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Fire burning in Vader

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
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Courtesy photo by Dustin Lampien

Updated

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Authorities have asked at least two households to evacuate as firefighters battle a blaze including one home and a building that formerly housed a youth center in Vader.

Twenty-three-year-old Dustin Lampien said his house across the street is infiltrated with smoke.

“I’m actually getting all the kids clothes and getting out,” Lampien said in a brief phone conversation at about noon. “We’re getting evacuated, as are the neighbors, who have six kids.”

His wife has already taken their four children, ages five and younger, to his mother’s home, he said.

Lampien said it was around 9 a.m. or even 8:30 a.m. when he noticed the house across the street was on fire.

“I heard an explosion, like something blew up, and smoke started billowing out the front and left side of the house,” he said.

He said his understanding was the owner was away, but the owner’s son and two others are staying there. They’re all accounted for, Lampien said.

Lampien lives on A Street near Ninth Street in the tiny South Lewis County town.

He said 40 to 60 foot flames were still rising from the former youth center and fire crews were actively battling that fire.

“The roof just collapsed about five minutes ago,” Lampien said.

He described it as a very large building, with a metal roof, currently being used as storage of “a lot of antiques.”

Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20 Chief Richard Underdahl said the quonset hut type structure had no windows and crews tried to fight the fire from inside but finally backed out.

His department was joined by personnel from fire departments from Castle Rock, Toledo, Winlock and Napavine.

The Masonic Hall building on the south side of the house sustained exterior fire damage as well, he said.

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Courtesy photo by Dustin Lampien

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

POLICE: INTERNAL THEFT

• A former bookkeeper for a Centralia insurance agency was arrested for first-degree theft early Thursday following an investigation that began in mid-April. David R. Gibson, 43, of Oakville, is suspected of stealing around $13,000 from Putnam Insurance on the 600 block of West Main Street over a period of time, Centralia Police Department Officer Patty Finch said. Gibson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

HIT AND RUN

• Centralia police were called to the 800 block of North Tower Avenue about 2:50 a.m. yesterday where a man said he was was hit in the leg by a car as he attempted to cross at the intersection. The 29-year-old Centralia resident suffered an injury to his knee but declined aid, according to the Centralia Police Department. The vehicle that struck him and did not stop was described as was described as a small green or teal Cavalier with a male driver and female passenger, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 7:15 a.m. yesterday regarding someone throwing rocks through a vehicle window overnight at the 100 block of North Iron Street.

OOPS

• Centralia police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday when a small passenger car ran into a building on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue. Nobody was hurt and the damage to Rite-Aid was minimal, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR FIRE

• It was likely an electrical issue that sparked a fire in a car on Thursday evening as it was traveling over the northbound Kresky Avenue viaduct in Centralia, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Firefighters called about 6:50 p.m. were told by the two women they saw smoke coming from below the dashboard just before the car became disabled, according to Capt. Scott Weinert. They got out of the car and the area burst into flames, according to Weinert. The fire was extinguished without any difficulties, but the 1998 Ford Cordova was a total loss, according to the fire department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for misdemeanor theft, report of a sexual assault … and more.

Coroner: Ongoing physical abuse led to Vader toddler’s death

Friday, November 7th, 2014

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Charging documents in the homicide case of 3-year-old Jasper Henderling-Warner describe a variety of week’s old injuries and conflicting statements from the married couple who were caring for him about his final day or days on this earth.

The Vader pair were arrested today and are being held in the Lewis County Jail on $500,000 bail.

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Jasper Henderling-Warner

Brenda A. Wing, 27, and Danny A. Wing, 26, are each charged as either the principal or accomplice in the Oct. 5 death.

No details are offered of exactly what happened, but the results are described in court papers as numerous abrasions including on the back of his head, trauma to his face and multiple bruises to his arms and legs.

X-rays revealed healing fractures, and Jasper was missing his two lower front teeth, according to the court documents.

