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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Updated at 7:18 p.m.

FATALITY COLLISION IN ADNA

• A 65-year-old motorist lost his life on the road this weekend when his pickup truck wrecked west of Chehalis. Deputies and aid called about 9:50 p.m. on Saturday to the 400 block of Penning Road found neighbors who heard the crash were performing CPR, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Clarence Avron, 65, Chehalis, however died at the scene, according to authorities His Ford Ranger had crossed the centerline and continued off of but parallel to the roadway knocking down several fence posts and striking a utility pole, before rolling to the opposite side of Penning into a ditch, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to Brown.

VICTIM: ROBBED IN CHEHALIS

• A 30-year-old Olympia man called police just before 7 p.m. yesterday and said he was assaulted and robbed of cash and prescription medications at the Twin City Town Center on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis. Police are investigating, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. Wilson said he wasn’t aware of any witnesses.

SOME FRIEND

• A 27-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for second-degree burglary after an incident at a residence on the 200 block of Southwest Second Street in Chehalis in which he allegedly took items from an acquaintance’s home while there. Police called about 2:30 p.m. on Friday subsequently located Dylan E. Pirtle and recovered some jewelry, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Pirtle was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with residential burglary, a class B felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. His bail was set at $10,000.

FRAUD

• Their cards were not stolen but someone used account information belonging to a pair of Centralia residents to spend just over $728 at Home Depot in Chehalis and also Lacey, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. The purchases were made between Nov. 8 and Dec. 4, according to the sheriff’s office.

NOT QUITE AUTO THEFT

• A vehicle said to be stolen in Centralia on Friday was found just before midnight on the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue occupied by two individuals, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case was turned over to Centralia police who arrested one of them, according to police. Tedy M. St. John, 25, was arrested for allegedly stealing the vehicle but he was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with taking a motor vehicle without permission. St. John, who lives with his mother on North Iron Street but displaced by the flood has no criminal history, defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told a judge. He was released from jail on a $10,000 signature bond.

ANIMAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 600 block of Northwest Middle Street in Chehalis regarding the suspected abuse of a dog, which was possibly injured. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police responded about 9 a.m. yesterday to the 2600 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia where someone had sprayed paint on a vehicle during the night.

• Morton police are investigating an incident reported last Wednesday morning in which an Onalaska man found someone had slashed both rear tires of his vehicle while it was parked for two hours the day before on the 100 block of State Street in Mossyrock. The loss is estimated at $565, according to the Morton Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

• Morton police responding about 7:30 p.m. on Friday to a report of a suspicious person throwing the contents of his car onto the 100 block of Main Avenue learned from the individual that he had misplaced his car keys and was looking for them.

WRECK

• A 1998 Jeep Cherokee was totaled in a wreck along the 1800 block of Salzer Valley Road outside Centralia early on Sunday morning, but its driver was not found, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. The vehicle, which was discovered in a ditch was impounded, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, domestic misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, third-degree malicious mischief, hit and run in a parking lot; responses for disputes, suspicious circumstances … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

BIG OOPS

• Centralia police pulled over a stolen vehicle performing a “high-risk” stop yesterday morning detaining four occupants before discovering the driver was actually the owner of the vehicle. The driver had not yet informed police they’d gotten it back, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened about 9:35 a.m. along the 600 block of South Pearl Street, according to police.  All parties were released at the scene, according to a brief summary from Sgt. Carl Buster.

REAL LIFE GOLDILOCKS

• A medic returned their quarters in Winlock to find an intruder, who had made herself at home last night. “She had some food out, had an employee’s sweatshirt on and had a little dog running around the house,” Lewis County Medic One Paramedic Clayton Skinner said. “She said she was traveling and wanted to get some rest and a shower.” Firefighters and such are known for having a standing invitation to other firefighters who travel, but this wasn’t anything like that, according to Skinner. At first the medic thought she was a volunteer he hadn’t met yet, but then he realized that wasn’t the case. By the time the sheriff’s office arrived, she had left, Skinner said.

VEHICLE VERSUS BICYCLE

• A child bicyclist was taken to the hospital yesterday after running into a vehicle on Northeast Park Street in Chehalis about 1:30 p.m., according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

CENTRALIA HOUSE BURNS

• A number of small pets perished when a fire broke out at a single-story home in Centralia yesterday evening. Firefighters called about 6:20 p.m. to the 600 block of Jefferson Street found the house with a well-involved fire but were able to quickly knock it down, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Nobody was home at the time but the residents did arrive while crews were still on the scene, according to Fire Capt. Erik Olson. The residence sustained extensive fire and smoke damage and the Red Cross gave assistance for shelter for the two occupants, according to Olson. The cause is under investigation.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, underage drinking, driving under the influence; responses for vandalism, protection order violation … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

TEENS IN TROUBLE WITH ‘SPICE’

• Two teenage boys who were discovered passed out in a parking lot at the 700 block of East Locust Street in Centralia last night had apparently been smoking “spice” – the nickname for synthetic marijuana. The individuals, one 16 and the other 17, were booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for possession of a synthetic drug, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A 25-year-old Centralia resident was arrested last night for allegedly stealing a vehicle. Tedy M. St. John was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer in association with an approximately 11 p.m. incident at the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STOLEN STATUE

• Centralia police were called to the 1200 block of Johnson Road yesterday about noon regarding the theft of yard statues during the night.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Olympia resident was arrested for possession of heroin after contact with an officer about 11 p.m. at the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Jamie L. Cline was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CATCH AND RELEASE

• A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday evening for failing to stop when signaled by a police officer, for resisting arrest and for driving with a suspended license. It happened about 7:15 p.m. at Sixth and B streets and Elisha J. Danielson was arrested and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, domestic misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, failure to transfer vehicle title … and more.

