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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

WOMAN CARRIED TO SAFETY FROM SMOKE-FILLED RESIDENCE

• A 73-year-old woman was rescued from her smoke-filled apartment in Chehalis last night, and was unharmed, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. Police and firefighters were called at 8:05 p.m. to the Vintage Apartments on the 1500 block of North National Avenue where a smoke alarm was going off and neighbors were banging on a door trying to get the resident to come out, according to Capt. Rob Gebhart. Gebhart said he forced open the door, and found the woman sitting inside was disoriented, so he picked her up and carried her into the hallway. There was burned food on the stove which they moved, and then the crew removed the smoke from the unit, according to Gebhart. The woman was taken care of by medics for a medical episode unrelated to the smoke, he said, and then able to reoccupy her apartment.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 8:40 a.m. yesterday to investigate an overnight break-in at a church on the 200 block of North Washington Avenue.

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 12:15 p.m. call yesterday regarding a laptop computer and a briefcase stolen during a break-in to a business on the 1100 block of Kresky Avenue.

• Someone broke into a business on the 700 block of West Main Street in Centralia and ransacked the place, according to a report made to police about 9:20 a.m. yesterday. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called at noon yesterday to an apartment on the 200 block of South Diamond Street regarding someone breaking in and rifling through things. Nothing was immediately noted as stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 7 o’clock this morning of a red 1994 Honda Civic stolen from the 900 block of South Tower Avenue. The car, with red rims, multiple stickers and a loud exhaust, has a license plate of ATN7100, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 1996 Acura discovered missing yesterday morning from Southwest 11th Street in Chehalis was located in Thurston County, burned out and minus its wheels and tires, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, drugs; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, protection order violation, collisions on city streets; complaint about someone approaching motorists and asking for money … and more.

News brief: Elk blamed for wrecking patrol car

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

While the investigating trooper reported a Long Beach Police Department officer from Curtis was injured when he struck an elk on the highway early Monday, his chief says he was unhurt.

“He’s fine, nobody was hurt,” Long Beach Police Department Flint Wright said.

Officer Michael T. Parker, 38, was crawling about 15 mph on northbound U.S. Highway 101 about three miles east of Long Beach because he came upon a herd of elk, and two of the animals came off the side of the road and T-boned his patrol car, according to Wright.

Parker was transporting a prisoner to the jail and they went to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Wright said.

The damage to the 2005 Ford Crown Victoria was described as “reportable”, but Wright said the estimated $6,000 to $7,000 to repair it meant it probably won’t get fixed.
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For background, read “News brief: Police officer from Curtis hospitalized after colliding with elk” from Monday May 4, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

OUT OF CONTROL

• A 28-year-old woman who reportedly bit a man on the arm because he had her purse was arrested early yesterday morning, for fourth-degree assault domestic violence, and then for possession of methamphetamine because of what was found inside her handbag, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called about midnight regarding the incident west of Centralia booked Jennifer E. Cecil, of Winlock, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Police were called about 2:35 p.m. yesterday to Providence Centralia Hospital to take a report an individual there spit on two nurses. Police will be referring the case with the 43-year-old suspect to prosecutors for evaluation of of charges of third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A white 1996 Acura vanished overnight from where it had been parked outside an apartment building on Southwest 11th Street in Chehalis. The car, with black rims, tinted windows and a spoiler, was last seen about 10:45 p.m. yesterday, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A K-Mart employee who went in at 10 a.m. and came back outside at noon yesterday discovered her white 1994 Honda Accord was gone from the parking lot on the 1200 block of Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis. It had been locked and she had the key, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Someone stole a 2006 Dodge Stratus from the 3000 block of Southgate Drive in Centralia sometime after 10 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The car was found out of gas about three and half hours later along northbound Interstate 5 in Centralia, according to the sheriff’s office.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday that someone stole a white mid-1980s Honda motorcycle from an outbuilding on the 500 block of Mineral Creek Road in Mineral. It happened sometime between April 26 and Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office. The motorbike has a blue seat and orange fenders, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

OFFICE BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Someone broke into a a Centralia office and ransacked it, according to a report made to police about 8:40 a.m. yesterday., It happened at the 200 block of North Washington Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HOME BURGLARY SALKUM

• Someone ransacked a vacation home on Wilcox Road in Salkum and stole various items, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A boat in the garage was loaded with tools and other property bundled up as though the person planned to return, according to the sheriff’s office. The break-in occurred sometime since April 7 and Friday, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Evidence was left the scene, she said.

