Today’s News Headlines

KELA News Headlines for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

High-speed pursuit

A Packwood man is in custody after a high-speed pursuit in Lewis and Cowlitz counties early Sunday morning. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says about 4 AM deputies observed a car being driven by 31-year old Bradley W. Hamrick, who had outstanding warrants, traveling on State Route 505 in Winlock. When they attempted to stop him, he took off and went south on Interstate 5 at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Hamrick exited I-5 in Castle Rock and law enforcement was able to stop him using spike strips on Westside Highway. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding and the two outstanding warrants.

Car fire victim identified

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim found in the car fire in Chehalis on Saturday, May 6 as 48-year old Robert A. Mansker of Kelso. Coroner Warren McLeod says the cause and manner of death are pending further investigation and studies.  The body was discovered after the Chehalis Fire Department put out a car fire in the 1900 block of NE Kresky Avenue at a trailer park near Yard Birds. That fire was reported about 1 AM on May 6.

Wader rescued after suffering injury

A 19-year old man suffered a leg injury while wading in knee deep water in the Chehalis River in Centralia Monday afternoon.  According to Riverside Fire Authority, the man was rescued from the river bank in the 2000 block of Borst Avenue about 4:30 PM.  He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital in stable condition with a lower leg injury.

“Click It or Ticket” patrols

The latest “Click It or Ticket” seat belt emphasis campaign in Washington state is underway to run concurrent with the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.  As part of the campaign, law enforcement agencies in the state will be placing a special emphasis on proper child restraint use in vehicles. In Lewis County for the “Click It or Ticket” emphasis, the Centralia, Chehalis and Toledo police departments, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol will be taking part. The patrols began May 22 and will run through June 4.

Special 3-day candidate filing period

The Lewis County Auditor’s Office will hold a three-day special candidate filing period beginning Wednesday. Elections Supervisor Heather Boyer says after the regular candidate filing period last week, nobody signed up to run for a number of positions in Lewis County. Interested candidates can file in person at the Lewis County Auditor’s Office from 8 AM Wednesday through 4:30 PM Friday or online at from 9 AM Wednesday through 4 PM Friday.  Among the seats where no one has filed are two Napavine City Council positions and one seat on the Pe Ell and Boistfort school boards.

Boating Under the Influence patrols starting

As the weather heats up, law enforcement agencies will be stepping up targeting people boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Olympian reports the state Parks Boating Program and state Department of Fish and Wildlife police will join city and county marine patrol units on the special patrols, which will start this weekend and run on several weekends through Aug. 19. Under state law, boaters suspected of being intoxicated who refuse to comply with taking a breath or blood test face a civil penalty of $2,050.