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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
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Updated at 6:52 p.m.

BURGLARIES AND OTHER THEFT

• A business on the 1700 block of Industrial Way in Centralia was burglarized during the night, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday morning. Missing were bolt cutters, a camera and a 12-pack of soda, according to police.

• Police were called to a business on the 2000 block of  Industrial Way in Centralia just after 8 a.m. yesterday where someone had broken in to several buildings. The only thing initially noted as missing was a lighter, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 20-year-old Toledo resident was arrested this morning in connection with a call about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Northeast Terrace Road in Chehalis in which a 17-year-old said he arrived home to find an acquaintance stealing his belongings. Numerous items were outside, including a guitar and the suspect fled, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Tavryn L. Lindsey was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called at 2 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue regarding suspected theft of medications.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of West Walnut Street just before 9 a.m. yesterday to take a report that someone went into a garage and stole items from a vehicle.

• Police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of South Pearl Street where sometime during the night, someone stole change from inside an unlocked vehicle.

SCHOOL BUS FIGHT

• Chehalis police were called about 3:50 p.m. yesterday about an alleged assault on a school bus involving two children under 12 years old. No arrests were made because of the children’s’ young age, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Parents will be contacting school and transportation authorities about it, according to police.

MAN JAILED AFTER THREAT TO CUT OFF CHILDREN’S HEADS

• A 40-year-old man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly jumped in front of a moving vehicle on a Centralia street, pounded on the hood and yelled vulgar names at the driver and then allegedly turned his attention to another woman who approached and threatened to cut off the heads of her children. Benjamin R. Hardy reportedly admitted to police to being verbally aggressive, but denied making any threats and said “never in my life hurt another human being.” He was booked into the Lewis County Jail and today charged in Lewis County Superior Court with felony harassment and disorderly conduct. Lewis County prosecutors asked a judge this afternoon to hold Hardy on $100,000 bail, saying he has had at least 54 warrants. Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer pointed out he learned from the victim’s husband they got a letter from the post office notifying them their mail would no longer be delivered to their address because of their neighbor Hardy’s actions. Charging papers don’t indicate the time or location of the alleged incident, but state Hardy lives on West Pear Street. Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge her client has lived at the same address for 20 years and noted harassment is a class C felony – with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Judge Richard Brosey set bail at $25,000.

AND FROM MORTON

• An officer responded to a 6:11 p.m. call eight days ago to the 200 block of Pleasant View Drive in Morton and found a male bent over grabbing his throat who seemed to be choking. The officer performed  the Heimlich maneuver and whatever was stuck in his throat was dislodged.  The officer stood by for medical to arrive and then cleared the scene.

• An individual was cited at about 2 a.m. on a Saturday, a week and a half ago, for (allegedly) urinating in public.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, trip permit violation, fourth-degree domestic assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license,; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, young male driving recklessly, reports of several “kids” on train tracks … and more, among 172 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Young teen hurt in fall from bed of pickup onto highway

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 13-year-old Centralia boy was seriously injured when he fell from the back of a pickup truck onto state Route 507 near Bucoda last night.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 8:06 p.m. at the 20100 block of the highway, just south of town, according to authorities.

“From my understanding, he was in the bed, and mom and grandma were hauling hay,” Trooper Shaneka Phillips said this morning. “He was very critical, at the time, he had life-threatening injuries.”

The boy, who is un-named, was transported to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Phillips said she didn’t know the child’s condition this morning.

The investigating trooper reports the 2010 Ford F150 pickup truck was southbound at a slow rate of speed when it happened.

Brenda L. Cleveland, 36, was driving and her passengers also included Debbie Morsbach, 57, and a 10-year-old boy, all from Centralia, according to the state patrol.

The cause is under investigation. Trooper Phillips said as of this morning, there was no reason to suspect any criminal or malicious behavior.

News brief: How to protect your house from brush, grass, forest fire

Monday, June 6th, 2016
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Looking north towards Gore Road chicken farm fire from Toledo area on Aug. 19, 2015. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Each year, wildland fires consume homes built in or near lands prone to such fires.

But, there are actions residents can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

The Lewis County Fire Chiefs Association is conducting town hall style meetings to share information with area residents about strategies to defend their property from the threat of wildfires.

The public is invited this Wednesday evening to the Baw Faw Grange in the Boistfort Valley for such a gathering.

Lewis County Fire District 13 Chief Gwen Turner says everyone is encouraged to show up.