The cause is labeled by the coroner as chronic battered child syndrome, meaning ongoing physical abuse, according to authorities.

“Basically, it gets to the point where the body just says, ‘I’ve had enough’,” Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office began investigating when it received a Sunday evening 911 call from Brenda Wing that the boy was unconscious and he was rushed to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Brenda Wing said they’d just picked the boy up from his mother in Woodland the night before. Danny Wing told detectives it was two nights before.

Eighteen-year-old Zachary Kidder who resided with the couple at their home on the 400 block of Main Street in Vader said the child had been there for the entire week to week and half he’d been staying there.

The mother, un-named in court documents, told detectives she and the couple agreed they would be his guardians for a year, beginning on July 31, court documents state.

The mother explained she was homeless and could not care for her son and described trips to both Chico, Calif. and Oregon City to look for work. She lives in the Vancouver, Wash. area.

The sheriff’s office has said the parties were distantly related.

Prosecutor Meyer’s documents say they met in July and had several play dates with the boy and the Wing’s children.

Meyer charged the Wings today with homicide by abuse, causing the death by engaging in a pattern or practice of assault or torture; or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter, recklessly causing the death.

“They’re both plausible charges, based upon the facts that we’ve got,” Meyer said late this afternoon.

He said he believes both Wings had a role in the death. Meyer alleges further they used a position of trust on a particularly vulnerable victim.

The little boy was suffering from skin infections that were secondary to his cause of death, according to the court documents.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said the doctor who performed the autopsy is not finished with all the forensic studies and could add more contributing factors to the death certificate.

Detectives were told by Kidder that the boy would simply fall over, stiffen and writhe in pain for up to 30 minute several times each day, charging documents state. He also told the detectives at first the Wings picked the boy up two days earlier, but then admitted he was instructed by Danny Wing to say that.

Charging documents offer the following from Brenda and Danny Wing about his condition that weekend:

Brenda Wing said the child was sleeping when they picked him up and when they got home, she put him to bed on the couch in the living room, where her own infant slept in a bassinet.

The following morning she awoke to him moaning, repeating “hungry” while turning his head back and forth with his eyes closed. He had a small bit of toast and Gatorade and she went back to sleep until about noon, and then went to the store.

When she tried to wake him around 4 p.m, he was totally limp so she gave him a bath to revive him and noticed a lot of bruises all over him, she said.

“Brenda initially told detectives once she put the cold water on the child, he stopped breathing,” charging documents state. “She and her husband Danny called 911 and began CPR on the child.”

Danny Wing’s statement was they had brought the boy back to their home on Friday night Oct. 3, not Saturday as his wife had said. On Saturday, the child was coherent, walking around and seemed okay, he said.

That was the day he and his wife noticed the bruises, not right before they called 911, according to Danny Wing.

Brenda Wing told detectives the boy’s mother was a drug user and she believed he had been abused while in the mother’s care.

The mother told detectives after she returned from Oregon City, the Wings brought Jasper to her for a visit in mid-September.

“The mother indicated that she made several attempts to reach the Wing family via cell phone, but they would not take her calls,” Meyer wrote. “When they did, they would make excuses not to meet with her for visitations.”

She provided a note signed by her, Danny and Brenda Wing, making them the guardians from July 31, 2014 until July 31, 2015.

Detectives found a Facebook posting they believe the mother made in September, indicating the Wings had temporary custody of her son, and that she missed him.

Meyer said the evidence they have does not point to the mother being involved.

While the final report has not been issued from the autopsy, the injuries discovered were “weeks, not months” old, during the time the boy was in the care of the Wings, according to the doctor, charging documents state.

The couple is expected to go before a judge on Monday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background, read “Two arrested in death of toddler from Vader residence” from Friday November 7, 2014 at 1:07 p.m., here

Two arrested in death of toddler from Vader residence

Friday, November 7th, 2014
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Jasper Henderling-Warner / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Updated at 1:32 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Vader couple taking care of the 3-year-old boy who died under suspicious circumstances early last month have been arrested for homicide by abuse.

