of Pe Ell report the driver was injured but not transported to the hospital. The load of logs spilled onto the eastbound lane, according to the state patrol. Vic A. Johnson, 59, from Hoquaim, was headed eastbound when his rig left the roadway, according to the investigating trooper. He was to be cited for “improper lane travel.”

TREE IN ROAD CAUSES WRECK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday a 34-year-old Onalaska man was uninjured when he was driving in the dark along the 100 block of Shanklin Road near Salkum and hit a downed tree. It happened about 5:30 a.m. last Thursday, and the 2008 Ford F350 traveled down a large embankment and rolled onto its side, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver was able to get  himself out and was unhurt, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

VAN VERSUS POLE

• A 38-year-old Winlock man said he didn’t know what happened when he ended up wrecking into a utility pole and totaling his Chevrolet van on the 100 block of Knowles Road near Winlock on Saturday, according to the  Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 2:45 p.m. cited the driver for wheels off the roadway and driving with a suspended license, the sheriff’s office reported.

STEERING BREAKS

• A 38-year-old Onalaska man was reportedly uninjured when he totaled his work truck last night southeast of Chehalis. Deputies called about 7:10 p.m. to the 300 block of Middle Fork Road found the 2007 Dodge Ram had overturned. The driver said he was traveling along when it felt like something broke in his steering and he lost control of the pickup, which went into the ditch and then struck the bank, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft; responses for disputes, hit and run, no contact order violation,  suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, report of a person “snooping” through a cemetery … and more.

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Remains of log truck on state Route 6. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Updated at 3:33 p.m.

CHEHALIS POLICE RESPOND TO FALSE REPORT OF HOSTAGE SITUATION

• Chehalis police responded to an approximately 7 a.m. 911 call today to a residence in which they were told by a male his father flipped out, was threatening to shoot everyone and had taken his mother and visitors into a back room. When officers arrived to the home on the 600 block of Northwest Prindle Street, however, a dad and his two children were the only ones present and were just waking up, according to police. None of it happened, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. It appeared, for whatever reason, the call was a fake, which would be a crime, Wilson said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 500 block of West Pear Street regarding a burglary that occurred sometime during the previous week.

• A passport was stolen from a residence on the 200 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

• Centralia police took a report on Friday afternoon of tools stolen from a business on the 600 block of Harrison Avenue.

• Computer cables were reported missing from the 900 block of South Schueber Road in Centralia at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to police.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Someone got into a shed on the 100 block of Northwest Airport Road in Chehalis and stole property including children’s’ clothes, chairs and possibly a drum, according to a report made to police about 5:40 a.m. today.

BREAK-IN PACKWOOD

• A deputy took a report yesterday from the 100 block of Holiday Lane in Packwood regarding a theft in which two chainsaws and an Amico 3500 watt generator were taken. It happened sometime between 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about noon on Saturday regarding the theft of a maroon 1991 Toyota pickup truck with a license plate reading B25903V.

• A Chevrolet Blazer was stolen from the 800 block of Marion Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:45 a.m. on Saturday.

CAR PROWL

• Someone stole long horns from the hood of a pickup truck on the 900 block of K Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday. Also taken when the vehicle was prowled was a sub-woofer, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A backpack and a pool cue were stolen from a vehicle parked at the 100 block of West High Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 6 p.m. on Saturday.

• Chehalis police were called to the parking lot at Wal-Mart about 6:15 p.m. on Saturday where the victim said someone had stolen a bag of new purchases and must have been smoking when they did it. Ashes were dropped inside the vehicle, and it smelled like cigarette smoke, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 10 a.m. on Saturday to a motel on the 500 block of Southwest Parkland Drive where a bullet hole was discovered in a window.

• Chehalis police took a report on Saturday regarding a truck parked on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in which someone smashed its windshield.

ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police were called about 7:50 p.m. on Saturday to the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road about an injury to a child. Detectives are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details were not readily available.

DISORDERLINESS

• Officers responded to a business in the 200 block of Westlake Avenue in Morton about 11 p.m. last Wednesday for a report of some disorderly customers. Upon contact, the customers stated that they had misplaced their room key and were trying to get the attention of the manager to get them a new key, according to the Morton Police Department.

