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News brief: Training fire to be conducted southwest of Chehalis

Friday, June 12th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Chehalis area residents can expect to see smoke beginning at  9 a.m. tomorrow, as firefighters burn down a house.

Lewis County Fire District 6 is using the donated structure on the 200 block of Devereese Road to get some practice in, according to Chief Tim Kinder.

They should be finished at about noon, he said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 12th, 2015
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NO CAT BURGLAR FOUND

• Chehalis police were called just before 1 o’clock this morning to the Twin City Town Center where a worker discovered someone tried to break in through the roof. The individual was putting away the parking lot sweeper when they looked up and saw evidence someone tried to gain entry into that portion of the building, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A police dog helped conduct a sweep of the area at the 1300 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue but nobody was found, according to police. It was just two weeks earlier when McDonald’s on Lum Road in Centralia was burglarized by someone who cut a hole in the roof to get inside.

BUSINESS BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to a hardware store on the 700 block of South Market Boulevard where someone broke into a fenced area overnight an stole a gray fountain. The loss is listed at $692.99, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A similar break-in happened there a week earlier.

MONEY MISSING

• A Centralia resident in his mid 70s reported to police yesterday that an unauthorized person removed more than $1,000 from his bank account, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to a nursing home on the 1500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia yesterday to talk with a man in his 90s regarding cash stolen from him.

BAD BILL BUYS GAS

• Chehalis police were called about 10 o’clock last night when a clerk on Northwest State Avenue discovered a customer used a counterfeit $50 to pay for fuel and a scratch ticket.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 900 block of Schueber Road regarding an individual reportedly using the name of a family member to get medical care from Providence Centralia Hospital.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just before 8 o’clock yesterday morning about someone rifling through an unlocked vehicle at the 2400 block of Leisure Lane. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to take a report of a sexual assault involving juveniles said to have taken place a week earlier. Further details were not readily available.

BARK FIRE

• Chehalis firefighters were called about 6:50 p.m. yesterday to extinguish a beauty bark fire in the landscaping along the 1500 block of North National Avenue. It was most likely caused by a cigarette, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street … and more.

Toledo veteran enters plea of not guilty by reason of insanity

Friday, June 12th, 2015
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By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Toledo man arrested after a bizarre series of events that left employees at a Centralia motel hiding and ended in a fight with police officers inside the nearby sandwich shop remains jailed as his lawyer makes plans to delve into his mental state.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke described the situation on Alder Street the morning of May 26 as a sort of manic scenario.

“All the witnesses indicated he thought something was happening that was not happening,” O’Rourke said.

Mitchell K. Davis, 27, was a gunner on active duty in Iraq in 2009 who had significant combat and had significant issues afterwards, O’Rourke said.

“We believe he had been brought by Toledo police to Providence Centralia Hospital who dropped him off there,” he said. “I believe he was discharged within a matter of hours before this.”

Officers were called about 11:15 a.m. that day to the Peppermill Inn having been told Davis grabbed an employee, pushed her to the floor and took her phone, according to police. As police arrived, they got a call from a man at the Shell station next door – where Davis allegedly took his phone – and were directed to the Subway shop, according to a police account.

Police said he was hiding in the bathroom, and as he dashed out, knocked a worker to the ground. Davis was subdued with a Taser, but during a struggle, reportedly struck one officer in the face.

Davis yesterday pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

He remains in the Lewis County Jail, and O’Rourke is preparing for an extensive evaluation of his client.

The Centralia defense attorney said he expected within the next couple of days he would seek authorization from a judge to engage an expert psychiatrist.

Davis is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, one count of third-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault, malicious mischief and possession of methamphetamine. His trial is on the Lewis County Superior Court calendar for July 20.

Getting acquitted by reason of insanity can be a long and complex process, according to O’Rourke.

It’s different, in that the defendant acknowledges the acts, but, then a judge or jury has to find one of two things are true, he said.

“A, I did not understand what I was doing because of some kind of mental defect or delusion,” O’Rourke said. “Or B, because of my mental state, I had no ability to appreciate right from wrong.”

It’s a difficult standard to meet, he said.

If it happens, the case then shifts into determining what to do next with the person, he said.

“If it’s a bad enough crime, you’re probably going to be committed the rest of your life, he said.

O’Rourke said one of the allegations is police found a residual amount of methamphetamine, so an issue he expects to come up is an allegation of intoxication.
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – POLICE: ‘SPUN UP OUT OF HIS MIND’ ” from Wednesday May 27, 2015, here

Chehalis carjacking suspect denies involvement

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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The man named in court documents as Huber Juarez-Arellano approaches the defense table for his bail hearing in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The individual accused of stealing a pickup truck from a Chehalis dealership during a test drive – by brandishing a toy gun – and leading law enforcement officers on a wild chase into Cowlitz County appeared before a judge this afternoon where lawyers discussed his bail.

