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News brief: Police investigate stabbing in Centralia McDonald’s restaurant lobby

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Updated at 3:31 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Several customers as well as the victim of a stabbing inside a Centralia McDonald’s restaurant jumped the attacker, disarmed him and held him until police arrived today.

Police called at 12:10 p.m. to the 1200 block of Lum Road near the Centralia Outlets arrested the suspect.

Centralia police say the suspect walked into the lobby of the business after previously being told he should leave by a customer for being abusive to an employee at the counter.

At least two customers got involved in kicking him out and one of them, a man in his 50s, was the target of the ensuing knife incident.

“The victim was transported to Providence Hospital Centralia and at last report, is being treated for his injuries,” Centralia police stated just before 2:30 p.m.

The suspect was also transported to the hospital and was treated for the injuries he received when he crashed into a window during the fight, police said. Calvin Beck, 50, was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

Detective Sgt. Carl Buster indicates Beck is transient as far as he can tell.

No other participants were injured.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, July 4th, 2016
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BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon of a burglary to a shed at the 500 block of Jefferson Street. Keys and change were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police report a stolen motorcycle was recovered at a residence yesterday and returned to its owner, in a case associated with a location on the 500 block of Jefferson Street.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called at 1:50 a.m. today to the 900 block of South Buckner Street where an individual reported that sometime around 20 minutes earlier, unknown persons entered their unlocked car which was parked the driveway and stole a wallet, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIREWORKS MISHAP

• West Thurston Regional Fire Authority reported yesterday a 40-year-old man was severely injured by an arial firework that exploded when he attempted to relight it in a launch tube. The patient was flown to Haborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the fire department. The incident occurred at the 10400 block of Littlerock Road just before 11 p.m. on Saturday. The department indicated he suffered a serious hand injury and the entire front of his body was struck by multiple fragments.

STRUCTURE FIRE

• Firefighters were called just before 11 p.m. yesterday to a barn fire south of Rochester. It occurred at the 21000 block Wendenfeld Road Southwest, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

News brief: Mayfield Lake drowning victim not located today

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Today’s attempts to find and recover the body of a Rochester man who slipped beneath the surface of Mayfield Lake late yesterday afternoon ended without success, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s dive team assisted in the effort that began this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who responded yesterday to the call for help at Ike Kinswa State Park learned the man became tired swimming back from a buoy, and although his wife tried to save him, she couldn’t keep him afloat.

The sheriff’s office said he is a 43-year-old who was camping with his family. His name has not been released.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this afternoon the search will resume on Tuesday, with different equipment.
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For background, read “News brief: Rochester father, husband believed drowned in Mayfield Lake” from Saturday July 2, 2016 at 9:17 a.m., here

News brief: Fire at tow yard extinguished quickly

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
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Ford F150 after the fire is extinguished. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A truck parked in a Centralia tow yard for about an hour this afternoon burst into flames and the cause is under investigation.

Firefighters called about 3:20 p.m. to B n H Towing on the 1100 block of West Reynolds Avenue found fire coming out of both the engine and passenger compartments, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

The fire was quickly brought under control but destroyed the 2000 Ford F150, according to Capt. Scott Weinert. Damage to a tow truck parked adjacent was minimal, according to Weinert.

“The vehicle had not had any previously noted mechanical problems and had been driven approximately an hour prior to the discovery of the fire,” Weinert stated.

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BnH compound before fire department arrives. / Courtesy photo

News brief: Rochester father, husband believed drowned in Mayfield Lake

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
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Ike Kinswa State Park sits at the northwest shore of Mayfield Lake in central Lewis County. / Image created from Lewis County GIS Mapping

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A dive team from Pierce County is expected this morning to begin searching for the body of a man who slipped under the water at Mayfield Lake late yesterday afternoon, despite his wife’s attempt to keep him afloat when he tired out from a lengthy swim.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who responded to the 5:15 p.m. call to the boat launch at Ike Kinswa State Park searched but had not located the man as of about 9:25 p.m.

He is identified as a 43-year-old Rochester resident.

The family had been camping in the park since Tuesday and swam in the lake several times without issue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the father and his 17-year-old son had decided to swim to a buoy about 200 feet from shore, but both swimmers began getting tired on the way back. Brown said the 43-year-old was having difficulty staying above water and called to his wife for help.