• A 43-year-old Centralia man who was reportedly disrupting traffic by being in the middle of the roadway in Centralia at about 9 a.m. on Friday morning was arrested for disorderly conduct. Michael A. Kellogg was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with officers regarding Mellen and Yew streets incident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISION

• A 24-year-old Chehalis resident was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a broken eye socket and facial cuts following a two-vehicle head-on crash at an intersection northwest of Napavine at about noon on Saturday. The young man was a passenger in a Ford Explorer utility vehicle that was struck by a 1993 Volvo 850 which attempted to cut the intersection corner at Harmon and Carroll roads, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Both vehicles were totaled, according to the sheriff’s office. Also injured were the  21-year-old driver of the Explorer, with laceration to his face, the 51-year-old Chehalis woman who was a passenger in the Volvo who was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The 66-year-old man from Chehalis driver the Volvo declined aid, Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, shoplifting, burglary, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, failing to transfer a vehicle title within 45 days; responses for alarms, dispute, public disorderliness, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation, collisions on city streets, someone scratching a parked vehicle, noisy neighbor music … and more.

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Intersection at Harmon and Carroll roads outside Napavine on Saturday. / Courtesy photo by Stan Craig

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 24th, 2014

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to a burglary at an apartment on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in which Oxycodone pills and social security cards were taken. There was no sign of force entry, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A Nintendo and games were reported stolen from a residence on the 500 block of South Market Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police yesterday.

BURGLARY WINLOCK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they are investigating a break-in to a residence on the 100 block of Sergeant Road in Winlock in which coins, a fossil and a checkbook were stolen. The 86-year-old victim said it happened between Oct. 9 and Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of Young Road in Randle where someone had stolen a 1994 Toyota truck out of its driveway overnight, sometime between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The key had been left in the ignition of the unsecured vehicle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is $10,000.

• A stolen Honda was located abandoned in an alley in Centralia yesterday. The 10:48 a.m. incident is connected with the 1000 block of Gold Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone stole two large wrenches and stainless steel vice grips from an unlocked log truck parked at the 800 block of Byham Road in Winlock sometime between Monday and yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

MISSING MAIL

• Centralia police took a report about 4:25 a.m. today from the 300 block of South Buckner Street regarding mail stolen from a mailbox.

DRUGS

• A 15-year-old student at Onalaska High School was sent home on Wednesday when a bag of marijuana was confiscated from him,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy spoke to the principal and to the student and the case is being referred to juvenile prosecutors for potential charge, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, negligent driving, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, public disorderliness, collisions on city streets … and more.

Two school bus accidents, no serious injuries

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Honda Accord wrecks into school bus in front of Burger Claim in Grand Mound. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 17-year-old boy was safely removed out the back window of his car by medics yesterday following a rear-end collision in Grand Mound that left the back bumper of a school bus on his steering wheel.

Firefighters called at 3:47 p.m. to Old Highway 99 near 203rd Avenue Southwest found the Honda Accord’s windshield smashed and its front end buried beneath the bus, according to responders.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Lt. Isaac Garza said it was the kind of ugly wreckage and entrapment that when they rolled up, they just knew was going to be serious. But it wasn’t.

Garza said he thought the bus was either carrying no students or they were all okay; he was focused on caring for the teen in the Honda, he said.

“The driver of the car was actually fine too, we took him to Centralia for precautionary measures,” Garza said. “He had a laceration to his face, but ended up walking away.”

Both were northbound in front of the Burger Claim restaurant, according to Thurston County Sheriff’s Office .

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said he didn’t have a written report yet on the incident, but preliminary information was the kids on the bus seemed to be fine.

At around the same time in Centralia, a Toyota pickup with no working brakes ran into the back of a school bus on West Reynolds Avenue near Blair Road.

The bus had stopped at a railroad crossing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy responding to the approximately 3:20 p.m. collision reported two children on the bus complained of headaches and aid was called to treat them, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The pickup truck’s driver, 52-year-old Mark Christensen, of Rochester, admitted he knew his brakes weren’t functional and was arrested and booked into jail for reckless driving, according to Brown.

