Updated at 1:09 p.m.
LOOKING FOR A BEDTIME SNACK?
• A deputy was called about 10:30 p.m. yesterday to a home in Onalaska after a 28-year-old man walked into a stranger’s residence, strolled past the couple who live there and went into their kitchen. The husband escorted the man back outside where he waited for the deputy, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened at the 3000 block of Centralia-Alpha Road, according to the sheriff’s office. The intruder, who appeared to be under the influence of something, gave various names and was finally identified as Matthew E. Eastman, a homeless person who lives in the Chehalis area, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The couple did not want to press any charges, but Eastman was arrested and booked for making a false statement to a public servant, Brown said.
DRILL ASSAULT SUSPECT FOUND, ARRESTED
• An Ashford man wanted for allegedly assaulted his roommate with a cordless drill was arrested yesterday when he returned to his home. Deputies were looking for him after they were called Monday night and told he beat his 27-year-old female roommate with a steel bar, threw firewood at her head and held a power drill to her throat as she shielded her 4-year-old daughter. Robert C. Sliger, 55, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office.
• Chehalis police were called just after 1 a.m. today to Greenhill School regarding a felony assault. Further details were not readily available.
BUSINESS BURGLARIZED IN CHEHALIS
• Chehalis police were called about 4:15 a.m. today about a burglary on Northwest Prindle Street. Someone had broken a window to get inside a business but some of the missing items were found in the bushes nearby, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Recovered was a vacuum cleaner, a hand truck, a radio and mechanic’s “creeper”, Officer Linda Bailey said. The break-in is under investigation.
MECHANICS TOOLS MISSING IN CHEHALIS
• A deputy was called about noon yesterday to a “mechanic’s facility” on the 100 block of Ribelin Road in Chehalis where almost $2,200 worth of Matco, Craftsman and another brand of professional tools were missing from a large rolling tool box, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim, a 27-year-old man from Chehalis, said it occurred sometime since the previous day, according to the sheriff’s office.
SHOP BURGLARIZED IN VADER
• A 57-year-old Vader man called the sheriff’s office yesterday to report a guitar, a spotting scope and two bows were missing from his shop on the 800 block of State Route 506 in Vader. The theft occurred sometime during the previous five days, a deputy was told.
GARAGE BURGLARY IN CENTRALIA
• Centralia police arrested a 19-year-old Centralia resident yesterday in connection with a burglary to a garage discovered Monday at the 3000 block of Russell Road. Police say Dustin Z. Nickols at first blamed someone else but then admitted stealing the firearm reloading gear and selling it. The property was recovered and returned to its owner and Nickols was booked into the Lewis County Jail for theft, trafficking in stolen property and malicious prosecution, according to the Centralia Police Department.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MISSING
• A trumpet was reported stolen from the band room at Washington Elementary School in Centralia on Monday.
BOTCHED DINE AND DASH
• Chehalis police were called to Denny’s restaurant on Southwest Interstate Avenue just before 4 p.m. yesterday regarding a complaint a customer had left without paying for her meal, and had forgotten her driver’s license. The business wanted police to know what happened but chose not to pursue it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
CHILD FOUND ALONE IN BANK
• Police were called to the 2000 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis at 2 p.m. on Monday where a 6-year-old boy in the bank’s lobby said his mother drove away without him. It was only minutes before the mother showed back up, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “It seems like somebody just lost track of their world,” detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. “She turned around and came back to the credit union.”
SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR CALL
• Chehalis police were called just after 6 p.m. Monday about a male sitting in the street and barking at a trash can. The caller said the skinny, bald individual appeared to be under the influence of something, according to police. An officer checking the area of South Market Boulevard and 18th Street couldn’t locate the subject, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.
PROWLING AROUND VEHICLES
• Someone rummaged through an unlocked vehicle parked at the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police on Monday morning.
• A police officer was called about 3 p.m. on Monday to the 300 block of Northeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis where someone had entered a vehicle and gone through items in it, according to the Chehalis Police Department. There may have been some change missing, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.
• Chehalis police were called to the parking lot at Wal-Mart about 10:30 p.m. on Monday where a subject was watching what appeared to be someone trying to break into a truck. An officer contacted a 53-year-old Centralia man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant related to a driving offense in Whatcom County, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Gary D. Newton was booked into the Lewis County Jail, for the warrant, according to police.
• Police were called Monday morning the Centralia Outlet Mall where someone had spray painted light blue apparent gang graffiti on the side of the Gymboree store.
• A fire at a home Monday afternoon on Third Street in Chehalis appeared to be caused by something electrical, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. Crews called about 2:25 p.m. found the resident was using a clothes dryer when flames started near the outlet. They used a dry-chemical extinguisher to stop it, Chief Kelvin Johnson said. The damage was estimated at about $1,000, he said.