Brenda Wing, 27, and Danny Wing, 26, were taken into custody just before 11 a.m. today at the Child Protective Services office in Centralia.

Firefighters and deputies responded the evening of Oct. 5 to a 911 call  from the Wing’s home, in which Brenda Wing said the boy was unconscious and not breathing. Responders continued CPR and conducted other life-saving measures but the toddler was pronounced dead at Providence Centralia Hospital.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at the time said only that it was suspicious, but now reveals the child had severe and obvious bruises and injuries to his entire body.

“The Wing’s explanation for the injuries were inconsistent with the investigation and autopsy findings,” Chief Civil Deputy Brown  states in a news release. “The Wing’s stories have varied from each other as well.”

Jasper Henderling-Warner’s cause of death is labeled by the coroner as chronic battered child syndrome.

Brown indicated the boy’s mother had allowed the Wings to care for her child for several months. The mother resides in Vancouver, Wash.

Brown said the Wings are family of the mother, although it isn’t clear exactly how they are related.

A detective told the mother today by phone of the arrest, Brown said.

“She’s obviously very upset with it,” Brown said. “She’s angry and she’s sad.”

The child’s father was notified as well, according to Brown.

Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield states that Jasper died from severe abuse and neglect, calling his treatment appalling.

“To think this poor little boy went through months of pain and suffering is heart wrenching,” Mansfield said in a prepared statement. “This case is a solemn reminder of the sickening and tragic consequences surrounding a life of drugs, alcohol, and abuse.”

The Wing’s have been charged with homicide by abuse, and should be held accountable for their role in the boy’s death, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said in the news release.

“No child should be forced to endure the pain and agony that Jasper suffered,” Meyer stated.

Brown said she wasn’t prepared to go into detail about why the mother put her son into the care of relatives.

Brenda and Danny Wing have three children  of their own, between infancy and age 6, who are all currently in custody with CPS, according to Brown.

The sheriff’s office asks for anyone with any information on this incident to call Detective Engelbertson at (360) 748-9286 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422 to earn a reward or remain anonymous.

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For background, read “Law investigating death of toddler from Vader residence” from Monday October 6, 2014, here

 

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

K-9: YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE, FOR LONG

• A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested for attempting to elude police after he failed to elude them following an attempted traffic stop in downtown Centralia last night. Centralia police say it was around 9 p.m. and a simple violation, but the vehicle sped out Seminary Hill Road at more than 60 mph. Officers terminated the pursuit because of bad weather but located the suspect’s truck empty in his own yard and the suspected driver hiding under his house, according to the Centralia Police Department. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Axel tracked from the vehicle to behind the residence and found Daniel H. Morton, the sheriff’s office reports. Morton was booked into the Lewis County Jail and faces possible further charges of resisting arrest, driving under the influence and driving without a required interlock device, according to police.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Police were called to the 2600 block of Eureka Avenue in Centralia about 5:15 p.m. yesterday regarding a burglary. There was some minor ransacking and items moved around, but nothing seemed to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of North Buckner Street yesterday just after noon regarding the theft of a ring from a home.

AUTO THEFT

• A red 1992 Chevrolet Lumina was stolen from behind a tavern on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 6:30 p.m. yesterday.

PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURE ARREST

• A 21-year-old Napavine man was arrested at his home yesterday following a short investigation conducted by Chehalis police involving allegations of exchanging pornographic images or an image with a minor, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Tristan J. McNeill was booked into the Lewis County Jail, for possession and viewing unlawful images, according to police. The individual depicted is someone he knows, a teenager, detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, school bus scraping  car, report of a sexual assault that occurred several years ago … and more.

News brief: Chehalis man hit by car

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 73-year-old pedestrian was hit by a vehicle as he crossed Southwest Interstate Avenue in Chehalis early this morning.

Police and firefighters were called to the area across from Subway just south of the Interstate 5 interchange at 13th Street.

