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October 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM
The Associated Press
CHEHALIS — The family of Jerry Moon wants to know how the wrong body ended up in his casket at his funeral.
Family members were horrified Monday when they looked in the casket and saw the body of another man, The Chronicle reported Tuesday. They have hired a lawyer and asked the state Department of Licensing to investigate.
Moon, 72, a retired railroad conductor from Castle Rock, died Oct. 13 at Community Home, Health & Hospice in Longview. Dahl McVicker Funeral Home, Kelso, picked up his body the same day. Brown Mortuary, Chehalis, transported the body from Kelso the next day. Everyone involved in handling the body says they followed procedures and can’t explain the switch.
Moon’s son, Brian Moon, of Chehalis, said he received a phone call from Ken Dahl, the president of Dahl McVicker Funeral Home. Dahl told Brian Moon he cremated his father.
“My dad feared cremation and didn’t want any part of it,” Moon said. “He spent a lot of time and money and he wanted to be buried next to his father and mother.”
The family has the ashes and, if they are confirmed to be Jerry Moon’s, they will be buried at Claquato Cemetery in Chehalis, where a graveside memorial was canceled after the mix-up.
Meanwhile, the man who had been scheduled to be cremated was dressed in Moon’s clothes and placed in his casket for the funeral at Brown Mortuary Service, Moon said.
When the casket was opened, friends and family were shocked.
“That poor guy was dressed in my father’s clothes in front of hundreds of people,” Moon said.
The person in the casket was cremated and his family now has his ashes, Moon said.
Brown Mortuary was not responsible for the mistake, said manager Daniel LaPlaunt.
“We follow all state protocols for identification,” LaPlaunt said.
August 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM
The Chronicle, Centralia
A road rage incident in Chehalis led to a hit-and-run collision and a man pulling down his pants and exposing his buttocks to the driver he was feuding with Saturday afternoon in the Grocery Outlet parking lot.
The road rage incident began when the suspect, identified as Brett T. Watkins, 36, of Hoodsport, pulled in front of a woman’s car in the parking lot at about 3:30 p.m., said Sgt. Gary Wilson from the Chehalis Police Department.
The woman and Watkins started yelling at each other, which resulted in Watkins pulling down his pants and mooning her, Wilson said.
When the man got back into the car and drove away, the woman drove after him in an attempt to get the license plate number, Wilson said. Watkins then allegedly stopped, backed up and struck the woman’s vehicle. He drove away before police got there.
Police ID’d the driver through his license plate and officers showed his Department of Licensing photo to the woman, Wilson said.
June 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard has ended its active search for a Washington man missing from a fishing boat west of Juneau.
KINY-radio reports 25-year-old Alan Young of Chehalis fell Monday night from the Swift into Icy Strait 30 miles west of Juneau during the chum salmon fishery.
The skipper, 47-year-old Tim Lane of Sitka, launched a dinghy and attempted a rescue but also fell into the water.
Alaska state troopers say Lane spent several hours floating with a personal flotation device. A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted Lane to safety from a beach east of Excursion Inlet.
Lt. Sarah Morin says Coast Guard searchers are confident they would have spotted the missing man if he were alive.
The crew of the Pacific Horizon found the Swift and reported it unoccupied.
March 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM
The Chronicle, Centralia
The Centralia man who accidentally fired his handgun last February in a shopping center parking lot, shooting himself in the hand and his wife in the leg, will face reckless endangerment charges, according to Chehalis police.
Mark Solomon, 40, and his 35-year-old wife, went to the Sunbird Shopping Center on Feb 27 so he could buy a new holster for his 9 mm semiautomatic Kel Tec handgun, according to Chehalis police.
After buying the holster, the couple returned to the parking lot. Solomon’s wife was sitting in the car and he was standing next to it when he attempted to put the handgun in a holster. The gun fired and the bullet traveled through his hand and into his wife’s thigh.
The bullet shattered her femur, which required surgery and placement of a metal plate in her leg, Solomon had earlier told The Chronicle.
Solomon was referred for reckless endangerment and received a summons through Chehalis Municipal Court earlier this month, said Chehalis police Sgt. Gary Wilson.
“It was an accident, and really, really stupid,” Solomon said.
February 10, 2013 at 9:32 AM
The Associated Press
CHEHALIS– A Lewis County homeowner shot and wounded an intruder, then held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
The sheriff’s office says the 24-year-old homeowner called 911 a little before 5 a.m. Sunday, when he heard someone talking outside his residence in Chehalis. He armed himself with a pistol and was waiting for police to show up when a man entered the home and started walking toward him down a hallway.
The homeowner told deputies he ordered the man to stop, but the man charged him instead. He fired one shot and wrestled with the man until he was able to get free and hold the man at gunpoint.
The 51-year-old intruder was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and then flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in stable condition. He was to be held for investigation for burglary and assault.
