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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
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PURCHASE GOES SIDEWAYS

• A convenience store customer reportedly annoyed to be asked for identification when she wanted to buy tobacco allegedly threw a cup of fountain pop onto a clerk and subsequently punched another clerk yesterday afternoon in Chehalis. Police were called about 3:10 p.m. to the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue and eventually arrested Ruby L. Pulley, 25, of Sacramento, California, for two counts of fourth-degree assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department. One of her companions wanted on an outstanding warrant was arrested as well and both were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called at 1:14 a.m. today after the owner of a red Honda hatchback awoke to the sound of his car starting up and driving off from the 200 block of South Diamond Street in Centralia.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 7:59 a.m. yesterday on a report of a theft discovered during the review of surveillance video at the 1200 block of Mellen Street.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called at 12:02 a.m. today about a vehicle prowl at the 2200 block of Eureka Avenue in Centralia. Car stereo speakers were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A case involving a 35-year-old Centralia resident allegedly caught with a stolen tablet and Bluetooth speaker taken from a vehicle prowl was referred to prosecutors yesterday to be evaluated for a charge of second-degree theft, according to the Centralia Police Department. A wallet with money and credit cards was missing the same prowl in the last night associated with the 1000 block of L Street, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to the 700 block of F Street just after 1 p.m. yesterday regarding the egging and a window broken on a vehicle.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD, IN THE ROAD

• A bicycle rider sustained what police described as a moderate injury when he came off a sidewalk in front of a Ford Focus at West Main and King streets in Centralia just before noon yesterday. Riverside Fire Authority states via Twitter a 49-year-old man was transported in stable condition to Providence Centralia Hospital.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, probation violation, malicious mischief, driving without required ignition interlock; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, disorderly person, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, vehicle collision, dog alone inside parked vehicle, three juveniles caught in private swimming pools, unknown person found sleeping on someone else’s front porch … and more among 166 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Flames consume Pe Ell home, one transported

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
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Smoke rises in Pe Ell from house fire. / Courtesy photo by Daniel Sparks

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Doty-area firefighter was hospitalized for heat exhaustion and dehydration from battling a house fire in Pe Ell yesterday, a blaze that destroyed a single-story home.

Firefighters responding to the 11:55 a.m. call on the 100 block of Alder Street found the structure fully involved and attacked it defensively, according to Lewis County Fire District 11.

“It was a great team of us, Districts 13, 16, 6, AMR and DNR as well,” Fire Chief Michael Krafczyk said.

The chief said he meant not him specifically as he was at work at the time, and didn’t arrive until later during the mop up phase.

He said he understood the person who resided there was working out of town.

Crews worked to keep the flames from the tall grass from igniting two houses next door, chasing fire that burned a U-shape around one of them, he said.

Firefighters didn’t completely clear the scene until 9:30 p.m., according to Krafczyk.  It was an approximately 1,500 square-foot home with a two-car garage.

The firefighter who was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital was treated then released and is doing well, the chief said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
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DOG STOLEN FROM YARD

• Police were called to the 500 block of Girard Street in Centralia about 6:40 p.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a dog. The 6-month-old brown Pit Bull mix had been tied up in the yard, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called yesterday evening about a second-degree burglary at the 100 block of Southwest Second Street.

• A deputy was called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday about a burglary that took place sometime during the previous three weeks from a garage at the 500 block of Newaukum Valley Road in Chehalis. Stolen was a Stihl chainsaw MS180C, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 6:15 a.m. today to the 1600 block of Southwest Snively Avenue where someone stole a tan-colored 1995 Honda Accord sometime after 9 p.m. yesterday. Its rear passenger-side running light is not working, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A deputy called about 10 p.m. yesterday regarding a 2003 Honda Civic taken without permission on Sunday from the 100 block of Deer Haven Drive in Ethel subsequently learned the car had been traded to a 43-year-old man on Oyler Road for a 1990 Jaguar, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Honda owner’s previous significant other – a 21-year-old Winlock man – is the suspect, according to the sheriff’s office. The Honda was recovered after a traffic stop just after 2 o’clock this morning in Chehalis, according to police.