“I know we were called at 6 a.m. to Interstate Avenue where a gentleman was crossing the road and was hit by a car,” Chehalis Police Department detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said.

Officers are still investigating, he said.

Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Casey Beck said their patient was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with what appeared to be injuries to his head and neck as well as a broken leg.

“They were talking about shipping him to Harborview,” Beck said.

Wilson described the Chevrolet HHR as a sport utility-type vehicle, Beck said the car’s windshield was completely spider-webbed.

The 73-year-old resides in the area, according to Wilson.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

CENTRALIA HOME BURGLED

• Someone broke into a home on the 2100 block of Salzer Valley Road in Centralia yesterday between 12:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. taking a 32-inch Emerson television, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim noted some of her belongings were moved around in her bedroom as well, according to the sheriff’s office.

TOLEDO RESIDENCE BREAK-IN

• Deputies responding to a burglary alarm just after 1 p.m. yesterday at the 500 block of Jackson Highway South in Toledo found the front door wide open but nobody inside the home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There was a hole through the front door window and a pry mark on the door, but nothing missing, according to the sheriff’s office. The alarm is believed to have scared the person away, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

CHEHALIS SHED BURGLED

• Chehalis police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday about tools and equipment missing from a shed on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street.

MONEY MISSING

• Police were called to the Chehalis Post Office yesterday by a male who said his cousin had sent him 12 one-hundred dollar bills via certified mail but the envelope had been opened and taped shut again and the money was missing. Further details were not readily available.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police took a report of a second-degree theft yesterday afternoon from the 1600 block of  Northwest Louisiana Avenue. Further details were not readily available.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning by a female who said someone else picked up her prescription from the 500 block of South Market Boulevard. Further details were not readily available.

WRECK

• A trailer behind a semi-truck overturned on Interstate 5 in Chehalis early this morning blocking all lanes. No injuries were reported from the approximately 4:15 a.m. accident southbound near West Street but the roadway was not cleared until just after 7 a.m., according to authorities. Ricardo J. Vila, 34, from Vancouver, went off the roadway to the right, due to inattention, and overcorrected causing the wreck, according to the Washington State Patrol. His 2015 Freightliner tractor was undamaged, but the trailer totaled, according to the state patrol. He was to be issued a citation for negligent driving, the investigating trooper reports.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Updated at 12:45 p.m.

ALLEGED DRUG DEALING FOUND ABOVE RETAIL SHOP

• Centralia police’s special Anti-Crime Team arrested a man and scooped up drugs, scales and money when they served a search warrant at an apartment above Smokin J’s yesterday evening. Among the items seized were almost two ounces of heroin, one-half ounce of methamphetamine and more than $2,400 cash, according to the Centralia Police Department. The resident, Matthew J. Goff, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, Sgt. Jim Shannon said. Another individual present was not arrested, he said. The visit to the building on the corner of West Main and Oak streets followed a lengthy investigation, according to police. Goff, 29, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

MAJOR THEFT NEAR TOLEDO

• Unknown thieves hit a rock quarry outside Toledo over the weekend, removing various types of heavy duty, industrial grade copper wiring from the rock crusher and other equipment. The dollar loss is still being tallied up, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responding about 9:15 a.m. yesterday to the 500 block of Mandy Road learned from the 29-year-old victim the theft occurred sometime since Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. It was just the weekend before last when a rock pit in Centralia on Foron Road suffered an estimated $6,000 loss of wiring. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said they don’t know if the two incidents are related.

POSSIBLE FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called last night from an individual who said he lost his wallet and discovered soon after a card of his was used at a local grocery tore. Further details were not readily available.

WRECKS

• A 59-year-old log truck driver was injured when his air brakes failed as he was traveling downhill around a corner near Mineral Creek Road yesterday morning. The loaded truck came to rest on its driver’s side in the ditch on the logging road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding around 11 a.m. found the 2005 Kenworth had major damage. The driver, who is from Camas, was taken to Morton General Hospital with neck and shoulder pain, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The driver was cited for defective equipment, Brown said.