“First 100 in attendance will be served a dinner provided by the Baw Faw Grange, Boistfort Emergency Assistance Group and Boistfort Firefighters Association,” Turner states.

The fire chiefs note studies show that as many as 80 percent of homes lost to wildland fire may have been saved if brush around the homes were cleared and defensible space created around structures.

Chehalis Fire Department Chief Ken Cardinale said last week’s meeting at the Lincoln Creek Grange went well. A similar presentation is scheduled for central Lewis County inhabitants in Salkum on June 18, according to Cardinale.

There is no better time than now to prepare and educate your family, friends and neighbors, according to Turner.

The Baw Faw Grange is located at 995 Boistfort Road. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 6th, 2016
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CHILD ASSAULT

• A 37-year-old Pe Ell man has been arrested for third-degree assault of a child following an investigation that concluded he punched his 7-year-old step-daughter in the arm when she got in between a physical dispute involving him and her mother. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a deputy on Friday following up on a referral from Child Protective Services learned the trio had gone shooting out in the woods the weekend before and when the girl tried to get Joseph W. Rogerson to stop hitting her mom, he struck the girl, leaving a bruise. Both adults denied it happened but there was a witness who described what occurred, according to the sheriff’s office. Rogerson was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

VICTIM FINDS STOLEN VEHICLE

• A Chrysler minivan stolen from the 700 block of South Rock Street was located by its owner who was able to track it down yesterday because their cell phone was inside. Centralia police called about 9 a.m. yesterday were told the vehicle had been last seen parked about 11 p.m. the night before and the victim used “Find-a-Phone” to find it parked along Yew Street, according to police. A GPS device was missing and about three-quarters of a tank of gas had been used, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The odometer showed someone put about 300 miles on the van, Reichert said.

BAD BILLS

• Chehalis police were called about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday to the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue where a customer spent counterfeit money. An investigation is ongoing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called to the 1900 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue on Friday afternoon about a license plate getting stolen from a car hauler.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old was arrested for possession of heroin after he was found slumped over in the driver’s seat of his vehicle on Saturday morning on the shoulder along the 4600 block of Galvin Road in Centralia, with a mirror and suspected tar heroin next to him. Joshua W. Norvell, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A search turned up brass knuckles, so a case for possession of a dangerous weapon is also being forwarded to prosecutors, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MOSSYROCK HOME BURNS

• A manufactured home on the 200 block of Swofford Road southeast of Mossyrock is a complete loss from a fire on Friday, according to Lewis County Fire District 3. A neighbor reported smoke about 11:18 a.m. and when the fire department arrived, they saw light smoke and flames at the back door, Chief Doug Fosburg said. A search inside for any people was cut short by too much fire and it wasn’t long before the entire residence was engulfed in flames, Fosburg said. The renter was finally located elsewhere, later in the day, he said. One firefighter was transported for minor smoke inhalation, he said. Fosburg said the victim was himself, and it happened when the wind changed the direction of the smoke as he was beginning incident command. It appears fire had been burning in the ceiling for as much as an hour before the fire department arrived but an investigator is looking into the cause, he said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, drugs, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, no-contact order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, runaway teenager, suspicious circumstances, child left alone in vehicle, dog and/or cat alone in vehicle, requests to have a petition signature gatherer removed, request to check on a person passed out on a street corner, request to ask a crowd of noisy kids to move along  … 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.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, June 5th, 2016
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‘SALT LAMP’ ATTACK

• A 45-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for second-degree assault after she allegedly threw a “salt lamp” at an individual’s face on Friday. Police called about 2:15 p.m. to the 500 block of East Maple Street were told she had also scraped the victim with a knife the prior evening, according to the Centralia Police Department. Diana Y. Eyle  was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

POLICE: FORMER EMPLOYEE IS INTRUDER

• A 40-year-old Centralia man reportedly caught inside his former boss’s residence taking jewelry was arrested for second-degree burglary on Friday. Police responded about 9:15 a.m. to the 500 block of Yew Street and then booked David A. Casebolt into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOCKER PILFERING

• Centralia police were called to Thorbekes at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue about 10:20 p.m. on Friday about the theft of a wallet from a locker.

