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Toledo teen charged in adult court for allegedly taking bat to father’s head

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Defense attorney Bob Schroeter converses with his 16-year-old client in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Toledo High School student arrested for allegedly assaulting his father early Thursday morning had come into the room where his parents were arguing about the father’s extramarital affairs when he hit his father in the head with a baseball bat, according to lawyers and charging documents in the case.

The 55-year-old father was described in critical condition when he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He has been upgraded to satisfactory condition.

Th 16-year-old was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree assault, domestic violence; a crime with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

He appeared before Judge Richard Brosey.

Lawyers said although he’s a juvenile, because he’s charged with a serious violent offense and is at least 16, he is automatically subject to adult jurisdiction.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told the judge the teenager observed his parents arguing, came up behind his father and struck him with the bat.

Temporary defense attorney Bob Schroeter argued for low bail, noting the boy is a good student and the father is recovering quickly.

“I think you’ll see the argument caused (him) to act out,” Schroeter told the judge. “Though I’m not going to get into the facts of the case.”

Schroeter said the father is about to be released from Harborview and transferred to a Longview hospital and has conversed with family members.

“He’s doing phenomenal,” Schroeter said.

The lawyer proposed the teen has two adult brothers – one in Chehalis and one in Kelso – willing to take him in, since there will be a no-contact order in place between the boy and his dad.

Judge Brosey disregarded Schroeter’s request and set bail at $75,000.

“The mere fact that he was struck in the back of his head, that’s the kind of injury that easily could have been fatal,” Brosey said.

Charging documents describe the police call to the home on Oak Street where Leslie Bagley was laying in the middle of the living room floor with a large pool of blood.

Police stated the mother Tena Bagley had been drinking and appeared intoxicated.

“Tena Bagley, Leslie’s wife, reported she and Leslie were talking about Leslie’s extramarital affairs when (their son) came into the room and hit his father in the head with a metal baseball bat,” charging documents state.

Afterwards, he apparently took a beer and left the residence, charging documents state.

The teenager was arrested later in the morning, when police returned to the home and found him hiding under a bed, according to charging documents.

He was taken to the  Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center but has been transferred to the Lewis County Jail.

Chehalis attorney Chris Baum is appointed to represent him.

The arraignment is set for Thursday morning.

News brief: Log truck tips over at I-5, state Route 508 interchange

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Workers check out log truck at exit 71. / Courtey photo by Lewis County Fire District 5

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A log truck driver was apparently uninjured when the loaded truck tipped over at a ramp to Interstate 5 south of Chehalis this afternoon.

Lewis County Fire District 5 called about 3:50 p.m. to the exit 71 interchange found the logs spilled but not blocking the roadway, according to Fire Lt. Laura Hanson.

The driver did not need to be transported to the hospital, Hanson said.

The Washington State Patrol was investigating why it occurred, she said.

The truck was up-righted and appeared to possibly be fixable, according to Hanson.

Dog rescued from 150 foot fall at Mount St. Helens

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

A two-rope raising system is utilized to rescue a dog 150 feet below. / Courtesy photo Skamania County Sheriff's Office

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Bernese Mountain dog who slipped down a 150-foot cliff in the Mount St. Helens area was rescued yesterday with a rope-raising system.

The Forest Service and a Skamania County sheriff’s deputy were called yesterday morning by a 26-year-old Colorado woman on a cross country hike, according to the sheriff’s office.

She was on a trail when her two dogs went over a bank and she was able to get one up on her own, but not the 90-pound Bernese, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

It happened along a trail on the south side of the mountain, off Forest Service Road 90, the sheriff’s office said.

After responders from North Country EMS out of Yacolt were called, five individuals plus the owner descended down the mountain and hooked the dog up with ropes, according to the news release. The dog was able to walk herself up.

The pet, named Maggie, did not incur any serious injuries and was back on the road with her owner, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Updated at 1:40 p.m.


