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Crime and Injury Report 08.28.13

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Missing mental health patient sought

The Chehalis Police Department is looking for a Cascade Mental Health patient who was reported missing Aug. 20 from a residence on W. Main St.

Robert Springer, 24, was reported missing to police by his mother, who said she has not spoken with him since Aug. 16 and has been attempting to contact him. Subsequent reports have placed him in the Toledo area, though he remains at large.

Springer is of Korean descent, is 5-feet 9-inches tall, 180 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. Authorities said he has a history of becoming violent when not taking his medication and those who encounter him are encouraged to contact Chehalis Police at (360) 748-8605.

Collisions & Injuries

Teen driver causes wreck near Winlock

A local teen has escaped injury after causing a violent collision near Winlock Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The 16-year-old male driver of a 2001 Nissan Altima had been on Conrad Rd., north of Winlock, and prepared to make a left-hand turn onto SR 603. When making the turn, he had failed to see a 2005 Subaru Impreza, driven by a 21-year-old Chehalis Woman, traveling on SR 603 and struck the vehicle in the side, pushing it off the roadway.

Both parties were reported as receiving no injuries and the driver of the Altima was cited for failing to yield right of way.

Vader woman dies after house fire

A woman injured in a Vader house fire Aug. 15 has died while being hospitalized for severe burns, according to Lewis/Cowlitz Fire District 20.

Jeanette E. Spain, 39, died last week a heart attack at St. John's Hospital after escaping a fire that destroyed one house on the 700 block of C St. and threatened another nearby.

Officials said Spain had been residing in the house where the fire began which had been without utilities. Candles were being used throughout the building for light and are believed to have started the fire. The cause remains under investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Spain had been described as suffering second degree burns on her arm and had been able to flee the house by the time aid arrived, and it was not reported if her death was directly related to injuries sustained in the fire.

Winlock woman burned by oil fire

A local woman suffered only minor burns after experiencing a kitchen fire in Winlock Thursday, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.

The fire had started around 4 p.m. on the 1000 block of SE First St. when a put full of oil, reportedly intended to make french fries, caught fire, prompting the resident to carry the pot outside to avoid a house fire.

Responders treated her for a burn to her hand and reported no other injuries. The house encountered only burns on a linoleum floor.

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.

Electronics, credit cards stolen from Toledo home

Deputies are investigating a burglary reported near Toledo Aug. 21 in which electronics and credit cards were stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The homeowner reported someone had broken into her residence on the 200 block of SR 506, southwest of Toledo, sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and stole a Sony digital camera, an Olympus digital camera, gift cards, numerous credit cards, checks and a wooden humidor. The estimated loss is $1,000 and the investigation is reportedly ongoing.

Ring, other items stolen from Winlock-area home

A Winlock-area residence has been reportedly broken into sometime in the last month, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies took a report Thursday from resident on the 200 block of McClure, south of Winlock, who said someone had broken into their home sometime since July 29 and stole items including a gold ring.

In the report, it was stated the Sheriff’s Office has seen a recent increase in burglaries and related property crimes in South Lewis County since July. The area had previously seen a significant decrease in such crimes around the beginning of the year after multiple local drug offenders were arrested and convicted.

Warrants & Sentencing

Two sentences, two dismissals and two warrants were issued by Judge pro-tem Jason Fugate during Winlock Municipal Court Aug. 15.

Jessica D. Church, 24, of Mossyrock, had pleaded guilty to driving while license suspended, third degree, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 86 days suspended and four days credited for time served. She was also fined $1,000 with $500 suspended.

Kelly T. Gifford, 37, of Winlock, pleaded guilty to malicious mischief, third degree, and was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 364 days suspended. He was also fined $600 with $300 suspended.

A charge of first-degree driving while license suspended against Benjamin J. Breitenbach, 33, of Chehalis, was dropped after completing the terms of a diversion agreement.

A charge of fourth-degree assault against Sarah J Gifford, 30, of Winlock, was dismissed in the interest of justice, stated the prosecuting attorney.

A $1,500 warrant and a $2,500 warrant were issued for the arrest of Mark R. Baker Jr. after he failed to appear for pre-trial hearings. Baker is being charged assault, fourth degree, and violation of a no-contact order.

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