GARAGE BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday someone pried open a door to a garage outside Centralia and stole two full five-gallon cans of gas sometime between last Monday and Thursday. The loss to the resident at the 1800 block of Little Hanaford Road is $40, according to the sheriff’s office.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report last night from the 100 block of Jefferson Street of a rock thrown through a window.

FIRE BURNS SMALL BUILDING

• The cause of a fire in a small storage building early yesterday morning near Littlerock is under investigation. Firefighters called just before 3 a.m. to the 13900 block of Vue Street consider it a total loss, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

WRECK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday a 38-year-old Onalaska man ended up with a scratch on his hand and a trip to jail after he rolled his pickup truck on the 2200 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis over the weekend. A deputy called just before 3 a.m. on Saturday found the 1987 Toyota totaled and learned that Jeffrey M. Thurston fell asleep at the wheel, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, malicious mischief, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collisions on city streets … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, May 4th, 2015

YO HO HO

• Centralia police arrested a 26-year-old homeless man for second-degree robbery yesterday after he allegedly stuffed a bottle of rum down his pants and then struggled with a grocery store security officer who tried to detain him. Officers called about 1 p.m. to the market on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue found Michael E. Bylsma laying on the ground with the security person on top of him, according to court documents. Police were told Bylsma shoved him and tried to get away but the security officer grabbed him and they struggled for approximately 20 to 30 feet, before a bystander stepped in to help, court documents relate. Bylsma was also booked for possession of methamphetamine, based on the contents of a plastic container found in his front pocket, according to prosecutors. He was charged as arrested today in Lewis County Superior Court and his bail was set at $25,000.

UNRULY GUY

• Ryan M. Kelly, 23 of Centralia, was arrested for malicious mischief and resisting arrest after allegedly damaged a car during a dispute on Saturday, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

MONEY MISSING

• Centralia police were called about 6:40 p.m. on Saturday regarding the theft of an unspecified amount of money at the 200 block of North Tower Avenue.

MISSING MEDS

• Chehalis police were called on Friday about the suspected theft of Oxycodone out of a vehicle. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone got into a vehicle at the 1100 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia and took two bank cards and cash, according to a report made to police about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday.

KNOCK, KNOCK

• Chehalis police were called by a resident on Southeast Washington Avenue at 11 p.m. on Saturday who said he woke up to someone pounding on his door so he grabbed his gun, went outside and saw two teenage boys running off. “He caught them and got them to return to his house with them,” Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said. The boys, ages 17 and 18, apparently said they were doing it all over the neighborhood, as a prank, Kaut said.

ANOTHER AMBULANCE HIT

• A 25-year-old Rochester resident was arrested for reportedly backing into an ambulance when leaving a downtown Centralia bar early yesterday morning and then speeding away. Officers were at The Hub on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue, saw it happen and tried to get him to stop, according to the Centralia Police Department. David T. Alexander was pulled over on Harrison Avenue near Interstate 5 after the approximately 2:15 .m. incident and booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence and driving with suspended license as well as for hit and run, according to police.

ANOTHER HIT AND RUN, DUI

• A 51-year-old man was arrested following a collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Williams Street in Mossyrock on Friday night. Morton police were called about 7:35 p.m. and report the driver took off but was later found. The victim vehicle was able to be driven from the scene, according to the Morton Police Department. Mikal E. Cheney was booked into the Lewis County Jail for  driving under the influence and driving with suspended license as well as for hit and run, according to police.

BRUSH HOG BURNS

• Nobody was hurt but a piece of equipment cutting brush in Chehalis was ruined by fire this morning. Firefighters called about 8:40 a.m. to the area off the 200 block of Kennicot Road extinguished the fire, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. It was a Bobcat with a brush hog attachment on it to clear under the power lines, Firefighter Kyle Eiswald said. None of the surrounding vegetation burned, he said.

