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News brief: Toledo resident, two others hurt in overnight crash

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Updated at 5 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Toledo driver and his two passengers were hospitalized after an early morning wreck when their car ran into a tree in Pierce County.

Troopers called about 3:45 a.m. to state Route 507 three miles north of Roy found a 1994 Honda Civic was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Joshua Brake, 22, of Toledo, was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed when his vehicle left the roadway to the right and collided with a tree, according to the state patrol. He was transported to Madigan, according to the state patrol.

Passenger Anthony Hill, 22, of Olympia, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center and a third male who was unidentified was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, the investigating trooper reported.

Only the driver was wearing a seat belt; speed and alcohol are blamed. Charges are pending.

Update: The previously unidentified occupant is Beau A. Dawson, 26, of Seattle, and he passed away at St. Joseph Medical Center, according to the state patrol.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, June 8th, 2013


• Chehalis firefighters were out at the crack of dawn at the Newaukum River to rescue a dog who couldn’t swim. Capt. Pat Gilligan said they were called about 4 a.m. to Stan Hedwall Park by police for a situation he believed began as a missing person around 10 o’clock last night. It turned out the woman spent the night on the opposite side of the river because although her Labrador didn’t mind crossing the river with her, her other dog wouldn’t get in the water, according to firefighters. Capt. Rob Gebhart and Firefighter Jay Birley paddled their kayaks about 400 yards upstream to retrieve them. They put the woman and the non-swimming canine into a kayak and pulled them across the river, Gebhart said. He said he didn’t know why she was out there or why her friends left, but noted she had built a fire and needed no medical attention.


• Centralia police responding about 6 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue note local banks are reporting a male attempting to pass fraudulent checks from a local construction company, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 46-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for allegedly attempting to steal alcohol from a store on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia last night. Police responded about 8:25 p.m. cited Patsy A. Bartlett for third-degree theft and then released her, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Centralia police called about 3:45 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue after a vehicle struck several poles outside a business arrested a motorist for hit and run, for driving under the influence and for not having a valid driver’s license. Carla J. Raby was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A Centralia woman and her passenger were injured after a rollover wreck early this morning northwest of Olympia. Troopers called about 3:30 a.m. to U.S. Highway 101 near state Route 8 found a 1994 Honda Accord on its top. Amanda Mojica, 19, of Centralia, was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital and Aracelie Hernandez, 20, of Aberdeen, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Washington State Patrol. Trooper Guy Gill indicated the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening but the driver is suspected of having been under the influence and is arrested for vehicular assault. They were both wearing seat belts; the car was totaled, according to the state patrol.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, violation of a protection order; other responses for misdemeanor theft, minor vandalism … and more.


Amanda Mojica’s Honda Accord lays upside down off U.S. Highway 101. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 7th, 2013



•  Chehalis police were called about 9:30 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of North Market Boulevard after a woman said a man walked into her apartment wearing just his boxer shorts. “She screamed, he left,” Officer Linda Bailey said. Responding officers found 32-year-old Ronald J. Jennings outside his apartment; he had locked himself out, Bailey said. Jennings was arrested and booked into jail for first-degree criminal trespass as well as for indecent exposure – because his private parts were showing, according to Bailey.


• Police are looking for 31-year-old Kyle E. Wagar after he allegedly  assaulted two people in a truck outside a bar on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue last night. Officers called just after midnight were told the attack was unprovoked and that the Chehalis resident was seen running from the scene, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• A deputy was called to a business on the 800 block of Lincoln Creek Road outside Centralia yesterday after its owner discovered some of his business checks had been stolen. Four of the nine missing checks have been forged and cashed, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is $615, according to the sheriff’s office.


• Centralia police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday regarding a rifle stolen from a home on the 200 block of North Gold Street. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.


• Police were called to the 800 block of South Gold Street yesterday afternoon regarding unspecified items taken from someone’s garage.


