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News brief: Early morning blaze destroys house near Toledo

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A fire that broke out this morning at a vacant home for sale north of Toledo is under investigation.

Members of four departments responded to the approximately 5:30 a.m. call to the 300 block of Howe Road, off Spencer Road, according to Lewis County Fire District 2.

“The fire was through the roof when I got here, it was obviously an empty house, so it was pretty much a defensive attack,” District 2 Fire Chief Dave Germain said.

Germain said the residence, which he estimated at perhaps 1,600 square feet, is mostly destroyed. A roof remains over the back two bedrooms, he said.

Germain, a longtime Toledo resident who is retired after 27 years with the Tacoma Fire Department, took on the position as part time chief of District 2 last Wednesday.

There are no other residences nearby, he said. A fire investigator was on the scene this morning.

“It certainly would appear to be questionable, with no electricity and there’s nobody living in the home,” Germain said.

News brief: Brush, grass and timber ignite outside Oakville

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Courtesy photo by Grays Harbor Fire District 1


By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters from local districts as well as the state Department of Natural Resources responded to a wildfire near Oakville this afternoon.

DNR personnel were called to help about 1:30 p.m. to the Oak Meadow Fire, near South Bank Road where fire was smoldering and creeping in grass, brush and timber, according to DNR.

Local firefighters had been called less than 10 minutes earlier when a resident looked out her window and saw a small storage building on fire, according to Grays Harbor County Fire District 1.

Public Information Officer Shawn Burdett said three close-by homes were saved, nobody was injured and all the animals were safe, but the outbuilding was destroyed. A horse trailer and a second outbuilding were damaged, according to Burdett.

DNR’s dispatchers were notified just before 7:30 p.m. the approximately four-acre fire was fully contained and 60 percent “mopped up.” Activities at the scene were still ongoing.

Update: Burdett says the cause is undetermined.


Courtesy photo by Grays Harbor Fire District 1


News brief: Centralia coal field scene of wildfire

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Smoke observed from a logging road on the North Fork side of the TransAlta Fire. / Courtesy photo by Rhonda Volk

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Smoke spotted from the air drew firefighters yesterday afternoon to a wildfire burning grass, brush and an exposed coal seam on property owned by TransAlta.

It was at the Centralia coal mine’s South Field, according to Riverside Fire Authority Chief Mike Kytta.

The forested unimproved property is protected by the state Department of Natural Resources.

The fire was reported to DNR about 3:30 p.m. and Riverside responding about 4:10 p.m. learned it was already being fought by personnel from Lewis County Fire Districts 6, 5 and 1, along with DNR,  from the North Fork Road area, according to the fire chief.

Kytta said upon their arrival with a brush truck, water tender and command unit, they found a DNR helicopter  had the fire contained already. They left the mop up work for DNR and mine personnel, he said.

Further details were not yet available from DNR and calls to TransAlta were not returned as of this evening.

DNR reported it turned it back over to the landowner last night.

News brief: Lone hiker hoisted from wilderness, lost and dehydrated

Monday, July 6th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An experienced hiker who accidentally walked six hours in the wrong direction was rescued this morning near Lily Lake Basin close to White Pass.

The 55-year-old Kennewick resident left the Goat Rocks Wilderness area on Saturday for an expected 24-hour roundtrip along the Pacific Crest Trail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

He was well-prepared with the right gear, shelter and food, but became dehydrated because he ran out of water, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

He used his cell phone to call family, who called the sheriff’s office for help last night, according to Brown.

The sheriff’s office coordinated a search and rescue effort that began at 6 o’clock this morning, including members with horses, ATVs and on foot, according to Brown.

The hiker was located at 10:45 a.m. and hoisted to safety by the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Brown said.

The 55 year old was suffering from dehydration and other injuries and had been unable to give clear directions to the SAR coordinator, Brown said.

He was found about three to five miles from the Clear Lost Trail off of U.S. Highway 12; and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment, according to Brown.

News brief: Eyebrows singed by mortar

Monday, July 6th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It’s too soon breathe any sigh of relief that the Fourth of July holiday has come and gone with no major trauma from fireworks, according to one fire chief.

“Now, we’ll start to see over the next few days what will happen,” Lewis County Fire District 6 Chief Tim Kinder said. “There are people still lighting off fireworks.”

The period for legal discharge of fireworks ended at 11 p.m. yesterday, and won’t return again until next summer, except for a few hours on New Year’s Eve.

Also, the fire danger because of the exceedingly dry vegetation didn’t magically vanish. At least 10 large wildfires were burning around the state as of yesterday.

