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News brief: Thurston County mom missing almost a week

Friday, December 28th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a missing mother who hasn’t been seen since she left her home for a trip to the mall before Christmas.


Kyndra L. Nevils

At about 7 p.m. last Saturday evening, Kyndra L. Nevils departed her residence east of Tumwater to go to the Capitol Mall in west Olympia, according to the sheriff’s office.

She left her children at home with a roommate and never arrived at the mall, according to Sgt. Ray Brady.

She wasn’t driving and deputies don’t think she took a bus as she had planned, Brady said in a news release.

Her home is in the general area of Yelm Highway and College Street, according to Brady.

Nevils, 33, is described as 5-feet 3-inches tall with a medium build and black hair with green eyes, according to the sheriff’s office.

She has a tattoo on her upper chest. She has no known medical conditions.

Anyone who sees her or knows her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 360-704-2740.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 28th, 2012


• An 18-year-old Army soldier said his clutch got stuck after getting caught driving 100 mph in a 35 mph zone south of Chehalis and then trying to outrun a police vehicle last night. A deputy on patrol on Maurin Road in the Chehalis Industrial Park at about 9:30 p.m. attempted to pull over the speeding sports car but it blew a stop sign and turned onto Rush Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The newly purchased 2007 Scion entered a driveway on the 1800 block of Bishop Road in an attempt to hide from the deputy, but the deputy pulled in behind it, Cmdr. Steve Aust said. Jonathan R. Cook, of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, said the clutch malfunctioned, but his 17-year-old passenger said no, he was just speeding, according to Aust. Cook was booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempting to elude.


• Police were called to a Northwest Chehalis Avenue bar about 10:50 p.m. yesterday when an arriving patron who appeared drunk was told to leave and on the way out allegedly punched out the window. Officers located a suspect near the fire station with blood on his hand, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Aaron A. Cogburn, 22, of Centralia, was arrested for the damage at Paradise and then booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree malicious mischief, Sgt. Brian Hickey said.


• And numerous other calls such as dead cat in the road, dead raccoon by the garage, misdemeanor assaults, fender benders, and my neighbor’s unfriendly pit bull won’t let me get out of my car.

Slaughterhouse stabbing suspect pleads guilty

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The knife wound in the neck was potentially deadly, but the victim not only survived, he’s not around to testify if prosecutors were to go forward with a trial regarding last month’s stabbing at the Centralia wholesale meat business.

Sabino Gomez-Barriga was in court today to plead guilty in a deal crafted by attorneys on both sides to give him the agreed upon amount of prison time.


Sabino Gomez-Barriga

Gomez-Barriga was sentenced, as they recommended, to four and a half years in prison.

Gomez-Barriga was arrested at his Chehalis apartment on Nov. 7 after a fight between two employees at the Five Star Beef Company on Airport Road.

Prosecutors alleged that after getting punched in the face, Gomez-Barriga stuck a boning knife in 21-year-old Jorge Juarez’s neck. He also was accused of first jabbing Juarez with the blunt end of a meat hook, which Gomez-Barriga’s attorney said the victim tried to grab as well.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke told the judge a primary reason for the plea deal is Juarez is nowhere to be found; he’s not responded to attempts to contact him by the sheriff’s office, the prosecutor’s office or even the state Department of Labor and Industries.

“My thinking is juries don’t look favorably when the victim (doesn’t show up) and when the victim is the initial aggressor,” O’Rourke told the judge.

Gomez-Barriga is 35 years old, according to court documents, although he told the judge today he is 36. He has no known criminal history and said the last year of school he completed was third grade.

He was initially charged with first-degree assault, but pleaded guilty today to second-degree assault, with a deadly weapon and with a stipulation the judge could go above the top of the standard sentence without a specific jury finding.

“I think it’s fairly clear here, the result was not intended,”  defense attorney J.P. Enbody told the judge regarding the seriousness of the victim’s injury. “Also, the victim was not the initial aggressor here, and I don’t think the state would disagree with that.”