• The balding man wearing shorts and white knee-high socks sought after a police chase in East Lewis County on Monday was located at the 100 block of Baker Road in Mossyrock following several sightings and calls yesterday around 4:30 p.m. Deputies had been investigating a car prowl in which stolen credit cards were then used at a gas station in Morton and ran into the suspect there, but he drove off. He abandoned the vehicle he was driving on the south side of the Mayfield Lake bridge and it turned out to be stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Jimmy J.C. Weiler, 25, of Tenino, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing, resisting arrest and third-degree driving with a suspended license, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said this morning.

• Chehalis police were called about 1:15 p.m. yesterday to take a report a white 1995 Honda Accord with a black hood had been stolen from where it was parked outside a home at the 10 block of Southeast 16th Street. It has 17-inch black aluminum wheels, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A white 1991 Honda Accord was stolen from the 100 block of Dieckman Road west of Chehalis sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Monday and 7 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The owner recounted having heard a knock on the door about 10:30 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 1991 Toyota Camry was reported stolen from the 400 block of South Silver Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:45 a.m. yesterday. It has a license plate reading AWD 1616.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 11:05 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 1500 block of Pike Street. A GPS device was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department. The victim had seen and suspected a teenage boy, but he fled before police arrived.

• Police were called to the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia about 9:15 a.m. yesterday about the theft of a wallet from an unlocked vehicle.

• An officer was called just after 9 a.m. yesterday about a car prowl at the 500 block of Hillkress Avenue in which a purse was taken. The purse was recovered a short distance away, with ID missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of someone tagging a box truck at the 400 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A deputy tried to make a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 12 just before midnight yesterday in Glenoma on a vehicle that was speeding and traveling over the centerline, but the vehicle kept going and the deputy lost sight of it at Cispus Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Two people on a motorcycle were hurt and one airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle yesterday after a collision with a mini van at the 600 block of North Fork Road outside Chehalis. Deputies, firefighters and medics responding to the approximately 7:50 a.m. call found the wreck blocking the road, according to responders. A 65-year-old man from Chehalis operating the 2017 Harley Davidson had traumatic injuries to his extremities and was transported by air from a private airfield on Hewitt Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and Lewis County Fire District 6. His passenger, a 62-year-old woman also from Chehalis, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office and District 6. Both were treated and released by last night. The driver of the van, a 46-year-old Onalaska woman, was uninjured but was cited for failure to yield and not having proof of insurance, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation, third-degree malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vandalism, trespassing, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, vehicle collision, a couple little bark fires by Wal-Mart … and more among 168 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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Mini van turns in front of 2017 Harley Davidson on North Fork Road. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

Primary voters favor Tinney, Shannon for county clerk

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It looks like challenger Carla Shannon and appointed Lewis County Clerk Scott Tinney will advance to the November election, based on numbers released for the primary.

Out of 9,302 ballots cast and counted in yesterday’s primary election, a third candidate, Linda Williams, took in just a tad more than 26 percent.

The numbers between Shannon and Tinney are close.

The Board of (Lewis) County Commissioners selected Tinney in November to finish out the term of retired Lewis County Clerk Kathy Brack, who left in the middle of a four-year term.

Tinney came from the Thurston County Clerk’s Office but resides in Lewis County.

Shannon was actually the first choice of three names forwarded to county commissioners by the local Republican party after Brack’s retirement.

Shannon is a deputy clerk in the Lewis County Clerk’s Office, where she has worked about five years.

All three identify as Republicans.

Shannon so far has secured 36.07 percent, or 3,114 votes and Tinney has 37.85 percent, or 3,268 votes, according to the Lewis County Auditor’s Office elections division.

As of 8 p.m. yesterday, the elections division had tallied 8,268 votes and then today processed and counted another 1,034 in the all vote-by-mail primary.

More ballots may come in, but they must be postmarked by no later than yesterday to be valid, Elections Supervisor Heather Boyer said today.

The office won’t count those until Aug. 14 and they will certify the election on Aug. 15.

Regardless of who wins in November, the elected position will be on the ballot again in November 2018, for a regular four-year term.

Lewis County Fire District 5 had an Emergency Medical Services levy on the ballot and while a majority of voters cast ballots in favor of it, it’s not clear it will clear the hurdles to pass.

