Crime and Injury Report 03.05.14

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Fire & EMS

Local EMS and fire calls between Feb. 24 and March 2

Lewis County Fire District 15 (Winlock)

EMS Incidents – 9 

Basic Life Support Transports – 1

Advanced Life Support Transports – 1

Fire – 1

Assistance to other districts – 4

Resident safe after Vader house fire

Firefighters were able to tackle a house fire in Vader early Thursday morning, according to Cowlitz/Lewis Fire District 20.

Responders were dispatched at around 2:30 a.m. to the 500 block of C St. to a singlewide mobile home from which the resident had been able to escape prior to responders’ arrival. She stated she had been reading when she smelled a “something” coming from the living room where a wood stove in located. After a short time checking the residence, she noticed the flames in the ceiling area near the wood stove and called the fire department.

The resident was checked by paramedic’s from Lewis County Medic One as a precaution and was released at the scene. A fire investigator was called and responded to the scene and the incident is under investigation.

At about 6:30 a.m., responders were again dispatched to the scene for a possible re-kindle of the fire. Upon arrival at the residence, it was determined that a small amount of books near a couch re-ignited and were quickly extinguished.

Arrests & Referrals

Teen taken for theft of pickup truck

Winlock PD assisted officers from Chehalis, Toledo and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in pursuit of a pickup stolen by a 14-year-old suspect Thursday evening, according to the Winlock Police Department.

At around 9 p.m., Police Chief Terry Williams located a 2007 GMC pickup on Kerron Ave. reported stolen earlier that day by the owner, who said their 14-year-old grandson, from Ethel, had taken the vehicle without permission.

Williams attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect reportedly fled at high speed through local residential areas, failing to stop at intersections. Speeds in excess of 80 mph were reported as the suspect fled down Jones Rd., where he eventually encountered a gate and was taken into custody.

The suspect was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for attempting to elude law enforcement and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Ongoing Investigations

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.

Suspect attempts to burn truck near Winlock

Deputies are investigation an attempted arson near Winlock after someone attempted to light a truck on fire last month, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

It is believed sometime between 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 5:30 a.m. Feb. 24 someone on the 200 block of Otter Fox Rd., north of Winlock, had entered an unlocked pickup truck and placed lit a box of tissue paper on the passenger seat, causing around $100 in damage.

The owner, a 57-year-old Winlock man, said nothing was found missing from the truck and noted the only damage had been a burned spot on the seat.

Toledo trucking company recently burgled

A local trucking company was the target of a burglary last week near Toledo, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

It was reported Feb. 26 by a representative of Pacific Truck Centers someone had broken into their facility on the 100 block of Barnes Rd., south of Toledo.

Missing was around $300 in cash and it was noted forced entry had been made by the suspect(s) using a pry bar.

Investigators seeking help in Chehalis car theft

Investigators are looking for help solving a vehicle theft taking place near Chehalis sometime last month.

The vehicle, a 1979 Toyota pickup, is believed to have been taken sometime between 8 a.m. Feb. 10 and 5 p.m. Feb. 14 from the corner of Hwy 6 and S. Scheuber Rd., west of Chehalis. The truck had been parked at the intersection by the owner, who was attempting to sell the vehicle, according to reports. The estimated loss is $4,000.

Those with information are encouraged to contact law enforcement. The license plate was B67883P and the VIN was RN47000098.

Human remains found near Centralia

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detectives are currently investigating partial human skeletal remains found in the 2800 block of Little Hanaford Road, outside of Centralia.

A call to 911 was made at approximately 5:23 p.m. last night from a resident in the area who located the remains while walking his dog. The property is wooded, close to the roadway, and owned by Trans Alta.

Search and Rescue teams are assisting Lewis County with an area search this morning.

It is believed by investigators, at this point, that the remains were dumped. Gender, age, ethnicity, etc. of the remains are not known at this time.

The remains will be sent to King County to be examined by a Forensic Pathologist who has expertise in identifying human remains.

As is normal procedure in a case such as this, detectives will await further information from the Forensic Pathologist and will then check missing person databases.

Further information will be released as it becomes known.