• A 61-year-old Onalaska man escaped injury when he rolled his pickup truck into a ditch along the 300 block of Middle Fork Road yesterday afternoon. The 2006 Ford F250 sustained major damage,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 3 p.m. was told by the driver he was eastbound when his back end started slipping while headed up the hill, causing him to lose control, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, malicious mischief, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, found cell phone, suspicious circumstances … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Updated at 5:59 p.m.

HOUSE FIRE CONTAINED TO KITCHEN

• Nobody was home and nobody was injured when a fire broke out yesterday afternoon in a house near the Newaukum Valley Golf Course off Jackson Highway south of Chehalis. Lewis County Fire Districts 5 and 6 responded to the approximately 3:10 p.m. call from a neighbor on Divot Drive and knocked the flames down fairly quickly, according to District 5 Chief Gregg Peterson. He estimated perhaps $100,000 loss between the structure and its contents, with the fire contained to the kitchen but smoke damage throughout. The fire is under investigation Peterson said.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a car from the 1100 block of Tennyson Drive in Centralia. Missing is  2001 Honda CRV, with a license plate reading 822 YFF, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A police dog track near Toledo late yesterday was unsuccessful as law enforcement officers searched for a driver who fled following a traffic stop of a vehicle that turned out to be stolen. The Washington State Patrol called the sheriff’s office for help in the area of Plomondon and Toledo-Vader roads about 5 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BREAKING AND ENTERING

• Someone damaged a door and broke into a vacant house for sale on the 100 block of Riffe Hill Road, causing a loss of a about $200, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning. It appeared someone broke in, but did not take anything, sometime since January, according to the sheriff’s office.

MONEY MISSING FROM ACCOUNT

• A 20-year-old Chehalis area resident reported over the weekend that he found $483 worth of fraudulent charges to his bank account, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim did not know how it happened, according to the sheriff’s office.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8 o’clock yesterday morning to the 100 block of Northeast Washington Avenue where someone had broke into a pickup truck parked on the street overnight. They got through the rear sliding window, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• An officer was called about 3 a.m. on Saturday shortly after someone broke the windshield of a car parked on Northeast Boistfort Street in Chehalis.

• Officers responded to the 200 block of Main Avenue in Morton about 1 p.m. on Friday after witnesses reported seeing a female stab the tire of a vehicle parked on the street. The suspect, described as blonde, was not found, according to the Morton Police Department. Total loss is estimated at $375.

COLLISIONS

• A 20-year-old Chehalis woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a broken leg after she lost control of her car on Friday afternoon on the 2200 block of Centralia-Alpha Road east of Chehalis and slid head-on into a large fir tree, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding about 1:10 p.m. found her Toyota Scion totaled and issued a citation for no seatbelt, no insurance and speeds too fast for conditions, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 19-year-old driver was hospitalized after he drove into a guard rail at the end of Fuller Road in Salkum at about 1:30 a.m. yesterday and struck his head on the steering wheel and windshield. The Salkum resident said he was traveling southbound through thick fog and before he realized where he was, ran straight into the guard rail in front of him at Spencer Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He sustained a minor head injury, but his 2000 Ford Escape ended up with major front end damage, according to the sheriff’s office. He was cited for speeds too fast for conditions and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A 17-year-old Chehalis girl reportedly escaped any injury when she was distracted by her cell phone on her vehicle’s console lighting up and collided with a utility pole about 8:20 p.m. yesterday on the 100 block of Deep Creek Road west of Chehalis. The pole was sheered off at its base, knocking overhead lines to the ground and her 1995 Hyundai Accent sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was cited for second-degree negligent driving, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, urinating in public, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, misdemeanor assault, collisions on city streets, shoplifting including a call to a Centralia Outlets store after a pair of males left with two children’s jackets without paying … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

PARTY PATROL

• One 16-year-old was taken to the hospital for what police called alcohol poisoning and several other juveniles face possible charges of minor in possession of alcohol after police responded about 1:15 a.m. yesterday morning to the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWLS

• Four vehicles were prowled in the night at the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Friday morning.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about noon yesterday regarding a vehicle windows shot out with a BB gun at the 100 block of South Gold Street.