• A 22-year-old man was taken into custody after he allegedly nearly ran down a Chehalis police officer yesterday who was walking downtown. Chehalis police said the car was driving the wrong way when Sgt. Gwen Carrell told him to stop. “According to her, he swerved at her and she had to jump out of the way,” Sgt. Rick McNamara said. It happened about 12:15 p.m. When Carrell and Chief Glenn Schaffer subsequently contacted the driver at the Jackpot on Main Street, he was agitated and raging and wouldn’t comply with their commands, so a Taser was deployed, McNamara said. The man, from Olympia, was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital for an unspecified reason and has not yet been arrested or booked, according to McNamara. “I don’t really know what was wrong with him,” McNamara said.


• Chehalis police were called just after 6 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 100 block of Southwest 11th Street when a woman discovered someone had taken her pet rabbit out its cage, killed it and left it in the yard. A hole was ripped in the cage,  according to the Chehalis Police Department. The woman said it’s the second time this has happened, according to police. “She said she has no idea of who could have done it or why,” Officer Linda Bailey said.  How the animal was killed isn’t clear, there was no blood, Bailey said.


• The sheriff’s office is investigating a break-in at a business storage area in which a spool with 2000 feet of three-strand insulated solid core copper wire was stolen. It happened at Avery Road East and Keasling Road south of Chehalis sometime between July 1 and Wednesday but was reported yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $15,000, according to Cmdr. Steve Aust.


• Someone stole a 9 mm pistol from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 1200 block of Long Road in Centralia sometime between midnight and 10 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sherif’s Office. A deputy was told the SCCY Industries semi-automatic had been tucked between the seats of the vehicle parked at a residence.


• Centralia police suspect a 48-year-old Centralia man stole beer from a store and fled on his bicycle yesterday afternoon. An officer called about 2:30 p.m. to the 600 block of North Tower Avenue did not find the suspect, but will issue a summons for third-degree theft for him, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Police took a report about 10 a.m. yesterday of a pink-haired female and 6-foot tall male shoplifting clothing from a store on the 1400 block of Lum Road in Centralia.


• Centralia police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Caveness Drive where tires and wheels from a vehicle had been stolen sometime during the previous week.


• Police were called around 12:45 p.m. yesterday to a report of graffiti painted on a building a the 400 block of South Iron Street in Centralia.


• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning alleging child abuse related regarding a father allowing his children to get tattoos. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Stacy Denham said police were called by the parent of the Centralia boy’s friend about a dragon tattoo on his chest and a little heart on his ankle. The boy is believed to be between the ages of 12 and 14, Denham said. Whether a crime occurred or even if it occurred in their jurisdiction is something officers are communicating with prosecutors about, Denham said.

News brief: Sleepy log truck driver wrecks on state Route 6

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Updated at 3:04 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia log truck driver was airlifted to a Seattle hospital after he fell asleep and rolled over his truck early his morning about eight miles east of Raymond.

Troopers called about 4 a.m. reported Brandon K. Jones, 26, was westbound on state Route 6 with an unloaded log truck when it crossed the centerline, continued through the ditch and came to rest on its driver’s side, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Jones was flown to Harborview Medical Center with leg and hip injuries, according to the state patrol.

His 2003 Kenworth was described as totaled.

A spokesperson from Harborview this afternoon said Jones is in surgery and when he gets out, will go into an intensive care unit.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Updated at 6:51 p.m.


• Chehalis police were called yesterday to Safeway when an employee got suspicious about a transaction a woman in her early 70s was attempting to conduct. The woman was apparently selling a time-share in Hawaii and she was wiring a buyer money and the buyer said he was going to mail her a check, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An arriving officer phoned the buyer who immediately hung up on him, Sgt. Gwen Carrell said. When the buyer then phoned the woman and the police officer answered, the man hung up again, Carrell said.


• Centralia police yesterday afternoon recovered a Honda stolen last week. It was found abandoned in a parking lot with its ignition “punched,” according to the Centralia Police Department

• A 2009 Audi reported missing about 12:40 a.m. Sunday from Panisco Road near Cinebar was found just after 1 a.m. in the parking lot at Wal-Mart in Chehalis, according to police. The 49-year-old roommate of its owner was sleeping in the car and arrested and booked into jail. He is to be released from jail pending further investigation.