But first, Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler asked if his name was indeed Huber Juarez-Arellano.

“I don’t know who was messing with my ID,” the young man replied.

Lawler told him all he wanted to know at that point, was if that was his name.

“Yes,” he said.

A Lewis County Sheriff’s Office commander yesterday identified the arrestee as Huber (no middle initial) Juarez-Arellano, 21, from Vancouver, Washington. A different spokesperson from the office this morning said he was Huber J. Arellano. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office reported he is Huber Juarez-Vasques, 22, of Kelso.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge her temporary client lives and works in the Salem, Oregon area.

When Lawler asked him did understood the charges, his rights and the potential penalties, long pauses followed before the heavily tattooed man responded affirmatively to each query.

“He does have some mental health issues he wants the court to consider,” O’Rourke told the judge.

Juarez-Arellano – as he is named in court documents, based on the identification left at I-5 Toyota – is charged with  first-degree robbery, attempting to elude and first-degree malicious mischief.

The sheriff’s office says when he and a sales associate took a 2011 Ford F150 pickup for a drive yesterday morning, he pulled out what looked like a pistol and ordered the 46-year-old man out of the vehicle near Hamilton and Labree roads south of Chehalis. And then took off.

An Airsoft gun he allegedly threw out a window was recovered.

Charging documents speak of deputies and troopers pursuing on a backroad at 30 to 40 mph above the speed limit, with the suspect vehicle swerving into oncoming lanes and ignoring stop signs and other traffic warnings.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office reported the truck ran through a fence near a weigh station south of Castle Rock. Charging documents describe part of the journey as cutting across the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, crossing the median and heading into the southbound lanes before driving through a barricade onto a frontage road.

“Frankly, everyone’s lucky someone did not die,” Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told the judge.

Meyer asked for bail of $750,000, based in part on juvenile convictions of second-degree assault and harassment. O’Rourke asked for $50,000, telling the judge Juarez-Arellano works multiple jobs and supports his wife, three young children, his mother and his brother.

She also said he receives disability payments and appeared to qualify for a court-appointed attorney.

“He is denying he is the alleged suspect in the probable cause statement,” O’Rourke said.

Bail was set at $500,000. His arraignment was scheduled for next Thursday morning with Centralia lawyer David Arcuri to represent him.
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For background, read “Chehalis salesman carjacked during test drive” from Wednesday June 10, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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SPEEDY FRAUDSTER

• A 50-year-old Chehalis man contacted police about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to report he’d accidentally left his credit card at the library and although within a couple of hours realized it was not with him, discovered it had already been used twice at local businesses and someone was attempting to use it at an ATM. The third transaction didn’t go through, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MISSING CAR FOUND

• A car reported stolen yesterday from the 300 block of East Magnolia Street in Centralia turned up at the 300 block of Pine Street and a relative of the owner was arrested. Corey R. Aldrich, 28, was located at a nearby apartment and booked into the Lewis County Jail for taking a motor vehicle without permission,  according to the Centralia Police Department. A search of his person incident to the arrest turned up suspected methamphetamine, so the Centralia man was booked for that too, according to police. That offense is the one cited if a person is related to the owner, has been allowed to use the vehicle at least one time before and didn’t intend to permanently deprive the owner of their property,  according to police.

FUEL THEFT

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday by an individual who said someone tried to steal gasoline from their parked vehicle during the night at the 1000 block of F Street.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8:20 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl on the 300 block of Southwest James Street.

SUSPICIOUS FIRE

• It appeared someone set a fire in an alley next to a garage in Chehalis yesterday evening but a neighbor who was quick with a garden hose got it put out before it spread, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. Firefighters were called to the area behind the 300 block of Southwest James Street about 6:30 p.m. and found brush and grass covering an area approximately three feet by six feet had burned, Capt. Rob Gebhart said. A small scorched spot was found in front of the house as well, Gebhart said. Nobody was home at the residence, he said. Firefighters and police spoke with some kids across the street, but nobody saw anything, Gebhart said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, underage drinking, malicious mischief, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

Chehalis salesman carjacked during test drive

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Chehalis automobile salesman was carjacked during a test drive this morning, with what turned out to be a toy gun.

A 21-year-old man is in custody, after a high-speed chase that ended in Cowlitz County.

The red 2011 Ford F150 pickup sustained some damage when the suspect drove it through a fence near a weigh station about five miles south of Castle Rock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Cmdr. Dusty Breen said it began at I-5 Toyota on Northwest Louisiana Avenue where the supposed customer and the sales person departed for a test drive.

They were traveling on Hamilton Road south of Chehalis when the 21-year-old ordered the man out at gunpoint, Breen said, or, with what appeared to be a handgun.

“The salesman is able to flag somebody down for help,” he said. “Deputies were dispatched.”

That was around 11:20 a.m.