“The wife swam to her husband to try to help but could not keep her husband afloat,” Brown stated in a news release last night. “He went underwater and has not been located as of this release.”

Ike Kinswa State Park is at the northwest edge of Mayfield Lake in central Lewis County.

Sentenced: Mossy man gets eight months for felonies, two years for misdemeanors

Friday, July 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 61-year-old Mossyrock man who returned to his home with an ax in violation of a no-contact order – because of a previous hours-long standoff there in which he fired several rounds including after deputies arrived – has been sentenced to two years in jail.

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James C. Long

James C. Long was first arrested on April 3 after scaring his girlfriend and her mother out of the home on the 100 block of Naylor Road. Law enforcement officers eventually deployed pepper spray into the residence and SWAT members entered and took him into custody.

Long lived there with his girlfriend.

Charges in that case, all misdemeanors, were handled in Lewis County District Court.

Less than three weeks later, within hours of Long being released from jail, he was arrested after allegedly breaking through the back door of the home, wielding an ax and a screwdriver.

His girlfriend had two friends staying over, one of which intercepted Long and ended up with small cuts and scrapes.

For that, Long was charged in Lewis County Superior Court with felony assault and felony burglary as well as a violation of a court order.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said today they made a deal in that case that gave Long eight months in jail. He made a so-called Alford plea on June 2 to  third-degree assault and residential burglary. He simply pleaded guilty to the court order violation.

The Alford plea means he believed if a jury heard the state’s evidence and believed it, they would find him guilty.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced in Lewis County Superior Court to eight months in jail. Halstead said the deal included that the sentence would run concurrently with whatever time he got in the District Court standoff case.

On Wednesday, in Lewis County District Court, the judge gave Long 364 days each for reckless endangerment and third-degree malicious mischief, with the time to run consecutively.

Long was given credit for 81 days already served. He is ordered to have no contact with his girlfriend for 10 years.

Until these cases, he had no criminal convictions.

News brief: Mossyrock woman still missing after search

Friday, July 1st, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Deputies spent several hours with search dogs scouring the Mossyrock property where 56-year-old Myrna R. LeBeau lives but didn’t find her, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning.

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Myrna R. LeBeau

LeBeau was reported missing on Sunday by her boyfriend who she resides with southeast of Mossyrock.

She was last seen leaving her home on May 26 and walking on Green Mountain Road.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the property is about 80 acres and deputies spent most of the day looking for her on Wednesday, checking a few trails and also down to the lake.

Brown said LeBeau’s boyfriend reported to LeBeau’s healthcare provider within a couple of days that she was gone, and they did some checking.

“But because she’s an adult who walked away on her own and took some meds with her, they chose not to pursue it,” Brown said.

A friend asked him recently if he had contacted law enforcement, prompting his call on Sunday, Brown said.

When the boyfriend saw her last, she was wearing a green windbreaker, sweatpants, white tennis shoes and carrying a blue purse. She is described as a white female, 5-feet 6-inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair, and green eyes.

The sheriff’s office has said she may suffer from mental health issues and also that she has a history of leaving, and has friends in Yelm.

Anyone with information that can help locate LeBeau, is asked to please contact detective Jeff Humphrey at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286.

News brief: Garage goes up in flames at Grand Mound

Friday, July 1st, 2016
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Melon Street Southwest early this morning. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The cause of an early morning fire that burned through a detached garage in South Thurston County is under investigation, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

Family living on the property awoke to an unspecified loud sound and saw the structure was on fire with a lot of smoke, department spokesperson Lt. Lanette Dyer said.

Firefighters responding to the 3:55 a.m. call to the 192000 block of Melon Street Southwest found heavy smoke with flames showing, Dyer said.

They were assisted by personnel from four other fire departments.

The approximately 30-foot by 40-foot building housed an unoccupied apartment and two vehicles. The garage and vehicles are destroyed, she said.

