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News brief: Death of Randle resident under investigation

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Sheriff’s detectives are conducting a death investigation involving a woman from Randle today.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning it’s kind of an unusual situation so they are not releasing much information.

Deputies and aid were called to the 100 block of Peters Creek Road North in Randle last night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman was not responsive, CPR was performed and she was transported to Morton General Hospital where she was pronounced dead, Brown said.

“We’re not sure what we have,” Brown said.

The investigation is continuing today and Brown said she hoped to learn more later this afternoon from detectives.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
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Updated at 12:58 p.m.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

• A 21-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night after he allegedly threatened to bash his 29-year-old roommate with a brick. Officers called just after 8 p.m. to the 800 block of North Pearl Street were told they were out in the yard and after the roommate went inside, Justin M. Dubay picked up a large brick and tried to go in, according to the Centralia Police Department. Dubay was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.

OBSTRUCTION

• A 19-year-old Olympia resident was arrested just after 10 o’clock yesterday morning at the 1000 block of West Main Street for third-degree driving with a suspended license and obstructing a public servant. Ibrahim K. Alibrahim was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING COMPUTER

• Police were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a laptop computer at the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard in Centralia.

PORCH THEFT

• Packages were stolen from a porch at the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:50 p.m. yesterday.

BAD BILLS

• A woman brought two $100 bills into the Chehalis Police Department yesterday and said she suspected they were counterfeit, and that she had found them in the parking lot of a retail store. The department confirmed the bills were fake and took them into evidence to be forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police responded about 1:45 a.m. today to the 800 block of North Pearl Street where windows to a residence and a vehicle window were smashed.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Deputies arrested a 59-year-old woman for driving under the influence following an 8:30 p.m. call for a single-vehicle rollover accident near U.S. Highway 12 and Gershick Road in Silver Creek yesterday. Laura M. Stringer, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 155 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
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Updated at 5:50 p.m.

MUGGED IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called at 7:34 p.m. yesterday after a bicyclist reported his wallet was stolen from him in the area of Yew and Mellen streets in Centralia. The 24-year-old local man said he was riding along when out of nowhere, a male wearing a black hoodie punched him the mouth, according to the Centralia Police Department. When the victim fell to the ground, his wallet fell out of his pocket, police said. “The suspect chuckled, picked it up and left,” Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The assailant was described as white, wearing a goatee and being 25 to 30 years old.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 1:35 p.m. yesterday for a burglary to a garage on the 800 block of South Pearl Street.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 5:35 p.m. yesterday for a car prowl at the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street. A woman returned to her vehicle she had parked in the lot by the playground and found her rear side window broken, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A phone and a wallet were missing, police said.

• Police were called about 12:50 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of L Street in Centralia for a vehicle prowl. A purse was taken sometime during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GREEN HILL ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old student-inmate at Green Hill School in Chehalis was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to face charge a of custodial assault for an incident that allegedly occurred on Dec. 31. Cecil R. Pinckney and another inmate were fighting when staff members attempted to pull them apart and Pinckney allegedly struck one of the employees twice on his forehead, according to charging documents. The class C felony holds a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if he should be convicted.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters and police responded to a five-vehicle accident at 8 o’clock this morning at the 1900 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. Nobody was seriously injured. Eight potential patients were evaluated at the scene, with only complaints of minor injuries, Riverside Fire Authority reports. It was a chain reaction rear end collision involving two vans, a Jeep, a pickup truck and a car, according to responders. Centralia police are investigating.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, dispute, civil problem, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, request to check on someone sleeping inside a vehicle … and more, among 161 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Prison mail containing ounce of meth draws hazmat in Littlerock

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Updated at 10:49 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters and a hazmat team rushed to Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock yesterday, responding to a white powder scare in the mail room.

Up to 13 people, all employees, were possibly exposed to the unknown material, West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott said.

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“One person was directly exposed,” Scott said. “It got all over him as he opened the mail.”

