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Salkum triple homicide: Man who fled after four were shot recalls events of Aug. 2010

Thursday, December 8th, 2011
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John A. Booth Jr. listens to testimony in Lewis County Superior Court.

This news story was updated at 1:20 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – John Lindberg told jurors he was two steps behind David West Sr. after West Sr. grabbed a shotgun from his bedroom, walked down the hallway, cocked it, and aimed toward the dining room table, trying to get John A. Booth and Ryan J. McCarthy to leave his house on Wings Way.

That’s when the shooting began, Lindberg said.

“The gunfire, it wasn’t from the shotgun, it was rapid fire,” he said.

As West Sr. began to topple, Lindberg ran back to the master bedroom, he said.

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John Lindberg

Now, Lindberg, a plumber, is one of only two individuals alive – other than the accused pair – who were inside the home that night where four people were subsequently found shot, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

Denise Salts, then 51, survived a gunshot in her face and is expected to testify today in Booth’s triple murder trial.

It was about 2 a.m. on Aug. 21 of last year when deputies were called to the rambler in the Salkum-Onalaska area. Inside, 52-year-old West Sr, his 16-year-old son David West Jr. and a friend Tony E. Williams, 50, of Randle were dead. Salts lay bleeding on the kitchen floor.

McCarthy, 30, has been sent to prison for 14 years after a plea agreement, where he did not admit guilt. Booth, 32, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, attempted murder and other offenses. His trial began Monday and is expected to go through next week.

Under questioning by attorneys yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court, Lindberg told what he heard, saw and recalled from that night. At times, his voice broke as he described fearing he would be killed, and how he hid out until only he and the victims remained in the house.

Lindberg had arrived about 12:30 a.m. to visit, and was followed into the West’s home by Booth and McCarthy, two people he said he had never met before.

They conversed at a dining room table as West Sr. spoke of getting a title to a truck for Booth. Lindberg said.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher questioned Lindberg at length.

Booth asked West Sr. if they could talk outside, and then they stepped out for 15 to 20 minutes, Lindberg said.

Salts was in the living room with someone else, he said.

When West Sr. came back inside, he asked Lindberg if he had any money, Lindberg relayed. He told him he only had $100, but followed him to the master bedroom, and told him he had more on him, but didn’t want to say so in front of Booth, Lindberg testified.

“His face was red, beet red, he looked pretty stressed out,” Lindberg said of West Sr.

That’s when West Sr. picked up the gun and  said “”F*** it, I’m going to end this bullshit once and for all,” Lindberg said.

Lindberg said under questioning when West Sr. started to fall, he fled to the back bedroom where he paced back and forth. He had seen McCarthy at the dining room table, but couldn’t see Booth, he said.

From the bedroom, he said, he heard Salts, but not what she was saying, and heard something hit the floor.

“I heard Tony’s voice,” he said. “Don’t, don’t, you don’t have to shoot, Lindberg relayed.”

Then a sound like a gun was jammed, or being reloaded, he said, and then another “bang”.

“Did you stay where you were at?” Deputy Prosecutor Meagher asked.

“Yeah,” Lindberg said, covering part of his face with one hand and stifling a sob.

“I thought I was gonna die next,” he said.

Lindberg said he heard footsteps coming down hall, and he froze, but then he took a look out the doorway.

“I could see McCarthy going in this room, next the boy is here, Booth was there,” he said. “Booth had the boy by the hair.”

Lindberg said he was an arms-length away from West Sr. and when the men’s backs were turned, he darted behind them into the master bathroom.

As he was closing the door, he said, “I hear a bang, another gunshot, then I hear the boy hit the floor.”

It was dark and he felt around but could not find a window, he said. All he could hear was the fan, he said. There were no more shots, he said.

“Boy, it seemed like forever, 20, 30 minutes,” Lindberg said. “I started praying … cause I didn’t want to die.”

Finally, he looked out and could see the front door was open, he said.

“I had to control myself to jump over Dave’s body, the shotgun,” he said. “I ran.”

Lindberg said he went to the gate and looked around for the men, and noticed their car was gone. He got in his car and drove away fast, he said.

Lindberg headed east on Gore Road and saw a car pass him coming the other way, he said. He kept going, he thought they were returning to kill him, he said.

Then Lindberg, who carries a police scanner in his car, heard his license plate on the scanner and stopped, he said.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Wallace arrived and asked if he was alright. He said no.

Wallace testified Lindberg was shaking and crying, almost unable to control his hands.

“He told me what happened,” Wallace said.

Witnesses continue to testify today in the Chehalis courtroom, including the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsies.

The trial is expected to run through next week.

News brief: Firefighters to escort Santa around Twin Cities

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters will be joining Santa Claus as he cruises through both Centralia and Chehalis Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m.

In Chehalis, the so-called Santa Mobile will be traveling its usual annual route starting near Southwest 13th and 16th streets.

Chehalis Firefighter Steve Emrich advises Santa and his helpers will distribute candy canes along with safety information. Donations will be collected for the food bank.

In Centralia, Santa’s sleigh should be found throughout the Edison District until 9 p.m.

There, he and his helpers will be collecting donations of new toys as well as items for the food bank, according to Riverside Fire Authority’s Judith Emler.

The following night, the procession will be repeated in the Fords Prairie area, Emler said.