• A vehicle’s window was sprung from its tracks and an amplifier and two 10-inch subwoofers were stolen at the 100 block of Southwest Fifth Street in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 5:30 a.m. today. The theft occurred sometime after 10 p.m. yesterday, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• An officer responded to W.F. West High School in Chehalis yesterday afternoon regarding a 15-year-old student with suspected marijuana. The case will be referred to prosecutors for possible charging, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Police rushed to the area yesterday just after 1 o’clock when someone said they saw two males walking toward R.E. Bennett Elementary School carrying what appeared to be assault rifles. A spokesperson for the Chehalis Police Department said the subjects were located but nobody was arrested. Officer Linda Bailey said she didn’t yet have a report so she couldn’t share further details. Update: Officers contacted the individuals who indeed were carrying their rifles as they walked to their apartment, but it was about a quarter mile north of the school, according to police. People got “freaked out” but there was nothing illegal going on, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.


• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from a mother who said her daughter saw someone looking in her window the night before at the 300 block of Southeast Park Hill Drive in Chehalis. Extra patrols were requested for the area.


• Firefighters were called about 10:15 p.m. yesterday to a foundry in the Chehalis Industrial Park off Sears Road for a small equipment fire. Nobody was hurt, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.


• Firefighters were called about 11 a.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of South Schueber Road northwest of Chehalis when a log loader caught fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.


• Two people were transported to the hospital after a motorcycle accident on Koontz Road yesterday near Napavine. One patient was to be airlifted, according to Lewis County Fire District 15 Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson, but he didn’t have further details because he was only assisting Lewis County Fire District 5 with the call.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault; responses for minor collisions, dispute, stolen bicycle, to pick up a counterfeit $20 bill from a business; complaints of barking dogs, vicious dog  … and more.

Breaking news: Drug dealing investigation nets multiple arrests in Randle

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Updated at 11:16 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 10 people this morning in the Randle area following a months-long drug investigation.

Deputies, along with three other law enforcement agencies and the state Department of Corrections, began their operation at daybreak, according to the sheriff’s office.

Officers are currently conducting searches at three different locations in Randle, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said in a news release.

One person was picked up on a warrant, but the rest have been booked into jail for delivery of methamphetamine, according to Brown. More arrests are expected, according to Brown.

The morning raids – dubbed Operation Big Bottom Bust, named for the Big Bottom Valley in which they took place – are being conducted by the sheriff’s office regional task force.

Assisting were officers from the Morton Police Department, the Chehalis Police Department and the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office. Brown said about 25 personnel are taking part.

Brown, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said she did not know yet if any drugs have been found. Their work isn’t done.

“I don’t really know how long they will be out there, it could be hours,” she said.

Brown indicated the residences visited were located on the 100 block of Morris Road, the 100 and 200 blocks of Kiona Road, the 100 block of Falls Road and the 100 block of Ridge View Drive.

The arrested are:

• Keith Allen Sanders, 42, Delivery of meth
• Marty Joe Mullins, 48, Delivery of meth
• Chris Edward Green, 58, Delivery of meth
• Jason A Green – 24, Delivery and possession of meth
• Jack Wayne Mullins, 57, Delivery of meth
• Diane Lynn Allison, 52, Delivery of meth
• Robert Delano LaChance Sr, 50, Delivery of meth
• Byron Otis Daily, 42, Delivery of meth
• Leah Danyale Williams, 24, Delivery of meth
• Robert M Church, 48, Felony warrant


Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office



Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

News brief: Delay plagued rape case ends with guilty verdict

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A jury of six men and six women found Leo B. Bunker III of Winlock guilty as charged in a rape case in which doctors told the victim the stress of testifying could kill her because of her heart condition.

The victim took the witness stand earlier this week and returned to the Chehalis courtroom this afternoon to hear the verdict.

Bunker, 53, testified on his own behalf denying her allegations that he physically abused her during their short marriage in late 2011. He said he was impotent and couldn’t have done what she said, according to his attorney Michael Underwood.

A first trial that began in January ended in a mistrial when Bunker, who was diagnosed with throat cancer after his arrest, caused a daylong recess because of his illness and then the following day the judge took ill.

