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News brief: Brush fire ignites near Toledo

Thursday, July 4th, 2013
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Crews work to extinguish a brush fire south of state Route 505. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 2.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Members of three fire departments responded to a rapidly moving grass and brush fire near Toledo late this afternoon that covered as much as seven acres.

One home was in the path of the flames, but crews were able to quickly contain the fire, according to Lewis County Fire District 2.

It was on property about a quarter mile south of state Route 505, approximately a mile east of Interstate 5, according to Chief Grant Wiltbank.

It appears it may have ignited from an ember blown from a previous land clearing burn pile, according to Wiltbank.

Wiltbank said some 40 firefighters with 14 apparatus answered the 5:15 p.m. call. Members of the state Department of Natural Resources were on the scene as well. Nobody was injured.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

VANDALISM

• Police arrested an 18-year-old Centralia man last night after he was allegedly seen spray painting graffiti at several locations in Centralia. Garrett M. Giradin was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

APPEAL: CONVICTION FOR MINOR WOUND GETS MINOR DO-OVER

• An appeals court has said a Centralia man should have been convicted of second-degree assault not first-degree in a case in which he was found to have stabbed his wife in the back of her neck, missing all her vital parts and leaving a small but deep puncture wound. Twenty-seven-year-old Yovany Hernandez Gomez was arrested and charged in May 2011 and the following September found guilty in jury trial in Lewis County Superior Court. It happened at the woman’s brother’s house on North Pearl Street where she had gone after a fight with her husband, police said at the time. According to court documents, he said it was accidental as he tried to hug her, but her testimony indicated it occurred as she was trying to get away from him and fell down briefly losing consciousness. A doctor described the one-centimeter wide but three-and-half-inch deep wound as one that could have killed her if the knife had penetrated at a slightly different angle, and said it would leave a “pretty minimal” permanent scar. Hernandez-Gomez’s appeals attorneys argued the state failed to prove the severity of the injuries met the standard of “the most serious injuries short of death” needed for first-degree assault. The decision from the Washington State Court of Appeals Division II– stating it viewed the evidence in the most favorable light to the state – focused on the injury itself being relatively minor, creating only soreness and sensitivity as it healed. The court looked at the difference between great bodily harm and substantial bodily harm. The court said the evidence showed the disfigurement may be permanent, but was not disfigurement of a “significant” or “serious” nature. The decision filed on Tuesday reversed Hernandez-Gomez’s conviction for first-degree assault and remanded to the trial court to enter a judgement and sentence for second-degree assault.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for minor collisions on Harrison Avenue in Centralia, small cooking fire, small grass fire, small fire under a house from a cigarette butt, lots of aid calls  … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Updated at 4:24 p.m.

NEIGHBORHOOD FIGHT

• Police called about 9:20 p.m. yesterday to a dispute between neighbors at the 600 block of J Street in Centralia ended up arresting a 55-year-old man for harassment. James M. Wofford was upset about noise keeping him up and other issues, according to police. There was a scuffle, and Wofford allegedly threatened to kill the neighbor and burn down his house, according to Sgt. Stacy Denham. “Both claimed the other threatened the other one,” Denham said. Wofford was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was to be released from the jail without charges.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 9 a.m. yesterday to the 2700 block of Colonial Drive regarding the theft of approximately $300 from a resident’s lock box.

TRESPASSING

• Centralia police responded about 3 p.m. yesterday to a vacant residence on the 1200 block of South Tower Avenue where evidence was found someone had been inside. They left a pop bottle behind, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for other disputes, other misdemeanor theft, possible drug overdose, minor injury or non-injury collisions; complaints about barking dogs, wandering dogs … and more.

News brief: Cause of Dog Mountain Fire discovered

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Investigators have found the Dog Mountain wildfire that scorched about 200 acres in early May was caused by an exploding target used by someone.

Who that someone is, they don’t yet know, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

The blaze that began on private timberland owned by Port Blakley was fought by about 100 firefighters and two helicopters. Dog Mountain south of Glenoma at the east end of Riffe Lake is a widely-used favorite spot for hang gliders.

DNR spokesperson Janet Pearce said target shooters use the devices which can be purchased commercially or homemade to identify if they’ve hit their mark. But they are prohibited on land protected by DNR, she said.

Pearce said an individual determined to have caused a wildfire can be liable for the cost of suppressing it. She didn’t yet know the total spent on the Dog Mountain fire.

