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Crime and Injury Report 02.11.15

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Collisions & Injuries

Trucker safe after Winlock-area collision

A Pe Ell man suffered only minor injuries after losing his trailer while traveling near Winlock Feb. 3, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

The 53-year-old driver of a 1993 Kenworth logging truck was traveling on the 300 block of Pleasant Valley Rd., north of Winlock, when his trailer became detached due to a malfunction of the coupling device. The loaded trailer then traveled into the ditch and the cab rolled over, totaling both.

After emergency crews responded to the scene, they determined the driver was not seriously injured, and he was subsequently cited for driving with defective equipment.

Arrests & Referrals

Local man booked after disturbing Toledo family

A Toledo family is safe after being intruded upon in their home by a Rochester man on Feb. 4, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

Joel Harger, 46, had been the respondent of a no-contact order protecting a 48-year-old Toledo woman and her six children when he entered through the living room window of their residence on the 100 block of Tooley Rd., southeast of Toledo, stating he wanted to talk with the victim.

During the incident, one child called 911 and Harger fled in a vehicle, but later turned himself in to authorities and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for residential burglary, where he remains on $20,000 bail.

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.

Toledo woman taken for $28,000 in phone scam

A Toledo woman has reportedly been victimized by a lottery scam during the last several weeks, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

Believed to have taken place sometime between Dec. 14, 2014, and Feb. 3, family members of the 91-year-old victim told deputies she had been called by scammers who said she had won a $500,000 lottery, but needed to pay a fee in order to claim the prize.

Since the first call, she had mailed five checks to the scammers totaling $28,000, and was about to mail two more checks totaling $10,000 by the time her family intervened.

The victim's bank account has since been closed and her phone number changed, reported deputies, who said they would like area residents to proactively educate the elderly about predatory phone scams such as this one, which continue to take place around the county.

Remember to never give out personal information to some you did not call yourself, and recognize aggressive language and bullying as signs of a scam.

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