CORRECTION: This has been updated to correctly reflect that the individual arrested for allegedly stealing a vehicle was contacted by police in Chehalis in a vehicle which had just recently been reported stolen from Centralia.

Prosecutor: Pinotti caught with heroin this summer, and again recently

Friday, January 9th, 2015
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Phillip A. Pinotti, 22, of Adna, is locked up again, now on drug charges.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The arrest on drug charges last night of 22-year-old Phillip A. Pinotti stem from a “reliable and credible source” who purchased heroin from Pinotti on an unspecified recent day while police secretly observed and also from an incident police recently told prosecutors about that occurred back in August, according to court documents.

Pinotti was free on bail, but prepared to plead guilty next week for the events of Dec. 16 when he fled as he was being arrested on a misdemeanor warrant, and was shot at by a Centralia Municipal Court security officer.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt this afternoon ordered the Adna resident held on $75,000 bail on each of the two new separate cases.

He was charged today for the August incident with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

According to charging documents, Centralia police had him and another man under surveillance as they went to Longview to purchase heroin, and subsequently impounded the vehicle and found heroin, smoking devices and a digital scale. The documents make no mention of either man getting arrested.

The documents do note law enforcement declined to allow Pinotti to work for them in consideration of potential charges.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told Judge Hunt police sent the case to his office on Dec. 28.

Pinotti was also charged with possession of heroin and delivery of heroin, for an alleged deal that took place on an unspecified date while Pinotti was under police surveillance. The documents state only that it occurred sometime between Dec. 20 and Jan. 8.

Yesterday, he was stopped and arrested in his parent’s car and reportedly confessed he had just bought some heroin in Centralia, delivered it to a friend and pinched off a chunk for himself, charging documents state.

A brief summary of the arrest from Centralia Police Department Sgt. Jim Shannon indicates the arrest was associated with the 1500 block of South Gold Street in Centralia.

In the car, police also found a digital scale, two heroin injection kits and a police scanner, with the capability of listening to Centralia police, according to the court documents.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke this afternoon asked for $25,000 total in bail, noting the young man lives with his parents and has only one misdemeanor on his record, from 2009.

In asking for high bail, Prosecutor Meyer noted one issue came before the escape attempt but the other came afterward.

“After being released on bail, he continued to commit crimes,” Meyer said. “In fact, was found with heroin in his possession; I would say there are significant drug abuse issues.”

Pinotti is scheduled for arraignment next Thursday.
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For background, read “Charge of assault that prompted officer to shoot, dropped for Adna resident” from Thursday January 8, 2015, here

News brief: Flood damage scattered and limited

Friday, January 9th, 2015
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Guerrier Road off state Route 508 about two miles east of Interstate 5 is among those that flooded. / Courtesy photo by Jonah Nutt

Updated at 7:09 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities have asked anyone with flood damage from earlier this week to phone in a report.

Those within the city of Centralia can call 360-330-7662. All others should phone 360-740-1152.

Information from Lewis County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the Lewis County Emergency Operations Center noted four houses in the county reported water damage. Two of them were on Rosebrook Road. The other two were off of Jackson Highway near the Newaukum River, according to the sheriff’s office.

No injuries were reported due to flooding.

Lewis County Assessor Dianne Dorey reminds property owners they may file, if applicable, what’s called a a destroyed property claim for the purposes of valuation assessments which will affect taxes.

The forms can be obtained by calling or visiting her office in Chehalis – 360-740-1392 – or online by going to the Assessor’s Office homepage at www.lewiscountywa.gov/assessor

Many roads were closed during the worst of it on Monday, and some remained closed on Tuesday, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

In a news release,Tim Elsea, Lewis County public works director and county engineer stated he was proud of the work the road crews did, saying they were inundated.

“The crews worked tirelessly to get roadways opened as soon as possible for the traveling public,” Elsea wrote. “Crews worked into the night, graveling and grating Guerrier Road so residents, who were otherwise stranded, could travel to and from their homes.”

Several pockets of low areas in Centralia and Chehalis were inundated as well on Monday.

Forecasters on Sunday said heavy precipitation and rising snow levels were expected to cause problems, although probably not an episode of widespread major flooding. They initially predicted, however, the Newaukum River could rise to 13.67 feet, beyond its 1996 record of 13.54 feet.

The Newaukum River which winds through Onalaska, Napavine and Chehalis crested Monday afternoon just barely below that, at 13.1 feet, according to Brown.

The Skookumchuck River crested at 3 a.m. on Tuesday below minor flood stage.

The Chehalis River crested at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, also below minor flood stage.

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• “Weather alerts, forecasts“: Click on the map to find your current and forecast temperature and other weather information, as well as alerts for hazardous weather conditions.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Updated at 7:56 p.m.

FRAUD

• A second elderly Lewis County resident was tricked out of thousands of dollars this week by an impersonator over the telephone. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday an 83-year-old Winlock-area woman learned on Monday she had won a vehicle but she first needed to send a money order for $365. The following day, the scammer spoke to her again and asked for more money, prompting the woman to mail a personal check for $3,550, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. When the individual phoned and said they were on their way to deliver the car, but she should make sure nobody else was around when they came, the woman got suspicious, Brown said. The woman phoned the sheriff’s office and also closed her account, Brown said. Brown said she didn’t know if the personal check was paid out or not. It was on Tuesday when an 83-year-old Chehalis-area woman was talked into getting $2,000 in cash cards for someone who claimed to be her grandson. The sheriff’s office is asking the public to take some time to talk to or watch out for elderly parents and other loved ones to help educate them about the increasingly common scams.

• Centralia police took a report on Wednesday from the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue regarding the unauthorized use of an individual’s identifying information by an unknown person.