“Everybody needs to remember the burn restrictions,” Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel said this morning.

The Salkum area had a relatively mild weekend, fire response-wise, although it certainly was noisy, McDaniel said.

For Kinder, whose department protects the greater Chehalis area, his crews had a very long weekend, with numerous calls.

“We did a lot of mutual-aid stuff,” Kinder said.

District 6 crews assisted Riverside Fire Authority with a Centralia area barn fire on Thursday, with a house fire on Friday, and responded with the Napavine area department for a garage fire on Sunday, according to Kinder.

They dealt with some small grass fires, with four calls in total on Saturday and four more on Sunday, he said.

And on Saturday night, they tended to one victim injured when a mortar exploded prematurely, inside its tube, according to Kinder.

Crews called about 10:30 p.m. to the 500 block of Highway 603 west of Chehalis found the 51-year-old man had been standing next to it, Kinder said.

It singed his eyebrows, and caused an abrasion on his upper chest, he said. The man’s wife took him to the hospital, the chief said.

But, the longtime firefighter said, his expectation is now folks will find leftover fireworks, and sometimes light them off to see if they still are any good.

“I always pay attention to the three or four days after the Fourth,” he said. “It’s not over.”

News brief: Centralia man arrested after attempt to rob north end market

Monday, July 6th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An attempted robbery at a Centralia convenience store yesterday evening failed when the would-be thief realized the clerk was not alone.

Police called about 6:15 p.m. to the Pearl Street Market on the 2300 block of North Pearl Street were told the man opened up a knife and demanded money.

The 28-year-old clerk went running backwards screaming for her boss and the startled subject fled, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The owner had been in the back of the store, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

Officers were told the individual ran towards Carson Street so one patrol car parked on a wooden bridge near Carson, while other law enforcement officers surrounded a large area, Reichert said.

Centralia police dog Lobo began a track and it wasn’t long before the dog pulled the suspect from the bushes some 50 feet from the patrol car, he said.

Jason M. Keele, 46, from Centralia, was arrested for attempted robbery, according to police. He was taken to be checked for the dog bite and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Reichert.

“We probably had the guy in custody within an hour,” he said. “Probably less than an hour, and we’re thankful for the assistance from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol.”

Despite worries, fire departments around Lewis County report fairly mellow Fourth of July

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Firefighters on Friday kept a house fire on Oxford Avenue from spreading to a neighboring residence. The cause has not yet been released.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Independence Day celebrations in the Centralia area passed with no significant fireworks-related property damage, despite the tinder dry conditions outdoors, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

RFA, the largest department in Lewis County, spoke through a news release this morning, applauding those citizens who made the effort to try to reduce the risks of the fire season during their displays.

“It was my observation that folks were taking extra care this year to be sure that they had water available to them during fireworks use,” Riverside’s Public Information Officer Capt. Scott Weinert said in a written statement.

In the 24-hour hour period that included July 4, firefighters from the department responded to eight fireworks related incidents, according to Weinert.

They primarily consisted of small bush or grass fires that were extinguished or no longer burning on arrival of RFA units, he stated.

They also answered 10 other emergency medical calls.

Firefighters in the city of Chehalis made it through the holiday without any serious fireworks-related incidents, but did go out to a small brush fire today on 15th Street near William Avenue, Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said.

McCarty said he wasn’t sure what ignited it, but the individual who called it in located an unlit sparkler bomb in the area which was turned over to police.

At the other end of the county, Fourth of July could almost have been called relaxing for one fire department.

The one call Vader firefighters responded to was for a report of an illegal burn that turned out to actually be a legal campfire in a fire pit, Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20 Chief Richard Underdahl said.

“We were ready, but nothing happened,” Underdahl said.

They were asked to join the Toledo Fire Department last night for a tree on fire and again today for a brush fire along Toledo-Salmon Creek Road, but in both cases were told they were no longer needed before they arrived, he said.

Under current conditions, Toledo, Vader and Winlock are automatically responding jointly to any brush or other fires, he said.

At the far west end of the county, all was well in Pe Ell, according to Lewis County Fire District 11 Chief Michael Krafczyk.

In Randle, Fire Chief Jeff Jaques reports no fireworks-related fires.

And in Onalaska, there were zero fire calls for Lewis County Fire District 1.

“The public really seemed to listen to the urges from the fire world not to set off fireworks,” District 1 Chief Andrew Martin said.

Information isn’t yet available yet for other fire departments in the county.

Also, the cause of a fire that virtually gutted a two-story house at the north end of Centralia the evening before the holiday has not been released. Four fire departments battled the blaze on the 1500 block of Oxford Avenue that displaced its owner, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Nobody was hurt, but three cats were missing, Fire Chief Mike Kytta indicated.