“It can be a pretty extensive payback,” she said.

Officials who manage forest lands are asking for extra caution this holiday weekend, citing the risks of fireworks, campfires and other activities during wildfire-friendly conditions.

Fireworks are prohibited in National Forests and on state-protected public and private lands.
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For background, read “Breaking news: Large brush fire burning south of Glenoma” on Saturday May 4, 2013, here

See the rules for target shooting on DNR managed lands, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

COLLISIONS

• A 58-year-old Centralia man escaped serious injury when his motorcycle struck a deer overnight on Kresky Avenue in Chehalis. He was wearing a helmet and was taken to the hospital by a family member, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. It happened just after midnight near Scott Johnson Road.

• Police and aid responded about 7 a.m. today to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at Harrison Avenue and East High Street. Those involved indicated they did not wish to file a police report or go to the hospital, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Police were called to the 700 block of South Street in Centralia yesterday afternoon regarding the theft sometime during the previous week of a flat screen television.

• Centralia police took a report about 6 p.m. yesterday from the 1000 block of South Gold Street in Centralia regarding the theft of 10 gallons of gasoline from a rental truck.

CAR PROWL

• Someone stole a cell phone from a vehicle at the 1600 block of South Gold Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

BURNING CAR

• Firefighters were called to a fully involved vehicle fire on southbound Interstate 5 south of Chehalis yesterday evening. The flames were extinguished, no one was hurt, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.

BURNING GRASS

• Chehalis firefighters were called about 9 p.m. yesterday to a grass fire near Southeast First Street and Adams Avenue. A passerby tried to extinguish  it and firefighters put water on it. A spent firework was found in the approximately three-foot by five-foot burned area, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

KEEP COOL

• Lewis County Fire District 6 is inviting the public once again to hang out at their Jackson Highway station during the heat today. The “cooling station” will be open from noon until 4 p.m., according to Firefighter Mike Goodwillie.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, violation of protection order, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarm, graffiti, fender benders, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, request to check on the welfare of an individual … and more.

Mossyrock police chief’s wife cancels protection order

Monday, July 1st, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A protection order against Mossyrock Police Chief Jeremy Stamper was terminated today, at the request of his wife who sought the court order at the end of May saying she feared her husband’s access to weapons.

Shannon Stamper, 36, was asked if she was making the new request voluntarily and if anyone had threatened her in any way. She answered yes and no respectively.

Lewis County Superior Court Commissioner Tracy Mitchell told the Mossyrock woman she needed to take some time  to speak with a victim’s advocate and if she still wanted to go forward with canceling the order, it would be signed.

Chief Stamper was not present at his morning’s hearing in Lewis County Superior Court in Chehalis, but his attorney was in attendance for a portion of the proceedings.

Chief Stamper remains on the job, although the court order restricted him from possessing firearms, except his duty weapon while on shift. Mossyrock Mayor Tom Meade said late last week he was unaware of the requirement he store his police chief’s gun, and that anyway he considered the town’s only police officer on duty 24 hours a day because he is subject to being called out at any time.

Chief Stamper declined to comment on the situation; Shannon Stamper said on Friday it was “all blown out of proportion.”

Just four days after the order was filed, Shannon Stamper made a written request it be withdrawn, noting her husband had never hit her and they agreed to reconcile.

Commissioner Mitchell this morning pointed out to Shannon Stamper the results of a test she had ordered at a June 10 hearing; a UA conducted that day that showed the presence of alcohol in Chief Stamper’s system.

“This was despite his representation to the court he’d had no alcohol since May 20,” Mitchell said.

Shannon Stamper returned before the court commissioner about an hour after her first appearance and the termination order was signed after she confirmed that was what she wanted.
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For background, read “Mossyrock police chief contesting protection order” from Friday June 28, 2013, here

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Updated

ARGUMENT ENDS WITH ONY-AREA MAN RUN OVER

• A 50-year-old Silver Creek man was arrested after he allegedly intentional ran over an individual at a residence he was visiting at the 400 block of Gore Road in Onalaska  last night. It began with an argument between the resident and the visitor, Brian S. Baimbridge, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Aust said a deputy responding about 8:45 p.m. was told the 51-year-old resident came at Baimbridge with a stick and Baimbridge sped down the driveway, turned around and drove back toward the man. The victim wasn’t able to get out of the way of the Land Rover, according Aust. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and “remarkably” escaped with only scrapes, Aust said. Baimbridge  was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office.