Nobody was injured and the property is insured.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, July 1st, 2016
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AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 4:30 a.m. today about a vehicle stolen from the 1200 block of West Chestnut Street. The owner found it a short time later not far away, but the keys and a cell phone were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STOLEN FIREARMS

• Centralia police were called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday about the theft of two handguns from the 600 block of South Gold Street. A person on interest has been identified, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MONEY

• Centralia police were called twice yesterday to the 1300 block of Alexander Street for reports of stolen cash.

CAR PROWL

Centralia police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Rock Street about a vehicle prowl. Medication was reported missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A GPS device and a Droid were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at the 200 block of South Iron Street in Centralia at about 12:20 p.m. yesterday.

• Police were called to the 1400 block of Eshom Road in Centralia about 10:50 a.m. yesterday regarding a car prowl. Someone rummaged through the vehicle but nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNHAPPY CUSTOMER

• Chehalis police were called about 11:40 a.m. yesterday to a store on the 500 block of South Market Boulevard where a teenage boy allegedly showed up, threw a bag of chips at an employee and called her names. He had previously been told not to come back to the business so a case for trespassing will be forwarded to juvenile prosecutors, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with officers about 1:20 p.m. yesterday at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia. Christopher D. Buck was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, no-contact order violation, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, parking issue,  suspicious circumstances, collision on city street    … and more, among 170 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Shared fire service in and around Chehalis on agenda

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Officials from the city of Chehalis are getting together with leaders of the neighboring fire district this evening to talk about shared fire services.

The joint meeting with members of the city council and the board of commissioners for Lewis County Fire District 6 begins at 6:30 p.m.

It will be held at District 6’s main station at 2123 Jackson Highway.

According to the agenda, they will talk about the future of fire service for the area and have an open discussion about annexation.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
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NOT A VICTIM

• A 34-year-old shopper who left her purse in a dressing room while she stepped out to get something else to try on, caught another woman who’d taken items from her purse last night at the Centralia Outlets. Centralia police called just after 7 p.m. to a store on Lum Road learned the 34-year-old Chehalis woman encountered the thief coming out of her dressing room and demanded her to give her back her belongings, according to the Centralia Police Department. The suspect, who was described as having long brown hair and weighing about 175 pounds, with bad teeth, gave the items back and fled before officers arrived, police said. The victim sustained minor injuries in the struggle, according to police.

SAW STOLEN

• Centralia police were called at 12:51 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a garage at the 100 block of West Alaska Way in Centralia. A chop saw was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING HONDA FOUND

• Chehalis police called about 11:55 a.m. yesterday about a possible burglary occurring on the 100 block of Southwest 11th Street contacted four individuals, arresting one of them for allegedly being in possession of a Honda car stolen in Chehalis with plates on it that had been stolen in Centralia. Peter J. Herman Jr., 33, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The other people were released, according to police.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Chehalis police were summoned to a business on the 200 block of West Main Street yesterday following the discovery that a U-Haul trailer recently taken in turned out to be stolen in Oregon.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning they are investigating an incident of taking a motor vehicle without permission that occurred on Monday at the 100 block of Fineview Drive in Chehalis. The owner of a 2004 Ford Focus earlier wouldn’t give a person there a ride to Centralia and when he went to bed, put the car keys on his headboard, according to the sheriff’s office. When he awoke, the car was gone.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8:20 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Southwest 16th Street where someone removed items, including a wallet, from a vehicle while a man was sleeping inside of it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called late yesterday afternoon about a vehicle prowl at the 400 block of Southwest 18th Street. Stolen from the unlocked pickup truck was a trailer brake box, black in color, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The brand is Primus, police said.

• Police were called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday by a woman who said her backpack had been taken from her vehicle while it parked at the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis and then found by an acquaintance, but her cell phone was missing.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Police responded just before 3 p.m. yesterday when a woman on a bicycle and a vehicle collided on the 100 block of West Maple Street just outside City Hall in Centralia.  The injuries were minor, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Firefighters called just before 10 a.m. today to a collision between a semi truck and a passenger truck on state Route 6 near Curtis Hill Road found none of the three occupants were injured but the big rig’s trailer was blocking both lanes. The roadway was closed for a time as approximately 45 gallons of diesel spilled onto the road, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, unlawful transit conduct; responses for alarm, dispute,  civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, graffiti on a sign, collision on city street    … and more, among 149 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Centralia man un-convicted of child sex crimes back in court

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Centralia man whose convictions for child sex abuse that put him in prison for 30 years were reversed, is back in the Lewis County Jail.