Both vehicles were drivable, Brown said.

Riverside Fire Authority Firefighter-paramedic Jennifer Ternan said they were dispatched at 3:49 p.m. to the scene, but when they arrived, the bus had been moved to a parking lot off Lum Road and the school district told them they were handling it.

Firefighters were told there were no injuries, she said.

Two Onalaska teens trapped when car strikes tree

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Plymouth Breeze rests against tree after two occupants are extricated. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A pair of 14-year-old boys who took a parents car joy riding yesterday were hospitalized with serious injuries after they slammed into a tree northeast of Onalaska.

Authorities said they were going so fast, the impact left the tree against the dashboard.

Deputies and members of three fire departments responded to the 4:25 p.m. call to the 200 block of Griel Road; the Jaws of Life were used because they were trapped.

“It took a long time to get the car opened up to get them out, especially the passenger,” Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Mark Conner said.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said a trooper estimated they were traveling at a very high rate, well above the posted 40 mph speed limit. The 1997 Plymouth Breeze left the roadway and traveled through a wooden bus shack before hitting the tree, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

Both were airlifted from the field at Onalaska High School, according to Conner.

The passenger suffered several broken bones in his lower extremities, Brown said. Conner said he was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, and also had cuts to his face.

The airbags deployed so they were fortunate with no obvious head injuries, Conner said, but both boys had suspected internal injuries.

The driver was delivered to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the fire chief said. He got an update this morning that the driver has liver, kidney and lung lacerations.

Brown said the boys had been home alone so the parents were unaware they took the car out. She said a neighbor reported seeing them pass her home twice at an extremely high rate.

The teens are from Onalaska, and Brown reported they took their parents car, but said she didn’t know specifically if they are brothers or just friends.

The collision remains under investigation.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Updated at 8:40 p.m.

ATTEMPTED CHILD SNATCHING OR MISTAKEN IDENTITY?

• Centralia police say a 36-year-old man was taken into custody after he allegedly attempted to take a small child that was with its parents in the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital last night. The little one was still in its car seat, according to police. When questioned, William M. Eaton believed the child was his, and may have been high on drugs, according to the Centralia Police Department. Hospital security personnel and a police officer who happened to be there for a different reason responded to the approximately 8 p.m. incident. The case is being sent to prosecutors for a recommended charge of attempted kidnapping, according to the Centralia Police Department. Eaton, a Chehalis resident, remains at the hospital being treated for unspecified reasons, and police continue to investigate.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Northwest St. Helens Avenue when a burglary was discovered. There was no sign of forced entry, but cash was missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Police were called to an apartment on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis just before 7 o’clock last night when a couple came inside from being on their front porch for a few minutes and found the wife’s purse dumped out on their couch.  Nothing appeared to be missing, but the residents think someone came in through the back door while they were in front, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THRIFT SHOP MISSING CASH

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that someone stole a cash bag containing approximately $200 from the Packwood Presbyterian Thrift Store on U.S. Highway 12 in Randle. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown it was taken from the counter while the clerk was helping another customer on Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

AUTO THEFT

• A Pontiac Grand Am reported missing about 7:45 a.m. yesterday from the 300 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia was discovered abandoned near Penny Playground in Chehalis about 11:30 a.m., according to police.