FIREARM THEFT

• Someone forcibly entered a residence on the 2600 block of Graf Road outside Centralia overt the weekend and stole a 38 caliber revolver and miscellaneous coins, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to the home was told it happened sometime between noon on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at $500.

THEFT FROM BOAT

• A deputy was called to Taidnapam Park south of Glenoma on Saturday after the discovery more than $4,000 worth of fishing gear was stolen off a boat. Missing is a Lowrance brand fish finder and five Denali fishing rods, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between 8 p.m. on Friday and 4 o’clock the following morning, Cmdr. Steve Aust said.

MORE THEFT

• A portable wheelchair ramp and two ladders were stolen fro property on the 600 block of Evans Road near Toledo. A deputy called yesterday was told it happened sometime sine Thursday evening, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is nearly $2,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A White brand gray with burgundy trim riding lawn mower was reported missing from the 100 block of Mineral Creek Road on Friday afternoon, the Lewis County Sheriff’s office reported this morning. It had no motor, according to the sheriff’s office. It was taken sometime after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Cmdr. Steve Aust said.

GENERAL UNRULINESS

• A 41-year-old Centralia man was arrested about 4:30 a.m. today after he allegedly pushed a hospital staff member who was attempting to discharge him, according to police Officers called to Providence Centralia Hospital on the 900 block of South Schueber Road booked Trygve J. Nelson into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Nelson had been cited by police earlier for numerous alleged offenses after he was contacted by an officer on the 1300 block of North Pearl Street on his scooter and became aggressive and refused to cooperate, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Jeffrey D. Jacob, 49, of Chehalis, was arrested for disorderly conduct at the Twin City Town Center after an incident an officer termed “road rage.” Police called about 3:45 p.m. on Friday to the 1400 block of Louisiana Avenue  were told Jacob’s vehicle struck the rear of another vehicle which had stopped at  stop sign and he began yelling, screaming and honking his horn and frightening the other driver, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 30-year-old Idaho man was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for disorderly conduct after police were called on Saturday afternoon to Stan Hedwall Park on Rice Road. An officer was told a man at the swimming hole asked Allan M. Carroll to please ask his children to stop cussing at the other children and Carroll let loose with a barrage of abusive language, telling the other man he should leave the area, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The first man felt threatened, Sgt. Gary WIlson said. “Hot weather and alcohol causes people to lose their minds sometimes,” Wilson said.

NUMEROUS RESPONSES FOR ANIMALS INSIDE HOT CARS

• Chehalis police were called at least five times about dogs left in hot vehicles in parking lots over the weekend. No citations were issued as none of the animals was in distress when officers arrived, but each was “educated” about the dangers of their actions, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CHILD AIRLIFTED WITH INJURIES FROM TV

• A 5-year-old boy was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after an apparent accident in a home on the 300 block of South Street in Centralia yesterday. Firefighters called just before 8 a.m. learned the child may have pulled on old-fashioned television onto himself, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

WRECKS

• A motorcyclist escaped serious injury when he struck a deer on U.S. Highway 12 near Ethel yesterday afternoon. Firefighters called to milepost 71 said the victim suffered some “road rash” but he got up and declined a trip to the hospital. The deer wasn’t so lucky, according to Lewis County Fire District 8.

• Two people were hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck on Saturday in which their car ran off state Route 7 north of Morton and struck a sign. Troopers called just before noon to the scene about five miles north of Morton are investigating the collision, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver, Terry A. Stapleton, 49, of Roy, was reportedly uninjured. His 1996 Ford Taurus was totaled, according to the state patrol. Transported to Morton General Hospital were passengers Henry A. Sadowski, 26, of Roy, and Marina M. Stapleton, 19, of Puyallup, the state patrol reported.

ATTEMPTED ARSON SUSPECTED IN CHEHALIS BREAK-IN

• Chehalis police are looking for information from the public regarding a burglary in mid June in which appears to have included an attempted arson. Officers called about 6:25 a.m. on June 15 to a residence on the 100 block of Southwest Ninth Street smelled gasoline and found matches, maybe somebody trying to cover their tracks, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said  today. Nothing was actually ignited, Wilson said. A window had been broken out and missing were two televisions, one of which was a Panasonic 46-inch plasma TV, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The loss is estimated at $2,000. Lewis County Crime Stoppers is seeking tips. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the clearance of crimes. Anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for violation of a protection order, collisions, suspicious circumstances, alarms, threats or attempts of suicide, misdemeanor theft, various disputes; complaints of loud music, prank phone calls … and more.

