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Sheriff’s Office: Performing above and beyond

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
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Deputy Jeff Godbey, center, flanked by nominees for Field Operations Bureau Employee of the Year.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – When Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza stood at the pulpit in preparation to recognize outstanding employees, he began with a moment of silence to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty last year.

Fifteen officers nationwide met the same fate so far this year, a number that increased by two between the time Snaza prepared his remarks and yesterday afternoon when he gave them.

Sheriff Snaza got teary-eyed, and said so aloud.

He told the gathering how each night as he goes to bed, he checks to make sure his phone is working.

“And I think about you guys, and I hope that I don’t get that phone call,” he said, his voice breaking.

Members of the sheriff’s office met yesterday afternoon at the Bethel Church of the Assemblies of God in Napavine, for the annual event. They were joined by family members and some members of the community.

Snaza spoke to all his employees, telling them not to feel left out one bit if they weren’t called to the stage.

“Every one of you are role models, team players,” he said. “I look up to you each and every day.”

Guardian Awards
• Special Services Bureau – Detective Jamey McGinty
• Corrections Bureau – Capt. Chris Tawes

Employee of the Year Awards for 2016
• Services Bureau – Accountant Sandy Lupo
• Corrections Bureau – Support Technician II Jennifer Teitzel
• Corrections Bureau – Corrections Deputy Jeremy Engel
• Field Operations Bureau – Deputy Jeff Godbey

Top Performer Awards for 2016
• Deputy Skylar Eastman
• Corrections Deputy Kimberly Crook

Sheriff’s Award
• Sgt. Alan Stull

Sheriff Life Saving Medal
• Deputy Tyson Brown

Citizen Life Saving Award
• Matt Mohney
• Chad Smith
• Teresa Smith
• April Brathovd

Citizenship Award (United Way, Shop with a Cop)
• Debbie Campbell
• Linda Raschke
• Linda Lee
• Angela French
• Sue Muller

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
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STOLEN PUP

• Centralia police were called to the 400 block of West Main Street about 10:25 p.m. yesterday where an individual reported that two people that are known to her stole her dog, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called to the 2900 block of Mount Vista Road about 12:45 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a burglary to an apartment complex laundry room and storage closets in which a number items were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNLAWFUL INTERFERENCE

A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested after allegedly taking a cell phone away from an individual who called 911 yesterday morning. Jake A. Reinitz was booked into the Lewis County Jail for interfering with reporting domestic violence in connection with an approximately 11:30 a.m. call yesterday associated with an address on the 600 block of West Maple Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, harassment, no-contact order violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances … and more among 123 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
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Updated at 6:58 p.m.

ATTACKED ON RAILROAD AVENUE

• Centralia police were called at 8:50 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Railroad Avenue on a report of a bloodied male who had been beaten and robbed of some of his property. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment and advised his assailant was a bald man and possibly two other males were involved, according to the Centralia Police Department. Later in the night, officers were called to a homeless shelter regarding a naked and disorderly person to be removed, according to police. The earlier robbery victim who was out of the hospital by then was also present at the shelter, identified the disorderly man as his attacker, police reported. William F. Adams, 40, of Marysville, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, first-degree robbery and possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

THREATENED AT BELMONT AVENUE

• A 40-year-old Centralia man who allegedly displayed a knife and threatened to kill a person at the 100 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia was arrested yesterday morning for felony harassment. Officers called just before 7 a.m. booked Patrick R. Lytle, 40, of Centralia, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was charged instead in Lewis County District Court with harassment, a gross misdemeanor.

HEALTHCARE UNRULINESS

• A 24-year-old Centralia woman was arrested following a call just before 2 p.m. yesterday for allegedly assaulting two members of security staff at a healthcare facility at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia. Amanda B. Smith, 24, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. However, prosecutors declined to file the felony charges and referred the case to municipal court.

• Centralia police were called to a healthcare facility at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road just before 6 a.m. yesterday where a 61-year-old allegedly assaulted security staff. Mahlon L. Wigginton, of Centralia, was arrested for third-degree assault and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just after 6:30 p.m. yesterday after a customer jumped over the pharmacy counter at K-Mart and grabbed prescription cough syrup and put it in a bag. The subject fled the store, but dropped the stolen item on the floor, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to an apartment at the 300 block of East Pear Street.

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of Ridge Lane in Packwood after the front door to a residence was found forced open. Among the missing property is a propane fireplace and two flat screen televisions, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 12:10 a.m. call today from a motel at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue to take a report a wallet had been stolen.