Lewis County prosecutors are preparing for a new trial for now 41-year-old Paulo Botello-Garcia.

Botello-Garcia was arrested early in 2012 after a 15-year-old girl’s mother found writings in the teen’s journal about incidents that had occurred in the past. He was convicted by a jury in Lewis County Superior Court of two counts of second-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree rape of a child in early 2014.

The Washington State Court of Appeals found the trial court erred in admitting certain evidence and earlier this year remanded the case for a new trial.

It was a lengthy trial, said Joely O’Rourke who prosecuted the case.

O’Rourke has since left the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office and now serves as temporary defense attorney for individuals at their first court appearance. On Monday afternoon when Botello-Garcia was brought back before a judge, O’Rourke excused herself from the courtroom.

Botello-Garcia, who told Judge Richard Brosey he only spoke a little English, was accompanied at the defense table by only an interpreter.

Judge Brosey noted Botello-Garcia’s trial lawyer has died and asked if he needed a court appointed attorney. Botello-Garcia said he did and Centralia lawyer David Arcuri was assigned to represent him.

Since the case was tried before Judge James Lawler, the case will go back to him, Brosey said.

Court documents show the 2014 trial lasted at least six days. The offenses for which he was convicted occurred when the girl was 12 and 13 years old. They were members of the same household.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh argued the appeal. Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm will be handling the case now, Beigh said today.

Botello-Garcia is scheduled for his next court hearing tomorrow.

Sheriff’s Office seeking info on Mossy woman’s disappearance

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a 56-year-old woman who was reported missing on Sunday, but last seen a month earlier near Mossyrock.

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Myrna R. LeBeau

Myrna R. LeBeau may suffer from mental health issues, according to the sheriff’s office.

She was last seen leaving her home southeast of Mossyrock on May 26, walking on Green Mountain Road, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

LeBeau was then wearing a green windbreaker, sweatpants, white tennis shoes and carrying a blue purse. She is described as a white female, 5-feet 6-inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair, and green eyes.

Brown said LeBeau does not live alone and deputies are looking into why she wasn’t reported missing sooner. Detectives are interviewing an individual this afternoon, Brown said.

Anyone with information that can help locate LeBeau, is asked to please contact detective Jeff Humphrey at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
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Updated

KIDS INJURED IN SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING WRECK

• A 39-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for driving under the influence after he wrecked his car running into a tree along the 2100 block of Rice Road yesterday evening, with four child passengers. Deputies called just before 6 p.m. report only one of the kids, ages 7, 9, 10 and 13, was unhurt. The others sustained cuts, scrapes and bruises, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, Robert K. Hilkemeier, was treated at the hospital and then booked into the Lewis County Jail. He was also booked for four counts of reckless endangerment, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. The 2005 BMW was totaled, Brown said.

ASSAULT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called just after 7 p.m. yesterday to an incident at the 200 block of Downing Road where a 19-year-old man allegedly pulled a knife on a man in his 50s over some kind of family matter. Kanaan J. Reanier, of Burien, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS, CENTRALIA

• Chehalis police were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Southeast 11th Street where a bicycle, a lawn mower and a portable torch had been stolen from the yard, a shed and the garage.

• An officer was called to the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court in Chehalis about 9:15 a.m. yesterday where they were told someone entered an unlocked apartment and stole pill bottles containing hydrocodone the previous day.

• A leaf blower was reported missing yesterday from a garage on the 1200 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. It went disappeared sometime during the previous week, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 10 a.m. yesterday for the theft of a Toyota Camry from the 400 block of West Main Street. The car was recovered later in the morning about 10 blocks away, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 5 p.m. yesterday to a car prowl at the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia. Registration documents were stolen from the unlocked vehicle, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 11:25 a.m. yesterday to the 900 block of K Street where someone had broken a a window out of a parked vehicle during the night.

• Chehalis police were called about 9:15 a.m. yesterday regarding an overnight vehicle prowl at the 1500 block of Southwest Kelly Avenue.