• A 45-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for attempting to elude after a brief pursuit by police abut 11:40 p.m. on Friday that began near Fair Street in Chehalis. The pursuit was terminated but the officer soon came upon a trooper with Scott R. Mullins who had wrecked near Kresky Avenue and Summa Street, according to Sgt. Gwen Carrell. Mullins was released from jail yesterday afternoon.


• Police took a report around noon yesterday about plywood stolen from a residence under renovation at the 400 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia.


• Three fire departments were dispatched just before 11 o’clock last night to a mobile home fire near Toledo. Lewis County Fire District 2 Capt. Tracy Summers said when they arrived to the 200 block of Kangas Road, flames were rolling out a window on one end. He described the trailer as a complete loss. Nobody was living in it, but the woman on the property used it as her sewing house, he said. No injuries were reported. Summers said it appeared to have originated near the circuit box.


• An elderly Morton man was tricked into sending thousands of dollars to an individual pretending to be from a law enforcement agency in Canada, who claimed the Morton man’s grown daughter had been arrested and needed $2,000 bail money. The man contacted the Morton Police Department last week after he realized what happened, Chief Dan Mortensen said. The victim got the first phone call about two days earlier telling him his grown daughter was in jail for driving under the influence and possessing marijuana, according to Mortensen. “They actually put him on the telephone with a person who identified herself as his daughter,” Mortensen said. “She sounded like his daughter, and called him a name she calls him.” Then the Morton man, whose name was not released, was called a second time and told something went wrong, so he needed to send another $2,000, the chief said. He was told to send it to Puerto Rico, because “the bail bondsman were all at a conference there.” A third phone call asked for $2,000 more for airfare so she could get home, he said. “I think at the time, the light came on,” Mortensen said. The man’s real daughter was on vacation, according to Mortensen. The chief said it’s a scam that’s been been going on for quite some time. The money is gone, the chief said. He had no expectation the Morton Police Department or any law enforcement agency could help the victim get it back, since the money was sent out of the country, he said.

Injured hiker hoisted by helicopter from ravine near Packwood

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A hiker who fell approximately 100 feet into a ravine north of Packwood was hoisted out by a Coast Guard helicopter over the weekend, according to authorities.

A deputy dispatched about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday to a trail near Tatoosh Lake concluded the best way to get to the 24-year-old Astoria Ore. man was by air, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

A helicopter crew arriving around 9 p.m. from Astoria, Ore. lowered a Packwood area search and rescue team member as well as a pair of Coast Guard members to tend to the injured hiker, according to the sheriff’s office and the Coast Guard.

The helicopter couldn’t stay because of fuel limitations and another helicopter returned about 11:30 p.m., the Coast Guard reported in a news release.

The man’s uninjured hiking partner – a 21-year-old Long Beach woman – was hoisted to safety, responders said.

The injured man was hoisted by basket, according to the Coast Guard. He was flown to awaiting EMS personnel in Olympia with a broken arm, broken shoulder and possible spinal injuries, according to the news release.

His name was not released.

Just a week earlier, the Coast Guard from Astoria was called upon to help rescue a Cinebar woman from the banks of the Tilton River west of Morton who was stranded overnight with a dislocated shoulder from a river rafting accident.


CORRECTION : This has been updated to remove incorrect timing reported by the Coast Guard.

Hospital: Toledo father improving after allegedly struck in head by son with aluminum bat

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A police report sheds little new light on an incident in which a 16-year-old Toledo boy allegedly assaulted his father with a baseball bat early Thursday morning sending the 55-year-old man by helicopter to Harbor Medical Center in Seattle.

Toledo Police Chief John Brockmueller said the father – Leslie M. Bagley – was described in critical condition after police and aid were called about 1:15 a.m. to their home on the 300 block of Oak Street in Toledo.

The mother, Tena Bagley who called 911, said she and her husband were talking when the teen walked up and hit his father in the head with an aluminum bat, according to the police declaration of probable cause filed in court.

Brockmueller noted the mother had been drinking and appeared intoxicated. The father appeared “passed” out and was laying on the floor while medics worked on him, with a large pool of blood beneath his head, according to the report. The teenager had left, according to Brockmueller.

Leslie Bagley was picked up by helicopter from the Toledo Airport, according to medics, who described his injuries as  major trauma to his head.