O’Rourke indicated he concurred and felt a 54-month sentence was a fair outcome.

O’Rourke said last week it was his understanding the victim made a full recovery.

Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Gomez-Barriga chose to address the judge when asked, even though Enbody was gently shaking his head no

“He said he was under the impression the victim had federal charges against him,” Enbody said after consulting with his client and the interpreter.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Brosey said he understood the case to be an argument that got out of control and said fortunately the defendant’s weapon of choice was not a firearm.

Brosey took extra steps in reminding Gomez-Barriga of the immigration consequences of a conviction, although neither O’Rourke nor Enbody could say for sure if Gomez-Barriga was in the country legally or illegally.

Enbody said he didn’t ask his client where he was born.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a hold placed on him.

For background, read “Centralia slaughterhouse fight involved meathook and boning knife” from Friday November 9, 2012, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 27th, 2012


• Centralia police arrested a 23-year-old Centralia resident yesterday afternoon, saying he broke into a motel room on the 1200 block of Alder Street to retrieve two handguns he left there when checking out. Marcus J. Inman Jr. allegedly removed a screen and pried open a window and subsequently tried to flee pursuing police on a bicycle and then on foot, but was captured by police dog Kayo, according to the Centralia Police Department. The two guns were found nearby, according to police. Inman was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary, two counts of felon in possession of  firearm and an outstanding warrant, according to police.


• Centralia police were called abut 10:25 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue when an individual discovered someone began using their credit cards shortly after their wallet was left at a grocery store. The case is under investigation.

• Chehalis police were called just after 1 p.m. yesterday from an individual who said $502 was withdrawn from their Chehalis bank account. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• A 42-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine just before 1 o’clock this morning when contacted by police at the 100 block of King Street in Centralia regarding a warrant and a complaint of an assault from the night before. Jason R. Slighte was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police yesterday arrested Frank L. Mako, 28, of Chehalis, for three counts of delivery of a controlled substance in connection with an earlier investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Chehalis police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of South Market Boulevard when a van went into the back door of Dairy Dan’s. The driver told police his son got out of his booster seat into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and knocked it into neutral causing the van to roll, according to Officer Linda Bailey. A police report did not note injuries or significant damage, according to Bailey.


• A 54-year-old Castle Rock man escaped injury when his SUV struck a horse standing in the road last night near Toledo. A deputy responding around 9:30 p.m. to the 400 block of Toledo-Vader Road noted the horse’s front leg was nearly severed and so a veterinarian was summoned to euthanize the animal, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Ford Expedition sustained minor damage and the 18-year-old owner of the horse, who lived nearby, was cited for “animal at large,” according to Cmdr. Steve Aust.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012


• A traffic stop about 2:30 a.m. yesterday of a suspected intoxicated driver on Alder Street in Centralia led to a trip to the hospital for a 29-year-old Centralia man who reportedly tried to break out a patrol car window and got hurt in the process, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Lewis County sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Aust said Eugene S. McFall was making threats to the deputy, trying to escape the patrol car and banging his head on the cage in the back. McFall was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be treated and then booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief – for causing the patrol car to be taken out of service so the blood could be cleaned up – as well as for intimidating a public servant, according to Aust. The case will be referred for a DUI charge and other offenses, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.


• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 10:30 p.m. yesterday for unlawful possession of prescription drugs, after contact with an officer at West Walnut and South Cedar streets in Centralia. Jamie L. McCarty was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department. During the same contact, Christopher J. McCarty, 27, also of Centralia, reportedly lied to officers and was booked for a warrant from the state Department of Corrections, according to police.