AND MORE

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

News brief: Police officer from Curtis hospitalized after colliding with elk

Monday, May 4th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Long Beach Police Department officer who lives in Lewis County was injured overnight when his patrol car struck an elk on the roadway.

Michael T. Parker, 38, of Curtis, was transporting a prisoner to jail when he came upon a herd of elk on northbound U.S. Highway 101 about three miles east of Long Beach, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers called to the scene about 1:20 a.m. report Parker was taken by ambulance to Ocean Beach Hospital. Information about his condition was not readily available.

His 60-year-old passenger, who was reportedly not seat belted in, was transported by aid to the hospital as well, as a precaution, according to the state patrol.

The damage to the 2005 Ford Crown Victoria was described only as “reportable.”

The speed limit there is 55 mph, and the car was slowing, according to patrol spokesperson Trooper Russ Winger.

The animal that was hit ran off and was not located last night, Winger indicated.

Green Hill inmate at large after fleeing through hole in fence

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Updated at 10:27 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  An inmate at Green Hill School in Chehalis escaped last night apparently through a hole cut in the fence.

Officers called about 9 p.m. to the state-run juvenile incarceration facility at the south end of town were told the teen was on a maintenance detail, then ran off, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

A hole was found cut in the fence and another staff member reported seeing an older red car in the area, honking its horn and flashing its lights, Chehalis Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said this morning.

“We think whoever was there to pick him up probably made the hole,” Kaut said.

Kaut said 19-year-old Dominic A. Adams was doing time at Green Hill for escape. He said he didn’t know the underlying offense, or what part of the state he is from.

Officers last night requested a K-9 to conduct a track, but there were no police dogs available Kaut said.

He expected detectives this morning would be conducting inquires into where Adams might have friends or family.

Green Hill School is a secure facility for older juvenile boys incarcerated for felonies and operated by the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, under the state Department of Social and Health Services. It sits between Interstate 5 and Southwest Pacific Avenue north of Southwest Parkland Street.

It was November of 2010 when a 16-year-old inmate-student climbed out his window during the night, took wire cutters from an unlocked building on the campus to cut a hole in the fence, and was discovered missing the following morning. He was picked up in Yelm three weeks later.

Chehalis police are asking anyone with information on last night’s incident to contact Lewis County dispatch at 360-740-1105.

Chilly waters and sunshine prompt safety message, life jacket discount

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Public safety personnel are cautioning residents that with the warmer days of spring, rivers and lakes are still very cold and pose dangers, such as hypothermia.

Lewis County Fire District 5 Lt. Laura Hanson says life jackets and other personal flotation devices are recommended and reminds parents that children should be closely supervised by an adult at all times while swimming and near water.

Coupons for 25 percent off life jackets are available now through Big 5 Sporting Goods, in partnership with Washington State Drowning Prevention Network, Safe Kids Washington, and the Spokane Regional Health District.

Hanson, on behalf of area public safety agencies, reminds the public that new underwater hazards such as limbs and logs can be expected to have been created over the winter.

Personal flotation devices are required for all children under the age of 12 on boats 19 feet or shorter, according to Hanson.

In Washington state, an average of 25 children and teens drown every year, according to the Washington State Drowning Prevention Network. Most of them are swimming, boating or just playing in or near water.

“Safe recreation and accident prevention is a concern for your local responders and is the responsibility of everyone,” Hanson states in a news release.

She offered a safety checklist, from the Centers from Disease Control:

Tips to help you stay safe in the water:

Supervise When in or Around Water. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision”, be close enough to reach the child at all times. Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, playing cards, talking on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.

Use the Buddy System. Always swim with a buddy. Select swimming sites that have lifeguards when possible.

Seizure Disorder Safety. If you or a family member has a seizure disorder, provide one-on-one supervision around water, including swimming pools. Consider taking showers rather than using a bath tub for bathing. Wear life jackets when boating.

Learn to Swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. However, even when children have had formal swimming lessons, constant, careful supervision when children are in the water, and barriers, such as pool fencing to prevent unsupervised access, are still important.

Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In the time it takes for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could save someone’s life.