News brief: Keep cool

Monday, July 1st, 2013

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

With temperatures expected in the low 90s today, both Centralia City Hall and Lewis County Fire District 6 have opened up their doors for members of the public to come in, hang out and cool down.

Water will be available too.

The “cooling station” at Centralia City Hall at 118 W. Maple Street is set to be open until 5 p.m.

Folks can also go to District 6′s main station at 2123 Jackson Highway, until about 4:30 p.m., Firefighter Kyle Eiswald said.

In Salkum and Cinebar, the fire stations will be open today as well. Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel said the doors will be open in Cinebar at 110 Justus Road until around 5 p.m., and the main station at 2490 U.S. Highway 12 will be open until as late as 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory, in effect until 11 p.m., recommending all drink plenty of water and that those who work or spend time outside may want to reschedule strenuous outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day.

District 6 shares words of wisdom from emergency authorities on how to deal with the heat, here

News brief: Dryer fire damages Chehalis home

Monday, July 1st, 2013

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Lint built up in a dryer is blamed for a house fire last night in Chehalis.

Crews called at 9:45 p.m. to the home on the 300 block of Cascade Avenue found smoke coming from the basement and first floor windows of the home, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. The couple had gotten outside, according to Fire Capt. Ted McCarty.

The fire damage was limited to the basement but there was smoke damage throughout the house, McCarty said. Nobody was hurt.

Firefighters remained on the scene for about four hours, conducting salvage, overhaul and investigation activated, according to Chief Jim Walkowski.

The cause was found to be an accumulation of lint in the dryer, which was in operation at the time, according to Walkowski.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

WRECK

• A pair of 22-year-olds from Olympia were injured when a motorcycle ended up in a creek at the “S” curves on North Gold Street in Centralia yesterday. Police responding about 6 p.m. concluded excessive speed was a factor in the wreck. The male and female patients were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, responders said. Both were wearing helmets.

DRUGS

• A 37-year-old man stopped for riding a bicycle without a headlight in Centralia overnight was found to have warrants for his arrest and when he was detained, baggies of suspected meth fell from his hand, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened about 4:30 a.m. near Jefferson and South Pearl streets, according to police. Makia D. Adams was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail.

THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 2 o’clock this morning regarding an individual stealing beer from a convenience store on the 600 block of South Tower Avenue.

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of East Van Buren Street about 4:30 p.m. yesterday about wiring being ripped from the walls of building. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

News brief: Outdoor burning to be restricted

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A statewide burn ban starts on Monday and runs through September on  all forestland and other property that is protected by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Exceptions include recreational use in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds, according to a news release from DNR.

“The threat of wildfires from escaped outdoor burning is highest during the hot and dry days of summer,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark stated. “Wildfires are serious threats to public safety, private property and wildlife habitat. We must take prudent steps to prevent wildfires and minimize the large expenditures of public resources spent to fight them.”

Already this year, 57 wildfires have started from escaped outdoor burn piles, according to the state agency.

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Get more information from Department of Natural Resources

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Updated at 10:12 p.m.

ONE HURT IN HIGH-SPEED COLLISION WITH DEER ON STATE ROUTE 505

• A 55-year-old motorcyclist was hospitalized last night after he struck a deer southeast of Toledo, was tossed onto the ground and slid some 50 feet along the pavement. Troopers and aid responded about 9:20 p.m. to the scene, along state Route 505 near Merchant Road. The bike was big, the deer was small and the speed limit there is 55 mph, according to Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Grant Wiltbank. The chief said the touring-type motorcycle continued nearly another 100 feet past the rider. “He was wearing modern and fairly heavy duty riding clothes,” Wiltbank said. “If he’d have been wearing just Levi jeans or something, he’d have been pretty torn up with all that.” Thomas I. Newland, 55, from San Francisco, was headed north, and a passing physician had stopped to wait with him for the fire department, according to responders. He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, the chief said. The 2012 BMW sustained significant damage. The deer was killed upon impact. No citation is expected, but the Washington State Patrol blamed inattention.