The former log truck driver was found guilty of  two counts of second-degree rape, one count of harassment and two counts of violating a protection order. The jury deliberated about three and half hours.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler ordered him held without bail pending sentencing.

For background, read “Lewis County rape case plagued with delays hits another hurdle” from  Friday May 31, 2013, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Updated at 12:34 p.m.


• Chehalis police found a “significant” amount of heroin, more than 200 grams of methamphetamine and several thousand dollars cash when they searched two cars they impounded yesterday morning in Centralia. Two people were arrested for conspiracy to deliver drugs after detectives contacted the occupants of two vehicles they said met up at Plum and Ash streets. Detectives made contact with them, took them into custody and their cars were seized, Sgt. Gary Wilson said. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Ashley C. Varga, 23, of Chehalis, and Anthony W. Miller, 41, of Centralia, according to Wilson.


• Police and aid called about 1:45 a.m. today to The Hub tavern in Centralia regarding an assault found a 22-year-old patron lying on his back in the beer garden. When he regained consciousness, he told officers nobody assaulted him, according to the Centralia Police Department. However, a female was overheard saying, “That’s what you get for ‘punking’ my brother,” police said. The victim would not cooperate with police in pursuing the matter, police said.


• A Chehalis police officer was flagged down about 5:40 a.m. today after a car was discovered missing from its driveway on the 1200 block of Northwest Cedar Way. Stolen is a white 1998 Nissan Altima, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Chehalis police were called about 10:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a burglary at a home on Northwest Prindle Street in which the caller was moving out from. Police were told a window had been broken out. The report turned out to be unfounded, police said.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence; responses for minor accidents, alarm, dispute, report of possible inappropriate touching, female seen “passed out” near train tracks; complaint about lewd pictures sent on Facebook, neighbor’s rabbits in a garden  … and more.

Unexplainable Centralia murder case ends with three-decade sentence

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Prosecutors offered no motive and last month’s four day trial revealed only the rejected self defense claim but today a courtroom finally heard a lengthy recitation from Weston G. Miller’s lawyer that shed light on last year’s fatal shooting of his houseguest in Centralia.

Miller is delusional.

The 30-year-old former welder could have but chose not to pursue an insanity defense, according to Centralia attorney J.P. Enbody.


Weston G. Miller

Miller was diagnosed with paranoid delusional disorder by a psychiatrist who said the best course for him would be long term treatment at Western State Hospital, Enbody said.

“He was sure people were trying to poison him, including Ms. DeSalvo and Mr. Carson,” Enbody said.

Enbody read aloud passages from doctor’s reports that described how Miller placed security cameras around his B Street house, believed his neighbors were stealing from him, thought someone had hacked into his bank accounts and wouldn’t eat food unless it was pre-packaged because someone was trying to poison him.

His client didn’t know who to trust and was frightened of David Carson, Enbody said.

“He was preoccupied with people being after him, being in danger,” he said.

Miller was in Lewis County Superior Court today to be sentenced for first-degree murder. He was convicted by a jury last month in the death of 43-year-old David Wayne Carson.

Carson and his girlfriend Sara DeSalvo, who were on again off again homeless, were staying at the B Street home for a short time in exchange for DeSalvo doing some heavy cleaning.

Miller fired a 9 mm pistol at close range into Carson’s chest after asking him to step out of a bedroom.


David Wayne Carson

Carson, who once worked with expensive show dogs in southern California and most recently as a millwright, was dead at the scene when police arrived on the afternoon of March 13, 2012.

Judge Richard Brosey gave Miller 30 years in prison.

He called it the most senseless and without explanation of homicides he’s seen in all his years.

Brosey said he didn’t need to decide if Miller was lying or just had a very warped perception of what occurred.

“Mr. Carson had no knife, he wasn’t advancing on you,” Brosey said. “It was an impossible scenario to have played out.”

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher had told the judge the standard sentencing range given the conviction was from just shy of 26 years to almost 33 years. He asked for the top end.