Chehalis’s Santa Mobile will be out again a week from Thursday, beginning in NW Westside neighborhoods, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

ICY ROAD CRASHES

• A 35-year-old Morton man was uninjured when he totaled his pickup truck after swerving to miss a deer early Tuesday morning on the 300 block of Burnt Ridge Road in Onalaska, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called about 6:30 a.m. reported the vehicle slid on black ice into a ditch and utility pole, rolling onto its side.

• A 26-year-old driver reportedly escaped injury on Tuesday morning when she lost control of her car on the 2300 block of Wildwood Road, sliding into a culvert which flipped her Honda Civic onto its side. A deputy called about 7:30 a.m. reported the Raymond woman’s vehicle was totaled. She said she hit some black ice, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THEFT

• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested overnight for second-degree possession of stolen property and possession of an unspecified controlled substance. Conrad J. Perry was booked into the Lewis County Jail in connection with a 1:30 a.m. contact with police related to the 500 block of Hillkress Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. At the same time, Robert T. Lusk, 33, of Chehalis, was arrested for trespass and booked into jail, according to police.

• Centralia police were called to the 1200 block of Alder Street yesterday morning where a safe was discovered missing from an office. Further details were not readily available.

• Police took a report of a car prowl yesterday morning at the 200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. Among the missing items was a Craftsman “roadside kit”, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• A 22-year-old Chehalis man whose car window had recently been smashed out and repaired called police after almost catching someone breaking his car window again early yesterday morning, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim’s 2003 Acura was parked outside his home on the 100 block of Southwest Fifth Street when he heard it and saw someone running away, according to police. Police say it appears to be some type of ongoing dispute.

Salkum triple homicide: Witness who was at the house during shootings to testify today

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
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Diagram of crime scene at 101 Wings Way, in the Salkum-Onalaska area

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The man who was at the Wings Way house when four people were shot is among the witnesses who will testify this afternoon as John A. Booth Jr.’s triple murder trial continues in Lewis County Superior Court.

John Lindberg hid in a bathroom when the guns came out during the events of Aug. 21, 2010 in the Salkum-Onalaska area, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher.

Somehow when the two men, allegedly Booth and his former cell mate Ryan J. McCarthy, fled the home, they forgot Lindberg was there, Meagher has said.

This morning jurors heard from a Washington State Patrol detective who diagramed the crime scene, from the sheriff’s office evidence director and from a Spokane deputy who found a 9 mm handgun in an attic where Booth was arrested days after the slayings.

More to come.

Salkum triple homicide: Prosecutor alleges two of the victims were ‘executed’

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
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John A. Booth Jr., right, listens with his attorney Roger Hunko, as opening statements are made in his murder trial.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Almost 16 months after the three fatal shootings in Salkum, and following nearly two full days of jury selection in the Chehalis courthouse, the prosecution outlined what they believe the evidence will show about the deaths of David West Sr. 52, David West Jr., 16, and Tony E. Williams, 50, as well as the non-fatal shooting of Denise Salts, then 51.

John A. Booth Jr. was “taxing” various people on behalf of Robbie Russell, Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told a jury this afternoon.

Meagher said Booth was at the West’s house on Aug. 21, 2010 trying to get money from West Sr., when West Sr. brought out a shotgun and then was shot dead.

“But then, he had to think about what to do after,” Meagher said. “What he did is started going around the house shooting witnesses.”

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Salkum, Aug. 21, 2010

Booth, now 32, has pleaded not guilty to murder and other offenses related the only triple homicide in recent memory in Lewis County.

The former Onalaskan had been released from prison less than a year earlier, and lived and worked in the Tacoma area where he was supposed to still be under the supervision of a community corrections officer.

Today in Lewis County Superior Court, in between sessions that finally pared a jury pool from 170 individuals down to 12 plus three alternates, Booth’s lawyer continued to raise concerns about his client’s chance for a fair trial.

Attorney Roger Hunko, and Booth himself, spoke to the judge about the potential the jurors could be prejudiced given a large number law enforcement officers in the courtroom, as well as the possibility jurors might discern Booth is wearing restraints beneath his clothing.

Booth is outfitted with a “laser belt” and a leg brace.

“When he moves his legs (the strap) shows,” Hunko told the judge.

The defendant addressed Judge Richard Brosey directly, complaining that the day before there were “10 cops in the courtroom.”

“You know what I’m saying?” Booth asked the judge. “That kinda gives ‘em an idea I, John Booth, is too dangerous. He can’t be here without ‘em.”

Brosey replied he wasn’t going to tell the sheriff’s office security detail how to do its job and that the only reason the strap would show was if Booth moved around and let that happen.

The judge noted jurors might come to a similar conclusion anyhow, since the defendant is charged with three murders plus attempted murder.

When Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Meagher addressed the eight-man, four-woman jury, he graphically explained why the two charges of first-degree, premeditated and intentional, murder were filed on behalf of two of the victims.

“Tony Williams and David West Jr. weren’t just shot, they were executed,” Meagher said.

Williams was shot in the right eye, “showing he was looking right down the barrel of that gun when Mr. Booth shot him,” Meagher said. David Jr. was shot in his bedroom, and when he came out, was shot right down in his skull, Meagher said.

Meagher said one witness would describe being visited by Booth the same day because he owed Russell money.

“He will say he had been put on ‘unlimited status’ meaning anytime Booth shows up, you have to pay him,” Meagher said.

Another witness is going to testify he went to West Sr.’s house that afternoon, as West Sr. was attempting to sell a $6,000 boat for $1,000, Meagher said.

