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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Updated at 12:36 p.m.

DOG FOUND INSIDE 107 DEGREE VEHICLE

• A 42-year-old Morton resident was arrested after police called to the Wal-Mart parking lot found a dog inside his truck and interior temperatures at 107 degrees on Sunday. A woman who phoned 911 about 1:40 p.m. to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue said the animal was in distress, panting heavily and dry heaving, according to police. Andre D. Elswick, 42, was getting back to his vehicle when an officer arrived; the animal had been in there more an hour, according to Sgt. Rick McNamara. “You gotta realize when it hits 90 degrees, leaving the windows down is just not enough,” McNamara said. McNamara said he didn’t know further details about the condition of the rottweiller-type canine. Elswick was cited for animal abuse, McNamara said. Temperatures on Sunday afternoon out of doors were in the mid-90s.

BURGLARY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they were called Friday about a burglary in which someone stole more than $8,000 worth of valuables from a residence on the 200 block of Alpha Way outside Chehalis. It happened between 9 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. Among the many missing items are a a laptop computer, a cell phone, a brief case, jewelry, a bottle of wine, a razor and blades, as well as a CPAP machine – a device that helps people breathe more easily. The house had been left unlocked.

• Police were called about 10:40 a.m. yesterday about a burglary at the 100 block of Jefferson Street in Centralia. Missing are a PlayStation and a mountain bike, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two wake boards were taken from inside a boat parked on 100 block of Blanchard Road in Centralia, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday morning. One is red with stickers and the other is yellow, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is $400.

CAR THEFT

• A gray 1989 Acura Legend was reported stolen from the 400 block of North Market Boulevard on Sunday afternoon.

DRUGS

• A 23-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine late last night after police responded to Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis about people camping there who had been asked to leave. Richard S. Warren was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 23-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding arrant yesterday afternoon. Robert L. Huey was booked into the Lewis County Jail following contact with an officer about 1:15 p.m. at the 500 block of West Pear Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Norma J. Morris, 21, of Chehalis, was arrested for possession of heroin and a warrant about 1:10 p.m. yesterday, according to police. She was booked into the lewis County Jail following contact with an officer at the 100 block of South Silver Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWLS

• Three people were arrested overnight when they were caught breaking into a vehicle at the 300 block of Magnolia Street in Centralia around 1 a.m., according to police. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree vehicle prowl were Mathis S. Jensen, 19, Jeremy M. Barron, 20, both of Centralia and Renoggo A. Stone-Anderson, 21, of Rochester, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A purse and an “Acer” brand laptop computer were reported stolen from a vehicle on the 200 block of Jackson Street in Centralia just before 3 a.m. today, according to Centralia police.

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday about a .22 handgun stolen from a vehicle parked a the Eagles the Saturday before last.

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday morning about an iPod and a GPS device stolen from a vehicle parked at the 100 block of Southwest Saunders Way. Police say it may or may not have been related, but a note was left for the female visitor, saying please don’t park in front of my house. The victim told police the car was locked so it’s unclear how anyone got inside, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 43-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for vehicle prowl after a woman watched an individual get into her vehicle on the 100 block of Southwest McFadden Avenue in Chehalis n Sunday morning. An officer called about 7:40 a.m. subsequently detained Kerry G. Palmer and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is once again appealing to the public to lock up their cars and refrain from leaving valuables in plain site, especially when parking at the 200 block of Highway 603 west of Chehalis near the trestle area. Someone stole a purse from an unlocked vehicle there on Friday between 3:40 p.m. and 4:25 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT

• A 72-year-old resident of the 100 block of Lanakila Lane outside Chehalis contacted the sheriff’s office yesterday to report her Taurus .357 revolver has been missing since at least July 1, according o the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A license plate reading 992 XFB was reported stolen from the 1000 block of Johnson Road in Centralia late yesterday afternoon.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police say someone kicked out the window to a building on the 200 block of North Washington Avenue and three individuals were subsequently arrested for third-degree malicious mischief. It happened just before 2 a.m. today, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE HITS BUILDING

• Centralia police were called about 11:35 a.m. yesterday when a vehicle in a parking lot on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue lurched forward striking a building and another vehicle. No arrests were made and the fire department was not called for any injuries. Further details were not readily available.