“Quite frankly the state thinks that for taking a life, that is low, but we are bound by it,” Meagher said.

Meagher pointed out that Miller had ignored a previous court order prohibiting him from possessing firearms yet had four of them, using one to kill Carson. Furthermore, Meagher said, Miller was still refusing to take responsibility for what he did.

Meagher read a passage from a psychiatrist’s report that offered further insight.

It appears likely Miller may have downplayed his reported methamphetamine use; he said he was awake three days before the event, the deputy prosecutor said.

Miller’s disorder is consistent with delusional meth psychosis, he read.

According to Enbody, it’s not clear how much of a role methamphetamine played.

The documentation of his client’s deterioration goes back to October 2011.

“Even then, he thought people were trying to kill him,” Enbody told the court. “I think that’s the start of what everyone talked about; the disorder he slipped into for a variety of reasons.”

Miller had two stays at the mental health unit at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, and tested negative for methamphetamine while he was there, Enbody said.

The diagnosis of paranoid delusional disorder he spoke of came after months of being locked up awaiting his trial, he said. Nobody drug tested him when he was arrested, Enbody said.

Today in the Chehalis courtroom, Miller chose to give a statement on his own behalf.

He said he only knew Carson three days but considered him a friend.

“I tell you the truth, I never wanted to hurt David, I had no motive,” Miller read from a piece of paper.

He spoke of himself as someone who’d purchased a home at age 21 to make a life for his family, was an outstanding citizen and worked until an on-the-job accident.

He told how the year 2011 saw his younger brother’s death and then he got behind in his accounting classes, got behind in his bills, and began showing signs of obsessive compulsive disorder and started to get paranoid.

During the trial, jurors heard descriptions of the shooting from the only two individuals – besides Carson – who were there.

DeSalvo and Miller agreed Miller knocked on the door of the bedroom. Miller said his two house guests had been fighting. DeSalvo said they were not.

When Miller spoke today, he maintained that Carson was “choking out” DeSalvo in the bedroom, that Carson let go of her and when he brought a knife up to the level of Miller’s throat, Miller fired at him.

He said he told DeSalvo to call 911.

“I know I shouldn’t have left, but I was in shock,” he said. “I just wanted to get out of the house and get somewhere safe.

Miller said he needed a hug from his father.

“Again, I want to say I’m sorry,” he read. “I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”

DeSalvo and family members offered their thoughts in court today as well.

The 46-year-old woman called Miller a liar who murdered the love of her life. She advanced the theory he was a serial killer, who’d let a secret slip to her boyfriend.

“You told someone about something you didn’t want him to know,” DeSalvo said, facing Miller and raising her voice. “And that’s why you killed him.”

“Come clean,” she nearly shouted. “Where’s Kayla Croft-Payne and the other girls you killed?”

Enbody read a statement from his client’s younger sister, who was in the courtroom.

Crystal Miller said she looked up to her brother as a protector and as a proud father with a good heart, but she didn’t understand why he went the direction he did.

“Weston has shocked many people, including his friends and family,” Enbody read.

Carson’s grown daughter sat on a bench on the opposite side of the courtroom.

A statement from Caitlin Carson was read aloud for her.

“I hope every day you are reminded we lost our father on March 13, 2012,” her statement said. “But your daughter lost her father too.”

Carson’s brother Daniel Carson spoke softly when it was his turn.

Miller took his brother, his childhood friend, he said.

“Birds of a feather flock together,” he said. “That’s why my brother was at your house. He struggled with addiction.”

The conviction and sentencing were a small consolation, and it mattered not if he could ever understand why the murder took place, he said.

Miller reduced a man, a brother, a father, an uncle to a pile of ashes in a plastic bag, he said.

He told Miller he ought to have used his fists instead of a gun.

“I hope the court sends a message to the rest of meth users,” he said. “If you pick up a weapon and take somebody’s life, there’s going to be severe consequences.”


