Arrests and Referrals
Winlock man gets DUI after driving wrong way
A Winlock man was arrested for DUI after mistakenly driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Centralia May 7, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Brian T. Bircher, 44, had been driving the wrong way down N. Gold St. near the intersection with Union Ave. at around 9:30 p.m. when he was contacted for the traffic infraction by a deputy, who found Bircher to be under the influence of intoxicants.
He was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for DUI.
Vader man heavily cited after leaving scene of crash
A Vader man has receive multiple misdemeanor citations after a hit-and-run outside Vader Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Sean M. Riley, 22, was contacted by deputies who were investigating a report filed Sunday from a 69-year-old man on the 100 block of Annonen Rd. who stated someone had crashed through a fence on his property the previous night and left the scene, causing $100 in damage. When Riley was contacted, deputies learned he had been in a verbal dispute with his girlfriend on the 600 block of B St. and was angry when he drove from the residence and headed north on Winlock-Vader Rd.
Riley admitted he was driving too fast when he turned onto Annonen Rd. and said he drove off the road and into the victim’s fence before crossing the oncoming lane and coming to rest in a ditch. He was cited for hit-and-run, reckless driving, driving without insurance and expired license plate tags.
Mossyrock man gets knife charge after DUI collision
A Mossyrock man is facing multiple charges after crashing his car in the Toledo area Sunday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Zachary G. Little, 22, was found to be driving while intoxicated after deputies responded to a single-vehicle collision on the 700 block of Tucker Rd., north of Toledo. Little was also driving without a valid license and, incident to his arrest, deputies discovered a butterfly knife on Little’s person.
He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for DUI, driving while license suspended, third degree, and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Toledo woman arrested for burglary plot
A Toledo-area woman is in jail after allegedly enacting a plot to steal from her employer, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Rachel A. Deckert, 22, was arrested for her alleged role in the theft of cash and cigarettes early Sunday morning from Ethel Market & Sports on the 1400 block of US Hwy. 12, in Ethel. The establishment had been burglarized around 4:40 a.m. by a man who entered with a key and managed to cover his face while passing in front of the video cameras in the midst of stealing $792 and four cartons of cigarettes.
Deputies began their investigation by speaking with all employees who had keys and eventually contacted Deckert, through whom they learned the burglar may have been Jerimy J. Trudeau, 30, of Centralia. Trudeau was subsequently contacted and admitted to the theft, stating Deckert had given him the key and told him how to break in with the agreement they would split the cash and cigarettes. Deckert was again contacted and she opted to obtain an attorney instead of speak with investigators.
Both were booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, second degree, and theft, second degree. $700 and all but a few packs of cigarettes were recovered.
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.
Winlock man hit twice by burglars
A Winlock area resident was the target of repeated burglaries last week, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
The 51-year-old male victim reported someone had broken into the shop at his residence on the 400 block of Telegraph Rd. sometime between May 7 at 5 p.m. and May 8 at 10 a.m. and stole multiple power tools and woodworking equipment, totaling $2,500. Then, at around 8 p.m. on May 8, the reporting party observed three males attempting to enter his shop again and called authorities, believing the suspects to be the perpetrators of the earlier burglary.
When deputies arrived, the suspects had fled north on Telegraph Rd. and the reporting party said he had heard a vehicle drive away from that direction, but deputies were unable to locate the subjects and are seeking arrests for residential burglary and attempted burglary.