December 10, 2012 at 6:55 AM
A story from The Chronicle in Chehalis that we just had to mention: Centralia Police Respond to Bong Theft Hours After Pot is Legalized. Police recovered the bong and gave it back to its owner …
Wrongly convicted in 1941: Seattle Times reporter Ken Armstrong writes of Roy Montgomery, who died in Chicago last week at 91. He was the last surviving soldier wrongly convicted in the World War II lynching of an Italian prisoner of war at Seattle’s Fort Lawton. If you’re not familiar with the Fort Lawton story, please have a read.
Washington state’s same-sex weddings made the news all over the country yesterday.
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August 30, 2012 at 11:10 AM
The Associated Press
CHEHALIS – The Lewis County sheriff’s office is recommending two Chehalis women be charged with giving alcohol to a 16-year-old boy who was lying drunk in a road in May when he was run over and killed.
The women, both 22, are accused of supplying liquor for a party with minors, including Tyler Gonzalez of Chehalis.
The sheriff’s office says he either fell or was intentionally lying in a nearby road when he was struck. The autopsy found he had a blood alcohol content of .17 percent.
July 9, 2012 at 11:56 AM
The Associated Press
CHEHALIS — A man was arrested in Alaska for a 1985 kidnap-robbery that left a couple in their 80s dead from shotgun blasts, authorities said.
Rick Riffe, 53, of King Salmon, Alaska, a longtime suspect, was arrested Sunday in connection with the killings. His brother, John, another suspect, died the same week officers bought their tickets to Alaska, Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield said in a statement.
“It has been 26 years and seven months,” said Dennis Hadaller, Minnie’s son. “I thought about it at least three or four times a day.”
In December 1985, 81-year-old Edward “Ed” Maurin and his wife 83-year-old Wilhelmina “Minnie” Maurin were reported missing after they were not home for a family Christmas party, The Chronicle reports.
The sheriff’s office alleges the Riffe brothers kidnapped the couple at their residence then forced them to drive their car to a bank and withdraw $8,500. The couple was then shot inside their vehicle and their bodies were taken to a wooded area, authorities said.
When their car was found, there were blood stains inside.
Authorities said the brothers were primary suspects throughout the investigation, but probable cause for their arrest was not developed until evidence was later uncovered and witnesses came forward.
“Detectives feel many witnesses did not come forward during the time of the initial investigation due to being fearful of the Riffe brothers and possible retaliation for speaking out,” Mansfield said.
Mansfield said extradition proceedings will be initiated to bring Riffe to Lewis County to stand trial.
The Riffe brothers moved to Alaska in 1987.
June 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM
The Associated Press
CHEHALIS — Lewis County sheriff’s deputies found two dangerous dogs that were stolen last weekend from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in Chehalis.
Deputies heard them barking Wednesday behind the owner’s home. They seized the dogs and arrested a woman at the home — the girlfriend of the dog’s owner. She denied any involvement in taking the dogs and said “they showed up at midnight at my back door.” She was jailed for investigation of possessing stolen property and rendering criminal assistance.
Deputies are still looking for the dogs’ owner. He is suspected of cutting through a fence and prying open kennel doors.
The Rottweiler named Max and a pit bull named Whitney are back at the shelter where they’ll be euthanized for killing eight alpacas on a neighbor’s property.
June 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Weather: Great yesterday. Not so great today. OK, it’s supposed to make it to the mid-60s, but we see clouds out there and rain in the forecast. We know it’s only Tuesday, but we’re looking forward to Friday for all the usual reasons, weather included. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Runaway pie truck and the guy who saved the day: The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, one of our community news partners, has a great little post about a pickup that got loose and started rolling backwards down 12th Avenue and through the Madison Street intersection. A quick-thinking shop owner saw the truck passing by, ran out, grabbed the steering wheel and guided the pickup safely to the curb. Not all is peachy, though, for the pickup owner. She was cited for endangering public safety
“They’ve already tasted blood”: A Rottweiler and a pitbull were stolen from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in Chehalis and authorities are worried, according to a story by KIRO TV. Someone cut through a fence and pried open kennel doors last week and made off with the dogs. The owner, Greg Welsh, says the dogs have already killed eight of his alpacas. “They’ve already tasted blood and nothing will stop them now,” said Welch. The hunt for the dogs continues.
How having fun turns tragic. We’re waiting to find out what was thrown on the bonfire that sent five teens to the hospital — some with second- and third-degree burns — who were celebrating at Alki last night. Early reports say one or more of them were throwing gasoline from plastic bottles onto the fire. Who threw it, and what were they thinking? We’ll also try to find out the conditions of the teens.
Once a real-estate mogul, now a Social Security recipient? Hmmm … A friend and business associate of fugitive real-estate magnate Michael R. Mastro has filed financial statements in bankruptcy court claiming his only income is from Social Security. Seattle Times business reporter Eric Pryne has the story. For some background reading: Mastro mystery: Aging ex-magnate nears 1 year on the lam
Guv candidates debate tonight: Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna square off in their first debate tonight, in Spokane at the Association of Washington Business spring meeting. Will they say anything new?
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