DRUGS

• A 46-year-old Centralia man contacted by police for an outstanding warrant at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia on Friday evening will also get a possible charge of possession of methamphetamine. The alleged meth possession was referred to prosecutors for a charging decision and Terry R. Strong was booked into the Lewis County Jail for his warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISIONS

• A 44-year-old driver was hospitalized after she wrecked her vehicle yesterday morning on state Route 508 about 10 miles west of Morton. Troopers called at 9:43 a.m. report the 1993 GMC Jimmy left the highway to the right and traveled up an embankment before rolling and coming to rest on its top. Michelle Maxwell, from Morton, was seat-belted in and her vehicle was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. The incident was blamed on inattention and a citation was to be issued for wheels off the roadway, according to the state patrol.

• A 22-year-old Rochester resident was injured overnight when her car ran into a tree in the Capitol Forest, about nine miles northeast of Oakville. Troopers responded about 2 o’clock this morning to the area of the Cedar Creek/D300 Line where the 2003 Mazda Protege was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. Chelsea M. Rohr was westbound and making a 180 degree right-hand turn when her car struck the tree, according to the state patrol. Rohr was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, the state patrol reports. Alcohol or drugs were suspected to be involved, according to the investigating trooper.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, protection order violation, driving with suspended license; responses for misdemeanor assault, collisions on city streets … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, October 31st, 2014

ROUNDUP OF WANTED PERSONS NETS 10

• More than 30 local law enforcement personnel conducted a warrant sweep around Lewis County yesterday, arresting 10 individuals wanted in connection with domestic violence crimes. A news release from Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown indicated officers attempted to clear 199 warrants beginning at 7:30 a.m. and working until midnight, but discovered many of the subjects have moved away from the area. The team effort conducted during Domestic Violence Awareness Month was meant to send a strong message, according to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer. “(A)n important reminder to those who choose to commit these acts, that the victims, the police, and this office will not simply turn a blind eye to their violence.” Law enforcement will coordinate with outside agencies to locate subjects, where known addresses are, according to Brown. Centralia Police Department Chief Bob Berg noted how domestic violence touches so many in the community, with a national statistic that one in four women is a victim of domestic violence during their lifetime. Recently appointed Undersheriff and candidate for sheriff Rob Snaza stated: “No one deserves to be assaulted, threatened, injured, or in fear of another person. If you know someone who is being abused, please speak up.” Other agencies participating included the state Department of Corrections, and police departments in Chehalis, Morton, Toledo, Winlock and Napavine.

THEFT

•  Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of a mini bike stolen from outside a residence on the 400 block of South Silver Street.

MORE THEFT

• Someone broke the window out of a vehicle parked at the 200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia and took its stereo, according to a report made to police about 12:30 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were dispatched about 12:40 p.m. yesterday to he 600 block of West Main Street when a backpack was stolen from a vehicle and the suspect was seen fleeing toward Centralia College. Officers arrived in the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report about 5:25 p.m. yesterday of a backpack stolen from a vehicle in a parking lot on the 1000 block of Kresky Avenue in Centralia.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night for possession of heroin with intent to deliver in connection with a location at the 100 block of South Oak Street. Ronald R. Filer was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with police about 9:20 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. A recommendation for the same charge was referred to the prosecutor’s office involving Filer’s 27-year-old girlfriend, but she was not arrested, according to police.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, hit and run, harassment, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets … and more.

News brief: Onalaska teen injured in wreck with semi

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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U.S. Highway 12 at Ethel is closed for hours as troopers investigate two-vehicle crash. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol.

Updated at 1:04 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 16-year-old Onalaska boy was injured and airlifted to a Seattle hospital after a collision with an oncoming semi truck on U.S. Highway 12 west of Ethel yesterday.

