Posts Tagged ‘news reporter’

Gang ‘overtones’: Stolen pair of headphones leads to robbery charges

Saturday, November 18th, 2017
2017.1117.bryce.friedley9868

Bryce Friedley, 17, faces a judge in Lewis County Superior Court as co-defendant Brandon Caley, in red, awaits his turn.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The armed encounter involving a a group of high school students on foot and four males in a car near Penny Playground earlier this week related to a dispute between a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old over a girl, according to authorities.

Chehalis police didn’t know it happened until the following day and began investigating. It happened just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday near Southwest 13th Street and William Avenue.

On Thursday, police began looking for four male suspects and one of them, a 17-year-old suspect was located by the Centralia Police Department in Safeway in Centralia. Members of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office tracked down a 20-year-old suspect in Winlock.

Two men in their 20s are still outstanding.

Charging documents in the case, based on police interviews with the unspecified number of students from W.F. West High School indicate the 17-year-old and the 14-year-old had a disagreement regarding the female and had been texting each other, and the older boy allegedly said he was going to kill the younger boy.

The younger boy and a group of friends were walking near the playground on Wednesday when a vehicle ran up onto the curb and four people exited, looking for the 14-year-old, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello wrote in charging documents.

The 14-year-old however had run off and hid in the bed of a passing truck, Masiello wrote.

The students told police 20-year-old Brandon L. Caley of Winlock and one of the unknown male suspects were armed and that Caley brandished his firearm, at first.

The 17-year-old suspect didn’t have a gun, but allegedly approached one of the boys – an 18-year-old – asked him what was in his pockets and hit him in the face and took headphones from his pocket.

Yesterday, both Caley and Bryce A. Friedley, 17, of Chehalis, were charged in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree robbery.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told the judge that Friedley, because of his age and the nature of the charge was automatically charged as an adult.

The maximum penalty, if convicted, is life in prison.

Meagher asked for and the judge granted bail to be set at $100,000 for Caley and $50,000 for Friedley, noting the affidavit of probable cause for the 17-year-old included some gang overtones. The higher amount for the older suspect was requested because of previous criminal convictions.

The two suspects are brothers and Friedley was the victim of a stabbing last month in the parking lot at Wal-Mart, according to court documents in two other recent Lewis County cases.

The charging documents in the current case say that in an interview with Chehalis detective Jason Roberts, Friedley denied knowing what the detective was talking about when asked about the park incident and the headphones.

Friedley allegedly stated “they” would pay and “they” should know better and stated:

“They better all stay in their houses and keep their doors locked, that’s all I’m saying about that.”

The documents in the current case give no indication if the disagreement was related to the stabbing, and make no mention of the stabbing.

The two suspect’s arraignments are scheduled for Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court.
•••

For background, read “News brief: Chehalis police seek info on incident with gun near park” from Friday November 17, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 17th, 2017
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

Updated at 6:40 p.m.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 7 o’clock this morning to take a report that a Honda Civic had been stolen during the night from the 300 block of South Buckner Street. License plate is AUX 5262, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two people were arrested after a trooper pulled over a stolen vehicle, which the driver said she had purchased from someone named Donny. When the vehicle was searched, a loaded syringe with suspected methamphetamine was found as well as a key which did not operate any of the door locks, according to court documents. Destiny T. Runyan, 28, of rural Chehalis, and Kevin C. Huey, 27, from Centralia, were booked into the Lewis County Jail. Charging documents in the case do not reveal the type of vehicle recovered, nor do they indicate where in Lewis County the traffic stop took place; only that it occurred on today’s date. Runyan was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. Huey was charged with only possession of a controlled substance.

• An abandoned stolen vehicle was located in a parking lot at Rock Street and Centralia College Boulevard about 12:50 a.m. today, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A bronze colored 1992 Honda Accord EX stolen on Wednesday from the 1000 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia was found abandoned in a parking lot just before midnight at Locust Street and Washington Avenue in Centralia. It was returned to its owner, but the the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.

• A deputy was called about 7:30 p.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a 1994 Honda Accord from the 3000 block of Ives Road in Centralia. It was last seen by its owner on Wednesday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A silver 1997 Honda Accord was reported stolen just after 4 p.m. yesterday from Pear Street and Washington Avenue in Centralia. Its license plate reads ADV 0932, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A red 1992 Honda Accord was reported stolen from King Street and Centralia College Boulevard at about 1:45 p.m. yesterday. It has a license plate reading AVJ 7872, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY

• A 33-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon after a woman on the 100 block of Annonen Road outside of Winlock called 911 to say she’d found him in her guesthouse, which is for sale. She also found two bottles of wine in the guest house that came from her barn, according to court documents. Justin S. Cargill was arrested for second-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said some change and a pocket knife were believed to have been taken and the suspect was believed to have also gone into the woman’s home. Cargill has an address in California, but told authorities this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court he has been staying at a homeless shelter in Hazel Dell.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday about the theft of equipment from the 1500 block of North National Avenue.

• Centralia police were called at 8:20 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of money from a residence at the 700 block of G Street.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a wallet from an unlocked vehicle parked at the 400 block of West Sixth Street in Centralia.