The police chief returned to the home about 7:20 a.m. where the 16-year-old was found hiding under a bed, the police declaration stated. He was taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center to be booked for first-degree assault.

On Friday afternoon, Leslie Bagley’s condition was listed as serious; better than critical but worse than satisfactory.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said the 16-year-old made an initial appearance in court Thursday afternoon and is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday.

Prosecutors have until then to make a charging decision, Meyer said.

For background, read: “News brief: Toledo teen arrested for allegedly taking bat to father’s head” from Thursday July 19 2012, here

Centralia lawyer McConnell retires

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

"I have the most fantastic life in this room." – Centralia attorney Don McConnell at his surprise retirement party on Friday night at the Washington Hotel in Chehalis.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012


• A green plaster frog – approximately one foot tall – was stolen from a yard on the 2500 block of Fords Prairie Avenue in Centralia sometime between Friday and Saturday at mid-day,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 1:45 a.m. today for a burglary at a building on the 600 block of H Street. A window was broken to get inside, but it’s not known yet what, if anything, was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Craftsman tools were reported stolen from a shed on the 100 block of West Chestnut Street in Centralia on Friday afternoon.

• Centralia police were called to the 1800 block of Beach Street about 2 p.m. on Friday regarding a report of the theft of unspecified medication from a home.

• Police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to the 300 block of West Chestnut Street in Centralia where a vehicle was broken into. Nothing appeared to be taken,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called on Friday morning to the 700 block of B Street where they were told a woman’s Kindle was missing from her car after the vehicle had been repossessed and then returned.

News brief: Gunfire in garage draws police to Chehalis home

Friday, July 20th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chehalis police and sheriff’s deputies responded about 11:30 this morning to an incident on Southwest First Street near Southwest Saunders Way in which a man’s family called when they saw him take a gun into the garage and then heard shots fired.

When officers arrived he was sitting on the floor and was unhurt, according to police.

Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut said the man was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Officers found the gun hidden away in the garage, according to police.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, July 20th, 2012


• Centralia police were called at 11:50 p.m. last night to a reported stabbing on the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue. The 17-year-old victim declined to go to the hospital and refused to give a statement, according to the Centralia Police Department. “It was basically a fight,” Sgt. Carl Buster said. “One guy pulled a knife, started swinging it and hit the other guys hand.” The other individual was gone and nobody would tell police who it was, he said.


• A 24-year-old man was arrested overnight for three counts of second-degree assault after a fight broke out at a home on the 100 block of Wood Avenue in Morton. Police called about 3:15 a.m. were told Joshua D. Woodward had come home after spending the evening at a local drinking establishment and his girlfriend told him to leave, according to the Morton Police Department. Woodward allegedly threatened her, her teenage son and the son’s girlfriend with a baseball bat, police Chief Dan Mortensen said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.


• Centralia police took a report of a misdemeanor assault between two patients yesterday morning at a nursing home on the 1300 block of Alexander Street. The case will be referred to prosecutors for possible charges, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Police were summoned to the Centralia-Chehalis Airport about a woman laying on the runway, which prevented at least one plane from landing on Wednesday evening. The woman wouldn’t talk, but when asked what she was doing there, she motioned with her hands against her cheek to indicate she had been sleeping, according to Chehalis police.  She was arrested for trespassing and booked into the jail as Jane Doe, but a name was found inside an article of her clothing, Officer Linda Bailey said. Christy Fowler, 53, of Bellingham, was also arrested for obstruction, Bailey said.


• Centralia police arrested  a 33-year-old Oakville man early yesterday morning during a traffic stop when they found a stolen computer. Joshua S. Jacobs was stopped near West Summa and South Silver streets and then booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree possession of stolen property, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Centralia police were called to a motel on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue Wednesday where a customer had paid with what turned out to be a counterfeit $20 bill. She told officers she’d received the currency from a fruit stand in Rochester as change, but when they they went there, the vendor said it was the woman who passed bad bills to her, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was subsequently arrested by the Thurston County Sheriff’s office, according to police.


