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Toledo child porn case leads to prison

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 26-year-old Toledo man arrested and charged late last year with possession of child porn was sentenced this morning to six years and five months in prison.

Chriss Grammount previously pleaded guilty as charged, to three counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count of second-degree possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

When he appeared before a judge today in Lewis County Superior Court, Grammount said he knew what he did was inappropriate and he was sorry.

“Once I get out, I want to get out and do what you guys ask me to do and keep myself on a straight path,” he told the judge.

Grammount, who previously worked at Wal-Mart, was arrested on Dec. 1, following an investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office based on the receipt of information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Prosecutors said he used his phone to download videos from Kik and transfer them to a publicly available Dropbox account in which his user name and associated email address were his own first and last names.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm and defense attorney Kevin Nelson recommended Grammount be given 77 months, the low end of the standard sentencing range.

Judge Andrew Toynbee agreed with their advice, based in part on what he called cognitive and educational issues described in the pre-sentencing report.

He also ordered him to pay $1,500 in fines and fees plus a $4,000 “minor depiction fee”.

Grammount was taken into custody at the end of the hearing. When he is released from prison, he will be on community custody for three years.

News brief: This is a test

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Tacoma Power and the Lewis County Department of Emergency Management will conduct a coordinated test of their emergency notification systems at 11 a.m. today.

Tacoma Power’s emergency sirens at Ike Kinswa State Park, Mayfield Lake Park and the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery will sound and include an announcement of the test.

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Mossyrock Dam

The sirens and loudspeaker are part of a system that would be used to alert the public in the event of any imminent catastrophic-type failure of either of the two dams which could cause uncontrolled release of water downstream, such as an earthquake, according to Tacoma Power’s Jason Lellie, the emergency action plan coordinator at the utility’s power generation division.

Tacoma Power owns and operates Mossyrock Dam and Mayfield Dam on the Cowlitz River.

Both organizations conduct annual system tests, but this year marks the first time they have synchronized their efforts.

“Public safety is our number one priority,” Tacoma Power Chief Dam Safety Engineer Toby Brewer stated. “While we have a robust emergency action plan in place, the success of these systems in helping to keep people safe depends on all of us working together.”

Lewis County DEM will send two test messages using its new alert notification system. The first will alert users that the siren test is about to begin; the second will announce that the siren test is over.

The test should last approximately 90 seconds.

Lewis County’s notification system has replaced the former Code Red system. Users must register to receive the alerts and may choose to be notified by cell phone, landline, text message and/or email.

“We encourage Lewis County residents and visitors to register as soon as possible so they can receive future notifications,” said Lewis County DEM Coordinator Jim Rich.

People can register by:
• Visiting www.lewiscountywa.gov then clicking the “Lewis County Alert” icon at the bottom of the page.
• Calling (360) 740-1157 to speak with a member of the Lewis County DEM staff.

Prosecutors: Lack of consent leads to rape charge for Centralia man

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Bail was set at $25,000 for a 32-year-old Centralia man charged yesterday with third-degree rape in connection with an encounter with a 16-year-old girl late last month.

Stephen M. Douglas Jr. was arrested on Friday after he was questioned by detectives at his home.

The incident was reported to the Chehalis Police Department after the teen’s father took her to the hospital for an exam, following her disclosure what had happened, according to court documents.

The girl takes busses between Centralia and Chehalis for school and instead of going to school that day, she got off the bus with a guy she’d met prior, near a pot store where he made a purchase and then they took a walk up the road behind a gate, according to charging documents.

The 16-year-old said he put his coat on the ground and told her to  perform oral sex, then took off both their pants and had sex with her.

Under questioning, the girl said she may have said no, but didn’t remember. However, she described drawing her forearms together in front of her with her elbows out and also trying to close her legs during the incident, according to charging documents.

“…  (She) decided to close her eyes because she was afraid and didn’t want to look at him anymore,” Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm wrote.

By her description, the Chehalis police detective concluded the bus stop was near The Vintage along North National Avenue in Chehalis.

The detective tracked down Douglas by finding surveillance photos from Wal-Mart. He reportedly went there to get the girl new pants and dry socks because hers had gotten muddy.

When asked why she decided to stay with him instead of going to school, the teenager said he seemed like a nice person and she trusted him, Bohm wrote.

On Friday when detectives interviewed Douglas, he said after work that morning he went to Wal-Mart to cash his check, bought little bottles of vodka to drink at the bus stop, walked to the pot shop to buy some product and then took a bus home, according to Bohm.

Third-degree rape is a class C felony, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Its elements include the victim not consenting to sexual intercourse, and where the lack of consent was clearly expressed by words or conduct.