Separately, at the far east end of the county, residents may be seeing smoke from a fire on the west flank of Mount Adams, at the approximately 5,300 foot elevation.

The fire in the wilderness area was discovered on Friday and was believed to cover about 250 acres yesterday. It is burning in areas of open stands and meadows, as well as heavy timber, according to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It’s burning near a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail.

It’s been named the Horseshoe Fire.

During initial attack on Friday, a helicopter worked to check the fire’s spread with bucket drops while a ground crew sized up the fire and evaluated containment line location. Firefighters and district recreation personnel walked the affected trails and escorted forest visitors out of the area.

It’s within the Mt. Adams Wilderness south of Riley Camp Trail #64, in the northeast portion of Skamania County. Closure information is being posted at trailheads and in affected communities.

Although Weinert with Riverside was able to offer a positive report on the holiday, he asks that everyone continue to have a heightened state of awareness of fire safety as the summer season continues.

More to come tomorrow.


Large wildfires burning in Washington state as of today include the Horseshoe fire on the west flank of Mount Adams. / Image from Northwest Interagency Coordination Center

News brief: House fire in Curtis caught early

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Boistfort Valley home caught fire late yesterday afternoon, but a neighbor alerting the resident to smoke and the resident putting a garden hose on it kept it from spreading.

Firefighters called just before 5 p.m. to the one-story house on the 100 block of Moon Hill Road found damage beneath an enclosed porch built onto the back of the house, according to Lewis County Fire District 13.

“So it looks like it started on the outside of the residence,” Fire Chief Gwen Turner said. “Not sure what combusted, but something combusted on the outside.”

Turner said smoke got into the interior, but the room itself never caught fire. She suspected the room would have to be completely re-done.

“It’s a very good thing they were home,” she said.

Ten firefighters responded.

Fire tears through Centralia house

Friday, July 3rd, 2015
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Smoke billows from home on Oxford Avenue in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Mandy Wilson


By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Arriving firefighters this evening found a north Centralia home fully engulfed in flames and a house next door beginning to burn.

Four fire departments responded to the 6:18 p.m. call to the blaze on the 1500 block of Oxford Avenue, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

They conducted a defensive – exterior – attack, according to Fire Lt. Mark Stahl.

Nobody was injured, but the two-story house is a total loss, along with two sheds and a travel trailer, according to Riverside.

A department spokesperson indicated an elderly woman and some grown grandchildren were there at the time, but everyone got out.  Fire Chief Mike Kytta said three cats were missing.

The cause is under investigation. The resident is being assisted by the American Red Cross, according to the chief.

Although a Go-Fund-Me account set up by an individual identifying herself as a granddaughter states the 86-year-old owner lost everything due to someone letting off fireworks, the process is still underway to rule in and rule out potential causes, according to Kytta.

“Interviews and physical evidence is being processed by our team and that will take some time to complete,” Kytta stated.


Fourth of July: Local fire danger remains high

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – For those who were worried a week ago about the prospect of Fourth of July fireworks danger in light of the unusually parched state of grasses, shrubs, trees and other plant life, the outlook has not gotten any better.

The mercury hit 95 degrees in Chehalis today, and temperatures will continue to be well above normal through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The combination of heat, low humidity levels and dry vegetation with its risk for potential wildfires prompted even the Gifford Pinchot National Forest at mid-week to issue restrictions on campfires.

The lowlands have already seen outdoor burn bans put into place, as well as bans on campfires in state parks.

Early this week, as the governor and the commissioner of public lands strongly urged people not to use fireworks this year, the Lewis County Fire Chiefs Association had not taken a position on the matter.

However, the group’s president Gregg Peterson, who is chief of Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue, said he was very concerned going into the Fourth of July weekend.

“Have a garden hose, shovel and water handy for extinguishing any fire,” Peterson said. “We’re probably going to be very busy, so, any fire that starts, we may no get there right away.”

Also on Wednesday, the Lewis County Board of Commissioners and the county Fire Marshal’s Office issued a statement asking citizens to refrain from personal discharge of all fireworks this year, and to celebrate in other ways, including partaking in professional public fireworks displays instead.

They indicated in a news release they heard the request from some members of the public to ban them, but wouldn’t have been able to do so for this holiday, even if they’d have taken immediate action.

“The current state law leaves this office with only the option to ask for assistance from the citizens to prevent fireworks related tragedy,” they wrote in the joint news release.

