Discharge of fireworks illegal until New Year’s
The State Fire Marshall’s Office would like to remind residents that the last day to legally discharge fireworks was Friday, July 5, and it will not be legal again to do so until New Year’s Even between 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and 1 a.m. Jan. 1.
As long stretches of hot, dry days persist, it is becoming increasingly reckless to light fireworks, for fear of starting fieldfares that threaten homes and persons in the area. If you have fireworks left over from Independence Day, be sure to store them safely in an area that will not be easily accessed by children nor exposed to the elements and wait until they can be legally used again.
For more information on when and how to safely and legally discharge fireworks, visit the state fire marshall’s web site at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm or call (360) 596-3946.
Collisions and Injuries
Burn pile ignites brush fire near Toledo
Firefighters managed to extinguish a brush fire near Toledo without injury Thursday, according to Lewis County Fire District 2.
The blaze took place near SR 505 about one mile east of I-5 and is believed to have been caused by an ember blown from a nearby burn pile. Though a residence was in the path of the flames, responders were able to put the fire out before and persons or property were harmed.
Arrests & Referrals
Toledo woman arrested for protection order violation
A Toledo woman has been arrested after violating a temporary no-contact order Sunday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Kimberly A. Culp, 45, as arrested after going to her 51-year-old husband’s residence on the 100 block of Fish On Ln., east of Toledo, to retrieve clothing after having been ordered to stay away from the property and her husband.
She was booked into the Lewis County Jail for violation of a no-contact order.
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.
Authorities seeking help to solve area burglaries
Crime Stoppers of Lewis County and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office are seeking your assistance in multiple burglary investigations.
Between 1:30 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. on June 14, an unknown number of suspects entered a residence in the 100 block of Wakefield Dr., in Centralia, while the victim was sleeping. At that time, the suspect(s) ate food and stole medications.
The suspect(s) then returned sometime between 11 a.m. June 14 and 12:45 p.m. on June 16 and stole the following items: a Dell laptop, a gold ring with one large diamond and other smaller diamonds, a .22 Taurus pistol, and .22 Ruger pistol. The value of this theft is approximately $11,000 dollars.
Also unsolved is a burglary in which the suspect(s) attempted to burn down the victim’s residence to destroy evidence. On June 15 at around 6:20 a.m. a citizen reported forced entry into a residence in the 100 block of SW 9th Street, in Chehalis. Stolen was a Panasonic 46” Viera plasma television. The estimated loss from the theft and damage sustained by the fire is $2,000.