As of today, 58.96 percent, or 895, people voted yes but the measure needs to pass by a super majority of 60 percent.

Boyer said the EMS levy also requires validation, meaning the total number of votes has to reach at least 40 percent of the number who voted in the last general election. That number is 1,585, Boyer said.

As of today, only 1,518 individuals cast ballots on the levy.

The Napavine-based fire district failed to get at least 60 percent support for an emergency medical services levy in November.

News brief: Rochester man taken into custody for fatal May wreck

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The driver of a car that crossed the centerline killing an 18-year-old Centralia motorist has been arrested, as he was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash this past spring, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

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Cheyllyn R. Collinsworth, 18, of Centralia, died the night of May 17 just as LifeFlight was landing following the collision at Old Highway 99 near Oregon Trail Road in Grand Mound.

Donald D. Siegler, 25, of Rochester, was seriously injured and hospitalized.

The sheriff’s office said Siegler was not well enough until this past week to take into custody. He was arrested on a warrant for vehicular homicide at his home on Monday, sheriff’s Lt. Tim Rudloff stated in a press release today.

The sheriff’s office investigated the collision and concluded Siegler was under the influence of marijuana when his Ford Focus crossed the center line and struck Collinsworth’s oncoming Kia, according to Rudloff. Siegler was booked into the Thurston County Jail.
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For background, read “News brief: Victim of fatal two-car wreck is Centralia resident” from Friday May 19, 2017, here

Hang with firefighters during heat wave

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – When the coroner puts out a public service announcement cautioning about the dangers of extreme outdoor temperatures, it’s worth paying attention to.

Of particular concern, are the more vulnerable members of the community such as the very old and the very young.

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“If you do not have a way to cool down your residence you can go to a library or other public building during the hottest part of the day,” the Lewis County Coroner’s Office stated in a press release this morning.

An excessive heat warning remains in effect though late Friday, with highs tomorrow forecast to surpass 100 degrees in Chehalis, according to the National Weather Service.

Along with that, an air quality alert has been issued due to smoke from wildfires in Washington and British Columbia, advising that children, the elderly and those with respiratory issues should limit outdoor activities.

Lewis County Fire District 6 announced they will open their main station in south Chehalis for citizens to come in and cool off between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. today, tomorrow and Friday.

Their building is located at 2123 Jackson Highway.

The city of Centralia is opening city hall for the same reason from from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. during the same period. Water will be provided.

Coroner Warren McLeod asks folks to please check on older neighbors and family members.

As others in the know have recommended, McLeod says people should avoid prolonged direct exposure to the sunshine and be sure to drink more water than usual, or beverages with added electrolytes. He says carbonated drinks and alcohol should not be used for hydration purposes

Here’s what the coroner wants you to know about two conditions that can develop during hot spells:

Heat exhaustion:

Signs: Heavy sweating, dizziness, rapid pulse, fatigue, cool/moist skin.

Treatment: Get into shade, sit or lie down and hydrate with fluids.

Heat stroke:

Signs: Confusion, nausea and vomiting, but most importantly is the skin is hot and dry.

Treatment: This is a true medical emergency that can lead to death if not treated immediately. Call 911.

Also on McLeod’s list of ways to avoid an unwanted encounter with his staff this week: “Always wear a life jacket when you are in, on or around the water.”

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
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LAW ENFORCEMENT PURSUES CAR PROWL SUSPECT

• Deputies investigating a car prowl from the 100 block of Forest Service Road 25 yesterday afternoon went to the gas station in Morton where the victim said her credit cards were being used and ran into their suspect, briefly. The suspect pulled up to the gas pumps at Gas Plus, but when an officer tried to contact him, he got back in his vehicle and took off, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A chase ensued west on U.S. Highway 12, spike strips were deployed but the motorist parked on the south side of the Mayfield Lake bridge and fled on foot, according to the sheriff’s office. A K-9 track was unsuccessful, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The vehicle turned out to have been stolen in Pierce County, Breen said. The suspect was described as a balding white male wearing a blue shirt, shorts and white knee-high socks.

