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News Releases - April 2010

4/27/2010 7:34:17 PM

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April 27, 2010

In an opinion published in part, and issued on April 27, 2010 Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals affirmed the convictions and sentence of Wade W. Pierce, but reversed the firearms enhancements portion of his sentence. Wade Pierce was convicted by a Lewis County jury on December 15, 2004 of Burglary in the First Degree; Five counts of Theft of a Firearm; Robbery in the First Degree; Burglary in the First Degree; Assault in the Second Degree; Theft in the First Degree; and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver. All convictions, except the five Theft of a Firearm convictions, included a firearm enhancement.

Pierce was originally sentenced on January 7, 2005 to 171 months plus 324 months for firearm enhancements. Pierce was resentenced on September 17, 2008 after his first appeal resulted in reversal of one of his convictions. At resentencing on September 17, 2008 Pierce was sentenced to 150 months plus 252 months for firearm enhancements.

The case is now remanded for resentencing without the firearm enhancements. The Court reversed the firearm enhancements for insufficient evidence because the State did not prove that an operable firearm was used in the crimes.

Because the Court of Appeals reversed the firearm enhancement findings, Pierce will be resentenced without the 252-month firearm enhancement sentence.

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April 27, 2010

Ivy M. Dolowy, 21, of Chehalis was before the Honorable Michael P. Roewefor a Jury Trial on April 27, 2010 in Lewis County District Court for one count of Minor in Possession and/or Consumption of Intoxicants.Dolowy was charged by Citation on January 17, 2010 with one count of Minor in Possession and/or Consumption of Intoxicants. The case was dismissed without prejudice and will be re-filed.

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April 23, 2010

William Aaron Barge, 35, of was convicted by Judge James Lawler on April 23, 2010 in Lewis County Superior Court for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The Defendant is facing a standard range sentence of 43 to 57 months in prison. Sentencing is set for June 21, 2010.

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On April 22, 2010, Scott Gibson, age 27, of Silver Creek, WA, was found not guilty by Lewis County District Court Judge Michael P. Roewe, of Furnishing Liquor to Minors. Gibson was originally charged by Prosecutor Complaint on December 9, 2009. The charges resulted out of a gathering at Gibson’s residence on September 12, 2009, wherein it was alleged Danielle Freeman, age 18 and Cara Harmanson, age 19, were consuming alcohol on his premises. Charges against Freeman and Harmanson for Minor in Possession of Liquor are pending.

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April 20, 2010

Lewis County Prosecutor Michael Golden says that the formation of a Gambling and Fraud Enforcement Fund is just what he needed to make sure the money he recently received from the Washington Gambling Commission can be spent to fight criminal fraud and gambling activity in Lewis County.

The Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, along with the Chehalis Police Department, worked with the Gambling Commission in their investigation into the online gambling activities of Lewis County resident Ron Ehli. Begun in 2008, the investigation ended late last year with the Commission seizing over $4.88 million dollars from Ehli’s local accounts. The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office received $643,027.82 of the seized funds for use in enforcing fraud and gambling laws, with an equal amount going to Chehalis Police for the same purpose. Strict guidelines require the money be spent for very specific purposes within the allotted time allowed.

Short-staffed after having laid-off two deputy prosecutors and two staff members, as well as eliminating the Chief Criminal Deputy position in a move to meet expected budget reductions for 2010, Prosecuting Attorney Michael Golden intends to use a portion of the funds to retain one of the remaining deputy prosecutor positions that would have been lost when grant funding ran out in June 2010. Working to ensure the realization of full benefit from this income, Prosecutor Golden introduced Resolution Number 10-100, calling for the creation of a Gambling and Fraud Enforcement Fund

On April 19, 2010, the BOCC signed the resolution that lets the Prosecutor’s Office share some of the seized funds with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Lewis County Superior Court’s Drug Court, for the prosecution and abatement of fraud and gambling crime in Lewis County.