New brief: Firefighting exercises around Centralia will feature simulated smoke

Monday, August 6th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters will be conducting training around Centralia on Tuesday and Wednesday using pretend smoke that will be visible to the general public.

It’s not real, it’s not toxic, it’s called training smoke, according to Riverside Fire Authority Chief Jim Walkowski.

On Wednesday while they are practicing at the Wilson Hotel building at 328 N. Tower Ave., motorists can expect traffic impacts on Maple Avenue between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to Walkowski. Drivers can use Magnolia and Center streets to go around via Railroad Avenue, he noted.

Tomorrow, personnel will be conducting exercises at the former King Solomon restaurant on the 1200 block of Mellen Street and at a vacant supermarket building at 528 N. Tower Ave.

New brief: Napavine area firefighters head to Chelan wildfire

Monday, August 6th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Three firefighters from Lewis County Fire District 5 left last night to assist with a 4,000 acre wild fire burning in Chelan County.

They took a water tender and a brush truck to work as part of a strike team at the Antoine Creek Fire which is threatening homes, according to a District 5 spokesperson Megan Van Egdom.

The Washington State Patrol, which authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources yesterday afternoon, reports that evacuation notices are in place for about 30 residences.

The fire began about noon yesterday northeast of Chehalis, according to a state patrol news release. Six so-called strike teams had been mobilized as of this morning.

Van Egdom suggests that with the dry weather and high fire danger, it’s is a good time – if one hasn’t done so already – to remove dry yard debris from around homes, clear roofs and porches of pine needles and cones and consider removing large trees and shrubs adjacent to structures.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 6th, 2012

SUSPECT FLEES AFTER BAR BRAWL

• Police are looking for a man after a bar fight in Centralia on Saturday night in which he allegedly attempted to hit another patron with a chair but accidentally hit a woman instead. The woman ended up with a small cut on her head and several customers chased the subject who fled, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened around 11:15 p.m. on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue.

POLICE: MOTORIST TRIES TO AVOID OFFICER

• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested around 4:30 a.m. today for attempting to elude a police officer and driving with a suspended license, according to the Centralia Police Department. Mario Vaquez Jr. was booked into the Lewis County Jail following the incident in the area of East Sixth and B streets in Centralia, according to police.

THEFT

• A pair of ATVs, a dirt bike, two tents and a 55-gallon cooler were stolen from property on the 700 block of state Route 505 in Toledo sometime between July 21 and Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 52-year-old Aberdeen man who uses the property for summer camping estimated the loss at $6,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Someone kicked open a barn door on the 200 block of Kennedy Road in Onalaska and made off with a box of women’s clothing sometime between Thursday afternoon and Friday night,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The building was broken into several weeks ago as well, the sheriff’s office reported.

• A riding mower, a tent and a fishing pole were missing form a shed on the 100 block of Jerrells Road in Mossyrock, according to a report made to the sheriff’s office on Friday evening. The Puyallup man who owns the property told a deputy it must have occurred sometime since July 24

• A black 2000 Saturn was reported stolen about 9:15 a.m. on Saturday from the 200 block of Tilley Avenue in Centralia. The four-door car ha a license plate reading 652 ZUN, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police took a report of the theft of prescription medications from the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia on Saturday afternoon.

• Natalie J. Soto, 27, of Napavine, was arrested yesterday morning for possession of methamphetamine and heroin following a traffic stop, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail following an approximately 6:30 a.m. contact with an officer at the 2000 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to police.

• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested for illegal possession of prescription medication and an outstanding warrant on Friday night, according to police. Dennis L. Allen was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with an office about 11:42 p.m. at the 400 block of West Pine Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Sam W. Currier, 48, of Centralia, was arrested Friday night for possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant, according to police. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail following contact with an officer at the 900 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 25-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant about 9:25 a.m. on Friday at the 2400 block of Seward Avenue in Centralia. Brandy L. Evans was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWLS

• Police were called just after 2 a.m. on Saturday to a car prowl on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia in which a purse was stolen. The thief used a screwdriver to break out a window, according to the Centralia Police Department. The handbag was in plain view, police noted.

• Chehalis police were called about 7:40 p.m. on Saturday to Stan Hedwall Park on the 1500 block of Rice Road about a car prowl.

WRECKS

• A 63-year-old Seattle woman and her passenger were hospitalized with possible neck injuries when an oncoming car struck the driver’s side ripping off the passenger door of their Volvo on Saturday night at Skate Creek Road near Osborne Road northwest of Packwood, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to the scene about 9 p.m. on Saturday was told both vehicles stopped in the road, but the tan Honda backed up and drove away, turning left on state Route 706 in Pierce County. The driver was not found, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 44-year-old Chehalis man was arrested after his boat collided head-on with a 19-foot Bayliner at Mayfield Lake on Saturday afternoon. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said the Bayliner had its flag up and an adult skier in the water preparing to go. Both boats had passengers, but no injuries were reported, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened at the east end of the lake just before 3:30 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. John R. D. Kirkeide, was arrested and jailed for boating under the influence of alcohol and reckless boating as well as a warrant for failing to appear in court in Thurston County related to a DUI there, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

New brief: Car, motorcycle collide with elk in East Lewis County

Monday, August 6th, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two motorists were hospitalized after they ran into elk on U.S. Highway 12 in separate accidents overnight.

In both cases, the elk were standing in the roadway in between Randle and Packwood, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers called just before 2 a.m. said an eastbound Honda Civic was totaled. Monica G. Kim, 24, of Snoqualmie sustained cuts to her face and hand, according to the state patrol.

Abut 20 minutes later and five miles to the east, a 56-year-old man on a motorcycle hit a second elk, according to the state patrol. Charles L. Wallace, of Brush Prairie, also had cuts to his face and hand, the responding trooper noted.

Each were taken to Morton General Hospital where they were treated and have been released.

Wallace’s 1990 Harley Davidson had an estimated $400 damage, according to the trooper.

New brief: Boy slashed by father’s boat propeller on Mayfield Lake

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Updated 12:49 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 12-year-old boy swimming at Mayfield Lake was struck by a boat propeller and seriously injured yesterday.

The child was airlifted to a Portland area hospital with deep lacerations to his chest, stomach and thigh, according to responders.

Aid was called to the county park off Beach Road just after 3 p.m., but a sheriff’s deputy out on boat patrol was already on the scene providing first aid, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the boy was approximately 20 feet offshore, swimming next to his father’s boat while the boat was being moored. The father mistakenly put the boat in the wrong gear, striking the 12-year-old, according to Brown.

It happened near the swimming area, according to Lewis County Fire District 8.

The boy was transported to the Mossyrock school ball field where a helicopter picked him up and flew him to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, according to the sheriff’s office.

The family is from Beaverton. Ore.

Brown described the boy’s condition yesterday as serious. Today the hospital said he is stable, Brown said.

Dogs that kill

Saturday, August 4th, 2012
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Bailey the kitty is back home after three days at the vet.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CENTRALIA – The Centralia Police Department is investigating an early morning attack on a pair of cats that left one dead on Ham Hill Road.

Owner Cheryl Oakley said she awoke to barking so loud she thought it was inside her house. When she went outside, she saw two dogs in her yard, one of them with what looked like a possum or mole in its mouth.

Then she realized it was her 9-month-old Siamese kitty, she said.

“I screamed at them,” Oakley said. “When I saw it was her, I screamed louder and they ran away.”

Bailey the young cat was covered in blood. Her companion Roscoe the tabby was nowhere to be found, she said.

The strictly indoor cats had apparently pushed through a window screen and gotten outside, according to Oakley.