DRUGS

• A 17-year-old boy arrested for an outstanding warrant about 4:25 p.m. yesterday in Safeway at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue was also allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was wanted by the Chehalis Police Department in connection with an incident near Penny Playground on Wednesday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police are referring a case for charges of minor in possession of marijuana in connection with the arrest of a 17-year-old boy for an outstanding warrant about 2:50 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Lum Road.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, woman sleeping in the stairwell of an apartment building, person sleeping in the corner of a parking lot … and more among 162 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

News brief: Chehalis police seek info on incident with gun near park

Friday, November 17th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Chehalis police report this morning that two suspects have been arrested for first-degree robbery in connection with an encounter near Penny Playground in which a group of high school students on foot were confronted by four individuals in a car.

It happened on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

The subjects pulled up in a gray Honda, were armed with handguns and looking for someone with whom they previously had a disagreement, according to police. One gun was displayed, according to police.

One of the subjects reportedly took an item from the pocket of one of the students, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey. It was a headphone and the victim was an 18-year-old male, according to Bailey.

Nobody was injured during the incident, police stated in a press release. It happened just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday near Southwest 13th Street and William Avenue.

Two of the four suspects have been identified, arrested and booked; they are a 17-year-old Chehalis boy and a 20-year-old Winlock resident, Brandon Caley, according to police. It’s not clear when or where they were arrested.

Police are still looking for two males in their 20s and ask anyone with information to contact the Chehalis Police Department at 360-748-8605 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Foxworths: Local law enforcement to go pick up parents of boy in neglect case

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The couple who skipped out on their court hearing in which they were to be sentenced for the severe neglect of their teenage son will indeed be coming back to Lewis County, but authorities won’t say when, for security reasons.

These things take time, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said today.

Anthony S. Foxworth Sr., 45, and Mary G. Foxworth, 43, were located in a motel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Nov. 4 and taken into custody there. Centralia police had tracked them using financial and cell phone information, according to Centralia detective Patty Finch.

They had previously pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mistreatment and were facing prison terms of about four years but failed to appear in Lewis County Superior Court for sentencing on Nov. 1.

Meyer said he believed they had waived a challenge to extradition and once all the proceedings have been taken care of, transportation will have to be arranged. Law enforcement from here will go to South Carolina and bring the couple back to Chehalis, according to Meyer.

They will be facing additional charges of bail jumping.

Centralia police began investigating in January of last year, after couple took their 16-year-old son to the doctor, and he was hospitalized with severe malnutrition, weighing just 54 pounds. Finch said he had not seen a doctor since 2007, was not enrolled in school and could not read or write.

Since he was taken out of his parents custody, he has gained more than 90 pounds, grown four inches and is attending school full time, according to Finch.
•••

For background, read “Parents in Centralia child neglect case discovered in South Carolina beach motel” from Sunday November 5, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 16th, 2017
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

Updated at 5:07 p.m.

MUGGED BY TEENS

• Centralia police were called about 6:35 p.m. yesterday when an individual reported he was approached by several teenagers and asked for money at the 200 block of East Chestnut Street, but when he pulled out his wallet to give a small amount a suspect grabbed the cash and ran, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURNED BY TEENS

• Police responded to Centralia High School about 2:40 p.m. yesterday to investigate an incident in which two boys in a shop class allegedly placed heated pieces of metal on two of their fellow students, which caused minor injuries. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for evaluation for possible felony assault charges, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUSINESS BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called just after 1 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue for a burglary of numerous tools from a job site.

• Chehalis police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1900 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue where it appeared someone had broken into a recreational vehicle.

FRAUD

• A 21-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for forgery and second-degree theft after being contacted by police during a “suspicious circumstances contact” about 5:40 a.m. today associated with the 1800 block of Shamock Drive in Centralia. Police detectives had already been conducting an investigation in which Dakota S. Duel, 21 of Centralia, was a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department. Duel was was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AUTO THEFT

• A gold 1996 Honda Accord was reported as stolen during the night from the 900 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 7 o’clock this morning. Its license plate is APH 8559, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 7 a.m. today to take a report that a a gray 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup, was stolen during the night from the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road. Its license plate reads C59008C, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called just after 10 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia where a bronze colored 1992 Honda Accord EX had been stolen sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The car had been left unlocked with the keys inside, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The license plate is 444 ZMO, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A red 1990 Honda Civic was stolen from the 1700 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:40 p.m. yesterday. License plate is BDN 4963, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just after 11 a.m. yesterday regarding a brown and beige 1988 Ford pickup stolen from the parking lot of a business at the 300 block of East Van Buren Street. It has a license plate reading B42052R, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TIRES, WHEELS REMOVED

• Centralia police were called by three victims yesterday morning who reported sets of wheels and tires had been stolen off their parked vehicles, at the 100 block of South Railroad Avenue, the 600 block of K Street and the 300 block of North Iron Street. Police have no suspect information this morning but officers are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday to take a report that several items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle while it was parked at the 1000 block of E Street.

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of F Street about 11:30 a.m. yesterday for an overnight vehicle prowl.