DISORDERLINESS

• Police arrested a 51-year-old homeless man for disorderly conduct after getting called just after 6 p.m. yesterday about an individual yelling and running at people on the 400 block of North Tower Avenue. Keith A. Smith was then released but less than two hours later arrested and booked into jail for trespassing after reportedly going to a location on the 2000 block of Cooks Hill Road where he had already been told not to come back, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A former manager of the Packwood Inn will return to court next Thursday for arraignment, charged with second-degree extortion in connection with allegations he tampered with the business website and told the owner he’d relinquish control of the site once a check for his backpay arrived and cleared the bank. David J. Langley, 52, was charged in November 2013 in Lewis County Superior Court, following an investigation that summer, according to court documents. A warrant for his arrest was issued. Langley, whose address is shown in his court file as in Ocean Shores, was arrested on Monday and went before a judge on Tuesday afternoon. Charging documents state a deputy was called to the east end establishment after Langley left employment there, by another worker who noticed messages on the website that were similar statements Langley had made, talking bad about the owner not paying his employees on time. The site was fixed, then tampered with again, showing images of guns and the words FBI, and then finally dissolving into a blank white page, according to documents. The owner Vrajlal Nariya, said Langley was the only person with the password and access to the site, charging documents relate. Nariya showed the deputy an email from Langley on July 2, 2013 requesting backpay and stating once he received it, he would restore control of the site to the Packwood Inn, according to the documents. Langley was released from the Lewis County jail on Tuesday evening on a $10,000 signature bond. His opportunity to make his plea is scheduled for the morning on Oct. 30. Second-degree extortion has a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

FINGER POINTING LEADS TO NO TICKET

• Two motorists who nearly collided as they passed in opposite directions on the  1700 block of Centralia-Alpha Road swerved away from each other and wrecked in opposite ditches yesterday. A deputy responding to the approximately noontime incident was told by each of the two women that the other had crossed the centerline, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Both were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and both the Ford Ranger and Ford Explorer sustained major damage, according to the sheriff’s office. No citation was issued.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespass, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, fender bender in parking lot … and more.

Sheriff: Don’t be an unprepared flood victim

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

As the rainfall intensifies and a flood warning is issued for the Skokomish River in Mason County, Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield suggests folks here prepare for the season now, ahead of any local events.

Historically, the flood season in Lewis County stretches from November until March, according to Mansfield.

2014.1022.flood.clip.revisedWhile Lewis County is not in the anticipated impact area today, it’s a good time to review safety information, he says.

The sheriff urges members of the public to sign up now for the  Lewis County Emergency Notification system, CodeRED. Once registered, you would receive any emergency action notifications directly to your cell phone or home telephone, according to Mansfield.

He advises people who live near a flood plain to purchase flood insurance.

Because most deaths from floods come from driving or walking through floodwaters, the sheriff reminds drivers that just one foot of water can float most vehicles.

Mansfield is the director of the Lewis County Division of Emergency Management. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown is the interim deputy director.

Mansfield says: If you live in an area where floods occur, you should know the following:

BEFORE A FLOOD
• Prepare your home, family, pets and livestock with at least a three to five day emergency supply kit, including medications and some cash. Information on what to include can be obtained from Lewis County Emergency Management at (360) 740-1151 or on the sheriff’s website at www.lewiscountywa.gov/sheriff
• Provide at least one plug-in-the wall telephone for emergency calls if the power is out.
• Plan for evacuation including what route you will take and when you should leave.
• Learn how to purify water. If you have a well, learn how to decontaminate it.
• Keep your car full of gas.
• Listen to your radio or television for reports of flood danger. Current Lewis County “River Readings” and “Road Closures” are posted on the county’s website at: www.lewiscountywa.gov
• Keep all insurance policies and a list of valuable items in a safe place.

DURING THE FLOOD
• Stay away from moving water. Do not walk or drive through flooded areas. Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water if you come in contract with floodwater.
• Stay away from downed power lines
• Stay away from disaster areas unless authorities ask for volunteers.
• Continue to listen to your radio or television for reports of flood danger.
• Call 9-1-1 only in life threatening emergencies. Limit personal calls to keep the lines clear for emergency calls.

AFTER THE FLOOD
• Wear gloves and boots when cleaning up.
• Open all doors and windows. Use fans if possible to air out the building.
• Wash all clothes and linens in hot water.
• Discard mattresses and stuffed furniture; they can’t be adequately cleaned.
• Disinfect by wiping surfaces with a solution of one cup bleach per gallon of water. Wash dirt and mud from walls, counters and hard surface floors with soap and water.
• Discard all food that has come into contract with floodwater. Canned food is alright, but thoroughly wash the can before opening.
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News brief: Lost mushroom hunters burned backpack to keep warm

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Searchers set out about 7:30 a.m. today to find two Tacoma men who failed to meet up with their companions when it got dark last night following a mushroom picking outing in the woods about ten miles east of Packwood.