Deputy Prosecutor Bohm yesterday afternoon asked Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler to hold Douglas on $25,000 bail. The judge agreed.

Douglas’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
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Updated at 6:36 p.m.

ZOOM, ZOOM, BOOM

• A 22-year-old motorist, with a defective headlight and an outstanding warrant, finally pulled over and gave up after a police pursuit that reached 115 mph in East Lewis County last night, according to authorities. The dark-colored sedan was first spotted just after 11 p.m. on state Route 7 by a trooper and then followed by a Morton police officer, according to court papers. The vehicle turned east onto U.S. Highway 12 at which time both officers activated their lights and sirens, prosecutors stated. At one point during an 11-mile span, the car reportedly crossed into the oncoming lane to pass a semi truck. Charging documents in the case indicate the driver pulled over east of Randle. Curtis L. Goree, from Lynnwood, was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today with attempting to elude. His passenger said she tried to get him to stop but he wouldn’t listen to her, Lewis County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher wrote in court documents. Goree’s bail was set at $15,000 this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

FUEL THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 10 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue on a report that a truck filled its gas tank and left without paying. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday about an overnight vehicle prowl at the 3000 block of Galvin Road. Among the missing items were debit cards, clothing and work equipment, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Several items were stolen from a vehicle at the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia including a speaker and amplifier, according to a report made to police just after 10 a.m. yesterday.

DRUGS

• A 22-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested yesterday for possession of methamphetamine and heroin based on items found when law enforcement searched a trailer she said she’d been living in for about a week. Members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and the state Department of Corrections had information unauthorized people had been staying on the owner’s property without permission, according to court papers. Jeran R. Applefield was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court. Judge Andrew Toynbee inquired of the deputy prosecutor this afternoon if she had the police report, as the affidavit of probable cause filed made no mention of the location where the alleged offenses took place. She didn’t. Toynbee said for the purpose of today’s hearing, he would make a finding based on indirect evidence that it happened in Lewis County. Bail was set at $5,000.

SNAKES IN THE KITCHEN

• Morton police reported yesterday an officer was called to the 100 block of Division Avenue to a report of a snake found on a kitchen counter at about 11:45 a.m. last Wednesday. “They” were determined to be garter snakes, a neighbor got them out of the house and the officer resumed patrol, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances; complaint about garbage and rats in an alley … and more among 183 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Tenino-area murder suspects captured in Cowlitz County

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
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Deputies at the scene of homicide investigation off state Route 507 yesterday. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 23-year-old man and his 18-year-old girlfriend are in custody in connection with the death of his mother, found yesterday at her Tenino-area home.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office began looking for Roan Littlemoon and Sabrina Young Anderson after an approximately 4 p.m. call yesterday alerting them to a potential homicide at a rural residence on the 2800 block of 184th Avenue Southeast.

Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Rudloff said detectives got a call about 9 o’clock this morning informing them the pair were just then detained in Longview. The couple’s car had been located about 2 a.m. in the parking lot of a tavern in downtown Longview, he said.

The sheriff’s office reported last night they had probable cause to arrest Littlemoon and Anderson for second-degree murder.

When deputies went to the home south of Tenino yesterday afternoon, they found the victim 60-year-old Robin L. Tingle inside her residence, according to Rudloff. Her son Littlemoon lived there with her, he stated.

The house sits on a multi-acre ranch or tree farm-type property, just off state Route 507, south of Tenino and north of Bucoda, according to the sheriff’s office.

Last night’s press release indicated the information the sheriff’s office got yesterday suggested the homicide occurred sometime before noon.

The sheriff’s office hasn’t yet offered any information about the nature of Tingle’s death. Rudloff said they’re not putting that out yet.

Detectives were headed down to Longview to pick up the two suspect and bring them back to Thurston County, he said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
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Updated at 7:41 p.m.

UNWELCOME VISITORS

• A 41-year-old Chehalis man was arrested after he allegedly went into a home uninvited, occupied by a woman who had a no-contact order against him on Friday morning. Police called just before 9 a.m. to the 300 block of Southwest Third Street found George S. Gonzalez hiding in a bedroom and he reportedly resisted arrest and reached for an officer’s weapon as he was being detained, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for residential burglary, third-degree assault and other potential charges were referred to prosecutors, according to police.

• A 39-year-old Winlock man who allegedly banged on the back door of a neighbor’s house on Northwest Kerron Street, breaking a window, in the middle of the night prompting the resident and his teenage son to run out the front door and drive to a nearby police officer’s house was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail early Friday morning. Police were told Richard L. Oxford made a statement similar to, “I am going to kill you,” according to court documents.  Oxford was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with attempted residential burglary and felony harassment. Temporary defense attorney noted to the judge when discussing bail the victim was a good friend of Oxford’s and there was mention he was intoxicated. His bail was set at $10,000.