“Well, the reason he needed the money, is he knew Booth was coming to tax him,” Meagher said.

And Booth would be identified by two witnesses, Meagher said. West Sr.’s ‘significant other’, Salts, will describe how Booth put a gun to her face and shot her, Meagher said.

And John Lindberg will tell of arriving to the house on Wings Way off Gore Road at the same time as Booth and Ryan McCarthy, Meagher said.

Lindberg will testify West Sr. was really upset and asked him for money after West Sr. and Booth talked outside, he said. Lindberg only had $100, according to Meagher.

Jurors will hear how West Sr. then grabbed a shotgun and then Booth pulled a gun and shot West Sr., Meagher said.

Lindberg hid in the bathroom, thinking he was next, Meagher said. “There were more gunshots,” Meagher said.

“For whatever reason, they forgot about him when they left,” Meagher said.

Soon after, Lindberg met up with an approaching sheriff’s deputy and looked at a photo to identify Booth, according to Meagher.

In just a little more than 30 minutes of opening statements, Meagher also told jurors a fully loaded pistol found in the attic of the Spokane home where Booth was subsequently arrested, had Booth’s DNA on it.

Booth is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and attempted extortion.

“The reason for the ‘attempted’ is it wasn’t completed,” Meagher said. “He didn’t get any money out of these people. He shot them instead.”

Defense attorney Hunko deferred making an opening statement.

The trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

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Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher waits for the jury to be seated.

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Read from Saturday Aug. 21, 2010, “Manhunt spreads to Spokane and beyond after three fatally shot in Onalaska” on Lewis County Sirens, here

Salkum triple homicide: Lawyers continue to cull jury pool

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
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John A. Booth Jr., right, waits with his attorney Roger Hunko, for potential jurors to arrive in the courtroom.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Attorneys are still questioning potential jurors for the trial of John A. Booth Jr. in Lewis County Superior Court.

More later

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia yesterday morning about a vehicle prowl. Someone pried open a window and stole an iPod and CDs, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Salkum triple homicide: Jury selection to resume tomorrow morning

Monday, December 5th, 2011
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John A. Booth Jr., far right, stands behind his attorney Roger Hunko, as prosecutors and the judge discuss jury selection.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The top floor of the Lewis County courthouse was packed today with about twice as many potential jurors as usual in the attempt to seat a panel for a triple-murder trial that has seen extensive coverage in the news media for more than a year.

Former Onalaskan John A. Booth Jr. for the first time today shed his red and white striped jail garb and appeared in a navy jacket, slacks and a tie for the proceedings in Chehalis.

Booth, 32, is charged with murder and other offenses related to the August 2010 gunshot deaths in Salkum of  David West Sr. 52, West’s 16-year-old son David West Jr. and a friend Tony E. Williams, 50, of Randle. He is also charged with attempted murder of West Sr.’s girlfriend, Denise Salts, then 51 years old.

The potential jurors were pared from 170 down to 77 by the end of today. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey told those remaining he thought jury selection was about halfway finished when he sent them home for the day.

Brosey warned them not talk about the case, read about the case or do any research on the Internet about it.

“Don’t do any “tweets”, don’t do any blogs, none of that ” Brosey said.

Booth’s lawyer, Roger Hunko of Port Orchard, had unsuccessfully attempted to get the trial moved to another county, citing extensive pre-trial publicity.

While a large number of potential jurors were excused citing work conflict issues with a trial the judge said could go until the end of next week, most of the courtroom time today was spent on individual voire dire.

About 28 individuals wrote in a questionnaire they had heard or read about the case and already formed an opinion.

They were brought into the courtroom one at a time so attorneys could inquire further, without having other potential jurors hearing any of the details they might bring up.

Nearly all of them were excused.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher is handling the case, with assistance from Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead.

Prosecutors have alleged Booth and Ryan J. McCarthy visited the house on Wings Way in connection with collecting money for drug debts or a “perceived” debt owed to Robert “Robbie” S. Russell.  One of the victims, West Sr. was a witness in a pending case against Russell.

The victims were all shot in the head.

McCarthy, 30, was sentenced in September to a little more than 14 years for his role following an Alford plea deal. Russell, early on named a person-of-interest in the triple homicide, was not charged in the case, but was sent to prison following unrelated convictions.

Booth is charged with:

• Second-degree murder in the death of David West Sr., while armed with a firearm.

• First-degree murder, premeditated, in the death of David West Jr., while armed with a firearm, and demonstrating an egregious lack of remorse.

• First-degree murder, premeditated, in the death of Tony E. Williams, while armed with a firearm, and demonstrating an egregious lack of remorse.

• Attempted first-degree murder, premeditated, in regard to Denise Salts, while armed with a firearm.

• Attempted extortion of David West Sr. between Aug 8 and Aug, 21, 2010.

• First-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

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Correction: This news story has been updated to reflect Ryan McCarthy’s correct age.

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Read background on the case:

• “West Sr. pointed shotgun telling pair of ex-cons to leave his house, triggering triple homicide, unsealed court documents allege” from Saturday Sept. 4, 2010 here

• “Unsealed document: More details on Salkum slayings” from Monday Sept. 6, 2010 here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Updated at 12:40 p.m.

