Timberland Bank in Toledo was robbed on Friday night, October 15 just prior to the 6:00 p.m. close of business. Timberland Bank called dispatch and advised of an armed robbery at their location. The Toledo Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff's Office and the Winlock Police Department responded to the area of the bank.
While responding, units were advised the person had left and was being informed of a description. Arriving Law Enforcement began setting up a perimeter and requested a K9 unit which Chehalis K9 responded. Law enforcement confirmed that the bank staff and customers in the bank were uninjured and began an investigation.
Halloween is this coming weekend and there is a lot in store for the goblins and ghouls in south Lewis County. Winlock, Toledo and Napavine are all having Trunk-or-Treats, it means you decorate the trunk not put someone in there. If they are dressed up, you can throw them in the trunk at the event only, it's not recommended to drive them around in the trunk. Winlock is also having fun and games at the community building and Napavine will have their trunk-or-treat at Fire District 5 in Napavine. There is a lot in store for the weekend, here are the groups that supplied information to the Lewis County News. All events take place on Halloween evening.
New Residents Jim and Joy Larsen have been around town, making it a more attractive city for all. They have volunteered their time since coming here a few years ago. They might be new, but they love Winlock just the same.
The City of Napavine has a new city clerk and she fits right in. Rachelle Denham has the personality and skills to make the Napavine City Hall a great place to do business. One of the things enjoyable about Rachelle is the way she talks to people. There is no doubt when you walk away from Rachelle after doing business, you will know you have received the best customer service possible.
"I live just outside of Napavine and have always loved the charm of this small community," said Rachelle. "When I saw the posting for the city clerk, I believed that it would be the perfect fit for my personality."
Winlock received some very sad news last week, Terry Williams, the Chief of Police and officer in Winlock for 36 years, passed away. The community lost someone who looked after the city and the people in it for many years, a loss that will be felt for years to come.
Toledo recently lost their chief of police and they added a chief of police who is familiar with Toledo and the citizens. Sam Patrick is the new Chief of Police in Toledo and he is excited to be in his new role.
Chief Patrick has extensive training and is part of many programs in Toledo. He stated, "I have worked for the Toledo police department since July 1, 2010 under Chief John Brockmueller."
Lewis County Commissioner Gary Stamper passed away last week in a Vancouver Hospital. Gary was a great person with a love for his family, his country, friends and animals. Gary lived life to the fullest, always making everything an adventure. When Gary called you he immediately started with, "How are you?" or "How are you my friend?" I don't think Gary ever met a stranger. Working with Gary these past few years has been fun, the world was a better place by Gary being in it. He will be missed by many of us!
Cities in South Lewis County are starting to stop the mandates by Governor Jay Inslee, Winlock passed a Proclamation and now Napavine has signed Resolution NO.21.09.120. The resolution is stated below:
WHEREAS, on February 29, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Emergency ProclamationNo. 20-05 declaring a state of emergency due to the outbreak of COVID-19; and
Vader is ushering in October with Punkin Chunkin on October 2 starting at 11:00 a.m. They will have games, treats and other activities for you to enjoy. The event will be held at McMurphy park which recently received grant money that Kelly Schey worked tirelessly for the citizens of Vader.
The annual Weyerhaeuser picnic/potluck is October 2 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Cowlitz Prairie Grange. Please bring your favorite dish for the potluck at noon.
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