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April 20, 2010

Dahlton Grady Anderson, 16, of Onalaska was convicted by Judge R. Brosey on April 20, 2010 in Lewis County Superior, Juvenile Division for Minor in Possession/Consumption of Alcohol. Anderson was charged by Information on February 19, 2010 with Minor in Possession/Consumption of Alcohol after he was caught consuming an alcoholic beverage during class at Onalaska High School on January 13, 2010. Anderson was sentenced to 24 hours community service, 8 months’ probation, and a revocation of his driver’s license.

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Brian Edward Bridges, 50 years old of Randle, was convicted by a jury on April 19, 2010, in Lewis County Superior Court for Possession of a Controlled Substance – methamphetamine; and Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia. The Defendant may be facing up to 18 months of confinement. Sentencing date has not yet been set.

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Erica Nicole Gookin, 24, of Centralia, originally charged by Information on November 9, 2009, with Trafficking Stolen Property in the Second Degree was found not guilty by Judge James Lawler following a bench trial on April 20, 2010 in Lewis County Superior Court

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April 16, 2010

Martin James Edwards, 27, of Tacoma, was convicted of and sentenced for, Felony Violation of a Protection Order - Domestic Violence today in Lewis County Superior Court by Judge James Lawler. Edwards, who received a 60-month prison term, was charged by Information on February 29, 2010. Due to his prior criminal history, the sentencing guidelines did not allow for a lesser standard range sentence.

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April 16, 2010

Dr. David Allen Wooten Jr., 45, of Centralia was convicted by a jury on April 15, 2010 in Lewis County Superior Court for Malicious Mischief in the First Degree.Dr. Wooten’s wife, Janna Leanne Wooten, 30, also of Centralia, was convicted by a jury last week on April 9, in Lewis County Superior Court on the same charge of Malicious Mischief in the First Degree.Both had been charged by Information on December 19, 2008 with that crime.

Both defendants are each facing a standard sentencing range of 0-90 days in jail each. Ms. Wooten is scheduled to be sentenced on May 18, 2010, while Dr. Wooten has a sentencing date of May 26, 2010.

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April 14, 2010

Miranda Thoman, age 28, of Oakville, was sentence today to 96 months in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Miranda Thoman was convicted by a jury on February 18, 2010, in Lewis County Superior Court for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. The Jury also found the defendant guilty of possessing the controlled substance within 1000 feet of Washington Elementary School in Centralia. She was convicted as charged.

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April 13, 2010

On April 13, 2010 after jury trial in Lewis County District Court, Paul A. Stewart, age 42, was found not guilty of the crime of Assault in the Fourth Degree Domestic Violence. The defendant was originally charged with Assault in the Fourth Degree Domestic Violence by citation on November 24, 2008.

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Dean K. Cleveland, 30, of Chehalis was before the Honorable Michael P. Roewefor a Jury Trial on April 13, 2010 in Lewis County District Court for one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree with a special allegation of domestic violence. Cleveland was charged by Complaint on January 9, 2010 with one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree with a special allegation of domestic violence. Cleveland was found not guilty by a jury.

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April 12, 2010

Brent L. Hawk, 17, of Chehalis was before the Honorable Michael P. Roewe for a Jury Trial on April 9, 2010 in Lewis County District Court for one count of Reckless Driving. Hawk was charged by Complaint on November 14, 2009, with one count of Reckless Driving. Hawk was found guilty by a jury. Hawk was sentenced to three hundred and sixty five days in jail with three hundred and sixty five days suspended for a period of two years. A seven hundred and fifty dollar fine was also assessed plus applicable court costs.

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Dean K. Cleveland, 30, of Chehalis was scheduled for a Jury Trial before the Honorable Michael P. Roeweon April 9, 2010 in Lewis County District Court for one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree with a special allegation of domestic violence. Cleveland was charged by Complaint on January 9, 2010 with one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree with a special allegation of domestic violence. The trial was rescheduled for April 12, 2010.

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April 8, 2010

Jeremy Allen Fine, age 35, of Chehalis, was convicted by a jury on April 7, 2010, in Lewis County Superior Court for Residential Burglary, six counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Second Degree and six counts of Possession of a Stolen Firearm after a two day jury trial. Mr. Fine was charged by Information on October 15, 2009 for these crimes committed in September 2009, and he was convicted as charged.