BASEBALL BATS VERSUS CAR

• Centralia police were called about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Ash Street where four men allegedly were using baseball bats to break most if not all the windows out of a car, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police were told the subjects were “gangsters”, and that an earlier confrontation led to the vandalism, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert. The owner of the Kia is a 22-year-old Chehalis woman, Reichert said. They reportedly “stomped” dents into the side of the car and smashed an apartment window as well. Officers following up on information then arrested four men for first-degree malicious mischief and booked them into the Lewis County Jail. They are: Ruben A. Palomares, 26, of Tenino; Angel F. Velasquez, 29, Andrez Velasquez, 19, and Jose A. Velasquez, 18, all of Centralia. Reichert said it was not clear what the earlier issue was about.

BAR ASSAULT

• A 39-year-old man was arrested for second-degree assault after an incident at a Chehalis drinking establishment over the weekend in which another patron ended up with an injury to the back of his head. Officers were called about 12:10 a.m. on Sunday to Paradise on the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue and found the victim, a 25-year-old Chehalis man bleeding from the head, according to police. Aid was summoned but the victim was taken to the hospital by friends, according to Deputy Chief Randy Kaut. A suspect was subsequently detained by police in downtown Winlock, Kaut said. John I. Burkett, 39, of Winlock, was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

THEFT

• Centralia police on Sunday said they arrested a 20-year-old Centralia man overnight in connection with the knifepoint robbery of a woman in her driveway the 1000 block of Alder Street from late October. Robert Y. Bezhenar, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police took a report early Sunday morning of a residential burglary at the 1100 block of L Street in Centralia. There are no suspects, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A coin machine and change was stolen from a laundry facility at the Frost Road Trailer Park in Winlock sometime between 8 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $175.

• Police were called to 1100 block of F Street in Centralia on Friday morning about the theft of money and medication from a home.

• A stolen vehicle from the Seattle area was recovered on the 100 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia on Friday evening, according to police. It was found unoccupied and parked, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called to Southwest Fifth Street in Chehalis where an individual said they heard the sound of a vehicle window being broken out and then saw someone running away about 3 to 4 a.m. on Friday, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It appeared to be an attempted vehicle prowl, police said.

DRUGS

• A 56-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine early Saturday morning following a traffic stop on the 100 block of Sawall Avenue in Centralia. A deputy found Aaron W. Martin was driving with a suspended license and a search of him turned up suspected methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Police arrested a 26-year-old Centralia resident just before midnight on Friday at the 1600 block of Windsor Avenue in Centralia for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Alejandro Garcia was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 22-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 10:15 p.m. Friday at  South Tower Avenue and East Locust Street in Centralia for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Leonardo Carriera Larios was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• A 16-year-old Winlock girl reportedly escaped injury when she totaled her car late yesterday afternoon when trying to avoid an object in the roadway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy reported the 1998 Toyota Corrola rolled down an embankment on the 1300 block of King Road and landed on its wheels, the sheriff’s office said.

LARGE GARAGE BURNS IN SILVER CREEK

• Firefighters this morning were still putting out hot spots following a fire in Silver Creek that erupted last night. Lewis County Fire Districts 8 and 3 responded about 10:50 p.m. to a burning large garage on the 2800 block of U.S. Highway 12, District 8 Assistant Chief Don Taylor said. When they arrived, flames were reaching 25 to 30 feet into the sky and the building was in the first stages of collapse, he said. Nobody was hurt. Taylor said the owners lost a Harley motorcycle and tools; he believed the owner ran some type of a business out of the building, he said. The cause is under investigation.

News brief: One dead, three injured in Rochester wreck

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Updated at 11:28 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 43-year-old man from Rochester is dead and a Chehalis teenager was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 12 in Rochester Friday night.

Troopers were called about 7:40 p.m. to the wreck near Denmark Street Southwest, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Mark D. Stone, 43, of Rochester, was eastbound when his Ford Windstar van struck a guardrail on the right and then crossed into the oncoming lane and ran into a car carrying three individuals, according to the state patrol.

The driver of the Oldsmobile Alero, Carmon L. Gillaspie, 19, of Chehalis, was flown to the Seattle hospital. Two of her passengers were injured and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, the state patrol reported.

They are: Trevor R. Duncanhostick, 23, of Oakville and Vincent R. Thorp, 19, of Walla Walla, according to the patrol.

Both vehicles were described as totaled. The roadway was blocked until just before 10 p.m.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Update Monday December 5, 2011 at 9:05 a.m.:  Gillaspie is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit this morning.

News brief: Salkum triple murder trial on court schedule for next week

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Attorneys confirmed with a judge this afternoon the triple murder trial for former Onalaskan John A. Booth Jr. is a go for next week.

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John A. Booth Jr.

Booth, 32, is charged with murder and other offenses related to the August 2010 gunshot deaths of two men and a teenage boy inside a Salkum-Onalaska area home. Booth is also charged with attempted murder of a woman in the same house the same night.

Jury selection in Lewis County Superior Court is expected to begin at 9:30 on Monday, Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said today.

Opening statements by the lawyers may not occur until Tuesday, Meagher said.

The judge has said he thought the trial might last a week to 10 days.

Prosecutors allege Booth and Ryan J. McCarthy visited the house on Wings Way in connection with collecting money for drug debts or a “perceived” debt owed to Robert “Robbie” S. Russell. One of the victims, David West Sr. 52, was a witness in a pending case against Russell.

Also shot dead were David West Jr., 16, and a friend Tony E. Williams, 50, of Randle. Denise Salts, then 51, survived a gunshot wound to her face.