• Chehalis police were called for a vehicle prowl about 11:30 a.m. yesterday at the 300 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 43-year-old driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a rollover wreck yesterday afternoon on the 900 block of Bunker Creek Road. Deputies called to the scene about 2:30 p.m. report she was driving a 2000 Ford Expedition, had no passengers and suffered a head injury, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the woman is from Selah.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 164 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

Updated at 1:06 p.m.

BURGLARY SILVER CREEK

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of Filbert Road in Silver Creek where sometime after 11 p.m. Monday and before 8 a.m. yesterday someone broke into a storage container and stole power tools including a Stihl chainsaw, clothing and other items. A lock was cut, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AUTO THEFT

• A white Honda Civic was reported as stolen sometime overnight from the 200 block of Railroad Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 6:30 a.m. today.

• A deputy looking for a stolen 1998 Honda Civic in Vader yesterday evening came across the car with a 15-year-old boy behind the wheel in the area of the 500 block of Sixth Street, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Vader teen had an outstanding warrant and was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The deputy learned a 28-year-old Kelso resident was involved and subsequently located Marcial Gonzalez and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for the same offense. Breen said the car had new damage to its rear.

• A black 1996 Honda Civic was reported stolen from the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard just before 3 p.m. yesterday. The four-door car has a license plate of BEW 3460, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 8:40 p.m. yesterday to take a report that chainsaws and a leaf blower had been stolen from the bed of a truck while it was parked at the 1200 block of West Plum Street.

• Police were called to the 100 block of East High Street in Centralia about 7:35 p.m. yesterday where someone had stolen a stereo from a locked vehicle.

• A purse was reported stolen from a locked vehicle at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard at about 1:10 p.m. yesterday.

ASSAULT

• Centralia police were called just before 11 p.m. yesterday to the 1700 block of South Gold Street where a man reported he’d been assaulted by three unknown males after meeting up with his child’s mother during a visitation. The victim however decided not to make an official statement to police, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 800 block of Eshom Road about 8:10 a.m. yesterday for an alleged fourth-degree assault. The case, with a 15-year-old girl as the suspect, was referred to prosecutors for charging, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police were called just after noon yesterday to take a report from an individual who discovered the information they had been provided by another on Friday after a vehicle collision turned out to be false information. A suspect has been identified and officers are still investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is associated with a location on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, hit and run, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances … and more among 179 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Centralia man charged with rape, held on $100,000 bail

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
2017.1113.jeremy.francis9858

Jeremy L. Francis, in red, walks to the defense table in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 34-year-old Centralia man was charged with second-degree rape yesterday for what allegedly began as a consensual sexual encounter but turned violent.

Jeremy L. Francis was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court where his bail was set at $100,000.

Francis was arrested early Saturday morning after the mother of a 23-year-old woman called 911 to report to Centralia police her daughter had been raped.

Temporary defense attorney Rachael Tiller told the judge she had discussed the charge with her client and the potential maximum penalty of life in prison.

She suggested his income might mean he qualified for a court-appointed lawyer.

“He is working and hoping to keep his job,” Tiller said.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio asked for the high bail, noting the defendant had no prior felony cases he was aware of, but then corrected himself and cited a 2016 case of vehicular assault.

Francis used reading glasses off and on during the brief hearing, and sported a deep purple bruise around his left eye. Both Tiller and DeFazio said after the hearing they didn’t know how that happened.

Charging documents in the case state the young woman’s mother was sleeping on her couch when her daughter arrived, locked the door behind her and then laid her head on her mother’s lap, shaking and crying.

The 23-year-old said she’d been raped by a male named Jeremy whose last name she didn’t know – in the area of South Pearl and Cherry streets – and he might be on his way over, the documents relate.

The alleged victim told the police officer who arrived that earlier, the two of them had begun to engage in sex, but then he began to abuse her, according to charging documents.

She said when he jammed his fingers inside her, scraping her with his fingernails, she told him to quit, but he wouldn’t, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher wrote.

Meagher wrote she told the officer he tried to choke her, he pulled her hair until she felt like it was going to come out of her skull and that he repeatedly banged the top of her head into his headboard.

She stated she told him multiple times to stop and he didn’t; he told her to shut up, the charging documents allege.

The suspect did show up at the mother’s home a little later and a male in the household detained him until police arrived, according to Meagher. Francis was arrested and then booked into the Lewis County Jail.