• Centralia police were called to the 1800 block of Hillview Road at 7:30 a.m. yesterday to a vehicle prowl. Someone broke out a window and stole a backpack, a GPS device and money, according to the Centralia Police Department. The pack was found several blocks away, according to police.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Chehalis police responded to an approximately 9:20 p.m. call yesterday to assist the Washington State Patrol regarding a motorist who said another motorist pointed a gun at them while traveling southbound on Interstate 5. Further details were not readily available.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, parking lot fender bender, gang graffiti on garages   … and more, among 143 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

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
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Upside down excavator off Blanchard Road / Courtesy photo by David Whittington‎

NOW THAT’S MALICIOUS MISCHIEF

• Someone wired back the control levers to cause an excavator to roll down an embankment at a Centralia area logging site, where it came to rest upside down in a creek. The John Deere 135G track excavator with a 21-foot boom is worth several thousand dollars, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. An employee of Chehalis Rentals who went to retrieve the piece of equipment yesterday morning from off the 100 block of Blanchard Road said it occurred sometime since 10 a.m. the day before, according to the sheriff’s office. It will take a larger piece of equipment to recover the machine, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AUTO THEFT

• A 2002 Honda Civic was reported stolen from the 1100 block of H Street, according to a report made to police about 7:50 a.m. yesterday. It has a license plate reading 987 ZON, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 1100 block of J Street about an overnight theft of a craftsmen generator from a motor home.

• License plates were reported stolen from the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia yesterday morning.

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday about an early morning vehicle prowl on the 900 block of Northwest State Avenue. The registration was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Coins and fuses were among the items missing from a vehicle at the 500 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 2:40 p.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 100 block of Northeast Washington Avenue where sometime over the weekend someone had emptied out the glove box of a vehicle.

BUILDING PROWL

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Center Street following the discovery someone had gone into a crawl space and rummaged through stored items. Nothing was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAMPAIGN SIGNS SNAGGED

• Centralia police were called at noon yesterday again for because of the theft of political signs from a yard at the 1000 block of North Pearl Street.

DRUGS

• A deputy called about 5:15 a.m. yesterday about a person hiding in bushes near a bathroom at Thousand Trails Campground on the 2200 block of Centralia-Alpha Road contacted a 33-year-old Puyallup man who said he was camping with his family, and then found he had two outstanding warrants, and then found he had a crystal substance that field-tested positive for drugs. Brandon L. Peterson was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, a man who appeared to be drunk and kissing on a fire hydrant   … and more, among 156 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens Weekend Overflow: Police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Updated at 8:40 a.m.

SECURITY RV BROKEN INTO

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday a camper belonging to a person who provides security at logging sites was burglarized some time between 8 p.m. on Friday and about 12:50 p.m. on Saturday. A deputy called to the area at Centralia-Alpha and Coal Creek roads learned that among the missing valuables was a 45 caliber pistol, a passport, a small flat screen television and two generators, according to the sheriff’s office.

AUTO THEFT

• A deputy was called to the 100 block of Gleason Road outside Centralia about 3:30 p.m. on Friday when the owner of a 1990 Honda Accord discovered her car was missing from where it was parked at her residence. There is a person of interest, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Someone broke a window and stole a Ruger American 223 rifle from a vehicle parked near Galvin and River Heights roads on Sunday while its owner was floating the river, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• A 40-year-old Winlock man was arrested over the weekend after a pipe stem with residue was found when he emptied his pockets for police after being stopped for riding a bicycle with no headlight. Barry W. Worley came across two officers about 3:15 a.m. on Saturday near Northwest Kerron Avenue in Winlock and was later arrested for possession of meth after the substance field-tested positive for the drug, according to information provided to prosecutors by Toledo Police Officer Randy Pennington. Worley was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A 28-year-old man who reportedly was running in and out of traffic in Chehalis was arrested for disorderly conduct and then subsequently for possession of methamphetamine. A deputy responding about 5:40 a.m. on Friday to Market Boulevard at Fourth Street located a glass pipe with residue that field tested positive for amphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jason R. Chandler, from Raymond, was was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