SEARCH FOR DRUGS

• Deputies arrested a 25-year-old Rochester man for outstanding warrants and driving with a suspended license when they responded to an approximately 7 a.m. call yesterday about a strange vehicle in someone’s driveway area at the 2400 block of Seminary Hill Road in Centralia. Adam I. McGowan was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said passengers included a 20-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man and information about suspected drugs in the trunk is leading to a request for a search warrant to look for “additional controlled substances.”

• Drug detectives got a search warrant for a home in north Centralia yesterday and arrested two men for possession of methamphetamine. They went to the home of 45-year-old Donald E. Cheney Jr. on Noel Avenue, knocked, and multiple individuals exited the residence, according to court documents. When Cheney was searched, they found suspected meth on him and more on his bed, next to a loaded Ruger pistol, according to the documents. Cheney was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of methamphetamine as well as second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Steven A. Dembrowicz, 37, was also arrested as residue on a bong and baggies in his bedroom field tested positive for meth, according to charging papers. Dembrowicz was charged today with  possession of methamphetamine. The case was investigated by the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just before 5 a.m. today to the 800 block of E Street when a resident heard a noise outside and subsequently discovered a gas cap was removed and fuel stolen from a vehicle.

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to the 1000 block of K Street to take a report that a firearm had been stolen from a vehicle five years earlier.

• Chehalis police were called to the 1500 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue yesterday following the discovery someone had siphoned gasoline from a work van.

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 8:15 a.m. call yesterday to the 1200 block of North Pearl Street where someone had broke out the window a vehicle and stole items from inside. A computer and a backpack were stolen from a second vehicle in the area, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Bishop Road after a vehicle pulled up, a male got out and smashed the window of a parked vehicle to steal a purse. Less than a half an hour later, an officer was called for a similar occurrence at the 2200 block of Jackson Highway, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said the suspect vehicle in multiple prowls at daycares in Chehalis in Centralia is a white passenger vehicle with tinted windows and possibly California plates

VANDALISM

• A 21-year-old Centralia resident who allegedly punched out the window of someone else’s vehicle at the 1100 block of South Pearl Street was arrested yesterday for third-degree malicious. Juan C. Andrews was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just before 7:30 a.m. today to a business at the 1500 block of Northwest State Avenue where someone had broken out a large showroom window. The loss is estimated at $2,000, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drinking in public, protection order violation, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting,  suspicious circumstances, dog shot with a BB gun, male sitting at a bus stop in the same spot for over a week … and more among 129 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Pe Ell coach’s rape conviction is reversed

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – He’s already served his prison time, but Pe Ell resident Todd Phelps got good news in the form of the Washington Court of Appeals reversing his convictions for third-degree rape and second-degree sexual misconduct.

The jury trial stretched over nearly two weeks in the spring of 2012 and the former Pe Ell High School softball coach and log truck driver was given a sentence two days shy of six years.

The attorney for the 52-year-old painted a picture of a coach who became close to a 16-year-old team member because he was worried she was cutting on herself and might commit suicide. The prosecution told jurors of a man who gradually seduced a girl already troubled with low self esteem and depression.

Phelps lost an appeal in 2014, but filed a personal restraint petition. In its decision published last week, the appeals court said the prosecutor committed misconduct by introducing and arguing facts not in evidence about sexual grooming.

“… (T)his misconduct was prejudicial, flagrant, and ill intentioned and that there was no likelihood that this error could have been cured by a proper instruction,” the three-member panel wrote.

The panel held the error resulted in prejudice.

“You cannot get back the six years in prison, but he corrected what he found in error,” Seattle-based attorney Suzanne Lee Elliott said of her client.

Exactly how much time Phelps actually served isn’t clear, as he would have gotten early release with credit for “good time.”

Elliott  said the issues that led to this decision for her client have been an ongoing topic in the appeals court and the state Supreme Court and led to some high profile cases being overturned because of overreach on the part of prosecutors.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said his office plans to ask the appeals court to reconsider its decision.

“Let’s not forget, the appeals court originally upheld the conviction,” Meyer said yesterday. “And if we have to retry it, we will.”

Phelps was represented by Centralia defense attorney Don Blair in the 2012 case in Lewis County Superior Court. The state’s case was presented by Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Debra Eurich and Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead. Judge Nelson Hunt presided.

In its more than 30-page opinion, the appeals court notes that the state contended its argument about grooming was based on reasonable inferences from the record. The appeals court however held that expert testimony is required if the state intended to rely upon “grooming” to argue and prove its case.

While the issue of grooming was discussed during jury selection and at length during closing arguments, by the deputy prosecutor, there were only two instances during the trial when the term grooming was mentioned in witness testimony, Justice Jill Johanson wrote.