FOOD AND DRINK THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 2 p.m. on Friday about the theft of dog food and vodka from the 100 block of Harrison Avenue. The suspect fled prior to police being called,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police responded to the 800 block of Eshom Road on Friday morning regarding juveniles spray painting derogatory words and pictures on rocks, windows, pavement, and a yard. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, hit and run, trespass, unlawful transit conduct, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, fourth-degree domestic assault, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 303 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Winlock child molestation case from late 1990s resurrected

Saturday, June 4th, 2016
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 60-year-old Toledo-area man appeared in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday in response to a summons, after learning he was accused for the second time of inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl almost 18 years ago.

Steven M. Nowlen is charged with first-degree child molestation.

According to charging documents, the allegations were investigated when the alleged victim was a child, but recently the now-22-year-old reported the matter to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Nowlen was distressed to learn news reporters were present during his hearing.

“This isn’t going to be in the newspaper is it,” he asked outside the courtroom. “This is embarrassing.”

Nowlen said the allegation was investigated years ago, and suggested he couldn’t understand why it was getting looked at again.

“I took a lie detector and passed it with flying colors,” he said.

The charge, filed on May 18 in Lewis County Superior Court, alleges sexual contact sometime between Nov. 1, 1998 and March 1, 1999.

The allegation is the child was at her aunts home in Winlock, taking a bath with her cousin and the aunt’s boyfriend touched her between her legs when it was time to get out of the tub.

The court documents indicate the case was re-investigated beginning this past November.

Sheriff’s detective Jeremy Almond gathered records and conducted interviews and found the original case records were incomplete. In 2000, Winlock Police Chief Forrest McPherson suddenly died and there is no record of what happened with the case after the child was examined at St. Peter’s Sexual Assault Clinic.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Sheila Weirth wrote in the court documents that information from the medical examination revealed a condition “which can be seen in children who have been sexually abused, but is not a specific finding of sexual abuse.” The clinic recommended further police investigation.

Nowlen when interviewed by the detective denied ever inappropriately touching the child and told him he passed a polygraph in the 1990s, according to Weirth. There is no record of him taking one at that time, Weirth wrote.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey was told yesterday afternoon it appeared Nowlen qualified for a court appointed lawyer. Centralia attorney David Arcuri was appointed.

The offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Prosecutors requested and were granted a $10,000 unsecured bond as a condition of release. Nowlen’s arraignment is scheduled for June 16.

Late incoming Sirens: Police and fire roundup

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Centralia area man who avoided a felony charge yesterday was promptly re-arrested for drug possession, a different felony. Tyler V. Geist was stopped on Interstate 5 on Wednesday and arrested for second-degree robbery, because Centralia police said he had taken money from the wallet of a female acquaintance and shoved her in the process. Prosecutors yesterday declined to file the felony charge, but Geist’s car had been impounded and a detective going through the vehicle yesterday found inside of it residue in a baggie that field tested positive for meth as well as a container with brown residue, according to prosecutors. Charging documents in the new case state the detective also found needle caps, drug paraphernalia and a digital scale with brown residue. Geist was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. His bail was set at $10,000.

• A 23-year-old man was arrested for possession of heroin yesterday after he was picked up at his workplace in Chehalis on a state Department of Corrections warrant. In his pocket was a black tube and a folded up piece of foil that tested positive for the drug, according to charging documents. Matthew C. Gilmon was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of heroin. The rural Chehalis resident has been working at the same job since he got released almost a year ago on a previous conviction, he and the defense attorney for the day Shane O’Rourke told the judge this afternoon as the amount of bail was discussed. O’Rourke noted he himself had prosecuted the earlier case and recalled that Gilmon remained out of custody after his conviction and returned to court for his sentencing hearing. The judge allowed Gilmon release on a $10,000 signature bond.

Defendant in Mossyrock knife argument pleads not guilty, will argue self defense

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
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Grace E. Barker turns toward the gallery in Lewis County Superior Court during her hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the neck at his Mossyrock home was found competent so her case could continue and pleaded not guilty yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court.

Grace E. Barker, 26, was evaluated at the Lewis County Jail by personnel from the state’s psychiatric hospital, according to her lawyer.

Barker was arrested on April 6 following the incident at the 200 block of Mossyrock Road West, and subsequently charged with first-degree assault. The offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke told a judge yesterday afternoon, his client would be withdrawing her previous plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

He told the judge that wasn’t a viable route, based on the work they’d done so far on the case. He didn’t offer further detail.