His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

Updated at 1:26 p.m.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police are investigating a hit and run case in which a 71-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and knocked to the ground just before 6:40 p.m. yesterday at West Main Street and Tower Avenue. The woman, from Oregon, suffered minor head injuries and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• An individual went to the Morton Police Department about noon yesterday to report she and her boyfriend had gotten into an argument near the cemetery on Seventh Street and said he grabbed her by the throat, according to police. She told him to leave and go cool off but to bring the car back, yet after she went to the hospital and waited for an hour for him to return, he did not, according to police. Neither he nor the car had been located as of yesterday afternoon, according to police.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• A business at the 1700 block of Industrial Drive in Centralia reported about 11:50 a.m. yesterday it had been burglarized, according to the Centralia Police Department. Missing were a Johnson 15 hp outboard motor and assorted hand tools

• Centralia police were called about 10:15 a.m. yesterday for a burglary at a home on the 1000 block of North Washington Avenue. Taken sometime during the previous three days were a Ridgid brand air compressor, two nail guns and 50 foot air hose, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 2:10 p.m. yesterday to the 1800 block of Harrison Avenue to take a report that a black tandem-axle dump trailer had been stolen  sometime since Saturday. It has a license plate reading  3425XL,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

•  A 1998 Honda Civic that was reported stolen from Chehalis Tribal Police was located at the 1100 block of South Silver Street in Centralia at about 12:45 p.m. yesterday. It was returned to its owner, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A car reported stolen about 2:35 a.m. last Thursday from the 100 block of Second Street in Morton was located the following day outside the city limits by the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Department, according to the Morton Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were called about 9:45 a.m. yesterday to take a report that a PayPal account was hacked and the culprit set up a new account using the victim’s information, in a case associated with the 2200 block of Eureka Avenue.

MORE THEFT

• A vinyl sign for a local business at the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia was stolen overnight, according to a report made to police about 12:20 p.m. yesterday.

CAR PROWL

• A deputy was called about 7:10 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Fieldcrest Avenue in Centralia for a vehicle prowl in which a Lenova laptop computer belonging to a business had been stolen sometime during the previous week while the owner was away. There was no forced entry to the vehicle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is listed as $1,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

•  A car stereo, cell phone charger and cash were stolen out of an unlocked vehicle parked at the 1000 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 7:45 a.m. yesterday.

VANDALISM

• Someone damaged two mailboxes in front of a business at the 1400 block of Kresky Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 9 a.m. yesterday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disturbance, shoplifting, civil issue, vehicle collision, disorderly conduct, suspicious circumstances … and more among 145 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 13th, 2017
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

Updated at 2:25 p.m.

K-MART ARSON INVESTIGATION

• Chehalis police are investigating an arson incident at K-Mart in which merchandise on a shelf was found burning. Firefighters were called about 10:13 a.m. on Friday to the 1200 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue found the fire was out when they arrived, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. A customer reported smoke and an employee took a fire extinguisher to it, Fire Investigator Derrick Paul said. Completely burned was  plastic cat carrier, Paul said. There was no ignition source in the area, in the southeast corner of the building near the garden center, he said. The joint investigation includes a detective with the Chehalis Police Department.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 37-year-old Winlock man was arrested for felony assault after deputies were told that as his ex-girlfriend during a dispute tried to crawl out a window, she was pulled back in, held down and choked. A deputy responding about 10:25 p.m. on Thursday to a residence on the 100 block of Noble Fir Estates learned he had also punched a hole in a wall inside the bedroom, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Gilberto Contreras Figueroa was contacted booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office.

SEXUAL ASSAULT

• A 34-year-old Centralia man was arrested for second-degree rape after officers were called just after 3 a.m. on Saturday by a woman who reported she had been raped at a residence near South Pearl and Cherry streets in Centralia. Jeremy L. Francis was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOWNTOWN NIGHT FIGHTS

• Officers called just before 2 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue arrested a 32-year-old Winlock resident for fighting in public. Jesus A. Canedo was issued a citation and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police called about 1:20 a.m. yesterday to take a report someone assaulted an individual on the sidewalk in front of a drinking establishment at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue learned the suspect had fled in a mini van. A summons for fourth-degree assault is to be issued for Christopher K. Brotherton, 26, of Longview, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HOSPITAL ASSAULTS

• Two people were arrested after several health care facility employees were assaulted at the 900 block of South Scheuber Road in Centralia on Saturday night. Officers called about 9:40 p.m. booked Jason R. Ferris, 32, of Centralia, and Jennifer R. McCarty, 24, a homeless person, into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MORE ASSAULT

• A 24-year-old Centralia resident getting arrested for third-degree malicious about 3:45 p.m. on Saturday at the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road allegedly assaulted the officer trying to detain him. Lucino Mendoza-Farias was then booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HARASSMENT

• Chehalis police were called to take a report of harassment at the 1200 block of South Market Boulevard at about 3:50 p.m. on Saturday. Officers are awaiting further information from the victim, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BURGLARY SILVER CREEK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports approximately $1,000 worth of valuable were stolen from an unsecured outbuilding at the 100 block of Crater View Drive in Silver Creek sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Missing are a Milwaukee bandsaw, four Dewalt cordless drills and a Stihl chainsaw, according to the sheriff’s office.

ELECTRONICS MISSING

• Centralia police were called about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Orton Street to investigate the theft of several electronic items while the homeowner was out of town.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 7:20 a.m. yesterday regarding a maroon 1994 Honda Accord stolen from the 10 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue sometime since midnight.

• The Chehalis Police Department reports an officer at about 3:45 a.m. yesterday saw a Honda car with its door open sitting on the side of the road at Southwest McFadden Avenue and Eighth Street and then found it had been stolen. The owner who had reported it missing to Chehalis Tribal Police was contacted to pick it up, according to police. Missing though were tools and a bag of clothes, according to police.