Air-Filled or Foam Toys are not safety devices. Don’t use air-filled or foam toys, such as “water wings”, “noodles”, or inner-tubes, instead of life jackets. These toys are not life jackets and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

Avoid Alcohol. Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.

Don’t let swimmers hyperventilate before swimming underwater or try to hold their breath for long periods of time. This can cause them to pass out (sometimes called “shallow water blackout”) and drown.

Know how to prevent recreational water illnesses. For more information about illnesses from recreational water, see the More Information section.

Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning strikes are dangerous.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

MAYHEM IN PARKING LOT SPARKED BY JEEP DRIVER’S MEDICAL INCIDENT

• Six vehicles were damaged some worse than others when a motorist backing out of a parking spot suffered an unspecified medical event and rotated backwards through the Wal-Mart parking lot in Chehalis yesterday. The 2010 Jeep Wrangler also hit a shopping cart and a sign, but no pedestrians, according to responders. Troopers and firefighters were called about 10:45 a.m. to the scene at the 1600 block of Louisiana Avenue. The driver was conscious and talking but transported by aid to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. No charges or citations are expected for the driver, Stephen J. Nikander, 49, of Chehalis, according to the Washington State Patrol. Among the casualties was a 2015 Mercedes Benz Class Two which was pushed into the cart return, which then hit a 2015 Hyundai Elantra, according to the state patrol. All the cars were parked and unoccupied, except for a Nissan Versa which contained two toddlers, according to the  investigating trooper. They were unhurt. Two of the vehicles were towed, the others driven from the scene.

MISSING APPLIANCES

• Centralia police were called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Floral Street regarding the theft of appliances. The case is under investigation.

DRUGS

• A 46-year-old homeless person was arrested for possession of methamphetamine overnight after contact with an officer at the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia. Terry R. Strong was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, May 1st, 2015

UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT IN WINLOCK

• A 46-year-old Winlock man was arrested yesterday for unlawful imprisonment and other offenses for an alleged week’s worth of preventing a woman from leaving his home. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said the two had dated and lived together, but she contacted law enforcement yesterday morning and described how she had been walking down the road to the store last week and he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into his vehicle. The sheriff’s office said the woman tried to leave multiple times, but Bruce W. Finney threatened to kill her if she did. The first night when she attempted to escape, he allegedly punched her repeatedly in the head and bit her, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. On Wednesday night he reportedly told her to leave but as she did, he allegedly got upset and choked her until she couldn’t breathe. Finney was located and booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful imprisonment, second-degree assault and harassment, Brown said.

WARRANTS AND DRUGS

• Four individuals were arrested when police went to apartments above a business on the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia about 2:30 p.m. yesterday. Derek S. Shaughnessy 31 of Chehalis, was arrested for possession of heroin, for warrants and for violation of a protection order, according to the Centralia Police Department. Michelle J. Kilmer, 32, of Chehalis, was arrested for warrants and for violation of a protection order, according to police. Two others were arrested for outstanding warrants; they are Chato R. Ayres, 41, of Centralia and  Jonathan M. Mathews, 31, of Chehalis, according to police. All were booked into the Lewis County Jail. Prosecutors declined to file charges on Shaughnessy.

HIT AND RUN TO AMBULANCE

• Police are looking for a light blue mini van that rear-ended an ambulance yesterday morning in Centralia and then drove away. Police were called about 10:40 a.m. to the 600 block of South Tower Avenue learned the occupants of the Riverside Fire Authority ambulance spoke to the driver of the van to see if they were okay, and suggested they pull off the road, according to the Centralia Police Department. But then the van left, with significant front end damage, according to police. The damage to the ambulance was very, very minor, Officer Mike Lowrey said.

LOG TRUCK HITS BRIDGE

• A log truck driver was ticketed yesterday for an over-height violation after an incident on westbound Mellen Street beneath Interstate 5. Police were called about 3 p.m., by the driver who reported striking the underpass, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer observed minimal damage, but asked the state Department of Transportation to take a look, according to police.