The opinion issued on Jan. 24 was authored by Johanson, with Justices Thomas R. Bjorgen and Linda Cj Lee concurring.

Prosecutor Meyer said yesterday if he doesn’t get the hoped for result in the request for reconsideration, he’ll have to make a decision about asking the state Supreme Court to look at the case.

“If necessary, we’ll retry it, we’ll work with the victim on retrial,” Meyer said.
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For background, read “News brief: Appeals judges reject each of Pe Ell man’s claims on rape conviction” from Wednesday June 18, 2014, here

News brief: Chehalis shooting case ends with prison

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 36-year-old man convicted in a case in which a woman standing on a Chehalis home’s porch was shot at twice following an early morning argument was sentenced yesterday to 12 years plus eight months in prison.

Andrew C. Skyberg previously made an Alford plea to second-degree assault and a straight plea of guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm.

Lawyers on the two sides had an agreed recommendation he should get 152 months and a judge yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court went along with that.

It happened outside a home on the  600 block of Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis in the early morning hours of Oct. 7. Prosecutors said Skyberg pointed his handgun in the air and fired off two to three rounds then shot twice toward the 52-year-old victim.

Nobody was injured but one bullet lodged in the railing along the front porch.

The Chehalis man was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, as chemical dependency was found to have played a role in the offense, according to court documents. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim for 10 years.
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For background, read “News brief: Suspect in Chehalis shooting incident pleads guilty” from Friday January 27, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
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Updated at 1:12 p.m.

HEALTHCARE MAYHEM

• A 33-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested last night after police were called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia because he allegedly threatened to kill nurses there. Michael A. Hilton also allegedly spit in the faces of a nurse and a police officer. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment and two counts of third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 35-year-old Centralia man allegedly broke out the glass to a sliding door at a healthcare facility at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia. Officers responding to the approximately 11:15 a.m. call arrested Joseph E. Leyva for second-degree malicious mischief and booked him in to the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

JAIL MAYHEM

• A deputy was called to the Lewis County Jail about 9:10 p.m. yesterday to investigate damage to a camera and phone system in a holding cell allegedly caused by an inmate. Lucas J. Davis, 31, of Centralia, was additionally booked for first-degree malicious mischief, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to Green Hill School to investigate an incident from the day before in which a 16-year-old student-inmate was stomped on and stabbed in the head with a pencil, allegedly by a pair of fellow student-inmates. Cases for second-degree assault are being forwarded to prosecutors regarding the 19-year-olds, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• A deputy was called yesterday morning to a storage building at the 4800 block of Galvin Road where an unknown person had cut a padlock and removed an antique typewriter and an antique camping kit sometime during the previous week, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There may be other property missing but the case is still under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• A case involving a juvenile was referred to Lewis County juvenile prosecutors for a charge of possession of marijuana, in connection with an officer contact about 1:30 p.m. yesterday at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A semi-truck pulling a long trailer struck an overhead traffic light pole on South Pearl and Cherry streets just before 4 p.m. yesterday, blocking the intersection for some time and completely disabling the traffic lights for the intersection, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 31-year-old Tacoma motorist was arrested after he lost control and ran his 1993 Ford Explorer into a ditch along the Cispus Road outside Randle yesterday, causing major damage to the vehicle. A deputy responding to approximately milepost 5 yesterday afternoon learned that Leviticus C. Gese was driving with a suspended license in the third degree and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 141 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Missing Cowlitz River fisherman still not located

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday suspended the search for the 43-year-old man who was reported missing from the Blue Creek Boat Launch area along the Cowlitz River.

Friends came to meet up and fish with Prathana Nammavong on Saturday and found his vehicle, fishing poles and chair, but not him.

Attempts to locate the Des Moines resident were made during the weekend and Monday on the water and along the banks with no success.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said there are some areas of the river they’d like to go back to, but are evaluating how they can do that safely.

The boat launch is south of Ethel, off Spencer Road.
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For background, read “News brief: Des Moines man missing from Cowlitz River fishing area” from Monday January 30, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
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Updated at 5:56 p.m.

MISSING ROBO-CLEANER

• A robotic vacuum was reported stolen in a burglary at the 300 block of Prairie Rose Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 5 p.m. yesterday.