The experienced mushroom hunters, ages 60 and 66, were located a little more than an hour later, cold and wet but in good spirits, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

“The men told deputies they used their backpack to start a fire to stay warm overnight,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said in a news release. “They had cold weather clothing and rain gear.”

The men said they said they got turned around and decided to follow the stream downhill, according to the sheriff’s office. They had picked in the same area numerous times, but the terrain is rugged, steep, and has a lot of streams, according to the sheriff’s office.

They were off Forest Service Road 4510 yesterday with three others but didn’t show up back at their vehicle as planned when it got dark, Brown stated. Their companions got worried and called 911 last night, Brown said.

It was about 8:45 a.m. today when they were discovered walking downstream, just a quarter mile from their vehicle, according to Brown.

Members of the sheriff’s office, Lewis County Search and Rescue and Lewis County ATV conducted this morning’s search.

Sheriff Steve Mansfield took the opportunity to remind the public how easy it can be for even experienced outdoorsmen to become disoriented and lost.

It is so important that anyone heading outdoors be prepared for an emergency, Mansfield stated.

“These men had matches, appropriate clothing, and were well prepared to deal with the elements,” Mansfield said. “Proper preparation can often determine whether an outcome is positive or tragic.”

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Updated at 6:01 p.m.

BIG WIRE THEFT

• Someone stole an estimated $6,000 worth of wire from a rock pit at the 3000 block of Foron Road outside Centralia over the weekend, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown reports this morning that 400 feet of wire was taken from Dulin Construction between Friday and Monday. Brown said she didn’t know if it was in-use wiring ripped from machinery or a building or if it was product that was being stored.

AUTO THEFT

• A black 1996 Honda Accord was reported stolen yesterday between 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. from behind the football stadium  off the 2500 block of Mount Vista Road in Centralia. Paint is peeling from the trunk and roof of the four-door vehicle, with a license plate reading 505 XRH,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

MOTEL SERVICES THEFT

• A 66-year-old Centralia woman was arrested yesterday at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia for allegedly refusing to leave or pay for a room she rented. Centralia police called about 1:40 p.m. cited Alexa S. Hoover for defrauding an innkeeper and then released her, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FAKE BILL

• Chehalis police were called to Wal-Mart around 11:40 p.m. yesterday when a customer attempted to spend what turned out to be a counterfeit $100 bill. An officer took possession of the bill to send along to the U.S. Secret Service but there was no established intent on the part of the 64-year-old Centralia man to engage in wrongdoing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

LEWIS COUNTY MAN FACES ELUDING AND RELATED CHARGES

• A 44-year-old Mineral resident pleaded not guilty yesterday in Cowlitz County Superior Court to numerous charges stemming from an incident earlier this month in which he allegedly rammed patrol cars and led police on a chase through Longview, according to The (Longview) Daily News. News reporter Justin Pittman writes that on Oct. 5 when the pursuit ended, Mark A. Koopman refused to leave his vehicle and began cutting himself, prompting an officer to break a window, leading to a laceration that required surgery.

FROM THE COURTS

• An opinion filed yesterday by the Washington Court of Appeals affirmed a dismissal by a Lewis County Superior Court judge of a felony shoplifting charge against a Centralia man from last year. In February 2013, 41-year-old Tom Reeves of Centralia was arrested after allegedly using pliers to cut a security device from merchandise at Wal-Mart in Chehalis, and fleeing on his bicycle. Police located Reeves just down the road and recovered a stolen surveillance camera set from a backpack, according to authorities, and prosecutors charged him with retail theft with extenuating circumstances. The felony charge was based on the theory the use of pliers was an extenuating circumstance, but the law states “(A)n extenuating circumstance for retail theft includes being in possession of ‘an item, article, implement, or device designed to overcome security systems including, but not limited to, lined bags or tag removers’.” The trial court reasoned that including common tools in the definition of devices designed to overcome security systems would render every act of removing a security device an extenuating circumstance, the three-member panel of the Court of Appeals Division II wrote.