MORE WARRANT ARRESTS

• Thirty-one people were arrested yesterday for outstanding warrants when law enforcement officers in Lewis County spent the day tracking wanted people down. Twenty-two of them involved misdemeanor warrants and nine of them felony warrants, according to a news release from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Participating were the sheriff’s office, police departments in Centralia, Napavine, Toledo and Winlock, as well as officers with the state Department of Corrections. Sheriff Rob Snaza took the opportunity in the news release to praise the partnerships between the various agencies, stating it makes the county a safer place to live. They worked at it for 16 hours and called it Operation Clean Sweep.

AND MORE

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

Second plea deal in the works in Vader toddler’s death

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  With less than three weeks to go before trial, a Vader mother of three has the weekend to contemplate a plea offer in last autumn’s death of a 3-year-old boy who was part of her household.

Brenda A. Wing and her husband, both now 27, were arrested after the child died, of what has been described vaguely as ongoing abuse.

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Brenda A. Wing

Danny A. Wing pleaded guilty in March to first-degree manslaughter and also to assault in a deal that is expected to send him to prison for just over 16 years, if a judge agrees.

Lawyers and Brenda Wing went before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court, for a scheduled omnibus hearing. That’s a standard proceeding between arraignment and trial in which both sides put down on paper the agreed particulars for trial.

Lewis County Prosecutor Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead and defense attorney John Crowley told the judge they’d like to postpone the omnibus until Monday afternoon.

Both attorneys said outside the courtroom that’s to give the defendant time to consider the state’s proposal for a “resolution” to the case.

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Jasper Henderling-Warner

Jasper Henderling-Warner was pronounced dead at Providence Centralia Hospital last Oct. 5 after medics were called to the home because he was unconscious.

The autopsy found abrasions, bruises and healing fractures and labeled the cause of death as chronic battered child syndrome. Jasper was suffering from skin infections that were found to be secondary to his cause of death. His 21-year-old mother had asked the couple that summer to take him for a year, while she was homeless and looking for work out of state, according to authorities.

The Wings were initially charged with homicide by abuse or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter, two crimes with widely different penalties. Each of the two were charged as either the principal or accomplice.

Their three children were taken into protective custody by the state.

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Danny A. Wing

While in talks this week about a possible plea deal, the attorneys today continued with steps as though the trial beginning May 18 will still take place.

Halstead told the judge he amended the information to change the date of the offense from Oct. 5, to the time period between July 31 and Oct. 5.

Crowley objected, saying the drastic alteration in the charges would prejudice his client so close to trial. Judge James Lawler allowed the substitute charges.

Brenda Wing pleaded not guilty to the amended information, in her only words spoken aloud on the record.

In March, after her husband pleaded guilty, prosecutors said they expected him to cooperate, leading to more information about what happened to Jasper.

The court hearing was less than 10 minutes long.

When it was over, Crowley left the courthouse to go visit with Brenda Wing in the jail.
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For background, read “Prosecutor expects plea deal will help reveal answers about Vader toddler’s demise” from Wednesday March 25, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

FROZEN GOODS PILFERED

• Centralia police were called about 8:15 p.m. yesterday to a burglary at the 700 block of G Street in which a jar of change, food from the freezer and four cell phones were taken from a residence.

ATTEMPTED MAIL THEFT

Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to the 1200 block of Lum Road where it appeared someone had tried to pry open a set of mailboxes.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

• A logging truck clipped overhead lines at the 3000 block of Galvin Road in Centralia just before noon yesterday, breaking a power pole. The roadway was closed for approximately an hour during the cleanup, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 60-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested yesterday morning for driving under the influence after an individual saw a vehicle strike another car in a parking lot at Safeway in Centralia and then drive away. The witness followed the vehicle up Harrison Avenue to the other side of the freeway, according to the Centralia Police Department. Denise J. Quinonez was then booked into the Lewis County Jail for DUI as well as hit and run, according to police.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• Prosecutors added a second charge of second-degree theft and a charge of second-degree burglary to the case of the man who is accused of posing as a driver’s license examiner and taking an applicant for a ride last week to the Lucky Eagle Casino. Daniel L. Norby, 47, from Chehalis, was brought before a judge again this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm charged him Wednesday with first-degree criminal impersonation and also second-degree theft. Prosecutors say he climbed into the vehicle of a man preparing to take his driver’s test at the licensing office on Kresky Avenue, and said he was going to evaluate his driving. For unknown reasons, the two traded coats and when the victim got his coat back, it was missing as much as $1,200 from an inside pocket. Norby was arrested Tuesday at a Centralia motel. Bohm this afternoon told a judge police had booked Norby this morning or yesterday on the additional charges. She declined to say specifically what the new allegations were, saying only that new information was discovered. Norby is being held on $25,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty this afternoon to all four charges. He is represented by court appointed attorney David Arcuri.