TOOLS TAKEN

• A radial arm saw and multiple saw horses were reported stolen in a burglary at the 600 block of J Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 10 a.m. yesterday.

EGGS APPROPRIATED

• An 80-year-old resident from the 600 block of Boistfort Road contacted the sheriff’s office yesterday morning to report that an estimated 15 dozen farm eggs had been stolen from her home since mid-April. Also missing is a Ryobi drill and charger, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AUTO THEFT

• A gold 1993 Acura Legend was reported stolen from in front of a residence at the 500 block of State Street in Centralia about 7:40 a.m. yesterday. The four-door car has a license plate reading BFD 5216, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FUEL STOLEN

• Chehalis police were called at 1:30 p.m. yesterday to investigate the theft of gasoline from two vans during the night on Northeast Kresky Avenue.

SEXUAL SOCIAL MEDIA

• Centralia police were called about 12:45 a.m. today to take a report that unwanted communication of a sexual nature had occurred over Facebook in an incident associated with a location on the 400 block of South Silver Street.

• Police were called about 5:15 p.m. yesterday by an individual at the 2500 block of Kristine Court in Centralia who reported receiving pornographic images of two teenage looking boys through Facebook from an unknown person. This case is being referred to the Washington State Missing and Exploited Children Task Force, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Two Chehalis residents were arrested yesterday morning in Centralia for possession of heroin after contact with an officer at the 1100 block of Alder Street. Sarah A. Gee, 28, and Benjamin T. Stenberg, 24, were booked into the Lewis County Jail, , according to the Centralia Police Department. Prosecutors declined to file a charge on Stenberg today.

LOST AND FOUND

• Chehalis police were notified about noon yesterday that a wedding ring set had been found in a parking lot on Northwest Chehalis Avenue.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT BURNS

• The fork truck was heavily damaged when it caught fire inside a shipping shed at a Centralia area business yesterday, but a sprinkler system activated, keeping the fire in check until firefighters arrived and extinguished it, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The cause of the approximately 2:50 p.m. yesterday fire at the 2000 block of Industrial Drive in under investigation. Nobody was hurt.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 40-year-old motorist was arrested after he allegedly backed his vehicle into a city of Centralia community services vehicle at Summa and South Pearl streets in Centralia just abut 5:10 p.m. yesterday. David C. Rahnert, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 21-year-old Toledo resident sustained lacerations and possibly an ankle injury in a rollover wreck at Jackson Highway and state Route 505 last night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 10:30 p.m. noted the Ford F250 pickup was totaled and arrested Jonathan M. Hinkley for driving under the influence, according to the sheriff’s office. Hinkley was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, misdemeanor assault, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarm, fraud, civil issue, hit and run, trespassing, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, vehicle collision … and more among 197 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Centralia pedestrian death still under investigation

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It could be weeks before the investigation into the crosswalk collision with a pedestrian last week in Centralia is completed, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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Wednesday July 26, 2017

Patricia Toothill, 77, of Centralia, was walking in a cross walk when she was hit by a passenger vehicle and seriously injured last Wednesday night at the intersection of West Main Street at Iron Street, according to police.

She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and passed away there the following day, authorities said. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Toothill died of a head injury and labeled the manner of death accidental.

The driver of the vehicle, a Centralia man in his late 60s, had  indicated to police the sun was in his eyes.

“It’s under investigation,” Centralia police Sgt. David Clary said today. “We’re pending WSP’s investigation.”

Personnel from the state patrol assisted with the analysis of the scene.

Clary said the last time he was involved in a similar incident, it took a few weeks before the police department received the state patrol’s reports.
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For background, read “News brief: Centralia pedestrian injured in crosswalk” from Thursday July 27, 2017, here

News brief: Chill with city employees during heat wave

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Centralians can hang out at city hall to stay cool during business hours during the last three days of the work week when temperatures outside could go over 100 degrees.

Water will be provided at the Centralia city-sponsored cooling station.

Centralia Police Department detective Patty Finch issued a press release this morning advising the forecast is for between 96 and 105 degrees.

It is very important to stay cool, Finch states. She advises:

• Stay in an air-conditioned, indoor location as much as possible.
• Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty; water is best.
• Schedule outdoor activities carefully – wear lightweight clothing and sunscreen.
• Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
• Never leave children or pets in cars.