• Chehalis police responded to a report of a burglary to a shed just after 3 p.m. on Monday at the 600 block of Lafayette Street. Missing was a tool box and tools for welding, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Police were called abut 10:30 p.m. on Monday regarding repeated car prowls at the 300 block of Northwest Florida Street in Chehalis. Among the items missing from an unlocked vehicle were change, sunglasses and work clothes, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Chehalis police were contacted about 8:30 p.m. on Monday about an alleged sexual assault earlier the same day at a residence in Chehalis. Officer Linda Bailey said a young woman spoke of indecent liberties being taken by a male and the case remains under investigation.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 24th, 2012


• Deputies were called to a home south of Chehalis yesterday evening after a resident answered a knock on his door and was confronted by a man who asked to use the phone and then came inside, shoving the resident. The 27-year-old resident was able to push the man back outside and call 911, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened about 5:20 p.m. on the 100 block of Vermillion Road near Spiffy’s restaurant, Cmdr. Steve Aust said. Deputies located 40-year-old David S. Ball in the area and a search of his backpack turned up suspected methamphetamine, according to Aust. Two vehicles in the area had been prowled so Ball – a transient – was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for multiple offenses, including misdemeanor assault, according to Aust. Aust said the suspect said he needed to use the phone because of a medical issue, but deputies aren’t sure if that was just a ruse to get inside.


• Police were called about 9 a.m. today to a Chehalis restaurant where someone had forced their way inside overnight and made off with cash and possibly alcohol. Some bottles of liquor had been moved around at Plaza Jalisco on Maryland Avenue as though they were planning on taking them, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Centralia police responded about 10 p.m. yesterday when a fight broke out where three transients were arguing about who had the right to beg for money at a freeway off ramp panhandling spot. A 33-year-old Kelso man allegedly tried to stab a 23-year-old Kelso man but the blade somehow bent instead and the man was unharmed, according to the Centralia Police Department. The tussle at Harrison Avenue near Belmont ended with two of them arrested, according to police. Joshua R. Roberts, 33, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful display of a weapon and fighting in public, according to Sgt. Brian Warren. Justin B. Bedortha, 23, was cited for fighting and then released, according to police.


• Someone stole two laptop computers and an Xbox game console from a home on the 2700 block of Russell Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 10 p.m. yesterday.


• Someone broke out a vehicle window and stole computer speakers and a phone jack on the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police just after 10 a.m. yesterday.

• A deputy was called to the 100 block of Bunker Creek Road in Adna on Friday where someone had broke a window out of a vehicle and stole a flashlight and an iPod, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012


• A 27-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night for allegedly breaking into a family member’s home and stealing a television. Police called about 8:30 p.m. to the 900 block of H Street subsequently arrested Bradley W. Hart, and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department

• A resident of the 600 block of Nick Road in Centralia returned home yesterday after being away for several weeks and discovered a television missing. Police have a person of interest in the case,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 10:15 a.m. yesterday to an apartment on the 700 block of H Street in Centralia where someone had stolen checks and a Playstation. They may have gotten in through an unlocked door, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Centralia police responded to a fenced car lot on the 500 block of East Summa Street yesterday morning where someone had broken in and stolen a vehicle, driving it through the fence. The car was subsequently located in Tenino,  according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A 17-year-old boy was arrested for a warrant and for possession of methamphetamine after contact with police about 10:30 p.m. on Friday at the 600 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. He was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Lewis County Fire District 5 was called about 1:40 p.m. yesterday regarding an unconscious man lying in the roadway on Harmon Road near Napavine. Fire Lt. Laura Hanson said in a news release that aid crews began CPR and transported the patient to Providence Centralia Hospital. The subject, believed to be in his 60s, was subsequently transferred to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympian, according to Hanson. Further information was not readily available.

News brief: 48 Hours Mystery on Ronda Reynolds’ case to air again

Friday, December 21st, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The documentary featuring the coroner’s inquest into the controversial death in Toledo of former trooper Ronda Reynolds will air once again on national television tomorrow night.

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Ronda Reynolds

48 Hours Mystery, CBS’s true crime series, first aired the case in April.

Reynolds, 33, died with a bullet in her head in the home she shared with husband of less than a year, Ron Reynolds and his sons. She was found dead on the floor of a small walk-in closet, covered up by a turned-on electric blanket the morning of Dec. 16, 1998.