UNWELCOME CUSTOMER

• A 37-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for felony harassment after police were called to a drinking establishment on the 500 block of Northwest Pacific Avenue about 8:20 a.m. on Saturday and were told he had slapped one patron and threatened another, according to the Chehalis Police Department. When he was searched, the officer found he had a double-sided dagger type knife, according to police. Terry L. Bryan was  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

POSSIBLE ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called about 1 p.m. on Friday by a person who reported an incident involving the alleged assault of a child the week before. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SEXUAL ASSAULT

• A 32-year-old Centralia man was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday morning for second-degree rape in connection with a case Chehalis police began investigating on March 24. Stephen M. Douglas Jr. is expected to be brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called at about 6:30 a.m. today regarding a silver 2003 Volkswagen Jetta stolen as it was warming up at the 200 block of Latona Street.

• An 18-year-old stopped for allegedly traveling 95 mph in a 70 mph  zone yesterday was pulled over on Interstate 5 in south Lewis County and found to be driving a 2014 Toyota Camry which had been reported stolen. Said M. Salah reportedly admitted taking the vehicle without the owners permission and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to court documents. The Oregon CIty resident was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of a stolen vehicle.

• A stolen vehicle was recovered just after 1 p.m. Friday at the 700 block of G Street in Centralia.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police are investigating after an individual reported he used his credit card to place an order at a business on Saturday evening at the 100 block of North Market Boulevard and shortly afterward discovered several fraudulent charges were made, even though he still had his card, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The amount is about $1,300, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called at 8 a.m. on Saturday to the 1500 block of Northwest State Avenue where a set of tires and 20-inch chrome wheels installed the day before on a truck were missing. The vehicle was on jack stands and its license plate was missing as well, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The loss is $1,692.44, according to police.

• Centralia police took a report about 9:50 p.m. on Saturday of a wallet stolen from a locker at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue.

• Centralia police were called to the 800 block of Harrison Avenue about 8:40 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of a debit card.

• Centralia police took a report just before 11 a.m. on Friday of multiple flower pots stolen from a residence on the 500 block of South Gold Street.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Yelm man was arrested for possession of heroin after a deputy responded to a report just before 10:20 a.m. on Saturday about a person possibly doing drugs in a parking lot at a store on the 100 block of Highway 603 outside Chehalis. The deputy contacted Kevin L. Pittman in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and observed a hypodermic needle between his legs and a baggie containing a brown substance in his hands, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Pittman was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• An 80-year-old Centralia woman was injured when the pickup truck in which she was a passenger was struck by a car making an improper U-turn on U.S. Highway 12 just west of Morton at about 11 a.m. on Saturday. Joy L. Ward was transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. Both vehicles were drivable after the collision, according to the state patrol. The driver of the Hyundai Elantra, Jean M. Odegard, 59, of Morton, was cited for no insurance and improper U-turn, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, obstructing, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, road rage, civil issue, disorderly person, hit and run, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 381 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: DUI suspected in two-vehicle U.S. Highway 12 wreck

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Five people were injured when a car crossed crossed the centerline on U.S. Highway 12 in Grand Mound and hit an oncoming truck last night.

Troopers called just after 9:40 p.m. to the scene near Elderberry Street Southwest report a Mitsubishi Mirage was traveling eastbound when it collided with a Toyota Tacoma, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Mirage was driven by 41-year-old Jeremy L. Brown, of Cathlamet, who was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle as was one of his three passengers, 47-year-old Tori C. Clark of Enumclaw, according to the state patrol.

Both vehicles were totaled and impounded, the investigating trooper reports.

The driver of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma, Todd R. Phelps, 51, of Rochester, was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital.

The Mirage’s other passengers were reportedly also transported to local hospitals: Teresa L. Meyer, 45, of Vancouver, to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and Daniel I. Garr, 28, Cathlamet, to Providence Centralia Hospital.

The state patrol indicates it suspects drugs or alcohol were involved and charges are pending.

News brief: Onalaska resident named as victim in Thursday crash

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The driver who died in a rollover wreck along state Route 508 on Thursday night has been identified by the state patrol as Michael L. Wells, 53, of Onalaska.

Wells died at the scene of the approximately 9 p.m. incident near Tauscher Road, about three miles east of Interstate 5.

The Washington State Patrol said the pickup truck was eastbound when the driver lost control, the vehicle rolled and came to rest in a pasture.