It was about 3 o’clock last Monday morning.

Oakley said a police officer showed up, then left. Five minutes later he returned with two dogs in his car which she identified as the ones she’d seen in her yard, she said.

When daylight came, Oakley found Roscoe dead across the road.

By mid-week, Bailey was home from the veterinary clinic and on the mend. But Oakley is left wondering what will become of the dogs.

“I don’t understand why they brought them back to the owner,” she said.

Police issued a citation – a civil infraction actually – to Felipe Loa-Vargas for dog at large, meaning a dog caught roaming off it’s owner’s property. The fine can be as high as $250.

But an animal control officer with the city is investigating further.

Boe Wohld, as the city’s special services officer, has dealt with animals in Centralia for more than 30 years.

Wohld said maybe seven or eight times a year they’ll get a report of an unprovoked attack by a dog on a domestic animal that ends in death.

Whether an offending dog gets impounded immediately for killing has to do with whether the act is witnessed, he said.

He checked on the two dogs this week, and saw they were not only in their pen, but chained up inside it, he said.

The city code about dogs that bite is patterned after state law.

In general, a dog gets one “free bite”, Wohld said. After that, if it does it again, the “dangerous dog” rules kick in.

And that’s a big deal, Wohld said.

If a dog is designated “dangerous”, the requirements put upon the owner are strict and expensive, according to Wohld. So strict, that when it occurs, most owners choose to give up their pet, he said.

Wohld guessed there are only about four or five such animals living in the city.

Among the requirements, according to Centralia’s code, are being kept in an enclosure with a secure top, proof of special liability insurance and in some cases having to wear a muzzle when taken for walks.

The “free bite” pass doesn’t apply if a dog inflicts severe injury on a human or kills a pet while off its property in an unprovoked attack.

Bailey the kitty was lucky.

Although the veterinarian surmised she was violently shaken, while her hindquarters were trapped in the dog’s jaws, she had no broken bones and didn’t require stitches for the tears along her backside.

“If you saw her when I brought her in, you would not think she would have made it,” Oakley said.

The vet kept her for three days, concerned about a deep wound in her groin, and possible spinal cord injury, according to Oakley.

She was sent home Wednesday with antibiotics and pain medication.

Roscoe has been buried. This weekend Oakley planned to bolt the window screens so her kitty can’t escape again.

“What if it was a kid?” Oakley asks, and then teared up. “It was a kid. It was mine.”

Wohld expected the animal control officer’s investigation could be finished as early as Monday.

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Bailey, left, and Roscoe, right.

Suspect pleads not guilty to modified charges in Mossyrock sexual assault of girl

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prosecutors have amended the charges against a Winlock man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in a Mossyrock-area campground five years ago.

Reginald L. Juntunen, now 24, was arrested and charged last week after he was identified through DNA as a suspect, according to authorities.

Charging documents in the case initially alleged the child was anally raped by a dark-skinned male wearing a hoodie and a stocking cap who forced her into the public restroom.

However, count one of first-degree rape of a child was altered earlier this week to include “or in the alternative, first-degree child molestation.”

The difference is penetration or just bodily contact, according to Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joely O’Rourke.

They did it to cover their bases, O’Rourke said.

“It’s a precaution on our part, in case there’s any discrepancies in the victim’s statement,” she said.

The victim was young when she was interviewed, she added.

Juntunen is also charged with first-degree rape, and now, or in the alternative, indecent liberties with forcible compulsion, with a similar distinction. He remains charged with first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation.

He denied to detectives being in the park in 2007 when he was 19 years old.

He pleaded not guilty yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court and remains held on $500,000 bail.

A trial is scheduled for the week of Sept. 17.
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Fo background, read “Prosecutors: Winlock man ID’d through DNA charged in 2007 campground rape of child” from Friday July 27, 2012, here

News brief: Harley Davidson wrecks at Bear Canyon

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 65-year-old motorcyclist was injured this afternoon when he was going too fast around a curve and struck a guard rail along state Route 508 about 10 miles west of Morton, according to the Washington State Patrol.