The sheriff’s office and the state patrol began a pursuit that took Interstate 5 as well as some backroads at speeds of 80 and 90 mph, and ended when the driver ran through the fence and bailed out, he said. They were joined by Cowlitz deputies as well.

They got a call from a woman who said there was a man inside her house, out of breath and asking for water, and he borrowed a pair of sunglasses from a person there, put them on and hid under a porch, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

That was on Pleasant Hill Road, and that’s where law enforcement officers took him into custody.

Cmdr. Breen said Huber Juarez-Arellano, 21, is from Vancouver, Washington. Cowlitz County identifies him as Huber Juarez-Vasques, 22, of Kelso.

Breen said the suspect tossed the weapon out along Barnes Road, and when it was recovered, it turned out to be a painted Airsoft gun.

Nobody got hurt in the incident, he said. The sales associate is a 46-year-old Centralia resident, according to the sheriff’s office.

The suspect was transported back to Lewis County to be booked into the jail for first-degree robbery and felony eluding, Breen said.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office reports it will be considering charges of eluding and trespass.

The suspect had left his identification at the dealership before the test drive, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.

News brief: Police investigating death of little boy in Centralia

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police are investigating the death of a 9-year-old boy this morning.

Detective Patti Finch said officers were dispatched at approximately 10:22 a.m. to a home on the 300 block of North Diamond Street regarding the child who was found unresponsive in bed by his mother.

Officers arrived to find CPR in progress, according to Finch. Members of the fire department were summoned at the same time.

The child was transported to the Providence Centralia Hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to responders.

Finch indicated the boy had a recent medical procedure, but didn’t elaborate on what that was.

An autopsy will be performed on Thursday.

Nothing obvious at the scene suggested foul play, but anytime a child dies unexpectedly, police will get involved and investigate the circumstances, she said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
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SHOPLIFTING

• Centralia officers “physically subdued” a 25-year-old homeless woman who was running from a store security person last night following an alleged shoplift. Police called to the 500 block of South Tower Avenue just before 10 p.m. arrested Shila K. Brennan, 25, for third-degree theft and booked her into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWLING

• Chehalis police were called a little after 2 o’clock this morning to the 400 block of Northeast Adams Avenue where a woman said she’d gone out to her car to get something and found a man inside it with a flashlight. He ran off and was not located, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It appeared a neighbor’s vehicle had also been prowled, police said. The suspect was described only as white and in his mid-20s, with short hair or bald and wearing “skater” shoes, according to police.

BAD CHECK

• Chehalis police were called about 2 p.m. yesterday regarding someone trying to fraudulently cash a check at a bank on the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ASSAULT

The Olympian reports a 37-year-old Centralia man accused of choking and beating another man at a mobile home near Rainier a week and a half ago pleaded not guilty yesterday to second-degree assault and felony harassment in Thurston County Superior Court. News reporter Amelia Dickson writes the victim’s girlfriend and children witnessed the altercation that began with Mike J. Poulton banging on the man’s door while he slept.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, probation violation, driving with suspended license; responses for dispute, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
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Updated at 3:19 p.m.

PARACHUTING ACCIDENT

• Medics and firefighters were called to the airport in Toledo today for an injured skydiver, who they were told passed out on his way down. The man landed on the tarmac and suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Lewis County Fire District 2. Firefighter-EMT Tracy Summers said the patient was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital following the approximately 12:45 p.m. call to the airfield off Jackson Highway.

DEER BREAKS MAN’S LEG

• Deputies responded to the 600 block of West Reynolds Avenue in Centralia after an approximately 2:40 p.m. incident yesterday when a deer ran into the side of motorcyclist traveling down the road, breaking the driver’s leg. The 61-year-old Rochester man’s Harley Davidson was undamaged, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

PEDESTRIAN INJURED

• Police were called about 8:20 p.m. yesterday to Reynolds Avenue and Pearl Street for a pedestrian versus vehicle accident. A boy, whose age was not readily available, was transported to the hospital for minor injuries, according to the Centralia Police Department. The driver was issued a citation, according to police.

BICYCLIST HURT

• A bicycle rider was transported to the hospital with minor injuries after a collision with a vehicle at about 7:20 a.m. yesterday at Pearl and Maple streets in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNWANTED VISITOR

• Police were called yesterday by an individual at the 200 block of Southwest Lewis Street in Chehalis who said sometime during the night someone came onto their deck and knocked over planters, and stole one of them.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 5:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia after the discovery someone got into a parked car and removed its stereo, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 1000 block of South Pearl Street regarding a car prowl the evening before in which someone broke out the window and stole a purse. Among its contents were money and credit cards, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from an individual who said his wallet, with credit card, had been stolen from his home on the 200 block of East Chestnut Street and he learned someone else made charges on his account.