SEX CRIME

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident was arrested on Friday after adults learned from a 13-year-old girl and texts on her cell phone the two had been dating almost a year and engaged in sex. Austin R. Nachatilo was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then charged on Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree rape of a child and communication with a minor for immoral purposes. His bail was set at $20,000.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Deputies responded about 7 p.m. on Sunday to a collision near milepost 3.5 of Skate Creek Road North in East Lewis County finding a 2004 WRX Subaru totaled. It appeared the car came around the corner too fast, skidded and possibly rolled over before running into the trees, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There was no driver to be found but a box of cold beer was located nearby, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A Salkum man was arrested for driving under the influence after his motorcycle skidded through the intersection at North Military and Nevil roads in Winlock and collided with concrete blocks and stumps. A deputy responding to the approximately 2:20 a.m. wreck on Sunday reported Roy L. Coleman was taken to the hospital to be checked out and needed to stay there so he was cited, given a court date and then released, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 27th, 2016
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MEDICATIONS STOLEN IN NIGHT FROM CARE FACILITY

• Centralia police were called at 5:30 a.m. today to a residential care facility following the discovery that someone moved a medication cart into a stairwell, pried it open and stole narcotics. It happened sometime between 11 p.m. yesterday and 4 o’clock this morning at the 2000 block of Cooks Hill Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just after 2 o’clock this morning about a black 1995 Honda Accord that vanished from the 600 block of Northwest Quincy Avenue. Last night, the owner had noticed its back license plate was missing which turned out to have turned up earlier in the evening on a vehicle stopped in Centralia, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The stolen plate was returned but the car is still gone, police said this morning.

• Centralia police were called about 10:50 a.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle stolen during the night from the 200 block of West Reynolds Avenue and then recovered out in the county. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 8:25 a.m. on Saturday to the 2100 block of Northwest National Avenue where an individual located a friend’s pickup truck stolen from Centralia. The owner came and got it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FAKE BILLS TRICK MACHINE

• Chehalis police are investigating after a shopper managed to spend five counterfeit $100 bills at the self service check out at Wal-Mart. An officer called on Friday morning to the retailer on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue was told it occurred the day before and it appeared to be a male customer, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 7:40 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of H Street in Centralia regarding an overnight vehicle prowl. The stereo was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An individual called Chehalis police about 9:30 p.m. on Friday after running into a store 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue for about 10 minutes and returning to find her truck was prowled. One door had been unlocked and someone stole a sweatshirt and house keys as well as removing the LED screens from an engine monitoring device on the dashboard, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

TEEN POKES OFFICER IN CHEST, GETS BOOKED

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident was arrested just before 2 o’clock this morning after allegedly poking a police officer in the chest at the 200 block of South Iron Street in Centralia. Jephthah D. Appiah Donkor was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• Chehalis police were called on Friday afternoon to Northwest State Avenue and North Street where a “huge” knife was discovered stuck in a fence. It looks like a large “Bowie-style” type blade, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DISSATISFIED DINER

• Chehalis police were called about 3:40 p.m. on Friday to a restaurant on the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue where a customer unhappy with poor service was demanding compensation. An officer took a report “for information only” and told the customer not to return to the business, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, harassment, suicide attempt, parenting plan issue, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, third-hand report of a sexual assault, apartment window broken during the night, female in a bus shelter yelling about nothing, a shoeless person wearing pajama pants laying on a sidewalk; complaint about barking neighbor dog, loud neighbor party, neighbor pounding on wall as though hanging pictures  … and more.

Thousands of dollars in unauthorized transactions attributed to Mossy city clerk

Monday, June 27th, 2016
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Doneia A. Santiago is represented by private defense attorney Don Blair in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Court documents in the case of the Mossyrock official arrested for theft from the city accounts indicate Clerk-Treasurer Doneia A. Santiago approached the mayor to tell him her husband inadvertently used the city credit card to make an approximately $3,600 payment to Central Mortgage.

Charging documents state Mayor Tom Meade questioned two ATM withdrawals during May for $100 and $200 by Santiago and then use of the city bank card to purchase fuel for her personal vehicle.

The total loss going back to January 2014 is $7,730.45, according to  prosecutors.

The mayor and the police chief met a week ago about the issue. Santiago has been placed on administrative leave.

She was arrested yesterday afternoon and booked into the Lewis County Jail. The 53-year-old Salkum woman was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree theft.