Centralia City Hall is at 118 W. Maple St. at the corner of North Pearl and Maple streets.

The doors will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

An excessive heat warning is in place for Lewis and surrounding counties through Friday, with the potential for the highest temperatures on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast for Centralia and Chehalis is 93 degrees today.

Fire weather: Brush fires break out in Rochester, Chehalis

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
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More than two dozen firefighters worked the area off Hilt Road in Rochester last night. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Flames spread over a little more than three acres in Rochester yesterday evening but crews stopped them before they afflicted any homes.

Firefighters were called just after 5 p.m. for a brush fire in the area of U.S. Highway 12 and 183rd Avenue Southwest but found their fire off of Hilt, Denmark and Roseburg streets, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

They were joined by several neighboring fire departments to tackle the fast moving long, skinny fire on the backside of various properties, Lt. Lanette Dyer said.

A 22-year-old firefighter was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and dehydration, Dyer said. She was treated and home by about 11:30 p.m., she said.

Dyer said although one pump house burned, a dozen homes were saved.

The scene was turned over to personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources around 7:30 p.m. They planned to watch overnight.

The Chehalis Fire Department kept busy yesterday stamping out small fires, three of them caused by cigarettes tossed into the bark of planting beds at the Twin City Town Center.

A fourth brush fire that broke out along Shoreline Drive was also caused by a cigarette, according to Fire Capt. Ted McCarty.

McCarty said a man said he dropped a cigarette as he and others were being chased out of the area of the old city treatment plant. He approached a deputy at a gas station on Main Street and said he thought he might have ignited a fire, McCarty said.

“And the deputy looked up to see the smoke,” McCarty said. It was held to about an eighth of an acre, he said.

It’s only going to get worse, McCarty said.

An excessive heat warning is in place for much of Western Washington through Friday, with the potential for record-breaking temperatures on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. A fire weather watch is advising that conditions will be favorable for the rapid spread of any fires.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Brooke Bova reminded motorists via Twitter today that throwing a lit cigarette out the window of a vehicle can also earn them a $1,025 ticket.

Authorities are reminding the public of steps to take to avoid heat illnesses, such as drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances, the NWS advises.

“This is especially true during hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes,” the NWS stated in a bulletin this morning.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, July 31st, 2017
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Updated at 5:52 p.m.

ASSAULT, ASSAULT, ASSAULT

• A 24-year-old Centralia resident who allegedly punched a person in the face breaking his tooth was arrested for second-degree assault after a call about 12:25 a.m. today to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Brycen J. Morris was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy dispatched to the Lewis County Jail about 7:15 p.m. yesterday regarding an incident in which a 33-year-old woman allegedly choked a 30-year-old woman re-booked Melissa A. McAllistar of Centralia for second-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charges and moved it be evaluated for Lewis County District Court instead.

• A deputy advised about 4:30 p.m. yesterday of a physical altercation between relatives at the 100 block of Del Ray Road in Mossyrock arrested Damon J. Harding, 39, of Mossyrock for second-degree assault. The fight was related to a job offer being declined and both men were injured, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A 69-year-old Mossyrock man sustained broken ribs, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Harding was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 50-year-old Chehalis resident who allegedly spit in the eye of a health care provider at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia on Friday night was arrested for second-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Ronald J. Gleaston Jr. was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called over to Green Hill School about 8:40 a.m. on Friday to take a report of an assault. Further confirmable details were not yet available, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FIREWORKS FRACAS

• A deputy saw fireworks discharged at the 600 block of U.S. Highway 12 about 10:35 p.m. on Saturday and approached a group of males who began to surround the deputy, an encounter that led one man to be arrested. They said there weren’t any fireworks lit off, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the deputy began to take James Q. Eberle, 36, of Chehalis, into custody for obstruction and Eberle resisted so Eberle was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for resisting arrest and obstructing. A second individual was issued an infraction for discharging fireworks, Breen said.