DRUGS

• A deputy serving an arrest warrant at the 200 block of Panisco Road in Cinebar yesterday morning ended up arresting a woman for possession of methamphetamine. The deputy reports the woman attempted to walk away and after she was placed on the ground to be handcuffed, she tried to throw a glass tube, which contained a white crystal powder, that field tested positive for meth, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Bobbie H. Valentich, also known as Bobbie Hansen, age not readily available, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

LOST AND FOUND

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning by the owner of a 5-month-old Australian cattle dog who said the pup went missing from their yard on the 1200 block of Alexander Street. Police describe the pet as mostly white with a hint of gray. Officers took note a scraggly looking stranger had been seen in the area, but the man was not located, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police and deputies searched for a 4-year-old child reported missing about 10 a.m. yesterday by his father at the 2000 block of Johnson Road. The investigation revealed the child was not missing and in fact was safe with his mother in the Rochester, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, possibly suicidal person, dog left alone inside parked vehicle, keys found at Penny Playground, someone letting the air out of someone else’s tires, suspected stolen iPad that was found, suspected stolen purse that was found … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 8th, 2015
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Updated at 3:22 p.m.

CHEHALIS TRUCK THEFT SUSPECT CHASED TO MORTON

• Chehalis police responded to a 4 a.m. alarm at an auto dealership on Sunday morning and discovered someone had used their vehicle to smash out the glass doors to the showroom. An individual had gone inside Titus-Will and grabbed several keys and tried them until they found one that worked, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Missing was a 2012 Dodge pickup truck, which was spotted leaving the area of the 2500 block of North National Avenue by another responding officer, police said. A police pursuit ensued that took them, along with a Centralia police officer, all the way to Morton, via Centralia-Alpha Road, according to detective Sgt. Gary WIlson. The officer temporarily lost sight of the stolen truck in town, but it wasn’t long before it was located at the Chevron station, where its driver was attempting to fuel up, Wilson said. A Morton officer joined them just before 4:30 a.m. and they took Brian A. Fortune, 29, of Chehalis, into custody. Fortune was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, eluding and, possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

POSSESSION OF STOLEN VEHICLE: MAYBE, MAYBE NOT

• A 32-year-old man was arrested after a deputy traveling through Vader checked a license plate on a parked car and discovered it was stolen out of Federal Way. The deputy contacted the individual believed to have parked the 2001 Nissan Maxima at the 100 block of Spring Court at about 2:20 a.m. yesterday and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree possession of stolen property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Glen A. Harmon had just moved from Federal Way to Vader a week earlier, according to the sheriff’s office. He is to be released without charges pending further investigation.

SUCKERED IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police took a report on Saturday evening from an individual who said two people offered to fix dents in their vehicle while they shopped at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue, and paid them, but didn’t get what they expected. When the victim returned, there was makeup and bingo blotter ink spread on the car, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PILFERING IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were contacted about 12:20 p.m. on Friday by an individual who reported a small metal tool box was stolen from their unlocked garage on Southwest 21st Street. Also missing was a solar-powered glass globe from the patio, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 5:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of South Pearl Street where someone during the night broke into a car and stole its stereo, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday by an individual who said that while they were parked in a downtown city parking lot the night before, someone prowled their vehicle and stole items including at least one purse.

• A 51-year-old Longview painter contacted law enforcement on Saturday morning after discovering someone broke into his work van while it was parked overnight at the Shell station on the 100 block of Mulford Road outside Toledo. Someone pried open a door and stole two paint sprayers – one a Graco 395 and the other a Titan – a buffer, a sander and two extension cords sometime after 4 p.m. on Friday and before 10 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $2,600, according to the sheriff’s office.

VANDALISM

• An officer responded to the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia after a 6 p.m. report yesterday someone damaged a motel room.

• A 26-year-old man was arrested for allegedly breaking a windshield during a dispute on Saturday evening at Haviland Street and Lum Road in Centralia. Brandon D. Genin, from Marysville, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND, FROM MORTON

• A dispute between two boat owners was reported in the 200 block of Westlake Avenue at 10 p.m. on Friday. Parties were arguing over one of them driving too close to the other boat while parking, according to the Morton Police Department. Officers encouraged those involved to park across the parking lot from one another, police reported.

• A motorist who fled an attempted traffic stop on Davis Lake Road in Morton around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday hasn’t been found, according to the Morton Police Department. The vehicle was later located unoccupied on a nearby logging road, but the driver is wanted for reckless driving, according to police.

NOT A SPRAY PARK, NOT AN OUTDOOR SHOWER

• Chehalis police were called about 8 o’clock on Sunday morning about a male in his underwear taking a bath in the fountain in front of the library off Northeast Park Street. He actually was wearing jogging shorts, but was told what he was doing wasn’t appropriate, according to the Chehalis Police Department. There was no soap involved, police said.