• A blue 1977 Chevrolet pickup truck was reported stolen from the 2100 block of North National Avenue at about 8:40 a.m. on Thursday. It had a gray toolbox in the back, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A beige and gold 1992 Ford F-150 was reported stolen about noon on Friday from Tower Avenue and Pine Street in Centralia. It has license plate reading B82148N, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A white 1994 Honda Civic was reported stolen from the 800 block of West Pear Street in Centralia at about 11:40 a.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Its license plate reads BHB 6926, according to police.

• A white 1991 Honda Civic was reported stolen from the area of Centralia College at about 2:50 p.m. on Thursday. It has a license plate reading AXH 8096, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• A Chehalis resident called police just before 2 p.m. on Saturday to report finding a $6,000 fraudulent charge on her bank card.

• Chehalis police were called about 2:10 p.m. on Saturday to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to collect four counterfeit $100 bills the store had received.

MORE THEFT

• A 34-year-old Centralia man was arrested on Saturday on a warrant in connection with the theft of a gun and other items from the Lewis County senior center on the 2500 block of North National Avenue last month. Adam T. Kay’s warrant was for theft of a firearm and second-degree theft, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• The theft of a set of very specialized keys were reported stolen from the 900 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia at about 10:40 a.m. on Friday. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 1400 block of West Main Street in Centralia on Thursday to take a report that gas had been stolen from there in recent days.

FAKE NAME

• Officers responding about 5:25 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia about a possible incident of driving under the influence ended up arresting a 32-year-old Centralia resident for allegedly providing a false name and birthdate. Alfonso Francisco-Rodas was booked into the Lewis County Jail for providing false information to a public servant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 25-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when he was contacted about 8:15 p.m. yesterday at the 100 block of South Street in connection with the investigation about the recovery of a stolen vehicle. Justin W. Haugen was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia just before 11 a.m. on Thursday to investigate a student suspected of attempting to distribute marijuana brownies.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A 29-year-old Chehalis resident contacted law enforcement about 5:45 a.m. on Friday following the discovery that someone had taken his wallet and 22 caliber rifle out of his unlocked truck while it was parked at the 2500 block of King Road in rural Chehalis.

TRESPASSING

• A police officer came across people under a bridge near the 7700 block of northbound Interstate 5 about 2 a.m. on Friday and asked them to move along, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A driver was injured when his Jeep Grand Cherokee headed north on state Route 7 crossed the oncoming lane, went off the road striking several trees and came to rest about 60 feet off the road. Troopers called about 2:50 p.m. on Saturday to the scene about 14 miles north of Morton indicated the vehicle was totaled. David A. Jones, 67, from Portland, was transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. He had been wearing a seat belt, according to the state patrol. Jones was cited for driving under the influence, for not having a valid license and for wheels off the roadway, the investigating trooper reports.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing, misdemeanor theft, resisting arrest, probation violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation misdemeanor domestic assault, misdemeanor domestic malicious mischief; responses for alarm, disturbance, shoplifting, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, disorderly conduct, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation, fourth-degree assault, interfering with domestic violence reporting … and more among 545 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 96-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Caretaker who spent deceased client’s money pleads guilty

Friday, November 10th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 34-year-old Winlock woman accused of taking over bank accounts of a woman who was hospitalized and then died has pleaded guilty as charged.

Aurora S. Fulmer, who also uses the last name of Contreras, was arrested in June and after she was charged, was allowed release pending trial on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

2017.0614.aurora.fulmer.small9576

Aurora S. Fulmer

She pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court to one count of second-degree theft (more than $750 but less than $5,000) and three counts of second-degree identity theft.

The situation came to the attention of authorities early this year after the woman’s estranged daughter learned her mother had died and then found Fulmer at her mother’s home on the 100 block of Fircrest Road in Centralia.

Fulmer told investigators she had been the dead woman’s caregiver and that the woman told her she could have her money and her Centralia house, according to court documents.

She produced a power of attorney, with the mother’s partner listed as the agent, but it was crossed or whited out and replaced with Fulmer’s name.

She also left a copy of the will at the deceased woman’s attorney’s office, with her own name handwritten on the documents and initialed with the woman’s initials, but it not certified.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office initially suggested Fulmer wrongfully withdrew more than $43,000 from two of the woman’s accounts. A detective collected documents linking Fulmer to expenditures after the woman’s death such as an $84 piercing in Longview on Jan. 13, a $238 jewelry store purchase three days later and a K-Mart/Western Union money transfer of $540.

Her lawyer Shane O’Rourke said after her court hearing it wasn’t disputed she was the woman’s caregiver, but it was debated if the woman intended to leave her everything.

But that was irrelevant, O’Rourke said, because those things have to go through probate.

“You can’t just start spending it,” O’Rourke said. “She was wrong about that and she knows that now.”

Fulmer is facing a standard sentencing range of 12 to 14 months when she returns to court on Dec. 7.