McCarthy, 32, was sentenced in September to a little more than 14 years for his role in the case following a plea deal.
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Read “Court hearing reveals more details about Salkum triple slaying” from Saturday Oct. 1,  2011, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

ONALASKA RESIDENT RECOVERS STOLEN MOWER

• A 71-year-old Onalaska man got his stolen riding lawnmower back yesterday after he tracked down someone selling it the Internet on Craigslist. The victim had reported the theft earlier this month and began checking the online classified advertising website regularly hoping it might turn up, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.  The man and sheriff’s detectives conducted a ruse in which a detective posed as the victim’s grandson who needed to replace his grandfather’s mower and met the seller in Olympia yesterday, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Detectives then arrested Jonathan M. McClain, 23, of Olympia, for first-degree trafficking in stolen property, Brown said. McClain was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

“OUT-OF-CONTROL” MAN ARRESTED IN CENTRALIA

• Police say a 30-year-old Centralia man tried to start  a fight with several people and then broke the window out of a van at the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia around noontime yesterday. Ronald J. Jennings was arrested for disorderly conduct as well as third-degree malicious mischief and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SLAPPING CHILD

• A 29-year-old Bucoda man was arrested for misdemeanor assault after he was observed slapping a 4-year-old boy inside a vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Chehalis yesterday. Officers called about 12:45 p.m. arrested Aaron B. Chilson and then released him, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The child was turned over to his mother, according to the police department.

WRECK

• A 17-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle on South Schueber Road in Chehalis yesterday afternoon, spinning it into a ditch where it struck a tree and rolled onto its top, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 17-year-old’s 1999 Ford Ranger was totaled and the teen was cited for driving with no insurance, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. It happened about 2:20 p.m., Brown said. The extent of his injuries was unavailable.

CHIMNEY FIRE

• Firefighters called to a house on the 100 block of East High Street in Centralia yesterday evening found fire in the wall space behind a wood stove chimney and had to remove portions of the structure to make sure it was completely extinguished. The resident had just returned home and was alerted by a smoke detector, Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Erik Olson said. Olson estimated the damage at perhaps more than $20,000. The cause appeared to be faulty installation from long ago, Olson said.

Winlock barn fire that killed more than a dozen Labrador Retrievers has undeterminable cause

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
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Fire survivor "Boozer" rests after making small attempts to play with a ball.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

WINLOCK – Boozer, an 11-year-old black Labrador, is slowly recovering from burns that singed his face and fur and left wounds on his paws and an elbow.

He and two female Labradors escaped or were rescued when a small barn used as a kennel went up in flames early last week at the Winlock home of Tina and Bill Powe and their two teenaged children.

Ten other dogs and a litter of five-week-old puppies weren’t so lucky.

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Tina Powe

Many more of the family’s Labradors and some who are being boarded temporarily were unhurt because they were housed in another building and an outside kennel.

The Powe property is home of Pridezion Labrador Retrievers, a breeding and obedience training facility on the 700 block of South Military Road.

“Some people think it’s kind of silly to hurt this bad over it, but they were family,” Tina Powe said.

Powe calls the building that burned the “nursery”. It’s where retired dogs and puppies slept in pens.

The fire investigator says the cause of the fire will be listed as undetermined.

There was just too much damage to pinpoint it, but more than likely was related to a heat lamp, Fire Investigator Jay Birley said yesterday.

Exactly what happened is somewhat unclear.

Firefighters from three departments called about 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 22 found the metal barn fully involved in flames and fought it defensively.

Tina Powe said she was awakened by dogs barking and saw a glow through a window. When she opened her front door, Boozer and two female Labradors were standing on the front steps, she said.

She and her husband went outside and tried to rescue dogs, she said.

“Oh my God it was hot, so hot,” she said. “And I didn’t know smoke was solid.”

Bill Powe ended up with burns on his hands and stomach. Tina Powe collapsed.

“It felt like my spirit was leaving me. I felt like I was dying,” she said dissolving into a sob and then taking a moment to breathe slowly. “I can’t talk about that.”

Friends of the family, two men and two teenage boys took care of retrieving the casualties and took them to Aberdeen to be cremated.

They are all together in an oversized wooden urn that yesterday sat on a china hutch in the family’s dining room.

They’ve gotten the go-ahead from the insurance company  to tear down the building, and yesterday worked on reinforcing the outdoor kennel with tarps for warmth.

The contents were not insured, so they face replacing all their dog-care supplies, such as food and supplements, blankets, toys and leashes, she said.

Boozer, a retired stud and hunting dog, rested on a blanket in the living room.

His eyes itch, she said. His paws are still swollen, but the skin has grown back. He’s been on antibiotics and pain medicine.

“This has taken a lot out of him,” Tina Powe said.

Just yesterday morning, she said, his ball was nearby, tucked inside a “chucker” and he was trying to get it out to play.

“This is how I knew he was okay,” she said.

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The small barn that was used a a nursery for Pridezion Labrador Retrievers will soon be torn down.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

THEFT

• Police took a report 10 p.m. last night of a green 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe stolen from the 300 block of Courtland Street in Centralia. The vehicle has a license plate reading 031 YAU, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers are asking anyone who sees the SUV to please call 911.

• Three laptop computers, a wedding ring and other jewelry was reported stolen in a burglary yesterday on the 300 block of Tucker Road in Toledo. A deputy called last night was told someone came inside the unlocked home between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $5,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 1000 block of West First Street about someone using someone else’s credit card and charging approximately $850, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to a manufactured home business on the 1200 block of Northwest Maryland Avenue about the theft of wiring from beneath a manufactured home.