Prosecutors wrote in court documents that Brian Slater was trying to get Barker to leave his residence when she picked up a knife, and he armed himself with a knife and when he threw his down thinking she had done the same, she stabbed him in the throat.

Slater spent about three days at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a punctured lung and other injuries before being released. He has said the weapon was 10-inch long stiletto.

Concern about Barker’s mental stability led to postponements and the visit from Western State Hospital.

While she was found competent enough to understand and assist in her own defense, she made the plea of not guilty by reason of insanity a few weeks ago. O’Rourke explained that has to do with the question of whether a person is sane at the time of the incident.

Outside the courtroom yesterday, he reiterated they withdrew that plea only for the general reason he gave the judge.

He will be focused on a self defense argument, O’Rourke said.

Slater, her boyfriend and the father of her child, has said he supports her 100 percent and wants to see her get help instead of a jail cell.

Barker’s trial is scheduled for the week of June 20 in Lewis County Superior Court. She remains held on $500,000 bail.
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For background, read “Mossyrock argument: Two knives, one airlifted, other arrested” from Thursday April 7, 2016, here

News brief: Lewis SWAT taking part in training to protect capitol campus

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
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Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Regional SWAT Team is among five such groups which will join with Olympia’s police and fire departments undergoing an “active threat” readiness exercise tomorrow at the state capitol.

The training is important since more than 6,000 state employees work on the campus daily, according to the Washington State Patrol. In addition, an estimated 500,000 people visit, tour and use the capitol grounds every year.

An estimated 200 first responders – law enforcement officers, firefighters and medical units – will be on campus. Participants will also bring about 50 vehicles to support the exercise.

SWAT teams from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, from Pierce County, the Washington State Patrol and from the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be there as well. The Lacey Police Department and multiple divisions from the state patrol are also taking part.

The Washington State Patrol and the Department of Enterprise Serves are coordinating the event.

“While there are no known specific threats to the campus, the training is designed to enhance preparedness, improve coordination and develop consistent response efforts among state, local and federal response agencies should an active threat occur,” the agencies stated in a news release.

Some roadways and parking lots on the west campus will be closed for staging people, equipment and vehicles.
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CORRECTION: Washington State Patrol’s SWAT team took part in this exercise.

 

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
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Updated at 10:58 a.m.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE PROBES INTRUSION DURING MEMORIAL SERVICE

• An 83-year-old Toledo area woman called the sheriff’s office yesterday to report numerous valuables were missing from throughout her home, such as a revolver, a gold pocket watch, a hunting knife, pearls and other jewelry. The resident at the 400 block of Jackson Highway South said she had a memorial back on May 7 for a relative and people knew she would be away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There is a person of interest the investigation is focusing on, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Also taken was a .22 rifle with scope and coin collections, including five rolls of buffalo nickels, with a total loss adding up to about $2,000, according to Brown. Much of the stolen jewelry was handmade, Brown said.

FUEL THEFT

• Centralia police were called again for an occurrence of theft of fuel from parked vehicles. The incident reported just before 8 o’clock yesterday morning took place at the 200 block of East Van Buren Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called just after 7 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a vehicle prowl at the 1500 block of North National Avenue. There were no signs of forced entry, but someone got inside and took what the report describes as an electrical item, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 8:30 a.m. yesterday after the discovery someone stole cash from an unlocked vehicle at the 1100 block of West Chestnut Street.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, drugs, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, third-degree theft, stolen EBT card, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, illegal dumping of trash … and more, among 144 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

News brief: Packwood private hydro plant building destroyed by fire

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The cause of the fire that destroyed a commercial building in Packwood was electrical in nature, according to fire investigator Jay Birley.

“He plugged his forklift in, they had a pretty big cable, and it faulted out,” Birley said this morning.

The approximately 50-foot by 60-foot metal-sided structure at the 11,800 block of U.S. Highway 12 belonged to a privately owned hydroelectric company, Birley said. Lewis County 911 Communications described it as near milepost 125, west of Packwood.

The fire broke out about 11 p.m. on Wednesday and burned the building to the ground, according to Birley.

Nobody was hurt but the contents lost included metal fabrication equipment, one large diesel-operated forklift and electric forklifts, he said.

The small hydroelectric plant at Burton Creek was purchased by Colorado investor Sam Perry about three years ago, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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Updated at 3:38 p.m.