Fulmer is in treatment for chemical dependency and has six children, according to O’Rourke. He is planning to get her screened to find if she is eligible for a parenting sentencing alternative, he said.
•••

For background, read “Daughter found stranger living in her dead mother’s Centralia home” from Monday June 26, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 9th, 2017
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

Updated

THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOUND IN PARKING LOT

• A bank bag containing more than $8,000 cash was lost and then found and returned to its owner in Chehalis yesterday. The item was discovered in a shopping cart by an employee in the Wal-Mart parking lot at the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue, according to a report made to the Chehalis Police Department just before 8 a.m. yesterday. The Rochester man who lost it realized the mistake and was reunited with his property, according to police

STUDENT IN TROUBLE

• Centralia police responding to the 800 block of Eshom Road about 8:45 a.m. yesterday allege a 17-year-old boy was in possession of drug paraphernalia. The case is being referred to prosecutors for charging, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 48-year-old Toledo woman was injured when her vehicle collided with a rear pilot car for an oversize load crossing state Route 505 at Interstate 5 this morning. The 2013 GMC Terrain sport utility vehicle was traveling north and used exit 63 to bypass the overpass but failed to yield to 505 traffic, according to the Washington State Patrol. Lisa Coward-Godbey was driving a 2008 GMC Savana van northbound on state Route 505 and hit the SUV, according to the state patrol. Troopers called to the scene at 9:30 a.m. found both vehicles were damaged but only the van was towed. Coward-Godbey was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, hit and run, probation violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disturbance, civil issue, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, threats on Facebook by unknown person … and more among 126 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Suspect: ‘Everyone was drunk’

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
2017.1108.mark.powell9857

Mark W. Powell heads back to sit down at the end of his hearing this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 46-year-old Centralia man arrested and jailed for second-degree assault on Monday while the victim was hospitalized on life support was ordered to be released today as no charges were filed.

Mark W. Powell was visiting with the 63-year-old man at the man’s home on the  3500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia on Sunday night when a disagreement broke out, according to authorities. Powell allegedly punched Steven Nystrom in the face, Nystrom fell to the floor and Powell and his wife, or girlfriend, left.

Law enforcement got involved the following afternoon when they learned Nystrom was at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia with a broken nose, a bruised eye and potentially then a stroke as the result, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Powell was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court where prosecutors asked he be held with no bail for the time being. When he was brought before a judge again this afternoon, Lewis County Chief Deputy Criminal Prosecutor Brad Meagher said he was running up against his 72-hour deadline to file charges.

“Given the information that I have on my desk right now, I’m uncomfortable charging Mr. Powell with a crime,” Meagher told the judge.

Meagher said that could change as his office gets further information. Judge James Lawler ordered Powell’s release, but cautioned him he could be subject to recall.

Nystrom was listed in critical condition as of about 11 a.m. today. Meagher said the latest update he had came after lunch today, and that Nystrom was still alive.

The declaration of probable cause filed yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court shares information from interviews a sheriff’s deputy conducted with friends, family, neighbors and Powell.

The victim’s roommate confirmed the victim brought home Powell and a woman on Sunday evening, but he felt they were trouble, so he stayed in his room.

The roommate recounted hearing a thud as though something had fallen and came out to find Nystrom on the floor. He said he couldn’t wake him up and figured he was drunk, so went back to bed.

When he got up on Monday morning, the roommate found Nystrom still on the floor, so he sought help from a neighbor who phoned 911.

The deputy tracked down Powell and his female companion with information from a taxi service; the driver told the deputy two males came to the taxi and the younger one got in.

The deputy found Powell and his wife, or girlfriend, – Kazi Hartman –  sleeping in a tent in a wooded area between train tracks and the 1000 block of North Gold Street.

Powell told the deputy that on Sunday evening, he was out drinking with Nystrom and Nystrom invited them to come to his house to hang out, they were there about three hours, everyone was drunk.

Powell said Nystrom told Hartman he could take better care of her than Powell could.

Powell told the deputy Nystrom put his hands around his neck and tried to choke him, so he punched him. Powell also told the deputy Nystrom got him in a headlock.

Powell told the deputy after he hit Nystrom, Nystrom fell to the floor and was still on the floor when he left. Hartman said she didn’t remember anything.

The information on Nystrom’s injuries first came on Monday to the sheriff’s office via contact with Nystrom’s step sister. She told the deputy he was in critical care at Providence St. Peter Hospital with the broken nose, bruised eye and that the neurologist said he’d suffered a massive stroke on the right side of his brain.

She thought he would likely not make it through the evening.
•••

For background, read “Centralia man in critical condition after assault” from Tuesday November 7, 2017, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

AUTO THEFT

• The owner of a red 1997 Honda Civic went outside yesterday morning to go to work and found his two-door car was gone. A deputy called just after 8 a.m. yesterday to the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia learned the car had been parked in the lot on Monday evening, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• A resident at the 1100 block of G Street in Centralia reported about 10:10 a.m. yesterday that numerous items have been stolen from her home over the past several months, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue about 9:25 a.m. yesterday to take a report of three money orders getting stolen and forged from back in October.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 2:10 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of North Scheuber Road where sometime during the previous two days, someone had stolen gas out of a small bus parked at a church.