LOST IN THE WOODS

• Lewis County Search and Rescue this morning located a pair of mushroom hunters who had spent the night outside near Packwood. A spokesperson for the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office had no further information this morning. Lewis County Fire District 10 Chief Lonnie Goble said his department was not called to render any aid.

COLLISION

• A 60-year-old Glenoma man was transported to the hospital this afternoon after his car ran off of U.S. Highway 12 near Randle and struck a tree. Bert D. Dallman was westbound and traveling too fast for conditions when he wrecked about 2 p.m., roughly four miles west of town, according to the Washington State Patrol. The 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier was totaled, according to the state patrol. Lewis County Fire District 14 Chief Jeff Jaques said the driver’s injuries were minor. “He traveled through the grass a ways before he hit the tree,” Jaques said. “It was a pretty good-sized fir tree; the tree didn’t give.”

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, found bicycle, disorderly person, misdemeanor assault, possible sex-related offense, suspicious circumstances, bullying at school, collisions on city streets … and more.

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CORRECTION: This has been updated to correctly identify the woman cited and removed from a Centralia motel for refusing to pay. Centralia police erroneously reported to the news media that it was a 57-year-old Centralia with a different name.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

GUNS SEIZED FROM CHEHALIS MAN AFTER ALLEGED RIFLE POINTING INCIDENT

• Deputies were called yesterday by a motorist on Highway 603 west of Chehalis who said a shirtless blond man in a yard was waving a gun in the air and when he drove by again, the man pointed the rifle at him. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said it happened about 3:15 p.m. along the 300 block and deputies subsequently located their suspect standing on his porch on the 500 block of Highway 603. The suspect screamed and yelled aggressively at deputies, one of whom pulled out a Taser and the suspect was taken to the ground and taken into custody, according to the sheriff’s office. James P. Sauter, 51, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault,  Brown said. Seized from Sauter’s vehicle were a handgun, an assault rifle and ammunition, according to Brown.

STOLEN MEDS CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to 200 block of Southeast Washington Avenue regarding numerous prescription medications missing, totaling more than $1,500, including pain killers and one drug which was valued at $1,200, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim has a suspect in mind, according to police.

BUSINESS BURGLED IN MOSSYROCK

• Morton police yesterday reported they are investigating a burglary to a business on the 200 block of East State Street in Mossyrock. An officer called about 1:40 p.m. on Sunday learned from the owner that money was stolen after someone cut the gate on the fence and pried open a door to get inside. The amount missing was undetermined as of yesterday, according to the Morton Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 3 p.m. call yesterday about a burglary to a vacant house on the 1000 block of Eckerson Road. Officers were provided a video showing the suspects, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: IMPOSTER TAKES PHONES FROM BUSINESS

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from a business on the 1200 block of Lum Road regarding cell phones stolen by someone posing as a sales representative of another cell phone phone store. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT FROM GARAGE IN WINLOCK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a deputy took a report of a chainsaw stolen from an open garage on the 900 block of Byham Road outside Winlock. The Stihl brand item engraved with the name “Jack Miller” disappeared sometime between noon on Oct. 11 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office.

FRAUD

• An individual called Chehalis police yesterday to report someone unauthorized used their debit card to spend $50.91 at a gas station  on the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue.

CHECK BAD

• Chehalis police are investigating after being told late yesterday afternoon that someone put a stop payment on a large check cashed or spent at a business on the 2100 block of North National Avenue.

WEAPONS TAKEN IN CAR PROWLS

• A vehicle that broke down in a parking lot yesterday at the 1500 block of Lincoln Creek Road west of Centralia was prowled sometime between 6 a.m. and 12:30 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The rear window was broken and among the property taken was a Remington hunting rifle, a Hawaiian print backpack and men’s clothing, according to the sheriff’s office.