David R. Weaver, from Lacey, was westbound at Bear Canyon when it happened, according to the state patrol. He suffered a concussion, scrapes and bruises, the responding trooper indicated.

Troopers were called to the scene just before 4 p.m.

The 2006 Harley Davidson sustained an estimated $1,000 damage and was towed.

Community invited to burial of unclaimed persons; Harry Fields won’t be attending

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The coroner’s office will have one less set of unclaimed remains to bury next month, thanks to publicity generated from publishing a list of the urns that are stored at their office.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said a family member came forward and picked up her relative yesterday after news stories appeared.

Harry Edwin Fields Jr., 58, has been in the custody of the coroner since he died at his Chehalis home in October 2004.

McLeod didn’t say what the relationship was, just that the woman was local.

Over the past 14 years, each unclaimed person has been cremated and kept by the coroner.

McLeod thought they had exhausted all avenues for finding family members, and is making plans for a burial next month in a donated plot at Claquato Cemetery.

The 15 remaining urns will share a spot in a part of the cemetery known as the county section.

A non-denominational memorial service is scheduled for Aug. 22 at 2 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend.

Claquato Cemetery is about two miles west of Chehalis at 142 Stearns Road.
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For background including the list, read “The unclaimed dead of Lewis County” from Sunday July 29, 2012, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Updated at 12:02 p.m.

INTERRUPTED BURGLARY

• Two men were arrested after a resident checking on a relative’s residence on the 1900 block of South Schueber Road yesterday morning found an intruder inside the home. The female had seen a pair of males carrying a gas can in the area – which is west of the Centralia-Chehalis AIrport – and when she went over to the residence, found an open window, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Then she went inside, and she saw an individual who dropped the electronics he was holding and ran out the back door, according to the sheriff’s office. She heard an ATV start up and drive off. A subsequent track by a police dog turned up 18-year-old Nathan A. Cheney and 33-year-old Geoffrey L. Carpenter, both of Centralia, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Jewelry, a shotgun and the ATV were recovered and the pair were booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary and related offenses, Brown said.

INTERRUPTED SALAL GATHERING

• A Chehalis man called 911 yesterday when he detained a man after he discovered a truck stuck in the mud in the woods on his property. A deputy called about 9 a.m. to the property off Brockway Road west of Chehalis was told the 21-year-old man from Aberdeen was there to collect salal, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Eriberto Zamacona-Barrios, 21, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for trespassing, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. A female and another male who had been with him were not located, Brown said.

CAR PARTS MISSING

• A deputy took a report last night of a burglary on the 100 block of Osborn Road in Ashford in which a box of parts for a 1964 Falcon were stolen.

DRUGS

• A 22-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop by a deputy about 8:45 p.m. yesterday. Sara M. Abbott was found to be driving on a suspended license and a pipe was spotted on the floor of her vehicle behind the driver’s seat,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A small baggie of suspected meth was found in her wallet, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Abbott was booked into the lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

GUESSING GAME ENDS WITH ARREST

• David L. Hamilton, 41, of Centralia, was arrested last night for obstructing a public servant when he reportedly lied to police about his name. Officers were at a trailer in the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia about 9:45 p.m. looking for an individual with an outstanding warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department. When they found two people in a back room who were smoking marijuana, the male gave a fake name, twice, Sgt. Carl Buster said. He was taken to the Lewis County Jail where he was identified as Hamilton, Buster said.

VEHICLE VERSUS BIKE

• Centralia police were called about 2:40 p.m. yesterday to South Gold and East Locust streets where a vehicle struck a bicyclist who ran a stop sign. Police indicated the bicyclist was not injured.

VANDALISM

• Police were called just before 6:45 a.m. today about a window being broken out of a vehicle at the 100 block of Jefferson Street in Centralia.