The passenger, 45-year-old Stephanie R. Richards, of Onalaska, was injured and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.
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For background, read “News brief: Rollover crash claims life on SR 508” from Friday March 31, 2017, here

Tensions build between immigration enforcement, local law enforcement

Friday, March 31st, 2017
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Lewis County Jail Corrections Sgt. Ron Anderson shows how any ICE detainers the jail receives are placed loose in an inmate’s folder, so a phone call can be made when people are to be released.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Federal immigration authorities issued their first list last week to highlight jails that don’t cooperate with ICE detainers or requests for notification of release of aliens who are potentially removable from the country.

It’s possible it won’t be long before the Lewis County Jail lands on the list.

Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza says this isn’t a “sanctuary county” but, his jail doesn’t and won’t hold inmates for immigration officers to come and pick up based on a detainer.

When it’s time to be released, whether because they’ve posted bail or their sentence is served, inmates get set free.

“We will not keep you, unless you have a warrant,” said Snaza, a Republican who was elected to his position in 2014 with 77 percent of the vote in a two-way race.

The jail used to routinely honor the detainers, until a federal court case in 2014 in Oregon after which they changed their policies. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said the court decision concluded the ICE detainer is not a warrant, it’s more like a letter.

“We don’t have the authority to hold anyone just on a detainer,” Meyer said.

Meyer didn’t know how many jurisdictions in Washington have taken the same position, but said he didn’t think the county’s interpretation was out of the norm.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

The report issued March 20 is required by an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 25, according to DHS.

The agency stated it plans to publish a report weekly to inform the public of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdictions which choose not to cooperate, potentially endangering Americans.

Neither the press release or companion report acknowledge the legal position that Lewis and other counties have taken.

“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission,” Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan stated. “Our goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners.”

The Lewis County Jail in Chehalis – the county seat – houses arrestees from sheriff’s deputies, from the Washington State Patrol and police from all the cities and towns within the county. It also holds those who are sentenced locally to less than one year.

On any given day, it’s population is roughly 200 inmates, give or take about 20.

Despite the sheriff’s stance, the jail isn’t entirely uncooperative.

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Corrections Officer Dave Rodkey, booking

Deputies enforce state laws and county codes, and don’t ask people about their citizenship or immigration status, according to Snaza.

However, when anyone is booked into the jail, one question is asked of all of them.

Where were you born?

If the answer is anything but inside the United States, corrections officers will notify ICE.

Jail staff don’t attempt to figure out anyone’s citizenship or immigration status, they leave that up to the immigration authorities.

Lewis County Jail Corrections Sgt. Ron Anderson said they fax information on foreign born individuals probably three or four times each month to the ICE field office in Seattle. And about once a month, ICE will fax back a detainer on someone.

The piece of paper goes into the inmate’s file and when it’s time for that person to get out, a corrections officer will phone ICE and let them know what time the individual is going to be released.

Anderson said maybe only once so far this year, an immigration officer has actually shown up and taken someone into their custody.

“It’s a lot different than it used to be,” he said.

Anderson, who has worked at the facility for 30 years, recalls the process before the 2014 change.

“If the agency said they couldn’t get down here till the next day, we would hold the person,” he said.

ICE used to come down and conduct sweeps, Anderson said.

DHS’s first report – called the Declined Detainer Outcome Report – contains a section which names the 10 “non-cooperative” jurisdictions which had the highest number of detainers issued to them during the seven-day period that began Jan. 28.

Two Pacific Northwest entities appear; Snohomish County with 12 detainers issued and Washington County in Oregon with seven.

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett issued a press release the same day, taking issue with the feds suggesting some choose not to cooperate.

“(It) does not accurately describe the difficulties or potential legal ramifications associated with honoring ICE detainer requests,” Garrett stated.

Sheriff Garrett went on to recount how in April 2014, a judge for the U.S. District Court of Oregon found Clackamas County violated Maria Miranda-Olivares’ constitutional rights, by holding her on an ICE detainer, ultimately costing taxpayers more than $100,000.

The ruling that detainer requests are unconstitutional led every county in Oregon to immediately stop honoring them, according to Garrett.

Like Sheriff Snaza and Prosecutor Meyer, Garrett said his county will honor any warrant or court order to detain a person.

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Lewis County Jail

Another section of the March 20 report includes a table presenting information about 206 declined detainers around the country during the seven-day period, naming the facility, the county and state, along with the country of citizenship and examples of criminal activity – charges or convictions – associated with each case.

ICE sends detainers if it possesses probable cause to believe that the alien is removable from the United States. The report notes however, the agency does not document in a systematically reportable manner, the immigration status of each target.