DOWNTOWN SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS TARGETED

• Centralia police took reports from three different businesses yesterday morning that during the night, someone either stole or tried to steal outside security cameras. The first to report was a victim on the 200 block of South Tower Avenue, and soon after, a similar theft was discovered on the 600 block of South Pearl Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. At the 600 block of South Tower Avenue, the camera remained but its mounting bracket broken and pulled from the wall, according to police.

CENTRALIA GARAGE BREAK-IN

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a garage burglary that occurred at the 3000 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia that occurred during the week and a half that ended on Tuesday while the owner was away. Someone kicked in a door and tried but failed to start up a broken down ATV and made off with a socket and wrench set, according to the sheriff’s office. The tools are valued at $200, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

HONDA CAR STOLEN

• Chehalis police were called just before 7:30 a.m. today following the discovery of an overnight vehicle theft at the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street. A white 1995 Honda Accord was reported missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The car has a crack across the windshield and a Yankees baseball sticker on its window, according to police.

CASH STOLEN

• Centralia police arrested a 30-year-old resident yesterday after he allegedly took money from the wallet of a female acquaintance and shoved her in the process. Officers called just before 3 p.m. about the incident at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue stopped Tyler V. Geist in a vehicle near exit 88 on Interstate 5, according to the Centralia Police Department. Geist  was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree robbery, according to police. Prosecutors today declined to file the felony charge.

MAIL THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from an individual at the 1500 block of Lewis Street who said sometime during the night someone stole a check out of the mailbox that was waiting to be picked up by the postal carrier, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 6:15 a.m. today after a vehicle prowl was discovered at the 1200 block of West Walnut Street. The victim said that sometime during the night an unknown person entered their unlocked vehicle and stole the registration, some mail and a medical marijuana card as well as change from the ash tray, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HOUSE FIRE DOUSED QUICKLY

• Firefighters responding yesterday morning at 11:50 a.m. to a residential structure fire at the Whispering Woods Mobile Home Park off the 17300 block of Sargent Road in Rochester were able to get quick extinguishment, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Nobody was injured and the damage was minimal according to the fire department. The arriving crew found smoke coming from beneath the single-wide mobile home and subsequently found a discarded cigarette had ignited pine needles and cones, Chief Robert Scott said. The resident will probably need only to replace insulation under the home, Scott said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances, lost or stolen phone, collision on city street, building tagged with graffiti, loud neighbor music, growling roaming dog, biting roaming dog, panting dog alone in van … and more, among 167 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

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
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Updated at 4:10 p.m.

LOOT INCLUDES HONDA GENERATORS

• A break-in to a Centralia area business left its owner with a loss of nearly $10,000, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning. Sometime between Sunday and yesterday, someone damaged the main door window at the Power Shop at the 3800 block of Harrison Avenue and made off with various tools and parts as well as four Honda generators, according to the sheriff’s office.

DOWNTOWN BREAK-IN

• Police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to a Chehalis business on the 400 block of North Market Boulevard after an individual arriving for the day found the door unlocked, the cash register on the floor and money missing.

INTRUDER FLEES RESIDENCE

• Police were called about 12:10 a.m. today when a resident on Southeast Ninth Street near Market Boulevard saw someone run out from their basement. Nobody was located, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT, PLUS FIREARM

• If you see a red 1984 Toytota SR5 pickup truck, with a blue fender on the front passenger side, it may very well be the one stolen from a Centralia driveway yesterday between 7:20 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Deputies were notified of the theft of the truck, which had been left unlocked, as well as the Winchester bolt-action rifle inside it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A friend of its owner reported seeing it traveling at a high rate of speed on Kuper Road toward Harrison Avenue in Centralia, and being followed by a blue four-door Honda Accord, according to the sheriff’s office. The vehicle was taken from in front of a home on the 2300 block of Van Wormer Street in Centralia, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. It has a license plate reading C75023D, according to Brown.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 12:20 a.m. today for a vehicle prowl at the 200 block of West Cherry Street in Centralia. Taken was a laptop computer, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 100 block of Northeast Summit Road for a vehicle prowl that occurred during the night.

FUEL THEFT

• An individual reported to Centralia police yesterday morning that sometime over the weekend someone cut the fuel lines to several work vehicles and stole fuel at the 300 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia. The case is currently under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GUN CRIME

• A 39-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 11 p.m. yesterday for unlawful possession of a firearm after contact with an officer at Alexander and Latona streets in Centralia. Kyle W. Elliott  was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday morning from W.F. West High School following the discovery of graffiti on several exterior walls.