‘GET BACK HERE’

• Lewis County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 47-year-old homeless man yesterday because although he registered as a sex offender who was living in Centralia, he moved to Longview to stay with his parents. Robert J. Baxter had moved to the 1300 block of Crescent Avenue in Centralia in April but when a deputy went to check on him in early July, it was learned he hadn’t been there for three weeks, according to the sheriff’s office. After a lengthy investigation, they found him yesterday at a bus stop in Chehalis and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for failing to register and a misdemeanor warrant, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.

‘YOU TOO!’

• A 23-year-old Chehalis woman who ran out of a courtroom yesterday after a judge decided she should be taken into custody was found later at the Eugenia Center on Chehalis Avenue and booked into jail for first-degree escape, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Destiny C. Lloyd was in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday afternoon, scheduled for a review on a drug offender sentencing alternative. Chehalis police had arrested her in early April with suspected methamphetamine and marijuana. Sheriff’s Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said deputies and Chehalis police searched for Lloyd yesterday, but it was a drug court corrections officer who found her. She’ll go before a different judge this afternoon, escorted by jail staff.

COYOTE CARCASS

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 p.m. last night about a dead coyote found sitting on a truck parked on Northwest New York Avenue. Further details were not readily available as no written report was made.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

BURGLARY AT CHEHALIS AREA HOME

• A 34-year-old Chehalis-area man called deputies about 3 p.m. yesterday when he returned home to find someone apparently came through a back door which had been left open and made off with approximately $4,500 of valuables. It happened at the 200 block of Lake Creek Road. Among the missing items were a diamond ring, a jewelry box, two watches, an X-box, a PlayStation and a military coin, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CHEHALIS APARTMENT BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday about a burglary to storage units and an apartment at the 100 block of Northeast Boistfort Street.

GUN STOLEN IN WINLOCK BURGLARY

• A Taurus .38 Special revolver, a steel box of documents, and other valuables were stolen from a shop building at the 1400 block of King Road in Winlock sometime between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office yesterday.

CENTRALIA BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to a burglary at a residence on the 2800 block of Fords Prairie Avenue. A wallet an items from a purse were taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Jewelry was reported missing from an apartment yesterday morning at the 900 block of South Schueber Road in centralia, according to police.

IDENTITY THEFT

• A 59-year-old Mossyrock man told a deputy yesterday he learned someone used his identity to open up credit card accounts and spend approximately $4,100 at retailers in California. The victim learned of it through a credit report, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The man cancelled the cards and is disputing the purchases at Wal-Mart, Sears and Kohls, according to the sheriff’s office.

News brief: Centralia man airlifted off Interstate 5 after wreck

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Centralia man is in serious condition after a motorcycle accident last night on Interstate 5 north of Grand Mound.

Christopher L. Fee, 30, was traveling northbound near milepost 95 at Maytown when he made a lane change and  struck a pickup truck, according to the Washington State Patrol.

It happened just before 9:40 p.m.

The freeway was closed down so a helicopter could pick the motorcyclist up. He was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Responders from West Thurston Regional Fire Authority described the victim with an “altered level of consciousness” who suffered multi-system traumatic injuries.

The state patrol attributed speed to causing the wreck and noted drugs or alcohol were involved.

The pickup truck was not damaged, according to the state patrol.

Fee is in serious condition this morning in the intensive care unit at Harborview, a hospital spokesperson said.

West Thurston Fire Lt. Lanette Dyer said during the event, crews got a 911 call from a pregnant woman stuck about 40 cars back in the backup.

She was treated by medics and then released, Dyer said. They were false contractions and she just felt safer having someone check her out, Dyer said.

News brief: Power pole, lines detached in Centralia vehicle wreck

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A small pickup truck hit a power pole on the 1000 block of South Gold Street in Centralia this afternoon, sheering it off at its base and causing several lines to detach all the way down to Floral Street, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

It happened just before 1:40 p.m. and the roadway was shut down until about 4:30 p.m., according to authorities.

An older gentleman had a medical problem that caused the wreck and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Fire Capt. Scott Weinert.

One lane is still closed and utility crews are expected to be out there for quite awhile making repairs, Officer John Panco said.