• An officer was called to the Lewis County Mall yesterday afternoon  regarding a vehicle prowl in which someone stole a tool box, two compound bows and other items including a stereo. The victim had left the truck three days earlier with a flat tire in the parking lot at the 100 block of Northeast Hampe Way, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIAN

• Morton police reported yesterday they were told by witnesses that a female pedestrian stepped right out into the street without looking before she was struck by a vehicle on Wednesday afternoon. Her injuries were minor but she was transported to Morton General Hospital after the approximately 4:30 p.m. incident at Temple Avenue and Third Street, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, hit and run, found bicycle, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, deer jumping onto county road causing two-vehicle collision, rear-end collision on county road causing major damage to a Volvo but only minor damage to a Kia Optima and a Chevrolet Camaro … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, October 20th, 2014

BURGLARY

• Someone stole about $5,000 worth of old coins from a safe at a residence on the 100 block of Clark Road in Onalaska sometime during the week that ended on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said there is a person of interest.

• Chehalis police took a report on Friday that a Remington shotgun was stolen from a residence on the 200 block of James Street.

DOMESTIC ON FREEWAY

• Shane L. Davis, 41 of Vancouver, was handed over to troopers last night after he was found hiding in the woods behind a home on the 2300 block of Blair Road in Centralia. Officers responded about 5:25 p.m. to assist troopers who were dealing with a reported assault on Interstate 5 just north of the city, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspect had fled into the woods, according to police. A dog track was unsuccessful, until about to hours later when police were called about a suspicious male, police report. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault.

PORN SCAM

• Chehalis police were called on Friday by a man who said a popup porn message appeared on his cell phone after his teenage son attempted to download an app, the message purportedly from the FBI warning his phone was locked was locked down and he must pay $500. Police confiscated the phone because the image(s) in question are questionable, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said there’s no reason to think the FBI would do such a thing, the attempt is a scam. He advises folks to be cautious when downloading apps, and be sure to read the fine print.

DRUGS

• A 26-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine on Saturday evening near Mellen and Marsh streets in Centralia. Brian M. Williams reportedly ran from officers who recognized him about 7 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. He was wanted on a warrant from the state Department of Corrections and was taken into custody after a brief struggle, according to police. Williams was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police took a report about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday regarding someone prowling through unlocked vehicles at the 900 block of North Washington Avenue. Nothing seemed to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called on Saturday to the 1600 block of Southeast Aust Manor Drive where someone had gotten inside an unlocked vehicle during the night and stole a purse and its contents.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon from the 100 block of Jackson Street in Centralia that an unknown person had removed the screws holding the lights to a vehicle.

UNDERAGE DRINKING

• A 21-year-old Chehalis resident faces a possible charge of furnishing liquor to minors, after deputies learned two minors involved in a single-vehicle accident early on Sunday morning had just left a party on the 1600 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis where they had been drinking. Deputies had responded to the area earlier regarding parking issues and were assured by the 21-year-old host he was checking guest’s identification to make sure no one was underage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, reckless driving, underage drinking, misdemeanor assault, resisting arrest, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, misdemeanor theft, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances, noisy neighbor party, report of sex crime in the past, vehicle versus deer, collision on city street, SUV driving on someone’s lawn, passenger mooning motorists on Chamber of Commerce Way … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

NOT SHOT

• A 19-year-old Centralia resident was arrested yesterday for disorderly conduct after reportedly walking in and out of traffic, yelling and throwing things at passing vehicles. Police say Jacob S. Drury then walked into a house and announced he’d been shot, which he hadn’t been. It happened in the area of the 200 block of Latona Street about 4:40 p.m. Drury was back out in the street when officers arrived, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said it appeared he may have been under the influence of something. Drury was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police responded to a report about 6:10 a.m. today of a car prowl on the 1100 block of J Street. Tools were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, malicious mischief, misdemeanor theft … and more.

Second suspicious Centralia fire consumes garage

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
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Fire erupts in the backyard of a West Walnut Street house. / Courtesy photo by Crystal Bowman

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Flames ravaged a detached garage behind a home last night, the second such incident in Centralia in less than a week.

Both fires are being investigated as arsons.

Centralia police arrived first after the approximately 8 p.m. call to the 1000 block of West Walnut Street, offering helpful early information, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

“We showed up, it was a fairly good-sized garage,” Firefighter-paramedic Jade Gross said. “We attacked it from the alleyway.”