ONE HURT IN WRECK WITH FREEWAY SIGN

• One person was injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 5 north of Centralia yesterday morning. Troopers called about 5:15 a.m. reported a 21-year-old woman from Kent was traveling northbound near the county line when her Saturn station wagon left the roadway to the right, struck a sign and rolled. The driver Lisa M. Wilkins was reportedly uninjured but her passenger, Brianna P. Chandler, 23, from Snoqualmie, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. The state patrol blamed driver inattention for the wreck.

GUN STOLEN IN BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called just after noon yesterday to an office which had been broken in to at the 400 block of West Main Street. Taken was a camera and 25 caliber pistol, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SCARY GUY WITH BIKE

• Police were called to a north Centralia neighborhood about 3:30 p.m. yesterday where a 13-year-old boy said as he rode his bike down Oxford Avenue past an abandoned house, a guy with a bike reached out and grabbed towards him. The youngster told police as he pedaled away, he noticed the guy behind him, although not chasing after him, according to the Centralia Police Department. The subject wasn’t located and at this point, it appears less like an attempted abduction and more like someone trying to scare a kid, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.

VISITOR ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY PULLING WOMAN INTO BEDROOM

• A 22-year-old Toledo man was arrested yesterday for unlawful imprisonment for an incident that occurred early last week when he was a guest in a home on the 200 block of Howe Road East near Toledo. A detective was told when it was reported the following day that Rupp W. Freece was intoxicated and dragged the 61-year-old female resident down a hallway into a bedroom, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She screamed, he let go of her and other members of the household made him leave, Cmdr. Steve Aust said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault; responses for alarms, fender benders, graffiti on a fence, bicycle theft, misbehaving dogs … and more.

Mossyrock police chief contesting protection order

Friday, June 28th, 2013

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Mossyrock Police Chief Jeremy Stamper is under court order to check his service firearm to his supervisor after each shift where it will be held until his following shift as part of a protection order sought by his wife.

He was also ordered to undergo domestic violence treatment and drug and alcohol treatment, according to court documents.

Stamper, the east Lewis County town’s only police officer, didn’t return calls for comment, but his supervisor says Stamper remains on the job.

“I have full confidence in him, or he wouldn’t be on patrol right now,” Mossyrock Mayor Tom Meade said yesterday.

Meade however said he isn’t aware of the requirement he hold Stamper’s gun.

The court case began when the police chief’s wife, Shannon Stamper, petitioned the court on May 20 for a year-long protection order and requested her husband be required to undergo treatment.

Court documents show that at a June 10 hearing, Lewis County Superior Court Commissioner Tracy Mitchell found “Ms. Stamper credible” and signed a protection order.

Shannon Stamper’s initial request said her husband never hit her, but he had access to weapons. An example of her concern she wrote about was an incident at the end of February in which she said Jeremy Stamper crushed his phone because he could not figure it out.

The order put in place has numerous restrictions, such as prohibiting him from coming within 200 feet of her residence. Five children are listed as protected as well.

A handwritten aside on the document states that work related contacts in the neighborhood are okay.

Meade said the court order comes during a contested divorce and makes no sense to him. He said the court didn’t analyze the situation thoroughly.

“This whole thing has me scratching my head,” Meade said. “I’ve supervised people for 40 years and I can spot an alcoholic and I can spot an abuser, and I just don’t see this.”

Meade said when the issue first arose, everyone thought the best course of action would be for the police chief to go on vacation. “Not administrative leave, just plain vacation,” he said.

Stamper has been back about a week and half, he said.

Meade pointed out his police chief works 40 hours, but is subject to call out at any time. He’s on duty 24 hours a day, Meade said.

The language on the standard protection order form states that if it is a domestic situation, then effective immediately the respondent may not possess a firearm or ammunition. A handwritten notation on the page indicates Stamper can possess his duty firearm while on shift, per “18 USC 8925.”

Stamper’s attorney Don Blair has filed a motion the order be revised contending the evidence did not show the petitioner was a victim of domestic violence.

Shannon Stamper four days after the order was filed made a written request it be terminated, writing the couple has agreed to reconcile and undergo family counseling. She wrote she may have been mistaken in interpreting her husband’s behavior.

Shannon Stamper wrote she has feared her husband in the recent past but never had issues of safety regarding herself or their children.

