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KELA News Headlines for Friday, October 31, 2014


Teen Injured in Highway 12 Crash

One person was injured in a car versus semi-truck collision on Highway 12 near Ethel in Lewis County that blocked all lanes of the roadway Thursday afternoon.  The State Patrol reports about 4:15 PM a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 16-year old Onalaska boy was westbound on Highway 12 about 3 miles west of Ethel when he attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone.  He lost control of the vehicle and it spun around, colliding with an eastbound semi truck in the eastbound lane.  The teen driver of the Tahoe was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  The driver of the semi was not injured.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Infant Safe After Amber Alert Issued

An 18-month old boy abducted by his mother Thursday morning in Lacey is safe and authorities are saying it’s because of the Amber Alert issued about the incident that they were able to locate the child and his mother.  The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office says the Amber Alert was activated at about 10:30 AM Thursday.  About a minute later, the Thurston County 911 Center received a call from a motorist in Olympia who reported they were behind the vehicle mentioned in the Alert.  They followed the suspect vehicle until responding police were able to stop the vehicle.  The mother, 34-year old Cassandra Wilhelm, was taken into custody for Kidnapping and Assault in Violation of a Protection Order.  The child was released to the father and was unharmed.


Robbery at Toledo Gas Station

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that happened Wednesday night at a Toledo gas station.  The Sheriff’s Office says about 8:30 PM deputies were dispatched to Cowlitz Shell in the 100 block of Mulford Road in Toledo for the report of a robbery.  An employee of the store told deputies a man about 20 came into the store, displayed a gun and demanded money from the cash registers then fled on foot.  A search of the area by deputies and the Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit was unable to locate the suspect.


We "Fall Back" Sunday Morning

We “fall back” on Sunday as Daylight Saving Time ends and we return to Standard Time.  When you change the time on your clocks, local fire officials remind you to change the batteries in your home smoke detectors.  Riverside Fire Authority Assistant Chief Rick Mack says it could save your life. He says reports show your chance of dying in a home fire is cut in half if you half a working smoke detector. Mack says don't forget the smoke detectors that are wired into your home's electrical system because they also have a battery.  He says it's also recommended that you replace a smoke detector if it's ten years old or older.


















































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