Scott said he asked the Hazmat team from Joint Base Lewis McChord to respond, because they have the ability to do the testing.

It turned out the powder was 75 percent methamphetamine and the rest a cutting agent, Scott said.

Firefighters separated the employee from the other workers, and when they arrived he had already removed his outer clothing, according to Scott.

He didn’t have any complaints, but was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital as a precaution, in part because of the large amount of material that landed on him, he said.

“It was at least an ounce,” he said.

Pamela Moore, administrative assistant to the Cedar Creek superintendent, said the envelope was addressed to a particular inmate. All letters and packages sent to inmates are opened and inspected for prohibited items, she said.

“We have our inside investigators working on it diligently to see what we can discover,” Moore said. “I believe that other agencies will be involved in regard to this because it was sent through the U.S. mail.”

Responders were summoned to the facility at the 12200 block of Bordeaux Road about 2:25 p.m. and were on the scene until about 5:30 p.m.

Cedar Creek shut down visitation for the day, but will resume as normal on Friday.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 25th, 2016
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Updated at 7:19 p.m.

KNIVES AND NOT KNIVES

• Chehalis police were called just before 8 p.m. on Saturday when an individual witnessed a fight and possible stabbing at the 400 block of Northeast Washington Avenue. An arriving officer checked the area for blood and found none; spoke to the suspected victim and was told he was not stabbed, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nobody was arrested, according to police.

• Chehalis police called to the 100 block of Southwest Sixth Street at 3:30 p.m. on Friday for what appeared to be a man with a knife chasing a female ended up arresting the man for possession of methamphetamine. An officer spoke with both of them and Adrian J. Gillespie, 43, was cited for prohibited conduct – a violation of the city municipal code – and a search incident to that arrest turned up a pipe that tested positive for drugs, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Gillespie was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

MORE DRUGS

• A 43-year-old Mineral resident contends the small baggie of methamphetamine that fell from his pants when he stood up at the conclusion of the booking process at the jail overnight was not his, but images on security video and a field test led to his arrest. David E. Hall was stopped by a deputy last night in Mineral and arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree driving with a suspended license, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was subsequently arrested for possession of meth, according to the sheriff’s office.

• White powder in the wallet of an arrestee that tested positive for meth led to a second arrest of a 23-year-old Chehalis man on Saturday following a traffic stop on North Fork Road. A deputy called about 12:15 p.m. for a trespassing complaint at the 100 block of Literal Road encountered a vehicle which contained Brian M. Hull and arrested him for allegedly earlier cutting phone lines during an argument with his mother and threatening to puncture all four of her tires, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Hull was arrested for third-degree malicious mischief and then possession of methamphetamine, and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Prosecutors had only enough information to charged him with the drug crime, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told a judge this afternoon. Hull ‘s bail was set at $10,000.

• A 44-year-old Centralia woman was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday for allegedly selling methamphetamine twice to confidential informants in Lewis County last September. Jodi R. Greenwood has no felony convictions in her past and has lived at the same address for the last 15 years, a judge was told this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court during a bail hearing. Charges were filed for two counts of delivery of meth on Dec. 9 and an arrest warrant issued for Greenwood. Her bail was set at $10,000.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A 59-year-old man from Roy called the sheriff’s office yesterday following the discovery his pickup truck was missing from a field in Curtis where he had left it on Friday evening. The Chevrolet Silvarado was taken from the 300 block of Beaver Creek Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It had a black cab guard, an aluminum tool box and a black and white “dog box,” according to the sheriff’s office. Its license plate reads B69566S.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called on Saturday by an individual who was advised by his bank that someone used his bank card at Wal-Mart in Chehalis, attempting a series of four transactions each in the amount of $404.94. Not all the transactions were completed, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The victim lives in another part of the state, police said.