ONE OF TWO ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY

• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday morning for allegedly being one of two males who tried to rob a pedestrian on a downtown sidewalk on South Tower Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Joseph J. Bailey IV was ordered held on $25,000 bail today on a charge of second-degree attempted robbery. A man in his 20s told police he was walking home alone from the Hub Tavern when two males he didn’t know pushed him up against the wall of a business and told him to give them his wallet and phone, according to the allegations. A male who was in the area with three others chased the two men off, charging documents state. A warrant has been issued for the second suspect, according to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer.

STAYING MUM GETS MAN ARRESTED

• A 47-year-old Centralia man was jailed overnight for not providing his name to police. The Centralia Police Department reports Anthony D. Bell was arrested for obstructing a public servant after contact with an officer about 1:50 a.m. at Walnut and Pearl streets.

ASSAULT

• Centralia police took a report on Wednesday regarding a fight between two girls at Centralia Middle School.

OTHER

• Centralia police reported yesterday they were investigating a report of inappropriate contact between an individual and their visitor at a nursing home on the 1500 block of Harrison Avenue.

DRUGS

• A 35-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested early yesterday morning for possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer on the 700 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. Devin L. Edens was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISION

• One driver was ticketed for running a red light following a collision at the 200 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia that involved four vehicles, including one of them that rolled, according to the Centralia Police Department. Centralia police responding about 11:35 a.m. report they were unaware of any injuries. Riverside Fire Authority Chief Mike Kytta said one injured person was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.

AND MORE

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

News brief: Trials for battered child syndrome death postponed until spring

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
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Brenda Wing, left, talks with her lawyer while her husband Danny Wing speaks with his attorney.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Danny and Brenda Wing remain locked up as they await trial in the death of a 3-year-old boy they were caring for, and will be waiting a little bit longer after a hearing today.

The Vader couple went before a judge when lawyers in the case asked for more time to prepare.

The trials were scheduled for the week of Jan. 26, before separate judges, but now they are on the court calendar for the week of May 11.

The toddler, Jasper Henderling-Warner, died on Oct. 5 from what the coroner called chronic battered child syndrome.

The Wings were charged in early November with homicide by abuse or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter. The two crimes have widely different penalties. Each of the two are charged as either the principal or accomplice. Both have pleaded not guilty.

This afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, each consulted with their attorney for several minutes while the judge stepped off the bench.

Brenda Wing’s lawyer John Crowley is based in Seattle. Her husband’s lawyer Todd Pascoe, is from Vancouver, Wash.

Prosecutors today filed a motion to join the two cases together for one trial. A decision on that has not been made.
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For background, read:

• “Coroner: Ongoing physical abuse led to Vader toddler’s death” from Friday November 7, 2014, here

• “Defendants in Vader toddler death case want out of jail until trial” from Monday November 10, 2014, here

• RCW 9A.32.055: Homicide by abuse, here

• RCW 9A.32.060: Manslaughter in the first degree, here

Charge of assault that prompted officer to shoot, dropped for Adna resident

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County prosecutor has found Phillip A. Pinotti wasn’t trying run down a court security officer with his car last month, but also that it wasn’t criminal for the officer to fire his gun at Pinotti who was attempting to escape arrest on a misdemeanor warrant.

It was Dec. 16 when 22-year-old Pinotti was being handcuffed at the end of a hearing in Centralia Municipal Court, that he slipped away from the court security officer and ran to the next block where his car was parked.

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Phillip A. Pinotti,file photo

Pinotti’s Subaru either lurched forward or it didn’t, before he put it in reverse, drove backwards at a high rate of speed, and fled the area.

Centralia Court Security Officer Steve Howard fired one shot breaking the driver’s side window, saying he was was in fear for his safety, that the car was being used as a weapon. Pinotti survived, he wasn’t hit with the bullet, only sprayed with fragments of glass.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer who evaluated all the law enforcement reports on the events of that day indicated it’s not clear if the car lurched forward or not.

“That’s a good question,” Meyer said this morning. “Pinotti says it didn’t, Howard says it did.”

“I’m not saying either one is wrong, it’s perception.”

Prosecutors this morning dropped a first-degree assault charge against Pinotti; they reduced it to obstructing.

“We reached the conclusion yesterday there was no intent on the part of Mr. Pinotti to injure the officer,” Meyer said. “The intent was to escape.”

The Adna resident who is free on bail is scheduled to go before a judge again next week and plead guilty to obstructing, third-degree escape and tampering with evidence.

Lawyers on the two sides agree on how much time they will recommend he should be locked up, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said.

Meyer also concluded yesterday that Howard’s use of lethal force was legal under the laws of the state of Washington and that no charges would be filed against him.

The discharge of Howard’s weapon was investigated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

It has been customary for officer-involved shootings in Lewis County to be investigated by a multi-county shooting review team, that includes members of the sheriff’s office. And customary for the county prosecutor to review the findings and issue a decision.

Meyer said he found Howard’s actions were covered by the statute, 9A.16.040, which addresses justifiable uses of deadly force by a peace officer.

Officer Howard has a limited commission and handles courtroom security for the city. The retired California Highway Patrol officer had been working for the city for just short of four months when the incident occurred. He was placed on administrative leave pending the results of the shooting investigation.

Centralia Police Department Chief Bob Berg announced this morning that now that Meyer is finished with his part, an internal use of force review board will be convened.

A review panel consisting of command personnel from the Centralia Police Department and outside law enforcement will provide their findings and recommendations to the chief of police, who will decide of Howard’s actions were consistent with department policies.

“I am pleased that the first part of this investigation has been completed and await the findings and recommendations of the review panel,” Chief Berg stated in his news release.

Howard could be back on the job before the panel’s work is done, according to Berg. He can return once certain once administrative requirements have been met, according to Berg.

