Collisions and Injuries
Teen safe after totaling car
A local teen is safe despite totaling his car near Winlock March 8, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
The 18-year-old male driver, from Winlock, crashed his 1987 Mercedes 300 into a tree on the 700 block of S. Military Rd., east of Winlock. He told deputies he had taken his eyes off the road to adjust his visor and was attempting to accelerate to the speed limit when he left the roadway. While the driver was reported as uninjured, the vehicle was totaled and no charges have been reported.
Pickup abandoned after Toledo-area collision
A pickup truck was found abandoned after a collision near Toeldo March 11, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
A 1995 Ford Ranger was found at around 6 a.m. at the intersection of Jackson Hwy. and Tucker Rd., north of Toledo, after having been driven off the road and into a stand of fir trees. The vehicle suffered moderate damage, including a broken rear window, and attempts to contact the registered owner have been unsuccessful.
Toledo woman survives rollover collision
A Toledo woman is lucky to be alive after inattentive driving led to a rollover collision in Winlock March 13, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
The 23-year-old driver of a 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio had been traveling eastbound on the 500 block of Rhoades Rd. when she ran off the road into the gravel shoulder, sliding for about 90 feet before hitting the curb. The impact caused her vehicle to roll over and she continued for another 45 feet before coming to rest upside-down in a nearby driveway.
The driver stated she had not been paying attention while driving around a corner prior to the collision and was cited for speeding too fast for conditions. Though she suffered minor injuries, she refused aid at the scene. The vehicle was totaled.
Arrests and Referrals
Alleged metal thieves caught by victim
Two local men had been arrested following an attempted metal theft near Toledo March 11, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
David R. Shive, 52, of Chehalis, and Troy M. Duryea, 44, of Ethel, were contacted on the 100 block of Pine Tree Rd., north of Toledo, after the property owner returned home to find them using a torch to cut apart an antique iron lumber planer. The suspects stated they had been given permission to dismantle the planer by a neighbor of the victim, but investigators noted the neighbor would have no right to dictate the use of someone else’s property.
Shive and Duryea were booked into the Lewis County Jail for trespassing, malicious mischief, third degree, and attempted theft, third degree.
Longview man tazed during local arrest
A disruptive Longview man had to be tazed before being arrested near Toledo March 11, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Carl R. Brickey, 48, had been seen walking in front of a residence on the 100 block of Sargent Rd., north of Toledo, screaming incoherently and shaking his fists. Responding deputies noted the suspect appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants and were required to taze him in order to take him into custody.
After receiving a medical evaluation at Providence Centralia Hospital, Brickey was cleared and booked into the Lewis County Jail for trespassing and resisting arrest.
Toledo man booked for lewd phone messages
A Toledo man has been arrested after leaving obscene phone messages for his neighbors March 13, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
William M. Bowers, 69, was arrested on the 200 block of Drews Prairie Rd., east of Toledo, after his neighbors contacted deputies to report Bowers had been harassing them. The victims, a 70-year-old male and a 69-year-old female, said Bowers began calling them around 8:15 p.m. and left multiple messages stating the vulgar and sexual acts he wished to perform with, or on behalf of, the female.
The victims, who supplied investigators with recordings of the messages, said they recognized Bowers’ voice as he used to be a friend of theirs, but they had recently experienced a falling out.
Bowers was contacted at his nearby residence and refused to comply with investigators, who were eventually able to take him into custody. Bowers was booked into the Lewis County Jail for telephone harassment and resisting arrest.
Toledo man threatens family, assaults deputies
A Toledo man has been arrested after threatening the lives of his family and fighting with deputies March 14, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Matthew H. Pettit, 37, was apprehended on the 100 block of Smokey Valley Rd., south of Toledo, after relatives called to report the suspect was behaving strangely. They alleged Pettit had threatened their lives and was possibly in possession of a handgun when he retreated into the horse barn on the property.
Deputies found him in the barn on the ground, rolling around and mumbling incoherently to himself. When they commanded him to show his hands, he jumped to his feet and attacked the deputies, one of whom suffered a cut to his face in the resulting altercation.
After multiple tazer discharges, Pettit was placed under arrest and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, felony harassment and resisting arrest. The injured deputy was treated at the scene.
Those with information about ongoing investigations are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (360) 740-1266 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422.
Vader jail burgled
Vader’s historic city jail has been the subject of a burglary sometime in the last week, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were informed March 13 that someone had broken in since March 1 and stolen several items from the jail, which is now a museum maintained by the Vader Park Board. While a list of the stolen items is being compiled, investigators were informed the loss at least includes old Little Falls bricks from when clay factories were alive and well in the city decades ago. It was reportedly unknown how entry was made into the jail.