Gross said the owner was alerted by older neighborhood children who spotted the fire and pounded on her door so she could call 911.

The crew was joined by firefighters from Chehalis and were on the scene until about midnight, Gross said.

Inside the structure and ruined were a small pickup truck, a motorcycle and a large amount of other personal property, he said.

“It was a complete loss,” Gross said.

Also burned was a travel trailer, some of a neighbor’s fence and outdoor children’s toys, he said.

A fire investigator was expecting to examine the scene today. Centralia police indicate there was no good explanation for the fire, and it is currently classified as an arson.

The garage’s doorless entry opened to the alley, according to Gross.

Early last Sunday morning, a large shed was destroyed by fire on the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia; it was in a backyard adjacent to the railroad tracks. The rear of the house in that 2:30 a.m. blaze sustained minor damage.

Nobody was hurt in either incident.

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Looking toward what remains inside the destroyed garage from next door neighbor’s backyard. / Courtesy photo by Aaron Cogburn

News brief: Child porn charge dismissed for former Salkum resident

Friday, October 17th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A former Salkum man arrested last month for allegedly possessing child porn was released from the jail yesterday, his charges dropped.

Joshua Q. Keele, 38, was arrested in early September near his home in Port Hadlock following a local investigation that began in April, with a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detective collected computers and electronic devices and discovered at least one image that led to a charge of first-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said the charge was dismissed yesterday, because there are reports from other agencies he has not yet received.

However, it was dismissed with prejudice, meaning he may file the charge again later, he said.

“We talked with the sheriff’s office and the FBI and we all agreed this was the best thing to do,” Meyer said.

Meyer said he expects later next week to get together with others to decide their next steps and when he would refile the charges.
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For background, read “FBI child porn investigation leads to Lewis County” from Friday Sept. 5, 2014, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 17th, 2014

STOLEN SERVICES FROM ER

• A 36-year-old man was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday for first-degree theft and other alleged offenses following an investigation into almost $25,000 worth of unpaid bills from two emergency room visits this summer at Providence Centralia Hospital. Police say Jason P. Parmele of Tacoma used either someone else’s name or a false name when he got care on June 12 and June 28. He was suffering from abdominal pain and other ailments, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officer Patty Finch said Parmele was also booked for forgery, criminal impersonation and unlawful procurement of prescription drugs for narcotics he was given while at the hospital. Finch said one visit cost $13,945 and the other was $10,961.

STOLEN GIFT CARDS FROM BUSINESS

• A 19-year-old K-Mart employee was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing about $330 in gift card money from her employer, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Angel R. Nelson, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report of a stolen car yesterday morning from the 1100 block of Brotherson Road. A Honda Accord. The black 1991 four-door vehicle disappeared sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. It has a license plate reading AFX 2027, according to police.

• A 28-year-old Rochester man was arrested last night for possession of stolen property following an incident in which he was stopped by an officer near the 400 block of West Pear Street, but he jumped out and ran away. Centralia police say Matthew L. Emery was quickly apprehended and they discovered the vehicle he was driving had been stolen in Lacey the day before. Emery was booked into the Lewis County Jail following the 9:20 p.m. incident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 6:40 a.m. today regarding an overnight vehicle prowl at the 1400 block of Crescent Avenue.

LOST HUNTER FOUND

• Firefighters were called to aid a hunter who had been lost in the woods on Weyerhaeuser forest land west of Centralia last night. Deputies had gotten a call from an individual about 8 p.m. who said he got separated from his partner on the 620 Weyerhaeuser Line, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They tried to use cell phone GPS information and also yelled out for the man and just before 11 p.m., he responded, detective Sgt. Dusty Breen said. The missing man was about 300 yards off the roadway over a ravine in the area of Wildcat Drive, Breen said. Deputies brought him out and he was checked for dehydration, exhaustion and exposure, according to responders. Riverside Fire Authority Firefighter Rick LeBoeuf said the patient declined to got the hospital. He said he was fine, LeBoeuf said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, violation of protection order, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious person, noisy neighbors; complaint of  tailgating driver, customer cussing at workers … and more.