She was handcuffed and outfitted in green jail garb when she appeared before a judge. Santiago is represented by Centralia attorney Don Blair.

The afternoon hearing focused on how much bail she should be required to post to be released pending a trial.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm asked for $10,000, saying she was concerned Santiago and her husband might leave the country.

Blair told the judge his client is a lifelong Lewis County resident who’s lived at her current address at least nine years and had no intention of traveling anywhere. He indicated frustration with his attempts late last week to contact the police chief so she could turn herself in.

Judge Richard Brosey decided she could be released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

The community of some 750 people employs just a very small number of people at city hall. Santiago worked as the city clerk and city treasurer.

The most recent year for which documents were readily available shows the city took in revenues of approximately $762,000 in 2014. The mayor hasn’t yet responded to requests for comment.

The Morton Police Department, which handles law enforcement services for the small central Lewis County city, conducted the investigation.

First-degree theft involves amounts in excess of $5,000.

Charging documents include the following information and allegations:

Santiago told the mayor the accidental payment on May 19 to the mortgage company was done by her husband and she wanted to repay the city. Police Chief Roger Morningstar contacted Security State Bank and was told Santiago’s explanation was incorrect, as the transaction was of the type requiring account and routing numbers to be manually entered into a computer system.

Santiago later said she didn’t have the $3,657.24 to pay back.

She also said the ATM withdrawals were her way of reimbursing herself for purchases she had made for the city. The mayor said the transactions were not permitted.

Mayor Meade also had concerns about the city’s Shell credit card and Santiago told him there were only about $600 of charges over the previous three years.

The police chief requested a copy of a video from the Mossy Mini from June 15, showing Santiago using the city card to buy fuel for her own vehicle.

The police chief obtained statements from Shell and found $1,448.48 in unauthorized transactions between January 2014 and February 2015. They also showed $2,626.73 from June 2015 to June 2016.

Santiago’s arraignment is scheduled for the morning of July 7.
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For background, read “Mossyrock city official jailed for alleged theft” from Monday June 27, 2016, here

Centralia: Potential pilfering of outdoor utility payment box

Monday, June 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Police were called yesterday to the 500 block of North Pearl Street following the discovery of security video showing a male fishing into the after-hours utility payment box for the city.

It occurred between 1:20 a.m. and 2:20 a.m. yesterday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The city suggests that anyone who dropped off a payment into the red box in front of the customer service center since 4:30 p.m. on Friday should call them at 360-330-7657 to ensure it was received.

Also, any customers who notice anything unusual about the processing of their account should call, according to city officials.

Mossyrock city official jailed for alleged theft

Monday, June 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Mossyrock’s city clerk was arrested yesterday afternoon for first-degree theft and misappropriation by a public official.

Doneia A. Santiago was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

The Morton Police Department, which handles law enforcement services for the small central Lewis County city, is investigating.

Morton Police Chief Roger Morningstar said this morning he couldn’t yet discuss the case, because it is ongoing.

He said he began looking into it as soon he was informed of an issue by Mossyrock Mayor Thomas Meade.

“Mayor Meade was very quick to get on board as soon as he was notified by the bank,” Morningstar said.

The community of some 750 people employs just three individuals full time at city hall, according to the most recent report from the Washington State Auditor’s Office. It operated on revenues of approximately $762,000 in 2014.

Santiago was listed as the clerk-treasurer in the report issued on Nov. 16 of last year. The 53-year-old resides in Salkum.

The accountability audit report on the city’s compliance and safeguarding of public resources stated that in most areas audited for the 2014 calendar year, the city was in compliance.

“However, we noted certain matters that we communicated to city management in a letter dated November 10, 2015, related to cost allocation,” the audit’s authors wrote. “We appreciate the city’s commitment to resolving those matters.”