HIT AND RUN

• A 44-year-old Salkum driver was arrested for driving under the influence after he allegedly ran into a vehicle at the 600 block of J Street in Centralia, got out of his vehicle and walked or ran into some bushes, according to the Centralia Police Department. Harry B. Heger was contacted a few blocks away after the 6:20 p.m. incident with another man who was helping him walk, according to police. Heger was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

DRUGS

• The Centralia Street Crimes Unit yesterday evening arrested a 22-year-old woman for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance in connection with an address on the 1200 block of Lum Road. Starlynn R. Davis, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details were not readily available.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

FELONY HARASSMENT

• A 49-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, according to the Centralia Police Department. Wayne H. White was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment following the approximately 9:20 p.m. report connected with a location on the 3500 block of Rodcin Avenue, according to police. Further details were not readily available.

THEFT

• Centralia police arrested a man yesterday afternoon for first-degree theft in connection with a location on the 100 block of Jalyn Street. Scott W. Haubrick, 43, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for theft and also for fourth-degree domestic assault.

• A deputy was called yesterday morning to a burglary at the 2200 block of Seminary Hill Road in Centralia where someone had rummaged through various areas of a home. The victim said he wasn’t sure yet what had been stolen, however, a door was damaged, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

POSSIBLE CHILD PORN

• Centralia police are investigating a computer “thumb drive” containing pornographic pictures of females believed to be juveniles. It was found at the 800 block of Eshom Road, according to police.  Further details were not readily available.

HIT AND RUN TO BUILDING

• A deputy took a report on Monday of a hit and run to a building at the 100 block of McBride Court in the Industrial Park in Chehalis. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the plant manager advised that sometime since Thursday a vehicle ran into a pile of pallets stacked against a building and then slid into the building.

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY TRUCK’S MIRROR

• The Washington State Patrol is investigating an incident from last night in which three young men, including one from Winlock, were walking along the roadside near Long Beach and the side mirror from a passing pickup truck struck one of them in the elbow. It happened around 9:15 p.m. about a half mile south of Ocean Park on state Route 103, according to the state patrol. A 22–year-old from La center was transported to Ocean Beach Hospital and his 18-year-old acquaintances were uninjured, according to the investigating trooper. However, the pedestrians threw a garbage can in the roadway to stop traffic and it struck and damaged a van, according to the patrol.

Fires burn Centralia house, Mossyrock garage

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Fire broke out in a Centralia home last night on North Tower Avenue causing extensive damage.

Firefighters called about 7:45 p.m. said it appeared the fire was burning toward the front of the house but then discovered it had may have begun in an attic near the rear, Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Terry Ternan said.

A resident who was sleeping was awakened by a smoke detector and escaped out the front door, Ternan said.

His wife and children were not home at the time, and they will all stay with relatives, Ternan said.

The one-story wood frame house is on the 1000 block of North Tower Avenue.

The man was evaluated by paramedics, Ternan said he assumed for smoke inhalation.

The cause is under investigation.

A Mossyrock family was a little more fortunate yesterday when an RV inside their carport caught fire.

Lewis County Fire District 3 was called about 1:20 p.m. to the 300 block of Mossyrock Road West.

“It extended to the garage area but the house virtually had no damage at all,” Fire Chief Doug Fosburg said.

Nobody was home at the time, Fosburg said.

More than a dozen firefighters battled the blaze that appeared to have originated with an electrical issue in the motor home, according to Fosburg.

“We got the fire knocked down pretty good, but we spent a lot of time overhauling to make sure there weren’t any hot spots,” he said.

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A garage, storage area, carport and motor home burn on the 300 block of Mossyrock Road West. / Courtesy photo by Taryn Houghtelling

Former Pe Ell coach faces charge of third-degree rape of teenage student

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
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Todd D. Phelps, left, passes defense attorney Bob Schroeter as he leaves the courtroom in Chehalis.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter


CHEHALIS – A now-former softball coach at Pe Ell High School went before a judge this afternoon to face an additional charge in connection with alleged sexual contacts with a 16-year-old player on the girls’ team.

Todd D. Phelps, 52, of Pe Ell, is charged with third-degree rape now as well as second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.

The new count followed further investigation of an incident that allegedly occurred in July in which the girl said Phelps asked her to meet him at his brother’s Pe Ell residence to discuss cuts to her legs and asked her to lower her pants, according to charging documents.

Charging documents allege he kissed her, touched her and suggested more, and she said told him, “No, please don’t.” They engaged in sex and she said “she was very scared and just wanted it to be over,” charging documents allege.

Phelps resigned at the end of April after two years as an assistant coach. His resignation was because of a violation of school policy regarding social contact with students, according to the school district superintendent.

He was summoned into Lewis County Superior Court today where Judge Richard Brosey said he could remain free if he signed a $25,000 unsecured appearance bond.

Phelps was scheduled to return to court Dec. 8 to make his plea.

Phelps was arrested last month following the report about two incidents made in September to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

At the time, he was charged only with second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor in connection with an April 2 encounter with the girl. On that day, according to charging documents, he had asked her to stop by his house and asked her to take off her pants so he could see some cuts on her legs.

She told a deputy Phelps began hugging her, pulled her into his lap and kissed her.

She described her relationship to him as that of a student and coach, and as part of a “second family,” charging documents state.