Fireworks are never allowed in the national forests in the Pacific Northwest.

Gifford Pinchot and Mount Hood National Forests’ Fire Management Staff Officer Deb Roy gave the details for campers and visitors.

Open campfires, including charcoal briquettes, cooking fires and warming fires are prohibited until further notice, according to Roy. Wood or charcoal fires are only allowed in developed campgrounds, picnic areas and group campgrounds that have established metal fire pits or rings, Roy stated in a news release.

Even smoking in the Gifford Pinchot is allowed only within enclosed vehicles, buildings and developed recreation sites. Violators can be fined up to $5,000 and/ or imprisoned up to six months in jail.

The state fire marshal’s office has been issuing news releases almost daily for more than a week, advising on various safety concerns involving the use of fireworks.

Yesterday, they focused on the lingering risk after the sparklers, cones and whatever else have sputtered out.

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy reminds residents that used fireworks can leave behind a great deal of debris.

Some extra attention during the disposal of what’s left behind can help reduce the likelihood of unwanted fire or injury.

Here’s what Duffy says:

• Clean up all fireworks debris.

• Submerge used fireworks in a bucket of water for fifteen minutes to ensure they are cooled down and there are no smoldering embers that can start a fire.

• Double wrap the soaked fireworks in plastic bags for disposal in your household trash.

• It is best to dump the remaining water on the ground, selecting an area where it will not produce surface runoff into the municipal water system.

• Do not put used fireworks that have not been soaked into a paper or plastic bag, as this could lead to a fire starting within the bag.

• Return to your fireworks discharge area the next morning to clean up any remaining firework debris – things can be easily overlooked in the dark.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Flames rise from a barn outside Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Jason Krause

Updated at 7:15 p.m.


• Members of four fire departments responded last night to an approximately 8:30 p.m. call about a barn fire west of Centralia. The initial reports indicated it was burning through the roof of a building containing hay and some machinery, but no animals, according to Riverside Fire Authority. A volunteer firefighter arrived within a few minutes of dispatch and radioed an update that the building was engulfed in flames and the nearby pasture land and trees were threatened, Fire Chief Mike Kytta indicated in a news release. The area – on the 1200 block of Lincoln Creek Road – is not served by fire hydrants so water tender trucks were brought in from RFA and neighboring West Thurston Fire Authority, Lewis County Fire District 6 and Grays Harbor Fire District 1, according to Kytta. The Department of Natural Resources was notified of the threat to lands under their protection and a supervisor responded. Nobody was hurt, but the building and its contents which are uninsured are a total loss, he stated.


• Centralia police responded to the RV park at the 1200 block of Alder Street around noon yesterday for a harassment complaint in which an older man had been harassed and threatened by another occupant of the park. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday to the 11000 block of Schueber Road in Centralia in which numerous pills were missing from the victim’s prescription bottle. The issue is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• An employee at the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia reported to police late yesterday afternoon that antifreeze was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Centralia police were called about 2 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard. A ring was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, drugs, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for suspected drug use in a park … and more.


Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015



• A 48-year-old Chehalis man was hospitalized after his motorcycle struck an elk in Pacific County last night. Troopers responding about 12:25 a.m. to the scene two miles south of Grayland along state Route 105 report that Walter R. Twidwell’s 2000 Honda VT 1100 was able to be driven away from the scene. Twidwell and his passenger, Rhonda L. Pepin, 44, were both injured and  seen at Community Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. State patrol spokesperson Trooper Russ Winger said he didn’t have further details about the accident, but noted the highway goes through a remote area where there are elk herds.


• Centralia police were called about 6:30 a.m. today to the 2000 block of North Tower Avenue where a red Yamaha motorcycle was reported stolen.


• Police were called by a resident at the 100 block of North Schueber Road in Centralia late yesterday afternoon who said someone came into her home while she was out of town between June 23 and Sunday and left with her personal checkbook. There was no sign of forced entry, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A generator and a propane construction heater were reportedly stolen from a driveway on the 1000 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.


• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a license plate removed from a vehicle by an unknown person at the 100 block of Virginia Drive.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, wallet lost while blacked out, reports of cat, dogs and kids left alone in different parked vehicles in the heat … and more.

Firefighters find smoldering rags in downtown Chehalis bar

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – It turned out to be a neatly folded stack of recently laundered towels on a shelf.

That could have burned up a popular Chehalis night spot, if not for the fact that someone smelled something not quite right before the business closed.

It was about midnight last night when someone from Sabra’s Place walked around the corner to the Chehalis Fire Station and said there was a strange odor inside the restaurant.