AND MORE

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

Police: Impostor arrested after driving test includes stop at Lucky Eagle

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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Daniel L. Norby waits at the defense table as court documents are signed setting his bail for criminal impersonation and theft charges.

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – What would you do if you’re taking the driver’s test to get your license and the examiner in the passenger seat directed you to a casino?

If he suggested you come inside to with him meet a girl that he knew? And then asked to borrow $20?

Like one recent applicant, you might start to get suspicious.

Centralia police say that’s exactly what happened to an individual who went to the Washington Department of Licensing on Kresky Avenue.

After checking in with a woman at the counter, and being told to wait outside where the examiner would be right out, a man who said his name was Dave got into the vehicle, and what followed weren’t the usual requests for showing one knows the rules of the road.

Authorities say “Dave” was really a 47-year-old Chehalis man posing as an employee from the state agency. He happened to be in line behind the applicant last Thursday.

Daniel L. Norby was arrested yesterday for first-degree criminal impersonation and charged with the same in Lewis County Superior Court.

Police and prosecutors offer no explanation for why he, allegedly, pretended he was giving a driving test.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke this afternoon told a judge her temporary client has been a law abiding citizen for the past five years, resides with his girlfriend on Brown Road outside Chehalis and also has three children, as she made her case for how low his bail should be.

Judge R.W. Buzzard wasn’t persuaded, noting that during two of those last five years Norby was incarcerated. Buzzard set bail at $25,000.

According to charging documents, the odd set of circumstances began when Edward Jerns went in to take his driving test.

Jerns described to a police officer what happened and how after a period of time at the Lucky Eagle Casino, he became skeptical and called the Department of Licensing to tell them, they were still at the casino.

He was told to notify security, and he did, the documents relate.

Jerns told Officer Doug Lowrey that also “Dave” had traded coats with him while at the Rochester establishment, and when he got his coat back, some $1,000 to $1,200 was missing from the inside pocket. He had just cashed his social security check, he said.

An employee at the Kresky Avenue licensing office told Lowrey she spoke to the man who walked in right behind Jerns, and that he was asking about how to get his license, according to court documents. She said she watched him walk out and get into Jerns’ vehicle.

Yesterday, the DOL employee and Jerns picked Norby out of a police photo montage, according to the court documents.

Lowrey said when Norby was contacted at a Centralia motel, he declined to be interviewed by arresting officers, but said the alleged deed last week that got him a lift to the casino seemed to be just an impromptu event.

Norby was also charged with second-degree theft.

He qualified for a court-appointed lawyer and is scheduled for arraignment a week from tomorrow.

Presumably the driver’s license applicant gets a do-over on the test.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Updated at 5:23 p.m.

TEEN BOOKED FOR KNIFE INCIDENT

• A 14-year-old girl was arrested yesterday after she allegedly grabbed  kitchen knife during an argument with her older sister and while they fought over it ended up stabbing her. Officers called about 4:10 p.m. to the 600 block of Northwest Quincy Avenue in Chehalis found the 17-year-old with a puncture wound on her upper leg, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was non-life threatening, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. The younger girl was subsequently located and booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for second-degree assault, Wilson said. He said he didn’t know what the disagreement was about.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a white 1991 Honda Civic stolen from the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis. The car has a black hood and a license plate of ATL 3343,  according to the Chehalis Police Department.  It disappeared between midnight and 2 a.m., according to police.

