• Chehalis police were called about 4:50 p.m. on Saturday to a report a young kid ran out of a store on the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard with a bottle of vodka.
• Chehalis police were called on Friday morning to a report from Southeast Dobson Court where a female said she had a small bird stuck on a flypaper strip, which was injured.
• A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested for driving under the influence when his vehicle left the roadway and landed on its top in a ditch along the 300 block of North Gold Street in Centralia early this morning. Officers called about 1:30 a.m. to the scene noted Justin T. Bresee and his passenger had only minor injuries.
VEHICLE VERSUS POLE
• Centralia police were called to a minor injury collision just before 7 o’clock this morning when a vehicle ran into a utility pole on the 1600 block of Cooks Hill Road causing power lines to fall to the ground.
• A sheriff’s deputy was called about 1 p.m. yesterday when a woman who followed a semi truck off the freeway to talk to the driver about a piece of rubber that flew off his truck pulled in behind him at National Frozen Foods in Chehalis and promptly found the big rig backing into the front of her Honda Civic. The 69-year-old woman from Vancouver said the debris had struck her vehicle, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver of the Freightliner didn’t see her car when he backed to back up to straighten out his trailer, the sheriff’s office reported. No one was injured. The combined damage – to the Honda – was not yet known, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.
NATIONAL FOREST FIRE WATCH
• Officials reported today that 70 personnel are working to stop the forest fire south of Packwood that began on a ridge called South Point. They are preparing Forest Service Road 2115 as a containment line between the blaze and Packwood, according to Gifford Pinchot National Forest spokesperson Ken Sandusky. The fire grew over the weekend to about 250 acres due to winds, according to the Forest Service. Sandusky noted 36 people are assigned to a fire in what he called the Mineral Block, which is now about 50 percent contained. Also in the Gifford Pinchot, some 229 people are working an ongoing fire on the southwest side of Mount Adams that has burned more than 20,000 acres. That blaze, dubbed the Cascade Creek Fire, showed no significant growth yesterday, Sandusky reported.
• The Washington State Patrol is reminding motorists that with the coming rain will be extra slick roadways. Oils and various lubricants which have dripped from vehicles all summer long will be released once it rains and will spread over the roads, Trooper Guy Gill says. Gill recommends slowing down and increasing following distance to avoid wrecks. Driving too fast for road conditions is the most common driver error troopers see in collisions, according to Gill. The National Weather Service reports showers are likely on Friday from Pe Ell to Packwood.