DRUGS

•  A 44-year-old Centralia resident was arrested about 8 p.m. yesterday for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer at the 900 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia. Joshua L. Harris was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 31-year-old Olympia woman accused of shoplifting at Wal-Mart about 8:20 a.m. yesterday in Chehalis was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine based on a substance found that field-tested positive for the drug. A case for third-degree theft is also being referred to prosecutors for Jessica L. Fetchik, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, third-degree theft, protection order violation, collision on city street, fraudulent charges on a PayPal account, attempt by an impostor to open a phone account… and more, among 169 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

News brief: Brush fires breaking out early

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The season for wildfire danger is arriving a bit early this year locally, causing concern for a south Thurston County fire chief.

Chief Robert Scott’s crews were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday when grass and brush along the south side of U.S. Highway 12 in Grand Mound ignited and spread about a quarter mile along a ditch.

The flames in the area of Pecan Street were headed toward thick brush and nearby homes, Scott said. West Thurston Regional Fire Authority was joined by multiple fire agencies who worked to put it out.

Extinguishing the fire was challenging, in part because of highway traffic and also because of the differing ground levels, he said.

“We were surprised,” Scott said. “We’re about three weeks ahead of the drying cycle.”

Later in the day, at about 3:30 p.m., members of Riverside Fire Authority responded to a brush fire at the 300 block of Nelson Road, southwest of Rochester.

Both scenes were subsequently turned over to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Scott said no homes were burned in the Grand Mound incident, but he’s worried.

“We’re really glad this happened now and not in August,” he said. “Some of the houses are protected, but some don’t have defensible space.”

For example, a greenbelt of watered lawn surrounding a building is helpful to slow or stop a wildfire, he said.

The Lewis County Fire Chief’s Association is helping area fire departments organize sessions to inform the public about the various measures that can be taken ahead of and during the summer dry season to reduce the likelihood of losing a home to wildfire.

News brief: I-5 wreck leaves driver dead

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

One person is dead after a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 5 near Grand Mound.

Troopers called to the scene about 2:45 p.m. yesterday report a silver 2001 Oldsmobile was southbound near milepost 87 and swerved to the right, hitting a guardrail and then striking a tree.

The southbound lanes were shut down for about a half an hour, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. A helicopter landed on the freeway to transport the patient to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver, whose name has not been released, is identified as a 35-year-old woman from Cottage Grove, Oregon, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The car was totaled, according to the state patrol. The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

News brief: Police pursuit of four-wheeler ends in Winlock woods

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An un-helmeted ATV rider took a trooper on a more than five mile chase along county roads, speeding and ignoring stop signs and finally cutting in front of the trooper’s vehicle to travel up an off-road trail northeast of Winlock.

Two troopers and a deputy followed the trail a mile into the woods and found Kanan L. Andersen hiding under a log.

Andersen, 22, reportedly said he didn’t elude anyone, he didn’t understand or know what was going on, and finally said he didn’t stop because he was scared.

It happened shortly after 7:15 p.m. on Sunday and began northbound on Jackson Highway, according to court documents.

The trooper reported to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office that the four-wheeled vehicle reached speeds of 55 mph in a 35 mph zone, and when it took a left on Park Road, two of the wheels left the ground and the driver had to lean to keep it upright.

The pursuit continued across an Interstate 5 bridge to Fisher Road, with the two traveling side by side at times and the ATV driver ignoring the trooper’s demands to pull over from the loud speaker.

Andersen was booked into the Lewis County Jail, bailed out and today was charged in Lewis County Superior Court with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

The felony offense has a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The Winlock resident went before a judge this afternoon.

Judge Richard Brosey pointed out if Andersen is convicted, he also faces the possibility the state Department of Licensing revoking his driver’s license for a year.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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Updated at 6:01 p.m.

ANGRY TOLEDO UNCLE JAILED

• A 63-year-old Toledo man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly used his tractor to lift up the front end of his grown nephew’s car and choked and hit him several times, saying the 28-year-old was trespassing on his property. Deputies responding about 1:25 p.m. to the 200 block of Ray Road found Jeffery A. Oberg on a tractor and Oberg said he and the younger man had gotten into an argument, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The nephew, also from Toledo, was contacted and described what had occurred, according to the sheriff’s office. The Acura Integra was damaged, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. A cell phone video corroborated the incident, according to Brown. Oberg was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, Brown said.

