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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 7, 2001, Centralia, Washington
Cat madmen Goa citizens make recommendations on Rural growth Mineral Lake chronicle West remains undefeated by clobbering Timberline / by 50 cent Friday dec. 7,2001 serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 Early closing question still seems unanswered / cd deaths to get a fresh look Lewis county cases new Dan analysis on old evidence could solve homicides possibly linked to Green River Case by Sharyn l. Decker the chronicle learning whether the suspect charged this week with the slayings of four Green River victims is connected to the deaths of women whose bodies were discovered in Lewis county More than a decade ago will largely depend upon whether evidence still exists according to a key investigator. Of particular significance is Dan evidence according to the top detective in the Washington state attorney general a office. A Edna is pretty critical a said John Turner chief criminal investigator with the homicide investigation tracking system unit. Turner spoke thursday about How his office is urging local Law enforcement agencies around the state to look Back at unsolved deaths and to apply new and improved Dan analysis. The new technology helped Lead to the arrest of Gary Leon Ridgway 52, of Auburn a week ago in King county. The hits group collects data about homicides missing person cases and other solved and unsolved crimes around the state. Its six investigators Are available to help local Law enforcers. Its expertise grew from the needs of investigators of serial killings such As the original Green River killer task Force to Analyse Large amounts of information. The Lewis county sheriffs office is reviewing the cases of three women whose bodies were found at three Sites in the county along the interstate 5 corridor Back in 1984, 1985 and 1991. A i done to know if there Are any Green River connections a said Richard Steiner the hits violent crime investigator who urged Lewis county detectives earlier this week to dig out old cases. Many of the 49 victims attributed to the Green River serial killer disappeared Between 1982 and 1984, and were found in Remote areas of King county. Lewis county sheriffs office chief criminal Deputy Joe Doench said thursday the three women were from outside the area and probably were not slain in Lewis county. A we believed All of these were killed elsewhere and dumped Here a Doench said. Detectives have found nothing to indicate Why a killer would have chosen Lewis county he said. Doench also said the sheriffs office does t know yet what Evi Dence it still has in those particular cases. He noted that some past evidence was sent to the state crime lab. The Lewis county coroners office began about four or five years ago keeping Dan samples of All cases it handles according to chief Deputy Coroner Carmen b Runton. The sheriffs office plans to conduct its own investigations As Well As to work with the new Green River task Force according to Doench. A after our review Well meet with detectives with the task Force in King county a he said. He hinted there could be More. A a we re revealing three cases now a he said. The 1985 death of a grand please see deaths Hack Page cases to be reviewed by the chronicle the Lewis county sheriffs office is reviewing the cases of three women whose bodies were found at three Sites in the county along the interstate 5 corridor More than 10 years ago. A on aug. 12,1984, Monica Anderson 32, Tacoma was found in the Chehalis River below the Galvin Road Bridge. She was last seen june 24 or 25 in Tacoma getting into a Brown Van on Commerce Way. A on May 5,1985, Susan l. Krueger also known As Susan Stuebe 41 or 42, was found along Lacamas Creek near Drews Prairie Road Between Toledo and interstate 5. She was last seen March 11 after she was released from the Pierce county jail. She died of blows to the head according to then Lewis county undersheriff Randy Hamilton. I on aug. 5,1991, mignon Hensley 21, was found in a Bushy area half a mile East of interstate 5 along . Highway 12. She was last seen june 19 leaving a Dejavu strip club in Federal Eagle to expand plans for Rochester area Complex still on track by Amy Emerson the chronicle Rochester a the confederated tribes of the Chehalis reservation broke ground this week on a 15,000-Square-foot expansion to the Lucky Eagle Casino space that will be used for a new event Center and Bingo Hall. Tribal chairman David Youckton said the expansion to the Lucky Eagle reflects no change in plans to ultimately secure a new location for the Casino near interstate 5. Last june the Chehalis tribes announced plans to look into building a s30 million to s40 million Casino hotel and convention Center. The tribe Hopes to build this facility on 43 acres of Miller Trust property Between interstate 5 and old Highway 99, across the Street from the Rochester fire department. A your plans for that project Are still on track a Youckton said thursday. A we Are at the beginning of a very Long process and in the meantime we needed More room at the Lucky Eagle to accommodate our current business. Business is booming and we need More space for our the plans for the Multi million Dollar Complex along interstate 5 Are currently awaiting approval from gov. Gary Locke. Locke said he will make a decision after he has a better understanding of what residents of the Rochester and grand Mound areas think about the tribal venture. Youckton said that so far the project has gathered much support from the Community. Proponents believe the project could Spur economic growth and relieve Many grand Mound residents of the responsibility for financially supporting the areas two year old Wastewater treatment Plant. The county is paying $350,000 in Bonds to subsidize the treatment Plant which has a capability of 330,000 Gallons per Day. Hie Plant is now operating at 45,000 Gallons per Day. The tribe has hired a lobbyist to help it work with the state legislature and to help it Deal with the plethora of Legal work the