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KELA News Headlines for Wednesday, April 16, 2014 


Body of Missing Soldier Located

The body of a missing soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was found by searchers about 10 AM Tuesday morning in the Capitol Forest.  The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office says the body of 20-year old Christopher Dombroski was located near Capitol Peak not far from where his motorcycle was found earlier in the day.  Sheriff’s officials say the death appears to be neither an accident nor a homicide. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office reported Dombrosksi was last heard from about 8:30 PM Sunday after he rode his motorcycle to the forest for a weekend hiking trip.  According to KING 5 TV, a fellow soldier at JBLM said Dombroski was a nephew of two people who are listed as missing in the Oso landslide.


A New Riverside Fire Chief Could Be Named

A new chief for Riverside Fire Authority could be named at tonight’s meeting of the authority’s board of fire commissioners.  Current Chief Jim Walkowski is leaving the department effective the end of this month.  The board is also scheduled to discuss the 2015 maintenance and operations levy and get an update on the proposed functional consolidation of Riverside and the Chehalis Fire Department.  The Riverside Fire Authority governance board meets tonight at 5 PM at the Fire Station Number 2 at 1818 Harrison Avenue in Centralia.


W F West Robotics Team Headed to World Competition

Congratulations to SWAG 4060, the W.F. West High School robotics team.  The team has qualified to go to the world robotics competition in St. Louis.  This past weekend, the team competed in the Pacific Northwest Regional Championship Robotics competition in Portland and won the Regional Engineering Inspirational Award.  By earning the regional E.I. award, the registration fee of $5,000 for the World Competition will be paid for by NASA.  he World Competition is being held on April 22.


Alleged Shoplifter Arrested After Fight

A woman who fought with store security in Centralia who attempted to detain her after she allegedly tried to shoplift items Monday night is in custody in the Lewis County Jail.  Centralia Police report officers were called to the business in the 500 block of South Tower Avenue about 7:30 PM after store security tried to detain 33-year old Michelle M. O’Connell of Tenino when she attempted to shoplift items.  O’Connell reportedly refused to give the items back and a fight ensued.  Store security was able to hold her until police arrived.  O’Connell was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for Second degree Robbery and a felony warrant. The Lewis county Sheriff's Office says O'Connell is in further trouble after contraband was found on her person during the booking prcoess at the jail.


Elk Hoof Rot Meeting Tonight

State wildlife managers believe they are close to determining the cause of hoof disease in southwest Washington elk.  Fish and Wildlife officials are holding a public meeting to share the latest information and answer questions about hoof rot disease tonight at 6 PM at the V.R. Lee Community Building in Chehalis.  Department staff will discuss the latest reults of ongoing tests designed to identify the cause of deformed or missing hooves in elk, primarily in Cowlitz, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.




















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