Collisions & Injuries
Teen safe after Winlock wreck
A Winlock teen is safe after driving his vehicle off the road on Feb. 1, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
The 17-year-old male driver of a 2005 Chevy Malibu had been traveling on the 800 block of Neville Rd., west of Winlock, he his lost control during a turn due to rain on the roadway and struck a telephone box and a utility pole.
While the vehicle suffered major damage, the driver was reportedly uninjured, and it was noted he had been wearing a seatbelt.
Arrests & Referrals
Winlock woman booked for stolen checks
A Winlock woman has been arrested on multiple charges related to her alleged cashing of stolen checks, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
Lucia D. Spross, 30, was apprehended on Jan. 31 after deputies began investigating the theft of a checkbook stolen from the mother of Spross' boyfriend, a 57-year-old Winlock woman. It is believed the checks had been taken sometime between Jan. 20 and 26 from the victim's home on the 600 block of Avery Rd. W, north of Winlock, and since that time $690 worth of fraudulent checks had been cashed.
On Jan. 30, investigators were able to acquire video footage of a woman appearing to be Spross cashing the stolen checks at Cedar Village IGA and the store was advised to contact authorities if she returned. Later that day, Spross returned to cash a stolen check for $140 and the store clerk called 911, but Spross fled the scene before authorities arrived.
Then, on Jan. 31, Spross was contacted during a vehicle stop on the 600 block of Avery Rd. W in which she was a passenger, and she was recognized as having an outstanding warrant for an unrelated charge of possession of stolen property. During a subsequent investigation, Spross allegedly admitted to stealing and cashing the checks, as well as having a small baggie of methamphetamine on her at the time.
She was later booked into the Lewis County Jail on her outstanding warrant as well as second-degree theft, forgery and possession of methamphetamine, and was refereed to the Lewis County Prosecutor's Office for third-degree theft.
Toledo man booked for domestic assault
A Toledo man has been arrested for assault after calling authorities to accuse his girlfriend of attacking him on Jan. 27, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
Marcelo Ruiz-Zueger, 27, was contacted on the 200 block of Kangas Rd. after he called 911 to report his 19-year-old girlfriend had become violent during an argument and assaulted him.
However, when deputies arrived, the girlfriend said Ruiz-Zueger had started the argument then slapped her, grabbed her by the hair and drug her around the house, knocking her into things. When the girlfriend tried locking herself in the bathroom to call 911, she said Ruiz-Zueger kicked the door in and began choking her.
An examination of the victim's injuries corroborated her story and Ruiz-Zueger was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree domestic assault where he remains on $20,000 bail.