The crew went into the building on the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue and looked around. The air conditioner was checked, the area was searched and finally, the source was located, Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said

It was coming from a stack of towels in a cabinet, McCarty said. They were just slightly smoking.

Fire Investigator Derrick Paul related to McCarty that he took them outside, laid them out and found heavy charring in the middle.

“So, they were actually spontaneously combusting,” McCarty said.

Paul asked if they’d been used previously to clean up anything oily or chemicals. He was told yes, but they’d been washed since, he was told.

Most people know that oily rags left laying around can ignite, but firefighters know that even after they are laundered, they are still risky, according to McCarty. They should be stored in something metal with a lid on it, he said.

“In this case, luckily they smelled something,” he said. “Otherwise, we’d have had a big fire.”

FBI, federal prosecutors considering pursuing Chase Bank robbery case

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Larry G. Bailey, right, listens as his lawyer addresses the judge in Lewis County Superior Court about a delay in his case.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The upcoming trial for the suspected bicycling bank robber was postponed today, after lawyers told a judge federal authorities may want to take a crack at prosecuting the case.

Larry G. Bailey was arrested on the morning of Jan. 26, after ditching a BMX-style bicycle on Chehalis’s West Street overpass, with a deputy in pursuit, about 45 minutes after an individual with a similar description implied to the manager of Chase Bank at the other end of town he had a gun and was taken into the bank’s vault.

The 52-year-old had $36,000 tucked inside a floral print cloth bag in his backpack, according to police.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead told Judge Richard Brosey this morning he just spoke to federal authorities about a week and a half ago.

“I know the probation officer was aware of it, but I don’t think the FBI or the (Assistant United States Attorney) was,” Halstead said.

Bailey has several previous federal bank robbery convictions and was on probation at the time of the incident, according to prosecutors.

Halstead, Bailey and defense attorney Chris Baum appeared in Lewis County Superior Court, scheduled for a pre-trial hearing.

Baum joined Halstead in suggesting they postpone both the hearing, and the trial that was on the court calendar for the week of Aug. 3.

“We need to get a response from the feds as to whether or not they’re going to take it,” Baum said.

Police said Bailey had just arrived in the area few months earlier and showed an address on the 1500 block of Bishop Road, at an address for a church near an encampment.

Bailey has pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery and possession of methamphetamine.

If convicted and the state can confirm the prior robbery convictions, it could be a third strike, making him subject to mandatory life imprisonment without parole

He remains held in the Lewis County Jail on t $250,000 bail.

For background, read:

• “Suspected Chase Bank robber believed to have numerous similar convictions” from Tuesday January 27, 2015, here

• “Chase bank robbery suspect facing possible third strike, pleads not guilty” from Thursday January 29, 2015, here

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015



• A deputy took a report yesterday of a shotgun stolen from a man’s bedroom on the 1200 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel. The 59-year-old resident said the Mossberg 870 12-gauge shotgun was taken sometime between June 20 and Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.


• Centralia police were called about 7:35 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of North Schueber Road to take a report a dog was stolen from a home. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A stroller was stolen from a a front porch at the 1200 block of G Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 3:15 p.m. yesterday.


• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of West Pear Street about 2:30 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a UPS package from a porch.


• Chehalis police were called on Monday afternoon regarding a possible fraud. They are investigating, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Someone stole tools from an unlocked vehicle parked in front of a residence overnight at the 1400 block of Southwest Mills Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.


• Centralia police were called just before noon yesterday about a window getting broken out of a vehicle during the night at the 900 block of Goff Street in Centralia.


• A youngster on a bicycle collided with a car at Main Street and Cascade Avenue in Chehalis about 1:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon, but was not seriously injured, according to responders.

• A 32-year-old motorist was arrested for being intoxicated behind the wheel as well as having three child passengers at the time yesterday evening in Centralia. Police contacted Chad C. Cozby, 32, of Sumner, about 6:25 p.m. at the 1500 block of Kresky Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.  He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence plus three counts of reckless endangerment, according to police.

• An 18-year-old motorist totaled his own Mitsubishi Eclipse as well as a Chehalis woman’s Grand Am after traveling too fast, losing control in a curve and spinning out early yesterday morning at the 200 block of Maurin Road in Chehalis. A deputy called just before 5 a.m. learned the teen’s car T-boned the other vehicle and spun multiple times, also causing minor damage to a third vehicle that was trying to back away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Nobody was injured, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. However, Trew A. Irwin, from Centralia, was cited for second-degree negligent driving, having no insurance and third-degree driving with a suspended license, Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, she said.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, possibly stolen property found in some bushes, barking dog … and more.