Her death was labeled by then-Coroner Terry Wilson and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office as a suicide, but her unconvinced mother Barbara Thompson battled for more than a decade for a more thorough investigation of what she believed was more likely murder.

A five-member inquest jury last year was unanimous in its conclusions of homicide and named Ron and Jonathan Reynolds as responsible.

Ron and Jonathan Reynolds maintain the death was a suicide and they were not involved. They were not charged with any crime.

The piece, dubbed “Mystery on Twin Peaks Drive” will show at 10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Read an interview with 48 Hours’ interviewer Peter Van Sant for his take on the case, here

News brief: Centralia slaughterhouse stabbing case set for guilty plea

Friday, December 21st, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Sabino Gomez-Barriga is scheduled to make a guilty plea in the case in which he is accused of stabbing a co-worker in the throat at a Centralia wholesale meat business early last month.


Sabino Gomez-Barriga

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke confirmed a plea agreement has been tentatively reached but wouldn’t discuss the details until the deal is completed in front of a judge.

“We think we’ve resolved the case,” O’Rourke said today.

Gomez-Barriga, 35, was arrested on Nov. 7 after a fight at the Five Star Beef Company on Airport Road.

Prosecutors said 21-year-old Jorge Juarez punched Gomez-Barriga, who responded by jabbing Juarez with the blunt end of a meat hook and then sticking him in the neck with a boning knife.

Gomez-Barriga was charged with first-degree assault.

Juarez, a Centralia resident, was in grave condition initially, and underwent “pretty intense” surgery, but has improved immensely, according to O’Rourke.

“The latest update I have, he’s made a full recovery,” he said.

Gomez-Barriga, who lives in downtown Chehalis, remains held in the Lewis County Jail on $250,000 bail.

A court hearing is set for next Thursday afternoon, with time set aside for Gomez-Barriga to change his plea and be sentenced.

For background, read “Centralia slaughterhouse fight involved meathook and boning knife” from Friday November 9, 2012, here

Annie’s Market in Napavine remains shut down after fire

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Plastic pop bottles in the rear of the grocery melted during the fire, but it was put out before causing exterior damage.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

NAPAVINE – It will be a least three weeks before Annie’s Market in Napavine reopens following last week’s fire.

The inventory has all been removed from the grocery store and yellow tape still blocks the entrance.

Janet Stowe, whose family has owned the Napavine Shopping Center for more than three decades, said they are waiting for the various insurance companies involved to figure out what to do.

“And with the holidays, it’s just gotten delayed,” Stowe said today.

From the outside, the 1970s era strip mall off Washington Street looks unscathed.

The destruction from the fire itself was contained to the area around Annie’s front counter and cash register, but the smoke and heat damage was extensive, according to Lewis County Fire District 5′s Lt. Laura Hanson.

Hanson said the intensity of the heat was such that two-liter pop bottles at the back of the store started to melt and their tops tipped toward the flames.

The adjacent Napavine Laundromat reopened the following day, but Sahara Pizza at the far end of the commercial structure remains shut down.

It seems they drew smoke through their ventilation system, Stowe said.

Also untouched were two separate buildings in the shopping center, Ace Hardware to the east and the storage business in the back.

The fire broke out about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, just 30 minutes before closing time.

Two customers arriving told the clerk they thought there was smoke under counter, Stowe said.

Stowe said she was just exiting the Laundromat when the clerk walked out the front door of the grocery.

“I ran to my car to get my fire extinguisher but by the time I turned around, I could see flames a good two feet over the counter,” she said.

Stowe said she was grateful the fire started during business hours, and on a night when the mostly volunteer fire department was gathered at the station for a meeting.

“I would like to say how phenomenal that fire department was in getting there so quickly, and getting the fire out with minimal water damage,” she said.

Nobody was injured and the preliminary cause, as told to Stowe by the fire investigator, appeared to be accidental and electrical.

