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Sirens: Used Needles Found; Bank Reports Man With Blood on His Head; Jail Inmate Found With Drugs

By The Chronicle

Centralia Police Department

Vehicle Prowls

• At 8:28 a.m. on Thursday, a vehicle prowl was reported in the 800 block of West Plum Street. The car’s alarm system reportedly scared the suspect away. 

• At 8:28 a.m. on Thursday, a vehicle prowl was reported in the 1800 block of Westside Court in Centralia. A garage-door opener and $30 in change were stolen. 

• At 8:41 a.m. on Thursday, $20 in change was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1000 block of West Walnut Street.

• At 6:14 p.m. on Thursday, a wallet and gear-shift knob were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 200 block of West Hanson Street. 

Credit Card Fraud Reported

• At 1:58 p.m. on Thursday, police received a report of credit card fraud in the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. A person allegedly bought jewelry with a credit card they were not authorized to use. The case is under investigation. 

Man Breaks Business Sign

• At 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, police received a report of malicious mischief in the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. The victim reported a man walked by the business and broke its “open” sign.

Three Arrested After Domestic Disputes

• At 1:14 a.m. on Friday, police responded to the 500 block of East Main Street to a report of a physical dispute. Jonathan T. Griffis, 20, Elizabeth M. Atkinson, 22, and Thomas J. Atkinson, Jr., 19, all of Centralia, were arrested and booked on suspicion of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence. According to the police department, Griffis and Elizabeth Atkinson got into a physical dispute. Thomas Atkinson then reportedly came home to find Elizabeth Atkinson crying before he and Griffis got into a second dispute. All three parties live together.

Chehalis Police Department

Suspicious People Seen Peering in Windows

• At 7:49 a.m. on Wednesday, police received a report of a suspicious person looking into people’s cars in the 200 block of South Market Boulevard. No arrests were made. 

• At 9:07 p.m. on Wednesday, police received a report of a possible prowler in the 1000 block of East Evergreen Drive. A person reported someone was knocking on their windows.

Tool Box Stolen from Truck

• At 8:56 a.m. on Wednesday, a toolbox was reported stolen from a truck in the 1000 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue.

Trash Dumped

• At 9:13 a.m. on Wednesday, police received a report of people dumping garbage in the 1000 block of Southwest Mills Avenue. 

Man Booked After Alleged Pepper-Spray Assault

• At 10:49 a.m. on Wednesday, police responded to a report of a person using pepper spray inside a residence in the 300 block of Southeast Canyon Drive. The suspect reportedly left the scene before police arrived but later returned. Matthew J. Wangen, 22, of Chehalis was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree assault.

Suspected Shoplifters Arrested

• At 2:46 p.m. on Wednesday, police responded to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to a report of a shoplifter who had previously been banned from the store. Stephanie M. Ghere, 27, of Chehalis, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary. 

• At 11:51 a.m. on Thursday, police responded to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to a report of a shoplifter using a tool to disable a security device. Steven V. Morgan, 36, of Olympia, was arrested on suspicion of retail theft with special circumstances for allegedly taking a $1,399 computer and violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act after police reported finding a bag of methamphetamine in his possession.

• At 12:24 p.m. on Thursday, police responded to a report of a shoplifter in the 1700 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. Wendy L. Payne, 52, of Centralia, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree theft of tools and batteries valued at $123.95 and on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. 

• At 4:49 p.m. on Thursday, police responded to a report of a theft in the 1700 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. Two men reportedly came in to the store together. One attempted to pay for an item with a check that didn’t clear and a second tried to push a cart full of approximately $2,000 in miscellaneous tools out of the store. Andy Kim, 38, of Kent, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft.

• At 5:01 p.m. on Thursday, police responded to a report of a shoplifter concealing items in the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. Candice J. Garmin, 32, of Lacey, was cited on suspicion of third-degree theft. 

Bank Reports Man With Blood on His Head

• At 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, police received a report from staff at a bank in the 400 block of North Market Boulevard that a suspicious man came into the bank with blood on his head and went into the bathroom. 

IRS Scam Reported

• At 3:36 p.m. on Thursday, police received a report from the 2000 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue of a scam caller pretending to be from the IRS. 

Used Needles Found 

• At 12:52 a.m. on Friday, a person reported finding a bag of used needles in the 1000 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. 

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office 

Ethel Man Booked on Warrant, Drug Charge After Report of Suspicious Person

• At 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, deputies responded to the 100 block of Leonard Road in Onalaska after receiving a report of a suspicious person in the area. Deputies stopped a vehicle associated with the incident and contacted several individuals. Timothy J. Nielsen, 34, of Ethel, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and on suspicion of possession of heroin.

Jail Inmate Found with Drugs

• At 3:45 a.m. on Thursday, deputies responded to the Lewis County Jail after receiving a report of an inmate in possession of prescription medication without authorization. Inmate Aaron T. Sjoblom was rebooked into the jail on a new charge of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Suspect Booked on DUI Charge

• At 1:54 a.m. on Friday, deputies responded to the 500 block of Byham Road in Winlock and arrested Miguel Ramirez, Jr., 25, of Winlock on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. 

Lewis County Jail Statistics

• As of Friday morning, the Lewis County Jail had a total population of 214 inmates with 184 in general population and 30 in the Work Ethic and Restitution Center. Of general population inmates, 148 were male and 36 were female and of WERC inmates 22 were male and eight female. One inmate was on work release and 54 were booked through contracts with agencies outside Lewis County. 

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By The Chronicle Staff 

Please call news reporter Natalie Johnson with news tips. She can be reached at 807-8235 or njohnson@chronline.com.