PORCH PILFERING

• Centralia police were called about 3:20 p.m. yesterday after a package was stolen from the front porch of a home on the 300 block of Hemlock Street in Centralia. A neighbor observed a male suspect walking away from the residence,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

STEALING FUEL

• Centralia police were called just after 5 p.m. yesterday after a male was seen siphoning gas from a vehicle at the 500 block of West Fourth Street in Centralia. He was chased off by a neighbor, no arrest was made, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUSINESS BURGLARY

• Police were called to the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia at 8:15 a.m. yesterday following the discovery someone had broken in to a business and taken money from the cash register, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 300 block of East Pear Street just before 4 p.m. yesterday where someone had broken in to a coin-operated laundry and stolen money, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A business on the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia reported just after 3 p.m. yesterday that several propane tanks had been stolen from their locked storage container, according to the Centralia Police Department. As of this morning, police had no suspects, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called to the 100 block of Hazel Street in Mossyrock about a missing vehicle about 8:20 p.m. on Jan. 23. It is a silver Dodge Ram, according to the Morton Police Department. The case is still under investigation, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Someone cut though a chain link fence at the 1400 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia and broke into two vehicles there, according to a report made to police about 7:30 a.m. yesterday.

• Morton police were called about 6:40 p.m. on Saturday for a possible vehicle prowl at the 100 block of Third Street.

ID THEFT

• Officers responded to the 300 block of Seventh Street in Morton on Thursday regarding a possible identity theft. The case is pending the receipt of further information, according to the Morton Police Department.

ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called over to Green Hill School just before 1 p.m. yesterday after an inmate-student allegedly kicked a staff member. Police are awaiting reports on the case, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CHIMNEY FIRE SPREADS

•  Firefighters called about 7:30 a.m. yesterday when residents of a house on the 1800 block of Pe Ell-McDonald Road noticed smoke in a closet found a chimney fire which had extended into the house, according to Lewis County Fire District 13. The damage is repairable, with an estimate of around $30,000, Chief Gwen Turner said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft; responses for alarm, civil issue, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 132 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Trio suspected in jewelry heist found in Chehalis

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Three suspects were arrested last night at a Chehalis gas station just hours after a courier was assaulted and robbed of nearly a half million dollars worth of jewelry at a SeaTac hotel.

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Courtesy photo by Rachelle Godsey

The victim was walking to his room when he was confronted by three masked men who took his bag of valuables, slashed a tire on his vehicle and then fled, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. It was reported just after 6 p.m.

Just after 8 p.m., Washington State Patrol trooper spotted the suspect vehicle at the Arco station at the 13th Street and Interstate 5 interchange, according to authorities.

Chehalis resident Jennifer Moliga and her husband were on their way home from shopping and about to pull in to get fuel, but changed their minds.

“We get off the freeway and on the right side, at AM/PM, there were just cop cars everywhere,” she said. “We could see, we counted on one side six cop cars.”

Moliga said they seemed to be blockading the entrance and had two guys sitting in front of the store on the sidewalk.

King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said three suspects were arrested and transported back to King County to be booked for robbery.

The bag of jewelry is presumably inside the suspects’ vehicle, which was impounded and will be searched later today, West said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Updated at 5:26 p.m.

HIT AND RUN

• Centralia police were called just before 3:30 p.m. yesterday to a business on the 1200 block of Lum Road where an employee attempting to stop a theft suspect stood behind the suspect’s vehicle and was backed into, according to the Centralia Police Department. The employee was uninjured and the suspect fled, according to police. The investigation is ongoing.

HIT AND BREAK TOOTH

• Centralia police took a report of an assault at the 400 block of West Main Street at about 4:35 p.m. on Saturday in which the victim’s tooth was broken. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COUNTERFEIT CASE

• Two people were arrested just before 4 p.m. yesterday at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia after an off-duty officer recognized them from a counterfeiting case he’d been working on.  Amanda Lopez 35, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for forgery and also an outstanding warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department. John Lopez, 36, also of Centralia, was booked for forgery and for possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Winlock driver pulled over at Ninth Street and McFadden Avenue in Chehalis about 8:15 a.m. on Friday was found to have outstanding misdemeanor warrants and then once at the jail, allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Joseph M. Gomes was  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

GUNS STOLEN

• Police were called about 6:30 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of two firearms from a residence on the 1600 block of Sunset Way in Centralia.

TOOLS TAKEN

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday following the discovery of an overnight break-in to a shed at the 900 block of Woodland Avenue. Tools were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PROPANE PILFERING

• Centralia police were called just before 8 a.m. on Saturday to the 200 block of North Rock Street to take a report that two propane tanks and small propane heater has been stolen.

• An officer was called regarding the theft of a propane tank from the 100 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia about 5:15 p.m. on Friday.