ANGRY TENANT JAILED

• A 56-year-old woman who allegedly wielded a large knife during a landlord-tenant dispute northeast of Toledo was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail. A deputy called about 11:30 a.m. on Friday to the 100 block of Alder Creek Road was told Libby A. McDonald was living in a tent behind the home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 64-year-old resident and McDonald were arguing because she was supposed to leave and, a witnessing neighbor said, McDonald held the knife and threatened to stab and kill the 64-year-old, according to the sheriff’s office. McDonald was arrested for first–degree assault, Chief Deputy Brown said.

ANGRY BOYFRIEND JAILED

• A 25-year-old Mossyrock resident was arrested after a report of a physical dispute that allegedly took place while he was driving from Centralia to Onalaska with his girlfriend on Saturday afternoon. Noe I. Lopez-Cruz would not let the 35-year-old woman leave his vehicle until he was driving along state Route 508 and slowed enough she was able to get out, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy advised of the situation abut 2:48 p.m. was subsequently told he struck her on the left side of her head, according to the sheriff’s office. Lopez-Cruz was contacted at the 4000 block of U.S. Highway 12 and booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Prosecutors today declined to file the felony charge.

INTERRUPTED BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• It’s unknown yet if anything is missing from the 92-year-old woman’s home on the 2400 block of Salzer Valley Road but when a neighbor confronted two people, they fled in a teal-colored 1990s Ford Ranger, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened about 6 p.m. on Saturday and appeared they got inside through an unsecured window, according to the sheriff’s office. Both were described as white and in their mid-20s. The female was slender with blond hair; the male had a medium build and short reddish hair, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AUTO THEFT

• A 21-year-old Toledo area resident who had left his keys and wallet inside his 2001 Honda Civic was watching television just before 5 p.m. on Saturday when he heard what sounded like his car speed past his house at the 200 block of Sareault Road near Toledo. He went outside and saw his car was gone, along with the wallet which held $200 cash and bank cards, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The missing car is black, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 2006 Toyota Corolla, containing $500 cash, vanished from where it was parked at the 100 block of Rose Marie Drive in Chehalis sometime between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Friday. There is a person of interest in the case, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

MONEY TAKEN FROM DONATION JAR

• Centralia police were called just after 11 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue where they learned an individual had stolen cash from a donation jar on the counter and fled. The suspect in the third-degree theft is described as a white male in his early 20s with very short blond hair wearing dark pants and a dark T-shirt, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim is Possibilities Pregnancy Center, according to police.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police are investigating a report of fraud reported on Sunday from the 500 block of South Market Boulevard.

• A 35-year-old Centralia woman with no criminal history allegedly admitted to police that she shoplifted at the Vanity Fair Outlet in Centralia, and returned merchandise for cash or gift cards after creating a store VIP account using a relative’s name. Jennifer M. West was arrested at the Outlets on Friday and brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon. West made the reported admission when Centralia police took her into custody, after they were notified the day before of a suspicious customer, according to court documents. She was charged today with third-degree theft, forgery and second-degree identity theft related to what West estimated was $300 worth of theft over the course of five visits to the retailer. She was allowed release from jail pending trial on a $10,000 unsecured bond today.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An officer was called for a car prowl at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 10:40 p.m. yesterday. Someone had broken out the window and stolen a purse, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Tower Avenue regarding a wallet stolen from a vehicle. A credit card from inside of it ad been declined at a local business, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case was referred to detectives for review, according to police.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a  firearm was stolen in a vehicle prowl just before 4 a.m. on Thursday at the 100 block of Vista Road near Chehalis. Taken was an XD 40 caliber pistol valued at $500, according to the sheriff’s office.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 1100 block of Alder Street in Centralia to take a report that someone spray painted an unknown symbol on the side of someone else’s vehicle sometime over the weekend.

• Centralia police were called yesterday afternoon to the 100 block of K Street where someone spray painted on someone else’s vehicle during the night.

• Chehalis police were called on Sunday morning to the 900 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue where someone had cut tires and spray painted letters on a vehicle.

• Chehalis police were called on Sunday regarding graffiti spray painted on an apartment building at the 400 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 39-year-old driver showing off his new 2016 Corvette Stingray to a friend was cited for wheels off the roadway after at an unexpected stop sign east of Morton, he hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes and traveled though the brush and into a tree. The car was totaled and the 39-year-old from Amboy suffered a bump on his head, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding to the approximately 6:20 p.m. crash on Friday learned he had been northbound on Priest Road and missed the traffic sign at Davis Lake Road because he was going too fast, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, probation violation, no-contact order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, runaway teenager, graffiti on a sidewalk … and more, among 119 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

Monday, May 30th, 2016
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Updated at 12:34 p.m.