Separately, Meagher said the charges would be reduced for Pinotti’s four friends, accused of helping him get away and hide from police. Because Pinotti’s charge is not a felony, their charges become non-felony, he said.

While previous officer-involved shootings have been investigated by a multi-jurisdictional team, the sheriff’s office was the only agency involved in this instance, according to Meyer. The same investigation provided the information for evaluation of charges for both Pinotti and for Howard.

Meyer said he was given a presentation on Friday of what detectives found, and then yesterday he issued a letter to Police Chief Berg regarding Howard.

The 16-page memo includes summaries from eight individuals who were interviewed, plus Berg, Howard and Pinotti. Meyer said a lot of people didn’t see the entire event.

Much of the document consists of Meyer’s legal analysis and ends with his conclusion.

“This office’s role is not to determine if this chain of events could have or should have been avoided,” Meyer wrote. “Nor is it to determine how another law enforcement officer would have reacted in the same scenario.

“Rather, the role of this office is to determine if, under the law, Officer Howard should be charged with a crime.

Meyer looked over RCW 9A16.040 and concluded no charges would be filed against Howard, given that RCW 9A16.040(3) applied.

Part three reads: “A public officer or peace officer shall not be held criminally liable for using deadly force without malice and with a good faith belief that such act is justifiable pursuant to this section.”

In closing, the prosecutor noted he was not authorizing the release of any evidence in the matter, as it may be used in Pinotti’s case.

In his facts, Meyer adds to information already released. He writes that after Pinotti got into his car, he locked the door. He adds that Officer Howard gave repeated commands to Pinotti to stop and surrender.

He adds that Pinotti and other witnesses indicate Howard struck the driver’s side window with his drawn firearm, but Howard does not remember doing that.

Pinotti stated he simply put the vehicle in reverse and backed down Maple Street. Howard told detectives the car lurched toward him.

“What is not clear is how far forward the vehicle is believed to have traveled,” Meyer wrote.

Chief Berg previously said there were just two cars parked outside The Chronicle. One was Pinotti’s, and in front of that, was a vehicle belonging to Centralia attorney J.P. Enbody, according to Meyer.

Enbody was allowed to drive away before the sheriff’s detectives arrived on the scene, but detectives were able to look at photos that had been taken, according to Meyer.

The witnesses interviewed included four Chronicle employees three friends of Pinotti, who are accused of subsequently helping him hide, plus Sarah Gee who had given a ride to court that morning to one of the three.

Only Officer Howard spoke of the car lurching forward. He described it as “jerked forward.”

“Officer Howard said ‘as soon as I hear the car start my mind kinda shifted gears. I go if he starts the car and starts driving I’m going to get hit by the car. I pulled my weapon. I’m pulling my weapon and I’m yelling at him, don’t f****** do it,” Meyer wrote.

Meyer’s memo doesn’t indicate anywhere how far from the car Howard was, only that Howard had taken a position on the “driver’s side front.”

Pinotti’s statement describes Pinotti as telling detectives he sees Officer Howard, “the bailiff, security guard, whatever, is coming around the front of the hood and I see him raise his firearm at me, and states don’t do it, or I’ll f****** shoot you.”

Pinotti said he froze, then his flight instincts took over; saying he just threw it in gear in reverse and hit the gas as hard as he could.

Pinotti thought Howard had swung his gun twice into his window breaking it; he didn’t hear a gunshot and didn’t know the gun was fired until he spoke with others later, according to Meyer.

Chief Berg’s news release issued today takes the position that Officer Howard fired one shot at the vehicle “as it lurched towards him.”

Read Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer’s analysis of Officer Howard’s shooting here
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For background, read “Bail set at $50,000 for Adna man arrested after getaway from court officer” from Friday December 19, 2014, here

Crash victim: Thick fog, elk contributed to mystery collision

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 50-year-old Lewis County man was finally located at his home after law enforcement personnel discovered an unoccupied  pickup truck wrecked amongst the trees yesterday morning south of Chehalis off U.S. Highway 12.

Deputies summoned just before 9:30 a.m. believed the driver must have had severe injuries because of the enormous amount of damage to the 1993 Ford Ranger, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It appeared as though the vehicle was traveling on Meier Road and blew the stop sign at the highway, striking two trees and hitting a third tree head on, according to the sheriff’s office.

Rocky D. Briggs, 50, was finally found sleeping at his residence on the 300 block of Meier Road, with injuries to his face and chest, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Firefighters called to the home about 10:40 a.m. transported him to Providence Centralia Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.

It’s not clear how he got home.

Briggs told deputies it was about 4:45 a.m. when he was driving through thick fog and had to swerve to miss elk, according to Brown. Briggs was cited for hit and run with property damage as well as first-degree driving with a suspended license, Brown said.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Updated at 5:29 p.m.

POINTING GUN GETS MAN ARRESTED

• A man who pulled a gun after he was punched by his neighbor was arrested yesterday afternoon in Centralia. Deputies called to the 1900 block of Daniels Road learned of an ongoing dispute over “assorted different issues” and were told 58-year-old Michael R. Johnson walked onto his neighbor’s property and began an argument, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said it was about 3:15 p.m. and it appeared Johnson had been drinking. Brown said Johnson provoked one man by walking into him and that man punched him, prompting Johnson to draw his firearm and point it, threatening to kill the man. Brown said when another man stepped outside to see what was going on Johnson did the same to him. Johnson was arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

KICKING COP GETS MAN ARRESTED

• A 42-year-old Centralia man who reportedly kicked a police officer for no reason was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday for third-degree assault. Terry S. Cortez’s arrest came after contact with an officer about 6:30 p.m. at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. The officer had been called to the area for an unspecified reason and when he walked up to Cortez, he was kicked; but was unhurt, police said.