FAIL

• Two Glenoma residents were hurt during a driving lesson when the driver accidentally hit the wrong pedal on Glenoma Road late yesterday afternoon. The 58-year-old student driver, who was not licensed, suffered a possible fractured jaw and her boyfriend a possible broken arm, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 6:20 p.m. to Morton General Hospital was told by the 55-year-old passenger that his girlfriend got nervous and he told her to hit the brakes but she hit the gas instead, and both grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to miss a tree, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. They ran into a small ditch and struck an alder tree, Brown said. The 1997 Geo Prizm was described as totaled. The woman was cited for no valid operators license, according to the sheriff’s office.

DUI WRECK

• A 25-year-old Centralia man was injured in a single-vehicle accident on the northbound viaduct on South Gold Street in Centralia on Saturday night. Riverside Fire Authority reports it responded at 9:50 p.m. where airbags had deployed but the occupant had serious injuries and suspected internal injuries. He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the fire department. Police report they responded at 8:52 p.m. and cited Aurelio Almontes Barboza, for driving under the influence.

MOTORCYCLIST AIRLIFTED

• Firefighters responded about 10:40 a.m. today to a wreck between a small motorcycle and a car at South Pearl and Cherry streets. The 64-year-old man operating the motorcycle was transported to Harborview Medical Center by medical helicopter for possible internal injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Centralia police indicated the man had been ejected and described his injuries as non-life threatening. The driver of the other vehicle was issued a notice of infraction for failure to yield the right of way, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, no-contact order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, stolen wallet, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, fire in an oven, to find a person with a misdemeanor warrant hiding under a bed on display at a business … and more.

News brief: Dog mauling leads to two pit bulls shot on Mandy Road

Monday, June 8th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Another incident with a dog fight and a shot gun in Toledo is highlighting the importance of people keeping their animals on their own property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Two dogs were shot early Thursday morning after they attacked another dog on the dog’s property on the 600 block of Mandy Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim German shepherd was taken to a veterinary hospital in critical condition with bites and cuts all over its body, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said on Friday morning.

Brown gave the following account of what took place:

A 29-year-old Toledo man heard growling in his front yard and discovered two of his neighbor’s pit bulls had his pet pinned to the ground, with one biting its neck and the other latched onto its hindquarter.

When his shouting didn’t stop the attack, he retrieved his shotgun. He fired a warning shot.

He shot one dog, which got it to let go and run away. He shot the other dog which had the same effect.

The 29-year-old followed to make sure they headed home, and when one of them came towards him, he shot it again, killing it.

Brown said the German shepherd owner’s actions were found to be justified under the cricumstances, as he was protecting his pet on his own property.

The pit bulls had left their property after the owner’s son accidentally a gate open, she said.

No humans were injured.

The German shepherd’s owner didn’t want the 39-year-old owner of the pit bulls cited for his dogs’ actions, according to Brown.

It was just four days earlier when a dog owner on Herriford Road shot a neighbor’s mastiff which came into his yard and tangled with his German shepherd. Both pets in that case survived.
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For background, read “Toledo dog fight, shooting bring anger, sorrow and fear” from Sunday June 7, 2015, here

Toledo dog fight, shooting bring anger, sorrow and fear

Sunday, June 7th, 2015
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Missy a purebred mastiff being treated for a shotgun wound to her face is shown resting on the shoulders of Todd Jewett, one of her owners, during a fall camping trip. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The rescue puppy Mary Fairbanks acquired five years ago grew up to be 114 pounds of dog she describes as a “petite” mastiff.

It and its companion, a black Labrador retriever, were being taken care of by a house sitter while the Toledo resident and her fiancé were out of town, visiting a new grand-baby when they got the phone call.

Their neighbor had shot Missy the mastiff with a 12-gauge shotgun, Fairbanks said. “The whole left side of her face was blown off.”

As the phone got traded around, through several conversations including with a deputy sheriff who responded to the scene along Herifford Road and Shoreline Drive, Fairbanks learned Missy somehow got out of their fenced yard, went next door and tangled with the neighbor’s German shepherd.

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Missy, after she was rushed to a veterinary hospital.

The neighbor Douglas Bramhall told the deputy they’d gotten their pet safely inside and he went outside twice, the second time carrying his gun out his back door.

She learned Bramhall said her dog lunged at him, and he fired once, then her dog ran home bleeding.

Fairbanks, who said veterinarians refer to the large breed dogs as “gentle giants” found the neighbor’s story unbelievable.

Missy is a dog who children could lay on, who greeted numerous contractors over the past couple of months at their new home without a hint of aggression, and got along with other animals, according to Fairbanks.

“We lived for two and a half years on five acres in Tenino, with no fences and no issues,” she said. “Our dogs visited our neighbor’s dogs.

“There’s just so much more to this, we just don’t understand.”

Most upsetting, was trying to figure out why the neighbor went back outside if he thought he was putting himself in harm’s way.

“He’s in his house with his door shut,” Fairbanks said. “If she’s this horrible mean dog, why’d he go back out?”

That was last Sunday morning. By Thursday, Missy had undergone surgery at a veterinary hospital in Tacoma, and had a surprisingly good prognosis.