PARKING LOT RAGE AND HEAD BUTTING

• A 35-year-old driver confronted by an individual about going too fast through a Centralia parking lot ended up getting arrested last night after he allegedly grabbed a 34-year-old woman and head-butted her. Police called about 8:40 p.m. to the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue were told an argument ensued, that David G. Laroe shoved the 16-year-old boy and when the mother intervened, assaulted her, according to the Centralia Police Department. Laroe, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault, according to police.

MISSING JEWELRY

• Centralia police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to a business at the 300 block of North Tower Avenue about the theft of jewelry. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An officer was called for a car prowl at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 5:20 p.m. yesterday. Police were told that sometime during the day unknown person or persons broke out the window to their car and stole a Body Glove backpack containing a climbing rope, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BRUSH FIRE CHEHALIS

• Firefighters called about 7 p.m. yesterday for a brush fire off of Yates Road outside Chehalis found a slash pile burning in a field. It appeared the mixture of logs and branches had been intentionally burned previously and reignited, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, protection order violation, attempting to elude, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances … and more, among 135 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:45 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, May 29th, 2016
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TWO DETAINED AFTER POLICE CHASE

• A 41-year-old Olympia man was arrested after a vehicle pursuit around 2:25 a.m. yesterday involving both Centralia and Chehalis officers. Jacob R. Woods was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department. Also arrested was Alyssa E. Taylor, 28, of Olympia, for an outstanding warrant, according to police. The incident was associated with a location at South Tower Avenue and Summa Street in Centralia.

TIRES, WHEELS TAKEN

• Police were called about 10:10 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of South Rock Street in Centralia where they were told individuals were interrupted while stealing tires off a vehicle. The suspects fled in a gray or white older Chevy style pickup, according to the Centralia Police Department. The tires that were taken were on two Rock Star 2 35-inch rims, described as all black with a Star shape in the middle of them, according to police.

RESIDENT HIT TWICE WITH THEFTS

• Centralia police were called about 6:30 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Jefferson Street where they were told a mountain bike had been stolen during the night and that on Tuesday, someone stole a package off the front porch.

CAR PROWL

• A purse reported stolen in a vehicle prowl about 10:25 p.m. yesterday at the 2500 block of Mount Vista Road in Centralia turned up later in Chehalis, minus its valuables, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 9:05 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia where they were told that within the previous 30 minutes, someone broke into a vehicle and stole a wallet.

• Centralia police were called to a vehicle prowl at the 1600 block of South Gold Street at about 11:50 a.m. on Friday.

SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE FIRE

• An unoccupied pickup truck parked on the shoulder along the 2000 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia burned up early yesterday morning. Firefighters called about 2 a.m. quickly extinguished it, but the 2004 Ford F250 was a total loss, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The owner, who resides in the area, was contacted and said he was returning home from work about 12:30 a.m. when he got a flat tire, Fire Capt. Scott Weinert reports. “He had his wife pick him up and had decided to seek repair in the morning,” Weinert stated. A deputy responded because it was suspicious and the cause is under investigation.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police report at least one injury from an accident about 1:20 p.m. on Friday in which a vehicle stopped in a parking stall and then went forward and to the right striking two parked cars and a decorative pillar on a building at the 1700 block of South Gold Street. A driver and occupant of a parked car sustained minor injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, resisting arrest, probation violation,  driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 359 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Fairway Shopping Center / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

News brief: Suspicious fire breaks out in Centralia home

Sunday, May 29th, 2016
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North Pearl Street fire / Courtesy photo by Lisa Burgess

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The cause of a fire that extensively damaged a vacant house last night in Centralia is under investigation and police are calling it suspicious.

A “boom” was heard and then flames seen inside the home at the 1800 block of North Pearl Street, just moments after a vehicle was seen, as well as people entering the building, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Firefighters called about 9:20 p.m. found an estimated 70 percent of the first floor already burning, according to Capt. Tim Adolphsen.

The fire was extinguished and nobody found inside, Adolphsen said in a brief summary via email.

The police and fire departments are investigating.