BREAK-IN

• A deputy was called about 2:15 p.m. yesterday to a break-in to a residence on the 700 block of Frost Road in Winlock. Among the items discovered missing were an air compressor and numerous tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of West Chestnut Street on Saturday afternoon to take a report that someone had entered a residence and stolen five gold rings sometime over the past couple of months.

• A deputy was called on Saturday to a burglary to a single-wide trailer at the 600 block of Meier Road in Winlock in which numerous items were stolen including a deep water well pump, a box of fittings, a regulator and a pressurized water tank.

AUTO THEFT

• A blue four-door 1991 Toyota Camry was reported stolen about 9:10 a.m. yesterday from the 700 block of South Ash Street in Centralia.

• An individual at the 1300 block of Southwest Johnson Avenue in Chehalis called 911 about 3:15 a.m. yesterday to report their 1990 Honda Accord had just been stolen and called back just before 4:30 a.m. to report it had been brought back, although parked in a neighbor’s driveway. Missing was a purse and a toolbox, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 1997 Honda Civic stolen from the 800 block of Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis was located on Friday out in the county by the sheriff’s office, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD

• Police were called to take a report of a scam at the 1300 block of South Gold Street in Centralia at about 12:20 p.m. on Friday. The Centralia Police Department described it this way: (T)he suspect pays off a credit card and then asks for a cash advance to be wired to them. The payments were then charged back as fraudulent.”

DRUGS

• A 59-year-old man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer about 1:15 p.m. yesterday in a park at the 100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia. Russell E. Charnell Jr. was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called about 3:40 a.m. today by an individual at Southwest Fifth Street and McFadden Avenue who said someone was breaking their house windows.

• A vehicle window was reported smashed at the 3000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia just before 8 p.m. on Friday.

MOOVE ALONG

• Police in Morton received a complaint about 5:45 p.m. yesterday of 15 cows running loose around 800 block of Main Avenue, according to the Morton Police Department.

• The police department in Morton was called again about 6:40 a.m. today regarding three black calves wandering around the 700 block of Division Avenue. While the officer was enroute, the officer was informed that the owner of the animals wear notified and they were returned, according to the Morton Police Department.

• The Morton Police Department reported today a tourist from New Zealand was the subject of reports a male person was giving children candy and pushing them on swings at the park at the 100 block of West State Street in Mossyrock just after 9 p.m. on July 19. A responding officer learned the man was riding a bicycle from San Diego to Canada and informed him parents were becoming uncomfortable, according to police. The tourist agreed to leave the park for the night, according to the Morton Police Department.

WILD FIRE

• Firefighters called about 4 p.m. on Friday regarding a roughly 3-acre grass fire at the 400 block of Kirkland Road in Napavine were able to stop the flames before they advanced into buildings, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A police officer was called about 3:15 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of West State Street in Mossyrock where an individual giving his sister a ride on his newly purchased motorcycle wrecked. He sustained scrapes and road rash but she did not have any visible marks, according to the Morton Police Department.

• Centralia Police investigated a vehicle versus bicycle injury collision about 4:25 p.m. on Saturday at North Tower Avenue and Second Street. The unspecified at-fault driver was issued a notice of infraction, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 32-year-old motorist was booked into the Lewis County Jail following a collision just before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Harrison Avenue and Bridge Street in Centralia in which the occupants of two other vehicles were injured, according to the Centralia Police Department. Joshua C. Shorb was arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular assault, according to police.

• An Onalaska motorist turning left off state Route 508 onto Johnson Road was struck by an oncoming dump truck and somehow not injured, but his 1995 Ford Thunderbird was totaled last night, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called about 7:55 p.m. determined 54-year-old Gerald L. King had been traveling westbound, according to the state patrol. The driver of the 1971 American General dump truck lost control, left the road and traveled about 75 more yards through a ditch hitting a stump and a power pole, according to Lewis County Fire District 1. David D. Auman, 46, from Morton was hurt and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. The wreck occurred about seven miles east of Onalaska. “The force of striking the pole on the south side of 508, created enough tension to also shear the pole on the north side of the road in half,” District 1 Assistant Chief Rhonda Volk stated. “The resulting impact with the ditch sheared both front wheels from the truck.” King was arrested for driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, reckless endangerment, failure to yield and driving without insurance, and booked into the Lewis County Jail. He said the sun was in his eyes, according to Volk.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, trespassing, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, third-degree malicious mischief, minor in possession and/or consumption of alcohol; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, vehicle collision, disorderly person, noisy neighbor music … and more among 468 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Five-ton military truck knocked the rear tire of a car that turned in front of it and subsequently lost both its front wheels when it hit a ditch east of Onalaska. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, July 28th, 2017
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BARN BURGLED