Another table in the report shows more than 100 jurisdictions throughout the country, of which ICE has become aware, which have policies that limit cooperation with ICE. The majority of them indicate they will not hold individuals solely on an ICE detainer, with several suggesting with various phrasing they will honor a warrant or court order.

Lewis County Undersheriff Wes Rethwill put it this way:

“We do have open lines of communications with all agencies,” he said. “But the whole detainer thing is a civil piece in the federal system, and we don’t act on civil stuff.”

Earlier this month, after news headlines abounded about presidential executive orders dealing with immigration and immigration bans, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office command team sent a memo to employees to affirm they were making no changes in how they operate.

“We will not go after people because of their status,” Snaza said. “That’s not our job.”

Prosecutor Meyer says the sheriff’s office is only authorized to enforce state law – and county ordinances – but not federal law.

Sheriff Snaza related that their primary mission is to keep the community and it’s people safe.

“In order to best accomplish this, we must build confidence so victims and witnesses to crimes come forward to report such criminal activity and/or seek assistance, as needed, without fear of becoming vulnerable to immigration repercussions,” his memo stated.

The memo reiterates that the sheriff’s office serves all people within Lewis County regardless of their immigrations status as well as noting that all people they come in contact with are entitled to the rights and protections of the state constitution and the U.S. Constitution.

The command team memo asks employees to be mindful of how their actions, statements and questions they can answer impact the public’s level of fear and trust in law enforcement.

These are tense times, Snaza said.

“When I hear of kids at school afraid of losing their mom or dad, that concerns me,” Snaza said.

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Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza

He said he was discouraged when he heard some ICE agents were hanging around courthouses to find people.

Snaza said he wishes everyone could work together to help “these folks” to ease their concerns and fears.

“I’m not going to go into a home and rip a family apart,” Snaza said. “It’s not my job and there’s no way I’ll do that.”

It’s a conversation that’s been had even around his own dinner table, Snaza said.

His father-in-law, a Marine who went to Vietnam, worked here for some 30 years on a green card before he decided to take steps to become a U.S. citizen, he said.

“Most people in the U.S. illegally want to make a better life for themselves,” Snaza said. “It’s a small percent that do the crime.”

ICE issued a press release yesterday announcing 84 foreign nationals were arrested during a recent three-day operation conducted in Washington, Alaska and Oregon.

They targeted at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives.

Sixty of them have criminal histories including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses and domestic violence but the most common was driving under the influence, according to ICE.

Seven of them were women. They came from 12 countries, with the largest number (64) from Mexico.

The enforcement actions took place in 20 communities, and King County accounted for the largest number of arrestees at 19.

Among them, two people were picked up in Thurston County, three in Cowlitz County and one in Mason County.

Rose M. Richeson, public affairs officer for ICE for the Pacific Northwest, said she didn’t have a label for someone who arrived to this country with a visa and never left when they were supposed to.

“They’re not considered a priority, I don’t have a term for those people,” she said.

However, if they are picked up, they are dealt with on a case by case basis, she said.

Prosecutor Meyer today said the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is working with ICE to see if there are ways local jurisdictions could honor a new form of detainer.

“I worry it may have a chilling effect on victims reporting crimes,” Meyer said. “Our laws have to mean something.”

Sheriff Snaza shared a memo he received today from the Washington State Sheriff’s Association taking exception to ICE’s label of some as uncooperative.

Every sheriff in the state complies with the federal court decision that precludes them from holding inmates on ICE detainer requests, Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson, president of the WSSA wrote.

“Sheriffs need to uphold what is legal and what is right and not bend to political pressure or convenience,” Nelson stated. “The public expects us to enforce the law while obeying the law.”

Nelson’s letter notes that after the 2014 court decision within the Ninth Federal Circuit, sheriffs reached out to ICE in order to find a workable solution.

“ICE’s position has been less than cooperative,” Nelson wrote. “Their current approach has the potential to undermine long standing relationships between federal and local agencies.”

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Lewis County Jail, Southwest Chehalis Avenue

Centralia murder case waiting for state crime lab results

Friday, March 31st, 2017
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Janet L. Anderson is shown her seat in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lawyers checked in with a judge yesterday to gauge progress towards the trial for a Centralia woman accused of fatally shooting her husband.

Janet L. Anderson, now 40, is charged with second-degree murder for the December death of 41-year-old Ty Anderson.

Her trial is scheduled for the week of May 8, but neither attorney expects it to take place that soon.

Centralia defense attorney Shane O’Rourke said a significant amount of discovery – materials prosecutors intend to use at trial – has been exchanged, but they are still awaiting the results of DNA testing from the state crime lab.

O’Rourke told the judge he will be asking to postpone the trial date, but doesn’t want to do it yet because he wants to make sure the crime lab keeps the case as a high priority.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said there are lots and lots of items to be tested.