• Centralia police remind the public not to leave valuables in their cars after a rash of vehicle prowls in the area around Borst Avenue. Officers on Wednesday took five reports of such incidents throughout the day, mostly from unlocked cars, according to police Sgt. Carl Buster. In one case a woman reported her purse was taken but someone had already found it in a garbage can and turned it into police, Buster said.

• A pair of sunglasses were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in front of a garage at the 1000 block of McKinley Lane in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:15 p.m. yesterday.

• Police were called about 9 o’clock last night after someone rummaged through an unlocked vehicle and stole two bicycles from a residence on the 3200 block of McKinley Lane in Centralia.

• A CD player and other items were missing from a vehicle parked at the 100 block of Railroad Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called about 1:30 a.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Grandview Avenue about a car prowl. A window was broken and a driver’s license and an ATM card were missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday a flat bottomed fiberglass boat was stolen from where it was moored at Mayfield Lake Park on the 100 block of Beach Road west of Mossyrock on Saturday. It was camo and black in color, according to the sheriff’s office.


• Firefighters were called to Diamond Street in Centralia where a 2-year-old boy had gotten his head stuck in a vehicle’s window after he hit power window button. By the time responders arrived, the window was down, Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Erik Olson said. “He was uninjured, but pretty rattled, I’m sure,” Olson said. It happened around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Olson.


• Plus the usual assorted responses to barking dogs, other misdemeanor thefts, vandalism, misdemeanor domestic violence assaults, driving under the influence and warrant arrests.

Jehovah’s Witnesses visit: A dress rehearsal for home invasion burglary

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Braydon Carper, left, sits with his younger brothers Trenton and Skyler.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

ADNA – It’s summertime. Braydon Carper is 13 years old and sometimes he babysits his 7-year-old brother Trenton.

Last week, while the two boys were at home alone, someone came knocking at the door of their Adna home and like he’s been told, Braydon didn’t answer it. He told Trenton to go his room and be quiet.

When their father got home from work, he saw religious literature on the porch and asked if someone came by.

The unexpected visit from Jehovah’s Witnesses was a good opportunity, according to their mother Krysta Carper, to talk to the boys in more detail about what to do if anyone they don’t know comes to the door when they’re home alone.

“I instructed them, no matter who came to the door, even if it’s a police officer, not to answer it,” Krysta Carper said.

The conversation that night paid off.

The following day, last Thursday, the Carpers for the very first time left their 5-year-old Skyler with the older boys while they went to work.

The children said they sitting on the couch watching television when a vehicle pulled up into their driveway and parked.

Trenton looked out the window and saw the foot of someone getting out of a red van.

Braydon took his little brothers into their bedroom, he said.

“We heard knocking,” Braydon said. “About a minute later, we heard slamming. Like hard slamming, so we locked the door.”

Braydon called his mother. Skyler hid in his closet. And Trenton climbed under his bed.

Their little dachshund Rider growled and barked so hard he retched, according to the boys.

Krysta Carper called 911 and called her son back to get him on the phone with a 911 operator.

The mother of three practically flew home to their Penning Road two-story. When she arrived, deputies were inside and the front door was broken. The intruder was gone.

And sure enough, she noticed some of her jewelry that had been on the counter in the bathroom was missing.

A deputy on his way to answer the call stopped a red van about a quarter mile away and detained a woman.

According to charging documents, on the floor of the van was a long crowbar type tool, next to it a pair of gloves lay.

The woman said she uses it to remove her hubcaps.

A small plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine was found; a meth pipe was inside her purse, according to charging documents.

The plastic diaper wipes container with a purple lid that Krysta Carper keeps her costume jewelry in was also found in the van, charging documents allege.


Darlene J. Lockard

Darlene J. Lockard, 50, of Olympia, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

She was charged with residential burglary, possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor theft. A judge last Friday set her bail at $100,000.

This morning, Lockard pleaded not guilty in Lewis County Superior Court.

Her attorney asked Judge Richard Brosey to reduce her bail. She’s not a flight risk, Centralia defense attorney David Arcuri said, she has a pending case in Thurston County.

As Brosey began to recite the 16 counts pending against her – burglary, theft, possession of stolen property and so on – Lockard hung her head. He denied the request noting there were children inside the house she allegedly burglarized.