• Morton police reported today they are investigating a report of bank information getting stolen and being used to pay for satellite television services. The complaint was taken last week, according to the Morton Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police responded to an approximate 5:25 a.m. report of a vehicle prowl today at the 1700 block of West Mellen Street. Someone had rifled through the unlocked vehicle but nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Camping equipment was stolen from a vehicle at the 1200 block of West Pear Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 7:10 p.m. yesterday.

POLICE: MOTORIST GAVE FALSE NAME

• Prosecutors filed a charge today of first-degree criminal impersonation against a 37-year-old Morton man, contending he pretended he was his brother when he got traffic ticket on Feb. 5 in the Morton area. During last week’s warrant sweep when law enforcement went looking for the brother, they learned he lived in another state, but that David W. Willis Jr. 37, had recently been arrested at that address and was currently in the Lewis County Jail, according to charging documents. An officer looked at a booking photo and concluded Willis was the person he stopped. Willis denied any memory of the traffic stop.

ALLEGED SEX OFFENSE

• Carlos D. Linares, 21, was arrested on Friday at the Chehalis Police Department, following an interview, for first-degree child molestation in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred about six months ago, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. The felony charge is not being filed by prosecutors pending further investigation.

GREEN HILL ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old former student-inmate of Green Hill School in Chehalis was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court to face two charges of custodial assault for an incident that allegedly occurred on March 13. Devin A. Martin allegedly punched a staff member twice and hit a second staff member in the face after the inmates were told recreation time was over and to line up, according to charging documents. Martin was housed at Green Hill School after an adult conviction while he was a juvenile for first-degree robbery in King County. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD FOLLOW UP

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is forwarding a case involving a wreck early yesterday morning outside of Chehalis for a charge of driving under the influence. Firefighters and deputies responding about 1:15 a.m. on Saturday to the 300 block of Highway 603 found a vehicle had collided with a utility pole and injured its driver. Jennifer L. Ternan, 44, of Chehalis, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where she was admitted, according to the sheriff’s office. A search warrant was issued to obtain some of her blood, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Brown said she didn’t know the extent of Ternan’s injuries, but said she was not booked into jail. The utility pole was destroyed, Brown said, but didn’t indicate the extent of damage to Ternan’s vehicle.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, open container violation, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespass, civil problem, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor  assault, suspicious circumstances, runaway juvenile, protection order violation, collision on city street, paint scratched on parked vehicle, complaint of construction noise during the night … and more, among 102 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, April 24th, 2016
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VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 12:25 a.m. today when a resident looked outside and saw two persons with flashlights inside their parked car. The resident yelled at the suspects who fled on foot from the 1000 block of West Walnut Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nothing was taken from the car, according to police.

• Police were called just before 10 a.m. on Friday about a vehicle prowl at the 500 block of North Buckner Street in Centralia. A radar detector was stolen during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police on Friday took a report of an overnight vehicle prowl at the 100 block of South Gold Street.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old motorist stopped for a traffic violation on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia just after 9 p.m. on Friday was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Guy A McAllister, from Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Firefighters were called about 1:15 a.m. yesterday to a single-vehicle collision into a utility pole on Highway 603 near Tune Road. They initiated patient care, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, drugs, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, misdemeanor theft, counterfeit $20 bill, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more, among 113 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. today.

Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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WARRANTS, WARRANTS, WARRANTS

• Four felony warrants and 17 misdemeanor warrants were served yesterday during a joint effort by local law enforcement agencies they called “spring cleaning.” They started at 7:30 a.m. and continued until midnight with locating and arresting individuals in the Lewis County area, according to the sheriff’s office. Working the collaborative emphasis were officers with the Centralia Police Department, the Washington State Patrol, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the state Department of Corrections. Sheriff Rob Snaza called it a great team effort.

BIKE SWIPED

• An officer was called to the 1100 block of Caveness Drive in Centralia yesterday afternoon to take a report of the theft of a silver and black Trek 430 mountain bike from a building, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BACKPACK, PURSE STOLEN

• Centralia police were called at 9:35 a.m. yesterday about the  theft of a backpack and purse containing debit cards from the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING MEDS

• Police took a report yesterday of medication stolen from the 100 block of Virginia Drive in Centralia.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 8’clock yesterday morning regarding a car prowl on the 600 block of Southwest William Avenue.