Outside the courtroom, O’Rourke said among the blood to be tested, is his client’s.

“She sustained some injury as well, and was bleeding,” he said. “From our position, she was hurt during an altercation.”

Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler agreed the parties should return to court in two weeks, and on that date they could address a new trial date.

Anderson remains held on $1 million bail.

She was arrested Dec. 17, after she turned herself in to police and told them she and her husband had been arguing at their home off of West Oakview Avenue and he grabbed his gun and pointed it at her. Her husband’s body was found in their bedroom with a bullet hole in the back of his neck and another in his lower back.
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For background, read “Centralia wife’s murder trial postponed” from Thursday January 19, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, March 31st, 2017
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CAR PROWL

• A 22-year-old Chehalis resident reported to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office about 6 a.m. on Wednesday that someone got inside his parked vehicle during the night and stole his gun. Missing is a Walther PPQ 9 mm handgun, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened at the 3500 block of Jackson Highway between midnight and 5 a.m. that day, Chief Dusty Breen said. The loss is $700.

CAR FIRE

• Firefighters were called just after 5 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of Coulson Road east of Napavine where a car caught fire on private property. It was fully involved in flames when the crew arrived, but they extinguished it before it could spread to a nearby outbuilding, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, resisting arrest, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, vehicles parked in handicap spaces without placard, pair of individuals on the front steps of library passing a beer back and forth  … and more among 130 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Rollover crash claims life on SR 508

Friday, March 31st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – One person is dead after a single-vehicle accident along state Route 508 south of Chehalis last night.

Firefighters called about 9:10 p.m. to the scene near Tauscher Road about three miles east of Interstate 5 found the driver was deceased.

The 1999 Ford F250 pickup had been heading eastbound when the driver lost control and rolled off the north side of the roadway, coming to rest on its passenger side in a pasture, according to responders.

The passenger, 45-year-old Stephanie R. Richards, of Onalaska, was conscious but injured and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol and Lewis County Fire District 5.

The driver is identified as a 53-year-old Onalaska man, but his name has not been released.

Both had been wearing their seat belts, but the truck was totaled, according to the state patrol.

District 5 Firefighter Brad Bozarth said some bystanders were taking care of a dog which had been traveling with the couple.

Prosecutors: Meth-making discovered during domestic violence call in Centralia

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
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Justin G. Bonifield is led out of the courtroom following his bail hearing.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – He said the firearm accidentally discharged, but his girlfriend said that during an argument Justin G. Bonifield hit her in the face, struck her in the back of the head with a beer bottle causing her to see stars and threatened to kill her as she tried to get out of their Centralia house.

The 40-year-old woman told deputies she slid beneath the garage door after pushing the automatic door opener, and began to run toward a neighbor’s house for help when she heard a gunshot, so she dropped to the ground and crawled the rest of the way, according to court documents.

Bonifield, 47, wasn’t arrested until the following day, but by then, law enforcement was already in the process of uncovering a fully functional meth lab at the Joppish Road home, according to authorities.

The Centralia man was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court facing six felony charges.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said the defendant has two prior felonies and asked that his bail be set at $200,000.

Temporary defense attorney Kevin Nelson noted his client has only had one warrant in the past and has a job as a fabricator in Olympia. Nelson requested $25,000 bail.

Judge Joely O’Rourke agreed with the prosecutor’s request.

The incidents took place on Monday night, and were investigated after the victim got her neighbor to call 911. She had a bloody lip, large lumps on the back of her head and a concussion, according to authorities. Bonifield had fled in a Ford Mustang.

The girlfriend told deputies Bonifield manufactures methamphetamines in one of the outbuildings on the property, something she’d watched him do on prior occasions, according to Halstead.

Deputies obtained a search warrant and located what was described as a lab, with chemicals known to be associated with the red phosphorous method of meth making, according to charging documents. They collected beakers, tubing, flasks, a condenser and crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the documents.

They also found an empty Corona beer bottle on the floor of the home and a gun, the documents relate. Deputies found a trailer on the property that had been reported stolen within the county late last year as well, according to Halstead.

Charging documents make no mention of any bullet being retrieved.

The suspect was found in Thurston County on Tuesday and taken into custody.

“Bonifield admitted to having the firearm and acknowledged he was not to possess any firearm,” Halstead wrote in charging documents. “He also stated the firearm was accidentally discharged.”

He is charged with second-degree assault, felony harassment and manufacture of methamphetamine – an offense Halstead said he hasn’t seen in his nearly seven years in the prosecutor’s office.

Bonifield is also charged with second-degree possession of stolen property, second-degree unlawful possession firearm and possession of meth.