• Centralia police were called about 12:25 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of North Tower Avenue where a car stereo and fuel had been stolen from two vehicles parked there. It appears the gas has been taken numerous times over the past few months, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HAIR PULLING

• Police are investigating a case of potential fourth-degree assault after being called just before 10 a.m. yesterday to Chehalis Middle School on the 1000 block of Southwest 20th Street. The initial information indicates one student pulled another student’s hair and later the other student pulled the first student’s hair, only a little bit harder, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

UNRULY PATIENT

• Centralia police reported this morning that a 23-year-old Centralia resident arrested for allegedly kicking and spitting on a Centralia police officer who was assisting medics picking him up on Monday night allegedly subsequently kicked a nurse in the stomach once he got to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital. Aid and police had responded to his Centralia home when his parents called for help because he had swallowed a bunch of pills, Officer William Phipps said. Victor A. Lopez Roman was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to police.

DRUGS

• Authorities discovered what appeared to be marijuana rolled up in cigarette paper at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia yesterday. A case involving a 15-year-old boy is to be referred to prosecutors for possession of marijuana, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNWANTED EXPOSURE

• Chehalis police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday by a female who reported a male exposed himself to her while he was inside a store at the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

• Chehalis police were called at 2:48 p.m. yesterday by an individual who said he had been picking up recyclables beneath an overpass near the park and ride lot on the 800 block of West Main Street and saw a blanket that looked as though it could have had a body rolled up inside of it and been dumped. An officer was unable to locate a body, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SMALL FIRE

• A small fire was set outside of a former business on the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:10 p.m. yesterday. There was no damage or danger to the building, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, fourth-degree domestic assault, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft … and more among 135 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Centralia teen escapes stranger in attempted sexual assault

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A 16-year-old Centralia girl reported to police last night she was grabbed and pulled into a car by a man who tried to pull her pants off but she fought back and ran home.

It happened near the Centralia sports complex near Pioneer Way and Mount Vista Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Police called just after 8 p.m. say the girl said she was being followed by a small dark Nissan-type vehicle and then was confronted by the man. She said she kicked him and escaped and fled to her residence which is a few blocks away, according to police.

Centralia Officer William Phipps said the description of the suspect is a white male in his mid to late 20s, wearing a black beanie and a dark hoodie.

His car was a late 1990s black Nissan, Phipps said.

Police are investigating.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

Updated

MOTOR AND PUMP TAKEN

• Chehalis police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Northwest Quincy Avenue to take a report that sometime since Friday night, someone stole a red and white 13 hp engine and its companion hydraulic pump.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 7:30 a.m. today to take a report of the theft of a black 1999 Honda Civic from the 1000 block of West Walnut Street. The car has a license plate reading AQV 9618, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIREARM MISSING

• Centralia police took a report just before 8 p.m. yesterday from the 600 block of Woodland Avenue that a pistol had been stolen sometime in the previous few months.

BELONGINGS STOLEN

• Police were called about 6:35 p.m. yesterday to take a report that multiple items had been stolen from a female’s home at the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue while she was temporarily evicted because of a protection order. It is not clear who the suspect or suspects might be at this time, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation.

ASSAULT

• A 23-year-old man being secured to a gurney in an ambulance last night at the 1300 block of B Street allegedly kicked and spit on a Centralia police officer who was assisting medics. Victor A. Lopez Roman was subsequently arrested for third-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 10:25 a.m. yesterday to Centralia High School where a boy had allegedly kicked and punched another student. A case for a charge of fourth-degree assault is being referred to prosecutors, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THREAT TO OFFICER

• A homeless man arrested at the Eagle Truck Plaza in Napavine on Friday appeared in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon, charged with harassment. Lucas M. Fontaine, 28, had reportedly been asked several times to leave, but wouldn’t and when an officer showed up, he allegedly began yelling he was going to get a knife and kill him. His bail was set at $50,000 today.

INDECENT IN PUBLIC

• Centralia police were called just after 7 p.m. yesterday to take a report from a business at the 100 block of West Pine Street that a male had been seen masturbating while walking by. The incident is still under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old Centralia woman detained for suspected shoplifting yesterday after an approximately 6:25 p.m. call to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis was arrested for second-degree burglary because she had previously been trespassed from the store, according to the Chehalis Police Department. When Leah M. Vann was being booked at the Lewis County Jail, a substance believed to be heroin was located in her wallet, according to police.

EXCHANGING NAKED PICTURES

• A 20-year-old man was arrested yesterday by Morton police in a case of allegedly exchanging nude photos with a now-15-year-old girl, pictures that date back to 2015. Charging documents in the a case describe Morton Police Chief Roger Morningstar observing Sean R. Butler pull into a parking lot at Gust Backstrom Park and pick up a girl on Oct 23. The chief contacted Butler and the girl was returned to her home, the documents relate. The chief subsequently contacted the girl and her mother, and asked if there was anything inappropriate going on, according to charging documents. The girl reportedly produced pictures and text messages from Facebook and Snapchat of a sexual nature that date back to 2015. Morningstar interviewed Butler on Monday, booked his phone into evidence and him into the Lewis County Jail. Court documents list Butler with a Centralia address. He was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree viewing of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. Judge Joely O’Rourke set his bail at $20,000.