• Centralia police reported this morning a vehicle was stolen yesterday from the 1500 block of Pike Street and was subsequently located by another law enforcement agency; its driver arrested for DUI, according to the Centralia Police Department. However, Amanda B. Smith, 22, of Centralia, was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court only with theft of a motor vehicle. Charging documents allege that while she waited in an acquaintance’s vehicle for a ride home, she found a spare key in the center console and drove away alone. She was stopped on Bunker Creek Road and taken into custody, the documents state. A judge allowed her to be released from jail on a $5,000 signature bond this afternoon.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Tools and a flare gun were taken from a boat while it was parked at a business on the 900 block of Northwest Maryland Avenue, according to a report made to police yesterday. It happened sometime between March 17 and April 6, according to police.

• Someone got into a vehicle parked at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue and attempted to steal the stereo equipment but only got the subwoofer, according to a report made yesterday morning to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, urinating on a tree near a bus stop; responses for disputes, hit and run, misdemeanor assault involving multiple subjects … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police are investigating a burglary at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue reported to them yesterday. Further details were not readily available.

WALK-IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 2:30 a.m. today by someone on Southwest Second Street who said a male walked into his home and asked if he had a cigarette. He was told to get out, left and couldn’t be found by police, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police responded about 3:25 a.m. today to an attempted vehicle prowl on the 100 block of West Roanoke Street in which the subject was scared away by the alarm that sounded after the window was broken,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested overnight after allegedly punching and breaking the window of a tavern on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Brandon M. Webley was issued a citation for third-degree malicious mischief and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday just after 7 a.m. when the window of a moving vehicle was broken out by an unspecified object along the 2700 block of Borst Avenue.

• Someone threw eggs at a residence on the 600 block of E Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

POP, POP, POP

• Chehalis police were called about 12:25 a.m. today when someone heard what sounded like a half dozen gun shots in the area of Southeast Spring Street in Chehalis, but a few hours later when someone heard gunshots on Southwest 16th Street, police were told kids were seen throwing fire crackers, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK

• A Chehalis woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision yesterday morning in Grays Harbor County that sent her to Capital Medical Center. Danette N. Gardepeesnow, 37, was making a left turn in her Honda Accord from state Route 8 onto state Route 108 in McCleary when she struck a westbound pickup truck, according to the Washington State Patrol. Trooper responding about 9 a.m. report she was transported to the hospital and cited for failure to grant right of way. Her car was described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, disputes, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, possible identity theft … and more.

Pilot calls 911 for help after crash landing north of Centralia

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
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Cessna 170B rests in large field off Southwest 216th Lane.

Updated at 5:16 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

GRAND MOUND – Responders were called to the scene of a small plane crash south of Grand Mound late this morning.

The call came from the pilot himself about 11:48 a.m., according to Thurston County emergency dispatchers

The Cessna 170B came to rest in a field near the 6200 block of Southwest 216th Lane.

Bill Fortman said he was sitting down at his dining room table having a cup of coffee when he looked out his window and saw an airplane sitting in the neighbor’s field.

“I thought well, I’d better go out and see if there’s anyone in that thing,” Fortman said. “I did. There was.”

The pilot was alone, leaning against the side, and asked him to open the door, Fortman said. He couldn’t hardly talk, he said.

“He was bleeding a little bit on one hand, he was talking to 911 and didn’t know where he was,” he said.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Lt. Lanette Dyer said arriving firefighters extricated the pilot and he described generalized back, neck and body pain.

AirLift Northwest picked him up at Rochester High School to fly him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in case of internal injuries, according to Dyer.

“We sent him to Harborview where they could take a closer look at him and make sure everything was good,” Dyer said.

The 73-year-old man was enroute from Spanaway to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport, according to Dyer.

She said she was told he was traveling at about 2,500 feet when he lost power to his engine, attempted various emergency procedures and then looked for an area to put the plane down safely.

The light green Cessna was in one piece and sitting upright, but tilted with the tip of one wing down.

The tail number is registered to a James W. Johnson, of Spanaway, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The fixed wing single engine aircraft was manufactured in 1958.

A hospital spokesperson said late this afternoon Johnson is listed in serious condition.

Fortman said he didn’t hear anything and wasn’t sure how long the aircraft was sitting outside the back of his home. He said he understood it flew over an adjacent stand of trees next to the open field and, thankfully, managed to clear them.

“Fortunately the grass was tall, so I think that cushioned it a little,” Fortman said.

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Deputies and firefighters arrive to scene. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office