For background, read:

• “Centralia murder trial: Self defense or premeditated?” from Thursday May 9, 2013 at 9:10 a.m., here

• “Centralia murder trial: In the defendant’s own words” from Friday May 10, 2013 at 10:13 a.m., here

• “Centralia murder trial: Miller found guilty in B Street shooting death” from Friday May 10, 2013 at 5:51 p.m., here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Updated at 4:43 p.m.


• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to the 100 block of Meyer Road in Pe Ell about a residential burglary in which someone broke into a safe and stole more than $3,000 cash, which included as much as $1,000 in quarters and $400 worth of silver dollars. The 59-year-old victim said it occurred while he was on vacation between May 25 and yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Someone removed part of a window on the backside of the home, according to the sheriff’s office. Also taken was a five-ounce silver China panda medallion valued at $100, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The resident said he had left his son home house sitting but nobody else knew the combination to the safe, according to Brown.


• Someone cut the padlocks off three outbuildings at the 7500 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma, according to a report made to the sheriff’s office yesterday. The 55-year-old victim said it occurred sometime between 7 p.m. on Monday and 5 o’clock yesterday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said it’s unknown what if anything was missing.


• The recipient of a protection order served last night in Toledo who was told he had to vacate the residence instead told the deputy to leave. The 9:30 p.m. visit to the home on the 100 block of Hopp Road North ended with 36-year-old Christopher R. Beecroft taken into custody and  booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Beecroft’s arrest was for violating the court order and for resisting arrest, according to the sheriff’s office.


• A 40-year-old Centralia man was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief after police were called to the home he shares with his girlfriend on Warsaw Street about 3:20 a.m. today when she reported he had torn up some of her clothing and broken a picture frame. Desidero Ramirez-Cruz was issued the citation and transported elsewhere, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officer John Panco said he didn’t know where Ramirez-Cruz was taken but that sometimes officers offer that as a way to cool off.


• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 2500 block of North National Avenue because someone stole two grocery carts from the Twin City Senior Center.


• Someone stole a wallet from an unlocked vehicle inside a carport at the 400 block of Tucker Road near Toledo sometime between 7:30 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. yesterday morning, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the items stolen are the 27-year-old victim’s rent money, driver’s license, credit card and a debit card, according to the sheriff’s office.


• Chehalis police were called just after 8 a.m. yesterday regarding a window getting broken on a vehicle on Southwest Fifth Street.


• Chehalis police were called at 3 p.m. yesterday to Shop N Kart grocery on North National Avenue after a 12-year-old girl said a man tried to grab her. Officers interviewed both the girl and the 58-year-old employee, but made no arrest, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “She was under the impression he was trying to get her to the back of the store,” spokesperson Officer Linda Bailey said. “He said said no … he was merely trying to show her merchandise.” There were no eyewitnesses, and police intend to forward a report to the prosecutor’s office for evaluation of possible charges, Bailey said. The business went ahead and “trespassed” the employee, meaning he can’t come back onto the premises without getting arrested for trespass, according to Bailey.


• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning the two individuals in yesterday’s serious-injury collision at Twin Oaks Road west of Chehalis are from Spanaway and College Place. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said it appeared the 54-year-old man and 49-year-old woman were not wearing seat belts. The pair were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with what firefighters described as possible life-threatening injuries following the approximately 11:40 a.m. rollover wreck. Brown said the driver sustained possible broken hips. According to the investigation, the 2004 Toyota Tundra pickup was traveling down Frogner Road approaching Twin Oaks Road and didn’t stop. Brown said the driver attempted to turn right, but slid sideways off the road into a field. They were delivering telephone books in the area.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for misdemeanor assault, alarm, fender benders, dispute, suspicious circumstances; complaint about a neighbor shooting at kids with a BB gun (Sorry folks. No arrest, no report, no details on the BB gun.) … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013


• Chehalis police were called about 12:35 p.m. yesterday when a woman caught a small boy wearing only a diaper and a shirt on the sidewalk next to South Market Boulevard and kept him from crossing the busy street. Twenty to 30 minutes later, officers were contacted by a resident around the corner and down the block whose 3-year-old vanished from his sandbox, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The child was returned to the home safely, according to police.


• A 64-year-old Glenoma woman got home from work yesterday afternoon to find her front door kicked in and a wooden jewelry box missing from her dresser. The break-in on the 8300 block of U.S. Highway 12 occurred sometime between 6:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.


• Police were called just after 3 p.m. yesterday regarding a garage burglarized at the 600 block of Warsaw Street in Centralia.

• Centralia police were called yesterday to the 1200 block of Mellen Street to a complaint about three computers being stolen. It turned out to be a civil matter, not a criminal matter, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy took a report yesterday that someone stole about 20 gallons of diesel and small hand tools from a tractor belonging to the Lewis County public works department at U.S. Highway 12 and Meade Hill Road in Glenoma. The theft occurred sometime since last Wednesday afternoon, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.


• Police were called just after 11 a.m. yesterday about an overnight car prowl at the 1500 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis. Someone ripped the stereo out, according to the Chehalis Police Department.


• Police were called yesterday afternoon to the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia where someone had spray painted on the wall of a building.


• Two young people in a Jeep escaped injury when a tarp flew off a load in front of them on Interstate 5 south of Napavine yesterday afternoon and landed on their vehicle prompting a rollover wreck. A trooper called at 2:30 p.m. to the southbound lanes near milepost 66 reported the driver swerved in an attempt to dislodge the tarp, striking the concrete barrier before rolling over, according to the Washington State Patrol. Kaitlyn R. Corral, 20, and John Shannon Jr. 23, both of Kent, were unhurt, but the 2005 Jeep Liberty was totaled, according to the state patrol. The driver of the semi which was hauling a dump truck on a flatbed trailer was cited for an unsecured load, according to the state patrol.


• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting; responses for alarms, stolen bicycle, other misdemeanor theft, parking lot fender bender, suspicious circumstances such as person sleeping outside someone else’s house, subject passed out next to railroad tracks … and more.

News brief: Two seriously hurt after Twin Oaks Road wreck

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Responders work on one patient while others prepare to stabilize the vehicle in order to get out a trapped patient. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A man and a woman with possible life-threatening injuries were airlifted after a single-vehicle wreck west of Chehalis today.

Firefighters called about 11:40 a.m. to Twin Oaks and Frogner Road found a pickup truck on its side, and cut off its roof to extricate the female passenger who was trapped.

Neighbors and passing motorists were on the scene helping already, according to Lewis County Fire District 6 Chief Tim Kinder.

Sarah Hamilton said she heard tires squealing, a crash and a boom outside her home which sits at the bottom of a hill.

She and her boyfriend ran out and found the driver outside the truck on the ground, she said. He was conscious and talking, she said.

“He said his brakes went out,” Hamilton said.

The couple were apparently delivering phone books; a load of them were scattered around the truck.

The two were transported to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport where they were loaded into two helicopters bound for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.


Twin Oaks at Frogner Road west of Chehalis.

News brief: Thurston County man lured to address gets beat up

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Deputies are looking for a Thurston County man following a beating last night of a 52-year-old Lacey resident.


William R. Bellamy

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office says the victim was lured to an address on the 9600 block of Old Highway 99 south of Tumwater under the pretense of performing some contract work about 8:30 p.m. yesterday.

When he arrived, he was knocked to the ground, punched and kicked sustaining broken bones, including in his face, according to the sheriff’s office.

William R. Bellamy, 54, who is wanted for second-degree assault, was last known to live in Lacey, sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said.

Bellamy drove the injured man to an Olympia hospital and dropped him  at the emergency room, according to Elwin.

Elwin said he believed the incident was related to them both seeing the same woman.

The victim is recovering at Capital Medical Center.

Elwin is asking anyone who knows Bellamy’s whereabouts to call 911, and anyone with information about the assault is asked to phone the sheriff’s office at 360-786-5500 or 360-704-2740.