Santiago is tentatively scheduled to appear this afternoon at 4 p.m. in Lewis County Superior Court.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, June 26th, 2016
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Updated

THREE INJURED IN MORTON WRECK

• A 6-year-old boy in one vehicle was injured and three little girls in another were reportedly unhurt in a collision yesterday afternoon on U.S. Highway 12 at Morton. Two adults were hurt as well, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called at 4:50 p.m. found the Honda Civic and Oldsmobile Silhouette van both totaled. Teshia M. Reed, 29, from Spanaway, was southbound on state Route 7 and turned left to head east on U.S. Highway 12, according to the state patrol. Her Civic struck the westbound van, the investigating trooper reported. The van’s driver, 55-year-old John Jakubowski, from Randle, was also reportedly unhurt. However, his passenger 38-year-old Dora M. Jakubowski, Reed and Reed’s 6-year-old passenger were all transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. The state patrol indicated Reed failed to yield the right of way and faces charges of reckless endangerment and vehicular assault as well as a ticket for driving without a valid license. Alcohol appeared to be involved, according to a preliminary summary of the incident.

VIOLENCE

• A 31-year-old woman was arrested for second-degree assault overnight after Centralia police were called to a fight in a parking lot at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road. Officers responding to the approximately 1:20 p.m. call booked Mandy L. Williams, of Centralia, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 26-year-old Centralia man was arrested after police responded about 5:30 p.m. yesterday to an altercation at a bar on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. Gregorio Cordero was booked into the Lewis County Jail for fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 3:10 p.m. call yesterday at the 1600 block of Eshom Road where an individual allegedly violated a protection order and damaged the front door as he was leaving. The case is being investigated as a second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SHED BURGLED

• Police were called to the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia on Friday afternoon about a break-in to a shed. Taken were two hand drills, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CASH MISSING

• Centralia police were called to the 1400 block of Lois Lane just before 11 a.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of money from a residence.

THIS JUST IN: MOSSYROCK OFFICIAL ARRESTED

• The Lewis County Jail’s online roster shows Doneia A. Santiago was arrested this afternoon for first-degree theft and misappropriation by a public official. Santiago is listed as the city clerk for Mossyrock. Lewis County Sirens.com is reaching out to get more information. Check back for more.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, probation violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, civil issue, third-degree theft, identity theft, misdemeanor domestic assault, graffiti to a fence, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street,  … and more, among 314 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 24th, 2016
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ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 19-year-old Centralia woman was injured this morning when she fell asleep at the wheel and wrecked her Jeep Grand Cherokee on a Grays Harbor County highway. Troopers called just after 8 a.m. to state Route 8 two miles east of McCleary report Alycia I. Gerou was transported to Capitol Medical Center. Gerou was eastbound when her vehicle began to swerve, left the roadway and spun into the cable barrier median, according to the Washington State Patrol. She was not wearing a seat belt and is expected to be cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the state patrol. The totaled Jeep was impounded.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 8:10 p.m. yesterday about the  theft of a gray 1989 Ford F350 pickup truck from the 600 block of North Tower Avenue. It has a license plate reading B13924P, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 2:20 p.m. yesterday regarding a purse stolen from a vehicle at the 1000 block of West Main Street in Centralia.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday morning by a business on Northwest Louisiana Avenue following a phone call in which someone tried to transfer money via phone to Western Union. It seemed suspicious and the caller was “smooth” but the transfer wasn’t made, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

HOUSEHOLD THEFT

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to Southwest 11th Street where some marijuana went missing and a family member was suspected.

MAYBE NOT A THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning an outdoor lantern believed stolen from the 100 block of Topaz Court outside Winlock turned out to be misplaced. The 76-year-old woman who reported on Wednesday she thought her home was burglarized on Monday thinks her missing Ellipsis 8 electronic tablet may also have been misplaced, according to the sheriff’s office.

STOLEN FIREARMS LOCATED

• Lewis County sheriff’s deputies have recovered several stolen guns and other items in connection with a burglary last week at the 400 block of Coal Creek Road outside Chehalis. Members of the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team served a search warrant on Wednesday off Steam Boat Island Road NW northwest of Olympia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called on the evening of June 15 when a 52-year-old man discovered his home had been broken into and ammunition as well as at least eight rifles and two handguns were missing. The loss was over $10,000. No arrests have yet been made in the case, Cmdr. Dusty Breen indicated this morning.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, shoplifting, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, graffiti to garage, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, parent picking up her son from juvenile detention who was then herself arrested for an outstanding warrant… and more, among 140 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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Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched a building off Steam Boat Island Road NW on Wednesday. / Courtesy photo Lewis County Sheriff’s Office