Two grown daughters of Lockard’s were in the courtroom, not in support of their mother, but hoping to make sure she didn’t bail out of jail.

“She’s been down this path for way too long,” Misty Ward said. “I think this is the right place for her now.”

The daughters said their mother is separated from her husband and has been staying with a friend in Lewis County.

“She was clean for almost two years, then she started spiraling,” Ward said.

Krysta and Chris Carper came to the courthouse as well, to see the woman they believe barged into their home, while their three young boys cowered in a bedroom.

Krysta Carper thinks it probably wasn’t their barking dog that scared off the intruder, but was instead their home telephone answering machine.

During the various attempts to get her 13-year-old on the phone with 911, a dispatcher left a message saying, “This is 911, your mom called us; you need to pick up the phone.”

“I think she might have heard that message,” Krysta Carper said. “And realized, the one bedroom door that closed, there was someone in there.”

The Carper’s advice for all parents:

“I just urge parents to have a conversation with their kids, about what you would do if somebody kicked in the door,” Krysta Carper said. “I don’t know what they would have done if we hadn’t told them what to do.”

Trial for Koralynn Fister case set for next January

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The trial for James M. Reeder won’t take place until early next year.

The attorney for the 25-year-old Centralia man requested it be set out further into the future while he waits for autopsy reports on 2-year-old Koralynn Fister.


Koralynn Fister

Reeder was in Lewis County Superior Court briefly this morning where he waived his rights to a speedy trial.

Reeder is accused in the May 24 death of his live-in girlfriend’s youngest daughter.

Prosecutors allege Reeder tortured and raped the little girl. She was pronounced dead at the hospital after Reeder claimed he found her face down in the bathtub.

According to the coroner, Koralynn died from drowning and head trauma.

The trial is scheduled for the week of January 28.

Reeder is charged with homicide by abuse, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree child rape and possession of methamphetamine.

He has pleaded not guilty and remains held in the Lewis County Jail on $5 million bail.

News brief: Toledo teen arrested for allegedly taking bat to father’s head

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 16-year-old Toledo boy was arrested this morning for allegedly assaulting his father with a baseball bat.

Police and aid were called about 1:15 a.m. to the home on the 300 block of Oak Street in Toledo.

The 55-year-old father suffered major trauma to his head, according to responders.

“He was flown to Harborview, I think at this point is in critical condition,” Toledo Police Chief John Brockmueller said this morning.

Brockmueller said the son left, but returned home later this morning and was picked up to be transported to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center.

He was to be booked for first-degree assault, Brockmueller said.

The police chief said he didn’t yet have all the details.

Passing nurses help revive driver whose heart stopped on Interstate 5

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A motorist whose car bounced back and forth between a semi truck and the inside barrier of Interstate 5 before wrecking near Winlock was found in cardiac arrest by a pair of emergency room nurses from the Portland area who stopped to help him this afternoon.

The passersby, EMTs from Lewis County Fire District 5 as well as medics from Lewis County Medic One conducted CPR following the approximately 3:30 p.m. crash, according to paramedic Clayton Skinner.

“District 5 and medics worked on the guy, shocked him, gave him drugs and got him back,” Skinner said.

The man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and then on to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Skinner said.

Troopers called to southbound Interstate 5 at milepost 64 reported the 2012 Subaru Legacy was southbound in the inside lane when it drifted into the left front tire area of a white Freightliner.

The car drifted left and then back to the right where it hit the rear tire area before striking the jersey barrier and then crossing all the way to the ditch on the shoulder side of the road, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The driver, Jeffrey L. Calcagno, 55, is from Battleground, according to the state patrol.

The state patrol described the Subaru as totaled but Skinner said it didn’t look that bad. A collision memo from the state patrol stated Calcagno’s injuries were unknown and the cause of the wreck is under investigation.

The semi truck continued south without stopping, according to the investigating trooper.

Skinner said the nurses told him they found the driver unconscious and unresponsive so they started CPR.

He couldn’t say if that caused the crash or was because of it, he said.

“We did get his heart rhythm back, and everything was looking good,” he said.


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Prosecutor: Suspect in Maurin murder case may be extradited soon

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Ricky Allen Riffe could possibly back in Lewis County as early as next week to face charges in the 1985 kidnapping and slaying of an elderly Ethel couple.