CANDY ASSAULT

• A 28-year-old man was arrested in Centralia yesterday after he allegedly shoplifted a packet of Skittles from a store on the 600 block of South Tower Avenue and then threw them at an employee who confronted him. An officer on patrol about 9 a.m. saw Kevin B. Kempf running from the worker and detained him, according to the Centralia Police Department. Kempf was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree theft and for fourth-degree assault, according to police.

BREAK-INS

• Chehalis police took a report of a burglary yesterday at a home on the 700 block of Southeast Adams Avenue. It appeared someone broke a back window to get inside.  Further details were not available.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that someone got inside a home on the 200 block of Main Street in Onalaska on Monday and rummaged through multiple rooms but nothing was immediately noticed as missing. There was no sign of forced entry, but the 20-year-old resident told a deputy it occurred sometime between 7:30 a.m. and just before 1 p.m.,  according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called yesterday about two overnight vehicle prowls at the 500 block of Northeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis.

• Someone got into a vehicle on the 500 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue in Chehalis, rummaged through the glove box, stole an iPhone and left the door open, according to a report made to police yesterday.

ELDERLY RESIDENT TRICKED OUT OF $2,000

• An 83-year-old Chehalis-area woman lost a lot of money yesterday after she tried to do a good deed for her “grandson”, who turned out to be an impostor on the other end of her phone line. The caller asked her to buy $2,000 in pre-paid cash cards to help him make repairs after a car wreck, and even told her his voice sounded a bit different than usual because he’d injured his nose, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The soon-to-be victim went to Safeway and purchased $1,000 in cards, and then made a second trip for another $1,000 because he told her she’d bought the wrong kind, according to the sheriff’s office. It wasn’t until after she’d told him the authorization codes that the woman asked her “grandson” his wife’s name, having grown suspicious, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. He didn’t know and he hung up the phone, Brown said.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• The accused prolific local trafficker of pain medications sent to prison for 12 years last summer will be back in Lewis County Superior Court tomorrow morning. Forrest E. Amos claims there was a hearing in his case he didn’t attend, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said today. Law enforcement estimated that in 2011 when Amos was aggressively dealing Oxycodone, that he was its main supplier within Lewis County, possessing and dealing thousands of pills a month; and they contended he continued to traffic drugs from prison to the outside through others. A plea deal this past summer that helped him avoid a charge of organized crime included an agreement not to appeal his convictions or sentence in any way, according to court documents. Meyer said he doesn’t know that Amos has a lawyer yet to represent him him on his motion, so he didn’t expect anything substantive to take place tomorrow.

The Olympian reports a Centralia man who intervened during an arrest – using a bear hug to pull a deputy away from a suspect and then explaining it was his duty to protect people because he was in the Army – pleaded not guilty yesterday to third-degree assault. News reporter Amelia Dickinson writes that 35-year-old Isidro Garcia-Cisneros was released on his own personal recognizance following the Christmas Day incident at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, shoplifting, failure to transfer vehicle title,  driving with suspended license, responses for alarms, dispute, graffiti, protection order violation, misdemeanor theft, collisions on city streets and county roads … and more.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Updated

ROBBERY IN CENTRALIA

• Police are investigating a purported attempted armed robbery that happened overnight on a downtown Centralia street. Officers responded about 2:30 a.m. to the 300 block of South Tower Avenue where a pedestrian said he was confronted by two unknown males who wanted money, one of whom claimed to have a gun, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police learned four bystanders intervened and chased away the would-be thieves. One suspect has been identified and the investigation is ongoing, Centralia police reported this morning.

ASSAULT

• A 65-year-old Centralia man was arrested for second-degree assault on Sunday night for allegedly choking his former roommate. Charles C. Mullins was booked into the Lewis County Jail following the approximately 11:40 p.m. call associated with the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road, according to the Centralia Police Department. The prosecutor declined to file the charge.

• Centralia police took a report just before noon on Saturday of an assault between two acquaintances at the 600 block of West Main Street that resulted in internal injuries to the victim. Further details were not available.

• Police arrested a 32-year-old Centralia man for allegedly entering his ex-girlfriend’s home – a woman who had a protection order against him – and assaulting her early Sunday morning. Gabriel Sanchez was arrested for first-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail in connection with the incident on the 600 block of Warsaw Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STREET CRIME

• Police responding about 11:10 p.m. yesterday to a report of a person in the roadway acting strange, at the 300 block of L Street, arrived to find the 43-year-old man beginning to disrobe. Police say Michael A. Kellogg then dropped to his knees. Kellogg was arrested for disorderly conduct and booked into the Lewis County Jail without incident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 23-year-old motorist was arrested about 3 p.m. yesterday for allegedly driving fast near pedestrians trying to splash them and driving fast through standing flood waters sending wakes into already flooded businesses in Centralia. Officers contacting Tyler J. Aust at the 600 block of West Main Street about 3 p.m. issued him a citation for reckless driving and then released him, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Bradley D. Mitchell, 29, of Chehalis, was arrested on Friday night for third-degree theft for allegedly stealing a security camera off a building on the 100 block of West First Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police took a report about 3:50 p.m. on Friday of a dog stolen from a yard on the 600 block of South Gold Street.

• Someone stole a battery from a travel trailer on the 500 block of South Ash Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Friday afternoon.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called to a car prowl about 4:50 a.m. today at the 500 block of Northeast Adams Avenue. The trunk and door were open and various items strewn about, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Missing are three pairs of sunglasses, according to police.

• Centralia police took a report about 12:50 a.m. on Sunday of a vehicle prowl on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in which the victim reported a large amount of money missing.