• A deputy was called about 8:40 a.m. yesterday regarding a theft from a barn at the 2100 block of South Scheuber Road in which two inoperable motorcycles were taken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Missing since sometime after 4 p.m. on Wednesday are a 2004 Yamaha and a 2006 Honda valued about $3,300, according to the sheriff’s office.

POST OFFICE BOX PILFERING

• Post office box’s were discovered pried open and mail stolen from at least two of them at the Centralia Post Office on the 200 block of Centralia College Boulevard, according to  report made to police about 12:30 p.m. yesterday. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called about 1:25 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Market Boulevard for a report that a pair of individuals were trying to cash what appeared to be a counterfeit cashier’s check, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 6:10 p.m. yesterday to take a report of a theft from Northwest Maryland Avenue.

LIGHTS OUT

• Someone stole light bulbs out of fixtures on a front porch at the 500 block of South Gold Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

ASSAULT

• Centralia police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Summa Street where a boy allegedly assaulted a man by pushing him after the man swore at the boy’s mother, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police are investigating.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Longview man was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act following a traffic stop about 11 p.m. yesterday at the 200 block of Telegraph Road. Jonathon R. Brown was found to have an outstanding warrant and then a small smoking device with suspected meth was found during a search of his vehicle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

FAUX FIRE

• Firefighters called late yesterday evening to a report of a railroad box car on fire alongside state Route 6 between Spooner and Boistfort roads discovered a film crew was using a smoke-generating machine to simulate a fire, according to Lewis County Fire District 13 Battalion Chief Gregg Peterson.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• One patient was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital after a three-vehicle collision reported about 4 a.m. yesterday in the area of U.S. Highway 12 and Jackson Highway, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, vehicle collision, disorderly person, protection order violation … and more among 159 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Train collision victim dies at Harborview

Friday, July 28th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The motorist whose pickup truck was struck by the steam train has passed away, almost two weeks after the collision in Adna, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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July 15, 2017

Jerrry W. Mullins, 82, from Curtis, died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on today’s date, according to the state patrol.

Mullins had been traveling on state Route 6 near Twin Oaks Road on the evening of July 15 when the collision occurred. The state patrol stated at the time he didn’t see warning lights that a train was approaching.

He was conscious and alert when he was freed from the wreckage, according to responders. Mullins was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to Harborview.

The Washington State Patrol initially incorrectly reported his first name to the news media.
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For background, read “Chehalis steam train strikes Curtis man’s pickup” from Sunday July 16, 2017, here

Centralia mom pleads guilty to exposing children to meth smoke

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 25-year-old Centralia mother who admitted exposing her two children to meth smoke is off to prison with a sentence of a year and a day.

Sabrina L. Sumter pleaded guilty in Lewis County Superior Court to two counts of endangerment with a controlled substance and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

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Sabrina L. Sumter / File photo

When she went before a judge on Friday, the judge agreed to the sentence that was within the standard range, according to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer.

Sumter had been arrested at the end of June, the same day Centralia police learned a test result had come back showing positive for the presence of the drug in Sumter’s 3-month-old baby girl.

The only reason the discovery was made, was the infant died unexpectedly in May and the coroner’s office conducted an autopsy and tests to figure out why.

It turned out to have been an accidental death, the baby suffocated while sharing a bed with her mother, according to authorities.

After she was arrested, Sumter admitted that she and others smoked meth in her home, exposing the children, according to prosecutors.

Meyer said two issues were unrelated, in his expert’s opinion.

“The meth in the child’s system was not the cause of death,” he said this week.

Had he been able to link them and show criminality, he would have pursued the case differently, he said.
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For background, read “Centralia infant exposed to meth smoke died of something different” from Friday July 7, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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Firefighters in Napavine put water on burning hay. / Courtesy photo by Rhianon Hull‎

Updated at 2:56 p.m.