Her only comment today: “It’s all blown out of proportion.”

A hearing is set for Monday on the matter.

Arguments for re-sentencing teen drive-by shooter to be heard this autumn

Thursday, June 27th, 2013
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Guadalupe Solis-Diaz Jr. waits in a Lewis County courtroom after attorneys pick a date for his new sentencing hearing.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Former Centralia resident Guadalupe Solis-Diaz Jr. made a brief appearance in Lewis County Superior Court today as his “do-over” of a nearly 93-year prison sentence winds its way through the system.

Solis-Diaz was 16 years old when he was arrested following a drive-by shooting in downtown Centralia in the summer of 2007.

He was tried as an adult and convicted of multiple offenses, including one count of first-degree assault committed with a firearm for each bullet that was fired. Nobody was hit.

The state Court of Appeals tossed out his virtual life sentence last September and ordered the local court to conduct a new sentencing hearing, referencing various matters that should have been handled more thoroughly, given that he was a juvenile.

The former Centralia High School student’s personal restraint petition focused on a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held a sentence of life without parole is forbidden for a juvenile who did not commit homicide.

He is represented by attorney Robert Quillian.

In January when Solis-Diaz was returned to Lewis County to begin to address the issue, Quillian asked he remain housed in the Lewis County Jail for closer access as the attorney prepared for the new sentencing hearing.

Quillian and Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh told a judge this afternoon they expect the hearing will take half a day. It was put on the court calendar for Sept. 27.

The deputy prosecutor who handled the case in 2007 has predicted the new sentence isn’t likely to be all that much shorter, given the statutory framework in place.

Beigh this afternoon said the prosecutors office still hasn’t finalized exactly how much time they will ask for. She’s waiting to see what arguments the defense attorney raises.

“I know what I think I’m going to recommend,” Beigh said. “But I’m trying to keep an open mind and see what they present.”
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For background, read: “Appeals court gives Centralia teen a “do-over” on 90-plus-year drive-by shooting sentence” from Wednesday September 19, 2012, here

Centralia jewelry shop burglary case ends with prison for two men

Thursday, June 27th, 2013
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Justin D. McPherson of Federal Way asks a judge for mercy in deciding his sentence in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A judge yesterday disregarded a defendant’s plea for a special drug offender sentencing alternative and gave him seven years plus two months in prison for the failed Centralia jewelry store burglary in which he was shot.

Justin D. McPherson, 29, stood before Judge Nelson Hunt in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday and admitted he acted selfishly and irresponsibly, saying he didn’t want to “live this life anymore.”

“I do have a drug problem,” McPherson said, his voice breaking. “I need help. I just ask for your mercy.”

McPherson was found guilty by a jury last month for breaking into Salewsky’s Jewelry shop in the early morning hours of March 20. He was confronted by the owner’s son who awoke in an upstairs apartment and shot him before he escaped through a hole he’d cut in a wall to an adjoining office space, dropping a trail of jewelry behind him.

Hunt told the Federal Way resident he deserved hard time.

“It may be that you have a drug problem, but frankly it doesn’t matter to me,” Judge Hunt said.

“You’re also a criminal.”

Hunt outlined his reasons. Part of it had to do with the obvious planning that went into the crime, he said.

Mainly, the judge said, McPherson went into a building where he didn’t belong when someone was present. It didn’t matter that he wasn’t aware anyone would be there, he said.

Gunshots threaten everybody, Hunt said.

“This was a legitimate use of self defense, but it was caused by you,” he said.

McPherson was sentenced for one count of second-degree burglary and one count of residential burglary, as well as second-degree malicious mischief for cutting a hole in the wall inside the building.

He was represented by Chehalis attorney Ken Johnson.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead told the judge the case against McPherson’s childhood friend Ryan W. Cox wasn’t quite as strong. Cox pleaded guilty in a plea deal.

Later yesterday, Cox was sentenced to seven years for his role.

Halstead said it never was learned how the two non-local men knew about the place; they broke through the back door of the vacant neighboring space and used a crowbar to break through a wall to get into the shop.

The two women who testified they waited in their cars nearby but didn’t know of the plan to steal any jewelry have pleaded guilty to rendering criminal assistance.
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For background, read “Jewelry store break-in defendant’s companions testify against him” from Thursday May 30, 2013, here