His prior convictions were from 1995 in Pierce County, for attempting to elude and a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

His arraignment was scheduled for today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
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FRAUD

• A Toledo resident contacted police yesterday to report it appears her debit card was used recently at the Wal-Mart in Chehalis, with a charge of $195. She told police it’s been happening at Wal-Marts up and down the Interstate 5 corridor and she still has her debit card, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 3:35 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Southeast Adams Avenue to take a report of items stolen from a mailbox. The first time it was a package and the second time it was an envelope, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports it responded about 10 p.m. yesterday for a “suspicious circumstances” call at the 100 block of Joppish Road outside Centralia where they contacted a 39-year-old woman who turned out to have two felony warrants for probation violations out of Idaho. She was arrested and suspected methamphetamine was found on her person, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Heather R. Peterson, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, failure to transfer title, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, barking neighbor dog, people hanging out near a bus stop … and more among 131 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Pe Ell residence sustains major fire damage while occupants away

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
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Smoke alarm melts, but keeps operating through Pe Ell fire. / Courtesy photo by Derrick Paul

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Pe Ell couple is without a home after a fire that appears to have been related to an electrical issue.

Fire investigator Derrick Paul said he won’t know the cause for sure until after the insurance company runs some tests.

The occupants pulled into the driveway at the 300 block of West Fourth Avenue late Monday night after two days at the beach, and noticed the fire, Paul said.

Crews from Lewis County Fire District 11 arrived and extinguished the flames beneath the double wide mobile home and then entered and put out fire in the living room, according to Paul.

It had apparently been burning for quite a long time, but because the house was closed up, didn’t have a lot of oxygen, Paul said. The interior temperature was about 700 degrees and there was major heat damage inside, he said.

“The light fixtures throughout the house were melted,” he said.

However, Paul said, there was one working smoke detector and despite having partially melted, it was still beeping and flashing when he go there.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
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WANTED CENTRALIA MAN FOUND IN YELM

• A Centralia man wanted for allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend – by hitting her over the head with a beer bottle and firing a shot towards her as she exited their home – was captured yesterday in the Yelm area after an investigation led to his vehicle parked outside a residence there, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Justin G. Bonifield, 47, surrendered to law enforcement about 12:15 p.m., Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The 40-year-old woman was found to have suffered a concussion from the Monday night events at the 100 block of Joppish Road, according to the sheriff’s office. Bonifield was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, Breen said. There is an ongoing investigation now of possible meth-making at the Joppish Road home, according to Breen. Bonifield is tentatively scheduled to go before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court at 4 p.m. today.

THEFT OF POWER EQUIPMENT

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 200 block of Short Road outside Morton where someone had stolen a generator and an air compressor sometime since March 10. The loss is about $750, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Locks had been cut on a cable blocking the driveway, on a shed and also on a cable securing the generator, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• A white 1995 Honda Accord vanished from where it was parked on the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street in Chehalis yesterday between 4 p.m. and 5:50 p.m., according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called just before 3 p.m. yesterday after a victim parked at the 1300 block of Northwest State Avenue observed a male open the canopy of his vehicle, remove a Stihl chainsaw, put it into his white Ford Ranger and drive away.

SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police responded about 4:15 p.m. yesterday for a report of a sexual assault associated with a location at the 200 block of Railroad Avenue. An investigation is underway, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CONTAINER FIRE

• Rural Chehalis firefighters were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of Bishop Road for a fire burning inside a 30-foot cargo trailer at a pallet yard. They observed heavy smoke and were able to extinguish the flames within six minutes of their arrival, but stayed on scene almost an hour to make sure the fire was out, Lewis County Fire District 6. Fire Chief Tim Kinder said the metal container had been converted into a wood drying kiln. The exact cause was to be determined by a fire investigator, according to Firefighter DJ Hammer.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police responded about 10:20 p.m. yesterday to a wreck at the 2600 block of North Pearl Street. A vehicle collided with a pole, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, no contact order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 136 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Firefighters Jeff Ames and Matt Foley extinguish fire inside shipping container. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
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Updated at 2:49 p.m.

CENTRALIA WOMAN FLEES GUNSHOT INSIDE OWN HOME

• A 47-year-old Centralia man is being sought after an incident last night at the 100 block of Joppish Road in which a woman fled to a neighbor’s for help, saying her live-in boyfriend had hit her over the head with a beer bottle and, she believed, fired a shot towards her as she left the home. The 40-year-old victim suffered a concussion, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the sheriff’s office has probable cause for an arrest for first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm on Justin G. Bonifield. He was gone when deputies arrived following the approximately 7:50 p.m. 911 call, Breen said. Deputies found that possibly a controlled substance was being manufactured at the Centralia area home, but had no details this morning.