HEY, HEY, HAY ON FIRE

• A neighbor’s large hedge and fence caught fire after the driver of a pickup truck pulling a trailer loaded with bales of hay looked in his mirror and saw the hay was burning in Napavine yesterday. Firefighters were called just before 6 p.m. to the scene at East Stella Street and Forest-Napavine Road, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. Lt. Laura Hanson said they were joined by members of District 15 and managed to stop the fire before the back of the pickup. The pickup sustained moderate damage but the trailer was destroyed, she said.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

• A 47-year-old Centralia man returned home to discover upwards of $50,000 worth of valuables missing contacted the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday. A deputy responding to the home on the 100 block of Northridge Drive learned the victim had been away for an extended period of time and nobody had permission to be there, according to the sheriff’s office. Among the missing property are paintings, a television and car tires, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The time frame of the break-in is as long as one year, but has not yet been narrowed down, according to Breen.

BAIT BIKE

• A fairly expensive bicycle parked in a public area was taken within less than an hour yesterday, leading to an arrest for second-degree theft. The “bait bike” at West Main Street and Washington Avenue belonged to the Centralia Police Department, according to police. David W. Normand, 24 of Centralia, was contacted just before 3 p.m. by police who had been watching and was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

GARDENING IMPLEMENT MISSING

• A a David-Bradley tiller was stolen from the 3100 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:25 a.m. yesterday.

UNRULY RESIDENT

• A 36-year-old Centralia man detained by police about 9:15 p.m. yesterday in the area of the 100 block of South Silver Street allegedly attempted to bite an officer. Glen T. Smith was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault and the case is being referred for possible charges also of felony harassment, resisting arrest and obstructing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Patrick E. B. Ashley, 39, of Chehalis, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and possession of methamphetamine after contact with police about 3:10 p.m. yesterday at the 100 block of South Silver Street in Centralia. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

Cooks Hill Road was closed and traffic re-routed after a passenger vehicle struck a utility pole sheering it off at the base and leaving the threat of power lines coming down yesterday in Centralia. Responders called to the 2600 block at 12:35 p.m. evaluated the driver who was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The sport utility vehicle was severely damaged, Fire Capt Erik Olson stated. The accident is under investigation by the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vandalism, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances; complaint a person on a sidewalk with children was asking for money … and more among 163 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

News brief: Vacant house, shop burn separately overnight in rural Centralia

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two Centralia structure fires that were extinguished simultaneously during the night are under investigation, according to authorities.

The first was a shop building on the 3000 block of Graf Road which responders report was intentionally set afire and the other a vacant residence in Galvin.

No injuries have been reported.

Riverside Fire Authority reports it was 2:57 a.m. when they were dispatched to Graf Road where they found a shop building which had been burning for some time unnoticed.

The roof on the approximately 25-foot by 25-foot shop had already collapsed and flames had spread to light brush, according to Riverside Fire Authority. They were able to contain the fire from spreading further, according to Fire Capt. Erik Olson.

The specific cause is undetermined but it is suspicious, according to Olson.

While enroute, at 3:08 a.m., the fire department was called to the 100 block of Sheridan Street in Galvin where arriving units found a home fully involved in fire, Capt. Tim Adolphsen stated in a press release.

They were joined by three other fire departments, according to Adolphsen. It had been vacant for some time and was a complete loss, he stated.

County records show the one and a half story house built in 1920 has an assessed value of $87,000.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to both fires.

News brief: Centralia pedestrian injured in crosswalk

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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Airlift responds directly to the scene at West Main and Iron streets. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 77-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was walking in a cross walk and was struck by a passenger vehicle in Centralia last night.

Police and firefighters were called to the intersection of West Main Street at Iron Street just before 8:30 p.m.

Centralia Police Department Sgt. Kurt Reichert said the driver of the vehicle, a Centralia man in his late 60s, indicated the sun was in his eyes. He had been headed westbound, Reichert said.

A medical helicopter responded to the scene and flew the Centralia woman to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to authorities. Riverside Fire Authority described her condition as serious.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating.