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Breaking news: Dog missing after horrendous freeway wreck found in Chehalis

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

 

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Bret Bryan carries Steeler out from the briars where he was found this afternoon. / Courtesy photo by Harry Oakes

Updated at 7:08 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Steeler, the champion show dog who escaped his owners when their motor home crashed yesterday on the freeway through Chehalis, has been found.

“He was nervous, I think kind of like, what’s gonna happen now, but not frightened,” said Cathy Spears who slipped a collar around his neck this afternoon.

The whippet was tracked down in the brush behind Darigold off Main Street in Chehalis about 2 p.m.

The canine was located by search dogs.

Yesterday morning, Steeler was riding up front with Donald and Patricia Rodgers, of Shelton, as they returned home from a series of dog shows in California, according to Spears.

Donald Rodgers is a professional handler; the couple and their young assistant had as many as nine show dogs belonging to others crated up in the rear of their 1999 Freightliner motor home, she said.

But Steeler, a retired show dog, is their personal pet, she said.

It was just before 11 a.m. when their vehicle collided with the rear of semi truck on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 78, leaving their cab crushed and all three injured. It was one of several wrecks in the same stretch that slowed freeway traffic for hours.

Steeler fled onto the freeway and vanished.

Spears, a Centralia woman, has known the Rodgers’ some 20 years, she said. She met up with fellow show dog handlers at the Chehalis Starbuck’s this morning to organize a search. They hired professional searcher Harry Oakes from Longview.

Oakes said it took only about 30 minutes, once they figured out where to start looking.

They learned one of the Chehalis firefighters had seen the dog running near Main Street when crews responded to the accident, Oakes said.

They used a blanket Steeler had slept on to give Oakes’ two Border Collies a scent to work with, he said. They found some tracks. A local man and his yellow lab helped lure Steeler out, according to Spears.

Bret Bryan works for the steam train and his dog is just a pet dog, not trained for such work, she said.

Oakes said he and Bryan spotted the whippet cowering in a briar patch about a half mile off Main Street.

“It took some time to calm him down and get him to come to us,” Oakes said.

The dog appeared to have just superficial cuts and minor bruising, Spears said.

Spears took him to her veterinarian, where he is expected to stay overnight for observation.

The other dogs traveling with the couple were uninjured, she said.

Donald Rodgers and 18-year-old Debra A. Carter of Lacey have been released from the hospital, according to Spears. Patricia J. Rodgers remains at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a crushed hip and knee, she said.

Ironically, Spears endured a similar experience herself about 20 years ago.

She was part of a 16-car pileup on Interstate 5 near Mellon Street in Centralia in which a 16-year-old boy died, she said. She was traveling with three show dogs and two of them ran off, she said.

“We found one the next morning and the other two days later,” she said.

But that’s not what motivated her, Penny King of Vader and Rachel Morris of Adna, to look for the Rodgers’ pet, she said.

“That’s what kept us going, but these are friends of ours,” Spears said.

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For background, read: “Multiple wrecks on I-5 tangle traffic around Chehalis, Centralia, show dog escapes onto freeway” from Tuesday February 19, 2013, here

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Steeler is crated up for a ride to the veterinarian after being rescued. / Courtesy photo by Harry Oakes

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The Rodgers’ 1999 Freightliner motor home after Tuesday’s collision on Interstate 5. / Courtesy photo by Nathan Hays

KOMOnews.com caught video of when Steeler was located, see it here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Updated at 12:32 p.m.

FUEL THEFTS

• Centralia police took a report yesterday afternoon that someone has been stealing gasoline from vans parked behind Safeway on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue. The case is under investigation.

• Police were called about 6:30 p.m. yesterday to a service station on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia where a female pumped $37 worth of fuel and left without paying for it.

MISSING GENERATOR

• A Honda generator was reported stolen from the 800 block of Main Avenue in  Morton, according to a report made to police on Sunday.

DRUGS

• Police were called to Morton Junior-Senior High School on Thursday regarding a student allegedly in possession of marijuana. The case was referred to the Lewis County juvenile prosecutor for possible charging, according to the Morton Police Department.

VANDALISM

• An officer was called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday to look at graffiti left on rental property at the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue in Centralia.

• Morton police arrested a 20-year-old resident after getting a call about 11 p.m. on Sunday someone had driven into a neighbor’s yard causing damage to the yard, according to the Morton Police Department. Mathew S. Collett was subsequently arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for hit and run as well as obstructing a police officer, according to police.

• The owner of a dog accused Thursday afternoon of tipping over garbage cans in the area of the 100 block of Pleasant View Drive in Morton was warned to keep their pet contained. The following day, police were called about a block away regarding animals knocking over cans and spreading trash around, according to the Morton Police Department. A responding officer didn’t locate the suspect animal, according to police.

WRECK

• Police and aid were called about 8:35 a.m. yesterday when the driver of a van left the roadway and struck a chain link fence and tree off Mellen Street near Military Road. It was an older gentleman who was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

WIRING ISSUE MAY HAVE SPARKED ADNA BLAZE

• A Monday night house fire in Adna that displaced a family appears to have started because of an electrical problem in the laundry room, Fire Investigator Jay Birley said this morning. Nobody was hurt but the interior of the home on Shannon Lane was severely damaged, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. Birley said the issue is possibly related to wiring on the hot water tank or maybe even security lighting.

ALSO …

• Also, fender benders, shoplifts, a couple of guys who look like zombies are prowling around at night looking for cigarette butts, someone without a placard is parked in a handicapped spot, request for Chehalis police to investigate a fourth-degree assault between two residents at Green Hill school for boys, question about why three unmarked helicopters are circling over Wal-Mart and more …

Chehalis Police Department detective Sgt. Gary Wilson: Nine times out of 10 if it’s a group of helicopters flying over Chehalis, it’s military training. We have an airport right there and they use it, he said.

News brief: Pedestrian hit by vehicle on freeway was missing person

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The 65-year-old man hit by an SUV as he was crossing Interstate 5 near Vader on Friday night turned out to have been reported missing from a motel in Cowlitz County, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A trooper didn”t know that, when he encountered Daniel E. Ranney on state Route 504 in Castle Rock near the freeway, Trooper Will Finn said today.

Ranney said he was trying to get to Toledo and was impaired so the trooper gave him a lift north and dropped him at a 24-hour truck stop, Finn said.

At about 8:30 p.m. that night, troopers and aid were called to the southbound lanes near Gee Cees truck stop where Ranney had tried to cross the freeway on foot.

Finn said Ranney is from Anchorage, Alaska and was on cancer medications. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was listed this morning in serious condition. A hospital spokesperson said he is in the intensive care unit.

Finn said Ranney suffered a compound fracture of one of his limbs.
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For background, read: “News brief: Pedestrian airlifted after hit by vehicle on I-5 near Vader” from Friday February 15, 2013, here

Multiple wrecks on I-5 tangle traffic around Chehalis, Centralia, show dog escapes onto freeway

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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Grants Towing prepares to disengage one of four vehicles mashed when a motorist cut off other cars to pull over for a trooper stopping her for speeding. / Courtesy photo by Laurie Thorson

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 71-year-old Shelton woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and two other occupants of the motor home she was traveling in were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after a wreck on Interstate 5 in Chehalis today, one of four collisions in the same stretch all during about a 30-minute time frame, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Patricia J. Rodgers, 71, was a passenger in a northbound 1999 Freightliner motor home that struck the rear of a 2012 Kenworth semi near milepost 78, according to the state patrol. It happened just before 11 a.m. when the semi truck changed lanes, according to the patrol.

About 20 minutes earlier, and two miles to the north, a 49-year-old Camas woman caused a four-vehicle wreck when a trooper tried to pull her over and she crossed all lanes of traffic and stopped on the left shoulder, according to troopers. No injuries were reported there, but a Chevrolet Silverado and a Mercedes C350 were totaled, the investigating trooper reported.

The only Lewis County driver in that wreck was Kristen M. Klein, 53, of Chehalis, who reportedly escaped without damage to herself or her Audi.

Klein was among the three vehicles that stopped to avoid the Camas woman and then a semi truck coming up from behind struck them, according to the patrol.

Trooper Will Finn said as this was going on, a southbound vehicle at milepost 83 in Centralia ran into a construction barrel; and then a box van and a dump truck collided near Centralia’s Mellen Street interchange.

All lanes were opened by about 1:20 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

The driver of the motor home, Donald E. Rodgers, 66, and a passenger, 18-year-old Debra A. Carter of Lacey, were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with unspecified injuries.

The motor home was carrying about a half dozen show dogs, and a whippet that was not inside a kennel escaped onto the roadway and is missing, according to Finn.

The cause of that collision remains under investigation.

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Steeler, the missing whippet. /  Courtesy photo

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Updated at 7:19 p.m.

POLICE: PLAN TO RECOVER DRUGS BACKFIRES

• Two men were arrested last night after an alleged botched drug deal in which one of them called 911 trying to get police to get his pills back, according to the Centralia Police Department. The incident around 10:30 p.m. associated with an address on the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue in Centralia included a vehicle chase on Interstate 5 with speeds of up to 100 mph, according to police. Police said the pair agreed to meet so Anthony D. Nelson, 19, of Centralia, could sell some Oxycontin to Terrance B. Joshua, 20, of Vancouver. Joshua allegedly failed to pay and fled in his vehicle with the drugs and then Nelson gave chase, according to police. Officers say the seller, Nelson, called police and falsely reported the prescription medication was stolen out of his vehicle in an attempt to recover the drugs. Nelson was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance as well as malicious prosecution, according to police. Joshua was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Both were booked into the Lewis County Jail. Or is that really what happened? Both men were released from jail today because the prosecutor declined to file charges. Lewis County Chief Criminal Prosecutor Brad Meagher said no Oxycontin was found. Meagher said police reports indicated the alleged buyer ate some of the pills and threw the rest out his vehicle’s window. Many of the details were vague, according to Meagher.

MORE THAN OUNCE OF METH SEIZED IN TOLEDO

• An extensive drug investigation in the Winlock-Toledo area led to the arrests of a father and son on Saturday and the seizure of one and half ounces of methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office served a search warrant at a residence on the 100 block of Conifer Lane in Toledo where they confiscated the $1,800 worth of meth, scales, packaging materials, a loaded handgun, blasting caps, prescription drugs and a laptop computer, Cmdr. Steve Aust said. Arrested for three counts of delivery of meth and one count of possession with intent to deliver was Lake A. Gregson, 23, according to the sheriff’s office. David A. Gregson, 48, was arrested for possession of meth and possession of medications without a prescription, Aust said. Both the Toledo residents were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BAD WEEKEND AT WAL-MART

• A 37-year-old Chehalis man who allegedly shoplifted a $59 amplifier from Wal-Mart on Sunday morning was arrested for second-degree robbery because he also allegedly kicked an employee in the groin before fleeing the area. Police called about 11 a.m. to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue were told when the loss prevention worker tried to contact Jeremy R. Hamilton, that Hamilton assaulted him and ran away, according to police. Hamilton was subsequently located at the Chehalis Inn and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• An officer called to Wal-Mart on Saturday to look at security video from during the night showing someone push a shopping cart loaded with a 50-inch television out the door recognized the subject and later made an arrest, according to police. Fifty-eight-year-old Martin C. Lloyd, of Centralia, came to the police department later on another matter and was arrested for second-degree theft as well as trafficking in stolen property, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Among the $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise were also a security system and two telephones, Officer Linda Bailey said. The TV was recovered, Bailey said. Lloyd was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• A 41-year-old Centralia man was arrested for allegedly stealing a surveillance camera and other items from Wal-Mart and fleeing on his bicycle late Friday afternoon. Tom A. Reeves was located just down the road after the approximately 5:10 p.m. call to 911, according to police. Inside his backpack, an officer recovered merchandise which also included batteries, a Dremmel tool set and propane tanks, Officer Linda Bailey said. He was booked for retail theft with extenuating circumstances, Bailey said.

MAN FOUND HIDING IN BUSHES

• A 54-year-old Onalaska man was arrested after a deputy was called about an armed man peeking in a living room window on the 100 block of Alpha Way in Onalaska at about 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. David R. Kos was found hiding in some bushes on the property and a pistol was located nearby, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Kos reportedly kicked out a rear passenger window of a patrol vehicle after he was detained, the sheriff’s office said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree trespassing, second-degree malicious mischief and carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, Cmdr. Steve Aust said.

THEFT

• Chehalis police are investigating a report of theft of money from a purse from the 300 block of Southeast Washington Avenue, a report they got on Friday morning.

• Two pressure washers were stolen from a shed on the 1100 block of F Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

VANDALISM

• Someone broke a window of a car on Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 11 a.m. on Friday.

• Centralia police were called twice yesterday about graffiti on buildings, first to the 1100 block of North Tower Avenue and then to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue.

CHILDREN BLAMED FOR KNOCKING RADIO STATION OFF THE AIR

• Police were called to a radio station on the 2400 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis just before noon on Friday after the discovery a cable feed line was severed. They noticed dead air instead of the usual national news, according to police. It turned out two boys, ages 8 and 10, who had been building a fort in the area somehow cut the line, Officer Linda Bailey said. No arrests were made.

WRECK

• A 20-year-old Winlock man was arrested for driving under the influence after he wrecked his 1994 Ford Thunderbird about 12:20 a.m. yesterday at the 800 block of Koontz Road near Napavine. The sheriff’s office says Luke L. Nordman ran a stop sign and ran into an embankment. He also reportedly told a deputy he was alone in the car but a 16-year-old passenger was located a short distance away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Neither were injured, Cmdr. Steve Aust said. Nordman was booked into the Lewis County jail for DUI and making  false statement, according to Aust. The 16-year-old passenger was arrested for minor in possession / consumption, Aust said.

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CORRECTION: The news item regarding the man arrested for allegedly peeking in the window of an Onalaska home has been updated by adding three inadvertently left-out words that completely changed the meaning of the offense related to carrying a firearm.

News brief: Adna house destroyed by fire

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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The front of the house on Shannon Lane fared better than the backside. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The cause of a fire that ravaged an Adna area home last night is under investigation.

Lewis County Fire District 6 responding about 10:10 p.m. to the 100 block of Shannon Lane found smoke and fire so heavy from the backside of the single-story house they were prevented from entering, according to Chief Tim Kinder.

A couple were awakened the sounds of the fire and subsequently by an alarm, Kinder said. They got themselves out of the house, the chief said.

“No injuries, everybody got out safe,” he said.

Firefighters were joined by members of the Chehalis Fire Department and Lewis County District 5.

Kinder said it took just over an hour to extinguish the blaze.

Much of the interior was “pretty much gutted” with severe damage in the utility room and smoke damage elsewhere, Kinder said.

The chief said he didn’t know yet what ignited the fire. An investigator is looking into it this morning, he said.
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CORRECTION: This news item has been updated. It previously incorrectly reported the number of occupants who were home when the fire broke out and mistakenly stated they had pets which were evacuated, based on erroneous information provided by Lewis County Fire District 6.

 

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, February 18th, 2013

HIGHWAY 6 VEHICLE VERSUS POLE

• A 64-year-old Pe Ell woman was hospitalized after a single-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on state Route 6 about five miles west of Chehalis. Troopers were called just before 2:30 p.m. when her eastbound truck crossed the centerline and ran into a telephone pole on the opposite side of the highway, according to the Washington State Patrol. Her Dodge Ram came to rest in a ditch and was described as totaled, according to the state patrol. LaDonna M. Turner was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where she is listed in fair condition this morning, a hospital spokesperson said. The investigating trooper blamed inattention for the wreck.

ASSAULT

• Centralia police yesterday assisted taking into custody a man wanted for an assault the day before. Mic Banks, 27, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Banks’ arrest was associated with an address on the 2200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Further details were not readily available.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A red and silver 1986 Isuzu Trooper along with a trailer were stolen from the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue in Centralia sometime in the previous three weeks, according to a report made to police at about 4 p.m. on Saturday.

SHOPLIFTING ARREST

• A 27-year-old Chehalis man was arrested about 8:45 p.m. on Saturday for allegedly stealing $59.31 worth of men’s clothing from the Goodwill on the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. The items were recovered and returned to the store, according to police. Christopher D. Buck was booked into the Lewis County Jail also for possession of prescription medication, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TV AND WII GONE

• Centralia police took a report from the 900 block of Marion Street on Saturday afternoon regarding the theft of a flat screen television and a Wii game system.

YARD ART MISSING

• Centralia police were called about 1:15 a.m. yesterday about the theft of a “mushroom lawn ornament” from the 1000 block of West Fourth Street.

VANDALISM

• Police were called about 10:30 p.m. yesterday when a window was discovered broken out at an apartment on the 200 block of West Magnolia Street in Centralia. Apparently nobody got inside and nothing was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Someone slashed the tires on three different vehicles in the area of the 500 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

News brief: Pedestrian airlifted after hit by vehicle on I-5 near Vader

Friday, February 15th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 65-year-old man on foot crossing Interstate 5 in south Lewis County was struck by an SUV tonight.

Troopers and aid called about 8:30 p.m. to the southbound lanes found Daniel E. Ranney on the side of the road along the southbound lanes near Vader.

It happened by the Gee Cees truck stop interchange, also known as exit 57.

Ranney, who is from Anchorage, Alaska, was crossing the freeway from east to west, according to the state patrol.

Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Grant Wiltbank said the man has a serious injury.

The driver of the Ford Explorer which struck Ranney was not hurt, and the vehicle’s damage was minimal enough it was drivable, according to the state patrol.

Wiltbank said firefighters as well as paramedics from Lewis County Medic One responded and treated the pedestrian until a helicopter airlift arrived. It picked him up on the property of a new service station under construction just southeast of the truck stop, Wiltbank said.

Ranney was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the state patrol.  Details about why he was crossing the road were not immediately available.

The driver was identified as Tobi L. Scott, 45, of Milwaukie, Ore.

Wounded home intruder’s condition deteriorating, deputies relieved of guard duty to cut costs

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The 51-year-old man shot in the abdomen when he was found inside someone else’s home over the weekend has taken a turn for the worse, so the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office released him from their custody to avoid being responsible for paying for his medical treatment.

Brian L. Creed was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the early Sunday morning incident at a house on the 400 block of Highway 603 west of Chehalis.

A news release from the sheriff’s office later that morning described his condition as stable although a nursing supervisor at the hospital that afternoon said Creed was in critical condition.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher in court documents filed yesterday asked a judge to cancel a planned court appearance noting Creed could be laid up for as much as a month.

Meagher stated he was told by Sheriff Steve Mansfield yesterday morning Creed was going to require surgery to repair internal damage to his intestines from the gunshot.

The hospital bills are staggering, there’s no sense sticking the taxpayers with them, Meagher wrote.

Creed was charged on Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court with burglary and misdemeanor assault for allegedly entering the unlocked home of 24-year-old Joshua Norman and his wife and then charging Norman who was armed.

The sheriff’s office said Norman fired one shot with a 40 caliber handgun and then Creed tackled him. Norman broke free and held Creed at gunpoint until deputies arrived shortly after 5 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Mansfield held a press conference on Monday morning where he shared the findings of the initial investigation and said it was a straightforward case of the use of deadly force. Meagher told news reporters it appeared the 24-year-old acted appropriately in protecting himself and his wife.

Mansfield said Norman’s only mistake was not firing more shots, not firing sooner and not using better ammunition.

Creed was high methamphetamine, according to Mansfield. The sheriff said he, and probably Creed, didn’t know why he went into the house.

Sheriff’s deputies had been guarding Creed at the hospital.

Jail Chief Kevin Hanson said this morning Creed is now being watched by hospital security instead of the sheriff’s office.

“He’s not going anywhere, he’s not a threat to the community,” Hanson said.

Creed is on a feeding tube and in the critical care unit, according to Meagher.

By law, the hospital must notify them when he is to be released and the sheriff’s office will go pick him up, Hanson said.

The charging documents filed in court this week tell a similar story to what the sheriff’s office has already recounted.

Norman woke up to voices outside and thought someone was in his garage because a motion activated light turned on, the documents state.

He told his wife to call 911 and armed himself, Meagher wrote.

The encounter was described by Sheriff Mansfield as occurring while Norman stood outside his closed bedroom door.

However, Meagher states in court documents it happened in the kitchen.

According to Meagher, when Norman heard his front door open and someone walk inside, he went to the kitchen and flipped on the light.

He saw a lone, white male unknown to him, Meagher wrote.

Norman ordered the intruder out, at gunpoint, telling him would be shot if he didn’t leave, Meagher wrote.

The intruder charged, Norman fired his gun, they wrestled, Norman broke free and held Creed at gunpoint until deputies arrived, according to Meagher.

Norman suffered a bump on his head in what the sheriff called a fight for his life as the two men rolled around on the floor.

Sheriff Mansfield has repeatedly described Norman not by his  name, but as the home owner. County property records however show the owner is another man and woman. Mansfield said earlier this week he didn’t know who owned the house and didn’t mean to use the term as literally true.

Creed has two felony theft convictions and a trespass conviction from 2009 as well as one misdemeanor theft conviction from 2011 and another from last year, according to court documents. He also currently has an active warrant out of Cowlitz County District Court, the documents state.

The new burglary charge does not allege he was attempting to steal, but that he unlawfully entered the home and committed the crime of assault while inside.

Mansfield said Creed recently moved back into a nearby house, at 110 Nix Road, a residence that had been the source of great fear in the neighborhood. It’s owner and former lease holder say he may have been visiting, but has never lived there.

It was home to several men transitioning out of prison until last summer when the county pressured it to close its doors.

Documents in Creed’s court file show his address on Clark Road near Onalaska.

Creed has a court date of April 23 to face a judge and hear his charges.
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CORRECTION: This news story has been updated to correctly reflect the date Creed is summonsed to appear in court.

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For background, read “Lewis County sheriff pronounces full support for shooter of intruder” from Tuesday February 12, 2013, here

Another Lewis County marijuana garden shut down

Friday, February 15th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Centralia police drug investigation led officers today to a home in south Chehalis where they seized more than 150 marijuana plants growing indoors.

Sgt. Jim Shannon said their SWAT team at about 2 p.m. visited a couple who live on the 100 block of Terra Bonita Drive, off Hillcrest Road.

The two were arrested without incident, he said.

It was a “pretty garden variety” operation, Shannon said.

Justin Currier and Amber Leonard tried to present a medical marijuana “script” but they weren’t in compliance with those rules, according to Shannon.

The case grew out of an investigation that began early last month, he said. Police, through informants, have purchased marijuana from them, something that’s not okay in the world of medicinal pot, according to Shannon.

It was only a month ago when Shannon and his team confiscated another indoor crop, consisting of 90 plants at a home on Seminary Hill Road in Centralia. In that case, a pair of brothers were charged with supplying product to medical marijuana dispensaries around the state.

Officers were at the scene today until until about 4 p.m. collecting evidence. The plants were in various stages of growth, he said.

Currier and Leonard, ages not readily available, were to be booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession with intent deliver; and he was additionally to be booked for delivery of marijuana and delivery of narcotics, pills, Shannon said late this afternoon.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, February 15th, 2013

BURGLING IN ONALASKA

• About $1,200 worth of power tools were stolen from an Onalaska home-under-construction, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday. A deputy responding to the 100 block of Chases Lane was told someone used a key hidden on the ground near the front door and made off with a generator, a skill saw, a nail gun and other tools, according to the sheriff’s office. The owner, a 69-year-old man from Brush Prairie, told the deputy the break-in had occurred sometime between Saturday and Tuesday, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A deputy called about 6 p.m. yesterday to the 200 block of Jorgensen Road in Onalaska found someone had tried to pry up a garage door, doing about $250 damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Nothing was taken, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• A wedding ring was reported stolen from the 1200 block of North Pearl Avenue in Centralia yesterday.

• Police were called about 1:50 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 3100 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. Numerous unspecified items were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

HIDING FROM POLICE

• A 40-year-old Centralia man was found hiding in an attic at a home on the 1200 block of West Main Street in Centralia yesterday. Officers called about 1:50 p.m. suspected Marcus E. Prince was in his wife’s home where he is prohibited from being because of a no contact order and arrested him, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, Sgt. Stacy Denham said.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old man was arrested about 4 p.m. yesterday for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop at the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia. An officer recognized the driver, Isaiah C. Marlow and knew he had a suspended license, according to police. In his pocket was found a hypodermic needle with a substance that field tested positive for the drug, Sgt. Stacy Denham said. Marlow, a Centralia resident, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Graffiti was reported discovered yesterday morning on an air conditioning unit on the roof of a building at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

WRECKS

• Firefighters were called about 3:25 a.m. today to Old Highway 99 near Prather Road outside Centralia when a vehicle collided with a utility pole splitting it in half. There was no injury to the male driver, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

• A 3-month-old infant and three adults escaped injury when a too fast driver missed a right-hand turn at the 100 block of Gish Road in Onalaska yesterday afternoon and ran down an embankment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy arriving about 3 p.m. noted the Isuzu ended up with damage on one side and  cited its 18-year-old driver for wheels off the roadway, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Centralia police responded to three different collisions on Harrison Avenue yesterday, beginning about 1:40 p.m. with an accident that blocked a lane of traffic for about an hour near Belmont Avenue. All were two-vehicle wrecks and only the third one at about 6:20 p.m. a few blocks east of Interstate 5 resulted in any injury, according to police. In that case, one occupant complained of back pain, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND …

• A couple of misdemeanor domestic assaults, family disturbance, noise complaint, cell phone that was stolen two weeks earlier and someone has parked in my spot. …

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Updated at 1:28 p.m.

SCUFFLE WITH POLICE ENDS WITH ARREST

• A 44-year-old man was arrested for third-degree assault after he allegedly fought with an officer who was attempting to detain him about 8 p.m. yesterday at the 1500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Mitchell W. Sinclair, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers planned to also suggest charges of resisting arrest and obstruction, according to police. Sinclair is going to be released from jail and not charged with a felony, pending further investigation, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

DON’T LOOK AT THOSE BRASS KNUCKLES ON MY CAR SEAT

• A 52-year-old Chehalis man was arrested about 3 o’clock this morning after contact with an officer on the 600 block of West Main Street in Chehalis when he dropped a set of brass knuckles on the seat of his vehicle as he was getting out. Rick A. Rowland was in trouble for a suspended driver’s license, being in the company of a female who had a no-contact order against him and then also unlawful possession of a weapon, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

NO TOKING IN PUBLIC

• Police were called to Garbe’s Tavern on the 300 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue about 8:45 p.m. yesterday to an inquiry about whether it was okay for someone to be smoking pot inside the bar. It’s not clear if anyone actually was, but no, it is not allowed under the new marijuana law, Chehalis police detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

TWIN CITY TOWN CENTER LOST AND FOUND

• An officer was called to the liquor store on the 1300 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis about 11 a.m. yesterday because a little baggie of what appeared to be drugs were found that someone had dropped. The caller asked police to take it.

PAIN PILLS STOLEN

• Centralia police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday to the 2400 block of Borst Avenue regarding pain medication that was missing after the individual had company.

FRAUD

• An officer took a report yesterday morning from the 1600 block of Johnson Road in Centralia about apparent fraudulent activity on someone’s credit card.

VANDALISM

• Someone spray painted graffiti on a dumpster in an alley near the 900 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police abut 3 p.m. yesterday.

NURSE SUSPENDED UNTIL LEARNING ANGER MANAGEMENT

• The state Department of Health reported yesterday it suspended certified nursing assistant Miranda M. Klemola for becoming impatient with an 83-year-old resident of a skilled nursing facility while she was helping take him to the bathroom and yelled at him for not standing up straight, used profanity and pushed him down onto the commode. He was not hurt. It happened a year ago. Klemola, who is in her early 30s and either lived or worked in Lewis County, agreed late last month that she exhibited unprofessional conduct and would take five hours of specific nursing courses, including anger management, before petitioning for reinstatement of her credentials, according to documents filed with Department of Health. The disciplining authority considered Klemola’s potential for successful rehabilitation in reaching resolution of the matter. No criminal behavior was alleged.

AND MORE …

• Plus various warrant arrests, fender benders, complaints about neighbors or tenants, smoking too close to someone else’s doorway, cars getting kicked, neighbor’s dog peeing on a porch, punching ex-boyfriend in the face for name-calling, found mountain bike, shoplifting, failing to register as a sex offender …

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Updated at 6:04 p.m.

VEHICLE VERSUS POLE

• A 22-year-old driver is hospitalized in fair condition this morning after his vehicle collided with a sign pole in the area of West Main and Yew streets in Centralia overnight. Police called just after 1 a.m. arrested Tyler J. Aust, of Centralia, for driving under the influence, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was wearing a seatbelt, but had pain in his face and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

GIRL FIGHT

• Police were called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia about two girls in a dispute with another girl. Charges of misdemeanor assault will be recommended to prosecutors in the case regarding two of the females according to the Centralia Police Department. No one was arrested, according to police. Further details were not readily available.

THE OPPOSITE OF A HOUSE WARMING PARTY

• Someone burglarized a Packwood area home making off with a king-sized mattress with sheets, a dresser and its contents and other furnishings including miscellaneous artwork, a vacuum cleaner and a shower curtain with its rod, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to the 100 block of Sunstone Road yesterday was told the break-in occurred sometime since Oct. 12, according to the sheriff’s office. Also missing are a stereo and a floor lamp, Cmdr. Steve Aust said.

ZOOM ZOOM

• Centralia police were called about 7:45 p.m. yesterday to the 2700 block of Eureka Avenue where a red with silver Honda 70 motorcycle had gone missing from a shed sometime during the previous two weeks.

FRAUD

• An individual from New Mexico called Chehalis police yesterday after discovering a fraudulent purchase from their account, amounting to about $400 from the Chehalis Wal-Mart, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called about 5 a.m. today regarding a case of possible identity theft. Further details were not readily available.

SWASTIKA SHOWS UP IN NORTH CENTRALIA

• Someone spray painted a swastika on a building on the 1300 block of Rose Street in north Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

UNWANTED REPTILES RETURN

• Police were called yesterday afternoon to the Vintage apartments on the 1500 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis where a woman wanted help ridding her home of a stink-emitting snake. She said there were two; one behind a chair and another behind her television, according to the Chehalis Police Department. One of them stuck his head out to drink some milk, police were told. There was no arrest, there is no written report, there are no snakes, according to police. Police detective Rick Silva said he responded to the afternoon call and looked around the apartment. He saw no signs of snakes, only the trap she’d bought to catch them and little dishes of milk and fruit set out to entice them, he said. The woman, he thought might be in her 60s but wasn’t sure, told him maybe they’d crawled behind her dishwasher so she pulled it out so Silva could examine the area, he said. They could have been hiding up under the TV stand, so she flipped it over and they looked there as well, he said. “Once she did that, I said, well, I must have scared them away,” Silva said. “She was happy with that.” She’ll call back if they return. An officer was at the same apartment last month because the resident thought the snakes were coming through her microwave. Police actually get a lot of calls from people who see things that aren’t really there, the detective said, recounting instances where folks have been sure their phones are tapped, they are being videotaped or think listening devices have been planted in their home. He recalled one man who was certain there was a gorilla in his closet, he said. In yesterday’s case, he asked the woman if she wanted to go to the hospital; she said no. She had food, her home was clean, there wasn’t much more he could do, he said. “It’s just people see these things, they think it’s real,” he said. “To them, it is real. You just try and appease them, and help them the best you can.”

Lewis County sheriff pronounces full support for shooter of intruder

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
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Sheriff Steve Mansfield describes what occurred inside the home off Highway 603 after the armed resident confronted a stranger.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County prosecutor sent a message yesterday, regarding the weekend incident in which a rural Chehalis resident shot and injured a nighttime intruder inside his house.

It appears he acted appropriately in protecting himself and his wife, Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said, speaking for his boss, Jonathan Meyer who was out of town.

Meagher said their office will still review the situation, as they will any time someone shoots someone else.

Deputies were called about 4:45 a.m. on Sunday to the 400 block of Highway 603 where the 24-year-old resident said he was asleep with his wife and heard someone talking outside, the person came in the home and then charged him as he stood outside his bedroom door, according to the sheriff’s office.

The identity of the 24-year-old man who fired one shot with a 40 caliber handgun has not been released.

“This is about as straightforward of a case of use of deadly force as we’ve had in a longtime,” Sheriff Steve Mansfield told a press conference yesterday at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis.

“As a matter of fact, about the only thing I could say the victim could have done better is he could have fired sooner, fired more often and he could have used a better brand of ammunition,” Mansfield told the gathering.

The gun shot victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a bullet wound to his lower abdomen, according to the sheriff’s office. Brian L. Creed, 51, was listed in critical condition on Sunday at mid-day, but by yesterday the hospital claimed he was not listed on its patient directory.

Creed is in the sheriff’s office custody for a probable burglary charge, according to Mansfield. He is at the hospital, but under the full time watch of a deputy, he said.

What Creed was doing in the couple’s manufactured home isn’t clear.

Mansfield said Creed lives on nearby Nix Road and appeared to be highly under the influence of drugs, probably methamphetamine.

The couple’s door had been left unlocked, according to the sheriff.

When the young man told him to stop, to get on the ground, Creed came at him with his arms up in the air, Mansfield said. That’s when the young man fired, according to Mansfield.

“The victim found himself in a fight for his life,” Mansfield said, describing the two men as rolling around on the floor until the resident broke free and held Creed at gun point until deputies arrived.

Mansfield said Creed made comments that “led one to believe he probably didn’t know why he was there in the purest sense of the matter.”

The young man was uninjured, but got a bump on his head, according to the sheriff’s office.

Mansfield emphasized to the gathered news reporters yesterday that the public needs to realize his deputies are not likely to be present at the moment one needs them most.

Whether it means getting a gun or not for protection, folks need to take personal responsibility for their own safety, Mansfield said.

“People need to think through these sorts of things,” he said.

The exterior of the home where this occurred was well lit, according to the sheriff.

Under furthering questioning, Mansfield said people need to always consider if a reasonable person in the same situation would use deadly force.

“It has to be for your life, or another life threatened,” Mansfield said. “It can’t be for your property.”

The young couple, and their neighborhood, happened to be very well prepared, the sheriff said.

They have a block watch group that became very active last year when they realized a three-bedroom house on Nix Road was home to several men transitioning out of prison.

The county pressured it to close it doors, which it did soon after the county filed a civil suit last July regarding alleged zoning violations.

Sheriff Mansfield and block watch captain Bradd Reynolds said yesterday that Creed had recently moved back into the house. He isn’t and hasn’t been a tenant there however, according to the property owner Janice Thompson and the former manager of transition homes, Judy Chafin-Williams.

Thompson said she understands Creed is acquainted with her renters and does visit there. She said she didn’t know much more about him, except she thinks a single man.

“This is the nightmare we all talked about,” Reynolds said of Sunday’s encounter the young couple had with Creed.

The former police officer says he tells neighbors to get guns, but learn how and when to use them.

Mansfield said Creed is a convicted felon and has some misdemeanors, mostly from Cowlitz County.

“Some, I believe some drugs, thefts,” Mansfield said. “Nothing violent like we saw here.”
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Hear an excerpt from the 911 call, here

For background, read “Twenty-four-year-old Chehalis man shoots, wrestles with intruder” from Sunday February 10, 2013, here

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New no trespassing signs have gone up outside the rural Chehalis home

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

CHILD SEX CASE SUSPECT SOUGHT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning they secured a $100,000 arrest warrant for a 26-year-old Salkum resident accused of ongoing sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl in a case they first learned about last Tuesday. Wanted is Raul B. Castillo-Lopez, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the suspect may still be in the area or may flee to Mexico. Brown is asking for tips on his whereabouts.

THEFT OF TOOLS AND STUFF

• A deputy was called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday about a burglary at the 5000 block of state Route 508 near Morton where all kinds of valuable were missing including a non-working antique musket. The victim, a 27-year-old man from Edmonds, said other stolen items included a desktop stereo, a saw, a compressor, a weed eater, more tools and clothing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A barn on the 4000 block of Cooks Hill Road outside Centralia was burglarized of almost $4,000 worth of tools and 20 sheets of plywood, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim called 911 yesterday evening and said it occurred sometime since Feb. 1, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS AT SCHOOL

• A 15-year-old student was arrested at Centralia High School yesterday morning for possession of marijuana, a pipe and prescription medication – that was not his, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 5 p.m. yesterday regarding graffiti in an alley near the 1500 block of Windsor Avenue.

• Police were called about 8:25 a.m. yesterday regarding a window broken out of a truck parked near North Railroad Avenue and East Center Street in Centralia.

DIRTY PHONE CALL, ANYONE?

• An individual called 911 about 3 p.m. yesterday when they answered a ringing pay phone near the bus stop near Northeast Division Street in Chehalis and got an earful of obscenities.

FIGHTING OVER PHONE

• Morton police were called about 11:25 a.m. on Friday to the 100 block of First Street where two brothers were arguing over the use of a cell phone. One of the boys was a pre-teen, the other was in his late teens, according to police. Arriving officers settled the issue by giving the phone to the parents, according to the Morton Police Department.

CENTRALIA WOMAN FOUND IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 12:45 p.m. yesterday when a confused and lost elderly woman wandered into a dental office on Northwest Park Street. It was an older lady who got a bit turned around, according to police. It turned out she resides at Cooks Hill Manor, an assisted-living facility in Centralia, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police don’t know how she ended up in Chehalis and neither did she, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. An officer drove her home, Wilson said.

News brief: Centralia standoff target’s cause of death a mystery

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Updated at 4:43 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An autopsy is scheduled for this morning to figure out what killed a 58-year-old Centralia man who was the focus of an hours-long standoff with police over the weekend.

William L. Thomas was discovered dead by SWAT team members who finally stormed his house about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

North Tower Avenue was closed at both ends of the block beginning at Fourth Street while officers used numerous means to coax Thomas outside.

Centralia Police Department Sgt. Carl Buster said yesterday there was no  obvious cause of death, no visible signs of trauma to Thomas’s body.

Police said on Saturday they responded to the home for threats and suicidal subject. When an officer arrived, Thomas emerged with a butcher knife and then retreated inside, according to police.

Buster yesterday clarified that the “gas” introduced into the home was actually what he described as basically pepper spray in powdered form. He called it OC powder.

Besides using a megaphone to attempt to communicate with Thomas, police launched eight rounds of the substance through windows, as well as three more blasts of it, according to Buster.

Police never got a response from Thomas.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said he expects to have some answers about the death this afternoon.

Update 4:39 p.m.: McLeod said despite completing the autopsy, a determination about the cause and manner of death will now have to wait until after the results of toxicology tests come back.

That can take six to eight weeks, according to McLeod.

No signs of trauma were found, he said.
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For background, read “Centralia man dead after allegedly displaying a knife” from Saturday February 9, 2013 at 7:22 p.m., here

News brief: Family chased from apartment by dryer fire

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A dryer fire yesterday afternoon displaced a family of four from an apartment on the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia.

Firefighters called about 3:50 p.m. found a large volume of smoke coming from the front and rear of one apartment; the occupants of four units in the building had all evacuated themselves, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

Crews contained the fire to the dryer, with minimal extension to the surrounding walls, according to Assistant Chief Rick Mack.

Nobody was injured.

The apartment’s contents sustained substantial smoke damage, Mack said in a news release. Damage is estimated at $5,000.

The two adults and two children are receiving assistance from the Red Cross, according to Mack.

Mack found the fire originated in the mechanical components of the combination washer-dryer.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Updated

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEEKING SAFETY MINDED THIEF

• The sheriff’s office is looking for a 2007 Komatsu excavator hauled away from a Centralia-area work site over the weekend. A deputy called Sunday to the 300 block of Kuper Road was told a witness saw an individual wearing an orange safety vest and a white hard hat load the piece of heavy equipment onto a trailer just before 5 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The trailer was pulled by a 1980s maroon dump truck, according to the sheriff’s office. The owner, a 52-year-old Chehalis man, said the excavator is valued at about $108,000, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MOM ARRESTED FOR UNDERAGE DRINKING PARTY

• More than a dozen minors and a 52-year-old mother were arrested when deputies busted up a noisy drinking party at an Adna home on Friday night. Deputies responding to a complaint about 11:25 p.m. at the end of Jerica Lane saw two young people with beers and subsequently spoke to Connie M. Robinson, 52, who told them yes there were young people drinking, it was a party for her son, but she wasn’t allowing any of them to leave, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies got a search warrant to go inside where they cited 18 under-21 individuals for minor in possession, according to the sheriff’s office. Robinson was arrested for supplying alcohol to minors, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said the son is 18 years old, so he wasn’t among those who got in trouble because under the law, an 18-year-old can drink alcohol at home with their parent’s permission.

MORE THEFT

• Police were called about 8:45 a.m. yesterday about the theft of a chainsaw from the 2400 block of Eureka Avenue in Centralia.

• A 19-year-old Centralia man was arrested on Saturday for second-degree theft in connection with a burglary to an outbuilding at the 100 block of Garrard Creek Road near Rochester. Dustin Nickols reportedly admitted he stole about $600 worth of items on Jan. 31 but said he had an accomplice, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Nickols was additionally arrested for malicious prosecution because he allegedly lied about the other involved individual, to “try to get the heat off” of him, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Brown said.

• Chehalis police were called about 3:45 p.m. on Friday regarding another attempted break-in to a building on the 100 block of Northwest Prindle Street.

• A deputy was called on Saturday to the 100 block of Pompey Peak Drive in Randle about a stolen fence. A large section was missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 26-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for possession of stolen property in connection with an earlier situation, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers spotted him about 12:30 p.m. walking near North Cedar Street and Centralia College Boulevard and took him into custody, according to police. Christian D. Brown was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Further details were not readily available.

OUT OF CONTROL SON

• Deputies were called about 6:30 p.m. on Friday to a Silver Creek residence by an 82-year-old woman who said her adult son was drunk and tearing the house apart. When deputies arrived to the 100 block of Gershick Road, they found 60-year-old Steven Fishback passed out and arrested him according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He allegedly had done more than $3,000 worth of damage to a wooden electric organ, an antique room divider and a lamp, according to the sheriff’s office. “He had no explanation as to why he tore the house apart,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Fishback was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree malicious mischief, Brown said.

OUT OF CONTROL DAUGHTER

• Chehalis police were called just after 9 p.m. on Friday about a 9-year-old girl reportedly whining, crying and screaming because her mother wouldn’t stay with her while she was going to bed. An officer handled the issue with a phone call, according to police.

WOMAN ASKS POLICE TO TELL MAN TO PULL UP HIS BRITCHES

• Chehalis police were called about 1 p.m. on Friday to a complaint from a woman about a man working on his vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot; his jeans had slid down and exposed his underpants. Chehalis police detective Sgt. Gary Wilson didn’t have details about the outcome, but said even so-called plumber’s butt isn’t classified as indecent exposure in a criminal way.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, February 10th, 2013
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Courtesy photo by Debbie Davis Dwelly

Updated at 4:56 p.m.

ONE INJURED IN FIERY WRECK NEAR WINLOCK

• Firefighters were called just before 1 p.m. today when a car went off the roadway near Winlock, struck a wire fence and caught fire in a ditch. One male was airlifted to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. Firefighter Patrick Jacobson said he didn’t know if the patient got out on his own or if bystanders pulled him out but the vehicle was fully involved in flames when they arrived. It happened near Morton and Military roads on state Route 505, Jacobson said. The driver is identified as James M. Hunter, 66, of Centralia, by the Washington State Patrol. His 2005 Hyundai Accent was destroyed. The cause of the wreck is under investigation, according to the state patrol.

ANOTHER HOT HONDA CAR TURNS UP IN TENINO

• Centralia police took a report about 8:30 a.m. yesterday of a 1991 Honda Civic stolen during the night from the 400 block of North Oak Street. It was found several hours later in the Tenino area with its battery missing and some wires cut, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TRICKERY AND FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report from a 75-year-old woman on the 2400 block of Leisure Lane who fell victim to a phone scam on Friday morning. A caller claiming to be from the Publisher’s Clearinghouse told her she needed to purchase a $300 prepaid PayPal card and give them the number before she could collect her prize, according to police. The woman was told someone would be arriving at 10 a.m. to collect more money, but they never showed up, according to the Centralia Police Department. The woman is out $300, Sgt. Stacy Denham said.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from a female at the 1200 block of G Street in Centralia regarding fraudulent use of her bank account.

UNRULINESS

• Police used a Taser gun on a 29-year-old Centralia man when he allegedly tried to fight with officers arriving at the 1000 block of Orton Street last night. Officers responding about 11 p.m. were told Nichole R. Unterwegner, 30, pushed several people, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was arrested for disorderly conduct, according to police. Justin J. Russell, 29, was arrested for obstruction, resisting arrest and being in possession of unspecified drug paraphernalia, police reported. Both were booked into the Lewis County jail but scheduled to be released today.

• A 27-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 5 p.m. on Friday after he allegedly slashed a tire near the 1100 block of F Street and then was found at a neighbor’s home, where he was arrested for violating a protection order and other alleged offenses, according to the Centralia Police Department. Francisco T. Lamas was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AT HISTORIC HOUSE

• Centralia police are investigating an incident in which the front door was kicked in at the historic Borst Home on the 2500 block of Pioneer Way. An officer responding to an alarm about 10:15 p.m. on Thursday noted nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.