Third-degree rape carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor is a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail.

If convicted, Phelps would be required to register as a sex offender.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

FIREARMS THEFT

• Police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 900 block of West Chestnut Street in Centralia where someone had gone inside and stolen a .9 mm pistol, a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver and jewelry. It happened sometime after 12 p.m., police were told by the residents. It appeared somebody got in through a back door, police Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said they took a report on Friday of a Chehalis-area break-in in which a .40 caliber Beretta pistol and a 9 mm Glock pistol were stolen. A deputy called to the 100 block of Becky Lane was told someone had entered a recreational vehicle parked on the property sometime in the previous week. The loss is estimated at $850, according to the sheriff’s office.

TV, BEDDING AND BEVERAGES MISSING AFTER BURGLARY

• Someone broke into a home on the 1800 block of little Hanaford Road outside Centralia and stole a 50-inch Sony flat screen television, a queen-sized comforter and a dozen bottles of Gatorade, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The burglary was reported Sunday afternoon.

WRECKS

• A 16-year-old boy escaped injury when he crashed his 1999 Pontiac Firebird into a ditch and a tree yesterday afternoon at North Schueber Road and Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called about 2:45 p.m. was told the Centralia teenager was making a left turn after a stop sign, and tried to brake but accidentally hit the gas pedal, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A deputy was called just before 3 p.m. yesterday to Chilvers and Brockway roads outside Chehalis where an 18-year-old driver making a left turn wrecked his vehicle. The teenager said his tires hit the sand at the edge of the road causing his vehicle to spin out and go over an embankment on the south side of Chilvers Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was reportedly uninjured. The damage was about $4,000 to the vehicle’s front end, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

News brief: Intoxicated inmate either fell or jumped to his death

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The inmate who died Friday night at the Thurston County Jail has been identified as 41-year-old Blake C. Matthews.

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said Matthews was standing on a top bunk, leaning forward, when he appeared to a corrections officer to jump head first onto the floor.

It happened shortly before 11:20 p.m. in a holding cell where Matthews was alone and waiting to be booked, according to sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin.

Matthews had been arrested less than two hours earlier by the Lacey Police Department for assaulting a bus driver, and on a warrant for a fourth-degree domestic violence assault, Elwin said.

There was no suicide note, no indication ahead of time, Elwin said. Matthews was intoxicated however, he said.

“So, we don’t know what happened; we don’t know if it was an intentional act or he lost his balance,” he said. “We can’t tell for sure.”

An autopsy yesterday concluded Matthews cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and neck, according to Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock. Whether was an accident or suicide is not yet known, Warnock said.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 28th, 2011

MAN BEATEN, STABBED, OUTSIDE CENTRALIA

• A 19-year-old Chehalis man hospitalized with a stab wound told a deputy it was someone who was “supposed to be a good friend” who did it but refused to give a name because he didn’t want anything more to happen to him and didn’t want to be labeled a snitch. It happened early Thursday morning outside Centralia, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said today. The victim said his friends had driven him out to the end of Wigley Road where they beat him up and stabbed him, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The victim was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be treated for a large wound on his right thigh, Brown said.

TEEN PARTY BUSTED NEAR ROCHESTER

• Four teenagers were arrested when deputies broke up a party of some 50 individuals in which half were estimated to be under 21. Deputies were out on an underage “party patrol” Friday night when they learned of a gathering at the end of Lepisto Road in Rochester, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning. Three 19-year-olds from Centralia and one from Castle Rock, all males, were arrested and booked for being a minors either in possession of, or having consumed, alcohol, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. One was also arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, Brown said.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police found  a small amount of suspected black tar heroin in a vehicle when they made a traffic stop this early morning at North Market and Cascade Avenue. Rosa M. Sanchez-Anderson, 20, of Napavine, was arrested and booked for driving with a suspended license, but nobody has yet been arrested in connection with the drugs as there were multiple people in the car, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

GUN, OTHER ITEMS STOLEN IN BURGLARY

• A Taurus .357 revolver and 32-inch flat screen television were among the items stolen in a burglary on the 100 block of Highline Drive outside Chehalis on Wednesday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy was told someone broke a window to get inside sometime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

ONALASKA SHOP BROKEN INTO

• Sometime between last Tuesday and Wednesday morning, someone stole some $2,500 of valuables from a shop on the 100 block of Johnson Road in Onalaska, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy was told someone used a cutting tool to get through a large door and took off with items including a marine radio, fish tackle and 200 feet of copper wire, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

SEXUAL ASSAULT ARREST

• A 27-year-old Chehalis area man was arrested on Thursday for sexual assault of his young step-daughter, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. Christopher L. McCullough was booked into the Lewis County Jail following a report first made two weeks ago, according to the sheriff’ office. McCullough was booked for second-degree child assault and two counts of first-degree rape of a child, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

VEHICLE ROLLS INTO SKATE CREEK

• A family of five somehow escaped serious injury when their Jeep slipped over an embankment and rolled into three to four feet of swift-moving water off Skate Creek Road near Packwood on Friday. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said she believed a passerby took the Spanaway family to the Packwood Fire Hall, where they were then transported to Morton General Hospital. They were treated for pains in various parts of their bodies, including a 6-year-old boy with scrapes on his throat from a seatbelt, according to Brown. It happened near milepost 17 when the driver lost control on compact snow and ice, Brown said. The vehicle was totaled, according to Brown.