Riffe, 53, remains in custody in Alaska, following his surprise arrest the Sunday before last at his home in King Salmon, Alaska. He and his brother moved to Alaska in 1987.


Ed and Minnie Maurin

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said a hearing is scheduled tomorrow for the extradition proceedings.

Meyer doesn’t know for sure how long it will take to get the suspect back to Washington to face a judge.

“Worse case, another 20 days,” Meyer said today. “Best case, next week.”

Meyer sought and secured a governor’s warrant, signed by governors of both Washington and Alaska, he said. It has been delivered to prosecutors office, he said.

Ed and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Maurin disappeared from their home along U.S. Highway 12 on Dec. 19, 1985.

Riffe and his brother John Gregory Riffe were long time suspects, but only just charged earlier this month as additional evidence and witnesses finally coming forward shored up the case, according to Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield.

John Riffe was 50 when he died last month of ill health, according to the sheriff.

Authorities believe the brothers got into the couple’s home, and then forced them to drive to a bank in Chehalis to withdraw $8,500 before shooting them in the backs with a shotgun. Their bodies were found on Christmas Eve 1985 dumped off a logging road outside Adna.

One of Minnie Maurin’s four grown children, former Lewis County Commissioner Dennis Hadaller, offered rewards and hired private detectives to work the case.

Riffe is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery, as well as one count of burglary.

Numerous aggravating circumstances are alleged including particularly vulnerable victims and deliberate cruelty. Ed Maurin was 81 years old, his wife 83.


For back ground, read:

• “Breaking news: Sheriff: Cold case solved in 1985 shooting death of elderly Ethel couple” from Monday July 9, 2012 at 9:13 a.m., here

• “Sheriff: It’s safe for further witnesses to come forward following arrest in deaths of Ethel couple” from Monday July 9, 2012 at 5:14 p.m., here

News brief: Lawsuit against Lewis County Jail ends with $10,000 payment

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The county has settled a lawsuit with a magazine publisher who claimed the Lewis County Jail violated his rights under the First Amendment by refusing to accept its free publication for inmates.

Crime, Justice and America claimed the jail’s blanket ban on unsolicited publications was exaggerated.

Jail Chief Kevin Hanson said after the suit was filed in federal court at the end of March, he would accept the magazine, but only in limited quantities and if addressed to specific named inmates.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor David Fine notified the county board of commissioner’s today that Lewis and a dozen other Washington counties signed the settlement on Friday.

Lewis County will pay the California publisher $10,000, Fine said.

It just means the case is over, Fine said, and the county’s insurer has sent them $10,000.

“They’ve never sent us a magazine, but if they wish to, and it’s addressed to an inmate, it’ll be handed over to the inmate,” Fine said.

There won’t be any policy changes because the jail is in compliance with the law, according to Fine.

Crime, Justice and America’s publisher Ray Hrdlicka, was claiming monetary damages from lost advertising and wanted a judge’s order for the jail to stop violating its rights.

For background, read “Jail sued over magazine offer for inmates” from Thursday March 29, 2012, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Updated at 12:56 p.m.


• Centralia police arrested three people yesterday afternoon at a residence on the 1000 block of Yakima Street following a month-long drug investigation. Police Sgt. Carl Buster said when detectives searched the home they found an unspecified amount of drugs. Arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for delivery of drugs were Fred Isaacson and Arthur Haller-Heilman, Buster said. The woman whose house it was, Kathy G. Challender, was arrested for maintaining a building for controlled substance purposes, according to Buster. The case involved methamphetamine, heroin and undercover purchases, according to police.


• A small plane that lost power to its engine landed in a hayfield just south of Toledo airport yesterday afternoon, with no injury to the pilot and no damage to his Cessna 152, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the 29-year-old pilot from Hillsboro, Ore., glided to the ground, landing in the area of the 5400 block of Jackson Highway shortly before 2:45 p.m.