“What saved her is she’s young, she’s healthy, and strong,” Fairbanks said.

The vet picked what Fairbanks called pellets out of her face, leaving in the ones they couldn’t get to, she said. A feeding tube is getting installed, that Missy will have for at least six weeks.

“As long as no infection sets in, she’ll make it,” she said.

Fairbanks had endless questions, such as did the Bramhall’s dog, whose customary bathroom spot is property now inhabited by strangers, antagonize Missy.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated and a spokesperson said they didn’t expect any charges on either side.

Both parties were talking about suing each other, however.

“The law is, you have a right to protect your life and property,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said on Friday. “People can armchair quarterback it, but the investigation shows it was a justifiable shooting at this point.”

As for Missy’s owner, Lewis County has an ordinance that addresses “prohibited activities of animals”, such as biting or threatening others as well as “animals at large” that prohibits dogs from roaming off their own property. Civil infractions can be issued, but in this case it seemed clear it was an accident when Missy got out of her fenced yard, according to Brown.

The deputy’s report indicates the house sitter inadvertently left the gate to the backyard open while watering plants.

“I think this is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved,” Brown said. “The learning point is, even if you live in the country, you have to keep your dogs on your property. Because if they get out, unfortunate things can happen.”

Further, Brown said, dog owners often will say their animal never behaved badly before, but dogs act differently when they are under the control of their owner.

Fairbanks and her fiancé Todd Jewett moved to Lewis County in early April. The property was vacant before they constructed the shop building where they reside until they can get a house built.

Bramhall meanwhile, is upset too.

The 56-year-old said he knew the new neighbors had dogs and was surprised to come home late one night and learn that while he was out, his 14-year-old son had opened their front door because the mastiff and their German shepherd were fighting on his porch.

“My dog had some bite marks and came in and laid down,” he said. “My son got the door shut before the mastiff got in here.”

He thought it was odd, because the neighbor’s dogs were always penned up, he said. Jewett had cautioned him though, he said, that he needed to watch out for the big one, Missy.

Bramhall said he and his wife talked, and thought maybe the next day, he needed to talk with Jewett.

“We wake up on Sunday morning, about 8:30, and all of the sudden on the front porch, there’s a commotion again,” he said.

He said the mastiff was out there, fighting with his dog and when his wife opened the door, their dog came in and the mastiff tried to follow it.

He tried to open the door to holler at the dog and it continued trying to get inside, he said.

“I went out the back door, yelling, ‘Todd, Todd, get over here’,” he said.

The mastiff heard him and came around the house, barking and snarling, he said. He slammed the door.

Bramhall said he grabbed his mole gun for protection, and went out the back again, because he wanted to get a hold of Jewett.

“(She) makes a lunge, I pull the trigger,” he said. “I was point blank when I shot the thing.”

Bramhall said he told his wife to call the sheriff.

He still sees the glazed eyes, and the snapping jaws on a head the size of a pumpkin, he said.

“One of us was gonna wind up hurt, me or the dog,” he said.

Bramhall said the deputy came and he gave his statement.

“He calls the people, tells them the story, I’m feeling bad,” he said. “I have animals. I’m an animal person. I go out of my way for animals.”

The Bramhall’s dog, Zena, escaped with nicks on her neck and ears, and some on her leg, according to Bramhall.

It’s sad it went down the way it did, he said, but it wasn’t out of mean spiritedness or anything of the sort.

“If I was vindictive, I’d have grabbed a gun that would have killed it,” he said.

In Lewis County, when an animal kills livestock, or bites or is acting aggressive, deputies forward the case to the code enforcement department for review. Another portion of the county ordinance on animals has provisions for a civil process by which a dog can be labeled dangerous, and then various requirements will kick in, according to Bill Teitzel.

Teitzel, a supervisor at Lewis County Public Health, said he looked over the deputy’s report and concluded Missy’s actions met the definition of a potentially dangerous dog.

“It’s really a warning,” Teitzel said, noting that if something happens again, the animal is flagged.

Before the weekend began, the two couples met and came to agreement it was a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened.

“We exchanged hugs, we exchanged tears,” Fairbanks said in a phone message on Friday. “We exchanged words of what we all did wrong in the situation, and what we could have done better.”

They want to put it behind them, she said, especially in light of Bramhall receiving numerous threats since a graphic photo of the injuries appeared on a Go Fund Me page, and other social media.

“That’s not what we want,” Fairbanks said.

Bramhall echoed her sentiment.

“These people are grieving, and I feel their grief,” Bramhall said. “Nobody’s happy it happened.”

They talked about what they could have done to prevent it, he said.

“They realize they should have taken the time to introduce their pets,” Bramhall said. “I’m thinking about what I could have done different.”

While Fairbanks and Jewett spoke of how much he’ll love Missy when she comes home and they introduce the two properly, Bramhall said he’s not sure he wants to meet the dog.

