Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 8:00 AM
A Major Theft of Items from UPS in Chehals
(CHEHALIS) - A man is in custody in connection with a major theft of items from the United Parcel Service facility in Chehalis. According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, UPS officials said a large amount of cell phones, I-phones, video games and equipment and other electronic equipment was taken between August and late November of this year from the UPS facility. A part-time employee, 40-year old Roland E. Camps of Winlock, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Lewis County Jail for First Degree theft and First Degree Trafficking in Stolen Property. The value of the stolen items may be as high as $100,000. The investigation is continuing.
Double Murderer Rick Riffe is Sentenced
(CHEHALIS) - Convicted double murderer Rick Riffe will spend the rest of his life in prison. Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Meyer says Riffe was sentenced to just under 103 years in prison Tuesday afternoon. Riffe was found guilty last month for the 1985 slayings of Ed and Minnie Maurin of Ethel. The Maurins, who were in their 80s, were kidnapped and forced to withdraw $8,500 cash out of their bank account in December of 1985. Their bodies were found a week later, on Christmas Eve. They had been shot in the back and left in the woods.
The Festival of Trees a Success
(CENTRALIA) – The Providence Centralia Hospital Foundation’s “Festival of Trees” fundraiser was last week and the Foundation says it was a big success again this year. Foundation Director Linda DiRienzo says preliminary numbers are in and after expenses they anticipate they will have raised between $90,000 and $100,000 from the event. That will allow them to purchase an endoscopic high definition camera and video tower for the hospital’s surgery department.
The Theft and Chase of an Emergency Vehicle Ends in Tenino ( PACKWOOD ) – The hiring season is getting underway at the White Pass Ski Resort. Up to 90 seasonal employees are being hired. The list runs ski and snowboard instructors to janitorial services. Operators of the ski area are planning to have a job fair this Saturday. It runs from 9 a.m.-1p.m. You can fill out an application at skiwhitepass.com The ski area hopes to open around Thanksgiving, provided there’s enough snow.
(OLYMPIA) - A man described as a transient from Olympia who stole an Olympia Fire Department vehicle is in custody after leading authorities on a chase that ended in Tenino. Olympia Police say the man took the command vehicle, which is an SUV, from the main Olympia fire station late Tuesday night. He was spotted by Tumwater Police and the pursuit began. Officers deployed spike strips on Old Highway 99 just north of Tenino which disabled the vehicle. The man was arrested in downtown Tenino just before midnight. He was booked into the Thurston County Jail for auto theft, malicious mischief and eluding.