‘NOT MY DRUGS’

• An officer responded yesterday to an approximately 11 a.m. call to W.F. West High School about a student who allegedly had a small pill bottle of suspected marijuana in her locker. School staff had retrieved the green vegetable material when they searched lockers and the 15-year-old girl said it did not belong to her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case was referred to juvenile prosecutors for charging, according to police.

PEEKABOO, I SEE YOU

• Three people ended up getting arrested after law enforcement went to a residence on the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis about 11 p.m. yesterday looking for 28-year-old Braden K. Burnett who was wanted for a misdemeanor warrant. A deputy was told through a closed window that Burnett wasn’t there, but another deputy saw Burnett  through a back window, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. So deputies got a search warrant, went inside and took Burnett into custody, also for obstructing. Samantha E. Taylor, 20, from Chehalis, also had an outstanding warrant. Scott J. Johnson, 18, of Centralia, didn’t have a warrant, but was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and his case was referred to prosecutors for possible additional charges of rendering criminal assistance, obstructing and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s office. All were booked into the Lewis County Jail.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Troopers and firefighters responded about 9:30 a.m. today to a collision in the southbound lanes on Interstate 5 just north of Centralia, where they found a small passenger car with significant rear end damage and a semi truck with damage to its front end. All occupants were evaluated at the scene near milepost 85 and none were injured, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

• Three people were hurt when a woman driving a Jeep Cherokee pulled onto U.S. Highway 12 just west of Mossyrock yesterday and was struck by a Honda Civic already traveling on the highway. Troopers called about 12:15 p.m. determined Patricia J. Manville, 72, of Mossyrock, had been heading north on Birley Road and entered the highway but failed to yield, according to the Washington State Patrol. She was taken to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol. Both vehicles were described as totaled. The driver of the westbound Honda, Jack G. Cain, from Longview, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. His 22-year-old passenger was injured but not hospitalized, according to the patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving with suspended license, allowing an unauthorized person to drive, possession of a dangerous weapon; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, unfounded report, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, individual calling to report she opened the door to a porta-potty and found a naked male inside nodding off  … and more, among 170 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

Sheriff’s Office: Mossyrock man returns home from jail, with ax

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 52-year-old man escaped serious injury when he intercepted an ax wielding individual at the back door of a Mossyrock area home where he was staying overnight, because the woman who lives there feared her boyfriend who was released from jail earlier in the day.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says James C. Long, 61, broke the door latch and came inside armed with a large ax and a long screwdriver. He allegedly tried to stab and hit the 52-year-old Randle man.

The victim was able to stop him, preventing him access to the rest of the house and the woman, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The victim was able to control the ax and fight Mr Long out,” Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

Long reportedly jumped in his truck, tried to run the man down then rammed and shoved a parked vehicle out of the way as he fled the scene, according to Brown.

It happened at the 100 block of Naylor Road, southeast of Mossyrock.

Law enforcement conducted a felony stop on westbound U.S. Highway 12 and arrested Long about 2:30 a.m. today for first-degree assault and other offenses.

Chief Brown said the 53-year-old woman who lives there had two friends stay over, as she was concerned Long might show up despite a no-contact order.

Brown didn’t specify what Long had been in jail for, but earlier this month, he was arrested after an hours-long standoff in which he fired multiple rounds out of the house, including after deputies arrived.

That case was being handled in Lewis County District Court.

After the ax incident, Long was also arrested for burglary and violation of the no contact order and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

The 52-year-old man from Randle suffered small cuts and scrapes, and pain, but no medical attention was necessary, Chief Brown said.
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For background, read “SWAT team summoned after armed Mossy man tells deputies to come and get him” from Sunday April 3, 2016, here