“I’m just scared,” he confessed.

He said he plans to invest in an electric fence for his property.

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Read the Lewis County ordinance regarding animals, here

News brief: Firefighters to conduct ladder practice at city’s tallest building

Sunday, June 7th, 2015
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St. Helens Apartments, 440 N Market Blvd, Chehalis / Image from Lewis County

Updated at 8:40 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The downtown Chehalis stretch of North Market Boulevard that runs by the St. Helens Apartments will be closed this morning as crews bring out their ladder trucks and engage in hands-on pre-planning for how they would fight a fire there.

The tallest building in town is six stories high, with a basement, and is home to scores of people, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. All of its 54 units are occupied, Firefighter-Investigator Derrick Paul said.

The on-scene practice is something they do for complex and potentially dangerous structures, Paul said.

“We haven’t done the St. Helens in probably 10 years,” he said.

The Chehalis Fire Department and Riverside Fire Authority will both bring out their ladder trucks, to see just how high the ladders reach and to scope out the best places to park them for a fire, Paul said.

Members of Lewis County Fire District 6 will be joining them as well, he said.

They expect to begin about 9 a.m. and hope to be done around 11 a.m.

The entire 400 block of North Market Boulevard will be shut down. One block of Cascade Avenue that runs behind the apartments will be closed too, although one lane is expected to remain open, according to Paul.

The masonry wall with wood beam constructed building  dates back to 1900, according to Paul. The individual apartments don’t have fire sprinklers, but there are a couple on each level in common areas, he said.

Paul said that over the years, they’ve responded to several fires there, but fortunately the fire station is close and all have ended up being “room and contents” fires, getting extinguished before spreading.

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Courtesy photo by Chehalis Fire Department.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
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RV VANISHES

• Centralia police were called to the 1900 block of Trillium Lane yesterday afternoon where a 36-foot travel trailer had been stolen.

HANDBAG MISSING

• Police were called about 8 p.m. yesterday about a purse stolen from a home on the 500 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia.

MOWER MISSING

• Chehalis police were called to a hardware store on Thursday afternoon where someone had forced their way into a chain link-fenced area and taken a silver push mower. The loss from the 700 block of South Market Boulevard is listed at $350, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FLOWERS TAKEN

• Someone stole baskets of hanging flowers at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue, according to a report made to police about 9 p.m. on Thursday.

FRAUD

Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of suspected credit card fraud at a store on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

WANTED MAN PICKED UP AT PARK

• Several officers from the state patrol, the sheriff’s office and Centralia surrounded an area at Rotary Riverside Park off Harrison Avenue in Centralia on Thursday night after a wanted person ran into the woods after being spotted by police. Just as a K-9 team was being deployed, the individual gave himself up, according to the Centralia Police Department. Marcus E. Prince, 42 of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for outstanding warrants, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report around 3 o’clock yesterday morning that an unknown person broke a window at a business on the 600 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia.

ATV RIDER BUSTED

• Centralia police issued a citation to Ryan L. Patterson, 34, from Ethel, on Thursday afternoon because he didn’t pull over right away when a police car signaled the driver of the ATV to stop. It was just after 1 p.m. at Ham Hill Road and Gold Street when the officer finally contacted Patterson, according to the Centralia Police Department. While its unlawful to ride a quad on city streets, the ticket given was for failing to stop and give information, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, misdemeanor theft, no-contact order violation, collision on city street … and more.

News brief: Inmate’s angry note to girlfriend alarms jail staff

Friday, June 5th, 2015
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Joseph L. Nickols, in red and white striped jail garb, sits at the defense table when he was charged with harassment on Monday in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Lewis County Jail inmate remains held on $500,000 bail for allegedly threatening to kill jail staff and their families in a letter he wrote to his girlfriend which was intercepted at the Chehalis facility.

An attorney for Joseph L. Nickols, 33, of Chehalis, yesterday requested a reduction in the bail amount, but was denied.

Nickols pleaded not guilty yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court to two counts of felony harassment.

According to charging documents, Nickols was on a “watch list” for his mail, and Corrections Officer Jack Haskins was alarmed when he read the letter.

It appeared Nickols was upset because jailers were reading his mail.

Haskins told a detective he’d been threatened by the inmate in the past and based on his criminal history, felt he would carry out the threats, according to the charging documents.

The second alleged victim is a jail employee who didn’t read the letter, but read Haskins’ report about it, according to documents.

In the letter, Nickols suggested he would shoot with their own gun all who messed with his mail, according to the documents.

His past convictions include drugs, theft, burglary, witness tampering and protection order violations.

According to the jail’s roster, he was in custody since the beginning of April in connection with failing to appear in court for a suspended license case as well as violating a no contact order.