AND MORE FROM MORTON

• Morton police reported they referred a case to prosecutors involving a juvenile for reckless endangerment in connection with an incident on the 1200 block of Main Avenue at about 9 p.m. on Oct. 28. Subjects allegedly threw an object at a moving vehicle and when the driver contacted the three juvenile suspects, the driver felt threatened and drew his firearm. The three youngsters called 911, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation … and more among 146 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

Centralia man in critical condition after assault

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  A 63-year-old Centralia man is on life support after a punch in the face by an acquaintance and the suspect is jailed, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said this morning the assault occurred on Sunday night at the 3500 block of Harrison Avenue but the victim was not discovered until 8 a.m. yesterday by his roommate.

The victim suffered a broken nose, a bruised eye and potentially then a stroke as the result, Breen said.

He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia where he is currently in the critical care unit, Breen said.

Deputies began investigating yesterday afternoon and spoke with the suspect who allegedly admitted to striking his acquaintance.

Mark W. Powell, 46, described as a transient person who lives in the Centralia area, said the 63-year-old had made advances towards Powell’s wife, Breen said.

It happened sometime between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday night, the 63-year-old fell to the floor and the couple left, Breen said. Powell was arrested yesterday for second-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

He is tentatively scheduled to be brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 6th, 2017
2015.0518.2013.1113.sirenslights5860.secondone

•••

CREEPY THEFT

• Centralia police were called to Tower Avenue and Main Street about 3:10 p.m. yesterday where a purse was stolen from a vehicle while its owner was asleep inside the vehicle. No arrest had been made as of this morning.

STORAGE UNIT THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to the 2100 block of North National Avenue where someone had cut a chain and broke into a storage area to steal an $800 welder (blue Miller brand, MIG/TIG model) and also a Stihl backpack leaf blower.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 5 o’clock this morning to take a report of the theft of a beige 1993 Toyota Camry from the 300 block of South Street. The car has a license plate reading ATT 2012, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A blue 1990 Honda Civic wagon was reported stolen from the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia just before 8 a.m. yesterday. The four-door car has an Oregon license plate of 715 JER, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LAW ENFORCEMENT: WEDDING RING PAWNED BY HIRED HELP

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they arrested a woman who worked as a house cleaner who allegedly stole a client’s diamond wedding ring and pawned it. The 76-year-old victim from Onalaska contacted law enforcement on Oct. 24 and the nearly $6,000 ring was recovered the following day at the 500 block of North Market Street in Chehalis, according to the sheriff’s office. Melissa K. Green, 36, of Chehalis, allegedly got about $200 for the ring, according to the sheriff’s office. Green was located on Thursday and booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree theft and for second-degree trafficking in stolen property, Breen said.

MAIL PILFERING

• Centralia police were called about 5:25 p.m. on Saturday to the 200 block of Centralia College Boulevard where a woman reported someone had gotten into her mailbox and opened her mail, leaving some of the empty envelopes behind.

ARRESTED ANYHOW

• Centralia police yesterday arrested a 57-year-old man after discovering he had used his brother’s identity to avoid getting arrested for driving with a suspended license, according to the Centralia Police Department. Robert L. Dunivin Jr., of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for identity theft, according to police.

ANIMAL CRIME

• Centralia police on Saturday opened a case of possible animal abuse. They are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police on Friday began investigating suspected theft through fraudulent activity regarding a former employee and a business on the 800 block of North Tower Avenue.

NOT A FREE RIDE

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of Railroad Avenue at 10 a.m. yesterday after a passenger allegedly rode Amtrak from Kelso without a ticket and refused to leave the train depot after police told her to go. Latrisha B. Seals, 32, a transient person, was arrested for third-degree theft and for first-degree trespassing and then booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

• A 35-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with police about 1:20 a.m. today near Harrison Avenue and Interstate 5, according to the Centralia Police Department. Shyla M. Winterholler had an outstanding warrant and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 43-year-old woman was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act following a traffic stop last night at the 200 block of Second Street in Morton. A deputy pulled over Evette D. Drotar about 10:25 p.m. knowing her license was suspended and she had a warrant, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Items in a piece of foil found in her pocket tested positive for amphetamine, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. Drotar was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A 56-year-old Packwood man was arrested after a traffic stop in which a  baggie of suspected methamphetamine was found on the floorboard of his van, on U.S. Highway 12 near Davis Creek Road on Friday. Raymond D. Hill was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors today declined to file the charge.

• Chehalis police were called to the office at W.F. West High School about 8:30 a.m. on Friday where a pair of 16-year-old girls were allegedly in possession of alcohol and/or green vegetable material.

VANDALISM

• Gang-style graffiti was located in the women’s restroom at Centralia High School, according to a report made to Centralia police about 10 a.m. on Friday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, third-degree theft, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault, minor in possession of alcohol, driving under the influence, third-degree domestic malicious mischief, operating motor vehicle without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, hit and run, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation … and more among 406 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.