KELA/KMNT News Headlines for Wednesday 12/11/13
Four Arrested in Chehalis Drug Bust
A drug bust in Chehalis on Monday kept over $200,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin off the street. Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield says the narcotics were seized when a search warrant was served on a residence in the 2500 block of Jackson Highway in Chehalis. Four people were arrested during the bust and were booked into the Lewis County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to deliver. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force in serving the search warrant. The action followed an investigation by Thurston County authorities.
A Centralia Man Injured in Rollover Crash on I-5
A Centralia man was ejected from his car during a one-vehicle rollover crash on I-5 in south Lewis County Tuesday morning. The State Patrol reports a Dodge Neon driven by 27-year old Marco Ortiz-Garcia was southbound on I-5 about 13 miles south of Napavine when it spun out and crossed all lanes of southbound traffic before going off the roadway to the right and down an embankment. The vehicle went through a fence and as it rolled, Ortiz-Garcia was ejected. The unoccupied vehicle came to rest on top of the driver who sustained only minor injuries. Investigators say the cause of the collision was speed and the driver is facing 2nddegree negligent driving charges. The car was totaled.
The Grand Mound AM/PM Robbery Suspect Appears in Court
The woman accused of robbing the Grand Mound AM/PM store last week appeared in Thurston County Superior Court on Tuesday. According to The Olympian, 20-year old Sheena Gillham of Montesano had gotten out of jail on November 23 after serving 60 days for shoplifting at a Lacey department store and threatening a security guard there with a knife. During Tuesday’s hearing, Judge Gary Tabor ordered Gillham held at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of one count of first degree armed robbery. Her bail was set at $30,000.
Temporary Restrictions Placed on Thurston County Roads
Temporary weight and speed limit restrictions are being put in place on all roads in unincorporated Thurston County due to the recent freeze and current thaw. Thurston County authorities say the emergency restrictions will begin at 12:01 AM on Thusday (Dec. 12). The maximum speed limit will be 35 miles per hour. School buses, emergency vehicles and certain commercial trucks will be exempt. The restrictions will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Local health officials are reminding people to be safe during the current cold weather. One of the major concerns is hypothermia. The Lewis County Health Department says you can get hypothermia by not dressing enough for the cold or if your clothes get wet. Another concern is people using things like propane or kerosene heaters or charcoal grills inside their homes for additional heat. Health officials say those devices produce carbon monoxide which can be deadly and should never be used indoors.