DRUGS

• A 21-year-old Rochester resident was arrested for attempted delivery of marijuana about 11 p.m. on Saturday at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia. Alexander R. Logan was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police

• Terry L. Bryan, 34, of Centralia, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine around 7 a.m. on Saturday at the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Bryan was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to police.

COLLISIONS

• A 20-year-old Rochester resident was arrested about 11:30 a.m. yesterday after he reportedly wrecked his vehicle during a dispute and then wouldn’t identify himself to responding officers. The incident at Seminary Hill Road on and Baker Street in Centralia earned Jared A. Heminger citations for reckless driving and obstruction, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was then released.

• A 78-year-old woman was injured when her Volkswagen Beetle left the roadway, went into a ditch and struck the embankment and a downed tree this afternoon on U.S. Highway 12 just west of Morton. Marlys A. Sliger was taken to Morton General Hospital after the approximately 2:45 p.m. wreck, according to the Washington State Patrol.

• A 92-year-old Toledo man was cited for failure to yield when he pulled his farm tractor from a driveway yesterday and collided with a passenger car traveling along the 700 block of Jackson Highway near Toledo. The 62-year-old driver of the Toyota Cressida ended up with neck pain and her car sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened about 11:40 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, trespassing, probation violation, drinking in public, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, responses for alarms, disputes, shoplifting, vandalism, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, vehicle stalled in the water, collisions on city streets and county roads  … report of someone driving around wearing a clown mask and scaring people … and more.

Chehalis: The water before the flood

Monday, January 5th, 2015
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The 2001 Honda Civic is parked in between the two houses n south Chehalis.  / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The flood warning for the Chehalis River around the Twin Cities is for tonight and tomorrow, but one household woke up bright and early this morning to find their cars nearly submerged in their driveway.

It was raining hard Sunday at bedtime, and had rained all day, Chehalis resident Gretchen Reyna said.

“I got up at 6 (o’clock), looked out the window and thought, ‘oh my gosh’,” Reyna said. “Yeah, it was up to the windows.”

The Pontiac she and her husband share, her 16-year-old son’s Honda Civic and her older son’s Honda were all practically under water, she said. A neighbor found their car in a similar situation, she said.

The family lives on Southwest Pacific Avenue, in the area behind Jack-in-the-Box and the Best Western Motel, off the 13th Street freeway exit. Parking lots of some of the businesses along Interstate Avenue were flooded as well, she said.

Fortunately, none of the water came into their home, a rental they just moved into a week ago. The driveway is lower than the house, she said.

“We talked to our landlady today, she said she’s been talking to the city for a long time about the storm drains,” Reyna said. “She’s livid. She’s already filed a claim.”

She was told it might have been a plugged culvert, or something similar, Reyna said.

The 39-year-old social worker who works in Olympia, said their landlady rented them a car today, so they could get to work. The family had only liability insurance on their vehicles, so it won’t be as simple as replacing them, she said.

“Obviously they’re ruined,” she said. “We’re going to try to dry them out, to see if we can salvage anything.”

The National Weather Service yesterday issued a flood watch for rivers in Western Washington, including in Lewis County, such as the upper Cowlitz River, the Newaukum River and the Chehalis River.

The alert was upgraded to a warning today. Numerous roads and streets were closed today with water over them, especially downtown Centralia.

This evening, at the Chehalis Fire Department, the crew was waiting, prepared for whatever the rising river might bring. But they’d had no weather related calls.

Some streets in Chehalis were closed, the usual ones such as Southwest Chehalis Avenue, and Kresky Avenue, Firefighter Derrick Paul said.

Firefighter Steve Emrich, whose own home is along the Chehalis River, said so far, their shift and the river have been “pretty benign.”

The weather service’s statement issued at 9:30 p.m. tonight, predicts the Chehalis River at Centralia will rise above flood stage about 9 o’clock in the morning. Emrich knows it will hit Chehalis some time before that.

The river is expected to crest near 65 feet about an hour later and then fall back below flood stage in the late morning. The peak has been revised downward by two feet since this morning’s forecast.

The results should be shallow flooding of farm lands and some roads; the roads include Airport Road, Florida Avenue in Chehalis and Military Road in Centralia, according to the weather service.

The upper Cowlitz River at Randle and Packwood appears to have crested well below flood stage.

The Newaukum River through Onalaska, Napavine and Chehalis crested this afternoon at just over 13 feet, about a half foot below its 1996 record. At least two homes on Rosebrook Road got water inside.

The Skookumchuck River at Bucoda is cresting in the “moderate” flood stage; and is forecast to crest in Centralia around 4 a.m. just below what’s considered a minor flood stage.

Monitor the changing conditions for yourself, using links always available on the right-hand sidebar of this news site under “Other useful web links. Direct from the National Weather Service.

• “Weather alerts, forecasts“: Click on the map to find your current and forecast temperature and other weather information, as well as alerts for hazardous weather conditions.

• “River levels“: Graphs show you what level your river has been at, where it’s at right now and where it is projected to be.

• Also, quickly and easily get information directly from others in the community by viewing or joining Lewis County Sirens on Facebook.

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For more, read “Water, water everywhere, but little damage in Centralia so far” from Monday January 5, 2015, here

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The Reyna’s Pontiac and Honda sit in their driveway.

 

Water, water everywhere, but little damage in Centralia so far

Monday, January 5th, 2015
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Lynette Brooks snapped this photo of Centralia College Boulevard just before noon today.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Despite the flooded streets in Centralia, the fire department has answered only aid calls today, except for helping with one evacuation this morning.

“We assisted some folks, who had trouble getting out of their home, because of the high water,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Scott Weinert said. “We drove in and helped them out, and a couple of animals, I believe.”

That was on the 600 block of North Gold Street around 8 a.m.