The best case scenario for the two businesses to serve customers again is in three weeks, maybe four, she said.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 21st, 2012


• A traffic stop near the Centralia Outlets yesterday evening and the scent of fresh marijuana coming from a Mercedes Benz led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Tacoma man with several thousand dollars in cash on his person and a loaded .45 caliber pistol in his car, according to the Centralia Police Department. A search of the car didn’t yield any marijuana, except for some residue, but officers also found what was described as paraphernalia – scales and unused baggies, according to police. Because of Jeremiah L. Williams’ criminal history, he was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felon in possession of a firearm, Officer John Panco said this morning. Panco said he couldn’t speculate as to what the combination of the money, a loaded gun and drug residue meant, but further investigation might turn up information about what the driver was up to. The incident began just before 7 p.m. when an officer observed the car nearly getting hit by another vehicle as it sped out of the mall parking lot onto Lum Road, according to Panco. Williams’ suspended license led to his detainment and the marijuana smell, along with all the cash, led to a search warrant for his vehicle, according to Panco. Officer Panco took the opportunity to remind the public that any amount of marijuana in the possession of a person younger than 21 is a crime as is driving under the influence of marijuana or smoking it in public, although there was no indication Williams was smoking it.


• A 25-year-old Chehalis area man was arrested yesterday for allegedly disciplining his 4-year-old daughter by cutting her on the leg with a butter knife. Frank G. Fulmer Jr. was taken into custody yesterday after an ongoing investigation of the incident that was reported late last month by Child Protective Services, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the girl had accidentally hurt a playmate and Fulmer was disciplining her for that. Fulmer was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree child assault.


• A 41-year-old Silver Creek man was arrested yesterday for unlawful possession of a firearm when detectives confiscated two rifles from his home during an investigation of another situation, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Steven M. Ledoux was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.


• Centralia police took a report about 3:50 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a backpack containing prescription medication from an unlocked car parked at the 900 block of Ellsbury Street.

News brief: Lewis County luring conviction reversed by appeals court

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An appeals court yesterday tossed out a rural Chehalis man’s conviction for luring saying it wasn’t a crime when he rode his bicycle past a child and stated, “Do you want some candy? I’ve got some at my house.”

The incident occurred in January 2011 near the Doty General Store when Russell D. Homan made the comment to a 9-year-old boy headed in the same direction, according to the opinion.

Homan continued on his Superman BMX child’s bicycle without slowing, stopping or looking back, according to C.C. Bridgewater, author of the opinion.

Homan was convicted by a judge in Lewis County Superior Court the summer before last of luring, a class C felony, and sentenced to 120 days.

His lawyer argued in appeal that the evidence was insufficient to support a conviction and the majority of the appeals court judges agreed, although noted his statement was probably ill-advised.

Washington Court of Appeals Division II yesterday reversed and remanded for dismissal with prejudice.

One member of the three-judge panel dissented, saying Homan was a stranger who attempted to lure a child to his house with candy.

For more, see State of Washington, respondent v. Russell David Homan, appellant: 42529-7

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 20th, 2012


• A 32-year-old man was arrested yesterday evening at a Centralia motel after he allegedly attempted to bite and hit police officers who detained him, according to police. Officers responded about 7:45 p.m. to Ferryman ‘s Inn on the 1000 block of Eckerson Road where a guest had reportedly offered drugs to other guests there, according to the Centralia Police Department. Suspected methamphetamine as well as glass pipe were found in his pocket, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. Palwinder Singh is facing a possible charge of attempting to destroy evidence – and more – as he tried to step on the pipe, Reichert said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of third-degree assault and possession of meth, according to police.


• A 16-year-old boy apparently escaped injury when his vehicle ended up in a creek early this morning along the 800 block of North Gold Street in Centralia. The unoccupied vehicle was discovered about 2:30 a.m. and the teen found about a block away trying to get help to remove it, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was cited for driving with a suspended license and then released to his parents, according to police.


• Chehalis police were called to a home on Southwest Snively Avenue about 2 p.m. yesterday when a mother reported her children called her to say three young men dressed in black pounded on the door and tried the door handle before taking off in a small gray van. Responding officers weren’t able to locate anyone, according to the Chehalis Police Department.