Troopers called at 4:15 p.m. to the scene near milepost 70 described both vehicles as totaled.

The driver of the 2012 Volvo semi with a tent trailer was reportedly unhurt.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the teen was traveling westbound and moved into the opposite lane as he attempted a pass in a no-passing zone. He lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, spun around and was struck by the semi in the eastbound lane, according to the state patrol.

A dozen members of Lewis County Fire Districts 5 and 8 responded to the area near Joy Lane, at the top of what some people call Ethel Hill.

Ines D. Lopez, 37, from Granger, was wearing his seatbelt, as was the un-named 16-year-old, the investigating trooper reports.

“We transported him for potential internal injuries,” District 5 Firefighter Brad Bozarth said of the teen. “He was in and out of consciousness.”

The boy was taken by ambulance to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport and  flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The wreck remains under investigation.

The roadway was closed and a detour put into place until about 10 p.m.

 

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

HONDA CAR STOLEN

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of green 1995 Honda Accord stolen from the 2000 block of Borst Avenue. It has a license plate reading AFW9059, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just before 9 a.m. yesterday about food stolen from a locked outdoor cooler on Southwest 13th Street.

MONEY MISSING

• Centralia police were called about 6:20 a.m. today to the 100 block of South Silver Street where a resident reported more than $500 stolen from his wallet overnight. Police say a person of interest is a relative staying at the home.

GAS STOLEN

• Centralia police say they took a report about 3:15 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of $300 worth of gas from the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue when an individual drove off with the gas nozzle still attached.

DRUGS

• A 20-year-old Centralia man was arrested after police tried to contact him around 4 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia. Nathan A. Cheney had an outstanding warrant and he ran away from officers twice, but then was “taken down” by a Chehalis police dog when he inadvertently ran directly at the arriving dog, according to the Centralia Police Department. Cheney was booked into the Lewis County Jail for his warrant and also for possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

• A 29-year-old Centralia woman brought to the Lewis County Jail for unspecified reasons was arrested yesterday morning for Possession of Methamphetamine and Introducing Contraband in to a Correctional Facility, after jail staff allegedly located drugs paraphernalia hidden on her person, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, misdemeanor assault, hit and run, violation of anti-harassment order; responses for disputes, suicide threat, suspicious circumstances … and more.

Armed robber strikes at Vader area gas station

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Deputies are looking for a fairly small young man who wore a red bandana over his face when he robbed a gas station next to Interstate 5 at the Vader exit last night.

The armed individual got away with about $320, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement responding to the 8:30 p.m. call were told by the 26-year-old woman she was working when he walked into the store, displayed a pistol and demanded cash, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Cowlitz Shell station is on the 100 block of Mulford Road, Toledo.

He left on foot to the east, but it’s possible he got into a vehicle before deputies arrived, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The clerk, a Vader resident, was uninjured, Brown said.

Containment was set up around the area and a police dog deployed, but no suspect as located, according to Brown.

The robber was described as brown-haired and brown-eyed and about 20 years old. He was about 5 feet 6 inches tall weighing approximately 150 pounds, she said.

He wore all dark clothing.

Chief Brown asks anyone who may have information to please contact the sheriff’s office or Lewis County Crime Stoppers.

Prosecutor: Scary ER incident with man grabbing at baby not a candidate for felony charge

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 36-year-old Chehalis man who allegedly tried to take someone else’s baby at the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital last week won’t be charged with attempted kidnapping but may face a lesser charge for the incident.

William M. Eaton was out-of-his-mind high and didn’t demonstrate any intent to actually abduct the six-month old girl so although police detained him for attempted kidnapping, prosecutors declined to file that charge, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said.

Meagher said he sent the case to Centralia Municipal Court, where a prosecutor there might consider fourth-degree assault, an offense that includes unpermitted touching.