China Creek which runs through town overflowed its banks in numerous places, and has been the primary problem today, according to the city of Centralia. Many flooded streets were closed.

The water level seemed to be going down near the Pearl Street Fire station, Weinert said this afternoon.

“And it’s not raining now, so that’s a good sign,” Weinert said.

At Centralia City Hall, water came up through the floor, through cracks in the concrete, earlier today, according to city emergency center spokesperson detective Patty Finch.

“It’s all cleaned up, no damage, just wet carpet,” Finch said this afternoon.

The flood warning on the Skookumchuck River has been lifted, and the river is going down, Finch said.

Finch said she’s heard of some businesses downtown that got water inside, including perhaps Bethel Church she thought. Mostly in between Tower Avenue and Pearl Street, and Hanson and Magnolia streets, she said.

The Red Cross notified Finch they were called by someone who had water in their home, a basement apartment off Magnolia Street, she said.

The city’s Emergency Operations Center  is closing down at 5 p.m. and there are no current plans to reopen it, Finch said.

Finch offers this message: Citizens within the city of Centralia can call and report any water damage to homes and businesses to the city’s Community Development Department tomorrow by calling (360) 330-7662.

Paperwork for water damage can be completed over the telephone; if this incident is later determined to be a eligible for benefits, Finch states.

The Skookumchuck and the Chehalis Rivers meet up in Centralia.

A flood warning remains in effect for the Chehalis River at Centralia through tomorrow evening, according to the National Weather Service. Minor flooding is predicted for Chehalis and on downstream to Grays Harbor.

At Centralia, the river is expected to crest near 67 feet about 1 a.m. and fall below flood stage about 4 a.m., the weather service states.

“At 65 feet, the Chehalis River in Lewis County will cause shallow flooding of farm lands and some roads,” the forecasters note. “Roads include Airport Road, Florida Avenue in Chehalis and Military Road in Centralia.”

Monitor the changing conditions for yourself, using links always available on the right-hand sidebar of this news site under “Other useful web links. Direct from the National Weather Service.

• “River levels“: Graphs show you what level your river has been at, where it’s at right now and where it is projected to be.

• “Weather alerts, forecasts“: Click on the map to find your current and forecast temperature and other weather information, as well as alerts for hazardous weather conditions.

• Also, quickly and easily get information directly from others in the community by viewing or joining Lewis County Sirens on Facebook.

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For more, read, “Centralia officials warn motorists about standing water” from Monday January 5, 2015, here

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Water across North Pearl Street begins to recede about noon. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

Centralia officials warn motorists about standing water

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Updated at 12:49 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The city of Centralia announced this morning the activation of its Emergency Operations Center because of high waters in downtown.

Numerous streets are shut down, and authorities remind the public that driving past a road closure sign can result in a $124 citation.

China Creek has overflowed its banks. A flood warning was issued this morning for the Skookumchuck River, with minor flooding expected in Bucoda. A flood watch remains in place in Lewis County.

Motorists are asked to slow down when driving through standing water on city streets. The wake from vehicles can push additional water into houses and adjacent property, Officer Patty Finch says.

It’s also not safe, according to Finch.

“Going too fast can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles,” Finch said in a news release.

Closed as of 12:15 p.m. are:

• Centralia College Boulevard – from Ash Street to Iron Street
• West Main Street – from Iron Street to Ash Street
• West Pine Street – from Pearl Street to Ash Street
• West Magnolia Street – from Pearl Street to Ash Street
• Maple Street – from Gold Street to Washington Avenue
• Center Street – from Railroad Avenue to Washington Avenue
• Hanson Street – from Railroad Avenue to Washington Avenue
• North Gold Street – from Gerard Road to Ham Hill Road
• Scott Johnson – from Kresky Avenue to Gold Street
• Fair Street – from Kresky Avenue to Gold Street

The city of Centralia has sandbags for its residents.

Shortly after noon, Finch said the water in China Creek – the primary problem today – appears to be receding, but levels on Salzer Creek may be increasing slightly.

Finch says those who live on or near a hill at risk for landslides should be aware of the following clues that could signal a problem

• Soil moving away from foundations
• Tilting or cracking of concrete floors and foundations
* Leaning telephone poles, tress, retaining walls or fences
• Faint rumbling sound that increases in volume as the landslide nears
• Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together

Monitor the changing conditions for yourself, using links always available on the right-hand sidebar of this news site under “Other useful web links. Direct from the National Weather Service.

• “River levels“: Graphs show you what level your river has been at, where it’s at right now and where it is projected to be.

• “Weather alerts, forecasts“: Click on the map to find your current and forecast temperature and other weather information, as well as alerts for hazardous weather conditions.

• Also, quickly and easily get information directly from others in the community by viewing or joining Lewis County Sirens on Facebook.

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For more, read, “Officials offer early information regarding floodwaters” from Monday January 5, 2015, here

Officials offer early information regarding floodwaters

Monday, January 5th, 2015
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Authorities remind motorists not to drive through standing water; this is Rice Road near Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis this morning.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning the activation of the Lewis County Emergency Operations Center in preparation for impending flooding on the Newaukum and Chehalis rivers.

There is already water over the roadways in several areas along the Newaukum River, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Motorists are advised not to drive through deep standing water and obey all road closure signs, Brown states.

Citizens living in flood prone areas are advised to move their animals to high ground.

Brown reminds the public that winter storm event conditions can change rapidly. She suggests people monitor local radio stations for event updates.

Brown advises that sand bags for private residences can be purchased at several locations including Martin Sand and Gravel, Home Depot and Sunbirds Shopping Center.

The city of Centralia has sandbags for its residents.

Due to the flooding from China Creek, a sandbag station has been opened on Center Street between Pearl and Tower, according to the Centralia public works department. Sand, bags, and shovels will be available for use. There will not be anyone there to assist with the process. Questions?  Call the Public Works Department at 330-7512.