OTHER ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called just after 2 p.m. on Friday regarding an alleged custodial assault occurring the day before at Green Hill School. They are still waiting for reports, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just before 3 p.m. yesterday about a Chevrolet Blazer possibly stolen from where it had been parked on Northeast Median Street.

• A 1992 Oldsmobile was stolen from the area of Yew Street and Centralia College Boulevard, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department just after 11 a.m. yesterday.

• A bicycle with a 48 cc motor motor was reported stolen from the 100 block of West Third Street in Centralia just after 8 a.m. yesterday. It is a Husky Beach Cruiser, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 9:15 p.m. on Sunday to take a report of the theft of a Silver 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck from the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue. It has a license plate reading B77300X, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A burgundy 1995 Honda Civic was reported stolen about 6:15 p.m. on Sunday from the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia. It has a license plate reading AUM 2303, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 38-year-old Rochester resident was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle after he and another person were contacted about 1:20 a.m. on Sunday with a vehicle broken down on the side of the road near Gold Street and Ham Hill Road in Centralia. Officer suspected that Bradley A. Sprouse had arrived in a vehicle stolen in Olympia to help an acquaintance with car trouble, according to the Centralia Police Department. The acquaintance had an outstanding warrant and both were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Prosecutors yesterday declined to file the felony charge against Sprouse.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 2:45 p.m. yesterday about the theft of a musical instrument from the 100 block of South Tower Avenue.

• Chehalis police were called at about 12:40 p.m. yesterday to a business on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue on a report a customer had passed fake $100 bills. The incident is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 4:50 p.m. on Saturday regarding the theft of medication from the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue.

• Centralia police were called on Friday afternoon about the theft of power tools from a maintenance room at the 1300 block of Alexander Street.

• Centralia police were called about 3:45 p.m. on Friday about an overnight vehicle prowl at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue. Several “items” were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called to the 200 block of 16th Street just before 11 a.m. on Friday about an overnight incident in which fuel was siphoned from a parked vehicle.

• Chehalis police were called to the 400 block of Northwest Front Street just after 3 p.m. yesterday about gas being siphoned from a parked vehicle.

DRUGS

• Dylan T. Kolvig, 26 of Centralia, was arrested on an outstanding Centralia Municipal Court failure to appear warrant as well as possession of methamphetamine after contact with police at Yew and Pear streets in Centralia at about 10:20 p.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called about 2:40 a.m. on Saturday to Providence Centralia Hospital regarding a patient allegedly in possession of a baggie of suspected methamphetamine. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called to the 200 block of Southeast Washington Avenue just before 9 a.m. yesterday to take a report that tires had been slashed on at least one vehicle.

• Centralia police reported on Sunday they were investigating a report of a known person breaking out the taillight of the victim’s vehicle with a bat at the 1100 block of Centralia College Boulevard reported to them on Saturday afternoon.

• Police were called just before 10:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 200 block of East Chestnut Street in Centralia where they were told an individual broke the windshield of the victim’s vehicle during a dispute.

AND FROM MORTON

• Officers responded to the 400 block of Second Street in Morton to a gas drive off about 8:20 a.m. on Friday. The vehicle’s driver was later stopped on U.S. Highway 12 and was escorted back to the gas station and paid the remaining balance, according to the Morton Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 39-year-old Toledo woman was cited for hit and run after an approximately 9 p.m. Saturday report of a car striking a Ford Bronco on the side of the road near the 300 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis. Amy J. Threlfall was arrested and booked on an outstanding warrant, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The following evening, she was arrested at the Lewis County Jail for possession of heroin, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Dayton Z. Taylor, 18 of Winlock, and Austin R. Paladin, 20, of Rainier, were both cited for racing and reckless driving after contact with an officer around 3 p.m. on Friday at the 800 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, third-degree theft, fourth-degree assault, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, third-degree domestic malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, harassment, hit and run, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, possible sexual assault, suspicious circumstances, numerous as-yet unverified reports … and more among 492 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 96-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Orting man dies following U.S. Highway 12 motorcycle accident

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 56-year-old motorcyclist died after a wreck last night on U.S. Highway 12 about two miles east of Mossyrock.

Darrell S. Holmquist, of Orting, was traveling westbound near milepost 89 when he failed to negotiate a sweeping corner, left the roadway and was ejected, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers were called to the scene just after 9 p.m.

Holmquist was airlifted to Peacehealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver where he passed away, according to the state patrol.

He had been wearing a helmet, but it was described by the investigating trooper as non-USDOT compliant.