Harassment is a class C felony, with a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

News brief: Rochester resident reports exchange of gunfire on the road

Friday, June 5th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Thurston detectives are looking for a yellow mid to late 1970s pickup with primer on its hood after a Rochester man reported a road rage incident with gunfire exchanged yesterday.

The 32-year-old Rochester resident called 911 from home just before 2 p.m. to report what occurred, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, whose name was not released, said he was traveling on McCorkle Road Southeast when the pickup came up behind him and he heard what sounded like two gunshots, according to the sheriff’s office. The pickup then rear-ended his car, and his car’s back window shattered, Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said.

Ziesemer said the victim sped up to get away but the truck got up beside him and tried to run him off the road. The victim said he saw the passenger in the truck holding what looked like a pistol out the window.

As they approached Tilley Road Southeast on 113th Avenue, near Millersylvania State Park, the victim slowed, pointed his pistol out his window and fired several rounds, the leitenent said.

The bullets may have struck the grill of the yellow pickup, according to Ziesemer.

The victim sped away and drove home to Rochester to call 911, he said.

A flagger in the area said she didn’t hear any gunfire, but had to pull over twice when she saw the small red car and then the yellow truck coming at her. She said she observed a male about 30 years old in the truck, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies found five casings in the area where the victim said he fired his weapon.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the 1970’s Ford pickup and its occupants.

The truck sat high and may have had a hitch on the front bumper.

If anyone has information, they are asked to please call detective Mitch King at 360-786-5517 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- TIPS.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 4th, 2015
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THREATS

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of South Oak Street about 11:10 p.m. yesterday where they learned from a 72-year-old resident that his former tenant-roommate had threatened to beat him up and break all the windows out of his house. Police said Randy J. Toups, 52, was upset because his belongings had been thrown out. Toups was arrested for misdemeanor harassment and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-INS

• Police responded to an alarm at 5:45 a.m. today at a business on Southwest 13th Street in Chehalis where they found a door and a window open. Some dental floss was knocked over, but it wasn’t yet clear what, if anything, might be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• An officer was called to Southwest Interstate Avenue in Chehalis about 6:40 a.m. today regarding items taken from a vehicle during the night.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called yesterday by a woman who said someone else picked up her prescription pain medication at a pharmacy on the 1200 block of Louisiana Avenue. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police responded yesterday evening to a report of a person trespassing in a vacant building at Duffy Street and Oregon Way and ended up arresting a 25-year-old Chehalis resident for possession of methamphetamine. An officer found small bag of white crystal, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Drake A. Lorber was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report overnight of someone spray painting orange lettering onto a house on the 400 block of South Street. it appears to be gang-style graffiti, according to the Centralia Police Department.

KITCHEN FIRE

• Firefighters were called at 9 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of West Main Street in Centralia where a pan of cooking oil left on the stove unattended caught fire. The occupant was able to put it out before the fire department arrived, according to Riverside Fire Authority. A crew used fans to remove the smoke from the residence. The minor damage was confined to the stove and the pan, according to the fire department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, possession of liquor by a minor, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor theft, telephone harassment, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street; complaints of intoxicated male scaring customer, of someone messing with someone else’s car … and more.

Chehalis ATM shakedown case ends with prison for one, jail for other

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 18-year-old Chehalis man who admitted he was driving the getaway car when an acquaintance robbed a woman at the TwinStar Credit Union’s ATM machine in March was sentenced today to nine months in jail.

James M. Rocha offered an apology in court, on behalf of his family and the victim.

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James M. Rocha

“I am guilty of driving the vehicle,” Rocha said. “And I am guilty of having the suspicion something was going on.”

Rocha pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, as an accomplice.

Prosecutors lowered the charge from first-degree robbery and agreed to recommend nine months in jail in exchange for his plea.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt went along with it this afternoon.

The victim had gone to the 1500 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis to deposit a check in the ATM at about 9:15 p.m. on March 26. A male wearing a black bandana over his face approached her and told her to “empty all your cash,” but when she said she had none, he demanded her cell phone, which she turned over, according to police and court documents. The 42-year-old woman was unhurt.

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Andre F. Santiago

Witnesses in the area recognized the small reddish car and one of them took down its license plate as it sped away. Police first contacted Rocha at his home in the same end of town. Police were also able to “ping” the stolen cell phone.

The 20-year-old friend, Andres F. Santiago, turned himself in about two weeks after the incident and told police he’d forced Rocha and their 15-year-old companion to drive him around that night, and they hadn’t done anything wrong.

Santiago, also from Chehalis, had gotten himself into inpatient treatment to get help with drug addiction, and was working with Cascade Mental Health when he contacted police to confess.

He pleaded guilty as charged – to first-degree robbery – a week and a half ago, and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Santiago had no criminal history. Rocha had a juvenile felony from four years prior.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said the 15-year-old boy who was with them that night was not charged with a crime, as he was asleep in the back seat of the car.
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For background, read “Three arrested in connection with Chehalis ATM shakedown” from Friday April 10, 2015, here