The little one was with her parents and still strapped in her car seat, when Eaton came into the ER about 8 p.m. last Wednesday and tried to take her out of the carseat, according to authorities. He got her blanket off, Meagher said. Hospital security personnel and a police officer who happened to be there for a different reason intervened.

Police said Eaton believed it was his child when he was questioned. Meagher suggested perhaps he was thinking, in his altered state, he ought to take her home or something.

He was not arrested and remained at the hospital being treated for unspecified reasons.

The alleged facts outlined in the police reports didn’t amount to a felony, but possibly a misdemeanor, according to Meagher.

Eaton is a Lewis County Drug Court participant, and has mental deficiencies, Meagher said. Drug use compounds that, he said.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

CHILD ASSAULTED

• Police were called about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of West Main Street in Centralia after an 11-year-old boy was assaulted by a male who punched him in the ribs. The suspect is described as having stars shaved into the back of his head and police are still attempting to find out who he is, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers have no motive, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 2000 block of Ahlers Avenue. Taken sometime between 6 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. on Monday was a tool bag and a racquetball bag with their contents, according to Officer Patty Finch.

• Chehalis police were called about 5:30 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl on the 200 block of Southwest Second Street where two chainsaws were taken from the bed of a pickup truck.

ILLEGAL KNIFE

• A 29-year-old Centralia man found himself in further trouble when he was arrested for a warrant yesterday and he was discovered to have a butterfly knife concealed, according to police. Jeff D. Prindle, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for his warrant and for possession of a dangerous weapon after contact with an officer about 5 p.m. at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CHAT INVESTIGATION

• Centralia police took a report yesterday about a man attempting to befriend young boys online, in connection with the 300 block of West Summa Street. The case remains under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• Police and aid called about 7:40 p.m. yesterday to a wreck at North Gold Street near Ham Hill Road in Centralia found the vehicle on its side in the water of a creek there. The driver declined aid but was cited for negligent driving, according to authorities. The incident was caused by driving too fast, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, disputes, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, request for assistance from inside a gas station store after picking up a hitchhiker in Onalaska who was “freaking out” in the caller’s car outside … and more.

SAFETY MESSAGE OF THE DAY

• The end of daylight saving time on Sunday prompts a reminder about the dangers on the roadways. Nearly half the state’s pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities last year happened between October and January, according to the state Department of Transportation. With increased foggy and rainy weather, and darkness coming earlier, visibility is a challenge, but there are ways to reduce the risk of collisions, DOT says.

Here are their suggestions:

Pedestrians and Bicyclists:

• Be seen – Wear bright or reflective outerwear, carry a flashlight, add lights to your bike or helmet and cross at lighted intersections when possible.

• Make eye contact – Know that the driver is aware of your presence so keep hats, hoods and umbrellas clear of your vision.

• Walk and bike where it’s safest – Use sidewalks and bike lanes when they are available, and if not, walk at the edge of the road facing traffic, and ride with the flow of traffic.

• Cross the roadway at intersections – Crossing in mid-block, or jaywalking, is a contributing circumstance in pedestrian collisions. This applies in parking lots and garages.

Drivers:

• Stop for pedestrians – It’s the law. Drivers must stop for pedestrians at intersections, whether it’s an unmarked or marked crosswalk. It’s also illegal to pass another vehicle stopped for a pedestrian at a crosswalk. Failure to yield to pedestrians is the leading motorist-contributing circumstance in pedestrian collisions.

• Put the phone down – Hand-held cell phone use and texting is prohibited for all Washington drivers and may result in a $124 fine for first offense.

• Watch for pedestrians near schools, community centers and recreation areas – Children aged 1 through 19 are most at risk to be involved in a pedestrian fatality. Senior adults (age 71 or more) make up the other high at-risk age group.

• Drive the posted speed limit – If a driver hits a cyclist or pedestrian at 20 mph or less, there is an estimated 95 percent survival rate compared with much lower rates if the cyclist or pedestrian is struck by vehicles traveling at higher speeds. The extra minutes saved by speeding could cost a life.