Fire & EMS
Distracted driver wrecks in Winlock
A local driver was cited after running her van off the road near Winlock June 17, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
The 31-year-old female driver of a 2008 Dodge Caravan had been traveling south on the 900 block of N Military Rd. when she reportedly turned around to secure a wheelchair behind the front seat and she drove into a ditch, colliding with a mail box.
While no injuries were reported, the driver was cited for driving with wheels off the roadway.
Woman dies in I-5 collision
An Edmonds woman has died after a head-on collision with a semi truck on I-5 Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Kerri A. McGill, 45, was driving a 2014 Acura MDX southbound at around 4 a.m. near Milepost 46, south of Castle Rock, when she crossed the median and struck a northbound 2010 International tractor and trailer driven by a 46-year-old Edinburg, Texas, man.
The driver of the semi was reportedly uninjured, while a 4-year-old female passenger in the Acura was transported to Oregon Health Science University, in Portland, with unspecified injuries. McGill was described as dead at the scene.
As of press time, the cause of the collision remains under investigation.
Arrests & Referrals
Winlock man booked after DUI collision
A local man has been arrested after allegedly causing a head-on DUI collision near Winlock June 18, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
Enrique J. Hernandez, 20, of Winlock, was reportedly traveling south on the 300 block of S. Military Rd., east of Winlock, at around 9:20 p.m. in a 1995 Honda Civic when he took a corner too fast and entered the oncoming lane, where he struck another 1995 Honda Civic head on, causing both vehicles to come to rest in the northbound ditch.
The driver of the second Honda, a 54-year-old Winlock man, complained of neck and back pain and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was treated and released. A passenger in the first Honda, a 20-year-old Winlock man, was admitted to the hospital with back and rib injuries.
Through investigation it was learned Hernandez had been intoxicated at the time of the crash and, after being treated and cleared by hospital staff, he was booked for DUI. Hernandez was also cited for not carrying liability insurance.
Both cars were reportedly totalled.
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.
Electronics stolen from Winlock home
A camera and laptop were taken from a Winlock residence sometime last week, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
The 61-year-old male victim said someone had entered his residence on the 900 block of Byham Rd. between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 19 and entered through an unlocked door and stole a Casio digital camera and an HP laptop. No other items appeared to be taken and the estimated loss is $680.
Warrants & Sentencing
Three sentences, one dismissal and four warrants were issued by Judge Steven Buzzard during Winlock Municipal Court on Thursday.
Kendra C. Comfort, 27, of Winlock, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass, first degree and attempted vehicle prowling, second degree, and was sentenced to 728 days in jail with 707 days suspended and 21 days credited for time served. She was also fined $1,600 with $800 suspended.
Juan Celestino Rosario, 36, pleaded guilty to driving while license suspended, third degree, operating a motor vehicle without a required ignition interlock device, and making a false statement to police and was sentenced to 818 days in jail with 818 days suspended. He was also fined $2,400 with $1,200 suspended.
Raul Rodriguez Molina, 21, of Winlock, pleaded guilty to hit-and-run and driving while license suspended, third degree, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended. He was also fined $1,600 with $800 suspended.
A charge of failing to register a vehicle within 45 days against Francois D. Fant, 26, of Winlock, was dismissed at the request of the prosecuting attorney.
A $1,500 warrant was issued for Anna M. Gibson, 31, of Winlock, after failing to appear for a pre-trial hearing. She is being charged with theft, third degree.
A $2,000 warrant was issued for John A. Harris, 32, of Forks, after failing to appear for a show cause hearing related to his conviction for DUI.
A $1,500 warrant was issued for Kassandra M. Jeffers, 21, of Vader, after failing to appear for arraignment. She is being charged with assault, fourth degree.
A $1,500 warrant was issued for Kayla N. Windle, 26, of Winlock, after failing to appear for a pre-trial hearing. She is being charged with driving while license suspended, third degree.