project entails. When and if Locke approves the project the tribe will pay for a feasibility study. Youckton is unsure of what the tribe will do with the Lucky Eagle Casino if the Large scale project becomes a reality. Perhaps it would be used for office space. In the meantime the Lucky Eagle Casino is about to undergo renovations to be phased Over the next six months. Tribal officials say the expansion will enhance the casinos banquet and entertainment facilities. Six new banquet party rooms with a total capacity of 800 guests will be added As will a 150-seat cabaret lounge with a wide raging menu. The additions to the Casino also will include one of the largest Quot Las vegas style Buffet restaurants in the Northwest. It will seat 300 people and include several Quot action stations where food will be prepared to order. Also an intimate upscale dining room will offer steaks seafood and other entrees. A a a amx Emerson covers Energy business and economic issues for the chronicle. She May he reached by a Nuvil at a Emerson , or by telephoning h07-h231. About 800 world War ii veterans who survived the japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor were expected to attend a ceremony at the hawaiian port today. See related Story Page a6. The ceremony commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Surprise attack that prompted the United states to enter the War. Although several survivors from Lewis county were planning to participate Adna resident by Simmons decided against going Back to the Harbor. A the last time i was out there they tried to kill me a he said with a laugh. Simmons is one of a dwindling number of local Pearl Harbor survivors. That group includes Forrest w. A a Bucko Gary j Cichow Ahl / the Chrome Winlock resident and Pearl Harbor survivor Vern Jacobson looks at the photo of the battleship California please set survivors Back Page on which he was a Crew member aflame at Pearl Harbor dec. 7,1941. Survivor other seniors remember dec. 7,1941 by Jessi Hoffman the chronicle Centralia resident Howard Gage was playing poker at 7 55 at Pearl Harbor Hawaii 60 years ago this morning. Just 19, head joined the Navy the previous year As he says Quot to get something to it was the depression. Gage had just finished his shift As sky Lookout on the Bridge of the battleship Nevada. Relaxing Over the game he was startled to hear screams. A i looked out the porthole and saw torpedo planes. I ran Back up to the Bridge. I knew we were under attack but did no to know by who. Then the bomber planes started coming Over the ship. So Low they flew right Between the masts. You could see their red stripes. You could even see the faces of the pilots. Then i knew who it Gage says the Nevada was parked directly behind the battleship Arizona in Pearl Harbor and was the Only ship in the Harbor that moved during the attack. A we were trying to get out of the Harbor and they were trying to sink us to Block the Channel. They sunk us All right but we aimed the ship toward Shore and grounded ourselves before we went Down so the Channel stayed open. Pretty smart strategy. All the ships Sank. Ours was the Only one that did no to turn Over. About 80 men on Jamaai Hoffman the chronicle Centralia Howard Gage who was playing poker when the japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 60 years ago today now relaxes by playing Pool. The Nevada died. I was the scared est Guy there. Everyone who was there will Tell you they were the scared est Guy but i really Gage stayed on the badge during the entire attack because a it was his duty a he says though he knew his position was especially vulnerable. The ship took two torpedoes and six bombs before sinking. A that Day completely changed my life in so Many ways i can to even name them Quot he recalls. Bad As that was sept. 11 of this year he believes was worse. Please see remember Back Page veterans museum to hold survivors remembrance Day by the chronicle the veterans memorial museum 712 w. Main st., Centralia will hold its fifth annual Peart Harbor survivors remembrance Day from 1 to 5 . Sunday to Honor veterans who survived the japanese bombing of the hawaiian port on dec. 7, 1941. This years Observance Marks the 60th anniversary of a a Day which will live in infamy Quot As then president Franklin d. Roosevelt called it. The attack is what Drew the United states into world War la. Guest speakers will be local Pearl Harbor survivors each of whom will recount what he remembers of the attack. Videos of the bombing will be shown. Visitors will have an Opportunity to tour the museum. Refreshments will be served. Anyone wanting More information May Telephone the museum at 330-7913. Chaplain Bruce Longnecker from veterans of foreign wars Post 2200 and Chehalis american legion Post 22, is organizing the event. At i see it. A5 classifieds. C4 comics. Cio crossword Horoscope. .c9 dear Abby. A9 movies. A9 news in Brief. .a4 obituaries. Al opinion Page. .a10 what a happening. A9 lighting of Tenino Christmas tree tonight at 6 15 Tenino a annual Christmas tree lighting ceremonies will take place this evening in Tenino beginning at 6 15 . The tree at 273 e. Sussex St has been decorated by the events sponsors the Tenino chamber a Commerce. Activities will include a sing along led by the Tenino High school choir a performance by the Tenino High school band an appearance by the Tenino motorcycle Drill team and the arrival of Santa Claus to Light the tree. Or. Leyton jump will serve As master of ceremonies. Hot spiced cider and hot chocolate will be served. The chamber and the Tenino fire department will provide Candy canes for All children. Organizers ask attendees to bring a can of food for the Tenino food Bank. An open House at the Tenino presbyterian Church will follow. Weather tomorrow showers tool bit tomorrow Low 31-42 High 45 50 weather picture by Amy Rafn third Grade Toledo elementary school see details Page Al local survivors remember Pearl Harbor comparisons dwindling number of vets say sept. La worse by Paul Ali Eva the chronicle
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