VANDALISM

• Police were called yesterday to the 200 block of West Center Street in Centralia where someone had spray painted graffiti on the side of a building, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone broke out two windows in the front of the Packwood fire station between last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It didn’t appear anyone got inside, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

TRIO HURT IN ETHEL AREA ROLLOVER CRASH

• Three people were injured when an SUV wrecked and caught fire south of Ethel yesterday afternoon. Firefighters and aid called around 4 p.m. to Spencer Road near Classe Road found passersby had stopped to help the occupants from the vehicle which had rolled, Lewis County Fire District 8 Assistant Chief Don Taylor said. Someone used a fire extinguisher to douse the flames, he said. Taylor said he believed the patients were all men and said there were some serious injuries, but not critical. “They were banged up pretty good,” he said.

ONE INJURED IN CENTRALIA ROLLOVER WRECK

• Firefighters were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to a rollover accident on the 3700 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. The car had gone off the road into some trees, according to Riverside Fire Authority. One occupant was able to get himself out and had no complaints of injuries but the other man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, Fire Capt. Greg Schwartz said.

TENINO CRASH SENDS MAN TO HARBORVIEW

• A 26-year-old man is in serious condition this morning after a single-vehicle collision near Tenino yesterday. Troopers called just before 7 a.m. to McDuff Road at 143rd Avenue Southeast found the Ford Bronco had left the road and hit a tree, landing on its top, according to the Washington State Patrol. The vehicle was described as totaled. The driver, Josef C. Kutcha, 26, of Tenino, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the state patrol. The cause is under investigation.

FOUR-VEHICLE COLLISION ON I-5 NEAR VADER

• Two vehicles were totaled and two people hospitalized after a four-vehicle rear-end collision on Interstate 5 near Vader on Wednesday afternoon. Troopers were called at 2 p.m. to the southbound lanes near milepost 59 where a car driven by a 19-year-old Salem, Ore. woman had been following too closely and struck a Dodge Dakota, which ran into a Ford Escort, according to the state patrol. A Plymouth Neon driven by an 18-year-old Centralia woman ran into the rear of the Oregon woman’s car; both of those were destroyed, the patrol reported. Abby M. Gordon, 18, of Centralia, was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with an ankle injury and a 19-year-old California woman who was a passenger in the Oregon woman’s car sustained a back injury and was transported to St. John Medical Center in Longview, according to the patrol.

WOMAN WRECKS CAR EVADING POLICE IN CENTRALIA

• A 29-year-old Olympia woman was arrested for a warrant and reckless driving  after she reportedly drove through a yard and wrecked her vehicle as an officer was trying to stop her on Friday afternoon near the 1800 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Lori A. Romero continued to circle a city block after an officer signaled her to stop around 2:30 p.m and then wrecked as she tried to make a right turn, according to police.

POLICE: GRAFFITI TAGGER CAUGHT IN ACT

• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested for allegedly “tagging”
a vehicle and several buildings with graffiti on Thursday night in Centralia, according to police. Genaro M. Rivas was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief and booked into jail after the incidents observed by an officer near the 500 block of Hillkress Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIRE BREAKS OUT IN VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER’S HOUSE

• Crews were called Friday night to a structure fire at the home on a volunteer firefighter in Ryderwood. The fire was confined to a mattress and there was some water damage; it was caused by a faulty heating pad, according to Assistant Fire Chief Ruth Crear of Lewis-Cowlitz 20 – formerly Lewis County Fire District 7 in Vader and Cowlitz County Fire District 4 in Ryderwood which have combined. Crear said nobody was in the bed at the time of the 8:40 p.m. call to Allinder Road. About 15 volunteers responded and did an “excellent job”, Crear said. “The house is still standing and he can still live there,” she said.

News brief: Chehalis house burns

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Updated 7 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A two-story house destroyed by fire in Chehalis today may have ignited from a burning candle.

Firefighters were called out just before 1 p.m. to Northeast North Street in between Market and Washington.

Smoke and flames were coming from a window of the wood-frame home; the resident had been outside about 20 minutes when it started, Acting Capt. Pat Gilligan said.

The woman who lived there suffered smoke inhalation, and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked out.

“I think that’s why she went back in, to get her pets out,” Gilligan said. “I saw a couple of dogs.”

Gilligan estimated 25 to 30 firefighters were on the scene, coming from Chehalis, Centralia, Lewis County Fire District 6 and Rochester.

It took some time to chase the flames around inside the walls and attic, according to Gilligan.

“The way it was built, it had a bunch of nooks and crannies and false ceilings,” he said.

Gilligan said the home and contents are probably a total loss.

The cause is under investigation, Gilligan said, but it was possibly related to a candle.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

CENTRALIA POLICE ON THANKSGIVING EVE

• Centralia police arrested seven people last night for driving with either a suspended or no license, one for negligent driving, one with a warrant and two for possession of marijuana.

• A 43-year-old Puyallup man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine overnight in Centralia. Stephen D. Sturdevant was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an officer on the 400 block of South Gold Street just after midnight, in connection with a warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HOME BURNS IN ROCHESTER

• Firefighters were called yesterday evening to a residential structure fire on 9600 block of James Road in Rochester. West Regional Fire Authority Acting Lt. Joel Swecker said he was not there but understood the occupants were not at home and their double-wide mobile home sustained significant damage, he said. Approximately 25 firefighters from five departments responded to the 8 p.m. call, according to Lt. Lanette Dyer. The cause is under investigation.