TV THEFT

• A television was stolen from the 600 block of J Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10:20 a.m. on Friday.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 11:10 a.m. on Friday about a burglary to a thrift store on the 1800 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue. An officer today was waiting to receive statements for the case, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer was called to the same business yesterday evening when “a couple” counterfeit $20 bills were found in the till, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday about a vehicle stolen from the 200 block of James Street. The maroon 2002 Dodge Caravan was warming up outside while the victim was inside, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A green 1998 Subaru Legacy was stolen from the 2400 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police at 6:40 p.m. on Friday. It has a license plate reading AOD 6308, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police recovered an abandoned stolen Honda accord from a parking lot at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia on Friday afternoon.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called for a vehicle prowl about 12:15 a.m. on Saturday at the 300 block of Yew Street in Centralia. Paperwork was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BAD IDEA NIPPED IN BUD

• An officer was called about 4:20 p.m. on Friday to take a report from the 100 block of West Chestnut Street in Centralia about threats made to an individual to publish their intimate photos by an acquaintance. No arrest was made, but the subject agreed to delete the pictures, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TARGET SHOOTING GOES AWRY

• The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office believes it was a long-distance shooting accident over Interstate 5 that sent two bullets onto the Great Wolf Lodge property in Grand Mound this weekend. One round hit a person’s arm and fell to the ground and another struck a wall, according to information passed along to Sgt. Carla Carter. They were 22 caliber bullets, according to Carter. It happened about 2:15 p.m. on Saturday and the male victim was not hurt, according to the sheriff’s office. The hotel complex is situated along Old Highway 99, with its backside facing the freeway. Given the scenario, they don’t think the shots were fired from the freeway and a deputy asked questions at a sparse housing development on the east side of Interstate 5 but didn’t find who was responsible, according to Carter’s information.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, minor in possession of alcohol, third-degree malicious mischief; responses for alarm, civil issue, hit and run, misdemeanor domestic assault, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 385 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Des Moines man missing from Cowlitz River fishing area

Monday, January 30th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Deputies, along with search and rescue personnel, are looking for a missing man whose vehicle and belongings were located without him when two friends came to the Blue Creek Boat Launch area to fish with him on Saturday morning.

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Prathana Nammavong

Prathana Nammavong, a 43 year old resident of Des Moines, commonly fishes the Cowlitz River in the same area, beginning on Friday and concluding on Sunday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The friends located a chair and fishing poles belonging to Nammavong approximately a quarter of a mile down the Cowlitz River, near its confluence with Blue Creek, according to the sheriff’s office. The items were on the bank above the river, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

The friends looked for about five hours before reporting him missing at 1:15 p.m., according to Breen.

Breen said responders are on the water this afternoon and a ground search along the banks of the river was conducted earlier today.

The boat launch is south of Ethel, off Spencer Road.

Nammavong was last in contact when he communicated to friends via cellphone on Friday morning, Breen said.

Breen said attempts to locate Nammavong were also made during the weekend using water craft and a K-9. He expects they will continue today until dark.

Anyone with information or who had contact with Nammavong this weekend is asked to please call the sheriff’s office at 360-748-9286 or Lewis County Communications at 360-740-1105.

News brief: Fire consumes Maytown house

Monday, January 30th, 2017
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The home is fully involved in flames as crews arrived. /
Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The cause of a fire that broke out last night at a home in the Maytown area is under investigation, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

The 2,300-square-foot house, two cars and a motorcycle were destroyed in the blaze at the 12400 block of Tilley Road Southwest, Capt. Lanette Dyer said.

The structure was fully involved in flames when crews arrived following the approximately 6:30 p.m. call, Dyer said. Multiple agencies responded. The property is on Deep Lake near Deep Lake Resort and Millersylvania State Park.

Nobody was home at the time and both the renters and the owner have insurance, she said.

News brief: Sexual exploitation case dismissed

Friday, January 27th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Criminal charges have been dropped against a 21-year-old Onalaska man arrested in September in connection with images uploaded by a 15-year-old girl to her Facebook account showing her unclothed private parts.

Cody M. Cothran, 21, was charged in Lewis County Superior Court with sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree rape of a child.

Of particular interest to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was a photo of the girl with a penis in her mouth, and Facebook text messages allegedly between her and Cothran that suggested an intimate relationship. The information had been forwarded to the sheriff’s office from  the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm asked a judge last week to dismiss the charges against Cothran. They were dismissed without prejudice on Jan. 19, meaning the state could refile them at a later date, according to Bohm.

Bohm said she met with the girl a few times and just needed more time to investigate.

Cothran’s lawyer, defense attorney David Brown said the alleged victim recanted and said it didn’t happen.
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For background, read “Facebook: Onalaska resident arrested after photo alleged to be with underage girlfriend surfaces” from Friday September 30, 2016, here