The sheriff’s office publishes river readings at http://rivers.lewiscountywa.gov/ and information about road closures at http://roads.lewiscountywa.gov/.

Monitor the changing conditions for yourself, using links always available on the right-hand sidebar of this news site under “Other useful web links. Direct from the National Weather Service.

• “River levels“: Graphs show you what level your river has been at, where it’s at right now and where it is projected to be.

• “Weather alerts, forecasts“: Click on the map to find your current and forecast temperature and other weather information, as well as alerts for hazardous weather conditions.

• Also, quickly and easily get information directly from others in the community by viewing or joining Lewis County Sirens on Facebook.

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For background, read yesterdays heads-up, “Record-breaking flooding possible on Newaukum River” from Sunday January 4, 2015, here

News brief: Wreck with semi on U.S. Highway 12 leaves one dead

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Washington State Patrol is investigating a fatality collision a few miles east of Randle.

The wreck involved a compact car and a semi truck hauling a trailer, which was empty, according to the state patrol.

Lt. Shane Nelson said he believed it occurred around 11 a.m., but he is not the primary officer.

One lane of the roadway was still closed this afternoon on U.S. Highway 12 near Davis Creek Road, he said.

The truck driver, a male, was uninjured, according to Nelson.

The sole occupant of the car, 52-year-old Jay E. Sume of Randle, died at the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol.

According to the investigating trooper, Sume was heading eastbound and crossed the centerline; the oncoming 2010 Freightliner swerved to the right to avoid the car, but the car struck its trailer.

Sume’s 1993 Ford Escort was totaled.

The Freightliner had to be towed. It was driven by Michael J. Humphrey, 39, from Kelso, according to the state patrol.

The reason for the collision is unknown, and it’s unknown if any citations of charges may be filed.

Record-breaking flooding possible on Newaukum River

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Updated at 1:40 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Remember early January in 2009, when the water from flooded swamplands next to Interstate 5 near 13th Street in Chehalis spilled onto the freeway, shutting down the normally busy north-south corridor?

Anyone in the Newaukum River Valley remember the winter before, the morning of Dec. 3, 2007?

How about February 8, 1996?

Weather forecasters say snow, changing to rain late tonight in the mountains, means flooding is possible tomorrow, for some of Western Washington.

While the flood watch notes the upper Cowlitz River in Lewis County is among those at greatest risk, the prediction service’s current graph shows flooding of the Newaukum River could surpass each of those three events, by an inch or two.

The National Weather Service urges the public to stay tuned to its website for further updates.

The heavy rainfall would also lead to a moderate risk of landslides, according to the weather service.

In January 2009, the combination of water on Interstate 5 and mudslides on U.S. Highway 12 stranded large numbers of long haul truckers in places such as Mary’s Corner and near Spiffy’s restaurant south of Chehalis.

A flood watch is in place from late tonight through late tomorrow night, meaning flooding is not imminent or occurring, but people should be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued.

Information published by the weather service at 4:20 a.m. today suggests the storm’s total precipitation will probably be 3 inches to 7 inches in the Cascade and Olympic mountains.

If the forecast is correct, moderate flooding could occur on the Cowlitz River at Randle; minor flooding could occur on the Chehalis River at Centralia; and minor to moderate flooding could occur on the Skookumchuck River.

The forecasters do say an episode of widespread major flooding is unlikely. Rivers would probably crest late tomorrow and tomorrow night, they note.

The Newaukum River’s headwaters begin outside of Onalaska and the waterway winds through northern Napavine to just west of Interstate 5 where it parallels the freeway heading north to meet in Chehalis with the Chehalis River.

Dig out your rubber boots.

The current prediction is the Newaukum River could begin to spill over its banks around 6 o’clock tomorrow morning and crest around 3 p.m. at 13.67 feet.

The record was on Feb. 8, 1996 at 13.54 feet.

On Jan. 7, 2009, the river reached 13.49 feet and on Dec. 3, 2007, it crested at 13.45 feet.

Monitor the changing conditions for yourself, using links always available on the right-hand sidebar under “Other useful web links. Direct from the National Weather Service.

• “River levels“: Graphs show you what level your river has been at, where it’s at right now and where it is projected to be.

• “Weather alerts, forecasts“: Click on the map to find your current and forecast temperature and other weather information, as well as alerts for hazardous weather conditions.

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Note: Any neighbors around the Newaukum River Valley care to share wisdom from those previous floods?

How bad was it where you live? What did you do to get ready, or during, that worked well for you? What might you do different this time, next time?

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Newaukum River graph at 2 p.m. today. / From the National Weather Service

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

HOSPITAL ASSAULT

• Centralia police arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly assaulting a nurse in the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital on New Year’s Eve. Travis D. Compton, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault following the approximately 10:15 p.m. response to the 900 block of South Schueber Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUG VIOLATION

• A 25-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night after an alleged attempt to return for money something shoplifted earlier in the day at Wal-Mart. Police called about 6 p.m. to on Northwest Louisiana Avenue caught up to their suspect in a parking lot north of Wal-Mart and found suspected drug paraphernalia in his car, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Brett A. Warness was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, for a Department of Corrections warrant and also for burglary, as he had previously been told to stay out the store, according to police.

GUN CRIME

• A 39-year-old Centralia man was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm associated with a response about 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Chestnut and Ash streets in Centralia. Bradley M. Pedersen, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called just after noon on Wednesday to the 500 block of East Maple Street about a residential burglary.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday to the 1500 block of Harrison Avenue regarding theft of money from residents in the facility.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, vandalism, protection order violation, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with with suspended license, driving with with no license; responses for alarm, suicide threat, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street  … and more.