• A teenager who apparently escaped detection by a police dog looking for her overnight was spotted by an officer and arrested about 6 o’clock this morning in Chehalis. Ashley L. Earhardt, 18, was found in the area of Cascade Avenue and Southwest 11th Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She said she had been hiding in a bush when the dog and officer walked by her earlier, Officer Linda Bailey said. It began about 2:45 a.m. when a Chehalis officer observed a Ford Explorer covered in graffiti parked at Safeway on South Market Boulevard and learned the vehicle was stolen out of Port Angeles, according to Bailey. The occupants were ordered out at gunpoint, but Earhardt fled, according to Bailey. The other occupant, Nathan Terry, 23, was arrested and booked for possession of a stolen vehicle, according to police. Earhardt was booked for the same offense this morning,  Bailey said. Both are from Port Angeles.


• An 18-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested last night after allegedly beating another 18-year-old with a ratchet. Chehalis police called just before 8 p.m. were told the male victim was struck in the side of the face and on the forearm while at Ryan A. Emery’s home on the 500 block of Southwest William Avenue, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim went to the hospital, Officer Linda Bailey said. The incident was sparked by name calling, according to Bailey. Emery was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.


• A 36-year-old woman arrested for driving under the influence late yesterday afternoon in Fort Borst Park in Centralia found herself in more trouble after she reportedly slipped out of handcuffs while waiting to be booked at the jail and stepped into an elevator there. A staff member quickly locked the elevator and Janelle L. Butterfield was additionally booked for third-degree escape, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The handcuffs had been chained to a bench. The Port Hadlock woman said she was “only kidding around,” authorities said. She had allegedly backed over two wood posts at the park.


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday to Onalaska where a man reported a stranger walked onto his property, waving his arms and threatened to kill him. When the suspect picked up a two-foot long stick, the 51-year-old man went inside his house, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies discovered George A. Dillon, 44, of Des Moines, has walked to Brenda’s Market where he left his stick before returning to the property on the 1700 block of state Route 508. He was found in a camper there, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown, mumbling incoherently about hippos and peanut butter sandwiches. Brown said it is unknown why Dillon was in Onalaska, where he was staying or who he was with. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment. Dillon, however, is to be released without charges pending further investigation.


• Centralia police took a report about 4:25 p.m. yesterday from the 1000 block of B Street about stolen jewelry.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a black Jeep Liberty was stolen from the 700 block of Winlock-Vader Road sometime between Friday and Monday. It had been left unlocked, according to the sheriff’s office. It has a license plate reading 464 WBD.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said they got a call last night that someone broke into a home on the 100 block of Galaxy Road in Chehalis on Monday sometime after 8:30 a.m. and left with a Playstation and $35 cash. A deputy subsequently concluded it was the victim’s ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Tyler Geist, according to the sheriff’s office. Geist was already in jail, having been arrested yesterday afternoon after allegedly fleeing Wal-Mart with a pair of Dr. Scholes shoe inserts he shoplifted. He was re-booked with an additional offense of second-degree burglary, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.


• Police were called about 2:45 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Spring Lane in Centralia about testing equipment stolen from a cable van.

• Centralia police were called about 10:20 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of North Gold Street when an individual observed somebody inside their truck parked in the front yard of a residence. Arriving officers found a 47-year-old Seattle man sitting in the driver’s seat and arrested him for vehicle prowl as well as trespass, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police think he was trying to steal a pair of boots. David W. M. Humbalt was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.


• Centralia police took a report of graffiti on a business on the 800 block of North Tower Avenue yesterday morning.

• Chehalis police took a report about 8 o’clock yesterday morning of a blue Swastika painted on the backdoor of Napa Auto parts on South Market Boulevard.


• Chehalis police were called about 7 o’clock this morning after a business owner found small pools of blood and droplets on the patio sidewalk outside his business. An officer went to the location on the 100 block of Northeast School Street and could not determine what occurred, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A check indicated there had been no 911 calls in the area, Officer Linda Bailey said.


• A 24-year-old Chehalis man was hospitalized after his motorcycle took out several mailboxes at a sharp curve on the 300 block of Coal Creek Road in Chehalis and then both bike and rider came to rest in a ditch on the opposite side of the road yesterday afternoon. A deputy who arrived to the area about 1 p.m. were told the Honda 1100′s foot peg had touched the ground, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The man had a possible back injury, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.