Due to the Defendant’s extensive criminal history, he is facing 133 to 156 months in prison. A Sentencing date has been set for May 11, 2010.

Co-defendant, Vance Aulis, was remanded into custody today for failing to appear for his omnibus hearing.

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Charles Bushnell, 45, of Rochester, was charged by Information on August 31, 2009 with Residential Burglary and Violation of a Protection Order. A bench trial was heard on April 8, 2010 and Mr. Bushnell was found not guilty on both counts by the Honorable Judge James Lawler in Lewis County Superior Court.

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Between April 5 and 6, 2010, a jury heard the trial of Phillip Jason Reimer, 30, of Centralia, in Lewis County Superior Court on the charge of Rape of a Child in the First Degree. Mr. Reimer was charged by Information on December 15, 2008. After the jury became deadlocked on April 7, 2010, Judge James Lawler declared a mistrial. A new trial date will be set on April 15, 2010.

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Julie Ann Burdett, 51, of Chehalis, was convicted by Judge James Lawler on April 7, 2010 in Lewis County Superior Court for Criminal Trespass in the First Degree. Ms. Burdett was acquitted on the charges of Residential Burglary, Assault Fourth Degree, and Malicious Mischief Third Degree. Ms. Burdett was charged by Information on February 8, 2010 with those crimes. Ms. Burdett was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

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April 6, 2010

Danielle R. Niederauer, 29, of Silver Creek was scheduled for a Jury Trial before the Honorable Michael P. Roewe on April 6, 2010 in Lewis County District Court for one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree with a special allegation of domestic violence, one count of Interfering with Reporting Domestic Violence, and one count of Criminal Trespass in the First Degree. Niederauer was charged by Complaint on November 4, 2009 with one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree with a special allegation of domestic violence, one count of Interfering with Reporting Domestic Violence, and one count of Criminal Trespass in the First Degree. The case was dismissed without prejudice by the State because the victim failed to appear as a witness. The charges may be pursued in the future, if the victim is located.

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April 5, 2010

Brett A. Gjesvold, 41, of Tenino was before Pro Tem Judge W. Tripp for a Jury Trial on April 5, 2010 in Lewis County District Court for one count of Possession of Marijuana under Forty Grams and one count of Use of Drug Paraphernalia. Gjesvold was charged by Citation on December 25, 2009 with one count of Possession of Marijuana under Forty Grams and one count of Use of Drug Paraphernalia. Gjesvold was found guilty on both counts by a jury. Gjesvold was sentenced to one hundred and eighty days in jail with one hundred and seventy eight days suspended on each count and a one thousand and twenty five dollar fine on each count, time to run consecutive and applicable court costs.

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Dean K. Cleveland, 30, of Chehalis was scheduled for a Jury Trial before Pro Tem Judge W. Tripp on April 5, 2010 in Lewis County District Court for one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree with a special allegation of domestic violence. Cleveland was charged by Complaint on January 9, 2010 with one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree with a special allegation of domestic violence. The trial was rescheduled for April 9, 2010.

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Brent L. Hawk, 17, of Chehalis was scheduled for a Jury Trial before Pro Tem Judge W. Tripp on April 5, 2010 in Lewis County District Court for one count of Reckless Driving. Hawk was charged by Complaint on November 14, 2009, with one count of Reckless Driving. The trial was rescheduled for April 9, 2010.

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April 1, 2010

Michael Anthony Lar, 57 years old of Seattle, was convicted by a jury on March 31st, 2010 in Lewis County Superior Court for Burglary in the First Degree, Kidnapping in the First Degree, and Attempted Robbery in the First Degree. Lar was charged by Information on January 29th, 2010 with the above listed crimes after his attempted robbery of the Twin Star Credit Union on January 25, 2010. The jury returned special verdicts on each count, finding Lar was armed with a deadly weapon when he committed the three offenses. The defendant is facing a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole as a Persistent Offender. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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